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Barrett-Jackson, Scottsdale, AZ, January 12–20, 2019

Worldwide Auctioneers, Scottsdale, AZ, January 16, 2019

Russo and Steele, Scottsdale, AZ, January 16–20, 2019

Bonhams, Scottsdale, AZ, January 17, 2019

RM Sotheby’s, Phoenix, AZ, January 17–18, 2019

Gooding & Co., Scottsdale, AZ, January 18–19, 2019

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FIRM SALE in a SOFT MARKET 1963 Ferrari 250 GT SWB: $7.6m Sports Car Market Keith Martin’s The Insider’s Guide to Collecting, Investing, Values, and Trends ARIZONA AUCTIONS: Our Experts Sift Through the $247m Week Hypercar Birth of the 1993 Vector Avtech WX-3 Prototype: $616k April 2019 www.sportscarmarket.com Aston Martini? DB2/4 British-Italian Mashup Gets Hammered to $566k Emotional Rescue: Donald Osborne’s Tale of the $140k Restored Beetle Well Bought: 1963 356B Carrera 2 Cab a Relative Bargain at $1m ™


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Follow us on Sports Car Market PROFILES Keith Martin’s The Insider’s Guide to Collecting, Investing, Values, and Trends April 2019 . Volume 31 . Number 4 This Month’s Market Movers Up Close FERRARI by Steve Ahlgrim ENGLISH by Stephen Serio ETCETERINI by Donald Osborne 1963 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta by Scaglietti $7,595,000 / Gooding & Company 1954 Aston Martin DB2/4 Coupe by Bertone $566,000 / Gooding & Company 1936 Bugatti Type 57 Two-Light Ventoux Coupe $885,000 / Gooding & Company 80 82 86 AUCTIONS What Sold, and Why 192 Vehicles Rated at Six Sales 100 104 120 136 148 162 174 GERMAN by Prescott Kelly AMERICAN RACE by Dale Novak by Thor Thorson NEXT GEN by Elana Scherr 16 1963 Porsche 356B Carrera 2 GS Cabriolet $1,000,500 / Bonhams 1965 Ford Mustang Pre-Production Car $192,500 / Barrett-Jackson 1948 Lesovsky-Offenhauser Indianapolis “Blue Crown Special” $201,600 / RM Sotheby’s 1993 Vector Avtech WX-3 Prototype $615,500 / RM Sotheby’s 88 90 92 94 Cover: 1993 Vector Avtech WX-3 prototype; Erik Fuller ©2018, courtesy of RM Sotheby’s Sports Car Market MARKET OVERVIEW Comparing Thunderbird with Z-car sales in Scottsdale — Chad Tyson BARRETT-JACKSON Scottsdale, AZ: WestWorld sale sees 1,820 of 1,821 automotive lots selling for a total of $124.4m — John Boyle GOODING & COMPANY Scottsdale, AZ: The auction at the Fashion Square Mall sells 106 of 124 lots, bringing in $48.2m — Joseph T. Seminetta and Jack T. Seminetta RM SOTHEBY’S Phoenix, AZ: A $36.9m total on 85% sell-through from the Arizona Biltmore Resort — Carl Bomstead BONHAMS Scottsdale, AZ: $16.1m in sales from 108 of 120 lots selling at the Westin Keirland in 2019 — Michael Leven RUSSO AND STEELE Scottsdale, AZ: With 558 cars on offer, 304 change hands at Talking Stick Resort — Brett Hatfield WORLDWIDE Scottsdale, AZ: A 75% sellthrough rate at Worldwide’s third Scottsdale auction brings in $9.2m — B. Mitchell Carlson acebook and watch for updates and offers! James Lipman, courtesy of Gooding & Company


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70 Our correspondent Elana Scherr’s adventures in Scottsdale COLUMNS 26 Shifting Gears SCM’s Scottsdale Insider’s Seminar found many changes in the market, but unique quality still sells well Donald Osborne 52 Affordable Classic The Amphicar is a mediocre car and a scary boat. It’s also an Affordable Classic Mark Wigginton 54 Collecting Thoughts After-Arizona Roundtable: SCM asks the experts what they took away from the 2019 Arizona Auction Week Simon Kidston, Stephen Serio, Jim Pickering 58 Legal Files Speedster buyers allege fraud in lawsuit against Jerry Seinfeld John Draneas 62 Unconventional Wisdom Spending $140,000 to restore a VW Beetle can make emotional — if not financial — sense Donald Osborne 64 Drivers Ed There aren’t enough quality cars for all the auctions Paul Hageman 84 The Cumberford Perspective The Bertone-bodied 1954 Aston Martin DB2/4 is far from Franco Scaglione’s best work Robert Cumberford 202 eWatch Of $3.9 million trade coins and Barrett-Jackson’s automobilia auction Carl Bomstead FEATURES 68 The SCM Interview: Robin Grove of CARS USA — Chester Allen 18 70 2019 Arizona Auction Week: Elana Scherr had more fun than anyone 74 2019 Arizona Auction Week: Images from one of the year’s biggest collector gatherings — SCM Staff DEPARTMENTS 30 Auction Calendar 30 Crossing the Block 34 Concours and Events: Portland swapmeets, La Jolla Concours, 29th Annual California Mille 38 Contributors: Get to know your SCM staffers and writers 40 You Write, We Read: Dueling Ferrari 250 GT letters, Excalibur Arbitrage? 42 Display Advertisers Index 46 Time Pieces: Do you want a vintage Heuer Monaco or a brand-new one? 46 Neat Stuff: A Pininfarina pen and a microfiber towel kit 48 In Miniature: 1960 Porsche RS60 48 Speaking Volumes: Supercar Revolution: The Fastest Cars of All Time 102 Buy/Sell/Hold: Citroën SMs, Porsche 912s, and Ferrari F430s and 458s 126 Fresh Meat: 2018 Lamborghini Aventador LP740-4 S roadster, 2019 Porsche 911 GT3 RS Weissach coupe, 2017 McLaren 570S coupe 144 Market Moment 1: 1985 Ferrari 288 GTO 152 On the Radar: 1994 Mitsubishi Pajero Mini, 1994 Nissan Raheen, 1994 Tata Sumo 178 Market Moment 2: 1939 BMW 327/28 Cabriolet 184 Rising Sun: 1972 Nissan Fairlady Z432, 1970 Nissan Fairlady Z432, 1994 Toyota Supra 188 Mystery Photo: “Not all pictures are worth a thousand words” 188 Comments With Your Renewals: “I wait for my subscription each month almost as much as my rent checks” 190 Showcase Gallery: Cars for sale 194 Resource Directory: Meet your car’s needs Sports Car Market Evan Klein


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Shifting Gears Donald Osborne Enthusiast Collectors The collector-car market is changing, but passionate gearheads are still finding great value in great cars For?” we saw three works by artist David Hockney. The first was his painting “Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures)” which recently set a world record for a painting by a living artist at $90 million. Next was another painting, of another pool, which had sold for $10.2 million, and finally, an original signed print, “Picture of Melrose Avenue,” which sold for $8k. So what does “a Hockney” sell for? The answer, of course, is “it depends.” So has the automotive market continued to move in the direction of the fine-art market? Maybe it has, but our panel expressed various reasons for the shift. A market of many parts First and foremost, Hyman and Trenery saw the SCM Insider’s Seminar panelists Carl Bomstead (from left), Mark Hyman, Bruce Trenery and moderator Donald Osborne Editor’s note: Publisher Keith Martin is making steady, strong progress on his stroke rehab. In fact, he’s back to writing his weekly blog for the SCM Email Newsletter. That said, we’ve invited a few friends to fill in for Publisher Martin’s “Shifting Gears” column until he’s ready to return. This month, Donald Osborne is here to share his thoughts. of collector car showroom Fantasy Junction in Emeryville, CA, joined me to talk cars and value. Our theme was a “Market Conversation.” Everyone connected to the O classic-car world has been observing the wild ride in the equities and bond markets during the past four months. So we’ve all wondered what this would do to the collector-car market going into the 2019 Arizona Auction Week. Would buyers be looking to move money into more tangible assets, as has often been the case in times of uncertainty in stocks? Would consignors take a chance on offering their cars in a shifting market environment? What effect might the increasing presence of Internet sales markets have on the traditional live auction sales of Arizona? Before the panel engaged in conversation with our audience, I asked our host, David Gooding, about his thoughts on the emotional state of the market as he prepared to hold two days of selling. Gooding’s attitude was fundamentally optimistic. He said he sensed and experienced a good deal of interest from potential buyers — and realistic sellers allowed Gooding to set estimates and reserve prices that would enable their cars to sell. Different levels of value The first topic of discussion for the panel was the increasing speci- ficity of the market as it relates to value. Showing a series of slides titled “What Does One of These Sell 26 n January 17, I moderated SCM’s Sixth Annual Scottsdale Insider’s Seminar at Gooding & Company. Panelists Carl Bomstead; Mark Hyman, owner of Hyman Ltd. of St. Louis, MO; and Bruce Trenery, racer, founder and owner market as strong overall — and stressed the need to look at the entire market, not just auction results. Both reported that 2018 had seen lots of activity in their showrooms, mostly in cars that haven’t been popular at auctions. Competition cars and little-known, rare or very unusual vehicles have been high on their lists, as many auction lineups seem to be featuring readily understandable and accessible production cars. Hyman, Trenery and Bomstead observed that online auctions made it easier for collectors to buy more accessible cars — even though many, if not most, were bought sight unseen and without inspection. It is simply easier to move these cars along if they don’t turn out to be the right examples. The end of the 1031 Exchange One of the things we work hard to do is to involve the audience in the conversation. An audience member asked about the elimination of the 1031 Exchange tax provision for vehicles. Hyman and Trenery agreed that the necessity for sellers to complete the exchange within the 180-day limit resulted in periodic flurries of great market activity. Without the imperative of the “ticking clock” or the benefit of the tax deferment, many long-term owners are choosing to wait it out, reducing the number of transactions. Trenery found this especially true in the over-$3 million segment of the market. Regardless of the price range, all the panelists shared the opinion that for a seller, choosing the most appropriate market channel is a very important decision in what is clearly a buyer’s market. Driving passion All the panelists agreed that today’s car buyers are true enthusiasts — more than ever before. These collectors are driven by passion for what they want to own and use. To end our session, the panelists were asked to identify “The Cars Driving Your Passion This Week” from among the cars on offer across the sales. As is the SCM tradition, a friendly competition was decided by audience vote based on the picks. The winner was Carl Bomstead, who chose an interesting assortment of cars including a Hispano Suiza H6C and a 1958 Ferrari TdF. All would be sure to leave a smile on the face of their owner. Hats off to the 2019 Sage of Scottsdale! ♦ Sports Car Market Jim Pickering


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Crossing the Block Chad Tyson Images courtesy of the respective auction companies unless otherwise noted Star Car: 1968 Ford GT40 at Bonhams’ Chichester, U.K., sale Coys Where: London, U.K. When: April 2 Web: www.coys.co.uk Mecum Where: Houston, TX When: April 4–6 Web: www.mecum.com Featured cars: • 1967 Shelby GT350 fastback • 1970 Pontiac GTO Ram Air III convertible • 1956 Chrysler New York St. Regis 2-door hard top EG Auctions Where: Edmonton, AB, CAN When: April 5–7 Web: www.theelectricgarage.com 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 FEB 28–MAR 2—GAA Greensboro, NC 2—H&H Solihull, U.K. 2—DAN KRUSE CLASSICS Waco, TX 4—SHANNONS Sydney, AUS 6—BRIGHTWELLS Leominster, U.K. 6–8—RUSSO AND STEELE Amelia Island, FL 7—BONHAMS Amelia Island, FL 8—GOODING & CO. Amelia Island, FL 30 8–9—RM SOTHEBY’S Amelia Island, FL 8–10—HOLLYWOOD WHEELS Amelia Island, FL 9—MOTOSTALGIA Amelia Island, FL 9—SMITH Cape Girardeau, MO 14–16—MECUM Phoenix, AZ 15–16—PREMIER AUCTION GROUP Punta Gorda, FL 22–24—EG AUCTIONS Red Deer, AB, CAN 20—H&H Duxford, U.K. 23—SOUTHERN CLASSIC Murfreesboro, TN 23–24—CCA Birmingham, U.K. 29–30—RM AUCTIONS Fort Lauderdale, FL APRIL 2—COYS London, U.K. 4–6—MECUM Houston, TX 5–7—EG AUCTIONS Edmonton, AB, CAN 7—BONHAMS Chichester, U.K. 10—BRIGHTWELLS Bicester, U.K. 10—H&H Buxton, U.K. 11–12—RM SOTHEBY’S Essen, DEU 11–13—BARRETTJACKSON West Palm Beach, FL 12–13—BRANSON Branson, MO 12–14—CCP AUCTIONS Mississauga, ON, CAN 13—COYS Essen, DEU 13—ACA King’s Lynn, U.K. 13–14—SILVER AZ Peoria, AZ 20—SOUTHERN CLASSIC Jeffersonville, IN 25–26—CARLISLE Carlisle, PA 26–27—BONHAMS Tupelo, MS 27–28—BONHAMS Stafford, U.K. 29—SHANNONS Melbourne, AUS 30—BARONS Surrey, U.K. MAY 3–4—VICARI Nocona, TX 3–4—SG AUCTION Spring Grove, MN 4—DAN KRUSE CLASSICS Midland, TX 10–11—SILVERSTONE Enstone, U.K. 11—SILVER Missoula, MT Sports Car Market 14–19—MECUM Indianapolis, IN 15—SILVER Spokane, WA 18—COYS London, U.K. 19—BONHAMS London, U.K. 20—SHANNONS Sydney, AUS 25—RM SOTHEBY’S Como, ITA 25—CCA Birmingham, U.K. 29–JUNE 1—RM AUCTIONS Auburn, IN Bonhams Where: Chichester, U.K. When: April 7 Web: www.bonhams.com Last year: 76/105 cars sold / $5.5m Featured cars: • Star Car: 1968 Ford GT40 • 1954 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing • 1962 Aston Martin DB4 Brightwells Where: Bicester, U.K. When: April 10 Web: www.brightwells.com Last year: 100/100 cars sold / $545k H&H Where: Buxton, U.K. When: April 10 Web: www.handh.co.uk Featured cars: • 1952 Singer Nine 4AB roadster • 1972 Volkswagen Transporter Camper van RM Sotheby’s Where: Essen, DEU When: April 11–12 Web: www.rmsothebys.com Featured cars: • 1930 Voisin C23 Conduite Intérieure • 1982 BMW Alpina B7 Turbo coupe • Star Car: 1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K Cabriolet A Barrett-Jackson Where: West Palm Beach, FL When: April 11–13 Web: www.barrett-jackson.com Last year: 697/700 cars sold / $38.8m


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Crossing the Block Chad Tyson Images courtesy of the respective auction companies unless otherwise noted Star Car: 1967 Chevrolet Corvette custom convertible at Barrett-Jackson in West Palm Beach, FL Featured cars: • Star Car: 1967 Chevrolet Corvette custom convertible • 2009 Ford Mustang AV-X10 custom coupe Branson Where: Branson, MO When: April 12–13 Web: www.bransonauction.com Last year: 146/218 cars sold / $2.8m CCP Auctions Where: Mississauga, ON, CAN When: April 12–14 Web: www.collectorcarproductions.com Coys Where: Essen, DEU When: April 13 Web: www.coys.co.uk Carlisle Where: Carlisle, PA When: April 25–26 Web: www.carlisleevents.com Last year: 292/475 cars sold / $5.8m Barons Where: Surrey, U.K. When: April 30 Web: www.barons-auctions.com ♦ ACA Where: King’s Lynn, U.K. When: April 13 Web: www.angliacarauctions.co.uk Featured cars: • 1978 Aristocrat 4.2 roadster • 1964 Ford Thunderbird Sports Roadster Silver Auctions AZ Where: Peoria, AZ When: April 13–14 Web: www.silverauctionsaz.com Southern Classic Where: Jeffersonville, IN When: April 20 Web: www.southerclassicauctions.com Star Car: 1948 Tucker 48 at Bonhams in Tupelo, MS Bonhams Where: Tupelo, MS When: April 26–27 Web: www.bonhams.com Featured cars: • Star Car: 1948 Tucker 48 • 1929 Duesenberg Model J sedan Bonhams Where: Stafford, U.K. When: April 27–28 Web: www.bonhams.com Shannons Where: Melbourne, AUS When: April 29 Web: www.shannons.com.au Star Car: 1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K Cabriolet A at RM Sotheby’s in Essen, Germany 32 Sports Car Market


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Concours and Events SCM Staff Send news and event listings to insideline@sportscarmarket.com Vintage Parts to the Horizon The Portland Swap Meet is Beautiful Cars by the Pacific Ocean Okay, April is supposed to be spring, right? Sure, 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 15th La Jolla Concours d’Elegance from April 12 to 14 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 14. There are more than 300 vintage automobiles on display, and the Pacific Ocean makes the perfect backdrop. For pricing and registration for the different events, visit www.lajollaconcours.com. (CA) a do-not-miss outing for most of us at SCM World Headquarters — especially Managing Editor Jim Pickering. Why? This is the largest car-parts extravaganza on the West Coast. This year’s Partsfest is April 5–7. With over 3,500 vendor stalls crammed with literally tons of car parts, there is something for every vintage gearhead. Find more information at www.portlandswapmeet.com. (OR) Next door to the Portland Swap Meet is the PIR Auto Swap Meet, which runs from April 4 to 6. This is a bucket-list event for any gearhead. 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) APRIL CALENDAR March 30–April 3 Copperstate 1000, Scottsdale, AZ; www. mensartscouncil.com 7 Festivals of Speed St. Petersburg, St. Petersburg, FL; www.festivalsofspeed. com Days and Days of California Back Roads One-thousand miles of the best back roads in Northern California are ready for the 29th Annual California Mille from April 28 through May 2. 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 14 Festivals of Speed Mission Inn Resort, Howey-in-the-Hills, FL; www.festivalsofspeed. com Sports Car Market


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Sports Car Market EDITORIAL Publisher Keith Martin keith.martin@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 210 Executive Editor Chester Allen chester.allen@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 203 Art Director David Tomaro david.tomaro@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 202 Managing Editor Jim Pickering jim.pickering@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 208 Digital Media / Art Director Jeff Stites jeff.stites@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 221 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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Canada Post Publication Agreement #41578525 PRINTED IN USA SCM Contributors MICHAEL LEVEN, SCM Contributor, came home from the hospital in a custom, Candy Apple Red ’55 Chevy and it’s been cars, cars, cars ever since. Eclectic fare — from Full Classics to current exotics — always filled the family garage. After a stint as the commercial director of an auto racing team, Leven became a professional winemaker, a craft he practices to this day. He regularly drives his M-B 280SL, and recently recommissioned a W123 Mercedes for his teenage sons, saying, “It’s perfect: slow, safe and indestructible.” His mission is to find a Gypsy Red ’55 Nomad like the one his grandfather bought new. Check out his Market Report on Bonhams’ Scottsdale Auction on p. 148. SIMON KIDSTON, SCM Contributor, is from an old British motor-racing family. Simon started his career at Coys, leaving to co-found Bonhams Europe in Geneva. Over the next decade he staged high-profile auctions around the world. He branched out on his own in 2006 to found Kidston SA, a consultancy responsible for some of the larger deals you rarely hear about. Simon also judges at Pebble Beach and is “the voice” of the Villa d’Este Concours and the Mille Miglia. Turn to p. 54 for his expert take on what he learned during the 2019 Arizona Auction Week. STEPHEN SERIO, SCM Contributor, is the president and owner of Aston Martin of New England / Lotus Motorsports Inc. in Waltham, MA, although for the most part, vintage European cars are where his heart is. Serio blames his dad for this, because he brought home so many Matchbox and Corgi cars. His need to overindulge in vintage European cars of the 1950s and 1960s inevitably leads to coveting one more car. Recent garage inhabitants include a Porsche 356A Speedster and 356A European coupe, Ferrari 275 GTS and 246 GT, BMW 2002 and a Hudson Hornet. Turn to p. 82 for his English Profile on an Italian-bodied 1952 Aston Martin DB2/4 coupe. 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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 Excalibur Arbitrage! To the Editor: Hello, wonderful magazine, etc. … Now then, I am not writing to challenge any of your auc tion listings, as your expertise in these things exceeds mine by several orders of magnitude, at the least. But I noted an oddity in the March issue listings: Bonhams London (p. 129): 1973 Excalibur Phaeton Series I roadster, 20k miles, Condition 3 McCormick’s Palm Springs (p.147): 1972 Excalibur Phaeton Series III roadster, 40k miles, Condition 2The first went for $73,089, th second for $14,700. In a word: huh? I am no Excalibur maven, so maybe there is some amazing differenc between a Series II and a Series III, but I don’t think so. Does th ghost of Dearly Departed Dean Martin do the trick for the U.K. car, to the tune of almost 60 large? Really? Here’s my question: Should I propose to Goldman Sachs that we set up an International Excalibur Arbitrage trading desk? — Glenn Mercer, Shaker Heights, OH Executive Editor Chester Allen responds: Mr. Mercer, we love your note. All we can say is this: “When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie…” Still, we think you should call Goldman Sachs. Please report t us how long you wait on hold. Editor’s Note: In this issue, we are publishing letters from both sides of the never-ending legal battle over a 1957 Ferrari 250 GT, chassis 0799GT (February 2019, “Legal Files,” p. 68). Our goal here is to give both sides one last shot at telling their story. Now, as Porky Pig used to say, “That’s all, folks!” Dr. Gerber’s Side To the Editor: Thank you for publishing the article by John Draneas about Ferrari 0799GT, which covers the view of Dr. Andreas Gerber. The article discusses the issue from a U.S. legal perspective, which is understandable, as it has been published in a U.S. magazine. 40 judgment against Dr. Gerber in Switzerland or in any other country under the Lugano Convention. The Connecticut judgment therefore has no international legal effect. Dr. Gerber was aware of the limited legal effect of the Connecticut judgment. Therefore, Dr. Gerber refused to participate in the Connecticut proceeding. A judgment that cannot clarify the legal status of the car internationally does not make much sense. The same is true for the Spanish judgments, invoked by Mr. Hallingby. Dr. Gerber was never involved as a defendant in a Spanish case, and he was never sued in Switzerland in the 1990s. According to the Lugano Convention, the partnership between Mr. Friedli and Dr. Gerber is not relevant for the enforcement of a foreign judgment. The Spanish judgments could not be enforced against Dr. Gerber because the action was brought in Spain instead of Switzerland — and because Dr. Gerber was not listed as a party in any Spanish judgment. Furthermore, the judgments It should be noted that criminal proceedings and civil proceedings are pending in Switzerland (in the Canton of Berne) concerning Ferrari 0799GT I would like to mention a few points concerning international and Swiss law in order to complete the view of the “other side.” The international jurisdiction in the case of Ferrari 0799GT is governed by the so-called Lugano Convention, ratified by most European countries. According to the Lugano Convention (Art. 2), a lawsuit must be filed at the domicile of the defendant and not where the plaintiff resides or the disputed object is located. This general principle of procedure is a fundamental right in many European constitutions. Non-compliance with the aforementioned rule on international jurisdiction makes it impossible to enforce a judgment in a country under the Lugano Convention. This explains why Mr. Hallingby cannot and has not enforced the Connecticut are null and void (under the Lugano Convention) because of the corrupt judges. These corrupt judges even had direct connections to the criminal organization responsible for the theft of the car (as also investigated by the Connecticut State Police). This criminal organization (Italian Mafia) was called Ramirez Group and was based in Marbella, Spain. Mr. Hallingby has not enforced the Spanish judgments against Dr. Gerber, which underlines the legal obstacles explained above. The conclusions of Connecticut State Police, Swiss Police and Interpol (regarding the theft of Ferrari 0799GT) were not based solely on the criminal charges brought by Dr. Gerber. All three police units investigated the case thoroughly, independently and prepared criminal files of more than 1,000 pages. Connecticut State Police also gave Mr. Hallingby the opportunity to present his evidence and arguments. Connecticut State Police Sports Car Market


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You Write We Read Ad Index Aeristo ........................................................................143 AIG PC Global Services, Inc ......................................45 Alan Taylor Company, Inc ................................109, 110 Allard Motor Works LLC ..........................................157 Aston Martin of New England ..................................165 Atlanta Concours d’Elegance ......................................65 Auto Kennel ...............................................................183 Autodromo LLC ........................................................129 Automobilia Monterey ..............................................193 Autosport Designs Inc .................................................19 Avant Garde Collection .............................................167 Barrett-Jackson ......................................................31, 45 Bennett Law Office ...................................................118 Beverly Hills Car Club ..............................................173 Bonhams / UK .................................................. 4–5, 6–7 Branson Collector Car Auction ...................................29 BridgePoint Risk Management ...................................45 Carriage House Motor Cars ................................. 12–13 Cars, Inc. ................................................................47, 49 Centerline Alfa Parts..................................................145 Champion Motors International ...............................175 Chequered Flag International ....................................141 Classic Auto Mall ........................................................97 Classic Car Capital ......................................................28 Classic Showcase.........................................................66 Collector Studio .........................................................172 Copley Motorcars ........................................................71 D. L. George Coachworks .........................................149 Dalton Watson Fine Books ........................................187 Dr. Beasley’s ..............................................................171 Dragone Classic Motorcars Inc. ................................147 Drive Toward a Cure ...................................................96 Driversource Houston LLC .................................. 20–21 Eaton Peabody ...........................................................114 EG Auctions ...............................................................113 European Collectibles................................................125 Evans Cooling Systems Inc. ........................................35 Fantasy Junction ................................................... 36–37 Farland Classic Restoration .......................................123 Ferrari Market Letter .................................................193 Fourintune Garage Inc ...............................................180 Frank Dale & Stepsons ..............................................139 Gooding & Company ..................................................15 Greensboro Auto Auction ............................................51 Grundy Insurance ........................................................85 GT Motor Cars LLC ..................................................171 Gullwing Motor Cars, Inc. ........................................181 Hagerty Insurance Agency, Inc. ................................117 Hamann Classic Cars, LLC .......................................121 Heacock Classic ........................................................203 Heritage Classics .......................................................107 Historic Racing News ................................................119 Hollywood Wheels Inc ......................................... 24–25 Huntingridge Motors Inc. ..........................................177 HV3DWorks llc .........................................................185 Hyman, LTD ................................................................44 Intercity Lines ..............................................................59 Investment Motorcars, Inc.........................................173 JC Taylor ......................................................................60 JJ Best Banc & Co .....................................................191 Keeneland Concours D’Elegance .............................177 Kevin Kay Restorations ..............................................14 Kidston .........................................................................17 La Jolla Concours D’ Elegance .................................181 Legendary Motorcar Company .................................193 Lory Lockwood .........................................................146 Lucky Collector Car Auctions ...................................135 Lupo Motors ..............................................................111 Luxury Brokers International ............................... 22–23 Luxury Lease Partners, LLC .......................................39 Macy’s Garage Ltd. ...................................................150 McCollister’s Auto Transport ......................................63 Mercedes-Benz Classic Center ...................................43 Mershon’s World Of Cars..........................................169 MetroVac .....................................................................57 Michael Furman Photographer..................................163 Michael’s Motor Cars ................................................103 MM Garage .................................................................55 Mohr Imports, Inc. .....................................................116 Motorcar Classics ......................................................127 New England Auto Auction ......................................155 Northwest European ..................................................183 Paramount Automotive ..............................................159 Park Place LTD ..........................................................105 Passport Transport .....................................................137 Paul Russell and Company........................................167 Prince Vintage, LTD. ...................................................67 Putnam Leasing .........................................................204 QuickSilver Exhausts Ltd..........................................151 Ramshorn Rally .........................................................133 Reliable Carriers ........................................................101 Restore A Tag, LLC ...................................................180 Richard F. Webb Fine Art ..........................................153 RM Auctions ..............................................................8–9 RMD bvba ...................................................................69 Russo and Steele LLC ...........................................10–11 SCM 2019 Anniversary Tour ....................................201 Scott Grundfor Company ..........................................160 Shelby American Collection .....................................161 Speed Digital ...............................................................77 Sport and Specialty ....................................................169 Spring Grove Auction Company .................................61 St Bernard Church .....................................................153 Streetworks Exotics .....................................................50 Superformance .............................................................76 Symbolic International ................................................27 The Creative Workshop ...............................................53 The Stable, Ltd. .........................................................131 The Werk Shop ..........................................................170 Torque Classic Cars .....................................................41 Turtle Garage ...............................................................33 TYCTA ......................................................................201 Veloce ........................................................................145 Vermont Barns ...........................................................175 Vintage Car Law ........................................................156 Vintage Motors of Sarasota .........................................73 Vintage Rallies ...........................................................165 VintageAutoPosters.com ...........................................187 Watchworks ...............................................................193 WeatherTech ..............................................................115 West Coast Classics, LLC .........................................134 White Post Restorations ............................................169 Worldwide Group ...................................................... 2-3 42 Dr. Gerber has never filed a case anywhe dealing directly w the ownersh of the car. A there is no ca involving M Hallingby an Dr. Gerbe now pending i Switzerland abo anything rite We Read Ad Index Aeristo .......................................................... e We Read Ad Index Aeristo ........................................................................143 AIG PC Global Services, Inc ......................................45 Alan Taylor Company, Inc ................................109, 110 Allard Motor Works LLC ..........................................157 Aston Martin of New England ..................................165 Atlanta Concours d’Elegance ......................................65 Auto Kennel ...............................................................183 Autodromo LLC ........................................................129 Automobilia Monterey ..............................................193 Autosport Designs Inc .................................................19 Avant Garde Collection .............................................167 Barrett-Jackson ......................................................31, 45 Bennett Law Office ...................................................118 Beverly Hills Car Club ..............................................173 Bonhams / UK .................................................. 4–5, 6–7 Branson Collector Car Auction ...................................29 BridgePoint Risk Management ...................................45 Carriage House Motor Cars ................................. 12–13 Cars, Inc. ................................................................47, 49 Centerline Alfa Parts..................................................145 Champion Motors International ...............................175 Chequered Flag International ....................................141 Classic Auto Mall ........................................................97 Classic Car Capital ......................................................28 Classic Showcase.........................................................66 Collector Studio .........................................................172 Copley Motorcars ........................................................71 D. L. George Coachworks .........................................149 Dalton Watson Fine Books ........................................187 Dr. Beasley’s ..............................................................171 Dragone Classic Motorcars Inc. ................................147 Drive Toward a Cure ...................................................96 Driversource Houston LLC .................................. 20–21 Eaton Peabody ...........................................................114 EG Auctions ...............................................................113 European Collectibles................................................125 Evans Cooling Systems Inc. ........................................35 Fantasy Junction ................................................... 36–37 Farland Classic Restoration .......................................123 Ferrari Market Letter .................................................193 Fourintune Garage Inc ...............................................180 Frank Dale & Stepsons ..............................................139 Gooding & Company ..................................................15 Greensboro Auto Auction ............................................51 Grundy Insurance ........................................................85 GT Motor Cars LLC ..................................................171 Gullwing Motor Cars, Inc. ........................................181 Hagerty Insurance Agency, Inc. ................................117 Hamann Classic Cars, LLC .......................................121 Heacock Classic ........................................................203 Heritage Classics .......................................................107 Historic Racing News ................................................119 Hollywood Wheels Inc ......................................... 24–25 Huntingridge Motors Inc. ..........................................177 HV3DWorks llc .........................................................185 Hyman, LTD ................................................................44 Intercity Lines ..............................................................59 Investment Motorcars, Inc.........................................173 JC Taylor ......................................................................60 JJ Best Banc & Co .....................................................191 Keeneland Concours D’Elegance .............................177 Kevin Kay Restorations ..............................................14 Kidston .........................................................................17 La Jolla Concours D’ Elegance .................................181 Legendary Motorcar Company .................................193 Lory Lockwood .........................................................146 Lucky Collector Car Auctions ...................................135 Lupo Motors ..............................................................111 Luxury Brokers International ............................... 22–23 Luxury Lease Partners, LLC .......................................39 Macy’s Garage Ltd. ...................................................150 McCollister’s Auto Transport ......................................63 Mercedes-Benz Classic Center ...................................43 Mershon’s World Of Cars..........................................169 MetroVac .....................................................................57 Michael Furman Photographer..................................163 Michael’s Motor Cars ................................................103 MM Garage .................................................................55 Mohr Imports, Inc. .....................................................116 Motorcar Classics ......................................................127 New England Auto Auction ......................................155 Northwest European ..................................................183 Paramount Automotive ..............................................159 Park Place LTD ..........................................................105 Passport Transport .....................................................137 Paul Russell and Company........................................167 Prince Vintage, LTD. ...................................................67 Putnam Leasing .........................................................204 QuickSilver Exhausts Ltd..........................................151 Ramshorn Rally .........................................................133 Reliable Carriers ........................................................101 Restore A Tag, LLC ...................................................180 Richard F. Webb Fine Art ..........................................153 RM Auctions ..............................................................8–9 RMD bvba ...................................................................69 Russo and Steele LLC ...........................................10–11 SCM 2019 Anniversary Tour ....................................201 Scott Grundfor Company ..........................................160 Shelby American Collection .....................................161 Speed Digital ...............................................................77 Sport and Specialty ....................................................169 Spring Grove Auction Company .................................61 St Bernard Church .....................................................153 Streetworks Exotics .....................................................50 Superformance .............................................................76 Symbolic International ................................................27 The Creative Workshop ...............................................53 The Stable, Ltd. .........................................................131 The Werk Shop ..........................................................170 Torque Classic Cars .....................................................41 Turtle Garage ...............................................................33 TYCTA ......................................................................201 Veloce ........................................................................145 Vermont Barns ...........................................................175 Vintage Car Law ........................................................156 Vintage Motors of Sarasota .........................................73 Vintage Rallies ...........................................................165 VintageAutoPosters.com ...........................................187 Watchworks ...............................................................193 WeatherTech ..............................................................115 West Coast Classics, LLC .........................................134 White Post Restorations ............................................169 Worldwide Group ...................................................... 2-3 42 Dr. Gerber has never filed a case anywhe dealing directly w the ownersh of the car. A there is no ca involving M Hallingby an Dr. Gerbe now pending i Switzerland abo anything Interpol Interpol would never search for a car internationally without profound investigations. It should be noted that criminal proceedings and civil proceedings are pending in Switzerland (in the Canton of Berne) concerning Ferrari 0799GT. — Oliver Weber, attorney-at-law, in representation of Dr. Andreas Gerber, Pieterlen, Switzerland Mr. Hallingby’s Side To the Editor: I am the attorney for Barney Hallingby in the dispute between him and Dr. Andreas Gerber concerning Mr. Hallingby’s 1957 Ferrari 250 GT, about which John Draneas has recently written. I am writing first of all to commend Mr. Draneas on his insightful and balanced analysis of this complicated matter in both articles. They are well researched, well informed, and cut to the heart of the matter in clear, precise and understandable prose. This is particularly evident in the February article, in which he cuts through the fog of Dr. Gerber’s submission to him — and reveals its essence. In response to a comment from a reader, Mr. Draneas invited comment from Dr. Gerber. In response, he “received a large volume of information ‘documenting’ that the Ferrari had truly been stolen” (which is the fundamental predicate of . Mr. Draneas ever, that none of the submitted material “prove anything of the sort.” That’s because Dr. Gerber has no admissible “proof” that the car was stolen, relying instead solely on listings of the car as stolen by Interpol and “Swiss Authorities” and the arrest warrant of a single police officer, which prove nothing. What is more, the Interpol listing has been deleted, and Dr. Gerber misled Mr. Draneas when he claimed otherwise. The plain fact is that, put to the test, Dr. Gerber could never prove the car was stolen in the first place — and he knows it. Why else would he run away from the Connecticut litigation pending before the only court in the world with jurisdiction to resolve the entire dispute, having jurisdiction over both the car and Mr. Hallingby? And why, over a period in excess of 18 years, has Dr. Gerber never filed his own suit to establish his ownership? The inability to prove the fundamental fact of theft kills Dr. Gerber’s case aborning, which is no doubt why he has never filed one. Dr. Gerber again misleads when he claims he “has filed suit against Hallingby in Switzerland, seeking to establish ownership of the Ferrari.” While there were reciprocal claims filed years ago by Mr. Hallingby and Dr. Gerber for defamation regarding statements about the car, they went nowhere and were dismissed over a year ago. Dr. Gerber has never filed a case anywhere dealing directly with the ownership of the car. And there is no case involving Mr. Hallingby and Dr. Gerber now pending in Switzerland about anything. The legally arcane issues of jurisdiction, judgment recognition, and the effect of the Spanish decrees are very interesting, but wholly beside the point absent proof of theft. Mr. Draneas discusses them well. I believe we would win all of those too at the end of the day, for reasons discussed fully on Mr. Hallingby’s website at www. Ferrari0799GT.com. It should not escape notice that Dr. Gerber’s persistent public claims in the United States that he owns the car are in violation of the explicit terms of the injunction issued by the Connecticut court, of which he is already in substantial contempt. That injunction explicitly enjoined Dr. Gerber from making any public statements that he was the lawful owner of the car and that Mr. Hallingby wasn’t. Dr. Gerber’s submissions to this magazine are themselves violations of that order, and we respectfully ask the editors to consider this in deciding whether to publish anything further from Dr. Gerber. — Lawrence W. 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Time Pieces by Alex Hofberg Buying a Vintage Heuer Monaco — or the New Version There is little doubt that the manufac- turers of modern, high-grade mechanical watches have steadily improved the build quality of their time pieces. Watch cases are more highly sealed, which, in turn, protects the movement within. There have been significant advances in the metallurgical side of case making. Designers are now using alternative materials, such as titanium, ceramic, tantalum and improved alloys. All of this innovation adds strength, scratch resistance, color stability, beauty and desirability. Movements have also improved. The use of silicon and non-ferrous alloys has strengthened the fragile parts of the engine. Watches are also less prone to magnetism. Some designs employ less lubrication, which allows less-frequent maintenance. Although there is nothing new about the ideal of luxury, the notion of how to design, manufacture and market time pieces has become all about the introduction of luxury into all aspects of the process. In a world where the time is available on every phone, television screen and computer monitor — combined with inexpensive time pieces that can be found in all price ranges — stirring up “want” over “need” is essential to survival. Looking backwards has long Details Production date: Circa 2013 Best place to display one: In the pits at the 90th running of the Monaco Grand Prix on May 23, 2019 Ratings for modern version ( is best): Rarity: Durability: Parts/service availability: Cool factor: Web: www.tagheuer.com Neat Stuff by Chad Taylor Would That Be Pen-infarina? The name P world — and r PF-designed F riolet, then how a Carrozzeria? T H2Speed Lim one. The writi an aluminum s inserts, comes w and is 100% m of all, this is a pen, meaning n refills necessa Sketch like Battista and order your Ced H2Speed Lim Edition for €12 about $136, at w pininfarina.com. 46 been a path to success. Ford brought back the Mustang, and Volkswagen revamped the Beetle. Look at how many movie scripts are re-adapted, how many hit songs are covered or remixed, how many plays and musicals are revived or restaged. Watch companies know what their most-famous watches were. They also are quite aware of the increased value of vintage watches. Now they want a piece of the action. The modern limited-edition Tag Heuer Monaco (shown) is an excellent example of the nostalgia factor at work. The original Heuer Monaco watches were introduced in 1969 as one of the first self-winding chronographs ever built. Although they were not a huge comthe time, original- mercial success at production Heuer Monaco models are now quite valuable, with prices starting around $10,000 for decent examples. At auction, someone paid a dizzying $800,000 for Steve McQueen’s personal watch. Not bad for watches that were under $200 in 1970. The modern Monaco watches emu- late their predecessors beautifully, are roughly the same size and feature some of the same color schemes as the early models. Yet the new models are better. The new Monaco watches are equipped with sapphire boxed crystals rather than molded acrylic. The case is screwed together and well sealed with gaskets to keep moisture out to a depth of 100 meters. The self-winding movements are more highly jeweled, more accurate and more beautifully finished. As a watch collector, I am strongly biased in favor of both origi- nality and scarcity. Give me the vintage model every time. As a watch retailer and technician, my bias shifts; some clients are not prepared for the costs associated with the original model, and some are not prepared for the challenges of old, complex and often-frail devices. Manufacturers cannot produce vintage, but they can profitably produce new-vintage. Excellent examples of the modern Monaco can be found around $4,500. As even the most modest original will be double that — for less overall quality, utility, condition and features — choosing becomes difficult indeed. Professional Grade, No Scratches Worrying about the towel used on your vintage auto might seem like nonsense, but one towel with debris in the fibers can leave unsightly scratches all over. Keep your paint and glass in top shape with the Finest PFM Microfiber Towel Set from Griot’s Garage. The all-inone set features a PFM Terry Weave Drying Towel, four PFM Dual Weave Glass Towels, four PFM Dual Weave Wax Towels and four PFM Terry Weave Towels — plus a bottle of Microfiber Cleaner to keep them performing at their best. Head over to www.griotsgarage.com and snag your Microfiber Towel Set for $109. Sports Car Market


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In Miniature by Marshall Buck Hans Hermann and Olivier Gendebien 1960 Porsche RS60 drove the number 42 Porsche RS60 to victory at the 1960 12 Hours of Sebring that year. The drivers completed 196 laps. Aside from some ancient 1:24-scale slot cars, you cannot find any RS60 models — except for Spark’s 1:43-scale models. Don’t let the small size put you off. The owners of Spark are Porsche enthu- siasts, so they produce many variants — and they also do them very well indeed. While none, including this piece, are 100% perfect, they are pretty darn good for the money, coming in at about only $80 each. You can’t go wrong. There is a healthy amount of detail from end to end, including the cockpit, which really shines with its various components and complete framework. There are many separate detail parts all around, Model Details Production date: 2018 Quantity: 500 to 750 SCM rating: ( is best) Overall quality: Authenticity: Overall value: ½ Web: www.sparkmodel.com and photo etching is used only as needed for the mirror, steering-wheel spokes, wiper, and two vent panels at the very rear. The high-gloss paint looks great, and it is definitely better than when the real car raced at Speaking Volumes by Mark Wigginton Supercar Revolution: The Fastest Cars of All Time by John Lamm, 240 pages, Motorbooks, $25.40 (Amazon) The autocar begat the sports car, the sports car begat the exotic car, the exotic car begat the supercar, the supercar begat the hypercar — and only the fevered dreams of automobile marketers reveal what the next level of international auto-design babble will be. While we are stuck in a never-ending horsepower and branding exercise, at least we have a good guide. John Lamm, longtime pho- tographer and writer for Road & Track, has put together his list of the best supercars he had his hands or lens on as they came out, growling and snarling. For Lamm, the first sedimen- tary layers showing evidence of superness are found in late 1960s, with well-preserved examples of the Lamborghini Miura and Ferrari Daytona signaling the beginning of the Fastozoic Era. Lamm introduces more vari- ants as we sift through the rubble of the late 20th century: the Ferrari Boxer, Porsche Turbos, the Jaguar XJ220, the McLaren F1 and the Pagani Zonda. He continues to present-day examples: Ford GT, Bugatti Chiron, Lamborghini Huracán and the seemingly ubiquitous Corvette ZR1 (think the trilobite of supercars — everywhere and hard to kill). Along for the ride is Ultimate Car Guy Jay Leno, who actually adds most of the enjoyability to the exercise, as he explains why the supercars in his 48 collection are so damned fun — and annoying — at the same time. This is a slight, fast and easy look at the world of supercars, but it’s a well-illustrated list rather than a definitive work. Provenance: There isn’t a lot of new ground covered here, so it is hard to fault or praise the research or scholarship. Fit and finish: A nicely designed, well-printed exercise, which is filled with plenty of handsome color images. I couldn’t find a list of photo sources, so it’s hard to tell which images are author Lamm’s and which come from other sources, although there is a certain Road & Track style to some that makes guessing provenance entertaining. Drivability: I’m not sure the world needs the supercar or hypercar label — let alone another book looking at them. It feels like the perfect book for the 12-year-old in us all, but it is not something to spend much time poring over. While Lamm’s prose is an effortless read, I found the Leno sidebars much more entertaining and personal. And in creating the book, the editors did a really lazy thing: The photo captions invariably repeat information from the text — often word for word. At this price point, you may find this book interesting — but rarely engaging. ♦ Sports Car Market Sebring. The wheels are excellent, with crisp, detailed castings. They are shod with nicely treaded skinny tires. Some body details are missed. The red of the interior is too bright, and this model should not have hood straps. This is still a great model. ♦


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Affordable Classic Amphicar 770 Is It or Isn’t It? The Amphicar is a little bit boat and a little bit car. It doesn’t excel at either role, but it is a stellar automotive spectacle by Mark Wigginton hour (that’s 8 miles per hour, but 870 lacks numerical alliteration) and 70 miles per hour, which must be terrifying in either venue. The engine is a near-bulletproof 1,147-cc mill from the Triumph Standard, which made about 43 horsepower. The motive power from the stout little Triumph lump either goes through the 4-speed box, or through the props — or both when you want to climb up the boat ramp. There is no rudder, so the front wheels do all the steering work, making it challenging in the water. But owners rarely spend that Ship-shape example: This 1963 Amphicar 770 sold for a well-above-median $71,680 at Gooding & Company’s auction in Scottsdale, AZ A ny car is a rolling exercise in compromise: horsepower vs. economy, stability vs. agility, interior space vs. exterior volume, bilge capacity vs. sinkability. Whoa. What? That last is only a problem with the most glaring example of compromise in automotive design ever — the Amphicar 770. It has been called the “fastest car on the water and the fastest boat on the road” and “a vehicle that promised to revolutionize drowning.” It has also been doing quite well as a collectible — without ever answering the question why. Gooding & Company just moved a 1963 model 770 for $71,680 at their 2019 Scottsdale Auction, which honestly was a saner investment than all of the shiny, notquite-correct Chevy trucks hammering at more than $100k at Barrett-Jackson. But shiny has more drawing power than quirky — at least in the current market. The Amphicar is definitely quirky. The car is sort of like the RuPaul of motoring — an “Is he or isn’t she” of the automotive world. Despite your impolitic questions, it’s damned entertaining. An eclectic history Amphicars were made from 1961 to 1965, but they were so immovable from show- rooms they continued to be sold until 1968. They followed on the design solutions of the World War II Volkswagen Schwimmwagen, a military vehicle that waddled all over Europe with the Wehrmacht. A total of 3,878 Amphicars rolled off the line — evidently without updating the plans through the production years. The German Amphicar factory, the Quandt Group, hoped to sell 25,000 units but quickly stopped production as sales failed to materialize. Cars continued to be put together from parts on hand, and the model year on the title is really the year it was sold — not produced. Surprisingly, most Amphicars were sold in America, although police and rescue operations from England to Malaysia used the car for those times when just a boat or just a car wouldn’t do. The Amphicar sold in 1961 for $2,889, or about $24,000 in today’s coin of the realm. The relatively high cost — plus being the automotive answer to a question few potential owners had (can my new car float?) — kept demand down. The model 770 designation comes from the top speed in the water of 7 knots per 52 much time in the water, since you need to go through a rigorous lubrication process after a boat ride. Owner clubs hold regular “swimins,” where they get together to let the Amphicar freak flag fly. The Amphicar qualifies as a dinghy at just over 14 feet in length, or at the waterline if you are wearing your jaunty captain’s cap, with a beam — er, width — of five feet. Lots of work — and maybe rust Are there downsides to owning an Amphicar, in ad- dition to the people pointing and laughing as you drive by, or screaming in horror as you slide off the boat ramp into the water? Well, maintenance is an issue, with every watery outing demanding a significant grease regime. Rust, from anything in the ’60s, is always an issue, and salt water is never your friend — even in a real boat. The crucial door seals, which keep your Amphicar Details Years produced: 1960–65 Price when new: $2,889 ($24,000 adjusted for inflation) Number produced: 3,878 Current SCM Median Valuation: $51,500 Pros: Watertight (usually), quirky, pretty rare Cons: Rust, low freeboard, front wheels as rudder, slow on land or water Best place to drive one: Towards and then into a lake Worst place to drive one: Freeways or large bodies of salt water A typical owner is: Complaining about gin stains on their deck shoes Sports Car Market Brian Henniker, courtesy of Gooding & Company


