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Mecum, Houston, TX, April 5–7, 2018

Artcurial, Paris, FRA, April 8, 2018

Leake, Dallas, TX, April 12–14, 2018

Carlisle, Carlisle, PA, April 19–21, 2018

Branson, Branson, MO, April 20–21, 2018

W. Yoder, Wautoma, WI, April 20, 2018

Bonhams, Monte Carlo, MCO, May 11, 2018

RM Sotheby’s, Monte Carlo, MCO, May 12, 2018

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Follow us on Sports Car Market PROFILES Keith Martin’s The Insider’s Guide to Collecting, Investing, Values, and Trends August 2018 . Volume 30 . Number 8 This Month’s Market Movers Up Close FERRARI by Steve Ahlgrim ENGLISH by Paul Hardiman 1957 Ferrari 250 GT Coupe Boano $1,012,898 / RM Sotheby’s 1931 Bentley 8 Litre Tourer $885,104 / Bonhams 70 74 AUCTIONS What Sold, and Why 198 Vehicles Rated at Eight Sales 92 96 110 122 134 144 ETCETERINI by Donald Osborne GERMAN by Prescott Kelly AMERICAN RACE by Dale Novak by Thor Thorson NEXT GEN by Philip Richter 18 1971 Maserati Ghibli SS 4.9 by Ghia $314,262 / Bonhams 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7 Lightweight $1,482,800 / RM Sotheby’s 1968 Ford Bronco $42,900 / RM Auctions 1993 McLaren-Cosworth Ford MP4/8A Formula One $5,009,297 / Bonhams 2018 Lamborghini Huracán $965,908 / RM Sotheby’s 76 78 82 84 86 154 MARKET OVERVIEW Top 10 auction sales, best buys, and dreaming of F1 — Chad Tyson RM SOTHEBY’S Monte Carlo, MCO: 58 of 86 lots total $27.3m at Grimaldi Forum — Leo Van Hoorick MECUM Houston, TX: $21m in sales on 608 cars sold in Space City — Cody Tayloe BONHAMS Monte Carlo, MCO: Monaco sale totals $17.1m from 41 lots — Paul Hardiman ARTCURIAL Paris, FRA: The 12th central Paris sale totals $2.8m from 61 sold lots — Paul Hardiman BRANSON Branson, MO: A wide range of collectibles makes up this 218-car sale, with 148 sold for $2.8m — Andy Staugaard ROUNDUP Highlights from Carlisle Events in Carlisle, PA; Leake in Dallas, TX; and W. Yoder in Wautoma, WI — Adam Blumenthal, Brett Hatfield and B. Mitchell Carlson acebook and watch for updates and offers! Cover: 2018 Lamborghini Huracán; Riptide Photography, courtesy of RM Sotheby’s Sports Car Market Courtesy of Bonhams


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62 A team from Auto Italia lends a hand with Bob Lavinia and David Word’s 1950 Frazer Nash on the Holy Land 1000 COLUMNS 22 Shifting Gears Running out of gas in the Bugeye adds adventure — and flashbacks from youth — on a long drive Keith Martin 50 Affordable Classic The Alfa Romeo 4C is an affordable near-exotic that will hold its value Jeff Zurschmeide 52 Collecting Thoughts Going off-piste during the 2018 Mille Miglia with Simon Kidston Simon Kidston 54 Legal Files Ford continues to battle resale of the Ford GT car John Draneas 56 Unconventional Wisdom Italy’s desire to protect Italian art and culture is good, but the process should be timely and logical Donald Osborne 58 Drivers Ed Driving very old cars brings added value to your life Paul Hageman 72 The Cumberford Perspective The Ferrari 250 league as the Pinin Farina version Robert Cumber FEATURES Carl Bomstead 62 2018 Holy Land 1000: Touring Israel in pre-1965 cars — Molly Higgins 64 2018 Keels & Wheels: Ferrari, the Marx Brothers and Hollywood history — Carl Bomstead DEPARTMENTS 28 Auction Calendar 28 Crossing the Block 32 Concours and Events: Monterey Car Week, Hot August Nights, Concorso Italiano 38 Contributors: Get to know SCM staffers 40 You Write, We Read: Collector-car originality, SCM fumbles on an Austin-Healey, Fiat 500 gamble pays off, where is Bring A Trailer? 42 Display Advertisers Index 44 Time Pieces: The Universal Tri-Compax and Eric Clapton 44 Neat Stuff: Purified air for your classic, and Lynx hits a milestone 46 In Miniature: The Alfa Romeo BAT cars 46 Speaking Volumes: Enzo Ferrari: Power, Politics, and the Making of an Automotive Empire 94 Buy/Sell/Hold: Zs, American coupes and the RT/10 102 Fresh Meat: 2018 Rolls-Royce Phantom sedan, 2018 Mercedes-Benz AMG GT C Roadster, 2016 Porsche 911 GT3 RS coupe 106 Market Moment 1: 1960 Chevrolet Corvette 120 On the Radar: 1993 Peugeot 306, 1993 Fiat coupe, 1993 Seat Córdoba SX 130 Market Moment 2: 1987 Subaru BRAT GL 182 eWatch A bottle of 1926 Macallan Peter Blake single-malt scotch sells for $1,014,882 at Bonhams’ Hong Kong auction Carl Bomstead 20 164 Rising Sun: 1988 Honda CRX Si, 1996 Nissan 240SX, 1994 Nissan 300ZX Twin Turbo 168 Mystery Photo: “Fahrvergsübin” 170 Showcase Gallery: Cars for sale 174 Resource Directory: Meet your car’s needs Sports Car Market Ralph Hason


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Shifting Gears Keith Martin Deliverance on the Road to Astoria Visions of homeowners with cocked shotguns danced through my head as I looked for a gas can in the shed Santa Barbara, and I drove the Bugeye 325 miles each way to see her. I lied about my age as we checked into a “No-Tell Motel” for $19.99. As I recall, it was worth the investment. I don’t remember much else about the trip except for the glorious feeling of being on the road. The tired 948-cc engine burned oil, and the worn-out front shocks meant the front kept bouncing up and down on the highway. First and reverse gear were barely functional due to a chipped cluster gear — one that I had not been able to afford replacing when I had overhauled the transmission. But I was in a sports car, MY sports car, and I was on a road trip. Back to the present A few miles down the road towards Astoria, I came Is that banjo music I hear? T here was no one home at the farmhouse; I knocked on all the doors. I had seen a rototiller in the nearby shed, with one-gallon gas cans next to it. “Anyone here?” I called out again. There was no answer, so I picked up a can and poured the contents into the empty tank of my 1960 Bugeye Sprite. Solving an old-car problem A couple of months ago, I recalled the story of my 1958 MGA that threw a rod outside Twin Falls, ID. I was 16 years old. Now, 51 years later, I once again found myself behind the wheel of a British car that had failed to proceed. There might be a pattern here. I had set out early in the morning from Portland, looking for a scenic route to the Oregon Coast. Good friend Doug Hartman suggested I take Highway 30 to Scappoose, followed by Oregon 47 to Jewell, and then Highway 22 from Mist to Astoria. No one mentioned that after Scappoose there were no gas stations for 70 miles. The Smith’s gas gauge in the Sprite offered various alternative realities when it came to the actual contents of the tank. But with such a small engine — just 1,275 cc — I figured it would be impossible to run out. Surely the Bugeye could run on fumes. When I felt the first stutter from the engine, I knew exactly what I was in for. I dropped the rpm to 3,000 and kept partial throttle, coaxing that last mile out of the tank. It ran on fumes, and then ran completely out. Highway 22 was curvy and with no shoulders. There was no cell service. I was able to coast into the driveway of a house with a sign out front: “Daffodils for sale, $5.” There were no cars in the driveway. Road-trip flashbacks Visions of homeowners with cocked shotguns danced through my head as I looked for gas. I could hear the dueling banjos from “Deliverance.” After I poured the pilfered gallon into the Bugeye, I wrapped a note that said “Thank you” around a $10 bill and left it on their stoop. I decided not to leave my name and phone number. I wasn’t looking to make new friends. The gas gauge jumped to half-full. That weekend, I put 400 miles on the Bugeye. It was the farthest I have driven one since I was 16 years old, when I was a high-school senior in San Francisco. My girlfriend at the time was a freshman at UC 22 to the Olney Saloon. The waitress there told me about a small fish house on the pier in Astoria, where I had the best fried razor clams ever. If I hadn’t taken the primitive Bugeye instead of our more luxurious 911, I would never have learned about the café — or how quickly I could run from a shed to my car and back carrying a gas can. The next day it was off to Newport, 133 miles away. My goal was Sweet Home, OR, where I was going to run the last section of the SCM 30th Anniversary Tour to test the route instructions. I stopped for a chocolate-chip-cookie-dough Blizzard at the Dairy Queen — and came back to a car with a dead battery. I’m still not sure what happened, but my guess is that running with the headlights on, the auxiliary cooling fan working, the heater fan going and the cellphones charging may have slowly depleted the battery. But just as running out of gas didn’t stop me, running out of electric- ity didn’t halt my expedition, either. I got a push from some very kind strangers, and the Bugeye fired up. It was 5 p.m. and I was 75 miles from home. Rather than risk being stalled at night on the side of Interstate 5, I decided to head directly to Portland. Perhaps the battery would miraculously heal itself. In any event, it takes very little voltage to keep an engine running if your lights aren’t on. Each mile I got closer to home was one mile less to be towed. Driving the Bugeye took me back in time. I was the non-autonomous driver, in my non-autonomous car. My imperfect car needed me to set the choke, to double-clutch just right to get into the non-synchro first gear at a stop — and to make sure I turned on the extra cooling fan as the water temperature began to rise. I was totally engaged, clipping apexes on back roads at 40 mph and squealing my tiny tires just a little. For a moment, I was Moss in the ’56 Mille Miglia and Fangio in the ’55 Argentine GP. It’s all about the motoring. The Bugeye exists for no other reason. Even when it fails to proceed, it’s creating an adventure. Still time to nominate a restorer Do you have a favorite specialist who helps you restore your cars and keep them on the road? Tell us about them. Go to www.sportscarmarket.com/restore20. The nomination form is quite short. We will choose 20 to highlight in our October issue. They can in- clude upholsters, engine builders, panel beaters, painters and more. We are looking for the people (not the shops) that keep our hobby going. Nominations close July 23. ♦ Sports Car Market


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Crossing the Block Chad Tyson Images courtesy of the respective auction companies unless otherwise noted Mecum Where: Harrisburg, PA When: August 2–4 Web: www.mecum.com Last year: 643/860 cars sold / $19.4m Coys Where: Schloss Dyck, DEU When: August 4 Web: www.coys.co.uk Worldwide Where: Shipshewana, IN When: August 4 Web: www.worldwide-auctioneers.com Featured cars: • 1925 Essex roadster • 1909 Hudson Model 20 roadster • 1955 Hudson Italia MAG Where: Reno, NV When: August 9–11 Web: www.motorsportauctiongroup.com Last year: 310/527 cars sold / $7.5m Shannons Where: Sydney, AUS When: August 13 Web: www.shannons.com.au Southern Classic Where: Jeffersonville, IN When: August 18 Web: www.southernclassicauctions.com Worldwide Where: Pacific Grove, CA When: August 23 Web: www.worldwide-auctioneers.com Last year: 51/74 cars sold / $7.4m Auction Calendar All dates listed are current at time of publication. Contact information for most auction companies may be found in the Resource Directory at the back of this issue. Please confirm dates and locations before attending any event. Email auction info to: chad.tyson@sportscarmarket.com. JULY 7—ARTCURIAL Le Mans, FRA 7—SILVER Jackson Hole, WY 7—PETERSEN Roseburg, OR 11—BRIGHTWELLS Leominster, U.K. 12—COYS Fontwell, U.K. 13—BONHAMS Chichester, U.K. 13–14—PREMIER AUCTION GROUP Allen, TX 14—VICARI New Orleans, LA 14—SILVER Spokane, WA 16—SHANNONS Melbourne, AUS 17—BARONS Surrey, U.K. 18—H&H Duxford, U.K. 19—SILVERSTONE Northamptonshire, U.K. 21—SMITH Cape Girardeau, MO 21—VANDERBRINK Griswold, IA 21–22—SILVERSTONE Northamptonshire, U.K. 26—H&H Bickenhill, U.K. 26–28—GAA Greensboro, NC AUGUST 2–4—MECUM Harrisburg, PA 4—COYS Schloss Dyck, DEU 4—WORLDWIDE AUCTIONEERS Shipshewana, IN 9–11—MAG AUCTIONS Reno, NV 13—SHANNONS Sydney, AUS 18—SOUTHERN CLASSIC Jeffersonville, IN 23—WORLDWIDE AUCTIONEERS Pacific Grove, CA 23–25—RUSSO AND STEELE Monterey, CA 23–25—MECUM Monterey, CA 24—BONHAMS Carmel, CA 24–25—RM SOTHEBY’S Monterey, CA 24–25—GOODING & CO. Pebble Beach, CA 28 Sports Car Market 24–25—VICARI New Orleans, LA 25—ACA King’s Lynn, U.K. 25—VANDERBRINK Vicksburg, MI 30–SEPT 2—RM AUCTIONS Auburn, IN SEPTEMBER 1—BONHAMS Beaulieu, U.K. 1—WORLDWIDE Auburn, IN 1–2—SILVER Sun Valley, ID 5—RM SOTHEBY’S London, U.K. 6–COYS Fontwell, U.K. 7–8—MECUM Louisville, KY 7–9—ELECTRIC GARAGE Red Deer, AB, CAN 8—BONHAMS Chichester, U.K. 15—BARONS Surrey, U.K. 15—CCA Royal Leamington Spa, U.K. 17—SHANNONS Melbourne, AUS Star Car: Barn-find 1962 Alfa Romeo Giulietta at Russo and Steele’s Monterey, CA, sale Featured cars: • 1931 Duesenberg Model J Derham convertible sedan Russo and Steele Where: Monterey, CA When: August 23–25 Web: www.russoandsteele.com Last year: 114/201 cars sold / $8.5m Featured cars: • 1984 Lamborghini Countach • Star Car: 1962 Alfa Romeo Giulietta • 1974 Chevrolet Camaro IROC racer Mecum Where: Monterey, CA When: August 23–25 Web: www.mecum.com Last year: 327/643 cars sold / $33.5m Featured cars: • 1973 Ford Bronco custom SUV • 1968 Chevrolet Camaro Bonhams Where: Carmel, CA When: August 24 Web: www.bonhams.com Last year: 87/109 cars sold / $55.9m


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Crossing the Block Chad Tyson Images courtesy of the respective auction companies unless otherwise noted Star Car: 1948 Talbot-Lago T26 Record Sport Coupe de Ville at Bonhams in Carmel, CA Featured cars: • 1964 Shelby Cobra 289 • 1992 Lancia Delta Integrale HF Evo I • Star Car: 1948 Talbot-Lago T26 Record Sport Coupe de Ville RM Sotheby’s Where: Monterey, CA When: August 24–25 Web: www.rmsothebys.com Last year: 103/116 cars sold / $132.8m Featured cars: • Star Car: 1968 Porsche 908 Works short-tail coupe • 1963 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster • 1956 Maserati A6G/2000 Star Car: 1968 Porsche 908 Works short-tail coupe at RM Sotheby’s in Monterey, CA Gooding & Company Where: Pebble Beach, CA When: August 24–25 Web: www.goodingco.com Last year: 107/113 cars sold / $91.4m Featured cars: • 2004 Porsche Carrera GT • 1965 Ferrari 275 GTS • Star Car: 1955 Ferrari 500 Mondial Series II Vicari Where: New Orleans, LA When: August 24–25 Web: www.vicari.com ACA Where: King’s Lynn, U.K. When: August 25 Web: www.angliacarauctions.co.uk VanDerBrink Where: Vicksburg, MI When: August 25 Web: www.vanderbrink.com RM Auctions Where: Auburn, IN When: August 30–September 2 Web: www.rmsothebys.com Last year: 527/731 cars sold / $18.9m Featured cars: • 1941 Buick Super convertible • 1976 Ford Escort 1100 GL sedan • 1971 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona conversion Spyder ♦ Star Car: 1955 Ferrari 500 Mondial Series II at Gooding & Company’s Pebble Beach, CA, sale 30 Sports Car Market


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Concours and Events SCM Staff Send news and event listings to insideline@sportscarmarket.com AUGUST CALENDAR 4–5 Milwaukee Concours d’Elegance, Milwaukee, WI; www.milwaukeeconcours.com 21 Carmel-By-The-Sea Concours on the Avenue, Carmel, CA; www.carmelconcours.com 21–22 Automobilia Monterey, Seaside, CA; www.automobiliamonterey.com Italian Style and Italian Cars Concorso Italiano is all about Italian wine, Italian cuisine and Italian fashion. Most importantly, this 33-year-old party is all about Italian cars. This year, Concorso will celebrate 50 years of the Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona and the Ferrari 365 GTC. The Sports Car Market-sponsored celebration of Alfa Romeo continues in 2018. This year, the SCM star cars are the Giulia Super and 4-door sedans, such as Berlinas, Alfettas, Milanos, Giulias and 164s. All of this Italian fun — along with the usual array of redlining supercars — takes place August 25 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, Best Week of the Year Monterey Car Week is set for August 19 to 26. 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 14th 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 Concorso Italiano and the Gooding & Company auction — and take advantage of our show special to renew your subscription. (CA) 22 The Little Car Show, Pacific Grove, CA; www. marinamotorsports.org 23–26 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, Pebble Beach, CA; www. pebblebeachconcours. net 24 The Quail: A Motorsports Gathering, Carmel, CA; www.signatureevents.peninsula.com 24 Porsche Werks Reunion, Carmel, CA; www. werksreunion.com Hot Nights and Fast Cars Hot August Nights competes with Monterey Car Week as the best time of the year for many American-car collectors. The massive event starts in Virginia City, NV, from August 3 to 4, and it then rumbles on to Reno from August 7 through August 12. 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. 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 auc- tion, which runs from August 8 to 11 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) 32 24 Legends of the Autobahn, Monterey, CA; www.legendsoftheautobahn.org 25 Concours d’Lemons California, Seaside, CA; www.24hoursoflemons. com 26 Geneva Concours d’Elegance, Geneva, IL; www.genevaconcours. net Sports Car Market


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Sports Car Market EDITORIAL Publisher Keith Martin keith.martin@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 210 Executive Editor Chester Allen chester.allen@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 203 Art Director David Tomaro david.tomaro@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 202 Managing Editor Jim Pickering jim.pickering@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 208 Digital Media / Art Director Jeff Stites jeff.stites@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 221 Auction Editor Chad Tyson chad.tyson@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 207 Deputy Data Editor Chad Taylor chad.taylor@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 206 Editor at Large Donald Osborne Copy Editors Yael Abel, Dave Tomaro Senior Auction Analysts B. 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The boring things you didn’t even realize were part of producing a magazine. She has owned three cars since the day she was forced to obtain her driver’s license: a navy blue Chrysler minivan, a grandmagold Mazda 626, and a beautiful black Subaru Legacy with cloth seats that don’t get hot in the sun and so much trunk space it melts her icy heart (just a little). She uses this car exclusively to hunt down every waterfall in Oregon or to drive cats to the vet. She presently owns more cats than her lifetime total of cars. They are all very cute. SUSAN L. LOEB, SCM Head of Subscriptions, joined the magazine in early 2017. A graduate of Lewis & Clark College as an English and French major, she’s been in the bookselling, library or magazine world for the past two decades. Although not a car collector, she considers herself an opinionated connoisseur on the topic of cars — as well as cheese and chocolate. She has long had a tender fondness for cars built in the decade of her birth, and often thinks about a pink 1976 Ford Pinto that overheated one late-spring day as her brother was taking her to school. To her delight, the stalled commute presented an opportunity to learn about expletives — and precisely how to use them. A nice MG or Opel Manta still turns her head, and she awaits the day she can find the 1970 Plymouth Barracuda a neighbor was selling last year. 38 JIM PICKERING, SCM Managing Editor, has the perfect mix of skills for a long career at SCM: a background in writing and auto mechanics. As a lifelong car nut, he joined a local neighborhood auto shop while still in high school, where he swept the floor until he graduated to oil changes, replacing brakes and rebuilding carburetors. After earning a degree in writing from Pacific University in Forest Grove, OR (the home of the Forest Grove Concours), he came to SCM in 2006, joining the team as Auction Editor. He’s been tracking the market ever since. In 2010, he took over as Managing Editor, and today also runs SCM’s special-publications division. He is the editor of American Car Collector, SCM’s all-American sister publication. Check out his Neat Stuff column on p. 44.


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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 Collector cars are unlike paintings and furniture in that they are mechanical beings that were intended to be driven and used Opening the Can… To the Editor: Paul Hageman continued the discussion about collector-car originality in the May 2018 issue (“Drivers Ed,” p. 56). This topic has become a major debate in car collecting over the past several years. The article is well written and thoughtful, but it continues to leave a nagging question on this topic — what exactly does “original” mean? If Publisher Martin were to bring together and ask a dozen leading professional collectors, restorers and concours judges what their definition of “original” is in regards to a collector car, I dare say he would get a dozen different answers and spirited discussion for hours on end. Mr. Hageman likens originality in a collector car to fine antique furniture, yet I often read auction reports that describe a car as “very original with only a single repaint.” Huh? Collector cars are unlike paintings and furniture in that they are mechanical beings that were 40 driven and used in relatively harsh environments (temperature changes, salt, rough roads, sunlight, weather, accidents). It is no wonder that originality has become so revered in our hobby given these harsh conditions that constantly chip away at a car’s originality. Paint and leather and carpet and glass could be considered “finishes” to a car, and to that end ANY replacements could render a car non-original. Mechanicals are a different story. Crank and rod bearings, valve seats, rings, any seal or rubber item, suspension joints and brake parts are all consumable items and were intended to be replaced at some point. Replacing/rebuilding any of these items should not count against a car’s originality — as long as efforts are made to use OEM parts. So this leads me to my as- signment to Sports Car Market, Publisher Martin and the collector-car industry: A concerted effort needs to be undertaken to create a consensus on what the definition is for a car to be considered original. And yes, there would need to be leeway for a degree of originality — if a fender has been repainted, would that disqualify the car’s paint finish from being considered original? To me, a full repaint crosses the line. Rebuilding the original engine using OEM parts would be okay. — Allan Lydon, Atlanta, GA Bring a What? To the Editor: I am puzzled by the fact that I have never seen any mention of the popular website BringATrailer.com in SCM. The large and involved audience on BaT mentions SCM rather often (this includes me). The number of cars, quality of vehicles in some instances, and growing traffic suggest that their model of bringing cars and potential owners together is working rather well. Jay Leno has mentioned them at least once, if I’m not mistaken. And in the June issue, there seems to be a piece on the Internet’s influence on visibility of collector cars, or something like that (June 2018, “Drivers Ed” p. 64). BaT doesn’t appear in that space, either. What’s up? I am also waiting for one of my favorite cars to appear in SCM — the Lancia D24 sports cars which were (briefly) so successful in the early 1950s. Most modern enthusiasts have no idea that they ever existed, let alone won several prestigious endurance races. If you could find a way to get one into SCM, that would be great. I believe Max Girardo’s group sold one of the Rosano toolroom copies within the past year or so. I hope to see one of them up close and personal one day. I look forward to every issue. — Jim Rosenthal, Annapolis, MD Keith Martin responds: All of us at SCM enjoy Bring A Trailer. In fact, we feature four Bring A Trailer auction cars in our weekly newsletter. However, the heart of SCM auction reports is the firsthand evaluation by the writers, something that is not possible with online auctions. If a D24 sells at auction, we will surely cover it. Sports Car Market


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You Write We Read Ad Index Aerovault ................................................................. 67 Arkonik .................................................................... 39 Aston Martin of New England ................................ 51 Atlanta Concours d’Elegance ................................ 131 Auto Kennel ........................................................... 149 Automobiles Historiques Ltd .................................. 27 Autosport Designs Inc ........................................... 159 Avant Garde Collection ......................................... 167 Barrett-Jackson ........................................................ 31 Beverly Hills Car Club .......................................... 163 Bonhams / UK ....................................................... 4–5 BRE .......................................................................... 67 Cars, Inc. ............................................................ 45, 47 Centerline Alfa Parts.............................................. 143 Champion Motors .................................................. 155 Charles Prince Classic Cars................................... 123 Chequered Flag International .................................117 Chubb Personal Risk Services ................................ 33 Classic Motorcars .................................................. 149 Classic Showcase .................................................... 36 Concorso Italiano..................................................... 26 Copley Motorcars .............................................. 14–15 D. 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Porsche NA ............... 21 Putnam Leasing ..................................................... 184 Quail Lodge Resort & Golf Club ............................ 37 QuickSilver Exhausts Ltd...................................... 107 RE/MAX ON THE MOVE .................................... 65 Reliable Carriers ...................................................... 93 RM Sotheby’s .................................................. 8–9, 11 Robert Glover LTD.................................................. 59 Ronald McDonald House ...................................... 165 Russo and Steele LLC ....................................... 12–13 SCM 2018 Monterey Insider’s Seminar ............... 181 Scott Grundfor Company ...................................... 150 Simko Motorcars LLC .......................................... 167 Streetworks Exotics ................................................. 34 Symbolic International ............................................ 23 Telluride Festival of Cars & Colors ........................ 89 The Stable, Ltd. ..................................................... 133 The Werk Shop ...................................................... 158 The Wilson Collection ........................................... 103 Tom Miller Sports Cars ......................................... 157 Tony Labella Classic Cars ..................................... 108 Torque Classic Cars ................................................. 41 Trump Properties Concours d’Elegance ............... 139 Vail Automotive Classic .......................................... 60 Vintage Motors of Sarasota ................................... 124 Vintage Rallies ....................................................... 153 Vintage Underground LLC ................................... 159 Watchworks ........................................................... 157 Welsh Enterprises, Inc. .......................................... 157 West Coast Classics, LLC ..................................... 161 Wheeler Auctions .................................................. 183 White Post Restorations ........................................ 157 Worldwide Group ...................................................... 2 Worldwide Group ...................................................... 3 Zohar Inspirational Events ...................................... 63 42 It was a black car when I bought it. I drove directly to the paint shop, took out my Sharpie pen and showed him where I wanted the color breaks. Shazam! It matches my 1963 Cinquecento! SCM Fumbles the Ball on an Austin-Healey To the Editor: I have to say I’m a bit disappointed after reading the auction analysis of the Gooding & Company Amelia Island Lot 29 (June 2018, p. 112). The car is described as a “1954 AustinHealey 100-4 BN1 Le Mans Roadster” that sold for $115,500. The analyst states, “the seller might have been a little disappointed with the result...” and further states “the Healey 100 Le Mans has not fully realized its market potential.” First off, there is no such thing as a 1954 “100-4 BN1 Le Mans Roadster.” ALL, and I repeat ALL, true 100Ms are BN2s. There were the four famous BN1s prepared to compete at Le Mans, but Lot 29 was not one of these. Lot 29 should have been presented as a 100-4 BN1 that had modifications to make it appear the same as the 100M (i.e. a clone). The price realized for such a car at $115,500 is a very strong price indeed. What does the latest SCM Pocket Price Guide value a 1954 BN1 at? Is this value consistent with the remarks of the analyst? BN1s kept to look like BN1s seem to be more valuable than BN1s with aftermarket parts to make them look like an M. When a Camaro Z28 is a clone, you clearly state in the title “1967 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 clone.” When a Daytona Spyder is a conversion, the description may read, “1973 Ferrari 365 Daytona Spyder (Straman conversion).” When a 1973 Porsche is made up as an RS, it is listed as “1973 Porsche 911 RS clone.” So why doesn’t the same apply here with the Healey? A more-accurate description would have been: “1954 Austin-Healey BN1 Le Mans clone.” Unfortunately, the written analysis, by someone we would assume to be an expert, is flawed. For me, this is disappointing, since I now question the writer’s comments on the transactions of the other lots. A loss of confidence sums it up. Now, Lot 538 of the Silverstone Stoneleigh Park Auction on page 150 of the same issue is a to-the-point, accurate description and analysis of a 1956 100M. Accuracy in reporting is im- portant, in my opinion. — Joel Gardner, via email Keith Martin responds: Thanks for your thoughtful comments. Every month, we do the best we can, but sometimes things fall through the cracks. Readers like you help us keep improving. Fiat 500 Gamble Pays Off To the Editor: As a seriously afflicted car collector with a dozen in my care and over 50 vintage motorcycles, my Fiat 500 Pop was my daily driver for four years (June 2018, “You Write,” p. 38). It was a black car when I bought it. I drove directly to the paint shop, took out my Sharpie pen and showed him where I wanted the color breaks. Shazam! It matches my 1963 Cinquecento! Wheels are stock without the hubcaps. It tows my trailer with ease! — Burt Richmond, via email SCM Alum Sends Congrats on 30 Years To the Editor: Congratulations to Keith Martin on 30 years of a great publication. And even beyond that, I wanted to thank Publisher Martin for giving me the opportunity to learn. While I was at SCM for only two of those 30 years, I was exposed to so much variety and learned a lot about myself during that time. SCM helped me deeply understand what it takes to simply “get stuff done” with a small team, which I carry with me today. It was definitely a formative time for me. — Brian Rabold, Hagerty Classic Car Insurance Vice President of Valuation Services ♦ Sports Car Market


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Time Pieces by Alex Hofberg The Eric Clapton Universal Tri-Compax Watch Drips Cool The value of vintage complex sporting watches seems to spiral ever upward. In fact, many watch brands — particularly those that survived the near downfall of the entire Swiss watchmaking industry in the 1980s — are now looking backwards at their vintage models. Those watch brands are seeking to emu- late the optimism and appeal of some of their famous (or obscure) offerings — and find customers who collect prime-condition vintage examples. Further, some brands that did close during the 1980s are coming back to life. Sadly, Universal Geneve, a brand estab- lished in 1894, has yet to mount a comeback. Founded by Ulysse Perret and Emile Descombes, originally in the Swiss village of Le Locle, the firm was quickly relocated to Geneva. Shortly after men adopted the practice of wearing their watches on their wrists and not in their pockets, Universal brought to market the first wristwatch equipped with stopwatch features. This watch was called the Compur. Shortly after that, Universal introduced the Aero-Compax, which had an extra subsidiary dial located at 12 o’clock. This dial featured a set of hour and minute hands set by an extra crown on the left side of the case. These hands had no link to the gear train, and were stationary, but they allowed the pilot to set the exact time of an event (such as the takeoff of a plane) as a method of determining elapsed time. Subsequent to the launch of the Details Production date: 1968 Best place to wear one: The Universal Tri-Compax is best worn as Clapton did — while wearing bespoke hippie duds rounded up on London’s Carnaby Street. Ratings for modern version ( is best): Rarity: Durability: Parts/service availability: Cool factor: Web: www.universal.ch Compax name, Universal hit their stride, introducing many different models under that name. Neat Stuff by Jim Pickering Lynx Turns 50 Lynx, the iconic re-creator of legendary racing Jaguars including the C-type, D-type, XK-SS and lightweight E-types, turns 50 this year. The company was founded in 1968 to repair and maintain specialist sports cars such as the C-type and D-type. From there, re-creation was just a short step away, and the company’s products have only gotten better over time. Clients can choose from a range of options on these exacting all-new replicas, from historically appropriate colors and fittings through proper interior textures. Lynx re-creations are available in North America through Bespoke British Sports Cars (www. bespokebritishsportscars.com). For more information, contact Lawrence Baxter at lawrence@ bespokebritishsportscars.com. 44 Medico-Compax featured a scale useful for taking pulses. Dato-Compax integrated a date dial at the top. Most famously, the Tri-Compax took the brand to stardom by integrating a moonphase aperture and a date indicator together in a single dial at the 12 o’clock position. The day and month were displayed in small rectangular windows positioned at 10 and 2 respectively. The featured watch is a highly desirable variant of the Tri-Compax, dating from 1970. It is known internally as Reference 881101/01. This variant of the Tri-Compax added, for the first time, an external bezel that has indications for translating time into speed. This is known as a tachymeter scale. The black tachymeter scale gives the Tri-Compax watch a strong visual tie to the Rolex Daytona and Omega Speedmaster, both of which featured a similar ring. This presentation, with round (water-resistant) push buttons, a screwed-on case back, and the black-and-white “Panda” dial with tachymeter bezel, makes this Tri-Compax very special. Collectors prize it. The Tri-Compax shown is even more desirable, as an identical watch was worn by guitar legend and watch collector Eric Clapton, who is shown wearing it in numerous historic photos from the period. One iconic image shows Clapton — cigarette in hand, and watch popped from the cuff — facing Jimi Hendrix. The photo was taken at London’s Track Records in 1967. Juan Perón and Harry S. Truman also sported Universal watches as well. Going to Universal Genève’s website is a bit of a strange trip. The site is active, but looks like it hasn’t been updated since 2008. There are watches on display, along with historical data showing Universal’s achievements through the past century. For the time being, you have to find vintage examples — they are far cooler anyway. If the Clapton Tri-Compax is the watch you must have, plan on spending well over $20,000 for a decent example. Pure Air Sometimes that old-car smell is a good thing. Sometimes it isn’t. Moso’s Natural Air Purifying Bag can help when smells turn on you, maintaining a fresh, odor-free dry environment using bamboo charcoal — no cover-up scents required. Put it under the seat, in the trunk, or wherever moisture has turned your old car musty. A 200g Moso Bag, perfect for a car, is $9.95 at www.mosonatural.com. ♦ Sports Car Market


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In Miniature by Marshall Buck These three cars have always fascinated me, Alfa Romeo’s 1953 BAT 5, 1954 BAT 7 and 1955 BAT 9 and the models are the exception to the rule when critiquing bodies and other shapes. The Alfa Romeo BAT cars are among the most difficult cars to capture in model form. Modeling any of them in any scale is the stuff of which nightmares are made. These are all older releases, but they can still be found on eBay. All shown are 1:43 scale from the aptly named Bizarre Models. Spark Models actually built the models for Bizarre. Several other manufacturers have also produced all three cars over the past 25 years, which is why you can still find the Bizarre models. They were produced and sold individually, but you really should buy all three. Overall fit and finish is excellent, as is the paint. I won’t discuss the bodies except to say that if examined very closely, you’ll find that none are 100% accurate, but who cares? They look wonderful, especially together. BAT 5, the first car and first release, is the only one with its window trim painted silver. The other models have separate photo-etched window trim, and all have delicate little photo-etched wipers. Model Details Production date: 2010–12 Quantity: 500 of each SCM rating: ( is best) Overall quality: Authenticity: Overall value: Web: You can find these models on eBay, www.ebay.com Speaking Volumes by Mark Wigginton Enzo Ferrari: Power, Politics, and the Making of an Automotive Empire by Luca Dal Monte, 968 pages, David Bull, $49.95 (Amazon) There is something so right about a monumental bi- ography of a monumental man in the automotive world. Called Ferrari Rex in Italy, the English-language version of Enzo Ferrari: Power, Politics and the Making of an Automotive Empire is nearly 1,000 pages long. It’s a thick brick of a book. But it’s not the size; it’s the scope that strikes you. Told entirely chronologically, Dal Monte painstakingly goes through the Ferrari story, from childhood to Enzo Ferrari’s death in 1988. The journey is exhausting and enlightening, intensely personal and somehow cool and removed. Using access to Ferrari’s diaries, correspondence, previously published material and new interviews, author Luca Dal Monte spent 10 years reconstructing the life and times of Ferrari, his triumphs, his failures, and especially his pain, the pain he suffers and the pain he brings to those around him. Ferrari Rex may be the more accurate title. He was a ruler in his domain and could be both tyrant and inspirational leader. Told in crisp prose (the original is in Italian and came out in 2016; Dal Monte was educated in the United States), the story unfolds slowly, but you need to reflect and look back to see the sweep among the details. Along the way, you see the moments that shaped Ferrari. His retirement from racing is a good example. He was among the top four drivers (including Ferrari’s close friend and role model Alberto Ascari) at Alfa in 1924, but pressure from his awful marriage, pressure from his business failures and pressure from an unflattering self-evaluation behind the wheel made him step away. Always fast — but never the fastest or most talented — Ferrari instead 46 pulled inward and focused on the business. It was a pattern that repeated throughout his life. Ferrari, in Dal Monte’s telling, is a manipulator who pitted employee against employee, driver against driver. He always hid behind sunglasses, rarely left Modena and never flew. He decided to make more money making fewer cars, using his celebrity from early racing success to build his personal brand before that was a thing. He then harnessed that brand for racing and business success. What a life; what a book. Provenance: Full access to Ferrari’s records and plenty of shoe-leather reporting is the backbone of the book. All of it is carefully footnoted at the end of each chapter. Fit and finish: Simple, easy-to-read typography doesn’t distract from the text, and there are four sections of images, nicely reproduced. “Utilitarian” is the word that comes to mind. Drivability: I had never spent much time learning about Enzo Ferrari, knowing instead the shorthand version based on snippets of journalism over the years — mostly where Ferrari was a supporting character. Here Dal Monte has created a detailed, expansive look at Ferrari’s life, in racing, in business and in the messy world of human relations. Detailed and exhaustive, Enzo Ferrari is never boring, and actually speeds along — the equivalent of a long, lovely drive through the country. ♦ Sports Car Market Other trim bits, emblems and lights are in place — as are simulated body-panel fasteners. The wire wheels and tires are well detailed. The interiors — each car’s is unique — are very well done. Prices currently range from $80 to $150. ♦


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Affordable Classic Alfa Romeo 4C Exotic Street Cred on a Budget The Alfa Romeo 4C is a super-sexy Italian sports car for a small fraction of the price of a true exotic by Jeff Zurschmeide 2015 Alfa Romeo 4C (left) and 2015 Alfa Romeo 4C Launch Edition A lfa Romeo made a bold choice to re-enter the U.S. automobile market with the near-exotic 4C. They chose the sleek and sexy coupe to signal that Alfa would be a premium sports car brand. Now as the rumor mill presages the end of 4C production, it’s time to take a look at this car’s collectibility po- tential. The 4C was formally unveiled at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show. From the outside, the little Alfa looks like a baby exotic. It’s quite a bit smaller than a Ferrari or McLaren. It’s more akin to the lightweight Lotus Elise/Exige models. The monocoque is made from carbon fiber, covered with plastic composite body- work. The drivetrain/suspension in back and steering/suspension in front are mounted on aluminum subframes. The U.S.-spec 4C coupe weighs in at 2,315 pounds and the Spider at 2,337. For reference, that’s about the same as the 2018 Mazda Miata. The 4C suspension design is modern but not exotic, with double wishbones in front and MacPherson struts in the rear. To complete the package, the 4C gets really big brakes and impressively wide tires on your choice of fancy wheels. The part you really care about is the driveline. The 4C is a mid-engine, rear-drive design like any good exotic. The engine is a transverse-mounted, all-aluminum turbocharged 4-cylinder of 1,742 cc, but they call it a 1750. Never let it be said that Alfa doesn’t nod to its history — the Alfa 6C 1750 of 1929 won everything in its path. The 4C engine is rated at 237 horsepower and Details Years produced: 2013–18 Price when new: $55,900–$72,000 Number produced: 1,728 (U.S. sales to date) Current price range: $50,000 to $55,000 for good used examples Pros: Exotic looks, great performance, affordable Cons: Tight cabin, tiny luggage capacity Best place to drive one: Any curvy mountain road Worst place to drive one: On a long road trip A typical owner is: Able to recite Nicola Romeo’s life story from memory 50 258 ft-lb of torque. Power is passed to the rear axle through a 6-speed dual dry-clutch transmission. You can paddle-shift it — or just punch the A/M button into automatic mode and drive. This car’s power numbers won’t turn any heads in the modern world, and they might spark a few condescending comments from Ferrari owners. That said, Motor Trend found that the 4C will go 0–60 mph in 4.1 seconds, which is about the same as a Porsche Cayman GTS or even an Aston Martin Vantage. The real exotics do 0–60 mph in about 3.0 seconds or less. The top speed is governed to 160 mph, and someone once used a 4C to lap the Nordschleife Sports Car Market in 8:04. It’s good to have a goal if you get there, right? What’s it like, really? I’ve had the 4C on weeklong press loans a couple times, and I’ve been out for warm laps at Laguna Seca in the car, too. The skinny is, you’ll like it more if you’re skinny. Larger individuals don’t get into the 4C so much as put it on, but you can pretend you’re Tony Stark. Once inside, the 4C is race-car comfortable, which is to say that the seats are supportive on all sides, but don’t go looking for the massage function — it ain’t there. On the dash you’ll find a bare-bones sports car pre- sentation. There’s a nifty digital information display and a stereo of some kind. I don’t recall ever turning it on. There’s lots of black suede with red topstitching everywhere. Technically the base seats are upholstered in cloth, but I’ve never seen a 4C without leather. On public roads, at least in summertime, you’ll have to work to find the handling limits of the 4C. It feels and Images courtesy of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles


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drives like an exotic car — just without quite so much power. It’s plenty quick, but it’s not the same kind of unbelievable wind-out that you get with a true exotic. The 4C is really at home on a tight mountain road, where you can enjoy the paddle shifting, the engine noise behind your head, and the feeling that the tires have infinite grip. It’s also a top-notch track-day car, and it was there we found that the 4C in stock trim will push at the limit. But like any good sports car, you’ll get plenty of warning through the wheel. Dial it back a notch and the stock 4C will run respectable track sessions, and you won’t run out of brakes. Why should you care about the Alfa 4C? A brand-new 2018 Alfa 4C coupe is currently selling from $58,995 to about $75,000 if you tick every option box. Add about $10,000 for a Spider. That’s why you 2015 Alfa Romeo 4C Launch Edition care. You’re getting a bona fide super-sexy Italian sports car for a small fraction of the price of a true exotic. When you pull in to your local Cars & Coffee in a 4C, you’ll get the same respect as anything this side of an Aventador. Here’s another thing: The 4C is holding its value, and it will continue to hold value. It’s still early for these to be hitting the auction circuit, but the most recent sale of a Launch Edition coupe from 2014 was $64,320, which is about the original MSRP. Hemmings has a few listed, and all are around $50,000–$55,000. When the 4C goes out of production (as it surely will soon), those numbers are likely to rise. The bottom line is that the Alfa Romeo 4C is an affordable near-exotic that will 2015 Alfa Romeo 4C hold its value, and you can drive it without being concerned that every mile is subtracting resale value. ♦ August 2018 51


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Collecting Thoughts 2018 Mille Miglia The Wrong Way is the Right Way You can do the Mille with time checks, strict average speeds and other rules. Or not by Simon Kidston “You’re not from around here, are you?” I t could only happen in Italy. A billion-dollar convoy of 450 obsolete sports cars racing through the countryside and ancient towns, cheered on by excited spectators of every generation, escorted by police through red lights and across dividing lines, risking life and ruin to take the checkered flag in a position no one will remember. All of this happens for a sizeable check. Which you pay — not receive. What is it that lures captains of industry, stars of the creative world, bankers, businessmen, trust-fund playboys and a host of otherwise perfectly rational characters to sign up for four days of motorized endurance — year after year? It’s not the accommodations, which are a rogues’ gallery of forgettable hotels with the character of a Swiss traffic warden but not the efficiency, when you’re one of 100 guests trying to simultaneously check in at midnight. It’s not the food either, although in Italy even children take pride in eating well, so you’re seldom far from an acceptable alternative if you don’t like what’s on offer — or there’s none left. If there’s one word which sums up what makes the Mille Miglia special, unique, even spiritual, it’s this: passion. Your ticket to the fun Let’s backtrack. Fancy a go? You’ll need a car built between 1927 and 1957 — and of a type that took part in the original Mille Miglia. At the budget end (it’s all relative), think Jaguar XK 120, Porsche 356, assorted Triumphs and Healeys or maybe a flea-sized Fiat or Lancia hot rod, assuming you’ve been on a diet. The Mere Millionaire Bracket (plagiarizing Jay Leno) consists of endless Gullwings driven by successful Mercedes truck dealers and German bankers — plus a smattering of pre-war Alfas, Astons and Bugattis. Masters of the Collecting Universe don’t often risk their pride and joy on the Mille anymore, but you’ll still spot the odd Mercedes SSK 52 — some of which were even built in period — and grown-up Ferrari or Maserati sports racers looking like they took a wrong turn out of the Cavallino concours. If the thought of dirt, damp and the occasional dent keeps you awake at night, this probably isn’t the event for you. Welcome to the machine So you’ve sent in your application and $10k check. Months later, a letter arrives. It says you’ve been granted the automotive equivalent of an audience with the pope. Now, here you are in a cavernous exhibition hall on the outskirts of a north Italian industrial town, clutching car and insurance documents, a one-line “medical certificate” that says you’re “fit to drive a car rally” and a wad of euros for all those additional “licenses” you can only buy on site, in readies. The Midnight Express Sports Car Market Pietro Bianchi Pietro Bianchi


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You’re given a checklist and sent off to visit the 10 checkpoints before you get your race numbers and a shiny new Chopard watch. “Medical certificate, please.” “But I’ve already shown it twice.” “Medical certificate, please.” I must look unwell. Scrutineering produces lots of serious looks, When the flag drops, the fun starts The final “sealing,” where your car receives its lead steering-column tag that passes it as ready for heroic deeds, takes place in the old town amongst great fanfare reminiscent of Siena’s bareback Palio horse race, thronged by crowds and under blazing sunshine. By now your heartbeat has risen, you’re sweating in the heat and pretending to look nonchalant as children point and grandmothers smile. There’s no turning back. And before you know Simon and his co-driver Emanuele Collo encounter the Fashion Police in Rome it, your moment has come. You’re wedged into a car you barely know, a field of adversaries behind you, a brightly lit ramp and 1,000 miles ahead. A microphone is thrust into the cockpit, you think of a few pleasantries, smile and floor it. At this point you have two choices: You can do the proper Mille Miglia, with time checks, strict average speeds, school-style food and hotels, and fiercely contested leader boards (although be advised only intakes of breath, checking of more documents and, finally, stamping. Nothing is said about the replica Bentley they’ve just passed, entered by a sponsor. The finishing line: Think high-octane high-school graduation Italians and the occasional Argentinian has ever won). Or can you go off-piste. We chose the latter. Without giving away too many trade secrets, this may or may not involve the same exact route as your fellow competitors. If your car isn’t fitted with a cooling fan — ours wasn’t, as there isn’t room — then waiting for time checks might not appeal. If your car thrives on revs, then sticking to exact average speeds might not appeal, either. If you enjoy good food and hotels, you might choose to order your own. And last but not least, it never hurts to have backup. Some people take spare parts. We took a spare car. Penalty points and pure magic Highlights? Getting stuck in sand on the beach, hanging out with local beach bums who gave us a push, an evening with the fashion police in Rome where we risked disqualification for arriving first, lunch and another brush with the law in Monteriggioni — my home village. Then there was that fast dice with a 30-year-younger Italian, and arriving first back in Brescia, with no reverse gear, lights, starter or brakes. But with a huge smile and feeling like Nuvolari. Penalty points? Don’t ask. Bring it on again. ♦ This may not have been in the official road book ... August 2018 53 Dino Spaghettini Ted Gushue Dino Spaghettini


