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Conversion of ’61 Flat Floor Deflates Price to $150k Sports Car Market version of ’61 Flat Floor Deflates Price to $150k Sports Car Market The The Insider’s Guide to Collecting 1969 Lotus Type 59 Formula 3 FORMULA FOR SUCCESS $83k August 2019 www.sportscarmarket.com


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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 2019 . Volume 31 . Number 8 This Month’s Market Movers Up Close FERRARI by Steve Ahlgrim 2017 Ferrari F12tdf $975,000 / RM Auctions 70 AUCTIONS What Sold, and Why 188 Vehicles Rated at Seven Sales 94 98 110 122 134 ENGLISH by Paul Hardiman ETCETERINI by Donald Osborne GERMAN by Pierre Hedary AMERICAN by Carl Bomstead RACE 16 by Thor Thorson NEXT GEN by Jeff Zurschmeide 1961 Jaguar E-type 3.8 Flat-Floor Coupe $150,317 / Bonhams 1958 Fiat-Abarth 750 GT Double-Bubble Series III Coupe $112,738 / Bonhams 1934 Mercedes-Benz 290 Cabriolet D $117,600 / Bonhams 1930 Ruxton Model C Roadster $747,500 / RM Sotheby’s 1969 Lotus Type 59 Formula 3 $82,674 / Bonhams 1960 Volkswagen Beetle Custom $22,000 / Barrett-Jackson 72 74 76 78 82 86 Cover: 1969 Lotus Type 59 Formula 3; courtesy of Bonhams Sports Car Market 142 MARKET OVERVIEW Is Monterey the same as it ever was? Nope — Chad Tyson RM SOTHEBY’S St. Louis, MO: No-reserve collection goes 72 for 72, bringing in $10.3m — Dan Badger BONHAMS Stokenchurch, U.K.: $3.9m on 14 of 33 lots sold at a new location for Bonhams’ traditional Aston Martin sale — Paul Hardiman SILVERSTONE Heythrop, U.K.: New venue for a new sale grosses $2.9m on 36 of 73 lots sold — Paul Hardiman BRANSON Branson, MO: $2.9m in sales on 142 of 200 vehicles sold in Branson’s first sale of the year — Andy Staugaard ROUNDUP Highlights from Mecum in Phoenix, AZ, and Indianapolis, IN, and W. Yoder Auction in Wautoma, WI acebook and watch for updates and offers! Karissa Hosek ©2019, courtesy of RM Auctions


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62 2019 Revs Institute Symposium: Exploring how to protect and preserve collector cars in a changing world — Donald Osborne 64 SCM’s Autozam AZ-1: You need overseas friends if you wanna mess around with a gray-market Japanese car — Jeff Zurschmeide DEPARTMENTS 28 Crossing the Block 28 Auction Calendar 32 Concours and Events: Monterey Car Week, Hot August Nights, Concorso Italiano 34 Contributors: Get to know your SCM staffers and writers 60 Elvis Presley’s 1971 DeTomaso Pantera at the Keels & Wheels Concours d’Elegance COLUMNS 24 Shifting Gears Two cars from my childhood tugged at my heart — a 1956 Mercury Montclair and a 1965 Ford Mustang Keith Martin 48 Affordable Classic An MGB is fun, but it’s still a poorly built Miata Nick Jaynes 50 Legal Files Driving too fast or racing on an organized rally can cause all kinds of trouble John Draneas 52 Unconventional Wisdom We can learn from Japanese-car collectors Donald Osborne 54 Drivers Ed If you find the right place and time to sell your car, you’ll hear a lot less noise Paul Hageman 80 The Cumberford Perspective Ruxton never had a chance, but that’s no great loss Robert Cumberford 84 Next Gen The Acura NSX was 20 years ahead of its time, and it is the prime Japanese collectible car Philip Richter 174 eWatch Jeff Koons’ “Rabbit” brings $91 million at auction Carl Bomstead FEATURES 58 The SCM Interview: Matt Backhaus of StreetWorks Exotics talks about restoring classics and building hot rods — Chester Allen 60 2019 Keels & Wheels Concours d’Elegance: Customs, Stutz and Clive Cussler — Carl Bomstead 18 48 Affordable Classic: MGB Sports Car Market 36 You Write, We Read: Arnolt Astons, cars aren’t investments, 1932 Stutz DV-32, MGC GTS and collector garages 38 Display Advertisers Index 42 Time Pieces: The IWC Big Pilot’s Watch 42 Neat Stuff: Clean wheels and the first Le Mans poster 44 Speaking Volumes: Delahaye: Styling and Design 88 Next Gen Market Moment 1: 1991 BMW M5 89 Next Gen Market Moment 2: 1975 Datsun 280Z 90 Rising Sun: 1992 Mazda MX-5 Miata, 1999 Nissan Silvia Spec R drift car, 1970 Datsun 240Z 96 Buy/Sell/Hold: Limited-production, custom-bodied post-war cars, limited editions of late-model sports cars, important Next Gen cars 104 Market Moment 1: 1985 Tritan A2 Aero Car 108 Glovebox Notes: 2020 Range Rover Evoque 114 Fresh Meat: 2019 Porsche 911 GT2 RS coupe, 2019 McLaren 720S coupe, 2018 Maserati Gran Turismo MC convertible 120 Market Moment 2: 1983 Porsche 911 Turbo Group 4 replica 148 On the Radar: 1972–76 Volkswagen SP1/SP2, 1994 Volkswagen Logus, 1994 Volkswagen Polo Mk 3 160 Mystery Photo: “Apologies for Grandpa — he really doesn’t get the whole Transformers thing” 160 Comments With Your Renewals: “You don’t know what you don’t know about cars until you read Sports Car Market” 162 Showcase Gallery: Cars for sale 166 Resource Directory: Meet your car’s needs Carl Bomstead


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Shifting Gears Keith Martin Heart vs. Head While I had learned to drive the Ford 9N tractor on our family farm in Novato at the age of 8, the Mustang was the first car I drove The 1965 Mustang and 1956 Mercury Montclair generate powerful memories, but ultimately, they are not cars that I would want to own or drive today Courtesy of Barrett-Jackson T here are two cars that always pull at my heartstrings. The first is a 1956 Mercury Montclair. My grandfather bought one new. I have fond memories of riding in the backseat of that car. It was two-tone Bumblebee Yellow and black. My grandfa- ther loved that car — it was a step up from the Mercury he had owned before, and offered an upscale driving experience. Some years back, I was working as the color commentator for the Barrett-Jackson auction broadcast. A 1956 Montclair resto-mod was crossing the block. I was a registered bidder, and I knew I could catch a ringman’s at- tention if I wanted to take a run at the car. It was the right Bumblebee color combination. It had a modern suspension with disc brakes, vintage air, a big stereo and a modern engine. I decided to pass. I think it sold in the mid-$30k range. I assume this would have been a pleasant enough car to drive. But even with its modifications, it wasn’t for me. If I had bought it, I would have taken it to a couple of cruise-ins and then the car would have sat in the garage — a mobile remembrance of my past that would rarely be used. My heart said to buy the car and bring my past to life. But my head said no. It was the right decision. The 1965 Mustang There’s one other car that tugs at my heartstrings. My grandfather passed in 1963. In early 1965, my grandmother bought a Mustang. In Wimbledon White with a blue interior, it was the first car she ever owned by herself. It was a base car, with a 200-ci straight 6 and a Cruise-O-Matic transmission. Its only unusual feature was a front bench seat with a fold-down center armrest. It had no power steering or power brakes. While I had learned to drive the Ford 9N tractor on our family farm in Novato at the age of 8, the Mustang was the first car I drove. The day I turned 16, I was first in line at 8 a.m. to take my driving test in that car. That very day, with my license in hand, my grandmother said, “Let’s go to Los Angeles” — which was about 400 miles from our home in San Francisco. I’ll never forget the feeling of swinging on to Highway 101 and merging with the other traffic. I was driving a Mustang! I had my share of adventures with the car. I learned that if you are young, flexible and creative, you can make incredible things happen at a drive-in movie in a Mustang. If you sit in the back and fold the front seat down, the seatback can provide a place to recline. My grandmother used to wind plastic flowers around the antenna of the Mustang so that she could more easily find it in a parking lot. 24 She also installed “Sexy Senior Citizen” license-plate frames and a horn from the JC Whitney catalog that made an electronic “whinny” sound. Going backwards in one place Without her permission, I would take the Mustang to school to im- press my friends. First, I would carefully take the flowers off of the antenna and put them into the trunk. Showing up with a flower-bedecked Mustang destroyed the “cool” factor of the car. When I noticed my grandmother writing down the odometer read- ing of the car, I realized she suspected I was taking it out. So, each time when I returned home, I carefully put the flowers back onto the antenna. Then I used a floor jack placed under the differential to pick up the rear end. By starting the engine and putting the car into reverse, I could cause the odometer to run backwards, removing the evidence of my daily adventures. My grandmother never said a word to me about it. The car was repainted from white to light blue. I was the cause. When I was home from college for the summer, I told Grandmother I would like to paint the house to earn some money. I was standing in the balcony that went under the front windows. I carefully put a gallon can of white paint on the railing of the balcony. It fell from the balcony directly onto the hood of the car. The paint splattered everywhere. It became an excuse for a repaint. Memories work better than Mustangs After my grandmother passed in 1992, the car went to my cousin, Greg McDowell. Before he offered it for sale in 2007, he gave me a chance to buy the car. Just like the Mercury, it pulled at my heartstrings. I could reunite with the car in which I took my girlfriend Penny Hanks to the drive-in. But ultimately this was just a 6-cylinder, automatic Mustang with a poor respray and a color change. I wouldn’t take it on tours. I wouldn’t drive it to Monterey. I might take it to a cruise-in or two, but eventually it would sit silent, just as the Mercury would. Once again my heart and soul cried to me that I should buy and restore this part of my history — my relationship with my grandmother. But my head stepped in. My grandparents live on in my memories. And the best place for the Mercury and the Mustang is in those memories as well — instead of in my garage. ♦ Sports Car Market


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Crossing the Block Chad Tyson Images courtesy of the respective auction companies unless otherwise noted Star Car: 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302 at Russo and Steele in Monterey, CA Mecum Where: Harrisburg, PA When: July 31–August 3 Web: www.mecum.com Last year: 747/1001 cars sold / $23.2m Featured cars: • 1967 Chevrolet Corvette L88 convertible • 1967 Shelby GT500 • 1966 Batmobile replica Coys Where: Jüchen, DEU When: August 3 Web: www.coys.co.uk 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 5—BONHAMS Chichester, U.K. 6—SILVER Jackson Hole, WY 10—BRIGHTWELLS Leominster, U.K. 12–13—MECUM Denver, CO 13—SMITH AUCTIONS Cape Girardeau, MO 13—PETERSEN Roseburg, OR 15—SHANNONS Melbourne, AUS 16—BARONS Esher, U.K. 19–20—SG AUCTION Lincoln, NE 20–21—VANDERBRINK Zimmerman, MN 24—H&H Buxton, U.K. 25–27—GAA Greensboro, NC 28—SILVERSTONE Northamptonshire, U.K. 30—H&H Bickenhill, U.K. 31–AUG 3—MECUM Harrisburg, PA AUGUST 3—COYS Jüchen, DEU 3—CCA Leamington Spa, U.K. 3–4—VANDERBRINK Miles, IA 8–10—MAG AUCTIONS Reno, NV 9–10—VANDERBRINK Beardsley, MN 15—WORLDWIDE AUCTIONEERS Pacific Grove, CA 15–16—BONHAMS Carmel, CA 15–17—RUSSO AND STEELE Monterey, CA 15–17—MECUM Monterey, CA 15–17—RM SOTHEBY’S Monterey, CA 16–17—GOODING & CO. Pebble Beach, CA 17—SOUTHERN CLASSIC Jeffersonville, IN 24—ACA King’s Lynn, U.K. 26—SHANNONS Sydney, AUS 29–SEPT 1—RM AUCTIONS Auburn, IN 28 31—WORLDWIDE Auburn, IN 31—SMITH AUCTIONS Springfield, MO 31–SEPT 1—SILVER Sun Valley, ID SEPTEMBER 4–7—MECUM Dallas, TX 6–8—ELECTRIC GARAGE Red Deer, AB, CAN 7—BONHAMS Beaulieu, U.K. 7—SPECIALTY AUTO Loveland, CO 14—BONHAMS Chichester, U.K. 14—VANDERBRINK Red Oak, IA 20–21—RM SOTHEBY’S Comporta, PRT 20–21—MECUM Louisville, KY 20–21—SARATOGA Saratoga Springs, NY 21—BARONS Esher, U.K. 21—SILVERSTONE Southam, U.K. 21—VANDERBRINK Cape Girardeau, MO 28—SOUTHERN CLASSIC Murfreesboro, TN CCA Where: Leamington Spa, U.K. When: August 3 Web: www.classiccarauctions.co.uk VanDerBrink Where: Miles, IA When: August 3–4 Web: www.vanderbrinkauctions.com MAG Auctions Where: Reno, NV When: August 8–10 Web: www.motorsportauctiongroup.com Featured cars: • 1972 Triumph TR6 • 1970 Dodge Challenger 2-door hard top • 1956 Ford F-100 pickup VanDerBrink Where: Beardsley, MN When: August 9–10 Web: www.vanderbrinkauctions.com Worldwide Where: Pacific Grove, CA When: August 15 Web: www.worldwideauctioneers.com Sports Car Market


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Crossing the Block Chad Tyson Images courtesy of the respective auction companies unless otherwise noted Last year: 42/60 cars sold / $8.2m Featured cars: • 1955 Alfa Romeo 1900 CSS • 1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster Bonhams Where: Carmel, CA When: August 15–16 Web: www.bonhams.com Last year: 110/135 cars sold / $37.6m Featured cars: • 1932 Auburn 12-160A Boattail Speedster • 1930 Bentley Speed Six Le Mans replica tourer • 1981 BMW M1 Russo and Steele Where: Monterey, CA When: August 15–17 Web: www.russoandsteele.com Last year: 106/201 cars sold / $8.5m Featured car: • Star Car: 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302 Mecum Where: Monterey, CA When: August 15–17 Web: www.mecum.com Last year: 362/697 cars sold / $45.7m Featured cars: • 2005 Ford GT PB1-1 • 1938 Mercedes-Benz 170VS Gelandesport Alpine racer • 1953 Chevrolet Corvette roadster RM Sotheby’s Where: Monterey, CA When: August 15–17 Web: www.rmsothebys.com Last year: 125/150 cars sold / $157.9m Featured cars: • 1954 Maserati A6GCS • Star Car: 1939 Porsche Type 64 • 2014 Pagani Huayra Tempesta “Scozia” Star Car: 1939 Porsche Type 64 at RM Sotheby’s in Monterey, CA Gooding & Co. Where: Pebble Beach, CA When: August 16–17 Web: www.goodingco.com Last year: 122/146 cars sold / $116.5m Featured cars: • Star Car: 1958 Ferrari 250 GT Tour de France coupe • 1939 Alfa Romeo Tipo 256 coupe • 1977 Porsche 934/5 Southern Classic Where: Jeffersonville, IN When: August 17 Web: www.southernclassicauctions.com ACA Where: King’s Lynn, U.K. When: August 24 Web: www.angliacarauctions.co.uk Shannons Where: Sydney, AUS When: August 26 Web: www.shannons.com.au RM Auctions Where: Auburn, IN When: August 29–September 1 Web: www.rmsothebys.com Last year: 526/712 cars sold / $21.4m Worldwide Where: Auburn, IN When: August 31 Web: www.worldwideauctioneers.com Last year: 111/114 cars sold / $6.9m Featured car: • 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 429 Smith Auctions Where: Springfield, MO When: August 31 Web: www.smithauctionsllc.com Silver Auctions Where: Sun Valley, ID When: August 31–September 1 Web: www.silverauctions.com ♦ Star Car: 1958 Ferrari 250 GT Tour de France coupe at Gooding & Company, Pebble Beach, CA 30 Sports Car Market


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Concours and Events SCM Staff Send news and event listings to insideline@sportscarmarket.com AUGUST CALENDAR 3–4 Milwaukee Concours d’Elegance, Milwaukee, WI; www.milwaukeeconcours.com 10–11 GP Du Lac Chargoggagogg (etcetera), Thompson, CT; www. 24hoursoflemons.com 12–14 Automobilia Monterey, Seaside, CA; www.automobiliamonterey.com 13 Carmel-By-The-Sea Concours on the Avenue, Carmel, CA; www.carmelconcours.com The Week of the Year Monterey Car Week is set for August 9 to 18. 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 15th 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) A Hotter Week Than Monterey? For many American-car collectors, Hot August Nights outshines Monterey Car Week as the best time of the year. This huge American-iron lovefest starts in Virginia City, NV, from August 2 to 3, and it then rumbles on to Reno from August 6 through August 11. 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. Motorsport Auction Group’s big auction runs from August 8 to 10 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 13–18 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, Pebble Beach, CA; www. pebblebeachconcours. net 14 The Little Car Show, Pacific Grove, CA; www. marinamotorsports.org 16 The Quail: A Motorsports Gathering, Carmel, CA; www.peninsula.com/ en/signature-events/ events/motorsports 16 Porsche Werks Reunion, Salinas, CA; www. werksreunion.com All Things Italian and 50 Years of the Dino Concorso Italiano is all about wonderful Italian things — wine, cuisine, fashion — and cars. Italian cars — from modest Fiats to firebreathing Ferrari and Lamborghini supercars — drive this 34-year-old party. This year, Concorso will celebrate 50 years of the Ferrari Dino 246 GT and 50 years of Fiat America and the Ferrari 365 GTC. The Sports Car Market-sponsored celebration of Alfa Romeo continues in 2019. This year, the SCM star cars are the Junior Zagato, the Giulia Spider and the Giulietta Spider. All of this Italian fun — along with the usual redlining supercars — takes place August 17 at Bayonet and Black Horse Golf Course in Seaside. More than 1,000 automobiles from Italy will decorate the fairways, and the fashion shows and food just add to the fun. Don’t forget to stop by SCM’s booth for free stuff, fun conversation and the year’s best subscription deal. www.concorso.com (CA) 16 Legends of the Autobahn/RADwood, Monterey, CA; www.legendsoftheautobahn.org 24–25 Heartland Parked, Topeka, KS; www. 24hoursoflemons.com 25 Geneva Concours d’Elegance, Geneva, IL; www.genevaconcours. net 31 Crescent Beach Concours d’Elegance, Surrey, B.C.; www.crescentbeachconcours.com Sports Car Market


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Sports Car Market EDITORIAL Publisher Keith Martin keith.martin@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 210 Associate Publisher Erin Olson erin.olson@sportscarmarket.com; 877.219.2605 x 218 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 Associate Editor Chad Taylor chad.taylor@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 206 Editor at Large Donald Osborne Copy Editors Yael Abel, Dave Tomaro Senior Auction Analysts B. 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He traded a 25-year career in newspaper journalism, with senior editor posi- tions in Los Angeles and San Jose, CA, and Portland, OR, for the chance to manage Portland International Raceway in 2000. It was a case of moving from one love affair to another, driven by his love of racing nurtured as a teen turned loose at Riverside Raceway. He went into newspapers out of college as a way to get involved in racing, as he decided a press pass was the fastest way to the front of the grid. Despite owning a long, leaky series of 1960s English cars, his wife still loves him. He regularly reviews motorsports books for SCM, and he is always in search of the elusive pony in the pile. Turn to p. 104 for his “Market Moment” on a 1985 Tritan A2 Aero Car. His regular column, “Speaking Volumes,” is on p. 44. JEFF ZURSCHMEIDE, SCM Contributor, is a lifelong automobile enthusiast with a penchant for sports and racing cars. He has raced SCCA, local circle track and stage rally as a co-driver. 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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 Lorin Tryon invited LML762 to Pebble Beach in 1986. The week prior to Pebble Beach, LML762 was used as daily transport to the Historics, where we raced an MGA Twin Cam. The Last of the Arnolt Astons To the Editor: I owned LML762, the last built of the Arnolt Astons, for 13 years (1974–86). During that time, it was my primary daily driver (it sat in rain and snow) and also regularly raced in vintage events (April 2019, English Profile, p. 82). I visited with Mike Arnolt and consulted Aston Martin factory records to learn more about the Arnolt Aston Martins. The Arnolt company purchased eight chassis from Aston: LML502– 507, and LML762 and 765. Three of the first six purchases were fitted with a convertible body and three with the spider body. When, in 1954, Wacky went back to David Brown to purchase 50 additional chassis to fit the spider body, he 36 was told, in no uncertain terms, that David Brown would not provide a competitor. Wacky then went to Bristol — hence the Arnolt Bristol. There appears to be some confusion/errors over the years about chassis numbers, but my records indicate the evennumbered chassis (502/504/506) were fitted as convertibles, while the odd-numbered chassis (503/505/507) were fitted with spider bodies. Only one spider was fully fitted as a road car — LML505. The other two were stripped as competition models. The first car completed was LML504, usually referred to as the Charles Ward car. This car was given to Mr. Ward by his employees at the Brown Bigelow Company. LML506 was the Edith Field car. LML502 is the missing car. I’ve heard a number of stories about its demise. The most common is that the car was destroyed during a factory fire. A more intriguing one is that the car sank on the Andrea Doria. LML762 was labeled as the “Indiana.” It currently resides in a Swiss collection. In 2009, it was awarded a second place in the Villa d’Este — a far cry from my daily driver. After my ownership, LML672 was purchased by Victor Gauntlett, and then resided in Nick Mason’s (Pink Floyd drummer) collection for many years. Lorin Tryon invited LML762 to Pebble Beach in 1986. The week prior to Pebble Beach, Sports Car Market Mathieu Heurtault, courtesy of Gooding & Co.


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You Write We Read Ad Index 2019 SCM Monterey Seminar ......................159 Aston Martin of New England ........................65 Autosport Designs Inc .....................................19 Avant Garde Collection .................................106 Barrett-Jackson ................................................67 Bennett Law Office .......................................141 Beverly Hills Car Club ..................................153 Blackhawk/Auto Collections Inc ..................109 Bonhams / UK .................................................17 Bring A Trailer .................................................63 Cars, Inc. ..........................................................45 Centerline Alfa Parts .....................................121 Chequered Flag International ........................ 115 Classic Car Capital ..........................................35 Classic Showcase ..........................................125 Concorso Italiano...........................................141 Copley Motorcars ............................................47 D. L. George Coachworks ............................. 111 Dobson Motorsport........................................156 Dr. Beasley’s ..................................................155 Driversource Houston LLC ........................14-15 European Collectibles....................................131 Fantasy Junction ........................................22–23 Fiskens ............................................................31 Fourintune Garage Inc ...................................145 Gallet Watch Company ...................................43 Garage Graphics ............................................121 Gaswerks Garage ...........................................145 Gooding & Company ....................................8–9 Grundy Insurance ............................................81 Gullwing Motor Cars, Inc. ............................157 Hamann Classic Cars, LLC .............................85 Heacock Classic ............................................175 Heritage Classics .............................................97 Hillsborough Concours ...................................46 Huntingridge Motors Inc. ..............................147 Hyman, LTD ..............................................12–13 Intercity Lines ..................................................51 JC Taylor ........................................................137 JJ Best Banc & Co .........................................163 Kevin Kay Restorations ..................................26 Kidston ...........................................................6–7 La Macchina Molto Bella ................................33 Legendary Motorcar Company .....................145 Lucky Collector Car Auctions ....................... 117 Luxury Brokers International ....................20–21 Luxury Lease Partners, LLC ...........................61 McCollister’s Auto Transport ..........................53 Mercedes-Benz Classic Center .......................39 Mershon’s World Of Cars..............................151 MetroVac .........................................................41 New England Auto Auction ..........................123 Northwest European ......................................153 Palm Springs Exotic Car Auctions ..................27 Paramount Automotive ..................................133 Park Place Dealerships ....................................55 Passport Transport ...........................................99 Paul Russell and Company..............................44 Pebble Beach RetroAuto .................................66 Porsche Club of America...............................135 Prince Vintage, LTD. .....................................101 Putnam Leasing .............................................176 QuickSilver Exhausts Ltd.............................. 119 RAND Luxury, Inc. .........................................29 RCC MOTORS .............................................107 Reliable Carriers ..............................................95 RM Sotheby’s ................................................4–5 RMD bvba .......................................................49 Ronald McDonald House ..............................149 Russo and Steele LLC ...............................10–11 Saratoga Auto Auction ..................................139 SCM1000 Tour ..............................................173 Scott Grundfor Company .............................. 116 Speed Digital ...................................................57 Spring Grove Auction Company ...................127 Streetworks Exotics .........................................40 Symbolic International ....................................25 The Stable, Ltd. .............................................103 The Werk Shop ..............................................165 Tony Labella Classic Cars .............................100 Torque Classic Cars .........................................37 TYCTA ....................................................56, 129 Vermont Barns .................................................59 Vintage Motors of Sarasota ...........................105 Vintage Rallies ...............................................147 Watchworks ...................................................164 WeatherTech .................................................. 113 WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca ..............91 West Coast Classics, LLC .............................155 White Post Restorations ................................151 Worldwide Group ..........................................2, 3 38 Light-Hand Drive by Larry Trepel “Next up is a 1973 BMW from the Midlifecrisistimer Collection” LML762 was used as daily transport to the Historics, where we raced an MGA Twin Cam. You might imagine the look on Lorin’s face when I drove LML762 to Pebble Beach. The accompanying photo is from that show: LML 504/765/762. I was distressed by Robert Cumberford’s styling review (April 2019, “The Cumberford Perspective,” p. 84). He seems to have forgotten that the car originated in 1954, and Scaglione was experimenting with different designs. I, too, regard the different wheelwells as most jarring, but the rest is, IMHO, quite attractive. 762 also was fitted with different wheel openings front/ rear, but not as obvious as 765. I wonder what Cumberford’s review of the 1965 Mustang fastback would be, especially in regard to the restricted vision. — Lester Neidell, via email Drive the Car To the Editor: Heartfelt thanks to Steve Ahlgrim for getting into print the notion that collector cars are not supposed to be investments (July 2019, Ferrari Profile, p. 62). Too much focus on price, too many auctions and too few great cars being driven. It may indeed be your best SCM article. — Bob Ames, via email We Love This Guy! To the Editor: Love your magazines. I must confess I am addicted to both Sports Car Market and American Car Collector. Would love to see a regular column on private collections big and small. Of course, the vehicles are center stage, but it would also be interesting to see the insides of the garages and warehouses where these jewels are kept. — Jonathan Rader, via email Executive Editor Chester Allen responds: Jonathan, thanks for your kind words. We like your idea on private collections. We’ll see if we can make it happen. Going Out With a Bang To the Editor: I enjoyed the piece on the 1932 Stutz DV-32 by Carl Bomstead (June 2019, American Profile, p. 84). And while I understand that the DV-32 was indeed a “wasted effort” in terms of failing to save the company, I prefer to think of it instead as one last glorious “cavalry charge” by the doomed firm. A twin-cam, straight-8, 32-valve Hemi in an early-1930s car capable of 100 mph? Talk about going out with a bang, not a whimper! — Glenn Mercer, Shaker Heights, OH Mabel? Is That You? To the Editor: The red engine bay in the otherwise-green 1969 MGC GTS (June 2019, Silverstone Market Report, p. 158) is quite possibly a nod to the first GTS-specification MG, MBL546E — known to enthusiasts as “Mabel.” Mabel was run at the 1967 Targa Florio, and, just prior to her shipment to Sicily, her tartan red exterior was hastily resprayed in green at the behest of the Italian race organizers. She was, consequently, green but with a red engine bay and interior metalwork. — Stephen Later, Southern Pines, NC ♦ Would love to see a regular column on private collections big and small. Sports Car Market


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Time Pieces by Alex Hofberg The IWC Big Pilot’s Watch Soars Again Located in the Swiss town of Schaffhausen, near the Swiss-German border, the International Watch Company was established by American watchmaker and industrialist Florentine Ariosto Jones. It was not until 1936 that IWC intro- duced its first watch made specifically for military and aeronautical purposes. Known as the 52-Calibre T.S.C. Big Pilot’s Watch With Central Seconds Hand, their new product was an enormous 55-mm steel watch whose design characteristics set the standard for analog pilot’s watches. The watch featured large, easily read Arabic numerals that were filled in with radium-enriched luminous paint, kiteshaped blued steel hands that were also radium filled, a central-sweep second hand for exact time measurement, and an oversized, onion-shaped knurled crown allowing operation while wearing gloves. The enormous size of the watch allowed it to be worn over a heavy coat, as aircraft of the day were notoriously cold, and to be legible at glance in low-light situations. The watch was the first of a family of watches to come that fell into a new product line called “Spezialuhr für Flieger,” or Special Watch for Pilot. At the time, precise navigation required highly accurate timekeeping. IWC, like other fine-watch manufacturers, had a vested interest in providing the military and commercial aviators with watches that would prove useful for navigators. This is why the watch was known as an “observation watch,” as celestial sightings compared to local time are known as observations. Fast-forwarding from IWC’s earliest Flieger designs to the 1990s, IWC broadened their Flieger product Neat Stuff by Jim Pickering There’s Only One First VintageAutoPosters is known for some pretty special items, but this month, they’ve got one of the best: an original 1923 Le Mans race poster. This is an example of the first Le Mans poster ever done from the first year of the race, with art by H.A. Volodimer. Size is 34.75 inches by 24 inches, professionally archivallinen mounted. Guaranteed original, it is priced at $28,750 — a reflection of its rarity. Learn more about it and other rare, original race posters at www.vintageautoposters.com. 42 Details Production date: 2003 to present Best place to display one: This watch is blue jeans, rolled-up cuffs and worn Danner boots. Don’t shave too close. Ratings for modern version ( is best): Rarity: Durability: Parts/service availability: Cool factor: Web: www.IWC.com mix by offering a wide array of models that celebrate the spirit of historic aeronautical instruments. One of the most famous of these offerings was introduced in 2003 as the IWC Big Pilot’s Watch. The new watch was an immediate smash hit, as it combined the classic elements of the historic models with a calendar window, self-winding movement and an extra-long seven-day run time, as displayed by a power-reserve indicator found at the 3 o’clock position on the dial. The Big Pilot’s Watch is one of those watches that looks far larger than it measures. At just over 46 mm, it is far smaller than the 55-mm 1936 model. Yet wearing this watch is akin to strapping a cockpit gauge to your wrist. The watch is comfortable — yet everpresent and hard to fit under a cuff. The extra-heavy crocodile strap, which bal- ances the bulky timepiece, is reinforced with steel rivets in the style of historic models, yet it is fitted with a robust and easy-to-operate folding clasp. The build quality of the Big Pilot’s Watch is evidenced in a vari- ety of small nuances, such as: • The subtle blue tint of the anti-reflective coating on the sapphire crystal. • Blued steel edging on the rhombic luminous hands. • The buttery satin finish of the case body and the bright, polished beveled bezel. Although IWC made minor changes in the movement of the Big Pilot — and minor dial redesigns in what is now the third iteration of the original model — they did little to alter its original DNA. During the past 20 years, pilot watches have become an impor- tant segment of IWC’s overall sales. The new model of Big Pilot’s Watch is not cheap, having a retail price of $12,900 — although excellent used examples are typically available for under $10,000. Brush Hero Rims can be hard to clean, especially considering all the road grime and brake dust that tends to build up on them over time. Brush Hero solves that problem with a spin — a rotating head, powered by water pressure from your hose, helps to scrub hard-to-reach areas with an interchangeable set of bristles. Choose a soft head for easy jobs, or stiffer bristles for really ugly tasks. Buy it for your wheels, use it on everything else. A starter set is $39.99, and the master set, featuring several different heads, extensions, and cleanieces by Alex Hofberg The IWC Big Pilot’s Watch Soars Again Located in the Swiss town of Schaffhausen, near the Swiss-German border, the International Watch Company was established by American watchmaker and industrialist Florentine Ariosto Jones. It was not until 1936 that IWC intro- duced its first watch made specifically for military and aeronautical purposes. Known as the 52-Calibre T.S.C. Big Pilot’s Watch With Central Seconds Hand, their new product was an enormous 55-mm steel watch whose design characteristics set the standard for analog pilot’s watches. The watch featured large, easily read Arabic numerals that were filled in with radium-enriched luminous paint, kite- shaped blued steel hands that were also radium filled, a central-sweep second hand for exact time measurement, and an over- sized, onion-shaped knurled crown allow- ing operation while wearing gloves. The enormous size of the watch allowed it to be worn over a heavy coat, as aircraft of the day were notoriously cold, and to be legible at glance in low-light situations. The watch was the first of a family of watches to come that fell into a new product line called “Spezialuhr für Flieger,” or Special Watch for Pilot. At the time, precise navigation required highly accurate timekeep- ing. IWC, like other fine-watch manufacturers, had a vested interest in providing the military and com- mercial aviators with watches that would prove useful for navigators. This is why the watch was known as an “observation watch,” as celes- tial sightings compared to local time are known as observations. Fast-forwarding from IWC’s earliest Flieger designs to the 1990s, IWC broadened their Flieger product Neat Stuff by Jim Pickering There’s Only One First VintageAutoPosters is known for some pretty special items, but this month, they’ve got one of the best: an original 1923 Le Mans race poster. This is an example of the first Le Mans poster ever done from the first year of the race, with art by H.A. Volodimer. Size is 34.75 inches by 24 inches, profes- sionally archival- linen mounted. Guaranteed origi- nal, it is priced at $28,750 — a reflec- tion of its rarity. Learn more about it and other rare, original race posters at www.vintageautoposters.com. 42 Details Production date: 2003 to present Best place to display one: This watch is blue jeans, rolled-up cuffs and worn Danner boots. Don’t shave too close. Ratings for modern version ( is best): Rarity: Durability: Parts/service availability: Cool factor: Web: www.IWC.com mix by offering a wide array of models that celebrate the spirit of historic aero- nautical instruments. One of the most famous of these offerings was introduced in 2003 as the IWC Big Pilot’s Watch. The new watch was an immediate smash hit, as it combined the classic elements of the historic models with a calendar window, self-winding movement and an extra-long seven-day run time, as displayed by a power-reserve indicator found at the 3 o’clock position on the dial. The Big Pilot’s Watch is one of those watches that looks far larger than it measures. At just over 46 mm, it is far smaller than the 55-mm 1936 model. Yet wearing this watch is akin to strapping a cockpit gauge to your wrist. The watch is comfortable — yet ever- present and hard to fit under a cuff. The extra-heavy crocodile strap, which bal- ances the bulky timepiece, is reinforced with steel rivets in the style of historic models, yet it is fitted with a robust and easy-to-operate folding clasp. The build quality of the Big Pilot’s Watch is evidenced in a vari- ety of small nuances, such as: • The subtle blue tint of the anti-reflective coating on the sapphire crystal. • Blued steel edging on the rhombic luminous hands. • The buttery satin finish of the case body and the bright, polished beveled bezel. Although IWC made minor changes in the movement of the Big Pilot — and minor dial redesigns in what is now the third iteration of the original model — they did little to alter its original DNA. During the past 20 years, pilot watches have become an impor- tant segment of IWC’s overall sales. The new model of Big Pilot’s Watch is not cheap, having a retail price of $12,900 — although excellent used examples are typically available for under $10,000. Brush Hero Rims can be hard to clean, especially considering all the road grime and brake dust that tends to build up on them over time. Brush Hero solves that problem with a spin — a rotating head, powered by water pressure from your hose, helps to scrub hard-to-reach areas with an interchangeable set of bristles. Choose a soft head for easy jobs, or stiffer bristles for really ugly tasks. Buy it for your wheels, use it on everything else. A starter set is $39.99, and the master set, featuring several different heads, extensions, and clean- Sports- Sports Car Market


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Speaking Volumes by Mark Wigginton Delahaye: Styling and Design by Richard S. Adatto and Diana E. Meredith, with photographs by Michael Furman, Dalton Watson Fine Books, $493 (Amazon) Sometimes you need a tasty hit of French au- tomotive elegance. Just gotta have it, jonesing for the brain buzz that goes with bespoke design from Figoni et Falaschi, Saoutchik or Chapron. So, hands shaking, I prowled the office of Publisher Martin. It’s a space evoking the love child of “Hoarders” and “American Pickers.” But there it was, hidden behind old JC Whitney catalogs, Dinky toys and coffee-cup science experiments gone horribly wrong: Delahaye: Styling and Design, by Richard S. Adatto and Diana E. Meredith. The first hit was glorious: a cover image by stu- dio wizard Michael Furman of a 1937 Delahaye 135 by Figoni et Falaschi. Then I settled into a warm, wonderful exploration of French beauty, with 135s, pre- and post-war, topped off with 165s, 175s and a 235. Each car is lovingly portrayed, and each supported by the deep knowledge and writing skills of Delahaye experts Richard Adatto and Diana Meredith, with the whole enterprise supported by the Peter Mullin Automotive Museum Foundation. Delahaye, the man, built his first car in 1897, but he was most successful with utilitarian trucks and farm equipment. The company lived on after his death — despite two world wars. Racing brought notoriety that led to a car business built around strong underpinnings — and the stunning work of a handful of coachbuilders. Delahayes became the queens of concours in Europe and beyond. In the 1930s, Delahaye was the car of choice for celebrities, artists and sheiks. During the 1950s, as the company withered, resur- rected grand dames returned to the new center of concours d’elegance: Pebble Beach, CA. That spurred a new wave of fans with a love of the marque and the resources to restore these French national treasures. So enjoy, but don’t worry; Delahaye addiction is probably not lethal — but it’s expensive. Provenance: Adatto is one of the primary Delahaye experts, and his resources through the Mullin Museum and a lifetime of focus make him and Meredith trustworthy guides. Fit and finish: As with the rest of the series from the museum around French automobile history, the book has an elegant, simple design without adornment, and the Furman photos are beautifully printed. Drivability: Yes, the price is daunting, and the book may not be for everyone to own. It was published in 2006, and the price reflects a strong resale market. The $493 quote was the lowest price on offer, but if you start your search as if chasing the rumor of a real Delahaye sitting neglected in a barn somewhere, you might find a bargain. The history of the company is interesting, and the book tracks the history of ownership and restoration of the various models featured as well, giving you a sense of the passion of owners and would-be owners. But mostly it’s page after page of senseless, often auda- cious, beauty. Make that addictive beauty. ♦ 44 Sports Car Market


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Affordable Classic The MGB Plenty of Fun — But No Adoration The MGB is fun — and easy to repair and upgrade. But everyone will wonder why you didn’t spring for the Miata by Nick Jaynes 1963 MGB Affordabl Affordabl Affordabl Affordabl Affordabl Affordabl Affordabl Affordabl assic The MGB Plenty of Fun — But No Adoration The MGB is fun — and easy to repair and upgrade. But everyone will wonder why you didn’t spring for the Miata by Nick Jaynes 1963 MGB The TR6, I quickly di ordable Classic The MGB Plenty of Fun — But No Adoration The MGB is fun — and easy to repair and upgrade. But everyone will wonder why you didn’t spring for the Miata by Nick Jaynes 1963 MGB The The TR6, I quickly discovered, carried asking prices well above where my gut pegged their value. After having called on a couple for sale online, I got the distinct sense that virtually every TR6 was on the market for one of two reasons: • The seller heard TR6 values were up, so they were keen to make an 800% profit — no matter the condition of their TR6. • The seller’s significant other was forcing them to get rid of the car. In classic passive-aggressive marital compliance, the seller was asking a “Don’t you even dare call me” price. Hint taken. I scratched TRs off the list and moved on. Jensen-Healey craziness Jensen-Healeys came with their own bizarre set of sellers. Having suffered through several 70-minute conversations, I got the distinct sense that, if the earth’s air and surface were poisoned to the extent that it was unable to sustain human life, Jensen people would be the first to move underground. Because, as we chatted, I intuited that terrestrial life was almost too much for Jensen owners. Although perfectly affable, I had the feel- ing that not only would these folks not mind the mole-person lifestyle, they might actually revel in it. It’s the subterranean equivalent of “How Stella Got Her Groove Back.” Just replace lovely, sun-kissed Stella with a balding man named Randy, substitute falling in love with a shirtless Taye Diggs with foraging for 48 Details Years produced: 1962–74 (chrome-bumper cars); 1975–80 (rubber-bumper cars). The MGB-GT was made in 1965–67 and 1968–74 generations Price when new: $2,670 in 1968; $5,649 in 1979 Pros: A cheap, fun driver that makes great noises Cons: Lots of horrible beaters out there. Look hard for a good one and then take care of it. Best place to drive one: On that winding, two-lane road that leads away from the Jensen-Healey club meeting. Worst place to drive one: To a Mazda Miata club meeting. A typical owner is: Pondering the purchase of lowering springs and never stores his MGB outside. 1971 MGB convertible, sold for $8,800 at the 2018 W. Yoder Auctions Spring Classic Sale in Wautoma, WI Sports Car Market grubs and you get the picture. Really, though, it was the dread of having to sit through hours of dual-overhead-cam Lotus engine discussions at owners’ group luncheons that scared me away from the marque. Down to the MGB With Jensens off the list, I was down to the MGB. Most examples, I found, were basket cases that needed everything. Do some diligent, off-season Internet sleuthing, as I did, and you can find a good one. Still, even a well-cared-for MG can be a mixed bag.


