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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 2020 . Volume 32 . Number 8 This Month’s Market Movers Up Close FERRARI by Steve Ahlgrim 2012 Ferrari FF $103,309 / Silverstone 48 AUCTIONS What Sold, and Why 68 72 84 94 106 ENGLISH by Paul Hardiman ETCETERINI by Donald Osborne GERMAN by Prescott Kelly AMERICAN by John L. Stein RACE 12 by Thor Thorson NEXT GEN by Nick Jaynes 1971 Trident Clipper Coupe $39,386 / Bonhams 1984 Lamborghini Jalpa 3.5 Targa $99,000 / RM Sotheby’s 1996 Porsche 911 GT2 $891,000 / RM Sotheby’s 1955 Ford Thunderbird Convertible $44,000 / Barrett-Jackson 1956 Lister-Maserati 2.0-Liter Sports Racer $703,316 / Bonhams 1982 Toyota Land Cruiser FJ45 “Troopy” $50,600 / RM Sotheby’s 50 52 54 56 58 60 Cover: 1984 Lamborghini Jalpa 3.5 targa Ryan Merrill ©2020, courtesy of RM Auctions Sports Car Market MARKET OVERVIEW Online auctions are filling the gap when we can’t travel to sales — Chad Tyson BARRETT-JACKSON Online: Their first exclusively online sale saw 46 of 85 lots change hands for $3.6m — Brett Hatfield BONHAMS Bicester, U.K.: Lockdown conditions meant sealed bids only at Bicester, with 36 of 87 vehicles selling for $518k — Paul Hardiman H&H Duxford, U.K.: Of 115 cars offered as the pandemic shutdown began in midMarch, 69 sold to new owners, totaling $2.6m — Paul Hardiman BRING A TRAILER Bringatrailer.com: It’s crazy how often BaT gets high prices for low miles or unicorn specifications — Daren Kloes acebook and watch for updates and offers! Alan Kenny, courtesy of Silverstone Auctions


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Table of Contents 42 Unconventional Wisdom: How digital innovation will make the car world stronger than ever COLUMNS 20 Shifting Gears The journey makes the memories when you’re going through the chapters of life with a special car Keith Martin 38 Affordable Classic Pay no attention to MG Midget haters. These little cars are affordable and fun Jeff Zurschmeide 40 Legal Files The sudden onset of the coronavirus pandemic has the market in flux. Now is the time to make some big decisions John Draneas 42 Unconventional Wisdom Life resumes with many changes, but the new mix of personal and digital experiences promises more — not less Donald Osborne 44 American Car Collector Is the classic cruise night headed for a big comeback? Jim Pickering 138 eWatch Jumping the 10-year-long Patek Philippe line was worth $483,700 for a collector at a recent Sotheby’s auction Carl Bomstead FEATURES: THE ROAD FORWARD 114 Driven to Ask: Sara Dakarmen, the Porsche 911 Parts Queen — Elana Scherr 116 Driving With Elana: 2020 Lamborghini Huracán Evo Spyder — Elana Scherr 14 Sports Car Market DEPARTMENTS 24 Crossing the Block 26 Concours and Events: Monterey Car Week — maybe 28 Contributors: Get to know SCM staffers and writers 30 You Write, We Read: No politics in SCM, that lovely Lola, Aston Martin DBS 32 Display Advertisers Index 34 Speaking Volumes: Healey: The Men and the Machines 34 Neat Stuff: A sharp knife and a sharp presentation 62 Next Gen Market Moment: 2007 Subaru Impreza WRC S12B — Max Schrager 64 Rising Sun: 1989 Toyota MR2, 2001 Acura Integra Type R, 1991 Honda Civic 70 Buy/Sell/Hold: Associate Editor Chad Taylor attempts to predict the future 74 Market Moment: 1944 Volkswagen Type 82 Kübelwagen — B. Mitchell Carlson 98 On the Radar: 1995 Fiat Barchetta, 1995 MG F, 1991–95 Renault Alpine A610 126 Mystery Photo: “Wow! Social distancing and an N95 mask!” 128 Showcase Gallery: Cars for sale 130 Resource Directory: Meet your car’s needs 118 Double Take: Serio and Jaynes spar on BaT sales 120 Road Value: What’s the best pre-war driver’s experience for $100k? — Paul Hardiman 122 Unlocking a Car: Ready to buy a Ferrari 246 Dino? There are a few items to look for first — Steve Ahlgrim 124 Reader Forum: Would you go on a multi-day rally — right now?


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Shifting Gears Keith Martin Every Car Is a Book What chapter of your car’s life are you enjoying right now? It might have begun as a tatty paperback, but it was transformed into a sparkling hardbound limited edition T hink of the world of collectible cars as a giant lending library. While every book is different, most have just five chapters. Aware. Acquire. Activate. Exult. Farewell. These are the five chapters that mark the relationship with every collector car that comes into your life. When the last chapter is completed, it’s time to close the book and return it to the shelf. When its next caretaker selects the same volume, it is new to him or her — and the cycle begins anew. Remember that it is only the physical artifact that leaves when you sell a car that has played an important part in your life. The memories stay with you forever. Aware: This is when you first become attracted to a particular car. In 1968, I bought a clapped-out 1957 Alfa Sprint Normale for $500. As a 750-series car, it had the delicate front eyebrow chrome that I found most attractive. That, coupled with the impossibly perfect lines of the fastback rear glass, left an indelible impression. I was left forever enthralled. It was not until 50 years later that I found the exact eyebrow Sprint Veloce I wanted to restore — and had the resources to do it properly. Acquire: The second chapter is the story of how the car came into your life. With the Sprint, it happened 10 years ago. I walked by a gray 1958 eyebrow Sprint Veloce while leaving Concorso Italiano. It had been driven to the event in Monterey from Los Angeles two years in a row. A quick look revealed it had its original engine and all the little bits unique to a Veloce of that era. It was very shiny. I mentioned to the owner that if he ever thought about selling it, he should please keep me in mind. Ten minutes later, with a contract written on a napkin and the ex- change of a five-dollar cash deposit to make it binding, the car was mine. Chapter Two was complete. Activate: Chapter Three is bringing the car back to life. It took me three years to get the bodywork and mechanicals sorted out. The engine, gearbox and rear end had to be done. In fact, everything had to be done. The car developed a relationship with every Alfa expert I knew, including Jon Norman, Denny Pillar, Stu Moss, Nasko, Dave Rugh, Guy Recordon, Tom Black, Mike Pierce and Chip Starr. This was a painstaking, exhausting process. The Sprint was over 40 20 years old. While it looked gorgeous at Concorso Italiano, upon closer examination — and after some road time — I owned a pig smeared with fabulous lipstick. It took a village. Exult: Chapter Four is the reward when you first fire up the restored car. The engine burbled at idle through its pair of side-draft DC03 Webers. I released the clutch and was underway. It was a heady moment. My once imperfect, aged and neglected artifact was a proper Alfa Romeo sports car again. I took the car on several Alfa Club weekend trips. With each trip, I sorted out a few more things. Soon every switch did what it was supposed to do. The blueprinted engine with modern cams and a 1,400-cc kit revved willingly to 7,000 rpm. The early-style gearbox shifted slickly, with no grinding or untoward noises. The brakes stopped the car properly without pulling or squealing. The fourth chapter culminated with the car going on the SCM 1000. It performed flawlessly. After 62 years of benign neglect, the Sprint was once again a functioning, usable automobile. Farewell: The fifth and final chapter. I had found, restored and returned my car to the road. It had moved from a visual attraction to a working machine. It’s ready for any tour or rally you might choose. At that point, I realized I could let the car move on. Its next caretaker could create a new set of memories and adventures. The new owner will be spared the heartbreaking process of restor- ing and fettling the car, something I would not wish upon anyone. And something I will never, ever undertake again. I bask in the memories of all the moments I had with it. Even the an- guish of getting the heater-fan rheostat to work properly brings a smile. The Sprint is gone, but I will have memories of it forever. I took a dream and turned it into a reality. Our old cars are the window into physical and spiritual transitions in our lives. Through each of their five chapters, they create memories that we cherish long after the car has moved on. We return the book to the shelf. It catches someone else’s eye and they check it out. As one journey ends, we begin another. ♦ Sports Car Market


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Crossing the Block Chad Tyson Images courtesy of the respective auction companies unless otherwise noted Star Car: 1959 Porsche 718 RSK Spyder at Bonhams’ sale in Los Angeles, CA During the novel coronavirus pandemic, please ensure that you check dates, times and locations of auctions, as they may have changed since this was printed. Mecum Where: Harrisburg, PA When: July 29–August 1 Web: www.mecum.com Last year: 882/1312 cars sold / $29m Featured cars: • 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS convertible • 2002 Pontiac Trans Am GMMG Anniversary Edition Bonhams Where: Jüchen, DEU When: August 1 Web: www.bonhams.com Silverstone Where: Online When: August 1 Web: www.silverstoneauctions.com Gooding & Company Where: Online When: August 3–7 Web: www.goodingco.com MAG Auctions Where: Reno, NV When: August 7–8 Web: www.motorsportauctiongroup.com Last year: 277/492 cars sold / $6.2m Mecum Where: Monterey, CA When: August 13–15 Web: www.mecum.com Last year: 286/574 cars sold / $29.6m 24 RM Sotheby’s Online Only Where: Online When: August 6–15 Web: www.rmsothebys.com Last year: 135/184 cars sold / $107.1m Bonhams Where: Los Angeles, CA When: August 14 Web: www.bonhams.com Last year: 168/220 cars sold / $32.3m 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. AUGUST JULY 29–AUG 1— MECUM Harrisburg, PA 1—BONHAMS Jüchen, DEU 1—SILVERSTONE Online 3–7—GOODING & CO. Online 6–15—RM SOTHEBY’S Online 7–8—MAG AUCTIONS Reno, NV 13–15—MECUM Monterey, CA 14—BONHAMS Los Angeles, CA 15–VANDERBRINK Marne, IA 19—H&H Online 21–22—RALEIGH CLASSIC Raleigh, NC 22—ACA King’s Lynn, U.K. 28–29—SG AUCTION Lincoln, NE 29—VANDERBRINK Eau Claire, WI Featured cars: • Star Car: 1959 Porsche 718 RSK Spyder • 1957 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint Veloce VanDerBrink Where: Marne, IA When: August 15 Web: www.vanderbrinkauctions.com H&H Where: Online When: August 19 Web: www.handh.co.uk Raleigh Classic Where: Raleigh, NC When: August 21–22 Web: www.raleighclassic.com ACA Where: King’s Lynn, U.K. When: August 22 Web: www.angliacarauctions.co.uk SG Auction Where: Lincoln, NE When: August 28–29 Web: www.sgauction.net Last year: 124/216 cars sold / $2.3m VanDerBrink Where: Eau Claire, WI When: August 29 Web: www.vanderbrinkauctions.com ♦ Sports Car Market


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Concours and Events SCM Staff Send news and event listings to insideline@sportscarmarket.com Michael Leven Werks Reunion Monterey Monterey Car Week Holdouts All the huge events for Monterey Car Week 2020 — Pebble Beach, Concorso Italiano, Legends of the Autobahn, The Quail: A Motorsports Reunion — put the brakes on 2020 and are now preparing for epic comebacks in 2021. Still, there are currently a few 2020 Monterey Car Week events still hoping for a miracle. They are: • The Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca. This HUGE vintage racing meet is still hoping to put cars on the track from August 13 to 16. Still, keep checking their website at www.weathertechraceway.com for updates. • The Pacific Grove Rotary Concours Auto Rally, scheduled for August 14 in Pacific Grove, is also hanging on. Check their website at www.pgrotary.org • The Prancing Ponies Car Show is trying to keep on keeping on in the face of COVID-19. This show is scheduled for August 12 in Carmel. Keep tabs on this at www.prancingponies.org. • The Werks Reunion Monterey is also holding out for their August 14 Porsche lovefest at the Corral de Tierra Country Club — near Laguna Seca. Keep track of the latest news at www.werksreunion.org. Brian Baker Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca SCM is a forward-thinking, optimistic publication, but please note that we recommend that you keep checking these websites before making plans for a casual, low-key 2020 Monterey Car Week. In any case, we cannot wait for August of 2021, which will bring the ultimate Monterey Car Week. Missing something great just makes you appreciate it more when it returns. ♦ 26 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 Kirsten Hegg | kirsten.hegg@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 221 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 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 DIGITAL AND BUSINESS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY Brian Baker | brian.baker@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 215 SEO CONSULTANT Michael Cottam | me@michaelcottam.com; 503.283.0177 CONTROLLER Cheryl Ann Cox | cheryl.cox@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 205 STRATEGIC PLANNER Bill Woodard EXECUTIVE PRODUCER, SCM TELEVISION Roger Williams | roger_williams@earthlink.net ADVERTISING DISPLAY ADVERTISING ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE Darren Frank COPY EDITORS Yael Abel, Dave Tomaro SENIOR AUCTION ANALYSTS B. 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All material, data, formats and intellectual concepts in this issue. © 2020 by Sports Car Market Inc., Automotive Investor Media Group and Automotive Investor in this format and any other used by Sports Car Market magazine. Copyright registered with the United States copyright office. Canada Post Publication Agreement #41578525. PRINTED IN USA SCM Contributors MAX SCHRAGER, SCM Contributor, has been buying, fixing, racing and selling Subarus for well over a decade. He is a master wrench and often imports “half-cuts” (from the windshield posts forward) of WRX/STI cars from Japan to dissect and resurrect key JDM (Japan Domestic Market) components. He also is an automotive engineer and the son of longtime SCM contributor Jim Schrager. Turn to p. 62 for his Next Gen Market Moment of a 2007 Subaru Impreza WRC S12B Works rally car. JIM PICKERING, SCM Managing Editor, a lifelong car nut, joined a local neighborhood auto shop while still in high school. There, he specialized in classic cars — replacing brakes, rebuilding carburetors and swapping engines on mostly American makes by day, and working on his own drag car at night. He joined the magazine world in 2006 as SCM’s Auction Editor, and took the helm of American Car Collector at its launch in 2011, writing about muscle cars, hot rods, trucks, Corvettes and more — including in-depth how-to projects on a variety of classic and collector vehicles. He recently completed his first book, Chevy & GMC Trucks 1973–1987 — How to Build and Modify, and is gearing up for a second. He has a degree in writing from Pacific University and lives with his family in Beaverton, OR. This month, he takes a look at the resurgence of cruising culture in his “American Car Collector” column on p. 44. 28 NICK JAYNES, SCM Contributor, hails from Portland, OR. Although not known as a car city, Portland has had an indelible effect on him. Mostly, it formed his affinity for weird or lesser-loved brands and nameplates. He would rather cozy up to a Volvo than a Ferrari any day. Over the years, he has held many jobs in the automotive industry, from mechanic to managing communications for Chevrolet. Now he’s back to his first passion — writing about cars. When he’s not chained to his desk, you can find him out exploring — from track days to overland expeditions — in one of his two vehicles: a Toyota Land Cruiser and Volkswagen Golf GTI. Turn to p. 60 for his Next Gen profile on a 1982 Toyota FJ45 Land Cruiser “Troopy.”