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Legal Files John Draneas Ford Doubles Down on GT Litigation With all due respect to Ford, maybe it should declare victory and walk away from the Cena lawsuit N ot long ago (February 2018, p. 62), “Legal Files” reported about the Ford Motor Company lawsuit against celebrity wrestler John Cena for flipping his new Ford GT. Ford’s position is that Cena agreed to hold the GT for at least 24 months, and that his quick sale was undermining Ford’s marketing efforts. Cena’s GT popped up again for resale, and Ford jumped on it with both feet. Ford filed emergency litigation against New Autos Inc., a Chico, CA, car dealership. Ford claims that New Autos interfered with its contractual relationship with Cena, and that the agreement with Cena creates a common-law lien against the GT, preventing it from being sold. How did we get here? As Ford tells the story, it learned that the GT was on display at the New Autos showroom. A Ford representative visited the showroom, photographed it and learned that it was going to be moved that night or the next day. Ford also claims that New Autos specializes in exporting cars overseas, including to China, triggering fear that the car would go to China. The next day, Ford filed suit, hoping to prevent the sale of the GT. New Autos’ version of the story is markedly different. Its owner, Bernard Knaus, received a call from a potential customer asking if he could locate a Ford GT. New Autos’ business model is to source new cars for customers and negotiate with dealers to get the customer the best price. New Autos takes a fee from the selling dealer, and the customer comes away with a better deal than could be gained alone. Sourcing a Ford GT was quite a challenging request. Knaus won- dered how he could ever find one. Thousands of prospective buyers applied to the Ford GT Application Program, and fewer than 90 cars had been delivered. Thinking he was on a wild goose chase, Knaus made some calls and surprisingly found a Florida dealer who said he “had one coming.” Knaus made the deal, and the GT soon arrived in the New Autos dealership. It was resold to the New Autos client before it ever arrived. After the sale, Knaus made arrangements with the new owner to show the GT at an upcoming car show in Chico. A local TV station caught wind of this and filmed a segment at the New Autos showroom and surrounding streets, complete with Knaus driving the GT and being interviewed about it. That resulted in a lot of local publicity about the car show, and Knaus believes that a Ford representative visited the car show and saw the GT. Within hours, Ford filed the lawsuit. Not my car Knaus says he has no idea where the imminent sale and possible export to China story came from. His position is that Ford came way too 54 late to the party: The GT had already been sold to the customer when Ford first showed up, the GT was never going to leave the country, and there was no way for Ford to prevent him from doing something he had already done. Ford claims that Knaus should have known about the GT program resale restrictions, but the company doesn’t explain how he should have gained that knowledge. Ford alleges that such resale restrictions are “common for limited-edition vehicles,” but we all know that is not really the case. Knaus argues there was no way he could possibly have known what Cena agreed to without having been the one signing the documents. That’s a pretty strong point. Claims of contract interference Ford claims that New Autos wrongfully interfered with its contrac- tual arrangements with Cena. That’s going to be really tough to win. Interference with contract arises when a person (New Autos) uses improper means or an improper motive to cause another person (Cena) to breach his contract with a third party (Ford). Fat chance on this one. Ford’s lawsuit against Cena blames him for flipping the GT, hardly a situation where someone else made him do it. Further, New Autos didn’t buy the GT from Cena, but from a Florida dealer, and didn’t even know it was Cena’s car. Cena had already breached his contract with Ford. Ford also claims that the GT was the subject of an “equitable servi- tude,” meaning that New Autos holds the GT in trust for Ford and must return it. There are two major problems with this claim. An equitable servitude is a concept applicable to real estate. An example is where property owners agree to various restrictions about the use of the property — such as that it will always be used as a park. It’s extremely rare to have a court impose an equitable servitude on personal property such as a car. Second, New Autos couldn’t hold the GT in trust for Ford because New Autos didn’t own the car when the lawsuit was filed. Cena lawsuit heats up Meanwhile, Cena has filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit against him. Just as “Legal Files” predicted in February, Cena claims that he never signed an agreement with Ford that restricted his sale of the GT because Ford’s documentation was crystal clear that all terms and conditions of the sale of the GT would be reflected in Cena’s contract with the selling dealer, including any resale restrictions. The selling dealer, of course, did not impose any resale restrictions under its sales agreement with Cena. Cena’s motion has not been decided as we go to press. If Ford’s case against him is dismissed, that should resolve the claims against New Autos. Sports Car Market


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More GT litigation While all of this was coming about, another Ford GT was sold at the Mecum Indianapolis auction for a $1.65 million hammer price after frenzied bidding. Ford went to court to prevent that sale when it caught wind of the auction offering. The judge ruled that the auction could proceed. Prior to the sale of the GT, Dana Mecum, owner of Mecum Auctions, sought to comfort the bidders about the legality of the sale, stating, “The judge did rule in Mecum’s favor, that we could sell this car. And if Ford wanted it back, they were welcome to come here and bid on it. So this is a publicly legal sale of a Ford GT. We had some people worried there was going to be some repercussions; there’s no repercussions with this car. It’s all been contested in court. You bid on it, you buy it, it’s yours. It’s America — you can buy and sell what you want!” Back to the drawing board Ford does seem to have good motives. As explained in the February 2018 “Legal Files,” Ford knows it has a very special car, and the company can’t build very many of them. It was as selective as possible in selecting applicants to buy the GT, expecting that they would use the GT in a public manner and serve as Ford “brand ambassadors” who could help sell other cars in the Ford line. Unfortunately, Ford’s execution has been weak, and throwing its litigation muscle around isn’t winning it many friends. Could Ford have done better? Of course. Here’s several better ways to have gone about it: Ford could have required stronger contracts with its buyers. Leaving everything to the dealers insulates Ford from a variety of potential claims, but it leaves everything to the dealers’ follow-through. Obviously, that has been lacking. Ford could have solved this by requiring its dealers to use prescribed contractual provisions in all GT sales. Or it could have imposed such requirements in clear fashion in the documentation where an applicant was accepted for the purchase. For example, it could simply have provided in the application, “In return for being selected, I agree not to resell the GT for 24 months,” etc., and then confirmed that in the notice of acceptance, with perhaps another confirmation from the buyer. Ford could have offered the GT for lease only, as Ferrari did with its F50. Sure, Ferrari got a lot of buyers mad about that one and dropped it, but Ford could have controlled the GTs better in that manner if control was really that important. The leases could have been non-transferable for 24 months, subject to cancellation and loss of the GT if breached. Ford could have imposed a right-of-first-refusal arrangement whereby Ford would have the right to buy the GT back at MSRP if the owner chose to sell it, with that buy-back right secured with a lien on the title. There are probably a lot of other ways this could have been handled, but I only had five minutes to think about it. Discretion the better part of valor With all due respect to Ford, maybe it should declare victory and walk away from the Cena lawsuit. As it has turned out, Cena was never going to be the “brand am- bassador” Ford expected him to be. Meanwhile, the current owner is exactly the sort of brand ambassador Ford has dreamed of — he is the quintessential Ford guy. The GT is one of an approximately 60-car Ford collection. He owned a 2006 Ford GT that he drove regularly until it was wrecked. Most important, he drives the Ford GT on a daily basis. The current owner applied for the GT program but was rejected. Perhaps Ford should do some soul searching about why they rejected this guy and selected Cena. ♦ 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 2018 55


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Unconventional Wisdom Donald Osborne Protecting History at All Costs A recent auction of Bertone’s archives — including cars, models and plans — got the attention of the Italian government They had languished in storage, together with the Pandion and Nuccio, as the labyrinth of the bankruptcy was negotiated. Bolaffi announced the sale of the Bertone items in mid-March in an international publicity campaign. The catalog was printed in early May for the sale near the end of the month, and advertising was done in print publications and online. I eagerly registered for the sale, as there were a num- ber of drawings and models that drew my interest and also that of several friends and clients. The day before the sale, approximately 22 hours before the first lot would be offered, a notice was delivered from the Sovrintendenza dei beni archivisti del Piemonte in Torino. Hang on a second… The protectors of culturally important archives had 1964 Autobianchi Stellina, the first Italian series-built car in fiberglass cifically aimed at controlling the export of artistic treasures. Indeed, Italy was one of the first countries to create a ministry specifically in charge of the cultural sector: the Ministry for Popular Culture. Mussolini was not good for Italy or the world, but the restrictions on exporting Italian D art were perfectly understandable. After hundreds, if not thousands of years during which visitors came to Italy and helped themselves to whatever painting, sculpture, furniture or entire church or villa interior they wished to own, something had to be done. However, can a government agency go too far or act in a manner inconsistent with the admirable goal of safeguarding true artistic patrimony? Perhaps it can. On my last recent work stay in Italy, I attended a collector-car auction conducted by the noted Italian Aste Bolaffi firm. Aste Bolaffi’s first car auction Bolaffi was founded in 1890 to sell collectible stamps. Those, as well as rare coins and posters, are the heart of the business, and auctions were added in the early 1990s. The sale in May, held at the former Alfa factory test track, “La Pista,” was their first foray into collector cars. But true to their brand, this was to be a sale with a difference. The star lots at the sale were a pair of prototype cars from the collection of the now-defunct Carrozzeria Bertone. The cars were the Alfa 8C Competizione-based Pandion from 2010 and the 2012 Bertone Nuccio, built on the platform of a 2006 Ferrari 430 F1. The former was created to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Alfa Romeo, with which Carrozzeria Bertone had a long and successful partnership, the latter to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the coachbuilder itself, founded in 1912 by Nuccio Bertone’s father, Giovanni. It was the last show car the firm built. Priceless drawings and models However, the real prize offerings were 23 lots of drawings, renderings, sketches and models from the archive of Stile Bertone, accompanied by literally thousands of blueprints. 56 espite the fact that Italy is comparatively young as a nation, having taken its current form in 1860, it was among the first countries to create laws safeguarding its cultural heritage, in 1902 and 1909. During the 1920s and 1930s, the Mussolini government created laws spe- declared “an interest” in the Bertone archive paper lots and gave public notice that they could not be sold individually, but must be purchased as one single lot. Further, the archival material, once sold, would not be eligible for an export certificate and would have to remain in Italy. In the end, the lots sold to an Italian collector for €54,000 plus commission and VAT. Thirty minutes before the auction began, another agency, this time the Sovrintendenza delle Belle Arti della Lombardia in Milano, weighed in on certain vehicles that they determined to be national treasures. Among them were a 1930 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 cabriolet with a body by French carrosserie Gangloff, a 1935 Lancia Augusta cabriolet with Pinin Farina coachwork, a 1931 IsottaFraschini 8B Imperial Landaulette bodied by Castagna, and a 1948 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 Freccia d’Oro. What is protected and what is not Rather more inexplicable among the automotive lots blocked by the Belle Arti was a 1964 Autobianchi Stellina. This charming — for me, at least — little spider, based on a Fiat 600D platform, was the first Italian series-built car in fiberglass. Designed by the legendary Fabio Luigi Rapi, the creator of the Fiat 8V, only 502 were built. As I was registered to bid, it tempted me greatly. It was just my kind of car — rare, quirky and very original. However, its vital importance to the national treasury of Italian art is rather more difficult to imagine. Strange, then, that the Pandion, a one-off built to honor the 100th anniversary of Alfa Romeo and the Nuccio, and the last effort of the firm, could be freely sold. Some think that it’s because the art-centered staff at the government agencies simply looks past anything recent as not being of importance. Nevertheless, both cars seem to have gone to thoughtful new caretakers who will ensure that the cars stay in the public view and are well maintained and preserved. On balance, I am still grateful for the work of organi- zations in preserving and protecting art in all its forms. I hope for the sake of Italy and the international collecting community that it is done in a manner that is both timely and logical. ♦ Sports Car Market


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Drivers Ed Paul Hageman Old Cars Just Have More Fun Driving an old car well is more fun than driving a new car at all They’re not particularly fast, but they definitely offer more smiles per mile I n May, I attended one of my favorite events of the year — a relatively small tour exclusively for Brass and Nickel Era cars on California’s central coast. Although some 1920s cars were in attendance, the majority of participants drove automobiles from roughly 1910 to 1918. To give you an idea of what was on the road, there were numerous Rolls-Royce Silver Ghosts and Pierce-Arrows — and a handful of Mercers and Simplexes. Many other marques also chugged along. Most of these cars tour from 40 mph to 50 mph, and the roads are usually quiet of modern traffic. On the up hills, you downshift and watch your temperature gauge. On the downhills, you do your best not to wear down your brakes. At the end of the day, your arms are tired, some portion of you is covered in oil, and you’re desperately in need of a beer. It could not be more fun. The drive’s the thing I’m sure you’ve heard that driving a slow car fast is more fun than driving a fast car slow. Well, I’ve modified that a bit — driving an old car well is more fun than driving a new car at all. I strongly believe that mastering the idiosyncrasies of an old car is the most rewarding experience one can have behind the wheel. Whether it’s the lack of brakes, the non-synchromesh gearbox, the center throttle or a host of other “unusual” features on an early automobile, operating them properly is an art form. And when you get a shift right, you feel a real sense of accomplishment. It just puts a smile on your face. When I worked at the Louwman Museum in The Hague, the Netherlands, I was fortunate enough to drive a pre-1900 Benz Velo. That is still one of the most fun driving experiences I’ve ever had — mostly because it was just so different from anything else. Understanding how the car operated was essential to knowing how to drive it. Aside from the driving experience, one of the things I like most about 58 this particular event in California is that no one talks about the value of their car. The term “asset class” has nothing to do with it. People actually talk about carburetors and magnetos — and other things like that. I may be one of very few 31-year-olds who would prefer those three days in a 1919 Pierce-Arrow to driving a new Porsche Turbo crosscountry. I realize those are extremes, but to me, the event highlights two things that seem to be missing from the hobby of late. First, an understanding of how a given car works and how that dictates its operation. And second, a confidence that value has nothing to do with the enjoyment of an automobile. Getting better — in different ways I understand that some of us are more mechanically inclined than others, but I strongly believe that time spent behind the wheel of an old car will make you a better driver. For example, learning to shift a nonsynchromesh gearbox will teach you to take a bit more time between first gear and second gear, and that’s beneficial regardless of the car you’re driving. Over the better part of a century, car manufacturers have perfected the driving experience — and now they aim to take it away from us. Advancement of technology is a given, and I’m not whining about the loss of the good old days. On the contrary, car hobbyists are extremely fortunate because we can still drive 100-year-old cars on the road. And that’s an opportunity none of us should miss. As for the most unavoidable subject of car collecting today — value — when you’re out using the cars, you spend little time, if none at all, actually thinking about what they are worth today — or someday in the future. This is not meant to be critical of those who have gravitated to col- lector cars for what some hobbyists might call the “wrong reasons.” Collector cars are easily the most enjoyable “asset class” there is. So regardless of one’s motivations when buying, the only thing one can really be faulted for is failing to actually enjoy them. ♦ Sports Car Market


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Feature 2018 Holy Land 1000 Exploring an Ancient Land in Old Cars The Holy Land 1000 took drivers on a tour of Israel’s roads — and life by Molly Higgins Photos by Ronen Topelberg/Gadi Sierra Steven Collins’ Bentley 3 Litre leads a caravan through the Negev Desert A 1,000-mile drive through Israel in a vintage sports car sounds amazing, but the reality of it was far beyond what I had imagined. The second running of the Holy Land 1000 continued the vision of Elad Shraga and Amir Almagor, two Israeli vintage sports car aficionados who forged a friendship on the 2010 Mille Miglia and realized the potential for a grand tour on the roads of their home country. Five years and much work later, 35 cars covered 1,000 miles, setting a new standard for vintage touring. The event’s success resonated, and the work continued. In March 2018, three years after the first edition, 78 teams from 12 countries — driving pre-1965 sports cars — rolled south out of breezy seafront Tel Aviv to begin the next adventure. People lined the sunny streets with cell phone cameras, smiles and waves for the drivers, who came from 12 countries. Many of the drivers were SCMers. Led by first-year veteran Steven Collins’ 1922 Bentley 3 Litre “Gypsy,” the queue stretched chronologically from the pre-war era into three subsequent decades of pinnacle sports car construction. As Tel Aviv cityscape gave way to open road, beautiful examples of Mercedes (including a dozen 300SLs), Aston Martin, Porsche, Jaguar and Alfa Romeo hit their stride. My own vantage point for the journey An unforgettable morning drive through Jerusalem’s old city was from the open cockpit of an exceptional 1955 OSCA MT4-TN campaigned by Giulio Cabianca, Ernie MacAfee and Carroll Shelby through 1950s road racing. Ably driven by Santo Spadaro, a vintage racer and Italian sports car specialist, the car’s roar would be a marvelous soundtrack through the days to come. Small country, varied terrain Israel is small. It is about the same size as New Jersey, but the topog- raphy is varied and captivating. The carefully detailed route circled the country tip-to-tip, presenting gorgeous scenery and stellar driving that challenged both car and driver. 62 Pristine mountain roads climbed through banked curves and switch- backs to exhilarating vistas as high as 1,100 meters (3,608 feet) above sea level. On one day, the route descended 420 meters (1,377 feet) below sea level to the Dead Sea — the lowest point on earth. We blasted through the dramatic Negev Desert to Israel’s southern- most point, the resort town of Eilat on the shores of the Red Sea. We took an unforgettable morning drive through Jerusalem’s Old City and continued north to Galilee and the misty peaks and lush valleys of the Golan. Ancient sites and modern life As thrilling as the in-car adventures were, magic awaited at each stop. We explored the Church at Capernaum, the Roman ruins at Caesarea and the bunkers on Mount Bental. We took laps at the new race track near Beer Sheva and bathed in the Dead Sea. Particularly special were visits to Neradim Village in Arad, a loving community for displaced children, and Sapir College, home to a vibrant student body close to Gaza — both beneficiaries of the event’s charity contributions. An enthusiastic throng welcomed us to a Cars & Coffee meet hosted by the “5 Club”— a nod to lower-digit Israeli license plates, which are assigned to a car for life. Row upon row of classic cars — includ- ing 300 Alfas — showcased a thriving Israeli sports car culture. Vintage sports car ownership in Israel requires a considerable commitment, as all cars and parts imported to Israel are taxed at a rate that typically exceeds 100% of their price! Superb accommodations and meals — opulent affairs with fresh and flavorful Israeli cuisine — were a memorable part of each day. Amid six days of constantly changing landscapes and a dazzling array of stops that celebrated Israel’s past, present and future, the worldclass Holy Land 1000 team maintained impeccable organization and logistical support, wonderful hospitality, and above all, the confidence that the next destination (and the drive there) would be magnificent. ♦ Sports Car Market


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Feature 2018 Keels & Wheels Concours A Night at the Opera, a Day on the Docks The 23rd Annual Keels & Wheels displayed cars from Hollywood’s Golden Era, including from a racing rivalry involving the Marx Brothers Story and photos by Carl Bomstead Hollywood history Two interesting Duesenbergs were presented. The 1931 Model J “Barrelside” phaeton by LeBaron, known as J-299 due to its engine number, was on display. Phil Berg, a Hollywood agent, owned the Duesenberg during the 1930s. It seems two of the Marx Brothers — Zeppo and Chico — owned a 1928 Mercedes-Benz S boattail speedster. After a few adult beverages, they challenged Berg to a race with $25,000 on the line. A 15-mile course was established at Muroc Dry Lake. With the cars stripped of fenders, bumpers and windshields, off they went. The Duesenberg won by a large margin. It seems that the Marx Brothers failed to change the spark plugs in the Mercedes. Now owned by Richard and Irma Mitchell, the stunning Duesenberg is a living piece of Hollywood history. A few other cars of note included the 1957 Dual-Ghia that David Salzman presented in an unusual shade of green. The Keels & Wheels Concours The best of boat worlds, including an impressive selection of automobiles T he scenic Lakewood Yacht Club was again the setting for the Keels & Wheels Concours d’Elegance, which is the largest vintage car and boat gathering in the country. The Lakewood Yacht Club is located in Seabrook, TX, just south of Houston and close to the famous NASA space complex. The event took place on May 5–6 and featured more than 200 collector cars and 60 vintage yachts and runabouts. Concours Chairman and founder Bob Fuller scours the country for interesting entrants to fill the various classes. This year, Kip Wasenko, who spent 40 years with General Motors Design, was the honorary chief judge and Luigi Chinetti Jr. was a special guest. An unquestioned expert on vintage Ferraris, Chinetti presented an interesting seminar on his father’s NART — North American Racing Team — exploits. Ferrari history and performance It was 20 years ago at Keels & Wheels that the Ferrari owners in attendance de- cided to form the Houston Chapter of the Ferrari Club of America. This year, 29 Ferraris — and their owners — attended this year’s event to commemorate the founding. Exciting Ferraris included Phil Mulacek’s 1961 250 GT NART Spyder, which received a Corinthian Award. Mulacek’s 1965 275 GTB was Silver Award winner in the Ferrari Classic Closed Class. Mulacek also won the Ferrari Classic Race Class with his 1964 250 LM. The Petersen Museum presented their 1952 Ferrari 212/225 Barchetta, which was the last example built — and the last non-racing Ferrari bodied at Touring. It was an imposing presentation. 64 Details Plan ahead: The 24th Annual Keels & Wheels is scheduled for May 4–5, 2019 Where: The Lakewood Yacht Club, Seabrook, TX Number of concours entries: About 200 cars and 60 wooden boats Cost: Admission is $40 at the gate and $35 in advance Web: www.keels-wheels.com European Best of Show: 1937 Delahaye 135 M convertible from the Peter and Merle Mullin Museum Collection Sports Car Market awards Best in Class as well as Silver awards. In addition, Corinthian trophies are presented to cars deserving special merit. Best of Show awards are presented to both European and American winners. The European Best of Show went to the 1937 Delahaye 135 M convertible that was from the famed Peter and Merle Mullin Museum Collection. The Delahaye also won the Media Choice Award. The Best in Show American trophy was presented to the 1919 Pierce-Arrow 66A Tourer that was owned by Robert Jepson. Fatty Arbuckle, the first movie star to make over a million dollars in a single year, once owned the Pierce-Arrow. Arbuckle’s career ended in tragedy, but the legend of the Pierce-Arrow lives on. If glistening mahogany boats and elegant cars are of interest, then make plans now to attend the 24th Annual Keels & Wheels in 2019. ♦


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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 68 Sports Car Market


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FERRARI: 1957 Ferrari 250 GT Coupe Boano, p. 70 ENGLISH: 1931 Bentley 8 Litre Tourer, p. 74 ETCETERINI: 1971 Maserati Ghibli SS 4.9 by Ghia, p. 76 GERMAN: 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7 Lightweight, p. 78 AMERICAN: 1968 Ford Bronco, p. 82 RACE: 1993 McLaren-Cosworth Ford MP4/8A Formula One, p. 84 NEXT GEN: 2018 Lamborghini Huracán, p. 86 1993 McLaren-Cosworth Ford MP4/8A Formula One; courtesy of Bonhams August 2018 69


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Ferrari Profile 1957 Ferrari 250 GT Coupe Boano Driving one of these is similar to drinking a value Bordeaux — it doesn’t taste like Château Latour, but it’s close enough for a Tuesday evening by Steve Ahlgrim Details Years produced: 1956–58 Number produced: 130 Original list price: $10,500 Current SCM Median Valuation: $752,000 Tune-up cost: $3,000 Distributor caps: $450 Chassis # location: Frame tube next to engine Engine # location: On a boss at the right rear of engine Club: Ferrari Club of America Web: www.ferrariclubofamerica.org Alternatives: 1955 Bentley R-type Continental, 1956 Aston Martin DB2/4 Mk II sedan, 1957 BMW 503 coupe SCM Investment Grade: B Comps 1957 Ferrari 250 GT coupe by Boano Lot 152, s/n 0667GT Condition 1 Not sold at $925,000 RM Sotheby’s, Phoenix, AZ, 1/18/18 SCM# 6857871 Chassis number: 0639GT Italy to England in the late 1960s, and by the following decade was exhibited in Jim Baxter’s Lark Lane Motor Museum in Liverpool, finished in red with a tan interior. Jean-Roger Bossut, of France and Belgium, owned O the car. In 2007, the Ferrari was seen during the Ferrari 60 Relay event in Reims and Epernay, France. Subsequently, it was Ferrari Classiche-certified, and afterwards, in 2012, cosmetically restored in a pale silver-blue metallic, Argento Auteuil Metalizzato with a gray roof and tan interior. Reportedly, it also received a rebuild of its original engine by noted marque specialist Terry Hoyle in December of 2017. Beautifully presented and lovingly finished, with Ferrari Classiche certification, this gorgeous Ferrari coupe represents one of the most elegant designs on the 250 GT chassis. SCM Analysis This car, Lot 173, sold for $1,012,898, including buyer’s premium, at RM Sotheby’s Monaco Auction on May 12, 2018. Low roof, high roof, steel, alloy, Ellena or Boano, vent 70 riginally finished in Grigio with Rosso interior, this Boano coupe was delivered to Milanese publisher Giorgio Mondadori during the spring of 1957. It was exported from windows or no vent windows — learn these terms and you’re on the way to being a Ferrari Boano expert. You should probably also know that Ferrari simply called the model a 250 GT. As there were many different 250 GTs, the nickname Boano was given to the car as a nod to the body builder. The early 1950s were good to Enzo Ferrari. He had evolved from a machining concern to a race-car manufacturer. His cars were winning races on several continents, and orders were coming in from many countries. The company expanded its plant in 1954, and Enzo Ferrari was eager to fill it with a line of Grand Touring cars. Ferrari’s vision of the future saw a single builder doing a series production of similar bodies. He wanted to take advantage of the economy of scale that uniformity would bring. Up to this point there had been no dominant body designer, but this was about to change. Enter Battista “Pinin” Farina As Luca Dal Monte describes in his fascinating new 954-page book, Enzo Ferrari, Power, Politics, and the Making of an Automotive Empire, Enzo Ferrari’s relationship with Battista “Pinin” Farina was quite complex: “One was bad-tempered and the other grumpy. Sports Car Market 1958 Ferrari 250 GT coupe by Ellena Lot 309, s/n 0819GT Condition 1 Sold at $595,788 RM Auctions, Maranello, ITA, 5/18/08 SCM# 116728 1956 Ferrari 250 GT coupe by Boano Lot 359, s/n 543GT Condition 2+ Sold at $628,361 Artcurial, Paris, FRA, 2/3/12 SCM# 192813 Tim Scott ©2017, courtesy of RM Sotheby’s


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“Ferrari was loud and verbose, while Pinin Farina was quiet and reserved.” Ferrari complained, “I make the man, he makes the clothing, and he expects me to make the man the way he wants him, so he can make the clothing in a simpler way.” Despite their differences, their collaboration was magic, producing many of the most valuable automobiles on the planet. Ferrari chose Pinin Farina to pen the design of the car that would become the Boano. Pinin Farina, however, had just built a new plant, and he was not ready to start production — or the order was too small, and he did not build the body. Production instead was awarded to Carrozzeria Boano. Boano builds a great body — and leaves Carrozzeria Boano was a relatively new concern fronted by Felice Mario Boano with the financial support of Giuseppe Pollo and his sonin-law Ezio Ellena’s family. Boano was a seasoned automotive builder, having learned his craft from Pinin Farina before moving to — and then being ousted from — For many years, Boanos rivaled 250 GTEs and 250 Pinin Farina coupes as the least-valuable Ferraris. Many Boanos were harvested in the 1980s and 1990s for rebody projects. Ghia. Boano was well up to the task, and his Ferrari bodies are known for quality construction. Boano was a man on the move, and soon after starting the Ferrari project, Fiat recruited him to join their central styling center. It was a chance of a lifetime, and he was off to Fiat, leaving the business to Giuseppe and Ezio. They renamed the business Carrozzeria Ellena and continued build- ing the Ferrari and other bodies. Pinin Farina’s design for the 250 GT was classic simplicity. The lines are clean, smooth and devoid of scoops, louvers, or extravagant decorations. The interior was decidedly Grand Touring, with large, comfortable seats and a luxurious finish. Five prototypes were built at Pinin Farina’s plant prior to production moving to Boano. The Pinin Farina-built cars have a slight rise in the top fender line behind the doors and a “Pinin Farina” badge on the flank. The first few Ellena-built cars were identical to the Boano produc- tion. Later, they raised the roof slightly — creating what are known as high-roof cars. Ellena also discontinued the vent window on the doors. The whole series of Boano- and Ellena-built 250 GTs is generally identified as Boanos. Ellena-built cars are often identified as high-roof Boanos. The description is a misnomer, as only Ellena built high-roof examples. Additionally, all examples without vent windows are highroof cars and all are Ellenas. July 2018 Once a pariah For many years, Boanos rivaled 250 GTEs and 250 Pinin Farina coupes as the least-valuable Ferraris. Many Boanos were harvested in the 1980s and 1990s for rebody projects. Our subject car, chassis 0639GT, was safely tucked away in a London museum during this critical period. The stay kept it in a condition that was worthy of restoration as values increased. Chassis 0639GT is a Boano-built, low-roof example. It has a well- documented history with no negative entries. It is noted as being eligible for the Tour Auto and Mille Miglia rallies. Additionally, it has a Ferrari Classiche Red Book, certifying that all of its major components are original. This Boano would make an excellent event car. It has plenty of power to tackle challenging mountain passes. It’s also a closed car, which isn’t appreciated until you’re caught in the rain or cold in an open car. It is an attractive car that will be well received at any concours event. As an investment tool, you could do worse. The underpinnings of a Boano are quite similar to most of the im- portant 250 Ferraris, such as the 250 California or the Tour de France. Driving one is similar to drinking a value Bordeaux — it doesn’t taste like Château Latour, but it’s close enough for a Tuesday evening. SCM’s Platinum Auction Database has two previous entries for this car. In May 2001, 0639GT was a $118,000 no-sale at Poulain Le Fur/Sotheby’s Monaco sale. In 2012, it was again a no-sale, this time at Bonhams’ Paris sale, where it failed to pass the $460,000 low estimate. The price paid for 0639GT was a shade surprising, as vintage Ferraris have been a bit soft for the past year or so. The number was a bit high, but no-excuse, well-prepared, Mille Miglia 250 Ferraris don’t come up all that often. The seller got all the money possible, while the buyer got a sweet- heart of a car. Everybody should have gone home happy. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of RM Sotheby’s.) High Auction Sales for the Past Five Years $1,800,000 $1,500,000 $1,200,000 $900,000 $600,000 $300,000 $0 $726,000 2013 N/A 2014 1957 Ferrari 250 GT Coupe Boano $1,485,000 $1,485,000 $1,133,000 This sale: $1,012,898 2015 2016 2017 71


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Ferrari Profile The Cumberford Perspective The Ferrari 250 GT by Boano lacks a certain something that is evident in the Pinin Farina version of the same car 4 3 By Robert Cumberford 2 A similar, nearly indescribable “something,” an indefinable charm, sets Battista Farina’s Ferrari 250 GT coupe completely apart from nearly identical same-chassis versions from Carrozzeria Boano and Carrozzeria Ellena. This example is indeed beautiful (apart from the ridiculous shield on the fenders) and desirable, but it is not as beautiful as the original. Looking at revered masterpieces from 60 years ago, we either forget or perhaps never knew how severely constrained Italian designers and artisans were in terms of economics and simple hardware availability — particularly lamps. Torinese artisans could make almost anything by hand using their nearly unbelievable skills, but they couldn’t make a regulation-conforming lamp, so they made do with elements from volumeproduction vehicles. That was as true for the master designers like Gandini, Giugiaro and Fioravanti as for body-builders Bertone, Pininfarina and Vignale. None was big enough to do whatever they wanted. But they achieved greatness anyway. ♦ 5 6 1 FRONT 3/4 VIEW 1 The air intake is more oval than the Pinin Farina version, and a lot of sheet metal rolls underneath, letting us sense the underlying shape of a 1950s grand prix car body between the fender forms. 2 There is a lot of drop in the foremost part of the hood profile. 3 And there is a lot of crown in the transverse curve at the base of the windshield, again evoking the sense of a single-seater body transformed into a closed-body form. 4 This so-called “low roof” is lovely, but the color-separation line is a bit awkward. 5 They’re pretty much gone 9 8 11 from cars — now that even cheap little city cars are air conditioned — but these vent windows are practical and a nice visual detail. 6 The least-agreeable parts of the Boano design modification are these appended taillights hanging out the back of the car above the vertical fin extension below them. REAR 3/4 VIEW 7 The bump outward in plan view for the rear bumper is quite nice. 8 The half-hearted fin with its too-straight upper profile is just plain clumsy. 9 The wrap-around back- light is just about perfect. Too many cars today are virtually blind out back, but that is definitely not the case here. 10 Frankly, this disfiguring Scuderia badge is shameful — unless the car actually belonged to the team manager or a team driver. Even then, it’s still vulgar on a car like this, I think. 11 The headlamps somehow seem a tiny bit small, and they protrude unpleasantly from the flattened front face of the fenders. 12 Cast-and-machined alloy wheels that never need to be re-strung or tuned are the best mechanical solution, but the best of them will never be as beautiful as Borrani wires. INTERIOR VIEW (see previous page) The ergonomics are not very good, the seats don’t seem to be fitted to the pas- sengers’ bodies the way they are in today’s grand tourers, and the door panels are simple and bereft of decoration. Yet every time I see an Italian GT from the 1950s, I wish I had a car with as much cabin charisma. The instrument faces are worthy of the best horology, the complex metalwork of the panel speaks of generations of fine Northern Italian artisans who crafted suits of armor before they turned to cars, and you grasp that any and every thing you see was made by people who cared. Unless they didn’t care at all, and eyesores like that heater-fan housing or cardboard-tube ductwork were by common consent not acknowledged as part of the visual field. 10 7 12 72


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English Profile 1931 Bentley 8 Litre Tourer Gorgeous, and with no shortage of stonk — but there are more-original cars out there by Paul Hardiman Details Years produced: 1930–32 Number produced: 100 Original list price: £1,850 (rolling chassis) Chassis # location: Ledge on left of bulkhead Engine # location: Stamped into engine bearer integral with crankcase Club: Bentley Drivers Club Web: www.bdcl.org Alternatives: 1929–36 Rolls-Royce Phantom II, 1924–29 Hispano-Suiza H6C, 1930–38 Mercedes-Benz 770 Grosser (W07), 1930–32 Packard Eight SCM Investment Grade: A Comps 1931 Bentley 8 Litre Saloon Lot 237, s/n YM5034 Condition 2- Sold at $1,003,978 Chassis number: YR5094 T his magnificent 8 Litre is one of only 100 such cars produced by W.O. Bentley, of which only some 80 or so survive. Originally bodied as a limousine by Thrupp & Maberly, it was sent directly to Singapore, where its Chinese owner used the Bentley for sporting adventures with his lady friends. The Bentley was known as “the Harem Saloon.” Returning to the U.K. in the early 1950s, it was owned by a Mr. Peter Quinn, who removed the original body but kept the original bonnet and scuttle. He sold the Bentley to marque stalwart Peter Morley, most remembered for his endeavors with the Napier Bentley and many more successful W.O. competition specials. Morley shortened the chassis, fitted a stylish 2-seater body and raced the Bentley very successfully with the Vintage Sports-Car Club for a number of years. The car’s next owner, a Mr. Posnett, dismantled it and re-lengthened the chassis to its 12-foot wheelbase. He kept it until 2002 when, still dismantled, it was bought by John Cobbing, who commissioned The Vintage Workshop (Wayne Huckle) to undertake its restoration, in the course of which the car was re-bodied as a 4-seater, 2-door tourer, complete with Gurney Nutting-style helmet wings. The engine was rebuilt using the original crankshaft with new connecting rods and modern shell bearings, 74 the crankcase and sump machined to accept modern oil seals. The carburetors were stripped and rebuilt, and the Auto-Vac was similarly overhauled. SCM Analysis This car, Lot 123, sold for $885,104, including buyer’s premium, at Bonhams’ Monaco auction on May 11, 2018. “Motoring in its very highest form,” eulogized The Autocar in December 1930, having recorded a top speed of 101.12 mph over the half-mile in W.O. Bentley’s own saloon-bodied 8 Litre. Although one thinks of Cricklewood Bentleys as sports cars and fast tourers — particularly with the number of Vanden Plas-style rebodies that proliferate today — don’t forget that it wasn’t all about winning at Le Mans. W.O. Bentley also wanted a piece of the carriage trade. The 6-cylinder 4 Litre, 6½ Litre and 8 Litre models were developed to carry heavier bodywork. The 8 Litre was able to crack the ton — even with formal coachwork that could bring the weight up to 2.5 tons. Bentley managed to build only 100 8 Litres before bankruptcy struck. The chassis price of £1,850 was in direct competition with the Rolls-Royce Phantom II — but with better performance. The contemporary motoring press was lavish in its praise. At 7,983 cc against the Phantom’s 7,668 cc, the 8 Litre 1931 Bentley 8 Litre Tourer Lot 171, s/n YF5013 Condition 2 Not sold at $850,000 RM Sotheby’s, Amelia Island, FL, 3/12/16 SCM# 271538 1932 Bentley 8 Litre Tourer Lot 121, s/n YX5118 Condition 3+ Sold at $1,705,000 RM Sotheby’s, Monterey, CA, 8/19/16 SCM# 6804130 Bonhams, Goodwood, U.K., 6/30/17 SCM# 6840084 Sports Car Market Paul Hardiman


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was the largest-engined car made in the U.K. at that time — and the fastest. As W.O. himself said, “I have wanted to produce a dead-silent 100-mph car, and now I think we have done it.” STONK for days The 8 Litre engine is essentially an evolution of the 6½ Litre. Ever the hot-rodder, W.O. Bentley followed his long-preferred method of improving performance by simply adding cubes. Engineers punched out the bore size of the four-valve SOHC “Six” from 100 mm to 110 mm, although stroke remained at 140 mm, which gives a clue as to the engine’s character. All this necessitated a stronger gearbox — the F-type. Although racers favor the 4-cylinder Bentleys — the cars that won at Le Mans in 1927 and 1928 — the larger 6-cylinder cars have two things going for them: sheer presence and stonk. Or, more properly, STONK. The 8 Litre makes “only” around 200 bhp at 3,500 rpm; these have a compression ratio of just 5:1, which, along with the long stroke and heavy flywheel, means lots of soft, tractable pull from almost zero revs — picture an electric motor. One Bentley engineer I spoke to estimates 340 ft-lb of torque with “the perfect torque curve” — pancake-flat — because from the wheel it feels as if you could pull down a house, rendering the gearbox largely redundant. Once you are into top gear, you more or less leave it there, which is just as well because Bentley gear changes can be challenging. A few years ago, I found myself conducting a short-chassis 6½ Tourer with an 8 Litre engine through Hyde Park in central London. Then the selling dealer sitting alongside suggested that a burst of enthusiasm would be in order. From less than 1,000 rpm and without changing down, the alacrity with which the car took off immediately impressed, soon surpassed the “a little unsettling” mark, and we backed off once the gauge hit “extreme nervousness,” having considered two tons of still-accelerating Cricklewood metal, drum brakes and proximity of other traffic. At least on the 8 Litre the pedals are conventionally placed — in- stead of center throttle as on earlier cars — which leaves you one less thing to think about. Our subject Bentley 8 Litre At the auction viewing, this imposing tourer certainly looked mag- nificent glinting in the Mediterranean sun and right at home overlooking Roquebrune Bay out front of the Villa La Vigie, a former home of Karl Lagerfeld just outside the Monaco principality. The body was dead-straight, the paint and chrome still magnificent and only the instruments, fading to purple — plus slightly broken-in leather — gave away that it hadn’t been minted the day before. Even the leather spring gaiters looked new. One car, several bodies Our subject car has had quite a storied life, but that’s not unusual for any “W.O.” Bentley, many of which have so far worn two or three different bodies. Peter Morley, who once owned and raced this car, having shortened the chassis (accounts vary by how much, from 10 feet, 10 inches to 11 feet, 6 inches), also owned an 8 Litre fitted with a 24-liter Napier Lion W12 (driving through the original Bentley gearbox) and monoposto bodywork. That car still races today with Chris Williams. Williams has another 8 Litre chassis which runs a 42-liter Packard V12 motor torpedo boat engine. She’s called Mavis, and with her 24 stub exhausts, when he starts her up, you can watch one end fire up before the other… The point is, these 8 Litres are stout old things. The car’s owner in Singapore was Mr. Eu Tong Sen, one of Malaysia’s richest businessmen, who used it to visit horse races with his girlfriends, with the result that the Bentley became known as “the August 2018 75 Harem Saloon.” During World War II, it was hidden away in one of Tong Sen’s mines, but its owner died of a heart attack in 1941. According to an earlier catalog entry, Pope’s Garage of Anson Road in Singapore had some time earlier built and installed a cocktail cabinet in the car, and it was Freddy Pope who arranged the car’s shipment back to the U.K. circa 1951. The catalog said that the chassis had been relengthened to its original 12-foot wheelbase, which is the shorter of the two options offered (65 of the 100 were on the 13-foot chassis). Michael Hay’s book Bentley: The Vintage Years says it was re-lengthened in 1993 by Posnett. A photo taken in 2002 shows it still without a body. The rebuild and restoration took place soon after, and it remains in exemplary condition — even after several trips to Le Mans. Sales history It had been for sale at The Vintage Workshop in April 2016 for £850k (then $1,205,000), before the ask was dropped to £780k ($1,025,000) in August of that year, still about $140k more than it fetched at Bonhams’ Monaco auction. The owner, who’d commissioned the rebuild 14 years earlier, was 78 then, and said that that he would like to pass the car on to a new custodian, “so it may be used to its full potential.” After that it was offered at Coys’ True Greats auction in London on December 5, 2017, estimated at £700k–£900k ($940k–$1.2m), but it failed to attract a buyer. The price paid here, $65k under the 2017 lower estimate, appears to have been a post-auction deal, as it didn’t sell on the hammer and was not listed in the online results immediately after the sale. With buyer’s premium at 15%, the all-in price is equivalent to a top bid of $770k. That is $185k below Bonhams’ lower estimate, which is usually near the reserve price. So the price has progressively dropped by £200k ($300k) in the two years it’s taken to get it sold. It’s worth noting that the 2016 asking prices straddle the time of the U.K.’s vote to leave the European Union on June 23, upon which the pound sterling immediately tanked by 15% — and quite a few owners decided they needed to get out of their collector cars in a hurry in case things got even worse. That’s not the issue here. I think the reason this 8 Litre is relatively cheap is that it’s well known to have been a special. Now, 16 years since transformation into its present state, it is still a relatively new build — and it looks like one. Any nuances and memories of its interesting former life have been lost along with its limousine body. If you want original coachwork, a fair few of the 80 8 Litres remaining still wear their first bodies. At least Bonhams got the deal sealed where nobody else had suc- ceeded. Surely the point of an auction is to bring seller and buyer together into a mutually acceptable arrangement. Job done. In a parallel universe, I would have loved to see what it would have made had it not been chopped into a racer and had its original “Harem” body still fitted — cocktail cabinet and all. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of Bonhams.) Courtesy of Bonhams


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Etceterini & Friends Profile 1971 Maserati Ghibli SS 4.9 by Ghia Values have tripled since 2010. The best Ghiblis now regularly bring $300,000 by Donald Osborne Details Years produced: 1967–70 Number produced: 1,149 (including SS cars) Original list price: $19,000 Current SCM Median Valuation: $286,000 Tune-up cost: $3,500 Chassis # location: Engine compartment on side rail Engine # location: Stamped on side of block Club: Maserati Club International Web: www.maseratinet.com Alternatives: 1970 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona, 1970 Iso Grifo, 1969 Lamborghini Islero S, 1970 Aston Martin DBS SCM Investment Grade: B Comps Chassis number: AM115491956 T he Ghibli was Maserati’s first supercar. Launched in 1966 and named after a hot wind blowing across the Sahara Desert, the Ghibli was styled by the young Giorgetto Giugiaro, then working at Ghia. The mechanical design was the work of Maserati’s chief engineer, Giulio Alfieri. This example, a 4.9-liter SS version, was delivered new in Rome in April 1971, having been ordered by a Mrs. Pasquini through Maserati’s flagship dealership, Autosport in Bologna. Mrs. Pasquini specified a particularly lurid shade of metallic green “Verde Gemma” with a white Connolly hide interior. Later in its life the car found its way to Germany, but its most interesting history has been with the immediately preceding owner, who was president of the U.K. Maserati Club; Alexander Fyshe bought the car in 1989 to add to his collection. Having always wanted a Ghibli, Alex immediately knew that this matching-numbers example was a long-term car, and he commissioned a restoration with marque specialists McGrath Maserati. Appreciating the need for the highest quality and attention to detail, Prestige Restorations was chosen as the bodywork partner, and the car spent the next four years in restoration. Alex specified his personal choice of Rosso Cordoba exterior paint and a new Connolly leather interior in Crema. On completion, the Ghibli debuted in 1993 at the Silverstone Festival, where it won the Maserati Club 76 Annual Concours. This would be the first of many concours trophies the car would win, as it was widely acknowledged as one of the very best. The Ghibli would also feature in various magazines and books, including Maserati Heritage by Sparrow/Ayre and Quentin Willson’s Cool Cars. Each year, Alexander took the car on the Maserati International Rally, visiting Austria, Switzerland, Sweden and, of course, Italy, on numerous occasions over the course of the next 20 years, proving that it always drove as well as it looked. The quality of the restoration was such that even today the car still looks magnificent and has the reputation of “the one to beat.” Maintained throughout by Bill McGrath, its last public appearance while in Alexander Fyshe’s ownership was at the Maserati gathering for the Centenary at Silverstone in 2014. The current vendor has continued to maintain it in exemplary fashion. Indeed, on a recent test-drive, the Ghibli performed impeccably. Accompanying documentation consists of the restoration invoices, a U.K. V5C registration document and comprehensive Maserati Classiche Documentation. At half the price of a Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona, its direct competitor, the Ghibli 4.9SS is one of the more interesting Grand Tourers of the 1970s. Rarely does a Maserati of this quality, provenance and reputation come to the market. 1969 Maserati Ghibli SS 4.9 coupe Lot 61, s/n AM115491082 Condition 3Sold at $195,409 Bonhams, Spa, BEL, 5/21/17 SCM# 6835942 1972 Maserati Ghibli SS 4.9 coupe Lot 138, s/n AM115492316 Condition 3- Not sold at $270,000 Worldwide, Dallas, TX, 4/21/17 SCM# 6832744 1971 Maserati Ghibli SS 4.9 coupe Lot 23, s/n AM115491956 Condition 2Sold at $256,383 Bonhams, New Bond Street, London, U.K., 12/4/16 SCM# 6816854 Sports Car Market Courtesy of Bonhams