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I had a friend who lived down the street from me in Michigan who owned two MGs; a Midget and an MGB GT. Not one of them ran or drove for more than maybe 90 minutes the entire two years we were neighbors. This in spite of his pouring thousands into the cars all year long. Whether this was a symptom of my friend’s eagerness to never re- ally finish either project — or the shiftlessness of MG engineers — I couldn’t fully ascertain. Mine ran wonderfully the entire time I owned it, requiring only a few repairs over the years. Chief among them was replacing the leaky fuel tank. That only took a day or two to complete. I lived with my always-running MG for several years, and I came to love it. The taut and clicky action of shifting through the 4-speed gearbox mixed with the exhaust note of an uncorked MG 4-cylinder is what I found really enchanting about the car. The SCM Pocket Price Guide pegs 1968–74 chrome-bumper Bs with a median price of $8,500. Rubber-bumper models from 1975 to ’80 can be had around $7,000. And GT models, depending on the generation, are anywhere from $6,500 to $9,000. 1979 MGB convertible, sold for $8,140 at Leake’s Dallas, TX, auction in 2017 Plenty of parts, upgrades Because MG built over a half million Bs between 1962 and 1980, parts are readily available. Furthermore, there are enough sane people in the community around the globe that you can troubleshoot virtually any problem on one of the owners’ forums within a few hours. Plus, it’s pretty easy to add performance upgrades to your MGB. MG offered the B with the all-aluminum Rover V8 — the same motor under the hood of virtually every U.S.-market ’90s Land Rover — for three years. Those Landies are now a dime a dozen. So you can snag a V8 powerplant for your B for a song. Just be ready to do a head job every 80,000 miles. That is, if you ever drive it that much. If you do get an MGB, I recommend you invest in lowering springs. The U.S.-market MGB ride height, a consequence of crash-safety regulations, is almost laughable. At stock U.S. ride height, the B looks as if it were sprung for the Dakar Rally rather than carving country roads. As with any affordable classic, however, don’t expect values to rise on the B much over the next couple of years. What’s more, don’t expect to be looked upon with lust or envy by youthful passersby. You’ll own what amounts to a worse-built Miata. You might have a brilliant time driving it. Just don’t expect to have that brilliance reflected back at you in the faces of onlookers. Still, could be worse. You could be one of those Jensen-Healey maniacs. ♦ August 2019 49


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Legal Files John Draneas Menacing the Highways German police seized 120 sports cars during an organized rally after some participants drove recklessly And hindsight tells us that the organizers were running more risk that participants would break the rules with their selection policy: “Eurorally’s aim is to have participating cars that are able to stand out in a crowd, meaning that ordinary cars that are not in any way modified, styled or tuned will not be allowed to participate.” The German police are investigating whether this “holiday excursion” might more properly be categorized as an illegal race. Bringing it all back home Things can get wilder in Europe, but things are more staid here in the good old U.S. of A., aren’t they? (Okay, let’s just ignore the Cannonball Run as an outlier.) Should we worry about U.S. car rallies? Car rallies are becoming increasingly popular, and an increasing number of car clubs and organizations are heading out onto the road. We’ve all been on them, we’ve all had great fun, and we’ve all Eurorally 2019 were met with a huge surprise as they traveled the A20 east of Wismar, Germany — they all got busted! German police were not pleased by reports from other drivers that B the Eurorally participants were driving dangerously and scaring the bejeezus out of everyone else on the road at speeds reported as high as 155 mph. So they pulled them all over and seized 120 Ferraris, Porsches, Lamborghinis, Audis, Corvettes and other sports cars. Eurorally 2019 started in Oslo, Norway, taking participants to Gothenburg, Sweden, on the first day. From there, the cars are taken on an overnight cruise to Kiel, Germany. The second day would have taken participants from Kiel to Szczecin, Poland, the third day to Legnica, Poland, and the fourth day to Prague in the Czech Republic. But they never made it out of Germany. More than 50 police officers had set up stationary and mobile checkpoints along the route watching for street-racing incidents, and were assisted by two helicopters. The participants were busted between Wismar and Rostock, Germany, leaving us to wonder how they finished off the rest of the tour. A rose is a rose… The Eurorally website attempted to set the appropriate tone for the event: • “Eurorally is not a competition!” • “Eurorally as an organization is simply a holiday planner for car enthusiasts.” • “Eurorally is an event for car enthusiasts who like to travel by car to experience new destinations alongside other petrolheads.” • “We aim to give you a once-in-a-lifetime experience holiday consisting of great events taking place in multiple countries along the route!” That all sounds like sane, clean fun, but then the disclaimers come in: • “The Eurorally organization is only responsible for planning and organizing hotels and events.” • “Everything you do during this holiday will be your own responsibility.” • “Eurorally cannot be held responsible for any violations in any country on the route.” 50 efore you read any further, let me make one point crystal clear — this column has absolutely nothing to do with the SCM 1000 Tour. Feel free to participate. I’m going. At the other end of the spectrum, participants in the witnessed examples of ill-advised driving. There haven’t been many stories of really bad incidents, but is it just a matter of time before something horrible happens? McKeel Hagerty, CEO of Hagerty Classic Car Insurance, is con- cerned. “I’ve participated in them. They’re fun. But … they’re risky.” He’s seen “some stupid stuff” and “people acting like fools.” Although he is an insurance guy, Hagerty’s main concern is about the future of these events. “If something really bad happens, it might kill off all these events. That would be a very bad thing for the hobby.” Are you covered? Let’s say you are driving your collector car on a car rally and you have an incident. Are you covered? Hagerty sees it as difficult for an insurance company to deny cover- age, since you’re driving on public roads and not a racetrack. There are a lot of court cases all around the country that have upheld denials of coverage for incidents that occurred during street drag races, but that isn’t what you see with sports-car drivers. “It’s too easy to debate whether something is racing or not,” Hagerty says. Are you liable for the other guy? Now, let’s say you and another driver are on the same rally, driving together, very fast, passing other cars, and the other driver gets into a crash that injures another party. Are you liable for the harm caused by the other driver because you were “racing?” There was no racetrack, no timing facilities and no finish line that would make it a race. This was nothing more than “spirited driving.” Or was it? In a 2000 Oregon Court of Appeals case, two guys were driving their pickups at “excessive speeds” (75–80 mph), repeatedly passing cars in tandem, when they came upon a gasoline tanker. The lead truck passed and the second truck followed in his draft. The second truck didn’t make it, and caused a head-on collision that killed two of the occupants of the oncoming vehicle. The Court of Appeals ruled that this conduct constituted “racing,” which the two drivers were doing “in concert.” That made the driver of the lead truck, which did not crash, legally responsible for the harm caused by the second driver. Unclear about just what all this means, I turned to my law partner, Robert Perkins, for an explanation. Perkins is an accomplished civil litigator, who handles many personal-injury cases when he isn’t handling my friends’ and clients’ speeding tickets. Perkins says, “It’s complicated, but here’s how it works: “Generally, one person isn’t responsible for another person’s tor- Sports Car Market


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tious [legally wrongful] behavior. One exception is when two people are acting in concert and engage in tortious behavior. But even if the two are acting in concert, there is no joint liability if what they are doing together is lawful.” So far, clear as mud. Here’s the example Perkins gives: Say Bonnie and Clyde want to burglarize Keith’s house. Only problem is, they don’t have a car. So they approach their friend, Chump, and ask, “Hey, Chump, would you do us a favor and give us a ride to Keith’s house?” Chump agrees, drops them off, and they break into and burglarize Keith’s house. Although Chump acted “in concert” with them, he isn’t liable for the theft because his conduct — giving them a ride — was lawful. Perkins relates this to our experience: “So say you’re on this rally and the car next to you crashes. Your conduct (driving on the street) was entirely lawful, so you’re off the hook. Basically, your actions did not drive his actions. “Now, let’s say Chump later sees Bonnie and Clyde at a bar and learns that they burglarized Keith’s house after he dropped them off. They even give him $500 as a share for his ‘assistance.’ A couple days later, Chump sees them again and they ask, ‘Hey, Chump, would you do us a favor and give us a ride to John’s house?’ Now that he knows what they are up to, Chump is acting ‘in concert’ with them on the burglary, not just the ride.” In our rally example, once you and the other driver start driving crazy together, it becomes joint participation in an unlawful activity. When the other driver crashes and injures a third party, you might be held liable. Organizer liability Rally organizers are usually protected from liability because they are engaging in lawful activity — organizing a group driving tour. They legitimately expect participants to obey the laws, and can’t know that some won’t. But let’s say they’ve organized this event several times, and they know from past experience that people routinely do “stupid stuff” and “act like fools,” as Hagerty describes. “Now they may have crossed the line,” Perkins says. “It starts to look like they are acting in concert with the known bad drivers by creating the environment for them to engage in their now-expected unlawful behavior. At some point, you start to look like the person who hires the known sex offender to manage their day-care center — you’ve given him everything he needs to molest innocent children.” Hagerty says organizers can easily protect themselves with some common-sense event-management actions: Pay attention to what is going on. Be clear with participants that they are expected to obey the law. Most important — enforce the rules. If people drive dangerously, boot them from the event. How much should you worry? Short answer — some. There aren’t many cases where liability for another person’s bad driving has been established, but there is an increasing likelihood of that happening as car rallies proliferate and gain more visibility. “This may not be the best image for our collector-car world,” Hagerty says. “We risk people seeing us as just a bunch of wealthy people acting badly and endangering others.” There’s an old legal saying — “Hard cases make bad law.” When an innocent person suffers great injury, but the law doesn’t really hold the person who caused the injury liable, the judge and jury can try very hard to tweak the law to create liability where it otherwise doesn’t exist. Then the rest of us have to live with the new rules. ♦ JOHN DRANEAS is an attorney in Oregon. He can be reached through www.draneaslaw.com. His comments are general in nature and are not intended to substitute for consultation with an attorney. August 2019 51


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Unconventional Wisdom Donald Osborne Collector-Car Cultural Exchange Many old Japanese buildings are built of very fragile materials, so much has been replaced during repair and with age setting in the city of Kyoto and at the Nijo-jo Castle wonderfully reinforces that theme. Last year’s show highlighted Carrozzeria Touring, with vintage models sharing the limelight with the company’s latest offerings. Head of Design Louis de Fabribeckers was on hand as a judge. This year’s star classes were the 100th Anniversary of Zagato and the marque Lamborghini. In the presence of honored guest Andrea Zagato, grandson of the company’s founder, the spectacular 1965 Lamborghini 3500GTZ of SCMer Bill Pope took home Best of Show, Best in Class, Race & Prototypes and Best Zagato. The founder and guiding light of the Concorso is the brilliant young artist Hidetomo Kimura. He is also quite passionate about Italian cars. Kimura has an enviable collection of modern and vintage Italian cars. He has participated in the Mille Miglia, exhibited at Pebble Beach and Villa d’Este and is determined to elevate the concours experience in Japan and all of Asia. To that end, under the able tutelage of Italian master col- East meets West in a spectacular display and setting T his past April saw the third edition of the Concorso d’Eleganza Kyoto, and I was privileged once again to be a member of the international judging team. The world does not lack for concours events, and any additions to the car-show calendar must have a good reason for being there. I know this better than many, as I have worked in the organization of several such events, including seven years as a Consultant Director of the Fairfield County Concours d’Elegance in Connecticut. My latest adventure is Concours Chairman of the inaugural Audrain’s Newport Concours and Motor Week in Rhode Island — to be held in early October. All of us participate in concours for reasons as varied as those cars we hold near and dear. But the reality is that they are not adding days to months and months to years anytime soon, so some basic rules of space and time apply. We cannot go everywhere and do everything. A car experience of any kind — like a lasting product, service or brand — must have a Unique Selling Proposition. Making it memorable So what makes any concours memorable and a must-return event? Well, let’s just talk about Kyoto. From the first Kyoto Concours in December 2016, organizers wanted to establish traditional Western concours culture in Japan. Japan’s classiccar owners have long been passionate about old cars — but they have expressed that enthusiasm in a manner rather different than we have in the U.S. and Europe. Their lofty aim is to eventually have Kyoto stand as one of three legs in a global stool — the others being Villa d’Este and Pebble Beach. It is always good to have a dream, and it might be possible to achieve this one. The question for me — someone who has been both thrilled and hon- ored to have been a part of this event from its beginning — is what that Kyoto Concours would look like. Venue is very important to a concours, and as I have written here before, the UNESCO World Heritage Site Nijo-jo Castle in Kyoto, begun in 1603, is a stunning one. In fact, it might be the cornerstone to how this young show might make a solid place for itself in the collector-car firmament. Kyoto is renowned for artisan craftsmanship, and as such, it is perfectly natural to associate the Concorso with custom coachwork. The beautiful 52 lector Corrado Lopresto, he has enlisted many experienced concours judges and design professionals from Italy, the U.K., France, Switzerland, the United States and Japan, myself included, to bring our thoughts, ideas and sensibilities to Kyoto in order to help inculcate that high-level “Western” concours culture. This year’s Kyoto Jury chair was none other than Sandra Button, Chairman of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. The group also included Lorenzo Ramaciotti, former head of design for Pininfarina and jury chair at Villa d’Este. The cars shown in the three editions of the show have steadily grown in stature and polish. They have always been interesting. Learning from the Japanese But this year, while inspecting the cars, meeting some of the Japanese owners and touring historic temples, palaces and gardens in Kyoto, a new feeling came over me. Our goal is educating Japanese collectors and enthusiasts about Western standards of concours d’elegance presentation. But what if we were to learn something from the Japanese approach to historic objects? In considering “preservation” and “restoration,” we can find a vast difference between their ways to ours. As an example, historic buildings in Japan may be many hundreds — or even thousands — of years old. As they are built of very fragile materials, in normal maintenance and use much has been replaced during repair and with age. Nevertheless, they are not considered “replicas” or “reconstructions” if they have a continuous, known history. This is an attribute that is only now becoming accepted in the West. Might we not learn somehow from this and see how it applies to the Japanese attitude toward classic-car collecting — and perhaps take a closer look at how we use, maintain and judge our cars? I saw a very rare early 1950s custom-bodied sports racing car that ap- peared to have never been restored. Instead, the car was maintained and refurbished as necessary over its lifetime. The current Japanese owner took his highest delight in driving the car in rallies, so it appeared parked at the show with the Velcro tape still evident from the rally clock that was removed before the car was driven into the display area. Obviously, we would prefer not to see that — but how far should we go in covering up, ignoring or denying that an historic car was still being used for the purpose for which it was built? I won’t attempt an answer here — but I hope to spark a spirited discussion. ♦ Sports Car Market


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Drivers Ed Paul Hageman Cutting Through the Noise When we don’t offer cars through the right avenues, we’re just adding to the noise listed for sale in various places, it’s very hard to gauge overall turnover. So are there more cars for sale than there used to be, or are they just more obviously for sale? I remember last year sometime, my father and I took a Ford Model A pickup in trade, and I thought, “Hmm, maybe I’ll go to Hemmings to list it,” I was astonished by just how many similar cars were already for sale there. I just did a quick search — and turned up 321 Model As. Remember, that’s just through one source. I think it’s reasonable to assume more sellers have gravi- tated toward digital platforms that offer a broader reach. So perhaps the number of cars available at any one time hasn’t changed — we’re just more likely to see them. And it’s never been as confusing The problem is, though, that nothing seems unusual or hard T to find. As a buyer, the mistake is believing that’s the case. At any given time, yes, there is a lot for sale, but when you really look closely, it’s still incredibly hard to find a genuine, highquality example of just about anything. And, frankly, when we don’t offer cars through the right here’s a lot of noise out there today, and while I could be talking about almost any subject, the collector-car market feels particularly saturated. I have touched on the overwhelming number of live auctions in other columns, but the growth in online car sales has been similarly significant. It seems like there’s a new player in the game every few months. While Bring a Trailer is still the best known and most widely used, there are now multiple online auction companies for collector cars. Some sites are exclusive to a particular marque or genre of car. Even BaT has recently unveiled “Premium” offerings to perhaps compete with some of the high-end live-auction companies. Many of those live-auction houses now offer online bidding during the sale. But auctions aren’t solely responsible for the huge number of cars on offer. There are countless dealer websites or other companies offering online and print classifieds. In addition to auction catalogs, mailers turn up with regularity from various sources. And our inboxes are taxed with all the promotional emails intended to keep us engaged and aware. On top of all of that, we have social media. Since I wrote the article on the Instagram Effect, we’ve seen the life span of a social-media platform for collector cars go from up-and-coming to completely oversaturated, and unfortunately, it now, too, is dominated by “influencers.” It’s never been easier to find cars So unsurprisingly, one of the more common questions I’m asked by friends and clients is how best to approach selling a particular car. When you think of all the ways to sell collector cars today — and all the cars that are currently for sale — that’s a really hard question to answer. For the most part, I do believe each of the various types of marketers has their strengths and weaknesses, as do the individuals or individual companies operating in those spaces. A BMW E30 M3, Packard Caribbean and an Alfa Giulietta Sprint, for example, should not all be sold through the same avenue, which may seem obvious enough, but I often see a car on offer in what seems to be the absolute wrong place. Another common question I’m asked is whether I find that cars are selling. Obviously auctions offer real results, but given all the cars 54 avenues, we’re doing the greater market a disservice — we’re just adding to the noise. We might have more options when it comes to selling cars, but it only makes it harder to do it right. From the method, purveyor, description and photos to the price — it’s easy to go wrong. What, where, how and when When you’re looking to go to market, you should be considering all of the following: • Who is your target audience, and where are they most likely to see your car? • How many other similar cars are currently for sale and where? • What makes your car different from the others available? (And if your car isn’t necessarily more special, then you’ve really got to nail it on the price.) I think it’s reasonable to assume more sellers have gravitated toward digital platforms that offer a broader reach. So perhaps the number of cars available at any one time hasn’t changed — we’re just more likely to see them. • Are you comfortable marketing the car on your own or do you prefer a more hands-off approach? • Is your title work in order? As you can see, selling a car is a nuanced process. If there weren’t so many variables, I’d have loved to be more prescriptive and specific in this article and have written a guide to selling your car — unfortunately it really is a case-by-case sort of thing. I feel like I’m not-so-discreetly advocating for my own kind, and I don’t like to, but honestly speaking, those of us in the business tend to offer a lot of advice that’s pretty helpful when it comes to selling a car. So while we await your calls, all of us in the business should be giving more thought to how much noise we’re contributing. ♦ Sports Car Market


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Feature The SCM Interview / Matt Backhaus The Best of Both Worlds Matt Backhaus is known for flawless Pebble Beach restorations, fire-breathing hot rods and a sharp eye for detail by Chester Allen W ay back in the 1980s, an Iowa kid fell in love with muscle cars. Then he fell in love with working on and restoring muscle cars. Then he started building hot rods. Then Matt Backhaus got into restoring European sports cars. He started working at SilverStone, John Ling’s European-car restoration shop in Waukesha, WI. He took the shop over in 1999 and changed its name to StreetWorks. Backhaus, now 50, is a top restorer — his work has graced the lawn at Pebble Beach — and a top hot-rod builder. He’s also this month’s SCM Interview: makes prize-winning hot rods — and does restorations of Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance class winners. How did this happen? I’m not sure if I’m the only one; however, we excel at both restorations and hot-rod builds. Building hot rods was the passion that got me into the business, but concours restorations have always been a strong part of what we’ve done here. The focus of the business has shifted more toward Pebble Beach Concours-style restorations throughout our 20 years. world? Were you always involved in both worlds? I started with a love for muscle cars in the mid-’80s. Especially Plymouth Road Runners. I did dabble in muscle-car restoration in my youth, mainly on my own cars. I loved working on the cars as much as I enjoyed driving them. They were a creative outlet. Is it more challenging to design and build something like the Devil’s Beast hot rod or bring a less-than-perfect car up to Pebble Beach standards? The Italian/European concours restorations are by far the most chal- lenging to build. It takes a tremendously skilled team of craftsmen to restore these classics to a concours standard. Building unobtainable parts to precise specifications requires years of skill development. 58 “Building hot rods was the passion that got me into the business, but concours restorations have always been a strong part of what we’ve done here. The focus of the business has shifted more toward Pebble Beach Concoursstyle restorations throughout our 20 years.” Sports Car Market Was your start in the hot-rod world or the restorations I’m willing to bet that you’re the only shop owner who tion? I am passionate about all of them, but I do love Bizzarrinis. Do you have a favorite classic or sports-car restora- What is your favorite hot rod? The one in my garage. I’ve always been a fan of loud and fast cars. What kind of training did you do to enter this world? I began wet-sanding as a high-school job in a small automotive col


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lision shop called Curly’s Auto Body in the small town of Afton, Iowa. He began to teach me many of the fundamentals of bodywork at an early age, and I was able to build on these skills throughout my career. Beach? Why? We restore primarily post-war exotics, so to see one of those win Best What are your future goals for your shop? The endless pursuit of perfection keeps us driven. We place a lot of focus on developing our team to become the best-trained personnel in the business. Do you collect cars? If so, do you have a favorite? I have a small collection of cars that are quite diverse. Everything I own was either built by or restored by me. My current favorite is a 1962 Buick Skylark Kustom I put a lot of miles on in the summer. How long have you worked in this industry? I began working in the automotive industry in 1985. It’s been over 30 years now and the passion is still there. Would you rather win a Ridler or Best in Show Pebble of Show at Pebble Beach seems almost unimaginable. Maybe one day the right post-war car will cross our path. Do you have a family? Yes, I have a wife and two wonderful children. They are very supportive and love the cars. What are you working on right now? The shop has numerous projects ongoing, including Lamborghini, Ferrari, Maserati and Lancia restorations, to name a few. One of the highlights includes a re-creation of a Maserati A6 Pininfarina Berlinetta. like this? When I was growing up, our neighbor had a body shop in his back- yard while I was in elementary school. I inevitably ended up spending some time over there and enjoyed seeing many great cars come through the shop. My mother also loved Plymouth Road Runners, so I was cursed at a young age. would be your co-pilot? I would love to participate in the Mille Miglia in Italy with my wife as my co-pilot. To learn more about StreetWorks, visit www.streetworksexotics.com. ♦ What would be your favorite drive or road trip? Who When you were a kid, did you see yourself doing stuff August 2019 59


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Feature 2019 Keels & Wheels Concours Smooth Sailing No other concours mixes mahogany boats and an eclectic display of celebrity cars, customs and classics Story and photos by Carl Bomstead of gangster Al Capone’s many vehicles. A favorite was Elvis Presley’s yellow 1971 DeTomaso Pantera. “The King” acquired the car for then-girlfriend Linda Thompson. Seems that when the errant Pantera failed to start, Elvis took his pistol and shot the car three times. According to legend, the car then started — but the bullet holes remain. A few of the other interesting cars presented included a class- winning 1913 Pierce-Arrow 48 that had traversed the country several times on tours — and a 1962 Porsche 356 with a canoe on top that was longer than the car. The Mullin Automotive Museum brought a 1931 Bugatti Type 49 and the engine was a thing of beauty — with 16 spark plugs. Dennis Flolo displayed his 2006 Great Eight Ridler Award 1950 Chevrolet coupe “Victory.” A 502-ci bigblock Chevy was tucked under the hood, and every inch of the car received a custom touch. Lamborghini, Bentley and Shelby were the featured marques. A dozen Lamborghinis, including boldly colored No other event so delightfully combines vintage craft of land and water F Car. Almost 200 automobiles were presented in their appropriate classes. The Stutz Class was five cars from the Richard and Irina Mitchell Collection. They ranged from a yellow 1915 Bearcat with a monocle windshield to the famed 1932 DV32 Bearcat, which ended up with the class award. Several celebrity cars were present, including Red Skelton’s Rolls-Royce and one Details Plan ahead: The 25th Annual Keels & Wheels is scheduled for May 2–3, 2020. Where: The Lakewood Yacht Club, Seabrook, TX Number of entries: About 200 cars and about 60 wooden boats Cost: Admission is $40 at the gate and $30 online Web: www.keels-wheels.com Best in Show European: Craig Thompson’s 1936 MercedesBenz 500K Special Roadster 60 Best in Show American: Billy Hibbs’ 1966 Ford GT40 Mk I Road Car Sports Car Market or 24 years, the Keels & Wheels Concours d’Elegance has shown glistening mahogany boats and dazzling automobiles. This is a unique event without equal. This year’s version came to life on May 4–5 at the Lakewood Yacht Club in Seabrook, TX — just a short drive down NASA Parkway from the famed LBJ Space Center. Friday night tornado warnings put everyone on edge, but the weekend was clear with a slight breeze. Ideal weather attracted appreciative supporters on Saturday and Sunday. Noted mystery author Clive Cussler was the grand marshal and long lines formed at his two autograph sessions. Duke, the Cussler family’s beautiful German Shepherd, was there to meet and greet. The Cusslers also displayed their very unusual 1919 Locomobile 48-6 Fender Town Miuras, Diablos and a Huracán Spyder, were a dazzling sight indeed. The Keels & Wheels Concours awards a Best in Show for both American and European entries. The European award was presented to Craig Thompson for his stunning 1936 Mercedes-Benz 500K Special Roadster. The car was restored from an original frame and engine over a six-year period. There was little left of the body, so it was an arduous task to complete the car. The American Best in Show was awarded to Billy Hibbs for his 1966 Ford GT40 Mark I Road Car. It was one of 30 produced by Ford Advanced Vehicles to meet the FIVA requirements for the 24 Hours of Le Mans. It had been modified for track use, and Hibbs re- stored it back to its original configuration. The restorer mentioned the difficulty of changing over 1,000 different parts — including finding the correct seating and carpets. It was the only one finished in Metallichrome Toledo Blue, and it was a smash. Next year is the Silver Anniversary for Keels & Wheels, and it will be spectacular. Don’t miss it! ♦


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Feature 2019 Revs Institute Symposium High on Revs by Donald Osborne The author (far right) conducts a discussion with fellow vintage-car aficionados at the Revs Symposium No matter how important you may be in the outside world, you come here to discover what you never knew before A primary goal — indeed, requirement — of a writer is to have the ability to express in words an experience that the reader has not lived. I certainly do not think myself to be much more than a capable and enthusiastic writer — one whose passion for the subjects about which I write might make up for any lack of true transcendence in expression. However, even my modest appreciation of my writing skills falls away when pre- sented with the challenge of explaining to readers of this magazine what it was like to be a part of the 10th Revs Institute Biennial Meaningful Car Symposium. Held March 3–6 in Naples, FL, in the museum housing the Collier Collection, these remarkable gatherings of the truly passionate and committed devotees of the collector vehicle have been going on for 20 years now. I consider myself fortunate indeed to have now served twice on the faculty, and I can say that I’ve learned at least twice as much during the symposiums than I may have imparted to the attendees. This year’s theme was “Preserving the Future of the Past for Meaningful Cars.” Learning from one another Miles Collier and his team have an unrivalled talent for assembling just the right mix of professionals in the field, collectors and fascinating “outsiders.” This combination of people creates a unique atmosphere of learning and idea exchange. Egos are left in the parking lot. And that is saying a great deal, given the personalities that participate in the Symposium. No matter how important you may be outside, you’re here to discover what you never knew before. And everyone is perfectly okay with that. The attitude that prevails at the Symposium comes from the man (and woman) at the top. Miles and Parker Collier are serious — but in the best possible way, as none of it is attached to pretentiousness. Anyone who owns — and shares and uses — some of the most extraordinary vehicles on the planet and still shows the excitement and enthusiasm of a small child about them immediately puts it all into perspective. Something that sets this event apart from any other is the collection, workshop and library where it takes place. To have so many remarkable cars as an integral, immediately accessible part of the conversation brings every topic to vivid life in a way almost impossible somewhere else. Protecting and promoting cars This year also saw the official launch of the initiative introduced last August at 62 Pebble Beach: “Revs 2.0.” Miles Collier opened the Symposium with an address that was a stirring battle cry for the assembled group to consider carefully the impact that a rapidly changing global environment might have on the collector-car community. Miles addressed the themes of encroaching commoditi- zation, and regulations that might prevent or severely limit the ability of future craftspeople to conserve and protect historic motor vehicles. Equally important was Collier’s call to protect and promote the automobile as an important, enduring cultural, intellectual and artistic artifact in a changing — and often hostile or uncaring — world. It was by no means a pessimistic or hopeless message. It was a call to action at a critical — and opportune — moment. To get “Revs 2.0” going, the attendees were asked if they wanted to participate in visioning sessions to help chart the direction of the new initiative, which received seed funding from the historic and record-setting sale of the Collier Collection Duesenberg SSJ at Gooding & Company’s Pebble Beach auction last August. That sale was a mark of the commitment the Colliers have to this venture, which, if even a handful of the opinions and ideas heard in the visioning sessions can be brought to life, could make a remarkable impact on how a vast number of people across the world interact with cars of historical and cultural interest. And from that presentation on the first night of the Symposium, the faculty and participants went on to share, explore, discuss and consider every aspect of what matters to all who are truly passionate about these vehicles we consider so central to our lives. When the 11th Symposium comes around in 2021, I hope to once again be a part of it. And if meaningful cars are a part of your DNA, I suggest you try to be there as well. After this year’s event, I feel even more hopeful that “The Future of the Past” looks brighter than ever. For more information, visit www.revsinstitute.org. ♦ Sports Car Market Maximilian Trullenque


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Feature Farewell, SCM’s Autozam AZ-1 It Takes a Global Village The Autozam AZ-1 brought cachet, joy, a blown head gasket and lots and lots of Japanese parts to SCM by Jeff Zurschmeide By the Numbers The collector car world is always pay to play. Here’s what the AutoZam cost SCM: Purchase price: $14,500 Parts and repair: $8,266 SCM sold the AutoZam on Bring a Trailer earlier this year for $19,250. 1992 Autozam AZ-1. A fun Japanese Kei car, but SCM rode it a bit too hard else has — and few have even seen — bestows a certain cachet. However, cachet comes at a price. It’s not that the car will necessar- O ily cost more to buy or repair, but when it comes time to make repairs, you’ve got a particular challenge in front of you. Finding the parts and expertise to get your car fixed properly requires resourcefulness, connections and persistence. This is the story of the SCM Autozam AZ-1. It’s an amazingly cool bit of 1990s JDM fun and games. The AZ-1 is a Kei car, made for urban Japanese to get around ef- ficiently — but also in style. Kei cars are limited to 660-cc engines, and they make a subcompact look big. For a time, Honda, Suzuki, Mazda and others all got into the Kei-car business. Autozam was a Kei sub-brand developed by Mazda, who borrowed the engine from Suzuki. The AZ-1 sports a turbocharged 657-cc, 3-cylinder engine good for 63 horsepower and 63 foot-pounds, paired with a 5-speed manual transmission. At 1,587 pounds curb weight, that’s enough for the car to be quick — if not fast. Autopia, anyone? Like many Kei cars, the AZ-1 looks like something Disney would dream up for the Tomorrowland Autopia. It’s got gullwing doors, a mildly garish body kit, mid-engine design, and that wonderful ’90s white-on-white-with-blue-accents trim that fairly screams “Yatta!” Who could resist it? Certainly not us. At least, not until you try to wedge a six-foot-tall American body behind the wheel or take it on a 700-mile trek from the Pacific Northwest to the 2018 Monterey Car Week. Thereby, as they say, hangs the tale. 64 Sports Car Market wning a rare, never-imported car is fun. You’re pretty much guaranteed to get friendly questions at the gas pump and a prime parking spot at Cars & Coffee. In the enthusiast world, having something that no one Suicide by head gasket “In Japan, the max speed limit for Kei Cars is 50 miles per hour, and I think they were doing maybe 60, 70 for like three hours,” said SCM staffer Brian Baker, who first acquired the AZ-1 for us. “I think it was just a recipe for disaster.” The short version is that the Autozam almost made it to the California border before blowing a head gasket and expiring by the side of the road in a cloud of steam. You can read the gory details in Keith’s blog, but the point of this story is how we fixed it. Japanese friends help To make the repairs, we took the Autozam to Mark Hatten of MPH Specialties in Portland, OR. “One of the things that I noticed right away was the elaborate catch can, a racing-oil vent, and PCV system,” Hatten said, “which usually means that somebody’s been using it at high rpm for an extended period


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of time.” Hatten also noticed the car had a massively oversized front sway bar, along with Rays racing wheels and plenty of upgraded hardware. “It has stainless-steel brake lines and brake pads, and a limited-slip rear axle,” Hatten says. “I’m assuming somebody autocrossed or raced it.” Hatten dropped the engine and transmission out of the car and made his shopping list. As expected, the bits we needed were not available at any local auto- parts store. Everything had to come from Japan. Baker took the lead on sourcing these particular needles from the Japanese haystack. “I buy a lot of stuff from Japan to begin with,” Baker said. “I buy stuff from Japan through multiple different networks, either through third-party websites or guys that I email who can order stuff. I use lots of Google translate to find the correct terms to use in Kanji or Katakana. On top of that, some of the very individual parts, you can’t find on auction sites or Amazon. You have to order them through a dealership. There’s one guy in a Facebook group for Autozams, and he lives in Japan. He ordered our parts from Suzuki/Mazda. I got the head gasket, a timing belt, water pump, and a couple miscellaneous pieces. He was the one who actually ordered them from Suzuki and then shipped it all to me.” Some Autozam parts are the same as Mazda or Suzuki pieces com- monly available in America, while others are harder to find. “It’s just knowing what interchange items you can use with localbased stuff,” Baker explains, “then ordering the rest that you need.” A fun car. Really There were a few mix-ups along the way, but eventually the right pieces arrived. With the correct parts in hand, Hatten proceeded to reassemble the Autozam, cleaning up some of the previous work along the way. In addition to the new gaskets and seals, a new blow-off valve has the forced-induction system working better than ever, while avoiding overpressure. With the car back together and on the road, Hatten was enthusiastic. “It’s a fantastic car,” he said. “I know we don’t fit in it like Japanese people do, but I can see that this is the Chevelle SS of Japan. With those sway bars and the good tires and everything, it handles amazingly well. The engine is right behind you, so you have mid-engine balance. I really want to take it to an autocross course and see what it can do. I’m sure it could fly.” Publisher Martin decided to find the Autozam another home before Hatten could autocross the car around Portland at 2 a.m. The moral of the story is that a gray-market sports car can be a barrel of fun, but you need to cultivate the network of people who can help you find the pieces you need to keep it going. It’s the truest expression of the enthusiast community. ♦ August 2019 65


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PROFILES IN THIS ISSUE Significant Sales That Provide a Snapshot of the Market FERRARI: 2017 Ferrari F12tdf, p. 70 ENGLISH: 1961 Jaguar E-Type 3.8 Flat-Floor Coupe, p. 72 ETCETERINI: 1958 Fiat-Abarth 750 GT Double-Bubble Series III Coupe, p. 74 GERMAN: 1934 Mercedes-Benz 290 Cabriolet D, p. 76 AMERICAN: 1930 Ruxton Model C Roadster, p. 78 RACE: 1969 Lotus Type 59 Formula 3, p. 82 NEXT GEN: 1960 Volkswagen Beetle Custom, p. 86 68 Sports Car Market


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Ferrari Profile Karissa Hosek ©2019, courtesy of RM Auctions 2017 Ferrari F12tdf RM’s F12tdf was a nearly-new car — and one of 799 made. It showed less than 900 miles and virtually no wear by Steve Ahlgrim Chassis number: ZFF81BFA3H0223691 SCM Condition for this car: 1 • 770-hp naturally aspirated V-12 • Finished in Bianco Avus over Rosso Ferrari leather • One of only of 799 built • Less than 900 miles from new • Heavily optioned example SCM Analysis This car, Lot 3108, sold for $975,000, including buyer’s premium, at RM Auctions’ Fort Lauderdale, FL, sale on March 29, 2019. 1992 saw the introduction of special-edition Ferrari production cars. These speciales used technology gained from Ferrari’s Challenge and FXX programs. The first example, the 348 Serie Speciale, was a ploy to coax a few more sales out of a waning 348 market, but as the program progressed, the speciales became eagerly anticipated and significant Ferrari models. The Ferrari stand at the 1992 Los Angeles Auto Show featured a new addition to the 348 series. The car was the 348 Serie Speciale, inspired by the 348 Challenge race car. The 348 Serie Speciale featured mild performance upgrades and a modest trim package. Only 100 editions of the model were built and all were sold in the United States. Speciales galore The F355 Serie Fiorano was the next Ferrari speciale model. The open-top Serie Fiorano inherited several 355 Challenge hand-medowns, including suspension, brakes, shocks and suede-covered steering wheel. One hundred were built. The speciale of the 360 series was the 360 Challenge Stradale. The Stradale was a race car for the street. Based on the 360 Challenge race car, the Stradale’s performance was ratcheted up with modifications to the car’s engine, aerodynamics, brakes, gearbox and weight. 70 Sports Car Market The Ferrari V8 line of speciales would next see the 430 Scuderia and 16M, followed by the 458 Speciale and Speciale A. Today the 488 Pista holds the speciale honor. All these models were enhanced with Challenge-derived technology. XX cars Ferrari’s XX program became the inspiration for their 12-cylinder speciales. In 2005, Ferrari introduced the FXX as a race version of their Enzo supercar. The FXX was built for wealthy clients to participate in exclusive, arrive-and-drive Ferrari-organized track days. After five years, the 599XX replaced the FXX. The 599XX was a super-evolved version of the 599 Fiorano. The knowledge learned in the development of the 599XX sparked the development of the next speciale, the 599 GTO. The 599 GTO is a street version of the 599XX. The limited-edition 599 GTO would only be available to Ferrari’s best customers.


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The F12berlinetta was in- troduced in 2012 as Ferrari’s flagship 12-cylinder GT. The F12berlinetta has a direct lineage to the drive to the track, race and drive home dualpurpose models that established Ferrari’s performance reputation. One of the 1950s-era 250 berlinettas was so successful in the Tour de France race that it would be nicknamed the 250 Tour de France. This honored name would be handed down to an F12 speciale, the F12tdf. Enter the F12tdf The F12’s heralded engine is a 6,262-cc unit that produces 731 hp at 8,250 rpm. In the F12, the engine delivers 62 mph in just 3.1 seconds and 124 mph in 8.5 seconds. The top speed is 211 mph. The F12 is faster around Ferrari’s Fiorano test track than a 599 GTO — and it is nearly two seconds quicker than a Ferrari Enzo supercar. Incorporated in the F12 is Ferrari’s HELE stop/start system, paddle shift, 7-speed, dual-clutch F1 transmission, F1-Trac traction control and improved carbon-ceramic brakes. Also standard are electronic limited-slip differential, ESP, ABS, and SCM-E magnetorheological There are only 799 tdfs in the whole world. Most were sold to Ferrari’s best customers. They are definitely trophy cars for a Ferrari collector and should maintain a high value. suspension. Downforce is made by an “Aero Bridge” under-body air channel. The channel increases downforce while exerting less drag than an external wing. “Active Brake Cooling” ducts keep the brakes cool while reducing aerodynamic drag. The tdf’s aerodynamic efficiency is nearly double the F12berlinetta’s. Progress is never ending at Ferrari, and it was inevi- table that a speciale model of the F12 would be developed. The new model was introduced in October of 2015 as the F12tdf. The tdf suffix paid homage to the 250 GT Tour de France. Living up to one of the most honored names in Ferrari World would not be easy, but Ferrari was up to the task. Tapping into the experience learned through the XX program, Ferrari again followed the race car for the street concept for the tdf. Extensive use of carbon fiber, aluminum and even lightweight interior material shaved 110 kilograms (242 pounds) off the berlinetta’s weight. The tdf used the same 6,262-cc engine as the F12berlinetta, with some added F1 tricks. Variablegeometry intake trumpets and race-inspired mechanical tappets helped bump the tdf’s hp by 38 to an incredible 769 hp. Shorter gear ratios and improved electronics reduced the tdf’s shifting speeds by 30% going up and 40% going down. Lust for three pedals? It’s estimated a full second of the tdf’s 0–60 mph time would be lost manually shifting. Transmission improvements were matched with chassis tuning and an innovative rear-wheel steering system known as Virtual Short Wheelbase. The tdf’s performance is startling. It will lap Ferrari’s test track an astonishing second and a half faster than the F12 berlinetta. It gets to 62 mph in a scant 2.9 seconds and goes to 124 mph in just 7.9 seconds. Even braking is extraordinary with 100 to 0 mph achieved in a cheek-pulling 32 seconds. Ferrari’s option list is quite extensive and expensive. Want a cup holder? Ferrari’s is carbon fiber and will run you $2,500. It’s easy to picture Publisher Martin wincing — and paying up. Options can easily add $75,000 to the list price. A nearly-new trophy RM’s F12tdf was a nearly-new car. It showed less than 900 miles and virtually no wear. The list of options was enough to satisfy most buyers. RM gave the car a $925,000 to $1,100,000 estimate. The $975,000 sale comfortably agrees with the estimate. A recent market survey showed more than 10 F12tdfs available. The asking prices went from the high-$800k range to $1,300,000. Some of the cars had delivery mileage and few show much more than 1,000 miles. There are only 799 tdfs in the whole world. Most were sold to Ferrari’s best customers. They are definitely trophy cars for a Ferrari collector and should maintain a high value. RM’s car sold right on the money with little room for complaint on either side. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of RM Auctions.) Steve Ahlgrim wrote his first story for SCM in 2002, and he’s been our Ferrari Guy for years. August 2019 71 2017 Ferrari F12tdf coupe Lot 4427, s/n ZFF81BFA7H0219708 Condition 2+ Not sold at $1,100,000 Russo and Steele, Newport Beach, CA, 6/8/18 SCM# 6872522 Details Years produced: 2016–17 Number produced: 799 Original list price: $492,450 base Current SCM Median Valuation: $1,212,500 Tune-up cost: $3,500 Distributor caps: N/A Chassis # location: On top of steering column Engine # location: Rear engine mount Club Info: Ferrari Club of America, Ferrari Owner’s Club Website: www.ferrariclubofamerica.org, www.ferrariownersclub.org Alternatives: 2011 Bugatti Veyron, 2017 Lamborghini Centenario coupe, 2014 McLaren P1, 2014 Pagani Huayra coupe SCM Investment Grade: B Comps 2017 Ferrari F12tdf coupe Lot 6421, s/n ZFF81BFA1H0228999 Condition 1- Not sold at $1,017,500 Russo and Steele, Scottsdale, AZ, 1/16/19 SCM# 6891084 2016 Ferrari F12tdf coupe Lot 125, s/n ZFF81BFA0G0219337 Condition 1 Sold at $1 million RM Sotheby’s, New York, NY, 12/6/17 SCM# 6854017


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English Profile Courtesy of Bonhams 1961 Jaguar E-Type 3.8 Flat-Floor Coupe The buyer wasn’t bothered about the lost flat floor — or knew that putting the pans right will only cost a few grand by Paul Hardiman Chassis number: 860028 SCM Condition for this car: 2 T his rare early E-type left the factory in November 1961 finished in Gunmetal metallic with red trim. Its late owner purchased the car from The E-type Centre, Chilcote, Staffordshire, in November 2002 (purchase receipt on file). Previously registered EMM 8, the car had been fully restored by The E-Type Centre immediately prior to delivery, as evidenced by their accompanying photographic record (perusal recommended). A baremetal respray was carried out as part of the restoration and the following upgrades were fitted: Kenlowe cooling fan, electronic ignition, Coopercraft 4-pot brake calipers with Kevlar pads, stainless-steel exhaust, Thatcham Category 1 alarm, Polybushes front and rear, halogen headlamps, door mirrors, chromed wire wheels, alternator conversion, and a Series 2 brake servo conversion (detailed invoice on file). Following the completion of the restoration, the E-type was used sparingly and for most of the past 16 years has been kept inside a Carcoon when not in use. SCM Analysis This car, Lot 15, sold for $150,317, including buyer’s premium, at Bonhams’ Goodwood Members’ Meeting sale in Chichester, U.K., on April 7, 2019. I am the size of a younger Colin Chapman, but even I struggle to get into an E-type coupe with any grace. When you’re wearing one they’re fab — Spitfire pilots would feel right at home, I suspect. But it’s the putting one on that can be a problem, as they’re a bit of a squeeze until you’re seated. Beginning early in 1962, Jaguar addressed this by indenting the rear 72 Sports Car Market bulkhead to allow more seat travel — and creating floor pans that were sunken by about two inches, dropping the driver’s heels to create the impression of more legroom. Nothing could be done about the shallow doors, which require you to feed in one leg at a time. I’ve no idea how ladies in short skirts manage. A gentleman generally finds something suddenly arresting on the horizon, but it’s something I shall look into one day. About 2,000 E-types were built before the pans were extended, and it’s thought that only 631 of these were right-hand drive; just 175 are reckoned to have been coupes, of which this is the 28th, according to the chassis number 860028 (85 is a right-hand drive 3.8 roadster, 86


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a right-hand-drive 3.8 coupe. Left-hand-drive 3.8 cars start at 87 and 88). That’s out of about 72,500 E-types total. Inevitably, given the eleva- tion of rarity and exclusivity over sensibility and pragmatism in the collecting world, the result has been that the early cars with flat floors, even more so the first couple of hundred with the outside bonnet locks as well, are the most collectible — even though they are the hardest to live with. Don’t get me started on Series I brakes. Or headlights. Seriously, if you want an E-type to drive instead of to pose with or lust over as an objet d’art, get a Series II. They’re cheaper, too. Let’s not get into the coupe/roadster (sorry, Open Two Seater) debate. To my mind, the Series I coupe as Lyons and Sayer intended is the purest and most beautiful of the E-types, and the ragtop is an afterthought, though less so than the pregnant-looking 2+2. The market says most people don’t agree, as roadster versions of anything attract up to a 100% price premium over the hard tops. In the case of Series I E-types, it’s only about 50%, which suggests there are a few folk on my side. It WAS a flat-floor coupe Anyway, this is a rare early flat-floor coupe. Except it isn’t. Probably, and from an ergonomic point of view, wisely, the restorer elected to use later dropped floor pans when rebuilding the car in 2002. Hopefully that was done after talking with whoever owned it at the time. Originality wasn’t quite as important 17 years ago as it is today, and there have been cars with one flat floor and one dropped pan, no doubt as a result of parts I’d put this car on the cusp, value-wise. Quite well sold in its current state, it would be worth more with original-profile floors. availability when they were stitched back together on the cheap and sent back out on the road. This has over the years led to all sorts of anomalies such as Series I cars with Series II fronts, and vice versa. This E-type was originally registered EMM 8 to Sir Eric Merton Miller, a property developer and financial supporter of then British Prime Minister Harold Wilson. Miller also owned a Ferrari Superfast bearing the same number, although it was never registered with the DVLA. Sir Eric committed suicide in 1977 while under inves- tigation for fraud. There’s a blank in this car’s history between then and when it was restored at The E-type Centre in 2002. Given that the car has upgraded brakes and electrics, I suspect it was a conscious decision rather than a mis- August 2019 Details Years produced: 1961–62 Number built: 631 (all flat-floor E-type coupes) Original price: $5,895 Current SCM Median Valuation: $124,500 Chassis # location: Plate on “step” at front of right sill Engine # location: On rear face at front of cylinder head Club: Jaguar E-type Club, Tenbury Wells, Worcestershire, WR15 8LY, U.K. Web: www.e-typeclub.com Alternatives: 1958–63 Aston Martin DB4, 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Sting Ray, 1970–73 Datsun 240Z SCM Investment Grade: B take to add a little more cockpit room, though in that case, why not just start with a later car? Modifications to an original version of anything inevitably affect its value. A fun driver — and easy to redo A concours-grade, matching-numbers flat-floor coupe is around £150k–$175k (currently around $200k– $225k). Driver-quality Series I cars are $125k–$150k, which is where this sold — although it had been estimated at only £60k–£70k ($77k–$90k). That’s Series II money, so it looks as if Bonhams was taking a pessimistic view on account of the various mods from standard. It sold better than a Series II — and slightly better than a ’62 coupe in the same condition. However, it does look as though most of the premium attracted by its early-car status has been lost along with the original floors. I’d put this car on the cusp, value-wise. Quite well sold in its current state, it would be worth more with original-profile floors. Either the buyer wasn’t too bothered about the finer details of accuracy, which are all under the skin — or she or he knew that putting the pans right will only cost a few grand. Alternatively, they could just enjoy their “flat floor” car as-is with its slightly roomier fit — it’ll be easier to get along with. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of Bonhams.) Paul Hardiman has written for SCM since 2007. He’s our go-to guy for British and European auction coverage — and many car profiles. High Auction Sales for the Past Five Years $400,000 $500,000 $300,000 $200,000 $100,000 $0 $149,140 $98,179 *Technically, the highest 2018 sale was an outlier: $720,000 at RM Sotheby’s Monterey 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 73 1961 Jaguar E-Type Series I 3.8 Flat Floor Coupe $345,929 1961 Jaguar E-type flat-floor coupe Lot 528, s/n 860100 Condition 3 Sold at $124,454 Silverstone Auctions, Northamptonshire, U.K., 5/18/18 SCM# 6874498 $160,404 $150,317 $124,454* This sale: 1962 Jaguar E-type 3.8 coupe Lot 149, s/n 886967 Condition 2Sold at $124,252 Bonhams, Olympia, London, U.K., 12/3/18 SCM# 6887642 Comps 1961 Jaguar E-type 3.8 flat-floor convertible Lot 52, s/n 850064 Condition 1Sold at $373,648 H&H, Imperial War Museum Sale, Duxford, U.K., 10/17/18 SCM# 6882507


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Etceterini & Friends Profile Courtesy of Bonhams 1958 Fiat-Abarth 750 GT Series III Double-Bubble Coupe Series III cars don’t carry the value of the earlier models, but they get you invitations to a lot of nice events by Donald Osborne Chassis number: 497034 Engine number: 517332 SCM Condition for this car: 2 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in 1992. Dissatisfied with not winning a prize, he commissioned a complete restoration, spending years gathering parts and information from sources in Italy. This car has a correct 750 GT engine, with high-compression O 74 Abarth pistons and a stronger, upgraded, mild competition Nardi crankshaft. Breathing through the rare original air filter, the correct Weber 32 carburetor sits on an Abarth intake manifold. Following the restoration’s completion, this Abarth was shown at the 2011 Palo Alto Concours, winning a class award, and then displayed at the invitationonly Carmel-by-the-Sea Concours on the Avenue and The Quail: A Motorsports Gathering during August 2011. SCM Analysis This car, Lot 61, sold for $112,738 (£86,250, £1=$1.30), including buyer’s premium, at Bonhams’ Goodwood Members’ Meeting sale in Chichester, U.K., on April 7, 2019. As longtime readers of my work here at SCM know, I am an absolute sucker for small, custom-bodied Italian cars. The Fiat Abarth 750 GT is a favorite and one that I owned many years ago. Sports Car Market ffered here is an early-production Series III 750 GT. While the first owner is not known, the car was in the hands of Harris J. Sobin by the early 1970s. Sobin, an architect and University of Arizona professor, displayed the Abarth at the I bought mine from an acquaintance in the VSCCA in 1994, with the intention of using it as my vintage race car. The street-to-track nature of the “Double Bubble” appealed to me greatly, as it no doubt did to many of the original buyers of these cars. A fun, bargain ticket to great events Then and now, these little Fiat-based pocket rockets have repre- sented the least-expensive way to own a limited-production Italian car with a stellar period competition reputation. These cars are welcome


