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Is it a Shelby Cobra or an AC Cobra? It’s Definitely $779k Sports Car Market Keith Martin’s The Insider’s Guide to Collecting, Investing, Values, and Trends Tipping Point? Series II Cab Passes $1m ™ May 2013 Legal Files: Loan Your Car, Get Sued $8m Microcar Sale Scores One for the Little Guys Robert Cumberford: The Misguided Aston Lagonda www.sportscarmarket.com


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Sports Car Market PROFILES Keith Martin’s JOIN US The Insider’s Guide to Collecting, Investing, Values, and Trends Subscribe! May 2013 . Volume 25 . Number 5 FERRARI by Steve Ahlgrim 48 What You Need to Know ENGLISH AUCTIONS What Sold, and Why by Stephen Serio 50 212 Vehicles Rated at Eight Sales 66 76 1962 Ferrari 250 GT PF Cabriolet Series II $1,131,456 / Artcurial Original plus Ferrari equals ooh-la-la ETCETERINI by Donald Osborne 54 1985 Aston Martin Lagonda Saloon $37,387 / Bonhams A princely sum for a blight on Aston history GERMAN by Miles Collier 56 96 106 1971 Citroën SM Coupe $170,652 / Artcurial Well below restoration cost, includes free car AMERICAN by Colin Comer 60 1966 Porsche 906 Competition $732,161 / Bonhams A thoughtful look at the 906 and its brethren RACE by Thor Thorson 62 126 134 1966 Shelby Cobra 427 Roadster $779,100 / Mecum Interesting history, even by Cobra standards 12 1936 Talbot-Lago T150C Racer $1,955,001 / Artcurial Real, documented, but not quite original 116 86 MECUM AUCTIONS Kissimmee, FL: Mecum’s megasale swells to 10 days, 2,500 cars and $71m — Dale Novak ARTCURIAL Paris, FRA: The Rétromobile sale saw 102 cars bring $18.5m, including the $2m 1936 TalbotLago T150C racer — Paul Hardiman BONHAMS Paris, FRA: $14.9m for 88 cars, including $1m for a 1963 Aston Martin DB4 Series V Vantage — Donald Osborne RM AUCTIONS Madison, GA: 200 tiny cars bring massive prices at the $8m Bruce Weiner Microcar Collection sale — Burt Richmond BONHAMS Boca Raton, FL: The inaugural Boca Raton Concours auction sees 84% sold and $3.7m in sales — Carl Bomstead SILVERSTONE Warwickshire, U.K.: Race cars draw the crowds and road cars draw the money at the $2.4m Race Retro sale — Paul Hardiman ROUNDUP Highlights from Leake Oklahoma City and Coys Birmingham — Phil Skinner, Paul Hardiman EBAY MOTORS Sedans from the 1950s — Chad Tyson Cover photo: 1962 Ferrari 250 GT PF Cabriolet Series II, courtesy of Artcurial Sports Car Market


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46 2012 Lake Mirror Classic COLUMNS 16 Shifting Gears As always, the Amelia weekend was a total immersion experience. The class I judged was “What Were They Thinking,” and the judging team included Automobile President and Editor in Chief Jean Jennings (head class judge) and famed long-distance racer Hurley Haywood Keith Martin 34 Affordable Classic The Acura NSX dispatched the notion that a supercar had to be mechanically fussy, wildly expensive to repair, and at a price point only for those with parking spaces at expensive country clubs Dale Novak 36 Legal Files How to sleep easy when a friend, a mechanic or anyone else is behind the wheel of your collector car John Draneas 38 Simon Says When a youngster next approaches you at a concours, remember that in years to come he may be the tycoon bidding on your car or — more scarily — the editor of SCM Simon Kidston 52 The Cumberford Perspective Aston Martin Lagonda Saloon — a once-dramatic work that has not aged particularly gracefully Robert Cumberford 146 eWatch The results from Matthews Auctions’ giant porcelain sign sale in March were simply staggering Carl Bomstead FEATURES 42 London to Brighton 2012: Left at the starting line 44 Cavallino Classic: Ferraris and more in plush Palm Beach 46 13th Annual Lake Mirror Classic: More than 550 cars join the party DEPARTMENTS 38 25 Years of SCM: A timeline for our Silver Anniversary 18 Auction Calendar 18 Crossing the Block 22 The Inside Line: Concours d’Elegance of Texas, Keels & Wheels, New England 1000, Marin Sonoma Concours d’Elegance, SVRA’s Spring Vintage Festival, Carlisle Import & Kit Nationals, American Le Mans Monterey, Annual Celebration of Automobiles 24 Contributors: Get to know our writers 26 You Write: Toly’s Stratos adventures, when to sell or buy an E-type 28 Display Advertisers Index 30 Time Pieces: Blancpain Léman Flyback chronograph 30 Neat Stuff: Historically correct paddock gear and a most elegant toolbox 32 In Miniature: 1938 Mercedes-Benz 540K Autobahnkurier 32 Book Review: Lola T70: The Design, Development & Racing History 94 Fresh Meat: 2012 BMW 750Li sedan, 2012 McLaren MP4-12C, 2013 Maserati GranTurismo Sport 114 Glovebox Notes: 2013 Aston Martin V8 Vantage 136 Mystery Photo: “The Milk of Magnesia sales force was to drive cars like this prototype, but the plan ran out of gas” 136 Comments with Your Renewal: “After a dozen-plus years, it’s still the best mag I read” 138 Showcase Gallery: Cars for sale 142 Resource Directory: Meet your car’s needs 14 Sports Car Market Bill Rothermel


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Shifting Gears Keith Martin Becoming a Florida Car Guy I learned as much from the Connoisseurship attendees as they may have learned from me report in the next issue). The concours was extremely well organized, and I was especially impressed that Case called a “post-mortem” dinner meeting Sunday evening, where he facilitated a round-table discussion about what had improved from the previous year (fewer cars, higher quality, better field arrangement) and asked for thoughts about how next year could be even better. Case owns the largest Honda dealership in the world, along with 15 other franchises, and he brings the same determination to create relationships and a good customer and sponsor experience to the concours field that he has for his automobile customers. The Boca concours is a first-rate event, and it has a perfect loca- tion on the calendar for collector-car snowbirds, as it occurs between Cavallino and Amelia Island. It was back to Portland for four days, just long enough to drop off and pick up the dry cleaning and see how the newly hatched angelfish (Pterophyllum scalare) in Bradley’s 29-gallon tank were doing. Too soon, I was in another taxi at 4:30 a.m. on the way to PDX. Connoisseurship gathering This time, I was en route to the 7th Symposium of Connoisseurship Wayne was chasing this? W e’ve seen more gators than ducks or beavers recently, as we’ve spent 20 of the past 30 days in Florida, with our home state of Oregon becoming more of an imagined entity than a place. We had barely unpacked our bags from our February trip to Rétromobile when it was time for another early-morning taxi to PDX. Our ultimate destination was the Boca Raton Concours d’Elegance, but we thought we’d sneak in a side trip to a resort in the Bahamas for a non-car-related vacation. (Such a thing exists for the Martin family? I can already see you shaking your box-end wrenches in disbelief.) Atlantis, as the resort was called, was an exercise in fantasy — especially if you are 5-year-old Bradley Martin and get to feed manta rays and swim with dolphins. One of the mega-yachts docked at the resort was named “Never Again III.” I’m sure every SCMer has cars they would christen the same. From Atlantis it was on to the Boca Raton Resort and Club, where the concours, along with a first-time and very successful Bonhams’ auction (Carl Bomstead’s review is on p. 106) and a gala fund-raising dinner, were held. The weekend’s events were a benefit for the Boys and Girls Club of Broward County, and more than $1m was raised. If you’ve ever been involved with fundraising, you’ll know what a monumental achievement that was, and hats off to concours founder and driving force Rick Case for emphasizing the charitable side of the event — while continuing to improve the concours. I was emcee of a panel on car collecting, and my participating lumi- naries were Wayne Carini, Tom DuPont, Dave Kinney, Bill Rothermel and Paul Sable. The room was packed, with over 200 inquisitive collectors involved in the give and take as we discussed today’s trends. At the end, each panel member gave his pick for the car they thought would appreciate the most in the next five years. My choice, “Any Alfa that I currently own,” didn’t get the respect I expected. I served as Grand Marshal of the concours and awarded my trophy to a 1927 Voisin C7 owned by Olivier Cerf. Best of Show was a muchdeserving 1947 Talbot T26 brought by Jim Patterson (there will be a 16 and the Collectible Car, held at the Revs Institute in Naples, FL, in conjunction with the Revs Program at Stanford. Founder Miles Collier brings together about 100 thoughtful collectors — some as faculty and some as attendees — for free-wheeling discussions about issues of contemporary interest, ranging from how to use reversible paint for restorations, to collecting Japanese cars, to exploring how we might interest Millennials (born 1982–2000) in collecting cars. I was honored to return for the fifth time as a faculty member. I chaired two panels and led two gallery walks with good friend and SCM’s columnist-at-large Simon Kidston. In one gallery walk, where we discussed current market values, participants included Bruce and John McCaw, noted European dealer Adrian Hamilton, museum founder Fred Simeone, and collector Bruce Meyer, among others. They were fully engaged as we discussed what makes a car a true blue-chip, top-tier collectible (Alfa 8C 2900 yes, BMW 328 no, for instance) and how the market goes about sorting out valuations on rare cars. There’s no question that I learned as much from the attendees as they may have learned from me. Kidston’s thoughts appear in his column this month on p. 38. The Gatorland trek After five days of thoughtful tire-kicking, ACC contributor Michael Pierce and I drove from Naples to Amelia Island. As always, the Amelia weekend was a total immersion experience. The class I judged was “What Were They Thinking,” and the judging team included Automobile President and Editor-in-Chief Jean Jennings (head class judge) and famed long-distance racer Hurley Haywood. Best in Class was a brilliantly restored 1959 F.M.R. Messerschmitt TG500 owned by J.C. and Judy O’Steen, and the Camile Janatzy award for the car having the most audacious exterior went to the ugliest car I have ever seen, a 1957 Spohn convertible brought by Ralph Marano and Wayne Carini. Of course, there will be full details in the next issue. As much as I enjoy kicking tires and talking with SCMers, it’s good to be home. Another batch of angelfish eggs has hatched, Bradley is about to have a pint-sized, gas-powered Corvette coming into his life courtesy of Pierce, and I look forward to bike rides around the neighborhood and barbecuing fresh-caught Pacific salmon on the back deck. We’ve got three weeks to enjoy the nascent Oregon spring before heading out to the La Jolla Concours d’Elegance and then Keels & Wheels in Lakeland, TX. ’Tis the season. ♦ Sports Car Market


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Crossing the Block Tony Piff Images courtesy of the respective auction companies Worldwide Auctioneers — The Houston Classic Auction Where: Montgomery, TX When: May 4 More: www.wwgauctioneers.com Last year: 101/119 cars sold / $6.6m Held in conjunction with the second annual Concours d’Elegance of Texas, the Houston Classic Auction once again returns to the air-conditioned Versailles Ballroom at the exclusive La Torretta Lake Resort & Spa. Among the featured cars are the ex-Rod Stewart 1966 Shelby 427 Cobra, accurately restored to award-winning level; the ex-Donald Healey 1950 Nash-Healey Roadster, serial #1, $400k restoration recently completed; a 1932 Auburn 8-100A Boattail Speedster with known ownership since 1966, completely restored and ready for concours and tours; and a multiple-award-winning 1958 Porsche 356A Speedster. Auctions America — Auburn Spring 2013 Where: Auburn, IN When: May 9–11 1950 Nash-Healey Roadster at Worldwide Houston More: www.auctionsamerica.com Last year: 194/408 cars sold / $4.4m More than 600 collector cars are expected at this twice-annual auction. Notable early entries include a 1931 Auburn 8-98 Boattail Speedster in black and silver with red pinstriping and several desirable options; a restored 1947 Buick Super Estate woodie wagon; an awardwinning 1957 Ford Thunderbird Auction Calendar Email auction info to: chad.tyson@sportscarmarket.com. APRIL 4—TOM MACK CLASSICS Concord, NC 4–6—MECUM Houston, TX 4–6—BARRETTJACKSON Palm Beach, FL 5–6—MECUM Davenport, IA 12–13—BRANSON Branson, MO 12–13—SILVER Portland, OR 12–14—COLLECTOR CAR PRODUCTIONS Toronto, ON, CAN 13—COYS Essen, DEU 13—DAN KRUSE CLASSICS San Antonio, TX 14—BARONS Surrey, U.K. 17—H&H Duxford, U.K. 19–20—VICARI Nocona, TX 19–21—ELECTRIC GARAGE Edmonton, AB, CAN 20—SMITHS Toccoa, GA 25–26—AUCTIONS AMERICA Carlisle, PA 25–27—MECUM Kansas City, MO 27—CHEFFINS Cambridge, U.K. 27—COYS Ascot, U.K. 27—RM Fort Worth, TX 27–28—CLASSIC MOTORCAR Novi, MI 28—BONHAMS Stafford, U.K. 18 E-code; and a fully equipped 1967 Shelby GT500, said to be one of only 200 built in Brittany Blue. Highlights from the 19-car John Soneff Collection include a 1949 Hudson Commodore 6 Brougham convertible; a 1950 Hudson Commodore 8 brougham convertible; and a rare 1939 Hudson Business Six Big Boy pickup. The late Mr. Soneff was regarded as one of the country’s foremost Hudson experts. 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. 29—BONHAMS Hendon, U.K. 29—SHANNONS Melbourne, AUS MAY 4—WORLDWIDE Montgomery, TX 4—VANDERBRINK Sioux Falls, SD 4—SPECIALTY AUTO Brighton, CO 6—SHANNONS Sydney, AUS 8—SILVER Spokane, WA 9–11—AUCTIONS AMERICA Auburn, IN 10–12—ELECTRIC GARAGE Calgary, AB, CAN 11—VANDERBRINK Murdo, SD 14–19—MECUM Indianapolis, IN 15—BRIGHTWELLS Herefordshire, U.K. 17—SILVERSTONE Northamptonshire, U.K. 18—BONHAMS Newport Pagnell, U.K. 18—VANDERBRINK St. Cloud, MN 24–26—B&T SPECIALTY Las Vegas, NV 25—RM Lake Como, ITA 25—BONHAMS Francorchamps, BEL 31—DRAGONE Westport, CT JUNE 2—BONHAMS Greenwich, CT 7–9—LEAKE Tulsa, OK 9—BARONS Surrey, U.K. 10—ARTCURIAL Paris, FRA 15—BONHAMS Oxford, U.K. 15—H&H Rockingham, U.K. 15—SILVER Coeur d’Alene, ID 20–22—RUSSO AND STEELE Newport Beach, CA 21–22—RALEIGH CLASSIC Raleigh, NC 21–23—ELECTRIC GARAGE Penticton, BC, CAN 28–29—MECUM Champaign, IL 29—COYS Oxfordshire, U.K. 29—VANDERBRINK Austin, MN Mecum — Spring Classic Where: Indianapolis, IN When: May 14–19 More: www.mecum.com Last year: 1,335/1,991 cars sold / $50.2m The legendary 1967 Shelby GT500 Super Snake headlines Indy for 2013. Other star cars at this muscle-car mega-sale include a 1967 Chevrolet Corvette 427/400 convertible, a 1968 Chevrolet Yenko Camaro RS/SS and a documented 1970 Dodge Charger R/T SE with only 17,600 miles. Bonhams — Aston Martin Works Service Where: Newport Pagnell, U.K. When: May 18 More: www.bonhams.com Last year: 41/47 cars sold / $10.2m A one-of-a-kind DB4GT with Italian coachwork will cross the auction block for the first time in 25 years at Bonhams’ 14th annual all-Aston sale. The multiple-award-winning 1960 Aston Martin DB4GT “Jet” (Bonhams estimate: $4.3m– $5.9m) features unique Bertone coachwork and has been fully restored to concours standards by Aston Martin. An unrestored “barn find” 1964 DB5 Sports Saloon ($230k–$310k), now out of 30 years of storage, will also be offered. Silverstone — The Spring Sale Where: Northamptonshire, U.K. When: May 17 More: www.silverstoneauctions. com Last year: 25/60 cars sold / $1.1m Sold cars averaged $45k at this sale last year. Early consignments this time around include a Sports Car Market


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Crossing the Block Tony Piff “Barn find” 1964 Aston Martin DB5 Sports Saloon at Bonhams Newport Pagnell, U.K. 1948 Land Rover Series I ($30k– $40k); a 1986 Ferrari Testarossa ($75k–$95k); a “barn find” 1968 Maserati Ghibli ($18k–$25k); and a 1968 Ford Mustang S-code “Bullitt” replica ($60k–$80k). Bonhams — The Spa Classic Sale Where: Francorchamps, BEL When: May 25 More: www.bonhams.com This inaugural sale coincides with the prestigious Spa Classic race and takes place at the Spa Motor Circuit. The featured early star car is a 1973 Porsche Carrera 2.7 RS, offered without reserve (Bonhams estimate: $200k–$270k). RM — Villa d’Este Where: Lake Como, IT When: May 25 More: www.rmauctions.com 2011 results: 24/32 cars sold / $33.4m This biennial sale of 1931 Auburn 8-98 Boattail Speedster at Auctions America Spring Auburn elite, world-class collectibles coincides with the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este. The many important consignments include a 1953 Ferrari 340/375 MM Berlinetta “Competizione,” driven in period by World Champions Alberto Ascari, Dr. Giuseppe Farina, and Mike Hawthorn (estimate available upon request); a 1905 Fiat 60-hp race car, completely unrestored but in very good driving condition, built especially for August Anheuser Busch, and the last remaining example of only 20 ever built (estimate available upon request); a Ferrari Classiche-certified 1962 Ferrari 400 Superamerica SWB coupe, in its original Blue Sera Italver paintwork ($2.5m–$2.7m); a 1947 Cisitalia 202 MM “Nuvolari” Spider, with period Mille Miglia race history ($600k–$700k); a wellrestored 1930 Bugatti Type 46 Superprofile coupe ($1m–$1.3m); a 1929 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Open Tourer, used as the official transport for then-Princess Elizabeth II during her state visit to Kenya in 1952 ($500k– $600k); and a custom-built 1960 Riva Tritone “Speciale” Cadillac powerboat ($735k–$1m). ♦ 1973 Porsche Carrera 2.7 RS at Bonhams Spa Classic 20 1953 Ferrari 340/375 MM Berlinetta “Competizione” at RM Villa d’Este Sports Car Market


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Inside Line Alex Martin-Banzer Send news and event listings to insideline@sportscarmarket.com. ■ With the raceway pavement dry at last after a long winter, it’s finally time to take out the sports car you bought at the last auction and head to Elkhart Lake, WI, for SVRA’s Spring Vintage Festival from May 17 to 19. More than 300 participants are divided into 10 groups — with automobiles ranging from production and grand touring cars to sports racers, prototypes and formula cars. They will test their vintage-racing skills on Road America’s four-mile-long, 14-turn circuit. There will also be an honorary race for the 50th birthday of the Porsche 911. www.svra.com (WI) ■ With a description on Events ■ The May 3–5 Concours Celebration of Automobiles at Indianapolis Motor Speedway ■ Any reason to visit Laguna d’Elegance of Texas returns to La Torretta Lake Resort & Spa with a great array of classic cars — all presented with famous Texas hospitality. The vehicles on display range from classic sports cars to antique tractors, and this year’s featured marque is the cars of Carroll Shelby. The weekend starts on May 3 with the Texas Tour d’Elegance, where concours cars and owners will hit the road. Worldwide Auctioneers present The Houston Classic Auction on May 4. The concours is on May 5. Admission is $25 per person. www.concoursoftexas.org (TX) ■ What could be better than sitting on your sun-drenched docked vintage boat with your Stutz parked on the nearby grass — and listening to publisher Keith Martin emcee the event? It’s that time of the year to pack your captain’s hat along with your driving gloves and head to Seabrook, TX, for the 18th Annual Keels & Wheels Concours d’Elegance on May 4–5. The event will proudly host a large gathering of antique wooden craft, featuring Blonde Deck and Yellow Jacket Boats. Don’t forget about the 200 vintage automobiles that will be there. Stutz is the star automobile marque. Martin returns for his third year as emcee. www.keels-wheels. com (TX) 22 Seca — so you can smash your face up against the chain-link fence and soak in the sounds of cars snarling around the track — is a good reason. The famous corkscrew track will host the American Le Mans Monterey from May 9 to 11. High-tech racers from major marques including Mazda, Acura and Aston Martin will compete in a sixhour race that will push drivers and vehicles to the limit. $60 for a two-day pass. www.mazdaraceway.com (CA) ■ The world-famous India- napolis Motor Speedway will host the Third Annual Celebration of Automobiles on May 11. European marques and Brass Era cars from 1910 to 1970 will be highlighted at this year’s event. For Indy 500 lovers, open-wheel race cars, past pace cars and his- toric unrestored cars will be on display. The honorary head judge is Mario Andretti, who won the Indy 500 in 1969. Andretti also will choose which lucky car will drive away with the Driver’s Choice Award. Admission is $10, children 12 and younger get in free. www.celebrationofautomobiles.com (IN) ■ If you’re in the mood to kick some unusual tires, the Carlisle Import & Kit Nationals will take over the Carlisle Fairgrounds from May 17 to 19. This festival will highlight more than 1,200 classics as well as high-performance vehicles. Imports and kit cars from at least seven countries will be on hand. Admission is $8 on Friday and Saturday, and $4 on Sunday. Event passes are available for $15. Kids 12 and younger get in free. www.carsatcarlisle.com (PA) their website of “It’s the perfect chance to enjoy the power of historic racing machines on track, plus the incomparable beauty of some of the finest vintage automobiles in the country,” how could any gearhead miss the Fifth Annual Marin Sonoma Concours d’Elegance on May 18–19? A red carpet will welcome the cars of Hollywood legends to the Marin Civic Center. Corvette is the featured marque, and the concours will celebrate Lamborghini’s 50th anniversary. Admission is $20, and children younger than 16 get in free. But wait, there’s more. Just 15 miles away from the Marin Civic Center, vintage racers will howl around Sonoma Raceway during the Sonoma Historic Motorsports Festival. A $45 pass gets gearheads into both events. www.marinsonomaconcours.org and www.racesonoma.com (CA) ■ The vintage rally season is Concours d’Elegance of Texas here, and the car that has been under covers for months will thank you for taking it on the New England 1000 from May 19 to 24. Six days and 1,000 miles of sublime back-road driving through the Adirondacks, Berkshires and Catskills are just part of the trip. Participants will visit the Sagamore Resort on Lake George, Lake Placid, and a concours at the Saratoga Automobile Museum. This rally is famous for friendly people and fantastic meals and accommodations. The cost is $5,695 for one car and two participants. www.vintagerallies.com/newengland1000.html (NY) ♦ Sports Car Market Indianapolis Motor Speedway Glenn Zanotti


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Sports Car Market EDITORIAL Publisher Keith Martin keith.martin@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 210 Executive Editor Chester Allen chester.allen@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 203 Art Director David Tomaro david.tomaro@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 202 Managing Editor Jim Pickering jim.pickering@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 208 Digital Media Director Jeff Stites jeff.stites@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 221 Auctions Editor and 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 Copy Editors Yael Abel, David Tomaro Senior Auction Analysts B. 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After crashing the Crosley, he morphed it into an aluminum custom, which indirectly led to a degree in industrial design and a successful architecture practice. He has been curator for microcar exhibitions for the New York and Detroit International Auto Shows and has co-chaired countless microcar meets. He and his wife, Diane, have seven microcars and 30-plus vintage motorcycles at their Chicago home. Burt’s report on RM’s auction at the Bruce Weiner Microcar Museum is a stand-alone primer on the historical significance of very small, very cute cars. It starts on p. 96. 24 MILES C. COLLIER, SCM Contributor, is a retired business executive, practicing artist, investor, philanthropist, and noted authority on vintage automobiles. He nurtured his interest in art at Yale University, where he received a B.A. in painting. He retired as managing partner of Collier Enterprises in 1995 and returned to painting. Today, he paints professionally. Collier maintains a private automobile collection in Naples, FL. He recently hosted one of his prestigious symposiums on automobile connoisseurship. For more on that event, turn to Simon Kidston’s column, “Simon Says,” on p. 38. This month, on p. 56, Collier breaks down the interesting history of the Porsche 904, 906, 910, 907 and 908 series of race cars. DALE NOVAK, SCM Senior Auction Analyst and Contributor, started his gearhead life collecting Hot Wheels as a child. His first car was a dead 1970 Dodge Challenger. His mother gave him two weeks to get it running, which he did, but then quickly discovered that Challengers aren’t meant to go airborne — and that police response time is remarkably fast. He has been buying, selling, and collecting cars ever since. Novak often picks apart vintage cars as an auction analyst and profile writer for SCM and our sister magazine, American Car Collector. On p. 66, you’ll find his thoughts on some cars that crossed the block at Mecum’s recent auction in Kissimmee, FL.


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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 Toly’s excellent Stratos adventure To the Editor: Hoo boy! A car I know some- thing about! I’ll start here and ride off in all directions. The engine has Dino origins, of course; but in the Stratos (February 2013 Race Profile, p. 54) it was rated 5 or 10 horsepower less than the Dino. The carbs were different and the cams were different. The distributor might’ve been different too. I didn’t find torque ratings to compare the two. I was given a test drive at the Torino Salone in ’74, and on a chilly day on a greasy hillside blacktop road on the standard Pirelli CN36 tires, I nearly slid over the edge at 20 mph, understeering all the way. I whomped the brakes a few times to slow down enough that the front tires bit — or more aptly “gummed” — the surface. The standard suspension had anti-roll bar adjustments, but I don’t recall adjustable shocks. Impractical? Heck no! I drove the car through the night from Torino over the mountains to Cherbourg to load the little darling onto the Queen Elizabeth II. This was back in those lovely days when you could take a car on the boat with you. Then, because of a storm delay, the ship went directly to Boston instead of NYC. We’d planned for a truck to take the car to Tulsa, but in Boston, Joe Marina and I loaded some garment bags in the trunk (plenty of room with yellow mouse-fur carpet on the bottom) and headed for Tulsa in the Stratos through a New England winter. The heater worked very well, cracking the windows got our cigar smoke out smoothly, and the big door bins, supposedly meant for helmet storage on transit stages, were perfect for shaving kits and bags of burgers. The seats were quite comfy; in fact, for a while as we were racing the car, I put one of the seats in my SWB California. Slide one seat off the rails, and slide the other seat on. We had teething troubles racing, of course. It all began when Lancia told us there were no available Stratos for sale, 26 Impractical? Heck no! I drove the car through the night from Torino over the mountains to Cherbourg to load the little darling onto the Queen Elizabeth II but when we walked by one in the showroom window of SVAT — the factory store in Torino — they grudgingly sold it to us for about $12k. They were afraid we’d drive it on the street in the United States and thereby bring governmental ire upon FIAT and jeopardize their U.S. sales — which might’ve been in everybody’s best interest anyway. The factory was little help to us vis-à-vis racing; we got all our help from Chequered Flag in England, who also warned us that the factory might try to unload 4-valve heads on us because they didn’t work out that well, and the titanium valves lost their heads after about 12 racing hours. Also, Joe, who had been parts manager at a FIAT dealership in Nashville, pointed out a few parts that had been recalled when they were used on FIATs: the accelerator and cable mechanism (it broke on our car), maybe door latches (no trouble that I can remember) — stuff like that. We discovered that the stock master cylinder gave out after very few racing hours. I believe we went through two additional ones the first time we practiced and ran the Daytona 24 Hours. We also went to BMW rear hubs and possibly brake discs. The ultra-thin windshield broke under gravel bombardment at Hallett; a replacement through our Nashville connection was about $200. When that one broke, it turned out the next one would cost $1,200! We went to Lexan. I won’t go through all the problems we had racing the car, but half were our fault and half racing parts suppliers. We were responsible for an IMSA rules change after being held in the pits for well over a half an hour during Sebring ’77 (instead of letting us race under the possibility of being black-flagged), which cost us a very likely third in our class. If we’d been able to get the car a couple of years earlier, as hoped for, we could have had an outside shot at the championship against the Porsches. When Joe and I went back to Torino in ’77, the Lancia people were trying to unload one or two Stratos on us: this time, for $12k apiece or make an offer. I remember briefly thinking it might be a good idea to pick one up as a spare tub or just a souvenir. But I didn’t. Set up for the road, the car had little feedback. It was like driving some kind of simulator. It wasn’t the kind of car you’d think of when you say, “Isn’t it a nice day for a drive in the country!” And when it spun on the track, I, at least, could never feel it coming. But barreling down the Daytona backstretch at 2 a.m. with only the distant glow of pit lights off to the left (none of that artificial daylight they race under now — a night race was a NIGHT RACE) — and hugging the bottom lane at 150 mph to let Danny Ongais blast by in the turbo Porsche, ah, what wonderful memories! — Toly Arutunoff, via email Does selling an E-type make economic sense? To the Editor: I don’t look to SCM for economic trending or advice, but I can’t help but respect the tremendous amount of cash invested within the collector-car market. There, of course, is passion in this Sports Car Market


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You Write We Read Ad Index Alan Taylor Company, Inc ..........117, 119, 121 American Car Collector ............................. 135 Aston Martin Dealers ................................... 29 Aston Martin of New England ................... 117 Auctions America ......................................... 23 Automobilia Monterey ............................... 143 Autosport Designs Inc ................................ 121 B & T Specialty Classic Car Auctions ......... 47 Bennett Law Office .................................... 141 Berlinetta Motorsports LTD. ......................... 8 Beverly Hills Car Club ............................... 131 Black Horse Garage ................................... 115 Bonhams / SF ............................................... 21 Bonhams / UK .............................................. 19 Bradstreet Collection ................................... 75 Canepa .......................................................... 99 Carlisle Events ............................................. 67 Chequered Flag International ..................... 123 Chubb Personal Insurance ............................ 17 Classic Investments .................................... 125 Classic Showcase ....................................... 109 Collector Car Price Tracker ....................... 135 Colorado Concours D’ Elegance .................. 91 Copley Motorcars ....................................... 110 Dealer Accelerate ......................................... 43 Driversource Houston LLC ...................95, 111 European Collectibles ................................ 127 Exotic Classics ........................................... 141 Fantasy Junction ......................................... 129 Gooding & Company ..................................... 2 Grand Prix Classics - La Jolla CA ............. 113 Greenwich Concours D’Elegance ................ 59 Greystone Mansion Concours d’Elegance ... 81 Grundy Worldwide ......................................111 Gullwing Motor Cars, Inc. ......................... 129 Hagerty Insurance Agency, Inc. ................... 53 Hahn and Woodward .................................. 127 Hamann Classic Cars ................................... 45 Heacock Classic .......................................... 27 Heritage Classics .......................................... 69 Hyman, LTD ................................................ 73 Intercity Lines .............................................. 37 JC Taylor .................................................... 107 Jeff Brynan ................................................. 137 JJ Best Banc & Co ..................................... 139 Kidston ......................................................... 11 L.A. Prep ...................................................... 79 Le Belle Macchine d’Italia ........................... 93 Louisville Concours d’Elegance ................ 131 Luxury Brokers International ..................... 125 Mac Neil Automotive Products Ltd ............. 41 Maserati North America ............................. 148 Mercedes Classic Center ............................ 101 Mershon’s World Of Cars ............................ 99 Mid America Auctions ................................. 97 Miller’s Mercedes Parts, Inc ...................... 110 Motor Classic & Competition Corp. .......... 143 Paramount Classic Cars ............................... 85 Park Place LTD ............................................ 29 Paul Russell And Company ....................... 105 Pebble Beach Concours ............................... 10 Pinehurst Concours D’ Elegance.................. 77 Premier Financial Services ........................ 147 Putnam Leasing ............................................ 15 Quail Lodge Resort & Golf Club ................. 40 QuickSilver Exhausts Ltd. ........................... 33 RB Collection ............................................. 113 Reliable Carriers .......................................... 65 RM Auctions .......................................4-5, 7, 9 Road Scholars .............................................. 71 Ron Tonkin Gran Turismo ......................... 141 Russo & Steele LLC .................................... 25 Silver Collector Car Auctions ...................... 39 Specialty Auto Auctions, Inc ...................... 141 Sports & Specialist Cars ............................ 119 Sports Car Market ................................ 87, 137 Steve Austin’s Great Vacations .................. 101 Swissvax USA, LLC .................................... 31 Symbolic Motor Car Co ................................. 3 T. Rutlands ................................................... 83 The Auto Collections ..................................... 6 The Masterpiece ......................................... 105 The Stable, Ltd. ............................................ 89 Vintage Rallies ........................................... 123 VintageAutoPosters.com ............................ 141 Worldwide Group ......................................... 11 Zymol Florida .............................................. 35 28 You Write We Read market, but no one drops dollars by the bucketful without some level of investment consideration. Do you feel there exists within this community a feeling these autos offer an inflation hedge? In particular, I’m considering the sale of my ’67 Jag E-type — even though current market prices would have me plus/ minus 20% upside down. So the question is an economic forecast driven in respect of timing. Would you sell such a car now? From your historic perspective, what do you suppose the impact of inflation might be, and where might it take the value of desirable but not-so-rare production cars such as mine? Thank you for your consid- eration and a great publication. You have done a commendable job of managing your business and offerings in pace with the times while having fun doing what you love, a winning combo! — Greg DeJohn, Pompano Beach, FL Keith Martin responds: Greg, thanks for the kind words. The missing part of your equation is the “why” factor. Why would you be choosing to sell your car now? If current pricing would leave you upside-down, that means you paid a serious premium — and I would ask what were the reasons that went into your decision to acquire the car? Have they changed? Do you need the money for something else? Are you tired of the car? Have you run out of storage? The market is continuing to rise, without question, and I believe it has another couple of years to run in the current bubble. So hanging on for 12 more months could net you more money. But the mere fact that you are asking the question means to me that you have “ fallen out of love” with the car, and when that happens, it is really time for it to move on. So my answer to you is, if you are emotionally done, sell the car. If you still find pleasure, keep it, drive it and revisit this question in May of 2014. Different opinions on a 356B To the Editor: As a longtime subscriber to SCM and ACC, let me offer con- I’m considering the sale of my ’67 Jag E-type — even though current market prices would have me plus/minus 20% upside down gratulations for your magazines, which are the best in the world. I never complain, but in this special case, I need to share my opinion. I’ve been to many auctions in the U.S. over the years. I was at the McCormick Auction last November, and I was interested in Lot 188, which was a 1963 Porsche 356B T-6 coupe. The description in advance sounded very interesting, but when I inspected the Porsche, I saw that the underbody was rusted through at several places. There were holes big enough that I could feel the carpet from outside! The seller was very serious and helpful when answering all my questions. The history was very interesting and the interior very original and still in good shape, as described in the auction report by Carl Bomstead (March 2013, McCormick Palm Springs, p. 84). The hammered $46,725 showed the correct — and max — price that bidders who had paid a lot of attention to the car were willing to pay. This Porsche was a 4 (only if you honor history, mileage and interior, otherwise it was a 4- or 5). I don’t understand how Carl Bomstead rated the car a 2+ and a “Best Buy.” This report shows a totally wrong result — and makes a wrong impression for most of your readers. To repeat Carl’s last sentence: “A car I should have bought!” Yes, Carl, you should have bought it. — Peter Kahl, Neuried, Germany Carl Bomstead replies: Dear Mr. Kahl, we certainly appreciate reader interest and comment, but I must say you are a harsh automotive critic indeed. In reviewing my notes regarding the 1963 Porsche 356B T-6 coupe, I found a receptive and forthright owner with two binders full of documentation. I noted the body was straight and appeared solid, the paint and brightwork very presentable and the mechanicals properly sorted—based on the receipts and owner comments. The interior, as you mention, was original and in very nice condition with minor patina. I did not check the floor pans, but is that a show-stopping expense at $5k for repairs — at most? I think not, as the appreciation curve currently places these cars, when in above-average condition, at $60k–$75k. This is a far cry from a 4 car, which in our rating, is a semi-useful parts car. 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Time Pieces by Alex Hofberg The world’s oldest name in watchmaking is Blancpain, estab- Blancpain’s Haute Horlogerie lished on the second floor of Jehan-Jacques Blancpain’s Villeret, Switzerland, home in 1735. For more than two centuries, Blancpain produced movements that first found their way into pocket watches and — as wrist watches started to gain acceptance in the marketplace — onto wrists as well. Although the firm would change ownership after the last Blancpain heir declined operation of the brand in 1932, it stayed profitable and relevant in the industry. Today, part of the mega-Swatch Group watchmaking empire, Blancpain continues to attract patronage and earns prestige as one of the world’s premier mechanical manufacturers — and as a member of a small cadre of firms that dominate the field of “Haute Horlogerie,” a somewhat vague term that translates to the pinnacle of timepiece manufacture. It was recently defined by one author this way: “Horology is expensive watchmaking. Haute Horlogerie is very expensive watchmaking.” Blancpain’s current offerings include grand complication watches that feature chiming features, perpetual calendars and tourbillon cages that constantly rotate the entire escapement system to alleviate gravitational effects on the accuracy of the movement. Blancpain also produces some simpler models that are elegant and robust — and sporty and demure. One model — the Léman Flyback chronograph — is promoted by Blancpain this way, “Unflinchingly contemporary, our Léman models accompany the man and woman of today in their activities and travels. They conjure up the pleasures of travel and discovery. A Léman watch is not only useful in day-to-day life, but is also an heirloom to pass on from generation to generation.” While possibly guilty of hyper- Details Production date: Current Best place to wear one: On a trek up the slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro is best): Ratings ( Rarity: Durability: Parts/service availability: Cool factor: Web: www.blancpain.com Neat Stuff by Tony Piff As Worn by Sir Stirling Moss Suixtil faithfully re-creates the cherished garments of Stirling Moss, Juan Manuel Fangio and Peter Collins. Combine a Nassau Polo shirt ($105) with a pair of Original Race Pants ($180) for an utterly authentic 1950s look, just right for summertime motoring. Materials are all highest quality, with painstaking attention to detail. www. suixtilusa.com bole, the staff writer at Blancpain does make a valid point: This watch, crafted in sandblasted titanium, is marvelously light, weighing in at only 54g, and ultra-comfortable on the wrist. Add in the watch’s modest 38-mm diameter, and this is a terrific timepiece for travelers. Another interesting feature of the Léman chronograph is the flyback feature. Typically the reset to zero and restart of a stopwatch (in the case of a false start, for instance) requires stopping the chronograph with the upper button, then zeroing with the lower button, then restarting with the upper button again. On this watch, once running, the chrono can be zeroed and restarted with one push of the lower button, which resets the hands and restarts simultaneously — saving a number of steps and seconds. The aesthetic of this watch speaks softly but with assuredness; the anti-glare crystal and buttery-soft sandblasted case make a capable — and decidedly not flashy — statement. With its rubber strap, lockdown crown and screw-back, gasketed case, this watch is well-suited for use in heavy moisture and light swimming. That said, this is not a dive watch. Although this particular watch was made in a rather limited pro- duction run of 280 pieces, this model may garner $6,000 in the used market and close to $9,000 for a comparable new edition. If one were to poll the jewelers of the world that represent Blancpain officially in their stores, I think that Blancpain would rate more highly now with regard to the brand’s importance to that store and their overall enthusiasm for the brand than in any other period in the firm’s nearly 300-year history. Part of that can be credited to the amazing trend of people being interested in prestige watches, part to the overall excellent design work that goes both into the mechanism and the visual appeal of Blancpain’s watches, and part to the fact that the Asian marketplace is crazy about Blancpain, likely due to the fame and beauty of masterpiece pocket watches made in the 1800s that were sold into the Asian market. Given this significant boost in global popularity, Blancpain could be a terrific addition to a wellbalanced collection or the one watch that you wear exclusively. Big Red Italian Toolbox This elegant-yet-rugged toolbox from storied Italian toolmaker USAG is only going to look better with the patina of age and use. It features one deep lower compartment, two upper compartments and double handles. Available exclusively in the U.S. from Hand-Eye Supply, a small shop located in downtown Portland, just across the river from SCM World Headquarters. $127 from www.handeyesupply.com. © 30 Sports Car Market


