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“Like” us on Sports Car Market PROFILES Keith Martin’s The Insider’s Guide to Collecting, Investing, Values, and Trends August 2017 . Volume 29 . Number 8 This Month’s Market Movers Up Close FERRARI ENGLISH by Steve Ahlgrim by Paul Hardiman ETCETERINI by Cameron Lovre GERMAN by Jeff Zurschmeide 2012 Ferrari 458 Challenge $198,000 / Auctions America 1964 Aston Martin DB5 $721,955 / Bonhams 1970 Volvo 122S Amazon Group 2 Rally $28,283 / Bonhams 1966 Volkswagen Type 2 21-Window Samba Bus $71,256 / Silverstone 66 68 70 72 AUCTIONS What Sold, and Why 188 Vehicles Rated at Seven Sales 86 90 106 118 128 144 MARKET OVERVIEW Top 10 auction sales, best buys and J-tin spooling up — Garrett Long BONHAMS Spa, BEL: A 73% sales rate at Spa racetrack brings in $5.2m — Leo Van Hoorick SILVERSTONE Northamptonshire, U.K.: Silverstone sells 54 of 75 lots for $4.7m in a Porsche-heavy auction — Paul Hardiman BONHAMS Newport Pagnell, U.K.: The Aston sale hits $7.5m with a 62% sales rate — Paul Hardiman MECUM Indianapolis, IN: The Indy powerhouse sells 73% of 1,671 lots for $54.4m — B. Mitchell Carlson ROUNDUP Highlights from Lucky Auctions in Tacoma, WA; Auctions America in Auburn, IN; and Silver in Spokane, WA — Jack Tockston, Kevin Coakley, John Boyle acebook and look for updates and offers! AMERICAN by Carl Bomstead RACE 16 by Thor Thorson NEXT GEN by Paul Hageman 1941 Packard One-Eighty Convertible Victoria by Darrin $360,000 / Auctions America 2012 Lola B1280 IMSA Racer $129,250 / Auctions America 2001 Nissan Skyline R34 GT-R V-Spec II $68,200 / Auctions America 76 78 80 Cover photo: 1964 Aston Martin DB5; courtesy of Bonhams Sports Car Market


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60 1963 Ferrari 250 GTO at the Petersen Museum’s “Seeing Red” exhibit COLUMNS 20 Shifting Gears Does seeing a bunch of cars with their hoods up at a concours bother you? Keith Martin 48 Affordable Classic When it comes to a reliable, fun, modern convertible, the Mercedes-Benz SL550 is premium vanilla Pierre Hedary 50 Legal Files It pays to use a collector-car specialty insurance company instead of garden-variety consumer insurance carriers John Draneas 52 Unconventional Wisdom Personal and professional joy mix at the 2017 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este Donald Osborne 74 The Cumberford Perspective The Volkswagen Type 2 21-Window Samba Bus is one cute — and dangerous — collectible car Robert Cumberford 170 eWatch Babe Ruth’s rookie baseball card sold for $552,000, but you can still buy an Essex oil can for just $836.98 Carl Bomstead FEATURES 56 2017 Pinehurst Concours d’Elegance: A car-collecting stalwart wins two big prizes — to his surprise — Bill Rothermel 58 2017 Greystone Mansion Concours: Lurid stories, a great mansion and wonderful cars — Carl Bomstead 18 Sports Car Market 60 Petersen Museum “Seeing Red”: Ten great Ferraris go on display to celebrate 70 years of the Prancing Horse — Mike Daly DEPARTMENTS 26 Auction Calendar 26 Crossing the Block 30 Concours and Events: Hot August Nights, Monterey Car Week, Concorso Italiano 34 Contributors: Get to know our writers 36 You Write, We Read: The Ferrari 599 and value, restoring a beloved car, Tifoso vs. Tifosi, SCM’s Bradley 38 Display Advertisers Index 42 Time Pieces: The LeCoultre Mystery Dial Watch 42 Neat Stuff: Big Brother in your classic and a savior for your front splitter 44 In Miniature: 1964 Porsche 904 Carrera GTS 44 Speaking Volumes: Roar with Gilmore: The Story of America’s Most Unusual Oil Company 96 On the Radar: 1992 Holden HSV VP GTS, 1992 Subaru WRX GC8A, 1992 Venturi Atlantique 132 Rising Sun: 1997 Acura Integra GS-R, 1982 Nissan 280ZX GL, 1978 Mazda Savanna RX-7 146 Fresh Meat: 2015 McLaren 650S Spider, 2016 Nissan GT-R NISMO coupe, 2017 Porsche 911 Turbo cabriolet 150 Glovebox Notes: 2017 Kia Forte EX sedan, 2017 Mazda 3 Grand Touring sedan 156 Mystery Photo: “In Texas, we use these for skeet practice” 156 Comments With Your Renewals: “You guys continue to be the only print magazine I receive — one I read religiously. Congratulations!” 158 Showcase Gallery: Cars for sale 162 Resource Directory: Meet your car’s needs Mike Daly


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Shifting Gears Keith Martin A Heads-Up on Hoods-Up A concours d’elegance should regulate when entrants can have their hoods — or bonnets — open arrive, open the hood for a while to avert heat soak. Then, unless your motor is gold plated or something, leave it down. — Ron Lindom I always support local shows in my little town and bring an interesting car. I leave the bonnet/hood closed but put a small sign near the lift point that says “Lift here to see the engine” and another sign inside that says “Close when finished.” I don’t own any cars with American V8s in them, so I figure everyone wants to see the one engine at this car show that is NOT an American V8! Of course, I also have a sign I put in the windshield that says “IT IS OK TO TOUCH THIS CAR. Go ahead, you can’t hurt it.” — Chuck Goolsbee I totally agree too. I am a visual sort of guy with art Not the view the designer had in mind I have a pet peeve at concours. It’s owners who insist on leaving the hoods of their cars open all day long. It’s hardly the way designers would want their cars seen. Further, the hoods jutting upwards are a jarring contrast to the elegant setting of a concours field. A few weeks ago, I wrote a blog post about this — and offered a solution: I proposed an “SCM Hoods-Down” standard. I propose that hoods of all cars be down from the official opening of the show until 11:30 a.m, then “Hoods-Up” until the end of the day. That way, attendees and entrants would have a chance to see the cars in their in- tended stylistic configuration in the morning — and still admire the engine bays in the afternoon. They look like hungry baby birds Evidently I’m not alone in my frustration. My blog hit a nerve, and here are a few of the many comments I received: Hoods up does totally ruin the lines of a car. Just a bit further, I really want the hood closed, not just resting slightly ajar. I like the idea of limiting the hoods up for that two-hour period. Makes much sense, but a bit annoying to employ. Would take some education. — Eliot Silber Hoods up makes the exhibition look like a giant gas station, or like an official inspection or, worse, like a salvage yard with shiny cars. Leave the hoods down; the owners will gladly open them, should anyone want to see the engine. — Gabriel Hernandez I had my 1966 Series 1 XKE coupe at a small car show last week. For the first half, the bonnet was up. Huge crowd. Once I closed it, the number of lookers was about half. I think it may depend upon the venue and the sophistication of the gawkers. — Scott Currier I thought I was alone in this thinking. I was just at a Cars & Coffee this past week- end, and as always, my hood was down. If I’m at the car and someone asks, I’m glad to raise the hood and let them look. When everyone is done looking, it goes back down. I’d much rather see the uninterrupted lines of cars with hoods and trunks closed. Hard to control this at a Cars & Coffee. It’s a great idea having hoods up during lunchtime for traditional shows. — Brian Znamirowski At the Petersen Automotive Museum, where I am a Vault Docent, we have the op- posite problem. As you’d expect for a museum founded by the publisher of Hot Rod magazine, the museum has a lot of hot rods in its collection. Anyone who has been to hot rod shows knows that for many hot rods, the “jewelry” is the engine. Yet at the Petersen the hoods on our roadsters (10 AMBR Award winners), coupes, and customs remain resolutely shut for almost the entire year. The one-day occasional “hoods-up” events are rare and much too short. A compromise such as you suggest is needed. — Richard Steward I’m a picture poster on Facebook, and this is my pet peeve, too. I’d say, when you 20 training, so car design, lines and stance is everything to me. I do appreciate what’s going on under the hood, but I want to see the car with the lines and fit uninterrupted. Good call. — Bob Lichty I think you are in the majority, and your recommen- dation is such a reasonable compromise. I can’t think of a car that I would prefer to photograph with the hood up. Maybe as a second, third, or later shot. Thank you for raising the issue and offering a solution. — Jon Bernheimer I 100% agree. It ruins the experience of taking in the overall car design completely. Granted, it most often happens with American muscle cars. But then again, I find the engine compartment less exciting than the entire car with the panels closed. If somebody wants to see the engine, your idea of a certain time or maybe open it to allow for those who ask (I do) is the way to go. Leaving a car with the hood open for the entire car show is a bit ridiculous. — Mike Baum I think the difference is whether it is a people’s choice or judged concours. I can’t vote for a car in people’s choice without seeing the engine compartment. If it is closed, the question is always how much dirt and incorrectness is hidden? In concours, the judges have full access, so leave bonnets (hoods) closed. Your suggestion to have open and closed times would work for most shows. — Randy Bauder Interesting question. Not sure there is an answer that fits all shows. I do agree the lines are spoiled, but it seems most of the time the paying public wants to see everything about the car. — Irene I have an old Corvette and an old Chevelle — both with cool engines that I like to show off. I’m 50/50 on those cars. I also have an older Porsche and a newer Porsche. What really looks stupid is a 991 Porsche with the hood up when all there is to look at is a couple of filler caps and a plastic cover. I like your idea of hood up/hood down. — Sid Cannon They look like a bunch of hungry newborn baby birds clamoring for food. — Bruce S. Bevitz What’s you opinion? Post it at sportscarmarket.com/ hoodsdown. I’ve been in touch with several concours about this issue, along with Ed Gilbertson and Nigel Matthews of the International Chief Judge Advisory Group (ICJAG). We look forward to reading your thoughts. ♦ Sports Car Market


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Crossing the Block Garrett Long Images courtesy of the respective auction companies unless otherwise noted Murphy Where: Olympia, NC When: August 1–2 More: www.murphyauction.com Mecum Where: Harrisburg, PA When: August 3–5 More: www.mecum.com VanDerBrink Where: Brillion, WI When: August 5 More: www.vanderbrinkauctions.com Coys Where: Jüchen, DEU When: August 5 More: www.coys.co.uk MAG Auctions Where: Reno, NV When: August 10–12 More: www.motorsportauctiongroup.com Featured cars: • 1968 Shelby Mustang GT500 fastback • 1963 Chevrolet Corvette coupe • 1969 Pontiac Firebird coupe Mecum Where: Monterey, CA When: August 16–19 More: www.mecum.com Last year: 344/706 cars sold / $50.1m Featured cars: • 1930 Cadillac Series 452 V16 • 1970 Plymouth Hemi ’Cuda • Star Car: 1999 Ferrari F355 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: garrett.long@sportscarmarket.com. JULY 1–2—SILVER Jackson Hole, WY 2—ARTCURIAL Monte Carlo, MCO 8—VICARI New Orleans, LA 8—PETERSEN Roseburg, OR 8—SILVER Spokane, WA 8—SMITHS Cape Girardeau, MO 12—BRIGHTWELLS Leominster, U.K. 15—COYS Oxfordshire, U.K. 15–16—VANDERBRINK Norwalk, ID 18—BARONS Surrey, U.K. 20–22—MECUM Denver, CO 22—CCP Mississauga, CAN 22—VANDERBRINK Sioux Falls, SD 26—H&H Duxford, U.K. 27–30—SILVERSTONE Northamptonshire, U.K. 27–29—GAA Greensboro, NC AUGUST 1–2—MURPHY Olympia, WA 3–5—MECUM Harrisburg, PA 5—VANDERBRINK Brillion, WI 5—COYS Jüchen, DEU 10–12—MAG AUCTIONS Reno, NV 16–19—MECUM Monterey, CA 17—BRIGHTWELLS Leominster, U.K. 17—WORLDWIDE AUCTIONEERS Monterey, CA 18—BONHAMS Carmel, CA 17–19—RUSSO AND STEELE Monterey, CA 18–19—RM SOTHEBY’S Monterey, CA 18–19—GOODING & CO. Pebble Beach, CA 19—SOUTHERN CLASSIC Jeffersonville, IN 26—ACA King’s Lynn, U.K. 28—SHANNONS Sydney, AUS 31– Sept. 3—AUCTIONS AMERICA Auburn, IN SEPTEMBER 2—SILVERSTONE Woodstock, U.K. 2—BONHAMS Beaulieu, U.K. 2—WORLDWIDE Auburn, IN 2–3—SILVER Sun Valley, ID 3–DRAGONE Salisbury, CT 6—RM SOTHEBY’S London, U.K. 6–9—MECUM Dallas, TX 9—SPECIALTY AUTO AUCTIONS INC Loveland, CO 8–10—ELECTRIC GARAGE Red Deer, AB, CAN 9—BONHAMS Chichester, U.K. 9—MOTOSTALGIA Watkins Glen, NY 10—BONHAMS Chantilly, FRA 16—DAN KRUSE CLASSICS Austin, TX 16—BARONS Surrey, U.K. 21–23—MECUM Louisville, KY 27—BRIGHTWELLS Leominster, U.K. Star Car: 1999 Ferrari F355 at Mecum in Monterey, CA Brightwells Where: Leominster, U.K. When: August 17 More: www.brightwells.com Worldwide Auctioneers Where: Monterey, CA When: August 17 More: www.worldwide-auctioneers.com Featured cars: • Star Car: 1954 Hudson Italia • 1937 Lagonda LG45 drophead coupe Russo and Steele Where: Monterey, CA When: August 17–19 More: www.russoandsteele.com Featured cars: • 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Pro Touring coupe • Star Car: 1957 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz convertible • 1966 Ford Mustang K-code fastback Bonhams Where: Carmel, CA 26 Sports Car Market


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Crossing the Block Garrett Long Images courtesy of the respective auction companies unless otherwise noted Star Car: 1954 Hudson Italia at Worldwide Auctioneers in Monterey, CA When: August 18 More: www.bonhams.com Last year: 101/115 cars sold / $34.6m Featured cars: • 1963 Le Mans 1963 Jaguar E-type Lightweight • 1972 Ferrari 365 GTS/4 Daytona Spyder • 1957 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL roadster RM Sotheby’s Where: Monterey, CA When: August 18–19 More: www.rmsothebys.com Last year: 82/100 cars sold / $117.9m Featured cars: • 1950 Ferrari 166 MM/212 Export “Uovo” Star Car: 1957 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz convertible at Russo and Steele in Monterey, CA • 1971 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona • 1953 Abarth 1100 Sport Southern Classic Where: Jeffersonville, IN When: August 19 More: www.southernclassicauctions.com Gooding & Company Where: Pebble Beach, CA When: August 19–20 More: www.goodingco.com Last year: 69/79 cars sold / $60.1m Anglia Car Auctions Where: King’s Lynn, U.K. When: August 26 More: www.angliacarauctions.co.uk Shannons Where: Sydney, AUS When: August 28 More: www.shannons.com.au Auctions America Where: Auburn, IN When: August 31–September 3 More: www.auctionsamerica.com Last year: 287/393 cars sold / $7m ♦ Star Car: 1971 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona at RM Sotheby’s in Monterey, CA 28 Sports Car Market


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Concours and Events SCM Staff Send news and event listings to insideline@sportscarmarket.com AUGUST CALENDAR 5–6 Milwaukee Concours d’Elegance, Milwaukee, WI; www.milwaukeeconcours.com 12 Lake Bluff Concours d’Elegance of Southwest Michigan, St. Joseph, MI; www.concoursswmi.com 15 Carmel-By-The-Sea Concours on the Avenue, Carmel, CA; www.carmelconcours.com All Things Italian Concorso Italiano is all about Italian wine, Italian cuisine and Italian fashion. Most importantly, this 32-year-old party is all about Italian cars. This year, Concorso will celebrate 70 years of Ferrari, 50 years of the Maserati Ghibli, and we’ll see the start of a Sports Car Market-sponsored celebration of Alfa Romeo. This celebration will continue through the 2020 Concorso. This year, the SCM star cars are the Alfa Romeo GTV, the brand-new Giulia and the new Alfa 4C. All of this Italian fun — along with some redlining supercars — takes place August 19 at Black Horse Golf Club in Seaside. More than 1,000 automobiles from Italy will decorate the fairways, and the fashion shows and food just add to the fun. SCM Publisher Keith Martin returns for his 19th year as emcee. www. concorso.com (CA) The Biggest Week of the Year Monterey Car Week is set for August 14 to 20. With multiple concours, car shows, art exhibits and classic car auctions, this week is the most spectacular — and most important — part of the collector car year. Your wallet will be lighter and your garage may have new residents before this extravaganza is over. Prepare for the week with our special 13th Annual Insider’s Guide to Monterey, which is packaged with this issue. The 100-plus-page guide gives you insider information for every event on the Peninsula. Watch for SCM booths at all the major events, and take advantage of our show special to renew your subscription. (CA) B. Mitchell Carlson 16 The Little Car Show, Pacific Grove, CA; www. marinamotorsports.org 17–20 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, Pebble Beach, CA; www. pebblebeachconcours. net Terrific Teutonic Transports Monterey Car Week will drain your wallet faster than a trip to Beverly Hills’ Rodeo Drive, so Legends of the Autobahn is a great place to be on August 18. This relaxed, classy concours features three German marques — BMW, Audi and Mercedes-Benz — and also allows other German marques to participate. Expect hundreds of great cars and friendly owners at the Nicklaus Club-Monterey golf course. Publisher Martin is again emcee of this year’s event, so stop by to say hello. Yeah, this great event is still free! www.legendsoftheautobahn. org (CA) Hot Nights and Fast Cars Hot August Nights is the best time of the year for many American car collectors. The massive event starts in Virginia City, NV, from August 4 to 5, and it then rumbles on to Reno from August 8 through 13. Thousands of hot rods, muscle cars, street rods and classic cruisers take over both towns. Event organizers claim that more than 800,000 gearheads and thousands of cars will show up. There is no way to see it all, so smart gearheads keep going back. It’s always a little bit different each year, so it always seems new — but familiar as well. This year, Motorsport Auction Group is putting on the big auction, which runs August 10–12 at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center. Most events are free, but the famous casinos in South Lake Tahoe and Reno remain cash on the table. www.hotaugustnights.net (NV) 30 18 Porsche Werks Reunion, Carmel, CA; www. werksreunion.com 19 Concours d’LeMons California, Seaside, CA; www.concoursdlemons. com 27 Geneva Concours d’Elegance, Geneva, IL; www.genevaconcours.net Sports Car Market 18 The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering, Carmel, CA; www.signatureevents. peninsula.com 15–16 Automobilia Monterey, Seaside, CA; www.automobiliamonterey.com Dave Tomaro


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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 Garrett Long garrett.long@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 207 Data Specialist Chad Taylor chad.taylor@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 206 Editors at Large Colin Comer , Donald Osborne Copy Editors Yael Abel, Dave Tomaro Senior Auction Analysts B. 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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 Will the Ferrari 599 HGTE Hold Value? To the Editor: Do you think a 2010 599 HGTE will hold its value? I’m not looking to make money. I want to enjoy this car for several years and then trade it for something else. I welcome your thoughts and highly respect your advice. — Jon Groes, via email Steve Ahlgrim replies: Jon, your answer depends on your definition of “hold its value.” Despite being an incredible car and a personal favorite of mine, the 599 GTB Fiorano is a used car and it is depreciating like all but a few extraordinary used cars do. You have to decide if the rate of depreciation meets your definition of holding value. Late-model Ferrari values move in parallel with newer models. Newer cars have better performance, cooler features and an all-important factory warranty. Ignoring supply and demand’s distortion of new Ferrari prices, if Dr. Bob goes in a showroom to buy a Ferrari, he will pay less for a used car than a new one. Make the used car a discontinued model, and the price drops again. Isn’t that why you’re picking a 599 over a newer model? Sometimes the new model is so different from the old model that the old model commands an individual identity that nulls the used-car effect. The transitions of the 246 Dino to the 308 GTB or an air-cooled to water-cooled Porsche 911 come to mind. This is not the case with your choice. The 599 GTB was replaced by the F12, which has now been replaced by the 812 Superfast. The newer models are formidable and similar replacements. They will influence 599 pricing far into the future. This means that as they depreciate, so will the 599. Don’t let depreciation stop you from buying the 599. Depreciation is the gift that allows us to buy former magazinecover cars for a fraction of their original prices. Depreciation slows when condition becomes more important than age. The 599 is old enough that its depre- 36 Depreciation is the gift that allows us to buy former magazine-cover cars for a fraction of their original prices ciation is slowing. You’re going to lose some money on a 599, but you’re also going to get a lot of enjoyment in return, and isn’t that what’s really important? “Tifosi, Tifoso — Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off…” To the Editor: On p. 68 of the (otherwise predictably excellent) June 2017 issue, you make the same innocent error I have seen made in other car periodicals. Although this is an error that only fluent Italian speakers would likely notice, I find it exasperating enough to offer a correction. The word “tifoso” represents the singular case of the Italian word for “fanatic.” The plural is “tifosi.” Thus, it’s one “tifoso,” two “tifosi.” The opening sentence of the 1995 Ferrari F50 article reads, “Every fanatics has dreamt of piloting….” Ugh! For the record, it’s also one panino and two panini. I can’t bring myself to order one sandwiches at the deli counter, so I use the correct grammar and accept the puzzled looks. But tifosi is a word used often in car circles; let SCM be the publica- tion to set the record straight on how the word should be used! — Riccardo Gale, via email Executive Editor Chester Allen responds: Mr. Gale, thanks for the Italian grammar lesson. From now on, we’ll carry your banner and stamp out the reckless, incorrect use of “tifosi.” However, we cannot assume responsibility for the “panino” and “panini” dilemma. Keeping the Love Alive To the Editor: I just got the new SCM with Keith Martin’s musings about the restored Alfa Romeo (July 2017, “Shifting Gears,” p. 16). Great stuff! This could not have been timed better if it were scripted in a play! I have just returned from a track weekend in my trusty steed, a 1975 911S with 298,000 miles on it. I am in a similar quandary as Keith was. I have had the car for over 20 years, and it was my first Porsche. I have others, but this car has always been the nearest and dearest to me. I, along with my wife, have toured this car from the Midwest to the East Coast, West Coast, Michigan and Wisconsin, down to Kentucky and Oklahoma and Texas. It has also been a race car, and it has and been all over the country — 13 different race tracks and 35 wheel-to-wheel races that included a couple of NASA and PCA championship wins. The car has always been street legal. It was always driven to and from events — none of that trailering nonsense. I am old-school. Run what you brung. Carry only what you need. Buy the ticket, take the ride. The reason your timing is so poignant is that I broke my car’s third gear this weekend. Of course, as always, the car got me home. Now I sit and think about the cost to repair vs. what I have in the car over all these years. And your musings dovetail right into the equation. There is no question, no doubt — I have to pony up the dough and keep the car going — like a time traveler, acquiring experiences and delights along the Road of Life. Time waits for no one. Not even a 1965 Alfa Romeo Giulia Spider Veloce or a 1975 911S. Sports Car Market Courtesy of Mecum Auctions


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You Write We Read Ad Index Aerovault ....................................................................131 Art In Motion Concours d’Elegance ..........................153 Aston Martin of New England ..................................... 49 Auctions America ......................................................... 27 Auto Kennel ................................................................149 Automotive Restorations Inc......................................103 Autosport Designs Inc ................................................135 Bennett Law Office .................................................... 114 Beverly Hills Car Club ...............................................141 BMW Car Club of America, Inc. ............................... 119 Bonhams / UK ........................................................ 10–11 Boulevard Motorcar Company..................................... 31 Canepa ........................................................................151 Cars, Inc. .................................................................43, 45 Centerline Alfa Parts...................................................102 Central Classic Cars ...................................................136 Chequered Flag International .....................................139 Classic Showcase.......................................................... 82 Concorso Italiano.......................................................... 46 Copley Motorcars ......................................................... 24 Cosdel .........................................................................127 D. L. George Coachworks ..........................................107 Dragone Classic Motorcars Inc. ................................... 32 Drive Toward a Cure .................................................... 62 Driversource Houston LLC ....................................14–15 European Collectibles................................................. 113 Exotic Classics ............................................................ 116 Fantasy Junction ........................................................... 55 Ferrari Financial Services ............................................. 39 Ferrari Market Letter ..................................................155 Fiskens .......................................................................171 Foreign Cars Italia ......................................................121 Fourintune Garage Inc ................................................151 Gaudin Porsche of Las Vegas .....................................134 Girardo & Co ..............................................................6–7 Gooding & Company ................................................. 2, 3 Grand Prix Classics — La Jolla CA ...........................101 Greensboro Auto Auction ...........................................135 Grundy Insurance ......................................................... 75 GT Motor Cars LLC ...................................................143 GTO Engineering LTD ................................................. 61 Gullwing Group ..........................................................142 Gullwing Motor Cars, Inc. .........................................147 Hamann Classic Cars ................................................... 59 Handal Plastic Surgery ................................................. 19 Heritage Classics .......................................................... 93 High Mountain Classics ............................................. 110 Holt Motorsports Inc ..................................................154 Hyman, LTD ............................................................... 117 Ideal Classic Cars ...................................................22–23 Intercity Lines ............................................................... 51 Italian Stampede ........................................................... 47 JC Taylor .....................................................................129 JJ Best Banc & Co ......................................................159 Kevin Kay Restorations ............................................... 95 Kidston .......................................................................... 17 Kurt Tanner Motorcars ...............................................142 LBI Limited .................................................................. 89 Legendary Motorcar Company ..................................160 Lory Lockwood ............................................................ 91 Lucky Collector Car Auctions ....................................123 McCollister’s Auto Transport ....................................... 53 Mercedes-Benz Classic Center .................................... 37 Mercedes-Benz Club of America ...............................149 Mercedes-Benz Museum GmbH ...............................130 Mershon’s World Of Cars...........................................155 Miller’s Mercedes Parts, Inc ......................................154 Morris & Welford, LLC ............................................... 29 Motorcar Classics .......................................................137 New England Auto Auction .......................................161 Northwest European ...................................................154 P21S Auto Care Products ...........................................161 Palm Springs Exotic Car Auctions ............................... 35 Park Place LTD ............................................................. 99 Passport Transport ......................................................105 Paul Russell And Company ........................................131 Pebble Beach RetroAuto .............................................. 40 Porsche 356 Registry ..................................................160 Porsche Club of America.............................................111 Premier Sports Cars ....................................................145 Prince Vintage, LTD. ..................................................109 Putnam Leasing ..........................................................172 Quail Lodge Resort & Golf Club ................................. 25 QuickSilver Exhausts Ltd............................................. 63 Race Ramps .................................................................. 83 Radnor Hunt Concours d’Elegance ............................. 57 Reliable Carriers ........................................................... 87 RM Sotheby’s .............................................................8–9 Robert Glover LTD.....................................................143 Russo and Steele LLC ............................................12–13 SCM Monterey Insider’s Seminar .............................169 Sports Car Classics — SL Klassics ............................125 Steve Anderson Illustrations.......................................151 Swissvax International ................................................. 33 Symbolic International ................................................. 21 The Stable, Ltd. .......................................................... 115 The Werk Shop ........................................................... 112 Tony Labella Classic Cars ..........................................158 Vail Automotive Classic ............................................... 54 Vintage Motors of Sarasota ........................................133 Vintage Rallies ............................................................139 Vintage Underground LLC.........................................141 Walt Kagan ................................................................... 41 Watchworks ................................................................155 Welsh Enterprises, Inc. ...............................................147 West Coast Classics, LLC ..........................................153 White Post Restorations .............................................155 Worldwide Group .......................................................4–5 38 Follow SCM’s Bradley GT adventure at www.facebook.com/scmbradleygt Yes, it is remarkably crude, but so were early Corvettes Thank you for the much-needed revelation. It was just in time. — Nic Georgieff, via email Keith Martin responds: Nic, thanks for the very thoughtful note. You’ve built a relationship to that car over the years, and you’ll never build another quite like it. So long as you love the driving experience, make the car young again and enjoy the ride. A Reckless Reader Eggs On Publisher Martin To the Editor: First let me say that I ap- plaud Keith Martin teaching his son driving way before his legal driving age, although I’m surprised you didn’t buy Bradley a Bradley GT, but I digress (June 2017, “Shifting Gears,” p. 14). Many of us of a certain age were driving farm and or construction equipment at early ages. My first driving was at the age of 12 in a Divco milk truck stand-up model. I drove it around the cow pasture. Dad said the cows didn’t give milk for a week after that. The point is, kids learn very quickly, and his Bradley’s interest should be promoted. I’ve been riding motorcycles since 1974, and I have probably gone some 500k miles. Some people ask, “Aren’t motorcycles dangerous?” I answer no, as motorcycles have a much better chance of not running into things. They can go around and past things that cars cannot. That said, there is no such thing as a fender bender or a door ding. I’ve also owned an MGB ever since 1970, and even though I raced it across Mulholland Drive for many years (many years ago), I’ve never had any accidents at all in it (or anything else, for that matter). So is he safer in a 7,000- pound Ford Excretion, something that cannot stop or maneuver with any degree of competence? Well, he might be, but everyone else would be at risk instead. Pride — in my car and my abilities — to this day has kept me focused and aware of everything, everywhere at all times. Best time I ever had with my dad was driving time. — Victor Van Tress, via email Keith Martin responds: Victor, thank you. I did buy him a Bradley GT. SCMers are driving it across the country, and it will be in Monterey for Monterey Car Week this August. A Wise Reader Chimes in on the SCM Bradley To the Editor: I can’t volunteer to drive, but will be cheering you on from Texas (July 2017, “On a Gullwing and a Prayer,” p. 60). My mom, now in her late 80s, had a Bradley GT as her main transportation in the early 1980s, and she enjoyed the whee out of it. She even drove HER mom, then in her early 80s, around in it when she visited Texas from Kansas. Yes, it is remarkably crude, but so were early Corvettes. I was, of course, delighted to be her on-call mechanic, and I don’t recall it actually ever stranding her. I remember the aircraft-cable linkage that dropped the headlight doors down — and the lack of weathersealing on the gullwing doors. Her car’s windows were all Plexiglas — not the Plex-plusfiberglass shown on your red sample. When it rained, water would bead up on the overhead part of the door. When raised, the waterfall poured directly into the driver’s bucket seat. Mom solved the problem by leaving a towel in the seat to mop up the water. She tossed it behind the seats while driving. The doors also came totally off quite easily, and stored behind as well. Safe journeys. Looking forward to reading the journals. — Russell Buonasera, Houston, TX Executive Editor Chester Allen replies: Thanks for the great note, Mr. Buonasera. Cars create adventures, and the more flawed the vehicles, the better the stories. The Bradley GT will no doubt create many of them. ♦ Sports Car Market


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Time Pieces by Alex Hofberg The story of the LeCoultre Mystery Dial watch of the 1960s can be overblown — even among the watch experts at the most famous auction houses. The pictured watch, a mid-1960s sometimes known as LeCoultre “Galaxy,” features diamond hour and minute indicators mounted on disks — as opposed to hands that revolve over the dial. Often referred to as “mystery dials,” the indicators seem to float, detached, under the crystal. This particular example has a 14-karat, solid-gold, snapback case, and a 17-jewel caliber C.A. manual-wind movement. The combination of diamond in- dicators, sunburst lines radiating out from the center of the dial, and sharply faceted and angled lugs is reminiscent of automotive design of the 1950s and 1960s. There are also some Space Age characteristics. The family tree of the Swiss watch industry is a complex struc- ture that tracks many recurring family names. Often, multiple siblings were trained as watchmakers — and they had children of their own who followed suit. The tree is also a tangle of partnerships, collaborations (some more enduring than others), and changes of ownership. All this becomes even more convoluted when the international distribution of the product is considered. Many brands did not have the market share and resources to open offices in other countries. This made it necessary to create importing relationships. World War II had a huge impact Details Production date: 1960s Best place to wear one: This watch is perfect for your next “Mad Men” party is best): Ratings ( Rarity: Durability: Parts/service availability: Cool factor: on luxury-watch sales, and brands that were viable before the war quickly found themselves insolvent during and after. Just as the brands were at risk of going under, so were the licensed importers and distributors. Neat Stuff by Jim Pickering Scrape No More Proof’s in the Dash Cam Big Brot but having a thing — es care about t concerned GoSafe’s 268 Dash Cam clips over your OE rearview mirror and records yo It has a built-in battery, a high-quality Sony sensor and features parking surveillance that will kick the camera to life for a 10-second recording if it senses any kind of shock to your vehicle while it’s parked and out of your view. $150 gets it all on video. Check it out at retailers like amazon.com, and learn more at us.papagoinc.com. 42 The LeCoultre Mystery Dial Can be Misleading Vacheron & Constantin entered into an agreement with LonginesWittnauer, which became the sole importer of both brands to the United States. Longines-Wittnauer was also the importer of LeCoultre watches. It was this combination of importa- tion and customs requirements that caused LeCoultre watches, as well as Vacheron & Constantin watches that were sold in the United States, to be marked with the same import code of three letters. The code, VXN, is clearly engraved on the movement of the watch. In addition to the convoluted nature of import partnerships, tariffs and trade regulations forced many watches imported to the United States to be cased and timed here, furthering the potential for confusion. Although it is not found on this watch, there were many watches with case backs engraved with: “Vacheron & Constantin — LeCoultre Watches Inc.,” which was the legal name of the U.S. distribution arm, a subsidiary of Longines-Wittnauer. Regardless of the exterior indications, however, the inside is stamped “Cased and Timed in the USA,” alongside a case makers’ emblem depicting a stylized K&E. Although Jaeger-LeCoultre, the Swiss parent company of LeCoultre, did make ebauches, or unfinished movements, for Vacheron & Constantin, the suggestion that the two are somewhat synonymous or interchangeable is not correct. Although many sellers would like to tie these watches to Vacheron & Constantin, it was really a marriage of convenience rather than true coordination of efforts or expertise. The LeCoultre Mystery Watch is a wonderful combination of optimistic futurist design, combined with a simple — yet highly effective — movement. One of the most famous Swiss watchmaking houses made this watch. Its story serves to exemplify many aspects of the Swiss watch in- dustry at the time. Prices of these watches range wildly — depending on venue and hype. Expect a nicely serviced original example to be between $2,500 and $3,500. You’re just arriving home with a brand-new Ford GT. Your neighbors are watching, waving and shouting accolades as you round that last corner of your neighborhood and finally ease into your driveway. And then, crunch! There goes your brand-new nomiles front splitter, mangled by your very own driveway incline. Solve that problem before it starts with Griot’s Garage’s Driveway Curb Bridge. It comes as a 12-foot-long, 16-inch-wide piece, which is 2½ inches tall at the center, tapering to ¾ of an inch at either side. It fills the gap between your street and your driveway, and will save all of your low-hung aero components in the process. $329 at griotsgarage.com. ♦ Sports Car Market


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In Miniature by Marshall Buck 1964 Porsche 904 Carrera GTS One of the more surprising miniature years has releases come in recent from Spark Models — a company with a strong bias for anything Porsche — hence an interesting large 1:12-scale 1964 Porsche 904 Carrera GTS. Overall this is a good model with decent paintwork. The fit and finish is good, but it could be better in a few areas. As with everything from Spark, nothing opens. It is mounted on a simple black base. Spark has produced three versions; the first release was the road car (shown), the second is the 1964 Japan Grand Prix #1 Model Details Production date: 2016 Quantity: About 500 to 1,000 of each version SCM five-star rating: Overall quality: Authenticity: Overall value: Web: www.sparkmodel.com ( is best) car, and the third is the 1965 Le Mans #32 car. Aside from decals, there are significant visual differences between the road and comp versions, such as exhaust pipes, door windows, lights, rear spoiler and other details. Speaking Volumes by Mark Wigginton Roar with Gilmore: The Story of America’s Most Unusual Oil Company by Charles Seims and Alan Darr, 240 pages, Roar With Gilmore Publishing, $52 (eBay) Gilmore Stadium in Los Angeles — a 1930s midget track — was often a topic of conversation in our house. It was a place that my father, both as a teen and returning war veteran, visited over and over to sit close enough to the racing action to come home covered in grit and oil. But by the time I came of age in the 1960s, Gilmore was just a memory — as was the forest of oil derricks that covered the Los Angeles basin. The famous track closed in 1950, and even the iconic gas stations for Gilmore Oil vanished in 1945, when the over-leveraged company was bought out. All that remains are photos and memorabilia, which happily is where this book started. Alan Darr and Charles Seims, with the help of Norris Pratt’s large Gilmore collection, have created a fast, breezy history of Gilmore Oil. It’s a story of easy oil in a growing Los Angeles — and how slick marketing and a huckster spirit can rule the world … for a while. Along the way you get a lesson on the Los Angeles oil boom, the growth of personal transportation and Gilmore’s various promotional tools — from the famous lions to daredevil pilots to sponsoring the biggest names in 44 American racing at home and at the Indianapolis 500. Hundreds of images tell the story as much as the text, and they give a sense of the vision and humor of Earl Gilmore, who turned his “Roar with Gilmore” brand into a West Coast petroleum powerhouse. He turned the idea of a lion mascot and engagement with his customers into a powerful, multifaceted brand. While the company failed, the marketing materials live on in collector garages, eBay listings and specialty vehicles created at the time. Roar with Gilmore is a fitting tribute to the company history, a satisfying trip that will enlighten and entertain with every page. Provenance: Well researched, footnoted and including other references for the Gilmore obsessed, this book reflects the passion and hard work of Seims and Darr on every page. Fit and finish: Roar with notch, and the book comes in its own case. Drivability: Roar with Gilmore is as charmingly laid back and unpre- tentious as any book in the automotive library. While it covers a lot of territory, it’s not a ponderous history but reads like a couple of friends telling stories over a beverage or two. ♦ Sports Car Market Gilmore is self- published at a nice level of quality; the design and printing are both top- The well-detailed wheels are among my favorite parts on this model. The sparse interior is made well — unless you get one with the steering-wheel rim on backwards! Yes, they’ve done that. The most egregious issue has to do with their mold-making and casting; some of the models have a subtle dent in the hood! This is only noticeable under certain viewing conditions, but it’s there. Prices range from about $385 to $450. ♦


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Affordable Classic 2006–12 Mercedes-Benz SL550 A Great Beater Sports Car For those of us who want a fast, fun, reliable daily driver, the R230 SL550 is an iconic Beater Rocket Sled by Pierre Hedary 2009 Mercedes-Benz SL550 convertible, sold for $35k by Barrett-Jackson in 2014 T his First World question is posed to me frequently: Which Mercedes-Benz convertible should I purchase as my daily driver? It’s a tough question. High-quality examples of the Mercedes-Benz R107 are seem- ingly doubling in value overnight. The R129 Series is doing what it was designed to do, which is spray hydraulic fluid from the top actuators everywhere — and cost you an arm and a leg for parts and repairs. So, it makes financial sense — for those who want a fun, fast and reliable open Mercedes — to consider the R230 Series. While there were several V8 and V12 variants, the most refined of the model line is the SL550. If you need a little more, the AMG variants will do. Falling like a feather If you want a Mercedes that will give you excellent daily service — and you’re dead set on all the creature comforts of a new car — the R230 SL550 is a great choice. Not that its predecessor — the SL500 — was a bad car, but if you’re going to purchase a depreciating asset, buy the best one you can afford. This being said, out of my fanaticism for older Mercedes, I will 48 Details Years produced: 2006–11 Price when new: $95,300 (2008) Number built: Plenty of them Current price range: $13,000–$40,000 Pros: Fast, easier to service than comparable Euro exotics, and the design is still modern and very safe Cons: Vanilla, not totally accepted as a classic yet, looming electronic-parts failures Best place to drive one: It’s a tie. On prom night — if your parents let you use it. Or, if you’re a little older, on a cool January night in Palm Beach, FL, on the A1A Worst place to drive one: Starke, FL, on U.S. 301 — the most brutal speed trap in the state A typical owner: Has better things to do than get the car repaired on a regular basis — and may not even be a gearhead mention you can drive a 1986–89 560SL for about the cost of an SL550. It’s really a matter of preference. The good news about the newer R230 is that its depreciation curve is soft and gentle. While the 2008–12 SL550 and its variants have lost 60% to 70% of their original purchase price, it turns out that a good one is still going to cost you nearly $40,000. One way or another, buying a similar 560SL and sorting it to the nines will cost you about the same. If you’re going to spend that much on a classic SL that you can’t finance, it is going to hurt you emotionally to put wear and tear on it — especially when it gets its first shoppingcart ding or when you roll the odometer up to 75,000 miles. In contrast, an R230 is a more carefree ride in a world full of dan- gers. When an errant golf ball whacks your R230 — or, inevitably, when a cell-phone-wielding West Palm Beach high school student driving an SUV rear-ends your car — you will emerge unscathed, and the damage to your Mercedes won’t make you wail in emotional and financial agony. More importantly, the R230’s visual details beg the operator to drive the heck out of it, which a 560SL doesn’t do. So what does that make the R230 SL550? An iconic Beater Rocket Sled. The most affordable car in its segment What do the BMW Z8, Porsche 911 convertible, Ferrari F430, Jaguar XK and Aston Martin DB9 have in common? Well, they are all high-performance European convertibles. They will cost well over $40,000, with the exception of a heavily used 911 or Jaguar XK. Sports Car Market Courtesy of Barrett-Jackson


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Finally, when one of these cars breaks, it’s going to hurt. The SL550 and SL55 AMG fit comfortably among these “exotics.” It’s not easy to find qualified technicians for the Aston, the Ferrari and the Jaguar. The BMW is the most expensive of the lot. In this group of cars, the Mercedes-Benz SL550 is the most affordable, serviceable and reliable. I would encourage anyone looking for one of these vehicles to consider a Mercedes first. For those of us who want a sports car for daily use, the choice is obvious. While there are still issues here and there — as with any highperformance European car — dealing with the SL550’s quirks entails far less drama. Granted, choosing an R230 is like meeting your dessert craving by walking into Albertson’s and grabbing a carton of exotic vanilla ice cream, but when it comes to sinking $40,000 into a used sports car, uncomplicated might be best. Doing what Mercedes does best I was asking myself how the SL550 qualifies for the concept of an Affordable Classic — and then had one of those moments where I realize just how old I am getting. The R230 was released when I graduated from high school (back then, I drove a 1985 300SD and a 1974 240D). Admittedly, it’s hard for someone in my age bracket to recognize a car designed in the 2000s as a classic. But the quality that gives the R230 staying power is Mercedes-Benz’s undying commitment to provide us with a safe, reliable open sports car. While these cars look so subtly modern — even in the face of the newest SL class — they aren’t some recently contrived gimmick with a bunch of outsourced “up to date” technological headaches. Mercedes planned, designed and built everything in the R230. This car is usable in bad climates. It holds its own in the face of materialism. No one will make fun of you for having one. If someone hits you — even at very high speeds — you will prob- ably walk away without injury. While the control modules won’t last forever, you’ll be sick of the 2008 Mercedes-Benz SL550 convertible, sold for $34k by Barrett-Jackson this year in Scottsdale, AZ car before it actually becomes too expensive to repair. And if you have several collectible older Mercedes, it fits in nicely. When we compare the SL550 to its aforementioned peers, it looks like a great deal. If you consider the hefty price tag of the BMW Z8, suddenly the just-as-potent R230 looks like a super deal. The Porsche, is, arguably, just as good as the Mercedes. I feel no need to comment on the rest. If you’re considering the purchase of a classic Mercedes, I would encourage you to stick with your decision. Those cars appeal to certain people and have a bright future. If you must have a modern sports car — with the right genetic map — and you have a low financial pain tolerance, the SL550 is a proud, no-explanations-needed choice. As the Barenaked Ladies say, “Vanilla is the finest of the flavors.” ♦ August 2017 49