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SCM Analysis This car, Lot 122, sold for $314,262 (€263,333 €1=$1.19), including buyer’s premium, at Bonhams Les Grandes Marques à Monaco auction on May 11, 2018. One would be hard pressed to find any reasonable person who dis- agrees with the opinion that the Maserati Ghibli is one of the most beautiful cars ever built. It represents perhaps the high point of Giorgetto Giugiaro’s early career — and it is the entry to his most successful creative and commercial work. For me, its design is the perfect expression of what the car itself offers: smooth, effortless, elegant performance. The Ghibli possesses everything you would want in a collector car: great looks, excellent road manners and comfort. It’s rare enough to be a treat to encounter, but it is still supported enough to be able to use on a regular basis without worry of having to create replacement parts. They are welcome on concours lawns and are a terrific way to spend a week behind the wheel on a rally. A valuable investment As it happens, Ghiblis are a pretty good long-term investment, which is not at all odd considering their combination of attributes. What generally makes a car memorable and desirable is what makes it valuable. Our subject car made its concours debut back in 1993, and it has been well driven and well maintained since. It remains extremely attractive, with a body that appears straight and true, showing smooth and clear reflections from one panel to the next. The gaps are generally tight and even, although the hood showed slight misalignment. The paint is very shiny, but it shows more than 20 years of light polish-swirl scratches and some small areas of sinkage. The seats show a nicely broken-in and gently used patina, although the dash top seems to have been more recently refreshed. As it lacks any fading from the sun, it appears a bit startling in comparison to the rest of the lovely soft cream interior. It is still fitted with its original Maserati-branded Autovox cassette radio, which is perfection for a period-radio geek like myself. Under the hood, evidence of the miles the Ghibli has covered could Seat Time The Maserati Ghibli 4.9 is a fabulous car. I owned one for years, rallying it across the United States. It is one of the very few cars I genuinely regret letting out of my grasp — it had a presence unmatched by its contemporaries. I had a 1969 Ferrari 365 GT at the same time. It was also a marvelous rally car, but it was simply... different, in that way that car folks will intuitively get. The Ghibli had a muscular, solid, no-nonsense feel that inspired real confidence. At speed, it just hunkered down and got on with it. My college graduation present to one of my daughters was to leave her Boston University graduation with her, have us both climb into the Ghibli, and drive it to Vermont for the start of that year’s New England 1000. We had rallied together before, but this one cemented us as a rally team. We had a blast. A decade later, after having completed numerous other domestic rallies, we ran the Mille Miglia Storica together. I blame it all on the Ghibli. — Bill Scheffler August 2018 be seen, but it still presented well. The Maserati Classiche dossier with the car confirms the color scheme change from the original Jewel Green over white leather to the present Rosso Cordoba over cream. The catalog-copy dismissal of the original color scheme as “particu- larly lurid” is more a statement of British taste than of the appropriateness of the color to the car and the period. Tripling in value since 2010 Our subject Ghibli is a good example with very good provenance. It is a car to be sought after in the market. In the December 2010 issue of SCM (Etceterini Profile, p. 42), I wrote a profile on a 1970 Ghibli 4.7 coupe that was sold at Worldwide’s Auburn, IN, sale in September. In that piece I observed that the $53,900 realized for that example was well done for the seller, especially in what didn’t seem to be a prime market outlet for a European GT. It was still on the low end of values at the time, with the top cars bringing $80,000 or so. Times seem to have certainly changed. But have they really changed that much? The Ghibli coupe has tripled in value since 2010 — across all levels of condition. Now the best Ghiblis can regularly bring $300,000. It’s long been popular to compare the Ghibli with the Ferrari Daytona, even though this comparison is not really apropos, as their fundamental driving characters are so diverse. But for now, we’ll stick with it. Back in 2010, the best Daytona might have brought $400,000, while today that car has “only” doubled in price to $800k. The highest price for a Ghibli coupe in the SCM Platinum Auction Database is $398,936 for a 1969 4.7 that Artcurial sold in Paris in June 2015, for €351,640 when the euro was at $1.13. At today’s exchange rate, that sale would have been over $400k. Today, I feel certain that a freshly restored Ghibli in original colors done to the most correct standard could easily bring $450,000 or more. For me, this sale was an interesting sale of a good — but not top — example at current market. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of Bonhams.) High Auction Sales for the Past Five Years $400,000 $374,000 1971 Maserati Ghibli SS 4.9 Coupe $300,000 $286,000 $264,000 $200,000 $203,500 $100,000 $0 $330,000 This sale: $314,262 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 77


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German Profile Column Author 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7 Lightweight As it sat in Monaco, this car was very well sold. Other experts liked the deal by Prescott Kelly Details Year produced: 1973 Number produced: 200 Lightweights, 17 RSHs, 1,308 Tourings, 55 RSRs Original list price: $11,100 Current SCM Median Valuation: $881,000 Tune-up/major service: $1,000 with valve adjustment Chassis # location: Metal stamping in trunk, above gas tank, passenger’s side; aluminum tag on front trunk threshold; different but correlated build number under dashpad knee bar next to ashtray Engine # location: Vertical fan support, passenger’s side, facing right Club: Porsche Club of America Web: www.pca.org Alternatives: 1968–73 Ferrari 365 GTB/4, 1969–71 Maserati Ghibli, 1971–72 BMW 3.0 CSL SCM Investment Grade: A Comps Chassis number: 9113601177 equivalent to the North American Can-Am Challenge series, a series that he would win three years in a row from 1971 to ’73. At Kinnunen’s request, the car was fitted with larger P ST-style wheelarches to accommodate wider wheels and tires. A second example was subsequently built for another factory driver, Herbert Linge, but Kinnunen’s was the only 2.7 RS with a tea-tray rear spoiler as used on the 1974 Carrera 3.0 RS, rather than the modest bürzel, or ducktail, typical of the 2.7 RS series. Following the 1973 season, Kinnunen purchased the car from Porsche for his own personal use. Showing just 63,213 km (39,278 miles) at time of cat- aloging, this unique Carrera retains much of its original Tangerine paint and its correct original M471 interior. A rear-quarter window still carries an original decal from Kinnunen’s AAW Racing Team. It is supplied with a folio of documents and photographs, including an extract from the factory build sheet, correspondence from Kinnunen confirming his ownership, registration forms and some service records. SCM Analysis This car, Lot 141, sold for $1,482,800, including buyer’s pre- mium, at RM Sotheby’s Monaco auction on May 12, 2018. 78 orsche purchased this car, chassis 1177, on behalf of Finnish racing legend Leo Kinnunen. Kinnunen was at that time racing a Porsche 917/10 Turbo in the Interserie, the European Carrera RSs are among the most desirable produc- tion-series Porsches and among the most difficult to assess and value. FIA rule changes prompted Porsche to return to racing production-based cars. Porsche then built the Carrera RS to homologate the racing RSR. That required 500 units to be built and sold, to which the joint VW-Porsche Marketing Company famously said, “We do believe this to be impossible,” especially since the U.S. market would be off limits. Management intervened. The car was announced; and the first series sold out before a prototype was shown. Two more series followed. Porsche built 1,525 1973 Carrera RS cars. That number included 1,308 Touring models with option code M472, 200 M471 Lightweights, and 17 RSHs (Homologation Cars) that were left unconverted to any M-spec. Porsche also built 55 pure competition M491 RSRs. So there were 1,580 cars in the total run. The RS cars were powered with a Type 911/83 engine — a mechanical-fuel-injected, 2,687-cc with 8.5:1 compression and 210 horsepower. The cars were equipped with the new (in 1972) Type 915 5-speed gearbox. The RSR cars got a Type 911/72 2,806-cc engine with 10.0:1 compression and 300 horsepower. Homologation process used stripped RSs Initially, Porsche built RS cars to a very lightened specification, with flimsy bumpers, 4.5-inch wheels and stripped interiors. They drove these cars to a town- 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7 Lightweight coupe Lot 125, s/n 9113601501 Condition 2 Not sold at $880,849 RM Sotheby’s, London, U.K., 9/6/17 SCM# 6850417 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7 Lightweight coupe (third series) Lot 245, s/n 9113601496 Condition 2- Sold at $1,068,858 Bonhams, Goodwood, U.K., 6/30/17 SCM# 6840080 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7 Lightweight coupe Lot 264, s/n 9113600336 Condition 2 Sold at $869,000 RM Sotheby’s, Amelia Island, FL, 3/11/17 SCM# 6829722 Sports Car Market Remi Dargegen ©2018, courtesy of RM Sotheby’s


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original RS that included the trunk cross member with the stamped serial number and the knee bar behind the dashpad that has the correlated chassis “build” number. All the RS bits had been moved over and the car looked right. I don’t want to explain where we go to find the original paint color or how we evaluate the all-important welds, metal thickness and caulking — that is our specific expertise. This car was returned to its seller. I advise everyone to get a very knowledgeable pre-purchase inspec- tion before buying any 1973 RS. While there are probably more qualified inspectors, I always put my money on one of just three guys in the U.S. and two in Europe. A famous owner adds value Our subject car, chassis 9113601177, is a third-series RS. The factory build record shows the car to have been a Tangerine Lightweight with one option — a limited-slip differential. It was sold through a local dealer, Hahn Sportwagen, to Finnish rally and Porsche factory race car driver Leo Kinnunen. Kinnunen, along with Pedro Rodriguez and Brian Redman, won the owned facility, acceptable to the FIA, to be weighed for homologation. The heavier 911S-based RS prototypes were not weighed. Whether tubs intended to become RSRs were weighed is under debate, but the latest perspective is that they were not. RSRs accounted for three tubs in the first series and 40 in the second series. To be safe, Competition Director Manfred Jantke ordered that 10 extra cars be built and weighed. After the cars returned to the factory, the thin, matte-black bumpers and 4.5-inch wheels were recycled to the next batch to be weighed and the cars were trimmed out to either Lightweight or Touring specs — except for the 17 RSHs left largely in as-weighed homologation trim. Production series affects value Starting at chassis 15, the first homologation series ended at about chassis number 527, with a disclaimer that the cars did not necessarily go through the process in serial-number order. The Group 4 RSR 2.8-liter was then FIA-race-legal. Porsche perse- vered, however, and homologated another 500 cars to qualify the RS itself for Group 3. Similarly calculated, the second series of homologation-weighed RS cars probably ended with chassis 1067, again omitting RSRs and again disclaimed for processing out of order. These numbers are germane to values because after the Group 3 homologation was achieved, Porsche no longer cared about the weight of the RS. The thin steel tub and body panels, thin glass, fiberglass rear bumper, aluminum front-suspension cross member and aluminum frame for the ducktail were phased out. Lightweight features are critical RS aficionados deem these lightweight features to be very important. A third-series RS is worth less than a first or second series, while the first series gets a further premium just for the “first” panache. Some people, especially owners of third-series Lightweights, main- tain that Porsche saved some thin metal tubs for third-series RSHs and M471 Lightweights. While that is possible, most evidence suggests not. Most knowledgeable collectors consider a “third-series Lightweight” to be an oxymoron. Beware of counterfeit RS cars With values of 1973 RS cars substantially above their 911T-E-S little brothers, counterfeit re-creations have been around for years. I inspected my first counterfeit RS in 1986. It was built out of a 1973 911T. Two years ago at Monterey, a presumably valuable third-series RSH went to auction. Through a pre-purchase inspection in 2013, I knew the car to have been previously wrecked on the driver’s side and poorly repaired with 911SC parts. At Monterey, a buddy and I were called in to evaluate the car. It looked to have been very nicely re-repaired — but it was not an RS. It had been re-tubbed using a white 911 with welded-in panels from the August 2018 1970 Daytona 24 Hours in a Porsche 917K. Kinnunen and Rodriguez teamed up for the season and went on to win the 1,000 Kilometers of Brands Hatch, the 1,000 Kilometers of Monza and the Watkins Glen 6-Hours. They placed 2nd at the Targa Florio in a 908/3. These victories helped Porsche win the World Sportscar Championship for 1970. For the next three years, from 1971 to ’73, Kinnunen won the Interserie Championship (think European Can-Am) with a 917/10. There are indications that Kinnunen might have used this RS for reconnaissance runs at Finland’s Rallye des 1000 Lacs, which was the eighth round of the World Rally Championship, held in early August in 1973. Kinnunen finished 3rd in a factory-supplied full-competition 911. Kinnunen kept his RS in Germany for several years as his race-to-race commuter wagen. The car was modified, but by whom? After our subject car was built in April 1973, modifications report- edly were undertaken at the factory, but that is not documented. The modifications included fitting wider fender flares (same as the 2.8-liter RSR in front; smaller, presumably ST flares in the rear) with wider wheels, a 1975-style whale tail, a Matter roll bar and a stock 911 400mm steering wheel — 380 mm was standard on an RS. The prototype whale tail appeared in September 1973, and most experts agree that production examples were available by November 1973. Using such clues, observers had varying opinions as to when the car was modified — in the fall of 1973, 1974 — or even later. A true Race Department prototype part? My British friend Andy Prill examined the RS in Monaco and re- ported that the whale tail was laid strips of fiberglass — not chopper glass — with a stamped Porsche part number. It appeared to be a Porsche Race Department piece — very likely a prototype example from 1973. Could Kinnunen have encountered the tail and asked for it? $1,200,000 $1,400,000 $1,600,000 $1,000,000 $800,000 $600,000 $400,000 $200,000 $0 $300,160 N/A 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 79 High Auction Sales for the Past Five Years 1973 Porsche $1,402,500 911 Carrera RS 2.7 Lightweight $1,128,960 $1,068,858 This sale: $1,482,800


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German Profile Column Author flares — not ST flares. • The car had a correct third-series steel rear bumper with chrome uprights, but it was painted body color to look like an earlier fiberglass unit. • There was no fan strap, so what was holding it in place? • The steel spare wheel looked wrong because Lightweights came with Fuchs alloy spares. This spare was dated 11.66, so it was also too old. Andy Prill reported that it was a race-car steel-alloy wheel, likely of 906 issue. Did Kinnunen also source that wheel at the Porsche Race Department? What do you pay? This is a driver-quality RS Lightweight with after-build modifications for a famous race car driver. So how does a collector value this car? I’d recommend carefully because the source of the modifications is not documented, although Kinnunen’s ownership is. Without documentation that the Porsche factory executed the modifications, this RS is worth less. First or second series for maximum value For long-term value and appreciation, I’d favor an as-built first- or Andy also reported that the body was definitely full-gauge, not thinner, steel — which is standard for third-series RS cars. Many incorrect aspects This RS is either a famous driver’s car to be preserved or a restoration candidate. The car showed 63,200 km (39,276 miles), and Andy Prill reported original paint on the jambs and in the trunk and engine compartments. The body was deteriorated and showed stone chips, rash, dents and some metal fatigue. Lots of things were wrong: • The roll bar was a much-later issue. • The front bumper was replaced and the bottom reworked. • The front flares were not perfectly matched. • The mirror was of later issue. • Some observers thought the rear flares were reworked Turbo second-series M471 Lightweight. At RM Sotheby’s Amelia Island in 2017, one of America’s foremost Porsche and Ferrari collectors purchased a Light Yellow RS Lightweight, Lot 264, which I knew very well. It had belonged to two friends in the past. As auctioned, it needed a correct thin-gauge left front fender and a fairly straightforward cosmetic restoration. It was s/n 9113600336, so it was a desirable first-series car. My friend paid $869,000, including the buyer’s premium. The needed fender was sourced and the restoration is well under way. For less than $1,100,000, he will have a primo firstseries Lightweight. I’d want that car. If the owner of this Kinnunen RS can document the modifications as being factory and in-period, he will have overpaid by less. As it sat in Monaco, I think our subject car was very well sold. Other experts, including Andy Prill, liked the deal. There is seldom one right answer. Note: The car is shown here and in the auction catalog on incorrect 9-inch and 11-inch wheels, but it was auctioned on 7-inch and 8-inch wheels. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of RM Sotheby’s.) 80 Sports Car Market


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American Profile 1968 Ford Bronco The vintage-SUV boom is real, and this was a market-correct price for a very nice Bronco by Dale Novak Details Years produced: 1966–77 Number produced: 23,776 in 1966; 225,585 total from 1966 to 1977 Original list price: $2,194 Current SCM Median Valuation: $33,000 Chassis # location: On glovebox door and on passenger’s side frame rail forward of the footwell body mount Clubs: Bronco HQ, Classic Broncos Forums Web: www.broncohq.com, http://classicbroncos.com Alternatives: 1954–83 Jeep CJ-5, 1961–1980 International Harvester Scout, 1960–77 Toyota FJ40 SCM Investment Grade: B for now, but may drop to C if the vintage-SUV market tanks Comps 1971 Ford Bronco Lot 17, s/n U15GLJ80612 Condition 2Sold at $36,300 Chassis number: U15NLC84878 • 289-ci V8 engine with mild cam • Column-shift manual transmission with four-wheel drive • Professional body-off restoration • Correct paint and interior per Marti Report • Ceramic-coated exhaust manifolds SCM Analysis This truck, Lot $42,900, 3108, including sold buyer’s for pre- mium, at the RM Auctions sale in Auburn, IN, on May 12, 2018. The Ford Bronco was introduced in August of 1965 (the 1966 model) to play catch-up with the sales success of the Jeep CJ-5 and the International Harvester Scout. Much like the Jeeps and Scouts, the early Broncos were basic utilitarian machines: no frills and with very few options. This kept the price point down, so Ford could build them cheaply and sell them for less than $2,200. The early models came standard with a 170-ci, 105-horsepower inline 6 mated to a 3-speed column-shift transmission. The interiors were gloriously simple. A basic single instrument housed the speedometer and all your vital information within it. No carpet was installed. You could have probably made the seats in your own ga- 82 rage, and the door panels were sparse and simple. This was long before Ford trucks became comfort- able highway cruisers and family vehicles. Still, these simple trucks had four-wheel drive. They were lock-your-own-hubs trail beaters that you could take off road and enjoy with little worry for the paint. These were great hill climbers. With the proper lift and set of oversized all-terrain tires, they could traverse muddy ditches, creeks and uneven terrain with surefooted success. On the downside, a lifted Bronco with bouncy, Tonka Toy tires was terribly unpredictable on the highway at anything over 55 mph (don’t ask me how I know this). At speed, in a modified example, turning the steering wheel was a suggestion for the direction of travel. The Bronco sold well and came in three configura- tions — the Wagon, Half Cab and Roadster. Ford sold 23,776 units in 1966. Shortly after the early models hit the trails, Ford upped the engine option to add the spunky 289-ci V8. This powerful engine gave the Bronco the ability to toss soupy cow patties into any following Jeeps. The first-generation body style ran pretty much un- changed from 1966 to 1977, with total production ramping up to a plentiful 212,707 units sold. 1969 Ford Bronco Lot FR0211, s/n U15GLE29149 Condition 3 Sold at $33,170 GAA, Greensboro, NC, 3/2/17 SCM# 6827679 1966 Ford Bronco Half-Cab Pickup Lot FR0195, s/n U14FL820026 Condition 1Sold at $34,240 GAA, Greensboro, NC, 11/3/17 SCM# 6852526 Worldwide, Scottsdale, AZ, 1/17/18 SCM# 6856523 Sports Car Market ©2018 Courtesy of RM Auctions


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Climbing the value hill The market for just about any sort of vintage truck or SUV heated up a while back, and it just keeps getting hotter. The vintage-truck trend seems to be firing up all the way to the early 1980s for the right vehicle. Naturally, the best value can be found in the earlier stuff, such as our subject truck. We’ve witnessed the valuation run for all sorts of vintage utility vehicles such as Toyota FJ40s, Broncos, Blazers, Jeeps and Scouts. Of course, beaters aren’t rising on this tide, but even goodto-great drivers seem to be doing well. The rugged, no-frills nature of many of these vehicles is part of the allure. These early SUVs are very easy to work on, repair and modify. Parts suppliers and off-road specialty companies are geared up to up-fit your Bronco or Jeep with all sorts of goodies. Better yet, you can do a lot of upgrades without degrading the value — if you don’t cut or modify the body. In some cases, the right modifications can pull more money on the auction block than a bare-bones, all-stock, minty-fresh example. In fact, Barrett-Jackson sold a 1969 Bronco that was highly modi- fied into a military-style apocalyptic road warrior named “Urban Madness” for a staggering $143,000 in Scottsdale. Yep, I want one I’d love to park a vintage Bronco in my stable. Every time I see one in a parking lot or on the road, they turn my head. If they are modified — with rolled up canvas side-curtains, a pinned, whipped CD antenna, a jerrycan out back and a winch up front — they are even cooler to me. Now, one guy’s opinion doesn’t make a market, but my philosophy has always been (as a thoroughbred-car nut) that if I want one, so do a few thousand other gearheads. That valuation system works out for me most of the time. However, that statement carries an asterisk. Supply and demand always kicks in, and there aren’t enough Broncos for sale to feed the demand of willing buyers. When demand is greater than supply, rising values are the result. A modified 1968 Bronco sold at Barrett-Jackson’s 2018 Scottsdale sale for $82,500. Mecum sold one for even more — $110,000 — at their Kissimmee sale. Millennials with money New, younger buyers wading into the market are fueling the demand curve for vintage trucks and SUVs. Younger buyers are more attracted to vintage utilitarian vehicles than they are old-school muscle cars. All this means Uncle Charlie might be bidding on the same Bronco as his nephew — which could be sort of awkward. Next thing you know, there’s a family bidding war on the floor. Ford is placing a few bets on this demand dynamic, with a planned August 2018 launch of an all-new Ford Bronco that is expected to hit showrooms and trails in 2020. Will that change the market value for vintage models? No one knows. The first-generation Bronco market The SCM Platinum Auction Database shows that 1966–77 Broncos sold in the low-to-upper-$30k range in 2016 and 2017. Unfortunately, the Platinum database doesn’t have a lot of Bronco sales results for 2018 (hint). But that didn’t stop me from doing some additional research on my own. I tossed out all the radically modified examples to keep my research These early SUVs are very easy to work on, repair and modify. ... You can do a lot of upgrades without degrading the value — if you don’t cut or modify the body. as close as possible to our stock subject truck. This brought us into a selling range, including buyer’s premiums, from the mid-$30k range to upper-$40k ranges. These sales are of nicely restored examples. Most of these Broncos did include some modest modifications. None were concours-correct — simply because they don’t need to be. Our subject Bronco is in very nice condition. It wasn’t a perfect example, but the restoration was fresh. It had been driven fewer than 20 miles since the restoration was completed. I’d call our Bronco a 90%-done example, based on a few items that were not restored or just haphazardly put in place. No harm done here, as it would be fun to tinker with this Bronco over time. RM Auctions ran the Bronco over the block with an estimated sales range of $40,000 to $50,000. This was fair, given the overall presentation and condition. With the rising tide of recent vintage Bronco sales coupled with the overall current appeal of the SUV and truck market in general, I’d call this a market-correct result for a quality restoration. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of RM Auctions.) High Auction Sales for the Past Five Years $120,000 1968 Ford Bronco $100,000 $40,000 $60,000 $80,000 $20,000 $0 $71,500 $68,200 $49,500 This sale: $42,900 $82,500 $110,000 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 83


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Race Car Profile 1993 McLaren-Cosworth Ford MP4/8A Formula One There is no way a sane person would drive an “Active” F1 on a track, but their value is soaring by Thor Thorson Details Year produced: 1993 Number produced: Four Original list price: N/A Chassis # location: Tag in cockpit Engine # location: On the center back of block Club: McLaren Heritage Web: www.mclaren.com Alternatives: 1993 Williams FW 15C, 1993 Benetton B193, 1993 Lotus 107B SCM Investment Grade: A Comps I t is evident from our long years of market experience that the essence of truly collectible and iconic competition cars is surely a combination of several very significant factors. The crème de la crème cars upon the very pinnacle of collectibility each have an individually unique and completely verifiable racing history, jeweled by significant success. They also embody the finest standards of contemporary competition-car design and construction. They often embody design and manufacturing technology that is a joy to behold, intricate to the eye and often highly innovative. And, in the most desirable cases, they will have the closest and most intimate historic bond with a truly iconic and charismatic racing hero... This 1993 McLaren-Ford MP4/8A Formula One car is the very machine with which the late and legendary three-time World Champion Driver Ayrton Senna scored the record-breaking sixth — and last — of his historic race victories right here in the Monaco Grand Prix. This startlingly well-preserved Ayrton Senna icon is offered here not only in running order, but also still featuring both the self-same V8 Cosworth-Ford HB engine — serial 510 — and the self-same McLaren gearbox — serial 2 — that Ayrton Senna used so brilliantly when it won him that sixth Monaco Grand Prix title. SCM Analysis This car, Lot 119, sold for $5,009,297, including buyer’s pre- mium, at Bonhams’ Les Grandes Marques à Monaco auction on May 11, 2018. Roughly eight years ago, when writing a profile of a 1979 Williams FW07 Formula One car (SCM July 2010, “Race Profile,” p. 60), I made the statement that “I’ve 84 often spoken of the combination of ‘collector’ values and ‘weapons-grade’ values in vintage racing cars. In anything open-wheeled, particularly anything newer than about 1960, the collector values are relatively small.” That, my friends, has changed. The problem with open-wheeled, single-seater racing cars — from their invention as American board-track and speedway racers in the 1920s through the present — has always been that they are unusable except on the race track. From its inception until very recently, the old-car collecting hobby has been exactly that: a hobby. As a hobby, it has been fundamentally amateur and about the collector’s personal enjoyment of the cars that have been accumulated, with the result that a car’s being practical and relatively easy to use has formed a major component of perceived value. The most valuable cars have always been the ones that could be taken for a drive, shown at an event and shared on a tour with your spouse and friends. The open-wheeled race-car boom It’s probably unnecessary for me to point out to read- ers of this magazine that, however much we may love and enjoy them as an experience, many automobiles have joined art, jewelry and relics as a financial-asset class. During the roughly 15 years that I have been writing Race Profiles for SCM, I don’t know how many times I have repeated the truism that open-wheeled cars are worth between half and one-third of their equivalent road cars, but I now have to admit that it is no longer the case. This may be the result of a growing and more sophisti- Sports Car Market 1980 Ferrari 312 T5 Formula One racer Lot 23, s/n MAT045 Condition 2Sold at $660,000 Gooding & Co., Amelia Island, FL, 1/22/06 SCM# 40538 1997 Ferrari F310B Formula One racer Lot 316, s/n 179 Condition 1 Sold at $766,013 RM Auctions, Maranello, ITA, 5/18/08 SCM# 116734 1993 Williams-Renault FW15C F1 racer Lot 29, s/n FW15C/3 Condition 2Sold at $410,000 Artcurial, Paris, FRA, 6/12/06 SCM# 49045 Courtesy of Bonhams


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horribly dangerous if anything failed (which happened with disturbing frequency). Williams had the best package of engine, technology and drivers for that year — and the team won the manufacturer and driver championships. However, McLaren, harnessing driver Ayrton Senna’s brilliance in the “almost as good” MP4/8, made a fight of it and managed to come 2nd in both championships. The technology involved in the Active Control cars was so extreme for the time that the FIA actually tried to eliminate it mid-season, but this wasn’t viable, so they waited until the season ended before outlawing everything digital except ignition and telemetry. The relics of an era 1993 was the end of the Active Control era, and the 1993 cars repre- sent the ultimate iteration of the computer-controlled racing car. Any comprehensive collection of Formula One is incomplete without one. The problem is that there are virtually none out there, as the vari- cated understanding of the technical and historic attributes of Formula One racers. Or perhaps it is because of so much money chasing after a limited supply of highly collectible automobiles. In any case, many open-wheeled racers are now investment-grade cars. This change has happened during the past five to 10 years. As an example, in 2006 (October 2006, “Race Profile,” p. 56) I wrote a profile of an Alain Prost-driven Williams-Renault FW15C that was our subject car’s competition in the 1993 season. It sold for $410,000. When I wrote the July 2010 Race Profile of a Williams FW07, it was — and still remains — arguably the most-competitive car that can be entered and driven in contemporary vintage F1 competition. It sold for $465,000. Today you’d need to move the value decimal point one step to the right to buy either one. The most-advanced cars of their eras But let’s talk about cars. Formula One has always been the epitome of technical automotive development, and its evolution shows large technological jumps followed by periods of relative constancy as the teams adapted to the new ideas. These periods can be thought of as eras. Thus we can talk about the Pre-Wing 3-liter cars, the flat-bottom Winged 3-liters, then the Ground Effects cars, followed by the 1.5-Liter Turbo era, and on through many iterations to the present. One of the most insane eras, certainly technically, was the Active Control period. Starting in the 1970s, computing power and the ability to utilize it grew exponentially as the chips and memory became smaller and faster than ever before. It became practical to put computing power inside racing cars. Computers changed everything In the mid-1980s, Lotus started playing around with the idea of using on-board computing power to control how a racing car worked. Soon all the serious teams were following along. Anti-lock braking was the beginning, followed by digital engine- management systems, which led to traction control. By the end of the 1980s, designers were wondering whether it was worthwhile to have computers control the suspension as well. Why use old-fashioned springs, anti-roll bars and shock absorbers between the chassis and the wheels when maybe it could be done with digitally managed hydro-pneumatic units instead? This was the beginning of what we call active suspension. The idea was to have the on-board computer work in real time to keep the tires in optimal contact with the track with the best possible weight distribution — and the ride height perfect for the aerodynamics to work. The driver was only responsible for pushing pedals and steering. If optimization meant the chassis leaning into a corner, raising the nose to brake, or the back to accelerate, that’s what the computer did — in microseconds. By the 1993 season, active suspension had come into full flower. The cars were incredibly fast, insanely complex and August 2018 ous teams had stopped selling their old racers at least 10 years before. The cars had just become too complex and dangerous to risk anyone outside the team driving one. These Active Control era cars are now stupendously rare. A very few made it into private hands as gifts or favors to well-connected parties for static display. Today’s car is one of those relics. Aside from maybe demo laps somewhere, there is no venue to run a car like this. No matter — there is no way anyone in their right mind would drive an “Active” F1 car more than 100 yards anyway. These cars are simply too complicated and utterly dependent on 25-year-old electro-pneumatic components controlled by antique computer software and hardware to be driven. These are strictly for display. The lucrative road-car connection One of the fascinating idiosyncrasies of racing cars is that they are more collectible if the constructor is still building important road cars. Thus there are Ferrari collectors, Lotus collectors and McLaren col- lectors willing to part with serious money to complete their lineups, but lesser-known team cars don’t carry the value. Famous livery and driver matters tremendously as well, so the iconic red-and-white Marlboro colors — particularly when paired with the famous Senna yellow helmet — make our subject car like catnip to the right buyers. This still seems like a lot of money for a pure collectible, but it defi- nitely is iconic and ticks all the boxes to be a top-value car. The market has clearly jumped in the past years and seems set to continue for a while, so the fundamentals work. There is also a rumor that the buyer was a well-known and extremely astute member of the racing community, so I will defer judgment. 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Next Gen Profile 2018 Lamborghini Huracán Pope Francis and RM Sotheby’s auction off a supercar that will tempt many drivers into mashing the accelerator by Philip Richter Details Years produced: 2014–present Number produced: About 6,600 (so far) Original list price: $202,000 Current SCM Median Valuation: $198,250 Tune-up cost: An annual service is about $1,000 Club: Lamborghini Club America Web: www.lamborghiniclubamerica.com Alternatives: 2006–18 Audi R8, 2009–14 Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4, 2010–15 Ferrari 458 Italia SCM Investment Grade: D Comps Chassis number: ZHWEC2ZF1HLA06894 D onated to Pope Francis by Automobili Lamborghini, the Lamborghini’s customization car was realized by department “Ad Personam” in homage to the Vatican. The special-edition model pays tribute to the colors of the flag of Vatican City, painted in Bianco Monocerus with Giallo Tiberino details. The European-specification Lamborghini will be offered without reserve, selling to the highest bidder at RM Sotheby’s Monaco auction, with all proceeds from its sale to be donated to the Holy Father, who will allocate them accordingly to the Vatican’s preferred charitable organizations. Lamborghini unveiled the one-off car in the Vatican during a special ceremony on November 15, 2017, in the presence of Pope Francis, Stefano Domenicali, Chairman and CEO of Automobili Lamborghini, and Augustin Sabatié-Garat, European Auction Manager for RM Sotheby’s. They were joined by a part of Automobili Lamborghini’s management board as well as two technicians who built the one-of-a-kind Huracán. Pope Francis signed the hood of the car during the ceremony; his signature will be sealed in place prior to the auction. SCM Analysis This car, Lot 161, sold for $965,908, including buyer’s premium, at RM Sotheby’s Monaco auction on May 12, 2018. Our subject vehicle, a white 2018 Lamborghini Huracán RWD coupe, sold well above the €250,000– €350,000 ($298k–$418k) estimate. Indeed, this was no ordinary Huracán, as Lamborghini custom-built the car as a gift for Pope Francis. RM Sotheby’s presented this Huracán in as-new condition; it was professionally warehoused after it 86 was manufactured in late 2017. The Vatican has had a variety of specialty vehicles over the years, including a customized Mercedes Geländewagen complete with an elevated bulletproof glass platform — but no car that ever graced the Vatican garage can compare to the Huracán. Not an orthodox Lamborghini Lamborghini’s Ad Personam program heavily cus- tomized this Euro-spec Huracán. Painted in papal livery — white (Bianco Monocerus) with gold stripes (Giallo Tiberino) — Pope Francis’ Huracán rides on 20-inch Giano wheels and has massive Nero brake calipers. The interior matches the Vatican flag and is covered in soft Bianco Leda Sportivo leather with precisionstitched Lamborghini crests in the headrests. Topping off this custom factory package is Pope Francis’ prominent signature on the hood. Nothing about the Lamborghini Huracán is Old Testament. This vehicle is an ultra-modern supercar that is capable of ungodly speeds. The Huracán is the hallowed successor to the Gallardo and has a list price of about $220,000. The 5.2-liter, 10-cylinder engine produces 602 horsepower and is mated to a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. The car can reach speeds of more than 200 mph. Publisher Martin’s temptation Awhile back, Publisher Martin spent a fast weekend test driving a Huracán (August 2016, “Shifting Gears,” p. 18). Martin marveled at its incredible power and versatility and speculated at what it might have been like to put 2013 Ferrari LaFerrari prototype coupe Lot 153B, s/n 194925 Condition 1- Sold at $2,568,249 RM Sotheby’s, Maranello, ITA, 9/9/17 SCM# 6846466 2015 Audi R8 coupe Lot S106.1, s/n WUAENAFG6FN000634 Condition 1- Not sold at $110,000 Mecum Auctions, Kansas City, MO, 11/30/17 SCM# 6856201 2010 Lamborghini Murcielago LP670-4 SV coupe Lot 916, s/n ZHWBE81H5ALA04021 Condition 1Sold at $313,551 Silverstone, Coventry, U.K., 2/24/17 SCM# 6827834 Sports Car Market Guizzardi Umberto ©2018, courtesy of RM Sotheby’s


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his foot deep into this Italian supercar. Given his testimony, it is easy to infer that Keith may have pushed the “F-16 on wheels” just slightly over the local speed limits. In the review he indicated that at high speed the car becomes more stable the faster it is driven. He reported that ergonomically it was an awkward car to enter and exit; however, around town and at slow speeds it was a “docile city car.” Even without the papal pedigree, Keith’s plebian Huracán appeared to be a very impressive performer. Here is what Publisher Martin had this to say about his biblical (if not potentially sinful) experience with the Huracán: “More guided-missile than car, it’s a purpose-built machine de- signed to gobble up huge amounts of pavement in insanely small amounts of time. Like a thoroughbred horse, its flanks get sweaty when it is pushed, and its muscles begin to bulge. This is a car that looks good when it gets dusty. The steering is light and purposeful, and the gearbox is a delight.” Publisher Martin’s purplish prose is a de facto confession of falling into temptation and sinning on a lonely road — where no one could see him. But who are we to judge? An ecclesiastical auction After a few months of ownership — but no driving — Pope Francis decided to sell the Huracán and donate the proceeds to charity. The majority of the funds from the sale were earmarked to help a besieged city in Iraq that has been ravaged by ISIS. Profits were also allocated to charities that support Africa, India and the Vatican. Given the staggering results of this auction, a wave of highly spirited bidding must have captured the imagination of every bishop, pastor, deacon, cardinal, minister and priest within a thousand miles of Monaco — the hammer fell at almost $1 million. The buyer, Rent Car Deluxe, is a high-end Spanish rental-car agency that offers exotics, such as Ferraris, McLarens and Audis, to its clients. Victor Masip, the company’s marketing, and communications direc- tor, said that the papal Huracán rental fee would not be based on a traditional rental arrangement. Instead, he stated, “We want people to suggest a price.” It is expected that the going rate for this blessed Huracán will be at least €3,500 (about $4,084) per day. The sale of this car was for a good cause, and the buyer bought a unique supercar that was owned, blessed and signed by Pope Francis himself. While paying more than 300% over MSRP may seem like heresy, SCM’s John Draneas noted that under U.S. law, the buyer would be entitled to a meaningful charitable deduction. In the United States, the deductible amount would reflect the hammer price less the market value of the car — yielding a tax-benefit to the buyer of over $750,000. However, European tax codes may differ from our rules here in the United States (the auction occurred in Monaco, and the buyer is based in Spain). A secular alternative For a fraction of the cost of buying the pontiff’s Lamborghini, a more economical alternative might consist of purchasing a business-class airline ticket to Madrid, staying at a great hotel on the Calle de Serrano, drinking a fine Rioja from a chalice — and renting the papal Huracán. If you are so inclined, go ahead and reserve the pope’s Lamborghini here: www.rentcardeluxe.com Go ahead. Give in to the temptation. It will surely be a religious experience. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of RM Sotheby’s.) August 2018 87


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Sports Car Market Keith Martin’s The Insider’s Guide to Collecting, Investing, Values, and Trends ™ A 1939 Horch 853A Sport Cabriolet and a 1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster overlook the bay at Bonhams’ Monaco sale; photo by Paul Hardiman


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AUCTIONS IN THIS ISSUE $27m RM Sotheby’s, Monte Carlo, MCO, p. 96 $21m Mecum, Houston, TX, p. 110 $17m Bonhams, Monte Carlo, MCO, p. 122 $2.8m Artcurial, Paris, FRA, p. 134 $2.8m Branson, Branson, MO, p. 144 Roundup, p. 154


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Market Reports Overview F1 Race Cars Set Records in Monaco College memories of Senna’s last Monaco win Top 10 Sales This Issue (Land Auctions Only) By Chad Tyson R 1. 1993 McLaren MP4/8A F1 race car, $5,009,297—Bonhams, Monte Carlo, p. 124 2. 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB coupe, $2,556,860—RM Sotheby’s, Monte Carlo, p. 104 3. 2015 Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse convertible, $2,053,394—RM Sotheby’s, Monte Carlo, p. 100 4. 1962 Ferrari 250 GT PF Series II cabriolet, $2,019,830—RM Sotheby’s, Monte Carlo, p. 104 5. 1984 Toleman-Hart TG184 F1 race car, $1,921,374—Bonhams, Monte Carlo, p. 124 6. 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7 Lightweight coupe, $1,482,800— RM Sotheby’s, Monte Carlo, p. 100 7. 1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster, $1,454,755—Bonhams, Monte Carlo, p. 126 8. 2018 RUF CTR3 Clubsport coupe, $1,321,691—RM Sotheby’s, Monte Carlo, p. 102 9. 2006 Ferrari 575 Superamerica convertible, $1,026,324—RM Sotheby’s, Monte Carlo, p. 106 10. 1957 Ferrari 250 GT Boano coupe, $1,012,898—RM Sotheby’s, Monte Carlo, p. 103 Best Buys 1980 Ferrari 512 BBi spider, $219,586—RM Sotheby’s, Monte Carlo, p. 104 92 M Sotheby’s returned to Monaco in mid-May. Total sales were down compared to the 2016 sale by just over $4m, but that was with 28 fewer car lots to sell. The per-car average jumped from $379,295 last sale to $471,546 this time. Highlights of the sale include the pope’s Lamborghini, a 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB (high seller at $2,556,860), and an Autobot Veyron. Bonhams also came back to Monaco — this time nearly besting their all-time sales total there. It helps reaching those heights when a Monaco-winning Ayrton Senna F1 McLaren hits the block. That car was the high sale of the entire Monaco weekend at $5,009,297. Forty-one of the 53 lots for sale found new homes for a per-car average of $418,226. Mecum Houston saw numbers increase across the board over last year’s sale: Cars offered, cars sold, sold percentage and total dollars were all up from the previous outing. The $21,199,035 haul was their best since 2015. High sale from the auction, a 2006 Ford GT, beat the usual $300k price tag by $68k, and, no, it wasn’t in Gulf colors. Artcurial held their 12th Sur les Champs auction in early April. This edition even featured a few cars too large to fit into the auction showroom, so the preview extended into the Parisian streets. In sum, 61 of 86 lots sold for a $2,839,234 total, with a 1939 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 Spider topping the high-sellers list at $335,407. Buyers and sellers gathered in the Ozarks over the weekend of April 20–21 at Branson’s first of two sales of the year. With 218 lots for sale, 146 of them changed hands. The $2.8m in sales is slightly under the average for Branson’s spring sale ($2,957,188 per sale over the past 10 years), but the 67% sell-through rate was well ahead of the typical frequency (60% over the past 10 years). Highlights in our Roundup section this issue come from Carlisle Spring, Leake’s Dallas Spring sale, and W. Yoder Auction’s Wautoma, WI, sale. Chad’s Quick Take: I never saw Senna or Prost race live in period, and I only caught the Ferrari part of Schumacher’s career. It wasn’t an active choice, mind you, as I grew up in Wyoming and was born in 1985. But as soon as the Internet infrastructure was there, I was all over this crazy thing nobody around me was talking about: Formula One. Through the Internet I did my best to catch up on as many F1 races as I could find during my high school and college years. One of them, watched in my freshman dorm room on the university’s way-faster-than-my-home’s Internet and 10 years after the fact, was the 1993 Monaco Grand Prix. Turns out that screaming “Rascasse!” every lap will get the floor’s resident assistant over to the dorm room 1987 Ferrari F1/87 F1 race car sold for $795,599 Sales Totals of Auctions in This Issue Mecum April 5–7, 2018 April 8, 2018 April 12–14, 2018 Dallas, TX Leake April 19–21, 2018 April 20–21, 2018 Carlisle, PA Branson, MO Wautoma, WI April 20, 2018 W. Yoder Monte Carlo, MCO May 11, 2018 Monte Carlo, MCO May 12, 2018 $0 $5m $10m $15m SCM 1–6 Scale Condition Rating: 1: National concours standard/perfect 2: Very good, club concours, some small flaws 3: Average daily driver in decent condition 4: Still a driver but with some apparent flaws 5: A nasty beast that runs but has many problems 6: Good only for parts posthaste. He was a fan, and we watched many more races together over the year. Senna’s win wasn’t much of a surprise, as it was his fifth in a row and especially given Prost’s penalty and Schumacher’s DNF. When I saw Bonhams’ Monaco catalog, featuring the McLaren in which Senna won that race, a wave of memories came back from when I first watched it on my computer screen. Isn’t that what all of this — buying, collecting, driving cars — is all about? That winning moment crossed over time and space to grab me, even 10 years later and a world away. And the memory of it now has a value all its own. To a lucky new owner, that value was in the neighborhood of $5m. ♦ RM Sotheby’s Bonhams Branson Carlisle Artcurial Paris, FRA $2.8m $3.8m $5.8m $2.8m $580k $17.1m $20m $27.3m $25m $30m Houston, TX $21.2m 1968 BMW 2000 CS coupe, $24,703—Bonhams, Monte Carlo, p. 128 1989 Ferrari Testarossa coupe, $53,500—Carlisle Events, PA, p. 162 1979 MGB convertible, $5,775— Leake, TX, p. 156 1986 Ferrari 328 GTS coupe, $67,650—The Branson Auction, MO, p. 147 Sports Car Market


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Market Reports Overview Buy/Sell/Hold SCM’s Dale Novak picks his buys, sells and holds in today’s market by Dale Novak Buy: Datsun 240/260/280Zs (1970–78) Okay, I know what you are thinking. How can he toss them all into one buy category? That’s easy. Nissan classified all of them as the S30 models. While there are slight differences between them, the bodies are essentially the same. From an appeal standpoint, the 240s are the most desirable, followed by the later 280s with the Bosch fuel injection. Sure, the later cars with the federally mandated bumpers are sort of ugly, but who cares? These are great cars with exceptional styling. Younger buyers can’t snatch them up fast enough and older buyers are starting to chime in too. It’s incredibly hard to find a nice Z, so even though they built plenty of them (363,748 including 2+2s), finding a great example is tough. I think these have room to run as more buyers discover how cool and reliable these cars are — and how easy they are to maintain. Sell: Closed American Coupes and Sedans (1946–54) Sadly, this era of U.S. automobile production is quickly losing its appeal. No matter which make or model (there are a few exceptions), it almost appears that all three manufacturers hired the same designer to sculpt the bulbous bodies. Fat bodies and heavily rounded fenders coupled with low-horsepower engines and truck-like suspensions have little appeal to a new crop of buyers, or even those holding on to memories of their youth. Adding to that, most of the buyers (if you can find one) are usually well into their 70s, and the sellers are even older. While the convertibles can still draw a crowd, the closed examples in both coupes and sedans are simply fading away to the back rooms of automotive history. Unless you plan on building a street rod, sell them while you can. Take the offer on the table and call it a day. Hold: First-Generation Dodge Viper RT/10 (1992–95) These halo supercars upended the automotive world and perhaps even sparked the next wave of modern horsepower wars. Incredibly sparse and completely impractical, the Dodge RT/10 came out of the box with an all-aluminum Lamborghini-modified Dodge V10 with 400 horses and a 0–60 time of 4.6 seconds. It had just about zero creature comforts and only came in a roadster configuration. Heck, it didn’t even have door handles. But they are hell on wheels, and if you wanted more power in 1992, you’d have to jump into a far more expensive import like a Ferrari or Lamborghini. Granted, the first-generation wheels are horribly designed and drag on the appeal of the car, but that’s an easy fix. These cars have been beat to death in the market and the values have dropped to Toyota Camry prices. With the next-generation Viper slated for 2021, it could spark a renewed interest in the market. If you own one — especially one with super-low miles — I’d hang on to it and wait for the market to wake up and smell the Viper. 94 Sports Car Market BUY SELL HOLD


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RM Sotheby’s Monte Carlo, MCO RM Sotheby’s Monaco I counted 10 cars less than 10 years old. The sale’s second-most-valuable car was a 2015 Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse that made $2,053,394 Company RM Sotheby’s Date May 12, 2018 Location Monte Carlo, MCO Auctioneer Maarten ten Holder Automotive lots sold/offered 58/86 Sales rate 67% Sales total $27,349,685 High sale 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB, sold at $2,556,860 Buyer’s premium Sold well over its high estimate of $1.8m — 2015 Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse convertible, sold at $2,053,394 Report and photos by Leo Van Hoorick Market opinions in italics T he RM Sotheby’s sale in the Grimaldi Forum, centrally located at the Monte Carlo seaside, had a promising start. The first automobile lot was a 1960 Chevrolet Corvette that smashed all expectatio and sold for a record-breaking $395,314. Other records were to follow, but they w rather scarce. Most notable was the oneLamborghini Huracán offered by Pope Francis to be sold for charity. This white-and-gold supercar — the colors of the flag of Vatican City — sold to a Spanish telephone bidder for an incredible $965,908 after a very intense and cheerful bidding war. This sale was packed with Ferraris, 25 in all, against 12 Porsches. High sale was a superbly restored 1966 long-nose Ferrari 275 GTB. Although not quite meeting reserve on the block, it was sold almost immediately in the room for $2,556,860, proving that blue-chip thoroughbreds from the 1960s are still highly prized. Again, there were several nearly new cars on offer. I counted 10 cars less than 10 years old. The sale’s second-most-valuable car was one of those: a 2015 Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse, bringing $2,053,394. A stunning 1962 Ferrari 250 GT Cabriolet Series II came in as third-highest sale, bringing $2,019,830. The most expensive Porsche was a historic 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7 Lightweight built to special order for ’70s racer Leo Kinnunen, realizing $1,482,800 and coming in 96 Monte Carlo, MCO fourth-highest. Rounding out the top five was a brand-new 2018 RUF CTR3 Clubsport, one of only three built. Considered to be RUF’s wild- est creation, it made an amazing $1,321,691. The sale also witnessed a few world-record auction prices. Most notable was the 2006 Ferrari 575 Superamerica — one of just 599 examples built and one of only 43 with a manual gearbox. Also featuring the HGTC package and with less than 10,000 km on the clock, the car achieved $1,026,324. Among the bargains was a second-series Lancia Aurelia B20 that was mildly and rather unprofessionally prepared for historic racing. It was sold at RM Sotheby’s Rétromobile sale last year for $149k, and now it went without reserve for a mere $96k. Plenty of room to make it good again. The star car of the sale, a 1957 Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta Competizione Tour de France, didn’t sell. RM Sotheby’s was hoping it would bring between $8.4m and $10.8m, but bidding stopped close to $7.5m. The auction turned out to be a marathon for auctioneer Maarten ten Holder, who completed the six-hour sale without ever losing concentration. By the end of the sale, the room looked rather empty and no doubt the last 20-odd lots suffered accordingly, but on an action-packed day like the Saturday of the Monaco Historic Grand Prix, that has to be expected. As a result, we might expect to see a smaller sale here in the future, built to capitalize on the enthusiasm — and record prices — found earlier in the day. ♦ Sales Totals $60m $50m $40m $30m $20m $10m 0 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 15% on first $238,680; 12.5% thereafter, included in sold prices ($1.00 = €0.84) Sports Car Market NO AUCTION NO AUCTION


