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Sports CarMarket BIGBUS, BIG BUCKS 273 COLLECTOR CARS EXAMINED AND RATED BY OUR EXPERTS Keith Martin's The Insider's Guide to Collecting, Investing, Values, and Trends Barrett-Jackson Hits $98m $4.3m Futurliner Top Sale SHAKEN, NOT STIRRED James Bond DB5 Makes $2.1m NOTHING BUT FERRARIS Bonhams Rakes in $6.3m at Gstaad April 2006

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Sports CarMarket Keith Martin's The Insider's Guide to Collecting, Investing, Values and Trends 48 44 Revolving number plate included April 2006 .Volume 18. Number 4 54 One-off Lambo 40 Supersize price Ferrari's heavyweight COLLECTOR CAR PROFILES 40 2004 Ferrari 612 Scaglietti Should you buy Ferrari's QE 2? Steve Ahlgrim 44 “James Bond” 1965 Aston Martin DB5 Why Bond's DB5 is worth $2.1 million. Gary Anderson 48 1966 Lamborghini 400GT Monza Lamborghini's missing Monza. Donald Osborne 50 1938 540K M-B Sindelfingen Cabriolet “A” The car of choice for large men and Nazi brass. Raymond Milo with Kathleen Donohue 54 1953 General Motors Futurliner The bus that broke the bank at B-J. Paul Duchene 60 Goodall Special Sports A homebuilt hot rod from the pre-war era. Thor Thorson Cover photograph: Martin Savoie 273 CARS RATED BY OUR EXPERTS 64 Barrett-Jackson, Scottsdale, AZ 1,063 lots, 1,063 sales. John Apen, Brad Brioux, B. Mitchell Carlson, Dave Kinney, Donald Osborne, and Dave Stewart 100 Bonhams, Gstaad, Switzerland The all-Ferrari holiday annual sees $6.5m from 23 lots. Richard Hudson-Evans 108 Worldwide Group, Raleigh, NC A 100% hit rate and several records make for a big first sale. Dave Kinney 118 Bonhams, Beaulieu, UK Autojumble draws a new crowd, and nearly $1m in sales. Richard Hudson-Evans 126 eBay Motors This month, it's the little things that count. Geoff Archer

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36 30 Sant'Agata goes retro COLUMNS 10 Shifting Gears Keith Martin 26 Affordable Classic The cheapest E-type Jaguar you can buy. Rob Sass 28 Legal Files What to do when a sale goes south. John Draneas 42 Sheehan Speaks More barns, more finds. Michael Sheehan 52 Porsche Gespräch How to spot time-wasters. Jim Schrager 58 Domestic Affairs Smart muscle buying in Scottsdale. Colin Comer 132 Motobilia Miniatures and their small prices. Carl Bomstead 134 Bike Buys The bike of spies, sort of. Paul Duchene 146 eWatch TheMoto Meter that got away. Carl Bomstead Jumbo tents and Jumbotrons FEATURES 30 Scottsdale Recap: 16 Sweet Memories 32 A First-Timer at Barrett-Jackson: Tim Parker 34 Profit and Loss in Arizona: How Dave Does It 36 Form& Function: Detroit's Designs for the Future 38 Collecting Thoughts: Selling to Brazil on eBay DEPARTMENTS 12 Crossing the Block / Auction Calendar 14 The Inside Line 16 You Write, We Read 18 Display Advertisers Index 22 Neat Stuff 24 Our Cars: 1985 Aston Martin V8 Vantage, 1971 Intermeccanica Italia, 1972 Porsche 911T Targa 27 20 Year Picture 96 Glovebox Notes: 2006 Jaguar S-type R, 2006 Subaru Legacy 2.5 GT Spec.b 113 Alfa Bits 127 FreshMeat: 2007 Ford Shelby GT500, 2007 BMW M6 Coupe, 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt SS Coupe 128 Automotive Investor: Head-to-Head Martin Ratings 136 Mystery Photo 137 Comments with Your Renewal 138 Showcase Gallery 139 Crossword Puzzle:Mental Muscle 140 Resource Directory A pink Dan Gurney Special? A batch of pink Corvair Monzas badged asDonna Mae Mims Specials would've been far more appropriate.—SCM's report on Barrett-Jackson begins on p. 64.

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Shifting Gears Keith Martin It's Not a Bubble, It's a Wave F or the past decade, we've been watching the price of real estate escalate, seemingly without an end in sight. Some houses seem to double every decade, and, despite the increases, there appears to be no shortage of eager, willing buyers. So why are we so surprised when GT350s, worth $50,000 five years ago, routinely sell for $200,000? Or when Z/28s, worth $35,000 in 2003, go for $100,000? A great deal of the increase in values is due to the fact that many collectors buying today were not in the hobby five years ago. They don't have the historical perspective of what these cars were once worth; they only know what they are trading for today. In any field of collecting, when a new market segment gains notoriety, prices generally escalate dramatically. When the art market decided, in 2003, to discover the 1980s work of neoexpressionist painters like Anselm Kiefer, Julian Schnabel, and Eric Fischl, prices of their works soared. In Portland, when the downtown area called “The Pearl District” gained cachet with young professionals, the area went from undesirable to ultra-hot in less than five years. Gentrified Portlanders didn't sell their 5,000-sq-ft homes and move downtown; rather, upwardly mobile 30- and 40-year-olds decided that condos downtown were suddenly worth more per square foot than traditional housing. And so they jumped in, regardless of how high the prices were by traditional standards. WHAT IT COSTS TODAY IS WHAT COUNTS Barrett-Jackson has introduced a new wave of buyers to the collector car market. In the past three years, over 10,000 first-time bidders have registered at B-J. When these new buyers hear that 1967 427/435 Corvette prices have doubled in the past three years, they don't respond with concerns about bubbles and crazes. Rather, through their eyes, if these prices have doubled, then they are primed to double again. They don't care what the old prices were, they just know what they'll have to pay to get into the game today. Rarely do collectors think they are buying at the peak. So these new buyers, in a self-fulfilling prophecy, continue to buy at ever-higher prices, driving the entire market forward. Will this meteoric rise ever end? Of course, as nothing lasts forever. And the undeniable edge that real estate has over collectibles, of any kind, is that people will always need to have roofs over their heads. No one “needs” a Hemi 'Cuda or a Warhol Campbell's Soup Can painting. But even when the market goes through a decline, the cars with the best history, in the best condition, will always retain the largest percentage of their value. What this all ads up to is that the market is likely to continue to be vola- tile for another couple of years. I believe the doubling and redoubling of values phase is over, but we can expect 20% per year rises through 2009. Which means that it's not a bad time to buy, even at today's full retail, especially if you can buy an excellent example. For instance, brilliant Daytonas are edging past $250,000, and there's no reason they shouldn't be at $300,000 in another year. And when they fall, as they eventually will, they won't sink to $85,000 as they did in 1991. I would expect a drop to $150,000, partly because costs of restoration and replacement continue to rise dramatically. Further, the number of those with means to buy expensive toys continues to increase. SPRINGTIME FOR SPORTS CARS In the Pacific Northwest, we have endured one of the wettest winters on record, with rainfall at 50% above the already drenching historical norm. But now temperatures are edging back into the 50s, and skies sometimes have more blue than sullen gray. Which means it's time to get the SCM fleet ready for another season of 10 Full retail today, 20% more tomorrow? high times on back roads. Here's a status report. The SCM 1963 Split-Window Corvette is asking to be exercised. Despite Colin Comer's public outing of our 220-hp, pickup-sourced engine, the car still looks like the 327/340-hp machine it was born as, and the increased torque of the small-valve heads makes burning rubber around town a snap. The drivetrain and suspension are dialed in, and a recent rebuild of the steering box did wonders for straight-line stability. Next step is a set of decent tires to replace the outlet-mall specials currently installed, then we'll be set for summer. Except, of course, for the increasing pressure fromSCM readers to spend $10,000 to build a date-code-correct, “restoration-restamp” numbers-matching 340-hp engine. I drove our 1965 Giulia Spider Veloce today for the first time since December. After the Corvette, it felt diminutive and high strung, a pintsized thoroughbred. The Home Depot light switch is still hanging from the dash, but my co-driver on the trip, Doug Hartman, tells me he has managed to resurrect the old one (a skill that will surely be lost on today's children). Jon Norman has sent new brake pads to replace the “fade 'r us” organic specials on the car, and Alan Blanchard at A&P Specialties installed a new thermostat (the water temperature still reads low, so I'll have to calibrate the needle using the setscrew in the rear of the gauge). He also installed ¾” spacers under the rear springs—the cut-down stock springs bottomed too easily when burdened with a passenger and luggage, i.e., four cases of wine. The timing needs to be retarded slightly so the Alfa will idle better, but other than that, it's set to go. The cosmetic needs it has will stay just that—needs. As you might expect, the '78 911SC has required little, just a new alter- nator at $500. The more I drive it, the more I find the ride to be uncomfortably stiff. Our Porsche guru, Jim Schrager, has recommend replacing the 16” Fuchs with a 15” Euro wheel and tire setup for a more reasonable ride. Naturally, SC purists, gleefully led by SCM legal analyst John Draneas, have already started using the words “wimp” and “soft-bottom” when they refer to me, but it would be nice to go for a drive without having to pick my fillings off the floor when it is over. If you've got a set of 7” and 8” Fuchs or, dare we say it, replicas that you'd like to sell, contact me at keith .martin@sportscarmarket.com. Finally, our '68 2002 is still sitting, driveline out, in Los Angeles. I fear it has fallen into the black hole of “mechanic-neglectus,” and hope that we don't have to bring it home in pieces. Buying this car was supposed to be fun; so far it has been nothing but bad surprises and disappointments. But without the challenges that are intrinsic to old cars, we wouldn't experience the exhilaration on those days when they actually run properly. That is to say, when they are nearly able to keep up with a five-year-old Honda Accord.u Sports Car Market

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Crossing the Block Kruse—32nd Annual Hot Springs Collector Car Auction Where:Hot Springs, AR When: March 10–11 More:www.kruseinternational.com Kruse once again teams up with Arkansas sponsor Brian Odle for this sale, which will have the usual Kruse variety, from dusty barn finds to concours specials. Expect to see a recently sorted 1968 Dodge Super Bee with fresh paint, original interior, 4-speed, and powered by a 440-ci V8. Also, there will be a 1957 Studebaker Golden Hawk coupe fresh from a three-year restoration and featuring Kelsey Hayes wire wheels and a factory supercharged 289-ci V8. RM Auctions—Vintage Motor Cars at Amelia Island Where:Amelia Island, FL When: March 10–11 Last Year: 93 cars sold / $13.6m More: www.rmauctions.com Alongside the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance, RM will present its own field of collector cars, but with the right bid you can put one of these in your own garage. Featured is a 1938 TalbotLago Teardrop coupe, S/N 93064. Bodied by Figoni et Falaschi as a notchback “Jeancart” model, the car has been thoroughly restored, including its engine, the larger 4-liter, which was fitted from new. It is estimated between $2.5m and $3m, and recent sales suggest it may bring even more. Kruse—Miami Classic Car Auction Where: Miami, FL When: March 11–12 More: www.kruseinternational.com Held at the Coconut Grove Convention Center, the auction will feature a selection of '50s and '60s classics and muscle, along with a custom 1956 Porsche 356A. It has 525 miles since the frame-off restoration, and is now powered by a flat-six from a 911; the original engine is included in the sale. Barons—Classic and Historic Cars Where: Surrey, U.K. When: March 14 Last Year: 26 cars sold / $218,350 More:www.barons-auctions.com Barons' second sale of 2006 will again be held at Sandown Park, and again will comprise a broad consignment list. Two cars of note will be a pair of Rileys, a 1951 RMB 2.5 saloon and a 12 company head to South Florida expecting big things. Though the consignment list is yet to be finalized, look for a Superformance Shelby Daytona coupe replica. Also on hand will be a Cadillac CTS Sport owned and titled by Sir Paul McCartney and his wife, Heather Mills. The car was specifically built for the couple, and the interior contains no animal products. Proceeds of the Caddy's sale will go to Ms. Mills' charity of choice, Adopt-A-Minefield. CSX 2136, another star car at RM's Amelia Island sale rare 1950 RMC 2.5 roadster. The former comes from a decade of storage as a “running restoration.” The latter is offered as an unfinished restoration, with paint, chrome, and interior work already completed, and a full complement of parts to finish the job. Kruse—63rd Semi-Annual Hill Country Classic Where: Fredericksburg, TX When:March 25 Last Year: 67 cars sold / $924,156 More: www.kruseinternational.com Bidders will see a wide assort- ment of cars cross the block here, including a 1965 Mercedes-Benz 230SL, a 1967 Chevrolet Camaro RS, a 1969 MGB-GT, and a 1969 Pontiac GTO. Barrett-Jackson—4th Annual Collector Car Auction Where: Palm Beach, FL When:March 30–April 1 Last Year: 406 cars sold / $22m More:www.barrett-jackson.com Following the success of Scottsdale, Craig Jackson and Auction Calendar All dates listed are current at time of publication. Contact information for most auction companies may be found in the Resource Directory at the back of this issue. Please confirm dates and locations before attending any event. E-mail auction info to: stefan@sportscarmarket.com MARCH Arkansas – Mar. 10-11 KRUSE – Hot Springs Florida – Mar. 10-11 RM – Amelia Island Florida – Mar. 11-12 KRUSE – Miami England – Mar. 14 BARONS – Surrey Washington – Mar. 18 PETERSEN – Ridgefield Texas – Mar. 25 KRUSE – Fredericksburg Florida – Mar. 29-Apr. 1 BARRETT-JACKSON – Palm Beach APRIL Minnesota – Apr. 1 MIDAMERICA – St. Paul Nevada – Apr. 7 KRUSE – Las Vegas Canada – Apr. 7-9 RM – Toronto England – Apr. 11-12 H&H – Buxton Russia – Apr. 13 SOTHEBY'S – Moscow Pennsylvania – Apr. 21-22 CARLISLE – Carlisle Missouri – Apr. 21-23 COX – Branson England – Apr. 24 BONHAMS – Hendon England – Apr. 24-25 BARONS – Surrey Indiana – Apr. 28 KRUSE – Auburn Missouri – Apr. 28-29 MECUM – Kansas City Michigan – Apr. 28-30 RM – Novi Sports Car Market MAY Massachusetts – May 6 BONHAMS – Brookline Texas – May 6 WORLDWIDE – Houston England – May 8 CHRISTIE'S – London California – May 11-14 RM – Los Angeles Minnesota – May 12 MIDAMERICA – Minneapolis England – May 13 BONHAMS – Newport Pagnell Indiana – May 18-21 KRUSE – Auburn Monaco – May 20 BONHAMS – Monte Carlo Massachusetts – May 20 KRUSE – Topsfield England – May 24 H&H – London Illinois – May 25-29 MECUM – Belvidere JUNE Oklahoma – Jun. 9-11 LEAKE – Tulsa New Hampshire – Jun. 10 RM – Hampton Illinois – Jun. 16-18 MECUM – St. Charles England – Jun. 17 BONHAMS – Northamptonshire Minnesota – Jun. 23 MECUM – St. Paul Australia – Jun. 25 BONHAMS – Sydney MidAmerica—18th Annual Vintage Motorcycle Auction Where: St. Paul, MN When:April 1 Last Year: 114 bikes sold / $457,300 More: www.midamericaauctions .com At MidAmerica's recent Las Vegas auction, vintage motorcycle sales eclipsed $4.5m. The company is hoping for more of the same when it holds its hometown sale. Though not as big as the Vegas event, more than 150 vintage and special-interest collector bikes will cross the block, so there should be something for every serious two-wheel collector.u

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The Inside Line News n After ten years with Bonhams, of which the last five were as President of Bonhams Europe in Geneva, Switzerland, Simon Kidston is leaving to create a new business, Kidston SA. Kidston SA will provide specialist finance, insurance, and expert advice in connection with collectors' investment items of all types, focusing initially on collectors' cars. The firm will be based in Switzerland. +41.22.740.1939, www.kidston .net 1925 Rolls-Royce, featured at the Keels and Wheels Concours d'Elegance ments, which previously each had their own heads. www.bonhams.com n Beginning in January 2006, the Hagerty Network launched its U.K. insurance affiliate, Hagerty International Limited. As one of the only true collector car insurance specialists in the U.K., it will provide British enthusiasts with custom policies and coverage including event, cargo, and track use. www.hagerty.com n Aston Martin is returning Kidston in action n James Knight has taken a new position at Bonhams: International Managing Director of the Motor Car Department. This new position unites the U.K., Europe, and U.S. depart- SCM Happenings n Visit Keith Martin, fresh from serving on the faculty of the Collier symposium on collecting the previous week, in the Sports Car Market booth at the Amelia Island Concours, March 10–12. Editor Martin will also be a judge at the Concours, which this year features the cars of Stanley Motor Carriage Company, including the Stanley Steamer's landspeed record holder of 1906. www.ameliaconcours.org. (FL) n Steve Austin's Great Vacations and Keith Martin invite you to join them for the Car Collector's Dream Tour to the Goodwood Festival of Speed, July 2–10, 2006. In addition to the world-renowned Festival, visit museums, important factories, restorers, and auctions during the day, then meet guest celebrities such as Sir Stirling Moss and Derek Bell in the evening. Tour size is strictly limited. 800.452.8434, steveaustin@colton.com. to GT racing in the U.S. with two DBRS9s and the Autosport Designs Racing Team. The SCAA World Challenge-spec cars will be driven by Tom Papadopoulos and Johnny Mowlem for the full 2006 season. www.autosportdesigns.com Events n The Petersen Automotive Museum will explore the iconic connection between cars and rock ‘n' roll in their exhibit Encore! Cars & Guitars of Rock ‘n' Roll II, which runs through June 30. The display includes a fresh roster of cars and memorabilia from the likes of Elton John, Elvis Presley, and KISS, as well as the 1932 Ford Phaeton featured in Van Halen's “Hot for Teacher” video. www.petersen .org (CA) n Sixty selected sports, racing, and Grand Touring cars built before 1973 will cruise through the American Southwest on the Copperstate 1000, held April 23–26 and sponsored by the Men's Arts Council of Phoenix Art Museum. Participating cars will be on view in Phoenix Sunday before they head off on the 1,000-mile jaunt through Flagstaff, AZ, and Moab, UT. www.copperstate1000.com, www.phxart.org (AZ) n A round-door 1925 RollsRoyce belonging to the Petersen Museum will be featured among the 200 classics on display at the Keels and Wheels Concours d'Elegance held May 6–7 in Houston. The car's round doors were fitted in 1934 by Jonckheere of Belgium, along with twin sunroofs and a large fin. It was believed to have been owned for a time by the Duke of Windsor. www.keels-wheels.com (TX) n The second annual Glenmoor Gathering Spring Countryside Tour will take place May 20. This tour, unlike the Fall Tour, is open to everyone. In its first year, participants included a 1915 Cadillac and a 1985 Porsche, and everything in 14 between. 330.966.3600, www .glenmoorgathering.com (OH) Transitions n Arnold “Arry” Altman, who was largely responsible for making the futuristic Studebaker Avanti II, “the car that refuses to die,” died at the age of 88 in his native South Bend, IN, in January. In 1964, Altman and a handful of investors bought the Avanti name and the defunct Studebaker's inventories of parts. They hired 20 former Studebaker employees and rolled out the first Avanti II in 1965. They produced about 200 hand-built cars annually through 1982, when Altman sold the company.u Event Calendar Barber Motorsports Races – April 6–9 www.svra.com Copperstate 1000 – April 23–26 www.copperstate1000.com Keels and Wheels – May 6–7 www.keels-wheels.com Cannonball One Lap of America – May 6–13 www.svra.com Montecito Exotic Car Show – May 19–21 www.montecitoexoticcarshow.com Glenmoor Gathering – May 20 www.glenmoorgathering.com Miatas and More Sports Car Meet – May 20 www.gilmorecarmuseum.org Sports Car Market MAY APRIL

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You Write We Read All letters are subject to editing. Please address correspondence to SCM, PO Box 16130, Portland, OR 97292. Fax 503.253.2234, e-mail: youwrite@sportscarmarket.com RATINGS CHALLENGE Dear SCM: I have carefully read the Martin Rating System for collectible cars and I have two criticisms (February, p. 22). First is my fundamental op- position to reducing everything to numbers. Wine Spectator has run roughshod over the wine world by attempting to describe every wine with a numerical score. It's a little like the stupid 0–60 time we've gotten so hooked on with cars. A single number can't begin to express the qualities of a wellrounded car or wine. Second, you sound like a stock tout. Those brokers always hustle stocks that have already experienced a big run-up, thus limiting their future potential. They almost never recommend a beaten-down stock, selling at historic lows but possessed of good fundamentals for the future. In your ratings, the A cars tend to be higher-priced, and generally your values go down as the letters go up. Maybe you're only telling what has already happened, not what the future holds. Finally, I think the whole idea of “investing” in cars misses the point of the hobby, which is to buy something you really like and enjoy the hell out of it. When you're ready to sell, you're likely to get a large part of your “investment” back, giving you all that fun for little money. If you think you're going to “get well” financially in used cars, you'd be better advised to open a buy-here-pay-here used car lot after learning the business.— Martin Swig, San Rafael, CA Rob Sass responds: Thank you for your comments on the Martin Rating System. Our goal is to add another way for collectors to evaluate their cars. There are already plenty of Price Guides, and I am sure we all agree that price and “return on investment” only describe one facet of an automobile, and a limited one at that. I also agree with your asser- tion that a single number “can't begin to express the qualities of a well-rounded car.” Consequently, the 0–100 point scale Martin Rating is the sum of five separate 20-point categories that take into 16 It needed tobe tough, as it would later rip apart that lovely Ford Mustang account beauty, rarity, performance, historical significance, and fun. Several of the categories have even further detailed subcategories. In this way, I believe that we avoid the arbitrariness and commodification that takes place in the wine rating systems. As far as values and correlation to the ratings, while the Martin Rating system strives to be a measurement of intrinsic significance rather than of monetary value, there is some correlation, as one would expect, between price and a high rating. However, I would note that there are numerous cars under $50,000 that rate very high, such as the '67 Porsche 911S and the 1958–63 Lotus Elite (for more, see p. 128). Both are examples of cars with solid fundamentals and potential for future appreciation while being modestly priced at the current time. In fact, one way collectors may use the Martin Rating System in the future is to find cars that have relatively high rating numbers and relatively low prices. KNOCK IT OFF Dear SCM: My copy of SCM arrived today and as usual, I could not put it down. It's always a welcome education. Here in Kansas there are few Aston Martin DB5s in the neighborhood. I noticed the slasher-style piece presumably installed over the driver's side rear knockoff of the James Bond car in the RM Auction ad (see English Profile this issue, p. 44). I don't remember them in the movie. Is it original or aftermarket?—Rod Barnes, Lawrence, KS Steve Serio replies: First, a little knockoff history. Every DB5 had wire wheels supplied by either Dunlop or Borrani. Generally, but not always, two-ear knockoffs were fitted to the Dunlops and triple-ear knockoffs were supplied with the Borranis. I would guess that the triple-ear Borrani knockoff was chosen for use in the film because of its more aggressive look, and we all know it needed to be tough, as it would later rip apart that lovely Ford Mustang. The claw-like thing you are seeing is clearly a prop-man's interpretation of Q's supposed invention. A must-read for any DB5 Bond car fan is Dave Worrall's great book, The Most Famous Car in the World. This tome gives you the total history of the four true Bond DB5s. Great book if you can find a copy in either soft or hardback. WAY OF THE SAMURI Dear SCM: I think you'll find it was the other way around with the 240Z (January, p. 66)—yes, Spike Anderson, the car's owner Sports CarMarket Editor & Publisher KEITH MARTIN General Manager DAVID SLAMA V.P. 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and builder, and his friends ran Brands very amateurishly in '76 (and outran the Porsches and BMWs in the wet, before the race was restarted in the dry). But it was not the car pictured, it was the other 240Z listed in the same Bonhams catalog. That was the car that got racked up, but was rebuilt with what had been an East African Safari rally shell, complete with ripples in the floor. Ask Bob Gathercole for more—he was tied up with Spike at this time, but they all remember it differently. The car (Big Sam, so called as a natural progression after Spike's milder Samuri—the spelling is correctly incorrect—road cars) still exists as a race car, and ran at Goodwood last year. The right floorpan had to be renewed, but the left rippled Safari item has been carefully kept. If you need to know more, ask myself, or Spike, who now lives in Spain. How do I know? I've stayed with him a couple of times, in the course of preparing his biography. Look out for the book in a year or so. The auction cars you men- tioned were best described as “having potential.” However, a real '72 works RAC Rally 240Z will soon be out of restoration, not too far from here.—Paul Hardiman, Oxford, UK Thor Thorson responds: Figuring out what to write about with this car was particularly challenging, not least because two cars, as you mention, were virtually identical and offered only a few lots apart (with the second one not actually crossing the block). Bonhams had apparently switched the photos in the catalog so that the road-race car text used the rally car photos and vice-versa, so I really wasn't sure which car I was writing about. Being a road racer at heart, I chose to write about the Brands Hatch car and hope that I got the right one. Obviously I missed—good catch. OF 327S AND 328S Dear SCM: As the owner of BMW 327 S/N 87281, restored in the 1990s, I was pleased to see the article entitled “1939 BMW Cabriolet” (January, p. 58). Two comments: These cars continued to be produced at least until 1941, not 1940 as in your details box. My car was dispatched April 2006 Mycar was dispatched from the factory to Mannheim on February 3, 1941,andit wasn't the last from the factory to Mannheim on February 3, 1941, and it wasn't the last—I have letters from the factory that attest to that. Also, my figures from BMW Automobiles 1928-1993 by Werner Oswald indicate that there were 1,124 327 sport cabriolets and 179 327 sport coupes with the 327 engine. There were also 482 sport cabriolets with the more powerful 327/28 engine and 86 327/28 sport coupes. Although these cars were all requisitioned by the German military, many managed to survive the war, and there are now quite a few still on the road. They are fun to drive, reliable (the 327 had a simple engine), and have an excellent suspension. Support is provided by active clubs in the U.S. and Germany. It's an interesting indication of the hubris surrounding the Nazi regime at the beginning of 1941 that, only four or five months before the invasion of Russia, sports cars were still being produced.—Richard Dillenbeck, Old Lyme, CT Dear SCM: I just found your SCM profile on the BMW 327 at www.sportscarmarket.com/profiles, and I want to thank you for your cogent analysis of the market for the car; however, I do have a few small nits to pick. First, you are correct in debunking RM's contention that only 482 of the cars were produced, correctly mentioning that about 1,300 were made. You didn't mention the 327/28 at all, though, which I found surprising, given your synopsis of the early history of BMW. There were just over 400 of those produced and they did have the 328's 80-hp engine. The last 327 coupe produced actually had the 335's 90-hp engine, and it survives in Massachusetts. And for what it's worth, my father claims to have seen 72 mph in his 327 in 1965 after the car had been on the road for 27 years and burned a quart of oil every 150 or so miles, so 78 mph when new might not have been so unreasonable. It's a single unsubstantiated claim, but Dad was a mechanical engineer (with Grumman for 36 years) and was not prone to exaggeration. Also, updraft carburetors weren't so curious in 1938 and the 327 does indeed share most mechanical bits with the 328. The engine blocks are the same, as you mentioned. So are the brakes, the front suspension (I believe), the transmission, and possibly the rear end. Mechanically, the cars are very similar and share many of the same positive attributes. The 328 was a truly great car, but it wasn't all about the engine. It had the complete package. The 327 is indeed shorter on power and longer on comfort (with roll-up windows and a fully lined top), but has many of the same positive handling and braking qualities attributed to the 328, not to mention the fine build quality.—Christopher Judd, via e-mail ANOTHER PEBBLE BEACH BEST Dear SCM: As a long-time SCM proponent, subscriber, and Gold member, I thought you might like to know that you have yet another member who had success at Pebble Beach this past August, yet somehow missed the list of SCMer participants printed in your November issue. My wife Sheryl, daughter Shila, and myself were all exuberant over our success in the Antique–1915 class. Our 1904 Pope-Toledo rear-entrance tonneau Type IV took first place in what can only be described as a very competitive and broad class of early horseless carriages. Keep up the good work. The truly serious collectors all love your publication.—Gary Hunter, Arcadia, CA TAKE THAT, FODOR'S Dear SCM: Many thanks for Kathleen Donohue Karapondo's informative article on Scottsdale (January, p. 36). After dragging my husband from auction to auction, we took a few of her suggestions and visited the Scottsdale Art Walk and el Pedregal. A great find for us was the Saturday night cruise-in at the Scottsdale 17

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Ad Index Amelia Island Concours ............... 133 Autosport Designs Inc .................... 69 Bald Head Garage .......................... 75 Barett-Jackson ................................ 33 Bart Holland B.V. ........................ 107 BB One Exports ............................. 83 Blackhawk Collection .................... 95 Bloomington Gold Auction ............ 89 Bonhams ........................................ 77 Bonhams & Butterfields ................... 7 Books 4 Cars ................................ 142 Branson Collector Car Auction ..... 53 Brian D. Moore Restorations ....... 145 Buyer Services International .......... 65 Carlisle Events ............................... 91 Carolina Trophy ............................. 41 Christie's ....................................... 67 Colin's Classic Auto ....................... 81 Copley Motorcars ......................... 145 Cosdel .......................................... 145 Craig Brody Investment Motorcars Inc. ............................... 85 Doc's Jags .................................... 144 Dragone ........................................ 125 eBay Motors ................................. 123 Exotic Car Transport .................... 144 Exoticar ........................................ 144 Family Classic Cars ....................... 71 Fantasy Junction ........................... 115 FECC Passport Transport ............... 73 FerrariPortal.com ......................... 143 Fourintune .................................... 145 GMP Diecast ................................ 117 Gooding & Company ....................... 2 Goodwood Tour ............................. 99 Gran Prix Imports ........................ 143 Grundy ........................................... 11 Hagerty ......................................... 148 Horseless Carriage ....................... 145 Intercity Lines ................................ 29 Jaguar Select Edition ........................ 9 JJ Best .......................................... 119 JR Rouse ........................................ 87 Kensington Motor Group ............... 83 The Legato ..................................... 57 Maserati .......................................... 19 Mecum Auctions .......................... 111 Morris and Welford ........................ 25 Motocorsa .................................... 105 Parish Heacock ............................... 27 Park Place Ltd. ....................... 21, 101 Paul Russel ..................................... 79 Precision Autoworks .................... 138 Premier Financial Services .......... 147 Putnam Leasing .............................. 15 Renaissance Design ..................... 103 Re-Originals ................................... 97 RM Auctions .......................... 4, 5, 13 Ron Tonkin ..................................... 61 RPM Autobooks ........................... 142 Silver Auctions ............................. 137 Symbolic Motors .............................. 3 TNC Enterprises ........................... 144 Vintage Motors of Sarasota .......... 121 Vintage Rallies ............................... 93 VintageAutoPosters.com .............. 143 VIR-The Gallery .......................... 109 Wholesale Life Insurance Brokerage ....................................... 39 World Wide Group ......................... 23 18 McDonald's and the Apache Trail drive to the Roosevelt Dam. I'm already making reservations at The Arizona Biltmore for next January.—Susan Lane, Curator, Lane Motor Museum DO-IT-YOURSELF 928 Dear SCM: In May '05 you published an article by Jim Schrager on the sale of a 1985 Porsche 928S for $30,489 (p. 48). The article was well written, and almost all of his conclusions were right on. I do have one comment or correction, however. Mr. Schrager said, “The relatively low production volume of the 928 has caused two problems for owners. First, most parts are only available through official Porsche dealers at official Porsche prices—better take out the official Porsche home equity loan. Second, these are complex cars that require extremely skilled mechanics to keep them on the road. If you know the right Mr. Fixit, then you just need a well-stocked checkbook to keep your 928 humming. If not, things can grind to a halt in a hurry.” In the last few years, the enthu- siast base and the support base for the 928 have slowly grown, with symbiotic feedback fueling the growth. There are literally dozens of active 928 Web sites by individual owners, several very active Web forums and e-mail lists, and a core of dedicated 928 vendors. As a result, a new owner of a 928 who lives in the most rural area anywhere in the world has access to a huge body of 928 tech info (including much that was formerly “dealer only”), live support, and full access to parts. We, for example, have over 30,000 928 part numbers online, with prices which are not “official Porsche prices.” Among other things, this has led to the development of a large number of DIY owners, who have discovered that there is virtually nothing that they can't do to their 928 themselves. The amount of information interchange among this user base is astonishing. The vendor base is now actively developing, testing, and marketing 928 performance and maintenance items that far exceed anything available while the car was in production.—Wally Plumley, 928 Specialists, www.928gt.com Devoted owners find a way to ferret out the secrets of keeping their investments running Jim Schrager responds: We receive quite a bit of mail whenever we write about these long-legged GT machines. You are absolutely correct about the interest in the 928 from DIY private owners. When there aren't lots of knowledgeable mechanics around, devoted owners find a way to ferret out the secrets of keeping their investments running. We also hear from 928 owners who bought cars as high-performance bargains and who quickly discovered they don't have the time or temperament to learn about and complete required repairs, which can be complex and require special tools and skills. Even with a host of enthusiastic DIY owners and their attendant Web sites, we note the market for 928s remains rather thin. But these enthusiasts and their help for 928 owners might just spread, eventually causing a turnaround in market prices. We promise to keep our eyes on the classifieds and the auctions. If 928 prices turn around, we'll be the first to report it (just as we did with the 914). In the meantime, the buyers' market for these exotic machines allows you to enjoy your enthusiasm at bargain-basement purchase prices. This sounds good to me for those willing to deal with the maintenance issues. YOU SHOULD READ HIS BLOG Dear SCM: I have to write and let you know the eBay column Geoff Archer is doing is one of the best additions to the publication. Carl Bomstead's eBay stuff is okay with an occasional car, but Archer has the SCM concept dialed in. EBay is just as significant to market trends as the live auctions and takes on its own ups and downs as well. Good job, and keep Archer working hard. —Bob Lichty, Motorcar Portfolio, LLC, Canton, Ohio A TYPE 65 OR A DAYTONA Dear SCM: Thanks to Thor Thorson for his well-written profile on the 427 Daytona Coupe (December, p. 64). However, I must disagree with the attribution “Daytona Coupe.” This particular car, while similar to the 289 Daytona Coupe, is really known as the Type 65 Coupe (65 referring to the year in which it was partially constructed). If one talks with Pete Brock, who was the car's designer, it was, for a brief time, also referred to as the “Le Mans Coupe,” but that appellation faded when it became apparent that the car would never be built to compete at that venue—or any other track, for that matter. Sports Car Market

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You Write We Read water does not drain, regardless of what part of the country they have lived in. You did not mention the rust issues and obviously rust has not stopped you from acquiring one of these cars. I live in Houston, Texas, and would like to use one for driving events with the BMW Club and other groups, plus driving around town. Have you found ways to prevent these cars from rusting away by taking steps to modify or coat the rust-prone areas in some way, or have I received information that has me overly worried?—Jim Iden, City, ST Rob Sass responds: You are My car hasa few small bubbles on the bottoms of the front fenders. I'lldeal with them at some point It is speculated that the idea of using the name “Daytona” instead of “Type 65” or “Le Mans” was more of a marketing ploy by people when attempting to sell the car. The logic being that by using the name “Daytona,” those sellers could leverage the racing success of the real 289 Daytona Coupe, thereby hoping to increase their financial outcome. This car, as the article implic- itly notes, was in lineage more of a distant cousin then a sister to the original Daytona Coupes.—Dan Hampton, Galesville, WI SAFETY FIRST Dear SCM: I have an '81 Porsche and a '66 Mustang and have started to wonder about the life expectancy of the safety equipment, in my case the seatbelts. These cars are drivers, no concours or trailers queens, so I wonder if there are any suggestions on when seatbelts should be replaced (assuming the tensioner works, not frayed, etc.). In racing, there are rules about replacement of seatbelts every certain number of years.—Steve Thomas, Bronxville, NY Alan Adler, Manager, Product Safety Communications, General Motors Corporation, responds: First, there is no specific life- 20 span for air bags that have not deployed in a crash. There is no recommended way to check on them other than relying on the self-diagnostic system that we build in. As to safety belts, a visual inspection is the best approach. Checking for wear, tears, and anything else that would suggest replacement is what we recommend in our current owner's manuals. A MATTER OF RUST Dear SCM: Thank you for your contributions and practical comments in SCM. Regarding your comments on acquiring a '71 BMW 2800CS before they become unaffordable, I have had a passion and interest in owning a BMW 2800CS or 3.0CS for some time also. I have researched and read many articles on these cars, searched the ads, and talked to owners, specialty BMW mechanics, and heads of the special interest car clubs in coming close to purchasing one of these cars, but have walked away. You have piqued my interest again. What has stopped my purchase boils down to the inherent rust issue with these cars. My understanding is that these cars were manufactured in a way that makes them prone to rust in areas where correct about the rust issue. These Karmann-built cars are among the planet's worst rusters. I think you would search long and hard to find a car that has never had any. Even the California cars that I looked at had at least some minor rust. It's just a fact of life with E9 (3.0 CS and 2800CS) coupes. You have to deal with it when it erupts as best you can. My car has a few small bubbles on the bottoms of the front fenders. I'll deal with them at some point. What you want to stay away from are cars like the one auction analyst B. Mitchell Carlson just sold as a parts car. Rust in the shock towers, floors, and suspension mounting points is beyond the point of economical repair. I think the best thing to do with these cars is to confine your search to dry states like Arizona, New Mexico, and Nevada. There are a lot of coupes in California; however, this isn't always the ticket to a solid car, as those living near the coast often have rust issues. Always have a prospective car looked at by someone familiar with the E9 coupe. Club guys can be very help- ful. Be aware, however, that just because you find a car in Texas doesn't mean that it has always lived there. Historical repair records can help you trace the geographical lineage of a car. One that started life in Chicago and spent 30 years in the salt and snow before migrating to New Mexico is probably going to be a very bad buy. As far as living with the issue, I have never had much luck with rust-proofing older cars because it's generally already started somewhere by the time you try to do something about it. It's a problem with E9s because most of the worst areas aren't accessible unless you start drilling holes. The exception is the bottom of the door skin. If you wanted to remove the door panels and go in with something like Wax-Oyl, you might address this. Really, it's just best to keep them away from moisture or salt (in the air or on the road). If you live near the coast in Houston, as humid as it gets, this could be tough. I WAS SAVING THEM FOR A COLLAGE Dear SCM: I am writing to tell my sad tale so that other readers' back issues of SCM do not meet the same fate as mine. As you may know, with no advance notice or warning, significant others periodically attempt to “improve” mutual living space by cleaning up. This typically involves picking up and discarding things that may appear to have little value, such as magazines that are months past their sell date. If said significant other is not an auto enthusiast, how can they be expected to know that back issues of SCM are regularly used for reference and are not, under any circumstances, to be discarded like yesterday's papers? I think you know where this is going—I arrived home yesterday to find all of my back issues of SCM gone, along with Car, Car and Driver, Road & Track, and Automobile. And of course the nice recycling folks had conveniently picked up the whole lot only an hour earlier. So my advice is to hide your back issues of SCM as you might an adult entertainment magazine so you do not suffer my fate.—Rick Hendee, Shelton, CT ERRATA • The pricing structure for the Restorer's Scrapbook featured in Neat Stuff (February, p. 24) is $17.99 plus $2 for U.S. orders, or $19.99 plus $3 for international orders. The correct phone number is 918.272.6468. • The '99 Ferrari 550 Maranello with the Dukes of Hazzard graphics sold for ₤99,000, not dollars (March, p. 109). The converted amount is $174,400.u Sports Car Market

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Stuff Neat f Neat WHAT WHAT YOU NEED AND HOW TO GET IT Chip Foose, founder of Foose Design and host of the TLC series “Overhaulin',” and Arc Audio have teamed up to create the new FD Series of automotive audio products. The line includes amplifiers, subwoofers, and speakers designed to fit into any color interior, be it hot rod, luxury sedan, or sports car. $89–$799. 209.543.8706, www.arcaudio.com. Mad Maps is introducing its new Don't crush that old Mini—turn it into a fully functional piece of furniture. These hand-built Mini desks still have working lights, turn signals, and horn, and the engine and trunk compartments can be used for storage. They are fully customizable, including color, decals, and number plates. The builders supply a framed registration document in the new owner's name. ₤2,500 ($4,363). +011.023.80813625, ministatements@btinternet.com. AutoSport offers these custom-tailored sheepskin seat covers for many makes and models, including classics. Plug your car's year, make, and model into the “Search by Vehicle” feature on the Web site to see what custom products are available. After the order is placed, a sample of the actual pelts that will be used in making the covers is mailed to the customer for approval of shade, dye lot, and quality. $295 and up. 800.726.1199, www.autosportcatalog.com. 22 Adventure America series with the publication of Best Road Trips Volume I. This map of the entire U.S. features nine one- or two-week trips, such as the Wild West Drive, the New England Independence Run, and the Florida Escape. There is a ton of useful information on the flip side, including visitor information numbers for towns along each route, approximate mileage, seasonal weather tips, and sites not to miss along the way. The heavy paper will withstand even the most vigorous folding and refolding. $10.95. 877.MAD.7899, www.madmaps.com. Give your Fiat 2100 or Citroën 2CV a high-performance look with AVS's simulated air-intake side vents. These no-drill, stickon vents are manufactured from heat-resistant ABS material for durability and come in both a chrome finish and in black, which can be painted to match. The universal design ensures a great fit on virtually any vehicle. $10–$12. 888.588.6049, www .lundinternational.com. Sports Car Market

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SCM Our Cars Two Thoroughbreds and a Crossbreed 1985 ASTON MARTIN V8 VANTAGE Owner: Stephen Serio, Contributor Purchase date and price: September 1998, $64,000 Mileage since purchase: 28,000ish, mostly in anger Recent work: Other than the new paint (color change), leather (color change), clutch, bumpers, head gaskets, and other various doodads…not a lot I knew I'd keep this car forever when I was honking through Death Valley last summer at 114 degrees in the shade, CD player blaring Warren Zevon, and the a/c was still attempting to keep me and my amigo cool. Well, the a/c did finally start laughing at us during the climb out of the Valley, but it was a valiant effort. It simply needed to rest for an hour and regroup. Not bad, not bad at all. Charging from Las Vegas to Pebble Beach last August truly solidified my commitment to keep this ride. We couldn't keep pace with the Vanquish and DB9 drivers in our group, but that's not what this rig is about. This Vantage possesses a nasty V8 growl with over 400 hp under your right foot, more leather than a Hermès boutique, a back end as predictable as any frontengine car to ever hit the road, and the ability to fit golf clubs in the trunk. I have to believe that these V8 Astons are the great sleeper muscle cars for the folks paying astronomical prices for Shelby Mustangs. A grand total of 41 LHD Series II Vantages were made from 1983 to 1985 and a whacking total of three seem to be on these shores. The English Mustang? Sort of, only better. I've taken a cross-country ride and a handful of trips over 1,000 miles, and I plan on using it as much as possible when the weather permits. No point in just looking at it—it's much more fun to drive. 1971 INTERMECCANICA ITALIA Owner: Dave Kinney, Auction Analyst Purchase date and price: December 2004, $27,900 Mileage since purchase: approx. 100 Recent work: Coil and wires; Italia Reproductions valve covers, weatherstrip, aluminum molding, and taillights; valve cover engraving; front suspension; wiring; brakes; exhaust manifold; etc. The Italia is a tribute to (or rip-off of) the Ferrari Nembo spyder. As an Italian car with an American motor, it is of the class we used to call hybrids, like Iso Grifos and Jensen Interceptors. The hybrid name has been hijacked for cars that run on both gas and electricity, so perhaps we need a new name. The cynics will call them bastards, but I'll lobby for “crossbreeds.” I bought this car (with a co-conspirator friend) because I saw their values were on the uptick. Our timing was excellent. Unfortunately, the car was not and we have spent a great deal of time and money sorting it out. Italias are famous for their good looks and weak front-end mechanicals. Almost every one I have seen has been modified with parts or entire sub-assemblies from other cars. We have addressed these issues with our car, but doing so has cost us dearly. Most Italias have also been “improved” by their owners, with plenty of hot-rod and boy-racer upgrades, starting with engine dress-up kits made of flash-plated, built-tolast-a-lunchtime Cobra valve covers, bright orange spark plug wires and the requisite Edelbrock headers and carburetor. Our car suffered this fate, and we have decided to return the under-the-hood look to the Nixon era. Most of these problems will be negated by the joy of a few top-down drives in the Italia when it is finished. All of them will go away when the car is sold on, much improved but still not perfect, to its next owner. 1972 PORSCHE 911T TARGA Owner: Jim Schrager, Contributing Editor Purchase date and price: circa 1986, $6,500 Mileage since purchase: 50,000 Recent work: New carpets, rebuilt seats, Becker radio I purchased this, one of my favorite Porsches, from Fantasy Junction way back when they were still located in impossibly cramped quarters in Berkeley, as opposed to their wonderfully spacious current digs in Emeryville, California. It was a superbly straight, never-hit body with a smoky engine, a thoroughly worn-out interior, and tired paint. It wasn't at all a bargain but it was what I wanted, especially the color. You see, I owed payback to the Porsche gods. Many years earlier I had taken a perfectly fine 1969 912 Targa and changed the color from Tangerine to black. What was I thinking? I needed another Tangerine car to restore to street perfection as an offering. I stripped the car to bare metal and had a very talented painter shoot the car in the exactly correct shade of Tangerine (which can be tricky due to the green in the formula). At my request, he left in just a touch of orange peel to match the surface texture of the original paint. I then put the car back together with a fresh interior and different engine and transmission. The unenlightened cringe in horror when they discover the engine and gearbox of my choice to be a 1970 911T Sportomatic as rebuilt by the legendary Porsche mechanic and technical expert Bruce Anderson. Sportos, which so frequently hurt the value of vintage 911s, are in my opinion great fun to drive. In addition, they bring a delightful difference to any collection that includes the obligatory five-speed in virtually every other car.u 24 Sports Car Market

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Morris & Welford, llc SPECIALIST HISTORIC CAR CONSULTANTS AND BROKERS 1939 Bugatti T57C Drophead Coupe by Gangloff Chassis Number 57834 was delivered new in late 1939 to a Mr. Teilhac in Paris making it one of the last Bugattis built before the outbreak of hostilities. Surviving the war, by 1955 it was owned by a Mr. Turk before returning to Paris with Francois Chevalerias. In September 1959 the Bugatti was purchased by a senior French diplomat and former French vice-consul to Philadelphia, USA in whose family it has remained ever since. Offered now exclusively for sale for the first time in over 45 years, a highly original and desirable supercharged Bugatti T57C with its original Drophead coachwork and continuous ownership history. Other Cars Available 1906 F.I.A.T. Targa Florio Type 24/40 1911 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Tourer by Alford & Alder 1912 Premier 4-40 Seven Passenger Tourer 1921 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Dual Cowl Open Tourer by Barker 1949 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 SS Cabriolet 1952 Siata Daina Gran Sport 1953 Siata 208S Spyder America 1957 AC Ace Bristol 1965 AC Cobra Mk II 289 (original rhd) Miles Morris P. O. Box 1167 Weston, CT 06883 Phone: 203 222 3862 Fax: 203 222 3863 Cell: 203 722 3333 E-mail: miles@morrisandwelford.com Malcolm Welford 2900 Bristol Street, Suite C-205 Costa Mesa, CA 92626 Phone: 714 434 8562 Fax: 714 434 8155 Cell: 949 500 0585 E-mail: malcolm@morrisandwelford.com www.morrisandwelford.com Photo taken in the late 1950s.

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Affordable Classic 1966 Jaguar XKE Series 1 2+2 The rear seats won't accommodate anyone bigger than munchkins from “The Wizard of Oz” By Rob Sass able type fitted to 4.2-liter cars. Dealer-installed a/c is not uncommon, especially on the automatic cars. I've never driven in a Series I with working a/c; however, I would have to imagine that 40-year-old dealer a/c is not very effective and is bound to exacerbate already overtaxed cooling and electrical systems. Frankly, I'd rather have a 2+2 with a folding Webasto-type sunroof. They're common in Britain, but not often seen here. That's a shame, as the huge open area imparts an almost convertible feel. The 2+2 had the same triple-carburetor, 4.2Glass-covered headlights—the 2+2's saving grace W hat was an E-type owner to do when little Nigel and Fiona came along? Grace, pace, and space was how the marketing blokes in Coventry described the new “family” E-type 2+2 coupe that bowed as a 1966 model. It was trotted out in an attempt to broaden the E-type's market beyond confirmed bachelors and those well-heeled enough to afford multiple cars. It worked— 5,598 were sold in two years. The difference in appearance between a two-seater coupe and a 2+2 is most pronounced when viewing the cars together. While the bonnet was the same for all three body styles, no panels except for the hatch were shared from there on back. The windshield was a totally different item, higher and less raked than the two-seater coupe. Jaguar stretched the wheelbase from 96 inches to 105, most apparent through the longer doors. Aside from the ungainly Quasimodo roof line, the most immediate giveaway is a chrome spear along the top of the door. None of these things is an improvement. As a small plus, at least in the first two years of production, the signature Series I glass-covered headlights are present. A/C IS A COOL IDEA – THAT'S ALL Aside from the token rear seats (two-crush-two, as the joke goes), the view from inside the car is the same as any other Series I E-type. The aircraft-style dash is present, with the full complement of Smiths gauges and pre-safety era toggle switches. The front seats are the more comfort- 26 DETAILS Years produced: 1966–67 Number produced: 4,220 Original list price: $6,070 SCM Valuation: $17,000–$25,000 Tune up/Major service: $500 Distributor cap: $45 Chassis #: ID plate on center of firewall Engine #: On engine block above oil filter Club: Jaguar Clubs of North America, c/o Nelson Rath, 1000 Glenbrook, Anchorage, KY 40223 More: www.jcna.com Alternatives: 1955–63 AC Greyhound, 1967–69 MGC GT, 1958–62 Jensen 541 SCM Investment Rating: D liter, 265-bhp engine as the coupe and roadster. So, from a performance standpoint, the Series I 2+2 is not a disaster by any means. Road & Track got their autobox-equipped test car to 60 from a rest in a little over eight seconds and reported a top speed of about 130 mph. Fanatics for these cars maintain that the longer wheelbase makes for an improved ride. SLUSHBOX HUNTS LIKE A DOG Unfortunately, the Borg-Warner three-speed auto- matic is both common and not good. It's slow to downshift and hunts like an Irish Setter on upshifts. Find a car with the full-synchro four-speed. The automatic should be considered a deal-breaker for any enthusiast. Otherwise the 2+2 is pleasant enough. Just don't kid yourself that the rear seats can handle anyone bigger than munchkins from “The Wizard of Oz.” The same things that apply to any other Series I 4.2- liter E-type apply here. Cooling is marginal, so plan on the usual upgrades: a re-cored, higher-capacity radiator and heavy-duty electric fans. Avoid cars with a slipping clutch or, better yet, find one with receipts for a recent clutch. A clutch job in an E-type is a big deal; that's to say, a bonnet-off and engine- and gearbox-out procedure that will no doubt include the usual, “While it's out, let's [fill in the blank].” Once the mechanical stuff is complete, the shop still has to make your bonnet fit the way it did when they began. Not a minor accomplishment in itself. Sports Car Market Hyman, Ltd.

