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Barrett-Jackson, Scottsdale, AZ, January 13–21, 2018

Worldwide, Scottsdale, AZ, January 17, 2018

Russo and Steele, Scottsdale, AZ, January 17–21, 2018

Bonhams, Scottsdale, AZ, January 18, 2018

RM Sotheby’s, Phoenix, AZ, January 18–19, 2018

Silver Auctions AZ, Fort McDowell, AZ, January 18–20, 2018

Gooding & Company, Scottsdale, AZ, January 19–20, 2018

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Tesla Shoots for the Stars, But Are Prices Earthbound? 2008 Roadster $71.5k Sports Car Market Spyders Climb Keith Martin’s The Insider’s Guide to Collecting, Investing, Values, and Trends Miles Collier Unravels a Web of Data to Reveal a Trend 1958 Porsche 550A $5m ™ April 2018 www.sportscarmarket.com The Biggest Results and Lessons from the $252m Arizona Auction Week


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“Like” us on Sports Car Market PROFILES Keith Martin’s The Insider’s Guide to Collecting, Investing, Values, and Trends April 2018 . Volume 30 . Number 4 This Month’s Market Movers Up Close FERRARI by Steve Ahlgrim ENGLISH by Carl Bomstead ETCETERINI by Donald Osborne GERMAN by Prescott Kelly 1965 Ferrari 275 GTB Speciale $8,085,000 / Gooding & Company 1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Pillarless Saloon $593,500 / RM Sotheby’s 1963 Iso Grifo A3/L Prototype $1,760,000 / Gooding & Company 1973 Porsche 911T 2.4 Targa $313,500 / Gooding & Company 74 76 78 80 AUCTIONS What Sold, and Why 193 Vehicles Rated at Seven Sales 94 98 110 122 136 150 160 174 AMERICAN RACE by Thor Thorson by Miles Collier NEXT GEN by Jeff Zurschmeide 20 1964 Bill Thomas Cheetah $660,000 / Russo and Steele 1958 Porsche 550A Spyder $5,170,000 / Bonhams 2008 Tesla Roadster $71,500 / Bonhams 82 86 88 MARKET OVERVIEW Top 10 auction sales, best buys and total sales in Scottsdale — Chad Tyson BARRETT-JACKSON Scottsdale, AZ: The Arizona powerhouse totals $114m from 1,729 lots sold — Michael Leven GOODING & COMPANY Scottsdale, AZ: 111 lots total $49m at Gooding’s boutique event — Joe Seminetta and Jack Seminetta RM SOTHEBY’S Phoenix, AZ: $2.9m ’66 Cobra leads a $36m sale, where 112 of 129 lots sold — Carl Bomstead BONHAMS Scottsdale, AZ: Ninety-five of 108 lots total $25.2m at the Westin Kierland Resort — Sam Stockham RUSSO AND STEELE Scottsdale, AZ: Auction-in-theround style sells 457 of 703 lots for $17.9m — Brett Hatfield WORLDWIDE Scottsdale, AZ: In its second year in Arizona, Worldwide generates $6.8m on 53 of 83 lots sold — Daren Kloes SILVER AUCTIONS ARIZONA Fort McDowell, AZ: A new company’s take on an old favorite, with 201 of 351 lots bringing $3.4m — B. Mitchell Carlson acebook and look for updates and offers! Cover: 1958 Porsche 550A Spyder; courtesy of Bonhams Sports Car Market Mathieu Heurtault, courtesy of Gooding & Company


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54 Unconventional Wisdom: Columnist Donald Osborne Takes a Fresh Look at the Sale of a 1955 Alfa Romeo 1900C SS Speciale COLUMNS 24 Shifting Gears Little did we know that on February 6, 2018, Elon Musk’s personal Tesla would become the fastest car in the known universe Keith Martin 48 Affordable Classic Dealers are getting about half the original sale price for three-year-old Fiat 500 Abarths, and you can strike an even better deal on Craigslist Jeff Zurschmeide 50 Legal Files Leaving your collector car with a valet service is risky John Draneas and Michael R. Lowitt 54 Unconventional Wisdom In the case of a 1955 Alfa Romeo 1900C SS Boano coupe, going underwater with a restoration was the right thing to do Donald Osborne 56 Drivers Ed People new to car collection should remember that cheap fun has always had a leg up on plain old fun Paul Hageman 84 The Cumberford Perspective The Bill Thomas Cheetah was almost too good-looking to be included in the category to which it clearly belongs: the California hot-rod sports car Robert Cumberford 202 eWatch When one penny is worth more than $200,000 Carl Bomstead FEATURES Carl Bomstead 60 Images From Arizona: Photos from the second-biggest week of the collector-car year — SCM staff 64 Arizona Impressions: The sheer size of Arizona Auction Week boggles the European mind, but it’s a fun circus — Axel E. Catton 22 66 SCM’s Fifth Annual Scottsdale Insider’s Seminar: Buy wisely and drive your cars! — Philip Richter DEPARTMENTS 30 Auction Calendar 30 Crossing the Block 34 Concours and Events: Portland Swap Meet, La Jolla Concours, California Mille 36 Contributors: Get to know our writers 38 You Write, We Read: Thor Thorson’s fast thoughts on the 1031 exchange, don’t dis the Devin, cover poll choices, and is it time to sell your Shoebox Chevy? 40 Display Advertisers Index 42 Time Pieces: 1970 Bulova Chronograph C 42 Neat Stuff: Portraits of Porsche racers and the right plate for your classic 44 In Miniature: 1961 Jaguar E-type 3.8 Series I roadster 44 Speaking Volumes: Voisin: La difference 96 Buy/Sell/Hold: A new year, a new market, and new cars to buy, sell and hold as recommended by Steve Serio 108 Market Moment: Three charity cars from Barrett-Jackson’s 2018 Scottsdale Auction 120 Market Moment: 1981 DeLorean DMC-12 132 Fresh Meat: McLaren 720S coupe, 2018 Mercedes-Benz AMG GT R coupe, 2016 Rolls-Royce Phantom drophead coupe 156 On the Radar: 1993 Lister Storm, 1993–95 Alpina B10 4.0, 1991–95 Cizeta-Moroder V16T 168 Rising Sun: 2001 Nissan Skyline GT-R V-spec II “Nür,” Top Secret TS 8012 V (JZA 80) Toyota Supra, Two Datsun 240Z restorations 186 Glovebox Notes: 2018 Audi A4 2.0T Quattro S Tronic 188 Mystery Photo: Long rumored to be seen late at night in Dauphin County, PA, this bizarre radioactive mutation was born out of the Three Mile Island disaster 188 Comments With Your Renewals: “Thank you for your valuable coverage of Japanese cars.” 190 Showcase Gallery: Cars for sale 194 Resource Directory: Meet your car’s needs Sports Car Market Robin Adams ©2017, courtesy of RM Sotheby’s


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Shifting Gears Keith Martin Arizona Auction Week and One Star Car Elon Musk’s willingness to be a disrupter is reminiscent of a time when Ferrari, Shelby and Jaguar took on incredible challenges and triumphed Basking in Arizona As SCM celebrates its 30th anniversary, I re- turned to the Arizona auctions for the 30th time. For auction junkies, Arizona Car Week is the ul- timate happening. There are no concours or vintage races to distract. As the auction scene in Arizona has ballooned from $17.4m in sales in 1997 to $252.4m this year, each company has developed its own biosphere and microclimate. RM Sotheby’s, Gooding and Bonhams exist in a calm, rarified atmosphere. Each car is beautifully fluffed and buffed. Expert, soft-spoken specialists are on hand to discuss whether the knockoff spinners on a Jaguar D-type are the very same ones that were on the car when it hurtled down the Mulsanne Straight. Drew Alcazar has always been the rock star To infinity and beyond! W e picked the cars we planned to profile in this issue during a routine editorial meeting last January. Each month, Managing Editor Jim Pickering goes through recent sales, and he then presents those of interest to me, Executive Editor Chester Allen and Art Directors Dave Tomaro and Jeff Stites. We try to have an entertaining and informative mix each month. We look for sales of significance that represent a wide spectrum of the market. Having good art to accompany the article is a must. We try to make sure as many auction companies as possible are represented. I wasn’t particularly interested when Jim suggested we profile a Tesla Roadster in our “Next Gen” profile. Next Gen profiles are about cars that we believe appeal to the emerging generation of collectors. Bonhams sold a 2008 Tesla Roadster for $71,500 at their Scottsdale, AZ, auction on January 18, 2018. I’d driven a Tesla Roadster when they were new, and I was unim- pressed. While the straight-line performance was staggering, at 2,723 pounds (748 more than the stock Lotus Elise it was based on), it felt more like a muscle car than a sports car. The light, nimble feeling that is synonymous with the essence of the Lotus was simply gone. But this was the first Tesla Roadster we had seen come to auction, and we decided to assign the car to Jeff Zurschmeide. His insightful analysis appears on p. 88 of this issue. Little did we know that on February 6, Elon Musk’s personal Tesla would become the fastest car in the known universe, eventually reaching a speed of 18,000 mph as it headed towards an orbit through our solar system. In an era where we enthusiasts too often run around like Chicken Little and shout, “Google Cars are going to end civilization as we know it,” it’s refreshing to have someone express their affection for their car by sending it on the ultimate road trip. The Tesla’s endless journey through outer space won’t make first- generation Tesla Roadsters more valuable. But Musk’s love of cars — and his willingness to be a disrupter — is reminiscent of a time when small manufacturers like Ferrari, Shelby and Jaguar took on incredible challenges and triumphed. 24 of the auction world. He has perfected his unique “auction in the round” format and combines the nightclub action of the arena with an alluring selection of American muscle and tasty European exotics (there was a tidy Alfa Giulia Super like mine at Russo and Steele that brought $23,100. If I could have justified having seven Alfas, two of them identical, I would have bought it). This was Worldwide Auctioneers’ second appearance at Scottsdale, and they are clearly determined to stay. They had a petite, varied selection of cars of interest, and John Kruse and his gang are always ready to answer your questions thoughtfully and directly. I didn’t buy a car at Silver Auctions Arizona this year. Two years ago, I came home with the Citroën Mehari. This led my daughter Alex to respond, when I told her of my purchase, “Dad, I told you to buy a FERRARI, not a MEHARI.” And then there is Barrett-Jackson. I’ve watched Barrett grow from a regional auction to an industry behemoth. The sheer scale of the event is overwhelming. There were 1,729 cars sold for $113,770,305. The auction site sprawls over 75 acres, with more than 1 million square feet under the world’s largest tent. More than 320,000 spectators and enthusiasts roam the grounds over the nine days of selling cars. No other event has so many vendor spaces and ancillary activities surrounding a collector-car auction. Just as the growth of Starbucks has encouraged a proliferation of coffee shops offering unique blends, the scale of Barrett-Jackson has created a collector-car umbrella in Arizona. That massive umbrella has room under it for all the other auction companies, each with their individual visions of the market. We collectors are the ultimate beneficiaries of this variety of cars, trucks and automobilia. Overall, the mood in Scottsdale seemed relaxed and confident. The sales total barely changed from that of last year. I’m not the first one to note that to get top dollar today, you need a no-stories, beautifully presented automobile. The best of the best will bring top dollar, while anything with needs or questions will quickly fall to the middle of the pack. As I boarded the plane back to drizzly Portland, I reflected on how fortunate I was to have spent 30 weeks in sunny Arizona over the past three decades, watching Arizona Car Week become one of the epicenters of the collector-car world. ♦ Sports Car Market


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Crossing the Block Chad Tyson Images courtesy of the respective auction companies unless otherwise noted Star Car: 1971 Plymouth ’Cuda convertible at Mecum in Houston, TX Mecum Where: Houston, TX When: April 5–7 Web: www.mecum.com Last year: 552/804 cars sold / $21m Feature cars: • Star Car: 1971 Plymouth ’Cuda convertible • 1967 Pontiac GTO convertible RM Auctions Where: Fort Lauderdale, FL When: April 6–7 Auction Calendar All dates listed are current at time of publication. Contact information for most auction companies may be found in the Resource Directory at the back of this issue. Please confirm dates and locations before attending any event. Email auction info to: chad.tyson@sportscarmarket.com. MARCH 1–3—GAA Greensboro, NC 3—SPECIALTY Loveland, CO 7—BRIGHTWELLS Leominster, U.K. 8—BONHAMS Amelia Island, FL 9—GOODING & CO. Amelia Island, FL 9–10—HOLLYWOOD WHEELS Amelia Island, FL 10—RM SOTHEBY’S Amelia Island, FL 10—MOTOSTALGIA Amelia Island, FL 10—SMITH Cape Girardeau, MO 12—SHANNONS Sydney, AUS 16–17—MECUM Kansas City, MO 16–18—ELECTRIC GARAGE Red Deer, AB, CAN 18—BONHAMS Chichester, U.K. 21—H&H Duxford, U.K. 22–24—GAA Greensboro, NC 24—COYS Essen, DEU 24–25—CCA Birmingham, U.K. 30 30–31—SILVER AZ Fort McDowell, AZ 31—SOUTHERN CLASSIC Murfreesboro, TN APRIL 5–7—MECUM Houston, TX 6–7—RM AUCTIONS Fort Lauderdale, FL 7—DAN KRUSE CLASSICS San Antonio, TX 8—ARTCURIAL Paris, FRA 11—BRIGHTWELLS Bicester, U.K. 12–14—LEAKE Dallas, TX 12–15—BARRETTJACKSON West Palm Beach, FL 13–15—ELECTRIC GARAGE Edmonton, AB, CAN 14—ACA King’s Lynn, U.K. 14—SILVER Vancouver, WA 20–21—BRANSON Branson, MO 21—BARONS Surrey, U.K. 21—WORLDWIDE AUCTIONEERS Arlington, TX 21—VANDERBRINK Longview, TX 22—BONHAMS Stafford, U.K. 24—COYS London, U.K. 25—H&H Buxton, U.K. 28—SOUTHERN CLASSIC Jeffersonville, IN 30—SHANNONS Melbourne, AUS MAY 3–5—VICARI Nocona, TX 10–12—RM AUCTIONS Auburn, IN 11—BONHAMS Monte Carlo, MCO 12—RM SOTHEBY’S Monte Carlo, MCO 12—COYS Monte Carlo, MCO 12—SILVER Missoula, MT 12–13—LUCKY Tacoma, WA 15–19—MECUM Indianapolis, IN 16—BRIGHTWELLS Leominster, U.K. 18–19—SILVERSTONE Northamptonshire, U.K. 26—DAN KRUSE CLASSICS Midland, TX 27—SHANNONS Sydney, AUS Web: www.rmsothebys.com Last year: 280/408 cars sold / $17.1m Feature cars: • Star Car: 1953 Cadillac Eldorado convertible • 2006 Ford GT Dan Kruse Classics Where: San Antonio, TX When: April 7 Web: www.dankruseclassics.com Artcurial Where: Paris, FRA When: April 8 Web: www.artcurial.com Brightwells Where: Bicester, U.K. When: April 11 Web: www.brightwells.com Last year: 42/57 cars sold / $1.2m Leake Where: Dallas, TX When: April 12–14 Web: www.leakecar.com Last year: 290/348 cars sold / $10.3m Sports Car Market


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Crossing the Block Chad Tyson Images courtesy of the respective auction companies unless otherwise noted Star Car: 1953 Cadillac Eldorado convertible at RM in Fort Lauderdale, FL Barrett-Jackson Where: Palm Beach, FL When: April 12–15 Web: www.barrett-jackson.com Last year: 501/504 cars sold / $20.6m Feature cars: • Star Car: 1930 Marmon Sixteen sedan • 1965 Chevrolet Corvette 396/425 convertible Electric Garage Where: Edmonton, CAN When: April 13–15 Web: www.theelectricgarage.com ACA Where: King’s Lynn, U.K. When: April 14 Web: www.angliacarauctions.co.uk Last year: 214/277 cars sold / $2.3m Silver Where: Vancouver, WA When: April 14 Web: www.silverauctions.com Last year: 40/98 cars sold / $364k Feature cars: • 1956 Chevrolet 210 2-door post • 1964 Ford Fairlane 2-door hard top Branson Where: Branson, MO When: April 20–21 Web: www.bransonauction.com Last year: 134/193 cars sold / $2.6m Barons Where: Surrey, U.K. When: April 21 Web: www.barons-auctions.com Last year: 44/95 cars sold / $634k 32 Coys Where: London, U.K. When: April 24 Web: www.coys.co.uk Worldwide Where: Arlington, TX When: April 21 Web: www.worldwide-auctioneers.com Last year: 87/111 cars sold / $6.4m VanDerBrink Where: Longview, TX When: April 21 Web: www.vanderbrinkauctions.com Bonhams Where: Stafford, U.K. When: April 22 Web: www.bonhams.com H&H Where: Buxton, U.K. When: April 25 Web: www.handh.co.uk Southern Classic Where: Jeffersonville, IN When: April 28 Web: www.southernclassicauctions.com Shannons Where: Melbourne, AUS When: April 30 Web: www.shannons.com.au Last year: 38/42 cars sold / $1.6m ♦ Star Car: 1930 Marmon Sixteen sedan at Barrett-Jackson in Palm Beach, FL Sports Car Market


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Concours and Events SCM Staff Send news and event listings to insideline@sportscarmarket.com Cars by the Pacific Ocean April is supposed to be Vintage parts to the horizon The Portland Swap Meet, a do-not-miss outing for us at SCM World Headquarters, defies rain and fog every year — and is the largest car-parts extravaganza on the West Coast. This year’s Partsfest is April 6–8. With more than 3,500 vendor stalls crammed with literally tons of car parts, there is something for every vintage gearhead. More information is located on www.portlandswapmeet.com (OR) Next door to the Portland Swap Meet is the PIR Auto Swap Meet, which runs from April 5 to 7. Hundreds of booths will fill every available space inside the road course at the Portland International Raceway. Need an unobtanium part? It’s probably here — or next door at the Portland Swap Meet. Bring a sturdy wagon or cart to tote your treasures. Gates open at 7 a.m. daily and admission is $7. For more information, visit www.portlandraceway.com (OR) spring, right? That’s what the calendar says, but it’s still winter in many parts of the world. But it’s really, truly spring on the Southern California coast, and no place is better than the 14th La Jolla Concours d’Elegance from April 6 to 8 in beautiful La Jolla, CA. The Concours d’Elegance and the La Jolla Motor Car Classic at the Concours start at 9 a.m. on Sunday, April 8. There are more than 300 vintage automobiles on display, and the Pacific Ocean makes the perfect backdrop. Publisher Keith Martin returns as emcee. For pricing and registration of the different events, visit www. lajollaconcours.com (CA) MARCH CALENDAR Days and days of California Back Roads One thousand miles of the best back roads along from San Francisco to Lake Tahoe to California’s Wine Country are ready for the 28th Annual California Mille from April 15 to 19. After a free car show on Nob Hill, 70 classic cars and driving teams that catch the spirit of the Mille Miglia — and are 1957 or older models — will crank up and head out of San Francisco to savor the best two-lane driving in California. The $7,500 entry fee includes all meals and lodging for both the driver and co-driver. For more information, visit www.californiamille.com (CA) 34 7–11 Copperstate 1000, Scottsdale, AZ; www. mensartscouncil.com 20–22 Concours d’Elegance of Texas, Arlington, TX; www.concoursoftexas.org Sports Car Market Jim Pickering


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Sports Car Market EDITORIAL Publisher Keith Martin keith.martin@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 210 Executive Editor Chester Allen chester.allen@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 203 Art Director David Tomaro david.tomaro@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 202 Managing Editor Jim Pickering jim.pickering@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 208 Digital Media / Art Director Jeff Stites jeff.stites@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 221 Auction Editor Chad Tyson chad.tyson@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 207 Deputy Data Editor Chad Taylor chad.taylor@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 206 Editor at Large Donald Osborne Copy Editors Yael Abel, Dave Tomaro Senior Auction Analysts B. 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He came by the affliction naturally when he was just 10 years old after “helping” his dad restore a ’41 Cadillac convertible. He bought and sold his first flipper — a 1966 T-bird — before he could drive. He traded more than 50 cars before he was 30 years old, and is full of “If I still had that car today” stories. Today, his day job is in commercial banking, but his alter ego is purely vintage cars. He remains an automotive historian and has written articles for print and online publications, including his own blog about investing in vintage cars. During the 1990s, he organized the former Port Gardner Bay Concours d’Elegance in Everett, WA, where he also resides. Check out his report of Worldwide’s Scottsdale Auction on p. 160. 36 DONALD OSBORNE, SCM Editor at Large and Columnist, lives for old cars, especially those of the odd European variety. His writing on classic cars has also appeared in the New York Times, Hagerty’s Magazine, Art & Antiques, BusinessWeek Online and Road & Track. He is a member of many clubs, including the American Lancia Club, for whose magazine, Lanciana, he serves as Editor. He appraises and consults on collector vehicles internationally through his company Automotive Valuation Services. He is a regular on the “Jay Leno’s Garage” television show on CNBC. Turn to p. 54 for “Unconventional Wisdom,” his monthly column for SCM, where he takes a second look at a very special 1955 Alfa Romeo 1900C SS Boano. In addition, his Etceterini Profile on p. 78 looks at Gooding & Company’s sale of the 1963 Iso Grifo A3/L prototype. PHILIP RICHTER, SCM Contributor, writes the weekly blog “Turtle Garage: Cars and Motorcycles with Stories.” He still owns the Honda 50 that sparked his love of nimble, motorized things. He collects vintage BMW motorcycles and German cars. He is Treasurer of the United States Equestrian Team Foundation and President of Hollow Brook Wealth Management LLC, a New York City-based private investment firm. He also serves on several boards, including the Malcolm Pray Achievement Center, where he advises on the center’s educational program and car collection. Please turn to p. 66 for his story on the 2018 SCM Insider’s Seminar in Scottsdale.


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You Write We Read All letters are subject to editing. Please address correspondence to SCM, P.O. Box 4797, Portland, OR 97208. Fax 503.253.2234, e-mail: youwrite@sportscarmarket.com Is it Time to Sell the Shoebox Chevy? To the Editor: As I watched the Barrett- Jackson Scottsdale auction on TV, I was struck by the fact that the vast majority of bidders and spectators are older guys, most with gray or no hair (no different than me). I know you have in the past written about ushering the next generation into our hobby, but as we all tend to love and buy what we lusted for as youth, I see interest in muscle cars of the 1960s gradually fading in favor of Datsun 240Zs and Toyota Supras. And forget the 1950s and earlier true classics; those buyers are literally a dying breed (have you ever seen a younger person driving a 1950s T-bird, Ford Vicky or Tri-Five Chevy that wasn’t hot-rodded?). I still believe in the personal value of buying and enjoying what you love, but I don’t know that owning multiple, very-old, mass-produced cars (unless truly spectacular/unique/historic) is necessarily going to be a good future investment once the baby boomers are no longer the buyers. It certainly does not make settling an estate any easier for those left holding the garage. The hobby will survive just fine, just not as we know it. Maybe it is time for some to thin their collections while the going is good? But then again, I can’t predict the stock market either. — David Wiener, Chapel Hill, NC Executive Editor Chester Allen responds: David, thanks for your note. As I write this, the Dow Jones has dropped more than 2,000 points in less than a week. I have no idea what is going to happen next on the stock market. With old cars, the market is always cloudy, but many astute observers believe we’re already seeing a shift in interest to newer cars among newer collectors. Many blue-chip cars, such as the Mercedes-Benz 300SL, seem to be carrying their momentum to younger buyers. Other, mass-produced cars, such as the Tri-Five Chevrolets, seem to be sliding backwards. Part of 38 Have you ever seen a younger person driving a 1950s T-bird, Ford Vicky or Tri-Five Chevy that wasn’t hot-rodded? me suspects that some younger collectors will find a love for these cars as they grow into the hobby — or after watching “American Graffiti” on their iPads. Thor’s Fast Thoughts on Taxes To the Editor: I was reading John Draneas’ “Legal Files” March 2018 piece (p. 48) on the loss of the 1031 exchange for cars, and a question came up. Assume the situation you posit (more or less) where you have a $1,000,000 car in which your cash basis is $350,000 — and you want to buy a different car for $1,250,000. Let’s say that you have a willing buyer for your car and an arrangement to buy the other one. The lack of a 1031 exchange puts you into a serious tax liability. If, however, you had a friendly licensed auto dealer who was willing to cooperate for a reasonable fee, you could have the dealer buy the car you wanted and then sell it to you, taking your present car in as a trade for $1,000,000 and charging you the $250,000 difference. The dealer would then resell your original car to wash things out. In this situation you would not have participated in a 1031 exchange; you simply bought a car and traded in your old one. Will this create a taxable event? How? — Thor Thorson, via email John Draneas replies: Thor, great minds must think alike. A friend called with the exact same idea just before the Arizona auctions. Unfortunately, I had to greatly disappoint him — and now you. No one ever really paid much attention to this before, but giving your old car to a car dealer as a trade-in on a different car has always been tax-free solely because it has always been treated as a 1031 exchange. It is just an immediate ex- change, as opposed to a deferred exchange that you execute through an accommodator. Now, 1031 exchanges, whether immediate or deferred, are allowed only for real property. This is really a fundamental difference in the tax law. Say you depreciate your business vehicle (car or truck) down to zero and then trade it to the dealer on a new car. If the dealer gives you a $10,000 trade-in allowance, you now have $10,000 of depreciation recapture. Congress thinks this is okay because the new law allows you to immediately write off the full cost of the new business vehicle. But if the car is a personal car, that doesn’t save you. If the trade-in allowance is greater than your basis in the old car, the excess is taxable. We can expect people to work friendly trade-in deals, where the trade-in value is set lower and the sales price of the new car is discounted to make up for it. But you probably can’t make the numbers work that way in the example we are discussing. Don’t Dis the Devin SS To the Editor: Thor Thorson’s recommendation to sell early American sports Sports Car Market ©2017 courtesy of RM Sotheby’s


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Aerovault ....................................................................109 AIG PC Global Services, Inc ....................................... 69 Arkonik ......................................................................... 57 Aston Martin of New England ...................................167 Auto Kennel ................................................................165 Autodromo .................................................................. 119 Automobilia Monterey ...............................................183 Automotive Restorations Inc......................................187 Autosport Designs Inc ................................................171 Autosport Groups .......................................................133 Avant Garde Collection ..............................................177 Barrett-Jackson .......................................................33, 69 Beverly Hills Car Club ...............................................169 Bonhams / UK ........................................................4–5, 7 Branson Collector Car Auction .................................... 59 BridgePoint Risk Management .................................... 69 Carlisle Events ............................................................135 Carriage House Motor Cars ...................................12–13 Cars, Inc. .................................................................65, 67 Centerline Alfa Parts...................................................185 Central Classic Cars ...................................................126 Champion Motors .......................................................172 Charles Prince Classic Cars........................................ 117 Chequered Flag International .....................................137 Chubb Personal Risk Services ..................................... 23 Classic Investments ...................................................... 97 Classic Showcase.......................................................... 52 Concours d’ Elegance of America ............................... 71 Cooper Technica, Inc. ................................................... 28 Copley Motorcars .......................................................8–9 D. L. George Coachworks ..........................................127 Daniel Schmitt & Company ......................................... 53 Dragone Classic Motorcars Inc. .................................159 Driversource Houston LLC ....................................16–17 Eaton Peabody ............................................................ 116 Elite Auctions ............................................................... 90 European Collectibles.................................................141 Evans Cooling Systems Inc. ......................................... 35 Fantasy Junction .....................................................14–15 Farland Classic Restoration ........................................161 Ferrari Financial Services ...........................................180 Ferrari Market Letter ..................................................192 Fourintune Garage Inc ................................................193 Garage Graphics .........................................................148 Girardo & Co ................................................................ 37 Gooding & Company ................................................... 19 Greensboro Auto Auction ...........................................107 Greystone Mansion Concours d’Elegance.................131 Grundy Insurance ......................................................... 85 Gullwing Group ..........................................................184 Gullwing Motor Cars, Inc. .........................................193 Hamann Classic Cars ..................................................111 Heritage Classics ........................................................105 High Mountain Classics .............................................185 Huntingridge Motors Inc. ...........................................164 Hunziker Design LLC .................................................. 70 HV3DWorks llc ..........................................................143 Hyman, LTD ...............................................................153 Iconic Watch Company ................................................ 43 Intercity Lines ............................................................... 51 JC Taylor .....................................................................163 JJ Best Banc & Co ......................................................191 John R. Olson Inc. ...................................................... 113 Katherine Reed, Realtor .............................................147 Keels and Wheels Concours ......................................... 58 Keeneland Concours d’Elegance ...............................175 Kevin Kay Restorations ............................................... 47 Kidston .......................................................................... 21 Kirk F White ...............................................................182 La Jolla Concours d’ Elegance ...................................169 Leake Auction Company .............................................. 91 Legendary Motorcar Company ..................................181 LicensePlates.tv .......................................................... 114 Lory Lockwood ..........................................................123 Lucky Collector Car Auctions ....................................155 Luxury Brokers International ......................................... 6 Luxury Lease Partners, LLC ......................................103 Lyn Hiner Artist .........................................................167 Macy’s Garage Ltd. ....................................................178 Mattioli Automotive Group .......................................... 31 MBP Motorcars ..........................................................173 McCollister’s Auto Transport ....................................... 55 Mercedes-Benz Classic Center .................................... 41 Mershon’s World Of Cars...........................................183 Metron Garage ............................................................176 Michael’s Motor Cars .................................................157 Miller’s Mercedes Parts, Inc ......................................184 Mohr Imports, Inc. ......................................................128 Morris & Welford, LLC ............................................... 18 Motorcar Classics .......................................................179 Motorcar Gallery ........................................................181 Motorcar Studio ............................................................ 26 New England Auto Auction .......................................149 Northwest European ...................................................134 Paramount Automotive ...............................................145 Park Place LTD .....................................................99, 129 Passport Transport ...................................................... 115 Paul Russell and Company.........................................175 Plycar Automotive Logistics ......................................121 Porsche 356 Registry ..................................................192 Portland Art Museum ................................................... 68 Putnam Leasing ..........................................................204 Quail Lodge Resort & Golf Club ................................. 46 QuickSilver Exhausts Ltd...........................................151 Raleigh Classic Car Auctions ................................. 10–11 Ramshorn Rally ..........................................................139 Reliable Carriers ........................................................... 95 RM Sotheby’s ............................................................... 27 RM Sotheby’s ............................................................... 29 Robert Glover LTD....................................................... 45 Scott Grundfor Company ...........................................142 Sports Car Market Anniversay Tour ..........................201 St Bernard Church ......................................................148 Symbolic International ................................................. 25 The Creative Workshop ................................................ 49 The Elegance At Hershey ...........................................171 The Stable, Ltd. ..........................................................125 The Werk Shop ...........................................................166 Tom Miller Sports Cars ..............................................192 Tony Labella Classic Cars ..........................................134 Turtle Garage ................................................................ 39 TYCTA ......................................................................... 90 Vintage Car Law .........................................................130 Vintage Motors of Sarasota ........................................101 Vintage Rallies ............................................................165 Vintage Underground LLC.........................................170 Watchworks ................................................................192 Welsh Enterprises, Inc. ...............................................177 West Coast Classics, LLC ..........................................173 Wheeler Auctions .......................................................203 White Post Restorations .............................................183 Worldwide Group ....................................................... 2, 3 You Write We Read Ad Index 40 The 1959 Devin Super Sport was a street-legal supercar that more than held its own against the contemporary offerings from Ferrari, Maserati, Aston Martin and Jaguar. cars, including the Devin SS, may be an accurate reflection of the vintage racing demographics (February 2018, “Buy/Sell/ Hold,” p. 106). However, saying the Devin SS was “unsophisticated at best” with “mediocre handling and marginal brakes” is a complete mischaracterization. The 1959 Devin Super Sport was a street-legal supercar that more than held its own against the contemporary offerings from Ferrari, Maserati, Aston Martin and Jaguar. It boasted a front midengine and tubular-steel chassis with 50/50 weight distribution. The suspension was fully independent, with coil-over shocks on all corners. Massive disc brakes, inboard at the rear with dual circuits, stopped the car. Steering was rack-and-pinion. Chevy’s ubiquitous, lightweight small block provided power through a fully synchromesh 4-speed and a limited-slip differential. The package was muscularly beautiful and very effective. The 0–60 mph time was 4.9 seconds. Our car, with John Brophy driving, was timed at 163 mph on the back straight of Riverside. These features resulted in most of the original Devin SS cars ending up as race cars, but they all left the factory as street cars. Ours raced for decades before it was returned to its street configuration, which we did so we could drive and enjoy this remarkable testament to American (and Irish) ingenuity. — Richard Haskell, via email Cover Poll Choices To the Editor: I have participated in many of the recent polls without checking the results, but I did for the March 2018 issue of SCM. The C-type got 52%, yet it wasn’t the cover picture. Checking recent mags shows that you started to publish results in May last year, and the poll-winning photo was used until September. Since then, the third-place photo was used three times, the second-place photo was used once and the winning photo was used twice. Am I missing something, or do you have some form of electoral college that picks the results? An explanation would be appreciated. — Ian Oswald, via email Executive Editor Chester SCMer poll votes are one of several factors that help us choose a cover Allen responds: Ian, thanks for your note — and thanks for participating in the cover poll. Reader votes give us a very valuable perspective on the cover. It’s easy to turn SCM World Headquarters into a safe little bubble. This is also why you see so many SCM staffers at big concours and auctions. We need to hear from all of you. That said, a bunch of factors are considered when we choose a cover. The reader poll is one factor. We also consider how the image works with type and the overall message we want to share. No electoral college here — just a bunch of people who want to deliver a great magazine. ♦ Sports Car Market Mark Staff ©2014, courtesy of Auctions America


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Time Pieces by Alex Hofberg A Daily Driver from the Past Returns (Sort of) It is natural that people look to my wrist to see what sort of watch I’m wearing. In just the same manner they would, if I were a fine art broker, look to the walls of my home and office to learn more about my tastes in Impressionism. People assume that I have a personal collection of time pieces. Although I have set some aside “betting on the come,” I am really a one-watch man. I tend to wear that watch until someone insists on buying it, and then I make another selection from my inventory. Typically, that next watch bears no resemblance to its predecessor. This is much like how I slowly move through vintage cars: a different style and genre each time. This month’s featured watch is an ex- ample of the first watch I selected to be my daily driver when I went pro: a 1970 Bulova Chronograph C. This is a highly colorful, large-format, manual-wind chronograph that wasn’t prestigious or terribly valuable in 1990. It was, however, my “happy” watch, as wearing it made me feel good. I don’t tend to wear expensive watches. I am constantly elbow- deep in projects that any sane person would realize are bad for a watch. I also tend to bounce off of door frames and parking meters while moving through life, which wreaks havoc on nice watches. Further, I am also frugal, and the less-valuable — yet odd or unique — watch tends to calm my innate need to sell the big-ticket items. For quite a few years this Details Production date: 1970 Best place to wear one: On the ski boat with matching upholstery — that I no longer own Ratings ( Rarity: Durability: Parts/service availability: Cool factor: Web: www.bulova.com Neat Stuff by Jim Pickering is best): Bulova was my watch of choice, as it fell into what I considered the C-grade collectible range (hence the name?). Bulova, to use an automotive analogy, is like a Chevrolet. It is also somewhat carnival-like in its size and coloring. The basic motif brought to mind bright sunny days spent at the beach or boating, as the indices and hands are vaguely reminiscent of a compass rose on a yacht. The original advertising for the Chronograph C, touting the watch in 1970, used the slogan: “One look tells you the time it took, the time it is, and the time you’re doing.” In plain terms, it features a stopwatch, tells the time, and has a tachymeter scale to translate elapsed time into speed. Upon researching the Chronograph C for this article, I was surprised to learn that Bulova just re-introduced this watch as part of their “Archive Series.” Unlike the original, which had a diam- eter of 43 mm, the new model is 46 mm. In addition, rather than a manual-wind, mechanical Valjoux caliber 7736 movement with 12-hour recording capability, the new model employs, according to their literature, “a proprietary highperformance quartz technology with 262 kHz vibrational frequency for precise accuracy” with a 1/10-second and 60-minute recording feature. In layman’s terms: It is battery powered. The original version came with a metal mesh-style bracelet (that the pictured watch is missing), as does the new version. It seems the “Milanese”-style mesh that Omega, Tissot and Breitling have all revived on some of their historic re-creations is popular again, and I suspect this is one of the reasons Bulova thought to bring the Chronograph C back. I also learned that the watch-collecting community nicknames this model “Stars and Stripes,” for its red, white and blue nature, and I am again sure that recent resurgences of nationalism and patriotism were also factors in that decision. The prices on clean, vintage examples of the Chronograph C have risen recently. What was once an $800 watch — or less — is now likely to be in excess of $2,500. One example that recently sold online without the original metal mesh bracelet brought just under $1,500. If the new quartz version is more to your taste or budget, they can be found for $500. Portraits of the Racers Are you a A Full Plate Getting your restoration right takes a lot of time and dedication, so when it comes time to show your car, you want to have it look its absolute best — and that requires more than just a clean-and-polish job. You need to have the right plates, too. Licenseplates.tv creates personalized (but not road-legal) license plates from any country, state or province using your own number or message. It’s just the thing for the back of your Iso, Ferrari, Sabra or GAZ. Prices vary from $40 to $150. 42 Porsche lover and Le Mans Prototype racing fan? Then you might have heard that Porsche Christophorus Magazine created six different covers for their September 2017 issue, each featuring a different portrait of the six Porsche 919 LMP1 drivers in the FIA World Endurance Championship. The shots were taken by famous photographer Martin Schoeller at the Nürburgring in July 2016. Now a six-copy box set is available for $90, containing one magazine with each cover. Check it out at accpublishinggroup.com. ♦ Sports Car Market


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In Miniature by Marshall Buck 1961 Jaguar E-Type 3.8 Series I Convertible There is no denying that an early E-type convertible pretty much ticks all the boxes for any European sports car collector with a pulse. This Series I roadster model from AUTOart is a relatively new 1:18- scale release. The color choices are red, silver, cream, black and British Racing Green, as on the review model. The news is mostly good. The difficult-to-model body shape is captured very well, along with many fine details. However, the wheels and tires are not correct. This model looks best in a dark color, as that hides some of the wheel and tire problems. The outside diameter of the tires is too small, and the sidewalls are not tall enough. The beautifully made individually spoked wire wheels simply do not match any E-type wheel. The knockoff spinners are dull, as they should be chrome plated. Paint finish is excellent, as is all of the chrome plating. All panels open, including the gas door. The front wheels turn left to right, and the suspension is functional all around. The model can be displayed topdown or -up — both parts fit perfectly, as does every part on this model. You’ll want to play with this one. The engine detail is great, with all components present, along with numerous different surface finishes. The interior Model Details Production date: 2016 through late 2017 Quantity: An estimated 3,000 of each color SCM rating: ( is best) Overall quality: Authenticity: Overall value: ½ Web: www.autoartmodels.com detail is complete. Speaking Volumes by Mark Wigginton Voisin: La difference by Philippe Ladure, Philipp Moch, Pierre Vanier and Reg Winstone, 320 pages, EPA Editions, $125 (Amazon) The rain was coming down, the fire was roaring nicely and whiskey was close to hand as I turned page after page of this month’s book. An hour went by, then another. Other than stoking the fire and adding a splash to my glass, my attention was complete. Finally, Mrs. Speaking Volumes broke through my concentration. “I’ve never seen you this sorbed in a car book.” All I could do was look and grin. The cars that Gabriel Voisin created in Fran during the Art Deco period are as different a challenging as Voisin himself. He was an archite by training, but upon first seeing aircraft at th 1900 Paris Exposition Universelle, he focuse on early airplanes with his brother Charles. Thi ultimately led to creation of the first commercial aircraft company, Appareils d’Aviation Les Fréres Voisin. They went on to create Voisin bombers for the French during World War I, producing more than 10,000 airplanes. Disillusioned by the use of his aircraft in war, Voisin turned to automobiles, and his new company, Avions Voisin, produced some of the most electrifying, singular cars in France. Published in 2014, in collaboration with the Mullin Automotive Museum, Voisin: La difference does elegant justice to the man and the cars, in both the bilingual text and the singular images — both historic and new. Written by leading Voisin experts, the front half of the book is the history of Voisin, an eclectic genius who created airplanes and automobiles — along with modular housing, inflatable hangars and ABS braking. 44 The second half is focused on the finest examples from Avions Voisin, with lush images and details, accompanied by comments from designers and collectors. The only modern analog to Gabriel Voisin that comes to mind is Elon Musk (although Voisin lacked the starting capital). Constantly challenging the status quo, both men happily stride/strode down the idiosyncratic path. Voisin to churn out ideas across disciplines until his death at 93. For those of us who love cars, the designs that came from Voisin and his team are unique, challenging and different. They are strong individual statements that can provoke heated discussions. Provenance: The first half of the book stands as a biography of Voisin and his brother, and it ontains a host of historic photos and drawngs. t and finish: Coming in a handsome box, the book itself is hing of beauty, starting with the covers done he Voisin upholstery design. No lightweight, book weighs nearly seven pounds, and it ines lovely touches, such as page numbers in Roman numerals in the Voisin-styled font. Drivability: Before diving into this book, I had scant knowledge of Voisin or his cars. But it has been a long while since I got this absorbed by the history of a man and his creations. I fell so hard for the cars that came from his vision. ♦ Sports Car Market You’ll find the correct trim bits, carpeted floors, simulated metal inserts on the console and dash, all switchgear, legible gauges — and even a delicate white shift pattern on the gear knob. The seats are covered in leather, and although I’m not a fan of this, AUTOart pulled it off, and the result is surprisingly good. This model is great value, with a low MSRP of $260. ♦


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Affordable Classic The Modern Fiat 500 Care to Place a Bet on the Fiat 500? U.S. sales of the revamped, fun Fiat 500 haven’t hit the stratosphere, but that may help this Affordable Classic by Jeff Zurschmeide comparison, MINI moved 32,232 Coopers last year. There’s no sign of an impending turnaround, either. Fiat-Chrysler added a bunch of content and cut the base price by $2,000 for the 2017 model year, and sales still fell. Even in the stratospheric market for new cars over the past five years, people just haven’t been buying the Fiat 500. Too many choices? From the beginning, Fiat has offered the 500 in as many trims, versions and special editions as they could manage. Let’s break it down in a simple buyer’s guide to the major differences. The basic Fiat 500 comes with a 1.4-liter normally aspirated engine good for 101 horsepower and 98 footpounds of torque. Buyers can choose between a 5-speed manual transmission or a 6-speed automatic to drive the front wheels. The little cars come with four-wheel disc brakes. Trim levels have gone by different names over the years, but there’s always a base trim, a deluxe and a sport model. Starting in mid-2011, you could get the 500 with a semi-convertible retracting cloth roof, badged as the 500c. There have also been several special editions, including a launch series, a pink-ribbon trim to support breast-cancer research, a “Stinger” performance model, a 1957 Cinquecento commemorative package, and even (God help us) a special edition made for GQ, with the magazine’s logo embossed onto the seatbacks. The Abarth hot rod A year after the initial introduction, Fiat brought out 2013 Fiat 500c Abarth convertible F 48 iat just can’t seem to catch a break in America. The company made headlines back in 2010 heralding a splashy return to our market with the diminutive 500 hatchback. Coming about 10 years (plus or minus) after the successful return of the VW New Beetle and the reimagined MINI Cooper, the new 500 was designed to hit the same notes: modernized retro styling that evoked the original with all mod cons included. The automotive press went wild, showering Details Years produced: 2011–17 Price when new: $15,500–$22,700 Number produced: 186,743 (all models) Current SCM price range: $9,000 to $11,000 Pros: Fun, peppy, very affordable, available ragtop Cons: Lackluster performance, strange seating position, little upside potential Best place to drive one: In the city, where easy parking and zippy performance will shine Worst place to drive one: A long road trip A typical owner is: Unable to pronounce “tachometer” correctly the first U.S.-spec production models with awards. Reviewers from Consumer’s Digest, Travel & Leisure, ESPN, SEMA, Men’s Journal, GQ and Kelley Blue Book all gave the new Italian immigrant top marks. To date, the little 500 continues to be a media favorite. As the years have gone by, the 500 has received good marks for total quality and value. J.D. Power called the Fiat 500 the most dependable car in its segment in 2016. But you won’t see all that reflected in the sales figures. 2012 was the first full year of availability and also the 500’s biggest sales year, with 43,772 cars sold. The next year, that number was 35,834. Sales have been stepping down substantially every year, with just 12,685 Fiat 500s sold in 2017. By the Abarth performance version of the 500. This model features a turbocharged version of the 1.4-liter engine rated at 160 horsepower and 170 pound-feet of torque with an upgraded 5-speed manual gearbox. Or you get 157 horsepower and 183 pound-feet with the 6-speed paddle-shifted automatic. You can get the Abarth with a fixed roof or the ragtop. The Abarth also offers a performance exhaust, highflow air intake, upgraded brakes and a lowered sport 2016 Fiat 500c Sports Car Market


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suspension, as well as a nice, race-inspired interior treatment. With all that, you’re looking at a 0–60 mph time right around seven seconds, compared to 9.8 seconds for the base model. In between the 500 and the Abarth, there was a 500 turbo model available from 2013 to 2016. The turbo split the difference between the base 500 and the Abarth with 135 horsepower and 150 foot-pounds of torque. The turbo went away for 2017, but it’s back in 2018, powering the entire non-Abarth 500 and 500c lineup. There has also been an all-electric 500e since the 2013 model year, and it’s one of the better EVs on the market. Will the 500 improve with age? With any potential collectible, you have to ask if time is going to be a friend to this car. Consulting the SCM “Affordable Classic” Magic Eight Ball isn’t going to be much help on this question. According to Fiat-Chrysler’s sales re- ports, 186,743 Fiat 500s of all kinds have been sold in the United States since 2011. Fiat-Chrysler doesn’t break that down by model, but with the Abarth starting at about $20,990, just $5,000 above the base model, let’s assume that the performance cars have a pretty healthy take rate. Resale prices haven’t been generous. Dealers are getting about half the original sale price for three-year-old Abarths, and you can strike an even better deal on Craigslist. That’s actually good news for an Affordable Classic, because you can get a low-miles, well-kept, three-year-old Abarth for less than $10,000 without too much work. That’s a 2012 Fiat 500 Abarth good deal for a car that’s fun to drive around town and doesn’t take up much space. Fiat is still making Abarths and 500s, and shows no indication of retreating from the U.S. market. With a rumored redesign coming in 2019, interest in the brand could be rekindled and a collector market could develop for the older models. Are you ready to place your bet? ♦ April 2018 49


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Legal Files John Draneas and Michael R. Lowitt More Valet Parking Miscues A hotel valet service doesn’t always take great care of your precious car marijuana in her purse. According to the police report, Miles kept chang- ing his story. His last version was that he had just met Rimmer and they went back to the Vinoy to get her car. She noticed the Ferrari. Wanting to impress her, he said it was his car. He just wanted to take her for a ride and intended to bring the Ferrari back after a few hours. Rimmer generally supported that story. They went to the Vinoy to get her car when Miles asked the valet for the keys to the Ferrari. She acknowledged thinking it odd that Miles didn’t seem to know how to drive the car, but he did manage to get it going. Asked why she went along, she replied, “I’m in a Ferrari. This is nice!” Busted Miles and Rimmer were promptly arrested. The arresting officer asked another officer to go over to the Vinoy and see if they were missing a Ferrari. Rimmer was charged with possession of marijuana. Ferrari image by DarraghMacchina.com; illustration by Dave Tomaro J Miles was charged with grand theft, possession of cocaine and habitually driving with a suspended license. His defense? The valet gave him the keys, so technically he didn’t steal the car. ames Fowler, an Orlando, FL, attorney, drove his yellow 2014 Ferrari Italia Spider to a lawyers’ meeting at the Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club — a Marriott property in Florida. He parked the Ferrari and left the keys with the valet, an employee of the parking lot operator, Seven One Seven Parking Enterprises Inc., who agreed to keep the Ferrari parked in front of the hotel. Fowler then checked into the hotel and attended the meeting. As you might have guessed already, the Ferrari got stolen. According to the story first broken by Jamal Thalji of the Tampa Bay Times, and the complaint filed by Fowler in the ensuing litigation, here’s how it all came down. The cast Chloe Rimmer, 24, and Levi Miles, 28, met for the first time at the Vinoy. They checked into the hotel, taking a room that had been reserved under the name Janelle Maxwell. Rimmer gave the desk clerk her credit card, which was declined. After a second credit card was also declined, Rimmer paid cash for the room. Neither Rimmer nor Miles was asked to provide any identification to the hotel. Sure, take it Around midnight, Miles and Rimmer walked up to the valet stand and asked for the keys to the Ferrari. When the valet asked for the claim ticket, Miles said that he had left it in the Ferrari, and agreed to bring it back. It was pretty busy, and Miles was impatient and demanding, so the valet gave Miles the keys. Miles and Rimmer got into the Ferrari and sat in it for some time. Soon, the valet “figured he was not getting a tip,” and stopped paying attention. Shortly after, Miles and Rimmer drove off in the Ferrari. They didn’t make it very far. At about 12:30 a.m., an alert police officer saw the Ferrari, thought that Miles wasn’t driving it very well and noticed that the taillights were out. The officer pulled them over. Miles claimed to be a Marine driving his father’s car. Asked about the malfunctioning taillights, Miles exclaimed, “I thought I just got those fixed!” The police found two grams of cocaine on top of the center console, which Miles insisted he knew nothing about. Rimmer also had 50 The lawsuit Fowler filed suit against Marriott and the parking operator, claim- ing ordinary and gross negligence. Aside from the obvious negligence in giving the keys to Miles without the claim check, Fowler alleges that, given numerous similar incidents at the Vinoy that Marriott and 717 should have been aware of, they should have been more security conscious. Fowler also asserts that Marriott was grossly negligent in renting the room to Rimmer and accepting her cash payment without any identification. Fowler claims several types of damages: • The cost of his inspections and repair bills • Loss of use of the Ferrari for eight days • Lost revenue because he had to screw around with this during normal working hours • Diminished value, since the Ferrari is now a car “with a story” Déjà vu This case is nearly identical to the case in “Dude, Where’s My Car?” (January 2017, “Legal Files,” p. 50). Both cases involve a guest entrusting an exotic car to a hotel valet. The valets then gave the car keys to people other than the owners. In both cases, the valet was a contractor independent of the hotel. The major difference between the cases is the fact that Mr. Fowler’s Ferrari was returned to him, apparently without damage, while the Porsche Panamera in the January 2017 story disappeared into the ether. When Fowler left his car with the hotel valet, a bailment was cre- ated. Part of that arrangement was the implicit agreement that he would get the car back in the same condition as he left it. The fact that a third party intervened does not relieve the valet of its duty of care owed to Fowler. Damages unclear The nature and amount of damages claimed is where these two legal files differ. The Porsche Panamera was never recovered, so the liability is for the full value of the car. In that case, the parties simply disagreed about the value. Sports Car Market