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RM Sotheby’s Monte Carlo, MCO ENGLISH #184-1937 JAGUAR SS 100 roadster. S/N: 18116. Black/black canvas/blue leather. RHD. Odo: 52,338 miles. In 2013 a cosmetic restoration was carried out including a baremetal respray in cellulose lacquer. Still looking very fresh, with excellent chrome. Period accessories include Lucas high beams with mesh stone guards, searchlight, aero-screens, wood-rimmed steering wheel. Trim in blue leather looks new, too. Chrome wires shod with Dunlop Racing tires, twin spares at the back. Engine bay very clean, with several display plaques hidden under the bonnet. Engine is not original, but correct 2.5-L inline 6. Papers include Jaguar Heritage Certificate, original owner’s manual and American title. Offered at no reserve. Cond: 2+. Christie’s in Pebble Beach in 1998 (SCM# 1543028), then called a top price against a $30k–$35k average for such a model. Sold again at the RM Paris sale in 2014 for $157,430 (SCM# 6661897), again called a top price. It now sold for a third less, just under low estimate. Slightly well bought in a market that is definitely returning to older price levels. #129-1959 MGA Twin-Cam roadster. S/N: YD11626. Green/white hard top/green leather. RHD. Odo: 89,295 miles. Decentlooking roadster with hard top. Good paint, variable panel fit as when built. Special fuel tank with competition-type fuel filler on the decklid. Steel Dunlop knockoff racing rims with good tires. No bumpers. Interior looks recently retrimmed. No carpets, but graypainted panels. Steering-wheel leather very worn. Four-point safety harnesses. Non-original, probably standard TC engine. Interesting history file. Swiss registration. Offered at no reserve. Cond: 3+. shiny matching-numbers engine. Hard to fault. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $274,482. E-Types and especially Series I models have done extremely well in recent years. Probably the only roadgoing Jag that doesn’t suffer from weakening prices. The original color combination was certainly a plus. One of the rare cars at this sale to sell over its high estimate. Well sold. #200-1964 BENTLEY S3 Continental drophead coupe. S/N: BC142XC. White/blue canvas/blue leather. RHD. Originally finished in Cadillac green with green interior and top. Restored in 1994 to new colors both inside and out, and now showing its age. White paint overall good, but with some waviness. Black pinstriping along chrome strip on flanks. Brightwork in good condition. Blue leather interior creased and a bit dry, especially driver’s seat. Blue carpets grubby. Whitewalls a bit yellowish. Fairly clean engine bay with numbers-matching engine. Copies of build sheet. Japanese export certificate. Offered at no reserve. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $294,621. Well-sorted example of this legendary roadster. Featured in the SS 100 Registry since 1971. Can be called a regular at RM Sotheby’s. It didn’t sell at the Salon Privé sale of 2011, where it was bid to $273,122 (SCM# 6767085). It sold at the Villa Erba sale of 2013 for $364,000 (SCM# 6738916). Earlier this year it failed to sell at the RM Sotheby’s Amelia sale at $340,000 (SCM# 6967866). Seller should have accepted that. He’s not only losing more on the initial sale price, he’s also charged with the shipment. #122-1955 JAGUAR XK 140 SE coupe. S/N: S814488. Battleship Grey/red leather. Odo: 9,359 km. Well-restored car in attractive and original color combination. Excellent panel fit, remarkable chrome. Some use and wear visible. Lucas high-beams. Immaculate wire wheels with new Vredesteins. Nicely patinated red leather seats and new carpeting. Engine bay of same level, sporting original engine. Special Equipment version featured C-type cylinder head and some extra power. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $51,465. Allocated directly from MG Abingdon production line to the BMC Competition Department. Believed to have competed in the Tulip Rally, then BMC Johannesburg promo vehicle in some South African events before going to Canada. Returned to the U.K. in the late ’80s. Acquired by Swiss collector in ’93. Sold in 2007 at Sportscar Auction in London for $171,530 (SCM# 1572278), where it was advertised as 1959 Le Mans Works spare car. Resurfaced at RM Sotheby’s London sale in 2015, where it didn’t sell at $152,500 (SCM# 6796813). Now it sold for a fraction of that amount. Decent money for a stock A Twin-Cam, and I believe it to be closer to that than to a race-prepared machine. #133-1962 JAGUAR E-TYPE Series I 3.8 convertible. S/N: 876949. Black/black canvas/red leather. Odo: 77,013 miles. Series I with 3.8-L engine freshly restored to original color scheme. Excellent paint and brightwork. New red leather trim and carpeting. Chrome wire wheels look new, as are tires. Clean and SOLD AT $171,551. One of 75 dropheads built by Mulliner Park Ward. Iconic angled quad headlights and peaked taillights. Penultimate lot and low priced. Was this a trick by the auction house to keep the bidders in the room till the end? Hammered sold at RM Sotheby’s London sale, September 2017, at $75,035 (SCM# 6850428), then well under its low estimate of $142k. Now it sold well over that amount. No explanation for that. Nice return on investment. #119-1988 ASTON MARTIN V8 Vo- lante. S/N: SCFCV81C1JTL15669. Burnham Green/Natural canvas/Natural leather. Odo: 27,022 km. Striking green body in as-new condition. Straight panel fit, excellent chrome. Natural canvas top matching interior color. Unscathed BBS alloys with fat tires. Wellcared-for interior with matching green piping. Standard small steering wheel doesn’t match the look of the car. Engine clean, in accordance with original low mileage. Rare Weber electronic injection. Matching four-piece SOLD AT $102,931. In same Californian ownership for many years. Sold for $63,000 at 98 Sports Car Market


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RM Sotheby’s Monte Carlo, MCO luggage set. Swedish registration. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $260,758. Two-owner, original LHD, low-mileage Aston. Rare color and perfectly maintained. One of only 113 with Federal catalyst engine. The Volante is the most desirable variant of this stylish and luxurious car. Sold mid-estimate, fair both ways. #153-1992 BENETTON B192 Formula One racer. S/N: B19201. Yellow & green/ black cloth. MHD. The car is fully operational, and compared to today’s F1 cars, this 3.5-L V8 is relatively uncomplicated and easy to run, or so I was told. The engine has run approximately 1,000 km since it was rebuilt by Langford Performance Engineering. The car has recently been refreshed by CGA Engineering. Cond: 2. Offered with its original tools and jack, Chapron paperwork and continuous history. French title. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $219,586. An original Chapron-bodied Cabriolet Usine, one of 1,365 produced. Later model with turning headlights. A well-restored and beautiful DS retaining its original chassis. Good ones don’t come cheap; low estimate of $181k looked very reasonable. As could be expected for such a good-looking car, it sold for much more, and rightfully so. #148-2015 BUGATTI VEYRON 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse convertible. S/N: VF9 SV52565M795079. Blue & black/blue & black leather. Odo: 840 km. A new car with not much more than test mileage. Commissioned in “Transformers” livery of two-tone blue and contrasting dark blue carbon fiber. Removable targa top. Blue-andblack leather interior. “Transformers” Autobots logo inlayed between the seats. Ultimate 1,200-hp quad-turbo W16 engine. U.S. title. Cond: 1. TOP 10 No. 3 SOLD AT $355,037. Desirable 300-series chassis number, indicating that it is from the first production year. Has everything to please. Sold mid-estimate, almost $100k over SCM’s median price. Considering the apparent quality of the restoration, fairly bought and sold. TOP 10 No. 6 #141-1973 PORSCHE 911 Carrera RS 2.7 Lightweight coupe. S/N: 9113601177. Tangerine/black cloth. Odo: 63,291 km. A very special lightweight, prepared for Finnish Porsche racing driver Leo Kinnunen. Older paint with some stone chips and scratches, especially at the back. On special request, fitted with larger ST-style wheelarches and tea-tray rear spoiler (as used on the 1974 Carrera 3.0 RS). Alloy roll cage, Recaro cloth-covered rally seats, larger-than-normal steering wheel, rubber floor mats and Repa racing harnesses. Engine with signs of use in accordance with mileage. Toolkit, jack and two sets of wheels—ST wheels and original but scathed lightweight wheels. Finnish registration. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $972,621. This Benetton Formula 1 car was masterminded by Ross Brawn and Rory Byrne, legendary designers in F1 history. This very car was driven to 2nd place in the Spanish GP of 1992 by Michael Schumacher. After the tremendous result Bonhams achieved with a similar car in Monaco two years ago, selling for $1,044,016, or four times its high estimate (SCM# 6799958), there were high hopes for this Benetton. Although this time the high estimate was inspired by this result and set at $903k, it did almost 10% better, selling just under $1 million. The Schumacher connection did work, but the day before we learned that Senna does much better still. FRENCH #177-1969 CITROËN DS21 cabriolet. S/N: 4638039. Alabaster White/black canvas/ black leather. Odo: 46,430 km. Fully restored in 2014 in Germany at a cost of over $100k. Straight body in Alabaster White, with good gaps and panel fit. Chrome impeccable. Canvas top replaced during restoration. Posh-looking hubcaps in excellent condition. Correct Michelin XAS tires. Retrimmed interior with black leather and new carpets. Desirable optional Jaeger dashboard. Period ContinentalEdison FM radio. Hydraulic semi-automatic transmission. Beautifully detailed engine bay. Engine was replaced by a DY-type in 1983. SOLD AT $2,053,394. One of the last of the 92 Grand Sport Vitesses built. One-off with some unique features. Will it ever be seriously driven or just kept for show and investment? Sold in the room well over its high estimate of $1.8m, making it the second-most-expensive car of this auction. Well sold. GERMAN #157-1965 PORSCHE 911 coupe. S/N: 300835. Silver/black vinyl. Odo: 93,809 km. Delivered new to Pennsylvania. Consignor purchased it in barn-find condition and had it perfectly restored to its original Deluxe specifications and color. Matching numbers down to the rims; only the right front fender was replaced. Among the many factory options are a Blaupunkt radio, tinted windows, double headrests and outside door mirror. Woodrimmed steering wheel standard in 1965-66. New Michelins. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $1,482,800. Early Lightweight 2.7 RS cars were about 100 kg lighter than the standard touring model, thanks to thinner sheet metal, windows, no sound proofing and suppression of all comfort accoutrements. High hopes were set with a low estimate of $1,687,000. Bidding never came close, and eventually it was sold on the phone for some $200k less. Still a lot of money, but fairly well bought. (See profile, p. 78.) #164-1987 PORSCHE 959 Komfort coupe. S/N: WP0ZZZ95ZHS900083. Anthracite/ gray leather. Odo: 49,385 km. Originally delivered in Germany, sold in Italy in 1999. Relatively low mileage genuine. Original paint still presenting very well. Very nice interior with gray leather in three tones. Unscathed alloys shod with fairly new Bridgestones. Over the past five years, the current owner spent over $70k for servicing from Porsche Center Padova, as is clearly visible in the immaculate engine bay. Italian registration. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $999,473. When the 959 was pre100 Sports Car Market


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Fresh Meat by Chad Taylor Online sales of contemporary cars 2018 Rolls-Royce Phantom Sedan Date sold: 05/19/2018 eBay auction ID: 392035553384 Seller’s eBay ID: carsales999 Sale type: Used car with 733 miles VIN: SCA687S5XJU104517 Details: English White over Seashell leather; 6.8-L twin-turbocharged V12 rated at 563 hp and 664 ftlb, 8-sp auto, RWD Sale result: $495,900, Buy It Now, sf 257 MSRP: $524,135 (as equipped) Other current offering: Carlock Motorcars of Brentwood, TN, selling a 2018 Rolls-Royce Phantom in Gunmetal over tan leather with 8 miles, for $537,225. 2018 Mercedes-Benz AMG GT C Roadster sented, it was a true supercar derived from the Group B competition model, of which 200 road-going examples had to be produced for homologation purposes. Fewer than 300 of the 959 were produced and were in their day among the best sports cars one could get. As the median in the SCM Pocket Price Guide is $1,089,000, and taking into account the excellent condition of this particular car, I consider this well bought. #175-1994 PORSCHE 911 RUF Carrera cabriolet. S/N: WP0ZZZ99ZRS331862. Silver metallic/black canvas/red leather. Early example of an air-cooled 993 cabriolet, upgraded to RUF BTR specification in 2000. At the same time, interior and bodywork were upgraded by Techart. Hardly used since its conversion, the body still looks new with excellent paint and straight panels. Big spoiler from a 911 Turbo S. Unique front and rear fascias. Flat-spoke RUF 19-inch rims unscathed. Gorgeous interior in red leather with contrasting carbon trim, new gauges, sound system and Nokia in-car telephone. Norwegian registration. Offered at no reserve. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $287,908. The Z8 is a regular at auctions. Mostly they are silver metallic with red upholstery. Other color combos tend to bring some extra dollars. A perfect driving machine, with the right amount of nostalgia built in. Even when new, demand outstripped supply. Good ones don’t sell under $200k. This sold well over high estimate for no obvious reason. I guess the seller just had a lucky day. TOP 10 No. 8 #159-2018 RUF CTR3 Clubsport coupe. S/N: W09BM0388JPR06022. Green metallic/green cloth, black leather. Odo: 980 km. 2018 Geneva Motor Show car and one of the final CTR3 Clubsports produced. Virtually brand new, with only test miles on the clock. More Porscheinspired than Porsche-based, with a platform developed in conjunction with Canadian supplier Multimatic, also responsible for Ford’s latest GT. Porsche 3.6-L flat-6 midship, with twin KKK turbochargers. Large carbon wing at the back. Inside, green tartan-cloth seats are a striking detail. Commemorative watch offered to the new owner. Cond: 1. RM Sotheby’s Monte Carlo, MCO Date sold: 05/30/2018 eBay auction ID: 302741966835 Seller’s eBay ID: garageman2005 Sale type: Used car with 2,414 miles VIN: WDDYK8AA2JA014468 Details: Designo Iridium Silver Magno over black leather/Alcantara; 4.0-L twin-turbocharged V8 rated at 550 hp and 502 ft-lb, 7-sp auto, RWD Sale result: $169,999, Buy It Now, sf 221 MSRP: $157,000 (base) Other current offering: In Pasadena, CA, Rusnak Auto Group asking $189,945 for a 2018 AMG Solarbeam Yellow Metallic over black leather/Alcantara Mercedes-Benz AMG GT C Roadster with 33 miles. 2016 Porsche 911 GT3 RS Coupe SOLD AT $192,137. Rejuvenated and more powerful thanks to turbocharging, firmed-up suspension and bigger brakes. Techart body conversion make it stand out as a very special and modern-looking cabriolet. Elegant and tasteful too. One of my favorites at this sale. Sold just under low estimate. Worth every penny. Date sold: 05/10/2018 eBay auction ID: 163031558969 Seller’s eBay ID: jbrakha Sale type: Used car with 2,024 miles VIN: WP0AF2A92GS187185 Details: White over black leather/Alcantara; 4.0-L H6 rated at 500 hp and 338 ft-lb, 7-sp auto, RWD Sale result: $199,000, 1 Bid, sf 178 MSRP: $175,900 (base) Other current offering: Porsche of Beachwood in Beachwood, OH, offering a 2016 Porsche 911 GT3 RS coupe in Ultraviolet over black leather/Alcantara for $219,994, with 2,922 miles. ♦ 102 #190-2001 BMW Z8 convertible. S/N: WBAEJ13411AH60828. Silver metallic/silver metallic hard top, black canvas/black leather. Odo: 7,000 miles. Low-mileage car, as is mostly the case when Z8s come to auction. Metallic gray paint is the most common color. No blemishes, black leather upholstery in excellent condition, dashboard in impeccable state. American spec but converted to European specification when it was imported to the U.K. in 2012. Original U.S.-specification parts come with the car. Clean alloys and good tires. Engine compartment well cared for. Factory hard top. Full service history. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $1,321,691. A rare bird, with fewer than 30 cars produced—only seven of which are the extra-powerful Clubsport variant offering true supercar performance. That, combined with the fact that RUF has an excellent reputation, are the ingredients for a successful bidding war—for the seller, that is. Went well over its high estimate, and that is without some 20% VAT that has to be added for European delivery. ITALIAN #120-1935 FIAT 508 CS Balilla coupe. S/N: 508S076019. Maroon/beige cloth. Odo: 78,182 km. Perfectly restored both inside and out, with utmost attention to originality. Remarkable paint and panel fit. Unscathed painted wires with new Dunlop tires. Newly upholstered interior with correct cloth. Halda Twin Master and four-point belts. Featured in the Registro Fiat and with rich history file, including original 1936 MM participation Sports Car Market


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RM Sotheby’s Monte Carlo, MCO medal, photos and documents. Swiss registration. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $455,730. One of only 11 known and only surviving Mille Miglia entrant. Competed in 1936 edition and a few more recent editions. One of the most soughtafter pre-war Fiats and with rare and beautiful Aerodinamica bodywork. Mille Migliaeligible cars command some extra dollars, but I was really surprised when I saw the low estimation of $476k. It nevertheless sold close to that figure. Originality and rarity are rewarded as before; nevertheless, rather well sold. #146-1950 FERRARI 195 INTER coupe. S/N: 0113S. Rosso Corsa/Cognac leather. RHD. Odo: 1,820 km. Early coachbuilt Ferrari, one of about 11 195 Inters bodied by Ghia. Straight panels and shut lines. Brightwork in good condition. Vey shiny Borrani wire wheels. Recent Vredestein rubber. Nicely patinated brown leather and fairly new carpets. Jaeger instruments. Engine bay well cared for, triple Webers. U.S. title. Offered at no reserve. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $7,399,080. Bought new by German racing driver Wolfgang Seidel, who often shared his car with Wolfgang von Trips. A legendary TdF Berlinetta with a successful racing career. Only two caretakers in the past 45 years. Advertised as the top lot of this sale. Few bidders, though, with only two on the phone who gave up at $7.4m, one million below low estimation. Seller preferred to give it another chance, and who can blame him? #173-1957 FERRARI 250 GT Boano coupe. S/N: 0639GT. Silver metallic/ tan leather. Odo: 78,385 km. Cosmetically restored to a high level in 2012. Perfect chrome and striking two-tone paint, straight body. Only flaw is some bubbling at the underside of driver’s door. Brightwork very good. Plexiglass rear window. Shiny Borranis shod with Michelin X tires. Tan leather interior still looks new. Still with its original engine, reported as being rebuilt at the end of 2017 by Terry Hoyle. Very clean with correct hoses and triple Webers. Ferrari Classiche certification. Spanish registration. Cond: 1-. TOP 10 No. 10 SOLD AT $704,106. Early in its life the front and rear of this car were extensively modified. Penultimate American collector kept it for over three decades and restored it extensively. Engine, gearbox, differential and steering box still matching numbers. Sold online for close to its high estimate. Fair both ways. #167-1957 FERRARI 250 GT Tour de France coupe. S/N: 0879GT. Maroon & black/ brown leather. Odo: 10,355 km. One of the 17 Berlinettas with three-louver design by Scaglietti. Body is an older restoration. Original Ferrari badges on front wings were painstakingly preserved, but paint quality is rather poor, with lots of orange peel. Original aluminum bumpers matte, with other brightwork good. Shiny Borranis shod with Pirelli Cinturatos. Interior looks newly upholstered with tan leather; carpets look new too. Engine bay fairly clean. Fully matching numbers and Ferrari Classiche certification. Italian registration. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $1,012,898. One of 74 low-roof Boano coupes produced. A very elegant body, which could do without the large “SF” stickers on fenders. One of several high-quality Ferraris at this sale. Not all of them found a taker. This one did and sold mid-estimate, which is fair both ways. (See profile, p. 70.) #166-1959 ALFA ROMEO GIULIETTA Sprint Speciale coupe. S/N: AR1012000068. Bianco Gardenia/brown leather. Odo: 5 km. Rare early version of the Bertone-bodied Alfa Sprint Speciale, known as the “Muso Basso,” which means low nose. Fewer than 100 of these with specified front grille were built before an update was carried out in 1960. Recently restored. Straight panels, good shut lines and excellent paint. Some minor scratches in windshield. Steel rims shod wit new Vredestein Sprint rubber. Retrimmed interior in two tones of brown, new carpeting. Immaculate engine bay. New exhaust system. August 2018 103


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RM Sotheby’s Monte Carlo, MCO Odometer seemingly zeroed with restoration. Original handbooks and tools. Italian registration. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $462,443. Two owners form new. For over 50 years in single ownership. Engine, gearbox and rear axle original. Low estimate of $421,750 looked a bit optimistic at first glance, but it went swiftly over it, selling at almost four times the price of a later—and lesser—Sprint Speciale in this sale. TOP 10 No. 4 #136-1962 FERRARI 250 GT PF Series II cabriolet. S/N: 3459GT. Grigio Conchiglia/black canvas/black leather. Odo: 314 km. Restored by some great names in the trade. Mechanics by Toni Auto of Maranello, interior retrimmed by Luppi in Modena and paintwork by Sport Auto in Modena. Excellent brightwork, too. Factory hard top. Engine bay perfect. New exhaust with ANSA stickers still in place. The car retains its original drivetrain, including engine and gearbox. Ferrari Classiche certification. Monegasque registration. Cond: 1-. $1,650,000 (SCM# 6661867); apparently at that time, there was some confusion about the engine and chassis numbers. Ferrari Classiche certification application probably helps. A bit surprisingly, it has now emerged as the highest seller of the auction, selling mid-estimate. Fair both ways. #154-1967 FERRARI 330 GTC coupe. S/N: 11087. Silver metallic/black leather. Odo: 9,665 km. Good-looking and straight car in original color combination. Paintwork still good; some minor pitting of chrome around windows and scratches around windscreen. Recently retrimmed in black Connolly leather by Luppi of Modena. Orignal Voxon radio. Factory a/c. New Michelin XWX rubber on knockoff rims. Last serviced by Toni Auto, Modena. Ferrari Classiche certification. Cond: 2-. but still within reason for a nice original 246 GT. #174-1974 FERRARI 246 GTS DINO Spyder. S/N: 07394. Blu Dino Metallizzato/ black polyester/black leather. Odo: 31,701 km. Still in its original paint, with genuine low mileage. Straight panels and good shut lines. All brightwork in excellent shape. Non-standard chrome protection bar between front bumpers. Desirable 7.5x14 Campagnolo wheels. Nicely patinated interior. Driver’s seat slightly creased. Non-period JVC radio-CD player. Engine bay clean, with some usage marks. Ferrari Classiche certification. History file dating back to the early 1990s. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $2,019,830. Originally this 250 was finished in dark gray with red upholstery. The last owner restored it in the colors of the 250 GT cabriolet his father owned. Lively bidding in the room and on the phone brought it well over high estimate. According to SCM Platinum Auction Database, this is the fourthmost-expensive Series II ever sold at auction. #160-1966 FERRARI 275 GTB coupe. S/N: 08729. Light blue metallic/ beige leather. Odo: 30,955 km. Older restoration by Bob Smith Coachworks still presenting very well. Excellent panel fit, paint and chrome. Interior is very good, with only slight traces of use. Heated rear window. Perfect engine bay. One of 88 long-nose, steelbody, triple-carburetor examples. Torque-tube driveshaft. Tool roll and owner’s handbooks. Continuous history from new. EC taxes paid. Ferrari Classiche certification in progress. Cond: 2+. TOP 10 No. 2 SOLD AT $569,849. One of 598 produced between 1966 and 1968. A beautiful and usable car with good pedigree. Not the most striking color combination. Mentioned in the Platinum Auction Database (SCM# 1542760) as not sold at a Tokyo Auction in 1992 for $134k, and with only 10,300 km on the clock. Has 635 fewer km now. It’s been offered for sale many times since. Sold just over high estimate, but under SCM’s median valuation. Fair both ways. #151-1971 FERRARI 246 GT DINO coupe. S/N: 01862. Rosso Corsa/black leather. Odo: 12,875 km. Original-looking car. Older paint with some minor scratches, notably on engine cover. Brightwork overall good, but right front bumper uneven and with some speckles. Some delamination at top of windscreen. Leather creased and dry, with some cracks in driver’s seat. Red carpets good. Engine bay clean. Continuous history. French registration. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $636,977. A remarkably well-preserved Dino, in impeccable Blu Dino Metallizzato. Originality comes at a price, though. I thought the low estimate of $470k to be all the money, compared to the median price of $363k in the price guide. But it finally went for well over its high estimate—26%, to be exact. Very well sold indeed. #117-1984 DETOMASO PANTERA GT5 coupe. S/N: THPNCU09342. Black/ brown leather. Odo: 65,177 km. Well-caredfor example, with straight panels, good panel fit and paint still very good. Impressive wheelarches. Unscathed gold-painted alloys, gold lettering on flanks and even four gold-colored exhaust pipes. Brown leather interior with wood inlays with some patina. Aftermarket Pioneer radio-CD player. Engine bay clean. Recorded mileage seems original. Recently serviced and ready to go. German papers. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $164,689. One of around 175 produced. Equipped with all factory options and presenting very well. Not much enthusiasm in the room, though. Stayed well below low estimate of $210,875, but seller was probably right to let it go in today’s market. SOLD AT $2,556,860. Late long-nose, twocam 275 GTB in great colors. No-sale at Gooding Scottsdale 2014 auction at 104 SOLD AT $314,759. Previously owned by F1 driver René Arnoux, who was second owner. It is believed he had the car restored at the factory during his time at the Scuderia around 1983. Sold online just over its low estimation, #125-1984 FERRARI 512 BBi coupe. S/N: ZFFJA09B000049533. Rosso Corsa/tan leather. Odo: 11,640 km. Delivered new in California in the traditional Ferrari color combination of Rosso Corsa with tan interior. Very clean body, with BEST BUY Sports Car Market


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RM Sotheby’s Monte Carlo, MCO Market Moment unworn leather interior. Very clean engine bay. Full service history, including cam-belt service in 2014. Comes with original owner’s manual, full set of books and original tool roll. Swiss registration. Offered at no reserve. Cond: 2-. Peter Seabrook ©2018, courtesy of RM Sotheby’s 1960 Chevrolet Corvette 283/270 Convertible Sold at $395,314 RM Sotheby’s Monte Carlo, MCO, May 12, 2018, Lot 114 Chassis number: 00867S105903 I n the summer of 1991, I spent two weeks in Paris, staying with my best friend who was working in France. While in the City of Light, we borrowed a brand-new Polo Green Corvette convertible from GM Europe. Getting a Corvette for a weekend was always a treat back home. In Paris, the experience was downright terrifying — and incredibly enjoyable. It was terrifying because the Corvette is a large vehicle by European standards, with marginal visibility, and lots of expensive plastic for Paris’s notoriously bad drivers to hit. But on a July morning, cruising top-down at 110 mph on the glass-smooth Autoroute to Reims, it was an experience that would be difficult to duplicate in the United States. One unexpected benefit of driving this American in Paris was the incredible attention this auto- mobile drew. Corvettes are a rare sight in Europe — especially in countries such as France, which do not have a U.S. military presence. We felt like celebrities, with knowledgeable Frenchmen asking questions about the Corvette’s technology and performance. French drivers slow for nothing, yet many would do just that do get a better glimpse of this American legend. This is a high-quality example, dressed in an unusual color, Horizon Blue (just 633 made), with the validation of a Top Flight award from the National Corvette Restorers Society. That award means this ’Vette was factory-correct, right down to the reproduction Guide T3 head- lights. Bringing a Corvette to this state can be a major challenge and expense, but the trend in the past decade or so has been to restore a Corvette to Top Flight or Bloomington Gold perfection — and then drive it. That is what previous owners of this Corvette did, and it really is the best of both worlds. At RM Sotheby’s 2014 Monte Carlo auction, our subject Corvette sold for a shocking $184,941 — shocking at least by American standards, but as we observed: “Sold about 20% over estimate, making it look pricey, but try repeating it for the money.” Then lightning struck again at Monaco 2018 — and with the same Corvette. This humble Corvette sold for an astonishing of $395,314 at Monaco 2018. To put this in perspec- tive, you could buy four similar 1960 270-hp Corvettes in the U.S. for the same amount — and still have some pocket change. Historically the fuel-injected 290-hp Corvettes averaged higher, but during the past few years the 270-hp cars have surpassed the “Fuelies” and average about $85k today. With a Top Flight award or Bloomington Gold certification, they might just cross into six digits. Even the first 1960 Corvette built, serial number 00867S100001, sold for a mere $275,000 in 2009. So why $395,314 for this car? This is a high-quality Corvette, and these cars are rare in Europe. That must be why our subject car gets so much love — and money — when auctioned at Monaco. This time around, the 1960 Corvette sold for more than 400% over book. Just like a beautiful American actress, Grace Kelly, captivated Monaco over 60 years ago to become Princess Grace, this Horizon Blue Corvette seems to have done the same thing — twice. Even in the playground of the rich and famous, this 1960 Corvette was remarkably well sold. — Thomas Glatch 106 SOLD AT $972,621. The wildest iteration of the Diablo, one of just 80 produced. In order to save weight, the 4WD system was replaced by RWD. No real comps available. The bidder in the room who just missed Pope Francis’ Lamborghini could take revenge with this one. Sold mid-estimate, which looks fair for such an exceptional car. TOP 10 No. 9 #158-2006 FERRARI 575 SUPERAMERICA convertible. S/N: ZFFGT61B000146050. Grigio Titanio/black polyester/Cuoio leather. Odo: 9,500 km. Lowmileage, one-owner car. Still in as-new condition. Attractive color combo. Revochromico glass roof adjusts from transparent to almost completely opaque, or swings back for openair motoring. Desirable HGTC pack featuring carbon-ceramic brakes, steering upgrades, titanium exhaust and suspension. But above all, one of only 43 with manual 6-speed trans- Sports Car Market SOLD AT $219,586. One of 1,007 fuel-injected BBs, from the last production year. The injection models are arguably the most practical BBs. Sold by RM in London in 2014 for $317,294 (SCM# 6711041), then with 11,500 miles on the clock. Sold now well under its low estimate of $271k and close to $100k under its 2014 price. Well bought considering its low mileage and excellent condition. #163-1999 LAMBORGHINI DIABLO GT coupe. S/N: ZA9DE21AOXLA12333. Dark blue/black leather, gray Alcantara. Odo: 276 km. A new car with only 276 km on the clock. Perfectly preserved both inside and out. Black leather and gray Alcantara seats with Momo logos. Recently recommissioned and ready to go. Comes with correct carbon-fiber briefcase, service book, original order sheet and warranty card, and assorted paraphernalia from the factory. German registration. Cond: 1.


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RM Sotheby’s Monte Carlo, MCO mission. All manuals and documentation with the car. French registration. Cond: 1-. calipers. Swiss registration. Ferrari Classiche certification. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $811,512. Reportedly the most expensive Tailor Made Ferrari ever commissioned. The basis in itself, a 599 GTO, is certainly not a bad choice for an exclusive car, ticking all the right boxes. Certainly not a bargain, but unique in every respect. Advantage to the seller. #156-2017 FERRARI CALIFORNIA T SOLD AT $1,026,324. One of 559 Superamericas built, and all were sold by the time the first car was delivered. Superamericas are not uncommon at recent auctions. They normally sell in the $350k–$500k region, but this one had a strong selling proposition that always works with modern Ferraris: the manual transmission. Bonhams sold a similarly equipped example at their 2015 London Sale for $926,390 (SCM# 6798184). That this one did even more than $100k better in a market that is under pressure is remarkable. Very well sold indeed. #165-2011 FERRARI 599 GTO coupe. S/N: ZFF70RDB000181880. Nero Stellato/ Poltrona Frau leather. Odo: 3,750 km. Low mileage and still in concours condition. Unique car thanks to Ferrari’s Tailor Made department. Exterior finished in very rare Nero Stellato, multi-layer black paint with goldcolored metallic flakes. Carbon details give exclusive finish. Interior fully trimmed in Poltrona Frau leather in Hermès trademark orange with diamond quilting. Even the roof lining and boot are trimmed in the same material. Interior color is echoed by orange brake 70th Anniversary convertible. S/N: ZFF77XJB000226536. Bianco Avus & Verde/green leather. Odo: 251 km. The only California T delivered in the color combination of Bianco Avus and Verde. The green of the folding roof is repeated in the interior, with green carpeting and some green details on the dash. Ultimate evolution of the California. Turbocharging the V8 adds 70 hp, resulting in a power output of 552 bhp and 49% more torque, yet the fuel consumption is reduced by some 15%. Delivery miles. German registration. Cond: 1. white interior, with Lamborghini crests adorning the headrests. Signed on the bonnet by the pope himself. Virtually as-new condition. Subject to VAT on the full purchase price. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $965,908. Offered by Pope Francis, with proceeds going to charities selected by the pope himself. Bidding started at $220k, and close to $500k, when a bidder in the room raised the bid by $40k instead of the usual $10k, only one opponent remained, a Spanish bidder on the phone. A memorable bidding war developed, with many cheers for the more inspired bidder in the room, but the phone bidder won eventually. My God, what a result! (See profile, p. 86.) AMERICAN SOLD AT $435,591. As a celebration of its 70th birthday, Ferrari designed 70 different and unique liveries, inspired by cars from its history and executed by the Tailor Made department. Five of these cars were California Ts, but they were all unique, with this one being inspired by the 250 Europa GT that was presented by Pinin Farina at the 1956 Brussels Motor Show. Sold just over its high estimate, but VAT (around 20%) is due on the total sum, making it a rather expensive car. #161-2018 LAMBORGHINI HURA- CÁN LP580-2 coupe. S/N: ZHWEC2ZF1HLA06894. Bianco Monocerus/black & white leather. Customized by Lamborghini’s Ad Personam program. Finished in Bianco Monocerus with gold stripes in homage to the colors of the Vatican City flag. Black-and- #114-1960 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N: 00867S105903. Blue & white/blue hard top, black canvas/blue vinyl. Odo: 37,886 miles. Quad-headlight with good paint and excellent chrome. Straight panels and good shut lines. Factory hard top in matching blue color. Unscathed hubcaps, whitewall tires. Matching blue vinyl interior with new carpets and Wonder Bar radio. Desirable 4-speed manual transmission. Engine bay in line with rest of car. Matching-numbers V8 with dual 4-bbl Carter carbs and electronic ignition. French papers. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $395,314. Received an NCRS Top Flight Award in 2009 and looks ready to renew it any time. A non-sale at $83k at the 2007 Mecum St. Charles auction (SCM# 1569855). At the RM Monaco sale of 2014 it sold for an impressive $184,941 (SCM# 6709819), and was advertised as an ideal Monaco car. Prophetic words. Bidding didn’t seem to stop this time. Eventually is was hammered down at more than double of the 2014 hammer price. A remarkable result. © 108 Sports Car Market


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Mecum Auctions Houston, TX Mecum Houston 2018 The top three sellers were all modern, and seven of the top 10 sales were cars produced after 2000 Company Mecum Auctions Date April 5–7, 2018 Location Houston, TX Auctioneers Mark Delzell, Jimmy Landis, Matt Moravec Automotive lots sold/offered 608/869 Sales rate 70% Sales total $21,199,035 High sale One of four offered and the only one that sold, which became the overall top seller — 2006 Ford GT coupe, sold at $368,500 Report and photos by Cody Tayloe Market opinions in italics T here’s no shortage of new blood at M Houston. These are the folks who have watched on television, sometimes for years, but have never been to an auction in person. As with many professional sporting events, the view of the block i usually much better on TV. But most enthu come to the sale for more than just the view of t The cars themselves are the draw, and just walking around taking in the sights is certainly exhilarating. I had the pleasure of catching up with two folks who were both first-time attendees and buyers. One flew in from out of state to attend with his brother, who lived in Texas. Although he had watched for years on television, he had never been to a sale in person, and they decided to make a weekend out of the auction. He left with four cars — giving a jolt to his new collection. Another 2006 Ford GT coupe, sold at $368,500 Buyer’s premium 10%, included in sold prices Houston, TX gentleman, who was a first-timer, was attracted by the Viper collection on offer. He originally came to own one of those examples, but left with a 1988 Porsche 911 Turbo. He was telling me he owned three Teslas and wanted something to enjoy on the weekends. Not a bad choice. The crowd is always lively, especially on Saturday. In addition o buyers new to the hobby, Mecum also brings out a lot of fresh conments. Since their inaugural Houston sale here in 2012, Mecum has returned to Houston every year. Sales totals this year reached $21.2m, with a 70% sell-through rate, up by $235,459 compared to last year. Interesting to note that seven of the top 10 sales were cars produced after 2000. That’s a lot of interest shown in modern collectibles. The three top sellers were all modern, and two of those, including the overall top seller, crossed the block on Friday. Four Ford GTs were offered, but only one was sold. It ended up the top seller at $368,500. The second-highest sale was Lot S156.1, a 2015 RollsRoyce Ghost selling for $198,000 — making it the top Saturday seller. Rounding out the top three was a low-mileage 2001 BMW Z8, which found a new home for $192,500. The three top-selling classics of the sale A German El Camino? 1978 Mercedes-Benz 450SEL custom pickup, sold at $7,975 110 were all American nameplates. Of these, the top seller was a 1971 Dodge Hemi Challenger R/T, which came in as fourth-highest sale at $184,250. Second-highest classic was a 1970 Plymouth Superbird at $181,500, and the third top-selling classic was a 1967 Shelby GT500 fastback changing hands for $133,100. Mecum returns to Texas in October for their eighth time in Dallas. ♦ Sales Totals $35m $30m $25m $20m $15m $10m $5m 0 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 Sports Car Market


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Mecum Auctions Houston, TX ENGLISH #S195.1-1954 JAGUAR XK 120 SE con- vertible. S/N: S678020. Gray/black cloth/red leather. Odo: 77,730 miles. Older restoration showing age. Paint has been well kept and is good overall. Could use a good buffing, however. Crack behind driver’s side bumper. Driver’s door out slightly at bottom rear. Brightwork is replated, with some light scratches. Minor pitting on wheels. Glass and rubber are good. Interior reveals age of restoration. Seats, especially driver’s, are very worn. Carpets are worn and dirty. Wood dash has lost its luster. Clear gauges. Canvas top appears to be in good order. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $46,200. The restoration is not of a high-quality level that is typically found with these examples. Leake sold this one at their Oklahoma City sale in 2016 for $41,525 (SCM# 6798851), where it was noted to have a body-off repaint a few years prior. Prior to that, a dealer had it for sale in 2015. In fact, some of the same photos are used for the marketing material here, with the dealer’s embedded logo cropped out. A good amount of money was recently spent, so it seems the buyer took a hit for not recouping his investment over the last sale, although the final price was fair given the condition. #F2-1994 LAND ROVER DEFENDER NOT SOLD AT $85,000. Less than one month before being offered at this sale in Houston, it crossed the block at Motostalgia’s Amelia Island sale, where it failed to sell with a high bid of $108,000 (SCM# 6863902). Our reporter at that sale noted that it surpassed the low estimate and commented, “The seller should have taken the money.” In 2017, the average sales price was $90k, and this year is shaping up to be more of the same. I agree with the last reporter—the seller should have taken the money. #F185-1967 AUSTIN-HEALEY 3000 Mk III BJ8 convertible. S/N: HBJ8L38795. Red/ black vinyl/black leather. Odo: 59,736 miles. Restoration completed in past three months, with lots of new parts. Some trash in the paint, but lustrous overall. Light pitting on headlight bezels. Other brightwork is in good order. Seals appear to be original or an older replacement. Passenger’s doors out slightly at the rear. Heavy scratch on passenger’s door handle. Interior wood in very good condition. Gauges are clean and clear. Seats show little wear. Carpet has been replaced. Dash covering is torn in the center where it meets the wind screen. Steering-wheel leather is amateur and looks worn. Driver’s door armrest is slightly wavy. Soft top appears recent. Engine compartment is tidy and clean. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $42,350. The four-year run of North American-spec Defender 90s is increasing in popularity and value, and while lowmileage examples can still be found, get ready to write a sizable check. Compare the sale here with one recently sold by Bonhams at their 2018 Scottsdale sale. Similarly equipped, but with only 16,000 miles, the red 1995 example with a catalog estimate of $90k–$120k sold there for more than double the price paid here ($85,800, SCM# 6858142). I’ll take the one with the higher mileage; I can actually drive it without feeling guilty. Well bought. #F72.1-2002 LOTUS ESPRIT 25th An- niversary coupe. S/N: SCCDC08202HA10418. Silver/black leather. Odo: 21,256 miles. Well-looked-after original. Number 77 of 100 U.S. imports. Original manual included. Paint appears original, with no signs of previous paint but a few rock chips on front bumper. Minimal parking-stop damage on bottom of chin. Scratches on rear deck behind luggage compartment are minor. Front lenses minimally sun-faded. Some chips in black trim at top of driver’s door. Driver’s seat worn and smooth. Otherwise, interior is original. Screen printing is all intact. Factory OZ Nova 112 NOT SOLD AT $85,000. Never been raced or tracked, and was offered on a bill of sale, as it is not street legal. A private listing by the company that offers the “Lotus Driving Experience” has an asking price of $140,000. A factory-new street example of the Lotus Evora 400 runs about $100,000 depending on options. Here, the high bid fell short of what a new streetable one would cost. Just not the right crowd here to appreciate what it is; I have an Evora in my collection, so it appeals to me, but many people out there are simply unsure what it is worth. Sports Car Market 90 SUV. S/N: SALDV2286RA935752. White/ black canvas/black vinyl. Odo: 74,860 miles. Very good overall condition. Appears to have been well looked after. Canvas top looks to have been replaced. Hardly any scratches on plastic windows, but one on front windscreen. Original paint in very good condition. A few waves on aluminum fenders next to the hood. Passenger’s side door slightly in at the rear. Otherwise panel alignment is good. Original carpets slightly worn, with some pet hair. Gauge faces slightly scratched. Interior illumination isn’t working. Cond: 3+. wheels with new rubber. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $45,000. This example was posted on Denver Craigslist in August 2017 with an asking price of $45k. Presumably it sold and made its way to a Houston dealer who had it listed for $59,900 prior to the Mecum sale. An eBay listing hosted by the dealer that ended the same weekend as the Mecum auction shows a top bid of $49,600. The high bid here was not enough for the seller to let it go. After being offered at Mecum, the seller repriced it at $64,900. Russo and Steele sold a comparable example at their 2017 Monterey sale with 48,500 miles for $44,000 (SCM# 6846375). Asking $50kplus is aiming very high. #S192.1-2017 LOTUS EVORA 400 Cup coupe. S/N: SCCLMDVU5HHH20302. Chrome Orange/black leather. Not street legal. Said to be the only factory Cup car in the United States. Race ready: External battery connection and circuit breaker, carpet delete with fire extinguisher, and carbon-fiber racing seats with four-point harness. Rear tow strap. Louvered engine cover instead of glass. Radio delete with circuit breakers in place. Paint is factory-new with no notable flaws. Panel fit not yet race-car-like. No nose or chin damage. Minimal threshold wear. Fire extinguisher. Cond: 2.