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WATCH OUT FOR TIN ANACONDA Like all E-types, rust is the major bugaboo. Floors, rockers, and wheel arches are all susceptible to the tin worm, or in the E-type's case, the tin anaconda. Second to rust is poorly repaired accident damage. A badly aligned subframe will result in a poor-fitting bonnet and front-end issues. Production of 2+2s was fairly high and evolutionary changes were minor, so parts and prices really aren't an issue. Nevertheless, given 2+2 values, it doesn't pay to restore one, because the upside of the roadster or the coupe just isn't there. The Series I 2+2 will always occupy the lower end of the E-type totem pole. However, next to, say, a brown Series II 2+2 with steel wheels and an automatic, a fourspeed Series I in a good color like opalescent silver-blue has its merits. It's not likely ever to be a first-tier collectible, but the rising tide of E-type values has elevated even 2+2 values. As recently as two or three years ago, around $12,000 would have bought a decent example of the “Hunchback of Coventry.” The high teens to the low twenties now seems to be the money for one you'd want to own. And for that money, it's still a relatively sexy, semi-practical vintage GT.u ROB SASS is SCM's new Vice President of Business Development and General Counsel, and has been collecting and restoring affordable classics since he was sixteen. 1968-71 BMW 2800 CS $30,000 $40,000 $50,000 $20,000 $10,000 1969-71 Jaguar XKE 2+2 1966-70 Maserati Mexico 20-Year Picture Prices are for cars in excellent condition. This information is provided by Black Book and Cars of Particular Interest Collectible Vehicle Value Guide, www.blackbookusa.com. April 2006 27 1987 1992 1997 2002 2006

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Legal Files John Draneas When the High Bidder Won't Pay Up Even though the Porsche was “sold” when the hammer fell, it was never “sold” for purposes of the seller's contract four ways: cash or cashier's check deposit; bank letter of credit; bank letter of guarantee; and authorized credit card. This situation would not have happened if either of the first two methods had been employed, but cash or cashier check deposits are very awkward at this level. So is the formal bank letter of credit: The issuing bank imposes a fee whether the letter of credit is used or not, and it is quite complicated to create. Thus, both these methods are uncommon. The more common methods Where could the seller turn when the high bidder flaked out on his 356B? O ur firm recently represented an SCM subscriber who had the seemingly impossible happen. He consigned his 1960 Porsche 356B roadster to a very well-known auction company. At the end of spirited bidding, the hammer fell on a high bid of $95,000, and our client started buying champagne for all his friends. The bid seemed very high for a single-grille 356 roadster, but this one had been expertly restored to all-original condition, carefully driven and maintained, and extremely well presented at the auction. The next day, our client's jubilation turned to utter disbelief. The auction company informed him that the buyer came that morning to apologize about having a change of heart. He no longer wanted the car and refused to pay for it. Faced with no better alternative, the auction company placed the Porsche in secure storage, engaged its attorneys to make the buyer fulfill his obligation, and assured the seller that all would be worked out. After many weeks of getting nowhere, the seller contacted our firm to sort out the mess. EXACTLY WHAT IS GUARANTEED “After all,” our client asked, “the auction company pre- qualifies all bidders, and they all have provided proof of financial ability, haven't they?” Yes, but there is a practical limit to what they can do. Auction companies routinely qualify their bidders in 28 are the bank letter of guarantee, where the bank irrevocably commits to honoring a check written by its customer up to a specified amount, and the credit card. But both of these methods suffer from one very significant flaw—the buyer must write a check or sign a credit card charge slip. And if he or she just refuses to do so, there is nothing the auction company can do to force a signature. SOLD MEANS SOLD—SOMETIMES Our client insisted, “Shouldn't that be the auction company's problem? Shouldn't they have to pay me because they approved this guy?” The first place to look for answers is the seller's contract with the auction company. This one seemed pretty good for our client; it did obligate the auction company to pay him once the car was sold. But in another section, the contract defined “sold” as when the auction company has received payment from the buyer. That left us at a dead end. Even though the Porsche was “sold” when the hammer fell, it was never “sold” for purposes of the seller's contract. We next checked the bidder's contract with the auction company. It made it quite clear that the buyer was in default, but what was the recourse? Could the auction company force the buyer to complete the sale? That is what the law describes as “specific performance”—forcing the buyer to do specifically what he agreed to do. But there are hoops to jump through before you can get this remedy. It will be allowed if the item is unique (this is where the “every piece of real property is unique” concept comes from), but this car was not unique. Otherwise, you have to show “irreparable harm,” meaning that money damages cannot adequately compensate for your loss. But that doesn't work either, because we could simply sell the Porsche to someone else and sue the buyer for the sales price difference and any added sales expenses. And there is yet another shortcoming with the bidder's contract—the seller is not a party to it, and doesn't have the legal ability to enforce it. Only the auction company can enforce it, and its damages would seem to be limited to its lost sales commissions. WHEN THE HAMMER FALLS So we look to a third contract, the one between the seller and the buyer. It was created the moment that the hammer fell. With the auctioneer acting as the agent for the seller, a meeting of the minds occurred, and a contract arose between the seller and the buyer, which the seller can enforce. But this contract has three practical shortcomings: Sports Car Market

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1. The court is unlikely to force the buyer to actu- ally buy the car (see “specific performance” above), so to determine his actual losses, the seller will have to sell the car to someone else and then sue the buyer for his losses. 2. Say the seller lives in Seattle, the buyer lives in Atlanta, and the auction was held in Scottsdale. The seller can sue the buyer the buyer in Atlanta or Scottsdale, but not Seattle. That makes the seller's legal effort more expensive. 3. It is highly unlikely that the seller will be able to recover his attorney fees. That usually requires a specific contractual provision, and we don't have that. That makes the process expensive. MAKING LEMONS OUT OF LEMONADE Faced with these contractual limitations, we worked with the auction company to minimize our client's losses as best we could. The second bidder on the car, at $90,000, was unwilling to buy the car, but said he would bid on it again if it ran through the next auction. The third bidder, at $85,000, wanted the car but thought that $75,000 was plenty under the circumstances. Ultimately, I was able to convince the auction com- pany to refund the seller's $1,500 in auction entry and transport expenses, agree to handle the seller's next sale at no commission, and just buy the car for $81,000. That was actually a very fair deal for the seller. At the $95,000 high bid, the seller's net cash would have been $86,850. But if you give the auction company a little benefit of the doubt and dismiss the high bidder as a flake, the seller's net at the $90,000 underbid would have been only $82,200. The seller has a number of other collector cars, some more valuable than the Porsche, and the promised commission-free sale can even put him ahead of the game. PROTECTING YOURSELF Clearly, this situation was a fluke. It is hard to believe that a qualified high bidder would refuse to write the check. But I doubt this was the first time it has happened. For instance, consider a high bidder who believes that he was snookered by auction or chandelier bidding, or one who simply had been hitting the bidder's bar a little too hard and got his zeros mixed up, deciding the next morning he just won't pay. This auction company acted very responsibly, and with a little creativity the situation was resolved with minor losses for the seller. But you can't always count on that happening, and it makes sense to consider this situation before you consign your collector car to an auction. Much of your protection comes from the reputation and practices of the auction company. But if enough money is involved, it wouldn't hurt to have your attorney take a close look ahead of time at the auction company's bidder's contract, as well as its consignment contract, and advise what kind of legal situation you might end up in if the unexpected happens again.u JOHN DRANEAS is an attorney and car collector in Oregon. His comments here are general in nature and not a substitute for a consultation with an attorney. He can be reached at legalfiles@sportscarmarket.com. April 2006 29

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Scottsdale Recap The Arizona Sweet Sixteen The Barrett-Jackson circus leads a parade of big spenders into Scottsdale to see the elephant by Paul Duchene The auction tent in the background is only half the story—even more cars and vendors are outside B 30 arrett-Jackson is no longer the 800-pound gorilla of Arizona's winter classic car auctions—it's now a 1,000-pounder. In the 35th year of this motorhead Mecca, the faithful have a new temple—a 1,700-foot-long tent with a central auction room like an NBA stadium. In that echoing cavern, 5,000 bidders lusted after 1,100 muscle cars, hot rods, and classics for six days, auc- tioned with the fervor of “Elmer Gantry.” (Not all bidders' prayers were answered; 75% went home without a car. “Wait 'till next year,” they sobbed as they filed out of the tent.) Boomers pushed the auction total to $100 million as they converted housing and business equities into high-school dreams. Prices varied wildly, as 40% were B-J novices,with as many bargains as extraordinarily high prices. Meanwhile, at the Arizona Biltmore Resort, about 1,000 bidders (with the same total net worth as all 5,000 at Barrett-Jackson, one suspects) exercised a different kind of muscle, spending $30 million on 100 classic and thoroughbred cars. Actor Edward Hermann helped charm buyers out of $3,190,000 for a 1934 Packard V12 Speedster (lot 174), $1,925,000 for a 1955 Maserati 300S (lot 171), $1,650,000 for a 1967 Ferrari 212 E Montagna (lot 164) and $2,090,000 for James Bond's 1965 Aston-Martin DB 5 (lot 155). Elsewhere in Scottsdale, Russo and Steele offered 400 rare muscle cars; the very first Z16 Chevelle (lot S232) and many Hemis, including a near-new '68 Hemi Roadrunner (lot S207). Sales topped $18 million and included $715,000 for a 1971 Hemi 'Cuda (lot S222), and $695,000 for a low-mileage 1967 427 Shelby Cobra (lot S223). As a first-timer, some incidents are memorable: 1. Keep on Truckin': The highest price ($4,320,000) at B-J was achieved by an ungainly piece of rolling advertising that was part of GM's Parade of Progress (lot 1307). Twelve Futurliner buses carried exhibits from the 1939 New York World's Fair around the country from 1942–54. The price was good news for the sellers, who hoped for $600,000, but bad news for previous owner Joe Bortz, who sold it (unrestored) for $10,000. Don't cry for Bortz—he has the twin to the 1954 Pontiac Bonneville that sold for $3,024,000. 2. Hemi Heaven: Hemi-powered Chrysler products were the Sports Car Market

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13. Rare and Should Be: Waffled '50s fiberglass complemented the appalling colors of the clumsy 1954 Packard Panther at RM. It looked like a chocolate éclair but still managed $363,000. (lot 138) 14. Generation Gap: In a sign of the times at RM, a production line '70 'Cuda—albeit a Hemi 4-speed—netted $330,000 (lot 141). It was followed by a hand-built 1931 Cadillac V16, dual-cowl phaeton, which made only $363,000 (lot 142 ). This is what a $2m Hemi 'Cuda looks like “it” cars. Most expensive was the 1970 'Cuda convertible for $2,160,000 at Barrett-Jackson (lot 1309). Everybody knows authenticator Galen Govier by now. 3. One More, Then We'll Bid: B-J bidders could get ID cards limiting them to just 12 drinks a day. Only 12? 4. How Long You in For? Chopped, channeled, with a vestigial third door and red velvet interior, a '51 Lincoln coupe should have been built in prison, “where time and bad taste meet.” (lot 1540). Of course, when it was announced as being the best custom ever to be built in Sweden, things made more sense. They have long winters there without much to do. 5. Scrape That Idea: Full-custom, low-riding late-'30s cars like Lincoln Zephyrs may be sinking lower. From a $425,000 Zephyr sale last year, this year's 1939 “Lead Zephyr” made $345,000 (lot 1291.1), a '39 coupe made only $248,000 (lot 1329), and a '39 roadster $151,200 (lot 1277.1). Despite superb paint, a '36 Ford custom roadster and Oakland show class winner drew a measly $88,000 (lot 747). 6. Ain't Nuthin' Like the Real Thing: Hard to tell at BarrettJackson. A '67 Plymouth Belvedere GTX “Hemi recreation” (beautifully restored) made $118,800 (lot 59.1), but 30 cars later you could have bought a real '68 Belvedere GTX Hemi for $69,120. (lot 89). Yes, it was a little rough, but it was the real thing. Which would you rather have? 7. A Smoking Deal: That would describe the $124,200 Amphicar, which puffed across the B-J block Wednesday night at four times normal price (lot 423). Motorized water polo, anyone? 8. Freeze Frame: As if somebody were singing the national anthem, everybody stopped to watch a big screen as the 1970 Chevelle LS6 convertible hit $1,242,000 (lot 1287). 9. Now That's a Hot Car: A snowwhite 1937 Cord Westchester cruised off the block Wednesday for $118,880—and caught fire. It was quickly extinguished, without damage (lot 453). 10. Big Numbers: Actress Valerie (“Rhoda”) Harper's nice note and pictures with her dad's '57 Chrysler 300 convertible accompanied a bio leading off with her date of birth—August 22, 1940. Ouch. Rhoda's a senior member of AARP! (The car, lot 1264, brought $108,000.) 11. Battle of Midway: The show around the show was eye-popping kitsch. Vendor booths sported repro and original automobilia, ten-foot bronze horses, paintings that might squeak into the family room, movie posters, life-size mannequins, toys, clothes, and lounges with built in massagers to help with the tension of it all. Russo and Steele had a history-laden Duesenberg bitsa April 2006 12. Underwhelming: The new car display at the B-J entrance featured Ford and DaimlerChrysler. The Dodge Firepower show car was there, but the bound-for-production Challenger was not. And who wants a free drive in a Ford Fusion at this show? But a Maybach in the back lot drew a crowd. 15. Crystal Persuasion: It's rare to see a $126,500 classic upstaged by its hood ornament, but RM's 1939 V12 Packard Rollston all-weather town car sported a glowing Chrysis mascot, bringing to mind Picasso's quote that woman is the only art form worth studying (lot 192). Show-stealing hood ornament at RM 16. Real Enough: Russo and Steele featured one of my two favorite cars. Powered by a '22 Duesenberg straight 8, it admitted to a 1930 Hudson chassis with an Indy-style body and history back to Uruguay (lot 6322). It was a no-sale at $125,000. Its twin was an Alfa Romeo 8C assembled in the 1960s, with a '30s Alfa frame, aluminum body, and '60s twin-cam, 2600 engine, and fivespeed. Barrett-Jackson sold it for $54,000 (lot 954) Luckily, I was gone.u PAUL DUCHENE is a 45-year motorcycle rider and collector, and has the scars to prove it. Luckily, chicks dig scars. 31

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Scottsdale B-J First Impressions One Man's First Time in the Big Tent I lost all sense of real time. Lot 303, so it must be lunchtime. Lot 400, so it must be dinner by Tim Parker B arrett-Jackson is a destination. I no longer have to explain that to my wife. It was not my first car auction, but I can recall only three previous auctions I had been to. In re- verse order: a Christie's auction in a restored warehouse building in downtown Chicago, where some factory Ducatis were offered (most were not sold); a Rick Cole auction in a Monterey hotel where Ferraris were the fare (some were sold); and 20-odd years ago just north of the Wandsworth Bridge, in Chelsea, West London, where very ordinary, used cars were sold (all were sold or thrown away). I well remember the auctioneer there with his fauxCockney accent selling a well-used-up Fiat sedan. His only description of the car was “Lot 45's a blue Fiat on the T-plate what am I bid two 'undred pound?” One sentence, no punctuation, followed by, “Alright then thirty to start.” I think it made ₤60 (which was probably ₤50 too many). Barrett-Jackson isn't like any of those. B-J is more Cirque du Soleil, less county fair. More live spectacle, less library study group. If you think it's captivating on the small screen, in the flesh it's addictive. The big tent is a constant buzz, like a huge underground factory where they manufacture the widgets of entertainment. And it's big. Big everywhere you look. More cars, more people, more vendors, more days, more hours each day, and more money than any other car auction in the universe. This year, as we are now well aware, all the event statistics grew bigger. There were more than 1,000 cars across the block over six days of “high-action” auction that reached $100 million in bids, with 33 hours of live TV via Speed Channel (hopefully covering the right cars). Each vehicle was “no reserve” and the highest price was paid for a big bus. I liked the bus. I was amazed at just how well organized all this is. B-J Parker hoping Motorbooks will buy this for its lobby has it worked out. The movement of both cars and people is very slick, from getting auction cars on and off the block to visitor valet parking. Example: When leaving the auction, the short wait for the return of my rental car found me under a welcome outdoor heater and “my” driver could not have been faster. Like I said, this event is organized. So well organized that soon after arrival I lost all sense of real time. Lot 303, so it must be lunchtime. Lot 400, so it must be dinner. That kind of lost. This is entertaining to the point of overload. I considered in advance of my arrival that I would soon be sick of the incessant “going, going, gone”—which is really the only sound you hear—but I wasn't. Similarly, I thought that I would only seek out those cars that personally interested me, but each car on the block drew me in and captured my attention. Never once did I say to myself (or anyone else for that matter), “Oh no, not another Chevelle!” Somehow I never got to see any of the Alfa Romeos. B-J is as much about people-watching as it is about cars. It struck me that the vast major- ity of the audience were “regular” car nuts—without bidder or bidder-guest badges—with neither ability to bid nor intention of bidding. They were there to enjoy the gorgeous show. Bidder-guest badges outnumbered bidders three to one in my short visual survey. My most powerful image, however, was the apparent lack of smiling faces, laughter, and that general “having a great time” body language that permeates many great car events. My only conclusion is that buying a car at auction must be a serious business that leaves no room for emotion. Only sometimes, when I could identify the winning bidder, did I see a smile break out. The people are fascinating. In the assembly area just in front of the auc- tion stage, I heard a black C2 Corvette's engine rattle at start up and continue rattling. Sounded to me like the fan or damper was loose. Faster than lightning, the engine was killed, the hood was raised, and the distraught driver summoned help. In moments, someone appeared out of thin air, wrench in hand, and attempted to tighten the offending component. A few more moments, and distress turned to delight. Never saw where the wrench went. The car pulled onto the stage in perfect shape. One lime green Hemi 'Cuda was attended to by a team of three or four wearing Ralph Lauren-branded polo shirts the exact same color as the car. That got me thinking… did Ralph choose his polo shirt color palette from the Hemi catalog? I am going back again next year. It's a don't-miss event. It's good on TV but it's great up close.u TIM PARKER is the Senior Vice-President of Publishing at Motorbooks International, and a long-time car and motorcycle collector. B-J is a mirror of the market 32 Sports Car Market

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Scottsdale Profit and Loss Restoration Man Every night at the shop, we vacuum and mop the floors, getting them so clean Martindale can lie on the floor in a white shirt and not get dirty by Kathleen Donohue I t's the dream of every hobbyist. Buy a car cheap, say at a salvage or charity auction, detail it, and sell it for big bucks. Portland-based SCMer Dave Martindale manages to make a living, and sometimes a pretty good one, doing just that. A year after I first met Dave Martindale to report on his 2005 Barrett-Jackson auction sales (May 2005 SCM, p. 26), I met up with him again in Arizona. He had brought six cars this year, up from the three he brought in 2005. Last year, he had a total net profit of $12,978. With twice as many cars, he was looking to take home at least twice as much dough. It was Wednesday when his first car, a mas- sive 1962 Chrysler Crown Imperial, crossed the block. “You could be in two states at one time in that thing,” said a bystander. Martindale had found it at a car lot in Portland, and, as is his habit, went digging for more information. “A guy from California borrowed money against the car and lost it. I paid $2,700. I put in new carpeting, new window motors, new taillights. The glass lenses, I had to order those from a guy in Australia.” Here in Arizona, the car sold for $15,120 to David Muraco of Syracuse, New York. He expressed a sentiment common to everyone who examines one of Martindale's cars. “I looked underneath this car yesterday,” he said. “I was really impressed. It's just an extremely clean car.” Martindale is more than neat; he seems to have a touch of OCD (all the pens on his desk are neatly lined up exactly ¾-inch apart). Joey Musso, Martindale's right-hand man, says, “It's just his way. Every night at the shop, we vacuum and mop the floors—Dave Martindale style. He wants it so clean he can lie on the floor in a white shirt and not get dirty.” Three of Martindale's cars crossed the block Thursday. First up was a '77 Porsche 924 coupe, “the least desirable Porsche ever built,” according to Martindale (and many Martindale waiting to see what his Mercedes will bring others). It was never meant to be a Porsche, but an Audi; compounding the misery, the transmission has many parts in common with a VW bus. Martindale picked it up at a dealer auction, employing some of his trademark tech- niques. He found a dry cleaning receipt with a phone number under the dashboard cover. Before the car crossed the block, he called the number, and found possibly the last Porschedriving little old lady in America. Now in her 80s, she'd kept the car until she was unable to drive it. Martindale was the winning bidder at $825. With an SCM Price Guide value of $3,500 to $4,500, and an investment grade of F, the 924 brought $8,316 at B-J. Buyer Ken Grogan of Scottsdale said, “It just looked to be perfect. And for me, it's all about the heritage of the Porsche.” Well… it's German, anyway. Next was a 1986 Alfa Romeo Spider, a model known as “The Graduate.” Martindale bought this one from a Portland dealer for $1,600. Tim Sweeny of Scottsdale bought it at this auction for $12,690. “It's fun, pretty, and I just want to drive it down the road to show my wife.” Following the Spider was a cute little 1981 Fiat Brava sedan, reminiscent of the boxy Alfetta Martindale brought last year. But the Brava brought just $3,564. A number of people said that seemed low, but Martindale shrugged it off. On paper, it's a loss of $58; but he tells me that Blue Cross/Blue Shield paid him $1,600 to use the car in a commercial. Then they paid him another $700 when they jammed the hood. “I just popped the grille out and opened it that way,” he said with a grin. Next came a 1982 Mercedes 380SL, Martindale staffer Musso works to ready the '68 bus... 34 ...for its profitable turn on the B-J stage for four years the daily driver of Martindale's girlfriend Chris Owen. He had the most money in this one; he'd put in a new engine and transmission. Although the SCM Price Guide pegged Sports Car Market

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the car at $9,000 to $13,000, it sold for an unbelievable $25,920. Martindale's last car has the most buzz of the six: a 1968 VW Westfalia bus. Owned by a professor for nearly 40 years (and parked for the last three), this is the car that received the most of Martindale's famed attention to detail. The wood-paneled interior was too far gone to restore, so he created templates and remade it with new wood. The bus generated a little too much attention; someone leaned on and broke the VW's interior fold-down table. Martindale calmly dispatched Musso to fetch tools from his car. One cordless drill and a few screws later, the problem was solved. Martindale's a lot like a Boy Scout, but with more off-color jokes. Martindale thought the bus would fetch $20,000 to $40,000; others, like SCM's Paul Employee Alan Budden detailing the Chrysler... Duchene, said it should do more like $40,000 to $60,000. The bus sold for $24,840. Said Martindale, “It was just too early, not enough people there.” And sure enough, while riding away from the big tent, we were stopped by some of Martindale's fans on their way to bid on the bus. Two people who were very pleased with the price were Troy and Annette Meier of Vernon, Utah, who bought it for their 16-year-old son. Back in Portland, with all his expenses totaled up, Martindale finds he's in the black. But, like a lot of people restoring cars or homes, he was in deeper than he thought. “I never realized how much I had in those cars,” he said. His total profit is $24,842, not quite double last year's take, but close. Averaged over the 90 days he spent working on these six cars, it comes out to an hourly ADDING IT UP 1962 Chrysler Crown Imperial 1977 Porsche 924 Coupe 1986 Alfa Romeo Spider 1981 Fiat Brava Sedan 1982 MercedesBenz 380SL 1968 Volkswagen Westfalia Bus ...which is the first of Martindale's cars to enter the big tent wage of $35–$50 per hour (the higher rate optimistically factors in days off, unlikely with Martindale). When I tell him, he feels better, but he wants more for his hard work. He decides to change his strategy. “If I want better block time, I have to bring better cars. I'm going to start looking for muscle cars. I already know how to make 'em right, I'll just have to invest more up front,” said Martindale. “These cheaper cars, they're safer, but you can't make too much. I just need to get out of my comfort zone. I might need to look for some investors who want to ring the bell with me.”u KATHLEEN DONOHUE is a regular contributor to Sports Car Market. Purchase Price Parts/Repair/Misc. Paint Interior Drivetrain Detail Auction Fees Shipping Total Expenditure Hammer Price less 8% Seller's Commission Net Take Profit April 2006 $2,750 $2,612 n/a $550 n/a $1,850 $375 $375 $8,512 $14,000 $1,120 $12,880 $4,368 $825 $365 $1,300 n/a n/a $1,450 $375 $375 $4,690 $7,700 $616 $7,084 $2,394 $1,600 $1,490 $1,000 n/a n/a $1,600 $375 $375 $6,440 $11,700 $936 $10,764 $4,324 $750 $719 n/a n/a n/a $875 $375 $375 $3,094 $3,300 $264 $3,036 -$58 $7,500 $3,042 n/a n/a $4,170 $600 $375 $375 $16,062 $24,000 $1,920 $22,080 $6,018 TOTAL PROFIT: $2,500 $2,714 $3,500 $2,350 n/a $1,550 $375 $375 $13,364 $23,000 $1,840 $21,160 $7,796 $24,842 35

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Form & Function Detroit's Designs It's Not Retro, It's Heritage The Imperial Concept was panned as a blatant Rolls-Royce wannabe, with its massive size, outlandish proportions, chunky details, and yacht-like interior Report and photos by Greg Greeson I expected to see a lot of arresting cars at the Detroit Show—besides the hundred or so police cars that greeted journalists arriving at Cobo Hall on opening Press Day. Turns out that a band of protestors were picketing in front of the nearby UAW building with placards that criticized the pension-fund-pilfering executives of bankrupt automotive supplier Delphi. Inside the convention center, the atmo- sphere was considerably lighter. In fact, DaimlerChrysler, Ford, and GM executives, design directors, and media honchos were rolling out show cars and production prototypes targeted at the top-sellers in every vehicle category—from large SUVs to sleek convertibles and economy cars. As a professional designer, I read the out six beautifully restored '60s-era Camaros just prior to Bob Lutz driving the new model onto the stand. It was interesting to compare the sculpted surfacing and subtle form transitions along the leading edge of a '68 Camaro's fender peak with the CAD-generated, knife-edged shapes of the Concept, which actually has as much in common with Chevy's C6 Corvette (not surprising, as Tom Peters led both design teams) and Cadillac's current Simon Cox-penned, sharply creased styling, as with the classic first-generation Camaro. One controversy has already arisen over the pillarless Greeson in yesterday's supercar, the SLR manufacturer's PR the same way an SCMer reads auction catalogs—with a very large grain of salt. Here's what the manufacturers had to say about some of the designs they unveiled in Detroit, followed by my opinions in italics. GM says: The Camaro Concept embodies the perfor- mance and passion that made first-generation Camaros some of the most sought-after collector cars, updating the formula with a fuel-efficient powertrain, sophisticated chassis, and contemporary design execution. The goal is to make the sport coupe relevant to younger enthusiasts while retaining its appeal to its current fans. To do this, the GM Design team chose a theme that pays homage to the original Camaro, while being instantly recognizable as an all-new car with nods to aircraft like the YF-22. The long hood, short deck, and wide stance of the Camaro Concept leave no doubt that it is a serious performance car. GG: The Camaro Concept is a striking vehicle and was the hit of a show that didn't have many hits. GM rolled design of the new car: Can such a configuration pass sideintrusion standards without a B-pillar? GM engineers say this is only feasible with a prohibitively expensive inner support structure (à la Mercedes-Benz CLK and CL coupe magnesium door post/rocker panel arrangement) that would price the car well above the Mustang. Overall design rating: 2+ What Dodge says: The Dodge 2006 Challenger Concept is a thoroughbred in the 1970 “Pony Car” tradition. It's a hot-looking performance coupe using Chrysler Group's advanced rear-wheel-drive LX platform and fabled Hemi engine. Essential elements of a muscle car: distinctly American; mega horsepower; pure, minimal, signature lines; aggressive air-grabbing grille; and bold colors and graphics. GG:Like the Camaro Concept, this car was designed around a difficult brief: Modernize an American icon but don't piss off the traditionalists. Like the original Chrysler products that were hurried into production in response to the Mustang's mid-'60s market domination, the Mopar car doesn't quite have the panache of GM Design's efforts. Although chock-full of innovative details like carbon-fiber “racing stripes” and an update on the cool, trigger-shaped floor shifter, this design hews just a bit too closely to the original. But that magnesium doorframe technology is in DaimlerChrysler's corporate engineering portfolio, so its pillarless styling might make it into production. It seems likely that history will repeat itself. The Mustang will face—and in all likeli- hood prevail over—its “Challengers.” Overall design rating: 2- What Chrysler says: Elegance and comfort meet stable, smooth driving performance in the Chrysler Imperial Concept. Designed as Chrysler's flagship, a luxury sedan that is elegant, provocative, aspirational, yet attainable. Inspired by the classic Imperials of the Camaro, sans B-pillar 36 Semi-modern Dodge Challenger Chrysler Imperial, in all its bulk Sports Car Market

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A lot of bull 1930s and 1940s and Chrysler's long tradition of creative concept cars. GG: 2. Despite Editor Martin calling the Imperial Concept a “stroke of brilliance” in his column last month, it received far and away the most derision of any car in the show. Panned as a blatant Rolls-Royce/Bentley wannabe, journalists scoffed at its truly massive size, outlandish proportions, chunky details, and yacht-like interior. Unless the public reacts far differently than the press, the Imperial's chances for production are about the same as Malcolm Bricklin reviving Yugo. But I feel a new Chrysler flagship based on the sturdy, affordable underpinnings of the 300C would be an enormous hit with the hip-hop crowd, who have made 28”-wheel-shod, aftermarketgrilled 300Cs a pop culture success. Overall design rating: 2 What Lamborghini says: The house of the Raging Bull brings back a legendary name from the company's past with the breathtaking “Lamborghini Miura Concept.” The first Lamborghini to be conjured from the talented pen of Walter de Silva, Head of Lamborghini Design, the idea for the new concept was simple: a retro-inspired look heralding back to one of the auto world's most famous icons, the Lamborghini Miura. The new car retains the extraordinary purity of line characteristic of the original Miura: The designer's intervention has been defined by refining the contours and eliminating any superfluous detail in order to enhance the clean, simple lines and perfectly balanced proportions of the original that so impassioned enthusiasts. Even the touches of contemporary styling applied to the interior, the lights, and the wheels have been carefully measured to achieve a homogenous design that is both timeless and immediately recognizable. And so, a true design icon is reborn. GG. Bull is the right word. And raging was the visible reaction of most design aficionados to this sacrilegious assault on a one-of-a-kind masterpiece, the original 1966 Miura. The very existence of this vehicle begs the question: Why? Does de Silva think he could improve upon this classic? Is the current ultra-modern design direction of Lamborghini being questioned, ultimately to be redirected back to its roots? Did the success of the Ford GT inspire Lamborghini's German bosses to resurrect the look of the Miura? In any case, tampering with a masterpiece is risky business. Overall design rating: 3+ What Aston Martin says: The Rapide Concept is a four- door, four-seat, high-performance coupe of remarkable grace and poise. Based on Aston Martin's unique Vertical/ April 2006 Jag's advanced technology, far outstripping the design 37 Aston's Rapide, a CLS with rear headroom Horizontal architecture, the Rapide combines the company's commitment to power, beauty, and soul with space and practicality. The Rapide is the epitome of Aston Martin's low-volume, high-technology approach, the synergy of modern methods and materials with traditional skills to create a new form of craftsmanship for the 21st century. GG: It seems Aston Martin's boss, ex-Porsche development chief Ulrich Bez, has his old employer in his sights; the Rapide will steal thunder from Porsche, whose upcoming four-door coupe is an open secret. The Rapide is everything the press blurb states—and if produced, would certainly help accomplish Herr Dr. Bez's mission. This car truly looks like a million bucks. Overall design rating: 1- What Jaguar says: The challenge for the team that designed and engineered the all-new XK was to produce a model that bettered the previous model's success story. The new XK has been engineered above and beyond the high expectations that customers rightly have for a Jaguar sports car, a fact made possible because everything from its advanced aluminum chassis to its sophisticated transmission and exquisite interior has been designed in pursuit of a luxurious, advanced, and stunning new Jaguar. GG: Notwithstanding the inarguable advances in the car's technology, drivetrain, aerodynamics, structural rigidity, chassis, etc., does the new XK (coupe or convertible) look better than the outgoing series? Sorry, old chap—no. In a few decades, when both generations will presumably be collectible, the first gen- eration XK8s will be considered far and away more handsome than the rather ordinary newer ones. Designer Ian Callum is taking a lot of heat for the cars' Taurus-like grille opening, but give him a break—Jaguar had that oval first. Unfortunately, the rest of the car's design is simply unremarkable, and a soft top convertible—when the class-leading high end luxury GT (Mercedes-Benz's SL) has a far more elegant retractable hardtop—is an anachronism. Overall design rating: 3+ u GREG GREESON is an automotive designer and graduate of California's Art Center College of Design. After stints at the German design studios of Opel and Volkswagen, he founded GRID Design in Austin, Texas, which undertakes projects ranging from custom upgrades for individual owners to full-size prototypes for major automakers. He writes and illustrates for MBCA's STAR and BMWCCA's Roundel magazines.

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Collecting Thoughts eBay Sale It's the Road to Brazil for My Laverda Could a “Buy It Now” offer from South America really be genuine? by Bill Neill A fter only 2,000 miles in ten years, it was over. It was time to sell my Laverda 750 SF2 Italian motorcycle. I enjoyed riding this sporting machine, but I just wasn't putting on enough miles to justify owning it. Plus, although the brand has a good reputation for long-lived motors, the pessimist in me figured it would be smart to sell before something expensive went wrong. But a mid-'70s Laverda twin is not so easily disposed of. The Laverda 750 SF2 is an attractive bike and a good performer in its day, but few people know the brand in the U.S. Ducati gets most of the attention, and Moto Guzzi has a few eccentric followers, but mention Laverda and all you get are blank stares. This despite the fact that the company, then based in Breganze, Italy, had sold thousands of motorcycles powered by their 750-cc parallel twin, an engine based on a much smaller Honda design. I didn't think there was sufficient interest in my hometown of Portland, Oregon, for me to get any more than sucker money, but I imagined someone somewhere might appreciate this bike and pay accordingly. Since I was an eBay novice, I contacted my friend Mac, another Portland Laverda owner who had bought and sold stuff on the site and accumulated some feedback. He agreed to handle the sale for me. I borrowed Mac's Canon digital camera and documented the condition of the bike: front, rear, and side, with close-ups of the en- 38 gine and gauges. The odometer showed 20,000 miles; I had bought the bike for $2,200 in 1994 in Los Angeles with 18,000 on it. All parts were in good condition. Shapely, polished-aluminum engine cases, Marzocchi front forks, stainless-steel Inox fenders, and original sky-blue paint on the fuel tank and metal side covers that concealed the battery. Twin Brembo front disc brakes, which were state of the art in 1975. Mufflers that had been painted flat black by a previous owner but could be replaced by someone not as cheap as I am. Before Mac posted the bike on eBay, I had to give him three numbers. I chose $1,000 for the starting bid, and $2,000 as my reserve. For the “Buy It Now” figure I gave $5,000, which seemed generous without being absurd. The seven-day auction started slowly and moved up as I checked it daily. By mid- week it was up around $1,700 and I was feeling good. I received a couple of e-mail queries from interested parties with routine questions about the bike, which I answered. Then came the bomb. Someone clicked “Buy It Now.” I was dumbfounded. I re- ceived an e-mail message from an individual who claimed to be writing from Brazil. He announced that he was the winner of the auction. This is the unedited e-mail I received: “Hello i'n the winner of the bike. SO to us complete the bid Can you send me your numberaccount of your bank and etc. And the final price is inclued Shipping? Couse I would like you the send the bike to Miami /Florida on this address.” It wasn't a message that inspired confidence. And I certainly wasn't about to give my bank account number to a stranger in a foreign country. I was sure this had to be some 15-year-old trickster having fun at my expense. After disbelief came anger. Why had this punk chosen to disrupt my auction, which had been moving along quite well, with his fake bid? From Brazil, of all places. I got puzzled messages from other bidders who wondered what happened. “Did I miss the end of the auction for your bike?” one guy wrote. “I can't find it on eBay Sports Car Market

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any more.” I replied that it seemed I had a buyer, but I would let them know if the deal fell through. I dreaded the idea of listing the Laverda all over again. I hoped one flake hadn't chased away serious potential buyers. When it came to the Brazilian's ques- tion regarding payment for shipping, I stuck to my guns. The eBay offer had been very clear—if he wanted the bike, he would pay shipping. No way around it. Finally, some good news: A man tele- phoned and identified himself as Mario from an import/export company in Miami. He said he had been retained by a client in Brazil. Mario would send me a check for $5,000 and he would handle shipment of the motorcycle to Brazil. The check arrived a few days later. “Oh great,” I thought, “a check from a bank in Miami.” What U.S. city could have a flakier reputation? And from a man in the import/export business. But I deposited it and explained to Mario he could arrange to pick up the motorcycle after the check cleared. He said that was satisfactory and didn't press me. Dealing with my own bank was not so simple. I asked when could I be absolutely certain the check was good, but couldn't get a straight answer. Out-of-town checks would take longer, I was told. Maybe ten business days. So I waited. Finally, much to my relief, the check cleared. I called Mario and told him to come get the motorcycle, and sent him the title by overnight mail. One sunny fall morning, the ship- ping truck arrived. They had insisted I disconnect the battery and drain all gasoline from the tank. A man with a clipboard noted down every tiny flaw and ding on my motorcycle to ensure that the shipping company would not be responsible for them. If they were as careful shipping it as they were documenting its defects, then I can be sure it arrived in Miami in good condition. From there it presumably sailed for Brazil. That was the last I saw or heard of the blue Italian motorcycle. I hope the new owner has found a smooth highway in Brazil, because the Laverda's suspension is so stiff that it tries to buck its rider off if it hits a bump over 35 mph. But it's a shapely piece of machinery and will earn him lots of compliments. Lessons I learned as a novice eBay seller: • The global reach of eBay can help you sell an unusual vehicle for a good price. It's just a matter of finding the buyer, no matter where he is. • Low mileage and good condition always help; take plenty of pictures. • Sometimes your most optimistic selling price is someone else's good deal. Be glad for both of you.u BILL NEILL, copy editor for SCM, is now down to just two motorcycles that run. April 2006 39

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Ferrari Profile 2004 612 Scaglietti Despite controversial styling, the 612's performance is Formula One: It reaches 60 mph in just over four seconds and tops out at 199 mph by Steve Ahlgrim DETAILS Years produced: 2004–present Number produced: Still in production Original list price: $247,000 SCM Valuation: $225,000–$250,000 Tune up/Major service: $3,500, including cam belts Distributor cap: N/A Chassis #: Around right front shock tower Engine #: Passenger's side of block towards front Club: Ferrari Club of America, P. O. Box 720597, Atlanta, GA 30358 More: www.FerrariClubofAmerica.org Alternatives: 2004 Bentley GT, 2004 Aston Martin Vanquish S, 2004 Maybach 57 SCM Investment Rating: C COMPS Chassis number: ZFFAY54B000138866 I n naming its new four-seater Granturismo after Carrozzeria Scaglietti, Ferrari acknowledged the immense contribution made by its collaborator in the past 50 years. Founded by Sergio Scaglietti in 1951 and now a wholly owned subsidiary, the company has created many of Ferrari's most memorable cars. The 612's brief called for a car capable of carry- ing four adults in comfort—rather than being merely a “2+2”—without sacrificing the superlative driving dynamics expected by dedicated Ferraristi. The 612 Scaglietti affords increased rear-seat knee room, almost three inches more headroom, and greater luggage space than its 456M forebear. Meeting this requirement, which involved moving the engine back, could only be achieved by means of an extended wheelbase, hence the generous stretch. In styling the 612, Pininfarina paid homage to one of its most famous past creations—the fabulous 375MM commissioned by Italian filmmaker Roberto Rossellini for his wife, Ingrid Bergman—whose long nose and scalloped sides are echoed in the Scaglietti. The 612 features an improved version of the 575M Maranello's 5,748-cc 65-degree V12 engine producing 540 bhp and 434 lb/ft of torque. The F1A transmission has undergone significant improvement, incorporating extra synchronization cones for swifter changes. The interior of the 612 Scaglietti is dominated by stitched handcrafted leather and aluminum. This is a sporting, sophisticated interior that reflects the 612's high-tech soul and old-world pedigree. Dual-zone climate control and a specially developed nine-speaker Bose digital sound system are among the host of desirable standard features. Effectively a new car, this 612 Scaglietti has a mere 250 delivery kilometres (150 miles) recorded. Purchased 40 new by one of the world's foremost car collectors, it represents a fantastic opportunity to acquire one of these most exclusive Granturismos at a substantial saving over the list price of $247,850. It is appropriately finished in Grigio Ingrid with Cuoio leather upholstery, the perfect color combination. The manufacturer's guarantee commences in December 2005. The SCM analysis: This car sold at Bonhams' Gstaad, Switzerland, auction December 17, 2005, for $176,332. The 612 launch was accompanied by all the hoopla that normally accompanies the introduction of a new Ferrari. The press marveled at the incredible performance and endlessly chronicled the Ingrid Bergman 375MM connection. They fawned over the advanced technology while analyzing the car from every angle. They addressed every feature and every specification but avoided the critical question: Will it sell? Compromised rear seating is a fact of life with 2+2s. 2001 Ferrari 550 Barchetta Lot #256, S/N ZFFZR52B000124097 Condition: 1 Sold at $217,081 Bonhams, Gstaad, Switzerland, 12/18/2004 SCM ID# 36830 2003 Aston Martin DB7 Just because people complain about cramped quarters doesn't necessarily mean they want more room. At this price level the owner certainly has another car or two around. If he needs more passenger room, he'll simply take another car. A jumbo sports coupe is the answer to a question nobody asked. The 612 Scaglietti is a very big car. The Queen Mary 365 GT 2+2 is the only Ferrari Lot #117, S/N SCFAE12353K700089 Condition: 1 Sold at $217,200 Bonhams, Newport Pagnell, UK, 6/4/2005 SCM ID# 38715 to outsize the 612—and it's only three inches longer. Side-to-side, the 612 is as wide as a Testarossa. Front-to-back it's a scant five inches shorter than a Cadillac Escalade. The 612 even tips the scales heavier than a Cadillac DeVille. The supersized dimensions are not without purpose. The extra length allows the engine to be placed way back in the chassis without compromising the interior space. The 612 boasts a 45/55 weight distribution, a vast improvement over the 57/43 ratio of the 456M it replaced. The better distribution aids the 612's handling and the extra rear weight improves traction for better acceleration. Sports Car Market Photos: Bonhams

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The Ingrid Bergman 375MM that the 612 bor- rows its lines from is one stunning car. The added length of the 612 gave Pininfarina's stylists extra room to refine their design. The 612 Scaglietti's interpretation of the 375's lines makes them more elegant and sculpted. The result is a timeless update rather than a copycat retro, such as is currently in vogue. Many people find the 612 the most beautiful Ferrari ever designed; others see it as, well, big. While the styling may be controversial, make no mistake—the 612's performance is spectacular. We're talking a quantum leap over anything else in its class. Gobs of Formula One-derived electronic wizardry allows Ferrari to put race car performance into a street car. The 612 reaches 60 mph in just over four seconds and continues on to 199 mph. Reports indicate the 612 is an incredible six seconds quicker around Ferrari's Fiorano test track than the 456M that it replaced. Despite all its wonderful attributes, the 612 is not a brisk seller. In the U.S., 612 cus- tomers can expect to buy a car for list price, with delivery in not much more time than it takes to order one built to your specifications. Used 612s are reasonably available, with six under 3,000-mile examples recently showing up in the Ferrari Market Letter. The seller of this 612 must have wanted to get out of the car pretty badly. His take of the sale price was probably no more than $135,000, so he took a $110,000 bath in a matter of months. A rough calculation puts his cost of ownership at $500 a mile, a pretty scary number in anyone's book. In fairness, this sale was not representative of a 612's true market value. Used 612s will retail for $15,000–$20,000 off sticker and wholesale for $10,000–$15,000 less than retail prices. There's only one way for 612 values to go for the next couple years—down. I'd figure prices to drop about $20,000 a year for the next five years and then slow down. It takes a well-heeled owner to absorb that kind of hit, but then again, if you can write a $250,000 check, you're in the club. The new owner bought this car well ahead of the de- preciation curve. He should be able to drive the hell out of it for a couple years and come out pretty close to even. Hopefully he'll take advantage of his good fortune and use it the way Enzo intended.u STEVE AHLGRIM has been actively involved in the Ferrari business since 1978. Historical and descriptive information in this profile is courtesy of the auction company. April 2006 41

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Sheehan Speaks Michael Sheehan What's In That Shed As the price of 275 GTBs and Lussos climbed,we entered a new world of affordable “barn finds,” of languishing Dinos, Daytonas, and 275s 1960 PF Cabriolet S/N 1891, needs everything is an understatement T hose of us Ferrari enthusiasts approaching vintage status ourselves like to reminisce about the “good old days” of the 1960s and early 1970s. Neglected 250 SWBs, 250 TDFs, and 250 California Spyders could be found for under $5,000. A seemingly endless supply of 250 GTEs and 250 PF coupes lurked, unloved and derelict, for $2,000 or less in garages, workshops, and barns. Then came the first Ferrari boom, in the mid 1970s. It began just after the 1973 gas crisis, when Daytonas (long the benchmark for Ferrari pricing) stuck at a hard-to-sell $15,000. Luckily, Ferraris rode the crest of a recovering economy from 1974 to 1979 and moved back into the public eye as new events such as the Monterey Historic Races became the place for rich guys to show off their toys. As a result, the best-of-the-best—250 GTOs, 250 TRs and 512 Ms—came out of the proverbial closet. For example, in 1975, 250 GTO S/N 3705 sold to Alan Woodall for $50,000, but by 1978, Ronald Stern bought 250 GTO S/N 3757 for the then-shocking price of £100,000, or $194,000. But in 1979, Fed Chairman Paul Volker exercised his mandate to crush inflation by cranking up interest rates to 21% and threw the economy into a tailspin. When rates eased in the mid-1980s, the economy recovered and the infamous 1985–89 second Ferrari boom occurred. For example, in 1985 this writer purchased the ex-Briggs Cunningham 375 MM S/N 0372 in a garage in Riverside as a project car for $70,000. A year later I found an alloy-bodied Comp 250 SWB 42 The neglected interior of S/N 1891 S/N 1757, which needed restoration, in a carport in an Atlanta suburb for $175,000 and 340 America S/N 082 A, the 1951 Mille Miglia winner, in a garage in Detroit (needing the mother of all restorations, by the way) for $202,500. BARNS REPORTED EMPTIED During the 1980s run-up in Ferrari prices, the garages and barns of America, Europe, and South America were supposedly emptied of collectible Ferraris by dogged teams of hunters. The consensus was that the most prestigious or collectible Ferraris had all been found and restored. Wrong. In 1990, the Japanese real estate bubble burst; the Federal Resolution Trust Corporation shut down shaky American Savings and Loans; European real estate markets tanked, liquidity dried up, and the Ferrari market again headed south. The slump lasted until 1996, when Jacques Swaters and Jean Sage started the Shell Historic Ferrari Challenge in Europe, creating a whole new series of factory-sanctioned races for eligible historic Ferraris—a new version of the Monterey Historics, if you will. The dot-coms provoked another worldwide economic boom and prices soared in the third Ferrari boom, with 250 GTOs, 250 TRs, and 375 MMs doubling and doubling again in price as wealthy enthusiasts clamored for “cool cars” to flog on European circuits. Such a rising tide eventually lifts all Ferraris, though not at the same time or rate. The American economy has been riding a ten-year wave of prosperity and now the long-neglected bottom and middle range of the Ferrari market has finally gained strength. As the price of 275 GTBs and Lussos climbed in 2003–04, followed by Daytonas and Dinos in 2005–06, we entered a new world of affordable “barn finds,” of languishing Dinos, Daytona's, 275s, and the occasional gem. MAYBE I'LL NEVER RESTORE IT These unrestored, unloved, and lost-for-decades cars continue to come to market, often without much fanfare. This time, the sellers, or their kids or grandkids, are Sports Car Market

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Internet friendly and very aware of what their cars are worth—and that they need to make a move. Most of these long-term owners turned down substantial offers for their cars in the late '80s, betting that prices would go higher. Now these owners are 15 years older and acutely aware it took this long for prices to rebound. They've also come to terms with the idea that they'll never get around to restoring their baby. These days they're worried about estate planning and not leaving loose ends for their families to tie up. The frustration for barn-find buyers is that the owners may be aware of the value of their cars in a restored state, but are in absolute denial as to what it would cost, in today's dollars, to bring their crusty old treasures to this state. These Ferrari-owning curmudgeons often believe that a “great” paint job was $2k back in 1970, and simply refuse to believe it can be $25k today. But some cars are cut loose. Here are examples that have surfaced as the street-model 250 SWB and 275 markets heated up in 2003–04. In December 2003 I brokered a 250 SWB, S/N 3409, in need of restoration, from Japan to the U.S. for $670,000. This was followed in July 2004 by a long-hidden 275 GTB, S/N 7333, for the thenmarket-correct price of $275,000. As the Daytona and Dino end of the market caught up, in June 2005 I dug out a long-lost 246 GTS, S/N 4884, for $60,000, followed by a 365 GTB/4, S/N 13373, recently arrived from Venezuela, for $145,000. The rising tide continues to reveal no lack of long-lost relics, including a pair that were black holes in the databases of virtually all Ferrari historians. In late February, this author purchased 246 GT S/N 2618 and tracked down 250 PF Cabriolet S/N 1891, looking like it had just emerged from the black swamp. Meanwhile, at the top end of the scale, Peter Markowski purchased a one-off Fontana-bodied 212, S/N 0086 E, in late December of 2005 from its owner of well over 40 years, and Manny Delarroz purchased 166 MM S/N 0052 M from the son of the previous owner, who had owned it for 46 years. And for those not into Ferraris, 550A Porsche S/N 163 has found its way out of a Midwest barn after a 30-year sleep. With barn finds, you have to be the ever-so-patient guy standing at the door when the long-term owner finally decides it's over. Once they decide to sell, an even harder part of the purchase is convincing owners that their cars aren't worth market value. And you have to keep reminding yourself of that as well and not let the red mist of acquisition cause you to forget about the 30 years of rust, body damage, destroyed upholstery, and seized mechanicals ahead of you once you have the car in your garage. There are still cars in barns waiting to be found. It's why I scour the local papers of every small town I pass through. And once you actually land the car, and bring it back to life, your rewards are almost Lazarus-like. But it's not a fast or a cheap process. If you want fast, go buy a done car. If you want cheap, you should probably be reading another magazine.u MICHAEL SHEEHAN has been a Ferrari dealer for 30 years as well as a race car driver and exotic car broker. Markowski's barn-find Fontana-bodied 212 S/N 0086 E April 2006 43

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English Profile “James Bond” 1965 Aston Martin DB5 Coupe We secretly longed for a world where martinis were specifically ordered by dashing secret agents who wore white dinner jackets under their wetsuits by Gary Anderson Photos: RM Auctions Chassis number: DB52008R J ames Bond's Aston Martin DB5, which roared into the public consciousness in the 1964 movie “Goldfinger,” has a fair claim on being “The Most Famous Car in the World,” as Dave Worrall's 1993 book asserts. That Silver Birch DB5 embodied the virtues of the character first launched in Ian Fleming's spy novels in 1953: stunning elegance, international intrigue, and visceral power. But in 1963, Aston Martin was one of the world's smallest and most obscure automakers, hand-making about 200 cars a year. Aston's exclusive client base was limited to connoisseurs of grand touring automobiles, attracted by the marque's racing pedigree. But with “Goldfinger,” the DB5's image fascinated men of all ages. In fact, the DB5 was merely an upgraded version of the DB4, which had been in production for five years. Upgrades included a larger 4.0-liter engine and triple SU carburetors as standard equipment, resulting in a 20 percent increase in horsepower to 282 bhp. After the first 50 units, the ZF five-speed gearbox was standardized, providing much-needed longer legs for motorway driving. In Ian Fleming's novel “Goldfinger,” Bond selected an Aston Martin DB MkIII, the current Aston model when 44 the book was written, from the MI6 motorpool. His “optional extras” were restricted to reinforced steel bumpers and a pistol in a tray under the driver's seat. But it was enough to inspire the film's producers to seek a new DB5, which had just been displayed to great acclaim at London's 1963 Earls Court Motor Show. ONE OF FOUR BOND CARS At first, Aston owner David Brown turned them down, offering instead to sell them a production model for the standard price of £4,500. But eventually Brown agreed to loan the film team chassis DP216, the DB4 that had been presented as the new DB5 at Earls Court. It was re-engineered to accommodate Q's hidden gadgetry and armament. There are four cars that can claim to be James Bond's Aston Martin DB5. The origi- nal, DP216, was known as the “effects car.” Ironically, when the effects car was returned to Aston Martin after the movies, the gadgets were removed and the car was returned to “civilian” use. Subsequently, replicas of the gadgets were installed and it became a part of a private collection in Florida, making headlines when it was stolen from an aircraft hangar in 1997. An insurance settlement in excess of $4,000,000 was rumored and the car has never been found. Because the effects car was so heavy, a standard DB5, serial number 1486/R, known as the “road car,” was used in the driving scenes and adapted for the ejection seat scenes. Though not seen for many years, that car is believed to be in North America. For the worldwide debut of “Thunderball,” the second film in which the DB5 ap- pears, the producers “accessorized” two more DB5s for promotional use. Known as the “press” cars, DB5/2008/R and DB5/2017/R were used for press events and premieres of the film in America. Sports Car Market