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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 As with any historic car, road- or track-specific, the beauty is in the eye of the beholder. To be critical, not everyone buying a vintage ride is out to “invest” and trade them like one’s stock portfolio. No Politics, Please To the Editor: Regarding the July 2020 issue of SCM: My favorite part of that issue was the Bring a Trailer Market Report by Michael Leven (p. 102) simply because all the cars were inexpensive. While I enjoy reading about million-dollar cars, they are utterly irrelevant to anything I might purchase. I look at BaT a couple of times a week just for fun, and reading someone else’s take on cars I had seen was a real treat. On the other hand, I was ex- tremely disappointed that you let Bruce Male’s anti-Trump com- 30 ment appear in the “What Will It Take to Return to Normal” column (p. 122). One aspect of SCM that I value is that is has always been 100% non-political and COMPLETELY about cars and their enjoyment. If I want political backhanding, there are innumerable sources for that. Please return to your previously high standards. — Dr. Carl Dreher, Brasstown, NC That Lovely Lola To the Editor: I was probably as stunned as you were by the price paid for that beautiful Lola (July 2020, Race Profile, p. 62). That someone was willing to pay that much is up to that individual in the context of many considerations too numerous to mention. While “track weapons” in the eyes of most of SCM are not collectible in the sense of building a Ferrari collection, to the racing enthusiast, they are appreciated greatly in the context of racing history and, particularly, as it relates to racing today. Can-Am was unfettered and, as we all know, that will never happen again. So it represented, more than anything, creative freedom without the confines of today’s rule making. Yes, the purses and economics then were a huge consideration for the drivers, but the spectacle of these monsters on a track was something that will never be duplicated. They also shattered track records in places where F1 ran as well — and not by a small margin, either. I own a Can-Am car, a 1972 McLaren M8F, 7209, and I am saying this because the commentary regarding the bastardization of the cars needs to be addressed in proper context: 1. I restored it to the exact livery, and every nut and bolt in that car is as it was. The tub is from that era, as the original was crashed at Mid Ohio. Commander Racing rebuilt the car and John Cannon, a great Canadian, drove it. The car’s Sports Car Market Robin Adams ©2019 Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s


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You Write We Read Ad Index America’s British Reliability Run ..........................88 Authentic Classics, LLC ........................................86 Avant Garde Collection ..........................................82 Baldhead Cabinets ................................................101 Bennett Law Office ..............................................129 Beverly Hills Car Club .........................................121 Bonhams / UK ..........................................................9 CarCapsule USA.....................................................83 Cars Yeah ..............................................................117 Cars, Inc. .................................................................35 Centerline Alfa Parts ............................................111 Charles Prince Classic Cars....................................87 Chequered Flag International .................................77 Classic Auto Mall .................................................139 Classic Car Capital .................................................29 Continental AutoSports ..........................................79 Copley Motorcars ...................................................69 D. L. George Historic Motorcars ...........................95 Dobson Motorsport...............................................100 Driversource Houston LLC ..............................16-17 ETS Racing Fuels .................................................. 99 Fantasy Junction ...............................................22-23 Ferrari Market Letter ............................................129 Fourintune Garage Inc. .........................................109 GAA Classic Cars ................................................ 6-7 Gaswerks Garage ..................................................109 Gooding & Company .............................................11 Grundy Insurance ...................................................63 Gullwing Motor Cars, Inc. ...................................103 Hortons Books Limited ........................................107 Hyman, LTD ............................................................ 8 Intercity Lines ........................................................ 41 JC Taylor .................................................................97 JJ Best Banc & Co ................................................. 91 Kevin Kay Restorations ........................................ 10 Kidston ....................................................................13 Legendary Motorcar Company ........................... 109 Luxury Brokers International ...........................18-19 Luxury Lease Partners, LLC ..................................37 Manns Restoration ..................................................27 Matthews Auctions ...............................................115 Mercedes-Benz Classic Center ..............................33 Metron Garage ........................................................65 Miller’s Mercedes Parts, Inc ................................129 MM Garage ............................................................15 Mouse Motors, LLC ...............................................78 Northwest European .............................................103 Palm Springs Exotic Car Auctions .........................25 Paramount Automotive ...........................................85 Passport Transport ..................................................73 Paul Russell and Company.................................... 99 Putnam Leasing ....................................................140 QuickSilver Exhausts Ltd.......................................89 RM Sotheby’s ....................................................... 4-5 RMD bvba ..............................................................39 Saratoga Motorcar Auctions ...................................71 StreetWorks Exotics ...............................................36 Symbolic International ...........................................21 The Old Racing Car Company, Inc. .......................45 The Stable, Ltd. ......................................................75 The Werk Shop .....................................................104 Tony Labella Classic Cars ....................................129 Torque Classic Cars ................................................31 TYCTA ...................................................................93 Vintage Car Works..................................................43 Vintage Motors of Sarasota ..................................111 Vintage Rallies ......................................................101 WeatherTech ...........................................................81 West Coast Classics, LLC ....................................107 White Post Restorations .......................................129 Worldwide Group .................................................2, 3 32 Light-Hand Drive by Larry Trepel ownership is traced to 1972. 2. The process of restoration was very time consuming and extremely expensive. Fabrication is the order of the day because there are few — if any — offthe-shelf parts. Try purchasing M20 rear rims, which this car had because Commander Racing installed them. Nine months and many thousands of dollars later, we had them. That process was true all throughout the restoration. 3. Our engine is an aluminum big block rebuilt using the samespec heads as the ZL-1. Even the valve covers are the McLaren magnesium covers and the roll hoop is titanium. This is not a tricked-out “cheater car.” Saying originality “is a crock” is true among some cars, but if you wish to enter the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion with a tribute M8F, that won’t happen. Originality has to be in the context of how these cars were driven and how many suffered major crashes. So, often it is nearly impossible to stay original and in spec. It is reality and not a “crock.” Can-Am cars are very dif- ficult to drive fast and they can bite you, hard. But the exhilaration of that car is second to none, and anyone who has driven the car in anger at Road America knows what I mean. My wife said it was the happiest she ever saw me after a Road America weekend. Lastly, as with any historic car, road- or track-specific, the beauty is in the eye of the beholder. To be critical, not everyone buying a vintage ride is out to “invest” and trade them like one’s stock portfolio. I purchased a Ferrari F40 in 1998 because I wanted the fastest bone-stock car with a license plate, period. Going 140 mph west of Fort Worth, TX, was something else. That said, I never bought it to make money, and it became an icon. Personally speaking, a real Can-Am car is way undervalued because that series, unlike many others, was a milestone and created something never to be replicated — and also advanced racing technology that influenced racing-car design forever. — Emmett M. Murphy, via email In Love With the Aston Martin DBS To the Editor: Two things: I love SCM. It’s BY FAR my favorite magazine, and I look forward to receiving it each month. GREAT article on the 2009 Aston Martin DBS (June 2020, English Profile, p. 56). After over a two-year search, I was fortunate enough to acquire a 2009 “Storm Black” (great paint with red fleck) rear-seat-delete with manual transmission and 12,500 miles on the clock in October of 2018. I love cars, and even back then, I figured that it would potentially become an “important” car (12 cylinders, rear drive and manual). My attitude is, buy it, enjoy it and hopefully not lose too much money in depreciation if you’re lucky. I probably put 1,500–2,000 miles on the car a year and LOVE every minute of it. No other car on the planet looks or sounds like it, period. Be safe and stay well. — David Stern, via email Executive Editor Chester Allen replies: David, thanks for your kind note. Stephen Serio, who wrote the DBS profile, deserves all the credit for such a nice read. Stephen is a true expert, a gentleman and a very fine writer. ♦ Sports Car Market


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Speaking Volumes by Mark Wigginton Healey: The Men and the Machines, by John Nikas with Gerry Coker, 328 pages, Herridge & Sons Ltd., $70 (Amazon) A s a young teen in 1968 — eager to drive and race — I found myself buying a 1960 Austin-Healey Sprite. It was a well-used former Cal Club SCCA car — but still suitable for the street. It came with a single-hoop roll bar, competition belts and wire wheels — complete with disc brakes at the front. Even the paint was gone where the number circle had been on the driver’s door. It was the coolest thing I could imagine as I drove it home $500 later (on completely unsuitable Goodyear Blue Streak race tires). John Nikas brought all that back, and more, in his look at the history of Healey and the cars. Nikas, an automotive writer with as many writing awards as trophies from vintage racing, joined forces with Gerry Coker, the designer behind the Healey 100 and Sprite, for a detailed look back at Donald Healey, his son Geoffrey, and the cars they brought to market. It’s more than the standard marque book. It’s really much more of an insider’s account of Donald Healey’s early racing career, his move to building sports cars and all the challenges along the way. No one would know more about how it all came together than Gerry Coker, who wasn’t just in the room, he was the guy doing the design of two of the really important British sports cars. From the beginning, Donald Healey was a driven competitor, a star of the Monte Carlo Rally, and that success gave him the recognition that led him to build cars he wanted to drive. But his company was always underfunded, always almost broke, which led him to the partnership with Austin for production. Those financial pressures even made Healey question whether the Healey Hundred was worth bringing to its debut at the 1952 London Motor Show. Healey was wrong, and the car went to the show over his objections, where it not only got rave reviews — it saved the company. But the journey is as entertaining as the destination in Healey: The Men and The Machines. PROVENANCE: With access to Donald and Geoffrey Healey’s archives — and the insider knowledge of designer Gerry Coker — Nikas has created a richly detailed history, from the earliest days to the demise of the marque. It’s rich with data, statistics and lore, plus early designs and drawings not seen before. FIT AND FINISH: With beautiful reproduction of period black-and-white images, as well as drawings, Healey is a perfect mixture of history and biography and coffee-table book — a tidy design in a mid-size package. DRIVABILITY: Exhaustive without being exhausting, Healey is the insider’s look at Donald Healey, as well as the creation of the “Big Healey” 100 and Sprite, two of my favorite British sports cars (I have the garage oil stains to prove it). Nikas has done a deep dive on Healey, and the payoff comes on every page. From the earliest cars to the competition history, it’s all there. Well worth it. Neat Stuff by Jim Pickering The Art of Documentation AUTO SAGGIO’s bespoke concours and provenance photography books are a Cutting Edge Garage creep is a real thing — you know, when stuff you love from your garage finds its way into your living room or kitchen, only to be banished back from where it came by your significant other. But now you can bring your car inside for good, starting with your cutlery. Flint & Flame offers high-carbon German steel knives that are of the utmost quality, and they offer custom laser etching on their products — so you can put your car, logo or any design you want on the blade. Prices vary by style and application, but use the code Sports50 for 50% off their knife range at www.flintandflame.com. Contact Lisa Lazure at llazure@flintandflame.com for more information on etching. 34 Sports Car Market great way to protect the value of your collector car — or to simply document it for the future — in an archival, museum-quality book of images that tells its story. They can even go one step further and present a research/investment package to record your car’s legal history, including build sheets, evidence of matching numbers, purchase and ownership documentation, and more. Boston-based David Saggio has 40 years of photography experience powering this effort, which is a fantastic value-add for car owners with exceptional vehicles. Options start at $4,750. Learn more at www.autosaggio.com. ♦


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Affordable Classic 1961–79 MG Midget 1969 MG Midget convertible, unsold on a $6,000 bid at Mecum’s Portland, OR, sale in 2019 Ignore Your Inner Chad An MG Midget is a great driving car — no matter what your cynical friends might say by Jeff Zurschmeide “Midgets suck. Get an MGB.” T 38 hat was the considered opinion of my friend Chad when I expressed my intention to buy a rather crusty 1970 MG Midget back in the late 1980s. Luckily, I resisted peer pressure and bought the car. It turned out to be one of the best automotive decisions I ever made. Take that, foolish Chad! However mistaken he may have been, Chad’s viewpoint illustrates the challenge that the MG Midget — and its alt-badge doppelgänger, the Austin-Healey Sprite — have faced since they were new. Both models have been overshadowed by hugely successful stablemates in the form of the MGA/MGB and the Big Healeys. From Bugeye to Spridget The Austin-Healey Sprite actually came along first, in 1958. The Sprite Mark 1 is better known as the Frogeye or Bugeye Sprite. These are instantly recognizable by the happy frog face at the front of the bonnet, but the thing to note is the feminine curve of the rear fenders. Mark 1 Sprites are unlike all others. Austin-Healey made 48,987 of these, and they are prized (and more valuable) today. For the 1962 model year, BMC made both Austin-Healey and MG versions of the car. The company also changed the bodywork to the fundamental look that the Sprite and Midget would carry through the rest of their production runs. The rear end got squarer, with a real trunk lid, and the front bodywork went more in line with the forthcoming MGB. Somewhat paradoxically, given the high values of Austin-Healeys today, the Midget was the upscale brother of the pair, with a bit more chrome and a nicer interior. Collectively, the cars became known as “Spridgets.” Underneath, the Sprite and Midget were always identical. The cars used a dual-wishbone front suspension with the Armstrong lever shock absorber serving as the upper control arm, and ¼-elliptic rear springs supporting a solid rear axle. Drum brakes were used on all four corners. Under the hood was BMC’s 948-cc A-series engine with a pair of SU carburetors, mated to a 4-speed manual transmission with no synchro in first gear. The driveline was rated at 46 horsepower and 53 footpounds of torque. Rapid development Spridget upgrades came quickly with a shift to the 56-horsepower 1,098-cc engine and front disc brakes during 1962. Semi-elliptic rear springs and proper roll-up windows were added in 1964. However, the Sports Car Market