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Mecum Auctions Houston, TX FRENCH #T75.1-1963 RENAULT CARAVELLE convertible. S/N: 0087979. Red/red hard top/tan vinyl. Odo: 20 miles. Said to have had a frame-off restoration, but that must’ve been a long time ago. Has decals from winning a few concours down in Mexico, as well as Mexican registration from 1994. Paint faded, with some cracks and scratches throughout. Exterior lenses are slightly faded. Seal dry and cracked around windscreen. Door rubber is piecemeal and does not fit correctly. Panel fit is good overall. Large bubbles on rear engine cover. Interior is average, with cracks on the steering wheel, but seats are in good condition. Gauge numbers’ script is almost illegible, but assumed to be factorycorrect. Original radio. Carpets are slightly worn. Hard top on for entire sale; no inspection of soft top. Cond: 3. surface scratches throughout. European headlights and grille. Bumper chrome is dull with scratches. Glass and rubber in good condition. Bed cover opens from factory trunk release. Interior very presentable. Typical cracking on wood inlay around shifter. Carpets show some wear; seats and door panels in very good condition. Clear gauges. No dash cracks. Oversized Brabus-style wheels. Appears to sit higher than stock. Cond: 3. have since leveled off but have yet to see a significant dip in value after essentially doubling very quickly. Before the Dan Kruse sale, we first followed it across the block at Classic Motorcar Auctions’ sale in 2011, where it did not sell with a high bid of $13,000 (SCM# 4775032). It showed up at sale twice in 2012 as well. Six years after the first time offered, a fair winning bid. NOT SOLD AT $27,500. Under pressure from U.S. Renault dealers who wanted to match the successful formula of the Volkswagen Karmann Ghia, the French car company answered back with the launch of the Caravelle. This example crossed the block at Motostalgia’s 2018 Amelia Island sale just weeks before it found its way to Mecum. There, it was unsold with a high bid of $24,000 (SCM# 6863965). The high bid here bested that one, but it still remained unsold. I’d be curious to know what the owner has in mind, as the last successful state-side Caravelle sale was for $11,000 in 2015 (SCM# 6778712). GERMAN #F274-1962 MERCEDES-BENZ 220SE coupe. S/N: 1102110025091. White & silver/ red leather. Odo: 23,737 miles. Older repaint coarse to the touch, with a few blisters, flaws and some inclusions in the paint on right front fender. Overspray on trim. Brightwork scratched but believed to be original. Vent-window door trim is pitted. Rubber is older but holding up. Wiper streaks on front glass. Bumpers are good overall. Grille is pitted. Interior is original, with decent carpets and aftermarket floor mats that are oversized and incorrect. Door panels in good condition. Interior brightwork is pitted. Gauges are clean and clear. Dash is in good shape. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $46,200. Last offered at Dan Kruse Classic’s Houston sale in 2017, where it did not sell with a high bid of $31,000 (SCM# 6857213). I observed the car there and had a discussion with one of the auction representatives as it crossed the block about how these suddenly climbed in value in a few short years. They 114 SOLD AT $24,200. The consignor stated that all parts were either new, refurbished or replaced. One look underhood and the amount of effort put into this one by the previous owner, who was noted as a BMW enthusiast, was obvious. The restoration is said to have been completed in 2015, and 1,500 miles have been put on since, giving confidence to interested bidders that it has been properly sorted. Little to fault here, and the consignor was rewarded with a proper sale. Fair deal for both parties, as the seller reaps the monetary reward while the buyer now owns a prime example. #T41-1978 MERCEDES-BENZ 450SEL custom pickup. S/N: 11603312073294. Black/black leather. Odo: 72,825 miles. Lowish original mileage. Straight body with good panel fit. Small door ding behind driver’s side door. Black paint is decent, but shows light #T93-1970 BMW 2002 2-dr sedan. S/N: 1674381. Manila/black vinyl. Odo: 63,073 miles. Noted to be restored by a BMW enthusiast. Popular “roundie” taillights. Restoration appears older, but done with care. Said to have 1,500 post-restoration miles. Paint is in decent condition, with a few intermittent light scratches. Prep was decent, with no signs of overspray. Rubber has been replaced. Brightwork has a few minor dings here and there. Glass has light scratches. Interior is very nice, as gauges are exceptionally clean and clear. Seats in good condition, and door panels restored. Dash appears to have been re-covered and is in very good condition. Steering wheel shows slight wear from handling. Tasteful upgraded stereo with subwoofer under the seats. Upgraded brakes. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $7,975. Even though this example changes hands once every few years, the consignor stays with the Mecum theme to handle the sale. It first changed hands at Mecum’s Monterey sale in 2012, where it sold for $13,200. In 2014, it made an appearance at their Houston sale, where it sold again, this time for $15,660 (SCM# 6714690). In 2015, it sold at Mecum’s Houston sale once again, this time for $11,880 (SCM# 6783590). It cooled off for a few years before being offered here in Houston for the third time. The downward trend on pricing continues. Well bought. #F118-1978 VOLKSWAGEN TRANS- PORTER Westfalia microbus. S/N: 2382054322. Green & white/green plaid cloth. Odo: 29,737 miles. Recent light restoration. Color believed to be factory original. Pop-up tent canvas has been replaced. Has factory options including stove and refrigerator. Recent tuneup with new suspension and bushings. Some trash in paint and a few areas of bodywork not touched up. Poor prep in places. Rubber has been replaced. Stainless around the side windows is discolored. Seal at sliding door is cracked, but still soft. Older carpets inside and front seat upholstery loosely fits. Headliner sagging and passenger’s visor missing. Glass is in good shape. Gauges are slightly dull. Lots of stickers placed throughout the interior. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $17,600. Loaded with options such as the refrigerator and stove; updates also included a new camper top and 2.0-L powerplant. Surprisingly, there was no front-mount spare commonly found on the Westfalia, but it does allow for the reveal of the iconic VW Sports Car Market


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Mecum Auctions Houston, TX emblem. Unlike some of the passenger configuration examples, second-gen Transporter prices are similar to those of first-gen Westfalias, with the better-than-new examples often bringing ridiculous money. This one was nice, but not over-the-top, and the sales price reflected the condition. #T13-1985 PORSCHE 928 coupe. S/N: WP0JB0926FS861411. Silver/black leather. Odo: 42,578 miles. Low mileage but showing age. Older respray revealing overspray and prep issues such as poor masking. Paint is slightly faded in places. Panel alignment is good. Door-stops worn out, causing driver’s door to close easily. Moisture in front headlamps. Sunroof is not closed all the way. Interior is more tired than mileage would reveal. Carpets in decent original condition. A/C vents are broken. Seat leather shows minor wear. Gauges are easy to read. Headliner is sagging at the sunroof. Glovebox upholstery loose. Passenger’s door panel misaligned, giving an easy peek into the door cavity. Despite age and condition, the doors still close with an authoritative sound. Cond: 3. #F103-1988 PORSCHE 911 Turbo years later by the Boxster and 997 Carrera. Originally, the company had planned on producing the car well into the 1990s, but it was replaced with the 968 in 1992. Although this example was refreshed about a decade ago, the overall condition is a testament to how well the 944 holds up over time, especially for what was then an entry-level sports car. Offered at no reserve, it sold early on Thursday and was relisted on Saturday by what is assumed to be a consignor looking for a quick flip. The seller was successful in the sale on Saturday, although it was $550 lighter than this original sale. SOLD AT $8,250. Most purists see the 928 as Porsche’s failed attempt to replace the iconic 911 with a grand tourer. While fairly low-milage, this one lacked the desirable S designation and the automatic transmission likely held back the value. An early Thursday spot did not do it any favors, either, and the new buyer was hoping to flip it for a few bucks more by offering it again on Saturday, when it was a no-sale at $7,500 pretty late on the final day. Fair money paid, but the flipping-at-the-same-auction strategy was unsuccessful on this one. #T25-1986 PORSCHE 944 coupe. S/N: WP0AA0947GN452015. White/white leather. Odo: 28,504 miles. Low-mileage example of a budget Porsche in very good condition. Repainted and reupholstered about 10 years ago. Paint appears to be very good quality, with a few noticeable imperfections. More pearlescence than the original finish. Some light clearcoat scratches on hood. Panel alignment on left front fender is off and does not align properly with the hood or with the door. Doorpanel alignment is otherwise good. White leather upholstery is holding up very well. Aftermarket navigation professionally installed and looks at home in the older car. Dash free of any cracks. Slight scratch in the steering-wheel leather. Replaced carpets in very good shape. Console shows little wear. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $9,350. This model was the volume mover for Porsche during its 1982 to 1991 run before being succeeded many 116 #T2.1-1987 MERCEDES-BENZ 560SL convertible. S/N: WDBBA48D3HA066647. Yellow/black leather. Odo: 85,659 miles. Hard top and soft top included, hard top on during sale. Average-mileage example in average used-car condition. Paint possibly original, with some chips touched up. Could use a good buffing. Brightwork is original but not perfect, with light scratches throughout. Significant gouge in trim on top of driver’s door. Heavy wiper streaks on front glass. Other glass in good condition. Panel alignment is factory spec. Driver’s seat outer bolster is worn. Carpets are original and show wear. Steeringwheel leather is cracked, with a hole at the top exposing the hard plastic underneath. Cracks in the dash. Note inside says not to start engine. Cond: 3. coupe. S/N: WP0JB0939JS050641. Guards Red/tan leather. Odo: 29,749 miles. Extensive service records. With Sport seats and air conditioning. Outstanding paint. Panel alignment is very good. Large aftermarket wheels. Lenses are free of any major fading. Minimal trim shows very well. A few light clearcoat scratches on the roof. Dash leather in very good condition. Front chin is slightly wavy. Driver’s seat bolster shows minimum wear. Gauge faces very clean and clear. Carpet slightly worn, but in good overall condition. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $121,000. The winning Dallasbased bidder stated that he came to the Houston sale attracted by the Viper offerings. He is the owner of three Teslas and said he wanted something that was anti-Tesla to enjoy. With every intention of buying a Viper, he noticed this 911 that he had viewed many times online for sale by a dealer over the past several months. He was aware that accompanying the car was $40k in service receipts, as well as recent service and many performance upgrades, and felt confident in this example. This one last sold at Barrett-Jackson’s 2015 Scottsdale sale for $115,500 (SCM# 6778728). Still a fair price here. #T48-1992 PORSCHE 968 convertible. SOLD AT $11,000. One of the first cars to hit the block on opening day at this year’s Houston sale. A few years ago, the R107 could be bought for a fraction of the money they’re bringing today. Prices hit a high point around 2014 and 2015 before softening for a few years, but have now returned to those levels of a few years ago and continue to climb. The mileage here was not extremely low, but still offers a few years of occasional enjoyment before hitting the century mark. So far, this is one of the lowest sales of the year, but the color and note inside reading “Do not start engine” may be off-putting to some. If no major mechanical reconditioning is needed, well bought. S/N: WP0CA296XNS840294. Cobalt Blue/ silver leather. Odo: 128,570 miles. Mostly original and not especially well kept. Trunk lid very faded and doesn’t match the rest of the car. Hood also very faded, with scratches throughout. Paint chips on backside of mirrors. Rock chips on the lower left rear quarter panel. Scrape on edge of passenger’s door mirror down to the plastic. Exterior lenses faded. Panel alignment is good overall. Original rubber is old but holding up well. Dash leather coming up at the defroster vents. Worn interior items: carpets, seats and leather on gear shifter. Screen printing is intact. Top of steering-wheel leather sun-damaged and cracked. Gauges are clean and clear. PCA Club decals. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $9,900. Not exactly the most wellSports Car Market


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Mecum Auctions Houston, TX cared-for example. First offered at Mecum’s 2014 Houston sale, where it was sold for $8,100 (SCM# 6714564). It has also been spotted for sale online with about 6,000 fewer miles, presumably a listing still visible prior to the 2014 sale, with an asking price of $10,500. The 968 run was short, and it was the last front-engine Porsche offered until the Cayenne came along in 2003. Enthusiasts are beginning to take note, as owners and critics will attest these are really good cars. Manualtransmission coupes demand a premium over a soft-top auto. Fair price paid, as the appearance of this one was somewhat tired. #F203-2001 BMW Z8 convertible. S/N: WBAEJ13461AH60405. Silver/black canvas/ black leather. Odo: 5,667 miles. Includes original window sticker, owner’s manual, factory toolkit, battery maintainer, first-aid kit and car cover. Low original mileage. In unmodified, like-new condition, and still smells new inside. Matching hard top. No obvious signs of paint work or touch-ups. A few small scrapes under the front chin. Headlights are slightly faded. Brightwork is well preserved. Panel alignment is factory correct. Glass is clean and clear. Driver’s seat has some minor wear on outer bolster. Carpets are hardly worn. Gauges are clean and clear. Console is in good condition. Cond: 2. exterior mirrors. Chunk of black finish missing from front bumper—revealing white underneath. Panel alignment is good. Windshield wiper missing in front of driver’s position. Targa top is slightly faded. Interior shows age, but gauges are very clear. Seats slightly tired, with cracking in leather and deflated cushions. Carpets very dirty and slightly worn. Screen printing is faded on the console switches. Cond: 3. at RM’s Rétromobile Paris sale, changing hands for $149,310 (SCM# 6817248). This one left a lot to be desired in its condition and was on the higher-mileage side of Ferrari collectibles. Additionally, there was no mention of preservation efforts or service history, so the bidders were potentially buying a lot of unknowns. These factors were reflected in the final bid efforts. NOT SOLD AT $50,000. Last sold at Motostalgia’s Amelia Island sale in 2017 for $73,150 (SCM# 6832683). It returned to the same sale in 2018, where it did not change hands with a high bid of $58,000 (SCM# 6863974). Values are declining from the high levels experienced in 2015 and 2016, although they will likely never be downright cheap again like they were in the 1990s. Offer here was about $10,000 below average, but this one had a fair amount of wear and lacked service-history information that typically boosts buyer confidence. The last Amelia Island offer was proper money in today’s market. The seller may be holding on for a long time before it returns to the level of the 2017 sale. SOLD AT $192,500. Said to be one-owner from new; this is its fourth round at a Mecum auction and the second time it has sold. It was first offered at their 2017 Monterey event, where it was sold at $198,000 (SCM# 6846817). A few months later, it was offered at Mecum’s Las Vegas 2017 sale and at their Kissimmee 2018 sale, where it failed to meet reserve at $155,000 and $180,000, respectively (SCM# 6854144, 6859032). It appears the change of hands in Monterey is not being counted as the second owner, and it was likely never retitled. Low-mileage examples and Alpinas will bring the big bucks, with ones used a little more often changing hands between $150k–$200k. Although the consignor may have taken a slight hit over what was paid in Monterey, still well sold at the higher end of the U.S. spectrum. ITALIAN #S180.1-1983 FERRARI 308 GTS Spi- der. S/N: ZFFMA13A8D0046045. Red/black leather. Odo: 39,978 miles. Mileage stated to be original. Paint appears to be original, with age-related flaws throughout. Not much fading, but light clearcoat scratches. Pitted antenna mast. Significantly faded plastic on the 118 NOT SOLD AT $86,000. This one is said to be one of only 322 “flying mirror” examples for the U.S. market. Two Monospecchios sold in 2017: one at Bonhams’ Monterey sale sold for $117,700 (SCM# 6846722), and the other #S227-1985 FERRARI TESTAROSSA Monospecchio coupe. S/N: ZFFSA17A8F0059351. White/tan leather. Odo: 49,798 miles. Appears to be all-original, with noticeable use. Scraped chin on driver’s side, with one area heavily gouged. Exterior lenses are slightly faded. Heavy rub on the driver’s side of front bumper. Very dirty from transport. Door-key surrounds show chips. Glass in good shape. Front window screen has been replaced. Dash in good condition, with clear gauges. Driver’s seat is heavily worn and bottom cushion is uncomfortable. Driver’s inner seat-belt receiver surround missing. Heavy bolster wear. Sisal mats protecting slightly worn carpets. Headliner in good shape. Cond: 3-. #F247-1992 FERRARI 348 TS Spider. S/N: ZFFRG36A2N0091673. Red/black leather. Odo: 42,195 miles. Desirable gated shifter. Custom oversized aftermarket wheels and aftermarket audio upgrades. Paint believed to be original and shows some sun fading. Rock chips on the nose with a few chin scrapes underneath. Panel alignment is good overall. Glass and rubber are in good condition. Driver’s door creaks when opening. Interior is average, with carpet showing wear. A/C vent to the left of the cluster is pulling away from dash. Driver’s seat bolster wear is minimal. Steering wheel shows signs of handling. Gauges are clean and clear. A few buttons and controls inside slightly worn at the touch points. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $44,000. Sold twice at this auction. Originally, it ran as a Friday offering, where it sold for this $44,000. The new owner looked for a quick flip and ran it Saturday as Lot S236, where it sold again for $39,600. A year earlier in 2017, it also crossed the block at Mecum Houston, where it did not meet reserve with a high bid of $60,000 (SCM# 6833311). There was no mention of service history, but the previous owner, a dealer, had said the maintenance was up to date in the non-auction description. The dealer was asking $65,280 on their website, and based on its being offered in both 2017 and again in 2018, it was likely not getting much interest. Well bought both times at this sale, but not bought well enough on the original sale to come out ahead the second go-round. JAPANESE #S201-1977 TOYOTA LAND CRUISER HJ-45 pickup. S/N: HJ45008927. Beige/black vinyl. Odo: 46,103 km. Restoration a few years old and showing some flaws. Poor prep around the fenders has led to cracked paint. Poor masking around the cab trim. Scratches around driver’s door at rear of cab. Scratches all along the bedsides. Multiple chips down to bare metal at top of the driver’s door. 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On the Radar A whole new crop of world cars is now legal to import into the United States. If you’re not familiar with the rules, you can find info at www.nhtsa.dot.gov/cars/rules/import. by Jeff Zurschmeide 1993 Peugeot 306 Mecum Auctions Houston, TX area of delamination in the middle of the wind screen. Exterior lenses are all in good shape. Interior has been repainted. Gauge faces are slightly cloudy. Screen printing worn off of odometer digits. Lots of holes in dash where switches once resided. Headliner slightly soiled. Includes photo documentation of the restoration. Cond: 3. Pros: New for 1993, the Pininfarina-designed front-wheel-drive 306 hot hatchback is closely related to the Citroën ZX, with an available 2.0-liter DOHC 16V engine rated at 155 hp in the S16 (’93–95) and 165 hp (1996–2002) in the GTi-6. Both carried a 5-speed manual transmission. Three-door only for the S16. Authentic Group A rally history, and the GTI won endurance and touring car races in 1999–2002. Cons: If you want the real hot rod GTi-6, you have to wait three more years. Price range: $2.5k–$4k, plus import costs. 1993 Fiat Coupe Smiths gauges are clean, clear and easy to read. Wide whites are out of place. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $16,500. Originally, Volvo engineers had tapped Karmann to build the P1800, but Volkswagen threatened to cancel their existing contract if Karmann took on the project. The first two years of P1800 were produced by Jensen in the U.K. for Volvo; a run that lasted two years before moving to Sweden due to quality concerns. A few of the custom touches on this example might turn off the Volvo purist, while the higher mileage may be a turn-off to a broader audience. Sold above market median, so well sold. Performance data and dyno results backing up the functionality of the hood scoop did not accompany the car. NOT SOLD AT $22,000. Believed to be a Honduran import. There were a total of six Land Cruisers at the sale; half of them sold. Of the six, the offer here was the lowest of any offered. It was listed as restored, but not to anywhere near impeccable standards. Still, would make a good driver. It didn’t fare much better online after this sale, as a recent top bid on eBay only reached $20,800. What’s it worth? Only what someone is willing to pay, and the number here seems to be in the low $20ks. SWEDISH Pros: Just 119 of these cars were made in the first year of production. Powered by a 2.0-liter 16V turbo engine at 187 horsepower, bumped to a 2.0-liter 5-cylinder 20V turbo with 217 horsepower in 1996. Front-wheel drive came through a 5- or 6-speed manual transmission. Four-wheel independent suspension made it a handler, and the 1,400 Limited Editions made in 1998 got Brembos and Recaros and did 0–62 mph in 6.3 seconds. Cons: Finding one of the 119 cars made in 1993 could be a challenge. Better to wait three years for the hotter engine or even five years for the “Limited” edition made in much higher numbers. Price range: $5k–$10k, plus import costs. 1993 SEAT Córdoba SX #F230-1971 VOLVO 1800E coupe. S/N: 18435332962. Red/tan vinyl. Odo: 125,564 miles. Offered at no reserve. Older repaint in subpar condition. Custom hood with hood scoop behind frenched headlights. Lots of trash in the paint, with intermittent scrapes and chips. Areas of fading. Blistering on the trunk. Rubber seals replaced. Light pitting on the brightwork and bumpers. Hood slightly tight on the driver’s side. Glass has some scratches and is slightly cloudy. Interior worn and tired. Seats are intact but show considerable age. Carpets appear to be original and worn. Some rubbing on the switches and interior controls. AMERICAN #S190.1-2018 DODGE CHALLENGER SRT Demon coupe. S/N: 2C3CDZH93JH100670. TorRed & black/black leather. Odo: 8 miles. Number 670 of 3,000 produced. Fewer than 10 miles. Like-new original from the factory. Window sticker still intact. No paint flaws to note. No chin scratches, etc. Panel fit is factory correct. Interior shows no use and smells new. Engine is flawless and factory correct. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $143,000. After watching this one cross the block, I texted a good friend of mine who had already consigned hers to BarrettJackson’s then-upcoming Palm Beach sale to let her know how this one did. Hers, an 11mile example, went on to sell for $151,800 (SCM# 6868574). Prior to this sale, three other Demons had sold at different events averaging $146,300 with a 100% sale rate. Even if sellers are paying a dealership “market adjustment” when buying new, they would be foolish not to take the money and run. My friend also sold her six-mile 2015 Hellcat at the Barrett-Jackson sale, which brought $63,500 (SCM# 6868575). If one waits too long and the hype dies down, so does the sale price. Right now, all Demons offered, including this one, have been very well sold. © Pros: Genuine rally and racing history. Massproduced 1.8-liter 16V engine in a sexy 2-door coupe body delivered 128 horsepower and 122 ft-lb. The Giugiaro design looks good and hides Seat’s obvious VW underpinnings. Cons: As these cars were an affordable performance option, young men drove them into the ground. Just 11 of the 2-liter variants were registered in the U.K. as of a few years ago. Could be mistaken for a Jetta. Price range: $1k–$5k, plus import costs. ♦ 120 “ Originally, Volvo engineers had tapped Karmann to build the P1800, but Volkswagen threatened to cancel their existing contract if Karmann took on the project. 1971 Volvo 1800E coupe ” Sports Car Market


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Bonhams Monte Carlo, MCO Les Grandes Marques à Monaco 2018 The star was the McLaren MP4/8A in which Ayrton Senna won the last of his six Grands Prix in Monaco. It was a benchmark-setter at $5m Company Bonhams Date May 11, 2018 Location Monte Carlo, MCO Auctioneers Catherine Yaiche, Rupert Banner Automotive lots sold/offered 41/53 Sales rate 77% Sales total $17,147,266 High sale 1993 McLaren MP4/8A F1 single-seater, sold at $5,009,297 Buyer’s premium Impressive views from all vantage points, which includes the top seller 1993 McLaren MP4/8A F1 race car, selling for $5,009,297 Report and photos by Paul Hardiman Market opinions in italics T he magnificent Villa la Vigie — set on a promontory overlooking the Bay of Roquebrune in one direction and the beach in the principality in the other — was the setting for Bonhams’ 2018 Mona sale. Strictly speaking, it isn’t quite in Monaco: i just outside the border in France. But it still feels l Monaco, and you can see all the Cote d’Azur’s g tering jewels from its terraces. It reminds you wh a high-rise building site the place is — and why it’s a nightmare to get in and out of during Historics week. Maybe that’s why why Bonhams moved out, having used the Fairmont hotel two years before, while the other two players — RM Sotheby’s and Coys — remained “in town.” Certainly the new location, a former home of fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld, had a nicely relaxed atmosphere, even if its grounds couldn’t quite accommodate the entire catalog: The cheapies had to make do with the car park at the bottom of the drive. The star was the McLaren MP4/8A in which Ayrton Senna won the last of his six Grands Prix on the famous Monaco street circuit. This was going to be a benchmarksetter, as one had never come up at auction before, and here, with pre-sale predictions of $5m–$6m, it did just about as expected at $5,009,297. The 1931 8 Litre Bentley looked imperious on the battlements, although it sold slightly light for an 8 Litre at 122 Monte Carlo, MCO $885k. It shared space with the 1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster ($1,454,755) and two cars coming up at the Festival of Speed sale: the Aston Martin DB4GT Zagato 2 VEV, which has been massively marketed at all Bonhams’ sales of 2018 since its unveiling at the Grand Palais in February, and the best-provenanced BMW 507 in the world, having been owned from new by John Surtees CBE until his death early this year. The ex-Ronnie Peterson 1969 Formula 3 Tecno was offered directly by (and in the presence of) Ronnie’s daughter Nina, and achieved almost $110,000, while Senna’s first Monaco Grand Prix car, the 1984 Toleman-Hart TG184, almost doubled its pre-sale estimate to arrive at $1,921,374 after an intense bidding battle between several buyers in the room. The most furious bidding was reserved for the unique 1955 Jaguar XK 140 SE Michelotti coupe, unearthed the month before the sale in rural Belgium. The estimate of $24k–$60k was smashed by a factor of 10, with the unique barn find eventually achieving $425,447 — proceeds going to an animal-welfare charity in Ghent. Although there were only 54 cars, having them introduced by two auctioneers on the rostrum conducting the sale in two languages meant the event didn’t grind on — the final lot hammered just before 10 p.m. following a 6 p.m. start. A hard day’s night. ♦ Sales Totals $18m $15m $12m $9m $6m $3m 0 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 15%, included in sold prices ($1.00 = €0.84) Sports Car Market NO AUCTION NO AUCTION NO AUCTION


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Bonhams Monte Carlo, MCO ENGLISH #123-1931 BENTLEY 8 LITRE tourer. S/N: YR5094. Black/black cloth/black leather. RHD. Odo: 68,415 miles. Magnificent, straight and shiny. Restored to original 12-foot chassis length and rebodied in this style in 2002; originally a Thrupp & Maberly limo. Paint and plating excellent. Leather almost unworn, and even leather spring gaiters look new. Main instrument dials fading slightly to purple. Cond: 2. ally good timber and veneers, with little wear to leather. Standard seat belts and no roll cage. Last event sticker is from the 2005 Tour de España. Cond: 3+. Monaco. Bonhams’ valets spent the weekend trundling about in an electric one. SOLD AT $885,104. Supplied new to Singapore with limo body, where it was known as the Harem Saloon; returned about 1951. Chopped into a racer with 2-seat body by Peter Morley (of 24-liter Napier Bentley fame), and then restored to original length in 2002. Sold in a post-sale deal and slightly light for an 8 Litre— especially for one in excellent condition, probably because there are more-original cars out there. (See profile, p. 74.) #132-1955 JAGUAR XK 140 SE Miche- lotti coupe. S/N: S814286. Eng. # E10168. Blue/red leather. Rebodied by Michelotti in 1957 following an accident. Rough, and partly stripped/restored. No instruments; windscreen held in by gloop. Seats out of the car, but already retrimmed. Rest of trim piled up inside. Said to have engine from C-type 016, although a Type C badge on the cam cover does not make it a C-type engine. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $425,447. This attracted a huge amount of interest and attention. Offered at no reserve, it sold for nine times the upper estimate. Somebody must have really wanted that engine.... #105-1962 JAGUAR MK 2 sedan. S/N: 221329DN. Green/tan leather. Odo: 87,065 km. Solid Mk 2 with overdrive. An older restoration set up for historic rallying, although mods appear limited to an LSD, tripmeter and Moto-Lita steering wheel. Hidden away are oil cooler, Kenlowe electric fan, dual fuel pumps and engine-bay fire-extinguisher system. Re- 124 SOLD AT $1,921,374. Owned for 10 years after the 1984 season by Senna’s F1 teammate Stefan Johansson, who made his F1 debut in this car, then acquired by a consortium of four British enthusiasts before being bought by the vendor, a prominent F1 executive. Has run at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. Sold for twice the lower estimate—that’s partly down to the Senna/Monaco provenance, but also because it’s one of the last F1 cars that you can start without a laptop and run without a massive backup team. #103-1987 MINI MOKE utility. S/N: TW7XKFP328S681056. Green/black vinyl/ black leather. Odo: 1,564 km. Portuguese Moke. Restored 1997, when the 1380 motor was fitted. Shiny left side of front bumper bent and straightened out. Seat leather lightly creased; checker plate added to tops of side pontoons. Belgian title. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $26,076. Has been in Germany and then England (until at least 2002, as there’s an old MoT). Big money for a late (i.e. non-Englishbuilt) Moke, although perfect transport for SOLD AT $43,917. Sold new in France, now U.K. registered. Offered at no reserve, hammered €8k ($9.5k), or 20%, behind the €40k ($48k) lower estimate. That’s about on the money for a really nice, standard road car— which this is really. Only worry is whether you can get the stickers off without damaging the paint. A slightly alternative route to a good buy. TOP 10 No. 5 #124-1984 TOLEMAN-HART TG184 F1 race car. S/N: TG1 8402. White/carbon fiber. MHD. Senna’s first Monaco car. Really put him on the F1 map when he almost won, and later took his first F1 podium finishes with it. Good and restored, complete with Hart 4-cylinder turbo motor. Cond: 3+. TOP 10 No. 1 #119-1993 MCLAREN MP4/8A F1 race car. S/N: MP486. Eng. # 510. Red & white/black fiberglass. MHD. Ayrton Senna’s last Monaco winner. Engine and gearbox numbers still match that win. Cosmetically good and Cosworth HB engine was recently started at Lanzante workshops in the U.K. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $5,009,297. As the catalog put it, the most historically important F1 McLaren ever brought to auction, warranting an unprecedented 18 pages. With a “refer to department” estimate, it sold around where pundits expected. (See profile, p. 84.) FRENCH #134-1950 DELAHAYE 135 M cabriolet. S/N: 801011. Silver/blue cloth/blue leather. RHD. Odo: 91,814 km. Good older restoration from 2010–12, by Auto Restorations Limited of Christchurch, New Zealand. Paint, chrome and instruments still almost perfect. Timber has a lovely satin finish and leather still almost unmarked. With Cotal electric gearbox. U.K. title. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $370,551. Catalog says unused since resto, which is believable. Owned in the ’80s by Richard Straman of Newport Beach (and those Ferrari conversions), then bought by a Monaco resident and in 2007 sent to New Zealand for resto. Sold mid-estimate, and looks like a great value next to the Horch. Sports Car Market


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Bonhams Monte Carlo, MCO #125-1962 CITROËN 2CV Sahara se- dan. S/N: 217. Gray/gray vinyl/gray & white striped cloth. Odo: 6,586 km. Rare twin-engined 4WD Tin Snail, restored in Italy in 2015. Uses second 425-cc flat-twin engine in the trunk to facilitate all-wheel drive, but they can be run independently so it can be 4WD, FWD or RWD. Good all around, although seat cloth is a bit wrinkled and baggy. Cond: 3+. #128-1957 MERCEDES-BENZ 300SL Roadster. S/N: 1980427500453. Silver/black cloth/blue leather. Odo: 79,550 miles. HK Engineering-restored and fitted with Euro lights in 2007, originally ivory with red leather. Paint and chrome still excellent, bar one ding in one of passenger’s door side strakes. Lightly creased leather and faded carpets. Said to pop and bang a bit, so it sounds as if it hasn’t been used much recently. Cond: 2. TOP 10 No. 7 SOLD AT $82,345. Sahara was renamed 2CV 4x4 after Algeria’s independence in 1962, so this could be either—694 total made. These always take good coin if they’re in fully working order; this one’s about on the money and fetching more than the rare 4WD Renault 4 at Bonhams’ Paris sale in February, although Bonhams was expecting more here with a €80k–€100k ($95k–$119k) estimate. GERMAN #146-1939 HORCH 853A Sport cabrio- let. S/N: 854375. Black/black cloth/gray leather. Like a new one—because it is, just about, restored by Appel-Klassiker (formerly Horch Classic) from 2012 to ’17. New ash body frame and much of the panelwork is new. Also probably more accurate than new because it was measured by laser. Flawless paint and plating. Motor rebuilt with modern parts to reduce smoke emissions. Leather looks and smells unused. Timber and veneers deep, rich and perfect. Getrag 5-speed fitted, plus power steering. Odo shows a line of zeros, but trip shows 986 km. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $1,454,755. Supplied new to the U.S., with chrome wheels fitted 1959. Then moved to Europe in the mid-2000s and was still white as recently as 2004. Sold right where expected for a restored car. #108-1960 PORSCHE 356B roadster. S/N: 86875. Red/black canvas/black leather. Odo: 4,828 miles. Much older restoration lasting very well. Body straight and paint all good. Leather hardly creased, although beadings are a bit worn on the sides. Motor in factory finishes. Still with Porsche map light on extended lead. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $164,689. Supplied new in Texas, came to the U.K. in 1986, then restored up to ’88. In this ownership for 30 years. Sold midestimate, and looks to be a good value against an A Speedster or even a Convertible D by the same coachbuilder, Drauz. SOLD AT $466,619. But it didn’t have any soul.... It was very lovely and probably the most symmetrical one on the planet, but you want to see evidence these were hand-crafted by men, not computers. Sold a little behind the lower estimate—likely for less than it cost to produce. That’s understandable, although the buyer will have a lovely car once it’s mellowed a bit—in about 20 years. 126 #127-1961 MERCEDES-BENZ 190SL convertible. S/N: 12104010020902. Primrose/ black cloth/red leather. Odo: 62,575 km. Repainted and most of the chrome redone. With a very original interior, which sports beautifully patinated leather and original Blaupunkt radio, plus cracked gear knob. Folding bench in rear for occasional sideways rear passenger. Solid underneath, panel fit pretty good, but bumper rechrome is ripply and wavy. New carpets and top. Motor now runs Webers (fitted in 1980) instead of original Solexes. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $109,793. From 1972 to ’74 owned by “renowned international bridge champion Roger Trézel,” if that rings a bell with any card fans. Offered at no reserve and priced Sports Car Market


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Bonhams Monte Carlo, MCO when it came to the U.K. Offered at no reserve and sold mid-estimate. Lighter weight out back will make this a lively 912, but too many modifications for original spec to bring big money in the U.S. For less money than a small-bumper 911, it’s hard not to like, but I wasn’t sure I did. right for condition. Last offered but not sold at Bonhams’ Grand Palais, Paris, auction in February 2018 (SCM# 6864998), and before that sold for €89,400 ($100,416, SCM# 6798632) by Artcurial at its 2016 Rétromobile sale, just €2,600 less than here, and that was before the repaint. The vendor’s taken a rinse on this one. #129-1967 MERCEDES-BENZ 280SL convertible. S/N: 11304410000077. Silver/ black canvas, silver hard top/black leather. Odo: 428 km. The best W113 I’ve ever seen, perfectly restored (in Hungary) to probably better-than-factory detail. Almost as shiny underneath as up top, with no evidence of welding in rear chassis legs. Impeccable paint, chrome, new perforated leather. With rubber sill drains and yes, the inner headlight swages are present. With hard top. German title. Cond: 1. #104-1968 BMW 2000 CS coupe. S/N: 1108534. Pale green/blue leather. Odo: 79,534 km. Recently restored, so is straight and appears rot-free. Side trim lightly pickled and with the usual tiny dings in various bits of trim. Front bumper appears slightly wavy. Seats redone in leather. Dash timbers excellent and all irreplaceable interior bits such as steering-column shroud look okay. Cond: 3+. BEST BUY #107-1974 BMW 2002 Turbo 2-dr sedan. S/N: 4290992. Silver/black vinyl. Odo: 44,840 miles. Recently restored, so straight and clean. Original seat vinyl still good. Lightly pickled door handles. Factory alloys present, but they are later Alpina style. BMW Classic Certificate. Belgian registration. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $120,772. Originally supplied in Germany, then in Holland, although appeared to wear Belgian plates and was apparently domiciled in Portugal. Offered at no reserve, and not massively expensive for a clean Turbo, although I felt that it wasn’t quite as sharp as the owner probably thought it was. SOLD AT $24,703. This begat the gorgeous CSi/CSL series, lest we forget. Perhaps the color was against it, or that it was early on in the sale with the big lots still to come. Sold at something like half the estimate, at well under market value. A steal, and no doubt soon to be spotted in the trade with a much higher price tag. #115-1973 PORSCHE 911 Carrera 2.7 SOLD AT $274,482. Had everything going for it—including rare 5-speed—so no surprise it sold for twice what nicely restored Pagodas usually achieve at auction. #139-1967 PORSCHE 912 coupe. S/N: 461241. White/houndstooth cloth, black vinyl. Odo: 8,621 miles. SWB 912 done up to look something like a 911S, with wider Fuchs alloys and S-type chin spoiler. Four-cylinder motor hopped up to around 130 hp, which is the same as the first 2-liter 911s. Houndstooth cloth seats in good shape. Cond: 3+. RS coupe. S/N: 9113601141. White/black cord & leather. Odo: 47,790 km. M472 sunroof car with electric windows. Very original, straight and appears rot-free; doors still shut with a thunk. Recaro seats, leather bolsters are worn, one holed. Motor has newish exchangers, fresh-looking Nylocs on cam covers. With books, spare keys, sales invoice. Mileage is stated plus-200k. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $98,814. Delivered new in Switzerland, but E.U. taxes paid. Price paid is market-correct. The 500 is the most collectible R107 (and quicker than the U.S. 560s) and really good lowish-mileage cars are becoming harder to find. #116-1992 PORSCHE 911 Carrera RS SOLD AT $52,524. In the U.S. until 2005, 128 SOLD AT $686,205. Delivered new in France. Offered at no reserve. Before the auction, I predicted a no-sale for this, as there are so many on the market that buyers can pick and choose. However, it sold where realistically expected—at a bit less than the mad heights of 2015–16, as RS prices have contracted by about 15%. coupe. S/N: WP0ZZZ96ZNS490994. Rubystone/purple, mauve, pink & black leather. Odo: 47,142 km. Lightweight version lacking power seats, a/c or windows. There’s an even more minimal version, the NGT, which is the rarest. Straight and clean, lightly sandblasted at front. Tri-color leather slightly creased and baggy. Seems an honest old thing, with full service history. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $274,482. German-supplied car, but lately in Austria. Offered at no reserve and, although within the estimate range, quite strong money for a 964 RS in this used (i.e. not concours) Sports Car Market #130-1989 MERCEDES-BENZ 500SL convertible. S/N: WDB1070461A100197. Gray metallic/red leather. Odo: 29,136 miles. Highly optioned (cruise control, a/c, LSD) late R107, which is very original and well kept, with lowish mileage. Excellent interior with dash plastics all good and seats hardly worn. Convertible top like-new. Full service history, but no mention of hard top, which they all had. Cond: 2.


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Bonhams Monte Carlo, MCO built. Driven in period by Mike Hawthorn and Umberto Maglioli, and then sold to Luis Milan in Argentina (with 2.9-liter engine) before lots more racing in South America. Then eventually discovered derelict in a Naples scrapyard in the mid-’70s. Post-restoration sold at auction in 1988 to Brit Jeremy Agace. Not sold at €3.4m against a €4.5m–€6.5m ($5.4m–$7.8m) estimate. #114-1953 ALFA ROMEO 1900 Corto condition. However, none of them are getting any younger. #131-1993 MERCEDES-BENZ 500SL convertible. S/N: WDB1290671F087544. Silver/black canvas, silver hard top/blue leather. Odo: 18,097 km. Post first facelift (clear front indicators, still mechanical odo). R129 almost like new, with leather only slightly relaxing. Veneers all excellent. Factory stickers remain on motor. Still with original unopened first-aid kit and Mercedes fire extinguisher. Full service history. With hard top. Cond: 1-. Gara Stradale coupe. S/N: AR1900C01420. Dark blue/blue leather, gray cloth. Odo: 484 km. Said to be one of two surviving Stradale (road-going) variants of three built, out of 11 Corto Garas (short-chassis, competition). Good older-restored order, as it was only finished in 2010. Body very straight, sporting no dings, with subdued paint nice and even. Brightwork all good. Interior just settling in. Nardi floor shift for 5-speed transmission. Sits on Borranis. Belgian title. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $46,661. Supplied new to Switzerland, later moved to Holland. Probably from the same vendor as the R107 and the 300SL Roadster. Offered at no reserve, sold slightly behind the lower estimate of €50k ($60k), and should retail for a little more. ITALIAN #137-1953 FERRARI 625 TF Spyder. S/N: 0306TF. Maroon/brown cord & leather. RHD. This is both 0304TF and 0306TF, as it was restamped in period before it left Italy for Argentina. Almost the same shape it was in 1953; grille is back to near-original profile, deeper than it was later in the season. Once fitted with a Lincoln V12, now with a Tipo 555 F1 engine. Last restored 2002. Good all around, except for slightly mottled seat fabric. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $494,068. Discovered as a barn find, minus original engine, in Sweden in the ’80s. Restoration started in Italy in 1993. Sold mid-estimate. #120-1956 LANCIA AURELIA B24S convertible. S/N: B24S1187. Pale blue/black canvas/mustard leather. Odo: 38 miles. Convertible has fuller windscreen than Spider, and wind-up windows (S stands for Sinistre, or left-hand drive, rather than Spider), and slightly different styling means they share no panels. Good older restoration, although it wears weird additional taillights under the rear bumper that look as if they came off a trailer. Newish leather already marked and nicked on seat tops, and Lancia script on hubcaps almost polished away. New top. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $4,057,560. Even after a rather storied life, considered to have the most straightforward history of the three 625 TFs August 2018 SOLD AT $343,103. Spiders will always fetch more as the purest, though these are practically the same car—it’s a bit like the difference between a Porsche 356A Speedster and a Convertible D from the following year. As with so many cars at this auction, it hammered a little behind the lower estimate, but I’d say priced right. 129


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Market Moment Bonhams Monte Carlo, MCO #141-1963 FERRARI 250 GTE 2+2 coupe. S/N: 4787. Silver/black leather. Odo: 85,779 km. Beautifully mellowed old thing—a few notches above beater level and charming with it. Fitted with sliding sunroof from new. Appears never fully restored, but parts have been gently renovated throughout its life. Older paint, some prep marks under lightly microblistered finish on C-pillars. Leather is quite well used and creased, with lovely patina around the center console, but most appears newer than the rest of the car. Motor, rebuilt 12,000 km ago, wears quirkily mismatched oil filters, like odd socks. Toss me the keys! Cond: 3. courtesy of Worldwide Auctioneers 1987 Subaru BRAT GL Sold at $17,600 Worldwide Auctioneers, Arlington, TX, April 21, 2018, Lot 95 Chassis number: JF3AU53B4HE500452 I f you lost your virginity in a 1986 Subaru BRAT (either in the front or in the back in one of those seats with the pistol grips), then you have probably started looking on Craigslist to see if you can bring one back into your life. I have three words for you: Are you kidding? Sure, way back in the late 1970s and early 1980s, the CatDog of trucks might have seemed like a sensible thing to drive, but you were probably 19, and your frontal lobes weren’t fully functioning yet. Let me set the stage. During the mid-1970s, the gas crisis was still on everyone’s noggin, so a lot of very smart automotive people decided we needed a mess of small pickups flooding the market. I guess they were for people who wanted all the load-carrying capacity of a subcompact car, and all the seats of a truck — and they made it really slow because who doesn’t want a “truck” with less than 100 horsepower? Think Chevy LUV or Datsun 1600 or the Nissan pickup (so basic it didn’t have a model name, though it got the nickname Hardbody because Sentra With Fewer Seats didn’t test well). Just think of all the things that won’t fit in the back and that you can’t tow! At least the ride is harsh. Subaru figured “we can beat that,” and introduced the BRAT in 1976. BRAT is actually an ac- ronym for Bi-drive Recreational All-Terrain Transporter. It came with 67 storming horsepower, allwheel drive when you pulled on that big ol’ handle and, of course, those seats in the back. Whaaaaaaa? The Japanese loved it so much they never sold it in their own country. The pickup bed, rear-facing seats and carpeting were there so the Subaru could be imported as a car, with a much smaller duty, rather than as a light truck. Were they useful? Only to accountants, and they never, ever sat in them. BRATs also came with a T-top in case you thought the structure was too rigid, and the whole she- bang sat high on its wheels, like a cat spooked by a shadow. By all accounts, driving the Subaru BRAT is akin to marshaling a slow, unresponsive barge — it’s slow to start, slow to stop and the steering inputs are aspirational at best. On the other hand, there aren’t a lot of trucks with a little spring-loaded door on the side covering the step to get into the back where the seats are. A prime example of the BRAT, a 1987 GL edition, recently sold at Worldwide’s Texas Classic auction, for $17,600, complete with a 1.8-liter flat-4, still leaving enough room under the hood for the spare tire. Well sold! That’s all the money for a BRAT. So the question is, why pay at least three times what a great BRAT sells for in the open mar- ket? Or, even more broadly, why not spend that same $17k on Bring A Trailer for a low-miles 1986 Porsche 944 Turbo — or something, anything, useful? So before you buy, you have to ask yourself, is buying a BRAT intended to re-create memories, or did that whole frontal lobe thing just not turn out the way we all expected? — Mark Wigginton 130 SOLD AT $452,895. In Switzerland all its life; with this owner since 1975, and he’s clearly enjoyed it, marking its 50th birthday with a four-day tour that took in 27 mountain passes. As you might be able to tell, I really liked this, the antidote to pristine, new restorations. The market likes originality too, and it sold at the top end of the estimate range for strong money. The days when these were cheap donor fodder for GTO/SWB re-creations are thankfully long behind us. A good result for the owner, but a luvverly motor. #155-1965 FIAT 600D Multipla sedan. S/N: 126167. Dark gray & ivory/white & red vinyl. Recently restored. Nice paint and decent chrome, with a hint of a ding in the middle of the front bumper. New vinyl to three rows of seats (these can carry six, you know, or seven with a bambino in the middle of the front bench seat). Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $32,252. In one-family ownership for past 30 years. Included to show what huge money these fetch—even restoration projects are $10k. This one was offered at no reserve and comfortably met its €25k ($30k) lower estimate. Sports Car Market


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Bonhams Monte Carlo, MCO #153-1967 FERRARI 330 GTC 2+2 Se- ries II coupe. S/N: 9793. Silver/tan leather. Odo: 3,068 km. Straight, older repaint in original color (and sills painted more recently than the rest of it). One tiny bubble in driver’s side door. Leather is 20 years old but looks newer. Italian title. Cond: 3+. white leather. Owned for 25 years from 1989 by President of the U.K. Maserati Club, Alexander Fyshe. Last in SCM’s database December 2016, when it sold for $256,383 at Bonhams’ New Bond Street sale with 5,747 km (SCM# 6816854). This time again sold in a post-auction deal, showing a small profit for seller after premiums. And still half the price of a Daytona.... (See profile, p. 76.) #126-1988 FERRARI TESTAROSSA SOLD AT $260,758. Originally delivered to Switzerland, then in the U.S. from 1982 (when it was red), to Italy in 1996. Just a nice old thing that’s been looked after, and right on the money for model and condition. #110-1969 TECNO 69 Formula 3 race car. S/N: TOO334. Yellow. MHD. Ex-Ronnie Peterson. Actually tagged a Tecno-Novamotor after the outfit that built the Ford “screamer” engine (F3 ran to a 1-liter formula 1964–71). Good all around. Restored back in 1980, still with downdraught split Weber. On museum display for at least the past decade. Cond: 3+. At least I was right about that. Offered at no reserve and sold in the middle of the improbably high estimate range—at a price that would get you three regular 500 saloons—just like last time. It was a very hot day and we were right next to Monte Carlo beach.... #152-1970 FIAT DINO 2400 Spider. S/N: 135BS001223. Pale yellow/black canvas/ black leather. Odo: 90,897 km. Refurbed and repainted. Dash and door cards redone in leather, but originally would have been vinyl. Heater knobs missing, but rest of interior okay with no other bits absent—although no radio. Simpson harnesses. Italian title. Cond: 3+. coupe. S/N: ZFFAA17B000077965. Red/ black leather. Odo: 63,219 miles. Repainted and wheels refinished, and appears in tidy order. Seats quite well creased; just beginning to crack on driver’s side. Dash top okay. Motor clean and tidy, with no obvious leaks and likely refinished cam covers. No word on when cam belts were last done, so set aside at least $5k for that. With books and two keys. French title. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $109,793. Ronnie Peterson’s 1969 Monaco F3 winner (and 15 other races that season). Campaigned the following year by Rolf Skoghag. Bought in 1971 by Peterson’s manager Staffan Svenby, then left after his death to his god-daughter, Peterson’s daughter Nina, and offered by the Peterson family. Sold mid-estimate, and a real piece of history, although rather a lot of recommissioning will be needed if it’s to race again. #101-1970 FIAT 500 Mare roadster. S/N: 2429372. White/pale blue/wicker. Conversion in the manner of the Ghia-built Jolly beach cars. No idea when it was carried out, but apparently Carrozzeria Holiday did not start chopping vintage Fiats until about 20 years ago. In excellent restored condition, with new wicker seats but older mat carpets. Motor rebuilt with Abarth parts and cylinder head. With canceled Italian libretto. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $41,172. Last in Platinum database November 2014 (SCM# 6711341), as it sold for $38,814 (with 31,732 km) at Artcurial Paris, when I said: “About as much use as chocolate teapot anywhere other than the French Riviera, so let’s assume that’s where it’s headed.” 132 SOLD AT $129,007. Originally sold to its home market, has been in France and then back to Italy. Hammered just below the lower estimate of €100k ($119k), although fair money. I think Bonhams might have been hoping for a bit of Monaco fairy dust to help it along a bit more. #122-1971 MASERATI GHIBLI 4.9 SS coupe. S/N: AM115491956. Rosso Cordoba/ Crema leather. Odo: 5,742 km. Older restoration by Bill McGrath. Still looks like a boiled sweet due to deep, rich metallic purple—sorry, Rosso Cordoba. Couple of chips and bubbles in hood edges have been joined by a couple of small stone chips in the nose. Leather continues to settle in nicely since last time we saw it. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $96,069. Delivered new in Italy, and I’d say sold 20% under usual TR market value, even though the catalog wasn’t expecting much and it hammered slightly behind its €80k ($95k) lower estimate. Why so cheap? Not sure, but if this is a trend, the TR looks quite the 12-cylinder Ferrari bargain, even if you throw in the added expense of a belt change. Buy soon! #117-1993 BUGATTI EB110 GT coupe. S/N: ZA9AB01E0PCD39033. Blue/blue & gray leather. Odo: 16,561 km. The 1993 Frankfurt Motor Show car, and a Countach for the ’90s—by the same designers, but with four turbos and 4WD. Almost like new, no scuffs or scrapes. Seat leather lightly ruched, but they’re supposed to be like that, sir. Norwegian title. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $314,262. Originally supplied to Rome in a rather sudden metallic green with SOLD AT $720,515. Delivered new to Germany, but hit in the front and repaired before it reached its first owner. To Italy in 1997, back to Germany in 2012 and in Norway since 2013. Hammered a little behind the lower estimate at post-Periscopio Countach LP400 money. © Sports Car Market