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On the aft side of the price scale: 1967 Amphicar 770 convertible, sold in August 2018 for $16,500 by Lucky Collector Car Auctions in Tacoma, WA The car that Gooding recently sold was an angry- from being a large anchor on the bottom, seem to work quite well, and owners say they can leave the car at the dock for hours at a time and still find it afloat. Trusting souls. Fun facts The most famous Amphicar owner was President Lyndon Johnson, who reportedly delighted in taking guests for a ride around the ranch, heading downhill for a pond and then screaming something like, “Ohmigawd the brakes are out and we’re all gonna drown” before splashing in and engaging the twin screws and motor-boating away from shore. This joke depended on said guests failing to wonder from the get-go why they were getting into a car that sits way too high on land and has propellers, but then that’s why there are congressmen. The Amphicar, despite appearances, seems to do quite well on the water. father barn find, originally driven by a young lady who used it as a daily driver when new until humorless old Dad saw her using the car to wake-surf a container ship on Lake Michigan, took it away and buried it in a warehouse. Two Amphicar aficionados drove a pair of them across the English Channel, braving and surviving 20foot waves and high winds. Because Brits. Both stories should make you feel better about sea- worthiness — if not human intelligence. Values at auction tend to move between $50,000 and $70,000 — depending on the quality of the car and history. There are bargains to be found in a relatively thin market of fans. The question you have to ask yourself is: Are you ready for this much compromise? ♦ April 2019 53


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Collecting Thoughts 2019 Post-Arizona Roundtable Winds of Change Blow Out of the Desert Three SCM experts found big market shifts during Arizona Auction Week. Learn now or pay later If you’d bought in the past five years and are looking to get out now, be prepared to take a hit. Look at the track record of the yellow Ferrari 330 GTC: $374k in 2010, $946k in 2013, $687k today. — Simon Kidston Editor’s note: SCM always asks experts to participate in discussions before — and during — big car auction weeks, such as Arizona, Amelia Island and Monterey. We thought it was a good time to see what Simon Kidston, Stephen Serio and our own Jim Pickering took away AFTER 2019 Arizona Auction Week: Ticking all the boxes — and getting it done T he Arizona takeaway? Five points from being there, crunching the numbers, and above all, taking the pulse of the punters raising their paddles to buy — or taking their medicine to sell. 1. Scottsdale week feels like it’s returning to its blue-collar roots. The masters of the collecting universe were largely conspicuous by their absence, hardly surprising if you thumbed through the auction catalogs. It’s the place to sell your Scooby-Doo Mystery Machine, not your McLaren F1. 2. Now, more than ever, if a car doesn’t tick all the boxes, it needs to look good value to a buyer. The Ferrari 500 Mondial Spider, Lamborghini Miura SV and Maserati A6G Spyder were all great models — but each one had the wrong engine. They all went home again or sold at a huge discount. 3. Sell-by dates apply to cars as well as food. Anything that has done the rounds and gone stale isn’t likely to whet the appetite of collectors. Too many of the auction offerings were old news from sales gone by or dealer showrooms. In the Internet era, buyers know everything about a car’s sale history from the moment it goes online. 4. If you’d bought in the past five years and are looking to get out now, be prepared to take a hit. Look at the track record of the yellow Ferrari 330 GTC: $374k in 2010, $946k in 2013, $687k today. 5. Americans — buyers and sellers alike — are more pragmatic than Europeans, which means swallowing the pill if you’re selling to get a deal done, or putting down an extra chunk if you really want something special. The auction houses had their work cut out between consigning cars and the hammer being raised to lower vendor expectations — and reserves — down to where buyers would join the party. 54 Resto-mods are having their moment, and they are not just a passing fancy. I squarely don’t get it at all, but the numbers are there. — Stephen Serio Sports Car Market The most telling stats were these: 73% of cars were sold below low estimate (68% in 2018); 87% were below mid-estimate (84% last year); only 6% exceeded top estimate (11% last year). To illustrate the American “get it done” attitude, though, the sell-through rate was 86%, identical to 2018. — Simon Kidston, founder, Kidston SA The king is dead… The king is dead, long live the king. Or more aptly, the markets are changing, long live the changing markets. The good news? Sell-through rates were high throughout the des- ert, and over a billion dollars of credit was in house just at BarrettJackson alone. Buyers and sellers should have been very happy — if their expectations were recalibrated out of the pricing Twilight Zone of 2013–15 and into the MAGA Era of 2019 reality. It’s worth what someone is willing to pay for it, or as one of my Juan Martinez ©2018, courtesy of RM Sotheby’s Courtesy of Barrett-Jackson


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Collecting Thoughts 2019 Post-Arizona Roundtable The ’69 Chevrolet K10 shortbed that made $137,500 at Barrett-Jackson — positively crazy money for what it was — wasn’t 100% correct, with a four-inch lift, aftermarket wheels, and a later-model engine. This is a market that’s still buying shiny things instead of original ones. — Jim Pickering Brit counterparts said, “It’s worth ‘sweet f.a.’ if you don’t adjust your expectations to prime time. Adjust or suffer.” Cars are being sold to enthusiasts who may be buying them to use as they were intended. I didn’t hear much about classic-car funds and asset-class values that week — thank Buddha. There are plenty of buyers who are prepared to partake in the simple enjoyment of the automobile. There were good deals — not fire sales — but fair exchanges of cash for dreams. I like it. However, there is a bifurcation in the marketplace — one that is married to a paradigm shift that no one could see coming. Resto-mods are having their moment, and they are not just a passing fancy. I squarely don’t get it at all, but the numbers are there. I think that buyers are considering these resto-mods as an alternative to a new-car purchase. This is not the usual Arizona/Pebble Beach car collector. Okay, that’s beautiful, as it broadens the market for new blood, but this is its own, growing deal. Good luck predicting any of this moving forward. I think resto-mods are illiquid and sale-proof outside of the Arizona arena, but who cares what I think? When you tire of it, bring it back for resale at the forum where you acquired it. Elsewhere, hush-toned conversations about the downward readjust- ment of many more-common European collectibles were everywhere. Couple that with the shrinking base of younger new buyers for the higher-production, more-common, lower-priced European expensiveto-maintain collectibles, and you have a new reality. The results don’t lie. And did I mention the absence of Brexit-fearing Europeans, who stayed away? Not many folks with accents were bidding. Speculators are chasing different tulip bulbs elsewhere, dealers are scratching their heads over what is wholesale vs. retail, and marginal cars are getting punished. Fair enough. Great blue-chip cars are bringing competitive bids, “young-timers” are in high demand and the weather was great. The king is dead, long live the king. — Stephen Serio, president and owner of Aston Martin of New England / Lotus Motorsports Inc. Picking up on two different markets Scottsdale’s results weren’t much of a surprise, at least in terms of 56 totals. This year’s auctions totaled $247 million, compared to last year’s $249 million. If you look at Monterey’s totals and Amelia Island prior to that, the trends kicked along about like you might expect. Business as usual, right? Sure, if you’re looking down from 30,000 feet. There were some notable adjustments this year in terms of money spent on garden-variety collectibles — mostly at Barrett-Jackson. Most of these lots had pickup beds. SCM’s sister magazine, American Car Collector, has watched truck prices climb for a couple of years now. What’s interesting about this year’s results is that, even after several years, the trucks that are bringing big bucks on the auction block are not necessarily original examples. The ’69 Chevrolet K10 shortbed that made $137,500 at Barrett- Jackson — positively crazy money for what it was — wasn’t 100% correct, with a four-inch lift, aftermarket wheels, and a later-model engine. This is a market that’s still buying shiny things instead of original ones. And don’t forget how many trucks were made in the U.S. in that era. It’s not like they’re rare. There is no greater spread in values — still — than there is between a restored pickup at Barrett-Jackson and one that has needs. Reference another K10 — this one a longbed and in need of work, but fundamentally not much different than that $137,500 shortbed. Hey, that longbed made just $11k. Pickup prices in the $50k, $60k, and $80k ranges were downright common. Resto-mod prices also took off this year, with nice, modern-tuned classic muscle coming close to paying back their builders. Imagine that. Compare all that with the top end of the market, where we’ve seen careful, calculated movement over the past 18 months. It continued through Arizona’s auctions, too. Great cars are still coming to market, and the best are still bringing good money, but it’s not the same buyer frenzy we saw a few years ago. It’s increasingly clear that we’re looking at two different markets that are following different trajectories. Scottsdale just so happens to be the place where they both intersect. Where do we go from here? We’ll just have to wait for Amelia Island — and Palm Beach — to learn more. — Jim Pickering, SCM Managing Editor, American Car Collector Editor ♦ Sports Car Market Jim Pickering


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Legal Files John Draneas Jerry Seinfeld Sued Over ’58 Speedster Sale It is hard to imagine that someone in Seinfeld’s position would intentionally lie about a car’s provenance, particularly in such a public manner o Seinfeld, stating, “Unfortunately, we do not ion on the 1958 Porsche 356A 1500 Carrera GT We purchased the car from a broker who would e cars [sic] original location to meet the family it originally. I tried very hard to find out more er could.” Deal unwinds Fica Frio claims to have contacted Gooding & A lawsuit is challenging the authenticity of this 1958 Porsche 356A 1500 GS/GT Carrera Speedster A lawsuit has been filed against Jerry Seinfeld, alleging that the 1958 Porsche Speedster he sold for $1,540,000 at the March 2016 Gooding & Company Amelia Island Auction is a fake. Seinfeld politely and sensibly declined to comment on the litigation, as one would expect, so we have to rely upon the complaint filed in the lawsuit and reports in the press for the story. Special car and occasion The Speedster was one of 16 cars Seinfeld sold at the auction. It was described as an ultra-rare 1958 Porsche 356A 1500 GS/GT Carrera Speedster, one of only 151 Carrera Speedsters. Fewer than 90 were built in GS/GT trim, and only 56 carried lightweight aluminum panels. This was also stated to be the only Carrera Speedster finished at the factory in Auratium Green. Seinfeld acquired the Speedster in 2012, and it was said to have undergone an extensive restoration at Porsche specialist European Collectibles. Seinfeld did his part to promote the sale. He attended the auction and addressed the crowd before the bidding began, quoted by The New York Times as saying, “Let me be honest with you. I could have gotten rid of every one of these in one day with no problem. But I wanted to be here with you all, who see these things the way I do and enjoy it the way I do. I want to see your face and feel your enthusiasm.” The personal touch had its effect. The New York Times quoted a collector as saying, “There’s a certain attraction to this particular collection all coming out in one go…especially since he’s chosen to go this way rather than selling them off privately.” Happy at the time The winning bidder was Fica Frio Limited, a business entity orga- nized in Jersey. (Fica Frio is Portuguese for “chill out,” an observation that may have prophetic qualities.) It was pleased with the purchase, and sent the Speedster to the U.K. When it decided to sell the Speedster about a year later, it sent it to Maxted-Page Limited in Essex for inspection and sale. Maxted-Page became concerned about the authenticity due to a lack of documentary history and photographic evidence of the restoration work. They declined to market the Speedster. Part of their concern appears to have arisen from a document in the Speedster’s “history file” that had been provided to Fica Frio. It included a statement believed to have been written by the person who 58 the “counterfeit car,” that he wanted to offer my apology for this nuisance and assure ou that you will be completely indemnified in full d not have to keep the car and get all your money d “I did want to apologize to you personally for g.” Seinfeld is also said to have said he “would w your guys figured it out, because I find that to . to negotiate an unwinding of the sale. Fica Frio so claims to have a recorded voicemail left by Seinfeld, stating that he had heard from Gooding about e that’s impressive; my guys did not, I guess, see anything amiss with the car when I bought it.” So why the lawsuit? So far, this all sounds like an unfortunate situation that has all been worked out. Why do we have a lawsuit? Fica Frio claims that Seinfeld never followed through on his commitment to buy the car back, so they had to sue. Seinfeld’s attorney, Orin Snyder, told TMZ, “Jerry has been work- ing in good faith to get to the bottom of this matter. He asked Fica Frio for evidence to substantiate the allegations. Fica Frio ignored Jerry and instead filed this frivolous lawsuit.” Snyder added, “Jerry consigned the car to Gooding & Co., an auction house, which is responsible for the sale. Nevertheless, Jerry is willing to do what’s right and fair, and we are confident the court will support the need for an outside evaluator to examine the provenance of the car.” Okay, so there’s the mixed message. Does Seinfeld agree the Speedster is a fake, or is he insisting on proof about it? Is he taking responsibility? Shifting blame to Gooding? Something else? Snyder’s comments were made well after the lawsuit had been filed, so Fica Frio had to have other reasons to be impatient. But this doesn’t make it sound like the parties are close on a deal. Is it real? First question — is the car real? We certainly don’t know, but we can give some thought to who has to answer the question. That is pretty clearly Fica Frio. Its claim is that the car it purchased is not really Speedster 84908, but actually something else. Fica Frio must prove its claim to win. It isn’t enough to create doubts about the authenticity of the Speedster — the letter from Seinfeld’s seller, if it is as described, may be enough by itself to create doubt. But lacking enough documentation to prove that this car is Speedster 84908 is not the same as proving that the car is not 84908. “Maybe it is, maybe it isn’t” doesn’t cut it here. Fica Frio must prove that, more likely than not, this is not 84908. If all Fica Frio can establish is doubt, then it might end up in the worst possible situation — it can’t get its money back from Seinfeld, and it can’t resell the car to someone else for full value. What did Seinfeld know? If the Speedster is not authentic, then the question becomes, what Sports Car Market


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did Seinfeld know? To be liable for fraud, he must have known the car was a fake. Although Fica Frio alleges this is exactly what happened, it is hard to imagine that someone in Seinfeld’s position would intentionally lie about a car’s provenance, particularly in such a public manner. Plus, his voicemail message, as quoted by Fica Frio, suggests he was curious about how they discovered this when his guys were unable to, which suggests he didn’t know. Fica Frio asserts that Seinfeld must have read the letter from his seller about the lack of history. Based on that, it alleges: “Mr. Seinfeld did not have a good faith belief that the vehicle was…authentic…” The legal logic is that if Seinfeld had no reason to believe it was authentic, he made a negligent misrepresentation when he said it was. In plain English: If you don’t know what you’re talking about, keep your mouth shut. But maybe Seinfeld never read the letter. And the voicemail men- tions that Seinfeld’s guy didn’t find anything wrong with the car, suggesting that he did have someone check it out for him, which could eliminate the claimed negligence. You aren’t negligent just because you didn’t investigate the car thoroughly. It seems that Seinfeld may have been just as surprised as Fico Frio about the issues with the Speedster. If he actually believed the car was Speedster 84908, and just got fooled, then fraud and misrepresentation may not be good claims. Breach of contract Fica Frio also claims liability for breach of contract. Under the Uniform Commercial Code, a seller’s statements about the character or qualities of a car generally create a contract warranty that the car actually meets those descriptions. That could be a different approach to a refund. The bidder agreement signed by Fica Frio at the auction undoubtedly stated that all cars were being sold as-is, with no warranties whatsoever. That certainly conflicts with the contrary legal rule that the statements about the Speedster create a warranty, so which is it? You aren’t going to like the answer. I’ve seen cases where the as-is pro- vision trumps the express warranty, and I’ve seen them go the other way. It may just depend on what the judge deciding the case thinks is right. How long on the hook? So how worried should you be about the last car you sold? Can someone come along years later and claim that you sold them a fake car and demand a refund? Fraud and misrepresentation statutes of limitations are relatively short, usually two years. But the two years starts from discovery of the fraud, so that could run a number of years. Breach of contract statutes of limitations are longer, more like six years, but the time starts immediately from the date of the sale. So think five or six years from a sale to be clear of claims. The difficulty is that while we may believe that our collector car is authentic, we didn’t buy it new from the factory, and we can’t realistically know that it is authentic. So we sell the car in good faith, and then someone down the line discovers a problem. This case brings up that it can be very difficult for the innocent buyer to recover anything from the innocent seller. And that makes it even more important to thoroughly check out a car you are buying — and not only rely on what the seller believes about the car. ♦ JOHN DRANEAS is an attorney in Oregon. His comments are general in nature and are not intended to substitute for consultation with an attorney. He can be reached through www.draneaslaw.com. April 2019 59


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Unconventional Wisdom Donald Osborne Going Underwater with a Passion For one owner, spending $140,000 to restore a 1968 VW Beetle was a statement of love “sarcasm font”! I must make an effort to locate one… Missing the meaning and the passion However, my point had been made in earnest. I was indeed calling for a celebration of pure passion — a truly priceless emotional call that made an individual, who one assumes could afford it, lavish all possible resources in order to honor a memorable life milestone. It’s also important to realize that if you read the catalog copy, it was clear that the consignor of the Beetle was not the owner who paid for the restoration. I don’t know — and will probably never know — what the consignor paid for the car. But that doesn’t matter either. The key point here is what a person did because of how the car made him or her feel. Another comment posted came from someone who got my point. A $140,000 restoration and $30,000 on the hammer. Believe it or not, on an emotional scale, I consider this 1968 VW Beetle well bought I n last month’s column, I began to tell my story of how I engage with collector cars and how my passion for cars evolved through my experiences through the years. It had been my intent to bring the story to its conclusion in this issue. However, an event during the recent January auctions in Arizona distracted me from that task. On January 17, while sitting in the audience at the RM Sotheby’s auc- tion in Phoenix, I was struck by the sale of Lot 104, a 1968 Volkswagen Beetle sedan. It was a lovely car, exuding the quality that Beetles had when new — one which seemed far out of proportion to the original MSRP. I remember clearly comparing aspects of my father’s dramatically beautiful — if somewhat casually assembled — 1967 Pontiac Catalina 4-door hard top with my mother’s first car, a 1968 Beetle, white with red interior and the now-dreaded Automatic Stick Shift. Although I much preferred being seen in the Catalina, there was no doubt the VW was much better made. Only from the heart As the hammer came down on the RM Sotheby’s car, I posted this on social media: “Always wonderful to celebrate a restoration done out of pure passion... a VW Beetle with $140,000 in restoration receipts sells at $30,000 hammer... I will explain further — the original owner, for whom this was his first car, commissioned the restoration. Completely a work of emotion!” The post generated a tremendous response, as I thought it might — reaching nearly 19,000 in a week — but I was a bit surprised to see that many, if not most, of the comments chided the owner. Many posts questioned his (or her) choice — even sanity — in spending whatever it took to make the 1968 Beetle as good as, if not better than, new. These commentators focused on the original owner’s willingness to go deep underwater on the Beetle’s restoration. One of the most memorable went like this: “Where did $140,000 dollars go? Were the wheels mounted and bal- anced by angels? Did they resurrect Ferdinand Porsche to blueprint the 1500-cc engine?” It seemed as if some either misread my original post or misunder- stood it. One commenter asked, “You’ve got to start using the sarcasm font for posts like this. Celebrate a $110,000 loss? In what parallel universe would that be?” Wow. Who even knew that there could possibly be such a thing as a 62 He wrote, “Don’t know why money always has to come into it. I’m restoring my car because I want to, not for how much I can sell it for when it’s finished.” Consider that, like first-generation Ford Mustangs, VW Beetles tend to have a warm spot in the hearts and souls of people who owned them as their first new car, first car or as a source of a road adventure. For me, in addition to the Beetle being the second family car I would know, I later learned to drive a manual transmission on one. Anyone who drove a Beetle knows how vague the gearbox could be and how feather-light the clutch is. When I was in college and owned a 1975 VW Scirocco automatic, I took it in for service. The loaner offered was a manual-gearbox Beetle. Without volunteering the information that I had never driven a manual before, I graciously accepted it. An afternoon spent stopping and starting on the middle of a steep hill at the back of the campus proved all the practice I needed to become the master of the ’box — and my life in full command of stick-shift driving was born. Emotions trump market return But let’s turn back to this particular VW and to what it had to say to me about today’s market, enthusiasm and passion. One commentator, comparing this Beetle to others that have been sold or were on offer, opined: “And it’s a $10k–$15k car max... I follow the late-Beetle market like no other. The seller and bidder need their head examined. I know of a ’68 right now with very low miles and a light restoration. Owner would be happy with a $12k offer.” While all of that may be true, it has no bearing in this case. This result is proof, once again, that an exceptional example makes its own market. For the original owner of the RM Sotheby’s Beetle, someone else’s multi-owner car would not have the interest of the actual first car he bought and held from new. For the seller, the car they were offering had attributes that most on the market for $10,000 to $15,000 do not have. It was a car that had been in the original owner’s hands for over 45 years and, as amazed so many, was the beneficiary of an extraordinary restoration. As you will read in the now-interrupted tale of my relationship with collector cars, at times I’ve lost money when I’ve sold a car. Other times I’ve made a profit. The potential for profit — or loss — has not been why I bought a car in the first place. Profit or loss shouldn’t become the key driving force on how an enthusiast chooses, uses or sells a collector car. While this is not a market profile, I’d like to end here by declaring four winners here. They are: The original owner who fulfilled a dream. The consignor who has passed this car onto another caretaker. The buyer, who has what may be the nicest 1968 VW Beetle around. Anyone who cares more about cars than about cash. ♦ Sports Car Market


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Drivers Ed Paul Hageman An Average Start to 2019 Never before has it been so obvious to me that there are just too many auctions Consider the outliers; roughly three years ago, a surprising result would have been something perceived as having undersold. In that case it was likely a fault with the car itself. Today, a surprising result is a strong sale — meaning the example outperformed expectations due to some better-thanexpected attributes. What’s going on? Why has quality gone down? The average quality of cars at auction is lacking because we’re no longer in a booming market, and individuals are less likely to sell what they consider to be either a solid asset or a great collectible if the potential outcome is marginal. Inversely, buyers are more likely One of the really interesting cars on offer and an expected top 10 result: 1964 Ferrari 275 GTB prototype, surprisingly not sold at $4,750,000 S ince I spent last month picking on Ferraris, I thought I’d start right where I left off. But first, it’s only fair to point out why I like singling out the Italian sports car. In my opinion, no single marque so plainly de- picts what is happening in a given market. They’re usually the first to go up, the first to fall, and the highs and lows are generally more extreme. That statement, I should point out, is based solely on my general feeling and not the sampling of data. I do believe, however, that perception influences markets every bit as much as the data that helps to shape those thoughts. Average cars create average sales So, in terms of perception, Scottsdale was an underwhelming week of auctions. Yet, for the most part, the big Ferraris in Arizona sold, and they, again, helped fill out a majority of the top 10 results for the auction week. Perhaps that has something do with the continued strength of the market at the high end, but I think there’s something more lying just beneath the surface. The headline successes are often very different than the “lesser” data points. Many people pointed out that most cars underperformed against their pre-sale estimates, and the consensus is things are still a bit down. They’re not wrong, and in some very obvious cases the exact car on offer brought far less than it did just a couple years ago. But to me, the data points are particularly misleading this time around for good reason: The quality of product on offer was disappointing. On a case-by-case basis, the results probably aren’t quite as weak as one might initially think. When data is marginalized by inconsistent information, it weakens the analysis. When it comes to collector cars, we aren’t exactly dealing with 1s and 0s. So why is the data more misleading now? Clearly, I don’t have a degree in whatever it is I would need a degree in to discuss these sorts of things, but my feeling is that the data is more misleading because of the diminishing quality of cars on offer. And that, again, is a perception. 64 to sell something they’re less invested or interested in, or simply deem to be lesser and replaceable. Regardless, the auction companies, who have spent the past 10 years multiplying and adding sales, have to fill their auctions with something. And trust me, there’s no less effort that goes into it, but sometimes the outcome just isn’t up to standards. So what might be a hiccup or downturn in the market, from a data point of view, has perpetuated into the appearance of ever-weakening results. Never before has it been so obvious to me that there are just too many auctions. My instincts say the number of collector-car sales won’t change much, though, and it certainly won’t go down. It makes you wonder; The average quality of cars at auction is lacking because we’re no longer in a booming market, and individuals are less likely to sell what they consider to be either a solid asset or a great collectible if the potential outcome is marginal. are there simply more cars for sale than there used to be, or are they just more visibly for sale? Is turnover higher amongst collectors today? These are points I’d like to follow up on in the future. The market shows signs of health Whatever the reasoning, my advice is to make sure your perceptions fairly account for the quality of cars that have sold. And with the bulk of recent data weighted more toward average cars, don’t be afraid to pay more for a really great example. After a closer look at the higher-value Ferraris from Scottsdale — it’s clear they paint a very accurate picture of where things are. When you factor in the quality of example, freshness to market, reality of the pre-sale expectations and whether or not the car sold, its strikes me as a model of a healthy market. Ultimately, market data driven by more average results is a more honest guide. ♦ Sports Car Market Chad Taylor


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Feature The SCM Interview / Robin Grove Moving Cars All Over the World Robin Grove of CARS USA makes sure collectible cars arrive on time and in great shape by Chester Allen shipment must be individually considered and tailored, according to many different variables. Dealing with Customs authorities can be a difficult, problematic and time-consuming task. There are many laws to consider (both foreign and domestic) when shipping a vehicle internationally. These create a whole raft of various challenges. You can get yourselves in all sorts of trouble if you do not follow the correct rules and procedures. You NEVER want to receive the news that your car has been impounded by a foreign customs authority. Many of the cars we are entrusted with are unique parts of motor history or an important part of a family’s heritage. Their irreplaceable nature means that we must adopt the utmost diligence when shipping overseas. There is simply no room for error. Was it tough for you, as a woman, to make T here’s a lot of glory in the collector-car world — especially when a car wins a concours or brings a record price at auction. Restorers, auction companies, brokers and owners all get their time in the spotlight. But you never hear about the people who work 24/7/365 to move those precious cars to another state — or halfway around the world. For 40 years, Robin Grove has shipped cars — and lots of other things — to and fro all over the world without fuss or muss. She’s also this month’s SCM Interview: CA, get started in the shipping business? I was going to school for music, and had worked in the food industry from the age of You’re the CEO at CARS USA. How does a kid from Palos Verdes, 16. I decided to take a job as a messenger for a customs broker, and I was able to see how it all worked, from meeting U.S. Customs officials (they were at the piers at that time), dock workers, truckers, etc. It gave me a good overview of the industry at an early age. career ladder out in the field? When I started, there were no classes in logistics. Now I can teach them — and often do. So, yes, I was given the opportunities in the field that allowed me to conquer any task in front of me, rung by rung. your favorite car in the past? I wouldn’t call myself a “gearhead,” although I love and appreciate cars. I love to drive them and be around all events that are geared around them (no pun intended), but I also love and admire the people in my life who fix them and bring them back to me healed and ready for the next adventure. The car I am driving now is a 2018 VW Golf R. It’s really fun, and I look forward to tracking it soon. As far as past cars, I think my favorite was my first 1964½ Mustang. It had a 302 with a larger cam, and I put a B&M transmission in it with a 2500 stall in the torque converter. I put in an electronic distributor and anything else I could buy from my boyfriend at Super Shops. Unfortunately, I pushed it a little too hard and seized the engine. My next car was a ’72 Pinto; however, it did have a stick. What is the toughest thing to ship? Shipping a car is very different from other commodities. Vehicles come in a variety Is shipping cars radically different than shipping other things? of specifications, sizes and conditions — as well as being hazardous in nature. The safe handling of a car is always paramount in our mind when we are asked to load a vehicle onto a plane, boat or truck. No “one size fits all approach” can be adopted. Each 68 Some people learn from school, and some learn by doing. I gained my knowledge from ground-up experience. There wasn’t anything I didn’t want to know — or thought I couldn’t take on — and I always felt that the buck stopped with me. I obtained every license I could and felt if someone else could do it, I could too! Sports Car Market Are you a gearhead? If so, what are you driving now, and what was Did you study shipping or logistics in college, or did you climb the your way in the shipping business? I was blessed by being in an industry where it mat- tered more whether the job got done or not versus what sex one was. However, at the beginning of my career, I was one of the first women messengers in the Port of Los Angeles. We were tasked with opening crates, etc... A Customs officer once called my boss Nik, and asked him why they sent a woman to open a crate. Nik just told them that I had a crowbar and a hammer, so I would be just fine — and I was! Did you have any mentors on the way up? I believe that everyone is your mentor if you listen hard enough. However, Miodrag Nikolic (Nik), my first Brett Turnage


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boss, would never allow one to be afraid of U.S. Customs or anything. So he sent you back to the desk to make that call — or stand up for what makes a business run. My other mentor was my brother-in-law Eliot Swartz. He owned a large food manu- facturing plant and is now a consultant to many large food companies. He always had the right advice for me, and he gave me confidence in my own decisions. Also, being on the Los Angeles Customs Brokers Association board for 15 years has allowed me to learn from the smartest minds in the industry. I am truly blessed. Do you currently mentor anyone in the industry? Over the years, I have trained and taught many people. I believe the more they know, the more I can grow as well. I felt I was like the teacher everyone loved — and didn’t love — at the same time. Most of them now have flourishing careers in this industry, and I see them regularly at events. I also serve and give back to the industry. I am doing my best to communicate to the government for our industry. The manufacturers have their voice, but the car collectors and gray-market world have no advocacy. I try to give back in this manner — although it’s lonely there. What is the nightmare scenario for a car-shipping company? Having a car either go to the wrong destination, or when U.S. Customs or another government agency impounds a vehicle. Of course, the worst nightmare is for someone to get hurt. Thank goodness none of the above has happened under our watch. panies? CARS has been operating for nearly 30 years. During that time, it has taken care of What makes your company different that other car-shipping com- some of the most irreplaceable motorcars in the world. CARS has established a reputation for providing unrivalled levels of professionalism, expertise and customer service to its clients. CARS believes in exceeding expectations and setting the benchmark for the rest of its industry to follow. Whether you wish your car to be shipped by air, land or sea, CARS is able to action any shipping request through its offices in the United Kingdom, Los Angeles, New York, the Netherlands, Dubai and Japan — and via its network of global agents. You’re known as an expert in international shipping. How did you get that knowledge? Knowledge or learning is fun and exciting. I would say, “I can do that, I can do that, so then, how am I going to do that?” I would then find a way. Some people learn from school, and some learn by doing. I gained my knowledge from ground-up experience. There wasn’t anything I didn’t want to know — or thought I couldn’t take on — and I always felt that the buck stopped with me. I obtained every license I could and felt if someone else could do it, I could too! I also always had deep admiration for the leaders, and wanted to learn from them. I would find a way to be needed, so I could “play in the sandbox,” as it were. This normally meant volunteer hours, finding a way to help, or just bringing passion of some sort to a boring world. Sharing the same knowledge with others is just as fun. What is your advice for someone who wants to ship a car overseas — or just to Monterey Car Week? Call us (laughter). What is your next career goal? I have hit my goal with CARS. The goal now is to make it grow and benefit all who have been and are a part of making and keeping it a success. What is your dream car? I’m still figuring that out. Too many to choose from. What is your biggest success? I will caveat that with “so far” but opening my own company and joining CARS has been my biggest success. ♦ April 2019 69


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Feature 2019 Arizona Auction Week What Elana Did in Scottsdale Pink cars, ski Corvettes, Rolls-Royce luxury and riding in vintage race cars by Elana Scherr Evan Klein Elana takes the mechanic’s position in Brian Blain’s 1912 Packard “30” Runabout for a trip around the track and back in time I challenge you to describe the start-up procedure for a 1917 Indy racing car, pick three trends in car collecting — and find a car that comes with barstools in the bumper. You have one week. Where do you go? Some of you will race to your libraries and others will frantically open Wikipedia pages, but the best way to learn any language — including that of classic cars — is to immerse yourself in the culture. Give me the above challenge and I’d head straight to Arizona Auction Week in Scottsdale. You probably know Scottsdale because of Barrett-Jackson, an automotive rodeo with a roundup of everything from modded muscle cars to custom oil paintings of your garage — or the garage you wish you had. I could have spent a week just at Barrett, but there was so much more! Sleek Ferraris in the espresso-scented air of the Gooding & Company auction tent, quirky rarities lined up to cross the RM Sotheby’s stage — and rowdy and ratty machines at the Friday-night bar hoedown that is a Russo and Steele event. Supporting the auctions were parties and drive activ- ities, each with a different automotive focus. You could arrive in Scottsdale without a car clue, and leave quoting average values, unusual options and detailed instructions for monitoring the fuel pressure on a 100-year-old race car. At least, that’s what I did. What was the pitch meeting like for this? Parked amongst fake snow like a Santa’s Village rein- deer was a creamy white 1963 Split-Window Corvette. Inside was an all-original red interior. Under the hood was a 327-ci V8 backed by a Powerglide automatic. All this is nice enough, but out of the many thousands of cars at Barrett Jackson this year, why did this one stand out, and deserve a fluffy winter display? Well, would snow tires and a ski rack make you take a second look? It did for me. That’s how I learned that the famous Hertz Shelby With a 327-ci V8, you can ski-daddle up the slopes pretty quickly in this ’63 Split-Window ’Vette 70 Mustang “Rent-A-Racer” program wasn’t the first time customers had a chance to rent a high-performance car for a weekend. Back in 1963, the Hertz agency in Boulder, CO, bought nine Corvettes from Luby Chevrolet and outfitted them for a weekend on the slopes. Show this to the next person who tells you they can’t drive their classic car because it’s raining. The Ski-’Vette sold for $132,000. Sports Car Market Elana Scherr


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Feature 2019 Arizona Auction Week ... and includes a burled-wood liquor cabinet in the back red or fluorescent yellow.” So it’s nice to see an unusual color here or there, especially on a proper muscle machine like a Tri-Power GTO. Speaking of Ferrari red and unexpected colors, at This 1972 Rolls-Royce Phantom VI limousine is equipped for front-end picnicking... Now, this is luxury From now on, I’m not even looking at any car that doesn’t include “a pair of burled walnut tables, finished to match the interior and designed to fit snugly onto the front fenders, secured by the mounts for the flag masts.” At the RM Sotheby’s auction, there was a row of Rolls-Royces from the Calumet Collection. The early ones were elegant, the later ones were purposeful — the 1989 Silver Spirit included a fax machine — but if you gave me my choice, I’d have taken home, or rather, been chauffeured home in, the 1972 Rolls-Royce Phantom VI limousine by Mulliner Park Ward. It was upholstered in velvet. Red velvet! It came with crystal swans to place on the burled-wood liquor cabinet in the back seat. And of course, as mentioned earlier, it had flag masts and burled-wood tables that fit into them, so you and a guest could picnic on the front bumper. Demand nothing less. Not Resale Red They call it “Sunfire Red,” but the 1964 Pontiac GTO at Gooding and Company was pink, pink, pink. Rosy as a tarantula toe. I liked it. One of the downsides of seeing modified cars rising in value is that a hot-color repaint is usually worth more than an original car in a less-desirable shade. So you never get to see brown Hemi cars, pale-green Lamborghinis or pink (sorry, Sunfire Red) Pontiacs. Kids now are going to look around and think, “Boy, in the late-’60s it must have been like driving around in a bag of Skittles; everything was bright orange or Ferrari the same auction was a 1963 Ferrari 250 GT Lusso, in an unusual dark slate/blue. Imagine my surprise when I found out that this was the car’s fourth different color. What was it originally? Ha! Russo Red! Party like it’s 1989 If you’re patting yourself on the back for finally tossing that acid-washed, fleece-lined denim jacket, you might want to chase down the trash truck and see if you can get it back. I know it feels like yesterday, but the ’80s and ’90s were a long time ago, long enough that the cars of the day are classics now. Collectibles! Yeah, sorry, we all get old. Point is, if you remember those days fondly, you can relive them now and call it an investment. Testarossas and Vectors might be high-priced, but I watched a 1990 Toyota Sera go for $13,000, and you can live all your Ice-Ice-Baby dreams in a 5.0 Mustang. Better hurry, though; somebody paid almost $50,000 for an ’89 LX at Barrett-Jackson. Pump up the jam Now we come to our car-college final exam. Forget about values and investments and production numbers — and focus on what’s really important in a car. What does it sound like at full throttle? What does it smell like when it whooshes past? And what am I supposed to do with this pump handle on the passenger’s side? Okay, that last one might only be relevant if you score a ride in Brian Blain’s 1917 National AC, but the rest is relevant to any car. I got a chance to play riding mechanic in Blain’s National thanks to Hagerty Insurance, which sponsored a ride-along “Parade Lap” track day at the Bondurant Racing School in Chandler, AZ. It was the first year for the event, which invited own- ers of classic cars to take a low-key lap around the track, and even give rides. There were a good dozen cars — many of them more Officially, it’s Sunfire Red, but this ’64 Pontiac GTO is pink to me 72 than a century old — whizzing and fuming around the circuit. It smelled like the 1912 Indy 500. It sounded like a drum corps with firecrackers. The pump on the side is to push the water back into the radiator. Give it a good pump once a lap. Now go forth and drive. ♦ Sports Car Market Elana Scherr Elana Scherr


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Feature Scenes from the Arizona Auctions An RM Sotheby’s employee moves a 1959 AC Ace Bristol to the auction staging area. It later sold for $274,400 In a room filled with fantastic autos at Gooding & Company, a 1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster attracts a lot of attention, ultimately selling for $1m A 1959 Fiat-Abarth 750 GT “Double Bubble” Zagato moves through the crowd at RM Sotheby’s, almost looking like a microcar. It sold for $100,000 74 Sports Car Market Jim Pickering Chad Tyson Jim Pickering


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Russo and Steele ringman Marty Hill works the crowd on a 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z51 convertible Does that thing have a Hemi in it? Patrons check out a 1904 Pope-Tribune 6-hp Twin-Cylinder Runabout that was previewed for Bonhams’ Amelia Island auction Visitors inspect a 1959 Austin-Healey BN4 roadster at Barrett-Jackson. It sold for $36,300 Background photo by Terry Ballard April 2019 75 Chad Taylor Chad Taylor Jim Pickering


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Sports Car Market PROFILES IN THIS ISSUE Keith Martin’s The Insider’s Guide to Collecting, Investing, Values, and Trends ™ Significant Sales That Provide a Snapshot of the Market 78 Sports Car Market


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FERRARI: 1963 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta by Scaglietti, p. 80 ENGLISH: 1954 Aston Martin DB2/4 Coupe by Bertone, p. 82 ETCETERINI: 1936 Bugatti Type 57 Two-Light Ventoux Coupe, p. 86 GERMAN: 1963 Porsche 356B Carrera 2 GS Cabriolet, p. 88 AMERICAN: 1965 Ford Mustang Pre-Production, p. 90 RACE: 1948 Lesovsky-Offenhauser Indianapolis “Blue Crown Special,” p. 92 NEXT GEN: 1993 Vector Avtech WX-3 Prototype, p. 94 1993 Vector Avtech WX-3 Prototype; Erik Fuller ©2018, courtesy of RM Sotheby’s April 2019 79


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Ferrari Profile 1963 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta by Scaglietti This was a good sale, but the market has dropped during the past two years by Steve Ahlgrim Chassis number: 4037GT SCM Condition for this car: 2- T he Ferrari 250 SWB Berlinetta was unveiled at the Paris Auto Show in October of 1959. Besides its stunning new design and upgraded engine specification, the car featured other competition-bred refinements, including a wheelbase that was about nine inches shorter for sharper handling and increased corner speed. Four-wheel disc brakes — a first for a Ferrari road car — were fitted to the production cars. Extremely effective in competition, the SWB Berlinetta’s high-profile results included a win and sweep of the first four places in the GT category at Le Mans in 1960. Other victories included the Tour de France Automobile from 1960 to 1962. Blending competition prowess with style and versatility, the 250 GT SWB is one of the finest dual-purpose GT cars from Ferrari. Chassis 4037GT benefits from the refinements made during the model’s production. These include a larger windscreen, leather-covered dashboard and more-comfortable seats, features that make it especially well-suited to road use. SCM Analysis This car, Lot 121, sold for $7,595,000, including buyer’s premium at Gooding & Company’s January 19–20 Scottsdale, AZ, auction. The concours field at the Cavallino Classic is actually two fields. Directly in front of the historic Breakers Palm Beach Hotel is a small field known as “the front lawn.” A hedge and sidewalk separate the front lawn from The Breakers 80 Sports Car Market golf course. The golf course is for mortal Ferraris. Supercars, modern race cars, young and old sports and GT models — and maybe a vintage Superamerica — are usually shown on the main field. The front lawn is reserved for Ferrari royalty. That’s where you see Cavallino magazine cover cars, such as 250 GTOs, 250 Testa Rossas, and one-off show cars built for royalty and celebrities. Learning Ferrari history Vintage Corvette enthusiasts know about early Corvettes because a friend or neighbor had one when they were growing up. Most vintage Ferrari enthusiasts were not so lucky. Few saw a Ferrari in person until they were well into their adulthood. It is only through attending car shows and research that most Ferrari enthusiasts learn about vintage Ferraris. Even then, gaining knowledge Matt Howell, courtesy of Gooding & Company


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A 250 version was a natural for the over-3,000-cc GT class. Those 250-powered Ferraris would eventually dominate the series. Within sight of the SWB my son admired was a 250 Europa, a 250 Tour de France and a 250 GTO. The three cars bracket the SWB production, and there was no better time to explain dual-purpose Ferrari progression. A royal lineage The 250 Europa was the first Ferrari to compete in the GT class. Only a few were built. While they were competitive, they lacked the development to dominate the field. The next entry was a 250 GT that is known as a Long Wheelbase and also as a Tour de France, or TdF. Not only was the TdF a dominant competitor, but it also looked the part of a race car. The 250 SWB came next. The shorter wheelbase im- proved handling, and its engine, brake and suspension upgrades made it the darling of the series. The 250 GTO followed the SWB. The 250 GTO had a of vintage Ferraris is devilishly difficult. My 30-year-old son has been around Ferraris since he was in the womb. Between my work, car shows, and the cars in our driveway, seeing a Ferrari is as normal to him as a plastic surgeon seeing a drooping eyelid. Like many of his generation, he was aware that some Ferraris, such as 250 GTOs and 250 Tour de Frances, were special, but he had little exposure to the early cars and lacked the historical perspective to appreciate them. I recently attended the Cavallino Classic with my son, and in a rare break from spending the afternoon helping select the major award winners, I walked the show field with him. We saw Ferraris from a 166 to very recent models. I got to show him the progression of the marque from the Gooding & Company’s pre-sale estimate was $6 million to $8 million, and the sale nearly reached the top number. Turn back the clock a year or two, and the sale would have been in the $8 million range. early models to the cars that he was more familiar with than me. With the latter examples, the teacher has become the student. A 250 SWB caught my son’s eye, and that was my opening for a short lecture on dual-purpose Ferraris. Racing and daily driving Serious Grand Tursimo — or Grand Touring — racing can be traced back to 1955, when GT became a class of endurance racing. The idea was to attract manufacturers and for them to build dual-purpose GT cars for enthusiasts who didn’t want the commitment or expense of a dedicated race car. Owners purchased a standard production car that could be driven to the race track, raced and driven home. Within the class would be three classes — separated by engine size. It was a simple plan that turned out to be very success- ful. The series was a natural for Ferrari, which needed to sell more cars to finance their Formula One and Sports Racing programs. Their Colombo-designed V12 engine had proven itself powerful and dependable in 166, 195, 212, 225 and 250 MM configurations. April 2019 nearly identical engine, but this magnificent car had so many competition tweaks that it could hardly be considered a dual-purpose model. Our subject 250 SWB Chassis 4037GT is a well-known car. Luigi Chinetti sold it new to a New Yorker, and it remained in the Northeast until the late 1970s. It is a steel-body “Lusso” model that was the fourth from the last built. It was not raced in period, but it has participated in numerous vintage events, including a Tour Auto Rally, where it suffered an unfortunate minor shunt, and the Targa Florio Classic. A 2018 SCM Platinum Auction Database report noted, “The SWB market helped lead the “get rich quick” Ferrari market earlier this decade when prices nearly tripled from $4m to more than $11m.” The feverish chase for great Ferraris had too much money chasing too few cars, and the result was unsustainable prices. A great sale in a softening market Gooding & Company’s pre-sale estimate was $6 mil- lion to $8 million, and the sale nearly reached the top number. Turn back the clock a year or two, and the sale would have been in the $8 million range. The market is indeed softer, but a $7.6 million sale can hardly be viewed as disappointing. The seller might regret not putting the car on the market a couple of years earlier. The buyer was right to pay up for a great car. This was a very good result — and it proved that the most-desirable cars are still valuable even in a slump. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of Gooding & Company.) $18,000,000 $12,000,000 $15,000,000 $9,000,000 $6,000,000 $3,000,000 $0 $9,725,000 $8,305,000 High Auction Sales for the Past Five Years $16,500,000 $13,500,000 This sale: $7,595,000 1962 Ferrari 250 GT SWB coupe Lot 121, s/n 3359GT Condition 1- Not sold at $9,300,000 1963 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Coupe 2014 2015 2016 2017 N/A 2018 Gooding & Company, Pebble Beach, CA, 8/20/16 SCM# 6804282 81 1962 Ferrari 250 GT SWB coupe Lot 70, s/n 3337GT Condition 1- Not sold at $8,700,000 Bonhams, Carmel Valley, CA, 8/24/18 SCM# 6877313 Details Number produced: 165 Original list price: $14,000 Current SCM Median Valuation: $10,902,500 Tune-up cost: $3,500 Distributor caps: $400 Chassis # location: Front frame tube Engine # location: Rear engine mount Club: Ferrari Club of America; Ferrari Owners Club, P.O. Box 3671 Granada Hills, CA 91394 USA Web: www.ferrariclubofamerica.org, www.ferrariownersclub.org Alternatives: 1961 Maserati Tipo 61 Birdcage, 1963 Aston Martin DB4GT, 1938 Bugatti Type 57S Atalante coupe, 1955 Jaguar D-type SCM Investment Grade: A Comps 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB coupe Lot 220, s/n 2985GT Condition 1- Sold at $8,305,000 RM Sotheby’s, Monterey, CA, 8/18/17 SCM# 6844669


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English Profile 1954 Aston Martin DB2/4 Coupe by Bertone This Wacky marriage of La Dolce Vita and British Bulldog works better than Hadrian’s Wall by Stephen Serio Chassis number: LML765 SCM Condition for this car: 2- • One of just seven DB2/4 Bertone-bodied chassis — and the only coupe • Bodied by Bertone for S.H. “Wacky” Arnolt • Displayed by Bertone at the 1957 Torino Auto Show • One-off 2-seat coupe coachwork; features quality older restoration • Engine number corresponds to accompanying BMIHT Certificate A 82 merican industrialist and British car distributor Stanley H. “Wacky” Arnolt was a self-made millionaire, having parlayed patents he purchased in the 1930s into a manufacturing business for his Indiana-based factory during World War II. This one-off, coachbuilt creation represents the final chapter in the fascinating and tumultuous connection between Stanley Arnolt, Aston Martin and Carrozzeria Bertone. These three entities, all with strong identities, and all from different nations, combined to produce some of the most memorable and desirable collaborations of the 1950s. Offering the robust engineering and performance of a DB2/4 and the Italian flair of one of the world’s most storied carrozzerie, this singular Aston Martin would make an incredible show or tour car and would likely gain entry into some of the most exclusive automotive events worldwide. SCM Analysis This car, Lot 13, sold for $566,000, including buyer’s premium, at Gooding & Company’s Scottsdale, AZ, auction on January 18, 2019. Aston Martin and Carrozzeria Bertone — what a nice couple. Sean Connery, let me introduce you to Claudia Cardinale. Richard Burton, say hello to Monica Vitti. Sports Car Market Mathieu Heurtault, courtesy of Gooding & Company