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In Miniature by Marshall Buck 1938 Mercedes-Benz 540K Autobahnkurier Designed for high speeds on Germany’s new Autobahn, this car debuted at the 1934 Berlin Auto Show. Rumor has it that there were a total of three of these built on 540K chassis — and they should not be confused with the additional three or four built on 500K chassis. Two 540K Autobahnkuriers are known to exist. Another unconfirmed rumor is that the Autobahnkurier directly influenced Jean Bugatti’s design of the famous Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic. Even if there is no credence to that, it still makes for a good story. Spectacular and sinister, the Autobahnkurier beckons you closer, just as if it were a Siren of Greek mythology. The real car did this to me in 2006 at Pebble Beach, and now the model has done it again. Fortunately for me, the Sirens are only myth — and I was on land both times. If you are a fan of classic automobiles with shapely bodies, this magnificent miniature will captivate you as well. Until now, only a few manufacturers have offered models of these cars, and all were in small, 1:43 scale. The Autobahnkurier miniature shown here is a new 1:18 scale release from BoS-Models, a new manufacturer. Apparently “BoS” stands for “Best of Show,” which I only discovered when the model arrived, and I looked at the box with its printed information. The packaging is simple, but it does the job. BoS-Models are made in China exclusively for Model Details Production date: 2013 Quantities: Numbered edition of 2,000 SCM Five-Star Rating: Overall Quality: Authenticity: Overall Value: ½ Web: www.modelcarworld.de Model Car World in Germany. This 1:18 model offers staggeringly good value at approximately $130. It is a serial-numbered, limitededition model — but not too limited. Don’t bother with eBay for this one, as you’ll pay double! BoS chose to replicate Chassis 408336, which is owned by Arturo and Deborah Keller. Paul Russell & Co. restored the actual car. The model is resplendent in its superb high-gloss black finish, and BoS nailed the proportions, stance and exterior components. As with many specialized, semi- Speaking Volumes by Mark Wigginton Lola T70: The Design, Development & Racing History By John Starkey and Franco Varani, 550 pages, Gryfon, $150.00 After putting together my first Revell slot car, which was a sturdy, heavy and slow Cobra, the next step was a piano-wire chassis covered with a light, clear plastic body you painted from the inside. There was only one choice in my fevered teen mind: a Lola T70. It was just the most beautiful race car ever. I clearly wasn’t alone in that view. John Starkey, the prolific motors ports author and racer, also fell in love with the T70. He even raced one This led to his book Lola T70: The Racing History & Individual Chass Record. After going through four updated editions, the last in 2008, h heard from Franco Varani, another chassis historian. It was a meeting of the best kind: two guys deep in the weeds on eve chassis made, working the phones, the postal service and the Internet every last bit of history on a particular car — in this case the T70 — f the 1963 prototype Mk. VIGT. The car came from Eric Broadley’s sh mind and pen, and led to the development of a series of open and closed cars, finishing with the IIIB coupe in 1969. They weren’t world beaters, but by all accounts the Lola T70, in addition to being beautiful, was easy to drive, fast and ran out of brakes in a hurry (like most cars of the generation). The success for the T70 was mixed, with only one win in world championship endurance racing — Daytona 24 Hours in 1969. But the chassis took John Surtees to the 1966 title in the premier season of the Can-Am championship. Within a few years, the Lola T70s were uncompetitive at the top levels, and many found themselves in club racing. Before long, even those were just “used-up” race cars with little value. More than one owner from the late 1960s all but gave them away, with no thought of the value of one today in vintage racing — now usually powered with a bullet-proof Chevy lump that will last forever. (Ask Portland’s legendary sports car dealer Monte Shelton, who 32 campaigned the second T70 chassis d sold it for less than the cost of a thday breakfast.) They now can e worth $500,000 with the right story. Unlike a fading Hollywood star, he looks of the Lola T70 seem to be timeless, and their value continues to climb. Provenance: John Starkey has a long list of motorsports book successes, and the addition of Franco Varani has sharpened the history. Comparing individual entries from the last edition of Starkey’s book and the new book shows new information and corrected race histories. Fit and finish: This is a beautiful book, jammed with lovely images, many in color. While the design is simple and unobtrusive, the typography isn’t up to the rest of the book’s quality. Drivability: It’s the reference you need for all things Lola T70. The first chapters detail the design and production history, and the rest deal with history on individual chassis numbers, their race history and ownership. The first is a readable and smart history lesson, the second is an ever-more-complete history of one of the most beautiful race cars ever to take a green flag. ♦ Sports Car Market low-volume model production runs, this is a “curbside” model, meaning no opening or functional parts, except for rolling wheels. There is just a tad of underside detail — main frame, rear axle and exhaust. All chrome trim is very well finished. However, to save on cost, the model makers chose to replicate some of the chrome with silver paint applied to molded-in trim on the door sills, window trim, and running down the center of the windshield and simulated hood (bonnet) hinge. The effect is only okay — it really should be better. I would have preferred paying a little more for complete chrome trim. Great attention has been paid to the excellent wire wheels, with exposed weights and more. Up front is a terrific rendition of the radiator shell, with perfect photo-etched mesh screening, Mercedes-Benz emblem, and star ornament. The headlamp lenses (with engraved lines) are crystal clear, as are all of the windows, allowing easy view of the well-replicated interior. The tan interior with off-white headliner and simulated wood trim all around looks very good, but more cost-cutting measures are evident, such as molding some of the detail in place and painting the window cranks, door pulls and handles all silver instead of chrome. Aside from the overuse of silver paint, the steering wheel position is far too high, the windshield wipers are oversized, and I believe that the interior should be red for the car. I’ve only seen tan on a different Autobahnkurier. 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Affordable Classic 1991–2005 Acura NSX A Practical Supercar For the NSX enthusiast, the car is everything it needs to be, and who cares what others might think? by Dale Novak 1995 Acura NSX-T; this one brought $41,000 at Mecum Kissimmee T he automotive world is buzzing with the second coming of the Acura NSX, which is slated to hit the streets in 2015. That’s great news for Acura supercar fans — and should be even better news for those who already own a first-generation NSX — as it could prop up the mar- ket by reinvigorating the original breed — and create more demand for the early cars. The Acura NSX, built by Honda from 1990 to 2005 (1991 in North America), dis- patched the notion that a supercar had to be mechanically fussy, wildly expensive to repair and at a price point only for those with reserved parking spaces at expensive country clubs. While it wasn’t cheap ($60,600 MSRP Details Years produced: 1990–2005 Price range: $20,000–$40,000 for early models Number built: Numbers are incomplete for early cars. A total of 2,521 were sold in the United States between 1995 and 2000. Pros: A reliable high-performance car that showed a supercar doesn’t have to be super-expensive Cons: Two sizes of tires needed — and both are costly. Some gearheads can’t accept this pioneering car as a collectible. Best place to drive one: Past an early 1990s Corvette on the highway A typical owner is: A free-thinker who loves low-cost, highperformance fun and doesn’t need the approval of others More: www.nsxprime.com Alternatives:1992–95 Dodge Viper RT/10, 1990–95 Chevrolet Corvette ZR-1, 1991–93 Nissan 300ZX Twin Turbo SCM Investment Grade: C 34 in 1991), it was affordable if you could actually buy it for the sticker price — which was exceedingly difficult to accomplish during the first release in 1991, with dealers hammering starry-eyed buyers for an additional $25,000 in “market adjustment” profit. Some guys, who for whatever obtuse reason, just had to have one, stroked a $100k check for first dibs. Today, a well-sorted, low-mileage, NSX can be had for $20,000 to $65,000, depending on the model year. In fact, we just looked over a first-year 1991 model at Mecum’s Kissimmee sale — it was a very nice example, black on black with 56,000 miles, selling for a respectable $36,040 (Lot S76). Keep in mind that these cars are new enough to purchase a CARFAX, which might disclose a wrinkle or two if something is amiss. This information can be very handy when you’re hunting for a good example. A high-tech ride from the start The NSX accomplished a few production-car firsts, such as an all-aluminum engine, body and suspension, four-channel ABS, titanium connecting rods, and electric power steering (automatic-transmission models only). Powering the machine was an aluminum 3.0-liter V6 engine, with dual overhead cams and variable valve timing. All of the initial NSX coupes had 5-speed manual transmissions, and the V6 produced 270 horsepower. A 4-speed automatic transmission came into play a few months later, but power dropped to 252 horsepower. Over the years, the body design remained largely unchanged, with a Targa-top model introduced in 1995 as the NSX-T, which was the only model sold in 1995. The fixed roof returned in 1996, which offered buyers a choice between the two body styles. More liters and ponies were added in 1997, increasing power output to 290 horsepower, and a new 6-speed transmission was offered. In 2002, the body was refreshed with the first styling update and the fixed-roof model was dropped in favor of the Targa NSX-T, which would run until the end of production in 2005. Sports Car Market Courtesy of Mecum Auctions


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Expensive tires, transmission repairs Scouring through the blogs and NSX enthusiasts websites, the most common com- plaints appear to be the cost of the tires, which are at different sizes front to back, massive repair costs if the car is damaged, ABS brake issues in the 1991–92 models and door-lock knobs that can come loose and cause the rod to drop down inside the door (1995–97). On the “pre-purchase inspection” list, expensive repair items can include the shocks and struts, automatic transmission issues and exhaust system repairs. While the NSX lacks some of the look-at-me factors enjoyed by other high-perfor- mance two-seaters, they are extremely refined, have excellent road manners, are reasonably fast (0–60 mph in 5.8 seconds) and enjoy a long history of Honda reliability. If there’s a nit, some owners have picked on the lack of visibility of the audio and climate control systems in strong sunlight — and the top of the dash can be distracting when it reflects back into the low-slung windshield. Early models starting the price climb The market for these mid-engine cars can vary, much like any later-model classic. However, values of these cars are tied more to miles and a clean vehicle history. You are more likely to see an Acura NSX referred to as “clean” or “very clean” rather than viewed as a #3 or #2 “classic car”-graded example. Part of that equation, at least from my perspective, is that the car was so forward- thinking when it was introduced, so it still appears fairly modern today — even if it’s 22 years old. This can play into a classic buyer’s mind, as many times we seek out cars that look the part. Drive an NSX into a classic-car show, and you’re likely to have plenty of onlookers scoff at the notion that it’s really a classic car. Park it next to a 1991 Corvette, and you’ll see what I mean. Of course, for the NSX enthusiast, the car is everything it needs to be, and who cares what others might think — which is as it should be. The 1992 models are the most affordable of the bunch, with values starting in the low-$20k range for an average example — if you’re a patient shopper. As one would expect, values climb for the NSX-T editions, as the roof comes off, allowing drivers to do their best Don King hairdo impressions at speed. Values peak for the 2005 models, which range from $50k to $60k, depending on overall condition. Keep in mind that 1991–95 models may have turned the corner 1991 Acura NSX — a $36,040 sale at Mecum Kissimmee — meaning possible future appreciation — while the 1996–2005 years may still be depreciating. Although I seem to have misplaced my crystal ball, I’ll fire off an off-the-cuff, mud-on-the-wall, market prediction. I like these cars — and have since they hit the streets in 1991. In my mind, that means plenty of other guys like them too — and at least one enthusiast liked one well enough at Mecum’s Kissimmee sale to part with $36,040. That said, I also like a lot of cars — so there’s the Achille’s heel. If I wanted to squirrel one away, I’d look for a fully documented, fastidiously serviced 1991 NSX or 1995 NSX-T with low miles, the original paint, a clean history and the manual gearbox. While I’m at it, I’d like to find one with fresh tires on it. ♦ May 2013 35 Courtesy of Mecum Auctions


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Legal Files John Draneas Good Insurance Is Your Car’s Best Friend A good policy can keep legal battles at bay when a friend, mechanic or other person damages your car Friends are risky This can be pretty serious stuff. Hagerty reports that in one year they had four claims with fatalities — all involving the same high-performance sports car model. Every one of them involved a permissive user. And, Hagerty adds, a very high percentage of their claims involving supercars also involve permissive users. It’s not that your friends are ir- responsible. Think about it. We know that many collectors really aren’t skilled enough drivers to handle their high-performance sports cars safely in difficult situations. But at least they have had some hours in the seat — and they have some idea about when things are going to be getting dicey. Put a friend without that experience When your buddy slices off-course, avoid financial traps with collector-car insurance L ast month’s “Legal Files” illustrated how loaning your car to another can wreak havoc at the highest levels. This month, we’ll explore some more mundane situations that can be equally unsatisfying. Let’s start with a pretty common situation — you and your friend enter a rally in your 1957 Porsche Speedster. On the second day, you trade places and your friend drives. While you’re trying to figure out where you took the wrong turn and how to get back on course, your friend gets distracted, misses a turn and crashes into a tree. Fortunately, you both escape injury, but your Speedster doesn’t. Your friend apologizes profusely, accepts responsibility and promises to have his insurance carrier take care of the damage. How’s that going to work for you? Not so good. In the United States, the rule is that insurance follows the car. Your carrier and policy are going to cover the loss — no matter what deal you and your friend might make. The technical logic behind this is pretty simple. Most policies pro- vide that a permissive user is treated as an insured under your policy. Even if you refuse to submit the claim, your friend or his insurance carrier can submit it for you. And, since your friend is an insured, the insurance carrier cannot recover the loss from him no matter how bad he screwed up — just the same as it couldn’t recover from you if you were driving. McKeel Hagerty, President and CEO of Hagerty Insurance, puts it pretty plainly: “When you lend your car to your friend, you lend him your insurance policy too.” Risk of cancellation or premium increases So how does this affect your policy? Simply put, it counts as a claim, just the same as if you were driving. You probably won’t lose your coverage if it’s your only claim, but if there have been others, who knows? If your policy stays in force, your premium could increase — depending upon the severity of the claim. 36 in the driver’s seat, and it isn’t very hard to imagine that he might get into a difficult situation without knowing it. This can easily happen even if you’re in the passenger’s seat. Mechanic crashes Another permissive user situation arises where you give your collec- tor car to a shop for repairs, and a crash occurs while your mechanic is test-driving the car. As an example of how extreme the situation can get, you might recall the Legal Files in which the mechanic test-driving a Ford GT left the road and ended up in the tree tops (January 2011, p. 32). Again, your policy covers the loss. But, you might ask, what about the shop’s garage keeper’s policy? Shouldn’t that cover the loss? Why should you and your policy get hammered? You shouldn’t — and you won’t — but don’t avoid reporting the incident to your insurance carrier. Here’s how this works: Your insurance policy will provide primary coverage and fix your car. When your insurance carrier pays the claim, your legal rights against the shop are automatically transferred to your insurance carrier, and it can pursue the claim against the shop and its garage keeper’s policy. Legally, this is called subrogation. And, no need to worry, your carrier will pursue the claim, as it doesn’t want to get stuck with the bill either. Jim Fiske, U.S. Marketing Manager for Chubb Personal Insurance, urges readers to submit their claim to their carriers and not to try to bring the claim against the shop themselves. “This is just part of the service that your premiums buy,” he said. Bringing the claim yourself can be frustrating. Shops are supposed to carry insurance, but their coverage limits can vary all across the board. Their deductibles can be high — sometimes too high for a marginally profitable shop to be able to pay. Dealing with the adjuster can be difficult. Garage keepers’ policies are commercial policies issued by insurance companies that don’t often realize how expensive collector-car repairs can be, and why they are different than repairing your basic Toyota Camry. Hagerty puts it simply: “Not many of them know, or want to believe, that a replacement windshield for a Ferrari 275 costs $30,000.” Trying to negotiate your way through that can be like beating your head against the wall — even for a savvy insurance company. Sports Car Market Tony Piff


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“When we handle the claim, we just get the car fixed right and back on the road as quickly as possible,” Fiske said. “Then we pursue the subrogation claim. We’re pretty good at what we do, but I would estimate that our average recovery on a subrogation claim is about 50% of what we paid on the claim.” Fiske reminded me of a claim Chubb covered last year involving one of my clients. His Shelby GT350 was damaged en route to one of the Monterey auctions. The transport company accepted responsibility, and then found a no-name local body shop that would handle the repair. That scared everyone. Chubb’s adjusters stepped in, found a local restoration shop to do the work, and paid extra to have them work all night long to get the Shelby ready for the auction. The damage and repair were disclosed on the auction block, and the sale fell within the estimate range. So what does this sort of thing do to your policy? Fiske and Hagerty both say, “Nothing.” When the loss was caused by a third party, neither of them consider it a claim that would affect your coverage or premium. But if you want to be careful, ask the shop about their coverage before leaving your car. Transporter claims As already mentioned, your car can be damaged while a transport company is moving it from one place to another. The good news is that your policy covers the loss. The bad news is the caliber of the transport companies’ coverages are hit and miss. Some have very generous coverage, while others are pretty skimpy. Again, it’s okay to ask them about their coverage beforehand, but are you really capable of evaluating the nuances? If not, give your primary insurer a call and ask their permission. Keep your policy in force Three years ago, many collector cars were damaged in the wind- storm that hit Scottsdale during the January auctions (“Legal Files,” April 2010, p. 28). It was surprising how many of the damaged cars were uninsured. It seems that many collector-car owners are too quick to cancel their insurance coverage when they aren’t driving them. Policy premiums are pretty cheap, so this can be a penny-wise and pound-foolish scenario. It’s not hard to see the potential for bad things to happen when you put your car on a transporter and send it across the country to an auction, where it will be driven around the auction site — and potential bidders might take it on a test drive. It’s definitely a wise investment to keep your insurance policy in force until you know the sale is final. Similarly, when you sell your car to a buyer who gives you a check and drives off, do not immediately call your agent and cancel your coverage. Say the check bounces, and you have to track down the buyer to get your car back — only to learn that it has been crashed or stolen. That coverage you canceled would have been pretty handy to have in force. This is less obvious, but it is a good idea to keep your car insured even when it is undergoing a restoration. While it may seem unnecessary to cover a car that is sitting in pieces, those pieces can disappear or get damaged in a fire or other casualty. The shop’s legal duty is to take reasonable care of the car — but you don’t get an absolute guarantee that nothing bad will happen on their watch. Any of these occurrences could be outside their standard of care, leaving you to suffer the loss. And even if their garage keeper’s policy does provide coverage, our earlier discussion explains why the shop’s carrier is not necessarily going to be the easiest one to deal with. In all these situations, your best strategy is to keep your collector- car policy in full force. These are not the times to be trying to save a buck or two. ♦ JOHN DRANEAS is an attorney in Oregon. His comments are general in nature and are not intended to substitute for consultation with an attorney. May 2013 37


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Simon Says Simon Kidston Glimpsing the Future While Exploring the Past Young enthusiasts were grilled on what they liked best and least about today’s collecting scene — and they like Miatas Does the argument that it was built to do just that still hold water when it’s long past its sell-by date? Mercedes-Benz museum supremo Michael Bock flew in from Stuttgart HQ to share with us the secrets of keeping the German firm’s 900-plus car collection in working order, with no fewer than 800 of them making guest appearances at events last year alone. We take for granted that future generations will see and hear Silver Arrows, but it’s an eye-opener to learn how Mercedes-Benz keeps them running when the right tires disappeared decades ago, the evil cocktail of fuels they originally depended on would give Ralph Nader and his followers palpitations (and if left in the car overnight, they’d destroy that, too) and, for the formidable 1980s Group C racers that descended from the original Silberpfeile, have you considered if anyone ever thought to preserve those quaint Pac-Man era electronic boxes without which they go nowhere? Buy your Miata now? Perhaps most thought-provoking was when a panel Cunningham C4-RK coupe — unique, untouched, priceless I s there such a thing as a quiet month in the old-car world these days? In one week in March, our opinions, body clocks and travel budgets were chal- lenged during a Davos-style get-together of the collecting greats at the “connoisseurship symposium” that Miles Collier hosted at his legendary Florida museum. Add to that a feast of automotive beauty at the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance — and the raw commercialism of the surrounding auctions — which, let’s face it, is probably the reason you’re reading this magazine, but I’ll leave that part to Keith this month. So what have we learned? From the Collier gathering, lots. Keynote speaker and three-time Indy 500 winner Dario Franchitti, whose broad Scots accent recalls his mentor Jackie Stewart — as do the groovy 1970s sideburns — is an unexpected old-car fanatic with an equally surprising encyclopaedic knowledge of his hero Jim Clark. Fittingly, it would have been Clark’s 77th birthday when we met. Describing what it’s like to pilot a modern single-seater gave anyone who thinks they will one day be collectible (including myself) pause for thought when Dario reminded us that just to start them you need a team of technicians and a bank of computers — powering software the team won’t sell you. To fit in the cars, you need to spend more time in the gym than most collectors spend in the boardroom, and, assuming you make it out the pit lane, you’ll likely spin off the track before you can blame cold tires and absent downforce. Let’s agree they may have a limited market. Restoring and racing The provocatively titled “Restoration as Fiction” debate explored how human na- ture inevitably imposes an owner’s tastes and personality on any restoration he commissions. This, after all, is surely part of the reason any of us go through all the pain, isn’t it? But it’s probably healthy to recognise that we’re almost all guilty of rewriting history. Following on from this, the “Too Important to Use?” segment asked whether some cars should really be driven at all — let alone raced. A case in point is the Collier Collection’s Cunningham C4-RK coupe, as sinister a device as you’re likely to ever see on four wheels (if Batman had chosen racing instead, this would have been his weapon of choice). This car, to use a much-abused phrase, really is preserved in “time warp” condition down to its flaking, 60-year-old cream-and-blue U.S. racing livery and the small office fan hastily mounted on the dashboard when it led Le Mans in 1952. This car is unique. It’s untouched. It’s priceless. Should it ever be historic-raced? 38 of young enthusiasts were grilled on what they liked best and least about today’s collecting scene — and how they saw it changing. Apart from their suggestion that the Miata may have a future at Pebble Beach, I won’t give too much away — other than to say that when a youngster next approaches you at a concours, remember that in years to come he may be the tycoon bidding on your car or — more scarily — the editor of SCM. I’ll end on a story, which came not from one of our faculty members but a veteran historic racer in the audience. It summed up for me all that’s best about the historic-car fraternity. A few years ago, he accompanied Phil Hill on a trip to the U.K., where they decided to pay their respects at the grave of the late Dick Seaman, the young British Mercedes-Benz team driver who lost his life at the wheel of a W154 whilst leading the wet 1939 Belgian Grand Prix at Spa. Arriving to find fresh flowers on the grave, they enquired with the vicar where they came from. “Mercedes,” he replied. “They’ve sent flowers every week since 1939.” ♦ 1992 Mazda Miata. The future of collecting? Sports Car Market


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Feature London to Brighton 2012 A Little Rain on the Parade While Genevieve was among the first of the 500-plus entries to make the finish, some of us were less fortunate by Bob Ames for one-time London-to-Brighton participation with the submission of age documentation and appropriate photographs with a more modest $250 fee. Once in the U.K., the car can be inspected if permanent status is desired, and the additional fee paid. I plan to personally test the new procedures next year with my 1903 Searchmont, an American-built car previously dated 1904. In addition to the 12-page form and a comprehensive set of photographs, I will submit evidence of the company’s 1903 bankruptcy and cessation of production, along with a later letter from the car’s designer Lee Chadwick attesting to no further production. Stay tuned. Saturday’s concours on Regent Street was another step up in the development of London-to-Brighton Week. This year, the “Mile of Style” was closed completely to traffic in both directions. International brands, such as Burberry, Armani, Apple and the new Ferrari store vied for attention with the 100 or so London-toBrighton entrants on display. Many of the elderly machines parked back to back Genevieve arrives, among the first of 500-plus entrants to finish L et’s see, we have Monterey Week, Goodwood Week — which begins with the Beaulieu Autojumble — and Rétromobile Week. Now it seems the fanciers of the earliest — pre-1905 — cars are about to have a London-to-Brighton Week. Beginning with RM’s auction preview on the Tuesday before the Run and ending at Brighton’s Madeira Drive on Sunday afternoon, an American intending to take in everything — including the Bonhams Veteran Motor Cars auction on Bond Street Friday night and the Regent Street concours on Saturday — will need a full seven days, including flight time. On the Thursday afternoon prior to the November 4 Veteran Car Run, the Royal Automobile Club sponsored a forum titled “Damned If You Do, Damned If You Don’t,” which explored that question so often being asked in our circles these days: Should historic cars be restored or preserved? The panel included Toby Ward, the chairman of the Veteran Car Club, Doug Hill of the National Motor Museum, and the Louwman Museum’s Evert Louwman. Robert Brooks, Bonhams’ chairman, screened photos of the Lance Macklin Austin- Healey 100S that is now being restored, a recently sold — and very original — SS Mercedes, and three post-war Aston Martin DB4 convertibles representing barn find, preserved and restored examples. Much discussion and some debate ensued. This gathering also provided the Veteran Car Club with the opportunity to present the basics of its new dating procedure. There is considerable controversy surrounding this undertaking, as it requires re-examination of previously dated London-toBrighton entrants, and involves more substantial fees — about $1,200 — for inspection and dating. The inspection is done firsthand by a VCC dating committee member. To qualify for London to Brighton, cars must have been built before 1905. My longtime London-to-Brighton co-driver, SCMer Details Monte Shelton, became aware of the new dating procedure when he recently applied for dating one of his pre1905 machines. He was asked if he could bring it to the Hershey swapmeet, where an inspector would be available. This is a 5,000 mile round trip from our Portland homes. Happily, a U.S. entrant can be issued a “passport” 42 Plan ahead: The 2014 London to Brighton Veteran Car Run is scheduled for November 3, 2014 Where: London to Brighton begins at Hyde Park and ends at Madeira Drive in Brighton More: www.veterancarrun.com in the middle of one of the world’s highest-rent retail streets were accompanied by drivers and passengers in turn-of-the-century dress. I seem to remember that not so many years ago, period attire on the run itself was frowned upon — as the cars were the focus of attention. Goodwood Revival influence perhaps? A popular addition to the Regent Street scene this year was a showing of Britain’s most popular cars from throughout the 60-year reign of Queen Elizabeth II. It was yet another Jubilee celebration, only this time featuring Minis to E-types. Unfortunately, the reason for the rapidly expanding week of events — Sunday’s Veteran Car Run — began at dawn in a downpour. One of the Run’s stalwart participants, Queenie Louwman, aboard the most famous car entered, Genevieve herself, said upon arrival at Brighton that she’d never seen as much water on the Run — ponds, not puddles. While Genevieve was among the first of the 500-plus entries to make the finish, some of us were less fortunate. Unfortunately, my benefactor Robert Brooks and I “failed to commence” aboard his 1899 Panhard. While the finicky hot-tube ignition was finally persuaded to stay lit, the machine’s long inlet manifold and remote surface carburetor fell victim to an ambient temperature far lower than experienced on test runs a month before. The resulting frost kept the two-cylinder engine from developing any useful power. What would have been a daylong challenge in the best of weather became a 10:30 a.m. arrival at the Brighton seafront thanks to British Rail, which virtually matched our achievement aboard the 1904 four-cylinder Sunbeam in 2010. Of course, by noon the sun was out, and thoroughly soaked finishers began showing up in greater numbers to be awarded their finisher’s medals and welcomed with Bonhams’ mulled wine and hot soup. ♦ Sports Car Market Bob Ames


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Feature 2012 Cavallino Classic and Classic Sports Sunday Ferraris as Far as the Eye Can See For the Ferrarista, this is the equivalent of a trip to Mecca by Bill Rothermel A visual buffet for Ferrari fanatics A re you of the opinion that all Ferraris are red? If so, you owe it to yourself to spend a few days at this annual celebration of the faithful to prove yourself wrong. Unlike years past, the 2013 Cavallino and its companion Classic Sports Sunday came with a bonus — they were not held the same weekend as the Arizona auctions. This year’s Ferrari Lovefest was January 22–27, so gearheads could simply jet in from Scottsdale and not miss a thing in Palm Beach. For the Ferrarista, this is the equivalent of a trip to Mecca, with everything a devo- tee to the Prancing Horse might have on a wish list, including four days of track events at nearby Palm Beach International Raceway, a road tour of Palm Beach, Thursday’s Jet Reception on the tarmac at Palm Beach International Airport and Friday’s Yacht Hop at Palm Beach Marina. As in real estate, Cavallino Classic is all about location, location, location. The spectacular Breakers Hotel serves as host as well as the site of Saturday’s Concorso d’Eleganza. Classic Sports Sunday moves a short distance away to Donald Trump’s swank Mar-a-Lago Club. Add chamber-of-commerce weather in the mid- to upper-70s and no rain during the six days, and things don’t get much better. Be forewarned, though, this is not an inexpensive weekend, and all events are ticketed. Palm Beach is, after all, the playground of the rich and want-to-be famous. If you want to do Cavallino on a budget, show up early and stay late to watch the parade of cars enter and leave the showfield and the adjacent valet parking lot at the Breakers. You can experience all the heavy metal in action for no more than the cost of parking. Seeing 200 Ferraris assembled together (including Details an equal amount in the valet lot) at Saturday’s Concorso d’Eleganza is a sight to behold. Organizers carefully place all the highest-priced, rarest, and most exotic machinery upon entering. This year, attendees were treated to a special display 44 Plan ahead: The 2014 Cavallino Classic and Classic Sports Sunday is scheduled for January 21–26 Where: The Breakers Palm Beach and The Mar-a-Lago Club More: www.cavallino.com of vintage Alfa Romeo and Bugatti racing cars. Judging is no small feat — every car is beautiful — and becomes something akin to choosing your favorite child. SCMer J.W. Marriott Jr. was awarded the Scuderia Ferrari Cup for Best of Show Competition Ferrari in recognition of his superb 1957 500 TRC. He also received the award for the Finest Four-Cylinder Ferrari. The Gran Turismo Ferrari Cup for Best of Show GT Ferrari went to SCMers Graseia and Wayne Golomb for their equally beautiful 1955 375 Plus PF Cabriolet. Nineteen major awards were presented, along with class awards for each judging category. Classic Sports Sunday, which began a few years back as a poor cousin to Saturday’s concours, continues to grow in popularity and added prominence. Ninety cars were arrayed on the lawn at Trump’s private club. The champagne is poured when the showfield opens at 10 a.m., and a buffet luncheon at noon and awards presentation follow. Proceeds benefit the American Council of the Blind Scholarship Fund and the Dreyfoos School of the Arts. Rolls-Royce and Bentley were featured marques, and 18 competed for honors. Best in Class Open went to SCMers Orin and Stephanie Smith and their 1931 Phantom II, while both Best Bentley and Gentleman’s Choice were presented to SCMers Richard and Angie Workman, owners of a 1953 R-type Continental. SCMer Tom DuPont’s 1929 Le Mans Speedster took home Best American Car. SCMer Jim Patterson received Best French Car and the coveted Best In Show award for his sumptuous 1947 Talbot-Lago T26 Cabriolet by Figoni and Falaschi. ♦ Sports Car Market Bill Rothermel


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Feature 2012 Lake Mirror Classic Step Lively Into the Collector-Car Hobby Put on your walking shoes, as there is a lot of car-filled ground to cover. You won’t want to miss a thing by Bill Rothermel Noted race car driver and SCMer Brian Redman served as honorary chairman at this year’s classic. As a pleasant diversion, Redman was interviewed by Amelia Island Concours Chairman and Founder Bill Warner, also an SCMer, over the public address system while lunch was served. A vintage fashion show for participants dressed in period attire and a parade of wooden boats on Lake Mirror capped off the concours events prior to the awards ceremony. Best in Show Classic was pre- sented to William and Christine Snyder’s Derham-bodied 1930 Stutz M Cabriolet. The 1962 Chevrolet Corvette of Mel Mann took Best in Show Non-Classic honors. The Art Eastman Award went Around Lake Mirror at the concours N eed proof that the car hobby is alive and well? All you need to do is attend the Lake Mirror Classic in Lakeland, FL. There are cars, cars, and more cars — along with crowds of car lovers. Well over 550 vehicles were on display at the 2012 Classic. Lake Mirror, a municipal lake in the downtown area of this historic and charming town, becomes the center of activity for the three-day event, which ends Sunday with a road tour. The fun begins Friday with the Budweiser Hot Rod Rendezvous featuring an outdoor concert and more than 100 pre-1960 hot rods and customs on display. Saturday’s concours takes center stage right where Friday’s party left off — albeit with a more upscale, but still casual, atmosphere. Over 140 vehicles line up around the lake. At times, the day got a bit crowded, as more than 35,000 people dropped by to see the handsome cars, which included hot rods, full classics, sports cars and tractors. Hundreds of cars and clubs of all marques lined the streets of the downtown busi- ness district of Lakeland. A beautifully restored 1970 AMC Rebel Machine caught my eye. Put on your walking shoes, as there is a lot of ground to cover. You won’t want to miss a thing. Details Plan ahead: The 2013 Lake Mirror Classic is scheduled for October 18–19 Where: Lakeland, FL Cost: Free for spectators More: www.lakemirrorclassic.com 46 Best in Show, the 1930 Stutz M cabriolet by Derham, owned by William and Christine Snyder of St. Augustine, FL The Continental Mark II of Warren Wubker, winner of Best in Class Post War Group I Sports Car Market to the 1957 BMW 507 of SCMers Jim and Dee Thomas, while the Most Historic Racing Car Award was given to SCMer A. Dano Davis and his 1919 Miller TNT. SCMer Wellington Morton’s 1937 Cord 812SC won Best in Class — Open Classics. Best in Class Post War went to Warren Wubker and his striking black 1956 Continental Mark II, and Best Muscle Car honors went to Michael Merlo’s 1969 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 396 convertible. Signature Swan Awards were presented to some very unique and unusual vehicles, including SCMer Craig Brody’s 1952 Lazzarino Sports Prototipo, SCMer Mike Adams’ spectacularly restored 1963 Willys Pickup and Billy Paul’s 1967 Goggomobil TS-250 coupe. This year’s Lake Mirror Classic was the 13th and its most successful to date. Perfect weather, a beautiful setting, accessible location, plenty to do, and the support of the local community combine to make this a great family-friendly event. ♦ Bill Rothermel


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Ferrari Profile 1962 Ferrari 250 GT PF Cabriolet Series II Originality is the buzzword of the collector community, and 3499GT oozes originality. Then add that it is a 250 Ferrari by Steve Ahlgrim Details Years produced: 1959–62 Number produced: 200 Original list price: $13,000 Current SCM Valuation: $425,000– $750,000 Tune-up cost: $3,000 Distributor caps: $400 (two required) Chassis #: Left frame member by steering box Engine #: Right rear above motor mount Club: Ferrari Club of America More: www.ferrariclubofamerica.org Alternatives: 1956–59 Ferrari 250 TdF, 1959–62 Ferrari 250 Pininfarina coupe, 1962–64 Ferrari 250 GT/L Lusso SCM Investment Grade: B Comps 1961 Ferrari 250 GT Series II cabriolet Lot 146, s/n 1755GT Condition 2 Sold at $770,000 RM Auctions, Amelia Island, FL, 3/10/12 SCM# 197203 Chassis number: 3499GT Engine number: 3499GT T 48 he 250 engine paved the way for a large family of cars that helped Ferrari expand their limited output into series-produced sports cars. The new range was based on the 3-liter V12 engine designed by Gioacchino Colombo. The engine was powerful, smooth and adaptable to both touring and racing. The trend continued with the arrival of the Cabriolet 250 GT PF in 1957 — the last two letters standing for Pinin Farina (then still written as two words), who oversaw the design and the manufacture of the coachwork At the 1959 Paris Motor Show, Ferrari presented the Cabriolet 250 GT Series II. The appeal of its sophisticated mechanics was complemented by the relaxed pleasure of driving with the top down. This cabriolet was one of the most glamorous models of the 1960s — if not in the history of car-making. The current owner of 3499GT used to take his Alfa Romeo 1750 Coupé Bertone for servicing at Garage André in Marseille. Mr. Paulet, the original owner of 3499GT, used to bring the Ferrari to the same garage and it was here that the two men met. Mr. Paulet was so impressed by the young man’s passion that he promised him first refusal if he ever decided to sell. Five years later, Madame Paulet called to fulfill her late husband’s wishes. Our enthusiast had no hesitation in selling his Alfa Romeo and with the proceeds, plus another 500,000 French francs, secured the Ferrari. The car is in an unheard-of original state: Everything — down to the screws — is in virtually original condition. The owner guarantees that the Ferrari’s mileage is indeed 15,000 km (9,320 miles). The car is equipped with its very rare hard top and original Ferrari leather wallet. In its original gray livery, its leather granted a hand- some patina by time, it resembles a Sleeping Beauty that has just awoken from a lengthy slumber. To have survived for nearly 50 years in this condition is almost miraculous. This cabriolet must be one of the most authentic and original currently known. SCM Analysis This car, Lot 310, sold to a longtime SCMer for $1,131,456, including buyer’s premium, at Artcurial’s Paris auction on February 6, 2013. Followers of the Ferrari Profile know there has been a huge upward movement in the values of top-end Ferraris 1960 Ferrari 250 GT PF Series II cabriolet Lot 338, s/n 1865GT Condition 2 Sold at $520,432 Bonhams, Paris, 2/5/11 SCM# 168818 1959 Ferrari 250 GT Pininfarina Series II cabriolet Lot 522, s/n 1865GT Condition 3+ Sold at $385,000 RM Auctions, Monterey, CA, 8/15/09 SCM# 142041 Sports Car Market Courtesy of Artcurial


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for the past few years. The 250 models are at the front of the pack. I should have anticipated that the 250 Cab would be the next to blast off, but I didn’t. These cars aren’t race cars or a close derivative. The nicest one on the planet would be hard pressed to draw much attention at a major concours. The major redeeming feature of a Series II Cab has long been that it was the least-expensive Classic Era open Ferrari. The idea that one could be a million-dollar car never crossed my mind. There are fewer than 1,000 Classic Era open-top Ferraris and they are the blue-chip investment of the Ferrari world. The 250 Cabs might be on the bottom rung of the opentop ladder, but the ladder reaches the sky. The sale price of 3499GT certainly was unprecedented, but the questions it poses may be of even more significance: Is this sale an aberration in the market or is it an early marker for the future of 250 GT Cabriolets? Even more significant, has the Series II Cab moved up the ladder? Daytona Spyder money The sale of 3499GT is more than any 275 GTS has sold for and probably more than any 330 GTS. You could definitely buy a nice Daytona Spyder for this money, so are we seeing auction magic — or is there a new order? Only time will answer those questions, but I can offer some interesting insight. The more expensive the car, the less important the price is to the buyer. The vast majority of the population hears the price of a new Ferrari and thinks, “That’s more than my house.” On the other hand, it’s quite likely that a person buying a new Ferrari has a second home that’s worth more than the car. If your first thought on 3499GT was that a person could have a Daytona Spyder or 330 GTS for what they paid for this Cab, you need to adjust your thinking. Rolls-Royce used to say their competition was a second home or a yacht. This is a step beyond. This is the Monopoly Money Zone. Buyers here can afford the second home, the yacht and the car. Someone who buys a million-dollar 250 Cab already has a Daytona Spyder — if they wanted one. They probably have a 330 GTS and a few others too. Buyers in this range don’t miss things they want over money. Oozing originality 3499GT had a lot going for it. It was unique in its his- tory and its condition. Originality is the current buzzword of the collector community, and 3499GT oozes originality. Then add that it was a red-hot 250 Ferrari. There are more 250 Ferraris in the million-dollar club than out of it. The same goes for open-top Classic Era Ferraris. I don’t think the record result was a case of auction fever. Newcomers want shiny cars in turn-key condition. I suspect a preservationist bought this car. Originality has long been a goal of the collector-car community, and preservation is the new focus. Preservation is the goal of many seasoned collectors. It involves finding worthy cars and preserving them with the minimum amount of restoration. There’s a thin line between tatty and cool — and it often depends on who’s driving the car. If the driver can’t afford to restore the car, then it’s tatty. If he can, then it’s cool. As the Preservation movement catches on, there will be more attention on the virtues of the car than its defects. The skill of a preservationist may soon trump the deeppocketbook restorations of today’s collector. Big money for a reason 3499GT ticked many boxes and was rewarded with a blue ribbon result. While I’m astounded with the number, I’m not surprised. My memory is too full of images of lumpy old 250 Cabs to accept them as million-dollar cars. Fortunately, the buyer was more objective. The bid was well over market, but I think the buyer knew what he was doing. Great cars like 3499GT don’t come up often, and it was the one to stretch for. The seller definitely came out on top — but not as much as the numbers may indicate. It will take a very special Series II Cab to make a million dollars again, but the door is open and more will enter. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of Artcurial.) May 2013 49


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English Profile 1985 Aston Martin Lagonda Saloon With the Lagonda, Aston Martin was trying to build a space shuttle with technology from the Wright Brothers by Stephen Serio Details Years produced: 1976–89 Number produced: 645 Original list price: $150,000 Current SCM Valuation: $20,000–$45,000 for 1985–87 cars Tune-up cost: $933. After that, anything goes Distributor cap: $58.77 Chassis #: Plate inside driver’s door jamb; plate on right inner fender and chassis stamp on bottom of left front suspension point Engine #: Plate on right inner fender; engine number is stamped rear center top of block Clubs: Aston Martin Owners Club More: www.amoc.org Alternatives: 1978–87 Maserati Quattroporte, 1985–98 Bentley Turbo R, 1981–87 Rolls-Royce Corniche, 1980-84 Ferrari 400i SCM Investment Grade: D Comps Chassis number: SCFDLO1S4FTL13439 Engine number: V5803439 A ston Martin’s periodic revival of the Lagonda name saw it applied to a stretched, 4-door V8 in the mid-1970s, a mere handful of which were constructed. When the concept re- emerged, it was the sensation of the 1976 London Motor Show. Clothed in striking “razor-edge” bodywork designed by William Towns — the man responsible for the DBS — the new Lagonda saloon used the same long-wheelbase V8 chassis as its immediate predecessor while breaking new ground in terms of electronic instrumentation and switch gear. Problems with the latter would delay production until April 1978, by which time a less-radical design had been adopted. The interior was every bit as luxurious as the exterior was futuristic, featuring selected Connolly hides, deep Wilton carpeting and plentiful walnut veneer, all handfinished by skilled craftsmen in the best Aston Martin tradition. The Lagonda was face-lifted in 1987, acquiring a slightly softer, less hard-edged look, and continued in production until May 1990, by which time a total of 645 had been built. Even today, almost 40 years after its sensational debut, there are few cars that can match the visual presence of the Aston Martin Lagonda. A left-hand-drive model equipped with the almost universal automatic transmission, this example was first owned by one Najib Choufani (from the Lebanese Republic) who had the car registered in the U.K. (as C772 DRO) and delivered to Monte Carlo in French 50 specification (see copy of original bill of sale on file). A letter on file claims that Aston Martin has confirmed that 13493 is the seventh car completed, with an engine incorporating hardened valve seats, which lets it run on unleaded fuel. The Lagonda was next owned (from 1991) by George Patterson of Exmouth, followed by Billy J. Smart of Waltham Abbey, who purchased it in 2008. The current vendor acquired the car in 2010. Chassis number 13493 comes with a large history file containing the service booklet, assorted correspondence and numerous bills/invoices recording regular maintenance and servicing by Aston Martin Lagonda and various specialists. The most recent invoice, issued by AML in May 2011, is for a 10,000-mile/annual service, a replacement oil cooler and extensive repairs to the sills and other lower body sections. Finished in Suffolk Red with magnolia leather upholstery, and described as in immaculate condition, this well-documented Lagonda is offered with the aforementioned history file, owner’s handbook, numerous expired MoT certificates, U.K. V5C document and a fresh MoT. SCM Analysis This car, Lot 625, sold for $37,387, including buyer’s premium, at Bonhams’ Paris Grand Palais Auction on February 7, 2013. This legendary example of the classic “Beauty and the Beast” dichotomy was showcased at the Bonhams sale in Paris. Picture this: a 1985 Aston Martin Lagonda parked in the excessive elegance of the Grand Palais. 1979 Aston Martin Lagonda Lot 356, s/n LOOR13015 Condition 3Sold at $13,451 Bonhams, Sussex, 9/17/10 SCM# 166181 Sports Car Market 1985 Aston Martin Lagonda Lot 161, s/n SCFDL01S9FTL13419 Condition 3+ Sold at $45,370 Artcurial, Paris, 11/11/12 SCM# 214392 1989 Aston Martin Lagonda Lot 346, s/n 13579 Condition 2 Sold at $38,353 Bonhams, Newport Pagnell, U.K., 5/22/10 SCM# 162891 Simon Clay, courtesy of Bonhams