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In this case, the police quickly recovered the Ferrari — without significant physical damage. The general rule of bailments states that when property is dam- aged in the bailee’s control, damages are measured by the difference between the fair market value of the property before and after the damage. If the damage can be repaired, damages are generally the cost of the repair. Following this rule, Fowler should be entitled to receive costs as- sociated with inspecting the car and repairing any damage directly caused by the thief. Damages may also include the value of the lost use of the car. That can be a tricky amount to establish. While Fowler alleges that he did not have the car for eight days, it is difficult to place a value on that. If he drove the Ferrari as his daily driver, he could be expected to claim the cost of renting another one, except that it’s really hard to rent a Ferrari 458. If he drove the Ferrari infrequently, then the lost use may not add up to much. However, he should be able to recover any expenses to get back home and so on. The diminished-value claim is a tough one to analyze. “Legal Files” has written many times that a car’s value can be diminished even after being “perfectly” repaired, as buyers will always wonder about the “perfection” and they can always find another example that has not suffered any damage. However, we are unaware of any case where diminished-value damages were recovered without some attendant physical damage. Fowler will have to prove that his car has suffered an actual diminu- tion of value due to the theft and now having “a story.” The hotel and valet company will likely counter that the car was missing for only a short time, without significant damage, and having been driven by an idiot for a short time is not a story that diminishes value. Fowler’s final claim is for lost earnings while pursuing the matter. It seems unlikely that he will prevail on this claim. While it might seem reasonable that he should recover this, we just don’t think the law has evolved to that point. Are you sure you want to valet park? The takeaway from these two cases may be that when you expect to have to use a valet parking service, leave your exotic car at home. It may just be too risky. You have to recognize that appearances can be deceiving. The hotel name may be just a brand, with the property actually owned by another entity and perhaps even operated by a third. Most hotels, restaurants and other business establishments contract out their parking services to third-party operators, admittedly for liability purposes. So the company name on the building may not be the one who is in control of your car, and the hotel company may have no responsibility for your loss. If the operator is inadequately funded or insured, you and your insurance company may be left holding the bag. You should also consider that leaving your keys with the valet is risky, no matter how much you discuss security or how earnest the valet may appear to be. They can be very busy and unable to keep their eyes on everything. They take bathroom breaks, and their shifts change. The valet you met when you dropped off the car may be nowhere around when the theft occurs. Are you better off parking the car yourself? That’s hard to say. Parking it yourself means you lock the car and keep your keys, so your security is largely based upon the security systems of your car. However, parking lots are always high-traffic areas, and they are not always closely monitored. Valet parking seems safer, in the sense that some human being has eyes on your car — or it’s parked in a more secure location. However, these cases point out that there is a pretty good potential for human error. Maybe it’s best to just drive something more expendable. ♦ JOHN DRANEAS is an attorney in Oregon. MICHAEL R. LOWITT is an attorney who practices in New York and Connecticut. Their comments are general in nature and are not intended to substitute for consultation with an attorney. Draneas can be found at www. draneaslaw.com. April 2018 51


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Unconventional Wisdom Donald Osborne A Fresh Look at a Special Alfa’s Resurrection It is a safe assumption that the restoration costs exceeded the difference between the 2016 purchase price and the 2018 sale Hidden damage and neglect What appeared as small dents and dings in the fenders were revealed to be evidence of old light damage inexpertly repaired. Filler made up contours, and in some places the aluminum skin was worn through into small holes. The central spine down the roof into the rear window-split panel and onto the trunk lid showed evidence of clumsy repair following the impact of an object of no great weight having struck the top of the car during storage. The fender shapes were approximately what had first been formed, and it was fitted with mismatched, incorrect headlight bezels. The best-preserved part of the Boano was its interior, 1955 Alfa Romeo 1900C SS Boano coupe, sold for for $1,270,000 in Phoenix O ne of the pleasures of writing a monthly opinion column is that a topic can come from anywhere in the deep recesses of my fevered brain. Some are thoughts that have been slowly bubbling there for years, while others arise from an event that happens days before I sit down to write. Friends are sometimes the source for topics — mostly inadvertently — when we’re involved in a conversation that takes an unexpected turn. This column, however, came from a request from Publisher Martin that I take a look at the sale of the 1955 Alfa Romeo 1900C SS Boano coupe at RM Sotheby’s auction in Phoenix, AZ, this January. I had written a profile of this car two years ago in the April 2016 issue of SCM (Etceterini Profile, p. 70). Publisher Martin wondered if I might offer my most current thoughts on the car, as I knew “the story of the car from when it was found through when it was restored, shown, initially sold, and this most recent sale.” His key question: “Should it have been left alone?” Rescuing a car from oblivion In full disclosure, I must state here that I knew the consignor — and I also knew the underbidder at the January 2016 Gooding & Company Scottsdale, AZ, sale where it was purchased. I talked about the car with two other clients before and during that auction. Further, I worked with the consignor as a consultant on its restoration. However, none of my words or actions had a material effect on my answer to Keith’s very good question. As he stated, I have known this car for over five years and have loved it from the first moment I saw it. I also knew that it was a car yearning for rescue from near oblivion. I wrote in 2016 that I was pleasantly surprised that the Alfa had managed to survive so well over the decades — despite less-than-sensitive ownership and storage. The red paint it wore for most of its life had been rather casually applied. Some bright trim was lost, while other pieces were moved. As is almost always the case with Italian cars from the 1940s through the 1950s, the taillights had been replaced with stock Fiat units to meet the rules of the Nuovo Codice della Strada that dictated amber turn signals. Only in Italy, where an overabundance of talented metalworkers stood at the ready, could the decision be made to modify bodywork to accept a stock taillight rather than modify the taillight to fit the existing fender. Once the Alfa was in the restoration shop and was dismantled, the true extent of the aging and wear it had experienced could be understood. which was in remarkably fine condition. As I wrote in the April 2016 profile, if it had been my car, I would have treated and kept the original interior — but it also would have been a choice that would have denied the car its destiny at the 2017 Pebble Beach Concours. That destiny saw the Alfa return for the second time to Pebble Beach, where it had first been seen in the PostWar Preservation Class in 2015. This time in Post-War Custom Coachwork Closed, it took top honors in a very competitive field — justifiably so, as the restoration at Fast Cars in Redondo Beach, CA, was stunning. It was a blessing that the red paint had been applied so quickly — traces of the original yellow and black were found underneath on the doors and greatly aided the restoration of the color scheme as seen at the Turin Motor Show and in contemporary Italian magazines. Was the restoration the right thing to do? On many occasions I’m asked whether a car is best preserved or best restored. One of those occasions was even in the pages of this magazine. I’m not, as some of my Italian friends express it, a “Taliban” when it comes to establishing rules on an exact tipping point. However, in this case, I had no doubt back when I first saw the car that it merited restoration. That conviction grew each time I saw the car, especially when it was on display in the Preservation Class at the 2015 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. As I worked with the owner and the team on the restoration, with each step I was more convinced it was the right path. The seller emerges damp — but happy Now we come to what I see as the reason Keith asked me to opine. Was it the economically correct decision to have made? The simple arithmetic suggests it was not. The Alfa sold in January 2016 for $990,000. This year, it sold for $1,270,000, with buyer’s premium, on a hammer of $1,150,000. It is a safe assumption that the restoration costs ex- ceeded the difference between the 2016 purchase price and the 2018 sale. Nevertheless, restoring the car was the right decision The car in red as it appeared in 2016, and refurbished in its original colors this year Mathieu Heurtault, courtesy of Gooding & Co. 54 to make, and I know the seller has no regrets. He has contributed to history by bringing this artifact back to its proper form, and in the process, enjoyed a fantastic ride across the ramp at Pebble Beach. That’s what real collecting is all about. ♦ Sports Car Market Robin Adams ©2017, courtesy of RM Sotheby’s


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Drivers Ed Paul Hageman A Modest Start I do believe we’re returning to a time when a car enthusiast was just a car enthusiast, and it didn’t matter if he or she pulled up in a Jensen or a Bugatti It’ll never get me into a serious car event, but it’s also the last car I’d ever sell. Without a doubt, it makes me happier than anything else I’ve ever owned or, frankly, ever driven. T his past January at the SCM Insider’s Seminar in Scottsdale, an interesting topic came up — mainly to do with getting into the collector network and onto particular events. Sometimes I overlook that our hobby, just like any other “club,” has the usual barriers to entry. We’re not the country club (thankfully), but we’re still a pretty elite crowd. And while I’ve previously written about the market’s focus on event eligibility, I do believe there’s more to collecting than just an entry ticket. Buying cars shouldn’t just be about a particular club or event — but for varied experiences and pleasures. A Land Rover for a lifetime I’ll happily admit I have a Land Rover problem (according to my father, owning one or more constitutes a problem). One in particular I’ve had since I was 14. It’ll never get me into a serious car event, but it’s also the last car I’d ever sell. Without a doubt, it makes me happier than anything else I’ve ever owned or, frankly, ever driven. Interestingly, we will often gravitate back to those very first cars we had (I’m sure there’s a psych lesson here I’m not qualified to explore). But Land Rover or otherwise, we all started somewhere. For some of us it was a VW before the Porsche, or an MG before the Healey or Jag. Regardless, the more cars you’ve had the opportunity to own or drive, the more likely you are to know what you want and why. All too often we find ourselves hotly debating the latest multi- million-dollar world auction record, but for the vast majority of car enthusiasts, it’s largely irrelevant. An ideal collection can cost you hundreds of thousands or hundreds of millions, but who is to say which offers more enjoyment? With year after year of significant pricing gains, the vast majority of us have likely uttered, or at least thought to ourselves, “I should have bought one of those when I had the chance.” There are definitely times I feel like I’m late to the party myself. For the younger, first-time buyer, it’s important to remember that while budget can be a constraint, it is not a disqualifier. Cheap fun has always had a leg up on plain old fun. For perspective, I started collecting with a few thousand dollars and a willingness to learn. Yes, things are quite a bit different today, but — surprise! — there are still fun cars that can be bought on a tight budget. Furthermore, there is no rule that says collecting doesn’t include selling. I had to learn early on that there wasn’t a next car until the current one went on down the road. Sometimes, rather reluctantly, I sold almost everything I had — usually having gained a little profit and a lot of knowledge. Enjoy the journey I think my generation struggles with the desire to start at the top, but I don’t think we’re alone in this sentiment. This desire for instant gratification has become pretty common regardless of age or financial standing. It’s important to remember, however, that building something takes time, whether it’s a car collection, a great group of car buds, or a résumé of prominent car events. Fortunately, I do believe we’re returning to a time when a car enthu- The Land Rover that helped spark a lifelong love 56 siast was just a car enthusiast, and it didn’t matter if he or she pulled up in a Jensen or a Bugatti. Thanks to Instagram, “Cars & Coffee” gatherings and the next generation of enthusiasts, there have never been better ways for us to share this hobby. And for the well seasoned, it’s our duty to welcome the newcomers. Thinking you’ve missed out is just a matter of perspective. The hobby is still really quite young, and I think the party’s just getting started. ♦ Sports Car Market


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Feature Scenes from Arizona Auction Week With more than 1,700 lots, thousands of visitors and a $114 million total, Barrett-Jackson is the biggest player in Arizona, and accounted for nearly half of Arizona Auction Week’s $252 million total 60 Sports Car Market Jim Pickering Chad Taylor Chad Taylor


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An onlooker stretches for a better shot as the 1963 Iso Grifo A3/L prototype crosses the block at Gooding & Company A 1962 BMW 700 Sport putters toward its display at Bonhams April 2018 Not ghosts, just a time-lapse of visitors around a 1954 Ferrari 500 Mondial Series I roadster, which sold for $4,455,000 at Gooding & Company 61 Jim Pickering


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Feature Scenes from Arizona Auction Week A parade of classic children’s cars powers down the red carpet at RM Sotheby’s A 1967 Ferrari 330 GTS by Pininfarina gets a closer look at RM Sotheby’s 62 Sports Car Market Chad Taylor Chad Taylor Jim Pickering


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A 1962 Morris Mini, configured as a vintage racer in VARA spec, awaits a new garage at Silver Auctions Arizona Souped-up M-B power: a 190E with Evo II Carlsson look at Russo and Steele Pure American power on display at Barrett-Jackson April 2018 Prancing Horses draw a steady crowd at Bonhams 63 Jim Pickering Chad Tyson B. Mitchell Carlson


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Feature Arizona Impressions The Passion and the Show The sheer size of Arizona Auction Week boggles the European mind, but it’s a very fun circus by Axel E. Catton Yes, in case you bidders and read- ers are not aware, there are people who have no intention — or the means — to buy a car here, but they pay. These car lovers pay for their travel to this show, for entry (up to $95 on a Barrett-Jackson weekend, and no, that is not bidder registration, that is simply the entry fee to watch other people spend their money). And they pay for $10 burgers and $3 Cokes. Just to be near it all. Americans really, really love their cars. Celebrating high prices What baffles me, though, and many of my fellow European classic-car buffs, is that when dealing with a transaction — something that is obviously a connection of product, seller AND buyer — every auction house seems to focus entirely and exclusively on the sellers. Record prices are anticipated — and At Russo and Steele, bidders can go right up and touch their potential purchases H aving spent the past six years living back in Europe, the 2018 Arizona Auction Week season was my first time back since the stormy 2010 Russo and Steele tent incident. Eight years made quite a difference. My German publisher commissioned me to write up the auctions — and everything in them — for German readers. This opened my eyes to so many things. First there is the sheer size of this week of cars — every number a superlative. More than 2,600 cars sold for a total of close to a quarter of a billion dollars. This takes the average price close to $100,000. Average. But what does that even mean? Then there were the highlight cars from the various auctions, such as the 1965 Ferrari 275 GTB Speciale for $8,085,000 at Gooding, the 1958 Porsche 550A Spyder for $5,170,000 at Bonhams — and the 2017 Ford GT sold for charity at $2.5 million at Barrett-Jackson. But for me, the hugely expensive cars are not what the auctions are about — no matter what SCM says! Passionate car people The thing I take away from a week of watching people outbid each other for indi- vidual cars is that this is still a thing of passion. No matter how many seminars talk about “investing,” or “buy, hold, sell,” this is something we do because we love it. This also explains why so many and such different people are attracted to it. While RM Sotheby’s, Gooding and Bonhams might make the headlines with their individual supercars, it is the auctions at Barrett-Jackson and Russo and Steele that define the hobby for me more than anything else. And those two auctions are circuses. At any given day of Arizona Auction Week, Barrett-Jackson sells hundreds of cars in front of thousands of bidders — while playing host to more than 40,000 paying visitors every day. 64 sometimes promised. Where else in the world other than classic-car auctions is paying more —or even the most — for a product the clever thing to do? Can you imagine checking in to the Arizona Biltmore hotel, being told your suite is $2,000 a night and when you sign, the whole lobby erupts into applause and the front desk announces loudly that nobody has ever paid more to stay at the Biltmore than you? Crazy, but that’s real life at the auctions. Russo and Steele is the place to be For me, most of the fun is at Russo and Steele. This auction sums up what is right with this hobby. Russo and Steele gets people near the cars. You can touch them, see them — and not only be on the stage but “be the stage.” Once you pass the registration desk, the path guides you directly into the auction room. You can’t avoid running into the cars on the block, mingling with buyers and sellers — and brushing shoulders with Russo and Steele CEO Drew Alcazar. A Russo and Steele auction is like watching a caba- ret production — everything is over the top. “The reserrrrrrrve is ooooooffff!!!!” The whole affair is fun. It has no air of supremacy about it, of the life of the “other half.” It is engaging and fun. There are bargains to be had — and laughs. People sit around the arena with food and drink. Some of them are bidding. Many others watch with their minds boggled. At the end you have been part of it. You haven’t just watched it — you lived it. And perhaps next year, you’ll register to bid. ♦ Sports Car Market Jim Pickering


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Feature SCM’s Fifth Annual Scottsdale Insider’s Seminar Buy the Best and Drive Them A diverse lineup of SCM car experts finds common ground on building a meaningful car collection by Philip Richter Audience members respond to SCM’s expert panel of Stephen Serio (from left), Paul Hageman, Keith Martin, Donald Osborne, Carl Bomstead and Philip Richter S ports Car Market’s Insider’s Seminars are a live and interactive extension of the magazine’s cover statement: “The Insider’s Guide to Collecting, Investing, Values, and Trends.” Publisher Martin started the Insider Seminars over a decade ago as an open forum for thoughtful, educated and interactive dialogue. Over the past decade, the SCM Insider’s Seminar series has evolved and expanded from Monterey Car Week to many other collector car events. This year marked the fifth annual SCM Scottsdale Insider’s Seminar. Once again, the event was in Gooding & Company’s auction tent. I was honored to be part of the panel at Scottsdale that included respected indus- try experts Stephen Serio, Carl Bomstead and Paul Hageman. Donald Osborne and Publisher Martin served the dual function of emcee and moderators. Gooding & Company, Intercity Lines, Putnam Leasing and WeatherTech generously sponsored the event. Diverse outlooks and a selective market This year’s Scottsdale seminar benefited greatly from the diversity of the panelists. Carl Bomstead is the longest-tenured writer at Sports Car Market, and Stephen Serio is a seasoned collector with vast domain expertise. This experienced industry wisdom was contrasted by the opinions and ideas of a younger generation represented by Paul Hageman and myself. The thoughtful questions posed to the panelists engendered meaningful discussions on collecting, valuations and industry trends. Chosen topics were qualitative in nature, with no correct or binary answers. Panelists described the current market as peculiar, competitive and selective. We agreed that quality counts and that only the best examples of a given vehicle can protect you from downside risk when market euphoria turns to pessimism. There was consensus that doing proper homework and properly vetting a subject car is especially important in today’s buoyant market. Each of us shared a story of a car we wished we had never bought. Most of these stories centered on an impulse buy based on sentimental passion. The externalities of an impulse buy can have negative financial consequences, and unwinding a bad purchase can take up a lot of your time. We were all aligned in the belief that the best outcomes occur when you follow your gut but are also methodical and patient. Defining the right-sized collection is highly subjective and depends on multiple factors including taste, net worth and storage space. Maintaining, insuring, registering and storing cars can become a burden even for the well-heeled collector. There was broad consensus that collector cars should be driven and enjoyed and that too many cars can lead to lack of use. The verdict was unanimous that if a car sits unused 66 for more than a year, it probably should be sold. At the end of the day, the right-sized collection is a personal lifestyle choice that is often not solely financial. Picking a three-car collection Finally, panelists were asked to pick from offerings at Scottsdale as part of a hypothetical three-car-limit garage. The categories ranged from “Crazy Expensive” to “Affordable Classic” to “Mortgage Your Soul.” The audience ultimately voted for the panelist with the “best” picks. Stephen Serio had historically been the reining Sage of Scottsdale champion several years running. In a surprising upset, Paul Hageman won with his thoughtful choices of a 1956 Jaguar D-type, a 1924 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost and a 1958 Ferrari 250 GT Series I cabriolet. What are some of the things that we learned at Scottsdale? Follow your passion, but do so with your eyes wide open. Do your homework — and do it upfront. Build a collection that is meaningful to you, and buy the best examples you can afford. Impulse buys often come with lasting consequences. Enjoy your collection through usage. If you build a dream garage, think about the future and make it bigger than your current needs demand. Demographics are changing, and modern classics are taking center stage as viable and popular collectibles. Buy what you love but put a priority on condition, provenance and rarity. What makes SCM Insider Seminars so special is the welcoming and interactive fireside-chat format. This friendly, inclusive structure embodies all the things we love about the collector car hobby — conversation, kinship, camaraderie and connection with others. In January at Scottsdale, we were blessed by a beautiful crisp Arizona morning. Everyone at the Gooding pavilion shared a rare opportunity to see old friends, meet new people and learn from one another. ♦ Sports Car Market Jim Pickering


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Sports Car Market Keith Martin’s The Insider’s Guide to Collecting, Investing, Values, and Trends ™ 1965 Ferrari 275 GTB Speciale; ©Mathieu Heurtault, courtesy of Gooding & Company PROFILES IN THIS ISSUE Significant Sales That Provide a Snapshot of the Market 72 Sports Car Market


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FERRARI: 1965 Ferrari 275 GTB Speciale, p. 74 ENGLISH: 1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Pillarless Saloon, p. 76 ETCETERINI: 1963 Iso Grifo A3/L Prototype, p. 78 GERMAN: 1973 Porsche 911T 2.4 Targa, p. 80 AMERICAN: 1964 Bill Thomas Cheetah, p. 82 RACE: 1958 Porsche 550A Spyder, p. 86 NEXT GEN: 2008 Tesla Roadster, p. 88 April 2018 73


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Ferrari Profile 1965 Ferrari 275 GTB Speciale Add the Pininfarina connection to this one-off car, and you have a self-portrait of a genius by Steve Ahlgrim Details Years produced: 1964–66 Number produced: 440 Original list price: $11,500 Current SCM Median Valuation: $2,218,500. Add $75k for six carbs Tune-up cost: $3,500 Chassis # location: Right front chassis rail by top of shock mount; plate on right inner fender Engine # location: Right side rear near starter motor Club: Ferrari Club of America Web: www.FerrariClubofAmerica.org Alternatives: 1966 Lamborghini Miura P400, 1959 BMW 507 Roadster, 1956 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing, 1967 Maserati Ghibli coupe SCM Investment Grade: A Comps Chassis number: 06437 Engine number: 06437 A t just 12 years old, Battista Farina began working for his brother Giovanni, who had established Carrozzeria Stabilimenti Industriali Farina, a firm that specialized in building elegant custom coachwork for luxury automobiles. After 25 years of learning the craft, Battista Farina formed his own company, Carrozzeria Pinin Farina, quickly to become one of the leading custom coachbuilders in Europe. Pinin Farina’s creations are characterized by elegance, simplicity, quality and innovation. In 1952, Pinin Farina began collaborating with Enzo Ferrari. By the mid-1960s, Pinin Farina had designed for Ferrari a succession of celebrated road and racing models, as well as influential show cars. In 1964, Carrozzeria Pininfarina was busy designing a berlinetta body for Ferrari’s new 275 Series chassis. The coachbuilder was supplied with two chassis. Chassis 06003 served as the prototype and chassis 06437 became a one-off 275 GTB Speciale and Battista Pininfarina’s personal car. Chassis 06437 was the only example of this iconic model to be built by Pininfarina. All the other 275 GTBs were built at Carrozzeria Scaglietti in Modena. The 275 GTB Speciale followed the general plans of Pininfarina’s original body style — but also differed greatly in nearly every individual detail. Even the inner structure of the bodywork is specific to this car. It shares nothing with the Scaglietti-built cars. Externally, the Speciale possesses more prominent 74 front indicators, recessed side marker lights, smaller front bumpers, a special grille and different headlamp covers, secured by individual brackets rather than a chrome surround. The 275 GTB Speciale also has custom-built window frames, rain gutters, and even door handles that vary dramatically from the production cars. Battista Pininfarina also specified that there be no driver’s-side vent window. At the rear, the Speciale featured external chrome trunk hinges and an elegant decorative motif on the recessed section of the tail panel, outlined with chrome trim and highlighted by special Ferrari and Pininfarina badging. One of the most memorable features of 06437 is its distinctive rear diffuser. This element is extremely advanced, with similar diffusers not being used on roadgoing sports cars until recently. The interior was pure Pininfarina — and far more luxurious than the standard 275 GTBs. It was equipped with more-comfortable leather-trimmed seats, electric windows, a set of Heuer Rally-Master stopwatches, and myriad bespoke details. Chassis 06437 was presented on the Pininfarina stand at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 1965, followed by the Paris Motor Show, and the Torino Motor Show. Chassis 06437 graced the Pininfarina stand one last time during the Brussels Motor Show. A one-of-a-kind 275 GTB, built by arguably the most successful and influential Italian coachbuilder of all time, 06437 is a world-class Ferrari that possesses every Sports Car Market 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB Alloy coupe Lot 143, s/n 8111 Condition 1- Sold at $3,529,962 RM Sotheby’s, Maranello, ITA, 9/9/17 SCM# 6846455 1964 Ferrari 275 GTB coupe Lot 263, s/n 06681 Condition 1- Sold at $1,842,500 RM Sotheby’s, Amelia Island, FL, 3/11/17 SCM# 6828384 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB Competizione coupe Lot 128, s/n 09079 Condition 1- Sold at $9,405,000 Bonhams, Scottsdale, AZ, 1/15/15 SCM# 09079 ©Mathieu Heurtault, courtesy of Gooding & Company


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special quality sought by discerning collectors. It is a masterpiece of mid-century industrial art that represents the intersection of two of the most famous Italian firms working at the height of their powers. SCM Analysis This car, Lot 134, sold for $8,085,000, including buyer’s premium, at Gooding & Company’s auc- tion in Scottsdale, AZ, on January 20, 2018. The 275 GTBs are some of the most beloved models in Ferrari’s history — and for good reason. Few automobile silhouettes can upstage the 275 GTB’s long front end, fastback roofline and slightly uplifted Kamm tail. The 275 GTB interior is equally bewitching, with barrel-back bucket seats, a cool passenger’s foot rest, and a rear luggage shelf with hold-down straps for cargo. It’s hard to imagine a more perfect automobile design. There are about as many variations of 275s as Bubba Gump had shrimp. The original 275 GTB style is called a short-nose. Later models had a longer snout and are called long-nose cars. The 275 GTB bodies were built in both steel and alloy. A rare few GTBs were built in an open-top configuration known as NART Spyders, a nod to the U.S. Ferrari importer’s North American Racing Team. The car was originally designed with two overhead camshafts. Ferrari later added two more camshafts and called that model a 275 GTB/4. Two-cam models could be ordered with three or six carburetors. Four-cam engines featured six 2-barrel carburetors. The base engine boasted a healthy 280 hp. Hello, gated shifter The 275 GTB was the first production Ferrari to feature a rear transaxle. Shifting the transaxle required running a rod from the shift lever to the transaxle. This was the introduction of the legendary gated shifter in a Ferrari production car. Transferring the engine’s power to the transaxle also required some novel engineering. The original solution is known as an open driveshaft. It was a simple driveshaft running from the engine to the transaxle. Open driveshafts have excessive vibration unless the engine and transaxle are in perfect alignment. In later cars, a center-bearing “Interim” driveshaft was used to re- duce vibration. The final solution encapsulated the driveshaft in a rigid torque tube that held the engine and transaxle in perfect alignment, eliminating any vibration. In value hierarchy, the steel-body, short-nose 275 GTB is the most affordable production model. The 4-cam cars generally lead the value pack. Production 275 GTBs start around $2 million and go over $4 million. A one-off 275 GTB for the ages Not all 275 GTBs are standard production models, and this is where the price guide gets thrown out the window and our subject GTB steps in. Our subject car is a steel-body, short-nose example with a stock 2-cam, 6-carb engine and a torque-tube driveshaft. It has no competition history. On paper it’s in the lowest echelons of the 275 world, but April 2018 when you add its provenance, it is far from an ordinary 275 GTB. Not only is chassis 06437 the only 275 GTB that was not built at Scaglietti, it was designed and built for the boss — Battista Pininfarina. It has many unique features. It was presented at several important shows and has a well-known history. In 2014, Steve McQueen’s standard production 275 GTB/4 sold for $10,175,000 — setting the bar for a celebrity example. Without the McQueen connection, that car is just another 275 GTB/4. Battista Pininfarina may not have the celebrity status of Steve McQueen, but his influence in the automotive-design world is unrivaled. Pininfarina’s 275 is distinct in so many ways that even without knowing the Pininfarina connection, the car stands out in a crowd. Add the Pininfarina connection to this one-off car, and you have a selfportrait from a genius. A bright future — after some work Chassis 06437 was restored about 26 years ago, shown a couple times, and has been hibernating since. It ticks all the boxes of a great concours contender. It hasn’t been shown for 25 years. It is sure to be invited to the best shows. It is sure to draw the judges’ attention and earn consideration for a major award. However, chassis 06437 is not a virginal, original car. It was deliv- ered to the restoration shop in 1992 as a pile of boxes. The restoration washed off some of Battista’s DNA. Today the car is a non-runner that shows the effects of long-term storage. The $8,085,000 sale price barely broke the low estimate. The price may have been a little disappointing, but it is still a ton of cash in today’s market. The seller has been liquidating a large collection of important cars. He has owned this car for many years and multiplied his investment many times over. The buyer will have a hefty restoration bill — and a top-shelf trophy. I’d call this one a huge sale but fair for both sides. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of Gooding & Company.) $5,000,000 $4,000,000 $3,000,000 $2,750,000 $2,000,000 $1,000,000 $0 $2,585,000 High Auction Sales for the Past Five Years $4,620,000 1965 Ferrari 275 GTB $3,618,227 $3,575,000 This sale: $8,085,000 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 75


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English Profile 1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Pillarless Saloon by Vesters et Neirinck Where most Phantom III bodies were rather stodgy, this design was sporty, with flowing, elegant lines by Carl Bomstead Details Years produced: 1936–39 Number produced: 710 to 719, depending on source Original list price: £1,900 (about $100,000 in current U.S. money) Current SCM Median Valuation: $593,000 (this car, which has one-off coachwork) Tune-up cost: $3,500 Chassis # location: Inner wing and bulkhead Club: Rolls-Royce Owners Club Web:www.rroc.org Alternatives: 1939 Rolls-Royce Vutotal Cabriolet by Labourdette, 1936 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Sport Coupe by Barker, 1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Sedanca de Ville by Freestone and Webb SCM Investment Grade: B Comps Chassis number: 3CP144 Engine number: T48J their close relationship with Rolls-Royce and Bentley. One of their most stunning creations, this Rolls-Royce B Phantom III, was ordered with such unique features as a speedometer calibrated in kilometers, a petrol gauge in liters, and a pulley-drive Smiths tachometer. Inspired by the French stylings of Letourneur et Marchand, the body was a two-door saloon or sedan, with no center B-pillar. Instead, the roofline and windows move in a smooth, uninterrupted, comet-like curve from front to rear, accentuated by an aluminum molding that runs to just above the rear wheelarches. Special rear bumpers and Ace Deluxe wheel discs balanced the design. It is offered with its original set of road and hand tools and is one of the sportiest designs ever produced on this robust and powerful chassis. It awaits future concours appearances and will most certainly draw a crowd wherever it goes. SCM Analysis This car, Lot 261, sold for $593,500, including buyer’s premium, at RM Sotheby’s Arizona Sale at the Arizona Biltmore on January 19, 2018. The Rolls-Royce Phantom III was referred to by its maker as “the most luxurious road vehicle ever pro- 76 russels coachbuilder Vesters et Neirinck produced some of the finest and most interesting designs to come out of Belgium during the Classic Era. They were particularly proud of duced.” It was born out of necessity, as the outmoded 6-cylinder Phantom II faced stiff competition from smooth-running V12s and even V16s. While Rolls-Rolls did not have the engineering re- sources that were available at General Motors or even Packard, they were experienced with V12 technology due to their aeronautical designs. Work on the V12 began in 1932, but Henry Royce, who was described as a “merciless critic of design,” died in April of 1933. Thereafter the engineering was not as precise. Power and complications There was little thought regarding the cost of produc- tion, and the engine design precluded practical overhaul. It seemed that the Rolls-Royce engineers operated with the premise that if one part will do, then several are better. For example, the lubrication system metered oil at three different pressures and had a system of copper tubes that measured the pressures at hundreds of locations. The spring leaves were individually machined and drilled with holes, which provided lubrication. Hydraulic jacks were built in, and a tire could be changed or winter chains installed without having the passengers leave the car. Oil leaks were just one of the obvious concerns. 1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Aero Coupe Lot 149, s/n 3BU184 Condition 1 Sold at $473,000 RM Auctions, Monterey, CA, 8/17/12 SCM# 209571 1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III drophead coupe Lot 34, s/n 3BT185 Condition 1Sold at $618,860 Bonhams, Ebeltoft, DK, 9/26/15 SCM# 267393 1936 Rolls-Royce Phantom III drophead coupe Lot 151, s/n 3AZ158 Condition 1 Sold at $1,482,065 Coys, Monte Carlo, MCO, 5/11/12 SCM# 201804 Sports Car Market Darin Schnabel ©2017, courtesy of RM Sotheby’s


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The Phantom III was presented at the 1935 London Olympian Motor Show, and deliveries began the following year. The chassis was priced at £1,900, well over $100,000 in today’s dollars. With independent front suspensions — derived from General Motors — quick steering and powered by a massive 7.32-liter V12, these cars were a treat to drive. Rolls-Royce, however, recommended a maximum sustained speed of 75 mph to 80 mph to avoid mechanical issues. Not usually a fancy chassis The Phantom III chassis did not lend itself to distinctive coachwork. A couple of factors were at play; with the engine and steering wheel moved forward, the proportions were not as graceful as the Phantom II and the typical buyer of the Phantom III was older. They were, for the most part, acquiring a chauffeur-driven vehicle, so the cars were more vertical, sedate limousines. One of the exceptions was the Phantom III Pillarless Saloon with one-off coachwork by the little-known Brussels coachbuilder Vesters et Neirinck. Where most Phantom III bodies were rather stodgy, this design was sporty, with flowing, elegant lines that were, as noted, reminiscent of the designs of French coachbuilder Letourneur et Marchand. An interesting life Our subject car was first exhibited by Vesters et Neirinck at the Brussels Motor Show in 1938. Shortly thereafter, it was delivered to its first owner. At this point the fascinating tale of its ownership begins. It was ru- mored that the king of Belgium and British Field Marshal Sir Bernard Montgomery owned it during the war. If this could be documented, it would certainly add to the allure. As World War II ended, the British Army of the Rhine acquired the car. The car was taken to the United States, and after numerous owners, it became the property of G. Gordon Liddy of questionable Watergate fame. Liddy licensed the Phantom III with an Arizona vanity plate “H2O GATE” to, as he stated, “say ‘Hi’ to the liberals.” The car was restored between 1992 and 1995 and went on to win its class at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance and at the Rolls-Royce Owners Club National Meet. It was last seen in 2005 at the annual Blackhawk exposition at Pebble Beach, where it was offered for an undetermined amount. Many Phantom III cars still live There were 710 Phantom IIIs produced between 1936 and 1939, with most going to the nobility. It is thought that slightly less than half have survived. Considering the difficulty of maintaining the Phantom III, it is a tribute to the most lavish and innovative Rolls-Royce that so many are still with us. Commenting on the value of a one-off car is not an exact science. The SCM Platinum Auction Database lists several Phantom III transactions, with more-common limousines selling in the $200,000 range. In 2012, RM Sotheby’s sold an exciting Aero Coupe, with a rebodied design, for $473,000. This Phantom III saloon, however, goes to the head of the class. Its exciting design, a well-maintained older restoration and an interesting history put this car in the sweet spot for this model. Well sold and well bought. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of RM Sotheby’s.) $1,000,000 $800,000 $600,000 $400,000 $200,000 $0 April 2018 High Auction Sales for the Past Five Years 1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III $852,500 $618,860 This sale: $593,500 $396,000 $71,500 $112,750 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 77


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Etceterini & Friends Profile 1963 Iso Grifo A3/L Prototype This was big money for an Iso Grifo A3/L, but it is the one-off prototype and a work of art by Donald Osborne Details Year produced: 1963 Number produced: One Original list price: N/A Current SCM Median Valuation: $1,760,000 (this one-off prototype) Tune-up cost: $250 Chassis # location: Metal plate on top of right front shock tower Engine # location: Stamped in block ahead of passenger’s cylinder head Club: Iso & Bizzarrini Owners Club Web: www.isobizclub.com Alternatives: 1965 Ferrari Dino 206 P Berlinetta Speciale, 1964 Porsche 901 Prototype, 1963 Lamborghini 350 GTV SCM Investment Grade: A Comps Chassis number: 420001 A t the 1963 Torino Motor Show, one of the decade’s most celebrated berlinettas, the Iso Grifo A3/L, was introduced on Bertone’s stand. Powered by a Corvette V8 and built on the Iso Rivolta’s short-wheelbase chassis, the Grifo was designed by legendary engineer Giotto Bizzarrini with substantial input from Bertone stylist Giorgetto Giugiaro. Company principal Renzo Rivolta was so impressed with the prototype that he immediately approved production, and the model quickly achieved a faithful following for its handsome aesthetics and powerful mechanical specifications. Chassis 001, offered here, is the prototype shown on the Bertone stand. The one-off car features numerous subtle differences from subsequent production examples. With a lower roofline and beltline, the coachwork is even sportier than the cars that followed, featuring unique details such as a stainless-steel wrap-around roof band. Likewise, the interior was more luxuriously appointed, including a special shifter and steering wheel, among other unique features. Following display at Torino, the prototype toured auto shows throughout Europe and was exhibited at the 1964 New York Auto Show before becoming a development car at the factory. By the early 1970s, the Grifo reportedly had been imported to the United States by an actor, and while in Southern California it was purchased by well-known collector Ron Kellogg. It then passed to an intermediary in Yucca Valley, CA, by which time the body had been repainted orange 78 and the nose was replaced with one taken from a standard production Grifo. In the late 1970s, this rare prototype was discovered by Winston Goodfellow, the well-known motoring author who founded the Iso & Bizzarrini Owner’s Club and is recognized as one of the world’s foremost experts on the marque. Amazed that he had located the one-off A3/L proto- type — and that the car had only 50,000 km recorded at that time — Goodfellow gently circulated word of the car’s existence. By the early 1980s, it was purchased by John Ling, a respected concours judge and collector. Mr. Ling eventually sought to return the Iso to its authentic auto show appearance and opted for a full restoration. The front-end work was entrusted to the respected restorer Scott Grundfor. He utilized a CAD program to digitally map the original nose (based on period photos) and precisely fabricate an identical copy. The beautifully restored prototype was then presented at the 1989 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, winning a class award and the Gwenn Graham Memorial Trophy for Most Elegant Closed Car (a first for any post-war automobile). In spring 1991, the A3/L was featured in Road & Track’s Exotic Cars Quarterly, and its build was explained at length in Goodfellow’s deeply researched 1995 book, IsoRivolta: The Men, the Machines. Around this time, Mr. Ling sold the Grifo to Dr. Frederick Reeser, and he returned the car to Pebble Beach in August 1995, winning First in Class. The car also garnered awards at Concorso Italiano and the Meadow Brook Concours d’Elegance. A few years later, it sold to an enthusiast residing in 1973 Iso Grifo Series II coupe Lot 128, s/n FAGL310395 Condition 2- Not sold at $283,700 Bonhams, Monte Carlo, MCO, 5/13/16 SCM# 6799980 1971 Iso Grifo Series II GT coupe Lot 73, s/n 120342 Condition 3 Sold at $468,781 Artcurial, Rétromobile, Paris, FRA 2/10/17 SCM# 6817162 1969 Iso Grifo coupe Lot 157, s/n GL920245 Condition 2 Sold at $308,000 RM Auctions, Phoenix, AZ, 1/18/08 SCM# 48682 Sports Car Market Mike Maez, courtesy of Gooding & Company


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New York and then to the consignor. It was maintained and displayed at the Blackhawk Museum in Danville, CA, for many years. Surely the most historically significant Grifo ever built, chassis 001 would make a crowning addition to any collection. SCM Analysis This car, Lot 28, sold for $1,760,000 at the Gooding & Company auction in Scottsdale, AZ, on January 19, 2018. I am well known for being passionately attracted to prototypes, one- offs and design studies. This comes from both a deep appreciation for the artistry and imagi- nation of stylists and the craftsmanship and pride of creation of the artisans who build such cars. When it comes to prototypes of vehicles that make it to series production, it’s also fascinating to observe the differences between a designer’s original vision and what the production engineers, or far worse, the accountants, determined could be built. A one-off Iso Grifo It was amusing to stand beside this car during the auction preview and see a few folks who identified themselves as “an Iso Grifo owner” come up to the car and declare some variation of “Wow — I can’t believe all these details that are wrong on this car…” At once it looks exactly like every other Grifo, but after a few minutes, its many differences reveal themselves. Once seen, those differences show how truly special this car is. It has a lower greenhouse than the production car, the nose and hood styling are more intricate, and the side exhaust-pipe fender grille and sill bulge have a sensual feel matched only by the elegant castings of 1930s Alfa Romeo manifolds. Completing the show-car aura is the incredibly luxurious and well- detailed interior, which is leagues more sophisticated than the production model. The dark brown leather covering the floors and parcel shelf alone is magnificent. Although the restoration is certainly showing its age at this point, it still remains striking. Some adhesion bubbling and stress cracking could be seen in the paint, especially on the hood, and the overall superb panel fit was spoiled by a driver’s door that didn’t shut well. However, the overall impression the Grifo made was breathtaking. The Grifo in production form is a beautiful car, and this one just keeps your eye coming back for more. Like any Iso Grifo, it’s an almost perfect blend of sleek-but-muscular Italian style and detailing that more than hints at the power lurking inside. For that reason, the Grifo appeals equally well to devotees of Italian and American high-performance cars. With a history known from the last 45 years or so of its 55 years in existence, this is a very well-documented vehicle for one of its type. It is also interesting that after it left the factory grounds a decade after it was built, it also suffered a similar fate to that of the Alfa Romeo Sprint Speciale Prototipo — many of its unique details were modified to make it appear more “normal.” The changes to the front end and the loss of its subtle greenish silver April 2018 paint for a more dramatic orange are hard to understand today. We can be thankful for the diligent detective work and detailed expert body restoration that reclaimed this Grifo’s special nature. It’s a testament to how far we’ve come in appreciating the nature of prototypes and show cars. This car’s appearance at the 1964 New York International Auto Show makes it all the more special for me. That was the very first car show I ever attended, and it set me on my journey into auto madness — one that has yet to wane. I still have the program from that show, and on the bottom of p. 106 is a photo of this very car. The Iso was displayed on the second floor, on Stand 6 — right next to the Alfa Romeos and Lancias on 6A. I know I left more than an inconsequential amount of pre-teen drool in that spot. A sign of maturity Something that never gets old for me is the opportunity to repeat a point. Friends and folks not so close can find this trait alternatingly reassuring or annoying. I’m hoping here for the latter. The point to which I keep returning is that as the vehicle-collecting hobby matures, it seems to be steadily moving towards the norms and behaviors of more-established areas of collecting. Just as unique works of great masters bring more interest and hold and gain greater value than more common ones, vehicles that cannot be replicated are doing the same. I can cut right here to my conclusion on the transaction — does the record price set here for a car with visible paint deterioration and less-than-perfect driver’s door fit make it “well sold”? To that I simply ask the question, how much would you pay for “the other one”? Oh, wait — there is no other one. The buyer is unlikely to regret what was spent on an irreplaceable object, and it’s likely that the seller did just fine as well. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of Gooding & Company.) $1,200,000 $1,000,000 $800,000 $600,000 $440,000 $400,000 $200,000 $0 $244,269 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 79 $468,781 $682,000 High Auction Sales for the Past Five Years $1,186,220 1963 Iso Grifo This sale: $1,760,000


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German Profile Column Author 1973 Porsche 911T 2.4 Targa The ultra-low-mileage car was pretty assuredly all original — including the paint, which was rare Kelly Green by Prescott Kelly Details Year produced: 1973 Number produced: 1,302 U.S.-spec CIS Targas; 13,471 for all 1973s Original list price: $8,760 base price; $11,820 for this optioned-up example Current SCM Median Valuation: $59,000 Tune-up: $1,100 with valve adjustment Chassis # location: Stamped into body panel above gas tank, passenger’s side in trunk; riveted aluminum tag on bottom threshold of trunk; federal compliance sticker on B-pillar of driver’s door Engine # location: Vertical stamping on fan-support base, facing passenger’s side Club: Porsche Club of America Web: www.pca.org Alternatives: 1970–73 Datsun 240Z, 1970–74 Alfa Romeo GTV 2000, 1971–75 DeTomaso Pantera SCM Investment Grade: B Chassis #: 9113112251 Engine#: 6136008 regarded as the best-performing of all Ts, delivering 140 bhp and a smooth, torque-optimized power band. Painted Kelly Green (code 225-9-2) with beige full C leather upholstery, this U.S.-market 911 was generously equipped with a 5-speed manual transaxle, sport seats, Fuchs wheels, and tinted glass. As noted in the car’s maintenance record, the original selling dealer, Triangle Porsche + Audi of Durham, NC, installed air conditioning on September 29, 1973, when the odometer showed just 18 miles. Last registered in 1987, this 3,400-mile Porsche has been sitting in its original owner’s garage for the past three decades. Accompanying the sale are the original sales invoice, owner’s manual, emission-control-system supplement, maintenance record, warranty book, toolkit (partial) and leather key fob. Also included are a Porsche Certificate of Authenticity, several registration cards and various sales documents dating from 1973. SCM Analysis This car, Lot 58, sold for $313,500, including buyer’s premium, at the Gooding & Company auction in Scottsdale, AZ, on January 19, 2018. The 1973 911s are the end of an era that runs in a straight line from Porsche‘s Type 901 prototype, introduced at the Frankfurt Auto Show in September 1963. 80 ompleted in July 1973, this 911 is a desirable, late-production 2.4 T Targa featuring Bosch K-Jetronic CIS fuel injection. In all, just 1,302 CIS Targas were built, and they are Production started in 1964, when a bare 232 examples were manufactured — and then ramped up substantially in 1965. The renamed 911 became an almost instant sensation, the model name famously adopted after Peugeot made it known that they would not back off their French copyrights on all three-digit car-model names with a zero in the middle. A separate model name for France made no sense, so the 911 became the first non-engineering-study number applied to a Porsche vehicle. The 911’s 4-cylinder little brother, the 912, also had a name made up in the marketing department. (For reference, and a good trivia tidbit, engineering-study Type 912 was the racing 917’s flat-12 engine.) An iconic design refined and developed The earliest 911s appear short and skinny to our eyes today, but they are well proportioned, and they set “the look” for all 911s produced ever since. From 1964 through 1969, they carried 1,991-cc en- gines starting with 130 horsepower. The first substantial evolution was to add the uprated 911S in 1967 with 160 horsepower, a model that also introduced the iconic silver-and-black Fuchs forged-alloy wheels. The next major move came in 1969, when Porsche increased the 911’s wheelbase by 2.2 inches, from 87 inches to 89.2 inches, while actually shaving the overall length a tiny bit. Mechanical fuel injection arrives More importantly, 1969 saw the advent of mechani- cal fuel injection to replace carburetors. This change 1973 Porsche 911T 2.4 Targa Lot 55, s/n 9113110260 Condition 2+ Sold at $82,500 Bonhams, Quail Lodge, CA, 8/19/16 SCM# 6804006 Sports Car Market 1973 Porsche 911T 2.4 Targa Lot 48, s/n 9113110557 Condition 2+ Sold at $48,400 Worldwide Auctioneers, Pacific Grove, CA, 8/17/17 SCM# 6844556 Comps 1973 Porsche 911T 2.4 coupe Lot 302, s/n 9113105106 Condition 3+ Sold at $54,966 Silverstone, Northamptonshire, U.K., 5/13/17 SCM# 6836113 Mathieu Heurtault, courtesy of Gooding & Company


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What is a 1973½ CIS 911? Which brings us to this interim model at Gooding’s auc- tion. It is what we all call a 1973½ model to reflect that it was a mid-year changeover for just the 2.4-liter 911T model from manual fuel injection to the CIS continuousflow fuel injection. The new engine developed the same 140 horsepower as the mechanical fuel-injected, U.S.- spec 911T. The big news on our subject car was that it showed 3,370 miles. It was also well optioned with Sport seats, full leather, tinted glass and dealer-added air conditioning. The car was pretty assuredly all original, including the paint — rare Kelly Green. Gooding had received the car in as-found-in-storage condition, and they did an excellent job preparing it for sale. It glowed with originality. On the debit side, the car needed a fulsome mechanical re-commissioning after many years of storage, and that easily can cost $25,000–$40,000. It also was the basemodel 911T, and it had the oddball mid-year CIS engine. Finally, it was a Targa, not the market-preferred coupe. allowed Porsche to meet the stricter U.S. emissions laws. Finally, in 1969 Porsche moved to a three-model lineup, from the base 911T to a mid-range 911E, and finally the autobahn-crusher 911S. The new lineup delivered 125, 140 and 170 horsepower, respectively — and was the last year of the high-pitched-wailing 2-liter engines. Power differences between the three engines were due to carbs and cast-iron pistons and cylinders on most of the Ts vs. fuel injection and alloys on the E and S versions, plus compression ratio and camshaft changes, among other variables. Curb weight barely moved between 1964 and 1969, at about 2,460 pounds. Moving up the displacement curve In 1971, Porsche increased the 911’s engine displacement for the first time, from 1,991 cc to 2,195 cc. The engine was now called a 2.2-liter and in the three models, produced 125, 155 and 180 SAE horsepower, respectively. Those engines kept the high-pitched wail, and the cars remained light enough to be great fun to drive. Never hugely popular with modern-day collectors, some of us believe the 2.2 is an ideal model to own for pure driving fun. And all 1971 911Ss came stock with Sport seats, which are otherwise a favorite and expensive option to find. 2,341-cc engine powered the last of the long-hoods In 1972, recognizing a good thing, Porsche increased displacement again to 2,341 cc, called a 2.4-liter, with horsepower for the T/E/S at 140 (U.S. mechanical fuel-injection model, ROW was carbureted and 130 hp), 165 and 190 SAE. The 1972 model has had a sweet spot with collectors because it had the one-year-only, right-rear-fender outside oil filler. (And yes, gas station attendants liked to put gas in there — with disastrous results.) U.S.-spec 1973 cars, on the other hand, not only lost the outside oil filler, they picked up those nasty-looking large black rubber bumper bombs, which quite often are relegated to the garbage can to be replaced by earlier-issue small metal ones. The 2.4-liter models from both years are very popular now because they are the last “long-hood” or “low-bumper” 911s that traced their appearance back to the introductory cars of 1963–64. For 1974, new U.S. laws required higher bumpers with 5-mph shock absorbers inside, a change that resulted in a flat hood with no curve down to the now-raised bumper. Initial reception of the revised look was tepid, but improved markedly over time. Perhaps less well accepted was the 1974–77 CIS K-Jetronic contin- uous-flow fuel-injection system that Porsche used on the new 2,644-cc 2.7-liter engine. While continuing to be a Bosch-manufactured unit, it lacked the snap and snarl of the old MIS systems. The new system’s occasional airbox-explosion engine fires generated further indignation. April 2018 A fair deal all around Long-hood 911s in great blues, greens and oranges draw premium prices. With low mileage, they draw better-than-premium prices. With original paint, they draw BIG MONEY. Put those three together and there could have been an explosion. Gooding’s pre-sale estimate seemed light to some of us at $220,000– $260,000, but they had it right. With a hammer price of $285,000, or $313,500 after the 10% buyer’s premium, this Targa was easily $100,000 over a typical-but-still-collectible example. This was a great car at a fair price. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of Gooding & Company.) High Auction Sales for the Past Five Years $150,000 $120,000 $90,000 $60,000 $30,000 $0 1973 Porsche 911T 2.4 Targa $76,004 $61,560 $121,709 This sale: $313,500 $143,000 $82,500 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 81