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Legal Files John Draneas Damaged at the Concours The carrier that insures the car takes primary responsibility for the claim, no matter who was driving or using the car illegal in California for paint shops to shoot lacquer paint. The adjuster wouldn’t buy that — and insisted that the quickie repair was all that was needed. At this point Bob started feeling like a Legal File, and he contacted our office for representation. With Bob’s permission, I am able to share the story. A simple fix After hearing the story, there were two simple questions for Bob: First, “Who is your insurance company?” When Bob responded that it was Chubb, the quick second question was, “So why are you screwing around with this? Why don’t you turn it over to Chubb and let them take care of it? It will get handled lickety-split.” How insurance works Bob is a lot like many of us. We pay our insurance premiums regu- larly, and we keep our noses pretty clean, but we have this lingering, irrational fear that our insurance company is going to dump us at the first sign of trouble. So when something bad happens, we try to negotiate whose insur- ance company is going to pay for the claim. “It’s your fault, so your insurance is going to pay for it!” From a lawyer’s perspective, it’s kind of funny that clients think “ B ob” was pretty excited about showing his car at a concours. His 1967 Alfa Duetto Spider Veloce was in exceptional condition. Never wrecked, it still sported the shiny, original red lacquer paint with no significant flaws from the car’s 120,000-mile life. It was highly original — all the way down to the hose clamps and the Dunlop disc brakes. Bob staged the Alfa on the field the night before. Concours organiz- ers told him they would have security overnight and that he need not worry about the car. He parked it in the designated, roped-off area, and went home for a nice dinner before the big event the next day. Upon arrival in the morning, Bob was horrified to see a nasty scrape and dent on the nose of the Duetto. He immediately contacted the event organizers, who apologized profusely and volunteered that their insurance carrier would take care of everything. Bob was very pleased that the organizers were taking responsibility and they had a cordial conversation about what might possibly have happened. The area had been roped off all night, there were no other show cars nearby, and the damage didn’t really look like it had been caused by another car. The conclusion was that one of the event workers must have run into the Duetto with a golf cart. Claim maladjustment Bob submitted his claim to the event’s insurance carrier, a com- mercial-lines insurance company Bob had never heard of. The adjuster seemed pleasant enough — and promised to get back to Bob soon. Bob’s comfort turned to distress when he received a letter denying the claim because the event’s policy excluded coverage for “competition vehicles.” Bob’s explanation that his cream-puff Duetto was as far from a competition vehicle as possible fell on deaf ears. The concours organizer was equally incredulous, contacted the insurance adjuster and demanded they fix the car. The adjuster begrudgingly agreed to repair the car and offered a modest settlement for the repair and repaint of the nose of the car. Bob pointed out that the proposed repair wouldn’t work very well. The car’s original lacquer paint was not going to match up with a twostage paint repair on the nose. The entire car needed to be repainted to match, and doing that was going to be highly problematic since it was 50 they can do that. No insured person has the right to commit his insurance company to pay a claim. There are rules that control the claims process, and insureds can’t change them. The general rule in the United States is that the insurance follows the car. That is, the carrier that insures the car takes primary responsibility for the claim, no matter who was driving the car. In simple terms, if you let me drive your car and I wreck it, your insurance company — not mine — is going to pay for the repair. Technically, the policy covers the car and anyone who is driving the car permissively. So if I drive your car, run a red light, and crash into three other cars, seriously injuring three people, that’s all on your insurance policy — not mine. And if your carrier gets angry enough about it, it’s your insurance that gets canceled. Similarly, if you run a red light and run into me, my insurance company will pay for the repairs to my car. But that isn’t the end of it. My insurance carrier then makes a claim against your insurance carrier to recover its losses — in a process called subrogation. Whether my carrier gets reimbursed in whole, just partly, or not at all is between the two insurance companies. Either way, the crash was not my fault, and my insurance company doesn’t penalize me. A happy ending Bob submitted his claim to Chubb and immediately received con- firmation that everything was going to work just as described. Chubb would pay the claim and get its money back from the event’s insurance carrier. Chubb understood that the entire car needed to be repainted to match. They said they are used to this, as collector cars need a complete repaint for even small damage about 85% of the time. Bob was able to find a fully capable body shop to paint the car at an estimated cost of $17,500. Chubb paid the claim without question, and Bob should have his Duetto back by the time you read this. Deal with the right people As “Legal Files” has written many times, it pays to use a collector car specialty insurance company instead of garden-variety consumer insurance carriers. 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cars, they’ve been around this block many times, and they generally don’t nickel-and-dime us when we submit a claim. Paul Morrissette, president of Chubb Insurance Solutions Agency, offered some useful advice: “The collector did the right thing by taking your advice and involving Chubb rather than dealing with the event’s insurer. Even if the event insurer had agreed to cover the loss, chances are very good that the settlement It pays to use a collector car specialty insurance company instead of garden-variety consumer insurance carriers. The specialty carriers know car collectors and our cars, they’ve been around this block many times, and they generally don’t nickel-and-dime us when we submit a claim. would not have reflected the high labor and material cost associated with a proper paint job for a #1 condition Alfa Duetto. Chubb’s claim adjusters understand that you can’t always obtain a perfect match by doing just a portion of the car, and that original paint is more expensive to replace. “This situation serves as a great example of the importance of having superior collector car insurance and the benefits of using your coverage when an incident occurs, even if the damage was another party’s fault. Insurers have more resources at their disposal than an individual consumer when there is a need to recover damages through subrogation.” Who ultimately pays? Morrissette declined to speculate on whether the event is liable, stat- ing that Chubb’s procedure is to refer the matter to their subrogation department once the claim has been paid. So what will happen when the subrogation department gets in- volved? “Legal Files” recently dealt with this issue in the story about the Porsche Panamera stolen from a hotel parking lot (January 2017, p. 50). In that Legal File, the issue was whether a bailment had occurred. The parking lot operator insisted it was not a bailment, which would have made it liable, but the mere rental of a parking space, which would have avoided liability. That distinction may apply in the case of the damaged Duetto — did this rise to the level of a bailment? The Duetto was unquestionably parked on the event’s field at the invitation of the event. However, the car was locked and Bob kept the key. It may well be that the Alfa was never actually entrusted to the event. Without being under the event’s control, it may not have been a bailment. However, the apparent consensus was that an event worker driving a golf cart damaged the Duetto. This would make the event liable for the negligence of its staff. The event manager did accept responsibility. All of that suggests that the event’s insurance carrier will reimburse Chubb. Postcript “Legal Files” can’t resist one last quote from Morrissette: “Thanks for your efforts. You’re performing a great service by educating collectors on a situation that will likely repeat itself across the country as car show season hits full swing. It seems like every year we hear about an incident occurring at one of the major concours events, and I can’t imagine how often this must happen at less-organized shows.” ♦ 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. August 2017 51


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Unconventional Wisdom Donald Osborne A Very Personal Concours The 2017 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este was the perfect blend of personal and professional joy It was the first time I had a hand in showing a car at the event — and it was a very special and emotional time, as the car has an historical connection to the lakeside concours. 1947 marked the post-war revival of the show, which had last taken place in 1937. Held at the nearby Villa Olmo, it was a vivid demonstration of the energy and focus Italy and her artisans were able to muster so soon after the devastation of World War II. One of the cars on display in 1947 was this very Fiat — the first product of Pietro Frua’s newly founded Carrozzeria Frua in Torino. Its remarkable modern, smooth lines caught the attention of much of the press attending the event, but its advanced design was a bit too forward for the jury, which awarded it a second place in its class. David and I were bringing this historic car back to the place of its History comes full circle in the 1946 Fiat 1100 Frua Spider T he Cambridge Dictionary defines a “Busman’s Holiday” as follows: “a holiday where you do something similar to your usual work instead of having a rest from it.” By that definition, nearly every moment I spend with or near a collector car means I’m in such a state. Occasionally, perhaps once every several years, I find myself at a car event — and I’m not engaged for any of my official duties. These rare occurrences always shock me a bit. Make no mistake: I do what I do because of the joy it brings me. Mental, emotional and psychic satisfaction comes with every working minute I have. And I know and appreciate how outstandingly blessed I am to be doing this. That’s why my experience this May at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este has already become one of my fondest memories — a time when work and pleasure blended as seldom before. I have been fortunate enough to have attended this remarkable show four times previously. The event is divided into two parts. One is a concours held on Saturday at the famous Hotel Villa d’Este on Lake Como in Northern Italy. This event is open only to entrants, guests, the press and a select few who pay €450 (about $504) or more per ticket. A panel of judges inspects the cars for class and special awards. The guests, entrants and press vote for their favorite, which receives the day’s top prize, the Coppa d’Oro, or Gold Cup. Just down the lakefront is the Villa Erba, where the general public is invited on Friday and Saturday to inspect the cars on preview for the RM Sotheby’s Saturday evening sale, as well as view various special automotive and motorcycle displays created by the Concorso’s organizer, BMW Group Classic. On Sunday morning, the concours cars move down to Villa Erba and are placed on display for thousands of members of the public to see. There is another People’s Choice ballot for the BMW Group Italia Trophy. All the concours cars are driven by the main grandstand in the after- noon and introduced to the audience. The class awards, People’s Choice and Best of Show are announced then as well. Bringing a special car home I was indeed working at this year’s event. I was gathering informa- tion and images I might use in my segment, “Assess & Caress with Donald Osborne” on CNBC Primetime’s “Jay Leno’s Garage.” I was also helping my friend and client David Word present his 1946 Fiat 1100 Frua Spider in the Concorso. 52 One of my favorite cars on the planet, vacationing in Palm Springs Sports Car Market exciting showing 70 years later. It was the culmination of a plan we devised two years ago when I found the car for him in Italy. We entered and ran it in the 2016 Mille Miglia Storica. Immediately afterwards, the Fiat began a total restoration in Italy to restore its correct details — the most important of which was the discovery of its stunning original color, a silvery metallic green. The sleek Fiat was greatly admired at the show. The excitement of driving it on the lake road above Belaggio, as it must have been driven seven decades before, sent a chill down my spine. While that was the work side of the equation, a different joy came in an unrelated way. Corrado Lopresto and his family I have spent a great deal of time enjoying the company of my friend Corrado Lopresto and his family while in Italy — and especially at Villa d’Este. The Collection Lopresto has been the winner of the Coppa d’Oro Villa d’Este four times — the most of any other entrant in the history of the event. Corrado entered two cars in this year’s Concorso: a 1908 Lancia Alfa, the oldest known surviving example of the marque, and the 1957 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint Speciale Prototipo, chassis 0001, the Torino Motor Show car. Corrado didn’t win a fifth Coppa d’Oro this year, but he had a small consolation — the Giulietta prototype was awarded Best in Class, BMW Group Italia People’s Choice and the jury’s Best of Show award. In a nicely sentimental touch, it was entered in the name of Giovanna Scaglione in honor of her father Franco — the stylist of the car. I felt a parent’s pride in the achievement, as not only is this Alfa one of my favorite vehicles on the planet, but Corrado had also entrusted it to my care for a number of months following its appearance at the 2016 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, where it captured “Most Elegant Closed Car” honors. 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Feature 2017 Pinehurst Concours Rich With History A car-collecting stalwart wins two big prizes, and Pinehurst continues to climb the concours ranks Story and photos by Bill Rothermel Best of Show winner Guy Lewis, with his 1925 Rolls-Royce Springfield Silver Ghost Piccadilly Roadster, formerly owned by Howard Hughes N o one was more surprised than Guy Lewis when his 1925 Rolls-Royce Springfield Silver Ghost Piccadilly Roadster took home Best of Show honors at the 2017 Pinehurst Concours d’Elegance on May 6. Now in its fifth year, the two-day event has become a concours staple during the first weekend of May. Lewis’ U.S.-built car — billionaire Howard Hughes was the first owner — was awarded the top prize among the 14 judged classes. It also received Best in Class honors in the European Classics Pre-War category. “I was happy to win Best in Class and never expected to win Best of Show,” Lewis said. An admitted eclectic collector, Lewis is perhaps best known for his meticulous Mercedes-Benz 600s, having shown them in two prior visits to Pinehurst. “The Rolls-Royce was found in a Florida barn after it sat there for more than three decades,” Lewis said. The restoration was completed earlier this year on the car, which cost Hughes $13,450 in 1927 when he was just 20 years old. The car sports a special lowered windshield, custom paint and an extensive tool roll that remains with the car. The car is fitted with three-pieced luggage monogrammed “HH” in gold letters. The Rolls-Royce has logged just 16,000 miles from new. Pinehurst’s computerized scoring remains unique in the concours world. Each judging team has a computer tablet that provides instantaneous results. In addition, every team has an apprentice student judge from area high schools. All the student judges compete to win a two-year scholarship in Automotive Studies at nearby Sand Hills Community College. Despite misty rain early Saturday morning, skies cleared and temperatures warmed by late morning and remained clear for the rest of the day. The concours show field encompassed more than 100 cars. There were nearly 200 other cars on the Fairway Club, which is a Cars & Coffee event. Quite a few Porsches, Corvettes and Ferraris graced the 56 Details Fairway Club. Following the award ceremonies, the day concluded with a concert by country recording artist Sara Evans. Other notable award winners in Best in Class categories included: • American Classics Pre-War: Al and Barbara Mason’s 1928 Auburn Boattail Speedster • Packard: Dave and Patty Peeler won with their stunning 1937 Packard Twelve Convertible Victoria • American Classics Post-War: Mark James’ 1955 Studebaker President Speedster, fresh from restoration, took the honors • American Sports/Muscle Cars (pre-1975): Carson Riddle’s rare 1969 Ford Torino Talladega • Corvette: Rick Benitez’s 1967 Chevrolet Corvette 427/435 convertible • European Sports Cars Open: John Gerhard’s 1954 Jaguar XK 120 M roadster • Porsche Carrera (pre-1975): Thomas and Kristen Zarrella’s 1963 Porsche Carrera 2 coupe • Japanese Classics: Mark Walley’s meticulous 1983 Toyota Celica Supra. The Celica also received the Chairman’s Award from Concours Chairman Robert Ingram Plan ahead: The Sixth Annual Pinehurst Concours d’Elegance is scheduled for May 5, 2018 Where: Pinehurst Resort Golf Course in Pinehurst, NC Number of cars: 100 in the concours Admission: $40 in advance, $50 on the day of the event Judging standard: ICJAG (International Chief Judge Advisory Group) Web: www.pinehurstconcours.com The FIVA/HVA Award was presented to an all-original 1967 Mazda Cosmo Sport 110S from the Mazda North America Heritage Collection. Robert and Alice Jepson’s 1929 L-29 Cord, Mark and Hillary Becker’s 1954 Packard convertible, Roy and Linda Crowninshield’s 1935 MG PB roadster, and Lynn and Michael Harling’s 1957 BMW 503 convertible were among many Pinehurst Award recipients. Eleven incredible race cars comprised two classes. Ray Evernham’s 1965 Brawner Hawk and William Rhine’s 1981 Dale Earnhardt NASCAR Pontiac won Best in Class awards in their respective categories. Leah and Rob Adams’ unusual 1956 Arnott Sports 1100 Climax and J.W. Marriott’s 1957 Ferrari TRC-500 received Pinehurst Awards. In all, 42 cars received honors. But no one had a better day than Guy Lewis. ♦ Sports Car Market


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Feature 2017 Greystone Mansion Concours Star Cars in Beverly Hills The Greystone Mansion Concours shows off Southern California’s greatest cars in a stunning setting An impressive line of vintage Ferraris contributed to the marque’s 70th anniversary celebration Story and photos by Carl Bomstead T he eighth annual Greystone Mansion Concours d’Elegance was held at the historic mansion in Beverly Hills, CA, on May 7, 2017. The City of Beverly Hills has owned the huge mansion and gorgeous grounds since 1965, and the concours is a major fund-raising event. This day is one of the few times that the entire 55 rooms of the 46,000-square-foot Tudor Revival mansion are available for viewing. The mansion was a gift from Edward Doheny — whose massive oil fortune rivaled the Rockefellers’ — to his son Ned. His family moved into the mansion in 1928, but five short months later Ned was killed in a mysterious murder-suicide involving his personal secretary. The mansion has been used as the site of numerous movies. “There Will Be Blood” was an adaption of the intrigue surrounding Ned Doheny’s death. The 135 carefully selected pre-1974 cars and motorcycles were presented on the upper parking lot, and the car display areas were carpeted. The view is spectacular, with Beverly Hills and much of Los Angeles unfolding below. The concours honored the 100th Anniversary of Lincoln and the 70th Anniversary of Ferrari. Stan Lucas’ 1932 Lincoln KB V12 dual-cowl phaeton certainly carried the theme of murder and intrigue, as it was once owned by Hollywood movie star Thelma Todd. Todd owned a favored nightspot for politicians and gangsters, and one evening she was found dead in the Lincoln. Carbon monoxide fumes were the official cause of death. The problem with the coroner’s findings was that she had a broken nose, two cracked ribs and bruises around her throat. Her ex-husband and many of her business dealings had underworld ties, but the cause of death was not altered. Other cars shown in the Lincoln class ranged from Details Plan ahead: The ninth annual Greystone Mansion Concours d’Elegance is scheduled for May 6, 2018 Where: The Greystone Mansion in Beverly Hills, CA Number of cars: 135 Judging standard: Judging is accomplished by an unidentified committee, and ribbons are placed on the winning cars in advance of the show opening Admission: $135, which includes gourmet food and drink, lectures, a poster, parking and a program Web: www.greystoneconcours.org 58 Bob Mosier’s 1932 Lincoln L to the 1969 Lincoln Mark III owned by Anthony Pacione. Best of Class was presented to Chris Kidd for his 1925 dual-cowl sports phaeton. Best of Class Ferrari was awarded to Bruce Meyer’s 1957 250 Testa Rossa. The Outstanding Restoration award was presented to Ronald Scott’s 1954 Buick Skylark. Peter and Merle Mullin’s 1962 Citroën Dandy won the People’s Choice trophy. David Gooding, President of Gooding & Co., and Peyman Salehi, Senior VP of City National Bank, delivered Best of Show, Concours d’Elegance — Stan Lucas’ 1929 Lincoln Aero phaeton by LeBaron Sports Car Market a presentation on “The Passion of the Collector.” Gooding explained that the significance of the American auction market was a result of U.S. owners buying and selling far more frequently than their European counterparts. In addition, Mike Brewer of “Wheeler Dealers” television-show fame discussed the changing collector car market — and where to buy the best cars. Food and libation were abundant, as there were sev- eral stations serving lunch, and adult beverages were provided by Tito’s, Stella Artois and Asombroso Tequila. All of this was included in the price of admission. Best of Show Concours d’Elegance was awarded to Stan Lucas’ 1929 Lincoln Aero phaeton by LeBaron. It was built as a show car, with a non-functional tail rudder, front fender wings and dash-mounted altimeter. Best of Show d’Sport was presented to the 1954 Ferrari 500 Mondial Berlinetta from ABA Premier Classics. It raced in the 1954 Tour de France and was a three-time Mille Miglia entrant. The Greystone Mansion Concours continues to gain in prestige and presents many of Southern California’s finest automobiles. The opportunity to tour one of the nation’s more interesting historic mansions adds to the allure. ♦


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Feature Petersen Museum Exhibit Seeing Red at the Petersen Ten great Ferraris go on display to celebrate 70 years of the Prancing Horse Story and photos by Mike Daly 1947 Ferrari 125 S, thought to be the first chassis that Ferrari ever built A s the doors of the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles closed to the general public on the night of April 27, it was evident that something was up. Well-coiffed men and women gathered on the museum’s second-floor corridor, where they sipped Chianti and chatted the room to a buzz over strains of Andrea Bocelli singing “Con te Partirò.” The crowd gathered near a velvet rope that temporarily blocked access to the main attraction. The Italian wine and food was just an appetizer. On the other side of the rope, a unique gathering of 10 special Ferraris lay in wait, each one a jewel in Rosso Corsa set against a monochromatic gray background. In his opening remarks, Petersen board member and Ferrari collec- tor Bruce Meyer recalled how a special idea germinated while he gave Piero Ferrari a tour of the museum. After asking Enzo’s son what plans might be under way for the com- pany’s 70th Anniversary, Meyer suggested a commemorative Ferrari exhibit at the Petersen — and he already had a title in mind. The new exhibit, “Seeing Red,” features a handpicked, all-star se- lection of some of Ferrari’s most iconic sports racers. Leading the lineup is Roger Willbanks’ 1947 125 S, whose chas- sis is widely believed to be the first Ferrari ever built. The car’s original Spyder Corsa cycle-wing body was replaced in period with full-fender roadster coachwork (which seems to have included one of those notorious chassis number updates that drive Ferrari purists crazy). A 1949 166 MM from the estate of the late Pebble Beach winner Robert Lee claimed major provenance, having won both the 1949 Mille Miglia and the 1949 24 Hours of Le Mans (with Luigi Chinetti at the wheel). It was later displayed on the manufacturer’s stand at the 1949 Paris Salon. Perhaps the most unusual model on display is a 1955 857 Sport, one of four examples built that featured the Details 1949 Ferrari 166 MM, winner of the 1949 Mille Miglia and 24 Hours of Le Mans enlarged 4-cylinder Monza engine. After a brief factory foray, the 857 was sold to the well-known Southern California tifoso John Edgar, and it racked up numerous SCCA wins while Jack McAfee, Carroll Shelby and Richie Ginther were behind the wheel. Charles Nearburg’s 250 Testa Rossa, poised at the exhibit’s center stage, originally debuted as a Scuderia Ferrari entry at the 1958 1,000 Kilometers of Buenos Aires, but an accident during the race stranded the pontoon-fender spider in South America for over 10 years. Two GT entries are situated at the exhibit’s rear, with Rob Walton’s covered-headlamp 1961 250 GT SWB California Spyder somehow carrying the least historical impact (a rarity in its show career, no doubt). The other car is the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum’s 250 LM, which Masten Gregory and Jochen Rindt drove to victory at Le Mans in 1965 for Chinetti’s NART. For Formula One fans, Niki Lauda’s 1976 312 T2 is on display (bor- rowed from Chris MacAllister), while one of Michael Schumacher’s 2006 cars was lent by Pebble Beach veteran exhibitor William “Chip” Connor. Connor also provided the 250 GTO that finished first at Spa and second at Le Mans in 1963 for the Ecurie Francorchamps. Meyer said the car was “the world’s finest GTO.” Short of a high-grade Ferrari Club of America What: “Seeing Red: 70 Years of Ferrari” will be on display in the Bruce Meyer Family Gallery through April 2018 Where: The Petersen Automotive Museum, 6060 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90036 Hours: The Petersen is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day Admission: $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and $7 for children Web: www.petersen.org concours or Pebble Beach specialty class, one would be hard pressed to locate a finer public grouping of vintage Ferraris than “Seeing Red,” which has the added benefit of running for far longer than one afternoon (through April 2018). Showcasing motorsports glory, striking coachwork from Touring, Pininfarina and Scaglietti, and modern supercar posturing (as demonstrated by the exhibit’s capper, Tony Shooshani’s 2014 LaFerrari), “Seeing Red” deftly encapsulates the qualities that have made Ferrari so compelling for seven decades. ♦ 1955 857 Sport 60 1961 250 GT SWB California 1963 250 GTO 1964 250 LM 2014 LaFerrari Sports Car Market


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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 64 Sports Car Market


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FERRARI: 2012 Ferrari 458 Challenge, p. 66 ENGLISH: 1964 Aston Martin DB5, p. 68 ETCETERINI: 1970 Volvo 122S Amazon Group 2 Rally, p. 70 GERMAN: 1966 Volkswagen Type 2 21-Window Samba Bus, p. 72 AMERICAN: 1941 Packard One-Eighty Convertible, p. 76 RACE: 2012 Lola B1280 IMSA Racer, p. 78 NEXT GEN: 2001 Nissan Skyline R34 GT-R V-Spec II, p. 80 1970 Volvo 122S Amazon Group 2 Rally; courtesy of Bonhams August 2017 65


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Ferrari Profile 2012 Ferrari 458 Challenge Challenge Car collectors are snapping up very fast cars, but demand isn’t supercharging prices by Steve Ahlgrim Details Years produced: 2010–15 Number produced: Unknown Original list price: About $300,000 Current SCM Median Valuation: $198,000 Major service cost: $3,500 Chassis # location: Left side of dash near windshield Engine # location: In the V of the engine towards the rear on the right Club: Ferrari Club of America Web: www.FerrariClubofAmerica.net Alternatives: 2014 Lamborghini Huracán LP 620-2 Super Trofeo, 2005 Maserati Trofeo coupé, 2014 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge SCM Investment Grade: C Comps 2012 Ferrari 458 Challenge racer (profile car) Lot 495, s/n 195603 Condition 3 Sold at $198,000 Chassis number: 195603 • 1/23/2014: 1st Overall at the Ferrari Challenge, Race 1, Daytona International Speedway, Daytona, FL, USA • 1/24/2014: 11th Overall at the Ferrari Challenge, Race 2, Daytona International Speedway, Daytona, FL, USA • 1/11/2014: 4th Overall at the Ferrari Challenge, Race 1, Circuit of the Americas, TX, USA • 2/11/2014: 2nd Overall at the Ferrari Challenge, Race 2, Circuit of the Americas, TX, USA • 4/12/2014: 4th Overall at the Ferrari Challenge World Finals, Heat 1, Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, UAE • 4/12/2014: 8th Overall at the Ferrari Challenge World Finals, Heat 2, Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, UAE • This car also ran in other Ferrari Challenge World Finals races during 2014 and 2015 SCM Analysis This car, Lot 495, sold for $198,000, including buyer’s premium, at Auctions America’s Fort Lauderdale, FL, auction on April 1, 2017. The Ferrari Challenge has outlasted all current single-make racing series, and it may be the longest single-make series ever. The series was founded in 1993 under Luca 66 Montezemolo’s leadership. Its purpose was to give Ferrari clients an opportunity to experience a Ferrari street car in a competition environment. The non-stated purpose was to help move some excess inventory. The first Challenge models were 348s. Standard- production 348s were modified for Challenge racing by installing a kit available from Ferrari’s parts department. Ferrari also built a special 348 Challenge model. The street-legal 348 Challenge was delivered with a crate of parts to convert it to a Challenge race car. The plan was that a franchised dealer would support a client’s car. The car would be showroom stock with modifications limited to safety items. Ideally, Challenge cars would be equal in performance, making the Challenge a driver’s series. Paying big bucks to play While Ferrari dealers were supposed to service and support Challenge cars, the implementation of that intention was open to interpretation. Getting the most performance out of a showroom- stock race car is an art. Dealers with racing experience soon found advantages, and their cars excelled on the track. Other dealers made backdoor arrangements with racing shops to support their car under the dealership banner. 2011 Ferrari 458 coupe Lot 1372, s/n ZFF67NFA5B0179322 Condition 2+ Sold at $434,000 Barrett-Jackson, Scottsdale, AZ, 1/16/17 SCM# 6816777 Auctions America, Fort Lauderdale, FL, 4/1/17 SCM# 6834368 2015 Ferrari 458 Speciale Aperta Spider Lot 109, s/n ZFF78VHB000207419 Condition 1Sold at $577,024 RM Sotheby’s, Cernobbio, ITA, 5/22/15 SCM# 265867 Sports Car Market Courtesy of Auctions America


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Tucker and Level 5 seemed to be at every event where cars raced. Over very few years, they racked up a class win at the 2014 24 Hours of Daytona and four consecutive American Le Mans Series team championships. They also finished 3rd in class at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, scored multiple SCCA wins and took several Ferrari Challenge victories. Talent was a factor in Tucker’s success, but money pushed them over the line. Few teams ever burned through cash like Level 5. They had the best cars, the best engineers and the best equipment. They reportedly showed up for SCCA races equipped like Penske at the Indianapolis 500. The party is over Level 5 Motorsports came to a screeching halt last year after a Federal Trade Commission investigation of Tucker’s companies. It seems that much of Tucker’s fortune was made from payday loans — a predatory practice that charges beyond-usury interest for small loans. Tucker’s scheme involved domiciling his companies on Native Serious racers took notice — and began sending their cars to the dealers with the best programs. Going fast wasn’t the only thing that mattered to racers. Dealers quickly caught on that top caterers, fancy trucks and RV accommodations for downtime attracted free-spending clients. The Challenge concept proved quite popular, and top teams filled their trucks with clients. How fast do you want to go? How much do you want to spend? Every racer knows that saying. Challenge racing sets the bar. Today, a car and support will run over $500,000 the first season. Subsequent seasons will run about $250,000 — if the car doesn’t get wrecked. Sponsorship can help defray costs, but sponsors for a nontelevised series can be elusive. Challenge racing isn’t for someone on a budget. A serious racing machine The 458 Challenge was the fifth generation of Ferrari’s Challenge racers. Each generation evolved further from a street car to a serious racing machine. The 458 Challenge made that point clear. The 458 Challenge started out as a standard 458 unibody, and from there it gets its own identity. The Challenge body panels are thinner Auctions America’s estimates on Level 5’s assets were quite reasonable, so the auction was well attended. This was stuff few people need, so prices were low but fair. Anyone expecting a fire sale was disappointed. alloy. The windows are Lexan, and carbon fiber is used wherever possible in an effort to shed weight. The brakes are carbon-ceramic for light weight and superior stopping. Rubber suspension mounts are replaced with racing uniballs and alloy shock absorbers replace the stock units. The car features a stock 570-hp 4.5-liter 458 engine. The engine revs to 9,000 rpm. The Challenge driveline is mapped to produce more torque at lower rpms than the street version, which makes it more manageable in racing applications. Electronic wizardry in the way of a F1 transmission, traction con- trol, ABS brakes and an adaptive differential complete the package. The 458 Challenge was the most potent V8 Ferrari made up to its time. Spending, racing and winning Auctions America’s 458 Challenge comes with quite a story. It came from the stable of Scott Tucker’s Level 5 Motorsports. Tucker ran an empire of finance companies that generated huge rev- enues. Reportedly, over $30 million of Tucker’s company’s money got funneled to his racing passion through Level 5 Motorsports. July 2017 American land to insulate him from federal banking law. The FTC didn’t see things Tucker’s way — and shut him down with a $1,301,897,652 judgment. That’s right, Tucker’s on the hook for One Billion Dollars. The judgment effectively shut down Level 5 Motorsports. Their assets have been on the market for much of the past year, but not much sold. Apparently, someone wanted the liquidation sped up. With the over- sight of a court-appointed monitor, Level 5’s cars and equipment were consigned to Auctions America. More than 350 lots were offered, including 11 very cool race cars, a truly impressive transporter, top-shelf track support gear, spare parts, and assorted shop tools and machinery. Right on the money — but no more races Our subject 458 Challenge was one of six Ferrari race cars offered. It was last used in early 2015, when it was lightly crashed and re- tired. It has been repaired and looked to be in good condition. Auctions America’s sparse description said nothing about spares or time on the engine. Auctions America’s estimates on Level 5’s assets were quite reason- able, so the auction was well attended. This was stuff few people need, so prices were low but fair. Anyone expecting a fire sale was disappointed. The Challenge car sold right on the money. It wasn’t a championship car, and it was well used, so no premium was expected. It was never crashed hard, so no discount was expected, either. Other 458 Challenge cars on the market are being offered at similar prices when adjusted for condition. Remember, these are not streetlegal Ferraris. The sale price here was not far off what a standard 458 would sell for. Interestingly, there are a couple folks who are assembling Challenge car collections. Many of the Challenge cars were rode hard and put away wet. Authentic early examples are quite difficult to find. This car’s competitive life is over. It has an interesting history, and it would be a prime target for a collector. Whoever got it bought a good car at a fair price. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of Auctions America.) High Auction Sales for the Past Five Years $300,000 $100,000 $150,000 $200,000 $250,000 $50,000 $0 2012 Ferrari 458 Challenge $231,176 $242,000 This sale: $198,000 $187,000 N/A 2012 N/A 2013 2014 2015 2016 67


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English Profile 1964 Aston Martin DB5 How is a car like a Mars candy bar? When it’s a DB5 in the collector car market by Paul Hardiman Details Years produced: 1964–66 Number produced: 886 coupes (plus 123 convertibles and 12 station wagons) Original list price: $12,775 Current SCM Median Valuation: $917,300 Tune-up cost: $500 Distributor cap: $81 Chassis # location: Plate on right side of scuttle Engine # location: On left of cylinder block next to alternator Club: Aston Martin Owners Club Web: www.amoc.org Alternatives: 1962–63 Aston Martin DB4 Series V, 1961–62 Jaguar E-type 3.8, 1954–57 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing SCM Investment Grade: A Comps Chassis number: DB51666R I ntroduced in July 1963, the Aston Martin DB5 boasted a 4-liter engine, this enlarged unit having been seen first in the Lagonda Rapide of 1961. Equipped with three SU carburetors, the 400 en- gine produced 282 bhp at 5,500 rpm and was mated to a 4-speed/overdrive gearbox, a ZF 5-speed unit being standardized later. The DB5’s distinctive cowled headlamps had first appeared on the DB4GT, and the newcomer was the same size as the lengthened, Series V DB4. Outwardly there was little to distinguish the DB5 from the last of the DB4s, apart from twin fuel filler caps, although these had already appeared on some cars. Beneath the skin, however, there were numerous improvements, including alternator electrics, Girling disc brakes, Sundym glass, electric windows and an oilpressure gauge as standard equipment. Described by the private vendor as unmolested and in generally very good condition, this much-loved DB5 is offered with a V5 registration document, copy order form and restoration bill. SCM Analysis This car, Lot 209, sold for $721,955, including buyer’s pre- mium, at Bonhams’ annual Aston Martin Works sale in Newport Pagnell, U.K., on May 13, 2017. For years, I’ve viewed the DB5 as a barometer of the state of health of the overall classic car market. It’s the automotive equivalent of the Mars bar. With near 900 coupes built, it’s a quantifiable, repeatable consumer item that holds its relative value steady whatever’s 68 happening in the stock market and is unaffected during unrest in the world. In the early 2010s, they were steady around £350k (then around $550k). The James Bond car selling for $4.6m appeared to be the catalyst for a climb to almost twice that — I remember feeling shock when one sold in Paris late in 2014 for over a million dollars, and another jolt with the realisation that this was the new norm. That turned out to be a brief peak before the general market cooling after 2015, and now prices in the U.K. have broadly dropped back to the £550–£650k ($700k–$850k) range. Meanwhile, the DB6 has caught up to half that or a little more in some cases, meaning that its relative value next to its predecessor has increased, but that’s another story. Also, remember the pound has bombed 15% against the dollar since last year, so £600k then was $925k; now it’s nearer $770k. Unusually for the annual Aston Martin sale, now in its 18th year, Bonhams’ catalog sported only one DB5. This was a quite original car that had been put away for a time, and it needed at least recommissioning before it took to the road again. A long, lightly exercised retirement Our subject car was delivered on July 21, 1964, to Albert J Ross of Millerston, Glasgow. The vendor had acquired it in 1972, when he was 21, and he owned it for 45 years — although it was mostly retired for the past 25 years. At the Bonhams sale, it was showing 78,333 miles. Around the time it came out of regular use, the engine 1964 Aston Martin DB5 Lot 212, s/n DB51382L Condition 3+ Sold at $1,166,235 Artcurial, Paris, FRA, 11/2/14 SCM# 256306 1965 Aston Martin DB5 Lot 271, s/n DB52098R Condition 1 Sold at $990,000 RM Sotheby’s, Amelia Island, FL, 3/11/17 SCM# 6828955 1964 Aston Martin DB5 Lot 139, s/n DB51784R Condition 3+ Sold at $606,455 Bonhams, Goodwood Revival Sale, Chichester, U.K., 9/9/16 SCM# 6804557 Sports Car Market Courtesy of Bonhams


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was rebuilt and the front seats re-upholstered. It has been run up to temperature every month, and the oil changed yearly. The catalog said that it had been “exercised lightly,” which would probably explain why the brake calipers were rebuilt about 10 years ago and the clutch replaced several years ago. Running the car would have discovered sticking brakes and a tired clutch. Much of the maintenance, which included an engine top-end over- haul, has been at TT Workshops in Wiltshire, better known for resurrecting significant pre-war cars. The vendor and a full-time mechanic carried out the routine servicing. It was repainted last year, which does ring slight alarm bells, as I As a result of ongoing care, this car hit a fairly healthy price for a car that didn’t travel much for 25 years. That it was the only DB5 in the sale might have focused attention as well. would have preferred to see it au naturel — which is better to gauge the state of the body. That might explain why the DB5 flank badges were in the wrong place — they are less than a foot out of place up near the side vents rather than near the bottoms of the front wings. Once seen, it can’t be unseen. Dedicated care pays off for seller and buyer Because of all that ongoing care, the required recommissioning the catalog refers to — which is often trotted out as glibly as that catch-all “aircon needs a regas,” but can end up as nearly a full restoration — might in this case really be limited to a change of fluids and rubber seals, fuel lines and fresh tires. It’s a fair bet the brake calipers will need unsticking again. $1,800,000 $600,000 $900,000 $1,200,000 $1,500,000 $300,000 $0 August 2017 High Auction Sales for the Past Five Years $1,650,000 1964 Aston Martin DB5 Sports Saloon $969,044 $748,000 $792,000 $781,000 This sale: $721,955 As a result of this ongoing care, this car hit a fairly healthy price for a car that didn’t travel much for 25 years. That it was the only DB5 in the sale might have focused attention as well. The hammer price was just enough to get the job done, inasmuch as it exactly matched the £500k lower estimate, near where the reserve usually lurks. So we’ll call this the right price for a correctly estimated car. Catalog estimates have been slightly ambitious in the U.K. for the past 18 months, with a large proportion of cars appearing to sell cheaply when it’s the catalog— not the final price — that’s been off. However, Bonhams appeared to have weighed up this one realistically. So this was a representative price of a driver-quality original car, a notch or two behind restored/concours, and like the rest of the market, around 15% down from its peak in 2015. The Mars bar/DB5 yardstick still holds good. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of Bonhams.) 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 69


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Etceterini & Friends Profile 1970 Volvo 122S Amazon Group 2 Rally This Amazon could compete in rally events in Europe. It is also welcome at many vintage events in the United States by Cameron Lovre Details Years produced: 1956–70 Number produced: 667,000 Original list price: $2,800–$3,300 Current SCM Median Valuation: $14,820 (for 122S race or rally cars) Tune-up cost: $300–$400 Chassis # location: Pre-1966 models: on the firewall, between the battery box and the heater. It is often hard to see through the heavy layer of paint. 1966-and-later models: on the air intake funnel, just above the heater housing. Engine # location: Machined surface on the left hand side of the block, forward of the distributor Club: Volvo Club of America Web: www.vcoa.org Alternatives: 1966–70 Ford Lotus Cortina Mk II, 1963–68 Peugeot 404 rally car, 1968–73 Datsun 510 SCM Investment Grade: C Comps Chassis number: 345256 I ntroduced in 1956, the Volvo 120 Series lasted in production until 1970, by which time around half a million had been built. Its build quality, toughness and longevity helped to establish the Swedish com- pany’s reputation worldwide. Marketed in Sweden as the Amazon, this model was the first car to feature modern seat belts as standard equipment — a safety revolution at the time. This particular Amazon shakes off all those staid characteristics to go rallying. Built on November 5, 1969, chassis 345256 was immediately rolled into the Volvo competitions department and prepared as a Group 2 rally car. Prepared with full rally suspension, a competition-tuned B20 engine (rated at 160 bhp) and a very low curb weight of only 950 kg (2,094 pounds), the car was ready for action. In the late 1990s, after years of performance and competition, the car was restored and painted from its original color of Cherry Red to white by famed Norwegian rally-car restorer Stein Johnsen. The Amazon then found its way to the Netherlands, where it has competed in only three historic events. Recommissioned in 2016, the car is to full original Group 2 specification. Specification highlights include a full rally-tune, 160-bhp B20 engine (dynamometer sheet available); remote gearshift; limited-slip differential; 70 full rally suspension with PU bushings and Rose joints (option for vertical mounting of rear shock absorbers); disc brakes all around; Bilstein front dampers; Spica rear dampers; FIA full roll cage; safety equipment; rally trip meter; and a set of spare rims and tires. The fully documented history includes a certificate of Works history and correspondence with the Volvo company archive, and a letter from the Volvo Museum Gothenburg confirming matching chassis identification numbers. In addition, the car also comes with photographs of Sven Simonsson on the 1971 Östgötarally, where he finished 4th; period rally results and press articles; details of all past owners (including copies of all old registration documents); original homologation documents; and period technical passports. SCM Analysis This car, Lot 39, sold for $28,283, including buyer’s premium, at Bonhams’ Spa Classic Sale in Francorchamps, BEL, on May 21, 2017. Long before Volvo became known as the car that offered a high level of safety for its occupants, the company relied on advertising slogans such as “Stronger Than Dirt,” “Drive It Like You Hate It,” and “Go! Go! Go! In A New Volvo!” These were robust cars from a country short on paved 1965 Volvo 122S racer Lot 934, s/n 112618 Condition 3 Not sold at $10,498 Cheffins, Imperial War Museum, U.K., 6/11/04 SCM# 34979 Sports Car Market 1967 Volvo 122S Lot 26, s/n 132441M Condition 3 Sold at $8,640 Silver Auctions, Sun Valley, ID, 9/3/11 SCM# 184045 1964 Volvo 122S rally car Lot 312, s/n 109440 Condition 3 Sold at $19,143 Bonhams, Race Retro, U.K., 3/14/08 SCM# 115966 Courtesy of Bonhams


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roads, where cars were parked outside in temperatures well below freezing — and often beneath a thick layer of snow between jaunts to the grocer. Factory competition cars Volvo was interested in more than building sturdy, never-die gro- cery-getters. Volvo wanted to race the Amazon, and race it they did. The higher-performance — and fairly rare — production version of the 122 was known as the 123GT, which offered a number of improvements over the more common version. Rarer still were those the factory prepared for competition. Our subject car, VIN 131341T0345256, is one of those special cars. The fourth digit in this car’s VIN — 3 —indicates “Special.” In this Remarkably preserved and restored to an authentic and fully usable standard, this 122 has enjoyed a long life in its intended use. It is certainly among the best remaining factory-tuned cars. Given its unique and welldocumented history, this Volvo represents a functional piece of automotive history. case, our subject car was one of the few Volvo pulled from the assembly line and whisked into their own in-house competition preparation shop — Volvo Competition Service, or VCS. This shop would later become Volvo’s better-known R-Sport Division. Volvo Competition Service prepared the car for Group 2 rally use, including fitting their 160-hp engine package under the hood. This would have included an improved head, exhaust, cam and related internals, as well as a pair of side-draft Solex DDH carbs mounted to factory intake manifolds and fitted with a large, embossed air filter. The car is currently equipped with Dell’Orto DHLA carbs and aftermarket intake manifolds. These changes are period-correct, and are easier to maintain and source spares for than the Solex workalikes. The current fuel-system pieces are completely period-correct and appropriate for the car and should pass scrutineering. The only downside to using a more readily available Dell’Orto carburetor than the Solex is that purists may not consider the car “as-delivered.” The current carburetion setup is probably more readily serviced than a pair of the less-common Solexes would be, but one wonders why the car is no longer fitted with the correct intake manifolds. These are relatively rare, but they’re not impossible to find even now. Initially delivered to the dealership in Vetlanda and campaigned by their sales manager in the early 1970s, the car remained in competitive use until receiving a substantial restoration in the late 1990s. After that, the car saw very little use until its recommissioning last year. Remarkably preserved and restored to an authentic and fully usable standard, this 122 has enjoyed a long life in its intended use. It is certainly among the best remaining factory-tuned cars. Given its unique and well-documented history, this Volvo represents a functional piece of automotive history. A once and future racer In its current form, complying with its original Group 2 specifica- tions and with an FIA-compliant roll cage and other safety equipment, this Amazon would be at home in a variety of rally events in Europe. It is also welcome at many vintage events in the United States. With some minor tweaks, the car could be a contender in endurance events such as the Chihuahua Express or La Carrera Panamericana. Buying a complete car is usually far more affordable than preparing one yourself, and this Volvo is no different. This car was a very good value for the buyer — the purchase price for this car isn’t out of line for a standard 122 with similar modifications. Given the price point, the history and the utility offered, the very best use of this Volvo will be to continue to fully campaign — and enjoy it. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of Bonhams.) High Auction Sales for the Past Five Years 1970 Volvo 122S $10,000 $15,000 $20,000 $25,000 $5,000 $0 August 2017 $22,000 Amazon Group 2 Rally $18,493 $13,910 $10,763 This sale: $28,283 N/A 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 71