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I guess our world puzzles me at times. I don’t understand the civilization-ending popularity of the Kardashians, the world’s current savage religious imbroglios, the true ingredients of haggis, why some golf balls spin and others don’t — or why anyone would insult their garage by parking a Suffolk Red Aston Martin Lagonda inside it. Any true, self-respecting, worn-out MG Midget, clapped-out Morris Minor or circus-color Citroën 2CV would commit suicide if forced to share a garage with the automotive anti-icon known as the Aston Martin Lagonda. Well, maybe these cars would quietly skulk away and find a place to rot in peace — and sabotage their own brakes for revenge on the owner. The Grand Palais — a magnificent work of breathtaking architecture — was just sullied by this Ke$ha-mess of an automobile. Blech, just blech. I felt dirty just looking at it, and then I almost brushed up against it. Pop singer Ke$ha is having her pop-culture moment in much the same way this origami wedge did in the 1980s. Three, two, one and poof! If there’s any cosmic karma, Ke$ha will be relegated to the indignity of the “All-Time 10 Worst Pop Stars” — just like the Lagonda is placed on the “All-Time 10 Worst Cars” list each year. If the steel girders in the Grand Palais could have come alive, they would have formed into a Transformers-like hand, punched a hole in the roof and thrown that pile of aluminum merde out to the Maginot Line in one swing. Junk from a temple My first visit to Aston Martin was 1985. It was old English cottage-industry crafts- manship at its finest. The body panel hammering was happily deafening, the one-technician engine building system artfully arcane and the smell of Connolly leather in the trim shop was curiously erotic. This Edwardian-era style of manufacturing produced the rather glorious, brutish and powerful V8 coupe, the Volantes, the Vantages — and the massive overreach known as the Lagonda. With the Lagonda, Aston Martin was trying to build a space shuttle with technology from the Wright Brothers. “We want to build a car with a 220-volt dashboard and mate it with a GM 3-speed slushbox and a glass sunroof that doesn’t actually open!” Do you see what I’m getting at? Reams of leather, pallets of burled wood, gallons of lacquer paint — all mated with electronics aching to leave the car where it was last parked. This was the biggest car from stem to stern made with the smallest interior, a performance-neutering gearbox and ergonomics provided by Phineas and Ferb. No doubt Beauty and Beast were arguing in the boardroom. Yes, Aston Martin sold 645 units, which may have bolstered the blood-red-ink bottom line during this production run. Yes, they catered to the newly wealthy, and yes, the Lagonda was considered “oh so modern and cutting edge” for five minutes. That’s it; that’s all you get. Crockett and Tubbs have aged better — and we don’t even know where Tubbs is! I can’t believe that this stupendous absurdity of a car was built in a place that is still automotive hallowed ground. They were “Look at me because I’m famous, but I’ve never accomplished anything” cars. They are overweight, oddly shaped, slow — and don’t work most of the time. I knew the Kardashian thing would come full circle. New owner needs luck, cash In period, Aston Martin ran an ad that used the phrase “Demoralize Thy Neighbor.” Today, should you attempt to enjoy your newly purchased classic with any regularity, you will understand the phrase “Demoralize Your Wallet.” Folks, this is a warning. If you need proof, ask to see the wiring schematic for this car. You may as well buy a used Cray supercomputer to help write email and do Photoshop. This transaction did have some merit, and there is a small silver lining to this sale. Kudos to Bonhams for placing this orphan. The car was Suffolk Red with Magnolia, which is sale-proof in most countries, and yet the car sold for the princely sum of $37,387. Well sold, and bonne chance to the new owner. Hopefully he drove it away painlessly. You do know that at the world-wide launch the prototype failed to operate and had to be pushed? True story. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of Bonhams.) May 2013 51


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English Profile The Cumberford Perspective Antiquated futurism By Robert Cumberford T he “Folded Paper” school of body design that flowered in the 1970s is usu- ally credited to Giorgetto Giugiaro, but Britain’s Bill Towns was an even more fervently committed practitioner. His once- dramatic work has not aged particularly gracefully, but the Lagonda sedan with its hatchetblade nose was an absolute sensation at the London Motor Show in 1976. Far more science-fiction than traditional — despite great swathes of wood and leather inside — it caught the fancy of the entire world. Attempting to make the car an advanced electronic marvel in a country incapable of making a reliable electric fuel pump was a disastrous and costly mistake for Aston Martin, but that had nothing to do with its appearance. It may have been an excellent automotive expression of its era, coinciding as it did with the first commercial flights of the supersonic Concorde — itself an icon of the age — but today the Lagonda represents, more than anything else, a misguided styling direction leading nowhere: space-ineffic aerodynamic a the essentia beauty tha certainly ish Profile The Cumberford Perspective Antiquated futurism By Robert Cumberford T he “Folded Paper” school of body de- sign that flowered in the 1970s is usu- ally credited to Giorgetto Giugiaro, but Britain’s Bill Towns was an even more fervently committed practitioner. His once- dramatic work has not aged particularly grace- fully, but the Lagonda sedan with its hatchet- blade nose was an absolute sensation at the London Motor Show in 1976. Far more science-fiction than traditional — despite great swathes of wood and leather inside — it caught the fancy of the entire world. Attempting to make the car an ad- vanced electronic marvel in a country incapable of making a reliable electric fuel pump was a disas- trous and costly mistake for Aston Martin, but that had nothing to do with its appearance. It may have been an excellent automotive expression of its era, coinciding as it did with the first commercial flights of the supersonic Concorde — itself an icon of the age — but today the Lagonda represents, more than anything else, a misguided styling di- rection leading nowhere: space-ineffic aerodynamic a the essentia beauty tha certainly down down succe tions of enth car is a cur is lish Profile The Cumberford Perspective Antiquated futurism By Robert Cumberford T he “Folded Paper” school of body de- sign that flowered in the 1970s is usu- ally credited to Giorgetto Giugiaro, but Britain’s Bill Towns was an even more fervently committed practitioner. His once- dramatic work has not aged particularly grace- fully, but the Lagonda sedan with its hatchet- blade nose was an absolute sensation at the London Motor Show in 1976. Far more science-fiction than traditional — despite great swathes of wood and leather inside — it caught the fancy of the entire world. Attempting to make the car an ad- vanced electronic marvel in a country incapable of making a reliable electric fuel pump was a disas- trous and costly mistake for Aston Martin, but that had nothing to do with its appearance. It may have been an excellent automotive expression of its era, coinciding as it did with the first commercial flights of the supersonic Concorde — itself an icon of the age — but today the Lagonda represents, more than anything else, a misguided styling di- rection leading nowhere: space-ineffic aerodynamic a the essentia beauty tha certainly down succe tions of enth car is a cur is ing ing and hi significant. B not really de even if ever worked, w is a highly u likely possi ity. ♦ 52 6 5 FRONT 3/4 VIEW 1 Thin, flat roofs were all the rage in the 1970s, but none were bigger, thinner or flatter than this one, which even incorporated skylight glass panels. 2 The tiny, barely functional grille is almost a joke, but of course, cooling air actually entered below the bumper. 3 This full-width air dam forces air upward on those rare occasions when all the electrons are aligned and the car is ready to move forward under its own power. 4 A clumsy design error was skewing this cheap rectangular side marker to match the descending crease line rather than fixing it parallel to the ground plane. 3 4 5 The planar surfaces go slightly awry where they bulge to accommodate the wheel openings, and they are especially awkward here at the aft edge of the rear doors. 6 The bottom of the body sweeps upward far more than the deck drops at the back, assuring a good departure angle and making the body seem even slimmer. REAR 3/4 VIEW 7 The fender ends in a blade that looks almost razorsharp, not unlike the first front-wheel-drive Cadillac Eldorado coupes a decade earlier. 8 On the other hand, these lamps without bright trim preceded the Volkswagen-era Bentley Continental coupes by decades. 9 The blunt, black bumper bar seems more suitable for a railway buffer than for a luxury sedan, but it is almost the only possible solution for the extreme wedge shape. 10 Pushing the body surfaces to extremes meant that a lot of the exhaust system is very visible. 11 All four doors are surprisingly short. One would normally expect the front door cut to drop away from the base of the A-pillar, enhancing foot entry room. 12 The flattened outer face of the wheels, pushed to the exterior, is good for aerody- namics and is quite handsome and rather unexpected. INTERIOR VIEW (see previous page) The electronic instrument readouts, in whichever iteration or technology — LEDs or cathode ray tubes — were never reliable in the way modern units (mostly) are. What looked like “2001: A Space Odyssey” when the Lagonda was new now just looks like a lot of flat slabs of expensive material with some twinkling lights here and there. The footwells are narrow and restrictive, and the steering wheel looks like something from a cheap little delivery truck. Like the exterior styling, it hasn’t aged well. 8 7 9 1 2 12 11 10 Sports Car Market


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Etceterini & Friends Profile 1971 Citroën SM Coupe Most of the SMs still living are cars with needs, both obvious and hidden, but this car is not one of them by Donald Osborne Details Years produced: 1970–75 Number produced: 12,920 Original list price: $11,700 Current SCM Valuation: $25,000–$35,000 Tune-up cost: $300 Distributor caps: $75 Chassis #: Passenger’s side, between end of steering rack and a/c blower case Engine #: Driver’s side, middle of the block More: www.citroensm.org Alternatives: 1972–75 Alfa Romeo Montreal, 1975–81 Jaguar XJS, 1972–76 Maserati Merak SCM Investment Grade: C Comps Chassis number: SB2915 Engine number: C1141108468NA0848 W hat makes this Citroën SM special is that it is as close to a new car as is possible to be following a no-expense-spared restoration. It was given to the renowned Garage du Lac, run by Vincent Crescia in Switzerland, for a total mechanical and body rebuild. New or refurbished parts were fitted throughout, and the gearbox, running gear, steering, wiring, hydraulic and cooling systems were all restored to new. The body was completely dismantled and elements that showed any defect were replaced, with the rest sanded, stripped and prepared before being repainted. Any accessory that was less than perfect was replaced. To restore the interior, the owner went to Barron- Sellier in Lyon, who re-upholstered the car in tobaccocolored leather. They also put leather trim on the dashboard, steering wheel, glove box, sun visor, rear shelf and part of the pedals. The wool carpets are also trimmed in leather. Today, the car is part of a British collection that was featured in Octane magazine. Presented in metallic brown with alloy wheels, this coupe is equipped with the famous 2.7-liter V6 170 bhp engine developed by Maserati. Mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox, the engine powers the car to 220 km/h (136 mph) in the total comfort and safety provided by the hydraulic system. These qualities have brought the car great success in rallying, including victory in the 1971 Rallye du Maroc. This coupe is without a doubt one of the most stun- ning examples it is possible to buy. By returning this car to as-new condition, the owner has paid a fitting tribute to one of the most extraordinary Gran Turismo cars of its generation, both technically and stylistically. 54 SCM Analysis This car, Lot 319, sold for $170,672, including buyer’s premium, at the Artcurial Rétromobile auction in Paris on February 8, 2013. The Citroën SM has long been one of the collector- car world’s sad stories. Born with the high ambition to restore to the roads a powerful, fast, elegant and dramatic French motorcar, the heir to the great Grand Routiers of the 1930s to the 1950s, it was also one of the few examples of an automotive merger actually realizing useful synergies. Citroën bought Maserati in 1968 for the sole purpose of having a source for a more appropriate engine for a grand tourer than their own agricultural 4-cylinder. They not only got the perfect V6 engine from Maserati, but the car was positioned in the market below the heart of the Maserati line and costs were optimized by placing the same engine in the Maserati Merak. The SM was also a showcase for not only the well-known advanced engineering concepts Citroën had been using for years, but it also added pioneering variable-assist power steering, a rain-sensitive automatically adjusting windshield wiper, outstanding braking capability, optional ultra-lightweight composite resin wheels and a top speed of over 130 mph. The SM’s reasonable success in rally competition was proof of the durability and strength of the design. The car’s “failure” in the marketplace can be clearly attributed to the combination of federal safety legislation and the first energy crisis of the 1970s — combined with the sale of Citroën to the determinedly unimaginative Peugeot company in 1974. It would be obvious to any observer that after Maserati was sold off and DS production ended, the SM would be history. 1972 Citroën SM Espace Lot 217, s/n 00SB6200 Condition 3 Sold at $135,658 Artcurial, Le Mans, FRA, 7/7/12 SCM# 209154 1971 Citroën SM Lot 343, s/n SBSB00SB4672 Condition 2 Sold at $34,492 Artcurial, Paris, 2/3/12 SCM# 192744 1973 Citroën SM Lot 75, s/n AC7300SD0707 Condition 2 Sold at $50,600 Gooding & Company, Pebble Beach, CA, 8/14/2010 SCM# 165736 Sports Car Market Courtesy of Artcurial


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Most have needs, but not this one The website of the French SM Club has a Guide to Buying section. It begins: “Is the car in working condition? The car is complete? Are the papers OK? If there is a summary of registrations, check the most recent to get an idea of the last time it was used.” It goes on to advise that the engine costs about $13,000 to rebuild, plus 40 hours for removal and re-installation. The 205/70 Michelin XWX tires are very expensive, and if you want or have to replace a set of the rare, super-desirable resin alloy wheels, they will set you back about $4,000 each. The guide continues with the usual spots to check for rust, and advice on mechanical pitfalls in the gearbox and suspension hardware. Going inside, the guide tells us that an original radio costs $650 to $1,050 if you have to source one. It makes no mention of the hydraulics, which, of course, is not a very big deal in France. What that list does tell you is that this isn’t gener- ally the buying advice that goes along with cars that are either well-preserved and cherished originals or superbly restored jewels. Most of the SMs still living are cars with needs, both obvious and hidden. Without a wide network of support sources for maintenance, many quickly sank on more than their suspensions after dealer service was no longer an option. It is one of the reasons that they developed a scary reputation as unreliable money pits. Any highperformance car that isn’t regularly run and maintained will become a nightmare, and that is not exclusive to the SM. The best restoration possible There are obviously more knowledgeable and experienced restoration and mainte- nance shops for these cars in Europe than in the U.S., and one of the best known and most respected is the Garage du Lac in Saint-Blaise, Switzerland. The restorations they perform on Citroëns, especially coachbuilt models, are legendary. When they come to the auction market in Paris they tend to “ring the bell,” as the expression goes, and this 1971 SM was no exception. I saw the car on the Artcurial stand at the Rétromobile show, and it was truly im- pressive. I love these cars in this color combination of Metallic Brown with Tobacco leather, the same as was featured in the first catalog. The incredibly evocative images of this sleek coupe traveling through Paris at night are burned into my psyche. The body panels were impeccable, the trim unmarked, the interior just inhabited enough to make it inviting. It sat evenly on its wheels and not a drip or weep could be seen under the hood or on the floor for the days it sat in court. It carried an estimate of €60,000 to €100,000 ($79,800–$133,000) at no reserve. That’s a healthy price for a non-coachbuilt SM. It’s not impossible to conceive, as Bonhams sold a convertible four-door SM by Chapron, one of the two “Présidentielles,” for $217,350 in Paris in 2011 — a figure that remains the record at auction for an SM. It’s worth mentioning here that I noted the euro was at $1.33 on the day of the sale, although inexplicably Artcurial uses the exchange rate of $1.27 on their website — thereby listing this sale at $162,511. I only wish it had been that good a rate. As impressive as the sales price is, take into account that the 249,428 CHF spent on the restoration basically translates to the same amount in dollars, as the currencies have been more or less at parity since mid-2010. So, it is likely that the SM was bought for a little less than 70% of the cost of the work done, with the car thrown in for free. A market changer? Back in August 2010, a good friend and client bought an SM from Gooding & Company’s Pebble Beach sale. Also finished in Metallic Brown with Tobacco, he paid a not inconsiderable $50,600 for it (see Comps for details). Various people thought him nuts; I was not among them. The car, well rebuilt and maintained by SM World in Southern California, has proven to be both dependable and reliable. It also has been a thrilling vintage rally mount for him on a number of occasions. As is so often the case, the SM’s loudest detractors are those with no firsthand experience of the car. Properly set up, maintained and used regularly, they are the equal of their contemporary competition and offer a truly unique driving experience. This sale is obviously an outlier. SMs are not now $150,000 cars on a regular basis. We will have to see if this transaction prompts other owners with superb cars to bring them to market — and encourages owners who want to keep them to invest serious money into making them as good as they deserve to be. We’ve seen this now with Alfa Romeo Sprint Speciales, Lancia Aurelia B24 Spiders and convertibles, Maserati 3500GTs and several other perennially undervalued models where the market moves in quick steps. That’s the key — the market always moves in steps; if indeed the SM is being re-evaluated, we will have to see quite a few intermediate sales to prove the fact. For now, this sale is unrepeatable. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of Artcurial.) May 2013 55


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German Profile Column Author The Porsche 906 and Its Kin A look at the sale of a Porsche 906 in the context of the entire 904, 906, 910, 907 and 908 lineup by Miles Collier Chassis number: 906126 T his 1966 Porsche 906 sold in Paris at Bonham’s Grand Palais sale on February 7, 2013, for $732k, including buyer’s premium. At first glance, that price appears awfully favorable for the buyer. Was no one awake in the room, or is there an issue with the car? There have been enough major adjustments in the Porsche market that an overview of the sports prototype sector with our subject 906 as centerpiece might be helpful. If we accept Porsche Spyders as $3m collector cars, and Porsche 917s as $15m cars, we can see that the “lesser” plastic-bodied, tubeframe sports and sport prototype competition cars from Zuffenhausen — the 904s, 906s, 910s, 907s and 908s — are relatively cheap and very interesting collectibles. First, a little history The second age of Porsche racing opened in 1964 with the transi- tion from formed aluminum to the molded-fiberglass construction used in the 904. Using build techniques designed to facilitate the relatively high 100-car production for homologation stipulated by the FIA, the 904 was the last competition Porsche that could be road-licensed in Germany. Unfortunately, the sheet-metal, box-section chassis bonded to a chopper-gun-sprayed body was very heavy, difficult to repair and prone to rust. More than one collector has been shocked by the problems this construction method presents during restoration. The newly designed 901 6-cylinder engine was supposed to power 1964 Porsche 904 Carrera GTS, sold at $1,210,000 at Gooding & Company, Pebble Beach, CA, on August 21, 2011 56 the 904, but Porsche ultimately decided to keep using the venerable 4-cam, 4-cylinder Carrera engine. The 2-liter Type 587/3 engine performed yeoman service for Porsche’s racing (and road) customers for the next two years. Sports Car Market Courtesy of Bonhams


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A variety of engines The factory itself fielded a small series of 904s with the new 901 flat six. Given the unforeseen subsequent introduction of the 906 Carrera 6, these 904s were confusingly serial-numbered as 906s. Another couple of cars were powered by Type 771 8-cylinder engines. Both of these latter configurations raced as factory prototypes. The 6-cylinder and 8-cylinder cars are of great historical interest, and the Carrera 6 cars, with the easy-to-maintain 901, are eminently practical as vintage racers. There is currently quite a bit of demand for 904s. The only competi- tion car styled by “Butzi” Porsche, the 904 stands out in any collection. While road-licensable, I find them hot, cramped, noisy and claustrophobic. Compared with later racing models, the 904, like the 550 in its series, is the least potent. Even so, good 904s are commanding $1m and more. The 906 Carrera 6 The Carrera 6, like the 904/6, has a 906 serial number but starts with 1xx versus 0xx. Significantly, the Carrera 6 represents a reversion to Spyder tube frame design — albeit with non-stressed, lightweight fiberglass skins. This construction method was to last for the duration of the second age of Porsche racing that terminated with the incomparable 917. Two hundred pounds lighter, 30 horsepower more powerful, the Carrera 6 dominated 2-liter sports and sports prototype racing. As was now customary, the basic homologation model was relegated to Porsche’s clients, while non-homologated prototype cars powered by injected 6-cylinder engines and 2.2-liter, 8-cylinder 771s were factory campaigned. Today, the 906 is a capable and reliable vintage racing car. Its 901/20 engine ensures both easy parts supply and a plethora of capable repair shops. No more dual-use racers Now here’s an important point: Despite being an order of magni- tude superior to the 904, the 906 could not be road-licensed. Mid-1960s racing technology had finally advanced to the point where successful competition cars had to be divorced from road use. Sports car homologation rules in 1966 required only a 50-unit run. As Porsche could identify 50 racing-only sales, the now-problematic road capability was dropped. In today’s collector market, usability on both road and track commands a price premium. We see this very clearly with the Ferrari GTO and the subsequent 275 LM. The GTO is much more usable than its faster, track-only successor. What should the 906’s “track only” discount from the dual-use 904 be? Fifty percent? Less — or more? With that preface, do we see an apparent bargain in the case of our subject car? Alas, no. Our 906 has a notorious and unfortunate history May 2013 57 Courtesy of Bonhams


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German Profile Column Author 1967 Porsche 910 Works, sold at $799,000 at Bonhams, Carmel, CA, in 2010 involving two major crashes. The first crash resulted in a new chassis. The second crash — also a “total” —resulted in a driver’s death and three spectator fatalities. In the subsequent confusion, what was left of the wreck was converted —who knows how — to a Chevron-like open sports racer. Ultimately, after years of knocking about, today’s rather attractive restoration appeared. Surprisingly, the “story” discount for all this horror is a mere $300k. Let’s return to our narrative. On to the 910 cars Hard on the heels of the Carrera 6 came the 910 prototype. Typical of Porsche, the 910 is a thoroughly Teutonic development of its predecessor. Employing the 906’s chassis and drivetrain, the 910 was fitted with 13-inch wheels and a wholly new suspension that dispensed with the Carrera Six’s recycled 904 corners, thereby offering greatly improved performance on the track. I have driven both, and the contrast is astounding. The 910 has better visibility, better grip and better power to weight. As a hidden asset, most of the 28 910s were first used as factory racers before being rebuilt fo that comes with most 9 to race history. Porsc than Carrera 6s. The 907 and 908 cars Confusingly out o 910 with the 907. Es with different coachw complex 771 engine, t 20 907s were really i before the emergence o I believe Porsche r 12 steel-frame, 13-inc 907s with 3-liter e — the legal maximum f prototypes — in a plan attack for outright vi ries against the likes o Ferrari, Ford, Lola a so on. Quickly, a seco series of 908s appea with aluminum tube c sis and 15-inch whee 1968, the authorities ted open cars in the p class. The 908 Spyder 58 This 1970 Porsche 908/3 failed to sell on a high bid of $1.3m at RM Auctions’ 2013 Amelia Island sale Sports Car Market 1968 Porsche 907 at the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance in 2012 1969, when Porsche handily won the World Championship of Makes, which was the culmination of ambitions that had been simmering since their tie-breaker loss to Ferrari in 1960. The bigger prototypes — the few extant 907s and the 50-odd 908s — currently sell in the $2m to $2.5m range, depending on history and condition. With tube-frame, fiberglass-skin cars, heavier restorations involving tube replacement and new body panels don’t have the valuedamping impact such interventions would have had with earlier sheetmetal and frame racing cars. Perhaps this tolerance partly explains the small discount on our 906. Given their extreme scarcity (recall the subsequent appearance of those 12 steel-chassis 908s) and their very complex and specialized engines, 907s are generally the province of collectors. By contrast, the 908 has it all. The engine was designed with street application in mind. The cars are easy to maintain, with good parts availability. These cars are a bargain, offering major historic importance, and the excellent performance that makes for front-of-the-pack vintage racing. Finally, to return to our featured car. I would view this Carrera 6, with its serious condition issues, as well sold. It is more than fully priced as a “weapons grade” vintage racer. ♦ Ned Jackson ©2013, courtesy of RM Auctions © Conceptcarz.com


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American Car Collector Profile 1966 Shelby Cobra 427 Roadster Is a Cobra’s value based on a sum of its parts — or which factory it rolled out of? by Colin Comer Details Years produced: 1965–67 Number produced: 260 Original list price: $7,495 Current SCM Valuation: $750k– $1,050,000 Tune-up cost: $500 Distributor cap: $15 Chassis #: Tag riveted to passenger’s foot box, engine compartment, and stamped on right front frame rail near upper control arm Engine #: Casting number and date code on lower front Club: Shelby American Automobile Club PO Box 788, Sharon, CT 06069 More: www.saac.com Alternatives: 1963–65 Shelby 289 Cobra, 1972–73 Ferrari Daytona Spyder 1957–63 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster SCM Investment Grade: A Chassis number: CSX3301 E very Shelby 427 Cobra is rare simply by nature, but some reach the level of “exceptional” — a fact Carroll Shelby acknowledged when he signed the glovebox door of CSX3301 with the inscription: “One of the rarest CSX3301 Carroll Shelby.” This Cobra was completed at AC Cars for delivery directly to Ford Advanced vehicles in Slough, England. As such, it was never invoiced to Shelby American. Factory equipped with Smiths gauges, a hard top, 427 engine and Sunburst wheels, it was purchased new by a Mr. Franck of Paris, France. The car was seldom seen for years — until it was sold to The Vintage Car Store in Nyack, NY, in August 1977. It went through the hands of Kirk White and then Larry Megibow, who sold the car to Dan Turman in 1979. In 2001, CSX3301 was restored by HRE Motors in Freeport, NY, who returned it to its original white with blue stripes, black sidepipes and chrome roll bar, and it remains the same today, with the odometer showing 10,872 kilometers (6,755 miles). In addition to its listing in the Shelby American World Registry, documentation includes photos of the original ledger at AC Cars. SCM Analysis This car, Lot S155, sold for $779,100, including buyer’s premium, at Mecum Auctions’ Kissimmee, FL, sale on January 26, 2013. It is no secret that most Cobras have a story. Perhaps there are so many stories because it takes an “interesting” sort of person to own one — or that their special aluminum skins seem to be drawn to stationary objects. Beyond their life stories, there were multiple differences from one batch of cars to the next. These differences can greatly affect value today. Such is the case with the 260 original big-block 60 Cobra street cars produced. Note that I did not say “427 Cobra,” but more on that later. The CliffsNotes version of original big-block (CSX3000 chassis numbers) street Cobras puts the cars into three distinct batches: The 3100 series cars were a mix of various rear- fender configurations that define the cars. All had 427-ci engines with dual-quad induction and small rectangular taillights from the earlier small-block cars. The 3200 series cars were all “wide-hip” cars with new round taillights (two per side), and with a few exceptions, were powered with 428-ci “Police Interceptor” engines with single 4-barrel induction — Shelby’s costcutting measure. The 3300 cars shared the same body, and after the first few cars (from 3306 more or less) returned to 427ci power with a single 4-barrel after Shelby’s engine trickery was discovered and protested. Then — and now — buyers prefer 427 Cobras with a real 427 under the hood. As a result, few 428 cars retain their original engines. Regardless of current powerplant, any “427” Cobra originally sold with a 428 suffers a reasonably steep value penalty with today’s buyers. As for our subject car, before we get to its original configuration, let’s address how — and where — it was originally built and sold. A little backstory: With the small-block Cobras, there was enough of a demand for them from European buyers that Shelby American licensed AC Cars Ltd. to build their own Cobras to sell in Europe. These cars were given their own unique chassis number prefixes: COB (CObra Britain) for sale in the U.K.; and COX (CObra eXport) for the rest of Europe. Rather than use Shelby’s 2000-series chassis numbers, the COB and COX cars used serial numbers from 6001 to 6062. 1966 Shelby Cobra 427 Lot 217, s/n CSX3228 Condition 2Sold at $880,000 RM Auctions, Phoenix, AZ, 1/19/12 SCM# 192676 Sports Car Market 1966 Shelby Cobra 427 Lot 53, s/n CSX3216 Condition 1Sold at $825,000 Gooding & Co., Pebble Beach, CA, 8/18/12 SCM# 209443 Comps 1965 Shelby Cobra 427 Lot 114, s/n CSX3014 Condition 1- Sold at $1,485,000 RM Auctions, Monterey, CA, 8/17/12 SCM# 209501 Courtesy of Mecum Auctions


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These cars never went to Shelby American, as they were com- pleted at AC Cars using engines and transmissions shipped to the U.K. from Shelby American, and they were sold as “AC Cobra 289” cars with AC Cars, rather than Shelby, badges — and without the famous “Powered by Ford” fender emblems. By the time the big-block Cobras arrived, few European buyers were interested. However, AC Cars did complete three big-block cars in the manner of the 289 cars. These cars — CSX3217, CSX3222, and our subject car CSX3301 — were all delivered to Ford Advanced Vehicles in the U.K. to sell. A true Shelby Cobra or an AC Cobra? So, as CSX3301 was not built at Shelby American and never set tires on American soil until 1977, is it a Shelby Cobra in the truest sense? I asked SAAC’s Cobra Registrar Ned Scudder to chime in on the subject: “We know that 3217 and 3222 originally had AC emblems rather than Cobra badges, and we suspect 3301 did as well,” Scudder said. “3217 and 3222 also had the 289-style “AC Cars” footbox VIN tags, and 3301 did as well, but a Shelby American one was installed at some point. And yes, I would call these cars AC Cobras and not Shelby Cobras.” Ned’s thoughts aligned with those of other Cobra collectors to whom I spoke as well. So it seems that being assembled at AC Cars and not at Shelby American robs CSX3301 of that Shelby magic for many. The SAAC Registry history lists: “CSX3301. White/black interior. Completed at AC Cars for delivery to Ford Advanced Vehicles (Slough, ENG). As it was neither shipped nor invoiced to Shelby American, its chassis number did not appear in their production work order sequence. Shipped 9/1/66 to FAV with a factory hard top, a 428 engine and Sunburst wheels.” It is worth noting that CSX3301 was not listed on Shelby American’s production ledger — but on AC Cars Ltd.’s ledger. Over the years, CSX3301 gained a 427 and the requisite hood scoop, roll bar, sidepipes, stripes, and lost its unique Sunburst wheels, as these cars typically do. The Registry lists all of CSX3301’s past owners, offers for sale, and numerous auction appearances up to its most recent sale in January 2013. It has had a lot of short-term owners — most of them dealers — including Megibow and his famous sale of the car when the bank held the title. All of this data is valuable in documenting the car’s history, and there is some good news: no missing owners or years apparent, and none of the dreaded “hit tree, rebuilt, sold, hit bridge, rebuilt” stories that are all too common. However, there is one issue that comes from CSX3301 spending its first decade in Europe. The SAAC Registry explains: “Caveat Emptor: A second car exists which was fraudulently stamped with the chassis number CSX3301 in the late ’70s. This car is the result of bad timing on the part of a triumvirate from Southern California. Using a mole to scan DMV computer registrations, and finding no trace of records belonging to CSX3301 in the mid ’70s, this group elected to build one, not realizing that the original car was in France and therefore absent from the U.S. DMV computer base. It is believed that the illegitimate 3301 is based on the shell of an original street 427 Cobra. This car was last known to be in Encino, CA. It is NOT the original or legitimate CSX3301.” Obviously, having two cars share a VIN is never good — but thankfully SAAC states a firm opinion of which 3301 is real. The Mecum car is the real deal. The big question remains, is 3301 a Shelby or an AC? Is a Cobra’s value based on a sum of its parts — or which factory it rolled out of? Clearly a precedent was set with the COB and COX cars built under license by Shelby and sold outside of the United States with unique chassis numbers as AC 289s. Should CSX3301 be called an AC 427? Perhaps, and clearly at some point, an owner felt its value would be higher as a Shelby Cobra, as evidenced by the VIN tag and badge swap. I have to assume the buyer — who got a full and clear description from Mecum Auctions on how 3301 was built at AC Cars and sold through FAV in the U.K. and not Shelby American — was comfortable with that lineage. AC or Shelby, it’s still a Cobra Nobody can ever say that CSX3301’s story isn’t unique or interesting. And the bottom line is that in appearance and function 3301 is all Cobra, whether one wants to call it an AC or a Shelby. Personally, I’d hunt down the imposter car, demand its unlawful VIN be removed, and then put the real CSX3301 back to pure street-car configuration (sans pipes, scoop, roll bar, stripes, S/C engine bits and so on) and dress it exactly as it left FAV in England — AC badges and all. So, semantics of 3301’s origin aside, how does its most recent sale add up? What is a low-mileage, 428 Cobra that was built by AC Cars Ltd. and later restored with 427 S/C Cobra gingerbread and a 427 engine worth? On this day it was worth $779k. That places it square in the range of what similar spec 428 big-block Cobras have sold for recently at auction. Did buyers discount it from what a no-stories, built-in-Los Angeles, 427 Cobra would bring? Absolutely. I’d call the price strong, but with the Cobra market on fire, it is most likely the new market price for a big-block Cobra with a footnote. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of Mecum Auctions.) May 2013 61


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Race Car Profile 1936 Talbot-Lago T150C Racer This car has less absolute value than a perfect one, but the value is real and every bit as stable — just lower by Thor Thorson Details Years produced:1936–37 Number produced: Six Original list price: N/A Current SCM Valuation: $1,500,000– $3,000,000 Chassis #: Plate on firewall, left side Engine #: Left side of block under rocker cover Alternatives: 1933–35 Bugatti Type 59, 1931–35 Invicta 4.5-liter, 1935–39 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900 SCM Investment Grade: A Comps 1938 Talbot-Lago T150C SS Lot 127, s/n 90112 Condition 1 Chassis number: 82930 T he heads of the Automobile Club de France, keen to see prestigious national firms return to racing, decided to introduce new rules for the 1936 ACF Grand Prix. The new regulations, adopted on October 13, 1935, opened the event to sports cars. The declared goal was, of course, to encourage the involvement of French firms and, if possible, facilitate their success; but also to openly encourage “reasonable” racing cars whose development could be directly applied to series cars. Models were therefore to be produced in minimum numbers — and conform to a model available to the public. In early 1934, Anthony Lago arrived from England to take charge at Talbot and ensure its return to economic health. After a convalescent period of modifications and modernization, he decided to go into track racing for two reasons: to generate vital publicity, and — above all — as the perfect testing ground for the firm’s new models. Lago naturally responded favorably to the ACF’s new rules, and he tasked Walter Becchia to design a new sports car at the end of 1935. The result was the T150C. Four cars were produced for the 1936 season (the series would be completed by two further cars in 1937). To ensure Talbot could start racing — and to pay for his new team of René Dreyfus and André Morel — Lago had no option but to sell two of the four cars — although they were still assembled at the factory. One was acquired by Pierre Louis-Dreyfus; the other was sold to Francique Cadot, a little-known car enthusiast from Lyon. The car offered here is the one bought by Francique Cadot in 1936. 62 SCM Analysis This car, Lot 342, sold for $1,995,001, including buyer’s pre- mium, at Artcurial’s Paris auction on February 8, 2013. There is an old English saying that goes, “When your guests start talking about how honest they are, it’s time to count the silverware.” That really doesn’t apply here, yet the auction company’s decision to publish an entire separate booklet and devote a mind-numbing arsenal of words to detail the history of the car gave me pause. The English translation of the catalog entry ran over 3,300 words (this profile is about 1,400, for comparison), and you have to wonder why they felt they had to say so much. Consider a hypothetical alternate approach: “1963 Ferrari GTO, Chassis #XXXX, perfect; start bidding.” The point here is, the greater the car, the less you need to explain it. In their defense, I acknowledge that this is a relatively obscure car with a very long and complicated history, so if you want more than the few true cognoscenti of the marque to raise their paddles, you’ll need to explain the car, but still…. A vivid history… Let me give you a Reader’s Digest summary of what the catalog actually said, and then we can consider the sale. In the mid-1930s, the international Grand Prix formula was so utterly dominated by the Mercedes and Auto Unions of the Third Reich that nobody else had a chance of even placing — much less winning. The French didn’t like this at all, so, starting in 1936, they made up their own rules for the French races. The 1937 Talbot-Lago T150 SS Teardrop Lot 558, s/n 90115 Condition 1- Not sold at $1,200,000 RM Auctions, Monterey, CA, 8/05/09 SCM# 142118 Sold at $4,475,000 RM Auctions, Cernobbio, ITA, 5/21/11 SCM# 177900 1938 Talbot-Lago T150C Teardrop Lot 359, s/n 90034 Condition 1 Sold at $4,620,000 RM Auctions, Monterey, CA, 8/13/10 SCM# 165601 Sports Car Market Courtesy of Artcurial


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French performance car builders all jumped in. Antonio (Tony) Lago was a brilliant engineer and promoter who bought the Talbot marque out of its parent company’s bankruptcy in 1935, and he saw the new rules as an excellent opportunity to re-establish Talbot-Lago as a serious player in the performance-car business. Lago and his engineers developed the T150 — a 4-liter upgrade of the earlier Talbot design with a hemispherical cylinder head, improved suspension, etc… — with this in mind. They started by building four competition T150s for the 1936 season — selling two of them to finance the two factory team cars. Candidly, these cars were not particularly successful, but they paved the way for the 1937 and later T150Cs that were more competitive and, in the “Teardrop coupe” version, stunningly beautiful. These have become ultimate collectible treasures. Today’s subject car was one of the two sold. It went to a wealthy amateur who quickly realized he shouldn’t be racing. He loaned the car to other drivers, and it became the effective Talbot B-team through 1937. The car then passed through a few owners and races before ending up with Pierre Levegh (best known for the 1955 Le Mans catastrophe) in 1938. He raced it extensively — but with limited success — until World War II stopped things. Levegh drove the car again when racing started up after peace returned. At the end of 1946, Levegh sold it to a Mr. Mouche, who threw the original body away and replaced it with something newer-looking before racing it extensively in 1947. Now getting thoroughly out of date and uncompetitive, the car passed through a series of owners who filled up the back positions in lots of French races, until it was retired and put into storage in 1950. It spent the next 33 years sitting in various garages and collections without being restored or used. …with a reproduction body In 1983, the car ended up in London in the possession of legendary vintage dealer Dan Margulies. He got it running — but couldn’t find anyone interested in buying a weird old Talbot with unknown history and an incorrect body — so he decided to have Paul Grist rebody it as a competition T150. Little did Margulies suspect that that is what this car originally was. Finished in 1984, the car was quickly sold and started its new life as a historic- racing icon, passing through the collections and racing adventures of a virtual Who’s Who of high-profile Europeans — and along the way having its true history discovered and documented. It was restored again in 2000 before passing into the ownership of the German seller at this auction. What drives the price of a car Now let’s talk about value. I am told that the seller was disappointed with the result, but is this reasonable? This car sold for effectively $2 million, which is either an awful lot of money or not very much, depending on a very subjective set of considerations. Let’s go back to collector basics: authenticity, originality, beauty, rarity, historical importance, speed and sportiness, usability, and — not least — communal lust for a certain car (is a GTO really worth that much money?). All these carry different relative values in each car’s “what’s it worth?” calculation. It is a given that the greatest cars have all the basics in abundance — but very few May 2013 actually do — and it is useful to consider what happens if a car comes up short. I will argue that as the values reach the nosebleed levels, authenticity and originality become the primary determinants, as they are the only variables that you can’t fix (historical importance and rarity aren’t variables). As a group, Talbot T150s tick most of the boxes and are incredibly collectible. The “Teardrop” coupes are comfortably over $4 million these days, and although the open competition cars aren’t as flat-out gorgeous, they make up for much of the difference with rarity and performance and remain easily in $3 million territory for a great one. Our subject car was unquestionably real, docu- mented, and dripping with history, but it wasn’t completely original, and on some levels, it was presented as a bit of a fraud. The issue rides on the car’s body. The patina is extraordinary: old, faded blue paint with the “Talbot Lago” script on the bonnet almost worn off from the years — you can almost smell the sweat and smoke of heroic drives with the clouds of war looming overhead — except that it is all reproduction. The body was built in 1984 in England with patina applied as cosmetic. The rest of the car is real and important, but it’s not Freshly patinated in 1984 the original, complete package, and there is nothing anyone can ever do to fix that. Still a valuable — and usable — racer The compensating good news is that the car is far more usable as a racing weapon; you don’t need to worry about bending irreplaceable sheet metal and paint. This car has been flogged by the best all over Europe and can continue to race for as long as historic racing continues, which gives it a value a collection queen can’t have. It has less absolute value than a perfect one, but the value is real and every bit as stable — just lower. On balance, I’d say that it sold fairly and will provide great value to the buyer. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of Artcurial.) 63