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in a host of events across the globe. Equally, there is a gulf titanic in values between the rare Series I cars and the subsequent Series II and III examples. Just as it is the case with pioneer motorcars, where the changeover from 1904 to 1905 can halve the price, so too does the 750 GT sit astride the great 1957–58-and-beyond di- vide. The earliest examples are Mille Miglia eligible, and by extension also can be used in any similar event globally. The Series II cars are very scarce and usually difficult to date with any precision, while all the relatively plentiful Series III cars, most of which were sold in the United States, are easy to distinguish. Mine was a typical example of the type at the time — a Series III car with most of its original interior, but it had lost a number of small trim pieces and body details over a life on — and off — the track. I paid $35,000, which was the going rate at the time for a running, driving, usable and more-or-less-presentable car. After using it mostly on the street and enjoying it thoroughly for a few years, I traded it along with my beautifully restored 1963 Alfa Romeo 2600 Sprint for my first Lancia, a 1951 Aurelia B50 Vignale coupe. As I ended up selling the Lancia at auction for a hor- rifying $11,500 a few years after that, it certainly was not my finest financial hour. However, I thought I might be able to eventually find another Fiat-Abarth 750 GT for a price similar to what I had paid. Wrong. They first reached, and exceeded, $100k in a sale at Gooding & Company in Scottsdale in January 2014. The best examples have hovered near that mark since. However, the expected breakthrough to the next level hasn’t happened — yet. The high-water mark for the model at auction came in February 2015, when Artcurial sold a very early 1957 750 GT for $184,205. That car today, in the fine condition it was in then, would handily surpass that number. The Series III cars, not so much. Some small changes… Our subject car had been restored nearly a decade ago to more than a very presentable level, and appeared in the catalog photos to have been well cared for since. There were some details to which closer attention might have been paid for historical consistency — the dashboard had a gloss rather than satin-black finish, the doors were missing map pockets and the usual form for the alloy kick panels and, of course, it had been retrimmed in leather rather than vinyl. Additionally, in the catalog photos, it appeared that the nose panel was missing the slight raised section to support the front grille trim. The door fit also seemed to be a bit off on the bottom going towards the rear. August 2019 Details Years produced: 1958–61 Number produced: Approximately 600 (all three series) Original list price: $2,640 Current SCM Median Valuation: $88,500 Chassis # location: Tag on wall of engine compartment Engine # location: On block above water pump Club: Zagato Car Club Web: zagatocarclub.it Alternatives: 1962 Mini Cooper, 1958 Appia GTE, 1962 René Bonnet Djet SCM Investment Grade: B Comps In terms of values, our subject 750 GT sold exactly where they have been hovering for years. On the plus side, it was great to see the bumperettes, spinner hubcaps, side window draft deflectors, rear quarter-window draft covers and canister-type air cleaner all in place — as would be expected on a “deluxe” trim street version of the car. Sold at par In terms of values, our 750 GT sold exactly where they have been hovering for years. The seller purchased our subject car at Bonhams’ 2012 Scottsdale Auction for $111,150. The sale here, at $112,738, represents a loss once transport to the U.K. and seller’s premium have been factored in. One can only hope that in the intervening years, some enjoyment of the car on the road, at shows or simply parked and admired with a beverage of choice, may have been had, in order to ensure some value in use. In today’s collector-car world, it’s more important than ever to buy a car for what you want it to bring to you before any financial return is considered. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of Bonhams.) Donald Osborne has written for SCM since 1996. He’s a world-renowned car-appraisal expert and collector-car consultant. You’ve probably seen his wonderful “Assess and Caress” segments on “Jay Leno’s Garage.” High Auction Sales for the Past Five Years $250,000 $200,000 $150,000 $100,000 $50,000 $0 2014 2015 1958 Fiat-Abarth 750GT Double-Bubble Coupe $184,205 $145,551 $134,750 $60,088 2016 N/A 2017 2018 75 This sale: $112,738 1958 Fiat-Abarth 750 GT Zagato Series III coupe Lot 223, s/n 100586161 Condition 2- Not sold at $90,000 Bonhams, Greenwich, CT, 5/31/15 SCM# 265403 1959 Fiat-Abarth 750 GT Zagato Series III coupe Lot 106, s/n 100558327 Condition 2Sold at $100,000 RM Sotheby’s, Phoenix, AZ, 1/17/19 SCM# 6891273 1959 Fiat-Abarth 750 GT Zagato Series III coupe Lot 25, s/n 100585940 Condition 3+ Not sold at $104,500 Worldwide, Scottsdale, AZ, 1/16/19 SCM# 6890994


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German Profile Courtesy of Bonhams 1934 Mercedes-Benz 290 Cabriolet D Several German brokers are probably trying to decide if any more money can be made on this obscure Mercedes by Pierre Hedary Chassis number: 121451 Engine number; 121451 SCM Condition for this car: 5 SCM Analysis This car, Lot 461, sold for $117,600, including buyer’s premium, at Bonhams’ Tupelo Automobile Museum Sale in Tupelo, MS, on April 27, 2019. Having been present at this auction, I stopped short when the gavel came down at what I felt was an incredibly strong price for such an obscure car in such neglected condition. If you ask most Americans, there were two types of road-going Mercedes in the 1930s — the supercharged 8-cylinder cars (500K and 540K) and the “other” Mercedes Benz models, most of which are unknown to us. Obscure Mercedes from the Depression Imagine it is a 1934 summer Saturday in Germany. You decide to take the family on a picnic in the countryside, so you hop into your new car. You are not a baron or a wealthy captain of industry, but you have managed to navigate the past 10 years with your finances intact. Recently you have purchased Mercedes’ new midsize model, the W18 290. While neither fast nor sporty, this solidly built vehicle should pro- 76 Sports Car Market vide reliable transportation to and from work and on weekend outings and holidays. At the time, you could have also purchased a Mercedes W21 type 200, with a small 6-cylinder engine, or the big W08 500 model if you needed more power. Now, imagine it is just before the start of World War II. If you still


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like Mercedes, chances are you will be driving a W136 170 or the W143 Type 230. While the W136 attained an enduring reputation as the Mercedes that survived the war and brought the company back to post-war stability, history has not been kind to these other models. At least in the eyes of most Americans, they live in the shadows of the 500K, 540K and 770K. A little-known transatlantic market Yes, this car sold for a strong price. However, if you think that the obscurity of this car translates to global worthlessness, think again. This is still the kind of car you would want to take on a summer weekend picnic — if you are one of the many European pre-war Mercedes enthusiasts. This W18 and the other cars previously mentioned have a dedicated — but somewhat private — following in the European Union. All of these models, just like the 500 and 540K, were built as Cabriolet As, Bs, Cs and Ds. The A was (usually) an elegant 2-passenger version, while the B version of any Mercedes cabriolet has a squared-off back and a rear seat. Cabriolet C versions were similar to a Cabriolet B, but with less room behind the front seats, and D versions had four doors, just like our subject car. A rare and elegant special roadster was also built. These cars occupy the market in the $100k–$700k range of pre-war Mercedes, right below the big supercharged cars. Although infrequently discussed, they usually bring consistent results in the aforementioned price range. Destined to be dealer inventory The winning bidder of this car was none other than Peter Kumar’s Gullwing Motor Cars in Astoria, NY. Gullwing aggressively buys Number 5 or Number 6 condition classic European cars, and you can’t spend five minutes on Hemmings without seeing their ads. One week after the sale, this 290 was listed on their website for $167,500. If you somehow feel you missed your chance, an extra $50k will turn back the hands of time. They did not even bother to air up the tires or wipe off the dust. Many of Gullwing’s clients are European brokers who fill up a container, ship several major projects to the EU, restore and sell the best ones, and peddle the worst ones to other restoration shops. European buyers simply assume the car needs every- thing, and they often sub out labor to less-expensive shops in Eastern Europe or the Baltic states. This highly sustainable business model has put many wonderful cars back on the road, but few Americans seem to be aware of it. The classic-car museum problem Close inspection of the European cars at the Tupelo Automobile Museum revealed that most were in derelict condition, often with cheap resprays in weird colors. The most lamentable of these was a 1967 Mercedes 300SEL, one of 2,200 built, originally black and resprayed in an awful pea green shade. However, our subject 290 Cabriolet D managed to evade this sort of treatment, likely because knowing where to start, where to get parts and how to execute the August 2019 restoration was such a challenge. With meager parts resources, a stuck engine, rusty frame and plenty of electrical issues, this car was a problem no one attempted to solve. Other than it being complete — and not having a huge amount of rot — this car needed absolutely everything. Even the engine block looked like it had been sub- merged in brine. Strangely, several bidders were drawn to this obscure Mercedes, but most cars in the back room of the museum did not attract as much attention. Back to the beginning Our subject Mercedes still has not completed its cycle, the cycle of returning to its home country, finding a new owner, receiving a costly restoration — and motoring on sunny days for picnics in the country. Along the way, machinists will have to make pistons, metal workers will have to fabricate bespoke chrome parts, welders will have to re-create steel panels and accountants will have to keep adding zeros and hours to the invoices. But the future of this obscure automobile remains hopeful, because as I am writing this article, I am sure that on the other side of the Atlantic, some Germans are The real value of this car, considering its needs, is hard to determine due to the difficulty of restoring it. considering Gullwing’s ad — and wondering if they can buy at $150k and sell at $175k. The real value of this car, considering its needs, is hard to determine due to the difficulty of restoring it. The end user of this car will be so far removed from its initial circumstances of purchase that the gravity of its as-found condition will inevitably vanish over time, distance and work. While it’s challenging to call such a needy car well bought, if Gullwing turns a profit on its sale, then it was indeed well bought. However, my initial inclination is to view this as well sold, and judging by the amount of time it has been up for resale, this is probably closer to the truth. I wish much luck to the eventual end users. They will need it. ♦ Pierre Hedary owns a noted Mercedes-Benz shop in Titusville, FL. He wrote his first SCM story in 2014, and he quickly became our expert in all things Mercedes. 77 1934 Mercedes-Benz 290 Cabriolet D Lot 116, s/n 100118 Condition 2Sold at $130,858 RM Auctions, London, U.K., 9/8/13 SCM# 227569 1937 Mercedes-Benz 290 Cabriolet A Lot 104, s/n 121584 Condition 2Sold at $383,712 RM Sotheby’s, Paris, FRA, 2/7/18 SCM# 6858222 Details Years produced: 1933–37 Number produced: 7,405 Original list price: 9,500 marks ($69,400 today) Current SCM Median Valuation: $203,929 Distributor cap: Whatever the seller wants Chassis # location: On firewall bulkhead Engine # location: Left rear section of engine block on crankcase Club: Mercedes-Benz Veterans Club of Germany Web: www.MVConline.de Alternatives: 1935–40 Maybach SW35, 1937–41 BMW 327, 1934–36 Adler Trumpf SCM Investment Grade: B Comps 1935 Mercedes-Benz 290 Cabriolet D Lot 250, s/n 104569 Condition 2 Sold at $275,000 RM Auctions, Monterey, CA, 8/21/11 SCM# 183123


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American Profile Darin Schnabel ©2019, courtesy of RM Sotheby’s 1930 Ruxton Model C Roadster This car needs a lot of help, but crazy rarity helps it sell at a record price by Carl Bomstead Chassis number: 11005 Engine number: 185162 SCM Condition for this car: 4 D escribed as “The Most Turbulent Tale in Automotive History,” the Ruxton story of America’s first front-drive automobile is a saga worthy of a big-screen production. The car was launched at the onset of the Great Depression. Author Jeffrey Godshall described the Ruxton as “a brilliant machine that never had a chance.” The Ruxton journey was twisted, as they placed production under a holding company (New Era Motors) in 1929 and moved through a series of financial and legal battles, corporate takeovers and production machinations to get the car built. With the economy in tatters and no market for high-end cars, they filed for bankruptcy in 1930. This car has a well-known history and is Body 11 of the 12 Ruxton roadsters produced — and it is one of seven remaining. It has been restored over the years only as necessary and is a very honest Ruxton that has been shown extensively. SCM Analysis This car, Lot 382, sold for $747,500, including buyer’s premium, at RM Sotheby’s Guyton Collection sale at the Staenberg Family Complex in St. Louis, MO, on May 4–5, 2019. The Ruxton was truly an innovative and remarkable automobile, but what was even more remarkable was that they were able to produce 96 of them — considering the turmoil that surrounded their brief existence. William Muller, who worked for the Budd Company, persuaded com- 78 Sports Car Market pany president Edward Budd to produce a revolutionary front-drive automobile. It was based on his transmission design, which split it in halves over the front axels. First and reverse gears were housed in front of the drive axle and second and third gears were behind it. This resulted in more weight on the front wheels for better traction, greater cabin room, and it allowed the body to be channeled over the frame rails. This resulted in a body that was so low to the ground that running boards were eliminated. The all-steel bodies were to be built by Budd Co., while the open and custom bodies — along with the chassis — would be sourced from other suppliers.


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Drama galore Corporate raider Archie Andrews, who was on several other automobile manufacturers’ boards, was Budd’s largest stockholder. In a scenario so bizarre it could not have been made up, when Budd was out of town on a business trip, Andrews met with second-incommand Hugh Adams and convinced him that Budd had sold him the frontdrive project. Andrews quickly absconded with the prototype, tooling — and even designer Muller, who had no idea it was all a scam. Andrews failed to secure an arrange- ment with Hupp Motor Car Company to assemble the car, so he formed New Era Motors as the holding company. Andrews looked for investors, and he was certain that Board member William V.C. Ruxton would invest $50,000. Ruxton instead traded shares in his cylinder-lock company for New Era shares. As Ruxton was an early, significant investor in the new automobile, it would bear his name. It quickly became apparent that the stock Ruxton had presented was close to worthless. Ruxton and Andrews had a parting of the ways and Ruxton stated that he did not want his name associated with the automobile, but the die was already cast. To add insult to injury, Ruxton sued Andrews for $50,000. He then walked away from the car that bore his name. A very rare car Our subject Ruxton Model C Roadster is one of 19 Ruxtons remaining. It also is one of the seven Ruxton No Ruxton Roadster has publicly sold since 2008, and this is the only one that will be offered in the foreseeable future. roadsters with Baker-Rauling bodies that still exist. It was the sixth car assembled by the Kissel Motor Car Company — the third company to assemble the Ruxton. It was owned for many years by Kissel President George Kissel. Even though Andrews forced Kissel’s firm into bankruptcy, George Kissel continued to lavish praise on the car. It passed through several noted collectors, including those of D. Cameron Peck and “Tiny” Gould, before going to the Fred Guyton Collection in 1996. Lots of work — and bills — ahead The catalog stated that the car was restored as needed over the years. In reality, our subject car is a “needs everything” project. Based on comments from those who observed the car, the paint, which appeared to be a respray, was chipped and dull with scratches. The interior was tired and torn, with the original leather replaced with wornthrough vinyl. The engine was old and stained, but the car was stated to run and drive well. It was complete with Woodlite headlights and fender lights — and a single Pilot Ray driving light. The engine was painted an incorrect color. Lots of money, but find another one The car has a unique four-bar luggage rack that may be original. Even as a “needs everything” example, this car brought huge money. In fact, RM Sotheby’s sold a 1932 Ruxton Model C sedan at their 2016 Amelia Island sale for $357,500. In 2008, RM Auctions sold a 1931 Ruxton Model C Roadster for $363,000 at their Meadow Brook sale. What’s the deal? This was the most expensive Ruxton sold at auction. Simply stated, at least two determined bidders just had to have it. The result is an outlier, however. No Ruxton Roadster has publicly sold since 2008, and this is the only one that will be offered in the foreseeable future. If a Ruxton Roadster was a must-have, then the price paid was not out of line. A full restoration is planned, and the result will be stunning. We look forward to seeing it “on the green.” ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of RM Sotheby’s.) Carl Bomstead wrote his first story for SCM in February 1997, and his words have appeared in EVERY issue since then. His “eWatch” column prompts some SCMers to read the magazine back to front. 1929 Ruxton Model C roadster Lot 270, s/n 18S1023 Condition 1 Sold at $335,500 RM Auctions, Miller Collection, Elkhart, IN, 10/15/04 SCM# 35182 1931 Ruxton Model C roadster Lot 239, s/n 11007 Condition 1Sold at $363,000 RM Auctions, Meadow Brook, MI, 8/2/08 SCM# 117385 1932 Ruxton Model C sedan Lot 130, s/n 10C112 Condition 2+ Sold at $357,500 RM Sotheby’s, Amelia Island, FL, 3/12/16 SCM# 271578 Details Year produced: 1930 Number produced: 96 Original list price: $4,500 and up Current SCM Median Valuation: $486,000 Major tune-up: $1,500 Chassis # location: Front driver’s side frame rail Engine # location: Plate attached to passenger’s side of motor block Club: Classic Car Club of America Web: classiccarclub@aol.com Alternatives: 1929 Cord L-29, 1930 Packard 734 Speedster, 1929 duPont Model G Speedster SCM Investment Grade: A Comps ama galore Corporate raider Archie Andrews, who was on several other automobile manufacturers’ boards, was Budd’s largest stockholder. In a scenario so bizarre it could not have been made up, when Budd was out of town on a busi- ness trip, Andrews met with second-in- command Hugh Adams and convinced him that Budd had sold him the front- drive project. Andrews quickly absconded with the prototype, tooling — and even designer Muller, who had no idea it was all a scam. Andrews failed to secure an arrange- ment with Hupp Motor Car Company to assemble the car, so he formed New Era Motors as the holding company. Andrews looked for investors, and he was certain that Board member William V.C. Ruxton would invest $50,000. Ruxton instead traded shares in his cylinder-lock company for New Era shares. As Ruxton was an early, significant investor in the new automobile, it would bear his name. It quickly became apparent that the stock Ruxton had presented was close to worthless. Ruxton and Andrews had a parting of the ways and Ruxton stated that he did not want his name associated with the automobile, but the die was already cast. To add insult to injury, Ruxton sued Andrews for $50,000. He then walked away from the car that bore his name. A very rare car Our subject Ruxton Model C Roadster is one of 19 Ruxtons remaining. It also is one of the seven Ruxton No Ruxton Roadster has publicly sold since 2008, and this is the only one that will be offered in the foreseeable future. roadsters with Baker-Rauling bodies that still exist. It was the sixth car assembled by the Kissel Motor Car Company — the third company to assemble the Ruxton. It was owned for many years by Kissel President George Kissel. Even though Andrews forced Kissel’s firm into bankruptcy, George Kissel continued to lavish praise on the car. It passed through several noted collectors, including those of D. Cameron Peck and “Tiny” Gould, before going to the Fred Guyton Collection in 1996. Lots of work — and bills — ahead The catalog stated that the car was restored as needed over the years. In reality, our subject car is a “needs everything” project. Based on comments from those who observed the car, the paint, which appeared to be a respray, was chipped and dull with scratches. The interior was tired and torn, with the original leather replaced with worn- through vinyl. The engine was old and stained, but the car was stated to run and drive well. It was complete with Woodlite headlights and fender lights — and a single Pilot Ray driving light. The engine was painted an incorrect color. Lots of money, but find another one The car has a unique four-bar luggage rack that may be original. Even as a “needs everything” example, this car brought huge money. In fact, RM Sotheby’s sold a 1932 Ruxton Model C sedan at their 2016 Amelia Island sale for $357,500. In 2008, RM Auctions sold a 1931 Ruxton Model C Roadster for $363,000 at their Meadow Brook sale. What’s the deal? This was the most expensive Ruxton sold at auction. Simply stated, at least two determined bidders just had to have it. The result is an outlier, however. No Ruxton Roadster has publicly sold since 2008, and this is the only one that will be offered in the foreseeable future. If a Ruxton Roadster was a must-have, then the price paid was not out of line. A full restoration is planned, and the result will be stunning. We look forward to see- ing it “on the green.” ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of RM Sotheby’s.) Carl Bomstead wrote his first story for SCM in February 1997, and his words have appeared in EVERY issue since then. His “eWatch” column prompts some SCMers to read the magazine back to front. 1929 Ruxton Model C roadster Lot 270, s/n 18S1023 Condition 1 Sold at $335,500 RM Auctions, Miller Collection, Elkhart, IN, 10/15/04 SCM# 35182 1931 Ruxton Model C roadster Lot 239, s/n 11007 Condition 1- Sold at $363,000 RM Auctions, Meadow Brook, MI, 8/2/08 SCM# 117385 1932 Ruxton Model C sedan Lot 130, s/n 10C112 Condition 2+ Sold at $357,500 RM Sotheby’s, Amelia Island, FL, 3/12/16 SCM# 271578 Details Year produced: 1930 Number produced: 96 Original list price: $4,500 and up Current SCM Median Valuation: $486,000 Major tune-up: $1,500 Chassis # location: Front driver’s side frame rail Engine # location: Plate attached to passenger’s side of motor block Club: Classic Car Club of America Web: classiccarclub@aol.com Alternatives: 1929 Cord L-29, 1930 Packard 734 Speedster, 1929 duPont Model G Speedster SCM Investment Grade: A Comps 79 79


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The Cumberford Perspective Robert Cumberford Historically Interesting, at Least The Ruxton Model C was an inelegant, badly proportioned design, but this car should be preserved 2 3 F or daily use, frontwheel drive has been proven to be ideal. About two- thirds of all cars today are front-wheel drive. There had always been some prototypes, including sporting Alvis and Tracta models sold in low numbers, but only Cord and Ruxton were offered for sale with volume intent. That a lot of effort went into front-wheel drive at the end of the 1920s was likely due to the success of Harry Miller’s racers, which also probably inspired straight-8 engines, although that’s absolutely the wrong layout, as anyone who has driven a Cord L-29 can attest. In 1934, with the Citroën 7CV, the frontwheel-drive concept truly gained traction. It’s worthy of note that when Citroën considered 8-cylinder power, the firm created a V8 to concentrate weight up front. If many L-29 Cords were indeed styling masterpieces, Ruxtons were at best “interesting,” with their multi-colored horizontal stripes — which are unfortunately missing on this roadster, where they would have been a welcome distraction from a fundamentally inelegant, badly proportioned design. While there are many interesting touches, this striking rarity is far from being iconic. I am glad it exists and fervently hope that it will be refreshed and preserved — and not over-restored with its historical importance lost forever. ♦ 80 1 4 5 FRONT 3/4 VIEW 1 The sporty rear fender is too flat and too wide, making the inset wheel and tire look weak. The painted rib is too close to the body, leaving just a band inboard. 2 The rumble-seat back is awkwardly tall, but it provided welcome cushioning for the poor passengers subjected to riding directly above the rear axle. 3 A rebellious teen might like having many shiny objects inserted into ears, nose, and eyebrows, but it looks ghastly — as do all the nuts, bolts, hinges and motors here. 4 Collectors prize Woodlite headlights, but I’ve always thought they were nasty looking. I’ve heard they weren’t much good for seeing at night, either. 5 The contrasting-color rib on the front fenders is well proportioned, and if these are also too wide for the tires, they’re at least very nicely profiled. 6 Unlike Alan Leamy’s brilliant round differential cover below the radiator for the Cord L-29, Ruxtons had no physical indication of the driving axle being up front. That was a mistake. REAR 3/4 VIEW 7 The front fender profile is excellent — very sporty — but it represents the maximum possible aerodynamic drag, with no part following the contour of the wheel ahead of its center. 8 Does this look like a closet door to you, too? Car doors are almost always longer than they are tall — and are the better for it. This is a clumsily styled, charmless automobile. 7 9 The step for the rumble seat is almost unusably high. It’s best that any riders possess “anyone for tennis?” agility to access the extra seating. 10 You can’t put baggage in the rear stuffed with thick upholstery, so an outside rack for a steamer trunk was absolutely necessary in 1930. 11 Protruding hubs jutting out from the steel-wheel spider make this car look much older than its actual build date. 12 Leaving off running boards was radical then. Could this have been the 8 9 10 inspiration for the 1931 Touring Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 “Flying Star”? INTERIOR VIEW (see previous page) This is cozy — but definitely not welcoming. The cockpit is more than a little tired and torn. Notice the straggling wires headed up the side of the windshield toward the windshield-wiper motors mounted on the top windshield frame. The little instrument cluster deadcentered on the panel seems cheap and nasty, but the overall austerity of the panel is still a bit attractive. Not much else is, even remotely so. 6 12 11


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Race Car Profile Courtesy of Bonhams 1969 Lotus Formula 3 Formula 3 was the white-hot proving ground where racers competed for Formula 1 drives by Thor Thorson Chassis number: 59F328 SCM Condition for this car: 2- SCM Analysis This car, Lot 107, sold for $82,674, including buyer’s commission, at Bonhams’ Goodwood Members’ Meeting auction in Chichester, U.K., on April 7, 2019. For most racers, horsepower is a seductive lover, stroking the ego with rushes of adrenaline and testosterone as it invites you to explode out of a corner exit and hurtle toward the next turn — exuding excitement and glory in your quest for victory. The problem is that, attractive and seductive as it is, horsepower is not very good if the intent is to really learn the craft of race driving. The essence of the race-driving craft is to get a given vehicle around the track in the absolute minimum amount of time. This involves a number of unforgiving requirements: • Never slowing down more than necessary, and doing so at the latest possible time. • Carrying every possible unit of momentum through the corner and onto the next straight — and exiting without scrubbing energy because every foot per second translates to how quickly you get to the next corner. • Keeping the engine “on song,” so it can provide maximum power in an instant — and on and on and on. Having extra horsepower allows a driver to cover any sloppiness or imperfection in his driving, which isn’t the way to really learn. The minor leagues Ever since the 1950s, small-horsepower formula cars have been the 82 training ground for almost all of the great racers. Moss, Brabham, Clark, and Graham Hill all started their racing careers in the Formula 3 of their time. In the early post-war period, Formula 3 was 500-cc motorcycle engines in minimalist chassis, often homebuilt or from the likes of Cooper — cheap to buy and run and not very fast, but intensely competitive. It was almost exclusively a British class, which lacked appeal to the newly internationalizing post-war Europe. In 1958, Count Giovanni Lurani suggested adding a new class, Formula Junior, to FIA racing with the express intent of providing an affordable way for new racing drivers to learn the skills in races across Europe. Sports Car Market


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Lurani’s concept was to create a rela- tively stable formula, but it had the luck to mature just as the mid-engine revolution swept Formula 1. By 1960, front-engine cars were a memory while British manufacturers were offering one-liter (or 1,100-cc) versions of their Formula 1 designs. The arrival of Ford’s “Kent” 4-cylinder engine, with an eight-port head, five-main bottom end and external oil pump (to allow easy dry-sump conversion) pretty much finished off any other options, and with free carburetion (Webers), the engines made an easy 120-plus horsepower. By 1963, with the introduction of Lotus’ monocoque Type 27, Formula Junior had abandoned any technological stability or affordability. The joke at the time in the U.S. was that if you bought a new Junior in the U.K., it had to be air shipped back, because if it went by ocean it would be obsolete by the time it arrived. A new formula was needed After 1964, Formula Junior was abandoned as an FIA championship class. It had simply become too expensive as a training formula. There remained a need for a development class, so Formula 3 was revived. It was still pretty much Formula Junior, but monocoque chassis were outlawed in favor of cheaper and more easily repaired tubular frames. The big change was engines, which were still production-based 1,000 cc — but with extensive modifications allowed. Carburetion remained free, but all intake air had to pass through a single 36-mm orifice, which eliminated multi-throat Webers. Cosworth responded by creating the MAE engine (Cosworth nomenclature always means something, in this case “Modified Anglia Engine”), which modified the intake ports so they were far more efficient. The MAE made 111 hp at 8,300 rpm but was barely able to keep running below 6,000, which quickly gave There was probably no better venue in the world to sell this particular car: It is associated with a major racing event, and they even had a Formula 3 grid, so all the right people were there. the new Formula 3 class the nickname “Screamers.” Formula 3 was where the serious professional racers of the future honed their skills. If you were aiming at Formula 1, success in Formula 3 is where you started. Brabham, Cooper, Lotus and Italy’s Techno, all with Formula 1 involvement, were the constructors and teams that mattered in the late 1960s. Lotus’ entry into this category was the Type 59, a very conventional — but competent — chassis that was built, depending on engine, tires, and some minor details, as Formula 2 (Cosworth FVA), Formula 3 (MAE), Formula B (Lotus Twin cam) or Formula Ford (Ford Crossflow). It was known as a superb handling chassis, particularly on rougher tracks. Lotus built about 46 of them. I have no idea how many were in F3 configuration, but not many, maybe six or eight. August 2019 Details Years produced: 1969–70 Number produced: 46 (maybe six to eight Formula 3) Current SCM Median Valuation: $80,000 (this car) Chassis # location: Tag on frame, engine bay Engine # location: Boss at left front of block Club info: Formula Regional European Championship Hard driving Except for Formula 1 itself, Formula 3 was the most competitive and relentless class in automobile racing at the time. Only the best young drivers were there, and nobody had any mechanical advantage — same horsepower, same weight, same brakes, same tires. The races were flocks of Screamers drafting each other in a tight bunch, each waiting for the other to make the slightest miscalculation with the dream of a Formula 1 career on the line. Any misstep cost two or three positions that were all but impossible to recover. Vintage Formula 3 is a very real, if minor, component of current European racing. Most of the racing is in France, with a few races in the U.K., and it is every bit as serious as it was in its day. If you are hypercompetitive and willing to prove your stuff against the best on an absolutely flat playing field, Formula 3 is a great place to do it. It is relatively inexpensive, as the cars generally carry little — if any — collector value. The engines are small and simple — and the chassis easy to repair. Values generally run between $60,000 and $95,000 per my sources. A tough market There never were a lot of Formula 3 cars, and the group that races them is relatively small, so these are difficult things to sell. There isn’t enough money in them to be worth a broker’s time, and auctions are notoriously bad places to sell weapons-grade racers. That isn’t always true, though, and this car’s seller was either very astute or well advised. There was probably no better venue in the world to sell this particular car: It is associated with a major racing event, and they even had a Formula 3 grid, so all the right people were there. If it was going to sell, this was the place. The car was known as mechanically excellent, with unquestioned provenance — and the presentation was impeccable. As a Team Lotus car, it possibly carried some collec- tor value — and certainly important livery. It sold right in the middle of the expected range. It was a limitedinterest car, fairly bought and sold in the right place. ♦ Thor Thorson has written for SCM since 2003. He lives for racing and old race cars. 83 1961 Lotus 20 Formula Junior Lot 12, s/n 20J935 Condition 2 Sold at $60,500 Gooding & Co., Pebble Beach, CA, 8/18/07 SCM# 46906 Web: www.acisport.it/en/ FORMULAREGIONAL/home Alternatives: 1967 Brabham BT 21F3, 1968 Matra MS5 F3, 1969 Techno F3 SCM Investment Grade: B Comps 1969 Lotus Type 61 Formula Ford Lot 256, s/n 61MXF3219 Condition 2Sold at $24,227 Bonhams, Chichester, U.K., 6/29/12 SCM# 209109 1970 Lotus Type 59 Formula Ford Lot 337, s/n 25 Condition 3+ Sold at $17,952 Bonhams, Chichester, U.K., 5/18/02 SCM# 28381


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Next Gen Philip Richter Cars From 1985 to 2005 That Are the Next Wave of Collectibles Tim Scott ©2018 Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s 2005 Acura NSX, sold for $128,800 as part of RM Sotheby’s Youngtimer Collection in Amelia Island, FL, this year Japan’s Super Supercar The Acura NSX is in a class by itself — the ultimate Japanese collector car In typical Japanese fashion, Honda left no stone unturned when en- E scalating auction results and soaring private transactions point to a major reset in the Japanese collector-car segment. Major auction houses have recently enjoyed spectacular, jaw-dropping outcomes with specific, hot-commodity models. Some of the popular cars on this list include the Mitsubishi 3000GT VR-4, the Honda S2000, the Acura Integra GS-R, the Toyota Celica AllTrac, the Subaru WRX, the Mazda RX-7, the Nissan 300ZX twin turbo, the Toyota Supra Twin Turbo, and the first-generation Mazda Miata. While most of these cars are innovative, attractive, and sporty, they are not in the same league as the NSX. This Honda supercar has three key attributes that put the car far ahead of other comparable Japanese Next Gen collectibles: • An advanced all-aluminum design. • A mid-mounted silky-smooth V6 VTEC motor. • Three pedals — although the optional SportShift 4-speed automatic arrived in 1994. Development of the New Sportscar X began in 1984 (X represented the unknown algebraic variable). With this car, Honda squarely targeted various mid-engined Ferraris of the era. gineering and developing the NSX — they even consulted with Ayrton Senna while testing final NSX prototypes. The original NSX enjoyed a lengthy production run from 1990 to 2005. During its long life, the NSX received several facelifts to remain competitive. Over time, horsepower increased, a Targa top was added, and pop-up headlights yielded to exposed raked glass. Despite all this evolution, the core panels and profile of the NSX remained virtually unchanged. The relaunch of the new NSX in 2016 created renewed interest in the original. What puts the NSX in another league is the driving experience. The original NSX was 20 years ahead of its time when launched in 1990, and the car maintained that lead with Porsche-like incremental annual improvements. What this everyday supercar has over a Supra or a 300ZX is a cru- cial attribute and differentiator — a lightweight mid-engine design. As the years roll on, the NSX will continue to elevate its membership status within the exclusive club of genuinely great collectible Japanese sports cars. ♦ 1995 Acura NSX Targa, sold for $45,100 at Mecum in Boynton Beach, FL, 2013 84 1991 Acura NSX coupe, sold for $44,000 at Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas in 2018 Sports Car Market


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Next Gen Profile Courtesy of Barrett-Jackson Auction Company 1960 Volkswagen Beetle Custom Cal-Look Beetles never went out of style, and they’re part of the Next Gen wave by Jeff Zurschmeide Chassis number: 2710531 SCM Condition for this car: 2+ SCM Analysis This car, Lot 79, sold for $22,000, including buyer’s premium, at Barrett-Jackson’s Palm Beach, FL, auction on April 11, 2019. Next Gen collectible cars are usually models produced since the mid-1980s, but that’s not always the case. Up-and-coming collectors are also laying claim to some older mod- els. Vintage Volkswagens are a prime example. No one would dispute that a 1960 Volkswagen Beetle has been collectible for decades, and SCM has amply documented the soaring bids for well-restored classic VW vans and campers. A vintage Beetle with a quality restoration to original equipment and specs will always be desirable. The point is this: It’s not always the car itself that makes a Next Gen collectible. It’s often it’s the way the car is presented. “Cal Look” and other modifications that were in fashion in the 1980s are turning up at auction and drawing respectable bids. What’s more, they’re getting respect in the community. Purist hot- rod shows that limit participation to pre-1964 domestics and disallow replicas often accept Volkswagens with much greater latitude. Don’t bother showing up with your Ferrari, but if you’ve got an inter- esting Bug, you’re in. Generally speaking, these purist gatherings pull in a much younger audience than other hot-rod shows, but they don’t overlap with the bulk of Asian and European Next Gen cars. 86 Sports Car Market What Makes a Cal Bug? No one really knows, but it’s generally believed that the first “Cal-Look” Beetle was made about 1979, and the movement was big by the mid-’80s. Like most organic hot-rod movements, there aren’t any hard-and-fast rules about how to build a Cal Bug. Kids chose VWs because they were cheap and there were plenty of them in rust-free Southern California. Sounds familiar, right?


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Details Years produced: From 1979 or so until now Number produced: Who knows how many Beetles were customized? Original list price (in 1961): $1,600 How much to build: More than $22,000 Current SCM Median Valuation: $14,850 (for a custom Beetle) Chassis # location: Plate in trunk behind spare tire, stamped on chassis pan beneath rear seat Engine # location: Stamped on crankcase generator support boss Web: www.thesamba.com Alternatives: Stock 1953–79 VW Beetle, custom 1955–67 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia coupe, 1973–74 Volkswagen Thing SCM Investment Grade: C Comps Cal Bugs tend to be dramatically lowered, dechromed, and the top edge of the engine deck lid is tipped out. Tipping the deck lid out is practical because it improves cooling airflow to the engine compartment. Enhanced cooling is necessary because the next part of a Cal Bug is performance. There’s only so much power you can wring out of an air-cooled VW engine, but you can get it without spending a fortune. Increasing displacement is relatively easy because Cal Bugs tend to be dramatically lowered, de-chromed, and the top edge of the engine deck lid is tipped out. Tipping the deck lid out is practical because it improves cooling airflow to the engine compartment. the VW engine uses replaceable cylinders. The basic 1,600-cc VW design supports expanded displacements from 1,776 cc up to 2,332 cc. The original cylinder heads can be ported and fitted with twin carburetors — similar to a Porsche 356. Finally, a free-flowing exhaust helps the engine breathe. It’s comparatively inexpensive to push a VW engine well above 100 horsepower and 100 foot-pounds of torque. In a 1,600-pound car, that’s not bad at all. Once the mechanical work is done, a Cal Bug should look good. A nice paint job and a bit of work on lights, bumpers and interior finishes the build. That’s all up to the owner’s taste, but most examples go for a streetracing look. A collectible Cal Bug Barrett-Jackson sold this modified 1960 Beetle for $22,000, which may or may not be a high-water mark August 2019 for a Cal Bug, but it’s probably close. A check of recent sales in SCM’s Platinum Auction Database showed that less-spectacular Cal Bugs have pulled a little over half that much (SCM# 6863912 and SCM# 6832576). This Beetle is a great example of the Cal-Bug look, and it should have plenty of power from its 2.0-liter engine. The cloth sunroof and vintage looks of the 1960 rear deck lid and taillights make this Beetle special in any context. The listing didn’t mention it, but unless we’re mistaken, that’s an air-suspension setup in the trunk. With the effort put into this custom, it’s certain that the $22,000 purchase price didn’t come close to the amount the builder invested. This car was well bought, and this sale is a signal for other Cal Bugs to come out of storage and rejoin the world as Next Gen collectibles. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of Barrett- Jackson.) Jeff Zurschmeide started with SCM in 2014, and he quickly became a regular contributor. He lives cars 24/7. His GMC truck is the envy of everyone at SCM World Headquarters in Portland, OR. $121,000 (ex-Jerry Seinfeld) High Auction Sales for the Past Five Years $50,000 $40,000 $30,000 $20,000 $10,000 $0 1960 Volkswagen Beetle 2-Door Sedan $33,000 $35,200 $27,500 $36,850 This sale: $22,000 1964 Volkswagen Beetle Custom Lot 624, s/n 5960550 Condition 2 Sold at $11,500 Barrett-Jackson, Scottsdale, AZ, 1/13/18 SCM# 6857926 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 87 1957 Volkswagen Beetle (original specs) Lot 1341, s/n 1307670 Condition 3+ Sold at $14,520 Leake, Oklahoma City, OK, 2/22/19 SCM # 6896678 1957 Volkswagen Beetle (restored and original specs) Lot S69, s/n 1464726 Condition 2+ Sold at $42,900 Mecum Auctions, Kissimmee, FL, 1/3/19 SCM# 6890991


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Next Gen Market Moment ©2019 Courtesy of RM Auctions 1991 BMW M5 This car sold for crazy money, but maybe two bidders really wanted an under-the-radar rocket Sold at $66,000 RM Auctions, Fort Lauderdale, FL March 30, 2019, Lot 3181 Chassis number: WBSHD9316MBK05387 SCM Condition for this car: 2 U sually, these Market Moment stories are easy for me to write. The vehicles my editors pick for me to profile are either experiencing a rise or fall in value. Accordingly, it’s not terribly difficult to study market demand and extrapolate on what forces are affecting prices. That was, until my editor handed me the results from RM Auctions’ Fort Lauderdale sale in late March. There, a 1991 BMW M5 sold for $66,000 — just shy of double of the SCM Pocket Price Guide Median value. This result rendered me absolutely dumbstruck. To explain why, we’ll need to backtrack a moment. If you were to walk into a BMW showroom in 1991, you’d find a $58,450 (equivalent to $110,000 today) starting price on the M5’s Monroney sticker. To put that into perspective, a perfectly comfortable and sporty 535i sold for around $42,000 that year. The engine that owners were fueling, however, was a revelation. Thanks to dual cams, 24 valves, a 10.0:1 compression ratio and 7,250rpm redline, the E34’s S38 3.6-liter inline 6-cylinder engine was rated at 310 horsepower and 265 foot-pounds. By comparison, the aforementioned 535i churned out only 208 ponies. The 1991 M5 was capable of a 0–60 mph sprint in 6.4 seconds — pretty quick for the time, considering its long-bodied, 4-seater stature. Despite the fact that the chassis of the E34 was set up for just a soupçon of understeer (nothing like the F90 drift monster of today), reviewers reported that ’91 M5 was still deeply rewarding to toss into turns. But, boy, is it boring to look at. I’d argue the E34 was penned during Bimmer’s dreariest design era. The plucky shark nose was now in the rear-view mirror. And designers hadn’t yet mastered rounded edges. The result was a slab-sided sedan without any visual vim or vigor. 88 Sports Car Market A mixed bag So, to summarize: The E34 M5 was astoundingly good to drive and powered by an exquisite engine, but it was biblically expensive to own and operate, while also being wholly disappointing to look at. Therefore, in terms of being collectible, it is a mixed bag. Why? Why? Why? I can only conclude that because the E34 was born between the first M5, the E28, and the best M5, the E39, someone is hedging their bet that the red-headed stepchild M5 is due for a price bump — no matter how jejune the bodylines might be. That, or the buyer has an infatuation with anonymity. Perhaps, at this auction, two bidders had an infatuation with anonymity. The only way I can justify this car being well bought, though, is if the new owner drives it — and I mean really drives it. The thing sure as hell isn’t much to look at. — Nick Jaynes ♦


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Next Gen Market Moment Courtesy of Barrett-Jackson Auction Company 1975 Datsun 280Z The new owner paid a massive price for a low-mileage whale Sold at $30,800 Barrett-Jackson, Palm Beach, FL April 12, 2019, Lot 335 Chassis number: GHLS30003785 SCM Condition for this car: 2 I n last month’s “Buy/Sell/Hold,” I recommended holding onto Datsun 240Z/260Z/280Z cars. The market is going all over the place right now for these cars — in great or not-so-great condition. Well, not all S30 cars are the same, and our subject car is a perfect example of that. This 1975 Datsun 280Z 2+2 sold at Barrett-Jackson for $30,800, but why did it bring so much? If you track Datsun S30 (240Z/260Z/280Z) prices, you might expect our low-mileage (19k) example to soar past current prices. After all, a 2,279-mile 1975 280Z 2+2 sold at auction for $49,500 at Bonhams’ 2016 Scottsdale Auction. Our subject car has more miles on the clock — almost 20,000 — but it was in excellent, mostly original shape. Thing is, most people don’t want a 280Z 2+2. 22.6 inches The original 240Z was 162.8 inches long. The small, thin, nimble 240Z mutated into the bloated 280Z 2+2, which is almost two feet longer — without being proportionally sized. The 280Z 2+2 has a longer roof and longer quarter panels. The wheelbase is also 10 inches longer than the regular 280Z. All this for a tiny rear seat. You might fit someone under the age of 15 back there, but full-size adults will not have fun getting in and out of the 2+2 car’s rear seats. Oh, whale Many S30 fans refer to the 2+2 as a “whale.” Online, when people comment about the 2+2 car, they say it is too long — or just too ugly. August 2019 89 The online comments were bad enough that 2+2 owners formed their own Facebook group away from the main Datsun group. They call themselves the “P4 Squadron.” They say this in the group’s description: “…because as we all know, 2+2 is not for everyone, but we’re the select few that love them.” The 2+2 is often significantly cheaper than the regular S30. While most average S30s on Craigslist and similar sites are listed at $8,000– $15,000, the 2+2 is usually listed for $2,000–$3,000. Japanese-car collectors who can’t afford a regular S30 chassis often settle for the 2+2. Okay, what about the one that sold for $49,500 at Bonhams’ 2016 Scottsdale Auction? Well, that was probably the lowest-mileage 280Z 2+2 on the planet, and it was in pristine shape. Still, $49,500 for a 280Z 2+2 is crazy money. Right now, three years later, the SCM Pocket Price Guide shows us that the median price for a 1971–73 Datsun 240Z is $27,500. The 240Z is a much more collectible — and better — car. So, our subject 2+2 car’s final bid of $30,800 at Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach was another crazy sale. Sure, the buyer got a low-mileage S30 that looks to be all original, but it’s still a 2+2. — Brian Baker ♦


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Next Gen Rising Sun Recent Sales of Significant Japanese Cars That Are Market Leaders — or Future Collectibles by Brian Baker the Asian class at the Ault Park Cincinnati Concours d’Elegance.” Condition: 1. SOLD AT $17,251. Bring a Trailer 5/17/2019. Brian’s take: The American-designed, Japanese-built Mazda Miata has been climbing in value for a while now. It was only seven years ago you could find Condition 2 examples on Craigslist for $3k–$4k. Now these cars are approaching $10k-plus. What makes them so desirable? The Miata was designed to fill the hole when convertible British sport coupes left in the market. The car’s designers wanted to revive the same feel as a well-maintained MGB. They hit the target, and this, coupled with the reliability and affordability of a Japanese car, made the Miata a home run. It later went on to be one of the best cars for autocross, dominating 1992 Mazda MX-5 Miata #18932. S/N JM1NA3510N1320264. 7,000 miles. “7k Indicated miles, 1.6-liter inline 4, 5-speed manual transmission, 1 of 1,519 in Sunburst Yellow, factory manuals, service records, first place in 1999 Nissan Silvia Spec R Drift Car # 17578. 107,000 kilometers. “2.0-L SR20DET I4 producing 400 hp, Tomei 7960 turbocharger, Vertex Edge aero kit, reinforced chassis, 6-speed transmission, LSD, and too much more to list.” Condition 1 (for a drift car). SOLD AT ¥4,003,000 ($37,055). Yahoo Auctions Japan, 3/15/2019. Brian’s take: U.S. buyers received variants of the Silvia rebadged as the Nissan 200SX for earlier generations — and 240SX for later. While it is a fun and sporty car in its stock configuration, the real love for this car comes with modifying — and then driving it. The Nissan S13 (1989–94), S14 (1995–98) and S15 (1999–02) are popular cars for drifting. The problem with the S15 is that we can’t import one to the United States for another five years. The real shocker here is the price for a modified car. Most of the S15 Silvias sold in Japan right now range from $7,000 to $9,000. This car went for four times as much. So what’s the big deal? I am pretty sure I caused Google Translate a headache when I asked it to translate the list of parts on this car. In the end, what do 1970 Datsun 240Z #19609. S/N HLS3002545. 33,000 miles. “2.4-liter inline 6, 4-speed manual gearbox, restored by Bill Reagan in the 1990s, Gold Medallion Award winner, orange over black vinyl, Franklin Mint model car, restoration photos and invoices, Franklin Mint documentation.” Condition: we get? A very clean drift car that is all business. This car was also built at a famous drift shop and was used in D1GP (which is the professional drifting circuit in Japan) before it was restored and repainted red. More than a few people had to agree that this car was worth it, as it sold after 157 bids. Well sold. 1. SOLD AT $124,240. Bring-A-Trailer 6/6/2019. Brian’s take: We have now reached over $100k for a 240Z. But why this one, instead of many of the other clean examples I have covered? Bill Reagan, a Datsun enthusiast and member of Z Club of Texas, restored this car in the 1990s. It later went on to win a Gold Medallion award at the National Z-Car Convention. It even served some time at the Whitney Museum of Modern Art in New York. In 1998, when Nissan USA President Yutaka Katayama was inducted into the Automotive Hall of Fame, this car was featured alongside him. It was later used as the base for the Franklin Mint model car. A concours-level restoration, photo book of the restoration, auto- graphed “Datsun” vanity plate from Yutaka Katayama — and a very detailed history gave this car the prestige to drive it into six digits. It turns out that a well-documented history does increase the price of classic Japanese cars. This documentation is what we see with toplevel European/American cars we cover in SCM. More of these types of Datsuns — and other Japanese cars — are coming to auction. This sale just drives home the fact that these cars are here to stay and not some temporary trend. Well sold. ♦ 90 Sports Car Market in almost any class it was placed in. For example, the 2018 SCCA Solo Nationals class results, the first-gen Mazda Miata accounts for 57 of the cars covered, along with many more from the newer generations. With such a fun and sporty car, it would be hard to keep the miles off it. This is why this low-mileage Miata — it also is in a rare color — ended up with a high price. Well sold.