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DETAILS Years produced: 1963-65 Number produced: 886 coupes Original list price: $12,850 SCM Valuation: $135,000–$165,000 Tune up/Major service: $750-$1000 Distributor cap: Original Lucas $250 Chassis #: On firewall under hood Engine #: (same number as chassis) On chassis plate and valve cover Club: Aston Martin Owners Club More: www.amoc.org (worldwide) and www.amoc-na.org (North America) Alternatives: 1957-61 Jaguar XK150, 1955-63 AC Aceca, 1954-58 Alfa Romeo 1900 Super Sprint COMPS 1962 Aston Martin DB4GT Lot #86, S/N DB4GT/0190/L Condition: 1- Sold at $2,695,000 RM Auctions, Phoenix, AZ, 1/28//2005 SCM ID# 37366 TRADED AWAY FOR A GTO By 1969, the Bond franchise had moved on to a new actor and a new Aston. The two press cars were returned to England and sold to Sir Anthony Bamford for a reported £1,500. Three months later, Sir Anthony traded 2017/R for a Ferrari 250 GTO (still a brilliant swap). The Bond DB5 in the “Cars of the Stars” museum in Keswick, Seat Time Tom Gould, Milwaukee, WI: I've owned a DB5 for eleven years. I have met numerous other owners, and the machines break down into two categories: trailer queens and drivers like mine. And make no mistake, the car is a blast to drive. I bought the car in ‘95 as a clapped-out piece of near-wreckage. A complete restoration was done at Aston London Ltd. in Battersea, U.K., and certain non-cosmetic enhancements were done as well: engine rebuild to 4.2-liter unleaded spec., electronic ignition installed, stainless exhaust system installed. The original Armstrong front gas shocks and rear lever shocks were removed with extreme prejudice, executed at dawn, and buried without ceremony. They were replaced with modern Konis. Five years ago, I took it to Europe for the Aston Martin Owners Club “Millennium Tour.” Eleven days with 134 Tom Gould's DB5 other Astons that ranged from 1935 to those delivered the week before. During the tour, heading north from Turin toward the Grand St. Bernard Pass, I took it up to 130 mph and kept it there for 25 or 30 minutes. No complaints from the car or any component. (I was repeatedly passed by more recent Aston models doing 160+ mph.) David Cohen, Berwyn, PA: I have owned multiple Aston Martins, including two DB4s and two DB6s, but not a DB5. I have owned DB6 #3052LCA for the last six years. DB6s are so far superior to the DB4 in all aspects of recreational driving, except perhaps racing, which I have not done. I am not belittling DB4s or DB5s—both April 2006 England, is generally accepted to be 2017/R. The second press car, 2008/R, was driven by Sir Anthony occasionally, then sold in 1970 to B.H. Atchley, owner of the Smoky Mountain Car Museum in Tennessee, where it has been the primary attraction for 35 years. With this documented history, 2008/R is probably the soundest, most original survivor. 1964 Aston Martin DB5 Lot #12, S/N DB5/1469/L Condition: 3+ Sold at $149,225 Christie's, Paris, France, 2/14/2004 SCM ID# 32501 great cars —but the disparity in valuation intrigues me. Condition #2 DB5s are well north of $200k and DB4s are close behind, while a DB6 is roughly $100k less. For the collector who likes to drive his Aston on a sunny day, the DB6 offers more room (especially helpful for us 6'4” guys), better handling, and arguably more power. And $100k in your pocket lets you have another toy in the garage. Jim Johnson, Salina, KS: I owned a 1967 Aston Martin DB6 that I once drove from Salina, Kansas to Santa Barbara, California. While going through the desert, the temperature gauge began to climb rapidly—I discovered that the car had a broken fan belt. My brother-in-law was following me in my 1956 Porsche Speedster, so we drove that car to a small service station, where I found a belt from a Plymouth Valiant that appeared to be the same size. With only a crescent wrench and a flat-head screw driver, I managed to get the belt on as the sun set. As I attempted to tighten the radiator hose, I leaned on the brittle fuel line, which broke. I decided to take a walk in the ditch next to the interstate to clear my head. I hadn't walked ten feet before I saw an eight-inch piece of black fuel hose lying at my feet. Since it was a bit larger in diameter, I used Super Glue to attach it at the carburetor. The rest of the trip was thankfully uneventful. u 45

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English Profile The rest of us should be glad that this car belongs to a collector rather than being stuffed and mounted in a Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas or a tacky diorama in a museum somewhere in the hinterlands. We don't need to know that the navigation and radar screen on the console is just a picture glued on a piece of plywood or that the ejection seat button isn't connected, any more than we need to know that Connery is now playing senior-citizen character roles and the lovely starlets from the Bond films live in retirement communities in Arizona—between visits to plastic surgeons. The sale reminded me briefly of the days when anything was possible as long as one had the style to carry it off. And one buyer decided, at least each time he is behind the wheel of this car, to momentarily halt the march of time that dims those memories.u GARY ANDERSON is editor of MC2 The SCM analysis: This car sold to an SCMer from Switzerland, via telephone, at RM's Arizona Biltmore Resort Sale January 20, 2006, for $2.1 million. Can it be said that it was well bought, or that even on that evening it got all the money? I'd argue that collector-car values do not apply to 2008/R. It's no longer just a car, any more than the velvet garment worn by Vivien Leigh in “Gone with the Wind” is just a dress, or a guitar played by John Lennon in “Hard Day's Night” is merely a musical instrument. Of course, Lot 155 is not the car driven by Sean Connery in “Goldfinger” or even in “Thunderball”. It's a replica of a movie prop, though Connery is supposed to have driven it to events. Valued as just another DB5, I'd have difficulty ar- guing it's worth more than $150,000. It was fitted with replicas of all the guns and gadgets, but few were operational. The car was, at best, in number three condition. The finish is dull and the soft trim and rubber has dried with age. What would you expect of a vehicle that's been sitting in a cage in a small car museum for 35 years? But these DB5s established product placement, now such an important part of modern film financing. To explain why this car drew the price it did, we have to recognize that it's one of three remaining examples of commercial acceptance of the value of product placement in movies and, importantly, a significant cultural symbol. WE SAW OURSELVES AT THE WHEEL This car is one of the icons of the Baby Boomers; it represents the dreams of a generation that came of age in the '60s. We were all confronted by Vietnam, political protests, and flower power, but secretly longed for a world where martinis were specifically ordered by dashing secret agents who wore white dinner jackets under their wetsuits and Beretta pistols in shoulder holsters discreetly concealed by their Savile Row tailors. Every time we braked and downshifted for a tight curve in our MGB GTs, we saw ourselves at the wheel of the DB5, pursuing a blonde in a Mustang convertible over an Alpine pass. For one collector, being able to own and drive that symbol was worth $2 million. 46 , the new magazine for Mini owners. See its Web site at www.mc2magazine.com. Bond Buyer The Aston DB5 Roos was emblazoned onto the world's automotive consciousness in “Goldfinger.” Most memorable was the scene filmed in the Swiss Alps where James Bond has an encounter with a Ford Mustang convertible driven by a lithe, angry, young blonde. The footage, shot on the Furka Pass, will soon come to life again as the “Bond” Aston returns to those dramatic Alpine switchbacks. The “Bond” Aston Martin DB5 was purchased at the recent RM auction sale in Phoenix, Arizona, by SCMer Beat Roos, acting on behalf of a Swiss friend and client of his business, Roos Engineering Ltd. in Bern, Switzerland. The new owner, also an SCMer, has a large collection of Astons, and believes in driving his cars. It's a philosophy that fits Roos' own—he has run a client's DB3S in the Le Mans Classic, and another client, for whom he restored a DB4GT, drove the car down from Canada to the 1995 Pebble Beach concours. It was entered in that year's special Aston Martin class. “He cleaned the car up a bit and then won the class,” said Roos. Next up are the challenges of getting the car out of the hands of U.S. Customs (they want to make sure the machine guns have been disabled before they let it onto an airplane), and then it's into a cargo hold for a trip back to its silver screen home.—Donald Osborne Sports Car Market

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Riding Bond's Coattails The knock-on effect was so strong my head still hurts. Unlike the unpredictable towering prices made by the occasional 99-point Austin-Healey 3000 Mk III, American one-off concept cars, muscle cars replicas du jour, or—my auction favorite—any American woody built in the late 1930s, Astons have for the most part flatlined at auction. These have been predictable lots. But in Scottsdale this year, the Bond DB5 at $2m left a wake that pulled all other Astons along with it. A condition 2+ Aston Martin DB5, lot #148, sold for very strong money at $267,300. The seller was very smart to send the duplicate model of RM's “shaken not stirred” star car. Lot #148 was presented in a similar shade of silver as 007's ride and had a tastefully done interior. Bingo! 13% above the high estimate. Not silly, but strong, and Lot #148 a record of sorts for a DB5 that you could still spend $15,000 to make it nicer. This was followed by an extremely tired, condition 3- DB6 Short Chassis Volante, lot #166, which sold for an artery-clogging $445,500, 28% above the high estimate. This seller has set a record and should still be in a state of rapture. As for the buyer, after he gets done investing another $100k–$150k, he'll have a 99-point ride that two months ago could have been in a classic car dealer's showroom for $425k all done. Of course, that was then and this is now, so we may simply be seeing the new market values. Obviously, when it came to Aston prices in Phoenix, some days just being an FOB (Friend of Bond) was good enough.—Steve Serio Lot #166 April 2006 47 Photos: RM Auctions

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Etceterini & Friends Profile 1966 Lamborghini 400GT Monza In 1970, after just 7,136 km, this unique V12 Granturismo was bricked up in a garage on a busy street by Donald Osborne DETAILS Years produced: 1965–66 Number produced: 23 (400GT interim) Original list price: $14,750 SCM Valuation: $275,000 - $325,000 Tune-up: $500 Distributor caps: $400 (each, two needed) Chassis #: Plate on firewall and right frame member, front of engine compartment Engine #: Top left side of engine towards firewall between cylinder heads Club Info: Lamborghini Club of America, Jim Kaminski, P.O. Box 7214, St. Petersburg, FL 33734 Alternatives: 1961 Aston Martin DB4GT Jet, 1972 Maserati Boomerang, 1966 Lamborghini Flying Star II SCM Investment Grade: B COMPS Chassis number: 01030 L amborghini's first model—the 350 GT—wowed the motoring press and public at its 1964 launch. Not content to rest on their laurels, Lamborghini's engineers were already at work on the 400 GT, which was in road testers' hands by the end of the year. The series-produced 350 GT/400 GT coupé was the work of respected carrozzeria Touring of Milan, retained by Ferruccio, who, some say, was not entirely happy with Franco Scaglione's design for the first 350 GTV prototype. Though even the revised design remained somewhat controversial, just a handful of bespoke show cars were built on the 350/400 GT chassis. Touring was responsible for a pair of handsome spyders and the rakish, shooting brake-inspired “Flying Star II” for a French client. Sporting Milanese firm Zagato penned a pair of coupés with many of their trademark features. Almost certainly the most exotic creation of all, however, came from much closer to home: Neri & Bonacini's mysterious “Monza.” Believed to have been finished in May–June 1966 (this date appears on photographs shot by journalist Pete Coltrin of the car nearing completion), the Monza may have been intended as an alternative Lamborghini model but, after attracting the attention of the motoring press, it remained a tantalizing one-off and disappeared from view for almost four decades. This rakish one-off was shipped to Spain and shown on Lamborghini importer Amato's stand at the 1967 Barcelona Motor Show, where it caught the eye of a wealthy Spanish gentleman. In 1970, after just 7,136 km, this unique V12 granturismo was laid up in one of the owner's garages on a busy 48 shopping street alongside numerous motorcycles and a powerboat before the entrance was blocked off. Here the car sat for the next few decades while thousands of miles away, motoring historians speculated as to its fate. Rumors abounded that the car had been sold to an American collector, and books on the marque invariably listed the Monza as missing, but nobody knew for sure. As offered today, the Lamborghini Monza is “as-found.” The word original could not be more appropriate: paint, leather, carpets, trim—nothing has been touched since 1966, with the exception of a mechanical check-up by former factory foreman Orazio Salvioli to ensure the engine runs, and cleaning of the coachwork and interior by Modenese coachbuilder Pietro Cremonini. The SCM Analysis: This car sold for $315,446 including buyer's premium, at the Bonhams sale held in London December 5, 2005. Lamborghini hit a home run with his initial model, 1967 Lamborghini 400 GT (interim) Lot #548, S/N 0481 Condition: 3Sold at $70,000 Bonhams, Carmel, CA, 8/15/2003 SCM ID# 35946 1960 Ferrari 250 GT Nembo Spyder Lot #72, S/N 1777GT Condition: 3+ Sold at $895,000 Christie's, Monterey, CA, 8/18/2005 SCM ID# 38866 the 350 GT. A follow-up to the rather baroque 350 GTV prototype, it entered production in 1964 and was rapturously received by the world's motoring press. It was even more impressive as the first product of a startup. The Bizzarrini-designed engine, developed for production by Gianpaolo Dallara, was a smooth, powerful 3.5-liter four-cam V12 producing 270 hp. Touring was commissioned to revise the prototype for production and was remarkably successful in retaining the overall feel of the GTV prototype while eliminating some of the wilder excesses. Nevertheless, many felt that the true strength of the car was in the mechanicals and chassis rather than its looks. A 4-liter version of the V12, with downdraft carbs and 350 hp was introduced for the mid-engined Miura in 1965. A “milder” version of this engine, producing 320 hp with the sidedraft carbs of the 350, found its way into a car called the 400 GT (now referred to as the “interim”), an option on the 350 GT, which continued for a while. Sports Car Market Photos: Bonhams

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This car, a two-seater like the 350 GT, should not be confused with the later 400 2+2. Although the engine was the same and the cars look similar, the 400 GT 2+2 was significantly changed—it had a lowered floorpan and raised roof to accommodate the rear seat (such as it was); a reshaped roof, rear window, and trunk lid; and a transmission and differential produced in-house at Lamborghini. These details are important, as identifying the 400 GT Monza is an interesting task. Record keeping at small manufacturers has always been haphazard—updates and changes can be planned by engineering or the availability of a given part on a particular day. In addition, the need to impress bankers, dealers, and the press frequently comes before accuracy in detail. The birth of the 400 GT Monza, despite being docu- mented in the press, still has its mysteries. Built in 1966, it seems to have been built on a 350 GT rather than 400 GT 2+2 chassis. It is also fitted with the Lamborghini transmission and rear end, making it an “interim” car. Various opinions hold that the car was commissioned by an American to run at Le Mans (along the lines of the privately ordered Ferrari “Breadvan,” also built by Neri & Bonacini); indeed, the car wears English-language Dynotype labels on the dashboard switches. It's also been suggested that it was a stillborn design to replace the 350/400 GT. To add to the confusion, the car wore a “Jarama” badge years before Lamborghini made a totally different car with the same name. Apparently, the first (and until this sale, only) owner, a Spaniard, renamed the car in honor of the region famous for breeding fighting bulls. Whatever the truth, it remained a one-off. Finally, there's the challenge of resurrecting a “sleep- ing beauty.” As presented, the car was observed to be structurally sound, with some bubbling in the paint at the panel seams, some small dents, and a few scratches on the bodywork. The simple interior seemed to be in very good shape. The engine had been restarted, but the brakes, clutch, and steering need work. So what does the new owner do? Restore it to its motor-show glory? Or, to use a phrase which conjures up a shop with low lighting, aromatherapy candles, and new-age music, undertake a “sympathetic restoration”? The buyer, a U.K.-based collector, intends to make the car fully roadworthy and is leaning away from a restoration if at all possible. There are very few special-bodied early Lamborghinis—two Touring-built 350 GTS convertibles, the Zagato 3500 and 400GTZ coupes, and the Touring Flying Star II “shooting brake.” The Monza was lost for many years and stirred up a great deal of excitement when it came to market. Compared to the Miura SV that sold at the same auction for $313,136, this beautiful one-off, one-owner car has to be considered well bought.u DONALD OSBORNE is a candidate member of the American Society of Appraisers. Special thanks to the Vintage Lamborghini Garage Internet group for information used in this article: autos.groups.yahoo.com/group/VintageLambo. Vehicle description courtesy of the auction company. Seat Time Jim Johnson, Salina, KS: I had the pleasure of owning a 400 GT in the early '80s. I traded a 1979 Chevrolet 4x4 pickup even-up for the car. The deal was done in Santa Barbara, California, and I drove the car back to Salina, Kansas. I vividly remember being very hot as I drove through the desert (the car was midnight blue with black interior and no air). Later in the day as I left Flagstaff, Arizona, it turned very cold and I stopped next to the interstate to put on warmer clothes. Since I was afraid I wouldn't be able to get the car restarted, I left it idling while I stood next to it trying to put shoes on. The emergency brake didn't work, so as I was trying to put my shoes on, the car was slowly rolling down the road with me hopping behind. Even though I have dealt in special-interest automobiles for 35 years, I still remember the excellent body fit. While the car didn't possess tremendous acceleration, it was an excellent and powerful road car. Robert Ross, Malibu, CA: One drive and it's easy to understand why Lamborghini was the state-of-theart GT of its day, besting Ferrari, Aston, Jaguar, and every other mid-'60s contender. The “Interim” engine has a broad powerband and is sewing-machine smooth, while the “I can't believe it's not butter” transmission makes shifting pure pleasure. The love-it-or-hate-it styling is Carrozzeria Touring's post-war tour de force, best reflecting Ferruccio Lamborghini's original vision. Its look is unmistakable, and to me, it's the most beautiful car in the world. I would light every car in my garage on fire before parting with my 400GT. My two-year search for an early Lamborghini focused on an “Interim” because it combines the two-seat design of the 350 GT with the 4-liter engine and Lamborghini-made transmission and differential, and it's mostly steel instead of aluminum—a simpler proposition when tackling a ground-up restoration. I was fortunate to find a complete and original car, and did a one-year marathon with Gary Bobileff to bring #0517 back to factory original specification (although body tolerances, paint, and plating are to perfectionist standards). April 2006 49

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German Profile 1938 M-B 540K Sindelfingen Cabriolet “A” Sixteen years after its restoration, it actually looks like a car again, rather than something embalmed for open-casket burial by Raymond Milo with Kathleen Donohue DETAILS Years produced: 1936–42 Number produced: 409 Original list price: $7,500 SCM Valuation: $1,000,000–$2,630,000 Tune up/Major service: $5,000 Distributor cap: $1,500–$2,500, if available Chassis #: Left frame rail Engine #: Right side of engine block Club: Mercedes-Benz Club of America, 1907 Lelaray St., Colorado Springs, CO 80909 More: www.mbca.org Alternatives: 1932 Horch 670 V12 Cabriolet, 1930 Hispano Suiza H6B, 1938 Maybach SW38 SCM Investment Grade: A COMPS Chassis number: 169397 Engine number: 169397 T ogether with its predecessor the 500K, the magnificent Mercedes-Benz 540K was arguably the most noteworthy production model offered by the Stuttgart firm during the 1930s. A development of the 500K, whose independently suspended chassis it shared, the 540K was powered by a 5.4-liter supercharged straight-eight engine. It featured the company's Roots-type supercharger system, in which pressing the accelerator to the end of its travel would engage the compressor and close off the atmospheric intake. Launched at the Paris Salon in October 1936, the 540K developed 155 hp unsupercharged or 180 hp with the supercharger engaged. The gearbox was a four-speed, but with direct final drive, unlike the overdrive in the 500K. With the supercharger engaged, the 540K's top speed approached 110 mph, matched by servo-assisted brakes. Tested by Britain's Motor magazine, the 540K was judged to have lighter steering and handling than its predecessor and a more comfortable ride. The test car turned 102 mph in the quarter with the blower engaged and 85 mph without. Such performance was not without cost, and it recorded 11 mpg. In May 1938, the 540K was tested at Brooklands race track by Autocar and proved the fastest car tested to date, 50 recording 104.65 with three passengers. Although the 500K and 540K attracted custom coachbuilders, it was hard to top the company's own Sindelfingen coachwork. This car has the Cabriolet “A” option with two doors, 2+1-seater coachwork, wire wheels, twin side-mounts, exposed landau irons, twin horns, and center spotlight. This car was ordered by a French customer and delivered to Paris. After WWII it came to the U.S. and was restored and displayed at Pebble Beach in 2002 by its Japanese owner before being returned to Germany. The manufacturing record of the 540K reveals its exclusive nature. A total of 97 were made in 1936, 145 in 1937, 95 in 1938, 69 in 1939 and three more before production ended in 1942. Such rarity, style, and performance makes for one 1938 Mercedes-Benz 540K Special Lot #255, S/N 189387 Condition: 1 Sold at $1,017,500 RM Auctions, Monterey, CA, 8/19/2005 SCM ID# 39203 1938 Mercedes-Benz Lot #94, S/N 154099 Condition: 2 Sold at $1,001,000 RM, Amelia Island, FL, 3/9/2002 SCM ID# 27234 of the most sought-after classic cars. As a representative of the best money could buy, this car comes with fitted luggage. The SCM analysis: This car sold for $1,035,991 at Bonhams' London auction on December 5, 2005. Only Hitler's arrogance could have produced a car like this in the depths of the German depression. The triumph of pre-WWII engineering and the pinnacle of an era, this was the first car to cruise comfortably above 100 mph. Perhaps equally important, after reaching that dizzying speed, the huge servo-assisted brakes were up to snuff, so you didn't need an aircraft landing strip to slow down the thundering behemoth. A Max Sailer design, executed by none other than Dr. Ferdinand Porsche (a slide rule Sports Car Market Photos: Bonhams

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$500,000 cash for doesn't show up in Helsinki as promised? Sue? Some years ago, I had the opportunity to drive one of these thundering beasts. A client of mine showed me his 540K at his country estate in France. He asked proudly, “How would you like to drive it?” I replied, “I would love to,” which was not the case. The prospect of piloting this gargantuan and very valuable piece of real estate over rough country roads was not nearly as inviting as my friend assumed, but to avoid offending him, I drove it. I was pleasantly surprised at the acceleration, but in the turns I was thoroughly disgusted by the Freightlinerlike handling (if your arms are like Popeye's, you'd have no problem). Our subject 540K car was ordered new by a French customer for delivery via Mercedes-Benz in Paris (a copy of the original order comes with it). After WWII the car went to the U.S. and in 1970 it was bought by Mr. James Dupar. Subsequently restored, it was displayed at the prestigious Pebble Beach Concours in 2002 by its Japanese owner at the time before being resold and returning to the Fatherland. Sixteen years after its restoration, it has a nice patina; it actually looks like a car again, rather than something embalmed for open-casket burial. It's nice to know that there are some people who actu- for hire), the 540K was designed for the wealthy; fuel alone was a daunting expense, but if you worried about miles per gallon, you couldn't afford this car in the first place. Gas wasn't cheap, but labor was, and skilled craftsmen were plentiful, so fanciers of the 540K had a choice of four factory bodies. Generally, the Germans were not known for styling, but this model was quite elegant; the two-door cabriolet A was the most beautiful. In all, 409 were made and about 200 exist today. As a show of wealth and power, the 540K had undeniable impact. It was the trans- portation of choice of the Third Reich (though ironically one of the most notable 540K drivers was the Jewish head of Warner Brothers studios, Jack Warner). With cars this big and no power steering, one could understand why chauffeurs were 6'4”, at least 250 lbs, and usually hailed from Poland. (But there were other Mercedes that required even more brute strength. Take, for instance, the later, massive 770K; it looked like a truck and handled like a truck. If that car were made today, Peterbilt would sue for copyright infringement.) As the saying goes, to the victor go the spoils; and while much of the booty carted away from the Fatherland after WWII was in paintings, jewelry, and other more easily hidden goods, more than one 540K was steered east (at what must have been a pretty good clip) by Soviet generals. Of course, once on the dark side of the Iron Curtain, the Soviets had no way to make repairs, so when something on the engine blew up, they rolled the useless but beautiful car into a barn. Some are still there. Since the break-up of the Soviet Union, it's now even harder to get a car out of Russia; at least then, you could fill out endless forms and wait about a year with a prayer of an end result. Now, you're at the mercy of the Russian mafia. And what are you going to do if the car you paid April 2006 51 ally drive these cars. I'd be comfortable stopping at a nice pub in this car—provided I ate my spinach first. Or got Boris of Warsaw to do the driving. A car like this does not come along very often, with provenance, rich history, and awards to boot. I'd call this one well-bought.u RAYMOND MILO describes himself as CEO and chief sanitation engineer of BB One Exports.

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Porsche Gespräch Jim Schrager Gee, What Do YOU Think It's Worth? This seller was just shopping, kicking the financial tires to make sure he got all the money I recently got a call from a long-lost 356 enthusiast, a fellow with twenty-some desirable cars, a few dozen motors, countless boxes of parts and a sizable literature collection. Due to a major life change he will be moving to Europe, he said, and everything must go. I made a few follow-up calls and it was always the same story: Whenever asked how much he wanted for any particular item, he'd say: “I don't have any idea. I've been out of this too long to know.” After some discussion, I made a fair offer for the car I was interested in, a 1959 356A Sunroof. He agreed it was all the money and promised that I had first shot. I urged him to act as I was ready to send a check, but he said, “Nah, don't worry. I promise it's yours.” This has happened to many of us. As I hung up the He's looking to make a buck, not do you a favor related stories. Some people just need someone to talk to. A few offtopic sidebars are fine, but if you find that you, as a complete stranger, are being told someone's life story—repeatedly—be wary. By the end of these phone calls I heard what this guy's kids did for a living... more than once. Try to observe the seller in other ways. This seller told me he had promised a project Speedster to a “good friend.” Okay, fair enough. He then offered this same car for sale, on a “bring all offers” basis, on the Internet. Several people came to his house and he was able to coax ever-larger purchase offers. He then withdrew the car from all the buyers, and offered it to me as part of a package—unpriced, of course. GET A DETAILED LIST Be wary if the seller won't provide a good, detailed list of what is for sale. I once phone, I realized there were many things that didn't make sense about this guy. For starters, a fellow this deep into the hobby clearly has some ideas about what stuff is worth. Just one issue of Hemmings is all it takes to get some rough bearings; SCM if he really wants to learn a bunch. Next, anyone who keeps that much stuff, most of it unused, is generally doing it for one reason: to make money. Most of his cars were undriven, the engines disassembled. Why have an extra few dozen motors? Can anyone use that many even in a lifetime of driving? THE SELLER, NOT THE CAR Why give me, or anyone you don't know who hasn't even made a visit to your place, right of first refusal after just a phone call? This makes little sense. So what gives? Well, the rest of the story is that this guy was just shopping, kicking the financial tires, and got out of my “right of first refusal” by simply changing his mind on what was for sale—for now. All in all, it was a total waste of time. How to avoid this in the future? Look at the seller, not the car. That's really the secret to staying sane and having fun with the old car hobby. If the seller seems likely to make your life miserable, do your best to walk away. Don't believe folks with big, deep experience who claim not to have the faintest idea of what their cars are worth. Serious sellers do their homework and come to the market with prices. Perhaps they need a call with a friendly buyer before revealing their price, but I have never yet found someone ready to sell who didn't have a number in mind. I get worried when people tell too many non-car- 52 did a deal for a large group of Porsche engines based on a pretty sketchy list. When the goods arrived, all were less than represented. Some “engines” were nothing more than cases; “roller cranks in excellent condition” were in fact suitable for use only as doorstops; “2-liter 911 engine being prepared for vintage racing” was a 1969 911T long block, dormant for dozens of years, that had apparently been prepared by storing it untouched in a damp environment. Needless to say, it wasn't a happy deal. Our 356 seller got very specific when he was in the mood. For example, he asked how much disc brake conversions are going for. This is a desirable option, as it was provided only with the last two years of the 356 and can be used on almost any earlier A or B 356. He saw a set posted at $1,800 on a VW talk list. That's big money, but it's only an asking price. Of course it depends on condition, I told our secretive stash seller who claimed to know nothing. His response: “I've looked at the caliper bores in each of my seven sets and there are no rust pits. These parts are in excellent condition!” This is the same guy who refused to write a list of what he had for sale. Seems a bit inconsistent, doesn't it? So what's the game here? It's a classic mismatch of minds. The seller is looking for big money due to his hours expended in accumulating his outstandingly wonderful worldly possessions. Think of all the early Saturday morning swap meets, the miles spent on the road, the haggling with owners. The seller wants over retail to compensate for his Herculean efforts and the sheer majesty of his estate. He is looking for an emotional buyer who looks at the seemingly endless cache of parts and simply must possess them, damn the cost. On the other hand, a thoughtful buyer is being forced to take lots of stuff he doesn't really want or need. To him, swap meets are fun, and he is glad to trade time for a lower price. He's looking for a discount to pay for his hassle in unloading what he doesn't want. Most of the time, the twain never meet—or at least, not happily. Keep your check- book in your pocket until you really know what you are getting. And be on the lookout for time-wasters masquerading as guys who “don't have a clue” what their merchandise is worth.u JIM SCHRAGER is the author of Buying, Driving and Enjoying the Porsche 356 (stock or improved) and writes for the 356 Registry magazine. Sports Car Market

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American Profile 1953 General Motors “Parade of Progress” Tour Bus They'd motor into town, set up at a football stadium, open their side panels, and raise their ridgebacks eleven feet to expose banks of floodlights by Paul Duchene DETAILS Years produced: 1940, rebuilt 1953 Number produced: 12 Original list price: Reputedly $1 million SCM Valuation: $4,320,000 (1/21/06) Tune up/Major service: $500 Distributor cap: $30 approx Chassis #: n/a Engine#: Front left Clubs: n/a More: www.futurliner.com Alternatives: 1950s Routemaster double-decker London bus, 1940s Greyhound Scenicruiser, 1930s Renault Parisian bus. COMPS 1954 Oldsmobile F-88 Lot #992, S/N E54S003701 Condition: 1- Sold at $3,240,000 Barrett-Jackson, Scottsdale, AZ, 1/26//2005 SCM ID# 36957 O 54 ne of twelve built by General Motors, this selfcontained display and transport vehicle was created in 1940 by the GM design staff under Harley Earl's direction. The Futurliner has opening sides, interior and exterior floodlights, a retractable stage, distinctive center cockpit driving position and dual-wheel front and rear axles. The buses were used in the “Parade of Progress” touring exhibit created by GM Vice President Charles “Boss” Kettering, which complemented GM's Motorama exhibits from 1940 through 1956. This bus is one of three survivors restored to their original configuration. It is now powered by a later 400 cubic-inch GM gasoline truck engine and is fully equipped, including an onboard motor-generator and airconditioning for the driver's compartment. The SCM analysis: This vehicle sold for $4,320,000 at Barrett-Jackson in Scottsdale on January 21, 2006. It's hard to think of a way to upstage this 33-foot long, eleven-foot high, red-and-white bus, but the sale price certainly did. The whole affair was surreal anyway, as the Futurliner was too heavy to cross the stage and lurked, honking in the shadows, while spectators jostled to see it and auctioneers shouted themselves hoarse. Ron Pratte of Chandler, Arizona, bought the bus and the 1954 Pontiac Bonneville ($3,024,000) and plans to display them together in his 200-car collection. Bus seller and SCMer Daniel Noiseux of Montreal, Canada, says the Bonneville has been measured and will fit inside the bus, although how it will be loaded from the side is unclear. Pratte also bought the stunning red Ghia-bodied 1954 Pontiac Bonneville Lot #1304, S/N Condition: 1- Sold at $3,024,000 Barrett-Jackson, Scottsdale, AZ, 1//2006 SCM ID# 1952 Chrysler d'Elegance coupe ($1,188,000), which made January 21 an expensive day for him. Let's take a quick trip down memory lane at about 35 mph, which was all the bus was good for with its original 300-ci six-cylinder engine. GM started its Parade of Progress after the 1933–34 Chicago World's Fair, with a fleet of eight buses to take the exhibits around America. The idea was expanded in 1940 after the 1939 New York World's Fair and GM's Yellow Truck & Coach Division built twelve new streamlined buses with Fleetwood/ Fisher bodies. This bus is #11, and nine of the twelve still exist. (It is reported that two are being cannibalized to restore the others, a process that will no doubt be accelerated Sports Car Market Photos: Martin Savoie

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by this price. I suggest the owners move rapidly—the market for $4m likely a thin one, and the demand may already have been met.) Four buses are roadworthy. One is a motor home in California; are original. Peter Pan Bus Co. in Springfield, Massachussets, has one, last is at the National Automotive and Truck Museum of the United Auburn, Indiana. Three others are being restored. The 1940 Parade of Progress visited 12 1/2 million people in 251 ies before being mothballed at the start of WWII. In 1950, the buses revived and toured until they were parked in 1956, when television projecting the future into people's homes. The buses would demonstrate such things as the Kitchen of Tomorr How a Jet Engine Works, and Highways of Tomorrow. They'd motor town, set up at a football stadium, open their huge side panels, extend stages and finally, raise their ridgebacks eleven feet to expose banks floodlights to illuminate the field. Daniel Noiseux and two friends found six buses in a Hemmings ad in 1992. He had disassembled a 1940s diner, moved it, and rebuilt a restaurant, and was looking for a new project. At that time the buses sitting in a field in Illinois, property of Joe Bortz, who has collected dream cars. He once owned eight Futurliners. “The original plan was to buy three but we settled on this one for $10,000 it was the best,” says Noiseux. “We had no idea what we were getting into.” April 2006 55

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American Profile Noiseux and his $4m view The bus was badly rusted and much of the unique trim was damaged or missing and had to be recreated. Luckily, the friends had connections in BOS Advertising and the FIDO cell phone company, which was willing to lease the bus for three years and sponsor the restoration IF it could be done in five months. It was, though Noiseux recalls work going on 24/7 and the total cost being $300,000. The wiring was an incredible mess, recalled Noiseux, but making a new windshield—which wraps almost around the cockpit—was the hardest task. “We made twelve to get three good ones,” says Noiseux. It could have been worse. The buses were remodeled in 1953, when this one was retitled. Before that, the cabs were non-opening plexiglass bubbles with no air-conditioning. There is still no access from the cab to the body of the bus, just a steep flight of ten steps to the right front door. The left door leads to the submarine-like engine compartment. Mario Petit has been the bus's sole driver since its restoration and reckons he's traveled at least 10,000 miles—and is grateful for the pneumatic seat. He likens the 24-ton bus to driving a Boeing 747 on the street and says with his 10foot-6-inch view, he worried most about not seeing people directly in front. “The bus has 16 springs 56 Sports Car Market under the front axle; if you look at film of the original trips, the driver is bumping up and down all the time,” he says. Petit drove the bus to Chandler the morning after the auction—complete with police helicopter escort. Joe Bortz came to Scottsdale to see the bus and reckoned it would bring about $400,000, though the partners were hoping for $600,000. “I wonder how he feels now,” said Noiseux. The Futurliner price falls into the category of “What's it worth? What have you been offered lately?” But you have to think that Joe Bortz's estimate of its value is going to be a lot closer for the next one that comes up for sale. In any case: What on earth are you going to do with it? Unless you plan to launch a vintage Mayflower moving company, the Futurliner's performance (and comfort) confine it to a museum. In that context, the Bonneville is the perfect traveling companion for it. Both are icons of an optimistic “can do” time, symbols of GM at its zenith.u

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Domestic Affairs Colin Comer Muscle in the Desert The true test for me is to look at an auction list and pretend that every car on it costs a buck 427 Cobra brought a predictable $566,280 at Russo and Steele M uscle car prices have taken off like pro stocks at the 1970 NHRA Winternationals, with plenty of heat, smoke, and noise. Many oldtime collectors consider these recent trends to be pure theater, claiming Speed Channel lights fry bidders' brains. True or not, the concern in any volatile market is that a rising tide may be lifting a lot of old, crusty boats. How many will be seaworthy when the cold winds of reality start to gust? With hardly a breeze at this year's Arizona auctions, prices were all over the map. Buyers paid good money for good cars and great money for not-so-good ones. As a result, plenty of color-changed cars and fluffed-up auction specials brought significant prices. In this sort of atmosphere, what really separates someone who knows what he's doing from the masses is the ability to distinguish between “right” and “close” cars. You don't want to be the guy who buys an average 1967 Corvette 427/435 for nearly the same money as a fantastic one. There are also some broader considerations that can help in bidding, even in a superheated market where price guides seem irrelevant a month after they're printed. By filtering out the flukes and the competitive train wrecks, we can mine some good market data from the Arizona sales. MOPAR MADNESS We'll start with the one-word phrase that even the civilians know: Hemi. Chrysler products are clearly lead58 ing the Detroit Iron market, although inconsistencies within the ranks of some very similar cars have left me a bit unsettled. Take the ubiquitous 1970 Plymouth Hemi 'Cuda hard top, for example. There were 652 produced, and of these, seven were on offer in Scottsdale—six at Barrett-Jackson and one at RM. Before we look at their prices, let me give you a bit of historical perspective. In 2000 I purchased what I considered to be the world's best 1970 Hemi 'Cuda hard top, a black-on-black car with original paint and all the right paperwork. It was a “new” 17,000-mile car, flawless. I paid $47,000, a world record at a time when most were selling in the $30,000 range. Today, I'd value my car at $500k to $600k or more. But I'm also kind of worried. In Scottsdale, the cheapest '70 Hemi 'Cuda sold for $189,000 at Barrett-Jackson, but the most expensive example, again at B-J, went for $702,000. In between, four others sold for $243k, $270k, $486k, and $648k, while the RM car went for $330k. That's a whopping 270% spread among seven similar cars. I don't consider that disparity reassuring, and I surmise it's probably going to make a lot of others equally uneasy. With such a broad price range, it's clear the true value of these cars is really up for grabs. CLASSIC COBRAS Now let's look at the results of the following Shelby cars: 1. 289 Cobras (455 produced): Three sold: two for $385,000 and one for $368,500, a variance of less than 5%. 2. 427 Cobras (260 produced): Four sold, including one from RM known to have a replacement body and chassis (yet it still made $390,500). That leaves us with two that sold at Russo and Steele for $566,280 and $605,000, and one at B-J that made $594,000, a spread of 7%. 3. 1965 GT350 (521 produced): Three sold, but I'll exclude Russo and Steele lot S217, a two-digit car that brought $205k, but which needed a complete and comprehensive restoration. That leaves two, another Russo consignment that went for $297k, and a Sports Car Market

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Most expensive 'Cuda coupe of the weekend sold for $702k at B-J B-J car that sold for $335,880, a difference of 12%. 4. 1966 GT350/GT350 H (2,370 produced): Six sold, including one that needed restoration and one “carryover” model, a 1965 1/2 that brought $220k. That leaves four that sold at $178,750, $151,250, $198,000, and $180,900. Here we see a wider variance, roughly 30%—not nearly as erratic as the Hemi prices above. I find this cluster of prices fascinating. With all the variables of provenance, condition, and presentation—and in a rapidly changing market—Shelbys still have very stable prices. But I also believe this is to be expected, as certain collectible cars seem to have an intrinsic value that gives them a solid track record of steady and predictable growth. In 2000, the best 1965 Shelby GT350 was no more than $50,000, and a great 289 Cobra would run you $125,000. While this sort of appreciation in value is far less than the meteoric rise of the Hemis, I'm willing to bet that slow and steady wins the race. Putting my money where my mouth is, I bought a few Shelbys in Scottsdale. I purchased lot 1289 at Barrett-Jackson for a client, 1965 GT350 S/N SFM5S363, for $335,880, including premium. He had been looking for a great '65, and while this is a later car with the battery in the front, it is also a stunning #1-condition car with its original, numbers-matching engine and transmission and all of its original Shelby bits and pieces intact. Sitting on a set of four original unobtanium 1965 Goodyear Blue Dot tires with a fifth for a spare, plus a trunk full of high-level concours trophies and original paperwork, I felt this car was a relative bargain in the land of $2m Hemi 'Cudas and $500k resto-mods. I also purchased a 1964 289 Cobra at RM's Biltmore sale, lot 133, S/N CSX 2258, for April 2006 $385,000. This was a 12,000-original-mile car that impressed me with its condition, originality, and honest patina. Again, perhaps what I paid was a bit ahead of the market, but should a 289 Cobra really be worth less than certain Chevelle convertibles? WHAT TO BUY My bottom-line recommendation is one you've heard before: Buy a car you actually want to own, then worry about the investment. Look for solid, consistent sales prices and top quality examples with verifiable provenance. These are the hallmarks of a great car at any price. All the clone and replica cars have a great visual appeal, but as the years pass, they will just be fakes with falling values while the real things continue to climb. The true test for me is to look at an auction list and pretend that every car on it costs a buck. Which ones would you take home if price were not an issue? I think many would have left town with the same cars I did.u COLIN COMER is founder and president of Colin's Classic Automobiles, as well as an avid collector and enthusiast. 1965 GT350 a relative bargain at $335,880 59

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Race Car Profile Goodall Special Sports The British have a tradition of lesser visionaries who put immense time and resources into projects that are just plain silly by Thor Thorson DETAILS Year produced: About 1926 Number produced: 1 (?) Original list price: Homebuilt SCM Valuation: “Priceless” Tune Up/Major Service: $200 Distributor cap: Who knows? Chassis #: Equally unknown Engine #: Stamped on it, maybe Club: Vintage Sports Car Club, The Old Post Office, West Street, Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire OX7 5EL More: www.vscc.co.uk Alternatives: ‘Brescia' Bugatti, Riley and Austin 7 specials SCM Investment Grade: C COMPS Chassis number: AL3 A ccording to information supplied by the vendor, this intriguing two-seater special is believed to have been constructed in 1926 by one Cleland C. Castleman. Built around an inverted ladder frame (hence the ground-hugging stance), it's equipped with a beam front axle, “live” rear end, leaf springs, and Andre-Hartford-style friction dampers. Clothed in a mixture of aluminum and steel, it rides on 19-inch wire wheels and features unusually large finned rear brake drums (those at the front appearing somewhat smaller). Reputedly first registered in Surrey around 1930–32, an accompanying modern V5C document suggests a 1,479-cc displacement for its OHV straight six. This is mated to a manual gearbox, and it's a conventionallooking powerplant with water pump, dynamo, tubular exhaust manifold and twin SU carburetors. Although it was supposedly converted to road use in late 1945, the car has not run for several decades. Full of ingenious touches such as the recycled ex-limousine occasional seats and quick-release mudguards, it's thought to contain various items of Talbot 12/30 running gear. Sporting an 80-mph Jaeger speedometer and sundry Smiths dials to the dashboard, this low-slung lightweight has the words “Goodall Special” etched into a sidelight, the number MC2595 cast into its crankcase and carries the intertwined initials “TC” or “CT” on each Bakelite rocker box fastener. With traces of red and green paint (the latter matching the remnants of its leather cockpit lining), this poten- 60 tially rewarding restoration project promises to be a welcome distraction around Boxing Day. The SCM analysis: This car sold for $11,140 at the H&H Buxton, England, auction November 22, 2005. While each great industrial country has had its share of visionary dreamers—those with the creativity, purpose, and relentless drive to single-handedly mold the future and create history—the British also have a tradition of lesser visionaries who put immense time and resources into projects that are just plain silly. Far from a cultural shortcoming, this arguably demonstrates the depth and richness of a society. It has given us Monty Python, Wallace and Gromit, and countless weird automotive specials. The Goodall appears to be a classic example of 1932 Ford racer Lot #15, S/N AAB5038089 Condition: 2Sold at $41,125 Christie's, Monterey, CA, 8/8/2004 SCM ID# 34603 1931 Ford Indy racer Lot #728 Condition: 2+ Sold at $30,100 the “pre-war English special.” It was clearly created a very long time ago by someone with a lot of time, a moderate amount of ability, little money, and a good sense of humor. Many of the specials of the era were cut down, lightened, “hot-rod” variants on Kruse, Auburn, IN, 4/27/2004 SCM ID# 33744 existing mechanical packages—Rileys were particularly popular for this. Some were extraordinarily successful in obscure competitions like hill climbs—John Bolster's twin-engine special “Bloody Mary” and Basil Davenport's homemade 2-liter V-twin “Spider,” for example. But this car appears to have been assembled literally from junkyard parts in the late '20s. I have no personal knowledge of the car, only the catalog description, but the Talbot 12/30 (a product of the Sunbeam-Talbot-Darraq [STD] consortium) was a very clunky medium-sized touring car with a four-cylinder engine and an unlikely donor for a racy little special. STD did not make a 1.5-liter six during that period of time so whatever the engine is, it's not Talbot. I'm amused that neither the seller nor the auction company bothered to try to figure Sports Car Market H&H Auctions

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out anything more about the car before putting it up for sale. With it right in front of you, could it be that tough to figure out what kind of engine it really has? Come on, guys! Actually, it probably doesn't much matter. What re- ally was sold here was an eccentric hobbyist's fantasy. Buying the car is a chance to spend untold hours in the shop with a pipe and a pot of tea, puttering and figuring out what it was and what it might become, an opportunity to natter endlessly with your chums in the pub. As the “welcome distraction around Boxing Day” comment suggests, it's a good way for someone to fill up a dark, wet winter. One of the great details is that it's been a mongrel from the beginning, so whoever “restores” it will have a great amount of latitude in doing the job. If it were a Ferrari (or an Alfa, or an ERA, or an Aston) there would be an army of people who know exactly what it should look like and which piece is correct, but with a car like this you're able at some level to invent history. The Vintage Sports Car Club in Britain (VSCC) is sort of the spiritual home of the pre-war specials, and though they are very concerned that the pieces that compose a special are authentic and of the correct period, they are not inclined to worry about whether the front axle or engine originally should have come from a Talbot or an Austin. Assuming the car is well done and nicely presented as an early-'30s special, it will be welcome at their events. So jump ahead a few thousand hours of puttering, in- numerable phone calls tracking stories and parts, and a long-suffering body and paint guy. You've got a completed, fully restored and ready to go uh…. well, whatever it is. Oh, yeah—a Goodall Special. Now what are you going to do with it? Actually, assuming that you live in the United Kingdom, quite a lot. VSCC is a very active club with special emphasis on the early cars. They were originally formed in the early '30s by a group of people who felt that by 1930 everything worth driving had already been built, and though they've made some concessions to the ages since then, the basic zeitgeist hasn't changed. They do road races, autocrosses, trials (mud hillclimbs), and social bench racing pretty much year-round. A car like the Goodall Special is a ticket into a very engaging group of eccentrics. If you don't happen to live in the U.K., however, you'd be basically doomed. Without the cottage industry of one- and two-man shops specializing in the unspeakably weird and esoteric that exists over there (I once found an NOS pair of early '30s Anzani/Squire water pumps sitting on a shelf in one of them) there's no way to hope to restore a car like this. Once complete, you're still in the wrong place. You'd be welcome but alone at U.S. vintage races and it's way too slow and probably scary for road use over here. (“Ah, yes. The wind in your face, a cheese-cutter cap, a meerschaum pipe, and a death wish…” This is definitely a car for English country lanes, not freeways.) It did sell for effectively nothing, however, so why not? If all you're investing is your hobby time and pocket change, and all you're expecting is a great time playing in your garage and hanging out with other eccentrics, there's nothing to lose. It's not a car for Type-A, gotta-win, power people, but if you're a personality match for something like this, it can be a whole lot of fun.u THOR THORSON is just weird enough to consider a project like this fun. Similar attempts on his part proved miserable failures, so he is resigned to writing about them. Historical and descriptive information in this profile courtesy of the auction company. April 2006 61

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Market Reports Overview An Auction for All Tastes Jackson has brought the masses to the cars, drawing them into the thrill of stalking the grounds, of seeing that car, of knowing it can be theirs by Stefan Lombard T Ferraris large and small at Bonhams' Gstaad sale here is a collector car world outside of Scottsdale populated by enthusiasts who don't require that a vehicle have a monster V8, primitive suspension, and puny brakes to be collectible. Gstaad, Switzerland, and Bonhams have long been a special combination for collectors. Many marque devotees plan their holiday around a little mid-December V12 shopping at the tony Palace Hotel before dashing off to the slopes to randonée. The 2005 sale did not disappoint. If you accept that the mixed results of Sotheby's June Ferrari sale were due to most of the lots not being fresh to market, then Bonhams' success lay entirely with its attractive, not shopworn, consignments. Also, though fewer in number and perhaps not as elite overall as Sotheby's offerings, Bonhams' cars fell within a more inclusive and inviting realm of discretionary spending. As a result, 23 bidders walked away with new toys. And as Richard Hudson-Evans tells us, five of them determinedly chased a handsome 1958 250 TdF until one punter parted with $1.5m postblock. In this, the final European sale presided over by auctioneer and Bonhams Europe President Simon Kidston before opening his new consultancy, the results served to revalidate the strength of the Ferrari market at large, and in Europe specifically. The sale saw 88% sell- By the Numbers $25m $50m $75m $100m Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale, AZ 62 $2m $4m $6m $8m Bonhams Gstaad, Switzerland Bonhams Beaulieu, U.K. 2005 2006 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 Worldwide Raliegh, NC Sports Car Market

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through, up from a 63% average over the last few years. Most significant was the sales total, a $2m increase from both 2004 and 2003, and nearly double the haul of 2002. In a similar but far more grandiose way, Barrett-Jackson and Scottsdale are inextricably linked. For 35 years, each has benefited from the investments and resources of the other, along the way creating an auction spectacle whose numbers continue to climb. Within that framework, Craig Jackson has built an impressive machine in the Scottsdale desert, powered both by Detroit and by memories of Detroit. Though the event used to focus on a broader range of American and European classics, each year for the last five years Barrett-Jackson has narrowed its focus, consistently bringing more and better muscle cars to the masses. At the same time, and most impres- sively, Jackson has brought the masses to the cars. Each sale has indoctrinated new collectors, drawing them into the thrill of stalking the grounds, of seeing that car, of realizing, “It's mine if I want it.” This year, 4,852 people came on board to bid, another quarter-million attended the auction, and millions watched it all unfold on cable TV. The payoff? Nearly $100m in total sales over six days. SCM once again sent its team of analysts—John Apen, B. Mitchell Carlson, Dave Kinney, Donald Osborne, Dave Stewart, and first-timer Brad Brioux—to cover the sale, and once again they came away with the goods. Nearly 160 cars appear this month from B-J alone, with 230 total logged into our SCM Gold database. Full coverage of the RM, Kruse, Russo and Steele, and Silver auctions that were held in Arizona this winter will be in our next issue. In addition to Gstaad and Scottsdale, we cover two more sales this issue. The Worldwide Group held its first auction in Raleigh, North Carolina, and the results turned SCM1-6 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 Bonhams (BG) Gstaad, CH, p. 100 this regional sale into something of a surprise. All 189 lots sold at no reserve, and this mixed-marque event made nearly $7m in total sales. Along the way, more than a few lots sold for strong, and some record, prices. Finally, Bonhams' annual U.K. auction at the Beaulieu Autojumble had a few sur- prises of its own. More than in recent years, a fair share of European bidders made their way across the Channel to buy, perhaps a sign that the Continent is beginning to take note of this massive automobilia event. Those who worked SCM's booth at Barrett-Jackson enjoyed chatting with all the SCMers who stopped by, and we thank you for sharing your enthusiasm and experiences with us. If January is a bellweather for the market, putting on some crampons and getting a few spikes wouldn't be a bad idea. You'll need them to follow the market as it climbs.u Top10 Sales This Issue (Land Auctions Only) 1. 1953 GM Futurliner, $4,320,000—BJ, p. 75 2. 1954 Pontiac Bonneville, $3,024,000—BJ, p. 76 3. 1970 Plymouth Hemi ‘Cuda cvt., $2,160,000—BJ, p. 94 4. 1958 Ferrari 250 GT Tour de France, $1,441,265—BG, p. 102 5. 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle LS6 cvt., $1,242,000—BJ, p. 96 6. 1952 Chrysler d'Elegance, $1,188,000—BJ, p. 76 7. 1953 Chevrolet Corvette, $1,080,000—BJ, p. 76 8. 1968 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 NART Spyder replica, $814,918—BG, p. 104 9. 1991 Ferrari F40 LM, $654,931—BG. p. 106 10. 1956 Mercedes-Benz 300SL coupe, $621,000—BJ , p. 66 April 2006 1. 1963 Mercedes-Benz 300SL roadster, $324,000—BJ, p. 68 2. 1984 Ferrari 288 GTO, $295,983—BG, p. 105 3. 1969 Plymouth Road Runner, $156,600—BJ, p. 88 4. 1971 Aston Martin DBSV8, $12,696—BB, p. 122 5. 1955 Dodge Custom Royal Lancer, $4,590—BJ, p. 76 63 Best Buys