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Market Reports Overview February Auctions Hold Their Own Twelve tiny cars from the Weiner Collection sold above $100k, including a 1958 FMR TG500 “Tiger” at $322k By Tony Piff J anuary’s seismic blast of auction activity in Arizona thundered right across the globe and into February. For European collectors, Rétromobile in Paris marks the beginning of the new year. Artcurial is the official auction house of the event, and this was their biggest Paris sale to date by every measure. They sold 102 out of 115 cars consigned, up from 94 out of 103 last year, for a combined total of $18.5m, up from $17.8m. That’s double the $9.3m achieved in 2011. The much-anticipated 1936 TalbotLago T150C racer secured top-sale honors for the sale (and for this entire issue) at $2m (see the profile, p. 62), followed by a 1929 Duesenberg Model J Murphy convertible at $1.4m and a 1962 Ferrari 250 GT PF cabriolet at $1.1m (see the profile, p. 48). Not far away, Bonhams held their sale at the Grand Palais. 2013 marks the veteran auction house’s 100th year, and the sales figures confirmed that they are still growing. Bonhams sold 88 cars for a combined $14.9m, up from $9.2m last year. Two cars broke $1m here: a 1929 Bentley 6½ Litre Speed Six tourer, sold at $1.1m, and a 1963 Aston Martin DB4 Series V Vantage cabriolet, at $1.1m. Close behind, a 1938 Bugatti Type 57C Special Coupe fetched $935k, and a 1938 Mercedes-Benz 540K cabriolet made $911k. Vintage track enthusiasts converged in Warwickshire, U.K., two weeks later for Race Retro, where Silverstone hosted its annual race-themed sale. Numbers dipped slightly, with 50 cars sold for a combined $2.4m and an average price of $49k. A 1958 Tojeiro Jag sold for $452k, ahead of a 1960 Aston Martin DB4 Series II coupe at $269k and a 1966 Shelby GT350 at $162k. Looking stateside, Mecum grew their mammoth week- long Kissimmee sale to an unbelievable 10 days. Shattering any concerns of a saturated market or exhausted bidders, Mecum sold 75% of 2,424 consignments for a $70.8m total and a $39k average price. A 1966 Shelby Cobra 427 found 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 64 http://bit.ly/ZOf8zr Sales Totals Mecum, Kissimmee, FL Artcurial, Paris, FRA Bonhams, Paris, FRA RM Auctions, Madison, GA Leake, Oklahoma, OK Bonhams, Boca Raton, FL Silverstone, Warwickshire, U.K. Coys, Birmingham, U.K. $70,760,568 Scan this code with your smartphone for complete results of each auction covered in this issue, or go to URL listed (left) $18,512,160 $14,912,258 $8,093,850 $2,444,023 $1,804,608 $5,697,340 $3,669,050 $780k, a 1968 Chevrolet L88 Corvette made $583k and a 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429 rounded out the podium at $442k. Bonhams’ inaugural Boca Raton Concours d’Elegance auction was a marked suc- cess. They sold 46 cars for $3.7m total and an $80k average. The Ex-Mrs. E.L. Cord 1930 Duesenberg Model J Torpedo phaeton was the high sale at $699k. Next in line were a 1970 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Spyder conversion at $391k and a 1963 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III drophead coupe at $264k. And RM attracted global attention when it sold off the 200-car Bruce Weiner Microcar Collection without reserve. Like gumdrops on a frosted cake, the tiny cars were irresistible to bidders. Twelve tiny cars sold above $100k, including a 1958 FMR TG500 “Tiger” — a rare, high-performance Messerschmitt capable of 80 mph speeds — sold for an incredible $322k. We conclude the market reports with highlights from Leake Oklahoma City and Coys Birmingham in the Global Roundup. Lastly, Chad Tyson takes a look at those most practical of collector cars from the middle of last century: four-door '50s rigs that sold on eBay Motors. ♦ Top 10 Sales This Issue (Land Auctions Only) 1. 1936 Talbot-Lago T150C racer, $1,955,001— Art, p. 80 2. 1929 Duesenberg Model J convertible, $1,386,006—Art, p. 84 3. 1962 Ferrari 250 GT Spyder, $1,131,456— Art, p. 82 4. 1963 Aston Martin DB4 Series V Vantage drophead coupe, $1,090,453—Bon, p. 88 5. 1938 Bugatti Type 57C coupe speciale, $934,674—Bon, p. 90 6. 1938 Mercedes-Benz 540K cabriolet, $911,307—Bon, p. 90 7. 1938 Lancia Astura 4th Series cabriolet, $903,518—Bon, p. 92 8. 1935 Bugatti Type 57 Vanvooren cabriolet, $783,866—Art, p. 78 9. 1966 Shelby Cobra 427 roadster, $779,100—Mec, p. 74 10. 1953 Bentley R Continental sports saloon, $711,277—Bon, p. 88 1. 1953 Bentley R Continental sports saloon, $711,277—Bon, p. 88 2. 1953 Messerschmitt KR175 dome top microcar, $23,000—RM, p. 103 3. 1951 Mochet CM-125 Luxe cabriolet, $19,550—RM, p. 100 4. 1980 MGB convertible, $13,250— Mec, p. 70 5. 1974 Volkswagen Thing 4-dr convertible, $6,380—Lke, p. 130 Sports Car Market Best Buys


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Mecum Auctions Kissimmee, FL Mecum Kissimmee Looking for a 1965–67 Mustang? There were 39 on offer. How about a 1969 Camaro? There were 80 Company Mecum Auctions Date January 18–27, 2013 Location Kissimmee, FL Auctioneers Mark Delzell, Jimmy Landis, Bobby McGlothlen, Mike Hagerman, Matt Moravec, John Hummer, Jeff Knosp, Russ Conklin, Steve Holt Automotive lots sold/offered 1,806/2,424 Sales rate 75% Sales total $70,726,118 High sale 1966 Shelby Cobra 427 roadster, sold at $779,100 1966 Shelby Cobra 427 roadster, sold at $779,100 Report and photos by Dale Novak Market opinions in italics I have been covering Mecum’s January Kissimmee sale for more than a few years now. Looking at the behemoth that it has become, it’s hard to believe that just 104 cars changed hands here in 2004. This year, the sale lasted 10 days with 2,423 cars up for grabs, surpassing all other classic-car sales in history. Along with the cars, there were an additional 700 lots of memorabilia and road art for sale, which accounted for one full day of the auction. To call it a “Super Bowl of car auctions” might be a colossal understatement, but I’ll stick with that for now. If you came here to buy a car, there were plenty to choose from. Looking for a sharp 1965–67 Mustang? There were 39 on offer. How about a 1969 Camaro? Try 80. I chose to come during the first half of the sale rather than the latter half, as I could not attend all 10 days. Some folks I spoke with, both dealers and retail buyers, suggested that the sale might be too long and too large, or that the market would reach a saturation point. But Mecum shattered all of those concerns, achieving a very impressive sell-through rate of 75%. A press release from Mecum stated that over 75,000 people attended the 10-day event, which I’m sure was a nice boost for the local economy. High-sale honors went to a 1966 Shelby Cobra 427 roadster that changed hands for $779k. Other cars of 66 Buyer’s premium $300 up to $5,499, $500 from $5,500 to $9,999, 6% thereafter, included in sold prices Kissimmee, FL note included a 1968 Shelby GT500 KR, sold at $175k, and a rare 1968 “Tasca” Ford 428 Lightweight Mustang, which went home unsold with a high parting bid of $200k. A very nice 1970 Plymouth Superbird, equipped with V-code 440 Six Pack, 4-speed and full documentation, hammered home for $166k. Considering the potent drivetrain and matching numbers, this Mopar was one of the best deals of the event. For those of you who prefer a cup of tea to go with your wool driving cap, there was a 1955 Jaguar XK 140 sold at $127k and a 1967 AustinHealey BJ8 Mk III convertible, which sold post-block for $61k. And featuring British styling with a spunky Ford 289 under the hood was a 1967 Sunbeam Tiger, which sold for the tidy sum of $69k. Last year’s event was a marked success, with 1,546 cars sold out of 2,243 consigned, for an overall total of $58.5m and an average price per car of $38k. This time around, Mecum shot for the moon and increased every one of those figures except for average price, which still came through at a respectable $29k. With the vast majority of cars changing hands at prices fair for both buyer and seller, this looks like a healthy stabilization of the market. Mecum’s General and Operations Manager Harold Gerdes said, “To put this event on is like putting on a professional basketball game and a rock concert at the same time and doing it every night, 10 nights straight.” I can’t wait to see how they up the ante at next year’s sale. ♦ Sales Totals $70m $60m $50m $40m $30m $20m $10m 0 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 Sports Car Market


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Mecum Auctions Kissimmee, FL ENGLISH #F236-1955 JAGUAR XK 140 roadster. S/N S810008. Red/tan cloth/tan leather. Odo: 9,867 miles. Paint is well applied but showing signs of age; beginning to unwind in areas. Some microblistering noted as well. Some interior switches are a bit weathered. Fresh crinkle-style paint on steering wheel. Trunk out, hood is tight. Chrome slightly pitted with some bubbling under the chrome windshield- noted in the trunk. Tape on driver’s seat. Trunk out. Dashpad is a bit lumpy. Interior fit and finish beginning to unwind in areas. Engine in most regards. Fitted with a/c. Dash is still weathered but cleaned up more than the last surround. Leather is fresh. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $127,200. Overall this was a very nice presentation with the only real nits being the older paintwork that was showing signs of age. Some paint was lifting, which was alarming. These are sought-after machines with a good deal of investor interest for nice ones. This one presented well and with some of the paint issues resolved would drift squarely into #2 territory. Market-correct. #W131-1957 TRIUMPH TR3 roadster. S/N TS17589L. Yellow/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 96,967 miles. An older frame-off restoration. Fisheyes and lots of trash in the paint, along with some sanding marks; some paint rather flat and lifeless. Chrome and trim lightly pitted and scratched. Driver’s door out. Fender panel fit could be better. Dash and gauges very nice, clear and not worn. Seats bay lacks attention to detail, shows some light oil and fuel-staining. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $60,950. The car card stated that this was a fresh restoration with zero miles on the drivetrain since completion, but it sure didn’t present that way under closer scrutiny. Not saying that that wasn’t the case as it just might be a case of a less-than-stellar restoration. As it was, this was a very nice driver and looked totally usable with little to fret over. A fair deal for both parties. #K167-1967 SUNBEAM TIGER Mk IA convertible. S/N B382001595LRXFE. Black/ black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 87,665 miles. Straight Mk IA with 260 V8 swapped out for a 289. Well-done black paint. Some body filler noted in wheelarches. Color changed from red to black with some red still visible. Non-stock Tiger graphic sealed under the clearcoat. Good gaps, trunk is high. Chrome and trim in nice condition with only some light scratches noted. Interior shows some wear and perhaps time I reviewed this car. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $23,850. When possible, I try to locate cars I’ve seen before to track their progress or valuations. This Jaguar was last seen by me here at Mecum Kissimmee 2012, where it sold for $19k (SCM# 192891). It was quite rough last time, and this go-round had been refurbished a bit, especially inside the cabin, which was just about all new. The paint appeared better as well, but most likely was just touched up and buffed. No money was made here. At market, given the condition. #L112-1973 MG MIDGET racer. S/N GAN5UD136100G. Maroon/black vinyl/black vinyl racing seats. Odo: 64,972 miles. Plaid racing seats. Beater paint with too many issues to note. Signs of road and driving use abound, with no part of the car particularly nice. Some rust forming blisters in spots. No questions as have a few creases. Oil-soaked engine is grimy all over. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $24,910. Not particularly well done anywhere you looked, but not a beater either. These are popular little British roadsters with a fairly good following. Parts are easy to source as well. Slightly well sold, but no harm done. #K74-1967 AUSTIN-HEALEY 3000 BJ8 Mk III convertible. S/N HBJ8L41628. Blue/blue cloth/blue vinyl. Odo: 68,527 miles. Some light pitting on trim. Nice paint overall but does show some prep issues, fisheyes and a dent in the trunk lid. Some mottled paint also 68 presents more as a lightly used driver. Engine bay about the same. One of five Tigers on offer here, which is a huge amount. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $68,900. The Tiger market seems to be having an awakening as of late, and who knows if this price is the new normal, but it appears to be based on some other recent sales. Keep in mind that the result here was for a Mk IA—it’s usually the Mk IIs (and stock 260-powered Mk IAs) that find more money at auction. A very nice driver, well sold. #J70-1973 JAGUAR XKE 2+2 coupe. S/N UD1S75154. Red/tan leather. Odo: 53,237 miles. Body relatively solid with paint that has been fluffed up. Appears to have been blue in another life. Rear bumper heavily scuffed. Interior is new and looks fairly fresh Sports Car Market to the use of this car. Cond: 4-. NOT SOLD AT $10,000. This was a full race-spec SCCA vintage track car and looked to have been used for just that. The plaid seats were a nice touch given the British Heritage of the storied MG. Lots of performance parts with an authentic look. High bid wasn’t enough—at least according to the seller. #T174-1974 JAGUAR XKE convertible. S/N UE1S24274. White/black vinyl/black leather. Odo: 21,526 miles. Sanding marks, fisheyes and some body filler noted in the


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Mecum Auctions Kissimmee, FL wheelwells. Chrome and trim somewhat dull and lifeless. Newer top, but back window has yellowed already. With factory a/c and a 4-speed transmission. Gauges show plenty of use and wear. Door jambs are nasty. Interior is well sorted but a bit weathered. An end-to-end driver. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $49,820. Miles claimed original, which may be so, but the car was tired just about anywhere you looked. I’m a big fan of the series I, II and III XKEs, as they are simply beautiful cars to look at—but owning and driving them can be another adventure altogether. This one had plenty of needs and was well sold at this price. #G216.1-1980 MGB convertible. S/N GVVDJ2AG510372. Orange/ black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 4,824 miles. Claimed to be actual miles. Top shows some repair stitching. Original paint holding up well. Small dent on the fender. Added cup holder stuck on the door panel. Kick panel is peeling. Fitted with a Kenwood stereo. Car is BEST BUY microcar like this, there’s really no reason to not go ahead and restore it, since there’s not a ton of surface area or parts to refurbish. Most I’ve seen have been impeccably restored. The market for these has deflated as of late; for a driver with some tacky plastic trim, this was well sold. #G183-1966 VOLKSWAGEN BEETLE 2-dr sedan. S/N 116800736. Light green/ black & green vinyl. Odo: 64,439 miles. Poor paint prep. Body putty noted in the wheel lips. Rust has been painted over in the engine bay area. Well-weathered interior. Headliner is coming loose. Door panels split. Rockers are soft under the rubber trim. Driver’s door out. Poor front bumper fit. Mix of new and original coming loose. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $74,200. Last sold for $43k at McCormick’s Palm Springs sale in February 2011, wearing white (SCM# 176113). 1971 is the last year of the W113 body style and sought-after not only by Mercedes-Benz enthusiasts but by collectors in general. This one was a bit of a driver, which is fine if you pay driver money for it. That wasn’t the case here. Very well sold indeed. presented very dirty, and a good cleaning will do wonders. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $13,250. I will never understand how a guy can send a car, any car, to auction and not have it detailed for the sale. That said, this was a lowmile example that remained in good shape overall. Well bought, given the unusually low miles. GERMAN #T214-1955 MESSERSCHMITT KR200 microcar. S/N 56257. Gray/blue vinyl. Odo: 59,045 miles. Lightly pitted chrome. Plexiglass canopy is scratched up. Chrome is worn in areas. Wavy body with plenty of issues and blemishes in the paint. Some quasi-plastic trim affixed to the body to replicate the original trim. An interesting driver with plenty of curi- parts. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $11,660. The Volkswagen market seems to do well one week, and then not so well another, with only the best out there keeping any level of consistency. The miles stated were believed original, which would be on par with the condition assessment. This was a fluff-and-buff special to me, as you could tell it was tarted up to be sold. Well sold. #G67-1970 VOLKSWAGEN KARMANN GHIA convertible. S/N 1402860360. Red/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 29,134 miles. Red paint showing on weatherstripping. Paint peeling in spots; some blistering chrome noted in areas. Passenger’s door out. Chip on engine bay lid channel, chips on door. Lumpy dashpad. Chipped and scratched upper door with little to note. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $23,320. 912Es are the red-headed step-children of the Porsche universe, but I like them for what they are. They seem to be gaining traction as of late, so I suspect you may see some continued upward movement in this market. We shall see. That said, this was well sold. #F209-1999 PORSCHE 911 Carrera ous onlookers. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $32,860. This looked decent until you started to pick apart the details of the restoration. With a 70 panel on painted portion. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $15,105. Just a weathered old Karmann Ghia. This example showed plenty of needs—too many to address and still come out on top. Just drive it and enjoy it for what it’s worth, but don’t bother restoring it. Better off buying one that’s already done. Popular cars for fairweather driving, but this car was well sold. #S257-1971 MERCEDES-BENZ 280SL convertible. S/N 113044E13. Navy blue/navy coupe. S/N WP0AA2997XS622091. Silver/red leather. Odo: 35,407 miles. Wellkept interior with only the driver’s seat showing wear and some wrinkles. Rust forming at door latch. Upper portions of the door panels are soiled. Rear window tint starting to peel. Wheelarches have been modified and cut to house larger wheels and tires; tires still cutting into the wheelwells. Front spoiler is cracked. Respray noted to average standards. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $28,620. The cut wheelwells would have stopped me cold from bidding on this car. The factory setup is more than adequate, and Sports Car Market #W158-1976 PORSCHE 912E coupe. S/N 9126000797. Yellow/tan vinyl. Odo: 80,302 miles. Some sanding marks and dryspray noted; paint sanded through to the primer in places, with a few touch-ups. Sills scratched. Doors open and close extremely well. Engine lid is tight. Wheels are in good shape for a driver. Interior looks good overall blue hard top/blue leather. Odo: 49,682 miles. Trash noted in the paint along with fisheyes. Solid body is nice and straight. Small dent noted in the hood. Repaint holding up reasonably well. Interior nice for a driver. Underdash a/c. Driver’s seat soft, and bottoms out from typically weak springs. Weatherstripping


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Mecum Auctions Kissimmee, FL years and is now showing signs of life once again. I like these cars, and so do a bunch of other guys, which will translate to an upward trend over time. A market-correct sale. AMERICAN #F106.1-1930 FORD MODEL A road- departing from stock on a Porsche can be the kiss of death when it comes to selling it. The miles were lowish, so at least the buyer has that to hang his hat on. This was all the money and then some for a modified Porsche. #S192-2011 PORSCHE 911 Carrera S cabriolet. S/N WP0CB2A97BS755377. White/black cloth/red leather. Odo: 4,000 miles. Basically new-car status with only mild signs of age. Small dimple in back seat. Passenger’s seat lightly soiled. Black matte trim is mottled a bit. Stated to cost $122,560 new. trunk. Painted wheels. Steering wheel poorly restored. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $44,520. Ford built 124,219 Model A roadsters in 1930, but few remain today. The fact that any of these cars are still chugging along tells you a lot about how well they were built. All steel with a very good body helped out here. This is about the going rate for a decent example at auction. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $90,100. Not much to pick on except for the black matte trim being slightly sun-faded. Otherwise, like new in every way. On a Porsche dealer’s lot, this might have been offered at about $80k with some room to move if a good offer came across an eager salesman’s desk. Well sold. JAPANESE #S76-1991 ACURA NSX coupe. S/N JH- 4NA1152MT002936. Black/black leather. Odo: 56,405 miles. Some bug marks on front nose and spoiler, along with some stone chips. Spoiler is scraped up along the bottom. Seat bolsters worn, especially on driver’s side; rest of interior in fine condition. Overall nice con- Restored wood bed. Oil-soiled engine bay with some tattered wiring noted. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $45,580. Last seen at Mecum Indy in May 2012 selling for $30k (SCM# 205716). I’m not sure if it was the nifty vintage Schwinn bike strapped into the bed, but some auction magic occurred with this sale. Driver-condition, but well presented and well sold. dition and shows well. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $36,040. These were claimed to be the first cars constructed using an all-aluminum chassis and body, including titanium connecting rods. The NSX market has fluctuated over the 72 #S129-1953 BUICK SKYLARK convert- ible. S/N 16982376. Blue/white vinyl/blue & white leather. Odo: 2,296 miles. 322-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Good gaps show well, driver’s door in a tad, slightly out at rear quarter-panel. #T242-1951 FORD F1 pickup. S/N F1R1KC16901. Blue/gray vinyl. Odo: 79,128 miles. 239-ci V8, 2-bbl, manual. Older restoration still holding up reasonably well. Some touch-ups noted, paint lifting in spots, hinges show plenty of wear. Both doors out. Driver’s door handle very loose. Nicely restored interior. Schwinn bicycle strapped into the bed. some oil and fuel soiling. A few plastic homemade-looking shims noted on the body mounts. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $164,300. This was a nice Buick with little to fault other than some signs of road use, in great colors with chrome and brightwork in very good condition. Overall, if you wanted one to drive, this was the one to buy. The Skylark market has deflated along with other high-flyers and seems to have settled in to this range, which is still very respectable given the low production numbers and overall market appeal. This was spot-on market-correct, and both parties should be pleased. #F246-1957 CHEVROLET CORVETTE racer. S/N E57S105938. Blue/red vinyl. 283ci 283-hp fuel-injected V8, manual. True RPO 684 race-prepped Corvette, said to be one of only 51 produced. One of 43 RPO 579E fuelinjected cars. Always a racer. Fuel filler door out, driver’s door in, trunk fit tight. Aluminum trim on top of doors. Roll bar. Hood locked down with four pins, so no peeking inside. Some paint blisters noted. Vintage racing stickers. Driver’s seat is well worn, passen- ster. S/N A2943554. Tan & brown/tan cloth/ brown vinyl. Odo: 36 miles. Chips and scratches noted in paint, along with some fisheyes. Trim is bent up here and there. Faded headlamps. Both doors out. Cowling fit is off. Rumble seat. Luggage carrier with a vintage Chrome and trim just a notch under show condition with some light scratching. Wheels in excellent condition. Interior shows some light wear but is aging nicely. Top fit could be better. Engine bay of a well-preserved driver with ger’s seat like-new. Some small cracks in paint. No odo. Cond: 3-. NOT SOLD AT $100,000. This Corvette just oozed cool and looked great in most regards. Sure it was worn and tattered in spots, but what respectable vintage race car wouldn’t be? Campaigned by Dave King in the 1960s, with documents and history going forward to present day. Log books are included with a long race history. These are market-driven cars, so this was all it was worth on this day in Kissimmee, FL. Perhaps we’ll see it up for grabs another day. Sports Car Market


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Mecum Auctions Kissimmee, FL #T273-1960 CADILLAC SERIES 62 convertible. S/N 60F120060. Blue/white vinyl/blue vinyl. Odo: 81,991 miles. 390-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Paint and prep are well done over a straight body. Top is in good condition. Light scratches on interior trim. Seat piping is chipped, steering wheel is cracked. Dash is warped slightly. Smells like an old car inside, musty and perhaps moldy. Rusty pliers jammed into the frame, visible from the en- tach. Cool period interior looks well done and remains tight and clean. A super-nice driver. Miles claimed actual. PHS documentation gine bay. Valve covers are leaking oil. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $39,000. Last seen at Mecum Indy in May 2012, selling for $44k (SCM# 204530). The paint appeared to be fairly fresh and presented well, with the balance of the car appearing to be a well-kept original. These are desirable Cadillacs, but $40k for a nice driver is about the going rate. The seller might have been looking for a quick flip, but I don’t see that happening any time soon given the condition. #F304-1963 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. S/N 30837S102473. Red/tan. Odo: 59,579 miles. 327-ci 360-hp fuel-injected V8, 4-sp. Older paint holding up well. Lots of scratches in the back glass. Front bumper is uneven, fuel filler cap way off center, driver’s door out. Interior is nice, but gauge cluster is rattle-canned with little attention to detail. Very good engine bay: neat and tidy and indis- supports the build, so a rare Pontiac. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $74,200. This was a very nice, period-correct, Super Duty-style Catalina, meaning that it was fitted with the stout 421 with two fours sitting up top. Complete with the eight-lug wheels and 4-speed transmission, this car is set up to surprise the hell out of some kid in his modern winged four-banger. Looks like just another comfortable and roomy Pontiac cruiser until you drop the hammer. I figured it would do well, but the final bid still surprised me. The market has been set. #W41-1964 CHEVROLET CORVAIR Greenbrier van. S/N 4R126S101451. Copper & white/tan & black vinyl. Odo: 19,160 miles. 163-ci I6, 2-bbl, auto. Some dry-spray noted in paintwork, body putty repair under lifting paint on passenger’s side. New weather— stripping, nice rear bumper. Vintage surf-style stickers added. Fitted with T-3 headlamps. Steering wheel chipped, wiper scratches on early Bronco market is fairly hot right now, but only for the best examples. This one was nice, finished in Resale Red, and the restoration work appeared fairly fresh. I would have ditched the wheels for stock, as well as the Grant steering wheel. That said, this was a nice example that appeared to be solid and well done. Slightly well sold, but not by much. TOP 10 No. 9 #S155-1966 SHELBY COBRA 427 roadster. S/N CSX3301. White/black leather. Odo: 10,873 miles. 427-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. A genuine Cobra 427. History from new, mileage claimed original. Paint excellent all around, with some light scratches from the hard top. Driver’s door out. Very nice interior. Gauges slightly worn. One of only 348 Cobra 427s. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $779,100. Presented well, great condition putably clean. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $110,000. Last seen at Mecum St.Charles in October 2012, where it no-saled at $120k (SCM# 214420). This round, another no-sale at $10k less. Yes, it’s a Fuelie, and it’s obvious the seller wants more for it, but I think parading it around must be taking its toll. Given the last sale was Corvettes-only, I didn’t expect it to do much better here, and it didn’t. Fair bid. #F264-1963 PONTIAC CATALINA 2-dr hard top. S/N 363D14706. Black/red & white vinyl. Odo: 13,499 miles. 421-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. Body trim coming loose in spots. Buff marks through the paint in small areas, but paint presents well over a clean and straight body. Excellent steering wheel. Light pitting on the door handles and window cranks. Dash 74 windshield. Previously reported to have had a $40k full frame-off restoration. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $15,900. Driven 667 miles since the last time it was seen, at Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach 2010, where it sold for a whopping $32k (SCM# 160270). There, it generated a bunch of interest, but at this huge sale it was lost in the sea of cars. Unusual for sure, and quite rare to find one in this condition. It was well sold in 2010 and likely well bought in 2013. #L197-1966 FORD BRONCO SUV. S/N U15NL879388. Red/black vinyl & cloth. Odo: 24 miles. 289-ci V8, 4-bbl, 3-sp. A fresh restoration. Paint is well applied, with some minor orange peel noted. Both doors out. Some switches are heavily pitted. Other chrome and trim excellent. Grant steering wheel. Door handle has fallen off and is sitting on the floorboard. Decent engine bay, neat and tidy all around. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $25,440. The throughout and looked like it was carefully used over the years. Sold new in Paris, France, and acquired by GT40 owner JeanPierre Van Den Doorn. It did not find its way back to the States until 1977. Last seen at RM Monterey 2008, no-saling at $775k (SCM# 117483). 427 Cobras seem to trade in the $750k range, and this was a nice one with an interesting history. Given the no-sale in 2008 at $775k, I’d call this slightly well bought.See the profile on p. 60. #T44-1967 JEEP JEEPSTER convert- ible. S/N 870102E11. Turquoise/white vinyl/ turquoise vinyl. Odo: 13,995 miles. 134-ci I4, 2-bbl, auto. 4X4. Much of the paint appears to be original. Driver’s door out. Convertible top in good shape. Gaps decent overall. Chrome and trim presentable and most certainly original. Interior shows plenty of use and enjoyment with wear just about anywhere you look. Fresh undercoating. Chassis is covered with grease and oil. Incredibly original from top to bottom. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $21,200. 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Mecum Auctions Kissimmee, FL if you wanted one that was all there, not fluffed up to sell and just about as original as you’ll ever find, this was it. The Jeepster market is heating up as of late, and this result hammers that home. Well sold, but find another like it. #S177-1967 PLYMOUTH BELVEDERE RO23 lightweight 2-dr hard top. S/N RO23J71206022. White/black vinyl. Odo: 7,816 miles. 426-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, auto. Said to be one of 55 factory Plymouth race cars built, and looks like it’s ready for the Saturday night drags. Driver’s door out, drip channel poorly prepped. Paint prep shows some flaws and amateur work. Car seems to lean towards the driver’s side. Retro dash tach. Fender tag is Small fisheyes showing in the paint. Some sanding marks. Some trim lightly scratched and has a few small dents. Interior a bit tired, but still decent and presentable. Said to be one of 50 lightweight Mustangs and one of 11 Tasca-built cars. Fully documented. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $200,000. Tasca Ford was and is one of the heavyweights of the automobile industry, and owner Bob Tasca was famous for his sales prowess and performance cars. His book, You Will Be Satisfied, is an interesting read if you want to learn about the industry. Super rare to see one up for grabs, and the high bid simply wasn’t enough to get the deal done. #S141-1968 SHELBY GT500 KR con- vertible. S/N 8T03R20175902354. Highland Green/white vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 71,946 miles. 428-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Seats are wellrestored with plenty of support. Door jambs chipped, trunk high. Engine bay nice, but shows some oil and fuel staining. Rocker still in primer along the bottom. Top lightly soiled. Passenger’s door jamb is a mess, door fit very tight. Muffler looks like it’s ready to split open. Reported as one of 57 built with the 428 down, so no peek inside. Weather stripping is cracked and hard. Paint is trashy and shows touch-ups and chips. A driver, but what the heck—still a genuine Boss 429. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $185,500. One of the many star cars up for grabs at this auction that found a new home. Presented well until you got closer, but I’m sure it looked smashing under the bright stage lights. A fair deal for both the buyer and seller. #S182-2005 FORD GT coupe. S/N 1FAFP90S75Y401538. White/black leather. 5.4-L fuel-injected V8, 6-sp. Basically a new car, still on the MSO. Slightly dirty from storage with only a small flaw found in the factory finish. Still smells like a new car inside. Car card states less than 600 miles from new. vinyl. Odo: 34,429 miles. 429-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Interior shows some age and use, light soiling and fading. Door panels cracked and show wear. Interior rear-view mirror delaminating. Gauges are cloudy. Hood is locked painted another shade of white. Engine bay presents well with some signs of light duty. Some cardboard pieces noted between the fuel tank and body. Vintage Torq Thrust wheels up front with steelies out back. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $79,500. Perhaps the lean was from all the hard launches this vintage and genuine Hemi Belvedere endured back in the day. Overall the car presented well and really as it should, given the track use. Great car, not perfect by any means, but you wouldn’t expect it to be a showpiece. Market-correct. #S124-1968 FORD MUSTANG lightweight coupe. S/N 8F02R135019. White/ black vinyl. Odo: 52,777 miles. 428-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Very nice car overall. Odd gap on the trunk. Functional fiberglass hood scoop. CJ, 4-speed and a/c. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $174,900. Presented as a bit of a driver, but still a coveted GT500 KR convertible. You could tell this car had been driven, which is a good thing in my book, as I’d rather buy a car that has a few miles under its belt than a minty restored one. Greens seem to have warmed up now, with buyers accepting the color rather than shying away from it. Given the 4-speed and a/c, no harm done at this price. #F275-1969 FORD MUSTANG Boss 429 fastback. S/N 9F02Z159771. Maroon/black Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $233,200. The proof is in the sale price: Yep, we all should have snagged one back when we could have, provided you could resist driving it. This is the going rate for a “wrapper” Ford GT, so a fair deal for both the buyer and seller. © May 2013 75


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Artcurial Paris, FRA Artcurial — Rétromobile 2013 The star of the show, the Talbot-Lago T150C racer that warranted its own catalog, changed hands for just under $2m Company Artcurial Date February 8, 2013 Location Paris, FRA Auctioneer Hervé Poulain Automotive lots sold/offered 102/115 Sales rate 89% Sales total $18,512,160 High sale 1936 Talbot-Lago T150C, sold at $1,955,001 Buyer’s premium 1936 Talbot-Lago T150C, sold at $1,955,001 Report and photos by Paul Hardiman Market opinions in italics I n a marathon evening sale that lasted until well after midnight, two lead-sled American customs sat alongside cars from four private collections. Three cars topped $1m: the very original 1962 Ferrari 250 GT PF cabriolet, still with books and cartridge tapes, at $1.1m (see the profile, p. 48); the Duesenberg J cabriolet by Murphy at $1.4m; and the star of the show, the Talbot-Lago T150C racer that warranted its own catalog, changing hands for just under $2m (see the profile, p. 62). The action continued: As the two Bugattis belong- ing to one-time company owner Romano Artioli came up, the man himself stood and waved to loud applause, which can only have boosted the cars’ prices. The EB110 SS made $600k, and the Type 57 Coach Ventoux went well over estimate for $539k. Perhaps the best Citroën SM in the world, super-detailed with extra-factory finishes, garnered $171k (see the profile, p. 54). Two other star lots, the catalog front-cover 1953 Fiat 8V coupe by Vignale, now beautifully restored, and an achingly perfect 1956 Maserati A6G2000 by Allemano, failed to reach their $984k and $550k estimates. A very original pairing of a 1970 Lamborghini Miura S and a 1972 Ferrari Daytona made $555k and $411k, 76 Paris, FRA while a two-owner 1973 Dino 246 GTS fetched a very healthy $350k — outdoing, by $15k, the ex-Jacques Swaters 246 GT sold at Bonhams the previous night. The 1967 330 GTC blew its estimate to reach an amazing $559k, and the 1987 Ferrari Testarossa owned by actor Alain Delon settled at $217k after a three-way bidding battle — way over its $106k estimate. The price realized by Lot 406, a similar 1990 car, was a more market-friendly $57k. A well-restored left-hand drive Aston Martin DBS Vantage achieved a strong $134k. For competition cars, an FIA MGB looked rich at $70k, far more than they sell for in the U.K., while a little-used Lancia 037 was well over RS200 money at $236k. As the clock struck midnight, Auctioneer Poulain had passed the 100-lot mark, patiently taking €1,000 bids for a restored 1969 Fiat 500. Offered without reserve, it sold for $25k. Even the last lot, a Rover P5B that rolled across well after midnight, attracted attention on three hot telephone lines. The most persistent bidder acquired it for $14k to round off the 6½-hour sale. Artcurial sold 102 out of 115 cars consigned, up from 94 out of 103 last year, and overall totals notched up to $18.5m from $17.8m. That’s double the $9.25m of 2011 and six times the $3m earned in 2010. Clearly, the French auction house has settled into its Rétromobile groove, and the formula is working. ♦ $18m $15m $12m $9m $6m $3m 0 Sales Totals 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 16% up to $401,220; 12% from $401,221 to $802,440; 10% thereafter, included in sold prices ($1.00 = €0.75) Sports Car Market


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Artcurial Paris, FRA ENGLISH #405-1963 JAGUAR XKE 4.2 convert- ible. S/N 879080. Blue/navy blue cloth/blue leather. Odo: 38,355 miles. Straight car. Good paint following older restoration, with a couple small bubbles in rockers. Right seat jammed. Leather not worn, but one cigarette burn in top of one seat-back. Has all 4.2 fea- $44,613. From same German collection as several of the DSs and the cheaper SMs. This is extreme money for a Mk X derivative. To reach this level in the U.K., it would either need to be totally original or better-than-new concours. Well sold. FRENCH #348-1898 FISSON 8HP vis-a-vis ton- tures, but that model did not appear until October ’64, and chassis number looks like a 3.8. With hard top. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $111,532. Originally in U.S., transported to France in 2009. A fairly average car, but low mileage is the selling point here. If it’s genuine, and the chassis number can be made to tie up, then the price looks fair. #408-1964 MGB racer. S/N 911516. Red & silver/silver hard top/black velour. Odo: 5,379 miles. FIA racer with all the usual bits including single Weber 45 and hard top. Straight and tidy, two seats. Engine said to be 1,800-cc but more likely 1,950, and gearbox said to be new. FIA papers and Tour Auto and Le Mans Classic history, so it’s a proven run- certificate, possibly later carburetor. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $326,632. Sold where expected, which is much stronger money than a LondonBrighton runner would generate in the U.K. Being the only one known to exist certainly helped. #387-1927 LORRAINE-DIETRICH B3- ner. Mileage is presumably since it was made into a racer. Quoted chassis number is meaningless, though, as a ’64 car would be in the GHN3-45000–50000 range. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $70,107. Pretty big money for a racer. Although it would cost at least this much to replicate, these can generally be bought in the U.K. for well under £25k ($40k). Well sold. #327-1969 JAGUAR 420G sedan. S/N GID77828BW. Sable/tan leather. Odo: 14,943 km. Recently repainted and good throughout. Appears structurally sound, although there’s a lot of overspray underneath. Some polish marks in chrome and one ding in left rear overrider. Timber all good and original, not too shiny. Leather newish, dash excellent, rear belts fitted. No reserve. Cond: 2. SOLD AT 78 6 Torpedo Sport roadster. S/N 124060. Maroon/black leather. Odo: 13,180 km. Greatlooking French roadster. Marvelous old thing likely started life as a saloon. Age of body indeterminate, now with chipped paint and abundant patina. Beautifully dulled and slightly wrinkled radiator shell. Well-creased SOLD AT $539,171. In U.S. from 1958, in U.K. by 1986, sold at Sotheby’s in Hendon, U.K., in 1992 for $133k (SCM # 2886) to Romano Artioli. One of two Bugattis (the other was an EB110 SS) entered in this sale by the one-time Bugatti company savior and owner. Sold over estimate, but with good history and quite charming. patterned leather. Various bits of motor polished and plated, some of it dusty. French title. #364-1936 BUGATTI TYPE 57C Ventoux coupe. S/N 57308. Two-tone green/olive leather. RHD. Odo: 18,636 km. First 57C constructed. Nicely unmessed-with, although it’s had two chassis numbers in its history and the Sports Car Market neau. S/N 502. Yellow/black leather. Panhardstyle Fisson has a vertical twin engine, making it very powerful for the era. Good and tidy with decent leather and varnish. VCC dating around 1939. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $783,866. Believed one of three VV cabrios made that year, 11 in all. Hammered sold a touch over low estimate, like many lots at this sale. Previously sold by Hervé Poulain in 1988 to the current owner, according to the catalog. A fair deal both ways. #392-1936 BUGATTI TYPE 57 Ventoux coupe. S/N 57344. Eng. # 265. Blue/black leather. RHD. Odo: 12,253 km. Not quite tatty, but delightfully worn in. Newish leather unscuffed and plenty of evidence of mechanical care. Motor is freshly rebuilt and dry, but not overly buffed over. French title. Cond: 2-. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $133,839. Sold just over lower estimate, which means the price is probably right. Fairly bought and sold for half the price of a 3 Litre Bentley, to which it is roughly equivalent in performance and ability. TOP 10 No. 8 #367-1935 BUGATTI TYPE 57 Vanvooren cabriolet. S/N 57274. Eng. # 5727 4107. Cream & brown/tan cloth/ brown leather. RHD. Odo: 29,894 km. Good older resto with plump new leather and perfect instruments. Blockley tires are a good sign of enthusiastic driver ownership. Motor tidy but not concours quality. Now with hydraulic (rather than cable) brakes, probably fitted


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Artcurial Paris, FRA supercharger is missing. Nice Scintilla lamps, fair plating. Lovely original olive leather. Windows yellowing and seals giving up. Cond: 3. same. Seat leather looks newish. Big straightsix power and preselector box. No odometer. German title. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $1,955,001. Warranted its own supplement to the catalog. It’s continued to compete, latterly in historic events. Last sold in 2000 for $687,680 by Barrett-Jackson/Coys in Monte Carlo (SCM# 9644). About as important to the French as a Blower Bentley would be to a Brit, and worthy of the mid-estimate money it made. (See the profile on p. 62.) #322-1946 TALBOT-LAGO T26 Record SOLD AT $563,641. Like Bentleys, Type 57s tend to be a bit mix-and-match in the mechanical department. And like Bentleys, this doesn’t seem to overly affect their value. Compare this with the $539k spent on Lot 392, the very original Artioli 57, and we’ll call it fair. #331-1936 PEUGEOT 402 Eclipse cab- riolet. S/N 616372. Cream/tan steel/tan leather. Odo: 56,959 km. Amazingly well restored with good panel fit. Excellent paint and chrome. New carpets, even in the top storage bin. Virginal leather on plump seats. Most remarkable is that opening steel roof still cabriolet. S/N LR100002. Eng. # 26002. Metallic blue/black cloth/maroon leather. RHD. Odo: 38,606 km. The road-car star of the show. Achingly beautiful and in near-perfect post-restoration condition. Flawless paint and chrome. Interior still oozes character. Perfect paid, around bottom estimate, didn’t look out of order. In this case it was cheaper than Lot 334, the real Chapron decap from the same collection that sold for $170k. Slightly well bought. #334-1966 CITROËN DS21 M cabriolet. S/N 446066. Eng. # 0572008386. Silver/black cloth/red leather. Odo: 35,612 km. Restored, straight, fair panel gaps, good paint, decent chrome. New leather. Underneath, chassis is solid and well Waxoyl-ed. Newish exhaust. Was a red-hydraulic-fluid car, converted to dash and instruments, leather has a few creases. 4-speed preselector. Dutch title. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $477,997. Sold near top estimate but still at something like Horch money—a lot cheaper than a coachbuilt Mercedes 500K, so perversely looks quite well bought. #385-1959 PANHARD DYNA Z17 Tigre works—this is where retractables all started, folks. German title. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $231,032. Reportedly one of only 29 built like this. From the collection of a German Peugeot and Citroën dealer. Sold at lower estimate, which I would call a fair deal. TOP 10 No. 1 #342-1936 TALBOT-LAGO T150C racer. S/N 82930. Blue/black leather. RHD. The archetypal pre-war French racing car. Beautifully used to the point of tattiness, with massive racing history, much in the hands of French heroes Pierre Levegh and Louis Rosier. Various bits replaced over the years, including likely the body—now with nicely aged patina or a good approximation of lower estimate, explained by rarity of the convertible body style, although it rightly lags behind a Citroën DS Décapotable. I’ll remind you that this would buy you a decent XK 120 or E-type drop-top. #329-1966 CITROËN DS19 Le Dandy coupe. S/N 4200103. Blue & silver/gray velour. Odo: 194 km. Very rare coachbuilt model. Recent repaint with a few polish marks. Chrome okay and still with bonkers dash trim panels and 4-speed semi-auto. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $130,653. The Le Dandy is even rarer than a real Chapron Decap, so the price 80 cabriolet. S/N 1090103. Red/beige canvas/tan vinyl. Odo: 74,636 km. Straight car with an older repaint. Original vinyl seats in good order. All the vulnerable alloy trim parts on the outside are still there. Tiny flat-twin up front. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $95,600. Sold for twice green, which makes it easier to live with. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $170,652. One from a small collection of a German Citroën and Peugeot dealer who entered the Jag 420G, 402 Eclipse and various DSs including the Dandy. This wasn’t mad money for a decent Decap. Exceptional cars can fetch $200k. #319-1971 CITROËN SM coupe. S/N SB2915. Eng. # C1141108468. Gold/tan leather. Odo: 31,567 km. Over-restored to better-than-new condition, as if it’s been Photoshopped with extra contrasts and sharpness. Replicated factory check marks. Anodizing the headlight brackets and leather-trimming the dash top rather “over-eggs the pudding” and renders this a bit of a trailer queen. Shame, as it’s likely the best in the world and I doubt if even Citroën has one this good. An amazing job, nonetheless, and could only be improved if it had the optional and very rare resin wheels. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $170,652. Offered without reserve and sold for four times the price of a nice SM—even so, it couldn’t be repeated to this standard for the money. (See the profile on p. 54.) Sports Car Market