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Details Years produced: 1953–54 Number produced: Seven Bertonebodied DB2/4 chassis Original list price: $6,000 for a standard coupe Current SCM Median Valuation: $566,000 (this car) Tune-up / major service: $1,800 to $2,800 Chassis # location: Brass plaque in engine compartment and on top of right-side chassis rail Engine # location: Stamped on topside of timing cover Club: Aston Martin Owners Cub Web: amocna.org Alternatives: 1947–53 Maserati A6GCS, 1951–54 Jaguar XK 120, 1948–56 Frazer Nash Le Mans replica SCM Investment Grade: A Successful duos — rogue and sensual with an air of La Dolce Vita and Trafalgar Square — work for me. Maybe Rome’s Colosseum with design elements by Sir Christopher Wren instead? Anglo-Italian marriages have been around since the Romans were building Hadrian’s Wall. It all works — when it works, or until it doesn’t. A Wacky idea In the 1950s, a Wacky American bound Aston Martin and Bertone together for a short, fun fling. Wacky Arnolt built seven rather unique — and some- times wonderful — Aston Martins with coachwork by Bertone for his booming automotive enterprise and his discerning new European car clientele. There was a fixed-head coupe, a handful of spiders and drophead coupes. Some were very beautiful. Some were, well, just very unique. I’m all too acquainted with these cars, having had two in inventory over my career: the Charles Ward drophead coupe and one of the Franco Scaglione-designed spiders (which from 10 feet away really appears to be a Wacky Arnolt-Bristol). Winning at the country club All of the Bertone-bodied Aston rarities (as well as the Touring-, Allemano- and Vignale-bodied rides) possess a certain 1950s elegance and purpose that truly defined Italian coachbuilding from that era. The cars were a bold expression of “what could be” for anyone who wanted to take the risk of driving and designing a unique carriage to explore the world. After all, to own any foreign car during this golden age of automotive brilliance was a statement of individuality that truly set one apart from the herd. Can you imagine, as a captain of industry, piloting not just a new Aston Martin but also a one-of-a-kind example? You’ve won bragging rights — and demoralized the new Cadillac and Lincoln owners at the country club. Right this way, Mr. Caine, and how is your wife, Ms. April 2019 Lollobrigida? I have to say that the side view of this fixed-head coupe is eerily a foreshadowing of the Shelby GT350 that was years away. Squint a tiny bit, imagine eight inches off the back of the car and you’ll see it. Great design is timeless, isn’t it? A ticket to show Our subject car is an immediate entry into any concours circle and design show — should that be your jam. Give this car a non-red identity, refresh the cosmetics and you’ll be lauded wherever you show it — and show it you should. The sales price of $566,000 is roughly Can you imagine, as a captain of industry, piloting not just a new Aston Martin but also a one-of-a-kind example? You’ve won bragging rights — and demoralized the new Cadillac and Lincoln owners at the country club. three times what a standard DB2/4 Mk II coupe is worth today in similar condition. That said, the price paid was short money for a unique one-off. Drivability won’t match the beauty, as it looks sportier than it is. However, as a boulevardier, it won’t disappoint. Bertone added beauty — not horsepower, stiffer suspensions and quicker steering, but that’s not what this universe is about. Drive your brutish DB3S, which would be the perfect garage mate to this Bella Macchina should you want to be a rogue. Something very devilish and sensual is going here, isn’t it? ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of Gooding & Company.) 1954 Aston Martin DB2/4 drophead coupe by Bertone Lot 168, s/n LML506 Condition 2+ Sold at $1,430,000 Gooding & Company, Pebble Beach, CA, 8/19/17 SCM# 6844640 Comps 1954 Aston Martin DB2/4 spider by Bertone Lot 138, s/n LML505 Condition 2+ Sold at $3,080,000 Gooding & Company, Pebble Beach, CA, 8/20/16 SCM# 6804288 1953 Aston Martin DB2/4 drophead coupe by Bertone Lot 194, s/n LML504 Condition 2+ Sold at $1,320,000 RM Sotheby’s, Fort Worth, TX, 5/2/15 SCM# 265073 83


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English Profile The Cumberford Perspective The Bertone-bodied Aston Martin DB2/4 looks like an amateur’s work, but everyone wants to drive it 3 By Robert Cumberford N 1 o one admires the exceptional design ability of Ing. Franco Scaglione, with whom I spent some time in the 1960s, or the industrial capabilities of Nuccio Bertone, more than I, but I find this Aston Martin as far from their best work as it’s possible to go. The proportions are all right, and the execution of surfaces and trim pieces up to the highest standards of the time. But the gawky wheel openings, a poorly shaped roof, an awkward, too-straight rear fender profile, and the recessed interpretation of AstonMartin’s classic grille combine to make a truly amateur-looking composition. Designed in 1953–54 and built in 1955, this car was not exhibited until the 1957 Torino show. By then, it was an old-looking device indeed — and greatly inferior to what the two great men were doing by then. You can see a bit of their later — and far more harmonious — Bertone NSU Sport Prinz coupe in the rear aspect of this car. This car is certainly a collector’s item, but it’s neither elegant nor particularly desirable and — surprisingly, given its creators — not very aerodynamic. The roof falls away too sharply from the too-far-forward high point. Yes, it’s interesting, but it’s far from a great example of Italian automotive design mastery. ♦ 84 FRONT 3/4 VIEW 1 An almost dead-straight line from A-pillar to taillight bezel lacks the grace displayed in most 1950s Bertone products. 2 The bright metal trim around all the glazing is perfectly made, a tribute to the skills of Bertone’s craftsmen. 3 The roof line cuts head- room above the driver and passengers. 4 In profile, the high point is too far forward, all to allow a teardrop shape in plan view. 5 The curved “speed streak” coming off the peculiarly egg-shaped wheel opening is beautifully made, but it falls away from the fender profile. 6 Shaping the hood to fit the Aston Martin grille shape is excellent, but the recessed grille itself is a bit weak, with the perimeter trim thin in contrast to all the other bright parts of the exterior. REAR 3/4 VIEW 7 The front fender profile is straight from the lower part of the wheel opening to the small headlamps, which are almost excessively prominent. 8 In this view, one sees just a little of the voluptuousness of Scaglione’s traditional form vocabulary. 9 The backlight is magnifi- cent, offering great visibility and pulling the overall roof form into a teardrop shape in plan view. 10 The rear fenders become fins, but not with enough side area to provide an aerodynamic stabilizing effect, which was usually important to Scaglione. 11 This transverse arc is curious. It’s nicely made — and lets the deck surface crop down to make the fins more prominent — but the effect is to make the car seem small. 12 A squared-up wheel opening is dreadful, actually rising a bit toward the rear with a line incised in the fender. Straight front and rear lines contrast with the oval front opening. INTERIOR VIEW (see previous page) I really love this interior. It encompasses all the 9 8 10 pre-rational influences that make us all like old cars. Its ergonomics are essentially nil, it’s not elaborately decorated, there’s no handsome woodwork at all, and the seats are virtually antique chairs that capture the Aston Martin spirit from the marque’s beginnings. The steering wheel itself says “premium British car,” the shift lever is just exactly where it should be to “fall readily to hand,” as old U.K. car magazines had it, and the three big dials are perfectly placed before the driver. This car is truly far from perfect, yet who can look at it and not want to get in and drive? 2 5 4 6 7 11 12 Sports Car Market


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Etceterini & Friends Profile 1936 Bugatti Type 57 Two-Light Ventoux Coupe What made this Bugatti stand out was the feeling it exuded of a loved and cherished — yet eminently usable — object by Donald Osborne Chassis number: 57469 SCM Condition for this car: 2+ I 86 n 2001, chassis 57469 was sold to the current owner, a passionate enthusiast and longstanding member of the American Bugatti Club. Early in his ownership, it was finished in an appropriate twotone dark blue and black paint scheme. Although the car benefited from some cosmetic and mechanical at- tention, a concerted effort was made to preserve the many outstanding original details, particularly in the interior, which retains nearly all of its unrestored and beautifully patinated upholstery, trim and instrumentation. Chassis 57469 has been displayed in the featured Bugatti Class at the 2009 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, driven regularly, and maintained by marque expert Scott Sargent of Sargent Metalworks in Bradford, VT. This is a well-documented Type 57 that has benefited from the care of devoted owners since it was delivered in France eight decades ago. SCM Analysis This car, Lot 131, sold for $885,000, including buyer’s premium, at Gooding & Company’s Scottsdale, AZ, auction on January 19, 2019. The magnetic appeal of the “conservato” car never fails to grab hold of me. Although the word translates literally from Italian as “preserved,” Sports Car Market it does not mean a vehicle in suspended animation, pickled from the moment it left the showroom — or driven for a few years and then parked under sheets and blankets for decades in the dark. A true conservato vehicle has always been loved, carefully maintained and kept in use as intended. It’s never abandoned in garage, barn or field. It was never modified, taken apart to be restored, modernized or James Lipman, courtesy of Gooding & Company


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tarted up. The only work it has seen is that necessary to keep it mechanically sound, strong and reliable. Should the paint fade, crack or craze, it is renewed to do its primary job — to protect the body and keep it sound. If the upholstery should become brittle or torn, it is properly repaired as required and no more. A true conservato car This 1936 Bugatti Type 57 Ventoux is a case study in the allure of the conservato automobile. It has never been stripped or dismantled for renovation or restoration. Even when the front seat covers were replaced due to increased wear, the original, still-serviceable ones were kept. It has been painted at least three times: in its original dark blue, then a bright blue and now its current, very appropriate and attractive dark blue with black. The original body number is stamped on every panel — including the trunk floor and fender storage-box lids. The interior dashboard wood has never been refinished and shows a spectacular, warm patina. The headliner is original. With a full known history from new and many period photographs through the years, inspection at the preview showed that its story of careful use and appropriate maintenance was totally believable. A leading marque specialist rebuilt the engine, and the car has been driven regularly on the road — including at least three long-distance Bugatti Club tours. A great car in a buyer’s market The Ventoux was built in all three series of the Type 57. To my eyes, it is a masterful development of the fastback Superprofileé and curved notchback Semi-profileé coupes designed by Jean Bugatti. Practical — yet retaining a distinct air of sportiness and elegance — the Ventoux captured the spirit of the capable grand tourer in a genuine 4-seat body. Built in This car hits every fundamental attribute of value. In any desirable collector object, condition, originality, provenance, beauty and suitability for purpose are key. Bugatti’s own coachwork shop, our subject car offers a tantalizing — but ultimately sad — glimpse into what could have been for a post-war Bugatti guided by Jean’s creative genius — had he not been killed in that accident in 1939 at 30 years old. You will read elsewhere in this issue comments and analysis of the sales results during the 2019 Arizona Auction Week. Despite the impressive figures of total cars sold, overall dollar volume and sell-through rates, many, if not most, cars sold under published low estimates. Arizona was very much a buyer’s market, with bidders being quite selective in how long they kept their paddles raised and only interested in paying what they had to in order to get the exact car they wanted. Still a world record This Bugatti sold under the low estimate, yet the sale set a world record for the model at the same time. In my view, it was as representative an example of a healthy, rational market as the other sales. Why? Because this car hits every fundamental attribute of value. In any desirable collector object, condition, originality, provenance, beauty and suitability for purpose are key. For me, everyone at Gooding & Company, many of April 2019 the attendees at the preview, the seller and the buyer, this Ventoux has it all. What made this Bugatti stand out was the feeling it exuded of a loved and cherished — yet eminently usable — object. There are shinier examples — but few that have this combination of a good life proudly lived. The final favorable attribute it possesses is that almost all of the Ventoux coupes were of a “four light” design, with rear quarter windows. Our subject car was one of only six built with a “blind” quarter panel, giving it a more distinctive, sportier look. Sold to a good owner This Type 57 will do everything its previous and cur- rent owners have asked and will ask of it. On the road or at a concours, it is a true representation of the intentions of Jean Bugatti and the craftsmen who created it 83 years ago. It is also an exemplar of what is possible when a fine car enjoys a line of responsible custodians who understand a piece of history. Once a car falls into the hands of someone who neglects it to the point of uselessness — or wants to re-fashion it into a completely re-imagined simulacrum of an original — it cannot be brought back. During the preview and after the sale, the seller, a well-known and respected figure in the vintage-Bugatti world, expressed his hopes and his pleasure in that the car has gone to a home that will respect its qualities. It will not simply be the base for the fevered imaginings of a concours trophy hunter. I call this result superbly sold and extraordinarily bought. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of Gooding & Company.) $800,000 $1,000,000 High Auction Sales for the Past Five Years 1936 Bugatti Type 57 Ventoux $800,000 $600,000 $400,000 $200,000 $0 1937 Bugatti Type 57 Ventoux sedan Lot 125, s/n 57547 Condition 4+ Sold at $580,599 Artcurial, Le Mans, FRA, 7/9/16 SCM# 6803788 Details Years produced: 1936–39 Number produced: Six (two-light) cars; 140 Ventoux in total Current SCM Median Valuation: $580,500 Tune-up cost: $6750 Chassis # location: Brass plate on left-side firewall; on upper crankcase at engine rear Engine # location: Brass plate on left-side firewall; on upper crankcase at engine rear Club: American Bugatti Club Web: www.americanbugatticlub.org Alternatives: 1936 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900, 1936 Bentley 4½ Litre, 1935 Delahaye 135S SCM Investment Grade: A Comps 1938 Bugatti Type 57 Ventoux coupe Lot 256, s/n 57634 Condition 3 Sold at $480,019 Artcurial, Paris, FRA, 6/10/13 SCM# 225874 This sale: $885,000 $541,266 $580,599 1937 Artcurial Type 57 Ventoux saloon Lot 50, s/n 57345 Condition 4+ Sold at $451,000 2014 2015 2016 N/A 2017 N/A 2018 Gooding & Company, Scottsdale, AZ, 1/19/13 SCM# 214784 87


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German Profile Column Author 1963 Porsche 356B Carrera 2 GS Cabriolet This was a relative bargain for a largely original, numbers-matching Carrera 2 cab — albeit of driver quality by Prescott Kelly Chassis number: 158183 Engine number: 97243 SCM Condition for this car: 3+ • Coachwork by Reutter • 1,966-cc DOHC flat 4-cylinder engine • Dual Solex 40PII-4 downdraft carburetors • 130 bhp at 6,200 rpm • 4-speed manual transaxle • Four-wheel independent suspension • Four-wheel Annular disc brakes • Selling after 30 years of single ownership • Exquisite, highly original example of the top-of-the-line 356 Carrera 2 • Fully documented ownership history from new SCM Analysis This car, Lot 88, sold for $1,000,500, including buyer’s premium, at Bonhams’ Scottsdale Auction at the Westin Kierland Resort in Scottsdale, AZ, on January 17, 2019. Porsche built the first 356 in 1948. The first series competition 356 was built in 1952 — it was the aluminum-bodied “America Roadster,” reflecting its intended U.S. market for SCCA and Cal Club racing. Porsche’s first purebred “prototype” race car, the Type 550 Spyder, was introduced in 1953. 88 Sports Car Market Bred for competition By the early 1950s, Porsche already knew that displacement, rpm and cooling limitations hindered their flat 4-cylinder pushrod in competition. A new engine project, internal number Type 547, was launched under the firm’s chief engine engineer, Ernst Fuhrmann. An Austrian, Fuhrmann graduated from the Vienna Technical Institute in 1938. He had written his dissertation on the design of camshaft trains in high-performance engines. Fuhrmann joined Porsche while the firm was in its World War II- induced “exile” in Gmünd, Austria. Initially, he worked on the Cisitalia Type 360 Grand Prix race car. The design commission from this car paid Courtesy of Bonhams


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the French for the release of Ferdinand Porsche from Dijon prison. Start with 100 horsepower Porsche wanted 100 horsepower per liter of displace- ment and at least 7,000 rpm from the new engine. Getting there would take full advantage of Fuhrmann’s skills. After only six months of development — including nights and weekends — the new engine emerged. The engine was very complex. It was based on the best available high-rev crankshaft, the roller-bearing Hirth with an assembled multi-piece design. To directly activate the valves, Fuhrmann designed a bevy of gears and shafts to connect the four camshafts, two over each bank of cylinders — upper for intake valves and lower for exhaust. Tolerances were tight and assembly had to be precise. Fuhrmann also employed dual-plug ignition and doubled air flow cooling versus the pushrod engines. The new engine also fit into a 356 Fuhrmann designed the new 1,498-cc engine to be a tidy overall package, so it could fit into a production 356. Turns out Fuhrmann wanted to upgrade his company car. The Type 547 engine was first installed in 356s in 1954. Porsche then introduced these 356 “Carreras” to the public at the Frankfurt Auto Show in September 1955. These Type 547 engines initially delivered 110 horse- power, ultimately building up to 180–185 horsepower for specialized racing use. The 4-cam engines in race cars ran strong and lasted well. The engine had more trouble when used on the street. Constant starts/stops and low-rev “lugging” led to crankshaft failures. That is still true today for roller-crank engines. Moving to plain-bearing crankshafts To remedy that weakness, Porsche moved to plain- bearing crankshafts with the Type 692/1 engines with 1,587 cc, which were introduced in 1959. For 1962, Porsche increased displacement Type 587, and the Carrera 2 was born. Horsepower ranged from 130 with a redline at 7,000 rpm in street applications (Type 587/1), up to 180/185 horsepower and 8,000 rpm in 904/Elva-Porsche competition cars (Types 587/3 and 587/3A). Great then, valuable now Today, 4-cam Porsche race cars are very desirable and valuable: 550, 550A, RS60 and RS61 Spyders; Carrera Abarths; 904s; and a few special race cars. These cars trade between $2,500,000 and $6,000,000, and factory team cars that won class or overall at prestigious races such as Le Mans, Targa Florio, Daytona or Sebring are worth even more. The most-desirable 356? Street 356s frequently ended up in competition, especially Speedsters and GT coupes, often with competition-enhanced suspensions, weight reductions and engine upgrades. Once the plain-bearing cranks came online, street and touring use became less of a maintenance risk. Street 356 Carreras are desirable outside the Porsche aficionado market, along with 356 Speedsters. They have been in their own bull market for 10 years. Among the models built in more than 20 units, the top of the pyramid is the 1958–59 aluminum-paneled 356A GT Speedster. Next comes the steel-paneled 1957 version, followed by the Carrera 2 cabriolet. April 2019 to 1,966 cc with the Details Years produced: 1962–65 Carrera 2s Number produced: 66 1962–63 356B Carrera 2s cabs; 96 total Carrera 2 cabs Original list price: $6,212 according to the factory price list Current SCM Median Valuation: $550,000 Tune-up/major service: $6,000 with valve adjustment Chassis # location: Stamping in trunk, below gas tank; aluminum tag in trunk, aluminum tag on driver’s side A-pillar Porsche moved to plain-bearing crankshafts with the Type 692/1 engines with 1,587 cc, which were introduced in 1959. For 1962, Porsche increased displacement to 1,966 cc with the Type 587, and the Carrera 2 was born. Scarcity usually helps collectibility These Carreras are excellent cars to drive, and they are relatively rare. Porsche built 1,168 4-cam 356 Carreras. Our subject car is a 1963 Carrera 2 cabriolet, one of 96 Carrera 2 cabs built — all on 356B/C “T6” tubs. The 1962–63 Carrera 2s were the first 356s with disc brakes, lightweight “annulars.” These brakes were Porsche’s own design — based on period aircraft equipment. Starting in 1964, Porsche used heavier — but more affordable — ATE disc brakes on all their cars. These brakes were built to Porsche specifications on license from England’s Dunlop firm. Mostly original The Bonhams car had a well-documented history of five owners. It had been with its last owner for 30 years. The car was in used condition, and it was far from concours. It was potentially a good driver that could be restored later. It also was a largely original example, with Kardexnumber-matching engine, P97243, and original colors of Signal Red over a black interior. It was fully repainted in 1986. It featured original-appearing interior and trim with a nice patina. Switzerland’s Armin Baumann, an excellent 4-cam mechanic, rebuilt the engine some years ago. Before its recent reinstallation, the engine was thoroughly checked out by Karl Hloch, another highly skilled mechanic, and all the other mechanical aspects were refurbished. A fair deal Against a pre-sale estimated range of $1,100,000– $1,300,000, this Carrera 2 hammered sold for $905,000 for a total of $1,000,500 after buyer’s premium (12% on first $250,000, 10% above that). That was a relative bargain for a largely original, numbers-matching Carrera 2 cab — albeit of driver quality. During the past two years, concours examples have been over $1.5 million, and one approached $2 million. This sale reflected the softening overall market, and it was slightly weaker than expected. This car was well bought — pending market develop- ments over the next year. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of Bonhams.) 89 1963 Porsche 356 Carrera 2 cabriolet Lot 172, s/n 1157655 Condition 1- Not sold at $230,000 Worldwide Auctioneers, Houston, TX, 5/1/10 SCM# 162414 (Note: Car had a replacement engine block) 1962 Porsche 356 Carrera 2 coupe Lot 77, s/n 120995 Condition 1 Not sold at $375,000 Gooding & Company, Amelia Island, FL, 3/11/17 SCM# 6827734 (Note: Car had replacement engine) 1964 Porsche 356 Carrera 2 coupe Lot 27, s/n 129913 Condition 2Sold at $517,000 Gooding & Company, Amelia Island, FL, 3/11/17 SCM# 6827714 Engine # location: Punched boss on engine, low, facing rear Club: Porsche Club of America Web: www.pca.org Alternatives: 1962–64 Ferrari 250 GT/L Lusso, 1963–65 Aston Martin DB5, 1963–66 Alfa Giulia Sprint SCM Investment Grade: A Comps


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American Profile Courtesy of Barrett-Jackson 1965 Ford Mustang Pre-Production This car brought much more than a regular, restored Mustang coupe, but it didn’t have the firepower to go sky-high by Dale Novak Chassis number: 5F07U100002 SCM Condition for this car: 1 T 90 his is the very first Ford Pilot Plant/Pre-production Mustang hard top. This 1965 Mustang started the Pony Car revolution in American car building, resulting in the later creation of the Camaro and Firebird. It was hand-assembled at the Ford Pilot Plant and is one of three known existing Pilot Plant Mustangs to survive. SCM Analysis This car, Lot 1365, sold for $192,500, including buyer’s premium, at Barrett-Jackson’s January 12–20, 2019, auction in Scottsdale, AZ. From day one, the Mustang was on a trajectory to stardom that most cars can only dream of achieving. From the day it hit the showroom floors, sales skyrocketed, with enthusiastic men and women eagerly signing the bottom line to drive one home. In fact, the very first regular production Mustang sold to the public is still owned by the original owner today, a baby-blue 260-ci convertible. That story still waits to be told. From the end of the launch year in March of 1964 to the end of the 1965 production, Ford put 686,000 Mustangs in buyers’ garages. Within the first 18 months of production, the Ford Mustang hit the 1 million mark. It was an amazing car with a perfectly timed debut. Young buyers were ready to open their wallets for a car that was stylish, sporty and fun to drive. The Mustang also came in three configura- Sports Car Market tions: the humble coupe, the well-styled fastback and the open-road convertible. Our subject car is special only because it is the first Ford Pilot Plant/ Pre-production Mustang hard top. Big bucks for a bare-bones Mustang Our subject car is one of only three known serialized existing Pilot Mustangs to survive. Any Ford collector — especially a Ford Mustang collector — lusts for this car. Bearing VIN sequence number 100002, you simply can’t ask for anything much better — other than convertible 5F08F100001 — which is owned by Ford and on display at the Henry Ford Museum. Actually, I take that back. You could want something much better. We’ll talk about that in a little bit.


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Prototype touches The car wears special touches that you simply won’t find on any production Mustang — even the very early 1964½ models. The unique features include prototype sheet- metal stampings, different welds and a straight floor shifter. The car received “show car” smoothing of the visible weld marks. These were done at the Ford factory, so the car would show better — with a higher attention to detail — than it would have displayed as a regular production line car. All boxes ticked The history and documentation on the car are airtight — as in space-station airtight. There’s no wondering about the provenance of the car. Ford even verified that it is indeed a pilot pre-production example — and one of the very first that were serialized, so it could be shipped to a Ford dealer to be placed on display. In fact, the car was shipped to Brown Brothers Ford in Vancouver, Canada, but, for some unknown reason, it ended up finding its first home at Whitehorse Motors in the Yukon Territory. A no-sale at Mecum Indy 2017 Chassis SF07U100002’s first public sale attempt came at the Mecum Indy sale in 2017. The owner for the past 19 years — a nationally known Mustang historian and author — had decided to sell A base-model, stripped-down coupe doesn’t create enough emotional firepower to get buyers digging deep — even if it is the most special base-model, stripped-down coupe on the planet. the car. However, the seller and Mecum came up with a $450,000 to $650,000 pre-sale estimate. That’s a pretty aggressive number. The main problem is that you really don’t have any comps. It’s not like there’s another Mustang Pilot VIN #2 out there — and we already know that VIN #1 is in the Henry Ford Museum. Owning the “first” of just about any car is always a powerful tool you can use to pump up the value. Our subject car reached a high bid of $300,000 — but didn’t sell at Mecum’s May 16, 2017, Indianapolis Auction. Hindsight is always perfect, but that is a lot more than it brought at Barrett-Jackson’s 2019 Scottsdale Auction. This car is perfect for both of those auctions, but you’d think it would do better at BarrettJackson in Scottsdale. That’s where all the big collectors — and bidders — go every year. Too basic to fly high For me, and maybe it’s just me, Mecum’s estimate of $450k–$650k was a full swing at the fences. While I absolutely agree that it’s a very important Mustang, the car falls short on a few requirements of a top-notch collectible motorcar. First and foremost, this is about as basic as a Mustang could be in 1965. The car has an inline 6, manual 3-speed transmission — and really no other options. It’s also a humble coupe. Even when a Mustang coupe is well equipped and expertly restored, they generally sell in the low-$20,000 April 2019 1965 Ford Mustang Pre-Production coupe (this car) Lot S125, s/n 5F07U100002 Condition 1- Not sold at $300,000 Mecum Auctions, Indianapolis, IN, 5/16/17 SCM# 6836071 91 range. It’s simply not a car that sets off performance or styling fireworks. Had it been a convertible with the highest-spec 260-ci V8 engine at the time, we’d have a different discussion — and a much higher sales price. But it’s not. Please don’t misread the tea leaves here. I’m not beating up the car, just discussing the overall collectible appeal. Plus, it did sell for about 12 times the value of a Plain-Jane restored coupe. So the collectible factor did ring the bell for the buyers in the room — just not to the tune of $500k. Humble coupe, humble price In the final analysis, we either have a car that was widely well bought or modestly well acquired. If we look back at significant Mustangs that have sold over the years, every one of them rang the bell from a performance view. K-code convertibles, Shelbys, highhorsepower fastbacks, Boss 302s, Boss 429s and so on. Top-selling Mustangs always have high-watermark styling and terrorizing street engines. They have represented the cars that gearheads wanted all along — but couldn’t necessarily afford when they were new. A base-model, stripped-down coupe doesn’t create enough emotional firepower to get buyers digging deep — even if it is the most special base-model, strippeddown coupe on the planet. Yes, this car is an important Mustang, and it always will be. But it is not the right car to represent what the Mustang would ultimately become: a high-performance street machine. I would have suggested a sales estimate in the $250k range, plus or minus that number. This is simply an educated guess — but I’ll stick with it. As such, I’d call VIN SF07U100002 slightly well bought — if not a market-correct result. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of Barrett-Jackson.) 1966 Ford Mustang GT convertible (ex-Henry Ford II) Lot 124, s/n 6F08K285715 Condition 2 Sold at $226,756 Artcurial, Paris, FRA, 2/9/18 SCM# 6865097 Details Year produced: 1965 Number produced: 409,260 coupes Original list price: $2,372 Current SCM Median Valuation: $18,500 Tune-up cost: $300 Chassis # location: Driver’s side fender apron Engine # location: Front of the block on the passenger’s side — above the oil pan Club: Mustang Club of America Web: www.mustang.org Alternatives: 1966 Henry Ford II Mustang GT convertible, 1965 Pilot Plant Ford Mustang convertible, 1966 Shelby GT350 SCM Investment Grade: A (for this car) Comps 1965 Ford Mustang coupe Lot 213, s/n 5F07F179875 Condition 3+ Not sold at $12,500 Branson, Branson, MO, 10/19/18 SCM# 6882201


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Race Car Profile 1948 Lesovsky-Offenhauser Indianapolis “Blue Crown Special” With no heroic drives or thrilling victories to recommend it, this car’s glory is limited to nostalgia and its Blue Crown livery by Thor Thorson Chassis number: 3 Engine number: 82 M aking its Indianapolis debut in 1948, this car failed to qualify. George Connor was able to qualify the car in 6th position for the Indy 500 in 1949, finishing the race with an im- pressive 3rd overall. Bill Holland drove it at two subsequent AAA races that year at Trenton and Milwaukee. Connor drove the car in two more 500s, finishing 8th in 1950 and 30th in 1951. In 1952 and 1953, Charlie Marant entered the car at Indianapolis, but he was unable to qualify either year. In 1954, second owner Bob Christie attempted to qualify the car; however, a failed magneto put an end to his Indianapolis hopes. With its classic Indy car looks, the Blue Crown Special is one of the most interesting and attractive Indianapolis racers produced in the Roadster Era. This meticulously restored and historically significant race car is an exceptional addition to any collection of historic American racing cars. SCM Analysis This car, Lot 171, sold for $201,600, including buyer’s commission, at RM Sotheby’s Arizona Auction on January 19, 2019. There are as many reasons to buy an old racing car as there are cars and buyers, but they generally fall into one of a few basic categories. In no particular order I refer to these categories as: 1) Weapons-grade racers. 92 Sports Car Market 2) Significant and collectible racers that can be — and need to be — driven. 3) Important collection pieces that may occasionally get used at the track or on tours. 4) Furniture. At the risk of irritating some readers, I suggest that our subject car is in this category and needs to be understood in that light. Before dropping into that discussion, let’s take a brief tour of the Indianapolis racers from the 1930s through the early 1960s. Indy car history Beginning with the Great Depression during the 1930s, Indy tried moving away from the sleek, tiny Miller missiles of the late 1920s Juan Martinez ©2018, courtesy of RM Sotheby’s


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Hot, noisy and scary These Indy cars are all bespoke racers that are strictly limited to track use. They all use pretty much the same engine, and none of them are particularly easy or fun to drive. They are hot, noisy, dirty, uncomfortable and very scary for anyone not already accustomed to the risk and vulnerability inherent in driving them fast. The very brave heroes who raced these cars really were that — accidents were common and drivers seldom walked away unscathed. The 1948 “Blue Crown Special” Our subject car was originally built in 1948 for Lou toward something more affordable. The rules specified two seats with a required rider, and production engines and chassis were encouraged over pure racing ones. Economic recovery brought a return to purpose-built, single-seat racers. Starting in 1937, Indianapolis adopted the international Grand Prix rules (3-liter supercharged, 4.5-liter normally aspirated) and got the 500 added to the international championship calendar. Their thought was to establish the 500 as a truly international race, but the 4,200 miles from Indy to Paris in the days before air freight made European participation sparse. What did happen is that American dirt-track racers quickly adapted to run the 2.5-mile paved oval, evolving over the years to optimize for the Indianapolis track (though most of them also continued to run dirt tracks as well). These are the second category, often described as This car makes no sense as a weapons-grade racer. ... To run the car at all requires a crew, there are only a few vintage oval events in any given year, and running it on a road track would be challenging at best. “upright” racers, and they include our subject car. The engine of choice was the 272-ci (4.5-liter) Offenhauser 4. It sat in front and drove a minimal transmission to a live rear axle, with the driver sitting on top of the driveline, his feet straddling the transmission. This arrangement made for relatively tall, narrow cars with high centers of gravity, but it was state of the art at the time. In 1952, Frank Kurtis came up with the idea of off- setting the engine to the left and having the driver sit beside the driveline instead of on top of it. This had multiple advantages in that it moved the static weight to the inside, so that it was more even on the tires under cornering load (left turns only, of course) and got the driver’s weight much lower in the chassis. The new wide, low look reminded people of the California hot rod “roadsters,” so that name stuck. “Indy Roadsters” dominated racing into the late 1950s. This is the third category. The power remained the venerable Offenhauser, now labeled a Meyer-Drake but essentially unchanged. In 1958, designers started laying the engine on its side in the chassis, further lowering the car’s center of gravity to improve handling. These cars are called the “Laydown Roadsters” and held sway until the mid-engine revolution arrived from Europe and made everything before them obsolete. April 2019 Moore, a driver and team owner sponsored by the Blue Crown spark-plug company. Moore and his various “Blue Crown Specials” were very successful in the early post-war years, winning the Indy 500 five times. This car was unusual in that it was built as a short-wheelbase approach and was thus visually smaller than most of its competitors. It was known at the time as the “Baby Blue Crown.” The short wheelbase is more appropriate to dirt-track racing, so I suspect that running at Indy was not its original purpose, although it spent plenty of time there. It is certainly a pretty thing. Resplendent in blue and red, it is an archetype of what the upright racers should look like. What to do? Let’s get back to the question of why someone would want to buy this car, which in turn, gets us to issues of value. This car makes no sense as a weapons-grade racer. Using carburetors rather than Hilborn injection makes things easier, but any Offenhauser is brutal to use — plus there is no provision for an on-board starter. To run the car at all requires a crew, there are only a few vintage oval events in any given year, and running it on a road track would be challenging at best. If you want to race, there are better options. Really cool furniture Assigning the car very much historic significance, which is a prerequisite to attaining serious collector value, is a difficult proposition. Yeah, the car ran the 500 quite a few times — and even placed 3rd once. However, nobody alive remembers any of the drivers. With no heroic drives or thrilling victories to recom- mend it, the car’s glory is limited to nostalgia and its Blue Crown livery — and that’s mostly an appearance thing. It might seem insulting at first blush, but there is re- ally nothing wrong with thinking of a car as furniture, and this car is a perfect example. Imagine, if you will, the perfect man cave filled with mid-century automobilia. Maybe there is a late pre-war Ford convertible and a post-war woodie wagon, some ’50s hot rods, a Vincent or BSA motorcycle or two, and you are almost there. The scene needs a centerpiece, and here is where our Blue Crown Special (along with maybe an Indy Roadster or two) make everything just perfect. I don’t know who bought this car or why, but I will almost guarantee that something close to what I have just described is where it ended up. Two-hundred grand is not an unreasonable invest- ment in a delightful blue centerpiece. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of RM Sotheby’s.) 1951 Offenhauser Blue Crown Special Indy racer Lot 74, s/n none Condition 2 Sold for $110,000 Gooding & Co., Pebble Beach, CA, 8/16/09 SCM# 142011 93 1952 Kurtis Kraft 400 Bowes Seal Fast Special Lot 127, s/n 346 Condition 2 Sold for $495,000 RM Sotheby’s, Amelia Island, FL, 3/14/15 SCM# 264367 1957 Kurtis Kraft 500G Indy racer Lot 30, s/n KK500G2 Condition 2- Sold for $308,000 Worldwide Auctioneers, Scottsdale, AZ, 1/17/18 SCM# 6856534 Details Year produced: 1948 Number produced: One Original list price: N/A Current SCM Median Valuation: $201,600 (this car) Cost per hour to race: $750 Chassis # location: N/A Engine # location: Tag on right cam cover Club: Historic Champ/Indy Car Association Web: www.champindycar.com Alternatives: 1960 Ken-Paul Offy, 1951 Offenhauser Blue Crown Special, 1952 Kurtis Kraft 400/Bowes Seal Fast Special or any other 1946–60 Indianapolis racer SCM Investment Grade: A Comps


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Next Gen Profile 1993 Vector Avtech WX-3 Prototype This car never made it to production, but it pioneered much of the technology now seen in modern hypercars by Elana Scherr Chassis number: 1V9VW2629PW048001 • The 1992 and 1993 Geneva Motor Show car • The only Vector WX-3 coupe prototype produced • 1,000-hp twin-turbo V8 engine • Retained by company founder Jerry Wiegert T 94 he Avtech WX-3 prototype was first displayed in silver paint at the 1992 Geneva Motor Show. The WX-3 prototype owed its advanced composition to the Vector W8, including carbon fiber and Kevlar. Inside, the WX-3’s interior was far more refined, but it still shared its airplane-cockpit-control arrangement with the W8. The hard top eschewed deeply bolstered sports seats in favor of a three-across seat- ing configuration clothed in black leather with teal-green trim. Side windows that slid open helped save weight and reduced complexity, as did triangular mirrors integrated into the A-pillars. Although it never made production, the WX-3 rep- resented the very best of America’s first supercar and offered enormous potential for the future. SCM Analysis This car, Lot 153, sold for $615,500, including buyer’s premium, at RM Sotheby’s Arizona Auction in Phoenix, AZ, on January 18, 2019. We can’t talk about the Vector WX-3 without backing up a bit to start with the Vector W8. Oh, let’s back up a bit more. Meet Gerald “Jerry” Wiegert. Careful while you’re backing up, as these ’90s supercars didn’t have great rear visibility. Maybe open up one of the scissor doors while you’re in motion. Then you’ll look cooler and be able to see where we’re going. We’re going into the mind of Wiegert, an Art Center College of Design graduate who envisioned an allAmerican supercar to take on the wild Italian wedges of Ferrari and Lamborghini. Wiegert’s first attempt, a concept car called the Vector, graced the cover of Motor Trend in 1972, but it wasn’t until 1978 that there was an actual running Vector car. That was the W2, a prototype Car and Driver maga- zine described as “a UFO on wheels.” The W2 made the rounds of magazine and car shows, but it never went into production. Sports Car Market Erik Fuller ©2018, courtesy of RM Sotheby’s


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Details Years produced: 1992–93 Number produced: Two Original list price: N/A (this is a prototype). The Vector W8 listed at $283,750 SCM Current Median Valuation: $615,500 (this one-off car) Tune-up cost: $350 Chassis # location: Driver’s side sill Engine # Location: On block below alternator Web: www.vectormotors.com Alternatives: 1993 Lamborghini Diablo, 1993 Jaguar XJ 220, 1992 Bugatti EB110 SCM Investment Grade: B Comps In 1989, Wiegert’s company, under the new name, Vector Aeromotive Corporation, began producing his next creation, the lean, low, 625-hp Vector W8. Many of the materials and features seem commonplace on a hypercar today, but Vector was ahead of its time with carbon fiber, honeycomb panels, and the use of bonded and riveted construction in the chassis. The engine was a twin-turbo 6-liter Rodeck smallblock V8 with a GM 3-speed automatic. The interior The $615,500 all-in-price gavel drop was above the estimated $500,000, and it reflects a growing interest in cars of the ’80s and ’90s. was unique, using a customizable flat-panel display and center seating. It was more like an airplane than an automobile. Big dreams The W8 got good reviews, but Vector didn’t make many before the company ran into trouble. While working on the W8’s successor, the WX-3 pro- totype seen here, Wiegert and Vector investor Megatech had a nasty breakup. Megatech took over and fired Wiegert, who then sued for ownership of the WX-3 prototype coupe and its open-top sister (the WX-3R roadster, which sold at the same Arizona RM Sotheby’s auction as this car, and reportedly to the same buyer). The WX-3, like the W8, was inspired by aeromotive technology, with use of carbon fiber. The interior of the coupe manages to make a bench seat seem sexy, with three-across seating. Wiegert originally planned for the new Vector to come with a choice of turbocharged engines ranging from a base 600 hp to a heavily boosted 1,200 hp. The WX-3 prototype is powered by the 1,000-hp version of the twin-turbo 7.0-L V8 and Turbo-Hydramatic 425 transmission. April 2019 95 It was the only Vector to be made with the bigger 7-liter engine. Top speed is rumored to be above 240 mph, but there is no supporting evidence that any Vectors have been tested at that level. Still, it looks fast, even standing still. Big price tag It’s always hard to predict what a prototype car will sell for. After all, there are only two Vector WX-3s in existence, and the other one was selling right alongside this one. The $615,500 all-in-price gavel drop was above the estimated $500,000, and it reflects a growing interest in cars of the ’80s and ’90s. You certainly can’t get more ’90s than the softly rounded wedge of the WX-3, with its wrap-around rear spoiler, hidden headlights and metallic turquoise paint scheme. Wiegert’s Vectors are the precursors to American super sports cars such as the Ford GT, the Dodge Viper and the Corvette ZR1. Here’s hoping they inspire a whole new set of automo- tive dreamers. Well bought. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of RM Sotheby’s.) 1997 Vector M12 coupe Lot 675.1, s/n 1V9MB1220V104800Z Condition 2+ Sold at $106,700 Barrett-Jackson, Las Vegas, NV, 9/22/11 SCM# 185835 1993 Vector W8 coupe Lot 201, s/n 1V9VW262OPWO4016 Condition 1 Not sold at $925,000 McCormick’s, Palm Springs, CA, 2/21/14 SCM# 232455 1993 Jaguar XJ 220 coupe Lot 34, s/n SAJJEAEXBAX220871 Condition 1Sold at $457,744 Bonhams, Zoute, BEL, 10/6/17 SCM# 6851083


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AUCTIONS IN THIS ISSUE $124.4m Barrett-Jackson, Scottsdale, AZ, p. 104 $48.2m Gooding & Co., Scottsdale, AZ, p. 120 $36.9m RM Sotheby’s, Phoenix, AZ, p. 136 $16.1m Bonhams, Scottsdale, AZ, p. 148 $11.7m Russo and Steele, Scottsdale, AZ, p. 162 $9.2m Worldwide Auctioneers, Scottsdale, AZ, p. 174 David Gooding and auctioneer Charlie Ross oversee the $7.6 million sale of the 1963 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta by Scaglietti during the Scottsdale auction; Jensen Sutta, courtesy of Gooding & Company April 2019 99


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Market Reports Overview Shifting Trends One American icon is dropping, while a Japanese sports car finds its legs By Chad Tyson Top 10 Sales This Issue (Land Auctions Only) W 1. 1958 Ferrari 250 GT Tour de France coupe, $5,890,000— Gooding & Co., AZ, p. 128 2. 1953 Ferrari 250 MM Series II Spider, $5,395,000—Gooding & Co., AZ, p. 128 3. 1951 Maserati A6G/2000 Spider, $2,755,000—Bonhams, AZ, p. 156 4. 1958 Ferrari 288 GTO coupe, $2,507,500—Gooding & Co., AZ, p. 128 5. 1958 BMW 507 Series II roadster, $2,175,000—RM Sotheby’s, AZ, p. 140 6. 1967 Ferrari 330 GTS Spyder, $2,012,500—RM Sotheby’s, AZ, p. 142 7. 1952 Ferrari 212 Europa cabriolet, $1,930,000—Gooding & Co., AZ, p. 128 8. 1948 Tucker 48 sedan, $1,600,000—RM Sotheby’s, Phoenix, AZ, p. 146 9. 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing, $1,435,000—Gooding & Co., AZ, p. 124 10. 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing, $1,110,000—Bonhams, AZ, p. 153 Best Buys 1970 Nissan Fairlady Z432 coupe, $89,600—Gooding & Co., AZ, p. 134 100 e can get a little myopic about the cars in our collections. Those who don’t, well, they tend to be the ones we buy the cars from, right? I’m willing to bet that most SCMers don’t have Japanese cars in their collection. You might have one as a daily driver, sure. 4Runners are great and so are Subaru BRZs. But I’m talking about collectible cars — the ones you wait all week to buff, fluff and take to shows. I’m also willing to bet the over on readers who have experience with a firstgeneration Ford Thunderbird. In due time, but no time soon, I expect those positions to be flipped. To show you what I mean, let’s look at Median Sales for the Past Five Years $80,000 $100,000 $120,000 $60,000 $40,000 $20,000 $0 some data from Scottsdale sales 2015–19 about two cars that otherwise share very little in common. So why 1955–57 Thunderbirds? Well, they’re iconic, quintessential American cars and “a personal car of distinction,” as Ford called it in their 1955 brochure — an automotive stalwart parked in garages from Orange County to Westchester County, from Houston to Dearborn. Plus, there is a decent sample size to draw from every year at the Arizona auctions. The Z-car was the best introduction Americans had to Japanese automotive performance. But why look at all Nissan/Datsun Z-car sales and not an apples-to-apples comparison between the 240Z and the T-bird? Volume is the answer there. Add three 280Zs to two stock 240Zs, one custom, plus the not-at-all-equivalent Z432 coupe, and they were the seven Z-cars sold this last go around, whereas there were 18 1955–57 Thunderbirds sold the same week. To the numbers: The Thunderbird data set is about as consistent and level as tachometers and fuel gauges from 1955. There was a 40% drop in the number of offerings from 2015 compared to 2019, and a 57% drop in total sales dollars. Contrast that with the 133% increase in Z-car offerings and a 962% increase in Z-car total dollars in those same years. More Z-cars were sold in the 2018 and 2019 Scottsdale sales than were offered the three previous years combined. But still not nearly as many as the Thunderbirds. For Z-cars of Datsun/Nissan, the 2016 data keep the chart from showing a sweeping, upward curve of increasing value. But the 2016 data point (yes, just one Z-car sold in Scottsdale in 2016) — a $49,500 1975 280Z 2+2 at Bonhams in spectacular condition — merely showed us the future. It’s also important to recognize that 2016 was also the peak of our Thunderbird values. —1955–57 Ford Thunderbird —Datsun/Nissan Z-cars 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 The per-car (average, median) paths are crossing, but we’re still a ways from the total number offered and total sales becoming equivalent. Transitions always take longer than we think — especially while in the middle of one — and then appear as if they snuck up on us. It’s probably because we’re prone to be a little too near- sighted. ♦ January 12–20, 2019 Sales Totals of Auctions in This Issue $124.4m Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale, AZ Worldwide Auctioneers Scottsdale, AZ January 16–20, 2019 Bonhams January 17, 2019 January 17–18, 2019 January 18–19, 2019 Gooding & Co. Scottsdale, AZ $0 $25m RM Sotheby’s Phoenix, AZ Scottsdale, AZ Russo and Steele Scottsdale, AZ January 16, 2019 $9.2m $11.7m $16.1m $36.9m $48.2m $50m $75m 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 $100m $125m 1939 BMW 327/28 cabriolet, $264,000—Worldwide Auctioneers, AZ, p. 178 2010 Aston Martin Rapide sedan, $57,200—Russo and Steele, AZ, p. 164 2003 BMW Z8 Alpina convertible, $143,360—Bonhams, AZ, p. 154 1965 Aston Martin DB5 coupe, $610,000—Bonhams, AZ, p. 150 Sports Car Market


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Market Reports Overview Buy/Sell/Hold SCM Data Analyst Chad Taylor shares his choices of what to buy, sell or keep hidden in the garage by Chad Taylor Buy: 1970–75 Citroën SM Citroën has a long history of taking risks in design and engineer- ing. The peak came in the 1970s with the SM. It still sported the crazy-cool hydraulic suspension and single- spoke steering wheel with the added, um, experience, of a Maseratidesigned V6. While the unique styling and odd features might have been a turn-off for buyers during its production, I think these cars are going to attract a whole new crowd: the Millennials. As part of this group, I can tell you we are all about the experi- ence of owning and driving our cars — and there is no experience like the one behind the wheel of an SM. The weirdness is the appeal, and worrying about an Italian engine and complicated hydraulic suspension is the experience. Prices have been holding steady in the $30k to $40k range, but an uptick in interest will signal an uptick in prices. Find a nice, well-sorted example now before that happens. Sell: 1966–69 Porsche 912 and 1976 912E The numbers from 2018 show a collector-car market that is start- ing to stagnate. The boom from five years back is over. Porsche, it seems, benefited the most during the boom. Nearly every iteration of the 911 was a hot commodity. The boom also helped increase prices for the less-powerful 911 lookalike: the 912. The 2019 numbers are starting to flow in, and the stagnant price trend continues. The 912 is at the bottom of the pecking order, and it will be the first to suffer from cooling prices. It might look like its 911 big brother, but it doesn’t perform like it, which is a drawback for potential buyers. The car you may have gotten for $60k last year could net you much less now. It may be time to sell, sell, sell. Hold: Limited-Edition Ferrari F430 and 458 Contemporary Ferrari V8 models tend to go from gotta-have-it- now to used-car status overnight once their successor is released. The exception is the late-run, limited edition examples, such as the Scuderia, 16M, Speciale and Speciale A. These tend to get nabbed up and hidden away. It looks like collectors’ eyes are wandering to these more-recent Ferrari go-fast models. They have been popping up more at auction, and they are bringing bigger numbers than the more-common base model. We’re talking about 50% to 60% more. For example, the 458 Speciale Aperta median price is more than three times that of the 458 Spider. It also helps that these are the last naturally aspirated V8 models from Ferrari. The new 488 Pista and Pista Spider both sport twin turbochargers. If you are lucky enough to have one or more of these final-edition 458s or 430s in your garage, keep them for a while longer. It will be worth it. You can always drive them. 102 Sports Car Market BUY SELL HOLD