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Column Author Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale, AZ 35th Annual Collector Car Auction The atmosphere Saturday night when the big lots hit the stage was a combination of Barnum and Bailey and Pebble Beach Company Barrett-Jackson Date January 17–22, 2006 Location Scottsdale, AZ Auctioneers Cary Aaness, Tom “Spanky” Assiter, Kurt Becker, Mark Buleziuk, Scott Caldwell, Mark Gellman, Jimmy Landis, John Nicholls, and Shane Ratliff Automotive lots sold / offered 1063 / 1063 Sales rate 100% Sales total $98,116,434 High sale Have we mentioned yet how big it is? Report and photos by John Apen, Brad Brioux, B. Mitchell Carlson, Dave Kinney, Stefan Lombard, Donald Osborne, and Dave Stewart. Market opinions in italics. T Scottsdale, AZ he heavy rains of 2005 weren't enough to keep bidders from spending more than $61m at Barrett-Jackson. The sales figure shocked many, and left speculators of all sorts to wonder how big things might get in 2006. But if last year's results were overwhelming, this year's numbers—all of them—eclipse them handily. Consider this: Over the six-day event, 225,000 people came through the 120,000-sq-ft tent to watch 4,852 bidders from 50 states and 14 countries scrap for the 1,063 cars on offer, a frenzy that saw more than $98m change hands—and 80% of the bidders go home without a car. Figure in another million or so who tuned in to Speed Channel's 33 hours of live coverage, and the scope of the show becomes even more apparent. So how did this happen? First of all, it didn't rain. In fact, the weather remained idyllic throughout the week, which made for pleasant, unhurried browsing among the acres of cars. But even more than good weather, it was good cars that made the difference. Another factor was the addition of a sixth day, Tuesday, which allowed the money to start flowing 24 hours earlier than last year. As has been the case over the last several years, B-J was a mostly muscle affair, with big iron from the Big Three accounting for most of the lots. Classic cruisers of the '50s were also well represented, with a smattering of European and prewar American classics thrown in for good measure. In 2005, only the $3.2m Olds F-88 broke the million-dollar mark. Five cars from 2006 did just that, and a sixth, a 1953 GM Futurliner “Parade of Progress” bus, finished the week as 64 1953 GM Futurliner bus, sold at $4,320,000 Buyer's premium 8% (included in sold prices) the high sale, changing hands for $4,320,000. At that price, it became the most expensive U.S.-built vehicle ever to sell at auction. Next in line was a Harley Earl-styled 1954 Pontiac Bonneville Motorama show car, a fitting compliment not only to the Futurliner, with which it toured throughout the 1950s, but also to the F-88, another Earl design. It sold for $3,024,000. Mopars of all sorts did well here, but when the 1970 Plymouth Hemi 'Cuda convertible crossed the block, it represented the first public sale of such a rare and desirable configuration. Its $2,160,000 sale price should help to give these some solid footing in the market. Though the million-dollar cars might have led to shortness of breath among attendees, a few hammered prices completely knocked the wind out of all who saw them. One such car was a 1964 Amphicar 770. The SCM Gold database shows a previous high of $48k for a #3 condition example, but here a #2+ driver/floater brought $124,200. Barrett-Jackson has once again raised its own bar. Though plenty of people went home without a new toy, no one walked away empty-handed. The week had something for everyone, and the enthusiastic atmosphere Saturday night when the big lots hit the stage was a combination of Barnum & Bailey and Pebble Beach—100-point cars that changed hands in a frenzy of six- and seven-figure bids. If you have never been to Barrett-Jackson, start making plans for 2007. If the last few years are any indication, it's going to be another for the record books. It truly is the greatest car show on earth.u Sports Car Market

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ENGLISH #41-1952 MG-TD roadster. S/N TD15686. Eng. # XPAGTD216129. British Racing Green/tan cloth/tan leather. Odo: 86,229 miles. Includes side windows and luggage rack. New top. Recent respray in a desirable color, and to a good standard. A few chips in the jambs and on the doors. Most chrome is okay, but some minor pieces are pitted. Passenger door doesn't to house the original engine. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $32,400. Best of Show at Wheels and Wings 2002. A very nice car, though with an incorrect top for concours. The painted wire wheels were a nice bit of restraint. Very well bought. #1010-1964 JAGUAR XKE convertible. S/N 881097. Maroon/black/black vinyl. Odo: 19,822 miles. Incorrect paint is not a Jag color. Some peel where the top meets the cowl. Panel fit is okay, but the passenger door is very stiff. Some bubbles in the windshield. The interior latch. New seats and carpet, but incorrect door sills, crackle in dash paint, and faded gauges. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $25,920. This was a premium price for a desirable driver. Of course, last year a near-perfect restored TD brought close to $50k, so half that for a so-so driver seems fair here. Anywhere else, this would raise some eyebrows. #997-1953 JAGUAR XK 120M drophead coupe. S/N S677272. Dark blue/blue cloth/ light blue. Odo: 11,274 miles. A “Special Edition” M car that has been restored, though not thoroughly. Stored in a private collection for some time. Good paint that looks fresh, and gauges are good, with only minor cracks in the dash and a loose driver's door panel. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $75,600. A nice, partially restored driver and club car. Assuming the mechanicals have been tended to, this will be a lot of fun. The price paid seemed a bit spendy, however, as there seems no shortage of good #2 Jags out there for this money or less. #992-1967 AUSTIN-HEALEY 3000 Mk III BJ8 roadster. S/N HBJ8L41855. Eng. # 29KRUH16533. British Racing Green/black/ black leather. Odo: 72,663 miles. Original dealer sticker and manuals. Panel fit is good, as is the paint. Many chromed bits are incorrect, including the hood latch, valve covers, and though it shows imperfections in the hood and front fenders. Clean engine and bay, but rough in spots, including the radiator. Pitting and scratching in the burled interior wood. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $51,840. Plenty of visible flaws here, which makes one wonder what lies beneath. That being said, this is an attractive car. If the mechanicals are okay, the buyer should be happy and the seller delighted. #639-1957 MGA roadster. S/N HPK4326941. Red/black cloth/black. Odo: 19,190 miles. Rare, removable racing fairing. Panel fit is okay by MG standards. Restored from a rusty car very nicely. Undercoated before assembly. Correct engine bay, and claimed others. Missing the rear reflectors. The leather seats are dimpled and have silver piping, which was correct for vinyl only. Correct Michelins and octagon knock-offs. Powder-coated underneath. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $85,320. All work was done well by Tom Rock. Overall, this was a very nice car, but the smattering of incorrect parts would hurt it at concours. Obviously, that didn't bother the buyer at all. #603-1976 TRIUMPH TR6 convertible. S/N CF50623U. White/black/brown. Odo: 47,973 miles. Miles claimed to be original. Claimed also to be a bumper-to-bumper restoration, but blemishes are too numerous to mention. Passenger door fit is badly off, which raises its own questions. Nice wood dash and good overall patina. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $11,340. The sale price might best be considered a down payment. I'd just drive this one and keep my fingers crossed. It seems peculiar to see a April 2006 65

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Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale, AZ Column Author #48.1-1956 VOLKSWAGEN BEETLE cabriolet. S/N 1081579. Almond green metallic/beige canvas/beige vinyl. Odo: 1,305 miles. Excellent chrome and paint, with one small stress crack on the left door top hinge. Very good panel fit. Some mis-fit door rubbers. chrome, though hood badge is missing. New cloth upholstery, and the rest of the interior shows a nice patina. Slightly sagging headliner in the doors. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $372,600. A one-owner car, also owned by the seller of the 300SL roadster, lot 1285. A lovely survivor. Compared to the sales of some other unrestored Gullwings, this one has to be considered very well bought. #52-1957 PORSCHE 356 Speedster car in this condition at Barrett-Jackson, as the surprises with this car won't be happy ones. #1314-1981 SAFIR GT40 Mk V coupe. S/N P1096. Black with silver stripes/black cloth & vinyl. RHD. Odo: 210 miles. 289-ci V8, 4x2bbl, 5-sp. A Safir continuation car styled after a '67. The vendor's claim of “original tires” is far more airtight than “never raced.” Originally white, the repaint is good, with some polish swirls. Some dash vinyl is coming loose. Still has the original powertrain configuration, Replica roadster. S/N 116944906. Cobalt Blue/navy canvas/Ivory leather. Odo: 18 miles. 1600-cc VW engine. Excellent panel fit and paint. All chrome and the interior are as new. Very nice interior. Many period accessories, including swan neck mirrors, fender skirts, full horn ring, grab handle, and more. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $50,760. Featured in many VW publications, an ever so slightly over-the-top restoration with a great period look. This was a big price, but it was also great car, so it all seems fair to me. TOP 10 No. 10 which has been generally maintained and cleaned. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $388,800. Safir produced 40 extremely faithful “continuation cars” from 1981 through the mid 1990s. While generally embraced by the Shelby American and GT40 set, and included in the SA Registry, they are as close to 1967 model year cars as a CSX-4000 series Cobra. Not real, but not fakes either, they lie somewhere in the haze, and are thus difficult to price. Hazy or not, however, this seemed like strong money to me. GERMAN #904-1955 PORSCHE 550 Spyder Replica roadster. S/N 5655040465. White & blue/navy leather. Odo: 549 miles. Excellent panel fit and paint, but for a small crack near the front deck fuel filler cap. Excellent interior. As-new #1299.1-1956 MERCEDES-BENZ 300SL coupe. S/N 1980406500148. Black/red leather. Odo: 3,880 miles. The paint is very good overall, with somemicroblistering on the hood, and some light polish scratches. Nice chrome. Some window rubbers are perished. Excellent interior. The engine compartment and under- Cond: 1. SOLD AT $35,640. A well-presented Speedster replica by Vintage. Fully badged as a Porsche. A significant discount over an original, but still well above what a new replica costs. Instant fun—at a price. #743-1958 PORSCHE 356A cabriolet. S/N 150730. White/tan canvas/tan leather. Odo: 99,611 miles. Very good panel fit, though both doors sit slightly out at the trailing edge. Very good paint and excellent chrome. Some perished rubber. Nice, clean interior with period carriage are to show standards. Rudge knockoff wheels, fitted luggage. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $621,000. Stunning in black, this was a showwinning restoration that has been driven. Still very high quality. This price would have been near that of an alloy car not long ago. A new high point for the steel Gullwing. #1286-1957 MERCEDES-BENZ 300SL Gullwing coupe. S/N 1980406500214. Red/ red & green tartan cloth. Odo: 56,037 miles. Excellent original panel fit. Largely original paint in fair condition, with bubbling on leftside wheel arch “eyebrows” and leading edge of the hood. Dent in left rear “eyebrow.” Good radio. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $135,000. A lovely 356 that has been restored well to a high driver standard. This price was rather incredible, and more in line with a concours car, which this was not. Very well sold. #631-1959 HEINKEL TROJAN coupe. S/N 603XRB10428. Beige/red plaid vinyl. throughout. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $49,680. This was a very nice—and well-constructed—550 Spyder replica. As-is, it's ready for the street or a sympathetic vintage racing organization. Big fun factor, but the buyer paid for instant delivery, as new replicas sell in the mid-$30s. 66 Sports Car Market

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Column Author Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale, AZ Odo: 9,319 km. Very good paint, with some rough finishing at the top right A-pillar. Some sanding marks and orange peel. Very good chrome. Random glue stains under the vent window rubbers. Very good interior with a vinyl sunroof. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $17,820. A cute bubble car, though not done to top standards, and in a rather dull color. Much rarer than an Isetta or a Messerschmitt, however. A very strong price. #1308-1959 MERCEDES-BENZ 300SL roadster. S/N 9500104. Red/black canvas/ black leather. Odo: 64,422 miles. Excellent panel fit, paint, and chrome. The interior, too, shows exceptionally well. Engine compartment is spotless. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $432,000. A high-level restoration to the very best driving more desirable fuel-injected model. Nicely done, but not to the highest standard. In a market that discounts heavily for details, the price was appropriate. #420-1963 PORSCHE 356B S coupe. S/N 212884. Silver/red leather. Odo: 95,151 miles. Very good panel fit, except at the top side of the right door. Nice paint and fair chrome, with pitting on the window surrounds and door very good, but for some loose trim pieces and original, somewhat scuffed sill plates. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $24,840. A stunning presentation of a middle-period K-G. It has the smaller bumpers and rear lights of the '50s, with the improved driving characteristics of the '60s. Could be a show winner with little effort. Very well bought. #423-1964 AMPHICAR 770 convertible. standard, and the price achieved was immense. One might expect a car with disc brakes and Rudge wheels—or with an exceptional provenance—to warrant a price like this. Only time will tell if another SL roadster can replicate this result. #1520-1959 MERCEDES-BENZ 190SL convertible. S/N 1210421000116. Red/brown canvas/beige vinyl. Odo: 44,683 miles. Excellent panel fit and paint, with a few subsurface sanding marks on the left A-pillar. Missing jacking point covers. Good to great handle buttons. Some delamination in the right 3/4 window. Very good interior, with period Les Leston wood steering wheel and period radio. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $51,300. This was a nicely presented “S” coupe. Not a show car, but a very good looking driver. The price was strong—about double fair market value. Well sold, and then some. #1285-1963 MERCEDES-BENZ 300SL roadster. S/N 19804210003239. Red & white/ tan canvas/tan leather. Odo: 34,683 miles. Excellent panel fit, with panels and original paint in very good condition, except for a dent in the driver's door. Very nice chrome, but for dented side grille trim on the driver's chrome, with some pitting on the windshield surround. Nice interior, with an incorrect vinyl-covered radio blanking plate, plus some wear in the dash cover and door caps. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $45,360. Solid and straight, though the inconsistencies in the “restoration” raise questions. Another of the many red SLs at this auction. Fully priced and a bit more. #734-1960 MERCEDES-BENZ 220SE convertible. S/N 12803010002527. Burgundy/ tan canvas/tan leather. Odo: 72,313 miles. Variable panel fit, with wide gaps at the hood's trailing edge. Very good paint, with one stone chip on the left door sill. Nice chrome, except for a small dent in the left trim sill, a small hole in the right front wheel arch trim, and some misalignment on the rear fender side spears. Excellent interior and wood, though the seats show an incorrect grain. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $58,320. A little sister to 300S, this was the 68 S/N 101066. Teal/white vinyl/orange & white vinyl. Odo: 13,895 miles. A car that runs the quarter-mile in 25 seconds, and won't reach 60 mph for another 18. Wide but standard panel fit. Very good paint, though some details are lacking, like the rough engine cover slats. Excellent chrome and interior. Comes with an anchor and wooden paddle. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $124,200. A lovely restoration of this strange but wonderful vehicle. A bad car and a bad boat, they are the ultimate garage/ boathouse accessory. But only if you live on a freshwater lake. Surely a world record price for an Amphicar at auction (or anywhere else for that matter). I hope the new owner doesn't sink any more money into it. #626-1966 MERCEDES-BENZ 230SL convertible. S/N 11304212011500. Black/ black HT/red MB-Tex. Odo: 87,869 miles. Very good panel fit and paint, with some cracking on the right front fender top. Excellent chrome. Very nice inside, including the Nardi door. The interior shows well, with a great patina and period under-dash mounted radio. Recently rebuilt engine. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $324,000. The most desirable disc-braked model, this was a one-owner car, delivered at the factory. Originality has become more and more prized recently, and with the popularity of these cars for vintage rallies, this was a true prize indeed. Well bought. #1501-1963 VOLKSWAGEN KARMANN GHIA coupe. S/N 4764095. Pacific Blue/gray & blue vinyl. Odo: 10,355 miles. Excellent panel fit, paint, and chrome. The interior is wood wheel. Incorrect gloss finish on wood trim. Later-model Mercedes alloy wheels. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $37,800. Handsome color combination. Overall, this SL was nicely done, but not to the highest standards. Fully priced for an automatic. Sports Car Market

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Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale, AZ #636-1966 VOLKSWAGEN MICROBUS 21-window van. S/N 246075376. Teal & white/gray vinyl. Odo: 90,796 miles. Excellent panel fit and paint. Very good chrome, which shows only light swirls. Excellent interior, by Steve McQueen in the movie “Le Mans.” Very well done, with many parts cast from 917 originals. However, the eternal question remains: Now what do you do with it? Depend on the kindness of understanding vintage racing organizations, or display it in the paddock with movie posters? In any event, here it was fully priced. #447-1971 MERCEDES-BENZ 280SE as-new in and out. The dull color combination doesn't pop, and it certainly held down the bidding. Well bought. #1328-1970 PORSCHE 917K Replica except for the faded dash clock. Full sunroof. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $48,600. The most iconic VW bus, the classic 21-window California cruiser, with a full sunroof. Many have been sacrificed to hard use, but this one was beautifully presented. A big price, but worth every penny. #908-1968 VOLKSWAGEN WESTFALIA camper van. S/N 218061851. White/tan vinyl. Odo: 65,145 miles. Excellent panel fit and paint, and very good chrome. The recently redone interior looks great, and is fully outfitted with plywood paneling. Pop-up roof. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $24,840. A rare and desirable Euromodel camper bus, in superb condition, and leather, and MB-Tex rear seat. Heavy wear on the driver's seat side bolster. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $76,680. A “low grille” V8 convertible. Not the sexiest color combination, and the mix of original and restored bits makes the car neither fish nor fowl. Priced a bit high, but not overly so, as these are on the move upwards. coupe. S/N LMK003. Gulf Blue & Orange/red leather. RHD. Porsche RSR flat-six, 915 5speed transmission. Excellent paint and panel fit, with an as-new interior. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $178,200. Built in homage to the 917K as run 3.5 cabriolet. S/N 11102712003101. White/ brown canvas/Cognac leather. Odo: 80,327 miles. Excellent panel fit, with very good paint and chrome. Some replaced rubber. Largely original interior, with the front seats redone in April 2006 69

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Column Author Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale, AZ #22-1973 BMW 2002 2-door sedan. S/N 2586162. Beige/brown vinyl. Odo: 94,355 miles. Excellent panel fit, with very good paint and chrome. The clean interior has aged well. #705.1-1988 PORSCHE 911 Turbo cabri- olet. S/N WP0EB093CJS070235. Black/black canvas/gray leather. Odo: 60,003 miles. Very good original panel fit. The original paint is underneath. Very nice chrome, and an excellent interior. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $43,200. Every yacht needs a Jolly. And every auction needs a Jolly. This one's a very good one, suitable for both. Sold by an SCMer, this is the “big block” 600 4-cylinder, as opposed to the 2-cylinder 500. A huge price, but we've stopped being surprised by these results. Dirty tires let down overall appearance. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $17,280. A clean and handsome “round-light” U.S.-market 2002. The boring color combo didn't flatter, but the condition was superb. Over the top by at least five grand. #407-1976 BMW 328 SPECIAL Sbarro Recreation roadster. S/N 2037USA6. Black/ beige vinyl. Odo: 14,971 miles. BMW 2002 power. Fair panel fit, with thick paint that shows some orange peel and spider cracks. #920-1960 ALFA ROMEO GIULIETTA SPRINT Veloce coupe. Dark green/tan vinyl. Odo: 3,725 miles. Excellent panel fit. Very good paint, over some evidence of bodywork on the right sill. Very good chrome, though missing the center hood and side sill strips. Excellent new interior in incorrect pigskin excellent overall, with a few small touched-up stone chips on the front end. Unmarked interior. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $56,160. Last of the air-cooled 911 Turbos, but without the desirable 5-speed of '89. Full retail here. ITALIAN #954-1932 ALFA ROMEO 1750 GRAND SPORT Replica roadster. S/N 2111026. Red/ black leather. Odo: 3 miles. Alfa 2600 DOHC six and 5-sp transmission, pre-war wheels, suspension, shocks and gauges. Variable panel fit, as appropriate for a “race car.” Fair paint, with orange peel, sanding marks, some stress grain vinyl. 1750 engine, 5-sp. transmission, Panasport style alloy wheels. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $36,180. Updated with a later 1750 engine and transmission purely for driving and rallying purposes. The engine and trans swap completely changes the character of the car, and it will always be a car with a story. Strong price for a non-original car. “Period correct” dull brightwork. Very good interior, with modern gauges and steering wheel. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $44,280. Built by iconoclastic Swiss designer Franco Sbarro, and one of about 80 made. It lacks the elegance of the original, but it was strangely attractive nonetheless. Well sold. #936-1983 MERCEDES-BENZ 380SL convertible. S/N WDBBA45A6DB028747. Red/red HT/Cognac leather. Odo: 14,046 miles. Excellent panel fit and original paint. Very good chrome. The shift quadrant base cracks, and touched-up chips. This in addition to the “instant patina” added for effect. Good interior, with some wear on the driver's seat. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $54,000. A beautifully executed replica of the 1932 Alfa 1750 Zagato, built in the 1960s in the U.K. Well proportioned and using lots of pre-war parts, it's clearly been used and enjoyed. Sold by an SCMer, it's ready for stress-free vintage rallying. Well bought. #94-1959 FIAT JOLLY. S/N 574826. Coral/white canvas/wicker. Odo: 4,135 km. The paint looks good, with some sanding marks shows wear, but all else inside looks clean. Very as-new all around. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $32,400. These cars are great cruisers and will last forever if properly maintained. Not the most popular color combination for this car, but this was a stunning example that realized a price well over the market. 70 where the cover screw passes through. Small crack in the windshield. Excellent chrome and interior. Nardi wheel. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $48,600. A fabulous looking, great driving Italo-American hybrid. The values for these cars have never matched their attributes, but that may be changing. This car made a good presentation but better ones have sold for less. Perhaps the market is catching on, or it could just be desert magic. #1505-1969 ALFA ROMEO 1750 GTV coupe. S/N AR1530078. Red/black vinyl. Odo: Sports Car Market #960.2-1969 INTERMECCANICA ITALIA convertible. S/N 50060. Red/black canvas/tan leather. Odo: 41,692 miles. Powered by a 289-ci V8. Very good panel fit and paint, except for a touched-up scratch on the nose, some microblistering on the left rear fender top, bubbling on the A-pillar and left rear wheel arch. Cracks inside the headlight buckets

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Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale, AZ 35,404 miles. Very good panel fit, though the driver's door sits wide at the bottom trailing edge, which indicates some body work. Small dent on the hood's left side. Very good paint, with some drips and light polish scratches, as well as orange peel. Nice chrome and new rubbers. Sharp interior, with some wear on the wood trim and chrome and minor staining on headliner. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $21,600. Most consider the ‘69 1750 GTV the most desirable, with its rev-happy engine, clean looks, and racy bucket seats. This car was handsome, and a very attractive driver. The price was a bit ahead of the market, but not by much. #762-1971 DE TOMASO PANTERA GTS coupe. S/N THPNLL01574. Black/brown leather. Cleveland V8. Good panel fit and paint, with some touched-up stone chips and polish burn marks on the right front fender. Very nice interior. Many polished components in the road-clean compartment. Limo tint windows. Wing, rear fender flares. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $45,360. A casually modded Pantera, but clearly used. As the prices for unmolested originals continue to rise, the big result for this non-show modified car is a bit hard to comprehend. Ah, B-J. #1071-1980 FERRARI 308 GTBi coupe. S/N ZFFAA01A1A0031673. Red/black leather. Odo: 792 miles. Extremely low mileage, and stored in climate-controlled storage for 24 years. Perfect, or at least as nice as when delivered new by Rodger Maro Imports in Denver. All tools and manuals. Bills displayed showing a February 2004, $4,200 service by Ferrari of Scottsdale. Prior to that, it had not been started for three years. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $59,400. A real time-warp car. The biggest decision is what to do with it now? Despite the 2004 service, there are plenty of items that could require recommissioning. Let's hope the buyer plans to store it, because most of these first FI cars had an oil-burning problem. Almost all had the engine replaced under warranty. (See SCM January 2003, p.18). A chancy buy unless the owner just wants a museum piece. #609-1981 FIAT BRAVA sedan. S/N ZFACB30B3B0742395. Metallic blue/blue plaid cloth & vinyl. Odo: 48,545 miles. Very good original panel fit. Excellent paint and chrome. The original interior is rather remarkable, showing virtually no wear and tear. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $3,564. A true survivor Fiat sedan. The Bravas are great driving cars, and this car

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Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale, AZ Column Author $75,600 (SCM #37154). Just 91 miles later, it's “made” $10k. Just don't count transportation, insurance, maintenance and entry fees. A good, strong price nevertheless. #402-1986 FERRARI MONDIAL 3.2 cabriolet. S/N ZFFXC26A3G0060531. Red/ black/tan. Odo: 12,136 miles. The repaint shows great attention to detail. Panel fit is as expected. Top appears healthy, not shrunk like many others. No evidence of prior damage. The interior suffers from much wear, with ugly looked as good as it must have on the showroom floor. You will never see another one like it. The price, while low in the cosmic scheme, was over-the-moon for a basic ‘80s Fiat sedan. Quite unrepeatable. #612-1985 ALFA ROMEO SPIDER VELOCE convertible. S/N ZARBA5410F1021686. Red/black canvas/ black leather. Odo: 26,064 miles. Very good original panel fit. The paint is largely original and largely good, with some microblistering and checking on the nose. Very nice chrome carpets and tired driver's seat bolster. Redyed at least twice, it still looks bad. Good tread on the Michelin TRX tires. Clean engine, but not to show. No evidence of books or records, but a claimed $10k service in 2005. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $43,200. This price should have bought one of the nicest 3.2s in the country. At least $10k over market, judging by the interior condition alone. But that $10k service is a real plus if it was done by a competent shop. #924-1992 ALFA ROMEO and black trim. Worn top with some scratches on the rear window. The interior shows well, except for fading on the black door panel trim. Pioneer AM/FM/CD player. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $16,200. Despite the relatively low mileage, there was nothing exceptional about this Spider. In fact, the price was a bit high for the condition. #1051.1-1985 LAMBORGHINI COUNTACH 5000S coupe. S/N ZA9C00500FLA12763. White/black leather. Odo: 31,033 km. Some fading on the black trim, and some curb rash on the left front wheel. Excellent paint and panels. Limousine tint to the mark-free windows. Very good SPIDER VELOCE convertible. S/N ZARBB32N7N7004239. Yellow/black canvas/ black suede & leather. Odo: 22,788 miles. Very good original panel fit. The excellent original paint has only a few small touched-up stone chips on the nose. Some delamination in the lower right corner of the windshield. Very nice old car. Never found an owner to talk to, and the car remained locked. No evidence of books or records. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $86,400. This price was about market correct for an average 1995 355, so in the overheated B-J atmosphere it must have been a good buy. Maybe more information would have yielded a higher price; why do people offer these expensive, complex cars without providing documentation? RUSSIAN #629-1974 GAZ CHAIKA Model 13 lim- ousine. S/N 2606. Black/gray cloth & vinyl. Odo: 65,000 km. Variable panel fit, no doubt to factory standards. Good but thick paint. Decent chrome that shows some ripples, light pitting, and a dent in the rear bumper. Very good interior. KGB officer's uniform included in the sale. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $43,200. An imposing Soviet limo powered by an aluminum interior. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $21,060. The last series of the evergreen Spider is in many ways the best. This was the car that started a wave of big results for late-model Spiders at B-J Scottsdale in January 2004, when it sold for $27,540 (SCM #32212). Just 201 miles later, it's showing a bit more wear, but is still a great example. Though the $6,480 it has lost in value since then ($32/mile) is not a great way to “invest” your money. interior, with wear appropriate to mileage. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $89,640. One of the last 5000S models made. This was a very clean middle period model in the oh-so-fashionable white-out color scheme. Last seen at B-J Scottsdale in January 2005, where it sold at 72 #1347-1995 FERRARI F355 Spider. S/N ZFFPR48A1S0103084. Yellow/black/black leather. Nice paint. Top shows some wear and fading. The right headlight bucket has uneven gaps, perhaps from accident damage repair. The black interior shows well, with little wear. Overall condition seems in line with a 10-year- Sports Car Market V8. Smuggled out of Lithuania and sold by an SCMer. Gaz bought tooling from Packard before WWII to build a luxury car for the Nomenklatura. Although no further exchanges were made, Packard continued to be the Soviet, ideal as seen in the homage this car pays to the 1955 Packard Patrician. Wear the KGB uniform and pretend to be Putin heading out for some golf. AMERICAN #1230.2-1928 PACKARD CUSTOM 443 Runabout. S/N 166652. Yellow & orange/

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Column Author Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale, AZ black cloth/black leather. Odo: 300 miles. Last of the Fourth Series Packard. The car card states this car was last painted in 2005, but these colors look more like something from 1972. Decent paint, decent chrome, but overall a ho-hum presentation and nothing too exciting. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $85,320. Had this car been presented in a less circus-like paint scheme, it might have found more favor among the bidders. I've seen this body style in a variety of colors. Normally I'm not a fan of the muted, but this car would look more appealing in elegant dress. #1538-1931 AUBURN 8-98A Cabriolet. S/N 898A6610F. Light & dark green/tan cloth/ saddle leather. Odo: 119 miles. Restored by Randy Ema, with excellent paint and chrome. The top is very well presented and close to lights on the front bumper. Some light corrosion on chassis hardware and fasteners. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $237,600. Before B-J became a “Lifestyle Event,” these expense-be-damned, restored-beyond-stock CCCA classics were what the car folks came to buy. While some of the big sedans from this era are still losing value, beauty is what beauty will always be. And with a LeBaron-bodied 1932-36 Lincoln, I dare you to find a line that looks out of place. perfect. Cond: 2 +. SOLD AT $172,800. The 8-98A is the custom series built on a 127-inch wheelbase. Despite the Depression, Auburn was able to produce 34,228 cars, its best year in history. This is a handsome and well restored automobile that brought a fair price for both buyer and seller. #420.1-1934 CHRYSLER AIRFLOW coupe. S/N 6597700. Brown/brown leather & tan cloth. Odo: 4,508 miles. Looks to be an older restoration done to a very high standard, now with some age-related issues. Nice paint in an unpopular color, but holding up well. Some stress cracks at the trunk cover. Also bodywork scratches showing through in places. Excellent note. Underhood is detailed well, with outside exhaust to the left side. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $151,200. Sounds market correct to me. Years ago, B-J and Scottsdale were among the most popular venues for postwar classics. Now they seem lost in a sea of Lemon Twist and Plum Crazy. Someone cared enough to look this car over carefully and will be handsomely rewarded for some time. chrome. Some dry and cracking gaskets and dead window felts. The interior is very nice, but marred by scuffed-up step plates and slight fit issues to the carpets. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $89,100. With the exception of the step plates, this was an appealing car and was presented just the way you'd want to buy them—a former #1, now deteriorated into driver condition. Unfortunately, the price was more appropriate for a #2+ car or better. Not a bargain, however, this will make someone a very nice and quite exclusive driver. 74 #962.1-1941 CADILLAC SERIES 61 2- door fastback. S/N 5365783. Dark green/gray cloth. One-family owned since new, with all documentation. Always garaged. Original and unrestored, and still in excellent overall shape. Some lacquer chalking on the left front fender. Original chrome and stainless, as well as all glass, look very impressive for their age. The interior is very nice, with wear appropriate for 65-year-old fabric. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $75,600. A real time capsule that is now on its way to join a collection of 25 other 1941 wood surrounded metal panels instead of being held in place with more wood. The top is neither original nor new and could stand an upgrade. Good leather, but some cloth is motheaten. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $60,500. One of only 993 T & C convertibles produced in 1949. Cost new was $3,765. This car has some restoration-related issues if it is to be upgraded in Sports Car Market #1330-1936 AUBURN 852 phaeton. S/N 352054. Burgundy/tan cloth/saddle leather. Odo: 40,392 miles. Equipped with a Schweitzer-Cummings supercharger. A nice older restoration. The top is much newer and looks good. Very good paint and chrome, and inside is much the same, with no flaws of bolt heads. One surface scratch on the driver's seat bottom. Bright fasteners on a clean flatblack chassis. Otherwise, a nice (and spendy) restoration. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $194,400. The value of any Ford Sportsman has reached the point that even if it needs a full-blown wood and steel restoration from a dead sled, it's worth doing. $175k to $200k seems to be where the nice ones are, so we'll call this one spot-on market pricing. #1574.1-1949 CHRYSLER TOWN & COUNTRY Woody convertible. S/N 7410595. Seafoam Green/tan cloth/leather & tan cloth. Odo: 87,739 miles. Very good paint and chrome, though there are issues, including pitting and scratches, with some waves in places. Good wood. This was the year that #1280.1-1934 LINCOLN KB LeBaron convertible. S/N KB3514. Tan & brown/tan cloth/brown leather. Odo: 2,268 miles. An excellent older restoration, with fine paint and chrome. Dual side mount spares with tan canvas covers and mirrors. More chrome plating under hood than stock, but otherwise all looks very good. Trunk rack, fender-mounted running lights, plus a prerequisite pair of Trippe Cadillacs. And that may be the only place left where you can find one of these in this kind of unrestored condition. Well bought. #1270-1947 FORD SPORTSMAN Super Deluxe convertible. S/N 799A1753052. Black and wood/tan cloth/burgundy leather. Odo: 11,094 miles. Dealer accessory radio, spot light, fog lights, and dual mirrors. Swirl marks in the paint, and a few dings in the right rear fender stainless trim. The rest could use a good polish. Mostly clear wood, with only minimal blackening at some of the carriage

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Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale, AZ condition. As is, it's a good driver at a marketcorrect price. #1559-1949 OLDSMOBILE 88 Woody sta- tion wagon. S/N 496M19497. Garnet Maroon & wood/red leather. The final year of the Olds Woody, and the first for its overhead valve engines. The wood is mostly original and decent overall, with a good older refinish. The paint Odo: 9,549 miles. Built by GM's Yellow Coach Divsion. Beautifully restored to its 1953-56 configuration from a pile of scrap in the late 1990s and used as promo for Canadian cellphone company. Good paint and stainless, with some cracking to right side paint. Saftey cameras fore and aft. Remote control lights and modern generator for the display compartment. Light wear to the stage. Video monitor, ps, a/c, and air-ride seat added to the cockpit. Powertrain 1953 for subsequent Parades of Progress and Motoramas. After its last stint as the Michigan State Police Safety Liner, it was put out to pasture in the Chicago area for several decades before being acquired by “Dream Car” enthusiast Joe Bortz. Rescued by the Canadians who consigned it, it represents the biggest price ever at B-J, and the biggest price for a U.S. vehicle at auction. #410-1950 BUICK SUPER SERIES 50 Woody station wagon. S/N 15679842. Imperial Blue & wood/Imperial Blue leather. One of 2,480 produced. Quick repaint for auction. The wood is decent, though it needs a good, correct finish. The chrome and stainless also lack in the details. Nice interior, with and brightwork are all to driver standards. The interior shows wear in the seats, headliner and wheel. So-so engine bay. One of 1,355 wagons for this year. Rare car that you can drive. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $76,800. While many older, fullbodied Woodies have approached and even surpassed $200k, this driver, with its OHV V8 and automatic transmission, is an inexpensive entry into the country club wagon crowd. Well bought. TOP 10 No.1 #1307-1953 GM FUTURLINER Parade of Progress bus. S/N 011. Red & stainless steel/blue & white vinyl. updated to a 401-ci GMC gas V6, in lieu of the original 302-ci I6, and a 4-sp. manual in lieu of the original 4-sp. military-spec HydraMatic with 2-sp. transfer case. Includes two sets of hubcaps / wheel covers for the different eras of shows in which it was used. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $4,320,000. Originally built in 1940 as the 11th of 12 Futurliners, they were mothballed during WWII, then reconfigured in 1950 and some wear to the driver's seat. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $52,920. This was a rare car with good potential. It's just too bad the dealer who sold it messed it up with a quicky repaint. With metalflake, no less. Even with another $25k spent April 2006 75

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Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale, AZ Column Author getting at the details, this will be a decent deal, as well as a neat car. #1317-1950 CADILLAC SERIES 62 convertible. S/N 506276324. El Paso Beige/red cloth/red leather. Odo: 1,670 miles. AACA Senior Champion. Excellent overall condition, with good, even gaps, and very nice paint and underhood is much the same. Well-preserved and detailed throughout. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $31,320. This one surprised, as it is rare to see a postwar Packard 4-door bring the big bucks, which is a relative term even in Scottsdale. Bought for less than the cost of a restoration on a similar model, I suppose you could build a case for a car in this condition being worth the high bid. #1261-1953 CADILLAC ELDORADO convertible. S/N 536287602. White/black/ red leather. Number 500 of 532 produced in 1953. Restored with no expense spared. All numbers match. Excellent body and gaps. The paint is flawless, as is the brightwork. Inside is spotless, and the engine bay appears to have brightwork. All chrome sparkles and is virtually mark-free. Very attractive colors. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $135,000. A big and beautifull '50s cruiser. The price paid was very much in line with the condition. TOP 10 No. 6 #1306-1952 CHRYSLER D'ELEGANCE coupe. S/N 321593. Burgundy/black leather. 354-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, auto. Fitted in 1954 with a Hemi and Torqueflite automatic. An expert restoration, with flawless paint, chrome, and brightwork. All glass and trim appears as new. The handsome interior is well-fitted, with nice been sterilized. Dual spotlights, AM radio, power windows, chrome wire wheels. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $216,000. There were four '50s Eldos here—two '55s and two '53s. None was even on the same level as this one. Concours throughout, it fetched $108k more than the other '53 Eldorado. Expertly prepared, and very well sold. TOP 10 No. 7 #1311-1953 CHEVROLET CORVETTE roadster. S/N E53F001003. White/black vinyl/red vinyl. Odo: 330 miles. 235-ci I6, custom luggage behind the driver and passenger seats. Excellent in every visible way as far as quality of the restoration. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $1,188,000. Very appealing presentation of a historically important link between Chrysler and Ghia. A number of Ghia-bodied Chryslers exist. Some have beautiful coach lines; others have not withstood the test of time so well. This is a beautiful example whose lines are appreciated and accepted as automotive art. #1513-1953 PACKARD CLIPPER sedan. S/N 266218762. Sky Blue/tan & blue cloth. Odo: 47,219 miles. A survivor car with a sympathetic restoration. The paint and chrome are excellent. The interior and trunk are tidy, and fortunate storage. The restoration aimed to replicate the original build process, and many Corvette theoreticians agree this car is correct. Well-known and documented. The seller wants it to go to a museum. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $1,080,000. The seller's hope that it would end up in a museuem likely won't happen. This represents the highest price ever paid for a Corvette at auction. Bought by David Ressler, a North Dakota car dealer who outbid some 76 Windshield is cracked from top to bottom on the passenger side. A decent interior with nice seats and dash completes the package. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $4,590. Bargain alert! Bargain alert! Not that anyone came here looking for a 4-door Dodge Royal. But if you walked away with this one, you got yourself a bit of a deal. Possibly the weekend's best buy and probably less than a week-long Cadillac rental. #1235.1-1955 CHEVROLET BEL AIR convertible. S/N VC55L004295. Indian Ivory & coral/white/gray & coral. A 1000-point car, Sports Car Market 3x1-bbl Carter Type YH, Powerglide auto. This is the oldest surviving production Corvette, the third built. Fit and finish are very much to factory spec, such as it was. Original GM documentation for delivery configuration to the public. Handlaid fiberglass, with expected flaws in the paint. Sold in 1987 at Rick Cole's, Monterey, for $35k, with several problems after un- last time at auction was at B-J in January 1999, where this one went unsold for $230k. The condition at the time was rated as #5 (SCM #2019). Also seen at Fall Auburn 1998 (SCM #4529), where it went unsold for $300k. I'm quite sure the restoration was costly, but a ten-fold increase from then to now is not a bad return on an investment. One of the most expensive American cars ever sold at auction. BEST BUY #6-1955 DODGE ROYAL LANCER Custom sedan. S/N 34956682. Medium green & light green/white top/green cloth & vinyl. Odo: 12,495 miles. Older restoration to a good driver standard. Some rust bubbles at the fender lips and door bottoms. Brightwork is very nice, with some pitting on the pot metal pieces. notable Corvette aficionados to claim this one. Perhaps it will end up as a showroom display in Mandan and add some kick to the ND tourist trade. TOP 10 No. 2 #1304-1954 PONTIAC BONNEVILLE Special coupe. Emerald Green/Plexiglas/ green leather. 268-ci I8, 4x1-bbl, The body- work is well blocked and prepped, and the paint is excellent. The whole thing looks show-car quality. The brightwork is excellent, and all chrome and stainless are darn near perfect. The interior stainless appears clean and mark-free. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $3,024,000. One of two '54 Pontiac Bonneville concept cars. This one has appeared in various states of decay, though the

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Column Author Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale, AZ Mostly good original chrome, but not to show quality. Replacement tinted windshield. Right hand wind wing glass installed upside-down. Very good older interior. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $105,300. Dual quad E-Birds tend to nest at $85k to $115k lately, so we'll call this close enough to the market that it shouldn't lay an egg for the owner. and the earliest '55 Bel Air known to exist. Beautiful paint in a striking '50s color combo on a straight body, with excellent chrome and interior detailing. Very hard to fault inside or out. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $109,080. The only other stock 1955 Bel Air convertible, lot #1004, sold on Friday night for another $17k. It wasn't as nice as this one—not in the details—so the buyer here got a great car at a good price. #1533-1956 CONTINENTAL MK II 2- door hard top. S/N C56A1738. White/tan & white leather. Odo: 42,306 miles. Town & Country radio. Excellent prep work and barebody repaint. A few touch-ups at the door edges. Gaps aren't perfect, but are better than new. Both vent windows show some delamination; other glass is scratched. Nice reupholstery, #1282.1-1957 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N E57S105116. Polo White/ black vinyl/red vinyl. 283/283, FI, 4-sp. One of 43 fuel-injected “air box” cars, and thought to be the only one with a soft top. Lots of documentation. Frame-off restoration to a high standard. Bloomington Gold. Dash is signed by Zora Duntov. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $237,600. 1,308 miles. National Auto Club of America Senior and Grand National winner. Fuelinjected. Beautifully restored and said to be numbers-matching. Excellent paint, chrome, and stainless, with no visible flaws. The interior and engine bay are fully detailed, and neither shows wear. Fully optioned with twin spotlights, twin rear deck antennas, skirts, ps, pb, and Continental kit. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $167,400. In these colors, this car was stunning in the metal. A great deal of care was lavished on this grand soft top during the resto, and it shows everywhere. In this atmosphere, this was the right price for this car. When have you seen another one, and was it this nice? Well bought, when compared to the hot rod '57 ZL1, lot #1295, which sold for $291,600. These air box cars, in this condition, and with fully-known histories, are pure bluechip cars. I know which one will hold its value over the long term. with modern lap belts. Clean and mostly correct engine bay. Quite the tail dragger. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $52,920. These are incorrectly called Lincoln Continental Mark IIs. This car was a product of the Continental Division of FoMoCo for the two years of production, and “Lincoln” does not appear anywhere on it. A nice car, but far from perfect, it brought all the money in the world in a market that remains pretty stagnant. #1305-1957 FORD THUNDERBIRD convertible. S/N E7FH230363. Black/black HT & ST/black & white vinyl. Odo: 7,369 miles. 312-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, auto. Town & Country radio, ps, pw, center trunk antenna. Vintage aftermarket Mk IV a/c and wind wings. Good older repaint, with light orange peel on the doors, and a crack in the driver's door top. #1024.1-1957 PONTIAC STAR CHIEF convertible. S/N C857H10811. Eng. # C857H10811. Lucerne Blue/Chevron Blue/ Lucerne Blue. Odo: 1 miles. Photo-documented restoration of a straight, Tri-Power car. Perfect gaps and beautiful paint. All chrome is either excellent original, or nicely replated. Clean, wear-free top and interior. Every gauge #1264-1957 CHRYSLER 300C Hemi convertible. S/N 3N571890. Coral/saddle leather. Odo: 91,452 miles. 392-ci V8, 2x4bbl, auto. Sold as a pair with lot 1263.1, a 1957 300C coupe. The older restoration is not fresh but still shows well. Very nice paint and chrome, with good glass and gaskets. The interior chrome is still nice, but the carpets and seats show wear. The vendor claims the car was formerly owned by Valerie disassembled and detailed. Rear seat heater, ps, pb, dual exhaust, Wonderbar radio, elecric clock, chromed cowl vents, and electric wipers. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $109,080. These rarely come up for sale. Almost guarantees you'll have the only one at your local show. Park it next to a '57 Bel Air and watch the Chevy guys drool. This was well bought, and my favorite pick of the '50s classics at the sale. #1241.1-1957 CHEVROLET BEL AIR 2-door convertible. S/N VC57N108280. Larkspur Blue/white/Larkspur Blue. Odo: 78 Harper, “Rhoda” of 1970s TV. A signed photo of her thanks him for telling her about what she describes as her dad's car. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $108,000. One of just 484 300C convertibles built in 1957. As a convertible and wearing coral paint, this car is more appealing than the black coupe it was “twinned” with. This pricey pair stood out for a number of reasons, not the least of which is their massive size. Possibly your only chance to own a collection of 300Cs with one bid. #433-1958 FORD FAIRLANE 500 Skyliner hard top convertible. S/N H8FW215037. Red & white/white paint/red & white vinyl. Odo: 21,785 miles. Recently rebuilt brakes, transmission, front end, and carb. Loose, rattley door fit. Mediocre repaint. The interior is tired, with faded seats, aircraft-style belts, fuzzy, soiled replacement carpet, and old speakers mounted into bad rear seat arm rest panels. The top seems to work properly. Sports Car Market

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Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale, AZ accessory to this. But this was not a lesser 'Vette, and the seller's efforts didn't—and shouldn't—come cheap. Well sold. #1247-1959 CHEVROLET BEL AIR 2- chrome headlight surrounds. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $42,120. I recently wrote about a 1958 retractable I almost bought four years ago for $14k (March 2006, “American Profile,” p. 52). That car was twice the car this rattletrap was. Dang it, I screwed up again. I'll write this one off as 100%-plus above the real world price, solely because of the venue. Any bets on what will need to be rebuilt by the time it lands in the new owner's driveway? #1046-1959 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N J59S109144. Roman Red & white/white ST/red. Odo: 350 miles. 283/270, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. Frame-off restoration, with all matching numbers. Duntov Mark of Excellence Award, NCRS Top Flight. Which means some serious Corvette judges have been all through this one with a Q-Tip. Hard to argue against what they saw, as this 'Vette appears flawless in and out. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $143,600. This was a big price indeed for a dual-quad car. Lesser examples couldn't get anywhere close door sedan. S/N D59N210919. Onyx Black/ Gunmetal & silver cloth. Odo: 5,286 miles. Actual mileage. Said to be one of three fuel-injected Bel Airs made in 1959. Options included 4-sp., Posi-trac rear end, AM radio, heater, electric clock, and whitewall tires. Featured in August 2002 Chevy Times magazine. Nicely documented, and fully known ownership history. Completely correct, with show quality paint and chrome. Inside is as-new, with soft, mark-free seats and headliner. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $205,200. The details, the documentation, and the rarity worked to fetch this car an overthe-top, world record price. This was definitely a bright star in the Barrett-Jackson galaxy. #690-1959 FORD GALAXIE 500 convertible. S/N 476BK59520563. Black & white/black vinyl/black, white, & red vinyl. Odo: 2,808 miles. Restored from a bare body shell, with every weatherstrip and seal replaced on a superbly painted body. Nicely replated chrome. All stainless is heavily polished, but with swirl marks on most pieces. Non-stock dual exhaust on a clean and generally accurate undercarriage. A mid model-year car, with Galaxie exterior emblems and trim, and a Fairlane 500 emblem on the glovebox. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $43,200. The 361-ci V8 was the Canadian-market Police Interceptor engine, sporadically used in civilian cars. In the U.S. it mostly found its way into trucks & 1958 Edsels. You've gotta love Canadian-market American cars for their almost trivial variances from U.S. offerings, but this shouldn't make the car worth $43k. Apart from the venue, I can't otherwise justify it, despite how well it was built. #444-1959 OLDSMOBILE DYNAMIC 88 convertible. S/N 597M69877. White & red/white/white & red. 371-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, auto. A rare Olds rag top with a recent nut-and- April 2006 79

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Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale, AZ Column Author deep religious reaction to this Lincoln than the Pope's Escort at Kruse Las Vegas 2005. The congenial owner, Mark Kuykendall, let anyone interested sit in the car. His pre-sale estimate pegged it at $300k to $3m. Turns out that he was partly right, but it still falls into an acceptable range for an air-tight Elvis car. bolt restoration. Very nice detail throughout, with excellent paint and chrome, and a very crisp interior. The undercarriage, too, looks good. This color scheme isn't my first choice, but the car looks tip-top. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $58,320. These old boats don't make it out for sale very often, but this one crossed the block in 2003 at Mecum St. Charles, where it sold for $25,305 (SCM #36587). If this seller was the person who bought it then, he did alright today. #1340-1960 CHRYSLER 300F convert- ible. S/N 8403143155. White/black vinyl/ cream leather. Excellent paint and chrome. The top is new and well-fitted, but uses a new-style, full-view rear window rather than the original, which was much better incorporated into the are a bit saggy. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $59,400. A big General Motors convertible with the legendary 401 nailhead V8. These were tough sells a couple of years ago. Lot 444, the '59 Olds 88, and a sister car to this one, sold for similar money. Seems like you can't buy much these days for under sixty grand. #1334-1962 FORD GALAXIE 500 2-door cowl. The interior shows some medium wear that will pass as patina, but is still quite nice. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $167,750. One of 248 300F convertibles built in 1960. The 300F was the 6th edition of the Letter Series Chrysler, and is considered one of the most desirable. For this kind of money, however, I'd be looking for one of the rarer 300Fs built with the Facel Vega's Pont-a-Mousson 4-speed. #1316-1960 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL Mk V limousine. S/N OY99H400032. Black/black vinyl/black leather & mohair. Odo: 33,041 miles. Ordered by and sold new to Elvis, then given away as a gift. Scads of paperwork to prove it. Air purification system, twin rear antennas. Late '90s repaint looks good. Excellent bumpers. Slight mold in some seams and pleats of rear compartment cloth. Overall, a good patina for a 45-year-old, 33kmile car. Maintained but not clean engine bay. Last registered in '73. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $556,200. Quite frankly, far more people had a sedan. S/N 2W51G156036. White/blue vinyl & nylon. Odo: 323 miles. 406-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. A/FX class NHRA drag racer sponsored by Alderman Ford and driven by Bob Martin. Factory built lightweight, with aluminum frame, bumpers, inner wheel well panels, radiator, and T-10 transmission. Quickie factory fiberglass hood, trunk, and fenders. Stunning full resto by performance Ford expert Donald Allen of Georgia, with excellent reproduction interior. Sterile engine bay. Cond: 1. SOLD AT #711-1960 BUICK ELECTRA 225 convertible. S/N 8G4030933. Red/white/black & white. 401-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Power top, ps, pb, pw. Looks to have an auction-fresh repaint, though the prep work lacks. Some chrome could use a freshening as well, and the seats BF Goodrich Radial T/As are far from correct, but a great choice in case you actually drive the car. No excuses. Cond: 2 +. SOLD AT $59,400. This one is close to having it all: a 409 SS and T10 4-speed in Roman Red. A good restoration to good equipment is almost always a formula for success. This seller should be feeling successful. #1294-1963 CHEVROLET CORVETTE Z06 coupe. S/N 30837S115675. Saddle Tan/ Saddle. 327/360, FI, 4-sp. One of 199 Z06 coupes, sold by the original owner. Restored in 1980, with nearly all parts redone. The repaint still shows well. Comes with the retail order form, bill of sale, owner's manual, and original dealer brochure. NCRS Top Flight, Duntov, Bloomington Gold. This car has been used as a reference by Noland Adams in his restoration guide. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $197,640. The seller's father bought him the car on June 4,1963. He has raced it, proposed to his wife in it, and driven it daily. What a story, and what a car. Well documented, and an important part of Corvette history. The car lacked the N03 “Big Tank” option, so this was a correct price. As only 63 cars had that option, it would have taken this Z06 to another level altogether. $162,000. One of 11 lightweights built by Ford for their first year of drag-race specific cars. Unusual that it is still on its original frame, since Ford rebodied most for 1963 with current sheet metal. While not everyone's cup of tea, it's a somewhat significant car for devotees of the Blue Oval's drag strip endeavors, so the price seems fair. #1566-1962 CHEVROLET IMPALA SS 2-door hardtop. S/N 21847A179347. Roman Red/red vinyl. Odo: 3,515 miles. 409-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. One small, repaired door ding on the driver's side paint, but the rest of the car is as manufactured. Excellent chrome, trim, and glass. Very good interior. The new 80 Sports Car Market #1268-1964 DODGE CORONET 330 Lightweight Max Wedge 2-door hard top. S/N 6142185595. Black/red vinyl & cloth. Odo: 441 miles. 426-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. The seller states this is the last “Max Wedge” Dodge built, and that the car is a factory lightweight with an aluminum head and hood scoop. Very nice paint and chrome, with no issues noted. The original interior has some fade, but is nice overall. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $129,600.