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Artcurial Paris, FRA Automobiles sur les Champs 12 As ever, there were some real gems hiding away in the underground car park that serves as Artcurial’s showroom Company Artcurial Date April 8, 2018 Location Paris, FRA Auctioneer Hervé Poulain Automotive lots sold/offered 61/86 Sales rate 71% Sales total $2,839,234 High sale 1939 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 SS roadster $335,407 Buyer’s premium Top seller — 1939 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 SS roadster, sold at $335,407 16% up to $1,101,060; 12% thereafter, included in sold pricess ($1.00 = €0.82) Report by Paul Hardiman Market opinions in italics I n terms of the number of cars sold, this was a fair result at Artcurial’s 12th central Paris sale, even if the three big lots — a Ferrari F40, Asto Martin DB6 Volante and Bugatti Type 43 — co not find buyers. As ever, there were some real gems hiding aw in the underground car park that serves as Artcuria showroom. You couldn’t miss the entrance, as it was Paris, FRA flanked by an ex-Swiss Army Pinzgauer and a World War II Dodge WC56. The actual bidding takes place at Artcurial’s headquarters a few yards away. High seller was the attractive Alfa 6C 2500 SS special with 6C 2300B engine. It looked very convincing, too, built up at some time in the ’80s or ’90s from a collection of mostly prewar Alfa parts. It made $335,407. A very clean 1990 Peugeot 205 GTI, currently flavor of the year in the U.K. (and this was a rare Griffe special edition, too), totaled $59,790, while a very sharp 1980 Mk 1 Golf GTi made $21,874. The Bertone-styled 1968 Simca 1200 S coupe was achingly gorgeous, a little like an Alpine A110 without the warts and bumps, at $32,082. Another rarity, a very sharply restored 1973 Citroën Mehari, fetched an almost twice-estimate $29,166, having been offered at no reserve. If you preferred American, there was a nicely restored 1957 Thunderbird, complete with porthole-window hard top, for $64,165. A restored 3-door Range Rover got good money at $87,498 even though as a 1976 it wasn’t one of the very early examples, as did a clean low-mileage 1991 BMW Z1 taking a strong $76,634, although I’m not sure what Rolls-Royce will have to say about the Radford-modified 1965 Vanden Plas Princess 4-Liter R. These use the Rolls-Royce B60 engine, but tacking a fake R-R grille on the front may be a step too far, even if done in period. It fetched $20,416. What did sell did so for strong money, even though Artcurial currently has the stiffest 2013 Morgan 3-Wheeler roadster, sold at $46,665 134 buyer’s premium rates in Europe. But had those three big lots sold, they would have increased the day’s takings by around $2.5m, almost doubling the proceeds. ♦ Sports Car Market


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Artcurial Paris, FRA AUSTRIAN #21-1972 STEYR-PUCH PINZGAUER 710 K utility. S/N: 5750267. Green/green vinyl. Odo: 36,143 km. Early Pinzi in good order, with aerial mount and roof hatch. 2.5-L inline 4 puts out 90 hp. Has been in same French collection since 2000. Cond: 3+. which catalog says will need to be “honed” by the owner—which we take to mean have set up and tuned, and not torn apart for machining. Non-standard taillight treatment using what look like VW Type 2 lenses, plus fabricated bumper strips and add-on orange indicators at front. Dash timber good, although rather crudely revarnished. Leather slightly baggy in front, and little used in rear. Triplecarb motor still has original air cleaner. Cond: 3+. #19-1966 AUSTIN MINI Deluxe 2-dr sedan. S/N: AA2S7L797619A. White & black/gray vinyl. Odo: 63,181 km. Older restoration, still with jig brackets under floors. Sills okay, but some rust breaking out at bottoms of A-panels. Good seat vinyl, plus MotoLita wheel, although original large two-spoke wheel is included. And a rather silly bonnet strap. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $10,937. Had been a radio wagon for the Swiss army. Marvelous to see it left out on the Paris street outside the sale—head-tohead with an equally bullish-looking 1944 Dodge WC-56—although you’d struggle to get either into Artcurial’s underground car-park showroom. Offered at no reserve, sold 10% behind its €10k ($12k) lower estimate, which didn’t look a lot of money for such an accomplished off-roader. These start at $15k at Swiss Army Vehicles in Arkansas (www.pinzgauer. com). The Dodge got twice as much, at $21,874. ENGLISH #58-1937 ROLLS-ROYCE 25/30HP Sports sedan. S/N: GAN80. Black/brown leather. RHD. Odo: 75,962 miles. Straight sunroof car. Older paint still shiny, with nice gold coachlining. Chrome okay, with Appleton-type spotlight on driver’s A-pillar. Hugely patinated leather to seats, okay timber and dashboard. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $37,916. One of 611 built, and it’s always a marvel that these saloons manage so much on just two liters. Offered at no reserve, from the same collection as the Hooper RollsRoyce 25/30 and the Citroën DS21 cabrio. Even with slightly weird taillights, quite the bargain for one of these slippery and swift sedans. #77-1961 AUSTIN-HEALEY 3000 Mk II BT7 roadster. S/N: HBT7L14424. Metallic maroon/white vinyl/tan leather. Odo: 86,852 miles. Shiny and restored in a slightly odd color, so it looks like a boiled sweet, although panel gaps are pretty good for a Healey. Works-type side air vents in front wings, and chrome accents are missing. Triple-carb motor has large aluminum radiator and polished aluminum rocker cover. Sits a little high at the rear, as it uses rear suspension from final Mk III Phase 2 model, which must have necessitated cutting the chassis. Strangely, presented with residue from adhesive tape over much of the scuttle. Canadian title. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $13,125. Offered at no reserve and sold near the bottom estimate of €10k ($12k). The right money for a driver-quality non-Cooper Mk 1 Mini. #69-1968 ASTON MARTIN DB6 con- vertible. S/N: DBVC3688R. Mink/black vinyl/blue leather. RHD. Odo: 12,018 miles. With power steering and three-eared spinners from new. Fair order and solid underneath with good door fit—although they are a slightly lighter shade than the rest of it. Repainted in its original Mink color from silver in early 2000s, but evidently not all at the same time. One large chip out of paint at front of bonnet. Front indicators don’t match. Dark blue leather original and holding up nicely, though well creased on front seats. Original vinyl top has a small tear on one side. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $52,499. From the same collection as the DS21 cabrio and the Bristol 400, whose owners obviously had a thing about coachbuilt cars. Hammered just under lower estimate like many cars in this sale, but fetched more than a similar 20/25, as you’d expect. A fair deal both ways. #57-1950 BRISTOL 401 2-dr sedan. S/N: 401267. Green/tan leather. RHD. Odo: 566 miles. Body (with older repaint) and interior look good. Motor has a replacement block, 136 NOT SOLD AT $605,583. Once owned by Harry Leventis and sold to Sweden in 1984. After the F40 (Lot 36), this was potentially the high-water mark of the auction. But it didn’t sell...probably too many small cosmetic issues making it look more tired than it really was. #27-1970 JAGUAR E-TYPE Series II SOLD AT $72,915. Sold new in Montreal. Robert Kubica #10 sticker inside trunk lid suggests it was used as a parade car for Canadian GP. Sold mid-estimate, perhaps a little left in it for retail, but the color, those vents, plus modified chassis will probably put off as many potential buyers as they will attract. 4.2 convertible. S/N: 1R13048. Silver/black cloth/black leather. Odo: 12,502 miles. Federal car imported around 2008 after two decades out of use, then titivated enough to get it running. 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Artcurial Paris, FRA to RoW-spec triple SUs, wearing chrome pancake filters. Five-speed gearbox now fitted. Cond: 3. years, and it looked a much better buy than the less-nice cabrio (Lot 72) at almost $10k more. The third in the collection, Lot 71, was a Condition 3+ 1986 XJ-SC (the roof-bar version made before the true convertible appeared) that failed to sell. SOLD AT $69,998. Offered at no reserve and sold well under the €70k–€90k ($85k–$110k) estimate range, but Artcurial was being rather hopeful with that. Fair money, if all you wanted was an old smoker/resto project. #41-1976 LAND ROVER RANGE ROVER Classic utility. S/N: 35824441D. Bahama Gold/tan vinyl. Good and restored. Seats redone in vinyl to not-quite-original pattern, new headlining. No obvious rust in tailgate. Locked and I couldn’t see the odo, with only one poor interior pic in the catalog. Cond: 2-. #72-1990 JAGUAR XJ-S convertible. S/N: SAJJNADW3DB170451. Red/black cloth/gray leather. Odo: 78,965 km. From a three-car collection of XJ-Ss, and not quite as nice as the 1989 coupe (Lot 70). Catalog claims it is both restored and has original paint. Older repairs in rear arches, ding in top of left wing. Leather well cracked and creased. Refinished wheels. Cond: 3. five with retracting headlights. Paint good over slightly wavy fiberglass, but that’s probably normal. Carpets and leather look newish, though slightly creased and baggy on driver’s side. Now uses GS transmission. Motor wears chrome pancake filter, with some gaffer tape to air trunking. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $29,166. Offered at no reserve. Sold a little shy of the €25k ($30k) lower estimate, but fair for condition. #23-2013 MORGAN 3-WHEELER SOLD AT $87,498. Sold mid-estimate for quite strong money, as it’s the really early ones that routinely get top dollar. #70-1989 JAGUAR XJ-S coupe. S/N: SAJJNAEW4BM173078. Black/black leather. Odo: 116,540 km. First of three cars from a small XJ-S collection, and the nicest of the trio. Repainted, wheels refinished. Leather creased and lightly worn on outer seat bolsters. Dash veneers cracked and peeling, suggesting life in a hot climate. Said not to have been used much and will require servicing. Belgian title. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $46,665. I suppose the P40 Warhawk-type livery is preferable to the Superdry (whatever that is) edition. Offered at no reserve, but no worries—this was very strong money for a Morgan 3-Wheeler. Though the earlier versions will always be the most popular, as the current Euro 4 emissions-compliant version is down to 68 hp. Well sold. FRENCH SOLD AT $20,416. Offered at no reserve and hammered near the high estimate of €15k ($18k). Looked very fair at that, as XJ-S prices have been steadily rising for the past couple of 138 #55-1957 DB HBR5 coupe. S/N: 950. Blue/Magnolia vinyl. Odo: 7,268 km. Older restoration of very French flat-twin Panhardbased FWD coupe, said to be one of the last roadster. S/N: SA9M3WV2ECP202364. Black/black leather. Odo: 3,117 km. Good and unworn, as it has very low mileage. Leather pretty much unworn, dash and instruments excellent. Exhausts blued as usual—that happens as soon as you fire them up for the first time. Wears WWII livery, complete with faux bullet holes, plus luggage rack (which is handy, as the trunk doesn’t fit much more than a pair of gloves). Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $65,623. Sold to the U.S. in 1960, returned in 2008 and restored. Said to have been used on the 1958 and 1959 Tour de France, although headlight treatment was different then, like the later cars. Sold at the lower end of the estimate range, though compared to the example sold by Gooding in January for $47,300, it did quite well, fetching more than a Lotus Elan. France is surely the strongest market for these. #62-1969 SIMCA 1200 S coupe. S/N: CQA175560. Metallic blue/black vinyl. Odo: 22,922 km. Bertone styling on rear-engined, small Simca. Actually done by Giugiaro and looks rather OSI-like at the back. Well kept, repainted with some tiny dust marks in finish. Original seat vinyl nicely preserved. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $32,082. One of Artcurial’s Pierre Novikoff’s favorites in this auction. Sold midestimate, having been offered at no reserve. Looks like a lot of money for a sheep in wolf’s clothing, but achingly gorgeous. #51-1990 PEUGEOT 205 GTI Griffe hatchback. S/N: VF320CD6224176690. Metallic green/gray leather. Odo: 28,701 miles. Special edition of pre-cat 1.9 GTI inspired by the car of Peugeot’s then sporting director Jean Todt. Excellent all around, with light creasing to leather, all good body plastics and new tires mounted, but the original MXVs are supplied with the car for concours freaks. Although with low mileage, motor has been rebuilt due to gasket (unspecified but probably head) failure after frost damage. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $59,790. Offered at no reserve and fetched just over the high estimate. We’ve seen a couple of standout prices for pristine 205 GTIs in the past year in the U.K., but this tops Sports Car Market


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Artcurial Paris, FRA deflector behind seats. With hard top. Belgian title. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $102,080. Nicer of the two Pagodas offered here (the other was a no-reserve 230SL needing some love, which fetched $51,040, Lot 86). Offered at no reserve, and although sold near the top of the estimate range, the right money for a 280 in this condition. #29-1975 PORSCHE 911S Targa. S/N: the lot—even though it’s not a very limited edition, with 3,000 made. GERMAN #37-1960 PORSCHE TYPE 218 Stan- dard tractor. S/N: 8807H. Red. MHD. Restored 2016 and hardly used since, so as shiny as you’d expect. Temp and oil gauges missing. Only one left is the Motometer, showing 7,732 hours and looking as if it was left in during the repaint. With passenger seat—i.e. the backrest hoop on the left rear fender—and three-point hitching system. Cond: 2. 9115210400. Black/black leather. Odo: 69,802 miles. A ’74 but ’75 model-year car. Fair condition all around following earlier refurbishment, but top of right front wing is dinged and, as catalog notes, could do with new paint. Seats and carpets redone. Speedo now in km, so no idea of real mileage. Wears 3.2 Carrera wheels. Cond: 3+. the 959) in good order all around. Decent, even paint and no scuffs. Interior good, with leather lightly creased and not heavily worn. With unused space-saver, compressor, tools and manual. Belgian title. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $69,998. Originally supplied in Italy. Consider this proof that the 964 has shaken off its mantle as the unloved one and gathering pace—leaving the 996s as the current bargain-basement 911. SOLD AT $36,457. Offered at no reserve, sold at the high end of the estimate range. Although these are a bit bigger than the singles and usually fetch a bit more than the small Lamborghini tractors, I’d call it well sold. #83-1969 MERCEDES-BENZ 280SL convertible. S/N: 11304410010973. Silver/ black canvas, silver hard top/red leather. Odo: 63,332 km. Older refurb, still mostly good, although inner headlight swages rubbed out during repaint at some stage in its life. Very unusual to find a manual shift in a 280. Chrome all good (including some rather tarty finishers to tailpipes). Perforated leather all good, plus leather-trimmed steering wheel. As well as under-dash a/c, wears a modern stereo, Brantz tripmeter, plus modern-type wind SOLD AT $52,499. Originally supplied to the U.S., then in Holland. Offered at no reserve. Not a massive amount of money to get into an interesting-spec G-series 911, although it’s another stage removed from a ’73 2.7 than the big-bumper mechanical-injection ’74 cars, as this one is a CIS-injected U.S.-spec engine. It’ll keep ’em guessing, though, especially with the wide rear rims. Market price for the European market for a driver big-bumper 911. #45-1980 VOLKSWAGEN GOLF GTI hatchback. S/N: WVWZZZ17ZBW124351. Black/black & gray cloth. Odo: 167,563 km. Sharply restored, straight and new paint. Baggy seat cloth, but still has rear parcel shelf. Wheels (BBS alloys) look as if they came off a Mk 2. Slightly leggy-looking mileage won’t have hurt it. Cond: 3+. #44-1991 BMW Z1 roadster. S/N: WBABA91020AL06018. Urgrün Metallic/green & black camo suede. Odo: 14,000 km. Good and original. Low mileage (with two owners) means interior isn’t too saggy—they don’t last well on these. No scuffs in inner doors trim, and sliding doors work perfectly. Said to be serviced in 2015, with timing-belt replacement. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $76,634. Z1s have been on the up in recent years, and this is in line with the curve. Sold almost spot-on middle of the estimate range. #48-1992 PORSCHE 928 GTS coupe. S/N: WP0ZZZ92ZNS800301. Polar Silver Metallic/gray leather. Odo: 143,001 km. Good, straight and unscuffed. Side-trim delete and no sunroof. Stainless-steel de-cat exhaust. With full service history and tools, although high oil consumption noted. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $21,874. Very collectible because this is the hot hatch that started it all. Offered at no reserve and hammered near the €15k ($18k) lower estimate—the €25k ($30k) high estimate looked rather hopeful. I’d call this correctly valued. #30-1990 PORSCHE 911 Carrera 4 coupe. S/N: WP0ZZZ96ZLS402156. Red/ black leather. Odo: 122,875 km. All-wheeldrive 964 (Porsche’s first, if you don’t count 140 SOLD AT $49,582. Originally registered in Germany. Sold around lower estimate, which was going quite well, although I’m amazed it sold at all if it’s an oil-burner. This issue affected some GTSs which were supposed to Sports Car Market


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Artcurial Paris, FRA have all been fixed under warranty. It’s a problem usually masked as the catalytic convertors arrest the oil haze, though this car hasn’t got any.... #49-1995 PORSCHE 928 GTS Morabito coupe. S/N: WP0ZZZ92ZPS800396. Black/ black leather. Odo: 141,699 km. Late GTS, but unique in being personalized by designer/ poet/sculptor Pascal Morabito (no, me neither...). Tinted lights, buffalo interior with extra bling, and three-piece fitted luggage set —except the vanity bag is missing. Repainted, unscuffed and presents well. Cond: 2-. #18-1962 FIAT 500 D Nuova 2-dr sedan. S/N: 303806. Pale green/black vinyl. Odo: 42,426 km. Suicide-door 500. Nice-looking, but rough door bottoms—although sills and floors look pretty sharp. Some trim looks rather hastily refitted after (older) repaint. Good vinyl with redone front seats. Cond: 3. louvers intact. Inside, seat leather is little worn and blue carpets look newish, with dash top okay. Motor said to have been rebuilt by the factory at 44,000 km. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $78,053. Delivered new in Italy, lately in Sweden, in this ownership 29 years. Offered at no reserve, and sold well behind the estimate for less money than a 911S 2.4, or indeed a later Ferrari 308. Its nearest equivalent would be a Maserati Merak, of which there’s a nice SS version in the U.K. right now asking £59,500 (about $80k), so this price looks pretty close to the mark. Or, put another way, less than the best Alfa Montreals are asking, and it’s a much better car. SOLD AT $18,958. Offered at no reserve with the same estimate as the following Mini (Lot 19) but did much better, selling near the high estimate of $15k. This is all the money for a 500D in slightly less-than-perfect cosmetic condition. SOLD AT $69,998. Vendor has owned this three times, twice buying it back. Those extras are about as much use as a chocolate teapot, but the exclusivity—if you like that kind of thing—did win it a few dollars over the other manual GTS in the sale, although that was noted to have a smoky engine. I’m not sure which one I would have taken...does the shame of pointless extra designer bling out-cringe the shame of a hazy exhaust? ITALIAN #54-1939 ALFA ROMEO 6C 2500 SS roadster. S/N: 915010. Eng. # 823915. Cream & black/Magnolia leather. RHD. Odo: 1,328 km. Built up in the late ’80s using a 1939 Super Sport coupe chassis with 1937 2300B engine, and body inspired by Touring spider, by a coachbuilder in Bergamo. Now taking on some patina, with lightly creased and soiled leather and paint mellowing a bit. All good, and undeniably Alfa, but not a model you can quite put your finger on. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $134,163. Originally Americanowned, in Michigan, then bought by the vendor at auction in Versailles in 1990. Hammered about on the lower €100k estimate, which is quite strong money for one of these. Previously offered here by Artcurial in November 2017, but didn’t sell. The Marzal concept it was derived from appeared as course car at the recent Monaco Historics in May, you know. #38-1973 LAMBORGHINI URRACO P250 S coupe. S/N: 15212. Red/black leather. Odo: 60,965 km. Body straight apart from a hint of a ripple over the right rear wheelarch. Paint nice, wheels refurbed, plastic grilles and SOLD AT $335,407. Took part in the 1991 Mille Miglia Storica, presumably because all its mechanicals are old enough to have taken part in the original event, which was stopped in 1957. Offered at no reserve and hammered at a mid-estimate price, for about the price of two Pur Sang Bugatti Type 35s. 142 #39-1970 LAMBORGHINI ESPADA Series II coupe. S/N: 8376. Silver/black leather. Odo: 41,587 miles. Good and straight, appears to have been well looked after throughout its life—rather than massively restored in one go. Repainted in 2016. Original interior all good, and a/c said to work, adapted to modern R134a gas and fittings. Cond: 3+. #36-1989 FERRARI F40 coupe. S/N: ZFFGJ34B000080758. Red/red velour. Odo: 52,792 km. Well kept, with luggage, books and spare keys. Recent repaint, no cracks showing on C-pillars. Seat velour not soiled or worn (the bases can get very grubby), and Kevlar inside panels hardly scuffed. New clutch in 2010 at 44,951 km, new tanks in 2013. Belts and tires last year, when the wheels were refurbished. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $819,678. One owner for much of its life, 1990–2017. Not sold against a €750k–€850k ($918k–$1.04m) estimate, which looked sensible for what appears to be an honest car, considering its slightly high (for collectors) mileage. AMERICAN #82-1957 FORD THUNDERBIRD con- vertible. S/N: D7FH105506. Colonial White/ white vinyl/red vinyl. RHD. Odo: 53,378 miles. Recently (2014–16) restored and just about perfect in every detail. New repro interior vinyl all good. With overdrive, and porthole hard top. Replacement block. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $64,165. Last year of the iconic first-gen styling. Sold mid-estimate at the right money for Europe. © Sports Car Market


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The Branson Auction Branson, MO The Branson Auction Branson’s goal is to offer cars that appeal to all collectors. From Ferraris to Bel Airs, this time around, Jim and Kathy Cox lived up to that standard Company Branson Date April 20–21, 2018 Location Branson, MO Auctioneers Brent Earlywine, Jeff Knosp Automotive lots sold/offered 148/218 Sales rate 67% Sales total $2,807,515 High sale 1953 Jaguar XK 120 roadster, sold at $93,500 Buyer’s premium 10%, included in sold prices We’re calling it well bought and sold — 1953 Jaguar XK 120 roadster, sold at $93,500 Report and photos by Andy Staugaard Market opinions in italics A t the beginning of his April auction, Jim Cox, The Branson Auction’s owner, mentioned The top sale was a 1953 Jaguar XK 120 roadster for $93,500. It was formally owned that his company tries not to focus on any particular collector-car market, be it American, European or Classic. The goal is to offer cars that appeal to all collectors, whether old pro or young beginner. This time around, Jim and Kathy Cox put together another marvelous collection that lived up to that standard. The auction started Thursday night with a reception. e late Mark Tremble, the car collector and aviation enthusiast who started The on Auction more than 40 years ago. Coming in second was a 1937 Packard 115C eet rod for $82,500. Third was a 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air that made $69,300. Entertainer Barry Williams, better known as Greg Brady of “The Brady Branson, MO Bunch,” was there to sell his 1986 Ferrari 328 GTS, which found a new owner for $67,650. Rounding out the top five was a pre-war 1941 Cadillac Series 62 convertible that sold for $66,000. On the flip side, several sleeper cars did not sell but came close, just needing a slightly higher bid to get reserves lifted. These included a 1996 Corvette Collector’s Edition in like-new condition with a high bid Sales Totals As part of it, they auctioned off several items, including a 1929 Ford Model A and a 1979 Pontiac Trans Am. Proceeds were donated to the Vintage Car Rally Association to benefit autism awareness and educational programs in the four-state Ozarks region. The auction raised several thousand dollars for this cause. Total two-day auction sales raked in just over $2.8m, and post-auction sales were still coming together as of this writing. A total of 148 cars of the 218 consignments on offer sold, resulting in a 67% sell-through rate. The average sale price was just over $19k. 144 of $17,250. The overall market in Branson seems to be leveling out at around the $3,000,000 mark, and most of these events close out with a near-70% sell-through rate. Overall, this auction has the feeling of a buyer’s market, and it’s also an excellent auction for entry-level car collectors due to its range of affordable classics always on offer. The next one will be October 19 and 20, 2018, where you can expect to see that same wide range of classics, sports cars, American muscle and trucks that Branson strives to provide. ♦ $3.5m $3m $2.5m $2m $1.5m $1m 0 Sports Car Market 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014


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The Branson Auction Branson, MO ENGLISH #571-1953 JAGUAR XK 120 roadster. S/N: 674045. Red/tan cloth/tan leather. Odo: 34,491 miles. Beautiful and excellent body and paint. Chrome and trim has been replated and looks great. Minor wear detected on the interior leather, but still looks good. Wheels are very good and show nicely, with original hubcaps and rims. You could have a picnic on top of the engine bay, or turn the car over and have it on the underside. Glass very good all around. Cond: 1-. drum brakes have been upgraded to discs and 6V converted to 12V—very desirable upgrades. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $20,350. This car sold here in Branson last April for $22,050 (SCM# 6834783). It then appeared at Smith Auctions in Springfield, MO, and was a no-sale at a high bid of $21,500 (SCM# 6851005). The seller must have had a change of heart this year in Branson. Well bought. #578-1966 AUSTIN-HEALEY 3000 Mk SOLD AT $93,500. This is one beautiful car. It sold here at Branson in the fall of 2014 for $86,400 (SCM# 6711416). The SCM Pocket Price Guide lists its median market value at $113k, with a B investment grade. It looks like the 2014 investment of the seller has paid off while at the same time providing a good deal for the buyer. Well bought and sold. #539-1955 MG TF roadster. S/N: XPEG- 3874. Yellow/black vinyl/black leather. Odo: 45,809 miles. Paint is very good, with minor scratches. Chrome, trim and fit are all good. Interior is good but shows some wear. Engine bay, underside and glass are all in very good condition. Cond: 2-. III BJ8 convertible. S/N: HBJ8L33563. Metallic blue/white canvas/black leather. Odo: 60,088 miles. Older restoration still shows well—except for underside. Paint, chrome and trim are very good, with minor scratches. Fit is also good. Interior is quite good, but starting to show some wear. Chrome spoke heels are excellent and really set off the car. Engine bay is very good and presented well. Underside is nasty, shows rusting and needs to be restored. Glass has minor scratching all around. Could not raise passenger’s side window. Cond: 3+. value today is $62,000. The high bid was well in excess of that (mostly due to its excellent condition), and the seller should have taken it and doubled their ante. #233-1973 TRIUMPH TR6 convertible. S/N: CF9209U. White/black vinyl/black leather. Odo: 14,344 miles. Body and paint are just fair, with chips, overspray and some signs of rust. Top in good shape. Door fit off from top to bottom on both sides. Chrome and trim are good, with minor scratches. Interior is fair, but showing its age. Good rubber on original wheels. Engine and underside are poor—needing restoration or detailing at a minimum. Glass is good all around. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $23,650. This car is in great condition and should be a fun driver—as long as it runs out right. The median market value for the 1955 MG TF 1250 is around $25k, so the buyer did well snapping this one up at $23,650. Good buy. #536-1955 MGA roadster. S/N: 15CNH158212. Red/black vinyl/black leather. Odo: 8,027 miles. Restored from top to bottom. Very clean and well-maintained MGA. The paint has minor chips, but the chrome and trim are very good. Engine bay and underside are exceptionally clean. Glass is clear all around. Side curtains with covers and spare tire with cover are included and in good shape. The chrome spoke wheels really set it off. Front 146 SOLD AT $52,250. These Austin-Healeys seem to be doing quite well in the market lately and are holding their own compared to the likes of Triumph and MG. This one is slightly above driver quality and should be a good investment if bought right. The price guide places its median market value at $62,000. So, I suppose that the hammered price was about right and a good deal for both buyer and seller. #556-1967 AUSTIN-HEALEY 3000 Mk III BJ8 convertible. S/N: HBJ8L40588. Red & black/black canvas/black leather. Odo: 446 miles. Two-year, nut-and-bolt restoration of unstated vintage. Likely quite recent, as most of this car is in excellent condition. Some minor observations are: left-door bounce, random dry gaskets and minor scratching. Otherwise, the car is like new. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $70,000. Last year of the Big Healeys. This car sold at Branson in the fall of 2005 for $34,980 (SCM# 1564457). Median market NOT SOLD AT $8,250. The high bid was well below the $15k median value for this car, as listed in the price guide. The reason is the overall poor condition of the car. It is nothing more than a marginal driver, assuming it runs out well. A bit of elbow grease detailing the engine and underside might have boosted the bid. #239-1974 MGB convertible. S/N: GHN5UE346781G. Maroon/black vinyl/black leather. Odo: 12,124 miles. Not much here except a sub-par driver. Older repaint shows its wear. Fit is good. Chrome and trim are good with some pitting. Interior restored, but shows wear. Wheels need to be detailed. Engine bay needs restoration and hood liner needs to be replaced. Underside is poor and needs to be detailed. Glass is good. Cond: 3-. NOT SOLD AT $6,250. This car might have Sports Car Market


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The Branson Auction Branson, MO demanded a higher bid if it had been detailed and presented better. Surprisingly, the high bid was just about its median market value of $7k. The seller should have taken the money and run, but decided to leave it on the table. GERMAN #229-1977 VOLKSWAGEN TRANS- PORTER microbus. S/N: 2272014699. Blue & white/black vinyl. Odo: 25,041 miles. Recent repaint just fair, but panel fit is good. Chrome and trim are pitted. Interior is fair, with good seats, but floor and headliner need restoration. Wheels are in fair condition, with new rubber. Engine bay is poor and needs restoration. Underside is clean. A lot of glass, and it is good all around. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $11,550. The VW microbus has been popular on the auction circuit the past several years. However, they were not very popular in their day when you got behind one of them on a hill. This one looks to be not much more than a decent driver, assuming that it runs out well. It appeared at Mecum Kansas City a month prior and was a no-sale at $10k (SCM# 6867589). The seller should have taken that bid because if you consider the entry fee and commission here in Branson, the seller would have come out about the same, if not a little ahead. ITALIAN #572-1986 FERRARI 328 GTS Spider. S/N: ZFFXA20A2G0065881. Black/black leather. Odo: 28,473 miles. Black is beautiful when it is clean, and this one is very clean, with just a few minor scratches in the finish. Fit is very good. Interior is just fair, showing wear from age and mileage. Wheels, engine bay and underside show their age, and need to be detailed. Glass has marring and pits that need to be addressed. Cond: 2-. BEST BUY August 2018 147


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The Branson Auction Branson, MO SOLD AT $67,650. According to the auction listing, “This rare color combination of a black on black GTS (Targa top) has had excellent and constant service and repair to keep it in perfect condition by a very devoted and celebrity owner. Mr. Barry Williams, better known to his legion of fans as Greg Brady.” Nice car, but a little more detailing would have provided a better presentation and possibly resulted in a high bid closer to its median market value of $77,500. Great buy. #588-2000 FERRARI 456 GTA coupe. S/N: ZFFWP50A4Y0118545. Black/tan leather. Paint is very good for its age and mileage, with minor chips and scratches. Fit is good all around. Interior is excellent and looks great with the black exterior. Wheels and underside are just fair and need to be detailed for better presentation. The engine bay could not be inspected. Service history is included, showing that it had a major service, including belt service, performed in 2015. Digital odo. Cond: 3+. is good, but the carpet is stained on the driver’s side. Wheels need to be detailed. Engine bay and underside are good. Glass is good with only minor chips. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $95,000. You don’t see many of these around the auction circuit. The Marmon Sixteen was a 16-cylinder engineering marvel in its time. The engine was made by merging two 8-cylinder engines together at a 45-degree angle to develop an impressive 200 horsepower. The Marmon Sixteen was also introduced around the same time as the Cadillac 16-cylinder engine. Unfortunately, both were victims of the stock-market crash and the Great Depression. As a result, there were fewer than 400 of these made before the Marmon company went into bankruptcy. This car is rated an A investment grade in the price guide, and its median market value is listed at $285k. The high bid at Branson was nowhere near this value, so the seller rightly passed on the offer. #565-1936 AUBURN 852 SC cabriolet. S/N: 33674F. Maroon/tan cloth/tan leather. Odo: 75 miles. Restored in the ’90s, with new paint in fall of 2017. This beautiful and rare Auburn is excellent in every way. From paint, chrome, interior, engine bay to underside, everything is in a grade-one category. Even the light lenses are in great shape. Rumble seat makes this more practical than the Speedsters. Cond: 1. NOT SOLD AT $43,000. According to the auction listing, this 456 GTA is one of only 403 produced for the U.S. market. It appeared at RM Auctions’ Boca Raton sale in February 2004 where it was a no-sale for $95k (SCM# 1558557). After a 13-year absence, it appeared at Mecum Denver in July 2017 (SCM# 6842320), and sold for $55k. In today’s market these cars in this condition should sell for somewhere around $52k, so the high bid was really nowhere near its real value. Seller was right to walk away. AMERICAN #548-1931 MARMON SIXTEEN sedan. S/N: 149630. Green/black vinyl/green leather. Odo: 1,552 miles. Paint is just fair—good shine, but small chips, scratches and cracks can be seen up close. Door fit is off from top to bottom, but this could be due to manufacturing processes used back in 1931. Chrome and trim are fair, with numerous imperfections. Interior NOT SOLD AT $160,000. This car was the star of the show, and rightly so. A supercharged I8 with only 150 horsepower that exceeded 100 miles per hour. This is not very exciting in today’s world, but was awesome in 1936. The $160k high bid sounds like a lot, but not for this car. Only 40 or so of the 1935 and 1936 cabriolets were built, and around 25 of these exquisite automobiles are known to survive (according to Significant Cars Inc., per the catalog). However, with a median market value of around $95k, I was surprised that the high bid did not take it home. #546-1937 PACKARD 115-C custom sedan. S/N: 108239527. Red & tan/red & tan leather. Odo: 114 miles. This is an easy one to evaluate because it’s so perfect. I could not find even a scratch or chip to knock it down— a definite Condition 1 car. According to the auction listing, “it is powered with a 350-cubic-inch Chevrolet V8, 700R4 automatic transmission, C4 Corvette front and rear suspension with air ride, Corvette rack-and-pin- 148 ion steering, four-wheel disc brakes and 20-inch Foose wheels, all working in concert, to provide a great driving experience.” Also with a/c, aftermarket sound system and a great-condition interior. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $82,500. Well, there is not much more you can ask from a car, and the bidders responded. Although it’s hard to establish a price for a custom car like this one, I believe it was a fair price for both buyer and seller. Congratulations to both parties. #568-1939 PACKARD SUPER EIGHT convertible. S/N: 12792107. Yellow/black canvas/red leather. Odo: 616 miles. Paint is excellent. Fit is good, except lower door fit seems to be off on both sides. Chrome good, with minor scratches, while rest of trim is excellent. Engine bay and underside are excellent and match top-side quality. Interior very good. Glass good and clear. Top excellent. New tires on steel wheels with dog-dish hubcaps are very nice. Classic vintage show car and concours ready. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $65,000. According to the auction listing, Classic Car Club of America recognized this Packard convertible as one of only three known to exist today. It is in excellent condition and deserves a worthy home. It was a no-sale here in Branson in the spring of 2016 for $80k (SCM# 6799567), not even close to its median market value of $98,500. The high bid of $65k today was even farther from its value, and it was wise for the seller to walk away again to wait for a better day. #561-1941 CADILLAC SERIES 62 con- vertible. S/N: 8359231. Black/black cloth/red leather. Odo: 90,126 miles. 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The Branson Auction Branson, MO bay, underside and glass are all very good, matching the quality of the rest of the car. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $66,000. Many of these pre-war classics have been converted into resto-mods, but not this one. It does, however, have some auction history. It first appeared at Mecum Monterey in August 2015 and was a no-sale at $60k (SCM# 6796168). Then it went to Leake Dallas in November of 2015 and sold for $63,800 (SCM# 6788398). From there it was a no-sale for $71k at Leake OKC in February 2016 (SCM# 6802316), a no-sale for $60k at Mecum Houston in April 2017 (SCM# 6832979), and a no-sale for $53k at Leake Tulsa in June 2017 (SCM# 6840206). It finally found a home here in Branson for $66k. At a median price of $80k, it should have sold for more, but I imagine the seller was ready to unload it. Well bought. Sports Car Market Subscribe to SCM Keith Martin’s The Insider’s Guide to Collecting, Investing, Values, and Trends today and become a collector car insider www.sportscarmarket.com ™ #248-1947 WILLYS MODEL 4-63 cus- tom utility. S/N: 25567. Maroon & cream/ cream vinyl. This Jeep is very good to excellent in every category except the chrome bumpers, which need to be replated to match the quality of the rest of the vehicle. The original 4-cylinder motor has been replaced by a 4.3-L V6 mated to a 700R4 automatic transmission with 1:1 electric overdrive to allow for easy cruising on today’s roads. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $14,575. A nice example of a restomod Willys Jeep station wagon. The hammered price here seems to be right on the money. A good buy. #543-1958 CHEVROLET IMPALA 2-dr hard top. S/N: E58T232774. Turquoise & Teal/turquoise, white & black tri-tone vinyl. Odo: 22,935 miles. 235-ci I6, 1-bbl, auto. A mostly original car that needs a good restoration. Older repaint, with slight scratching and orange peel. Some dulling and small pitting can also be seen with a closer inspection. Fit is very good for a ’50s car. Chrome and trim beginning to show their age, with dulling and pitting. Interior good for its age. Engine bay has a surprising straight-6 Blue Flame engine that needs detailing. The Blue Flame was the standard engine in 1958, with the 283 V8 a desirable option. Underside is poor, showing some rust. Glass is good all around. Musty smell inside. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $28,000. I wish that Chevy would have kept the awesome 1957 styling around a few more years, but 1958 saw a major change from the earlier shoebox styling. Most of the ’58s you see at auction have the 283 Turbo Fire V8, so this I6 Blue Flame was a nice surprise. This car is an excellent restoration candidate, especially with only 23k original miles. With a median market value of $43k, the new owner has plenty of money left to make this one right. Good buy. #547-1959 CHEVROLET BISCAYNE custom 2-dr sedan. S/N: A59L184374. Red/ red vinyl. Odo: 13,969 miles. Viper Red paint in excellent condition really stands out from a distance. Fit, chrome and trim are all very good. Interior is excellent, and matches the quality of the paint job. Wheels are just fair and need more shine to match the topside. Engine bay is excellent, with ZZ4 chromed to the heavens. Underside doesn’t match the topside quality. Tinted glass is good all around. Cond: 1-. 150 Sports Car Market


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NOT SOLD AT $45,000. Lots of extras have been added to this custom ’59 Chevy. It’s beautiful to look at, and probably equally beautiful to drive. However, it is still a Chevy Biscayne, the low end of the model line. With the median market value for a 2-door ’59 Impala hard top at $40,500, it is hard to imagine this Biscayne demanding a whole lot more, even with its excellent customization and condition. Although it should be worth a couple thousand more than bid, and that might have been just enough to lift the reserve. #576-1959 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N: J59S103030. Roman Red & white/white vinyl/white vinyl. 327-ci V8, 2x4bbl, 4-sp. Body and paint are excellent. Fit is good all around, but the left door hangs a bit. Minor scratches on the trim, but chrome is excellent. Interior and wheels are excellent. Engine bay is very good, but the exhaust manifold needs to be restored to match the rest of the engine quality. Underside and glass are excellent. Restoration records included. According to the auction listing, the engine displacement is 327 ci. However, Corvette used the 283-ci engine exclusively in 1959, and did not use the 327 engine in Corvettes until 1962. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $66,000. A complete restoration gives this car an excellent rating. But the engine is non-original, which should subtract about 15% from its value. This brings the median market value to roughly $79k. I’d say the buyer got a great deal on a beautiful Corvette with fair investment potential. #235-1964 CADILLAC SERIES 62 2-dr hard top. S/N: 64G052205. Bahama Sand/ sand cloth & leather. Odo: 60,277 miles. 429ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Recent repaint in very good condition. Fit is good. Original chrome and trim are very good for age. Original interior is very good for age. Wheels are good but need to be detailed. Engine bay could not be inspected. Underside is clean with a recent undercoating. Glass is good all around. Cond: 2-. August 2018 151


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The Branson Auction Branson, MO carb. Median market value in the price guide shows $36,500 for this car. In its current restored condition it’s worth at least that amount and probably closer to the hammered amount. Well bought and sold—both buyer and seller went home as winners. #592-1967 CHEVROLET CORVETTE SOLD AT $22,275. This car sold just four months before at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale for $16,500 (SCM# 6861897). It’s in outstanding condition inside and out. Seller did well to flip it in Branson, walking away with almost a $6k gross profit. Well sold. #582-1965 FORD MUSTANG fastback. S/N: 5F09A280807. Rangoon Red/red vinyl. Odo: 24 miles. 289-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. A recent rotisserie restoration that shows well. Close inspection shows minor scratches and orange peel in the paint. Fit is very good for a mid-’60s Mustang. Chrome and trim are excellent. Wheels, engine bay, underside and glass are all very good to excellent. Interior quality matches quality of the rest of the car. Cond: 2-. custom convertible. S/N: 194677S104254. Black/black vinyl/black leather. Odo: 40,887 miles. 489-ci 655-hp V8, 3x2-bbl, 5-sp. Paint is very good, with some minor flaws. Fit is generally good all around, but passenger’s side door hangs up. Chrome, trim, interior and wheels are all very good to excellent. Engine bay is also good, but could be detailed more to better show the big 644-hp engine. Right vent window is marred and should be replaced. Convertible shown with hard top installed. Cond: 2-. #261-1969 CHEVROLET CAMARO Z/28 coupe. S/N: 124379N696292. Silver & black/black & white vinyl. Odo: 72,224 miles. 383-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. According to the auction listing, this is the real deal—a fully restored X33 D80 Z/28, with added performance parts to make it run better than it did from the factory. The restoration is exceptional in all categories, especially the interior with its black-and-white herringbone seats. Also, the 383-ci NOM engine with aftermarket aluminum heads really looks nice in the engine bay. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $41,000. This is not a GT Mustang, but it does have the A-code engine. The Acode engine uses a 4-bbl carburetor versus the C-code engine that was built with a 2-bbl NOT SOLD AT $90,000. This car has had a serious professional engine and transmission modification and has been featured in Corvette Enthusiast magazine. It appeared at Mecum Kissimmee just last January, where it was a no-sale at $130k (SCM# 6859664). So, $90k here at Branson was not going to take it home either. Seller might want to reconsider the high reserve in the future on a specialty custom like this one. NOT SOLD AT $47,500. It’s hard to put a price on this one because of its extra highperformance parts. However, a stock 1969 Camaro Z/28 in this condition should sell well north of $60k. So the seller was right to walk away from the high bid today. I was surprised to see this car listed for the Friday sale. It might have done much better if it were listed at prime time during the Saturday sale. But it’s clear the market doesn’t value a modified Z/28 as much as a correct one. #573-1970 FORD MUSTANG Boss 302 fastback. S/N: 0T02G121752. Blue/black leather. Paint is excellent. Fit is good except for typical bouncy doors found on all Fords of this period. Chrome, trim and interior are very good, with minor flaws. Wheels are excellent, with new rubber. Engine bay highlights the 302 and is quite correct. Underside matches the topside quality. Glass is good, with some minor scratching. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $63,800. According to the auction listing, “This is a real-deal numbers-matching G-code Boss 302 with Marti Report.” It is mostly in excellent shape, with minor flaws. Definitely a club-show-worthy car. It sold a year ago at Branson for $56,000 (SCM# 6836347). Its median book value is $71,500. At the hammered price, the seller picked up a few thousand dollars, and the buyer got a great buy. Well bought and sold. © 152 Sports Car Market


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Roundup Selected Sales Combined in One Comprehensive Report Selected Sales Combined in One Comprehensive Report ENGLISH ENGLISH #T162-1960 MGA 1600 roadster. S/N GHNL81177. Black/tan vinyl/tan leather. Odo: 74,551 miles. Restored to a high level, although not concours, in 2017. Sharp paint. Very respectable brightwork. Wind wings appear to be add-ons. Soft top is down, couldn’t assess. Beautiful inside with clear instrument gauges set against a shiny black dash. Tan dash padding excellent. Minimally used seats lightly creased. New seat belts. Nicely detailed engine bay. Pennsylvania title. Includes BHTC, books, records. Cond: 2+. Affordable, stylish ragtop driver — 2007 Aston Martin Vantage Volante, sold for $37,950 at Leake, Dallas, TX CARLISLE Location: Carlisle, PA Date: April 19–21, 2018 Auctioneers: Michael Adcock, Charlie Adcock, Paul Storm Automotive lots sold/offered: 292/475 Sales rate: 61% Sales total: $5,803,792 High sale: 1969 Shelby GT350 convertible, sold at $110,210 Buyer’s premium: 7%, included in sold prices Report and photos by Adam Blumenthal LEAKE Location: Dallas, TX Date: April 13–14, 2018 Auctioneers: Jim Richie, Dylan Hall, Trev Moravec Automotive lots sold/offered: 189/406 Sales rate: 47% Sales total: $3,807,155 High sale: 1967 Shelby GT500 fastback, sold at $167,750 Buyer’s premium: 10%, included in sold prices Report and photos by Brett Hatfield W. YODER AUCTION Location: Wautoma, WI Date: April 20, 2018 Auctioneers: Wayne Yoder, Rudy Hershberger Automotive lots sold/offered: 56/62 Sales rate: 90% Sales total: $579,865 High sale: 1949 Chevrolet 3100 pickup, sold at $71,500 Buyer’s premium: 10% onsite, 15% online, included in sold prices Report and photos by B. Mitchell Carlson SOLD AT $34,240. Rare to see one of these in black. Arguably a fish out of water amid a sea of mostly American metal. Then again, the auction company thought it worthy enough to take a place in the busy Expo Center. Examples of these in sadder condition mostly sell in the low twenties. This transaction rightfully sold at a premium. I’d say the winning bid was a bit strong, but no harm done to both parties. Carlisle Events, Carlisle, PA, 04/18. #T182.1-1969 JAGUAR E-TYPE Series II 4.2 2+2 coupe. S/N 1R42543. Signal Red/ tan leather. Odo: 70,757 miles. Two-year restoration completed four years ago, with over $100k spent; still presents beautifully today. Light scratches on the front bumper, lustrous paint probably looks as good today as it did when it left the shop. Impressive brightwork, clear glass. Driver’s door opens and closes with more authority than passenger’s. Pristine, detailed interior. Well-maintained engine bay. Has restoration and service-receipts file. Cond: 1-. Missed opportunity? This 1979 Volvo 264 GL custom sedan with C4 Corvette engine sold for $550 at W. Yoder’s Wautoma, WI, auction 154 SOLD AT $48,150. Price realized here is a nick above the median value per the SCM Pocket Price Guide. These have risen in value, but they’ll likely always sell at a discount from their more popular 2-seater siblings. Well Sports Car Market