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Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale, AZ Barrett-Jackson — Scottsdale 2019 One of the 50 Nürburgring Edition Lexus LFAs sold for $918,500 — an auction record for the model Company Barrett-Jackson Date January 12–20, 2019 Location Scottsdale, AZ Auctioneers Mast Auctioneers: Joseph Mast, lead auctioneer Automotive lots sold/offered 1,820/1,821 Sales rate 99.9% Sales total $124,436,300 High sale 2019 Ford GT Heritage Edition coupe, sold at $2,500,000 One of the 500 carbon-fiber-bodied super coupes — 2012 Lexus LFA Nürburgring Edition coupe, sold at $918,500 Buyer’s premium 10%, included in sold prices Report and photos by John Boyle Market opinions in italics H aving been absent from BarrettJackson for a few years covering other events, I discovered some surprises at this year’s sale. It’s been awhile, but I remember when this event used to feature a heavy dose of 1920s and 30s classics and lots of European sports cars. By comparison, this year there were just four ’30s classics (and one was a resto-mod), more Aston Martins than Austin-Healeys, just two Triumphs, three Sunbeam Tigers and no MGs. What consignors brought in abundance were resto-mods. That’s not saying that Barrett-Jackson has turned its back on restored and original cars, but the number of custom C1 and C2 Corvette nearly rivaled the number of factory-correct cars. Perhaps the best illustration of the trend was a high-quality, stock ’57 Chevy Bel Air convertible (Lot 1315.1) fresh out of a full restoration that sold for a healthy $106,700. Its lot mate (1315), in the same colors but sporting an LT1 powertrain, custom chassis and full-leather interior, brought $258,500. Barrett-Jackson President Steve Davis described the trend to ward high-dollar customs 104 and the younger buyers they attract as a “major generational shift.” While purists may decry it, there is a pragmatic attraction to a car with classic looks that performs — and cossets its passengers — like a modern luxury car. All told, the $124.4 million in total vehicle sales shows a healthy 9% jump over last year’s $113.7 million, while selling 91 more cars. In short, the WestWorld sale accounted for about half of the dollar sales for the entire Arizona auction week. To no one’s great surprise, the top charity offering — a new 2019 Ford GT in Heritage Edition colors — sold for an MSRP-shattering $2.5 million. The top non-charity sale was an entry that wasn’t in the catalog, or even parked in the star-car area. Lot 1405, a 2019 McLaren Senna — one of 500 (with 120 or so in the U.S.) and already sold out — sold for $1,457,500, a healthy uptick from its original $850k–$1m price. Not far behind was an over-the-top, one-off Mercedes G63 custom 6x6 pickup, which sold for $1.21 million. One of the 50 Nürburgring Edition Lexus LFAs topped out at $918,500, representing a new auction record. The thing that keeps this hobby interesting is every- Sales Totals $150m thing is always changing. The market is always in play. Market segments can rise with lightning speed only to deflate just as rapidly. Eras of autos deemed to be of little interest to younger generations have hung in there, while some blue chips remain reasonably constant and fads (yes, I’m thinking about $100k Amphicars) fade. It will be interesting to see if this “major generational shift,” as Mr. Davis calls it, is long lasting, or whether it will be another bubble in the history of the overall market. ♦ $120m $90m $60m $30m 0 Sports Car Market 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015


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Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale, AZ ENGLISH #1312.1-1971 JAGUAR E-TYPE Series II 4.2 convertible. S/N 2R13958. Dark blue/ red leather. Odo: 8,466 miles. One of the last 6-cylinder E-types, bought new as a 25th wedding anniversary present and only sold in 2015. All-original E-type with just under 8,500 miles. Minor rock chips on nose, but chrome and stainless are near perfect. Still wears original Dunlop SP tires. Leather interior has the nice broken-in patina that reminds you of your favorite chair. Underhood there are signs of use; some paint chips on heater box, hood-to-body seal crackled and the usual heat discoloration on the exhaust manifold, but factory marks are still there. Comes with 19 pieces of documentation including original window sticker (showing price of $6,359), owner’s manual, dealer paper floor mats, Lucas battery tag, receipts, registrations and paperwork from Forest Grove Concours for its entries between 1976 and 2001. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $132,000. No mention of its restoration being recent, so it appears to be largely in the same condition as when it was last seen at the 2010 Worldwide Auburn auction, where it sold for $59,950 (SCM# 1688247). At that time, our correspondent noted its paint was a decade old and it had some trim issues. Forgotten by all but Mercedes fans for years, these peaked in the market several years back, which brought many out of the woodwork. Since then the market has cooled a bit. This car didn’t overly impress me; it certainly didn’t strike me as a concours contender. As such, I think it was well sold at a price well above the SCM median. #1304.1-1959 VOLKSWAGEN TRANS- SOLD AT $176,000. Throw away your price guides; this is a great car with a great story behind it. Seller stayed with car all week to answer questions and handed out slick cardstock catalog bookmark to prospective bidders. The only thing that could have made it better would be if it was a Series One or had Steve McQueen-style ownership. Easily doubled the SCM median, and still well bought. GERMAN #1303.1-1959 MERCEDES-BENZ 190SL convertible. S/N 121042109502178. Black/black cloth/red leather. Odo: 95,774 miles. Nice paint over a very good body with factory-like gaps. Replated bumpers are good, waves on factory hubcaps. Stainless trim atop doors has wear and scratches. Good taillight bezels and door trim. Trunk sits noticeably high in rear. Newer leather fits well, but leather atop driver’s door has nicks and scratches. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $154,000. The late Robin Williams once said, “Cocaine is God’s way of telling you you’re making too much money.” Well, those of us who remember when these were the lowest form of automotive transportation might say the same thing about paying $150,000 for a 40-hp VW bus. Deluxe 21- and 23-window buses have been bringing huge money for years. SCM median is $119k, roughly double what it was five years ago. Last seen with 95 fewer miles at Worldwide’s Pacific Grove, CA, sale last year, where it brought $145k (SCM# 6877457). At that time our analyst said it was well sold but fairly bought, especially considering some of these have sold for more. Six months and $9k later, I’ve got to agree. #784.1-1965 PORSCHE 356C coupe. S/N 218650. Ruby Red/black cloth & vinyl. Odo: 106 PORTER Samba 23-window microvan. S/N 397019. Mango Green & white/green vinyl/ tan vinyl. Odo: 82,200 miles. An over-the-top restoration of the desirable 23-window bus. Slab sides won’t hide iffy bodywork, and this van has none. Paint much better and shinier than it came from the factory. Excellent stainless body trim with neat red rubber molding. To nit-pick, each window frame has chips at joints and excess glue around the rubber seals. The new upper window glass lacks factory markings. The three-row bench interior is wrinkle-free, with correct square-weave carpet. New vinyl sunroof. Knob on overhead ventilation console loose and hangs down. The sole gauge is nice, but odometer digits are hard to read. Engine compartment not open, but photos show it to be spotless. Cond: 2+. 73,753 miles. A numbers-matching, lifelong California car that has newer, unmarked paint. Bumper/body gap on front bumper varies significantly, by ¾ of an inch or more. Back bumper better, but still has gap issues. Dash looks like it has the factory paint, as it’s older and duller. Seats have minor wrinkles. New, correct carpet. Gauge faces slightly cloudy. A 356 Registry decal on window. Pristine engine compartment. Porsche Certificate of Authenticity, manuals and Cali registrations accompany the car. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $91,300. The last year for the 356 series. This gave me the impression of a wellcared-for, longtime-owner car. Fairly sold and bought in today’s market. #1418-1965 MERCEDES-BENZ 230SL convertible. S/N 11304222010632. Blue/gray cloth, blue hard top/gray MB-Tex. RHD. Odo: 19,136 miles. Older, good—but not spectacular—repaint. Body is straight but the hood has variable gaps, very close in back and wide in front. Extreme wear to A-pillar stainless, pitting and wear to hard-top trim. Rear bumpers have lots of wear and scratches; front is a bit better, but not by much. U.K. license plate (made of the correct plastic) cracked. MB-Tex seats look fine, as does dash. Some wear and scratches to interior brightwork, especially the ashtray atop console. Wood looks aged, but not quite ready for renewal. Carpets faded in back. It would be a good display piece if chrome and stainless issues were attended to. Hankook tires would not amuse an OEM freak. Comes with copies of original registration and photos of the car with John Lennon’s wife, George and Ringo. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $187,000. Imagine you’re a 25-year-old guy from a working-class background and you find yourself one of the most famous men in the world. What do you buy? 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These cars are making the transition from used cars to collectibles, but only the best need apply. There are still plenty of used/abused/neglected examples out there for well under $15k; the going rate for lowmile, nice cars seems to be in the $15k–$25k range. The price here is more than double the SCM median, but you’ll find ads for cars with more mileage and higher prices. An identical example with 900 more miles currently has a $75,000 asking price from an East Coast dealer. Prices for top examples in Europe have been rising for some time; this price would look downright cheap across the Atlantic. The common wisdom for purchasing any generation SL is “buy the best you can afford,” and this sale is an example of that. This price, while looking high today, will likely be seen as a bargain in a couple of years. #1413-1992 PORSCHE 911 RS coupe. S/N WP0ZZZS49182596ZN. Rubystone Red/ black leather, gray & pink suede. Odo: 30,380 km. A nearly new example with small rock chips to nose and light polishing scratches. Seats have minor wrinkles. Still with original dealer sticker, “Mizua,” in the back window. Engine bay not open for inspection, but photos show it to be like new, with factory decals in place. One of 1,989. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $165,000. Rare-in-U.S., low-mile, factory Slantnose turbo with sunroof; all the right bits. Few things say ’80s success/excess like this Porsche. An iconic car in a great color, though the long-nap white carpet is a bit too ’80s for me. I’m told this is low mileage for the car, one dealer saying if it were any lower he’d be worried. Sold at SCM median, and, judging by its condition and miles, well bought. #456.1-1989 MERCEDES-BENZ 560SL convertible. S/N WDBBA48D9KA100047. Black/black cloth, black hard top/tan leather. Odo: 15,066 miles. I’ll cut to the chase and say this car was as good as new. One-owner car until 2017. Factory paint without scratches or even polishing marks. Painted pinstripes probably added by dealer. Chrome and stainless as-new. Stock interior unmarked aside from minor wrinkling on console armrest and cleaning/polishing scratches on wood. Engine compartment clean, with only minor dust and signs of use. Comes with complete books and records. Cond: 2+. badged cars were sold in the U.S. Number 359 of 555 produced. Sold right at the SCM median price, a good buy for such a low-miles, clean example. #1414-2005 PORSCHE CARRERA GT convertible. S/N WPCA298X5L001399. Silver metallic/brown leather. Odo: 5,031 miles. If you haven’t seen one of these in the flesh, this is quite an impressive machine. A lifelong California car, it presents as-new, with minor scratching to interior carbon-fiber finishes. and creasing to driver’s seat. Comes with matching luggage set, all books, records and accessories. Recently serviced and with a new set of Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $324,500. An example of the Lightweight 911, and as the auction catalog states, “Not to be confused with the RS America,” a less-capable and expensive variant. You couldn’t buy them new here but now that they are 25 years old, some are finding their way to the U.S. This is a Japanese-delivered example, which might account for the rather unusual color (which clashed horribly with the display-area carpet), and the black-purple-fuchsia-pink suede seats. Sold nearly $100k above the SCM median, a new listing owing to the model’s recent entry into the country. #1420-2003 BMW Z8 Alpina convertible. S/N WBAEJ134X3AH62287. Black/black cloth/black leather. Odo: 8,073 miles. Seller says it has never seen rain. There are just the tiniest of polishing scratches on the finish. Bottoms of both seats have wrinkles and console has minor scratches. Hood not open, but the trunk was and is flawless. Headlights have clear bra film over them, which has small bubbles around edges. Comes with tools, books and accessories. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $203,500. The Alpina variant is the softer grand-touring version of the Z8, with softer suspension, an automatic and Nappa leather fitted. It also marked the first time Alpina- 108 NOT SOLD AT $650,000. Number 851 of 1,270 produced. One of the few reserve cars at the event, it went unsold with a high bid of $650,000. The SCM median is $715,000, so the seller thinks there is more money out there. I’m guessing we’ll see it at Monterey this summer, where the seller might have better luck. #1417-2006 MERCEDES-BENZ SLR MCLAREN coupe. S/N WDDAJ76F86M000695. Black metallic/red leather. Odo: 490 miles. For a nearly new car, the rear tires had a lot of wear. Considering it has a 0–60 time of 3.3 seconds, I’m not surprised. Minor rock chips to nose. Interior in fantastic shape and still smells new. Delivery stickers still on windshield, info tag on shift knob, so it really presents like a new car. Engine bay not open for inspection. 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Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale, AZ $465,000. I was asked what it would go for (if you carry a clipboard, everyone thinks you’re an expert), and I said $300k, which is a fair premium above the SCM median of $245k. I’m glad I didn’t disappoint. This car shows up one previous time in the Platinum Auction Database, selling for $237,600 (SCM# 6744499) at the Russo and Steele Monterey sale back in 2012. If that buyer was today’s seller, he came out just fine on the deal. #1361-2008 PORSCHE 911 GT2 coupe. S/N WPAD299X8S796293. Guards Red/black leather & suede. Odo: 19,081 miles. Another unmarked and lightly used supercar. Paint is virtually as-new, with clear bra on bumpers and leading edge of roof. Front splitter is unmarked. Slight abrasions to plastic headlight covers. Unused-looking interior with carbon trim and red console. Cond: 2+. his two-year ownership. Deservedly sold at top of the market. ITALIAN #946-1979 FERRARI 308 GTS Spider. S/N F106AS29861. Red/black vinyl/tan leather. Odo: 48,296 miles. Paint is free of major issues, but has a few rock chips on nose and there is a small chip on windshield. Front rubber bumper shows age and sun fade. Some lumpiness in dashpad; driver’s seat has age cracks, a very small tear and is hard. Switchgear and console looks good, cigar lighter missing from power socket. Fitted with a/c and aftermarket multi-piece wheels in familiar Ferrari star design. Engine bay not open. Owner states recent service with new belts, fuel pump, water pump and electronic ignition. Cond: 3+. ting one), and the market is now receding. These early non-injected, non-4-valve cars are the entry-level Ferraris, with a current SCM median of $57k. This car was nice enough but didn’t give me the “pampered car” vibe I’d want in an exotic. Fairly bought and sold. #1348-1988 FERRARI TESTAROSSA coupe. S/N ZFFSG17A9J0078188. Red/tan leather. Odo: 1,023 miles. A near-new Testarossa with just 1,000 miles. Very minor polishing marks, no nose rash, and slightly baggy driver’s seat are the low points. Interior plastics and carpets look good. Uncurbed wheels with fresh-looking Goodyear Eagles. Engine compartment not open. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $187,000. This 997-based, thirdgeneration GT2 was designed to be the lightest and fastest road-going Porsche of its time. Its first owner put just 100 miles on it during SOLD AT $49,500. The 308 market spiked a few years back (just when I thought about get- SOLD AT $220,000. With all books, tools and records, plus a recent belt service, and exceptionally low miles, this has it all. Sold in March 2018 at RM Sotheby’s Amelia Island sale with 31 fewer miles for $168,000 (SCM# April 2019 109


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Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale, AZ 6863821), and sold here for a tidy profit. It wasn’t long ago these were sub-$100k autos; the new buyer is no doubt hoping that growth continues. Exceedingly well sold far above any price-guide values, but with low miles, it might be worth it in the long run. #811-2000 FERRARI 360 Modena coupe. S/N ZFFYU51A5Y0122314. Argentino Metallic/black leather. Odo: 23,674 miles. A well-kept 360. No nose chips; the only exterior issue I found were some abrasions at bottom of driver’s door. They might be scratches or just wax buildup. Daytona-style seats have minor wrinkles, while the frequently touched soft trim looks fine. Some plastic finishes show signs of wear. The biggest interior issue is that it needs a good vacuum. Fresh Pirellis on optional, unmarked 18-inch wheels. Comes with books and service records. Cond: 2. status, these have dropped slightly in price during the past year, but this one still brought two-thirds of its original MSRP. This was fully priced; an Internet search shows similar-mileage cars going for $20k–$30k less. Looking at the bright side, it’s a clean example in a good color with service records, so perhaps buyer didn’t do too bad. #1416-2001 LAMBORGHINI DIABLO VT coupe. S/N ZA9DU01B61LA12744. Monterey Blue/tan leather. Odo: 22,979 miles. “Virtually unmarked paint,” okay...I found a ⅛-inch chip on right rear fender. Windshield is beginning to delaminate on lower left-hand corner. Driver’s seat very baggy for mileage. Spotless undercarriage. Engine bay not open, but catalog photos show it to be clean and factory correct. Cond: 2+. above the SCM median of $253,000, which shows a 20% rise from last year. Maybe it’s a case of someone buying too soon. JAPANESE #453-1973 DATSUN 240Z coupe. S/N HLS30124980. Orange metallic/black vinyl. Odo: 89 miles. Recent, bare-metal restoration with complete powertrain rebuild. Nice paint in factory color has the slightest bit of orange peel...appropriate considering its color. Nice front bumper, rear has minor scratches. Window trim presents as-new and not too shiny. Good bodywork, but the bottom of passenger’s door sits high by a quarter-inch—let’s hope it’s just new rubber. Nice reproduction interior with minor wrinkles on seat bottoms. Perfect dashpad. Trunk carpet could fit better. Neat, quilted cargo-area lining. Engine bay is spotless, with blue plug wires. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $99,000. Bordering on “used car” SOLD AT $352,000. I liked the looks of this one; the grown-up color suits it well. Sold well 110 Sports Car Market


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Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale, AZ SOLD AT $40,700. I had a college friend with a new one, and they didn’t look this good from the factory. Sale price eclipses the SCM median of $27,500, but it isn’t too far from the #1 price found in other guides. An exceptional car, which our price guide says rose 4% last year. If new owner paid too much for the car, it won’t be overpriced for long. #369-1987 SUBARU BRAT pickup. S/N JF3AU53B4HE500452. Gray/gray vinyl & cloth. Odo: 27,362 miles. The shiny paint might well be original, and has just a few rock chips on the nose. Window stainless is good, but the trim around the bed has the expected scratches. Factory decal looks new, and it’s complemented by busy added pinstripes. T-top trim and rubber are very good. Seller said it was Ziebarted when new, which explains its survival in central Illinois for its first 24 years before it headed to Dallas. It still has its two rear-facing jump seats in the bed, reportedly added to escape an import-truck tariff. Interior is very nice and unlike most I’ve seen, has an uncracked dash. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $14,300. One of 15,941 produced from 1990 to ’96. The perfect car for an extrovert in a cloudy climate, I wonder how it would do in sunny Scottsdale. Too bad Toyota didn’t import these back in the day; the overall theme being if you can’t be fast, you might as well be fun. The one car at the auction I wish I had a bidder’s pass for, although servicing and parts ordering may have had me brushing up on my schoolboy Japanese. A quick check of Internet prices show this to be fully priced, but given the prices of most of the cars sold in Scottsdale, a mere drop in the bucket—especially if there is a bit of extra room in the transporter. #1412-2012 LEXUS LFA Nürburgring SOLD AT $18,150. Judging from the Internet, this may be the best Brat in the country. Sold in 2018 at Worldwide’s Texas Classic auction for $17,600 (SCM# 6867666). With a used-car value guide pricing it at $2,175 and a collector-car guide pegging it at $5,700, it might be the most expensive, too. #363.1-1990 TOYOTA SERA hatchback. S/N 2BG5060700001475. Light lime green metallic/tan cloth. RHD. Odo: 120,684 km. Quirky, low-production JDM model with Lambo scissor/gullwing doors and a glass roof. Auction sheet claims that Gordon Murray got the idea for the doors for the McLaren F1 from this design. Very nice paint for mileage, with just a few rock chips. Door, roof glass unmarked. Cloth seats show some wear, especially the passenger’s unit. Carpet looks thin, floor mats beyond saving—good luck ordering them from your local Toyota dealer. Optional high-end radio sits atop parcel shelf and looks like a period boom box. Cond: 2. Edition coupe. S/N JTHHX8BH5C1000301. Black/black Alcantara. Odo: 885 miles. As new as an exotic can be with 800 miles. There is a minor scratch on the passenger’s side roof, probably from someone wearing a ring helping themselves into, or out of, the car. Also a minor scuff to carbon-fiber brake-cooling duct on driver’s side. The lightweight wheels are unscuffed. I didn’t notice the condition of the tires; somehow, at the price this went for, I don’t think it would be a deal-breaker for a prospective buyer. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $918,500. One of the 500 carbonfiber-bodied super coupes. This is the Nürburgring edition, which has an extra 10 hp, recalibrated transmission, a front splitter, lightweight seats and other track-centric en- “ April 2019 An exceptional car which our price guide says rose 4% last year. If new owner paid too much for the car, it won’t be overpriced for long. 1973 Datsun 240Z coupe ” 111


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Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale, AZ hancements. The edition reportedly had a base price of $445,000. At a sale price that doubles that, I’m sure it was reasonably well sold. SWEDISH #723-1973 VOLVO 1800ES wagon. S/N 1836363006760. Orange/black vinyl. Odo: 62,000 miles. Fresh paint over a straight body. Grille mouth scratched and needs a polish. Front bumper is very good, but back has numerous waves. Window stainless recently buffed. Fitted with nice, Minilite-like rims. Interior looks comfortable; however, the front seats look a bit overstuffed. Nice dash with no cracks. Underhood was left original, with worn factory paint. Seller claims he has spent $25k on the car in the past two years. Comes with records and history. Cond: 3+. magazine covers. Whether the $148,500 sale price was a good buy depends on your taste in automotive art. It’s a shame that it’s almost too nice to drive. #1334-1934 CADILLAC 355B Series 10 custom convertible. S/N 3103793. White/ black cloth/red leather. Great paint, super bodywork, beautiful 16-inch chrome wire wheels. Only flaw is a small spot on cloth convertible top. Beautiful interior that could almost pass for stock except for the bucket seats and very discreetly added air conditioning. Engine compartment not open. Digital odometer. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $77,000. This shows up in the Platinum Auction Database way back in 2004 when it failed to sell at McCormick’s Palm Springs sale for $26k (SCM# 1558923). At that time, the reporter noted poor body prep and rated its condition as 2-. In 2018 it was a no-sale at RM Fort Lauderdale at $54,000 (SCM# 6869503), so it paid off for the vendor to bring it to Scottsdale. While the sale price is in the normal price range, its condition makes this very well sold. #1015.1-1956 LINCOLN CONTINEN- TAL MARK II 2-dr hard top. S/N C56E2918. Black/white leather. Odo: 84,641 miles. 368-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Impressively straight body shows well despite unforgiving black slab sides. Excellent paint with a very small scratch on left fender and a couple of paint inclusions nearby. Good body lines, although both doors sit a bit high. First-rate bumpers and grille. Small dent on driver’s window stainless. Interior is nice; very good leather and dash. A modern radio takes away a bit of the ’50s ambiance. Door sills slightly dented and doors rattle a bit when closed with windows down. Hood not open for inspection. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $23,100. You often see these as neglected originals in need of work, so it’s good to find one already done. Sold above the SCM median, but considering the recent work and quality, I’d call it very well bought. AMERICAN #1335-1931 FORD MODEL A custom roadster. S/N AZ354391. Blue/white leather. Absolutely pristine. Beautiful paint, stunning presentation of interior and engine. Mirrors show the chassis and bottom of body to be as clean as the top. A ’32 Ford dash is stocked with custom classic-style gauges. A very slight gap in the trunk line and doors that sit ever-soslightly high at their bottom edges are the only flaws I can see. Powered by a ’54 Chrysler Hemi topped by six Strombergs sitting on a custom frame with a four-inch dropped axle and a polished quick-change rear, this is what we imagine ’50s rods to have been like—only they were never this clean. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $181,500. This was parked near the Cord 812, so I figured I had found the classics section. I didn’t realize it was a resto-mod until I looked inside. Powered by a Cadillac Northstar V8 and fitted with IRS, this is a classic you could drive all day. Sold at this very sale in 2015 for $440,000 (SCM# 6772521). That’s the danger of an auction: When two determined bidders go head-to-head, there is no guarantee that there will be a third person who likes it as much when it comes time to sell. Today’s buyer should be very pleased. I wonder if he/she was the underbidder from four years ago? #1015-1955 CHEVROLET NOMAD wagon. S/N VC55F102476. Coral & gray/ coral & gray vinyl. 265-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Old restoration with body prep and significant paint issues, most notably on both quarter panels. Front bumper worn, some side trim has pits, especially bad in tailgate trim. Nice interior in factory two-tone. Whitewalls are yellowing. Hood not open for inspection. Said to be one of the first 100 hand-built Nomads, and equipped with power windows and seat, radio, clock, traffic finder, and the ubiquitous underdash tissue dispenser. Comes with books and records. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $93,500. While Cadillac was gearing up for ever-higher tailfins, Ford’s Continental Division went the other way with understated elegance. With an MSRP of just under $10k and no options other than air conditioning, it was the most expensive car built in America. One of 2,550 built for ’56. These cost a fortune to get right, so it pays to find the best. This sold on the money. #1314-1957 A.J. WATSON INDY replica SOLD AT $148,500. Built by award winner Charles Spencer, the “Blue Bayou” has won its share of awards and has graced a couple of 112 roadster. S/N N/A. White/red vinyl. Pretty much the real deal, although built in 2012 and not 1957. In as-raced-at-Bonneville condition, so there are some scuffs on the nose and a few dents from Bonneville. Beautiful engine bay is remarkably clean after six years of record attempts. Pure race-quality stuff here including the required drag chute. Special Goodyear tires on Indy-style wheels covered by discs to reduce drag on record runs. Builder and driver on hand to answer questions while a flat screen showed driver’s view video from the salt flats. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $121,000. If you liked the film “The Fastest Indian,” you’ll love this story. 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Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale, AZ system and keyless start. The top is Haartz cloth; the leather, I was told, came from the firm that supplies Aston Martin. Wheels are custom billets machined to resemble 1962 Lincoln hubcaps. The huge, thick, leatheraccented billet steering wheel also pays homage to the Camelot-era Elwood Engel-designed cars. Cond: 2. to victory by Roger Ward—supervised by none other than A.J. Watson himself. The team is successful, setting a world record of 181.147 mph. Now they’re selling the car to finance their next project. I have no idea what it’s worth, but the story itself is worth the $121k price paid here. And you get to keep the trophy. #1119-1964 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL custom convertible. S/N 4Y86N406367. Black/black cloth/black leather. Odo: 5 miles. 5.0-L fuel-injected V8, auto. A massive car showing a lot of care and creativity. I’m taken aback by the paint finish, as it has a lot of polishing swirls readily visible under the unforgiving tent lights. Likewise, some of the upper fender body trim could be brighter. Aside from those issues, the metalwork seems first rate, with the slab sides impressively straight, the bumpers excellent and the interior stainless free of pits. Powered by a 5.0-liter Mustang GT Coyote engine. Crown Victoria frame rails added to the front and the car is fitted with upgraded steering, a 2004 Mustang Mach 1 rear end, brakes, Magnaflow exhaust, air suspension and digital gauges, modern sound SOLD AT $123,200. Thanks to the TV series “Entourage” and appearances in films and videos, ’60s Lincolns are all the rage with buyers born long after these became collectible old cars. While it looks like a reasonably stock Lincoln (albeit lowered and with billet wheels, a look that is becoming the new “stock”), underneath the broad sheet metal is a new car. The builder was a young Phoenix man who reworks these cars to appeal to modern tastes (he had another car at the sale that also brought good money), and judging by the sale result, he knows what the market wants. #1365-1965 FORD MUSTANG Pre-Pro- duction coupe. S/N 5F07U100002. Guardsman Blue/blue vinyl. 170-ci I6, 1-bbl, 3-sp. Great paint on a straight body. Factory panel gaps. Excellent chrome and stainless. Newer interior with later seat belts. Correct bias-ply tires. Underside is as clean as the top. Engine compartment not open; however, photos show it correctly detailed. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $192,500. One of three pilot-production Mustangs to survive, and said to be the first coupe with a VIN. A matching-numbers car restored to (probably better than) as-new condition. Comes with two binders of documents and photos. If this car had been built a couple of days later, this low-options coupe would have been used up and discarded decades ago, but with its VIN and pilot-car status, it’s now an historic artifact. Sometimes, it’s all in the timing. Well bought for a serious Mustang collector. (See profile, p. 90.) #1445-1965 CHEVROLET CORVETTE custom coupe. S/N 194375S112019. Nassau Blue/white leather. 6.2-L fuel-injected V8, auto. One of many nice custom C1 and C2 Corvettes on offer. Beautiful Nassau Blue paint over a very straight body with excellent panel gaps. Unmarked high-quality bumpers and trim. Great stock-looking interior. Custom 17-inch knockoffs mimic period turbine wheels and show off huge Wilwood brakes. Functional sidepipes. What impressed me is the LS3 engine has been fitted with custom manifold, milled valve covers and valley plate that give it a stock look. Digital odometer, but said to have test miles only. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $154,000. If it weren’t for the oversize wheels, from a distance this could pass for stock. The original-looking engine bay will appeal to those who like the see an engine instead of a plastic engine cover. This is a modern interpretation of a classic, yet they didn’t mess up the classic looks. Well done. Considering the probable build cost, very well bought. #1437-1967 FORD MUSTANG “Elea- nor” custom coupe. S/N R02S211287. Metallic gray/black leather. Odo: 38,614 miles. If it still has the paint from its original 1999 build, it has held up exceedingly well. Minor crack at seam where scoop meets B-pillar. Chips on edges of driver’s door. Lots of filler in drip 114 Sports Car Market


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Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale, AZ rails, and there is a gap on passenger’s side near windshield. Like most Mustangs of this vintage, vent windows have some pitting and door handles show wear. Nice custom interior but stainless dash trim in front of passenger doesn’t line up exactly. Very nice wheels with spinners AND lug nuts. Hood not open for inspection. Cond: 2-. and free of polishing marks. Windshield stainless shows minor wear. Good body gaps, but doors sit slightly high. Fiberglass hood has a bow typical of many Shelbys of that era (a product of too-powerful hood springs). Very nice interior with the usual wood accents, console and Shelby-autographed glove box. Underhood clean, detailed and largely stock except for the addition of MDS ignition and a modern battery. Cond: 2. Digital odometer, so miles not available. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $330,000. A resto-mod Camaro done to a high standard with plenty of custom parts that did not come from a catalog. Built by Dave Kindig and his Utah-based crew from TV’s “Bitchin’ Rides” program, it’s well worth the price paid. SOLD AT $385,000. The car that launched a thousand replicas (a few of which were here for sale). This is the real deal and was used in close-up scenes and comes with certificates of authenticity from the builder, Cinema Vehicle Services. Seems like a bunch of money for a film car that everyone will assume is a replica, but given the prices for those (one of the official “Tribute Editions” sold here for $161,700), probably not out of line. #1108-1968 SHELBY GT500 convert- ible. S/N 8T03S115950. Red/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 296 miles. 428-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. A matching-numbers car said to have a twoyear-old restoration. Recent work includes a refurbished wooden steering wheel and the change to incorrect Firestone tires (the auction catalog shows the car with Goodyears— Shelby was a Goodyear distributor) on the optional 10-spoke wheels. Paint is very nice SOLD AT $110,000. One of 402 GT500 convertibles from ’68. A nice presentation, but value is hurt by the automatic. Sold just below the SCM median. With its fresh restoration, this might be slightly well bought. #1368-1968 CHEVROLET CAMARO custom coupe. S/N 124378L324822. Black/ red leather. 454-ci fuel-injected V8, 6-sp. Covered in flawless “Mercedes Black” paint, this car has one of the straightest bodies I’ve ever seen. Mirror finish topped with excellent chrome (the windshield stainless now looks chrome) and highlighted by custom touches like the flip-out door handles, recessed taillights and custom fuel-filler cap. Only faults are a small section of waviness to a section of stainless rain gutter and a slight wrinkle on the driver’s seat. Interior has custom door panels, custom gages and deeply padded seats. Underhood touches include custom air cleaners drawing air from functional hood vents, smooth firewall and custom radiator support. #1398-1968 CHEVROLET CORVETTE L88 coupe. S/N 194378S415053. Polar White/red vinyl. Odo: 24,788 miles. 427-ci 430-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Repainted at some time and the paint looks good. Straight body with good door gaps, something ’68s leaving the factory were not noted for. A-pillar stainless nice. Push-in door handles have the usual wear. Bumpers, especially the rear, have waves. Interior is original and has a cigarette burn and classic “old car smell.” Paperwork includes original tank sticker, still affixed to the tank, which comes loose since a new tank is on the car. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $291,500. One of 80 L88s in the first year for the C3. This car appears three times in the SCM Auction Platinum Database: selling for $330,000 at Barrett-Jackson Vegas in 2015 (SCM# 6788606), not selling with a high bid of $325,000 at Mecum Monterey last August (SCM# 6877385), and finally not selling at Leake Dallas in November with a high bid of $240,000 (SCM# 6889310). This sale was well below the SCM median, so it might have been a deal. #1310.1-1969 DODGE CHARGER 500 2-dr hard top. S/N XX29J9B138601. Dark metallic green/black vinyl. Odo: 1,633 miles. 426-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, auto. Few apparent body issues, a paint scrape atop the rear fender being the worst. Nice white bumblebee stripe. Bumpers show wear, window stainless is better but there are some pits on taillight bezels. Very nice interior with good dash plastic “chrome” trim. Driver’s seat looks a bit collapsed. Good console and steering wheel. Engine bay is clean but, surprisingly, not overly detailed. Cond: 2-. 116 Sports Car Market


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Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale, AZ expert Dave Wise said he found just a couple of minor incorrect finishes under the hood; I’ll take his word for it. Well equipped with Shaker hood, Trak Pak, chrome mirrors, AM/ FM, Dana rear and stripe delete. Comes with two binders of documentation and Wise report. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $110,000. Said to be the last ’70 Challenger produced with a Shaker hood. Owners were hoping for a higher number, perhaps as high as $180k; still, the car brought solid #1 car money. SOLD AT $123,200. A quick history lesson for any non-Mopar fans: The 1968 rebody of the Charger was a dud on NASCAR tracks. So after spending some time in a wind tunnel, Dodge devised a fix: The recessed grille was brought forward, the rear window made flush and a spoiler added. Plans were made to produce 500 for homologation, but some sources suggest fewer than 400 were actually built in both Hemi and 440 versions. This car sold for $181,500 at B-J Scottsdale just five years ago (SCM# 6724798). That figure was also the median in 2016. Today, the SCM median is $154k, so unless the buyers know something I don’t, this looks well bought. #1072-1970 DODGE CHALLENGER R/T 2-dr hard top. S/N JS23V0B440192. Dark green metallic/green vinyl. Odo: 78,316 miles. 440-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, 4-sp. A real-deal 440 Six Pack car. Said to be restored using only NOS parts. Excellent paint. Body straight, but door gaps seem a bit wide—they could have come from Hamtramck like that. Very good paint, unmarked interior. Mopar SOLD AT $115,500. Not only driven onscreen by Garner, but after the series ended, he kept and drove it for a few years. With his role in “Grand Prix” and off-screen racing, Garner was very much a car guy, giving his cars an extra bit of cachet above the usual celebrity-owned or TV-car bump. A perfect ’78 Firebird is a $30k car, so you’ll have to decide whether your appreciation of the series and Mr. Garner is worth the $85k premium paid here. #1352-1978 PONTIAC FIREBIRD For- mula 400 coupe. S/N 2U87K8L147393. Solar Gold/tan vinyl. Odo: 57,495 miles. 403-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Driven by James Garner in “The Rockford Files” from 1978 to ’81. Recently restored to better than new. Great paint and straight body, although the front-of-hood-tonose gap is about a half-inch wide on passenger’s side. No signs of wear except for the silver trim on steering wheel. Stock interior except for microphone jacks built into the center console and a commemorative plaque. Outside it’s all stock, but hefty skid plates protect the oil pan during stunts. Hood not open. Cond: 2+. #1415-2005 SALEEN S7 Twin Turbo coupe. S/N 1S9SB18175S000053. Silver/ black leather & suede. Odo: 240 miles. Yet another lightly used supercar. As you might expect for a car with less than 250 miles, paint is unmarked, but there are minor scuffs to carbon-fiber splitter. Light signs of use to interior. Massive Ford 7-liter engine visible through rear glass; it is as spotless as the rest of the car. The carbon-fiber intake ports could pass for a work of modern art. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $687,500. The first S7 Twin Turbo delivered in Europe and unveiled in Monaco, and as such it rubbed shoulders with a lot of celebrities. One of about 20 produced. With so few made, they’re hard to value; however, RM Sotheby’s sold one in 2016 for $632k (SCM# 6804370), and the sale price here matches one of the few price-guide estimates for the model, so I’ll say it was fairly bought. #1406-2006 FORD GT Heritage Edition coupe. S/N 1FAFP90S36Y401828. Heritage Blue & orange/black leather. Odo: 77 miles. 5.4-L supercharged V8, 6-sp. A new GT in the iconic Gulf racing colors. Unused with just 77 miles. The only flaw I found is corrosion to the metal-looking badge in the center of the airbag—a common fault with these. I’ve been told by an owner that the only fix is getting a new airbag. Hopefully, they’re covered by the infamous airbag recall, so the owner won’t be out of pocket. Somehow, with a price like this, I doubt if he cares. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $462,000. Ford produced 343 “Heritage Editions” in 2006, and three were here. Oddly, the one with the most miles, Lot 1376, with 3,092, brought the most money at $533,500. Another, Lot 1376, with 288 miles, brought $495k, while this one with break-in miles brought $462k. What are the race colors worth? Well, a red 2005 with all four options with just 52 miles brought $330,000, making a $132k difference from this example. In the day, the Heritage option was $16,000, so the special paint brings a healthy return. © 118 Sports Car Market


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Gooding & Co. Scottsdale, AZ The Scottsdale Auctions A 1953 Ferrari 250 MM Series II Spider set a world-record price at $5,395,000 Company Gooding & Company Date January 18–19, 2019 Location Scottsdale, AZ Auctioneer Charlie Ross Automotive lots sold/offered 106/124 Sales rate 85% Sales total $48,238,880 High sale Impeccable credentials and a “Truman Show” level of historical oversight — 1953 Ferrari 250 MM Series II Spider, sold at $5,395,000 1963 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Series II coupe, sold at $7,595,000 Buyer’s premium 12% on first $250,000; 10% thereafter, included in sold prices Report by Joseph T. Seminetta and Jack T. Seminetta Market opinions in italics G ooding Scottsdale is one of the market-defining auctions of the year. It follows what are often difficult autumn stock markets, holiday shopping bills and New Year’s reso- lutions of not adding to one’s dusty car collection. This year added a global stock-market correction, Brexit 2.0, yellow-vest revolts and a U.S. government shutdown. Collector car auctions are a big business. Premier auction companies understand the market and their clientele, and have learned to evolve and pivot when necessary. When Porsche sales are soft, consign more Ferraris; when preservation lots are selling slowly, offer more restored cars; and you can always sprinkle in some modern supercars to make your number. They also try to anticipate demographic shifts. There are no posters of Ferrari Daytonas on the bedroom walls of the next-gen collectors. When a special lot comes up for sale, don’t let it sell privately, or worse, have it be on the auction-catalog cover of a competitor. The above is a lot easier to accomplish in a bull market. Flat markets are more difficult to maneuver through. In a flat market, buyers can be particularly careful and patient about authenticity, originality and quality. Today’s incremental buyers often cherish and will compete for the best available. Condition #1- or #2+ cars continue to do very well. This year, Gooding had some of the highest-quality lots I have seen at auction. 120 Different price segments painted different pictures this week. Quality cars under $600k sold very well. Cars over $5m were soft and, while they make excellent catalog covers, how many people can afford this segment? In between, there will always be a market for Gullwings and 275 GTBs, but many have already changed hands, which may limit further appreciation. Italian cars were particularly strong (especially Ferraris) at Gooding Scottsdale, American cars were somewhat weak, and British and German cars were somewhat mixed. When overall prices are flat, matching the prior excellent year can be considered a victory. Total sales this year totaled $48.2 million (down slightly from $49.1m last year). A total of 106 of the 124 lots changed hands, representing a nearly identical 85% sell-through rate compared to last year’s 86% rate. Nine cars sold in excess of seven figures. Gooding lots enjoyed the top-three dollar sales of the week. Notably, Lot 42, a 1953 Ferrari 250 MM Spider Series II, sold for a world-record price of $5,395,000 including buyer’s premium. Lot 131, a 1936 Bugatti Type 57 Two-Light Ventoux, also sold for a world-record price of $885,000 including buyer’s premium. The average lot for the two-day auction sold in excess of $450,000. Overall, markets are functioning, excellent Sales Totals $60m $50m cars are available, and a big price wave isn’t necessary for collectors to find that perfect car for their collection. ♦ $40m $30m $20m $10m 0 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 Sports Car Market Chad Taylor


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Gooding & Co. Scottsdale, AZ ENGLISH #13-1954 ASTON MARTIN DB2/4 coupe. S/N LML765. Eng. # VB6J213. Red/ black leather. Odo: 7,758 miles. The only Bertone/Arnolt/Aston Martin coupe. The 1957 Torino Auto Show car displayed at Pebble in 2007. Engine number matches BMIHT Certificate. Glossy, thick paint with some imperfections and cracks around the passenger’s side door handle. Nice panel gaps except passenger’s side window frame. Great seat patina. Used but presentable interior with newer looking carpet and headliner. A truly rare and unique lot. Cond: 2. 1662-8. Red/black cloth/red leather. Odo: 40,567 miles. Well-preserved, two-owner XK 150. Rare, final-year example with desirable 3.8-liter engine. Preservation class entrant on the lawn of the Pebble Beach Concours. Has 5-speed conversion, but original 4-speed included in sale. Original owner’s and shop manuals, tools, sales documentation, window sticker and records. Paint not claimed to be original, but it certainly looks period. Original interior (except carpet) oozes patina. Cond: 3+. 50,469 miles. The last of six Type 57 TwoLight Ventoux coupes constructed by Bugatti. Second series with numerous chassis and mechanical improvements. Color change from Bleu Foncé to dark blue and black. Extensive ownership, media and exhibition histories. Exceptional paint with exception of a few minor seam cracks. Honest-looking interior patina. Excellent sunroof condition. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $566,000. I was with the New Mexico Aston collectors as they purchased this lot. It brought great joy to add this to their significant collection. The styling might be an acquired taste, but the history and significance of the lot made it well bought below the low estimate. (See profile, p. 82.) #106-1954 ASTON MARTIN DB2/4 coupe. S/N LML551. Eng. # VB6J120. Black/ beige leather. Odo: 50,790 miles. Longterm California car. Original colors as per BMIHT Certificate. Older cosmetic restoration still showing well. Deep lustrous paint with only minor signs of wear. Nice interior patina. Some mild “upgrades” including front disc brakes, internal engine modifications and a Tremec 5-speed transmission completed a decade ago. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $212,800. One of a lesser number of preservation lots offered this year. 150s are not viewed to be as beautiful as the earlier XKs (particularly the 120). However, the honesty of this lot attracted a lot of attention from inside the room and on the phone. The final bid was a bit over the top, and this has to be considered well sold. #149-1961 JAGUAR E-TYPE Series I 3.8 convertible. S/N 875157. Eng. # R12559. Black/black canvas, black hard top/red leather. Odo: 9,546 miles. Concours-level restoration by noted Jaguar specialist. Matching numbers as per JDHT Certificate. Shown during the preview with a beautifully presented factory hard top. Manual, tools and jack. Stunning, reflective black paint. Show-level engine bay. Nominal interior wear. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $885,000. A stunning lot prominently displayed during the preview. The beauty and competition dominance of Bugatti always gathers an international interest. The bidding was spirited on this lot and it eventually sold for a world-record price (yet below the pre-sale low estimate), which is not far off the market given its superb condition and provenance. (See profile, p. 86.) #15-1993 BUGATTI EB110 GT coupe. S/N ZA9AB01E0PCD39047. Grigio Scuro Metallizzato/Grigio Chiaro leather. Odo: 13,949 km. Earlier, Japanese-production EB110 in GT specification. Low miles. Owner’s/parts manual, press kit, warranty books and build sheet. Equipped with a/c. Attractive color. Some interior wear. Windshield delimitation and rust near edges. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $280,000. I am a proud skeptic of poor features such as uncomfortable flat floors, unsightly welded louvers or lumpy outside-bonnet latches commanding a price premium (despite their rarity). However, the market does value these and hence this owner was correct to not sell at the high-bid price. Gooding and Co. asking $390k post-block. SOLD AT $190,400. No-reserve lot. An honest-looking driver that was well bought below the market. #27-1961 JAGUAR XK 150 3.8 drophead coupe. S/N S838766DN. Eng. # VA 122 FRENCH #131-1936 BUGATTI TYPE 57 Two- Light Ventoux coupe. S/N 57469. Eng. # 350. Dark blue & black/brown leather. RHD. Odo: NOT SOLD AT $700,000. Both Bugatti EB110s did not sell this weekend (Lot #64 at Bonhams did not sell at $760k). These are unusual lots and a tweener period for many collectors, who are not likely impressed with the 100-mph speedometer or marginal-quality controls. Should have sold near the high bid. Auction company asking $850k post-block. Sports Car Market


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Gooding & Co. Scottsdale, AZ GERMAN #39-1955 MERCEDES-BENZ 300SL Gullwing. S/N 1980405500378. Eng. # 1989805500354. White Gray/red plaid cloth. Odo: 3,349 miles. Originally delivered to Austria. Since owned by a single California family for more than half a century, and just rescued from long-term storage. Large chunks of cracked and missing lacquer paint. Engine, body and chassis match factory build sheet, but do not match the data plate. The catalog states that the removable aluminum plate belongs to an earlier Gullwing. Desirable Rudge wheels. Uneven trunk and door panel gaps. Tidy dash. Very usable interior. Cond: 4+. TOP 10 No. 9 #20-1959 PORSCHE 356A coupe. S/N 107183. Eng. # 73642. Meissen Blue/red leather. Odo: 1,217 miles. Late-production T-2 coupe in attractive Meissen Blue. Numbers match Kardex and CoA. Limited ownership history. Recent cosmetic and mechanical work. Tools, books and jack. A very tidy car with quality paint and Porsche-tight panel gaps. Restored interior with aged headliner. Cond: 2+. Germanic panel gaps. Period radio. Tidy but not detailed engine. Nicely presented interior. Limited ownership history. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $224,000. This car was missing both the originality and documentation coveted by Porsche collectors. However, it had an honest, attractive presentation that attracted enough raised paddles to be considered well sold. SOLD AT $131,600. Vintage-Porsche buyers want it all: provenance, originality and documentation. The missing ownership history provided a good deal for its new owner, as this was a very nice lot at an attractive price. SOLD AT $1,435,000. A true survivor with a solid body and chassis. This lot would be welcomed as a preservation candidate at many prestigious concours. Sold for a very tidy but appropriate sum given its originality. #21-1957 MERCEDES-BENZ 300SL Roadster. S/N 1980427500229. Eng. # 1989807500107. Elfenbein/green cloth/Grün leather. Odo: 43,387 miles. Numbers matching. Original colors. Owned by a single family for half of a century. Recent, significant mechanical and cosmetic restorations. Attractive paint with some minor blemishes. Consistent panel gaps. Beautiful wheels. Detailed, nearly show-quality engine bay. Cond: 2+. #63-1959 VOLKSWAGEN KARMANN GHIA coupe. S/N 2168745. Red & black/ black vinyl & red cloth. Odo: 3,081 miles. Early-production Karmann Ghia with desirable low lights. Fitted with a (whopping 65hp) hot-rod Denzel engine. Claimed body-off restoration. Aftermarket exhaust. Nice paint except some bubbling where the red body meets the black roof. Shiny chrome with some misalignment. Beautiful interior. Cond: 2. #45-1961 PORSCHE 356B Super 90 roadster. S/N 89229. Eng. # 802123. Condor Yellow/black cloth/black leather. Odo: 37,031 miles. No-reserve Super 90 roadster with single-family ownership for over half a century. Well optioned with luggage rack, tonneau cover, fog lamps and reclining seats. Tools, jack and books. Recent cosmetic attention. Strong paint with acceptable panel gaps. Wellpresented seats. Worn top. An honest-looking car with a quality restoration. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $1,006,000. Previously sold by RM at their 2013 Monterey sale for $1,430,000 (SCM# 6470052). 300SLs (in both Roadster and Gullwing form) are not particularly rare in production, nor infrequent at auctions. The Roadsters are a delight to drive and reasonably reliable, making them ideal for rallies/ events. Prices are usually determined by rare features, originality and condition. This lot was a quality piece bought at a fair market price. 124 SOLD AT $64,400. This lot gathered a lot of attention in the preview and the auction. Given its condition and the boxer-style paint scheme, it would have to be considered well sold. #132-1959 PORSCHE 356A convertible D. S/N 86501. Eng. # 74655. Meissen Blue/ tan cloth/tan leather. Odo: 62,127 miles. Noreserve convertible D with Kardex-confirmed matching engine. Color change from silver metallic over red leatherette to Meissen Blue and tan leather. Non-original wood steering wheel, exhaust and auxiliary driving lights. Nice paint quality in attractive color. Tight, SOLD AT $201,600. Roadsters are favorites among the 356 crowd, offering the clean styling of the Speedster with roll-up windows and other improvements from the later models. The unusual color might have held this lot back a touch, but it can be considered well sold in today’s marketplace. #26-1965 PORSCHE 911 coupe. S/N 302396. Eng. # 902525. Irish Green/tan leather. Odo: 55,016 miles. Original colors and engine matching, as per CoA. Previous PCA class winner. Older restoration now showing signs of enjoyment. Missing periods of ownership history. Unique roof rack. Tools, owner’s manual and some records. A driverlevel car that could be used without regret. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $212,800. The earliest 911s continue to show strength. There was Sports Car Market