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Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale, AZ Column Author There were a bunch of motor choices for 1964 Dodges, and the Max Wedge 426 was among the most desirable. As they were little more than lightly disguised drag and track cars, it's nice to know a few of these escaped to race another day. #1334.1-1964 FORD FAIRLANE 500 Thunderbolt 2-door sedan. S/N 4F41K230520. White/beige vinyl. Odo: 13,932 miles. 427-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, auto. S/SA class NHRA drag racer sponsored by Fred Warnock Ford, driven by Bill Hilton. Superb restoration throughout. Numbers correct from the era, and as FoMoCo inside, outside, and beneath as possible. Original Rotunda dash-top tach. Late production (#90 of 100) configuration with aluminum bumpers, Plexiglas door glass, and real #1289-1965 SHELBY GT350 fastback. S/N SFM5S363. White, dark blue stripe/black vinyl. Odo: 39,162 miles. 289-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Shipped new to Tasca Ford in Rhode Island, and has spent most of its life in upstate New York. Fully restored in the '90s. Silver status concours winner at SAAC-21, and hasn't tarnished much since. Good panel fit. Rippled chrome on the front bumper. Upper red vinyl. Odo: 12,484 miles. 426-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Looks to have had a good quality restoration. Nicely applied paint, with no prep or bodywork issues. Very good stainless, though some plating has worn on the chrome. The carpet and vinyl are excellent and the full console with mounted soupcan tach looks sharp. Michelin tires on Cragar mags add a little spice to an otherwise stock-appearing car. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $59,400. Absolutely the correct price for this market. I would have expected a bigger bounce from the B-J crowd, but perhaps because of the older body style and lack of pop art colors, this one only made retail. #1053.1-1966 PLYMOUTH SATELLITE right corner of windshield gasket isn't properly sealed. Very clean underbody. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $335,880. With only 562 1965s from which to choose, it's only inevitable that first-year GT350s will do nothing but soar in value. It wasn't too long ago that this would've been stupid money even for a '65 GT350R. glass backlight. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $270,000. Pictured in the February 1965 issue of “Super Stock” magazine. During the 1964 season, NHRA drivers of all sorts began to discover that automatic transmissions weren't just for sissies anymore, as they could yield faster ETs. Many cars from the era had manual and auto trannys readily swapped as a result. This car stayed with an automatic, and also represents the general going rate for a T-bolt. #1312-1964 PONTIAC BANSHEE XP833 coupe. S/N 66L23060. Silver/red. Odo: 1,500 miles. 230-ci I6, 1-bbl, auto. Bought directly from Pontiac, and one-family owned for 32 years. Original and unrestored, with 1,500 miles. Overall, it still looks good. Gaps are in overall. Blah engine bay is clean, but a mix of FoMoCo and off-the-shelf parts, including an Edelbrock carb and tube headers. Clean but flat black undercarriage. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $27,000. I vaguely remember seeing this car when I was a Wing Nut assigned to Minot during the early to mid 1980s. A few folks raised doubts about the car's status, but it is a DSO 95-code car for export, built at Metuchen, NJ. The old resto looks to have been done right, and it still looks good, so the top market price seemed fair. line with a one-off car, and the paint lacks any pop. Inside shows wear more in line with material age than heavy use. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $210,600. The Banshee was John DeLorean's pet, but GM saw it as a threat to Corvette and nixed it. From any angle, however, you can see the influence of this car in the C3 Corvette. For serious Pontiac collectors, this is about as serious as it gets, unless you had your heart set on the Bonneville Motorama. A neat concept that was well bought. 82 #403-1966 DODGE CHARGER Hemi fastback. S/N XP29H61229631. Burgundy/ since the early '80s restoration. Side pipes, hood scoop, and other racing bits added at that time. Interior shows very little wear. Passenger side windshield bears an El Salvador registration tag from 1975. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $594,000. The consignor claims a fully known provenance. Original owner shipped it home to El Salvador in the late '60s, then it was repatriated in 1976, and has remained in the U.S. Sports Car Market #047.1-1966 FORD T-5 German-market Mustang fastback. S/N 6T09C277510. Light blue metallic/blue vinyl. Odo: 54,340 miles. 289-ci V8, 2bbl, auto. Repatriated via Minot Air Force Base, ND, in 1982. Decent rechroming, body, paint, and general reassembly. Stock gaps in rear glass trim to body. Recent replacement windshield. “Mustang” in-dash AM/FM cassette and non-stock seatbelts. Good interior Hemi 2-door hard top. S/N RP23H61180236. White/gold vinyl. Odo: 15,400 miles. 426-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. An early Hemi that wears the HP2 logo, unrestored from just three owners, and with claimed original miles. The paint looks original as well, with good brightwork. And the Blue Streak tires aren't reproduction. Very well presented, with good documentation present. The interior is clean and, like the rest, is as original as could be asked for. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $124,200. Fair price for a rare survivor. I'm assuming the seller was looking for more, but this sale price should be enough to make almost everyone happy. This is a car you buy to complete a Mopar collection, not start one, thus limiting the market. #1291-1966 SHELBY COBRA 427 roadster. S/N CSX3239. Red & white/black leather. Odo: 7,314 miles. 460-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Freshly rebuilt Holman and Moody 427 side-oiler, now stroked to 460 ci. Trunk fit is off, though the doors fit well. Good repaint

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Column Author Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale, AZ since, bouncing among a number of Who's Who in the Shelby world. In 1990, a bogus CSX3239 was consigned to U.K. auction until Scotland Yard cracked the case. It's possible the fakeydoo is still out there, but this one was the real deal. I'm sure the buyer did his homework. #757-1966 SHELBY GT350 fastback. S/N SFM6S1145. Dark green metallic & white/black vinyl. Odo: 25,804 miles. 289-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Recently repainted to a good standard, but with some masking lines evident. The hood sits high at the rear. Most chrome and trim is good, with some light scratching and wear, but the rear quarter window trim said about matching numbers. Excellent paint, chrome, and stainless on straight, clean panels. Inside is more of the same. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $99,360. Friday was GTO day at BarrettJackson, as seven of the ten convertibles at the auction sold that day. This price fell within the range, and so was neither spectacular (by B-J standards) nor insulting (by any standards). #391-1966 CHEVROLET CHEVY II Nova is scratched. Serviceable interior, with some loose seat stitching, and cracks in the plastic window trim. Uninspiring undercarriage. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $109,080. It wasn't all that long ago that this kind of money would've gotten you a show car, rather than just a driver. While unrestored, it's hardly a mint example. Then again, at this money, most folks are not going to want to drive it with the unwashed masses on I-10, so this one will likely end up as a SAAC event track car. #1031-1966 PONTIAC TEMPEST GTO convertible. S/N 242676P209671. Marina Turquoise/white vinyl/Parchment. 389-ci V8, Tri-Power, 4-sp. PHS docs. Claimed to be numbers-matching, with dealer install carb. Trunk alignment is off, and the left rear quarter appears new. Auction-fresh paint looks very good, as does the stainless and chrome. The SS 2-door hard top. S/N 118376W138540. Lemonwood Yellow/black vinyl. 327-ci V8, 2-bbl, 4-sp. Originally black. Non-matching block in a correct L79 Nova SS. Correct 12bolt rear end and original M-21 transmission. Documented with the Protect-o-Plate and build sheet. Good original body and nice paint, with silver jet-hot coated, including the glasspack mufflers. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $180,900. Once relegated to the lower rungs of the Shelby food chain, these cars were rented, raced hard, returned, and largely mishandled by ill-prepared Hertz mechanics. Now, however, GT-350Hs share equal billing with the rest of the '66 GT350s. Based upon the quality of the work done, this selling price seems entirely correct. #918-1967 DODGE CORONET 440 R/T coupe. S/N WS23L77108689. Lemon Twist/ black vinyl. Odo: 543 miles. 440-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Very good paint; only one or two slight divots and some poor masking keep it from excellent. Bumblebee stripe. Most chrome is good, though the small trim is not. Clean interior with a Grant steering wheel. Clean no real issues. Same with the chrome, which shows only light scratches. Inside is clean, with some minor fit problems. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $72,900. This was the only year Chevy put the 327 in a Nova, a package that caught Ford and Chrysler devotees off guard. It was the only one at B-J, and Reggie Jackson bought it, for a price not too out of line. #749-1966 OLDSMOBILE 442 2-door older interior shows some wear overall, mostly to wood wheel and center console. Rear headliner light doesn't work. Big oil leak under the tranny. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $75,600. The window card said all original panels, but that left rear quarter certainly looked replacement. The sale price was $7,000 less than the average selling price for the other ten GTO convertibles here. Obviously some of the buyers also saw what I saw. #951-1966 PONTIAC TEMPEST GTO convertible. S/N 242676Z102766. Black/ black/red. 400-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. PHS documents show its 24 factory and dealer options, including Hurst wheels, a/c, power seat and top, pw, ps, pb, and wood wheel. Nothing 84 Sports Car Market hard top. S/N 338176M402757. Black/red. 400-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, 4-sp. Documented TriPower, Track-Pak car that came with the W30 cam and valve train, forced-air induction, and Hurst wheels. Nicely detailed paint and chrome, with glass showing some light surface scratches. Very good interior. A thorough restoration. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $68,000. One of 45 442s in 1966 with dealer-installed W-30 components. This sale proved a bit of a sleeper, crossing the block on Thursday, a much better deal than lot 987.1, a ‘67 442 that brought underhood but not stock, with plenty of newly built “goodies” such as the valve covers, air cleaner, tach, and wheels. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $29,160. If he shelves the boy racer junk and replaces it with original bits, the new owner might find himself a bit underwater. If he can live with the add-ons, and if this car was built as a 440 R/T from new, then I'll call the price appropriate for the market. #1242-1967 PLYMOUTH SATELLITE Hemi convertible. S/N RP27J77100022. White/red vinyl. Odo: 56,095 miles. Numbersmatching and documented as a Hemi pilot car, $86k. It's a rare car that should deliver the new owner plenty of bang for his buck. #752.1-1966 SHELBY GT350H fast- back. S/N SFM651636. Black & gold/black vinyl. Odo: 61,489 miles. 289-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Delivered new for Hertz's L.A. agency. Excellent body and paint work. All new upholstery and dash pad, plus correct warning stickers on the dashboard. Faded original tachometer face. The only non-stock interior items are aircraft-type seat belts. Clean, correct engine bay. The whole exhaust system is

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Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale, AZ one of the first to go down the line. This one is loaded, including AM/FM radio, power top, ps, pb, pw, and an unusual factory shoulder harness. Redline tires. Very good paint, and the brightwork is all stand-up as well. Door panels and seat vinyl are excellent, and all is nicely done under the hood. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $156,600. The high bid did not surprise, but this wasn't too much of a bounce for being the pilot car. Someone paid out to get this nice option package. This is a well-presented example and stood its ground among some more popular body styles. #1259-1967 SHELBY GT500 modified fastback. S/N 67412F3A03172. Porsche Guards Red & black/black vinyl. Odo: 48,448 miles. 427-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. Consigned by the Red Rocker, Sammy Hagar. Left Shelby America as an automatic in Nightmist Blue. Average Mustang door rattles. Good older repaint, rechrome, and undercoating. Mild wear inside and outside. Chrome fire extinguisher mounted between the decently reupholstered bucket seats. Tilt steering column, and Carroll's autograph over the glove box. Sold with an autographed case of Hagar's Cabo Wabo tequila. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $270,000. From someone whose most famous song is “I Can't Drive 55,” what did you expect, a Pebble Beach cream puff? At least there wasn't a 6/71 blower sticking through the hood. Lots of rock star in this price. #1297-1967 SHELBY GT500 fastback. S/N 67400F8U00819. Brittany Blue & white/ Parchment vinyl. Odo: 65,401 miles. 428-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. Sold new in Nebraska, then fell off the Shelby Registry radar. Inboard headlights, unlouvered hood. Acceptable gaps, though the hood sits slightly off. Superb repaint. Original upholstery is starting to discolor. Correct clamped, well-fitted exhaust. All correct underhood. All matching parts, including stereo carburetors. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $237,600. The hood to nose gap seems appropriate, since initial production of the '67 models had all sorts of fiberglass teething problems. Call it the Eleanor influence if you like, but with blatant fakey-doo GT500s pulling close to $200k, the bar must go up for the real deal. I hope to see an update on this VIN in the next edition of the Registry from the new owner. #1265-1967 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 194677S106817. Ermine White/black HT/red leather. 427/435, TriPower, 4-sp. Plenty of attention to detail in this resto, with all paperwork and lots of photos. A numbers-matching car all the way through. Swirls only in the paint, and the interior shows no wear. Black vinyl hard top, side exhaust, power steering, power brakes. This car stood out in white among the many blue C2 'Vettes. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $228,960. This one nearly took the honors as the top seller in its class of '67 435-hp soft tops. Still, this is nothing to get New Showroom Open! Call for info or personal appointment. Toll Free 888-886-2656 .www.investmentmotorcars.net Always Buying, Selling, Trading & Consigning 1963 Sunbeam Tiger “Prototype”, this is the Ken Miles 1st ever Prototype Tiger, 260 V-8 w/2 Spd. Automatic, #1 condition, fabulous documentation & provenance. Own a piece of history. $65,000. 1966 Mustang “C” code Convertible, perfect restoration of a real Red car having a factory 4 Speed & A/C w/24 options! $39,500. 1966 Shelby GT-350H “Hertz Rent-a-Racer”, rare Ivy Green/Stripe delete, matching #s, auto; Magnums, frame-off restoration, the ultimate collectable! $159,500. 1968 Corvette 427/390 Coupe, matching #'s, fact. A/C & close ratio 4 Spd. (M-21), Silver w/ Gunmetal, power brakes, 64K miles. $45,000. 1968 Shelby GT-500 KR Convertible, all original paint, top & interior, auto; matching #'s, Marti & original Build Sheet, skyrocketing in value. $275,000. 1970 Dodge Charger R/T 440/6 Pack, B5 Blue, 4 Spd.Pistol Grip w/4:10 Super Trac Pac, matching #'s, 16 options, complete Govier report. $135,000. 1970 GTO 455 H.O. Convertible, Sierra Yellow w/Sandalwood, 1 of 241, auto. w/A/C & cruise, minty matching # original, PHS report. $79,500. We are just 35 minutes away from the Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach sale. Come visit & pay less before all the hype! April 2006 85

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Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale, AZ Column Author down about. Correct car, strong money, which equates to something like “correct” at this venue. #1279-1967 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 194677S108985. Marina Blue/blue HT/black vinyl. Odo: 23,032 miles. 427/435, Tri-Power, 4-sp. Excellent throughout following a fresh, photo-documented, frame-off restoration. All components are either refurbished originals or NOS replacement. Seller states the mileage as correct, and says 4-bbl, auto. Numbers-matching. A two-owner car, with second ownership dating back to 1971. Recently restored and very straight, with excellent paint showing some swirls and polish marks only. Very good chrome, and a clean, lightly worn interior. Correct and clean engine bay. The whole car resonates pride of ownership. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $75,600. Though it was a strong car, and well-presented, the color hurt the price a bit here. Not too much, mind you, as this was still quite strong alongside some other SS 396 sales from the weekend. #987.1-1967 OLDSMOBILE CUTLASS 442 2-door hard top. S/N 338177M249459. Silver/black. 400-ci V8, 4-bb, 4-sp. A threeowner car with Protect-o-Plate, known history, and AACA Junior and Senior titles. Rally Pak, console, 3.90 posi, power brakes, tinted glass, light group, and SSI wheels. Very nice detailing “it appears to have the original engine, trans, rear end, and original body panels.”. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $210,600. The same consignor sold lot #1265 as well. Despite the pretty Marina Blue paint, perhaps this one didn't resonate as much as the stark Ermine car. The wording in the description made me a little nervous, as this was strong money for “it appears to be.” #991-1967 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE SS 396 2-door hard top. S/N 138177A173930. Sierra Fawn/Sierra Fawn. 396-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4sp. Off gaps at the trunk. Very nice paint and brightwork. Inside is just as nice, with some light wear to the seats and wheel. Clean engine bay, and hard to fault. Documented with issues at the left rear fender. Inside shows a Hurst shifter, with nice vinyl and carpets, and a good dash. Cond: 3 +. SOLD AT $36,720. As if a return to normalcy was called for, here's a very nice but far from perfect RS/SS Camaro that sold for the upper extremes of a reasonable price. Appealing, and with good colors, someone took home a little piece of history. #419-1968 FORD MUSTANG California throughout, with straight panels, sharp paint, and excellent brightwork. Inside is hard to fault. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $86,400. Not quite a W-30, but no slouch either. Housed in the Big Tent with the million-dollar machines, this was a nicely presented car. It sold for about $16k more than a black Track-Pak variant from the day before. If it was my money, I'd have gone for that one and picked up the Heinkel Trojan on my way out. Protect-o-Plate, and numbers-matching. Power brakes but not steering. All the proper chalk marks, original glass washer bottle, and door edge guards. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $82,080. Overall, this was a nice SS and presented well. Some small details lacked, but this was still a very strong price for a car in an “off” color scheme. #1063-1967 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE SS 396 2-door hard top. S/N 138177Z104568. Sierra Fawn/black vinyl/Fawn. 396-ci V8, is very good and shows its originality, with bonding stripes underneath. Side exhaust, tilt wheel, power steering, tinted glass. Extensive ownership history and documentation. Bought by Pro-Team Corvettes. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $216,000. A time capsule car once owned by St. Louis Corvette plant manager, Louis Biskach. Here bought by the largest classic Corvette dealer, who no doubt sees some room with this one. Nice to see an original, unmolested piece of automotive history, especially among so many made-up ones. Well bought. 86 #1303-1967 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 194677S109829. Lyndale Blue & white/white/teal blue. Odo: 50,000 miles. 427/435, 3x2-bbl, 4-sp. Original and unrestored, with actual mileage. Dubbed “Brass Hat” in 'Vette circles. Bloomington Gold Survivor and Triple Crown winner. Paint Special 2-door hard top. S/N 8R01J141574. Seafoam Green/white vinyl/Ivy Green & cream vinyl. Odo: 89,094 miles. 302-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. 2002 Marti Report confirms it as a California Special, with ps, pb, and a/c. Good structural restoration of both body and paint, but with so-so original door panels and minor fit issues. Reproduction upholstery with custom embroidery on the seat backs, #1600-1967 CHEVROLET CAMARO RS/SS 2-door hard top. S/N 124377N171141. White/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 35,703 miles. 350-ci V8, 2-bbl, 4-sp. The last car to cross the block at Barrett-Jackson 2006. Very good paint, though some areas have deep scratches. Some chrome shows light dings and scratches. Good glass, with some trim fit aftermarket wheel and kick panels. Modern Ford racing engine parts and many aftermarket suspension bits. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $52,920. Some Mustang purists get all lathered up for a California Special. Granted, they used Shelby trim pieces front and rear, but deep down inside they are still garden variety hard tops with nothing more than a 302 V8. Plenty paid, especially in a color that probably ten people in the whole world would like. #330.2-1968 MERCURY COUGAR Dan Gurney Special 2-door hard top. S/N 8F91F553310. Pink/white vinyl/white vinyl. Odo: 83,692 miles. 302-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Marti Report confirms this as an original pink car, and one of three Dan Gurney specials. Very Sports Car Market

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Column Author Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale, AZ good ten-year-old repaint, but now with several nicks and dings on the flanks. Rechromed rear bumper, but most of the rest of the trim is original and pretty decent. The old rusty single exhaust is reattached with several muffler clamps. Older replacement windshield. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $20,520. A pink Dan Gurney Special? A batch of pink Corvair Monzas badged as Donna Mae Mims Specials would've been far more appropriate. I doubt that being a pink car made it sell for $20k. Per the usual Barrett-Jackson scenario, lop the price in half, and you have a closer view of reality. #1571-1968 PLYMOUTH ROAD RUNNER Hemi 2-door hard top. S/N RM23J8G225461. Red/black vinyl. Odo: 41,900 miles. 426-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. The 1989 restoration shows very well, as this looks like a one- or two-year-old car. Mileage claimed original, and decoded by Galen Govier. The factory PP1 red paint shows some orange peel, but is very good overall. Fresh glass and gaskets. Excellent chrome. Dog-dish hubcaps look when you evaluate a car with a $100k restoration. I sure hope they didn't try to save $10k by not opening up the engine to check things out. The car should prove to be quite the trophy magnet, if screaming fly yellow is your forté. Then again, at least it wasn't Seafoam Green. #1290.1-1968 SHELBY GT500 KR fast- back. S/N 8T02R20607402820. White & blue/black. Odo: 6,520 miles. 428-ci 4-bbl, auto. Optioned with a/c, tilt steering, and tinted glass. Miles are stated to be original, and the Fresh, neat undercoating. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $48,600. With today's fuels, especially ethanol and doubly so MTBE, using a non-fuel rated hose for the precariously located gas tank is a recipe for disaster. Note to the new buyer: make replacement of said hose a top priority after you get an agreed value collector policy. Even I wouldn't want to hear about a truck-powered Mach 1 getting an unintentional flame job. great here. Bone-stock original interior. One of 169 '68 Road Runner Hemi hard tops built. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $101,520. I talked with the owner of this car on the Thursday before his Sunday sale time. He was certain all the B-J bidders would be out of cash by the time his car crossed the block. I consoled him and told him not to worry, especially after he told me what he would like to get out of his car. He beat it, and I'm sure went home happy. This was a car anyone would be proud to have in his garage. Not overdone, it's a Goldilocks car.... Just right. #1267-1968 SHELBY GT500 KR convertible. S/N 8T03R20611503024. Yellow & black/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 20,662 miles. 428-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Dead-nuts gorgeous and correct restoration in and out. Claimed original miles. Traction-Lok diff, tiltaway steering column, ps, pb, and 10-spoke alloy wheels. All FoMoCo under the hood, and done right. The only thing that seems not right car has never been restored. Very good 38year-old paint and trim. Virtually no wear in the original interior. All FoMoCo underhood, including original belts, hoses, battery, everything. Only mild corrosion underbody on some fasteners and metal castings. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $432,000. A time-capsule car that has spent some time at the Shelby Museum in Vegas. Who cares if it has an automatic instead of a 4-speed, this is a rolling research lab on how to restore a '68 GT500 KR. To put any more than maintenance miles on it would be an utter shame and a waste of $400k. #669-1968 CHEVROLET IMPALA SS 2- door hard top. S/N 164478U159524. Fathom Blue/black vinyl. 327-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Actual mileage. AM/FM, full console, bucket seats. Passenger door sits out. Driver quality repaint. good, with nice glass, window felts, and gaskets. Some chrome has issues, as the taillight surrounds are pitted and have missing paint. Overall, this is a high-quality driver. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $162,000. And a high-dollar driver as well. Not that anything shocks in the price department at B-J, but this one is at least a head turner. Had this car been a #1 condition car, I doubt if anyone would have blinked. But guys, this bad boy didn't even make a solid #3 in my book. Comes with Protect-o-Plate and other documentation. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $39,420. These were $10k–$15k cars last year on a good day. This one benefited from its low mileage and generally clean original shape. Well sold. #102-1969 FORD MUSTANG Mach are the front shocks, which appear off color and somewhat more corroded than the rest of the suspension. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $302,400. Original mileage becomes background noise 88 1 fastback. S/N 9T02S198888. Acapulco Blue/black deluxe vinyl. Odo: 16,964 miles. 390-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Nice recent repaint to a good standard. Window louvers and spoiler are wrong for a '69. Full console interior with an aftermarket steering wheel. Clean engine bay with lots of aftermarket parts. Tinny exhaust note, even with a set of Flowmasters. Gates radiator hose used as the fuel filler hose. Sports Car Market BEST BUY #1339.1-1969 PLYMOUTH ROAD RUNNER Six Pack 2-door hard top. S/N RM23M9A272950. Green metallic/green vinyl. Odo: 83,589 miles. 440-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, auto. A rare, factory M-code car with factory lift-off hood. Well-documented by the vendor. Excellent throughout, including the paint and brightwork. All glass and gaskets show well, #1545.1-1969 PLYMOUTH GTX convertible. S/N RS27L9G157115. Saddle Bronze metallic/black vinyl/white vinyl. Odo: 6,593 miles. 440-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Air Grabber hood with dog-dish hubcaps. A good sleeper look to this one. Nice paint, with some filledin spots on the trunk lid and near the top trim. The top is in the original-style grain and looks

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Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale, AZ with no visible flaws. The interior is bone stock and looks good. Very clean underhood; showdetailed to as-new but not overdone. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $156,600. It's tough to call a car that costs more than some houses cheap, but that's what this car was. No, it's not a Hemi, and the top doesn't go down, but it was a memorable example with a big motor and lots of carbs. Well done. #1023.1-1969 PONTIAC FIREBIRD Trans Am 2-door hard top. S/N 22337PN106695. White & blue/blue. Odo: 60,600. 400-ci V8, 4bbl, auto. One of 697 Trans Ams made in 1969, and one of 114 Ram Air III autos. Top quality restoration of a 60k mile car. Driver's front fender is out a bit at the door top, otherwise the detail work is evident on this nice, straight, documented numbers-matching car. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $113,400. One of my favorite muscle cars at the sale, very nicely restored and well sold at this price. The other Trans Am automatic at the sale, lot #395, was a much rarer Ram Air IV, which sold for $6,480 less. Who knows the story with that one, but anyone who saw this knew exactly what it was. #1028.1-1969 CHEVROLET CAMARO Z/28 RS 2-door hard top. S/N 124379L528463. Cortez Silver/black vinyl/black vinyl. 302-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. One of 206 Z/28s with JL8option 4-wheel disc brakes. Fully-optioned elsewhere, with RS hideaway lights, folddown rear seat, posi 4.10 rear end, etc. Build sheet, numbers-matching powertrain. Correct cross-ram carb and fiberglass hood. Excellent repaint, chrome, interior, and engine bay. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $178,200. JL8 cars pop up now and then, but almost never have the paperwork to prove originality. The factorycorrect, date-coded X-Ram setup just adds to the pot with this one. We have seen made-up JL8 cars sell in mid-$100k range, so this was worth the money in this market. #1271.1-1969 CHEVROLET CORVETTE L88 t-top coupe. S/N 194379S714904. Riverside Gold/Saddle vinyl. Odo: 2,563 miles. 427/430, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Actual mileage, and the lowest mile L88 in existence. Five documented owners from new. Radio delete, heater delete, stored inside its whole life. The paint is 90% original, and looks excellent. Museum-displayed for many years, and the interior reflects that. Three original tires. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $334,800. The Who's Who of the Corvette world know it has a restoration engine, so it was interesting there was nothing mentioned in the description about it. This will forever be a looker, whereas had you bought the Fathom Green L88, lot #1325, you'd be able to rip up April 2006 89

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Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale, AZ Column Author the pavement. And you would have saved $100 grand. #1325-1969 CHEVROLET CORVETTE L88 t-top coupe. S/N 194379S737301. Fathom Green/tan. 427/430, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Documented as the last L88 of 116 produced. Lots of other docs. Dime-sized star crack on the right fender. Paint is good otherwise, and brightwork is nicely polished. Clean interior and engine bay. exhaust, Redlines. Correct and numbersmatching. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $116,100. Sold by Portland, OR dealer Mark Young, known for his meticulous attention to detail and overthe-top presentation. Strong money for a '69 L71 coupe, but it had all the right stuff in all the right places. Well sold. #977-1969 CHEVROLET CAMARO The owner states the car is “number-correct and component-correct,” though doesn't go so far as saying it is “numbers-matching.”. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $237,600. This car sold a couple of hours after lot 1271.1, the other L88 at the sale. If you had stuck around after the first one, you would have saved yourself almost about $100k, and you'd have yourself a useable car, rather than a museum piece. Well bought. #1233-1969 CHEVROLET CAMARO Z/28 2-door hard top. S/N 124379N11180. Tuxedo Black/houndstooth. 302-ci V8, 2x4bbl, 4-sp. Decent paint and chrome, with some wear to the interior. Claimed to be a 994/1000 point car at CCI 2005. The engine bay is a bit RS/SS Indy Pace Car convertible. S/N 124679N630200. Dover White & Hugger Orange/same/Orange houndstooth. 396-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Full Z11 Pace Car package. Driver's door gap is off at leading edge, but all others are good. Very nice paint, buffed to a high luster. One small chip in the rear quarter, and a small scuff under the molding. Top and plastic window are excellent. Interior shows old restoration shows signs of some serious body work. Quite possible the car was rebodied. Block was replaced at some point. Lots of details lack here, and overall the resto has not aged well. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $106,920. There wasn't much in the way of the real story with this car, which made me a bit nervous. The evidence of bodywork was too much for me to ignore, but the seller was quiet. Strong money for a car with stories. off, as it sports an aftermarket cross-ram, rather than a GM snowflake unit. The car has no GM documentation. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $124,200. This car put me off, as the CCI points didn't gel with the lack of originality underhood. However, it obviously made someone feel good, selling for $16k more than a correct X-ram Z/28 from Friday night. Wouldn't have been my choice. #975.1-1969 CHEVROLET CORVETTE t-top coupe. S/N 19379S715755. Black/ Gunmetal leather. Odo: 70,850 miles. 427/435, 3x2-bbl, 4-sp. Actual mileage. Straight body, with very good fit and gaps. Stunning black paint, excellent chrome and trim. Rare Gunmetal leather interior shows well, with only a small tear in the driver's seat. Head rests, shoulder straps, AM/FM, ps, pb, side 90 in 2001. Presented here, the car appears to be just as nice. A true #1 car. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $172,800. Whether it's a Plymouth Hemi Road Runner or an Auburn Speedster, a high quality restoration will stand the test of time far better than a restoration where corners were cut. I was impressed with this car's apparent fresh- Sports Car Market minor wear, and clock doesn't work. Factory houndstooth, console gauges, rosewood dash, tilt wood wheel, AM/FM. Spotless engine bay. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $74,520. This was a surprisingly low price for a big block Pace Car convertible. Last year one sold for $82,080. It was also a big block but it had the all-important Protect-o-Plate to verify the Z11 provenance. I guessed this car, at this sale, would have sold for a lot more. Maybe someone knows something we don't. If this was in fact a real Z11, then it was well bought. #1035-1969 CHEVROLET CAMARO Z/28 2-door hard top. S/N 124379N618430. Eng. # 39556618. Daytona Yellow/black #1339-1969 PLYMOUTH ROAD RUNNER Hemi 2-door hard top. S/N RM23J9A183996. Medium blue/white vinyl. Odo: 13,087 miles. 426-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. Extreme options in an extremely well restored example. Track-Pak, power brakes, carburetor fresh air package with Air Grabber hood, 4-speed, bucket seats, and center console. Scored 99.75 points at the Carlisle Nationals vinyl/black. Odo: 62,100 miles. 302-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. Numbers-matching, with the dealer installed X-ram carb set-up. Excellent wet sanded and polished paint. Correct GM intake and fiberglass prop up hood. Said to have been in a museum for years. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $108,000. Lot #1028.1, the Cortez Silver Z/28 RS with JL8 disc brakes, sold for a $70k premium over this car. If you can live without disc brakes and if you like Daytona Yellow, then this was a good buy in this market. Well done. #395-1969 PONTIAC FIREBIRD Trans Am 2-door hard top. S/N 223379N104523. White/blue cloth. 400-ci V8, 4-bbl auto. PHS documents show this was an executive car when new, one of two column shift automatics, and the first Ram Air IV auto off the Norwood, Ohio line. Rare in those respects. The 15-year

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Column Author Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale, AZ ness even though the restoration was nowhere close to new. Great equipment, great restoration. Well done. #1034-1969 DODGE CORONET Super Bee 2-door hard top. S/N SM23M9A284082. Bright green metallic/black vinyl. Odo: 847 miles. 440-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, 4-sp. Claimed to be an original 1969.5 M-code A-12 Super Bee in its original color. Fully and professionally restored to an excellent standard, this car likely Firemist Gold and black accents. Good interior with excellent fit. Very nice engine bay, with only a new Delco battery to make you look twice. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $84,240. These cars were rated at 380 hp, but in reality they were closer to the mid 400s. Mash the pedal, smoke the tires and rock out to a little Zeppelin on the 8-track. A sweet ride, and the first I have seen sell. Well bought. #1322-1969 CHEVROLET CAMARO has better gaps—and certainly better paint— than when new. Redline tires, full console, AM radio. Excellent interior. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $216,000. My handy dandy engine decoder tells me that the 1969 VIN code “M” carries with it a 440 V8 and a Six Pack of Holley carburetors. Another case where a 440 car brings more than what could reasonbly be expected for a Hemi. We live in interesting times. #1228-1969 PONTIAC GTO The Judge 2-door hard top. S/N 24279R175047. Carousel Red/black. 400-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Claimed to be documented with PHS. Not a numbersmatching car. Big gap at the rear window base where it meets the quarter panel. Fit on both doors is off quite a bit as well. Good paint and it was a drag car, but now is restored to top quality, very correct and completely done. Well-known in Camaro circles, and blessed by Ed Cuneen, the Camaro COPO guru. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $486,000. Car #18, a 4-sp, sold at Mecum Fall Classic 2005 for $840k (SCM #39570). “Thank you for shopping at BarrettJackson, sir, that's a savings of $354k.” Car #18 brought a premium price, but is that transmission really worth $354k? Yes or no, I'd call this one well bought. interior. The engine bay lacks for detail. The car was locked all weekend. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $113,400. Two years ago these go-fast GTOs struggled to get into the $40k range. This car left much to be desired, but someone stepped up for it. A very nice Olds Hurst 442—the GTO's sister car—sold nine lots before this one for $30k less. Ouch. #1221-1969 OLDSMOBILE HURST 442 2-door hard top. S/N 344879M359850. White/black. Odo: 90,000 miles. 455-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Fully documented as one of 906 Hurst 442s built. Optioned with a/c, Hurst wheels, dual gate Hurst shifter, rear spoiler, pw, AM/FM/8-track. The car seems to sit high at all corners. Very nice paint, with excellent 92 #1514-1969 AMERICAN MOTORS AMX fastback. S/N A9M397T144029. Yellow/gray cloth & vinyl. Odo: 25,968 miles. 390-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Fair to middling paint. The chrome looks shiny, but has problems on closer inspection. The interior is incorrect, remade in cloth and vinyl with no concern for originality. Not ZL1 2-door hard top. S/N 124379N608879. Cortez Silver/black. 427-ci V8, 4-bb, auto. 69 total produced, this is #9 of the 50 built for La Harpe, IL, Chevrolet dealer, Fred Gibb, to homologate them for racing. Fitted with aluminum heads and ZL1 aluminum block—Chevy's first. A $4,160 option, COPO 9560. Originally too appealing anywhere except its rarity. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $22,680. One quick look on the Internet shows that not only are complete seat cover kits available, but door panels are as well. The custom interior really hurt this car's upside, although if I were the seller, I would be very happy with the result on a car with this many needs. #071-1970 FORD MUSTANG Mach 1 fastback. S/N 0R05H128998. Grabber Blue/ black deluxe vinyl. Odo: 97,784 miles. 351-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Marti Report. Very good recent repaint and reproduction interior, with a RimBlow 3-spoke steering wheel. Repop Magnum 500 wheels on radial tires. Off-the-shelf battery at work, while a repop battery is included sitting in the trunk. Apart from the battery, the rest of engine bay is FoMoCo and nice. Fresh Flowmaster exhaust system. The underbody is matte black. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $39,960. Considering how nuts muscle car pricing was at this venue, the selling price here is almost a bargain. While the “entry-level” Mach 1 351 Cleveland is hardly a slug, this crowd wanted big block muscle. That, plus being a first day car didn't help it too much. Overall I'd say it was both bought and sold well. #074-1970 FORD MUSTANG Boss 302 fastback. S/N 0F02G162353. Yellow with black stripes/black vinyl. Odo: 34,416 miles. 302-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Displayed with the original shipping invoice. Trunk fit is slightly off, and overall a slight tail dragger. Fresh paint and chrome, though the MUSTANG lettering on the trunk is missing. New interior kit, with modest wear on the steering wheel rim. Factory Traction-Lok diff, tri-spoke Rim-Blow steering wheel, and Shaker hood scoop. Motor built with aftermarket MSD ignition. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $75,600. Apart from the desirable Shaker hood scoop option—and being in slightly better condition than lot 718.1—both cars were virtually equal. So is the Shaker scoop worth a $10k bump in price? Not really. However, though it was an option, it's almost a signature piece on a Boss 302, so it's definitely a factor. I'd say this price was a mix of the hood and the better overall shape of the car. Sports Car Market

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Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale, AZ #432.1-1970 DODGE CORONET 500 convertible. S/N WP27NOG15140. Plum Crazy/white vinyl/white vinyl. Odo: 24,777 miles. 383-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Decent paint marred by rust and some bubble repair to the cowl, with paintwork differences showing. Correct grain to the nice top. Some brightwork issues, including dings on the trunk surround, pitting to the vent windows, scarring and scratches to the top trim. The interior shows wear, but looks good with the console and bucket seats. Nice dash and carpets. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $61,560. Just another example of a 383 car selling for last year's 440 money. At B-J it's the bidders who go “plum crazy” when they see Plum Crazy on any Chrysler Corp. convertible. The seller must have left town happy because he sure left town wealthy. #681-1970 PLYMOUTH GTX 2-door hard top. S/N RS23V0A135569. Lemon Twist/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 15,022 miles. 440-ci V8, 2x3-bbl, auto. Non-original motor. Power steering and brakes, Air Grabber hood, rear spoiler. Close to excellent paint, but with some orange peel. All chrome is fair to good, with some pitting on small bits, and waves in the bumpers. Fit and quality of the vinyl top is great. Underhood is detailed and looks very nice. The interior falls down in places, with cloudy gauges and scratches in the plastic wood graining. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $36,720. Possibly the Mopar buy of the weekend. Someone came close to getting out of here at something close to reasonable. And who cares if the motor is non-original. Anything under $50k at Barrett-Jackson is likely just a rounding error to most bidders anyhow. #965.1-1970 PLYMOUTH 'CUDA AAR 2-door hard top. S/N BS23JOB296088. Lime green & flat black/black vinyl. Odo: 64,053 miles. 340-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, 4-sp. Spoiler, pistol grip shifter, bucket seats. Paintwork and graphics are very good and detailed well. Brightwork shows some dings, but otherwise all is good. Fit issues to the driver's seat vinyl, but the rest of the inside is tidy. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $95,040. In 1970 2,724 Plymouth 'Cuda AARs came factory-equipped with an exclusive 340 V8, breathing through triple two-barrel carburetors and producing 290 hp. This one carried nothing to say it had been modified from the original, though still the price was more than I expected for its condition. #1058.1-1970 PLYMOUTH 'CUDA 340 2-door hard top. S/N BS23H0B228236. Sublime green/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 27,412 miles. 340-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. A welloptioned example, with a/c, bucket seats and console, disc brakes, dual exhaust, racing mirrors and more. Excellent restoration, wellfinished inside and out. All stock until you look April 2006 93

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Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale, AZ Column Author The paint and chrome are very good overall, and the top is correct. Inside is clean. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $56,700. “Pinky” has a story to tell and that story is not a pretty one. One car made from two is acceptable when you are removing goodies and placing them on the recipient. However, this car will never bring the big bucks that a true 440 R/T Six Pack will bring. But if you want to pay less and get a fake, why not get one faked all the way. hard; the contemporary accessories are hard to understand in a car of this quality. Paint, chrome, fit and finish are all top-notch, with no issues of note. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $64,800. I'd have to call this one of the better buys on a ‘Cuda coupe. Perhaps the aftermarket accessories hurt more than I would have thought. The Sublime Green is a great period color on this car, and here it made retail. #956-1970 DODGE CHALLENGER T/A 2-door hard top. S/N JH23J0B311291. Banana Yellow/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 58,494 miles. 340-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, 4-sp. Nice paint, with well-placed, good graphics. The chrome is good but not great, with some pitting and waviness. Some light scratches on otherwise good glass. The interior looks stock, TOP 10 No. 3 #1309-1970 PLYMOUTH HEMI'CUDA convertible. S/N BS27ROB212172. Vitamin C Orange/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 42,120 miles. 426-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Documented with the Broadcast Sheet and a decode, this numbers-matching car was apparently built for a factory executive. Exemplary all around following a full restoration, with excellent paint, chrome, and brightwork, though there is one mismatched, unpolished stainless piece black/black vinyl. Odo: 38,150 miles. 302-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Left-side “Boss” graphics are crooked, and have been touched-up with felttip pen. Claimed original paint with minimal nicks, mostly on the door edges and nose. Excellent original chrome, except for a few ripples on the front bumper. Nice upholstery, with just enough light wear to be either original or a good older replacement. Factory AM/8track. Clean engine bay, though not ready for any shows. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $64,800. From the collection of Monster.com founder Jeff Taylor. Even given lousy build quality in the 1970s, I find it hard to believe Ford kicked this car out of the factory with such skewed graphics. The half-assed touch-up doesn't help either. This was a case where I would have paid up to get lot #74, a nice restoration versus a shoddy original. on the driver's door. The interior shows well, though it could use fresh carpets. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $2,160,000. So until a ‘71 comes along, let's call this one the Big Dog. Of the 635 ‘Cuda convertibles built in 1970, this is one of a handful with the equipment everyone's looking for. A Hemi block, a soft top, and Vitamin C brought north of $2m. Imagine this car with a factory 4-speed. #1243-1970 PLYMOUTH 'CUDA Hemi showing some pitting and waviness of its own. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $64,800. Even among the brightly colored, matte accented, look-at-me Mopars, this one stood out. I wasn't completely taken by it, but someone was, and this wasn't an outrageous price. #973-1970 DODGE CHALLENGER 440 R/T Six-Pack Re-creation convertible. S/N JH29GOB239971. Panther Pink/white vinyl/white vinyl. Odo: 38,582 miles. 440-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, 4-sp. The owner says “Pinky” was built in 1994 and refreshed less than 2,500 miles ago. Photo documentation of the restoration shows two cars—coupe and convertible donor cars—become one. Looks to have begun things with a 318, but now it's a clone, tribute, re-creation, or fake, depending on your take. and graphics. Clean interior, with a nice dash and full console. Overall, this is a good look to what the seller claims was a rotisserie restoration. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $226,800. At one-tenth of the cost of the real thing, perhaps this is the car a Hemi 'Cuda convertible owner takes out when he leaves the non-clone at home. The restoration wasn't perfect, but was good enough to bring the best price I've seen for a fake. #718.1-1970 FORD MUSTANG Boss 302 fastback. S/N 0F02G168119. Yellow & 94 black structural members. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $232,100. One of one with this equipment and color. But remember that all '70 Shelbys were left-over '69s, with new VINs, chin spoilers, matte stripes, and a smog pump. No one really knows how many '70s were built, so how many 1969s are out there like this one? With that ultra deep rear end, it would probably burn up half a tank of high test just getting on and off the trailer. A show car, for sure, but still way over the top money. TOP 10 No. 5 #1287-1970 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE SS LS6 convertible. S/N 136670B190703. Blue/white vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 61 miles. 454-ci V8, 450-hp, auto. Well documented, with original build sheet, title, and various magazine articles. Recent restoration done to a decent standard. Trunk and right rear quarter gap is off, with scratches and a small dent on the rear deck. Repro decals. Visible staples Sports Car Market Clone convertible. S/N BH27GOB313789. Sassy Grass Green/white vinyl/white vinyl. Odo: 60,489 miles. 426-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Vendor says this has a Hemi motor bored 30 over from a 1969 block, putting out 525 hp. Excellent paint, with very good brightwork #1244-1970 SHELBY GT500 convertible. S/N 0F03R482817. White & blue/white vinyl/ white vinyl. Odo: 6,976 miles. 428-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. A superb, full-blown restoration, especially in the paint and chrome. The trunk gaps are off, but only to factory spec. Pleats on the repro seats aren't sitting square. Fully detailed and correct engine bay. Polyglas GTs on 5-spoke Shelby alloys. 4.30 to 1 Traction-Lok diff, AM/FM stereo. Glossy undercarriage with

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Glovebox Notes Column Author A brief look at cars of interest that have passed through the SCM stable. HHHHH is best 2006 JAGUAR S-TYPE R 4.2 LITER near flawless interior. Comes with two build sheets and Protect-o-Plate. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $513,000. This car—and its driver—were chased by police in '75, with one wrecked cop car the result. Legal issues meant it sat for a long time. It would be fun to smoke those Firestone Wide Ovals one more time, but not at the expense of Ol' Smokey. Huge money paid, though a bargain next to lot #1287, and even some LS6 hard tops that have changed hands recently. Price as tested: $66,645 Likes: Looks terrific in Jaguar Racing Green. Supercharger makes satisfying whine while offering instant 400-hp response. Taut handling, eager brakes. Copious rear seat room will make Mercedes CLS owners cry. Gripes: Even though visually pleasing, it's time for a redesign. Odd gray color to burlwood dash looks like plastic. Getting expensive. Fun to drive: HHHH Fun to look at: HHHH Overall ownership experience: HHHH Verdict: The perfect ride for an up-and-coming executive, three-year lease please. Still has visual panache, plus performance to match. If you need to own a Jaguar, of all the current offerings, this is the one.—Keith Martin 2006 SUBARU LEGACY 2.5GT SPEC.B SEDAN in the window felts. Trim tag looks like a repro. Original gauges but no tach. Nothing mentioned about matching numbers, so I'll assume it is not. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $1,242,000. Piloted in 1970 by Ray Allen to victory at the NHRA U.S. Nationals, Super Nationals, World Finals, and more. This was an important piece of U.S. racing history, though certainly most people didn't think it was million-dollar important. Mark this one as a world record price for an LS6 Chevelle. #1007.1-1970 PONTIAC GTO Judge 2- door hard top. S/N 242370Z127911. Orbit Orange/black vinyl. 400-ci V8, Ram Air IV, 4-sp. PHS documented and numbers-matching drive train, with the correct color scheme. Very nice body, with straight panels and good gaps. #1025.1-1970 PONTIAC GTO The Judge convertible. S/N 242670Z113014. Cardinal Red/white/red vinyl. 400-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Ram Air III. Numbers-matching. One of 168 Judge convertibles built in 1970. Documented with the build sheet and an extensive ownership history. The older restoration looks to have been “spruced” for auction. The paint shows well, with some orange peel. Good chrome, and the top is clean and fits well. Inside shows some wear, though nothing serious. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $199,800. A rare car for sure, though I would have preferred it more thoroughly presented. Nothing major, but the new owner has some detail work to look forward to. Still, I'd call it well bought in this market. #461-1970 CHEVROLET NOVA SS Price as tested: $34,620 Likes: 250 turbocharged hp, 250 lb-ft of torque, Bilstein-tuned suspension, all-wheel drive, and limited-slip rear diff; as fun as a WRX. Titanium Silver with small hood scoop and no rear wing, leather interior with sports seats, alloy pedals. Only performance clues are 18inch alloy wheels, halogen fog lights, and large exhaust tips. Gripes:Rear seat isn't generous and trunk is small. Exterior styling is bland; a little more flash might be fun. All accessories standard, including nav system, heated mirrors and seats, and moon roof, which add to cost but not performance. Fun to drive: HHHH Fun to look at: H Overall experience: HHH Verdict:Great value for performance and equipment; a comparable BMW 3-series costs $10,000 more. If you like the idea of driving very fast in comfort and with all the mod cons, but prefer seeing the tickets go to Fly Yellow tuner cars with obnoxious rear wings, this is the car for you.—Gary Andersonu 96 No wipers. Clean, sharp interior, with Hurst shifter, correct wheel, and hood tach. Clean engine and bay, though missing some decals. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $104,760. Finally, these fast and solid cars are getting some respect. Striking colors on a super straight and rust free car. This was over-the-top money, but well in line with the theme of the weekend. #1320-1970 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE LS6 2-door convertible. S/N 136670B134303. Red/white/white. Odo: 44,000 miles. 454-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Actual mileage. Claimed the only red and white LS6 convertible. Lots of documentation and options. Stored from 1975 to 1988. Very nice restoration since. Rear quarters are new, with variable seams. Otherwise, excellent paint and trim, with a 396 2-door hardtop. S/N 114270W212957. Silver/same/black/vinyl. Odo: 770 miles. 402ci V8,4-bbl, auto. An original, numbers-matching L78 Nova. GM Canada paperwork shows it was sold new at Belmont Chev in Toronto. The body shows GM replacement quarter panels. Those and the rest of the body fit well, and the paint is good overall. Very nice chrome, and the interior shows very little wear, reflective of the mileage. Clean underhood, and nicely detailed. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $47,520. The colors work well on this car. This was a Wednesday night bargain, selling for $25k less than the gold L78 4-speed with no paperwork that sold Sports Car Market

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Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale, AZ on Friday. The buyer here got himself a more attractive, better-restored car. Well bought. #1029.1-1970 PLYMOUTH ROAD RUNNER Hemi 2-door hard top. S/N RM23R0A230285. Plum Crazy/black vinyl. Odo: 44,086 miles. 426-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Options include woodgrain console, premium trim package, spoked steering wheel, 15-inch wheels, power brakes and a pistol-grip shifter. An Air Grabber hood and bucket seats complete the package. Very good paint and brightwork, with excellent graphics, and a very tidy interior. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $145,800. I've got no complaints with this car's condition. With some anal-retentive detailing, I think it has possible show-winning potential. And I've got no argument with the price achieved either, as this is a Hemi Road Runner in good colors and with a 4-speed. Nicely done all around. #1274-1970 PLYMOUTH HEMI 'CUDA 2-door hard top. S/N BS23R0B283741. Ivy Green/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 63 miles. 426-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Well equipped, including ps, pb, Shaker hood, power six-way seat, and the all-important 4-speed. Fully and freshly restored to a very high standard, with excellent paint and a nice, correct vinyl top. numbers-matching California car, with elastomeric front bumper, hood tie-downs, disc brakes, power top, bucket seats, and console. Restored in 2005, and unlike most celebrity cars, this one was very nicely restored to a great standard. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $172,800. I was impressed with the overall look of this car. It appears Mr. Goldberg really does know a thing or two about Muscle. In another venue, perhaps we would chalk some of the cost here up to celebrity value, but in this case it's hard to tell how much was Goldberg and how much was Barrett-Jackson. #652-1971 FORD MUSTANG Mach 1 fastback. S/N 1F05M171885. Bright blue metallic/blue & silver vinyl. Odo: 74,787 miles. 351-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Marti Report. Thick average repaint, and generally good original brightwork, with some light scarring. Rear quarter to side door glass seals are dryrotted and cracked. The spoiler is mounted too far up the trunk. Hurst shifter. Mildly lumpy exhaust note due to a non-stock system. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $33,480. With the '71 Mustang more closely related to a Thunderbird, the 351 Cleveland motor—while hardly a slouch—no longer had the zip it did even a year before, as it now had a lot more car to drag around. Given the condition of this example, the money shelled out here was a gift. #688-1971 FORD MUSTANG Boss 351 fastback. S/N 1F02R135177. Black/black The brightwork is only very good, as dents in the window sill trim keep it from excellence. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $486,000. The vendor stated that car was numbers-matching, and the car is fully documented by Galen Govier as one of only 284 4-speed Hemi 'Cudas built in 1970. It's the equipment as well as the condition that make this one of the most desirable Hemi 'Cudas. Not cheap, but not expensive in today's red hot market, especially when examined against the handful of others that changed hands this week. #1306.2-1970 PLYMOUTH 'CUDA 383 convertible. S/N BS27N0B124281. Lemon Twist/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 62,543 miles. 383-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Owned by pro wrestler Bill Goldberg. Claimed to be a April 2006 97