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Roundup bought for condition alone, but fairly sold for the body type. Carlisle Events, Carlisle, PA, 04/18. #1009-1971 MGB convertible. S/N GHN5UB228160G. White/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 74,580 miles. Trim-off, glass-out repaint done a few years ago, which still presents nicely. New seals installed then for doors, windshield base, windshield, door glass and vent-window frames. The latter are starting to split and flap in the breeze. Selective replating and replacement of most brightwork. Soft top shows some wear to the binding threads. Wavy door panels with good vinyl. Dashboard is in great shape. Period Blaupunkt AM/FM radio. Excellent repaint of the cylinder head, valve cover and air cleaners; not as much for the engine block. Bare-metal engine hardware has overall light-to-moderate surface corrosion. Original paint on the cowl and fender aprons getting rather tired. Painted wire wheels, shod with older radials that show some sidewall checking. Cond: 3+. clockwise. Engine bay is clean and correct. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $8,250. You don’t see many of these little MG coupes. This one was pure 1970s in Harvest Gold with navy blue velour. Originally sold in California; the lack of corrosion anywhere indicated a life spent in dry, warmer climes. Tidy, clean, and unmolested, this was an inexpensive way to begin collecting classic cars, or a bargain addition to an established collection. Selling just north of book value, the price was a reflection of condition. Leake, Dallas, TX, 04/18. #1041-1974 TRIUMPH SPITFIRE 1500 convertible. S/N FM10338U. Light pastel blue/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 69,086 miles. Body number 10639FM on title as VIN instead of s/n FM10338U. Body-off repaint at least a decade ago. Good application on the exterior, but resprayed over original paint everywhere else. Rocker-panel patch and repaint work can be detected through the respray. Panel gaps mediocre at best. Serial-number tag in windshield sanded down to bare metal before OEM windshield was installed after paint job. New soft top. Finish on original dashboard wood veneer cracking—and furniture polish is too late to help it. Never had a radio, with virgin mounting plate over center console. Heater fan and wipers don’t work. Clean underhood, but half-baked detailing. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $8,800. Before someone yanks out that Blaupunkt for some modern tunes, they’d better put it up on eBay. This is just the ticket for those looking to complete a BMW 2002 or 3.0 CS with a period-correct radio, so it would do quite well if put on the market. Actually, this car as a whole did quite well on the market here, so it might serve the new owner well to help recover some of the purchase price and flip the radio. W. Yoder Auction, Wautoma, WI, 04/18. #428-1973 MGB GT coupe. S/N GHD5UD308521G. Harvest Gold/blue cloth. Odo: 99,418 miles. Paint is shiny, with light orange peel. Chrome was likely replated with the repaint. Stainless trim is decent but could be polished. Painted factory steel wheels are good, wearing radial rubber. Blue velour interior seems an odd match at first blush, but the longer I look at it, the better it looks. Seats appear recent and well done. Steering wheel is unrestored, showing some fading. Needle in tach is strangely bent around counter- SOLD AT $7,425. In an interesting sense of scale, the hard top—which was included with this car—was sitting in the trunk of the other car the consignor had here—the 1957 Chrysler Saratoga sedan (Lot 1037). On top of that, with it in there, the trunk lid could easily be latched and there was room to spare. Everyone from the auction who had to move the car complained about the Spitfire being too small for them. Back in the 1970s, they didn’t seem to be all that small; but even compared to today’s subcompact cars that are at least commodious—let alone monster SUVs—the proportions are far too small for 99% of modern drivers to accept. This wasn’t all that bad of an example as a driver, if you’re that type of 1-percenter, even if it was fully priced for its condition. W. Yoder Auction, Wautoma, WI, 04/18. #T160-1974 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER SHADOW sedan. S/N LRC20622. Beige & brown/beige leather. Odo: 87,541 miles. Stated to have its original engine, but its hood was locked up all sale. Tired paint has chips at front doors and belt line. Paint marks on rightside turn indicator. Excellent grille. Lenses are good. Brightwork is a mixed bag. Factory steel wheels painted tan. Rides on newer Suntek Touring whitewalls. Driver’s side windows August 2018 155


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Roundup both scratched. Passenger’s outside mirror is mottled. Dingy underneath; same goes for the scruffy, cheerless interior. Well-worn-in upholstery is dirty, with passenger’s seat and carpet stained. Center armrest scuffed and discolored. Ditto rear armrest. Elbow rest on driver’s door cracked. Driver’s door padding scuffed and ripped. Wood dash has glaring cracks. Piece of column shifter broken off. Carpeting in trunk is dirty, with a section cut out around battery. Cond: 4+. over. Stated across the block that it was “selling when we’re done” at six grand, and it all pretty much ended right then and there. Sold well enough. W. Yoder Auction, Wautoma, WI, 04/18. #422-1979 MGB convertible. S/N GHN 5UL481257G. Pageant Blue/ black vinyl/tan leather. Odo: 88,522 miles. Claims to have been recently restored throughout. Paint looks well executed. Chrome and stainless are well polished and shiny. Tan leather interior is a nice offset to the dark blue exterior. There appears to be some sort of smudge on the driver’s side seat bottom. Engine compartment is clean, with a foilbacked hood pad. A chrome-topped Weber carb feeds the engine. Clean little car. Cond: 2. BEST BUY metic issues first. Carlisle Events, Carlisle, PA, 04/18. #723-2007 ASTON MARTIN VANTAGE Volante. S/N SCFBB04B97GD06635. Titanium Silver Metallic/black cloth/Red Fox leather. Odo: 35,871 miles. Shiny silver paint has a clear bra that is beginning to yellow. Panel gaps are consistent. Driver’s seat bottom shows light creasing. Driver’s seat bolster shows wear, as well as a spot at the shoulder belt, and the left-hand outside edge of the steering wheel. There is some sort of overspray coating three of the wheels. The rest of the car is in good shape. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $7,490. By no means a fright pig, but just lifeless, the victim of limited care and investment. A good buy, but it’s going to take thousands. Even then, in a Silver Shadow market that’s barely moved in years and with no real upside on the horizon, the new owner may still not come out ahead when it’s time to move on. Carlisle Events, Carlisle, PA, 04/18. #1031-1977 MG MIDGET convertible. S/N GAN6UH196147G. British Racing Green/black vinyl/tan vinyl. Odo: 51,015 miles. Stated the miles indicated are actual from new. Rather average topical repaint, with heavier overspray in door jambs. Minimal sun fade on rubber baby-buggy bumpers. Presentable brightwork. Heavier dry rot cracking of vent window and door-glass seals. Disclosed that the wipers, rear turn signals and heater don’t work. Newer replacement top. Original interior, with moderate soiling and fade on upper halves of door panels and seats. Generally tidy underhood, with all bodywork green paint markedly lighter than the exterior. Uniform light oxidation on all engine aluminum components and surface rust on bare steel. Newer glasspack muffler. Newer repaint of the stock-styled steel wheels, yet wearing older radials. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $5,775. Most of the MGs I have seen at auctions are tired, having been ridden hard and put away wet. This one was refreshing with a new restoration. Quality was solid. The color combo was attractive, with a rarely seen leather interior. Finding a new home for just under $6k with fees, this was quite a bargain. Well bought. Leake, Dallas, TX, 04/18. #F354.1-2005 BENTLEY ARNAGE R sedan. S/N SCBLC37F35CX10552. Black Sapphire/Magnolia leather. Odo: 61,457 miles. Paint was smooth but driver-quality at best. Flaking in places, chips on front bumper. Decent brightwork and a few dings on grille. Good glass. Power sunroof. Luxurious upholstery nicely worn in. Driver’s seat torn and stained with what looks like small paint marks. Wood paneling cracked on both front door panels, right rear door as well. A segment of the wood console is loose. Pioneer radio. Engine not inspected. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $37,950. This Vantage Volante changed hands just a few months ago at the Leake Dallas November 2017 auction, finding a new home for $34,100 (SCM# 6868126). Given the mixed bag of cosmetic needs, this was a bit of a coup for the seller. Leake, Dallas, TX, 04/18. #139-2010 JAGUAR XK coupe. S/N SA- JWA4FBXALB37202. Radiance Red Metallic/ Oyster leather. Odo: 39,171 miles. Minor signs of use in the form of pepper on the nose, some buff marks on the hood and front fenders. Driver’s side seat shows only slight creasing on the seat bottom. Carpets, steering wheel and balance of interior free from any indication of wear. Wheels are clean, rash-free. Nice used Jag. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $6,600. By 1977, the Spridget was one of the last convertibles still available in the U.S., so that was becoming more of its cachet than any delusions of handling prowess. It certainly was not its styling cohesiveness, with the platypus snout, fat rear plastic bumper, and with enough of a suspension jackup that today it would be considered a cross- 156 NOT SOLD AT $34,000. Over $200k when new—amazing you can buy one of these for new Kia money. It looked great from 20 feet away but showed its true colors as I got closer. A used and enjoyed car, but lacking in the detailing necessary to bring it top dollar. Seller held out for more, but I’m not sure they are going to realize it without addressing the cos- SOLD AT $22,275. Not yet a classic or collectible, this Jag was simply a very clean used car. The expected wear and tear on the front was minimal. It had obviously been cared for, maintained and stored inside. Above-average condition, below-average miles and an attractive color combo yielded a sale price slightly above market. Fair deal all around. Leake, Dallas, TX, 04/18. GERMAN #F407-1970 MERCEDES-BENZ 280SL convertible. S/N 11304412015479. 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Roundup 36,037 miles. Appears to be a mostly original Pagoda with original drivetrain—U.S.-spec car with 4-sp auto. Smooth, even paint now has toned-down luster. Part of grille is missing. Passenger’s door chrome trim scuffed. Hard top comes with car but is not on display. Soft top has a few spots and a smudgy plastic window. M-B alloy wheels over-polished and look blingy as a result. Seat-bottom cushions are ripped. The “6” in the odo gauge readout is not in the same typeface as the other numbers. Rust visible on soft-top metal supports. Top’s underside is stained. Newer Becker Grand Prix Electronic stereo. “South Hills Jaycees Antique & Classic Auto Show 1974” plaque on glovebox. Clean upholstery-matching carpets. Engine compartment a bit dirtier than lowish miles would suggest. Cond: 3+. #1000-1972 VOLKSWAGEN BEETLE convertible. S/N 1522011918. Red/black vinyl/ black vinyl. Odo: 52,422 miles. Wisconsin DOT inspection indicates that the brakes stick, the handbrake and horn don’t work, plus several lights—including a headlight—are out. Originally painted white, based on areas the low-buck repaint either missed, chipped off, or was poorly masked around. Windshield replacement done as part of the repaint with a new seal. All brightwork is original and not all that bright anymore. Passenger’s side mirror missing from the vent-window frame. Older (if not original) top, with overspray on the edges. Poorly fitted stock-style seat covers over the worn original vinyl. A piece of carpet was glued over the vacant radio opening in the dash. Apart from tie-wrap engineering on aircleaner fasteners and intake heater air plenum, the engine compartment is generally stock and dusty. Cond: 3-. she shouldn’t have anything to gripe about, even if the new owner might. W. Yoder Auction, Wautoma, WI, 04/18. #T221.1-1985 PORSCHE 911 Carrera coupe. S/N WP0ZZZ93ZFS000562. Red/ black leather. Odo: 83,225 miles. Optioned with the M491 930 Turbo-look package. Also stated to be equipped with the Euro version 231-hp flat 6 engine, as opposed to the 207-hp unit that came stateside. Said to be one of 200 produced. Very nice, deep paint shows few flaws. Some chips on hood. Power sunroof, liner is ripped. Bottom of rear window is delaminating. Red whale tail with black lip. Black Fuchs wheels unscuffed, look new. Rides on Pirelli P Zeros. Fantastic interior looks original except for Sony aftermarket radio. Chairs in excellent condition. “Turbo” inscription on driver-side rear seatback. Carpets clean, although “Porsche” inscription fading. No-issues engine bay. Comes with books, tools and other docs. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $67,000. Last year of the 280SL, although that hasn’t made them any more desirable when they come up for sale at auction. Not a fantastic 280SL, but certainly an attractive presentation in the right colors. Pagodas have been climbing for the past eight years or so, and while they’ve slowed down, they’re still prized in the market. Like many lots at this sale, the high bid was fairly light, but not out of line given its condition and the less-coveted 4-speed auto. Carlisle Events, Carlisle, PA, 04/18. SOLD AT $6,050. This was the last year of the basic Beetle convertible. From 1973 until the end of production in 1979, the ragtop was built on the Super Beetle. The auctioneer stated that this car was consigned at the previous auction here, and failed to sell at $5k against a $7k reserve. However, the little old lady who owned it afterwards berated the auctioneer for not cutting it loose, so he made her a deal were he stored it this winter and it would sell here first thing at no reserve. Now NOT SOLD AT $55,000. An eye-catching Carrera due to its prime location in the Expo Center; its bright red paint didn’t hurt, either. It had a lot of miles, but seller did a commendable job taking care of it. This was lifted up by the 930 package and more powerful motor, no doubt, which gave it that little extra bit of aggression and performance cred. A strong bid, but seller thought he could get more elsewhere, and I’m inclined to agree. Carlisle Events, Carlisle, PA, 04/18. #730-1986 BMW 635 CSI coupe. S/N WBAEC740XG0607191. Cinnabar Red/Pearl Beige leather. Odo: 82,532 miles. Striking red color has had some small touch-ups, and may just be beginning to show some patina. Glass shows well, as does the weatherstripping. No wear present in the interior aside from light discoloration of plastic bits due to age. Engine compartment is as-new. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $17,600. These 635s have seen a recent rise in price and popularity, along with 158 Sports Car Market


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Roundup most of the other European performance cars introduced in the 1980s. The children of that era are now adults, many of whom are earning comfortable incomes. This has allowed them to seek out all that cool ’80s iron. Given the year, this CSi was in much better shape than most. It had clearly been cared for, kept inside and maintained. It was no surprise it sold for markedly above median value. Leake, Dallas, TX, 04/18. #751-1988 MERCEDES-BENZ 560SL convertible. S/N WDBBA48D5JA083651. Midnight Blue/navy blue cloth, Midnight Blue hard top/gray leather. Odo: 35,482 miles. Well-maintained factory finish is only marred by dual touched-up scratches on either side of the rear deck, presumably from the hard top. Wheels are in good shape, but have also been regrettably chromed. The driver’s side seat bolster shows wear in the expected spot. Softtop rear window has some hazy wear marks. Hard top is in excellent condition, and comes with a cart. Cond: 2+. #F385-1989 MERCEDES-BENZ 560SL convertible. S/N WDBBA48D5KA103415. Red/black canvas/tan leather. Odo: 95,810 miles. In longtime local ownership. Paint is very respectable, but I always felt more understated colors enhanced the overall sporty elegance of this car. Some bubbling at both rear fenders, but that’s about it paint-wise. A few scratches here and there in the brightwork, but no other exterior issues. Black hard top with dolly is part of the package, but it’s not displayed with car. Soft top clean. Factory alloys in fine condition. Looks completely original inside and worn-in nicely. Driver’s seat more cushy than passenger’s. Center armrest has noticeable creases, and is a little dirty. Clean carpets. Has toolkit and first-aid kit. “Recently serviced and inspected.” Car’s condition belies its 96k miles. Cond: 2+. #410-1996 MERCEDES-BENZ SL500 convertible. S/N WDBFA67F9TF132808. Black/black cloth/black leather. Odo: 82,621 miles. Nicks abound on nose and hood, with a couple of large dings in the alloy grille. Paint is coated in overspray. Updated AMG wheels are in decent condition. Driver’s side seat bolster has requisite wear spot from ingress and egress. Both seats have creasing on the seat bottoms. Battery is dead. Large, long, deep scratch on the hard top appears to have been touched up by an angry, blind child. Cond: 3-. NOT SOLD AT $31,000. The highest offered bid was well above market value, but so was the condition of the car. A rare color combo, along with heavy documentation, low miles, exceptional condition, and this model recently finding its market stride, drove the bid well past clean retail. Although it make take a few more years, the owner will surely realize a better return for hanging on to this example a bit longer. Leake, Dallas, TX, 04/18. SOLD AT $16,318. After a few years of hovering in the $20k range, the trend line is indicating a slight upswing. This may not come as a surprise, as collectors have started setting their sights on desirable later-model Benzes, and in particular, those that promise luxury and a pleasurable driving experience with sufficient power to back it up. The 560SLs fall in that category. This example was an extremely fine car, and it seemed to me that the buyer nabbed it at the lower end of the market. Well done and well bought. Carlisle Events, Carlisle, PA, 04/18. SOLD AT $4,400. This was a repeat offender at the Dallas Leake auction, having been sold here in November 2017, for $4,950 (SCM# 6855323). An unfortunate byproduct of luxury marques depreciating so rapidly is many models are sold to owners who are just looking for an inexpensive car with some cachet. They seldom have in mind the expensive maintenance that accompanies said car. That was certainly the case here, as this poor ragtop had been neglected and/or abused. Leake, Dallas, TX, 04/18. IRISH #466-1981 DELOREAN DMC-12 Gull- wing. S/N SCEDT26T7BD002321. Stainless steel/gray leather. Odo: 9,741 miles. Polyurethane nose and tail caps appear to be slightly off-color—possibly a result of age. Stainless body panels have proper finish, good gaps. It looks like someone attempted to re-adhere weatherstrip and made a mess of it, as there is visible black goo at the driver’s side door edges. Driver’s side door handle hangs slightly askew. Creases in the seat bottom of the driver’s seat are the only indication of wear. A scant 9,741 miles appear on the odometer. Clearly this has been stored inside, as there is no sign of fading anywhere on interior. Engine bay is clean, with no sign of tampering. Everything appears as it should. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $33,550. The auction brag sheet was short on detail, mentioning only a recent service and upgraded charging system. This lack of enthusiasm may indicate a seller who 160 Sports Car Market


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Roundup was only wanting to be rid of the car. A quick Internet search found that this DeLorean just sold again from a Dallas-area dealer on eBay for $39,400. Even after bidder’s fees, this was a profitable turn for the dealer who purchased it. Well bought. Leake, Dallas, TX, 04/18. ITALIAN BEST BUY #T224.1-1989 FERRARI TESTAROSSA coupe. S/N ZFFSG17A5K0080943. Rosso Corsa/tan leather. Odo: 27,981 miles. Under the bright lights of the Expo Center, this TR’s iconic paint color is uneven—merely driver-quality. Small chips, dings on front fender. Flaking surrounding Ferrari logo on hood. Looks as if it’s been buffed in places without regard to outcome. Nearly indistinguishable streaks on hood. Whitish discoloration on left headlight cover. Scratches on driver’s side A-pillar. Five-spoke alloys lifeless. Newer Michelin Pilots. Dual exhausts appear to be aftermarket. Lived-in interior emits no unusual odor. Tan leather upholstery nicely worn in, hue contrasts with dark brown leather dash and darker shade of tan door padding. Carpets are dirty. Rear-view mirror is detached and sitting behind driver’s seat. Has a fire extinguisher. Engine not inspected. No physical evidence of any service records. Cond: 3. Ferrari, but this 348 wore them well. More of these are showing up at auction, and I can’t help but think that consignors have lost their patience with passersby shouting, “Hey, nice Fiero!” Despite their pariah status in the Ferrari world, 348s are perfect gateways into Ferrari ownership without spending a fortune. No wild rides in values here; 348s have been relatively stable for over two decades. Sold post-sale at a price that had to have put a smile on the buyer’s face. Well bought. Carlisle Events, Carlisle, PA, 04/18. #761-2001 FERRARI 360 Modena coupe. S/N ZFFYU51AX10123349. Rosso Rubino Metallic/tan leather. Odo: 19,350 miles. Clear bra applied to the headlight covers, but nowhere else on the front end. That’s a shame, as the nose of the car shows pepper marks from road debris. Clear glass engine cover reveals the trademark Ferrari red-crinkle finish in the spotless engine bay. Driver’s side seat bolster shows some wear on the tan leather Daytona-style seat covers. Wheels are correct and free from defect, as is the glass. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $95,000. Bright yellow only works on a handful of cars, and this Gallardo was one of them. The condition overall suggested use but not abuse. It had clearly been well kept and enjoyed. A rare 6-speed manual with gated shifter, this one had plenty of eyeball combined with the ability to stir your own drink. As the high bid was a solid $10k below book, the owner was wise to hang on to this one. Leake, Dallas, TX, 04/18. #782-2008 FERRARI 599 GTB Fiorano coupe. S/N ZFFFC60A180159037. Rosso Corsa/tan leather. Odo: 23,658 miles. Shiny red paint marred on the nose by surprising amount of road pepper and a couple of larger scars that have been poorly touched up. The balance of the paint is in decent shape. Glass and weatherstrip are what one would expect of a car stored indoors. Wheels are in good nick, with yellow-painted brake calipers gripping carbon-ceramic discs. The driver’s side bolster on the Daytona tan-and-black seats shows wear on the bolster and contrasting piping. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $53,500. Okay, so it wasn’t perfect, but considering that any day of the week, these will trade in the high-five- to low-six-digit range (the SCM Pocket Price Guide pegs the median value at $115,500), this has to go down in the annals of TR auction history as an extremely well-bought example. I know the lack of service records is a potential red flag. Unless something went unannounced, even without paperwork, this was a deal. Kudos to what should be a giddy new owner. Carlisle Events, Carlisle, PA , 04/18. #F371-1994 FERRARI 348 Spider. S/N ZFFRG43AR00097276. Nero/black canvas/ tan leather. Odo: 29,327 miles. Except for its dusty appearance somewhat masking the lowmileage paint (still retains its deep black luster), there are no major deficiencies to report. It’s developed a digestible patina. What really causes my stomach to ache are the blingy fivespoke wheels that detract from an already under-appreciated model. Soft top’s in good condition. Black tonneau not seen. No-nick glass. A few scratches on hood, much more on front air dam. No-nonsense interior reflects low miles. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $44,940. Some would agree that this was a lot of miles for a 162 NOT SOLD AT $88,000. This was a tidy, low-mile car with few needs. A quick Internet search found this car for sale from a dealer for considerably more than the high bid. As Price Guide value was much lower than the high bid ($77k), it would seem the seller was either unrealistic in his expectations, or maybe he knows something that was not revealed at the auction. Leake, Dallas, TX, 04/18. #803-2007 LAMBORGHINI GAL- LARDO Spyder. S/N ZHWGU22N17LA04634. Giallo Halys/black cloth/Nero Perseus leather. Odo: 24,408 miles. Bright yellow paint sports a clear bra over the front, with just a couple of bug splats. Paint is shiny, and the wheels are rash-free. The driver’s side seat bolster has the requisite wear on the yellowpiped black leather from ingress and egress. The remainder of the interior is as-new, with no signs of fading. The black cloth top is stowed, but likely is consistent with the rest of the car. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $115,000. Despite having been clearly driven and enjoyed, value on this striking Ferrari was well north of the offer. The nose could stand to be repainted to overcome the ham-fisted attempt at covering the wear there, and the seat bolster should have been re-dyed. However, neither of those needs would justify letting this car go for $80k under median. Leake, Dallas, TX, 04/18. JAPANESE #F384-1990 MAZDA RX-7 convertible. S/N JM1FC3523L0712004. Black/black vinyl/ black leather. Odo: 56,929 miles. Stated to be an original car, and I had no reason to think otherwise. Mostly good paint, although some has worn off on the trunk. Scratches on front bumper. Black air dam scuffed. Driver-side rocker panel has nicks and chips. Driver’s door handle scuffed. Power soft top. Turnsignal covers delaminating. Dual exhaust. Unmarked alloy wheels shod with Fusion-HRI tires. Interior is a very livable space. Driver’s 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) #9641. 1988 Honda CRX Si coupe. S/N JHMED936XJS009582. 52,000 miles. “1.6-Liter SOHC inline 4, 5-speed manual gearbox, long-term original ownership, recent timing belt and water pump, original window sticker, factory books and manuals.” Condition: 1.5. Roundup seat heavily worn but still usable. Pioneer stereo, 160-mph speedo and 8,000-rpm tach in dash. Blue-and-black floor mats are aftermarket. Recently serviced, though when and what was done were not disclosed. Twin-rotor Wankel engine. CARFAX. Cond: 2-. (or can do it themselves) and does some basic detailing, there may actually be a little money left on the table here. W. Yoder Auction, Wautoma, WI, 04/18. #797-2015 NISSAN GT-R Black Edition SOLD AT $15,250. It is amazing to see clean Hondas popping up at auction and bringing home high numbers. This one sold for $15k, and another CRX sold a few days later for almost $12k. I consider the ’88 Si the most desirable CRX, with the twitchier rear passive steering, B-pillar-mounted seat belts, and being the lightest weight of the second-gen cars. Only faults for this car are a couple of tiny paint chips and bubbles. Well sold. Bring A Trailer, 5/16/2018. #9970. 1996 Nissan 240SX coupe. S/N JN1AS44D0TW053353. 16,157 miles. “2.4-L inline 4, 5-speed manual transmission, transmission replaced at 12k miles, red over black, one known repaint, partial service records, Clear CARFAX and AutoCheck Reports.” Condition: 2. coupe. S/N JN1AR5EF2FM281372. Super Silver Metallic/black & red leather. Odo: 33,562 miles. The Black Edition 20-inch RAYS wheels have been replaced with a striking-looking set of Advan Racing hoops. Massive disc brakes are easily visible, clamped by orange-metallic calipers. A few small bug splats reveal the car was driven to the sale, but no other defects are present. Black and red leather complete a sinister look for the interior. The condition belies the odometer. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $4,601. If you’re in the market for a sports car of this vintage, then this Mazda should have probably been further down on your list. Its relatively sluggish acceleration courtesy of its 160-hp twin-rotor engine and hefty 3,000-plus-pound curb weight limited its go-fast aspirations. On the other hand, it was comfortable, in very good condition, and offered top-down fun-in-the-sun motoring for next to nothing. Well bought. Carlisle Events, Carlisle, PA, 04/18. #1047-1992 MAZDA MIATA convert- SOLD AT $13,750. The mass-produced 240SX will slowly dwindle in numbers until the price tag rises above what people who drift these cars are willing to pay. Average price for a well-used/abused one is currently at $5k. I expect demand to exceed supply during the next five to 10 years. By that point, the cleanest examples (like this one) will be worth a lot more than this price. Although the history on this particular car is interesting (repaint, new transmission and stolen/recovered), it is still cleaner than most. Well bought. Bring A Trailer, 5/22/2018. #9618. 1994 Nissan 300ZX Twin Turbo coupe. S/N JN1CZ24D4RX5456668. 8,000 miles. “3.0-L DOHC V6 twin-turbocharged, 5-speed manual transmission, black over black leather, T-tops, active rear-wheel steering, new fluids and filters, Clean CARFAX.” Condition: 2. SOLD AT $46,500. While this one didn’t sell for $90k like the one I covered in December 2017 (Commemorative number 300/300), it is still an amazing price for a 300ZX in this shape with these miles. Your standard Craigslist special is currently going for $5k or so. We aren’t seeing high prices like this yet for all 300ZXs, but who knows in 10 years? Well sold. Barrett-Jackson, 4/12/2018. ♦ 164 SOLD AT $3,630. This was one of the few cars here to have a completely clean slate of no issues on the WisDOT-required conditioninspection form. Not bad for a 26-year-old used car with 137k miles, which is something of a factor on why these are starting to come up in value in recent years—they just work. Above and beyond the whole nimble-handling, cute-looking convertible thing. The blah paint hue and lumpy bodywork made it look worse that it really was, and if the buyer here has access to a good PDR tech who works cheap ible. S/N JM1NA351XN0311917. French Blue/black vinyl/gray cloth. Odo: 137,109 miles. Fitted with a dealer-accessory vinyl nose bra. All body panels have some sort of light dent, ding, or possibly even light hail damage. Light scratching on the front of hood, but hasn’t cut through to primer. Paint flaking on inner lip of driver’s door seam. Decent panel fit, with typical Miata tinny feel to door latches. Heaviest interior wear is on upper half of leather-wrapped steering wheel and driver’s side carpeting. Aftermarket CD sound system. Clean but not detailed underhood. Stock wheels have moderate finish wear, heavy wear on center caps, and economy-grade, mud-andsnow-rated radials past the half-life of wear. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $70,000. With a claimed $50k in aftermarket improvements, and output bumped to 850 hp, the seller may have made it impossible to recoup his investment. Even with all of the extras, the high bid was just over clean retail. The seller was wise to hold out for more. The question is, will they get it anytime soon? Leake, Dallas, TX, 04/18. SWEDISH #1075-1979 VOLVO 264 GL custom se- dan. S/N VC26465M1074818. White/gold cloth. Older monochromatic paint job. Repowered with a C4 Corvette engine and 4-sp auto. Most of engine is painted Fly Yellow. Rusty vise-grips hold throttle cable onto throttle body. No ducting for intake into throttle body, but a soggy cone filter sits on back seat. Not that I’d trust it, since left rear window has been broken out long enough that a wasp’s nest was made over right rear window. It may not smell great, but looks better than one’s nose would lead one to believe. Oil-pressure gauge dangling out from below dashboard. Has been sitting for at least one year in the same spot, as WisDOT disclosure form was dated a year ago. Starts right up with a shot of ether (just like Keith Martin and most of SCM’s staff on Monterey Auction Week). Cond: 5. SOLD AT $550. The things you find when you Sports Car Market


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Roundup go off the grid. Pabst Blue Ribbon HAD to be involved in the build of this VoloVette. The auctioneer said he had sold this car in the two previous auctions, “...and I got stiffed both times by non-paying bidders.” Considering that it opened at five bucks, hopefully it’ll get parted out this time. W. Yoder Auction, Wautoma, WI, 04/18. AMERICAN #1036-1930 NASH 480 sedan. S/N B45860. Red & black/black vinyl. Early-production 1930, most likely built and sold in late 1929, so titled as such. Painted wood wheels, except for the spare rim—which has metal slats that look like spokes but would be an epic fail if they actually were mounted. Old paint job. Doors fit reasonably well for a wood-framed body. Some plating redone at least once, some is all original, yet all of it isn’t too great. Left headlight is shy and looking down. Seats reupholstered in bench-grade, heavy-duty vinyl, with diamond-tuft pleats. Speedometer is missing, so no odometer reading for you. Older engine repaint, now somewhat dusty. Homemade wiring going into the distributor. Modern remote-mount, spin-on oil filter. Motor runs out well. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $13,750. The first year of the 480 series was 1930, and the dealer from St. Louis that sold the car a year and a half ago listed it as a August 2018 165


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Roundup 1930. Why Wisconsin chose to title it a 1929 is beyond me. Speaking of the Cheese-and-Beer State, I got a bit of a chuckle reading the WisDOT inspection form, as they said the brake lines were weeping brake fluid. Ahem, this has cable brakes—“Steeldraulics” in Nash parlance of that time. The low-dollar redo did it no favors, unless there’s the mortal remains of the original broadcloth upholstery under that herd of Naugahyde for patterns. Hopefully bought by someone in the know about Nash vehicles, otherwise will likely continue to be a hot potato on the market until then. W. Yoder Auction, Wautoma, WI, 04/18. #T206.1-1968 CHEVROLET COR- VETTE coupe. S/N 194378S416113. Silver/ black vinyl. Odo: 48,435 miles. 427-ci 435-hp V8, 3x2-bbl, 4-sp. Frame-off restoration performed 12 years ago, said to include running gear, brakes, rotors and calipers. Only 2k miles since completion, and it still looks incredibly good today. Silver paint very nice on this body style. Some flaking on right headlight cover, and chip on rear fender. Decent chrome. Good gaps. Very impressive inside and looks bone stock. What appears to be two hefty pieces of an engine are sitting in the passenger’s footwell. Seats are well bolstered and in good shape. AM/FM radio. Has restoration photo file. Chambered exhaust. Newer raisedwhite-letter Goodrich rubber. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $29,960. Most GTXs are selling in the $30k–$40k range at auction, with the occasional outlier hitting the $70k mark and higher. But this wasn’t in that league. It didn’t have the Hemi, and it was equipped with the standard 3-speed auto instead of the no-cost 4-speed manual alternative. Both of these factors likely conspired to depress the winning bid. Based on GTX auction sales history and the price guide showing a median value of $38.5k, I think the buyer went home happy today. Fix up some of the cosmetics, but keep the purple! Carlisle Events, Carlisle, PA, 04/18. #F430.1-1969 CHEVROLET CAMARO SOLD AT $44,940. Stated to “run well,” and when they fired it up in the Expo Center on its way to the block, that deep menacing rumble made me nostalgic for the good ol’ days. The car card said it was “born as an L89,” but was not numbers matching. Now, after the fact, I’m thinking that what was propelling this sweet ’Vette was a “lesser” engine because the final price it retrieved was more in line with an L71, say, than the more-valuable L89 per the SCM price guide. If this was the case, then fairly bought and sold. Carlisle Events, Carlisle, PA, 04/18. #F315-1968 PLYMOUTH GTX 2-dr hard top. S/N RS23L8A188772. Purple/black 166 “ RS/SS coupe. S/N 124379N608987. Tuxedo Black/black & white houndstooth. Odo: 76,661 miles. 396-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Rotisserie restoration really ratchets up the “cool” factor of this beauty. It looks better than when it left the factory. Deep black paint and white graphics give it a sinister appearance. Just a few flaws: chipping at the passenger’s door and bubbles aft of the C-pillar. Body-colormatching rear spoiler. Good glass, chrome trim. Panel fit no worse than factory specs. Dual exhaust. New Indy 500 Firehawk tires all around. Left rear tire extends beyond fender wheelwell. Bottom of the car is clean. Interior is fantastic, like-new. Front disc brakes. Clean engine bay. Has owner’s manual. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $54,570. This had to be one of the sweetest cars at the auction. It looked great, SOLD AT $4,180. The consignor stated that the car has sat for three years, yet lit right up this spring. As such, “seller felt that after being in a garage for so many years, it’s time to sell” (i.e., he doesn’t want to deal with it anymore). Not many folks wanted to deal with it either, as it opened at a thousand bucks. Proof that the seller really didn’t want to deal with it anymore was that the reserve was easily passed at $3,500, generating a few more bids. Maybe not a smoking-hot deal, but still well bought for a cruiser, and with some knowledge of C4s and good detailing skills, a handy new owner should even make a few bucks flipping it. W. Yoder Auction, Wautoma, WI, 04/18. © This had to be one of the sweetest cars at the auction. It looked great, sat right, and just gave every passerby a visual treat. 1969 Chevrolet Camaro RS/SS coupe ” Sports Car Market vinyl. Odo: 45,571 miles. 440-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Said to be numbers matching. “Restored 15 years ago, garage kept,” although it’s been driven. Honest paint, probably among a rarefied group of cars where purple actually works. Only issue is Plymouth didn’t use purple in ’68. Chips and dings near left headlamps. Both turn-signal housings are cracked. Chrome worn away on driver’s side “GTX” badge. Poor chrome on both door handles. Good glass, weatherstripping. Ding in windshield, which is also delaminating. Factory steel wheels shine wrapped in Firestone Wide Oval tires. Dual exhaust. Fantastic interior. Can’t-miss woodgrain center console unsullied. A trio of modern gauges under dash and AutoMeter Phantom tach affixed to steering wheel with RPM adjuster. Cond: 3. sat right, and just gave every passerby a visual treat. This was middle-of-the-pack money, and it wouldn’t have surprised me if it had fetched $10k–$15k higher. Well bought today. Carlisle Events, Carlisle, PA, 04/18. #1050-1988 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. S/N 1G1YY2185J5115976. Red metallic/ painted panel/black leather. Odo: 75,248 miles. 5.7-L 245-hp fuel-injected V8, auto. Optional electronic climate control, Z52 suspension group, dual power leather sports seats, Delco-Bilstein sport shocks and rear-window defroster. Original paint is holding up fairly well, although there are some light scratches on driver’s door and light rock chips on duller nose. Emblems starting to fade. Decent door fit. Lightly dusty, all-stock engine compartment with new battery. Heavily discolored valve covers. A/C and parking brake don’t work. Stock Z52 wheels are shod with barely used all-season tires, yet date to being almost a decade old. Heavier cracking and wear on the seats and steering wheel, yet not out of line for a typical C4 with 75k miles. Could’ve benefited from better detailing throughout the whole car. Cond: 3.


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Mystery Photo Answers This is what happens when mother and father are sister and brother. — Robert O’Sullivan, Beverly Hills, CA industry only being allowed to manufacture half as many automobiles as they had done previously. — Jim Rosenthal, Annapolis, MD Is this Volkswagen AWD, code-named “Frankenstein,” really a cross-dressed diesel decoy? — Gary Francis, Chico, CA The Beetle-Brat Hybrid, a new push-pull model. — Tom Tate, Boston, MA All right, class, here is an RUNNER-UP: Fahrvergsübin. — Todd Thurston, Overland Park, KS If you think you hate it now, wait till you drive it. — Chris Sollecito, via email Laugh if you want, but with my German powertrain setup, I Comments With Your Renewals B. Mitchell Carlson’s auction vehicle analysis is exceptional. Keep it coming! — Frank Fitzgerald, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI (SCMer since 2003) Best auto magazine ever, with great writers. I especially enjoy Donald and Thor, although they are all excellent. I subscribed in 2001, thanks to Jay BaroneMilford. — Robert Pico, Woodbridge, CT (2001) I’ve been reading SCM for 29 years and just signed up for three more! — Richard Silverman, Naperville, IL (1998) Thank you all for your continued renewals and thoughtful comments. — Keith Martin 168 have yet to fail an emissions test. — Leslie Dreist, Troy, MI What stands out to me in your photograph? You mean aside from the fact that your neighbor painted his garage door blue? — Warren D. Blatz Jr., via email Viagra: Wonderful stuff! — Bill Orth, Englewood, CO Due to a recent merger, we’re now introducing the latest model: Justawagon! (Subaru Justy and Volkswagen) — Daniel Mix, Grove City, OH Part of the surrender terms included each country’s auto This Month’s Mystery Photo Response Deadline: July 25, 2018 example of simple math: Frontwheel-drive Escort plus rearwheel-drive Volkswagen equals four-wheel-drive BOMB with the gas tank in the front. — Steve Schefbauer, Monroe, CT First-time entrant Robert O’Sullivan wins a plain, regular SCM hat for saying what everyone was thinking when they saw this photo. Why just the plain hat? O’Sullivan is from Beverly Hills, CA, and we don’t want to spoil him all at once. ♦ 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


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SCM Online Extras for SCM Readers Connect with SCM online this month Kids and Cars Valued Team Member: This is my 4-year-old grandson Vincent, helping “Papa” fix a client’s 1984 Lamborghini Countach LP5000S. — Tim Keseluk Visit SCM on the Web Here’s a Sample of Some of What’s Available at www.sportscarmarket.com 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. SCM Weekly Blogs (www.sportsarmarket.com/blogs/keith- martin) • 6,000 Miles in Six Alfas • The Bugeye or the 911 — Which Car for a Road Trip? • The Sprint Speciale – Preserve or Restore? Guides and Resources (View or download at www.sportscar- market.com/guides-supplements) • 2018 Insider’s Guide to Monterey • 2018 Price Guide • 2018 Insider’s Guide to Museums 20 Years Ago in SCM A painting by Nicholas Watts of Hans Hermann piloting a Porsche 550 Spyder in the 1954 Carrera Panamericana graced our cover. Inside, we covered a 1994 McLaren F1, s/n 007, that failed to sell at a high bid of $680,000 (price today: near $14m). A 1989 Porsche 959, s/n 900135, sold for $208,000 (today, more than $1m). A 1972 Alfa GTA 1300 Junior, s/n AR105597606, brought $32,844 (today, it’s closer to $195k) and a 1969 Lamborghini Miura S, s/n 4380, sold for $67,934 ($1.1m today). About the Lambo, we commented, “A very modest result for a car that could bring over $85,000 in the States.” For Subscribers www.sportscarmarket.com/digitalissues-online • One year of back issues of SCM, searchable Platinum Deluxe Users View 297,000-plus auction results at www.sportscarmarket.com/platinumauction-database (Platinum Auction Database members only). Compare the latest sales or track a car over its auction history! August 2018 169


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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 1950 Jaguar XK 120 engine and transmission 13 produced and one of only 10 built for the U.S. Built new for Broadway producer Lawrence Carr. Power convertible top. Rear serving trays. Coldweather door-lock shields. $595,000. Daniel Schmitt & Co. Contact Daniel, Ph: 314.291.7000, email: info@schmitt.com. Website: www.schmitt.com/ inventory/1959-rolls-royce-silver-cloud-dropheadcoupe. (MO) 1979 Aston Martin Vantage flip-tail coupe cabriolet in striking blue with whitewall tires. It has been professionally restored throughout, along with a recent servicing. The car’s interior is in exceptional condition and includes textured Cognac pigskin luggage, further enhancing an already impressive vehicle. Perfect for the astute collector demanding the best. Classic Showcase. Ph: 760.758.6100, email: webmaster@classicshowcase.com. Website: classicshowcase.com/index.php/inventory/detail/581. (CA) 1957 BMW Isetta 300 coupe 2005 Porsche 911 Turbo S cabriolet Dark blue/dark tan. 18,000 miles. Flat 6, 6-spd manual. Gorgeous colors on this perfectly maintained and virtually flawless 996 Turbo S cabriolet. Incredibly sophisticated car with carbon brake discs, 4WD, twin turbo and 6-speed manual transmission. Many photos available upon request. Pleased to assist in any way with transport or inspections. $88,000 OBO. RPM. Contact Steve, Ph: 802.598.0385, email: rpm@rpmvt.com. Website: www.rpmvt.com. (VT) 2006 Porsche 911 cabriolet Inline 6, 4-spd manual. Engine and transmission. Early-1950s matching-numbers W1461-8 head and block. Non-competition track time, original porcelain on exhaust manifolds. Put into storage 1950. It may be the closest to NOS available. Display piece among your car collection or for early XK 120 build. Contact me for more information and photos. $19,500. Contact Glen, Ph: 1.250.732.6002, email: glendiggins1@shaw.ca. (BC-CAN) 1952 Jaguar XK 120 roadster S/N 501501. Cream/brown. 6,266 miles. manual. Exceptionally rare barn-fresh (garage, really!) find of an all-original Southern California Isetta 300 coupe with its original 297-cc, 13-hp, single-cylinder engine, with low original miles. Boasting its original California yellow license plates with original selling dealer license-plate frames from Truschel Brothers of Culver City. Original factory paint and interior, only one Southern California family owner since new and still titled in its original owner’s name with its original California “pink slip” from 10/4/1957! $29,500 OBO. West Coast Classics, LLC. Contact Simon, Ph: 310.399.3990, email: wcclassics@aol. com. Website: www.TheWestCoastClassics.com. (CA) Aztec Gold/Sable. 81,488 miles. V8, 5-spd manual. Rare left-hand-drive V8 model. One of only 11 factory-built cars for the U.S. Fitted with highhorsepower Euro-spec DOHC V8 engine (numbersmatching engine included). Original interior. The first British supercar. Factory air conditioning, ZF 5-speed manual gearbox, power windows, power mirrors and Cibie fog lights. $339,900. Daniel Schmitt & Co. Contact Daniel, Ph: 314.291.7000, email: info@schmitt.com. Website: www.schmitt. com/inventory/1979-aston-martin-vantage-flip-tailcoupe. (MO) 1960–63 Aston Martin DB4 Zagato art S/N 671814. Gray/red Leather. 42,100 miles. Inline 6, 4-spd manual. Very rare and original rust-free example of this coveted and highly desirable early model 1952 XK 120. U.S.-delivery model. Frame-off restoration in the early 2000s to likenew condition, with an already excellent body with no damage history and no rust! This beauty still boasts its original five disc-type steel wheels with original fender spats, aka fender skirts, owner’s manual, spare wheel, tool bag, jack and its original matching-numbers engine. $115,000 OBO. West Coast Classics LLC. Contact Simon, Ph: 310.399.3990, email: wcclassics@aol.com. Website: www. TheWestCoastClassics.com. (CA) 1959 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud I drophead coupe by H.J. Mulliner 1973 Porsche 911T coupe Seal Gray/black. 49,500 miles. Flat 6, 6-spd manual. Well-kept 997 in need of nothing for spirited driving this summer. Beautiful interior with next to no wear; original paint is excellent. Incredibly fast and capable car with few factory options to distract from driving pleasure. Many photos available upon request; please contact me for any assistance with transport or inspections $44,000 OBO. RPM. Contact Steve, Ph: 802.598.0385, email: rpm@rpmvt.com. Website: www.rpmvt.com. (VT) 2008 BMW Z4 M coupe S/N 9113101187. Gemini Blue/black. 82,683 miles. Flat 6, 5-spd manual. Recently completed a documented, comprehensive restoration by Classic Showcase and is a great choice for showing and driving. A California car since new, this numbersmatching example features a number of Porschespecific items and a set of fully restored Fuchs wheels to complete the look. A pictorial DVD documenting the 911T’s various restoration processes accompanies the vehicle. Classic Showcase. Ph: 760.758.6100, email: webmaster@classicshowcase.com. Website: classicshowcase.com/index.php/inventory/detail/468. (CA) Aston Martin DB4 Zagato giclée by Alain Lévesque. Signed and numbered edition of 200. Image size: 21 inches by 15.2 inches, A+ cond. $250. l’art et l’automobile. Contact Jacques, Ph: 830.864.5040, email: info@arteauto.com. Website: www.arteauto. com. (TX) GERMAN 1953 Mercedes-Benz 220A cabriolet Sand Acrylic/tan. 50,227 miles. Inline 6, 4-spd automatic. Restoration completed by Vantage Motorworks. Over $336,000 in restoration costs and rarely driven since completion. One of only 170 S/N 1870120121453. Dark blue w/dark blue top/dark blue. 15,830 miles. Inline 6, 4-spd manual. This sleek 220A is a beautiful show/driver-level S/N 2376299. Blue/blue. 22,326 miles. Inline 4, 4-spd manual. Manual transmission, limited-slip rear, new; a/c system, 320 alternator, brakes, stainless-steel exhaust, Nardi wheel, K&N filter, Pertronix, battery and paint. $28,500 OBO. Contact Kristian, Ph: 603.520.1951, email: kcwinroth@ aol.com. (FL) S/N WP0AB2A90DS121399. Brewster Green/ Espresso. 5,623 miles. Flat 6, 7-sp manual. Very rare, Special Edition 911 (991), limited to 13 cars. The factory kept one car for permanent exhibit in museum. Sixty-year anniversary of original Porsche Clubs worldwide. One owner, low miles, custom leather package in Espresso; 3.8-liter Carrera S engine w/power kit—440 hp, 0–60 in 4.0 seconds, 7-speed manual transmission. $450,000 OBO. Contact Charles, Ph: 815.498.4500, email: cwschank@comcast.net. (IL) Sports Car Market 1976 BMW 2002 tii coupe Red/black leather & aluminum. 48,000 miles. Factory documented, last one made. All factory options. Original, truly exceptional condition, low miles, includes factory literature, books, records, tools and window sticker. $49,000 OBO. Contact Gary, Ph: 913.915.6789, email: garylsimmons@ gmail.com. (KS) 2013 Porsche 911 Club coupe