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Fresh Meat by Chad Taylor Gooding & Co. Scottsdale, AZ Online sales of contemporary cars 2018 Lamborghini Aventador LP740-4 S Roadster the 356. Matching numbers and original colors as per CoA. Restored and maintained to a very high level by marque specialists. Limited provenance provided. With tools, jack and books. Mirror-like paint throughout. Detailed engine bay. Near-perfect seals and glass. Exceptional interior. Cond: 1. Date sold: 01/30/2019 eBay auction ID: 173760998878 Seller’s eBay ID: catsexotics Sale type: Used car with 834 miles VIN: ZHWUV4ZDXJLA06981 Details: Nero Granatus over Nero Ade leather; 6.5-L V12 rated at 729 hp and 507 ft-lb, 7-sp auto, AWD Sale result: $475,000, Buy It Now, sf 627 MSRP: $526,042 (as equipped) Other current offering: In Richardson, TX, Lamborghini Dallas selling a 2018 Aventador S roadster in Arancio Argos over Nero Ade leather with 2,826 miles, for $454,999. 2019 Porsche 911 GT3 RS Weissach Coupe spirited interest in this lot from the preview to the bidding. A strong result given its condition and ownership gaps, but the state of the 1965– 66 911 market remains quite healthy today. #33-1965 PORSCHE 356SC cabriolet. S/N 162085. Eng. # 821824. Light ivory/black cloth, black hard top/black leather. Odo: 43,738 miles. Late-production cabriolet with original-looking patina. Original colors and matching engine per Kardex. Factory hard top. Limited ownership history. Uneven paint quality. Looks as if it’s been enjoyed. Tidy, but not detailed, engine bay. A driver-level interior. Cond: 3+. Date sold: 01/25/2019 eBay auction ID: 283345203269 Seller’s eBay ID: thecollectionoutlet Sale type: Used car with 96 miles VIN: WP0AF2A90KS164612 Details: Racing Yellow over black leather/Alcantara; 4.0-L H6 rated at 520 hp and 346 ft-lb, 7-sp auto, RWD Sale result: $249,900, 40 bids, sf 306 MSRP: $187,500 (base) Other current offering: EUROCAR in Costa Mesa, CA, offering a GT Silver Metallic over black leather/Alcantara 2019 911 GT3 RS for $279,999, with 9 miles. 2017 McLaren 570S Coupe SOLD AT $190,400. Although not particularly rare, the 1965 356SCs are very desirable given the last year of production and cumulative improvements during the life of the model. This was an amazing, show-quality example. However, the price paid was over the top, and this has to be considered well sold. #11-1971 MERCEDES-BENZ 280SE 3.5 cabriolet. S/N 11102712001412. Eng. # 11698010000699. Silver gray metallic/black canvas/black leather. Odo: 97,967 miles. A nicely equipped 4-speed with a/c. Original colors but NOM. Owner’s manual, factory data card and reference materials. Recently serviced by marque specialists. Limited known history. Exceptional paint and chrome throughout. Some signs of interior wear and lumpy seat foam. Beautiful wood dash. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $196,000. Limited historical information makes it difficult to evaluate the originality of this lot (which is so important to Porsche collectors). It has the honest, consistent appearance of a preservation candidate, but cannot be confirmed based on what was presented. Sold well and appropriately below the pre-sale estimates. Date sold: 01/19/2019 eBay auction ID: 183635260318 Seller’s eBay ID: empireexoticmotors Sale type: Used car with 1,590 miles VIN: SBM13DAA6HW003446 Details: Onyx Black over Carbon Black/Apex Red leather; 3.8-L twin-turbocharged V8 rated at 562 hp and 443 ft-lb, 7-sp auto, RWD Sale result: $179,888, Buy It Now, sf 189 MSRP: $188,600 (base) Other current offering: MotorCars of Atlanta in Atlanta, GA, asking $182,500 for a 2018 570S coupe in Volcano Orange over Carbon Black Alcantara with 1,459 miles. ♦ 126 #120-1965 PORSCHE 356SC coupe. S/N 221993. Eng. # 813694. Black/black leather. Odo: 13,116 miles. Final production year for “ SOLD AT $235,200. The last of the handbuilt, bespoke Mercedes motorcars. The bigengined, manual-trans SE cabrios continue to The last of the hand-built, bespoke Mercedes motorcars. The big-engined, manual-trans SE cabrios continue to perform well at auction. Owning a vintage car does not have to be a painful endeavor. Few cars can offer the vintage experience for five adults, with comfort and reliability. 1971 Mercedes-Benz 280SE 3.5 cabriolet ” Sports Car Market


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Gooding & Co. Scottsdale, AZ perform well at auction. Owning a vintage car does not have to be a painful endeavor. Few cars can offer the vintage experience for five adults, with comfort and reliability. The presale estimates were overly aggressive, and this lot sold at the correct market price. #41-1973 PORSCHE 911T 2.4 Targa. S/N 9113110614. Eng. # 6131588. Light ivory/black fiberglass/black leather. Odo: 21,403 miles. A true time capsule claimed to have driven 21k miles. Numbers matching as per CoA. Nicely equipped with the factory “Comfort Group” of a/c, Blaupunkt and Fuchs. Documentation, manual, jack and tools. Paint appears original, with only minimal signs of use. Small tear in driver’s seat. Some wear on driver’s side interior door pocket. Cond: 2. bag. The aggressive Avon rubber should also keep it planted. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $112,000. This was a lot I would like to drive, but not own. Bidding started slowly and inched on throughout its time on stage. This was a lot of performance for the money and would gather a lot of attention, but did not sell well because of its unique appointments. It is difficult to determine the fair value of such a unique lot, but the new owner bought the car for much cheaper than he could have built it. #126-1987 PORSCHE 930 Slantnose coupe. S/N WP0JB0931HS051499. Eng. # 68H01625. Black/black leather. Odo: 7,087 miles. Factory M505 Slantnose coupe with low mileage. Matching tranny and engine as per CoA. With books, tools, compressor, window sticker and records. Beautiful paint that appears to be original. No signs of accident damage or abuse. Minor sear wear. Plastic cover is still on the driver’s doormat. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $117,600. This lot was very honest looking and presentable. While white Porsches have their following, Targas in white don’t appeal to my tastes. The final price was well bought at less than the price paid for similar sales with equivalent restoration quality. #10-1984 PORSCHE 911 Carrera coupe. S/N WP0AB0916ES122013. Silver/Sebring Blue leather. Odo: 2,037 miles. Outlaws appeal to a (mostly younger) subset of Porsche collectors. Among that group (of which I am a part) some mods seem tasteful (e.g. Singer), and others seem overdone. The “whiffle ball” shifter and inserts from my grandmother’s curtains are too much for me. Beyond the styling, this is equipped with some impressive kit, including an intercooler larger than a carry-on SOLD AT $215,600. Few things scream 1980s like a Slantnose turbo. If this is your vibe, this car had it all. Sold for an appropriate amount in today’s market. #109-2016 PORSCHE 911R coupe. S/N WP0AF2A93GS195215. GT Silver Metallic/ black leather. Odo: 2,369 miles. One of 296 U.S.-delivered 911Rs as delivered through the 918 Spyder Circle Program. Low mileage but not put away from new. $30k of options including Chrono package and front-axle lift system. This lot looks brand new, with no signs of wear or over-enjoyment. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $280,000. 911Rs were all the rage when they were difficult to obtain. Porsche now makes a 500-hp 6-speed that is not difficult to obtain. Hence, auction prices have April 2019 127


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Gooding & Co. Scottsdale, AZ fallen on 911Rs. These cars are somewhat rare with attractive styling, so they will likely continue to be coveted by collectors—but at what price? They seem to be falling to the level of the most desirable GT3 RS variants. ITALIAN TOP 10 No. 7 #129-1952 FERRARI 212 EUROPA cabriolet. S/N 0235EU. Eng. # 0235 EU. Azzurro Metallizzato/black can- vas/ beige leather. Odo: 850 km. Extensive ownership and exhibition histories. Ferrari factory restoration and Red Book Classiche certification. FIVA Identity Card. Comprehensive photo documentation throughout time. Impressive show history including Pebble Beach and Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este. Excellent paint with only minor signs of wear. German-like panel gaps. Minor scratches on side metalwork. Some interior wear near driver’s door pocket. Cond: 1-. historical oversight. An entry ticket to any automotive event or museum on the planet. While this sale set a world record, these rarely are offered, and its condition and provenance warranted the final sale price. #22-1955 ALFA ROMEO 1900C SS coupe. S/N AR1900C01879. Eng. # AR130800987. Black & red/black leather. Odo: 321 km. Touring-bodied, five-window Superleggera Super Sprint coupe. Original 1308-series engine, per Classiche. History since new. Gearbox moved to floor shift. Older restoration with thicker paint, scratched glass and tarnished window trim. Poor trunk fit. Cond: 3+. Odo: 7,276 km. Attractive, desirable, singlelouver, covered-headlight TdF with provenance since new. TdFs were aluminum-bodied, dual-purpose road racers. Delivered in Venezuela and raced competitively during its prime. Originally Bianco/Nero leather, now Rosso/Bianco over tan leather. Correct, original mechanicals and body panels as per factory build sheet and Classiche Red Book certification. An older restoration with attractive paint and tight panel gaps. Some worn rubber around the rear window trim. Elegant interior showing only minor signs of seat wear. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $1,930,000. A treasure of Ferrari history that gathered much attention in both the preview and the auction tent. Ping-pong bids came from the room and the phones, with great encouragement from the crowd. Sold at a market-correct price given condition and history. #42-1953 FERRARI 250 MM Series II Spider. S/N 0348MM. Eng. # 0348 MM. Red/brown leather. RHD. Odo: 40,884 miles. One of the 12 Vignale-designed Spiders produced on the 250 MM frame. Extensive provenance, race and show history since new. Original body, engine and transmission as per factory documentation. Nicely preserved, with some paint cracks, mostly along body seams. Exceptional interior, especially seat patina. Beautifully presented steering wheel. Cond: 2. TOP 10 No. 2 SOLD AT $210,000. Opening bid of $100k, slowly moved to the final sale price—well below the pre-sale estimates. The two-tone, Boxer-style paint scheme may have brought price down. Correctly priced given condition and current market conditions. #151-1956 ALFA ROMEO 1900C SS coupe. S/N AR1900C10468. Eng. # AR130810477. Verde Oceano/white & peach leather. Odo: 453 km. SWB, alloy-bodied Alfa GT. Missing periods of ownership history. “Upgraded” with 5-speed gearbox. With tools, jack and documentation. Beautiful metallic paint with nice gaps. High-quality chrome. Exceptional interior. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $5,890,000. Great cars bring great results. This lot was second-highest-dollar sale of the week. It has all of the ingredients for a successful transaction: history, race successes, originality, condition and rarity. Sold for a market-correct price right in between (curiously narrow) low and high pre-sale estimates. #52-1958 FERRARI 288 GTO coupe. S/N ZFFPA16B000055713. Red/black leather. Odo: 12,249 miles. Italian-market purchased 288 GTO, spending nearly all of its life in the U.S. Classiche Red Book certified. Recent $30k service including cam belts, clutch and brake service. Non-original exhaust system installed, but sale includes the original Ferrari exhaust. Paint coming up on parts of the engine cover. Some sloppy rubber-seal work. Windshield may have been replaced as excess glue is evident in a few places. Cond: 2-. TOP 10 No. 4 NOT SOLD AT $285,000. A superb restoration on a beautiful car. This model is seemingly not a popular auction offering. There did not seem to be a large number of Alfa collectors on this particular weekend. The seller was right to not let this lot change hands at the high-bid price. SOLD AT $5,395,000. A lot with impeccable credentials and a “Truman Show” level of 128 TOP 10 No. 1 #28-1958 FERRARI 250 GT Tour de France coupe. S/N 1037GT. Eng. # 1037 GT. Red & white/tan leather. SOLD AT $2,507,500. A nice 288, but not “in the wrapper” like another one available across town, which sold for 34% more. 288s are amazing cars with strong, growing collector support. This lot was sold at the correct market price, just above the low pre-sale estimate. Sports Car Market


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Gooding & Co. Scottsdale, AZ #105-1961 FERRARI 250 GTE Series I coupe. S/N 2475GT. Eng. # 2475. Rosso Corsa/tan leather. Odo: 51,479 km. Delivered to Rome from the factory. Exported to the U.S. in 1985, where it has since spent its life. An older restoration with shiny but thicker paint. Some panel fit issues, particularly in doors and trunk. Nice interior patina with one seat. Radio delete. Recent $30k, extensive mechanical freshening. Factory books, manuals and brochure. Some records and spares included in sale. Cond: 2-. #35-1966 FERRARI 330 GTC coupe. S/N 08915. Eng. # 08915. Dark red/beige leather. Odo: 74,250 km. Matching-numbers, FCA Platinum 330 GTC. Older, bare-metal restoration by noted marque experts; still showing beautiful shine, quality and radiance. Minor interior wear. Some minor glass delimitation. Records, tools and jack. Cond: 2+. bumpers and tailpipes. Soiled carpets. Honest seat patina and headliner. This largely original car was featured on the “Chasing Classic Cars” TV show. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $313,000. The Series Is are often considered the prettiest and most pure of the ’60s Ferrari 2+2 coupes. Offers practicality and the engine used in legendary 250-based Ferraris. These cars have appreciated exponentially over the years. However, this lot was bid beyond its fair value given its condition and has to be considered well sold. #143-1964 FERRARI 275 GTB Proto- type coupe. S/N 06003. Eng. # 06003. Giallo Prototipo/black leather. Odo: 48,053 km. The first 275 GTB; built by the Ferrari Experimental Department as a prototype and development car. Raced in the Monte Carlo Rally. Conditional Red Book approval once Monte Carlo cosmetics are addressed. Exceptional paint and chrome throughout. A part of Ferrari history that has rarely been seen in person. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $620,000. GTCs are wonderful, elegant, driver’s Ferraris (sharing the same chassis as the 275 GTB). They have traditionally sold well below Daytona prices, but they are now in the same ballpark. This was a wonderful lot that has to be considered well bought given its sterling condition. #60-1966 FERRARI 330 GT Series I 2+2 coupe. S/N 8627. Eng. # 8627. Azzurro Metallizzato/ beige leather. Odo: 53,385 miles. FCA Platinum-winning, numbers-matching 330 GT 2+2 with Classiche Red Book certification. With manuals, tools. Recent engine-out mechanical and older cosmetic freshening. Very attractive paint with consistent metallic flake. Nice dash wood. Tidy but not showquality engine bay. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $425,750. Original cars still bring strong results. If the necessary mechanical servicing (likely every hose and piece of rubber to start) isn’t too frightening, this car would make a nice, original driver. A restoration would not result in a positive economic outcome. Bought at the right price given originality and needs. #48-1969 DETOMASO MANGUSTA coupe. S/N 8MA854. Black/black leather. Odo: 47,746 miles. Nearly four decades of single-family California ownership. U.S.-spec with older, bare-metal restoration and recent mechanical attention. Stunning reflective paint in a very attractive color. Exterior rubber coming apart. Some interior cracks. Sounded like a motor boat (in a good way) when started. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $4,750,000. Noted to require mechanical attention before use. That statement and the incomplete Classiche certification may have been enough to give pause to the few collectors who can afford this lot. Bidding did not end in the same zip code as the pre-sale estimate of $6m–$8m. The owner was probably right to take the lot home and complete the missing pieces for a better future result. 130 NOT SOLD AT $240,000. Four-headlight 330 GT 2+2s are a difficult sale vs. the moreattractive two-headlight examples. The high bid was a little light, but not by much. #37-1967 LAMBORGHINI 400GT 2+2 coupe. S/N 01054. Eng. # 1037. Red/black pigskin. Odo: 31,459 miles. U.S.-spec, lowmileage, numbers-matching 2+2. Half a century ownership by a single California-based family. True signs of originality present, including factory undercoating, original glass inscription and period-correct radio. Cracked, faded paint and exterior rubber. Tarnished SOLD AT $280,000. The $100k opening bid climbed easily to $200k and then the final price. All-in sale price right in the middle of the estimate range. A strong car that deserved this strong result. #8-1970 FERRARI 365 GT 2+2 coupe. S/N 13049. Eng. # 13049. Rosso/black leather. Odo: 55,974 miles. U.S.-spec “Queen Mother” owned by the same family over 20 years. Originally Argento, repainted in Rosso after a bare-metal restoration. Older mechanical restoration that will need some attention before regular use. Shiny but thicker paint with good panel gaps. Tidy but undetailed engine bay. Portions of the carpet appear to have been mouse food. Otherwise, nice interior patina. Cond: 2-. Sports Car Market


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Gooding & Co. Scottsdale, AZ SOLD AT $212,800. Queen Mothers are nice cars to drive, with endless torque and a comfortable ride. These are large vehicles, resulting in high restoration costs relative to their value. It almost always make sense to buy the best. This was a driver-level car that could be used after some mechanical attention. It was well sold, given its condition. #9-1972 FERRARI 246 GT DINO coupe. S/N 03532. Medium Blue/Sabbia Vaumol leather. Odo: 25,711 miles. Low-mileage, U.S.-spec Dino coupe. Long-term, single-family ownership. Some recent mechanical work by GTO Engineering. Incorrect color with thick, cracked paint. Water-stained mouse-hair dash, coming apart in places. Aftermarket steering wheel. Mismatched interior trim. Incorrect engine hoses. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $522,000. Daytonas seem to go in and out of favor on a regular basis. They did not have a good week in the desert, but this has to be one of the better Daytona sales given its needy condition. #44-1990 LAMBORGHINI COUN- TACH 25th Anniversary Edition coupe. S/N ZA9CA05A4LLA12899. Bianco Perlato/tan leather. Odo: 12,241 miles. Canadian-market, 25th Anniversary-edition Countach with low miles. Coffee-table rear spoiler. Recent service and tires. Good paint condition with the exception of some seam cracks. Some windshield rubber coming apart. Appropriate interior wear given age and mileage. Cond: 2+. Superamericas. Ferrari Red Book Classiche certified. Includes extensive factory books, accessories and a letter from Piero Ferrari. Exceptional, as-new condition. Seats do not show any sign of use. Four original 2005-datecoded tires. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $582,500. Manual-shift, late-model Ferraris continue to bring extraordinary sums. These cars sat in dealership showrooms when new. They now attract multiples of their original prices. Sold at a market-correct (but expensive) level. #7-2008 ALFA ROMEO 8C Com- petizione coupe. S/N ZARJA181580039303. Rosso 8C Competizione/black leather. Odo: 1,358 miles. One of 84 brought to the U.S.— all with coachbuilt ATR carbon-fiber bodies. Single owner with über-low miles. Fitted luggage, tools, manuals and original window sticker. As-new condition throughout. All tires dated from the year of manufacture, 2008. Hood bra holding up well. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $240,800. Dino prices have been on a tear (some selling north of $500k this week). They are beautifully designed and easy to drive. This car was in need of a complete restoration. While I would normally advise against this, there are few donor Dinos left in this price range. Hence, it was slightly well bought. #147-1972 FERRARI 365 GTB/4 Day- tona coupe. S/N 15517. Eng. # B1542. Rosso/black leather. Odo: 92,692 km. European-specification Daytona with limited known early history. Recovered from 21-year period of static storage, requiring further mechanical attention before road use. Originally Grigio Ferro, now Rosso. Thicker paint with light scratches. Wavy chrome. Broken driver’s door latch. Jet-black recent mouse hair. Passenger’s door has fit issue. Tired interior. Cond: 3. 132 Sports Car Market SOLD AT $274,400. One of the mandatory bedroom posters of my childhood (along with Farrah Fawcett). A futuristic design a decade ahead of its time. Countaches have aged well and seems to appeal to the next generation of collectors. This car was in great overall condition and was sold at a market-correct level right at the lower pre-sale estimate. #25-2005 FERRARI 575 SUPERAMER- ICA convertible. S/N ZFFGT61A650143799. Rubino Micalizzato/natural leather. Odo: 8,742 miles. One of 43 manual-shift SOLD AT $335,000. Opening bid of $100k. Worked hard given they also had a Spider to sell the next day. Sold to a Minneapolis-based collector at the high end of recent sales, but the price was fair given the extraordinary condition. #127-2009 ALFA ROMEO 8C Spider. S/N ZARJA281890049766. Red/black cloth/ brown leather. Odo: 716 miles. One of only 35 8C Spiders exported to the U.S. Über-low miles and “in the wrapper” new in every way. Some serious performance parts including carbon-fiber body parts, tuned Maserati engine and Brembo carbon-ceramic brakes. A stunning lot that gathered much attention during the preview. Cond: 1.


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Gooding & Co. Scottsdale, AZ NOT SOLD AT $310,000. I was surprised this lot was not bid to a higher price. In my eyes, the Spiders are as beautiful as the coupes, and they are rarely seen at auction. The owner was right to wait for a better price. Gooding asked $380k post-block. JAPANESE #29-1970 NISSAN FAIRLADY Z432 coupe. S/N PS3000166. Orange & black/black leather. Odo: 95,400 km. Rare Fairlady Z432 with original Skyline GT-R, 16-valve engine. Recent restoration in Japan, finished in Monte Carlo race livery. Aftermarket wheels, exhaust. Paint showing BEST BUY Thin chrome. Nice interior patina with periodcorrect radio. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $89,600. This car is not on every collector’s bucket list. The racing-tribute “upgrades” may have dissuaded some U.S. collectors. Difficult to value as these are rarely available in the U.S. But this was seen last at auction at RM Sotheby’s 2017 Amelia Island sale, where it sold for $170,500 (SCM# 6831934). This time it sold well below the pre-sale estimates. AMERICAN #17-1964 SHELBY COBRA 289 road- ster. S/N CSX2246. Eng. # PA3304. Princess Blue/red leather. Odo: 50,834 miles. 289-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Well-documented and -optioned, rack-and-pinion-equipped 289 Cobra. Finished in original colors to a very high standard by Dave Wagner. Fitted with hot-rod engine, but original accompanies sale. Well represented at several road rallies. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $1,050,000. Attractive, high-quality paint and chrome throughout. Some trunk fit issues. Tidy interior with some signs of enjoyment. Great cars still bring great prices, and this one was well sold given the current market. © Sports Car Market Keith Martin’s The Insider’s Guide to Collecting, Investing, Values, and Trends Subscribe to SCM today and become a collector car insider excessive orange peel over uneven panel gaps. www.sportscarmarket.com ™ 134 Sports Car Market


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RM Sotheby’s Phoenix, AZ RM Sotheby’s — Arizona 2019 A Tucker 48, recently restored in Waltz Blue, realized $1,600,000 Company RM Sotheby’s Date January 17–18, 2019 Location Phoenix, AZ Auctioneer Maarten ten Holder Automotive lots sold/offered 131/155 Sales rate 85% Sales total $36,851,890 High sale 1985 Ferrari 288 GTO coupe, sold at $3,360,000 Buyer’s premium Steadily climbing in value — 1948 Tucker 48 sedan, sold at $1,600,000 12% on first $250,000; 10% thereafter, included in sold prices Report and photos by Carl Bomstead Market opinions in italics T his year’s premier RM Sotheby’s Arizona auction — held again at the famed Arizona Biltmore Hotel during the auction week — had a slightly different look and feel. A major convention had taken over the hotel, and the auction was relocated to a large tent erected on the parking lot, with about half the cars being offered presented in the rather dark hotel parking garage. Porsche has been the flavor of the month of late, and RM Sotheby’s presented a Porsche-Palooza of sorts, with 23 crossing the block. A very nice 356A Speedster brought $245,000, while a 2010 911 Sport Classis — number two of only 250 built by Porsche Exclusive — realized $654,000. There were only 150 miles showing, so you have to admire the restraint of the seller for not testing the upper limits of the machine. The Calumet Collection presented 17 exceptional Rolls-Royce and Bentley automobiles. The 1972 Phantom VI limousine with coachwork by Mulliner Park Ward was ordered to demonstrate the options available and how elegant and elaborate they were. The passenger’s compartment was finished in Drayton velvet with rare burled walnut throughout. The crowning touch was the pair of burled-walnut tables that were designed to fit on the front fenders, with seating on stools that were mounted on the front bumper guards. The car 136 realized $291,000 and is sure to be a smash at the next RROC meet. A 1948 Tucker, one of the 51 built by Preston Tucker, realized $1,600,000 and as time goes on may just prove to be a wise purchase. They continue to enjoy steady appreciation, and their appearance as a feature class at the recent Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance increased awareness of the marque. The car had been recently re-restored to perfection in Waltz Blue, a factory color that was named after (Tucker’s wife) Vera’s favorite dress. Most every major auction of late seems to offer a LaFerrari, and RM Sotheby’s presented an Aperta that was one of only 210 produced, with all being presold. It produces a massive 950 hp through a 6.2 V12 and a 120 kW electric motor. As the no-sale agreements expire, they are now coming to market, but the supercar market is a bit crowded and the anticipated million-dollar profit is rather elusive. The one offered here failed to sell when bid to $5.5m. Bidders took 12 cars to over a million dol- Sales Totals $60m $50m lars, but only six found new homes. The final total was slightly up (2%) from last year’s $36.1m, but that’s still down from the $50m– $60m totals from 2015–17. The unfortunate hotel situation may not have helped this year’s total, but I have to speculate that it is more of an overall market readjustment. Amelia Island is just around the corner, so that will give us more information prior to making a definitive statement. ♦ $40m $30m $20m $10m 0 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 Sports Car Market


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RM Sotheby’s Phoenix, AZ ENGLISH #236-1927 ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM I Ascot tourer. S/N S337FM. Pale yellow/tan canvas/tan leather. Delivered as convertible coupe, but rebodied in 1934 as Ascot Tourer. Thought to be the final new Brewster Ascot mounted on Rolls-Royce chassis. Restored in early 2000s. Fitted with Bausch & Lomb drum headlamps and oversized Pilot Ray driving lights. One of only 28 original examples built. Excellent paint and bright work. An elegant offering. Cond: 1-. The restoration was expensive, so I doubt if the seller made much money here. However, it is a striking Series I that sold for the correct amount. #174-1969 JAGUAR E-TYPE Series II The market for elegant town cars is waning, so I don’t know where seller can go to recoup his investment. #169-1950 JAGUAR XK 120 roadster. S/N 670111. Red/tan canvas/tan leather. Odo: 28,190 miles. One of only 242 aluminumbodied XK 120 roadsters produced, and only 184 that were left-hand versions. Wears spats, so no wire wheels. Recently sorted, although older restoration still very presentable. Striking livery with Biscuit interior. Wears unstamped replacement cylinder head, but has JDHT Certificate. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $250,000. Early Rolls-Royces did not gain much traction here, as the bidders were looking for bargains and sellers were not willing to sell for less than fair value. #267-1928 ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM I Town Car. S/N S275FP. Maroon/black leather, gray fabric. Odo: 33,107 miles. A striking town car that has been restored to exceptional condition. Excellent paint and brightwork. Massive grille is major plating project. Period drum headlamps. Elegant interior with exceptional woodwork. Cond: 2+. 4.2 convertible. S/N 1R11057. Black/black canvas/black leather. Odo: 68,815 miles. A two-owner car that wears the original top, paint and interior. Has received an extensive engine rebuild, with limited use since. It is the Series II, which does not have covered headlamps, but has the desirable 4.2 motor under the bonnet. Paint worn with scratches, chips and is lacking luster. Interior is cracked and trim oxidized. Nothing that would not be expected with original car. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $72,800. Buyers were not willing to look beyond the original nature of this E-type, and seller took a hit. Basis for a complete restoration or use as-is, as a preserved example. I’d lean toward the latter and drive the heck out of it. #220-1972 ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM NOT SOLD AT $250,000. This XK 120 is no stranger to the auction world. Was sold at RM Sotheby’s 2017 Monterey sale for $330,000 (SCM# 6846474), and at Barrett-Jackson’s 2002 Scottsdale sale for $129,600 (SCM# 1553617). Two years before that, it sold for $111,300 (SCM# 1535555) at the same Barrett-Jackson January sale. Musical chairs and the seller had no place to sit this time around. Not willing to take the hit and will hope things turn around. Good luck. NOT SOLD AT $190,000. This was last seen at RM Sotheby’s 2018 Amelia Island sale, where it realized $335,000 (SCM# 6863847). Prior to that it was not sold when presented at RM’s 2011 Monterey sale, where it was bid to $235,000 (SCM# 6764850). Driven only 14 miles since. Going the wrong way now, and I doubt if seller will get his money back anytime soon. #241-1933 ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM II Town Car. S/N 253AJS. Gray & black/ black leather/broadcloth. Odo: 90,404 miles. An elegant U.S.-delivery PII Town Car by Brewster. Originally bodied as St. Martin Town Car, but changed to more-modern Newport style. Restored in late ’90s. Appeared at several recent prominent shows. Also completed 1,000-mile tour. The lap of luxury. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $180,000. We watched this sell at RM Sotheby’s 2017 Amelia Island auction, where it realized $220,000 (SCM# 6831961). Seller was not willing to take a hit two years later. 138 SOLD AT $291,000. The ultimate RollsRoyce. Will be a hit at the next RROC outing. Price paid was a bit less than expected, but price is not important if you must have the only one. As they say, “go find another.” #217-1987 ROLLS-ROYCE CAMAR- SOLD AT $198,800. This was last seen at RM’s 2005 Monterey auction, where it realized $88,000 (SCM# 1564021). It then wore a different livery, and was in need of some help. GUE retractable hard top. S/N SCAYJ429AHCX10402. White/red leather. RHD. Odo: 927 miles. A one-off retractable hard top that was modified with electric motor 25 years after originally built. The 927 actual miles are documented, and it is complete with cocktail Sports Car Market #263-1962 JAGUAR E-TYPE Series I 3.8 convertible. S/N 875712. Silver/black fabric/black leather. Odo: 14,722 miles. A recently restored Series I with coveted covered headlamps and smaller front bumper. Desirable colors with upgraded 5-speed Tremec transmission. Received recent engine rebuild, so should be good to go for tours and rallies. Cond: 1-. VI limousine. S/N PRH4703. Black/red leather & velvet. RHD. Odo: 51,032 miles. Commissioned as company demonstrator that would show every possible luxury that could be specified. Elegant walnut veneers, velvet seating, writing desk and cut glassware. Has pair of walnut tables that are fitted over front fenders along with front stools. Offered with china and flatware. Has it all—and then some. Cond: 1-.


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RM Sotheby’s Phoenix, AZ set and tools. Fully documented. The only one! Cond: 1. SOLD AT $246,400. Created a lot of excitement as a number of bidders decided they “had to have” this interesting Bentley. New owner paid a bit of a premium, but that will soon be forgotten after the first outing. GERMAN #264-1955 MERCEDES-BENZ 300SL SOLD AT $252,000. At least two bidders had to have this unique Camargue, and the winner paid the price. He will be a hit demonstrating his new toy at the next RROC gathering and will attract a crowd. Unique car but at a heck of a price. Would love to see the look on the face of the tech when you take the car in for service on the one-off top. #233-1989 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER SPIRIT Emperor landaulet. S/N SCAZS00A1KCH26441. Maroon & black/gray leather & velour. RHD. Odo: 12,901 miles. A one-of-a-kind Emperor State landaulet with coachwork by Hooper. Fitted with fine barware and electronics produced by Toshiba that are a bit dated now. Based on Silver Spirit that has been extended three feet, with folding landaulet top. Over-the-top interior with burled walnut and conversation pit. Very original with documented low miles. Cond: 2+. Gullwing. S/N 1980405500154. Red/tan leather. Odo: 30,759 miles. An older restoration that is showing signs of age, with trim scratched and numerous paint issues. Has bolt on wheelarch “eyebrows” as later-year examples were welded on. Optioned with bumper guards, Becker radio and fitted luggage. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $950,000. Mercedes made the 300SL Roadster from 1957 until 1963 with a total of 1,856 produced. Priced at $11,000 when new. These appear at most major auctions, and sell at a predictable price range. Price bid here was off the mark by a bunch. Catalog indicated the house had an interest in the car, so surely we will see it at another RM Sotheby’s event—where they should get their price. NOT SOLD AT $1,100,000. One of 1,400 produced between 1954 and 1957, with the majority going through the hands of New York distributor Max Hoffman. Price offered failed to excite the seller, but this 300SL had a long list of needs. The current market is paying up for quality but is penalizing anything that is off the mark. Doubt if there will be much more offered without some serious attention to the needs. TOP 10 No. 5 SOLD AT $190,400. Sold for far less than expected, so just might be a bargain, but what do you do with it? There are only so many parades you can attend, so it is most likely museum bound. #225-2000 BENTLEY CONTINENTAL Sedanca Coupe. S/N SCBZZ22E8YCX65102. Peacock Blue/Oatmeal leather. Odo: 24,527 miles. A limited-production sedanca coupe with removable “T-top.” One of 73 produced over three-year period and one of four delivered as 2000 model. Low miles are stated to be actual. Complete with pair of shot glasses and flask in rear armrest. A head-turning Bentley that has been well maintained. Very striking. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $2,175,000. A Max Hoffman-approved design that was hand built at a lofty price of $11,000. Only 252 produced over a 2½-year period. This was last seen at Gooding’s 2014 Pebble Beach sale, where it realized $1,925,000 (SCM# 6710774), which was slightly less than expected. Sold for a touch more this time around, but not enough to cover fees and other costs. A delightful 507 that still appears fresh and crisp. Well bought indeed. 140 #246-1958 BMW 507 Series II roadster. S/N 70157. Midnight Blue/blue canvas/red leather. Odo: 21,383 miles. A later Series II sporting a replacement motor with correct stamping. Presented at 2002 Pebble Beach Concours and won several subsequent First in Class awards. Has been well maintained with annual service. Desirable Rudge wheels. A delightful BMW. Cond: 1-. #206-1986 PORSCHE 911 Carrera Targa. S/N WP0EB0915GS161261. Guards Red/black leather. Odo: 80,843 miles. This 911 has received mild custom treatment and is referred to as an “outlaw.” Bumpers have been modified and now has center exit twin-outlet exhaust system. Respray in Guards Red that has a few issues. Rides on 17-inch Fiske alloy wheels. Air conditioning removed and lightweight door panels added. An unusual 911 that draws a lot of attention. Cond: 2. #151-1960 MERCEDES-BENZ 300SL Roadster. S/N 19804210002484. Graphite Gray/black canvas/red lether. Odo: 53,302 miles. This example restored almost 10 years back and still crisp and sharp. Powered by original numbers-matching motor and has received limited use since restoration. Includes set of reproduction tools. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $44,800. Price paid was less than an unmodified 911 Targa would bring, which means the seller lost out on a bunch playing with this one. Always a roll of the dice putting your custom touches on a car. ITALIAN #273-1957 FERRARI 250 GT Speciale coupe. S/N 0751GT. Gray metallic/tan leather. Odo: 1,454 km. One-off coachwork that was the second of three Speciales Ferrari built for Princess de Réthy of Belgium. Documented ownership that includes Ford executive John Clinard. Received cosmetic restoration in 1997 and presented at 2001 Pebble Beach Concours. One of Ferrari’s more significant road cars. Cond: 1-. Sports Car Market


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RM Sotheby’s Phoenix, AZ Sold for the expected amount but has a few needs. As a rally car, leave as-is and use and enjoy. A fair transaction. NOT SOLD AT $7,500,000. Price bid was not close to making it happen. Ferrari road cars do not get the attention of the big-money Ferrari boys, as racing history adds to the value. A stunning car that was prepared for royalty, but that did not motivate the buyers this time out. #269-1959 MASERATI 3500 GT coupe. S/N AM101530. Light blue/cream leather. Odo: 35,402 km. The first Maserati that was produced in any quantity, although with fewer than 2,000 manufactured between 1957 and 1964. A gentle restoration of a very original example. Engine rebuilt and transmission rebuilt by ZF. A quality respray in an attractive livery. Coupes were produced by Touring and the Spiders by Vignale (with exceptions for both). An attractive offering. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $230,000. Maserati 3500 GTs have been moving up the chart of late, but even so, the price bid here should have done the job. Was bid to a similar number at Gooding’s sale last year in Arizona (SCM# 6858343), so I don’t know where the seller goes from here. A delightful car, but a bunch of them were produced. #106-1959 FIAT-ABARTH 750 GT Za- gato coupe. S/N 100558327. Red/tan leather. Odo: 25,657 km. Iconic “double-bubble” coachwork by Zagato. Wears an older restoration that is holding up well, but with a few signs of age and use. Paint with mild patina and seating, which was refreshed in 2004, shows a bit of wear. Engine updated with larger 903-cc 850-series motor. Was driven on 2010 California Mille. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $2,650,000. This 275 GTB/4 is no stranger to the auction circuit, having been a no-sale for $850,000 at Gooding’s 2010 Pebble Beach sale (SCM# 1687739), and selling in 2011 at RM’s August sale for $1,485,000 (SCM# 3642342). Four years later, RM Sotheby’s sold it again in Monterey for $3,300,000 (SCM# 6796715). The market has shifted, but the seller is not willing to accept the new reality and takes the well-traveled Ferrari home. Guess he is expecting the Ferrari market to rebound. Good luck. #142-1967 FERRARI 330 GTS Spyder. S/N 10773. Red/black canvas/ black leather. Odo: 33,762 km. Fitted with optional Borrani wires and a/c. Stolen in early 1980s and found a decade later. Respray in 1999, and subsequently acquired by Skip Barber. Well maintained with limited use— only 33,762 km showing. Fully documented with books and records. Cond: 1-. TOP 10 No. 6 SOLD AT $84,000. The original condition of this Pantera was not appreciated by the bidders, and it sold for far less than was expected. The unusual Grabber Blue may have held it back a bit. Buyer did just fine if they can get past that. #140-1972 INTERMECCANICA ITA- SOLD AT $100,000. An ideal car for vintage rallies and tours for not a whole lot of money. 142 SOLD AT $2,012,500. Introduced in 1966 with fairly subdued styling. Only 100 produced over three-year period. Price paid was a touch less than expected, but the market is in flux right now—might just be better to take your money and not look back. Hope the new owner puts some miles—oops...kilometers—on the clock. LIA Spyder. S/N 50383414. Red/black canvas/ black leather. Odo: 44,647 miles. An exciting Italian design with Ford 351 Windsor under the hood. Built by Frank Reisner, who also brought us the Omega and Apollo GT. Rides on Cromodora wheels, with Intermeccanica center badges. Aftermarket plexiglass headlight covers and shaved fuel-cap door. Also has modified taillights. Paint presentable and brightwork in good order. One of fewer than 300 Spyders produced. Cond: 2. Sports Car Market SOLD AT $687,000. This was last seen at Christie’s 2003 Monterey sale, where it sold for $156,000 (SCM# 1561197). If we only knew then...right? An example of the Ferrari market over the past decade or so. Solid Ferraris have been exceptional investments, but things seem to be leveling out of late. Price paid here was spot-on, so all should be happy for now. #132-1971 DETOMASO PANTERA coupe. S/N THPNLC01263. Grabber Blue/ black leather. Odo: 63,820 miles. Italian styling with Ford power underhood. Engine is a 351 Cleveland with parts at the local NAPA store. An early “push-button” model with round door buttons rather than door handles. Upgraded with 17-inch wheels, Wilwood brakes and ANSA exhaust. Original livery and interior. Original factory air-conditioning. Bold, unusual color, for sure. Cond: 2. #248-1967 FERRARI 275 GTB/4 coupe. S/N 10051. Blue Sera/Pelle Blue leather. Odo: 34,456 km. A striking design with long, flowing hood and motor with dual overhead camshafts. Complete restoration in late 1990s. Several resprays and a cosmetic restoration in 2010, with yet again another respray. Has been well maintained and still appears fresh and crisp. One of only 330 examples produced. Cond: 2+. #163-1968 FERRARI 330 GTC coupe. S/N 11517. Giallo Fly/black leather. Odo: 63,102 miles. An exciting 330 GTC that is fitted with optional radio and Borrani wheels. A respray in 2005 has been well maintained and is still crisp. Trim in good order, as is leather seating. Was the first 330 GTC to be invited to Pebble Beach. An elegant Grand Turismo. Cond: 2+.