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AUCTIONS IN THIS ISSUE $10.3m RM Sotheby’s, St. Louis, MO, p. 98 $3.9m Bonhams, Stokenchurch, U.K., p. 110 $2.9m Silverstone, Heythrop, U.K., p. 122 $2.9m Branson, Branson MO, p. 134 Roundup, p. 142


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Market Reports Overview More Than Italian Cars Total sales of Italian cars during Monterey Car Week have shrunk during the past five years Top 10 Sales This Issue (Land Auctions Only) By Chad Tyson I 1. 1967 Shelby Cobra 427 S/C roadster, $2,860,000—Mecum Auctions, IN, p. 157 2. 1964 Shelby Cobra 289 roadster, $1,760,000—Mecum Auctions, IN, p. 156 3. 1909 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Roi des Belges convertible, $1,325,000—RM Sotheby’s, MO, p. 100 4. 1930 Duesenberg Model J convertible sedan, $1,105,000— RM Sotheby’s, MO, p. 106 5. 1965 Aston Martin DB5 coupe, $1,097,622—Bonhams, U.K., p. 114 6. 1963 Aston Martin DB4 Series V convertible, $1,033,341— Bonhams, U.K., p. 112 7. 1930 Ruxton Model C roadster, $747,500—RM Sotheby’s, MO, p. 106 8. 1930 Packard Speedster Eight Series 734 phaeton, $665,000— RM Sotheby’s, MO, p. 106 9. 1927 Duesenberg Model X dual-cowl phaeton, $527,500—RM Sotheby’s, MO, p. 106 10. 1995 Jaguar XJ 220 coupe, $439,435—Silverstone, U.K., p. 128 Best Buys 1906 Mason Touring roadster, $112,000—RM Sotheby’s, MO, p. 102 94 1971 Volkswagen Type 3 squareback, $6,600—Mecum Auctions, AZ, p. 146 1954 Jaguar XK 120 coupe, $42,772—Silverstone, U.K., p. 124 1931 Marmon Sixteen convertible sedan, $170,800—RM Sotheby’s, MO, p. 108 1977 MGB convertible, $3,300— Mecum Auctions, AZ, p. 144 Sports Car Market f you’ve been, then you know. Pull into a gas station line (there always seems to be a line) in Monterey during Car Week and you’re likely to see something exotic, powerful and strange. It’s probably one of three colors and Italian, right? Why is it so easy to think of Monterey Car Week and see a parade of red, yellow and black Italian supercars? I’ve rambled here before about certain locales being more closely associated with a particular marque than others: street rods and resto-mods in Scottsdale, Porsches in Amelia Island and Italian (primarily Ferrari) super performance in Monterey. Going into the weeds It’s always fun to examine underlying reasons for popu- lar perceptions, so just what percentage of all the cars at auction during Car Week have been from Italian manufacturers compared with other countries of origin? Join me down in the weeds, won’t you? Let’s look at five years of data, from 2014 through 2018, for this exercise. The countries chosen were France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the U.K. and the United States, as each of those countries was represented by at least 1% of the consignments for each of the past five years. Something that stands out to me right away: Italian cars have made up, at most, 18% of consignments in recent years on the Peninsula. Surprising? Perhaps that does seem low at first blush, so let’s look at the sales. In 2017, Italian cars made up 42% of the total sales during Monterey Car Week. Based on the percentage of total sales, it’s no wonder Ferraris, Alfa Romeos, Fiats, Lamborghinis and the rest of the Etceterini dominate the sales charts. However, they used to have a much stronger hold. In 2014, the percentage of overall sales for Italian marques was 66%. Compare that with the next-strongest number by country, which was U.S.-manufactured cars at 11.1%. The U.K. crowd was next at 10.81% of the sales total that year. Fast-forward to 2018, and the Italians were 17% of the consignments and 39% of the total sales. Each year since 2014, the Italian cars’ share of the total sales has declined. Again: 66% of total sales in 2014 and 39% of total sales in 2018. Every year has been lower than the previous under our scope. If the numbers of Italian cars sold is falling, that must mean something is increasing. Germans are getting bigger slices What about the interest in Japanese cars? How has that shaken out in Monterey? In 2018, they were 3% of the offerings and 0.46% of the sales, which are both up compared with the previous two years. Japanese cars enjoyed their biggest Monterey Car Week in 2015, when sales hit $3,780,700 on 27 cars sold. If I reminded you about the growth of German-marque events on the Peninsula in the past decade, would you guess that German cars are taking a larger chunk of the Monterey sales pie? The 2014 percentages for German car consignments and sales total stand at 19% and 11%, respectively. Move on up to 2018, and those numbers are now 22% and 23%. In 2018, German cars were the second-biggest slice of the sales-total pie chart, besting the American cars at 22%. Each year brings new changes and different cars to the market. But one thing will remain the same — we’ll all wait in line to fuel up during Monterey Car Week. ♦ March 14–17, 2019 Branson Branson, MO April 12–13, 2019 RM Sotheby’s St. Louis, MO May 4–5, 2019 Heythrop, U.K. May 10, 2019 Wautoma, WI May 10, 2019 Mecum Auctions Indianapolis, IN May 14–19, 2019 Stokenchurch, U.K. May 19, 2019 $0 Bonhams $3.9m $10m 1: National concours standard/perfect 2: Very good, club concours, some small flaws 3: Average daily driver in decent condition W. Yoder Silverstone Sales Totals of Auctions in This Issue $30.9m Mecum Auctions Phoenix, AZ $2.9m $10.3m $2.9m $630k $63.1m $20m $30m SCM 1–6 Scale Condition Rating: 4: Still a driver but with some apparent flaws 5: A nasty beast that runs but has many problems 6: Good only for parts $40m $50m $60m


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Market Reports Overview Buy/Sell/Hold Donald Osborne weighs in on what kind of Next Gen cars to keep — and drive by Donald Osborne Buy: Custom-Bodied, Limited-Production Post-War Cars When I last contributed a “Buy/Sell/Hold” to SCM two years ago, my Buy pick was custom-bodied and limited-production post-war cars. My viewpoint hasn’t changed since then. As the market, especially at auction, continues its inexorable split in levels, the cars that are not commodities stand out from the crowd even more vividly. For the enthusiast collector who also has an eye on long-term appreciation, this is the surest way to achieve multiple goals. The purchase of a car of this type offers entry to myriad events — rolling and static. It also ensures that wherever you go, your car won’t be mistaken for another. I generally don’t mention specific models, but here I’ll make an exception. An Alfa Romeo Sprint Speciale of any sort is a very desirable object. But an early “Low Nose” Giulietta SS is a true work of art — one that will almost certainly appreciate as the rare treasure it is. At a much-more-affordable level, opportunities exist in some heretofore overlooked segments of this market, such as the cars built in the last gasps of the heyday of Italian coachbuilding. Here, perhaps think of the 6-cylinder versions of the lovely Pininfarina Peugeot 504, especially the coupe. As always, seeking out examples in the best condition with fully known histories is the key here. As I said two years ago, “Think art object rather than transportation.” Sell: Late-Model, Special-Edition Sports Cars A great number of cars of this type have been seen in collector-car auction venues in the past few years, and their presence underlines the use of auctions as an alternative sales channel for new-car dealers and original owners who bought on speculation. The results in the past few auction cycles have not rewarded the sellers of “zero-mile,” still-in-the-wrapper cars. In fact, many of these cars can also be found in dealer showrooms, as many have begun to sell at MSRP or slightly below, as would be expected of a pre-owned car — even one that has not been driven. Part of the challenge stems from the proliferation of new models from the manufacturers themselves. The main appeal of “le dernier cri” is just that — it’s the latest and greatest. When you offer last year’s “latest” in the face of this year’s, it may often pale in comparative interest. Also, if they are great cars to drive, why not at least get something out of it? Hold: Well-Maintained, Important Next Gen Cars The attention paid in the market and in many publications — including SCM — to the “Next Gen” collectibles has resulted in a flurry of 1990s highperformance cars coming to the auction block. History is so delightful — in that it never tires of delivering to us the same useful lessons in delirious repetition. A few big sales of excellent examples bring out a host of lesser wannabes. I absolutely agree that some of the most desirable cars ever made were built in the 1990s and early 2000s. The cars that will likely be great in the future are those with the key attributes of value and historical significance. And therein lies the key — the best. High-performance cars of any era were meant to be used — and used hard. Many, if not most, of the high-performance, low-production specials of the ’90s were not coddled and undriven with the vision of some massive financial return two decades after the turn of the century. Find the best of these no-longer-youngsters, gently recommission them — and then drive them regularly and respectfully. Enjoy them as they should be enjoyed for the next five to 10 years. Then you’ll really see the return on investment they will deliver. And you’ll have a blast on the road as well. ♦ 96 Sports Car Market BUY SELL HOLD


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RM Sotheby’s St. Louis, MO The Guyton Collection A scruffy but endearing and very original 1930 Ruxton Model C roadster sold at $747,500 — more than double the lower estimate Company RM Sotheby’s Date May 4–5, 2019 Location St. Louis, MO Auctioneer Maarten ten Holder Automotive lots sold/offered 72/72 Sales rate 100% Sales total $10,319,256 High sale 1909 Rolls-Royce 40/50hp Silver Ghost Roi des Belges tourer, sold at $1,325,000 Buyer’s premium Pre-auction estimates were low and blown past quickly — 1930 Ruxton Model C roadster, sold at $747,500 12% on first $250,000; 10% thereafter, included in sold prices Report and photos by Dan Badger Market opinions in italics I 98 first met Fred Guyton seven years ago while attending the Celebration of Automobiles at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. He was there with his freshly sorted 1927 Bugatti Type 40, an intimidating yet endearing little car. After a chat of a half-hour or so, it was apparent that his passion for the unique and wonderful ran deep. A successful career as a principal at an architecture firm allowed him to assemble and enjoy a spectacular collection of cars. The breadth of his interests made for a wonderful treatise in the development of the automobile prior to World War II, with a focus on high-end American and English cars. Fred’s curator, mechanic, and property manager Dave Groerich sat down with me to discuss the collection and its care, as well as to reminisce over the past eight years he had spent working with Mr. Guyton. “Fred would fall in love with a car and chase it for as long as it took to bring it home,” Dave told me. “He would usually buy cars that were already restored, and we’d take care of all of their light mechanical needs in-house. We did a lot of ‘blue jeans and T-shirt’ days together working on these St. Louis, MO He went on to say that all of the cars were stored with dry tanks and atteries, and he would drive each one about 10 miles a year off of a mall auxiliary tank to keep them lubed and operational. The running condition of the majority of the collection was not made known to bidders, and the cars were not driven across the block as one might expect, but rather arranged throughout the unpainted, concrete-block room on static display, with large photos of each in turn projected behind the auctioneer’s stage. Several bidders put their paddles down early because they were unsure about what mechanical needs may or may not exist. As is the nature of a no-reserve auction, there were some surprises. For example, a great 1919 Ford Model T Touring hammered at just $6,720 all-in, about half of market; later in the day, a wonderfully unrestored 1930 Packard 734 Speedster Eight phaeton brought $665,000 including premiums, two-thirds the expectation in the community. Toward the other end of the spectrum, a superb 1932 Nash Advanced Eight brought $340,500 including premiums, nearly double the high estimate of $175k. Twelve lots later, a scruffy yet endearing and very original 1930 Ruxton Model C roadster hammered at $747,500 inclusive against a $350k–$450k estimate. The bidder turnout felt light, but the field was made up of serious and knowledge- able collectors with the resources to go after what they knew to be automobiles of high quality and superb provenance. Sale prices this weekend were strong overall, with some aggressively high values placed on the most interesting automobiles. ♦ Sports Car Market


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RM Sotheby’s St. Louis, MO ENGLISH TOP 10 No. 3 #373-1909 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER GHOST Roi des Belges convertible. S/N 1203. Eng. # 1203. Silver/tan canvas/green leather. RHD. Original chassis and engine with high-quality reproduction coachwork. In need of minor aesthetic cleanup and mechanical reconditioning. Great visual impact and honest history. Cond: 2. occupy a special place in many hearts, and one sporting such a wonderful Piccadilly roadster body only further draws you in. A crowd favorite in the room, and followed with great interest. A low estimate raised hopes for many, but the hammer came down at market value. #378-1931 ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM II Continental Fixed cabriolet de ville. S/N 4JS. Eng. # OV35. Silver & black/black leatherette/black leather. RHD. Interior brightwork shows pitting, and driver’s seat is worn. Dramatic Sedanca De Ville coachwork with excellent fit and finish. Non-original livery and incorrect headlamps. Well-documented and excellent provenance. Presented non-running and with mechanical needs. Cond: 3+. in excellent condition, save the engine problems. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $423,000. A crowd favorite, and prominently displayed in the room. The unfortunate discovery of crankcase damage did not seem to hamper enthusiasm in the room, with spirited bidding far exceeding expectations. #372-1939 JENSEN H-TYPE Sports tourer. S/N 9641. Eng. # 39809447. Red/tan canvas/tan leather. RHD. Very well-preserved, older restoration. Shown at Pebble Beach 2008, ready to show again without reconditioning. Only known H-type in the U.S. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $1,325,000. A great example of an incredibly desirable car. The reproduction coachwork is a detractor, but the beautiful lines and perfect proportions go far in making up for it. Bidding slowed to a crawl at the high estimate, and it sold well in the room $200k later. #376-1925 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER GHOST Piccadilly roadster. S/N S369RK. Eng. # 22684. Blue/tan canvas/tan leather. Desirable coachwork on a Springfield Ghost chassis with a well-maintained older restoration. Wear on driver’s seat and on driver’s door paint. Small doors and a large steering wheel greatly restrict the pool of drivers to those with small frames and agility. Excellent known history and provenance. Running condition unknown. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $168,000. Absolutely breathtaking coachwork on the shortest and sportiest Phantom II chassis makes this car look and feel more like a Bentley than a Rolls-Royce. With the potential for big expenses in recommissioning, hammer price was at a fair market value. #385-1938 ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM III Parallel Door saloon coupe. S/N 3DL86. Eng. # Q48N. Dark blue/dark pigskin leather. RHD. Best in Class at Pebble Beach in 2004 following a high-quality restoration by D&D in Covington, OH. Superb provenance and documentation. In need of significant engine work, and presented as inoperable. Rare oneof-two sliding “Parallel Door” coachwork by James Young. Well-known and respected car SOLD AT $187,600. To call the coachwork wild would be an understatement; the sideentrance dickey seat in the rear actually blends in and adds a dash of formality to the sporty, very English lines of the forward twothirds of the car. A wonderful, funky, beautiful car that is absolutely ready to show and enjoy. Very well bought near the low estimate. FRENCH #365-1927 BUGATTI TYPE 40 Grand Sport Speedster. S/N 40661. Eng. # 565. French Racing Blue/black leather. RHD. 2012 repaint and mechanical sorting by well-respected restorer presents well; however, door and hood gaps are inconsistent. Interior is worn, with some incorrect gauges. Desirable and fun coachwork on correct and original chassis and with its original engine. Known car with excellent pedigree. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $280,000. The Springfield Ghosts SOLD AT $362,500. I first saw this car eight years ago, and fell in love with it. A wonderful, cute, snappy example of one of the world’s great low-powered, lightweight sporting cars. Well bought above estimate, but below market. GERMAN #346-1886 BENZ PATENT MOTOR- WAGEN replica tourer. S/N 35. Green/black leather. MHD. Damage to the water jacket has 100 Sports Car Market


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RM Sotheby’s St. Louis, MO made the engine inoperable, and will take significant effort to repair. Mechanically, there appears to be a host of needs due to neglect. Painted areas are showing definite age, and wood floorboards show peeling varnish. All brightwork, while undamaged, is tarnished. Cond: 3+. Well-documented low mileage and very correct car with desirable coachwork. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $335,000. Standing in the presence of a Hisso is nearly a religious experience, and the powerful coachwork by Hibbard & Darrin gives this great car a presence that is impossible to ignore. Bidders reacted emotionally and accordingly; well sold at the high estimate. SOLD AT $39,200. The superb Motorwagen replicas constructed by John Bentley Engineering are incredible in their attention to detail and quality of workmanship. This example was neglected yet salvageable, or could easily be cleaned up enough for static display purposes with the work of a day or two. These replicas have been steady near $50,000 for many years; with the cosmetic needs and engine damage to this example, the high bid fell at a reasonable number. ITALIAN #347-1970 MASERATI MEXICO 4.7 coupe. S/N AM1121872. Eng. # AM1121872. Blue/white leather. Odo: 73,237 km. Presented unwashed in “barn find” condition. Poor repaint at some point prior to a 32-year slumber, but very little corrosion showing. Damage to rear bumper and left taillamp. Interior worn and in need of serious attention. Overall very complete, correct and solid. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $60,480. Most bidders came for the pre-war cars, and this one was a bit of an outlier. A great place to start for restoration, and at the $54,000 hammer, it sold just a touch under market. The mechanical reconditioning required to get it back on the road can get out of hand easily, and with no concrete information regarding the condition of the running gear, bidders may have been building a bit of a cushion into their bids. SPANISH #369-1928 HISPANO-SUIZA H6B cab- riolet de ville. S/N 11707. Eng. # 301712. Dark blue/tan canvas/black leather. RHD. Odo: 21,291 miles. A well-preserved, highquality restoration showing very little wear. 102 Sports Car Market SOLD AT $190,400. A spectacular example of a desirable Edwardian horseless carriage. This lot is well known in the community, and several bidders were disappointed when the estimate was blown past without a thought. Hammer price was short of a record, but the highest seen in more than a decade. BEST BUY #359-1906 MASON TOURING roadster. S/N 77. Red/black leatherette/ black leather. RHD. Well-cared- SOLD AT $52,640. The Model 10 was a comparably priced alternative to Ford’s Model T, and was produced in large numbers over its three-year run. They are very popular tour cars, although the 2-speed planetary gearbox is rumored to have been constructed from glass and eggshells. The engine will require some attention after the significant period of time since its last run. With such a potentially expensive question mark under the hood, I was surprised to see bidding climb quickly to near the top of the aggressively high estimate range. #344-1912 CADILLAC MODEL 30 5-passenger tourer. S/N 37206. Eng. # 62784. Blue/black canvas/black leather. RHD. A high-quality restoration, beginning to show some age. Wide gaps at door bottoms, but otherwise nice panel fit and finish. Nicely detailed engine compartment and excellent upholstery. AMERICAN #343-1903 CADILLAC MODEL A rear- entrance tonneau. S/N 1070. Eng. # 1070. Black/black leatherette/black leather. RHD. While the restoration was completed some years ago, the car appears to have been finished earlier this morning. Absolutely flawless condition, having been sorted both mechanically and aesthetically by Brian Joseph’s team at Classic & Exotic Services. Probably the finest example of its kind. Cond: 1. for older restoration with some paint cracking and wear, especially on right rear door. Welldocumented with great ownership history. Minor interior weathering. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $112,000. I had several friends reach out asking me to take a look at this car for them, and one or two bidders were always crawling all over the car in the room. When this great car came up for bid, the room was surprisingly quiet. The Mason was the earliest car designed by Fred Duesenberg, and an important part of their story. I was surprised by a hammer price half of my expectation, and twothirds of the low estimate. #350-1908 BUICK MODEL 10 run- about. S/N Eng. # 928. Gray/black canvas/ maroon vinyl. RHD. Very correct and highquality older restoration. Some paint cracking on wood parts. Engine has not been run in several years. Incorrect headlamps and vinyl upholstery add usefulness, but detract from originality. Cond: 2.


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RM Sotheby’s St. Louis, MO Market Moment Appeared ready to run and drive, although no demonstration was made. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $61,600. The Model 30 is the quintessential tour car, and this example appears ready to take on that service. Several regular attendees of the Friends of Ancient Road Transporation Society (F.A.R.T.S.) and AACA Reliability Tours were in the room, and I expected to see bidding exceed the established market. Beautiful coachwork and vibrant blue paint attracted a lot of attention in the room, though they did not seem to move the many paddles. The car was drained of gas and not started during the preview, which may have affected bidding and kept the hammer price conservative. Courtesy of Bonhams 1985 Tritan A2 Aero Car Sold at $44,800 Bonhams, Tupelo, MS, April 27, 2019, Lot 564 Chassis number: 00040B65S002198 beaters with huge subwoofers delivering 4,000 calories of meat and cheese to your door wasn’t the image they wanted to project. But nothing says bespoke like a pizza-delivery vehicle, right? So Domino’s chose to try the 1985 Tritan A2 P Aero Car as the sleek vehicular statement to forever change pizza delivery. The Tritan is the Cyrano de Bergerac of mobility — it’s just a huge honking nose of a car. Actually it’s a 3-wheeler, so it’s technically a motorcycle, powered by a snowmobile motor that fits the 30-minute-delivery design brief, as it takes almost that long to go 0–60 mph. Tritan Ventures in Ann Arbor, MI, built the A2. The 900-pound 2-seater balanced low weight (900 pounds) and a super-sleek shape with a low drag coefficient (0.150) against the anemic Syvaro rotary engine (30 horsepower). The A2’s whole aesthetic is 1980s fighter-plane chic, with a big sliding canopy and aerodynamic airfoil rear end that wouldn’t look out of place in a straight-to-video “Star Wars” clone. The A2 follows the design path of Voisin’s 1920’s aeronautic style mimicry — with a subtle difference. Voisins are beautiful, evoking the majesty of exploration and flight, while the A2 looks like something you plunk your kids and quarters into in front of a grocery store. The A2 seats two, one behind the other, or it seats 11 — one in front with 10 pizzas in the box behind. The wide, fighter-jet canopy slides forward, offering the still-nimble teenage minimum-wager easy access. However, I’m guessing pizza delivery in one of these during a Michigan summer — what with the solar gain through all that glass added to the heat from a pizza oven — would take the starch right out of your Domino’s uniform. Ten Aero Car prototypes were produced, and various sources indicate seven are accounted for. Way back in 2016, one was on offer for less than $7,000. The tulip-mania trajectory shows another for sale late in 2018 for $23,000. This example was sold at the Bonhams Tupelo Automobile Museum auction in April 2019 for $44,800 — including buyer’s premium. The only thing crazier than the price paid for this Aero Car is typing the words “Bonhams” and “Tupelo” in the same sentence. — Mark Wigginton SOLD AT $72,800. Previously sold by RM in June 2007 at the McMullen Collection sale in Lapeer, MI, for $104,500 (SCM# 1569964). Even near the high estimate, this well-proportioned and elegant speedster was well bought. Undervalued in the marketplace with room to grow. I should have brought this one home with me. #363-1916 PACKARD TWIN SIX tourer. S/N 87352. Eng. # 87352. Dark green & black/black leatherette/black leather. Very aged paint does not appear to be original. Most interior leather is original, except front seat bottom. Appears very authentic, correct and complete but without note of running condition. Cond: 4. eople want a pizza in a hurry, and the Domino’s chain once promised to scratch that itch with 30-minute delivery. However, Domino’s decided kids in #374-1915 OAKLAND MODEL 37 Speedster. S/N 372702. Eng. # L2782. Dove gray/black canvas/red leather. Superb restoration by Brian Joseph. Concours-ready with only minor signs of wear. Excellent history and documentation. One of just two known to survive. Electric lighting and a starter have been fitted. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $106,400. I was sitting with a good friend when he bought this wonderfully worn Packard. While some may have been intimidated by the underhood unknowns, the hammer came down well before the market would suggest. 104 Sports Car Market


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RM Sotheby’s St. Louis, MO #354-1922 WILLS-SAINTE CLAIRE A-68 roadster. S/N 1867. Eng. # 3679. Light brown/tan canvas/brown leather. The highquality restoration completed in 2000 is showing age, with chrome pitting and paint damage. Stunning underhood with a scaleddown WWI-era Hispano-Suiza aircraft engine. This example has been upgraded for touring with the addition of an overdrive. Great ownership history and attractive coachwork. Cond: 2. founded the carmaker after leaving his earlier venture, Stutz Motor Company, in 1919. Technically, the Series IV is an interesting car, but the coachwork on this example is unexciting. This is probably the best example of its kind, yet sold under the already low estimate. #367-1926 DUESENBERG MODEL A SOLD AT $71,680. This was one of the highlights of the auction for me. These funky cars are incredibly underappreciated and undervalued in the community, and this was the car that I kept coming back to as the day went on. This particular example has a great pedigree, and was well bought toward the bottom end of a conservative estimate. #361-1922 STUTZ BEARCAT Series KDH convertible. S/N 12974. Eng. # D12972H. Yellow/black canvas/black leather. RHD. Some orange peel, but otherwise superb and very original. Exciting coachwork and color with a highly desirable chassis and engine. Clean and tidy, ready to tour or show. Cond: 1-. tourer. S/N D61H. Eng. # 1610. Dark green & black/tan canvas/black leather. Odo: 57,068 miles. Paint is crazed and cracking. The interior is in poor but intact condition. Excellent history and recent service. Cond: 4-. SOLD AT $112,000. I have thus far avoided the word “patina” because it belongs to this car more than any other. A truly loved and adored car, this wonderful driver has been used as the machine it is, rather than simply artwork. Well bought well under estimate and slightly under market. #384-1926 LINCOLN MODEL L Gothic SOLD AT $173,600. I, as is the case with everyone who has driven one, have a soft spot for the Bearcat. These dramatic and highperformance cars are an absolute dream to both observe and operate. Although premiums pushed the price above the high estimate, I consider this car well bought in the current market. #358-1923 H.C.S. SERIES IV tourer. S/N 3130. Eng. # 90089. Dark red & black/tan canvas/brown leather. Odo: 57,627 miles. Superb restoration with only minor flaws. Rear door gaps are poor, and some paint chipping around door openings and hood. Excellent interior and very tidy underhood. Ready to drive, and concours-ready. Excellent ownership history and documentation. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $49,840. H.C.S. has always been an intriguing company to me. Harry C. Stutz August 2019 phaeton. S/N 40539. Eng. # 40539. Black/tan canvas/black leather. Striking and unique oneoff coachwork by one of the best. Body moved to current chassis in the 1960s. Very worn, older restoration with stained and worn top and interior. Leather very dry, paint has some cracking. Brightwork quite tarnished. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $112,000. One of my favorites in the collection. Unusual coachwork with a wonderful story, and great documentation. Hammered right at lower estimate. 105


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RM Sotheby’s St. Louis, MO TOP 10 No. 9 #362-1927 DUESENBERG MODEL X dual-cowl phaeton. S/N D95D. Eng. # X3. Ivory/tan canvas/green leather. Well-documented and known to the community, with mid-’60s restoration showing significant wear throughout. Some mechanical needs, including nonfunctional brakes. Cond: 2-. restoration has held up quite well. Inconsistent door gaps and panel fit but excellent paint. Brightwork tarnished but not pitted. Europeanmarket car, hence kilometers, with interesting history. Original chassis, engine, and coachwork. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $123,200. An outstanding restoration and very little to correct prior to show. The room was thinning and energy slackening when this lot came up, and it was well bought slightly under market. #375-1930 DUPONT MODEL G con- vertible Victoria. S/N G985. Eng. # 1385. Light & dark brown/dark brown canvas/brown wool. Well-maintained restoration by D&D in Covington, OH. Exciting but incorrect paint with excellent panel fit. Very slight wear on driver’s seat. Shown at Pebble Beach in 2007. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $527,500. Much more refined and rare than the Model A, the X was the last of the “pure” Duesenbergs prior to the major shift that came with E.L. Cord’s leadership. These rarest of production Duesenbergs change hands so infrequently that each sets its own market. #383-1929 CADILLAC V8 Sport pha- eton. S/N 325545. Eng. # 325550. Green/tan canvas/green leather. Odo: 25,996 km. 1979 SOLD AT $368,000. Exhibited at the 1931 New York Automobile Show. Unique coachwork and a high-quality restoration did little to excite bidders. Very well bought significantly under market. TOP 10 No. 8 #377-1930 PACKARD SPEEDSTER EIGHT Series 734 phaeton. S/N 184101. Eng. # 184107. Red/tan canvas/ saddle leather. Continuously maintained and very original, never apart for restoration. One of five examples known to exist, with known history since new. Incorrect carburetor, with reproduction of original carburetor included. SOLD AT $1,105,000. This Model J was a favorite of Mr. Guyton, and with its beautiful coachwork and bright colors, it is easy to see why. This example is well known, well researched, and sold where expected. A great example and a fair price for both parties. #382-1930 RUXTON MODEL C roadster. S/N 11005. Eng. # 185162. Cream/tan canvas/brown leather. Odo: 52,657 miles. Probably the most original and unmolested Ruxton on the planet. Largely unrestored and original, a time capsule with great presence. Very rough paint, worn interior and untidy engine compartment. Well-documented, interesting history. Awarded FIVA Pre-War Trophy at Pebble Beach in 2014. Runs and drives nicely. Cond: 4. TOP 10 No. 7 Wiring harness in poor condition. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $665,000. The 734 Speedster phaeton is among the most desirable classic-era Packards, and this is an incredibly interesting and well-known example. Placed prominently on the floor and well advertised within the community, yet sold significantly under market. TOP 10 No. 4 #379-1930 DUESENBERG MODEL J convertible sedan. S/N 2345. Eng. # J329. Blue/tan canvas/blue leather. Odo: 71,111 miles. Excellent panel fit and paint with only minor wear. Upgraded with incorrect 5-speed White transmission. Welldocumented history with excellent maintenance logs. Concours-ready with minimal effort. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $747,500. Ruxton is often overlooked and underappreciated, but this scruffy- 106 Sports Car Market


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Glovebox Notes 2020 Range Rover Evoque SUV RM Sotheby’s St. Louis, MO A brief look at cars of interest that have passed through the SCM garage. HHHHH is best. but-wonderful example was certainly given its due. This was the only car I saw start and run during the auction weekend, and there was great interest in it both inside the room and on the phone. Pre-auction estimates were low and blown past quickly, with lively bidding up well above market. (See profile, p. 78.) #380-1930 STUTZ MODEL M Speed- Price as tested: $42,650 Equipment: 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine with optional mild hybrid boost motor, 9-speed automatic transmission, all-wheel drive with Terrain Response drive modes, all-terrain progress control, start-stop, active suspension, wade sensing, LED headlights, keyless access, front bumper camera, 12.3inch digital dash, twin 10.2-inch touchscreens, camera rear-view mirror, touchscreen navigation with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, heated and ventilated front seats, cabin air ionization, remote-control phone app. EPA mileage: 20/27 Likes: Great power and perfect ride and handling with active suspension. Feels more refined than the prior generation. Hybrid provides torque boost at low speed only. Capable all-wheel-drive system can take you anywhere. Comfortable and spacious inside. New camera systems give great visibility all around. Gripes: In an effort to simplify the cabin without deleting features, more controls are packed into the touchscreens. It will take a while to learn your way around this vehicle. Hybrid actually gets 1 mpg less than conventional engine on the highway. Fun to drive: HHHH Eye appeal: HHHHH Overall experience: HHHHH Verdict: The 2020 Evoque is a big improvement over the last generation. Many scoffed at the Evoque as a “Little Tykes” Range Rover for L.A. and Miami poseurs, but this compact crossover is worth your attention. It’s fast, comfortable, tech-savvy, and it will go off-road like its bigger Range Rover siblings. And you don’t have to mortgage the estate to buy one. — Jeff Zurschmeide ster. S/N M824SD220. Eng. # 32431. Primrose Yellow & Avocado/tan canvas/tan leather. Tired restoration in need of both mechanical and aesthetic reconditioning. Brakes nonfunctional. Interior and engine compartment tidy but showing age. Correct but non-original engine. Rare and desirable coachwork wearing interesting livery. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $340,500. The 1093 Advanced Eights are certainly the most important of the pre-war Nashes, and this example sporting a tidy Seaman body is certainly the nicest around. The hammer price reflected the enthusiasm shown by the steady ring of gawkers around the car. Very well sold at double the estimate. SOLD AT $145,600. 43-year old paint and an aging interior will keep this car out of the concours circuit, but only minor reconditioning is needed for touring use. Reasonably well bought to a thinning room at below estimate and expectation. BEST BUY #366-1931 MARMON SIXTEEN convertible sedan. S/N 16149554. Eng. # 16568. Maroon & silver/tan canvas/gray leather. Original sedan body replaced in early ’80s with current coachwork. Improved reproduction cylinder heads. Older restoration shows wear throughout, but without any major defects. Front seat nicely worn. Cond: 3+. #393-1953 PACKARD CARIBBEAN convertible. S/N 26782583. Light blue/white canvas/blue & white vinyl. 327-ci I8, 4-bbl, auto. First year of Caribbean, with body finished by Mitchell-Bentley. Paint shows pocking and orange peel throughout, with large area of damage on driver’s door. Very nice vinyl interior and well-kept interior. Tidy and correct engine compartment. Very little documentation or ownership history. Cond: 3. #370-1932 NASH ADVANCED EIGHT Series 1093 convertible sedan. S/N 520625. Eng. # 403 925. Blue/dark blue canvas/gray wool. Spectacular recent restoration. Concours-ready with no obvious needs. First Nash accepted by CCCA as a Full Classic. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $170,800. Full ownership history and superb lines piqued interest for many, but incorrect coachwork and a 35-year-old restoration kept paddles down. Well bought significantly below the low estimate. 108 “ SOLD AT $52,640. The first-year Caribbeans have the cleanest and simplest design, as they became more heavily adorned as the series continued. Production was higher than subsequent years, with 750 produced. I was excited to see this car from a distance, but closer examination showed several expensive areas that would need attention prior to inclusion in any major concours events. The car did appear to be operational and ready to enjoy and show locally, and the hammer price was squarely at market, though shy of the low estimate. © The 1093 Advanced Eights are certainly the most important of the pre-war Nashes, and this example sporting a tidy Seaman body is certainly the nicest around. 1932 Nash Advanced Eight convertible sedan ” Sports Car Market


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Bonhams Wormsley, Stokenchurch, U.K. The Aston Martin Sale 2019 1964 DB5 sells for $1,097,622, as the result of a multinational, three-way bidding war Company Bonhams Date May 19, 2019 Location Wormsley Estate, Stokenchurch, U.K. Auctioneer James Knight Automotive lots sold/offered 14/33 Sales rate 42% Sales total $3,921,910 High sale 1964 Aston Martin DB5 coupe, sold at $1,097,622 Buyer’s premium Well sold and the high-water mark of this auction — 1964 Aston Martin DB5 coupe, sold at $1,097,622 15% on first $637,708, included in sold prices ($1 = £0.78) Report and photos by Paul Hardiman Market opinions in italics T he marquee “nearly ran out of oxygen” after Jamie Knight dropped the hammer on the first DB5 across the block at £755,000 — $1,097,622 including conversion and premium. It had been in receipt of a recent restoration, but so had the last one that Bonhams sold, in Vantage spec, at Goodwood in March, for $826,753. It just goes to show what happens when more than one person wants the same car. In this case a three-way U.S., Scandinavian and U.K. bidding war, before finally being sold to a telephone bidder in the U.K. That was the high spot in an otherwise slow sale, the 20th Aston sale, Stokenchurch, U.K. this year at the Getty-owned Wormsley country estate on the edge of the Chilterns. There’s no longer space at Aston Martin Works to host an auction, so for the past two years Bonhams has piggybacked with the AMOC Spring Concours. The following DB5, a left-hander in red, its original color, reached $740k unsold. Both came after the cover star DB4 convertible — with Gold Standard Aston Martin Assured Provenance — had bid to $910k, just far enough into the estimate range to get the job done at an all-in $1,033,341, helped along by Jamie’s signature reminder: “It’s the only one I’ve got today.” Two V8s attracted wildly different interest and prices. First, a 1979 Series IV Oscar India, with front-brake upgrade, inched up the bidding ladder in $3,200 increments from a $83k start to eventually hammer for $147k ($168,674 with premium) while three lots later a 1974 saloon to Vantage spec, not as desirable a model but looking bodily just as sharp, bid to $75,249. The sale kicked off with the traditional tractor, this time a 1960 990 Selectamatic The lead-off vehicle for the Aston sale — 1970 David Brown 990 Selectamatic tractor, sold at $17,601 110 at $17,601. There was only one basket-case restoration project this time, the only automatic DB Mk III built, although supplied with both auto and manual boxes. Compared with the grenaded nightmares that Bonhams has traditionally managed to unearth and bring to the sale, this had all the heavy work done and looked as if it just needed painting, wiring and putting back together. At $83k bid, it was passed on, as was the 2019 Vanquish Zagato Shooting Brake, bid to $701k, unsold like the one offered in Paris in February. Bonhams’ next U.K. car sale is at the Goodwood Festival of Speed on July 5. ♦ Sports Car Market


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Bonhams Wormsley, Stokenchurch, U.K. ENGLISH #219-1952 LAGONDA 2.6 LITRE drop- head coupe. S/N LAG50450. Red & cream/ cream leather. RHD. Odo: 81,329 miles. Bit of a shiny but tired old thing that’s been knocking about the trade for a while. “Natty color combination” was the best Jamie could find to say about it. Cosmetically good apart from slightly dinged left front wing. New interior and top in 2013. Okay, slightly dulled dash and door-top timber. Ancient cracked crossplies suggest it’s not been used much lately. Aside from a decent gear-change, not very nice to drive—trust me on this one. Luckily it didn’t last long as the throttle cable broke. Cond: 3+. RHD. Converted from a left-hand-drive coupe in mid-’90s, using replacement Tickford body. Very straight, excellent paint and chrome. Leather only lightly wrinkled. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $293,345. After it was bid to £200k ($255k), matching the lower estimate at probably two-thirds of the price of one of the original 85 dropheads, the buyer was sure he’d secured it... though Jamie held the bid for an agonizing pause and then feinted a “£210k” bid over the buyer’s shoulder, before owning up and knocking it down to the rightful bidder. Heart attacks all round... and fair money. #204-1959 ASTON MARTIN DB MK III SOLD AT $102,671. Yet another from Stratton Motor Company, which supplied about half the catalog and had advertised it for £85,000 ($108k). These used to be bought solely as a source of replacement engines for DB2/4s but following the rise of all things Aston, even they have a value now, and there aren’t many left. Eventually sold on the phone for a top bid matching the bottom estimate. #209-1955 ASTON MARTIN DB2/4 coupe. S/N LML948. Blue/blue leather. RHD. Shiny paint (was originally silver gray over yellow, with yellow-piped blue leather) but massive gaps around front clamshell. Good veneers, leather just taking on some character. Not original engine, as it’s a factory replacement fitted in 1959. Sits just right on tall Turbospeeds. Italian registered. Cond: 2-. coupe. S/N AM30031813. Aluminum/black leather. Odo: 58,421 miles. Resto project. Heavy lifting done, with most of componentry restored but still ready to fit. Stripped body looks straight, with dash and instruments in place; front leather not too bad. Not original engine, still needs assembly. Manual box included. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $366,682. From a deceased estate, which had owned it since 1969. Hardly used in last 17 years (770 miles, almost certainly annual trips to the MoT station and back). This would have counted as driver quality 25 years ago; now it would be seen as a resto project, though I’d quite like to smoke it around like this for a while. Interesting to compare it with the cosmetically good Turkish-restored Series IV with no chassis plate sold at Goodwood in April for £201,250 ($263,055; SCM# 6897996). #210-1963 ASTON MARTIN DB4 Series V convertible. S/N DB4C1092R. Red/black vinyl/black leather. RHD. Odo: 66,329 miles. Older (’80s) restoration with good panel fit and still-shiny older paint. Original leather showing quite a bit of wear. Engine recently rebuilt by AM Works. Sits right on tall Avon Turbospeeds. With Assured Provenance Package (like Classiche, but for Astons), which included a 3D scan, which must be a hilarious (and hilariously pointless) exercise on a 55-year-old hand-built car. Cond: 2-. TOP 10 No. 6 NOT SOLD AT $82,902. Delivered new in California, moved from Oregon to the Netherlands in 2004. Only one built with automatic transmission. How much for a giant Airfix kit? In much better nick than the resto horrors Bonhams usually manages to bring to this sale, some of which have looked as if a bomb had gone off inside. Nice project for someone mechanically savvy. (Like me, but I have to confess not liking this family of DB Astons. I know it worked for Geoff and Donald Healey, but I have deep misgivings about trailing-arm front suspension.) Passed at £65k ($83k), which was £20k ($26k) under the lower estimate, but I would have taken the money. SOLD AT $154,006. Last in SCM database 2006, when it sold for $64,252 with 14,793 miles (SCM# 1566882). Then sold in 2013 to the vendor, who kept it in Italy. Winning bid was £5k ($6k) over the lower estimate, just enough to get the job done. #230-1957 ASTON MARTIN DB MK III conversion drophead coupe. S/N AM30031361. Dark blue/blue cloth/gray leather. 112 #205-1961 ASTON MARTIN DB4 Series III coupe. S/N DB4619R. Black/black leather. RHD. Odo: 99,331 miles. Older repaint, crazing on trunk lid. Small dings in front and rear right wings not well disguised by bubbly blow-ins. Wavy, microblistered front bumper, chrome flaking off rear. Original, worn and distressed leather. Carpets worn through. Dash and instruments okay. Solid underneath and newish exhaust. Cond: 3. Sports Car Market SOLD AT $1,033,341. Only 70 of these were built. Along with the usual, “It’s the only one I’ve got today” quips from Jamie, this hit just the right money. #225-1963 ASTON MARTIN DB5 coupe. S/N DB51336L. Red/black leather. Odo: 75,193 miles. Fairly recent restoration presenting well and retrimmed (originally white leather). Good underneath, recent exhaust. Cond: 2-.