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most important changes came in 1966 with the hot new 1,275-cc engine. This upgraded A-series delivered 65 horsepower and 72 foot-pounds of torque, but it could easily be pushed to Mini Cooper S standards of 76 horsepower or better. For many Spridget enthusiasts, 1966–67 is the apogee of the breed, with the 1,275-cc engine and the early painted metal dashboard. These are the nimblest, best-looking, and most powerful Midgets. MG introduced a padded foam dashboard to enhance crash safety for 1968, and virtually all of them decayed within a few years. Then the 4.22 final drive was jacked to 3.90, giving the Midget bet- ter freeway manners but kneecapping its acceleration. Further changes continued to diminish performance from this point onwards. In 1971, Austin-Healey sold the last of the Sprites. It was all MG from there, and in 1972 a bodywork change gave the Midget rounded rear wheelarches. Those arches look great, but they are not as strong as the square arches that went before, so they were discontinued after 1974. All told, there were more than 80,000 Mark 3 MG Midgets made between 1966 and 1974. The last big change came along for the 1975 model year. The 1,275-cc BMC A-series engine was abandoned in favor of the 1,500-cc engine common to the Triumph Spitfire, and huge, ill-fitting rubber bumpers were applied front and rear to meet U.S. safety standards. The Midget also got a higher stance to meet bumper-height requirements. “Rubber bumper” Midgets, as they are known, are the least-desirable cohort, but MG made 73,899 of them through the end of production in 1979. Details Years produced: 1961–79 Price when new: $2,400 (in 1968) Number produced: 212,476 Current SCM Median Valuation: $16,500 (for 1964–66 cars) Pros: Cheap, quick, nimble, fun cars Cons: Rust, cranky friends Best place to drive one: On a twisty two-lane road on a sunny day Worst place to drive one: To Chad’s house A typical owner is: A free spirit who knows that driving a slow, nimble car fast is more fun than driving a fast car slow 1978 MG Midget convertible Why choose a Midget? I said that buying a Midget was one of the best automotive decisions I ever made, and I stand by that assessment. Driving a Midget is both fun and educational because it’s one of the most rewarding momentum sports cars. The 0–60 mph time was always north of 15 seconds, but if you can summon the courage to dive into corners fast, a Midget will not let you down. They’re light, tossable, forgiving, and offer more room for a tall driver than you expect. Six-footers can get in and drive comfortably. Most importantly, an MG Midget is among the least-expensive ways to add a British classic to your collection. It’s rare to see one top $10,000 at auction, and you can find them on sale for less at any British car gathering. The usual car-buying rules apply to Midgets — check for rust and overall condition. The transmissions were a weak point, so check to see if it pops out of gear, especially on older models. But don’t get too hung up if there are projects in the car’s future. All parts are readily available, including all the body panels. If you’ve had the idea to go out and enjoy a Midget or a Sprite, it’s time to ignore your inner Chad and take the plunge. You won’t be sorry you did. ♦ August 2020 39


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Legal Files John Draneas Changing Market Presents Challenges Are taxes going up? Are car values going down? It’s time to look at your situation and make some moves E veryone has their opinion about where the collector-car market is headed, and no one can honestly claim that their crystal ball is clearer than anyone else’s. “Legal Files” won’t claim to know more about the market than the real market experts, whose words appear on other pages of this issue. But conducting a legal practice in the collectorcar arena puts us in touch with a variety of market players, leading to what may well be useful insights for consideration. Multiple forces Strong forces are pushing the collector-car market right now: • Most of the collectors holding large collections — important ones and more-modest ones — are in their 60s, 70s and 80s. This group has had a great run at the collecting hobby, but their annual driving hours are down, they are often looking to simplify their lives, and they are downsizing. Their collections represent a substantial asset value in what may well be a mature market. Put that all together, and it is inescapable that these collectors are looking to sell some or all of their cars. They aren’t buying more of them, except in a last-ditch effort to get something they’ve always wanted before it’s too late. • Younger buyers are entering the market, of course. But you’ve read many times in SCM that people buy cars they lusted for in their youth but could not afford. So the younger buyers are buying different cars than the older sellers are selling. • We are in the midst of a global pandemic that has kept us home and out of our cars. Opportunities to drive our collector cars have become even more limited. • The pandemic has triggered a major recession, depressing all markets. Any honest collector car dealer will tell you the same story. Cars are still selling, but everyone is looking for a bargain. If it isn’t discounted, it’s hard to sell. It is definitely possible that we will soon find a cure — or a vaccine — for COVID-19, everyone will get back to work and business will go back to where it was a short forever ago. While that would make everything happy again, I don’t know anyone who is betting on that. Indications are the collector-car market is in for a tough ride. If that is the future, there are a number of things to be aware of, from a legal point of view. Buyer complaints Lately our practice has seen an increasing number of disgruntled buy- ers bringing claims against sellers for misrepresentation. If you’re the seller, you think the buyer is just making up reasons to avoid the unexpected loss on the car. If you’re the buyer, you know that suing the seller isn’t easy or cheap. However, without a rising market to offset the overpayment on the car, you need to take legal action to remedy 40 the seller’s deceptions about the car. Whatever the motivation, we are seeing more buyers trying to force a seller to buy the car back. In some cases, the buyers are willing to eat the additional investments they made in the form of improvements to the car. They just get their purchase money back. This is a double whammy for the seller. Buying back a car at yesterday’s price just locks in a loss when you resell it at tomorrow’s price. Chasing ghost sellers If you are the buyer trying to get your money back, you are going to find out if you bought from the right seller. Many dealers are capable of going bankrupt if necessary. Pressing a large rescission claim may be all it takes to push them over the edge. We just handled a claim where there were serious misrepresentations about the car. The dealer was also lied to — and was just as much a victim. However, the dealer, a corporation, had filed bankruptcy before the claim materialized. Ordinarily, you sue the dealer, he sues whoever sold him the car, and on back up the line. But in this case, we had to leapfrog the dealer and make claims against his seller, which presented huge obstacles. Essentially, we were putting ourselves in the dealer’s legal shoes. That meant we had to contend with different statutes of limitation, different contract terms, different defenses and so on. We also had to contend with differences in jurisdiction, depending upon where people in the ownership chain resided. It didn’t take long before our client wished he had bought a car from a more substantial dealer. Insurance claims We just concluded a very surprising insurance claim. The car was a concours-level Porsche 911. The insurance company was a very reputable collector-car specialty carrier that has always been very easy to deal with on claims. The damage was not all that severe from the standpoint of your typi- cal consumer insurance company, but all of us hobbyists would readily recognize that the Porsche was a total loss. To my surprise, the insurance company insisted on repairing the car even though it was impossible to make a proper repair without sending it back to the factory. The adjuster also refused to repaint the entire car, even though the metallic paint was going to be impossible to match. It was only after we threatened a massive diminished-value claim that the adjuster brought in an appraiser to advise them on that exposure. Luckily, they retained a capable appraiser, and the Porsche was totaled. While that is just one example of a difficult case, it may be a sign of things to come, as it seemed to be totally out of character for this insurance company. Fraudulent cars We are seeing an uptick in buyers discovering that their cherished collector cars are fakes. 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ness environment. Rather, it is a product of the huge run-up in collector-car values over the past decade, which created tremendous financial incentives for unscrupulous sellers to create cars to fill a seemingly insatiable demand. It has just taken this much time for the buyers to discover what they actually bought. Taxes may go up The U.S. government recently spent over $2 trillion it didn’t have on stimulating the economy, and it may not be through with the stimulus. Meanwhile, we have a severe recession that will reduce tax revenues and increase deficits. Will any of this ever have to be paid back? At some point, the answer becomes “yes.” Nothing will happen before the election, but many think income taxes will be going up next year. Today’s tax rates look pretty good. Gains on the sale of collector cars are capital gains. If you’ve owned the car for over a year, it’s a long-term capital gain with a maximum federal tax rate of 20%. You have to add the 3.8% net investment income tax on top of that, but that’s the lowest federal tax rate you are ever going to see. If you believe that tax rates will be going up, then the smart move is to sell this year. But, of course, that may mean you are selling into a declining market. If you think that, the smart strategy is to sell quickly, before things get worse. However, if everyone reading this puts all their cars up for sale right away, the market will decline faster. So maybe we should draw straws to space it out. Either way, you need a clear crystal ball to make the right decision. If tax rates go up — but the collector-car market rebounds — you might come out better selling later at a higher price even though you pay more tax. On the other hand, if tax rates go up and the market still declines, then you are better off taking what you can get today. Estate taxes We currently enjoy an estate-tax exemption of about $11.6 million. A married couple can double that amount. Under current law, the exemption drops back to about $6 million in 2026. The obvious strategy has been to use the full exemption before it goes away. Recently, talk has been that these large exemptions are going to come down dramatically next year. Many people think that could happen if the Democrats take over the federal government in the national election this November. However, the talk now is that the exemption will drop dramatically no matter which party wins the election. This may well be the year to use whatever exemption you have. Should you use it to move ownership of your cars to your kids? Keep in mind that the best asset to give to your kids is one that will continue to appreciate in value. That shifts the most wealth. The worst asset to give is one that will decline in value. That way, you effectively waste some of your exemption. Are your cars good candidates for this type of planning? Times are changing. You need to know that. You need to decide which way they will change. Then, you need to act accordingly. Just don’t wait too long. ♦ 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 2020 41


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Unconventional Wisdom Donald Osborne La Vita Riprendo As life slowly resumes, grand opportunities arise in a world now familiar with innovations in digital media my days binge-watching streaming series or cleaning closets unopened in a year. When our museum here in Newport closed on March 21 due to the regulations to fight the spread of the virus, we began working even harder to bring our presence to the public. We began a series of twice-weekly YouTube videos on our channel in which I toured the gallery and our storage building, sharing stories about our exhibition and collection. The videos proved popular and encouraged us to make a bold step — an actual real-time, live-streamed walk-through. The occasion was the opening of our exhibition “Shining Bright: Advances in Automotive Lighting” on May 1. Traditionally, we inaugurate a new show with a members’ preview evening. Obviously with the closure and the state’s stay-at-home order, that would not be possible. But with a measured and careful switch-over of the cars in the gallery, we were ready to “open” our new show. And what better way to share it with not only our members but the world at large than with a tour? Strangely, social distancing may ultimately bring us closer together A s many who read this column know, I am a retired opera singer. One of my favorite composers is Giuseppe Verdi — not least because he wrote amazing music for the baritone voice. Verdi loved Shakespeare, and one of the best baritone roles he cre- ated was that of Macbeth. In Act Two of the opera, there is a scene set at a lavish banquet Macbeth and his lady are giving for the assembled nobles. Missing, of course, is Banquo — whom Macbeth has ordered killed, along with his son. After remarking on Banquo’s “unexplained” absence from the party, Macbeth goes to take his empty seat. Immediately he begins to hallucinate, seeing the murdered man’s ghost in the room. After Lady Macbeth makes annoyed apologies to the guests for his bizarre behavior, Macbeth slowly comes back to reality — he sings “la vita riprendo” — life resumes — as he shakes off the nightmare and realizes where he is. In so many ways, I have been looking for signs of life resuming. I see them all around, but in some cases, they may have begun to blur with the strange suspended animation of the past 12 weeks. Yes, 12 weeks back from when I am writing this, many of us were enjoying ourselves at Amelia Island. Even as the nation and the world slowly shut down and withdrew, there was always evidence that the auto enthusiast’s world was alive and vigorous — despite the restrictions and prohibitions. For my friends in Italy, there was no possibility of leaving their homes except for the absolute necessities — groceries and medical care. So in the United States, while I enjoyed the solace of a drive alone through the countryside on a weekend morning in an old car — renewing both my spirit and soul — my Italian friends were denied any such respite. Even now, as some U.S. states and many nations around the world begin to “reopen,” we are all feeling our way into a new world. A new path In my role as CEO of Audrain LLC in Newport, RI, that path has me busier than ever. Not for me the challenge of finding a way to fill 42 Connecting with more people — not fewer A challenge and a disadvantage was suddenly a great opportunity. It was not only possible to bring the show to our familiar Audrain Automobile Museum, but now we could literally welcome the world through our doors via computer or smartphone. The program brought hundreds more people to the event than we could have accommodated on a regular museum preview evening, and the response was positive and gratifying. The ongoing reception to the YouTube videos has also been great, and it has allowed me to bring the audience who has followed my work for years to the museum. That it also has corresponded to the opening of the fifth season of “Jay Leno’s Garage” on CNBC has been an added bonus. A host of digital appearances on a range of programs has kept me connected with an ever-larger pool of enthusiasts. These projects also showed me the potential of creating entertaining and educational content with high production values. Many felt the involuntary cloistering forced on the world during the coronavirus outbreak would lead to an inevitable end of in-person human interaction. All of us would for evermore be reduced to a pixelated window on a digital screen. However, I feel quite sure that once we are again allowed and able to gather in large groups, we will embrace that contact. We will also have a heightened level of digital connection as well. We have now come to a place where we will want the kind of instant online access that has become common in the past 12 weeks — in addition to the “live” experience. This new mix of online and personal experiences can only benefit the classic-car world. It will help our community grow in heretofore unimaginable ways. For many years, the true scale and reach of the global collector-car scene could only be glimpsed in pieces. International auction results, well-publicized concours, vintage rally and race events are the glittering tip of a very large iceberg. Once we can reach — on a regular basis — a national and interna- tional audience eager for more and better content, the overall health of the collector-car world can only benefit. Life returns indeed — changed for sure — but the evolution of our new world will be wondrous. ♦ Sports Car Market