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Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale, AZ Column Author deluxe vinyl. Odo: 42,601 miles. 351-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Marti Report indicates this was an executive use car. Decent paint shows some orange peel. Some light door glass scratching from window mechanisms. Free use of wood screws on the exhaust clamps, with the left one almost touching the leaf spring. Otherwise, it's a concours beauty. All FoMoCo and correct underhood. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $70,200. With the values of Boss cars taking off, it would only seem proper that the later Boss 351 would eventually start to escalate in value also. Especially for a heavily optioned example in desirable colors, like this one. #1210-1971 FORD MUSTANG Boss 351 fastback. S/N 1F02R135612. Blue metallic/black vinyl. Odo: 26,451 miles. 351-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Marti Report. SCMer consignor claims original miles. Good paint application, but with some sanding miscues around the rear miles. 383-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Vendor says this is a numbers matching motor, factory Plum Crazy car with a/c, ps, pb, and rear defroster. No serious issues with the paint; let's call it factory standard and leave it at that. Very good brightwork, handsome vinyl top, and some buffable scratches to the side windows. Underhood is sharp and well-detailed. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $78,300. Damn near reasonable. I like the car; if I'd bagged it at this price, I would not be at all disappointed. It's got plenty of goodies and plenty of good things going for it. And hey, if you're going to get it in Plum Crazy, you might as well do it with white vinyl. #769-1971 FORD MUSTANG Boss 351 fastback. S/N 1F02R180520. Grabber Lime & black/green nylon & vinyl. Odo: 47,084 miles. 351-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Marti Report confirms this as a minimally equipped car with few options. The restoration does the period build quality justice. Decent panel fit, with quarter windows. Nice door fit. The engine bay appears to be all Ford, with good paint and detailing, though low-quality decals let it down. Fresh, correct exhaust system. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $45,360. Each year, one particular model tends to turn up en masse, so this must have been the year of the Boss 351. And like the other ones out here, this one seemed to fall lock step into the pricing for relative condition. #679-1971 DODGE CHARGER R/T 2-door hard top. S/N WS23U1A129343. Hemi Orange/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 10,656 miles. 440-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Owner states this is a factory R/T, documented by Galen Govier. Very good paint and chrome, with only minor scratching. Excellent graphics. Some mottling some light orange peel throughout. Sheet metal and wood screws used on the muffler clamps, but otherwise a nicely detailed chassis. All FoMoCo and concours-detailed engine bay. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $62,100. While generally well done, this is hardly a car that would make the average bidder charge the podium waving his bidder's pass. However, if ghastly 1970s colors are your thing, more power to you. Your car is ready, sir. #20-1972 PLYMOUTH DUSTER 2-door is starting to show under the vinyl top—not a good sign. The interior shows well, with full console, good dash, and slap stick shifter. Polyglas Goodyears look as good as the ride does scary. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $58,320. Refreshingly, a Mopar muscle car that sold for well over retail, as opposed to many times over retail. A likeable example with great colors. A few easy fixes away from moving up to a #2- car. #464-1971 PLYMOUTH 'CUDA 383 2- door hard top. S/N BS23N1B398379. Plum Crazy/white vinyl/white vinyl. Odo: 2,582 98 Sports Car Market hard top. S/N VS29H2B228315. Black/black vinyl. Odo: 72,503 miles. 340-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4sp. Good paint overall, with some cracks on the fiberglass hood scoop. The chrome is good and the graphics are well-applied. Even the plastic grille is very nice. The Firestone wide “O” of trunk lid. Average race car undercarriage and engine bay. One Sparco racing seat, electronic racing instrumentation, full cage, and fire extinguisher. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $201,960. When my '06 Mustang sleeps, it dreams of being this car. In theory, you can actually order one from the Ford Racing catalog (p.10, p/n M-FR500C), and it comes ready to race. But you gotta be on the Ford A-list to get it, and the admission price is $125k. I suppose that, for now anyway, the pedigree was worth another $75k, but that won't be true for very long.u oval tires are a good and correct period look. The interior is very nice and shows no issues. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $25,920. Dusters were throw-away cars for their time, built and sold to be used and used up. Most of the survivors I've seen have been 6-cylinder cars with automatics, in period correct but less than thrilling colors. This all-black 340 with a 4-speed is a rare find. Well done. #1253-2005 FORD GT coupe. S/N 1FAFP90535Y400404. Red/black leather. Odo: 15 miles. Factory options are the MacIntosh audiophile stereo, tape stripe delete, aerodynamic package. Fresh delivery date of 11/05. Paper AZ temporary tag ripped from the rear license plate screws. In freshly dealer-prepped new production car condition. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $172,800. Now that I've seen what must be the only tape stripe delete GT ever made, I actually prefer the look. Why pay retail ($157k) plus the dealer markup at a lot when you can do it live on cable TV? Works for SPEED, and probably the Arizona Ford Dealers, too, who happened to be sponsors this year. #1281-2005 FORD MUSTANG FR500C Grand Am Cup race car. S/N FR500C-002. Mustard & black/white paint & black seat. Campaigned during 2005 in the GS class of the Grand Am series. Competitive, but not special. Panel fit is off, to racer specs. At least one repaint to battle guard-rail rash. 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Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale, AZ Join Keith Martin at the SCM/Steve Austin's Great Vacations Car Collector's Dream Tour to the GOODWOOD FESTIVAL OF SPEED July 2-10, 2006 Formula One Teams Bonhams Auction Aston and Porsche Restoration Shops Museums Celebrity Speakers UPDATE: Saturday & Sunday viewing now includes the prestigious private hospitality suites of the Graham Hill and John Surtees pavilions. Drivers expected to meet our group are Sir Stirling Moss, Derek Bell, Alain de Cadenet, and Sir Jack Brabham, with more driver announcements to follow. Prior to the Festival are included visits to the Four Ashes Garage, restorers of Aston Martin, and to the bucolic setting of Francis Tuthill's Porsche race and rally preparation shop. Look forward to a private pre-auction walk-through and analysis of the cars at the Bonhams Goodwood Auction by Editor Martin and European SCM analyst Richard Hudson-Evans. The Goodood Festival of Speed is the largest celebration of motorsports in the world. It embraces cars from the very earliest steam carriages to the latest in Formula One. Racing cars and bikes come from all over the world, and this is the only event outside the Grand Prix circuit attended by many of the current Formula One teams. Our hospitality arrangements for The Festival provide a unique and mesmerizing mix of close-up motorsport action and exceptional personal service. Nowhere else in the world can the shattering performance of Formula One cars and the nostalgia and heroism of the full spectrum of motor racing past and present be experienced so intimately. The SCM tour mixes some of the most beautiful English countryside with some of the most important factories, museums, auto restorers, and collector car auctions. Tour Price: $4,735 per person twin occupancy; $1,100 single supplement. $1,000 reservation required to secure your position. Sign up today. Registration closes soon, and tour size is strictly limited. Call or e-mail today: Steve Austin's Great Vacations 1-800-452-8434 E-mail for more info: steveaustin@colton.com

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Bonhams Gstaad, CH Column Author The Ferrari Sale With snow falling outside, and plenty of cocktails and Christmas décor inside, the atmosphere was as end-of-season pleasant as ever Company Bonhams Date December 17, 2005 Location Palace Hotel, Gstaad, CH Auctioneer Simon Kidston Automotive lots sold / offered 23/26 Sales rate 88% Sales total $6,474,846 High sale 1958 Ferrari 250 GT Tour de France, sold at $1,554,527 Buyer's premium A Prancing Horse and seven prancing ponies Report and photos by Richard Hudson-Evans Market opinions in italics N Gstaad, CH estled into the Alps, in the Swiss retreat of Gstaad, the glitzy Palace Hotel played host for the eighth time to the all-Ferrari sale put on by Bonhams. Though most of the 26 consignments were displayed on a white carpet within the hotel's underground garage, the star car, a 1958 250 GT Tour de France, sat prominently beside the fireplace in the ballroom. With snow falling outside, and plenty of cocktails and Christmas décor inside, the atmosphere was as endof-season pleasant as ever. And once a trio of post-block sales—including the TdF—had been added to its books, the Bonhams Geneva office had sold nearly $6.5m worth of Ferraris. In fact, such was the strength of interest in several of the lots that many cars did better than their pre-sale estimates. The Tour de France accounted for nearly one-quarter of the gross. Newly restored and presented in gleaming Rosso Corsa, it missed on the block, but sold after the fact almost immediately at $1,554,527. Also notable was a 1968 275 GTB/4, converted by Straman to NART Spyder specs, which sold for $814,918. And a 1991 F40 LM, which was once the track toy of the French cartoonist Albert Uderzo, made $654,931. Oddball of the group was the one-of-a-kind 1972 365 GTB/4 Daytona Shooting Brake, once belonging to Texas oilman and race team proprietor John Mecom. As something of a “regular” at the Swiss sale, this time it generated $261,861. 100 Gstaad marked the final sale for Bonhams Europe President Simon Kidston, who will head up a Genevabased collecting consultancy (www.kidston.net). It also marked the second all-Ferrari sale of the year (the first being Sotheby's Maranello in June), and the bullish results and 88% sell-through here went a long way to solidify the European market for the red cars. Though the number of consignments was down from previous years, Kidston pegged the reduction on the perceived strength of the market, which has resulted in a surplus of buyers and a shortage of sellers. “In spite of Ferrari being a commodity which people understand, a universal currency, and a fairly liquid asset,” he said, “Ferrari collectors are currently more interested in buying than selling.” Though this doesn't account for the 33% sales rate seen at Sotheby's, it does say something about the Ferrari market as a whole. Kidston added, “The collector vehicle market is actually driven by the U.S., and an increasing number of European owners have been sending top cars to the States to sell. The number of valuable cars sold at auction has increased dramatically there, whilst many more are changing hands privately. Indeed, it is the California auctions every August which set the tone for the global market for the next twelve months.” And that tone, currently a rising tide lifting all ships, was evident in nearly every Ferrari that crossed the block.u Sports Car Market 16% on the first $115,789, 11% thereafter

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Bonhams Gstaad, CH #204-1952 FERRARI 212/225 INTER Column Author coupe. S/N 0237EU. Eng. # 0269EU. Red/ black leather. Odo: 574 km. 1953 Coppa Intereuropa winner. California license plate. The fresh repaint is excellent, as is most chrome. One windshield wiper is scratched, and the Borrani wheels are marked. The engine First owned in Santa Barbara, California, and it even had a Ford motor for a while. Has been in Switzerland since 1993, and driven in the Tour Auto in 1997 and 1999. Competely restored by Italian specialists. The passenger door arch trim finish is dented, the Monza filler cap is pitted, and the air-box sealing rubber is cracked. Fitted with period aftermarket “Speed” mirrors and a modern battery. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $1,554,527. Although “technically unsold” under Kidston's gavel at $1.24m, five different parties made approaches immediately afterward. In stumping up $319,441 more, a secretive European collector helped to bolster the TdF's already solid market value. #224-1959 FERRARI 250 GT coupe. S/N bay is clean but not concours. Driver side bug deflector, low-back buckets, Sabelt full harnesses, large wood-rim wheel. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $389,993. Swiss competition in the ballroom meant the Califorina buyer on the phone had to go deep into the pre-sale estimate to land this hardy little V12. Worth it, I'd say. #212-1957 FERRARI 250 GT Low Roof coupe. S/N 0695GT. Eng. # 0951GT. Silver gray metallic/gray leather. Odo: 75,813 km. Left the factory as S/N 0695GT, but received a new chassis plate, S/N 0533GT, in the 1970s by a French owner. The recent repaint shines, and the chrome is very good. Fitted with smaller 15inch Borranis that have dulled and show some nicks. The original leather is re-Connolised as well as some milkiness around the edges of the windshield. Slight creasing to the driver's seat. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $133,601. These are considered by many to be the first real production Ferraris, built at the Pinin Farina facility right about the time it became the Pininfarina facility. Knocked down to a Swiss banker who paid top price. #214-1963 and cracked, and the battery securing bracket is crude. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $167,786. Boanobodied 250 GTs, which remain among the most elegant of the early Ferraris, contested the Mille Miglia and won the 1957 Acropolis Rally outright. Another American landed this one, but because of spirited bidding in the room, he was forced to pay $24k above the estimate for it. I can't exactly call it a bad deal. TOP 10 No. 4 #211-1958 FERRARI 250 GT Tour de France coupe. S/N 1039GT. Eng. # 1039GT. Rosso Corsa/beige leather. Odo: 4,877 miles. Freshly factory certified as the 69th TdF built, a single-vent model with covered headlights. FERRARI 400 SUPERAMERICA Series 2 Aerodynamico coupe. S/N 5029SA. Eng. # 5029SA. Silver/ red and gray leather. Odo: 1,289 miles. Mileage since its restoration, including the 2004 Milan–San Remo Rally. One of 18 S2 LWB coupes, it was initially Italian-owned, then in the U.S. by the 1980s. It returned to Europe, where it underwent a comprehensive 0947GT. Eng. # 0947GT. Dark red/tan leather. Odo: 83,552 km. Originally painted Nero Tropicale, or black, if you like, but changed to the present color during the Curtis van den Berg resto in the early 1980s. In Switzerland since the 1990s. Recently detailed and very clean, with some light polish scratching only, the Borrani rims are pitted. The original leather has some holes on the tunnel and driver's seat. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $46,315. These 2+2s continue to be somewhat unloved by collectors, and the early, 4-headlight cars even more so. The bid here was the minimum required to change ownership, and represents a good deal in a classic Ferrari V12. #202-1967 FERRARI 330 GT SII 2+2 coupe. S/N 9033. Eng. # 9033. Bordeaux/ black leather. Odo: 93,624 km. Three Swiss owners from new. Originally silver with dark beige leather, it was color changed during a 2003 restoration. The panels and paint are tidy, and the brightwork is polish-marked only. The 1-. SOLD AT $560,921. Following a ferocious bidding battle between an Italian in the room and an American on the telephone, the latter won out. In the end, he had to pay nearly $39k more for the privilege, but this car, an ultrarare Series 2, in this condition was well worth it. #222-1965 FERRARI 330 GT S1 2+2 coupe. S/N 7029. Eng. # 7029. Gray/black. Odo: 75,930 km. Part-restored in 1989, and then from 1998 to 2004. Originally red, most of the color-changed paintwork is unmarked, though the nose is scratched. Most chrome is good, though the front bumper is dinged and painted Borranis look drab, but the original interior is sound, and the engine bay is clean but unrestored. There is a plumbed-in fire system with canister in the trunk. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $49,878. With a more elegant two-headlight arrangement and a true 5-speed gearbox, Series II 330s are only slightly more desirable than the S1s. This clean example sold below expectations to a Swiss banker and proved to be an even better value than lot 222. #219-1968 FERRARI 330 GTC coupe. restoration, with work completed in 2002. Unmarked paint, brightwork, and leather, though the Borranis are in need of a refurb. The high tension leads are an inappropriate red rather than black or even yellow, and one oil filter is white, while the other is orange. Cond: 102 S/N 11385. Light blue metallic/black leather. Odo: 90,526 km. Four owners, and one of them twice. Generally cosmetically sharp, including the Borranis, following a recent-ish restoration. The only visible marks seem to be a few touched-up chips to the driver's side B-post Sports Car Market

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Column Author Bonhams Gstaad, CH sold for about $24k more than forecast, this was still something of a bargain for this example, a handsome and competent successor to the 330 GTC. and door aperture edge. Inside, the seat squabs appear much sat-upon. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $133,601. The 330 GTC filled the gap nicely between the 330 GT 2+2 and the race-about 275 GTB. Another $15k would not have been out of line here. As such, the buyer bid well on this example, getting himself a gorgeous frontengined Ferrari in the process. TOP 10 No. 8 #225-1968 FERRARI 275 GTB/4 NART conversion spyder. S/N 9851GT. Eng. # 9851GT. Fly Yellow/black/black leather. Odo: 9,856 miles. Formerly a Berlinetta, it was transformed in 1980 by Richard Straman into a well-replicated NART spyder. The color was recently changed from black during a bare-metal repaint, and it is now externally unmarked but for a few small touch-ups on #210-1969 FERRARI 365 GTB/4 Daytona conversion spyder. S/N 12815. Eng. # 12815. Red/black leather. Odo: 57,125 miles. First owned by race team owner Corrado Manfredini, when it still had a roof. Fully renovated during the chop by an unidentified body shop. Externally clean, but the interior cosmetically on the turn. The rear panels show chips, and the paint is poor in the trunk shut channel, with the trunk rubber seals adrift. All alloys are marked, and the driver's seat leather is worn. Amongst so much top car stock, it was wisely auctioned here without reserve. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $64,128. Considering its scruffy condition, this was a generous valuation. Still, even steel-bodied LWB Dinos with 2.4 motors are less plentiful than they were, and this one might just respond well to a modest makeover. #209-1971 FERRARI 246 GT Dino coupe. S/N 01860. Red/black leather. Odo: 67,732 km. Originally Giallo Fly, but sadly changed to red during a 1999 restoration, which included an engine rebuild in Milan by leather is scuffed, and the wood-rim varnish is marked. The engine bay looks in need of a refurb. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $197,699. This price was up the range for a coupe. Now on its way to California, where the soft top may never see action. The original Daytona, with roof intact and some nice period history, would have been preferable for some. #217-1971 FERRARI 365 GTB/4 Daytona coupe. S/N 14457. Eng. # B1266. Red/black leather. Odo: 35,203 miles. Nevada and Swiss owned. A very good repaint, with some brightwork polish-scratched, and with clean, optional, wider Borranis. The seat sides are retrimmed, though the inserts are cracked. the passenger-side door edge. The engine bay is well-presented, and the car wears a NART enamel badge on its tail. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $814,918. It went unsold “live” at just below estimate, but post-block, slightly more secured this glamorous and finely-executed replica for a U.K. telephone bidder. While costing nowhere near the price of a genuine NART Spyder, the premium paid above a 275 GTB/4 coupe rewarded the competence of the chop. #213-1969 FERRARI 365 GTC coupe. S/N 12713. Eng. # 12713. Metallic brown/beige leather. Odo: 85,503 km. One of 150 GTCs built. The color was changed from Blu Turbillon during the recent repaint, which included a Scappini. Cosmetically spotless, but the modern radio/cassette player stands out. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $87,285. This beauty was a far cry from the no-reserve Dino, lot 201. As one of the sharpest examples of the 246 GT to cross the block recently, it fetched nearly $10k over initial estimates, and deserved every penny. #227-1972 FERRARI 365 GTB/4 Daytona custom shooting brake. S/N 15275. Black/tan leather. Odo: 3,780 miles. Conceived by Luigi Chinetti, Jr. and much chronicled in magazines. Four owners from new, and shown at European concours in 2000 and 2001. Claimed to be original, it is externally clean and only lightly polish-scratched. The interior shows minor scuffs to the leather on entry to the The interia-reel bobbins are very prominent on the rear parcel shelf. Engine bay is dull and grubby. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $175,549. At this price, a U.K. player saw off a local challenge for a decent example of what used to be—with its 170-mph top speed potential—the world's fastest production automobile. And a quite handsome one at that. #201-1971 FERRARI 246 GT Dino coupe. S/N 02650. Red/black leather. Odo: 52,244 km. Originally blue, the color was changed during a pre-1980 restoration. It is now respray of the wheels. All chrome is shiny and mark-free. The leather, which likely is original, is cracked, scuffed, and slightly soiled. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $124,694. Though hammered 104 luggage area. Four Abarth tailpipes. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $261,861. Sold at Gstaad 2003 for $254,880 (SCM #31736). Unsold in the room this year at an insufficient $200k, this wonderfully impractical piece was acquired by a Bonhams client from the Far East before Kidston's gavel had even cooled. How much for a one-off even more exotic (relatively) than a NART Spyder? Today it was a tad less than $262k. #223-1973 FERRARI 365 GT4 2+2 coupe. S/N 17293. Metallic brown/black leather. Sports Car Market

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Bonhams Gstaad, CH Odo: 64,219 km. Swiss-registered since new. Appears to be structurally sound, though shrinkage cracks are visible to the passenger side A-pillar paint, and both sills are much chipped. One headlight pod does not lift, and the alloys are scuffed. The engine bay is surprisingly clean and tidy, but clutch slippage was declared presale. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $22,712. An entertaining bidding scrap in the room made this price possible. It seemed a bit much for a car a bit scruffy around the edges, and with some expensive clutch work—at the very least—due in the not too distant future. #205-1982 FERRARI 308 GTBi coupe. S/N 35405. Red/tan leather. Odo: 27,105 km. One of 494 built. Consigned by the widow of late Ferrari F1 driver Didier Pironi. Very original, apart from the front and rear aprons being thickly painted in “stonechip.” Good paint, but for a chip to the driver's door, and the alloys are in need of a refurb. Recent service includes a cam belt change. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $33,846. Serving as Pironi's company car while he raced for the Scuderia, one can only imagine the manner in which it was driven to and from the factory. Despite its minor cosmetic flaws, I'm a bit surprised its ownership history did not do more for the price. #206-1984 FERRARI 288 GTO coupe. S/N 52741. Red/black. Odo: 46,517 km. Entered by top F1 designer Adrian Newey and known in Ferrari circles as “Franco.” Late '80s–early '90s nearside rear fender and body sill damage, caused by and repaired by U.K.based Maranello Concessionaires. The engine was rebuilt at 31,600 km, the gearbox at 38,600 km. A clean repaint, and the split rims are spot- less. The leather is super. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $317,903. Another car with a famous owner that should have sold under the hammer but didn't. Ever the tinkerer, Newey had been fastidious in personally carrying out the annual services. Happily, somebody out there realized what a well-sorted motor car this was and wisely snapped it up afterward for what it was worth. BEST BUY #226-1984 FERRARI 288 GTO coupe. S/N 053303. Red/black leather. Odo: 41,014 km. One owner, unsold at the recent Coys Padova auction. Partly repainted at the front and rear, and the split rims are marked. The driver's seat leather is lightly worn, and the windshield is poorly sealed following replacement. The cambelts were changed in 2004. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $295,983. Though April 2006 105

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Bonhams Gstaad, CH Column Author more, which should have been available for this mid-production F40 with low mileage, all service records, and cats. TOP 10 No. 9 #218-1991 FERRARI F40 Le Mans Competition coupe. S/N 88522. Eng. # 410B005. Red/red. The sixth of only 17 both Bonhams and the vendor had been hoping for more, a Greek Ferrari enthusiast living in Gstaad thought this fully documented, oneowner-from-new GTO was worth the low guide price. No one seemed to object, and he bought himself a bit of a bargain. #203-1984 FERRARI 400i 2+2 coupe. S/N 46563. Metallic brown/magnolia leather. Odo: 37,435 km. Claimed to have been preserved as original, though the paint looks extremely clean on this twenty-year-old car. All glass is clean and scratch-free, and the leather looks buckets with Sabelt full harnesses, fire system canister in passenger footwell. Recently checked out in the U.K. by Prodrive. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $654,931. The bid fell right in the middle of the pre-sale estimates, as it should have for a racer without any races to its credit. So determined was the successful bidder for this LM that he had already organized transport for it to the Far East before the auction even started. better than mileage would indicate. Mark-free alloys. Original Blaupunkt. Cond: 1. NOT SOLD AT $18,526. In terms of its fine condition, this lovely 4-seater really did deserve to change hands. The $23k lower estimate did not seem out of line, though with the undesirable auto, perhaps many in the room thought it was unrealistically ambitious. #207-1990 FERRARI F40 coupe. S/N ZFFGJ34B000086935. Eng. # 24414. Red/ red. Odo: 16,115 km. One owner, Venezuelaregistered, but always housed in Europe. Claimed never to have been damaged or track day driven. Mostly original, with some chips touched-up, and the front spoiler repainted. and all records, it was bravely offered without reserve. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $46,315. Selling for just below the estimate, the buyer here got himself a lot of near-perfect Testarossa for the money. #221-1991 FERRARI F40 coupe. S/N Turbos, cambelts, and tanks have all been replaced. Catalytic converters are equipped, and the suspension is adjustable via a red button on the dash. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $231,579. The vendor had been hoping for at least $23k 106 83621. Eng. # 20293. Red/red. Odo: 24,349 km. One owner, and one of 1,311 built, this is an early car with sliding plexi windows. Claimed never to have been damaged, and not driven at track days. Regularly serviced, but it still has the original cam belts. The apron has been repainted, and the hood shows some stone chips. The split rims are spotless, and the seats and carpet are unmarked. Cond: 1. NOT SOLD AT $208,421. One would have thought #208-1991 FERRARI TESTAROSSA coupe. S/N ZFFSA17SA17S000089380. Red/tan leather. Odo: 12,180 km. One Geneva owner. Original and unmarked, panels, paint, and interior appear as new. With a fresh service built, first owned by French cartoonist Albert Uderzo of Asterix fame. In 1998 it lapped the Nürburgring in 1:40 with Jacky Ickx at the wheel. Partially repainted. The Kevlar front splitter is scuffed, though the row of rear diffusers are all intact. Fire-resistant high-back that this fine, original, cat-free F40, for which taxes had been paid in Switzerland, would and could have sold for the $230k minimum sought. The fact that any EEC-based buyer would have been liable for VAT may have deterred many punters at the sale, although such a fiscal penalty would not apply to U.S. or Far East bidders. #216-2002 FERRARI 550 Barchetta road- ster. S/N ZFFZR52B000124232. Red/black leather. Odo: 4,213 km. One of 448 built, and finished in a special shade of red (Rosso Dino), it has been little used by the sole owner. All original, with no damage, everything is as new. The cam belts were renewed at the last service. Comes with a specially-made hard top, matching crash helmets, fitted luggage, and a CD changer. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $164,069. Having gone unsold under the hammer at $154,300, a slightly increased offer post-sale secured this superbly specified Christmas present for what therefore has to be the current market price. #215-2004 FERRARI 612 SCAGLIETTI 2+2 coupe. S/N ZFFAY54B000138866. Grigio Ingrid/tan leather. Odo: 250 km. Delivery mile- age only for one owner. Absolutely as-new and mint. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $176,332. With an MSRP around $250k for a new one, this price seemed mighty cheap for one nearly broken in, and still with a warranty. Oh, the deflation.u Sports Car Market

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The Worldwide Group Raleigh, NC Column Author The Raleigh Classic Nice 1965 Riviera Gran Sports are out there all day for under $20k, but here you had to pony up $73,450 Company The Worldwide Group Date December 9–10, 2005 Location Raleigh, NC Auctioneers Rod Egan and John Kruse Automotive lots sold / offered 189 / 189 Sales rate 100% Sales total $6,936,750 High sale 1929 Packard 645 Deluxe Eight, sold at $172,800 Buyer's premium Rod Egan ushers 189 cars into new garages Report and photos by Dave Kinney Market opinions in italics Raleigh, NC T he Worldwide Group's Raleigh Classic was nothing short of a smashing success. Held at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds, this no-reserve auction meant that a 100% sales rate was already as- sured. And with one consignor—local car dealer Michael Leith—responsible for bringing all the cars, the auction was focused on the podium, not on hundreds of separate vendors interested in making side deals or arranging trades. Surprisingly, in this era of seldom-driven trailer queens, all the cars were driven rather than trailered to the auction site, a forty-five mile jaunt from Leith's storage facility. Also, Worldwide and Leith raised the bar for this auction by making every car available for test drives and inspections in the days leading up to the auction, a privilege many potential bidders used. The results speak for themselves, and not just the perfect sell-through rate. The sales total, $6,936,750, was surely bolstered by several possible world record results at auction. Looking for a 1965 Buick Riviera Gran Sport, a nice #2 example with few flaws? They're out there all day for twenty grand or less, but here you had to pony up $73,450. Other strong prices for American iron included a 1970 Dodge Challenger 440 Six-Pack convertible, a clone that started life with a 383. That didn't seem to matter here, and it sold for $90,750. The high sale, a 108 1929 Packard 645 dual cowl phaeton, also brought strong money, hammering sold for $173,800. On the foreign front, a none-too-sharp 1972 Citroën SM, a true #4 in refrigerator white and with U.S. deliverystyle headlights, brought an astonishing $24,800. This was fully twice the price one might reasonably expect to pay for a similar car in similar condition. While the list of huge prices seemed unending, there were some inexpensive cars—deals, even—to be found. A nice 1957 Austin Cambrian four-door sedan, mint in color but not in condition, sold for a reasonable $6,500, a small price for the exclusivity of a small British sedan. And certainly, many cars sold within their expected sales range. These included a 1964 Chevrolet Corvair Spyder that brought $13,500 and a 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Split-Window with fuel injection that changed hands for $76,650. In the past, Michael Leith and the Leith organization have teamed up with Kruse to stage auctions at the fairgrounds. But with a lapse of several years, and the firsttime involvement of Worldwide, it would be fair to count this as an inaugural sale. I don't know if Leith plans to let other cars go while he continues to build and improve his collection, but this venue and this event proved a big winner for the pairing, and any future sale will have some sizeable shoes to fill.u Sports Car Market 10% (included in sold prices)

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The Worldwide Group Raleigh, NC ENGLISH #250-1933 MG J2 roadster. S/N J3753. British Racing Green/saddle leather. RHD. Odo: 8,041 miles. The older repaint is to a good standard, but now shows some scratches. Good chrome, and overall a very good look. The seat leather shows well, and the machine-turned dash is spot on. The catalog states this car is a J2 with an added J3 supercharger. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $33,000. Some controversy seems to remain whether it is properly represented as a J2 or a J3, but I'm happy to call it a J2.5, if that helps. I thought this car would bring more, and I think it is worth more than the purchase price. Perhaps a winter day in North Carolina was not the optimum place for this car to try to find a new owner. #249-1938 MG SA roadster. S/N SA2758. Red/tan cloth/tan leather. RHD. Odo: 72,724 miles. The paint is good, but less than perfect, with some wear-related problems. Very nice chrome. The door fit on both sides is off—worse on the right side. Plenty of wear to the carpets, though the seats are good, except for some wear to the driver's side at the ingress point. The unusual dash area is beautifully done, and the shifter is center-mounted. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $66,450. Said to be a one-off, with quite handsome styling, and built on a 123-inch wheelbase. Four-wheel hydraulic brakes. This was a surprising yet not astonishing sales result; because of some problems with the condition, I would have expected a bit less. If you are rounding out your collection of pre-war MGs, this is one you have to have. For the casual MG collector, not so much. #251-1948 MG TC roadster. S/N XPA6696969TC6363. Black/tan vinyl/dark red vinyl. RHD. Odo: 22,702 miles. An older restoration, with serviceable paint and good chrome. The top is incorrect, as is the vinyl interior, which shows wear. Lots of needs on this tired old car. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $20,550. The type of car you should be able to buy all day long for this type of money. I'd prefer a nice example with fresh cosmetics, but you'd likely have to pay twice the freight of this one. A market correct sale, therefore. #264-1950 JAGUAR MK V Landaulette convertible. S/N 520990. Creme and yellow/ black cloth/saddle vinyl. RHD. Odo: 35,108 miles. Decent paint and good chrome. The older top shows plenty of fade. Overall, it's not a professional quality job, but not horrible April 2006 109

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Column Author The Worldwide Group Raleigh, NC either. But many inconsistencies will not go unnoticed. The vinyl interior looks and is out of place, but the wood is decent and the carpets are good. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $42,200. I can't say I agree with the high bidder on this one. This car has lots of needs that have to be addressed, and none of them looks particularly cheap. The coachwork is more impressive than it is beautiful, but I would rather have the same thing in a true convertible. #255-1954 MG TF roadster. S/N HDA462813. Black/tan vinyl/red vinyl and leather. Odo: 8,810 miles. A very old repaint that is poorly done, with plenty of divots, painted gaskets, and scratches. The older vinyl top looks like a 1960s replacement, as does the partially replaced and now worn interior. and excellent wood. The carpets are stained, and the headliner is good but darkened. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $36,750. Someone liked this Mk IX far more than I did. The owner stated that these were original miles; that helps but doesn't speak to the flaws or the impaired marketability of these big Jags. A couple thousand judiciously spent on restoration items would help immensely. However, this sale's result will be difficult to duplicate any time soon. #260-1965 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER CLOUD III saloon. S/N LSKP57. Black and gold/black leather. Odo: 65,107. But for some cracking at the trunk, the paint is very good, though it can't conceal some bodywork flaws, including door edge divots. Clean, markfree chrome, and all glass is good. Very nice Original style steering wheel, and a decent dash. A tired, non-professional restoration with lots of needs. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $9,750. In the context of this auction, this was a bargain. At other places it might only make it into the well-bought column. Another example of a car that you can use without fear, or re-restore to something nice in your own timeframe. #258-1957 AUSTIN CAMBRIAN A55 sedan. S/N HS6LHCS46804. Light green/dark green. Odo: 50,628 miles. An original survivor, with original-appearing paint that is a bit dull but still mostly good. Good chrome and glass, but the gaskets are dry. The interior vinyl has fade, but is still in decent shape. Cond: 3. leather, wood, and carpets. Underhood is clean but not detailed, and it needs some help. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $48,600. This car's dirty little secret: the dramatic color combination and mile-deep wax job made it look a good bit better than it actually was upon close inspection. A little pricey in today's market, but I feel these cars are currently undervalued. #247-1976 TRIUMPH TR6 convertible. S/N CF52U50U. Orange/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 46,836 miles. The catalog states the miles are documented and original. Very nice paint and brightwork, with some scratching, and only so-so panel fit. The older top has needs, and the rear window is yellowed. Good SOLD AT $6,500. A cute car for cheap money. The catalog says this car spent most of its life in California. The vendor purchased it at the Vintage Motors Museum in Sarasota, Florida. Not much collector appeal on this side of the Atlantic, but less than the cost of a major service on any Italian exotic. #248-1960 JAGUAR MK IX sedan. S/N 791610BW. Black/red leather. Odo: 35,301 miles. Factory sunroof. Good older paint, now with lots of scratches to the trunk and a few light flaws. Very good chrome, but the rear window surround is loose over a very poor gasket. The interior shows well, with very good leather 110 vinyl on the seats, and good dash wood. Clean underhood. This car was a trade-in at a Leith Group new car dealership. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $19,200. The catalog also quotes SCMer Excellent leather, carpets, and wood. The catalog says this car was a body-off frame restoration in 1994. Recently, it underwent a $2,000 service. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $105,850. Right on the money. Had the restoration been fresher, this car might have achieved over $120k. As it was, this was a very good deal for both buyer and seller. These 4-door convertibles really are majestic automobiles when properly restored. #231-1965 MERCEDES-BENZ 220SE coupe. S/N 12081319. Garnet/brown leather. Odo: 4,445 miles. The owner claims actual miles on this beautiful survivor. The chrome is perfect, but the stainless around the cabin is Sports Car Market Dave Brownell and his prospectus that lists this as a sleeper. That was true 15 years ago when Dave wrote it, but I don't think anyone considers a TR6 a sleeper today. A #2 result for a #3- car. FRENCH #339-1972 CITROËN SM coupe. S/N AC7200SB9866. White/black leather. Odo: 41,592 miles. Also listed as chassis #0059008040. U.S. delivery-style headlights. A fair repaint with plenty of overspray. Good brightwork. Good glass, though the gaskets are a mixed bag of good and bad. Dry leather on the seats, and the duct-taped sill in the rear hatch isn't pretty. Average presentation underhood. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $24,800. I was totally underwhelmed with this car until I heard about its sale price. A quick review of SMs for sale shows it to be possible to fill my garage with similar examples for $12k or less, some of them a lot less. This was not the car to stretch for, even though they may be well underpriced in this market. A real eye opener. GERMAN #232-1955 MERCEDES-BENZ 300B 4-door cabriolet D. S/N A1880145500025. Burgundy/tan cloth/saddle leather. Odo: 19,794 miles. Excellent paint, and the brightwork is at least as nice. The top appears to be recent, well-fitted, and with only a few light marks.

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Column Author The Worldwide Group Raleigh, NC beginning to craze. Two bad scratches on the roof, otherwise the paint is in very good condition. Inside, the leather is soft and supple, and the ivory wheel is perfect. The wood varnish is no longer smooth, but there are no cracks or peeling. Good carpets, with jute mats in front. The engine is not detailed, but it is clean and reflects those low miles. Faded whitewalls. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $45,350. Often when you find a very nice example of a marque, its value will exceed the guidebook price by a large amount. This car doubled current value guide prices and then some. I can't agree with the guides that say this was a $20k car, but the price achieved was quite a bit higher than I expected. #133-1965 VOLKSWAGEN BEETLE convertible. S/N 155302559. Red/white vinyl/ gray vinyl. Odo: 68,127 miles. Poor but shiny paint, with plenty of drips and flaws. Good brightwork. The older vinyl top is incorrect but not bad. The interior kit is well-fitted. The chrome are still quite presentable, with some chipping at the seams, and only light surface pitting on some chrome. The top has light stains, but is otherwise very nice. The well-fitted interior shows a light patina. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $172,800. The catalog states this car has never before been offered for sale at public auction. Built on a 145.5-inch wheelbase, it was a very handsome car in understated colors. It came off as a bit pricey to me, but not by a bunch. #234-1929 PACKARD 626 STANDARD EIGHT sedan limousine. S/N 254842. Black/gray cloth. Odo: 45,084 miles. The paint appears to be recent and in good order, as is the chrome. The vinyl top shows well. The interior looks to be mostly original, including the seats, door panels, and headliner. All wood looks healthy. The vendor states the car has had ten feet. The chrome, too, is older, but good, and there is some light discoloration to the glass. The interior is largely original, but is no longer nice, with wear to the seats and trim. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $19,950. Said to be one of six Hudsons used in filming “Driving Miss Daisy.” In its present condition, I guessed it would have struggled to bring above $12,000. I can only assume someone paid an awful lot to have a movie star car. #329-1950 OLDSMOBILE FUTURAMIC 88 convertible. S/N 508B19271. Metallic green/beige cloth/green leather. Odo: 66,887 miles. Good quality paint, though not up to show standards. The brightwork is complete and decent, but also not perfect. The older interior shows a patina and looks good. The trunk needs real help, as the bald spare and mouse “evidence” are not a great way to show off a much recent work, including brakes, radiator, gas tank, and gauges. The tires are new. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $31,350. Of the 26,070 626 Series cars built for 1929, only 70 came bodied as Speedsters. This was just a ho-hum Packard with fresh paint. Had this been an open car with original coachwork, the sale price would have been exceeded many times. As is, however, this was all the money. #296-1942 LINCOLN CUSTOM limou- stupid wide whitewalls are not just incorrect, they're ugly as well. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $16,200. Silly money for a silly car, but that's just my opinion. A similar car in #2 condition might have no trouble bringing this result and perhaps thousands more. This was nothing more than a tarted-up example of a car that can be found almost everywhere. AMERICAN #233-1929 PACKARD 645 DELUXE EIGHT dual cowl phaeton. S/N 170131. Cream/black cloth/black leather. Odo: 6,818 miles. An older restoration, but the paint and pieces that are now gold plated. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $51,800. The catalog lists this car as a Custom 12 Zephyr limousine. WWII put an end to 1942 production just as the assembly lines reached full speed, so they are quite rare. I have only ever seen a few in the metal. The bid price sounds market correct to me. #277-1948 HUDSON COMMODORE sedan. S/N 48280331. Black and burgundy/ gray cloth. Odo: 39,015 miles. The paint is old and rather weak, but still looks good from 112 Sports Car Market sine. S/N H131976. Dark green/brown cloth. Odo: 35,481 miles. Nice older paint and good brightwork, though some stainless is loose on the driver's door. There is also light glass delamination in some areas. The cloth interior is clean and generally good, and includes chrome car. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $91,300. I just don't understand this bid or this sale. Perhaps this is further proof of two or more potential owners going toe to toe, or perhaps someone knew about a secret compartment where $65,000 in cash was hidden. This car in #2 condition normally might be expected to bring into the $50k range. But a #3- Futuramic 88 at this price was into the upper atmosphere. #330-1953 CADILLAC SERIES 62 convertible. S/N 536283934. White/black cloth/ red leather. Odo: 72,657 miles. Some flaws in this older restoration, but still a good look. The paint looks great and has held up well. Same goes for the chrome, despite some wear in areas such as the wire wheels. The top is nice but has some fit issues at the window. Some stitching

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is coming loose on the seats, but the leather is healthy. Overall, the entire car looks to have aged gracefully since its restoration. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $71,850. The price achieved was higher than I expected, but I feel the new owner got a very usable car for his slightly above-market bid. Had I been in the market for a 1952 Cadillac Series 62 convertible, I might have overpaid to get this car as well. #281-1954 LINCOLN CAPRI convertible. S/N 54WA26086H. White/black cloth/black and red leather. Odo: 325 miles. Continental kit, dual spotlights, ps, pb, pw. Very good paint and brightwork, with a few dings in the side chrome and scratches to one taillight lens. Nice trim—not perfect but better taillights and a few emblems. Nice interior that is possibly original. The original trunk mats are faded and dirty but complete. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $37,800. Fully $20k more than one popular price guide gives it. I say the guides are low and that these are easily worth into the high $20k range. Unfortunately, this car brought fully $10k more than that. I'm willing to concede this one had great looks and great colors, so perhaps that's worth $10k to the new owner. than most. The leather interior is sharp but has some fit issues. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $82,000. One of only 1,951 built in 1954. You'd think they would have built three more just to make it easy. Restored at a cost of $85k. This was an off-the-charts price for a Capri, fully $30k to $40k more than the price guides say. I say they are low, but I still think $82k is more than a touch high. #331-1954 BUICK SUPER convertible. S/N A1008634. Red/white vinyl/red vinyl. Odo: 7 miles. Good paint, with some light flaws and scratches and a few pinhole spots. The chrome is quite nice, with no problems noted. The top is decent, and has only light fit issues. The interior is clean, and though the owner says leather, #4600509820-1965 ALFA ROMEO GIULIA Kustom Super door panels. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $39,400. This was a very nice car with some very bad paint. I assume that with a few more temperature changes from hot to cold and back, you will be Super-Glueing the remaining paint to the metal. A good buy for the person who wanted a driver; a great buy for anyone who owns a paint shop. I say vinyl. Underhood is tidy, but not showdetailed. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $45,350. One of 3,343 produced in 1954, and a very desirable body style. I'm not going to call this car a big bargain, but it is at least a solid buy. A better example can bring significantly more, so this driver was worth this money. #136-1955 DESOTO FIREFLITE Sportsman coupe. S/N 50356408. White and mint green/white and green. Odo: 60,180 miles. Kelsey Hayes wire wheels. Very good paint and brightwork, though some of it shows scratches up close. Good glass and decent trim, with some exceptions, including the scratched April 2006 #284-1955 CHEVROLET BEL AIR convertible. S/N VC55B174656. Blue and white/ white vinyl/blue and white vinyl. Odo: 1,110 miles. Lots of fit issues here—the driver's door won't close, the hood sits high in the back, and plenty more. Very good chrome and paint, though some of the brightwork has started to flake. Nice top. Only some light age wear to the interior. Overall, the car still looks good but isn't quite fresh. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $43,750. coupe. S/N 339342. White/tan leather. 14 photos. Los Angeles, CA. Parts of three Giulias skillfully blended into what one bidder called “a cross between a 2002 and a GTV,” though the 2-door post roofline actually looks early ‘60s American, like a Falcon. Tan leather interior looks perfect. Seller says “she even won ‘Most Outrageous Car' at the Woodley Park Concorso back in ‘99.” 8 bids, sf 202, bf 244. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $8,390. This seller, who I'll call the GIULIATOR, had 3 Giulia variants up on eBay simultaneously. The two home-made ones sold. The factory wagon did not. This car was well done, and looks nice enough to be valued in the low teens with the right audience. #320-1955 CHEVROLET BEL AIR convertible. S/N 074956755Y. Orange and white/white vinyl/orange and white vinyl. Odo: 74,535 miles. Almost all paint is cracked and preparing to come loose at any time, but the brightwork is very good. The interior shows well, with excellent seats, carpets, and Recent Il Biscione sales on eBay. #4600541208-1965 ALFA ROMEO GIULIA custom pickup. S/N 859181. White/red cloth. 12 photos. Los Angeles, CA. “Kustommade” Alfa Giulia cut at the B-pillar and mated to a ‘70s Toyota pickup bed. Alfa suspension all around. “Perfect for running to get anything you need for racing: parts, gas, women, doughnuts.” The execution looks very nice. Tastefully appointed with red suede Fiero buckets and Minilites. The dirty engine compartment calls all aspects of condition into question, especially the mechanicals. 5 bids, sf 202, bf 18. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $6,099. “The money from the cars will be used to get a face lift, tummy tuck, body liposuction, ass implants, male ‘enhancement,' and possibly several unusual tatoos. The car collection just wasn't getting me enough women!” Sadly, six grand isn't gonna buy much of a makeover. Put $2,000 into an underhood dress-up, and this cute truck could pull $12k–$14k at a live auction. #4583591933-1969 ALFA ROMEO 1750 Spider convertible. S/N AR1480629. Red/black/black. Odo: 33,650 miles. 24 photos. Colorado. Originally a California car. The low mileage might be original. Excellent body, and the interior condition seems to correspond. New top. Spica injection replaced with Weber carbs. $13k in mechanical receipts for a fresh transmission, rear end, and engine rebuilds. Looks great. 36 bids, sf 25, bf 105. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $17,750. This is the right way to buy: The seller just took a big financial hit without sticking around for the payoff. 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Column Author The Worldwide Group Raleigh, NC A reasonable buy, as the fit issues can largely be corrected. Although you are never going to win a national show with this one, it has a high dollars-to-fun quotient. The Vintage a/c installation makes this a '55 to drive. #336-1956 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL Mk II 2-door hard top. S/N C5602345. White/brown leather. Odo: 84,890 miles. Air conditioned. This car is described as 90% original. I can't say I agree, but it is more original than not. Very good paint and brightwork, with no bad flaws. The interior includes the good as well. Underhood is nice and well-detailed. Cond: 3 +. SOLD AT $19,150. Just last year this would have been a decent price if this car had been a convertible. It's more than fully priced as a hard top, even though the Falcon Sprint star continues to rise. Five years ago no one would have looked twice at a Sprint with an automatic. The market has definitely changed. #263-1963 CHEVROLET CORVETTE throughout. The interior is well-fitted and the whole car retains a fully stock look inside and out. Cond: 2 +. SOLD AT $35,650. It appears that more than one of these bumblebee-colored Montclairs with later drivetrains have been offered of late. This car was well-detailed and a very likeable example. Not only did it look like it could make a return trip to the West Coast, but it looked like a car that would make for a very enjoyable trip. The high price seemed fair to me. original leather, now covered in clear vinyl. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $47,500. It could be that these cars are finally starting to come into their own, This less-than-perfect example brought quite a bit more than most expected, myself included. It will be interesting to see if the Conti Mk II market will absorb all the cars currently on offer. #279-1956 CHEVROLET BEL AIR convertible. S/N VC56N130079. Dark blue and blue/blue vinyl/two tone blue. Odo: 89 miles. The vendor claims a frame-off restoration, and it looks quite correct. Thirty-two options, including a/c, ps, pb, ps, and power top. Very pleasing color combination, with nicely applied paintwork, excellent chrome, and a Owner states it is a true Sports Roadster. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $48,600. Not out of line with today's market, although not to be confused with a great buy, either. With a pretty good blend of modern conveniences and distinctive styling, Thunderbirds from this era can be useable drivers as well as a decent investment. SCM's own Carl Bomstead happens to love his. #203-1963 FORD FALCON Sprint 2-door spiffy, clean interior. The added seat belts are not correct but a very good idea. Overall, the restoration is standing up despite some age. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $93,950. Just when I thought the market for 1956 and 1957 Bel Air convertibles was at the saturation point, this car comes along and proves me wrong. This was a very nice example, and if kept in prime condition and used only judiciously, this car might maintain its value. Not a lot of hope for appreciation, however. #283-1956 MERCURY MONTCLAIR 2-door hard top. S/N 56WA55611M. Yellow and black/yellow and black vinyl. Odo: 39,117 miles. A resto-mod with a modern 302-ci V8, 4-sp. auto with overdrive, power steering, front disc brakes, a/c, and more. Excellent paint, and all brightwork is outstanding. Nicely detailed 114 hard top. S/N 3A17F156055. Red/red vinyl. Odo: 896 miles. 260-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Listed as a 1963-1/2. The restoration is well done but not overdone. Very good paint and chrome, though not perfect. Bad window felts but good gaskets. Very clean interior, with excellent seats and carpet. The dash and console are overdone. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $36,700. Said to be a one-family-owned example from Phoenix, the miles are documented, and it is a D-code car with a matching-numbers motor. April 1, 1964 build date. A bit pricey, and if you ask me that top has got to go, replaced by a black one, perhaps. But no one asked me. Despite the price and the build date, I won't declare the new owner an April fool. #109-1964 CHEVROLET CORVAIR Monza Spyder convertible. S/N Sports Car Market #335-1962 FORD THUNDERBIRD Sport Roadster convertible. S/N 2Y89Z148298. Red/red vinyl. Odo: 2,543 miles. Z-code 390ci V8, 4-bbl. Very good paint and excellent chrome. Good glass, gaskets, and felts. Clean interior, with power windows and a replacement AM/FM cassette. Underhood is very well detailed, with some extra chrome added. coupe. S/N 30837S101668. Black/black leather. Odo: 32,903 miles. 327/360, FI, 4-sp. A very nice first impression, with good paint, though some light fiberglass problems show through in areas. The chrome is good as well, with a few scratches and some fit issues at the top of the windshield. Clean interior with good leather. AM/FM, power windows. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $76,650. The catalog stated this was a documented, original black-on-black fuelie coupe with a numbers-matching block. If that is the original block and all claims pass muster, this car was a bargain. Black on black looks great on a Split-Window, even with the propensity for any early ‘Vette coupe to become a summertime Easybake oven. Add fuel injection, and it's a tough option combo to beat. #324-1964 FORD MUSTANG convert- ible. S/N 5FD8D106491. White/white vinyl/ red vinyl. Odo: 92,835 miles. A 1964-1/2 early production model, yet with the 289-ci V8. Excellent paint and chrome. The fresh top fits well, but the bright white against the cream of the body looks badly dressed. The interior is tidy, and includes the Rally Pac. Underhood is nice and clean without being

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The Worldwide Group Raleigh, NC 40667W126971. Burgundy/black vinyl. Odo: 54,881 miles. Turbocharged. Very good paint and brightwork. A few too many gee-gaws for me, with wide whitewalls, wire wheel hubcaps, and chrome filler door guard. Very clean interior, and mostly original style, with only an added AM/FM cassette underdash to update it. Nicely detailed underhood. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $13,500. Represented as being a North Carolina car. This sale is in line with current prices I've seen at other venues. With a good color combination, an overall good appearance, and an increasing awareness of Corvairs in the collector car market, there wasn't much to lose here. Well done. #262-1964 MERCURY PARK LANE convertible. S/N 4ZU5Z532803. Coral/white vinyl/white vinyl. Odo: 181 miles. Very good paint, well-applied and with no flaws of any size. The chrome is in similar shape, and all stainless is correct and well-polished. Very clean interior, with some problems in the seat stuffing. It makes for some lumpy areas. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $50,750. Another over-the-topand-off-the-charts sale. This result is three times what you would find in a price guide. These cars are not often seen at auction and must not have had a high survivability rate, but this result was a shocker. #314-1965 BUICK RIVIERA Gran Sport coupe. S/N 4944754921560. Dark blue/white vinyl. Odo: 54,215 miles. 425-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, auto. A very nice example. Excellent paint, glass and trim, with very good chrome. The interior is well done and generally nice everywhere, including the trunk. Buick Riviera Gran Sports have been riding the price escalator upward in the past two years. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $73,450. This one apparently skipped the escalator and went right on to the rocket sled. This is an unbelievable sales result. I don't think it will be duplicated anytime soon, but ‘65 Riviera GS owners across the world must be buzzing by now. #245-1965 CHEVROLET IMPALA Super Sport convertible. S/N 1166675Y170881. White/white vinyl/blue vinyl. Odo: 4,014 miles. The paint appears nice. It's not a great job, but is good enough and might improve with some color sanding or buffing. Very good chrome, though some of the stainless needs buffing, and the hubcaps have curb rash. The Fantasy Junction 1145 Park Avenue Emeryville, California USA 94608 Phone: (510) 653-7555 • Fax: (510) 653-9754 www.fantasyjunction.com Investments in special interest, classic and high performance cars 1936 Jaguar SS Tourer. Rare late model car with 2 ½ liter OHV engine and rod actuated brakes. Beautiful crisp restoration. P100's, Fog Master spotlight, complete tool set. $150,000. 1967 Alfa Romeo Quattroruote. Suggested by the magazine Quattroruote, Zagato made 90 of these delightful little cars. Very nice example with well engineered twin Weber set-up. Pre-war style fun drive. $55,000. 1955 Bristol 403. A unique combination of aircraft engineering and a sense of style resulted in an exceptional driving machine. Event proven, this car has had engine, brakes suspension and cooling rebuilt. $72,500 1965 Alfa Romeo Giulia Colli Wagon. Great for kids, dogs, deliveries. Factory prototype of 11 built. Very good condition throughout, no structural rust. Fitted with twin Webers and 5speed. $36,500. April 2006 115