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RM Sotheby’s Phoenix, AZ Market Moment 1985 Ferrari 288 GTO Sold at $3,360,000 RM Sotheby’s, Phoenix, AZ, January 17, 2019, Lot 149 Chassis number: ZFFPA16B000056761 I n June 1985, Tears for Fears’ “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” topped the Billboard charts, FIA’s Group B captured the imagination of racing fans around the world, and Route 66 was officially decom- missioned. However, Tears for Fears’ Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith weren’t the only two wanting to rule the world that summer. So, too, was Renee Ceryl West, who took delivery of this Ferrari 288 GTO — the first Ferrari to wear the GTO badge since the 250 GTO. This car was kitted out with air conditioning and power windows. And let’s not forget the simply stunning red seat inserts, either. Presumably, West’s zest for world domination — and 288 GTO ownership — came to a quick end. The car was returned to the dealership later that summer with just 579 miles on the odometer. Hostile and agile We can only guess why West returned the 288 GTO. Perhaps it was too much Prancing Horse to handle. After all, the 288 GTO looks a bit like 308 GTB, but it is wholly more hostile. Behind its aluminum doors, trunk and engine lid, the 288 GTO hides a tubular steel chassis. Wedged in the middle of its wheelbase, which is actually longer than that of the 308, is a longitudinally mounted Tipo F114B V8. With four valves per cylinder, Weber-Marelli electronic fuel injection, twin IHI turbochargers, and dual Behr intercoolers, it was good for a tire-rending 400 horsepower. The F114B was rending some serious tires, too. The 288 GTO’s rear tires were 10 inches wide (fronts were eight-inchers). Subsequently, designers had to flare the wheelarches just to fit them. With all that power on tap, the 288 had front and rear spoilers to keep the car planted. The 288 was developed to compete in barely restricted Group B. It was born to take Lancias to task on the racing circuit — not comfortably cruise Newport Beach boulevards. Unfortunately, Group B was folded in 1987 before Ferrari got the chance to participate. So Ferrari sold all 272 examples of the rarified 288 GTO to its most loyal clientele. Fast — and thin on the ground If you’re thinking a 272-unit production run seems a bit high for the car to be fairly called “rare,” consider the production numbers of its successors: the F40, F50 Enzo, and LaFerrari. Every one of those race-car-for-the-road models was produced in much higher numbers. So, by comparison, the 288 GTO is far less common. In its 34 years, our subject 288 clocked only 2,900 miles. And, before it went to auction in Arizona, it received a full service — including the timing belts. We’ve had a debate around the SCM offices about this car. We can’t really come to consensus on whether it was well bought or not. The SCM Pocket Price Guide would indicate it’s right in line with median values for 288 GTOs ($3,237,500). However, our Executive Editor Chester Allen called the winning bid “sorta crazy money” for a 288. Let’s go past median values to actual sales. A drive though SCM’s Platinum Auction Database showed a dozen 288 GTO auction sales during the past four years. Most of the sales were in the $2 million range — two cars sold for less than $1.8 million. Only one of those 12 cars broke the $3 million mark. That car, which sold at RM Sotheby’s Ferrari Sale in September 2017, brought a world-record $3,935,178. That car, like our subject 288 GTO, had very low mileage. I say this 288 GTO was … a fine purchase. While the price paid was commensurate with the market for low-mileage examples, my one hang-up on the 288 GTO is that it’s the Ferrari-nerd’s Ferrari — unlike, say, the 250 GTO or F40. By that I mean no uninitiated onlooker is going to know how special (or expensive) it is. For those reasons, I’ll doff my cap to the buyer, but no high-fives. — Nick Jaynes 144 NOT SOLD AT $1,850,000. This Daytona was sold at Christie’s 1999 New York auction for $353,000 (SCM# 1529249), and has been driven fewer than 3,000 miles since—such a Sports Car Market SOLD AT $500,000. These have been showing weakness in the marketplace of late, but the chairs and flares puts this in a different category. A solid restoration that sold for a bit of a premium considering the engine swap. #146-1973 FERRARI 365 GTS/4 Day- tona Spyder. S/N 16839. Giallo Fly/black canvas/Nero leather. Odo: 34,313 miles. One of only 121 true Daytona Spyders produced. Named after finishing 1-2-3 at 1967 24 Hours of Daytona, although the name was never accepted by Ferrari. Equipped with a/c, Becker radio and U.S.-required emissions components. Only 34,313 miles from new. Dash mouse hair in good order. Restored some 20 years ago, but still very presentable and showworthy. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $123,200. Several of these have shown up at auction of late, and they have been selling near this price range. Guess the market has spoken, and we will wait for the next one to show up to see if there is any movement. #262-1973 FERRARI 246 GT DINO coupe. S/N 07520. Azzurro Metallizzato/Pella Nera leather. Odo: 45,945 km. A delightful example with Daytona seating and flared rear fenders, thus “chairs and flares.” Stated to be the last example produced. Rides on Campagnolo alloys, and is fitted with optional radio. Motor is a period replacement. Seating was redone in black compared to original tan leather. Very limited use since restoration. Cond: 1-. Drew Shipley ©2018, courtesy of RM Sotheby’s


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RM Sotheby’s Phoenix, AZ shame. A desirable Spyder that is worth more than was bid here, but the Ferrari market is shifting and the pure money buyers seem to be sitting on their wallets. #261-1995 FERRARI F512 M coupe. S/N ZFFVG40A0S0100380. Rosso Corsa/ beige leather. Odo: 24,487 miles. The 12th of only 75 imported into the U.S. Maintained in as-new condition with recent belt servicing. Complete with all books and records as well as leather-cased toolkit. A striking example. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $357,000. The F512 Modificata was the last production flat-12, mid-engine Ferrari model. It had an updated chassis, engine and design from the earlier Testarossa. It did retain the distinctive “cheese grater” side pods. No surprise here as this sold for the expected amount. Appreciated by the true Ferrari folks, as most will think it is just another Testarossa. Increased horsepower and redesigned grille set it apart, however. #154-2017 FERRARI LAFERRARI Ap- erta. S/N ZFF86ZHA2H02224581. Nero Daytona/black suede. Odo: 1,529 miles. The ultimate Ferrari hypercar, at least for the time being. Powered by 6.2-liter V12 with 120-kW electric motor. Produced from October 2016 until August 2018, with 210 leaving the factory. Black with red accents that were unique to the Aperta. Ordered with all the options including carbon-fiber removable top. Cond: 1. NOT SOLD AT $5,500,000. As the two-year “no-sell” contract expires, more of these are coming to market. Most have been meeting the same fate as this one, as the million-dollar profit just does not happen. Have to think the vast number of supercars that are hitting the secondary market are making them a tough sell at the exaggerated prices being asked. Still, it’s the must-have Ferrari, at least until the next one comes out. SPANISH #130-1928 HISPANO-SUIZA H6C Transformable Torpedo. S/N 12036. Cream April 2019 145


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RM Sotheby’s Phoenix, AZ & yellow/brown canvas/tan leather. RHD. Odo: 97 miles. A 4-door convertible sedan designed by Hibbard & Darrin as the Transformable Torpedo. Has unique “tent flap” between windows. Interesting early history and once part of famed Arturo Keller Collection. One of limited number of U.S.-delivery Hispano-Suizas. An elegant automobile. Cond: 2+. Trippe driving lights. Truly understated elegance. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $150,000. No stranger to the auction circuit, this was last seen at BarrettJackson’s 2013 January sale, where it realized $258,500 (SCM# 5617290). Prior that it was a no-sale at Gooding’s 2006 Palm Beach sale (SCM# 1565286) when bid to $90,000, and a year before that it sold at B-J’s Arizona sale for $108,000 (SCM# 1561921). The bloom is off this rose and the seller is going to take a major haircut. The question is when. #165-1937 PACKARD SUPER EIGHT SOLD AT $665,000. Price paid was a bit more than was expected, but is there anything more striking than a closed V16 Marmon? I think the sting of the slight premium will quickly be forgotten after the first outing. #277-1934 PIERCE-ARROW MODEL NOT SOLD AT $330,000. This was last seen at RM Sotheby’s 2018 Amelia Island sale, where it failed to sell when bid to $420,000 (SCM# 6863782). Prior to that it was sold at RM’s 2013 Amelia sale for $495,000 (SCM# 5976188). Heading in the wrong direction— and fast—but seller not willing to face reality. Don’t see the skid stopping anytime soon. AMERICAN #260-1932 MARMON SIXTEEN coupe. S/N 16141830. Green/beige leather. Odo: 31,515 miles. A stylish Marmon Sixteen wearing an older restoration, but is still very respectable. Marmon was a year behind Cadillac with the V16, and could never catch up. Only 200 produced in 1932, and this is one of six surviving 2-passenger coupes. Long-term restoration completed in 1999. Fitted with Senior SOLD AT $106,400. Price paid was as expected, but closed cars are coming into their own, so this just might prove to be a wise investment. In the meantime, use and enjoy while you await the market to appreciate. TOP 10 No. 8 #243-1948 TUCKER 48 sedan. S/N 1040. Waltz Blue/blue cloth. Odo: 7,787 miles. 334-ci H6, 2-bbl, auto. One of 51 of the famed Tuckers produced. Was to be powered by Miller 589-ci engine but that proved impractical and Bell air-cooled aircraft engine was adapted. Restored in 1985 with engine swap of an unused factory spare. Sold at factory bankruptcy sale in October 1950. Again recently re-restored in correct shade of Waltz Blue. An exceptional example. Cond: 1-. 840A Silver Arrow coupe. S/N 2580180. Dove gray/gray fabric. Odo: 44,549 miles. The production version of the famed Silver Arrow concept car. Massive 144-inch wheelbase. Red artillery wheels. Restored around the turn of the century, it has been well maintained since. An unusual car that was finished in a livery that is not all that flattering. Cond: 2+. coupe. S/N 1018292. Blue/gray fabric. Odo: 713 miles. Restored in early 2000s by Glenn Vaughn Restoration, and well maintained since. Received respray at that time, as well as new carpets and engine rebuild. Driven only 713 miles since. A factory radio is installed, but is not functional. Equipped with driving lights. A Full Classic that would be an excellent CARavan tour car. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $1,600,000. This Tucker sold for the expected amount. They have been steadily climbing in value, and this well-restored example could have sold for a touch more and still have been a decent buy. I think a class of Tuckers at Pebble Beach has helped the value. © 146 Sports Car Market


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Bonhams Scottsdale, AZ Bonhams — The Scottsdale Auction A one-of-three 1951 Maserati AG6/2000 Spider tops the sale at $2,755,000 Company Bonhams Date January 17, 2019 Location Scottsdale, AZ Auctioneers Rupert Banner, James Knight Automotive lots sold/offered 108/120 Sales rate 90% Sales total $16,099,560 High sale 1951 Maserati AG6/2000 Frua Spider, sold at $2,755,000 Buyer’s premium Stunning from every angle — 1951 Maserati A6G/2000 Spider, sold at $2,755,000 Report and photos by Michael Leven Market opinions in italics B onhams held its season-opening auction on the grounds of the Westin Kierland Resort and Spa in Scottsdale on January 17, 2019. The auction fea- tured a wide spectrum of cars ranging from one-of-one, one-of-two, and one-of-three postwar Italian roadsters to low-mile examples of cars from the ’90s just starting to stretch their legs in the collector-car scene. When all was said and done at the end of a very long day, 108 cars traded hands, equating to an enviable 90% sell-through rate. Total sales came to $16.1 million, with the top seller being a 1951 Maserati AG6/2000 Spider that sold for $2,755,000. Unfortunately, Arizona Auction Week took place under the specter of the longest partial shutdown of the U.S. government in the country’s history, and I must wonder how much the concomitant uncertainty affected the bidding. To wit, Bonhams sold 67 cars (62% of sales) beneath their low estimates, while only 10 cars (9% of sales) exceeded their high estimates. There were 120 cars on the docket, with 54% of the consignments made up by Porsche (19 cars), Mercedes (16), Ford, Ferrari and Jaguar (eight each) and Fiat (six). There were four BMWs, but no other manufacturer represented more than three vehicles in the sale. Ford and 148 Fiat are not usually among the most-represented brands at a Bonhams auction, and having Ferrari make up only 5% of the consignment was unusual. It all made for a very eclectic mix. Some individual sales of note were for a highly original 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing that eventually made its way to $1.1m, followed by a 1963 Porsche 356B Carrera 2 GS cabriolet at $1m, a 1934 Mercedes-Benz 500K making $830k, and rounding out the top five was a 1965 Aston Martin DB5 that went for $650k. Notable non-sales were significant and definitely hurt the bottom line. A Ferrari Classiche- restored 1954 Mondial 500 was a no-sale at $4m, a 2018 Bugatti Chiron was a miss at $2.55m, a very rare 1971 Lamborghini Miura SV failed to move at $1.5m, the ex-Briggs Cunningham Jaguar-powered 1959 Lister Costin went unsold at $1.45m, and a 1964 Porsche 904 GTS did not sell at $1.2m. This accounts for five of the 12 total unsold cars and represents almost $11m in unrealized sales. In turn, this figure equals a staggering 75% of what Bonhams did sell. It must have been frustrating that so many big-ticket items went home with their consignors. Remember that bargains don’t necessarily come cheap, Sales Totals $30m $35m but good buys were out there in the form of a very nice silverand-red 1950 Jaguar XK 120 roadster at $95k, a dowdy but desirable 1948 Chrysler Town & Country that was only $75,600 all-in, and a 1967 Fiat 1000 TC Abarth tribute — which I saw sell at this same auction four or five years ago for over $40k — and which went for $16,800 this time. I also thought the 2008 Shelby GT500 Super Snake with just 8k miles was a steal for only $39,200. And for the one that got away, a 1961 Elva Courier built and raced by marque guru Butch Gilbert, with plenty of additional great provenance and a winning history, went for $18,480. All my racing buddies were sorry to miss that one. ♦ $25m $20m $15m $10m $5m 0 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 12% on first $250,000; 10% thereafter, included in sold prices Sports Car Market


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Bonhams Scottsdale, AZ ENGLISH #9-1934 BENTLEY 3½ LITRE drophead coupe. S/N B75BL. Eng. # X5BD. Black/black cloth/brown leather. RHD. Odo: 17,578 miles. Four-owner car with known history from new. Bespoke features when built include shortened steering column and gear lever, and custom speedometer with integrated clock. Paint prep and blocking very good, but actual application is not, with thin spots and orange peel. Chrome tired, badly scratched. Black cloth top sound and well fit; slightly rumpled and needs cleaning, though. Interior wood very nice; seat leather cracked and flaking, and steering wheel worn. Sold with no reserve. Cond: 3+. gine and body tags intact. Paint good. Hood sits a touch high, secured with single leather strap. Chrome with some burnishing; bright trim very good save wear on windshield sliding mechanism. Modern windshield with some cracks at upper corners. Blue leather seats nicely broken in. Headlights with wire stone guards; Lucas driving lamps. Documented with British Heritage and Le Mans Registry Certificates. Mille Miglia eligible. Cond: 2. Stirling himself; autograph covered by clear tape. Clear Perspex hood bulge shows slightly canted inline 6, with wider D-type head. Spartan interior with formed seat. All business. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $168,000. Over half the Derby Bentleys built wore Park Ward coachwork. This one, elegant and sporting a Thrupp & Maberly body, was very handsome and had a lot of come-hither. In fact, its somewhat scruffy presentation seemed to say “drive me,” which one could probably do with confidence given that it comes with period logbook, build sheets, original owner’s handbook, and complete service files dating to 1953! This is a market-correct price for a very usable car. #18-1956 AUSTIN-HEALEY 100M BN2 roadster. S/N BN2L232949. Eng. # 1B232949M. White & black/white vinyl/blue leather. Odo: 75,269 miles. A documented, factorybuilt M. Originally black with red coves. En- NOT SOLD AT $160,000. A Le Mans-kitted Healey could be had in three flavors: buy a kit from the dealer and install it on a base car (good); have the dealer install the kit at delivery (better); or as a factory-built 100M (best). The factory cars had a few extra goodies not included in the regular kits, are relatively rare (640 built) and command a large premium. The best ones have been over 200 large for a few years now. This one was very nice—not quite concours level—but still, the bidding was under the money by $10k–$20k. #24-1959 LISTER-JAGUAR COSTIN racer. S/N BHL123. Eng. # LB21188. White/ black vinyl. RHD. Ordered new and entered by Briggs Cunningham’s famous team; driven by Stirling Moss, Walt Hansgen, and later, Bob Grossman. Fantastic success at all the top East Coast tracks. 1959 C-Modified National Champion; campaigned into the mid-’70s. Well turned out—better than typical race car presentation. Right rear fender signed by Sir NOT SOLD AT $1,450,000. Sold previously by Gooding at their 2010 Scottsdale sale for $1,100,000 (SCM# 1680343). While not homely like the Knobbly Listers, the streamlined Costin bodywork does not have particularly graceful lines either. However, like its brothers, it was highly effective on the track. With a very good history and likely still competitive at Monterey or Goodwood, this very special car would be welcomed at almost every vintage event in the world. And at the low estimate ($2m) it would have been about 10%–15% the cost of a D-type, which it could outrun. The high bid here was in the ballpark. #67-1965 ASTON MARTIN DB5 coupe. S/N DB51998R. Eng. # 400187. Silver Birch/blue leather. RHD. Odo: 36,218 miles. Originally Dubonnet over gray Connolly hides. Documented chassis/ door corrosion repair late ’80s. Comprehensively restored in New Zealand late ’90s, with rebuilt drivetrain, full-synchro gearbox, other upgrades. Still shows concours-quality paint, chrome and leather. Only nit is some wear on driver’s seat bolster. Comes with jack, owner’s manual, toolkit, copy of factory build sheet, receipts to 1978, U.K. MOTs and multiple photo albums documenting the major restorations. Cond: 1-. BEST BUY SOLD AT $610,000. Okay, okay. Silver Birch is certainly the most iconic color on a DB5, but do we really need another when they look so great in the original colors? Last time I looked, even James Bond liked a little variety.... No matter, this car was restored a long time ago but still looks amazing. Why it was let go so cheaply is a mystery. Could it have been the right-hand drive? Not sure, and nothing else jumped out at me, but it was most definitely stolen. #59-1974 JAGUAR E-TYPE Series III convertible. S/N UE1S26058. Old English White/tan canvas/burgundy leather. Odo: 150 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 1994 Mitsubishi Pajero Mini Bonhams Scottsdale, AZ 41,382 miles. Consigned from late Bugatti collector Peter Williamson’s family, owners since 1980s—reassuring provenance for those concerned about deferred maintenance. Desirable 4-speed car. Good paint and panel alignment; likely too good to be 1970s British Leyland work. Chrome, bright trim mostly very good, with some surface rust starting on chrome wires. Red leather shows some wear; sun visors splitting at seams. Sold without reserve. Cond: 3+. well? Anyway, this sale is consistent with long-term pricing and was market-correct. Pros: Essentially a scale model of the popular Mitsubishi Pajero SUV. The Kei-car-spec Pajero Mini came with a normally aspirated 660-cc engine rated at 55 horsepower or a turbocharged version at 64 horsepower. You even get 4WD with this tiny rig, making it one of the funkiest vehicles you can buy. Cons: Hundreds of thousands made through 2012, so while there will be plenty in years to come, finding a 1994 model can be difficult. Could be mistaken for a Little Tikes product. Price range: $1k–$3k, plus import costs. 1994 Nissan Rasheen #29-1967 SIMCA 1000 coupe. S/N 154970. Bleu Louisiane/orange cloth & vinyl. Odo: 22,286 km. A very attractive Bertonebodied coupe penned by Signore Giugiaro himself. Partial respray but mostly original 10-foot paint with lots of chips, scratches, crazing. Chrome crazed in spots. Rear quarter windows delaminating. Orange cloth and vinyl interior appears newer but also said to be original. Marchal head/driving lights. Rear license plate hand-painted on lower valence. Engine bay desperately needs work, with lots of caked-on oil and rusty muffler detracting. 180-km/h speedo chuckle-worthy. No reserve. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $64,960. As truly great, early Series I prices have gone out of sight, only now do the long-scorned Series III cars get a little love. Yes, they’re heavy, yes, they’re a bit rotund visually and yes, a lot of them came with automatics. Still, it’s a gorgeous shape and they do come with a V12, so how bad is it, really? I found this one very attractive, and as it’s an unmolested and vetted car from a great home, I actually considered bidding. Bought a bit below market, this was a good buy for its usability. Pros: More of an AWD wagon than a true SUV, the compact Nissan Rasheen comes with fulltime AWD and a peppy 1.5-liter engine rated at 104 horsepower. Available with a 4-speed automatic or 5-speed manual trans. Many parts in common with other Nissan and Infiniti models, which promises easy maintenance. Cons: Body styling reveals infiltration of Soviet Brutalist styling cues. “California” edition has fake wood-grain decals on the sides. Price range: $3k–$5k, plus import costs. 1994 Tata Sumo FRENCH #56-1964 CITROËN DS19 décapotable. S/N 4251004. Dark blue/blue canvas/Caramel leather. Odo: 7,416 km. Comprehensive restoration at unspecified time, but still very fresh. Deep, lustrous paint let down by lots of orange peel—definitely not color sanded. Gaps variable but panels perfectly aligned, no small task given the impossibly long, graceful compound curves of the car’s flanks. Chrome and trim excellent. Cloth top without fault. Caramel leather new and inviting. Gauges clear and very nice; bespoke twisted rope covering on single-spoke Citroën steering wheel. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $24,640. Sacré bleu, this one has been around the block (pun intended)! Now sold three times in the past six years, always in Scottsdale ($28,600 in 2013, SCM# 6739249; $24,200 in 2014, SCM# 6724027). This car could use some love, but the problem is you dare not drive it too far or restore it so much as to violate its low miles and originality. Nicer examples can be had for less money in Europe today, but the market has spoken repeatedly on this particular combination of originality, coachbuilding and Giugiaro design. Safe to say it was fairly sold. Again. GERMAN #32-1934 MERCEDES-BENZ 500K tourer. S/N 123689. Eng. # 123689. British Racing Green/black canvas/beige leather. RHD. Odo: 7,134 miles. Painted bright red then; now British Racing Green. New paint very good; no visible flaws but lacking luster. Otherwise looks like an older restoration worn by time, use. Chrome mixed—some excellent, some dull. Very welcoming interior broken in, with steering wheel worn, seats with light flaking, soiling. Headlight glass yellowed, grille rough, did not want to start during viewing. Sold at no-reserve. Cond: 2-. Pros: Can’t afford a vintage Land Rover Discovery? No problem. The Indian-made Tata Sumo looks like the sun never set on the British Empire. There’s room for 10 passengers in this three-row, mid-size SUV. Power comes from a 2.0-liter or 3.0-liter diesel, so don’t expect to go too fast. Cons: Unknown build quality. You might also be barred from the Whole Foods parking lot for blasphemy. Price range: $2k–$4k, plus import costs. ♦ 152 SOLD AT $212,800. I’ll admit it: Citroëns scare me—it’s the hydraulics. Or should I say finding someone to care for them. Even so, I’d get over this fear to own one of these “decapitated” DS19s. The genius of Chapron’s topless coachwork is that it takes a polarizing shape, de-clutters it, simplifies the lines, and voila, you have a genuinely beautiful boulevardier. Who knew the French understood cruising so Sports Car Market


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Bonhams Scottsdale, AZ SOLD AT $830,000. This car crossed the block as a late-running, $850k no-sale at Bonhams’ 2015 Amelia Island auction. Then, SCM’s reporter wrote, “A very late offering for such a valuable car. There were not enough well-heeled bidders left in the room and the seller was right to not let it go.” So here we are, four years and a very expensive paint job later and the car sells (not including inflation) for $20k less than the high bid at Amelia. Ouch. On the other hand, the buyer here made out extremely well and got a handsome and unique supercharged pre-war Mercedes at a great price. Well done. TOP 10 No. 10 #36-1955 MERCEDES-BENZ 300SL Gullwing. S/N 1980405500548. Eng. # 1989805500575. Silver/red leather. Odo: 17,584 miles. All-matching-numbers, unrestored example save at least one respray. Originally Ivory; painted silver quite some time ago and tired. Blister near right headlight; lots of chipping around door. Chrome looks redone but claimed original. Upholstery, headliner definitely original; carpets newer or remarkably preserved originals. Steering wheel badly cracked. Engine-bay finishes mostly factory; engine never out of car. Many years on West Coast. Several books of records, factory build sheets, other docs. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $1,110,000. Sold previously at Russo’s 2016 Monterey auction for $1,155,000 (SCM# 6804304). This car had a lot going for it, with its high degree of originality. It did not sell on the block, the consignor perhaps thinking the preservation value of the car was worth more than the bidders did. However, when pricing for Gullwings—the canary-inthe-coal-mine of collector cars—has flattened, even the most bullish pundits have to concede the market is not what it was even a year ago. After some thought post-block, there was a meeting of the minds, and this car sold at a market-correct price. #30-1964 PORSCHE 904 GTS coupe. S/N 904012. Eng. # 14264. Metallic green/ blue cloth. First ordered and purchased by vintage-race impresario Steve Earle, but never raced by him. Famed importer/racer Otto Zipper then race prepped it for next owner. Purchased by actor Robert Redford in 1966. Original 4-cam Carrera 4-cylinder replaced with something else by early ’80s. Period 911 flat 6 since early ’90s. Older, race-quality paint now with multiple cracks; right rear fender flare most noticeable. Windshield badly delaminated; plexi windows scuffed, cracked. April 2019 153


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Bonhams Scottsdale, AZ Detailed records back to new, including copy of Kardex. Cond: 3+. mostly to factory standard if not better. Paint claimed as original was certainly redone. Trim-off work very good save some prep marks and dry spots, particularly around rear window. Gold, belt-line pinstripe picks up interior color nicely. Driver’s seat lumpy, lightly cracked, with rest of leather well broken-in. Service receipts back to almost new, window sticker, tools, clean CARFAX. Plenty of viewers. Sold at no reserve. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $1,200,000. While well-documented and with interesting early history, this car did not even reach its $1.4m low estimate. The lack of important results or famous drivers probably held back bidders, but the real culprit is the engine. It was not unusual for Carrera-powered cars to lose their original engines in lieu of a VERY expensive rebuild, but with even a replacement 4-cam in the back, this car would have easily cleared the low hurdle. A few 904s were built with the 2.0 911 engine, but not this one. Should have sold. #19-1970 MERCEDES-BENZ 280SL convertible. S/N 11304410015795. Eng. # 13098310005943. Anthracite Gray/black cloth/ red leather. Odo: 35,835 miles. Equipped with desirable 4-speed transmission. Thick paint mostly well done; long run down right C-pillar of removable top. Hood poorly aligned, but doors and trunk are better. Windshield seal degraded; roof trim rough. Chrome quite nice. Red leather original, with driver’s seat badly cracked. Carpets dull but sound; original seat belts, dealer a/c still in place. Interior wood restored. Rust repair on trunk floor in commonly affected area. Engine compartment painted over little or no prep. Sold without a reserve. Cond: 2-. a #1 car can be $300k–$350k, while a similar BMW will likely run around $250k, making our feature car quite a steal at less than 50 cents on the dollar. ISRAELI #45-1964 SABRA GT coupe. S/N GT4819. Eng. # S305658. Powder blue/blue leatherette. Odo: 50,259 miles. Restored to regional show quality with detail work letting it down. Paint excellent. Both doors out a bit; side glass badly scratched. Brightwork slightly dull; some pitting in spots. New blue seat covers/ panels well done; wood wheel in very good condition. Equipped with optional Alexander kit—a second SU carb and stiffer valve springs—providing 50% power increase over stock. Still, 200-mph speedometer clearly aspirational. One of 379 built. Sold without reserve. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $72,800. Save for the 507, few post-war BMWs have gotten the love they deserve in the market. Of course, the E9 CS/ CSLs and the 2002 Turbos from the ’70s have made good for some time, and now the nextgeneration M-spec coupe has found its moment. Even so, this was a very strong price, $10k–$20k in front of the guides for a #2 car, perhaps indicating the M6 is still ascending. This was an exceptional, low-mile example in great colors, but this sale was ahead of the market and the car was slightly well sold. BEST BUY #23-2003 BMW Z8 Alpina convertible. S/N WBAEJ13043AH62184. Silver metallic/black cloth/red & black leather. Odo: 16,986 miles. Very lowmile, three-owner roadster. All aspects of car as-new; completely original save for tires, gaskets and starter motor. Red and black leather broken in with no apparent wear. Differences from discontinued BMW Z8 include Alpina-tuned engine, larger steering wheel, automatic transmission, unique gauge cluster, softer-grade leather and bespoke 20-inch wheels. Only 555 Alpina Z8s were built, compared to over 5,700 BMW examples that preceded them. Comes with CARFAX and sold at no reserve. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $100,800. This Pagoda was very attractive in gray over red and wearing the optional Bundt wheels. Most areas of this car had some level of attention, but none of the work is really great and it all looks a bit rushed, which always raises the specter of caveat emptor. Even so, these are exceptionally sturdy cars, and the new owner should have no compunction about using this stylish ride. The fairly rare manual gearbox is what makes the price paid reasonable, even though the car was still somewhat well sold. #20-1987 BMW M6 coupe. S/N WBAEE1409H2560605. Red/tan leather. Odo: 31,949 miles. Low-mileage M-version of the 635 coupe. Paint, panel alignment, gaps 154 SOLD AT $78,400. Looking like the love child of a Saab Sonett and a Triumph GT6, these Israeli cars are normally a rare sight, as only about 100 are known to survive. But this particular car has been fairly visible over the past few years, having completed two 1,000mile rallies, being featured on the Petrolicious website, and having crossed the block at Bonhams’ 2016 Amelia Island auction, where it sold for a whopping $93,500 (SCM# 6799131). Not so lucky this time, but still a fair result for the more-powerful GT variant. ITALIAN #58-1946 FIAT 1100 C Spider. S/N 279906. Eng. # 306135. Light green metallic/ green leather. Odo: 378 km. Peter Frua’s first design for his newly formed, eponymous coach house. A genuine one of one. Debuted at 1947 Villa d’Este; shown there again 2017. Participant in 2016 Mille Miglia Storica. Shown at Pebble Beach in 2018; impeccably restored and all aspects of car done to that standard. Distinct nautical visual cues. Peaked, split SOLD AT $143,360. The Alpina Z8 had somewhat of a grand-touring personality compared to the more powerful, manually-shifted, slightly sportier BMW version. 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Bonhams Scottsdale, AZ windshield sits on arched, narrow, high-set cowl; very reminiscent of an old boat cockpit (“barchetta,” anyone?). Copper-faced gauges. Central vertical tail. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $577,000. Conceived and built just one year after the devastation of World War II; that anyone could construct something like this at the time is nothing short of a miracle. Unfortunately, with a face only Admiral Ackbar’s mother could love (tell me I’m wrong!), one must view this car’s unique design elements and historical importance to fully appreciate it. While the winning bid seems a lot for a Fiat, it actually looks kind of cheap to me for such a dramatic and historic coachbuilt car. #11-1948 FIAT 500 TOPOLINO cabrio- let. S/N 500B131699. Eng. # 500B134881. Gray & black/black vinyl/brown vinyl. Odo: 29,393 km. Imported to U.S. 30-plus years ago, with several modest refurbishments since. Older, driver-quality restoration. Some cracking in paint around body accent lines; poorly taped around windshield. Head and parking lights dull. No chrome, but grille and trim pitted. Black vinyl rollback top fairly new. Brown vinyl seat with some split seams; interior otherwise sound and clean. Two-foot-long, nearly horizontal shift rod almost comical. Wire luggage rack on back light. Rides on 135/15 Michelin ZXs. Sold at no reserve. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $28,000. Over 500,000 of these “little mice” were built over an almost 20-year run, both before and after WWII. Cheap and simple, the Topolino was Italy’s people’s car. This one was clearly enjoyed and would be a much more interesting, albeit less comfortable, alternative to a Smart car for running quick errands or popping down the street for frozen yogurt. Cute it may be, but sale price here was at least a few grand over market, so well sold. #54-1951 MASERATI A6G/2000 Spider. S/N 2017. Eng. # 2013. Dark blue/red canvas/red leather. Odo: 278 km. One of three Frua-bodied Spiders. Restored in 2006; winner of the Trofeo Ruoteclassiche—the award for Best Restoration at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este. Still fresh and ready for any show field on earth. Paint without flaw. Chrome, especially on extremely ornate grille, sublime. German-style square-weave carpet; extremely long shifter inelegant amongst all the fine details of interior. Ancient Dunlop Racing tires in remarkable condition. Correct, but not original, 2-liter engine. Cond: 1. TOP 10 No. 3 multiple of a similar but more frequently traded car. By that yardstick, compared to, say, a topless early ’50s Ferrari, this showstopper looks like a fairly priced alternative. That it did not have its original engine certainly hurts the value, but the car provides a ton of eyeball for the money. Everybody won here, but with a nod to the buyer. #44-1954 FERRARI 500 MONDIAL Series I Spider. S/N 0438MD. Eng. # 110. Blue/red leather. RHD. Ex-Rubirosa; raced by von Neumann, Hill and Ginther over several years. Restored, Red Book certified by Ferrari Classiche in 2013; new duplicate engine with original gearbox, rear axle, suspension, brakes and exposed-rivet Pinin Farina bodywork. Single-stage paint excellent. Leather hood straps, Marchal lights, third taillight below Monza filler on rear. No passenger’s door; battery precariously cantilevered off frame in passenger’s side footwell. Massini report on file. First in Class at Pebble Beach 2015. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $2,755,000. Stunning from every angle, this car was possibly the most heavily promoted of the auction. Because it is so unique, the only way to value it is at some NOT SOLD AT $4,000,000. Bidding opened at $3m but quickly devolved into a strained process moving jerkily in $50k increments. Seemed odd for such a well-done car with good provenance, which included numerous period photos—some with James Dean in car. Not sure if the bidders’ hesitancy was due to the lack of any stated racing success, its nonoriginal engine—hardly unusual for a race car—or some unspoken “story” clouding the car’s past. In the end, the high bid was nowhere near adequate, as it fell short of the low estimate by $1m. #61-1955 MORETTI 1200 Sport Spider. S/N 5007. Eng. # 5007. Light blue/blue leather. Odo: 1,354 km. Sole LHD 1200 S example with this coachwork. 1955 Brussels show car. 1955 Tour de Belgique participant. Three owners from new, with current owner since 2000. Restored to original specs with relocated, original Moretti twin-cam engine. FIA and FIVA Passport holder. Paint, panels all very good. Windshield frame pitted, scuffed, stained; fuel filler tarnished, stained. Carello headlights with colored lenses, but taillight lenses delaminating. Interior very good; shift knob made of art glass. Cond: 2. 156 Sports Car Market


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Bonhams Scottsdale, AZ NOT SOLD AT $570,000. It’s hard to value such a rare car when it’s been sold only three times in 64 years. Fortunately, its RHD sister car turned up at auction in 2015 carrying a $750k low estimate. As it did not sell, we do not have a reference value. However, we do know that no bidder thought it was worth $750k. We also know that Bonhams’ bidders thought our subject car was worth $570k. Turning to comparables, it just so happens that a small, highly stylish, coachbuilt, oneoff, 4-cylinder Italian sports car from the early post-war era was sold in the same tent just three lots prior for $577k—Lot 58, the 1946 Fiat 1100C Frua Spider. Ergo, I’ll go out on a limb and say our subject car fairly could have sold for the high bid. #26-1970 FERRARI 365 GT 2+2 coupe. S/N 13139. Eng. # 13139GT. Amaranto/black leather. Odo: 26,666 miles. Low miles and highly original, save one repaint in born-with Amaranto (ruby red). Respray once very good, now with cracks, bubbling in spots—hood, passenger’s A- and C-pillars. Chrome mostly very nice; some pitting beginning. Interior original. Some seams pulling on seat backs; leather looks to have been partially re-dyed. Wood on dash, steering wheel quite nice. Taillight frames tired. Comes with Massini report, comprehensive history file, many old receipts, tools, jack and owner’s manuals. Cond: 2-. with 2019 New York inspections sticker. Comes with all tools, books, manuals. Finished in rare Grigio Ingrid, so named after the color used on actress Ingrid Bergman’s 1954 375 MM. Sold with no reserve. Cond: 2+. instance, a Ferrari 330 GT 2+2 is roughly half the value of its coupe counterpart, where the Indy is about a quarter the value of a Ghibli. With a refined 320-hp engine, 5-speed manual, a/c, enough room to be comfortable and carry more than just one rear, as well as a 165-mph top speed (!), I submit the Indy is a cheap and satisfying entry to the Italian exotic world. This one was restored well enough and sold at a market-correct price. #35-1972 MASERATI GHIBLI SS 4.9 coupe. S/N AM115492126. Eng. # 115492126. Yellow/black leather. Odo: 47,067 miles. Yellow when new—interim color hinted at in catalog—now yellow again. Resprayed in 2016; application good, body prep casual. Hood and trunk both with one side high, both doors out. Gaps wide, tight, erratic. Chrome and bright trim very good. Borranis quite nice. Very good original leather seats, but carpet looks newer. Some dash panels poorly aligned. Very desirable, matching-numbers SS 4.9 spec and very well documented with extensive records on file. Blessed by Maserati certificate of origin. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $112,000. Of course, a color named after Ms. Bergman should be so beautiful; now knowing that she drove a beast like a 375 MM, my devotion can only grown deeper. Hmmm. Oh yeah... Prices on these cars are a bit scattered, especially when factoring in manual-shift cars that can bring a very large premium. This was a Condition 2 car that sold at a number 3 price, perhaps because there was no mention of the always-important service records. A good buy or a deferred maintenance nightmare? Here’s lookin’ at you.... SWEDISH SOLD AT $198,800. Say what you will about the 2+2 “Queen Mother,” but I find it hard to turn one’s nose up at an Enzo-era V12 with 320 hp that can cruise all day at triple-digit speeds regardless of how many seats it has. And for under $200k? Sign me up! On top of all that, the extended wheelbase gives this car a long and slinky, unmistakably Ferrari look that is hard not to like. Blasphemy it may be to some purists (snobs?), but this is a lovely— and desirable—car that was well bought. #41-1971 MASERATI INDY coupe. S/N AM116491208. Eng. # AM107491208. Gray metallic/red leather. Odo: 37,638 miles. Recent yearlong restoration to regional-show quality. Paint well applied over good prep. Panels straight and blocked, but gaps all over the place. Chrome very good and bright trim serviceable. Front bumper-mounts loose, with bolts sticking out from body. Bright red leather still smells new, carpets newish but loose. New door pouches saggy. Comes with owner’s manual, toolkit, all restoration receipts, and Maserati Classiche Certificate of Origin. Sold with no reserve. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $84,000. As with Ferrari 4-seaters, the Indy is cursed with a value penalty for its usability, perhaps to an even larger extent. For 158 #1-1972 VOLVO 1800E coupe. S/N 1826353039092. Cypress Green/tan leather. Odo: 39,856 miles. Low-mile, late-production car claimed to be unrestored. Recently featured in Collectible Automobile magazine and awarded Best of Show at 2018 Volvo Club of America judging in California. Good gaps and panel alignment; windows-in/trim-off repaint well done with some chipping at front. Chrome very good; trim okay, with some pitting. Seats nicely broken in, with some cracking, soiling. Comes with detailed log book, original waffle mats, keys, spare tire and cover, jack and toolkit. Sold with no reserve. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $229,600. Long and low, the Ghibli is a beautiful and striking car. But being built on the Mexico-2+2/Quattroporte-sedan chassis, it doesn’t exactly have the dimensions of a sporty car. Gorgeous, comfortable Italian GT, absolutely; sports car, no. Which is precisely why the almost iridescent Meyer Lemon color this car wore is so wrong on the Ghibli’s elegant Giugiaro shape. I can’t help but think that the color hurt the sale here, which landed more than 10% short of the low estimate, even after commission. A good buy if you like yellow. #49-2003 FERRARI 575M coupe. S/N ZFFBV55A730133420. Grigio Ingrid/Caramel leather. Odo: 5,807 miles. Largely appears as-new with only slight signs of wear, with light curb rash on right front wheel; seats show some wear, with driver’s side lightly scuffed on lower driver’s bolster, carpets with some staining. First sold into Texas with several subsequent, light-driving owners; now SOLD AT $91,840. This was indeed a nice car. But is a car unrestored if it’s been repainted? Is it as valuable as a modestly used Ferrari 360 or a Cayman GT4? Perhaps to someone with an extremely practical side and a penchant for the unremarkable. Most of the guides have a Condition 3 car like this pegged around $20k, but this is the second 1800 I’ve seen sell for silly money in six months, both at Bonhams sales. Maybe these are set to be the next “it” car, but for now this one looks very well sold to me. Sports Car Market


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Bonhams Scottsdale, AZ AMERICAN #25-1948 CHRYSLER TOWN & COUNTRY convertible. S/N 7406635. Seacrest Green/tan & canvas/green & tan leather. Odo: 64,583 miles. Low-mileage car said to be largely original. Engine bay and trunk look unrestored; exterior paint, soft top, interior, plating clearly too fresh to be from same era. Rework done in original livery to driver-standard; not over-restored. Paint chipped around hood; bright trim could use a replate. Tan top sound and well fit; a bit wrinkled from being stowed. Interior covers broken in and welcoming; some staining. Dash chrome, gauges, switches all very nice. Sold without reserve. Cond: 3+. #40-1957 AC ACE Bristol roadster. S/N BEX385. Eng. # 100D2941. British Racing Green/black leather. Odo: 79,372 miles. Born bright blue metallic over beige. Originally exported to Texas, then sold into France. Engine replaced with correct unit there. Back to U.S. circa 1980. Very well repainted, likely recently, with micro-scratched area on cowl the only blemish. Seal between windshield frame and body loose. Black leather and carpets new, well done. Large jack handle on ratcheting device protruding through rear bulkhead well into cockpit on tunnel— handbrake turns? Recent brake service. Comes with tonneau, side curtains, jack. Cond: 2+. vinyl. Odo: 886 miles. 327-ci 360-hp fuelinjected V8, 4-sp. Restored at an undisclosed time, but not recently and only to factory standard. Painted very well but finish now appears aged and mellow. Gaps to Corvette factory quality (not that great). Chrome very good; bright trim on wing window with some corrosion. Adjacent window seal poorly installed; windshield seal with several areas repaired with clear caulking. Like everything else, black vinyl seats competently done but have seen better days. Whitewalls dingy, spinner hubcaps rough. Sold at no reserve. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $75,600. Sold by RM Sotheby’s at their 2017 Santa Monica, CA, sale for $67,100 (SCM# 6839873). I’ve liked these since I was a kid, perhaps because the guy down the street who had one bought a junior football ticket from me every year. His was Polo Green, a much warmer shade than this one’s dull Seacrest Green. It also had the plain leather and corduroy upholstery instead of the more flashy plaid covers. Today this car was let down by the choices its first owner made back in the day, and it showed in the price paid. Drab perhaps, but this car was very well bought; usually a six-figure item! NOT SOLD AT $240,000. Fun fact: Over half of the 723 Aces built over its nine-year run were equipped with the optional BMWderived Bristol inline 6, which added 22% over the price tag of an AC-engined example. As for current pricing, any number of Ace Bristols have sold for well over $300k in the past few years, and $250k–$300k has long been the norm. Our subject car was a very nice example (even with a replacement engine), and the high bid was opportunistic and not enough to close the deal; the consignor was right to walk away. #15-1963 CHEVROLET CORVETTE Split-Window coupe. S/N 30837S102254. Eng. # 2261F1009RF. Sebring Silver/black SOLD AT $128,800. Given the absence of any options save the highest-hp engine, this one looks like it was always destined for performance, not comfort. Of course, the first order of business when one sees a car like this is, “Is it a real Fuelie?” as there are more now than were built in the day. This one seems to check out despite the catalog entry missing a couple of numbers from the stated engine stamp. The sale here landed right in the zone, and one guide pegs the correct value right at the $128k sale price. © SHIFT UP TO SCM PLATINUM! The Insider’s Authority on Collector Car Values Auction results on over 297,000 vehicles compiled over 30 years 160 www.sportscarmarket.com/platinum Sports Car Market


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Russo and Steele Scottsdale, AZ Russo and Steele — Scottsdale 2019 A beautifully restored, gleaming 1972 Ferrari 365 GTC/4 coupe sold for $330,000 Company Russo and Steele Date January 16–20, 2019 Location Scottsdale, AZ Auctioneers Rob Row, Mike Shackelton, Dan Shorno Mitch Jordan Automotive lots sold/offered 304/558 Sales rate 54% Sales total $11,694,100 High sale 2012 Lexus LFA coupe, sold at $412,500 Buyer’s premium Every finish, every surface, was in like-new condition — 1972 Ferrari 365 GTC/4 coupe, sold at $330,000 10%, included in sold prices Report and photos by Brett Hatfield Market opinions in italics winter warmth of the desert Southwest, the third week of January sees a massive influx of auction attendees, each with their own agenda. The city opens its arms to legions of buyers, sellers, collectors, dealers, press, spectators, and all the attendant support businesses that O ne of the largest gatherings of the collector-car faithful takes place each year in sunny, picturesque Scottsdale, AZ. Enveloped by the flock to each of the half-dozen sales. Owner Drew Alcazar and Russo and Steele are celebrating their 19th year in business. Russo’s real appeal lies in their noteworthy customer service, attention to detail, and numerous unusual offerings found nowhere else during the Arizona Auction Week. Among those auction-week sales, Russo and Steele has a unique approach. Their “Auction in the Round” is similar to a boxing match, as the cars drive through a floor-level center stage, and all the bidders are seated in elevated platforms. Buyers trade bids instead of punches, thankfully. Sales were down from last year’s $17.9m total. Of the 558 available lots, 304 found new own- ership, resulting in a 54% sell-through rate and $11.7 million sale total. A 2012 Lexus LFA coupe — with funds from the sale going to Plexus Charities — brought the biggest bid this year, selling for $412,500. A beautifully restored 1972 Ferrari 365 GTC/4 coupe, gleaming in Nero with fresh black leather, brought the highest non-charity amount at $330,000. A stunning 31k-original-mile 1967 Chevrolet Corvette Sales Totals $25m 427/435-hp convertible, believed to be one of five in Rally Red over red leather, was stolen in plain sight for $145,750. Other bargains included a 1963 Chevrolet Bel Air 409/425, 4-speed car with a comprehensive restoration that found new ownership far under book at $29,700. There were over 40 Corvettes available, including a staggering Triple Crown-winning 1965 Nassau Blue coupe dressed in remarkable original paint and 9,400 original miles. With the recent addition of a 2019 Amelia Island event, Very well bought — 2010 Aston Martin Rapide sedan, sold at $57,200 162 Russo promises to keep bringing us the automotive excellence, helping make automotive fantasies become reality for their loyal customers. ♦ $20m $15m $10m $5m 0 Sports Car Market 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015


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Russo and Steele Scottsdale, AZ ENGLISH #6493-1969 LOTUS EUROPA S2 Type 65 Federal coupe. S/N 652241. Bahama Yellow/black vinyl. Odo: 47,164 miles. A better-than-average restoration effort; the Bahama Yellow paint presents well with minimal orange peel. Interior is quite clean, with no wear present on recently re-covered seats. New dashpad. Engine bay is also well squared away. Bumpers have been replated. The 15inch aftermarket alloy wheels round out the package. One of only 865 produced. Cond: 2-. #6450-1995 BENTLEY CONTINENTAL R coupe. S/N SCBZB03C2SCX52293. Wildberry Metallic/Magnolia leather. Odo: 59,091 miles. Previously owned by Corey Dillon of the New England Patriots. Weatherstrip around plastic trim and at exterior door handles is dry, cracking. Some bug marks, light road pepper visible on rear-view mirrors. Factory special-order paint color could stand to be buffed a bit. Chromed factory wheels are free from damage. Driver’s seat shows minor wear on the outside seat bolster, light cracking on seat bottom. Center armrest discolored, faded. Upper door-sill wood shows light cracking on both sides. Cond: 3+. GERMAN #6221-1960 MERCEDES-BENZ 190SL convertible. S/N 12104010015571. Red/tan canvas/tan leather. Odo: 37,964 miles. Reassigned California state ID number. Shiny red paint appears to have been done to a good standard, but is marred by several poorly touched-up spots on the passenger’s side rear fender. When the car was painted, the painted hubcaps were overlooked, and now show plentiful patina. Reflectors adjacent to the taillights are loose. Chrome bumpers could be better, as they are beginning to show age. Tan canvas top has a small slit in it on the passenger’s side. Tan leather interior appears recent, presents well. An aftermarket stereo hides in the glovebox. Clean engine bay houses the inline 4 fed by a pair of Weber carbs. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $27,500. This one was an auction veteran, as it was last seen at the McCormick’s Palm Springs auction in November 2018, where it failed to make reserve, bidding to $26k (SCM# 6884170). Previously sold at Barrett-Jackson’s Las Vegas sale in September 2018 for $23,100 (SCM# 6883356). SCM Pocket Price Guide median value of $18k was exceeded at all three sales, a testament to the car’s condition. It is likely the seller is trying to recoup their investment, but this may not have been the right time or place. #6102-1994 JAGUAR XJS convertible. S/N SAJNX2745RC192924. Signal Red/tan canvas/Biscuit leather. Odo: 71,013 miles. Factory paint is shiny from a few steps away, but closer inspection reveals it hasn’t received the care it should have. The plethora of surface scratches indicates this kitty may have served double duty as a shelf in someones’ garage. There are also a handful of more heinous injustices to the paint scattered about the car. Door-handle gaskets have become hard with age, now chipping away. Chrome door sills show plentiful scuffing. Surprisingly, the interior and engine compartment are both in decent shape. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $36,300. This was a very pretty car that had begun to show the signs of age. Reconditioning would have been a bit of an investment, but given median value was in the mid-$60k range, it may have been worth the investment. With the best offer roughly half of book value, the seller had no choice but to hold on a bit longer. BEST BUY #6144-2010 ASTON MARTIN RAPIDE sedan. S/N SCFHDDAJ9AAF00213. Concours Blue/ Parch- ment leather. Odo: 25,151 miles. Paint in very good condition, with little sign of road pepper. The glass and weatherstrip are indicative of a garage-kept car. No wear is present on the driver’s seat bolster, but there is some light creasing on the seat bottom. Wheels show no curb damage. A well-kept example. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $93,500. The sale price here is well below median book value of $109,500 but was likely driven by condition and the reassigned ID. The seller did well to get this one a new home. #6114-1967 MERCEDES-BENZ 250SE convertible. S/N 11102312088795. Schwarz/ black cloth/tan leather. Odo: 58,096 miles. Very attractive black-over-tan combo holds lots of curb appeal. Paint done to a high standard. Chrome bumpers have been re-chromed, and show well. Tan leather seats have been re-covered. Driver’s seat has light discoloration spots at top of seat back that may be able to be cleaned. Seat shows light creasing from entry and exit. Carpet needs light vacuuming. Dashpad is correct, free from cracking. Door cards also look recent. Tidy engine bay is correct. Rear plastic window in soft top somewhat opaque. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $11,000. Given the condition of the car, $11k was fair. With some light reconditioning and TLC, it could be a great sunny-day car, but the investment, at least for the time being, would put the owner upside-down. Well sold, but also possibly well bought given potential appreciation over time. 164 SOLD AT $57,200. Last seen at the Russo Scottsdale auction in January 2018, where it traded hands for $75,900 (SCM# 6858123). Rare indeed, the Concours Blue over Parchment leather made this one unforgettable when I saw it last year, and instantly recognizable this year. Condition was very good for a car that had seen some use. What was surprising was the drop in price from a year ago to the high bid here, which was far below book value. Very well bought. SOLD AT $90,750. This Benz was quite appealing. The condition may have necessitated a spot of light cleaning, but all the big work had been done. As the price guide shows me- Sports Car Market


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Russo and Steele Scottsdale, AZ dian value at $107,500, this was quite the bargain. Well bought, indeed. #6100-1980 PORSCHE 930 Turbo coupe. S/N 93A0070157. Minerva Blue Metallic/dark blue leather, blue cloth. Odo: 72,190 miles. Euro-spec 930 sold new in western Canada wearing a well-done repaint from 2003. Two-tone blue leather and cloth seats show minimal wear. Interior features Blaupunkt head unit and stand-alone equalizer, along with the requisite ’80s Clifford alarm keypad. Just 8,000 miles on full engine rebuild. A southwest car since 2003, this one is accompanied with a full service history and Porsche Certification of Authenticity. Cond: 2. #6027-2003 BMW Z8 Alpina convertible. S/N WBAEJ13413AH62310. Titanium Silver Metallic/black leather. Odo: 32,535 miles. Glossy factory finish almost appears showroom fresh. Black leather interior shows only the slightest wear on the outside driver’s seat bolster. The rest of the inside is as spotless as the fresh-from-the-wrapper engine compartment. The chromed 20-inch Alpina wheels are free from rash. This one is as clean as it is rare. Cond: 2+. every surface, was in like-new condition. As classic Ferrari values rising is nearly a sure thing, the return on investment will likely be realized in time. #6420-1972 FERRARI 365 GTB/4 Day- NOT SOLD AT $79,750. Despite the recent dip in 930 prices, especially those that have been driven and enjoyed, the condition here should have garnered a better high bid. Add in full service records, pricey engine rebuild already completed, and general condition, this example certainly deserved more. #6232-1989 MERCEDES-BENZ 560SEC coupe. S/N WDBCA45E6KA484631. Black/gray leather. Odo: 103,652 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 seat bottom. Rear deck shows some sun fading. Good overall. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $231,000. The very enthusiastic sellers were on hand to discuss this Z8’s history and condition with anyone interested. They thoughtfully took their time to show me around their prized car, which had clearly been treated with kid gloves. One of only 555 ever produced, and one of the 450 imported to the U.S., this example had exclusivity even beyond that of the standard Z8. With price guide median value just a shade under $200k, and the exclusivity of the Alpina treatment adding a good bit more than that, it was unlikely the seller could let this fine example go for the high bid. ITALIAN #6073-1972 FERRARI 365 GTC/4 SOLD AT $19,250. An auction boomerang, this one had been on the block several times in the past few years. Last seen at the Russo Monterey 2018 sale, where it traded hands for $21,450 (SCM# 6878458). Previously, it had sold at Russo Scottsdale 2018 for $17,600 (SCM# 6858104), on Bring-a-Trailer in February of 2015 for $10,857, and for $7,040 in May of 2017 at the Mecum Indy auction (SCM# 6838434). Sometime between the BaT sale and the Russo Scottsdale 2018 sale, the car had the AMG body kit, wheels, and blacked-out emblems installed, and was presumably painted. 166 coupe. S/N 14973. Nero/black leather. Odo: 67,358 miles. Listed in the 365 GTC/4 Registry, with pics of the restoration at 63k miles. Glossy paint presents extremely well, showing great care in prep and execution. Chrome Borrani wires, shod in Michelin XWXs, just gleam, with a fresh-from-the-wrapper appearance. Chrome and stainless are both excellent. Glass shows no signs of wear or age. Engine bay is suitably tidy. Black leather interior is as-new, with fresh hides on the seats contrasting nicely with red carpet. Clean, correct, and proper, down to the painted tips on the ANSA exhaust. There is little at all to fault here, other than the car’s condition was so nice you wouldn’t want to drive it. Cond: 2+. tona coupe. S/N 15155. Giallo Fly/Nero leather. Odo: 37,968 miles. Older resto beginning to show signs of age. Yellow paint is attractive, showing considerable preparation prior to respray. Decent panel gaps. Chrome bumpers present well enough, but the trim around windows, chrome door handles and taillight bezels showing first signs of age. Doors open and shut easily. Black leather seat covers appear dry, with driver’s side showing a bit more use. Dash free from cracks. Original Becker Mexico cassette player fitted. Interior stainless could stand to be polished. Door sills also show a bit of light wear. Tidy engine bay is home to a numbers-matching engine. Wheels are rash-free, shod in correct Michelin XWX tires. Ferrari Classiche Certification and documented history from Marcel Massini. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $600,000. Last seen at Bonhams’ 2017 Scottsdale sale, where it failed to find new ownership at $540k (SCM# 6813190). High bid on this Daytona coupe was below SCM median book value of $725k. With cars in the $200k–$1m range experiencing some softening in demand, these typically blue-chip Ferraris may not be as easily sold as in recent years. That, combined with a restoration that had already seen its best days, likely kept bids below average. #6283-1997 FERRARI F355 Spider. S/N ZFFXR48A3V0109232. Nero/black cloth/tan leather. Odo: 21,969 miles. Dusty factory Nero paint has been touched up just aft of the passenger’s side rear wheel. As would be expected on a car that sits this low, the driver’s side seat bolster shows ingress/egress wear, but the leather is not dried out as many of these are. Black canvas top appears to have SOLD AT $330,000. This 365 GTC/4 sold well north of the $239k median value, but certainly looked as if it should have. Every finish, Sports Car Market