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American Car Collector Jim Pickering Future in Motion Is our coronavirus-rattled world primed to resume cruising? full of drive-by birthdays and early Saturday morning car selfies, coffee mugs in hand. Throughout those connections, there’s a prevailing W sentiment. It usually starts with someone asking, “What if we found a way to have a car show while social distancing?” People discuss parking lots, staying in your car, etc. “Maybe if we don’t get out of our cars it would be safe…” It’s all a little familiar. American tradition One early summer night in 1998, my friend Nate showed up at my house in his triple-black 1971 Buick GS 455 Stage 1. He was a couple years older than the rest of us high- school-aged car crazies, and he was notorious as having one of the fastest street cars around. When he wasn’t in the hospital battling his cystic fibrosis, he was running that 11-second Buick at one of our local dragstrips, or was lined up fender-to-fender with a Chevelle or Nova on some dark backstreet. That night we were going cruising — a first for me. In Portland in the late 1990s, Broadway was the spot. It’s three lanes wide, one-way, and the cruise area ran about 12 blocks from north to south. Every stoplight had posted warnings about cruising — not allowed between the hours of 9 p.m. and 5 a.m., subject to tow. Of course, that didn’t stop Nate, who had a unique perspective on life. I got the sense he knew all the cops already. The 455-powered Buick loped up the center lane while we talked with other drivers and passengers in other hot cars. Nate tried to resist the temptation to smoke his ET Street drag tires through each intersection — which got more difficult with each successive girl who asked him to do so. Eventually he caved and lit ’em up, and next thing I knew we were briskly on our way out of town. The police had definitely heard the noise and seen the source of all the smoke. But those few minutes left a mark on me, and I was back there the next week in my own car. In the “Fast and Furious” era, cruising exploded in Portland to the point that it would take you at least a half hour to make that 24-block circuit — hundreds of muscle cars, imports, trucks and exotics crammed the streets to show off. We learned that you could make three passes before the police would stop you, so that’s what we did — but sometimes even that would be cut short by a tuner car rolling smoke through an intersection and causing the Hot August Nights police to converge and direct everyone out of town. But in all that time, I never got physically close to anyone, save my sister and cousin. I kept going even after Nate died and his family sold off the Buick to someone who removed all his speed parts. It wasn’t until $5-a-gallon gas and the dawn of social media that the scene dried up in Portland, probably helped by a heap of life responsibility piled upon once-carefree drivers. All that’s left there now are quiet, smoke-free streets and a handful of faded signs warning of cold, punitive action for any who ignore the rules. What’s old is new From the ashes of that scene came a new one — escalated and powered by social media. Smoke-filled sideshows and triple-digit warriors serve as an example of what not to do. The police have their work cut out for them in stopping the video-driven nonsense before people get hurt. This is especially true right now, as fewer cars on the road have made racers even bolder. But as short-sighted as today’s Instagram view-and-like-driven car scene seems to someone like me, it does serve as further evidence that the car world remains vibrant among young people. It’s just evolved into something I mostly don’t recognize anymore. But there’s a cyclical quality to all this, too — for better or worse. Just the other night, while making dinner, a news report came on TV from Vancouver, WA, just across the Columbia River from Portland. An 18-year-old kid had posted an invite on social media for his friends to come out and cruise Vancouver’s main drag. Word was he expected 20 cars. A thousand showed up, lining up for over a mile. “Nobody is doing anything illegal,” said one responding officer who was inter- viewed on the local news station as people passed in rumbling A-bodies and left-hook Kei trucks. “It’s just a bunch of people driving about 2 mph.” All those cruisers were socially distancing all right — and having lots of fun. Is this the future as seen in the past? These days, the stakes are a lot higher than just a towed car and a $150 ticket. I won’t go. But I know what Nate would do. ♦ ith so many car events on hold, social media has become even more of a hub for car people than it was before. I’ve joined too many new Facebook groups to count. My feed is 44 Sports Car Market


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PROFILES IN THIS ISSUE Significant Sales That Provide a Snapshot of the Market FERRARI: 2012 Ferrari FF p. 48 ENGLISH: 1971 Trident Clipper Coupe p. 50 ETCETERINI: 1984 Lamborghini Jalpa 3.5 Targa p. 52 GERMAN: 1996 Porsche 911 GT2 p. 54 AMERICAN: 1955 Ford Thunderbird Convertible p. 56 RACE: 1956 Lister-Maserati 2.0-Liter Sports Racer p. 58 NEXT GEN: 1982 Toyota Land Cruiser FJ45 “Troopy” p. 60 1956 Lister-Maserati 2.0-Liter Sports Racer Courtesy of Bonhams August 2020 47


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Ferrari Profile Alan Kenny, courtesy of Silverstone Auctions 2012 Ferrari FF Ferrari’s four-seater, 4-wheel-drive car is a little controversial — but owners love this fast daily driver by Steve Ahlgrim Chassis number: ZFF73SKC000184313 SCM Condition for this car: 2+ M aking its world debut at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show, the Ferrari FF was a shooting-brake-style four-seater offering buyers a Ferrari first: a full-size Grand Tourer with a 650bhp V12 engine and 4-wheel drive. The car was designed by Pininfarina under the direction of Ferrari’s own chief designer, Flavio Manzoni. Ferrari had previously dabbled with four driven wheels with the 1987 408 Integrale concept, but the V12-engined FF is the first Ferrari to make series production with such a system. SCM Analysis This car, Lot 463, sold for $103,309, including buyer’s premium, at Silverstone’s Race Retro auc- tion in Northhamptonshire, U.K., on February 22, 2020. There is an elephant in the room. The hatchback, shooting brake, station wagon, or whatever you want to call it, Ferrari FF, is the most polarizing design of any Ferrari that I can recall. People either love it or hate it. Some find it sacrilegious for Ferrari to deviate from hardcore sports cars, while others relish the idea of having a Ferrari that will hold a mountain bike or a couple sets of golf clubs. Not knowing exactly how to describe the car, I checked out Ferrari. com to see how they described the rear styling of the FF. Surprisingly, the elephant is ignored. Ferrari offers that FF means four-seat, four-wheel drive. They cel- ebrate Pininfarina’s blending of Ferrari’s traditional “signature” with a “modern, innovative,” and “futuristic” theme. Ferrari goes to great lengths to describe the FF’s aerodynamic and cooling airflow, but there is not one sentence about the most controversial aspect of the FF — the compromise of aesthetics for practicality. My first exposure to a Ferrari FF was at a local Ferrari dealer’s introduction party. I had previously seen pictures of the car and found it perplexing. The car was attractive, and I appreciated what Ferrari was trying to do, but I was not entirely comfortable with Ferrari’s direction. I had watched Porsche’s identity change as they moved towards becoming a mainstream car company, and Ferrari leaning even slightly in that direction was not a door I wanted opened. That said, I am a sucker for hatches and sports wagons. I’ve long lusted after a Volvo 1800ES Sports Wagon and admire Alfa’s Brera, Audi’s RS6, and Mercedes’ AMG wagons. I even owned a wagonish Type 75 Lotus Elite. I like the irony of adding a utilitarian twist to a sporty car or adding a sporty twist to an otherwise utilitarian vehicle. The rear seats are… comfortable I am also a sucker for interesting interiors. The FF is designed to be a GT car, and it feels spacious. Ferrari intended the rear seats to be 48 Sports Car Market


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DETAILS Years produced: 2011–16 Number produced: 2,800 (estimate) Original list price: $300,000 plus an average of about $45,000 in options Current SCM Median Valuation: N/A Service cost: $350 Chassis # location: Door jamb Engine # location: Rear passenger’s side of block used. They are individual buckets that look as purposeful as the front seats. There is plenty of side and knee room for an adult to comfortably ride in the rear. The hatchback roofline gives rear passengers enough headroom to sit comfortably without compromise. The days of sparse Ferrari interiors ended several generations ago, and the FF’s interior proves the point. The FF’s interior is exquisitely detailed and sumptuously appointed with the finest materials. If a surface is not carbon or covered in Alcantara, it is most likely covered in rich leather. Look up, look down, look left, look right, everywhere you look there’s beautiful leather. Ferrari’s endless option list allows — make that encourages — personalization on a level that is perhaps unmatched in the performance-car field. Carbon interior trim is available for numerous surfaces, and the upholstery options nearly guarantee the ability to create a unique example. The FF’s electronic wizardry is up to luxury-car standards, with multiple infotainment screens. There is even a passenger’s side speedometer option. Specialorder builds are only limited by imagination and budget. Yes, it moves on out As intoxicating as the interior may be, the FF is a Ferrari, after all, and it is what goes on when you hit the gas that makes a Ferrari a Ferrari. The FF’s power comes from a derivative of an Enzo supercar engine. The FF’s 6.3-liter engine is rated at 660 horsepower, which is the same as the Enzo — except the FF’s rating is at a screaming 8,000 rpm rather than the Enzo’s tamer 7,800. Power is transmitted to the rear wheels through a dual-clutch, super-fast, 7-speed, F1 gearbox. The front wheels are tied to a 2-speed gearbox. Strange as it HIGH AUCTION SALES FOR THE PAST FIVE YEARS $300,000 2012 Ferrari FF $200,000 $250,000 $150,000 $100,000 $50,000 $0 August 2020 N/A 2015 N/A 2016 $220,000 $140,641 $134,910 This sale: $103,309 sounds, the pairing works well. Acceleration to 62 mph bests the 288 GTO, F40, F50 — and happens a scant half second slower than the Enzo. A daily driver! I cannot stress enough that owners love their FFs. Many owners use them as everyday cars. They take them to work, to the store, on skiing trips — or just as an excuse to not go home. I know a gentleman who had two at a time, and I know people who are on their second or third one. A Ferrari Chat post puts it best: “I love mine. Could gush about it for days. Not saving it for the next guy. And every time the back end tries to come out when I am driving in the snow and it snaps back, I literally smile and think, what an awesome car.” Our subject Ferrari FF Silverstone’s FF was an early-production 2012 model. It was reported to have a documented 37,800 miles. It was a right-hand-drive car that was selling in a right-hand-drive market. The black livery was attractively complemented with quilted red leather sports seats. The car was well equipped, but it lacked any of the expensive carbon accents buyers like to see. A $103,000 auction price is a huge drop from a $350,000 MSRP, but that’s normal depreciation for a luxury coupe. FFs appeal to a buyer who wants to drive one every day for a couple of years — and then trade out for another car. FF buyers are more concerned with lease payments than depreciation. A different Ferrari Chatter whose wife drives an FF was asked about cost per mile. His reply: “Cost per mile of happy wife... priceless.” A survey of the U.K. FF market found several offered at a little more money than the Silverstone car. A little arm-twisting should get one at a similar price. It is reasonable to expect the prices to drop more as the age and mileage of FFs increases. The big depreciation is over, though, and that’s good news for you. Grab one for your stable — you will be glad you did. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of Silverstone Auctions.) 2017 2018 2019 Steve Ahlgrim served as general manager and vice president of Ferrari dealer FAF Motorcars, has been a concours judge for over 25 years, and is a member of the IAC/PFA — an international committee that oversees high-level Ferrari concours judging. 2011 Ferrari FF shooting brake Lot 322, s/n ZFF73SKC000183279 Condition 2+ Transmission: 7-speed automatic Sold at $134,910 Silverstone, Ferrari Owners’ Sale, Northhamptonshire, U.K., 5/17/18 SCM# 6872335 49 2012 Ferrari FF shooting brake Lot 761, s/n ZFF73SKA2C0183060 Condition 2Transmission: 7-speed automatic Sold at $115,000 Barrett-Jackson, Las Vegas, NV, 10/3/2019 SCM# 6911601 Transmission: 7-speed automatic Club: Ferrari Club of America Web: www.FerrariClubofAmerica.org Alternatives: 2012 Aston Martin Rapide, 2014 Rolls-Royce Wraith, 2012 Mercedes-Benz CL63 AMG SCM Investment Grade: C COMPS 2014 Ferrari FF shooting brake Lot ST0033.2, s/n ZFF73SKA3E0196886 Condition 2+ Transmission: 7-speed automatic Not sold at $115,000 GAA Classic Cars, Greensboro, NC, 11/7/2019 SCM# 6914219


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English Profile Courtesy of Bonhams 1971 Trident Clipper Coupe This eccentric car was born during a British effort to make a home-grown Corvette By Paul Hardiman Chassis number: 7113 SCM Condition for this car: 2+ T he Trident Clipper started out as a Trevor Fiore styling exercise commissioned by TVR and exhibited at the Geneva Salon in 1965. When the Blackpool-based sports-car maker went through one of its many financial crises, the Clipper project was acquired by Bill Last, one of its dealers. Early Clippers used the TVR Grantura chassis before Last switched first to the Austin-Healey 3000 frame and then to that of the Triumph TR6 for the related Venturer and Tycoon models. Ford V8 engines were used for the fiberglass-bodied Clipper, though two late examples were completed with Chrysler units. It is estimated that Trident built approximately 120 cars of all models between 1967 and 1978. This most attractive and unusual car represents a wonderful op- portunity to acquire an extensively restored example of a rare British GT at a fraction of the rebuild costs. SCM Analysis This car, Lot 162, sold for £32,200 ($39,386), including buyer’s premium, at Bonhams’ closed- doors Goodwood Members’ meeting sale on March 29, 2020. Ah, the Brits: We are a nation of stubborn innovators, habitually doing things the hard way. If you wanted a fast and stylish fiberglassbodied coupe in the ’60s or ’70s, the simplest solution would have been to go and buy a Corvette. Topped with a gorgeous shape by one of the world’s best styling studios, it was fully developed, debugged and reliable. But no: More than one brave soul has decided to build his own device, sadly without the benefit of backing from a multinational corporation. Like many before and since, TVR had aspirations for a more luxurious (aka expensive/profitable) GT than its early spartan creations. The birth of the Clipper is rather convoluted, including steel-bodied prototypes built by Fissore in Italy. Though Trevor Frost, aka Fiore, who worked for Fissore, was ca- pable of a crisp shape, exemplified by his Elva GT160, some of whose hallmarks carried over into his sharp-edged TVR Trident concept, elegant the Clipper production car was not. That was partly due to the different proportions dictated by the Healey chassis, and partly due to detail changes in the process of getting it into production. 50 Sports Car Market