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German Profile Column Author 1966 Volkswagen Type 2 21-Window Samba Bus Every now and then, someone goes to an auction and scores a screaming deal. That happened here by Jeff Zurschmeide Details Years produced: 1951–67 Number produced: 101,829 (all years) Original list price: $2,577 SCM Current Median Valuation: $90,200 Tune-up cost: $100 Chassis # location: Behind front passenger’s seat Engine # location: Stamped on a boss below the generator support Club: Vintage Volkswagen Club of America Web: www.vvwca.com Alternatives: 1961–65 Chevrolet Greenbrier, 1961–67 Ford Econoline, 1964–70 Dodge A100 SCM Investment Grade: B Comps 1963 Volkswagen Transporter Super Deluxe 23-window microbus Lot 120, s/n 1083449 Condition 1Sold at $159,500 RM Sotheby’s, Amelia Island, FL, 3/11/16 SCM# 271582 Chassis number: 246162474 Engine number: 44DINPS duction years 1966–67, the M164 sliding-door addition represented an expensive option and consequently, not many non-commercial customers ticked this box, meaning this model represents one of the rarest Sambas in existence. It is believed only nine other known LHD Microbus P Deluxes with the M164 option survive worldwide. More interesting is the fact that, of those nine, only five are known to be “bulkhead” models, with this vehicle being one of only four in its original color combination. Another rare option on this Samba is the Eberspacher heater. Located in the engine bay and running on petrol, this basic bolt-on extra was used to heat the van whilst it toured the Swiss Alps, which was, of course, the Samba’s original raison’d’etre. This Samba is accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity from the Stiftung AutoMuseum Volkswagen, confirming it was manufactured in Wolfsburg, Germany, on June 6, 1966, and was origi- 72 resented here is a 1966 Volkswagen Type 2 21-Window Samba fitted with the M164 slidingdoor option from new. Only available on the 21-window Deluxe Samba model during pro- nally delivered to a Volkswagen dealership in Hanover. Now resplendent in its original factory colors of Beige Grey over Titian Red, and with many of its original parts painstakingly restored and refitted, this is one of the best-presented examples of these iconic vehicles we have ever seen. The flat-four, air-cooled, 1,500-cc engine is now in health and runs well with reliable Petronix electronic ignition and twin Solex carbs. SCM Analysis This van, Lot 334, sold for $71,256, including buyer’s premium, at Silverstone Auctions’ Northamptonshire, U.K., sale on May 13, 2017. There’s something about a VW Microbus. Maybe it’s the basic box shape; the Microbus is per- haps the most unstyled vehicle of the post-war period. Maybe it’s the incredibly modest performance. The 1,500-cc engine of 1966 offered just 53 horsepower and a 0–60 mph time of “unachievable.” Maybe it’s the association with a more innocent era in many of our lives. Or maybe we just love them like we love an ugly puppy. 1960 Volkswagen Transporter Samba Bus Lot 347, s/n 609715 Condition 2Sold at $143,269 Bonhams, Chichester, U.K., 6/25/15 SCM# 265952 Sports Car Market 1963 Volkswagen Transporter Westfalia flipseat van Lot 405, s/n 1095592 Condition 2 Sold at $103,095 Bonhams, Paris, FRA, 2/3/16 SCM# 271121 Courtesy of Silverstone Auctions


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Whatever the reason, the VW bus has found its place in the pan- theon of collectible cars, and none are more desirable than the 23- and 21-Window “Samba” vans. Mostly, these rigs just look great with their plethora of skylights and windows all around, including pop-open windshield panes. If you expend even a modest sum on restoration, a VW bus will re- ward you by looking fantastic. You won’t drop a fortune rebuilding the drivetrain, either. Every part you need is readily available, and when you’re done you can drive it with pride and confidence. What’s a Samba? Let’s take a look at what makes a Samba. The 1966 Samba was officially named a Type 2 Deluxe Microbus. There were also base Microbus and Kombi versions, and the Samba name was invented to distinguish between the base and Deluxe trims. The basic Microbus had a sliding side door, solid metal roof and 11 windows. The Samba offered dual swing-out side doors, a cloth sunroof and 21 windows. The Samba also sported a little sunshade overhang above the windshield and a two-tone paint job. Under the hood, the Samba van has a 1,500-cc engine that was based on the prior 1,300-cc and 1,200-cc engines dating back to the VW vans are generally healthy in the market, and none more vigorous than the Samba models, although the Westfalia campers have been keeping pace. It’s not uncommon to see a nice Samba trade well above $100,000. 1950s. You got a small, single-throat carburetor and a 4-speed fully synchronized manual transmission. Automatics and auto-sticks were still in Volkswagen’s future at this time. The transaxle employed swing axles suspended by VW’s traditional torsion bars, and your stopping power came courtesy of four small drum brakes. The stated purpose of a Samba was to carry sightseeing groups, hence all the glass. You got three rows of seats that would accommodate up to nine passengers, although you wouldn’t want to climb any hills with that kind of weight on board. In the United States, Samba vans were mainly purchased because they were cool. The price bump over a basic Microbus was about $220, or a little over 10%, so why not? A hot market, but a cool sale VW vans are generally healthy in the market, and none more vigor- ous than the Samba models, although the Westfalia campers have been keeping pace. It’s not uncommon to see a nice Samba trade well above $100,000. This year’s Barrett-Jackson extravaganza in Scottsdale saw a restomod 1965 21-window go for an eye-popping $302,500 (April 2017, “Market Moment,” p. 110). So what happened here? This van is restored (and lightly modded) about as well as the one at Barrett-Jackson, so it should have brought at least the going money for a Samba. Yet we’re looking at a sale that must have left the seller crying into his pint. This van carries a rare optional sliding side door, which is certainly just as attractive as the barn-door style. It’s also got the very effective — if slightly scary — gasoline-fired heater. When the engine-bay door is shut, the only way you’d know the engine is not proper is that this van would be slightly less frustrating to follow up a mountain road. To elaborate, the engine is carrying a dual Solex carb kit that im- proves power nicely, but is decidedly not correct for the vehicle. There’s also a modern billet distributor and a set of billet pulleys driving a much later 12-volt alternator, rather than the correct 6-volt generator. In the ordinary way of things, a well-done conversion from 6-volt to 12-volt operation is cause to celebrate. Absolutely everything will work better — from the spark plugs to the headlights — and especially the starter. But with a painstakingly restored vintage Samba, the owner could at least have the decency to eschew the anodized billet aluminum pulleys and the chromed EMPI cooling tin. Seriously, save those for the dune buggy. Someone lucked into a deal Yet for all that, there’s still no good reason for this van to have sold below market price. You can fix every anachronistic item on that engine in an evening — and still retain the benefits of the 12-volt electrical system. Overall, this is a beautiful example of an extremely desirable classic Samba. Part of the appeal of auctions is that sometimes the stars align and someone just randomly scores a killer deal. It looks like that’s what happened here. This bus was extremely well bought. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of Silverstone.) High Auction Sales for the Past Five Years $150,000 $175,000 $50,000 $75,000 $100,000 $125,000 $25,000 $0 August 2017 1966 Volkswagen Type 2 21-Window Microbus $126,500 $113,400 $66,229 $126,500 $110,000 This sale: $71,256 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 73


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German Profile The Cumberford Perspective This symbol of 1960s counterculture is a desired collectible — thanks to memories and all those windows 2 By Robert Cumberford 1 V olkswagen’s Microbus was one of the most loved and most diabolically dangerous vehicles on American roads. I traded a ’54 Porsche pre-A 1500 Super for mine. I benefited from its unique capabilities for six long months. I was happy to see it go, and wouldn’t have one again for anything. It was woefully under- powered with the 1.2-liter engine, it handled poorly, and it was painfully under-braked with a full complement of passengers or cargo. It couldn’t exceed 50 mph crossing the Bonneville Salt Flats (did that in 1958). But I can understand the price paid for this example. It’s unbelievably cute and an icon of an age happily long gone. It’s evocative of what seem like better days in retrospect. But they weren’t —not with so little power. Still, this provides insight into what collecting cars is all about. You don’t actually buy vehicles at hugely inflated prices for what they are objectively. You buy dreams and/or memories. The vast sums involved don’t matter — if you have the cash and nothing more satisfying to buy. A late very good friend had a DS-21, a Jensen Interceptor and a fake plastic Porsche Speedster. He never drove them, but they made him happy. I wouldn’t have given a dime for two of them, but they (and my own garage oddities) provided a solid bond. ♦ 74 FRONT 3/4 VIEW 1 The big sliding two- window door was an extra-cost option. Not many dealers selected it for stock, and most individual buyers weren’t willing to wait for a special order. 2 This must have been the biggest sunroof in existence during the late 1950s and early 1960s. It was agreeable enough for passengers at low speeds — which were all the speeds available. 3 The opening windshield option is one of the most effective bits of body hardware I’ve ever used. Good ventilation in motion, and it opened to full horizontal at rest. 4 The perimeter trim piece with its inset elastomeric accent, as repeated on the sill flash, gave the impression of exceptional manufacturing prowess — compared with U.S. cars. 5 Beetle headlamps turned sideways dictated the planview profile of the body, which is a really nice bit of economical design. No tooling cost and no extra complexity. 10 6 Whitewalls! Trim rings! These are truly markers of another age, another sensibility, while those noticeably cambered rear wheels are now symbols for dynamic instability. REAR 3/4 VIEW 7 It’s hard to imagine today that we thought these tiny lamps were adequate. Yet these are three times bigger than Microbuses had five years earlier. 8 These luggage rails protected the backlight and add a touch of elegance that 9 8 recalls the Mercedes 300 cars of the 1950s. 9 Earlier Sambas had quarter lights, rather like a Chevrolet deluxe pickup cab of the time. They were dropped to save money, as you couldn’t see much through them, anyway. 10 Eight essentially useless skylights are, of course, the principal reason these vehicles are so coveted today. That they didn’t leak spoke of superior manufacturing. 11 The bottom of the front doors allowed a limited space for feet to enter, but despite that little bit of aid, it was really difficult for most people to get up onto the front seats. 12 Tubular bumper-guard extensions were far more symbolic than effective, save perhaps against shopping carts. Perhaps. INTERIOR VIEW (see previous page) Crash hard, lose your 7 11 legs. There was no serious structure ahead of the front wheels — on top of which sat the driver and favored passengers. Some models had a center aisle between the two front seats, but three-person “bulkhead” models with a bench like this one were more common — and less practical. Being accelerated upward over every bump was an even bigger negative. That bus driver’s near-horizontal steering wheel was a necessity, but the full-width shelf across the nose was a muchappreciated feature of the Microbus. It was not secure, but it was highly practical. The austerity of the ensemble is something we can appreciate today, but we probably couldn’t live with it for more than a few hours. 12 Sports Car Market 3 4 6 5


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American Profile 1941 Packard One-Eighty Convertible Victoria by Darrin Packard Darrins are enjoying a price rise, but the new owner of this wonderful car may be ahead of the current market by Carl Bomstead Details Year produced: 1941 Number produced: 35 Original list price: $4,795 Current SCM Median Valuation: $266,750 Tune-up cost: $250 Distributor cap: $100 Chassis # location: Plate on firewall Engine # location: Boss under left side of cylinder block Club: Packard’s International Motor Car Club Web: www.packardsinternational.com Alternatives: 1941 Packard Bohman and Schwartz Convertible Victoria, 1929–32 Packard Deluxe Eight Convertible, 1933–36 Packard Twelve open SCM Investment Grade: B Comps Chassis number: 14292012 T he Packard Darrin was a special automobile in the maker’s lineup. It was a blending of all the glory that was Packard in the Classic Era and the stunning design work of Howard “Dutch” Darrin. The result was one of the more glamorous cars of the 1940s. According to its body tag, this Darrin was first de- livered to Mead Motor Co. in Houston, TX, on June 27, 1941. It has since been restored by Stone Barn Restoration from what is described as a solid, original car. Included are the jack, spare wheel, convertible top boot and storage bag. A former AACA and CCCA National Prize Winner, the car presents beautifully, finished in Cream over saddle leather with a dark chocolate canvas top and periodappropriate wide whitewall tires. Fender skirts complete the sleek and svelte look that can only be Darrin. Optional equipment includes radio, clock, heater/defroster, grille guard and back-up lamp. It is equally nice under the hood as it is on the exterior. The consignor describes the car to be in “excellent driving condition,” and as a CCCA Full Classic, it is ready to show and tour. SCM Analysis This car, Lot 3112, sold for $360,000, including buyer’s pre- mium, at Auctions America’s Auburn Spring sale in Auburn, IN, on May 13, 2017. Howard “Dutch” Darrin was a most interesting man. We, of course, are aware of his striking coachwork that originated in Europe and Hollywood. He was also an accomplished polo player. Darrin 76 also claimed he caught the note that Charles Lindbergh dropped from the “Spirit of St. Louis” when he circled the Eiffel Tower after his historic transatlantic flight. Off to Paris In the early 1920s, Darrin and his friend Tom Hibbard went to Paris with the idea of establishing a European branch of Le Baron. They organized their firm as Hibbard and Darrin. Their firm was, of course, successful, with most of their custom coachwork sold to Americans living in Europe. Hibbard soon tired of custom coachwork and left to work for Harley Earl at General Motors in 1931. With a modern manufacturing facility and a presti- gious showroom on the Champs-Élysées, Darrin joined with a wealthy banker named J. Fernandez and continued creating dramatic coachwork for American clients. One of their best-known creations was a 1933 Duesenberg for screen goddess Greta Garbo. Cars for the stars Darrin met movie mogul Darryl Zanuck at the Paris Polo Club and was invited to play in California. Darrin had such a wonderful time that he decided to return to America in 1937. The declining coachbuilt market in Europe was also a factor in his decision. Darrin built a sporty body on a Ford for Percy Morgan, a restaurateur and Morgan importer. Their first Packard was a 120 convertible for actor Dick 1941 Packard One-Eighty Darrin Convertible Victoria Lot 239, s/n 14292013 Condition 2 Sold at $225,500 RM Auctions, Scottsdale, AZ, 1/18/12 SCM# 192696 Sports Car Market 1940 Packard One-Eighty Darrin Convertible Victoria Lot 7, s/n 18062031 Condition 2 Sold at $247,500 Gooding & Co., Pebble Beach, CA, 8/17/12 SCM# 209392 1941 Packard One-Eighty Darrin Convertible Lot 161, s/n CD501695A Condition 2Sold at $286,000 RM Auctions, Amelia Island, FL, 3/7/14 SCM# 239232 Ryan Merrill ©2017, courtesy of Auctions America


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Powell, with cut-down “Darrin Dip” doors and lengthened hood. Powell sold the car shortly thereafter as it caused a commotion whenever he drove it. Darrin subsequently opened a shop on Sunset Strip in Los Angeles, and called it “Darrin of Paris.” Darrin built about 22 custom Packards in 1938 and 1939 for The 1941–42 Packard Darrins are the most desirable cars. It is thought that 35 Darrin convertibles were constructed on the Super Eight chassis. Another 15 were built in 1942 before World War II halted production. Hollywood stars, including Errol Flynn, Al Jolson and Carole Lombard, who gave her car to Clark Gable. A major concern was, however, a very unstable front end that vi- brated at speed. Darrin removed the heavy cradle under the radiator to lower the car. He replaced the cradle with a thin strap, so there was no real strength to the front fenders. The change also caused a dooralignment problem. Darrin wanted Packard to include his cars in their catalog as semi- custom offerings, but they showed little interest. He parked one of his cars outside the Packard Proving Grounds during a dealer meeting, and the reaction was overwhelming. When Packard President Alvan Macauley asked Darrin about the strength of the front end, Darrin climbed onto the car and jumped up and down on the cowl, asking, “Is that strong enough?” Packard relented and included three Darrin models in the 1940 catalog — and insisted that they be built on the Super Eight chassis. Darrin’s factory At first the cars were built in an old Auburn factory in Connersville, IN. In 1941, Packard moved his operation to the Sayers and Scovill plant that also built the Packard Henney hearse. Packard exerted influence over the manufacturing and design, which improved the structural integrity of the cars. As such, the 1941–42 Packard Darrins are the most desirable cars. It is thought that 35 Darrin convertibles were constructed on the Super Eight chassis. Another 15 were built in 1942 before World War II halted production. A great Packard Darrin at a huge price Stone Barn restored — to high standards — our subject 1941 Packard Darrin One-Eighty. The car has AACA and CCCA National First awards to its credit. Options included heater/defroster, grille guard and fender skirts. It also was equipped with a radio and back-up light. RM Sotheby’s, at their January 2012 Arizona auction, sold a 1941 Darrin One-Eighty Convertible Victoria that appeared to be in very comparable condition for $225,500. It was chassis number 2013, the next build after our subject car. Packard Darrins have been coming into their own of late, but it’s difficult to justify a 37% appreciation in five short years. As such, I’ll say that RM’s Darrin was well bought in 2012. The new owner of out subject car paid an aggressive price for an appreciating Darrin, but he may have bought a bit too early. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of Auctions America.) August 2017 77


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Race Car Profile 2012 Lola B1280 IMSA Racer Your kid will think this non-collectible, ultra-fast, bargain racer is the coolest thing ever by Thor Thorson Details Years produced: 2010–11 Number produced: Unknown, probably 20 Original list price: Unknown Current SCM Median Valuation: $129,250 (this car) Chassis # location: Tag on inside of tub, right side Engine # location: N/A Club: Historic Sportscar Racing Web: hsrrace.com Alternatives: 2010 Peugeot HDi, 2011 Audi R 18 TDI, 2011 Oreca 03-Nissan SCM investment Grade: C Comps A 1973 Lola T292/6 Sports Prototype Racer Lot 134, s/n N/A Condition 3+ vailable with powerplants from Nissan, Honda HPD, Lotus and, as with this example, the Judd BMW M3 V8, the Lola B1280 was the LMP2 version of the larger B08/60 chas- sis. With the large spinal fin, the car featured excellent stability at speed — a must for a car designed to go nearly 200 mph down the Mulsanne Straight at Le Mans. Formerly owned by Dempsey Racing and with ex- tensive IMSA history including top 10 finishes at Lime Rock Park, Mid-Ohio, and Road America and appearances at Laguna Seca and Road Atlanta, the B1280 offered here is one of the last racing cars Lola completed before that storied company ceased operations in 2012. SCM Analysis This car, Lot L298, sold for $129,250, including buyer’s pre- mium, at the Auctions America Auburn Spring sale in Auburn, IN, on May 11, 2017. And now for something completely different. Regular readers of my race car profiles are ac- customed to me holding forth about the collector vs. weapons-grade attributes of 60-year-old cars with venerated names such as Maserati and Jaguar. I often muse on why “matching numbers” seems to matter so much more on a Ferrari than on a Lotus — and how the market balances competing values like great history vs. pristine originality. Not this time. Today’s subject car is less than 10 years old, didn’t even come with an engine (wasn’t expected to), and has body and suspension parts that are so disposable that 78 they weren’t expected to last longer than one or two races. This car could well claim great history, including a 3rd in class and 10th overall at Le Mans in 2011, but it didn’t claim the history and nobody seemed to care anyway. This car, my friends, is almost in a parallel-but- separate universe from your father’s Ferrari. That said, it is every bit as pure a racer as any Testa Rossa. It is much faster, much safer and easier to drive, but it also requires far more higher maintenance, and it is not even a little bit collectible. It is very cool. Confused yet? Good, let’s try to figure this out. Disposable cars and leased engines As technology progressed through the late 20th century, racing cars became far faster, much safer and easier to drive. They also became fundamentally disposable. The search for lightness and the availability of ever-more-exotic materials meant abandoning the idea of cars that could be used on the street or even expected to last more than a race or two without replacing major bits. Another big change that came along in this period had to do with engine technology. As the various manufacturers vied with each other to wring extra horsepower or RPM out of their engines, the internal technology became pretty exotic and increasingly secret. Most serious racing engine suppliers wouldn’t ever sell an engine, but leased them instead. Engines arrived 1971 Lola T260 Can-Am Spyder Lot 122, s/n T260HU2 Condition 2+ Sold at $308,235 RM Auctions, Monte Carlo, MCO, 5/9/14 SCM# 243731 Not sold at $184,140 Bonhams, Francorchamps, BEL, 5/23/15 SCM# 265383 1991 Lola T 9100 Indy racer Lot 414, s/n HU01 Condition 2 Not sold at $14,000 Lucky, Tacoma, WA, 8/30/14 SCM# 245146 Sports Car Market Courtesy of Auctions America


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in a crate from the factory — fresh and ready to install — and completely sealed. Changing anything more than spark plugs was forbidden. When the engines were used up or failed, the mechanics removed them, sent them back to the factory and installed another one. When a car was done racing, it was put away with a steel frame instead of an engine to carry the transmission, suspension and so on. Racing cars no longer “owned” their engines. Liquidation of Level 5 Motorsports Let’s spend a bit of time talking about our subject car. In the begin- ning, there was a very professional and successful racing team called Level 5 Motorsports. The guy who financed the whole deal ran seriously afoul of the law. The team subsequently folded in a spectacular way, and all the assets ended up being liquidated in a no-reserve auction. Today’s car was one of the lots. Back in the glory days of 2010, Level 5 decided to make an assault on Le Mans and the FIA endurance championship. They ordered three cars from Lola —two coupes and a spider. I spoke with Jeff Braun, who was chief engineer for the team and spent a month at Lola while the cars were being built. He was then responsible for them when they ran, so he knows the cars well. Aside from the bodywork, the three were identical chassis, built together in December of 2010 for the 2011 season. All three ran turbocharged V6 engines leased from Honda. Things then get a little confusing. The auction catalog offered all three cars, but it shows one coupe and one spyder as 2011, and our subject car as a 2012. The best explanation for this is that one coupe (presumably this one) did well at Le Mans 2011, placing 3rd in class and 10th overall. It next went to Spa, where a major accident damaged the carbon-fiber chassis, which was in turn replaced with a new one, which apparently carried a 2012 number. Back in the United States, this car was then leased to (Patrick) Dempsey Racing for IMSA use, and it apparently continued to use Honda power. When it came off lease, the car was shoved in the back of the shop and ignored until the liquidation. The catalog suggests that the car ran with Judd BMW V8 power, but I can’t find any evidence that it ever did. What to do and where to go? The big issues facing the buyer of this car are: • What is it going to take to turn this back into an operational racing car? • What are you going to do with it once you have a running race car? The first question is the most daunting. As mentioned, this car is much newer than — and very different from — a traditional vintage racer. Parts as basic as suspension links and transmission internals were not designed or intended to last more than a few races, so having lots of spares is essential. Plus, it doesn’t come with an engine. The good news on the spares front is that the auction included many lots of spare parts along with the cars, so whoever bought the cars presumably spent another $20k–$30k to buy parts as well. The engine is more of an issue. The Honda engines went back to the manufacturer years ago and are no longer available. This means that something else will need to be bought and an installation engineered before the car can run. This is a bit intimidating and certainly expensive, but it’s nothing a good racing-car shop can’t handle. The Lola chassis was designed to accept a wide variety of engines, so it is a matter of choosing how to proceed. Judd is willing to sell suitable engines, and the catalog suggests this was done at the time, so that seems an obvious route. I’d guess buying and fitting an engine plus Interestingly, FIA required that weird fin along the top of the car as a safety measure. If the car gets airborne at 150 mph during a wreck, the fin keeps the car from tumbling in the air. Try that with your C-type. putting the car together will cost another $75,000. If you add up the various costs, you are probably looking at $250,000 more or less to have an operable Lola IMSA/LMP2 racer, which really isn’t half bad. Where to run? So where are you going to play with it? It stopped being a competi- tive “real” racer about five years ago, so that’s out. If you just want to go have fun, there are plenty of options: SVRA and HSR regularly have grids for cars like this, and other venues are willing to make room. It’s going to be expensive, though. You will need a professional shop with dedicated staff and transportation to support you, and that level of time and expertise isn’t cheap. It would be a ton of fun. This car is incredibly fast and, relatively speaking, much safer than a classic racer. Adrian Reynard, a top racing-car designer, once explained to me that you could strap a driver into one of his Champ cars and push it out of an airplane with serious expectation that the driver would walk away from the impact. Car designs have come a long way. Interestingly, FIA required that weird fin along the top of the car as a safety measure. If the car gets airborne at 150 mph during a wreck, the fin keeps the car from tumbling in the air. Try that with your C-type. With this car, it all gets back to different. It isn’t a vintage racer, but there are vintage-style events to enter. It’s not even slightly collectible, but it’s not a lot of money to buy (though relatively more to run) and represents an incredible amount of performance for the dollar. Your kid, who can’t understand why anyone would like a 250 SWB, will think it’s the coolest thing ever. Who knows? He may be right. I’d say fairly bought. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of Auctions America.) August 2017 79


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Next Gen Profile 2001 Nissan Skyline R34 GT-R V-Spec II In many ways, the Skyline R34 GT-R is like the GT3 RS for Porsche, or a Black Edition AMG CLK for Mercedes by Paul Hageman Details Years produced: 1999–2002 (fifth generation) Number produced: 1,855 reported V-spec examples Original list price: Not offered in the U.S. market, but Japanese buyers paid the equivalent of $90,000 for a new car Current SCM Median Valuation: $64,990 Tune-up cost: $500–$1,500 Chassis # location: Front left corner of dash, visible through windscreen Engine # location: Unknown Club: GT-R Owners Club Web: www.GT-Roc.org Alternatives: 1986–91 BMW M3, 1990–2005 Acura NSC, 1993–98 Toyota Supra Turbo SCM Investment Grade: B Comps 1991 Nissan Skyline GT-R coupe Lot 127, s/n BNR32016571 Condition 1Sold at $44,000 • Turbocharged (Precision) 2.6-liter inline 6-cylinder engine • 6-speed manual transmission • Worldwide icon in the tuning world • Front and rear spoilers • Lower body aero elements • Brembo 4-wheel disc brakes • Nitto tires • RAYS alloy wheels • Air conditioning • AM/FM/CD • Power windows • Reported as fewer than 2,000 V-spec IIs built T 80 he first cars named “Skyline GT-R” were produced between 1969 and 1972 and enjoyed legendary success in local Japanese touring-car racing. After a long hiatus, the GT-R name was revived in 1989 as the R32 Skyline GT-R. This model GT-R proceeded to win the Japanese JTCC Group A series championship four years in a row. The formidable technology and performance of the R32 GT-R prompted the Australian motoring publication Wheels to nickname the GT-R “Godzilla” in its July 1989 edition. The Skyline GT-R became the flagship of Nissan performance, showcasing many advanced technologies, including its all-wheel-drive system and the four-wheel steering. Today, the car is popular for import drag racing, circuit track, time attack and tuning-oriented car events. Production of the Skyline GT-R ended in August 2002. The Skyline GT-R was never manufactured out- side Japan, and the only export markets were Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand and (for one year) the U.K. Despite this restriction, the car has become an icon worldwide. In October 2000, Nissan released the V-Spec II (victory specifications). The V-Spec II was a continuance of advancing the engineering of the famous platform. SCM Analysis This car, Lot 3099, sold for $68,200, including buyer’s premium, at Auctions America’s Auburn Spring sale on May 31 in Auburn, IN. While the presence of more contemporary automobiles at collector car auctions is a regular sight these days, the increasing appearance of Japanese cars of the modern era seems to be a much more recent trend. We’re no longer just seeing Toyota 2000 GTs or FJ40s, but cars such as the NSX or Supra, as well as the Skyline GT-R, with greater regularity. And the results have shown that the auction companies are right in bringing them to market. There is an avid following for these cars, and their salability is seemingly quite high. Auctions America, Hilton Head Island, SC, 11/4/16 SCM# 6809716 2001 Nissan Skyline GT-R R34 V-Spec II coupe Lot 243, s/n BNR34400688 Condition 2Sold at $45,815 Anglia Car Auctions, King’s Lynn, U.K., 4/8/16 SCM# 6799662 1999 Nissan Skyline GT-R R34 Nismo coupe Lot 170861033936, s/n: N/A Sold at $64,990 eBay, 7/2/12 SCM# 207984 Sports Car Market Courtesy of Auctions America


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The Next Gens I’ve written before that to my generation, a Japanese car is no more foreign than a BMW. And that is perhaps the most significant underlying distinction of the next generation of car collectors. There was once a time that a Porsche was some strange, rear-engined car from Austria, or Germany or somewhere. Today, it’s all relevant. People are looking for collectibility and value anywhere they can find it. As some of you may well know, the Skyline GT-R is nothing new. And while its cult status has strengthened in more recent years, the GT-R moniker has remained synonymous with a limited-production, specialpurpose sports car — and the model even has great racing pedigree. In many ways, it’s the GT3 RS for Porsche, or a Black Edition AMG CLK for Mercedes. BMW, Lexus, Cadillac and countless other producers have their versions as well. We’re in an era of performance station wagons, and let’s be honest — we all kind of love it. Technology rules While some may argue all new cars look the same, we can agree that cars of the modern era are shattering performance statistics like never before. This is because of the incredible advances in technology. Take this R34 GT-R for example: It has variable all-wheel drive that While limited production and factory performance modifications can add to desirability, the car’s ineligibility for import into most markets — including the United States — makes it something even more desirable. Wanting something you can’t have isn’t a foreign feeling to a car enthusiast. can apportion the nearly 300 hp between the front and rear wheels, but also between the rear wheels individually. Furthermore, the rear wheels are able to turn (up to 5 degrees) to enhance cornering and handling. This is very impressive for a car that’s over 15 years old. It’s hard to find While limited production and factory performance modifications can add to desirability, the car’s ineligibility for import into most markets — including the United States — makes it something even more desirable. Wanting something you can’t have isn’t a foreign feeling to a car enthusiast. For years I’ve wanted a contemporary Land Rover Defender 110, and I know I’m not alone in that sentiment. They made millions of them, and yet we’d still pay gross amounts of money to have one. In doing my research for this piece, I found an overwhelming number of articles written on the topic of whether or not one can legally import the R34 — or other Skylines GT-Rs — into the United States. Many of us know that, for the most part, a car over 25 years old can August 2017 81 be legally imported. But what about something like a 2001 Skyline R34 GT-R? Now, I’m years of law schooling and experience away from giving any legally sound advice for a potential R34 buyer or seller, but what I’ve read is both confusing and scary. I would imagine that Auctions America, the seller and the buyer were all aware of the car’s status here in the U.S., although the description offers no detail. (As a matter of note, the NHTSA only includes the 1999 Nissan GT-R R34 V-spec on its list of eligible Show and Display vehicles.) Good value in an expensive world Putting aside the gray area, scarcity only makes for increased desir- ability, and with an end result of $68,200, our subject car performed at the top end of the market. Given the scarcity of the car at public auction and the very few listed for sale online (some with promises of U.S. importability), the going rate seems to be in the $40,000 to $70,000 range. Given that a “rebuilt” 1999 example brought $64,990 on eBay in 2012, I would consider our subject vehicle the better purchase. Much like the Toyota Supra or Acura NSX, the Skyline seems to pro- vide great value. When looking at the early generations (now 25 years old and legal to import into the United States), they offer a lot of the characteristics we look for in any collector car — for a fraction of the price of their German or Italian counterparts. For the next generation, budget is usually a defining factor. If you’re looking to buy your first home, start a family or pay off student loans, a collector car isn’t always attainable. The point being, even entry-level collector cars are expensive these days! I’m not complaining about the market, by no means. I firmly believe most collector cars were seriously undervalued for years, but the effects of higher prices aren’t all positive. These days, $100,000 just isn’t what it used to be, and quality collector cars under that price point are few and far between. But if there is one thing my generation is good at, it’s Googling, and Craigslist-ing, and BaT-ing our way into an affordable collector car. And regardless of the buyer’s age, given the limited production and the reported overall driving experience of the R34 GT-R, one could argue the new owner got a lot of car for the money. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of Auctions America.)


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AUCTIONS IN THIS ISSUE $54.4m Mecum, Indianapolis, IN, p. 128 $7.5m Bonhams, Newport Pagnell, U.K., p. 118 $5.2m Bonhams, Francorchamps, BEL, p. 90 $4.7m Silverstone, Northamptonshire, U.K., p. 106 Roundup, p. 144 Visitors look over the ex-Michael Schumacher 1991 Benetton B191 Cosworth Formula 1 racer at Bonhams’ Spa Classic sale in Francorchamps, BEL. The car was bid to $670,740 but did not sell; courtesy of Bonhams


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Market Reports Overview Special Then, Special Now The Mazda Cosmo leverages the small-but-influential late-’60s to early-’70s Japanese market Top 10 Sales This Issue (Land Auctions Only) By Garrett Long 1. 1996 Porsche 911 GT2 Evo coupe, $1,595,000—Mecum Auctions, IN, p. 132 2. 1958 Mercedes-Benz 300SL roadster, $1,259,873—Bonhams, BEL, p. 97 3. 1970 Aston Martin DB6 Mk II Volante, $900,033—Bonhams, U.K., p. 124 4. 1964 Aston Martin DB5 coupe, $721,955—Bonhams, U.K., p. 122 5. 1993 Porsche 911 964 Turbo S Lightweight coupe, $716,009— Silverstone, U.K., p. 114 6. 1961 Aston Martin DB4 Series III coupe, $513,148—Bonhams, U.K., p. 122 7. 1989 Aston Martin V8 Vantage X-pack 7.0-liter Volante, $498,747—Bonhams, U.K., p. 126 8. 1970 Aston Martin DB6 Mk II coupe, $491,547—Bonhams, U.K., p. 122 9. 1971 Aston Martin DB6 Mk II coupe, $448,409—Silverstone, U.K., p. 110 10. 1996 Aston Martin V8 Sportsman wagon, $443,945— Bonhams, U.K., p. 126 Best Buys 1971 Mercedes-Benz 280SE 3.5 cabriolet, $321,396—Bonhams, BEL, p. 97 86 Aston Martin prices have fallen to a brand average of $284k per car from their $450k high achieved in 2015. While Bonhams sold $7.5m total at this year’s Aston sale, or $3m less than last year, a deflating Aston market had a part to play in results differing so much from the $16.5m result in 2015. In Belgium, Bonhams took more of a dip than anything, dropping $750k to $5.4m — still over $1m more than their 2013 and 2014 sales. Silverstone ended their Northamptonshire auction at B onhams’ totals dropped at their Francorchamps sale and at their annual Aston sale in Newport Pagnell. 1967 Mazda Cosmo Series I coupe, sold for $98,990 at Bonhams Francorchamps, Belgium $4.7m, within $600k of their last two auctions in the same location. Sales rate, number of lots and average car price were all par for the course, bringing no surprises. Since breaking out of sub-$3m sales in 2015, Silverstone continues to deliver, and this sale’s average car price and number of lots offered were the second-highest recorded yet. Mecum brought their A-game to Indy, and a quite a few collections as well, documenting a monstrous (even for Mecum) $54.4m in sales. Increasing $6m from last year and selling 73% of their 1,671 lots, Mecum set a standard that will be tough to beat. Mecum hadn’t touched the $50m mark in Indy since 2012, when they just broke through it by $240k. Now they have a new goal for next year. Garrett’s Market Moment: As I was flipping through the RM Sotheby’s Santa Monica catalog with my morning coffee, I noticed a Mazda Cosmo. With the rotary as my dinosaur burner of choice, I was just excited to see some triangles going to auction at all. But I noticed the estimate was $110k–$130k, and that struck me as a lot of money. I talked to resident JDM expert Brian Baker — who wrote a profile about a JDM Cosmo in the May issue — and he mentioned that was a fairly standard price for a solid Cosmo these days. He also mentioned that the Cosmo occupies a unique position in the collector car market — a position that I believe gives the Cosmo a lot of leverage that its American and Euro competitors don’t have. Japanese classics are coming up; there is no denying that. But the problem that Japanese cars have is a lack of variety pre-1980. Almost all the important Japanese cars are under 40 years old. Sales Totals of Auctions in This Issue $9m Auctions America Auburn, IN May 11–13, 2017 Newport Pagnell, U.K. May 13, 2017 Silverstone Northamptonshire, U.K. May 13, 2017 Mecum Auctions Indianapolis, IN May 16–20, 2017 Silver Auctions Spokane, WA May 17, 2017 May 20–21, 2017 Lucky Auctions Tacoma, WA Francorchamps, BEL May 21, 2017 $0 Bonhams $1.1m $1.1m $5.4m $10m 1: National concours standard/perfect 2: Very good, club concours, some small flaws 3: Average daily driver in decent condition $20m $30m SCM 1–6 Scale Condition Rating: 4: Still a driver but with some apparent flaws 5: A nasty beast that runs but has many problems 6: Good only for parts But one market’s problem is another market’s privilege; the Cosmo doesn’t have any direct competitors. Coming up with a list of Japanese sports cars that were exported to the States in the late-’60s to early-’70s just leaves a lot of blank paper. So while the Japanese collector market creeps up, I believe the Cosmo is going to use that leverage well. ♦ $40m $50m Bonhams $7.5m $4.7m $54.4m 1966 Porsche 911 2.0 swb coupe, $93,857—Bonhams, BEL, p. 97 1993 Lancia Delta Integrale Evo 2 hatchback, $52,797—Silverstone, U.K., p. 116 1988 Porsche 928 S4 coupe, $41,139—Bonhams, BEL, p. 98 1989 Chevrolet Silverado K1500 pickup, $19,800—Mecum Auctions, IN, p. 142 Sports Car Market


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Market Reports Trending Now Buy/Sell/Hold SCM’s Paul Hardiman picks the cars to keep or let go in today’s market by Paul Hardiman Median Sold Price $450,000 $400,000 $350,000 $250,000 $300,000 $200,000 $150,000 $100,000 $50,000 $0 $304,220 $304,220 -0% $224,783 -3% $232,549 -24% $202,585 -10% $144,467 -29% $144,467 0% $220,000 -35% $307,954 113% $336,558 9% Buy: 2006–11 Ferrari 599 GTB — The “last of the monsters,” as one independent Ferrari specialist recently described it, with its front-mounted Enzo-derived V12, is down to £100k/$125k in the U.K. (£172k/$270k new). The oldest ones are over 10 years old, where classic status begins for a Ferrari, and the youngest are half that. They have already bottomed out and in time will surely rise like Daytonas, although the GTO derivative is already much, much more. Still, even with the stock version, 600-plus horsepower and an 8,500-rpm redline is plenty to keep you occupied. There are plenty on the market to choose from, so take time to sift out the car with the right options and features for you — the HGTE package adds up to 50%. Make sure it has a watertight service history, as addons such as the tire-pressure monitoring function are erratic and a pair of carbon front discs will run you something like $8,000. 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 Number produced: N/A Number in SCM Platinum Auction Database: 17 Number sold at auction in the past 12 months: 5 Average selling price of those cars: $301,163 Current SCM Median Valuation: $220,000 Median Sold Price $400,000 $350,000 $300,000 $250,000 $206,502 $200,000 $150,000 $100,000 $50,000 $0 $135,145 -35% $194,685 -10% $216,989 61% $270,209 51% $256,674 -5% $179,537 -8% $209,026 -31% $281,015 9% $302,741 8% Sell: 1953–59 Aston Martin DB2/4 — As the DB5 deflates slightly, the older cars the “James Bond” model pulled behind it appear to have fallen somewhat out of fashion. With their massive panel gaps and strange front suspension, I could never see why they were worth as much as a DB6 was two years ago, even if Bond originally drove a “DB3” (probably a DB Mk III) in the original Ian Fleming novels. Conversely, DB6s appear to be on the up, but I think that’s for a different reason: If you’re too nervous to commit the $400k still needed for an entry-level DB5, you can get something very similar in the form of the later car for not much more than half of the price. The DB2/4 is more now closely aligned on price with the DBS that followed the DB6, but if you want to swap, be quick. 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 Number produced: 1,318 Number in SCM Platinum Auction Database: 226 Number sold at auction in the past 12 months: 14 Average selling price of those cars: $487,213 Current SCM Median Valuation: $209,026 Median Sold Price $160,000 $140,000 $120,000 $100,000 $80,000 $60,000 $40,000 $20,000 $0 $44,166 $44,166 0% $45,305 -45% $67,897 54% $83,011 22% $148,500 207% $126,500 7% $118,705 -20% $107,764 -15% $48,336 7% Hold: 1971–72 BMW 3.0 CSL — The CSL never quite went stratospheric like the Porsche RS 2.7, and in recent years even fell back from a high of £100k/$150k. But CSis have hardened considerably in the past 12 months, and that appears to have renewed interest in the “Lightweights.” Sales figures splatter the graph like machine-gun fire as they don’t come to market often, and Batmobiles plus cars with race history cost roughly double, but a U.K.-market car that spent most of its time in Germany recently sold for $108k — almost twice its lower estimate (which admittedly looked a little light). The market might eventually answer the conundrum that’s been bothering me: as the basis of a highly accomplished racer (Who can forget that picture of Hans-Joachim Stuck aviating his Batmobile at Flugplatz), and with even fewer built than the RS 2.7 (1,039 against 1,360), why aren’t they worth as much? 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 88 Number produced: 1,039 Number in SCM Platinum Auction Database: 14 Number sold at auction in the past 12 months: 3 Average selling price of those cars: $109,114 Current SCM Median Valuation: $107,764 Sports Car Market BUY SELL HOLD


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Bonhams Francorchamps, BEL Bonhams — The Spa Classic Sale Castle Collection and race cars bring high numbers at Spa Company Bonhams Date May 21, 2017 Location Francorchamps, BEL Auctioneer Rupert Banner Automotive lots sold/offered 46/63 Sales rate 73% Sales total $5,283,702 High sale 1958 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster, sold at $1,259,873 Buyer’s premium The top seller and from the Swiss Castle Collection — 1958 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster, sold at $1,259,873 12.5%, included in sold prices ($1.00 = €0.89) Report and photos by Leo Van Hoorick Market opinions in italics T he legendary Circuit of Spa in Francorchamps, Belgium, has a reputation as one of the oldes and most challenging F1 circuits. It also is venue for Spa Classic, a yearly festival of hist Francorchamps, BEL racing cars organized by Peter Auto, one of the top organizers in Europe for historic races and concours. After a year of absence, Bonhams returned to Spa to stage its fourth Spa sale. On offer were an exemplary range of capable, low- slung racing cars and premium classics. The flagship car of the sale was Nelson Piquet’s Canadian Grand Prixwinning 1991 3.5-liter Benetton-Cosworth B191 F1 car. Michael Schumacher also used this car in the last two GPs of the same season in his rookie year. To the surprise of many, Piquet’s car didn’t reach its $750k reserve. The rather unexpected star of the show was the pe- rennially popular 1958 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster, which achieved an astonishing $1,259,873 against a pre-sale estimate of $671,000–$894,000. It was part of a collection described by auctioneer Rupert Banner as the “Swiss Castle Collection.” For once we are not speaking of a barn find but of a “castle find,” comprising an eclectic collection of 12 cars, all of which were offered at no reserve. All of these cars had been standing still for at least 15 years and as a 90 onsequence, the auction house preferred not to start any of them prior to he sale because they were all due for a serious mechanical wake-up call. The owner apparently had a special taste for a blue metallic paint from the Mercedes-Benz catalog, in combination with a light beige leather interior, as seven of the 12 cars received this treatment upon restoration. All 12 cars found new owners, including the 1969 Maserati Ghibli SS 4.9-liter coupe, which sold to a telephone bidder for $195k against a pre-sale estimate of $121k–$168k. The collection achieved a total of $2,265,200. Germans proved popular once again, with half of the top 10 lots coming from the Mercedes and Porsche marques. Bidding throughout the sale was keen and exchanges prolonged, as was the case with the second-highest-priced lot, a 1958 Porsche 356A Super Speedster, which eventually achieved $350,980 after a lengthy three-way bidding war. A rare 1989 Porsche 911 3.2-liter “narrow-body” Speedster came in third with a final bid of $309,131. The highest-selling Ferrari was a one-owner 2006 Ferrari 575 Superamerica F1 having covered a mere 21,000 km, which was reflected by its final price of $327,824. The top five was completed by an immaculately restored Moss Green Mercedes 280SE 3.5 that looked like a bit of a bargain at $313,375 against a lower estimate of $335,000. © Sales Totals $6m $5m $4m $3m $2m $1m 0 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 Sports Car Market N/A