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Artcurial Paris, FRA ITALIAN #395-1953 FIAT 8V coupe. S/N 106000046. Eng. # 000149. Red & silver/maroon leather. Odo: 14,406 km. A truly amazing restoration. Pin-sharp body, paint and chrome, although not in original colors. Was red over black, and now has 8V script mounted in up and lovely, with quilted cockpit lining (one tear in seat). Overdetailed with yellow paint dabs on every fastener in sight. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $41,426. Hard to know quite what you’d do with it, and that may be why it was let go for comparatively little, well under its lower $53k estimate. Still, if the Goodwood Festival of Speed decides on a “men in sheds hurtling down blind alleys” category, this is a dead cert. TOP 10 No. 3 #310-1962 FERRARI 250 GT PF Cabriolet. S/N 3499GT. Silvergray/black cloth/tan leather. Odo: grille. Leather hardly sat in. Original engine replaced by another from a second-series car in the early ’60s. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $802,440. Not sold against a €750k ($1m) estimate, but worth a mention for the lovely period photos reproduced in the catalog, including the front cover. #399-1957 LANCIA AURELIA B24 S convertible. S/N B24S1478. Eng. # B241602. Red/black cloth/black leather. Odo: 47,106 km. Excellent restoration in Italy. Body and trim all straight. Older leather in good shape, with original guarantee, plus cartridges for the 8-track stereo. This is the first V12 I’ve seen with mismatching oil filters. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $1,131,456. In Marseilles all its life. Sold near top of the estimate range and rightly so for such an unmolested, unrepeatable car. If a rotten barn-find Chinese-eye 330 GT 2+2 can find $100k, then a million for a 250 GT cab this original looks entirely reasonable. (See the profile on p. 48.) refinished crackle dash; dash top is a bit shiny. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $374,432. The convertible isn’t quite as elegant as the Spider, although arguably slightly easier to get along with, but this fetched Spider money. Well sold. #401-1958 LANCIA AURELIA Paronzini monoplace racer. S/N N/A. Eng. # B213373. Red/red leather. MHD. Weird single-seater made out of an Aurelia. Rearmounted B21 engine and original transaxle dictate rather extreme length of very homemade-looking chassis. Original photos appear to show it still with sliding-pillar suspension, but now on wishbones all around. All chromed #394-1967 FERRARI 330 GTC coupe. S/N 9503. Silver blue/black leather. Odo: 24,877 km. Good and straight, with nice paint and chrome. Leather lightly creased but not worn—possibly original if mileage is genuine. With original books and tools and Ferrari Classiche Certification. Italian title. One 15,038 km. Very original car, not as ratty and tatty as you might expect. Has incredibly low mileage and is claimed never to have seen rain. Likely wearing an older repaint, as it’s orange-peeled. Wheel rims lightly chewed. Hard top fitted. Very original interior. Still Presented wearing “1970” plate next to Lot 363, the Daytona with “1972,” as a very original period pair. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $555,288. Offered at no reserve. Sold for the right money a little under lower estimate. Almost any Miura can clear $500k these days, while Daytonas sometimes struggle to reach two-thirds of that. #363-1972 FERRARI 365 GTB Daytona coupe. S/N 16119. Red/tan & black leather. Odo: 57,650 km. Slightly tired-looking. Swirl marks in older windows-in repaint, originally blue. Structure and exhausts look okay. New brake servo. Still on 7½-inch rears (unusual for a Daytona). Inside, original leather is #365-1970 LAMBORGHINI MIURA P400S coupe. S/N 4419. Eng. # 30450. White/tan leather. Odo: 17,980 km. Looks a bit ratty from the outside, but very untouched apart from respray from original Azuro Mexico (blue). Low mileage. Very original interior. soiled and creased. French title. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $411,078. In France all its life. Presented next to Lot 365, the very original and also slightly faded-looking Miura, these made a charming period pair. Last sold by Hervé Poulain in 1989 with 54,580 km. This time offered at no reserve and sold right for a Daytona slightly past its best. #361-1973 FERRARI 246 GTS DINO Spyder. S/N 06678. Yellow/black leather. Odo: 55,344 km. Two-owner car in excellent restored condition. Power windows fitted in period. Slightly orange-peeled paint. Good panel fit, although rear lid is slightly out of owner from new until 1991. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $559,053. Major money here, and shows the difference in desirability between the pure coupe and the lesser-loved 2+2 (of which we have seen several restoration projects go through auction recently). Well sold, even if that low mileage is genuine. 82 Sports Car Market


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Artcurial Paris, FRA line at left side, as normal. One tear in driver’s seat. Good history with original books, tools and guarantee card. Italian title. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $350,531. Huge money for a Dino, except by the standards of the most recent burst of Scottsdale madness, confirming that they are now worth almost as much as Daytonas. #316-1982 LANCIA 037 coupe. S/N ZLA151AR000000033. Red/gray velour. Odo: 39,108 km. Tidy and unscuffed. Has likely never been a rally car, as it still has its interior and doesn’t smell fuelly inside, although it was apparently used as a recce car and has seen the odd hillclimb. Panel fit not bad. Seat AMERICAN #381-1929 DUESENBERG MODEL J convertible. S/N 2239. Eng. # J219. Maroon/beige cloth/cream leather. Odo: 3,520 miles. Non-disappearing-top model. Best of Show at Pebble Beach in 1981 and many concours awards since. Still a magnificent trailer queen and, judging by the nickel-plated nuts inside the fenders, hardly used since the last of many restorations. Motor TOP 10 No. 2 repaint. Was originally black, then gold. Some polish marks on chrome. Original leather well cracked and has been repainted; alpaca covering in rear is better. Amazing dash and instruments have all survived. French title. Said to be one of four built. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $286,799. Hammered sold near lower estimate. You’d expect this to go better in the land of Facel-Vega than in the States. Let’s call it a fair deal both ways. #307-1956 FORD THUNDERBIRD con- vertible. S/N P6FH157016. Green/white hard top/green & white vinyl. Odo: 9,217 miles. 312-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Tidy, but repainted doors don’t match. Chrome and interior all good. Engine-turned dash panels have survived well, as has seat vinyl with one small puncture mark in side. With a/c and porthole- velour unworn. Motor tidy with polished cam cover. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $235,812. Said to be the 33rd of 222 built for homologation. Sold in the middle of the wide estimate range. There’s a new historic-rally championship in the U.K. accepting 2WD cars built up to the end of ’87 that would dearly love this, but it’s probably $50k off being ready to rally. SPANISH #369-1931 HISPANO-SUIZA H6C lan- daulet. S/N 12419. White & black/black leather & tan velour. RHD. Odo: 2,947 km. Massive and imposing. Slightly dulled older resto with nicely faded gold paint at edges, some cracking and peeling. Chrome and plating all good, with a nice set of Stephen Grebel lights. Leather in front and brown velour in and odometer indecipherable, but has a French title. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $28,679. Sold just under estimate for about the same that a Chevy stepside fetches in the U.K. Fair deal both ways. #379-1955 CHRYSLER ST Ghia Special coupe. S/N 7275388. Eng. # C542835205. Green/brown leather & velour. Odo: 93,483 km. 331-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Straight with older back good. Good door fit. Still with little vanity boxes in rear. French titled. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $446,131. The water jacket was weeping as I watched. Let go about 10% under lower estimate, which looked fair, and comparable with a coachbuilt 8 Litre Bentley for opulence and price. 84 rior a little scruffy, with paint peeling in places. Delivered new in Monaco and formerly in the collection of Alfred H. Heineken. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $71,699. An old friend, possibly better than last time I saw it. Last sold by Bonhams in Monaco in 2011 for $98k with 52,417 miles (SCM# 177943) and three months before that with 54,413 miles at Bonhams’ Rétromobile sale, for $118k (SCM# 168820). Now the poor thing has plummeted even further and needs love. © Sports Car Market is concours and dry. Seat leather and top still almost like new. Splendid engine-turned dash. Dutch title. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $1,386,006. Offered but not sold with the same mileage at $1.7m at Bonhams’ 2009 Rétromobile sale (SCM# 119718). With 12 pages in the Artcurial catalog, it’s a good thing they shifted it this time at the expected money. #389-1938 HUDSON TERRAPLANE pickup. S/N 8851960. Blue/gray velour. Older restoration with fair paint and decent velour on the bench seat. Presented mud-splattered and with rear spats in pickup bed. No history, window hard top. English title. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $71,699. Claimed a two-owner car with most of its life in California. Last sold by Russo and Steele at Monterey in August 2012 for $36k (SCM# 212984). Describing it as Mille Miglia-eligible was a bit hopeful, but the vendor should be happy enough, having more than covered the cost of shipping it here. Well sold. #386-1959 CADILLAC SERIES 62 con- vertible. S/N 59J132306. Red/white vinyl/red & white leather. Odo: 52,420 miles. 390-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Straight, stock and tidy. Body repainted 10 years ago. Some new rubber. One touched-in blemish in rear quarter. Chrome good with a few polish marks under replating and a few pings in side strakes. Original inte


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Bonhams Paris, FRA Bonhams — The Paris Sale The undisputed shock highlight was the $1m paid for the tattily original 1963 Aston Martin DB4 Series V Vantage drophead coupe Company Bonhams Date February 7, 2013 Location Paris, France Auctioneer Malcolm Barber Automotive lots sold/offered 88/123 Sales rate 72% Sales total $14,912,258 High sale 1929 Bentley 6½ Litre Speed Six, sold at $1,121,609 Buyer’s premium 1963 Aston Martin DB4 Series V Vantage drophead coupe, sold at $1,090,453 Report and photos by Donald Osborne Market opinions in italics French capital. The vast Beaux Arts building of iron, glass and marble was surprisingly comfortable, and the display of cars was spacious and well lit. The saleroom was packed, the energy was high and the bidding was active. From the opening of Rétromobile on O Tuesday, there seemed to be more Americans in attendance than usual. The nearly 100 attendees at the SCM/Automotive Valuation Services/Cave Creek Classics reception bore out that observation. The Yanks were back and they were bidding. Jamie Knight, group director of the Bonhams Motoring Department, confirmed my feeling. “We had a higher American attendance than prior years that resulted in more bidding from them,” he said, “and they were also the winning bidders on occasion too.” Of course, as underbidders they helped boost prices as well. The Americans were not the only “foreigners” shop- ping. Bonhams reported sales to clients from Australia, the Middle East, the Far East and Russia. On the heels of a very good start to the year with Bonhams’ second sale in Scottsdale, AZ, and a motorcycle auction in Las Vegas, Paris continued the momentum, delivering the highest volume and sales rate the company has ever seen in this sale venue. The undisputed shock highlight of the sale was the 86 n February 7, Bonhams returned to the spectacular Grand Palais in Paris for their sixth sale in the 15%, included sold prices ($1.00 = €0.74) Paris, FRA $1m paid for the tattily original 1963 Aston Martin DB4 Series V Vantage drophead coupe. With the current interest in “preserved” cars, this rare one-family LHD Vantage was sure to attract attention. Top sale honors were had for not much more money: A stunning 1929 Bentley 6½ Litre Speed Six tourer went to a new owner for $1.1m. Another Bentley was a bit of a bargain. The 1953 R-type Continental, a beautifully presented RHD model with lightweight seats, sold at a very reasonable $711k. Other highlights included the 1938 Bugatti Type 57C Special Coupe, said to have been Ettore Bugatti’s personal car, although it was more likely a factory demonstrator, staff car and development vehicle. The $935k it brought at its third appearance at auction represented another drop in value. Unless the largely original car is given a full restoration, it’s hard to see how it will move in the opposite direction anytime soon. And there were enough French rarities to remind us where we were, such as a 1922 Mors 30-hp Torpedo that sold for $65,427 and a 1934 Panhard et Levassor X72 Panoramique, going to a new home for $12,462. A pleasant innovation at this year’s sale was that the main podium duties for automobiles were taken by Malcolm Barber, Bonhams’ managing director and U.S. CEO. With the charming Catherine Yaiche of Bonhams France serving as the government-regulated Commissaire- Priseur, there to declare “adjugé” for sold lots, Barber actually called for bids and hammered the lots. And he did so in dashing, multilingual style. It was a welcome return to what must be the most beautiful and dramatic automobile auction venue in the world, and Bonhams delivered a show worthy of the architecture. ♦ Sales Totals $3m $6m $9m $12m $15m 0 Sports Car Market 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009


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Bonhams Paris, FRA BELGIAN #548-1957 MINERVA C22 “Tout Terrain” utility. S/N 10002. Beige/brown canvas/ brown leather. Odo: 55,513 km. Paint excellent; one small stress crack on left front fender. Very good chrome, except for minor pitting on hood latches. Excellent interior is no doubt far paint is somewhat faded and uneven in color, showing large touched-in chips but holding a shine well. Perfect patina on seats, rugs worn and soiled. Dashboard wood is dull but even. Two-band HMV radio. Originally bodied by Franay, thought to have been re-bodied by Graber following an accident in the early ’50s. more posh than when new. Beautiful instruments. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $56,080. Belgianbuilt Land Rover 80, constructed by the legendary Minerva company. You certainly won’t find a restoration like this on any Landy, and you’ll be the only Minerva at the next offroaders’ meet. Hard to value, but given the likely cost of restoration, certainly a bargain. CZECH #579-1948 TATRA T87 sedan. S/N 73274. Light blue/gray cloth. Odo: 8,120 km. Very good panel fit. Very good paint shows a few minor prep flaws, chips at left front door handle. Shiny chrome. Interior finish varies. Seats well upholstered, but bases were not redone. Nicely finished dash and steering wheel. Bright trim not polished. Insect holes Cond: 4. SOLD AT $228,995. From the same source as Lot 537, the super-original Aston Martin DB4 Vantage DHC in the sale. Graber-bodied cars tend to be simple and elegant, but this one might bear too close a resemblance to Alvis coachwork—not distinctive enough a design statement for a Bentley. Quite nicely preserved, but you’ll have to explain it everywhere. Well sold. TOP 10 No. 10 BEST BUY #540-1953 BENTLEY R CONTINENTAL sports saloon. S/N BC24B. Eng. # BCB23. Black/red leather. RHD. Odo: 63,496 miles. Excellent panel fit, although left door gaps could be more even. Excellent paint shows a small rub on left front fender. Very good chrome, except for some waviness and warning lights. Overdrive, Playmate radio. Cond: 4-. SOLD AT $1,090,453. Ultimate drop-top DB4, high-performance Vantage spec, LHD, combined with single-family ownership and extreme originality. While it was popular in preview, all were stunned when the hammer came down, a whopping $400k over high estimate. The jury is out whether it can remain a “preservation” car with those bubbling sills. Well sold, to say the least. #520-1968 KOUGAR-JAGUAR SPORTS roadster. S/N 01260986S. Eng. # 7A330928. Red/tan leather. RHD. Odo: 31,489 miles. Fiberglass body shows lots of orange peel in paint, less so on fenders. Several panels show color variation. Chunk missing out of top left fender. Very good chrome. Interior is good, with nicely settled seats and very good instruments. Rather chunky wood- in headliner. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $140,201. The Tatra V8 streamliner is still a stunning car. It’s interesting to see it in bright blue, rather than the silver or dark colors usually encountered. This example was fairly well presented, but uneven details seriously let it down. A big price for condition, but interest remains high, and this one is already done. ENGLISH #536-1947 BENTLEY MARK VI cabrio- let. S/N B139BH. Eng. # B69B. Light blue/ black Everflex/red leather. RHD. Odo: 93,857 km. Excellent panel fit, except trunk slightly uneven. What appears to be largely original 88 micropitting on radiator shell. Excellent wood trim and seats, some decomposition of paint on rear of steering-wheel boss. Lightweight seats, Philips two-band radio. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $711,277. R-type Continentals have great style and a good turn of speed, welcome at rallies and concours alike. This one was very nicely presented and was a bargain below low estimate. Well bought. #537-1963 ASTON MARTIN DB4 Series V Vantage drophead coupe. S/N DB4C 1099L. Eng. # 3701138JJ. White/dark red Everflex/red leather. Odo: 59,612 km. Good panel fit. Paint shows fading, bubbling in rockers, touched-in chips. Louvered hood. Bright trim is good to fair. Three painted wire wheels, one chromed. Lovely seats with nice patina, carpet is worn. Instruments may have been refurbished. Label-gun stickers for dashboard controls and TOP 10 No. 4 Sports Car Market rim steering wheel. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $28,040. The Kougar is a fascinating creature: A minimalist fiberglass sports car built around Jaguar power and suspension parts. Vastly entertaining, they’re known to rather few people, even though David E. Davis of Car & Driver was a well-known owner of one. This one appears to have been run hard and put away slightly wet, but for the price paid, it’s still a “kool” sportster. FRENCH #571-1902 DELAHAYE TYPE O 6hp


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Bonhams Paris, FRA Vis-à-Vis tonneau. S/N 120. Eng. # 92. Burgundy & black/beige leather. RHD. Paint is presentable, showing some stress cracks in body and sinkage on fenders. Good upholstery is soiled, floor mat a bit worn. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $109,045. This early Delahaye is a world away from the Grand Routiers of the ’30s. It sold at the low end of the estimate range, appropriate for a car with London-toBrighton eligibility but some clear needs. #533-1927 RENAULT 6-CYLINDER double phaeton. S/N 116. Eng. # 93A. Gray & black/blue leather. RHD. Odo: 33,667 km. Excellent panel fit. Paint is presentable but a bit flat, with a big cracked adhesion bubble on leading edge of the hood and microblistering in spots. Brass trim needs a polish, nickel trim #588-1938 BUGATTI TYPE 57C coupe speciale. S/N 57335. Eng. # 340. Green & black/green leather. RHD. Odo: 84,126 km. Good panel fit, except both doors slightly out at front bottom edge. Paint is generally good, with some signs of aging. Bright trim is okay; roughly hammeredout dents in radiator shell. Very good seats, soiled carpets, wear on dashboard. Period radio still fitted. With Lockheed hydraulic brakes. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $934,674. De- TOP 10 No. 5 #544-1950 TALBOT-LAGO T26 grand sport cabriolet. S/N 102028. Eng. # 26531. Silver/gray canvas/tan leather. RHD. Odo: 38,984 km. Beautifully restored almost 15 years ago, still very impressive. Excellent panel fit. Beautiful paint shows a few tiny flaws. Minimal bright trim is very good to excellent. Very good seats show some minor staining. Excellent dashboard and instruments, very good wheel, minor pitting on chromed on headlights good. Well-settled seats, nicely finished steering wheel. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $225,880. Dramatic big Renault tourer, the epitome of ’20s French style. Older complete restoration now has feel of slightly worn original. Deserves a new restoration. Price was high, but not for France. #501-1934 PANHARD ET LEVASSOR X72 Berline Panoramique sedan. S/N 97472. Dark gray/taupe cloth. RHD. An older casual refurbishment, unraveling now. Very good panel fit. Paint is blotchy, with stress cracks, microblistering, bubbling and sprayedover chipped undercoat. Weak bright trim. Worn seat covers, newly covered non-matching door panels. Good dashboard. Odometer signed by Jean Bugatti, and the precursor to the Galibier sedans. Said to have been Ettore Bugatti’s car, but certainly a factory demo, staff car and development hack for the postwar Type 101. Last sold by Gooding & Co. at Pebble Beach in 2009 to John O’Quinn for $1.375m (SCM# 141996). Offered after his death by Bonhams in Chichester, U.K., in June 2012, where it no-saled at $1.328m (SCM# 209122). It’s slowly drifting downwards in condition and value, so a restoration may be in its future. #505-1948 PEUGEOT 202 Canadienne woodie wagon. S/N 715608. Eng. # G2X1839. Burgundy & wood/taupe cloth. Odo: 87,800 km. Variable panel fit. Older paint shows aging but still shines well. Wood paneling appears to be mostly original and is generally good, except for some areas of very crudely applied filler. Bright trim is fair. Front seats show patching and wear, rear seat under steering column. Shown at Pebble Beach Concours in 2000. Ex-Bahre and Jerome Sauls Collections. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $389,448. Stunning, simple and elegant Talbot-Lago, the essence of Graber coachworks’ style. Sold in 2001 by Christie’s in Tarrytown, NY, for $170k, fresh from Pebble appearance (SCM# 23869). Sold again at Bonhams Paris in 2008 for $298k (SCM# 51943). The value of a great car, well done and equally well maintained, is proven once again. GERMAN TOP 10 No. 6 #586-1938 MERCEDES-BENZ 540K cabriolet. S/N 169333. Gray/black canvas/red leather. Odo: 28,952 miles. Very good panel fit, very good paint. Chrome is a bit weak. Good interior with seats somewhat soiled. Dashboard over-varnished, door caps finished much better. Instruments are a bit dull, steering wheel shows wear. Original set to zero. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $12,462. Wonderfully wacky sleeve-valve-engined French pre-war luxury car, although not as wild as the later Chrysler Airflow-esque Dynamique. Sold last year by Artcurial at their February 2012 Rétromobile sale for $40k (SCM# 192820). Consignor took a massive hit with this no-reserve sale, but is very likely happy nonetheless. 90 a cover. Dashboard control knobs are worn, interior wood door panels good. Cond: 4-. SOLD AT $38,945. A very handsomely styled woodie, with great chisel details on the upright posts. These post-war Peugeots feature the neat “headlights in the grille” styling, which today seems unimaginable. In its current condition, this would be the perfect driver to run from Paris to your country estate in Normandy. Price seems fair for a surviving original. owner was Randolph Hearst, son of William Randolph Hearst. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $911,307. Slightly soberly bodied by Vanden Plas. Has more of the look of an Alvis than a Mercedes, but perhaps it’s just because the Sindelfingen bodies are engraved in our minds. Nicely presented but not special. Price is market-correct, perhaps a bit of a bargain and solidly in the estimate range. #598-1957 MERCEDES-BENZ 220S coupe. S/N 7511652. Black/gray leather. Odo: 81,049 km. Very good panel fit. Shiny paint Sports Car Market


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Bonhams Paris, FRA shows some orange peel, microblistering, seam bubbling and fisheyes. Chrome generally good, but micro-pitting on bumpers, dings in driver’s door side trim. Original interior teeters on edge of patina and worn, with open spears. Superb Art Deco dashboard and nice patina on seats. Some casual work on door caps. 2009 Concorso Villa d’Este class-win- seam on side of driver’s seat. Refinished wood trim is excellent. Period Blaupunkt radio. One of 2,081 built. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $70,101. These Ponton coupes are charming and elegant, and rarer than their sexier drop-top sisters. This car had a great look in terrific colors. The mix of original and refurbished gave it a nice “used car” feel. Don’t try to restore it—it will cost the earth. Drive it as-is and enjoy until you have no choice. Appropriately bought. ITALIAN #511-1933 LANCIA LAMBDA roadster. S/N 1427. Eng. # 1485. Dark blue & dark red/ red leather. RHD. Very good panel fit and paint. Very good bright trim, except for dull hood side trim. Good seat shows some weak stitching, steering wheel dull and a bit dirty. Heavy varnish on dashboard wood. Cond: 2-. ner. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $903,518. Lancia’s pre-war flagship, magnificently rendered by Carrozzeria Boneschi. Wonderful details abound in the design, which ultimately takes second place to Pininfarina’s take on the form, due to the non-disappearing top. To win top concours prizes it will need lots of work, which would be a shame—but worth it. Market-priced, which is to say a bargain. #594-1952 ALFA ROMEO 1900C 5-window coupe. S/N 1035. Eng. # 00096. Dark blue/gray cloth. Odo: 37,477 km. Out of long storage, needs a total restoration. Good panel fit, except doors out at rear bottom. Older repaint is thick, with orange peel, fisheye, painted-over flakes and chips, a dent in the right rear fender and generally untidy. Fair to poor bright trim. Plexiglas rear quarter windows. Large parts of interior eaten by moths, cracked steering wheel spokes, instruments fitted. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $10,905. The Multipla was a compact people-carrier far ahead of its time. This example was an original U.S.delivery car, with larger high-mounted headlights and a Virginia dealer sticker on the back. Not nice enough for preservation, and a bit too nice to restore, but the price paid was low enough that the new owner can figure it out. #509-1958 ALFA ROMEO GIULIETTA Sprint Veloce coupe. S/N 149308721. Eng. # 131532399. Red/black vinyl. Odo: 16,968 km. Excellent panel fit, very good paint. Bright trim shows some waviness and light pitting on bumpers and headlight trim, alloy trim shows some dullness. Nicely finished interior, but seats are overstuffed and casually done. Contemporary small-diameter Nardi wood-rim SOLD AT $93,467. Very attractive but anonymous coachwork on Lambda chassis, reminiscent of Carrozzeria Touring’s style. Catalogued as a Dilambda, but discovery of chassis number dates it as a Lambda chassis for coachwork instead. Excellent workmanship, but essentially a fairly high price for a bitsa. TOP 10 No. 7 #552-1938 LANCIA ASTURA 4th Series cabriolet. S/N 413125. Eng. # 41240. Dark gray metallic/gray leather/dark gray leather. RHD. Odo: 33,307 km. Said to be very original except for a respray. Good panel fit. Very good paint shows only a few minor flaws. Very good to good bright trim, with various small dings in side 92 good, radio missing. Accessory Abarth dualcarb manifold underhood, with modern and quite inelegant linkage. Original Marchal lights. Cond: 5+. SOLD AT $249,246. Early “long-door” 1900 Sprint “5-window” coupe, with many interesting features. History includes run in the Coppa d’Oro delle Dolomiti rally when new. Prices have been stagnant on 1900s for quite a while now. This is a big price leap for a car with needs. Let’s see what the next few do. Well sold for now. #502-1956 FIAT 600 Multipla microvan. S/N 100108059877. Eng. # 100008764889. White & black/red & white vinyl. Odo: 41,977 km. Good panel fit. Older paint shows orange peel and some overspray. Left front door panel rather wrinkly. Alloy bright trim is dull, chrome is fair. Original window glass, weak windlacing. Original seats are good, instruments are faded. 1970s Audiovox AM radio wheel fitted. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $77,890. Very well-presented Giulietta Sprint Veloce, a most desirable ’50s Alfa. Let down by detail flaws, this would nevertheless be a wonderful companion on tours and rallies. The price difference for a Mille Miglia-eligible ’57 is huge, but the number achieved here would have bought a #1 1958 a short time ago, so look out for values on the move upward. #596-1962 ALFA ROMEO 2600 Sprint coupe. S/N AR820392. Eng. # 00387. Cream/ red leather. Odo: 81,054 km. Excellent panel fit. Very good paint shows a few small stress cracks. 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Fresh Meat by Chad Tyson Bonhams Paris, FRA Online sales of contemporary cars 2012 BMW 750Li sedan Date sold: 02/27/2013 eBay auction ID: 271156329964 Seller’s eBay ID: scottsdaleferrari Sale type: Used car with 10,803 miles VIN: WBAKB8C55CDX20641 Details: Jet Black over oyster/black leather; 4.4-liter V8 rated at 400 hp, 6-sp auto, RWD Sale result: $71,000, best offer, sf 263 MSRP: $97,800 (as equipped) Other current offering: Reeves Import Motorcars in Tampa, FL, offering a 5-mile, black over saddle/ black 2012 750Li for $93,495. 2012 McLaren MP4-12C carpet. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $42,060. Lovely color combination on a well-presented big Alfa. Anyone who has read SCM for any length of time knows I love these cars. At first glance I fell for this one, but the closer I got, the more the wrong details added up. That it had these issues and still made over $40k bodes well for the 2600 market. #546-1965 FERRARI 330 GT 2+2 Series I coupe. S/N 6635. Eng. # 6635. Black/red leather. Odo: 78,638 km. Excellent panel fit, except left door out at rear edge. Good paint shows a few small rubs, a couple of door-edge chips and light polish scratches. Bright trim is good, weakest are door handles. Wheels are painted an incorrect silver. Well-done seats Date sold: 02/26/2013 eBay auction ID: 271158523261 Seller’s eBay ID: straightlineautomotivegroup Sale type: Used car with 999 miles VIN: SBM11AAA4CW000901 Details: Fire Black over black/orange leather; 3.8-liter twin-turbocharged V8 rated at 593 hp, 7-sp dualclutch auto, RWD Sale result: $210,000, best offer, sf 361 MSRP: $268,000 (as equipped) Other current offering: Naples Motorsports in Naples, FL, asking $279,995 for a Pearl White over Harissa Red leather MP4-12C with 1,400 miles. 2013 Maserati GranTurismo Sport in chips on hood. Fair-to-good bright trim. Stripped interior with OMP racing seats, full roll cage, Racetech electronic oil pressure and water temp gauges. Twin rally clocks, plexi windows side and rear. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $70,101. Fulvia HF “Fanalone” cars are rally legends. Value difference between a genuine Works car, a customer car and a tribute is considerable. This car has been publicly offered twice before. At Bonhams Goodwood in 2005, it sold for $43k, presented as a Works race car (SCM# 38693). In February 2011 at Artcurial Paris, it no-saled at $68k, with Works connection now removed (SCM #169040). Chassis number puts it in the right place, but doubts remain. Not a bad buy at the price, yet more research may pay dividends. #542-1973 FERRARI 246 GTB Dino coupe. S/N 06626. Eng. # 13505. Red/black leather. Odo: 36,301 km. Excellent panel fit, except trunk lid is a bit high due to new rubber gasket. Excellent paint, very good chrome. Interior is excellent with nicely broken-in “Daytona” seats, which show only slight wear on left side of driver’s seat. Former property of Jacques Swaters, proprietor of Garage Fran- and door panels, original headliner and burl wood dashboard. Sinudyne radio. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $154,100. Great color combo on Series I 2+2, well-done interior. The car was “converted” to a single-headlight Series II appearance during restoration. It doesn’t quite hold together the way you want it to, and the front-end change will always require explanation. Well sold. Date sold: 02/26/2013 eBay auction ID: 111017130017 Seller’s eBay ID: ferrarisanfrancisco Sale type: New car with 75 miles VIN: ZAM45VMAXD0069637 Details: Nero over Nero leather; 4.7-liter V8 rated at 444 hp, 6-sp auto, RWD Sale result: $148,000, best offer, sf 14 MSRP: $142,800 (base) Other current offering: Maserati of the Main Line in Devon, PA, offering a new Grigio Alfieri over Bordeaux 2013 GranTurismo Sport convertible with 10 miles for $143,795. ♦ 94 #512-1969 LANCIA FULVIA 1.6 HF Fanalone coupe. S/N 818540001578. Eng. # 8185402264676. Red & black/black cloth. Odo: 6,579 km. Very good panel fit. Shiny paint shows some minor prep flaws, touched- corchamps, the legendary Belgian Ferrari distributor. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $334,925. While the targa-top GTS spider commands a considerable premium over the coupe, the latter has a more attractive shape. This car was very well restored and presented—one of the nicest GTBs I’ve seen. The level of restoration combined with the Swaters provenance pushed it to an over-the-top result. Well sold, but equally well bought. #541-1973 FIAT 238 van. S/N 238B1- 0103116. Red, white & green/black vinyl. Odo: 84,139 km. Ex-Garage Francorchamps, the Belgian Ferrari distributor. Livery advertises the range: 308 GTB and S, 400A and 512 BB. Italian tri-color stripe and bold Prancing Sports Car Market


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Bonhams Paris, FRA Horse. Very good panel fit. Original paint shows rubs, small dings and flaking. Rust perforation on rocker ends. Interior is good, with a few areas of wear on seats and cobwebs and dust from storage. Cond: 4-. SOLD AT $31,156. The original finish is what makes it, but it’s a bit scruffy for Ferrari Club concours events. So it’s a garage piece for the Ferraristi with everything. Bonhams sold a 1978 here in Paris last year for $23k (SCM# 192606), so interest is rising. Let’s see what the next one brings. AMERICAN #581-1937 CORD 812 convertible. S/N 32417H. White/brown leather. Odo: 86,583 miles. Variable panel fit. Old paint is dull, flaking off in sheets, spidered and soiled. Bright trim is pitted, some with surface rust. Incongruous modern side-view mirrors. Seats have been redone to a good standard. Instrument panel is pitted, instrument glass dirty. Cond: shows some soiling and some pitted bright trim. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $18,693. Desirable 292-ci version of the not-terribly-desirable two-door sedan. Appears to be a European refurbishment done to higher standard than usually seen in ’50s Yanks, now coming undone. The price achieved was probably twice what it would bring at home. Well sold. #590-1960 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 00867S103969. Cascade Green & white/white vinyl/teal vinyl. Odo: 29 km. 283-ci 245-hp V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. Excellent panel fit and paint. Very good chrome let down by pitting on right taillight bezel. Wellexecuted interior, beautifully finished. Cond: 5+. SOLD AT $65,427. A Cord 812 restoration project. This neglected car had a ’46 Cadillac drivetrain transplant at some point in the past, so not only would you have to do a cosmetic restoration, but you would have to refit the Cord bits as well. They do come with the car, however. An optimistic undertaking, but the price is not stupid. #503-1956 FORD FAIRLANE Club se- dan. S/N M6AT134110. Coral & white/coral & white vinyl. Odo: 5,857 miles. 292-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Good panel fit, except left door is out at rear edge. Generally very good paint shows bubbling and flaking in left roof gutter, rust bubbling in door-bottoms, small stress cracks and several small chips. Much chrome is good, some is quite pitted. Good interior and minor flaws in wood trim. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $34,271. Extravagant Virgil Exner-designed, Italian-built classic revival luxo-barge with Pontiac V8 power. Somehow repellent and yet strangely captivating at the same time. The build quality and details are actually quite amazing, and if you’ve never actually touched one, don’t dismiss it out of hand. Of course, it takes a certain kind of extrovert to drive one. Excellent value for the money. © 1-. SOLD AT $124,623. It’s rare to see a wellrestored American ’50s or ’60s car in Europe, and this Corvette was done to a very high level. That said, the teal interior was incorrect for 1960 and clashed horribly with the exterior paint colors. It’s a shame, as someone spent a lot of money here. The result was half again as much as could ever be achieved in the States. Well sold. #517-1977 STUTZ BLACKHAWK VI coupe. S/N 231706. Black/black leather. Odo: 44,566 miles. 455-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Good panel fit, except left door out at rear edge. Shiny paint is thick and shows checking, orange peel and some chips. Very good interior with excellent seats. Some wear on bright trim May 2013 95


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RM Auctions Madison, GA RM Auctions — The Bruce Weiner Microcar Museum Collection We all knew the TG500 “Tiger” would bring strong interest, but no one expected it to sell for $322k Company RM Auctions Date February 15–16, 2013 Location Madison, GA Auctioneer Max Girardo Automotive lots sold/offered 200/200 Sales rate 100% Sales total $8,093,850 High sale 1958 F.M.R. TG500 “Tiger,” sold at $322,000 Buyer’s premium 1958 F.M.R. TG500 “Tiger” 2-passenger microcar, sold at $322,000 Report and photos by Burt Richmond Market opinions in italics M ini- and micro-car collectors from around the globe flocked to Madison, GA, in February, hoping for a chance at one of 200 tiny automobiles on offer. Bruce Weiner’s vast inventory of little cars spanned the breadth of the microcar spectrum, featuring many of the best and rarest examples. These fascinating, innovative cars grew out of the rubble of war-torn Europe in the 1940s — a time when people traveled by bicycle, bus or train, and private cars were an exclusively upperclass privilege. The Marshall Plan helped get factories repaired and put citizens back to work. Mopeds, scooters and small motorcycles emerged from factories that were prohibited from military production, especially from those that had produced aircraft. As prosperity gained, those engineers took their now-successful motor-scooter engines and added a third or fourth wheel, creating enclosed all-weather scooters. The notorious German fighter planes built by Messerschmitt gave way to kabine rollers (literally “scooter cabins”). BMW, which had been building aircraft engines, used its single-cylinder motorcycle engines to power the Italian-designed Isetta. Another German airplane manufacturer, Heinkel, took their scooter engine and developed its own “bubble car,” similar to the Isetta with a front-opening door. 96 Madison, GA 15%, included in all sold prices In all three instances, aircraft design elements such as Plexiglas domes and side- windows found their way into the microcars. Messerschmitt used a tubular fuselage, tandem seating, steering yoke and top-opening bubble canopy. While we all knew the Museum’s TG500 “Tiger” (a high-performance Messerschmitt variant by F.M.R.) would bring strong interest, no one expected it to surpass the market value of $150k and sell for $322k. I was standing with three TG500 owners when auctioneer Max Girardo gleefully hammered it sold. The TG owners in the room gasped, as their cars had just doubled in value. Record prices were the theme of the auction. Two rare French microcars, a Reyonnah and an Inter, sold for $184k and $161k, respectively. Three Goggomobil Transporter vans sold in the top 10, with prices ranging from $132k to $173k. Even the plentiful Isettas set record prices. A convertible sold at $90k, and one in German Polizei livery went for $86k. At the bottom end, battered project cars needing major work still sold in excess of $20k. Why the record prices? Why the incredible turnout for this miniscule automotive niche? The buyers were a mix of serious microcar enthusiasts and seasoned car collectors who had never bought a microcar. Feature stories in the Wall Street Journal and New York Times added to the global interest. For high-value investors burned by the stock market and looking to invest in capital goods, cars are appealing. Microcars seem accessible and inexpensive, and they take up less space and are easy to transport. And purely in terms of maximum enjoyment for the smallest investment, nothing gets more attention and “smiles per mile” than a microcar. To the chagrin of the exoticand muscle-car crowds, those damn microcars always steal the show. This sale confirms that microcars remain an important, relevant segment of the automobile world. Hopefully, all these new owners will eventually do what Bruce did. He shared his cars with other collectors. © Sports Car Market


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RM Auctions Madison, GA AUSTRALIAN #550-1958 GOGGOMOBIL DART road- ster. S/N 131383. Black/red vinyl. RHD. Nice condition, but not perfect. Plexi headlight cover cracked. Red interior could use a good scrubbing. The magic of a Goggo engine is that most of it is concealed by the fan cooling shrouds, so they usually look orderly, unless the owner spills some of the 2-stroke oil when filling the injector-oil reservoir. This engine is unblemished. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $54,050. with the engine just behind the seat. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $12,650. Velorex began by produc- Aussie Goggo importer Bill Buckle designed and built approximately 700 Darts using Goggo mechanical components, including the floor-pan chassis and all the running gear, instruments, electrical wiring, lights, etc. By omitting doors, the body helped stiffen the chassis (and minimized production and assembly costs). These are very desirable, with few ever making it to the U.S. Slightly over market, but this is an attractive and usable addition to any collection. Well sold. #588-1964 LIGHTBURN ZETA Sports roadster. S/N 2817. Maroon/black canvas/ dark red vinyl. RHD. Body suffering from typical stressed fiberglass crazing. However, it is all there and appears to be a runner. Like its U.K. cousin, the Frisky, it is powered by a Sachs 500-cc 2-cylinder 2-stroke engine, working for Vignale. Nothing sells like a bright yellow, well-turned-out car. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $57,500. Good design makes itself seen and heard, as in the noise of frantic bidding for this Frisky, which sold for nearly four times the $15k low estimate. which should make it fly. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $51,750. The Zeta Sports was restyled by the U.K. Frisky Sprint team, who went to Australia to ready the body for production under Aussie regulations. The doors were eliminated to make the fiberglass tub stiffer. A project car, Lot 635, sold for $24,150. Both were well sold. CZECH #637-1959 VELOREX OSKAR cabrio- let. S/N 02949044. Brown/tan canvas/red vinyl. Generally all there. Built like a light airplane with a space frame, then covered with brown “Igelit” vinyl. The space frame was typically painted the same color brown, and the cycle fenders were either white like this or black. Interior is totally utilitarian and simple, 98 Sports Car Market #323-1960 SCOOTACAR DELUXE Mk II coupe. S/N K74500. Silver/dark red vinyl. MHD. Silver finish in excellent condition, as is the Mk II’s sumptuous interior seating. to exist. This example restored to like-new condition. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $120,750. This P50 totally stole the show. The price paid was 2½ times the estimated value, but what other celebrity car could you keep in your bedroom? Very well sold indeed. FRENCH #257-1948 MOCHET TYPE K cabriolet. S/N 1560. British Racing Green & black/black cloth/dark green vinyl. Deluxe version with wood doors and full weather protection, meticulously restored. In like-new condition, down to the single-cylinder, 125-cc, 2-stroke, ing handicap vehicles. Construction was minimal, with CZ and Jawa motorcycles as donors for the engine, transmission, wheels, fenders and even the fuel tank. Typical engine size was either 250 or 350. Production was over 15,000, and many seem to have survived, which makes them plentiful. I still see them on the roads in the Czech Republic. Well bought in the appropriate price range. ENGLISH #276-1959 FRISKY FAMILY THREE coupe. S/N 20487. Yellow & white/red vinyl. RHD. Great paint scheme on very flat side panels. Excellent door fit as well as rear deck. A good-looking car from any perspective. Body designed by Giovanni Michelotti, then Rather than sitting astride the central engine cover of its predecessor, the Mk I, this Scootacar looks, feels and handles like a true automobile. Ease of entry is one of its most appealing selling features—with such tall interior space, one never feels claustrophobic. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $50,600. As the Scootacar evolved, the engine and suspension were also upgraded. In 1961, the 1-cyl Villiers engine (which this car has) was upgraded to a 250-cc 2-cylinder 2-stroke, which was a startling difference in a new concept for Scootacar called performance. There was a lesser-quality Mk I on offer that sold at $39,100, which was substantially above the high estimate of $25,000, illustrating the demand for these oddball tall microcars. Both were very well sold. #258-1964 PEEL P50 coupe. S/N D535. Red/black vinyl. MHD. The world’s smallest production car, made infamous by “Top Gear” host Jeremy Clarkson, who drove one through London, across the lobby of the BBC building, into the elevator, up to the news floor and down the rows of cubicles. Only 26 are known