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Column Author The Worldwide Group Raleigh, NC interior is clean and well-fitted but not fresh. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $35,100. This was perhaps a bit too much price-wise, but it looks to be a decent car. The brace of options—bucket seats, center console, power top, steering and brakes, tinted glass, dual mirrors, and unique mag wheel-style hubcaps—all helped, so no harm done. #317-1967 PONTIAC GTO convertible. S/N 242677P265910. Black/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 26,672 miles. 400-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Rally wheels, Hurst dual-gate shifter, power steering, Redline tires, full console. Very good paint, with only light scratches that might buff out. The brightwork is good, but offered in 1969. Good chrome and paint, but some seams are a bit weak and show separation. All glass is good, including the top roof windows. The tidy interior shows quite well, with just minor wear noted. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $13,600. The GS equipment was said to be added by a Buick fan who was a previous owner. His addition of a few hundred dollars' worth of GS parts seems to have paid a big dividend, as this car would have struggled to make it anywhere north of $10k otherwise. #156-1970 STUDEBAKER AVANTI II some stainless could use a polish. Very clean interior, complete with in-dash tachometer. Fully and properly detailed underhood. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $54,600. The triple black combination wears well on this GTO, especially with the Redline tires. Not overpriced, but not cheap either in this ever-accelerating market. #142-1967 OLDSMOBILE CUTLASS sedan. S/N 336697G150036. Blue/white/blue vinyl. Odo: 43,700 miles. Vendor states actual miles. Grandma's four-door survivor car, all original everywhere. A handful of filled-in paint chips, and very good chrome. The clean interior is all original, with a/c and ps. Clean but not show detailed underhood. Cond: 3-. coupe. S/N RQA0394. Avanti Gold/brown vinyl. Odo: 20,359 miles. Magnum 500 wheels. Very good paint, with some overspray. Good chrome, though there is some flaking to the inside of the front bumper. Good glass. The interior is mostly correct, except for the German-style square weave carpet, though it's not a bad look. Underhood has been incorrectly painted black, and is missing its ignition is not fresh but is still good. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $51,500. Pricey for the condition, but I think this car will remain worth this kind of money—or better—short of a market collapse. If there is such a thing as a mature muscle car, this is it. A great example of a car I would not have bought new, but the more I'm around it, the more I appreciate it. SOLD AT $11,600. I'm all for preserving survivor cars as best as we can. Unfortunately, sometimes those survivors are a bit challenged in the interesting department. This is one such case. For historical perspective, however, Oldsmobile likely made 15 sedans for every convertible built. The price achieved was plenty; I would have expected something under $10k. #103-1969 BUICK SPORT WAGON sta- tion wagon. S/N 444669H119762. Gold/tan vinyl. Odo: 88,732 miles. 400-ci V8, auto. The vendor claims the miles to be original. Added “Gran Sport” badging. A GS wagon was not 116 shielding. Very complete and mostly correct. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $15,450. By serial number I believe this car to be an earlier example than a 1970. Priced a tad higher than I would have expected, but not out of the price range for a decent RQA Avanti. Major changes came to the Avanti with the introduction of the RQB Series, and they are easily identified by their high back bucket seats. #237-1970 DODGE CHALLENGER 440 clone convertible. S/N JH27L0B199987. Plum Crazy/black vinyl/balck vinyl. Odo: 33,368 miles. Originally a 383-ci V8 with a 2-bbl. Now it's a 440 clone with a Six-Pack. Excellent brightwork, trim and paint, with some flaws underneath. The interior is good but not excellent, with weak carpets and some wear to the door panels. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $90,750. Someone clicked his heels a few times too many and said, “There's no car like clone, there's no car like clone.” When he gets back to Kansas, he will realize that he paid huge #238-1972 AMC JAVELIN coupe. S/N A2M797Z226451. Dark blue/black vinyl. Odo: 55,028 miles. 401-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Good paint, with some repaint and touch-up evident. Decent chrome, and the gaps seem very good in some places, but poor in others. Excellent interior, including the seats and dollars for a late 383 and currently Plum Crazy Challenger. #303-1971 BUICK GS Stage One convert- ible. S/N 434671H100576. Gold/white vinyl/ white vinyl. Odo: 4,994 miles. 455-ci V8, 4bbl, auto. Some chips to the edge of the driver's door. The sides could be a bit straighter, but are not deadly bad. The chrome is good, as is the top, and the spoiler is well-fitted. The interior dash, though the carpets are weak. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $27,000. There are some sales results that surprise and others that shock, but this one was a genuine tectonic surge. In this condition, $7,000 would have been too cheap, and $17,000 would have been astronomical. Sports Car Market

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The Worldwide Group Raleigh, NC Adding another $10k makes this sale nothing short of astonishing. Did you get the point that this result might be hard to duplicate? #153-1974 DODGE DART Sunroof Sports coupe. S/N LM29L4B332625. Red/white vinyl/white vinyl. Odo: 49,306 miles. 360-ci V8, auto. Very good paint and chrome, with a well-fitted vinyl top. Good glass, trim, and pinstripes. Very clean interior, with nice seats and console. Well-optioned, with a/c, sunroof, fold-down rear seat, ps, and AM/FM. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $23,250. Dodge ads called this “convertriple,” but it is an interesting car with good equipment and great colors. #214-1978 CHEVROLET CORVETTE Indy Pace Car coupe. S/N 1287L8S902368. Black/clear T-tops/silver leather. Odo: 10,509 miles. The vendor states the miles are original. The original paint still looks good. There are some minor nicks in the trim, but no major problems are visible. The interior shows more wear than I would have expected, with dirty carpets and some scratches to the dash. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $18,400. On the money. It's still tough to go to an auction and not find a ‘78 #112-1979 CHRYSLER CORDOBA 300 coupe. S/N SS22L9R192549. White/red vinyl and leather. Odo: 31,995 miles. Factory sunroof. The miles are said to be original. Very stock and mostly a survivor. The paint appears mostly original, with the red and blue pinstripes still present. Good chrome, though the bumper Dart Sport package the “Convertriple” with an ad stating, “It's a five passenger car. It's a sun roof convertible. It's an economy package.” I know this sale price sounds expensive, but I'm calling this one market correct. I don't think I'd go out of my way to own my own Pace Car, as they still seem to be everywhere, including some super low mileage examples. This car, with 10,000, only makes it to the low mileage catagory. Happy buyer, happy seller. extensions and back-up light plastic look to be nearing the end. The interior is mostly good, though some of the Corinthian leather has crinkles, or are those corinkles?. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $8,650. Even Ricardo Montalban resurrected might have trouble duplicating this result, but overall no harm was done. I had pegged this car at around the $5,000 mark at best. I don't think of these cars as rare, but I do not have any trouble believing that few survive.u April 2006 117

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Bonhams Beaulieu, UK Column Author International Autojumble Judging from the number of foreign license plates in the parking lots, the event saw more Euro-mainlanders cross the Channel than in previous years Company Bonhams Date September 10, 2005 Location Beaulieu, Hampshire, U.K. Auctioneer James Knight Automotive lots sold / offered 46 / 53 Sales rate 87% Sales total $963,630 High sale 1925 Rolls-Royce 40/50 HP, sold at $164,680 Buyer's premium 15% on the first $55,200, 10% thereafter (included in sold prices) 1953 Jaguar XK 120 is a makeover candidate Report and photos by Richard Hudson-Evans Market opinions in italics D Beaulieu, UK 118 espite considerable competition from newer and much glitzier rival attractions, the Beaulieu International Autojumble continues to be a major fixture on the U.K. collector vehicle calendar. Held each autumn in the fields adjoining the National Motor Museum, the event provides classic car buffs the chance to wander Lord Montagu's estate in search of the cars and automobilia that will best complete their collections. In terms of size and scope, none of the other classic car shows or marque events held at the Museum come close to the offerings of the Autojumble. In addition to the cars for sale, the grounds serve as the largest bits-and-pieces event in Europe, so for the 50,000 usual suspects who turned out in their rally jackets and cloth caps, the show had a little something for everyone. And judging from the huge range of foreign license plates seen in the parking lots, this year's sale saw far more Euro-mainlanders cross the Channel than in previous years. Activities in the tent meant that Bonhams enjoyed a worthwhile gross of $963,630 from an 87% hit rate, with 16 cars achieving more than their top estimates. The catalog contents—and no doubt the attendance—were boosted this time by a cache of some 35 motorcycles from the estate of the late Eric Houseley, 1952 winner of the Isle of Man Clubman's Junior TT. Exotic GTs, concours 100-pointers, and serious historic racers, however, were conspicuous by their absence. Instead, the sale successfully catered to mainstream hobbyists in the market for affordable pop classics, as well as Beaulieu regulars in search of odd-balls. One such car was a 1928 Rolland-Pilain Type 126 tourer, rare as they come and just as original. It sold for $24,339, but one can only imagine what lies ahead if the buyer is to turn this frog into a prince. Also of note was the high sale, a 1925 Rolls-Royce 40/50 HP, bodied in the style of a Hispano-Suiza Scaphandrier tourer. Though awkwardly clothed, its significant worldwide event history helped it to bring a strong price of $164,680. A full profile appeared in the March 2006 issue of SCM. Trans-Atlantic excursionists should bear in mind that the Autojumble will fall this year on September 9, thus serving as the perfect end to a week beginning with the Goodwood Revival. Be warned in advance, however, that most of the automobilia offerings are exposed to the elements, which means that, should the weather turn, you may have to wade through the mud—as well as the 50,000 usual suspects—to find that Lalique hood ornament you've been searching for.u Sports Car Market

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Column Author Bonhams Beaulieu, UK ENGLISH #669-1910 AUSTIN 18/24 HP Endcliffe tourer. S/N 480. Eng. # 48780. Turquoise and black/blue/dark blue. RHD. Originally configured as a detachable-top brougham, it was owned by the Austin Motor Co. during 1950s, then acquired at the 2003 Heritage Gaydon Museum thinning sale for $170k. Now robbed of its desirable and valuable “FF 1” registration, which dated back to January 1, 1904. Restored Heritage Gaydon Museum sale and little used since. Well-restored at some time, with paint still unmarked, and the full, brocade-like interior is truly super. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $16,082. Austin Sevens don't come much better than this example of the tall, formal version. Panelled in aluminum to save weight, and with elaborate trim, it was worth every penny paid. #683-1929 SINGER JUNIOR 8 HP deliv- in 1997, and well-kept since. Only minor shrinkage to the paint, and both the plating and leather are very sharp. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $75,624. Too bad it has been relieved of its original registration since it last crossed the block. That alone would have increased its value significantly, perhaps on the order of tens of thousands. As it stood here, however, this impressive Edwardian was correctly priced. #692-1925 ROLLS-ROYCE 40/50 HP Silver Ghost tourer. S/N 104EU. Eng. # L193. Unpainted aluminum and wood/black/black. RHD. Odo: 9,562 miles. Formerly a Hooper sedan, then a WWII breakdown truck. Restored and rebodied in this current Hispano-Suiza style in the 1960s, and rewired in 1999. The bodywork and finish are good, though the ery van. S/N 12578. Eng. # 13296. Black/black. RHD. Odo: 8,053 miles. Laid up for much of its long life. The front fenders are rusty, but the body frame timber is sound. Both the dash and floorboards are severely woodworm-eaten. The bench seat leather is original and still serviceable, thought the original tires and battery manner as a rolling chassis. It has been rewired, and the engine top end has been stripped down. Comes with the front screen and rear Auster screen frames. Incomplete, with many parts in metal trunks and much to do. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $33,856. Such was the perceived potential offered by this project, the successful bidder had to pay $8,000 over estimate to see off the competition. Big dreams, indeed. #636-1935 MORGAN F4 3-wheeler. Eng. # 00E931184. Black and unpainted aluminum/ black. RHD. Odo: 24,340 miles. No documentation. Powered by an 8-hp Ford Model Y motor. Has been a regular summer months runner until recent years. The old repaint to the top sections is shabby, and the passenger windshield is more than $8,000 over pre-sale estimates. Drive it and enjoy, and be sure to make use of the golf club/fishing rod stowage compartment. #684-1934 ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM II tourer. S/N 61TA. Eng. # VT65. Unpainted aluminum/. RHD. Odo: 23,571 miles. Originally topped with Pullman Landaulet coachwork, it then became a hearse. In the 1960s it was partlyrestored as a tourer, rebodied with aluminum over a new ash frame, and now resides in that need some help. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $10,580. Amazingly, somebody was sufficiently enamored with this crumbly utilitarian to pay near the top estimate. That, plus the cost to bring it back to life, equals some very deep water indeed. #664-1933 RILEY 9 HP Ascot drophead leather is still old, apart from the replaced passenger seat squab. The dash is laden with lots of rally plaques, and the engine is well-detailed. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $164,680. This car is wellknown in Ghost circles, having been evented in Scotland, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, and Japan. Though replacement-bodied, its extensive history from new, as well as its regular competitive use, conspired to bring this Ghost top money. #682-1927 AUSTIN SEVEN Top Hat 2- door sedan. S/N 58414. Eng. # 53092. Black over turquoise/blue and gray. RHD. Odo: 7,042 miles. Dubbed the “Top Hat” because of its upright demeanor. Acquired in 2003 at the 120 wear, but otherwise the entire machine is well detailed. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $30,682. A lovely Riley, this, and fully deserving of this big price, coupe. S/N 6021860. Eng. # 51000. Green over black/black/green. RHD. Odo: 2,549 miles. Mileage is since the 2002 completed restoration. Modern turn indicators have been discreetly added, and the valve seats are now compatible with unleaded gas. Only minor cosmetic cracked. An overall patina covers the machine, but it now has many needs. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $11,638. Such pre-WWII water-cooled Mogs rarely cross the block and, while most marque fans prefer their 3-wheelers to have JAP or Matchless bike engines, this F4 pulled more than $4,200 over forecast. #671-1936 RILEY KESTREL saloon. S/N S66K1694. Eng. # 60344. Red and black/red leather. RHD. A barn find in 1996, and subsequently restored over two years. The chassis has been galvanized. Few marks to the paint and chrome, with the original leather saggy but sound. All wood is refurbished to a high standard. The engine bay is nicely detailed, and the rewire is well-done, with modern flashers ingeniously linked to ye olde semaphore trafficators. Riley Register badge. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $23,294. One of the most viewed lots in the Sports Car Market

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Bonhams Beaulieu, UK sound and soft, and the water pump and exhaust have been renewed. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $9,310. As the last of Britain's production straight-eight cars, this complete old Daimler represents an excellent restoration potential. The money here was by no means over the top, but it was a good value for a Hooper-bodied Daimler. #689-1950 JAGUAR MK V saloon. S/N sale, this Kestrel was a real stunner, requiring no further expenditure to enjoy. The price here was fully justified, and a bit of a deal considering the work done. #667-1950 DAIMLER DE36 limousine. S/N D51743. Eng. # 20913. Black/blue. RHD. Stored for last 30 years. It is unmolested and complete, and presents very well as a time warp. All panels are sound, but the paintwork is matted with several scabs. The original leather is and all original, and the engine turns freely. It is structurally sound, though the panels and rear wheel spats show surface rust. All paint is completely matte, all chrome is shot, and the interior is complete but soiled. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $17,563. Like the Daimler DE36, lot #667, this the bumper chrome flaking off, and the replaced leather is slightly soiled. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $41,262. Only the minimum was required for this not particularly nice example. With the money he saved here against the value of a real stunner, the buyer may be able to transform this cat with a fairly inexpensive makeover, rather than a full resto. 623966. Eng. # Z1848. Lavender Gray/blue. RHD. Odo: 27,000 miles. Some 10,500 of these Jags were styled pre-war though built post. This one was first supplied to Singapore, and returned home during the 1950s. Dry stored since 1967 was a sound basis for achieving a potentially super car. As such, despite its scruffy condition, it was correctly valued at this level. #701-1953 JAGUAR XK 120 roadster. S/N 661147. Eng. # F11178. Silver/red leather. RHD. Odo: 543 miles. A home-market car with rear wheel spats and all numbers matching. Restored pre-1990, and driven only 543 miles since. Some marks to the paint have been touched up, and the driver's side front fender is bubbling. Much of April 2006 121

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Bonhams Beaulieu, UK #696-1953 MG TD roadster. S/N TD27558. Column Author Eng. # XPAGTD27916. Olde English White/ black/black. RHD. Odo: 38,406 miles. A RHD car that returned home in 1990 from the U.S. Part-dismantled, part-restored, with sound panels. The top fabric is good, and the cowl and fender bolts have all been renewed. A decent repaint, but the bumper chrome and steel again in 2003 in Ford rather than BMC colors. Panel fit is okay, but the paint and chrome are plenty blemished. The original vinyl is sound. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $2,272. An average car in unlovely condition and non-factory paint did not warrant more than the lower estimate here. #697-1957 AUSTIN-HEALEY 100-6 roadster. S/N BN534808. Eng. # BN4534808. Metallic blue/blue/dark blue. RHD. Odo: 47,378 miles. Two owners from new. The repaint, rechrome, and retrim are all fresh. The Strombergs are changed for a twin SU setup. Repainted at some time, now the driver's side front fender is bubbling, also with paint shrinkage in the headlamp sockets. The chrome is poor. The driver's seat squab has been replaced, but the rest of leather is crumpled. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $18,400. Though it is nearly over-ripe for the next makeover, this former U.S. resident was acutally a good value. The new owner should be able to drive it for a while before any big decision must be made. #660-1968 LOTUS ELAN S3 coupe. S/N 7749. Blue/black. RHD. Odo: 19,907 miles. Built from a kit by the period-famous Ian Walker race team. One owner from new, and placed in heated storage for more than 30 years; recommissioned three years ago. Possibly the original wheels are rust-spotted. The older leather retrim is sound. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $11,426. Though everything seemed to be there, this was a true “project status” TD, in need of finishing off and mechanical recommissioning. This money seemed about right. #694-1953 RILEY RME saloon. S/N 21413. Eng. # 6954. Black and red/brown leather. RHD. Odo: 75,163 miles. Previously owned for 30 years. Taken on as restoration project in 1993 and completed in 1996, with only 8,000 miles since. Several concours awards won and engine bay, however, is poorly presented, and the bulkhead and wiring are filthy. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $24,334. As it was not even close to a stellar example, this money would have been more palatable for a 3000, not for a so-so 1006. Well sold. #663-1966 JAGUAR XKE S1 convertible. S/N 1E14052. Eng. # 7E111449. Metallic blue/ blue/red leather. Odo: 79,886 miles. Originally Valentine Beige with green suede interior and gray top. First owned in L.A. Acquired postrestoration at a U.K. auction in 1988. The paint, though chipped, and with poor fender surfaces. The knock-off wheels are unmarked, and the interior is clean. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $19,467. A good early history and all that storage contributed to strong money here, landing this S3 just about at the top of the #2 range. #653-1968 MORRIS MINI Mk II coupe. S/N AA25B51145901A. Eng. # 99H137H30107. Green/tan. RHD. Odo: 37,637 miles. Regularly driven until 1993 when it was bequeathed to the U.K.'s National Motor Museum, mere feet included. The paint is still in an excellent state, and most chrome is good, though the trunk hinges are pitted. All wood is well-renovated, and the original leather is delightful. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $23,276. This car achieved nearly $7,000 over estimate. Strong money, this, for a post-war 1 1/2-liter Riley sedan, but justified by the obvious quality and likely cost of the work done. #656-1957 AUSTIN A35 sedan. S/N A2S5HC549120. Eng. # 8925EP27872. Red/ green. RHD. Restored in 1992 and repainted passenger door paint is badly discolored, the driver's side rear fender paint is touched-up, and the paint is burned off the hood underside. Good chrome and supple leather. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $42,320. Not perfect, but certainly there are worse out there. All in all, this was about right for a left-hooker E-type in this condition. #691-1968 JAGUAR XKE SII coupe. S/N 1E35516. Eng. # 7E169289. Red/black leather. Odo: 65,604 miles. Another ex-U.S. Etype—they keep on coming home. The export from the auction tent. No rot to the shell or subframes, but the paint is dull, the chrome is poor, and the original interior is scruffy. Claimed to run. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $2,962. Genuine low mileage and 12 years of dry storage at Beaulieu boosted the auction performance here. A small bargain, considering. BEST BUY #699-1971 ASTON MARTIN DBSV8 2+2 coupe. S/N DBSV810285R. Red/tan leather. RHD. Odo: 65,159 miles. An old respray, with flaking paint behind the back window. The rear license plate panel is dented, most chrome is pitted, and the driver's seat leather is cracked. The fuel line is split and the car has not run for some time. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $12,696. At this money, this can be considered an inexpensive Aston, albeit an unfashionable DBS auto. It 122 Sports Car Market

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Column Author Bonhams Beaulieu, UK FRENCH #681-1926 BALLOT 2LTS Touring Sport torpedo tourer. S/N 3256. Eng. # 47632. Red and black/black. RHD. Odo: 33,116 miles. Originally sedan-bodied, it was restored over ten years to the tune of $96k. Acquired at the would make little sense to fully restore this one, but a bit of preventive maintenance could go a long way here. And with 345 hp underhood, this may prove a real performance bargain. #674-1976 MGB-GT V8 coupe. S/N DG2D12903G. Eng. # 4860253. Red/black. RHD. Odo: 24,781 miles. The final V8 GT of 2,591 built. Acquired by the Heritage Gaydon Museum in 1978, then sold to the vendor at auction in 2003. Almost certainly original, with and the driver's side front fender shows plenty of cracks, with shrinkage around the headlamps. The interior is in good order, with soft leather. All weather gear is present, but the wooden rear floor panel is absent. New Koni rear shocks. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $25,815. Even though it has been dormant for the last three years and is in need of recommissioning before play, this was a genuine low-mileage Plus 8, and fully deserving of the money here. #665-1990 BUGATTI TYPE 35A replica roadster. S/N KAJ139669. Bugatti Blue/black. RHD. Odo: 5,386 miles. A well-executed replica, with part-aluminum bodywork, GRP tail and mudguards, Triumph 2000 motor and clean, mark-free paint and trim. The wheels show some chips and nicks, and the seat fabric is crumpled. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $10,580. This sold for just enough. Despite being the last car to trickle off the line, down the road, when it comes time to sell, this fact will probably impress even fewer potential buyers than it did here. #679-1981 MGB roadster. S/N GVADJ1AG518321. Eng. # 38256. Green/ black/tan. RHD. Odo: 146 miles. Genuine mileage from new in the hands of only one registered keeper. Following the Abingdon plant closure, this was one of the very final batch of initially mechanical bits, and T35-spec wires. Chips throughout the paint, and the leather is cracked. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $35,972. It certainly looked the part and was well-made, but for the money, this sort of Bug replica seemed mighty pricey to your reporter. #690-1991 LOTUS ELAN SE Turbo roadster. S/N SCC100ZT1MHD17505. Eng. # 057589. Red/black/black leather. RHD. Odo: 96,633 miles. Straight panels. The rear was re- unsold Bs. Totally original and virtually unmarked, though the Rostyle wheels have a few scuffs. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $16,505. Rubber bumpers did not deter the second owner from paying big money for this one, arguably the least attractive open MG made. It will be tough to reclaim most of this money in the future, especially if the car gets used. #675-1982 MORGAN PLUS 8 roadster. S/N R9111. Eng. # 10A42837. White/black/ black. RHD. Odo: 25,063 miles. Last on the road in 2002. Poorly repainted at some time, 124 instruments, winged sphinx mascot. Only recently made to run. The chipped, matted paint is claimed to be original. Ye olde horsehair stuffing is sprouting out of the original leather. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $24,339. Another truly rare old French piece, this. And never sorted either, which perhaps was the allure for the buyer, who shelled out more than the high estimate to secure it. How long until it makes the concours rounds in some stunning new clothes? painted at some time, and the leather is squashed and soiled, more than appropriate for the mileage. The cam belt was renewed at 76,589 miles. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $10,560. Valued correctly by all concerned, though already demoted in the price guides below the two-seater Chapman Elans and all the later Elises. GERMAN #677-1959 MESSERSCHMITT KR200 3-wheeler coupe. S/N 69784. White over red/ red. Odo: 86,485 miles. Unused since the mid1990s. Largely original, with flat, marked paint and poor brightwork. The interior is grubby as well, and the handlebars are chipped. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $6,983. Scruffy, but a good basis for Sports Car Market Beaulieu auction in 2001 and sparingly used since. Only minor marks, but well-detailed and very handsome in the metal. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $44,436. Technically unsold under the gavel, this stylish torpedo swiftly sold post-block for all the money. There aren't very many of these, so the exclusivity seemed fairly cheap to me. #680-1928 ROLLAND-PILAIN TYPE 126 Series II tourer. S/N 9346. Eng. # 9346. Dark blue/brown leather. RHD. Odo: 94,589 miles. A seven-passenger tourer formerly part of the Bill Harrah Collection. Acquired by the vendor at Bonhams & Butterfields' Hershey 2004. Twin side-mounted spares, Marchal lamps, Jaeger

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Bonhams Beaulieu, UK around. Repainted in 1994, with some bubbling. The chrome is poor and the original interior is a bit scruffy. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $1,058. Though the vendor was hoping for something above $2,000, the car was selling at no reserve, so this was the best offer on the table for this technically interesting oddball. ITALIAN #693-1964 GHIA 1500 GT coupe. S/N creating a show-stopper if the buyer so desires. Still, it was worth the bid. #652-1970 NSU PRINZ 2-door sedan. S/N 0511001852. Eng. # XA001908. Green/tan. RHD. Odo: 35,342 miles. Dry stored since 2004. Rear-mounted 598-cc, 30-hp motor and all-synchro gearbox, with independent suspension all 0374101. Eng. # 11500526002. Red/black. Odo: 84,797 km. Formerly a California car, acquired by the Filching Manor Motor Museum at a Brooks Duxford auction in 1991. It has since been shod with wires and repainted. Some chips are touched-up, but the driver's side rear fender is micro-blistered. The chrome is pitted throughout, and the original interior is sound but shabby. A spare Fiat motor is included. Cond: and alloys unmarked, and the leather still almost new. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $75,624. More than one punter wanted to own this genuinely lowmileage 328 targa. And we all know what that means. Strong money here, but I can't call it silly by any means.u 3+. SOLD AT $12,273. This money was near the top for a Coggiola-styled mini GT, but it was correct. These are odd and rare little cars, and fully capable of spirited driving as well. It won't take much to get this one humming. #662-1989 FERRARI 328 GTS targa. Eng. # 18127. Red/magnolia leather. RHD. Odo: 4,650 miles. Full Ferrari dealer service history, with the cambelts last renewed in 2004. Cosmetically all original, with the paintwork April 2006 125

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eBay Motors Report by Geoff Archer Market opinions in italics E verybody likes a bargain, and the general rule is, “the bigger the better.” This month we bring you bargains on a smaller scale. Call it what you will, but we suggest “Big Deals on Small Wheels.” Condition inferred from sell- er's descriptions; cars were not physically examined by the author. Sf=seller's feedback; bf=buyer's feedback #4600600300-1957 NASH METROPOLITAN Custom pickup. S/N E32289. Blue & white/black vinyl/black. 23 photos. San Francisco, CA. Solid California black plate Metro convertible converted to an all-steel pickup. The craftsmanship appears primitive. Heavy duty diamond plate rear bumper looks out of place. Older repaint. Surface rust under the carpet and seats. Interior is worn out. 3,000 miles on a rebuilt engine. 26 bids, sf says this price is spot on, if “a couple hundred dollars light.” I quote him here to illustrate the obvious effects of such a narrow audience of buyers. Unlike a Metro or a Cinquecento, this car would never sell as a cute impulse buy. EBay helps you find the marque geeks, but sometimes “all the money” isn't a hell of a lot of money, because marque geeks often focus on quantity not quality. #4587292432-1960 HENNEY KILOWATT sedan. S/N 1178055. Red/. Odo: 4,400 miles. 26 photos. St. Louis, MO. 48-volt, fully electric. One of 32 ever built, eight of which were improved 1960 models. Decent respray. Underside has been patched. Interior looks fantastic, befitting the ultra-low mileage. $1,500 in new batteries. Goes 60 miles on a charge. Brakes work 157, bf 45. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $6,299. Mets did not have hinged trunklids until 1959: problem solved. My first car was a Metropolitan, bought from a woman in San Francisco with dozens of them (and ten cats for each car). She also had a homemade pickup with a wooden bed. Even the Met purists are tempted to do this absurd conversion, which maybe yields a half a cubic yard of usable cargo space while cutting the car's value in half. #4588015393-1960 PANHARD DYNA sedan. S/N 121705. Red/gray. Odo: 14,369 miles. 10 photos. Toms River, NJ. 850-cc flat twin, 4-sp., FWD. The flat floor design accomodates six people in what many would still consider a microcar. Mileage claimed to be original. Minor dents and scratches. Runs and drives, if precariously. 22 bids, sf 477, bf 14. Cond: 3+. fine. Sold at Cox Fall Branson 2005 for $5,194 with two fewer miles (SCM #39672). 21 bids, sf 751, bf 282. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $11,495. The trunk full of batteries denies repurposing this oddity as an all-weather golf cart. This was a nice turn, with a $6,300 profit in just a few months. Overpriced, perhaps, but the eBay exposure probably exposed this little charger to a few more serious bidders than Branson would have. #4586142569-1939 BMW 327 convert- SOLD AT $4,706. My trusted source for French orphan car values—let's call him “the Panhard Posse of One”—bid on this car, but dropped out because he already has too many Panhards. He 126 ible. S/N 73215. Ebony & ivory/tan canvas/red leather. 15 photos. Wichita, KS. Thorough history includes 25 years with collector Otto Zipper, after its intial purchase by a soon-to-bedead U-boat captain. Well-preserved since the 1988 frame-off restoration. Has suffered a few “minor chips.” Converted to 12-volt electrics. Claimed mechanically sound. 13 bids, sf 55, bf 109. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $80,000. Some of these 327s have a very un-PC swastika and Sports Car Market Olympic ring emblem on the dash, which always gives me pause. If this car came new with any such plaque, that fact went down with the ship. The price is not outside the market realm, but given Rayomond Milo's recent article (January, p. 58), I would have expected less money for this older restoration. #4574328031-1979 VOLKSWAGEN BEETLE convertible. S/N 1592043279. Yellow/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 4,800 miles. 25 photos. St. Paul, MN. 4,800 miles. Seller says, “This car is ORIGINAL! Not painted, detailed, restored, or anything else you can think of.” 2 owners. Beginnings of light sur- face rust on the steel wheels. Otherwise needs nothing. 21 bids, sf 48, bf 101. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $15,099. Quick, get this survivor out of that corrosive Minnesota air. Though stored most of its life, it sounds like this car was moved enough to keep the tires round. People have been mothballing these last Beetles for almost 30 years now. As investments, their rate of return must be awful, but this particular car was well bought and would likely yield a few thousand dollars of profit after a good detailing. #4596571654-1952 FIAT 500C Topolino wagon. S/N 375244. Brown & cream/brown. Odo: 129,668 miles. 16 photos. New Orleans, LA. Flood salvage title. A tin woody-style wagon with a large Webasto-type canvas sunroof. Older restoration in Sicily. Shiny paint and so-so chrome, but everything rubber needs replacement. Surface rust developing on door bottoms. Runs, drives, and stops, though there appears to be water in the oil. 26 bids, sf 172, bf 50. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $5,710. Kudos to the

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forthright seller for disclosing that this car was damaged by Katrina. It sat in 18” of water for a few days, and therefore needs a full restoration ASAP, lest it rust away. The market responded with a charitably high price. The buyer will be “under water” for a long time after the restoration, but should be compensated with good “carma.” #4574530134-1972 HONDA N600 3 door hatch. S/N AZE001013604. Orange/black vinyl. Odo: 87,000 miles. 15 photos. Medical Lake, WA. 87k original miles. Local Honda showroom conversation piece for the last 20 years. The original paint looks great, but the interior shows wear. Vinyl trim in cargo area is beginning to wilt. “Runs great.” 33 bids, sf brought up to the next level for a couple grand, the new buyer could be “flush” with a quick $10k profit. Or maybe someone will give him $130k just to up the Amphicar ante. #4595426119-1971 MEYERS MANX SR targa. S/N 5964799. Yellow & orange/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 7,200 miles. 13 photos. Palm City, FL. Svelte targa-topped dune buggy with “Lambo” doors (back before there was a Countach). Long, Ferrari 308-style B-pillars sheathed in black vinyl. Built by Baldwin Motion with a Bill Mitchell engine—no details Online sales of recent production cars. Fresh Meat 2007 FORD SHELBY GT500 Date sold: 01/13/2006 Sale location: eBay Motors #4602853386 Details: Bidding on the right to specify options when the car is eventually built, not the car itself. MSRP and production date are not mentioned. Sale result: $15,400, 14 bids Seller's feedback: 69 Buyer's feedback: 4 MSRP: est. $45,000 Other current offering: None 2007 BMW M6 COUPE 114, bf 12. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $5,000. There will never be an N600 craze. Japanese boomers will not make you rich if you buy and hold this. Nevertheless, these are cute, historically important, and relatively reliable. The tiny, high-revving motorcycle engine is a giggle factory, and at this price there might even be a little upside. #4583530195-1939 CROSLEY DELUX convertible. S/N 39011360. Sequoia Cream/ black canvas/red. 13 photos. Richmond, IN. Purchased from a former Crosley employee in Crosley's hometown. Frame-off restoration in 2000 to a very high standard. New top, upholstery, glass, and stainless repro bumpers. Looks given. Custom psychedellic orange swirls done by “Gary the local brush.” 14 bids, sf 360, bf private. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $15,000. Reputed to be very fast, featured in many magazines, and exhibiting a very cartoonish style, this car might have done a lot better at a live auction. The buyer appears to be a dealer who may have that in mind. To do better on eBay, reputed impressive engine details are a must. Well bought, and potentially flippable for a 100% markup. #4597464175-2002 CAMPAGNA T-REX like it could win some big shows for little cars. 26 bids, sf 524, bf 713. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $13,100. What's with the Crosley onslaught? It seems like there are more Crosleys on eBay than there are Lotuses or Lancias, and that just doesn't add up. This price was fair, and the car was a good deal, as it will appreciate with the inevitable concours wins. #4597480394-1967 AMPHICAR 770 con- vertible. S/N 102005. Red/black vinyl/white. 16 photos. Portland, OR. Nice paint. Front bumper is bent. Needs a new top. Has new seats and whitewall tires. Seller says it “runs great, stops great, swims great.” Oregon boat registration decals on front fenders. “Selling it because I need the money to help fund my purchase of a Hydra Terra amphibious bus (seats 49).” 64 bids, sf 21, bf 82. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $26,100. CPI guide shows a $20k spread between a #2 and #3 condition Amphicar. This car sold for #3 money, but might be nicer in person. If it can be April 2006 140 mph. New windshield and carbon fiber kit. Recent dealer tune-up. 8 bids, sf 133, bf private. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $30,000. Is this where an SCM analyst finally gets to join the chorus of automotive journalists clamoring for more cupholders? Okay, maybe not. Priced new, these are $85k Canadian. Canadian dollars aren't funny money anymore, so this seems like a fair price for a wicked fast commuter, eh? u Date sold: 01/24/2006 Sale location: eBay Motors #4606443312 Details: Sunroof, XM, OnStar, Pioneer 7 speaker sound system, leather, supercharger, 21 miles on the odometer. Sale result: $18,988, 8 bids Seller's feedback: 20 Buyer's feedback: 19 MSRP: $24,145 Other current offering: Integrity Chevrolet, Cleveland, OH, asking $24,277 for a new car.u 127 3-wheeler. S/N 2C9TAK15921145023. Black/ gray. Odo: 3,400 miles. 20 photos. Boca Raton, FL. Fiberglass 3-wheeler with Kawasaki motorcycle drivetrain. LHD and seats two. 0-60 in 4.1 seconds, 1.9g lateral, with a top speed of Date sold: 01/17/2006 Sale location: eBay Motors #4603192926 Details: Bidding on the purchase contract, which will be awarded to a “large” (but nameless) BMW dealership in March. Delivery should follow by 30–45 days. You choose options. Sale result: $104,900, 20 bids Seller's feedback: 254 Buyer's feedback: Private MSRP: $96,795 Other current offering: None 2006 CHEVROLET COBALT SS COUPE

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Automotive Investor The Martin Rating Close Scores, Diverging Prices We drill down the scores and present examples of cars with similar ratings but vastly different market values T he Martin Rating System examines the intrinsic factors that go into a car's overall collectibility. In many cases, the cars with the highest ratings also bring the highest prices, as they are highly valued by the marketplace. However, that's not always the case. This month, we take a closer look at the factors that go into the ratings by examining four pairs of cars that are on vastly different ends of the price continuum, yet have similar Martin Ratings. While up to $200,000 separate the cars in this month's pairings, from a standpoint of inherent significance the cars are rather evenly matched. The market seems to agree as all of the cars below have appreciated dramatically over the past year. 1. A big, intimidating, macho brute and a lithe, peaky, screamer 1968–73 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 “Daytona” (Price $150,000–$250,000) vs. 1967–68 Porsche 911S Targa (Price $22,000–$28,000) 1968–73 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Details Martin Rating No. Built 1,273 0-60 Time 5.8 sec. Top Speed 172 mph Price New $26,225 89 128 1967–68 Porsche 911S Targa Details No. Built 1,160 16 18 19 18 18 Investment Grade: B Rarity: Porsche built about 100 fewer SWB 911S Targas than Ferrari built Daytonas. The 911 gets a one-point edge here. Beauty: Both very attractive automobiles in different ways. The Daytona is handsome but lacks the details that make a 275 GTB so fabulous. Porsche's stainless targa bar is controversial but Butzi Porsche did as nice a job as one can with a rear-engine car. Fuchs alloys are the finishing touch. Both get an 18. Performance: Closer than you'd think. The Daytona's under six second 0-60 time is just a second and a half quicker than that of the 911S. Although its 170-mph top speed is 30 mph better, the Daytona is 0-60 Time 7.5 sec. Top Speed 141 mph Price New $7,074 90 Martin Rating 17 18 18 19 18 Investment Grade: A ponderous in the extreme to drive at under-three-digit speeds. The 911's handling is light and communicative (albeit a little tricky) at all speeds. The Daytona's shattering straight-line performance gives it the edge of one point here. Historical Significance: The 911 was advanced for its time with an alloy engine making nearly 100 hp per liter, four-wheel disc brakes, IRS, light alloy wheels, and a five-speed. The 911 was a milestone car for Porsche and the S was the zenith of the early SWB cars, the fastest production Porsche yet. Not quite a perfect score, but nearly—it's a 19. Mid-engine cars were the flavor of the month in 1968. Even with Sports Car Market Rarity Beauty Performance Historical Significance Fun Factor Rarity Beauty Performance Historical Significance Fun Factor

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excellent balance from a rear-mounted transaxle, the Daytona seemed dated. In hindsight, however, it became the last Ferrari of consequence to many. No more front-engine V12s would be imported officially until the 456. It rates an 18, just behind the Porsche. Fun: The “fun factor” is nearly a dead heat also. The Ferrari used well-developed and proven technology and was fairly reliable—4/5. The 911S, which although a new and a rather highly stressed design is also pretty reliable when fitted with an updated set of chain tensioners —4/5. Neither are eligible for top-flight events like the Mille Miglia or the Colorado Grand, but the edge goes to the 911, which just makes the 1967 cutoff for numerous events in the U.S. and Europe. It's a 4/5 while the Daytona rates just 3/5 here. Both the Ferrari and the Porsche enjoy enthusiastic and comprehensive parts and club support. Few things are cheap, but they are available. They each get 5/5. Finally, current market appeal is high for both cars. Early S models and Daytonas are among the fastest-appreciating cars in the market. Both get a 5/5. 2. The German T-Bird and the last of the hairy-chested Brits 1954–64 Mercedes-Benz 190SL (Price $35,000–$50,000) vs. 1969–76 Triumph TR6 (Price $12,000–$18,000) 1954–63 Mercedes-Benz 190SL Details No. Built 25,881 0-60 Time 13.5 sec Top Speed 106 mph Price New $5,129 80 Martin Rating 1969–76 Triumph TR6 Details No. Built 94,619 13 17 15 16 19 Investment Grade: B Rarity: Large production numbers for both. Beauty: Both cars are reasonably attractive. The TR6 was the recipi- ent of a nice cleanup from Karmann and still looks good. The 190SL is derivative but mimics the sublime 300SL. Performanc: Relatively modest performers in their era with 0-60 times in the ten and thirteen second ranges for the TR and the Benz respectively. TR6 suffers from a somewhat crude IRS that limits its grip and causes a bouncy ride; the 190 SL is set up as a relatively soft tourer rather than a sports car. Historical Significance: The Benz and TR were fairly pedestrian from a technical standpoint. Culturally, the TR6 is the most significant, as 0-60 Time 10.7 sec. Top Speed 109 mph Price New $3.495 78 Martin Rating 13 17 15 17 16 Investment Grade: C it represents the end of an era for Triumph and British sports cars in general. The 190SL was a commercial success for Mercedes and was their first volume-produced sporting car. Fun: Both cars are understressed and simple. The 190SL is bullet- proof —5/5. The TR6 is basically tough, minus the occasional “Prince of Darkness” moments—4/5. By virtue of its vintage, the 190SL is eligible for all but the most exclusive events—5/5. The TR6 is basically a club and minor-tour car—3/5. Both cars enjoy the best possible club and parts support—5/5 for each. Current market appeal for both cars—4/5. 190SL values are being pulled up by escalating 300SL prices, while the TR6 is coming into its own as a cheaper big Healey alternative. April 2006 129 Rarity Beauty Performance Historical Significance Fun Factor Rarity Beauty Performance Historical Significance Fun Factor

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Automotive Investor The Martin Rating 3. Alfa's little jewel and a junior Ferrari 1956–59 Alfa Romeo 750 Spider Veloce (Price $30,000–$45,000) vs. 1969–74 Ferrari 246 GTB Dino coupe (Price $65,000–$100,000) 1956–59 Alfa Romeo 750 Spider Veloce Details Martin Rating No. Built 2,300 0-60 Time 10.5 sec Top Speed 106 mph Price New $3,250 86 1969–74 Ferrari 246 GTB Dino Details No. Built 2,609 16 18 17 16 19 Investment Grade: B Rarity: A statistical dead heat. Surprisingly, the Dino is slightly more common. Beauty: Two very different but very attractive cars. Alfa is among the prettiest small, open two-seaters, and the Dino one of the prettiest middies. Performance: The Alfa is a fine handler and moderately quick in Veloce trim. The Dino was also an A-list handler in its day, although its 0-60 time in the mid-sevens was bettered by many more pedestrian machines, including its rival Porsche 911S. Historical Significance: Both cars are technically interesting—the Alfa with its then-advanced, highly tuned dohc engine, and the Dino with the 0-60 Time 7.9 sec. Top Speed 140 mph Price New $13,885 90 Martin Rating 17 18 18 19 18 Investment Grade: A fashionable mid-engine configuration. Both cars were milestones for their manufacturers. The Dino was the first production Ferrari with a mid-engine and less than twelve cylinders. The Giulietta actually made money for Alfa and popularized the marque in the U.S. Fun: Ferrari expensive to fix but reliable enough when set up right—4/5. Alfa is simple and, aside from the usual head gasket and electrical issues, trustworthy enough—4/5. Veloces (especially pre-1958 copies) are about the cheapest entries into almost any event—a 5/5. Dinos are all post-1967 and mainly eligible for club events—3/5. Both have excellent club and parts support—5/5 for each. The Alfa and the Dino have both shown impressive gains over the last year. Both get a 5/5 in current market appeal. 130 Sports Car Market Rarity Beauty Performance Historical Significance Fun Factor Rarity Beauty Performance Historical Significance Fun Factor

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4. British screen star and iconic American muscle 1963–65 Aston Martin DB5 coupe (Price $160,000–$225,000) vs. 1964–67 Pontiac GTO (Price $22,000–$35,000) 1963–65 Aston Martin DB5 Details No. Built 886 0-60 Time 8.6 sec Top Speed 135 mph Price New $12,995 86 Martin Rating 1964–67 Pontiac GTO Details No. Built 285,470 0-60 Time 6.9 sec. 16 18 17 18 18 Investment Grade: B Rarity: The Pontiac is a volume-produced GM car. The Aston, al- though numerous by Newport Pagnell standards, still numbers fewer than 1,000 units. Beauty: Both cars are quite attractive. With apologies to Goat worshipers everywhere, the elegant Aston has the edge by a point. Performance: Aston made a superb GT with competent handling and braking and decent acceleration. The GTO is a typical muscle car: great acceleration combined with handling and braking that are largely theoretical. Amazing straight-line urge gives the Pontiac a slight advantage. Historical Significance: Neither car is a technical standout. Culturally, both are icons. Aston is the famous screen car of James Bond, while Top Speed 122 mph Price New $2,776 Martin Rating 85 13 17 18 19 18 Investment Grade: B the GTO is immortalized in music and the memories of countless Baby Boomers as one of the first muscle cars. The GTO's accessibility gives it a slight edge—19/20 for the GTO versus 18/20 for the Aston. Fun: The GTO is an America car from the '60s and reliable as an anvil—5/5. The Aston is unfussy, but it is British—4/5. You'll never see a GTO on the Grand, but there is the Muscle Car 1000—3/5. The Aston is too recent for top events as well, but welcome at a few more than the GTO—4/5. Excellent club support for both marques; Pontiac parts are Pep Boys and NAPA items—5/5. Aston bits are available, but not as walk-up items unless you live in Newport Pagnell—4/5. The market currently loves muscle cars and David Brown Astons—5/5 for both.u April 2006 131 Rarity Beauty Performance Historical Significance Fun Factor Rarity Beauty Performance Historical Significance Fun Factor

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Motobilia Carl Bomstead Chrysler d'Elegance Much Rarer Than Model When the buzz surrounding the sale is a distant memory, interest will wane 3 1 1 FAME IS FLEETING, TAKE THE MONEY I found this model of a Chrysler d'Elegance in an antique store a few months back and bought it for $25. I don't collect models but it looked old and I thought the graphics on the box were cool. Someone told me that the actual car sold at the BarrettJackson auction in Arizona for over a million dollars. Does that sale mean that my model is now worth a lot more?—Bobby Kellison, Boise, ID One thing you can be sure of is that they made a whole lot more models of the Chrysler d'Elegance than they did the actual car. It was a one-off design by Virgil Exner and it heavily influenced the design of the Chrysler “letter” cars series of the late '50s and early '60s. The design of the d'Elegance is also evident in the grille of the current Chrysler 300. As far as value, you made a wise purchase when you found the model, as $100 would have been a fair price. Now that the sale of the actual car has increased collector awareness, the model should sell for at least twice that. However, fame is fleeting and a few months from now, when the buzz surrounding the sale is a distant memory, interest will 132 wane. So if you are going to sell it, I would suggest sooner rather than later. BRIGHT SPARK GETS LIGHTER I spotted this Hall-Scott ash- tray/table lighter at an auction where it was mixed in with some short-wave radio gear. I had to wait all day for the lot number to come up. I was the high bidder at $20, and for that was able to take my choice from the mixed lot of ham radio gear. I surprised a lot of folks when I took the “toy engine,” as it was described, instead of the radio gear. I cannot find any information on HallScott and was wondering if it deserves a prominent spot on my desk along with my other automobilia?—Kevin Manley, Eugene, OR The coolest stuff often shows up in the most unusual places. If there had been a bunch of transportation guys in the audience, you would have paid four or five times what you did. You have an interesting piece of transportation memorabilia, but Hall-Scott had nothing to do with automobiles. Early in the 20th century, Elbert Hall and Bert Scott produced gasoline-powered rail cars, which they called motor cars. They made their name during WWI with their involvement with the “Liberty Motor” aircraft engines. In 1925, ACF purchased Hall-Scott. In the late '30s, they focused on truck engines, and the Model 400 was termed “The Most Powerful Truck Engine Built.” Mismanagement during WWII disabled the company, which disappeared for good in 1960. Your ashtray/lighter looks like a replica of the Model 400 and is at least 60 years old. Keep it on your desk, and if anyone recognizes it, you'll instantly know they are even goofier than you are about this old stuff. 3 YOU PAID PREMIUM FOR A REGULAR SIGN I went to the Goodguys event here in Phoenix, and in addition to close to 3,000 cool cars, there was a vendor's row with all kinds of automotive stuff for sale. A couple of the booths had signs for sale and I bought a small Veltex gas station enamel sign for regular grade gas. The seller wanted $1,700 for it and after some haggling I was able to get it for $1,500. The vendor said it was very rare and that it was from a small oil company in Oregon. I know signs are going up in price. How did I do?—Gordy Andrews, Scottsdale, AZ Veltex was the brand name for the Fletcher Oil Company, located in Boise, Idaho. The company was founded in the early 1900s and provided kerosene for heating and lighting to the remote areas of the state. Its business expanded into service stations and the company spread throughout the West Coast, eventually being acquired by Sinclair. Your sign is referred to as a pump plate, as it went on the face of the gas pump. They were made for both regular and ethyl grades of gasoline. As far as the price you paid there is no way to sugar coat the bad news. You got carried away. These show up with some regularity and on the best day of their life bring $1,000 to $1,200. To make things worse, a buddy just bought a nice one on eBay for $550. With a little luck, perhaps you can find the ethyl pump plate at a reasonable price and average down. Good luck.u CARL BOMSTEAD is a decades-long automobilia expert who lives in the Pacific Northwest. Send your questions to: motobilia@sportscarmarket.com. Digital photos, the larger the better, must accompany your queries. Due to the volume of mail we receive, not all questions can be answered. Sports Car Market

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Bike Buys Paul Duchene 1946–54 Brockhouse Corgi Welbikes were designed to be unloaded, unfolded, and started in eleven seconds, which probably seems ages when people are shooting at you C onsidering the Brockhouse Corgi's humble appearance—roughly the same proportions as its canine namesake—this folding motorcycle has fairly exotic origins. It was originally designed in 1942 as the Welbike, to be dropped by parachute behind enemy lines and used by SOE (Special Operations Executive) agents. The SOE, which spawned the OSS, had its super-secret base in a country house near the village of Welwyn. A number of inventions were prefixed “Wel,” including the Welwand, a “sleeve pistol” for assassinations, and the Welgun, a 9-mm submachine gun. One might wonder how secret an agent might be, first crashing through the trees carrying a five-foot long, 15-inch-diameter cylinder, then roaring off in a cloud of 2-stroke smoke. Apparently, the SOE had the same concerns and didn't take up the design. However, it was greeted enthusiastically by the newly formed parachute regiments, for whom stealth was less of an issue. The Welbike folded into its parachute tube by pulling the bars backwards and pushing down the telescopic seat. In that, it was similar to the German Triumph and Italian Aermoto. (American forces used a non-folding Cushman scooter, which merely floated to earth under a parachute). The Welbike was designed to be unloaded, un- enthusiast with a lot of time on his hands. About 8,000 Papooses were sold in the States, and examples can probably still be found in garages after being pushed home for the last time. I owned a Corgi at age eleven, and I recall that keeping it running was absolute alchemy. It would tear off at 25 miles an hour, then go into a sulk, spit, and miss until it stopped altogether. If I cleaned the carburetor and checked the points, I could manage another short trip. However, if I did nothing, the result would be the same. I learned to head up onto the cliffs so I could coast home. More than 24,000 Corgis A tiny bike for not-so-secret agents folded, and started in eleven seconds, which probably seems like ages when people are shooting at you. It was first used at the unsuccessful 1944 airborne landings at Arnhem in Holland and in North Africa, and then the D-Day landings. However, a chronic shortcoming emerged in these operations: The 98-cc, Villiers JDL engine was distressingly temperamental, and the remaining 3,853 Welbikes were confined to base. After the war, most of the survivors were exported to the U.S. and sold by a New York department store. Real Welbikes are sufficiently rare to have inspired fakes made from later civilian versions, so it's good to check numbers on prospective purchases. In 1946, Brockhouse Engineering updated the Perfect Corgi Owner: Has a very short commute, all downhill Rating (HHHHH is best): Fun to ride: HHH Ease of maintenance: HHH Appreciation potential: HH Attention getter: HHHH (at least) Years produced: 1942–54 Number produced: 3,853 Welbikes, 24,350 Corgis Original list price: ₤66 ($330) in 1948 SCM Valuation: $400–$7,000 Tune-up/major service: Under $50 DIY Engine: 98-cc, horizontal 2-stroke single Transmission: 1- and 2-speed Weight: 70–90 lbs Engine #: Mk1–3 on casing by cylinder; Mk 4 on head Frame #: left side headstock Colors: Welbike: khaki; Corgi: black and red More: www.langport.freeserve.co.uk 134 Welbike for civilian use as the Corgi, switching to the 98-cc Excelsior Spryte engine. The color was changed from khaki to black with a red tank—supposedly a mark of respect for the “Red Devils” British parachute regiment, who wore red berets. There are two models of Welbike and four marks of Corgi. Like the Welbikes, 1946 Mk 1 Corgis must be bump-started—they have a clutch and single speed transmission. Mark 2s were made from 1948–52 and boasted a kickstart and the ability to disconnect the driveline by lifting a rear footpeg on the right side, so the bike can be run (and, importantly, tuned) in neutral. Mark 3s were made briefly in 1953 and had a hinged rear fender to change the wheel, and the final Mk 4s received front suspension, a two-speed Albion transmission, and foot shifter. Corgi exports to the U.S. started in 1947, as Brockhouse owned Indian. An Indian Papoose (as it was called) was ridden coast-to-coast in 1951 by an were built, and many can be found on eBay and the Internet. There's a fairly comprehensive supply of parts, including the tiny 2.50-by-8 tires. Peter Miller's book, “From Welbike to Corgi,” is a great starting place; a new edition is due in March 2006. Corgi owners could even buy low-slung sidecars, though who'd expose a passenger to being semi-visible at 20 mph? There are a number of fake army Welbikes around and if you don't pay extra, they're a good conversation piece. A real Welbike brought $7,000 recently, but basket-case Corgis can be found from $400 and are relatively easy to fix. The best Corgis are the Mk 4s, with suspension and two-speed transmission, though many earlier bikes have been updated. Stuart Gough is a Corgi expert in England with an excellent Web site. He reckons good-running bikes can be found for between $1,000 and $1,500 but warns that the hardest parts to find are the tank, lights, and some magneto/ignition items. Corgis fold down into a tiny space and can be carried by two people. They can be transported to the races as a pit bike, which would be a great way to troll for spares. You could commute on a Corgi and take it inside when you arrive—provided you arrive, that is. The Corgi is yet another case where the idea was sound but the technology lagged behind. And that's the rub: What killed the Corgi was the fragility of the drivetrain and the arrival of reliable Vespa and Lambretta scooters from Italy in 1955. Ironically, the British manufacturers jumped on that bandwagon too and managed to produce hundreds of unreliable scooters of their own until the Mini arrived in 1959 and settled the issue once and for all.u Sports Car Market