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Small manufacture means having to use off-the-shelf fixtures and fittings, and so it is that as well as the brought-in chassis, the Clipper uses BMC 1800 Mk1 taillights, which don’t sit well on the slabby, Maserati Sebring-like rear. Straight from the aftermarket shelves came those Wolfrace slot mags, custom-car (and Lotus) favorites of the ’70s. The V8 coupe, claimed to be able to crack 150 mph and 0–60 mph in five seconds, cost £3,250 when a Jaguar E-type 2+2 coupe was £2,245. The list price for 1972, when the sales brochure advertised the Clipper as having a 300-bhp Chrysler engine, was £3,399. By this time, the styling had changed from the Ford Corsair-like arrangement with cutouts for the headlights to the rather arachnoid four-light setup that reminds one of the Ogle Mini — or Monteverdi 375, its makers would probably prefer. The Ford 289 engines were fitted into standard Austin-Healey 3000 chassis at the Trident works in Suffolk — at first Woodbridge, and then Ipswich. In 1970, with the Healey chassis supply coming to an end, the Clipper continued in production on a lengthened Triumph TR6 chassis, also used for the Ford Essex V6engined Venturer, the most numerous model produced. An opening rear hatch was introduced for 1971, and by this time the taillights had been changed to smaller rectangular units. Our car, which has the TR6 chassis, has the opening hatch and the later front end, but now wears the earlier-type taillights. A rare car The Trident Car Club reckons the catalog estimate of 120 cars is wrong. It’s now reckoned that just 85 Tridents of all types were built, which includes 30 Clippers, making them rarer than a 250 GTO. According to the chassis number, this is the 13th Trident built in 1971, and according to the club, is a very early car to have the updated front end. It wasn’t registered in the U.K. when new, and turns out to have been in South Africa and then Zambia in its early life. It was back in Europe by the time the vendor bought it and, during 2009–10, he had it restored by Tim Walker Restorations Ltd. in Buckinghamshire. As received, it had V6 power, like the Venturer. But pictures from South Africa show it with a V8, and it wears a Clipper V8 badge on the tail. At the time (2002) it was red and wore Simca 1000 taillights — which is where the side vents come from, trivia fans. “It was a real labour of love,” said managing director Guy Walker. “It was all very shabby and the chassis and frame extremely rusty. We carried out a body-off, nutand-bolt restoration” (although the fiberglass and paint were by Hightone Restorations). “Only a true enthusiast would have put himself through such a rebuild; glad he did, it was great fun. DETAILS Years produced 1967–74 Number produced: 30 Current SCM Median Valuation: $39,833 (this car) Chassis # location: Right side of front bulkhead Engine # location: On right side of block The running gear is generally TR6 but with uprated brakes and suspension, and we boxed up the chassis a bit because of the engine that was going in. The interior was amazing, all to the owner’s and our design, with air conditioning, using aircraft vents.” The catalog coyly described the engine as being “unusable.” Well, it was the wrong type — so a 302ci crate motor was fitted, with a T5 gearbox. Satellite navigation was added, and the electrics were upgraded with comprehensive modern fusing, but it’s odd that the opportunity wasn’t taken to ditch the Webasto sunroof. The car has only covered about 800 miles since the restoration and appears all in good order, though we couldn’t inspect it personally. Two comps The nearest equivalents to the Clipper would be the TVR Griffith and Gordon Keeble — both English-built fiberglass coupes with American V8 power set well back in the chassis, although both have more-sophisticated underpinnings than the TR6’s semi-trailing rear end: double wishbones under the TVR and a De Dion rear on the Keeble. About 260 Griffiths were built, and many of the sur- vivors have been made into racers; they’re light, quick, and their short wheelbase helps them change direction quickly. The Gordon Keeble is the kind of refined grand tourer that the Clipper aspired to be, using Corvette power and discs all around: 99 were built and most of them survive, while there are only reckoned to be about 20 Tridents of all types left. A bargain — if you didn’t buy a Corvette Offered because the owner is mainly resident in another country and therefore unable to drive the car much, it sold to a U.K. buyer for about half what you’d expect to pay for either of the above, and a fraction of what it cost to bring it to this level. Judged only by those standards, it’s a relative bar- gain. However, a simpler solution might have been to save all the fun of restoration and the general inadvisability of stuffing 300-plus bhp into a TR6 chassis (eeek!), and simply buy a Corvette — far more numerous, better looking … and cheaper too, in pre-rubber C3 form. The numbers don’t add up here, but then neither does British eccentricity. ♦ (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. all manufacture means having to use off-the-shelf fixtures and fittings, and so it is that as well as the brought-in chassis, the Clipper uses BMC 1800 Mk1 taillights, which don’t sit well on the slabby, Maserati Sebring-like rear. Straight from the aftermarket shelves came those Wolfrace slot mags, custom-car (and Lotus) favorites of the ’70s. The V8 coupe, claimed to be able to crack 150 mph and 0–60 mph in five seconds, cost £3,250 when a Jaguar E-type 2+2 coupe was £2,245. The list price for 1972, when the sales brochure advertised the Clipper as having a 300-bhp Chrysler engine, was £3,399. By this time, the styling had changed from the Ford Corsair-like arrangement with cutouts for the head- lights to the rather arachnoid four-light setup that reminds one of the Ogle Mini — or Monteverdi 375, its makers would probably prefer. The Ford 289 engines were fitted into standard Austin-Healey 3000 chassis at the Trident works in Suffolk — at first Woodbridge, and then Ipswich. In 1970, with the Healey chassis supply coming to an end, the Clipper continued in production on a lengthened Triumph TR6 chassis, also used for the Ford Essex V6- engined Venturer, the most numerous model produced. An opening rear hatch was introduced for 1971, and by this time the taillights had been changed to smaller rectangular units. Our car, which has the TR6 chassis, has the opening hatch and the later front end, but now wears the earlier-type taillights. A rare car The Trident Car Club reckons the catalog estimate of 120 cars is wrong. It’s now reckoned that just 85 Tridents of all types were built, which includes 30 Clippers, mak- ing them rarer than a 250 GTO. According to the chassis number, this is the 13th Trident built in 1971, and according to the club, is a very early car to have the updated front end. It wasn’t registered in the U.K. when new, and turns out to have been in South Africa and then Zambia in its early life. It was back in Europe by the time the vendor bought it and, during 2009–10, he had it restored by Tim Walker Restorations Ltd. in Buckinghamshire. As received, it had V6 power, like the Venturer. But pictures from South Africa show it with a V8, and it wears a Clipper V8 badge on the tail. At the time (2002) it was red and wore Simca 1000 taillights — which is where the side vents come from, trivia fans. “It was a real labour of love,” said managing director Guy Walker. “It was all very shabby and the chassis and frame extremely rusty. We carried out a body-off, nut- and-bolt restoration” (although the fiberglass and paint were by Hightone Restorations). “Only a true enthusiast would have put himself through such a rebuild; glad he did, it was great fun. DETAILS Years produced 1967–74 Number produced: 30 Current SCM Median Valuation: $39,833 (this car) Chassis # location: Right side of front bulkhead Engine # location: On right side of block The running gear is generally TR6 but with uprated brakes and suspension, and we boxed up the chassis a bit because of the engine that was going in. The interior was amazing, all to the owner’s and our design, with air conditioning, using aircraft vents.” The catalog coyly described the engine as being “unusable.” Well, it was the wrong type — so a 302- ci crate motor was fitted, with a T5 gearbox. Satellite navigation was added, and the electrics were upgraded with comprehensive modern fusing, but it’s odd that the opportunity wasn’t taken to ditch the Webasto sunroof. The car has only covered about 800 miles since the restoration and appears all in good order, though we couldn’t inspect it personally. Two comps The nearest equivalents to the Clipper would be the TVR Griffith and Gordon Keeble — both English-built fiberglass coupes with American V8 power set well back in the chassis, although both have more-sophisticated underpinnings than the TR6’s semi-trailing rear end: double wishbones under the TVR and a De Dion rear on the Keeble. About 260 Griffiths were built, and many of the sur- vivors have been made into racers; they’re light, quick, and their short wheelbase helps them change direction quickly. The Gordon Keeble is the kind of refined grand tourer that the Clipper aspired to be, using Corvette power and discs all around: 99 were built and most of them survive, while there are only reckoned to be about 20 Tridents of all types left. A bargain — if you didn’t buy a Corvette Offered because the owner is mainly resident in another country and therefore unable to drive the car much, it sold to a U.K. buyer for about half what you’d expect to pay for either of the above, and a fraction of what it cost to bring it to this level. Judged only by those standards, it’s a relative bar- gain. However, a simpler solution might have been to save all the fun of restoration and the general inad- visability of stuffing 300-plus bhp into a TR6 chassis (eeek!), and simply buy a Corvette — far more numer- ous, better looking … and cheaper too, in pre-rubber C3 form. The numbers don’t add up here, but then neither does British eccentricity. ♦ (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. 51 51 1965 TVR Griffith 200 coupe Lot 281, s/n 2005023 Cond 3+ Transmission: 4-speed manual Not sold at $79,283 Bonhams, Chichester, U.K., 9/9/2017 SCM# 6853478 Transmission: 5-speed manual Tune-up cost: $200 Club: Trident Car Club Web: www.tridentcarclub.website Alternatives 1964–67 TVR Griffith, 1964–67 Gordon Keeble, 1963–71 Chevrolet Corvette SCM Investment Grade: D COMPS 1966 Chevrolet Corvette coupe 327/300 Lot 1164, s/n 194376S121554 Condition 3 Transmission: 4-speed manual Sold at $42,000 Worldwide, Auburn, IN, 8/30/2019 SCM# 6908767 1964 Gordon Keeble GK1 Lot 322, s/n C212 Condition 3+ Transmission: 4-speed manual Sold at $64,959 Bonhams, Chichester, U.K., 7/5/2019 SCM# 6906863


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Etceterini & Friends Profile Ryan Merrill ©2020, courtesy of RM Auctions 1984 Lamborghini Jalpa 3.5 Targa A well-cared-for Lamborghini — albeit an obscure one — sells above the market as RM Sotheby’s makes a quick pivot online by Donald Osborne Chassis number: ZA9J00000DLA12087 SCM Condition for this car: 2 • 3.5-liter V8 engine; 5-speed manual transmission, beneficiary of a professional restoration completed in 2016 • Odometer displays 80,021 kilometers (about 49,723 miles). • Removable targa top, Carello fog lights, and Ruote O.Z. wheels • Equipped with Alpine radio with cassette and Alpine car phone; retains $5,000 optional rear wing • Accompanied by owner’s manual and binder of documentation • One of just 410 produced from 1982 to 1988 SCM Analysis This car, Lot 465, sold for $99,000, including buyer’s premium, during RM Sotheby’s Online Only Palm Beach sale on March 28, 2020. I was eager to write this profile, as I felt it had great historical interest. With the arrival of the global coronavirus health crisis, here would be an opportunity to observe how the auction market would behave in its earliest days. Many have already written about RM Sotheby’s quick pivot to an online format for their previously scheduled live auction in Palm Beach, FL. They did so in a very considered and measured manner, adding the opportunity for bidders to review specialist condition reports via email in lieu of in-person inspection. Of course, unknown to many, the availability of condition reports was always an option, but one of which shockingly few potential bidders took advantage. From all reports, they were quite forthright, as would make sense — there is little justification for an auction house interested in building and maintaining long-term relationships to overdescribe a car that the bidder would have no opportunity to see “in the metal.” This is an aspect in which an established “live” auction company — can one say “brick and mortar” if an auction is in a tent? — can put a foot farther forward than the leading online auction sites by giving a personal review of a car on offer, rather than relying on an online community to bring out the favors and faults of a car for sale. A Lamborghini in the shadows The Jalpa was Lamborghini’s competitive offering to the Ferrari 308 and successor to the 2+2 Urraco and 2-seat Silhouette, of which a mere 54 were made. The Jalpa should have been a volume money-maker, but the car the imagination of never caught the market, suffering both from Lamborghini’s inability to create and sustain a U.S. market presence — and falling deeply in the shadow of the dramatic and flashy Countach. It was with extroverted cars, such as the Countach, that Lamborghini would make its mark in the 1980s, and on into the 1990s with the Diablo. The Jalpa may not seem subtle to our eyes today, but park one next to a Countach, and you’ll see what I mean. There was also the percep- 52 Sports Car Market


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DETAILS Years produced: 1982–88 Number produced: 410 Original list price: $65,000 Tune-up cost: $750 Current SCM Median Valuation: $82,500 Chassis # location: Plate inside windshield on top of dashboard Engine # location: Top front of block, between cylinder banks Transmission: 5-speed manual Club: Lamborghini Club America Web: www.lamborghiniclubamerica.com Alternatives: 1984 Ferrari 308 GTS QV, 1984 Porsche 911 Targa, 1983 Maserati Merak SCM Investment Grade: D COMPS tion issue — an exotic Italian should have 12 cylinders, shouldn’t it? Well, perhaps not. As the former owner of a Dino 308 GT4, and the almost-owner of an Urraco, I can say without question that the mid-’70s V8s from both houses delivered a most satisfying driving experience. The Ferrari V8s were for a time the only models officially imported to the U.S, enhancing their status and visibility. The co-starring role on “Magnum, P.I.” didn’t hurt the 308 GTS either. No such luck for the Lamborghini. There were some servicing issues connected to the early Jalpas, necessitating the removal of the engine to replace the spark plugs. This was corrected on cars as the production run continued. Our subject car was exactly the kind of vehicle I like to buy. One that has covered a reasonable mileage — in this case, 80,000 km — retained its owner’s manual and had been restored, or what I actually think was refreshed in the past four years. Not to mention the ohso-1980s Alpine radio and matching car phone. I’m sure you could turn down Madonna singing “Like a Virgin” to place a call to the offices of Denver Carrington from the cockpit of this time machine. There were some servicing issues connected to the early Jalpas, necessitating the removal of the engine to replace the spark plugs. This was corrected on cars as the production run continued. Our subject car had the accessible plugs, making it much easier to live with. From the photographs in the online catalog, it looked to be in superb condition. Lessons learned And, despite the anxiety of the coronavirus pan- demic — and the inability to inspect the car in person and the necessity to collect it from a location in Hobe Sound, FL, where no RM personnel were likely to be on hand — it sold for an above-average-market $99,000. For me, this sale demonstrated three lessons: First, that even in a pandemic, the market looks for and rewards the best example of an item available. Second, that a well-prepared V8 Lamborghini can sell for more than its equivalent Ferrari or Porsche. Third, that a traditional “live” auction company can successfully translate its strengths to the online environment. All the above are good signs as far as I’m concerned, and I would call this sale spot-on.” ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of RM Sotheby’s.) Donald Osborne, ASA, is the CEO of Audrain LLC and oversees the Audrain Automobile Museum and the Audrain’s Newport Concours & Motor Week. An historian and consultant, he stars on “Jay Leno’s Garage” on CNBC. HIGH AUCTION SALES FOR THE PAST FIVE YEARS $120,000 $110,067 $100,000 $80,000 $60,000 $40,000 $20,000 $0 August 2020 2015 2016 1984 Lamborghini Jalpa 2017 2018 $110,359 $86,645 $81,400 This sale: $99,000 $80,250 1987 Lamborghini Jalpa targa Lot 7092, s/n ZA9JB00A3HLA12369 Condition 3+ Transmission: 5-speed manual Not sold at $90,750 Russo and Steele, Amelia Island, FL, 3/6/2019 SCM# 6897499 2019 53 1984 Lamborghini Jalpa targa Lot ST0075, s/n ZA9J00000ECA12127 Condition 2+ Transmission: 5-speed manual Sold at $75,000 GAA Classic Cars, Greensboro, NC, 7/25/2019 SCM# 6907033 1986 Lamborghini Jalpa targa Lot 124, s/n ZA9J00000GLA12292 Condition 1Transmission: 5-speed manual Not sold at $85,000 Rand Luxury Motorcar Auction, Roslyn, NY, 10/12/2019 SCM# 6911634