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RM Auctions Madison, GA Burt’s Picks My four personal star cars #249-1956 BMW ISETTA 300 “bubblewindow” cabriolet. S/N 4995137. Light green/tan canvas/green & black plaid fabric. While all Isettas have a fabric sunroof, few have the convertible rear-window section, which allows for “wind in your hair” driving. This one is a European version with smaller bumpers, headlights and taillights. As nice as they come, complete with requisite picnic bas- air-cooled engine driving the rear axle via chain. Spotless engine bay with nary a drop of grease. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $35,650. The Model K was the first in the series that used folded metal panels to simplify fabrication and assembly. To raise the window, one would grasp a leather strap and pull the window up, and then secure the strap to the inside of the door. Mochet did everything as simply as possible to keep costs down and make his cars affordable to post-war France. Market-correct hammer price, fair to seller and buyer. BEST BUY #593-1951 MOCHET CM-125 Luxe cabriolet. S/N 2695. Yellow & black/ black canvas/black vinyl. Perfect fit and finish. The paint breaks follow the stamping nicely with no ridges. All mechanicals are visible and clean. Upholstery and large top canopy are wrinkle-free. The elegant stamping in post-war times as a solution to limited parking. When the owner exited the car, he merely went to the front and lifted the body. The wheels tucked in, narrowing the car’s width so that it could be moved off the street, through a gate, and even inside one’s home. With so few of them available, and with so many collectors wanting one, it was not surprising that the final bid was more than double the low estimate. Very well sold. #604-1956 AVOLETTE RECORD DE- LUXE roadster. S/N 8. Orange/black vinyl. Paint excellent without any flaws. Dash, interior and engine compartment of same quality, with great attention to all the small details. The thick half-round rubber piece that conceals the joint between the upper and lower body sections is nicely integrated into the fenders and into the aluminum steps for cock- ket. Very well presented. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $89,700. Isetta and Messerschmitt are the most iconic microcars of all. The only conspicuous flaw here was the front bumper, which had been “pranged” and then straightened flat. Not a big deal, but when everything is so perfect, a minor flaw becomes a bigger distraction. Paint and interior were immaculate, which caused the price to soar. Well sold at almost twice the low estimate. #589-1956 HEINKEL KABINE 150 coupe. S/N 301431. Orange/tan canvas. Quick and sloppy paint with poor masking job. No interior, bench seat missing, many parts inside car in cardboard boxes and plastic bags. However, the body tub and panes appear to be straight. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $20,700. After WWII, aircraft manufacturer Heinkel used to suggest rear fenders is a delightful solution. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $19,550. Notice the softer lines here compared with Lot 257, the 1948, which was all simple break-folded panels. Surprisingly, the 1948 sold 50% higher. This was well bought, substantially under the $35k low estimate. #594-1951 REYONNAH roadster. S/N 1706. Beige/burgundy cloth/ ivory & burgundy vinyl. MHD. Striking paint quality. Chrome fittings and interior latches restored to same high degree. Contrasting convertible roof is meticulously trimmed. Burgundy interior with rolled ivory channels of very high quality. Unique folding front suspension raises pit access. The entire tub is a wonderful exercise in design innovation. With only 30 ever built, this may be the only survivor in the U.S. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $74,750. This is a viable two-seat car with good handling qualities and comfortable room for two. The 250-cc Maico 2-stroke motorcycle engine made 14 hp, which allowed the Avolette to keep up easily with traffic on rural French roads. It is another gem for a serious microcar collector. Well sold. #546-1956 VELAM ISETTA “bubble window” coupe. S/N 103976. White/black canvas/black, white & red vinyl & houndstooth. French firm Velam’s own interpretation of the Iso bubble car. Acceptable paint with clean white wheels. Interior very busy with cloth houndstooth fabric trimmed in red-andwhite vinyl. Red carpet on inner wheelarches and parcel platform. Exterior lines are more their engineering and manufacturing experience to build these cars. Note that the rear end is radically different from the Isetta, in that there is full and easy access to the 200cc single-cylinder 4-stroke engine. When aircraft prohibition production ceased, the minicar operation moved to Ireland under the Trojan marque. This was well sold. Lot 597, a usable Kabine, sold for $35k. 100 the body quite high, showing that undercarriage is finished to the same high level. Reyonnah was designer Robert Hannoyer’s name spelled backwards. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $184,000. One of the rarest, most unusual vehicles of the entire microcar world, designed simple and elegant than the interior. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $37,375. Iso sold most of the Isetta tooling to BMW as part of their licensing Sports Car Market


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RM Auctions Madison, GA Burt’s Picks I wish they’d gone home with me #245-1961 MESSERSCHMITT KR200 cabriolet. S/N 74947. Red/black fabric/black vinyl & snakeskin. MHD. Very tidy and correct restoration by microcar expert Peter Svilans, right down to the F.M.R.-stamped hubcaps and difficult-to-find dash clock. The black vinyl interior with gray snakeskin vinyl was standard on the KR201. Also has a front seat from the larger Tiger 500, which is a substantial ergo- agreement, so the French Velam company decided to do their own stampings and fitments. Global versions were built in Belgium, Brazil, England, France, Germany and Spain. Any one of these derivations would be welcome in a microcar collection. However, Velams seem to be the most modestly priced. #612-1957 VESPA 400 cabriolet. S/N 06938. Blue/brown/black & white textile. Original paint. Tired exterior. No obvious rust or chips. Interior has been well cared for. Top is old, with opaque rear window. Side view is almost identical to the Autobianchi Bianchina Transformable, but this uses a 2-stroke 2-cyl- MHD. Body complete, with strong aircraft influence. All trim in place, but shows signs of 60 years of wear. Interior shabby. This is a very early version of the Messerschmitt, which has the spare tire mounted flat on the rear nomic improvement. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $52,900. The cabrio was the logical alternative to the Messerschmitt’s clear aircraft dome, which seemed to amplify cockpit temperatures. This was an early-auction sale before the action reached a fever pitch. The buyer had been admiring Messerschmitts for several years but did not want to restore one. Sold within appropriate price range for a well-prepared, ready-to-drive cabrio. #622-1958 GOGGOMOBIL T-250 sun- roof 2-dr sedan. S/N 0196154. Turquoise/tan canvas/black & ivory fabric. Restoration at its best: excellent paint on exterior, clean undercarriage and suspension. Spotless engine compartment is noteworthy. Interior door panels and upholstery in period fabric show very well. The sunroof is a seldom-seen accessory, and the sunshade across the windshield is very desirable. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $63,250. Goggo inder, instead of Fiat’s 500-cc 4-stroke. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $28,750. The Italian Piaggio Company had manufacturing capacity in their French scooter factory to produce this wellengineered small car for the French public. They specifically avoided competing with Bianchina Transformable in Italy. Price was very strong for this car. Well sold. #292-1957 VOISIN BISCOOTER C31 cabriolet. S/N 21775775. Polished aluminum/ tan canvas/red wicker. Entire body is polished aluminum. Doors and hood built to very high tolerances. Excellent fit and finish. The red wicker seats fore and aft are equally attractive and do not show any wear. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $80,500. Voisin was an architect who began building planes during WWI. Later, this fender vs. under the rear engine cover. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $23,000. As an early version of the KR175, this example did not come with electric starter, which means that the 2-stroke, single-cylinder engine had to be kick-started. This was one of the best buys of the auction, selling for about the same as other incomplete and rusted Messerschmitts. It would be a perfect restoration candidate, or it could be made operational and enjoyed as-is. #585-1955 KLEINSCHNITTGER F-125 roadster. S/N 652080. Red/red canvas/red vinyl. High-quality finishes throughout, constructed like a fine piece of jewelry. Design is simple yet elegant, with well-balanced components. Nothing looks or feels out of place. Kleinschnittger literally translates into “littlestylish.” The earliest gestations featured front fenders made out of aluminum cooking pots is considered the third-most-iconic microcar brand, behind Isetta and Messerschmitt. They built perfect small vehicles that were very reliable and durable. In 2010, a friend of mine drove his Goggo van from Los Angeles to the Micro/Mini Car World Meet in Chicago. It was an effortless trip, following Route 66. Over 100,000 sedans were produced, plus coupes, vans and cabriolets. This perfect T-250 sold a bit over high estimate, but considering the utility and rareness of the sunroof, the price seems market-fair. 102 visionary designer made exquisitely graceful cars in the 1930s. Post-war, he began making small cars with strict aesthetic guidelines, striving for visual perfection. The Biscooter was a refined automobile for its day, easily competing with both the Renault and Citroën 2CV. The final bid on this example was right on the money at the high bid estimate. Fair price for seller and buyer. GERMAN BEST BUY #243-1953 MESSERSCHMITT KR175 dome-top microcar. S/N 2160. Beige/clear plastic/tan vinyl. cut in half. The well-made DKW single-cylinder 2-stroke is capable of keeping up with rural traffic. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $48,300. I remember sitting in one of these in Germany 20 years ago and thinking how perfectly proportioned it was. These are extremely rare, and when you do find one, it has to be totally restored. This one is as perfect as they come, and therefore worth the price. Buyer paid a bit above market, but where else will you find one? #259-1957 JURISCH MOTOPLAN prototype single-seat trike. S/N N/A. Turquoise/ black canvas/olive green & black vinyl. Paint is flawless, as is the interior. Features Jurisch’s outstanding design and craftsmanship. Unlike many other microcars, utilizes a Heinkel single-cylinder 4-stroke. Has a 4-speed trans- Sports Car Market


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RM Auctions Madison, GA mission, plus reverse gear. Unusual steering with push-pull levers on either side of the seat. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $103,500. For cockpit access, the whole front of the car pivots forward and up; once seated, pull the body back down and fasten the side latches. This could be the centerpiece of any microcar collection, and rarity and aesthetics motivated spirited bidding. Well sold. #603-1958 F.M.R. TG500 “Tiger” 2-pas- senger microcar. S/N 20563. Salmon & black/clear plastic/black vinyl & cloth. MHD. Salmon over black fenders makes for a strong contrast on this king of the Messerschmitts. Restored to better-than-new perfection, both cosmetically and mechanically. A true sports car of its day, with hydraulic brakes and exceptional handling for an 80-mph 500-cc microcar. Said to be one of 150 known examples back, with the 250-cc motor between the angled seat-backs. Other than a broken sidemarker light, the car is in excellent condition. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $51,750. Zündapp manufactured motorcycles after WWII, and like other German entrepreneurs, they wanted in on the microcar boom. In an era when economy travel often involved tent camping, the Janus seats could be folded flat to make an indoor bed. For their distinctive appearance (and rarity), these make worthy additions to any microcar collection. While the price was above the auction estimates, it seems a good value. hance microcar collections worldwide. Bidding was spirited for the three other Transporters on offer, ranging from $92k to $138k. This was the last one sold, and it surpassed $138k quickly. Perhaps it was the PEZ name, which in itself is a serious collector segment. All were very well sold. #247-1958 MAICO 500 2-dr sedan. S/N 808457. Maroon & white/tan vinyl. RHD. Appears to have been imported from South Africa with LHD. From bumper to engine compartment, appears absolutely flawless. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $29,900. Maico was a successful manufacturer of bicycles and #314-1961 NSU PRINZ 30 2-dr sedan. S/N 33096. Light blue/red vinyl & cloth. Decent paint, with blemish on left side, chipped paint on ivory wheels. Chrome free of pits and rust. Engine bay clean and presentable. Interior shows signs of use. Overall, could be used and enjoyed with modest detailing. By definition, this is not a microcar, but a minicar due to engine size exceeding the 500-cc limit. of 360 produced. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $322,000. While not necessarily very rare, there is a limited supply of TG500s. For some time, they quietly changed hands within the microcar community around the $150k mark. The opening bid here was $160k, and the price skyrocketed north, as many collectors in the room wanted it. This was the highest price ever paid for a microcar. Other TG500 owners in the room could be heard gasping with joy, knowing that they had their own “tiger by the tail.” Very well sold. #613-1958 GOGGOMOBIL TL-400 Transporter microvan. S/N 08233608. Dark blue & white/gray vinyl. Perfect paint over large ripple-free body panels. Interior detailing as meticulous as exterior. Engine bay sanitary. These were originally developed for the German post office. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $172,500. All four Goggo transporters here were prepared to the same high levels by the museum’s in-house staff. These commercial vans have become much sought-after to en- May 2013 103 motorcycles, and their Maicomobil scooter was an over-the-top deluxe touring machine, so it was no wonder that they wanted to enter the burgeoning small-car arena. The Maisch brothers attempted to save the Champion car, but did not have the time to adapt their smaller engines to the heavier car, so they purchased Heinkel 2-stroke 2-cylinders. Purchase price seems spot-on. #248-1958 ZÜNDAPP JANUS 4-passen- ger sedan. S/N W3571. Gray & pale yellow/ tan vinyl. Double-ended car is named after the two-faced Roman god, as the front and rear doors are identical. Bench seats are back to Cond: 2. SOLD AT $23,000. At one point, NSU was the world’s largest producer of motorcycles. Automotive production ceased after WWII, but in 1957 they introduced a new small car with large-car features, called the Prinz. It used a 2-cylinder, 4-stroke, aircooled, 583-cc engine. (Dr. Wankel developed his famous rotary engine for NSU, which contributed to the company’s collapse and eventual merger with Auto Union.) Market-correct sale here. ITALIAN #283-1960 FIAT 600 Multipla microvan. S/N 100D108083570. Yellow & ivory/tan & white vinyl. Non-standard paint color, but of excellent quality with good door alignment. New rubber around windows. Excellent chrome, including all four hubcaps. Interior is


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RM Auctions Madison, GA acceptable but shows slight wear, as this Multipla is not a trailer queen and has actually been driven. Engine bay is spotless. With its 4-cylinder 767-cc engine, this would be categorized as a “minicar,” because it exceeds 500 cc. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $66,125. With the wide doors, these make for a perfect wedding microcar. The Multipla was a true multipurpose vehicle and a brilliant evolution of the Fiat 600 sedan. (From the rear they look pretty much the same.) The “family” versions seated two in front and three in the rear, with fold-down seats for camping; with folding jumpseats they were the iconic Italian and Swiss taxis; and in the merchant versions like this one, the rear seats folded flat for cargo. Very well sold. JAPANESE #623-1955 FUJI CABIN enclosed scooter. S/N 5750076. Light gray/burgundy & white vinyl. MHD. In a word, flawless. Paint, gaskets, door fit and interior are all better than new. This car has been lovingly restored, including some of the primitive fiberglass just in its infancy in post-WWII Japan. The shape flows majestically from front to back. While not Ferrari red, it still has a similar sensuality. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $126,500. Like many of the microcar manufacturers in Germany and Italy who had been building aircraft, Japanese designers found other non-military products for the public to buy and use. For the fortunate collector, this is an incredibly rare and magnificent addition with unique and innovative engineering and styling. Pricey, but there aren’t any others. #308-1962 MAZDA R-360 coupe. S/N 1082. Ivory & copper/red vinyl & cloth. RHD. Very attractive color combo. Engine bay and underhood are very dirty and look long-neglected. Essentially a one-owner car prior to mercial applications. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $21,850. Biscuter used single-cylinder 2-stroke Villiers engines made in Spain by Hispano as a joint venture. The Bruce Weiner collection had several of them, as this was an important segment of the 1950s microcar movement. All of them sold in the same $20,000 level, which suggests that this is market-correct value. #252-1959 ASUA PTV 250 cabriolet. S/N B612. Two-tone blue/black fabric/black vinyl. As nice a microcar as one will find anywhere. Factory-new fit and finish on paintwork, panel gaps, chrome trim, interior and engine compartment. Clearly, the restorers had the advan- and neighboring Denmark. They used either a 4-stroke Heinkel or 2-stroke Sachs engine and could be ordered with a single rear wheel or with a double for increased stability and load capacity. With seven others available here, this example was the most finished. There was also an early aluminum Fuldamobil that sold for $75,900. As the best, this was fair for seller and buyer. AMERICAN #303-1956 ESHELMAN DELUXE Adult Sport Car utility. S/N 29993. Yellow/ yellow vinyl. Nice paint, no overspray. Very simple bench seat. A 1-cylinder Briggs & Stratton engine sits under the rear deck, easily accessible via a removable panel. Rope-pull start, being acquired by the museum. It needs a thorough cleaning and refreshing, or it could be restored. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $28,750. This R-360 is similar to Lot 621, the Subaru 360, in that they were both built to meet Japan’s size regulations. While the Subaru used a 2-cyl 2-stroke engine, Mazda created a more efficient 4-stroke V-twin with OHV. An attractive, well-built microcar that sold for a fair price. SPANISH #310-1958 BISCUTER 200-I Furgoneta delivery truck. S/N ANR3340. Red & wood/ black vinyl. All there, but shows signs of use and age. The Biscuter Company produced over 20,000 units in various configurations in a two-year period. They were very popular with the Spanish public as an affordable enclosed vehicle suitable for families and com- hood, the latch is a subtle hood ornament, faired into the simple-but-adequate chrome central hood trim. For a small car, it seems to fly, due to the power-to-weight ratio of the rear-mounted, 13-hp, air-cooled, 1-cylinder, 2-stroke rear engine. Sold at market-correct price to a very happy owner. SWEDISH #596-1959 KING S-7 coupe. S/N T7732. Blue & white/blue & gray plaid. One of the best-finished cars at the auction, with graceful white-over-blue finish. Exterior is radiant, with an attractive interior to match. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $47,150. Also known as a Fuldamobil in Germany or Nobel in the U.K. Approximately 400 Kings were built in Sweden tage of working with a quality PTV to begin with. One of an estimated 5,000. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $46,000. The details on these cars are carefully thought out. To unlock the front 104 centrifugal clutch. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $15,525. Something that all the kids in your neighborhood would envy. Whoever bought it has to have a great sense of humor. There were several others, but this one brought the highest bid. Very well sold. © Sports Car Market


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Bonhams Boca Raton, FL Bonhams — Boca Raton Concours d’Elegance The ex-Mrs. E.L. Cord 1930 Duesenberg Model J Torpedo phaeton realized $699k. With original coachwork, it would have brought nearly double that Company Bonhams Date February 23, 2013 Location Boca Raton, FL Auctioneer Rupert Banner Automotive lots sold/offered 46/55 Sales rate 84% Sales total $3,669,050 High sale 1930 Duesenberg Model J Torpedo phaeton, sold at $698,500 Buyer’s premium 1930 Duesenberg Model J Torpedo phaeton, sold at $698,500 Report and photos by Carl Bomstead, Market opinions in italics T he seventh annual Boca Raton Concours d’Elegance took place February 24 at the famed Boca Raton Resort & Club. Bonhams, capitalizing on the expanded venue, ventured into a new arena with a limited automobilia and motorcar auction. Starting a new event is a difficult task, as the logistics are unproven, and consignors do not have a track record to rely on. The results of this first event, however, were very promising indeed. Bonhams sold a commendable 84% of the offerings and realized a respectable $3.7m for their afternoon’s work. The results would have been even more impressive if the unique 1965 Aston Martin DB6 “shooting brake” had sold. Radford converted six Vantage-spec sport sa- loons to such a configuration. Bidding reached $470k, but the seller was looking for a touch more. Its styling was a matter of personal opinion, but it certainly would be the ideal vehicle for transporting hounds and rifles to the hunt. The premier offering and the high sale of the auction was a 1930 Duesenberg Boca Raton, FL Model J Torpedo phaeton that realized $699k. Promoted as “The World’s Finest Motorcar,” Duesenbergs have panache and style all their own and never fail to attract attention. This offering, J-255, was born as a long-wheelbase chassis with Judkins limousine coachwork. It is documented that E.L. Cord’s wife used it in the era, and the Pacific Auto Rental fleet used it subsequently. The car appeared in a number of movies, including “A Pocketful of Miracles,” “Al Capone,” “Party Girl” and, in 1984, “City Heat” with Clint Eastwood. It sold in 1985, and the coachwork was replaced with the current LaGrande-style Torpedo phaeton body, created by Fran Roxas. Had this been original coachwork, the price would have been close to double the amount paid here. A freshly restored 1964 Corvette Sting Ray convertible documented with the origi- nal window sticker sold for a reasonable $46k. It had the L75 375/300 motor and M20 4-speed with Posi, so it was a desirable package. The believed-to-be-actual 24,900 miles on the clock was frosting on the cake. If you were looking for yesterday’s “flash” at depreciated pricing, this was the spot. A 1973 Stutz Blackhawk coupe, powered by the Pontiac big-block 455-ci V8 and finished in gold, sold for $30k. There were also two Excaliburs on offer: a limited-edition phaeton that had been upgraded with a Vortech Supercharger, and a Series I SSK roadster. The phaeton failed to sell when the bidding stalled at $40k, and the SSK met the same fate when the bidding stopped at $35k. These appeal to a deep and narrow market, so one wonders where the sellers will find better offers. Attending a car auction in Boca Raton is certainly pleasant duty. And with a suc- 1965 Aston Martin DB6 Vantage “shooting brake” didn’t sell 106 cessful initial outing, I look forward to Bonhams returning and building on their solid foundation. © Sports Car Market 10%, included in sold prices


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Bonhams Boca Raton, FL ENGLISH #311-1956 JAGUAR XK 140 MC road- ster. S/N S812251DN. Eng. # G72768S. Arbour Green/tan fabric/biscuit leather. Odo: 171 miles. An older restoration with little use since. Rare “Arbor Green” paint color looks a shade off. Piping on leather interior is attractive but incorrect. The MC package provided 20 addition horsepower, dual exhaust and Lucas fog lamps. The “S” chassis prefix indicates floor XKE just a few years ago. Stunning, but at a price. #345-1964 JAGUAR XKE Series I con- vertible. S/N 879718. Primrose Yellow/tan fabric/biscuit leather. Odo: 74,562 miles. Recent restoration with original Golden Sand livery changed to Primrose Yellow. Retains Moss “crash box” and Lucas lighting. Series III clamps used on engine. Radio-delete but has heater. JDHC-documented. Cond: 2+. the “C” heads and the DN verifies the overdrive. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $143,000. XKs have been in a bit of a slump until this one crossed the block. The unique (albeit incorrect) color must have got a few bidders excited. This was last seen at Auctions America by RM’s June 2012 Auburn sale, where it nosaled at $70k, and we said, “Seller was wise to hang on” (SCM# 202240). Well sold today. #301-1962 AUSTIN MINI Mk I 2-dr sedan. S/N AA257L231455A. Red/black vinyl. Odo: 34,349 miles. An early externaldoor-hinge example, delivered new to the U.S. and only three owners from new. Lowish miles thought to be actual. Restored in early miles stated to be actual. Documented with Heritage Certificate. A well-preserved driverquality XKE. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $92,000. Price bid should have been close to getting the job done. It all depends on the value placed on the low miles and very original condition. Seller thought it was worth a bunch more than this, so we will have to wait and see. #338-1973 JAGUAR XKE Series III V12 convertible. S/N UD1521850. Red/black fabric/beige leather. Odo: 39,113 miles. A driver-quality XKE that shows some wear and tear on the leather seats. Respray some 20 years back and now has a bit of an edge. Brightwork as expected. With covered head- SOLD AT $96,800. The later 4.2-liter XKEs are generally more desirable, but this 3.8 example was a good car. Recently seen at McCormick’s February 2012 sale, where it no-saled at $65k, and we said the seller was “wise to hold on for another day” (SCM# 196903). The trip from Palm Springs was well worth the journey. #333-1965 ASTON MARTIN DB6 VAN- TAGE shooting brake. S/N DB62387LNK. Eng. # 4002488VC. Eggplant/beige leather. Odo: 18,574 km. One of six “Shooting Brake” conversions performed by Radford. Done in 1967 or 1968. Goodwood Green livery changed to Eggplant at that time, and a/c upgraded to “Coolair” system. Little has been lamps and U.S.-mandated black rubber bumper guards. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $55,000. Fair price for a driver-quality XKE. Some love the Series III for the V12, but many don’t due to the bulbous rubber bumpers. If your cup of tea, this was a well-bought example. #348-1996 BENTLEY TURBO R SE 1990s. Paint now dull with numerous small scratches. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $8,800. Not a lot of money for a cute little Mini. An estimated 10,000 were delivered to U.S. between 1960 and 1967, but few have fared as well as this one. An excellent buy. #327-1962 JAGUAR XKE Series I coupe. S/N 885391. Opalescent Bronze/red leather. Odo: 43 miles. Recent comprehensive restoration to high standard. Very well-done period metallic paint changes hue. An early flat-floor car with welded louver hood. Interior retrimmed in red, rather than original tan biscuit. New window rubbers throughout. Nothing to fault here. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $165,000. Time to adjust the price guides, as this brought twice what you’d pay for a flat- 108 sedan. S/N SCBZR14C8TCX58147. Black Emerald/black leather. Odo: 27,867 miles. Special Edition Turbo delivered new to the U.S. at a stated cost of $199,500. This is number six of only 12 built. Two owners from new and maintained in exceptional condition. done to the car since, with expected wear and tear. Window rubbers worn with a few paint blisters. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $470,000. Aston Martins continue to attract attention, and this shooting brake is certainly unique. I have a hard time getting my head around half a million bucks for a station wagon, however—especially one finished in Eggplant. #305-1965 JAGUAR XKE Series I 4.2 convertible. S/N 1E10658. Eng. # 7328719. Silver Blue/dark blue fabric/dark blue leather. Odo: 19,338 miles. A later Series I with the desirable 4.2-liter motor that pre-dates the Series 1 1/2. Well equipped with “Le Chaperon” AM radio and original tool roll, knockoff hammer and passenger’s foot rest. Low Miles believed actual. Has a rather sinister look. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $48,400. A lot of car for not a whole lot of money. Someone else took the depreciation hit, and the new owner gets the enjoyment and prestige on the relative cheap. Well bought. Sports Car Market


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Bonhams Boca Raton, FL FRENCH #358-1962 CITROËN 2CV Sahara se- dan. S/N 5400185AW. Green/green fabric/ green fabric. Found in Chile in 1984, restored in France in late 1990s, and holding up well. Unique dual-engined drivetrain offers 4x4 capability with top speed of about 55 mph. Just the ticket for touring the French countryside. Priced under $1,000 when introduced, about right. But the nits hurt, and a stronger presentation would have brought better results. #329-1967 PORSCHE 911 Targa. S/N 500695. Eng. # 911989. Polo Red/black leather. Odo: 85,096 miles. First year for the Targa with the removable roof panel and detachable plastic rear window. Purchased new by consignor’s father. Respray in 2007 back to original Polo Red. Minor pitting on exterior which was less than a dollar a pound. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $80,300. It is thought that only a handful of these survive. Price paid seems a bit excessive, but probably follows on the heels of the unrestored Sahara that fetched $143k at Bonhams’ Philadelphia sale in October (SCM# 213796). Well sold. GERMAN #303-1957 BMW ISETTA 300 microcar. S/N 494575. Red/white vinyl. Odo: 20,141 miles. Recent restoration of a rust-free bubblecar with distinctive curved glass. Offered with sunroof for emergency exit. Very nice paint. Correct interior pattern. Fitted with luggage trim. Complete with books and records with receipts for extensive refurbishing. Has original tool roll and Certificate of Authenticity. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $70,000. Porsche 911s are hot property of late. The price bid would have gotten the job done a few years back, but not today. Needed another well-deserved $10k or so. ITALIAN #307-1965 ALFA ROMEO GIULIA Sprint Speciale. S/N AR380813. Eng. # AR0012100914. Alfa Blue Posillipo/tan leather. Odo: 71,234 km. Aerodynamic styling with cues from earlier BATs. Recent mechanical rebuild. Attractive paint, but some swirls rack and picnic basket. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $36,300. These show up at most every auction. After the success of the recent Weiner Microcar Collection auction, the price paid here is market-correct. #319-1967 MERCEDES-BENZ 250SE convertible. S/N 1112310087684. Burgundy/Marine Blue fabric/Marine Blue leather. Odo: 34,625 km. A European-delivered 250SE with the desirable 4-speed manual. Minor chips and cracks in paint. Body straight and solid. Minor wear on leather interior. Snaps missing for boot. Dirty whitewalls. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $58,300. The 4-speed adds about $5k here, so the price paid was 110 and other minor flaws. Very nice complementing interior. Engine clean and tidy. Wheels worn. Missing plastic windscreen that was positioned in front of windshield wipers. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $143,000. A very desirable Alfa that sold for the anticipated amount. Would not take much to bring it up a notch, so I will call it well bought. Sports Car Market


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Bonhams Boca Raton, FL #312-1967 ALFA ROMEO DUETTO spider. S/N AR662917. Eng. # AR0053610888. Red/black fabric/black leather. Odo: 23,777 km. A well-maintained example that has not been restored. 24,000 km on the clock are rare enough that converting coupes once made financial sense, but uncut coupes are now worth more than the conversions. In that context, this one was market-correct for condition. All square here. #330-1984 FERRARI 512 BBI coupe. S/N ZFFJA09B000050469. Black/black leather. Odo: 27,057 miles. Well presented with only a few minor touch-ups noted. Low miles claimed actual. Major service properly documented. Complete with books and records. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $126,500. In the early ’80s, the flat-12 switched to Bosch fuel injection, replacing the four triple-barrel stated to be actual. Paint with expected patina. Interior trim pitted, top bow scratched. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $29,700. A cute little Duetto at a most reasonable price. Limited use is a plus here. Well bought. #331-1969 FIAT JOLLY beach car. S/N 2347428. Sand/tan & white surrey/wicker. Odo: 21,559 miles. Called a “late production European-delivery model.” Extensively restored to very correct standards and listed in the Registro Storico Fiat. Resprayed in origi- neglected in restoration process. The woodbodied Ford wagon was first introduced in 1929. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $24,200. A cute “woodie” at a decent price. Priced at $695 when new, which was top of the Ford line. Will attract all kinds of attention at next local allFord event. Webers. Production continued into 1985, before being replaced by the Testarossa. The two documented engine-out major services here were a big plus, as buyers often find out that they are lacking only after the fact. The solid overall condition makes this a most reasonable buy, squarely in the middle of the SCM Pocket Price Guide valuation of $91,500– $140,000. AMERICAN #354-1925 STUTZ SERIES 695 Speed- nal color. Motor rebuilt. Only issue is a loose badge. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $52,800. Just the ticket for traveling from the yacht to the summer estate. These have been popular with the country-club set, and now their appeal is spreading. Price paid is the going rate for one in decent condition. #339-1970 FERRARI 365 GTB/4 Daytona Spyder conversion. S/N 13281. Yellow/ black fabric/black leather. Odo: 61,267 km. An early Plexi-nose example delivered to Europe. (The transparent Plexiglas panel that covered the headlamps was replaced with popup lights in later models.) Quality Spyder con- ing is very attractive. Well done, but not authentic. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $49,500. Price paid was twice the high estimate. I can’t help but think the bidder has plans to turn this into something more in line with original configuration, and the task should not be too difficult. Time will tell. Very well sold. version done in the 1980s. Properly maintained over the years, as it still presents well. Originally Marrone Metallizzato. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $390,500. Real Daytona Spyders 112 #344-1930 FORD MODEL A wagon. S/N A3889827. Brown & black/black fabric/black vinyl. Odo: 31,201 miles. Restored to acceptable standard with nicely varnished wood trim. Plated radiator shell. Fitted with unique horn and rather awkward fog lamps. Dash was Sports Car Market way Six replica speedster. S/N 14128. Eng. # 14128. White/red leather. Odo: 80,685 miles. A custom Speedster that was built from a more common body style around 1990. Designed as a race car with only the basics. Has a couple of large paint chips, but the tufted leather seat- instruments, a/c added. Chrome rear spare a bit much. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $21,450. Not a very exciting car back in 1934, and not a lot has changed since. With air added, this would be a nice Florida tour car, and the new owner most likely won’t lose any money when it’s time to move on. Price paid looked about right. #356-1937 LASALLE MODEL 5027 coupe. S/N 2239275. Briarcliff Blue/tan fabric. Odo: 597 miles. An older restoration that has been properly maintained. Loaded with every option on the order sheet, including rumble seat, radio and heater. Restored 20 years ago by marque expert and driven fewer than 600 miles since. AACA First in 1992. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $38,500. 1937 marked #351-1934 CHEVROLET SERIES DA MASTER sedan. S/N AG579. Gold & brown/ tan vinyl/ tan fabric. Odo: 34,035 miles. Hot rod modified with Chevy 350 while retaining original body lines. Couple of minor paint issues noted, but all in all very presentable. Lowered coil springs in front with 16-inch wires. Disc brakes up front, drums in the rear. Interior retrimmed with buckets and Classic


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Bonhams Boca Raton, FL Glovebox Notes 2013 Kia Optima SX Limited sedan A brief look at cars of interest that have passed through the SCM garage. HHHHH is best. the return to the V8 for LaSalle. This would make a wonderful tour car for Cad-LaSalle events. Price paid was well within reason, considering the quality presented. #353-1939 BUICK 46C Special coupe. S/N 23491052. Eng. # 48699820. Verde Green/tan fabric. Odo: 29,897 miles. Restored 20 years back and properly stored and maintained since. Powered by Dynaflash 8 that was recently tended to. Radio-delete with blank in Price as tested: $35,470 Equipment: 2.0-liter 274-horsepower turbocharged direct-injected inline 4, 6-speed Sportmatic transmission, electric power steering, leather, SX Premium Touring Package, EX/SX Technology Package, SX Limited Package. EPA mileage: 34/39 Likes: Good power from the turbo four — enough to make you wonder if you’re actually driving a six. Competent transmission keeps the turbo in its power band most of the time. Road noise is minimal, even on the highway. Plenty of legroom in front and rear, and visibility from the driver’s seat is good. Interior fittings are very high quality, and the tech features (at least in our tester) are numerous. They included satellite radio, heated and cooled seats, iPod integration, hands-free calling, dual sunroof, Bluetooth, HID headlights and LED taillights, Infinity audio and more. Navigation and stereo controls are completely intuitive — they’re much easier to use than comparable units from Acura. Dislikes: Electronic steering system doesn’t feel right at slow speeds — a gripe that’s hard to quantify, other than to say that the feeling of resistance changes differently at slow speeds than many traditional hydraulic units. And $35,000 is a lot of money for a Kia — even one this nice. Fun to drive: HHHHH Fun to look at: HHHH Overall experience: HHHH ½ Verdict: Kia has made good progress taking on the Japanese heavy-hitters in the midsize category, and this car is a great example of that. Their brand is actively shedding the image of cheap transportation in favor of quality, and in this case, there’s no denying that the Optima’s solid construction, performance and refinement are worth every bit of the MSRP. In fact, I’d even call this car a deal considering what you get for the money. The trouble is you’ll still have to explain to your friends why you spent $35k on a Kia. But once you take them for a drive, they’ll get it. — Jim Pickering walls were not offered until late in model year. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $110,000. T&C convertibles have not had much movement in the past few years, and they need to be highpoint examples to get into six figures. This one had a few needs, so the price bid was close, but in the seller’s opinion, not close enough. place. Very nice interior, but side panels and seating finished in different fabrics. Folddown “opera” rear seats. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $18,700. A fun local tour car for not a lot of money. Very presentable as-is, so all that’s needed is to get in and get the rubber on the road. #349-1946 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL convertible. S/N H141931. Skyline Blue/tan fabric/blue leather. Odo: 11,654 miles. 305-ci V12, 2-bbl, 3-sp. Said to be one of only 201 Continentals built in 1946. Restored in the early 2000s and continues to show well. Attractive Skyline Blue livery, but blue leather interior a bit bright and clashing. A few minor ther. Comprehensive restoration completed in 2007, but dash trim was neglected. Only about 6,760 produced in 1951 and few survive without alteration. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $50,000. Price bid was light by at least $10k considering the condition of this Merc convertible. With the long-term family history, I don’t blame them for taking it home. #320-1956 FORD THUNDERBIRD con- paint blems and a good-size chip on driver’s door hinge. A Full CCCA Classic. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $47,300. I can attest that these make wonderful tour cars when properly sorted. Not a lot of power, due to the extensive leadwork in the body, but certainly attractive. Prices, however, have not moved much in the past few years, so price paid here was marketcorrect. #322-1947 CHRYSLER NEW YORKER Town & Country woodie convertible. S/N 7402722. Newport Blue & wood/tan canvas/ blue leather & taupe cloth. Odo: 46,487 miles. 324-ci I8, 2-bbl, 3-sp. An older restoration that appears to have been properly maintained. Light pitting noted on trim. Wind-wing delaminating. Bumpers scratched. Leather and Bedford cloth seating in good order. White 114 vertible. S/N P6FH356145. Colonial White/ black fabric/black & white vinyl. Odo: 98,716 miles. 312-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Second year for the T-bird with the spare stored outside the trunk. Has an overall neglected look. #306-1951 MERCURY SERIES 1CM convertible. S/N 51ME23581M. Monterey Red/tan fabric/black & white leather. Odo: 48,353 miles. 255.4-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. A customizer’s favorite, due to the simple but elegant lines. Equipped with optional “MercO-Matic.” Purchased new by consignor’s fa- Equipped with rusty Kelsey-Hayes wire wheels. Interior carpet worn and separating. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $34,100. The small ’Birds have not had much movement of late, so Sports Car Market


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Bonhams Boca Raton, FL the price paid here was surprising considering the visible issues. All the money and then some. Very well sold. #343-1956 PLYMOUTH BELVEDERE sedan. S/N 14198953. Powder Blue & Eggshell/black, white & gold cloth & white vinyl. Odo: 46,349 miles. 230-ci I6, 2-bbl, 3-sp. All original, with the exception of fender skirts and a few pieces of add-on rim. Paint shows the expected patina. Interior very nice, an American automaker, noted for its rear suicide doors. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $46,200. A great weekend cruiser for you and all of your friends. Price paid here was about right, as air adds about 10% to the total package. #310-1967 CHEVROLET IMPALA SS 396 2-dr hard top. S/N 168877L23629. Butternut Yellow/black vinyl. Odo: 80,011 miles. 396-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. An attractive “Cokebottle” Impala fitted with the optional bigblock 396. Also fitted with optional console considering age. Purchased new as a Pettit family car, then long kept in the Pettit Collection. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $12,100. In the overall scheme of things, not a lot of money, but what do you do with it? First stop should be the next Orphan Car Show, where it will be well received. #350-1964 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 40867S115686. Silver Blue/blue hard top/blue vinyl. Odo: 24,971 miles. 327-ci 300-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. The catalog rear-cover car. Recent, documented restoration to high standard. Scratches on body from hard top. Crack in glass. Fully docu- and Turbo-Hydramatic 3-speed. Butternut Yellow paint professionaly applied. Black buckets in good order. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $15,400. A great “starter” car that was not a lot of money. Plenty of power under the hood and lots of eyeball. Solid transaction all around. #309-1973 STUTZ BLACKHAWK coupe. S/N 2K57Y3A191345. Gold/tan leather. Odo: 65,817 miles. 455-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Designed by Virgil Exner and powered by a big-block 455 Pontiac V8. Respray in the mid-’90s, low miles stated to be actual. Paint issues on driver’s side and one defroster vent mented with original window sticker. Miles thought to be actual. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $46,200. A few years back this would have been a bargain, but all but the best-of-the-best Corvettes are off the mark of late. As such, this represents the new market. Well bought and sold. #341-1966 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL convertible. S/N 6Y86G434635. Arctic White/black fabric/red leather. Odo: 47,866 miles. 462-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Sides straight without ripples or dents. Rather complicated top in good working order. Equipped with a/c. An attractive example. The Continental was the first post-war four-door convertible from May 2013 damaged. Leather with wear on bolster and general cracking. A favorite with Elvis Presley and the Rat Pack. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $29,700. A garrish automobile from every angle. One of 75 Blackhawks and Duplexes built in 1973. An acquired taste then, and even more so today. Price paid here seems like all the money. © 115