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American Profile 1964 Bill Thomas Cheetah The lack of torsional rigidity combined with the short wheelbase and insane power-to-weight ratio made for an exciting driving experience by Thor Thorson Details Years produced: 1964–65 Number built: 10 (completed cars) Original list price: N/A Current SCM Median Valuation: $660,000 (this car) Chassis # location: Unknown Engine # location: Right side above water pump Club: Cheetah Evolution Web:cheetahevolution.com Alternatives: 1962–65 Shelby Cobra, 1963 Lola Mk 6, 1963–65 Chevrolet Corvette competition SCM Investment Grade: A Comps 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 coupe Lot 19, s/n 30837S109324 Condition 2 Sold at $357,500 Worldwide Auctioneers, Pacific Grove, CA, 8/17/17 SCM# 6844473 • One of only 10 genuine Cheetahs in the United States • Original Bill Thomas 377-ci Rochester fuelinjected engine • BTM of Arizona-certified and restored to museum quality • Known as “The Cobra Killer” on and off the race track • Period photos and restoration information available SCM Analysis This car, Lot 2032, sold for $660,000, including buyer’s pre- mium, at Russo and Steele’s auction in Scottsdale, AZ, on January 20, 2018. There was an old rule of thumb about installing the single nut that held an early Porsche 356 flywheel: “Tighten it until the threads strip, then back it off a quarter turn.” During the early 1960s, at the intersection of hot rod, home-built racers and carefully engineered corporate supercars, there was a period of wild — almost outrageous — experimentation with how extreme a concept could be before it failed. The Cheetah was the poster child for this approach, both for its back-of-a-napkin, let’s try-it-and-see-if-it-works approach and, candidly, its eventual failure as a viable concept. Don’t get me wrong; the Cheetah was a glorious undertaking, iconic in its effrontery, and damned handsome to boot — as long as you didn’t have to drive it. 82 Shooting at the Snake It really all started with the Cobra. Carroll Shelby had taken a 2-liter, mid-1950s British sports car chassis called an AC and installed a 4.3-liter (later 4.7-liter) Ford V8 engine and drivetrain to create a phenomenon. Both the hot-rod and road-racing worlds were sud- denly in love with this outrageous new combination of British beauty and handling coupled with American muscle. Chevrolet, which had spent years developing the Corvette (and which had rebuffed Shelby’s proposal to use their engines because they didn’t want the competition), suddenly found their sporting dominance challenged. To be fair, the Corvette was a serious massmarket sports car, while the Cobra was niche market at best, but somebody in the Chevrolet world had to pick up the gauntlet, if only for the publicity. Bill Thomas was a Southern California racing prepa- ration guy who had made his reputation — and a successful business — working with Chevrolet. He started building racing Corvettes in 1956 and was proficient at drag cars as well as Pikes Peak hill climbers. More to the point, Thomas had proven fabrication capabilities and an excellent — if very quiet — relationship with the General Motors performance guys. GM was still trying to abide by a corporate “no rac- ing” policy, so the agreement was that Chevrolet would provide the engine, drivetrain and suspension bits for Sports Car Market 1964 Shelby Cobra 289 roadster Lot 24, s/n CSX2328 Condition 1- Sold at $1,089,000 Bonhams, The Quail, Carmel, CA, 8/18/17 SCM# 6844494 1963 Lola Mk IV Ford GT coupe Lot 1153, s/n LGT1 Condition 1- Not sold at $496,000 Bonhams, Goodwood, U.K., 7/12/02 SCM# 28753 Courtesy of Russo and Steele


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Thomas to create a concept vehicle that would capture the attention and imagination of the automotive world. It was not to be a Chevrolet any more than a Cobra was a Ford, but it needed to carry the banner. Thomas set to work with a clear understanding that his job was to create something spectacular, different and beautiful. No driveshaft needed By 1963, when this whole project got going, the mid-engined revolu- tion was a reality in much of the racing world. Formula One and small sports racers almost exclusively had the engine behind the driver’s seat. The basic advantage was something called the polar moment of inertia: Putting the mass as close as possible to the center of the car made rotating it while the car turns much easier, so handling improves markedly. The problem was that the approach requires combining the transmission and the differential unit into a single housing (called a transaxle), and nobody was building one yet that could handle V8 torque. There was also the issue that Chevrolet had kindly supplied Thomas with a front-engined Corvette drivetrain, so he was pretty much obligated to stay with a front-engine/rear-drive concept. The answer was simple if extreme: Move the engine so far back in the chassis that the transmission coupled directly with the differential housing. There was no driveshaft at all, only a U-joint coupling between them. This was possible, of course, because it used the new Corvette independent rear suspension, so the differential could be rigidly mounted in alignment with the transmission. I am told that this was a design approach that worked far better in theory than in practice, particularly when the frame started to flex in racing use. There were a number of other consequences of this being effectively a front-mid-engined design. Shortening the distance between the engine and rear axles meant that the driver had to somehow still fit into that space, which meant sitting almost on top of the rear axle. This can be a disconcerting feeling if you are concerned about something maybe coming loose back there, and it also means getting used to the center of rotation in a turn being somewhere around your ankles, with your head following them. Oh, yeah, there is one other issue. With your toes being at about the front of the engine, the exhaust headers have to go up, over and around the foot boxes, which does a wonderful job of turning them into toaster ovens. Combined with a complete lack of cockpit ventilation, this makes for what can delicately be described as a suboptimal driver environment, particularly on a warm day. A centerfold beauty The car is, however, drop-dead gorgeous in a Playboy centerfold kind of way, which is to say that it has all the characteristics to make a virile younger man’s palms sweat. Although apparently sketched out on a cocktail napkin and finalized with plywood forms on the shop floor — rather than in some fancy design studio — the shape manages to be about as sexy as anything that came out of the early 1960s. That said, the Cheetah was not par- ticularly aerodynamic. At speed, the lift generated tried to suck the gullwing doors off. Although it was well built, the frame was anything but sophisticated. The design approach was to line up the mechanical bits on the shop floor, then figure out how to build a frame to hold it all together. This would be fine for a show car (which was the original intent) or even for a gently used street rod, but they immediately started to road race the Cheetah. During a race, the lack of torsional rigidity combined with the short wheelbase and insane power-to-weight ratio made for an exciting driving experience. A moment’s inattention and the car would swap ends in a heartbeat. Two of the cars crashed badly their first time out. Over time, the drivers learned what to expect, and the crews learned how to reinforce and stiffen the frame — so several Cheetahs had impressive racing careers. Our subject car was never intended to be a racer. It is chassis 7, and it is the last of three cars that Alan Green, a Seattle Chevrolet dealer, bought. It was intended to be a promotions car and occasional street ride for Green’s wife. As it was a street ride, with some amateur drag racing thrown in, it managed to survive relatively unscathed, but not quite. According to Larry Webb, who worked for Alan Green in the day and knows the car well, it was eventually sold to a man who took it drag racing in Mission, British Columbia, just north of Seattle. The guy was running without the front bodywork for some reason when something went wrong and it flipped, ending up skidding down the track on its roof. It was then carted back to Seattle, where it sat in the back of a shop for over 30 years before being given to Bill Thomas’ old company for restoration. Now it’s back. A famous and rare breed of cat The Cheetah was never a success. Ten cars were completed, and maybe another 10 to 12 frames were involved at some point or another before Thomas’ shop burned in September of 1965, ending the project. The car’s shape, attitude and image caught people’s imagination, and it endured. It became one of the most popular slot-car models ever. In recent years, a number of reproduction Cheetahs with better frames and suspensions — but the same old shape — have been sold. An original Cheetah remains an icon of the glory years of American racing. An original example of any icon is going to be highly collectible, pretty much by definition, and a non-racing example of a car that gained its notoriety through audacious competition will be even more attractive to a buyer looking to fill out a display collection of important American performance cars. The Cheetah is the perfect counterpoint to a Cobra. This car is al- most hen’s-tooth rare. I think that this was the most expensive Cheetah ever sold, but it probably deserves to be. I’d say fairly bought. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of Russo and Steele.) April 2018 83


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American Profile The Cumberford Perspective Calling the Cheetah a production car was nonsense; you could count all those built on your fingers 3 4 By Robert Cumberfo T he Bill Thomas Cheetah was almo too good-looking t be included in the category to which it clear belongs: the California h rod sports car. This car is not like the American V8 powered British and Itali Allards, Cobras and Isos It belongs with the honest home-brewed hunks like the Cannon Special, Duffy Livingstone’s Tihsepa Eliminator, and other semi-serious artisanal specials, of which Max Balchowsky’s Old Yeller II was the pinnacle, winning many races over Europe’s best in the hands of top drivers like Carroll Shelby, Dan Gurney and Bob Bondurant. Bill Thomas’s little shop benefited from clandestine financial support from Chevrolet, but he didn’t get the technical help provided Chaparral. Designed with marks on a shop floor by Don Edmunds, the Cheetah is very attractive in profile, but it is clearly unsophisticated aerodynamically and extremely crude in styling. It was fast, of course, as would be anything with a good Chevy engine and extreme low weight, but it lacked the development needed to be really good. It’s a true front mid-engine car and seems to have inspired Ford’s retrooriented Shelby GR-1 40 years later. The ensemble is at- tractive enough to make us regret that Chevrolet pulled the plug on the project 54 years ago, foregoing any attempt to run Le Mans — or properly develop the Cheetah as a Cobra rival. ♦ 84 1 6 2 5 FRONT 3/4 VIEW 1 The high peak line and lack of an air dam underneath meant severe front-end lift at speed, typical of the time. Compare to the Corvette Grand Sport, for example. 2 Not at all scientific, the profile, back to the non-existent A-pillar, was gorgeous. 3 The plastic windshield was fastened to body and roof skins with multiple mechanical fasteners. There was no real structure in the body, whether alloy or fiberglass. 4 The Mercedes-inspired, center-hinged door was oddly shaped on the body side, and entry must have been difficult, even for wiry Jerry Titus, the main Cheetah pilot. 5 This vent was probably needed to keep pressure from blowing out the backlight. Or maybe it was just for style. 6 The nice body shape came to a blunt end, quite crude and ugly... REAR 3/4 VIEW 7 … as confirmed by the graceless straight line across the tail in rear/plan view, which is totally unrelated to the nice curves across the nose. 8 The rules said sports cars had to have a spare wheel, 9 8 but they didn’t necessarily specify a tire. More weight saved. 9 The awkward intersection between the trapezoidal flat-wrap backlight and the rounded roof reveals the amateur styling, which was fortuitously very pleasant overall. 10 Overheating problems were attacked by cutting multiple top vents. But the cockpit must have remained a mobile oven. 11 Notice that the side opening for the cockpit ran horizontally outboard into the door skin, and the complete lack of an A-pillar. 12 The rear fender top surface inboard of the radius running back from the headlamp fairing was quite flat, probably contributing to rear-end lift. INTERIOR VIEW (see previous page) An ergonomic disaster featuring low-back seats and a steering-wheel position favored by bus drivers and (very) old-school Indy car drivers, this interior is nicely trimmed and well finished, with glove boxes in each sill. Notice the rear wheel housing coming very far forward on the right because the driver sat so far back in the wheelbase. The pedal box had to be unpleasantly narrow and restrictive. 10 11 7 12 Sports Car Market


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Race Car Profile / Collecting Thoughts The New Normal for Porsche Spyders The current market values originality more than anything else when it comes to Porsche Spyder values by Miles Collier Details Years produced: 1956–57 Number produced: 39 Original list price: $6,000 Current SCM Median Valuation: $4,750,000 Chassis # location: Plate on cockpit firewall Engine # location: On crankcase Club: Porsche Club of America Web: www.pca.org Alternatives: 1953–55 Porsche 550, 1958–59 Porsche RSK, 1960–61 Porsche RS 60/RS 61 SCM Investment Grade: A Comps Bonhams Scottsdale Lot 44, chassis 550A0145, sold for $5,170,000 T here has been a small batch of Spyder sales since March 2012, when David Gooding auctioned a Porsche 550 at triple the SCM Pocket Price Guide number. The question then was whether the $3,685,000 price was an aberration or a new reality. Subsequent Spyder prices have shown that David Gooding’s sale indeed marked a new normal. Now, in 2018, we have enough “new normal” results to infer some factors determining today’s Spyder pricing. Porsche 550A Spyder chassis 0145 sold for $5,170,000, including all commissions, at Bonhams’ Scottsdale sale on January 18, 2018, which was an impressive result indeed. Let’s review this transaction against other noteworthy post-2012 Spyder sales. To do so we created three scatter diagrams showing Spyder sale dates versus price; condition versus price; and model versus price for 11 sales starting with the 2012 Gooding auction. As a caveat, we should recognize that 11 data points are insufficient to draw valid statistical inference. Nevertheless, the results are interesting if we don’t try to read too much into them. Our sample incorporated five 550 sales, one 550A, two RSKs, one RS 60 and two RS 61s. Given the paucity of data, it is important to recognize that random chance can have a huge impact on the data, precisely because we have so few points. For example, a quick scan of the highest prices real- ized shows that they are the more recent transactions. May we infer a rising trend amongst Spyder prices? Well, our condition-versus-price diagram shows the most original — or most important — cars sell at the highest prices, but here they are also the most recent sales. What we see here is the intersection of price trend 86 versus condition and provenance. Unfortunately, we have no way to tease out which factor is contributing what to the realized price. Most interesting, the model-versusprice diagram is flat across models. Spyder experts will be surprised. Major determinants of value are key here. What makes this car valuable? Condition is the first determinant of value. Originality trumps everything. Then, there’s the “is what it is” factor (make, model, and specification) that makes factory team cars more valuable than mundane customer machines by quite a bit (approaching 100%). Our subject 550A is both the most recent sale and a former Works racer. At $5.2 million, it holds fourth place in the price sweepstakes behind two notoriously original 550s and a one-of-four Porsche team RS 60. Significantly, our 550A ran the 1958 Nürburgring 1000 Km race as a factory team car. Though it was a Works entry, it was driven by privateer Porsche driver Count Carel Godin de Beaufort, partnered with Porsche Works ace Richard von Frankenberg, to an impressive 6th overall, first in 1,500-cc, finish. At Le Mans, 0145 was an apparently “Works-blessed” entry with new owner de Beaufort now paired with Porsche driver Herbert Linge. Thanks to biblical rain that kept the highly stressed engines cool as well as more gently used due to slippery conditions, four out of five Porsche entries finished, with our subject car taking a brilliant 5th overall and 2nd in class. A good finish by a factory car at Le Mans is auction money in the bank. The rest of our subject’s qualities at the time of this sale are pretty standard for a “no-stories” car: 1958 Porsche 550A Spyder Lot 42, s/n 550A145 Condition 3+ Not sold at $4,200,000 Gooding & Co., Pebble Beach, CA, 8/20/16 SCM# 6804254 1956 Porsche 550 Rennsport Spyder Lot 140, s/n 5500090 Condition 3 Sold at $6,121,188 Bonhams, Goodwood Revival, U.K., 9/10/16 SCM# 6804556 1961 Porsche RS 61 racer Lot 307, s/n 718070 Condition 2 Sold at $2,996,688 Bonhams, Chichester, U.K., 6/26/15 SCM# 265782 Sports Car Market P. Litwinski , courrtesy of Bonhams


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• The body is original, with some coachwork replacement (evidently not enough to be material). • The car has the original engine and transmission (although I could not verify the transmission number). • An apparently older, quality restoration. • Ownership by a noted expert, Warren Eads — and a successful history of repeated use in the Mille Miglia Storica. I would note that racing cars that have seen extended use, as our sub- ject did in both Europe and North America, would normally lack their original engine. Typically, heavily used racing engines get comprehensively blown up. That this car has its original engine, and no significant crash damage, speaks to the sympathetic nature of its drivers and therefore, by extension, to relatively gentle usage. Moreover, benevolent short- and long-term holders allowed our subject to avoid the outrages to which frequently sold cars are subject. Bottom line, this is a nice, rep- resentative car in good “weaponsgrade” turnout. While the car is potentially museum quality, the current presentation is typical of a car valued more for its operating qualities than as an important document of its time. Factory race cars climb the value grade The important differentiator in our “nice goods” analysis is the car’s factory race status. Factory team cars are always rare. The best drivers race them, although with de Beaufort we have the rich — emphasis on rich — amateur exception. (It is also true that de Beaufort went on to be an adequate journeyman driver in high-level sports cars, as we see here, as well as in Formula One.) Team cars are also normally explain this condition, as Porsche would have been focusing on their next-generation Spyder, the RSK. I might also suggest that Porsche “sold” the ride at both the Nürburgring and Le Mans to de Beaufort in customer-specification 0145 to ingratiate themselves with a good customer and to defray racing expenses. This is a highly nuanced inference and may be incorrect. An interesting comparison car A comparable transaction on the scatter diagram is the Porsche RS 60 team car, chassis 718044, which sold for $5,400,000 at Gooding & Company’s Pebble Beach Auction in 2015. Like our subject car, chassis 044 presents as a working vintage racer, showing none of the museum-quality, archival restoration that its importance deserves. Being one of four Works cars, chassis 044 embodies more Works use and history than our subject car. Most significant is the 04x serial number reserved for team cars. Additionally, while the factory-team-car tweaks are subtle, they are easily seen and further enhance value. The supreme asset of originality The two 550s that inhabit the $5 million-plus range are both remarkably original. Chassis 5500090 is arguably the most original Spyder on the planet. The ex-Seinfeld 550, chassis 0060, is impressively original as well. Despite the relatively primi- Despite the relatively primitive nature of the 550, its low performance relative to later models, and its high production numbers (more than twice made than other models), we see that originality trumps everything. equipped with special, not-for-public-consumption components that give them a competitive edge over their mundane siblings. Such features add significantly to collectible value. Finally, factory cars contest the most important races, thereby gaining a provenance that surpasses most privateer cars. Our subject car does well with its impressive race record in world- championship European events. As a Works 550A, it is unusual in having no perceptible technical improvements over ordinary customer cars. The extremely late serial number — the second-to-last car built — may tive nature of the 550, its low performance relative to later models, and its high production numbers (more than twice made than other models), we see that originality trumps everything. Indeed, 0090 is the poster- child for originality. Aside from that incredible and important attribute, it has no racing history, and nothing special in specification. Yet it stands alone when it comes to irreplaceable, reference-quality originality unmatched by any other Spyder. Finally, and still mystifying, though the paucity of data points may be the cause, the scatter diagram shows no significant price differences among models. It is axiomatic among Spyder experts that, all things being equal, increasing price goes with chronological model order. Will that trend ultimately manifest in price? Stay tuned. Our subject car was fairly bought and sold. ♦ April 2018 87


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Next Gen Profile 2008 Tesla Roadster Elon Musk’s Tesla Roadster is now traveling at 18,000 mph through space. Picking up this earthbound car was a genius move by Jeff Zurschmeide Details Years produced: 2008–09 Number produced: 500 Original list price: $109,000 Current SCM Median Valuation: $72,250 Engine # location: Raised boss, right side of motor body Chassis # location: Left side dashboard under windshield Club: Tesla Motors Club Web: www.teslamotorsclub.com Alternatives: 2011–12 Fisker Karma, 2014–18 BMW i8, 2016–18 Acura NSX SCM Investment Grade: C Comps 2017 Acura NSX coupe Lot ST0077, s/n 19UNC1B00HY000305 Condition: 1 Not sold at $197,000 Chassis number: 5YJRE11B881000272 • Three-phase, four-pole AC induction electric motor • 3.0 80-kWh battery • 288 bhp and 295 ft-lb of torque • BorgWarner single-speed transmission • Four-wheel independent suspension • Four-wheel disc brakes • Just 414 miles on the odometer at the time of cataloging • The 272nd of the first Tesla Roadster run of just 500 cars • Recently upgraded by Tesla with new, improved R80 3.0 batteries • A sports car that marked the beginning of an era SCM Analysis This car, Lot 9, sold for $71,500, including buyer’s premium, at Bonhams’ auction in Scottsdale, AZ, on January 18, 2018. In the middle of the last decade, Tesla Motors was making big waves throughout the automotive industry. With a Silicon Valley attitude, the upstart automaker declared its intention to disrupt the hidebound auto industry with new electric-vehicle technology. For a while the joke was that Tesla delivered more press releases than actual cars. But Tesla eventually got itself together and did deliver cars. They also held the attention of the public and the established automakers. After putting the original Tesla Roadster on the road in 2008, the company has sold 88 and delivered over 250,000 cars in the past 10 years. Tesla is still a niche automaker, but what they’ve done is remarkable. The original Tesla The car that started the Tesla phenomenon is the Roadster produced in 2008–09. Technically, version 2.0 was the first mass-produced Roadster, as the 1.0 and 1.5 versions were pretty much prototypes with substantial problems, such as transmissions that lasted only a few hundred miles unless you locked out low gear. But the 500-unit production run of the Roadster 2.0 proved the concept and made Tesla profitable. The Roadster was based on a modified Lotus Elise platform, with an extra two inches of wheelbase and chassis stiffeners to handle the increased weight of the Tesla batteries. Even with all the body panels made of carbon fiber, the Tesla weighed over 700 pounds more than the Elise. The Roadster 2.0 was fitted with 53 kilowatt hours (kWh) worth of lithium-ion batteries, driving a 185-kilowatt (248-horsepower, 273 ft-lb of torque) electric motor with a single-speed BorgWarner transmission. That gave the Roadster plenty of juice, including a 0–60 mph time of 3.9 seconds and a maximum range of 244 miles on a charge. The production Roadster carried a price tag of $109,000, and Tesla had no trouble selling all 500 cars. By 2010, Tesla was making the updated Roadster 2.5, and then the 2.5 Sport with 288 horsepower. Production ended in January of 2012, with 2,500 Roadsters pro- 2015 BMW i8 coupe Lot 463, s/n WBY2Z2C5XFV392125 Condition: 1 Sold at $137,500 Barrett-Jackson, Palm Beach, FL, 4/10/16 SCM# 6799730 GAA Classic Cars, Greensboro, NC, 3/2/17 SCM# 6827686 2008 Tesla Roadster Signature Series Lot 669, s/n 5YJRE11B381000034 Condition: 3 Sold at $73,000 Auctions America by RM, Auburn, IN, 5/12/11 SCM# 179489 Sports Car Market Courtesy of Bonhams


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duced and sold worldwide. The Model S sedan debuted six months later. But Tesla wasn’t done with the Roadster. In 2016 the company made duced and duced and duced and ed and sold worldwide. The Model S sedan debuted six m ed and sold worldwide. The Model S sedan debuted six months later. But Tesla wasn’t done with the Roadster. In 2016 the company made The The best Roadster Our subject car for this analysis is a true bargain. With just 414 miles covered since new, that’s not even two charge cycles. Even betled, so this car has brandting unused for 10 years. hed as well. This is as good ced and sold worldwide. The Model S sedan debuted six months later. But Tesla wasn’t done with the Roadster. In 2016 the company made The best Roadster Our subject car for this analysis is a true bargain. With just 414 miles covered since new, that’s not even two charge cycles. Even bet- led, so this car has brand- ting unused for 10 years. hed as well. This is as good as as not just buying well — it . Not so much for the seller, l shelled out a minimum of 9,000 MSRP plus $29,000 ) for a crazy, fun little s car that they never even e, and took nearly 50% reciation for their trouble. at’s up with that, anyway? The takeaway lesson here duced and ed and sold worldwide. The Model S sedan debuted ced and sold worldwide. The Model S sedan debuted six months later. But Tesla wasn’t done with the Roadster. In 2016 the company made The best Roadster Our subject car for this analysis is a true bargain. With just 414 miles covered since new, that’s not even two charge cycles. Even bet- led, so this car has brand- ting unused for 10 years. hed as well. This is as good as not just buying well — it . Not so much for the seller, l shelled out a minimum of 9,000 MSRP plus $29,000 ) for a crazy, fun little s car that they never even e, and took nearly 50% reciation for their trouble. at’s up with that, anyway? The takeaway lesson here to to this point. The reason for that is simple. Buyers have understandable resistance to buying a used EV when new ones are better and more affordable. To prove the point, when the Tesla Model S arrived, the base price was $50,000 cheaper than the Roadster and much more advanced, so the herd moved on to greener pastures. Right now, the economics are working in favor of the collector. Tesla Roadsters were expensive to buy, and the owners generally had other cars as well. So the typical Tesla Roadster has never been abused, and most have limited miles on the odo. But they’re yesterday’s news to the early adopters and tech enthusiasts. Today you can pick up a well-kept Roadster for $45,000 to $65,000. That’s about half what they cost as new cars, and even the most-loved Roadster won’t have crazy high mileage. Tesla says the batteries should be good in excess of 100,000 miles, and most Roadsters have been driven only a fraction of that distance. Finally, prices probably won’t go too much lower over the next five years, and selection should remain reasonable. April 2018 89 hat there are some smokg deals available right now Tesla Roadsters. With just 0 ever made and a new ation promised for 2020, s plenty of upside potend even if the prices remain ew years, you’ll still have s car in your collection. ♦ nhams.)


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Sports Car Market Keith Martin’s The Insider’s Guide to Collecting, Investing, Values, and Trends ™ David Gooding and auctioneer Charlie Ross take bids on a 1965 Ferrari 275 GTB Speciale, which sold for $8,085,000, making it Gooding’s high seller of Arizona Auction Week; (image by Jensen Sutta, courtesy of Gooding & Company)


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AUCTIONS IN THIS ISSUE $114m Barrett-Jackson, Scottsdale, AZ, p. 98 $49m Gooding & Company, Scottsdale, AZ, p. 110 $36m RM Sotheby’s, Phoenix, AZ, p. 122 $25m Bonhams, Scottsdale, AZ, p. 136 $18m Russo and Steele, Scottsdale, AZ, p. 150 $7m Worldwide Auctioneers, Scottsdale, AZ, p. 160 $3m Silver Auctions Arizona, Fort McDowell, AZ, p. 174 April 2018 93


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Market Reports Overview Arizona Totals Drop While Per-Car Averages Grow Seven cars could have made this year the second-highest ever, but didn’t By Chad Tyson Top 10 Sales This Issue (Land Auctions Only) A 1. 1965 Ferrari 275 GTB Speciale coupe, $8,085,000—Gooding & Co., AZ, p. 118 2. 1958 Porsche 550A Spyder, $5,170,000—Bonhams, AZ, p. 138 3. 1954 Ferrari 500 Mondial Series I roadster, $4,455,000—Gooding & Co., AZ, p. 116 4. 1966 Shelby Cobra 427 S/C roadster, $2,947,500—RM Sotheby’s, AZ, p. 134 5. 1972 Ferrari 365 GTS/4 Spyder, $2,640,000—Bonhams, AZ, p. 142 6. 2014 Pagani Huayra coupe, $2,090,000—Gooding & Co., AZ, p. 118 7. 1948 Tucker 48 sedan, $1,792,500—RM Sotheby’s, AZ, p. 132 8. 1963 Iso Grifo A3/L Prototype coupe, $1,760,000—Gooding & Co., AZ, p. 118 9. 2015 McLaren P1 coupe, $1,732,500—Gooding & Co., AZ, p. 112 10. 1991 Ferrari F40 coupe, $1,512,500—Bonhams, AZ, p. 144 Best Buys 1942 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 SS Spider, $555,000—RM Sotheby’s, AZ, p. 126 94 rizona in January: It’s a great time to head south, soak up some mid-winter sun and kick tires. With thousands and thousands of cars — some of the best in the world — and thousands of potential buyers in the same spot, it’s also the first measurement for the temperature of the collector-car market for the year. Barrett-Jackson’s auction totals ran up 12% over last year’s total of $101.2m, bringing in the second-highest one-week total in Arizona auction history. With 1,749 cars crossing the block from Tuesday through Sunday, the sixday total came to $113,770,305. Gooding & Company claimed the biggest jump in year-over-year sales, with a 47% boost over last year’s total, $33.4m. Of the 129 lots on offer, 111 found new homes, bringing in $49.1m — the fourth-highest number ever posted by Gooding at this week. High sale was also the highest of the week — the 1965 Ferrari 275 GTB Speciale, sold for $8,085,000. Totals for RM Sotheby’s are often tied closely with how many cars they offer. In the past decade, cars offered have ranged from 84 to 180. The 129 lots offered this year is in the bottom half of those rankings, and the same goes for the $36m from this sale. That said, it’s still the sixthhighest sales total in their 19 years in the desert. Bonhams’ second-highest total ever at Scottsdale came one year after their highest total. So despite a 30% drop in dollars sold ($36m to $25.2m), all other indicators are among their best ever. The 95 cars sold and 88% sell-through rate are the highest numbers they’ve posted during this week. At Talking Stick Resort, Russo and Steele plowed through 703 cars — the second most at any auction this week — in just four days. The final total of $17,894,335, down from $22m in 2017, is their lowest since 2013, but that speaks more to Russo’s robust sales since then rather than any bottom falling out. This year’s per-car average is up by nearly $3k when compared to last year’s number. The biggest difference was the drop in sell-through percentage from 78% to 65%. Worldwide Auctioneers took their second year in the desert in stride. Coming into the week with considerable buzz around the biggest newsworthy car, Hitler’s 770K, it hit a snag and didn’t sell at a $7m high bid. Still, Worldwide sold 53 cars for $6,854,800. Silver Auctions Arizona made their debut at the same location and with the same schedule as Mitch Silver’s old setup. Sell-through percentage hopped up from 44% last year to 57% this year, and that’s really the easiest way to add dollars to the bottom line — sell more cars. The per-car average bumped up to $16,759 versus $15,230 last year, too. Chad’s Quick Take: Anyone tracking the Arizona Auction Week numbers has grown accustomed to increases in sales year after year, but after five straight years of double-digit growth in Arizona, these past three years seem subdued. Total sales in 2018 were down from 2017. What does that mean? It was a 3% drop from $261,338,771 last year to $252,407,845 this year. It’s still also the fourthhighest total ever at this week of auction sales. No sky is falling; no rivers are running red. The difference was at the high end of each of these auctions and total number of cars offered. To the first point: If each site had their highest-bid no-sale go through with a sale at that bid price, we’d see an additional $29.5m in the cumulative sold column. This number is primarily led by the Gooding and RM Sotheby’s D-types (not selling at $8,850,000 and $9,800,000, respectively). If either one of those had gone from no to yes, we wouldn’t have a statistically significant drop from last year. It’s also easy to overlook that 214 fewer cars were of- fered in 2018. Average price per car jumped from $89,133 up to $91,518, too. All in all, this was a strong sales week — again, the fourth-best sales total ever in Arizona — and each company should be proud of its results. ♦ January 13–21, 2018 Worldwide January 17, 2018 January 17–21, 2018 Bonhams Scottsdale, AZ January 18, 2018 RM Sotheby’s Phoenix, AZ January 18–19, 2018 Silver Auctions AZ Fort McDowell, AZ January 18–20, 2018 Gooding & Company Scottsdale, AZ January 19–20, 2018 $0 $20m $40m $3.4m $49.1m $60m SCM 1–6 Scale Condition Rating: 1: National concours standard/perfect 2: Very good, club concours, some small flaws 3: Average daily driver in decent condition 4: Still a driver but with some apparent flaws 5: A nasty beast that runs but has many problems 6: Good only for parts $80m $100m $120m Russo and Steele Scottsdale, AZ Scottsdale, AZ Sales Totals of Auctions in This Issue $113.8m Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale, AZ $6.9m $17.9m $25.2m $36.1m 1957 Pontiac Bonneville convertible, $74,800—Worldwide Auctioneers, AZ, p. 170 1995 Ferrari F50 convertible, $1,155,000—Bonhams, AZ, p. 144 1936 Packard Super Eight roadster, $114,240—RM Sotheby’s, AZ, p. 130 2003 BMW Z8 convertible, $128,500—Silver Auctions AZ, AZ, p. 180 Sports Car Market


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Market Reports Overview Buy/Sell/Hold A market veteran reviews the lessons from Scottsdale 2018 by Steve Serio Sell “Punished” is the correct word for cars offered in Arizona that were not fantastic examples or were still yesterday’s news. Even a great many no-reserve cars were overlooked as their checkered condition or histories deterred potential buyers from going beyond a new “low price” realized. It’s time to sell your dead wood that doesn’t have Drew Shipley ©2017, courtesy of RM Sotheby’s Hold on to your Astons. This RM Sotheby’s 2003 DB AR1 did well enough at $335,000, but where were all the DB4/5/6s in Arizona this year? T ruth be told, the results from Arizona should be labeled “Monterey Part Deux: Arizona.” The collectible-car train is still on a steady and consistent track after the first round of auctions in this new year, and the tune being whistled is the same song from 2017. Consistency in the marketplace is good and healthy all around. After poring over spreadsheets and data from Arizona, the results do vary slightly from Monterey, but just fractionally. The overall market remains healthy, with strong sell-through rates showing that sellers’ and buyers’ expectations are matching up. This year may be the moment when last’s years “sell” cars are now price-corrected accordingly and it’s time to “buy” in. Let’s wait and see…. Like any fluid market, be it stock, housing, commodities or bonds, the buy/sell tim- ing can flip in an instant (Bitcoin, anyone?). Let’s look at highlights of very tangible sales. The flip side to the adjustment that has taken place since August 2014 indicates that it may very well be time to venture back into the shallow end of the pool if you’ve been on the sidelines with your paddle in your back pocket. Buy The mantra of 2018 (see 2017): Find what is unrepeatable and go after it with vim, vigor and gusto. This line is the one that shall remain drawn in the sand and the sand is slowly hardening like concrete. Bidders proved once again that fantastic examples of just about anything will find a home. Case in point, Bonhams Lot 76 was a 1969 Volvo P1800 that rang the bell at $74,800. This example was beyond loved; it was obviously the original owner’s obsession and pride and joy, and the rewarding price proved just that. The overall presentation, down to a display box showing off the owner’s manual, key fob, tools and leather straps, was a great selling tool. If every car presented was like this, we’d be constantly writing about world records that are also great deals. Another chapter in “buy what has great provenance” was Bonhams Lot 44, a 1958 Porsche 550A Spyder at $5,170,000. Having failed to sell at perhaps a less aggressive reserve a few years ago, the bidding was spirited here, and this piece of kit with Le Mans history showed how a slight price adjustment brought the gavel down. And me without my winning lottery ticket… rats. I’d be remiss in not mentioning Gooding’s Lot 28, 1963 Iso Grifo A3/L, which went above high estimate at $1,760,000 with four active bidders in the room. There are no comps for a prototype car like this, and much like Gooding’s Lot 134, 1964 Ferrari 275 Speciale, which brought a robust $8,085,000, where are you going to find another one? Few folks thought either of these banner cars wasn’t bought correctly, and I dare say they may look even a bit cheap moving forward. Unrepeatable cars find their true value and price level when sold in an open forum, and these types of exchanges are made for an auction atmosphere. Buy the best and forget the rest — examples like this have the potential for an upside and will always be rewarding to own. 96 “matching numbers,” a history file looking like the latest tax-code book and is bereft of an original tool roll or kit! Cut your losses. The Norwegian Blue shall remain dead, as will interest in your car if you don’t adjust your price downward. It may seem like I’m picking on the same cars again (see Prancing Horse and Horse of Shield), but a quick survey of no-sales highlighted many of Maranello’s finest production cars and a smattering of Stuttgart’s easier-to-find-elsewhere examples. Your options for retaining and owning a car that is simply “just another car” are simple… keep it and drive the life out of it or consider selling it ASAP and stop hoping for a bounce in the market. The great outlier still remains the occasional unused, off-the-road, barn-find example. It need not be rare or even the best-spec model — it just needs to be slightly unloved, unused, forgotten about and, dare I say, unwilling to venture forth under its own power. Please leave the dirt and musty condition as it is. Do you have something that looks like Gooding’s Lot 58, 1973 Porsche 911T Targa with 3,500 miles and isn’t running, that you’d take $313,500 for? No problem finding a handful of bidders who were all willing to run the car up to that final number. Wow. Gooding’s Lot 128, 1958 Porsche 356A Speedster that could best be described as “needing a full restoration,” certainly brought the money too, at $236,500. It is time to sell your slightly dilapidated, engine-apart (but matching, of course) and last-driven-when-Nixonwas-in-the-White House car now. Folks are high on romance, and having something that is very, um… unique. Hold Aston Martin as a marque was a relatively scarce find in Arizona. The five cars that were sold between Gooding and RM Sotheby’s were all hammered for market-correct or slightly strong prices. RM Sotheby’s Lot 228, 2003 DB AR1, did very well at $335,000, as did Gooding’s Lot 41, 1959 DB Mk III DHC, at $621,500. But what struck me was that there were no DB4/5/6s on offer. I can’t remember a time when there were no 1960s Astons for sale. I personally believe that these cars are a little hard to realistically price at the moment, and owners are better off letting the market settle before taking the risk. I feel that because there is no consensus within auc- tion pricing and because there were a handful of no-sale cars in the past 36 months, specialists are gun shy to quote and make predictions, whether good or bad, from past performance. Hold onto your 1960s Astons for a bit and let’s watch from the sidelines. ♦ Sports Car Market


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Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale, AZ Barrett-Jackson — Scottsdale 2018 For perspective, aggregate sales at all the Arizona auctions reached $252m, so Barrett-Jackson accounted for nearly half of the week’s total dollar sales Company Barrett-Jackson Date January 13–21, 2018 Location Scottsdale, AZ Auctioneers Mast Auctioneers: Joseph Mast, lead auctioneer Automotive lots sold/offered 1,729/1,749 Sales rate 99% Sales total $113,770,305 High sale 2017 Ford GT coupe, sold at $2,500,000 Buyer’s premium Charity benefits from this 2017 Ford GT coupe being the overall top seller, hitting $2,500,000 at Barrett-Jackson’s Scottsdale event 10%, included in sold prices Report and photos by Michael Leven Market opinions in italics B arrett-Jackson’s Scottsdale powerhouse auction returned to WestWorld this January, offering up 1,749 mostly no-reserve lots and again dominating the increasingly competitive Arizona Auction Week with almost $114m in sales. Consignments this year were focused on Barrett-Jackson’s bread and butter: serious muscle and resto-mods, and a lot of other great street machines. But B-J is also upping the ante on its Salon offerings, of which there was a small but very nice selection. To show how serious Craig Jackson is about recapturing some of the classic-car market, he’s brought in Nick Smith from Bonhams to lead the charge on the Salon cars. All but a few of the Salon cars sold, and unlike the other lots, they did have reserve prices. Charity sales reached $6.21m and are included in the overall total. For perspective, aggregate sales at all the Arizona auctions reached $252m, so Barrett-Jackson accounted for nearly half of the week’s total dollar sales. In other words, their result is almost equal to the other six auctions combined. High sale from the seven-day auction (not 98 including one charity lot) was for a 2015 Porsche 918 Spyder, which sold on the low side of market-correct for $1,430,000. Next up was a very nice 1952 Ferrari 212 Europa in two-tone blue over blue leather. It sat right at the front of the Salon display and sold for a very reasonable — by old-Ferrari standards — $1,100,000 all-in. Rounding out the top three sales was a 1965 Chevy Corvette cut-away demonstrator, which showed the inner workings of the car in motion. It also sold for $1.1m and will certainly be a centerpiece for the Corvette guy who thought he had everything the day before. Other significant sales included the highest-selling (drivable) American car, a 1969 Chevy Camaro ZL1 painted in Hugger Orange and in magnificent condition. It hammered for $770k. Next among the big sellers, and rounding out the top five dollar-getters, was the Wimbledon White 1966 Shelby Mustang GT350 prototype, topped with a one-off light blue vinyl roof. It commanded an impressive $605,000. At the other end of the pricing spectrum, there were Sales Totals a number of cars that found new homes at modest prices. An immaculate 15k-mile, 2001 Aston Martin DB7 Volante managed only $33,000, while a 2006 Maserati Gran Sport with only 43,000 miles went for a song at $13,750. I also liked a 1997 Ford Mustang Cobra showing just 26k rustfree Arizona miles at $9,900. Another bargain was a 1986 C4 Corvette with 33k miles that looked like a terrific buy at $9,000. All said and done, the Barrett-Jackson crew hit an- other one out of the park. All the other houses at Arizona Auction Week are going to have to work hard to knock them off the top step. ♦ $150m $120m $90m $60m $30m 0 Sports Car Market 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014


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Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale, AZ ENGLISH #1385-1937 ROLLS-ROYCE PHAN- TOM III Sedanca de Ville. S/N: 3CP38. Burgundy & copper/burgundy leather & mohair. RHD. Odo: 5,624 miles. Originally bodied by W.S. Atcherley. Rebodied by Freestone & Webb in 1946 for John Gaul with the only design mandate to win concours. Restored in 2008. Best of Class winner at Pebble Beach. Paint, caning on doors still excellent. Doubleskinned turned copper on fenders, running boards starting to show solder lines, but other copper finishes, grille, inner front fenders, swage lines, interior/exterior hardware pristine. Comes with original RR build sheets, many period photographs. Most recently shown at Pebble Beach in 2017. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $82,500. Sold previously by Russo and Steele at their Monterey 2011 sale for $52,800 (SCM# 3666187). Of all the Tigers I’ve come across, I’ve never seen one with a 302. No sin really, as the 260s and 289s look similar—they’re all from the same block. Engine swaps are quite common in these—few Tigers seem to have their original engines—so values don’t suffer terribly. All this one needed was new paint and some other cosmetic work to take it up a couple notches. And with really nice Tigers pulling over $100k, this one looks like a solid buy. #307-1967 AUSTIN MINI custom van. S/N: MAV4918308. Lavender/two-tone gray leather. RHD. Odo: 260 miles. Appears to be recently finished. Some signs of rush work, especially in paint. Lots of orange peel. IMSA-type flared front fenders. Rear bumper faired into bodywork; custom rear doors. Racing seats up front; Suzuki steering wheel. Rear compartment open and lined in floor-to-ceiling carpet. Remarkably spacious due to FWD configuration. Clever two-kidney BMW grille recognizes Mini’s current ownership. Rides on wide Minilites. Cond: 2. cute pull hard for some, but I’m certain most current buyers have never actually driven one of these. I once drove a VW bus across the entire U.S. via the Montana and North Dakota plains and the twisty two-lanes of upstate New York. To this day I have not had (collectively!) as many genuinely frightening moments in a car as on that trip. Yikes! Fairly bought and likely safe enough if new owner sticks to lowspeed surface streets. #624-1964 VOLKSWAGEN BEETLE NOT SOLD AT $1,000,000. Referred to, in period, as “the Copper Kettle.” Painstaking and spectacular restoration of the copper surfaces took five years, after which the artisan who did the work reportedly said never again. So far from your standard PIII, you knew this car was going to blow past guide-book pricing (most command over $500k) within the first bid or two, which it did. Given what must have been a staggering cost to the restoration, it should come as no surprise that the high bid of $1m was not going to get the job done. #1026-1966 SUNBEAM TIGER convert- ible. S/N: B382000391LRXFE. White/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 86,757 miles. Rotisserie restored at unspecified time. Looks like it’s been awhile. Paint was once to better than new, but is aging. Hard-top fit slightly askew. Interior and trunk finished in matching black carpet and vinyl, with white-piped seat covers taut and firm. Original wood steering wheel reconditioned. NOS replacement wiring harness. Engine a late-’60s 302. Rebuilt original Toploader 4-speed with Hurst Competition shifter. Cooling system upgraded with fourcore radiator. Cond: 3+. custom 2-dr sedan. S/N: 5960550. Blue & white/gray & white vinyl. Odo: 6,332 miles. Restored by consignor about 10 years ago— many show awards and feature stories since. Porsche 911 H4 headlights grafted into fender very well. Factory sunroof. Attractive twotone paint looks good from even a couple feet, but on closer inspection lots of prep scratches; application very thick in other spots. Interior tastefully done and in good shape. Bugpack shifter. Built 1,835-cc engine, with lots of chrome dress-up. Airbag suspension, dropped front end. Great stance. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $6,600. Sensibly kept stock underneath save the bump in displacement, but the boy-racer look loses any cred finished in lavender. Would look really cool in a traditional Mini color (BRG!) with a white top and Cooper S stripes, and there’s enough uncaptured value for a high-quality respray. Might then make a great runner for a repair shop, or if left pastel, for a flower shop. Cheap as a classic Mini—a steal as a usable, one-off custom. GERMAN #1276-1962 VOLKSWAGEN TRANS- PORTER double-cab custom pickup. S/N: 905131. Yellow & white/gray & white leather. Odo: 78,927 miles. Meticulous nut-and-bolt restoration, with significant mechanical upgrades. Paint to factory grade, with no discernible flaws. Sliding side windows. Well-finished wood bed. Custom interior with all-German materials including proper square-weave carpet. Pumped-up 2.4-L Bergman engine. Upright Porsche-style fan, 4-speed manual transmission, front disc brakes. Way too nice to use for anything other than light-duty errands and looking extremely cool cruising with a few friends. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $80,300. The Type 2 market has been inexplicably crazy for some years now. Nostalgia and 100 SOLD AT $11,550. Owner sat by car for much of inspection period, pointing out features and answering questions. Unfortunately, he was not well rewarded for his efforts. While a couple other older Beetles were pulling down $25k prices, they were stock, and nice as this one was, it clearly did not ring the bell for enough folks. Such is the risk of a no-reserve auction, and the car did not command its true value. Well bought. #1281.1-1965 PORSCHE 356SC coupe. S/N: 222572. Champagne Yellow/tan leather. Odo: 41,858 miles. Documented as next-tolast 356SC made. Ordered by California dealer for personal use. Dealer-installed headrests, chrome wheels dated 3/64. 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Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale, AZ markably well kept since. Paint once top drawer, now showing pock marks, thinning. Excellent prep and panel alignment. Rear window seal starting to perish. Interior nicely broken in but not worn. Never wrecked. H4 headlights indicate use. Comes with Porsche CoA. Cond: 2-. #1006.1-1976 PORSCHE 912E Outlaw coupe. S/N: 9126001133. Powder blue & orange/black leather, striped cloth inserts. Odo: 28,048 miles. Significantly upgraded 912E Outlaw. Well-done paint in Gulf Racing blue and orange. Shaved ducktail rear deck. Custom interior with orange roll bar. BMW black leather seats with orange/blue/brown/ white multi-striped beach-chair motif inserts—matching luggage and boot cover. Built 2.7-L 911 engine. Stainless headers, M&K sport exhaust. HD Bilstein struts and shocks. Extended wheel studs, braided brake lines, 911SC calipers, cross-drilled rotors. Immaculate underneath. Cond: 2. model years. Last at auction offered by Mecum at Monterey 2017, where it didn’t sell at a high bid of $250k (SCM# 6847182). Unaltered SLR roadsters regularly sell in the mid-$300k range, which brings me to ask why one would bastardize a fairly rare, highly collectible car with an attractive but non-factory aero kit? And presumably pay dearly for the privilege? I hope the car came with its original body panels.... Very well sold. #1449-2008 PORSCHE 911 GT2 coupe. SOLD AT $99,000. Clearly well cared for and the ultimate iteration of the production 356 with a more powerful engine and discs all around. Only a factory sunroof would have made it more desirable. The restoration is still holding up well, but paint is just tired enough to allow for unfettered use. I’d drive it like I stole it. In one of my favorite color combinations on a 356; I really liked this car and was glad to see it achieve this market-correct price. #648-1974 PORSCHE 914 LE convert- ible. S/N: 4742914780. Black & yellow/black vinyl. Odo: 49,503 miles. One of 500 Limited Edition black-with-yellow-accents bumblebee 914s. Analog to the white-and-orange creamsicle 914, also with the much-preferred 2.0-liter engine. These small-run specials were created to commemorate Porsche’s success in the Can-Am race series, where the 917 Turbos broke McLaren’s stranglehold on the series and generally decimated the competition. Comprehensively but not over-restored to a better-than-new state. Excellent paint, interior, engine compartment and attention to detail. Far better than new. Cond: 2. S/N: WP0AD29988579261. Basalt Black Metallic/black leather. Odo: 3,524 miles. Basalt Black Metallic paint as-new, as is rest of car. Black leather adaptive sport seats with Alcantara inserts and optional red deviated stitching. Headliner, steering wheel, shift knob also Alcantara. Hard-mounted fire extinguisher under driver’s legs. Ceramic composite brakes. Muffler and tailpipes made of titanium to save weight. Copy of Porsche Certificate of Authenticity. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $60,500. My first inclination was to feature this as an example of what to do if you wanted to make your 912 even less valuable. But with the final price well above a stock version, I am forced to castigate this piece of kitsch otherwise, not least its gaudiness. Further, somebody spent a whole lot more money than the winning bid to make a 911 out of a 912. Granted, this car will outperform a 911T, but because one could buy an actual 911T for less as a proper and appreciating asset, this car was very well sold. #1375-2008 MERCEDES-BENZ SLR MCLAREN custom roadster. S/N: WDDAK76F58M001528. Matte silver/black cloth/ oxblood leather. Odo: 14,684 miles. Standard SLR with one-of-10 full carbon body kit by FAB. All work done at factory in Switzerland. Kit includes front and rear bumper replacement, full front and rear quarter-panels, side skirts, hood extension and wing. Modified exhaust tips and Forgiato staggered wheels. Panels painted off body and mounted. Plenty of debris in matte spray. Cloth top as-new and seats nicely broken in. 220-mph speedo barely enough for this beast. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $220,000. When new, Car & Driver magazine called the GT2 the greatest roadgoing 911 in history. Looking like a pumpedup version of the contemporary Turbo, it has 50 more horses and higher cornering capabilities due to its lower ride-height, lower weight and wider rear tires. It also came with a 50% higher price tag than the turbo ($130k vs. $196k). Time has been kind to this generation GT2, as it is just 10 years old and already appreciating—confirmed by this market-correct sale. ITALIAN #1378-1952 FERRARI 212 EUROPA SOLD AT $30,800. The 914 was never meant to be branded as a Porsche, and—save for the 914-6, which was built in Stuttgart—they were never known for their build quality. The 2.0-liters are quick, hardly fast, but fun to drive. They handled like a go-kart, however, and are finally coming into their own on the coattails of other air-cooled Porsches. With good, standard cars now regularly commanding $15k– $20k, this result was strong but not surprising. Square deal all around. 102 SOLD AT $412,500. Actually built over six years by McLaren in England. Initially, the SLR came only in coupe form, but roadster versions like this were built for the last two coupe. S/N: 0263EU. Two-tone blue/blue leather. Odo: 8,077 miles. Late-production 212 and third of 11 coupes by Pinin Farina. One of the last cars built on the 212 platform. Turin Motor Show car in 1953. Restored and personally owned by Ferrari deity Wayne Obry. Highly documented in numerous publication features with multiple class wins and platinum awards, including a Best in Class and perfect 100-point score at Pebble Beach. Still presents as show-field quality. Seats still taut and smooth. Only nits are a few rock chips and small buffer burn below passenger’s rear window. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $1,100,000. Alhough this is a very well-known car, placing a value on it requires some extrapolation, as the several sources show only a few Europas selling over the past two decades. Fortunately, other 212 models (Inter, Export) have come across the block in the recent past, including Sports Car Market