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Bonhams Francorchamps, BEL ENGLISH #68-1956 AUSTIN-HEALEY 100M Le Mans roadster. S/N: BN2L232878. Cream/ blue vinyl/red leather. Odo: 16,880 km. One of approximately 640 factory-built examples. Stock louvered bonnet. Red leather interior came with the ground-up restoration in 1992 by the U.K.-based marque specialists JME Healeys. Reputedly, over $75k was spent. Recently thoroughly refurbished. Upgrades include alternator electrics, halogen headlamps and Moto-Lita steering wheel. Well-maintained body and well-preserved interior. Set of side screens included. Sidepipe not correct. History file, BMIHT Certificate, 100M Register Certificate, recent maintenance bills and German registration. Cond: 2-. #70-1965 JAGUAR E-TYPE 3.8-liter semi-lightweight racer. S/N: 1E20319. White/black vinyl. Odo: 1,541 miles. Built by West Riding Jaguar in 2011 as an FIA-specification competition car for pre-’66 GT races. Based on a 1965 body tub and sporting the evocative Cunningham colors. Aluminum doors, rear fenders, boot and bonnet. Worksstyle hard top of lightweight fiberglass. Looks like it just left the workshop. Steel-block 3.8-liter full-race engine with triple Weber 45 DCOE carburetors. Aluminum radiator and header tank, FIA-specification fuel cell, FIAapproved safety equipment. German registration papers and current FIA Historic Technical Passport. Cond: 2-. for the work realized. Sold almost 10% over low estimate. Fair both ways. #55-1970 JAGUAR E-TYPE Series II coupe. S/N: P1R44176. Green/green leather. Odo: 53,224 km. Became part of the Swiss Castle Collection 25 years ago. According to the service booklet, it covered a mere 632 km since June 1989. Straight panels, but car was clearly repainted in its original BRG hue. Orange-peely both fore and aft. All brightwork pitted. All rubber old and hardened. Interior could do with a thorough clean-up. Driver’s seat baggy, holes in the top of the seats but no headrests. Varnish on wooden steering wheel gone. Radio-cassette of unknown origin. Engine bay dusty. Jaguar Heritage Trust Certificate and Swiss Carte Grise, ASI document. Offered at no reserve. Cond: 4. NOT SOLD AT $156,506. The most interesting variant of the Austin-Healey, apart from the ultra-rare 100S. Estimate was more than reasonable, not to say lowish, but the car had had some upgrades during its two restorations, moving it away from concours status. To my surprise, it failed to reach its reserve. Seller was right to wait for better times. #66-1965 LOTUS ELAN 26R racer. S/N: 264839. Silver metallic/black cloth. Series 2 roadster converted to 26R specification for historic racing. Originally prepared by well-known restorer Simon Hadfield Motorsports. Bought in 2008 by Christophe Van Riet, historic racer and owner of Brussels-based Gipimotor. He rebuilt it for his personal use, exclusively using parts supplied by marque specialists Tony Thompson Racing (TTR). Over $65k was invested. Looks a bit battered. Fresh FIA homologation, valid until 2026. Spare radiator, spare exhaust, a quantity of tires and a hard top included in the sale. Lots of documentation, Belgian registration documents. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $223,580. With a recently set record price of $7.4 million (SCM# 6813197) for one of the 12 originals, the low estimate of $291k looked easily within reach, especially as the tuner really delivered excellent work and has considerable success in historic racing. It looks as if all potential buyers were out on the track, as bidding stalled at $218k. Anyway, not even enough to cover the costs of components used. Seller had no choice but to take it back home. #33-1966 AUSTIN MINI Cooper Mk I 2-dr sedan. S/N: CA2S7L918419. Green/ black vinyl. RHD. Odo: 22,829 km. Started life as an LHD 998-cc MK I Mini Cooper. Recently rebuilt to Cooper S racing specification including conversion to RHD. Basically a new car with numerous options such as racing suspension, welded-in roll cage, tuned engine, close-ratio gear box, Powr-Lok diff, aluminum foam-filled fuel tank. Stripped interior with Sparco bucket seat, harness, rev counter, etc. Lexan side windows. Minilite alloys with new Dunlop Racing tires. Dutch registration, FIA Historic Technical Passport, BMIHT certifiams Francorchamps, BEL ENGLISH #68-1956 AUSTIN-HEALEY 100M Le Mans roadster. S/N: BN2L232878. Cream/ blue vinyl/red leather. Odo: 16,880 km. One of approximately 640 factory-built examples. Stock louvered bonnet. Red leather interior came with the ground-up restoration in 1992 by the U.K.-based marque specialists JME Healeys. Reputedly, over $75k was spent. Re- cently thoroughly refurbished. Upgrades in- clude alternator electrics, halogen headlamps and Moto-Lita steering wheel. Well-main- tained body and well-preserved interior. Set of side screens included. Sidepipe not correct. History file, BMIHT Certificate, 100M Regis- ter Certificate, recent maintenance bills and German registration. Cond: 2-. #70-1965 JAGUAR E-TYPE 3.8-liter semi-lightweight racer. S/N: 1E20319. White/black vinyl. Odo: 1,541 miles. Built by West Riding Jaguar in 2011 as an FIA-specifi- cation competition car for pre-’66 GT races. Based on a 1965 body tub and sporting the evocative Cunningham colors. Aluminum doors, rear fenders, boot and bonnet. Works- style hard top of lightweight fiberglass. Looks like it just left the workshop. Steel-block 3.8-liter full-race engine with triple Weber 45 DCOE carburetors. Aluminum radiator and header tank, FIA-specification fuel cell, FIA- approved safety equipment. German registra- tion papers and current FIA Historic Technical Passport. Cond: 2-. for the work realized. Sold almost 10% over low estimate. Fair both ways. #55-1970 JAGUAR E-TYPE Series II coupe. S/N: P1R44176. Green/green leather. Odo: 53,224 km. Became part of the Swiss Castle Collection 25 years ago. According to the service booklet, it covered a mere 632 km since June 1989. Straight panels, but car was clearly repainted in its original BRG hue. Or- ange-peely both fore and aft. All brightwork pitted. All rubber old and hardened. Interior could do with a thorough clean-up. Driver’s seat baggy, holes in the top of the seats but no headrests. Varnish on wooden steering wheel gone. Radio-cassette of unknown origin. En- gine bay dusty. Jaguar Heritage Trust Certifi- cate and Swiss Carte Grise, ASI document. Offered at no reserve. Cond: 4. NOT SOLD AT $156,506. The most interest- ing variant of the Austin-Healey, apart from the ultra-rare 100S. Estimate was more than reasonable, not to say lowish, but the car had had some upgrades during its two restora- tions, moving it away from concours status. To my surprise, it failed to reach its reserve. Seller was right to wait for better times. #66-1965 LOTUS ELAN 26R racer. S/N: 264839. Silver metallic/black cloth. Series 2 roadster converted to 26R specification for his- toric racing. Originally prepared by well-known restorer Simon Hadfield Motorsports. Bought in 2008 by Christophe Van Riet, historic racer and owner of Brussels-based Gipimotor. He rebuilt it for his personal use, exclusively using parts supplied by marque specialists Tony Thompson Racing (TTR). Over $65k was invested. Looks a bit battered. Fresh FIA homologation, valid until 2026. Spare radiator, spare exhaust, a quantity of tires and a hard top included in the sale. Lots of documentation, Belgian registra- tion documents. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $223,580. With a recently set record price of $7.4 million (SCM# 6813197) for one of the 12 originals, the low estimate of $291k looked easily within reach, especially as the tuner really delivered excellent work and has considerable success in historic rac- ing. It looks as if all potential buyers were out on the track, as bidding stalled at $218k. Any- way, not even enough to cover the costs of components used. Seller had no choice but to take it back home. #33-1966 AUSTIN MINI Cooper Mk I 2-dr sedan. S/N: CA2S7L918419. Green/ black vinyl. RHD. Odo: 22,829 km. Started life as an LHD 998-cc MK I Mini Cooper. Recently rebuilt to Cooper S racing specifica- tion including conversion to RHD. Basically a new car with numerous options such as racing suspension, welded-in roll cage, tuned engine, close-ratio gear box, Powr-Lok diff, aluminum foam-filled fuel tank. Stripped interior with Sparco bucket seat, harness, rev counter, etc. Lexan side windows. Minilite alloys with new Dunlop Racing tires. Dutch registration, FIA Historic Technical Passport, BMIHT certifi- SOLD- SOLD AT $35,996. These Series II 2+2s are not the most desirable E-Types, and their price curve remained relatively flat. On the plus side, it wasn’t painted in Mercedes metallic blue and it is a low-mileage example. On the negative side, it has been standing still for at least 20 years, so it will probably need total refurbishment mechanically to bring it back to life. Sold close to its low estimate, but still well sold. #43-1971 FORD CAPRI RS 2600 com- petition 2-dr sedan. S/N: GAECKG59310. Silver & blue/black cloth. An original Works “plastic” version, lightened by extensive use of fiberglass panels. Overall in good shape, albeit with some race scars. Stripped interior with roll cage, Sparco bucket seats and Sabelt harnesses. Trip meter and numerous gauges. Engine bay well maintained. Michelin racing tires in good condition. Accompanying documentation consists of a Ford letter from 1977, stating that the Capri was purchased new by F3 champion Mazet. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $69,310. This is no showroom model, but a race-ready, very competitive car, eligible for many prestigious events. Looking at the degree of preparation, the reserve of close to $84k seemed reasonable, and the venue ideal. Unfortunately for the seller, bidding never came close. So maybe he should revise the price. 92 SOLD AT $35,996. A neat little racing car ready to be enjoyed. Quite some effort seems to have been put into the preparation, but considering that the donor car was worth only a few dollars, there is probably a nice reward SOLD AT $89,991. Capri RS 2600s are rare, and a Works-delivered car even rarer. Curb weight of 905 kg (2,000 lbs) combined with 213 hp make it a capable contender for prestigious historic events. Ready to go, but it sold surprisingly low, just reaching lower estimate. A lot of car for not much money. Sports Car Market


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Bonhams Francorchamps, BEL #52-1972 JAGUAR E-TYPE Series III V12 convertible. S/N: 7S7474SB. Blue/blue cloth/blue vinyl. Odo: 74,748 km. Part of the Swiss Castle Collection. Delivered new in the U.S. in light blue with dark-blue interior. Sold to a Swiss collector who had it restored and painted in a dark blue metallic from the Mercedes catalog. Older restoration. Chrome and paint still decent. Good canvas top. Windshield delaminating on top. Exhaust rusty. Dusty interior not fresh. Radio-cassette of unknown origin. Engine bay dusty. Swiss Carte Grise, ASI document and Italian Carta di Circolazione. Offered at no reserve. Cond: 3-. pump and starter motor. Despite that, he took a serious blow, selling the car for half that price. Buyer can be happy. #76-1973 JAGUAR E-TYPE Series III V12 convertible. S/N: UD1S21087. Eng. # 758258LA. British Racing Green/black cloth/ brown leather. Odo: 43,775 miles. A matchingnumbers, low-mileage, California-delivered example. Noteworthy features of this manualtransmission Jag include a/c, new stainless exhaust, new ignition coil and right-side rearview mirror. Straight panels, good shut lines. Excellent chrome. Original U.S.-spec indicator side repeaters removed by the current (second) owner. Tan leather interior in excellent condition. Radio/cassette player of more recent manufacture. Pirelli P4000 in good condition. Engine bay clean but fuzzy in best Jag V12 tradition. Comes complete with tonneau covers, tools, spare-parts catalog and owner’s manual. Cond: 2-. left with lots of growth potential in today’s market. That is general knowledge considering the ever-increasing prices it achieves at auctions. This one sold well over its high estimate of $156k and over the median value of $183k in the price guide. Considering the work ahead, not a bargain, but no bad deal either. #65-1988 FORD SIERRA RS Cosworth hatchback. S/N: WF0EXXGBBEGG36522. Silver metallic/gray & red cloth. Odo: 29,307 km. Three-owner car, bought more as collectible than for enjoyment. Original paint, no scratches or dents. Yellow fog lights show French origin. Anti-theft etching on windows. Interior shows almost no signs of wear. Glass sunroof. Recaro seats standard on these hot hatches. Ford-labeled radio-cassette. Goodrich tires not worn. Well-cared-for engine bay. The actual owner didn’t even register it, so the car is sold with its French second-owner registration plates. All books and instruction manuals present, including rare “Sierra Cosworth RS” supplement. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $71,993. All the cars from this collection have been standing still for over 15 years, and Bonhams didn’t fire them up prior to the sale. On the plus side, most of the cars have relatively low mileage, but the new owners are facing some serious bills to get them on the road again. Despite that, this one sold close to the $74,900 median value of the SCM Pocket Price Guide, so I’ll call this very well sold. #40-1973 LOTUS EUROPA Twin-Cam Special coupe. S/N: 1184Q. Red/black vinyl. Odo: 75,999 km. Good overall condition, restored 2010 and mechanically overhauled in 2014. Bright red with gold striping, reminiscent of the Gold Leaf Team Lotus. Windshield surround is painted, uneven and only chromed at the edges. Good paint and straight panels. Wheels with corrosion marks. Tidy cabin. Clean engine bay. Offered with numerous restoration invoices, two expertise reports (2010, 2014), Belgian registration papers, original service voucher booklet and Lotus Certificate of Provenance. Offered at no reserve. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $92,562. One of the nicest V12 convertibles I have ever laid my eyes on. Bonhams’ lower valuation of $76k was in line with the price guide quotation of $74k. Bidding was really inching along to end virtually mid-estimate. Advantage to the buyer. #60-1980 ASTON MARTIN V8 Volante. S/N: V8COL15180. Blue metallic/beige cloth/ beige leather. Odo: 36,486 km. An original LHD model equipped with the desirable 5-speed manual gearbox. Delivered new in the U.S. Original color scheme was Madagascar Brown with Fawn interior. Became part of the Swiss Castle Collection in 1992. Restored and repainted in the owner’s favorite color of Mercedes metallic blue. Straight panels and good paint. Brightwork not shiny anymore. Interior soiled and original leather slightly creased, especially the driver’s seat. Older tires of obscure make. Engine bay well cared for. Swiss Carte Grise and ASI document. Offered at no reserve. Cond: 4+. NOT SOLD AT $44,716. The Sierra RS Cosworth has always been a coveted car, with record numbers stolen in their early days. Most of them have had a hard life. Finding one in original, unmolested condition is rather exceptional. I thought the low estimate of $50k was reasonable, yet bidding didn’t even come close to that figure. Seller was right to drive it back home. #73-1991 BENETTON B191 Cosworth Formula 1 racer. S/N: B19102. Yellow/black cloth. MHD. 1991 Canadian GP winner with Nelson Piquet and one of the first F1 cars to be used by Michael Schumacher. Became a museum exhibit before being completely rebuilt and restored to its original specification with the sole exception of updated security features in accordance with FIA regulations, by a specialist Formula 1 team. The engine, gearbox and all safety equipment overhauled in this process and ready for action. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $17,998. The “Big Valve” was the last and the most powerful variant of this tiny sports car, and it’s the one to have. This car sold at this very sale in 2013 for $30,500 (SCM# 6334642); we called that well sold then. The new owner undertook an extensive mechanical overhaul, with a new crankshaft, con-rods, pistons, brakes, suspension, fuel 94 SOLD AT $192,838. Low-mileage example that has been standing still for many years. Manual transmission is a big asset. The Aston Martin V8 Volante is arguably the only Aston NOT SOLD AT $670,740. After the tremendous result Bonhams achieved with a similar Sports Car Market


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On the Radar Thunder Around the World Edition These cars are now over 25 years old and legal to import into the United States for the first time. by Jeff Zurschmeide 1992 Holden HSV VP GTS car in Monaco last year, selling for a bit over $1m (SCM# 6799958) or four times its estimate, some were expecting this to be the star of the sale. Was the fact that it was stashed away in a museum for many years or the way in which it was brought back to life that stood in the way for a brilliant auction result? Fact is that the Schumacher connection didn’t work here. Bidding stopped prematurely, some 13% below the reserve price. I think it will be very difficult to replicate the Monaco result. #64-1992 JAGUAR XJ-S V12 convert- Pros: 5.0-liter V8 hot rod made only for the 1992 model year. 303-ci engine rated at 268 hp and 302 ft-lb torque delivers 0–60 mph in just 6.1 seconds. Factory big brakes and a snazzy decal mounted diagonally on the hood complete your trip back to the days of Crocodile Dundee. Cons: Not much to look at, 4-speed automatic trans is the only driveline option, expensive for something that looks like a Lumina. Price range: $40k–$50k, plus import costs. 1992 Subaru WRX GC8A ible. S/N: SAJJNADW4EP184908. Blue/blue cloth/blue leather. Odo: 81,560 km. As a oneowner car that is still registered and driven, this Jag has always been well looked after. Original and untouched condition. Nice color combo. Excellent both inside and out. Apart from the installation of a more modern radio, no modifications have been carried out. Engine looks very well cared for. Fairly new Pirelli rubbers. Known history, Belgian papers. Cond: 2-. #78-2006 TVR TUSCAN convertible. S/N: SDLTC16AX6B001082. Blue metallic/ blue cloth/two-tone blue leather. RHD. Odo: 7,557 km. One of the very last TVRs built before factory closed. Presented in near-showroom condition, and with very low mileage. Fully trimmed two-tone interior in new condition. We couldn’t inspect the engine, but we were told that the larger 4.0-l variant of the “Speed Six” powerplant is in-line with the rest of the car. Eighteen-inch Spider alloy wheels, shod with Bridgestone Potenzas. British paperwork and all original documents. Cond: 1-. Bonhams Francorchamps, BEL Pros: The starting point for the legendary WRX. Homologated for WRC rally racing, this Impreza offers 236 horsepower from a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine, 5-speed manual transmission and AWD in a great-handling, RHD Otaku special. Cons: Many fakes exist in America, so you might be mistaken for just another boy racer in a hopped-up Impreza sedan. Price range: $5k–$10k, plus import costs. 1992 Venturi Atlantique SOLD AT $29,568. Is this a collectible or just a nice second-hand car? Classy and with lots of eyeball. Relatively rare too, but no real enthusiasm in the room. Sold under its low estimate, but I think seller was right to let go. #79-2000 LOTUS 340R roadster. S/N: SCCGA1112YHD69904. Two-tone gray/blue & black vinyl & cloth. Odo: 16,950 km. Backto-basics sports car, using the Elise’s aluminum mid-engined chassis. Carbon-fiber mudguards are not the only unique features of this car. All vulnerable areas of the bodywork are protected by a clear coating, while seat covers have been made to protect the blue Alcantara trim. This well-sorted Lotus 340R is one of the best around and comes with an array of original new-old-stock spare parts so GERMAN #46-1958 PORSCHE 356A 1600 Super Speedster. S/N: 84185. Eng. # 810267. Silver metallic/black cloth/black vinyl. Odo: 4,514 km. Originally finished in Ivory with brown leather interior, inevitably delivered new to Max Hoffman. Fully restored in 2003. Invoices on file totaling over $60,000, color scheme now silver with black interior. Some mild race preparation included fitting a central fuel cap in the bonnet, leather securing straps, central exhaust, roll-over bar, etc. Original engine was replaced by a later 1600 SC unit, tuned to 110 hp. Various other works in 2007 totaling $23,000. Still in top shape both inside and out. Porsche Certificate of Authenticity, Pros: If you like answering the question, “What on Earth is that?” buy this French Grand Touring sports car. Mid-mounted Peugeot 2.8-liter turbo V6 engine makes 260 hp, and the car will do 0–60 mph in 5.2 seconds. Top speed is 167 mph, and fewer than 700 of this very handsome sport coupe were ever made. Cons: Low production and constant financial troubles for Venturi mean that parts availability could be a major issue. Turbo engines in this era were not known for longevity. Price range: $50k–$70k, plus import costs. ♦ 96 NOT SOLD AT $67,074. Quite sensationallooking car with some strange features, too. Opening the doors goes via a switch under the side mirrors. We didn’t inspect the engine because we couldn’t open the engine cover. A TVR owner who passed by pointed out that you can open a small front part in a normal way, but to reach the engine you need to loosen four bolts with a spanner. The idea is that the car is so trustworthy that the bonnet can be left closed. The TVR owner assured us that this wasn’t the case in real life. Little or no comps for this one, but the lower estimate of $84k proved much too high for this sale. extensive that it has to be seen to be believed. The car also comes with a timing device, factory tonneau cover, K-way shower cape, homemade rear-engine lid with Formula 1-style snorkel. Belgian papers. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $89,991. Hard to value this car accurately, but this ugly duckling never came close to its lower estimate. copy of the cancelled California Certificate of Sports Car Market


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Bonhams Francorchamps, BEL Title (2015); U.K. V5C Registration Certificate and various bills included. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $359,964. The Speedster was, in effect, an “economy” model intended to compete with the cheaper British sports cars on the U.S. market. Now it is among the most expensive street-legal Porsches. In recent months, I witnessed some of these passing the block for close to $500k. As this one is kind of a hybrid with non-original upgrades, such as the later SC engine (with 912 parts in it), it sold rather close to its low estimate. Fair both ways. #62-1958 MERCEDES-BENZ 300SL Roadster. S/N: 1980428500327. Silver metallic/black cloth/red leather. Odo: 56,451 miles. Imported from the U.S. to Germany, where it was restored. Became part of the Swiss Castle Collection some 20 years ago and luckily escaped the blue metallic paint/ beige leather treatment. Hardly used since, still looks fresh out of the restoration shop. Excellent paint. Interior looks new and well executed, with not too much padding as is often the case. Only steering wheel and gear knob show age. Radiator looks new. Engine bay in almost-concours condition, with all the stickers in place. Wheels painted in body color. Registration documents missing, but will be provided at vendor’s cost. Offered at no reserve. Cond: 2-. TOP 10 No. 2 high standards as rest of car. Cooper Lifeliner whitewalls of recent manufacture. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $187,807. The rise in price for these convertible Ds has been strong, but now things are returning to more reasonable levels. Yes, the S engine commands a higher price ($5,000 according to the price guide) but the estimate for this one was ridiculously high at nearly $230k. It was bid to a generous $188k; seller should have accepted the offer, in my opinion. BEST BUY #42-1966 PORSCHE 911 2.0 SWB coupe. S/N: 303419. Eng. # 903512. Blue metallic/black cloth. Odo: 70,399 km. One of the early short-wheelbase cars, built towards the end of 1965 but delivered in 1966 to California. Imported to Holland in 1997 and prepared to regularity-rally specification, being fitted with sport seats, roll cage, tripmaster, Cibié and Hella high beams etc. The Porsche Kardex lists factory options: Webasto heater, floor mats and tinted windows. Overall in good condition. Window surrounds slightly pitted. Chromed rims shod with Vredestein Sprint rubbers. Original wooden steering wheel worn. Fascia in good condition, Becker Europa radio. Original seats with the car. Clean engine bay. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $321,396. Reputedly the last handbuilt Mercedes and rare top-of-the-line V8 cabriolet. Color combo rather unusual but very striking. One of the best I have seen lately and my favorite of this sale. The 280SE 3.5 market is a bit lower than a year ago, but Bonhams’ lower estimate of $335k didn’t take that into account. The market did, and the car scored a significantly lower price. Someone got a great deal today. #34-1974 PORSCHE 914/4 Bumblebee Edition convertible. S/N: 4742915510. Black & yellow/black polyester/black vinyl. Odo: 49,187 miles. Like most Porsche 914 Bumblebees, this sold new in the U.S. Restored to high standard between 2015 and 2017 and hardly used since. Beautiful condition with fresh paint and good chrome. Door-window rubber on right side not perfect. Interior clean, seats with some patina. Leather-covered steering wheel. Central console with extra gauges, typical for the model. New Michelins on original Mahle rims. Porsche Certificate of Authenticity. Illustrated 15-page report and Classic Data vehicle valuation, various invoices, current TüV and German registration papers. Offered at no reserve. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $1,259,873. A common sight at auctions. This one looked very well restored but was a bit too sterile, in my opinion. Low mileage probably original, and I was told it had been standing still for at least 15 years. The auction house preferred not to start it up before the sale. In recent times prices have stabilized around the $1m mark, partly because there were so many 300SLs coming to the market. This one flew past its high estimation and sold at a 2014 price level. Very well sold. #80-1959 PORSCHE 356A 1600 S Con- vertible D. S/N: 86410. Royal Blue/black cloth/brown vinyl. Odo: 95,750 miles. Delivered new to the U.S., still sporting U.S. bumpers. Restored some years ago, including a new color combination. Paint in excellent condition, good panel fit and shut lines. Folding roof of recent manufacture. Interior looks crisp, with leather seats and as-new carpeting. Brake system said to be redone recently. Engine bay in-line with rest of car. Fitted with a 1600 S unit of the correct type. Chromed rims. Part of a German collection for a long time but still with old U.S. title, E.U. duties paid, owner’s manual. Cond: 2. August 2017 SOLD AT $93,857. These 911 SWBs are much favored by the historic rallying fraternity, hence original examples such as this one becoming rare. This one doesn’t need too much to turn it into a concours car. Failed to reach the correctly priced reserve by $11k, but was listed as sold after the sale; well bought. #89-1971 MERCEDES-BENZ 280SE 3.5 cabriolet. S/N: 11102712004080. Eng. # 11698012003915. Moss Green/beige cloth/tan leather. Built for the American market. Equipped with Behr a/c, power windows, American-spec headlights and factory fog lights. Restored in 2010 in the Netherlands with “no expense spared.” Excellent paint, perfect shut lines. Brightwork good but not perfect. Leather interior and carpeting new. White factory steering wheel. New carpets. New Becker with digital color display. Engine overhauled, engine bay to the same BEST BUY SOLD AT $39,853. One of two limited-edition models of the 914, primarily for the North American market. The other was the whiteand-red Creamsicle; 500 of each type were manufactured. Sold for more than double the median value of $12,500 stated in the most recent price guide, but close to Bonhams’ lower valuation. Fair both ways. #50-1977 VOLKSWAGEN TRANS- PORTER T2 van. S/N: 2372119186. White/ brown vinyl. Odo: 76,700 km. Originally a bus version of the second-generation T2 Transporter. Attractive Martini livery applied on a seemingly healthy base. Side windows covered with white adhesive sheets. Loading bay stripped and new panel floor installed. Steering cabin largely original. Standard steering wheel covered with some white adhesive tape, dirty and coming loose. Alpine radio- 97


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Bonhams Francorchamps, BEL cassette with separate amplifier. Original 1.6-l unit replaced by a 2.1-l unit with alleged 110hp. Tow-bar. German registration. Cond: 3-. ing. Blaupunkt radio-cassette. Engine bay clean. Low mileage and full service history. Swiss Carte Grise and original service book. No reserve. Cond: 4+. diff. Certificate of Authenticity issued by Porsche Import Belgium, original service booklet and instruction manual. Numerous invoices show regular maintenance. Timing belt replaced in October 2013 at 127,000 km. “111 points” check report. Braking system was completely overhauled recently. Offered at no reserve. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $27,947. Stylish support vehicle for historic racing, from a distance, anyway. The larger engine won’t improve the scary driving characteristics of the original. I was astonished seeing the lower estimate of nearly $50k. Was this a Samba bus in disguise or what? Bidding stopped halfway. There is still some common sense in the market. #85-1979 PORSCHE 935 DP35 Compe- tition racer. S/N: 9309800947DP93589001. Red/black cloth. Rare Porsche competition model based on a 1979 Porsche 911 Turbo. One of three built by German DP Motorsport. Group 5’s “silhouette formula” body. Overall good looking, with some battle scars, notably a front air dam not completely straight. Looks well prepared and ready for historic racing. Offered with a DMSB-Wagenpass (dated April 3rd, 2009) for the Group H, Youngtimer and CGT categories, which also attests that this is a genuine Group 5 car. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $59,137. The cars of this collection have been standing still for a long time, and Bonhams didn’t start them before the sale. The last stamp in the service book is dated 02/22/95 (44,583 km). The car only covered 500 km since. There is some serious mechanical work ahead after its long slumber. Despite that, it sold well over its high estimate of $33,500. I’d call this rather well sold. #32-1988 PORSCHE 944 S coupe. S/N: WP0ZZZ94ZHN401998. Gray/black vinyl & cloth. Odo: 91,080 km. Two-owner car. Looks unrestored, in accordance with relatively low mileage. Good paint and straight panels. Yellow fog lights, typical for France. Fairly new Pirelli P5000 rubbers. Very clean interior, radio missing. Optional power windows. Engine bay clean. Recent timing belt replacement. Original service manual and the Certificate of Authenticity issued by Porsche Import Belgium, as well as service history with the car. Passed the rigorous “111 points” check without any remarks, copy of the report on file. Offered without reserve. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $41,139. Porsche has not made anything like the 928 since its end in 1995, and today this is an underrated modern classic. The manual transmission and sunroof add to its appeal, especially in Europe, yet there was not much enthusiasm in the room. Sold just over high estimate of $39k, but buyer still got good value for money. #72-1989 PORSCHE 911 Narrow-Body Speedster. S/N: WP0ZZZ91ZKS152253. Guards Red/ black cloth/black leather. Odo: 20,376 km. This one spent most of its life in Italy. Plaque of the “Porsche Club Registro Italiano” on the engine cover. Very low mileage and still in as-new condition, except for the Fuchs wheels, which show some corrosion marks. History recorded in the original service booklet. Italian registration document, driver’s manual (including the 911 Speedster supplement). Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $357,728. Catalog states only that it is “believed that this DP Motorsport Type 935 was used in the Swedish GTR championship 1999/2000” and that the previous owner was a historic racer. Not much to rely on. For a no-history race car like this, one can make an estimation of what it would cost to build one, and act accordingly. The market estimated it to be 20% cheaper than the seller, who preferred to take it back home. #53-1981 MERCEDES-BENZ 500SL C coupe. S/N: WDB10702612002730. Blue metallic/beige leather. Odo: 45,004 km. Part of the Swiss Castle Collection. Bought new by the Swiss collector, and used as his daily driver. Built to special order, featuring a/c, heated seats and a sunroof. Finished in his favorite blue metallic. Body straight and original paint still shiny. Chrome slightly pitted in places. Interior could do with thorough clean- 98 SOLD AT $22,498. The 944 was in essence the successor of the “poor man’s” Porsche 924, and as such, not very exciting. This car was in excellent condition but should be looked upon as a good second-hand car. Most of them sell at below $10k. This one was in excellent original condition with bullet-proof color scheme, but still very well sold. BEST BUY #35-1988 PORSCHE 928 S4 coupe. S/N: WP0ZZZ92ZJS841639. Granite Green Metallic/black leather. Odo: 145,342 km. Two-owner car, still in good original condition. Factory sunroof. Yellow high beams in front bumper confirm French origin. Interior well cared for, but some scratches in driver’s seat with color gone. Radio removed, door speakers with one cover missing. Engine bay well kept. Rare and desirable 5-speed manual transmission, optional limited-slip SOLD AT $309,131. It was bid to $269k, which was close but not close enough. A deal was struck post-block, leaving both parties happy. #82-1989 PORSCHE 911 Turbo Targa. S/N: WP0ZZZ9ZKS010076. Black/black polyester/red leather. Odo: 110,027 km. Rare Turbo Targa of the ’89 model year, the only year it was available with 5-speed G50 manual gearbox. One of only 26 European-spec produced, three of which were sent to the Gulf states. Options include a heavy-duty battery, Auto-Lock differential, short shift and Blaupunkt Toronto radio, which is missing. Recent cosmetic and mechanical works result in generally excellent condition. 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Bonhams Francorchamps, BEL service book, Belgian Carte Grise and invoices come with the car. Cond: 2. Identity Card and proof of matching numbers and colors. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $178,864. One of the stars of this sale, ticking all the boxes of condition and rarity. A similar car sold a few months ago in Belgium (Bonhams Zoute Sale, SCM# 6804997) for $339,500. This one had higher mileage and was priced accordingly with a lower estimation of $224k. Bidding never came close. #86-1989 BMW Z1 Alpina replica con- vertible. S/N: WBABA910X0AL00032. Eng. # 45151807. Blue metallic/black cloth/black leather. Odo: 23,047 km. First registered in Japan. Came to Germany 2016 and restored as Alpina RLE (Roadster Limited Edition) “Tribute.” New paint and new wheelarches supplied by BMW Classic. The original ones tend to crack now as plastic deteriorates with age. There is a crack in the lower rear sill that obviously occurred after restoration. Original Alpina decor throughout, down to original Alpina wheels. New convertible top. Interior and seats were refurbished. Genuine Alpina wooden shift knob and new Alpina steering wheel. Engine bay in line with rest of car. Japanese export certificate and a restoration file, original owner’s handbook. Offered at no reserve. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $218,549. One of the most expensive models in the Porsche range, the 3.6-liter Turbo was produced in limited numbers. It is a powerful and very desirable car for the Porsche enthusiast. This one had great specifications on top of that. It sold a little under lower estimate of $224k, leaving room for future profit, if it is kept as-is. #37-1998 BMW M3 coupe. S/N: WBSBG91040EW41039. Titan Silver/black cloth. Odo: 50,000 km. Low-mileage example of the E36 in excellent condition. Popular color combination and a host of the most desirable features including an electric sunroof, front passenger’s airbag, side airbags, remote central locking, electrically adjustable and heated front seats, fog lights and a/c. Suede interior trim in good condition. Clean and recentlyserviced engine. New Michelin Pilot rubbers aft, older Dunlops at the front. Multiple invoices, service records, U.K. V5 registration, BMW build sheet and owner’s manual. No reserve. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $262,707. Estimated that 600 of these lightweight Alleggeritas were built, of which some 58 are known/registered today. Listed in the price guide at $281,400, which is close to Bonhams’ low estimate of $285k. Surprisingly, bidding for this excellent specimen stopped much too soon. Seller was right to drive it back home. #44-1959 ALFA ROMEO GIULIETTA SPIDER 750. S/N: AR149505821. Blue/ black cloth/gray vinyl. A rare 750 Series model with the shorter wheelbase. Restored in Italy 2013–14 in its original color scheme. Straight panels and good shut lines. All chrome looks redone and is of good quality. Interior reupholstered in gray vinyl with blue piping. New carpets with blue piping too. Original plastic steering wheel. Engine bay clean but executed with less attention to detail. New exhaust. Italian registration. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $65,565. The Z1 has bullet-proof mechanics and is a delight to drive. Prices for good examples have risen considerably in recent years. Maybe the owner of this car was aiming for some extra bucks restoring it cosmetically to Alpina looks. Engine was not replaced by the more powerful version Alpina used. Sold mid-estimate in line with what a standard low-mileage Z1 would fetch today. Mission not accomplished. #77-1993 PORSCHE 911 Turbo coupe. S/N: WP0ZZZ96ZPS470303. Midnight Blue/ black leather. Odo: 62,400 km. The ultimate incarnation of the 964. Low mileage and in excellent original condition. Paint still excellent, straight body. Factory sunroof. Unscathed rims shod with Bridgestones still fit for the job. Matching leather interior well cared for. Sony CD audio system. Engine compartment in line with rest of car. Instruction manual, 100 SOLD AT $29,568. Much more powerful than the original E30 M3, but completely lacking the magic of it. Capable for sure, but just a clean second-hand vehicle that will never come close to its predecessor in appeal or collectibility. Fair both ways. ITALIAN #71-1956 ALFA ROMEO GIULIETTA SPRINT VELOCE Alleggerita coupe. S/N: AR1493E02159. Blue/gray vinyl. Odo: 24,593 km. Matching-numbers example. Underwent a high-quality restoration in 1992 that still holds very well. All brightwork is aluminum. Wiper scratches on windshield. Rear bumper dented, front bumper scratched. Interior very neat with hardly any usage marks. Original plastic steering wheel. Tripmaster fitted. Italian registration, service/maintenance bills, restoration records, ASI homologation certificate, FIVA SOLD AT $82,277. With the introduction of the Giulietta, Alfa Romeo established the “small car, big performance” formula that would characterize the Italian marque’s finest offerings from then on. Bidding started enthusiastically but stopped quickly at the wrong side of the low estimate. Seller decided to let go; buyer will surely be happy. #69-1964 ALFA ROMEO GIULIA TI Super sedan. S/N: AR595241. White/black cloth. Odo: 11,233 km. Older restoration still presenting very well. Rebuilt to FIA Appendix K, Period F (1962–65) specification. Modified engine, halogen main lights, Koni shock absorbers, sport springs and no bumpers. Stripped interior with removable roll cage and FIA-approved Sparco buckets and Sabelt harnesses. Halda Twinmaster. Engine bay very neat. Avon racing tires. Austrian registration papers, FIA Historic Vehicle Identity Form, FIVA Identity Card. 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Bonhams Francorchamps, BEL Swiss Carte Grise and ASI document. Offered at no reserve. Cond: 3-. powerful homologation specials built for international touring-car racing. Hard to value this car accurately and worth whatever someone is willing to pay for it. This was the right venue, but it missed low estimate by $13,000. #54-1968 MASERATI QUATTRO- PORTE sedan. S/N: AM1072170. Blue/beige leather. Odo: 14,096 km. Part of the Swiss Castle Collection. Originally finished in Grigio Flemington with white leather interior, now in the favorite metallic blue of the Swiss collector, with beige interior following a full restoration. That was a long time ago, judging by the present state of the car. Several corrosion marks lurking under the paint of the front. Chrome matte, especially on front bumper. The beige leather of the interior is completely covered with brown marks, not only on the seats, but also on the door panels. Looks like dried mold of some sort, due to damp environment. Engine bay dusty. Swiss Carte Grise, ASI document and an email from Maserati confirming the car’s provenance. No reserve. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $70,707. It is stated that the collector never drove the car. This would explain the very low mileage. Bonhams didn’t dare to start it prior to the sale. One can expect that the mechanicals need refurbishing, together with the rest of the car. It looks as if this Maser has been very badly stored. New owner might be in for some bad surprises. Yet it sold well over the low estimate of $45,000. Very well sold. #61-1969 MASERATI GHIBLI SS 4.9 coupe. S/N: AM115491082. Blue metallic/ beige leather. Odo: 69,571 km. Originally delivered in Italy in Rosso Capannelle with Senape leather interior. Became part of the Swiss Castle Collection some 25 years ago and subsequently repainted in blue metallic while interior was redone in beige leather. Body straight with generally good paint. Engine cover uneven due to corrosion under paint. Most of the chrome pitted. Interior smelly and stained, due to moisture. Cover on luggage compartment missing. Engine bay clean but condensation marks on air-filter cover. ANSA exhaust looks new, still bearing its stickers. SOLD AT $195,409. The Ghibli was a worthy rival for the Ferrari Daytona and represents good value for money today, just as it did 50 years ago. This one, however, has been standing still for a very long time and there are indications that it was not ideally stored. Sold well over the high estimate of $168k, but there is still room for some serious refurbishment. Fair deal for both parties, I guess. #81-1969 ALFA ROMEO GTA 1300 Ju- nior coupe. S/N: AR775403. White & green/ black cloth. Odo: 410 km. Introduced in 1966, the GTA (the “A” stood for Alleggerita, which meant the lightweight version) was the official competition version of the Giulia Sprint GT. It had aluminum body panels, Plexiglas windows, lightened trim and was around 200 kilograms lighter. This ex-Autodelta was thoroughly refurbished recently and repainted in its original white/green livery. Very nice to look at and fully race prepared. German registration and all the relevant papers. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $290,654. The bible on all things Alfa Romeo GTA, Alleggerita by Tony Adriaensens and Patrick Dasse, dedicates no fewer than five full pages to the history of this official Works Autodelta Alfa Romeo GTA. The 1300 Junior Corsa is quoted at $234k in the price guide. In that respect the lower estimate of $324k looks hefty. The final bid was generous, in my opinion, and should have clinched the deal. #56-1971 MASERATI INDY America coupe. S/N: AM1161056. Eng. # AM107056. Blue metallic/beige leather. Odo: 62,515 km. Part of the Swiss Castle Collection. Repainted in blue metallic and reupholstered in beige leather when it entered the collection. Car presented under a thick layer of dust. Good panel fit and overall still in good condition. Front bumper matte and discolored. Interior looks in fairly new condition, but leather slightly stained. Radio-cassette. Swiss Carte Grise, ASI document and email from Maserati con- 102 Sports Car Market


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Bonhams Francorchamps, BEL firming the car’s provenance. Offered at no reserve. Cond: 3-. condition report detailing the restoration work carried out in the late 1980s. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $60,422. Relatively low mileage, but car has been standing still for at least 15 years. The auctioneers preferred not to start it. The interior can probably be saved with the right leather treatment, but mechanically a major overhaul will be mandatory. Price paid leaves room to bring the car back to its former glory. Fair both ways. #59-1971 LAMBORGHINI ESPADA Series II coupe. S/N: 8346. Blue metallic/ beige leather. Odo: 75,751 km. Originally finished in Verde Pallido with Verde leather interior and delivered to Iran. Now part of the Swiss Castle Collection, as is given away by the blue metallic paint and beige interior. Body straight with good shut lines. Paint still in good condition. Bumpers matte but brightwork otherwise decent. Campagnolo rims with corrosion marks painted and shod with very old Michelin XWX. Musty-smelling interior stained. Radio-cassette of unknown origin. Engine bay clean. Swiss Carte Grise, ASI document. Offered at no reserve. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $73,278. Production finally ceased in 1993 after a long line of upgrades to keep the car up to date. This average specimen sold mid-estimate. Fair transaction for all. #88-1995 FERRARI F355 GTS Spider. S/N: ZFFPA42JPN0100582. Giallo Fly/black polyester/black leather. Odo: 38,736 km. One of 2,048 F355 GTS models, Originally imported into Japan. Very well preserved and in excellent condition. Interior clean and with only minor usage marks, but leather on steering wheel worn. Non-standard stereo system and carbon-fiber dashboard. Engine bay clean. A major service completed (including cambelt change) less than 500 km ago. Original factory toolkit, instruction manuals and owner’s wallet. U.K. V5C registration document and service history, including bills. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $78,421. Very attractive with rare manual 6-speed gearbox and Spider body. This early F355 had all the visual appeal, and was realistically valued, with a lower estimate of $78k. This proved almost spot-on. Fair deal for both seller and buyer. SOLD AT $92,562. Has been standing still for a very long time. 1992 Swiss highway tax sticker on windscreen of a Swiss car tells a tale. Major and costly overhaul might be expected. On the plus side, the interior is salvageable, if you can live with the color. And it is a second series, reputedly the one to have. Sold almost mid-estimate. Okay if you want to use it as-is, but a lot of money if you wish to bring it back to its original status. #87-1978 DETOMASO PANTERA GTS coupe. S/N: THPNSU09040. Blue metallic/ gray leather. Odo: 18,139 km. An old restoration. The odometer was zeroed at the time of restoration; car sparingly driven since then. Panels still look good, but paint and details showing age. Some scratches on roof. Window surrounds slightly damaged. Interior not so crisp and fresh. Leather seats creased. Rubber around driver’s door loose. Engine bay dusty. DeTomaso alloys appear to be of more recent manufacture. Swiss Carte Grise and an old August 2017 #67-1996 FERRARI F355 Challenge racer. S/N: ZFFPR42B000104539. Fly Yellow/ red cloth. Odo: 13,460 km. The F355 Challenge was introduced for use specifically in the “Ferrari Challenge,” a one-make race series. Ferrari originally made $30k kit of racing parts, for fitting to standard road-going F355s. Alternatively, Challenge cars could be ordered fully finished from the factory. This two-owner car is such a one, delivered new to Belgium. Its racing career spans 1996–98 but it still presents very well, with only some minor damage to the front rims. Roll cage, OMP 103


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Bonhams Francorchamps, BEL buckets and harness in fairly standard interior. Engine bay well cared for. History file and file of invoices. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $177,411. A low-mileage racing car, but as such not very usable as it is not road legal. The factory built 108 of these, so you don’t see them at every corner. Worth “whatever a madman will give for it,” to say it in Belgian. Not much, that is, as it sold under low estimation. I think seller was wise to let go. #45-2003 FERRARI 456M GT coupe. S/N: ZFFWP44B000130512. Black/beige leather. Odo: 455 km. One of the last of its kind manufactured, with desirable manual 6-speed transmission. The first German owner kept it till 2013, covering less than 400 kilometers. Actual owner didn’t use it either. Car has not much more than delivery kms and is in absolute showroom condition. A service was carried out and new tires were fitted. Yes, they age even without use. Complete with all books, tools and German TüV. Cond: 1-. Superamerica, equipped with the desirable Handling GTC package. Low mileage and excellent condition both inside and out. Classic color combo. Hard to fault. Spanish registration. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $327,824. A limited run of 559 examples. It boasts a roof in electro-chromatic glass that can be rotated back to rest on the boot lid. Also one of the ugliest Ferraris ever. The third one I have seen at auction in less than six months. Sold close to its lower estimate of $313k. Fair both ways. JAPANESE #84-1967 MAZDA COSMO Series I coupe. S/N: L10A10055. Eng. # L10A1217. White/black vinyl & cloth. RHD. Odo: 60,294 km. Mazda’s flagship model, the Cosmo was powered by a twin-rotor engine. This Series I has been fully restored in Japan. This included checking the engine and replacing all worn parts. Factory-straight panels and shut lines. Fully repainted in the original white. Most of the brightwork was rechromed in the process. Most of the rubber seals are new. The driver’s door is difficult to close. Carpeting newly made and seats reupholstered in correct black and white cloth. Engine bay excellent. New tires. A set of reproduction tools and tool bag, service manual and some documentation with the car. Offered at no reserve. Cond: 3+. Works-prepared Group 2 rally car. Restored in the 1990s and obviously well used since. Paint not fresh, several dents, notably in rear bumper. Stripped interior with Sparco bucket seats, roll cage, tripmaster, etc. Full rally suspension, competition-tuned B20 engine and a very low curb weight of only 950 kg (2,094 lb). Fully documented history includes a letter from the Volvo Museum Gothenburg confirming matching-chassis identification numbers. Period documents, photographs, full ownership history. Offered at no reserve. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $28,283. The car competed in several Swedish national rallies and many other rallies in Scandinavia before it was restored. It was recommissioned in the Netherlands in 2016. Full original Group 2 specification and ready for action. A reputed Volvo owner predicted the price to me and deemed it correct. Nice to have for a Volvo aficionado, of less interest to others. Well sold. (See profile, p. 70.) SOLD AT $134,986. When the car was bought, it was obviously never intended to be used. Black is a strange color for a sports car, especially a Ferrari. But our investor didn’t want to take risks. The manual transmission was a good choice. It sold for double the median price in the price guide ($68,100), but I don’t believe there was much ROI. Not all Ferraris are investments. #83-2006 FERRARI 575 SUPERAMER- ICA F1 convertible. S/N: ZFFGT61B000146669. Rosso Corsa/brown leather. Odo: 21,200 km. Well-specified one-owner SOLD AT $98,990. Hand-built at the rate of one car per day. Only 343 Cosmo Sport Series I models have been completed, compared with 1,176 of the Series II, but nevertheless, the latter is almost equally valued. A high-ranking collectible Japanese car, yet bidding was really slow. Eventually this “Jet Age” rotaryengined sports car went to a telephone bidder at mid-estimate. I’d say good deal for the buyer. SWEDISH #39-1970 VOLVO 122S Amazon Group 2 Rally Car 2-dr sedan. S/N: 345256. White & black/black cloth. Odo: 29,930 km. Rare “ 104 Hand-built at the rate of one car per day. Only 343 Cosmo Sport Series I models have been completed, compared with 1,176 of the Series II, but nevertheless, the latter is almost equally valued. 1967 Mazda Cosmo Series I coupe ” SOLD AT $17,998. Considered a rarity, although a total of 8,368 cars were produced. The cost of making it meet all new United States safety and emissions legislation led to its demise. An excellent example, but that was of no influence on the final price, well below the low estimate of $21,500, which I thought to be very realistic. Well bought. © Sports Car Market #41-1972 SAAB SONETT III coupe. S/N: 97725001063. Black/tan vinyl & cloth. Odo: 57,259 km. Fiberglass-bodied two-seater coupé, delivered new in the U.S and originally yellow. Bought by the Belgian Saab importer, who restored it to European spec, changing the color to black and having the interior retrimmed in beige leather at a cost of approximately $16,500. Photographs and invoices on file. Excellent condition in and out. Radiocassette and an electronic tripmaster. New Vredestein Sprint rubber. Period brochure and other related information, original service book and well-documented history. FIVA identity card. Offered at no reserve. Cond: 3+.