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Silverstone Warwickshire, U.K. Silverstone — Race Retro The 1953 Connaught A-type was the high sale and a good deal at $298k Company Silverstone Date February 23, 2013 Location Warwickshire, U.K. Auctioneer Jonathan Humbert Automotive lots sold/offered 50/81 Sales rate 62% Sales total $2,444,012 High sale 1953 Connaught A-type Grand Prix racer, sold at $298,274 Buyer’s premium 1953 Connaught A-type Grand Prix racer, sold at $298,274 Report and photos by Paul Hardiman Market opinions in italics convictions and bravely offer racers, reflecting managing director Nick Whale’s passion. The auction house achieved plenty of sales in the C middle range, although the top competition cars fared less well. The 1953 Connaught A-type went well under lower estimate for $298k on the phone, and the star lot, the Lola T70, failed to sell at $815k bid. The road cars did better, as illustrated by a super selection of 911s. The much-admired SWB 1968 911L hit $53k, and an average 3.2 Carrera Targa on later wheels managed $23k. Two Tuthill-prepared rally cars and a 964 Carrera 2 track car remained unsold. Of the three competition-prepared Lotus Elans, only the cheapest sold, at just under $30k on the phone. That left the real 26R racer unsold against a desired tag of $185k and the shiny wannabe available for half that. But a rebuilt Sierra Cossie Group N rally car once driven by Gwyndaf Evans and Bertie Fisher was $62k — just right for the new RAC Rally Championship that caters to 2WD cars made up to the end of 1986. The Ford Falcon racer sold for much less than its build cost at $99k, as did the BMW CSL racer, postauction for $130k. Also looking a great value was the Mk2 Mini Cooper S, expensively restored and built into a rally car. At $26k, the price paid was much less than it 116 ompetition cars are a hard sell at auction, as proven time and again — even at a racing-car show. But Silverstone continues to stick to its 12.5% up to $45,888; 10% thereafter, included in sold prices ($1.00 = £0.65) must have cost to create, although it might have been worth more in its original form as a police car, judging by Silverstone’s recent results on these. A 1972 Morgan 4/4 Sports was well bought at $38k, even though its original BDA had been replaced by an almost period-correct Fiat twin-cam. A roadspec Escort Mexico, rather overdone as one man’s idea of a rally car tribute, was $42k, while a real RS1600, completely correct and restrained apart from its Works forest arches, sold post-sale for $46k. On straight road cars, a one-family-owned 1967 Aston Martin Warwickshire, UK DB6 sold for $188k, reflecting the amount of work lurking under the shiny skin, but for now it was perfectly usable as-is. A 1950 Jaguar XK 120 roadster looked a good value at $78k, as did a 150 drophead at $94k. At its last sale, Silverstone sold a more-than-concours Series I Land Rover for $39k, and here they managed to top that for a less-shiny 1952 80inch at an astonishing $51k (even fitted with a later engine). A BMW E9 coupe restored as a CSL looka- like and fitted with an E34 3.8-liter M5 engine couldn’t be replicated for the $33k that secured it by phone; by contrast, a standard example did not sell for $23k. Below the $20k mark, a Fiat 500 was $11k on the Internet, and a Bugeye Sprite sold for $15k. While it was road cars that kept the numbers up, the competition cars remained the stars. Driving race cars isn’t easy, and neither is selling them, but Silverstone knows that both are worthwhile endeavors. And so do we. ♦ Sales Totals $3m $2.5m $2m $1.5m $1m $.5m 0 Sports Car Market 2013 2012


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Silverstone Warwickshire, U.K. ENGLISH #257-1952 LAND ROVER SERIES I 80” utility. S/N 36101005. Eng. # 111705222. Green/green vinyl. RHD. Odo: 82,988 miles. Restored to better than new, with some evidence of work in the rear bed. Most else is new, including 2-liter engine instead of original 1.6. Stainless fuel tank the only other #216-1962 LEYLAND ROUTEMASTER double-decker omnibus. S/N RMC1456. Red/tartan cloth. RHD. You’ll never know the shiver of pleasure it gives me to introduce the term “omnibus” to SCMers. Anyway: It says Leyland, but these were built by its subsidiary AEC. RMC is the “coach” version for longer routes and has an electric rear door instead of the classic open platform. Sits sion, but there isn’t much of a price premium for the 1500. I’ll call this one correctly bought in mid-estimate range, so it’s a fair deal both ways. #258-1957 ASTON MARTIN DBR2 noted deviation from standard. New seats and canvas tilt. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $51,364. A simply amazing price that just kept on going past the $20k lower estimate and exceeded the $39k paid for an even shinier example at Silverstone NEC in November (SCM# 214615). Very well sold. #266-1953 CONNAUGHT A-TYPE Grand Prix racer. S/N AL10. Green/black leather. MHD. Clean and tidy, not raced since recent rebuild. Includes FIA papers and VSCC passport. Sold with spares package including original engine plus cylinder-block mold and set of rare Elektron wheels. A-type is an F2 car that handily suited the World Champion- ASM replica racer. S/N ASMDBR22009934007. Metallic green/gray cloth. RHD. Constructed 2009. Well-done fiberglass body with alloy doors, trunk lid and hood on ASM’s own tube chassis, with Jaguar XK power. Dig- ital odo. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $83,608. A good and slightly unusual alternative to a glass C-type replica at a similar price (Silverstone sold a Proteus Jag at this sale a year ago for $68k: SCM# 196806). Not a collector’s investment piece, but should hold its value as a usable tool. #244-1960 JAGUAR MK II 3.8 saloon. S/N 201730DN. Dark green/tan leather. RHD. Odo: 5,071 miles. Very straight and sharp Mk II built from a new shell and then expensively upgraded with modern autobox (overdrive switch still in place), power steering, a/c, electric windows, parking sensors, etc. New tan ship rules in 1952 and ’53. Nine were originally built, so I’m guessing this is a later bitsa. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $298,274. A relatively cheap entry to the world’s top historic-race events. Considering the lower estimate was £200k ($309k), this looked remarkably cheap at an accepted bid of £175k ($271k). The figure reported in the final results looks more like it. #268-1954 MG TF roadster. S/N HDC261054. Red/beige canvas/beige leather. RHD. Odo: 42,824 miles. Chassis number tells us this is a right-hand-drive export car (Africa or Australia). Restored to sharp and tidy condition. Repaint in its original color. Chrome very good. Newish leather. Top and sidescreens are new repros. Wheels are new. Motor rebuilt 2012. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $40,810. This was the smaller-engined ver- 118 leather. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $108,449. Probably the best in the world for what it is, and not as obvious as a Beacham. Well bought compared with the cost of doing it again. Sold in the room after Humbert’s sheer persistence beat the bid back up from an opening and mildly insulting £46k ($69k). Well sold. level. Straight and tidy, repainted in one of its original liveries. Original 9.6 AEC diesel may well have been replaced by later, smaller DAF unit, as was common on last Routemasters in service. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $31,663. In service until 2003. Sold on the phone for less than similar buses are asking in the classifieds—although those tend to be “classic” single-headlight Routies, and who knows what they really sell for? Lots of potential—a posh/ quirky pub/hotel/restaurant near me uses one as its reception office—so it looks well bought. #213-1963 MORRIS MINOR convert- ible. S/N MATSD1038928. Eng. # 10MAUH61657. Gray/red vinyl/red & white leather. RHD. Odo: 1,389 miles. Perfectly restored to better than new (which is why I’ve docked it half a point). Leather hood bag and interior, rather than vinyl. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $26,738. Sold right and will surely retail for a lot more. Some might call it overdone, but they don’t come along like this very often. #269-1964 LOTUS 26R racer. S/N 26R43. Eng. # 15641013. Dark blue/red racing buckets. RHD. Odo: 202 miles. Real 26R with good and well-known history including Goodwood Revival 2012. Nice shape for a racer. Was in Oregon and raced 1970–90, then back to U.K., where it was restored, rebuilt and raced until 1996. Refreshed 2006–07 at a Sports Car Market


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Silverstone Warwickshire, U.K. which it probably needs before too long? The sums don’t stack up for the former, so I’d say correctly bought (in the room) as a slightly tired driver. The market prefers the Mk II, but that wasn’t an issue at this level of condition or money. #248-1967 AUSTIN MINI Cooper S 2-dr stated cost of £13,500 ($26k). £11,000 ($17k) spent on it in October 2012. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $16,500. People confuse 26Rs with ordinary Elans, but top bid was indeed about $30k light to buy it. #203-1965 AUSTIN MINI Super De Luxe 2-dr sedan. S/N AA2S7S804876A. Eng. # 8AHAH110. White/red vinyl. RHD. Odo: 74,795 miles. Looks tidy from 10 paces. Underneath it’s an undersealed horror, hiding who knows what. Sills and jacking points look solid enough, with usual loss of jig brackets. fast road or competition car. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $26,034. Too nice to use in actual rallies, and all those mods don’t get their money back, because this sold at average Mk II Cooper S money. Had it been restored to police spec, like the one sold for $29k at Silverstone’s November 2012 Birmingham sale (SCM# 214668), it might have made more. As it was, quietly well bought. Original interior. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $11,406. Early Minis have been fetching serious money, but this probably needed some structural work and was an automatic, which makes it even more feeble. And it was not such an early car anyway. So it did quite well to get this far. Well sold. #241-1967 ASTON MARTIN DB6 coupe. S/N DB63298R. Eng. # 4003368. Dubonnet Rosso/black leather. RHD. Odo: 85,993 miles. Very original. Paint lightly flaking around nose, a few swirl marks and water blisters on doors. Bubbles around wheelarches and rockers, chassis and fenders OK. Newish exhausts. Leather just lightly creased. A hand- stock. Comes with original “Passport to Service” book. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $17,063. Fair money for an above-average car. Automatic keeps the price down, but the slusher suits the original engine, which doesn’t like to rev as standard. Their poor handling reputation precedes them, but they’re OK on modern tires. Although rare, these don’t get much more money than the common-as-muck 4-cylinder B. some but slightly faded old thing. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $188,111. The quandary: Smoke it around as-is or subject it to a restoration 120 #233-1971 FORD ESCORT Mexico 2-dr sedan. S/N BFATLY38069. White/black velour. RHD. Odo: 1,088 miles. Roadgoing Sports Car Market #209-1969 MGC GT coupe. S/N GCD14065G. White/black leather. RHD. Odo: 86,392 miles. Straight, clean, rust-free and tidy. Chrome OK. Door fit not brilliant. Newer black leather with red piping. Dash and instruments all in good order. Motor is tidy and floor. Original 4-speed gearbox supplied with car. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $45,888. Why this didn’t sell for a lot more than Lot 233, the wannabe Escort Mexico, is a mystery. Someone got a bit of a (post-sale) deal. Bid to $45,422 but not sold at Silverstone’s May 2012 Northamptonshire sale (SCM# 201702), so this near-identical bid confirms the market value. #231-1972 FORD CAPRI coupe. S/N BBECMG08960. Gunmetal/gray velour. RHD. Odo: 155,745 miles. Oh dear—some- sedan. S/N CA2SB1088410A. Black & white/ black velour. RHD. Odo: 3,227 miles. Excellent condition. Originally a police car, modified into a rally replica and more recently very sharply restored. All the right bits, including hot motor and dog box. Very appealing as a may have been filled. Harnesses, roll bar, Brantz, strut brace, big tank, big wheels, forest arches, etc. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $42,041. Compare this kid-in-an-accessory-store pushrod car with Lot 270, the real BDA RS1600 that sold for $46k in a post-auction deal. Then tell me which one you’d rather have. Exceedingly well sold. #270-1971 FORD ESCORT RS1600 2-dr sedan. S/N BFATKR23313. Yellow/black vinyl. RHD.Really straight and original example of the most desirable Escort. Stock other than forest arches, most likely dealer-fitted, as they were an option when new. Sound structure. Good original vinyl interior. All proper RS bits, including rare skid plate under trunk Mexico with added bling. It’s apparently a rally-car tribute but is really trying too hard. Excellent rot-free condition, although rocker


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Silverstone Warwickshire, U.K. one’s “Eleanored” a “facelift” Capri. Windsor V8 substituted for the Ford V6. Craftsmanship is excellent. Slightly unfortunate cosmetics, and bling wheels are a matter of taste, but far more important are the rust stains leaking out of the rockers. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $16,095. Sold for the price of a really good 2.8 Injection (the last of the Capri line) and for a bit less than a 3-liter Mk I in the same overall excellent condition. Well sold. #282-1972 MORGAN 4/4 Sports road- ster. S/N B711M6015BA. Yellow/black leather. RHD. Odo: 1,911 km. Originally fitted with a Cosworth BDA engine, which would make it a very rare commodity indeed, but now fitted with a Fiat 1600 twin-cam and its 5-speed ’box, which is nearly period (4/4s had the Fiat motor 1981–85). In excellent order. series, in which it came 2nd. In excellent restored order, rebuilt with all the right bits. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $62,194. Up to 87 FIAspec cars have been allowed in historic rallies in mainland Europe for a while. But there’s a new series in the U.K. that will accept 2WD cars like this, which is why it went a little beyond expectations. Shame to mess up a nicely restored car, but cheaper than building a new one from scratch. Period alloys are a treat to see. Quoted chassis number here looks more like the engine number, as the BDA was based on the 711M crossflow block. Was a racer in period, but chrome roll bar today probably would not pass scrutiny. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $37,820. Sold for the right money. With the BDA, it would have been a lot more, as the motor alone is worth $15k. (Probably why it was swapped out.) #242-1979 ASTON MARTIN V8 coupe. S/N V8SOR12171. Metallic blue/cream leather. RHD. Odo: 95,319 miles. Oscar India spec, meaning October 1978 introduction, of which 352 were built. Good and straight with no rot (so rockers have probably been done). Later-spec BBS cross-spoke alloys are uns- still in sharp condition and not knocked-about. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $55,684. A good start for a nice competition car. Bought by someone who intends to make it a bit more serious. Well bought and sold. GERMAN #267-1968 PORSCHE 911L coupe. S/N cuffed. Lightly creased leather. New exhaust. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $50,477. The best V8s are increasing in value, so I’ll call this one mildly well bought. “Mildly” because, although $25k’s been spent in the past year, a V8 is an ongoing project and there will be more soon. #255-1985 FORD SIERRA Cosworth Group N rally car racer. S/N WFOEXXGB- 122 11810682. Powder blue/tan leather. RHD. Odo: 98,142 miles. U.K.-market car in really nice restored condition. Straight and rot-free with correct finishes. New Weber 40IDA3s. Interior clean, tidy and unworn with new leather instead of vinyl. The ’68 reg might keep it out of rallies, but you could point to the chassis number and prove it was made in ’67. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $52,772. Attracted a huge amount of interest. Although it didn’t do the huge money expected, it was the only early ber or odo. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $130,017. Not sold from the rostrum on a top bid of £69k ($109k), but a deal was done post-auction. Still cheap, as it’s the same old story with racers—to build it again would cost almost twice this. Well bought, as long as the seller’s had his fun. #207-1973 BMW 3.0 CSL replica coupe. S/N 2265368. Silver/blue velour. RHD. Odo: 11,998 miles. Shiny and straight but underneath not quite as nice as it looks, although front inner fenders are sound, with a couple of weld patches. Started as a stock 2800 CS to which a later E34 3.8 twin-cam with 5-speed Sports Car Market FRENCH #225-1973 ALPINE A110 coupe. S/N BA0664. Blue/black vinyl. Odo: 98,000 km. Spanish-built (FASA) A110 done up to look like a rally car. But as it’s not a rally car, it’s 911 to sell, the other three pre-’75 cars sticking. Well bought. #275-1970 FORD CAPRI RS2600 coupe. S/N GAECKU50576. Orange & white/black velour & vinyl. Odo: 56,051 miles. Painstaking resurrection of a rare model. All the right bits, except missing motor has been replicated BEFD18237. White/black velour. RHD. Before we all get too excited, Group N is pretty much car-dealership-spec racing, but this has some history, being the winningest Group N Sierra. Built by Ford from a press-launch car in period for a Ford-sponsored Sierra rally from a period-correct 2300 V6. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $38,728. At £26k, auctioneer Humbert deferred to boss Nick Whale sitting alongside, who shook his head. The right buyer wasn’t here. #250-1973 BMW 3.0 CSL “Batmobile” race replica coupe. S/N N/A. Orange/orange paint. Race car built out of unidentified E9 shell. Now a Batmobile Works rep with wings, slicks and 3.5-liter slide-injection motor freshly rebuilt by Mathwall. No chassis num


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Silverstone Warwickshire, U.K. namic body helps as much as it can. Good, straight and tidy condition. Thickly repainted. Fairly recent red leather, dash original and excellent. Motor tidy, still with plunger central suspension lube system. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $95,601. One of an estimated 167 coveredheadlight cars, and very few survive, so rarity helps explain high price, right in line with market value. #264-1965 ALFA ROMEO GIULIA dog-leg Getrag and 17-inch Alpina wheels have been added. Unmarked blue velour interior. The uninitiated would think it was the real thing. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $33,422. Looked a very good deal for someone who wanted a potent CSL lookalike—especially as Lot 217, the stock E9 CSI, failed to sell at a top bid of $23,385. Well bought. #262-1987 VOLKSWAGEN GOLF “all white” cabriolet. S/N VWVZZZ152HK023826. White/white vinyl/velour. RHD. Odo: 20,625 miles. SOLD AT $15,831. Once run belts to be 2013-compliant. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $32,542. Probably not enough put into this to make it into a front-runner, but the next owner could. On that basis, fairly bought. #222-1967 FIAT-ABARTH 695 SS 2-dr sedan. S/N 851810. White/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 78,550 km. Apparently a real one. Nice and straight and without the usual folded- by the partner and then manager of U.K. actor David Jason. No doubt this will have BaT readers in a frenzy, but these are very dated here in the U.K. Sold slightly high, so credit the “celebrity” ownership. ITALIAN #252-1960 LANCIA APPIA GTE coupe. S/N 812012965. Eng. # 814002970. Dark blue/red leather. Odo: 38,520 km. Super rare and a bit weird, as you’d expect of a collaboration between Lancia in its era of proper over-engineered cars (as opposed to the later Lancia-badged Fiats) and Zagato. Has tiny narrow-angle V4, and the lightweight, aerody- Unused for a time, so needs “recommissioning.” Cond: 2. SOLD AT $10,202. In an Italian collection until recently. This makes an interesting, cheaper alternative to a Lancia Delta Integrale, using much of the same AWD technology. Bit of an oddball, but cheap enough for a punt. #202-1993 CAGIVA MOKE beach car. S/N TX5XKFP3285290020. White/white vinyl/white vinyl. Odo: 12,915 km. Portuguese-built Moke, although Italian company Cagiva owned the rights at the time. Slightly tired paint, a little surface rust on the floorpans up sill seams. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $44,328. Attracted the usual “how much for that little car” comments from casual passers-by, but sold at the right money for the real thing. #228-1990 LANCIA DELTA HF Integrale hatchback. S/N ZLA831ABO00519027. White/gray patterned velour. Odo: 41,254 km. Clean and tidy, well preserved, with straight panels and good shut lines. Interior has worn well, although driver’s seat base is going a little baggy. Has been static in a collection so will need recommissioning, which should at least include fluids and a cambelt. Italian registration, with books and manuals. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $24,979. Integrales got really cheap at one point in time, thanks to a large proportion of them being 124 Sprint GT racer. S/N AR752185. Red/black racing bucket. RHD. Odo: 6,739 miles. FIAspec racer. Good, straight and tidy. Needs seat- riddled with rust and reliability issues. This looked a cut above the rest but still feels pretty spendy. Well sold, especially considering the buyer probably needs to spend another $3k before starting it. #201-1992 ALFA 155 Q4 sedan. S/N ZAR1670000047752. Red/gray velour & leather. Odo: 56,647 km. Rare 4x4 155, in Alfa’s Touring Car livery of the time. Straight, clean, tidy and unscuffed. Interior excellent and wearing well for an Italian of this era. and front corners, but basically straight and tidy. Seats and top in good order. Low mileage. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $14,072. Sold cheaper than the $25k paid for one at RM Monaco in May of 2012 (SCM# 206355). But Sports Car Market


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Silverstone Warwickshire, U.K. with a low estimate of $6k, this was more than the seller was expecting, so everyone should be happy. JAPANESE #220-1972 DATSUN 240Z coupe. S/N HS3001577. Orange/black vinyl. RHD. Odo: 25,248 miles. Straight and tidy. Loads of Waxoyl on the front chassis legs. Later Z alloys fitted, along with glass sunroof and electric windows, none of which do it any favors. Interior retrimmed in wrong materials, but 302-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Has all the right bits, including large fuel cell good until 2015. Motor is possibly a 289 but more likely a 302— built “to ultimate legal spec” so likely about 400 hp, and just seven hours on it. Racers like notchbacks because they’re lighter, easier to find, cheaper to buy, and easier to firewall than fastbacks. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $50,000. Has raced in British historic saloons series and could go straight out on any FIA pre-’66 saloons event. Top bid was laughable, and even double that would be much cheaper than the cost of building it again. Back home it goes. © dash is like new. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $22,271. Looks less rust-afflicted than when I last saw it at H&H Buxton in February 2012, selling for $12k (SCM# 192933). Here it did rather better, although the seller only covered his commission and transport costs across two sales. Perhaps he also got twitchy about potential rust issues and decided to bail out after a year and 400 miles of ownership. AMERICAN #280-1964 FORD FALCON FIA racer. S/N N/A. Mustard/black velour racing bucket. 302-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Appears recently built and still fresh. Straightish for a racer—there’s a lot of fiberglass in it—wearing joke taxi livery. Has all the right bits. Engine (probably a 302) is a new $39k Peter Knight unit with ce- ramic-coated headers, T10 box, Monte Carlo brace, big tank for two-hour running, etc. Prepared by Falcon Hell Racing. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $99,027. Top bid looked too low to buy it, but when it hammered sold, Silverstone boss Nick Whale appealed to the new owner to let him continue racing it. A great value compared with new build costs. #272-1965 FORD MUSTANG racer. S/N 5R07T224756. Red/black velour racing seat. May 2013 125


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Roundup Selected Sales Combined in One Comprehensive Report Highlights from Leake Oklahoma City and Coys Birmingham Oklahoma City 2013 ENGLISH #320-1950 ALLARD J2 racer. S/N 99J1574. Green/brown leather. RHD. Odo: 58,705 miles. Originally a privateer race car in the U.S., where it received the Cadillac 331; Jag 4-speed came later when it returned to the U.K. Now with wire wheels. Tidy and straight, newish leather. With HTP papers and recent U.K. racing history. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $447,152. Offered for sale by a private 1969 Chevrolet Yenko Camaro, sold at $209,000 Company: Leake Location: Oklahoma City, OK Date: February 22–23, 2013 Auctioneers: Jim Richie, Brian Marshall, Tony Langdon, Jeff Knosp Automotive lots sold/offered: 257/352 Autosport 2013 Sales rate: 73% Sales total: $5,697,340 High sale: 1969 Chevrolet Yenko Camaro, sold at $209,000 Buyer’s premium: 10%, included in sold prices Report and photos by Phil Skinner investor group, which is slimming down “because the market’s all over the place.” About $50k more would have bought it. Even at the asking price, it would still look a great value against other drum-brake ’50s sports racers such as the C-type Jag. Only question is why it has HTP rather than “original” papers— could be due to the gearbox. Coys, Birmingham, U.K., 01/13. #334-1965 MGB FIA racer. S/N GHN3L97682. Black/black fiberglass/black velour. RHD. Odo: 3,659 miles. FIA racer built from left-handed export car with fresh motor; exact spec is unclear. Straight, tidy and rot-free. Fiberglass hard top. With some spares, including gearbox and wheels. Still road-registered and with two seats, so there’s an awful lot you can do with it. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $37,087. 1935 FRAZER NASH-BMW 315 “Willis Special” roadster, sold at $222,523 Company: Coys Location: Birmingham, U.K. Date: February 12, 2013 Auctioneer: Chris Routledge Automotive lots sold/offered: 23/52 Sales rate: 44% 126 Sales total: $1,804,608 High sale: 1935 Frazer Nash-BMW 315 “Willis Special” roadster sold at $222,523 Buyer’s premium: 15% on first $48,532, 10% thereafter, included in sold prices ($1 = £0.62) Report and photos by Paul Hardiman Owned by a private investors’ group (the same that was selling Lot 320, the Allard) which has decided to slim down its stable a little due to market uncertainty. Not much interest, but high bid was just enough to buy it. That doesn’t quite make it the cheapest B FIA racer of the past 12 months, but not far off. As ever, bought for much less money than it would cost to repeat (the motor alone cost $16k). Well bought and realistically sold. Coys, Birmingham, U.K., 01/13. #333-1966 JAGUAR XKE 4.2 convert- ible. S/N 1E11160. White/black canvas soft top/black fiberglass hard top/red leather. Odo: 26,960 miles. Looks a bit ratty and tatty with Sports Car Market


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Roundup poor paint, but more appealing the more you look at it. Very original, with no rot and excellent (factory) door shuts. Original leather lightly creased. With all books and tools, gaps and nice chrome. Looks very original and incredibly well preserved but is in fact a complete and meticulous restoration. Catalog shows a mesh wind deflector behind the seats, thankfully gone by sale day. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $116,341. Offered by a dealer who normally handles top-end supercars (which might explain the wind deflector), this sold for the right money with a fair margin left in it for retail. Interestingly, just a touch above Lot 333, the very original Series I LHD roadster with tatty paint. Coys, Birmingham, U.K., 01/13. #324-1973 LOTUS ELAN Plus 2S 130/5 plus original sales brochure, plus factory hard top. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $104,038. One-family ownership from 1967 and practically untouched. This is the kind of car that doesn’t come along very often, and which purists are increasingly seeking out. Sold to an E-type specialist who will hopefully have the sense to leave it well alone, and I’d call it correctly bought and sold. Coys, Birmingham, U.K., 01/13. #346-1968 FORD ESCORT Twin Cam Group 5 racer. S/N BB48HB39281. Red & gold/black vinyl. RHD. Odo: 82,713 miles. Ex-Alan Mann (effectively the factory team) racer, now restored to original spec with FVA power (effectively half a DFV), front wishbones instead of track control arms, fivelinked rear. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $120,937. er’s seat base. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $15,158. Appeared to sell, and the slightly light high bid would have been a reasonable deal for the buyer but was not listed in final results. As prices of the smaller Elan continue to rise, buyers look to the cheaper (but arguably more-elegant) Plus 2. Coys, Birmingham, U.K., 01/13. Sadly, although it was driven by Peter Arundell and Jackie Oliver, it’s not the famous one (which is in private hands). It’s been a rallycross car and back again before being restored to its original spec. Unusable as a historic racer due to lack of safety kit, so destined for a life on the show circuit—which seems a terrible waste of an FVA. Well sold. Coys, Birmingham, U.K., 01/13. #336-1972 JAGUAR XKE Series III V12 convertible. S/N 151406. Primrose/black cloth/black leather. RHD. Odo: 44,359 miles. Very, very straight with good paint and panel Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $120,292. This car was once Freddie Mercury’s—well, bought by his company in 1979 and chauffeur-driven for him, as he never passed his driving test. Interest was simply massive, with at one point four phones in battle, one rumored to have a representative of Queen on the other end, until it crept up in £1,000 ($1,600) increments to a 128 #331-1974 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER SHADOW sedan. S/N SRH18696. Silver/ gray leather. RHD. Odo: 52,372 miles. Formerly owned by Queen singer Freddie Mercury. Straight and unmolested with decent chrome, but rockers are rotting through, rear arches are frilly and lower front fenders are about to depart from their attachments. Inside, nice dash veneer, lightly worn and creased leather, with period radio-telephone fitted. Motor is tidy and dry with no leaks. Sits level. is slightly baggy seat velour. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $54,825. Very rare, given that only an estimated 108 were built (out of the 400 required for homologation), and many of those became rally cars—which explains why they left the factory with minimal spec and a small carb destined for the junk bin. Seller was right to keep it at this bid. Coys, Birmingham, U.K., 01/13. #328-1980 FORD CAPRI 2.0S coupe. S/N GAECAK054600. Lime green/black vinyl/synthetic tigerskin. RHD. Odo: 53,275 miles. Just the right amount of authentic ’70s swagger. Has a little surface rust around the edges. Strangely, the wheels have been refinished. Still with red mirrors and wiper boots coupe. S/N 73011140L. Bronze & silver/beige vinyl. RHD. Odo: 77,927 miles. Paint recently refinished. No stars, cracks or chips in the body. Alloys unscuffed, fresh tires. Original vinyl interior good with one tiny hole in driv- winning bid of about 20 times what it would be worth without celebrity ownership. Without that, this would likely have been put out of its misery (i.e., broken for spares) years ago. Coys, Birmingham, U.K., 01/13. #341-1977 FORD ESCORT RS1800 2-dr sedan. S/N GCATTB01871. White/black velour. RHD. Odo: 69,022 miles. Very straight rally-homologation special with BDA motor that could go up to the 2-liter class limit. Still with original twin-choke carburetor. Only deviation from standard is 7x13 RS wheels. Following light restoration, only discernible wear and hideous “tigerskin” interior. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $35,475. “Only Fools and Horses” was a “classic British sitcom” that aired between 1981 and 2003. This car made a few appearances on that show before being bought by the vendor in 1998. Against an estimate of $38k–$43k, this was well bought. Coys, Birmingham, U.K., 01/13. #332-1986 MG METRO 6R4 racer. S/N SAXXRWN7AD570179. Orange & white/ black velour. RHD. Odo: 4,123 miles. Good and tidy and (unusually) doesn’t smell like gas inside. Most of interior has survived well, all Sports Car Market


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Roundup down to it being the less fierce Clubmans version. Never rallied, has been stored for many years. Now fitted with International-spec motor. Original 250-hp Clubmans unit has been and still on original TRX tires. Interior unworn. Full service history. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $87,784. Last sold for $179k at H&H Duxford in April 2012, then showing 8,054 km (SCM# 198367). Well bought today. Coys, Birmingham, U.K., 01/13. GERMAN #323-1935 FRAZER NASH-BMW 315 Willis Special roadster. S/N 51203. Blue/gray leather. RHD. Based on a Frazer Nash-BMW 315 Sport, now with Bristol-headed 2-liter BMW 328 power and preselector gearbox—a sort of homemade Le Mans Replica replica, if you will. Customized and lightened by builder Ron Willis in late 1940s, campaigned through 1952. Riding on lightweight magnesium-alloy located and is available separately. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $103,812. 205 built, just enough to homologate it for Group B rallying—which was killed off in 1986. Sold before the sale, but appeared in Coys’ corral. There is now a historic-rally championship category for upto-1987 cars, but only 2WD, so this looks destined for a life in collections or gentle demos as a course car. Market-correct price. Coys, Birmingham, U.K., 01/13. FRENCH #348-1972 CITROËN SM hatchback. S/N VA56546197VA. Black/black leather. Odo: 43,699 km. Scratches and marks on bumpers, but worst worry is that the rockers are bubbly and pinged. Sits level with no wheels of Willis’ own design. Rebuilt in recent years with fresh-ish leather, digi odo. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $222,523. Good period racing history will open many doors, and it has its FIA papers. In this ownership since 2009, having been though the hands of the great and the good of the VSCC. Sold on the phone to Oregon, so watch for it to appear near SCM World Headquarters. Coys, Birmingham, U.K., 01/13. #2474-1959 VOLKSWAGEN dune leaks, though. Unworn leather. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $22,833. This had good presence and an appealing interior. Sold at fair money for a fair Euro-spec SM. Coys, Birmingham, U.K., 01/13. #340-1985 PEUGEOT 205 T16 hatch- back. S/N VF3741R76E5100177. Black/black leather & gray velour. Odo: 8,067 km. Tidy, unscuffed, repainted. Two owners from new fresh. Retains original speedometer. Needs a cleanup; a tune and a fuel flush would be smart. No reserve. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $7,700. Zero investment value, but price paid was good compared with similar off-roaders recently, and definitely cheaper than constructing one on your own. Well bought and sold. Leake, Oklahoma City, OK, 02/13. 130 or heater. Lights and horns work; not sure about the gauges. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $6,380. Things are still regarded as novelty cars for many. Values seem to have hit a plateau, and this unkempt example was one of few I’ve seen sell under $10k recently. I think the seller just didn’t care, and hopefully the owner will have some time and finances to spruce it up before it goes to the next owner. Really sharp examples can come close to $30k. Well bought. Leake, Oklahoma City, OK, 02/13. Sports Car Market buggy. S/N 2513699. Yellow & black/black canvas/black nylon. Odo: 63,321 miles. Unknown body, but chassis is pure VW. Popular 1,600-cc powerplant, with a few upgrades like dual carbs, but no fuel injection. Construction looks good. Fitted with sturdy rollcage, KC lights, Hurst shifter. Seats and top all look #319-1972 PORSCHE 911 S/T replica coupe. S/N 9112300225. Eng. # 623092. Yellow/black velour & vinyl. Odo: 89,113 km. Really nicely done S/T replica with all the right bits based on correct oil-flap body and high-butterfly twin-plug 2.5-liter motor. Super clean in and out, and even the injector pump looks new. N.O.S. steering wheel, 10k-rpm tach. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $205,173. Nice to see an alternative to the usual RS 2.7 replica. S/T is a harder device, the missing link between the R and RS, with only about 25 originals built in various capacities between 2.3 and 2.5 liters. Well bought for 60% of its build costs—and that’s before you factor in the $80k or so the base car would have cost to buy. Sold in the room to a man who clearly knows a good thing when he sees it, for about 50% over the price of a decent RS 2.7 rep, more or less mirroring the difference between a factory S/T and a real RS. Coys, Birmingham, U.K., 01/13. #200-1974 VOLKSWAGEN THING 4-dr convertible. S/N 1842221245. Dark green/tan fiberglass/dark green & black vinyl. Odo: 47,236 miles. One of the most original Things I’ve seen in a long time. Looks like original paint. No sign of body repair or rust-out; no signs of detailing or prep work. Heavy-duty front and rear bumpers. With removable fiberglass top with side-curtains for all four doors. Weatherstripping is dry; stress cracks around windshield. No radio BEST BUY


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Roundup #137-1977 VOLKSWAGEN TRANS- PORTER Riviera camper minibus. S/N 2372072037. Yellow & white/yellow plaid fabric. Odo: 93,699 miles. Fresh paint on a tired bus. Appealing from a distance, frightening upon closer inspection. Interior is the highlight, with sink, table and pop-up camper top. Nice soft trim. Fitted with up-front spare. gray leather. RHD. Odo: 50,581 miles. Sraight, tidy and unscuffed. Leather lightly creased (as it should be). Full service history, which is crucial on these, shows new turbos fitted. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $57,599. 993 values are supposed to be hardening slightly, but I’m not sure if the values of the more desirable ones ever really went away. Market-correct high bid. Coys, Birmingham, U.K., 01/13. ITALIAN Good glass. Sliding door loose on its tracks. Some quickie body repairs noted on lower edges. Engine bay shows signs of leaks. Brakes make a wonderful noise. Has not had an easy life. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $10,890. A scary project not for the faint of heart, but a skilled VW enthusiast could put $10k into this and sell it for $25k. Well sold otherwise. Leake, Oklahoma City, OK, 02/13. #326-1989 PORSCHE 911 Speedster. S/N WP0ZZZ91ZKS152384. Red/black leather. RHD. Odo: 8,879 miles. Straight, clean and tidy, with low miles and dealer service history. Original paint code sticker still under hood. Driver’s leather lightly creased. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $120,292. Thought to be one of 63 U.K.-supplied RHD cars. This sold #303-1961 LAMBORGHINI 1R tractor. S/N 17627. Orange & blue. MHD. A proper Lamborghini from the days before Ferruccio got diverted by cars, this being the low-production twin-cylinder diesel. Thick older repaint, but appears to be all original with numbers on gear knobs and transmission castings all close or consecutive. Later side- and taillights fitted, so may have been in use more recently. No odo, but 2,114 hours recorded. $58,888. Sold on the money. It won’t be competitive in historic stage rallying, but it would be a welcome change from all the Group 4-spec Mk II Escorts that dominate. Coys, Birmingham, U.K., 01/13. #2430-1972 DETOMASO PANTERA coupe. S/N THPNMG03320. Black/black leather. Odo: 28,826 miles. Older bodywork visible on right front fender, bubbling or ripples on front wing. Paint reveals slight door adjustments are needed. Glass is clear, chrome deep. Engine clean, surroundings dingy. Interior clean, gauge faces show no hazing. CD player, speaker cut into panels. Original wheels look good. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $35,000. Of several Panteras as this sale, this was probably the most “pure” example. Seller was looking to get closer to $45k, and $40k would be fair, but considering how many of these are available for sale at any given moment, high bid probably should have done it. Leake, Oklahoma City, OK, 02/13. With original sales invoice. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $13,795. Sold on the phone for a little over the expected top whack, this was quite a bit more expensive than the shiny “little grey Fergie” sold for $2,300 at Bonhams Harrogate in November 2012 (SCM# 214218). But this is a Lambo—and practically in Gulf colors too. Average runners can be had for under $2k. Well sold. Coys, Birmingham, U.K., 01/13. for a market-correct price (a little cheaper than a left-hander sold at Artcurial’s Paris sale in November, SCM# 214261) to a London dealer and immediately retailed “POA,” which no doubt means a substantial mark-up. Well bought. Coys, Birmingham, U.K., 01/13. #315-1996 PORSCHE 911 993 Turbo coupe. S/N WPOZZZ99ZTS371807. Silver/ #305-1970 LANCIA FULVIA HF Fanalone coupe. S/N 818540. Red/black vinyl. Odo: 8,278 km. Fanalone is the big-headlight one. This example in road trim but sans bumpers. Straight and tidy, some bubbles in tops of aluminium doors and around the rear arches, #318-1972 LANCIA FULVIA Sport 1600 Series II coupe. S/N 8187511308. Silver/ black leather. RHD. Odo: 85,143 miles. Billed as a resto project, in storage for 19 years. Straight body, but rockers are rotted out. Smells musty inside and swaging doesn’t line up between doors and fenders. Cond: 3-. NOT SOLD AT $7,256. However rare and desirable the model is, this example wasn’t. I would have taken the money. Coys, Birmingham, U.K., 01/13. #485-1997 FERRARI 550 Maranello but rockers and floors are okay. Dash is good, with some cracks. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT 132 coupe. S/N ZFFZR49A0V0109664. Nero Black/black leather. Odo: 31,900 miles. Stealthy finish, blacked-out wheels, heavily tinted glass. Kept locked most of the weekend. Reportedly sold new in the San Francisco area, with recent maintenance check and belt service in January 2012. No sign of damage. Daytona power seats. Light surface rust on discs shows car has been idle. Light cloudiness on headlight covers. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $43,000. One of the best-looking Sports Car Market


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Roundup AMERICAN #496-1957 FORD FAIRLANE 500 Sky- coupes ever, but black doesn’t feature its curves well. Seller was looking for low end of retail around $55k, which wouldn’t have been out of line in Florida or California. But in OKC this is right, and I noted two serious bidders. Leake, Oklahoma City, OK, 02/13. #317-1999 FERRARI 355 F1 Spider. S/N ZFFXR48C000115234. Red/cream leather. RHD. Odo: 17,709 miles. Clean and unmolested with full service history, books, tools and two keys. Interior and seat leather almost unmarked. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $75,142. Offered at no reserve and sold at market value for a tidy-but-unremarkable F355 ragtop. It’s getting to the age where buyers worry about the reliability of the paddle-shift system, and a straight manual might make more. Coys, Birmingham, U.K., 01/13. JAPANESE #204-1968 DATSUN 1600 convertible. S/N SPL31121068. White/blue plaid fabric. Odo: 68,421 miles. Exciting at first glance; less appealing the more you look. No top. Some pretty severe patches of body filler popping up through the older Appliance White paint. Factory tach. All chrome is bright; glass without issue. Runs out well, makes little padded dash panel. Headliner, trim, and chrome all completed. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $46,750. Best of all, the top went up and down as it should, as so skillfully demonstrated while on the auction block. Retractables have always been sought-after. Finding one like this one that is fully sorted with good eye appeal is a rare thing. Any alterations to this car were reversible, but would help the everyday motorist. Well bought. Leake, Oklahoma City, OK, 02/13. #345-1963 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 30867S112615. Blue/blue fiberglass hard top/red vinyl. RHD. Odo: 91,065 miles. 327-ci 340-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Standard-looking but race-prepped, along with conversion to RHD, with one big molded carbon-fiber seat among faded original vinyl which is all in fair nick. Original seat included. Choice of drums or discs for the front, depending on the class it’s racing in. When I last saw it at auction three years ago, it was nalist who recently researched it, “More of it is real than isn’t.” Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $298,310. Announced on morning of sale that it would be offered at no reserve, and appeared to sell on the phone, but not listed in final results. High bid seems like a lot of money, but is only about two-thirds the price of a good 289 with history, or half what you might pay for a 427 if it had a chassis number. Of course, if it turns out to have rights to the chassis number, it becomes a whole different animal. Coys, Birmingham, U.K., 01/13. #471-1969 CHEVROLET CAMARO Yenko 2-dr hard top. S/N 124379N614994. Fathom Green/black vinyl. Odo: 34,729 miles. 427-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Certified, real-deal COPO 9561, described by the owner as a decent driver. Paint, chrome, glass and trim all very good. Very light scuffing of some bright trim. No sign of accidents. Body work at or above factory. Reportedly a period-correct liner retractable hard top. S/N D7FW2 - 28319. Colonial White & Inca Gold/white vinyl & black cloth. Odo: 82,482 miles. 312-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Decent restoration, not over the top and nothing changed from factory except wheels and accessory upgrades. Basic two-tone paint scheme plays well. Power steering and brakes, Signal Seeking radio, heater-defroster. Aftermarket windshield wiper motor and some underhood chrome. Missing #335-1966 SHELBY COBRA 427 road- ster. S/N CSX3272. Red/black leather. Odo: 3,373 miles. Good overall. Rebuilt in ’70s from wreckage of damaged CSX3272, although it no longer wears the number, which is on another rebuilt car. Body straight with good older paint and a couple of touched-in stone chips in the left rear wheelarch lip. Leather lightly creased. In the words of a jour- noise. Updated alloy wheels actually come off pretty good. A better candidate for track conversion than stock restoration. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $7,040. Popularity of these little Japanese vehicles is growing at a record pace, with demand currently ahead of supply. Seller of this car was straight-up: nothing hidden, no unwarranted hype, no reserve. Well sold. Leake, Oklahoma City, OK, 02/13. May 2013 left-hand drive, which the owner said he couldn’t get on with. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $77,399. Offered by the same private investor group offering the Allard and MG. Unsold in the room at £40k ($65k), but sold post-sale at an offer just sufficient to buy it (and presumably to give the group just sufficient return). Not sold at H&H Buxton in 2010 at $65k (SCM# 162086). One expensive RHD conversion later, and here we are. Looks like a bit of a deal for the buyer, but RHD can’t help its value in the general market. Coys, Birmingham, U.K., 01/13. replacement engine. Underhood very well detailed looks nearly new. Interior is the weakest spot, with possibly-original trim looking a little worn. Rally wheels look clean and fresh, rubber shows now signs of aging. One of estimated 35 in Fathom Green. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $209,000. This car had great documentation, good condition and a desirable color. Some deep detailing would make it even more appealing and possibly net another $50k in front of the right crowd. Well bought for condition. Leake, Oklahoma City, OK, 02/13. © 133