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Russo and Steele Scottsdale, AZ spent most of its time in the down position, as fold wrinkles are present. Major belt service has been done at Fort Lauderdale Ferrari. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $79,200. These, as with most Ferraris, saw a big jump in price after the recession, until the peak in 2015–16. Prices have cooled some, but did not, and likely will not, return to pre-run-up levels. Condition on this Spider was solid, and combined with the not-inexpensive belt service, drove the price a fair bit above median value of $66k. #6069-1998 LAMBORGHINI DIABLO SV Monterey Twin Turbo coupe. S/N ZA9DU2184WLA12007. Sapphire Blue Metallic/ Jet Black leather. Odo: 13,763 miles. Paint looks as if it could have had better past care, with plentiful road pepper on the nose. There is a white scuff mark on the chin spoiler just in front of the passenger’s side front wheel. Aftermarket chrome Diablo wheels show corrosion from brake dust. Weatherstrip is curling at the ends along the roof panel. Leather inside the rear side windows has dried and split. Seat leather looks dry, and is worn through at the driver’s side seat piping. Cond: 3. caused some strange things to happen pricewise. Base price on a 2017 TdF was in the $490k neighborhood, although that was easily pushed higher with options. Median market value was a shade over $1.2m at sale time. Perhaps this wasn’t the correct venue; the low bids certainly were not due to condition. The seller astutely held out for a better offer. JAPANESE #6529-1972 HONDA Z600 2-dr sedan. S/N AZ6001010617. Orange/black vinyl. Odo: 7,848 miles. Restored to a decent standard. Paint shows careful prep and is likely better than new. Chrome bumpers show abundant scratches. Window trim and door handles show a bit of light pitting. C-pillar emblems have been poorly hand painted. Interior appears to have been restored, but could do with a bit of cleaning, particularly on the overhead console. Kraco cassette player lives in the crack-free dash. Tidy engine bay houses the minuscule 598-cc engine. Cond: 3. Recession, only to have cooled since late 2016. With prices now stabilizing, the NSX seems a solid investment with future potential. This example was much cleaner than most, and well worth the just-north-of-median-value sale price. Well bought. AMERICAN #6259-1959 NASH METROPOLITAN convertible. S/N E58858. Coral Red & Snowberry White/white vinyl/red & white leather. Odo: 166 miles. 1500-cc I4, 1-bbl, 3-sp. Coral Red & Snowberry White paint shows care in prep, but light orange peel is visible. Chrome bumpers have been quite nicely replated. Tidy engine bay houses a tiny Austin engine, yielding just 52 hp. Red-and-white interior shows very little in the way of use, with just 166 miles on the clock. The white vinyl convertible top appears to be new, with few wrinkles present. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $148,500. With standard Diablo SV median values hitting just shy of $250k, this would seem like a bit of a bargain. However, every one of the 13,763 miles this car had covered looked like it had been a rough one. Although none of the shortcomings were major, there isn’t a cheap-to-fix item on a Lamborghini, and reconditioning would have likely been quite dear. Add to that the one-of-five-Twin-Turbosever-made status, and the sketchy factor goes through the roof. Maybe a bargain, maybe not. #6421-2017 FERRARI F12TDF coupe. S/N ZFF81BFA1H0228999. Liquid Metal Silver/Canna di Fucile roof/red leather. Odo: 1,318 miles. Absolutely like-new condition in every way. Clear bra covers entire front end. No damage to speak of. Very faint light creasing on driver’s side seat bolster. Nothing of note aside from a lovely V12 Ferrari. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $1,017,500. Everything wearing a Prancing Horse emblem had seen an astronomical rise in demand and prices over the past several years. That, combined with the exclusivity of a low-production (just 799 copies worldwide), track-focused rocket, 168 NOT SOLD AT $11,000. Last seen at Russo’s 2016 Scottsdale auction, where it found a new home for $14,850 (SCM# 6798644). Based on the previous sale description, the little orange roller skate has not improved in condition since its previous outing. Cute car, but the high bid was commensurate with condition. #6123-1996 ACURA NSX-T Targa. S/N JH4NA1185TT000039. Berlina Black/Camel leather. Odo: 54,837 miles. Glossy factory finish shows far less wear than the odometer would suggest. Rare Camel leather seats look to have been recently re-covered. Both the engine bay and the front trunk have been well detailed. Wheels are rash-free. Targa top and factory-installed phone round out this attractive package. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $50,600. Long considered one of the only reliable exotics, the NSX shot up in value after the Great NOT SOLD AT $22,000. Twenty large seemed like quite a bit for this little squirt of a car, but it had a kitschy cool to it that could not be denied. The restoration was decent quality, and certainly had lot of eyeball. Given the money that was likely invested, the seller was probably just trying to recoup some more of his investment. #6127-1963 PLYMOUTH SAVOY Max Wedge 2-dr sedan. S/N 3131167605. Dark blue metallic/blue vinyl & cloth. Odo: 16,201 miles. 426-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, auto. Paint is very good, with little to fault. Engine bay is similarly spotless. Some discoloration on the cloth bench seat, with the balance of the interior like new. Glass, weatherstrip, chrome and stainless are all in very good shape. Deep documentation and verification by both Galen Govier and Darrell Davis. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $78,100. Claimed to be the lowest-mile Max Wedge Savoy in existence. Last seen at the Mecum Las Vegas sale in November of 2017, Sports Car Market


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Russo and Steele Scottsdale, AZ of-the-line engine choice, and 4-speed trans, this was a fantastic bargain. Value on this configuration in this shape should have yielded a $50k-plus return. Somebody stole this car. #6265-1964 CHEVROLET CORVAIR where it failed to find new ownership at $85,000 (SCM# 6854873). Prior to that, it was spotted at the Mecum Portland auction, where it reached a high bid of $175k (SCM# 6840997) but did not sell. Money offered seemed adequate, but the owner was clearly looking for significantly more. #6058-1963 CHEVROLET BEL AIR 2-dr sedan. S/N 31611K360580. Azure Aqua/ aqua vinyl & cloth. Odo: 44,783 miles. 409-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. Gleaming Azure Aqua metallic paint is only marred by a chip on the leading edge of the passenger’s side door. Aqua vinyl and cloth bench seats look factoryfresh. Engine bay is correct, housing the firebreathing 409-ci, 425-hp W-head big block, backed by a 4-speed trans. Steelies, dog dishes and blackwalls complete the all-business street/strip look. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $10,175. This little Corvair rolled a number of cool things into a single package: classic car, economy car, reasonably decent condition, recent restoration work, and a reasonable helping of cool—all for less than the cost of a 10-year-old Camry. Even though this one was a bit above median value, it would be tough to find more fun and style for fewer dollars. SOLD AT $29,700. Given the condition, top- #6151-1965 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 194675S118703. Nassau Blue/white vinyl/blue vinyl. Odo: 396 miles. 327-ci 350-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. This is a very nice restoration. Glossy paint job held back SOLD AT $67,100. This ragtop Corvette had all the curb appeal needed. The restoration was fully documented. The car was attended by a binder full of documents and pics of the resto. Given that small-block convertible Corvettes have begun trading in the $70k range with frequency, this example seemed a bit of a bargain. Well bought. #6112-1967 JEEP JEEPSTER Com- mando pickup. S/N 87051H1611939. White/ red hard top/black vinyl. Odo: 87,319 miles. 225-ci V6, 2-bbl, 3-sp. One of 300 built in 1967. Recent white paint has a bit of orange peel, but the red hard top creates a nice combo. Bed has been coated with black bed liner. Black vinyl seats are fresh, with white emblem embroidered in seat backs. Controlpanel finish is wrinkled, paint lifting. Chrome and stainless are nicely polished. Engine bay is clean and squared away. Cond: 2-. Monza Spyder coupe. S/N 40627W188322. Maroon/black vinyl. Odo: 44,328 miles. 164ci turbocharged H6, 4-sp. Two-year-old, twostage maroon paint has some small dirt and inclusions upon close inspection. Chrome appears original, with light patina. Stainless trim could benefit from light polishing. Black vinyl interior is largely original but serviceable. Engine bay is mostly clean, but the underside of hood has some water-spotting. Cond: 3. only by a small collection of scratches or stress cracks where the convertible top weatherstrip contacts the rear deck on the passenger’s side. Bright blue vinyl interior presents as-new. A high-horse small block resides in the tidy engine bay. Knockoff wheels, chrome, glass and stainless all show the care and consideration of a first-rate restoration. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $18,700. This was a great way to have a utilitarian vehicle and a classic car in a single vehicle. Given the rarity of build, the rise in classic truck and SUV values, and the condition of the restoration, the high bid looked like a bit of a bargain. Well bought. #6065-1969 MERCURY COUGAR XR-7 convertible. S/N 9F94R524066. Yellow/black vinyl/black leather. Odo: 90,637 miles. 428-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. One of only 96 R-code convertible XR-7s ever built, one of four in yellow. Rotisserie restoration is to a very high standard. Yellow paint is glossy, looks deep. Chrome and stainless both gleam. Engine bay 170 Sports Car Market


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Russo and Steele Scottsdale, AZ is home to a 335-hp 428 Cobra Jet backed by a 3-speed auto. Interior sports black leather seats that show only minor wrinkling on the seat bottoms. Heavy documentation, Deluxe Marti Report and longtime ownership round out the package. Cond: 2+. tive paint has some significant nicks on the passenger’s side front fender that have been poorly touched up. Chrome bumpers have been redone and show well. Chrome trim to either side of the trunk lid shows significant pitting. White vinyl convertible top has obviously been kept in the up position, as it does not show typical creases and wrinkles of those that spend life tucked away. White vinyl interior shows minimal signs of use. Engine bay is tidy and correct. Original Protect-O-Plate and broadcast sheet. Authenticated by Steve Minore, with report included. Two owners from new. Cond: 2. #6336-1987 BUICK GNX coupe. S/N 1G4GJ1176HP451705. Black/gray cloth. Odo: 256 miles. 3.8-L turbocharged V6, auto. Überlow-mileage example with only 256 miles on the clock leaves little to fault—except for the bumper filler panels that have discolored over time (the finish on these fillers has faded to a chalky gray). Clearly the car has been stored inside, as the paint, interior, glass, and even the original Goodyear Eagle VR50 tires all look new. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $80,300. The quality of this restoration, the extensive documentation, the two CCOA Concours Gold, and AACA Grand National Senior Award all drove the bids on this rare cat to nearly double median book value. Even with the sale price reaching such heights, it is unlikely the seller got his investment back. #6131-1970 OLDSMOBILE 442 W-30 convertible. S/N 344670M183946. Twilight Blue Poly/white vinyl/pearl vinyl. Odo: 77,117 miles. 455-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Attrac- NOT SOLD AT $145,750. Price-guide median value for this 442 is $146k, with only 264 ever leaving the factory in this trim. This example, even with the few shortcomings it had, deserved better. The seller was wise to hold out for a better price. SOLD AT $93,500. One of only 547 copies made, the ASC-modified GNX has become the stuff of ’80s American automotive legend. These could handily skunk Chevrolet’s flagship Corvettes in a drag race, all while looking like you stole Darth Vader’s ride. With almost no miles, only two owners from new, and median value at $110k, this example was a deal. © 172 Sports Car Market


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Worldwide Auctioneers Scottsdale, AZ Scottsdale Auction 2019 Topping all sales was a largely original 1959 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster that teetered on the brink of a seven-digit sale Company Worldwide Auctioneers Date January 16, 2019 Location Scottsdale, AZ Auctioneer Rod Egan Automotive lots sold/offered 54/72 Sales rate 75% Sales total $9,216,075 High sale 1959 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster, sold at $990,000 Buyer’s premium It’s been working for its keep, so its battle scars are well earned — 1959 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster, sold at $990,000 10%, included in sold prices Report and photos by B. Mitchell Carlson Market opinions in italics W orldwide Auctioneers has been actively making their mark on the January Arizona auction scene since they first set up shop near Old Town Scottsdale three years ago. Worldwide seems to make it a point to live up to their name and present a global offering of vintage vehicles for their Wednesday evening sale. The range of consignments this year had an emphasis on pre-war and post-war global-market cars at varying price points. With a Bugatti, a Delahaye, a pre-Rolls-Royce Bentley, a Springfield Rolls-Royce, and a pre-war BMW (the second year in a row Worldwide had one), “worldwide” truly summed up the docket. In addition, “worldwide” also described their pool of consignors. In particular, several vehicles came from out of Belgium. This was in addition to a strong offering of domestic Full Classics, which several auction houses down here to almost seem to avoid. The latter group was bolstered by a strong selection from the Cord Corporation — two Duesenbergs, a Cord L-29 and enough Auburn Boattail Speedsters that you could shop for them by color. While some of them sold for under estimates and were good buys, they did, in fact, sell. As for the sales total, this year they did reasonably well. The tally was up to $9.2 million from $6.8m last year, and over three-quarters of their inventory sold. Topping all sales was a largely original 1959 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster. Wearing a 1961-vintage color-change repaint, the two-top roadster teetered on the brink of becoming a seven-digit sale. On the other hand, the catalog cover car — a historically notable 1925 Bugatti Type 35A Grand Prix roadster — failed to sell at a $1.3m final bid. Not to leave any market out, the fifth-highest overall sale was that of a 1969 Corvette convertible with the legendary L88 engine. A new owner won the original car at $522,500 (its selling price falling between that of the two Duesenbergs). Now that this sale is anchored as the Wednesday-night One of several American Full Classics — 1936 Duesenberg Model JN LWB tourster, sold at $605,000 174 catalog-auction-house fixture, we look forward to next year’s worldwide offerings from Worldwide Auctioneers. ♦ Sales Totals $12m $10m $8m $6m $4m $2m 0 Sports Car Market 2019 2018 2017


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Worldwide Auctioneers Scottsdale, AZ ENGLISH #35-1924 BENTLEY 3 LITRE Red La- bel Speed Model tourer. S/N 610. British Racing Green/dark green leatherette/red leather. RHD. Odo: 9,859 miles. Last restored years back in Australia, where it had resided almost since new. As part of the restoration, inspection of engine block revealed numerous cracks. Replaced with block numbered 1005, which, according to experts, was originally in chassis 990. Very muted plating on radiator shell, fender lamps and headlights. RAC and Bentley Drivers Club grille badges. Heavily worn Messko temperature gauge on dog-bone radiator-cap adapter. Seat bottoms reupholstered not many years ago, while seat backs have heavier wear and cracking. Modern racing seat belts. Newer carpeting. Recently reconditioned engine, but still smokes a bit. Cond: 3. boot laces are getting threadbare. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $94,000. This was from the final year of the landmark XK 120, not so much going away, but upgraded to the XK 140 specifications. This was also the second year of the roll-up-door-glass convertible—easily the rarest of the XK 120’s body styles, with 1,769 made over the two years of production. Yet the drophead coupe tends to bring the least amount of money, although not by a large margin. With a pre-sale estimate from the auction house of $120k to $150k, maybe a deal could’ve been made if it squeaked into sixdigit bid territory. Yet, for less, this was for naught. #9-1965 AUSTIN-HEALEY 3000 Mk III SOLD AT $330,000. The 3 Litre was built in three wheelbases: 130-inch, the most numerous and used on the more formal models such as Blue Labels; 117.5-inch for Short Standard, Speed Model, T.T. replicas and Light Tourers; then 108-inch Supersports like this one. This one had the more cooking tune for the motor, getting red lettering for the radiator badge, hence the Red Label name. The vintage Bentley folks certainly like touring with their cars, and this one is a prime example of why they seem more in character with grease stains and chipped paint than as concours lawn ornaments. Bidding opened at $200k, with plenty of spirited action until the hammer dropped on the last one. The $400k–$500k estimate would’ve been more attuned to a concours lawn ornament. At no-reserve, this one did just fine as-is. #16-1954 JAGUAR XK 120 drophead coupe. S/N W96788. Black/black cloth/red leather. Odo: 91,078 miles. Jaguar/Daimler Heritage Trust Certificate confirms car to have been restored to (generally) match its original build. Accessory driving lights and modern radial tires the most obvious changes. Generally good repaint, with some polishing swirls and discernible masking lines around windshield and vent-window gaskets. Brightwork quite presentable overall, yet not outstanding, so it works well with the paint. Recent cleanup underhood on older detailing. Good finish on porcelain exhaust manifolds. Superb refinish on all interior wood—including bits on the top bows. Good upholstery workmanship on seats and doors, which, along with carpeting, show no appreciable wear. Leaf-spring grease- 176 BJ8 convertible. S/N HBJ8L30063. Colorado Red/black cloth/black vinyl. Odo: 65,856 miles. Factory fitted with wire wheels, heater, overdrive unit, adjustable steering column, whitewalls and black tonneau cover. Restored circa 2007 by marque experts. Rather wellapplied base/clear repaint, although clear wasn’t applied on bottom of car. Rearward door gaps are a bit uneven, yet rest of panel gaps and shut lines are fine. All chrome is one step above OEM grade. Fully restored interior: new carpet, seats, dashpad, plus reconditioned steering wheel and dashboard wood. With modern 165/80R15 tires on chrome knockoff wheels, the wheelwells look markedly empty. No corrosion on undercarriage, but starting to gather some road dust. Show-quality enginebay cleanliness and detailing, with only modern ignition components keeping it from concours quality. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $266,750. While this was one of my favorite consignments here (as I almost bought a ragged project ’62 convertible with factory hard top in West Germany 1988, but financial realities came slamming home in short order), my assistant Roy was a bit put off by it. Seems that back in the mid-1960s, he came upon an accident where one of these had rolled over and decapitated the driver. As such, he prefers fixed-head coupes. Talking with the consignor on the day before the sale, he wasn’t going to lose his head on it, with a reserve around a quarter of a mil; yet with everything put into this car, that would be more like covering the expenses. Still, with plenty of bidding action up to $200k crossing the block at no reserve, it eventually did its part for the consignor. FRENCH #37-1947 DELAHAYE 135 M convert- SOLD AT $77,000. Last seen at RM Auctions’ 2012 Monterey sale, where it sold for $66k (SCM# 4806262). Big Healeys seem to be taking a roller-coaster ride in prices in recent years. Opening at $40k, it took a bit to move up in the bidding. With a $70k to $90k pre-sale guesstimate on this well-sorted yet not nitpick-perfect example—wearing one of the most desirable original colors—it did what the market would bear here at no reserve. ible. S/N 800657. Magenta & purple metallic/ maroon cloth/light violet leather. RHD. Odo: 78,878 km. Aftermarket driving lights. Originally painted brown and tan, the base/clear has a hint of pearl in it. Excellent workmanship in applying the two-tone, with good, solid break between colors. Slight paint cracking along edges of hood. Excellent panel and shut lines. Show-quality plating, although rocker panels are wavy. Excellent leatherwork on seats, door panels, lever boots and piping for carpet. Paint scratch on dashboard that runs generally parallel with outboard side of the glovebox. Welldetailed engine bay. Almost no effort put into undercarriage, as it looks as if a couple of rattle cans of undercoating was all that was done. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $357,500. The only Delahaye 135M to be bodied by Carrosserie de Sécheron from new. Also their display car at Sports Car Market #28-1966 JAGUAR E-TYPE Series I 4.2 convertible. S/N 1E12126. Light blue metallic/ dark blue cloth/blue leather. Odo: 3,326 miles. Jaguar/Daimler Heritage Trust documentation confirms car to be restored essentially as it was built new and shipped to the U.S. Optional chrome knockoff wheels and Blaupunkt multi-band radio. Sole deviation from stock is a Welsh Enterprises 5-speed transmission conversion, retaining stock shift knob showing original shift pattern. State-ofthe-art restoration conducted by a marque specialist 2012–13. 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Worldwide Auctioneers Scottsdale, AZ Market Moment Courtesy of Worldwide Auctioneers 1939 BMW 327/28 Cabriolet Sold at $240,000 Worldwide Auctioneers, Scottsdale, AZ, January 16, 2018, Lot 7 Chassis number: 74208 B y 1939, Europe was already at war. Only a few automakers continued to make cars — mainly for the very wealthy. BMW offered sleek designs in this era, ranging from the stately 326 sedans and cabriolets to the very racy 328 roadsters. The 327 was offered as a 2+2 coupe or cabriolet, while the 328 was a more pure sports car. In that era, the 327 cost about $2,400 (6,000 marks), which works out to about $43,000 today. By comparison, a Ford convertible club coupe of the same era retailed for $917 in America, about one-third the price of the BMW. The 327 usually came with a 55 horsepower version of BMW’s interesting straight-6 engine, which held the cam in the block, but it used an innovative pushrod system to allow a hemispherical combustion chamber and OHC-style valve placement. A more highly tuned version of the same engine went into the 328, producing 80 horsepower. For 1939, BMW had the idea to put the high-output engine into the 327, denoting the new combo as a 327/28. Records show that BMW made 569 of these cars before the war effort took over everything. The 327/28 cost a 600-mark premium over the basic 327, and it’s obviously a desirable sub-model for a collector today. Generally speaking, the prices of these cars follow typical rules: Open-tops are worth more than closed cars, and the more- powerful engines get better prices. This year, a good 328 should expect to garner over $600,000 (SCM# 6858168), while a good 327 cabriolet is about $150,000–$250,000 (SCM# 6857879), and you can pick up a 326 sedan for well under $100,000 (SCM# 6882533). Sensibly, the 327/28 tends to fall between the 327 and 328, so Worldwide Auctioneers may have been optimistic — but not out of their minds — to estimate $300,000 to $400,000 for the sale of a lovely 1939 cabriolet. The provenance looks solid, showing the car was delivered new to a noted motorcycle racer, and it is what the seller purported the car to be. Yet when the hammer fell, this classic sold at just $240,000. There was no reserve, so the buyer got a very good deal. The question is, why? Certainly there’s been no dramatic softening of prices on this class of cars, as Worldwide sold a regular 327 cabriolet for $250,000 in January 2018 (SCM# 6856461). As so often happens, the likely truth is that there just weren’t enough interested buyers in 178 that audience on that day. Selling at no reserve always carries that risk. — Jeff Zurschmeide the first post-war Geneva Motor Show in 1947. It was subsequently sold new to its first owner (who was local to Geneva) by the carriage works. Far more flamboyant than it even was new for the show, it’s the lavender interior more than the paint that took it too far over the top for most people’s tastes here. Last seen at the World Classic auction in Las Vegas in 1991, where it didn’t sell for $70k (SCM# 1549187). Then, it was in multiple shades of brown, and, while maintained, wasn’t aging all that gracefully. Offered here at no reserve, it opened at $200k and hammered sold without much undo effort. Fully sold, as there’s going to be some work to do to make this concours quality, and that color combination is going to attract a very limited market. GERMAN BEST BUY #7-1939 BMW 327/28 cabriolet. S/N 74208. Two-tone gray/black cloth/ burgundy leather. Odo: 51,602 km. BMW Classic Group confirms that this car sold new in July 1938 to BMW Works driver Ernst Jakob Henne. Restored in Belgium from the mid-1990s to the mid-2000s, to then-state-ofthe-art standards. Since then, bare-body repaint still in superb condition, yet alloy windshield frame shows some light corrosion, discoloration. Bumper chrome is show-quality; plated fixtures (such as door handles) are not quite as good. Well-fitted top. Excellent door fit and shut lines. Still generally well detailed underhood, although exhaust manifold coating is baking off. Expertly reupholstered seats and door panels. Speedometer letter was redone by hand, and could’ve been done better. Very clean undercarriage, to include laced, leather grease boots over rear leaf springs. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $264,000. If the 327/28 was built today, it would likely be called the M327, as it was fitted with the 328’s racing engine. It made perfect sense that Ernst Henne got an early production example, as he was one of BMW’s best brand ambassadors at the time. While a successful race driver for BMW, he was perhaps more famous for motorcycleracing success and holder of 76 land-speed records for motorcycles. His peak was attained Sports Car Market


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on November 28, 1937: the speed of 279.5 km/h (173.7 mph) that stood for 14 years—on a fully fared supercharged 500-cc BMW. 327/28s don’t turn up often, and this had perhaps the most famous owner of any of the 569 built that managed to survive WWII. While I’ll readily admit my bias towards the Blau mit Weiss Roundel as a longtime BMW owner and enthusiast, this was regardless very well bought—even just as a 327/28, let alone Henne’s. #26-1953 MERCEDES-BENZ 300A se- dan. S/N 18601100188. Black/red leather. Odo: 20,993 miles. Period-accessory driving lights. Older masked-off repaint, which has a period authentic sheen to it (thanks in part to some polishing scratches). Hood edge paint chipping, along with some chips on front door hinges. Dry-rotted fender-lamp mounting pads, yet glass seals still in decent shape. Good door fit, yet not the expected Teutonic bank-vault-like thud. Very light crazing on most of brightwork, aside from older replated bumpers. Not necessarily clean or dingy underhood. Old, sloppy engine-block repaint. Reeks like old gasoline—even from the cheap seats where the media was. Ran across the auction block but wasn’t real happy to do so. Original interior. Seats and door panels are original, and while they have some soiling, are lacking in wear or damage. Carpet looks to be replacement. Greasy, sticky and thick undercoating. Cond: 3. from settling of original padding. Also looking pretty decent is the engine bay. It may have been detailed a while back—still generally clean and tidy. Used-car undercarriage. Cond: 3. Worldwide Auctioneers Scottsdale, AZ #33-1963 PORSCHE 356B 1600 Super coupe. S/N 213587. Black/red vinyl. Odo: 16,787 miles. Wide-profile chrome wheels shod with 195/60R16 radials. Accessory rear luggage rack. Very presentable older repaint. Good door and panel fit. Sanding scratches on the rear-window trim, with remainder of brightwork in very good shape. California SCCA decals in rear quarter windows, which are delaminating at bottom. 356 Registry badge mounted on passenger’s side hood grille. Nicely reupholstered seats, rear parcel shelf and interior panels. Newer dashpad and flooring. Stock Blaupunkt multi-band radio. Clean, tidy and bone-stock engine compartment. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $990,000. This was the recipient of the HVA Preservation Award for the best unrestored car when it was in the 2017 Colorado Grand, so this is a couple of notches up from being a stinky old barn/shed/garage find that’s been stagnant for decades. It’s been working for its keep out in public, so its battle scars are well earned. 300SL Roadsters seem to still be in the midst of a downward price adjustment, as even a year ago a rough runner would be trading hands for over a mil. With other touring-grade-and-better examples at other venues changing hands for commensurate money, this no-reserve example was chased by four bidders right up to the end, with everyone hitting the wall just shy of a million bucks and not wanting to cross over to it. #32-1959 MESSERSCHMITT KR200 SOLD AT $46,200. Herr Adenauer was feeling a bit under the weather, as it seemed like the staff mechanics were regularly working on this Grosser Benz to get it to run more reliably. Will likely need a thorough drain and refurb of the fuel tank, carburetors and everything between. Even at that, it still sold well enough on the block at no-reserve. #20-1959 MERCEDES-BENZ 300SL Roadster. S/N 8500207. Black/tan cloth, black hard top/red leather. Odo: 60,120 miles. Made in 1958, titled as a 1959 (likely when it was first sold). Factory-optional hard top and fitted luggage, although the set now with the car is an M-B-authorized reproduction from recent years. Color-change repaint (from Ivory) in 1961, which it still wears and shows some light nicks, chips and polishing scratches. Light pitting on most chrome to some extent. Door and glass seals have some cracking and stiffness but still get the job done. All-original interior, save the period aircraft-type seat belts. Moderate soiling on door panels and armrests. Seat shells lumpy April 2019 microcar. S/N 7164302. Peach/gray vinyl. MHD. Odo: 2 miles. Converted from three- to four-wheel configuration and repowered by a 600-cc modified Trabant engine. Accessory luggage rack. Recent restoration to “it was never this good when new” condition. One item that’s not better than new is the canopy frame, as it has a few light dings and some scratching consistent with polishing the canopy. Yet said canopy still has some haziness to it. Also has a Messerschmitt Club of Germany decal on it, in addition to a 25-year club badge on center hub of handlebars. New seat upholstery. Engine and undercarriage are clean and tidy. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $71,500. Not every vintage car looks better with modern lower-profile wheels and tires, yet, to me at least, 356s carry the look well. Just don’t interpret that to mean a set of 24-inch alloy bling wheels would be stylin’—they wouldn’t. Since 356s didn’t feel nearly the love that 911s did over the past several years, this one—which was no-reserve— was still a pretty decent buy. #14-1965 PORSCHE 356C 1600 SC coupe. S/N 220122. Togo Brown/tan leather. Odo: 85,974 miles. Bill of sale from when it was sold new by Brumos Porsche of Jacksonville, FL, to a U.S. Air Force lieutenant—who retained the car until 2016. Given a concise restoration by new owner shortly after taking delivery. Excellent repaint, with a period-authentic sheen. Not the greatest job of masking off Karmann body tag, but at least it was masked off. Good bumper replating. Rear quarter windows starting to delaminate along bottom edge. Good, solid door fit and congruent shut lines. Light traffic soiling on replacement carpeting. Well-fitted, supple replacement leather seating, showing no discernible wear. Glovebox lid doesn’t want to stay latched. A singular crimped wire hangs from below the dash. Clean, well-sorted stock engine bay and undercarriage. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $45,100. Originally, the KR200s had a 191-cc, single-cylinder, two-stroke engine. There are several naturally embedded jokes here about how lowly a vehicle is if putting an engine from a Trabant into it is an upgrade, so we’ll just leave it there. Considering the modifications, this sold well enough. NOT SOLD AT $99,000. From the final year of production, this 356C is quite the period piece in its special-order paint. While 911 179


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Worldwide Auctioneers Scottsdale, AZ prices hit the roof and are now ricocheting around, 356s only saw modest increases in values before setting out a bit and stabilizing. While this color combination is correct, the dealers in the room only saw “stay-around brown” and didn’t give the car much consideration. While the $110k to $130k estimate may have been a bit generous, the final bid was also a bit light for the goods offered. Before the sale, I figured that straight-up $100k was where the car should’ve rightfully been, and still do. #39-2003 BMW 540I M-Sport sedan. S/N WBADN53433GF71914. Tuxedo Black/ black leather. Odo: 2,135 miles. Stated that the indicated miles are correct from new and that the car is all original, save minor service parts and the battery. Copy of original window sticker from when it was sold new by Fields BMW in suburban Chicago confirms only options to be the cold-weather package and premium sound system. Well-cared-for original paint, with only a few trace chips from road abrasions up front. Body rubber shows no appreciable damage or UV fade. Solid door fit and spot-on tight shut lines. Interior still aromatic with like-new leather. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $41,800. The last classically styled 5 Series—before the butt-ugly iterations of the E60—have been moving up smartly in value over the past few years. While precious few have crossed into six-digit sale territory, those have fewer miles than this 540i. While some may think this is something of an M5 light, with 110 less horsepower and less-taut suspension, it’s still not an M5. The pre-sale guesstimate of $50k to $70k was something of a moonshot, yet I’ll call this no-reserve example top-of-the-market correct. For now. ITALIAN #21-1958 ALFA ROMEO 1900 Sport coupe. S/N 001. Eng. # AR130619300. Red/ black leather. One-off bodywork, with 1900 Sport powertrain, found overseas by the consignor in 2006. Upgraded to four-wheel disc brakes since then. Paint presentable at 10 feet—any closer and you readily notice cracking at inner panel gaps, corners of windshield and hood-release levers. Paint chipping there and a few other locations hints that the car may have been off-white or ivory at one time, but consignor states that the car is “mostly original.” A-pillar shows poorly shaped filler under paint. Trim has lots of minute-to-coarse scratches, in addition to multiple dings around windshield. Door fit is functional at best. Engine is a light-to-moderate smoker, but seems to run okay. Jaeger 300-kph speedometer doesn’t have an odometer. Generally tidy engine bay. Velocity stacks on carburetor inlets. Stainless-steel exhaust system, with some rattle-can black on part of chassis. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $264,000. There’s rather a lot borrowed here from several 1950 schools of design on this one-off, with even a touch of Mercedes 300SL Gullwing. Bidding opened at $175k, with the reserve met at $200k, then markedly more action for $40k more, when the bidding ran out of steam and it hammered sold. As a one of one, it does what it does. Although I find it interesting that the consignor was willing to settle for half of the presale guesstimate. Well, one can dream. #25-1959 FIAT-ABARTH 750 GT coupe. S/N 100585940. Light blue/black leather. Odo: 20,216 miles. Titled as a 1957. Repainted for first time just over a decade ago. 180 Sports Car Market


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Worldwide Auctioneers Scottsdale, AZ Lesser-quality masking around windshield frame and side glass seals. Blisters forming at bottom corners of passenger’s door frame. Milan city flag decal in windshield, 24 Hours of Le Mans decal in right rear quarter window, 1959 YACCO Rallye decal in backlight. Muted alloy trim; what little chrome is on the car is in rather good shape. Driving lights up front in lieu of bumpers or push bars. Good interior vinyl. Speedometer face crazed and numbers are yellowed, while matching tachometer is like new. Combination water/oil/ temperature gauge pod is in between the two for condition. Generally clean and well sorted in engine bay, with a mix of period and modern performance parts. Generally clean undercarriage also, with only a few areas of flash rust on bare metal. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $137,500. Compared to the rest of the Alfa line in the early 1960s, these look a bit bulbous, although those large combination turn-signal/fog lamps do the lion’s share toward making the front end look ungainly. Still, parked next to a ’56 Cadillac Eldorado convertible that was here, it’s downright dainty; so like everything, it depends upon perspective. Bidding started off looking ugly, opening at $50k. Yet it got to $120k, where the reserve was lifted, getting one more bid to sell. Per SCM Pocket Price Guide (and remember, it’s a guide based on auction sales data), this sold right in the wheelhouse, if a bit high. #19-1970 MASERATI GHIBLI 4.7 NOT SOLD AT $104,500. While Zagato coupes are well known for their “double bubble” roofs, here the effect is carried over across most of the car—to include dual vents behind rear quarter windows and a doublebubble engine lid out back. Last seen at Gooding’s Pebble Beach auction in 2015, where it sold for $126,500 (SCM# 6786044). Being well sold then, and weakly bid now, it goes back to the same home after its showing here. #23-1962 ALFA ROMEO 2000 Spider. S/N AR10204102180. Anthracite Gray/black cloth/tan leather. Odo: 40,734 miles. Alfa Romeo Classiche data indicates this was a U.S.market car, repainted in original hue. Restoration completed circa 2012. Good repaint, with an era-correct sheen. Engine bay clean, not really detailed—aside from ancillaries such as the air-cleaner assembly. Very dull alloy engine castings, light surface rust on unpainted steel brackets. Good upholstery work on door panels, rear compartment paneling, top cover and seats. Radio blanking plate. Yellowed original gauges with light pitting on bezel frames. Heavier road spray on undercoated chassis. Newer stock exhaust system. Older Michelin X radials on repainted stock steel rims. Cond: 2-. coupe. S/N AM1151386. Black/burgundy leather. Odo: 59,502 km. Per the Maserati Classiche Certificate and original documentation, it’s a European-market car originally finished in Verde Bosco (dark green) and Senape (mustard) Connolly leather. Colors changed when refurbished around Y2K. That maskedoff repaint certainly isn’t aging well, not helped by lesser body prep—manifesting as light blistering on hood and fender tops. Also has some light orange peel on sides, plus cracking around headlight and hood openings. Light frost pitting on window trim, but good plating on bumpers. Okay door fit. Interior upholstery work done well enough, now shows light seat wear and light-to-moderate fading on dashboard. Heavy wear and soiling to shift boot. Carpeting something of a patchwork affair. Modern CD sound system. Slightly dirty engine bay. Gobs of undercoating on undercarriage. Cond: 3-. NOT SOLD AT $660,000. Interestingly, it was sold to its first owner in February 1975. Yes, nearly four years after it was built. There must not have been much of a sales-floor plan and no holdback with Ferrari of North America in the early 1970s. You can’t really blame OPEC for it either, as it was in country for about two years before the oil embargo. Maybe it’s the OEM wider rear alloy wheels, which give it about as much front-to-rear rake as Bubba’s ’71 Camaro (darn peculiar on a Daytona, as I’m used to seeing them at even keel). Not only was it a tough sale when new, it was a tough night here. It went back home with the consignor, as the pre-auction estimate of $675k to $750k was apparently firm and fast. #2-1973 LANCIA FULVIA 1.3 S Series NOT SOLD AT $176,000. One of 1,274 Ghiblis of all variants produced from 1967 to 1973. This one is basically a driver, if not a jumping-off point for a proper restoration. Yet to do that for what it was bid for, one would be over their head the moment the car was paid for. Overly optimistic with the pre-sale guesstimate of $190k to $240k, they should’ve taken this money and run. #30-1971 FERRARI 365 GTB/4 Daytona coupe. S/N 14279. Giallo Fly/black leather. Odo: 35,352 miles. U.S.-market car from new; with factory optional a/c, power windows, and Becker Mexico AM/FM/cassette deck. Stated that the indicated miles are correct. Restored 2003–06 by a Ferrari specialist shop. Excellent bare-body repaint. A few light scuffs on some window trim, but otherwise has betterthan-original chrome plating. Expertly recovered dashboard. Seats redone, yet have light overall wrinkling in inserts—comes off as comfortably worn in. New leather rim on steering wheel. Aftermarket carpeted floor 182 II coupe. S/N 818630042622. Silver/blue velour. Odo: 49,594 km. Stated that the kilometers indicated on the odometer are correct since new. Good older paint, with a few light nicks and stone chips. Light pitting on most of the badging, bumper chrome starting to lose its luster. Plenty of dings in the bumper rub strips. Faded original Lancia decal in the left rear window. Good door fit. Generally clean and tidy underhood, but not detailed. Aftermarket ignition wiring, newer name-brand battery. Newer stock exhaust system. Rear suspension sits a bit high. Modern 175/65R14 radials on the stock-styled steel rims. Nicely reupholstered seats, with minimal wear and fade. Good simulated wood wheel and dashboard. Vacuum-plated interior trim is heavily worn. Cond: 3+. mats. Well-detailed underhood, although there are a few minor tweaks such as Europeanmarket headers. Less visible—but more audible—are hotter camshafts as part of engine rebuild. Undercarriage has an even matteblack coating on most components. Repro Michelin XWX tires. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $13,750. The cloth seats were reportedly only available in the Rallye editions of the Fulvia. Having lived in Europe in the 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) #17. 1972 Nissan Fairlady Z432 coupe. S/N PS3000521. “Perfect for a Z432 restoration project; overhauled S20 engine, restored original wheels, VIN verified as the original Z432, rare and sought-after unit for skilled restoration specialists.” Cond: 6+. Worldwide Auctioneers Scottsdale, AZ 1980s, I know that most manufacturers over there used more cloth interiors on the home turf than on cars they exported. Even the BMW 728 that I first owned when I was in West Germany had the same basic type of velour cloth seats as here (although my sedan had more of a wide corduroy pattern to it, but was fuzzy enough to darn near use as Velcro instead of a seat belt to hold me in). Especially in the 1970s, Lancia marched to their own beat, so Fulvias have more of a cult following than general interest for a collector-car auction. As such, it opened at 10 grand and only attracted a couple more bids to sell at no reserve—way below the pre-sale $25k to $35k guesstimate. SOLD AT ¥7,700,000 ($70,747). While this might look like a hunk of junk, what you have here is a verified VIN for a limited-run car (420 made), a completely restored rare engine (usually selling privately for $30k–$40k) and restored original wheels. The buyer knew what this stuff was worth and bid appropriately. Well bought. BH Auction Japan, 1/11/2018. #29. 1970 Nissan Fairlady Z432 coupe. S/N PS30-00166. “Restored in Japan and imported in 2013. 1,989-cc DOHC 24V S20 inline-6-cylinder engine, three Mikuni-Solex 40PHH carburetors, 5-Speed manual gearbox, Central 20 castaluminum wheels.” Cond: 2+. #10-1973 FERRARI 246 GTS DINO Spyder. S/N 06274. Silver/black leather. Odo: 65,985 miles. U.S. specification, with optional a/c and power windows. Older Goodyear radials on stock Cromodora alloy wheels. Restored from 1995 to 2000 by a marque specialist. Excellent two-stage repaint. Plating is on par with original production, if starting to mute on a few pieces. Ferrari badge added to rear valance, otherwise correct Dino badging. Passenger’s side door fit a little bit off. Light wear and wrinkling on seats and leather steering-wheel rim. Small tears in leather shift knob. Original seat belts are looking a bit tired. Generally clean, well-sorted engine bay, yet not detailed. Exhaust retort has a bit of a spit and sputter to it, but does seem to run out fine, so one of the Webers might need some tweaking. Cond: 3+. Anna McGrath, courtesy of Gooding & Co. SOLD AT $89,600. Now we have the completely opposite condition of the 432 above, in this beautifully restored 432 that sold in Scottsdale. Why is there only $19k difference between the two? This car sold one year ago for $170k at Amelia Island. If this car were in Japan, at the BH Auction where the previous Fairlady sold, it might have sold for $140k–$160k. One of the difficulties with Japanese cars that weren’t sold in the U.S. is understanding their significance — and value. Well bought. Gooding & Company, 1/18/2019. #15319. 1994 Toyota Supra Turbo hatch- back. S/N JT2JA82J- 8R0017477. 7,000 miles. “Turbo 3.0-L inline-6, 6-sp manual transmission, Renaissance Red, tan leather interior.” Cond: 1. wheels to reproduction soft top. Paint better than Toyota could’ve applied it 41 years ago. Door fit is about as good as you can expect from what is essentially a motorized tent. Hood gap better, yet still a touch wide. Passenger’s side turn-signal pod up front is slightly tilted. Plastic plug where radio antenna should be, as factory radio-delete plate is still on the dash. New seat upholstery—both up front and for dual side-facing seats in back. New, show-quality engine bay, with only light dings in radiator tank as a distraction. Clean, painted undercarriage. Lock-out hubs are showing their 41 years of age and wear more than anything else on the truck, being dull and dinged up from use. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $35,200. What impressed me the most about the FJ40 was that it was still wearing the original split rims. 99.44% of the ones that cross the block tend to have aftermarket wheels on them, or at least some latter-day, single-piece steelies. Even at that, unless you have one of the custom modified Land Crushers built up by one of the multitude of mod shops that are into that sort of thing, the days of the $100k FJ40 are in the history books. Still, the $40k to $60k pre-sale guesstimate was not totally wishful thinking given the overall quality of the restoration. Yet they didn’t sweat the last few minor details, which likely made this no-reserve offering fit in between reasonably good buy to market correct. SOLD AT $121,000. This Toyota Supra is the current ceiling for the MK4 Supra market. The car might be worth a little bit more if it were the hard top instead of the Targa, but we haven’t seen a similar car come to auction. Prices will keep rising on the MK4 Supra, but the climb will be slower than what we’ve seen recently. Well sold. Bring-A-Trailer, 1/3/2019. ♦ 184 SOLD AT $258,500. Built for only three years, this example was from the middle of production, out of 1,274 246 Dino Spyders. With the wild rainbow of colors in which 206 and 246 Dinos were available, it’s refreshing to see one in conservative, Teutonic-esque silver with black guts. Yet bidding was a bit conservative, too. Opening at $150k, things moved along methodically until it got stuck in the mud at $230k. After a bit of prodding, a bid of $235k was extracted, the reserve lifted, and then the car hammered sold in short order. A bit under the pre-sale estimate of $275k to $325k, but as it’s not quite as nice as some would be led to believe, it did well enough. JAPANESE #65-1978 TOYOTA LAND CRUISER FJ40 SUV. S/N FJ40269532. Coral Red/gray vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 1,168 miles. Recent bone-stock restoration—from the split-rim Sports Car Market AMERICAN #40-1920 STUTZ BEARCAT Series H Speedster. S/N H5414. Eng. # 8580. Yellow & black/brown vinyl. RHD. Odo: 1,118 miles. Repainted not many years ago, and reasonably well. Most plating is now chrome, and done a while back, so there’s some light pitting starting on a few pieces. New linoleum on running boards and cockpit floor. Stated that “the interior is upholstered in fine brown


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Worldwide Auctioneers Scottsdale, AZ leather,” but it’s really vinyl that has leather grain printed on it—and poorly fitted on the seat back and side panels to boot. Step-over panel in same printed faux leather glued to the left side of the car, with a retro-looking Stutz badge attached to it. Clean and authentic engine bay, just short of concours presentation. Older brush-painted chassis and axles. Clean transmission case, as it was just serviced, along with the friction shock absorbers on all corners. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $286,000. The painted wire wheels just didn’t look right with this, as wooden spoke wheels (painted or naturally varnished) are what come to mind when I think of a Stutz Bearcat—even if the model H was updated to suit the style of the dawn of the Roaring ’20s. The Bearcat was pretty much the shortest-wheelbase Stutz available, fitted with an open speedster body between the company’s start of production in 1912 though 1924. Initially this was a no-sale at $200k across the block, but by the end of the evening it was announced that a deal was put together for it. #11-1932 LINCOLN MODEL KB sedan. S/N KB558. Blue & black/beige broadcloth. Odo: 27,529 miles. Period aftermarket trunk, with moderate-to-heavy edge wear, mounted over gas tank and rear bumper. Older, not particularly well-prepped and-applied masked-off body repaint. The more recent fender respray is somewhat better. Some heavier gouges in paint on cowl from careless hood handling— in addition to edge chipping from hood. Sanding scratches and some light overspray on windshield frame. Replacement rubber on running boards. While bumpers look acceptable, plating on hood spine and cowl edge is essentially gone. Beige seats and gray door panels were reupholstered quite well—it’s just that they don’t match. Original kick-panel carpet looking pretty sad. While the engine bay is somewhat clean, it could nonetheless stand to be detailed. Old undercarriage repaint, which now has heavier road spray. Cond: 3. difference between the one-year-only KA and KB is that the V8-powered KA had red cloisonné emblems, while on the V12-powered KB (like this car), they were blue. While 1932 was the final year of what was essentially the original fork-and-blade connecting-rod V8 that dated to the start of Lincoln (before being bought out by Ford), the V12 was an all-new engine. This massive 448-ci unit has separately cast cylinder banks and crankcase, so while it was a flathead, it was not anything like Ford’s new flathead V8. For a lot of folks, 1932 was the styling zenith for Lincoln, yet this was far from the zenith of restoration craftsmanship. #24-1935 AUBURN 851 SC Boattail Speedster. S/N 33807E. Red/tan cloth/tan leather. Odo: 18,742 miles. Period-optional Columbia dual-ratio rear axle and AuburnCrosley AM radio. Older professional restoration, which still presents nicely. Aside from paint chipping and scratching at cowl from hood, the repaint presents well. Good-quality replating of all chrome trim. Edge chipping and some off-color brush touch-up on hoodmounted “SUPER-CHARGED” emblems. Well-fitted seat upholstery, with high-quality tooling of door-panel covers. Generally clean and well sorted under the hood—not so much on the bottom of the car. Red overspray on the rear edge of the fuel tank on the bottom of the car. Chassis and suspension have a now-disheveled repaint in gloss black, giving way to heavier road spray, paint wear and weeping grease seals. Rusty exhaust pipe. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $44,000. The easiest way to tell the “ April 2019 SOLD AT $632,500. My sources indicated to me that both of the Boattail 851s here were from the same consignor, who decided it was time to liquidate his collection due to his advancing age. Last seen at Worldwide’s 2010 Seabrook, TX, auction, where it sold for $434,500 (SCM# 1684698). How much have 851 Supercharged Speedsters moved up in the market? While this car sold for less than Lot 52, the matching tan example (likely due to incorrect color, not being as nice below the How much have 851 Supercharged Speedsters moved up in the market? While this car sold for less than the matching tan example, it still sold for more than either of the Duesenbergs also on the docket here, and in similar condition as this. 1935 Auburn 851 SC Boattail Speedster ” 185