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German Profile Jeremy Cliff ©2020, courtesy of RM Sotheby’s 1996 Porsche 911 GT2 An iconic Porsche got no love in Palm Beach, and the new owner got away with a screaming deal by Prescott Kelly Chassis number: WP0ZZZ99ZTS392164 SCM Condition for this car: 2+ SCM Analysis This car, Lot 435, sold for $891,000, including buyer’s premium, at RM Sotheby’s Online Only Palm Beach auction on March 28, 2020. The 1996–98 Porsche Type 993 GT2 is an immensely desirable fac- tory hot rod. It is the highest-horsepower, best-performing — and yet totally roadable — epitome of air-cooled 911s. It belongs in every serious Porsche collection. From relatively unknown to iconic GT2s were never sold in North America. Like most 964-993-996 Porsche hot rods, the GT2 was a homologation car built as a base for a derivative race car. Because homologation required low production numbers, Porsche sold out in “rest-of-world” markets that excluded North America. There was no need to submit cars to U.S. crash testing or pay for DoT/ EPA gear. Most GT2s stayed in Europe. Some went to other markets, notably Japan. The Japanese were financially flush and enthusiastic about Porsche’s special models. A decade later, Japan became a prime source, in part because the Japanese order spec included left-hand drive, air conditioning, radio and power windows. The Japanese preferred their exotic cars in left-hand drive — easier to be recognized as special — and that led to power windows for paying tolls through the passenger’s side of the car. From $400k to $2.5m in four years North American Porschephiles appreciated 1973 Carrera RSs. They were front bookends of many collections of high-performance 911s. After the 21-car run of SC/RSs in 1984, the next widely available RS came in 1992, with the 964 Carrera RS 3.6-liter, followed in 1993 by the much hairier RS 3.8-liter, then in 1995–96 by the 993 RS and the GT2. Collectors looking to build a run of such “supercars” had 2,282 Type 964 RSs in three variants to choose from, just 55 RS 3.8s, 1,014 Type 993 RSs, but just 194 GT2s. In 2011–12 GT2s regularly sold for about $400,000. By 2015, prices were over $1,000,000. A very original Riviera Blue GT2 sold in 2016 for $2,476,320. The car was one of just six in that color. What did you get? For what you paid in any era, you got a lot of car with a GT2. With a $500 million development budget, the 993 introduced an all- new body style, a new induction system and a new rear suspension. The fared-in headlights, integrated bumpers and muscular side sculpting 54 Sports Car Market


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made the look. The dual-wishbone, aluminum-subframe rear suspension replaced the traditional trailing arms and made the handling. New in 1995 for the RS and in 1996 for the C2/C4, the VarioRam telescoping-tubes induction made the torque. As part of the 993 development program, Porsche redesigned the 993 street Turbo for 4-wheel drive, utilizing the 3.6-liter engine pushed up to 408 horsepower with smaller and faster-spooling twin turbochargers. It pulled to 60 mph in under four seconds and topped out at 183 mph. That car, especially in Turbo S guise, is also a collector favorite. The GT2 is born To go racing in the BPR series, Porsche had to ditch AWD. To build the homologation street car, Jürgen Barth’s race department took a Turbo body, adapted it to 2-wheel drive, tweaked the engine and suspension, added bulbous bolt-on flares — like the 934 — and the GT2 was born. Handling was managed with bigger brakes, adjust- able sway bars and nine-inch-by-18-inch front, 11-inchby-18-inch rear Speedline three-piece Supercup wheels. The G64/51 gearbox was 6-speed with a variable 40%–65% lockup. To make the car light, hood and doors were alu- minum, thin glass was deployed, wheel centers were magnesium and the interior was lightened. There was no undercoating or sound insulation, and no DoT/ EPA equipment. Air conditioning, power windows and airbags were optional. The GT2 weighed in just under 3,000 pounds — 440 pounds lighter than a street Turbo. The Type M64/61 engine had remapped Motronic controls and increased boost to 13 psi. It developed 398 foot-pounds of torque and a very conservative 430 horsepower. Power was tweaked to 450 horsepower for the 21 GT2s built in 1998 — but those cars reverted to steel (vs. aluminum) doors and to thick glass (#1026 5 mm vs. #1057 3.5 mm) — and many considered it a questionable trade-off. Only 194 ever built in two variants Porsche sold 194 GT2s over three years — 161 “Strasses” and 33 Club Sports — cars further stripped for track days with race seats, harnesses, fire bottles and a roll cage. Porsche also built 79 GT2 race cars in a separate series with many small but impactful modifications. In the U.S., Jochen Rohr and Champion Racing used those GT2s to win or place 2nd at big races at Daytona, Sebring and other tracks in 1995–98. The cars also ran in the European BPR series. What has happened to values? The best GT2s seldom get to the public market, while a lot of troubled cars do go to auction, which is often seen as a “clean” way to get out of a problem car. See my profile of chassis 062 in SCM’s December 2017 issue. That said, GT2s do not often fare well at auction. Starting in 2015, of the last 12 GT2s at auction, only five broke $1,000,000, with four more in the $900,000plus range. We know that some of those GT2s were good examples. Relative to private sales, all seemed to have sold light. On to our GT2 at auction in Palm Beach Which gets us to our subject car, chassis 164. It was in Japan from 1995 until 2016. It was what we call a “parallel import” car — bought new for German delivery (German delivery code “C00”) August 2020 by a Japanese dealer, ArtSport in Osaka. The car was immediately imported and sold in Japan with 50 km (31 miles) on the odometer. The first owner kept it for 13 years and sold it in 2009 with 20,000 km (12,427 miles). The second owner was an elderly doctor who sold the car in early 2016 for export to the U.S. At that time, it had 29,500 km (18,330 miles). It was very original, with minor repainting. It had all the typical Japanese electronic add-ons: a worthless radio, toll flacker, radar detector — all of which came out with no harm. There was no evidence of any body damage. No body panel had ever been off the car. All the numbers were correct, as were the trim, bolts, fasteners, hoses and welds. It had continuous service stickers. Oh my. It was a steal! The car had, in effect, one owner in the U.S., a well- known dealer and his financial backer, who can be presumed to have taken good care of the car. They were asking $1,500,000 for the car at my last viewing in February. It went to auction showing 30,113 km — about 18,700 miles. The car was in standard Japanese spec with option codes 573 (a/c), 651 (power windows), 652 (dual airbags), 567 (upper green tint on windshield), and 451 (reduced radio prep with lightweight door speakers). It was a very usable car. It hammered at $810,000 for a final price of $891,000 including the 10% buyer’s premium. Perhaps COVID19-induced ennui or the difficulty of buying a highdollar car via an online auction contributed to the weak result. Or, we may be missing something big. But the car was flat-out stolen. Congratulations to the buyer. Presumably the rest of us were having a nap or a family picnic in the backyard. Pity us. ♦ Prescott Kelly, SCM’s expert on all things Porsche, started writing for us in 2010. HIGH AUCTION SALES FOR THE PAST FIVE YEARS $3,000,000 $2,500,000 $2,000,000 $1,500,000 $1,000,000 $973,500 $500,000 $0 $1,485,000 $1,595,000 This sale: $891,000 2015 2016 2017 2018 N/A 2019 1997 Porsche GT2R racer Lot 117, s/n WP0ZZZ99WPS393012 Condition 1Transmission: 6-speed manual Sold at $209,385 Artcurial, Le Mans, FRA, 7/7/2012 SCM# 209338 55 $2,476,320 1996 Porsche 911 GT2 1996 Porsche GT2 Lot 52, s/n WP0ZZZ99ZTS392139 Condition 1Transmission: 6-speed manual Sold at $973,500 Gooding & Company, Amelia Island, FL, 3/13/2015 SCM# 257562 1996 Porsche GT2 Lot 111, s/n WP0ZZZ99ZTS392062 Condition 2 Transmission: 6-speed manual Sold at $1,012,160 RM Sotheby’s, London, U.K., 9/6/2017 SCM# 6850443 DETAILS Years produced: 1996–98 model years Number produced: 194 (161 Strasses, 33 Club Sports) Original list price: $195,000 Current SCM Median Valuation: $874,000 Tune-up/major service: $4,000 Chassis # location: Aluminum tag on passenger’s side inner fender, stamping on cross member below gas tank, tag on base of windshield — driver’s side Engine # location: Passenger’s side fan support upright — under lots of gear; bring a very small mirror and a flashlight Transmission: 6-speed manual Club: Porsche Club of America Website: www.pca.org Alternatives: 1994–98 McLaren F1, 1995–97 Ferrari F50, 1996 Porsche GT1 SCM Investment Grade: A COMPS


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American Profile Courtesy of Barrett-Jackson 1955 Ford Thunderbird Convertible Like Corvette, the first Thunderbird used parts-bin engineering. But buyers chose Thunderbird by a landslide By John L. Stein Chassis number: P5FH260292 SCM Condition for this car: 2- SCM Analysis This car, Lot 126, sold for $44,000, including buyer’s premium, at the Barrett-Jackson Online Only auction on May 8, 2020. In one of the great ironies in American automotive history, upon its 1955 model debut, the V8-powered Thunderbird nearly sunk the fledgling Corvette for good. But now, 65 years later, the Thunderbird is long gone instead, while the Corvette carries on following its historic transformation to mid-engine supercar. Here’s how it all happened. Seeking an exciting car to claim a share of the emerging new “personal car” (Ford’s gentrified term for “sports car” at the time) market, Ford saw weakness in Chevrolet’s early lackluster Corvette offering. After all, the Blue Flame inline-6 engine, 2-speed automatic transmission and fiberglass construction of the Corvette — hurriedly produced following its GM Motorama debut in January 1953 — were not exactly a world-beating proposition. Enter the T-bird When the Thunderbird arrived in late 1954, it was equipped with a V8 engine, a choice of manual or automatic transmission — and luxury touches including a folding convertible top. The T-bird also had the largest engine in Ford’s lineup, a 292-cid upgrade from 1954’s 239-ci Y-Block — and an excellent, Lincoln-based suspension. Where the Corvette had a fancifully designed (albeit somewhat wavy) fiberglass body glued together from pieces, the Thunderbird had an allsteel, welded-together body with recognizable Ford design cues, such as peaked headlights, crisp tailfins and taillights adopted from the Fairlane. Yes, the Thunderbird was in part, a parts-bin engineering vehicle. But so was Corvette, and the early buyers chose Thunderbird by a landslide — nearly finishing the Corvette before it got started. People preferred ’Birds For the first three model years (1955–57) representing the Thunderbird’s first generation, the T-bird outsold the Corvette by 23:1 in 1955, by 4.5:1 in 1956, and by 3.4:1 in 1957. But Ford wasn’t done yet. As popular as the car proved to be, execu- tives were convinced that the means to further growth was redesigning the Thunderbird to carry four passengers, a path that GM refused to take with the Corvette. And thus, starting in 1958, the two nameplates forever separated in their missions, and the market response handed the victory to Ford. During the “Squarebird” years of 1958–60, some 198,191 T-birds were 56 Sports Car Market