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eBay Motors Online Sales 4-Doors from the ’50s Sedans from the days of Ike, Howdy Doody and cheap gas I t’s easy for us to forget that most car buyers are not car enthusiasts. They value practicality over performance and suitability over styling. This is why auto makers have sold more sedans than any other type of vehicle since the body style came to life in the 1911 Speedwell sedan — and then came into common use during the 1920s. After World War II, the buying public across Europe and America hopped into 4-door rides more than any other type of car. On this month’s drive through eBay Motors, we look at a few of the surviving sedans from the decade when cross-country trips be- came popular thanks to Eisenhower’s new Interstate Highway System, Western Europe started the construction of highways in earnest and gas was around $0.25 a gallon — the 1950s. Condition inferred from seller’s descriptions; cars were not physically examined by the author. All quoted material taken from the eBay listings. (sf=seller’s feedback) by Chad Tyson Market opinions in italics #230936370340-1956 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER CLOUD I sedan. S/N SYB82. Silver over charcoal/burgundy leather. RHD. Odo: 81,110 km. Danville, CA. 17 photos. “Neglected but drivable. Runs and drives well. One respray of dubious quality. Very minimal rust. No consequential body damage. Leather dry. Wood needs refinishing. Old tires. No keys, no tool kit, no books, no history. Trim driver that starts first time, every time. Complete tool kit.” 18 bids. sf 141. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $17,109. No doubt the seller didn’t get what he put into the car with a custom paint scheme and interior. It’s not particularly rare with over 37k Mk Is built from 1955-59, but the 4.2 upgrade is a bonus. Bought in the middle area for decent Mk I Jags. #171000460463-1954 RENAULT 4CV strips and door pulls need re-plating. Currently registered and licensed. Clean CA title. Good for limo service or wedding car.” 29 bids. sf 21. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $12,500. The new owner can be upside down without a plan to gradually bring it back. Maybe park it outside in Southern California for the summer and start a rat rod limo service in the fall. Lots of interest and subsequently well sold. #290871430542-1958 JAGUAR MK I sedan. S/N S989081DN. Black over silver/tan leather. Odo: 100,000 miles. Downey, CA. 23 photos. “Engine has been upgraded to rebuilt 4.2-liter with HD-8 carbs. New clutch, throwout bearing, u-joints, shocks and motor mounts. New SU fuel pump with kill switch. Custom upholstery in full-Italian leather with black piping. New carpet. Gas tank cleaned, sealed and rebuilt with sending unit installed. sedan. S/N 2082356. Green/tan cloth. Odo: 83,987 km. Granite Falls, WA. 24 photos. “In great, drivable condition. Older restoration and recently imported from Holland. No signs of any rust, damage or previous repairs. Minor dings and scratches. The engine starts easy and runs great. The clutch and brakes work great. Second gear synchro a bit slow to engage. 6V electrics work great. New battery. in it, but not running. Does have the original jack and tools. An excellent restoration project as these are impossible to come by in this sort of shape. Does have a clear California title and current registration. All numbers are original and matching.” 25 bids. sf 69. Cond: 5. SOLD AT $3,700. How fun would it be to get it running again and just leave the body alone? (I hope the new owner gets a front seat too.) My thoughts aside, this is a good price to get into this project—as long as the new owner doesn’t get too spendy with body and paint. #121076500045-1953 HUDSON SUPER JET sedan. S/N 220467. Green over cream/ green & gray cloth. Odo: 37,169 miles. Cave Creek, AZ. 24 photos. “Bought new in 1953 in Spokane, WA. Driven to Arizona in 1981 and has been parked since, with the last 14 years in a garage in north Phoenix. 99% original. The ignition switch and the vacuum gauge are not Heater not currently working. Not licensed in the U.S., but it does come with its original Dutch paperwork and the customs and EPA forms needed to get it licensed.” 13 bids. sf 544. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $7,499. Despite being the first French car to sell over a million models (all body styles), these aren’t the easiest sedans to find in the States. Without many needs and in decent condition, fairly bought. Radiator rebuilt and pressure tested. New brakes. All gauges work except the odometer. The heater is not hooked up. An excellent 134 #181094769952-1953 MERCEDESBENZ 170DS sedan. S/N 0178353. Green/ brown cloth. Odo: 65,800 miles. Long Beach, CA. 24 photos. “Sitting in a California barn for over 30 years. Appears to be pretty much complete. The front chair is missing, but appears to have most of its major parts. Engine is original.” 5 bids. sf 11. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $1,244. Some argue the failure of the Jet sent Hudson on the path to oblivion. It wasn’t that bad; it wasn’t that good either. Best case: It’ll take another grand to get it roadworthy, and then the owner will likely have the most original Jet in existence. Although it usually takes more than luck to take lemons and make lemonade. © Sports Car Market


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SCM Showcase Gallery Sell Your Car Here! Includes SCM website listing. Showcase Gallery Full-Color Photo Ad Just $66/month ($88 non-subscribers) Text-Only Classified Ad Just $15/month ($25 non-subscribers) 4 ways to submit your ad: Web: Visit sportscarmarket.com/classifieds/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 1929 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Ascot tourer 1956 Jaguar XK 140 MC 3.4 OTS pion, scoring 100 points in 3 consecutive 2011 shows. Excellent opportunity for the serious collector. Classic Showcase, 760.758.6100, Email: sales@classicshowcase.com (CA) 1966 Jaguar XKE Series 1 4.2 OTS in 2009. Car is located in Colorado Springs, CO. $90,000 OBO. Contact Star, 719.660-0609, Email: starletteyoung@gmail.com (CO) 1966 Mercedes-Benz 230SL convertible A crowning achievement, this E-type is a show-level champion and subject of a no-expense-spared restoration; One of the finest XKE examples available in the world today. An amazing opportunity for the discerning collector. Classic Showcase, 760.758.6100, Email: sales@classicshowcase.com (CA) 1983 TVR Tasmin S/N S178FR. One of 28 Ascot tourers built by Brewster. Beautifully restored with restoration receipts. Engine by AJ Glew. Known ownership from new. $385,000. Contact Chris, Fantasy Junction, 510.653.7555, Email: sales@fantasyjunction.com Web: www.fantasyjunction.com 1935 Rolls-Royce 20/25 Body by Wendover limousine S/N SH9TA13A2DBDH1033. Red/black w/red piping. 94,000 miles. 2.8L, 4-sp. Hand-built British sports car on tube frame w/Jaguar suspension under a fiberglass body. Very light, nimble and a joy to drive with its Ford of Germany 2.8L. Maintenance is a snap. Upgraded with several tasteful European spec items (bumpers, spoilers, decals, full leather seats, etc). Enthusiast owned. Over $25k invested. Sacrifice for quick sale. $9,500 OBO. Contact Tony, 916.813.8669, Email: tblevins@apple.com Imperial Maroon/beige. This striking, original California black-plate car has received a no-expensespared restoration by Jaguar Professionals. Rare color combo. This roadster is sure to satisfy the serious collector. Classic Showcase, 760.758.6100, Email: sales@classicshowcase.com (CA) 1957 Morgan Plus 4 S/N GXK-1. Light blue/royal blue. 62,000 miles. 3.5L, 6-cyl., 4-sp. Right-hand drive. Impeccable condition. Motor redone by Cooke. New clutch, suspension. Interior like new. Brooks trunk. Original tools. “Best In Show.” $60,000. Contact Peter, 450.451.6518, Email: peter.nicoll@gmail.com (CAN) 1946 MG TC roadster One owner from new until the 1990s. Restored to beyond-new standards with some wonderful performance mods making it the best-driving Morgan on the planet. Finished in British Racing Green, green Connolly leather; Triumph powered with twin Webers, oil cooler, full belly pans, Brooklands windscreens, stainless steel exhaust. $55,000. Matthew L. deGarmo LTD, 203.852.1670, Email: matt@ deGarmoLtd.com Web: www.deGarmoLtd.com (CT) 1960 Lotus Elite coupe Black/tan. V12, 5-sp. Buy one, get one free! Purchase my ‘86 Jaguar for $4,500, get my ‘71 Triumph TR6 for free! (Jag runs great, TR6 will need to be towed—minor problem, unable to fix myself.) Call Don 413-717-1092 or 413-258-4974. $4,500 OBO. Contact Don, 413.258.4974, Email: marilynrottweiler@yahoo.com (MA) 1994 Jaguar XJ6 saloon Slate Grey Metallic/black. 7,000 miles. H6, 6-sp. Superb condition, fully loaded, 3.6L engine, ABS, 6-speed, Sport Seats, Bi-Xenon headlamps, carbon fiber, Michelin tires, Monroney label included, no disappointments. Classic Showcase, 760.758.6100, Email: sales@classicshowcase.com Web: www. classicshowcase.com (CA) Italian 1962 Alfa Romeo Sprint Speciale coupe 1986 Jaguar XJS-12 convertible 80,000 miles. Auto transmission, original radio and clock, new tires and two tops, 80,000 original miles. Garage stored, excellent condition. $46,000. Contact Jerry, 516.225.6273, Email: hamov@optonline. net (NY) 1973 Porsche 911 RS Carrera Yellow/black. 58,642 miles. 2.7-L H6, manual. In Japan since 1979 and completely restored there in 2010 at a cost of $80k with receipts. Everything done to perfection. Original sport seats. The next 300SL in investment terms. Car currently in France. $295,000 OBO. Contact Aaron, Elux Motors, (33)6.35.52.59.26, Email: lotuselise73@hotmail.com (FRA) 2005 Porsche 911 GT3 coupe Diamond Blue/87,000 miles. I6, Showroom-perfect inside and out, 87k original miles, all power accessories, leather, owner’s manuals, sales catalog. Must see to appreciate. $7,000. Contact Joseph, 719.306.2530,(CO) Blue/tan. 1,000 miles. I4, 4-sp. Fully restored by founders of the MG Club of Central New York with only 1,000 miles since. Performs well and looks fabulous in its original shade of blue. $39,500. Contact George, AutoLinc Sports & Classics, 585-7461848, Email: Autolinc@gmail.com Web: Autolinc. US (NY) 1954 Jaguar XK 120 roadster 1997 Land Rover Defender 90 S/N 1151. 33,500 miles. A true “Survivor.” Highly original example with single-family ownership until 2012. Matching numbers. Mostly original paint and interior. RHD. Ideal event car. $98,500. Contact Chris, Fantasy Junction, 510.653.7555, Email: sales@fantasyjunction.com Web: www.fantasyjunction.com 1961 Jaguar XK 150 3.8 drophead coupe S/N SALDV3244VA121192. Conniston Green/grey. 9,720 miles. 4.0 V8, automatic. This is a fantastic one-owner NAS Defender 90 wagon with only 9k original miles. Always garage-kept, dealer-serviced, and babied. They do not come any nicer. Own the best. $74,950. Contact Kenneth, 954.816.8885, Email: offisland4x4@gmail.com German 1939 BMW 326 cabriolet S/N 674797. Solid, sound example. Restored by Longmate Vintage Restoration. Well maintained. RHD. Weather equipment, tri-bar headlights, driving lights and wire wheels. $78,500. Contact Chris, Fantasy Junction, 510.653.7555, Email: sales@ fantasyjunction.com Web: www.fantasyjunction.com 138 Spectacular Imperial Maroon/Biscuit color combo with a no-expense-spared restoration by Jaguar Professionals, this XK 150 is a JCNA national cham- S/N 112736. Black/Red. 62,000 miles. I6, 4-sp. Extremely rare car with just over 62k km. Repainted S/N 16819. Red/beige. 37,156 miles. V12, 5-sp. A late-production European Type A. Concours prepared with score sheets. Books and tools. XWXs on alloy wheels, Borranis available. Period-correct Becker Mexico radio. Well maintained with interesting history. Financing available, Trades welcome. $446,500. Contact Steve, Motorcar Gallery, 954.522.9900, Email: contact@motorcargallery.com Web: MotorcarGallery.com Sports Car Market S/N AR177413. Beautiful and correctly detailed shell-up restoration. “Best of the Marque” award at Concorso Italiano 2008. Fitted 5-speed. $169,500. Contact Chris, Fantasy Junction, 510.653.7555, Email: sales@fantasyjunction.com Web: www. fantasyjunction.com 1973 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona coupe


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SCM Showcase Gallery 1974 DeTomaso Pantera GTS Body-off restored to the highest standards by a Ford specialist. Original wood; proper flathead V8 bored and stroked to 135 horsepower for a great driving experience. Columbia rear end. A spectacular car top to bottom that runs and drives without fault. Call for details. Contact Matthew, Matthew L. deGarmo LTD, 203.852.1670, Email: Matt@deGarmoLtd.com Web: www.deGarmoLtd.com (CT) Show-quality, two-owner car. Stunning condition in every way. Rare factory GTS, professionally rebuilt motor to 450-plus horsepower. Finished in red, black leather. Fitted with GT5 seats for comfort, original seats come with car. Runs and drives without fault. $75,000. Matthew L. deGarmo LTD, 203.852.1670, Email: matt@deGarmoLtd.com Web: www.deGarmoLtd.com (CT) 1991 Alfa Romeo Spider convertible 32k miles. All original, records from new, excellent condition, fully sorted, cold a/c. Ready to drive anywhere. Visit the website for additional details. Contact David, Email: dwiener2@gmail.com Web: www.91AlfaSpider.webs.com (NC) 2001 Qvale Mangusta convertible S/N 71519. Maroon/tan. 233 green diamond.Frameoff, ground-up restoration completed spring of 2012. Engine, transmission and brake systems rebuilt. New glass, seals, engine mounts, floormat, chromed windshield, hubcaps and bumpers. All emblems rechromed; all instruments, gauges, speedometer and switches N.O.S., rebuilt or restored. Original color. Tan seats and sun visors, oak body, floor and siderails spar-varnished with stainless strips and fasteners. 125 miles since restoration. $42,500. Contact Dan, 207.985.9850, Email: dan@rushlaw.us 1950 Ford woodie wagon 1949 International K-B2 pickup S/N 194679S731477. Daytona Yellow/black. 100 miles. 427/390, 4-sp. Completely researched and restored. Finished in 2012. Car even has correct production-month tires and proper under-dash clips for wires. Everything was properly restored. Only 269 ever produced for Canada, only 11 Daytona Yellow. $69,900 OBO. Contact Richard, 514.457.6101, Email: gratt@videotron.ca (CAN) 1971 Chevrolet Corvette convertible Email: contact@motorcargallery.com Web: MotorcarGallery.com 1969 Chevrolet Corvette convertible 6-sp. White with Guardsman Blue stripes. Shelby started with a new GT premium package (all options) and went through the entire car to create #60 of this special, limited-edition GT350. Interior leather package, pillar w/gauges, supercharged aluminum engine, Shelby/Ford/Whipple supercharger w/520hp, 19-inch Cragar wheels, 6-piston Baer brakes, Shelby/Ford Racing suspension for a complete performance package, Shelby/Borla center exhaust. Light and fast with razor-sharp handling, perfectly balanced and powerful. One owner, never raced, all manuals records and promo materials. Ambient lighting, Shaker 500 audio system. Break-in done correctly. Kept in an air-conditioned garage in FL. Like new. Contact Dan, 508.561.8616, Email: drourke@aol.com (FL) Race 2004 Mazda RX-8 S/N 194671S121082. Sunflower Yellow/saddle. 350/330, 4-sp. Just-completed, professional bodyoff restoration. Top Flight 2012. M-21, 4:11 rear, perfect PO2s. Partial build sheet. Full restoration pictures. $62,500. Contact Mark, Ridgetop Restorations, 715.385.3341, Email: daddy19581955@ yahoo.com 1999 Shelby Cobra replica S/N ZF4AH01A41M000186. Black/black. 14,810 miles. V8, 5-sp. Two-door roto top — coupe, targa, and full convertible. 5-speed California car in collector condition inside and out. Complete with window sticker, tools, inflator bottle, two original keys and fobs, books with pouch, and car cover. Italian panache — Ford power. #186 of 284. Financing available, Trades welcome. $34,500. Contact Steve, Motorcar Gallery, 954.522.9900, Email: contact@ motorcargallery.com Web: MotorcarGallery.com Swiss 1991 Maserati Shamal Felber All-original wood refinished by Nick Alexander a few years ago. Painted once and still show-quality. Flawless body. Never rusted or damaged ever. 100% original interior and absolutely immaculate. 61,000 original miles. Recent complete and documented engine rebuild by Ford V8 guru. $75,000 OBO. Contact Matthew, Matthew L. deGarmo LTD, 203.852.1670, Email: Matt@deGarmoLtd.com Web: www.deGarmoLtd.com (CT) 1965 Chevrolet Corvette convertible S/N 4KCDAK128XF000264. British Racing Green/black. 6,600 miles. V8, 5-sp. Classic Roadsters/Fargo ND, professional built by Hensley Performance, 5.0 Ford with full Cobra F.I., 427 hp with many race and custom features on engine and suspension. Over $50k spent in build. Email for full description and pictures. $32,750. Contact Morgan, Email: morgan_smith@vanhornmetz.com (PA) 2011 Shelby GT350 fastback I5, 5-sp. The only “R” in the USA. Professionally built for World Challenge. Fresh engine, gearbox, Motec, Alcon brakes, air jacks, carbon fiber hood and trunk. Many spares. Great track car, SCCA, or NASA. Contact Chris, 203.858.3115, Email: chris@ S/N 1ZVBP8CF1B5116751. White/4,000 miles. V8, rileyracing.com © Rotary, 6-sp. Set up for Grand-Am Continental. Built by Speedsource, has fresh engine and trans, Motec dash, Bosch ECU, Koni shocks and many spares. $30,000. Contact Chris, 203.858.3115, Email: chris@rileyracing.com 2006 Volvo S40R S/N ZAM339BooLA300017. Yellow/gray & green. 22,000 miles. V8, manual. Swiss company like SBARRO. Selling this one-of-a-kind car at the Automobil Salon in Geneva, Switzerland. The only Maserati they fit and the last car of the company. Felber died some years ago and made only one-of-a-kind cars like Ferrari, Lancia, Pontiac etc. Condition #2, service done and belts changed some days before. $55,000. Contact Ralph, Email: wpr@ bluemail.ch (CHE) American 1948 Ford woodie wagon S/N 194375S116394. Glen Green/green. 94,634 miles. V8, 4-sp. 396/425 hp, nicely optioned with power windows, tinted glass, teak/telescopic wheel, leather and knockoff wheels. High-quality correct restoration, Excellent throughout, Fast and Fine, Financing available, Trades welcome. $99,800. Contact Steve, Motorcar Gallery, 954.522.9900, 140 S/N 194675S112000. Rally Red/Red. 2,200 miles. L79 327/350hp, 4-sp. Teak, side exhaust and repro knockoffs. All numbers match. Protect-O-Plate. 2,200 miles since frame off. $60,000. Contact Grant, 623.980.0014, Email: gpavolka@gmail.com 1965 Chevrolet Corvette coupe It’s so easy! We’ve made uploading your Showcase Gallery listings online easier. As an added bonus, we now feature multiple images for our web listings. www.SportsCarMarket.com /classifieds/place-ad Sports Car Market


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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) Branson Collector Car Auction. 800.335.3063, 417.336.5616. PO Box 6907, Branson, MO 65616. www.bransonauction.com. (MO) Leake Auctions. 800.722.9942, Join Leake Auction Company as they celebrate 40 years in the collector car auction industry. Their unsurpassed customer service and fast-paced twolane auction ring makes them a leader in the business. Leake currently operates auctions in Tulsa, Oklahoma City, Dallas and San Antonio. Visit them 142 Russo and Steele Collector Auto- mobile Auctions. 602.252.2697, Fax: 602.252.6260. Specializing in the finest European sports, American muscle, hot rods and custom automobiles; Russo and Steele hosts two recordbreaking auctions per year; Monterey, CA, every August and Scottsdale, AZ, every January. As one of the premier Alfa Romeo tions. 866.543.9393, After 24 years of selling classic cars, MotoeXotica has branched out with classic & exotic car auctions. MotoeXotica currently has auctions in St. Louis, MO; Springfield, MO; and Phoenix, AZ. Combining some of the industry’s lowest entry fees and commissions MotoeXotica is poised to keep expanding while maintaining superior customer service. Contact MotoeXotica today at 866-5439393 or online at www.motoexotica. com. Worth the trip! Silver Auctions. 800.255.4485, Silver Auctions isn’t successful because we auction the most expensive cars, we’re successful because we auction the cars that you love. Silver Auction’s staff, bidders and 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) online at www.leakecar.com or call 800.722.9942. auction events in the United States, Russo and Steele has developed a reputation for its superior customer service and for having the most experienced and informed experts in the industry. www.russoandsteele.com. (AZ) Specialty Auto Auctions and Sales. 800.901.0022, Established by Bruce and Helen Douglas in 1987. Based in Colorado and doing auctions in Colorado, Nevada and South Dakota. This year we will join forces with Hot August Nights and B & T Custom Rods for two sales in Nevada. We will also be working with Automania for sales in South Dakota. For personalized service contact us. www.saaasinc.com. (CO) Centerline Products. 888.750. ALFA, Exclusively Alfa Romeo for Sports Car Market RESOURCE DIRECTORY


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over 30 years — rely on our experience to build and maintain your dream Alfa. Restoration, maintenance and performance parts in stock for Giulietta through 164. Newly developed products introduced regularly. Check our web site for online store, new arrivals, tech tips, and special offers. www.centerlinealfa.com. (CO) 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). Steve Austin’s Automobilia & Great Vacations. 800.452.8434, European Car Collector tours including Monaco & Goodwood Historics, private collections, and car manufacturers. Automobile Art importer of legendary artists Alfredo de la Maria and Nicholas Watts. www.steveaustinsgreatvacations.com. 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) Vintage Auto Posters. Since 1980, Appraisals Everett Anton Singer has been supplying international collectors with the most diverse selection of authentic vintage automotive posters. The vast inventory runs from the late 1890s through the 1960s; featuring marque, event and product advertising. Please visit us at: www.VintageAutoPosters.com. Auto Appraisal Group. 800.848.2886, Offices located nationwide. Pre-purchase inspection service, insurance matters, charitable donations, resale vales, estates, expert witness testimony. On-site inspection. Certified, confidential, prompt, professional. “Not just one man’s opinion of value.” See web site for locations and service descriptions. www.autoappraisal.com. Brighton Motorsports. 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) 480.483.4682, Brighton Motorsports, Scottsdale, AZ, is a unique dealership specializing in Vintage European and American Collector Cars with their Sales/Showroom and Mechanical Repair facility in the heart of Scottsdale’s legendary auction arena. They also have a state-of-the-art paint & body shop specially equipped to do all levels of repair and restoration just down the road, creating a one-stop shop for the avid car enthusiast. www.brightonmotorsports.com. (AZ) Kastner & Partners Garage. West Coast Auto Appraisals. 310.827.8400, Pre purchase, diminished value, total loss settlements, expert witness. Let us be your eyes and ears, friendly and very knowledgeable car experts, muscle cars, street rods, Europeans, Full Classics, modern-day and more. Servicing all of California, nationwide for larger car collections. Member of IAAA and AMA. Check out our web site for a full list of services. www.thecarappraiser.com. (CA) Automobilia Coachbuilt Press. 215-925-4233, Coachbuilt Press creates limited edition May 2013 310.593.2080, Born of a true passion for classic automobiles rather than from a purely business standpoint, Kastner & Partners Garage strives to offer some of the finest collector vehicles available, combined with unparalleled and experienced service from our spectacular Santa Monica location. We are constantly searching for new inventory, so if we do not currently have that which you are looking for or, if you have a classic that you are looking to sell, please let us know. 150 Pico Boulevard, Santa Monica, CA 90405 Ph: 310-593-2080, Fax: 310-593-2081 sales@kastnerandpartnersgarage.com www.kastnerandpartnersgarage.com Buy/Sell/General Located in San Diego County. Email: sales@classicshowcase.com, www.classicshowcase.comm. (CA) The Last Detail. 847.689.8822 Heritage Classics Motorcar Company. 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 Hartek Automotive, 319.337.4140, Hartek Automotive is a division of Hartwig Motors Inc., one of the oldest automotive retailers in the Midwest since 1912. Hartek Automotive specializes in the maintenance and sale of sports and prestige automobiles. Their reputation for service continues with a very personalized approach to maintenance of an individual’s daily driver, to the restoration of that special automobile. Hartek Automotive also offers pre-sale or post-sale inspections. Located in Iowa, we are equally accessible for the enthusiast from anywhere. Drive in or fly in...you will find us most accommodating. www.hartek.org (IA) North Chicago / Kenilworth, IL, As “Trusted Advisors” for over 35 years, we have been helping enthusiasts make critical decisions before creating costly mistakes. Whether servicing, buying or selling, your one stop destination for all of your automotive needs, Down to.... The Last Detail! www.thelastdetail.com. (IL) 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 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 vintage race car, a classic, a ’60s muscle car or a modern exotic, you can depend on Passport Transport to give you the premium service it deserves. We share your appreciation for fine automobiles, and it shows. www.PassportTransport.com. Collector Car Insurance Barrett-Jackson is proud to endorse Classic Showcase. 760.758.6100, restoration 760.758.6119. Always buying: Offering top dollar for your European classics. Always selling: 3 showrooms with an excellent selection to choose from. Always Restoring: We feature an award-winning, world-class restoration facility, with the expertise to restore you car to any level, including modifications. Super craftsmanship; attention to detail; knowledgeable staff; servicing all of the collector’s needs. Paul Russell and Company. 978.768.6092, www.paulrussell.com. Specializing in the Preservation and Sales of European Classics, pre-war through the 1970s, since 1978. You can rely on our decades of experience with Mercedes-Benz, Ferrari, Porsche, Bugatti, Alfa Romeo and other fine collectibles. Repeat customers are the lifeblood of our business. Contact us today to join them. Car Sales Manager, Alex Finigan: Alex@paulrussell.com. (MA) 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. 143


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Advertise in the SCM Resource Directory. Call 877.219.2605 Ext. 218 for information, e-mail: scmadvert@sportscarmarket.com. Chubb Collector Car Insurance. 1.866.CAR.9648, The Chubb Collector Car Insurance program provides flexibility by allowing you to choose the agreed value and restoration shop. Broad coverage includes no mileage restrictions and special pricing for large schedules. For more information, contact us at 1(866)CAR-9648 or www.chubbcollectorcar.com. tor vehicle for over 50 years. Agreed Value Coverage in the continental U.S., and Alaska. Drive Through Time With Peace of Mind with J.C. Taylor Insurance. Get a FREE instant quote online at www.JCTaylor.com. English ding, 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) raris, you can count on a single-source leader in the Ferrari parts business…T. Rutlands. Call us Toll Free 800.638.1444, Internationally 770.493.8852. Email: Sales@ trutlands.com. www.trutlands.com Finance Aston Martin of New England. Grundy Worldwide. 888.647.8639, Grundy Worldwide offers agreed value insurance with no mileage limitations, zero deductible*, and high liability limits. Our coverages are specifically designed for collectible-car owners. From classic cars to muscle cars, Grundy Worldwide has you covered. (*Zero deductible available in most states.) 888.6GRUNDY (888.647.8639). www.grundyworldwide.com. (PA) 781.547.5959, 85 Linden Street, Waltham, MA 02452. Proudly appointed Aston Martin Heritage Dealer for the USA. New and pre-owned Aston Martins are our specialty. Please contact us when buying, selling or restoring. www.astonmartin-lotus.com. (MA) www.wirewheel.com, 772.299.9788. British Sports and Race Cars BoughtSold-Traded. Located in Beautiful Vero Beach, Florida. In business for over 25 years, specializing in Lotus, TVR, Griffith, Jaguar, Austin Healey, MG, Marcos, Panoz, Lola, and more. Over 50 sports and race cars always in stock. Please check our website for our latest inventory offerings: www.wirewheel.com. (FL) Ferrari/Maserati/Lamborghini AUTOSPORT DESIGNS, INC. 631.425.1555, All Aston Martin models welcome regardless of age, as new inevitably become old! Routine servicingcomplete mechanical restorations/rebuilds — cosmetic repair/paintwork to complete frame-off restoration. Large inventory of parts. All services as well as our current unventory of automobiles for sale can be seen at www.autosportdesigns.com. (NY) Hagerty Insurance Agency, LLC. 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) Ferrari Financial Services. 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. 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. J. J. BEST BANC & CO. provides financing on classic cars ranging from 1900 to today. Visit our website at www.jjbest.com or call 1-800-USA-1965 and get a loan approval in as little as 5 minutes! Radcliffe Motor Company. 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) 410.517.1681, The Mid-Atlantic’s premier facility for the maintenance, repair, and light restoration of exotic Italian and fine European automobiles. Having gained the trust of the exotic car community we are known for our proficiency and workmanship. Host of the annual Vintage Ferrari All Italian Car Event each May, you are cordially invited to attend. Visit our website for more information about our shop, and see photos of past events. www.RMCCAR.com. Premier Financial Services is the nation’s leading lessor of vintage and exotic motorcars. Our Simple Lease Program is ideal for those who wish to own their vehicle at the end of the term, as well as for those who like to change cars frequently. Our Simple Interest Early Termination Program allows you the flexibility of financing with the tax advantages of leasing. Contact Premier at 877.973.7700 or info@pfsllc.com. www.premierfinancialservices.com (CT) German Heacock Classic. 800.678.5173, We understand the passion and needs of the classic-car owner; agreed value, one liability charge, 24-hour claim service and paying by credit card. We provide classic car insurance at rates people can afford! Instant quotes at www.heacockclassic.com. (FL) Fourintune Garages Inc. 262.375.0876, www.fourintune. com. Complete ground-up restoration on British Marques – specializing in Austin-Healeys for 35 years. Experience you can trust, satisfied customers nationwide. Visit our website for details on our restoration process. Located in historic Cedarburg since 1976 – just minutes north of Milwaukee, WI. T. Rutlands & T. Rutlands West J.C. Taylor Insurance. 800.345.8290, Antique, classic, muscle or modified — J.C. Taylor Insurance has provided dependable, dynamic, affordable protection for your collec- 144 Kevin Kay Restorations. 530.241.8337, 1530 Charles Drive, Red- provides international service from one of the world’s largest Ferrari parts inventories coast to coast. We have more Ferrari parts, more Ferrari parts experience and better Ferrari parts prices than most anyone. Since 1981 T. Rutlands has been building valuable partnerships with the Ferrari industry’s most respected repair shops, professionals and car owners seeking to provide a one-stop shopping experience for Ferrari parts, tools and accessories. Ferrari parts are our only business and we are true product and service specialists in every sense of the word. When you need a comprehensive parts selection for both vintage and contemporary Fer- Classic Showcase. 760.758.6100, restoration 760.758.6119. World class full-service restoration facility. Creating show/show drivers, and driver restorations. Specializing in German, British, and Italian classics. Superb fit, attention to detail, great craftsmanship, knowledgeable staff, passionate on quality. Located in San Diego County. sales@classicshowcase.com www.classicshowcase.com. (CA) Sports Car Market RESOURCE DIRECTORY


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Leasing European Collectibles, Inc. 949.650.4718, European Collectibles has been buying, consigning, selling and restoring classic European sports cars since 1986. We specialize in Porsche (356 and 911) 1950s to early 1970s along with other marks including Mercedes, Aston Martin, Ferrari, MG, Austin Healey & Jaguar with 40 vehicles in stock to choose from. European Collectibles also offers complete mechanical and cosmetic restorations to concours level along with routine service. Located in Orange County, CA, between Los Angeles and San Diego. Sales@europeancollectibles.com or visit our website www.europeancollectibles.com. (CA) 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 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. Museums Mercedes-Benz Classic Center. 1.866.MB.CLASSIC, The center of competence for classic Mercedes-Benz enthusiasts — for vintage car sales, meticulous restorations by manufacturer-trained technicians and the widest selection of Genuine Mercedes-Benz Classic Parts, we are the source. www.mbclassiccenter.com. (CA) Import/Export LeMay—America’s Car Museum, opened in June 2012 in Tacoma, WA, explores how the automobile has fulfilled a distinctive role at the core of the American experience and shaped our society. The spacious museum with rotating exhibits is designed to be the centerpiece for automotive history as well as an educational center and library. The campus also contains a 3.5-acre show field, theater, café, banquet hall and meeting facilities. To become an ACM member, volunteer or make a donation, visit www.lemaymuseum.org. (WA) Parts and Accessories 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 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 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. SpecialAlan Taylor Company Inc. 760.489.0657, is a full-service automotive restoration and repair facility that specializes in Pre and Post-War European and American Automobiles. With an emphasis on French Marques including Bugatti & Delahaye and over 50 years of experience in the automotive field, we have proven to be a leader in the automotive industry. Our facility provides a full-array of services including Fabrication, Metal-Shaping, Engine & Transmission Rebuilding, Machine Shop, Award-Winning Upholstery, Paint Shop and Pattern Making & Castings. Providing these services in-house has proved to be highly efficient and has enabled us to provide our clients with the highest level of old-fashioned quality workmanship, professionalism and client services. www.alantaylorcompany.com izing in AC restoration from street to concours, U.S. Registrar AC Owners Club (U.K.). Jim Feldman, 11955 SW Faircrest St. Portland, OR 97225 503-706-8250 Fax 503-646-4009 The world’s largest organization of AC owners and enthusiasts. AC ownership is not required. Monthly magazine. Email:jim@jwfrestoration.com (OR) The Guild of Automotive RestorBob 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) Griot’s Garage. 800.345.5789, Griot’s Garage celebrating over 22 years as your best source for a full line of car care cleaners, polishes, waxes, sealants, and detailing accessories. Call to receive a full-color handbook/catalog or enjoy the easy-to-use website for fast and fun ordering. Sign up for weekly emails specials. Have fun on our blog at Inmygarage.com or join us on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube to watch numerous how-to videos for proper car care tips and tricks. You’ll also enjoy 13 episodes of Griot’s Garage Treasures. Our number one goal is to ensure that you always... Have fun in your garage! www.griotsgarage.com. (WA) 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 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 May 2013 ers. 905.775.0499. The Guild is one of the most recognizable names in the business of restoring antique and classic cars, and with good reason. We are a multi-service facility, which means that your car is fully restored under one roof and the process is under full control at all times. Projects are carefully managed through all tasks, and owners are kept informed with weekly email reports, phone calls and photographs. We are skilled in all aspects of the craft of restoration and are as comfortable coach building a car from scratch as we are doing light maintenance on rare and valuable cars or tune-ups on the family’s original heirloom Model T. If you want your car worked on by a company that still maintains their passion of the hobby and provides you with the accountability of good friends, give us a call. We look forward to hearing from you. David Grainger/Janice Stone, proprietors. www.guildclassiccars.com. (CAN) Sports and Competition 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) RM Auctions, Inc. 800.211.4371, 519.351.1337. Celebrating 30 years in the collector car industry, RM Auctions and its associated companies are responsible for acquisitions, restorations and sales of the world’s rarest and most valuable vintage automobiles, including record-breaking sales in Maranello, Italy and London, U.K. RM’s restoration division achieved unprecedented accolades in 2006, when the company earned “Best of Show” honors at the world’s top three collector car events in a single year. www.rmauctions.com. (CAN) © High Mountain Classics. 970.532.2339, World-class restoration, 145


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Carl Bomstead eWatch Top-Notch Porcelain Brings Big Bucks Harbor Petroleum, Beacon Security Gasoline and other ultra-rare signs hit the market and make some jingle Thought Carl’s We spend years — if not decades — collecting stuff, and then when the time comes, what the heck do we do with it? We may want to liquidate so we don’t stick our families with the task, or a change of direction may be in order. Regardless, it’s a difficult decision, and there are always some folks on the sidelines looking to line their pockets during the process. A friend who is a serious parts dealer at Hershey amassed an amazing sign collection. When a property deal required additional funding, he decided to sell the collection at auction. He selected Matthews Auctions, a house that has been steadily making a name for itself in the vintageadvertising-sign world. The results from the March 1, 2013, auction in Peotone, IL, were simply staggering. Here are just a few of the premier pieces that caught our eye, and the results from the entire auction can be found at matthewsauctions.com. Sold prices include 10% buyer’s premium. gan “The Car That Made Good In A Day” in the center and some staining at the bottom on both sides. It dates to the 1920s and is extremely rare. As such, the price paid was well within reason and one of the few at this auction that we can even call well bought. was slightly bent, but that did not detract from the sign. It was about 42 inches in length. This sign is seldom offered, and the price paid reflected the condition and rarity. SERVICE PORCELAIN SIGN. SOLD AT: $10,450. This shovelnose sign was in very nice condition, although it was only in two colors: blue and white. It had a little damage along the bottom edge but nothing serious. The catalog stated “it may be the only survivor,” but Barrett-Jackson in January sold a slightly better example for $17,500, so that was obviously not the case. Considering the condition, the price paid here was fair. LOT 294: BEACON SECU- RITY GASOLINE “A CAMINOL PRODUC T” PORCELAIN SIGN. SOLD AT: $55,000. This single-sided, die-cut porcelain sign measured 48 inches by 30 inches, and it was in delightful condition, with only a few flea bites around the edges. They are rare as heck in this condition, although smaller sizes are reproduced. This is the Holy Grail in the sign collecting world and well worth the staggering price paid. LOT 300: HARBOR PETRO- LEUM PRODUCTS PORCELAIN SIGN. SOLD AT: $40,700. This 39-inch-by-35-inch porcelain sign features a sea plane and was in very good condition, with a dimesize chip near the B and smaller chips around the mounting holes. These signs are seldom offered, so the price paid is not surprising, as it is one of the most desirable gas and oil signs ever produced. LOT 306: CADILLAC V8, V12, V16 AND LA SALLE V8 PORCELAIN SIGN. SOLD AT: $36,300. The distinctive block lettering was used by the Walker Sign Company from 1933 until 1935, but LaSalle offered the V8 only in 1933, so that dates the sign. One side had a few chips, but all in all the condition was exceptional. Barrett-Jackson, at their January automobilia sale, sold a similar example that dated to early 1930 — as it did not reference the V12 — and it realized $17,250. This example was a touch more desirable, but I don’t think it was worth twice what was paid earlier in the year. Very well sold. LOT 360: FERRARI LOT 321: UNITED MOLOT 317: AUTHORIZED STUTZ SERVICE DOUBLESIDED PORCELAIN SIGN. SOLD AT: $8,800. This 20-inchby-30-inch sign had the Stutz slo- TORS SERVICE PORCELAIN SIGN WITH ARROW. SOLD AT: $7,700. This two-sided sign was near mint, with excellent gloss and color. The tip of the arrow LOT 311: MACK TRUCK SUBSCRIPTION INFORMATION Sports Car Market (ISSN #1527859X) is published monthly by Automotive Investor Media Group, 401 NE 19th Street, Suite 100, Portland, OR 97232. Periodicals postage paid at Portland, OR, and at additional mailing offices. Subscription rates are $65 for 12 monthly issues in the U.S., $95 Canada/Mexico, Europe $105, Asia/Africa/Middle East $115. Subscriptions are payable in advance in U.S. currency. Make checks to: Sports Car Market. Visa/MC accepted. For instant subscription, call 877.219.2605, 503.261.0555; fax 503.253.2234; www.sportscarmarket.com. 146 PRANCING HORSE PORCELAIN SIGN. SOLD AT: $9,350. This 38-inch-by-18-inch sign had wonderful gloss and color — plus an interesting story. It was stated to have hung in the Ferrari factory in Maranello and was presented to Matt Kallens by Enzo Ferrari in 1959 when his father purchased an automobile. This story is not documented and sounds a bit far-fetched, but the sign sold for a fair price with the fable thrown in for free. ♦ POSTMASTER Send address changes to: Sports Car Market PO Box 4797, Portland, OR 97208 CPC IPM Sales Agreement No. 1296205 Sports Car Market