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SCM Showcase Gallery ITALIAN 1958 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Normale Type 750D spider 1962 Ferrari 330GT Pininfarina coupe— Enzo Ferrari’s personal car 1967 Ferrari 330 GT 2+2 coupe 1983 Ferrari 308 GTS QV spider Red/black. 43,256 miles. Black leather interior with red piping and black canvas soft top, red wool carpeting and painted dash. A very nicely detailed restoration; runs and drives great. $88,500. Heritage Classics. Contact Alexandre, Ph: 310.657.9699, email: sales@heritageclassics.com. Website: www. heritageclassics.com. (CA) 1962 Ferrari 250 GTE 2+2 coupe Light Ivory/black. 67,710 miles. V12, 4-spd manual. The first Ferrari 330GT 2+2 prototype, built in August of 1962. Retained by the factory for two years and used by Enzo Ferrari as one of his personal cars. Featured in Ferrari press material. Imported to the U.S. in 1964 by the first U.S. Ferrari dealership. $595,900. Daniel Schmitt & Co. Contact Daniel, Ph: 314.291.7000, email: info@schmitt.com. Website: www.schmitt.com/inventory/1962-ferrari-330gt-2plus-2-coupe-by-pininfarina-enzo-ferraris-personal-car. (MO) 1965 Maserati 3500 GTi Sebring II coupe S/N 330GT7901. Black/red. 53,495 miles. V12, 5-spd manual. Spectacular numbers-matching, award-winning car, thoroughly restored by Ferrari professionals, Best in Class winner at the 2016 Cavallino Classic, gorgeous red leather interior, desirable two-headlamp layout, ANSA exhaust, Weber Carbs, Borrani wheels. One of only 1,099 GT 2+2s made. Ready to show or drive today. Classic Showcase. Ph: 760.758.6100, email: webmaster@ classicshowcase.com. Website: classicshowcase.com/ index.php/inventory/detail/524. (CA) 1971 Intermeccanica Italia spider S/N ZFFMA13A7D0048515. Red/black. 66,000 miles. V8, manual. This car needs nothing. Just a new driver. I’m the third owner of this all-original car. Just out from a fresh service where all belts have been changed. Please call for more details. Too much to list. $78,998 OBO. Contact Andy, Ph: 801.647.7314, email: andy.pavich@permaplate. com. (UT) 1997 Ferrari 550 Maranello coupe S/N 250GTE3003. White/black. 124,294 miles. Beautiful black leather interior and light gray headliner, beautiful matching-numbers European example equipped with 4-speed, overdrive and Borrani wire wheels. Originally delivered in Switzerland; beautiful painted dash. A very wellpresented Pinin Farina-designed ’60s-era Ferrari in a classic color combination. Complete with handbook. $425,000. Heritage Classics. Contact Alexandre, Ph: 310.657.9699, email: sales@heritageclassics.com. Website: www.heritageclassics.com. (CA) Azzuro Vincennes/Senape. 14,477 miles. Inline 6, 5-spd manual. An incredibly well-performing classic Italian GT. Full cosmetic restoration. 14,477 believed-to-be actual miles! Sold new in Rome, Italy. Numbers-matching engine; documentation includes Maserati Classiche certificate, original Italian maintenance manual, plus jack and more. Air conditioning and power windows. $329,900 OBO. Daniel Schmitt & Co. Contact Daniel, Ph: 314.291.7000, email: info@schmitt.com. Website: www.schmitt.com/inventory/1965-maserati-3500gtisebring-ii-coupe-by-vignale. (MO) S/N 50367414. Blue/blue. 41,219 miles. V8, 5-spd manual. “The Italia may be one of the most gorgeous cars ever made,” Classic & Sports Car. Italian body, Ford 351-ci Windsor V8. More displacement than a Cobra, with slightly heavier gross weight. Photo documented $70,000 rotisserie restoration. Chrome wire wheels, a/c, power steering. Ford Tremec 5-speed transmission. $157,500. Motorcar Gallery, Inc. Contact Steve, Ph: 954.522.9900, email: Italycars@aol.com. Website: www.motorcargallery.com. (FL) S/N ZFFZR49A2V0108709. Blue/beige. 33,498 miles. V12, 5-spd manual. Unique color combination , fully detailed and in amazing condition. Service records, drives smoothly. You will not find this color combination. Perfect vehicle for car collector; comes with original books and tool box. $164,999 OBO. Speed Luxury Group. Contact Bruno, Ph: 786.470.6020, email: bruno@ speedluxurygroup.com. Website: www. speedautosales.us/ferrari-550-maranello-useddoral-fl_vid_7478857.html. (FL) 2006 Ferrari 430 F1 spider S/N ZFFEW59A560146577. Black/black. 6,500 miles. V8, other. Our car belonged to a Miami snowbird. It has been driven only 6,500 miles. It features shields, red calipers, electric Daytona seats and carbon center dash. The service is up to date and the car comes with books, tools, battery charger, two keys and fresh tires. $129,500. Motorcar Gallery Inc. Contact Steve, Ph: 954.522.9900, email: contact@MotorcarGallery. com. Website: www.motorcargallery.com/2006Ferrari-F430/Used-Convertible/FortLauderdale-FL/10892587/Details.aspx. (FL) 2006 Ferrari 612 Scaglietti voupe Blue/tan. 58,696 miles. V12, 6-sp manual. A Grand Touring rear-wheel drive automobile powered by a front-mounted V12 engine with luxury tourer options. One of the last traditional stick-shifted transmissions built by Ferrari. This is an exotic car for a passionate driver itching to explore all six gears. Includes all books, tools and original window sticker included. $79,500. Heritage Classics. Contact Alexandre, Ph: 310.657.9699, email: sales@ heritageclassics.com. Website: www.heritageclassics. com. (CA) 172 Sports Car Market


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SCM Showcase Gallery AMERICAN 1949 Lincoln Cosmopolitan coupe 1965 Chevrolet Corvette convertible Contact Colin, Ph: 414.375.2656, email: colin@ thecomercollection.com. Website: colinsclassicauto. com/inventory/unrestored-1967-shelby-gt500-4speed-1763. (WI) howcase Gallery AMERICAN 1949 Lincoln Cosmopolitan coupe 1965 Chevrolet Corvette convertible Contact Colin, Ph: 414.375.2656, email: colin@ thecomercollection.com. Website: colinsclassicauto. com/inventory/unrestored-1967-shelby-gt500-4- speed-1763. (WI) spare spare Climax engine. Please email or call for any questions. $110,000 OBO. Professional Auto Sales. Contact Greg, Ph: 832.526.6937, email: gtaylor763@aol.com. (TX) 1959 Offyette 200 quarter midget race car White & blue/black. V8, manual. This Lincoln coupe was modified to a stock car and raced in the first Carrera Panamericana on May 5, 1950. It is believed to have been car #54, driven by Jimmy Hicks. Current owner bought the car in 2004 and sympathetically restored it to its original race livery. It ran the California Mille in 2006 and 2007 without incident. Car runs and has been maintained while in storage. It successfully finished the 2008 Carrera Panamericana and won “El Automóvil Más Bonito” award for most beautiful car. Being sold on behalf of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court. OBO. Braun Worldbid. Contact Todd, Ph: 310.798.3123, email: Todd@ braunco.com. (CA) 1957 Chevrolet Cameo pickup S/N 194675S110568. Rally Red/black. V8, automatic. 327/300 hp, two-owner car from new, same owner past 16 years, who is a technical director for the Corvette club. Originally an Arizona car. Very rare, one of 872, with ice-cold factory a/c. This nicely optioned car has knockoff wheels, teak steering wheel, telescopic steering column, ps, pb, AM-FM radio, power antenna, tinted glass, whitewall tires and leather seats. Numbers matching. All original with one repaint, updated to r134 ac and big-block radiator. This car is in excellent condition and comes with the original owner’s manual, brochure and records. $72,900. Contact Ron, Ph: 215.633.0775, email: rga11@msn.com. (PA) 1965 Shelby Cobra replica roadster S/N 1Z37Z3S409844. Dark blue metallic/black custom. 6,000 miles. V8, 4-spd automatic. LS-4, Benchmark, Bloomington Gold-Survivor-Corvette USA. Killer Firestone 500 tires, including spare. $75,000 OBO. RMC Enterprises Inc. Contact Richard, Ph: 773.725.4848, email: asnowplower@aol. com. (IL) 2009 Chevrolet Corvette ZR-1 coupe Aquamarine/Peacock & white. Other, Original, pristine example runs perfectly. Painstakingly restored, no expense spared. All-original components and parts. Monocoque chassis, rear drum brakes correct master cylinder, leaf and A-arm front suspension, torsion-bar rear suspension. Original rack-and-pinion steering, perfect body. Current personalization can be easily removed. Paint immaculate, hand lettered. $15,000 OBO. Contact Ernie, email: emannix@pacbell.net. (NY) 2006 Pontiac Grand Am GTO Championship race car S/N 3A57L101030. Red & white/red & white. NAV8, 3-spd manual. Rare & beautifully restored Cameo. Only 2,244 built, fewer than 100 in existence. Striking and classic red-and-white color combination. 400-ci, 3-speed manual. Autorama show winner. Star attraction wherever it goes. $54,900 OBO. Contact Randall, Ph: 214.504.8703, email: randallpfluger@gmail.com. (TX) 1958 Dual-Ghia D-500 convertible S/N 32482. Dark blue/black. 4,368 miles. V8, 4-spd manual. Contemporary Cobra original appearance with Ford 427 side-oiler engine with 850-cfm carb, Top Loader transmission, Halibrand wheels, dark blue with white stripes, white sidepipes, chrome roll bar, tonneau and car cover. Car was built in 1972 and has low mileage, in storage. Weber carbs and manifold optional. Cell 609.472.0050. $59,000 OBO. Contact Ron, Ph: 856.435.0805, email: rslovett@ gmail.com. (NJ) 1965 Shelby GT350 fastback S/N 1G1YR26R195800499. Cyber Gray Metallic/Dark Titanium. 7,340 miles. V8, 6-spd manual. Incredible Corvette ZR1 supercar in showroom condition, LS9 6.2-liter, supercharged V8. Includes all options: carbon fiber throughout, heated seats, in-dash CD/ DVD navigation, Onstar system, Bluetooth, steeringwheel-mounted controls, Bose seven-speaker stereo system, memory package, remote, luggage shade, climate control and heads-up display. Includes original documents and accessories. Classic Showcase. Ph: 760.758.6100, email: webmaster@ classicshowcase.com. Website: classicshowcase.com/ index.php/inventory/detail/397. (CA) RACE 1956 Jomar Mk II D-Sports racer FOLLOW SCM Midnight Blue/tan. 1,378 miles. V8, automatic. Concours-level restoration. One of approximately 30 known to exist, and one of the last few built. 2010 Pebble Beach award winner. Rare optional D-500 260 hp “Red Ram” Hemi V8 engine. Recent service including a full transmission rebuild performed by marque specialist. Power windows, power steering and power brakes. $499,900. Daniel Schmitt & Co. Contact Daniel, Ph: 314.291.7000, email: info@schmitt.com. Website: www.schmitt.com/ inventory/1958-dual-ghia-convertible. (MO) 1959 Chevrolet Corvette convertible S/N SFM5S558. Wimbledon White/black. 91,000 miles. V8, 4-spd manual. This was Bobby Rahal’s car, restored by Indy Car crew chief Don Hoevel. In 2015, Pebble Beach selected #5R002 for first place and #5S003 second, with the quality and originality of this car, #5S558 garnering the only podium finish for a street car! full information tinyurl.com/SFM5S558 $595,000. Contact Don, Ph: 650.575.7325, email: don@donlee.com. Website: tinyurl.com/SFM5S558. (CA) 1967 Shelby GT500 fastback S/N 7C104. Blue/black. I-4, 4-spd manual. Extensive period race history, FIA papers for international racing. Chassis #7C104, engine Coventry Climax; FWA40066974. Body by Saidel Racing, Alfin brake drums, 4-speed Magnet transmission and It’s so easy! We’ve made uploading your Showcase S/N J59S103459. Roman Red/red & white. 12,000 miles. V8, 3-spd automatic. White coves and white convertible top. 327 with dual quads and 3-speed Turbo Hydromatic (not original). Third place at the Forest Grove Concours d’Elegance a few years back. $64,500 OBO. Contact John, Ph: 503.502.4762, email: jpcostic@msn.com. (OR) August 2018 White/black. V8, 4-sp manual. Number 1763 is an original 4-speed/ inboard-headlight GT500 in as-delivered specification. Unrestored, with one repaint in 1986; #1763 retains its original engine, transmission, sheet metal, fiberglass, interior, tags and all Shelby components. Documented with complete history from new. A GT500 with great integrity. $195,000. Colin’s Classic Auto. Gallery listings online easier. As an added bonus, we now feature multiple images for our web listings. www.SportsCarMarket.com/classifieds/place-ad 173 Blue/black. Pratt & Miller/GM factory car. Impeccably detailed and maintained. New 650-hp Xtrac, loaded, with spares. $140,000. Contact RJ, Ph: 781.389.1853, email: lbaker@mbagroup.com. Website: www. RJValentine.com. (MA) © SOLD


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A television audience of millions watches unique and select vehicles while attendees enjoy a lifestyle experience featuring fine art, fashion and gourmet cuisine. In every way, the legend is unsurpassed. 3020 N. Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251. info@barrett-jackson.com. www.barrett-jackson.com. (AZ) Greensboro, NC. 1.855.862.2257. A Premier Classic, Antique and Unique Vehicle Auction Experience. Offering 550 vehicles three times a year — March, July and November. All presented in a climate-controlled, enclosed, permanent, dedicated facility affectionately called “The Palace”. GAA Classic Cars brings you a customer-oriented team full of southern hospitality, a floor team with many years of classic auction experience and a selection of vehicles that continues to evolve and grow with each sale. www.gaaclassiccars.com 1.855.862.2257 (NC) Petersen Auction Group of Oregon. 541.689.6824. Hosting car auctions in Oregon since 1962. We have three annual Auctions: February, Oregon State Fairgrounds, Salem, OR; July, Douglas County Fairgrounds, Roseburg, OR; September, June; Monterey, CA, every August; and Scottsdale, AZ, every January. As one of the premier auction events in the United States, Russo and Steele has developed a reputation for its superior customer service and for having the most experienced and informed experts in the industry. Fax: 602.252.6260. 5230 South 39th St., Phoenix, AZ 85040. info@russoandsteele.com, www.russoandsteele.com. (AZ) Wheeler Auction Group. Premier Auction Group. Hollywood Wheels Auctions & Shows 800.237.8954. Hollywood Wheels is a premier auction house that specializes in Porsche sports cars, European exotics, American classics and historical race cars. Each year, during the Amelia Island Car Week, they host the Amelia Island Select & Auto Retro™ within the ballroom of the Amelia Island Omni Plantation Resort. Hollywood Wheels… Where Great Cars Are Bought & Sold! www.hollywoodwheels.com Bonhams is the largest auction house to hold scheduled sales of classic and vintage motorcars, motorcycles and car memorabilia, with auctions held globally in conjunction with internationally renowned motoring events. Bonhams holds the world-record price for any motorcar sold at auction, as well as for many premier marques. San Francisco: (415) 391-4000 New York: (212) 644-9001 Los Angeles: (323) 850-7500 London: +44 20 7447-7447 Paris: +33 1 42 61 10 10 www.bonhams.com/motors 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 833.599.8999 . Collector Car Auction company specializing in the marketing and sale of pre-war, classic, vintage, antique, muscle & exotic automobiles. What sets Wheeler apart from other auction companies in their industry is the quality and quantity of marketing that they do for their clients combined with some of the lowest selling commissions in the industry. Contact them today to discuss the marketing of your vehicle or collection! Info@WheelerAuctionGroup.com www.WheelerAuctionGroup.com 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) Leake Auctions. 800.722.9942. Gooding & Company. 310.899.1960. 310.899.0930. Gooding & Company offers its international clientele the rarest, award-winning examples of collector vehicles at the most prestigious auction venues. Our team of well-qualified experts will advise you on current market values. Gooding & Company presents the official auction of the famed Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in August, the recordsetting Scottsdale Auction in January and a world-class auction at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation in Florida in March. www.goodingco.com. (CA) Leake Auction Company was established in 1972 as one of the first car auctions in the country. More than 40 years later, Leake has sold over 34,000 cars and currently operates auctions in Tulsa, Oklahoma City and Dallas. Recently they have been featured on several episodes of three different reality TV series — “Fast N Loud” on Discovery, “Dallas Car Sharks” on Velocity and “The Car Chasers” on CNBC Prime. www.leakecar.com (OK) RM Sotheby’s. 800.211.4371. RM Sotheby’s is the world’s largest auction house for investment-quality automobiles. With 35 years’ experience in the collector car industry, RM’s vertically integrated range of services, coupled with an expert team of car specialists and an international footprint, provide an unsurpassed level of service to the global collector car market. For further information, visit www.RMSothebys.com. (CAN) 800.990.6789 or 1.260.925.6789. Worldwide Auctioneers was formed over a decade ago by vintage-motorcar specialists Rod Egan and John Kruse. The sale and acquisition of classic automobiles is our core business, and no one is better qualified. Worldwide is unique in having owners who are also our chief auctioneers, so you deal directly with the auctioneer, and we are wholly invested in achieving the best result for you. Our auctions are catalogbased, offering a limited number of higher-end consignments, with an emphasis on quality rather than volume. (We don’t limit ourselves to only selling the most expensive cars in the world, but do ensure that every car we consign is the very best of its type.) We also offer specialist-appraisal, 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) Palm Springs Auctions Inc. Keith McCormick. 760.320.3290. 760.323.7031. 244 N. Indian Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92262 A family-run auction house producing two large classic cars auctions per year. McCormick’s Palm Springs Auctions has been in business for over 25 years, and each auction features over 500 classics and exotics. www.classic-carauction.com. (CA) 174 Russo and Steele Collector Auto- mobile Auctions. 602.252.2697. Specializing in the finest American muscle, hot rods and custom automobiles and European sports; Russo and Steele hosts three record-breaking auctions per year; Newport Beach in 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. 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Appraisals Buy/Sell/General up anywhere in the U.S. 310.975.0272 www.beverlyhillscarclub.com (CA) houses three showrooms of cars and department specialty areas to perform all facets of restoration under one roof. Let our team of professional craftsmen and specialists make your classic car vision a reality. www.classicshowcase. com. (CA) Gooding & Company. 310.899.1960. Gooding & Company’s experts are well-qualified to appraise individual automobiles as well as collections and estates. Whether it is the creation of a foundation, living trust or arrangement of a charitable donation, we are able to assist you. www.goodingco.com. (CA) Automobilia Auto Kennel. 714.335.4911. Imag- ine if you had the best of the best to market your car for sale. Jesse Alexander taking all the photographs. Lee Iacocca working with buyers. Keith Martin introducing you to the right car clubs. Well, the father and son team of AutoKennel do just that for all their clients. Paul and Ed Kramer, Costa Mesa, CA 92627. www.autokennel.com (CA) Charles Prince Classic Cars. Based Automodello. 877.343.2276. Auto- modello™ hand-built limited edition Resin Art™ in 1:24, 1:43, and F1 in 1:12 scale. Automodello is the exclusive licensed builder for premium quality curbside 1:24 with 1970s Lincoln Continental, 1965 Buick Riviera GS, 1954 Kaiser-Darrin and pre-war one-offs from Delage, Delahaye, Cord, Duesenberg and Packard. In 1:12, 1967 Lotus 49, and in 2018 the 1967 Eagle GuneyWeslake Spa winner. In 1:43, 1981 Gurney Eagle Challenger hand-signed by Dan Gurney (his favorite racer) and 1934 Packard V12 Dietrich. Free worldwide shipping on orders over $149, 10% discount to SCM readers: ONE24SCM on Automodello.com Coachbuilt Press. 215.925.4233. Coachbuilt Press creates limited-edition automotive titles for the discriminating motoring enthusiast. We present exceptional material on the most significant collections, museums and marques with a balance of authoritative writing, precise research, unique historical documents and the modern photography of Michael Furman. Please visit our website to view our latest titles and order. www.CoachbuiltPress.com (PA) Steve Austin’s Automobilia & Great Vacations. 800.452.8434. European Car Collector tours including Monaco & Goodwood Historics, private collections, and car manufacturers. Automobile Art importer of legendary artists Alfredo de la Maria and Nicholas Watts. www.steveaustinsgreatvacations.com. Autosport Groups. 561.676.1912 or 954.401.4535. Over 42 years experience offering Luxury, Classic, Exotic and Hi-line motorcars worldwide. Autosport Groups is highly respect- ed for our fine selection of preowned luxury, classic, exotic and sports cars, as well as exceptional customer service. We offer easy financing and extended warranties on most cars. Trades accepted. Top cash paid for your classics, exotic or hi-line automobiles. garycg@ aol.com www.autosportgroup.com (FL) Automotive Restorations. 203.377.6745. Collector car sales, both road and race, have been a key activity for over 35 years. Our sales professionals actively seek consignments on a global basis. We also offer vehicle “search and find” for rare models. We undertake pre-purchase inspections worldwide. We provide auction support, including in-person or telephone bidding for absentee buyers. Restoration management and special-event assistance are also included in our services. Our aim is to make sure that your collector car passion is as enjoyable and worry-free as possible. www.automotiverestorations.com in London, we are specialists in the finest historic motorcars and in contact with dealers and collectors from around the world. We offer the best advice and service in the collector car field. Int T: (0)798 5988070 or email: sales@ charlesprinceclassiccars.com www.charlesprinceclassiccars.com. Corvette America. 800.458.3475. Chequered Flag. 310.827.8665. Chequered Flag is Los Angeles’ best known classic car dealer. We specialize in European classic and sports cars, particularly air-cooled Porsches. We have over 100 classics in inventory including over 25 Porsches. We appreciate our many repeat customers with over 15,000 cars bought and sold since 1986. www.ChequeredFlag.com sales@chequeredflag.com (CA) The #1 manufacturer & supplier of interiors, parts and wheels for all generations of Corvettes. Our Pennsylvania manufacturing facility produces the finest quality Corvette interiors and our distribution center is stocked with thousands of additional Corvette-related products. Corvette America is a member of the RPUI family of companies. www.CorvetteAmerica.com (PA) DriverSource. 281.497.1000. 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) 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 California Car Cover Company. More than just custom-fit car covers, California Car Cover is the home of complete car care and automotive lifestyle products. Offering the best in car accessories, garage items, detailing products, nostalgic collectibles, apparel and more! Call 1-800-423-5525 or visit Calcarcover.com for a free catalog. Copley Motorcars. 781.444.4646. Specializing in unique and hard-to-find classics and sports cars. We only sell cars we love ourselves, and deal in a limited number of models. Before delivery to you, all of our classics, including Defenders, are fully inspected and serviced by one of two expert shops. We are located in Needham, MA. copleycars@gmail.com, www.copleymotorcars.com (MA) 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 Vintage Auto Posters. Since 1980, Everett Anton Singer has been supplying international collectors with the most diverse selection of authentic vintage automotive posters. The vast inventory runs from the late 1890s through the 1960s; featuring marque, event and product advertising. Please visit us at: www.VintageAutoPosters.com. Beverly Hills Car Club is one of the largest European classic car dealerships in the nation, with an extensive inventory spanning over 50,000 sf. We can meet all your classic car needs with our unprecedented selection; from top-ofthe-line models to project cars. We buy classic cars in any shape or condition & provide the quickest payment & pick- August 2018 Gullwing Motor Cars stocks more Classic Showcase. 760.758.6100. 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. dition. We pick up from anywhere in the U.S. Quick payment and pickup. 718.545.0500. www.gullwingmotorcars.com formance car facility. www.legendarymotorcar.com (ON) Symbolic International. 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 an exceptional inventory of the very finest American and European classic cars available. We buy, sell and consign collectible automobiles, offering the best consignment terms available, contact us at sales@heritageclassics.com When in Southern California, visit our beautiful showroom and specialty automotive bookstore, Heritage Classics Motorbooks, open Monday–Saturday. For current inventory and to visit our virtual bookstore, visit www.heritageclassics.com Luxury Brokers International. 215.459.1606. Specializing in the sales, purchase and brokerage of classic automobiles for the astute collector, with a new-age, contemporary approach. Focusing on original, high-quality examples as enjoyable, tangible investments. Classic car storage, classic car consignment, brokerage, and other consulting services are available as well. We actively pursue the purchase and sales of any investment-grade classic car. Since 2009, we have offered a unique opportunity for collectors, enthusiasts and other industry professionals. www.lbilimited.com, sales@ lbilimited.com (PA) Hyman Ltd Classic Cars. 314.524.6000. One of the largest inventories of vintage cars in the world. Please visit our website often, www.hymanltd.com to see our current stock. Hyman Ltd Classic Cars, 2310 Chaffee Drive, St. Louis, MO. 63146 314-524-6000 sales@hymanltd.com 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) 858.259.0100. Symbolic International is one of the premier dealers of classic cars and vintage race cars in the world. Our spectacular vehicles are available for purchase and worldwide delivery. Our knowledgeable team, with over 100 years of combined experience, can help you find the perfect car for your collection. www.symbolicinternational.com info@symbolicinternational.com (CA) Paramount Automotive Group/ Foreign Cars Italia. 888.929.7202. Since 1989, we have offered all the exclusive brands that you have ever dreamed about. Offering new and used Ferrari, Maserati, Aston Martin and Porsche in Greensboro, NC, Aston Martin, Bentley and Maserati in Charlotte, NC and Porsche in Hickory, NC. We sell, buy and trade. Visit us at www. Paramountauto.com or www.ForeignCarsItalia.com (NC) Vintage Motors of Sarasota. 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) Park Place LTD. 425.562.1000. Capital Gains Taxes? We Can Help. Kurt Tanner Motorcars. 909.241.1051. An exclusive European Sports Car dealer located in Orange County, CA. Over 35 years experience in the classic car business with a distinguished previous reputation for AustinHealey restorations. We accurately and honestly present fine European cars for sale in today’s market. Buy/sell/trade. We purchase and pick up from any U.S. location with quick payment. Please call or visit our website to view current inventory. www.kurttannermotorcars.com (CA) Magellan Planning Group. 800.377.1332. We use a simple, proven strategy to defer taxes on the sale of highly appreciated assets. We call it the Capital Gains Deferral Trust and it has helped individuals just like you maximize their profit and minimize their tax burden. Call for a free brochure today. www.magellanplanning.com Founded in 1987 in Bellevue, WA, our dealership is locally owned and independently operated. The four-acre Park Place Center features an Aston Martin sales and service center, a Lotus dealership, and we have one of the largest selections of collector and exotic cars available in the Northwest. We consign, buy and sell all types of vehicles. We also have an in-house service center and high-end Auto Salon. www.ParkPlaceLtd.com West Coast Classics. 310.399.3990. 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) Paul Russell and Company. Milestone Motorcars. Legendary Motorcar Company. 905.875.4700. Since 1985, Legendary Motorcar Company has specialized in buying, selling and restoring some of the rarest cars in existence. For sale, in our 150-car showroom you’ll find, ultra-rare muscle cars, European sports cars and modern performance cars. In our 75,000 square-foot facility, our highly-skilled craftsmen perform complete award-winning restorations. Whether you are buying one special car or building a museum, our collection management services will help you make the right decisions. Over 30 years in business, we have grown to become the nation’s premier collector and per- 176 561.509.7251. We are passionate about classic performance automobiles. A lifetime of experience has given us the ability to help those who share our enthusiasm, whether our clients are experienced collectors or just starting down the road. Let us share with you the passion we feel every day. SALES ~ SERVICE ~ SUPPORT ~ PARTS ~ COMPETITION www.milestonemotorcarsllc.com 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) Car Storage CARS. 310.695.6403. For more than Morris and Welford. 949.679.4999. Morris and Welford, a JD Classics company, are established, fine collector car dealers based in Newport Beach, California. We have a 14,800 sq ft showroom with cars for sale, cars on consignment, collection management, appraisal services and more. www.morrisandwelford.com Email: pat@morrisandwelford.com 4040 Campus Drive, Newport Beach, CA 92660 Pendine. 0044 (0)7770 762751. Pen- dine specializes in the sale of historic cars for road and track. While focusing specifically on British cars from the immediate post-war period to the 1970s, our experience ranges from Edwardian racers to the supercars of the 1990s. Please call us at 0044 (0)7770 762751, or email james@pendine.co and check out our website www.pendine.co (U.K.) two decades, CARS (Classic Automotive Relocation Services) has looked after some of the most irreplaceable motorcars in the world. CARS are now able to offer secure indoor vehicle storage solutions at its new state-of-the-art warehouse facility in Los Angeles. Contact CARS directly to discuss your vehicle storage requirements and find out more about the many services that we offer. History has proven that CARS are the team to trust. Do not take any chances with your pride and joy – hand it to the people that will care for it as their own. Fax: +1 (310) 695 6584 Email: info@carsusa.com www.carsusa.com Sports Car Market RESOURCE DIRECTORY


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Classic Car Transport Collection Management 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) Intercity Lines, Inc. 800.221.3936. Gripping the wheel of your dream car and starting the engine for the first time is a high point for any enthusiast. We are the premier enclosed auto transport company that will ensure your car arrives safely for that experience. For over 35 years, our standards for excellence have had clients returning time and time again. Trust the Best. Trust Intercity Lines. w RideCache. 512.751.8450. A profes- sional, ad-free software tool and service that helps you manage your collection, digitally preserve your valuable documentation and securely share with those that need access. Manage your collection with our DIY tools or use our RideCache Build service and let our professional team build your account. Learn more at http://ridecache.com/SCM. RideCache — Organize, Manage, Preserve your Collection. Collector Car Insurance 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 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. Frank Dale & Stepsons. The world’s oldest independent Rolls-Royce and Bentley specialists, having been established since 1946. With sales, service, restoration and trimming all under one roof, we offer collectors and enthusiasts the complete range of services for their collections. www.frankdale.com (U.K.) 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 Fourintune Garage Inc. 262.375.0876. www.fourintune.com. Complete ground-up restoration on British marques — specializing in Austin-Healeys since 1976. Experience you can trust, satisfied customers nationwide. Visit our website for details on our restoration process, which includes a complete quotation on Healeys. Located in historic Cedarburg — just minutes north of Milwaukee, WI. (WI) Aston Martin of New England. 781.547.5959. 85 Linden Street, Waltham, MA 02452. Proudly appointed Aston Martin Heritage Dealer for the USA. New and pre-owned Aston Martins are our specialty. Please contact us when buying, selling or restoring. www.astonmartin-lotus.com. (MA) AUTOSPORT DESIGNS, INC. Grundy Insurance. 888.647.8639. Reliable Carriers Inc. 800-521-6393. As the country’s largest enclosed-auto transport company, Reliable Carriers faithfully serves all 48 contiguous United States and Canada. Whether you’ve entered a concours event, need a relocation, are attending a corporate event or are shipping the car of your dreams from one location to another, one American transportation company does it all. www.reliablecarriers.com 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) Classic Showcase. 760.758.6100. Hagerty Insurance Agency, LLC. 800.922.4050. is the leading insurance agency for collector vehicles in the world and host to the largest network of collector car owners. Hagerty offers insurance for collector cars, motorcycles and motorcycle safety equipment, tractors, automotive tools and 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) Welsh Enterprises, Inc. 800.875.5247. Jaguar parts for models 1949–present. www.welshent.com (OH) 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) JWF Restorations Inc. Specializing in AC restoration from street to concours, U.S. Registrar AC Owners Club (U.K.). Now selling AC parts and tires, including inventory from Ron Leonard. Jim Feldman. 503.706.8250 Fax 503.646.4009. Email: jim@jwfrestoration.com (OR) Kevin Kay Restorations. 530.241.8337. 1530 Charles Drive, Redding, CA 96003. Aston Martin parts, service, repair and restoration. From an oil change to a concours-winning restoration, we do it all. Modern upgrades for power steering, window motors, fuel systems and more. Feltham Fast performance parts in stock. We also cater to all British and European cars and motorcycles. www.kevinkayrestorations.net. (CA) August 2018 177


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Advertise in the SCM Resource Directory. Call 877.219.2605 Ext. 218 for information; e-mail: scmadvert@sportscarmarket.com. Events—Concours, Car Shows Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival. The South: a place where tea is sweet, people are darlin’, moss is Spanish and, come autumn, cars are plentiful. This fall, HHI Motoring Festival returns to the towns of Savannah, GA, and Hilton Head Island, SC. Join us this fall — October 26–November 4, 2018 — in the land of Southern hospitality. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit www.HHIMotoringFestival.com. Ferrari Financial Services. 201.510.2500. As the world’s only Ferrari-owned finance company, no one understands a Ferrari customer’s unique perspective better than the company that designed these iconic sports cars. Whether it’s a line of credit for owners interested in utilizing the equity in their collection, or a simple interest loan, we stand committed to help our clients enhance their collection — without origination or early termination fees. “FFS” offers a level of expertise that cannot be matched by other lenders. major service work on most Mercedes. Restoration work; including paint, interior, mechanical and other services are available. We pride ourselves in doing work that is tailored to our customers’ needs and budgets. We also (locally) work on later-model Mercedes, BMW, and Mini Coopers. Computer diagnostics and work related to keeping your daily driver on the road are all available at Bud’s. www.budsbenz.com (GA) and restoration facility in the U.S. exclusively operated by Mercedes-Benz. Over 50,000 Genuine Mercedes-Benz Classic Parts in its assortment. From small services to full ground-up restorations, work is always true to original. Ever-changing showcase of for-sale vehicles. We are your trusted source. www.mbclassiccenter.com. (CA) Scott Grundfor Company. J.J. BEST BANC & CO. provides Lajollaconcours.com. 619.233.5008. lajollaconcours@mcfarlanepromotions.com La Jolla Concours d’Elegance April 12–14, 2019. World Class Cars, World Class Experience. (CA) financing on classic cars ranging from 1900 to today. Visit our website at www.jjbest.com or call 1.800.USA.1965 and get a loan approval in as little as five minutes! German DC Automotive. 1.877.287.6749. Art’s Star Classics. 800.644.STAR The Quail, A Motorsports Gath- ering. 831.620.8879. A prominent component of Monterey Car Week, The Quail is a world-renowned motorsports event featuring one of the world’s finest and rarest collections of vintage automobiles and motorcycles. The Quail maintains its intimacy and exclusivity by limiting admission through lottery ticket allocations. Admission is inclusive of six gourmet culinary pavilions, caviar, oysters, fine wines, specialty cocktails, champagne, and more. Web: signatureevents.peninsula.com. (CA) Finance (1.800.644.7827). 30 years of expertise in new and hard to find parts, as well as component restoration for all Mercedes from 1931–1971. Servicing owners and restorers worldwide. Star Classics also offers: Sales and Acquisitions of all ’50s and ’60s Mercedes and restoration project management for car owners so they realize the car of their dreams. Contact us today: info@artsstarclassics.com www.artsstarclassics.com International Phone #:1.602.397.5300 Rob and the team at DC Automotive are Porsche fanatics. They eat, sleep and breathe Porsche – sometimes to the dismay of their spouses. But they know that finding new, used and rebuilt 1965 to 2013 Porsche parts can be overwhelming. That’s why they’re committed to having your back – plus front, engine, interior, body, wheels, electrical, everything – for 911s, Cayennes, Boxsters, Caymans, 944s, 968s, 914s and 928s. Call us today at 1-877-287- 6749. http://dcautocatalog.com 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 CARS. 310.695.6403. For more than European Collectibles Inc. Classic Car Capital 310.254.9704, Ext. 1. Maximize the return on your passion by recapitalizing the equity in your vintage cars. Whether to expand your collection, invest or for personal use, you decide how to use the funds. With unparalleled experience, service and expertise in this highly specialized lending, we understand the market and needs of the collector. Whether using one car or multiple cars as collateral, we offer lines of credit with no origination fees or prepayment penalties. Bud’s Benz. 800.942.8444. At Bud’s, we sell a full line of MercedesBenz parts for cars from the 1950s through the 1980s. We do minor and 178 The BMW CCA is the world’s larg- est owner-supported single-marque car club. Today, BMW CCA has 68 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. 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) two decades, CARS (Classic Automotive Relocation Services) has looked after some of the most irreplaceable motorcars in the world. If you need your vehicle transported, CARS have the expertise and knowledge to ensure it arrives in perfect condition, on time, and with no unexpected costs. CARS are able to action any shipping request through its own offices in the U.K., New York, Los Angeles and Japan, and via its network of global agents. Whether your vehicle needs to be transported by road, sea or air freight, please get in touch and allow CARS to take the worry and stress out of your shipment needs. History has proven that CARS are the team to trust. Do not take any chances with your pride and joy — hand it to the people that will care for it as their own. Fax: +1 (310) 695 6584 Email: info@carsusa.com www.carsusa.com Cosdel International Transportation. Mercedes-Benz Classic Center. 1.866.MB.CLASSIC. (1.866.622.5277). The trusted center of competence for all classic MercedesBenz enthusiasts. Located in Irvine, CA, the Classic Center is the only sales 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 Sports Car Market RESOURCE DIRECTORY


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shipping needs. We are your automobile Export Import Experts. 415.777.2000 carquotes@cosdel.com. www.cosdel.com. (CA) Italian Legal pump cavitation. Evans also protects down to -40°F and lasts the lifetime of the engine. See how it works at www.evanscoolant.com. Vintage Car Law. 717.884.9010. Hamann Classic Cars. 203.918.8300. with more than 30 years in the industry and worldwide clientele in dealing in European race and sports cars, specializes in classic Ferraris of the ’50s and ’60s. www.ferrari4you.com Leasing 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 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 P21S Auto Care Products. Since LeMay—America’s Car Museum Luxury Lease Partners LLC. 201.822.4870. LLP is a self-funded exotic car lessor that does not follow conventional lending rules, such as scores, debt-to-income ratios or comparable borrowing requirements. LLP can provide lease financing on any exotic car from $50,000 to $5 million, regardless of your credit history. If you own a car and need cash, LLP provides sale/lease-back financing so you can keep driving your car! Contact us at info@luxuryleasepartners.com 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 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. 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QuickSilver use superior materials and modern manufacturing techniques unavailable when the cars were new. http://quicksilver-exhausts.myshopify.com. Racing Services 760.489.0657, is a full-service automotive restoration and repair facility that specializes in Pre and Post-War European and American Automobiles. With an emphasis on French Marques including Bugatti & Delahaye and over 50 years of experience in the automotive field, we have proven to be a leader in the automotive industry. Our facility provides a full-array of services including Fabrication, Metal-Shaping, Engine & Transmission Rebuilding, Machine Shop, Award-Winning Upholstery, Paint Shop and Pattern Making & Castings. Providing these services in-house has proved to be highly efficient and has enabled us to provide our clients with the highest level of old-fashioned quality workmanship, professionalism and client services. www.alantay- lorcompany.com Automotive Restorations. 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 Evans Waterless Coolant is the solution to running too hot. With a boiling point of 375°F, our revolutionary liquid formulation is a superior alternative to water-based coolants. 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Advertise in the SCM Resource Directory. Call 877.219.2605 Ext. 218 for information; e-mail: scmadvert@sportscarmarket.com. Fantasy Junction. 510.653.7555. 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) 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) 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 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 Treasured Motorcar Services. Farland Classic Restoration. 303.761.1245. A complete facility offering concours-level restorations, repair and fabrication services. We work on all makes, and specialize in Ferrari, Mercedes and Porsche. Highly organized and fiscally responsible, we provide biweekly detailed billing to keep you abreast of the rapid progress of your project in every way. Check out our site for details. Email: info@farlandcars.com. www.farlandcarscom D. L. George Historic Motorcars. 610.593.7423. We stand at the crossroads between you and historic European motorcars of the pre-war and early post-war era. We provide full-service restoration, maintenance and support of the finest cars driven extensively by the most refined collectors. Find us at concours from Amelia Island to Pebble Beach, venues from Lime Rock to Goodwood, and events including the Mille Miglia, Peking to Paris, and The Colorado Grand. www.DLGEORGE.com (PA) Speedwell Engineering, Ltd. 770.789.1396. Restoration, sales and service of collectable vehicles. Specializing in Classics, Prewar and European sports cars. Ball Ground, Georgia. www.facebook.com/SpeedwellEngineeringLtd Since 1980, a trusted provider for the highest quality maintenance, restoration, performance, paint, body, sales, and consignment of European sports/ luxury vehicles, American classics, and muscle cars. We have completed numerous full and partial restorations on marques as diverse as Bandini, Dellow, Jaguar, Rolls Royce, Mustang, and Corvette. Maintaining memories for your daily driver, weekend warrior or show stopper in our 22,000 sq. ft. facility with our dedicated full time staff. Let us help you enjoy your treasured motorcar the way it was meant to be. Follow our ongoing and completed projects and visit our website www.treasuredmotorcars.com 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) Sport and Specialty. 815.629.2717. Exotic Auto Recycling. 916.638.8000, 855.638.8878. Exotic Auto Recycling is a Central California-based auto parts supplier that specializes in used and new replacement parts for Ferrari, Maserati and Lamborghini. We believe that this specialized approach allows us to be more knowledgeable of our products. Ferrari, Maserati and Lamborghini is not just our business, it’s also our passion. For a 10% discount on used parts use discount code SCM10 at the time of purchase. sales@exoticautorecycling.com www.exoticautorecycling.com (CA) On the Road Again Classics. 408.782.1100. Northern California’s largest Classic & British auto restoration & repair shop is a 12,000 square foot facility under one roof! We opened our doors in 2008 and have restored over 20 Concours 1st place winners! Our team of 8 craftsmen with over 165 years experience have risen to the top, becoming a Certified Hagerty Expert Collision Repair Facility and in-house Certified Glasurit paint shop. www.ontheroadagainclassics.com. We are specialists in Austin-Healey and Jaguar cars but have experience in a variety of other marques, to include; most British cars, Alfa Romeo, Corvette, Aston Martin, Ferrari and early Lotus. Our work includes: All levels of restoration services, (full, mechanical, sympathetic, etc.), simple repairs, ongoing maintenance and vintage race preparation. We also offer full mechanical services; Engine, transmission, overdrive, differential and component rebuilds. www.sportandspecialty.com Vintage Underground. The Creative Workshop. 954.920.3303. The Creative Workshop is a Pebble Beach award winning fullservice concours restoration shop located in South East Florida. Our 10,000+ 541.510.5296. Vintage Underground is a full service facility located in Eugene, Oregon. We harness a collection of old-school skills and tools. We work to restore, repair and preserve historical machines. We have full-restoration build and assembly facilities on-site. We also offer a full complement of services including; panel beating, body and paint, trim & interior, engine building, machining, research and full chassis system building and service. www.vintageunderground.us (OR) © ports Car Market Keith Martin’s Exoticars USA. 908.996.4889, Wil de Groot’s Exoticars USA has serviced and restored Ferrari, Maserati and Lamborghini in the NJ, PA, NY region since 1979. We’re passionate about keeping your car fast, reliable, beautiful and authentic. Our mechanical, paint/ body, electronic, machining and fabricating work is unsurpassed and awardwinning. We have specialized equipment and knowledge to service newer and vintage models and everything in between. www.exoticars-usa.com. 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Carl Bomstead eWatch The $100,000 Sip of a Lifetime Imagine getting a taste of the 1926 Macallan single-malt scotch that sold for more than $1 million in Hong Kong Thought Carl’s Looking for a way to impress your friends? Well, you should have attended Bonhams’ Fine and Rare Wine a Whisky auction on May 18 in Hong Kong. They sold a magnum of 1986 Romanée-Conti for $49,936, but tha paled in comparison with the $1,014,882 that was paid for a bottle of 1926 single-malt Macallan Peter Blake whisky. It was the second of 12 bottles released in 1986 after 60 years in the barrel. The Post-Impressionist label was by Valerio Adami and the bottle was presented in a gold display box. This is so perfe to share with your friends, but I have to wonder what a $100,000 sip of single-malt whisky tastes like. Doubt if I will eve find out. full of interesting photographs and team data. A piece of racing history in exceptional condition. A wonderful find. were a fixture in early racing, and their logo continues to make them collectible. This can was designed for storage under the seat in a vehicle. The condition was off a bit here, but the can is so desirable that it still sold for adult money. EBAY #392034484321—VERY ORIGINAL STEELCRAFT PEDAL CAR. Number of bids: 30. SOLD AT: $1,631. Date: 5/13/2018. This very original pedal car was complete with the hood ornament and most of the paint it was born with. It was missing the windshield and one of the headlamp buckets, but I do believe that reproductions are available. An easy restoration project or leave as-is, which would be my choice. bids: 44. SOLD AT: $3,775. Date: 4/7/2018. This is another one of the phony-baloney porcelain signs that are so prevalent on eBay of late. These were originally made by Walker & Co. — and were so noted on the lower right corner. There were two signs back-toback, with a bullnose corner. The uniform edge wear here is artificial, and the blue is slightly off. I hate to see people continue to get ripped off, but eBay has a “buyer beware” policy and sits on their hands while legitimate sign sellers go elsewhere. EBAY #112826742161—J-D QUICK DETACHABLE SPARK PLUG. Number of bids: 23. SOLD AT: $1,055.55. Date: 4/7/2018. Detachable spark plugs were in vogue after World War I, and this one had an interesting hook and latch to allow for the top to be removed for cleaning. Unusual plugs bring the money, and this was certainly no exception. EBAY #292538907292—SCUDERIA FERRARI 1932 YEARBOOK—ALFA CORSE ANNUAL. Number of bids: BuyIt-Now. SOLD AT: $8,500. Date: 5/21/2018. Enzo Ferrari was a young driver for Alfa Romeo, but he proved a better manager than driver. In 1929 he founded the Scuderia Ferrari Racing Team to race Alfa Romeos, and he was extremely successful. This rare yearbook is from the third year the team was in operation, and it was EBAY #222877764621—1900 GERMAN TIN TOY RACE CAR. Number of bids: 53. SOLD AT: $3,651.11. Date: 3/21/2018. This clockwork tin race car was lithographed, and portions were hand-painted. It also had black oilcloth doors. It was a replica of the 1905 Gordon Bennett race-winning car. It was about nine inches in length and was in remarkable condition for a toy well over 100 years old. The premium paid here was well justified because of the exceptional condition. EBAY #362322088925—OILZUM HALF-GALLON UNDER-SEAT OIL CAN. Number of bids: 25. SOLD AT: $1,532. Date: 5/23/2018. Oilzum was the brand name for the White & Bagley Oil Company that was founded in the late 1800s. They EBAY #263579932954— PACKARD DOUBLE-SIDED PORCELAIN SIGN. Number of 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, $135 Mexico, Europe, Asia/Africa/Middle East. Subscriptions are payable in advance in U.S. currency. Make checks to: Sports Car Market. Visa/MC accepted. For instant subscription, call 877.219.2605, 503.261.0555; fax 503.253.2234; www.sportscarmarket.com. 182 PAST TYME PLEASURES— LOT 25. UNION GASOLINE GAS-PUMP GLOBE. SOLD AT: $2,990 INCLUDING 15% BUYER’S PREMIUM. Date: 5/19/2018. This online auction company specializes in early Western memorabilia, but some of our stuff shows up every now and then. This colorful globe was used between 1925 and 1932, and it is rather rare. It was not chipped or cracked, and as such, sold for a market-correct price. ♦ POSTMASTER Send address changes to: Sports Car Market PO Box 4797, Portland, OR 97208 CPC IPM Sales Agreement No. 1296205 Sports Car Market