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Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale, AZ our subject car, which was a no-sale at RM Sotheby’s Monterey in 2016 at the very same $1.1m it sold for here (SCM# 6809470). This value is reasonably well aligned with other 212 sales, but given this one’s provenance, it looks like a bit of a deal. #801-1971 DETOMASO PANTERA coupe. S/N: THPNLY01632. Red/black leather. Odo: 43,755 miles. Resprayed within past five years in a Mercedes hue—slightly richer and more ruby than factory red. Correct early unvented hood and chrome bumpers. Interior stock, with painted finish on dash worn. Stereo blanked off. Seats in great shape. Mechanical upgrades include polished dualelement intake, aluminum Edelbrock heads, high-flow exhaust, and 17-inch billet wheels, tires. Cooling system upgraded with twin thermostatically controlled electric fans. Engine grate and rear storage shelf AWOL. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $137,500. Clearly there has been work around the perimeter of this car’s cockpit. Car was locked during entire inspection period, so it was impossible to divine what all the oddities around the pillars might signify. Not saying the car has any secrets, but who knows? While this result is about right for an early Diablo, the lack of transparency would have kept me from bidding. Maybe fairly bought, maybe very well sold. #1002.1-1999 FERRARI F355 Spider. S/N: ZFFXR48A5X0114449. Rosso Corsa/ black cloth/tan leather. Odo: 18,485 miles. Paint excellent save for small chips, crazing on front bumper. Interior as-new. F1 paddle shifters. Black top with tan cover, latter with some signs of wear. Optioned with rear Challenge grille, yellow brake calipers, tan leather convertible boot. Original books, toolkit. Last Ferrari model requiring the very expensive (five-figure) and recurring (every three to five years) engine-out timing-belt service. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $104,500. That this car was actually quite dirty through most of the inspection period did it no favors on the block. At less than half of what it cost new, with an average of only 1,200 miles driven per year, and up-todate servicing, this would have been a very good buy at even 20% more. Nothing else to say but congratulations to the new owner. JAPANESE #864-2001 ACURA NSX coupe. S/N: JH- 4NA21311T000076. Red & black/black leather. Odo: 51,040 miles. Well-kept original car. Always dealer serviced. Some polishing swirls are only fault in body paint, with black top paint slightly closer to pristine. Interior in very nice shape—slight wear on driver’s seat bolster is the only issue. Slightly creased bottom cushion adds character. Comptech supercharger and cat-back exhaust added 2006. Sixspeed, Exedy Racing clutch; new BFGoodrich G-Force tires. Front and rear Honda badges are included. Racers Bobby Rahal and Ayrton Senna helped in initial development of the NSX. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $102,300. As a percentage of their production, Panteras seem to be customized— garishly—even more than C3 Corvettes. Fortunately, the modifications on this one are either practical or easily reversed. And at least the plus-size polished alloys are made to mimic the enormously more-attractive stock, matte-painted Campagnolo mags. Price paid represents the current market, and even if the aesthetics were returned to stock, the new owner would still be in pretty good shape. #1314-1991 LAMBORGHINI DIABLO coupe. S/N: ZA9DU07PXMLA12050. Black/ black leather. Odo: 11,619 miles. Paint mostly good except around passenger’s side C-pillar, as it looks like a local trim-on respray. Daytona-style black leather seats piped in red and red carpet. Clarion stereo, alarm system, with interior trim on A-pillars badly askew. New Pirelli P-Zero tires. Full service just completed including new oil and filter, gearbox oil, differential fluid, coolant flush, brake-fluid flush, clutch-fluid flush, a/c recharge and brand-new battery. Less than 500 miles on new clutch assembly. New door struts. Cond: 2-. 104 SOLD AT $77,000. A great-looking topless Ferrari, but at a price well above market. And it could get even worse, quickly. No indication of a recent belt change. Then there might be valve guide and header replacements, both huge 355 failure points, not to mention the F1 gearbox pump ($$$). Hope the new owner is either lucky or has factored all that in. Oh, then there will be another belt service before you know it. Very well sold, by at least $10k–$15k. #1303-2003 FERRARI 575M coupe. S/N: ZFFBV55A830130848. Silver Titanio Metallic/ black leather. Odo: 16,614 miles. A welloptioned berlinetta serviced regularly over what looks like a gentle life. Paint and interior very good. Only issue of note was passenger’s window not being properly in its track and outside the upper door seal. Options included 19-inch Modular wheels, red brake calipers, Daytona-style seats, enhanced leather package and upgraded speaker system. Zero reported accidents. Recent service included belts, and oil and power-steering-line replacements. A genuine 200-mph missile. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $80,300. Over 18,000 NSXs were built over the 15-year run of first-generation cars, so they’re not rare. Initially criticized for being under-powered, it still achieved Honda’s goal of being competitive with the then-current Ferrari 348. And with 100 more horsepower than the (also) V6-powered Dino 246, purists could hardly complain, but they did. As the NSX started to get the respect it deserves, prices have been on the move. Still, 80 grand is probably a touch pricey for one with this many miles. AMERICAN #1003.2-1937 CORD 812 Westchester sedan. S/N: 1471A. Green/dark green cloth. 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Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale, AZ with some cracks on tight curves. Interior pristine—although incorrect, with body-colored paint on some panels. Said to be one of six Westchester Bustle Backs, and one of two with bolt-on trunk. Cond: 2-. #1302-1954 KAISER-DARRIN 161 roadster. S/N: 161001128. Black/burgundy cloth/burgundy leather. Odo: 119 miles. An unusual but very handsome example of Dutch Darrin’s eponymous sports car restored to a spectacular level by a shop that usually specializes in Mustangs! Build required several donor cars. Black paint, burgundy upholstery and dash flawless, but incorrect—neither color was offered during the car’s original run. Chrome and wheels to show standards. Sliding doors work perfectly, although ingress and egress is a little awkward for larger folks. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $60,500. Appears twice previously in the SCM Platinum Auction Database (Leake Tulsa 2017, $77k, SCM# 6839124; Branson spring 2012, $65k, SCM# 4773589). Caveat emptor: Frequent fliers like this start to get stale once everyone’s seen them. A muscle/custom-focused auction may not be the first place you’d think to sell a true classic like this, but our subject car has now been sold (at least) three times in the past six years and may be running out of venues. Pricing has bounced around—the Leake result is the outlier—but the Branson and Barrett-Jackson results are closer to the ever-steady Cord sedan market. Consignor apparently took a bath here, but the new owner should be very pleased. #1353.2-1953 OLDSMOBILE FIESTA convertible. S/N: 539M42693. Polar White & Raven Red/white vinyl/white & orange vinyl. Odo: 3,380 miles. 303-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Purchased in fabulously restored condition by the DeAtley Collection within the past decade. Still concours quality throughout. The paint is without blemish, the seats are pristine and look inviting, and the chrome is mirror-like. One of 458 built as part of the GM Motorama parade and as traffic builders for Olds dealers. At $5,715 new, it’s amazing they sold that many. Cond: 1. stout for a car this big. They’re not especially rare, as almost 4,000 of them were built, so pricing varies considerably based on condition and having its original running gear. This one ticked all the right boxes and was priced accordingly. Consignor was hoping for a buck and a half, so no surprise with this result. #1315-1965 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE Z16 2-dr hard top. S/N: 138375K173411. Regal Red/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 106 miles. 396-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Two-owner car. One of several being sold from David Fluke Collection. Older restoration just starting to show its age. Paint once to show-standard, now with polishing swirls and checking throughout. Excellent chrome and brightwork. Black vinyl roof still tight. Standard Muncie 4-speed, also equipped with bucket seats, padded dash, console, 160-mph speedo, tach, dash-mounted clock and AM/FM multiplex stereo. Wears mag-style wheel covers on Goldline tires and retains original Protect-OPlate. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $145,200. The fiberglass-bodied, 6-cylindered Darrin’s debut pre-dates the Corvette by two months, but myriad delays kept it from showrooms until early 1954. Henry Kaiser was not pleased when first shown the prototype, but his wife convinced him to produce it. Prices peaked about five years ago, and great ones still command six-figure results like this. Not sure how Darrin purists feel about liberties with the colors, but clearly the bidders (or your scribe) didn’t seem to mind. Fair deal all around. #1453-1964 FORD GALAXIE 500 XL R-code 2-dr hard top. S/N: 4U68R121317. Black/red vinyl. Odo: 700 miles. 427-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. Bought bone-stock and complete out of North Carolina, then restored. Paint extremely good—well blocked and remarkably brilliant for single-stage. Panels straight, but not quite laser-like. Chrome excellent, trim straight and bright. Red interior and seats with white piping. On black steelies with dish caps. R-code 427 under hood, 4.11 rear end. Without the right connections, certainly the closest thing to a Thunderbolt Lightweight a mere mortal could buy for the strip. One of my favorites of the auction. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $242,000. In response to Pontiac and Oldsmobile’s foray into mid-size muscle with the GTO and 442, Chevy built these first Chevelle 396s on a sturdier platform, adding stronger front suspension components, front and rear anti-roll bars, larger brakes and quicker power-assisted steering. You have to go back a ways to find a Z16 selling in five figures, and prices have been over $200k for several years. This sale is most certainly market correct. #1425-1965 SHELBY GT350 R fastback. S/N: SFM5R538. White/black vinyl. 289-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. One of 33 factory competition models built in 1965. Raced with great success by Charlie Kemp. Retains most original sheet metal and inner fenders—verified by SAAC. Looks like it just finished a hard race, with mismatched, scruffy paint, and terrible gaps and panel alignment. Orange front valence. One race seat, one stock. SCCA Division Champ ’68, ’69 and ’70, with 32 race wins overall. Offered with copy of MSO, factory order, factory invoice, bill of sale to Kemp, photos, video footage, event artifacts. No odo. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $247,500. This is an extraordinary result, but for an iconic, genuinely spectacular and very collectible car in great colors. Very much a market-leading sale, so we’ll have to wait for the next one to sell to see if it means a return to the heyday of collector-car prices or it is just a blip. A big blip. One of my colleagues likes to say, “You never overpay for the best.” Which might explain this sale. 106 SOLD AT $143,000. With that engine and rear end, this car was ordered to do one thing only—go fast in a straight line! ET at 12.5 seconds and 107 mph in the quarter is very Sports Car Market


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Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale, AZ Market Moment Three Barrett-Jackson Charity Cars going to charity. Here are three from Barrett-Jackson’s 2018 Scottsdale Auction: O 2017 Ford GT coupe, Lot 3010, sold at $2,500,000 With a base price of $478,000, a curated waiting list and slow production, the Ford GT is a supercar with cachet — not to mention 647 horsepower. Those lucky enough to get on the list after completing a thorough personal questionnaire, are mostly still waiting. This Ford GT is serial number 0026, first sold to Arizona homebuilder Ron Pratte and then donated to the Evernham Family-Racing for a Reason Foundation. Ford currently has plans to build only 750 Ford GTs. While this is a dazzling supercar, it’s pricey even at the list price, which is $150,000 more than faster supercars, including a McLaren 720 or a Lamborghini Huracán. Beautiful, fast and rare is always a good combination at any automobile auction, and the Ford GT certainly fits the bill. But at $2.5 million, either that’s the new market price — or a $2 million, potentially tax-deductible tip to the doorman to get in the club before the hoi polloi. 2018 Chevrolet Corvette Carbon 65 Edition, Lot 3007, sold at $1,400,000 Corvettes are all about the num- bers, and even the name is numbers matching. The Carbon 65 is a celebration of 65 years of Corvettes, and Chevrolet built only 650 copies of this 6.2-liter supercharged car, replete with carbon-fiber goodies and other mostly cosmetic touches offered for a $15,000 add to the build sheet on the approximately $85,000 Z06 list price. The car was donated by General Motors, with all proceeds going to the George W. Bush Presidential Center’s Military Service Initiative, which is focused on the transition from military service to civilian life. The hammer price of $1,400,000 is only a $1,300,000 premium. It might have had something to do with Jay Leno and the former president himself helping auction the car. Or maybe somebody just loves themselves a Corvette. 2015 Pioneer Cedar One custom roadster, Lot 3005, sold at $350,000 The oddest charity lot this year in the Arizona desert was a long way from its forest home. It’s an electric car made from a 250-year-old Western red cedar tree. It was the idea of Bryan Reid Sr., founder of Pioneer Log Homes in British Columbia. Driven by two turbine blowers and powered with lead gel batteries, it’s a fully drivable log car. It’s really a marriage be- tween various renewable resources and technologies. All this eco-tech is jammed into a log outfitted with RX-7 bits, with the whole vehicle weighing in at 2,200 pounds. It holds the Guinness World Record for fastest log car (eat that, Fred Flintstone) at 46 mph. Beneficiaries of the charity loot are the National Medal of Honor Museum Foundation, the Royal Canadian Legion and the Our Nation’s Heroes Foundation. The $350,000 listed sale price didn’t exactly set the market for log cars. It was first sold for $175,000 — and then re-donated. It sold again for $100,000. Then it was re-donated again and sold again for $75,000. This was the charity version of musical chairs, except the last buyer has to keep the car. Or, perhaps, the last buyer got a used log car in a declining market — and the good feeling of donating to good causes. ♦ All images courtesy of Barrett-Jackson 108 — Mark Wigginton SOLD AT $137,500. When I first saw this very plain Fairlane parked casually just inside a roll-up door, I walked right past. Once the elevated hood registered in my mind, I stopped dead in my tracks. Driver-minus paint quality made the old racer in me chuckle as I thought how sometimes the next race is next week and a quick dollop of paint was all you had time for. I loved the just-off-the-track/just-painted/ off-to-the-next-race-tomorrow look. Besides, for a genuine factory special, this looks like kind of a deal to me. #1369-1969 DODGE DAYTONA 2-dr hard top. S/N: XX29LB410796. Bright red/black vinyl. Odo: 74,393 miles. Restored to driver-plus standard in 2012. Paint and brightwork very good. Panel alignment, gaps just okay. Rubber seal between nose and fenders crimped, sticking out in several spots. Interior sound but dull, with rear parcel shelf scruffy. Original Magnum engine and datecoded automatic. Performance Axle Package and Sure Grip 3.55, ps, pb, front discs, in-dash tach, bucket seats, console, Thumbwheel radio and clock. Equipment confirmed by Mr. Govier. One of 503 Daytonas and sold new into Garden Grove, CA. Cond: 2-. Sports Car Market One of the regular features at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale — in addition to tire-kickers doing everything they can to get through their drink tickets before the end of the evening — is the charity car auction. Throughout the auction, the high-rollers bid on donated vehicles, with all proceeds NOT SOLD AT $775,000. Claimed to be winningest GT350 R ever, which is saying a lot, as Shelby Mustangs captured B-Production honors across the country. As for pricing, firstyear GT350s can carry a two-times price premium over other early cars, and the R model can carry a two-times price premium over ’65 street Shelbys. So it’s pretty easy to back into a valuation of an R model at $700,000—the most successful one even more. While the car was really rough-looking, the consignor could easily walk away from the high bid knowing he did the right thing. #1365-1966 FORD FAIRLANE R-code 2-dr hard top. S/N: 6A43R249136. Wimbledon White/black vinyl. Odo: 475 miles. 427-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. One of 57 Ford-supplied and -supported track missiles. Ultra-low miles indicated—it’s a pure drag racer, after all. Clean but not show prepared. Hood raised on stilts. Retains most original sheet metal. Block replaced with ’72 side-oiler. Two build sheets and original owner’s manual. Race-car package included medium-rise intake, fiberglass, sealed-scoop hood, nine-inch rear end, 3.89 Posi. Lots of period “Winner” stickers in windows from NE drag strips. Period ET slips, with 11.95 on the one I saw. Cond: 3+.


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Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale, AZ liner. Engine compartment very tidy, with numbers-matching Hemi and original carbs and distributor. One of 77 born with automatic. Now with 4-speed and Pistol Grip. Non-original, non-stock Dana rear end. Comes with both original jacks. Cond: 3+. SHIFT UP TO SCM PLATINUM! SOLD AT $275,000. Along with the Superbird, certainly the most outwardly outrageous homologation special ever built by Detroit. That Chrysler sent this double-ended pedestrian-maiming tool to the government safety wags for approval tells you how badly they wanted to beat Ford and GM in the “Win on Sunday, Sell on Monday” sweepstakes. Generally worth a little more than their Plymouth cousins, as there are four times as many Superbirds. Still a lot of money for condition, base-spec engine, non-original and automatic trans. Well sold. #1430-1970 PLYMOUTH HEMI SUPERBIRD 2-dr hard top. S/N: RM23R0A172593. Alpine White/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 24,900 miles. One of 135 Hemi Superbirds. Paint better than new. Original vinyl roof shows some mottling. Interior sound but aged—mostly original, including seats, door panels, instrument cluster, dashpad and head- SOLD AT $286,000. A no-sale last year at Barrett-Jackson Mohican Sun, bid to $286,000 (SCM# 6805464). The corporate analog to the Dodge Daytona came to be when a guy named Petty told benefactor Plymouth he needed one to beat his corporate siblings at the race track. Thus the Superbird was born. Our subject car was born a little different from its current state, now with a different driveline. It may seem small, but such variances can change the math dramatically on a car like this. So even with the highly prized Hemi option underhood, this car suffered on the block, possibly to the tune of $30k–$50k. Fair price paid. © on Collector Car Values Auction results on over 297,000 vehicles compiled over 30 years The Insider’s Authority www.sportscarmarket.com/platinum Graphs, price trends, photos and more Special pricing for SCM subscribers April 2018 109


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Gooding & Co. Scottsdale, AZ The Scottsdale Auctions Notably, Gooding’s results were not padded with an excessive number of modern supercars that are still under warranty Company Gooding & Company Date January 19–20, 2018 Location Scottsdale, AZ Auctioneer Charlie Ross Automotive lots sold/offered 111/129 Sales rate 86% Sales total $49,144,150 High sale A catalog of the Pininfarina design ideas of the day — 1965 Ferrari 275 GTB Speciale coupe, sold at $8,085,000 Report by Joe Seminetta and Jack Seminetta Photos by Joe Seminetta Market opinions in italics I t has been nearly a decade since the financial crisis, and the worldwide economy is still awash with cheap and plentiful money. Global central banks’ balance sheets are 400% of what they were just a decade ago, and they have increased their currency printing at a 16% rate versus last year. Giving up sugar is a difficult task. The unintended consequences of easy money, tax reform and low interest rates are $450m da Vinci paintings, a $17m Paul Newman Daytona watch and a Dow Jones average of 26,000. However, collector-car prices (in aggregate) have not exceeded their 2013 high-water mark. Why? There are multiple plausible explanations. The collector-car market was more resilient to financial crises. Many notable cars and collections have recently changed hands. Many Baby Boomers are “dropping out” of car collecting or downsizing their garages. New buyers are not replacing these “retired” collectors at the same pace. Googlers who commute in McLarens are often less interested in Gullwings or E-types. Or… were the past five years just a necessary pause in a long-term bull market? Would Scottsdale’s auctions be the starting point for another upward move in prices? Optimism was in the air in Arizona, as evidenced by aggressive pre-sale estimates. Gooding & Co. continues to raise the bar on how to run a collector-car auction. They have a well-trained staff serving their sophisticated, knowledgeable and affluent client base. A visit to their on-site archive department showcases their research, knowledge and passion for our hobby. David Gooding makes himself widely 110 1965 Ferrari 275 GTB Speciale coupe, sold at $8,085,000 Buyer’s premium 10%, included in sold prices available and visible from the preview to the start of the auction, and auctioneer Charlie Ross runs the event with a pinch of humor while encouraging bidders to be creative about the concept of affordability. Despite the weak U.S. dollar, fewer international buyers attended the preview and the auction. Most of the action came from the room versus the phones or Internet bidding. Many auctions start slowly and gain momentum, but that was not the case this year. In a strong start, only one of the first 20 lots did not meet its reserve. This year’s auction was a success by nearly every metric. Total sales were $49,144,150 — a whopping 48% increase over last year with roughly the same number of cars for sale (129 vs. 126 in 2017). Notably, the results were not padded by offering an excessive number of modern supercars that are still under warranty. Five of the 10 highest-value sales of the week (including No. 1, Lot 134, 1965 Ferrari 275 GTB Speciale, sold for $8,085,000) were sold here. The sell-through rate was 85% (vs. 84% in 2017). Five world-record prices were set over the two-day auction. If there was a potential weak spot, it was at the very upper end of the market. While 12 lots sold above the seven-figure mark, six did not exceed their reserve (including the 1958 Ferrari 250 GT Series One cabriolet and 1956 Jaguar D-type) or were withdrawn (a Ferrari 250 Europa GT) at the last minute. There are few collectors who can write these checks, and the sellers were looking for 2013 prices. It was not strictly a seller’s market, as 77% of the lots were sold at or below the low pre-sale estimate (in line with 76% last year). In summary, Gooding had a very strong weekend in what I would still characterize as a flat collector-car market. Their success was based on a strong lineup of quality offerings, a well-run event with the right attendees and generally reasonable reserves. ♦ Sales Totals $60m $50m $40m $30m $20m $10m 0 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 Sports Car Market


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Gooding & Co. Scottsdale, AZ ENGLISH #55-1956 JAGUAR D-TYPE roadster. S/N: XKD518. Eng. # E20289. Red/dark red leather. RHD. Odo: 6,277 miles. Originally sold by Bernie Ecclestone (then a car salesman in his 20s). Raced when young, with middling results. Claimed matching numbers and body panels. Correct and rare red paintwork (only two D-types were reportedly painted red by the factory). Paint and patina becoming of a race car. Tidy engine bay. Catalog notes its lack of recent activity will require some service. Cond: 2-. dous eyeball appeal. Tastefully modified to lightweight specs, with superb appointments. Excellent paint with only minor front boot scratches. Exceptional interior. Some add-ons such as the outside filler cap not as good as they should be. An excellent rally car with all the right bits (alloy panels, balanced and blueprinted engine, competition gauges, etc.). Cond: 2+. Black. Original window sticker. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $1,732,500. While the P1 was an instant classic, I am not a big fan of auction companies offering cars within their warranty period. P1s were trading for $2 million a short time ago. This was sold at the appropriate retail market price. NOT SOLD AT $8,850,000. A favorite among panelists at the SCM seminar a couple of days before the sale. It’s rare that a red color would detract, but so many associate C- and D-types with BRG. Few collectors can write an eightfigure check, and many would want a more notable race history and up-to-date servicing. The final bid was a bit light, but not by a mile. #41-1959 ASTON MARTIN DB MK III drophead coupe. S/N: AM30031712. Eng. # DB/D/1434. Elusive Blue/dark blue canvas/ gray leather. Odo: 77,790 miles. One of 84 Mk III DHCs produced by the factory. LHD. Matching DBD engine with twin exhausts. Recent restoration by marque specialist. Tools, records and jack. Respectable paint with some orange peel on the bonnet and minor imperfections near the panel edges. Nicely presented wire wheels. Exceptional interior restoration. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $185,000. While many will quibble with the re-creation stigma of this lot, it was completed to a very high standard. However, originality and correctness always sell well. There were not enough buyers of this unique lot in the room to push it to the finish line. The seller was right to bring it home, given the high bid. #6-1976 LAND ROVER RANGE ROVER utility. S/N: 35820075D. Tuscan Blue/tan Ambla leathercloth. Odo: 40,564 km. It’s hard to believe these Rovers are now over 40 years old. Its DNA can still be seen in the current LR model line. LHD, Brussels-delivered car with Heritage Trust Certificate. Manuals, tools and brochures. Attractive original color combination with thicker paint, uneven panel gaps and sloppy rubber (all of which could be considered factory-correct). Cond: 3+. GERMAN #16-1956 MERCEDES-BENZ 300SL Gullwing. S/N: 1980406500174. Eng. # 1989806500181. Silver metallic/dark blue leather. Odo: 15,458 km. Originally white over red. Also originally delivered to Venezuela with modest racing specs. Performance was further enhanced later in its history with a camshaft and fuel-delivery modifications (including polished intakes). Nice panel gaps throughout. Some minor paint imperfections and sloppy rubber. Daimler-Benz Certificate of Authenticity. Books, tools and nonoriginal luggage. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $621,500. A beautiful lot that gathered some attention at the preview and during the auction. This lot would be most welcome at local shows, events, or could just be enjoyed without regret. A very nice lot sold for a market-correct price. #20-1965 JAGUAR E-TYPE Light- weight replica roadster. S/N: 1E10022. Silver/black leather. Odo: 64,932 miles. One of my favorite cars of the week, with tremen- 112 SOLD AT $68,200. Opening bid at $40k, slowly increased between room bidders to the final sale price just below the low estimate. Early RRs were not sold in the U.S., making this a rare sighting. There are always a couple of vintage 4x4s per auction, but this one was truly unique and was somewhat well bought. #26-2015 MCLAREN P1 coupe. S/N: SBM12ABAFW000156. Carbon Black/black leather. Odo: 1,655 miles. One of 375 P1s built. Low-mileage example in as-new condition, with no signs of use, wear or accident damage. Finished in rare Carbon TOP 10 No. 9 SOLD AT $1,320,000. Opening bid at $600k soon advanced by a $950k absentee bid. A very quiet room until two bidders ran the price to the final level. There was no shortage of 300SLs for sale this weekend. This was a nice example but had enough non-original changes to be considered well sold above the high estimate. #39-1957 PORSCHE 356A Speedster. S/N: 83440. Eng. # 65842. Black/beige canvas/beige leather. Odo: 14 miles. Family ownership of 25 years; received a recent, comprehensive Tom Scott restoration. Stunning paint with an exceptional level of fit and finish. 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Gooding & Co. Scottsdale, AZ did not stand out from the other 300SLs for sale in terms of originality or documentation. Well sold at the final hammer price. results, almost meeting the aggressive pre-sale estimates. Well sold. #22-1960 MERCEDES-BENZ 300SL Roadster. S/N: 19804210002520. Eng. # 19898010002570. Anthracite/black canvas/beige leather. Odo: 229 miles. Over 50 years of single-family ownership. Color change from white to Anthracite. Freshly restored with thicker, wavy paint and slightly inconsistent panel gaps. Beautifully restored interior. Spares, tools, jack, luggage and hard top accompany sale. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $209,000. Far too many changes from stock to reach the pre-sale estimates. Sold slightly well given modifications. #48-1985 AUDI QUATTRO hatchback. SOLD AT $1,100,000. There is no shortage of 300SLs at the major auction houses—there were five here. This was nicely presented but S/N: WAUDC0859FA900260. White/black leather. Odo: 31,249 miles. Low mileage, urQuattro owned for 18-plus years by an Audi dealer. Former Audi show car and display model for the SCCA World Challenge series. Claimed to have original paint and interior. Some exterior rubber now peeling. Hard leather seats. This lot has an honest look and feel to its originality. Cond: 2+. #18-1967 PORSCHE 911S coupe. S/N: 308283S. Eng. # 961930. Slate gray/black leatherette. Odo: 617 miles. Kardex and CoA. Originally Polo Red with black leatherette, now Slate Gray with added houndstooth cloth. Shiny but thick paint, showing imperfections in typically difficult areas (such as rain gutters). Exceptional interior. Nicely detailed engine. Claimed to be numbers matching with slight performance upgrades. History including records. Jack and tools. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $81,400. People often ask what the newest generation will collect. Rally-inspired cars are clearly one of the strong themes with this group. Many true rally cars are not very good street cars. This car is a usable and fun street car that will not gather gawkers when parked in a public space. The result was significant and representative of the originality and mileage. #14-1996 PORSCHE 911 Turbo coupe. S/N: WP0AC2999TS375421. Blue metallic/ beige leather. Odo: 39,542 miles. Last of the air-cooled Turbos and widely considered to be one of the best-looking 911s. Very attractive colors with medium miles and only modest signs of enjoyment. No obvious evidence of accidents or paintwork. Nicely presented seats consistent with the shown mileage. Presented with factory jack, tools and compressor. Incorrect audio system. Kills Bugs Fast. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $137,500. A quiet start eventually advanced to $120k, when the reserve was met. Inched forward to the final sale price that was well bought below the low estimate. #11-2004 PORSCHE CARRERA GT convertible. S/N: WP0CA29864L001009. GT Silver/Ascot Brown & black leather. Odo: 2,811 miles. One of 644 U.S.-spec Carrera 114 Sports Car Market


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Gooding & Co. Scottsdale, AZ GTs, delivered new to Tim Allen. Equipped with factory lift kit. Clean CARFAX. History, books, factory luggage and car cover. Essentially a new car with little evidence of use or damage. Two-tone interior is not for everyone. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $715,000. Opening bid of $300k, which quickly rose to $600k and then stalled. A picture-perfect Carrera GT with celebrity ownership sold for the market-correct final price. ITALIAN #24-1953 FERRARI 212 EUROPA coupe. S/N: 0279EU. Eng. # 0279EU. Azzurro con Tetto Grigio/beige leather. Odo: 119 km. LHD Pinin Farina-bodied Europa with a comprehensive seven-year, $500k restoration. Classiche Certified correct bodywork and engine. Thicker paint with some imperfections but with beautiful shine. Exceptional chrome. New glass. Show-quality interior. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $4,455,000. “Held in prolonged static storage,” “title being processed,” “master cylinder leak,” are phrases that don’t usually bring world-record prices. I did not think this was going to change hands in the room. However, Charlie Ross used his magic to keep pushing this past the finish line. Sold at a world-record price despite being below the aggressive pre-sale estimates. #49-1954 LANCIA AURELIA B20GT SOLD AT $1,067,000. Exquisite ownership and show history. Previously highlighted in period Ferrari literature. A stunning example with tremendous provenance. Well bought given its exceptional condition. coupe. S/N: B20S1018. Eng. # 3782. Dark blue/gray & blue leather. Odo: 97,211 miles. LHD Series 4 B20GT. Ten-year restoration by marque specialist. Minimal known ownership history. New gear-set included in sale to replace current noisy unit. Excellent paint over some rough panel edges. Fresh, sparkling chrome throughout. Exceptional interior. Lightly scratched glass. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $6,400,000. Exceptional condition throughout. Concours condition in every way. Opening bid at $4m. Few bidders can write checks with this many zeros, and the weak dollar did not help those from different countries. The seller should have considered the high bid, but it was a bit short given the exceptional condition and provenance of this lot. #53-1961 FERRARI 250 GT PF Series II cabriolet. S/N: 2341GT. Eng. # 2341. Black/ black cloth/red leather. Odo: 30,667 km. Numbers-matching Series II cab. Originally Grigio Fumo over Naturale vinyl and leather interior. Color changed to black over red leather. Documented, comprehensive, mechanical and cosmetic restoration resulting in previous concours wins. Exquisite paint. Superb chrome. Detailed engine bay. Only minor signs of interior use. Factory hard top, tools and jack. Previous accident damage mentioned in the catalog. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $1,350,000. Both Series I and II 250 cabriolets had a difficult weekend, with only the no-reserve RM Sotheby’s Lot 235 changing hands. There is not a long list of of 116 Sports Car Market SOLD AT $203,500. This model is not on every collector’s short list, which presented a nice opportunity for the buyer. Well bought. #43-1958 FERRARI 250 GT PF Series I cabriolet. S/N: 1079GT. Eng. # 1079GT. Grigio Conchiglia/black canvas/red leather. Odo: 65,022 km. A featured lot in the catalog and on prominent display throughout the auction. One of 41 Series I PF cabriolets produced by Ferrari. 1958 Torino Motor Show car originally sold to Prince Mohammed bin Faisal Al Saud. Striking paint over perfect panel gaps. No real signs of wear or use. Numbers and colors matching as per Red Book Classiche certification. Only six owners in 60 years. Cond: 1. #34-1954 FERRARI 500 MONDIAL Series I roadster. S/N: 0434MD. Eng. # 0434MD. Rosso/beige leather. RHD. miles. Fluid Pinin Farina-styled sports racer believed to possess much of its factory bodywork. Tubular chassis. Exceptional ownership, race and event history. Matching-numbers engine, non-stock induction. Exceptional condition for a race car of its age. Cond: 1-. TOP 10 No. 3


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Gooding & Co. Scottsdale, AZ collectors who can write checks this large, and many of these cars have traded hands over the past few years. The high bid is close to the new market level. TOP 10 No. 8 #28-1963 ISO GRIFO A3/L Prototype coupe. S/N: 420001. Grifo Silver/tan leather. Odo: 51,600 km. Chassis 001, one-off, prototype A3/L. Original show car at both the Torino and New York auto shows prior to becoming a factory development car. Many attractive and unique features. On the lawn at Pebble Beach in three different decades. Good paint quality, with some minor clouding and imperfections. Excellent stainless. Exceptional wood. Nicely presented seats. Cond: 2. owned the car for under a year. The only 275 to be built by Pininfarina in Torino instead of Scaglietti in Modena. Ferrari Red Book Classiche Certification. Exhibited and shown throughout the decades. Some significant paint blotches. Nice interior showing only minimal signs of wear. Excellent chrome. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $8,085,000. Highest-selling vehicle of the week. A catalog of the Pininfarina design ideas of the day. A stunning piece of history that gathered worldwide attention. The final bid represented a substantial sum for a 275 Speciale, but was the correct price for a lot of this level of historical significance. (See profile, p. 74.) #5-1970 FERRARI 365 GT 2+2 coupe. S/N: 13121. Eng. # 13121. Maroon/tan leather. Odo: 56,718 miles. Claimed matching numbers (but not Classiche certified). Southern California ownership since new. An older, thicker respray with stress cracks throughout. Presentable interior with hard leather. Sunwarped dash top. Nice interior wood. Tools and manuals. A driver-level Queen Mary. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $725,000. A rare and attractive offering that is not on every collector’s bucket list. Quiet bidding brought the high price to a respectable number, but below the reserve and the aggressive pre-sale estimates. The buyer was probably right to hold out for more money, but unlikely it’ll reach a sevenfigure number. Later appeared as sold on their website at an undisclosed sum. #13-1984 FERRARI 512 BBI coupe. S/N: ZFFJA098000049805. Black/beige leather. Odo: 13,442 km. Monaco-delivered injected Boxer that was soon federalized and exported to the U.S. Claimed low mileage, but unconfirmed given missing periods of ownership. Attractive black and beige livery. Books, tools and car cover. A tidy example showing the wear of its age. Some paint scratches and sloppy rubber. Seats a bit discolored. A nice driver-level example. Recent belt service. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $253,000. Worked hard by the auctioneer when the bidding stalled at $195k. If the miles are true, this was well bought just below the low estimate and $50k cheaper than it would have sold five years ago. SOLD AT $1,760,000. Opening bid of $500k in the room, quickly increased to $750k. Two people in the room really wanted the car. The final result was a world-record price. Well above the high estimate, but one of a kind. (See profile, p. 78.) TOP 10 No. 1 #134-1965 FERRARI 275 GTB Speciale coupe. S/N: 06437. Eng. # 06437. Acqua Verde Metallizzato/China Red leather. Odo: 40,002 km. Six-carb, shortnose 275 GTB Speciale with unique and advanced bespoke appointments and a luxurious interior. Personalized for Pininfarina, who SOLD AT $220,000. These large four-seat Ferraris were once unloved but are practical to drive and surprisingly fun. There are quite a few of these available in the market today. These have a lot of acreage to repaint/repair, hence cosmetic condition has a large price influence. Opening bid of $100k. Stalled at $185k. Correctly sold given condition. #36-1970 MASERATI GHIBLI 4.7 Spi- der. S/N: AM115S1185. Eng. # 1185. Blue metallic/blue metallic hard top/black leather. Odo: 33,027 miles. One of just 125 Ghibli Spiders produced. Low mileage 5-speed with Classiche certification. Color change from Argento Auteuil. Power steering and a/c. Books, tools, records and factory hard top. Some missing ownership history. Excellent paint with tight and consistent panel gaps. Beautiful Borranis with correct rubber. Excellent seats. Faded dash. Cond: 2. #47-2014 PAGANI HUAYRA coupe. S/N: ZA9H11UA4ESF76087. Carbonio Rosso/black & red leather. Odo: 986 miles. U.S.-spec Huayra with red-tinted, carbon-fiber body. A stunning design and interior capturing the attention of every child (and most adults) in attendance. Uber-low miles. Books, battery tender, covers and luggage. Essentially a new car with no obvious signs of use or abuse. Cond: 1. TOP 10 No. 6 SOLD AT $2,090,000. Another used supercar barely out of warranty. However, these are a much rarer auction sighting than the 918s, P1s and LaFerraris. For this reason, market comps are difficult. The new buyer was able to skip the long production time for a new one and started enjoying it once his check cleared. 118 Sports Car Market


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Market Moment Gooding & Co. Scottsdale, AZ JAPANESE #124-2012 LEXUS LFA Nürburgring Package coupe. S/N: JTHHX8BH2C1000479. Whitest White/white leather. Odo: 47 miles. Rear-engine, dry-sump, 9,000-rpm, Formula One-derived powerplant. Handcrafted body with Lexus-like comfort and appointments. One of only 50 made, this one offered with delivery miles only. Factory books, charger, cover, tire inflator and first-aid kit. Dealer-installed 3M paint protection. Showroom-new condition with no signs of use or abuse. Cond: 1. Courtesy of Barrett-Jackson 1981 DeLorean DMC-12 coupe Sold at $62,700 Barrett-Jackson, Scottsdale, AZ, January 13–21, 2018, Lot 811 Chassis number: SCEDT26T1BD006431 and in most cases that’s because of really good low-miles cars, like this one, coming to auction and bringing stout money as they cross the block. Our subject car has just 624 original miles, still has its original tires, and the floor mats have never been removed from their original plastic. It’s a 5-speed car with a/c, too, which is about as good as it gets in the DeLorean world. In fact, it’s a better example than the 7k-mile car that sold at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale in 2016 for $63,800. These cars languished for years as the butt O of cocaine-themed jokes, and while they aren’t especially good drivers thanks to the underpowered PRV V6 mounted in the rear, they do have a certain 1980s flair that can’t be denied. For a generation that was impressionable when these were new, or for those who were eager ticket holders when the “Back to the Future” trilogy was in theaters, a DMC-12 is a bucket-list curiosity that’s worth the price of admission — and that admission price is going up as those 1980s kids continue to enter the market as serious players. I’d call this one well sold at the high end of the market, but if you absolutely have to have the best — Jim Pickering example of a DMC-12 that you can find, this is the price you pay in 2018. ♦ Subscribe to SCM today and become a collector car insider www.sportscarmarket.com 120 Sports Car Market ver sixty large for a DeLorean? Yep, you read that right. Of course, if that really seems expensive, you haven’t been paying attention. We’ve seen medians rise on the DMC-12 over the past several years, SOLD AT $825,000. Again, I am not a fan of modern supercars at collector auctions, but this was an exception due to its rarity and historical significance (Toyota is unlikely to reenter F1 anytime soon). Comps are rare (LFAs were $500k-plus new), but the final price seemed about the right discount from the aggressive pre-sale estimates. © Sports Car Market Keith Martin’s The Insider’s Guide to Collecting, Investing, Values, and Trends ™


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RM Sotheby’s Phoenix, AZ RM Sotheby’s — Arizona 2018 The buy of the auction was the one-off 1955 Alfa Romeo 1900C SS Speciale. At $1.3m, the new owner paid for its restoration and got the car gratis Company RM Sotheby’s Date January 18–19, 2018 Location Phoenix, AZ Auctioneer Maarten ten Holder Automotive lots sold/offered 112/129 Sales rate 87% Sales total $36,128,580 High sale Presented at 1955 Turin Auto Show — 1955 Alfa Romeo 1900C SS Speciale coupe, sold at $1,270,000 Report and photos by Carl Bomstead Market opinions in italics during the week. Thirty fewer cars were offered than in 2017, and as such, the revenue was off by about $17.5m as compared to last year’s $54m take. The headline offering, a 1954 Jaguar D-type, which R was estimated between $12m and $15m, failed to sell when the bidding stalled at $9m. It was one of the three Works entries prepared for the 1954 Le Mans race, and after setting the fastest time at 172.97 mph, it retired with brake issues. RM Sotheby’s cross-town rival Gooding & Co. also offered a D-type — a production version — and it also failed to meet the seller’s expectations. Had RM Sotheby’s managed to put this sale together, the results would have been more in line with past Arizona events. High-sale honors went to a stunning 1966 Shelby Cobra 427 S/C that was stated to be one of the most correct and original S/C Cobras remaining. It was one of 34 street “Semi-Competitions” and was one of the fastest road-going cars of the era. It sold for $2,947,500, which was well above the high estimate. RM Sotheby’s January event again offered one of the few Tuckers still in existence. Last year, they offered a very original example. This year it was Preston Tucker’s personal car, which he then sold to Arkansas Governor Winthrop Rockefeller in 1955. It had been well maintained, with new upholstery and a respray, 122 M Sotheby’s inaugural 2018 event again took place at the spectacular Arizona Biltmore on January 18 and 19. Their results were mixed, as were those of the vast majority of the auctions 1966 Shelby Cobra semicompetition roadster, sold at $2,947,500 Buyer’s premium 10%, included in sold prices but otherwise was very original. It sold above the high estimate at $1,792,500, and I think it will prove to be a solid investment in coming years. A quick count indicated about 30 Full Classics being offered. Only three failed to find new homes. A stunning 1932 Packard Twin-Six with individual custom coachwork by Dietrich failed to sell when bid to $600,000. It was an original body that was married to a 904 Super Eight chassis, and had it been the real deal, a couple million would not have been out of the question. We are dealing with a very discerning market and, as such, there was little interest in the room. A 1933 Graber-bodied Packard that I once owned for all of 10 hours also failed to sell when bid to $170,000. When I “owned” the car in the late ’80s, it was in respectable condition, but little had been done to it since. Now it has a somewhat neglected look and was not worth more than was bid. The buy of the auction, in my opinion, was the 1955 Alfa Romeo 1900C SS Speciale with coachwork by Boano. It had a swoopy look, had been recently restored and wore a one-off design. Welcome at any and all events, it sold for $1,270,000, or about the price of its restoration with the car thrown in gratis. Two notable Ferraris sold for below their low estimates, which just might be an indication of market weakness. A delightful 1964 Lusso realized $1,682,000 against a low estimate of $1,800,000, and a 1952 212 Inter that was first sold to Juan Peron brought $1,187,000 — an absolute bargain. There is no question that certain segments of the market are experiencing a rather severe adjustment. That was apparent here, so I’m eager to see what Amelia Island has in store. ♦ Sales Totals $60m $50m $40m $30m $20m $10m 0 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 Sports Car Market


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RM Sotheby’s Phoenix, AZ ENGLISH #115-1936 AUSTIN 12/4 sedan. S/N: 80776. Blue/black leatherette/black leather & fabric. RHD. Odo: 46,331 km. Popular lowloading taxi wearing an older repaint. Has original meter, “FOR HIRE” semaphore and rooftop light. Shows wear with canvas portion of top stained and dull brightwork. Once part of Art Astor Collection. Cond: 3+. headlamps. Restored by marque expert to highest of standards. Now with minor swirls in paint the only issue noted. Presented with both tops and fitted luggage. Correct Blaupunkt radio and Redline tires. Engine bay sparkles with correct decals and markings. Cond: 1-. that block and heads were replaced at that time. Complete with toolkit. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $40,320. A well-known jewelry store in Seattle used one of these to deliver gifts for Christmas. Just the thing to promote a similar business. Too cute to restore, so just keep running and have some fun. Price paid exceeded expectations by double, so two people had to have it. #250-1954 JAGUAR D-TYPE Works racer. S/N: XKD403. British Racing Green/ black leather. RHD. Odo: 22,508 miles. Numerous engine changes, with 3.4-liter now in place. Participated in Copperstate 1000 and California Mille in early 2000s. Offered with spare RAC-stamped Works motor. Driven by the who’s who of Jaguar drivers. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $193,200. A stunning E-type. This was last seen at RM Sotheby’s January 2016 Phoenix sale, where it realized $297,000 (SCM# 6798547). Two short years later—and fewer than 200 miles on the clock—a $100,000 hit. I’d hate to compute the cost per mile driven. Bought at the height of the market, and now we are in a “correction” for many cars. Nonetheless, a most stunning Etype that sold at today’s market-correct price. FRENCH #247-1950 DELAHAYE TYPE 135 M Atlas cabriolet. S/N: 801636. Dark blue/blue fabric/blue leather. RHD. Odo: 29,626 miles. Stunning styling on one of only five cabriolet Atlases built and the only survivor. Repainted in 2010 with original interior retained. Recent mechanical work. Participated in 2011 Pebble Beach Motoring Classic. Engine upgraded to 135 MS specification. Striking dash. Wonderful presentation. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $151,200. BMW manufactured the model between 1937 and 1941, with production resuming in 1945 and continuing to 1955. Price paid was as expected and reasonable considering the restoration was over 20 years old. Desirable styling that is not often seen in the U.S. Final price fell within estimates. All should be pleased here. #142-1955 PORSCHE 356 1500 Speed- ster. S/N: 80671. Eng. # 35226. White/black cloth/red leather. Odo: 24 miles. One of 1,034 Pre-A Speedsters from 1955. Original drivetrain, as noted by Porsche CoA. A comprehensive restoration completed in 2015 by noted marque specialist. Red vinyl interior changed to leather. Bare-metal respray and brightwork redone. Correct pea-shooter exhaust. An exceptional example. Cond: 1. NOT SOLD AT $9,800,000. One of five Works D-types built in 1954, one of three prepped for Le Mans, and actively raced, participating in over 55 events. Driven by Stirling Moss in 1954 24 Hours of Le Mans. Failed to sell—meeting the same fate as the other D-type offered across town during Arizona Auction Week. A piece of Jaguar racing history that is fully documented. Have to think it is worth more than what was bid here, but we’ll find out the next time it’s offered. #269-1962 JAGUAR E-TYPE Series I 3.8 convertible. S/N: 877396. Black/black fabric/crimson leather. Odo: 79,901 miles. A very desirable Series I E-type with covered 124 NOT SOLD AT $240,000. This was last seen at The Finest Auction held at Hershey, PA, in June 2016, where it sold for $308,000 (SCM# 6800090). A little less than two years later, the seller was not willing to take the hit. A stunning 135 M, but you can make a case that the price paid at The Finest was a bit aggressive and the market has spoken here. Time will tell the rest of the tale. GERMAN #272-1941 BMW 327 cabriolet. S/N: 87281. Blue/blue fabric/blue leather. Odo: 6,583 km. One of the last 327s built before World War II shut down production. Delightful styling, with smooth flowing lines on handformed body. Restored in early 1990s and properly maintained since. Records indicate Sports Car Market SOLD AT $351,500. This was last seen at Mecum’s August 2015 Monterey sale, where it failed to sell when bid to $375,000 (SCM# 6796553). That was then and this is now, and seller realized the market is in flux and a “bird in hand....” I think he made the correct decision. #158-1957 MERCEDES-BENZ 300SL Roadster. S/N: 1980427500295. Silver/black fabric/red leather. Odo: 44,145 miles. Presented with Baisch fitted luggage and chrome Rudge-style knockoffs. Books and tools


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RM Sotheby’s Phoenix, AZ accompany car. Recent body-off restoration by marque specialist. An exceptional example that has participated twice in the Copperstate 1000. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $1,083,000. First year for 300SL Roadster, with 554 produced. A very desirable one at that, sold at a marketcorrect price. Proven reliability and a quality restoration make this a solid package. All should be pleased with this transaction. #274-1960 PORSCHE JUNIOR 108 L tractor. S/N: L1629. Red. MHD. One of four models of tractors offered by Porsche. All powered with air-cooled diesel motors that ranged from 14 to 55 horsepower. The Junior was the most popular and was produced from 1956 until 1963. Older restoration that shows well and has not seen a farm or field in years. A must-have in a collection of Porsche motorcars. Cond: 2+. ITALIAN #236-1921 ALFA ROMEO G1 roadster. S/N: 6018. Eng. # 6018. Maroon/black leather. RHD. Odo: 1,502 miles. The oldest Alfa Romeo known. Developed as commercial vehicle to support racing activities. Just 52 built and this is the only survivor—all production models exported to Australia. Discovered in 1964, with new coachwork developed. Restored again in 1995, and again refinished in 2012 as an open-wheel Spider Corsa. Shown on numerous occasions since. Cond: 2. gine compartment in good order. Worthy of attention, as lines are elegant and stylish. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $555,000. Sold for well below expectations. Older restoration most likely held things back. Sold for about half its expected value, so a bargain by any definition. Extremely well bought. SOLD AT $445,000. New coachwork and an engine that has numerous parts from donor G1 makes this like George Washington’s axe. Still a fascinating car that has participated in several driving events. Interesting Australian history. Price seems aggressive considering not much left of original G1. SOLD AT $44,800. Having never restored a tractor, I have no idea of trials and tribulations involved. I’m sure there are many, however. Price paid here seems a bit on the high side, but as the overall Porsche market climbs, I guess these follow along. Only about 1,000 Porsche tractors, of any variant, made it to this country. A cool go-with. #242-1942 ALFA ROMEO 6C 2500 SS Spider. S/N: 915515. Red & black/black leather. RHD. Odo: 1,957 miles. Restored in late 1990s and period-correct 6C 2500 SS engine installed. Numerous awards followed including Best in Show at 1998 Concorso Italiano. Paint losing its edge and brightwork needs attention. En- BEST BUY SOLD AT $1,187,500. A significant Ferrari that sold for well under the money. Had this been a fresh restoration, the value would have been closer to the high estimate, but it’s showing a bit of age. As such, there is work ahead to return it to its former status. #239-1955 ALFA ROMEO 1900C SS Speciale coupe. S/N: AR1900C01846. Yellow & black/black leather. Odo: 164 km. Presented at 1955 Turin Auto Show. Shown at Pebble in 2015 in Preservation Class. Subsequently restored with original interior retained. Returned to Pebble in 2017 with Best in Class award. Paint and brightwork to perfection. Engine bay sparkles. A stunning design with Nardi steering wheel and functioning Autovox vacuum-tube radio. Cond: 1. #248-1952 FERRARI 212 INTER coupe. S/N: 0191EL. Eng. # 0191EL. Yellow & black/black leather. Odo: 404 miles. Factory show car at the 1952 Paris Auto Salon. Later acquired by Argentine President Juan Perón. Powered by Colombo V12. Returned to Europe in 1987, where it received a comprehensive restoration. Still very presentable with minor signs of age. Numerous awards in early 2000s. Elegant Ghia one-off coachwork and interesting ownership. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $1,270,000. Top of my list. Futuristic styling with influence from B.A.T. Alfas. This was last seen at Gooding’s January 2016 126 Sports Car Market