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Silverstone Northamptonshire, U.K. Silverstone Auctions — The May Sale While Bonhams was selling Astons the same day, Silverstone parried with a Porsche-heavy sale Company Silverstone Auctions Date May 13, 2017 Location Northamptonshire, U.K. Auctioneer Jonathan Humbert Automotive lots sold/offered 54/75 Sales rate 72% Sales total $4,668,075 High sale The top seller — 1993 Porsche 964 Turbo S Lightweight coupe, sold at $716,009 Report and photos by Paul Hardiman Market opinions in italics T he highlight of this sale was when two bidders pushed the price over the 964 Turbo Lightweight sold for an astonishing $716,009, following an intense battle to own it. The last the half-million-pound mark — more than $100,000 over its lower estimate. Silverstone always does well with Porsches, and a 1989 911 Speedster was also subject to lively bidding, with a phone buyer eventually winning at $211,186. In a period when many auction cars are let go under their pre-sale estimates, this exceeded its lowest prediction by almost $25k. 1993 Porsche 911 Turbo S Lightweight coupe, sold at $716,009 Buyers’ premium 12.5%, included in sold prices ($1.00 = £0.78) A 1961 356B cabriolet beat its lower estimate by almost $31,000 to finish at $159,113, and a 1991 944 Turbo cabriolet reached more than $18k over estimate, selling for $50,627. A U.K.-market 1973 BMW 3.0 CSL that had spent most of its life in Northamptonshire, U.K. Germany sold for $107,764 — more than twice what was predicted — but in that case the catalog estimates looked low. On the same day as Bonhams’ Aston Martin marque sale taking place in the adjoining county, Silverstone raised almost $450k on a DB6 Mk2 Vantage owned by former BTCC racer John Cleland, which was very strong money for condition. Six Ferrari 308/328s and derivatives lined up; one of the cheapest was a 1985 308 GTS that had been converted to V12 power from a 400i when almost new, selling to Indonesia for $69,431. The most expensive was a very low-mileage 1989 328 GTS at $133,076. Of the nine E-types, a well-loved 1965 Series I roadster was also the most expensive at $144,648 and the cheapest a 1970 2+2 auto at $46,287, although a 1964 Series I fixed-head coupe unused for a decade beat its lower estimate by $25k to sell for $76,664. Among the two American cars, the best buy was the S-code 1968 Mustang GT 390 for just under $48k — almost as powerful as a Cobra Jet and half the price, and a welcome change from the “Bullitt” clones that populate the market. Silverstone currently sits at a 12.5% pre- 1971 Aston Martin DB6 Mk II coupe, sold at $448,409 106 mium for buyers. While that would be one of the highest premiums in the U.S., it’s quite common in the U.K. Bonhams starts at 15% but drops to 12% after the first £50,000 bid, H&H is at 12.5%, having recently increased its rate by half a point, and RM Sotheby’s charges 12% in Europe, although only 10% in the U.S., in common with all the major houses. Staging auctions is an expensive business. ♦ Sales Totals $6m $5m $4m $3m $2m $1m 0 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 Sports Car Market


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Silverstone Northamptonshire, U.K. ENGLISH #340-1932 MG J2 roadster. S/N: J2087. Black/green leather. RHD. Odo: 2,756 miles. Very shiny for a pre-war MG, although paint is a bit micro-blistered. Newish leather, new engine-turned dash. Good chrome to headlights, not so good to radiator shell. Named “Porthos” since the ’40s, in honor of the “Musketeer” MG Works trials team of the time. Cond: 2-. covered in brown cord. Runs a later 2.25-L engine. Cond: 4+. with later rev counter. So what we have here is probably a car that’s been cosmetically restored but not used since. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $23,868. Very nice if you like whitewalls... Hammered a little under the £18k ($23k) lower estimate but a fair price. An interesting alternative to a De Dion Caterham and with a fairly quick motor—just depends how you like your British open two-seater motoring. #367-1964 JAGUAR E-TYPE Series I SOLD AT $15,911. Anything under $20k must be cheap for a lights-through-the-grille Landie. Last in SCM’s database April 1, 2017 (SCM # 6835413), when it sold at CCA’s Birmingham sale for $21,306. Perhaps the buyer panicked when they got it home... SOLD AT $34,716. Hammered sold £5,000 ($6.4k) under the lower estimate. Catalog history was rather convoluted and it may be that buyers weren’t quite sure what they were bidding on: a car from long-term family ownership or a built-up replica of same. #341-1945 MG TC roadster. S/N: TC0421. Eng. # XPAG1045. Cream & lime green/ beige leather. RHD. Odo: 240 miles. Rare car in unusual color combo. Very good paint, new leather and carpets, decent chrome, good dash and instruments. Worst I see are that the odometer digits are discolored. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $37,609. Property of Ray Davies of The Kinks—who was knighted earlier in 2017 for services to the arts. Bought by the “dedicated follower of fashion” writer on the proceeds of “Lola” following peer pressure even though he couldn’t drive. Briefly used by the band and in storage since 1991. Sold strongly for condition—amazing what a brush with a celebrity can do. SOLD AT $24,429. Most of its life in the U.S., repatriated 2015. In a more neutral color like red (yawn...), I would have expected this to do much more, but you either love it or hate it. If you liked it (and it’s growing on me) then you were up for a bit of a bargain. Well bought— until resale time. Strange that the sold price including premium was originally declared at £18,500 ($23.8k), later rising to £19,000 ($24.4k). #323-1949 LAND ROVER SERIES I utility. S/N: R8665230. Green/black vinyl. RHD. Odo: 7 miles. Marvelously scruffy and well wrinkled. Chassis has had some welding, but bulkhead looks okay. Might originally have been blue, then a sandy color. Wheels brush-painted a lighter green. Seat backs re- 108 #373-1960 MORGAN 4/4 roadster. S/N: A644. Eng. # 120EB41840. Maroon/cream leather. RHD. Okay paint, newish leather (quilted on tunnel) but judging by the tires, not used for a time, with “Golden Tyres” of a certain age on the car, and an even older Michelin cross ply on the spare. Moto-Lita wheel is new and shiny, instruments are mismatched, #353-1960 BENTLEY S2 saloon. S/N: B83BR. Black/red leather. RHD. Odo: 61,756 miles. Rather tired-looking old thing, paint scraped and bubbled, looks like a barn find. Dash blistered, well-creased original leather. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $76,664. Taken off the road 10 years ago. Sold a little higher than anticipated, but fair for a car that could be smoked around in as a lovely old survivor while the new owner decides what to do with it. #356-1964 JAGUAR E-TYPE Series I coupe. S/N: 889937. Red/black leather. Odo: 21,211 miles. Recently restored, originally Opalescent Golden Sand. New leather, new carpets, new stainless exhaust, super-clean motor‚ and refreshing to see one on correct painted wires instead of chrome, for a change. Doors have dropped on their hinges a bit. Cond: 3+. coupe. S/N: 861707. Black/tan leather. RHD. Odo: 6,783 miles. Running, and appears quite solid underneath. Older repaint blistered, originally Opalescent Dark Green. Chrome not bad, probably savable with a polish. Seat leather redone at some point, now lightly baggy. Not original engine. Modern stereo—or at least it was when fitted in the ’80s. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $95,468. Originally supplied to New York, returned to the U.K. 2014 and restored. Though sold under estimate, fair money considering it still had a few needs. #310-1965 JAGUAR E-TYPE Series I convertible. S/N: 1E1340. Dark blue/black cloth/ black leather. RHD. Odo: 32,297 miles. Very sharp, but not totally restored, rather refurbished in parts over the years. Straight body, nice paint and chrome. Leather is likely original and with splendid creased patina, looking nicely lived-in and with a story to tell... just like your reporter. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $144,648. In this ownership 26 years, Sports Car Market


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Silverstone Northamptonshire, U.K. and still sporting a rally plate from the 2001 Commemorative Tour de France to celebrate 40 years of the E-type. Fairly strong money for a car that’s not been completely restored, but you got a warm feeling about its life in the vendor’s ownership. #352-1967 JAGUAR E-TYPE Series 1½ convertible. S/N: 1E14660. Red/black cloth/ beige leather. RHD. Clean and tidy, originally Primrose with black interior. Converted to RHD during late ’90s, then restored in 2009; leather shows little use since, confirmed by intact enamel on exhaust manifolds. Now with electric fan and electronic ignition; sits just right on correct Dunlop SP Aquajet tires. Modern face-off stereo is only minor glitch and strangely, entire front suspension has been painted body color to match the subframe. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $90,406. One of nine E-types in this sale, and the sharpest, although the ’65 Series 1 (Lot 310, SCM# 6836110) was the nicest. Originally supplied to New York, returned to the U.K. in 1989. Good value because as a “Series 1½” it’s considered less collectible than a faired-headlight S1, although it retains the S1’s small air intake (the S2’s is bigger). They drive better, however, and are the thinking man’s choice and a good value against the ’64 S1 3.8 coupe (Lot 356, SCM# 6836150). #324-1971 ASTON MARTIN DB6 Mk II coupe. S/N: DB6MK24286R. Eng. # 4667VC. Red/tan leather. RHD. Odo: 37,028 miles. Good paint and chrome, apart from one chip at back edge of driver’s door. Front air-scoop strakes a bit bent. Floors and sills a bit flaky, newish exhaust. Wellcreased leather, smells musty inside. Add-on a/c and modern stereo. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $448,409. Being sold by former BTCC (and now historic Supertouring) racer. Considering there were several other nicer examples to choose from for sale on the same day in the TOP 10 No. 9 next county, this did very well to get this much money, as I expected the sold price in sterling to start with a 2, not a 3 (£348,750). I can only put the high price down to slightly celebrity ownership, and that it was the model the market most likes, in an attractive color. Another DB6, a 1967 Mk 1 (Lot 327) was offered but did not sell, with a “buy now for £250k ($321k)” note on it in the days following the sale. #317-1985 FORD CAPRI 2.0 Laser coupe. S/N: WF0CXXGAECES79022. Black/ gray velour. RHD. Odo: 4,873 miles. Good and straight with no rot. A few sink/dust marks plus blowover on window seals spoils the effect a bit. Interior plastics very sharp. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $18,804. Looks like strong money for a “lesser” Capri model, and in line with what Silverstone expected, given that the V6 cars can fetch $20k more. But last year, a dealer was asking £20k (then $30k) for a similar 2.0S, also in black, and with just 1,200 miles. I recommended he up that a bit, and it sold for £25k ($32k). That was obviously a one-off... GERMAN #359-1964 MERCEDES-BENZ 220SE cabriolet. S/N: 11102322067822. Ruby metallic/black cloth/black MB-Tex. RHD. Odo: 81,434 miles. U.K. RHD-market car with an auto and power steering. All good. Shiny paint, decent chrome, dash timber refinished and only slightly blistering. Seats unworn, new top. Electric fan. Cond: 3+. 110 Sports Car Market


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Silverstone Northamptonshire, U.K. SOLD AT $92,575. Was in Hong Kong for a time. Not the quickest tool in the garage, but looks like a really good value compared with a 300SE cab, which goes for four times as much, especially as it hammered a few thousand under the £70k ($90k) lower estimate. Even a chopped 280SE 3.5 coupe would be 50% more than this. #354-1973 BMW 3.0 CSL coupe. S/N: 2285287. Fjord Blue/black vinyl & velour. RHD. Odo: 15,902 miles. Straight and clean, paint chipped on the wheels. Front inner fenders good. Seat velour and vinyl all good. Dealer-fitted (in Aachen) with a new engine in 1991, stamped to match the original. NOVA paperwork done. Cond: 3+. leaving this somewhere in the middle, even with those amazing graphics. one that Silverstone MD Nick Whale remembers riding in as a 13-year-old when it was owned by a friend of his father’s. Didn’t look expensive for what it is—a rare spec, in a very period color, in super order. #329-1979 PORSCHE 930 Turbo coupe. S/N: 9309700209. White/black leather. RHD. Odo: 42,602 miles. Excellent overall, refinished in parts with very period graphics to sides and tail. Almost concours underneath with clean engine and transmission, new oil pipes. Leather lightly worn. Speedo replaced at 34,000 miles, so real mileage is about 76,000. With books and tools. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $107,764. Though it’s a right-handdrive U.K.-supplied car, it’s been in Germany for most of its life. Sold well over the £45k– £55k ($57k–$71k) estimate, but that looked more like a CSi price, and low for a CSL. Why aren’t these nearer the price of an RS 2.7? #321-1975 PORSCHE 911 Carrera 3.0 Targa. S/N: 9116610033. Orange/black vinyl & houndstooth. RHD. Odo: 81,661 miles. Rare Sport option package includes whale tail, anodised aluminum—instead of bright—trim and wider wheels. Repainted, retrimmed so seat velour is unworn. New heat exchangers and Nylocs. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $88,959. The 1975 Earls Court Motor Show car, and #366-1979 PORSCHE 928 coupe. S/N: 9289100841. Petrol Blue Metallic/black leather. Odo: 99,523 miles. Euro car that’s been federalised, and it’s pretty horrible. Parts repainted are dull and micro-blistered, areas that were not are fading. Rusty under side windows. Wheels peeling. Some cracks in dash. Front seat leather very cracked, rears better. And we all know what happens to the electrics when they stand for long periods. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $15,189. Okay, it’s an early version, therefore collectible, and it is a manual, but I thought it did well to sell at all. Incredibly, Silverstone thought it would fetch more. The bottom of the market was about four years ago, when a mate bought a driver-quality S2 for £4,000 (then about $7,700). SOLD AT $112,826. Hammered sold at the lower end of the estimate range and in line with recent 930 prices in the U.K. A very early car, or a late G50 5-speed would be more, #370-1989 BMW Z1 convertible. S/N: WBABA91070AL01039. Chili Red/gray leather. Odo: 50,209 miles. Well restored around 10 years ago, repainted in a non-Z1 BMW Chili Red. No cracks in body (they go first around the door locks) and camo leather is only wrinkled to the normal extent. Aftermarket instruments in custom pod. Replacement engine fitted at 90,000 miles with a 33,000-miler, so odo might have been reset to match. Twin exhaust. Noted to occasionally drop out of reverse gear, and left door stuck open. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $41,225. Sold at Silverstone’s Race Retro auction on February 24 for $41,242 (SCM# 6827974) and offered again here due to a “change in the vendor’s circumstances.” This time, he got his money back, minus commission charges. #314-1989 PORSCHE 911 Speedster. S/N: WP0ZZZ91ZKS151214. Black/black cloth/black leather. RHD. Odo: 9,002 km. Wide-bodied Speedster, of which 139 were built in RHD. Shiny, looks almost unused, left 112 Sports Car Market


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Silverstone Northamptonshire, U.K. seat shows no wear, driver’s side only lightly creased. With Porsche Certificate of Authenticity, books and tools. Cond: 2. One of 100 RHD Turbo cabs. Immaculate, almost perfect with no scuffs or scrapes, although recently painted. Original factory stickers under hood, two sets of keys, books and tire compressor, plus Porsche Certificate of Authenticity. A retailer’s dream. Cond: 2+. lightweight coupe. S/N: WP0ZZZ96ZNS491065. Eng. # 62N81702. Red/gray leather. RHD. Odo: 70,960 miles. U.K.-spec RHD RS. Tidy and unscuffed, some new paint around rear skirts. Door cards retrimmed (after they were cut for speakers). Rear cage fitted, plus Turbo-spec front brakes. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $211,186. Originally supplied in Australia, to the U.K. in 2014. Just about all these must have been put away as investments and hardly used, for we rarely encounter one with any serious mileage—in fact, this probably counts as a high-miler at around 5,600. As a quantifiable commodity, sold where expected. #330-1990 BMW M3 coupe. S/N: WBSAK05000AE41995. Red/black leather. Odo: 12,757 km. Euro cat model with dog-leg 5-speed. Very well kept and almost perfect, with books and tools. Super-clean in and out and under bonnet; leather only lightly worn. Refurbed wheels, new tires. Odo is second time around the clock, meaning a total of about 80,000 miles. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $50,627. Massive money for a 944—but it seems entirely reasonable for this immaculate cab, which as well as being the most collectible 944, falls into the “find another” category. #331-1993 PORSCHE 911 964 Turbo S Lightweight coupe. S/N: WP0ZZZ96ZPS- 479051. Eng. # 61N01574. Black/pink, cherry & lilac leather. Odo: 68,868 km. Leichtbau is factory hot-rod Turbo, with 180 kg shed by leaving out as much as possible, RS style. A little light stone chipping to nose. Triple-tone leather lightly creased. With aircon and airbags. Cargraphic exhaust. Cond: 2-. TOP 10 No. 5 NOT SOLD AT $199,293. I drove this last year when the selling dealer was asking £260k (then $325k)... the week before a non-lightweight sold at RM Sotheby’s Battersea for £169k ($255k, SCM# 6804516). This time it was reserved at £170k ($218k)... and could only get within £15k ($19k) of that. Re-offered at £170k ($219k) in the days after the sale. IRISH #362-1981 DELOREAN DMC-12 coupe. S/N: SCEDT26T2BD004526. Brushed stainless steel/gray leather. Odo: 25,757 miles. Cat model. Good order all around, with the hint of a couple of slight wrinkles in the right door. Seat leather lightly creased, dash plastics good, doors stay up. With added remote door release so you don’t have to risk putting the key in the fragile door locks, plus original handbook and tool roll. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $67,985. German-market car, came to the U.K. in 2001. This is what you pay for a good ’un, going the way RS 2.7s did... #332-1991 PORSCHE 944 Turbo cabrio- let. S/N: WP0ZZZ95ZMN130427. Red/black cloth/black leather. RHD. Odo: 50,319 miles. SOLD AT $716,009. Number 51 of 86 built, catalog says. Came to the U.K. Jan 2014. Yes, I was amazed at the price too, but this is what was expected, and Silverstone MD Nick Whale does know his Porsches. Well sold. #335-1993 PORSCHE 911 Carrera RS SOLD AT $45,565. Bought from a Washington state collector and imported to the U.K. in 2016. On the money for a lowish-miles and well-kept DeLorean in the British Isles, and it’s a manual! ITALIAN #376-1972 ALFA ROMEO GT Junior 1600 coupe. S/N: AR1281429. Red/black velour. Odo: 88,602 miles. A very junior racer (sorry!), originally a 1300. Looks more like a track-day car; there’s a roll bar but only a clipped-in extinguisher, no scrutineering stickers, and only 125 hp is claimed from replacement 1600 motor. Cosmetics fairly good for a competition car, paint slightly dull and orange peeled, with a few bubbles and cracks. Fuel 114 Sports Car Market


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Silverstone Northamptonshire, U.K. tank meets FIA regs, and it has a Historic Technical Passport. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $69,431. See what they did with the lot number? Sold (to Indonesia) for a bit less than a nice, stock GTS (see Lot 320, SCM# 6836146), so all that work was for naught. Still, good for bragging rights as the 308 doesn’t feel that quick these days. This adds about 70 hp, but more importantly, another 110 ft-lb of torque. #320-1985 FERRARI 308 GTS QV Spi- SOLD AT $21,697. Spec is because it’s been run in Italian hillclimb series, converted to this form in 1996; last event sticker is from the 62nd Coppa Nissena, which was September 2016. Cheap for any 105, so a good basis for an actual racer, or just use as-is for more hillclimbs and track days. #319-1972 FERRARI 365 GTC/4 coupe. S/N: 15989. Blue/tan leather. RHD. Odo: 12,805 miles. Restored, straight and shiny, originally Argento. Newish tan leather. New suede to center console, dash top perfect. Windscreen delaminating in corners as usual, plastic nose cone in good shape. Excellent exhaust, sits on the right Michelin XWXs. Speedo change at 49,600 means real mileage is 62,405. Cond: 2+. der. S/N: ZFFLA13C000058633. Rosso Corsa/Crema leather. RHD. Odo: 38,500 miles. Clean, tidy, well kept, leather lightly used, carpets look unworn. Lowish mileage and with full service history including recent new cam belts. With tools, plus spare set of split-rim wheels. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $112,826. On the money for model, condition and mileage, showing the value in leaving them stock and looking after them (see Lot 308...). #361-1993 LANCIA DELTA Integrale Evo 2 hatchback. S/N: ZLA831AB000582788. Red/beige Alcantara. Odo: 74,619 km. Straight and paint okay, apart from tiny bubbles on screen pillars and one weird ping from inside of left rear door. Alcantara bobbled but not too baggy or worn, suggesting mileage is right. Cond: 3+. BEST BUY NOT SOLD AT $270,010. One of 31 U.K. RHD cars. Bid to £210k ($270k), which wasn’t enough against a £230k ($295k) lower estimate. Still available in the days after the sale on a “buy it now at £220k ($283k)” offer. Looks fantastic value against a Daytona... #308-1985 FERRARI 308 GTS QV Spi- der. S/N: 55187. Blue/cream leather. RHD. Odo: 44,901 miles. Tidy and stock-looking. Still described as a Quattrovalvole but it’s not, having had a two-valve V12 from a 400i transplanted in the late ’80s. Deep front spoiler a factory option. Recently refurbished by the man who created it; leather and paint original. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $52,797. Imported from Germany in 1996, in the vendor’s hands from 1998. Sold well over the £30k ($39k) high estimate, but this is on the money for a very good Evo 2, and probably a little left in it for retail. The last one of these Silverstone sold (a ’94 in the same color, and a slightly nicer condition 2+ with 13,556 km, at Race Retro in February, SCM# 6827925) fetched $66,665. © 116 Sports Car Market


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Bonhams Newport Pagnell, U.K. Bonhams — The Aston Martin Works Sale A Volante takes high-sale honors as the Aston market settles Company Bonhams Date May 13, 2017 Location Newport Pagnell, U.K. Auctioneer James Knight Automotive lots sold/offered 26/42 Sales rate 62% Sales total $7,525,206 High sale 1970 Aston Martin DB6 Mk II Volante, sold at $900,033 Buyer’s premium Top seller at this year’s Aston Works sale — 1970 Aston Martin DB6 Mk II Volante, sold at $900,033 15% on the first $64,288; 12% thereafter, included in sold prices ($1.00=£0.78) Report and photos by Paul Hardiman Market opinions in italics T his was a slightly strange one. In the absence of any hugely expensive or historical lots — such as the DB4GT Bertone that has gone before, or the DB3S from last year — Bonhams fielded three DB6 Volantes as the star lots. None sold on the day, although one of the Mk IIs made away in a post-auction deal. But while the convertibles struggled, Bonhams raised strong money on a couple of DB6 coupes, the high-water mark being $492k on a 1970 Mk II Vantage — $44k more than a slightly less nice example in the next county. So this month, good DB6s are worth more than half lightweight racer that Bonhams has sold before at $303k — a relative bargain, as it would cost something like twice that to build again. Earlier cars have definitely slipped back a bit, with realistic reserves being Newport Pagnell, U.K. asked. A DB2 drophead coupe only fetched $232,337, where previously, nearer $300k has been available. A DB2/4 Mk I made $196,336 and a DB Mk III brought $272,659. As is traditional, Bonhams managed to unearth yet another barn- find DB2/4. The cars get more desperate and needy by the year, and this one was an absolute horror. Someone apparently loved it enough to pay $70,235 to own it. A 1950 2.6-liter Lagonda drophead project at $25,137 was a bit a DB5. It appears that owners are hanging on to those, as only one was on offer, although it went for the right money at $722k. See the profile on p. 68. The sole X-Pack V8 Volante astounded at a whisker shy of $500k — that it had been converted from auto to manual and from left- to right-hand drive didn’t seem to matter, as Aston Martin Works did the conversions. A 1996 V8 Sportsman estate sold strongly too, at $433,945, outselling both the 2000 Vantage Le Mans coupe at $397,943, and the 1997 V600 600-hp version of the same at $325,941. DB4s included a well-known and highly developed 118 better, merely looking as if a grenade had gone off inside it. Needing rather less work was a 1961 DB4 Series III on which the heavy lifting had been done, selling well at a healthy $289,989. The lower-than-average sales rate might suggest a slightly disappointing event, but attending Aston Martin Owners Club members wouldn’t agree. The Works and the auction were as packed as ever, this being the focus of what is effectively the AMOC’s annual social gathering — and some things never change: AM’s stuffed owl, a legacy of Works Service days, still perches in the roof trusses. ♦ Sales Totals $18m $15m $12m $9m $6m $3m 0 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 Sports Car Market


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Bonhams Newport Pagnell, U.K. ENGLISH #201-1950 LAGONDA 2.6-LITER drop- head coupe. S/N: LAG50335. Green/red leather. RHD. Odo: 90,400 miles. Green paint peeling off to reveal it was once blue. Literally crumbling before your eyes, as the pile of rust under it got larger as the day went on. Interior looks as if it’s been dismantled by a bomb blast, and instrument glasses are missing. Weird twin-headlight treatment likely plundered from Alvis or perhaps Chinese-eye Rolls-Royce, plus heater and Armstrong Selectaride rear dampers from a DB5. Fitted with a 2.6-liter Vantage engine VB6E501308 from a DB2/4 in 1962. Cond: 4+. #231-1954 ASTON MARTIN DB2/4 Mk I coupe. S/N: LML604. Red/cream leather. RHD. Older restoration, repainted in 2013, still presents well. Panel gaps typically wide, but consistent. Redone leather slightly baggy, motor tidy and stock. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $196,336. In this family ownership for 50 years. Prices on these have definitely mellowed in the past two years—more so than the Superleggera cars—and the price paid was all that was being realistically asked for. Fair both ways. #202-1957 ASTON MARTIN DB2/4 Mk SOLD AT $25,137. Off the road for 35 years. Even its paperwork hadn’t survived unscathed, showing fire damage sustained, the catalog said, in an office robbery. You couldn’t make some of this stuff up, but somebody wanted this grim, decaying pile, and paid over the $20,500 top estimate to get it. #205-1953 ASTON MARTIN DB2 drop- head coupe. S/N: LML50394. Silver/red cloth/red leather. RHD. Odo: 43,158 miles. Older restoration. Good panel gaps, last painted in 2010; soft top and carpets new at the same time. Sits just right on tall crossplies. Replacement engine fitted at Newport Pagnell in 1959, carbs correctly finished in black. Catalog said there was scope for “minor improvement” but I thought it was better than that, presenting very well. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $70,235. First owned by the Hon. Viscount Downe, and off the road for 40 years. Bonhams always manages to bring a project DB2/4 to its Aston sale—and they get more challenging every year. What next—a barrel of rust with a chassis plate? Given the condition, sold quite well compared with previous £90k ($116k) cars that were merely “rough,” rather than truly horrible. Somebody will surely resurrect this... #211-1958 ASTON MARTIN DB MK III SOLD AT $232,337. These have slipped back quite a bit in the past three years, although I could never see how they could be worth almost as much as a DB4. Sold some way behind the $250k lower estimate, an indicator that they’ve fallen slightly out of fashion and perhaps now reflect the model’s true value. 120 coupe. S/N: AM30031529. Red/gray leather. RHD. Clean and straight, last restored 2012– 15. Originally Peony with White Gold leather, front discs and overdrive from new. Swiss title. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $272,659. Delivered new in South Africa, back to the U.K. 2001, to Germany 2005, in Switzerland since 2006. Last seen in SCM’s database in 2002 (SCM# 1556124), when it sold for $36,267 at H&H’s Derbyshire sale in December, having been Sports Car Market SOLD AT $304,340. Intermarque class winner in 2008, bought by the vendor at this sale in 2009 for $126,840 (SCM # 1644328); last raced at BDC Silverstone in 2015. When this was made into a racer, that probably increased its value, as these weren’t worth much, but now it would be worth more as a stock car. Although you couldn’t build it again for this money, a fair sum-of-its-parts valuation for a still-useful weapon. #207-1961 ASTON MARTIN DB4 Series III coupe. S/N: DB4748R. Green/Magnolia leather. RHD. Odo: 18,765 miles. Project with all the heavy lifting done. It’s a roller, with body and paint finished, plus the rest of it in bits. Seat leather looks original and highly II coupe. S/N: AM3001250. Black/gray leather. RHD. If this was a barn find, then the barn must’ve had no roof. The aluminum skins are still there, but everything structural holding it together has crumbled and is falling apart. I didn’t dare open the driver’s door to check the odo in fear it’d come off in my hand. With VB6L cylinder head and twin exhausts from new, conferring an extra 25 hp. Cond: 5. acquired the year before at Bonhams Olympia for $29,394, then considered the correct retail price. The DB2/4 and its derivatives have slipped back a little from 2015, but the hammer price got very near the $255k upper estimate, a rare phenomenon at British auctions these days. #232-1960 ASTON MARTIN DB4 Light- weight Competition replica coupe. S/N: DB4744R. Green/black velour. RHD. Wellknown and highly developed race car. Built in the ’80s down to 1,000-kg class limit, rebuilt 2004, now runs a Crosthwaite & Gardiner four-bolt-main block. Good order all around with subtly flared wheelarches. Cond: 3.


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Bonhams Newport Pagnell, U.K. creased, rest of interior retrimmed but not fitted; motor unrestored, although cylinder head is said to be rebuilt, and rather grubby. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $289,939. Original owner was Kenneth Delingpole of Dellow fame. Off the road since 1987. Selling at the bottom of the wide $250k–$380k estimate range, this is about $200k behind the value of a finished car. So it’s quite conceivable that by doing a lot of the work himself, the new owner could be on the road in a cheapish DB4. It’s also quite conceivable that the new owner might throw in the towel like the last one, and we’ll see it here in the same state next year. #223-1961 ASTON MARTIN DB4 Series III coupe. S/N: DB4709R. Green/Magnolia leather. RHD. Odo: 56,798 miles. Hot-rodded SIII in good order, with deleted bumpers and 4.2 motor, although strangely, it’s been left on twin SUs. Driver’s seat slightly baggy. Originally Dubonnet. Cond: 2-. TOP 10 No. 6 A fairly unmolested driver-quality car. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $376,343. In this ownership 30 years. Sold right, exactly where the market says it should. #203-1968 ASTON MARTIN DBS SOLD AT $721,955. In this ownership since 1972. The only DB5 in the auction, so it was always going to sell and bidding continued until it got the right money. It was briefly the high seller, until a post-sale deal was done on the DB6 Mk II Volante immediately preceding it. #229-1966 ASTON MARTIN DB6 Van- tage Mk I Volante. S/N: DBVC3675R. Black/ black vinyl/black leather. RHD. Odo: 62,334 miles. Older restoration, still straight and very shiny. Rechrome okay—with a few small scratches. Rear leather original, front redone. Not taxed for the road since 2011; 5% extra duty to pay if it stays in the E.U. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $513,148. Sold exactly mid-estimate, so no surprises there. Might have gone a bit more had it been left stock. #210-1961 ASTON MARTIN DB4 Series II coupe. S/N: DB4569L. Silver Blue/beige leather. Odo: 65,809 miles. Solid underneath, near-perfect paint. Originally Black Pearl with red leather. Newish leather only lightly used, and new carpets, which don’t fit very well. Motor clean and tidy, though wrong air filters. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $743,590. In Seattle, WA, 1987–90. Bid to £580k ($745k), which was £100k ($129k) under the lower estimate, and unsurprisingly, it didn’t sell. Prices have slipped back, but in the run-up to the U.K. General Election, and with all the attendant worries of how Brexit is actually going to turn out, the market has certainly become a harder place. #212-1967 ASTON MARTIN DB6 Van- NOT SOLD AT $423,080. Delivered new in Bahrain, then in the U.S., has also been registered in France and Germany. Bid to £330k ($424k), which was £20k ($26k) under the realistic estimate of £350k ($450k). #209-1964 ASTON MARTIN DB5 coupe. S/N: DB51666R. Blue/ Magnolia leather. RHD. Odo: 78,333 miles. Repainted in 2016, otherwise very original. Front seats retrimmed 25 years ago. Very little use since, although catalog states the motor has been run up to temperature once a month. TOP 10 No. 4 122 tage coupe. S/N: DB62562R. Silver/black leather. RHD. Odo: 4,885 miles. Older repaint, a few blemishes in chrome, although bumpers are said to be stainless. Original leather is very creased in front, almost unused in back. Period stereo. With later VC-spec engine (4002313VC) Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $861,460. Not sold against a £700–£900k ($900k–$1.15m) estimate. Those numbers looked right last year, and maybe almost a million quid was possible in 2015, but today’s expectations need to be significantly lower. #220-1970 ASTON MARTIN DB6 Mk II coupe. S/N: DBMK24252R. Blue metallic/ blue leather. RHD. Odo: 55,258 miles. Older restoration, originally TOP 10 No. 8 Sports Car Market SOLD AT $130,093. These get better the more you look at them—and not just because of frequent repeats of “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.” Price inflation has flattened off in past three years but still rising gently, and these now fetch more than some of the V8s. Bought as a restoration project at this sale in 2010 for $30,015 (SCM# 1684815), when I gloomily predicted that was for the motor and trans only, and £117k ($150k) spent to get it like this, so the vendor’s not getting all his money back. #221-1968 ASTON MARTIN DB6 Vo- lante. S/N: DBVC3677R. Silver/black cloth/ red leather. RHD. Odo: 20,545 miles. Really sharp; restored by Aston Martin Works in 2012—and also the catalog cover star. Originally with three-ear spinners, which it retains, and black leather, redone in red and still almost like new. Motor concours, in factory finishes. Cond: 2+. coupe. S/N: DBS5237R. Green/black leather. RHD. Odo: 53,155 miles. Straight, clean and shiny. Originally Dubonnet with beige leather, silver last time we saw it. Restored 2010–12, the leather is just settling in, veneers all good, new stainless wheels, wood-rim steering wheel. Some finishing works noted to be required—minor electrics and some small parts still to fit, so it sounds like a stalled almostcomplete project. Cond: 3+.