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Mystery Photo Answers A little too eager to run with the big dogs at the Monterey Historics, Ernie learned a bitter lesson about buying sight-unseen. —Bill Parke, Thompson, OH I'm going to be a real dragster.—Brent Taylor, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA “But mein Fuhrer, this prototype ME 262 clearly does not have enough structural wing area!”—Bob Peterson, Brooks, GA After the meeting, von Braun, Garlits, and Hall knew they had a winner. All that remained was to talk Shirley into driving it without painting it pink.—Peter M. Zimmermann, Bakersfield, CA The quarter-century wait for the next BMW M1 is finally over.—John Fontaine, Westport, CT Faster than a witch's broomstick, the Runner-up:It's such a tragic story. Bob...BMW ...beer...welding equipment...—Andy Bogus, Torrance, CA “A good restoration,” noted the Pebble Beach judge, “but certainly not a great restoration.”—Scott Marsh, Bloomington, IN AMG announced it has partnered with “Big Daddy” Don Garlits and Rolls-Royce's aerospace division to help develop its new SMART dragster. It features steer-by-chicken-wire technology and an all-new Flintstone AntiLock Heel Braking System (FABS). Fueled by the latest bio-diesel, the future legend boasts anti-jelly-roll technology by Ford and an allnew U-Drive infotainment system developed in conjunction with BMW. It is co-sponsored by DuPont and Hot Wheels, both of which helped design its classic paint scheme. Drug USAPPRAISAL This Month's Mystery Photo Response Deadline: March 25, 2005 Our Photo, Your Caption Be the author of the most accurate, creative, or provocative response and receive a sure-to-be-collectible-someday 1/18-scale collector car model, courtesy of USAppraisal. Ties will be arbitrarily and capriciously decided. Fax your response to 503.253.2234; e-mail: mysteryphoto@sportscarmarket.com; snail mail: Mystery, P.O. Box 16130, Portland, OR 97292. Please include your name and contact information. Send us your mystery photo. If we use it, you'll get an official “SCM Fright Pig Inspector” cap. E-mail photos at 300 dpi in JPEG format. 136 Sports Car Market manufacturer Pfizer contributed to the all-new driver-emotional-stability (DESTAB) program with its new intravenous bi-polar medication system. Testing continues to establish whether the vehicle—and the driver—will pass the venerable “Moose Test.”—Tom LaPointe, Clearwater, FL Herbie, Shmerbie! Just let me at him!— Myles H. Kitchen, Aptos, CA Big Daddy Urkel.—Steve Thomas, Bronxville, NY The little Isetta had always felt inferior to the larger cars. Then one day he heard about the benefits of Viagra.—David Libby, West Des Moines, IA “Is ett a dragster,” vondered Hans.—Al Nelson, Pentwater, MI Go ahead and laugh, but when I grow up, Munchkin Motors Dragster Rail has won this year's Lollipop Guild trophy.—Mike Nottage, Hingham, MA The Truth Behind The Story Award: This is a 1958 BMW Isetta, one of six or seven, that was used in the sitcom “Family Matters.” This particular variant is the car Steve Urkel, the show's star, built for a grudge race at the drag strip in one episode. Many kids, whom the show appealed to, refer to Isettas as “Urkel Cars” and probably have no earthly idea that this was the car that bailed BMW out of bankruptcy after World War II.—Bruce Fullerton, Austin, TX Bill Parke is this month's winner of a sureto-be-collectible-someday 1/18-scale model, courtesy of Dave Kinney's USAppraisal, for his understanding of the lengths guys will go to to get an entry in the Historics.u

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Comments With Your Renewal Stay honest, stay real, stay car guys— no hype. Your advice has saved me from costly mistakes and I've learned how to appreciate quality in cars.—Pedro Ceron, Irvington, NY Would enjoy more real-world ar- ticles on ownership of collector/enthusiast models under $100k.—Joseph Gillotti, Mercer Island, WA Keep your features to the cars, with scant attention to newer ones.—George Arthur, Stillwater, MN Fewer exotics, fewer antiques, more affordable sports cars from '50s, '60s, '70s.—Philip Menhusen, Mankato, KS Still uneasy about rods and heav- ily modified American cars. Antique and original American okay, four-doors, wagons, trucks.—William Rice, Evanston, IL Fewer articles on specific cars and more auction results.—John Mutchner, Terre Haute, IN Have free car giveaways for loy- al subscribers. I'll take the first one. How about your '63 Corvette?—Steve Crawford, Bend, OR Well-written articles that state facts and opinions. You don't kiss any manufacturer's ass to keep their advertising account like other car magazines do.— Gerard LaDamus, Delta, UT A fun magazine to read plus it's very informative. I'd like to see a few more vintage race car sales. Lolas, McLarens, Porsches, etc.—Kenne Bristol, Elmhurst, IL Make it weekly! Kidding…I'd never take time to speak to my wife again.— Mark Esbenshade, Lebanon, OH I'm glad you keep throwing in the affordable collectors like the 240Z. I've driven the Z line for the last ten years and love them.—Robert S. Hill, Pleasant Hill, CA I can't wait until the muscle car bub- ble breaks so you have more room for real sports cars.—Hans Kleinknecht, Maple Valley, WA Offer to trade that “Cross the USA” Fiat for the most obscure offer you get—then publish all the offers and let the readers decide who wins. That should be pretty fun. Otherwise all is well in SCM land. Thank you guys so much! We love SCM.—Eric and Cynthia Meyer, San Luis Obsispo, CA Thank you very much for the occa- sional articles on AMCs. I know that a lot of people don't like AMCs for being a cheap throw-away car. It seems someone on the SCM staff has a soft spot, or should I say a rust spot, for AMCs.—Bernard Escamilla, Chicago IL When are you going to take a lik- ing to NSXs? Full disclosure: I own an '01.—Richard Farra, Granada Hills, CA. Richard, I evaluated an NSX for the Portland Oregonian Drive Time section when I wrote for them and found it to be a thoroughly enjoyable and competent car, a kind of Honda on steroids. As a supercar, it is clearly a bargain. But in a strange way, its lack of temperament coupled with its bland styling keep it out of the top tier of exotics.—ED. You know, I just enjoy the magazine so much. I just spent last week at BarrettJackson, and the first thing I read when I returned home was my current issue of SCM. Can't get enough, I guess.—Derek Winnett, Vancouver, BC And thank you all for your thoughtful comments and your renewals. —ED.u

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SCM Showcase Gallery Sell Your Car Here! Includes SCM website listing. Showcase Gallery Full-Color Photo Ad Just $44/month ($66 non-subscribers) Text-Only Classified Ad Just $15/month ($25 non-subscribers) 4 ways to submit your ad: Web: Visit sportscarmarket.com/classifieds-post.php to upload your photo (300 dpi jpg) and text, or text only. Secure online Visa/MC payments. E-mail: Send photo (300 dpi jpg) and text, or text only, to scmadvert@sportscarmarket.com. We will call for your VISA/MC. Fax: Attention Showcase, to 503.253.2234 with VISA/MC. Snailmail: Showcase, PO Box 16130, Portland, OR 97292, 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. Very nice, well-sorted-out, alloy-block, disc-brake car. Full mechanical restoration, new interior, true ‘63. All numbers match. $400,000. G. P. Hill, 314.960.7608 ENGLISH 1965 Austin Healey 3000 MK III prox 700). Beautiful running original Jag with just 50,100 miles. Please call for history. A good #2 car. Will consider trade for late model S Type. $33,500. Jack McBrien, 360.849.4969 (WA) 1993 Land Rover NAS Defender 110 One owner w/47,000 original miles. Original condition with no rust. $48,500. Dean Schultz, 800.862.8054 (FL) Very nice paint, chrome, and details. Professionally rebuilt mechanicals on never-rusted Southern car. Very correct and complete. View photos at www .autogallerymuseum.com $39,950. Lou Savaglio, 815.675.3222 (IL) 1967 Aston-Martin DB6 GERMAN 1958 Mercedes-Benz 220S Rare, rust-free, beautifully restored European injected model in pristine condition! 4-speed, original alloys and updated 15-inchers, black leather. Very special car. Other CSs at www.BimmerBrothers.net. $23,973. Evan Esterman, 650.574.0561 (CA) 1973 Porsche 911S Targa One of the lowest-mile 911Ss left. 100% original w/only 42,600 miles. All numbers match. Silver with black interior. No rust, never hit. Books and records. $48,500. Matt Loos, 800.862.8054 (FL) Award winner, great condition, Full sunroof, 4speed, gray cloth interior. If you want a Ponton, this is it. $13,500. Don Dockum, 360.695.7431 (USA) 1960 Porsche 356B Left-hand drive. 5-spd and a/c—all the right things! Nice orig. together, older paint, needs engine rebuilt and brakes done. Jerry Bensinger, 330.759.5224 (USA) 1968 Jaguar XKE 2+2 1979 Porsche 930 Turbo S/N 390287 ENG#00121-01785. 6-yr restoration completed 9/2001, 6,000 miles since, Nardi, Motorola AM, new tires, windshield. Receipts, photo history, everything works. No rust, ever. $45,000. John Baker, 928.778.0547 (AZ) 1964 Ferrari 250 GTL Lusso 1973 BMW 3.0CSi Great car in excellent condition, engine by Oldtimer Garage. Superb period history including 2nd Overall 1958 Tour de France, Scuderia Los Amigos, Trintignant/Picard. Well priced. $1,550,000. Fantasy Junction, 510.653.7555 (CA) 1964 Alfa Romeo 1600 Spider Veloce Outlaw Custom Coupe by Dink Farmer. Fully shaved, filled gutters, and chopped top. Engine by the Maestro, sunroof, 17” Boxster wheels, and full custom leather interior. $68,500. Fantasy Junction, 510.653.7555 (CA) 1963 Mercedes-Benz 300SL roadster 1986 Porsche factory turbo-look cabriolet, M-491, leather, pw, pl, power seats, full service records, 37,000 miles, Kardex, padded roll bar, a/c, super condition. $39,500. Ron Susser, 630.567.0066 (IL) ITALIAN 1958 Ferrari 250 TDF 1986 Porsche Rare Arrow Blue with blue leather, sunroof, 39,500 original miles; unmolested immaculate condition, PCA Zone 8 Concours Winner in Unrestored Class. Too much to list. $42,900. Brad Hunt, 818.706.0580 (CA) Same California owner past 30 years. Engine by Bill Rudd. Just out of careful storage with new brakes and much other. Straight and rust free. $325,000. Fantasy Junction, 510.653.7555 (CA) 1965 Alfa Romeo Sprint Veloce GT 1600 Bertone VIN 1E78274. Engine 7E54536-9. 4-speed. Primrose Yellow. Great shape—105k miles. $20,000. Lawrence Lassila, 206.498.5237 (USA) 1976 Jaguar XJ12C Beautiful Alfa Romeo with a great race history. $48,000. Frederic, 480.250.4060 (Germany) 1967 Fiat Dino Spyder Rare 12-cyl. coupe. Made for only two years (ap138 Sports Car Market

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Mental Muscle Fresh 2L, nice black leather, knockoff Cromodoras. No rust, car regularly driven, paint is good. Price includes U.S. delivery. $23,000. Glenn Sipe, 901.485.3048 (TN) 1970 Maserati Ghibli Spider International Hill Climb Champion, 1964. The “Old Yeller” of hill climbers. No. 23 Sports original Olds V8, triple Strombergs, and 4-spd. All panels steel or aluminum. Documented winning race history. $39,000. Bill Hair, 805.466.1015 (CA) 1970 Cougar XR7 Convertible S/N AM115S1235. Stunning in new black paint, interior, windshield, and chrome. Award at Greenwich Concours 2005. 45,000 miles, 5-speed, a/c, pw, alloys. $155,000. Fantasy Junction, 510.653.7555 (CA) 1979 Ferrari 308 GTB 428CJ Ram-Air 4-speed a/c. Documented Ford test car, full rotisserie restoration, One of one and stunning. $125,000. Randy Carlson, 646.285.1676 (USA) Red/black U.S.-model car. Runs great. Higher miles but rebuilt motor, runs excellent. Very strong. www.forzamotorsports.com $22,500. Peter, 860.350.1140 (CT) JAPANESE 1991 Mitsubishi 3000GT LS $3,000. Vanessa, 545.666.2684 (TN) AMERICAN 1936 Ford Woodie Wagon Ex-Canaska Racing. Brembos, Penskes, Ford 9”, Jonabloeds, Lexan. Very well sorted. $15,000. Terry Fletcher, 519.451.1900 (ON) 2005 Harley Police Electraglide FLHTPi 1994 Chevrolet Camaro World Challenge �� �� �� �� Across Corvette motor, new, nut-and-bolt restoration. Leather interior. Vintage air. Barrett-Jackson quality. Call for info. $100,000. Karen S. Spencer, 586.292.2424 (MI) 1940 So-Cal Sharknose Roadster 980 civilian miles, factory warranty to 7/07, excellent condition. E-mail pictures available. $14,900. Bruce Redding, 480.250.4460 (AZ) WANTED 1953 Corvettes Wanted: 1953 to 1962 Corvette project cars, barn cars, basket cases, parts inventories. $1,000 finder's fee paid! Fair prices paid. Contact Jay, e-mail jays1953vette@yahoo.com. Jay Peterson, 512.799.8088 (TX) Corvettes Original period ‘40s So-Cal sharknose roadster. The ideal event car. Rare and refreshing period special for rallies, shows, etc. Great lines, quality built, all steel and rust free survivor. Straight-6 Chrysler. Real West Coast post-war hot rods are fast approaching unobtainium. $21,500. Bill Hair, 805.466.1015 (CA) A premium will be paid for 1953 to 1972 Corvettes with NCRS or Bloomington Gold certification, serious. ProTeam, Box 606, Napoleon, OH 435450606. Fax, 419.592.4242. proteamcorvette.com, www.corvetteswanted.com. ProTeam Corvettes, 419.592.5086 (OH) Ferrari, Maserati, Lamborghini Wanted Ferrari Maserati Lamborghini Cars, parts, literature, one item or whole collections, in any condition. Fair, reasonable, discreet. Thank you. Peter Sweeney, 860.350.1140 (USA)u April 2006 1. _____ ____ Special, car auctioned at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale 2006 (with 34 across) 5. Muscle car designer (with 7 down) 8. Z/28 11. A Shelby 13. Arrival abbreviation 14. French gold 16. Allow 18. Street ___ 19. ____-Healey 23. Newport locale 24. Music medium 25. Bullfighting muscle? 27. 1970 Plymouth ____ 340 28. 1970 Dodge Challenger ___ 30. Engine speed measurement 33. Delayed action, for short 34. See 1 across 38. Pontiac ___ , the original muscle car 40. Advice 41. 1955 ___ Metropolitan 42. Grand Cherokee 44. ____ shot 46. Painter, with El 48. Colts QB 49. For each one 51. Way to go 53. Inspector General (abbr.) 55. Flair 57. Ferrari, Pontiac and Mitsubishi 58. Plymouth ___ 59. Lube fluid 60. Cold hard ___ Down 1. 1970's icon: AMC ___ 2. 1957 Chevrolet ___ 3. Advances 4. Engine size 5. ___ Premier 6. Top 7. See 5 across �� 1949 Olds Special � � � � � � � � � �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� 9. Chemical building block 10. ___ rod 12. ___ dynamics 15. Cool wheel part 17. Where the rubber meets the road 20. Car pronoun 21. Quick sleep 22. 1979 Mercury ___ 24. Deadly fish or Plymouth? 26. One to avoid at the auction 29. A Ricer 31. ___ Road Runner 32. Volume measurement 33. ___ Coronet 34. Waste basket 35. Operation (abbr.) 36. Snake and modern muscle car 37. Most provocative 39. You, French 40. IKA _____ 380 43. Stumbling expression 45. Manta 47. Machine parts 50. Camino or Dorado? 52. Go __ guy 54. Porsche Carrera __ 56. Raleigh locale Solution �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� 139

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Resource Directory Advertise in the SCM Resource Directory. Call 877.219.2605 x204 for information, e-mail: scmadvert@sportscarmarket.com. AUCTION COMPANIES Artcurial-Briest-Poulain-Le Fur. +33.1.42992020, fax +33.1.42992021. Maison de vente aux enchères, 7, RondPoint des Champs Elysées, 75008 Paris. artcurial@auction.fr. www.artcurial.com. (FR) Barrett-Jackson Auction. 480.421.6694, fax 480.421.6697. 3020 N. Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251. info@barrett-jackson.com. www.barrettjackson.com. (AZ) Bonhams & Butterfields. 415.391.4000, fax 415.391.4040. 220 San Bruno Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94103. www.butterfields.com. (CA) Bonhams. +, fax +44.207.585.0830. Montpelier St., Knightsbridge, London, SW7 1HH. www.bonhams.com. (UK) Branson Collector Car Auction. 800.335.3063, Jim Cox, fax 417.336.5616. 1316 W. Hwy. 76, Suite 199, Branson, MO 65616. www.bransonauction.com. (MO) Christie's. 310.385.2600, fax 310.385.0246. 360 N. Camden Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90210. www.christies.com. (CA) eBay Motors. List your car for sale for only $40 and pay $40 more when it sells. Visit the “Services” section on www.ebaymotors.com for more details. Gooding & Company. 310.899.1960, fax 310.899.0930. Auctions and brokerage of fine automobiles. 1528 6th Street, Suite 120, Santa Monica, CA 90401. www.goodingco.com. (CA) H&H Classic Auctions. +44.01925.730630, fax +44.01925.730830. Whitegate Farm, Hatton, Cheshire WA4 4BZ England. www.classic-auctions.com (UK) Kensington Motor Group, Inc. 631.537.1868, fax 631.537.2641. P.O. Box 2277, Sag Harbor, NY 11963. Kenmotor@aol.com. (NY) Mecum Collector Car Auctioneers. 815.568.8888, fax 815.568.6615, 950 Greenlee St., Marengo, IL 60015. Auctions: Orlando, Kansas City, Rockford, St. Paul, Bloomington Gold, Columbus, Des Moines, Carlisle, and Chicago. Nobody sells more muscle than Mecum. Nobody. www.mecumauction.com. (IL) Palm Springs Auctions Inc. Keith Mc- Cormick, 760.320.3290, fax 760.323.7031. 244 N. Indian Canyon Dr., Palm Springs, CA 92262. www.classic-carauction.com. (CA) RM Auctions, Inc. 800.211.4371, fax 519.351.1337. One Classic Car Dr., Blenheim, ON NOP 1A0. www.rmauctions .com. (CAN) Russo and Steele. 480.517.4005, fax 480.517.9112. 4117 N. 16th St, Phoenix, AZ 85016. russoandsteele@qwest.net; www.russoandsteele.com. (AZ) Santiago Collector Car Auctions. 800.994.2816, fax 405.475.5079. 501 E. Britton Rd., Oklahoma City, OK 73114. Rocky: rockydb5@sbcglobal.net. (OK) Silver Auctions. 800.255.4485. 2020 N. Monroe, Spokane, WA 99205. silver@silverauctions.com; www.silverauctions.com. (WA) APPRAISALS Auto Appraisal Group. 800.848.2886. Over 60 offices located nationwide. Prepurchase inspection service, insurance matters, charitable donations, resale values, estates, expert witness testimony. On-site 140 inspections. Certified, confidential, prompt, professional. “Not just one man's opinion of value.” See Web site for locations and service descriptions. www.autoappraisal .com. (VA) Dave Brownell's Vintage Auto Appraisals. 802.362.4719, fax 802.362.3007. 25-plus years experience nationwide and internationally. Single cars or entire collections. Brass cars to contemporary supercars. Complete services from pre-purchase to insurance, donation, estate, expert witness. davidbrownell@adelphia.net. (VT) USAppraisal. 703.759.9100. Over 25 years experience with collector automobiles, available nationwide. David H. Kinney, ASA (Accredited Senior Appraiser, American Society of Appraisers). dhkinney@usappraisal.com; www.usappraisal.com. (VA) INSPECTIONS pre-war thru mid-1960s; mainly focused on Porsche, Ferrari, Mercedes, and racing. Producer of “Automobilia Monterey,” August 15–16, 2006. 38-page list of memorabilia available. singer356@aol.com or www.vintageautoposters.com. (CA) BUY/SELL/GENERAL Auto Collectors Garage, Inc. 713.541.2281, fax 713.541.2286. 9848 Southwest Freeway, Houston, TX 77074. For the best in interesting cars from the 1920s to the 1970s. We restore, buy, sell, service, appraise, locate, and inspect all makes and models. Serving the collector car field since 1979. www.autocollectorsgarage.com. (TX) Blackhawk Collection. 925.736.3444, fax 925.736.4375. Purveyors of rolling art. The Blackhawk Collection is one of the world's foremost companies specializing in the acquisition and sale of both American and European classic, coachbuilt, and oneof-a-kind automobiles. www.blackhawkcollection.com. (CA) Automobile Inspections LLC. 860.456.4048. “When you need the job done right.” The nation's premier provider of pre-purchase inspections on classic, exotic and specialty cars of any year, anywhere in the USA or Canada. Fast 72-hour turnaround! Hartford, CT. www .automobileinspections.com. (CT) AUTOMOBILIA Campbell Levy Designs LLC. 303.762.7936, fax 303.762.7937. Custom lamp designer and builder since 1974, specializing in crankshaft lamps with exotic wood, select hardwood or granite base. Hand polished or nickel plated. Your treasured crankshaft or one of ours. Proud to be a Colorado company. www .campbelllevydesigns.com.(CO) Hamann Classic Cars. 203.918.8300. Specializing in mostly European vintage race and sports cars, especially classic Ferraris of the '50s and '60s as well as Mille Miglia-eligible sports cars. Always looking to buy fabulous classic cars. www .hamannclassiccars.com (CT) Jonathan Kendall LLC. 410.991.2288 Automotive-inspired gifts, handbags, and accessories. Jonathan highlights designs in unique, handcrafted art, fashion, and installations for the collector and the enthusiast. Give the gift of Art+Fashion+Design and enjoy the passion of the automobile together. www.jonathankendall.com. (MD) Kirk F. White. 386.427.6660, fax 386.427.7801. PO Box 999, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32170. Always acquiring and conveying the very finest in early European tinplate automotive toys by Marklin, Bing, Carette, Gunthermann, etc. Further seeking tether racers such as Dooling, Alexander, B.B. Korn, Bremer, Matthews, McCoy, Cox Thimble Drome, O & R. Very highest prices paid for over 27 years. Periodic inventory shown at www.kirkfwhite.com. (FL) Spyder Enterprises. 831.659.5335, fax 831.659.5335. Since 1980, providing serious collectors with the finest selection of authentic, original vintage posters, Colin's Classic Automobiles. 414.964.3747. World-renowned for selling only the best investment-grade sports and muscle cars. Low volume, highest quality, easy to work with. Let Colin's experience in collecting, restoring, racing, evaluating, and showing cars work for you. Buy, sell, trade, restore. www.colinsclassicauto.com. (WI) Craig Brody Investment Motorcars. 954.646.8819. We buy, sell, trade, and consign only the highest-end original cars for the most demanding collectors. Visit our new showroom in Ft. Lauderdale; call ahead for a personal appointment to see the coolest selection of collector cars in the Southeast. www.investmentmotorcars.net. (FL) Dragone Classics. 203.335.4645. 1797 Main St., Bridgeport, CT 06604. For 50+ years, the Dragone family has collected, sold, and revived the world's greatest cars, including many at Pebble Beach. Museums and collections depend on Dragone's knowledge, authenticity, and integrity. 60+ car inventory; manny@dragoneclassics. com, david@dragoneclassics.com; www.dragoneclassics.com. (CT) eBay Motors. Everyday drivers, collector cars, auto parts and accessories, motorcycles, and automobilia. List your car for sale for only $40 and pay $40 more when it sells. Every vehicle transaction is covered by $20,000 in free insurance. www.ebaymotors.com. Fantasy Junction. 510.653.7555, fax 510.653.9754. 1145 Park Ave., Emeryville, CA 94608. Specializing in European collectible autos and racing cars from the 1920s to the 1970s, with over 50 cars in Classic Showcase. 760.758.6199, sales 760.758.6100, fax 760.758.0600. Offering a fine selection of classic European vehicles and a world-class restoration facility with two indoor showrooms in one 40,000sq-ft building. Servicing the collector with over 30 years experience in buying, restoring, and selling. Located in San Diego County. sales@classicshowcase.com; www.classicshowcase.com. (CA) stock. Bruce Trenery has over 25 years experience in this business, based in the East Bay area. sales@fantasyjunction.com; www.fantasyjunction.com. (CA) Grand Prix Classics. 858.459.3500, fax 858.459.3512. 7456 La Jolla Blvd., La Jolla, CA 92037. Specialize in the buying, selling, trading, and consignment of historic sports and racing cars. Been in business for 25 years and maintain an inventory of 15 to 20 historic cars. info@grandprixclassics.com; www .grandprixclassics.com. (CA) Hyman Ltd. 314.524.6000. One of the largest dealers of quality collector cars in the U.S. with over 100 cars in stock. We act as principal in the acquisition of collector cars and are aggressive buyers for complete collections. Our specialties include European sports cars and full classics. www.hymanltd.com. (MO) Kirk F. White. 386.427.6660, fax 386.427.7801. PO Box 999, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32170. Always seeking and conveying select, exciting automobiles with a strong emphasis on vintage and contemporary hot rods and significant post-war sports cars, etc. Many years of acquiring superb, esoteric automobiles. Very highest prices paid. Periodic offerings may be reviewed at www.kirkfwhite.com. (FL) Motorcar Portfolio. 866.653.8900, 320 Market Ave S., Canton, OH 44702. America's only classic car dealer located in the lower level of the Canton Marriott McKinley Grand Hotel. Ever-changing collection of 100+ foreign and domestic cars. Model Ts through muscle cars, something for everyone's taste and pocketbook. We buy cars from special people—one or a whole collection. (OH) Paul Russell and Company. 978.768.6919. Contact Alex Finigan for the acquisition or sale of great classic European sports, touring, and racing models from the pre-war era through the 1960s. Our experienced body, metal, upholstery, and mechanical craftsmen offer restoration, preservation, and maintenance services. www.paulrussell.com. (MA) ProTeam Corvette. 888.592.5086, fax 419.592.4242. Over 150 Corvettes 1953–2003; also Corvettes wanted. Free catalog. www.proteamcorvette.com; proteam@proteamcorvette.com. (OH) VIR Gallery. 336.210.5508. Quality vintage street and race cars for sale. Located at Virginia International Raceway. Please contact Randall Yow, 1245 Pine Tree Rd., Alton, VA 24520. ryow@virclub .com; www.virgallery.com. (VA) CLASSIC CAR TRANSPORT Concours Transport Systems. 702.361.1928, 253.973.3987, fax 702.269.0382. Enclosed auto transport nationwide. Liftgate loading, experienced personnel. Classic and exotic cars. Special events. Fully insured. All major credit cards accepted. Fred Koller, owner. fredkoller@concourstransport.com; www.concourstransport.com. (NV) Cosdel International. 415.777.2000, fax 415.543.5112. Now in its 46th year of international transport. Complete service, including import/export, customs clearances, DOT and EPA, air/ocean, loading and unloading of containers. Contact Martin Button: info@cosdel.com; www. cosdel.com. (CA) FedEx Custom Critical Passport Auto Transport. 800.325.4267, fax Sports Car Market

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314.878.7295. Fully enclosed transport from the industry originator. Specializing in events, including Pebble Beach, the Colorado Grand, and Barrett-Jackson. Liftgates for safe loading and winches for inoperable vehicles. Inquire about ultraexpedited, three-day, coast-to-coast service. www.passporttransport.com. (MO) Intercity Lines, Inc. 800.221.3936, fax 413.436.9422. Rapid, hassle-free, coast-tocoast service. Insured, enclosed transport for your valuable car at affordable prices. State-of-the-art satellite transport tracking. Complete service for vintage races, auctions, relocations. www.intercitylines .com. (MA) COLLECTOR CAR FINANCING J.J. Best Banc & Company. 800. USA.1965, fax 508.991.8329. The largest national leader on Antique, Classic, Exotic, Rod, and Sports Cars, with low rates starting at 4.99% and long terms. Call, fax, or e-mail your application today for quick ten-minute approval. Dealer inquiries welcome. www.jjbest.com. (MA) COLLECTOR CAR INSURANCE Aon Collector Car Insurance. 877.765.7790. We've protected collector cars for nearly 40 years. Our insurance packages provide more coverage for less money than is available through standard carriers. Substantially lower costs, with minimal usage restrictions, unlimited mileage, in-house claim handling, and online quoting and application. www.aoncollectorcar.com. Hagerty Collector Car Insurance. 800.922.4050. Collector cars aren't like their late-model counterparts. These classics actually appreciate in value so standard market policies that cost significantly more won't do the job. We'll agree on a fair value and cover you for the full amount. No prorated claims, no hassles, no games. www.hagerty.com. (MI) J.C. Taylor Agencies. 800.345.8290. Antique, classic, muscle or modified—J.C. Taylor will provide dependable, dynamic, affordable protection for your collector vehicle. Agreed value coverage in the continental U.S. and Alaska. Drive through time with peace of mind with J.C. Taylor. Parish Heacock Classic Car Insurance. 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 .parishheacock.com. (FL) COLLECTOR CAR LEASING Premier Financial Services. 203.267.7700, fax 203.267.7773. With over 20 years of experience specializing in exotic, classic and vintage autos, our Lease Purchase plan is ideal for those who wish to own their vehicle at the end of the term, as well as those who like to change cars frequently. Our Simple Interest Early Termination plan allows you the flexibility of financing with the tax advantages of leasing. www.premierfinancialservices.com. (CT) Putnam Leasing. 866.905.3273, Never get in a car with strangers. Custom-tailored, lease-to-own financing for your dream car. Easy, fast, and dependable. Exclusive leasing agent for Barrett-Jackson, Cavallino, April 2006 and the Ferrari Club of America 2004 International Meet. www.putnamleasing.com. (CT) RESTORATION – GENERAL Guy's Interior Restorations. 503.224.8657, fax 503.223.6953. 431 NW 9th, Portland, OR 97209. Award-winning interior restoration. Leather dyeing and color matching. (OR) VINTAGE EVENTS Lake Mirror Classic Auto Festival. 863.683.1540. October 14–16. The Lake Mirror Classic is held in restored Lake Mirror Park and downtown Lakeland. Begins Friday evening with the Hot Rod Rendezvous; Saturday enjoy over 500 classic cars in downtown Lakeland and Lake Mirror. For more information about this FREE event or to pre-register, visit www .lakemirrorclassic.com. (FL) Barnum Ave., Stratford, CT 06614. Classic, special interest, and race cars. Sales, restoration, and transportation. www.vintageracingservices.com, www .automotive-restorations.com. (CT) Autosport Designs Inc. 631.425.1555. MosesLudel.Com, LLC. 775.463.5965. Thirty-eight years of authoritative mechanical expertise available to restorers and collectors of 1928–71 American classic and muscle cars. Blueprint engine, transmission, steering, and axle rebuilding. Restorative tuning and performance prepping. Protect your investment. See our Web site, www.mosesludel.com. The Healey Werks. 800.251.2113, 712.944.4900, fax 712.944.4940. Lawton, IA. Premier automobile restoration company specializing in exotic, European and classic cars. Complete structural and body reconstruction, upholstery, world-class paint/refinishing, engineering, prototyping and mechanical services. Transport and logistical services available. www.healeywerks.com. (IA) 2nd Annual Muscle Car 1000, 949.470.9880. September 25–30, 2006. Five days of exceptional places, people, experiences, and cars from Santa Barbara to San Simeon, Monterey, San Francisco, Napa Valley, and back. Reserved for 1964–73 American muscle cars, 1962–68 Cobras, 1955–73 Corvettes. Apply early, as space is limited. www.musclecar1000.com. (CA) ENGLISH Hyman Ltd. 314.524.6000. One of the largest dealers of quality collector cars in the U.S. with over 100 cars in stock. We act as principal in the acquisition of collector cars and are aggressive buyers for complete collections. Our specialties include European sports cars and full classics. www.hymanltd.com. (MO) AC Performance Restoration. 440.968.3655, 17444 U.S. Rt. 6, Montville, OH 44064. Award-winning paint/body restoration—sports, muscle, vintage. Eight years in business, newly built shop. A short drive from Cleveland or Pittsburgh, five hours from Detroit. We finish your projects! Photos/info: supercharged@alltel.net. (OH) Vantaaj Restoration & Repair. 866.440.0334, toll-free USA, 303.440.0334 in Colorado. A few dedicated enthusiasts, focused on repairing or restoring one or two cars at a time. We understand they are not mere automobiles; they are family. Please join our family. We are not for everyone—we are for you. www.vantaaj.com. (CO) SPORTS AND COMPETITION Morris & Welford, LLC. 203.222.3861 or 203.722.3333 (Miles Morris), 949.260.1636 or 949.500.0585 (Malcolm Welford), fax 203.222.4992 or 949.955.3848. Specialist car consultants and high-end brokerage for important historic cars such as Ferrari, Maserati, Alfa Romeo, Jaguar, Duesenberg, Bugatti, and more. Offices on East and West Coasts. www.morrisandwelford.com. (CT) AC Owner's Club Limited. 503.643.3225, fax 503.646.4009. US Registrar: Jim Feldman, 11955 SW Faircrest St., Portland, OR 97225-4615. The world's largest organization of AC owners and enthusiasts. AC ownership not required. Monthly magazine. (OR) JWF Restorations, Inc. 503.643.3225, fax 503.646.4009. Jim Feldman, 11955 SW Faircrest St., Portland, OR 97225-4615. AC restoration specialist. 35 years experience. Partial to full restorations done to street or concours standards. (OR) Austin-Healey Austin-Healey Club USA. 888.4AH- CUSA, fax 503.528.0533. 8002 NE Hwy 99, Ste B PMB 424, Vancouver, WA 98665-8813. Oldest national Austin-Healey club and factory club heritage. Members receive Austin-Healey Magazine, Resource Book, calendar, tech assistance, book discount. Annual dues still just $35. www.healey.org. (OR) Aston Martin Aston Martin of New England. 781.547.5959. 85 Linden Street, Waltham, MA 02452. Proudly appointed Aston Martin Heritage Dealer for the USA. New and pre-owned Aston Martins are our specialty. Please contact us when buying, selling or restoring. www.astonmartin-lotus.com. (MA) Automotive Restorations, Inc. Vintage Racing Services, Inc. (ARI.VRS), 203.377.6745, fax 203.386.0486, 1785 The largest independent Aston Martin sales, service, and restoration facility in the U.S.; everything under one roof. All models welcome. Large selection of parts for all Astons. Also specializing in Ferrari, Porsche, and other exotics. Tom Papadopoulos, Scott Rumbold. www .autosport-designs.com. (NY) Kevin Kay Restorations. 530.241.8337. 1530 Charles Drive, Redding, CA 96003. Six-cylinder Aston Martin DBs our specialty, from DB2 through DB6. All Astons welcome, along with other 1950s and 1960s British and European sports and classics. We do it all, from engine overhaul to show-winning paintwork. We buy Astons. www.kevinkayrestorations .net. (CA) Rocky Santiago. 405.843.6117, fax 405.475.5079. E Britton Rd., Oklahoma City, OK 73114. Specializing in Aston Martins, all years, all conditions. Buy/sell/ consign. If you are buying or selling, please call. Also have Healeys, MGs, Triumphs, etc. (OK) Jaguar Classic Showcase. 760.758.6199, sales 760.758.6100, fax 760.758.0600. Full-service restorations. Creating show winners in a world-classic restoration facility. Specializing in European classics. Superb fit; attention to detail; great craftsmanship. “Where great cars achieve perfection.” Located in San Diego County. sales@classicshowcase.com; www.classicshowcase.com. (CA) Jaguar Clubs of North America. 888.CLUBJAG, JCNA, 1000 Glenbrook Road, Anchorage, KY 40223. The primary organization of Jaguar enthusiasts in the U.S. and Canada. 52 local clubs provide social and other activities. JCNA sponsors championships in concours, rally, slalom. Members receive bi-monthly Jaguar Journal magazine. www.jcna.com. (KY) Rolls-Royce/Bentley Automotive Restorations, Inc. Vintage Racing Services, Inc. (ARI.VRS), 203.377.6745, fax 203.386.0486, 1785 Barnum Ave., Stratford, CT 06614. Classic, special interest, and race cars. Sales, restoration, and transportation. www.vintageracingservices.com, www .automotive-restorations.com. (CT) Hageman Motorcars. 206.954.1961, fax 425.287.0660. PO Box 554, Kirkland, WA 98033. Pre-war European autos, Bentley, and Rolls-Royce, specializing in vintage Bentleys. www.hagemanmotorcars .com. (WA) ALFA ROMEO Parts Centerline Alfa Parts. 888.750.ALFA (2532). Call for free catalog. New and used parts, accessories, restoration, modification, and information for Giulietta through 164. We know the cars and we have the parts. Visit www.centerlinealfa.com for frequent updates on new items. (CO) International Auto Parts. 800.788.4435, 434.973.0555, fax 434.973.2368. Est. 1971. Over 90,000 Alfa/ Fiat/Lancia parts, 1956 to present, in stock, ready to ship. Fast, knowledgeable service and same-day shipping! Free 76-page catalog. www.international-auto.com. (VA) 141

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Resource Directory Jon Norman's Alfa Parts. 510.525.9435, fax 510.524.3636. 1221 Fourth Street, Berkeley, CA 94710. Large selection of parts from 1900 series to Milano. Efficient, personal service. (CA) Performance Motoring Associates. 831.338.9703, fax 831.338.2031. 12895 Highway 9, Boulder Creek, CA 95006. Over 20 Alfa Romeos in stock, ready for your custom restoration. Specialists in vintage race car preparation for over 20 years. Sebring suspensions and lightweight body panels for 750, 101, and 105 series Sprints, Spiders, and GTVs. alleake@aol.com; www.alfaromeorestorations.com. (CA) Re-Originals. 713.849.2400, fax 713.849.2401. The U.S. source for original, complete seats and covers, bulk upholstery materials, original rubber mats and gaskets, original European taillights, headlights, grilles, windshields. Visit www.reoriginals. com for complete listing. (TX) Repairs/Restoration Dan Sommers' Veloce Motors. 503.274.0064. 1425 NW Flanders, Portland, OR 97209. More than two decades of helping Alfa, Ferrari, and Lamborghini owners keep their cars on the road while not emptying their bank accounts. Other Italian cars serviced as well. (OR) Nasko's Imports. 503.771.1472, 5409 SE Francis, Portland, OR 97206. Alfas, BMWs and Mercedes our speciality. Oldest Alfa repair facility in Oregon. Ask about our used sports cars for sale. Fast work, fair prices. (OR) FERRARI/MASERATI/LAMBORGHINI Automotive Restorations, Inc. Vintage Racing Services, Inc. (ARI.VRS), 203.377.6745, fax 203.386.0486, 1785 Barnum Ave., Stratford, CT 06614. Classic, special interest, and race cars. Sales, restoration, and transportation. www.vintageracingservices.com, www .automotiverestorations.com. (CT) Carozzeria Granturismo Milano (Italy). +39.93909285-6, fax +39.02.93908420. Ferrari, Maserati, Lamborghini, Alfa Romeo, and Lancia. Structural chassis restoration, body restoration, and manufacturing of aluminum and steel body trim and panels. We bring automobiles to exacting original specifications. High-class paint jobs; one-off prototype manufacturing. info@gtmilano.it. (IT) Classic Showcase. 760.758.6199, sales 760.758.6100, fax 760.758.0600. Full-service restorations. Creating show winners in a world-classic restoration facility. Specializing in European classics. Superb fit; attention to detail; great craftsmanship. “Where great cars achieve perfection.” Located in San Diego County. sales@classicshowcase.com; www.classicshowcase.com. (CA) Family Classic Cars. 949.496.3000, fax 949.488.0523. Family Classic Cars specializes in highly rare and valuable vintage Ferraris, fine European cars, classics, hot rods, muscle cars, and modern exotics. Located in San Juan Capistrano, CA, Family Classic Cars is all about selling dreams and investments. sales@familyclassiccars .com; www.familyclassiccars.com. Hamann Classic Cars. 203.918.8300. Specializing in mostly European vintage race and sports cars, especially classic Ferraris of the '50s and '60s as well as Mille Miglia-eligible sports cars. Always looking to buy fabulous classic cars. www.hamannclassiccars.com. (CT) Michael Sheehan. 949.646.6086, fax 949.646.6978. Always looking for cars to buy, from rare one-offs to serial production ordinaries. Ferrari, Lamborghini, Lotus. Buyers, let me use my 20,000-car database to help you find a car, or verify the history of one you are looking at. www.ferrarisonline.com. (CA) Randy Simon. 310.274.7440, fax 310.274.9809. I constantly collect and sell all Ferraris, Maseratis, and Lamborghinis. If I don't have what you seek, I can usually find it for you (at low prices). Please call anytime for straight advice on the market. Finder's fee gladly paid. simonrandy@aol .com. (CA) Ron Tonkin Gran Turismo. 800.547.4455, 503.255.7560. Service and parts, 800.944.6483, 503.257.9655. 203 NE 122nd Ave., Portland, OR 97230. America's oldest and most dedicated Ferrari dealer. New and used exotic cars. Also, huge parts department with fast, fast service. www.rtgt.com. (OR) Re-Originals. 713.849.2400, fax 713.849.2401. The U.S. source for original, complete seats and covers, bulk upholstery materials, original rubber mats and gaskets, original European taillights, headlights, grilles, windshields. Visit www.reoriginals. com for complete listing. (TX) Symbolic Motor Car Company. 858.454.1800. As the world's premier dealer of exotic, collectible, racing and touring automobiles, our highly trained staff has the experience to get you into some of the finest automobiles in the world. Visit us at www.symbolicmotors.com. (CA) GERMAN BMW Automotive Restorations, Inc. Vintage Racing Services, Inc. (ARI. VRS), 203.377.6745, fax 203.386.0486, 1785 Barnum Ave., Stratford, CT 06614. Classic, special interest, and race cars. Sales, restoration, and transportation. www.vintageracingservices.com, www .automotive-restorations.com. (CT) Mercedes-Benz Alex Dearborn. 978.887.6644, fax 978.887.3889. Topsfield, MA. Buying, selling and trading vintage Mercedes. Specializing in 300SLs. Large database of older M-Bs. www.dearbornauto.com. (MA) Automotive Restorations, Inc. Vintage Racing Services, Inc. (ARI. VRS), 203.377.6745, fax 203.386.0486, 1785 Barnum Ave., Stratford, CT 06614. Classic, special interest and race cars. Sales, restoration and transportation. www.vintageracingservices.com, www .automotive-restorations.com. (CT) Classic Showcase. 760.758.6199, sales 760.758.6100, fax 760.758.0600. Full-service restorations. Creating show winners in a world-classic restoration facility. Specializing in European classics. Superb fit; attention to detail; great craftsmanship. “Where great cars achieve perfection.” Located in San Diego County. sales@classicshowcase.com; www.classicshowcase.com. (CA) Gull Wing Group International, Gary Estep. 530.891.5038 fax. 776 Cessna, Chico, CA 95928. Dedicated to the enjoyment and preservation of 1954 to 1963 Mercedes-Benz 300SL coupes and roadsters. Member benefits include: twelve monthly magazines per year plus a national convention that rotates its location around the country. gestep3457@aol.com. (CA) Porsche AMERICAN Hyman Ltd. 314.524.6000. One of the largest dealers of quality collector cars in the U.S. with over 100 cars in stock. We act as principal in the acquisition of collector cars and are aggressive buyers for complete collections. Our specialties include European sports cars and full classics. www .hymanltd.com. (MO) Shelby Shelby American Automobile Club. 860.364.0449, fax 860.364.0769. PO Box 788, Sharon, CT 06069. Over 5,000 members, 50 regions throughout the world. Dedicated to the care and preservation of the cars that Carroll Shelby produced. Two national conventions a year, semi-annual magazine, bi-monthly newsletter as well as a registry. (CT) PARTS AND ACCESSORIES Greatwest Lubricants. 888.838.6308. Authorized dealer for premium Amsoil synthetic lubrication and filtration products. Protect your investment with the finest lubrication products available and benefit from lower operating costs and extended oil change intervals. All products can be ordered online and shipped from U.S. & Canadian distribution centers. www .greatwestlubricants.ca. (CAN) GARAGE/TOOLS Baldhead Cabinet Company. 877.966.2253. Offering a fine selection of quality metal garage cabinets. Many unique modules. SS and custom colors available. Many sizes to choose from. Call for a custom quote and drawing. See ad in this issue. www.baldheadcabinets.com. (CA) REAL ESTATE 73rs.com. 310.927.3193. Specializing exclusively in early classic Porsche 911 motor cars, 1965–73. Over 35 years experience in buying and selling only the finest 911s. Cars actively purchased for top money. jack@73rs.com. (CA) Re-Originals. 713.849.2400, Sicurvetro windshields for Porsche 356. Speedster bucket seats, driving seats for all models. www.reoriginals.com. (TX) J.R. Rouse Real Estate. 831.645.9696 ext. 100, 831.277.3464, fax 831.645.9357. Connecting car enthusiasts with homes on the Monterey Peninsula. jr@jrrouse.com; www.jrrouse.com. (CA) TRAVEL Stephanie Warrington. 800.594.0805, 503.231.5103. The official travel agent for Sports Car Market. Specializing in international travel, custom vacations, and groups. stephanie@wtpdx.com. (OR)u 142 Sports Car Market

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Carl Bomstead “Super Enzo” Buyer Better Not Cop F1 Attitude Gilmore oil stock still rising, Maxfield Parrish bidder gets a bargain, Lindy buyer luck, and Carl misses out I f you're a Formula One wannabe with pockets as deep as Enzo Ferrari's grave, you should have bid on the Ferrari FXX “Super Enzo” that recently sold on eBay Motors for $3,100,000 after 46 bids. The 800-hp car is one of 20 to be offered to the general public and loaded with gee-whiz, F1 technology. It's reckoned to be the most advanced GT ever created at Maranello The high-bidder got the car and a membership in Team Ferrari. He (or she) will receive professional instruction at the Fiorano Circuit where the F1 team practices. My ever-understanding spouse said no to this one. The winner is in for a treat, though the family may not be so understanding if he or she comes home with an F1, FU attitude. EBAY #7210730662— GILMORE AUTOMOBILE POLISH TIN. Number of Bids: 18. SOLD AT: $1,393.02. Date Sold: 1/16/2006. A Gilmore Oil Company collectible goes to the head of the class once again. This unusual, four-inch tin has a great image of an Art Deco Gilmore tanker and appeared to be in wonderful condition. While almost $1,400 may seem like a bunch for an empty can, it was, in fact, a bargain. The more common wax tins with the tanker image sell for about $2,000, so this was relatively well bought. EBAY #7212956147— MAZDA LAMP FLANGE TIN SIGN. Number of Bids: 22. SOLD AT: $2,938. Date Sold: 1/25/2006. The seller made a huge mistake when he listed this fantastic sign: He did not mention that the artwork was by Maxfield Parrish. This is one of the best examples known, but it missed its biggest audience by the omission of the artist's name. Parrish collectors are condition freaks and will pay serious money for examples in nearmint condition such as this. I'd say this oversight cost the seller a minimum of $3,000. EBAY #7208878769—MONOGRAM MOTO METER BADGE DISPLAY. Number of Bids: 12. SOLD AT: $1,025. Date Sold: 1/2/2006.This was a display for personalized initials and fraternal symbols for the center of Moto Meter radiator hood ornaments. The colorful cardboard display was in excellent condition and was complete with 12 badges. It's a great addition to any mascot collection and would look terrific in mine. Sadly, I did not find the listing until after the auction ended. SUBSCRIPTION INFORMATION Sports Car Market magazine (ISSN #1527859X) is published monthly by Keith Martin Publications, PO Box 16130, Portland, OR 97292. Periodicals postage paid at Portland, OR, and additional entries. Subscription rates are $58 for 12 monthly issues in the US, $78 Canada/Mexico, Europe $88, Asia/Africa/Middle East $98. Subscriptions are payable in advance in US currency. Make checks to: Sports Car Market. Visa/MC accepted. For instant subscription, call 24-hours 800.289.2819, 503.252.5812; fax 503.252.5854. 146 MASTRONET.COM #441— MASTRONET.COM #379—I.W. HARPER WHISKEY ORIGINAL OIL OF ADVERTISMENT “JUST MARRIED.” Number of Bids: 13. SOLD AT: $2,243. Date Sold: 12/7/2005. The young groom eagerly reaches for the offered bottle of whiskey while the bride appears equally pleased with the send-off wedding gift. Try running an ad with this subject matter today and who knows how many organizations would be out in full protest. The actual ads sell for about $6,000 but this original art work sold for about a third of that. Go figure. LATE 1970S HANDCRAFTED MERCEDES-BENZ “GULL WING” CARPET WALL HANGING. Number of Bids: 14. SOLD AT: $2,195. Date Sold: 12/7/2005. This was a limited edition 60” x 83” handmade rug with a very realistic image of a 300SL. It was stated that these were made in the late ‘70s. If you had a collection of 300SLs, or for that matter even one, this would be spectacular hanging on the wall behind the car. Price paid was a nit compared to the $250,000– $500,000 the cars are worth. MASTRONET.COM #397—1927 CHEVROLET QUOTA TROPHY HOOD ORNAMENT. Number of Bids: 12. SOLD AT: $1,227. Date Sold: 12/7/2005. Charles Lindbergh made his legendary trans-Atlantic flight in the summer of 1927 and after that airplanes were the rage. They were quickly associated with almost everything, including this Chevrolet quota-making trophy that was to be used as a hood ornament. The hood ornaments were pot metal and prone to pieces breaking off. This one was complete but had a number of stress cracks and fissures. Price paid was fair, considering an almost-perfect one sold at the recent BarrettJackson automobilia auction for double this amount. EBAY #6587469210—1920 FORD ROUGE PLANT EMPLOYEE BADGE. Number of Bids: 21. SOLD AT $455. Date Sold: 12/19/2005. This was described as a very rare badge with few known from the Rouge plant in 1920. The seller must be correct; Ford guys are not known for throwing money around on expensive trinkets and this badge was fully priced. 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