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RM Sotheby’s Phoenix, AZ Scottsdale sale, where it realized $990,000 (SCM# 6798260). Has since received a comprehensive restoration and returned to former glory. Have to call this a screaming deal and the buy of the auction. Considering the cost of restoration, the car was almost free. Welcome at most any and all events. Checks all the boxes. #152-1957 FERRARI 250 GT coupe. S/N: 0667GT. Eng. # 0667GT. Dark blue & silver/tan leather. Odo: 471 km. Just one of 74 250 GT Boano coupes produced, and in single ownership for over 40 years. Fresh restoration with engine rebuild by noted marque specialist. Recent respray in dark blue and silver. Best in Class at 2016 Boca Raton Concours d’Elegance. A low-roof example. Exceptional, elegant styling. Cond: 1. NOT SOLD AT $1,650,000. Last seen selling at Auction America’s July 2015 sale, where it realized $1,622,500 (SCM# 6786425). Driven only six miles since. Prior to that it sold at RM’s 2006 Arizona sale for $385,000, wearing yellow livery. (SCM# 1565417). At the price bid, the seller takes a bit of a hit, but that was not in the cards... at least for now. A year from now the bid might look very enticing. #238-1969 FERRARI 206 GT DINO NOT SOLD AT $925,000. Price offered was within spitting distance of the low estimate, so I’m surprised that a deal could not have been made. Known history from new and restored to the nines. Close, but not close enough. #252-1967 FERRARI 330 GTS Spyder. S/N: 10375. Rosso Cina/black leather. Odo: 16,333 miles. One of only 99 built. U.S.delivery car with Borrani wires and power windows. Wearing its fourth respray, as it’s alternated between red and yellow. Recent engine rebuild, and offered with correct books and tools. Restored when part of the famed Pond Collection. Still very presentable. Ferrari Classiche certified. Cond: 2+. coupe. S/N: 00378. Rosso Chiaro/black leatherette. Odo: 97,047 miles. One of only 153 built with light aluminum coachwork. Cromodora knockoffs, wood-rimmed steering wheel and unique exhaust tips. Restored many years back and now unwinding. Brightwork with a light haze. Incorrect Ferrari badging on rear deck. Paint and in need of attention. Several noticeable scratches and a crease behind passenger’s door. Curb weight of fewer than 2,000 pounds. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $423,000. This was last seen at Gooding’s January 2016 sale, where it failed to sell when bid to $600,000 (SCM# 6798279). Prior to that it did sell at Gooding’s 2014 Amelia Island sale for $638,000 (SCM# 6679552). The 2016 offer must look pretty good at this point, as the seller accepted far less this time around. Considering the condition, that’s likely as good as he will do in this more-selective market. #226-1971 INTERMECCANICA ITA- LIA Spyder. S/N: 50391414. Dark metallic red/black fabric/black vinyl. Odo: 42,285 miles. One of about 300 Spyders built, although catalog incorrectly states greater production. Fitted with Ford Windsor 351, although earlier years had 289 V8s, and anything else Ford would supply. Aftermarket headlamp covers added along with upgraded brakes. Rides on Magnum 500 wheels. Equipped with factory a/c. Former ownership includes “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $179,200. The Intermeccanica was known as the “Prancing Bull.” Doubt if Alex Trebek ownership had much to do with the price paid here, as these have been coming into their own of late. Italian styling with parts at the local NAPA store. A solid combination that led to a decent price paid. #262-1971 FERRARI 365 GTB/4 Day- tona coupe. S/N: 14019. Rosso Corsa/red & black leather. Odo: 3,085 miles. A U.S.delivery Daytona fitted with a/c from factory. Fit and finish leaves a bit to be desired, with noticeable chips and scratches. Recent transmission rebuild, with additional cosmetic work also performed. New mouse fur on dashboard. Fitted with Borrani wires. Daytona leather seating in good order. Has a bit of an edge. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $571,500. This was last seen at Auctions America’s Burbank, CA, August 2013 sale, where it realized $401,500 (SCM# 6457505). The onsite reporter had harsh comments on condition, with a few of the issues 128 Sports Car Market


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RM Sotheby’s Phoenix, AZ resolved. Not all, however, so price paid was as expected for a Daytona with some needs. JAPANESE #131-1967 TOYOTA 2000GT coupe. S/N: MF1010111. Bellatrix Yellow/black leather. Odo: 75,506 miles. One of only 62 delivered to U.S., and one of just six finished in Bellatrix Yellow. Restored in 2003, with engine overhaul and upgraded brake-booster system. Has been properly maintained since, with only minor paint flaws and interior wear. Very elegant interior with rosewood veneer. Only 351 produced. Cond: 1-. Striking styling, with V-shape windshield. Part of famed Bahre Collection from 1981 until 2014. Equipped with vacuum-assist brakes that were only offered on 9th series. Well maintained, as the older restoration still appears fresh. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $600,000. I watched this sell at RM’s 2014 Amelia Island auction for $840,000 (SCM# 6708852). If body and chassis were born together, the value would be well into seven figures, as Dietrich Individual Customs are at the top of the Packard pecking order. As that was not the case here, the bidding stalled and, even in today’s market, the price bid was short by at least $100k. SOLD AT $665,000. Often referred to as the Japanese E-type. These have been on a rollercoaster ride the past few years: A dramatic rise to seven figures, and then reality set in and they have backed down to around this level. Based on recent sales, what we see here could be the new market-correct price. AMERICAN #162-1932 PACKARD TWIN SIX con- vertible. S/N: 900104. Packard Maroon/black fabric/plum leather. Odo: 19,994 miles. An original Dietrich Individual Custom convertible sedan body mated to a Twin Six chassis. #134-1933 CADILLAC 452C town cab- riolet. S/N: 5000045. Black/black leatherette/ black leather, gray fabric. Odo: 39,009 miles. An older restoration that is starting to fail. A large paint chip by driver’s door and a few other blemishes. Once owned by Joan Crawford, who, it’s rumored, had the interior brightwork pewter plated so it would not distort her image when she was photographed. Was once in famed Otis Chandler Collection. File of paperwork with car includes copy of build sheet, correspondence with dealership employees dating back to the ’30s, and various articles about the car and its ownership history. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $362,500. The Cadillac V16 is an amazing engineering marvel providing performance and silent operation. Only 30 or so surviving from 1933. Worthy of restoration back to former glory. Last sold at Sotheby’s Petersen Museum auction in 1994, where it realized $151,000 (SCM# 6846252). Price paid here can be attributed to Joan Crawford ownership. #125-1935 AUBURN 851 SC Speedster. S/N: 85133175E. Ivory/red leather. Odo: 2,225 miles. A documented, original car and one of only 150 or so produced. Restored some years back and retains much of the original wood frame. Subsequently scored 99 points in CCCA judging. Paint showing a bit of age and a few nicks and bruises. A no-stories boattail, with supercharged engine and two-speed rear axle. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $769,500. After languishing for many years, these have come into their own. They continue to march up the charts, and there’s no reason to think there is any end in sight for the documented original 851s and 852s. Expensive today, but likely well bought in a year or two. BEST BUY #132-1936 PACKARD SUPER EIGHT roadster. S/N: 959281. White/maroon canvas/red leather. Odo: 15,693 miles. An older restoration completed in 2000. Known history since the ’50s. Unmodified body with original drivetrain and body tags. A very rare rear spare-mounted 130 Sports Car Market


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Fresh Meat by Chad Taylor Online sales of contemporary cars McLaren 720S Coupe RM Sotheby’s Phoenix, AZ Date sold: 01/17/2018 eBay auction ID: 232615133541 Seller’s eBay ID: atlexotics Sale type: Used car with 720 miles VIN: SBM14DCA2JW000396 Details: Cassis leather over Glacier White; 4.0-L twin-turbocharged V8 rated at 710 hp and 568 ft-lb, 7-sp auto, RWD Sale result: $380,000, Buy It Now, sf 154 MSRP: $331,145 (as equipped) Other current offering: In Austin, TX, Porsche Austin offering a Black Cherry over black leather/ Alcantara 2018 720S coupe with 1,287 miles, for $359,981. 2018 Mercedes-Benz AMG GT R Coupe example. Paint showing a bit of age and brightwork losing a bit of luster. Interior in decent condition. Desirable styling. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $114,240. A wonderful tour car and CCCA Full Classic that is a treat to drive on the open road. Price paid was a bargain and the only explanation is the icebox-white livery. If mine, the paint shop would be the first stop. Price paid allows room to make the change and still be on the right side of the ledger. A delightful car, but not in white. #116-1937 BUICK SPECIAL custom coupe. S/N: 3893870. Blue/tan canvas/cream leather. Odo: 713 miles. Powered by a latemodel Corvette LT-1 V8, with automatic transmission and disc brakes. Body has been lowered and chopped, but not drastically. Modern leather seats and mag wheels. Modern VDO instruments, with digital odometer, and Pioneer CD radio built into dash. Vintage Air and power windows. Whitewalls added since catalog printed. Cond: 2+. Date sold: 01/22/2018 eBay auction ID: 122896534822 Seller’s eBay ID: lamborghinidallas Sale type: Used car with 120 miles VIN: WDDYJ7KA7JA017703 Details: AMG Green Hell Magno over black Alcantara; 4.0-L twin-turbocharged V8 rated at 577 hp and 516 ft-lb, 7-sp auto, RWD Sale result: $199,999, Buy It Now, sf 193 MSRP: $192,170 (as equipped) Other current offering: Mercedes-Benz of South Bay in Los Angeles, CA, selling a 2018 MercedesBenz AMG GT R coupe in AMG Solarbeam Yellow Metallic over black Alcantara for $185,295, with 16 miles. 2016 Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe SOLD AT $128,800. First delivered to Armour Meats family and was in Otis Chandler Collection. One of these was in the family for over 25 years, and they are an amazing tour car. This example sold for a song, and acquiring a coachbuilt V12 Packard at this number is a bargain. A very well-bought Packard. The last of the coach-built era. SOLD AT $45,920. A tasteful build. The price paid exceeded the estimates, but even so, I bet it was less than the cost of the build. A decent buy if this is your thing, but I can’t get my arms around a modified ’30s car. To each their own! #133-1937 PACKARD SUPER EIGHT convertible Victoria. S/N: 1007219. Cream/ tan fabric/red leather. Odo: 16,036 miles. An older restoration that has been well maintained. Paint no longer fresh and in is need of attention. Fitted with Trippe lights and correct trunk. Wears the original body, with correct firewall tags. Engine bay clean and tidy with correct markings. First year for Packard independent front suspension and hydraulic brakes. Cond: 2-. #257-1941 PACKARD 180 roadster. S/N: 14292016. Eng. # CD5011982. Saratoga Beige/tan canvas/tan leather. Odo: 10,741 miles. One of only 35 180 Darrins built in 1941. Known history from new. Correct engine block installed in 1990, replacing the 1948 block. Repaint and new chrome also completed at that time. Well maintained since as part of well-known Arizona collection. Equipped with front and rear bumper guards. Chrome gravel shields in place of running boards. Cond: 2+. #136-1939 PACKARD TWELVE sedan. S/N: 17082007. Maroon/cream canvas/tan fabric. Odo: 38,943 miles. One of 15 produced by Brunn in 1938 and 1939. Identified by Neutralite tinted skylights above windshield (allowing chauffeur to see traffic lights easier) and padded, fabric-covered roof. Low miles are original, as is backseat fabric. Older restoration that has been properly maintained. Fitted with Trippe lights, sidemounts and rear trunk rack. Cond: 2. Date sold: 02/06/2018 eBay auction ID: 352274605143 Seller’s eBay ID: mmc_nyc Sale type: Used car with 4,047 miles VIN: SCA682D55GUX75375 Details: Black over creme leather; 6.8-L V12 rated at 453 hp and 531 ft-lb, 8-sp auto, RWD Sale result: $429,888, 1 bid, sf 21 MSRP: $535,650 (as equipped) Other current offering: In Miami, FL, Braman Motor Cars—Palm Beach, asking $551,100 for a 2017 Gun Metal over Mugello Red Phantom drophead coupe with 316 miles. ♦ 132 SOLD AT $134,400. Many feel this was Packard’s finest hour. The 1937 Packard offers styling and drivability—making it a desirable tour car. This one sold for under the money, leaving the new owner room to bring it up a notch or two. A well-bought Packard with a desirable body style. SOLD AT $368,000. Famed Darrin styling on the desirable 180 chassis. An exciting Full Classic that attracts attention when on the road or on the show field. By 1941, Packard had taken over production of the Packard Darrin, and quality was greatly enhanced. The one to have if planning on touring with the car. Bought at a fair price and perhaps even a bit on the light side. TOP 10 No. 7 #137-1948 TUCKER 48 sedan. S/N: 1029. Silver/gray fabric. Odo: 19,199 miles. 334-ci H6, 2-bbl, 4-sp. One of the 22 original Tuckers that appeared in the movie “Tucker: The Man and His Dream.” Sports Car Market


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RM Sotheby’s Phoenix, AZ Low miles stated to be original. Paint lacking a little luster, but decent considering the older restoration. Cond: 2. might look like a bargain in 10 years, much as the 2005 price does now. #156-1954 KAISER-DARRIN 161 road- ster. S/N: 161001025. Pine Tint Green/Pine Tint Green Haartz cloth/Pine Tint Green vinyl. Odo: 49,557 miles. 331-ci V8, 4-bbl, 5-sp. Dutch Darrin purchased the last unsold Kaiser-Darrins and installed V8s in order to sell them. This conversion was done in that style, but was done on the 23rd Darrin built by a former owner. A ’54 Cadillac V8 was fitted into a reinforced engine compartment and a Getrag T-5 5-speed manual added. Restored in original colors with Dayton wires and 12-volt SOLD AT $1,792,500. This was Preston Tucker’s personal car until 1955, when it was acquired by Arkansas Governor Winthrop Rockefeller. Last seen at Bonhams’ April 2005 sale in Brookline, MA, where it realized $461,500 (SCM# 1562906). The SCM onsite reporter stated that it was well bought, but little did he know what would happen in the following 13 years. Even at this number, I don’t think we have seen the end of the appreciation curve for Tuckers. This just very well system added. Only issue noted was poor fit of top lid. Stated to be wicked quick. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $128,800. The Pine Tint Green livery is an acquired taste, and the engine modifications and Daytona wires may not appeal to a purist. An interesting Kaiser-Darrin nonetheless, and it sold for a market-correct price, just eclipsing the low estimate. #154-1966 SHELBY COBRA 427 S/C roadster. S/N: CSX3040. Silver/black leather. Odo: 26,106 miles. 428-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. One of 53 S/Cs produced. They were fitted with 428 motor but retained 427 designation from prior year. Horsepower estimated to be close to 500. The remaining competition chassis were sold to public as “Semi-Competition” and were the fastest road cars ever built. Has 42-gallon gas tank and external fuel filler. Recently restored to highest standard, with original seats and instrumentation retained. An excellent 427 S/C. Cond: 1-. TOP 10 No. 4 SOLD AT $2,947,500. Shelby Cobras have gone against the recent market downturn, and this 427 S/C has it all. Fully documented, numbers matching and properly restored. Sold above estimates, but premium will soon be forgotten with the first hot lap. #244-2005 FORD GT coupe. S/N: 1FAFP90S35Y401939. Midnight Blue/black leather. Odo: 1,986 miles. 5.4-L supercharged V8, 6-sp. With twin-screw supercharger has a top speed of 205 mph and 0–60 time of 3.3 seconds. Equipped with all four options. Attractive Midnight Blue livery. Properly cared for by its three previous owners. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $302,000. Designed and built to celebrate Ford’s 100th anniversary. These appear at most every significant auction, and most have all the options and fewer than 2,000 miles on the clock. Price is predictable and no real surprise here. Would be difficult to have in the garage and not put in a few hot laps. © 134 Sports Car Market


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Bonhams Scottsdale, AZ Bonhams — The Scottsdale Auction Lots ranged from a little Shelby pickup that made $13,200 to a $5.2m Porsche Spyder that was oozing history and provenance Company Bonhams Date January 18, 2018 Location Scottsdale, AZ Auctioneer Malcolm Barber Automotive lots sold/offered 95/108 Sales rate 88% Sales total $25,247,050 High sale 1958 Porsche 550A Spyder, sold at $5,170,000 Buyer’s premium 10%, included in sold prices The car to beat on the race track, dubbed “The Giant Killer” — 1958 Porsche 550A Spyder, sold at $5,170,000 Report and photos by Sam Stockham Market opinions in italics January, we averaged almost 10 degrees above average, and that 75-degree daytime high was the perfect backdrop for Bonhams’ annual Arizona auction. This year’s selection of cars was refreshingly I varied and ranged from a little Shelby pickup that made $13,200 to a $5.2m Porsche Spyder that was oozing history and provenance. Bonhams is no longer the new kid on the block in Scottsdale. Worldwide Auctioneers takes that distinction, but Bonhams has placed itself very comfortably in posh North Scottsdale at the Westin Kierland Resort. Kierland is a lifestyle district that mixes shopping, dining, hotel amenities and resort-style living. Simply put, there is a lot of expensive stuff that is a lot of fun to be a part of in a great area of town. This provides a logical space for a top-tier attraction like Bonhams, whose formula is not unlike Gooding’s — which has proven their model successful for a number of years now. 136 don’t think I can remember nicer weather in Scottsdale than in January 2018. I have lived here for 25 years, and Scottsdale weather in January can be hit-and-miss. This entire Bonhams found a respectable sales rate this year of 88%. In total, 95 of the 108 consignments moved to new homes for a total of just over $25m. The high-dollar car for the sale was the aforementioned $5.2m 1958 Porsche 550A Spyder with Le Mans podium history. Also landing in the million-dollar club was a 1972 Ferrari 365 GTS/4 Daytona Spyder that sold at just over $2.6m with premium. It was nothing short of extravagant. The winning plan here was to be the early bird who gets the worm. Open viewing for all cars displayed was on Tuesday and Wednesday, and the sale itself was a tidy one-day affair on Thursday before RM Sotheby’s and Gooding & Company got rolling. Ferrari was well represented, with no less than 19 con- signments, and Porsche covered pretty much every decade and price point through 17 entries. Heck, $50k would have bought you a nice 2007 Turbo to play around in if the 2015 918 at $1.3m was a little out of reach. Even the Ferrari supercars were represented, with a gor- geous F40 that sold at a top-of-the-market $1,512,500 and an F50 that looked almost perfect, had Ferrari Classiche certification, over 60,000 miles on the odometer (!) and found a new home at $1,155,000 — well under other recent F50 sales. This proves that sellers were motivated here, which is a refreshing contrast to other events where no-sales have been much more prevalent. Buyers were willing to pay a premium over estimate when appropriate as well, which suggests a stable health to the market overall without it being overheated. All in all, this was a good showing for Bonhams, and for the market as a whole. ♦ Sales Totals $30m $35m $25m $20m $15m $10m $5m 0 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 Sports Car Market Pawel Litwinski, courrtesy of Bonhams


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Bonhams Scottsdale, AZ ENGLISH #109-1952 NASH-HEALEY ROAD- STER convertible. S/N: 2217. Eng. # NHA1130. Red/black vinyl/black leather. Odo: 28,665 miles. Red paint starting to show its age in many places, with lots of lacquer cracking, crazing and crow’s feet. The old paint is buffed to a nice shine, but there is still rubbing compound and paint-sanding flaws behind the grille and in all cracks and crevices. Car really needs to be disassembled and re-detailed. Chrome is showing its age as well—particularly around the scratched-up grille. Undercarriage shows a lot of rattle-can restoration —especially with drips and runs on the gas tank. Door fit is just marginal, and both doors are very wide at the top and too close at the bottom. Interior shows as the rest of the car— just okay. Cond: 3. only wipe scratches on a body that has seen many repairs in its day, but still has patina of use, and some repairs are starting to come apart. Scuffed-up wheels commensurate with age and use. Hand-beaten aluminum behind seats looks as though it’s been beaten back into place more than a few times. Driver’s door is off at lower front. Spartan interior showing age. Plywood floor is also starting to delaminate. Cond: 3. but it might be recommended on a brisk day with the top down. This is an early version with the 260 producing what Bonhams called “adequate power.” If it were mine, I’d put Panasport wheels on it—although the chrome caps are correct. This car sold cheapish, and well below the estimate. While not a 289 car, I thought it would bring a bit more. A market indicator? #6-1995 LAND ROVER DEFENDER 90 SUV. S/N: SALDV2285SA962124. Red/gray cloth. Odo: 15,783 miles. Nice original example, with minimal wear to the original red paint. Looks to have been garaged its whole life, as all black trim is still fresh without sun wear. Some rubbing compound in joints and double-stick tape residue on the rims are the only real detracting factors. Interior is all original and in great shape. Warn winch on the front and Magnaflow exhaust are non-original items, but tastefully done. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $74,250. Restyled for 1952, but was not one of Pinin Farina’s more graceful front ends. Production ended after 1953, when Chevy and Ford were both coming out with 2-seat roadsters. Seems as though Nash’s crystal ball was working pretty well to know better than to put resources into a car that would end up going up against two icons of automotive history. This car just broke the estimate and would be great for Sunday morning jaunts with the top down. It’s not going to win any shows, but that also leaves opportunity for the new owner to improve it without spending much money. Fair deal based on the recent trend of these cars, but any subsequent large investment will most likely not be recouped. #100-1965 SUNBEAM TIGER Mk I convertible. S/N: B9472881LRXFE. Carnival Red/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 22,893 miles. Beautiful paint shows deep wet sand and high polish but is showing the age around the wheelarches and door edges. Period-correct Phillips 66 sticker on the rear bumper is kind of cool, but the chrome has not been redone and is starting to show some age, as are the bumper rubbers. The driver’s door fit out at the back bottom. Interior looks like an older redo but still wearing nicely. Glass is all in very good shape with no delamination. Top fits well. Engine bay could use a detail. Aftermarket aluminum radiator is out of place. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $51,700. For those living in a cave, the Tiger is another nifty example of Carroll Shelby cramming Ford V8 muscle into a small British drophead. The good news is that these are cool enough that you don’t need a tweed jacket with suede elbow patches, 138 SOLD AT $5,170,000. We know these cars because James Dean died in one, but really they were the car to beat on the race track and dubbed “The Giant Killer.” Small displacement and light weight (1,170 pounds) was a winning recipe for Porsche. This was the second-to-last 550A constructed and benefited from the revisions Porsche had made over the 40-car 550A run. Original transaxle in a crate and a period 4-speed in its place. This sold right in the middle of the estimate, so how to call this a good buy or not? If you want one, this is the price, and it seems about right. (See profile, p. 86.) #55-1997 PORSCHE 911 Turbo coupe. SOLD AT $85,800. Why do we love cars that are unreliable, uncomfortable and slow? Normally we don’t, but for some reason the Defender 90 is cool and for people who find old flattie Jeeps technologically adequate, the Defender 90 is downright advanced. They only made these for the U.S. market for four years, and once airbags were mandated, Land Rover couldn’t be bothered and took their G-wagon wanna-be home. This was a darn fine example, but too nice to do what it was meant to do without devaluing. I think the $90k–$120k estimate was aggressive on this. Well sold, but the values on these are rapidly increasing. This transaction may look cheap soon. GERMAN TOP 10 No. 2 #44-1958 PORSCHE 550A Spyder. S/N: 550A0145. Eng. # P90127. Silver/ tan cloth. Odo: 37,341 km. 547/3 spec 4-cam motor. Podium finish at ’58 Le Mans. Small dent in paint, with a crack in dead center of the nose. Polished paint shows S/N: WP0AC2994VS375197. Black/black leather. Odo: 25,438 miles. Nice black paint, with the exception of the scratching from a dirty fender cover laid over front fender. Deep scratch next to gas-tank door. Heavy scratching on door-pull cup on outside. Driver’s seat leather heavily creased—not worn, but seems slightly excessive for just over 25k miles. Undercarriage looks as tidy as you would expect from a 10-year-old car. Unmarked Turbo directional rims with good Michelin meat on them from 2015. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $179,300. The last of an era, as 1998 brought the water-cooled 996 version of the 911. While the 996 might arguably be a better car, the 993 still had an element of rawness that got lost on the 996. That is why the values on these things have run up faster than Bitcoin. I would like to have seen the fender buffed out on this one. It’s the first thing I saw. Otherwise an honest car showing some use and which sold for all the money. Well sold. Sports Car Market


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Bonhams Scottsdale, AZ #84-2002 BMW Z8 convertible. S/N: WBAEJ134X2AH61395. Silver/black canvas/ black. Scuff on the front bumper right below passenger’s side marker light and one right at center of the air dam. Paintwork evident on front bumper, as it’s starting to crack in the seams. Driving lights have heavy road rash— not consistent with the bumper. Some scratching on the clear plastic back window, but original top fits well otherwise. Leather on the driver’s seat bolster and steering wheel showing wear, with frayed stitching on the seat. Significant scratches on the shifter knob. Cond: 3. you live in Arizona, it gets you a free ride in the carpool lane during rush hour for being a hybrid. What’s not to love? Well, maybe the price tag from the seller’s perspective. This went cheap. Roughly $500k shy of most other sales in the past 12 months. Are these depreciating? Has the initial market rush subsided? Well bought. #52-2016 PORSCHE 911 R coupe. S/N: WP0AF2A91GS187307. Acid Green/black leather, black & white houndstooth cloth. Odo: 38 miles. This car is perfect, with only 38 miles on the clock. Custom factory-ordered Acid Green paint is unmarked. Beautiful houndstooth cloth inside is a tasteful and conservative contrast to the custom paint. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $40,700. This car wins the “What’s that?!” award for this auction. The new owner will be forced to answer the question any time it comes out, and unfortunately, it’s not really a great story. Autocars Co. is an Israeli car company that built stuff whose sole purpose was to put you to sleep. Real socialist-government-issue type stuff. This was their most exciting offering. A goofily proportioned car —whose designer might have been on Quaaludes—and about 100 of these gems came Stateside. This car was squirreled away for 40 years, and when discovered in 2000, had only 40 miles on it. It underwent a complete restoration and now shows 653 miles after doing the show circuit for many years. Fair money considering the restoration cost and the oddity factor. ITALIAN #29-1962 FERRARI 330 GT 2+2 coupe. NOT SOLD AT $150,000. These cars were a good-looking design by Henrik Fisker reminiscent of the 507, but many mistook them for the more-common Z3. Some enthusiasts liked the Z3, but more often those fell into the hands of 23-year-old strippers. This is not the case with the Z8, and collectors were in BMW’s crosshairs from the beginning. This poor car seems to have had at least one rather ham-fisted owner in its life, and apparently the crowd agreed and passed on this one. No-sale at $150k, which is a light bid considering where the market is taking these cars, quickly. #51-2015 PORSCHE 918 Spyder. S/N: WP0CA2A19FS800290. Black/black & Acid Green leather. Odo: 2,278 miles. Hybrid. Optional front-axle lift system. Slight road rash on nose indicative of a couple thousand miles worth of use, but otherwise black paint is impeccable. Tire wear looks indicative of limited track use. Acid Green piping on seats rather attractive, shows no wear at all and matches the brake calipers, which look as though they’ve never been used. Weissach wheels are unmarked, and the rest of the car looks near perfect. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $478,500. The 911R is basically the GT3-RS 4.0-liter motor, with a 6-speed gearbox put into a softer, streetable package. It trades the Nomex fire suit for jeans and Vans. This car was custom ordered by the same enthusiast owner who was consigning the 918 next to it. The Acid Green color was a nod to the brake calipers and seat piping of the 918. The owner also had the foresight to order the 911R as #290 of the series to match the 918 series number. This car is highly desirable among enthusiasts, as all of the 991 production cars were spoken for prior to assembly. These facts no doubt drove the price which, 38 miles ago, was only $185k, plus options. Nice return on the investment. Well sold. ISRAELI #67-1962 SABRA SPORTS ROADSTER convertible. S/N: S200100. Eng. # S216251. Red/black vinyl/red cloth. Odo: 653 miles. Ford 4-cylinder engine, with 4-speed manual; original mileage on a fully restored car. Largeish door gaps and panel fit probably as good as factory. Missing headlight covers, which were probably optional. Top is baggy and droopy. Good restoration that looks to have cost more than the car is worth. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $224,400. I love the catalog description that tells the tale of this being a factory prototype—hence the early build number and could have been Enzo Ferrari’s personal car…or not. Either way, this was a nice car for the mileage, which rings high for anything with a Prancing Horse on the grille. Back in 1996 when I was on the hunt for a ’66 330 GT, these were $30,000 cars. I was $29,000 short, but I really wanted one because to me, no one was paying attention to the front V12 and chrome shifter gate. People woke up. Darn. Missed the low estimate, but still a fair deal for all. SOLD AT $1,292,500. This car is number 290 in the series of 294 brought to the U.S. The 918 was a huge leap forward from the Carrera GT that preceded it. The Carrera GT was state of the art at the time, but the 918 is otherworldly. The 2.2-second 0–60 time is claimed to be the fastest in the world at the time, and if 140 #88-1963 MASERATI SEBRING 3500 GTI Series I coupe. S/N: AM10101841. Red/ black leather. Odo: 70,743 miles. With Lucas injection, ZF 5-speed. Heavy scratching on windshield and rear glass. Significant tarnishing to brightwork around windows. Front seat leather redone, but trans tunnel and rear seat Sports Car Market S/N: 4085. White/black leather. Odo: 67,698 miles. Body fit seems to be pretty okay. Hood set is tall at the rear. Both doors are a little bit out at the back. Chrome and stainless are all a bit tarnished. Chrome Borranis have a slight haze to them but look really nice, as do the correct Pirelli tires dated from 2014. Black interior smells delicious. Seats show well, but looks to be older leather, which is nice. Dashes missing the cigarette lighter, and dash buttons seem to show more age than the rest of the interior. Interior sill plate heavily scuffed on both sides and looks like the owner constantly wore ice skates. Engine bay is tidy and shows well. Cond: 3.


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Bonhams Scottsdale, AZ leather still look original. Red paint still shows nicely, as do the chrome Borrani wheels. Engine and injection system stated to have been fully rebuilt. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $170,000. This car is not winning any concours, but it would be a good driver for events where you are not worried about undoing restoration quality. Looks to have had big issues addressed, as needed or as money allowed. Bid might have been a little light here, but the $225,000 low estimate would be all the money. #69-1968 LAMBORGHINI ISLERO 400 GT coupe. S/N: 6012. Eng. # 1848. Bronze Copper/black leather. Paint nicely applied, but color may not be to everybody’s taste. Door fit is quite good, as are the hood and headlight buckets—probably better than factory fit. Paint starting to crack slightly in corners of headlight buckets, which is common. Interior is brand new and nicely done, almost too nicely done. Borrani wire wheels are painted silver with chrome spinners and detract a little bit from presentation. Chrome would be sexier. Backup lights were mysteriously left original and show some pitting. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $300,000. I think these cars were extremely good looking and very understated—like a dark-leather-strapped Patek Philippe peeking out from under the cuff of a nicely tailored black suit. Like the Patek, the Lambo V12 will tug on your heart and your wallet in a big way. Some items could be slightly better thought out, like the oil cooler under the chin spoiler that’s ready to get knocked off by anything left in the road. Auction estimate seemed way too high ($350k– $400k) and may have kept the consignor from letting it go. High bid seemed fair considering the color and the fact it is not an S model. #85-1969 DETOMASO MANGUSTA coupe. S/N: 8MA564. Yellow/black leather. Odo: 47,209 miles. Original chrome shows some marks, fading and crazing around windows. Corrosion evident on tailpipes. Chrome around windows obviously original and needs replating. Much of the rubber is in okay shape or has been replaced—rear glass has large gaps in the rubber, however. Original leather splitting on driver’s seat, but is refreshingly original, like an old catcher’s mitt. Fit of rear gullwing engine cover is off on driver’s side but good on the passenger’s side. Good-quality repaint only shows wipe marks. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $249,700. Rare car with only 401 made in its production run from 1967 to ’71. Personally, I like the Pantera better, as the Mangusta felt a little like a kit car and the Pantera is arguably better looking. The Pantera also came with the Ford 351 versus the 302 in most of the Mangustas. This car had a few needs but looked to be somewhat original and cared for over the years. This car sold just under reserve, and values seem to have dipped from a couple years ago. Fair transaction based on condition, but I’m not sure about the upside. #25-1972 FERRARI 365 GTS/4 Spyder. S/N: 16473. Eng. # B2332. Red/ black canvas/black leather. Odo: 32,552 miles. Number 72 of 123 built. With a/c. Fantastic restoration of numbers-matching car by Junior Conway. Beautiful red paint, with only some slight swirl and wipe marks in the right light—typical of babying these cars. Vent-window latch on the interior has been reglued to glass and the vent-window seal is nicked up on the passenger’s side. Black Daytona buckets are subtle but in very nice shape. Chrome Borranis appear slightly hazy but unmarked. Undercarriage looks unused. Cond: 1-. TOP 10 No. 5 SOLD AT $2,640,000. The inspiration for Sammy Hagar’s rock anthem “I Can’t Drive 55” may be up for debate, but a story I read long ago said it was about his frustration of trying to drive a Daytona with the national speed limit of 55. I know he drove a 512 Boxer in the video, but he does own a Daytona, so please don’t write a letter. Point is, this car is cool. It’s also known to be a handful with no power steering at low speed and the highrevving 4-cam engine will just about do 55 mph in second gear. This particular car was beautiful and sounded fantastic when a Bonhams’ rep took a potential bidder for a spin. Hard to fault. Market money, but I think the nod goes to the buyer. #95-1974 FERRARI 246 GTS DINO coupe. S/N: 8450. Blu Dino Metallizzato/tan leather. Odo: 40,977 miles. Power windows, “chairs and flares,” a/c. Clean car with restoration done in 2014, and still showing well with only some tarnish to the stainless window trim. Paint holds a nice shine without much to fault in an attractive color combo. Campagnolo wheels look good. Cond: 2. 142 Sports Car Market


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Bonhams Scottsdale, AZ body color and are in otherwise good shape. Black trim and rubber bumpers are still presentable and not faded. Nice original engine bay with a heat-soaked spare tire that has a couple scuffs. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $341,000. There always seem to be two Dinos for sale at any high-end auction, and this event was no different. The other consignment here was unrestored, with fewer miles and sold for a $140k premium. The lesson here is that they are only original once, and the money spent in restoration may have devalued this car. Knowing that, I personally find this car extremely attractive because someone else spent the money. Even if you never drove the darn thing, just looking at it is almost enough to justify ownership. Purchased right even if the market has contracted slightly on Dinos. #42-1977 FERRARI 400 GT coupe. S/N: 21111. Eng. # F101C0000078. Black/tan. Odo: 73,727 km. Older repaint shows excessive swirl marks and orange peel in hard-toreach areas. Bumper rubber starting to oxidize a bit. New ANSA exhaust system. Interior holding up okay, but console showing some tarnish on brightwork. Leather is clean but redone. Original Blaupunkt stereo in dash and with rear stereo speakers that look clunky. Undercarriage largely redone to driver quality. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $82,500. Nice original car that comes with manuals, tools, spare light bulbs and, wait, is that a Morris Albert “Feelings” album? Why, yes it is, and thanks for asking! Albert happened to be the original owner. Purchasing last year’s model in June of 1978, he kept it for a year. Once his one-hit-wonder money ran out (I don’t know that for a fact), it passed to the uncle of the seller in 1979 after Albert put 3,000 miles on it. The sales price actually beat the high estimate, and the car appears well sold. Maybe Morris Albert holds sway we didn’t know about. #40-1987 LAMBORGHINI COUN- TACH 5000 QV coupe. S/N: ZA9CA05AXHLA12185. Black/tan leather. Odo: 14,509 km. Paint shows some repaint flaws in its history. Front spoiler shows cracking around openings and a couple of fixed rock chips. Side-door coves need detailing inside. Interior is a little grubby, with a couple of scuff marks on the baggy leather console. Seat wear looks good. Old Pirelli P7 tires are starting to show their age. OZ phone dial-rims are in good shape. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $61,600. The good news is that this car has a nice shifter gate and carbs. No fuel injection and automatic trans here to get in the way of good old-fashioned work. The bad news is that these cars have been near the bottom of the Ferrari pecking order for most of their lives. Front-engine V12 and 5-speed are certainly desirable, but most people have a hard time with the conservative Pininfarina styling—which resembles an off-the-rack suit. It’s not ugly, but certainly not tailored to fit. Sold for about half of low estimate, and I’m still not sure it was a great deal, as these still feel like $40,000 cars. #24-1977 MASERATI MERAK coupe. S/N: AM122US2210. Silver/black leather. Odo: 11,276 miles. Well-preserved, originalappearing paint that shows a light haze to it. Slight flaws around some of the edges and a couple of stress cracks are only indication of age. Interior shows well, but seats are in dire need of moisture. Traditional uprated Bora dash. Campagnolo rims are finished in the April 2018 SOLD AT $264,000. If a white Testarossa defined “Miami Vice,” a Countach defined the rest of the cocaine-dealing 1980s, and that is why I had a poster of one on my wall like every other pubescent male—not because I like cocaine, but because it defined a decade even during that decade. By 1987 the Countach was getting a bit long in the tooth, and the 5000 QV was the last drivetrain hurrah before the Diablo came along in 1990. The Countach was known for poor build quality and ridiculous ergonomics, which flew in the face of its real charm—they look so fun. Market money right now. #99-1988 FERRARI 328 GTB coupe. S/N: ZFFXA19A1J0077394. Red/tan leather. 143


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Bonhams Scottsdale, AZ Odo: 27,948 miles. Shiny paint showing orange peel and some dirt in the passenger’s side—indicating possible repaint. Scratch in deck lid over driver’s taillight. Small amounts of road rash on nose indicate use consistent with mileage. Tan leather interior looks good and clean. Cond: 2-. #36-1993 FERRARI 348 TS Serie Spe- ciale convertible. S/N: ZFFRG36AXP0095991. Nero/black leather. Odo: 23,891 miles. Number 98 of 100 Serie Speciale cars built. Black paint appears original and includes carcover-wear scratches on all four corners. Oxidation and corrosion on chromed factory wheels. Rear window rubber shows a lot of wax rubbed onto it. Slight amount of wear on driver’s seat bolster. Leather on the interior looks a bit dry. Cond: 3. there were no stories, this was the car to have. Attractive traditional Ferrari color combo. GTS roof and a 6-speed transmission will keep this car valuable. Fair deal, and the market is trending up on these. SOLD AT $126,500. Many consider the 328 the last of the analog Ferraris. I guess that depends on your definition of analog. By model year 1988½, the 328 now had ABS, and pumps can be a chore to find. If you are looking for a 328, this would probably be the one to have—especially if you would actually like to drive it. It’s an honest example, not without flaws, but your driven miles will give you a few more flaws. It’s no big secret that these have taken off over the past five years but have flattened over the past 12 months. This seems to be market price right now, but they are desirable. TOP 10 No. 10 #28-1991 FERRARI F40 coupe. S/N: ZFFMN34A8M0088374. Eng. # 26308. Rosso Corsa/red cloth. Odo: 2,472 miles. Twin-turbo V8. Slight road rash to front air dam. Light tarnish to Speedline rims and marks on the center locks from removal. Engine bay is clean but showing a little surface oxidation from being over 25 years old. Light scratching on quarter windows. Engine cover is clean. Seat-belt-buckle trim on seats coming detached and is the only problem with the interior. Heck, they probably came detached from the factory. Cond: 2+. #54-1995 FERRARI F50 convertible. S/N: ZFFTG46A4S0104799. Eng. # 41201. Nero/black leather. Odo: 61,588 miles. U.S. spec. High mileage and salvage title from frontal collision. Light wipe scratches in paint seem to be the only flaw, which is almost impossible to prevent on a black car. Double-stick tape coming off where the rear license plate goes. Some tarnish and marks on the center locks from taking the wheels on and off. Plexiglass engine cover slightly foggy. It has been Ferrari Classiche certified post-accident and still has all numbers matching. Number 55 of the 55 delivered to the U.S. Cond: 2. BEST BUY SOLD AT $60,500. The 348 hasn’t quite gained the following that other Ferrari models have. They were blamed for having somewhat erratic handling and glitchy electronics— which can be challenging to fix today. The styling was love or hate with the “Miami Vice” strakes down the side, but you don’t get the V12 of the Testrarossa. The 355 cleaned up the dated look after 1995. This car showed under 24k miles, but is said to have been in the Midwest for the past 14 years. Some tarnish and surface corrosion supports this claim. I would have liked to have seen it be professionally polished. Seems market correct despite the aggressive estimate ($90k–$120k) from the auction house. #62-1995 FERRARI F355 GTS convert- ible. S/N: ZFFPR42A0S0101741. Red/tan leather. Odo: 13,884 miles. Very good condition. Nice and unmarked front spoiler, but fog lights and passenger’s turn-signal lens show road rash and a crack. Was the nose repainted? Clean interior with unscuffed seat bolsters. Six-speed manual is highly desirable. Nice, shiny paint with no real flaws and well prepped. Windshield starting to delaminate very slightly at the edge, but you really have to look for it. Incorrect Sony CD player in dash. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $1,512,500. Continuing with the twin-turbo V8 formula from the 288 GTO, the F40 celebrated the first 40 years of Ferrari business with screaming power and was the last car overseen by Enzo himself. These cars were instantly recognizable when they were still being built and quickly became an iconic silhouette. This was a nice car. The price didn’t established a new market high point, but it was right in the middle of the auction estimate. I don’t think the buyer will be hurting on this blue-chip investment unless he is looking for a quick flip. 144 SOLD AT $1,155,000. Ferrari supercars started with the twin-turbo 288 GTO and continue today with LaFerrari. The F50 was Ferrari’s first V12 supercar and the last with a clutch pedal and no airbags. This car has been very lovingly used as intended, with no regard for mileage, until it was wrecked—but that’s a testament to their durability. The really cool part is that the new owner can try to drive the wheels off of it and seemingly only add to the panache this particular car has. Sold below the estimate, but it seems that any perceived stories have been thoroughly explained. Well bought at about a million bucks below going market for low-mile cars. Drive it! #7-2003 FERRARI 456 GTA coupe. S/N: ZFFWL50A830132002. Silver/black leather. Odo: 10,148 miles. Front engine V12, auto transmission. Around 10k miles, and condition shows it. It appears this car was well cared for, as flaws are few. Rims remain unmarked with new Pirelli rubber. Cute California redux black plate (before this car’s time) that reminds you of the model name in case you forgot what you were driving. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $72,600. I know I am not the only guy out there who sees the dramatic improvement of the 355 from the 348 in terms of looks and performance. It was a natural progression for Ferrari. This was a nice example and if Sports Car Market


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Bonhams Scottsdale, AZ SOLD AT $66,000. The 456 is relatively unloved, which I hate to say about any V12 Ferrari. It was graced with a detuned version of the 5.5-liter engine used in the 550 Maranello, an automatic transmission and styling akin to a Toyota Celica. Not a design tour-de-force for Pininfarina, especially in the drab combo of silver and black. This is about the only Ferrari I can think of right now that has steadily depreciated over its life and was not affected at all by the rising tide of Ferrari prices. This was all the money, and sadly, it will cost you to own it. Well sold. #59-2007 FERRARI 599 GTB coupe. S/N: ZFFFC60A370155506. Eng. # 121540. Red/tan leather. Odo: 6,438 miles. Beautiful color on an otherwise unmarked body, with the exception of a couple of small pieces of road rash around side gills behind the doors. Trunk is slightly high on passenger’s side. Tan interior with Daytona inserts on seats. Driver’s seat bolster shows no wear at all, but is slightly dirty. I am being picky here to find the nits. Parcel shelf completely unused. The carbon ceramic brakes look fantastic, with no dust. Scuderia badges on fenders. Pirelli tires are in great shape and show 2017 build date. Cond: 2+. coat. Far-from-original finishes, but very nicely done. Cond: 1-. 250,000 miles and some road rash on it. Variable valve timing was state of the art in the early 1990s, and the smooth V6 eventually made its way into other Acuras of the time. While it doesn’t have eight cylinders, that’s not what Japanese is all about. Well sold, but this will look cheap in the future. SWEDISH SOLD AT $49,500. The canvas on the exterior is cute but would be about as easy to keep clean as blue suede shoes at the “Sippy Hole.” I don’t think that the restoration process really considered use of any sort, and was done strictly for the eyeball appeal. Well, I like looking at it too. It’s a nice truck. Sold well below estimate, but at the top end of the market. I am sure there was more money into the restoration than was paid here. Fair deal on a nice FJ40; just don’t let a grubby-handed kid touch the canvas. #77-1995 ACURA NSX-T coupe. S/N: SOLD AT $173,250. The 599 was a revolutionary replacement for the 550/575 frontengine V12 GT, and the lineage continues on with the F12 being produced today. These featured an Enzo engine, slightly detuned, and almost all were sold with the F1 6-speed transmission, including this one. Unfortunately, it’s a bit of a depreciating asset at the moment—worth about half of a well-optioned car’s MSRP. As soon as you can’t get parts anymore, the values should start to rise. I would say these are a good deal in general based on the depreciation curve, and this transaction looked like market money. JAPANESE #11-1967 TOYOTA LAND CRUISER FJ40 SUV. S/N: FJ4048587. Eng. # F239479. Blue/gray canvas/brown vinyl. Odo: 114 miles. Nicely done restoration with new canvas top and doors that won’t be clean for long if used at all. Expertly applied vinyl in a delightful shade of brown on the interior, making this a nice color combo. Modern BFG AllTerrain tires. Odometer was reset and now at 114 miles. Undercarriage done to a high standard and much more for show than the factory ever intended, with lots of high-gloss powder 146 JH4NA1185ST000105. Eng. # C30A1530010. Formula Red/black leather. Odo: 21,074 miles. Scratches on black plastic chin spoiler. Paint shows very well, with no apparent fixes or flaws. Only wipe marks in an otherwise highly polished paint job. Chrome factory rims are unmarked, but the tires are over 11 years old. Interior smells a little funky. Seat leather looking a little bit dry and is in need of a good moisturizing. Slight wear on leather from entry and exit on driver’s outer bolster. Cond: 3+. #76-1969 VOLVO 1800S coupe. S/N: 183451029471. Eng. # 1197. Mediterranean Blue/tan leather. Odo: 68,106 miles. Dual SU sidedraft carbs. Delightful color combo of blue with tan interior. Stated-original paint needs some detailing around the edges. Looks to have been wet-sanded, as orange peel is only evident around side-view mirrors. Interior a nice shade of tan. Seats are looking slightly collapsed under upholstery. Engine bay is clean and all original. Cool Lucas driving lights on front bumper haven’t been taken out by a rock yet. Said to be same owner for the past 48 years and living in SoCal. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $74,800. This car is certainly nice but looks like it was repainted long ago and not disassembled—the catalog states otherwise, however. A very nice color blue that was a one-year option. Driver jumped in car to fire it up; it was slow starting but did eventually fire. This car came across pretty darn honest in its overall condition—you can tell it had a responsible steward. It had a few flaws, which means you can drive it. Near the top of the reserve and top of the market. Most I’ve seen are selling in the $25k–$40k range these days. Well sold for sure. AMERICAN #65-1994 DODGE VIPER RT/10 road- SOLD AT $77,000. These first-generation NSXs have taken off with collectors in the past few years, and the new NSX has stoked some of that. Let’s face it, though, folks. This was a supercar of the time that was every bit as reliable as the everyday mundane sedan. I have a friend that daily drives a 1992 with over “ ster. S/N: 1B3BR65E1RV101961. Green/gray leather. Odo: 2,154 miles. 8.0-L fuel-injected V10, 6-sp. Striking green paint appears to be all original and in very good shape. Air dam and front end are basically unmarked. Original Dodge-issue three-spoke wheels are in good shape. Plastic around sidepipe outlet is slightly distorted and interior plastic starting to change These first-generation NSXs have taken off with collectors in the past few years, and the new NSX has stoked some of that. 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Bonhams Scottsdale, AZ color from age. Seats look unscuffed, and leather is still soft. Aftermarket roll cage installed. All tires look to be in good shape, even if the rears are at least a yard wide and beg for smoky burnouts. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $40,700. Look, Ma, no airbags or ABS or traction control or top or a/c or wings. Just V10 torque. Wheeee! Paint shade is not too far off of British Racing Green—which is a bit of an unusual hue for this car, but works with the gray interior. Hardly any miles for 24 years old, and could be cause for oil-leak concern as well as depreciation if used too much. These cars should stay strong in future as they are becoming a new symbol of all-American automotive excess. While the Viper only got faster over 25 years, this is where it all started, with no frills. Market money for now but could be considered a great deal soon. #75-2006 FORD GT coupe. S/N: 1FAFP90S16Y401553. Blue/black leather. Odo: 645 miles. 5.4-L supercharged V8, 6-sp. Original GT in fantastic shape, and even still shows the rubber-mold release on radiator hoses. Top stripe delete. Carroll Shelby’s personal car and being sold by the Shelby Family Trust. BBS rims are unmarked and the only visible flaw is buffing compound around cracks and crevices—indicating it was cared for. Interior shows perfectly as a 600-mile car should. No marking on the bolsters, and engine bay looks factory fresh. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $489,500. This is nearly a highwater mark for the Ford GT—only eclipsed by an unwrapped Gulf Heritage edition with delivery miles. The price brought here is no doubt driven by the original owner, and what better original owner could there be? This was a desirable car in its own right, especially in the color combo. With over 4,000 made, the GT is a bit of an anomaly. It’s a great car, but hardly rare and depreciation really never was in the GT’s vocabulary. There are always a few for sale, which begs the question, when does supply outweigh demand? Well sold. © 148 Sports Car Market


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Russo and Steele Scottsdale, AZ Russo and Steele — Scottsdale 2018 A 1969 COPO ZL-1 Camaro in Cortez Silver found a new owner for a below-median price of $132,000 — not inexpensive, but cheap for any COPO Company Russo and Steele Date January 17–21, 2018 Location Scottsdale, AZ Auctioneers Rob Row, Mike Shackelton, Dan Shorno, Mitch Jordan Automotive lots sold/offered 457/703 Sales rate 65% Sales total $17,894,335 High sale 1964 Bill Thomas Cheetah GT coupe, sold at $660,000 Buyer’s premium 10%, included in sold prices Tons of documentation fills the windshield — 1969 Chevrolet Camaro COPO coupe, sold at $132,000 Report and photos by Brett Hatfield Market opinions in italics the car held above all others. If one is to chase love, or fall in love, you could do worse than finding it in the warm embrace of mid-January Scottsdale, which hosts Arizona’s annual Car Week. Scottsdale in January is home to a number M of collector-car auctions, and Russo and Steele is a longstanding favorite. Drew Alcazar’s auction combines the best of American collector, classic and muscle cars, but is also balanced by a field of European luxury and performance cars. Add to this a side of the weird, the wild and the wonderful, and it makes for a spectacle difficult to rival elsewhere. It takes days to absorb everything. For a buyer, all this allows you to get up close and personal with your dream car before the opportunity to bid. This is one of the few chances one may have to see several examples of that rare find in one place at one time. Although overall sales were down slightly 150 ost of us (the car-crazy supernerds) carry a deep passion. It drives us to find that special example — the one true love, and from last year, there were 703 lots available at the January 2018 sale, with 457 of those finding new homes, for a 65% sell-through rate totaling $17.9m. The top sale was a 1964 Bill Thomas Cheetah GT coupe that sold at $660,000. A 1965 Shelby Mustang GT350, only the 47th made, went for $341,000. A stunning 31,000-mile 1967 Chevrolet Corvette 427/435-hp convertible, believed to be one of five in Rally Red over red leather, sold for a staggering $308,000. But there were some bargains to be had as well, including a 1969 COPO ZL-1 Camaro in Cortez Silver with extensive documentation that went home with a new owner for a below-median price of $132,000 — not inexpensive, but cheap for any COPO Camaro. Car auctions wouldn’t be car auctions without a smatter- ing of the truly weird on hand. The genuine George Barrisbuilt “Munsters” Dragula Coffin Car crossed the auction block but failed to change hands with a high bid of only $45,000. Another car present that looked like it could have come from Barris was the Ice Princess, built in the 1980s by Richard Fletcher. Think the Jetsons meet Timothy Leary in Harley Earl’s living room. Built on a frame that was part Studebaker and part Cadillac, it found new ownership at just over $39,000. Russo and Steele continues to grow, thanks to their spectacular customer service, attention to detail and offerings not usually found at many other venues. With the recent announcement of another Russo auction coming to 2019’s Amelia Island event, it’s clear they’re going to continue bringing quality offerings to America’s collectors for years to come. ♦ Sales Totals $25m $20m $15m $10m $5m 0 Sports Car Market 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014