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Fresh Meat by Chad Taylor Online sales of contemporary cars 2019 Porsche 911 GT2 RS Coupe Date sold: 05/04/2019 eBay auction ID: 392290507422 Seller’s eBay ID: indigoautogroup Sale type: New car with 21 miles VIN: WP0AE2A96KS155299 Details: Chalk over black leather/Alcantara; 3.8-L twin-turbocharged H6 rated at 690 hp and 553 ft-lb, 7-sp auto, RWD Sale result: $333,500, 2 bids, sf 66 MSRP: $333,500 (as equipped) Other current offering: Porsche Gold Coast in Jericho, NY, asking $419,900 for a 2018 911 GT2 RS in GT Silver Metallic over black leather/red Alcantara, with 30 miles. 2019 McLaren 720S Coupe NOT SOLD AT $739,741. One of 42 DB5s originally finished in red, originally supplied to New York. Taxed in the U.K. 1993, in Germany after that. Last in SCM database at the May 2016 Aston Martin sale, when it bid to £640k/$932,391, unsold against a £900k–£1m ($1.3m–$1.5m) estimate (SCM# 6803457); sold to buyer in the Middle East presumably after that. Had been advertised by a U.K. dealer before this auction at £695k ($886k). After the strong sale of the first DB5 (Lot 222), the buzz had rather evaporated from the room. TOP 10 No. 5 #222-1964 ASTON MARTIN DB5 coupe. S/N DB51436R. Silver/black leather. RHD. Odo: 3,498 miles. Origi- naly Aegean Blue, then Mink Brown, last repainted during 2016–18 restoration (claimed £200k [$255k] spent). Decent paint and chrome. Retrimmed, leather already lightly baggy. Sharply defined chassis members, rear half of exhaust new. New wires wheels, with Turbospeeds. Period radio and Pye cassette player. Cond: 3+. which point bidding hotted up as various in the room sniffed a bargain, and the money crept up in £2500 ($3,200) increments to £217,500 ($277k), which means DB6s are down about 30% from the peak. Owner spent almost £130k ($166k) on it, but won’t have lost money as he’d had it since 1981, when it was just a cheap old banger. Bought at any time in the past decade and he would have been well underwater. #220-1966 ASTON MARTIN DB6 Van- tage coupe. S/N DB62498R. Dubonnet/black leather. RHD. Odo: 36,487 miles. Recently repainted in original color by AM Works; was metallic gray. Very straight body and nice finish. New leather, excellent dash. Very sharp underneath with new exhaust. Specced from new with three-ear spinners. Reunited with its original registration number. Aston Martin Assured Provenance—Gold Standard. Cond: 2+. Bonhams Wormsley, Stokenchurch, U.K. Date sold: 05/23/2019 eBay auction ID: 192925582672 Seller’s eBay ID: meandmyprs Sale type: Used car with 675 miles VIN: SBM14DCA4KW003415 Details: Chicane Grey over Scoria Grey leather/ McLaren Orange; 4.0-L twin-turbocharged V8 rated at 710 hp and 568 ft-lb, 7-sp auto, RWD Sale result: $295,000, Buy It Now, sf 129 MSRP: $367,899 (as equipped) Other current offering: In Atlanta, GA, MotorCars of Atlanta is selling a 2019 Paris Blue over Scoria Grey leather 720S coupe with 26 miles, for $361,330. 2018 Maserati Gran Turismo MC Convertible SOLD AT $1,097,622. Owner selling as he has to fund restoration of another DB5. A three-way battle, down to £5,000 ($6k) increments before it was down to two players, at which point one of them sucked it up and advanced by £15,000 ($19k). All that drove the price to probably $150k more than it was really worth. This was a market blip (although a dealer present told me he had just sold one for £760k/$975k) but well sold and high-water mark of this auction. #216-1966 ASTON MARTIN DB6 coupe. S/N DB62450R. Silver/black leather. RHD. Odo: 30,690 miles. Restored 2015–17 following long lay-up. Originally ordered with auto transmission, but may have been manual from new. Good panel fit and nice paint, newish leather. Very clean and sharp underneath. New fuel and brake pipes, exhaust. Cond: 2+. Date sold: 05/27/2019 eBay auction ID: 293101773725 Seller’s eBay ID: vetteandharleyman Sale type: Used car with 3,958 miles VIN: ZAM45VMA3J0271943 Details: White over blue leather; 4.7-L V8 rated at 454 hp and 384 ft-lb, 6-sp auto, RWD Sale result: $110,000, Buy It Now, sf 250 MSRP: $161,220 (base) Other current offering: Ferrari Maserati of Newport Beach in Newport Beach, CA, offering a Grigio Granito Metallic over Cuoio leather 2018 Gran Turismo MC convertible for $171,145, with 35 miles. ♦ 114 NOT SOLD AT $382,625. Was in New Zealand from 1972, returned in 2001, when it sold with H&H at Buxton for £27,400 ($39k). Pre refurb, bought from Bonhams’ Goodwood Revival auction in September 2009 for $127,955 (Lot 223, SCM# 1666769) with 34,001 miles. £330k-plus ($425k) is a big ask for a DB6 but would barely have covered the restoration work. Sums just don’t add up here and the vendor is stuck in the middle. #218-1969 ASTON MARTIN DBS coupe. S/N DBS5373R. Silver/blue leather. RHD. Odo: 11,772 miles. A few small bubbles in paint, and cracks at the base of A-pillars. Newish leather. Lightly tarnished chrome to wheels. Power steering from new. Note to Bonhams cataloger: De Dion rear suspension is not independent. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $319,013. Off the road 1984–2015. Owner has decided that post resto it’s too good to use. On sale from £200k ($255k), at SOLD AT $119,463. Had been in the U.S., returned around 2014. Bid to £92,500 ($118k) and appeared unsold though “very close”; later appeared in the results at £93,666— which works out to a bid of £82,500 ($105k). Fair money for a driver-quality DBS—I really can’t understand why you’d want a DB6 at twice the price. Sports Car Market


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Bonhams Wormsley, Stokenchurch, U.K. #201-1970 DAVID BROWN 990 Selecta- matic tractor. S/N 990A812464. White/black vinyl. The traditional David Brown tractor to open the sale. Tractors (and gears) were the bedrock of the DB empire, and Bonhams does not forget this. Restored 2017, still good all around with repro instructional stickers everywhere. No odo but just under 25 hours showing. Fuel gauge noted not to work. Cond: 2-. Vantage, engine conversion done ages ago and who knows what the spec is anyway, wrong color, wrong tail.” Well, that’s me told then. #208-1979 ASTON MARTIN V8 Series IV coupe. S/N V8SOR12147. Black/blue leather. RHD. Odo: 44,717 miles. Restored 2018. Shiny, refinished wheels. Sills all good. Only lightly worn replacement leather. New stainless exhaust. The Aston Workshop frontbrake upgrade. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $17,601. A little larger than previous offerings; chassis number suggests 1969 manufacture. Bought by the vendor in 2015. Although catalog claims it’s “a cut above a little grey Fergie,” I’d argue the TE20 is cuter. Offered at no reserve, as one of these is an unknown quantity at auction, and sold 20% over top estimate. TE20 is still worth more.... #211-1974 ASTON MARTIN V8 coupe. S/N V81116RCA. Dubonnet/black leather. RHD. Odo: 85,281 miles. Better than it looks with sharp sills, excellent paint, though wellcreased leather. Vantage-style body mods. Motor built into Vantage spec in 1987. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $75,249. Not sold at £59k, half the price of the ostensibly similar Series IV coupe (Lot 208). Why? As a dealer explained: “Not an Oscar India, not a real SOLD AT $168,674. Originally supplied to Oman. Offered from a deceased estate, which had only owned it since October 2018. After a slow start, a £70k ($89k) phone offer kicked off the bidding, resulting in a battle between two phones. Well sold, well over estimate, although given the cost of restoration may not have washed its face. NOT SOLD AT $242,329. Bid to £190k, not enough. Offered by a New Forest dealer who has been asking £240k ($306k), so somewhere about there would have seemed fair to a private buyer, but at that level there would be nothing left in it for retail. #234-1985 ASTON MARTIN V8 Van- tage coupe. S/N 12472. Red/cream leather. RHD. Odo: 42,945 miles. Very sharp, obviously had sill work, new paint, newish leather. Unscuffed Ronals with a little corrosion. Cond: 2-. #214-1979 ASTON MARTIN V8 Van- tage coupe. S/N V8VOR12183. Black/red leather. RHD. Odo: 26,593 miles. “Believed converted” to X-Pack spec, which is anything up to 432 hp but a slightly loose concept. Although there’s a bill for the porting work from Fourways Engineering, it’s on 48s, rather than the ultimate-spec 50s. Even the factory XPacks didn’t all have the carb mods, from what I can gather. Recent refurb/retrim with deep and shiny paint, newish leather, polished Ronals. Massive history file—I’ve seen it. Wants for nothing. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $229,575. Consigned by a well-known Aston Martin dealer which had advertised it at £265k ($338k). Sent up right near the end of the sale and the room was thinning out. The £180k bid looked a fair price in today’s market. Though the auction staff are realistic, often estimates and reserves are too high at the behest of owners, who refuse to acknowledge the market is down not by 10% or 15% but more like a third, and therefore deny themselves a possible sale. #217-1986 ASTON MARTIN V8 Van- tage coupe. S/N SCFCV81Z9GTR20018. Silver/red leather. RHD. Odo: 4,937 miles. Very good, low mileage. Decent repaint, a couple of chips on wheels. Good leather, only lightly creased on seats. As ever, all looks a bit homemade under the bonnet, especially the air intakes—these were very low volume, with only 52 built. Harvey Bailey Engineering handling kit added 2017. Cond: 2. 116 Sports Car Market


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Bonhams Wormsley, Stokenchurch, U.K. chanced their arm with this cheeky, wide-ofthe-mark bid of £200k, around $90k–$100k light. #221-1989 ASTON MARTIN V8 Series II Volante. S/N SCFCV81C5KTR15757. Black/Magnolia leather. RHD. Odo: 19,847 miles. Excellent paint, chrome, wheels, veneers. Unmarked and only lightly creased leather. Fitted from new with Vantage-type bonnet, front spoiler and blanked grille. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $471,904. U.K. supplied but in Hong Kong 1987–2006. Remember when these were worth less than a regular V8? Anyway, bid to £370k but not sold, which was only one bid away from the downward-revised (from £420–£480k/$536k–$612k) £380k– £440k ($485k–$561k) estimate. I’m surprised the owner didn’t let it go. #215-1987 ASTON MARTIN V8 Van- tage X-Pack coupe. S/N SCFCV81V8JTR12576. Metallic blue/Magnolia leather. RHD. Odo: 78,012 miles. Factory X-Pack; claimed never restored, though it’s probably had outriggers or at least jacking points as these are consumables on a V8, much like the sills (rockers) on a Mini. Good veneers, creased original leather. Ronals are unscuffed. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $267,837. Another that apparently got within £10k ($13k) of a sale—if the estimate range is a fair indicator of the reserve. $250k should be top money for a nonVantage Volante these days, even with the low mileage. #235-1993 ASTON MARTIN VIRAGE 6.3 Volante. S/N SCFDAM2CXPBR60083. Black/black canvas/black leather. RHD. Odo: 25,813 miles. Works-created (in 1995) 6.3 at a cost of £111k (then $180k), two-thirds of what it cost to buy new. Repainted 2016, polished alloys, leather worn slightly shiny. Now with traction control. Power top noted not to work but would be put right at the seller’s expense. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $369,870. Slow bidding to a claimed £290k. Not enough (about £30k ($38k) light of the ask), but given it was £100k ($128k) more than offered for the similar XPack converted car (Lot 214), which is about the right differential between a factory X-Pack and one later converted. Perhaps the market needs to take a long, hard look at itself. #231-1987 ASTON MARTIN V8 Van- tage X-Pack Volante. S/N 15569. Blue/ Parchment leather. RHD. Odo: 37,274 miles. Shiny paint, composite weave visible under finish on side skirts. Lightly creased leather. Original books and tools, full service history. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $172,181. Many Virages were converted to wide-body 6.3s in period because the model was considered a bit of a duffer when it was new. One owner to 2016, when it was sold at Bonhams AM Works auction in Newport Pagnell for $206,146, in its original red (SCM# 6803460). Not sold at £135k. NOT SOLD AT $255,083. Another one brought along by Stratton, which has looked after it since 1990. Unsold, though someone 118 #223-1996 ASTON MARTIN V8 coupe. S/N SCFDAM2S9TBTR79009. Dark blue/ Parchment leather. RHD. Odo: 12,578 miles. “New” V8 is essentially Vantage (née Virage) with stock motor. Clean and shiny, unscuffed alloys, lightly creased leather. Low mileage and one owner from new. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $69,084. Originally supplied in Jersey, Channel Islands, to U.K. in 1998. Coming right after the big-selling DB5 (Lot 222), this slightly got lost. Bid to £60k ($76k), £10k ($16k) under lower estimate. Unsold in the moment, but appeared sold in the post-auction results at an unusual £54,166, which works out to something like £47,100 ($60k) hammer. #202-1998 ASTON MARTIN DB7 Vo- lante. S/N SCFAA3115WK201904. Silver Blue/gray leather. RHD. Odo: 30,500 miles. Good all around, with lowish mileage, only light wear to leather. Veneers okay. Still with cotton gloves in plastic bag for wheel changing. Spare is unused Two keys. Irish registered. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $29,335. Originally supplied in Belfast. In storage since 2016. Mid-estimate money, still twice the price of the related Jaguar XK8. #203-1999 ASTON MARTIN V8 coupe. S/N SCFDAM2S3XBR79100. Blue/charcoal leather, gray velour. RHD. Odo: 32,492 miles. Evolution of the Virage, one of 101. Small dings in right front wing, bubble in door bottoms. Unusually has velour seat inserts, lightly creased, and leather mostly unworn. Blackfinish veneers good. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $63,771. From a deceased estate, and being sold by the widow of the late owner. Bid to £58k but not sold, which is a little curious as it was just over the lower estimate and the reserve must have been near. Given its condition, I would have taken any offer over £50k ($64k)... actually, pretty much any offer, because front-fender rust is prevalent on Virage-family cars. #212-2004 ASTON MARTIN VAN- QUISH coupe. S/N SCFAC13373B500674. Silver/black leather. RHD. Odo: 32,400 miles. Sports Car Market


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Bonhams Wormsley, Stokenchurch, U.K. Market Moment Well kept by two owners and showing only lowish mileage. Claimed only 2,500 miles in past 10 years, which seems a bit of a waste. Cond: 2-. Peter Singhof ©2019, courtesy of RM Sotheby’s 1983 Porsche 911 Turbo Group 4 Replica Racer Sold at $200,781 RM Sotheby’s, Essen, DEU, April 11–12, 2019, Lot 309 Chassis number: WP0ZZZ93ZFS000993 famous histories tend to be priced into the stratosphere. Plus, authentic race cars can have serious issues with prior damage. If you want to continue racing the car, a solid replica is the way to go. This car is likely among the best replica 1978 Group 4 racers available. The builders knew what R they were doing when they created a copy of one of the most storied sports-car racers of our time. In addition, this car was built for Porsche racing legend Klaus Ludwig. After all, Ludwig won Le Mans three times in Porsches, so it should be taken as a given that his personal vintage racing car was well-sorted and competitive. The car presents as a period-correct Group 4 racer, but it includes modern safety and timing equipment to make it a turn-key proposition. Ludwig’s ownership is in itself an asset. Even if he never raced it in the day, it’s still an ex-Klaus Ludwig car. He did run it in many vintage races — including the Le Mans Classic. But how do we evaluate the sale price with respect to other Porsches? According to SCM’s Platinum Auction Database, a stock 930 Turbo Carrera in Number 3 driver condition sold for $99,000 this spring (SCM# 6897943), so that’s not a bad baseline on the 1983 930 donor chassis that was used to make this 1978-era racer. The extra $100k in the price is reasonable for the race prep, fresh engine, Ludwig name, and the sure and certain hope that this car will be accepted into virtually any vintage race in the world. The engine alone could easily cost $50,000 or more to duplicate. For those reasons, we’ll call this car well bought. Finally, this sale price is just a small fraction of the price of a real Group 4 RSR. An authentic 1975 Porsche 911 Carrera RSR 3.0 factory-built race car with documented Le Mans history sold for $1,775,000 last fall (SCM# 6887427). Owners of Porsche race cars can take this sale as a sign of appreciation, but remember that investing money to turn a road car into a race car does not usually yield increased value. In many cases, a race-prepped car is worth less than a comparable street model. In most cases, race-car buyers save substantial money and heartache by purchasing a sorted, turn-key example like this, as opposed to building a fresh one. — Jeff Zurschmeide 120 SOLD AT $66,003. Last lot of the day, knocked down mid-estimate to a well-known Aston Martin dealer who’d consigned a large proportion of the cars to this sale. No doubt soon to be seen retailing for a little more. #207-2013 ASTON MARTIN V12 Vantage coupe. S/N SCFEABCF6DGS01298. Sports Car Market ace cars are tricky investments, and none are trickier than re-creations built to a period specification. The car may be functionally identical to the original competition model, but it’s not the real thing. If you want to buy one to drive, that’s a blessing because authentic race cars with NOT SOLD AT $71,423. “Book” (i.e., commission bids) cleared at £52k ($66k), but that wasn’t enough and it was unsold at a £56k ($71k) ask. No surprise as retail is still quite a lot more. #233-2004 ASTON MARTIN DB AR1 roadster. S/N 800039. Blue/gray leather. Odo: 2,030 miles. DB7-based, the 39th of 99. Unscuffed alloys and even the brake calipers are clean. With original toolkit, battery conditioner, first aid kit, two umbrellas in their original casing, plus bespoke tonneau. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $306,100. Just over 2,000 miles and four owners? Hmmm... Not sold at £240k. #236-2007 ASTON MARTIN DB9 Vo- lante. S/N SCFAC02A87GB07966. Black/ black cloth/tan leather. RHD. Odo: 10,673 miles. First of the Gaydon-built Astons, one owner and very good all around. With original bill of sale, toolkit, Aston Martin-branded first aid kit, owner’s manual, specification sheet, Aston Martin tracking user guidebook, Navteq onboard navigation system manual, and an unused Aston Martin umbrella. Cond: 2-.


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Black/black leather. RHD. Odo: 10,000 miles. Aston’s biggest engine in its smallest chassis. Good all around, with very good paint and hardly used leather. Black calipers, pianoblack dash, lightweight seats, 10-spoke wheels, front parking sensors. Full service history. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $85,070. From the same deceased estate as the 1979 V8 Series IV (Lot 208), which bought it direct from AM Works in 2014 with under 6,000 miles. Hammered at £58k ($74k), £2k ($2,500) behind lower estimate, and at first looked as if it didn’t sell but appeared in published results. Looks like a super value against a Vanquish, which uses the same engine to propel a bit more car, and proper manual transmission is nice to have. #232-2019 ASTON MARTIN VAN- QUISH Zagato Shooting Brake. S/N SCFNLCUZ7KGJ54496. Red/black & red leather. RHD. Odo: 43 miles. The 68th of 99 built, one of four designs based on Vanquish S. With 43 miles, like new with lots of extras that will get the anoraks going such as Zircotec exhaust finisher, carbon-fiber load area and Q-tone grilles (the front one machined from billet, trivia fans). Irish number but presumably not EU-registered as 20% VAT payable on the hammer price, as well as buyer’s premium, if it stays here, as it’s a new car. Cond: 1. NOT SOLD AT $701,478. I can only imagine these delivery-mileage, low-volume concept cars are bought as investments. But there doesn’t seem a lot of point unless somebody wants to buy them for a profit. Alleged top bid was $110k under lower estimate, near where normally lurks the reserve price. Maybe best put it away for 10 years and try again. Artcurial didn’t sell its example in Feb either, and we had to wait until Villa Erba near the end of May to find out what the market would pay... €450k ($500k) plus premium, though don’t forget, if it stays in the EU there’s that 20% VAT to pay on the whole lot. © August 2019 121


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Silverstone Heythrop, U.K. The Heythrop Classic and Sale of British Marques 2019 Two Jaguar XJ 220s, both with recent big services and new tires, each cleared the £300k ($390k) required to set them loose Company Silverstone Date May 10, 2019 Location Heythrop Park, Enstone, U.K. Auctioneer Jonathan Humbert Automotive lots sold/offered 36/73 Sales rate 49% Sales total $2,886,699 High sale 1995 Jaguar XJ 220 coupe, sold at $439,435 Buyer’s premium 15%, included in sold prices ($1 = £0.77) The very low mileage may have been the main reason this sold at the higher price over the 1997 XJ 220 — 1995 Jaguar XJ 220 coupe, sold at $439,435 Report and photos by Paul Hardiman Market opinions in italics A 122 nother new venue for Silverstone: an English country estate with a mile-long drive, at the other end of the county from Wormsley and right next to where Peter Mullin proposes his new museum. Heythrop includes a hotel, so it’s billed as a resort, and the cars sat well on the terrace overlooked by the house. Silverstone boss Nick Whale made the point that the venue works out cheaper than Blenheim Palace, as Heythrop has a permanent marquee, which avoids having to hire one specially. Coinciding with the Jaguar Enthusiasts’ Club meet That included the two Jaguar XJ 220s, a model absent from the auction market for Heythrop, U.K. the past couple of years, so it was interesting to see where they would go. Both with recent big services and new tires, they each cleared £300,000 ($390k), which I’m told was the figure promised back to JLR on each, but not by a lot, selling for $395,491 (1997 LHD with 20,844 km) and $438k (1995 RHD with 702 miles). A nice 1998 Ferrari 550 Maranello, with lowish mileage, looked good at $115,012 and a 1935 Derby Bentley Special now with a 7.4-liter Phantom V12 was a strong seller at $139,154, but a tidy 1973 Ford Escort Mexico failed to sell at $45k. The Buy It Now price of $58k applied later gave an indication of what the vendor was thinking. Fair logic, as Silverstone has historically done at the resort, and the Jaguar Car Club meet just down the road in Woodstock, this was two sales in one — the Heythrop Classic Car Sale, followed immediately by the Sale of British Marques. Some of the catalog had come from Jaguar Land Rover Classic, which, having spent time buying up everything in sight, is now forced to have a clear-out. very well with fast Fords, but the entire market has softened a bit. Two clean BMW 3.0 CSi coupes with some titivation work behind them (1975 one for $54,197 and 1973 at $49,071) showed that the E9 market continues to be all over the place, after a similar car sold two months before for almost twice as much. Another celebrity-owned Excalibur showed up, this time an elegant SS, but it could only reach $75k, not enough to match the $98,571 fetched in April by the ex-Dean Martin Series II. The three star cars indoors failed to sell, however, so the marquee turned out to be a bit of a waste. The DB5 probably should have sold at the $794k bid, the 1950 “washboard” DB2 was a bit short at $573k, and I probably would have turned the Daytona Spyder (an older Straman conversion) loose at the $618k top bid. ♦ Sports Car Market


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Silverstone Heythrop, U.K. ENGLISH #416-1933 MG J1 Midget Special road- ster. S/N 0490BK. Black/red leather. RHD. Nominally a 4-seater but ordered new as a 2-seater. Once had a Ford 10 engine; original motor refitted in 1996, after it had been resurrected with a 2-seater body “in the style of.” Paint and chrome okay. Mild shame about the red-painted brake drums (but I did the same as a 17-year-old). So, in a nutshell: Mostly orig: rebodied. Cond: 3+. competition history and success, including a first in class at Harewood in 2003. Big money for a Bentley Special, but you’d probably struggle to replicate it for the price. #415-1950 ASTON MARTIN DB2 Wash- board coupe. S/N LML5016. Green/green leather. RHD. Odo: 2,466 miles. Early “washboard” car (three-grille, only the first 49 made like this) in excellent restored order, probably better than when it left Feltham. Incredibly tight and even panel gaps for a DB2 family car. Almost-new leather just settling with some homely creases. Shiny dash. Super-clean engine bay, tools and accessories. Cond: 1-. #421-1956 ALLARD PALM BEACH Mk II prototype roadster. S/N 7270002. Red/red & cream leather. RHD. Odo: 66,034 miles. British Men In Sheds strike again! This is the Mk II prototype... still with swing-axle front suspension. Never seen one styled quite like this before—it’s almost good-looking! Restored by Sydney Allard’s son and grandson. Excellent order with new leather and probably better than it left Clapham. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $27,538. Sold at Bonhams Oxford December 2014 for £29,900 ($46,164, SCM# 6711933), then went to Australia. On return, not sold against a £20k–£30k estimate at Bonhams Olympia Dec 2018. But it has a bit more history: Owned from 1937 by Leslie Hawthorn of The TT Garage in Farnham. Therefore Silverstone boss Nick Whale is convinced this is the car Mike Hawthorn learned to drive in... If proven, a great buy even for what must in modern terms be described as a special. If not, a fair one both ways. #423-1935 BENTLEY SPECIAL 7.4 V12 roadster. S/N B137CW. Green/black leather. RHD. Odo: 97,734 miles. A Bentley special with a difference. Built from a Gurney Nutting-bodied Derby in 1996, with its 3.5 straight 6 supercharged, it was fitted in 1999 with a V12 from a Phantom III, but with raised (8:1) compression. So, it oughta go quite well. Shiny, good chrome to radiator and lights. Interior a bit more used, with baggy seat leather. Original motor (now 3973 cc) and various spare wheels and tires included in the deal. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $572,893. Delivered new in Australia, belonged to Le Mans driver Vern Schuppan from 2009. Third place in Post-War Sports Cars class at Pebble Beach in 2015. Not sold at £440k, which was apparently “only one bid away,” but later advertised with a Buy It Now price of £560k ($727k). #445-1954 JAGUAR XK 120 coupe. S/N 669111. Green/green leather. RHD. Odo: 87,889 miles. Restoration project with a few dings and ripples in the body, and it sits a bit lopsided with bumpers that don’t line up, but it’s all there apart from rear window and door trim. Looks as if it’s had a little push in the left rear bumper, but door fit not bad, and rear light plinths aren’t corroded. Leather and veneers look eminently savable. Various parts in trunk including unused ancient spare tire. Cond: 3. BEST BUY SOLD AT $102,535. Six Mk IIs were built. This was in storage 1976–2012 until resurrected by the Allards. There’s nothing to compare it with except perhaps the prototype Cobra. As such, it looks a bargain for a one-off blind alley, less so as a sum of its parts... and, erm, wouldn’t you rather have a Healey 100 (which probably inspired it) for less money? #405-1962 JAGUAR MK 2 sedan. S/N 208909DN. Gold/cream leather. RHD. Odo: 8,731 miles. Very original with factory paint and leather but still straight and shiny, so we assume mileage is correct. Pretty good rear spat/wing/sill fits. Veneers all good, as is boot floor covering. Original steel wheels are included; these wires were fitted early in its life. With original books and tools. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $90,817. The best spec in low-mileage, untouched condition and original books, etc. translates into a very strong price for a Mk II, sold to a Jaguar Enthusiasts Club member. Almost unrepeatable. #436-1964 JAGUAR E-TYPE Series I SOLD AT $139,154. Built by the two best names in the business—Alan Padgett and Bob Burrell, who engineered the V12 swap having built a V12 Special of his own—and looks mildly intimidating even standing silent. Some 124 SOLD AT $42,772. Another from JLR Classic, which was disposing of a number of cars at this sale, having bought up practically everything in sight a couple of years ago; this one from Denmark. It is a rare thing, though, as Jaguar only made 194 right-hand-drive XK 120 coupes. Pre-sale lower estimate was reduced from £35k ($46k) to £29k ($38k) just before the sale, and it just scraped over that. I’d call this a bit of a steal. 3.8 open 2-seater. S/N 850858. White/red leather. RHD. Incomplete but sounds as if most of the parts are there. Seems solid enough. Whole thing is brush painted. Looks like a new front, with a small ding in left cheek. Weirdly, seat leather fairly new. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $90,817. Delivered new in Hong Kong in Opalescent Gunmetal with dark blue leather, and with last owner 36 years. Last in SCM database when it was unsold in exactly the same state at $74,200 at Silverstone’s May 2018 sale (SCM# 6874499). This time, sold Sports Car Market


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Silverstone Heythrop, U.K. SOLD AT $77,633. California 2018 stickers give a clue when it arrived home. From JLR Classic, which fitted a new exhaust (and presumably the tires) before sale. Though not a lot of money was being asked for here ($52k– $65k), rather well bought for such an original car, even if it needs a bit more love. #407-1966 JAGUAR E-TYPE Series I for more than the complete and running coupe (Lot 404).... #440-1965 ASTON MARTIN DB5 coupe. S/N DB52249R. Silver/red leather. RHD. Odo: 62,905 miles. Repainted in original silver (was blue), still nice and straight with good finish and chrome. Older, could-beoriginal leather nicely settled in. Solid and clean under, new exhaust. Was once a 4.2, now reunited with its (repaired) original 4-liter block. Cond: 3+. 4.2 2+2 coupe. S/N 1E50468BN. White/red leather. RHD. Odo: 53,766 miles. Driver-quality, one-owner car with original books and original leather displays a lovely warm patina. Stick-on temperature gauge on dash. Paint flaking off in places and wearing one mudflap. Exhaust and tires look newish, though. Apparently put away for past 38 years, and now described as a “restoration opportunity.” Cond: 3. SOLD AT $65,915. I guess if it’s an auto anyway you might as well have whitewalls.... If you like this kind of thing, buying after someone else has spent all the money on restoration makes sense, as unless the vendor bought incredibly cheap a long time ago it’s unlikely they got their money back. #419-1971 JAGUAR E-TYPE Series III SOLD AT $38,084. Probably from JLR, but not expressly stated. It is a Series I but it’s the ugly bloated one, with an auto, in the worst color—a white elephant—putting it off limits to all but the most imaginative buyers. Sold very cheap for any E-type, on the phone. NOT SOLD AT $794,238. Owned in 2013 for a year by Chris Evans, then sold to the vendor by JD Classics in December 2014. Not sold at £610k. Buy It Now price of £784k ($1,018,000) advertised after the sale gives a clue where the vendor wanted to be. Although a dealer I know sold one recently for £760k (just under $1m), the recently restored example sold a week later at Wormsley for $1.1m was an exception, fetching at least £100/$150k more than it was really “worth” in a bidding war. I’d suggest nice DB5s should currently be about £600k–£650k ($780k– $840k). #404-1965 JAGUAR E-TYPE Series I 4.2 coupe. S/N 1E30754. Maroon metallic/ beige leather. Odo: 47,031 miles. Very original with dulled paint, and a few chips at panel edges (plus a couple of nicks out of the back edge of the clamshell). A bit of goo around floorpan repairs. Rebuilt rear suspension, new exhaust. Redone interior artificially aged to look original. New tires. Air filter missing. NOVA registration done. Cond: 3+. #441-1971 MORRIS MINI Cooper S Mk III 2-dr sedan. S/N XAD1395231A. Teal Blue & Snowberry White/black leather. RHD. Odo: 76,000 miles. Tidy, with Wood & Pickett custom leather interior and fat-rim leather wheel fitted from new. Older (mid-2000s) restoration holding up nicely, as well it should since it included new shell, subframes and wheels. Chassis number misquoted in catalog. Cond: 3+. V12 open 2-seater. S/N 1S1066. Red/black cloth/black leather. RHD. Odo: 57,783 miles. Repainted, but when is unclear; originally white with light blue. Clean and tidy, original interior, older perforated leather may be original, new top. Pleasingly bone stock apart from chrome wires, which wear original-spec Dunlop SP Aquajets. Cond: 3+. car just out of restoration; although interior is original, with a nice patina. Very clean underneath, new exhausts. Appears to sit slightly lower than standard, on fatter rubber, which helps its looks out. Still with very period Webasto sunroof, which doesn’t help with value. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $24,739. Appeared unsold on the day at £19,000 ($24,739), confirmed sold later at the same figure. If you don’t mind the reshell (and bodies were considered consumable items by anyone who rallied them, including the Comps Department at Abingdon), slightly well bought—especially compared with a Mk I at twice the money—but probably fair money in today’s market. #426-1971 JAGUAR E-TYPE Series III V12 2+2 coupe. S/N 1S51056BW. White/red leather. RHD. Odo: 53,608 miles. U.K. RHD 126 SOLD AT $93,638. Not sold on the day at £68k ($88k), afterwards advertised with a Buy It Now price of £77,250 ($100k), later declared sold at £71,917. Given that the two V12s here are in broadly the same repainted but not fully restored condition, they follow the E-type rule of thumb that roadsters are worth about half as much again as coupes. Being a manual helps here, although auto won’t affect a coupe as much (especially if it’s on whitewalls, with a Webasto, see Lot 426). Fair money. #434-1973 ROLLS-ROYCE COR- NICHE convertible. S/N DRH17461. Gold/ white vinyl/Magnolia leather. RHD. Odo: 29,743 miles. 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Silverstone Heythrop, U.K. gled. These are steadily climbing away from their cheap-as-chips image, but still much less money than the rarer AC 428. Never seen one quite like this, though. #447-1989 RAILTON CLAREMONT SOLD AT $93,746. Correctly priced at about 60% more than a coupe. Preservation in this condition is worth it. #305-1973 FORD ESCORT Mexico 2-dr sedan. S/N BFATNR00107. Blue/black vinyl. RHD. Odo: 40,844 miles. Restored, appears correct in every detail (wide-lip front wheelarches, various body reinforcements, rear radius arms, row of studs in trunk floor for rear skid). New (or incredibly good original) vinyl inside. Still with supplying dealer Haynes of Maidstone sticker in rear window. Tires look just a little too low profile, but choice is limited for 13 inches—and the spare wears a 50-section “rubber band!” Cond: 2. F29 convertible. S/N SAJJNADW3DA155928. Blue/cream leather. RHD. Odo: 13,790 miles. William Towns makeover based on an XJ-S, built by the same people who made the XJ 220s. One of one (Fairmile sister is similar, but with bigger rear wheels and no spats). Good and straight with nice paint, leather lightly creased. Cond: 2-. veneers, top unworn, all making low mileage believable. Illegal Leaping Cat mascot on bonnet, but I’ve never heard of anyone actually getting nicked for one. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $27,538. Sold at H&H Duxford March 2018 for $43,488 with 14,638 miles (SCM# 6867974). This month’s price for a low-mileage XJS, and included to give a comparison with the Railton, which is the same car underneath. Remember, kids, investments can go down as well as up. TOP 10 No. 10 SOLD AT $87,887. All a bit Gerry Anderson... Claremont stayed with Towns until his passing in 1993. In this ownership since 2006. Sold for about 2½ times the price of a regular XJ-S in the same condition and mileage. #427-1991 BENTLEY CONTINENTAL convertible. S/N SCBZD02A2MCH30505. Black/black cloth/tan leather. RHD. Odo: 26,507 miles. One of the last Corniche series, renamed Continental (for Bentleys only) in 1989, and with all the bling. Appears almost like new, with near-unused seat leather, veneers excellent. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $45,571. Not sold at £35k against an ambitious $52k–$60k estimate. If the market’s as nervous as we keep saying it is, it probably should have been let go for that. Advertised later with a Buy it Now price of $58,116, at which I expect the vendor’s phone is going to gather some dust. #409-1975 JENSEN INTERCEPTOR III coupe. S/N 22409490. White/red leather. RHD. Odo: 9,115 miles. Very original and looking a little tired. Older repaint, decent chrome, original leather now nicely patinated with nice character, but looks older than 9,000 miles. Good veneers, original Jensen Cars sticker in rear window. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $96,676. Of the near-5,000 Shadow MPW/Corniche/Continental series production, fewer than 10% were Bentleys. Originally supplied to Japan, later sold to California. To the U.K. in 2005 and modified to U.K. specification (headlights, mostly) by Bentley Birmingham. Bought by the vendor from a Silverstone auction in 2013, looks as though it’s been for sale with an Essex dealer in the meantime, sold here a smidge under estimate but fair. May retail for a little more. SOLD AT $84,957. Three owners (from same family as the low-mileage Jaguar Mk II) and low mileage kept the money healthy here, although by 1975 the 440 was fairly well stran- 128 #402-1994 JAGUAR XJS convertible. S/N SAJJNAFD3EJ193628. Silver Blue/blue cloth/beige leather. RHD. Odo: 14,689 miles. Little used, long-term-stored car, so good and original, not scuffed or rusty. Good paint, nice interior plastics, front leather only lightly worn, rear seats look unused, excellent Sports Car Market #429-1995 JAGUAR XJ 220 coupe. S/N SAJJEAEX7AX220645. Blue/ gray leather. RHD. Odo: 702 miles. Very low mileage, unscuffed and well kept. Although windscreen slightly delaminating at corners. Like F40s, these need a periodic big service and recent big spend was £25k ($39k) in 2015 with Don Law Racing, the worldwide expert in these, which included fuel tanks. However, turbo bodies now slightly surfacerusted. New (2017-dated) Pirelli rubber more recently fitted. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $439,435. Sold on the phone for 10% more than the other one, which we’ll put down to the difference in mileage. It’s been a couple of years since one of these went through auction, so I was curious to see where they’d go. Sold slightly stronger than expected, though it had to be this much (see comments after the next one). #410-1997 JAGUAR XJ 220 coupe. S/N SAJJEAEX8AX220687. Silver/gray leather. Odo: 20,844 km. Well kept, with new Pirelli tires. Fuel pipes and unions look new; if anything, fresher than the other one. Windscreen not delaminating, although one of the roof seals is coming adrift. Cond: 2+.


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Silverstone Heythrop, U.K. SOLD AT $395,491. Now, the thing is, both the XJ 220s (and several others) were being disposed of by Jaguar Land Rover Heritage, which I hear was promised £300k ($390k) back on each one. So, though the price of these two gauges the current market, and that promise was true, it meant that Silverstone only made £41,250 ($53,709) on these two sales.... #411-1997 BENTLEY TURBO RT LWB sedan. S/N SCBZP23C6WCH66140. Black/ black leather. RHD. Odo: 79,285 miles. RT is one of the run-out Turbos, with only 252 built. 400-hp (but more important 550 ft-lb) motor is from Continental T. Paint deep and even, slightly sandblasted/pebble-dashed front end, but bumpers are straight. Rear arches okay and no bubbles around back window. Leather lightly creased, veneers very good. Cond: 2-. GERMAN #307-1971 MERCEDES-BENZ 280SE 3.5 coupe. S/N 11102622003550. Silver/black leather. RHD. Odo: 46,446 miles. Presents well with just a few dust marks in older repaint. New floors and carpets in 2014; said to have had brake and suspension work since. Perforated leather wearing well, just a little baggy in rear, dash timbers very good. Period radio has iPod connection. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $54,197. Sold online for fair money, but much less than the older-restored and bone-stock 1974 car (s/n 2265591, $92,517) in the same color at Duxford a few weeks before. Without front spoiler or vinyl roof, that looked much cleaner, which may explain some of the price difference: You mess with original spec at your peril. #319-1976 PORSCHE 911S 2.7 Targa. S/N 9116311122. White/tartan cloth, black vinyl. Odo: 20,371 km. Optioned with tinted glass, now with modern stereo and rally tripmeter fitted. Motor castings a bit corroded. Overall fair order, having been titivated with some new paint in 2015. Catalog suggests that based on the history file, the odometer reading could be real. Certificate of Authenticity. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $79,098. Appeared to be no real bids until a phone came in at the right money and saved the day. Last in SCM Platinum Auction Database in February 2017, when Silverstone sold it with 46,430 miles at Stoneleigh for $88,275 (SCM# 6827835). SOLD AT $19,042. These are so cheap for the sheer amount of motor and performance (see “Affordable Classic,” June 2018) and sometimes for a reason, as they’re potential money pits... However, great fun while it lasts. This sold a little under estimate, reflecting the market view that it wasn’t quite as nice as the other RT in the auction (Lot 406), a 47k-mile 1998 car that didn’t sell at £22,500 ($29k) bid. Always a gamble but if nothing bad goes wrong, then well bought. #401-2000 ROVER MINI Cooper Sport 2-dr sedan. S/N SAXXNPAZEYD183567. Red/red leather. RHD. Odo: 15,954 miles. Known as Chuckles. Very well restored/repainted. Red leather interior with deep-buttoned seats features velvet curtains and headliner, plus disco light in roof. Trunk is a minibar. Engine bay, by comparison, is a bit shabby. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $49,071. Sold new in Berlin. Well bought in the room. Less bling than the Turkis Blue car, but I preferred it, even if the body might not have been quite as sharp. #304-1975 BMW 3.0 CSi coupe. S/N 4350043. Turkis blue/Charcoal vinyl. RHD. Odo: 13,919 miles. Restored, repainted (originally white), with Alpina wheels. Seat vinyl is new in front, okay in rear. Dashboard timber redone, inner front wings nice and smooth. Brightwork all okay, although front bumpers always appear slightly twisted on these. Still with rather dated CSL-type front air dam, and vinyl roof is a bit unfortunate, especially, as according to the catalog, it was applied recently. Cond: 2-. #311-1972 BMW 3.0 CSi coupe. S/N 2263204. Blue/tan vinyl. Odo: 83,736 km. Refurbed and repainted (in Germany) rather than fully restored. Looks like an older retrim. Paint and brightwork okay. Modern stereo. Front bumper is straight on this one. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $51,267. Had been in Greece; bought by the vendor in 2018, presumably after it was offered but not sold at Bonhams’ Padua auction in October 2018 for $39,750 (SCM# 6887572), and before that unsold at Bonhams’ Spa Classic sale May 2017 (# 6837260). Sold on the phone and cheap today for any roadworthy air-cooled 911, but, as a 2.7 CIS LHD Targa in the U.K., it needed to be. While it’s refreshing that early G-series cars have dropped below £40k ($52k) again, all that to-ing and fro-ing must have cost the vendor dearly, and it might have been a better deal to take the money offered in Italy. #302-1988 PORSCHE 944 Turbo coupe. S/N WP0ZZZ95ZJN100430. Bronze/brown leather. RHD. Odo: 21,520 miles. Two owners, lowish mileage. Repainted. Rear silencer falling apart, rear lock escutcheon broken, as normal, although rear spoiler drains are clear. Shiny polished wheels. Dash plastics okay, seat leather shows very little wear. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $29,296. Property (since 2008) of musician Jay Kay, who routinely disposes of his cast-offs via Silverstone. Offered at no reserve, and sold for twice the price of a decent stock Rover Group Cooper, or about the same as a nice Mk II Cooper. 130 SOLD AT $38,084. Sold online. Silverstone made much of this but I couldn’t see why—low mileage is its sole Unique Selling Point rather than exceptional condition, and it sold where the consignors at least expected. Beware, Sports Car Market


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Silverstone Heythrop, U.K. though—air-cooled 911s are coming down in price, so the front-engined cars will no doubt follow soon. #316-1989 PORSCHE 911 Turbo Targa. S/N WP0ZZZ93ZKS010066. Red/beige leather. RHD. Odo: 71,725 miles. Tidy, clean, well-kept G50. Okay under headlights and in door shuts. With heated seats; leather lightly worn and creased. Spare unused, still with tools. Good service history, spare keys. Cond: 2-. #313-1978 FERRARI 400 GT Series I 2+2 coupe. S/N 26265. Silver/red & black leather. RHD. Odo: 45,000 miles. One of 27 RHD manuals. Good all around: Body and plastics tidy apart from rear bumper cover slightly discolored and wavy; some wear to leather on center console edges and steering wheel. Red seat leather nicely worn in and patinated with a few creases. Recent clutch and timing chains. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $82,028. Confirming that prices are down a bit, though GTS with F1 is least valuable variant; add 15% for manual coupe. JAPANESE #303-1967 HONDA S800 coupe. S/N AES800C1003184. Red/black vinyl. RHD. Odo: 76,701 miles. Restored 2014–17, still very clean and tidy. Probably original seat vinyl, gearstick gaiter a bit ragged. Motor clean in factory finishes, except for polished carb tops and air-filter lid. New tires, fatter than standard. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $102,535. Sold right: Whale, a former Porsche main dealer, pointed out these were twice the price a couple of years ago. Not quite, but you’d certainly have expected over £100k/$150k on a clean, lowish-mileage 930, especially with the G50 box. Targa top doesn’t appear to dent the value as much as it used to, so fairly bought, but I can see it being retailed for more shortly by a hopeful dealer with a soon-to-be dusty phone. ITALIAN #314-1972 FERRARI 365 GTB/4 Stra- man conversion convertible. S/N 15951. Metallic blue/tan leather. RHD. Odo: 8,639 miles. Older Straman converstion on U.K.supplied car that went to Australia, where it was repainted red, then converted in California in 1978. Repainted black and fitted with Borranis in 2000, in U.K. by 2008. Still low mileage (Silverstone boss Nick Whale was rather irritated that the catalog failed to mention that), and presents well in recent original-color repaint though some scratches around windscreen surround. Decent Ansa exhaust and hangers. New mouse fur to dash top, fairly new leather. Now with electric power steering. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $53,465. According to various Ferrari forums, only 10 of these are reckoned to survive. Hammered £1,500 ($2k) under low estimate to a phone bidder. We’ve not had one of these through auction for a while, so this gives a clue on price. 400i autos started in the classified at £34k ($45k). #306-1998 FERRARI 550 Maranello coupe. S/N ZFFZR49C000113261. Red/beige leather. RHD. Odo: 21,000 miles. Very nicely kept, paint just about unmarked, stick-on Scuderia shields, seat leather and carpets little worn, dash plastics good. Motor looks a little soiled, but it has good service history and still with books, tools and cover. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $22,558. Sold for the right money—same price or a little more than a perfect steel-bumper MGB roadster but less than a frog-eye Sprite or Datsun 240Z—to a phone bidder in the U.K. Although Whale said that if it hadn’t reached reserve, he would have bought it himself. AMERICAN SOLD AT $115,012. Not sold on the day but declared sold later for around 10% more. Still looks like a super value. #308-1999 FERRARI F355 GTS Spider. S/N ZFFXR42C000115096. Red/black leather. RHD. Odo: 34,111 miles. Decent and tidy. Stick-on Scuderia shields. Leather only lightly worn. Manifold issues and sticky switches said to have been sorted, although dash and airbag covers a bit ripply, as usual. Mesh rear grille and aftermarket steering OMP wheel and kevlar paddles fitted (originals included). Good history, still with books and tools. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $618,464. Previously in SCM Platinum Auction Database when it sold at Bonhams Goodwood for $320,300 on September 15, 2012 (SCM# 5039803), and we said, “Sold fair at all the money the vendor was looking for, reconfirming that chops aren’t as valuable as original coupes.” Bid to £475k, which was “one bid away,” but later advertised with a Buy It Now price of £555k ($720k). 132 #317-1965 EXCALIBUR SS roadster. S/N 1006. Maroon/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 6,524 miles. Early Excalibur (sixth SS built) and almost elegant, as Brooks Stevens intended, with engine-turned dash. Fair condition with original paint getting slightly tired around the front suspension. Seat vinyl holding up well, original vinyl top and even U.S. Royal Super Safety tires, which look ancient and, given the mileage, might be the original fitment. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $75,518. First owner Tony Curtis but soon sold to Donald S. Gilmore for $7,895; in the Gilmore Classic Car Museum until 2007. First registered in the U.K. 2008. 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The Branson Auction Branson, MO Branson Spring 2019 The top-selling Rolls-Royce Phantom I impressed in both details and final price of $231k Company Branson Date April 12–13, 2019 Location Branson, MO Auctioneers Brian Marshall, Jeff Knosp Automotive lots sold/offered 142/200 Sales rate 71% Sales total $2,868,580 High sale 1930 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Regent convertible, sold at $231,000 Buyer’s premium 10%, included in sold prices One of 17 known to exist — 1930 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Regent convertible, sold at $231,000 Report and photos by Andy Staugaard Market opinions in italics I 134 t was a wonderful weekend in Branson for an auction. Jim and Kathy Cox have pretty much dialed in their bidders and docket over the past few years. This year was no exception, as there was a good cross-section of American and European cars within the 200 consignments. Gross proceeds were over $2.8 million on 142 cars sold, resulting in a 71% sell-through rate. The top sale was a 1930 Rolls-Royce 1, which is consistent with past auctions in Branson. All but the top-selling car r less than $100k, and a whopping 121 cars, or 60% of total, sold for under $30k. Both Ferraris at the sale caught my attention. The first was a 1979 308 GT4 Branson, MO Phantom Regent for $231,000. It was one of only 17 known to exist and should represent a solid investment for the buyer. Second in sales was a 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Split-Window coupe at $99k. The one-year Split-Window is consistently seeing gains on the auction circuit. This one had a period-correct but non-original engine, with many incorrect parts, and still brought almost $100k. The top five sales were rounded out by a 1937 Cadillac Series 75 convertible for $78,000 at third; fourth was a 1970 Mercedes 280SL for $77,000, and fifth was a 1970 Jaguar E-type for $70,950. Average sale amount was Dino that was a no-sale with a high bid of $48k. It included a recent tune-up and the highly valued toolkit. It should have easily sold for somewhere a bit higher, but the right bidders were not in attendance. The other was a 1995 348 Spider in great condition with 37k miles that did sell for $50k, making it a great buy. Sales Totals Mercedes-Benz was well represented with 14 consignments. Of special interest was the number-four seller, a 1970 Mercedes 280SL for $77k, but also a 1989 560SL that went for $17,600 and a 2006 SLK55 AMG that was hammered sold at $15,400. A beautiful 2012 twin-turbo, 625-hp McLaren MP4-12C attracted a lot of attention but did not sell with a high bid of $102,500. Both of the Triumph TR6s sold, one a 1972 for $11,550 and the other a 1976 for $12,500. The next Branson auction is scheduled for October 18–19. Hope to see you there. ♦ $3.5m $3m $2.5m $2m $1.5m $1m 0 Sports Car Market 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015