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Bonhams Newport Pagnell, U.K. Dubonnet Rosso, with lovely paint, nice chrome, lightly creased leather is an older retrim. 5% extra to pay if it stays in the E.U., so presumably from Switzerland. Cond: 2. $66,538. I think these are cooler than the later “Mr Bean” actor, petrolhead and amateur racer Rowan Atkinson, who had it RHD converted. Bid up to an apparent £140k ($180k), which should have been been enough to buy it, as that was within spitting distance of the rather generous £150k ($192k) lower estimate. #215-1982 ASTON MARTIN V8 Van- SOLD AT $491,547. In Canada for a time before being repatriated in mid-’90s. Very strong money for a DB6, but it is the most marketable model—a manual, too—although it’s interesting that it got this much on a day when two of the DB6 Volantes struggled. TOP 10 No. 3 #208-1970 ASTON MARTIN DB6 Mk II Volante. S/N: DB6MK2VC3778R. Silver/black cloth/black leather. RHD. Odo: 24,007 miles. “Requires re-commissioning.” A fairly original car that hasn’t been used for a while, originally supplied to Hong Kong as an automatic. Converted to ZF manual in the ’80s. Older paint holding up well, nicely creased leather could be original, still with original Radiomobile. Bought at Bonhams’ 2008 Goodwood Revival sale for $526,125 (SCM# 1641735) with 23,998 miles, and keys still wear the lot number tag “322.” Being sold from outside the E.U. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $105,612. In this ownership since 1994. Isn’t it strange how DBS V8s make less than the DBSs with straight six, which were always considered a bit breathless. Anyway, we’ll call this market correct for a driverquality car, which is sure to appreciate. #242-1981 ASTON MARTIN V8 Van- SOLD AT $900,033. Bid up to an apparent £690k ($887k), which wasn’t enough (and with commission added would have topped its eventual sold price), although a post-sale deal of £700k ($900k) all-in was agreed upon a couple of days later—that figure on Bonhams’ website quickly replaced by “sold.” That translates to a top bid of about £650k ($736k) plus premium, which is all the market was prepared to pay, and presumably includes the additional 5% payable if it stays in the E.U. These were at least £700k ($900k) two years ago, so there’s been some adjustment. #234-1971 ASTON MARTIN DBS V8 coupe. S/N: DBSV810105R. Blue metallic/tan leather. RHD. Odo: 64,130 miles. Restored in the ’80s but not run for a while. Solid underneath, paint dull and crazed, especially to bonnet, some small bubbles in places. Original leather well creased. Cond: 3. SOLD AT 124 tage coupe. S/N: V8VOL12319. Maroon/ cream leather. RHD. Odo: 24,716 miles. Converted from left- to right-hand drive by Works Service in 1984. Chassis number has been amended on the V5C registration document, but chassis plate still finishes “L.” Quite a few paint blemishes as you look around it, with small cracks and bubbles at base of A-pillars. Leather lightly creased, and cracked on side bolsters. Cond: 3+. single-headlight cars, and owners tell me the fuel injection can be set up at home... if you have lots of patience. As a solid base for cosmetic improvement, looks like a pretty good value here. #239-1971 ASTON MARTIN DBS V8 coupe. S/N: DBSV810297R. Maroon metallic/ tan leather. RHD. Odo: 35,667 miles. Older restoration, fair from 10 paces. Nice paint— except for a few blemishes closer up including small ding over right headlight, and grille trim a bit wavy as a result. Decent chrome, original leather is holding up well. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $253,938. Bought at this sale in 2010, though does not appear in SCM’s Platinum Auction Database. Sold post-action, with the all-in price almost matching the £200k ($257k) lower estimate. In today’s market, that makes it a fairly-priced Volante, and PoW spec is the one to have. #226-1989 ASTON MARTIN V8 Zagato Volante. S/N: SCFCV81Z7JTR- 30022. Sable metallic/brown cloth/cream leather. RHD. Odo: 3,680 miles. Good order with low miles. Leather unworn, veneers perfect, still wears original tires. Cond: 2-. tage Volante. S/N: V8COR15301. Green/tan cloth/Magnolia leather. RHD. Odo: 43,500 miles. Well kept and reasonably low mileage. Very shiny older paint, new top in 2000. Started as a standard Volante, upgraded by the Works in 1988 to “Prince of Wales” spec. Leather and veneers good, Nardi wheel. German registered. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $361,942. One of 12 right-handed cars, delivered new to the Patrick Collection. In this German-collection ownership for 19 years but never registered there. Sold postsale. These were once seen as super-exotic, but this was less money than the very workedover 7-liter Vantage Volante X-Pack (Lot 230, SCM# 6835871). #227-1989 ASTON MARTIN LAG- NOT SOLD AT $179,487. Formerly, and very briefly (a few months in 1984), owned by ONDA Series IV 4-dr sedan. S/N: SCFDL01S5KTR13588. Black/cream leather. RHD. Very straight with incredibly deep and lustrous paint, which dates from 2008, when the vendor bought the car. Originally green, with only a few hundred miles covered since the respray. Sports Car Market


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Bonhams Newport Pagnell, U.K. order, veneers unmarked, twin Eaton supercharged motor tidy. With books and tools. Cond: 2. Leather unmarked and hardly sat in. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $117,133. In this ownership since 2008, stored for 12 years before that. Strange how people don’t drive them. Anyway, this one sold for more realistic money than the S1 (Lot 214, SCM# 6835847), or about the same as a decent V8 Saloon. #230-1989 ASTON MARTIN V8 Vantage X-pack 7-Liter Volante. S/N: SCFCV81V3KTL15790. Black Pearl/tan vinyl/tan leather. RHD. Odo: 47,691 miles. Paint near perfect, originally red with Magnolia leather, five-year-old replacement leather only lightly used, veneers perfect, Nardi wheel. Factory-converted from left- to right-hand drive, and from auto to manual when only a few months old. Originally an X-pack, 7-liter RS Williams motor fitted by 2012. Monaco Yacht Club badge on the rear... Cond: 2. TOP 10 No. 7 SOLD AT $214,293. Sold a little behind the £175k ($225k) lower estimate that coincidentally almost matched the car’s price when new. Still cheaper than an X-pack V8 and with even more prod. #217-1996 ASTON MARTIN V8 Sportsman wagon. S/N: SCFCAM2SCTBL79007. Green/green leather. Odo: 21,372 km. One of three built by Aston Martin, and maintained by AM Works since. Flawless paint, leather looks hardly used, veneers perfect and complete with string dog guard. Cond: 2+. TOP 10 No. 10 could go nearly as fast in SCM’s Viper GTS ACR (which I adore, having driven it several hundred miles in 2015) for much less money. #236-2000 ASTON MARTIN VANTAGE Le Mans coupe. S/N: SCFDAM2S9YBR70269. Green/tan leather & suede. RHD. Odo: 4,000 miles. Number 29 of 40 Le Mans models built to commemorate 40 years since Salvadori and Shelby’s 1959 Le Mans win in a DBR1. Well preserved, straight and shiny. Seats have unusual (for an Aston) suede center inserts, which are unworn. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $498,747. Originally sold in Monaco. Massive money—these were £250k ($321k) last year—but apparently it ticked every box on the collector’s wish list, if not the last word in subtlety and taste. Bidding got very tense around the £340k (437k) mark until it finally hammered a few thousand later. Steering and transmission conversions appear not to have hurt the value, either. #206-1996 ASTON MARTIN VANTAGE coupe. S/N: SCFDAM2535BR70132. Blue/ Parchment leather. RHD. Odo: 30,772 miles. Well kept and relatively low mileage, probably had some paint. Blue-piped leather all in good “ 126 SOLD AT $433,945. Of the various wagons based on the Virage series of cars, this is one of the most successful, although in profile it does look like an enormous Z4M. Last sold at a Paris auction in 2014. This time, looked like massive money for a Virage-derived car, but fetched what was expected, $100k more than a V600 coupe. Well sold. #233-1997 ASTON MARTIN VANTAGE V600 coupe. S/N: SCFDAM253TBR70164. Blue/Magnolia leather. RHD. Well kept and in good order all around. Factory-converted to V600 spec (twin Eaton blowers, providing a massive 600 ft-lbs of torque at 4,000 rpm) when three years old. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $325,941. If 550 bhp wasn’t enough... These didn’t even have traction control when they were new, although most have had it discreetly added. Market-correct price, although you Massive money—these were £250k ($321k) last year—but apparently it ticked every box on the collector’s wish list, if not the last word in subtlety and taste. 1989 Aston Martin V8 Vantage X-pack 7-liter Volante SOLD AT $397,943. Relatively rare in that it hasn’t been upgunned to V600 spec—although I guess 550 hp ought to be enough. Sold for $70k more than the Vantage that had, but rarity, low mileage and collectibility are on its side. Market correct. #240-2004 ASTON MARTIN VAN- QUISH coupe. S/N: SCFAC13314B501305. Black/black leather. RHD. Odo: 10,500 miles. Cosmetically upgraded to S spec, including S badges. Unscuffed, seat-base leather lightly baggy. Low mileage, with books and tools. Cond: 2. ” SOLD AT $117,133. A retailer’s dream, and as a result sold quite well, with hammer price near the bottom-end of its estimate range and final price just above it. © Sports Car Market


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Mecum Auctions Indianapolis, IN Mecum — Spring Classic Capitalizing on collections, Mecum hits record numbers Company Mecum Auctions Date May 16–20, 2017 Location Indianapolis, IN Auctioneers Mark Delzell, Mike Hagerman, Bobby McGlothlen, Matt Moravec, Jeff Knox, Logan Schmid, Russ Coughlin Automotive lots sold/offered 1,219/1,671 Sales rate 73% Sales total $54,401,256 High sale 1996 Porsche 911 GT2 Evo coupe, sold at $1,595,000 Buyer’s premium Authentically built to the 1932 race configuration — 1932 Hupmobile Comet #4 Indy racer, sold at $225,500 Report and photos by B. Mitchell Carlson Market opinion in italics N ow in their third decade of conducting the Spring Classic collector car auction, Dana Mecum and his crew at Mecum Auctions have seen their share of trends and venues. Having held it at various venues in the suburbs of Chicago, they made the move to the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis nine years ago and saw the Spring Classic continue to grow. While Mecum’s January event in Kissimmee, FL, is now the biggest collector car auction anywhere, the Spring Classic is the next largest, and remains the core auction for the company. An additional reason for Mecum to celebrate was that it proved to be their most successful Spring Classic yet. Compared with last year, there were over 100 more consignments, and sales were up by 125. Yet best of all was an increase in gross sales of $6.3m. The typical auction house is doing well to bring in $6.3m on an event, let alone have that much of an increase from the previous year. The total take this year was $54.4m — a number difficult to attain by even the highest-end companies. A 1996 Porsche 911 GT2 Evo coupe took top honors at this year’s sale. As one of 11, the car changed hands for a rather strong final price of $1,595,000. While the only seven-digit sale of the weekend, it was backed up 128 Indianapolis, IN by another import in second place: a 1967 Toyota 2000GT, finding a new home at $825,000. Rounding out the rest of the top 10 was a solid brace of American Muscle Chevrolets and Fords that are Mecum’s bread and butter. Another area that helped the Spring Classic grow was sales of collec- tions. If there was a recurring collection theme, products of the Chevrolet Motor Division were it. In particular was the no-reserve collection of the late Bob McDorman. In addition to 45 vehicles in the last vestiges of his car collection (including three golf carts and a replica stagecoach), the Road Art portion of Mecum’s event had hundreds of items that were also from his collec- tion — from award plaques related to his Ohio Chevrolet dealership to full-sized signs. While collections like this are good revenue streams for Mecum, they sometimes come at a bittersweet cost. As Dana and Bob both had strong business and personal ties, one could easily tell that when Dana was addressing the crowd at the start of the sale of Bob’s cars that he was holding back the tears for his dear departed friend. With Mecum expanding further out toward the coasts in recent years, it’s good to see that there’s still a solid base for them here in the middle of America, where they began three decades ago. ♦ Sales Totals $60m $50m $40m $30m $20m $10m 0 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 10%, minimum of $500, included in sold prices Sports Car Market


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Mecum Auctions Indianapolis, IN ENGLISH #W162.1-1953 ROLLS-ROYCE SIL- VER DAWN saloon. S/N: SMF54. Silver & dark blue metallic/tan leather. RHD. Odo: 44,379 miles. Equipped with a sliding-panel sunroof. U.K.-market car when new. RAC membership badge and driving lights mounted on the front bumper apron. Number plates are gone, but has the residue of modern doublesided foam tape that was used to keep them on. Repainted multiple times over the years, with increasingly thicker masking lines. All doors need help shutting properly. Chrome is presentable, but not spectacular, so it matches up with the respray. Rear bumper peeling in the vicinity of the tailpipe. Seat and doorpanel leather is pretty good, but the shift boot is chewed up. Carpets on the floors versus the kick panels are markedly different shades. Interior wood isn’t too bad, but has some finish chipping on panel edges and openings. Several eras of sound systems, from a 1960s Motorola multi-band radio to modern CD player. Grubby used-car undercarriage and underhood. Cond: 3-. day, Mecum’s database reflected that it had sold. #W181-1958 TRIUMPH TR3A roadster. S/N: TS25523L. Red/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 1,675 miles. Fitted with electric-overdrive unit, steel-disc wheels with radials, and accessory luggage rack. Pleasant enough older repaint. Good chrome and alloy trim. 1977 Indiana inspection sticker in the windshield. Pretty decent door fit, better that what’s usually found on these. Generally tidy under the hood, although all the bare-metal hardware has some degree of light to moderate corrosion. Like-new carburetor to intake gaskets. ivory/Havana Brown hard top/brown cloth soft top/tan leather. Odo: 33,423 km. Copy of the original build card shows it to have been restored to match the original configuration. Euro-spec car with metric gauges. 1970s Euro-spec Blaupunkt AM/FM radio with faceplate. Better-than-average restoration in recent years, but not a full-on concours combat job, either. Light orange peel on the cowl, but otherwise good repaint. Authentic sheen to the replated chrome, which is all of it. Questionable authenticity of the hubcaps, with tan centers and brown edges. Wheels also shod with new retro-look radials. Bank-vault door fit. New seat upholstery and carpeting. Original steering wheel with light fissures in the finish. Clean and tidy under the hood. New economygrade battery. Freshly undercoated bottom. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $16,500. The Silver Dawn was the post-war era “entry-level” Roller. As such, most tended to suffer from deferred maintenance in later years, this one being a textbook example. Originally went on and off the block to a $15k no-sale. However, by the end of the Newer brake lines throughout the car. Newer top, seats, carpeting and dashboard vinyl coverings. Glovebox lid has some vinyl wrinkling. Newer glasspack muffler. Heavier road spray on the undercarriage. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $26,950. Stated that the consignor has owned the car for almost half a century, and while it’s not a trophy magnet, it does show that it’s been continually tended to. All in all, a good vehicle to hand off to the next caretaker who’s keen on occasional use rather than having it as inventory. GERMAN #F104-1964 MERCEDES-BENZ 230SL convertible. S/N: 11304210002664. Light NOT SOLD AT $42,500. A few months back in these pages, I suggested that these 230SLs were cars to hold for now, and this one shows my logic. A couple of years ago, it would’ve been a mad scramble if this car was bid to $50k and the reserve was lifted. Today, it was a one-minute wonder on the block, as there was no real interest. Indeed, later in the day after this was offered, another ’64 230SL crossed the block. In lesser condition, that one was hammered sold at $34,100. It’s best for the consignor to hang onto this for now; either that or if it does need to get shifted, someone would be getting a well-sorted example for reasonable money. #W159-1974 BMW 3.0 CS coupe. S/N: 4310167. White/black leather. Odo: 50,878 miles. Modifications include the bored-out 3.6-L engine, triple Weber side-draft carburetion, tube headers, MSD electronic ignition conversion, 5-speed transmission and multipiece basket-weave alloy wheels. Factoryoptional air conditioning, with newer compressor. Paint code tag shows the car was originally Granatrot (Granite Red) Metallic. The last respray wasn’t all that bad on the outside, but they started getting lazy with masking under the hood. It also has heavier paint chipping on the front wheelwells, as they slightly rolled in the edges to clear the wider rubber. Small blisters forming on the base of the front fenders behind the wheels. Wiring dangling out of the hood-latch access panel below the dashboard—with wire nuts and crimp connectors to boot. Newer seat redo, but headrests have seam splits—along with cracks in the dashboard. Okay interior wood. “Fasten seat belt” light pod removed. Non-stock chambered muffler and resonator. Cond: 3-. 130 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) #4177. 1997 ACURA INTEGRA GS-R. S/N JH4DC2382VS000338. 117k miles. “1.8-L B18C1 I4, 5-sp manual, no modifications.” Condition: 2. Mecum Auctions Indianapolis, IN SOLD AT $8,500. I covered an Integra Type R a few issues back. This is the GSR — the more accessible version of the ITR. Equipped with the desirable DOHC VTEC B18C1, it’s a popular platform for modification. What makes this car a steal was the fact it isn’t modified. It looks to be well maintained with minimal rust. Buy now and save for later. Well bought. Bring-A-Trailer, 5/11/2017. #222472635380. 1982 DATSUN 280ZX GL. S/N JN1HZ04S2CX437713. 12k miles. “Window/ build sticker, tools and spare w/canister, w/documented mileage on CARFAX, 100% original.” Condition: 1.5. SOLD AT $27,500. The voice of experience here: On these E-9 BMWs, rust is thy mortal enemy—especially in the region of the windshield pillars and below. If there’s enough to form a blister, it’s a lot uglier below. Part and parcel why—along with plenty of tweaks and mods that go back to when these were $8k cars on their best day, over two decades ago— with the reserve lifted at $22k, this was far from a good deal. #F145-1989 PORSCHE 962 IMSA GTP- SOLD AT $19,100. It is pretty remarkable to see a 280ZX in this kind of shape. Most of them hover around $2,000 down to free on Craigslist. For all of the Z and ZX models out there, I consider the ZX less desirable (especially the 2+2 280ZX). If you had to have one, this would be the one to get. The owner is mostly correct that it is 100% original — once you remove the Datsun stickers on the side and the Oldsmobile Cutlass flag emblem from the hatch. Well sold. eBay Motors, 4/19/2017. #R181898713. 1978 MAZDA SAVANNA RX-7. S/N 174 (Last 3). 32k kilometers (19k miles). “Second owner, interior is in great condition, original wheels, resorted seats, parcel rear speakers.” Condition: 1. SOLD AT ¥1,800,000 ($16,165). First year of the Savanna RX-7, known as just the RX-7 in the U.S. This car is in amazing shape. Based on the photos, one quick wash and you would be ready for a concours d’elegance. If this car was in the States, I would guess it would be worth at least $20k–$25k. Find one in similar shape and snatch it before it is too late. Well bought and sold. Yahoo Auctions Japan, 3/19/2017. ♦ 132 NOT SOLD AT $2,000,000. This was one of Derek Bell’s favorite 956/962s, as that big single turbo made it a lot faster than the twinturbo cars. Also, he attained his last win in a 24-hour race with this car. Stated once it started off the block that it was going to take $2.5m for it to change hands, but I get a feeling this was more of an advance notice for making an appearance at Monterey. Despite the Daytona win and being offered here days before qualifying at the Speedway, Monterey is actually the better market for the car. TOP 10 No. 1 #F192-1996 PORSCHE 911 GT2 Evo coupe. S/N: WP0ZZZ99ZTS394062. White/black cloth. Odo: 7,953 km. Original Euro-spec car, with Metric gauges. Stated that it is sold “on a U.S. title,” displaying an Arizona rear plate—cut to fit over the spec racer. S/N: 108C2. White & gold/black cloth. RHD. Competed during the 1988 and 1989 seasons in IMSA GTP class by Jim Busby Racing, most notably for winning the 1989 24 hours of Daytona, driven by Derek Bell, John Andretti and Bob Wollek. Retains the original Miller High Life paint and graphics configuration of 1989. Heavier paint scratching up to gouging the bodywork on the inside of the rear bodywork fencing, in addition to paint chipping on front edges of the bodywork. Otherwise, paint and graphics are in good shape. Latest tech inspection decals are from SVRA in 2004 and Goodwood Festival of Speed in 2005. The only apparent concessions to the 21st century are a center-mount LED stop light and some safety equipment. In race-ready configuration, as it ran up to the auction block. Cond: 3+. rear tow loop. Also stated that “during the original owner’s stewardship, this car was involved in a minor racing incident.” Here, the car presents well, with any damage repaired, yet in its racing suit. Mostly original paint, with any respray done on the bolt-on fenders or cladding not glaringly obvious. A few cracks on the bottom of the rear wheel flares. Light corrosion in the fender and rear wingmounting hardware. Non-Porsche but DOT rated—replacement windshield. PCA chapter decal in the driver’s rear quarter window. Stock single form-fitted Recaro seat. Stock multi-piece wheels fitted with Michelin race rubber. Engine lid kept pinned on all week, but the view from the bottom is dominated by turbos and wrapping piping. Runs out like a wasp on meth. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $1,595,000. The 11 1996 GT2 Evo’s built were the ultimate evolution of a weapons-grade air-cooled flat six that still held some loose pretentions about being street legal. However, they were built to compete in FIA’s GT1 race specifications, featuring 600 twin-turbocharged horsepower. From this point on, Porsche moved on to the waterpumper 996 generation. So, if you are from the air-cooled school, this is your pinnacle 911. The reserve was lifted when the bidding ceased, generating a sale that was right in the wheelhouse for the pre-auction guesstimate and becoming the top sale here for the weekend. ITALIAN #F137-1973 FERRARI 365 GTB/4 Day- tona coupe. S/N: 16109. Fly Yellow/black leather. Odo: 48,848 miles. Borrani wire wheels with newer Prancing Horse knockoffs and correct Michelin XWX radials. Stated that it had a “professional nut and bolt restoration” in the mid-1990s, after which it won a “Ferrari Concours Platinum Award” in 1998. Also stated that it’s traveled about 8k miles since. Better-than-original quality repaint, with minimal nicks since. Good brightwork. Like-new “mousehair” dashboard covering. 1980s Alpine AM/FM/cassette mounted in the center console. Clutch-pedal pad missing. Heavier scuffing of the steering-wheel-rim leather. Period Simpson competition lap belts. Struts won’t hold the hood up by themselves. Clean, tidy, and well maintained under the hood, but not a show queen. Older undercoating, with some light surface rust on bare-metal suspension components. ANSA exhausts. Cond: 3+. Sports Car Market


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Mecum Auctions Indianapolis, IN flip? Buyer’s remorse? Color blind? All the above, to some extent? Don’t just turn slowly and walk away, run like hell. JAPANESE NOT SOLD AT $625,000. With a recent copy of the Ferrari Market Letter’s pricing page plastered to the windshield, there was no doubt in anyone’s mind what the consignor was considering the basement price on his Daytona. The highlighted spread was from $802k to $845k. However, it was also noted in the data that pricing has been on a downward trend in the last year. Also not noted is that this one has aged enough in the past two decades that it’s no longer going to win any concours—unless it turns up at Minot Motor Magic. As such, it’s more of a surprise that it got bid to this point rather that any possibility of it selling at all. Another car to put into the “hold, please” category for now. #W112-1979 FERRARI 308 GTS Spider. S/N: 26891. Brown metallic/tan leather. Odo: 3,379 miles. U.S. specification. Aftermarket basket-weave alloy wheels on 21st century tires, with no two offsets the same. The fronts extend out past the wheel wells, while only the right rear is inside the body envelope—and just barely at that. Bad paint prep on the nose and luggage compartment lid; with waviness in the primer, paint, or both. Seat leather shows heavy discoloration at the driver’s side outboard bolster. Carpets are haphazardly set into place—that is, the ones that aren’t on the stack in the passenger’s footwell (which would be the pile pile). Older engine bay clean-up, now dusty with the base of the carburetors very dingy from old gas gum. #T226.1-1985 TOYOTA LAND CRUISER BJ-73 SUV. S/N: BJ730002390. White/brown cloth. RHD. Odo: 188,576 miles. Japanese-market configuration. Optional a/c and, unusual for our side of the ocean, an AM/ cassette deck sound system. Stated that it’s equipped with Toyota OEM front winch (which looks a lot like a Warn PTO-driven unit) and alloy wheels, with dull finish and light corrosion. Aftermarket suspension, with a slight lift. Older, presentable repaint, with the occasional masking flub. Decent original chrome and trim. Solid door fit, even if the gaps are wider at the back than front. Good original interior, with less wear than expected for 117k miles and 32 years of use. Moderate scuffing on the glovebox door, likely from the sole of a shoe (the usual passenger must have liked sitting with legs crossed). The engine bay comes off as having seen regular servicing. Cond: 3. Good news: they wrote the date on the oil filter when it was changed. Bad News: that date was May 11, 2009. To nobody’s surprise, absolutely nothing was noted regarding servicing. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $45,650. Last seen at RM’s Monterey auction in 2013 as lot 233, then selling for $63,250 (SCM# 6732369). Confirming this, I pulled up the car’s listing on RM Sotheby’s website, and lo and behold, the engine compartment photo shows the exact same oil filter that was marked with this same date. If you can’t even do an oil and filter change in the four years you’ve owned a car you deserve to lose money. Also reran on Thursday as lot T16.1, then a no-sale at $38k. First deal unwound? An attempt at a 24-hour August 2017 SOLD AT $16,500. The J-70 series was the replacement for the FJ-40—which we didn’t get in the U.S.—with a removable fiber-reinforced plastic top and folding windshield among other 2- and 4-door body styles. Instead of this Japanese G-Wagen, we got the Hilux pickup-based 2-door 4Runner to complement the existing Suburban competitor 4-door FJ-60 Land Cruiser. With the gas variant, these would’ve done well against the Bronco IIs and S-10 Blazers—both of which sold like hotcakes—as the 4Runner was a bit big compared to them. With the oil-burner engine and RHD working against this one here, this did about as well as could be expected. AMERICAN #T212-1932 HUPMOBILE COMET #4 Indy racer. S/N: NA. Eng. # HC001. French Blue/black leather. No chassis number found, engine number only. Original chassis dates to 1931, when builder/driver Russell Snowberger ran it at that year’s Indy 500 with a Studebaker engine. Repowered with this exact motor for the 1932 Indy 500, where he placed 5th overall. Engine returned to Hupmobile after the race, and was used as the basis of this rebuild in recent years by Snowberger’s son. Authentically built to the 1932 race configuration, to 133


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Mecum Auctions Indianapolis, IN include paint color and numbering. Paintwork and plating present exceptionally well, with no nicks or scuffing usually associated with a race car—to include the enclosed underbelly. Steering box shows some light surface rust. Motor rebuilt to the 1932 race configuration. Cond: 2. #T123-1953 CHEVROLET CORVETTE SOLD AT $225,500. Referred to colloquially as the “Hupp special,” although the cars were actually “Hupmobile.” However, the AAA tag affixed to the dashboard officially calls it “Hupp Special.” Actually, it may be more appropriate to call it a Snowberger Special, but that would apply to the original chassis, not this modern creation. While finishing 5th was admirable—then or now—Hupmobile was weathering the Depression and ran out of sponsorship money, so the motor was returned to them and they sold it to a party who ran it at Bonneville. Put on the market several times by Mecum at their other auctions in the past year, yet here it was declared sold for less than any of the previous no-sales. roadster. S/N: E53F001064. Polo White/black cloth/red vinyl. Odo: 161 miles. 235-ci 150-hp I6, 3x1-bbl, auto. Appears to have been restored two to three decades ago. Driver’s door sags and needs to be lifted, as it’s shut. Chipping on the rear door post is evident from previous attempts at just slamming it to latch. Panel gaps managed as best as possible for being the most uniform. All brightwork was replated or at least professionally buffed out years back. Light to moderate carpet and floormat soiling at the driver’s position is the greatest sign of wear inside. Volume knob missing from the radio. Generally clean and tidy under the hood. Heavier surface rust on the carburetor bases and head bolts. Modern hose clamps and battery, which had to be kept on the trickle charger most of the time before it crossed the block. Clean and tidy undercarriage. Cond: 2-. it actually is the 64th car produced. Being offered as part of the no-reserve Bob McDorman Collection, it was going to do whatever it was going to do. So in a way it’s hard to say well bought, but it still brought less than some Solid Axle pundits thought. I’ll just chime in that I figured while evaluating the car that it would hammer at about a quarter-million bucks. #S302-1953 FERGUSON TO-30 custom Tractor. S/N: TO110776. Silver & dark gray metallic/black leather. MHD. Originally a stock farm tractor left in a tree-line, but in 2014 was modified with a 1985 Jaguar 4.2-l I6. Generally stock engine configuration, with the exception of a custom-fabricated intake manifold to accept a Carter AFB-style 4-barrel carburetor. Straight-pipe exhaust, exiting forward and up from stock reversed manifolds— giving a most unique and loud exhaust retort. Custom-fabricated front frame rails. Excellent workmanship in modifying the stock hood. Wiring not up to those standards. Excellent paint application, to include the stock wheels shod with new tires. Stock seat upholstered in leather, with an agricultural seat added in the back behind it. Steering wheel is from the donor car. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $242,000. While the graphics on the windshield boasted this as “SERIAL #60,” NOT SOLD AT $10,000. Just when you think you’ve seen everything. The original basis of this tractor was the product of two Henrys: Ford and Ferguson. They introduced the Ford 9N in 1939, and after World War II, they had parted company. This example was built in the time while Dearborn Manufacturing (a Ford subsidy created for tractor production) was supplying components, yet Ferguson was in litigation with Ford. Even in the builder’s three-page write-up on the project, he didn’t mention what made him think of putting a Jaguar engine into an American tractor, apart from doing something different. Bid to a $10k no-sale both times it crossed the block, so maybe the consignor will get the hint. #T136-1960 CHEVROLET CORVAIR Monza 900 2-dr sedan. S/N: 00927K129032. Ermine white/red vinyl. Odo: 10,190 miles. 140-ci H6, 2x1-bbl, auto. Unrestored and generally original, at 10,190 miles. All original paint, heavily buffed out over the years. Driver’s door jamb still shows the paint scuffed off at the spot welds for the VIN tag, with some itinerant light flash rust. Good door fit. Minimal light pitting on a few pieces of chromed pot metal. Faded CORSA member decal. En- 134 Sports Car Market


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Mecum Auctions Indianapolis, IN gine bay is dominated by the odor of stinky old gas. Rear main seal (facing the differential) is marking its territory. Original overspray is prevalent on the bottom of the body, and all suspension and powertrain components retain their original finishes. Superb original seats and door panels, with light carpet wear. Cond: 2-. Excellent paintwork. All chrome replated, and all alloy trim replaced, yet some pieces, like the grille, are starting to lose their luster. Excellent door and panel fit. Squeaky-clean and generally well-detailed engine bay. Fitted with period aftermarket Mallory ignition. Slightly loose-fitting reproduction seat upholstery, but shows no apparent wear. Gleaming white-andred reproduction door panels. Retro-look electronic AM/FM/cassette stereo displaces the stock radio. More recent lightly applied black spray-can paint on the chassis rails and other parts of the undercarriage. Light overspray on the aftermarket rear air shocks and older silver-painted exhaust system. Stock rims and wheel covers shod with repro bias-ply whitewalls. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $27,500. The Monza package was introduced mid model year, slightly after the coupes were introduced. While a 1960 coupe could be had as a 500, 700 or 900 (Monza), the only way to get a Monza for the rest of 1960 was as a coupe. I suspect that aside from the historical aspects of the Corvair, one of the reasons that Bob McDorman had this car in his collection is that Corvairs—even when he opened his Chevrolet franchise in 1965—made him a lot of money. Compared to what the NOS Lambrecht Chevrolet 1963 Monza coupes did at that sale in 2013, the selling price for this first-year example can been seen as ranging from market correct to well bought. The latter more so considering that this one is ready to put on a trailer to the next CORSA national meet after a weekend of clean-up and minor prep work. #S139-1960 CHEVROLET IMPALA convertible. S/N: 01867S106914. Roman Red/white vinyl/red & white vinyl. Odo: 206 miles. 348-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, auto. Tinted windshield, power steering and brakes. Non-original Turbo Hydra-Matic 350 transmission. on the cowl. Heavily optioned with power steering, top, windows and brakes, headlight dimmer, tilt steering column, tachometer and AM/FM radio. Very competent frame-off restoration performed on it, at least a decade ago. Excellent bare-body repaint. Most of the brightwork has been replated, and what hasn’t appears to be NOS. Good door and panel fit. While most of the interior soft trim is reproduction, some pieces, like the instrument cove pad, are original and lightly discolored. Authentically detailed under the hood, down to a reproduction tar-top battery. Most of the suspension components are semi-gloss black, but all bare-metal pieces have light surface rust. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $60,500. As part of the famed Dennis Albaugh Collection, I suspect that this car was “upgraded” to something even better— not that this is a slouch. However, the radio, Mallory ignition and TH350 keep it from being judged a purely stock car—even if that makes it a better driver than either a 2-speed Powerslide or rare, yet difficult to support today, 3-speed Turboglide. Market-correct sale. #S138-1963 CHEVROLET IMPALA SS convertible. S/N: 31867B130484. Tuxedo Black/black vinyl/red vinyl. Odo: 65,804 miles. 409-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. Export car, sold in West Germany, with licensing data tag SOLD AT $66,000. There was some speculation on site if this may have been a GM show car for the European circuit, loaded up to the gills with options even rarely seen on Impalas sold in the States. However, none of the auction PR or consignor information said word one about it even having been overseas, although it had the previous owner’s car-show display board sitting on the rear seat—in German. Offered as one of the cars culled from the Dennis Albaugh Chevy Collection. Like the others from the collection, it sold at no reserve, in this case selling at low end of the market for its condition. #S125-1965 FORD MUSTANG coupe. S/N: 5F07U100002. Caspian Blue/dark blue vinyl. Odo: 93,779 miles. 170-ci I6, 1-bbl, 3-sp. Sparsely equipped with essentially no options, aside from the push-button AM radio. Per serial number, the first regular-production Ford Mustang hard top built. Restored by the consignor from 1997 to 1999 to replicate the car exactly as built. Replacement “date correct” engine (not like that should’ve been hard to find). Repaint is better than technically possible in 1964. Slight trunk lid bowing, but all gaps are as good as you can make on a Mustang. All replated or reproduction chrome and brightwork. All-reproduction interior soft trim. Concours-quality detailing under the hood and below the car. Only the hood-latch support bracket and rear axle to leaf spring U-bolts show any surface rust. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $300,000. The nicest, yet blandest, 136 Sports Car Market


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Mecum Auctions Indianapolis, IN Mustang you’ll find anywhere—all because of the VIN number. Otherwise, a 6-banger 3-speed power-nothing hard top is not economically feasible to restore to this level. However, since it is the world’s first Secretary’s Mustang (even if it did end up by mistake at the Ford dealer in Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, Canada), bidding activity was essentially nonexistent. With a pre-sale auction house guesstimate from $450k to $650k, reaching the $300k bid required squeezing the bidders for all they’re worth. Certainly worth more than any similar Mustang, but not by this much. Until then, expect to see it shopped more. #W233-1966 CHEVROLET IMPALA 2-dr hard top. S/N: 164376J160705. Beige/ Fawn vinyl & nylon. Odo: 34,776 miles. 327ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Stated that the 34,776 indicated miles are actual from new and that the car is essentially original. Optional power steering and brakes, a/c, wire wheel covers, and push-button AM radio. Retains the Protect-O-Plate and Fisher Body IBM card. Impeccably cared-for original paint. Same applies to the chrome, stainless and alloy trim. Slight yellowing and soiling in the door panel and seat pleats. Replacement battery, brake booster, hoses and hose clamps. Otherwise, all original under the hood. Engine paint is dull and has some light to moderate peeling on the block. Non-stock dual exhaust system, new coil-over rear shocks, and older radial tires. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $39,600. The 2-door sedan GTOs (or posts, if you will) are usually cast off by some collectors and most car flippers, as they don’t want to bet on having it inventory as being not as easy to sell as a hard top or drop top. At best, serious drag racers prefer them for less body flex. However, we’ve seen some upward movement in sales, from bottom of the heap to just less than hard tops. The three deuces on this one make for a better hand than a hard top with a four-pot carburetor. With the reserve off past $35k, several bidders raised when they should’ve called, as the consignor won here. #F172-1968 DODGE CORONET 440 SOLD AT $24,750. In a letter about the car, the original long-term older owner described it as his “sunshine car,” for use on nice days only. Overall, this car just shouts “careful elderly owner” time capsule. Last seen selling at Barrett-Jackson’s Las Vegas auction in September 2011 for $29,700 (SCM# 6762960). Here, things were more convoluted. While on the block, it was bid to $25k, wherein the reserve was lifted. Or so it was thought, as the “high bidder” thought the bid was at $23k. The underbidder said he was at $22k, and the consignor reacted by pulling the reserve. Hence, the car left the block as a $22k no-sale. However, by that evening, the Mecum-supplied results for the day showed the car selling. #T86.1-1966 PONTIAC GTO 2-dr se- dan. S/N: 242076K130515. Montero Red/red vinyl. Odo: 61,256 miles. 389-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, 4-sp. Stated that a PHS-generated report confirms the car as correct, but a copy was not displayed with the car. Tri-Power, 4-speed, power steering and manually tuned AM radio options. Converted to four-wheel power disc brakes. Rally II wheels fitted with Redline August 2017 SOLD AT $19,800. In 1968, the 440 series was the second trim step up from the basic Coronet. And, no, that doesn’t mean there should be a 440 under the hood. All engines were available in the 440 series—from the Slant Six to a Hemi. I’m happier to see this 137 2-dr hard top. S/N: WH23F8G173967. Light yellow/white vinyl/white vinyl. Odo: 57,653 miles. 318-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Optional a/c, power steering, vinyl roof and Magnum 500 wheels. The latter are now shod with radial tires. The consignor is of the opinion that the 57,653 miles indicated are actual from new. A few areas have been resprayed, but the majority of the paint is original. Good original chrome and stainless trim, with minimal pitting and scuffing. Aftermarket window-tint film. Older engine repaint, which is still very tidy. All paint is stripped off the upper radiator tank. Otherwise, more cleanup than detailing under the hood. Heavy yellowing from age on the seat seam piping. Moderate surface rust on the rear leaf springs and shock absorbers, light surface rust on the bottom of the body. Newer non-stock dual-exhaust system. Cond: 3+. radials. Fairly concise for a body-on restoration. Trim-off, glass-out repaint. Reused windshield and window-surround moldings, with little done to spiff them up—or buff out the scratches. Replated bumpers. All-replacement interior vinyl, but a mash-up of themes on red. Barring the brake system, stock, clean and correct under the hood. Lightly brush-painted chassis and suspension, but with new components bolted over it. Aftermarket electric fuel pump. Cond: 2-.


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Mecum Auctions Indianapolis, IN one still with its original 318—even more so than the kind-of-original condition. Whatever folks like about it, they did like it, as the reserve was met at $17k, garnering a few more bids until it was sold. #T79-1969 FORD MUSTANG Mach 1 fastback. S/N: 9F02S191292. Raven Black & red/black vinyl. Odo: 28,043 miles. 390-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Masked-off repaint, with several areas of light-to-moderate orange peel. Also has an odd sheen aft of the rear quarter windows. Heavy overspray on the rusty bottom of the car, to include coating the outboard-facing side of the rusty aftermarket dual-exhaust system. Rusty rear shocks, new ones up front. Okay door fit. Cigarette burn in the middle of the driver’s seat bottom. Heavier wear on the Rim-Blow steering wheel, and a major crack at 12 o’clock high. Clutch sits way high, brake pedal sits lower than the gas pedal. Old rattlecan repaint on the engine, now rather greasy and dirty. Equipped with the air-cleaner-delete high-school-parking-lot-bragging-rights package, to better display the aftermarket Holley double-pumper carburetor and chrome valve covers. Cond: 3-. new fuel tank, shocks and non-stock chambered exhaust system. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $28,600. While the Mustang was still using the Q-code 428 Cobra Jet and R-code Super Cobra Jets, the Torino-based Cobra fastback came standard with the Limaplatform 429 Cobra Jet (C-code), with this J-code 429 Super Cobra Jet as a step above. Confused? You wouldn’t be the only one in 1970 who was. For 1971, with the revised growth-spurt Mustang, the 428 was retired and the 429 lived on for only one more year in both cars. Nothing confusing here; bid to $26k, the reserve was lifted, and hammered sold for a fair price. #S247.1-1970 AMC JAVELIN SST Mark SOLD AT $32,450. Very few Mustangs—let alone Mach 1s—were fitted with the 390 in 1969. And rightfully so; who would want that truck engine when you can get a 428 Cobra Jet? Economics was the only deciding factor, as it was $74 more in a Mach 1 than the new 4-barrel 351 and $124 less than if you pony up for a Cobra Jet. Little wonder that it was dropped in the Mustang lineup for 1970, but soldiered on in pickups until 1976. Really, the only thing going for this example is that it was born as an all-black 4-speed Mach 1—nothing else about the car helps it. With the heady reserve passed at $28k, it was well sold. #T38-1970 FORD TORINO Cobra 2-dr hard top. S/N: 0H38J148403. Orange/black vinyl. Odo: 82,756 miles. 429-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Good masked-off repaint in recent years. Reproduction body tag on the driver’s door, along with new door seals on both sides. The doors also sag slightly, so they need a bit of a lift to latch properly. Good bumper replate and decent original stainless trim. Newer nonOEM windshield. Reproduction dashpad and front seats. Driver’s door remote control for the sport mirror is broken off. Period aftermarket gauges expertly installed into the dashboard between the stock AM radio and the glovebox. Light pitting, nicks and scuffs on the center console trim. Recent fluff-and-buff under the hood. Engine recently repainted, but the timing-chain cover was masked off. Semigloss black-painted undercarriage, except for 138 Donohue edition 2-dr hard top. S/N: A0M797X212287. Light blue/black vinyl. Odo: 15,708 miles. 390-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Equipped with Go-Pack, sidepipes, power steering, power brakes and tilt steering column. Aftermarket Torq Thrust D wheels, DINmount CD sound system and modern Hurst shifter. Concise bare-body restoration, just shy of concours-correct. Expert body prep and paint application. Decals applied over the fender to end-cap seams and not split. NonOEM replacement windshield. Body tag is missing from the end of the driver’s door. Both doors fit very well. All-new interior soft trim and wood decal appliqué, which didn’t take well in the center of the dashboard and is lifting there. Clean, tidy and authentically detailed under the hood, with only the modern battery looking out of place. Just as clean and well detailed on the bottom of the car—if not more so. Cond: 2. marque specialist recently. Beak, underside of the hood and wing had paintwork done on them. The factory-applied paint is in superb buffed-out condition. The only paint miscues are light orange peel on the cowl and light blistering near the battery. Superb door gaps and fit. Reproduction rear decals and Polyglas tires on the original optional 15-inch Rallye wheels. Excellent original vinyl top. Bumpers may have been replated in the past. Stainless windshield pillar filler trim sits higher on the left than the right. Good original interior. Now fitted with a correct optional AM radio. Recent concours-quality detailing under the hood. Originally a non-undercoated car, but now wears a fresh coat of it. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $253,000. One of 135 Hemi Superbirds, and likely one of the lowest-mile originals out there. As such, the pre-sale estimate was $300k to $375k. Yet when the bidding ceased, after a somewhat long time of negotiating, the reserve was lifted and the car hammered sold. If you think that Hemis are going back to 2006-era market levels, this result will disappoint you. If you know that this is the new normal, a market-correct price. #F178-1970 SHELBY GT350 fastback. S/N: 0F02M482496. Gulfstream Aqua & gold/white vinyl. Odo: 53,252 miles. 351-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Optional 3.25-ratio TractionLok diff, Sport Deck, tinted glass and AM radio. Stated that the 53,252 miles indicated are believed actual and that the car is largely original. Mostly original paint showing 47 years of wear. Inner driver’s door still has part of the right rivet stuck in the hole where the original 1969 body tag was popped off, and original sloppy door-seal glue. Driver’s seat looks to be a reproduction, but the rest of the interior appears original. Light yellowing on top of the door panels. Late 1970s Ford SOLD AT $45,100. I wouldn’t put too much faith in the result, as it is at retail-plus. Especially since while it may have been nice, it wasn’t that much on-the-button correct and sorted to justify the bid. #F174-1970 PLYMOUTH SUPERBIRD Hemi 2-dr hard top. S/N: RM23R0A166207. Tor-Red/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 9,812 miles. 426-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, auto. Retains the original broadcast sheet. Stated that the 9,812 indicated miles are actual, yet had “sympathetic preservation service” performed by a AM/FM stereo radio, not well fitted. Recent engine cosmetics, along with a aftermarket fuel-pressure gauge and carburetor. Coolant pooling on top of the water pump from a weeping hose. Cond: 3+. 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Mecum Auctions Indianapolis, IN this long—even with it parked every winter. While not a show car, original enough in places that the restoration purists would like to check it out, yet still not so nice that a weekend hanging out at Turn 5 or Canada Corner during the June Sprints or the BRIC Historics at Elkhart Lake would be just the ticket in this car. First bid was at $30k, seeing consistent bidding until the reserve was dropped at the final bid. Regardless of the fanciful $95k to $115k pre-sale guesstimate, this was still a good buy. See ya out on Canada Corner. #S130.1-1971 CHEVROLET COR- VETTE ZR1 coupe. S/N: 194371S118742. Silver/black vinyl. Odo: 35,674 miles. 350-ci 330-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Equipped with ZR1 package. Also stated that the 35,674 miles are believed to be from new. Excellent older repaint, with only thicker masking lines along the door-glass seals. Slight front wheel well lip trimming for lock-to-lock tire clearance done before the repaint. Spot-on even door gaps—better than original build quality. Stock chrome sheen. Good original interior, with slightly loose-fitting vinyl inserts from age and seat cushion compaction. Older under-hood detailing, with only the belts being non-OEM or GM sourced. Retains all smog equipment. Minimal flash rust on the undercarriage bare metal components. Reproduction tires are dull and yellowed facing the inside of the car. Cond: 2-. tours, with subsequent paint flaking. Also has similar cracking at the base of the rear roof pillars. The rest of the paint is relatively presentable. Original bumper chrome is tired, various custom chrome bits are worse. Seats look to be from a Rolls, modified for the rear. Dashboard is custom made, mostly from wood panels; fit and finish not far from cabinets in a camper. Crude center console with several eras of electronic equipment in it. Cond: 3-. well with minimal wear. Recent motor repaint. Aftermarket cast-aluminum crinkle-finish valve covers and air cleaner, economy-grade service parts, but otherwise clean and stockish under the hood. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $32,000. You’ve got to admit, it does grab your attention, if for no other reason than it makes you wonder when the last time you saw one was. Mavericks were assembled at numerous plants—Wayne Assembly, Kansas City and San Jose in the States, plus in the Great White North, Oakville and this car’s birthplace of St. Thomas, Ontario. Considering that you can get Fords and Mercurys with a Cobra Jet in them for this kind of money, the consignor needs to realize how silly his reserve is. #W124.1-1974 PONTIAC VENTURA SOLD AT $7,700. Plaque on the forward edge under the hood states that this was “Custom made by Scar Cars, Inc. of Fitchburg, Mass.” I think they forgot a “y,” as this is one scary car. Truth be told, the Spirit of Ecstasy has really been mooning the drivers of this Silver Turd for the past 46 years. This WTF special just proves once again that, just like Elvis proved, money can’t buy taste. The noreserve selling price just reinforces it. Hopefully, Ford and Rolls-Royce got together to pass the hat to buy it to take it out of circulation—not that it won’t do so by itself much longer anyway. I usually don’t recommend cars for demo derby duty, but we can always make an exception… #T109-1972 FORD MAVERICK 2-dr NOT SOLD AT $220,000. The 1971 ZR1 package was essentially an LT1 in “take no prisoners” SCCA B-Production configuration. In addition to the solid-lifter LT1 small block, it was teamed with transistorized ignition, a lightweight flywheel, L88 starter, special aluminum radiator, M22 4-speed, Positraction, heavy-duty suspension, heavy-duty power brakes and no radio. As such, this car is only one of eight were made this year. Yet oddly enough, this has a dealer-accessory luggage rack (perhaps a way to carry track tires?). With such limited production, the auction house guesstimate started at a quarter million bucks, but if this really needed to have been sold, the final bid here wasn’t off the mark. #W163-1971 FORD COUNTRY SEDAN Rolls-Royce replica wagon. S/N: 1E74S224267. Silver & maroon/black leather. Odo: 68,511 miles. 400-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Modified from a 1971 Ford LTD Country Squire 6–passenger station wagon by grafting on elements of a contemporary Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow. 1980s-era Ford basket-weave style alloy wheels with RR decals on the center caps, shod with old whitewall radials. Fiberglass hood is cracking along the grille con- 140 sedan. S/N: 2X93F107724. Brown & yellow/ black vinyl. Odo: 4,630 miles. 302-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Copies of the original window sticker and Deluxe Marti Report show it built in this color combination with optional C-4 automatic with floor shift, high-back seats, whitewall tires, AM radio and full tinted glass. Redone in recent years, now with power frontdisc brakes and Magnum 500 wheels with blackwall radials. Also has window tinting on the replacement glass and headlight trim added. Nice base/clear repaint, with reproduction graphics. Pretty good panel gaps, even if the doors need some effort to latch properly. All high-gloss-paint undercarriage. Seats, door panels, dashpad and carpeting present very Custom GTO 2-dr hatchback. S/N: 2Z17B4W131341. Regatta Blue/white vinyl w/ black & red plaid. Odo: 7,749 miles. 455-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. VIN decodes as a Pontiac Ventura Custom hatchback, with a 2-barrel 140-ci 4-cylinder, made in 1974 at the Willow Run assembly plant. Stated that it has a “425 HP SD455.” Claimed that the 7,749 indicated miles are actual. On the other hand, the description stated that it had a “concours nut and bolt restoration.” Excellent paint and graphics application. Like-new brightwork. Seat vinyl is slightly yellowed, while the hard plastic door panels and interior panels are bright white. Like-new carpet and dashpad. Engine bay detailed to look stock, and is exceptionally clean. Same applies to the undercarriage, to include having replicated inspection markings. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $46,200. The more I researched this car, the more nonsensical it became. The 140-ci Vega engine was never offered in the Nova/Ventura X-body—and no other Pontiac in 1974 offered it, either. The Vega-based Astre—which did use a B-code engine as an option—wasn’t introduced until the next year. The only engine for this one-year-only Ventura GTO package was the 185-hp Pontiac 350-ci V8. That engine had a VIN code J. It’s a realistic possibility that the B is a typo. However, GM computer and teletype systems of the time would’ve called it out as a foul. Regardless, since a 455 SD wasn’t available for the ’74 GTO package, this fantasy phantom was well sold—even on a part-by-part basis. “ I usually don’t recommend cars for demo derby duty, but we can always make an exception… 1971 Ford Country Sedan Rolls-Royce replica wagon ” Sports Car Market