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Russo and Steele Scottsdale, AZ ENGLISH #2677-1961 AUSTIN-HEALEY 3000 BT7 convertible. S/N: HBT7L6751. Light blue metallic & white/blue vinyl/blue leather. Odo: 83,913 miles. Paint has a handful of small nicks, and one small rust blister beginning to form on rear fender arch—showing this has likely been driven and loved. Light wear on the blue leather seats would seem to support this. The original gauges show patina consistent with their age, but are still perfectly serviceable. Engine compartment is clean. Cond: 3+. expect. Glass and weatherstrip are in good condition. Wheels are free from rash. The driver’s side seat bolster shows slight wear from ingress/egress, but the balance of the interior is in good condition. Carpets need to be vacuumed. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $70,400. This Vanquish would let you live out your James Bond fantasies for less than the cost of a new Corvette. Black over black was particularly striking, adding to the thought you would have the only one in your neighborhood. Super-low miles, betterthan-average condition, recent service, and a price well below median value all combined to make this a bit of a bargain. SOLD AT $44,000. This was an attractive color combo, changed from the original Florida Green over gray. The condition looked as if the car had been loved, cared for and driven. It came with maintenance history, tool roll, and manuals. Sale price was spot-on. #2254-1961 MORGAN PLUS 4 drop- head coupe. S/N: 4650. Red & black/black vinyl/black leather. Odo: 58,668 miles. Shiny paint shows good prep and application. Chrome bumpers, door handles and wire wheels appear to have been nicely refinished. Chrome on turn signals and back side of rearview mirror shows light pitting. Glass is clear, but weatherstrip is showing its age. A bit of wrinkling on the seat bottoms; tidy wood dash, clear gauges, newer carpet, a wood Nardi steering wheel. Cond: 2. #2583-2010 ASTON MARTIN RAPIDE sedan. S/N: SCFHDDAJ9AAF00213. Concours Blue/Parchment leather. Odo: 24,334 miles. Paint is in excellent condition, and pairs beautifully with the Baltic Blue carpet and Parchment leather interior. Few signs of road pepper. The glass and weatherstrip are what one would expect. No wear is present on the driver’s seat bolster, but there is some light creasing on the seat bottom. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $385,000. The top bid here was nowhere near book value. It could be bidders were unsure of what this Delahaye was. Even if that was the case, the workmanship present in the restoration was undeniable. The seller was wise to hold out for significantly more. GERMAN #2564-1966 MERCEDES-BENZ 250SE convertible. S/N: 11102312083634. White/ dark blue cloth/tan leather. Odo: 75,366 miles. New paint, new top, new interior and new wood. There’s a small scuff just aft of the passenger’s door toward the top of the body. Knobs on the door cards look to be original to the car, with light wear present. The area just beneath the license plate could stand to be cleaned. Overall, a solid-looking classic Benz. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $75,900. These Astons are rarely seen, and the striking color combo on this one made it stand out all the more. Condition was very good for a car that had seen some use. What was surprising is the massive depreciation from a new sticker over $200k down to a pre-fee sale price of $69k. This was a lot of car for new Mercedes C-class money. SOLD AT $36,300. This was a sharp little Morgan in handsome colors. It checked all the boxes for a classic British roadster. With a price just under median value, the new owner got this one spot-on. Fair deal for everyone. #2498-2003 ASTON MARTIN VAN- QUISH coupe. S/N: SCFAC233X3B500965. Onyx Black/Obsidian Black leather, black alcantara inserts. Odo: 6,352 miles. Paint marred only by a light scuff mark at trunk sill and a tiny nick adjacent to driver’s side headlight. Panel gaps are consistent, as one would 152 FRENCH #2109-1948 DELAHAYE TYPE 135 M Dandy Grand Luxe convertible. S/N: 800929. Capucin Gray/blue Haartz cloth/blue leather. RHD. Odo: 4,162 km. Fully restored Chapron-built luxury car. This car is stunning: The paint, chrome, stainless, wood, glass and felts are all excellent. Only knock is something has brushed up against the left door panel inside, but the mark could probably be removed with a little leather conditioner. The definition of automotive art. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $107,250. The recent attention this convertible had received made for a greatlooking classic. Money paid was spot-on, so call this both well sold and bought. #2551-1971 MERCEDES-BENZ 280SL convertible. S/N: 11304410023487. White/ white hard top/burgundy leather. Odo: 83,794 miles. Factory a/c, 4-speed manual, both tops. Paint is in good condition, with some exceptions: There is a small chip just aft of the peak on the chrome grille surround and numerous small chips at the rear edge of the driver’s side door. Engine bay could use a bit more cleaning but is otherwise correct. Chrome is bright and shiny. Stainless is decent. Driver’s side seat bolster piping shows ingress/egress wear. A clean car overall that looks to have been driven and loved. Both tops, with soft top stowed under affixed hard top, so not available for inspection. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $69,300. This was a well-below-market price for a tidy Sports Car Market


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Russo and Steele Scottsdale, AZ Russo’s 2016 Monterey sale, where it sold for $68,750 (SCM# 6846419). This was a stunning and, as I understand it, rare color combo. Aside from the garage wear marks on front bumper, and a tiny little chip out of the taillight, there wasn’t much holding this 993 back. It was accompanied by extensive documentation, and looked to have been loved. Mileage was low, condition was better than good, and this was the penultimate year for the 993, considered by many the most desirable generation of 911. little roadster with signs of light patina and love. A little patina on what was otherwise a sharp MB convertible you wouldn’t feel guilty about driving. Someone got a good deal on a car with attractive colors, a more sporting manual trans and a/c. Well bought. #2313-1973 PORSCHE 911T coupe. S/N: 9113102463. Gold/black leather. Odo: 91,920 miles. Original paint has had amazing care, and were it not for a few flaws, would be indistinguishable from new. Two small bubbles are at the base of the A-pillar on the driver’s side, there’s a crack running from just above the “O” to the side of the “R” in the “PORSCHE” script on rear deck, and some bubbling just forward of the driver’s door just above the rocker. Interior reveals very little wear, and sports a Nardi wood steering wheel. Fair stainless, but glass and weatherstripping look decent. Excellent shape for its age. Cond: 2-. value. Someone went home with an exceptional 911 at an exceptional price. Very well bought, indeed. Could this be where the market is today on a lovely 73S Targa? #2337-1989 MERCEDES-BENZ 560SEC AMG replica coupe. S/N: WDBCA45E6KA484631. Schwarz/gray leather. Odo: 103,631 miles. Glossy paint with a couple of touch-ups on the trunk. Clear glass. Emblem at leading edge of the hood looks new. Slight creasing on the driver’s side seat bottom. Rear deck shows some sun fading. Good overall. Cond: 2-. #2108-2008 PORSCHE 911 GT3 coupe. S/N: WP0AC29918S792068. Guards Red/ black alcantara. Odo: 21,608 miles. Brilliant red paint free from the typical road pepper one would expect with a 21,000-mile car, especially one that sits this low. Panel gaps are consistent, as one would expect from Porsche. Interior shows signs of very light and careful use, with no scratches on the painted console or painted vent louvers. Glass and trim are in good condition. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $17,400. Sold on Bring-A-Trailer in February of 2015, this 560 traded hands again for $7,040 (SCM# 6838434) in May of last year at the Mecum Indy auction. Sometime between then and now, the car had the AMG body kit, wheels, and blacked-out emblems installed, and was presumably painted. The seller probably had almost all of the selling price invested in the car. NOT SOLD AT $90,500. Rumored to have once been owned by Warren Beatty (with no paperwork to support that), this little 911T had obviously had exceptional care. One can only imagine (and hope) that the same attention has been given to its mechanical maintenance. The high bid was just a hair above book, but the seller was still looking for more. #2339-1973 PORSCHE 911S Targa. S/N: 9113310336. Light ivory/black vinyl/brown leather. Odo: 11,670 miles. A terrific restoration—the paint wasn’t this good from the factory. The stainless and chrome are both brilliant. Brushed stainless Targa hoop flawless. Glass, weatherstrip and window felts appear as-new. Interior leather shows only minor creasing, with very slight wear on the driver’s side. Engine numbers match. Well detailed. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $140,250. Despite the car being as clean and sharp as it was, the selling price was well below market 154 #2606-1997 PORSCHE 911 Carrera coupe. S/N: WP0AA299XVS321098. Black metallic/Savannah Beige leather. Odo: 79,918 miles. Garage rub marks on front bumper. Driver’s side taillight lens has a small chunk missing. Driver’s side seat bottom shows minimal creasing, with the rest of the interior appearing almost new. Glass, weatherstrip and panel gaps are all as they should be. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $101,750. Claimed to be one of only 33 imported to the U.S. in 2008, this GT3’s condition belied the miles represented on the odo. It was obvious the car had been well maintained. It had no needs. The price here was just a little low; as such, probably well bought. ITALIAN #2369-1972 DETOMASO PANTERA coupe. S/N: THPNMB02477. White/black leather. Odo: 17,340 miles. High-quality, good-prep repaint in original white. Front trunk and rear parcel shelf are both in good condition—which is not often the case with Panteras. Tires in back are a bit oversized, but the factory Campagnolo wheels are in good shape with no rash. The seat and carpet on the driver’s side show some wear, but nothing out NOT SOLD AT $61,000. Previously seen at Sports Car Market


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On the Radar A whole new crop of world cars is now legal to import into the United States. If you’re not familiar with the rules, you can find info at www.nhtsa.dot.gov/cars/rules/import. by Jeff Zurschmeide 1993 Lister Storm Russo and Steele Scottsdale, AZ of line with the age and general condition of the car. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $101,750. Sold in November 2017 at Leake’s Dallas sale for $86,350 (SCM# 6853742). You don’t see many of these Panteras that haven’t been monkeyed with, and this was a refreshing example of a largely original car. It had some of the more common improvements such as Pertronix ignition, stainless-steel cooling tubes and upgraded a/c, but was largely as it came from the factory. This, coupled with the low miles and a Marti Report to verify originality, helped push the price just north of SCM’s Pocket Price Guide median value. Fair deal all around. Pros: Carries the largest V12 engine fitted to a road car since WWII. Special 7.0-liter Jag engine makes 546 horsepower, 582 ft-lb torque. Top speed of 208 mph and 0–60 mph in 4.1 seconds. Original purchase price of £220,000 comparatively reasonable today, and 2008 resale price of $64,510 is downright cheap. Cons: Only four ever made, of which three remain. Good luck finding one for sale. Price range: $64k–$100k, plus import costs. 1993–95 Alpina B10 4.0 #2258-1975 LAMBORGHINI URRACO P111 coupe. S/N: 20166. Black/tan leather. Odo: 36,819 km. Factory a/c. Largely original, the shiny black paint is beginning to show some patina in the form of cracking at hard edges. Weatherstrip has begun to show its age. Tan leather seats show light wrinkling on the seat bottoms, but are otherwise in good shape. A clean and original Lambo, with some patina. Cond: 2-. service was only a complement to the already stunning exterior of this 328. Miles are not out of line for a Ferrari of this vintage, and what little wear was present speaks to the efforts of a fastidious owner. This crossed the block on Thursday; I can’t help but wonder if it would have sold had it been a Saturday offering. With median price over $25k higher, the owner was wise to pass. #2158-1998 FERRARI F355 Spider. S/N: ZFFXR48A3W0112861. Tour de France Blue/ blue cloth/tan leather, Blue Scuro piping. Odo: 12,301 miles. Light peppering on the nose of the otherwise well-polished paint. Soft top appears to have been stored in the down position, as evidenced by wrinkles present. Both outside seat bolsters show wear in the blue piping, but the driver’s side has worn through the leather. There is a considerable gouge and rash in the passenger’s side rear wheel. Cond: 3+. Pros: Based on a BMW 540i, Alpina reworked the BMW M60 4.0-liter V8 up to 311 hp and 300 ft-lb. Alpina also gave the car a suspension and brake package and a 6-speed manual or 5-speed automatic. 0–60 mph time of 6.1 seconds and top speed of 165 mph. Only 49 were produced. Cons: No real cons to this model, but they’re overshadowed by the U.S.-spec Biturbos. The ignorant might mistake this car for a boring 5 Series car. Price range: $25k–$35k, plus import costs. 1991–95 Cizeta-Moroder V16T NOT SOLD AT $82,500. With the spike in Italian exotic prices the past decade, it is surprising and wonderful that this car hadn’t been restored, but rather preserved. Paint may have some minor issues, but it’s good to see something like this in its original state. The owner must be quite fond of the car, as the high bid was quite a bit higher than market. #2408-1987 FERRARI 328 GTS Spider. S/N: ZFFXA20AXH0073101. Nero/black vinyl/tan leather. Odo: 45,805 miles. Very glossy black paint shows few nicks and little road rash. Clear glass hampered by the appearance of interior weatherstrip separating around edges of the windshield. Tan leather shows light wear, with some wrinkling at the driver’s side bolster. A clean car that looks to have been carefully enjoyed. Cond: 2. Pros: Created by veteran Lamborghini employees. Transverse mid-mounted V16 engine. Bodywork is an original design for the Lambo Diablo that never saw production. 0–60 mph in 4 seconds and 204 mph top speed. Only 22 (or so) have ever been made. Still available new by special order. Cons: The V16 engine is actually two V8 cranks sourced from the Lambo Urraco put together in a big engine block with internal gearing to drive a single output shaft. Imagine the maintenance and repair nightmares. Price range: $500k–$2m. ♦ 156 SOLD AT $66,000. Last seen at this auction four years ago, when it sold for $75,000 (SCM# 6661300), this F355 has covered just 500 miles since. Those have been tough miles, as the condition is not what it once was. One can only hope the maintenance was kept up with better than the exterior appearance would suggest. Well sold. #2567-2001 FERRARI 550 Barchetta. S/N: ZFFZR52A210124161. Argento Nurburgring/ black cloth/Nero leather. Odo: 19,700 miles. One of only 448 produced. Paint is free from road rash, clean and shiny. Aluminum wheels could stand to be polished a bit. Minor wear on the driver’s side outside seat bolster and minor wrinkling on the seat bottom. Neat, relatively rare modern Ferrari. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $62,500. Recent extensive NOT SOLD AT $385,000. This rare 550 Barchetta was in good shape overall. A little polishing here and there would have helped, but it Sports Car Market


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Russo and Steele Scottsdale, AZ wasn’t in any sort of dire condition. The money offered was on the mark. The seller might have been smart to let this one go. #2594-2009 FERRARI F430 Scuderia 16M convertible. S/N: ZFFKW66A790166492. Gray metallic/black cloth/black alcantara, textured inserts. Odo: 8,000 miles. Paint shiny, with only minor signs of having been driven showing in clear bra. Glass is clear, weatherstrip in good nick. Cloth convertible top looks to have spent most of its life in the lowered position, as evidenced by crease marks. Equipped with carbon-fiber rockers, a rare option. Gray metallic seemed a muted color, and a departure from the more common red or black. Tires show some wear. The balance of the car appears fairly new. Cond: 2+. expected. If the changes and slushbox trans were your thing, then this was well bought. AMERICAN #2171-1962 CHEVROLET BEL AIR 2-dr hard top. S/N: 21637A133903. Red/red vinyl & patterned cloth. Odo: 24,021 miles. 409-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. Glossy red paint complemented by consistent panel gaps. Strange black crescent-shaped mark on the driver’s side door, like someone tried to unlock the door holding an uncapped Sharpie marker in the same hand as the keys. Factory steel wheels with highly polished dog-dish hubcaps. Very clean engine compartment holds a bone-stock 409 with dual quads. Light delamination of the driver’s side wing window. Interior is showroom-stock save for the Hurst shifter topped by a white shift ball. Very clean restoration throughout. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $341,000. This was a very early production number (#47) in a very small, firstyear run of 521 cars. The quality was obvious, as this thing was proper. Although it sold well below median value, I found a listing online prior to the auction. As it was listed for $250k/ negotiable online, and as it sold for quite a bit more here, it is both well sold and well bought. NOT SOLD AT $235,000. One of only 499 made for the world in celebration of Ferrari’s 16th F1 Championship. This just didn’t seem to be the venue for this Prancing Horse, as the top bid was well short of the market median price. JAPANESE #2273-1991 ACURA NSX coupe. S/N: JH4NA1265MT001545. Black/black leather. Very shiny paint. Glass and trim are in good condition, and the interior looks to be original—save for a driver’s side seat-bolster repair. Aftermarket wheels are rash-free. Stock stereo has been replaced by a double-DIN stereo/GPS/back-up camera monitor set up. Sits on TEIN lowering springs. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $56,000. I didn’t want to give this car a 2. The restoration was spot-on. The whole car was dripping with cool. This was a stripped-down, all-business, factory hot rod. I had to nick it for the wing window and what really looked to be an accidental mark from a black magic marker. Aside from these small items, it was a quality resto. The high bid was well south of its market. #2205-1965 SHELBY GT350 coupe. S/N: SFM5S047. Wimbledon White/black vinyl. Odo: 14,537 miles. This is a truly quality restoration—no way the paint looked this good when this car was new. Chrome, stainless, glass and weatherstrip all look fresh. The engine bay is clean and correct. No wear evident in the interior. Wearing the correct Shelby/ Cragar wheels with proper Goodyear Blue Dot tires. I can only see two minor things that could be improved: Clean out the tiny dash recesses with a Q-tip, and there is just a minuscule bit of engine dirt down low close to the oil filter (which is the correct-style filter for the build). Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $44,000. Black on black always looks good on these first-gen NSXs. I wasn’t a fan of the aftermarket mods. They were tastefully done, but things like that always seem to shrink the pool of potential buyers. An automatic trans wouldn’t have been everyone’s first choice, but must have been appealing to some. It sold below book value, but that was to be 158 “ #2042-1966 FORD THUNDERBIRD convertible. S/N: 6Y85Q168802. Sapphire Blue Metallic/white vinyl/cream leather. Odo: 751 miles. 428-ci, 4-bbl, auto. Beautiful paint done to a high standard. Chrome, stainless well polished and gleaming. Cream leather interior in quite good condition. A few very small nicks in black paint on the dash, but you have to be looking for them. One panel gap on the soft top cover is slightly off. Otherwise, a stunning presentation. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $37,950. The rotisserie restoration here was of such a caliber, I was surprised the sale price wasn’t higher. On checking the book value, I was again surprised to find a convertible T-bird with a 428 didn’t carry a higher price. Not much market love for this generation of ‘Birds. Rest assured there is several times the sale price wrapped up in the restoration. This was a bargain. #2340-1969 CHEVROLET CAMARO COPO coupe. S/N: 124379N661041. Cortez The restoration was spot-on. The whole car was dripping with cool. This was a stripped-down, all-business, factory hot rod. I had to nick it for the wing window and what really looked to be an accidental mark from a black magic marker. 1962 Chevrolet Bel Air 2-door hard top ” Sports Car Market


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Russo and Steele Scottsdale, AZ Silver/black vinyl. Odo: 44,756 miles. 427-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Brilliant restoration done to a high standard. Paint shows beautifully. Chrome looks to be recently replated, and stainless is polished. Engine compartment is showroom-fresh. Interior presents as-new. Equipped with power steering, power disc brakes and tons of documentation filling the windshield—including bill of sale and copy of title from PHS, COPO verification certificate and much more. Optional center console. This looks like a brand-new 1969 COPO. Cond: 1-. #2528-1994 DODGE VIPER RT/10 roadster. S/N: 1B3BR65E7RV100264. Black/black cloth/gray leather. Odo: 9,600 miles. Shiny paint looks as it should on a 9,600-mile car that was stored inside. Glass and weatherstrip present as-new. Newer Viper wheels look good, with no damage present. The gray leather interior shows very little wear on the driver’s side seat bolster. Cond: 2. PUT YOURSELF IN THE DRIVER’S SEAT WITH ACC PREMIUM! The Insider’s Authority on Collector Car Values SOLD AT $132,000. The documentation here was impressive, to say the least. This example has been offered for sale on numerous online venues for considerably more money than the sale price. The final price was far below book value. Maybe a steal. Caveat emptor. SOLD AT $36,850. This Viper sold three years ago at Barrett-Jackson in Scottsdale for the exact same price (SCM# 6779394). It has covered roughly 9k miles since then. The owner got to enjoy the car and get every bit of his money back. Nobody got hurt here. © Auction results on over 297,000 vehicles compiled over 30 years Graphs, price trends, photos and more Special pricing for ACC subscribers www.americancarcollector.com/premium April 2018 159


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Worldwide Auctioneers Scottsdale, AZ Worldwide Auctioneers — The Scottsdale Auction Second-year sale shows staying power, with 53 of 83 lots sold for $6.8m Company Worldwide Auctioneers Date January 17, 2018 Location Scottsdale, AZ Auctioneer Rod Egan Automotive lots sold/offered 53/83 Sales rate 64% Sales total $6,854,800 High sale 2005 Porsche Carrera GT convertible, sold at $610,000 Buyer’s premium 1966 Volkswagen Transporter Samba 21-Window microbus, sold at $110,000 10%, included in sold prices Report and photos by Daren Kloes Market opinions in italics A uction week in Scottsdale has become a crowded playing field. This year, seven collector-car auctions all competed for the same collector-car dollars inside of a 20-mile radius. Worldwide Auctioneers is no stranger to the national auction scene. It was, however, in just its second year in Arizona, where it competed with established names on the Scottsdale stage. Clearly not content as an understudy, Worldwide employed some bold strategies to ensure it didn’t go unnoticed. One of the biggest challenges for the com- pany was in determining an auction date and time, as the establishment had already struck its claim to the prime Friday and Saturday schedules. In a response straight out of the “Karate Kid” playbook, it employed a “strike first, strike hard” strategy when it courageously chose to be the first catalog sale of the week to be conducted on Wednesday night. For its next challenge, the company needed to assemble a docket of exceptional cars. Hosts John Kruse and Rod Egan responded gallantly, proving the strength of their consignor database. Some competing auction companies have established niches in particular categories, such as European sports, American muscle, super 160 performance or classics. While the Worldwide auction remains small, with just 83 lots offered, it covered the field with three or four top-notch offerings in each of the broader categories. Finally, the company needed a car with an exclamation point — a statement to the auction world that it had arrived in Scottsdale and needed to be taken seriously. And serious it was — a 1939 Mercedes–Benz 770K Grosser Offener Tourenwagen, ordered and used by the Führer himself, Adolf Hitler. The consignment drew national attention, with articles appearing in mainstream media throughout the world, drawing its share of controversy in the meantime. The company apparently anticipated some backlash, and had tackled potential issues head-on. Descriptions in its press release and catalog were sensitively crafted to recognize the ethical issues of owning such a symbol of one of the most tumultuous times in world history. As a concession, it offered 10% of the proceeds to the Simon Wiesenthal Center to confront racism and educate others about the atrocities of the Holocaust. The car was a no-sale on the block, opening at $5m, with rapid telephone bidding before settling on a $7m high bid. Topping the list of high sales of the night were a 1938 Sales Totals Mercedes-Benz 320 cabriolet that sold post-block at $420,000, a 1971 Plymouth Hemi ’Cuda for $418,000 and a 1965 Shelby GT350 at $352,000. An impressive Ferrari Enzo went unsold with a high bid of $2.5m. Another notable no-sale was a rare one-of-five 1970 Challenger Hemi R/T convertibles that some consider the “holy grail” of Mopar muscle. It failed to meet reserve at a high bid of $1.3m, which was well shy of its $1.6m low estimate. The sale grossed $6,854,800 in total, with a 64% sell-through rate. Worldwide’s business-savvy approach, along with its proven ability to procure top-notch consignments, has shown itself worthy of more than just a bit part in the Scottsdale auction scene. ♦ $12m $10m $8m $6m $4m $2m 0 Sports Car Market 2018 2017


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Worldwide Auctioneers Scottsdale, AZ ENGLISH #22-1962 JAGUAR E-TYPE Series I 3.8 flat-floor convertible. S/N: 875747. Black/ black canvas/tan leather. Odo: 21,816 miles. Early Series I flat-floor model that recently emerged from two decades in a private collection, and driven just 400 miles since its restoration in the mid-1990s. Claimed to be recently sorted, with numbers-matching drivetrain. Restoration has held up well, showing just light creases in the driver’s seat. Rubber molding hanging down from front bumper, and hood fit slightly off. Includes Jaguar Heritage Certificate. Cond: 2. concours restoration in Germany completed in 2013, and recently shown at Amelia Island and Pinehurst. Includes VDO instruments, burledwood dash, period Philips Euro-band radio, Bosch horns, dual spares, and a flat windshield with three wipers. Twin spotlights are mounted on the A-pillars, with a third driving light in front of the grille. Only the slightest orange peel in paint. Despite the five-year-old restoration, it looks like it could have rolled out yesterday. Cond: 1-. ered by a supercharged 230-hp 7.7-L OHV inline-eight engine. Oval tubular frame, independent coil-spring front suspension, De Dion-type rear axle. Partially armored body and 30-mm laminated glass. Jump seats and removable rear windscreen. Details of restoration are sparse, but is said to be original paint showing some wear. Seats appear to have been re-upholstered. Extensive provenance. Kept in a secure area that was only accessible with proper credentials. 10% of proceeds to be donated to the Simon Wiesenthal Center. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $225,500. Terrific colors on a correct older restoration. A transitional late1961-produced car with flat floors, but lacking outside bonnet latches found on slightly earlier cars. These early features command a premium, and this car was sold at a marketcorrect price. #68-1966 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER CLOUD III convertible. S/N: LCSC39C. Smoke Green/tan canvas/Stone leather. Odo: 42,841 miles. One of 52 left-hand-drive models made. 6.2-L V8 engine with twin SUs making 216 hp. Paint mostly original and dull, showing some nicks, scratches and touch-up. Leather seats are original and show lots of character. Power top, electric radio antenna, power windows, luggage straps, Lucas driving lamps and FrigiKing a/c. Window felts fraying. Known history since new and offered from 25 years of single ownership. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $420,000. Fabulous presentation of this baby 540K. Prices for nice 320 cabs vary greatly. This car sold for $517k at Bonhams’ 2014 Carmel sale (SCM# 6710512); however, the owner took a bath when it could muster only $369k at the same venue in 2017 (SCM# 6846736). Today, it was a no-sale during the auction with a bid of $375k, but the buyer apparently struck a deal post-block. Recently, another fine example sold at Artcurial Paris last September for $690k. With such an attractive potential upside, the new owner must be tempted to test that Paris magic again in 2018. A solid buy. #10-1939 BMW 327 cabriolet. S/N: 74818. Regal Burgundy/black canvas/maroon leather. Odo: 99,441 km. Older high-quality restoration completed in 1995, with little use since. Quality repaint, but starting to show its age with chips below the passenger’s side cowl, and touch-up to the running boards. The leather seats, gauges, chrome and top all remain excellent and belie the age of the restoration. Excellent detail, despite extra-heavy Armor All to BFGoodrich Long Miler black walls. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $7,000,000. Ordered and used by Nazi German tyrant Adolf Hitler until it was seized by the U.S. Army in 1945 and rescued from behind a VFW Post in 1976 in Tennessee. There are other Hitler 770s, but this is one of few that can be traced to the Führer himself, rather than just the Reich Chancellery garage. You may own Elvis’ Cadillac, or Clark Gable’s Packard, but this car belonged to Hitler. Although your name may be on the title, another individual can never really own a car like this. As impressive and daunting as it is, history simply transcends its presence as merely an automobile. It belongs in a museum, as Dr. Jones put it. No-sale despite a couple of weeks of something pending post-block. #6-1970 MERCEDES-BENZ 280SE cab- SOLD AT $244,750. Terrific coachbuilt model representing the best money could buy when new. Still portrays a level of discerning class and selective breeding that only old money could produce. Belongs on the French Riviera or Florida coast, and would still cause quite a stir among the mundane bunch of 7-series Bimmers and Mercedes Maybachs at the club. This car shows a little more tarnish at its edges than an entirely proper automobile should, yet the Scottsdale vibe helped it achieve a strong price. GERMAN #13-1938 MERCEDES-BENZ 320 cab- riolet. S/N: 191150. Two-tone blue/black canvas/gray leather. Odo: 87 km. Full 162 riolet. S/N: 11102512004367. Tobacco Brown/tan canvas/tan leather. Odo: 62,819 miles. Ground-up restoration completed in 2009 and remains in excellent condition throughout. Shows very little use, with nice paint on a straight body, with excellent gaps. Chrome is like new, and seats show only the slightest creases—lending an air of confidence in completing its post-restoration sorting. Well equipped with Blaupunkt Tucson radio/cassette, Behr a/c, and power windows. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $253,000. 327s tend to follow in the shadows of the more-sporting 328s that can trade upwards of $1m. Still, the 327 was advanced for its day, with a light body, rackand-pinion steering, synchromesh in the top three gears, and a fully lined convertible top. These features contribute to a surprisingly spirited driving experience, with tight steering and good braking. Given the age of the restoration, today’s price was strong, but for a very worthy car. #62-1939 MERCEDES-BENZ 770K Grosser Offener tourenwagen. S/N: 189744. Blue & black/black canvas/black leather. Pow- SOLD AT $170,500. Desirable low-grille model penned by the renowned French designer Paul Bracq. Simply the definition of understated elegance presented in its rich Tobacco Brown color and commodious leather interior. These cars were over-engineered when new and do just about everything right. Affordable a decade ago when this car was Sports Car Market


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Worldwide Auctioneers Scottsdale, AZ restored, but the secret is out and prices continue to rise. Today, this one sold appropriately at near the mid-point of the auction estimate. #56-1971 MERCEDES-BENZ 280SL convertible. S/N: 11304412020026. Signal Red/black canvas/black leather. Decent repaint now showing touch-up and nicks on the front of the hood and folding hard-top cover. Nice new leather seats and interior, but wood lifting around windshield base. Good original chrome. Both tops said to be included, but hard top not displayed. Outfitted well, with FrigiKing a/c, Becker AM/FM, and clock. A nice car that is well detailed on the top side, but in driver condition underneath. Cond: 3+. 6803572). Today it brought $55k all in, and the seller presumably cut it loose at a significant loss. The market can be a cruel mistress, and the sales history on this car becomes a textbook study. A good buy, but this poor Pagoda is becoming shopworn. #5-1976 PORSCHE 912E coupe. S/N: 9126001025. Eng. # 4061041. Grand Prix White/black vinyl. Odo: 190,449 miles. Excellent recent paint applied to straight body in factory color. Well-done upholstery to factory standards. Rebuilt engine and gearbox along with new suspension and brakes. Slightly faded gauges and detailed to less-than-concours level. Fitted with accessory Fuchs alloys, and one of just 500 produced with factory sunroof. Cond: 2-. times of 9.7 seconds have hampered the collectibility of this model. This car was a terrific example and still represents a solid entry to the otherwise steep ticket to Porsche ownership. Sold right on the money, as evidenced by the $27,500 paid for this car at Russo and Steele’s January 2017 sale (SCM# 6816927). A slight loss to the seller after adjusting for fees. #35-1978 VOLKSWAGEN SUPER BEE- TLE cabriolet. S/N: 1582033513. White/ white vinyl/beige vinyl. Odo: 12,100 km. Original Super Beetle with 12,100 km (7,500 original miles). Later Canadian market car, and sold at no reserve. Used since 2008 at the Canadian owner’s Scottsdale summer residence. Nice original paint, but shows a few nicks. Original white interior dingy, with only a slight tear on the driver’s side seat bolster observed. Aftermarket AM/FM stereo with door-mounted speakers. Aftermarket EMPIstyle alloys, but original wheels included. Mechanically serviced in 2017. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $55,000. Second-generation SLs still pull strong prices, but are down from their high point a couple of years ago. This car was sold at just under $70k at Leake’s 2014 Oklahoma sale (SCM# 6715582), then $77k at their Dallas venue 10 months later (SCM# 6783961). Brought to Motostalgia a year later, where it went unsold at $55k (SCM# SOLD AT $31,900. A one-year-only, 4-cylinder, entry-level model meant to fill the gap between the phased-out 914 and pending 924 models. Scarce with just 2,092 sold only in the North America market. Powered by the same basic engine found in a VW bus; the 0–60 164 Sports Car Market


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Worldwide Auctioneers Scottsdale, AZ SOLD AT $24,200. Many of these ’78 model Super Beetles were socked away by hopeful investors (next to their Bicentennial Eldos and Cosworth Vegas, no doubt), in hopes they would reap huge profits as future collector’s items. That was likely the plan for this one until 2008, when the owner decided to finally cut his losses and move it along. This seemed like a good car, and perfectly suited for use in a nice warm climate like Scottsdale. A slight nod to the seller. IRISH #11-1981 DELOREAN DMC-12 coupe. S/N: SCEDT26T0BD006940. Brushed stainless steel/gray leather. Odo: 879 miles. Original time-warp car. Stainless body panels are free of dings. Highly desirable 5-speed transmission. Fiberglass sunshade is still fitted on the rear hatch. Extensively documented with no modifications apparent. Cond: 2. and this car was an apparent bargain judging from the $62,700 achieved for one with 624 miles a few days later at Barrett-Jackson. ITALIAN #52-1959 MASERATI 3500 GT coupe. S/N: AM101524. Bianco Neve/blue leather. Odo: 3,795 miles. Exceptional original example and a concours preservation-class candidate. Numbers matching and verified by Maserati S.p.A. Certificate of Origin. Desirably equipped GT model, with carburetors and front disc brakes. Patina includes speckled paint erosion all along the passenger’s top side, cracks at on the body near the hood corners, cracked and split original leather and a small dent on the bottom of the right fender. Recent owner held the car for 30 years. Incorrect taillights. Cond: 3-. livered in 1985 after federalization. Good older repaint. Excellent Daytona-style seats with red stripes and aftermarket floor mats. Recent full service, including cam belts and tensioners. Engine recently detailed, but road grime evident on underside. Service records said to be included, but I don’t see them displayed. Owner stated that he reached 180 mph twice and held the speed for three minutes each time. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $48,400. Had it not become such a 1980s icon, the DMC-12 might have been nothing more than a footnote in automotive history (à la Bricklin, Vector, etc.). The sleek Giorgetto Giugiaro design is nearly timeless, but the emissions-constrained Renault V6 and corkscrewing rear end just weren’t up to the performance task. Had John DeLorean’s plan for the next generation to bear twin turbos come to pass, the DMC-12 might have become a contender. With only break-in miles, there may be some recommissioning expenses in the future, as even this car can’t escape the ravages of time. DeLoreans are on their way up, SOLD AT $217,250. Pure, unrestored and unadulterated. Also, weathered, cracked and worn. Lots of attention was paid to this offering, and it held court to onlookers throughout the day. Not quite a preservationist’s dream, but close. As such, the hammer price reflected a true respect for its provenance and preservation, and this piece of history sold for an appropriate amount. #34-1984 FERRARI 512 BBI coupe. S/N: ZFFJA09B000044393. Rosso Corsa/black leather. Odo: 64,744 km. A one-owner car built in the latter part of 1983 and finally de- NOT SOLD AT $200,000. The last iteration of the Boxer’s 10-year run, this model features Bosch K-Jetronic fuel injection in place of carburetors on the earlier models. The firstrun cars are the more raw, pure expression of the model, and have long been considered more collectible. Lately, the gap in values has begun to narrow, as collectors discover the more livable nature of the injected cars. This car appeared to be a well-maintained example from an owner who wasn’t afraid to use a Ferrari as it was intended. After the no-sale here, the consignor wheeled the car over to the Silver Auctions Arizona sale, where a few days later it mustered a $195k bid (SCM# 6858042) but again failed to sell, providing further evidence that trailer-queen values may be out of reach for this example. #69-1989 FERRARI TESTAROSSA coupe. S/N: ZFFSG17A9K0081772. Nero/tan leather. Odo: 4,003 miles. Engine-out service completed in 2017 costing $17k. Known history with three owners and complete service records since new. Floors are still wrapped in plastic sheeting since delivery. Still sits on original tires. Leather steering wheel, AM/FM stereo, a/c, pw, pdb. Excellent original paint and interior. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $148,500. A fabulously preserved, nearly 30-year-old Ferrari. Purists prefer the earlier flying-mirror models, but the low mileage, recent service and overall outstanding condition of this example are just too compelling to be picky. A little heavy in the corners, but these cars excel on the highway. Time to tear the plastic off the carpets and hit the open road. Included on most top-10 investor car lists and already on the upswing. The emergence of $400k Dinos makes a pretty good case for further appreciation. 166 Sports Car Market


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Rising Sun Recent online sales of Japanese collector cars by Brian Baker (All text within quotes minimally edited from online descriptions) #7. 2001 Nissan Skyline GT-R V-spec II “Nür” (BNR34). S/N (not provided). 10 km (7 miles). “RB26DETT, never been registered.” Condition: 1. Worldwide Auctioneers Scottsdale, AZ JAPANESE #14-1968 TOYOTA LAND CRUISER FJ40 SUV. S/N: FJ4054309. Spring Green/ green vinyl. Odo: 88,358 miles. Nice but not over-the-top 2015 restoration, with 500 miles since. Very good paint to better-than-truck standard. Reupholstered front seats with folding jump seats at the rear. Column-shifted 3-speed manual, rear heater, tow package, and proper vacuum-assisted 4X4 switch. Includes a dealer-installed PTO winch. Cond: 2. SOLD AT ¥35,200,000 ($323,488). The R34 Skyline is probably the most recognizable Skyline here in the U.S. We won’t be able to enjoy these for another six years, which is when the 25-year importation restriction runs out. This Skyline is a GT-R, with the RB26DETT engine and V Spec II which includes advanced all-wheel-drive system, an active LSD, firmer suspension, larger rear brake rotors, carbon-fiber hood and other visual upgrades. The “Nür,” short for Nürburgring, came with an improved RB26DETT with larger turbos featuring steel blades over the ceramic blades. Only 718 cars of this model were made, and I bet this is the best example out there. Well sold. BH Auction, 1/12/2018. #12. Top Secret TS 8012 V (JZA 80) Toyota Supra. S/N JZA801001735. Unknown miles. “Toyota Century 1GZFE V12 motor, Twin Turbo, HKS F-CON V PRO, voted most desirable car in the tuned-car division at the 2007 Tokyo Auto Salon.” Condition: 1.5. dition and provenance, another $50k would not have been a surprise in today’s market. #18-1935 AUBURN 851 cabriolet. S/N: 2510F. Red & black/black canvas/maroon leather. Restored to a good standard in the early 2000s. Painted to a very good but not concours level. Paint worn on exposed windshield-wiper motors. Replaced rubber now cracking. Cheap Auburn decal on rear spare is curling on the edges. Includes a two-speed Columbia rear end, Motorola radio, and rearmounted spare. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $31,900. The fairly recent run-up in auction prices for these Japanese Jeeps has brought many out of the woodwork. Some nice, and scads of other beat-up rust buckets that are pieced together for a quick profit. Fortunately, this was one of the good ones. One owner until 2014, found locally in warm, dry Arizona prior to a fine restoration. Vehicles like these always present a conundrum. The driving experience isn’t particularly pleasant, as they define the phrase “rides like a truck.” Climbing rocks is their forte, but who wants to risk the paint job? Sold on the light side. SOLD AT ¥9,900,000 ($90,981). Top Secret is a performance shop known for parts and body kits. Nagata, the shop’s founder, is known for high-speed runs on public roads. The V12 with two turbos pushes out 930 horsepower. His goal was to try and hit 400 km/h (249 mph) with this car, and he was successful in hitting 358 km/h (222 mph). Owning a Top Secret car maintained by Nagata would be a privilege. Well bought. BH Auction, 1/12/2018. #15 & #16. Two 1996 Datsun 240Z cars. S/N HLS30 05811 (Orange), HLS30 56609 (Silver). Unknown miles. “Restored 240Z sold by Nissan USA.” Condition: 1.5. AMERICAN #40-1923 DUESENBERG MODEL A tourer. S/N: 845. Green two-tone/tan canvas/ brown leather. Odo: 617 miles. Complete 2010 nut-and-bolt restoration, and retains its original chassis, engine and body. Outstanding throughout and finished in striking colors. Includes rear windscreen, toolkit built into the driver’s door, dual sidemount spare tires, trunk and side curtains. Some light tarnish to the nickel-plated interior bits gives it even more character. Certified by the ACD Club and loaded with ACD, AACA, CCCA and concours awards. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $99,000. This Auburn had a very attractive and sporting look, and it’s rather rare, with fewer than 50 cabriolets registered with the ACD Club. The quality of the restoration makes the car better suited for touring than the show field, but well-sorted examples are a pleasure to drive. Options like the Schwitzer-Cummins supercharger, wire wheels and sidemounted spares would have nearly doubled the value, so this austere version seemed like a wise purchase for relatively carefree use on ACD or CCCA tours. Sold appropriately at the hammer price. #47-1947 CADILLAC SERIES 62 con- vertible. S/N: 8430611. Maroon/tan canvas/ maroon leather. Odo: 48,680 miles. 346-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Completely restored full CCCA classic. Excellent metallic paint, but shows a few nicks at the rear of driver’s door. Trunk fit slightly off. Nice interior and top with maroon piping added. Hydra-Matic transmission got new seals in 2015. Electric fuel pump added. Purchased post-restoration by the consignor in 2008 and maintained since. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT ¥13,200,000 ($121,308) (Orange), ¥9,900,000 ($90,981) (Silver). In 1996, Nissan USA decided to restore 37 240Zs, making 35 available to the general public. This run included ground-up restorations, along with restoring the transmission and engine. The only bits that weren’t original spec were the tires and brake pads. From information in the IZCC registry of the Vintage Z program, five of them ended up in Japan. These two were stored lifted, with only a couple miles on each of them. This is the closest you can get to a newfrom-factory 240Z. Well sold. BH Auction, 1/12/2018. ♦ 168 SOLD AT $346,500. Early Model A Duesies have always taken a back seat to the more ostentatious J and SJ models of the 1930s— understandably so. However, these oldies seem to have sparked a price resurgence of late. This was a good result, but given its con- SOLD AT $110,000. I recall back in the 1980s, these cars were the subject of some controversy in the Classic Car Club of America (CCCA) when they came up for inclusion. The old guard just couldn’t accept these as classics compared to their Senior Packards and Duesenbergs. The opposition wanted to use these cars for club tours, as they are much more modern and reliable. Indeed, these are terrific road cars, and the latter group won the battle. This car was very nice, but as it was restored more than a decade ago, the price was a surprisingly high result. It made the ’41 Cadillac convertible (Lot 3) that sold for $77k in similar condition look like a bargain. Well sold. Sports Car Market


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Worldwide Auctioneers Scottsdale, AZ #67-1953 CHEVROLET CORVETTE roadster. S/N: E53F001201. Polo White/black canvas/Sportsman Red leather. Odo: 61,213 miles. 236-ci 150-hp I6, 3x1-bbl, auto. No. 201 of 300 built in the inaugural year of the Corvette. Finished in Polo White with a Sportsman Red interior, as were the other 299. Freshly restored to a high standard, down to the chalk chassis-inspection markings that would have been employed by the factory. Includes Wonder Bar radio, side curtains and tools. Panel fit slightly off, and light yellowing to the gauges, but otherwise hard to fault. Cond: 1-. #44-1955 MERCURY MONTCLAIR convertible. S/N: 55LA15427M. Alaska White/black cloth/black & white vinyl. Odo: 9,241 miles. 292-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Mellowing restoration now showing some small nicks in paint. Driver’s door fit slightly off. White seat inserts beginning to look a little dull. At one time, a Grand National show winner and equipped with all available factory options including dual searchlights, deluxe chrome package and Continental kit. Offered at no reserve. Cond: 2. white vinyl. Odo: 1,030 miles. 347-ci fuelinjected V8, auto. Older restoration, still holding up rather well. Excellent paint. White seat inserts beginning to show some cracks. Some light cracks in steering wheel. Excellent chrome including newly rechromed door caps. Clean engine compartment featuring Rochester fuel-injected 347 mated to a Strato-Flight Hydra-Matic transmission. Loaded with ps, pb, pw, power antenna and seats. Wonder Bar radio, correct wheel covers, skirts, and an optional Continental kit. Recently serviced and a new set of tires and scripted battery installed. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $250,000. No surprises here, as $250k has long been the established value for top examples (barring a few over-the-top outliers, of course). The disparity in pricing to the nearly identical ’54 model has always struck me as odd, as those models rarely break $100k. But you can only be first once, and that explains the difference. Sold appropriately post-block after it went unsold during the auction with a $220k high bid. SOLD AT $51,700. These 1950s chromeladen, whitewall-equipped cars look fantastic painted in white. 1950s convertibles, in general, have had their day in the sun, and dusk is setting in with regard to values. This car was once exceptional and continues to look the part, but the buyers are no longer lining up. Market price at the final bid, but represents an excellent value. BEST BUY #50-1957 PONTIAC BONNEVILLE convertible. S/N: P857H35520. White & red/white vinyl/red & SOLD AT $74,800. This was Pontiac’s flagship car in 1957, and just one was offered to each dealership for a total of 630 units produced. They are horrendously expensive to restore, with hard-to-source and -restore chrome pieces and fuel-injection parts. While not the freshest restoration, it has been a Florida museum display piece for years and recently recommissioned. I couldn’t help but think this one slipped through a crack, as it deserved more. Well bought. 170 Sports Car Market


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Worldwide Auctioneers Scottsdale, AZ #32-1964 CHEVROLET IMPALA SS 409 2-dr hard top. S/N: 41447L121052. Maroon/black vinyl. Odo: 360 miles. 409-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Three-owner Washington state car since new and carries its numbers-matching 409/340 and 4-speed. Meticulous restoration completed in 2010, reportedly costing the owner a believable $100k. Condition of paint, interior and engine compartment were difficult to fault. A couple of tiny dings and light scratches in the stainless trim. Cond: 2+. Well documented with ownership history to 1976. The original 426 Hemi was swapped at the time of restoration with a factory service replacement, but retains its original 4-speed. One of 12 Hemi convertibles, and one of one with 4.10:1 Super Trak Pak option. Remains in concours condition, even after all these years. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $44,000. In 1964, Chevrolet offered its fine 409 in 340-hp and 400-hp guise, or a thrilling fire-breathing dual 4-bbl 425-hp version. Alas, this is the lowly L33 340-hp model— the smallest of the bunch. Rather than burning it up at the drags, this car was more likely Grandpa’s discreet passing-lane sleeper. Still, owning a car with a 409 emblem on the fender is enough to make any red-blooded American male puff out his chest a bit. The car was fastidiously restored and worth slightly more. #24-1965 SHELBY GT350 fastback. S/N: SFM5S482. White/black vinyl. 289-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Sat on blocks for 15 years after full restoration until the consignor bought and recommissioned it two years ago. Paint still excellent, but body gaps are slightly off. Clean-looking interior with competition-style seat belts and correct gauge pod with tach on the dash. Correct Cragar wheels and Le Mans racing stripes. Verified by the SAAC. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $1,320,000. There are stars, and even mega-stars, but there is only one that can be considered the best of the best. Mount Everest, Michael Jordan, the Mona Lisa. When it comes to muscle cars, few would argue that a Plum Crazy Hemi 4-speed Challenger convertible doesn’t deserve a pedestal alongside these great wonders. For a rarely offered icon such as this, you can throw out the price guides when at least two determined, well-heeled bidders are in the room. Most thought today’s bid would have cut it loose, but perhaps the owner became nostalgic at the thought of letting it go. #39-1971 PLYMOUTH HEMI ’CUDA 2-dr hard top. S/N: BS23R1B204626. Blue/ white vinyl/blue vinyl. Odo: 21,433 miles. 426-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, auto. Comprehensive restoration on numbers-matching, low-miles, original Hemi car. Go-fast options include a 4.10 Super Trak Pak with Dana 60 rear end, dual exhaust and tach. Documented with original broadcast sheet, fender tag and authenticated by Dave Wise. MCACN Concours Gold certification (11/17). Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $352,000. Mustang-based Shelbys were introduced in 1965, and represent the truest, most raw expression of the five-year model run. Just 562 of these potent performers were built for the street in 1965 to homologate the Shelby GT350 for SCCA racing. These earliest models demand a premium, and this result is representative of the market. #54-1970 DODGE HEMI CHAL- LENGER R/T convertible. S/N: JS27R0B171715. Plum Crazy/black vinyl/black vinyl. 426-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. Restored in the 1990s, but just around 100 miles tallied since. 172 SOLD AT $418,000. Known in Mopar circles as the “basement find ’Cuda,” after it was found as a stalled project in a South Carolina basement languishing for more than 35 years until 2014. Now correctly and freshly restored down to the NOS lug nuts. The factory specs are nearly perfect—except for one very important option. While the TorqueFlite is a good performer, the market prefers a 4-speed. The automatic kept this one from cracking the half-million mark, but in this spec, the hammer price should be considered a strong result. © Sports Car Market


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Silver Auctions Arizona Fort McDowell, AZ Arizona in January Silver Auctions Arizona was successful in both improving the event and also keeping the casual friendly feel that I’ve always liked Company Silver Auctions Arizona Date January 18–21, 2018 Location Fort McDowell, AZ Auctioneers Jim Richie, Dillon Hall, Bobby Dee Automotive lots sold/offered 201/351 Sales rate 57% Sales total $3,368,628 High sale 2003 BMW Z8 convertible, sold at $128,520 Buyer’s premium The cheapest Z8 selling in the Valley of the Sun this week — 2003 BMW Z8 convertible, sold at $128,520 8%, minimum $500, included in sold prices Report and photos by B. Mitchell Carlson Market opinions in italics T 174 he 20th anniversary of Silver Auctions in Arizona saw the most significant change in its history: Mitch Silver sold the rights to it and the two other auctions he conducted in the Phoenix area at the Fort McDowell Casino. The new owners — collector-car dealer Emmett Rice and former Leake Auctions consignment specialist Andy Stone — call their new concern Silver Auctions Arizona. Liking the relaxed atmosphere of Mitch’s auction, yet desiring to have a more polished docket of consignments, they’ve generally started off well. Their first sale took place over Thanksgiving weekend, and that event was more or less training to get ready for the January melee of auctions throughout the Valley of the Sun. While they may not have had things 100% dialed in, I was pleased to see that the event was improved on several levels. Even Mitch Silver, who was on site over the weekend, told SCM that “I like what I see here.” While some of the electronics could still stand to be improved, by and large everything else was an improvement — not the least of which was the consignments. While Mitch never intended it to be that way, Silver had gained the reputation of being the low end of the week of auctions, with lots ranging from top-shelf to all manner of used cars that even a salvage auction would turn away. The new management was able to cull the worst out, yet still retain some affordable collect- ibles. While hardly a high-end catalog auction, there were also cars consigned that would fit right in with the high-end houses in Scottsdale. However, like most of the big boys in Scottsdale, bids failed to meet reserves. As such, what proved to be the high sale of the weekend here was actually a post-block sale — a 2003 BMW Z8 convertible that was originally bid up to $102k and not sold. A deal was made shortly after the end of the weekend at $128,500. When all was said and done, 189 of the 336 consigned cars changed hands (compared to 219 of 494 last year), with $3,368,628 in gross sales. While there were fewer consignments, the gross sales were only $114,748 less than last year — one headline lot selling would’ve bested it. All told, with a cadre of auction veterans on staff, Silver Auctions Arizona was successful in both improving the event and keeping the casual, friendly feel that I’ve always liked about this venue. Their next sale is the spring edition, conducted on March 30 and 31. ♦ Sales Totals $5m $4m $3m $2m $1m 0 Sports Car Market 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014