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The Branson Auction Branson, MO ENGLISH #569-1930 ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM I Regent convertible. S/N 21729. Black/tan cloth/black leather. Odo: 20,387 miles. According to the auction listing, there were 21 Regent bodies (coupe/convertible combination) built in 1930 on the Phantom I chassis. This is one of 17 known to exist. Not built in the U.K. but in the U.S. in Springfield, MA, by the Rolls-Royce of American company formed in 1919. Ready to roll onto any golfcourse green. Concours-level detailing and in impressive condition. Cond: 1. black leather. Odo: 39,768 miles. Body and paint a step above driver quality, with minor chips, scratches and swirls. Fit is good, but doors squeak. Interior shows age and mileage. Chrome spoke wheels are nice but need a good cleaning. Engine bay and underside need professional detailing. New fender bolts under the hood. Glass is good, but plastic side curtains are cracked. Top is in poor condition and needs to be replaced. Toolkit included. Cond: 3. age and mileage—showing some minor cracking. Wheels are sub-par and need restoration. Underside shows rust and needs to be restored, too. Windshield has a bad case of wiper rash. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $231,000. An interesting fact is that the rumble seat is accessed through the side door, which was found to be a much more elegant way for ladies to enter the seat. This was the featured car and also the auction’s high sale. Auction owner Jim Cox stated after the hammer dropped that this will be a halfmillion-dollar car the next time it goes up for auction. If true, it was definitely the best buy in Branson today. The current median book value for the car is $209k, so the buyer was right on the money. For the time being, fairly bought and sold. #548-1959 AUSTIN-HEALEY 100-6 BN6 roadster. S/N BN6L3380. Green/black vinyl/tan cloth. Body and paint in very good condition. Fit generally good, but driver’s door sticks while opening. Interior is really nice and looks new. Wheels are good. Engine bay, underside and glass are all nicely done, too. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $22,000. A nice-looking MG at 20 feet; just a smidgen above driver quality. This car sold at Mecum Indy in May 2018 for $23,650 (SCM# 6874110). Its median market value is just above that figure at $24k. I don’t see any room for this one going above this price. I assume the seller was trying to recover costs, but no dice this go-around. Better luck next time. #572-1970 JAGUAR E-TYPE Series II 4.2 convertible. S/N 1R77906. Willow Green/ tan cloth/black leather. Odo: 4,547 miles. Very good older repaint that still shows well at five feet. Panel fit is very good all around. Chrome and trim have some minor scratches and pits. Door sills show some rust. Interior generally good. Chrome spoke wheels show well. Clean engine bay but needs to be professionally detailed. Ditto for the underside. Windshield shows some pitting. Some original purchase documentation included. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $12,500. Barely a driver-quality car. The market has spoken, as it sold at Mecum Kansas City 2018 for $11,550 (SCM# 6887712), and here at Branson just four months later. Makes you wonder why the seller would flip it so soon for about the same price, after you consider the commission. However, seller was wise to recover most of his or her money. I doubt it will sell for much more down the road. #620-1972 TRIUMPH TR6 convertible. S/N CC79842U. Cream/black vinyl/red cloth & leather. Odo: 75,525 miles. Body and paint are very good. Fit is good but doors squeak. Chrome and trim are good with minor scratches. Interior is generally good but shows wear consistent with mileage. Wheels are painted wires, which do not enhance the look. Chrome wires would be much more attractive. Engine bay is clean but underside needs detailing to match topside quality. Windshield is chipped with scratches. Rear window is fogged. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $27,500. A very nice older Austin-Healey, with an SCM median market value of $54k. Seller must be a subscriber because he or she obviously knew its value and was not going to let it go for just half of it. #571-1969 MGC convertible. S/N GCN1U6036G. Primrose Yellow/black leather/ 136 SOLD AT $70,950. A very nice and popular Jaguar that should sell for somewhere nearer the SCM Pocket Price Guide median value of $83k, but was hammered sold here at quite a discount based on condition. Well bought. #523-1976 TRIUMPH TR6 convertible. S/N CF53089U. Topaz Yellow/black cloth/ black vinyl. Odo: 48,361 miles. Body and paint are just fair, with several rusted areas sprayed over. Chrome and trim show minor scratches due to age. Interior consistent with SOLD AT $11,550. According to the auction listing, this car was recently restored from long-term storage and runs/drives very well. Should make a nice driver. Median market value is $18k. A good buy. #517-1988 JAGUAR XJ-S convertible. S/N SAJNV5848JC144599. Red/tan vinyl/tan leather. Odo: 39,330 miles. Original paint is in poor, dull condition. Hood color shade different from body. Driver’s door fit is poor. Chrome and trim are dull, with lots of scratches. Interior shows its age. Wheels look good with chrome wires and large new whitewall tires. Engine bay and underside in poor Sports Car Market


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The Branson Auction Branson, MO condition, and need to be detailed. Glass is good. Cond: 3-. NOT SOLD AT $47,500. This Porsche needs some work, especially new paint. The high bid was just above its market value, and the seller should have taken the offer to save the cost of a paint job. SOLD AT $7,975. As it sold at no reserve with relatively low mileage, you’d be forgiven for thinking that this car is a bargain. However, a close inspection shows its obvious neglect over the years. Given its current condition, the below-median-book price is just about right for this car. Buyer should be happy, as long as it runs out right. Seller should be ecstatic. #578-2012 MCLAREN MP4-12C coupe. S/N SBM11AAA7CW000228. Silver/red leather. Body underside is scratched both front and rear from scraping pavement due to very little clearance. Otherwise, body and paint are excellent. Fit practically perfect all around. Interior can’t be evaluated due to the car being locked during the auction. Wheels are nice, though. Engine bay is very nice. Underside needs to be cleaned. Glass is excellent all around. Cond: 2. which was a fair deal for both buyer and seller. Median market value for this car is $11k. #573-1970 MERCEDES-BENZ 280SL convertible. S/N 11304412017584. Ivory/tan leather. Odo: 85,460 miles. Good paint with some chips. Nice fit all around. Chrome and trim very good, with just some scratches. Interior very good and appears to be original. Factory wheels and hubcaps look good. Engine bay is very clean. Underside needs to be cleaned. Glass is good all around. Includes removable hard top in very good condition. As a result, cannot inspect the soft top—it’s not shown in the catalog photos either. Some owner and service documentation included. Cond: 2-. #266-1989 MERCEDES-BENZ 560SL convertible. S/N WDBBA48D8KA094841. Red/black cloth/tan leather. Odo: 74,199 miles. Body and paint decent and look to be original. Fit good, too. Interior in excellent condition—very well kept. Engine bay cannot be inspected. Underside is consistent with age and needs a detail. Glass good all around. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $17,600. Auction listing states it’s a two-owner car; in same family since 1997. A very nice car just a notch above driver quality. Not much of an investment grade at this point, but, at the hammered price, it should make the buyer an excellent driver for years to come. Well bought. ITALIAN #584-1979 FERRARI 308 GT4 DINO NOT SOLD AT $102,500. This is one super sports car, with a twin-turbo V8 producing 625 hp. It was upgraded to 2013 specs to add 25 hp over the 2012 specs. This car should sell in the neighborhood of $125k, making the high bid not even close. Seller needs to find another venue. GERMAN #576-1969 VOLKSWAGEN KARMANN GHIA coupe. S/N 149431991. Red/black vinyl. Odo: 3,037 miles. Needs a professional detailing job all the way around. Body, paint, chrome, trim, wheels, underside and glass are all sub-driver quality. Best part of the car is the engine bay, which was, oddly enough, detailed very nicely. Some corrosion exists throughout. Trunk seals are missing. Interior smells like it has been in storage quite a while. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $8,910. Not a very good representative of a Karmann Ghia. This car appeared in Branson in fall 2016, and did not sell for a high bid of $12k (SCM# 6810708). Seller saw the light here and took the high bid, 138 SOLD AT $77,000. A very nice older restoration. Owned since 1998 by a Mercedes mechanic. Market value is right at $70k, so buyer paid (the buyer’s) premium to get this one. However, its condition justified the extra expense. Fairly bought and sold. #575-1985 PORSCHE 911 Carrera coupe. S/N WP0AB091FS120935. Dark blue/ tan leather. Odo: 38,315 miles. Needs a repaint. Lots of chips and scratches, especially on front hood area. Fit is very good. Interior looks new. Engine bay and underside need to be detailed. Wheels are good driver quality. Glass good all around. No documentation. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $48,000. A nice Ferrari with recent service and toolkit. SCM median market value is $84,500, so the high bid was nowhere close. It was a no-brainer for the seller to walk away. #622-1995 FERRARI 348 Spider. S/N ZFFRG43A9S0098971. Red/black cloth/black leather. Odo: 36,836 miles. Body and paint in decent condition, with minor scratches and Sports Car Market 2+2 coupe. S/N F106AL15268. Red/tan leather. Odo: 55,198 miles. Body, paint, and fit are very good all around. Interior is excellent and shows little wear for its 55k-plus miles. Wheels, engine bay and underside could benefit from professional detailing. Glass decent all around. Full toolkit included. Recently serviced. Comes with extensive records, all books and manuals. Cond: 3+.


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The Branson Auction Branson, MO Ready to show and cruise. Just don’t expect a Pebble invite. Cond: 4-. SOLD AT $11,000. Named “The Lunch Car,” this car belonged to Jim Cox and the late auction founder, Mark Trimble. They were good friends for over 50 years and would use this car to find something to eat at lunch time. It made them, as well as those in Branson, laugh when they saw it. None of the other cars in their extensive collection could do that. #568-1937 FORD MODEL 78 custom chips. Panel gaps and fit good all around. Interior is excellent considering mileage. Wheels, engine bay and underside are all acceptable but could benefit from professional detailing. Timing-belt maintenance done in 2018, with receipts included. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $50,050. This car is very nice indeed, and will make an excellent driver and local show car for the lucky buyer. The sold price, including buyer’s commission, is about $5k below its median market value. Good buy for these stillunderappreciated Ferraris. AMERICAN #530-1933 FORD MODEL 40 The Lunch Car sedan. S/N 40248237. Brown/ brown cloth. A barn find still mostly original, except for the drivetrain. Rebuilt engine, transmission, differential, suspension and brakes. pickup. S/N 4032818. Brown/brown leather. 255-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Most everything about this truck is very good to excellent. Definitely a level 2 truck ready for show. Only minor scratches were found on the paint, chrome and trim. The 255 Mercury flathead V8, with Offenhauser heads, really looks great under the hood from either side. You could have a picnic and eat off the gorgeous wood bed. Cond: 2. #226-1954 CHEVROLET 3100 custom pickup. S/N H54N019337. Red/maroon cloth. Odo: 43,899 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Body and paint very good, with some minor flaws. Steel bed covered by carpet. Just fair panel fit all around. Chrome and trim are mostly painted. Interior shows some wear. Wheels are nice but need to be detailed. Engine bay and underside need detailing to match topside. Glass is good except for bubbles between laminations in side windows. Camaro subframe up front and Positraction in the rear axle. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $14,850. This custom 5-window pickup is just a tick above driver quality. However, a good detail kit and some elbow grease could do it wonders. The carpeted bed would definitely need to go. Hammered price was a bit high, so seller should be happy. Well sold. NOT SOLD AT $29,000. Catalog called it a 3100. Oh boy, it doesn’t take much automotive history to know that GM and Ford don’t share pickup model designations. Anyways, hard to place a value on this beautiful custom pickup, but I thought it would sell at the high bid. Seller might do a couple grand better down the road, especially with the current popularity of pickup trucks. This showed up on dealer’s website after the sale, asking $39,995. At least they dropped the 3100 designation. #592-1955 GMC 100 custom pickup. S/N 59314624538. Orange/tan leather. Odo: 8,913 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Most everything on this truck is very good to excellent. However, driver’s door doesn’t close completely and passenger’s door bounces. The bed wood is beautiful under a hard tonneau cover that matches the body. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $32,000. This truck first appeared on the auction circuit at Barrett-Jackson in 2012 in Las Vegas, NV, where it sold for $53,900 (SCM# 6742697). It then sold in 2017 at Mecum Kissimmee, FL, for $28,600 (SCM# 6824036)—about half of what it sold for in Las Vegas. Is there something wrong with this truck that no one wants to say out loud? The high bid here was fair and the seller should have taken it, but decided to wait for a better day down the road. © 140 Sports Car Market


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Roundup Selected Sales Combined in One Comprehensive Report Global Auction Highlights AUSTRIAN #G201.1-1971 STEYR-PUCH PINZGAUER 710K tactical van. S/N 5750181. Desert Tan/green vinyl. Odo: 33,986 km. Retired from Swiss armed forces generally as presented, except for roll-over cage and huge driving lights up front. Multiple layers of unit-level and depot-level repaints, the top layer done by American civilian consignor. As such, best thing one can say is that it coats and protects. Door fit what you would expect from a tin tent. Stock steel wheels shod with civilian Mud Rover radials. Undercarriage sprayed down with about a case of gloss-black rattle cans. Original seats, front and rear, which have round patches applied as needed. Heavy dryrot on horn button, modern steering wheel rim wrap. Sold with a somewhat matching Swiss military 1973 Miller Thun ½-ton utility trailer. Cond: 3+. Top seller at Mecum Indy — 1967 Shelby Cobra 427 S/C roadster, sold at $2,860,000 MECUM Location: Indianapolis, IN Date: February 28–March 2, 2019 Auctioneers: Mark Delzell & Jimmy Landis Automotive lots sold/offered: 1,127/1,724 Sales rate: 65% Sales total: $63,141,705 High sale: 1967 Shelby Cobra 427 S/C roadster, sold at $2,860,000 Buyer’s premium: 10%, included in sold prices Report and photos by B. Mitchell Carlson MECUM Location: Phoenix, AZ Date: March 13–14, 2019 Auctioneers: Mark Delzell & Jimmy Landis Automotive lots sold/offered: 731/1,256 Sales rate: 58% Sales total: $30,885,360 High sale: 1970 Dodge Hemi Challenger R/T convertible, sold at $1,430,000 Buyer’s premium: 10%, included in sold prices Report and photos by Phil Skinner W. YODER AUCTION Location: Wautoma, WI Date: May 10, 2019 Auctioneers: Wayne Yoder, Rudy Hershberger Automotive lots sold/offered: 79/98 Sales rate: 81% Sales total: $629,653 High sale: 1933 Ford Street Rod coupe, sold at $34,500 Buyer’s premium: 10%; 15% premium for online bidders, included in sold prices Report and photos by B. Mitchell Carlson NOT SOLD AT $16,000. The vehicle is named for the Pinzgauer, a breed of Austrian horse (which you have to admit sounds better for a tough military vehicle than Lipizzan). The K-series vans were used as radio trucks only. The trucks were popular with a number of countries’ armed forces, and have subsequently proved popular in retirement in the U.S. The $16k would usually be a pretty standard higher-end price for one of these—even with the rarely encountered van body—and that trailer doesn’t make it worth too much more at all (if anything, it’s more of a pain to deal with if it needs to be shipped). It really should’ve sold. Mecum Auctions, Indianapolis, IN, 05/19. ENGLISH 1986 AMC Renault Alliance convertible, sold for $2,200 at W. Yoder Auction, Wautoma, WI 142 #W270-1953 SINGER 4AD roadster. S/N L4AD1717V. Red/tan cloth/brown vinyl. Odo: 26,144 miles. Older presentable repaint, despite having a few scratches on left front fender and cracks around trafficator slots. Chipping at tops and edges of doors. Body cracks at seam for attaching rear fascia. So-so door fit and gaps. Replated bumpers, grille and headlight buckets. Light pitting on rear emblem. Cowl welting lifting on ends. Very light seat wear—more lightly embedded soiling than anything. Red primer on heater, with plenty of runs. Older, generic red house carpet, cut to fit well and now showing some staining. “Motor Minder” vacuum gauges added between clock and stock triple-gauge pod. Modern tape labels for all dashboard controls. Dingy, rusty undercarriage. Fitted with newer Sports Car Market


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Roundup bias-ply tires. Cond: 3. #S246-1963 JAGUAR E-TYPE Series I SOLD AT $14,850. Not to be confused with a certain sewing machine manufacturer from Elizabethtown, NJ, the British Singer Motors was an automaker from 1905 (their first 4-wheel car) through 1958. Although acquired by Rootes Group in late 1955, after 1958 Singer existed only as other rebadged Rootes models. From the end of WWII until 1955, Singer made an attempt at competing against the MG TD and TF with their 4A and 4AD roadsters, to include sales in the U.S. However, they never really caught on. Across the block here with little fanfare, it almost sold for $13k. Another bidder chimed in just as the hammer started down, so the bid was taken and not advanced by the previous near buyer. Mecum Auctions, Indianapolis, IN, 05/19. #S93-1960 JAGUAR XK 150 coupe. S/N S836246DN. Black/Parchment leather. Odo: 42,056 miles. Older restoration has been well maintained. Miles reported from new. Black paint is smooth, with no debris, orange peel or other issues. Glass, chrome and interior fittings all appear new. Doors open and close as designed, and, along with the hood and deck lid, everything seems evenly gapped. Under hood, all is in order with dual SU carbs. Equipped with the overdrive transmission. Entire disc-brake system has been serviced. Only thing I notice is some patina on weatherstripping. Cond: 1-. 3.8 convertible. S/N 878385. White/black cloth/red leather. Odo: 11,676 miles. Betterquality restoration work on it within recent years. Stated that it has a Daimler Heritage Trust report done on it, but a copy was not available to peruse, nor was it stated if car was restored to match that original configuration. Excellent body prep and paint application. Tight door gaps, but trunk-lid fit not all that great. Trunk emblems not reinstalled. Showquality replating for rest of chrome, including knockoff wheels shod with retro-looking radials. Show-quality engine bay and undercarriage. Expertly fitted reproduction seats, door panels and carpeting. Ding-free reproduction dashboard and console alloy trim panels. Late1960s era Blaupunkt AM/FM radio. Cond: 2-. unrestored condition.” True—it’s never been properly restored. However, it’s had to deal with half a century of half-baked, ham-fisted attempts to keep it running and looking pretty. One can easily fix a failure point on an inspection form by simply redoing broken crimp connectors on the horn. As for no lights, you might want to start shopping for wiring harness sets. Or, better yet, restoration shops. On the surface, it seems retail price for a fixerupper, but the price of entry will prove to be the tip of the iceberg if the online buyer thinks this just needs a can of Sea-Foam in the gas tank and a good wash. Even as a chrome-bumper B, plenty paid for the basis for the complete restoration that it should get. W. Yoder Auction, Wautoma, WI, 05/19. #W165.1-1970 TRIUMPH TR6 convert- SOLD AT $95,700. While the quality of the work done was quite good, there were a few bonehead things about it—not the least of which was how it was presented. It pretty much just sat there, with only Mecum’s windshield card for documentation—filling the page with Series I E-type common-knowledge drivel like covered headlight, center-exit exhaust and Smiths instrumentation. Unless the Heritage Trust report says something other than U.S.-spec car in white with red interior, why not have a photocopy or scan of it with the car? Even if it is a color change from new, why not disclose it? Combined with the barenaked trunk lid, nobody else with a bidder’s card was that impressed either, as rectifying both of these aforementioned things would likely have gotten bids into six-digit territory. Mecum Auctions, Indianapolis, IN, 05/19. SOLD AT $73,700. This was the basic model and the price offered was in line with the market. Values are down a bit from, say, a decade ago, but interest is still high—even higher are the parts and maintenance costs. However, these are reliable sports coupes, and this example really needed very little to be front-line concours material. I’m doubtful that this bid would make too big of a dent in the costs to bring it up to this condition. Call this one well bought for condition. Mecum Auctions, Phoenix, AZ, 03/19. August 2019 #1035-1969 MGB Mk II convertible. S/N GHN4U185645G. Red/black vinyl/black leather. Odo: 54,259 miles. Old economygrade bodywork and repaint, now unwinding. Chipped-off body filler (and paint) at base of vent windows. Masking lines are obvious, along with scattered overspray. Original chrome has varying degrees of reflectivity and distress. Cracked and dry-rotted glass seals. Top appears to be okay, but is quite dingy, with yellowed backlights. Doors need to be lifted to latch. Gouge in driver’s door panel vinyl. Several tears in driver’s seat back, but seat bottom and all of passenger’s side just moderately worn. Engine is generally unmodified, but loads of wiring added poorly. Cherry Bomb glasspack for a muffler. Obstinate to start and keep going, but seems okay when warmed up. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $5,175. Consignor stated that “as far as I know, it is in ible. S/N CC51934L. Navy blue/black vinyl/ light blue vinyl. Odo: 67,651 miles. While the older repaint initially doesn’t look too bad, I can see masking lines on the exterior. Downright sloppy masking plus overspray in door jambs, under hood and on chassis rails. Paint chipping away at base of windshield and antenna. Paint acne and visible sanding scratches on trunk lid from poor prep. Dry-rotted glass seals. New top fits well. New pre-made seat coverings essentially just slid over old frames and padding for a wrinkled, loose fit. Slightly darker vinyl on door panels than seats. Modern sound system and speakers mounted on center console. Old 185-15X Michelin X Redline radials on stock Rally wheels. Engine bay neither clean nor grimy, yet shows it’s maintained regularly and is generally stock. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $16,500. It’s a bit unusual to find a TR6 in navy blue, and a welcome change from the usual British Racing Green, mud brown, and Resale Red that I usually find them in at auctions. It would’ve been more welcome if they actually did a decent attempt at putting that paint on. Well sold, considering that and 143


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Roundup other aging issues that’ll need to be addressed in the not-so-distant future. Mecum Auctions, Indianapolis, IN, 05/19. #T318-1973 TRIUMPH STAG convert- ible. S/N LE23738UBW. Bright yellow/yellow hard top/brown vinyl. Odo: 29,416 miles. Consignor under the belief that the indicated miles are correct from new. Despite a few light dingers and a British Leyland-applied paint run on passenger’s door and some polishing scratches, the original paint has been buffed out to present very nicely. Nice bumper chrome, but edge trim ranges from decent to rougher than a cob. Fourteen-inch alloy wheels have some oxidation and are wrapped with old Eagle GT+4 tires. Recently cleaned-up engine bay, but not really detailed. Heavier paint flaking on aircleaner assembly. Modern radiator. Newer glossy black spray paint on undercarriage and rattle-can silver on all of exhaust except chrome tips. All-original interior cared for, with slight seat-bottom wear and moderate carpet wear at pedal box. Cond: 3+. gaps, even if they rattle a bit upon latching. Clean under hood. Aftermarket cast-alloy valve cover, Pertronix electronic ignition with high-output coil, and oiled-element, dual-cone air-filter assemblies. Newer rear leaf springs— still with inventory labels on them. Scuff-free alloy wheels shod with newer economy-grade radials. Good seats, door panels and dashpad. Heavier wear on steering-wheel rim. Original radio-blanking plate in place. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $7,000. From here until MG discontinued the Midget after 1979, it’s not all that difficult to locate a low-mile original example today. As 1976 was the year of the much hyped-up “last American convertible” 1976 Eldorado, drop tops of all sorts—including polar-opposite-to-the-Eldo Midgets—were starting to be bought more for posterity than utility. Yet with this one, you don’t have to feel too bad about putting some miles on it to go to a local British-car event. Still, the final bid was closer to its real value than any higher reserve that kept it from being unsold here. Mecum Auctions, Indianapolis, IN, 05/19. SOLD AT $15,400. Imported to U.S. for only three model years—1971 through 1973—the Stag was Triumph’s attempt at making a larger Grand Touring car to compete with the likes of the Mercedes 450SL and BMW 3.0 CS. Not wanting to copy-cat the British Leyland corporate Buick-designed 215-ci alloy V8, Triumph used what was essentially two of their 1.5-liter fours joined by a common crank. To say the result was problematic is to be polite. Final bid here is within spitting distance of SCM’s Pocket Price Guide. Mecum Auctions, Indianapolis, IN, 05/19. #W97-1976 MG MIDGET convertible. S/N GAN6UG182750G. Bright yellow/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 38,087 miles. Consignor is of the belief that miles are original. New top and carpeting. Good, heavily buffedout original paint, with only some light cracking and surface rust weeping from left-most windshield-wiper post and at body seams under hood. Plugs in door jambs from a day-two Ziebart rust-proofing. Decent door fit and #T139-1977 MGB convertible. S/N GHN5UH435056G. Green/black vinyl/brown vinyl. Odo: 31,474 miles. Original paint, except on hood. Interior very serviceable—appears to be original materials. Top replaced recently with clean, tight and proper-fitting one. Wheels painted and properly polished, with plenty of rubber left on tires. In trunk is convertible boot cover, a spare tire and jack. Some sheet-metal booboos on right quarter, but rest of car looked smooth and straight. Slight, typical hood warp. Glass is clean. Black bumpers clean too, with no cracks or fading. Underhood is clean but not spotless. Cond: 3+. BEST BUY panel at rear quarter window. Good original gold graphics. Okay door fit and gaps. Set of new-in-package struts sits on passenger’s seat (not a good sign). Interior has a somewhat dank smell to it—not stinky old car or obviously moldy, just not particularly pleasant. Loose-fitting leather on seats and center console, door panels are much better. Newer NaKamichi CD sound system replaces original radio, with an amp located behind driver. What can be seen of the engine bay isn’t too awful, just dirty and used—like the undercarriage. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $23,100. Just before Colin Chapman’s death in late 1982, he was approached by an American investment-banking consultant about creating a separate dealer branch for the U.S., Lotus Performance Cars Inc. It was something of a smoke-and-mirrors investment scheme that rewarded investors with a personalized Lotus Esprit Turbo—and this car was the one made for that instigator. The only way it’s identified as such is a plaque glued to steering-wheel hub—personalized as “The Wizard” (modesty and crooked accountants being polar opposites). Offered at no reserve, this Turbo Esprit has not especially aged well, and certainly isn’t worthy of being called well bought—despite its history. Or perhaps to some extent, because of it. Mecum Auctions, Indianapolis, IN, 05/19. #S187-1994 ROLLS-ROYCE COR- SOLD AT $3,300. This was possibly the best buy of the week. If it is an end user, they’re sure to have a lot of fun; if to a dealer, a bit of cleanup and lots of meat left on this bone. While the earlier 1960s models have a strong following and much higher values, these later examples can be a lot of fun for not a lot of money. Well bought. Mecum Auctions, Phoenix, AZ , 03/19. #W70-1983 LOTUS ESPRIT Turbo In- vestor’s Special Edition coupe. S/N SCCFCH0A7DHF60382. Burgundy metallic/black leather. Equipped with sunroof and a/c. OEM basket-weave alloy wheels with newer Kumho radials. Period base/clear paint still quite glossy, but also has a plethora of cracking. Some masking evident on left rear quarter 144 NICHE IV convertible. S/N SCAZD02C7RCX50043. Light tan/beige vinyl/tan leather. Odo: 9,383 miles. Only some undercarriage nicks and scrapes to show it has ever been used. Front end shows no road scars. Chrome still deep and reflective, with glass clean and clear. Original mileage, paint, interior and, most likely, convertible top. Full power as to be expected, with built-in early cell phone, factory premium audio system, books, manuals and clean CARFAX. Surprising that it wears basic wheel covers over the factory wheels. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $121,000. While the majority of the Corniche dropheads at auction are nice, this was a step above. A very strong price for one Sports Car Market


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Roundup of these handsome cars and probably a lot cheaper than a new one. Condition was great, and it looked like it was turn-key ready, set for enjoyable springtime driving for the new owner. Not a whole lot of meat left for a dealer and bit of a bargain for the new owner— the seller could have done a lot worse. Car fell within its large $100k–$125k estimate window. Well sold. Mecum Auctions, Phoenix, AZ, 03/19. GERMAN #U71-1957 HEINKEL KABINE micro- car. S/N 1534867. Dark aqua/black vinyl/blue plaid vinyl. Odo: 23,994 miles. Great older repaint, with few noticeable masking lines. Old overspray on undercarriage. Heavier dry rotting of window seals. 1975 Swedish inspection decal in passenger’s side window, 2013 Guatemala inspection decal in windshield. Black vinyl sunroof has shrunk to some extent. Decent bumper chrome, with some scuffing on rear. Rather dingy engine bay, which comes from being the next evolution up from a scooter. Four Swedish Trelleborg four-ply 4.40–10 bias-ply tires (including spare under seat). Said front seat is original and in pretty decent shape, although matching rear parcel shelf is seam-splitting along back. Steering wheel in excellent shape. Major crack in bezel for pre-selector transmission quadrant. Cond: 3. also shows some body cracks along panel seams. Windshield trim has some sanding scratches, while windshield has a 1986-dated, Spanish-language parking permit in upper driver’s corner. Decent door fit, but some hinge-pin sag is detected. Well-fitted replacement top. Seats and door panels redone well a while back, with outboard driver’s seat back piping wearing heavily. Ill-fitting leather dashboard padding. Clean engine bay, but not detailed. Recent carburetor rebuild, with bright anodized components on them. New brakebooster and air-cleaner hoses. New battery, with quick-disconnect posts. Newer radial tires. Cond: 3. plus the condition of the car, this price didn’t have much meat on it for a dealer. Seller might have been buried in this car and should have considered cutting losses. Mecum Auctions, Phoenix, AZ, 03/19. #U70-1962 GOGGOMOBIL TL400 2-dr sedan. S/N 03181613. Turquoise & white/gray vinyl. Odo: 29,933 km. Good trim-off and partial glass-out repaint. 2013 Guatemala inspection decal in windshield. Good replating of bumpers and chrome trim. Older muted plating on the embossed wheel covers. Dull alloy roof drip-rail trim, which is missing hardware. Decent door fit. Older, if not original, seats. Modern Glas floor mats. Period Sapphire X AM/FM radio. Clean, stock and freshly repainted engine bay, with light dings on fan ducting. New battery and some additional wiring added to harness. Swing-axle rear suspension has a pretty wicked case of positive camber. Older 10-inch tires with heavier weather-checking and Portawalls. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $80,000. While initially it may have presented very well, it’s been unwinding rapidly. Some of the workmanship was quite good, but the materials seem to be sub-par and model-specific detailing was lacking. Overall, it’s a car that could be good for touring events, but don’t even consider showing anywhere better than an event at a stripmall or church parking lot. Generously bid. Mecum Auctions, Indianapolis, IN, 05/19. #U85-1962 PORSCHE 356B Super 90 NOT SOLD AT $22,000. After WWII, Heinkel was severely restricted on what it could build (that is, from what was left of their facilities after the war). Barred from making aircraft until West Germany was allowed to join NATO in 1955, the company up until that point made bicycles and scooters—getting into microcars in 1955. By the time the company was absorbed into the first of several German aerospace conglomerates in 1965, they left the motorcar field to return fully to aircraft. Not the rarest of the post-war microcars, but hardly falling from trees, Heinkels tend to sell just shy of similar BMW Isettas. As such, high bidder and consignor can both rightfully justify their stands. Mecum Auctions, Indianapolis, IN, 05/19. #U81-1958 MERCEDES-BENZ 190SL convertible. S/N 121042502077. Light beige/ tan cloth/tan leather. Odo: 19,291 km. Globalmarket car, with metric gauges. Repaint circa 2010, which initially doesn’t look too bad, but 146 cabriolet. S/N 121335. Silver/black canvas/ red leather. Odo: 67,582 miles. Recent restoration work featured fresh paint. Interior looks and feels as-new. Carpeting has a bit of a fit issue. Top was tight and well installed but with some staining along lower inner liner. Appointed with cigar lighter, VDO clock, nice radio blank-out plate, Nardi steering wheel and chrome wheels with nice, new-looking hubcaps. Body, paint and chrome all in very good condition but need some detailing in engine compartment. Carpets show a bit of soiling. Just a puff of white condensation upon start-up. Panel alignment good, but front compartment lid was a bit high. Was also sporting a repop number plate. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $18,700. The T400 was introduced for 1958, incorporating a larger engine with more “real car” features that also were integrated into the original T250 of 1955 (such as two windshield wipers and crank-down windows). They stayed essentially unchanged until 1964, when the “suicide” doors were changed to conventional front-hinged units. Surprisingly, production trickled on for a few years after BMW’s takeover—essentially to get the decade-old factory in Dingolfing, West Germany. Not nearly as famous as its eventual corporate cousins, the BMW 700 (or especially the Isetta 300 and 600); the reserve was wisely let go and the car changed hands for fair money all the way around. Mecum Auctions, Indianapolis, IN, 05/19. NOT SOLD AT $100,000. Porsches were a hard sell in Phoenix for Mecum, with only five of the 24 listed reported as sold. Wrong venue when compared to their Florida sale in January, with 48 of 78 declared sold. At this level, #T130-1971 VOLKSWAGEN TYPE 3 squareback. S/N 36122035433. Shantung Gold/black vinyl. Odo: 65,437 miles. Finished in its original color, this example received a full restoration and was then gussied up with period accessories. Interior is mostly stock, with original paint and factory heater but upgraded radio. Factory fuel injection and disc brakes. Engine bay is clean but not perfect. Glass shows no pits, chips or cracks. Wheels fitted with hubcaps and trim rings, plus basic blackwalls. Plastic lenses appear to be new all around. Extras included a Thule roof rack for the mini-surfboard and sun visor. Has been lowered. Engine electrics upgraded. Overall, it has great eye appeal. Cond: 1-. BEST BUY Sports Car Market


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On the Radar A whole new crop of world cars is now legal to import into the United States. If you’re not familiar with the rules, you can find info at www.nhtsa.dot.gov/cars/rules/import. by Jeff Zurschmeide 1972–76 Volkswagen SP1/SP2 Roundup away, as one would be hard pressed to do better selling it somewhere else. W. Yoder Auction, Wautoma, WI, 05/19. #F51-1973 VOLKSWAGEN TRANS- Pros: Introduced in June 1972, these Brazilian sports car models delivered sporty and daring design without giving up functionality. Features such as leather sport seats set these apart from VWs of the day. The SP1 featured a standard air-cooled 1.6-liter engine in the back with a standard transaxle. The SP2 got the same layout with a 1.7-liter. Recognized as one of the most beautiful designs in Volkswagen’s history. The SP2 was produced until 1976. Cons: First you have to find one, then you have to figure out how to maintain or restore it. Price range: $40k–$50k, plus import costs. 1994 Volkswagen Logus SOLD AT $6,600. I heard seller was looking for something in the $40k region, and there were a number of interested buyers for this rarely seen car. During preview, car was always surrounded, and in the staging area it was almost impossible to get a clear photo of it. Combined with fuel injection and upgraded electrics, it probably goes as fast as it looks, which isn’t terribly fast but might surprise. Incredibly well bought. Mecum Auctions, Phoenix, AZ , 03/19. #1078-1972 VOLKSWAGEN BEETLE Pros: This cute little Brazilian was designed by Ghia and built on a Ford chassis. Delivered with a 1.8-liter engine that made 116 horsepower. The 5-speed manual transmission was standard. Luxury Wolfsburg edition available starting in 1995. Common VW parts make repairs a breeze — even though you’ll probably have the only one in North America. Cons: You can see that it’s an Escort thinly disguised as a Jetta. Import costs likely to dramatically exceed cash value of the car. Price range: $1k–$2k, plus import costs. 1994 VW Polo Mk3 custom 2-dr sedan. S/N 1122740778. Tangerine Pearl/gray cloth. Odo: 2,929 miles. Stated to be a display car for a booth at SEMA (when was not revealed). Fitted with a reported $8k worth of stereo equipment for the show, as part of build. Good panel prep and paint application, which still presents well. Repop trim with aftermarket stub rear bumpers, billet running boards, and mirrors. Damage to lower rear valance. Hood hinges also damaged, so while 1950s-era engine lid is firmly latched (and won’t unlatch) at bottom, top is sprung open by three inches. From what can be seen of the engine, it looks like it’s had a few chrome and billet pieces added but is largely stock. Custom cloth interior—including dashboard and door panels—comes off more as a crafty garage project, due to the not-all-thatgreat-fit. Cond: 3. PORTER Campmobile Westfalia microbus. S/N 2332174559. Orange & white/tan canvas, white fiberglass/cream & tan vinyl. Odo: 94,663 miles. Stated that it had a recent “ground-up restoration.” Repaint is okay, apart from having lightly dry-rotted windshield seal masked off and plenty of overspray on enginebay wiring harnesses and brackets. Heavy surface rust and road grunge on undercarriage, so this wasn’t a bare-body restoration. Westfalia decal stripped off and not replaced on fiberglass pop-up, with good original side curtains. Mix of good original and refurbished cabinets, fixtures. Seats are all re-covered in same cream-with-orange-insert pattern, front and rear. New, period-style floral curtains and pad over engine bay. Engine is generally stock and clean. Uneven fit for engine-compartment lid seal. New rubber flooring for driver’s compartment. Five ball from a billiards set drilled out and used for shift knob. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $25,300. At best, this is more of a cosmetic refurbishment than any type of “restoration,” although you can state that it is restored to its original paint colors. Nobody else here was getting sucked into that “ground-up restoration” jive either, as it sold right in the wheelhouse for a Condition 3 example that’s been fixed up—not restored. Mecum Auctions, Indianapolis, IN, 05/19. Pros: The Polo Mk3 is VW’s supermini of the ’90s. Available in 3-door and 5-door body styles, this little hatch carried a variety of engines, including a 16-valve 1.6-liter with 99 horsepower. The Polo Mk 3 debuted for 1994 and won many awards for quality and driving dynamics. Euro, right-hand-drive, and South American versions are all available. Cons: Not many. The Polo is a popular world car for a reason. Price range: $2k–$4k. ♦ 148 NOT SOLD AT $14,000. State inspection form indicates that the headlights, turn signals, horn and windshield wipers don’t work. The latter more so because they have billet covers over the wiper-drive stubs. As a SEMA regular for a couple of decades, I know that looking pretty tends to be vastly more important there than functionality—or even being legal to drive on the street. Don’t feel bad at all about consignor’s boo-hoo statement on the windshield about having “over $50,000 invested” because every dime was written off as a promotional expense if it was at SEMA. They could’ve pushed it off the Hoover Dam into Lake Mead on the day after SEMA and still been money ahead. It should’ve gone #1037-1973 MERCEDES-BENZ 450SL convertible. S/N 10704412009429. Beige/ beige hard top/tan MB-Tex. Odo: 46,133 miles. U.S. specification, but retrofitted with global bumpers and headlights. Mostly original paint, in pretty decent shape, with a few older touched-up panels. Heavier wax buildup on trim and tags in driver’s door jamb. Rust forming around chips on front fascia. Light scuffing and light pitting on most brightwork. Aftermarket, rubberized molded spoiler on trunk lid. Broken used-car-lot tag also on trunk lid. Ill-fitting driver’s side carpet. Heavy wear and several tears in driver’s seat backrest—especially on outboard side. Retains original Becker Europa AM/FM radio. Hood safety-release latch uncooperative with everyone. If the engine bay is like the undercarriage, it’s dingy and unkempt. Cond: 3. Sports Car Market


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Roundup rise about a decade ago. Mecum Auctions, Indianapolis, IN, 05/19. #S212-1974 PORSCHE 911S IMSA SOLD AT $5,225. In its first full year in the U.S., the 450SL would’ve had the same small “European” rear bumpers, but would have the large front “guard rail” bumpers and sealedbeam headlight housings. Back in the day, Euro-spec conversions like this car were not uncommon, but today they seem to have trailed off. If anything, bone-stock U.S.-spec cars are more favorable for Mercedes-Benz Club America judging. No danger of that with this car, as it’s a driver at best. When bidding on it hit $4k, the reserve was lifted and it got a couple more bids. Reasonable sale. W. Yoder Auction, Wautoma, WI, 05/19. #T53-1973 BMW 3.0 CS coupe. S/N 2250587. Fjord Blue/blue vinyl. Odo: 13,002 miles. Factory-installed a/c. Resprayed in base/clear a few years ago. While easy-toremove trim was taken off, major pieces of brightwork—such as beltline trim—were left on and reasonably well masked off. U.S.-spec car from new, with guardrail bumpers replaced with Euro units. Mostly tired original weather seals. Stock Solex carburetors replaced by Webers, along with converting to an electric fuel pump attached to cowl. Five additional wires piggy-backed with positive lead onto a low-budget replacement battery-cable clamp, which personify the more function-over-form workmanship underhood. Far better workmanship on reproduction seat upholstery and carpeting. Distressed original leather headrests. Cond: 3. racer. S/N 9114101035. White & pink/black Nomex. Raced by Paul Newman and Bill Freeman in 1977 Twelve Hours of Sebring. Sold by the pair a year later, then successfully competed in IMSA for almost a decade. Restored back to its current configuration of 1977 Newman/Freeman Race Team circa 2009, with recent refreshing by same shop. Excellent period-correct, single-stage repaint, with reproduction graphics. 2007 Daytona Rennsport Reunion and 2010 Road America Historics tech-inspection decals on windshield. Generally clean and well sorted underhood, especially for a race car. Light undercarriage grime. Single Recaro race seat within a plain, gray-painted interior. Modern safety and fire-suppression equipment. Only stock temperature/fuel gauge reused on dash panel. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $160,000. Last seen at Mecum’s 2014 Houston auction, when it went unsold against a $325k high bid (SCM# 6708870). The late, great Paul Newman has been gone for over a decade now, so there’s less of a celebrity buzz about a vehicle that he’s associated with. Notice I say “less,” because those in the racing world tend to feel that he was just as good of a driver as he was an actor (some think he was actually better behind the wheel). Being a track-dedicated car hurt its chances of selling here more than anything else—even in a town where, a week and a day after this crosses the block, one of the most famous annual races in the world runs. Mecum Auctions, Indianapolis, IN, 05/19. #F129-1975 OPEL MANTA Rallye SOLD AT $42,350. The Solex-to-Weber downdraught carb swap is very common on these cars (my E-9 had them when I bought it 22 years ago) and is both straightforward and makes the car a far better driver. Yet the other add-ons and non-spec changes will make this quite a challenge when the new owner has to eventually sort them out. And, yes, it was finding a new home, as it was offered at no reserve from the Meaney Collection. Considering that and especially since it was also equipped with the unloved automatic transmission from this era, it sold quite well. Indeed, 2019 is proving to be an upswing year in E-9 values, after a few years of staying flat following a marked August 2019 coupe. S/N 0L77N55078287. White/red vinyl. Odo: 4,008 miles. Stated that it is an all-original car with miles displayed as correct from new. Even retains original, yellowed California emissions-control data label on driver’s side rear-quarter window. Excellent paint. Engine bay could benefit from some cleanup and detailing but is generally original—except for replacement battery and an additional power feed going through firewall that is taped to main harness. Areas of newer undercoating augment originally applied stuff. Newer radial tires on stock wheels. Excellent, original textured seat vinyl. Door panels would be excellent also, but they have a set of period speakers cut into them for day-two Panasonic AM/FM/cassette deck. Light carpet staining and wear. Cond: 2-. 149


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Roundup SOLD AT $23,100. While an Opel Manta is an interesting car in its own right, most folks wouldn’t search the world over for the best U.S.-spec example out there. However, the late Steven Juliano’s first car was an Opel Manta, so he was hell-bent to find the best one out there (the first car will do that, with few exceptions). He had even done an open-checkbook restoration on one earlier, but after that was completed, he sold it because he found this, as it was better and original. Funny how that works out, that those surface after you spent money on a compromise to what you originally wanted. I guess you could say that having the best one was his Manta-sy. Bidding opened at 10 grand, and when it hit $20k, the reserve was met, garnering one more bid. Sold well enough. Mecum Auctions, Indianapolis, IN, 05/19. #T25-1976 PORSCHE 914 convertible. S/N 4762901496. Red/black vinyl. Odo: 17,832 miles. Optional alloy wheels, but fitted with aftermarket center caps—pointed on fronts and blunted on rears, with a Porsche shield emblem stuck onto it. Pretty repaint on outside of car. Just don’t look at poor masking on door edges, jambs and along glass seals. No hood or trunk emblems and badges. Dull, dinged windshield trim. Sun-faded bumper cladding. Non-stock progressive Holley/Weber carburetor, with associated manifold, electric fuel pump and air cleaner. Also has aftermarket ignition wiring and battery cut-off switch. Speaking of battery, no fewer than four additional leads (plus the main cable) clamped onto positive battery post. Reproduction seats and carpeting well fitted. New vinyl on dash poorly fitted. Cond: 3. when I saw this was, “Where are the emblems?” I’m hoping that the high bidder was merely thinking, “Mmmm…pretty paint,” instead of, “Dang, that’s cheap”—because it wasn’t. Carbs on a 914 are never a good sign, as the cars always run better with their original fuel injection. All the money and more for a shiny example with plenty of red flags. Mecum Auctions, Indianapolis, IN, 05/19. #S188-1979 PORSCHE 928 coupe. S/N 9289200855. Guards Red/black leather. Odo: 40,274 miles. Seemingly a very well-maintained car with miles appearing real. Fitted with five-hole alloy wheels which are original but not a preferred look by most buyers. Body is solid, with no signs of major trauma. Windshield molding has some minor dings, and one piece sticks a bit out of channel. Glass good all around. Interior clean and protected, but driver’s seat did show light wear. Had both keys, plus one for a valet; improper Sony AM/ FM/cassette unit from the early 1990s. Cond: 2. $40k. Status as well-shown, well-displayed part of the Marquis Collection offered by Mecum makes this well sold. Mecum Auctions, Phoenix, AZ, 03/19. SOLD AT $25,300. Part of the Marquis Collection offered in Phoenix; seller wasn’t looking for top dollar, but this price was way below the pre-sale $40k–$60k estimates. However, it was pretty close to current market values. Equipped with automatic transmission, which while very popular when new, is not desired much for today’s buyer. Interest in the pioneering V8 Porsche models has seen some recent renewal. Porsche fans once scoffed at these cars—is that changing? Mecum Auctions, Phoenix, AZ, 03/19. #S179.1-1979 VOLKSWAGEN SUPER SOLD AT $18,700. This was the final year of the 914, giving way in the Porsche catalog to the 924 as the entry-level offering. The meteoric rise in 911 values—and subsequent cooling off and slight correcting—has largely not affected the 914s all that much. Sure, they’ve been moving up more in value in the past decade, but so have most European coupes and convertibles from the first half of the 1970s. While the first thing that popped into my mind 150 BEETLE Epilogue Edition convertible. S/N 1592041270. Black/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 9,583 miles. Outstanding condition—not just stored away but preserved. Paint shows just a bit of micro-scratching. One very slight wiper mark on windshield. Retains original owner’s manual, window sticker and sales invoice, and still fitted with original tires, wheels, woodgrain trim, Blaupunkt AM/FM cassette, a/c, clock and parade boot for the top. Promoted as 9,500 miles even, but was close to the 9,600 mark. Visuals on this car are impeccable, although cannot get to inspect the engine bay. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $27,500. One of approximately 900 produced to commemorate the end of the Beetle’s distribution in the U.S. At first, I thought this was a rather strong price for a VW with nearly 9,600 miles, but other recent transactions of these tripleblack Bugs show that this was right in the market. Pre-sale estimate had been $30k– #1030-1981 MERCEDES-BENZ 380SL convertible. S/N WDBBA45A0BB007454. Pastel blue/blue canvas, blue hard top/blue leather. Odo: 115,227 miles. Good news: wears mostly original paint. Bad news: almost all of it is lightly crazed. Only area with decent paint is where it was resprayed: top of rear quarters above body character line, trunk and hood. Even there, some masking isn’t all that great. Heavy door-edge chipping. Brightwork actually decent, although far from perfect. Bumpers have very minute pitting; sun-baked bumper guards and ends look far worse. Modern OE replacement windshield. Heavy dye wear on driver’s seat. Light crazing on center console’s wood finish, good dash wood. Modern DIN-mount sound system displaces stock radio. Used-car engine bay. Bottom of muffler rotted out. WI inspection form says it shifts hard, plus a/c, power windows and parking brake are inoperative. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $5,225. Stated on the block that this was bought here several years ago, and is now from that buyer’s estate at no reserve. Bidding eagerly opened at $2k, but dragged around $4k, yet eventually got a few online bids to chase an onsite bidder to close the deal. Between catching up to deferred maintenance (which may exceed this purchase price) and the paint issues, there’s not any profit here to flip it. So it should end up as someone’s learn-as-you-go project. If that wasn’t the intention, that’s how it’ll end up. We might even see it again after this new owner dies with it, too. W. Yoder Auction, Wautoma, WI, 05/19. #W89-1991 BMW 850i coupe. S/N WBAEG1313MCB42330. Henna Red/light beige leather. Odo: 111,949 miles. Non-stock 19-inch wheels on Chinese radials. Factory optional analog center console-mounted cell phone (now makes a handy anti-carjacker Sports Car Market