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Worldwide Auctioneers Scottsdale, AZ surface, and being the first of the two), it still sold for more than either of the Duesenbergs also on the docket here, and in similar condition as this. #13-1936 AUBURN 852 SC convertible sedan. S/N 31457. Maroon/tan cloth/maroon leather. Odo: 72,848 miles. ACD Club Category I original configuration. Optional dualratio rear axle and sidemount spares. Integral trunk. Later-era aftermarket spotlight. Restored in the 1980s, still presents well. In finer detail, some window slots have body-paint overspray on glass seals and trim. Chrome doesn’t look too bad, but up close the older replating is starting to dull in some places, lightly pit in others. Decent door fit. Good replacement top. Reupholstery work inside was quite good but now shows some wrinkling on seats from occasional use. Cracked bezel for in-dash tachometer. Clean, tidy and all stock under the hood. Older chassis and suspension repaint, with flash rust taking hold on all bare metal and exposed threads. Cond: 3+. seams below doors. Newer reproduction Firestone bias-ply tires on the stock, 17-inch, JNunique wire wheels. Undercarriage showing its age. Supple interior leather, with light wrinkling. Cond: 3+. a generic pleated pattern, with door panels redone in the same vinyl along with added armrests. Surface rust patches below rear window. All-modern gauges. Brush-painted chassis components. Includes a period Schwinn bicycle with a flat rear tire, strapped to the bed. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $44,000. Chalk this one up as over-restored to a fault, but only superficially. Under the glossy skin, it’s not all that great—yet that certainly didn’t bother bidders. Sold very well, and I doubt that the period Schwinn bicycle helped bump up the value that much. Exceptionally well sold— even in a strong vintage-pickup market. Shiny object and good marketing ruled here, in lieu of anything real-world-market related. #58-1963 STUDEBAKER AVANTI R2 SOLD AT $88,000. Usually, a folding windshield is indicative of a roadster or a phaeton. Yet here, fixed up and locked into place, it seals up against the roll-up door glass, so it’s a convertible sedan in lieu of a phaeton (without roll-up side glass). While most Auburn Speedsters tended to have been saved (at least the bodywork and major components), a lower ratio of convertible sedans were, so in a way it’s a touch rarer. Yet, while it’s an open car, folks don’t go as goofy for a convertible sedan as a speedster. It opened here with a $50k bid and came close to selling twice, getting a bid just before the hammer dropped. When it finally did drop, it did on a fairly good buy, as I was expecting this to at least hit six digits—if barely. #17-1936 DUESENBERG MODEL JN LWB tourster. S/N 2599. Eng. # J575. Dark brown/tan cloth/cream leather. Odo: 77,238 miles. Even under heavy lighting and digital imaging analysis, the chassis number is illegible. It appears to have been dressed over when the chassis was restored. Going back to day one: originally sold new with a Rollston Berline 4-door body. Retained it until body was consumed in a shop fire while the car was being restored in the early 1970s, after which it was fitted with interpretation of a Derham Tourster body it now has. Still wears that basic restoration. Paint cracking along lower body 186 SOLD AT $605,000. Stated to be the last of the 10 JNs sold new. These were J chassis updated (circa 1935) with smaller 17-inch wheels, skirted fenders and trimmer running boards. The Rudolph Bauer SJ town car is actually the last Duesenberg sold new, taking from 1938 to 1940 to come to fruition. I had to extrapolate the frame number for this JN from Fred Roe’s book Duesenberg: The Pursuit of Perfection and its serial-number-to-J-number list. This car was last offered by Worldwide at their Pacific Grove auction in August 2018, selling for $775,500 (SCM# 6878676). While this will never be a “Category I” car, it really is making the best of the situation. Flat-out fakey-doos with “one of none” bodywork have brought more money in recent years. Call it well bought—if partly for the sake of crossing off “own a Duesenberg” from one’s bucket list. #18-1953 CHEVROLET 3100 5-window pickup. S/N LCC192426. Dark green/tan vinyl. Odo: 1 miles. 235-ci I6, 1-bbl, 3-sp. Air conditioning added when the truck was rebuilt. Also converted to a 12-volt, negative-ground electrical system with alternator. Non-stock chrome valve cover and green engine paint, which now has some flaking and surface rust in a few places. Brackets and pulleys also rusty. Bare-body repaint in base/clearcoat. All-reproduction emblems, plus a few additional ones. Stock-style chrome mirror added to passenger’s side cowl, to match the driver’s side. Black plastic plug in roof, two inches above passenger’s side top corner of windshield. Okay door fit. Seat reupholstered with coupe. S/N 63R1012. Gold/black vinyl. Odo: 68,583 miles. 289-ci supercharged V8, auto. Per factory documentation, first owner was Paxton division of Granatelli Motorsports. Optional supercharger in R2 tune, ps, pb and AM radio. California black-plate special. Torq Thrust D wheels shod with newer 215/70R15 radials, with original wheels and wheel covers in trunk. Replacement engine, but correctly dressed out as the R2 the car originally had. External repaint is decent, yet not so good underhood. Bumper plating okay at best; exterior mirrors heavily pitted. Okay door fit. Interior vinyl looks too good to be original with 68k miles under its belt. Generally stock and clean underhood, but don’t confuse that with detailed. New battery, with cut-off switch on hot terminal. Meh undercarriage. Runs out well enough. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $38,500. At last year’s BarrettJackson American Car Collector panel, I picked these as cars to sell. During 2017, a few examples rang the bell at over $100k, and they became the flavor of the day. I made the call to “move yours before it’s no longer the flavor of the day.” With ho-hum build quality at best when new, these are cars that you can get to 9/10ths, but not restore to top-shelf, concours condition without being over your head by a factor of at least five. Even as a Studebaker archives-verifiable, real-deal R2. Now that it’s 2019, pricing has fallen back in line with being affordable to their core market of the Joe Sixpack members in the Studebaker Drivers Club. Sold at no-reserve right in the auction house’s low-end guesstimate, so some may call it market correct. I say it sold well for the condition and the BorgWarner automatic. © Sports Car Market


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SCM Online Extras for SCM Readers 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) • Does Every Car Require a Pebble Beach Nut-and-Bolt Restoration? All Aboard: My niece Caitlin with her brand-new baby Cullin. I purchased the 1966 Mustang with 44k original miles 32 years ago to give to Caitlin. Now was the right time. Even original Sunflower Yellow paint. Love it! — Vince Vranesic Send your photos of your next-generation gearheads to SCM. If your photo is selected, you’ll win an official SCM cap. Send your high-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. • I’m Getting Better! • Rally Rd. for Bragging Rights Guides and Resources (View or download at www.sportscar- market.com/guides-supplements) • 2019 Insider’s Guide to Amelia Island and Spring Auctions • 2019 Insider’s Guide to the Arizona Auctions Ten Years Ago in SCM The Arizona issue from a decade ago boasted 77 pages of Scottsdale coverage (don’t worry, you’re getting just as much in this issue). The cover featured a massive 1932 Daimler 40/50 Double Six Sports Saloon that sold for $3 million. Simon Kidston covered that sale from Gooding & Company. Other cover headlines included: • $204k for Allard’s Racer • 1929 Ford Tri-Motor Brings $1.2m • Simon Hope: A British Trek to the Desert In 2009, the Scottsdale total from five auctions was $133 million on 1,726 cars sold. This year, a decade later, it was nearly double that, at $247 million from 2,523 cars sold. The desert is blooming indeed. April 2019 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! 189 • 2019 Pocket Price Guide For Subscribers www.sportscarmarket.com/digitalissues-online • One year of back issues of SCM, searchable


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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 1935 Jaguar SS1 tourer 1959 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud I drophead coupe Signal Red/black leather. Built 7/20/65. 3018xx. Matching engine, correct Solex carbs. Runs and drives, originally Signal red with black leather. Original floor, has some rust. Has five correct-dated wheels. Proper aluminum/wood steering wheel, four-hole grilles, wood dash. Located with a friend in Austria. European import duties paid. 115,000 euros. Tom Miller Sports & Classics. Contact Thomas, Ph: 908.693.5723, email: tom@millersportscars. com. (NJ) 1968 Mercedes-Benz 280SE cabriolet S/N 249456. Birch Grey/red with black top. 55,591 miles. Inline 6, 4-spd manual. This stunning matching-numbers example is a Best of Show winner at Greenwich Concours 2018 and 2017 JCNA National Champion. It is a recipient of a no-expensespared restoration, and possibly one of the best SS1 examples in the world today. Ready for showing at Pebble Beach 2019. Includes JDHT Certificate of Authenticity. Classic Showcase. Ph: 760.805.9090, email: webmaster@classicshowcase.com. Website: www.classicshowcase.com/index.php/inventory/ detail/612. (CA) 1948 Jaguar Mark IV drophead coupe Sand Acrylic/tan. 50,227 miles. Inline 6, 4-spd automatic. Over $336k spent on restoration performed by concours d’elegance award-winning marque specialists Vantage Motorworks. Rarely driven since. One of 13 produced and one of 10 built for the U.S. Built new for Broadway producer Lawrence Carr. 50,227 believed-to-be actual miles. Includes restoration receipts and more. $595,000. Daniel Schmitt & Co. Contact Daniel, Ph: 314.291.7000, email: info@schmitt.com. Website: www.schmitt.com/inventory/1959-rolls-royce-silvercloud-drophead-coupe. (MO) 1979 Aston Martin Vantage flip-tail coupe Platinum Metallic/Cinnamon. 35,770 miles. Flat 6, 4-spd manual. Low actual miles. 2018 PCA National Concours award winner. Same meticulous Porsche Club owner for 30 years. Numbers matching, mechanically refurbished and serviced less than 300 miles ago. $229,900. Daniel Schmitt & Co. Contact Daniel, Ph: 314.291.7000, email: info@schmitt. com. Website: www.schmitt.com/inventory/ds-1976porsche-930-turbo-carrera. (MO) 1981 Mercedes-Benz 380SLC coupe gearbox. Matching numbers and colors according to the Certificate of Authenticity. $495,000. Classic Car Service Restorations. Contact Noel, Ph: 3233210690, email: info@classic-car-service.be. Website: classic-car-service.be/autos/1955-porsche-356-pre-aspeedster/. (Antwerp) 1965 Porsche 911 coupe over 30 years. It recently had a full engine rebuild. Factory a/c that works. Everything mechanical has been restored. Most of the car is cosmetically original. One of the best early 911s I’ve ever driven. We have the full history and over 150 detailed pics on our website. $64,990. Autokennel. Contact Paul, Ph: 714.335.4911, email: paul@autokennel.com. Website: www.autokennel.com. (CA) 1976 Porsche 930 Turbo Carrera coupe Anthracite Grey/black. 20,066 miles. Inline 6, 4-spd automatic. Meticulously maintained and sympathetically restored. Original Europeandelivery example. Shown at the 2017 Greenwich Concours d’Elegance. Numbers-matching engine and automatic gearbox. Well furnished and highly optioned with factory air conditioning. $219,900. Daniel Schmitt & Co. Contact Daniel, Ph: 314.291.7000, email: info@schmitt.com. Website: www.schmitt.com/inventory/1968-mercedes-benz280se-cabriolet. (MO) 1970 Porsche 911S 2.2 coupe S/N 637013. Black & burgundy/red. 63,788 miles. Inline 6, 4-spd manual. This elegant Mark IV is a multiple concours-award winner and JCNA First Place National Champion. Recipient of a no-expense-spared restoration, this 3.5-liter righthand-drive example is classy and fully documented. Includes JDHT Certificate of Authenticity. Ready to campaign at your favorite concours event. Classic Showcase. Ph: 760.805.9090, email: webmaster@ classicshowcase.com. Website: www.classicshowcase. com/index.php/inventory/detail/618. (CA) 1954 Jaguar XK 120 SE roadster Aztec Gold/Sable. 81,488 miles. V8, 5-spd manual. Incredibly rare left-hand drive. The first British supercar. One of 11 factory built for the U.S. High horsepower Euro-spec DOHC V8 engine (numbers-matching engine included). Incredible original interior, ZF 5-speed manual gearbox and factory air conditioning. Includes owner’s manual & British Motor Industry Heritage Trust Certificate. $269,900. Daniel Schmitt & Co. Contact Daniel, Ph: 314.291.7000, email: info@schmitt.com. Website: www.schmitt.com/inventory/1979-aston-martinvantage-flip-tail-coupe. (MO) GERMAN 1955 Porsche 356 Pre-A Speedster S/N S674753. Black/tan. 62,353 miles. Inline 6, 5-spd manual. This XK 120 has been custom-built for rallies and touring and features numerous upgrades: alloy bucket seats, a modified bulkhead for increased legroom, Brookland windscreens, amber fog lights and a custom black tonneau cover (to cover the cockpit with a zipper). It also features a new 5-speed gearbox, electric power steering and larger aluminum radiator with an auxiliary fan. Includes tools, jack, hammer and a spare tire. Classic Showcase. Ph: 760.805.9090, email: webmaster@ classicshowcase.com. Website: www.classicshowcase. com/index.php/inventory/detail/627. (CA) 190 S/N WDBBA25A5BB003114. White/Sienna leather. 66,590 miles. Original Southern California familyowned 380SLC with a factory sunroof and heated rear window. In absolutely beautiful condition throughout and boasting only 66k original miles, this model was by far the most expensive model of the entire Mercedes line-up of 1981, including all of the legendary Mercedes SL series, and which sold for an original MSRP of $47,853 ($138,629 CPI for 2019!) compared to $40,127 for the same year 380SL roadster! $24,500 OBO. West Coast Classics. Contact Larry, Ph: 424.376.5151, email: wcclassics@aol. com. Website: www.TheWestCoastClassics.com. (CA) 2001 Mercedes-Benz SLK 320 hard top convertible Signal Orange/black. 33,327 miles. Flat 6, 5-spd manual. 3½-year rotisserie restoration completed by the legendary Brumos Porsche in 2014 (over $220k spent). Driven 1,000 miles since. Multiple concours winner (including the 2018 Porsche Club of America National Concours). 33,327 actual miles. Includes restoration receipts, Porsche Certificate of Authenticity. Factory tinted glass. $239,900. Daniel Schmitt & Co. Contact Daniel, Ph: 314.291.7000, email: info@schmitt.com. Website: www.schmitt. com/inventory/1970-porsche-911s-2-2-coupe. (MO) 1973 Porsche 911T coupe S/N 80453. Singnal Red/Acella Bast Cream leather. H4, 4-spd manual. Stunning Pre-A Speedster, completely restored. Production completion date March 30, 1955. Delivered new to Hoffman in New York. The last owner was Robert Arthur Gosnell from Phoenix, AZ. In 2007 the car was imported to Europe. Chassis number 80453, matching-engine type-546/2, 1500-cc number 34663, manual 4-speed Silver/black. 75,000 miles. Inline 6, automatic. Wonderful condition. Only two owners, always garaged. Power windows, seats, mirrors, multi-speed windshield wipers, radio/CD player and a/c. Cost $52,000-plus new! Beautiful & fun car. $6,400. Contact Rufus (RJ), Ph: 843-810-2120, email: rhj3classics@comcast.net. (SC) FOLLOW SCM Sepia/tan. 95,000 miles. Flat 6, 5-spd manual. This 911 survivor has been with the same owner for Sports Car Market


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SCM Showcase Gallery ITALIAN 1960 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint Speciale coupe 1995 Ferrari F355 Spider 1954 Kaiser-Darrin 161 Sports Roadster 1968 Chevrolet Camaro SS 396 coupe S/N AR1012000338. Dark blue/gray. 37,476 miles. Inline 4, 4-spd manual. Professionally restored in dark blue with a soft gray interior with red piping and red carpeting throughout. The car has a fine appearance of authenticity, with what appears to be the original serial-number tags, body and chassis-number stampings, and the original engine under the hood. Classic Showcase. Ph: 760.805.9090, email: webmaster@classicshowcase.com. Website: classicshowcase.com/index.php/inventory/detail/611. (CA) 1962 Ferrari 330 GT 2+2 prototype coupe S/N JH4NA1157MT800168. Black/black. 35,000 miles. V6, 5-spd manual. Purchased in Canada in 1990, one owner, no accidents. Timing belt and all hoses replaced. Custom cover, bag and NSX jacket. $57,000. Contact Elliott, Ph: 239.877.2561, email: ehastings1212@aol.com. (FL) Light Ivory/black. 67,710 miles. V12, 4-spd manual. The first 330 GT prototype built. Retained by the factory for two years and used by Enzo Ferrari as one of his personal cars. Imported into the U.S. in 1964 by Luigi Chinetti (the first U.S. Ferrari dealership). Over $22k spent on service work in January 2018. $495,900. Daniel Schmitt & Co. Contact Daniel, Ph: 314.291.7000, email: info@schmitt.com. Website: www.schmitt.com/inventory/1962-ferrari-330gt-2plus-2-coupe-by-pininfarina-enzo-ferraris-personal-car. (MO) 1972 Maserati Ghibli 4.9 SS coupe S/N AM115492316. Nero/black. 61,000 miles. V8, 5-spd manual. Three-owner car with great provenance. First owner was heiress to Weyerhauser timber fortune. All service records going back decades. Car is a 2+ condition and drives very well. $285,000. Contact Bert, Ph: 301.980.5777, email: sbertjones@gmail.com. (FL) 1983 De Tomaso Pantera GTS coupe Red/tan. 4,571 miles. V8, 5-spd manual. Carroll Shelby was the only owner. Originally gifted to Shelby by DeTomaso. Original interior, largely original paint, low actual miles (7,356 km). Numbers-matching 351 Cleveland V8. Reputedly the last Factory red narrow-body GTS built. $249,900. Daniel Schmitt & Co. Contact Daniel, Ph: 314.291.7000, email: info@schmitt.com. Website: www.schmitt.com/inventory/carroll-shelbys-1983-detomaso-pantera-gts-one-and-only-owner. (MO) S/N H5300144487. Blue/blue. Inline 6, 4-spd manual. This is a beautiful original example of a 1953 3100 ½-ton truck. It is an older restoration that has held up extremely well. The paint is a beautiful blue that rates 9 out of 10. The truck’s split windshield and other glass are clear and intact. Its lights, gauges and turn signals all work as they should and the truck’s bodywork is straight and solid. The bumpers are shiny and fit well to the body. Under the hood is a 216-ci straight-6 engine mated to a 4-speed manual transmission with synchromesh. 1953 was also the final year for the two-piece windshield and rectangular taillights. The truck has been inspected and is ready to go. It also has a new carburetor, tires that are almost new, a modern radio, and wood bed rails and wooden bed floor. $26,000 OBO. Contact Craig, Ph: 214.232.2608, email: craigbas77@gmail.com. (TX) 192 Packard Brown/brown. 45,100 miles. V8, 3-spd manual. Wonderfully restored. Classic Car Club of America Senior Award Winner, formerly owned by respected Packard collector Don McCallum. Only 45k miles, incredibly well furnished and optioned. 385-ci straight 8. $329,900. Daniel Schmitt & Co. Contact Daniel, Ph: 314.291.7000, email: info@schmitt. com. Website: www.schmitt.com/inventory/1933packard-model-1004-super-eight-touring. (MO) 1953 Chevrolet 3100 pickup AMERICAN 1933 Packard Model 1004 Super Eight touring S/N ZFFPR48A2S0103515. Rosso Corsa/tan. 43,000 miles. V8, 6-spd manual. A beautiful car with famous 6-speed gated shifter. Capristo exhaust system which sounds incredible. Challenge grille, original toolkit, seat and car covers. Clutch, battery and throw-out bearing recently replaced. New skins on both seats. Engine-out service 1,500 miles ago. Trophy winner. $69,000 OBO. Contact Mickey, Ph: 203.853.9502, email: mpkoleszar@optonline.net. (CT) JAPANESE 1991 Acura NSX coupe Onyx Black/maroon. 13,763 miles. Inline 6, 3-spd manual. Concours-level restoration. Restored to likenew standards. America’s first production fiberglass sports car. Unique sliding pocket doors. Threeposition convertible top. Includes owner identification card, owner service policy, jack and removable side curtains, dual wind wings and tinted glass. $199,900. Daniel Schmitt & Co. Contact Daniel, Ph: 314.291.7000, email: info@schmitt.com. (MO) 1956 Chevrolet 210 sedan S/N 124378L326054. Fathom Blue Metallic/blue. 152,670 miles. V8, 4-spd manual. Original southern California owner, Los Angeles built and very desirably highly factory-optioned SS. Original matching-numbers L34 396/350 hp 4-bbl V8 engine matched to a Muncie 4-speed transmission and a 12-bolt 3.55:1 P-code axle ratio 370 Positraction differential rear end. In rare factory Fathom Blue Metallic (Code E) paint with factory-delete vinyl roof and deluxe blue bucket seats, factory SS option package with original steering wheel and SS hood, front console and power brakes. $59,500 OBO. West Coast Classics. Contact Larry, Ph: 424.376.5151, email: wcclassics@aol.com. Website: www. TheWestCoastClassics.com. (CA) 1968 Shelby GT500 convertible V8, automatic. All original, numbers match, runs and drives good. Tear in driver’s seat, newer paint. Nice car. $10,900. Contact Greg, email: affhalt@ aol.com. (MI) 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air sedan 86,000 miles. V8, automatic. Preservation car, never restored, no rust ever. Arizona car since new. Original paint. C6 transmission, with 9-inch limited slip and tilt-away column. Marti Report and build sheet. Engine, transmission and differential rebuilt by marque experts at 84,000 miles. Second place in class at SAAC national Shelby event. $135,000. Contact John, Ph: 928.468.9028, email: johnzilisch@gmail.com. (AZ) Tropical Turquose/two tone. 54,650 miles. V8, 2-spd automatic. 100% all-original survivor with 54k miles from new, 283 Power Pack. In storage for 36 years. Built at the Oakland Plant in California. All-new brakes; wheel cylinders and master brakes. Complete tune-up; plugs, points, condenser, rotor and cap. New water pump, thermostat, upper and lower hoses and coolant. Radiator was rebuilt, with new core. New gas tank. 10/30 full synthetic oil change and new filter, transmission was serviced with all-new fluids. A solid 1957 Bel Air, no rust! Complete history from new. $28,500. Contact Al, Ph: 805.801.6269, email: opy1b2@aol.com. (CA) 1958 Dual-Ghia D-500 convertible 1970 Oldsmobile 442 W-30 replica 2-dr hard top S/N 344870E166189. Burnished Gold 58/black. 10,000 miles. V8, 4-spd manual. Engine and body rebuilt and painted by local professional engine and body shops. Power windows, locks and trunk, Tic-Toc-Tach. All Ram Air components on engine. Red inner wheelwells, Rally 1 wheels. I have all documents on all work done on car. Can give all vendors who restored car. $70,000 OBO. Contact Jerry, Ph: 262.497.3747, email: mr1970olds@att. net. (WI) 1979 Chevrolet Corvette coupe Midnight Blue/tan & blue. 1,378 miles. V8, automatic. Concours-level restoration. One of 30 known to exist, one of the last few built. 2010 Pebble Beach award winner. Previous Ghia collector ownership. Rare optional D-500 260-hp Red Ram Hemi V8. Recent servicing included a full transmission rebuild. Power windows, steering and brakes. $499,900. Daniel Schmitt & Co. Contact Daniel, Ph: 314.291.7000, email: info@schmitt. com. Website: www.schmitt.com/inventory/1958dual-ghia-convertible. (MO) S/N 1Z8789S451715. White/black leather. 20,000 miles. V8, 4-spd manual. A/C, power steering, brakes,windows, 350/195, Gymkhana suspension, sport mirrors and other options. A survivor in very nice original condition; I believe low mileage is original. Lots of documentation from new; original warranty paper, owner’s manual, selling dealer intake report, dealer invoice, copy of original title dated 12/10/79, previous registrations, etc. $15,649. Contact Michael, email: mfulton1313@yahoo. com. (PA) © Sports Car Market


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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) on Discovery, “Dallas Car Sharks” on Velocity and “The Car Chasers” on CNBC Prime. www.leakecar.com (OK) RM Sotheby’s. 800.211.4371. New England Auto Auction. 207.594.4418. Presented by the Owls Head Transportation Museum, the New England Auto Auction™ is the nation’s largest and longest-running event in its class that operates solely to preserve the legacy of transportation’s earliest pioneers. Over more than four decades, NEAA™ has continuously raised the bar by connecting discerning enthusiasts and collectors with rare and sought-after automobiles. Web: owlshead.org Email: auction@ohtm.org 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) Russo and Steele Collector AutoGPK Auctions. 856.573.6969. GPK 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 Auctions produces The Atlantic City Auction & Car Show. For over four decades hobbyists, enthusiasts and collectors from across the country have descended on Atlantic City in February to buy and admire the premier collection of automobiles presented by GPK Auctions at the Largest IN-DOOR Auction in the Country. Location: Atlantic City, NJ URL: gpkauctions.com Email: info@gpkauctions.com Palm Springs Auctions Inc. Keith McCormick. 760.320.3290. 760.323.7031. 244 N. Indian Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92262 A family-run auction house producing two large classic cars auctions per year. McCormick’s Palm Springs Auctions has been in business for over 25 years, and each auction features over 500 classics and exotics. www.classic-carauction.com. (CA) 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) Petersen Auction Group of Hollywood Wheels Auctions & 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) 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 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, Oregon State Fairgrounds, Salem, OR. On the I-5 Corridor. We offer knowledgeable, fast, friendly, hassle-free transactions. Oregon’s #1 Collector Car Auction www.petersencollectorcars.com W. Yoder Auction. 920.787.5549 . W. Yoder Auction holds the only semiannual collector car auction in the state of Wisconsin open to the public where anyone can buy and anyone can sell! But we don’t stop there. We specialize in collections and sell it all! Contact us today. info@wyoderauction.com. Learn more about us at wyoderauction.com and like us on Facebook. Worldwide Auctioneers. Premier Auction Group. Leake Auctions. 800.722.9942. Leake Auction Company was established in 1972 as one of the first car auctions in the country. More than 40 years later, Leake has sold over 34,000 cars and currently operates auctions in Tulsa, Oklahoma City and Dallas. Recently they have been featured on several episodes of three different reality TV series — “Fast N Loud” 194 844-5WE-SELL. The auction professionals that have been taking care of you for the last two decades have partnered together to create a team that is dedicated to providing the utmost customer service and auction experience. We applied our 83 years of auction experience to build a platform ensuring that every aspect of our company exceeds your expectations. Join us for the Gulf Coast Classic March 17 & 18, in Punta Gorda, FL. 844-5WE-SELL / 844-593-7355 www.premierauctiongroup.com info@premierauctiongroup.com 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, Sports Car Market RESOURCE DIRECTORY


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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 Vintage Auto Posters. Since 1980, Centerline International. (888) 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) Appraisals Auto Kennel. 714.335.4911. ImagGooding & 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 Automotive Restorations. Automodello. 877.343.2276. ONE8™ Type 74 Lotus Europa ONE12™ 1967 Gurney Eagle Spa winner hand-signed by Dan Gurney ONE24™ Buick, Cadillac, Delage, Delahaye, Ford, Lincoln, Kaiser. 1:24 hand-built, limited edition Resin Art™. ONE43™ Sunbeam Tigers. 10% discount to SCM readers: Use code SCM18R 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. April 2019 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) 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 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 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. 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. 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. Buy/Sell/General 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) Automobile Art importer of legendary artists Alfredo de la Maria and Nicholas Watts. www.steveaustinsgreatvacations.com. rado’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) 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 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) 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) 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) DriverSource. 281.497.1000. 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 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. Colo- Girardo & Co. +44 (0) 203 621 2923. Girardo & Co. provide clients with a specialist service offering expert advice in buying, selling and sourcing 195


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Advertise in the SCM Resource Directory. Call 877.219.2605 Ext. 218 for information; e-mail: scmadvert@sportscarmarket.com. classic cars at the very top end of the collector’s market, whilst delivering the best possible service to clients. www.girardo.com info@girardo.com lotte, NC and Porsche in Hickory, NC. We sell, buy and trade. Visit us at www. Paramountauto.com or www.ForeignCarsItalia.com (NC) 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) Legendary Motorcar Company. 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 905.875.4700. Since 1985, Legendary Motorcar Company has specialized in buying, selling and restoring some of the rarest cars in existence. For sale, in our 150-car showroom you’ll find, ultra-rare muscle cars, European sports cars and modern performance cars. In our 75,000 square-foot facility, our highly-skilled craftsmen perform complete award-winning restorations. Whether you are buying one special car or building a museum, our collection management services will help you make the right decisions. Over 30 years in business, we have grown to become the nation’s premier collector and performance car facility. www.legendarymotorcar.com (ON) 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 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 West Coast Classics. 310.399.3990. Paul Russell and Company. Heritage Classics Motorcar Com- pany. 310.657.9699. www.heritageclassics.com. Heritage Classics Motorcar Company, the premier West Coast classic car dealership established in 1985. Offering one of the largest indoor showrooms in Southern California, with an exceptional inventory of the very finest American and European classic cars available. We buy, sell and consign collectible automobiles, offering the best consignment terms available, contact us at sales@heritageclassics.com When in Southern California, visit our beautiful showroom and specialty automotive bookstore, Heritage Classics Motorbooks, open Monday–Saturday. For current inventory and to visit our virtual bookstore, visit www.heritageclassics.com Luxury Brokers International. 215.459.1606. Specializing in the sales, purchase and brokerage of classic automobiles for the astute collector, with a new-age, contemporary approach. Focusing on original, high-quality 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) 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 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) 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 CARS. 310.695.6403. For more than Saratoga Auto Auction. Sept. 21 and 22, 2018 at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs, NY. To consign, register to bid, or to purchase tickets, visit saratogaautoauction. org. 518-587-1935 x22 / jeff.whiteside@ saratogaautoauction.org 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 Mustang America. 844.249.5135. Kurt Tanner Motorcars. 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) 196 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) 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 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 Paramount Automotive Group/ 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 Char- Vintage Motors of Sarasota. 941.355.6500. Established in 1989, offering high-quality collector cars to the most discerning collectors. Vintage’s specialized services include sales, acquisitions and consignment of high-quality European and American 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 mus- Sports Car Market RESOURCE DIRECTORY


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cle 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 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. English Aston Martin of New England. 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) 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) Reliable Carriers Inc. 800-521-6393. 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) 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) 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) 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) Welsh Enterprises, Inc. Classic Showcase. 760.758.6100. RideCache. 512.751.8450. A profes- sional, ad-free software tool and service that helps you manage your collection, digitally preserve your valuable documentation and securely share with those that need access. Manage your collection with our DIY tools or use our RideCache Build service and let our professional team build your account. Learn more at http://ridecache.com/SCM. RideCache — Organize, Manage, Preserve your Collection. Collector Car Insurance Heacock Classic. 800.678.5173. We understand the passion and needs of the classic car and vintage race car owner: Agreed Value protection, one liability charge, 24-hour claim service and convenient payment options. Heacock Classic also offers classic motorcycle insurance, Car Club & Event Liability, Race Team & Prep Shop Coverage. Visit us at www.heacockclassic.com 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) 800.875.5247. Jaguar parts for models 1949–present. www.welshent.com (OH) Estate Planning Advisory Chrome Strategies Management Frank Dale & Stepsons. The world’s oldest independent Rolls-Royce and Bentley specialists, having been established since 1946. With sales, service, restoration and trimming all under one roof, we offer collectors and enthusiasts the complete range of services for their collections. www.frankdale.com (U.K.) Barrett-Jackson is proud to endorse a new breed of insurance for classic, antique, exotic, special-interest, contemporary classic and limited-edition cars. To get a quote is even easier with our new online improvements. Go to www.barrett-jackson.com/insurance/, select “Get a quote,” enter in a couple of key pieces of information about your vehicle, and get an estimated quote within seconds! It’s that easy. Don’t be caught without the right April 2019 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. Fourintune Garage Inc. 262.375.0876. www.fourintune.com. Complete ground-up restoration on British marques — specializing in Austin-Healeys since 1976. Experience you can trust, satisfied customers nationwide. Visit our website for details on our restoration process, which includes a complete quotation on Healeys. Located in historic Cedarburg — just minutes north of Milwaukee, WI. (WI) LLC. Trust and Estate/Wealth Advisory Services focuses on meeting the increasingly complex financial planning needs and interests of classic car collectors, investors, trust, estate, wealth professionals, and family offices. We are a completely independent advisory that develops best practice strategies to fit your objectives. Please contact us to discuss our scope of services. www.chromestrategies.com Email to: info@chromestrategies.com Events—Concours, Car Shows 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 26–November 4, 2018 — in the land of Southern hospitality. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit www.HHIMotoringFestival.com. 197


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Advertise in the SCM Resource Directory. Call 877.219.2605 Ext. 218 for information; e-mail: scmadvert@sportscarmarket.com. Ferrari Financial Services. Lajollaconcours.com. Earning the reputation as one of the finest internationally renowned classic automobile showcases in the United States, the La Jolla Concours d’Elegance continues to attract discerning car enthusiasts from around the globe. Experience World Class Cars and World Class Experience on April 12–14, 2019. Register and purchase tickets at lajollaconcours.com, or call 619.233.5008, for more information. (CA) 201.816.2670. 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. European Collectibles Inc. 949.650.4718. European Collectibles has been buying, consigning, selling and restoring classic European sports cars since 1986. We specialize in Porsche (356 and 911) 1950s to early 1970s, along with other marks including Mercedes, Aston Martin, Ferrari, MG, Austin Healey and Jaguar, with 40 vehicles in stock to choose from. European Collectibles also offers complete mechanical and cosmetic restorations to concours level, along with routine service. Located in Orange County, CA, between Los Angeles and San Diego. Sales@europeancollectibles.com or visit our website www.europeancollectibles.com. (CA) The Elegance at Hershey. 717.500.5191. The Elegance at Hershey is a celebration of vintage race cars and concours automobiles from 6/7 to 6/9/2019, commencing with the Grand Ascent, featuring the Concorso Bizarro and culminating with our concours d’elegance. Our primary goal is to benefit our charities: JDRF, AACA Museum and AACA Library & Research Center. For more information, visit www. theeleganceathershey.com, or call 717.500.5191. (PA) Art’s Star Classics. 800.644.STAR 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) Finance (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 Scott Grundfor Company. Bud’s Benz. 800.942.8444. At Classic Car Capital 310.254.9704, Ext. 1. Maximize the return on your passion by recapitalizing the equity in your vintage cars. Whether to expand your collection, invest or for personal use, you decide how to use the funds. With unparalleled experience, service and expertise in this highly specialized lending, we understand the market and needs of the collector. Whether using one car or multiple cars as collateral, we offer lines of credit with no origination fees or prepayment penalties. 198 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) 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) Import/Export 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! German Mercedes-Benz Classic Center. 1.866.MB.CLASSIC. 1.866.622.5277). The trusted center of competence for all classic Mercedes-Benz 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) 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 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) West Coast Shipping. 510.236.3008. Shipping collector cars around the world is our specialty. We provide turnkey international logistics solutions to get you driving when you want. We collect your car, load it onto a ship or plane, clear local and foreign customs, and provide white-glove delivery to your destination. We’re used by collectors, dealers and auction companies to ship over 8,000 collector cars around the world each year. And with consolidation available from both U.S. coasts to over 40 destinations around the world, we make it affordable. It’s your dream car, let’s bring her home. www.wcshipping.com Italian 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, specializing in classic Ferraris of the ’50s and ’60s. www.ferrari4you.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 The Lamborghini Club America is the world’s largest organization of Sports Car Market RESOURCE DIRECTORY


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Lamborghini owners and enthusiasts. Inclusive to both vintage and modern Lamborghini owners, the Lamborghini Club America is a critical asset to the Lamborghini ownership experience. Membership includes La Vita Lamborghini magazine, a carbon fiber member card, special pricing at most authorized dealers for parts and service, and much more. Join today at: www.LamborghiniClubAmerica.com Leasing 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) Multimedia Publications Restoration — General 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. 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Our exclusive content focuses on vintage motorcycles, modern classics, and the exciting future of the automobile — including developments in ride-hailing, electrification and autonomous driving. We produce diverse articles on travel, restoration projects, book reviews, auction analysis, vehicle summaries and relevant automotive industry news. “Turtle Garage is a must-read. Subscribe today.” — Keith Martin, Sports Car Market www.turtlegarage.com Museums 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) QuickSilver Exhaust Systems. 011 LeMay—America’s Car Museum Putnam Leasing. 866.90.LEASE. For over 30 years, Putnam Leasing has been the leader in exotic, luxury, and collector car leasing. This honor comes from Putnam’s unique ability to match the car of your dreams with a lease designed just for you. Every Putnam Lease is written to provide maximum flexibility while conserving capital, lowering monthly payments, and maximizing tax advantages. Its Putnam’s way of letting you drive more car for less money. For leases ranging from $50,000 to more than $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 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. 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 Vintage Racing Services. Dr Beasley’s. Dr. Beasley’s proVintage Car Law. 717.884.9010. Bryan W. Shook, Esquire, acts for and represents leading antique and collector car dealers, brokers, restoration houses, April 2019 vides you with detailing solutions that have amazing ease of use and performance that is unparalleled. It’s Jim Lafeber’s fanatical passion for quality and improved detailing outcomes that drove him to create Dr. Beasley’s. The goal was to create a unique line of handmade, custom formulated car appearance products that spare no expense on the quality of ingredients and the use of new technologies. The result; nearly 15 years and thousands of hours of real-world testing later, is Dr. Beasley’s — a complete line of solutionbased products that exceed the specs and requirements of even the most discriminating luxury auto brands. Made in USA. Visit www.drbeasleys.com 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 44 1428 687722. Our customers are sophisticated enthusiasts who choose our exhaust systems for various reasons — originality, durability, weight reduction 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. Racing Services 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 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 MetroVac’s car vacs and car dry- ers are the top choice of professional detailers and passionate car enthusiasts worldwide, like Wayne Carini. Our products are proudly made by American workers using only U.S. steel. These powerful machines are built to be virtually indestructible and last decades. 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Advertise in the SCM Resource Directory. Call 877.219.2605 Ext. 218 for information; e-mail: scmadvert@sportscarmarket.com. Farland Classic Restoration. Brightworks. 937.773.5127. Bright- works has partnered with Ruote Borrani 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) 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: info@farlandcars.com. www.farlandcarscom facility located in Hickory, NC, offering a full-array of services including sales, consignments, complete restorations, engine and transmission rebuilding, metal-shaping and fabrication on classic cars. We specialize in American muscle and English cars but also work on a wide range of makes and models including all European models. Our goal is to provide our clients with the highest level of quality workmanship and professional client services. We base our company policy on the Golden Rule; always treat the other person the way you want to be treated and always endeavor to do what is right and fair. Contact us for a free estimate on your classic. Email us at rtheiss@paramountauto.com for more information. www.paramountclassiccars.com. Hahn Auto Restoration. Classic Showcase. 760.758.6100. 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) 724.452.4329. We take pride in offering concours-level collector car restoration, recommissioning, custom builds and repair services. With our experienced staff and cutting-edge technology, we can restore your car back to its original beauty and help it perform better than when it was first driven off the lot! We understand how much your classic car means to you and we will treat your restoration or repair with the quality care and respect it deserves — getting the job done right the first time. We believe that a restoration should last a lifetime and beyond, so we strive to provide our clients with quality restoration services that will last for generations. www.hahnautorestoration.com Park Place LTD. 425.562.1000. 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 vehicles. We also have an in-house service center and high-end Auto Salon. www.ParkPlaceLtd.com RM Auto Restoration. Hjeltness Restoration. 760.746.9966. What began as attention to detail developed into love. We benefit from 34 years of disassembling original cars with the intent to restore yet also with an eye on the future, other restorers will need benchmarks to copy. If your own personal piece of history needs doing for the first time or the second please contact us. www.HjeltnessRestoration.com D. L. George Historic Motorcars. 610.593.7423. We stand at the crossroads between you and historic European motorcars of the pre-war and early post-war era. We provide full-service restoration, maintenance and support of the finest cars driven extensively by the most refined collectors. Find us at concours from Amelia Island to Pebble Beach, venues from Lime Rock to Goodwood, and events including the Mille Miglia, Peking to Paris, and The Colorado Grand. www.DLGEORGE.com (PA) Fantasy Junction. 510.653.7555. For 35 years, Owner/Enthusiast Bruce Trenery has operated Fantasy Junction from the San Francisco Bay Area. The dealership enjoys an outstanding worldwide reputation for integrity and knowledge in the collector car field. Many of the world’s greatest sports cars have passed through the doors, with both buyers and sellers enjoying expert representation. Email Sales@FantasyJunction.com, www.FantasyJunction. com. (CA) 200 Speedwell Engineering, Ltd. 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. 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 519.352.4575. RM Auto Restoration is North America’s leading classic car restoration facility. Whether it’s a complete “body-off” restoration, a partial restoration, or a cosmetic upgrade, our dedicated team of restoration perfectionists provides an unwavering commitment to deliver flawless work, and to the highest cosmetic presentation, every time. www.rmautorestoration.com The Creative Workshop. 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 The Classic Auto Show. 203.233.7162. Whether you’re a collector, or working on your project car, or simply share a passion for the classics, The Classic Auto Show is for you. You’ll see over 2,000 classics, rub shoulders with your favorite auto celebrities, view LIVE restoration and auto detailing demos, shop a vendor marketplace and more. Buy Tickets or Display Your Car Today! www.TheClassicAutoShow.com Treasured Motorcar Services. 410.833.2329. Since 1980, a trusted provider for the highest quality maintenance, restoration, performance, paint, body, sales, and consignment of European sports/luxury vehicles, American classics, and muscle cars. We have completed numerous full and partial restorations on marques as diverse as Bandini, Dellow, Jaguar, Rolls Royce, Mustang, and Corvette. Maintaining memories for your daily driver, weekend warrior or show stopper in our 22,000 sq. ft. facility with our dedicated full time staff. Let us help you enjoy your treasured motorcar the way it was meant to be. Follow our ongoing and completed projects and visit our website www.treasuredmotorcars.com Sport and Specialty. 815.629.2717. Paramount Classic Cars. 844.650.9125. A 120,000 square foot 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 Valenti Classics Inc. 414.421.6300. Since 1991, we have been restoring cars back to exacting standards and building custom, one-of-a kind vehicles for customers all over the world. We are your one-stop shop. All restoration and mechanical services are met through our comprehensive shop. Expert body restoration, paint, fabrication, and upholstery. “Precisely Like You Want It. Even If You Want It Precisely Like It Was.” Visit valenticlassics.com to learn more or email inquiry@valenticlassics. com. (WI) © Sports Car Market RESOURCE DIRECTORY


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Carl Bomstead eWatch Striking It Rich An 1885 one-dollar trade coin changes hands for almost $4 million at Heritage Auctions Thought Carl’s In 1885, the Philadelphia Mint struck five one-dollar trade coins, but there is no official record of this minting. Speculation is that the mint director ended up with them, but after 135 years, who knows? What we do know is that Heritage Auctions, at their January 9 U.S. Coin Auction in Orlando, FL, sold one of the five for $3,960,000. I can think of a whole lot of stuff I could find for the car barn for that kind of money, but to each their own. During the recent Arizona Auction Week, Barrett-Jackson offered several thousand pieces of automobilia, with results ranging from under $100 to almost $100,000. Here are a few that caught my eye as we sat through endless hours of the auction. neon sign? Completes the look and gives that old-timey feel. They show up from time to time at automobilia auctions, and this one had the flashing lights and the right 1960s feel. Price paid was not out of line. feet tall. The wheels have articulating neon, and this one was in near-mint condition. It takes a large display area to present this sign properly, but it will certainly be impressive when hung on the rear wall. LOT 9476—1950s BIG BOY DRIVE-IN SIGN. SOLD AT: $12,650. Date: 1/19/2019. The iconic nine-foot-tall Big Boy holding up a hamburger. It lights up and rotates. This is the perfect finishing touch for a display area full of 1950s and 1960s Saturday-night cruisers. Recently seen being towed in a Ford Truck commercial. The price was up there, but if you have the cars and the garage, this is a big deal. LOT 8356—GILLETTE “BEAR FOR WEAR” TIRES AND TUBES TIN SIGN. SOLD AT: $8,970. Date: 1/15/2019. This colorful tin sign was six feet long and a little over two feet tall, with some minor touch-up. Tin, of course, is not as durable as porcelain, so there were a few signs of age. A remarkable sign that will display well. Price paid was certainly reasonable. LOT 9494—1950s HUMBLE ESSO AVIATION PRODUCTS PORCELAIN AIRPORT SIGN. SOLD AT: $34,500. Date: 1/19/2019. This massive sign hung on a hangar at an airport in Texas. It was 13 feet long and six feet tall, with articulating wings that simulated flight. It had been restored, but that will not be noticeable when displayed with the bright neon. Considering its size, it will take a special area to properly display this sign. LOT 9394.1—NEWISH FERRARI DEALERSHIP NEON SIGN. SOLD AT: $16,100. Date: 1/18/2019. This dramatic neon sign with the Ferrari Prancing Horse was about nine feet tall and appeared to be in good condition. There were no manufacturer’s markings noted, so I am not sure of the age of the sign. Regardless, it would light up any room that included a number of cars from Maranello. A bunch for a sign with questionable origins, but if you have the cars, it is very cool garage art. LOT 9494.4—EARLY 1960s USED-CARS PORCELAIN NEON SIGN. SOLD AT: $9,200. Date: 1/19/2019. Is there any cooler sign for a car barn full of cool cars than a “Used Cars” LOT 9490—1950s CHEVROLET “CHEVY BOY” SINGLE-SIDED NEON PORCELAIN DEALER SIGN. SOLD AT: $58,650. Date: 1/19/2019. Only two of these massive signs were created, and they are 10 feet long and about nine at Portland, OR, and at additional mailing offices. Subscription rates are $75 for 12 monthly issues in the U.S., $105 Canada, $135 Mexico, Europe, Asia/Africa/Middle East. 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 SUBSCRIPTION INFORMATION Sports Car Market (ISSN #1527859X) is published monthly by Automotive Investor Media Group, 401 NE 19th Ave, Suite 100, Portland, OR 97232. Periodicals postage paid LOT 8298—HUSKY OIL SERVICE LARGE DOUBLESIDED PORCELAIN SIGN. SOLD AT: $40,250. Date: 1/15/2019. The Husky Oil Company was founded in Cody, WY, in 1938, and most anything with their distinctive logo is very collectible. The large dramatic sign was in excellent condition, and the colors were bold and striking. It sold for strong — but not unexpected — money. ♦ POSTMASTER Send address changes to: Sports Car Market PO Box 4797, Portland, OR 97208 CPC IPM Sales Agreement No. 1296205 Sports Car Market