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produced, compared with 29,099 Corvettes — a 6.8:1 sales rout over the ’Vette. Dearborn execs must have been ecstatic, while GM brass surely bristled at the T-bird’s success — and then committed to push ahead with Corvette. Right car, righteous price Let’s look at our subject ’55 Thunderbird — with spe- cial consideration of its $44k sale price. Prior to COVID-19, the 2020 SCM Pocket Price Guide assigned the 1955 model a median value of $31,000 (with only a “C” investment grade). No distinction is made in the guide for cars with automatic or manual transmissions, but historically, manual-shift “sporty” cars are perceived as more performance-oriented. As a manual transmission is quite rare in a T-bird, that third pedal builds value. That this car has a manual (albeit lacking overdrive) gearbox helps, but nonetheless, the high price is a bit startling. (Data-geek note: 3-speed manual transmission ’55 ’Birds were rated at 193 hp, while the Ford-O-Matic automatic versions were credited with 198 hp.) Since Corvettes have always been part of the competi- tive landscape for early T-birds, it’s fair to note that in the same Pocket Price Guide, a 1955 Corvette V8 (most were produced with V8s in this evolutionary year) enjoys a $99,000 median value (with an “A” investment grade) — well over double even this high-overperforming Thunderbird. Popular then, pauper now What does all this tell us? Time is like a glass prism that bends light, turning history into clearly defined color-bands on the wall. And here, the color bands say that although Thunderbird outsold Corvette by 23:1 in 1955, today a ’55 Corvette outprices a ’55 Thunderbird by over 2:1. Why the drastic flip? Early Corvettes were the genesis of a heroic American story, whereas early Thunderbirds were cool, but are now more like pretty keepsakes of a bygone era — and an animal now extinct. If you want to blame anyone for this, blame Ford’s directors, who heard and obeyed the siren call of sales success while abandoning any pretense of the Thunderbird becoming a real sports car. Thus, while the Thunderbird hatched as a unique, styl- ish, strong-performing personal car, it soon morphed into an entirely different critter — a larger 4-passenger car, and later a 4-door barge that lost most semblances of high performance, other than adopting ever-larger V8 engines. HIGH AUCTION SALES FOR THE PAST FIVE YEARS 1955 Ford Thunderbird Convertible $242,000* $40,000 $80,000 $120,000 $160,000 $200,000 Aging Botox ’Bird What makes the sale price of this cheery-looking Goldenrod Yellow ’Bird even more impressive is evidence of trouble under that glossy paint. In numerous places are found sizable paint cracks. But why is this — filler or paint shrinkage? No paint-depth gauge readings were provided. And then, rust pushes through the right-side wheel skirt, and also through the fender hem. Unfortunately, this suggests the car received a Band-Aid bodywork and repaint — rather than fastidious repairs, followed by effective rust-proofing and a respray. Various paint chips, flaws and other nascent small rust-through sites also appear. Further errors include: Weathered wide whitewall Firestones on accessory wire wheels, which were not available from Ford in ’55. A mismatched bias-ply spare tire on a steel wheel in the dirty trunk. Delaminating windshield glass. Tailpipes mounted askew inside their chromed ex- haust surrounds. Since the auction lacked under-car photography, a savvy online buyer might predict issues here too. A nod to usability Things improve under the hood, despite the presence of a dreaded Pep Boys-style crimped blue wire connector and a modern vintage-look battery. These are offset by the thoughtful installation of a high-capacity radiator, 12-volt electrics, electric motordriven (instead of vacuum-operated) windshield wipers, and an overdrive water pump. Call it a pretty authentic, sensibly upgraded, driver-quality engine bay. Inside the T-bird, the pleated seats and door panels appear average — a bit lumpy in places, but featuring a vivacious yellow, black and machine-finished metal color combination that practically screams “Let’s drive!” Also inside are convenient roll-up windows, the fun manual transmission and the original soft top neatly stowed away. Best of all, the aftermarket air conditioning take this from being an “American Graffiti” cruiser to a potential cross-country tourer. The buyer paid a premium here, but if the car works $75,900 $80,000 $69,300 *Chassis # 005, one of the first built 2015 2016 August 2020 $55,000 2017 2018 This sale: $44,000 perfectly, doesn’t further decay, and can fly from Anchorage to Key West — or from the Bay of Fundy to Mission Bay — trouble-free, the new owner should hardly care. When it comes to this yellow ’Bird, we say, “Drive it, don’t hide it!” ♦ John L. Stein John L. Stein has owned a 1963 Thunderbird Landau and a ’64 T-bird convertible — but really wants a ’55. 2019 57 1956 Ford Thunderbird convertible Lot F239, s/n P6FH286670 Condition 3 Transmission: 3-speed automatic Sold at $33,000 Mecum, Kissimmee, FL, 1/2/2020 SCM# 6922635 DETAILS Year produced: 1955 Number produced: 16,155 Original list price: $2,695 Current SCM Median Valuation: $31,000 Tune-up/major service: $250 Chassis # location: Data plate riveted to firewall Engine # location: N/A Transmission: 3-speed manual or 3-speed automatic Alternatives: 1959–60 Ford Thunderbird convertible, 1965–66 Ford Mustang convertible, 1967 Ford Fairlane GT SCM Investment Grade: C COMPS 1955 Ford Thunderbird convertible Lot 237, s/n P5FH221814 Condition 3+ Transmission: 3-speed automatic Not sold at $30,000 McCormick’s, Palm Springs, CA, 2/21/2020 SCM# 6925527 1956 Ford Thunderbird convertible Lot 3002, s/n P6FH261136 Condition 1 Transmission: 3-speed automatic Sold at $145,000 Barrett-Jackson, Las Vegas, NV, 9/27/2018 SCM# 6882297


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Race Car Profile Courtesy of Bonhams 1956 Lister-Maserati 2.0-Liter Sports Racer A one-off, legendary car — and the drive for a courageous, winning racer — sells at a bargain price by Thor Thorson Chassis number: BHL1 SCM Condition for this car: 3+ SCM Analysis This car, Lot 131, sold for $703,316, buyer’s premium, at including Bonhams’ Goodwood Members’ Meeting sale in Chichester, U.K., on March 29, 2020. Every era has its heroes. In mid-1950s English motor racing, few drivers caught the imagination of the public like Archie Scott Brown, for his sheer grit, determination and spectacular driving. Brown was born to excellent circumstance in 1927, but his misfortune was that his mother had caught German measles while pregnant and Archie was born with horrible deformities. His right arm stopped just past the elbow with a vestigial thumb and palm sort of stuck to it. He had no shinbones in either leg, and his club feet were almost backward. Only his left arm and hand were normal. His parents were game, and there was money available, so from age 2 through 6 or so, he got the best orthopedic care available. He ended up able to walk and operate more or less normally. He also developed an absolutely indomitable personality that served him through his chosen career, which was — amazingly — motor racing. Brian Lister was also born to some means, as his family owned a successful engineering company. Out of school, he apprenticed with the family George Lister Company and quickly turned into an excellent hands-on engineer — able to design and build beautifully. During the late 1940s, he fell in with the sporting-car crowd and tried his hand at racing but wasn’t very good. He ran across Archie racing and they became friends. Brian quickly relegated driving duties to Archie, choosing instead to build and maintain the cars for Archie to drive. The Lister/Archie Scott Brown association was to define both Lister and Archie for the rest of their lives. Making do after World War II I need to step aside and talk for a bit about what English club racing was like in those days. In the years following the war, there was enthusiasm — but no money. People raced what they had. The circuits were mostly perimeter roads around abandoned airfields, which meant that they were mostly flat with successive open right-hand turns. To suggest that suspensions, tires and brakes were crude would be an understatement, and nobody had any horsepower. 58 Sports Car Market


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The way to win was simply to drop the hammer at the start and never lift, getting the car to drift (slide, wallow or slew) around every corner without losing any momentum. It made for very entertaining — if wildly dangerous — racing. In those days, nobody could do this like Archie Scott Brown. With his good left hand clutching the steering wheel, his stump shifting gears, and his atrophied feet pushing the accelerator to the floor, he was incredible to watch and almost impossible to beat. Lister steps in and dominates By the summer of 1953, Brian Lister was toying with the idea of having the Lister Company build a racer for Archie to drive. It could be good exposure for the engineering firm and maybe even pay its way, he surmised. Although his father was circumspect, he allowed the project to proceed. The big difference was that the new car wasn’t built in the back of someone’s garage. Lister & Co. were a proper company — with resources. So designs were checked and stresses calculated. All tubing was properly cut and fish-mouthed before being welded to a very high industrial standard. Machine tools that an amateur could only dream of were standing ready. The resulting car, BHL1, was thus a very professional product, even if it was just the first try. Brian had chosen to run the car in the under 1,500cc grid, so they used an MG engine, suitably modified. The car debuted in April 1954 with Archie driving and proved nearly unbeatable. Competitors quickly noticed and beat a path to Lister to buy copies, and suddenly Lister was in the racing-car business. With success begetting success, Brian and Archie started to consider a second chassis to run in the larger class. The problem with this class was that the only viable engine was the Bristol 2-liter. It was an old design, and very tall. The second chassis, the Lister Bristol, arrived in mid-season. Archie drove both, each in its own grid. He remained wild but impossible to beat. A new, finicky car The ultimate 2-liter race engine was reputedly the Maserati A6GC. Compact and powerful — but expensive — it was irresistible to Brian, so he bought one. The old Lister MG was dragged back from retirement and suitably modified to handle the new engine (some chassis tubes and mostly disc brakes). The new engine allowed an all-new body with almost a quarter less frontal area. It came together in the fall and winter of 1955 in anticipation of the 1956 season, and everybody involved thought it would be a jewel. As the new season opened, the flaw in the reasoning became apparent. The Maserati engine was a piece of junk. Though an inspired design, the build quality was horrible. Getting it to run at all was a challenge, getting it to run right and finish a race was almost impossible. When it ran right, it was a beautifully balanced car with great power and a fabulous Italian exhaust note: Everything was great except that it just couldn’t finish. Archie loved it dearly, though, and did manage a few high-profile wins and podium finishes. From Brian Lister’s standpoint, the frustration and expense weren’t worth it for the results, and by mid-summer it was relegated to storage as Archie followed other routes. In the fall of 1956 Jaguar decided to abandon racing, which opened up a supply of D-type race engines and a substantial amount of sponsorship funding, so Lister decided to build an evolution chassis to handle the weight and horsepower now available, and Lister became famous for the Lister Jaguars. The Maserati was a forgotten relic as the Lister Jaguars and Archie went international. Archie finally ran out of luck in May of 1958 at Spa, in the wet, when his Lister got wide and tripped at a very fast part of the course. Brian was devastated. It was over. An amazing relic So, what are we to make of the Lister Maserati? It is certainly a glorious piece of English racing history. Both the first and third factory racing chassis raced, and it is endowed with a glorious jewel of a Maserati engine. The engine’s unreliability has long since been replaced with modern understanding and build quality for a powerful and dependable present. It is unquestionably attractive — and by all accounts wonderful to drive. Fitting in it may be an issue, as Archie was tiny and it was built specifically around him. I will suggest that our subject race car was bought as a collection cornerstone more than any kind of active racer. Save Goodwood, there are few venues appropriate to a car like this. The car is definitely iconic. The provenance, alloy body and Maserati engine definitely add value, but we seem to be in a soft market for weird, iconic racers these days. A few years ago, I’d have thought of this as a million- dollar car. In today’s market, I suggest it was fairly bought. ♦ Thor Thorson wrote his first Race Profile for SCM way back in 2003. He has owned this part of the magazine ever since, much to the delight of all. 1958 Lister Knobbly sports racer Lot 135, s/n BHLEE101 Condition 3 Sold at $1,618,235 RM Auctions, Monte Carlo, MCO, 5/10/2014 SCM# 243737 1956 Cooper Bobtail sports racer Lot 337, s/n CS356 Condition 2 Sold at $151,572 Bonhams, Chichester, U.K., 7/5/2019 SCM# 69069397 DETAILS Year produced: 1956 Number produced: One Current SCM Median Valuation: $703,316 (this car) Chassis # location: Unknown Engine # location: Stamped on head Transmission: 4-speed manual Web: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ Lister_Motor_Company Alternatives: 1956 Cooper Bobtail, 1956 Tojeiro Bristol, 1955 Maserati A6GCS SCM Investment Grade: A COMPS 1954 Maserati A6GCS Spyder Lot 230, s/n 2078 Condition 2+ Sold at $2,700,000 RM Sotheby’s, Monterey, CA, 8/15/2019 SCM# 6908491 August 2020 59


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Next Gen Profile ©2020 Courtesy of RM Auctions 1982 Toyota Land Cruiser FJ45 “Troopy” Vintage 4x4 prices are in a slump, but $50,600 for this rig was an incredible bargain by Nick Jaynes Chassis number: FJ45915396 SCM Condition for this car: 1- SCM Analysis This car, Lot 142, sold for $50,600, including buyer’s premium, at RM Sotheby’s Online Only Palm Beach, FL, auction on March 28, 2020. Off-road trucks — new and classic — have never been more popu- lar. Younger generations (X and Millennial) seem to be less interested in slinky sports coupes than they are in rough-and-tumble, ladderframe 4x4 trucks and SUVs. Over the past decade, I’ve watched the values of first-gen Broncos and early FJ40s climb out of the proverbial mud bog and soar into the stratosphere, reaching far beyond where any sane person might peg their value. I mean, have you ever driven a 1968 Bronco? They were not well made, and they are not particularly fun to drive. They combine the agricultural-utility driving feel of a tractor with the build quality of a Ford Falcon — hardly confidence-inspiring. Despite the questionable appeal of driving a half-century-old 4x4, there seemed virtually no market cap for 1960s and 1970s 4x4s. For years their prices tracked a steady line up and to the right. Surprisingly, however, there has been a bit of a correction in the market in recent months. Since the novel coronavirus pandemic, prices of classic 4x4s have dipped. I see this as especially odd for two reasons: First, the values of other collector vehicles don’t seem to have suffered quite as drastic a downturn during the pandemic. And secondly because — for the first time in my life — society seems to be in its most precarious place, teetering on the edge of collapse. I don’t know about you, but if Western civilization were to crumble, I’d want a slightly softened military 4x4 in my fleet. You know, in case I needed to bug out into the wilderness for a while. Maybe there aren’t as many folks who agree with me as I once thought. Or perhaps the recession has affected those attracted to vintage 4x4s more than others. I’m neither a sociologist nor an economist, so I won’t begin to pretend to know the answer to either of those theories. What I do know, however, is that now is a great time to pick up a classic 4x4. 60 Sports Car Market