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Roundup club). Heavily buffed-out, mostly original paint. Good door fit, and both door windows curtsey when necessary. Recent fluff-and-buff under hood, but alloy induction plenums still have that trademark BMW yellowing from age. Good original seats, still with a decent amount of give to padding. Carpet wear and soiling that no herculean detailing efforts can alleviate. Modern Bluetooth-enabled CD sound system with aux jack instead of the OEM radio. Used-car undercarriage with rotted-out mufflers (no wonder it sounded better than I expected). Not throwing any codes...yet. Cond: 3. more elbow grease, but better than average. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $130,000. This example has been on the market for a while; last seen during Auction Week in January, where it was hammered sold at RM Sotheby’s for $134,400 (SCM# 6893224). This appears to be about the market for this car, at least in the Valley of the Sun. It might do better in Monterey or being offered in a showroom setting. Very limited production, an interesting marriage of Italian design and coachwork, inventive chassis and suspension with the Buick mini V8 as a kicker. I really think they tried their best to get this car sold—it just didn’t happen. Mecum Auctions, Phoenix, AZ, 03/19. SOLD AT $31,900. That third pedal on the floor anywhere from doubles to triples the value of any 8 Series nowadays. From minty virgins on Bring a Trailer to beat-to-crap rats on Craigslist—and this one right in the middle. Instead of dying at $10k, as would have happened if it had an automatic, this fluffed-up used car instead started the bidding there and smartly marched up by $1k steps until it got to $28k. The auctioneer then asked for $30k, didn’t get it, then went back to asking $29k, didn’t get that, then hammered it sold. This isn’t even an 850 CSi. Well, this sort of thing will happen when the manufacturer loses faith in selling new cars with stick shifts. Mecum Auctions, Indianapolis, IN, 05/19. ITALIAN #S140.1-1963 APOLLO 3500 GT coupe. S/N 1004. Burgundy/black vinyl. Odo: 25,607 miles. Older restoration that appears well cared for. History shows car delivered to California. Appears to be free of any rust or corrosion. Interior reveals some light usage, but appointed in original-style materials and patterns. Dashboard clean, gauges all very readable including Jaeger speedometer and tachometer. Chrome Borrani wire wheels clean and detailed, with Michelin X tires. Smooth paint shows some light micro-scratching from dry-dusting. Tinted glass clean with no marks, chips or cracks. Underhood well detailed; probably could have used a little #S22.1-1964 ALFA ROMEO GIULIA convertible. S/N AR375773. Red/black vinyl/ black vinyl. Odo: 63,976 miles. Exterior paint very good. Doors line up well, open and close with little effort. Hood needs minor alignment. Glass good all around. Soft trim materials all look rather new but with minimal wear and tear. Under dash looks a bit concerning, with poor masking, quickie sprays, etc. Car starts and runs out well, with no blue or black smoke. Wheels clean, tires look fresh. Cond: 3+. reasonable, the seller was holding on to his dream. Bidders appeared to be well schooled in what to look for and didn’t like what they were seeing. Car needed a lot of help. This was just a tad generous, but seller is going to have to look elsewhere for his pot of gold. Mecum Auctions, Phoenix, AZ, 03/19. #U93-1973 DETOMASO PANTERA GTS coupe. S/N THPNNJ05101. Yellow/ black leather. Odo: 13,723 miles. Older, quality repaint with stripe and ID marking applied. Equipped with a number of upgrades, mostly visual such as rear spoiler wing, 17-inch Ultra wheels with simulated knockoffs, period AM/ FM radio, and hidden things like upgraded, larger brakes and Carrera shocks. In driver condition, it’s not a show winner, but isn’t promoted to be one, either. Body doesn’t appear to have any major fit issues; just a tired finish and need for cosmetic attention. Original wheels might help with the eye appeal. Engine starts easily, with no noise from clutch or transmission. Glass good all around. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $62,975. At a glance, this was a little jewel, but looking a little deeper, shortcuts in the frame-on cosmetics started to show up. Price is pretty close to current market for this condition, but if seller had wanted more, some cleanup would be recommended. These are still fun cars to own and drive, and this example would be perfect for those duties. Early Saturday car was in a good position for being sold. Mecum Auctions, Phoenix, AZ, 03/19. #F158-1972 DETOMASO PANTERA coupe. S/N THPNMC03594. Yellow/black leather. Odo: 17,262 miles. Sloppy masking reveals a respray, and that paint has consistent lacquer checking all over body. Wearing its original Campagnolo alloy wheels, but tires look to have some wear and tear. Interior clean and fitted with period AM/FM radio. No signs of rust. Some signs of bodywork along lower front panels, chrome had micro-pitting all around. Tinted glass good, with no wiper marks or chips. Doors and engine cover line up well and open easy. Sold new in New York. Cond: 3-. NOT SOLD AT $50,000. While interest in the early chrome-bumper Pantera coupes has grown over the past few years, and one could consider this price offered as 152 NOT SOLD AT $50,000. Pantera bidders seemingly drew the line in the sand here in Glendale. Sold twice in the previous years: Mecum Kissimmee 2018 at $74,800 (SCM# 6860061), then $61,600 (SCM# 6892207) in Scottsdale, AZ, at Barrett-Jackson (SCM# 6892207). Announced that a price closer to $60k would be needed on this car; doubtful anyone was even within the $10k needed. Sellers need to step back and take a hard look at their wares. No meat on the bone; dealers won’t take it—too much work—and hobbyists will pass knowing they can buy a better example for less money than these cars’ investment potential. Hammer should have came down, followed by “Sold.” Mecum Auctions, Phoenix, AZ, 03/19. #S90.1-1973 FERRARI 365 GTB/4 Day- tona coupe. S/N 16109. Fly Yellow/black leather. Odo: 48,884 miles. Reportedly given a nut-and-bolt restoration back in late 1990s. Sports Car Market


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Roundup Won several prestigious awards, but 20 years ago. Fitted with period AM/FM radio, heater/ defroster, 15-inch Campagnolo wheels and tires with little wear but showing some sidewall aging. Underhood has a patina of use. For inspection, battery removed and rust in the tray quite visible. A couple of small scratches in paint and noticeable ding in driver’s door. Formerly a show winner, now a driver that should be enjoyed. Glass and chrome all good. Interior soft and supple. Panels align well with easy-to-open doors and hood. Cond: 2+. fluffed-up example, it’s now a lot less. Granted, this was not the best venue for the car, but others could argue that if it shows up at Monterey, it may be ridiculed even worse there with all the Ferraristi in the area and not do much better. At this meager bid here, one could almost be tempted to repurpose the V12 into a correct car and then do a Chevy LS conversion to blow it out. Actually, it would’ve done a lot better like that with this crowd at Indy. Mecum Auctions, Indianapolis, IN, 05/19. #S210-1982 DETOMASO PANTERA NOT SOLD AT $575,000. Has been actively marketed for the past several years, at quite a few auctions and always falling short of seller’s reserve. Among the several results SCM has tracked, this was its poorest showing. Sometimes you just have to take the money and run, unless the consignor just enjoys coming to auctions. Offer was in the market for the car on the block. Mecum Auctions, Phoenix, AZ, 03/19. #S160-1973 FERRARI 365 GTB/4 Day- tona conversion Spyder. S/N 15733. Red/ black leather. Odo: 42,561 miles. Straman convertible conversion, believed to have been done in the mid-to-late 1970s. Likely also got the early fiberglass flush front fascia around same time the roof was hacked. Top never up while on auction grounds, or even photographed for catalog. Optional a/c, power windows and Becker Mexico AM/FM/cassette stereo. Rather good repaint in recent years. Door gaps are fine, but hood gaps vary—especially at cowl. Stated that it’s fitted with new wire wheels, with period reproduction Michelin XWX radials. Rather clean and tidy under hood. Newer brake booster, yet with original and yellowed reservoir. Modern battery. Recently reupholstered interior, to include dashboard cover. Fresh, heavy layer of chassis undercoating. Cond: 3+. GT5 coupe. S/N THPNZU09200. White/ cream leather. Odo: 79,101 km. Originally European spec, but imported to U.S. right after production. Retains the original metric gauges. Also stated that car is essentially original as imported to the U.S., to include the BMW Motorsports copy-cat paint job. Paint and bodywork cracks throughout bodywork, especially around windshield frame and lower body skirting. Body seam swelling near headlight. Rust blisters on bottom of both doors. Cast-aluminum valve covers and air-cleaner assembly in a function-over-form engine bay. Newer white high-temp exhaust paint, even newer rear brake-line hoses. Racing Radial X tires very much worn past the wear bars. Good leather on seats, even if they look more at home in a Chrysler/Maserati TC than a Pantera. Period economy-grade AM/FM/cassette deck. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $86,900. Prices are still a bit soft on these models, and this stellar example illustrated this superbly. In the past few months it had only been driven a handful of miles, probably getting ready for its debut on the podium. Color selection was a bit striking, and the condition advertised seemed to draw attention. However, it looked more like a dealer feeding frenzy rather than an end-user one. A little meat left on the bone for a retail setting. Mecum Auctions, Phoenix, AZ, 03/19. #S76.1-1989 FERRARI TESTAROSSA coupe. S/N ZFFSG17A5K0081137. Azzurro Metallic/dark blue leather. Odo: 5,429 miles. Remarkably well presented car that looks factory-fresh from every aspect, including crawling on the floor and looking at the underside. Body is as it left the factory. Interior looks brand new and well appointed with factory audio system. All gauges clean and clear. Seats show just the slightest of wear on the driver’s side. Wheels have no bumps or bruises, tires detailed. No flaws to note during static inspection. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $45,100. Where are BMW’s lawyers when you need them? BMW Motorsport stripes on a Pantera is blasphemous on so many levels. Even if M1 production was initially supposed to be in Italy, a Pantera damn sure doesn’t come close to an M1 on any level—except for possibly quarter-mile drag times, and I’d bet it would be damn close either way, especially if it’s a Procar M1. This was one of a few attempts at re-introducing the Pantera to the U.S. market after LincolnMercury called it quits after 1974. This one helps solidify the Pantera stereotype of mostly being run hard and put away wet. Despite an $80k-to-$100k pre-sale guesstimate per description card, the consignor wisely cut it loose. Mecum Auctions, Indianapolis, IN, 05/19. #S158.1-1987 FERRARI 328 GTS Spi- NOT SOLD AT $500,000. Cut Daytona coupes—regardless of who did them or how well they were done—at best used to be worth similar to, but usually less than, a commensurate uncut coupe. Based on this recently 154 der. S/N ZFFXA20A8H0070827. White/red leather. Odo: 27,370 miles. Presented in showroom-like condition. Reportedly won a number of awards at Ferrari events. Fitted with 16-inch Cromodora alloy wheels and fresh rubber, Alpine stereo, vented disc brakes, Quartz clock, a/c, power windows and a working Bosch fuel-injection system that came to life with little effort. Appeared to be original paint and interior. No chips or flaws found, with glass clean and no marks. Gauges easy to read. Engine bay tidy and in order, having been recently treated to a full service. Sold new in Houston, TX. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $181,500. Marketing is key to success, and the placement of this coupe right by the main entrance into the arena was inspired. Everyone who saw the car said the color really popped, and it did. Reported one of 16 Testarossas produced in this color, it really captured the eyes and might have helped this car hit the pre-sale estimate of $150k quite easily. Same vehicle had been offered for sale out of Chicago area for nearly a year at an asking price of $180k; this had to be going to an admirer of beauty on wheels. Mecum Auctions, Phoenix, AZ, 03/19. JAPANESE #1027-1984 MAZDA RX-7 GSL-SE coupe. S/N JM1FB3322E0842414. White/ gray cloth. Odo: 59,556 miles. Stated that the Sports Car Market


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Roundup indicated miles are actual, and that the car is largely original, being consigned by the second owner. New clutch and tires within last 10k miles. Mostly well-cared-for original paint, with a respray on left rear quarter. Some edge chipping of original vinyl pinstriping. Hokey white double-blade wipers, front and back. Not really cleaned up but not really unkempt under hood—more the case of a 60kmile used car that someone cares about. R134a fittings on a/c lines, but doesn’t work. No curb rash on stock alloy wheels; just edge peeling starting on its clearcoating. Lighter overall interior wear than expected from a 60k mile car, but does show some yellowing and light fade from age on plastic dash components. Cond: 3+. lose money. Just enjoy it. W. Yoder Auction, Wautoma, WI, 05/19. #1006-1993 DODGE STEALTH R/T coupe. S/N JB3BM64J2PY015017. Dark blue metallic/black leather. Odo: 79,077 miles. Rather obvious masking on rather average repaint. Heavier scrub on bumper’s rub strip on right front corner of car. Wiper blades splitting on the ends. Window tinting film added to all glass except windshield. Also has a big hoop rear spoiler added (probably from a Neon R/T or previous generation Supra), in addition to the stock spoiler at base of backlight—because sometimes you can never get enough spoiler. Light to moderate carpet and seating surface wear. Part of center console unplugged and missing. Aftermarket cone air filter right at mass flow sensor; otherwise stock but somewhat dirty engine compartment. Per WI inspection form, “coolant low” light on (despite being full), and it pulls to the right when braking. Cond: 3-. AMERICAN #1031-1959 FORD THUNDERBIRD convertible. S/N H9YJ158544. White/black vinyl/light blue velour. Odo: 41,834 miles. 352-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Optional power windows. Old chalky repaint over rusty bodywork that was troweled full of body filler. Non-stock blue accent paint on side spears. Lousy masking. Doors need to be lifted to latch properly, due to fatigued hinge pins or sagging hinges— probably both. Bumper chrome filled with light-to-moderate scratches, plus frost pitting. Seats and door panels have been reupholstered in velour. Electric-blue house carpeting now very soiled. Engine bay may be the strong suit here, as it’s reasonably clean, some thought went into installing stuff in there, and car runs out good. Deck lid needed to be held in place for the top to properly cycle. Nicest thing on the car is “59TBIRD” Wisconsin vanity plate. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $6,613. The GSL-LE was the topshelf trim package for the RX-7 in 1984, with most of the goodies this car has—a/c, cassette tape deck, rear window defroster and wiper— included with the package. Pretty much the only stand-alone option here is the pop-open glass sunroof. The first-gen RX-7 is one of those cars—like the 1970s Datsun Z-cars— that in theory should do better in the market but only occasionally does. If bought for a fairly low-mile driving experience, this was a good buy. Just don’t expect to flip it anytime soon and make an appreciable amount of money on the deal, or don’t be surprised if you SOLD AT $2,860. To quote the inspection form on the car, “Drifts right when braking.” Considering that there’s a good chance that whoever buys it will be drifting with it—with or without brakes, left and right—that’s appropriate verbiage. Being one step down from the R/T Twin Turbo—and the fact that it’s essentially a heavily worked used car—it sold about right. You know you’re in trouble when the marketing shtick is, “This isn’t the same Mitsubishi V6 that’s found in the minivans.” W. Yoder Auction, Wautoma, WI, 05/19. NOT SOLD AT $18,000. The 1958–66 Tbirds used a simplified version of the mechanism used to work the 1957–59 Ford Fairlane 500 Skyliner retractables, which is something akin to saying that a hydrogen bomb is a simpler version of the original atom bomb. Either way, you don’t want to be having to “help it along.” Rather, plan on having trained professionals deal with it, or it will blow up on you. To be charitable, this is a terrible car (and I’m a Ford guy). Baffling this excessive bid wasn’t taken. W. Yoder Auction, Wautoma, WI, 05/19. #F132-1964 SHELBY COBRA 289 roadster. S/N CSX2416. Red/black vinyl, black hard top/black leather. Odo: 50,104 miles. 289-ci V8, 4x2-bbl, 4-sp. Special-ordered by Frye’s Ford of Belleville, KS, with a plethora of options: Stage III-spec engine with four Weber downdraft carburetors and cast-alloy valve covers, hood scoop and cold-air box, auxiliary hard top, side curtains, front and rear sway bars, oil cooler, front grille guard, rear bumper guard, wind wings, sun visors, heater, seat belts, transistorized AM radio, polished American Racing magnesium wheels, plus a custom four-outlet exhaust system. Built in Princess Blue; original owner immediately returned the car to Shelby America to get it painted Ford Rangoon Red. As such, returned to this as-delivered color and specification with original or NOS components from 2014 to ’18. Shows no signs of wear or usage—ready to show at next SAAC concours. So authentically redone that it wears a NOS original dealer sticker on deck lid. Cond: 1. TOP 10 No. 2 156 Sports Car Market


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Roundup SOLD AT $1,760,000. This was the last car restored by the late Steven Juliano. When I asked noted Shelby enthusiast Colin Comer which one of Juliano’s 10 cars he would choose, he emphatically stated that this would be it. While this may seem like a lot of money for a small-block Cobra, bear in mind that not only is this a turn-key, concours trophy magnet, but it’s the only Shelby American-built Stage-III 289 street Cobra ever made. Frankly, I felt before crossing the block it was going to be within either side of a bid of $2 million— and I usually don’t parrot auction-house estimates ($1.75m–$2.25m). Not cheap, but worth it. Mecum Auctions, Indianapolis, IN, 05/19. #F171-1966 CHEVROLET CORVAIR Corsa Yenko Stinger coupe. S/N 107376W130968. Ermine White/black vinyl. Odo: 61,164 miles. 164-ci H6, 4x1-bbl, 4-sp. Yenko tag YS043, with verified history, modified in Canonsburg, PA, as one of the 100 initially made for SCCA homologation. Successfully campaigned in SCCA in 1970s by Jim Schardt of Ohio. Restored in the early 1990s to look like the Dr. Dick Thompson Yenko team car, used in vintage racing since. Displays tech inspection stickers from 1977 to 2010 throughout the car. Paintwork still good, with occasional touch-up and panel respray. Heavily modified engine, even for a Stage-II tune. All engine shrouding except “turkey roaster” top cover removed. All engine-bay work clean and purposeful. Stock door panels and dashboard, but otherwise gutted interior. Fitted with a full cage inside. Aftermarket 13-inch wheels with race tires. Cond: 3+. two days earlier for $31,900. On one hand, it’s good to see Stingers finally appreciated, but unfortunately, on the other, they’re starting to end up parked next to Yenko S/C Camaros in well-to-do man-cave shrines instead of drifting through Canada Corner at Road America or winding through the Corkscrew at Laguna Seca. Price of admission is becoming too dear for those of us who kept that flame lit for five decades. Mecum Auctions, Indianapolis, IN, 05/19. TOP 10 No. 1 #F128-1967 SHELBY COBRA 427 S/C roadster. S/N CSX3042. Sapphire Blue/black leather. Odo: 10,765 miles. NOT SOLD AT $90,000. Last seen at Rick Cole’s 1992 Monterey auction, then a no-sale at $21k (SCM# 1536130). Since then, it was owned and sold by actor Tim Allen, and $21k is so cheap that even a continuation Stinger will now cost you more. YS303 was also on the docket here, as Lot W196—a 1965 converted in period with a Stage I kit from Yenko—sold 427-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. Well documented in SAAC Registry as a five-owner car from new, with 10,765 verifiable miles. Owned for past decade by the late Steven Juliano, who had the then-two-year-old show-quality restoration corrected to its original configuration, with all original or NOS components. Even the tires are original, as the original owner had them stored at his dealership since new, using aftermarket wheels and tires instead. Original Halibrand wheels. Superb repaint, which seems to be a base/clear, but I wasn’t allowed to get intimate enough with it to put a paint thickness meter on it. Fresh, correct sheen on chrome. Concours-quality engine bay detailing. Light seat wrinkling on driver’s side, with like-new passenger’s chair. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $2,860,000. This was the last Cobra sold by August 2019 157


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Roundup an original dealer, when the owner of Grappone Ford, John Grappone, sold it to Dan Turman of Connecticut in 1982. Today, it looks like it just came off the truck from Shelby American in 1967—actually better, as far as the paint is concerned. Being one of 27 realdeal 427 S/Cs and with the car’s great reputation, it was a safe money bet that this was going to ring the bell here as the top sale. It certainly did. Bidding opened at a cool million, taking $250k jumps to $1.75m. It was all $100k bids until the reserve was off at $2.6m, hammering sold with no further advances. Mecum Auctions, Indianapolis, IN, 05/19. #F11-1978 MERCURY BOBCAT Vil- lager wagon. S/N 8T22Z500713. White/blue vinyl, plaid cloth. Odo: 66,279 miles. 171-ci V6, 2-bbl, auto. Stated the indicated miles are actual, and the car is largely original. Some topical paintwork, especially evident on upper driver’s side rear quarter panel, as there are masking removal flubs on trim around DINOC fake wood. Deep scratch in wood decal on passenger’s door. Good door and rear hatch fit. Bumpers have decent original plating, but upper grille trim and the roof rack have an overall bad case of acne. Clean, mostly original engine bay. Paint on fender aprons and cowl has light rust stains seeping from welded joints. Excellent original interior, with minimal wear on the front seat bottoms and carpeting under the modern rubber floor mats. Cond: 3+. Comet wagon until the last wagon they built, the 1998 Sable. The Pinto-clone Bobcat was introduced mid-year in 1975 so Lincoln-Mercury dealers could try to get anybody into the dealerships at the end of the OPEC oil-embargo era. Yet the Blobcat sold remarkably well for the division—especially since it was fairly well equipped and competitively priced. We’ve seen Pinto wagons hit $30k with far fewer miles and not in better shape, so this was a reasonable deal for all parties involved. Mecum Auctions, Indianapolis, IN, 05/19. #1042-1986 AMC RENAULT ALLI- ANCE convertible. S/N 1XMAW9762GK165916. Red/tan vinyl/buckskin vinyl. Odo: 59,190 miles. Dings with paint gouges on hood and a tape patch on passenger’s side of soft top’s C-pillar said to be from a recent incident when wood fell from a truck that owner was following and hit the car. Otherwise, original paint has been well cared for. Plugs in door jambs from a commercial rust-proofing process done when car was new. Pinchweld moldings lifting in corners of door frames, door panels coming loose on sides. Excellent original interior, with heaviest wear on steering-wheel rim and aftermarket floor mats. Radio Shack cassette deck mounted between front seats, with stock AM/FM left in dash. Engine bay could stand better detailing, but is stock. Cond: 3. was well bought for little money. You’d probably be the only one at Cars & Coffee. W. Yoder Auction, Wautoma, WI, 05/19. #1044-2009 PONTIAC G8 GT SLP Fire- hawk sedan. S/N 6G2EC57Y09L199737. Silver & black/black & red leather. Odo: 70,734 miles. 6.0-L supercharged V8, auto. Premium and Sport Package option groups. SLP-installed 500-hp tune with supercharger, cold-air intake and performance exhaust. They also installed their performance suspension and competition brake packages. Excellent original paint, with but a few minor road abrasion nicks on front fascia. Clearcoat flaking off over bare aluminum portions of stock wheels. At least it’s been re-shod with…Firehawk radials. Battery-inspection panel in the trunk is missing. Cleaned-up engine bay, but not detailed. Engine block and heads show some light corrosion. Retains original window sticker and SLP paperwork from when it was sold new in Chicago area. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $12,650. While it was originally the top-tier station wagon for Edsel, the Villager became the top-end wagon trim for any Mercury, regardless of model—from the 1962 “ 158 SOLD AT $2,200. Introduced three years earlier, the Alliance was based on the Renault 9. While powered by Renault engines, most of the car was built three hours away from here in Kenosha, WI. With a dealer service label in the door jamb that shows an oil change at 29,920 miles in April of 1990, it appears that the car went from a good-weather worker bee into summertime retirement around that time. Otherwise, this would’ve ended up like every other Alliance used in its native state—eaten by road salt and calcium chloride. If it wasn’t for the recent on-road damage, I’d have called this a 3+ all day long. Sure, these won’t be worth a whole lot and one has to realistically factor in replacing the top, but I still think this While this may seem like a lot of money for a small-block Cobra, bear in mind that not only is this a turn-key, concours trophy magnet, but it’s the only Shelby American built Stage-III 289 street Cobra ever made. 1964 Shelby Cobra 289 roadster SOLD AT $25,300. The last of 20 GTs fitted by SLP with a supercharger, which was mass production considering they also put blowers on nine GXPs (all but one with the 6-speed stick), and also tuned five GTs that were left normally aspirated. Having one of the 34 SLP Firehawk G8s was quite a feather in Wayne Yoder’s hat for his auction, and here’s where the online presence reaped its benefits, as the online bidders gobbled it up. A little voice in my head kept saying “If you hadn’t bought that new Mustang GT, bonehead, you whould be waving your auction paddle like a lunatic.” But instead of parking this final act of defiance from Pontiac next to my ’91 Olds Custom Cruiser in the “why does GM kill these off when they finally get them right” section of my fantasy garage, I’ll just evoke that famed quote from Monty Python’s “Life of Brian” to the successful bidder: “You lucky, lucky bastard.” W. 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Mystery Photo Answers “I caught a cab,” the truck articulated. — Bill Maloney, via email This Month’s Mystery Photo Response Deadline: July 25, 2019 RUNNER-UP: Behold — the results of an evening of unbridled pleasure between a Mack truck and a Transformer. — Robert O’Sullivan, Beverly Hills, CA “If a truck leaves Point A traveling at 60 mph and another truck leaves Point B traveling at 50 mph...” — Michael R. Lowitt, Esq., via email I can’t tell which way this is going. — Warren D. Blatz, Jr., via email Déjà vu — Rob Cart, Saluda, NC “While one of the conjoined twins seemed to thrive and function normally, the other was functionally hopeless.” — Pierre Hedary, Titusville, FL The truck’s front tires are cocked, and its load was coldcocked. — David Libby, West Des Moines, IA Apologies for Grandpa — he really doesn’t get the whole Transformers thing. — Leslie Dreist, Troy, MI Recently released photo of the battery-powered Tesla utility vehicle used to transport SpaceX rockets to their launch pads. Comments With Your Renewals Great magazine. It’s the first one I read of the five I get monthly. — John Fuchs, Pacific Palisades, CA (SCMer since 2002) I am very satisfied with your lovely magazine. It is really great to get every issue! — Viktor Wagner, Mülheim, Germany (2015) You don’t know what you don’t know about cars until you read Sports Car Market (except maybe Keith Martin)! — Thomas Van Dyke, Waxhaw, NC (2003) Be “bearish” as well as “bullish” on market when warranted. — Jeffrey Vogel, 160 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. The purpose of the rotationally articulated orange center section remains top secret. — Don Mackay, Oceanside, CA The Portland Zoo recently acquired this very rare Push Me Pull You. — Cathy Duffy, via email Articulating the twin-engined Citroën 2CV concept in a bigger, more flexible vehicle. — Pam Gaviglio, Los Angeles, CA Short, sweet, funny — and to the point. That’s why Bill Maloney is the winner of SCM’s first foreand-aft cap. ♦ Bridgehampton, NY (2003) Excellent magazine. If it was better, I couldn’t stand it. Ha! Good work! — David Kisley, Whitehouse Station, NJ (2018) I only love my 230SL and Lady Gaga more than SCM! — Richard Cooke, River Forest, IL (1998) A Bible of a different sort. – Keith never stops! — Ronald Leggett Sr., Saint Louis, MO (1997) More information on future collectibles including 1980s and ’90s cars. — Ivan Chosnek, Jupiter, FL (2017) Cumberford has been a great addition to the magazine. I like to try to guess what he’ll say about a particular design — gives me a keener eye for detail. Thanks! — Gregory McKim, San Diego, CA (2002) Keith: Get well so you can shift that 4-speed. God bless. — Rick Lara, Macomb, MI (1999) Best wishes to Keith on a speedy recovery. Glad to hear he is doing better. — Todd Legeer, East Rochester, NY (2004) Add Morgan Three-Wheelers to your price guide. — Rick Frazee, Winter Park, FL (2003) I’m a 22-year subscriber. Love reading SCM every month. Best wishes to Keith for a continued speedy recovery. — Philip Millians, Atlanta, GA (1998) Keep up the good work! More profiles on the sub-$50,000 cars. — Bill Neff, San Diego, CA (1997) More motorcycle coverage (BSA, Triumph, HarleyDavidson, Indian, etc. ...). Thanks, great stuff! — Thomas Luft, Scottsdale, AZ (2005) Where did all the fright pigs go? — Dick Schwikert, Baldwin, MI (2002) Thank you all for your con- tinued renewals and thoughtful comments. — Keith Martin Sports Car Market Terry Ballard


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SCM Online Extras for SCM Readers Connect with SCM online this month Kids and Cars Visit SCM on the Web Here’s a Sample of Some of What’s Available at www.sportscarmarket.com SCM Weekly Blogs (www.sportsarmarket.com/blogs/keith- martin) • Summer and the SCM Fleet School Run: Of all my cars, the one that gets used the most is my ’73 2.7 RS — clocking up roughly 2,000 miles per annum and the only one to always live at home in the garage. Possibly the most perfect car for English B roads and always up for any job, any day, any weather. Here it is on the school playing fields with my youngest daughter Lucy,12, standing up through the sun roof chatting to a friend. Happy days! — Chris Wilson Send your photos of your next-generation gearheads to SCM. If your photo is selected, you’ll win an official SCM cap. Send your high-res photos to kids@sportscarmarket.com. Please include your contact info, the name of the child in the photo, the make and model of the car and any descriptive information you would like. • My Life With Cars: The 1963 Giulia Spider, Parts I–III Guides and Resources (View or download at www.sportscarmarket.com/guides-supplements) • 2019 Insider’s Guide to Monterey • 2019 Pocket Price Guide 20 Years Ago in SCM The August 1999 issue of SCM — still in the era of art covers — featured Argentinian Alfredo de la Maria’s painting “Nebelmeister” on the front. It depicts the 1936 Eifelrennen Grand Prix held on the Nürburgring. The title of the painting, translated from the German as “fog masters,” captures a rain-soaked moment of the race. As the name suggests, banks of fog came rolling across the circuit. On the car front, SCM noted the bargain price of a ’69 Jaguar E-type Roadster at $22,100. A bit more expensive, but still sounding “cheap” nowadays, a 1961 Ferrari SWB traded hands for $650,000, and a 1986 Lagonda “broke the bank” at $55,000. August 2019 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! 161


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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 1954 Jaguar XK 120 SE roadster to drive and enjoy today. Classic Showcase. Ph: 760.805.9090, email: webmaster@classicshowcase. com. Website: classicshowcase.com/index.php/ inventory/detail/609. (CA) 1965 Jaguar E-type convertible be original. Purchased from the estate and serviced with concentration on preservation. Heritage Trust Certificate. Since coming out of the barn in 2010, the exhaust system has been replaced with stainless steel, the brakes have been rebuilt, and there are a new rear cylinder, new front pistons and new master cylinder. Clutch master and slave cylinder rebuilt. New water pump, hoses and belts. Serviced transmission, replaced battery, spark plugs, points, etc. Ready for fresh paint or drive and show as a survivor. Price reduced. $56,900. Contact Turner JR, Ph: 317.508.1847, email: dapeaper@aol.com. (IN) 1967 Jaguar 340 Mk II sedan 1969 MGC convertible S/N GCN1A8212. British Racing Green/black leather. 55,411 miles. Inline 6, 4-spd manual. 6-cylinder, low original miles. Excellent original car. Call for complete information. $22,000. Contact Bill, Ph: 920.823.2187, email: whebal@yahoo.com. (WI) 1970 Jaguar E-type Series II OTS S/N S674753. Black/tan. 62,353 miles. Inline 6, 5-spd manual. This XK 120 has been custom built for rallies and touring. Features numerous upgrades; alloy bucket seats, a modified bulkhead for increased legroom, Brookland windscreens, amber fog lights and a custom black tonneau cover. It also features a new 5-speed gearbox, electric power steering and larger aluminum radiator with an auxiliary fan. Includes tools, jack, hammer and spare tire. Classic Showcase. Ph: 760.805.9090, email: webmaster@ classicshowcase.com. Website: classicshowcase.com/ index.php/inventory/detail/627. (CA) 1959 Triumph TR3A roadster S/N 1E10883. Rosso Corsa/black. 92,800 miles. Inline 6, 4-spd manual. Beautiful, bright Ferrari Red paint in 2017. Engine completely rebuilt and balanced in 2017, new double-capacity aluminum radiator and alternator. New chrome wheels and tires, Jaguar Heritage Trust certificate. Washington state registered with collector’s plates; no annual fee. 265 hp, true 150 mph, 4.2-liter, covered headlights. The XKE is THE collector’s car. $125,000. Contact Philip, Ph: 604.644.3207, email: philip@ churchillinvestments.com. (B.C., CAN) 1966 Austin Mini Cooper S Mk I hatchback S/N P180755. Black/red. 58,444 miles. Inline 6, 4-spd manual. This striking Jaguar 340 has been one-family-owned since February of 1968, and stands in great mechanical condition. This example is one of only 535 left-hand-drive models made, and one of only 10 outfitted with the 3.8-liter engine. With the fitment of the straight-port E-type-like cylinder heads and a lighter body shell, these 340s proved to be faster than their full-blooded Mk II equivalents. Classic Showcase. Ph: 760.805.9090, email: webmaster@classicshowcase.com. Website: classicshowcase.com/index.php/inventory/detail/619. (CA) 1967 Sunbeam Tiger Mk II convertible British Racing Green/Biscuit. Inline 6, 4-spd manual. This beautiful example of an SII roadster is a numbers-matching California car with Heritage Certificate, stainless-steel exhaust, new 205/70 tires on Dayton SS wires and Koni shocks. Runs strong! Built to go, great for shows, numerous awards. $107,000. Contact Will, Ph: 360.385.7154, email: wdhumiston@msn.com. (WA) 1976 Triumph Spitfire 1500 convertible S/N B382100103LRXFE. Carnival Red/black. 34,000 miles. V8, 4-spd manual. The third of 536 Mark IIs built. Factory hard top. Multiple concours winner, flawless single-stage paint, original sheet metal, LAT options, very original, well sorted and fast. Three owners, has never been auctioned. Documents, tools and original license plates. For the discriminating collector who wants the best of the rare Mark II 289 Tigers. $149,000 OBO. Contact Kim, Ph: 443.386.6170, email: 1146kim@gmail.com. (MD) S/N TS41984LO. Pale Yellow/black. 17,582 miles. Inline 4, 4-spd manual. This Triumph was first purchased by a couple in Santa Barbara, CA, and they used it for 27 years. During their ownership, they kept a diary of the mileage, gas, photos and repairs and placed it in storage in 1986. It has been mechanically restored and a new top and interior installed. Overdrive allows 73 mph at 3,200 rpm. Must drive to appreciate. $44,000. Contact Patrick, Ph: 805.680.6900, email: psmiekel@gmail.com. Website: thesmiekelcollection.com/. (CA) 1965 Jaguar E-type convertible 1969 Lotus Europa S2 Federal 65 coupe S/N CA257L931704. Island Blue & White/black. 90,999 miles. Inline 4, 4-spd manual. Rare opportunity to purchase and enjoy this fully restored and BMI-certified example of a Mark I 1,275-cc hatchback. An original LHD-built export car originally delivered to Guatemala in November 1966. As per its British Motor Industry Heritage Trust Certificate of Authenticity, it has its original and correct matching-numbers S engine and was built on 9/1/1966. Its original color combination was Island Blue and Old English White, and factory options included the extra fuel tank! $49,500 OBO. West Coast Classics. Contact Larry, Ph: 424.376.5151, email: wcclassics@aol.com. Website: www. WestCoastClassics.com. (CA) 1967 Austin-Healey 3000 Mk III BJ8 roadster S/N 1E10502. Opalescent Silver Blue (with Navy Blue top)/Navy Blue. Inline 6, 4-spd manual. Fully restored, numbers-matching E-type roadster. Attractive color combo, upgraded with Wilwood brakes all around, ceramic headers, alloy radiator with auxiliary fan, electronic ignition, gear-reduction starter, 15-inch steering wheel and digital Bluetooth stereo with phone jack. This high-end driver is ready 162 S/N 652241. Bahama Yellow/black. 41,354 miles. Inline 4, manual. Frame-off restoration to a high standard and car is one of the finest examples known. Refinished in its original factory Bahama Yellow. The metal frame was completely disassembled, blasted with a dustless blaster, epoxyprimed and painted black. The R16 Renault 1,565-cc 4-cylinder engine was rebuilt with a new carburetor and a 4-speed manual transmission. New seats, door panels, carpet and dash, along with new glass and upgraded stainless-steel door hinges. Bumpers were rechromed and power window regulators were restored. New 15-inch alloy wheels, tires, shocks and exhaust system. Front/rear coil-over springs. Rare fantastic investment opportunity. $29,950 OBO. David A. Goldenberg Enterprises. Contact David, Ph: 503.539.6609, email: lilcarlover@aol.com. (OR) Owned by one family from 1967 to 2010. Last registered in 1971. Low miles, 12,272 believed to Aztec Gold/Sable. 81,488 miles. V8, 5-spd manual. Incredibly rare, left-hand drive. The first British supercar. One of 11 factory built for the U.S. High-horsepower Euro-spec DOHC V8 engine (numbers-matching engine included). Incredible original interior. ZF 5-speed manual gearbox. Factory air conditioning. Includes owner’s manual & British Motor Industry Heritage Trust Certificate. $269,900. Daniel Schmitt & Co. Contact Daniel, Ph: 314.291.7000, email: info@schmitt.com. Website: www.schmitt.com/inventory/1979-aston-martinvantage-flip-tail-coupe/. (MO) 1987 Land Rover Defender 110 SUV Red/black. 35,000 miles. Inline 4, 4-spd automatic. Concours restored with a few nice updates. Freeflow exhaust, header, rare factory overdrive, black trim, factory hard top, Minilite-style wheels and AM/FM stereo. Fully sorted and ready to drive or win any British show! $13,900. Contact Steve, Ph: 609.504.0678, email: realcobra427@aol.com. (AZ) 1979 Aston Martin V8 Vantage Flip-Tail coupe S/N SALLDHMV8BA283187. Bonatti Gray/Beechwood Brown. 300 miles. V8, 5-spd manual. 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SCM Showcase Gallery renowned Arkonik, based in England, are pleased to offer this Bonatti Grey Defender. Just completed a full nut-and-bolt restoration from the frame upwards including a new bulkhead. Fully refurbished and upgraded original 3.5-L V8 engine and 5-speed manual gearbox. The interior has been fully restored and re-imagined with extensive soundproofing and carpeting throughout. Luxurious leather seating trim consisting of heated sport front seats, twin high-back center row seats, and four tip-ups in the load area. Available for immediate delivery. Includes a sixmonth warranty and personal hand-over. $190,000 OBO. Arkonik. Contact Andy, Ph: 1.800.984.3355, email: andy.stacey@arkonik.com. Website: www. arkonik.com. (U.K.) 1994 Land Rover Defender 90 4x4 SUV GERMAN 1957 Mercedes-Benz 220S cabriolet 1970 Porsche 911S 2.2 coupe Inc.. Contact Ron, Ph: 630.567.0066, email: ron@ ronsusser.com. Website: www.ronsusser.com/ inventory/listing/1989-mercedes-benz-amg-560sec6-0-quad-cam-hammer-engine-c126-smoke-silver-rare-original/. (NY) 1989 Porsche 911 Carrera coupe Dark blue/Parchment. 81,000 miles. Inline 6, 4-spd manual. Two-owner numbers-matching car. Excellent condition. Call or email for details and additional pictures. $149,000 OBO. Contact Peter, Ph: 847.809.8101, email: peter12328700@yahoo.com. 1963 Porsche 356B 1600 S90 cabriolet Signal Orange/Black. 33,327 miles. Flat 6, 5-spd manual. 3½-year rotisserie restoration completed by legendary Brumos Porsche in 2014 (over $220k spent). Driven 1,000 miles since. Multiple concours winner (including the 2018 Porsche Club of America National Concours). Low actual miles. Includes restoration receipts, Porsche Certificate of Authenticity and Factory tinted glass. $239,900 OBO. Daniel Schmitt & Co. Contact Daniel, Ph: 314.291.7000, email: info@schmitt.com. Website: www.schmitt.com/inventory/1970-porsche-911s-22-coupe/. (MO) 1972 Porsche 911S coupe S/N WP0AB0919KS120302. Baltic Blue Metallic (C7)/off white. 67,285 miles. Flat 6, 5-spd manual. Stunning and unique color combination. Previous owner had it stored in garage, covered for over 12 years. Very strong bones, just completed extensive engine, a/c system, tires, brakes and clutch rebuild and maintenance. Original matching numbers for engine and transmission. Sunroof, cruise control and power windows. Upholstery redone in 2002. $75,000. Contact Roger, Ph: 713.899.8778, email: rkurtin@ gmail.com. (TX) S/N SALDV2289RA934207. Artic White/light gray. 73,742 miles. V8, 5-spd manual. An absolutely exceptional example, number 88 in production run, with standard 5-speed manual transmission. Factory air conditioning, a new soft top, new tires and comprehensive recent service history with only 73k miles! $79,500 OBO. West Coast Classics LLC. Contact Larry, Ph: 424.376.5151, email: wcclassics@aol. com. Website: www.WestCoastClassics.com. (CA) 2007 Bentley Continental GT Diamond Series coupe S/N 158358. Black/red leather. 65,000 miles. Flat 4, manual. This is numbers matching, finished in its original black (color code 6213) over a red leather interior (color code A). Accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity, still equipped with its original engine, transmission and the original color options. A very honest, clean and rust-free 356B in great condition. Please call for further information regarding this vehicle. $140,000. Dover Speed Shop. Contact Jared, Ph: 339.216.0856, email: jspence@ doverspeed.com. (MA) 1968 Porsche 911S coupe 2001 BMW Z3 convertible S/N 9112300894. Viper Green/black. 85,000 miles. Flat 6, 5-sp manual. Extremely rare and unique opportunity to own this clean 1972 Porsche 911S in mint condition. Matching numbers 6-cyl. 2,341-cc/190-hp motor with a 5-speed manual 915/12 transmission. All original and meticulously well kept. Documented with a Porsche Certificate of Authenticity, this car shows 138,370 original kilometers (85k miles). It’s finished in the original colors of a rare Viper Green with black interior. This car is one of six known to exist in this color combination. Please call for further information regarding this vehicle. $150,000. Dover Speed Shop. Contact Jared, Ph: 339.216.0856, email: jspence@ doverspeed.com. (MA) 1988 Porsche 930 Turbo cabriolet S/N SCBCR73W97C043470. Moroccan Blue Metallic/Parchment. 35,000 miles. W12, 6-spd automatic. Diamond Jubilee, 60th Anniversary. Limited edition Mulliner specification with classic, ageless beauty. W12 twin-turbo 6-liter engine producting 552 hp. Zero to 60 in 4.7 seconds, 198 mph top speed. All-wheel drive. Exclusive, only 400 built by Bentley at Crewe. $60,000. Churchill Property. Contact Philip, Ph: 1.604.644.3207, email: Philip@churchillinvestments.com. (CAN) Silver/black. 85,000 miles. Inline 6, 5-spd manual. Excellent condition, always garaged, top like new. 3.0-L, Pioneer sound system (AM/FM/XM/ CD/Bluetooth). Very well maintained. $9,500 OBO. Contact James, Ph: 859.953.0470, email: harrypottersdad@gmail.com. (KY) 2009 Mercedes-Benz SL65 AMG Black Series coupe S/N 11801121. Tangerine/black. Flat 6, 5-spd manual. Complete concours restoration on this matching-numbers 1968 Porsche 911S in Tangerine (6809). One owner since 1971. Very rare; the U.S. did not get a ‘68 S due to emissions standards. In storage for 40 years. Original Kardex, owners manual, toolkit and jack . Head to our website for more information. $289,000. CarparcUSA. Contact Will, Ph: 562.331.0681, email: will@carparcusa. com. Website: www.carparcusa.com. (CA) S/N WPOEB0932JS070294. Red/black. 61,290 miles. Flat 6, 4-spd manual. All original with an aftermarket Fabspeed exhaust, this car sounds great and needs nothing but a new home. Interior and exterior are in excellent condition. Has had all fluids, filters, spark plugs, cap, rotor, coil, plug wires, valve adjustments, oil lines, hood struts, drive belts changed, fuel injector serviced and a/c recharged. New tires and both soft top boot and tonneau cover. And its 60k-mile service done in October. This car comes complete with all service records since new, toolkit, air compressor spare tire and original window sticker $110,000 OBO. Contact Andy, Ph: 801.647.7314, email: andy.pavich@permaplate. com. (UT) 1989 Mercedes-Benz 560SEC wide-body 6.0 coupe Metallic gray/black. 9,100 miles. V12, 6-spd automatic. Twin-turbo 6.0-liter V12 with 661 horsepower and a massive 738 ft-lb of torque. Carbon fiber abounds in the fixed roof, front and rear fenders, hood, trunk lid with retractable spoiler, and front/rear aprons, making it 550 pounds lighter than the standard SL65. Car is in amazing condition and always maintained. Always garaged, two keys, all manuals, books and tools. Call or text for fastest response. $219,000 OBO. Contact Brian, Ph: 949.290.5162, email: angrade@Me.com. (CA) ITALIAN 1960 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint Speciale coupe S/N WDB1260451A429238. Smoke Silver/black. 60,000 miles. V8, automatic. Authentic classic AMG wide-body 6.0-liter quad-cam Hammer engine. Very rare and desirable. Visit the site for additional info and images. $139,000 OBO. ronsusser.com, 164 S/N AR1012000338. Dark blue/gray (with red piping and carpet). 37,476 miles. Inline 4, 4-spd manual. Professionally restored in dark blue with a soft gray interior with red piping and red carpeting throughout. The car has a fine appearance of authenticity, with what appears to be the original serial-number tags, body and chassis-number stampings, and the original engine under the hood. Classic Showcase. Ph: 760.805.9090, email: webmaster@classicshowcase. com. Website: classicshowcase.com/index.php/ inventory/detail/611. (CA) Sports Car Market