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Mecum Auctions Indianapolis, IN #W121-1975 INTERNATIONAL 200 pickup. S/N: E0170EHB16104. Omaha Orange & Winter White/black vinyl & polyester. Odo: 38,652 miles. 392-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Line Setting Ticket confirms it was built as currently configured. Options include the 392 V8, a/c, power steering, power front-disc brakes, bucket seats, tilt steering column, cruise control and Camper Special Package. Fitted with a modern 4L80E 4-speed transmission. The truck as a whole wears a good topical repaint. Good door gaps and fit. Seats show only minimal wear. Recent engine repaint and new gaskets in the thermostat tower. Modern configuration dual master cylinder for the brakes. More cleanup than detailing in the rest of the engine bay. Modern radial tires on stock wheels. Starts right up and has a healthy burble due to the dual-exhaust system. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $13,500. While the 460-ci V8 was introduced mid-year in 1979, this truck was built in October 1978. I found it interesting that there were two heavy-duty 1970s pickups here in orange and white (or cream) with black interiors—this and the 1975 International 200. If I had to pick one to keep, while I like 460s and this is a pretty nice build, I’d still take the Cornbinder any day of the week. Given the price that one sold for, and this one didn’t sell for, the bidding public largely agrees. SOLD AT $22,000. The consignor was telling me (since he knows of me though my International truck column in Vintage Truck magazine) that this Dreamsicle special was still being used when needed by the original owner when said consignor bought it. That was part of the reason it was fitted with a 4-speed automatic—the original owner wanted to get a little better than 8 to 10 MPG out of it. He was successful, as the consignor told me that driving it from Ohio to here got 12.5 MPG. He was a bit unsure on how well it would get bid across the block, but due to the continued strong market for 1970s pickups, I wasn’t surprised that this ’binder got bid to his $19k reserve—with one more bid beyond that to boot. #W178-1979 FORD F-150 pickup. S/N: F15HUDE8373. Orange & cream/black vinyl. Odo: 52,092 miles. 460-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Originally powered with a 351-ci V8. Now has a car-sourced 460-ci V8, backed by a remanufactured transmission. Decent windshield-out repaint, with the windshield trim installation a bit crude in places. Replated bumpers and select trim replacement. Aftermarket chrome wheels with radial tires. Solid door fit. New Tractor Surprise diamond-plate tool box spanning the front of the pickup box. Seat re-covered in all vinyl with generic pleats. Wavy replacement headliner. Newer economy-grade AM/FM/cassette deck displaces the stock radio. Generally clean and tidy engine bay. Truck was originally equipped with factory-installed a/c, reused with the motor swap. Fittings on the system have been changed to modern refrigerant. Modern Class III hitch and aftermarket dual-exhaust system. Cond: 3+. 142 #S243-1989 CHEVROLET SILVERADO K1500 pickup. S/N: 1GCDK14K4KZ241233. Two-tone blue metallic/blue cloth. Odo: 15,508 miles. 5.7-L fuel-injected V8, auto. Well equipped, with auto, two-tone paint, towing package, alloy wheels, sliding rear window, skid plates and more. Retains a laminated copy of the original window sticker. Fitted with a period 40-channel CB radio below the dash and color-coordinated vinyl tonneau cover. 2015 PA inspection sticker on the windshield, NRA and U.S. flag decals on the back window. Stated that the 15,508 indicated miles are actual and the truck is essentially original. Wellcared-for paint applied. Still shod with all five original tires. The greatest interior wear is on the steering-wheel rim—more so than even the original colored rubber floormats. Even the headliner is still staying in place. Spotless allGM engine bay. Cond: 2. BEST BUY SOLD AT $19,800. Not to say that this was loaded up heavily with options, but the $6,532 in options was a third of the truck’s price. Couple that with a low-miles short-box fourwheel drive, and at this price, it’s a no-brainer to buy. One can easily justify spending this, for it to be a limited-use bone-stock play toy or just to pickle it for a couple of decades, as these stylish trucks are destined to do well in the future. Heck, just use it—this will be nicer and with fewer miles than any pickup you can find for this kind of money on a Chevy dealer’s used-car lot. Well bought. © Sports Car Market


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Roundup Selected Sales Combined in One Comprehensive Report Global Auction Highlights ENGLISH #398-1962 AUSTIN-HEALEY SPRITE roadster. S/N 62HAN6L6715. White/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 10,878 miles. Old economy-white respray on dinged and lumpy panels, variable panel fit, dual fog lights and sport mirrors. Numerous chips and scrapes, minimal brightwork is dull or pitted. Older black vinyl ragtop is just that, with holes and yellowed backlight, factory steel wheels and caps. Black buckets worn, side panels and curtains document their age, 360-degree wear on steering wheel, no-name cassette for tunes, odometer on lap two. Driver-quality underhood, stock engine plus spiders living and dead. Not quite a British rat rod, but too ratty for the typical string-backed drivinggloved enthusiast. Cond: 4. 1970 Lancia Superjolly Transporter, sold for $124,136 at Lucky Collector Car Auctions, Tacoma, WA LUCKY AUCTIONS Location: Tacoma, WA Date: May 20–21, 2017 Auctioneer: Evan McMullen Automotive lots sold/offered: 98/185 Sales rate: 53% Sales total: $1,106,239 High sale: 1960 Lancia Superjolly, sold at $124,136 Buyer’s premium: 15%, minimum of $200, included in sold prices Report and photos by Jack Tockston AUCTIONS AMERICA Location: Auburn, IN Date: May 11–13, 2017 Auctioneers: Mike Shackelton, Brent Earlywine Automotive lots sold/offered: 237/343 Sales rate: 69% Sales total: $9,048,255 High sale: 2012 Ferrari 458 GTD racer, sold at $462,000 Buyer’s premium: 10%, included in sold prices Report and photos by Kevin Coakley SILVER AUCTIONS Location: Spokane, WA Date: May 17, 2017 Auctioneer: Mitch Silver Automotive lots sold/offered: 77/152 Sales rate: 51% Sales total: $1,145,800 High sale: 1974 Jaguar E-type convertible, sold at $60,000 Buyer’s premium: $400, included in sold prices Report and photos by John Boyle SOLD AT $8,432. This Sprite looked quite nice on Seattle’s Craigslist, but not so much up close. Not a rust bucket, but needing enough restoration checks to become financially underwater even for a conservative DIYer. With its overall condition and 111k on the odometer, I thought seller would be taking this one home, but it sold on a rerun, to seller’s relief. Lucky Collector Car Auctions, Tacoma, WA, 05/17. #19-1972 TRIUMPH SPITFIRE con- vertible. S/N FK33100U. Red/black vinyl soft top/red fiberglass hard top/black vinyl. Odo: 41,292 miles. Older repaint with casual masking. Original paint under hood and in trunk. Black door sills. Blackout tail paint cracked. Tonneau snaps painted body color. Large bubble in trunk lid. Front bumper good, rest of trim dull. Stock interior except for later radio and speakers. Seat covers look “one size fits all” and are as baggy as a sheet. Original top lying in bottom of trunk. Engine bay is dirty and worn, but at least it’s easy to get to. Despite its needs, it looks fairly solid. Cond: 4+. 1973 Volkswagen Thing convertible, sold for $14,850 at Auctions America, Auburn, IN 144 NOT SOLD AT $4,200. In my younger days, I was introduced to British sports cars by Road & Track, where every issue seemingly featured guys reminiscing about their college days driving/fixing (mainly fixing) cars like Sports Car Market


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Roundup this on a budget. Hopefully, one of those guys is now looking for a retirement project and able to give this Spitfire the love it needs. Bid to about $600 below the SCM median, which given its appearance, seems a bit generous. Silver Auctions, Spokane, WA, 05/17. #115-1974 JAGUAR E-TYPE convert- ible. S/N UE1S23707. Primrose/black cloth/ black leather. Odo: 49,074 miles. Older but still good respray in factory color has minor overspray on inside of hood. Road rash/wear to grille surround and wear to exhaust tips. Front bumper scratched, rear only has minor wear. Interior spotless with expected patina (in a Chevy it would be called wear). Excellent dash with only a modern radio detracting from it. Underhood shows signs of recent servicing, but far from car-show/new-restoration spotless. Cond: 2. convertible. It’s good to see one like this, neither an over-the-top restored/modified example nor a beat-up driver. A fun summer toy you wouldn’t be embarrassed to be seen in. Well bought for project money. Silver Auctions, Spokane, WA, 05/17. #394-1978 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER WRAITH saloon. S/N LRG33012. White/tan vinyl/tan leather. Odo: 37,120 miles. Aboveaverage older respray in factory white, jambs left original, aftermarket side trim. Factorypadded roof was white when new, now painted tan to presumably match interior. Steel wheels, full caps, serviceable whitewall tires. Brightwork excellent throughout, “Spirit of Ecstasy” still standing, glass and lenses clear. Interior presents well, leather has been redyed, driver’s bucket is barely creased, timber in excellent condition, corded cell phone in place. Hood-latch cable broken, engine bay assumed to be driver quality. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $60,000. A final-year E-type. Recently recommissioned by a Jaguar enthusiast who said the car came from the estate of its 40-year owner from dry Southern Idaho. It had an extensive service and the tires are fresh. Seller drove it across the state from Seattle, WA, and said it performed flawlessly. He was hoping to get $75,000 for it, which is almost on the dot of the SCM median. That makes the $60,000 sale price seem like a bargain for a solid car with good history and without any apparent needs. Silver Auctions, Spokane, WA, 05/17. #20-1977 MG MIDGET convertible. S/N GAN6UH196334G. White/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 3,134 miles. Older repaint still shows well except for one-inch scratch in rear fender. Rubber bumpers not marked or warped. Windshield trim good. Interior in very good shape for a 40-year-old British convertible. Engine bay clean and correct, let down by worn original paint on firewall. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $23,169. First three letters of this Roller’s VIN were “LRG,” and it is! Last seen at Silver’s Fort McDowell, AZ, sale in January 2007, where it sold for $18,360 with 36,272 miles (SCM# 1568552). SCM’s Pocket Price Guide shows 2,154 examples of this model were produced 1977–81, now with a median value of $20,400 and Investment Grade D. Here it sold for a decent profit for seller; buyer paid just a bit much. Perhaps he wanted a Rolls “for love or money” with emphasis on the former. Lucky Collector Car Auctions, Tacoma, WA, 05/17. FRENCH #332-1955 CITROËN TRACTION AVANT sedan. S/N 7A8350G0795532437. Teal metallic/tan vinyl. RHD. Odo: 41,631 miles. Original and attractive teal metallic repaint on well-prepared panels, suicide doors, dual Lucas driving lights, stock steel wheels and caps. Glass clear, bumpers good, minor chrome bits pitted, no damage repairs evident. SOLD AT $3,900. A well-cared-for example out of an estate. By 1977, the Midget was living on borrowed time due to corporate neglect and U.S. safety and environmental regulations (horsepower was down 25% from 1967), but it was one of the few ways a driver could get a August 2017 145


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Fresh Meat by Chad Taylor Roundup Online sales of contemporary cars 2015 McLaren 650S Spider Date sold: 05/11/2017 eBay auction ID: 332202651574 Seller’s eBay ID: yagnale Sale type: Used car with 2,956 miles VIN: SBM11FAAXFW004033 Details: Volcano Orange over black leather; 3.8-L, twin-turbocharged V8 rated at 641 hp and 500 ft-lb, 7-sp auto, RWD Sale result: $199,205, 2 bids, sf 164 MSRP: $333,215 (as equipped) Other current offering: McLaren Newport Beach of Los Angeles, CA, asking $274,888 for an Electric Blue over black Alcantara 2015 650S Spider with 3,548 miles. 2016 Nissan GT-R NISMO coupe Tan vinyl interior, vintage brass extinguisher in left footwell, dash and instruments mint, bucket seat bottoms have many punctures (probably dog nails). Driver-quality underhood, water pump recently resealed, new hose clamps throughout. Best example seen in the past decade. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $10,384. Its passport would document a French design, built in the U.K.—signified by being RHD— imported to New Zealand, and now in the U.S. wearing a Washington state collector plate. To my eye (and in overheard comments by others), this was the “cutest” car at this sale, with attendees giving it more than cursory inspections. Despite the admiring reviews, the French sedan was surrendered to a bid of about half value for condition and cuteness. Major nod and applause to the astute buyer on this one. Lucky Collector Car Auctions, Tacoma, WA, 05/17. GERMAN #357-1963 VOLKSWAGEN BEETLE Date sold: 05/16/2017 eBay auction ID: 152539238846 Seller’s eBay ID: ax-auto Sale type: Used car with 18,310 miles VIN: JN1AR5EF0GM290878 Details: Black over black leather & red Alcantara; 3.8-L, twin-turbocharged V6 rated at 600 hp and 481 ft-lb, 6-sp auto, AWD Sale result: $110,100, 6 bids, sf 441 MSRP: $149,990 (base) Other current offering: In Denver, CO, Woodhouse Auto Family offering a white over black/red leather 2017 GT-R coupe with 11 miles for $116,980. 2017 Porsche 911 Turbo cabriolet Date sold: 05/07/2017 eBay auction ID: 112385916217 Seller’s eBay ID: porscheofocala Sale type: New car with 28 miles VIN: WP0CD2A99HS178712 Details: Guards Red over black leather; 3.8-L, twin-turbocharged H6 rated at 540 hp and 486 ft-lb, 7-sp auto, AWD Sale result: $200,825, Buy It Now, sf 4 MSRP: $171,500 (base) Other current offering: Rusnak Auto Group of Los Angeles, CA, offering an 11-mile Carrera White over black leather 2017 911 Turbo cabriolet for $185,680. ♦ 146 SOLD AT $9,145. There’s something about a slightly modified Bug that catches an enthusiast’s eye. Change a couple more details, and even those indifferent to cars notice it. It’s that “something” that made this ride more interesting than a stock Bug. Had the seller offered that the 71,155 miles showing were original to the car, or since the engine swap, a couple more bids may have resulted for this one. The price guide shows more than 8 million Beetles were produced 1958–67, with current median of $12,700 and Investment Grade of C. Price paid seems about right for condition and upgrades. Lucky Collector Car Auctions, Tacoma, WA, 05/17. #151-1972 VOLKSWAGEN KARMANN GHIA coupe. S/N 1422013113. Red/black 2-dr sedan. S/N 5633071. White/orange & beige/vinyl. Odo: 71,155 miles. Beetle with decent windows-in white paint and stand-out California rake. Chrome wheels, baby moons, new BSW tires plus dual fog lights low on front bumper are subtle adds. Interior clean, orange vinyl buckets (driver’s side baggy) with matching door panels, new black headliner, body color on all metal surfaces, new Coco mats, EMPI shifter. Engine lid opens without turning handle, stock 1967 engine swap offers slightly enhanced zip, degreed chrome crank pulley plus EMPI and Pennzoil decals imply tinkering. Clean, no rust. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $9,145. There was a married couple all over this one for a long time, so I asked if they were going to be bidders. Turned out they were comparing their completed restoration of a twin, and found this one had more original parts and details. From 1968 to 1974, 162,887 K-Gs were produced, with a current median value of $10,300 and Investment Grade of C per the price guide. It looked great on the block, and last man standing obtained it for about a grand under median, making this a decent buy for condition. Lucky Collector Car Auctions, Tacoma, WA, 05/17. #3002-1973 VOLKSWAGEN THING convertible. S/N 1832421212E. White/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 2,247 miles. Paint, while not new, looks to be holding up well. Chrome factory steel rims with the VW babymoon hubcaps look great. Top looks fresh and well fit. Rear taillights showing some microcracking. Equipped with a full roll cage, gas heater and front fog lights. Cond: 2. vinyl. Odo: 19,119 miles. Quality windowsout repaint in factory red (includes jambs), now showing a few minor chips especially on the vulnerable nose (no evidence of filler behind it). Steel wheels, stock baby moons, good tires with half-inch white stripe. Weather seals replaced, front bumper chrome flaking, rear serviceable. Reproduction black vinyl interior in good visual order, driver’s seat a bit baggy (as usual). Engine recently cleaned, evidence of maintenance includes shiny new carb and fuel filter on the hot side. Odometer on lap two, but you’d never know it. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $14,850. Said to have been restored in 2004 and holding up very well. Last recorded sale was Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale in 2009, where it sold for $16,500 with 168 fewer miles (SCM# 1643175). The reporter said it was a good buy then and I’m saying it’s even better now. A number-2 Thing for number-3 money. Auctions America, Auburn, IN, 05/17. #333-1974 VOLKSWAGEN THING convertible. S/N 1842321573. Yellow/black Sports Car Market


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Roundup vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 74,333 miles. Presents as new with bright yellow paint and rust-free panels (save one ding post-paint behind rear bumper). Brand-new black vinyl convertible top and side curtains, factory steel wheels given a Porsche look with black paint and stainless trim rings. Interior metal panels treated to body color, simple black vinyl seating, door panels neatly sprayed with textured black bedliner. Engine clean and pumped up a bit by swapping in dual carbs replacing the factory one-barrel. Lots of quality and eyeball with this one! Cond: 2. swap, recent cosmetic accouterments, and no roll cage, this came off as a track-day toy. Stuttgart enthusiasts with a purist bent might consider this a “bitsa” hot rod, while those less fussy would relish a few hours on their favorite country road. Having covered every Lucky sale to date, I’m aware their bidder pool often has healthy segments with eclectic tastes, deep pockets and an eye for value. So it was no surprise that bids flowed when this landed at the podium, but not bid close enough to an unmentioned reserve. Lucky Collector Car Auctions, Tacoma, WA, 05/17. SOLD AT $11,981. Every auction has one or more of these, with most needing some serious refurbishment. This Type 181 was a no-reserve offering and an opportunity to snag one of the best I’ve seen in the past 10 years. The minor cosmetic deviations from factory specs were functional, and it seems those who own and enjoy them are usually not purists who appreciate originality anyway. The price guide lists 1973–74 versions with a median value of $16,000 and Investment Grade of C. As this was a no-reserve offering, the seller left money on the table and an alert buyer ran off with it. Well played. Lucky Collector Car Auctions, Tacoma, WA, 05/17. #184-1982 PORSCHE 911 SC coupe. S/N WP0AA0911C5121741. Black/black cloth. Odo: 46,522 miles. Older economy respray over factory black with masking done by someone with major caffeine shakes. Stonechipped nose and bumper, later Cup alloys that “come with tons of tires.” New black RS interior includes red strap door releases, dual Sparco cloth racing buckets, new headliner and carpet, aluminum pedal set, rust on shifter binnacle, rear seats removed. Engine cover opens without unlatching, dusty 1986 Turbo 3.3-L H6 spins a 5-speed manual and limited slip. Maintained by specialist John Walker’s shop in Seattle with many receipts and clean Washington title. Cond: 3-. #13-1984 MERCEDES-BENZ 380SL convertible. S/N WDBBA46A4EA008259. Blue/blue fiberglass hard top/blue cloth soft top/tan MB-Tex. Odo: 173,370 miles. Excellent repaint in factory color, straight body with factory panel gaps. Trim shows age, especially oh-so-’80s dealer-installed gold trim. Dealeradded MB chrome wheels, which looked fine for age. For the mileage and age, the MB-Tex seats are holding up well and the passenger’s seat bottom wasn’t collapsed, a common occurrence in these. However, the interior shows signs of fading and sun damage to plastics and wood ... and an unpleasant smell. Small crack in dashpad. Hood not open for inspection. Cond: 3+. cute little thing unlikely to be seen at your Cars & Coffee. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $35,000. Offered at Silver’s Fort McDowell sale in January 2017, it had two less miles and became a no-sale with high bid of $33k (SCM# 6817014). Here, it ran up to a final bid of $35k, but that wasn’t enough to trade papers. As this is written, it remains advertised in Seattle for $44,500 on Cosmopolitan Motors’ website, where it’s been listed for some time. This rare Ghia 1500 GT may be diminutive, but it’ll haul your cannoli! Lucky Collector Car Auctions, Tacoma, WA, 05/17. #146-1970 LANCIA SUPERJOLLY Transporter. S/N 002624. Red/black vinyl. Odo: 1,259 miles. An aluminum-intensive custom transporter with decent fresh-looking red paint. Cab in excellent condition including glass and minimal brightwork; side panels of truck bed wavy, winch in back, diamond plating, pair of metal and wood removable ramps. Spartan interior, simple black vinyl bucket seats, radio-delete plate, steep busangled black steering wheel, bare-aluminum flooring and sun visors. Superficially clean engine box holds Flavia V4 engine. Received much curious interest parked on the grass. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $7,500. These were the cars everyone wanted in the ’80s, and today are an auction staple. Despite its age and mileage, this car’s inherent quality was still apparent by the way its doors still closed like the proverbial bank vault. Nearby was an ’82 SL with one-third the miles but with a longer list of issues, showing that this example had reasonably careful ownership. Top-flight cars are beginning to bring serious money, while lesser cars languish. While the high bid here was below the SCM median, it was close enough that it probably could have been taken. Silver Auctions, Spokane, WA, 05/17. ITALIAN NOT SOLD AT $32,000. Based on the engine 148 #383-1967 GHIA 1500 coupe. S/N 0284987. Red/black vinyl. Odo: 42,430 miles. Recent quality windows-out red finish over well-prepared panels; no blemishes found. Minimal brightwork excellent, some rubber weather seals replaced, scratch-free glass, painted steel wheels. Interior immaculate, save for grass debris tracked in by gawkers. Black vinyl bucket seats, side panels, and dash look fresh. Engine bay clean and orderly, repowered by what appears a Volvo B20B I4 with dual SU carbs spinning a 4-speed trans. A SOLD AT $124,136. Some 2,948 were produced between 1963 to 1970 in various configurations. Weeks earlier, I shared photos of this truck with my vintage-racing cohort, who loved it. All thought it ideal for hauling a light Formula car, agreeing it would be eye candy for the pits, and would sell for around $30k. Bidders in the tent, and on phones and computers around the globe, went nuts driving the price to $124,136 including commission. Lucky Collector Car Auctions, Tacoma, WA, 05/17. #168-1979 ALFA ROMEO GT Sprint Veloce coupe. S/N 116150006345. Red/gray cloth. Odo: 9,512 miles. Quality windows-in respray in original red, straight body, excellent glass, no rust in this model’s usual places. Rubber bumpers and bright inserts complete, Sports Car Market


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Glovebox Notes 2017 Kia Forte EX sedan Roundup A brief look at cars of interest that have passed through the SCM garage. HHHHH is best. aftermarket side trim, recent radials on dull factory alloys, newer rubber seals, bottom of air dam scraped as anticipated. Serviceable gray cloth interior, no dash or console cracks (unusual on these). Underhood needs detailing but original, DOHC I4 still has original SPICA FI, new spark-plug wires, broken battery-terminal cover in plug galley. Above-average condition, good runner. Cond: 3+. there is a happy ending. A few days later it sold at Silver’s Missoula, MT, sale for $16,200—a fair price. Silver Auctions, Spokane, WA, 05/17. #8-1959 NASH METROPOLITAN Price as tested: $26,835 Equipment: 2.0-liter I4 engine, 6-speed automatic, 7-inch touchscreen navigation screen with Bluetooth audio and phone connection, autonomous emergency braking, blind-spot detection, lane-departure warning system and lane-keep assist system. EPA mileage: 25/33 Likes: Well equipped for a decent price. Interior is utilitarian and won’t wow any luxury-car owners. Exterior is simple but sports a sharp design. Dislikes: Road noise. Engine is about as default as it gets. EX package is expensive if extra safety tech isn’t your thing. Fun to drive: HHH Eye appeal: HHH Overall experience: HHH Verdict: Inoffensive and a general crowd pleaser. The Kia hits all the right notes as a basic but tech-heavy driver. — Garrett Long 2017 Mazda 3 Grand Touring sedan coupe. S/N E78146. Black & white/black & white cloth & vinyl. Odo: 50,562 miles. Older repaint over minor dents and waves. Trim generally good except for dent in grille surround. Re-covered seats in factory style show little wear. Window whiskers and windlace need replacement. Underhood is exceptionally clean, except for worn original paint on firewall. Too-cute homemade spare-tire cover reads “Metropolitan.” Cond: 3. SOLD AT $10,030. I had a white-over-blue 1976 version of this car for four years in Colorado Springs and loved the handling, visibility and sound; but the SPICA FI slept below 28 degrees, leaving me bumming for rides in American iron. Based on condition, this red example seemed cherished and garaged since usual deterioration issues were absent. Demographics at Lucky sales are usually heavy with performance V8 and cruiser types, and I suspected bidding to be light; but, it sold for almost twice its $6,300 median in the price guide—in defiance of a rare Investment Grade of F. Lucky Collector Car Auctions, Tacoma, WA, 05/17. AMERICAN #458-1950 FORD CUSTOM DELUXE Price as tested: $27,930 Equipment: SKYACTIV 2.5-L, 184 hp, 165 ft-lb, DOHC I4, SKYACTIV 6-sp Sport Mode automatic EPA mileage: 27/36 Likes: Interior feels and looks upscale. Technology is easy to use. Premium Package adds navigation, heated seats, and heated steering wheel. Adaptive front lighting system with cornering headlights. Dislikes: Road noise. Gadgets boost the price — yes, it has blind-spot warning and smart braking standard, but everything else comes at extra cost. Fun to drive: HHH Eye appeal: HHHH Overall experience: HHH Verdict: Comes in just above your standard “does the job” commuter. Short of stepping up into a 3-Series BMW or C-Class Benz, it’s hard to imagine getting more luxury in a compact car. — Chad Taylor 150 2-dr sedan. S/N BORH112226. Blue/gray cloth. Odo: 17,308 miles. 239-ci V8, 2-bbl, 3-sp. Well-applied older paint. Straight body with a minor ripple (you have to look hard) in a front fender. Chrome bumpers and trim excellent, side trim unmarked. Door handles like new. Interior well done in correct materials, but showing some age. Excellent dash but plastic knobs have age cracks, as does horn button. Underhood correct and clean with correct cloth wires. Older bias-ply tires. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $8,200. Reportedly a recent garage find that seems well preserved. Fixing a few details and some TLC would bring this car up a notch, but stark paint colors might hold it back since most are seen in shape-friendly (i.e. cute) pastels. Fairly sold, with a slight nod to the buyer. Silver Auctions, Spokane, WA, 05/17. #166-1968 CHEVROLET CAMARO SS coupe. S/N 124378N398697. Blue & black/ black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 11,185 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. New and well-applied paint with stripes under clearcoat. Passenger’s door color looks a little off from the rest of the car. Door fit could be better, but we’ve seen much worse on similar cars at bigger events. Dimple below radio antenna. Re-chromed bumpers, taillight trim very nice. Oddly, door handles are scratched and worn. Paint in door jambs doesn’t quite match rest of car. Very good seats and carpets. Original seat belts with fading on webbing and GM label. Aftermarket gauges and radio. Engine compartment very clean and largely stock except for headers and chrome dress-up add-ons. Fresh tires. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $11,500. Not a concours car (not that many ’50 Fords are), but a very nice and correct example. The 2-door and convertible were the only Fords that came standard with the V8, so they can be considered the top of the line. Not sold on the day, but SOLD AT $12,400. Equipped with a new crate engine and more-than-presentable looks, this comes across as a nice driver. The recent work is well done, but a few shortcuts that disappoint (come on, how hard would it have Sports Car Market


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Roundup been to replace the handles pre-painting?). The car card said “perfect driver.” Okay, maybe not perfect, but good enough for many. Very well bought. Silver Auctions, Spokane, WA, 05/17. #5156-1968 CHEVROLET EL CAMINO pickup. S/N 136808Z105080. Pale Gold/tan vinyl. Odo: 59,463 miles. 383-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Fairly recent paint over wavy body. Chips on tight gap on driver’s door. Undented bed. Bumpers rechromed to good standard, tailgate trim has dings and waves, rest of trim acceptable. Very nice interior in factory style, Modern radio. Underhood is reasonably clean and filled with aftermarket go-fast parts. To my eyes, the modern large low-profile wheels seem to promise more than this car delivers. Cond: 3. car. Was it for the original factory finishes, or its clean history as a starting point for a restoration? Silver Auctions, Spokane, WA, 05/17. #152-1969 MERCURY COUGAR con- vertible. S/N 9F92H570847. Red/white vinyl/ white vinyl. Odo: 55,102 miles. 351-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Straight body with new paint (including the body jambs and underhood), but a couple of small areas hint at possible color change from white. New windlace and rubber along with good glass and top. Rocker-panel trim is worn. Bumper has section of discoloration, taillight trim worn. Seats in good shape, dash has crack and the turn-signal stalk has blisters. Wood decal on console shows small bubbles. Tops of door panels have been replaced with loose-fitting vinyl during re-covering. Underhood is strictly used-car quality with various aftermarket add-ons. Cond: 3-. anyone who isn’t bothered by details and deviations. Not sold at $24,000 at the Silver Vancouver event in April with one less mile (SCM# 6834809). Here, it brought $1,000 less. Based on condition and the new engine, well bought insomuch as you would have a hard time building it for less. Silver Auctions, Spokane, WA, 05/17. #52-1977 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL MARK V coupe. S/N 7Y89A804305. White/ red vinyl/red & white leather. Odo: 43,451 miles. 460-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Factory paint with the expected chips and wear but no major issues. No sign of previous bodywork and free from door dings and signs of “parking by feel” that you see on many older big cars. Chrome very good for age. Vinyl top looks good, if a little dry. Interior well preserved except for color loss on one section of the driver’s twotone seat. Underhood is strictly used car, with wear and dust. Comes with dealer add-on chrome blocks on doors with the initials “LMC.” If yours match, you’re good to go; otherwise, tell people it stands for Lincoln Motor Company. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $12,400. Said to have a new crate 383 Stroker, but lack of detailing under the hood takes away any “gee whiz” effect. This is more of a nice driver than cruise-night or local show car. New paint and detailing under the hood would do wonders for it. Price guide states the average median price is $18,700, a bit under the money, but the car needs some more work to be show-ready. Silver Auctions, Spokane, WA, 05/17. #136-1969 DODGE CHARGER 2-dr hard top. S/N XP29F9B378214. Red/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 55,087 miles. 318-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Original paint still has a shine but has the usual wear and chips. Right rear quarter panel is cracking. Trim is acceptable, but there is noticeable wear to plastic grille. A few bubbles under vinyl top. Interior said to be original except for replacement front-seat covers. Back seat shows some age but no wear. Rally gauge dash in fine shape except for the usual plastic chrome issues. Door panels very nice except for plastic chrome armrest bases worn down to white. Large hole in carpet in front of driver’s seat. Underhood is basically stock. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $22,750. At first glance, this car had a lot going for it, namely good body and paint. The homemade door panels were a major turn-off for me; that obvious (and cheesy) solution used really makes you wonder what other DIY “solutions” may have been used in the car. Based on overall condition, the car was well bought but just over the price-guide median. Hopefully the new owner can find some door panels. Silver Auctions, Spokane, WA, 05/17. #5110-1972 CHEVROLET C10 Chey- enne pickup. S/N CCE142S142548. Blue & white/blue vinyl. Odo: 12,247 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Nice shiny paint in popular factory colors, with matching bedliner. Trim a mix of reproduction and original, one section secured with a Phillips-head screw. Aftermarket headlights. At first I thought the seats were stock, until I noticed the Cheyenne logos on headrests, matching dashpad. High-end sound system in dash and door speakers. Underhood is clean and almost stock, but the manifold and a/c compressor both have wear. Modern chrome mags with newer tires. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $9,400. A first-year example of the Mark V, which, contrary to popular belief, wasn’t much smaller than the Mark IV, since it shared its wheelbase, but it was quite a bit lighter and more efficiently packaged. A one-owner car that’s been stored since 2000. A nice example. High bid was seriously light for such a solid example. Silver Auctions, Spokane, WA, 05/17. #1-1981 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. S/N 1G1AY8761BS407007. Yellow/ black vinyl. Odo: 24,134 miles. 350-ci 190-hp V8, 4-bbl, auto. Older repaint has heavy crazing, huge runs in door openings, painted-over VIN tag and many other horrors. On the plus side, factory panel gaps and the rubber bumpers fit well. Considering the rest of the car, the interior looks good, with minimal wear and no huge issues noted. Engine bay not open, but considering the quality of the paint, that may be just as well. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $30,250. Said to be a local oneowner car with matching numbers and “98% original” paint and interior. Dodge produced 69,000 base-level Chargers in ’69, and you’ve got to wonder how many remain this original with their first owners. For its condition, the buyer paid a higher-than-average price for the 152 SOLD AT $23,000. Looked great at a distance, but the not-quite-stock or custom vibe was a bit of a disappointment on an iconic truck; however, I’m sure it would be a hit with NOT SOLD AT $5,900. Judging by the straight body and interior, this might be a Sports Car Market


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Roundup solid car that just had an unfortunate encounter with a terrible painter. Then again... A nosale at the high bid, which could have been taken with thanks. The owner was hoping to get $7,500. In truth, either price is too high unless the owner has a friend with a paint shop, since you couldn’t repaint this without going underwater. Silver Auctions, Spokane, WA, 05/17. #74-1993 FORD MUSTANG GT con- vertible. S/N 1FACP45E8PF138791. Black/ black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 41,271 km. 5.0-L fuel-injected V8, auto. Well-cared-for factory paint has minor wear and scratches. Trim, wheels and headlights are fine, with little wear. Interior unmodified and unmarked except for crease to driver’s seat. Underhood like-new, with light dust, but the hood pad shows a lot of wear. Cond: 2. Mustang-centric website or show. Silver Auctions, Spokane, WA, 05/17. #450-2004 FORD THUNDERBIRD con- vertible. S/N 1FAHP60A54Y109528. Blue metallic/tan leather. Odo: 30,197 miles. 3.9-L fuel-injected V8, auto. A well-cared-for example. Unmarked paint except for minor repair to rear plastic bumper cover; the Thunderbird emblem on hood is missing part of its wing. Interior is nearly new, with light creasing to driver’s seat. Under hood, clean and dust-free. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $5,800. A Canadian-market car brought into Montana by an older man, who sought out a triple-black example. Foxbody Mustangs are increasingly popular due to their low price, abundance and the tuning options for the 5-liter. This is an exceptional example in desirable colors and low (25,600) miles. High bid was far too low for its condition, something Mitch Sliver attributed to it being a Canadian market/kilometer car. I’ve got to think this would do much better on a NOT SOLD AT $17,000. With the latest cars now a dozen years old, I wanted to cover this to see what a nice retro ’bird would bring at auction. With 68,000 produced, there appear to be a lot of low-mileage cars out there. These seem to have a bit of a following, and like PT Cruisers, they have created an aftermarket industry that makes various easy-toinstall custom styling touches, of varying degrees of taste. If you want an easy-to-livewith convertible, and can live with the bland styling, with prices now about half the original sticker, this might be the time to buy one. A quick Internet search shows higher-mileage cars have prices in the low-to-mid teens, while sub-50k cars have high-teens or low-$20k asking prices. As such, high bid was fair, but seller’s $20,000 reserve wasn’t entirely out of line, either. Silver Auctions, Spokane, WA, 05/17. © 154 Sports Car Market


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Mystery Photo Answers Vladimir, if this is what you cruised around in to get girls, that explains a lot — Douglas F. Knight, Haddonfield, NJ well here. — Layne Buckley, via email Some air shocks could fix your sagging rear. — Pete Cowper, Visalia, CA Mr. Putin, may I present you with the Soviet-era version of the Yankee President’s Beast. — Paul Green, via email W had a good laugh when he was introduced to the Russian version of the Tata Nano for 2005. — David Zussman, via email “Come on, Vlad, you’re worth RUNNER-UP: Vlad, would you turn around, so I can take another look into your soul? — Joe Sweeney, Gleneden Beach, OR DUDE! Really? Russian Badassery? — Gary West, St. Petersburg, FL Hey, Smart Guy, you’re gonna have to grow if you want to leak oil in the tall grass with the BIG DOGS! — Steve Schefbauer, Monroe, CT Hey, Spike! Hey, Spike! You want to cruise the main tonight? Huh, can we Spike? Cuz you and me is pals, right? — Alex Lobodovsky, via email Hey, Vlady, my Hummer back home craps bigger than this! — Frank Boyle, Stockton, CA Immediately attracted to the big-eared ZAZ, George offered a “Bathroom” painting in trade. Buyer and seller fared equally Comments With Your Renewals You guys continue to be the only print magazine I receive — one I read religiously. Congratulations! — Enrique Landa V, San Francisco, CA (SCMer since 2004) Why just sports cars? What about “Collector Car Market”? Actually, the other cars are more interesting to me. — Daniel Bruckner, Milwaukee, WI (2013) More motorcycles (classic). — Glenn Pierce, Fresno, CA (2003) More affordable sports and classic cars, please. Interesting vehicles, historical, cars. More motorcycles, please. — Mike Weidle, Bainbridge, PA (2007) 156 $200 billion and you’re trying to sell me your old presidential limo for half a million? Do you really think I’m that dumb?” — Phil Schroeder, Platte City, MO W and Putin view the first GM (Russia) Corvette to roll off the assembly line at the former Lada plant in Vladivostok. — Don Mackay, via email “Hey, Putie, back in Texas we call these things flower pots. Heck, Barney uses it as a dog house!” — Steve Schefbauer, Monroe, CT Bush is pleased to show Putin More Goggomobil auction coverage. — Will Samples, Dallas, TX (1998) I enjoy the personal stories. Great magazine. — Rich O’Brien, Chicago, IL (2014) More focus on cars less than $100,000. Great magazine! — Lloyd Mathis, Arnold, MO (2006) Love every bit, from Keith’s letter to Mystery Photo! Keep it coming. — Scott Gordon, San Francisco, CA (2008) Thank you all for your continued renewals and thoughtful comments. — Keith Martin Our Photo, Your Caption Email your caption to us at mysteryphoto@sportscarmarket.com, or fax to 503.253.2234. Ties will be arbitrarily and capriciously decided. Do you have a mystery photo? Email it to mysteryphoto@sportscarmarket. com at 300 dpi in JPEG format. Please include your name and contact information. If we use your photo, you’ll get an official SCM cap. Sports Car Market what he believes is a weapon of mass destruction. — Brian Peters, Washington, D.C. Listen, Putie, even the Pinto wasn’t this bad! — Steve Rollin, Portland, OR “Vlad,” says Bush, “you can call them ‘ZAZ’ and ‘Zapo,’ and put them on a platform. But the CIA tells me Soviet cars were all warmed-over NSUs and Fiats.” — Gary Francis, Chico, CA I’ll be long gone before some smart person figures out what led to the design of this car. — Doug and Gabby McDonald, via email In Texas we use these for skeet practice. — Norm Brown, Fair Oaks, CA “What’s that, Vladimir? You want me to buy Brezhnev’s old car? I thought he had a Caddy and a Rolls?” — Dan Brenzel, Menlo Park, CA Winner Douglas F. Knight gets to the very source of Vladimir Putin’s problems with the United States. He is hereby secretly awarded an SCM hat with subtle WikiLeaks logos over the ears. © This Month’s Mystery Photo Response Deadline: July 25, 2017 David L. Schroeder Darren Frank


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SCM Online Extras for SCM Readers How to connect with SCM online this month Kids and Cars Visit SCM on the Web Here’s a Sample of Some of What’s Available at www.sportscarmarket.com Keith Martin’s Weekly Blogs (www.sportsarmarket.com/blogs/keith- martin) • Driven: Two Alfas, a Lotus and a Viper Getting Started Early: My daughter Monique, then 19 months old, helping Dad out by washing his 1996 Ferrari F355 Spider. — Tom Kazamek Send your photos of your next-generation gearheads to SCM. If your photo is selected, you’ll win an official SCM cap. Send your hi-res photos to kids@sportscarmarket.com. Please include your contact info, the name of the child in the photo, the make and model of the car and any descriptive information you would like. August SCM Cover Poll Results • I Almost Bought a Junior Z • Put Those Hoods Down! • What to Do When the Wipers Stop? 300 Miles in a Bugeye Sprite Guides and Resources (View or downlad at www. sportscarmarket.com/ guides-supplements) • 2017 Insider’s Guide to Concours d’Elegance • All-new 2017 Price Guide For Subscribers www.sportscarmarket.com/digitalissues-online • One year of back issues of SCM, searchable 2001 Nissan Skyline R34 GT-R V-spec II 7% (28 votes) 1965 Aston Martin DB5 70% (288 votes) 2012 Ferrari 458 Challenge 23% (96 votes) NOTABLE QUOTE: “I would select cover number 2, as I love the Aston Martin DB5. The design is so perfect, and seeing the car in action in “Goldfinger” and the scene of Bond driving the car is the high point of the movie.” — Frank Saglimbeni To participate in the next poll, subscribe to the SCM newsletter at www.sportscarmarket.com August 2017 157 Platinum Deluxe Users View 280,000 auction results at www.sportscarmarket.com/platinumauction-database (Platinum Auction Database members only). Compare the latest sales or track a car over its auction history!