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Silver Auctions Arizona Fort McDowell, AZ CANADIAN #689-1932 PACKARD EIGHT Series 902 convertible. S/N: 509272. Cream and tan/tan cloth soft top/black leather. Odo: 75,638 miles. Per the body tag, sold new June 24, 1932, by Packard Ontario Motor Co. Ltd of Toronto. Said tag reattached to cowl with modern pop rivets after car was comprehensively repainted several years back. Base paint has some light chipping on panel edges. Good masking for accent paint. Gold-painted wire wheels look dull and dingy, shod with older straight-tread bias-ply tires. Clean and wellsorted engine, but no longer a show queen. Well-fitted upholstery, but starting to show some light wrinkling—both on seats and door panels. One gauge face heavily faded, while gas gauge bezel frame worn down to all brass and no chrome. Good dashboard wood graining. Wood ball shift knob. Black-painted chassis components, with road grime. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $146,000. 1932 was the first year that Packard had opened a branch assembly plant across the river from Detroit in Windsor, Ontario, and this car is believed to be the oldest surviving Canadian-made Packard. Last seen at Dan Kruse’s Houston auction in November, there a no-sale at $170k (SCM# 6854058) and in retrospect, really should’ve sold. Not a bad car, just not a spectacular one. Even at that, there were no real serious parties interested here. #327.5-1936 GMC T14CB custom pickup. S/N: 13722X. Metallic maroon & black/black vinyl. Odo: 68,039 miles. Assembled by GM of Canada Ltd. Repowered in recent years by a Ford 200-ci inline 6-cylinder, with a C4 automatic—judging by its ancillaries and shift quadrant in the cab, most likely from an early Fox-body Mustang as a donor. Repaint in Ford Corporate Blue was not done with much regard to masking, but it appears to have been done outside of the truck. Also retrofitted with power brakes and a 12V electrical system—to include turn signals. Low-luster finish on oak-plank cargo box flooring. Original crank-out windshield frame now fixed into place. Rust seeping out of the leaf-spring pack. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $16,200. I guess turnabout is fair play. For once, a Ford is powering a GM product (not that Chevy-heads would be too concerned about a Jimmy from the Great White North). It does seem odd to me that whoever did this didn’t go with putting in a 235-ci Chevy at the very least, if not a similar-era 250-ci Chevy straight six, with a Powerglide or small HydraMatic behind it—if having an automatic was the priority. It must have been a case of having a rusted-out Mustang or even Fairmont sitting around that still ran. With the continuing rise of vintage pickup prices, not only was this a reasonable selling price (once you get past the motor thing), there could even be enough room for a wrench-bender to tuck in the loose ends, put in a powertrain closer to stock and still do okay on it. #100-1967 FORD F-250 Custom Cab fire truck. S/N: F26YCB48421. Red/red & black nylon. Odo: 23,959 miles. 352-ci V8, 2-bbl, 4-sp. Active unit with the Goldfield Ranch, AZ, volunteer fire department, but they weren’t the original owners. Actual miles. Recently rebuilt clutch, transmission, and service brakes; new stainless-steel exhaust sys- 176 Sports Car Market


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Silver Auctions Arizona Fort McDowell, AZ tem and tires on aftermarket alloy wheels. Older repaint, which also covered the Fordinstalled western-type mirrors. Very solid body, but has spray foam in front fenders and alcoves in cab. V2-Briggs-and-Stratton-engine-driven pump for internal water-tank hose. Original seat, with a tear at driver’s position on bottom cushion. Floor has several layers of aftermarket rubber mats. Gaping hole where the radio—or blanking plate—used to be. Holes in headliner from former lighting system. Sold as a fundraiser at no reserve for the owning fire department. Cond: 3. with a Weber sidedraft 2-bbl induction. Newer paint, inside and out. Good bumper and trim plating. Racing mirrors fitted to custom mounts on doors. Plexiglas side and rear windows, with latter having four holes cut out for ventilation. Interior features a full roll cage, solo racing seat, quick-disconnect steering wheel, billet steering column, fire-suppression system, plus AutoMeter tach and fluid temperature gauges augmenting original instrumentation pod. Fourtime class champion in VARA from 2011 to ’14. Cond: 2-. with only light seat-cushion wear. A no-radio car, with an uncut center console plate, but missing speaker blanking plates on sides of console. Smaller-diameter aftermarket steering wheel, but description mentions original steering wheel. Wears California white plates, with 1999 tabs. Stainless exhaust system not squarely mounted. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $7,020. Brush units like this rarely get the apparatus removed, as they either are handy for those with large acreage (such as a ranch or resort) or are about as small of a fire truck that you can park in a residential garage—for those who are still a kid and always wanted a fire truck. While it changed hands, it’s not retiring yet, as it was purchased by a fire department in South Dakota. A good deal for all parties concerned. ENGLISH #618-1962 MORRIS MINI 2-dr sedan. S/N: CA2S7L28635A. Mint green/painted checkerboard/black Nomex cloth. Configured as a vintage racer in Vintage Auto Racing Association spec, with two editions of their logbooks. All safety equipment current and car is turn-key ready to hit the track. Motor recently rebuilt (stated to have 10 hours on it), fitted NOT SOLD AT $15,000. In recent years, this has competed at a number of tracks, ranging from the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix, Brainerd International Raceway, Willow Springs, Buttonwillow and Las Vegas. I know that you can’t build a track-ready anything— even a Mini—for what the final bid was here, so I can’t blame the consignor for not cutting it loose. #690-1966 JAGUAR E-TYPE Series I 4.2 coupe. S/N: J661E31258. White/tan leather. Odo: 96,285 miles. Stated that this was recently revived after sitting on jack stands since 1997. Okay older masked-off repaint. Moderate paint chipping on rocker panels just aft of wheelwells. Muted finish to original knockoff chrome wire wheels, shod with Redline radial tires. Not all that spectacular under bonnet, used-car dingy on bottom side. Older reupholstery work still quite good, SOLD AT $57,240. Everyone talks up how sexy and good looking an E-type Jag is. That may be true about the convertibles, but to me, the coupes almost look reptilian. And I’m not even talking about the pregnant 2+2s, either. I blame this squarely on the upright angle of the windshield—if it was canted back farther (with the base brought forward), the coupe would look a darn sight better. This had to have looked a lot better to at least two other folks bidding, as reserve was off at $53k and car hammered sold shortly thereafter. #698.5-2010 ASTON MARTIN VAN- TAGE coupe. S/N: SCFEFBAC6AGC13668. Dark blue metallic/light tan leather. Odo: 14,702 miles. Optional navigation. Good original paint, with some light polishing scratches. Doors fit and function well. Surface rust on stanchions in grille for a front license plate. Windshield-wiper blades tearing. Generally tidy and clean engine bay. Undercarriage par for any other 14k-mile used car. Supple, aromatic leather, with minimal wear at driver’s position. Far less than on carpeting around pedal box—and not aromatic, either. No curb rash on stock alloy wheels, with serviceable original tires. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $41,000. This Vantage has been heavily shopped since October, as we’ve seen it at three venues (the last being Mecum Las Vegas, where the magic no-sale number was $40k, SCM# 6854114). Its best outing was at the last Branson auction, where it was a no-go at $50k (SCM# 6852474). Ironically, our reporter Andy at Branson stated, “It probably needs to go to Scottsdale or Kissimmee to realize its full market potential,” but Branson was its best outing. Sooner or later, consignor will realize that what was about a year ago a $55k car is now more like $40k. Depreciation can suck that way—and this is from someone who likes these. 178 Sports Car Market


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Silver Auctions Arizona Fort McDowell, AZ GERMAN #325-1970 VOLKSWAGEN BEETLE convertible. S/N: 1502308717. Orange/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 86,317 miles. Aftermarket chrome wheels, with light surface rust, shod with economy-grade 165/80R15 radials. Average older masked-off repaint. Paint-lifting issues near exhaust outlets. Fitted with replacement windshield since repaint, along with new bumpers. Economy-grade replacement running boards, with some protecting film still on trim moldings. Original, heavily scuffed alloy splash guards on leading edge of rear fenders. Light pitting on side-glass moldings. Newer top, but not fitted all that well. Non-stock front seats, with new upholstery front and rear. New stock carpet, door panels, and dashpad. Aftermarket shift knob and leather wrap on steering-wheel rim. Stock motor, with new air tubes and mufflers. Dingy used-car undercarriage. Cond: 3. warm seems to run out okay. Fuchs wheels shod with older radials, the left front being low all weekend. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $18,000. Have faith, all of you who are waiting for the bubble to burst on the whole aircooled-911s-selling-for-silly-money thing, as they’re showing some weakening in the lowercondition ranks. While this one is far from being a primo example, it’s better than being a winter-beater parts car. When originally offered on Friday, it was bid to $18k late in the afternoon. Reran on Sunday, it fared better at $25k, but wasn’t going anywhere against a firm-and-fast $27k reserve. Seller may have wished he had taken the high bid, which was more than fair for this car in today’s market. #626-1988 PORSCHE 928 S4 coupe. S/N: WP0JB0922JS861608. Guards Red/tan leather. Odo: 40,495 miles. Factory-optional sunroof. Well-cared-for original paint, aside from a few light scuffs on right front that caught the polishing compound. Bank-vault door fit. Excellent original interior soft trim, with minimal driver’s seat bottom and carpet wear. Gaps wider than expected between two major center console sections. An electronics module poking out from under passenger’s toeboard. Generally clean and bone-stock under hood, although there’s some black paint overspray on decals on upper radiator support bracket. Undercarriage has road spray commensurate with a typical 40k-mile used car. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $7,830. After the whole New Beetle thing over a decade ago, 1970s-era Bug prices have generally been stable—especially for driver-grade examples like this. Despite the consigning dealer wanting $20k for it, was cut loose when the bidding ceased and hammered sold. #403-1977 PORSCHE 911S Targa. S/N: 9117212394. Red/black vinyl/brown leather. Odo: 143,694 miles. Originally Sahara Beige. Older masked-off, average-grade, 10-footer, color-change repaint, with a previous layer of dark green metallic between the two. Original trim—both bright and blackout—showing moderate wear. Doors need an assertive slam to latch. While seats may be original, with light-to-moderate wear and fading, dashpad is a replacement. Heavier wear and soiling on carpet. Aftermarket leather wrap on steeringwheel rim. Very light overspray dusting on plastic air intake plenum, but otherwise generally clean and stock motor. It needs the revs kept up to keep idling when cold, but once SOLD AT $25,920. Despite the automatic transmission, I’ll call this well bought. On a grand tourer/autobahn blaster like the 928, it’s a little more forgivable to have a slushbox shifting gears—especially with a tourquey 5.0-L V8 providing motivation. Lower miles, good colors, not pimped out like the 944 that this consignor also had, plus increased interest and values on all 928 S4s negate any negatives—perceived or real—on the automatic to make this a car that left a little money on the table, even though reserve was lifted at the final bid. #170-1991 BMW 850i coupe. S/N: WBAEG2317MCB72340. Alpine White/tan leather. Odo: 199,101 miles. Factory-optional sunroof. Fitted with aftermarket black-alloy oversized 19-inch wheels. Decent older repaint, with some buffing cut-through on a few panel edges. Economy-grade aftermarket windshield recently installed; aftermarket window tint aft of door glass. Blind-spot stick-on fisheye reflectors added to exterior mirrors. Decent door fit and door glass still articulates. Not best fit April 2018 179


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Silver Auctions Arizona Fort McDowell, AZ among hood, headlight doors and fenders. Interior has less wear than expected from a car having almost 200k miles on it, but it’s far from minty new. Engine-check light and brake-pad warning indicator, although the pads look fresh. Rusted-out mufflers. Cond: 3-. of clear coat to give it some pop. Heavier yellowing to coolant overflow jug than expected. Also has heavier wear to leather steeringwheel rim and floor mats than expected for mileage, although rest of interior is near minty. Seems to have a slight lifter tick, but otherwise runs out all right. Cond: 3+. ITALIAN NOT SOLD AT $3,600. White and not right, this is a Bimmer to avoid unless you are more of an electrician than a mechanic. Stated as it rolled off the block that it was going to take $7k to get it bought. Better to save that $7k, as you may spend that much to get this sorted out—and you’ll still have a 200k-mile car that’s worth no more that what’s bid here. BEST BUY #682-2003 BMW Z8 convertible. S/N: WBAEJ13403AH61956. Silver/black cloth, silver hard top/black leather. Odo: 58,274 miles. A few nicks and scuffs on peaks of front fascia, but otherwise good original paint—if not starting to dull a bit after 15 years. Doors fit well enough, but with the glass up they need a concerted push to latch properly against seals. Engine bay clean and tidy, but with some use SOLD AT $128,520. If you run into a Z8 on the market that doesn’t have the hard top, find out why, as every single one that crossed the Atlantic when new had one. Originally crossed the block here on Saturday and rolled off with a no-sale high bid that was definitely under the money at $106k. As it rolled out, it was stated that consignor wanted $130k. However, auction company reported to SCM that by end of the weekend, a post-block deal was reached for the reported amount. While this was the cheapest Z8 selling in the Valley of the Sun this week, and likely the best buy on one, they all seem to be making a slight hissing sound from deflating values. #703-1983 FERRARI 512 BBi coupe. S/N: ZFFJA09B000044393. Rosso Corsa/ black and red leather. Odo: 64,745 miles. Original Michelin X wheels and older replacement tires on car, along with a set of 16-inch aftermarket alloys, with tires included. Good older masked-off repaint, with minimal polishing scratches. Good original seats and carpeting. Ill-fitting aftermarket carpeted floor mats, despite being embroidered “BB 512i.” Mostly period Alpine audio system, aside from a Pioneer/Ferrari-branded graphic equalizer. Newer rear suspension control rods and shock. Service records and invoices “will be provided upon request following the Boxer’s sale.” Engine lid remained buttoned up all weekend. After it crossed block, it started leaving a small green puddle on ground ahead of right rear wheel. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $195,000. Unsold at a $200k high bid at Worldwide’s auction on Wednesday earlier in the week. While this Berlinetta 180 Sports Car Market


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Silver Auctions Arizona Fort McDowell, AZ Boxer presents well (at least initially), I suspect that the line in the description about providing documentation only after it sells put off anyone who was even borderline half interested in the car. As such, it should’ve been cut loose; especially with today’s market favoring well-sorted, no-excuse examples. JAPANESE #331-1992 TOYOTA SUPRA coupe. S/N: JT2MA71M0N0162106. White/maroon leather. Odo: 52,000 miles. Factory-optional power moonroof, leather seating and monochromatic wheels. Stated that the miles are actual, and that the car is essentially original. Well-cared-for paint, with only a handful of rock chips. Window tint film applied a few years back to all glass except windshield, still holding fast. Doors need an assertive slam to latch properly, but don’t seem to sag nor are out of alignment. Aside from some heavier seat wrinkling and moderate wear on original carpeted floor mats, the original interior is in excellent shape. Older replacement tires, which are getting worn down close to wear bars. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $17,820. The reardrive Supra became a stand-alone model when the A70 platform was introduced in mid-1986, as the Celica went front-wheel drive. This example is from the final year the A70 was sold in U.S., with it being one of about an estimated 1,200 imported. Celicas and Supras have been moving smartly up in value in recent years, and the only downside on this Turbo is the automatic. So especially due to limited miles, this is closer to being a good buy than market-correct. #661-1995 ACURA NSX coupe. S/N: JH- 4NA1185ST000573. Dark green metallic/tan leather. Odo: 70,223 miles. Original paint, but showing some heavier fading and UV damage on top of driver’s door and rear bumper fascia—despite plenty of buffing and other restorative efforts. Also paint cracking on right rear corner of bumper cover. All was not in vain, as rest of paint shines like a new penny. Some light pitting on OEM chromed alloy wheels, shod with older replacement tires. Heavier wear and some seam splitting on driver’s seat outboard bolster. Some door-sill wrinkling and light-to-moderate driver’s side carpet traffic, but otherwise interior presents well. Engine bay kept buttoned up all weekend. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $30,000. Brooklands Green is hardly the first color that comes to one’s mind if someone mentions a first-gen Acura NSX. Still, to me at least, the color does work on it, and not only is it different, you’d likely be the only one at your local Cars & Coffee with one. NSXs are at worst holding their own in the market, but that’s more for on-the-button examples. This one—being a little shopworn, but still with reasonable miles—may have been a bit shy of where it should’ve been bid, but that was far closer than the $60k reserve. Eventually, this will be a future collectible. Today, this example is an esoteric used car. SWEDISH #416-1967 VOLVO 122S 2-dr sedan. S/N: 132441233615. Light beige & black/tan vinyl & cloth. Odo: 73,369 miles. Newer masked-off trim and window seals repaint, which is somewhat dull despite being buffed 182 Sports Car Market


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Silver Auctions Arizona Fort McDowell, AZ out. Door window frames look like they were rewelded in seventh-grade shop class before repaint. Hood lettering not replaced after last repaint. Serviceable original brightwork, with dings in body side moldings and nearly flat front-bumper chrome. Front seats appear to be from a 1970s VW Beetle, with both fronts and rears reupholstered a while back to match. Original shoulder belts tie-wrapped into a bundle along the B-pillar. Period aftermarket gauges below dash. Undercarriage looks like it spent a lot of time on dirt roads. Older 165R15 radials on stock rims. Cond: 3-. NOT SOLD AT $53,500. This has been something of a frequent flier over the years at several auction venues, generally selling or not selling around where it got bid here. Seems like it’s a hot potato, where nobody wants to jump on in and do the full-on restoration that it needs. One of 10 made by Brunn, and reportedly one of two known of, it should be worth what you put into it to restore it—which leaves no profit. So no matter what you do with it (or don’t do with it), you won’t come out ahead—at best recoup what you put into it. Oh, and it still has mechanical brakes (thanks, Henry). No wonder it can’t find a permanent home. SOLD AT $6,250. Despite long-term California ownership since 1970 and a stack of maintenance/repair receipts (every one seems to have “adjust the valves” on it, so don’t tell me how utterly reliable these may be), there wasn’t a lot that inspired me about this. Despite a $10k reserve, the consignor wisely cut it loose and let it go. Ugly as a mud fence and painted to match, maybe the new owner can bring it back to Berkeley, where it originally came from, and find a college professor for it. AMERICAN #693-1936 LINCOLN MODEL K lan- daulet. S/N: K5686. Light beige/brown vinyl/ black leather, brown cloth. Odo: 39,588 miles. Strongly believed to have been originally owned by a son of one of the Ringling Brothers Circus founders, but isn’t 100% airtight. Then again, not a lot about this car is real tight, as if any restorative work on this was done on it, it was approximately half a century ago. Paint has plenty of edge chipping. Rust forming on the edges of spare-tire covers. Older running-board rubber presentable yet wavy. Moderate weathering of folding and fixed top vinyl. Forward-compartment leather seating needs some care before it goes feral. Stated that the car flooded when it was pushed onto auction podium, and when it was running before that, it was running extremely rich and reeked of gas. Cond: 4+. #709-1949 DODGE B-1-B pickup. S/N: T142718. Red & black/black vinyl. Odo: 70,681 miles. 218-ci I6, 1-bbl, 4-sp. Optional Pilot House cab trim level. Expertly restored in recent years. Excellent bare-body prep and paint. Vinyl graphics applied to box sides, advertising a pool-servicing company (no doubt how restoration and upkeep were paid for). Cargo-box wood correctly painted over. Use of some modern stainless allen-head fasteners on cargo box. All chrome replated (not that there was a whole lot, as bumpers were correctly repainted) and all stainless professionally polished. Everything bone-stock under hood, aside from an aftermarket in-line fuel filter. Aftermarket gauges under dash and spinner knob on steering-wheel rim. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $29,160. From the second year of what’s commonly referred to as Pilot House pickups, although that was actually an optional trim level. One of the things I really liked about it was that they didn’t go the overrestored route. By and large, any deviations from stock were to make it more livable in 21st century. Reserve was off at $25k, getting several more bids until a dealer from Germany was last man bidding. He told me later that he’ll have no problem selling this over there at a profit. So it’s not just us silly Americans who like pickups. #660-1950 FORD CUSTOM convertible. S/N: B0CS159184. Black/black cloth/black & red leather. Odo: 76,646 miles. 239-ci V8, 4-bbl, 3-sp. Good repaint, but does have some thicker masking lines around vent-window seals. Well-fitted non-stock cloth top (vinyl was original). Modifications include lowering blocks for rear suspension, dual exhaust system, tachometer and a plethora of speed parts 184 Sports Car Market


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under hood. While it’s still a flathead, motor now sports finned aluminum heads, Holley 4-bbl double-pumper carburetor induction, polished stainless upper-radiator tubes and pusher electric fan ahead of radiator. Period accessories include fender skirts, Continental kit, bumper guards, fog lamps and spotlights. Seats show light wear, and are more of a tomato red than stock red. Dingy undercarriage, with rusty exhaust pipes. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $37,800. This has been getting its share of frequent-flier miles, as I saw it twice last year. At Mecum’s Spring Classic, it failed at $35k (SCM# 6836078) and at Twin Cities Auctions’ Back to the 50’s sale, it didn’t ring the bell at $34k (SCM# 6839843). While this did get hammered sold out here on Saturday, it crossed the block again on Sunday, after which it left the auction tent as a $30k no-sale. As such, don’t be surprised if it makes a second engagement in Indy—with the same consignor as before or a new one. #414-1962 FORD THUNDERBIRD cus- tom wagon. S/N: 2Y83Z118019. Two-tone green/gray cloth. Odo: 24,331 miles. 390-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Crafted (and I do use that term facetiously) by grafting the roof from a 1968–70 Olds Vista Cruiser wagon onto a Tbird hard top. What the T-bird did to deserve it was left unmentioned. While tacky, the exterior metalwork is actually fairly decent. Poorly fitting rear hatch comes off as an afterthought. Looks like it’s sourced from a Pinto—with similar hinge hardware—yet is lower-grade clear plastic that may have come from a pickup topper (based on the T-handle latch). Non-stock repaint done as part of conversion hardly state-of-the-art then, so now it’s faded, stained and chipping. All seats are from a 1970s AMC product, reupholstered with same cloth used to cover upper door panels and most of rear compartment. Cond: 3-. NOT SOLD AT $12,000. The WTF lot of the sale, by a country mile. Strange as it seems, another T-bird-cum-station-wagon was also on the market a few decades back, although that one went to DEFCON 3 for tacky, with April 2018 185


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Glovebox Notes 2018 Audi A4 2.0T Quattro S Tronic Silver Auctions Arizona Fort McDowell, AZ A brief look at cars of interest that have passed through the SCM garage. HHHHH is best. fake wood panels on body sides. Stranger yet, there’s actually a die-cast model that was made of this car around the time this was completed (although the best the consignor could do is have a print-out of an eBay listing for one). Plenty bid on Friday, yet this Turd-bird reran on Sunday, then only bid to $9,500. However, they did say they were close (although if they get any closer, they might need shots). Price as tested: $51,825 Equipment: 252-hp 2.0L TFSI turbocharged inline four, 7-speed automatic transmission, stop/start system, S line exterior kit, Prestige package that includes 18-inch wheels, Bang & Olufsen 3D sound, LED headlights, parking system with top-down view, head-up display, adaptive cruise control with traffic-jam assist. EPA mileage: 24/34 Likes: Smooth power application. It’s quicker than it looks, with a fast-spooling turbo and nicely geared 7-speed transmission. Quattro system is both refined and subtle — you don’t know it’s there until it helps you out of a jam. Nicely trimmed interior feels upscale in every way, and tech options are well integrated. Sporty. Dislikes: Expensive. Rear seats aren’t exactly roomy, especially if your front-seat occupants are over five feet tall. Somewhat bland looks augmented by LED lighting. Fun to drive: HHHHH Eye appeal: HHHH Overall experience: HHHHH Verdict: A fine driver with great overall feel — Audi’s turbo four is a great engine, and it makes this smaller Audi feel like a mini Q-ship of sorts, with boost on the button but no ostentatious looks or sounds to ruin the sleeper fun. At $51k, you’re paying for the upscale fittings here, although compared to other cars in this small luxury class, it’s not out of line. — Jim Pickering #654-1969 CHEVROLET CAMARO SS convertible. S/N: 124679N630188. Marina Blue/white vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 13,427 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Originally Fathom Green with a black top. Engine stamping pad illegible, but claimed to be “powered by a correct SS 350 engine.” Good bare-body base/clear paintwork, done a few years back. SS and Camaro badges crooked and off center. Well-fitted older replacement top. Doors sag slightly, so they need a bit of a push to latch properly. Door panels patched and redyed on ends and at armrests. Ill-fitting pinchweld moldings. Hurst shifter in lieu of original Muncie unit. Older engine repaint, with heavier fuel staining on intake manifold. Fresh Walmart battery and cables. New front suspension bushings. One more layer of undercoating hastily added recently. Cond: 3+. belt latch covers staring to yellow and flake. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $190,000. Last seen June 2017 at Leake Auctions’ Tulsa event, where it was a no-sale at $210k (SCM# 6839153). From the looks of it, the consignor must have read my report and shored up some things that I pointed out—but not all of them. When it crossed the block here, it was stated that it hammered sold at $190k, yet post-event data from auction company shows the car as a nosale. SOLD AT $36,720. The consignor’s listing called this Marina Blue, despite the fact that color was not offered on a Camaro in 1969. To me, at least, this looks far more like 1969 Camaro LeMans Blue. It’s all semantics anyway, as it’s a color change from original—it might as well be Mopar Plum Crazy with pink stripes, for what that’s worth. Along those lines, with the reserve met at $33k, it also sold for all it’s worth. #670-1969 FORD MUSTANG Boss 429 fastback. S/N: 9F02Z159821. Red/black vinyl. Odo: 70,945 miles. 429-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Kar Kraft number 1333. Good repaint done approximately a decade ago, which presents well. Windshield-wiper drive posts painted over. Forward edge of passenger’s side door inset slightly to front fender. Both doors slightly sagging, and thusly need something of a heavier slam to latch properly. Older bumper replate. Sloppy adhesive on inside of replacement windshield. Heavier scratching on back window, akin to using a frost scraper on a regular basis. Fresh fluff-and-buff under hood. Older flat-black undercoating, made even duller by road spray. Older replacement seat upholstery, showing light wear. Vacuum-plated chrome on dashboard, center console and seat- 186 SOLD AT $45,900. As the only year of C3 with factory-optional sidepipes, it may have been a well-equipped big-block in a good color. Yet especially since the reserve was surpassed at $43,500, I’ll call this a better deal for the seller than the buyer. #668.5-1970 FORD MUSTANG Boss 302 replica fastback. S/N: 0T02F106932. Yellow/ black vinyl. Odo: 60,017 miles. 351-ci V8, 4-bbl, 5-sp. Originally a base Mustang in Medium Blue Metallic, with white interior, 302-ci V8 and C4 automatic. Decent prep work under a better repaint. Front valance to hood to fender gaps all over the place. Newer engine repaint, to include cast-aluminum valve covers. Silver intake manifold powder coated. Sports Car Market #672-1969 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N: 194679S719751. Cortez Silver/silver hard top, black cloth/black vinyl. Odo: 66,933 miles. 427-ci 390-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Factory-optional a/c (now converted to R134a), sidepipes, ps, pb, hard top and AM/ FM radio. Stated that second owner had car restored by Yenko Chevrolet in 2000. Generally good paint and better-than-stock door fit. Smooth replated bumpers. Protective plastic film put down on soft-top flipper lid, to protect it from hard top—which has a small set of initials painted onto bottom on driver’s side. Older detailing work is still generally good, although bare metal has now all flash-rusted. 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Silver Auctions Arizona Fort McDowell, AZ Older Ford Motorsport-branded MSD box. New seat upholstery, carpet and dashpad. Aftermarket center console. Tachometer clamped to steering column at 12 o’clock position— partially obscuring tachometer in dashboard. Okay, then. More added gauges in console— actually mounted in ashtray. Heavier undercoated bottom side, with chambered mufflers. Cond: 2-. exhaust. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $37,800. If it, as the auction description states, “may be one of the most documents 1972 W code SS454 Chevelle in existence,” we then have little wonder on why there’s a wonky VIN on the title. Proofreading and proper grammar is so 20th century, especially in the used-retail auto industry. The reserve was met at $34k, generating one more bid to sell. It may be the last year for the 1968–72 A-body SS 454, but 1972 is also firmly in the era of emissions detuning, so this was more than enough bid—regardless of how you read it. #662-2012 FORD MUSTANG Boss 302R NOT SOLD AT $35,000. Back for your entertainment, my beratement, and more likely to get rid of somebody’s error in judgment. We last saw this Boss at Leake’s fall Dallas sale a couple of months earlier, where it was declared sold at $33,825 (SCM# 6853747). Out here, it reran on Sunday for an even more appropriate $23k no-sale. I’ll expect we’ll see this hot potato more in the coming year. #663-1972 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE SS 454 2-dr hard top. S/N: 1D37W2R578696. Orange/black vinyl. Odo: 8,934 miles. 454-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Auction forms show the car to have a titled VIN of an illogical 08AK0132930C9—which I was unable to find on car. VIN reported here actually on car in multiple places. Photocopy of heavily damaged build sheet shows it as equipped here with M22 4-speed, F41 suspension, a/c, ps, front disc pb, cowl-induction hood and center console. Vent windows and door glass seals masked off as part of otherwise trim-off repaint. Both door latches out of alignment, especially so on driver’s side. Generally original interior, with light seat wear and wrinkling, yet moderate carpet traffic and fading. Older, authentic engine-bay detailing, now with light overall soiling. Aftermarket chambered dual LW prototype coupe. S/N: BOSS302LWTXX1. White/black Nomex. 5.0-L fuelinjected V8, 6-sp. Sold on bill of sale only, as it’s a dedicated race car and a prototype without a legal VIN. Has seen limited developmental track use, but no combat in racing. Full seam-welded body as the regular Boss 302Rs, but has higher use of carbon fiber. Stock dashboard, but inoperative stock gauges, replaced with a race display-and-control unit mounted on steering column. Ford Racing-branded Sparco steering wheel and Recaro HANScapable race seat. Integral fire-suppression system last serviced in 2011. Like-new engine bay, with part inventory labels on a number of components. Minimal track spray (can’t really call it road spray) on undercarriage. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $85,000. The only Boss 302R configured for lightest possible weight, produced for sanctioning-body approval in Grand Am Road Racing in GS class (which it qualified for, but didn’t get). Sanctioning body deemed the regular, albeit heavier, Boss 302Rs to be competitive enough as-is. Upon denial of approval, car sold to a dealer in Illinois, who sold it at Mecum’s Spring Classic two years ago for $143k (SCM# 6797538), then the next owner consigned it at Leake’s Tulsa auction in June when I saw it last, being a no-sale at $85k (SCM# 6839208). It will definitely take the right Ford person to buy this one, and the general auction world isn’t likely where that sale will occur. © CAR COLLECTOR April 2018 AMERICAN ™ AmericanCarCollector.com/subscribe 187 SUBSCRIBE TO ACC 877.219.2605 Ext. 1 Keith Martin’s


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Mystery Photo Answers The El Camalibu: Not the crossover we need — but the crossover we deserve. — Erik Olson, Martinez, CA There is still nothing that holds down two small two-byfours better than one large twoby-four. — Steve Schefbauer, Monroe, CT Long rumored to be seen late at night in Dauphin County, PA, this bizarre radioactive mutation was born out of the Three Mile Island disaster. — Pierre Hedary, via email When Aston Martin installs the engine, it will be marketed as the 007 Double Shooting Brake. — Tom Neyer, Gillette, WY Veteran Mystery Photo RUNNER-UP: Yeah, I know it was a ton of work, but just think how trick it will look towing the Tyrrell P34 we just bought. — Steven Slebioda, Escondido, CA Patent is pending for the new Acme Portable Hearse. Your friends and family will be dying to go for a ride. — Robert O’Sullivan, Beverly Hills, CA How did this X-rated photo get by the censors? — George McCain, Kirkland, WA 1971 New York Times head- line: Auto Workers Make Good on Work Stoppage Threat. — John Bodnar, Victoria, BC Patient to ophthalmologist: Doc, I’ve been reading SCM so much that I’ve developed double vision in my left eye. — Warren D. Blatz, via email After six Martinis, Hector’s vision of a 6-wheeled, 2-door, extended-wheelbase El Camino tribute built on a Buick chassis with a canopy top seemed perfectly reasonable. — Mark Franusich, Crescent City, CA We were all right until we got to Georgia, when a Chevy-loving cop busted us for miscegenation. — Jim Rosenthal, Annapolis, MD Comes complete with five new radials. — Bob Roraback, Poughkeepsie, NY Did you hear the one about John Wyer, Ferdinand Piëch and Don Garlits having a drink at the bar? — Tom Tate, Boston, MA The words “supercar” and “sensational” are often to be found in conjunction — but never in the case of the El Malibino. — Art McDonald, Durham, NC Bubba’s new custom 6-wheeler is the fastest 6-wheeler Comments With Your Renewals The best magazine on the car market. Always great to review it monthly. — Jay Messick, Culver City, CA (SCMer since 1999) Park it and read your Sports Car Market. — Bob Ottewill, Denver, CO (2008) Keep up the great work! How about a feature on the TR3A, the most underappreciated English roadster! — Harry Visse, Shelton, WA (2010) 188 I really enjoy your magazine. Owned my Speedster 67 years. — Steve Schenck, Visalia CA (2011) Cheers! My favorite maga- zine! How ’bout vintage boats? — Jeffrey Eoff, Vancouver, WA (2015) Best car magazine. I love it! — Adrian Belew, Mount Juliet, TN (2014) I’ve enjoyed 20 years of sports car bliss from your magazine! — Herbert Satzman, New York, NY (1997) Thank you for your valuable coverage of Japanese cars. — Ann Gommel, Walnut Creek, CA (1999) I look forward to every issue. After I receive my new issue, my old is passed on to two other readers. Great magazine. — Mike Jarvis, Franklin, IN (1997) Keep up the good work. You Sports Car Market in South Arkansas, turning 0–60 mph in 18.6 seconds at the local drag strip. WOW! — Phil Schroeder, Platte City, MO contributor Erik Olson dreams up the perfect slogan for a very imperfect car — and wins an SCM cap with six bills. This Month’s Mystery Photo Response Deadline: March 25, 2018 Our Photo, Your Caption Email your caption to us at mysteryphoto@sportscarmarket.com, or fax to 503.253.2234. Ties will be arbitrarily and capriciously decided. Do you have a mystery photo? Email it to mysteryphoto@ sportscarmarket. com at 300 dpi in JPEG format. Please include your name and contact information. If we use your photo, you’ll get an official SCM cap. are a credit to the hobby. — Bob Carnevale, Gwynedd, PA (2011) Love everything about SCM. Keep up the great work! — Christopher Edwards, (2016) Feature some 1930s USA cars! — Richard Leach, Laguna Beach, CA (2006) Thank you all for your con- tinued renewals and thoughtful comments. — Keith Martin


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SCM Online Extras for SCM Readers How to connect with SCM online this month Kids and Cars Visit SCM on the Web Here’s a Sample of Some of What’s Available at www.sportscarmarket.com SCM Weekly Blogs (www.sportsarmarket.com/blogs/keith- martin) Maybe Skip the Coffee, But Not the Cars: My granddaughter, Madeline at her first of many Cars & Coffee events. We drove in my 1953 MGTD. She’s only 9 but knew every make of car there. She can’t wait for the next one. We have shown the MG on Concours on the Avenue in Carmel CA. — Ken Shapiro Send your photos of your next-generation gearheads to SCM. If your photo is selected, you’ll win an official SCM cap. Send your hi-res photos to kids@sportscarmarket.com. Please include your contact info, the name of the child in the photo, the make and model of the car and any descriptive information you would like. April SCM Cover Poll Results • No Barfing in the Barfmobile: The Giulia Super Goes On A Tour • Today’s Kids are the Next Generation of Concours Judges • Bringing a Knife to a Gun Fight Guides and Resources (View or download at www.sportscarmarket. com/guides-supplements) • 2018 Insider’s Guide to Concours d’Elegance • 2018 Price Guide • 2018 Insider’s Guide to Amelia Island and the Spring Auctions For Subscribers www.sportscarmarket.com/digitalissues-online • One year of back issues of SCM, searchable 1958 Porsche 550A Spyder 51% (275 votes) 1965 Ferrari 275 GTB Speciale 35% (187 votes) 2008 Tesla Roadster 14% (75 votes) NOTABLE QUOTE: It has to be the Tesla this month. It’s the first electric car out in the solar system (with the exception of the moon buggy). Got to love the “Don’t Panic” (reference from The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy). — Jim Sucharski To participate in the next poll, subscribe to the SCM newsletter at www.sportscarmarket.com April 2018 189 Platinum Deluxe Users View 297,000-plus auction results at www.sportscarmarket.com/platinumauction-database (Platinum Auction Database members only). Compare the latest sales or track a car over its auction history!


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SCM Showcase Gallery Sell Your Car Here! Includes SCM website listing. Showcase Gallery Full-Color Photo Ad Just $66/month ($88 non-subscribers) Text-Only Classified Ad Just $15/month ($25 non-subscribers) 4 ways to submit your ad: Web: Visit www.sportscarmarket.com/classifieds/place-ad to upload your photo (300 dpi jpg) and text, or text only. Secure online Visa/MC payments. Email: Send photo (300 dpi jpg) and text, or text only, to classifieds@sportscarmarket.com. We will call for your VISA/MC. Fax: Attention Showcase, to 503.253.2234 with VISA/MC. Snail mail: Showcase, PO Box 4797, Portland, OR 97208-4797, with VISA/MC or check. 25 words max, subject to editing. Deadline: 1st of each month, one month prior to publication. Advertisers assume all liability for the content of their advertisements. The publisher of Sports Car Market Magazine is not responsible for any omissions, erroneous, false and/or misleading statements of its advertisers. ENGLISH 1952 Jaguar XK 120 roadster competition, or to simply drive and enjoy today. Includes JDHT CoA. Classic Showcase. Ph: 760-7586100, email: webmaster@classicshowcase.com. Website: classicshowcase.com/index.php/inventory/ detail/453. (CA) 1963 Rolls Royce Silver Cloud III drophead coupe by H.J. Mulliner S/N 671514. Dove Grey/red. 18,197 miles. Inline 6, 4-spd manual. Elegant XK 120 roadster, strikingly well preserved, with low original miles driven since new. Previously owned by two prominent collectors who took great care in preserving the car. Exceptionally clean throughout, with tidy engine bay, clean undercarriage and a striking red interior. Classic Showcase. Ph: 760.758.6100, email: webmaster@classicshowcase.com. Website: classicshowcase.com/index.php/inventory/detail/504. (CA) 1961 Austin-Healey 3000 Mk II BT7 roadster S/N 1R8076. Primrose/black. 34,500 miles. Inline 6, 4-spd manual. Spectacular Southern car. All matching numbers. Equipped with a new stainlesssteel exhaust system as well as chrome/stainless wire wheels and Michelin Redline tires. Excellent chrome, no rust. New cloth top and gorgeous black leather interior. Starts, idles and shifts beautifully. The engine is strong and steady, with excellent oil pressure and no known mechanical issues. This Jaguar handles flawlessly with a tight suspension. Must see. $79,950. Sportscar Workshops Sales. Contact Michael, Ph: 804.421.0295, email: sales@sportscarworkshops.com. Website: www. sportscarworkshops.com. (VA) 1994 Jaguar XJ 220 coupe S/N LSCX437. Burgundy/tan. 32,410 miles. V8, automatic. Extraordinarily rare and all original apart from one repaint, factory LHD with coach built by H.J. Mulliner. California black plate. One of only 27 ever built. Beautiful all-original tan Connolly leather interior, low original miles. Equipped with factory power windows, original a/c equipment, rare altimeter and dashboard mounted tachometer. One southern California owner from 1968 to 2010. Original sales and delivery documents, handbooks, boot cover, lambs-wool rugs, heavy tools and toolbox. $895,000. West Coast Classics LLC. Contact Simon, Ph: 310.779.0526, email: wcclassics@aol. com. Website: www.TheWestCoastClassics.com. (CA) 1965 Sunbeam Tiger Mk 1 convertible S/N HBT7L15506. Blue/dark blue. Inline 6, 4-spd manual. This 1961 BT7 4-seater is a wonderful example of this highly versatile breed, presented in highly engaging Works rally-car style. The last example to be comprehensively restored by renowned marque experts Randee and the late Tom Rocke. Photographs documenting the restoration work and British Motor Industry Heritage Trust Certificate showing original data accompany the car. Classic Showcase. Ph: 760.758.6100, email: webmaster@classicshowcase.com. Website: classicshowcase.com/index.php/inventory/detail/530. (CA) 1962 Jaguar Mk II sedan and-red E-type has held limited ownership and is ready for your daily-driving pleasure. The team at Classic Showcase has just rebuilt the engine, serviced the transmission and went through all other items, making it a great choice for the spring and summer driving season. $137,500. Classic Showcase. Ph: 760.758.6100, email: webmaster@classicshowcase. com. Website: classicshowcase.com/index.php/ inventory/detail/554. (CA) 1969 Jaguar E-type SII convertible piping, original sheepskin rugs and a matching headliner! The original owner added several dealer-installed luxurious upgrades including rear TV/VCR screens in the headrests, walnut door panels, inlaid picnic tables, and the car has a CD changer navigation system. $65,000. West Coast Classics, LLC. Contact Simon, Ph: 310.779.0526, email: wcclassics@aol.com. Website: www. TheWestCoastClassics.com. (CA) GERMAN 1971 Mercedes-Benz 280SL roadster S/N 1.13044E+13. Dark blue/tan. 26,097 miles. I6 (inline 6), 4-spd automatic. Very nice 280SL Pagoda. Euro-spec car with good provenance. Recently serviced and complete with books, tools and both tops. Also equipped with factory a/c. Restored by Mercedes-Benz of Belgium. Great car. Call or email for more info. $92,500 OBO. Dragone Classic Motorcars. Contact Alex, Ph: 203.218.1903, email: alexdragone1@gmail.com. (CT) 1971 Mercedes-Benz 300SEL 6.3 sedan S/N B9471888LRXFE. Blue/red. 25,000 miles. V8, 4-spd manual. Matching-numbers original Mk 1 Tiger. Recently treated to a mechanical and cosmetic overhaul. Always a solid original car, runs and drives great; everything is original down to the hubcaps and wheels. Beautiful undercarriage. Complete with both hard top and new soft top. Call or email for more info. $80,000 OBO. Dragone Classic Motorcars. Contact Alex, Ph: 203.218.1903, email: alexdragone1@gmail.com. (CT) 1967 Jaguar E-type convertible S/N SAJJEAEX8AX220628. Silverstone Green/Sand. 5,419 miles. V6, 5-spd manual. Spectacular condition! Recently released from a museum collection; very low actual miles. 3.5-liter twinturbocharged 542-hp V6 engine. Nearly $600,000 when new, one of 14 factory-owned cars placed in storage by Jaguar after assembly. Purchased new by famed Jaguar collector Gary Bartlett in 1999. First car to be imported to the U.S. under “Show and Display” exemption. Only XJ 220 to have its U.S. certification work performed by Jaguar’s engineering center in Coventry, England. One of only 283 built, one of the last 12 assembled. Previously on the cover of a 2001 issue of Autoweek magazine. Ault Park Concours d’Elegance award winner, just received a comprehensive $90,000 engine-out service including new fuel-system bladders and renewing of all mechanical systems. Includes copies of the NHTSA paperwork, factory correspondence letters, copy of build sheet, issue of Autoweek with the car on the cover, Jaguar Heritage Certficate and factory tools. $529,900 OBO. Daniel Schmitt & Co.. Contact Daniel, Ph: 314.291.7000, email: info@schmitt.com. Website: www.schmitt.com/inventory/1994-jaguarxj220/. (MO) 1997 Rolls-Royce Silver Spur IV sedan Black/cream. 84,000 miles. V8, 4-spd automatic. A very nice 300 SEL 6.3. Original black car with original cream leather interior. Two owners from new. Restoration work and service completed by Hatch Son and Star Motors. Loads of documentation. Comes with original books and tools. Also has a factory sunroof. Beautiful car and incredibly fast. Call or email for more info. $79,500 OBO. Dragone Classic Motorcars. Contact Alex, Ph: 203.218.1903, email: alexdragone1@gmail.com. (CT) 1973 Porsche 914-6 convertible S/N 4732909506. Yellow (Glasurit Paint)/black. Inline 6, 5-spd manual. Spectacular, fully restored, high-performance 914-6 conversion with numerous mechanical and aesthetic enhancements. Upgraded to a 911 6-cylinder engine with Mahle pistons, a Carrera 915 transmission, stainless-steel headers and much more. Classic Showcase. Ph: 760.758.6100, email: webmaster@classicshowcase.com. Website: classicshowcase.com/index.php/inventory/detail/424. (CA) 1982 Porsche 930 Turbo coupe S/N P218990BW. British Racing Green/Tan. Inline 6, 5-spd manual. Beautifully restored Mark II example by Classic Showcase, with an attractive BRG-overtan color combo, 5-speed trans and chrome wire wheels. This iconic Jaguar model is as an excellent choice for those seeking a worthy contender for 190 S/N 1E15098. Black/red with black top. 78,803 miles. Inline 6, 4-spd manual. This factory black- S/N SCAZN19C9VCX60159. Solid Black/tan leather. 8,750 miles. V8, automatic. Stunning and very collectible, originally Southern California ordered and highly dealer optioned. Low original miles in solid black exterior paint with matching Sandstone painted pinstripes and also virtually completely flawless Sandstone color leather seats with soft tan Chiffon White/brown leather. 83,800 miles. Flat 6, 4spd manual. 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SCM Showcase Gallery Passes California strict smog rules. BAR certified. Recent engine rebuild. Great history, numbers matching and more than 100 detailed photos with complete history on our website. AutoKennel. Contact Paul, Ph: 714.335.4911, email: paul@autokennel. com. Website: www.autokennel.com. (CA) ITALIAN 1963 Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint coupe tires. Recent tune-up. ANSA exhaust system. Tonneau cover luggage rack; chrome trim rings are included on stock Alfa wheels. Quality new paint job and new windshield. Runs great and very peppy, burns no oil, pretty amazing for a 30-year-old classic. Clean CARFAX, Accident-free, no rust. Interior very clean including dash, no tear in seats; needs nothing. $9,995 OBO. Contact Peter, Ph: 407.376.6713, email: plevine@statealarm.us. (FL) 1995 Ferrari 456 GT Pininfarina Speciale coupe brakes, windows and seat. Superb unmolested condition, great driver, always garaged, all service records since 1994. Additional photos available. $42,000. Contact Albert, Ph: 814.466.6115, email: bav1140@comcast.net. (PA) 1964 Ford Mustang convertible AM-FM radio, tinted glass, dual side mirrors and starburst alloy wheels, complete with handbook and manual in original pouch and original steering wheel, a very well equipped example in a great Corvette color combination. $59,500 OBO. Heritage Classics Motorcar Company. Ph: 310.657.9699, email: sales@heritageclassics.com. Website: www. heritageclassics.com/inventory/detail/1439-chevroletcorvette-427-roadster.html. (CA) 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 454 LS-6 2-door hard top S/N AR356129. Blue/blue & gray. 59,000 miles. Inline 4, 5-spd manual. Very nice Giulia Sprint. 1,600-cc twin-cam with manual transmission. Dealerinstalled dual Weber carburetors. Just out of 40-year ownership. Call or email for more info. $58,000 OBO. Dragone Classic Motorcars. Contact Alex, Ph: 203.218.1903, email: alexdragone1@gmail.com. Website: www.dragoneauctions.com/1963alfaromeo-giulia-sprint. (CT) 1988 Alfa Romeo Graduate spider S/N ZFFSP44A4SO103246. Black/black. 26,000 miles. V12, 4-spd automatic. Special-order 456 GT for the Sultan of Brunei when new. Sent back to Ferrari in 1995 and has custom interior by Pininfarina and special ZF 4-speed automatic transmission installed by Ferrari. Complete with documentation, service records, books, tools and factory Ferrari 456 luggage. Call or email for more info. $75,000. Dragone Classic Motorcars. Contact Alex, Ph: 203.218.1903, email: alexdragone1@ gmail.com. (CT) AMERICAN 1955 Chrysler C300 2-door hard top Caspian Blue/blue & white. 102,532 miles. V8, 3-spd automatic. Well equipped example in a great color combination. White hard-window convertible top. D-code V8, automatic transmission, air-conditioning, power brakes, power top, AM-FM radio, styled steel wheels. $38,500. Heritage Classics Motorcar Company. Ph: 310.657.9699, email: sales@ heritageclassics.com. Website: www.heritageclassics. com/inventory/detail/1488-ford-mustangconvertible.html. (CA) 1968 Chevrolet Corvette 427 convertible S/N 136370R221144. Black/black. 39,591 miles. V8, 4-spd manual. Real, documented w/original window sticker. Arlington, TX-built LS-6 with M-22, 4.10 rear, black bucket seats. 2017 MCACN Concours Gold Certified award winner. Scored 978 out of 1,000 points the first time out. Recent, complete, frame-off 14-year restoration. A VERY RARE beautiful car. $200,000 OBO. Bill’s Village Marathon. Contact William, Ph: 847.254.7047, email: wspc5vet@aol. com. (IL) © FOLLOW SCM S/N ZARBA5643J1062779. Red/black. 112,000 miles. I4 (inline 4), 5-spd manual. Classic Pininfarina body, manual trans, many new parts: brakes, brake-line hoses, rear bushing, battery, shocks and Goodyear S/N 3N551076. White/tan. 105,980 miles. V8, 2-spd automatic. All original except for lower front-seat leather. Hemi, two 4-bbl carbs, power steering, Safari Yellow/18,525 miles. Black interior and black soft top, very original matching-numbers, black-plate example equipped with Tri-Power 400-hp, 427-ci V8 engine, 4-speed transmission, power steering, power brakes, power windows, 192 Sports Car Market