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SCM Showcase Gallery 1983 DeTomaso Pantera GTS (owned by Carroll Shelby) coupe 1959 Chevrolet Impala 348 Tri-Power convertible 1970 Oldsmobile 442 W-30 replica 2-door hard top 1977 Chevrolet Corvette coupe Red/tan. 4,571 miles. V8, 5-spd manual. Carroll Shelby was the only owner. Originally gifted to Shelby by DeTomaso. Original interior, largely original paint. Really low actual miles (7,356 km). Numbers-matching 351 Cleveland V8. Reputedly the last Factory red narrow-body GTS built. $249,900 OBO. Daniel Schmitt & Co. Contact Daniel, Ph: 314.291.7000, email: info@schmitt.com. Website: www.schmitt.com/inventory/carroll-shelbys-1983detomaso-pantera-gts-one-and-only-owner/. (MO) 1983 Ferrari 308 GTS QV spider S/N 59B120807. Roman Red/red. 50,800 miles. V8, automatic. Rotisserie frame-off restored, absolutely exceptional. Always completely rust-free original Southern California example with every nut and bolt replaced and only very few miles since being restored. Mostly all-original specs 348 Tri-Power V8 with three 2-bbl Rochester carburetors and Powerglide automatic transmission. In its original Roman Red (color code 923) factory color paint, front power disc brakes, dual exhausts and original spinner full wheel covers. Factory options: power steering, signal-seeking AM radio, power top fender skirts and a Continental kit! $155,000 OBO. West Coast Classics. Contact Larry, Ph: 310.779.0526, email: wcclassics@aol.com. Website: www. TheWestCoastClassics.com. (CA) 1968 Chevrolet Corvette 427/390 L36 coupe S/N ZFFLA13B000044483. Rosso Corsa/soft tan leather. 40,456 miles. V8, 5-spd manual. Winner of Robert Tallgren Trophy (2018) FCA Platinum award (2019) Celebration Exotic Car Festival. Ferrari dealer restoration and service ($40,000-plus). Euro spec: lighter, more horsepower, space saver tire, engine cover only two grille lovers (No cats!). Low miles. Asking an average price for an above-average show winner 308. $77,854 OBO. Contact Stanley, Ph: 407.716.5981, email: 575enzo@gmail.com. (FL) 2007 Maserati Quattroporte Executive GT sedan S/N 194378S424253. Safari Yellow/black. 67,860 miles. V8, manual. An absolutely exceptional example T-top Corvette with matching-numbers bigblock 427-ci/390 hp L36 IL-code V8 engine matched to its original 4-speed Muncie manual transmission and its original heavy-duty Positraction big-block rear end! The car is extremely striking in its original Safari Yellow (code 984) paint with its original matching black standard interior trim. $42,500 OBO. West Coast Classics LLC. Contact Larry, Ph: 310.779.0526, email: wcclassics@aol.com. Website: www.WestCoastClassics.com. (CA) S/N ZAMCE39A970029904. Bianco Eldorado/beige & Cuoio. 9,392 miles. V8, sequential. Silver brake calipers, beige Alcantara headliner and Nero seat belts, Rosewood steering wheel. Nineteen-inch ballpolished wheels. Spare tire, Executive GT package; navigation, heated seats, massage seats and rear climate control. $26,950 OBO. Kasser Motor Group, LLC. Contact Tony, Ph: 484.320.8004, email: tony@ kassermg.com. (PA) AMERICAN 1957 Chevrolet Cameo pickup S/N 434671H100576. Cortex Gold/Pearl White. 5,381 miles. V8, 3-spd automatic. A very rare all original numbers-matching 1971 Buick GS 455. One of only 81 built in 1971. This is a stunning body-on restoration in its original color over a Pearl White split-bench seat interior with original white power top. This particular example was recently purchased out of a renowned collection and is one of 11 Stage 1 Zone Demonstrator models known to exist out of 25 built. OBO. West Coast Classics LLC. Contact Larry, Ph: 310.779.0526, email: wcclassics@aol.com. Website: www.WestCoastClassics.com. (CA) FOLLOW SCM S/N 1FALP42C25F213426. White/black. 11,000 miles. V8, 5-spd manual. Rare. The real thing, number 113 of 250. All paperwork included. It has an extra set of correct wheels with correct “sticker” tires. A great opportunity to buy a proper Cobra R for a fair price. $26,000 OBO. Contact Edward, Ph: 770.722.1079, email: docjewell@gmail.com. (GA) © S/N 344870E166189. Burnished Gold 58/black. 10,000 miles. V8, 4-spd manual. Engine and body rebuilt and painted by local professional engine and body shops. Power windows, locks and trunk, Tic-Toc-Tach. All Ram Air components on engine. Red inner wheelwells, Rally 1 wheels. I have all documents on all work done on car. Can give all vendors who restored car. $65,000 OBO. Contact Jerry, Ph: 262.497.3747, email: mr1970olds@att. net. (WI) 1971 Buick GS 455 Stage 1 convertible White/red. 90,100 miles. V8, 4-spd manual. Original, one owner. Original motor and transmission. Beautiful-looking T-top. One repaint (original color). Power steering, brakes, windows, tilt-telescopic steering wheel, leather seats, anti-theft alarm system. Extras include original 8-track/radio, window sticker, owners manual and more. $12,500 OBO. Contact Frank, Ph: 732.545.8443, email: fcala30@ aol.com. (NJ) 1985 Ford Mustang GT convertible Black/gray. 77,500 miles. V8, 5-spd manual. Original owner, factory ordered. Matching-numbers drivetrain. Original paint, interior and top. All paperwork from Day 1. Great driver’s car with period-correct bolt-ons to improve speed, sound and handling. Marti Report, only 3,755 302/5-speed convertibles built in 1985. Final year for carbureted 302. A rare and valuable car in impeccable condition. $16,500. Contact Chet, email: chesterabaker1@ gmail.com. (MA) 1995 Ford Mustang Cobra R coupe S/N 3A57L101030. Red & white/red & white. 500 miles. V8, 3-spd manual. Beautiful restoration to original specifications. Striking red-and-white color combination. 400-ci engine with dual exhaust. 3-speed manual transmission. Star attraction wherever it goes. Autorama show winner. One of only 2,244 made. $49,900. 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Advertise in the SCM Resource Directory. Call 877.219.2605 Ext. 218 for information; e-mail: scmadvert@sportscarmarket.com. Advertising/Marketing 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) to buy and admire the premier collection of automobiles presented by GPK Auctions at the Largest IN-DOOR Auction in the Country. Location: Atlantic City, NJ URL: gpkauctions.com Email: info@gpkauctions.com 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) Motorwerks Marketing. 480.228.1881. Founded on a passion for the special interest, classic and collector automotive marketplace, Motorwerks is a full-service marketing and creative agency. With a focus on crafting a high impact, highly effective, budget- and time-sensitive message, Motorwerks brings a level of industry expertise that is tailor made to meet your brand’s objectives. We only service clients in the Specialty Automotive arena and like you, our team are first and foremost true automotive enthusiasts. Ask us what we can do for you! Info@MotorwerksMarketing.com www.MotorwerksMarketing.com (AZ) Advisor Services Gooding & Company. Visions In Vehicles. Your car should be enjoyable. Let us help you keep it that way! We guide clients through their restoration project or car build, or can assist in private collection curation, events and valuation. Please visit our website for full details and service descriptions. Customer focus and satisfaction is our number one goal. If you are just starting down the road or have reached a crossroads, put our 25-plus years of experience to work for you. Contact us today! 205.470.0191, email john@visionsinvehicles.com, website www.visionsinvehicles.com Auction Companies Artcurial Motorcars. 33 (0)1 42 99 2056. 33 (0)1 42 99 1639. 7, Rond-Point des Champs-Elysées, 75008 Paris, France. Email: motorcars@artcurial.com. www.artcurial.com/motorcars. (FR) 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 Auctions. 800.722.9942. Leake Auction Company was established in 1972 as one of the first car auctions in the country. More than 40 years later, Leake has sold over 34,000 cars and currently operates auctions in Tulsa, Oklahoma City and Dallas. Recently they have been featured on several episodes of three different reality TV series — “Fast N Loud” on Discovery, “Dallas Car Sharks” on Velocity and “The Car Chasers” on CNBC Prime. www.leakecar.com (OK) 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 Petersen Auction Group of 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 Oregon. 541.689.6824. Hosting car auctions in Oregon since 1962. We have three annual Auctions: February, Oregon State Fairgrounds, Salem, OR; July, Douglas County Fairgrounds, Roseburg, OR; September, Oregon State Fairgrounds, Salem, OR. On the I-5 Corridor. We offer knowledgeable, fast, friendly, hassle-free transactions. Oregon’s #1 Collector Car Auction www.petersencollectorcars.com Premier Auction Group. 844-5WE-SELL. The auction professionals that have been taking care of you for the last two decades have partnered together to create a team that is dedicated to providing the utmost customer service and auction experience. We applied our 83 years of auction experience to build a platform ensuring that every aspect of our company exceeds your expectations. Join us for the Gulf Coast Classic March 17 & 18, in Punta Gorda, FL. 844-5WE-SELL / 844-593-7355 www.premierauctiongroup.com info@premierauctiongroup.com RM Sotheby’s. 800.211.4371. GAA Classic Cars Auction, 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) Barrett-Jackson Auction. 480.421.6694. 480.421.6697. For over four decades, the Barrett-Jackson Auction Company has been recognized throughout the world for offering only the finest selection of quality collector vehicles, outstanding professional service and an unrivaled sales success. From classic and one-of-a-kind cars to exotics and muscle cars, BarrettJackson attracts only the best. Our auctions have captured the true essence of a passionate obsession with cars that extends to collectors and enthusiasts throughout the world. A television audience of millions watches unique and select vehicles while attendees enjoy a 166 New England Auto Auction. 207.594.4418. Presented by the Owls Head Transportation Museum, the New England Auto Auction™ is the nation’s largest and longest-running event in its class that operates solely to preserve the legacy of transportation’s earliest pioneers. Over more than four decades, NEAA™ has continuously raised the bar by connecting discerning enthusiasts and collectors with rare and sought-after automobiles. Web: owlshead.org Email: auction@ohtm.org RM Sotheby’s is the world’s largest auction house for investment-quality automobiles. With 35 years’ experience in the collector car industry, RM’s vertically integrated range of services, coupled with an expert team of car specialists and an international footprint, provide an unsurpassed level of service to the global collector car market. For further information, visit www.RMSothebys.com. (CAN) Russo and Steele Collector AutoGPK Auctions. 856.573.6969. GPK Auctions produces The Atlantic City Auction & Car Show. For over four decades hobbyists, enthusiasts and collectors from across the country have descended on Atlantic City in February 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. mobile Auctions. 602.252.2697. Specializing in the finest American muscle, hot rods and custom automobiles and European sports; Russo and Steele hosts three record-breaking auctions per year; Newport Beach in June; Monterey, CA, every August; and Scottsdale, AZ, every January. As one of the premier auction events in the United States, Russo and Steele has developed a reputation for its superior customer service and for having the Sports Car Market RESOURCE DIRECTORY


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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) 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 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 W. Yoder Auction. 920.787.5549 . W. Yoder Auction holds the only semiannual collector car auction in the state of Wisconsin open to the public where anyone can buy and anyone can sell! But we don’t stop there. We specialize in collections and sell it all! Contact us today. info@wyoderauction.com. Learn more about us at wyoderauction.com and like us on Facebook. Automodello. 877.343.2276. ONE8™ Type 74 Lotus Europa ONE12™ 1967 Gurney Eagle Spa winner hand-signed by Dan Gurney ONE24™ Buick, Cadillac, Delage, Delahaye, Ford, Lincoln, Kaiser. 1:24 hand-built, limited edition Resin Art™. ONE43™ Sunbeam Tigers. Worldwide Auctioneers. 800.990.6789 or 1.260.925.6789. Worldwide Auctioneers was formed over a decade ago by vintage-motorcar specialists Rod Egan and John Kruse. The sale and acquisition of classic automobiles is our core business, and no one is better qualified. Worldwide is unique in having owners who are also our chief auctioneers, so you deal directly with the auctioneer, and we are wholly invested in achieving the best result for you. Our auctions are catalog-based, offering a limited number of higher-end consignments, with an emphasis on quality rather than volume. (We don’t limit ourselves to only selling the most expensive cars in the world, but do ensure that every car we consign is the very best of its type.) We also offer specialist-appraisal, estate-management and collectionconsultancy services. Our dedicated private sales division serves the needs of individual collectors who seek privacy or to acquire vehicles that may not be available on the open market. www.worldwide-auctioneers.com. (IN) Alfa Romeo Vintage Auto Posters. Since 1980, Centerline International. (888) 750-ALFA (2532). Exclusively Alfa Romeo for over 35 years. You can rely on our experience and the largest inventory of parts in North America to build and maintain your dream Alfa. We carry restoration, maintenance and exclusive performance parts for Giulietta through the new 4C. Newly developed parts introduced regularly. Check our website or social media for new arrivals, tech tips and special offers. www.centerlinealfa.com. (CO) Appraisals Everett Anton Singer has been supplying international collectors with the most diverse selection of authentic vintage automotive posters. The vast inventory runs from the late 1890s through the 1960s; featuring marque, event and product advertising. Please visit us at: www.VintageAutoPosters.com. Buy/Sell/General Blackhawk Collection, Inc. 925.736.3444. One of the world’s foremost companies specializing in buying and selling classic cars for clients around the globe for over 45 years. Over the years, many of the greatest cars in the world have passed through the doors of the Blackhawk Collection. Visit our website at www.blackhawkcollection.com 10% discount to SCM readers: Use code SCM18R on Automodello.com Coachbuilt Press. 215.925.4233. Coachbuilt Press creates limited-edition automotive titles for the discriminating motoring enthusiast. We present exceptional material on the most significant collections, museums and marques with a balance of authoritative writing, precise research, unique historical documents and the modern photography of Michael Furman. Please visit our website to view our latest titles and order. www.CoachbuiltPress.com (PA) Steve Austin’s Automobilia & Great Vacations. 800.452.8434. European Car Collector tours including Monaco & Goodwood Historics, private collections, and car manufacturers. Automobile Art importer of legendary artists Alfredo de la Maria and Nicholas Watts. www.steveaustinsgreatvacations.com. Beverly Hills Car Club is one of the largest European classic car dealerships in the nation, with an extensive inventory spanning over 50,000 sf. We can meet all your classic car needs with our unprecedented selection; from top-ofthe-line models to project cars. We buy classic cars in any shape or condition & provide the quickest payment & pickup anywhere in the U.S. 310.975.0272. www.beverlyhillscarclub.com (CA) 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) Charles Prince Classic Cars. Based in London, we are specialists in the finest historic motorcars and in contact with dealers and collectors from around the world. We offer the best advice and service in the collector car field. Int T: (0)798 5988070 or email: sales@ charlesprinceclassiccars.com www.charlesprinceclassiccars.com. California Car Cover Company. More than just custom-fit car covers, California Car Cover is the home of complete car care and automotive lifestyle products. Offering the best in car accessories, garage items, detailing products, nostalgic collectibles, apparel and more! Call 1.800.423.5525 or visit Calcarcover.com for a free catalog. 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) 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) FOLLOW SCM Automotive Restorations. Gooding & Company. 310.899.1960. Gooding & Company’s August 2019 203.377.6745. Collector car sales, both road and race, have been a key activity 167


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Advertise in the SCM Resource Directory. Call 877.219.2605 Ext. 218 for information; e-mail: scmadvert@sportscarmarket.com. Paul Russell and Company. Classic Showcase. 760.758.6100. For over 35 years, we’ve been restoring automotive history and helping collectors obtain, restore and sell classic vehicles. Our world-class facility houses three showrooms of cars and department specialty areas to perform all facets of restoration under one roof. Let our team of professional craftsmen and specialists make your classic car vision a reality. www.classicshowcase. com. (CA) Gullwing Motor Cars stocks more than 100 cars at our warehouse location, 27 years of experience; visited by customers across the country and overseas. We specialize in European and American cars and we are always looking to buy classic cars in any condition. We pick up from anywhere in the U.S. Quick payment and pickup. 718.545.0500. www.gullwingmotorcars.com Luxury Brokers International. Heritage Classics Motorcar ComCopley 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) 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 Corvette America. 800.458.3475. The #1 manufacturer & supplier of interiors, parts and wheels for all generations of Corvettes. Our Pennsylvania manufacturing facility produces the finest quality Corvette interiors and our distribution center is stocked with thousands of additional Corvette-related products. Corvette America is a member of the RPUI family of companies. www.CorvetteAmerica.com (PA) DriverSource. 281.497.1000. Pursuing & Preserving Fine Automobiles Since 2005, DriverSource is a leading specialist in the classic collector car market. Our concept of sales, service and storage is tailor made to the automotive enthusiast lifestyle. To learn more about our services or inventory, please give as a call or contact us via email. sales@driversource.com. www.driversource.com 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 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) Legendary Motorcar Company. 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 168 905.875.4700. Since 1985, Legendary Motorcar Company has specialized in buying, selling and restoring some of the rarest cars in existence. For sale, in our 150-car showroom you’ll find, ultra-rare muscle cars, European sports cars and modern performance cars. In our 75,000 square-foot facility, our highly-skilled craftsmen perform complete award-winning restorations. Whether you are buying one special car or building a museum, our collection management services will help you make the right decisions. Over 30 years in business, we have grown to become the nation’s premier collector and performance car facility. www.legendarymotorcar.com (ON) Symbolic International. 858.259.0100. Symbolic International is one of the premier dealers of classic cars and vintage race cars in the world. Our spectacular vehicles are available for purchase and worldwide delivery. Our knowledgeable team, with over 100 years of combined experience, can help you find the perfect car for your collection. www.symbolicinternational.com info@symbolicinternational.com (CA) Park Place LTD. 425.562.1000. Founded in 1987 in Bellevue, WA, our dealership is locally owned and independently operated. The four-acre Park Place Center features an Aston Martin sales and service center, a Lotus dealership, and we have one of the largest selections of collector and exotic cars available in the Northwest. We consign, buy and sell all types of vehicles. We also have an in-house service center and high-end Auto Salon. www.ParkPlaceLtd.com 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) 978.768.6919. www.paulrussell.com. Specializing in the sales of 1970s and earlier great European classics since 1978. You can rely on our decades of knowledge and experience with Mercedes-Benz, Ferrari, Porsche, Bugatti, Alfa Romeo and other fine collectibles. Guidance is given with an emphasis on building long-term relationships. Contact our Classic Car Sales team via email at: sales@paulrussell.com. (MA) RCC Motors. 800.520.7087. Locat- ed in Irvine, CA, we specialize in classic, exotics, customs and motorsports. We have a staff of experts with long careers in the automotive field and offer sales, service, consignment and storage. Please contact us today. www.rccmotors.com (CA) Mustang America. 844.249.5135. Mustang America is a new company initially specializing in first generation (1965–1973) Mustang parts, interiors and accessories. Launched by Corvette America, Mustang America provides the same level of world-class customer service, product quality and fast delivery. We look forward to serving the vintage Mustang enthusiast. www.MustangAmerica.com (PA) Saratoga Auto Auction. Sept. 21 and 22, 2018 at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs, NY. To consign, register to bid, or to purchase tickets, visit saratogaautoauction. org. 518-587-1935 x22 / jeff.whiteside@ saratogaautoauction.org 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) Sports Car Market RESOURCE DIRECTORY


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motorhomes, and more — all on one policy and all at their Agreed Value. www.grundy.com (PA) builds — 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) West Coast Classics. 424.376.5151. 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. Southern California location at 1205 Bow Avenue in Torrance. We ship throughout the world and will provide you with unparalleled service of your rare, sports, exotic, luxury, collector or classic car needs. www.WestCoastClassics.com info@ WestCoastClassics.com (CA) Car Storage 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. Hagerty Insurance Agency, LLC. 800.922.4050. is the leading insurance agency for collector vehicles in the world and host to the largest network of collector car owners. Hagerty offers insurance for collector cars, motorcycles and motorcycle safety equipment, tractors, automotive tools and spare parts, and even “automobilia” (any historic or collectible item linked with motor vehicles). Hagerty also offers overseas shipping/touring insurance coverage, commercial coverage and club liability coverage. For more information, call or visit www.hagerty.com. (MI) Classic Showcase. 760.758.6100. CARS. 310.695.6403. For more than two decades, CARS (Classic Automotive Relocation Services) has looked after some of the most irreplaceable motorcars in the world. CARS are now able to offer secure indoor vehicle storage solutions at its new state-of-the-art warehouse facility in Los Angeles. Contact CARS directly to discuss your vehicle storage requirements and find out more about the many services that we offer. History has proven that CARS are the team to trust. Do not take any chances with your pride and joy — hand it to the people that will care for it as their own. Fax: +1 (310) 695 6584 Email: info@carsusa.com www.carsusa.com Classic Car Transport Barrett-Jackson is proud to endorse Intercity Lines, Inc. 800.221.3936. Gripping the wheel of your dream car and starting the engine for the first time is a high point for any enthusiast. We are the premier enclosed auto transport company that will ensure your car arrives safely for that experience. For over 35 years, our standards for excellence have had clients returning time and time again. Trust the Best. Trust Intercity Lines. www.Intercitylines.com 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. 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 JWF Restorations Inc. Specializ- ing 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) 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 Collector Car Insurance Heacock Classic. 800.678.5173. We understand the passion and needs of the classic car and vintage race car owner: Agreed Value protection, one liability charge, 24-hour claim service and convenient payment options. Heacock Classic also offers classic motorcycle insurance, Car Club & Event Liability, Race Team & Prep Shop Coverage. Visit us at www.heacockclassic.com 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) 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) Aston Martin of New England. 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 August 2019 Grundy Insurance. 888.647.8639. James A. Grundy invented Agreed Value Insurance in 1947; no one knows more about insuring collector cars than Grundy! With no mileage limitations, zero deductible*, low rates, and high liability limits, our coverages are specifically designed for collector car owners. Grundy can also insure your daily drivers, pickup trucks, trailers, 781.547.5959. 85 Linden Street, Waltham, MA 02452. Proudly appointed Aston Martin Heritage Dealer for the USA. New and pre-owned Aston Martins are our specialty. Please contact us when buying, selling or restoring. www.astonmartin-lotus.com. (MA) Kevin Kay Restorations. 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. 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Advertise in the SCM Resource Directory. Call 877.219.2605 Ext. 218 for information; e-mail: scmadvert@sportscarmarket.com. For more information, visit www. theeleganceathershey.com, or call 717.500.5191. (PA) Welsh Enterprises, Inc. 800.875.5247. Jaguar parts for models 1949–present. www.welshent.com (OH) Estate Planning Advisory J.J. BEST BANC & CO. provides The Quail, A Motorsports GathChrome Strategies Management LLC. Trust and Estate/Wealth Advisory Services focuses on meeting the increasingly complex financial planning needs and interests of classic car collectors, investors, trust, estate, wealth professionals, and family offices. We are a completely independent advisory that develops best practice strategies to fit your objectives. Please contact us to discuss our scope of services. www.chromestrategies.com Email to: info@chromestrategies.com Events—Concours, Car Shows 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) 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 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. Mercedes-Benz Classic Center. 1.866.MB.CLASSIC. 1.866.622.5277). The trusted center of competence for all classic Mercedes-Benz enthusiasts. Located in Irvine, CA, the Classic Center is the only sales and restoration facility in the U.S. exclusively operated by Mercedes-Benz. Over 50,000 Genuine Mercedes-Benz Classic Parts in its assortment. From small services to full ground-up restorations, work is always true to original. Ever-changing showcase of for-sale vehicles. We are your trusted source. www.mbclassiccenter. com. (CA) Art’s Star Classics. 800.644.STAR 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. WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca. 831.242.8200. WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca is home to the legendary Corkscrew, which has been the scene of many famous racing memories. The 2019 premier-event season includes the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion, IMSA, Trans Am, Ferrari Racing Days, World Superbike and IndyCar’s season finale at the Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey. For tickets, camping and hospitality contact www.WeatherTechRaceway.com or call 831.242.8200. Finance (1.800.644.7827). 30 years of expertise in new and hard to find parts, as well as component restoration for all Mercedes from 1931–1971. Servicing owners and restorers worldwide. Star Classics also offers: Sales and Acquisitions of all ’50s and ’60s Mercedes and restoration project management for car owners so they realize the car of their dreams. Contact us today: info@artsstarclassics.com www.artsstarclassics.com International Phone #:1.602.397.5300 Scott Grundfor Company. 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) Bud’s Benz. 800.942.8444. At Classic Car Capital 310.254.9704, Lajollaconcours.com. Earning the reputation as one of the finest internationally renowned classic automobile showcases in the United States, the La Jolla Concours d’Elegance continues to attract discerning car enthusiasts from around the globe. Experience World Class Cars and World Class Experience on April 12–14, 2019. Register and purchase tickets at lajollaconcours.com, or call 619.233.5008, for more information. (CA) 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, we sell a full line of MercedesBenz parts for cars from the 1950s through the 1980s. We do minor and major service work on most Mercedes. Restoration work; including paint, interior, mechanical and other services are available. We pride ourselves in doing work that is tailored to our customers’ needs and budgets. We also (locally) work on later-model Mercedes, BMW, and Mini Coopers. Computer diagnostics and work related to keeping your daily driver on the road are all available at Bud’s. www.budsbenz.com (GA) Import/Export CARS. 310.695.6403. For more than European Collectibles Inc. The Elegance at Hershey. 717.500.5191. The Elegance at Hershey is a celebration of vintage race cars and concours automobiles from 6/7 to 6/9/2019, commencing with the Grand Ascent, featuring the Concorso Bizarro and culminating with our concours d’elegance. Our primary goal is to benefit our charities: JDRF, AACA Museum and AACA Library & Research Center. 170 Ferrari Financial Services. 201.816.2670. As the world’s only Ferrari-owned finance company, no one understands a Ferrari customer’s unique perspective better than the company that designed these iconic sports cars. Whether it’s a line of credit for owners interested in utilizing the equity in their collection, or a simple interest loan, we 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. Since 1960, Cosdel International Transportation has been handling internation- Sports Car Market RESOURCE DIRECTORY


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al shipments by air, ocean and truck. Honest service, competitive pricing and product expertise have made Cosdel the natural shipping choice for the world’s best-known collectors, dealers and auction houses. If you are moving a car, racing or rallying, or attending a concours event overseas, Cosdel is your comprehensive, worldwide resource for all of your nationwide and international shipping needs. We are your automobile Export Import Experts. 415.777.2000 carquotes@cosdel.com. www.cosdel.com. (CA) need cash, LLP provides sale/lease-back financing so you can keep driving your car! Contact us at info@luxuryleasepartners.com articles on travel, restoration projects, book reviews, auction analysis, vehicle summaries and relevant automotive industry news. “Turtle Garage is a must-read. Subscribe today.” — Keith Martin, Sports Car Market www.turtlegarage.com Museums Premier Financial Services. West Coast Shipping. 510.236.3008. Shipping collector cars around the world is our specialty. We provide turnkey international logistics solutions to get you driving when you want. We collect your car, load it onto a ship or plane, clear local and foreign customs, and provide white-glove delivery to your destination. We’re used by collectors, dealers and auction companies to ship over 8,000 collector cars around the world each year. And with consolidation available from both U.S. coasts to over 40 destinations around the world, we make it affordable. It’s your dream car, let’s bring her home. www.wcshipping.com Italian 877.973.7700. Since 1997, renowned customer service and honest leasing practices have made Premier the nation’s leading lessor of luxury and performance motorcars. We are small enough to ensure your business gets the attention it deserves, and large enough to finance any new, used, or vintage car over $50,000. Contact Premier at 877.973.7700 or info@pfsllc.com. www.premierfinancialservices.com (CT) MetroVac’s car vacs and car dryLeMay—America’s Car Museum Putnam Leasing. 866.90.LEASE. Hamann Classic Cars. 203.918.8300. With more than 30 years in the industry and worldwide clientele in dealing in European race and sports cars, specializing in classic Ferraris of the ’50s and ’60s. www.ferrari4you.com For over 30 years, Putnam Leasing has been the leader in exotic, luxury, and collector car leasing. This honor comes from Putnam’s unique ability to match the car of your dreams with a lease designed just for you. Every Putnam Lease is written to provide maximum flexibility while conserving capital, lowering monthly payments, and maximizing tax advantages. Its Putnam’s way of letting you drive more car for less money. For leases ranging from $50,000 to more than $1 million, with terms extending up to 84 months, contact the oldest and most experienced leasing company in the country by calling 1.866.90.LEASE. Or just visit www.putnamleasing.com. Legal Vintage Car Law. 717.884.9010. The Lamborghini Club America is the world’s largest organization of Lamborghini owners and enthusiasts. Inclusive to both vintage and modern Lamborghini owners, the Lamborghini Club America is a critical asset to the Lamborghini ownership experience. Membership includes La Vita Lamborghini magazine, a carbon fiber member card, special pricing at most authorized dealers for parts and service, and much more. Join today at: www.LamborghiniClubAmerica.com Leasing 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) Multimedia Publications Dr Beasley’s. Dr. Beasley’s pro- vides you with detailing solutions that have amazing ease of use and performance that is unparalleled. It’s Jim Lafeber’s fanatical passion for quality and improved detailing outcomes that drove him to create Dr. Beasley’s. The goal was to create a unique line of handmade, custom formulated car appearance products that spare no expense on the quality of ingredients and the use of new technologies. The result; nearly 15 years and thousands of hours of real-world testing later, is Dr. Beasley’s — a complete line of solutionbased products that exceed the specs and requirements of even the most discriminating luxury auto brands. Made in USA. Visit www.drbeasleys.com 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 ers are the top choice of professional detailers and passionate car enthusiasts worldwide, like Wayne Carini. Our products are proudly made by American workers using only U.S. steel. These powerful machines are built to be virtually indestructible and last decades. MetroVac products are the classic way to care for classic cars. www.metrovac.com preventing corrosion, electrolysis and pump cavitation. Evans also protects down to -40°F and lasts the lifetime of the engine. See how it works at www.evanscoolant.com. QuickSilver Exhaust Systems. 011 AmericanMuscle 877.887.1105. Starting out in 2003, AmericanMuscle quickly rose to be one of the leading aftermarket Mustang parts providers in the business. With the addition of Challenger parts in 2018, AmericanMuscle provides the most sought-after products, accessories and fast shipping. AmericanMuscle.com 44 1428 687722. Our customers are sophisticated enthusiasts who choose our exhaust systems for various reasons — originality, durability, weight reduction and enhanced sound. We’re the default choice for many of the most important classics. Originality is important, but there’s no reason why subtle improvements cannot be introduced. QuickSilver use superior materials and modern manufacturing techniques unavailable when the cars were new. http://quicksilver-exhausts.myshopify.com. Racing Services 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 TOURANIL Leather by AERISTO 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 August 2019 Turtle Garage provides readers with unique insights into the collector vehicle market and the broader automotive industry. Our exclusive content focuses on vintage motorcycles, modern classics, and the exciting future of the automobile — including developments in ride-hailing, electrification and autonomous driving. We produce diverse Evans Waterless Coolant is the solution to running too hot. With a boiling point of 375°F, our revolutionary liquid formulation is a superior alternative to water-based coolants. Evans eliminates water vapor, hotspots and boil-over, resulting in a less pressurized, more efficient cooling system and +1 (817) 624-8400. A deep passion for classic automobiles has led AERISTO’s founder Christian Schmidt to develop an authentic line of classic, vegetable tanned leathers. AERISTO, the market leader for high end, technical aviation leathers is now proud to offer their TOURANIL article to the restoration community. 171


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Advertise in the SCM Resource Directory. Call 877.219.2605 Ext. 218 for information; e-mail: scmadvert@sportscarmarket.com. 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 all of the original markings to restore your Borrani wheels to be factory original, correct and certified. www.brightworkrestoration.com (OH) The Guild of Automotive RestorAlan Taylor Company Inc. 760.489.0657, is a full-service automotive restoration and repair facility that specializes in Pre and Post-War European and American Automobiles. With an emphasis on French Marques including Bugatti & Delahaye and over 50 years of experience in the automotive field, we have proven to be a leader in the automotive industry. Our facility provides a full-array of services including Fabrication, Metal-Shaping, Engine & Transmission Rebuilding, Machine Shop, Award-Winning Upholstery, Paint Shop and Pattern Making & Castings. Providing these services in-house has proved to be highly efficient and has enabled us to provide our clients with the highest level of old-fashioned quality workmanship, professionalism and client services. www.alantay- lorcompany.com D. L. George Historic Motorcars. Automotive Restorations. 203.377.6745. Founded in 1978, we are well-established practitioners of the art and craft of vehicle restoration, preservation and service. Nearly 40 experienced craftspeople focused on the art and entertainment to be enjoyed with great cars describes our culture. Our staff and expertise encompasses a broad range of skills and specific vehicle experience. Proper project management and control produces the quality and attention to detail we have come to be known for in all we produce. See much more on the Web at www.automotiverestorations.com 610.593.7423. We stand at the crossroads between you and historic European motorcars of the pre-war and early post-war era. We provide full-service restoration, maintenance and support of the finest cars driven extensively by the most refined collectors. Find us at concours from Amelia Island to Pebble Beach, venues from Lime Rock to Goodwood, and events including the Mille Miglia, Peking to Paris, and The Colorado Grand. www.DLGEORGE.com (PA) Fantasy Junction. 510.653.7555. For 35 years, Owner/Enthusiast Bruce Trenery has operated Fantasy Junction from the San Francisco Bay Area. The dealership enjoys an outstanding worldwide reputation for integrity and knowledge in the collector car field. Many of the world’s greatest sports cars have passed through the doors, with both buyers and sellers enjoying expert representation. Email Sales@FantasyJunction.com, www.FantasyJunction. com (CA) 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) 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) Hahn Auto Restoration. 724.452.4329. We take pride in offering concours-level collector car restoration, recommissioning, custom builds and repair services. With our experienced staff and cutting-edge technology, we can restore your car back to its original beauty and help it perform better than when it was first driven off the lot! We understand how much your classic car means to you and we will treat your restoration or repair with the quality care and respect it deserves — getting the job done right the first time. We believe that a restoration should last a lifetime and beyond, so we strive to provide our clients with quality restoration services that will last for generations. www.hahnautorestoration.com Paramount Classic Cars. 844.650.9125. A 120,000 square foot facility located in Hickory, NC, offering a full-array of services including sales, consignments, complete restorations, engine and transmission rebuilding, metal-shaping and fabrication on classic cars. We specialize in American muscle and English cars but also work on a wide range of makes and models including all European models. Our goal is to provide our clients with the highest level of quality workmanship and professional client services. We base our company policy on the Golden Rule; always treat the other person the way you want to be treated and always endeavor to do what is right and fair. Contact us for a free estimate on your classic. Email us at rtheiss@paramountauto.com for more information. www.paramountclassiccars.com. Ragtops & Roadsters. Hjeltness Restoration. 760.746.9966. What began as attention to detail developed into love. We benefit from 34 years of disassembling original cars with the intent to restore yet also with an eye on the future, other restorers will need benchmarks to copy. If your own personal piece of history needs doing for the first time or the second please contact us. www.HjeltnessRestoration.com 215.257.1202. For close to three decades Ragtops & Roadsters has provided maintenance, preservation and restoration services for British, German, Italian and other European marques. We offer a comprehensive array of services, including mechanical repair, engine rebuilding, interior trimming and coachwork; including paint and body repair. Let our talented craftsman put you back in the driver’s seat of your special classic car so you can enjoy it on the road again! info@ragtops.com www.ragtops.com (PA) Park Place LTD. 425.562.1000. Founded in 1987 in Bellevue, WA, our dealership is locally owned and independently operated. Our restoration department works full time to restore vehicles of every year, make and model to provide an award-winning finish. We consign, buy and sell all types of vehicles. We also have an in-house service center and high-end Auto Salon. www.ParkPlaceLtd.com Farland Classic Restoration. Brightworks. 937.773.5127. Bright- works has partnered with Ruote Borrani to be the only authorized restorer of Ruote Borrani wheels in the world, and to be a distributor for any new Ruote Borrani products in North America. We use the original Ruote Borrani drawings and blueprints to restore your wheels to exact factory standards and offset. Additionally, we use the correct font letter/number stamps to re-create 172 303.761.1245. 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 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 RM Auto Restoration. 519.352.4575. RM Auto Restoration is North America’s leading classic car restoration facility. Whether it’s a complete “body-off” restoration, a partial restoration, or a cosmetic upgrade, our dedicated team of restoration perfectionists provides an unwavering commitment to deliver flawless work, and to the highest cosmetic presentation, every time. www.rmautorestoration.com Sports Car Market RESOURCE DIRECTORY


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meant to be. Follow our ongoing and completed projects and visit our website www.treasuredmotorcars.com The Paddock Classic Car RestoraSpeedwell 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 The Classic Auto Show. 203.233.7162. Whether you’re a collector, or working on your project car, or simply share a passion for the classics, The Classic Auto Show is for you. You’ll see over 2,000 classics, rub shoulders with your favorite auto celebrities, view LIVE restoration and auto detailing demos, shop a vendor marketplace and more. Buy Tickets or Display Your Car Today! www.TheClassicAutoShow.com Sport and Specialty. 815.629.2717. We are specialists in Austin-Healey and Jaguar cars but have experience in a variety of other marques, to include; most British cars, Alfa Romeo, Corvette, Aston Martin, Ferrari and early Lotus. Our work includes: All levels of restoration services, (full, mechanical, sympathetic, etc.), simple repairs, ongoing maintenance and vintage race preparation. We also offer full mechanical services; Engine, transmission, overdrive, differential and component rebuilds. www.sportandspecialty.com The Creative Workshop. 954.920.3303. The Creative Workshop is a Pebble Beach award winning fullservice concours restoration shop located in South East Florida. Our 10,000+ sq. ft. facility provides comprehensive, in-house restoration and repair services as well as collection and event support. Creative is a multi-marque workshop, specializing in the forensic restoration of post-war European cars. However, we support our Clients’ diverse collections — and have extensive experience in antique, pre/post war American, muscle and racing vehicles. info@TheCreativeWorkshop.com www.TheCreativeWorkshop.com Treasured Motorcar Services. 410.833.2329. Since 1980, a trusted provider for the highest quality maintenance, restoration, performance, paint, body, sales, and consignment of European sports/luxury vehicles, American classics, and muscle cars. We have completed numerous full and partial restorations on marques as diverse as Bandini, Dellow, Jaguar, Rolls Royce, Mustang, and Corvette. Maintaining memories for your daily driver, weekend warrior or show stopper in our 16,000 sq. ft. facility with our dedicated full time staff. Let us help you enjoy your treasured motorcar the way it was Valenti Classics Inc. 414.421.6300. Since 1991, we have been restoring cars back to exacting standards and building custom, one-of-a kind vehicles for customers all over the world. We are your one-stop shop. All restoration and mechanical services are met through our comprehensive shop. Expert body restoration, paint, fabrication, and upholstery. “Precisely Like You Want It. Even If You Want It Precisely Like It Was.” Visit valenticlassics.com to learn more or email inquiry@valenticlassics. com. (WI) © tions. 860.224.1888. At The Paddock, our collective passion is the restoration and preservation of fine classic automobiles of any type/era. We strive to provide the highest possible quality in our results and approach every customer relationship with openness, honesty, constant communication, detailed documentation and with the highest ethical standards. Our 18,000 square foot facility is fully equipped and is staffed with highly skilled artisans, allowing us to provide a full array of services to our clients in a single location. Visit us in person at 285 Columbus Boulevard, New Britain, CT 06051, or online at www.ThePaddockCars.com. Torque Classic Cars. 561.333.1868. We are your one stop for all your collector car needs. Located in sunny West Palm Beach, Florida. We specialize in restorations of European sports cars with a concentration in MercedesBenz and Jaguar. With a diverse team of master craftsmen we bring rolling works of art to life. Our in-house upholstery center and body shop allow us to give every project our undivided attention all under one roof. Storage and Consignments available. 561-333-1868 torqueclassiccars.com August 2019 173


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Carl Bomstead eWatch Two Prancing-Horse 250 GTOs for a Bunny Jeff Koons’ “Rabbit” brings a record $91 million at auction. Think of the cars that could have been bought! Thought Carl’s It is stated that art is in the eye of the beholder, but that does not come close to explaining why “Rabbit,” a three-foot-tall silver bunny that Christie’s sold, is worth $91,075,000. Christie’s described the piece, which they sold at their April 15 New York auction, as melding “Minimalist sheen with a naïve sense of play…the steel surface of the titular bunny appears smooth and balloon-like, the form reduced to some abstract, Platonic ideal.” “Rabbit” by Jeff Koons set an auction record for a living artist and was cast in 1986 in an edition of just three — plus an artist’s proof. Even with its “abstract, Platonic ideal,” I can think of any number of cars I would rather have for the $91 million that was spent on the stainless-steel bunny. Here are a few items that make a lot more sense to me: EBAY #202634188145--#1 TENNESSEE LICENSE PLATE. Number of bids: 25. SOLD AT: $1,503.48. Date: 3/29/2019. This plate was in excellent condition, but the seller provided no additional information. Often, #1 license plates were produced in large numbers for presentation to major donors and supporters by state governors in appreciation of their support/ money. I have no idea if that was the case here, but this is a cool plate nonetheless. 410 Superamerica. They were in exceptional condition and included photo inserts. Pricey at about $1,500 each, but they were for three of the most-desirable Ferraris — and are rarely offered. Step up or sleep under the porch. Nuremberg, Germany, in 1912. Most of their tin toys had clockwork wind-up motors and were highly detailed. They were best known for producing the Führer Wagon in several color combinations. Any of their toy vehicles are pricey, especially in the condition offered here. The box, which was not offered, can be worth as much as the toy. ROMEO ALFETTA 159M 1:18-SCALE MODEL. Number of bids: 45. SOLD AT: $707. Date: 5/20/2019. This 1,800-piece model was hand assembled and was a limited edition — complete with the packaging. The die-cast model was of the Alfa Romeo 159M that was driven by Toulo de Graffenried in the 1951 Grand Prix of Spain. A delightful model, although several others were also offered, and a couple sold for $598. This buyer got a little carried away. EBAY #254224577363—ORIGINAL BRICK FROM MG FACTORY AT ABINGDONON-THAMES. Number of bids: 3. SOLD AT: $809.33. Date: 5/15/2019. This brick is from the original MG factory, and it is on a wood display base. It was inscribed with all the pertinent details. If you are an MG fan, this was just the ticket. An interesting piece to add to the display shelf for not a whole lot of money. EBAY #192842462771—1931 BUICK HOOD ORNAMENT. Number of bids: 15. SOLD AT: $802. Date: 3/10/2019. This deluxe Buick mascot was only used in 1931, although a similar one was used in 1929. It was zinc die-cast and was manufactured by Ternstedt Manufacturing Company. A rather rare piece — with a slight crack on the right foot. Price paid was more than fair, considering the minor damage. AUTOMOBILIA AUCTIONS LOT 95—THREE RARE FERRARI NOTEBOOKSTYLE BROCHURES. SOLD AT: $4,428 including buyer’s premium. Date: 5/4/2019. These Ferrari brochures were for the 250 GT Berlinetta, 250 GT coupe and the EBAY #2331890896028—TIPPCO AUTOBAHN KURIER TIN TOY. Number of bids: 31. SOLD AT: $5,100. Date: 4/11/2019. Tippco was founded in EBAY #392296225883— EXOTO XS—1951 ALFA SUBSCRIPTION INFORMATION Sports Car Market (ISSN #1527859X) is published monthly by Automotive Investor Media Group, 401 NE 19th Ave, Suite 100, Portland, OR 97232. Periodicals postage paid 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. 174 EBAY #223504389731—MINERVA RADIATOR BADGE. Number of bids: 1. SOLD AT: $400. Date: 5/14/2019. The Minerva was a luxury automobile that was manufactured in Belgium between 1902 and 1939. It is interesting that Charles Rolls was an English Minerva dealer during the early years. They made some exceptional automobiles that are very sought-after today. This badge showed a bit of wear and tear, but considering how rare they are, the price paid was very reasonable. ♦ POSTMASTER Send address changes to: Sports Car Market PO Box 4797, Portland, OR 97208 CPC IPM Sales Agreement No. 1296205 Sports Car Market