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SCM Showcase Gallery Sell Your Car Here! Includes SCM website listing. Showcase Gallery Full-Color Photo Ad Just $66/month ($88 non-subscribers) Text-Only Classified Ad Just $15/month ($25 non-subscribers) 4 ways to submit your ad: Web: Visit www.sportscarmarket.com/classifieds/place-ad to upload your photo (300 dpi jpg) and text, or text only. Secure online Visa/MC payments. Email: Send photo (300 dpi jpg) and text, or text only, to classifieds@sportscarmarket.com. We will call for your VISA/MC. Fax: Attention Showcase, to 503.253.2234 with VISA/MC. Snail mail: Showcase, PO Box 4797, Portland, OR 97208-4797, with VISA/MC or check. 25 words max, subject to editing. Deadline: 1st of each month, one month prior to publication. Advertisers assume all liability for the content of their advertisements. The publisher of Sports Car Market Magazine is not responsible for any omissions, erroneous, false and/or misleading statements of its advertisers. ENGLISH 1924 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Pall Mall with Overdrive Tourer Automobiles. Contact Charles, Ph: 805.568.1934, email: eenberg@msn.com. Website: www. charlescrail.com/vehicles/213/1939-bentley-4-1-4liter-overdrive-pillarless-coupe-by-park-ward. (CA) 1952 MG TD roadster such as this. Classic Showcase. Ph: 760.758.6100, email: webmaster@classicshowcase.com. Website: classicshowcase.com/index.php/inventory/detail/514. (CA) 1963 Jaguar E-type Series 1 convertible S/N 879320. White/red. Inline 6, 4-spd manual. This Series 1 XKE is a matching-numbers car, professionally restored with over $200k worth of documented work. Recently, trimmers at Classic Showcase crafted a custom-tailored interior in the correct and proper materials. Includes a set of concours-quality tools; knockoff hammer, jack, owner’s manual and complete documentation and receipts for the restoration work performed. Classic Showcase. Ph: 760.758.6100, email: webmaster@ classicshowcase.com. Website: classicshowcase.com/ index.php/inventory/detail/538. (CA) 1965 Jaguar E-type Series 1 convertible S/N UE1S26055. Silver metallic/red. 18,317 miles. V12, 4-spd manual. Exceedingly original XKE, believed to have covered just over 18,000 original miles since new! Finished in a wonderful color combo with a pleasing patina of age to it. Includes desirable options such as a hard top and periodcorrect Blaupunkt stereo. A rare and highly original example. Classic Showcase. Ph: 760.758.6100, email: webmaster@classicshowcase.com. Website: classicshowcase.com/index.php/inventory/detail/467. (CA) GERMAN 1973 Porsche 911T coupe 1974 Jaguar E-type Series III convertible S/N 404MF. Indigo Blue/black leather. Inline 6, manual. Numbers-matching RHD Springfield with 4-speed side shifter. The car has an interesting ownership history and has been well maintained. Recent new top and some upholstery work. Recent mechanical work has this Ghost in top running order. Paintwork is older but presents very well. This highly attractive Pall Mall tourer with overdrive is the perfect car for touring! $325,000. Charles Crail Automobiles. Contact Charles, Ph: 805.568.1934, email: eenberg@msn.com. Website: www. charlescrail.com/vehicles/212/1924-rolls-royce-silverghost-pall-mall-tourer. (CA) 1930 Bentley 4¼ Litre with overdrive pillarless coupe by Park Ward Red/black. 11,000 miles. I4, manual. Award-winning TD. All original with all matching numbers. A wellpreserved classic, ready for a new owner. Originally restored by MG expert mechanic Dave Raymond and a multiple trophy winner throughout New England, including best foreign car several times over. Original 1,250-cc 4-cylinder engine that is linked to 4-speed manual transmission, both sporting a little over 11,000 miles since being rebuilt in 1991. $20,000 OBO. Contact Susan, email: smpolouski@ gmail.com. (RI) 1953 Jaguar XK 120 fixed-head coupe S/N 1E10758. Opalescent Silver Blue/dark blue. 73,542 miles. Inline 6, 4-spd manual. Restored by Jaguar professionals, and is a matching-numbers car in its original factory color combo. Incorporates a number of Series 1 features such as covered headlights, center console, arm rests, toggle switches, 4.2-L engine with three SU carbs, and a fullysynchronized 4-speed manual transmission. Classic Showcase. Ph: 760.758.6100, email: webmaster@ classicshowcase.com. Website: classicshowcase.com/ index.php/inventory/detail/558. (CA) 1971 Bugatti Type 37 replica roadster Blue/black. 86,074 miles. Flat 6, 5-spd manual. Wonderful Porsche F-series coupe, last of the series with CIS 2.4-L engine and 915 5-speed gearbox. Three owners, sympathetically gone through with freshly rebuilt matching-numbers engine and gearbox, fresh Autos International interior and fresh repaint to factory spec. Highly detailed and PCA Concours ready. EUROCOL. Contact Jack, Ph: 310.927.3193, email: jack@73rs.com. (CA) 1974 BMW 2002 Turbo coupe S/N B131MX. Garnet over Cream/beige leather. 4-spd manual. One-off, very sporting, late MX series coupe with overdrive. Known ownership history. Cosmetically restored in 2009 by Vintage Rebuilds Inc., with receipts totalling over $235k. The overdrive-series Derby Bentleys are considered by many to be one of the finest pre-war cars. It is sure to bring its next owner much enjoyment and is equally at home touring the Scottish Highlands or on a concours lawn. $225,000. Charles Crail S/N 680278. Red/brown. 76,414 miles. Inline 6, 4-spd manual. A barn find with California black plates, and has been off the road since 1969. Very original and complete, and a perfect candidate for a restoration level of your choosing. Purchase as-is or commission us to restore it for you. It is uncommon to find such well-preserved examples 49,250 miles. I4, 4-sp manual. Dri-Sleeve Car Company, U.K. Number 6 of 6, aluminium/fiberglass body, Ford 1,600-cc 4-cylinder with 4-speed, leather interior, history/invoices/blueprints. $49,900. Central Classic Cars. Contact Chuck, Ph: 419.618.3855, email: chuckputsch@hotmail.com. (OH) S/N 4290489. White/black. Inline 4, 5-spd manual. One of only 1,672 produced and certainly one of the finest examples available. Home-market delivery Turbo with known ownership from new. Includes BMW Certificate of Authenticity, equipped with desirable 5-speed (dog-leg) manual transmission; exquisite concours restoration by Dutch marque experts. Verified numbers-matching by BMW Classic, complete with original documentation, owner’s manuals, tools and accessories. The pinnacle of BMW’s hallowed 2002 series, widely recognized as the first “M” model. Ideal for shows, BMW Club gatherings, rallies and tours around the world. $165,500. DriverSource. Contact Jose, Ph: 281.497.1000, email: sales@driversource.com. Website: www.driversource.com/. (TX) 1989 Mercedes-Benz 560SL convertible S/N WDBBA48D0KA099693. Black/black. 39,360 miles. V8, automatic. Rare triple-black 560SL with low original miles. True one-owner Las Vegas car, bought new at Fletcher Jones Imports, driven only 2,000 miles in the past 15 years. Every service record since new, 100% original paint. When we took the car out of storage, we went through everything: fuel system, brakes, electrical, rubber mounts, fluids, etc. The soft top was like new, but from sitting in the well so long, the rear plastic windows got yellow from age, so we installed a new German canvas top (original goes with the car). Brand-new OEM Pirelli P6 tires were sourced. Original spare tire never on the ground. All books, records, extra keys and original purchase documentation. $42,888 OBO. 158 Sports Car Market


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SCM Showcase Gallery SCM Showcase Gallery Contact Bo, Ph: 702.419.9500, email: vegasbo@ hotmail.com. (NV) 1993 Porsche 928 GTS coupe 1970 Lancia Fulvia Zagato Sport coupe S/N WP0AA2927PS820107. Zermatt Silver/Classic Gray. 57,600 miles. V8, 5-spd manual. This the last of the 928s. One of only 180 manual GTS cars sold. Special-ordered paint and interior. Two-owner example. Incredible maintenance and ownership history. Featured in recent Porsche TV commercial; collector grade and past concours winner. Go to our website for over 100 detailed photos and complete history. Auto Kennel. Contact Paul, Ph: 714.335.4911, email: paul@autokennel.com. Website: www.autokennel.com. (CA) 1996 Porsche C4 coupe S/N 818650001248. Black/Firethorn Red. V4, 5-spd manual. Front-wheel-drive, 5-speed dogleg transmission, 1.3-L engine. New paint and mechanical service. Exceptional condition. Owner’s manual, service manual, tools and records. The Zagato-bodied coupes are generally regarded as the most aesthetically pleasing of all the variations. This is a rare opportunity to purchase the ONLY Fulvia Sport Zagato for sale in the U.S.! Charles Crail Automobiles. Contact Charles, Ph: 805.568.1934, email: eenberg@msn.com. Website: www. charlescrail.com/vehicles/214/1970-lancia-fulviasport-zagato. (CA) SWEDISH 1973 Volvo P1800 ES Sport wagon Silver/black. 42,000 miles. 6-spd manual. Absolutely flawless from top to bottom and front to back. Meticulously documented service from the top shop in the East. Upgrades: Euro sport suspension, 18inch wheels, Lightronic headlights. 100% original inside and out and not a single blemish on the body. A beautifully cared-for car. None better. $79,000. Matthew L. deGarmo, Ltd. Contact Matthew, Ph: 203.852.1670, email: mattcars@aol.com. (CT) ITALIAN 1965 Lancia Flaminia Super Sport coupe S/N 1836363004871. Volvo Red/black leather. 79,793 miles. V4, 3-spd automatic. This car was sold new to Dr. Robert H. White Jr. by Annapolis Motors Inc. in Pennsylvania. In 1993, the car was purchased back by the original dealer and then held on the showroom floor and maintained ever since. Fuel injected, air conditioning, extremely desirable Borg-Warner 3-speed automatic transmission. The car is in spectacular condition. Comes with jack, tools, owner’s manual, service manual and maintenance records. This is a collector’s dream. One of the nicest examples of this highly desired model on the market today. $41,500. Charles Crail Automobiles. Contact Charles, Ph: 805.568.1934, email: eenberg@msn. com. Website: www.charlescrail.com/vehicles/7/1973volvo-p1800-es-wagon. (CA) AMERICAN 1966 Pontiac GTO 2-dr hard top S/N 826232002045. White/red. V6, 4-spd manual. Top specification and most desired Lancia of the period. Number 45 of only 150 examples built. Single-family ownership until 2013, with numbersmatching engine. An exceptional original example in delivery colors. Complete mechanical service and tune-up in 2017. Comes complete with original books, keys and emergency accessories. Eligible for significant automotive events worldwide. $378,500 OBO. DriverSource. Contact Jose, Ph: 281.497.1000, email: sales@driversource.com. Website: www. driversource.com/. (TX) S/N 242176K11533. Canary Yellow/black. V8, automatic. With a/c, manual-crank windows and retro radio. $40,000. Bowie Culverts LLC. Contact Jeff, Ph: 940.733.6390, email: jwt@3texploration. com. (TX) © 160 Sports Car Market


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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) Premier Auction Group. 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 $1,000,000,000 in sales in his storied career. 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Silver Auction’s staff, bidders and consignors are everyday people with a passion for nostalgic and collector cars. Come see the difference at Silver Auctions. 2020 N. Monroe, Spokane, WA 99205. Email: silver@silverauctions.com, www.silverauctions.com. (WA) Barrett-Jackson Auction. 480.421.6694. 480.421.6697. For over four decades, the Barrett-Jackson Auction Company has been recognized throughout the world for offering only the finest selection of quality collector vehicles, outstanding professional service and an unrivaled sales success. From classic and one-of-a-kind cars to exotics and muscle cars, BarrettJackson attracts only the best. Our auctions have captured the true essence of a passionate obsession with cars that extends to collectors and enthusiasts throughout the world. A television audience of millions watches unique and select vehicles while attendees enjoy a lifestyle experience featuring fine art, fashion and gourmet cuisine. In every way, the legend is unsurpassed. 3020 N. Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251. info@barrett-jackson.com. www.barrett-jackson.com. (AZ) Petersen Auction Group of GAA Classic Cars. 1.855.862.2257. The Southeast’s Premier Classic Car Auction. Located in Greensboro, NC, GAA offers 550 vehicles three times a year from a permanent facilty that allows for vehicles to be out of the weather and easily viewable no matter the weather conditions. With 30+ years in the auction business, the team at GAA Classic Cars knows that building strong relationships with our buyes and sellers is crucial. Not only is customer care our business it is our passion. www.gaaclassiccars.com (NC 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, Worldwide Auctioneers. Rick Cole Auctions . Over thirty years ago, Rick Cole conducted the first Monterey auction, his annual events forever changing the historic week dynamic. Rick Cole Auctions provides upscale clientele a boutique and silent auction atmosphere proven to offer the finest cars available, and achieving one of the top 10 multi-million-dollar sales of all time. August 17–19. Marriott Hotel at Fisherman’s Wharf. info@ rickcole.com www.rickcole.com (CA) 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 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” on Discovery, “Dallas Car Sharks” on Velocity and “The Car Chasers” on CNBC Prime. www.leakecar.com (OK) RM Sotheby’s. 800.211.4371. RM Sotheby’s is the world’s largest auction house for investment-quality automobiles. With 35 years’ experience in the collector car industry, RM’s vertically integrated range of services, coupled with an expert team of car specialists and an international footprint, provide an unsurpassed level of service to the global collector car market. For further information, visit www.RMSothebys.com. (CAN) 800.990.6789 or 1.260.925.6789. Worldwide Auctioneers was formed over a decade ago by vintage-motorcar specialists Rod Egan and John Kruse. The sale and acquisition of classic automobiles is our core business, and no one is better qualified. Worldwide is unique in having owners who are also our chief auctioneers, so you deal directly with the auctioneer, and we are wholly invested in achieving the best result for you. Our auctions are catalog-based, offering a limited number of higher-end consignments, with an emphasis on quality rather than volume. (We don’t limit ourselves to only selling the most expensive cars in the world, but do ensure that every car we consign is the very best of its type.) We also offer specialist-appraisal, estate-management and collectionconsultancy services. Our dedicated private sales division serves the needs of individual collectors who seek privacy or to acquire vehicles that may not be available on the open market. www.worldwide-auctioneers.com. (IN) Alfa Romeo Centerline International. (888) Dan Kruse Classics is a family- owned collector car auction company located in San Antonio, Texas. DKC has been responsible for successful collector car sales since 1972, with annual sales in Austin, Houston and San Antonio. Dan personally has over 162 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 Russo and Steele Collector Auto- mobile Auctions. 602.252.2697. Specializing in the finest American muscle, hot rods and custom automo- Sports Car Market 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) RESOURCE DIRECTORY


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Appraisals discuss your project, please call us at 818.822.3063 or visit www.saillustrations.com (CA) Steve Austin’s Automobilia & Gooding & Company. 310.899.1960. Gooding & Company’s experts are well-qualified to appraise individual automobiles as well as collections and estates. Whether it is the creation of a foundation, living trust or arrangement of a charitable donation, we are able to assist you. www.goodingco.com. (CA) Automobilia 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) Great Vacations. 800.452.8434. European Car Collector tours including Monaco & Goodwood Historics, private collections, and car manufacturers. Automobile Art importer of legendary artists Alfredo de la Maria and Nicholas Watts. www.steveaustinsgreatvacations.com. Beverly Hills Car Club is one of the Vintage Auto Posters. Since 1980, Everett Anton Singer has been supplying international collectors with the most diverse selection of authentic vintage automotive posters. The vast inventory runs from the late 1890s through the 1960s; featuring marque, event and product advertising. Please visit us at: www.VintageAutoPosters.com. Buy/Sell/General California Car Cover Company. driversroad.com 513.490.5621. Large portfolio of automotive art prints, new and old, street or race, four wheels or two! Any car you had, have or desire! Custom commissions and commercial work accepted. Steve Petrosky, driversroad, 8711 Reading Road E1 Cincinnati, Ohio 45215 (OH) Auto Kennel. 714.335.4911. Imag- ine if you had the best of the best to market your car for sale. Jesse Alexander taking all the photographs. Lee Iacocca working with buyers. Keith Martin introducing you to the right car clubs. Well, the father and son team of AutoKennel do just that for all their clients. Paul and Ed Kramer, Costa Mesa, CA 92627. www.autokennel.com (CA) 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. Canepa of Scotts Valley. Automotive Restorations. Exotic Mosaics. 805.544.4093. Unique and original mosaic hand-crafted wall hangings of automotive subjects by mosaic artist Jim Valentine. Made with glazed ceramic tile with aluminum frame and hanging wire. Can create custom mosaics of your automobile. Email: exoticmosaics@sbcglobal.net. exoticmosaics.com. 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 831.430.9940. Offering fine investmentgrade collectable road cars and racecars for sale. Our 70,000-square-foot facility houses world-class, on-premises restoration and motorsports facilities where automotive artisans ensure every detail of our inventoried vehicles meet the highest levels of refinement and preparation. Canepa is interested in purchasing exceptional, original and restored automobiles. sales@canepa.com www. canepa.com (CA) 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) warranties on most cars. Trades accepted. Top cash paid for your classics, exotic or hi-line automobiles. garycg@ aol.com www.autosportgroup.com (FL) 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) Classic Car Dashes. Sales@ClassicCarDashes.com. Specializing in reproduction and replacement dash pads for many of your favorite cars, trucks and SUVs. Each pad is manufactured as close as possible to original specs. All dash pads offer quality in both fit and appearance and are manufactured in the U.S. www.ClassicCarDashes.com (PA) Classic Fit Covers. sales@ClassicFitCovers.com. Welcome to Classic Fit Covers. We specialize in custom fit car covers and seat protectors for classic and modern vehicles. At Classic Fit Covers you get quality materials, superior craftsmanship and fast delivery...all at a great price! We have you Covered! www.ClassicFitCovers.com (PA) Classic Investments Inc. 303.388.9788. Barn find. Redefined. Since 1989 our company specializes in the restoration, sales and service of 1950s–1970s Classic European sports cars: Ferrari, Maserati, Alfa Romeo, Lancia, Aston Martin, Jaguar, Austin Healey, Porsche and Mercedes. Colorado’s premier one-stop shop for all of a collector’s needs. Friendly, knowledgeable, passionate staff welcomes you to call for all inquiries; our in-house factory-trained Ferrari mechanic has 40 years’ experience. www.ClassicInvest.com (CO) 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. Classic Showcase. 760.758.6100. Celebrate your ownership experi- ence! Automotive designer and illustrator Steve Anderson is a specialist in the creation of owner-specified, fineart illustrations. Each original piece is hand crafted to portray the exact specification of individual automobiles and collections. All marques and eras, concours and racers. Ferrari- and Porsche-licensed illustrator. For image samples, additional information or to August 2017 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 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 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 de- 163 For over 35 years, we’ve been restoring automotive history and helping collectors obtain, restore and sell classic vehicles. 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Advertise in the SCM Resource Directory. Call 877.219.2605 Ext. 218 for information; e-mail: scmadvert@sportscarmarket.com. livery 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) 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 Corvette America. 800.458.3475. 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 Luxury Brokers International. Hyman Ltd Classic Cars. 314.524.6000. One of the largest inventories of vintage cars in the world. Please visit our website often, www.hymanltd.com to see our current stock. Hyman Ltd Classic Cars, 2310 Chaffee Drive, St. Louis, MO. 63146 314-524-6000 sales@hymanltd.com 215.459.1606. Specializing in the sales, purchase and brokerage of classic automobiles for the astute collector, with a new-age, contemporary approach. Focusing on original, high-quality examples as enjoyable, tangible investments. Classic car storage, classic car consignment, brokerage, and other consulting services are available as well. We actively pursue the purchase and sales of any investment-grade classic car. Since 2009, we have offered a unique opportunity for collectors, enthusiasts and other industry professionals. www.lbilimited.com, sales@ lbilimited.com (PA) Mid-Century Motoring. 914.402.5799. Importer, exporter and broker of classic cars, specializing in European marques. We provide clients with unparalleled access to the international classic car market, as well as a full suite of consignment and brokerage services from our showroom in Westchester County, NY. Contact us for more information about the company, the cars, or to schedule a visit. www.midcenturymotoring.com (NY) Ideal Classic Cars. 855.324.0394. Girardo & Co. +44 (0) 203 621 2923. Girardo & Co. provide clients with a specialist service offering expert advice in buying, selling and sourcing 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 Our goal as a company is to showcase the highest investment-quality, restored classic cars to the world; while offering these vehicles at a fair market price. Our attention to detail is unsurpassed. If you are looking for a true investment car that will go up in value...contact us. We have a full sales and service department. We also provide shipping worldwide. We are in business simply because of our love and passion for classic cars, trucks and motorcycles. Let us share that with you. www.idealclassiccars.net (FL) Mohr Imports, Classic and Sports Car Brokers. 831.373.3131. Mohr Imports Inc. of Monterey, CA, pleased to be serving the collector car community for the past 30 years. Our goal is to present and represent your car in the very best way possible. We specialize in European classics. Visit us at www.MohrImports.com. (CA) Paul Russell and Company. 978.768.6092. www.paulrussell.com. Specializing in the preservation and sales of European classics, pre-war through the 1970s, since 1978. You can rely on our decades of experience with Mercedes-Benz, Ferrari, Porsche, Bugatti, Alfa Romeo and other fine collectibles. Repeat customers are the lifeblood of our business. Contact us today to join them. Car Sales Manager, Alex Finigan: Alex@paulrussell.com. (MA) Motorcar Portfolio, LLC. Kurt Tanner Motorcars. Gullwing Motor Cars stocks more than 100 cars at our warehouse location, 27 years of experience; visited by customers across the country and overseas. We specialize in European and American cars and we are always looking to buy classic cars in any condition. We pick up from anywhere in the U.S. Quick payment and pickup. 718.545.0500. www.gullwingmotorcars.com 909.241.1051. An exclusive European Sports Car dealer located in Orange County, CA. Over 35 years experience in the classic car business with a distinguished previous reputation for AustinHealey restorations. We accurately and honestly present fine European cars for sale in today’s market. Buy/sell/trade. We purchase and pick up from any U.S. location with quick payment. Please call or visit our website to view current inventory. www.kurttannermotorcars.com (CA) 330.453.8900. Buy, sell, trade, auction of affordable antique, classic, collector vehicles. Bob Lichty offers over 40 years experience in the classic car industry. Motorcar Portfolio, LLC. has been serving NE Ohio and the world since 2004. Let us help with your needs. See our current inventory at our web site www.motorcarportfolio.com (OH) www.SignificantCars.com. 800.837.9902. Since 2002, SignificantCars.com has been changing the way collector cars find new homes. A pioneer in the online marketing of important collector cars, Significant Cars has a proven track record for realizing top dollar for their seller clients. Run by Enthusiasts for Enthusiasts, Significant Cars has put the power of the dealer or Auction House into the hands of Collectors. Give us a call for a confidential analysis of your car’s true value—not what we want to buy it for. Mustang America. 844.249.5135. 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 164 Legendary Motorcar Company. 905.875.4700. You may have seen our award-winning, show-quality restorations. Our 55,000-square-foot facility is specialized in extreme high-end restorations of rare American muscle cars. www.legendarymotorcar.com (ON) 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) 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 Charlotte, NC and Porsche in Hickory, NC. We sell, buy and trade. Visit us at www. Paramountauto.com or www.ForeignCarsItalia.com (NC) 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 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. Sports Car Market RESOURCE DIRECTORY


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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) 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 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) 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 Reliable Carriers Inc. 877.744.7889. Intercity Lines, Inc. 800.221.3936. West Coast Classics. 310.399.3990. West Coast Classics are internationally renowned California Classic Car Dealers who specialize in buying and selling of rare and classic European and American classic cars. Two branch locations in Southern California; 1205 Bow Avenue in Torrance, and 1918 Lincoln Blvd in Santa Monica. We ship throughout the world and will provide you with unparalleled service of your rare, sports, exotic, luxury, collector or classic car needs. www. WestCoastClassics.com info@WestCoastClassics.com (CA) Car Storage 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 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 Class Service * Auctions * Concours/Shows * Door to Door * Races/Rallies * Security Provided at All Times * There When You Need Us Over 15 years of “not-even-a-scratch experience.” www.rkzmotorcar.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) Hagerty Insurance Agency, LLC. RideCache Your documentation McCollister’s Auto Transport. 800-748-3160. We have transported thousands of collector vehicles over the last 35 years all across the United States, whether they are moving an exotic, street rod, vintage racer or muscle car. With our experienced drivers trained to ensure the finest protection and our customized, lift-gated, air-ride trailers, we make sure your vehicle safely arrives on time. www.McCollisters.com/AutoTransport CAR LIFTS PLUS.COM 203.509.5353. Need a Lift? Need Service on your current Car Lifts? Sales, service and guaranteed installations. Residential and commercial car lifts. We are a well-established car lift company and an authorized dealer for all major brands, with hundreds of happy customers throughout the Northeast. Personal service offering on-site measuring and preconstruction layout advice for new projects. Our experienced 5-star technicians provide full-service professional installation, from delivery to safety training. Fully insured with offices and warehousing in CT and NJ to better serve our clientele. WHAT’S IN YOUR GARAGE? More cars of course, when you call 203.509.5353! www.CarLiftsPlus.com Barrett-Jackson is proud to endorse 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. a new breed of insurance for classic, antique, exotic, special-interest, contemporary classic and limited-edition cars. To get a quote is even easier with our new online improvements. Go to www.barrett-jackson.com/insurance/, select “Get a quote,” enter in a couple of key pieces of information about your vehicle, and get an estimated quote within seconds! It’s that easy. Don’t be caught without the right insurance for your vehicle. In the unfortunate aftermath of damage to your vehicle, learning that your insurance won’t restore your prized possession to its former glory, or appropriately compensate you for your loss, is the last thing you want to hear. To get a quote by phone, call 877.545.2522. CARS. 310.695.6403. For more than two decades, CARS (Classic Automotive Relocation Services) has looked after some of the most irreplaceable motorcars in the world. CARS are now August 2017 Ray Zuder. 860.830.6104. Single Car / Enclosed / Air-Ride Transport Dedicated to Extreme Personal Level, Drama Free, Best-in- represents 5% or more of your vehicle’s value – yet it is fading away in folders and binders susceptible to loss or damage. Let our professionals take those binders and turn them into organized, protected, transferable digital resources – all for less than the cost of a high-end detailing service. Learn more at ridecache.com/SCM RideCache—Organize, Manage, Preserve your Collection. Collector Car Insurance 800.922.4050. is the leading insurance agency for collector vehicles in the world and host to the largest network of collector car owners. Hagerty offers insurance for collector cars, motorcycles and motorcycle safety equipment, tractors, automotive tools and spare parts, and even “automobilia” (any historic or collectible item linked with motor vehicles). Hagerty also offers overseas shipping/touring insurance coverage, commercial coverage and club liability coverage. For more information, call or visit www.hagerty.com. (MI) J.C. Taylor Insurance. 800.345.8290. Antique, classic, muscle or modified — J.C. Taylor Insurance has provided dependable, dynamic, affordable protection for your collector vehicle for over 50 years. Agreed Value Coverage in the continental U.S., and Alaska. Drive Through Time With Peace of Mind with J.C. Taylor Insurance. Get a FREE instant quote online at www.JCTaylor.com. English Allard Motor Works LLC. The Allard Motor Works J2X is a hand-crafted version of the famed British competition roadster that stirred the crowds in Europe and the Americas in the early 1950s. Our modern J2X MkIII, recognized by the Allard Register, integrates the latest technology into the original design, to provide a safe, comfortable and reliable vehicle without compromising performance. www.allardj2x.com • info@allardj2x. com • 877-J2X-1953 • facebook.com/ allardj2x.com 165


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Advertise in the SCM Resource Directory. Call 877.219.2605 Ext. 218 for information; e-mail: scmadvert@sportscarmarket.com. 6/9 to 6/11/2017 featuring our Concours d’Elegance the Grand Ascent. Our primary goal is to benefit our Aston Martin of New England. 781.547.5959. 85 Linden Street, Waltham, MA 02452. Proudly appointed Aston Martin Heritage Dealer for the USA. New and pre-owned Aston Martins are our specialty. Please contact us when buying, selling or restoring. www.astonmartin-lotus.com. (MA) Kevin Kay Restorations. 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) 530.241.8337. 1530 Charles Drive, Redding, CA 96003. Aston Martin parts, service, repair and restoration. From an oil change to a concours-winning restoration, we do it all. Modern upgrades for power steering, window motors, fuel systems and more. Feltham Fast performance parts in stock. We also cater to all British and European cars and motorcycles. www.kevinkayrestorations.net. (CA) The Quail, A Motorsports GathWelsh Enterprises, Inc. 800.875.5247. Jaguar parts for models 1949–present. www.welshent.com (OH) Events—Concours, Car Shows 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 European Collectibles Inc. Hilton Head Island Motoring Classic Showcase. 760.758.6100. Classic Showcase has been an industry leader in the restoration, service and sale of classic Jaguars, and most other fine British automobiles. From sports cars to luxury sedans, our world-class restoration facility and highly skilled team are ready to assist your needs with acquiring the perfect British classic today! 760.758.6100. www.classicshowcase.com (CA) Festival. The South: a place where tea is sweet, people are darlin’, moss is Spanish and, come autumn, cars are plentiful. This fall, HHI Motoring Festival returns to the towns of Savannah, GA, and Hilton Head Island, SC. Join us this fall — October 27–November 5, 2017 — in the land of Southern hospitality. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit www.HHIMotoringFestival.com. 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! 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) Fourintune Garage Inc. 262.375.0876. www.fourintune. com. Complete ground-up restoration on British ,arques — specializing in Austin-Healeys since 1976. Experience you can trust, satisfied customers nationwide. Visit our website for details on our restoration process, which includes a complete quotation on Healeys. Located in historic Cedarburg — just minutes north of Milwaukee, WI. (WI) Lajollaconcours.com. 619.233.5008. lajollaconcours@mcfarlanepromotions.com La Jolla Concours d’Elegance April 6-8, 2018. World Class Cars, World Class Experience. (CA) charities: JDRF, AACA Museum, and AACA Library & Research Center. For more information,visit www.theeleganceathershey.com, call 717.534.1910 or email phetrick@ theeleganceathershey.com (PA) 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 The BMW CCA is the world’s larg- est owner-supported single-marque car club. Today, BMW CCA has 67 chapters nationwide, with more than 70,000 members. As BMW’s most active and vibrant enthusiast organization, the club represents a lifestyle of passion and performance. Join the Club today at bmwcca.org or by calling 800.878.9292. Ferrari Financial Services. Riverside Military Academy Champions and Heroes. 404.237.2633. June 1–3, 2018. A 3-day Time Trial, a Concours, a Rally plus more from the Carmel Concours on the Avenue producer. info@rmachampionsandheroes.com www.rmachampionsandheroes.com. (GA) 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) 166 201.510.2500. As the world’s only Ferrari-owned finance company, no one understands a Ferrari customer’s unique perspective better than the company that designed these iconic sports cars. Whether it’s a line of credit for owners interested in utilizing the equity in their collection, or a simple interest loan, we stand committed to help our clients enhance their collection — without origination or early termination fees. “FFS” offers a level of expertise that cannot be matched by other lenders. German Gaudin Porsche of Las Vegas. 855.903.7532. Gaudin Porsche boasts 42,000 square feet, making it one of the largest Porsche dealerships in the U.S. It is also the first Certified Porsche Classic Partner in the country, encompassing highly-skilled service technicians specializing in classics, original parts and a variety of available models, all under one roof. Owned by the Gaudin Motor Company, a family-owned automotive dealer since 1922. For more information visit www.GaudinClassic. com (NV) Art’s Star Classics. 800.644.STAR The Elegance at Hershey. 717.534.1910. A celebration of vintage race cars and concours automobiles from (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 Mercedes-Benz Classic Center. 1.866.MB.CLASSIC. Sports Car Market RESOURCE DIRECTORY


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(1.866.622.5277). The trusted center of competence for all classic MercedesBenz enthusiasts. Located in Irvine, CA, the Classic Center is the only sales and restoration facility in the U.S. exclusively operated by Mercedes-Benz. Over 50,000 Genuine Mercedes-Benz Classic Parts in its assortment. From small services to full ground-up restorations, work is always true to original. Ever-changing showcase of for-sale vehicles. We are your trusted source. www.mbclassiccenter.com. (CA) 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 leasing company in the country by calling 1.866.90.LEASE. Or just visit www.putnamleasing.com. Legal preventing corrosion, electrolysis and pump cavitation. Evans also protects down to -40°F and lasts the lifetime of the engine. See how it works at www.evanscoolant.com. Vintage Car Law. 717.884.9010. Cosdel International Transportation. Porsche Club of America. 410.381.0911. We know the joy Porsche ownership can bring, and we’ve built a community around that. With 3,000-plus events each year – from competitive club racing to relaxing getaways, from driver education to technical sessions – there is something for everyone in PCA. Whether reuniting with old friends or making new ones, we hope you will join us! www.PCA.org Since 1960, Cosdel International Transportation has been handling international shipments by air, ocean and truck. Honest service, competitive pricing and product expertise have made Cosdel the natural shipping choice for the world’s best-known collectors, dealers and auction houses. If you are moving a car, racing or rallying, or attending a concours event overseas, Cosdel is your comprehensive, worldwide resource for all of your nationwide and international shipping needs. We are your automobile Export Import Experts. 415.777.2000 carquotes@cosdel.com. www.cosdel.com. (CA) Italian Barber Vintage Motorsports MuHamann Classic Cars. 203.918.8300. with more than 30 years in the industry and worldwide clientele in dealing in European race and sports cars, specializes in classic Ferraris of the ’50s and ’60s. www.ferrari4you.com Scott Grundfor Company. 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 Leasing seum. 205.281.3519. When looking for a new home for your vintage car why not consider The Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum? Home to over 100 cars and 1,500 motorcycles. The Museum, a Not-for-Profit 501(c)3 foundation, is dedicated to the preservation of cars like yours, and it could help future generations understand why we all love cars. An outright donation or a bargain sale can both offer generous tax advantages. For more information please call or email, Lee Clark,Senior Manager of Restoration and Conservation LClark@Barbermuseum.org www.Barbermuseum.org (AL) 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) LeMay—America’s Car Museum CARS. 310.695.6403. For more than two decades, CARS (Classic Automotive Relocation Services) has looked after some of the most irreplaceable motorcars in the world. If you need your vehicle transported, CARS have the expertise and knowledge to ensure it arrives in perfect condition, on time, and with no unexpected costs. CARS are able to action any shipping request through its own offices in the U.K., New York, Los Angeles and Japan, and via its network of global agents. Whether your vehicle needs to be transported by road, sea or air freight, please get in touch and allow CARS to take the worry and stress out of your shipment needs. History has proven that CARS August 2017 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 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 Swissvax. 305.219.8882. Since Evans Waterless Coolant is the solution to running too hot. With a boiling point of 375°F, our revolutionary liquid formulation is a superior alternative to water-based coolants. Evans eliminates water vapor, hotspots and boil-over, resulting in a less pressurized, more efficient cooling system and 1930, the Swiss family company creates magnificent wax formulations. The non-abrasive system consists of a prewax fluid and a high-content Carnauba wax. Unlike ordinary polishes, Swissvax restores the valuable oils of the paint finish that become starved over time and is safe for all paint finishes. Swissvax is also worldwide OEM supplier to Rolls-Royce Motorcars, Bugatti and Lamborghini. www.swissvax.com www.swissvax.us 167 QuickSilver Exhaust Systems. 011 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. Bryan W. Shook, Esquire, acts for and represents leading antique and collector car dealers, brokers, restoration houses, and private individuals Internationally. He has been responsible for innumerable and prominent cases, distinguishing himself with his unparalleled knowledge of automobiles and network of contacts, experts and clients. He is redefining automotive law. www.vintagecarlaw.com (PA) Museums P21S Auto Care Products. Since 1984, P21S Auto Care Products have been the favorite of auto enthusiasts throughout North America. Representing factory-approved German car care at its finest, P21S wheel care products’ “safe cleaning” approach has saved thousands of expensive alloy wheels from the surface damage that harsh cleaners can cause. P21S paste waxes deliver an award-winning shine and unmatched ease of application, while P21S Bodyworks Shampoo protects against premature removal of that fresh wax job. No matter where your car was made, you’ll want to learn about the complete line of P21S Auto Care Products. More info at www.p21s.com. (CT) Race Ramps. 866.464.2788. Lighter. Safer. Stronger. Offering the ultimate way to display and work on collector cars — including detailing, restyling and general maintenance. Race Ramps provides solutions even for low clearance cars. 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Advertise in the SCM Resource Directory. Call 877.219.2605 Ext. 218 for information; e-mail: scmadvert@sportscarmarket.com. Racing Services Vintage Racing Services. 203.377.6745. Our full-service shop facility and experienced staff provide all aspects of racecar construction, setup and repair for production-based cars to purpose-built sports racers to formula cars. We can build a racecar from the ground up, restore your historic vintage racer to its former glory or maintain your racecar, all to ensure your maximum enjoyment. Our trackside support, transportation, racecar rental and coaching can round out your experience. Our sister company, Automotive Restorations Inc., offers high-quality upholstery, body and paint and panel fabrication services. www.automotiverestorations.com/vrs/home Restoration — General 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 since 1979. We’re passionate about keeping your car fast, reliable, beautiful and authentic. Our mechanical, paint/ body, electronic, machining and fabricating work is unsurpassed and awardwinning. We have specialized equipment and knowledge to service newer and vintage models and everything in between. www.exoticars-usa.com. (NJ) Fantasy Junction. 510.653.7555. Brighton Motorsports. 480.483.4682. Authorized Morgan Motor Company Dealer, warranty and repair, and expert service facility for your collector car. Privately owned, we are conveniently located in North Phoenix. We offer a unique collection of Morgan cars, The Morgan Three Wheeler and special interest European vehicles and motorcycles. www.BrightonMotorsports.com or info@brightonmotorsports.com. (AZ) 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) our doors in 2008 and in 8 short years we 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. 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 Farland Classic Restoration. Academy of Art University. 800.544.2787. Take the wheel and bring the past to life. Academy of Art University provides aspiring artists and designers the education they need to launch their careers. Our Automotive Restoration program prepares passionate people to be the next generation of automobile restorers. The program, led by legendary designer Tom Matano, explores the techniques, processes and historical studies necessary to restore classic cars. Contact us and get started on your artistic journey! 79 New Montgomery St. San Francisco, CA. www.academyart.edu/AutoR 303.761.1245. A complete facility offering concours-level restorations, repair and fabrication services. We work on all makes, and specialize in Ferrari, Mercedes and Porsche. Highly organized and fiscally responsible, we provide biweekly detailed billing to keep you abreast of the rapid progress of your project in every way. Check out our site for details. Email: doug@farlandcars.com. www.farlandcarscom Sport and Specialty. 815.629.2717. 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 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) The Guild of Automotive Restor- ers. 905.775.0499. One of the most widely recognized names in the world of collector cars. As seen on Discovery, History and National Geographic TV. www.guildclassiccars.com (CAN) The Creative Workshop. Hahn-Vorbach & Associates 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 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) LLC. 724.452.4329. Specializes in the investment-grade restoration and preservation of European and American collectible antique and classic cars, muscle cars, sports cars, hot rods and vintage race cars. Our services include full and partial restorations, bespoke builds, repairs, show prep, sales and procurement assistance, as well as a full array of do-it-yourself assistance services. Recognized experts in the restoration of Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwings and Roadsters. Concours-level, national award-winning quality. Find examples of our craftsmanship and the wide range of past projects on our website. We would be happy to discuss your project. www.hahnvorbach.com 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 Vintage Underground. On the Road Again Classics. Exoticars USA. 908.996.4889, Wil Automotive Restorations. 203.377.6745. Founded in 1978, we 168 de Groot’s Exoticars USA has serviced and restored Ferrari, Maserati and Lamborghini in the NJ, PA, NY region 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 541.510.5296. Vintage Underground is a full service facility located in Eugene, Oregon. We harness a collection of old-school skills and tools. We work to restore, repair and preserve historical machines. We have full-restoration build and assembly facilities on-site. 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Sports Car Market Keith Martin’s The Insider’s Guide to Collecting, Investing, Values, and Trends SCM’s 16th ™ Annual Insider’s Seminar FEATURED PARTICIPANTS: • Donald Osborne, emcee • Miles Collier • Carl Bomstead • Paul Hageman • Pierre Hedary TOPICS TO INCLUDE: • Enter the Millennials — Collecting Will Never Be the Same • What’s the Point of a 200-mph Supercar? Join SCM’s Market Specialists for a Lively Discussion and Analysis of the Collector Car Market. in the Gooding & Company Auction Tent, Pebble Beach, CA This Popular Event is Free for SCM Platinum Subscribers. 9:30 a.m. Friday, August 18 Subscribers, $35 Entry for Two; Non-Subscribers, $70 Entry for Two To Register, or for More Info: Phone 877.219.2605 or go to SportsCarMarket.com/2017Seminar PLUS: Join a Behind-the-Scenes SCM Insider’s Tour. Details at sportscarmarket.com/monterey2017 Sponsors:


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Carl Bomstead eWatch There’s No Excess in an Essex Oil Can What is crazier — $552,000 for Babe Ruth’s rookie card or $836.98 for a one-quart Essex oil can? Thought Carl’s Heritage Auctions, at their May 11, 2017, Sports Memorabilia sale, sold a 1916 Babe Ruth rookie card for $552,000, including the vig. It was a black-and-white card with a blank back. It was from Ruth’s rookie year with the Boston Red Sox, and he was listed as a pitcher. Many people feel the trade that sent him to the Yankees was the worst in baseball history, and the Curse of the Bambino stayed with Boston for decades. It was one of three known cards rated NM 7, which I guess is really good, although there are three known that are rated one grade higher. This still seems like a bunch of money for a little cardboard card. And they say our stuff is expensive. not chipped or damaged, and it sold for the going rate — considering the rarity. ing car in the foreground. Price paid exceeded the high estimate, but I doubt if you’ll find another this nice. EBAY #162443903580—1930s PURE OIL NOVELTY RADIO. Number of bids: 19. SOLD AT: $2,275. Date sold: 4/1/2017. This was the earliest of three versions of this promotional radio. Fashioned after an early Pure Oil service station, they were only offered at the stations. A cute advertising piece that appeals to gas/oil collectors and radio folks. EBAY #262914251213—VINTAGE QATAR LICENSE PLATE. Number of bids: 36. SOLD AT: $11,700. Date sold: 4/7/2017. This plate was issued to the “Royal Household,” as noted by the crossed swords, and dates to the early 1950s. It was one of the first issued, as the number is very low and it was in exceptional condition. Seems like a bunch, but license-plate collectors march to their own drummers. 26. SOLD AT: $12,000. Date sold: 2/19/2017. William Durant founded United Motors in 1916, and the company was integrated into GM in 1918. The name was changed to United Delco in 1960 and AC Delco after they acquired the AC Spark Plug Co. Their advertising was ubiquitous and is very collectible today. These signs are often seen individually — but rarely as a set. This is a case where the sum is worth more than the parts. EBAY #201850053969—PAN AM AUTOMOBILE RADIATOR BADGE. Number of bids: Buy-It-Now. SOLD AT: $1,600. Date sold: 3/11/2017. The Pan Am automobile was manufactured in Decatur, IL, from 1917 until 1922. About 4,000 were produced, but the accountant ran off with the funds, and they could not continue. The rare badge was MORPHY LAS VEGAS COINOP AUCTION LOT 159— RAND MCNALLY AUTO ROAD MAPS FRAMED POSTER. Estimate: $600– $1,500. SOLD AT: $2,768. Date: May 27, 2017. This framed paper poster measured 42 inches by 63 inches, and it was in very nice condition, with some edge wear noted. The graphics were exceptional, with an open tour- EBAY #272558286417—ESSEX ONE-QUART OIL CAN. Number of bids: 61. SOLD AT: $836.98. Date sold: 2/22/2017. This is a one-quart oil can that we have never seen before. The Essex motorcar was part of the Hudson empire, and it was manufactured from 1919 until 1932. The Essex pictured on the can appears to be a 1922 sedan. The can was in very acceptable condition and received a great deal of interest. It sold for a reasonable amount considering the graphics, condition and rarity. EBAY #311799260077—SET OF FOUR UNITED MOTORS TIN SIGNS. Number of bids: SUBSCRIPTION INFORMATION Sports Car Market (ISSN #1527859X) is published monthly by Automotive Investor Media Group, 401 NE 19th Street, Suite 100, Portland, OR 97232. Periodicals postage paid at Portland, OR, and at additional mailing offices. Subscription rates are $75 for 12 monthly issues in the U.S., $105 Canada/Mexico, Europe $135, Asia/Africa/Middle East $135. Subscriptions are payable in advance in U.S. currency. Make checks to: Sports Car Market. Visa/MC accepted. For instant subscription, call 877.219.2605, 503.261.0555; fax 503.253.2234; www.sportscarmarket.com. 170 EBAY #182457217293—1955 FERRARI MONDIAL LITERATURE FROM MACAU GRAND PRIX. Number of Bids: 75. SOLD AT: $3,050. Date Sold: 2/23/2017. This collection of 111 documents relate to the Ferrari Mondial that was owned by Mário Lopes da Costa and raced in the 1955 and 1957 Macau Grand Prix. Among the letters, telegraphs and cables were three documents signed by Enzo Ferrari. It also documents the purchase of the Ferrari in 1955 and the subsequent sale in 1957. A historical set of documents that can’t be duplicated. ♦ POSTMASTER Send address changes to: Sports Car Market PO Box 4797, Portland, OR 97208 CPC IPM Sales Agreement No. 1296205 Sports Car Market Courtesy of Heritage Auctions, HA.com