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Advertise in the SCM Resource Directory. Call 877.219.2605 Ext. 218 for information; e-mail: scmadvert@sportscarmarket.com. Auction Companies Artcurial Motorcars. 33 (0)1 42 99 2056. 33 (0)1 42 99 1639. 7, Rond-Point des Champs-Elysées, 75008 Paris, France. Email: motorcars@artcurial.com. www.artcurial.com/motorcars. (FR) GAA Classic Cars Auction, Barrett-Jackson Auction. 480.421.6694. 480.421.6697. For over four decades, the Barrett-Jackson Auction Company has been recognized throughout the world for offering only the finest selection of quality collector vehicles, outstanding professional service and an unrivaled sales success. From classic and one-of-a-kind cars to exotics and muscle cars, BarrettJackson attracts only the best. Our auctions have captured the true essence of a passionate obsession with cars that extends to collectors and enthusiasts throughout the world. A television audience of millions watches unique and select vehicles while attendees enjoy a lifestyle experience featuring fine art, fashion and gourmet cuisine. In every way, the legend is unsurpassed. 3020 N. Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251. info@barrett-jackson.com. www.barrett-jackson.com. (AZ) Greensboro, NC. 1.855.862.2257. A Premier Classic, Antique and Unique Vehicle Auction Experience. Offering 550 vehicles three times a year — March, July and November. All presented in a climate-controlled, enclosed, permanent, dedicated facility affectionately called “The Palace”. GAA Classic Cars brings you a customer-oriented team full of southern hospitality, a floor team with many years of classic auction experience and a selection of vehicles that continues to evolve and grow with each sale. www.gaaclassiccars.com 1.855.862.2257 (NC) Petersen Auction Group of Oregon. 541.689.6824. Hosting car auctions in Oregon since 1962. We have three annual Auctions: February, Oregon State Fairgrounds, Salem, OR; July, Douglas County Fairgrounds, Roseburg, OR; September, Wheeler Auction Group. Rick Cole Auctions. Over thirty Hollywood Wheels Auctions & Shows 800.237.8954. Hollywood Wheels is a premier auction house that specializes in Porsche sports cars, European exotics, American classics and historical race cars. Each year, during the Amelia Island Car Week, they host the Amelia Island Select & Auto Retro™ within the ballroom of the Amelia Island Omni Plantation Resort. Hollywood Wheels… Where Great Cars Are Bought & Sold! www.hollywoodwheels.com Bonhams is the largest auction house to hold scheduled sales of classic and vintage motorcars, motorcycles and car memorabilia, with auctions held globally in conjunction with internationally renowned motoring events. Bonhams holds the world-record price for any motorcar sold at auction, as well as for many premier marques. San Francisco: (415) 391-4000 New York: (212) 644-9001 Los Angeles: (323) 850-7500 London: +44 20 7447-7447 Paris: +33 1 42 61 10 10 www.bonhams.com/motors years ago, Rick Cole conducted the first Monterey auction, his annual events forever changing the historic week dynamic. Rick Cole Auctions provides upscale clientele a boutique and silent auction atmosphere proven to offer the finest cars available, and achieving one of the top 10 multi-million-dollar sales of all time. August 17–19. Marriott Hotel at Fisherman’s Wharf. info@ rickcole.com www.rickcole.com (CA) 833.599.8999. Collector Car Auction company specializing in the marketing and sale of pre-war, classic, vintage, antique, muscle & exotic automobiles. What sets Wheeler apart from other auction companies in their industry is the quality and quantity of marketing that they do for their clients combined with some of the lowest selling commissions in the industry. Contact them today to discuss the marketing of your vehicle or collection! Info@WheelerAuctionGroup.com www.WheelerAuctionGroup.com staff, bidders and consignors are everyday people with a passion for nostalgic and collector cars. Come see the difference at Silver Auctions. 2020 N. Monroe, Spokane, WA 99205. Email: silver@silverauctions.com, www.silverauctions.com. (WA) Worldwide Auctioneers. RM Sotheby’s. 800.211.4371. RM Sotheby’s is the world’s largest auction house for investment-quality automobiles. With 35 years’ experience in the collector car industry, RM’s vertically integrated range of services, coupled with an expert team of car specialists and an international footprint, provide an unsurpassed level of service to the global collector car market. For further information, visit www.RMSothebys.com. (CAN) 800.990.6789 or 1.260.925.6789. Worldwide Auctioneers was formed over a decade ago by vintage-motorcar specialists Rod Egan and John Kruse. The sale and acquisition of classic automobiles is our core business, and no one is better qualified. Worldwide is unique in having owners who are also our chief auctioneers, so you deal directly with the auctioneer, and we are wholly invested in achieving the best result for you. Our auctions are catalogbased, offering a limited number of higher-end consignments, with an emphasis on quality rather than volume. (We don’t limit ourselves to only selling the most expensive cars in the world, but do ensure that every car we consign is the very best of its type.) We also offer specialist-appraisal, Leake Auctions. 800.722.9942. Gooding & Company. 310.899.1960. 310.899.0930. Gooding & Company offers its international clientele the rarest, award-winning examples of collector vehicles at the most prestigious auction venues. Our team of well-qualified experts will advise you on current market values. Gooding & Company presents the official auction of the famed Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in August, the recordsetting Scottsdale Auction in January and a world-class auction at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation in Florida in March. www.goodingco.com. (CA) Leake Auction Company was established in 1972 as one of the first car auctions in the country. More than 40 years later, Leake has sold over 34,000 cars and currently operates auctions in Tulsa, Oklahoma City and Dallas. Recently they have been featured on several episodes of three different reality TV series — “Fast N Loud” on Discovery, “Dallas Car Sharks” on Velocity and “The Car Chasers” on CNBC Prime. www.leakecar.com (OK) Russo and Steele Collector AutoPalm Springs Auctions Inc. Keith McCormick. 760.320.3290. 760.323.7031. 244 N. Indian Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92262 A family-run auction house producing two large classic cars auctions per year. McCormick’s Palm Springs Auctions has been in business for over 25 years, and each auction features over 500 classics and exotics. www.classic-carauction.com. (CA) 194 mobile Auctions. 602.252.2697. Specializing in the finest American muscle, hot rods and custom automobiles and European sports; Russo and Steele hosts three record-breaking auctions per year; Newport Beach in June; Monterey, CA, every August; and Scottsdale, AZ, every January. As one of the premier auction events in the United States, Russo and Steele has developed a reputation for its superior customer service and for having the most experienced and informed experts in the industry. Fax: 602.252.6260. 5230 South 39th St., Phoenix, AZ 85040. info@russoandsteele.com, www.russoandsteele.com. (AZ) estate-management and collectionconsultancy services. Our dedicated private sales division serves the needs of individual collectors who seek privacy or to acquire vehicles that may not be available on the open market. www.worldwide-auctioneers.com. (IN) Alfa Romeo Centerline International. (888) Silver Auctions. 800.255.4485. Silver Auctions isn’t successful because we auction the most expensive cars, we’re successful because we auction the cars that you love. Silver Auction’s 750-ALFA (2532). Exclusively Alfa Romeo for over 35 years. You can rely on our experience and the largest inventory of parts in North America to build and maintain your dream Alfa. We carry restoration, maintenance and exclusive performance parts for Giulietta through the new 4C. Newly developed parts introduced regularly. Check our website or social media for new arrivals, tech tips and special offers. www.centerlinealfa.com. (CO) Sports Car Market RESOURCE DIRECTORY


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Appraisals Buy/Sell/General all facets of restoration under one roof. Let our team of professional craftsmen and specialists make your classic car vision a reality. www.classicshowcase. com. (CA) Gooding & Company. 310.899.1960. Gooding & Company’s experts are well-qualified to appraise individual automobiles as well as collections and estates. Whether it is the creation of a foundation, living trust or arrangement of a charitable donation, we are able to assist you. www.goodingco.com. (CA) Automobilia Auto Kennel. 714.335.4911. Imag- ine if you had the best of the best to market your car for sale. Jesse Alexander taking all the photographs. Lee Iacocca working with buyers. Keith Martin introducing you to the right car clubs. Well, the father and son team of AutoKennel do just that for all their clients. Paul and Ed Kramer, Costa Mesa, CA 92627. www.autokennel.com (CA) Charles Prince Classic Cars. Based Automodello. 877.343.2276. Auto- modello™ hand-built limited edition Resin Art™ in 1:24, 1:43, and F1 in 1:12 scale. Automodello is the exclusive licensed builder for premium quality curbside 1:24 with 1970s Lincoln Continental, 1965 Buick Riviera GS, 1954 Kaiser-Darrin and pre-war one-offs from Delage, Delahaye, Cord, Duesenberg and Packard. In 1:12, 1967 Lotus 49, and in 2018 the 1967 Eagle GuneyWeslake Spa winner. In 1:43, 1981 Gurney Eagle Challenger hand-signed by Dan Gurney (his favorite racer) and 1934 Packard V12 Dietrich. Free worldwide shipping on orders over $149, 10% discount to SCM readers: ONE24SCM on Automodello.com Coachbuilt Press. 215.925.4233. Coachbuilt Press creates limited-edition automotive titles for the discriminating motoring enthusiast. We present exceptional material on the most significant collections, museums and marques with a balance of authoritative writing, precise research, unique historical documents and the modern photography of Michael Furman. Please visit our website to view our latest titles and order. www.CoachbuiltPress.com (PA) Steve Austin’s Automobilia & Great Vacations. 800.452.8434. European Car Collector tours including Monaco & Goodwood Historics, private collections, and car manufacturers. Automobile Art importer of legendary artists Alfredo de la Maria and Nicholas Watts. www.steveaustinsgreatvacations.com. Autosport Groups. 561.676.1912 or 954.401.4535. Over 42 years experience offering Luxury, Classic, Exotic and Hi-line motorcars worldwide. Autosport Groups is highly respect- ed for our fine selection of preowned luxury, classic, exotic and sports cars, as well as exceptional customer service. We offer easy financing and extended warranties on most cars. Trades accepted. Top cash paid for your classics, exotic or hi-line automobiles. garycg@ aol.com www.autosportgroup.com (FL) Automotive Restorations. 203.377.6745. Collector car sales, both road and race, have been a key activity for over 35 years. Our sales professionals actively seek consignments on a global basis. We also offer vehicle “search and find” for rare models. We undertake pre-purchase inspections worldwide. We provide auction support, including in-person or telephone bidding for absentee buyers. Restoration management and special-event assistance are also included in our services. Our aim is to make sure that your collector car passion is as enjoyable and worry-free as possible. www.automotiverestorations.com in London, we are specialists in the finest historic motorcars and in contact with dealers and collectors from around the world. We offer the best advice and service in the collector car field. Int T: (0)798 5988070 or email: sales@ charlesprinceclassiccars.com www.charlesprinceclassiccars.com. Corvette America. 800.458.3475. Chequered Flag. 310.827.8665. Chequered Flag is Los Angeles’ best known classic car dealer. We specialize in European classic and sports cars, particularly air-cooled Porsches. We have over 100 classics in inventory including over 25 Porsches. We appreciate our many repeat customers with over 15,000 cars bought and sold since 1986. www.ChequeredFlag.com sales@chequeredflag.com (CA) The #1 manufacturer & supplier of interiors, parts and wheels for all generations of Corvettes. Our Pennsylvania manufacturing facility produces the finest quality Corvette interiors and our distribution center is stocked with thousands of additional Corvette-related products. Corvette America is a member of the RPUI family of companies. www.CorvetteAmerica.com (PA) California Car Cover Company. More than just custom-fit car covers, California Car Cover is the home of complete car care and automotive lifestyle products. Offering the best in car accessories, garage items, detailing products, nostalgic collectibles, apparel and more! Call 1-800-423-5525 or visit Calcarcover.com for a free catalog. Copley Motorcars. 781.444.4646. Specializing in unique and hard-to-find classics and sports cars. We only sell cars we love ourselves, and deal in a limited number of models. Before delivery to you, all of our classics, including Defenders, are fully inspected and serviced by one of two expert shops. We are located in Needham, MA. copleycars@gmail.com, www.copleymotorcars.com (MA) Daniel Schmitt & Co. Classic Investments Inc. 303.388.9788. Barn find. Redefined. Since 1989 our company specializes in the restoration, sales and service of 1950s–1970s Classic European sports cars: Ferrari, Maserati, Alfa Romeo, Lancia, Aston Martin, Jaguar, Austin Healey, Porsche and Mercedes. Colorado’s premier one-stop shop for all of a collector’s needs. Friendly, knowledgeable, passionate staff welcomes you to call for all inquiries; our in-house factory-trained Ferrari mechanic has 40 years’ experience. www.ClassicInvest.com (CO) 314.291.7000. A family tradition for over 50 years, Daniel Schmitt & Co. provides sophisticated collectors, investors and enthusiasts throughout the world with high-quality classic motorcars. Located in historic St. Louis, Missouri, our classic car gallery spans four acres; boasts two recently renovated showrooms, a state-of-the-art service department and a world-class restoration facility. www.schmitt.com info@schmitt.com (MO) DriverSource. 281.497.1000. Vintage Auto Posters. Since 1980, Everett Anton Singer has been supplying international collectors with the most diverse selection of authentic vintage automotive posters. The vast inventory runs from the late 1890s through the 1960s; featuring marque, event and product advertising. Please visit us at: www.VintageAutoPosters.com. Beverly Hills Car Club is one of the largest European classic car dealerships in the nation, with an extensive inventory spanning over 50,000 sf. We can meet all your classic car needs with our unprecedented selection; from top-ofthe-line models to project cars. We buy classic cars in any shape or condition & provide the quickest payment & pickup anywhere in the U.S. 310.975.0272 www.beverlyhillscarclub.com (CA) Pursuing & Preserving Fine Automobiles Since 2005, DriverSource is a leading specialist in the classic collector car market. Our concept of sales, service and storage is tailor made to the automotive enthusiast lifestyle. To learn more about our services or inventory, please give as a call or contact us via email. sales@driversource.com. www.driversource.com Girardo & Co. +44 (0) 203 621 Classic Showcase. 760.758.6100. For over 35 years, we’ve been restoring automotive history and helping collectors obtain, restore and sell classic vehicles. Our world-class facility houses three showrooms of cars and department specialty areas to perform April 2018 2923. 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Advertise in the SCM Resource Directory. Call 877.219.2605 Ext. 218 for information; e-mail: scmadvert@sportscarmarket.com. available in the Northwest. We consign, buy and sell all types of vehicles. We also have an in-house service center and high-end Auto Salon. www.ParkPlaceLtd.com Kurt Tanner Motorcars. Gullwing Motor Cars stocks more than 100 cars at our warehouse location, 27 years of experience; visited by customers across the country and overseas. We specialize in European and American cars and we are always looking to buy classic cars in any condition. We pick up from anywhere in the U.S. Quick payment and pickup. 718.545.0500. www.gullwingmotorcars.com 909.241.1051. An exclusive European Sports Car dealer located in Orange County, CA. Over 35 years experience in the classic car business with a distinguished previous reputation for AustinHealey restorations. We accurately and honestly present fine European cars for sale in today’s market. Buy/sell/trade. We purchase and pick up from any U.S. location with quick payment. Please call or visit our website to view current inventory. www.kurttannermotorcars.com (CA) Milestone Motorcars. 561.509.7251. We are passionate about classic performance automobiles. A lifetime of experience has given us the ability to help those who share our enthusiasm, whether our clients are experienced collectors or just starting down the road. Let us share with you the passion we feel every day. SALES ~ SERVICE ~ SUPPORT ~ PARTS ~ COMPETITION www.milestonemotorcarsllc.com Paul Russell and Company. 978.768.6092. www.paulrussell.com. Specializing in the preservation and sales of European classics, pre-war through the 1970s, since 1978. You can rely on our decades of experience with Mercedes-Benz, Ferrari, Porsche, Bugatti, Alfa Romeo and other fine collectibles. Repeat customers are the lifeblood of our business. Contact us today to join them. Car Sales Manager, Alex Finigan: Alex@paulrussell.com. (MA) Morris and Welford. 949.679.4999. Heritage Classics Motorcar Com- pany. 310.657.9699. www.heritageclassics.com. Heritage Classics Motorcar Company, the premier West Coast classic car dealership established in 1985. Offering one of the largest indoor showrooms in Southern California, with an exceptional inventory of the very finest American and European classic cars available. We buy, sell and consign collectible automobiles, offering the best consignment terms available, contact us at sales@heritageclassics.com When in Southern California, visit our beautiful showroom and specialty automotive bookstore, Heritage Classics Motorbooks, open Monday–Saturday. For current inventory and to visit our virtual bookstore, visit www.heritageclassics.com Legendary Motorcar Company. 905.875.4700. You may have seen our award-winning, show-quality restorations. Our 55,000-square-foot facility is specialized in extreme high-end restorations of rare American muscle cars. www.legendarymotorcar.com (ON) Morris and Welford, a JD Classics company, are established, fine collector car dealers based in Newport Beach, California. We have a 14,800 sq ft showroom with cars for sale, cars on consignment, collection management, appraisal services and more. www.morrisandwelford.com Email: pat@morrisandwelford.com 4040 Campus Drive, Newport Beach, CA 92660 Pendine. 0044 (0)7770 762751. Pen- dine specializes in the sale of historic cars for road and track. While focusing specifically on British cars from the immediate post-war period to the 1970s, our experience ranges from Edwardian racers to the supercars of the 1990s. Please call us at 0044 (0)7770 762751, or email james@pendine.co and check out our website www.pendine.co (U.K.) Luxury Brokers International. Hyman Ltd Classic Cars. 314.524.6000. One of the largest inventories of vintage cars in the world. Please visit our website often, www.hymanltd.com to see our current stock. Hyman Ltd Classic Cars, 2310 Chaffee Drive, St. Louis, MO. 63146 314-524-6000 sales@hymanltd.com 215.459.1606. Specializing in the sales, purchase and brokerage of classic automobiles for the astute collector, with a new-age, contemporary approach. Focusing on original, high-quality examples as enjoyable, tangible investments. Classic car storage, classic car consignment, brokerage, and other consulting services are available as well. We actively pursue the purchase and sales of any investment-grade classic car. Since 2009, we have offered a unique opportunity for collectors, enthusiasts and other industry professionals. www.lbilimited.com, sales@ lbilimited.com (PA) Mustang America. 844.249.5135. Mustang America is a new company initially specializing in first generation (1965–1973) Mustang parts, interiors and accessories. Launched by Corvette America, Mustang America provides the same level of world-class customer service, product quality and fast delivery. We look forward to serving the vintage Mustang enthusiast. www.MustangAmerica.com (PA) Symbolic International. 858.259.0100. Symbolic International is one of the premier dealers of classic cars and vintage race cars in the world. Our spectacular vehicles are available for purchase and worldwide delivery. Our knowledgeable team, with over 100 years of combined experience, can help you find the perfect car for your collection. www.symbolicinternational.com info@symbolicinternational.com (CA) Paramount Automotive Group/ Capital Gains Taxes? We Can Help. Ideal Classic Cars. 855.324.0394. Our goal as a company is to showcase the highest investment-quality, restored classic cars to the world; while offering these vehicles at a fair market price. Our attention to detail is unsurpassed. If you are looking for a true investment car that will go up in value...contact us. We have a full sales and service department. We also provide shipping worldwide. We are in business simply because of our love and passion for classic cars, trucks and motorcycles. Let us share that with you. www.idealclassiccars.net (FL) 196 Magellan Planning Group. 800.377.1332. We use a simple, proven strategy to defer taxes on the sale of highly appreciated assets. We call it the Capital Gains Deferral Trust and it has helped individuals just like you maximize their profit and minimize their tax burden. Call for a free brochure today. www.magellanplanning.com Foreign Cars Italia. 888.929.7202. Since 1989, we have offered all the exclusive brands that you have ever dreamed about. Offering new and used Ferrari, Maserati, Aston Martin and Porsche in Greensboro, NC, Aston Martin, Bentley and Maserati in Charlotte, NC and Porsche in Hickory, NC. We sell, buy and trade. Visit us at www. Paramountauto.com or www.ForeignCarsItalia.com (NC) Vintage Motors of Sarasota. Park Place LTD. 425.562.1000. Founded in 1987 in Bellevue, WA, our dealership is locally owned and independently operated. The four-acre Park Place Center features an Aston Martin sales and service center, a Lotus dealership, and we have one of the largest selections of collector and exotic cars Sports Car Market 941.355.6500. Established in 1989, offering high-quality collector cars to the most discerning collectors. Vintage’s specialized services include sales, acquisitions and consignment of high-quality European and American collector and sports cars. Always buying individual cars or entire collections. Visit our large showroom with 75-plus examples in the beautiful museum district of tropical Sarasota, FL. www.vintagemotorssarasota.com (FL) RESOURCE DIRECTORY


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company that will ensure your car arrives safely for that experience. For over 35 years, our standards for excellence have had clients returning time and time again. Trust the Best. Trust Intercity Lines. www.Intercitylines.com West Coast Classics. 310.399.3990. West Coast Classics are internationally renowned California Classic Car Dealers who specialize in buying and selling of rare and classic European and American classic cars. Two branch locations in Southern California; 1205 Bow Avenue in Torrance, and 1918 Lincoln Blvd in Santa Monica. We ship throughout the world and will provide you with unparalleled service of your rare, sports, exotic, luxury, collector or classic car needs. www. WestCoastClassics.com info@WestCoastClassics.com (CA) Car Storage Barrett-Jackson is proud to endorse McCollister’s Auto Transport. 800-748-3160. We have transported thousands of collector vehicles over the last 35 years all across the United States, whether they are moving an exotic, street rod, vintage racer or muscle car. With our experienced drivers trained to ensure the finest protection and our customized, lift-gated, air-ride trailers, we make sure your vehicle safely arrives on time. www.McCollisters.com/AutoTransport CAR LIFTS PLUS.COM 203.509.5353. Need a Lift? Need Service on your current Car Lifts? Sales, service and guaranteed installations. Residential and commercial car lifts. We are a well-established car lift company and an authorized dealer for all major brands, with hundreds of happy customers throughout the Northeast. Personal service offering on-site measuring and preconstruction layout advice for new projects. Our experienced 5-star technicians provide full-service professional installation, from delivery to safety training. Fully insured with offices and warehousing in CT and NJ to better serve our clientele. WHAT’S IN YOUR GARAGE? More cars of course, when you call 203.509.5353! www.CarLiftsPlus.com Passport Transport. 800.736.0575. Since our founding in 1970, we have shipped thousands of treasured vehicles door-to-door with our fully enclosed auto transporters. Whether your prized possession is your daily driver, a vintage race car, a Classic, a ’60s muscle car or a modern exotic, you can depend on Passport Transport to give you the premium service it deserves. We share your appreciation for fine automobiles, and it shows. www.PassportTransport.com. Grundy Insurance. 888.647.8639. James A. Grundy invented Agreed Value Insurance in 1947; no one knows more about insuring collector cars than Grundy! With no mileage limitations, zero deductible*, low rates, and high liability limits, our coverages are specifically designed for collector car owners. Grundy can also insure your daily drivers, pickup trucks, trailers, motorhomes, and more — all on one policy and all at their Agreed Value. www.grundy.com (PA) Reliable Carriers Inc. 800-521-6393. CARS. 310.695.6403. For more than two decades, CARS (Classic Automotive Relocation Services) has looked after some of the most irreplaceable motorcars in the world. CARS are now able to offer secure indoor vehicle storage solutions at its new state-of-the-art warehouse facility in Los Angeles. Contact CARS directly to discuss your vehicle storage requirements and find out more about the many services that we offer. History has proven that CARS are the team to trust. Do not take any chances with your pride and joy – hand it to the people that will care for it as their own. Fax: +1 (310) 695 6584 Email: info@carsusa.com www.carsusa.com Classic Car Transport As the country’s largest enclosed-auto transport company, Reliable Carriers faithfully serves all 48 contiguous United States and Canada. Whether you’ve entered a concours event, need a relocation, are attending a corporate event or are shipping the car of your dreams from one location to another, one American transportation company does it all. www.reliablecarriers.com Collection Management Hagerty Insurance Agency, LLC. 800.922.4050. is the leading insurance agency for collector vehicles in the world and host to the largest network of collector car owners. Hagerty offers insurance for collector cars, motorcycles and motorcycle safety equipment, tractors, automotive tools and spare parts, and even “automobilia” (any historic or collectible item linked with motor vehicles). Hagerty also offers overseas shipping/touring insurance coverage, commercial coverage and club liability coverage. For more information, call or visit www.hagerty.com. (MI) Fourintune Garage Inc. 262.375.0876. www.fourintune. com. Complete ground-up restoration on British ,arques — specializing in Austin-Healeys since 1976. Experience you can trust, satisfied customers nationwide. Visit our website for details on our restoration process, which includes a complete quotation on Healeys. Located in historic Cedarburg — just minutes north of Milwaukee, WI. (WI) a new breed of insurance for classic, antique, exotic, special-interest, contemporary classic and limited-edition cars. To get a quote is even easier with our new online improvements. Go to www.barrett-jackson.com/insurance/, select “Get a quote,” enter in a couple of key pieces of information about your vehicle, and get an estimated quote within seconds! It’s that easy. Don’t be caught without the right insurance for your vehicle. In the unfortunate aftermath of damage to your vehicle, learning that your insurance won’t restore your prized possession to its former glory, or appropriately compensate you for your loss, is the last thing you want to hear. To get a quote by phone, call 877.545.2522. Collector Car Insurance English 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) AUTOSPORT DESIGNS, INC. 631.425.1555. All Aston Martin models welcome regardless of age, as new inevitably become old! Routine servicingcomplete mechanical restorations/rebuilds — cosmetic repair/paintwork to complete frame-off restoration. Large inventory of parts. All services as well as our current unventory of automobiles for sale can be seen at www.autosportdesigns.com. (NY) Classic Showcase. 760.758.6100. Classic Showcase has been an industry leader in the restoration, service and sale of classic Jaguars, and most other fine British automobiles. From sports cars to luxury sedans, our world-class restoration facility and highly skilled team are ready to assist your needs with acquiring the perfect British classic today! 760.758.6100. www.classicshowcase.com (CA) RideCache Your documentation Intercity Lines, Inc. 800.221.3936. Gripping the wheel of your dream car and starting the engine for the first time is a high point for any enthusiast. We are the premier enclosed auto transport April 2018 represents 5% or more of your vehicle’s value – yet it is fading away in folders and binders susceptible to loss or damage. Let our professionals take those binders and turn them into organized, protected, transferable digital resources – all for less than the cost of a high-end detailing service. Learn more at ridecache.com/SCM RideCache—Organize, Manage, Preserve your Collection. J.C. Taylor Insurance. 800.345.8290. Antique, classic, muscle or modified — J.C. Taylor Insurance has provided dependable, dynamic, affordable protection for your collector vehicle for over 50 years. Agreed Value Coverage in the continental U.S., and Alaska. Drive Through Time With Peace of Mind with J.C. Taylor Insurance. Get a FREE instant quote online at www.JCTaylor.com. JWF Restorations Inc. Specializing in AC restoration from street to concours, U.S. Registrar AC Owners Club (U.K.). Now selling AC parts and tires, including inventory from Ron Leonard. Jim Feldman. 503.706.8250 Fax 503.646.4009. Email: jim@jwfrestoration.com (OR) 197


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Advertise in the SCM Resource Directory. Call 877.219.2605 Ext. 218 for information; e-mail: scmadvert@sportscarmarket.com. 6-8, 2018. World Class Cars, World Class Experience. (CA) Kevin Kay Restorations. 530.241.8337. 1530 Charles Drive, Redding, CA 96003. Aston Martin parts, service, repair and restoration. From an oil change to a concours-winning restoration, we do it all. Modern upgrades for power steering, window motors, fuel systems and more. Feltham Fast performance parts in stock. We also cater to all British and European cars and motorcycles. www.kevinkayrestorations.net. (CA) The Quail, A Motorsports Gath- ering. 831.620.8879. A prominent component of Monterey Car Week, The Quail is a world-renowned motorsports event featuring one of the world’s finest and rarest collections of vintage automobiles and motorcycles. The Quail maintains its intimacy and exclusivity by limiting admission through lottery ticket allocations. Admission is inclusive of six gourmet culinary pavilions, caviar, oysters, fine wines, specialty cocktails, champagne, and more. Web: signatureevents.peninsula.com. (CA) Welsh Enterprises, Inc. 800.875.5247. Jaguar parts for models 1949–present. www.welshent.com (OH) Events—Concours, Car Shows J.J. BEST BANC & CO. provides financing on classic cars ranging from 1900 to today. Visit our website at www.jjbest.com or call 1.800.USA.1965 and get a loan approval in as little as five minutes! Finance The BMW CCA is the world’s larg- est owner-supported single-marque car club. Today, BMW CCA has 67 chapters nationwide, with more than 70,000 members. As BMW’s most active and vibrant enthusiast organization, the club represents a lifestyle of passion and performance. Join the Club today at bmwcca.org or by calling 800.878.9292. and restoring classic European sports cars since 1986. We specialize in Porsche (356 and 911) 1950s to early 1970s, along with other marks including Mercedes, Aston Martin, Ferrari, MG, Austin Healey and Jaguar, with 40 vehicles in stock to choose from. European Collectibles also offers complete mechanical and cosmetic restorations to concours level, along with routine service. Located in Orange County, CA, between Los Angeles and San Diego. Sales@europeancollectibles.com or visit our website www.europeancollectibles.com. (CA) Bud’s Benz. 800.942.8444. At Bud’s, we sell a full line of MercedesBenz parts for cars from the 1950s through the 1980s. We do minor and major service work on most Mercedes. Restoration work; including paint, interior, mechanical and other services are available. We pride ourselves in doing work that is tailored to our customers’ needs and budgets. We also (locally) work on later-model Mercedes, BMW, and Mini Coopers. Computer diagnostics and work related to keeping your daily driver on the road are all available at Bud’s. www.budsbenz.com (GA) Gaudin Porsche of Las Vegas. 855.903.7532. Gaudin Porsche boasts 42,000 square feet, making it one of the largest Porsche dealerships in the U.S. It is also the first Certified Porsche Classic Partner in the country, encompassing highly-skilled service technicians specializing in classics, original parts and a variety of available models, all under one roof. Owned by the Gaudin Motor Company, a family-owned automotive dealer since 1922. For more information visit www.GaudinClassic. com (NV) Concours d’Elegance of America. 2018 marks the 40th Annual Concours d’Elegance of America, July 27th–29th, at the Inn at St. John’s in Plymouth, Michigan. We continue to be one of the most recognized automotive events in the world. A weekend filled with over 15 events for automobile enthusiasts of all ages. Sunday’s field will host 300 spectacular automobiles from around the world. www.concoursusa.org (MI) Mercedes-Benz Classic Ferrari Financial Services. 201.510.2500. As the world’s only Ferrari-owned finance company, no one understands a Ferrari customer’s unique perspective better than the company that designed these iconic sports cars. Whether it’s a line of credit for owners interested in utilizing the equity in their collection, or a simple interest loan, we stand committed to help our clients enhance their collection — without origination or early termination fees. “FFS” offers a level of expertise that cannot be matched by other lenders. Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival. The South: a place where tea is sweet, people are darlin’, moss is Spanish and, come autumn, cars are plentiful. This fall, HHI Motoring Festival returns to the towns of Savannah, GA, and Hilton Head Island, SC. Join us this fall — October 27–November 5, 2017 — in the land of Southern hospitality. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit www.HHIMotoringFestival.com. German DC Automotive. 1.877.287.6749. Art’s Star Classics. 800.644.STAR Lajollaconcours.com. 619.233.5008. lajollaconcours@mcfarlanepromotions.com La Jolla Concours d’Elegance April 198 (1.800.644.7827). 30 years of expertise in new and hard to find parts, as well as component restoration for all Mercedes from 1931–1971. Servicing owners and restorers worldwide. Star Classics also offers: Sales and Acquisitions of all ’50s and ’60s Mercedes and restoration project management for car owners so they realize the car of their dreams. Contact us today: info@artsstarclassics.com www.artsstarclassics.com International Phone #:1.602.397.5300 Rob and the team at DC Automotive are Porsche fanatics. They eat, sleep and breathe Porsche – sometimes to the dismay of their spouses. But they know that finding new, used and rebuilt 1965 to 2013 Porsche parts can be overwhelming. That’s why they’re committed to having your back – plus front, engine, interior, body, wheels, electrical, everything – for 911s, Cayennes, Boxsters, Caymans, 944s, 968s, 914s and 928s. Call us today at 1-877-287- 6749. http://dcautocatalog.com Center. 1.866.MB.CLASSIC. (1.866.622.5277). The trusted center of competence for all classic MercedesBenz enthusiasts. Located in Irvine, CA, the Classic Center is the only sales and restoration facility in the U.S. exclusively operated by Mercedes-Benz. Over 50,000 Genuine Mercedes-Benz Classic Parts in its assortment. From small services to full ground-up restorations, work is always true to original. Ever-changing showcase of for-sale vehicles. We are your trusted source. www.mbclassiccenter.com. (CA) Scott Grundfor Company. European Collectibles Inc. 949.650.4718. European Collectibles has been buying, consigning, selling 805.474.6477. Since the 1970s, Scott Grundfor Company has set the bar with best of show cars. Four decades later, we continue our long and rich tradition of excellence in the collectible car and restoration market. As trusted and respected Mercedes-Benz experts, we strive to not only continue the restoration and sales excellence we’ve worked so hard to develop, but to also bring awareness to the appreciation, preservation and history of the automobile. scott@scottgrundfor.com www.scottgrundfor.com (CA) Sports Car Market RESOURCE DIRECTORY


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Import/Export from $50,000 to $5 million, regardless of your credit history. If you own a car and need cash, LLP provides sale/lease-back financing so you can keep driving your car! Contact us at info@luxuryleasepartners.com CARS. 310.695.6403. For more than two decades, CARS (Classic Automotive Relocation Services) has looked after some of the most irreplaceable motorcars in the world. If you need your vehicle transported, CARS have the expertise and knowledge to ensure it arrives in perfect condition, on time, and with no unexpected costs. CARS are able to action any shipping request through its own offices in the U.K., New York, Los Angeles and Japan, and via its network of global agents. Whether your vehicle needs to be transported by road, sea or air freight, please get in touch and allow CARS to take the worry and stress out of your shipment needs. History has proven that CARS are the team to trust. Do not take any chances with your pride and joy — hand it to the people that will care for it as their own. Fax: +1 (310) 695 6584 Email: info@carsusa.com www.carsusa.com Premier Financial Services. 877.973.7700. Since 1997, renowned customer service and honest leasing practices have made Premier the nation’s leading lessor of luxury and performance motorcars. We are small enough to ensure your business gets the attention it deserves, and large enough to finance any new, used, or vintage car over $50,000. Contact Premier at 877.973.7700 or info@pfsllc.com. www.premierfinancialservices.com (CT) Dr Beasley’s. Unimpressed by Putnam Leasing. 866.90.LEASE. Cosdel International Transportation. Since 1960, Cosdel International Transportation has been handling international shipments by air, ocean and truck. Honest service, competitive pricing and product expertise have made Cosdel the natural shipping choice for the world’s best-known collectors, dealers and auction houses. If you are moving a car, racing or rallying, or attending a concours event overseas, Cosdel is your comprehensive, worldwide resource for all of your nationwide and international shipping needs. We are your automobile Export Import Experts. 415.777.2000 carquotes@cosdel.com. www.cosdel.com. (CA) Italian For over 30 years, Putnam Leasing has been the leader in exotic, luxury, and collector car leasing. This honor comes from Putnam’s unique ability to match the car of your dreams with a lease designed just for you. Every Putnam Lease is written to provide maximum flexibility while conserving capital, lowering monthly payments, and maximizing tax advantages. Its Putnam’s way of letting you drive more car for less money. For leases ranging from $50,000 to more than $1 million, with terms extending up to 84 months, contact the oldest and most experienced leasing company in the country by calling 1.866.90.LEASE. Or just visit www.putnamleasing.com. Legal inferior car care products that didn’t meet his standards, Jim Lafeber, owner of renowned detailing facility Simon’s Shine Shop, and Founding Member and past President of the International Detailing Association, turned to his background in chemistry to formulate his own products. By utilizing the safest, highest quality ingredients available, Jim was able to launch Dr. Beasley’s, a line of highly advanced, innovative products perfect for both modern and vintage cars. Dr. Beasley’s products are now used and recommended by some of the biggest OEMs in the automotive industry including BMW, Audi and Kawasaki. Try them for yourself and discover a better way to detail your car. Made in USA. Visit www.drbeasleys.com LeMay—America’s Car Museum 2702 E D Street, Tacoma, WA 98421 877.902.8490 (toll free) info@lemaymuseum.org www.lemaymuseum.org. (WA) Parts, Accessories & Car Care and enhanced sound. We’re the default choice for many of the most important classics. Originality is important, but there’s no reason why subtle improvements cannot be introduced. QuickSilver use superior materials and modern manufacturing techniques unavailable when the cars were new. http://quicksilver-exhausts.myshopify.com. Swissvax. 305.219.8882. Since 1930, the Swiss family company creates magnificent wax formulations. The non-abrasive system consists of a prewax fluid and a high-content Carnauba wax. Unlike ordinary polishes, Swissvax restores the valuable oils of the paint finish that become starved over time and is safe for all paint finishes. Swissvax is also worldwide OEM supplier to Rolls-Royce Motorcars, Bugatti and Lamborghini. www.swissvax.com www.swissvax.us Racing Services Evans Waterless Coolant is the solution to running too hot. With a boiling point of 375°F, our revolutionary liquid formulation is a superior alternative to water-based coolants. Evans eliminates water vapor, hotspots and boil-over, resulting in a less pressurized, more efficient cooling system and preventing corrosion, electrolysis and pump cavitation. Evans also protects down to -40°F and lasts the lifetime of the engine. See how it works at www.evanscoolant.com. Vintage Car Law. 717.884.9010. Hamann Classic Cars. 203.918.8300. with more than 30 years in the industry and worldwide clientele in dealing in European race and sports cars, specializes in classic Ferraris of the ’50s and ’60s. www.ferrari4you.com Leasing LeMay—America’s Car Museum Luxury Lease Partners LLC. 201.822.4870. LLP is a self-funded exotic car lessor that does not follow conventional lending rules, such as scores, debt-to-income ratios or comparable borrowing requirements. LLP can provide lease financing on any exotic car April 2018 celebrates America’s love affair with the automobile. Named the Best Museum in Western Washington, the fourlevel, 165,000-square-foot museum features 12 rotating exhibits and 300 cars, trucks and motorcycles on display. ACM includes a 3.5-acre show field, State Farm Theatre, Classics Café, banquet hall and meeting facilities and offers a majestic view above Commencement Bay. For more information, visit www.lemaymuseum.org. Bryan W. Shook, Esquire, acts for and represents leading antique and collector car dealers, brokers, restoration houses, and private individuals Internationally. He has been responsible for innumerable and prominent cases, distinguishing himself with his unparalleled knowledge of automobiles and network of contacts, experts and clients. He is redefining automotive law. www.vintagecarlaw.com (PA) Museums P21S Auto Care Products. Since 1984, P21S Auto Care Products have been the favorite of auto enthusiasts throughout North America. Representing factory-approved German car care at its finest, P21S wheel care products’ “safe cleaning” approach has saved thousands of expensive alloy wheels from the surface damage that harsh cleaners can cause. P21S paste waxes deliver an award-winning shine and unmatched ease of application, while P21S Bodyworks Shampoo protects against premature removal of that fresh wax job. No matter where your car was made, you’ll want to learn about the complete line of P21S Auto Care Products. More info at www.p21s.com. (CT) Vintage Racing Services. 203.377.6745. Our full-service shop facility and experienced staff provide all aspects of racecar construction, setup and repair for production-based cars to purpose-built sports racers to formula cars. We can build a racecar from the ground up, restore your historic vintage racer to its former glory or maintain your racecar, all to ensure your maximum enjoyment. Our trackside support, transportation, racecar rental and coaching can round out your experience. Our sister company, Automotive Restorations Inc., offers high-quality upholstery, body and paint and panel fabrication services. www.automotiverestorations.com/vrs/home Restoration — General Academy of Art University. QuickSilver Exhaust Systems. 011 44 1428 687722. Our customers are sophisticated enthusiasts who choose our exhaust systems for various reasons — originality, durability, weight reduction 800.544.2787. Take the wheel and bring the past to life. Academy of Art University provides aspiring artists and designers the education they need to launch their careers. Our Automotive Restoration program prepares passionate people to be the next generation of automobile restorers. The program, led by legendary designer Tom Matano, explores the techniques, processes and historical studies necessary to restore classic cars. Contact us and get started on your artistic journey! 199


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Advertise in the SCM Resource Directory. Call 877.219.2605 Ext. 218 for information; e-mail: scmadvert@sportscarmarket.com. 79 New Montgomery St. San Francisco, CA. www.academyart.edu/AutoR TOURANIL Leather by AERISTO +1 (817) 624-8400. A deep passion for classic automobiles has led AERISTO’s founder Christian Schmidt to develop an authentic line of classic, vegetable tanned leathers. AERISTO, the market leader for high end, technical aviation leathers is now proud to offer their TOURANIL article to the restoration community. All raw materials are sourced from premium South German bull hides, available in stock in a wide array of colors. Please reach out to AERISTO to learn more. info@aeristo.com www.aeristo.com rani to be the only authorized restorer of Ruote Borrani wheels in the world, and to be a distributor for any new Ruote Borrani products in North America. We use the original Ruote Borrani drawings and blueprints to restore your wheels to exact factory standards and offset. Additionally, we use the correct font letter/number stamps to re-create all of the original markings to restore your Borrani wheels to be factory original, correct and certified. www.brightworkrestoration.com (OH) and restored Ferrari, Maserati and Lamborghini in the NJ, PA, NY region since 1979. We’re passionate about keeping your car fast, reliable, beautiful and authentic. Our mechanical, paint/ body, electronic, machining and fabricating work is unsurpassed and awardwinning. We have specialized equipment and knowledge to service newer and vintage models and everything in between. www.exoticars-usa.com. (NJ) Fantasy Junction. 510.653.7555. Classic Showcase. 760.758.6100. Alan Taylor Company Inc. 760.489.0657, is a full-service automotive restoration and repair facility that specializes in Pre and Post-War European and American Automobiles. With an emphasis on French Marques including Bugatti & Delahaye and over 50 years of experience in the automotive field, we have proven to be a leader in the automotive industry. Our facility provides a full-array of services including Fabrication, Metal-Shaping, Engine & Transmission Rebuilding, Machine Shop, Award-Winning Upholstery, Paint Shop and Pattern Making & Castings. Providing these services in-house has proved to be highly efficient and has enabled us to provide our clients with the highest level of old-fashioned quality workmanship, professionalism and client services. www.alantay- lorcompany.com For over 35 years, we’ve been restoring automotive history by creating driver-, show/driver-, show- and preservationlevel restorations for collectors worldwide. Our world-class facilities consist of a team of passionate and dedicated craftsmen who are ready to perform either factory standards or performance/ modified upgrades. Visit our website or call us to discuss your project today. www.classicshowcase.com (CA) For 35 years, Owner/Enthusiast Bruce Trenery has operated Fantasy Junction from the San Francisco Bay Area. The dealership enjoys an outstanding worldwide reputation for integrity and knowledge in the collector car field. Many of the world’s greatest sports cars have passed through the doors, with both buyers and sellers enjoying expert representation. Email Sales@FantasyJunction.com, www.FantasyJunction. com. (CA) cles. We also have an in-house service center and high-end Auto Salon. www.ParkPlaceLtd.com Speedwell Engineering, Ltd. 770.789.1396. Restoration, sales and service of collectable vehicles. Specializing in Classics, Prewar and European sports cars. Ball Ground, Georgia. www.facebook.com/SpeedwellEngineeringLtd Sport and Specialty. 815.629.2717. Farland Classic Restoration. 303.761.1245. A complete facility offering concours-level restorations, repair and fabrication services. We work on all makes, and specialize in Ferrari, Mercedes and Porsche. Highly organized and fiscally responsible, we provide biweekly detailed billing to keep you abreast of the rapid progress of your project in every way. Check out our site for details. Email: doug@farlandcars.com. www.farlandcarscom D. L. George Historic Motorcars. 610.593.7423. We stand at the crossroads between you and historic European motorcars of the pre-war and early post-war era. We provide full-service restoration, maintenance and support of the finest cars driven extensively by the most refined collectors. Find us at concours from Amelia Island to Pebble Beach, venues from Lime Rock to Goodwood, and events including the Mille Miglia, Peking to Paris, and The Colorado Grand. www.DLGEORGE.com (PA) Automotive Restorations. 203.377.6745. Founded in 1978, we are well-established practitioners of the art and craft of vehicle restoration, preservation and service. Nearly 40 experienced craftspeople focused on the art and entertainment to be enjoyed with great cars describes our culture. Our staff and expertise encompasses a broad range of skills and specific vehicle experience. Proper project management and control produces the quality and attention to detail we have come to be known for in all we produce. See much more on the Web at www.automotiverestorations.com Exotic Auto Recycling. 916.638.8000, 855.638.8878. Exotic Auto Recycling is a Central California-based auto parts supplier that specializes in used and new replacement parts for Ferrari, Maserati and Lamborghini. We believe that this specialized approach allows us to be more knowledgeable of our products. Ferrari, Maserati and Lamborghini is not just our business, it’s also our passion. For a 10% discount on used parts use discount code SCM10 at the time of purchase. sales@exoticautorecycling.com www.exoticautorecycling.com (CA) On the Road Again Classics. 408.782.1100. Northern California’s largest Classic & British auto restoration & repair shop is a 12,000 square foot facility under one roof! We opened our doors in 2008 and have restored over 20 Concours 1st place winners! Our team of 8 craftsmen with over 165 years experience have risen to the top, becoming a Certified Hagerty Expert Collision Repair Facility and in-house Certified Glasurit paint shop. www.ontheroadagainclassics.com. The Creative Workshop. The Guild of Automotive Restor- ers. 905.775.0499. One of the most widely recognized names in the world of collector cars. As seen on Discovery, History and National Geographic TV. www.guildclassiccars.com (CAN) 954.920.3303. The Creative Workshop is a Pebble Beach award winning fullservice concours restoration shop located in South East Florida. Our 10,000+ sq. ft. facility provides comprehensive, in-house restoration and repair services as well as collection and event support. Creative is a multi-marque workshop, specializing in the forensic restoration of post-war European cars. However, we support our Clients’ diverse collections — and have extensive experience in antique, pre/post war American, muscle and racing vehicles. info@TheCreativeWorkshop.com www.TheCreativeWorkshop.com We are specialists in Austin-Healey and Jaguar cars but have experience in a variety of other marques, to include; most British cars, Alfa Romeo, Corvette, Aston Martin, Ferrari and early Lotus. Our work includes: All levels of restoration services, (full, mechanical, sympathetic, etc.), simple repairs, ongoing maintenance and vintage race preparation. We also offer full mechanical services; Engine, transmission, overdrive, differential and component rebuilds. www.sportandspecialty.com Vintage Underground. Park Place LTD. 425.562.1000. Brightworks. 937.773.5127. Brightworks has partnered with Ruote Bor- 200 Exoticars USA. 908.996.4889, Wil de Groot’s Exoticars USA has serviced Founded in 1987 in Bellevue, WA, our dealership is locally owned and independently operated. Our restoration department works full time to restore vehicles of every year, make and model to provide an award-winning finish. We consign, buy and sell all types of vehi- 541.510.5296. Vintage Underground is a full service facility located in Eugene, Oregon. We harness a collection of old-school skills and tools. We work to restore, repair and preserve historical machines. We have full-restoration build and assembly facilities on-site. We also offer a full complement of services including; panel beating, body and paint, trim & interior, engine building, machining, research and full chassis system building and service. www.vintageunderground.us (OR) © Sports Car Market RESOURCE DIRECTORY


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Carl Bomstead eWatch Pennies from Collector Heaven If you find a 1943 penny, check it with a magnet. If it doesn’t stick, you may have hit the jackpot Thought Carl’s In 1943, with bronze in short supply due to the demands of World War II, the U.S. Mint decided to switch th content of the Lincoln cent produced at all three mints to zinc-plated steel. There were a few issues, as expected, with the conversion. A few of the old bronze planchets were lodged in the stamping-machine chutes. When the new zinc-plated steel planchets were added to the stamping machine, the bronze planchets became dislodged and were struck as 1943 “copper” cents. This occurred at all three mints, with 20 known at Philadelphia and at least one at Denver. The quest for these “copper” cents was intense, and they continue to be in high demand. Heritage Auctions, at their January 4, 2018, Rare Coin sale, sold one of the 1943 “copper” cents for $228,000. While substantial, another was sold at their February 2016 sale for $282,000. The moral of the story is to check the penny jar — you just never know! but, as you can imagine, they are scarce as heck. As a warning, these are reproduced with the fringe not as thick and minor differences in the logo. This one was right as rain and sold for a market-correct price. BARRETT-JACKSON LOT 8901—1939 HUSKY GASOLINE DOUBLE-SIDED PORCELAIN 30-INCH SIGN. SOLD AT: $149,500. Date: 1/16/2018. This is a rare sign, with only a handful known. It has colorful graphics and was in exceptional condition — the elements for an over-the-top sale. While this sign was expensive, it was far from a record number. Buyer was from Portland, OR, but I don’t think he was an SCM staffer. EBAY #232623911366— BLACK PANTHERS ALUMINUM CAR-CLUB PLAQUE. Number of Bids: 20. SOLD AT: $381.76. Date: 1/13/2018. We don’t know if this plaque was from a militant car club in Greene, NY, or they just picked the black panther as their logo. Since they are long gone, I doubt if we will ever know. What we do know is this was the priciest plaque we have seen in some time. It was in decent condition and is sure to start a conversation. Bids: 39. SOLD AT: $3,250. Date: 1/22/2018. In 1936, “Fearless Farris” Lind opened his first gas station in Idaho when he was 20. Knowing his cheap gas would irritate the competition, he called them “Stinker Stations.” Keeping with that theme, he also sold Skunk Motor Oil. The early Skunk Oil cans are very desirable. This one sold for a bunch, considering it had a few scratches. They don’t show up that often, so you pay what it takes if you must own one. BARRETT-JACKSON LOT 9392.1—ALFA ROMEO SERVICE NEON SIGN. SOLD AT: $4,025. Date: 1/19/2018. This was an attractive sign that was in very nice condition. Hard to tell if the neon was add-on or not, but it was the U.S. version, as it did not say “Servizio.” It measured 38 inches by 26 inches. It was not all that expensive. If you have a garage full of Giulias and Giuliettas, then you should have been all over this. BARRETT-JACKSON LOT 8952—TUCKER SILK SHOWROOM BANNER. SOLD AT: $8,050. Date: 1/16/2018. This wonderful banner showed a few stains and other minor wear, EBAY #253371712147—ONEQUART SKUNK OIL MOTOR-OIL CAN. Number of EBAY #292105777005— PORSCHE 550 ORIGINAL FACTORY ENAMEL SIGN. Buy-It-Now. SOLD AT: $861. Date: 11/11/2017. This was number 202 of 1,000 signs that were offered in 2003. They were produced in the Czech Republic. This one was presented with the original packaging and CoA. Interesting piece if you are a Porsche fanatic, but I don’t see any upside in the value. SUBSCRIPTION INFORMATION Sports Car Market (ISSN #1527859X) is published monthly by Automotive Investor Media Group, 401 NE 19th Street, Suite 100, Portland, OR 97232. Periodicals postage paid at Portland, OR, and at additional mailing offices. Subscription rates are $75 for 12 monthly issues in the U.S., $105 Canada/Mexico, Europe $135, Asia/Africa/Middle East $135. Subscriptions are payable in advance in U.S. currency. Make checks to: Sports Car Market. Visa/MC accepted. For instant subscription, call 877.219.2605, 503.261.0555; fax 503.253.2234; www.sportscarmarket.com. 202 BARRETT-JACKSON LOT 9398—DOUBLE-SIDED PACKARD DIE-CUT PROCELAIN NEON DEALER SIGN. SOLD AT: $10,350. Date: 1/19/2018. An impressive doublesided Packard porcelain sign with a bullnose that finishes the end. It measures approximately 90 inches by 45 inches, and it was in exceptional condition. Another, which did not match the quality of this sign, sold a month earlier for $12,350, so we have to call this one well bought. ♦ POSTMASTER Send address changes to: Sports Car Market PO Box 4797, Portland, OR 97208 CPC IPM Sales Agreement No. 1296205 Sports Car Market