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DETAILS Zero to 60 mph for these trucks is measured in geologic time. However, climbing hills at highway speed is not what they’re built for. They were created to carry people and all their stuff over some of the toughest terrain in the world — at a snail’s pace. Reverse-engineering to excellence For example, take the 1982 Toyota FJ45 Land Cruiser “Troopy” that sold at RM Sotheby’s Online Only auction on March 28, 2020, for $50,600. As a Toyota Land Cruiser enthusiast, I consider this truck incredibly well bought. But to explain why, we need to go back a bit to the origins of the truck itself. The story of the Land Cruiser is a tale of classic post-World War II Japanese engineering: Take someone else’s idea, and then make it better. This is how the Toyota Land Cruiser was born, from a series of improvements on Western ideas. The original Land Cruiser (a name “inspired” by the British-built Land Rover), the 20 Series, was a reverse-engineered U.S. military Jeep. How do we know this? The “J” in its codename stands for “Jeep.” Although there were 40 Series Land Cruisers with different prefixes, the “F” in FJ45 referenced its engine: Toyota’s 3.9-liter inline 6-cylinder F engine, which was based on General Motors’ 235-cubic-inch I6 produced from 1937 to 1963. And, yes, you guessed it — the F was an improvement on the original GM design. Our subject, the ’82 FJ45 Troopy, is fitted with the second generation of the venerable F engine, the 4.2- HIGH AUCTION SALES FOR THE PAST FIVE YEARS 1982 Toyota FJ45 Land Cruiser $40,000 $80,000 $120,000 $160,000 $200,000 $198,000 $154,000 liter 2F, which premiered in 1975. The 2F churns out 135 horsepower and 210 foot-pounds of torque. This modicum of power was routed first to the rear wheels or to all four by engaging the 2-speed transfer case. Zero to 60 mph for these trucks is measured in geo- logic time. However, climbing hills at highway speed is not what they’re built for. They were created to carry people and all their stuff over some of the toughest terrain in the world — at a snail’s pace. With a simple steel body suspended with leaf springs over solid front and rear axles, the 40 Series cars were incredibly adept off-roaders — dead reliable ones at that. Four doors or two doors The longer-wheelbase FJ45s came in a couple vari- ants: a 4-door wagon and a 2-door Troop Carrier (i.e. Troopy). Although the auction didn’t specify, we know this is a non-U.S.-market truck because Toyota replaced the FJ45 in the U.S. with the plusher FJ55 “Iron Pig” wagon in 1967. No matter this truck’s provenance, it’s here in America now, and it’s received what appears to be an incredibly detailed frame-off restoration in January of this year. I doubt very much you could buy, import and restore this truck for $50,600. To have bought one already done for that sum is astounding. What’s more, the value of these trucks won’t stay down for long. The arc of the automotive industry is curving toward 4x4s. Jeep sells all the Wranglers it makes and recently added another variant to the model line: the Gladiator pickup. Ford is primed to reintroduce the Bronco, and GM is readying a Hummer revival — albeit a pure-electric pickup truck. Right now, 4x4 prices might be down, but they won’t $86,800 $62,700 $51,700 2015 August 2020 2016 2017 2018 This sale: $50,600 stay that way. I wouldn’t be surprised to see a Troopy like this fetch 30% more in a few years. ♦ 2019 Nick Jaynes started writing for SCM a couple of years ago. His passion for cars and adventure shows through in all of his stories. 1981 Toyota Land Cruiser FJ40 Lot 1574.1, s/n FJ40931431 Condition: 2 Transmission: 4-speed manual Sold at $38,500 Barrett-Jackson, Scottsdale, AZ, 1/13/2020 SCM# 6922308 Number produced: 462,000 (about 30,000 to the U.S.) Original list price: $2,955 Current SCM Median Valuation: $50,600 (this car) Chassis # location: Stamped on the outer side of the right frame rail just behind the front bumper Engine # location: On the rear of block by the starter motor Transmission: 4-speed manual Club: Toyota Land Cruiser Association Web: https://tlca.org/ Alternatives: 1972 Toyota Land Cruiser FJ40, 1984 Toyota Land Cruiser FJ43, 1984 Toyota Land Cruiser FJ45 pickup SCM Investment Grade: B COMPS 1981 Toyota Land Cruiser FJ43 Lot 057, s/n FJ43104632 Condition 3 Transmission: 4-speed manual Sold at $30,250 Dan Kruse Classics, Austin, TX, 9/16/2017 SCM# 6847556 1981 Toyota Land Cruiser FJ40 Lot 141, s/n FJ40338609 Condition 1Transmission: 4-speed manual Sold at $71,500 Bonhams, Amelia Island, FL, 3/10/2016 SCM# 271357 61


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Next Gen Market Moment 2007 Subaru Impreza WRC S12B This purchase may presage the future collectibility of Japanese world-class race cars Alan Kenny, courtesy of Silverstone Auctions Sold at $244,448 Silverstone Race Retro, Silverstone, U.K. February 22, 2020, Lot 220 Chassis number: PR0GDB06014 SCM Condition for this car: 2- T his car is something very special because WRC cars are semi-contained insanity. Think Formula One, but run on snow, gravel, dirt and tarmac. With grassroots participation throughout the world, the World Rally Championship provides an exciting driving and spectating experience. Here in Michigan, cars at the Sno*Drift National Rally are loud, fast, and importantly, mostly sideways. This Subaru factory-sponsored WRC car is no exception. Prodrive, world renowned for making race cars in Great Britain, started with a stock WRX STI shell stripped to the chassis. The car was then strengthened to sustain the huge forces of rallying — these cars spend time in the air — and rebuilt with lightweight materials. Only a few examples are produced, with extras available in case of severe crashes. In WRC, this happens with alarming regularity. Petter Solberg is a legend with a WRC Championship, and multiple WRC wins. He drove this very car to 2ndand 3rd-place finishes in 2007. Colin McRae, an exciting WRC competitor who drove for Subaru throughout the 1990s, drove this car at Goodwood in 2007. In 2008, Subaru pulled out of the WRC due to rule changes, further enhancing this car’s importance as one of the last Subaru rally competitors. If you’re thinking about taking this monster for Sunday drives to the beach, forget it. You’ll need a small crew of technicians just to start it. In reality, the new buyer will rarely drive this car to its full potential. It’s too easy to make a small mistake and land in the bushes, or smack a tree. This is a race car, after all. The price may be on the high side for a car that hasn’t won a race. However, when we compare it to factory race cars from other established marques, this could be a bargain. Although not old, this car carries the heritage of the blue-and-gold world-beating Subaru Factory rally cars from the mid-1990s. I’d call this one well bought due to the rarity of factory race cars. More importantly, this purchase may presage the fu- ture collectibility of Japanese world-class race cars. This bodes well for the potential of this unusual example to appreciate in the future. — Max Schrager ♦ 62 Sports Car Market


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Next Gen Rising Sun Recent Sales of Significant Japanese Cars That are Market Leaders — or Future Collectibles by Brian Baker 1989 Toyota MR2 # 31550. S/N JT2AW16JXK0148631. 49k miles. “Supercharged and intercooled 1.6-L inline 4, 5-speed manual transaxle, Super Red over black leather, sport seats,14-inch Teardrop wheels, $3k service in January 2019.” Condition: 2. SOLD AT $23,500. Bring a Trailer 5/11/2020. Brian’s take: This MR2, short for Mid-ship Runabout 2-seater, sold Photos courtesy of Bringatrailer.com for what seems like a lot of money. Most first-gen MR2s, if you can find one in decent shape, tend to sell for $2,000–$5,000. Another MR2 sold right around this time on Bring a Trailer for $10,000 (#31831), but the big difference between the two is 150k miles. Low mileage plays a huge part for classics like this MR2. As for the MR2 itself, this car comes with a supercharged version of the desirable 4A-GE, one of Toyota’s morepopular 1980s engines, which is also found in the Corolla. I consider the MR2 as a somewhat desirable classic. Some things to keep in mind before buying an MR2 are the lack of space, its snap oversteer and the relative scarcity of MR2-specific parts. I think this car was well sold, and it will probably enjoy its life in someone’s garage. 2001 Acura Integra Type R # 31505. S/N JH4DC23121S000062. 50,000 miles shown. “#82 of 1,158 U.S.-market examples for 2001, 1.8-liter DOHC inline 4, 5-speed manual transaxle, limited-slip differential, Phoenix Yellow, Black Cloth Interior, Mugen air intake, Field VTEC controller, Clifford alarm.” Condition: 3. SOLD AT $25,000. Bring a Trailer, 5/18/2020. Brian’s take: We have watched the Type R rise in value during the past four years, but why is the price low on this particular car? A couple of bolt-on parts couldn’t hurt the value, and the mileage is also low. After digging through the photos and text, it is mentioned that the aftermarket roll bar was removed, but the welded mounting plates are still attached to the car. I think bidders were hesitant on this car because of a possible his- tory of racing. The seller stated it was probably used for some track days, but it wasn’t a dedicated track car. A lot of these Japanese cars were very cheap at one point in time, and it is likely they were used for some spirited driving. Does that mean you should stay clear of cars like this? Probably not, but I would give this example a very thorough examination. It is annoying that holes were drilled into the floors for the mounting plates, but it isn’t the end of the world. The winner definitely got a deal. 1991 Honda Civic # 29147. S/N JT2JA82J8S0023799. 120,000 miles. “1.6-L D16A6 inline 4, 5-speed manual Transmission, red over two-tone gray cloth interior, JDM SiR rear spoiler, factory cassette stereo with equalizer, factory wheels refinished in black, Eibach springs and Bilstein shocks, DC sports exhaust header.” Condition: 2-. SOLD AT $8,300. Bring a Trailer 5/20/2020. Brian’s take: This car would have been worth $3k–$4k 10 years ago, but time has passed — and things have changed. A Civic that looks as good as this one is worth more these days. Like many of the cars I feature, most Civics tend to have some modifications — usually good parts or ones that are easy to swap back. This car falls into that category. Although the wheels aren’t original, putting the originals back on is an easy fix. It’s the same deal with those other bolt-on aftermarket parts. Or you could keep them on — and bolt on some more parts. Always keep the original parts in a cardboard box — just in case you want to change the car back to original. This car looks like a great driver, and it sold for a pretty good price. Well bought and sold. ♦ 64 Sports Car Market


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AUCTIONS IN THIS ISSUE $3.6m Barrett-Jackson Online p. 72 $2.6m H&H, Duxford, U.K. p. 94 $518k Bonhams, Bicester, U.K. (Online) p. 84 Bring a Trailer p. 106 66 Sports Car Market


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Ah, remember the times before social distancing, when you could actually go look at cars? Our man on the ground managed to get some shots at Bonhams’ MPH sale in Bicester, U.K., in March, right before the pandemic lockdown canceled live auctions and that sale moved online. The E-type pictured didn’t sell in March, but it did at Bonhams’ following Bicester date in May, going for £50,625 ($62,579). Paul Hardiman member the times before social distancing, when you could actually go look at cars? Our man on the ground managed to get some shots at Bonhams’ MPH sale in Bicester, U.K., in March, right before the pandemic lockdown canceled live auctions and that sale moved online. The E-type pictured didn’t sell in March, but it did at Bonhams’ following Bicester date in May, going for £50,625 ($62,579). Paul Hardiman August August 2020


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Market Reports Overview Virtual Reality Online bidding was the top tool for buyers and sellers during the spring of 2020 by Chad Tyson TOP 10 SALES THIS ISSUE (Public auctions only) S 1. 1969 Ferrari 246 GT Dino coupe, $395,000—Bring a Trailer, p. 108 2. 1938 Lagonda LG6 drophead coupe, $242,839—H&H Auctioneers, p. 96 3. 1926 Bentley 3 Litre Speed Model tourer, $206,814— H&H Auctioneers, p. 96 4. 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429 fastback 241, $195,000—BarrettJackson, p. 80 5. 2004 Acura NSX-T coupe, $138,000—Bring a Trailer, p. 110 6. 1971 Alfa Romeo Montreal coupe, $110,000—Bring a Trailer, p. 108 7. 1972 BMW 2002 tii coupe, $107,002—Bring a Trailer, p. 108 8. 1959 Cadillac Eldorado Seville 2-dr hard top, $92,400—BarrettJackson, p. 80 9. 1958 Pontiac Chieftain convertible, $86,056—Bring a Trailer, p. 110 10. 1989 Toyota Land Cruiser FJ62 SUV, $84,000—Bring a Trailer, p. 110 BEST BUYS 2010 Ferrari California convertible, $72,600—Barrett-Jackson, p. 78 68 1970 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 coupe, $46,750—Barrett-Jackson, p. 82 1956 Rover P4 75 sedan, $652— Bonhams MPH, p. 86 1997 Fiat Cinquecento SX hatchback, $2,610—Bonhams MPH, p. 92 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X GSR FQ-300 sedan, $12,009—H&H, p. 104 Sports Car Market pring 2020 lasted forever. It seemed that way, at least. Months of coronavirus lockdown, followed by phased re-openings in many states, slowed life as we know it way, way down. Some days it felt like walking in knee-deep maple syrup. Thanks to all of that, and a dreadful amount more, much has been quiet on the auction front. We’ve packed in two British sales that straddled the shutdown date: • H&H’s Imperial War Museum Duxford auction, which was closed to attendees on the preview day’s evening. • Bonhams’ MPH sale that was held under lockdown conditions less than a week later. The numbers in those auctions don’t match his- torical averages, and no one should expect stellar, record-breaking sales in these conditions. What’s really important was that business took place, and the market continued to be, well, a market. The market is adjusting and keeping on. Online auctions are popping up all over the place, and they are the saving grace for some sellers — and buyers — right now. Many dealers are using established platforms, such as Bring a Trailer, instead of loading up and hauling the cars to the usual springtime sales. On top of saving shipping costs, they’re also find- ing the right buyers with regularity. This month, Daren Kloes takes us on a tour of some of the phenomenal prices he’s found on BaT in recent months. Barrett-Jackson ventured online exclusively for the first time with their May 2020 sale. After rescheduling their Palm Beach, FL, sale from April to October, Barrett-Jackson was able to retool swiftly to offer the online-only sale. This was good planning too, as the Northeast sale (scheduled for June 24–27) was canceled. Even if Barrett-Jackson’s online sale didn’t reach the typically colossal numbers of non-pandemic times, bidders jumped in and set several record prices. All of this comes with light at the end of the tunnel. We’re within sight of the next in-person auctions on the calendar as I write this, but — given how nobody knows what’s going to happen next week — that’s subject to change. ♦ SALES TOTALS OF AUCTIONS IN THIS ISSUE May 8–17, 2020 March 23, 2020 Bonhams MPH Bicester, U.K. Duxford, U.K. March 18, 2020 $0 H&H $518k $2.6m $500K $1m $1.5m $2m $2.5m $3m $3.5m $4m SCM 1–6 Scale Condition Rating: 1: National concours standard/perfect 2: Very good, club concours, some small flaws 3: Average daily driver in decent condition 4: Still a driver but with some apparent flaws 5: A nasty beast that runs but has many problems 6: Good only for parts Barrett-Jackson Online Only $3.6m


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Market Reports Overview Buy/Sell/Hold Preserve early automotive history, hold on to Next Gen Euro collectibles and kick ’50s luxury sedans to the curb by Chad Taylor BUY BUY: Stick with me here. We talk a lot about pre-1950 models losing more value every year, but these cars still need owners to preserve their history — especially the very early examples. I’m talking the first Cadillacs and Buicks, but also the tiny manufacturers that lasted only a year or two, when it seemed every other town in the Midwest and New England had its own startup car company. Peerless, Knox, Matheson and all the Pope ventures are unusual, intriguing cars from a time when creators had few rules and no specific template to follow. No, you won’t drive them much and they won’t skyrocket in value, but the details, craftsmanship and early technology need to be saved, and not just by museums that leave them on static display. The number of people with knowledge about these automotive pioneers is shrinking all the time. I’m not saying build yourself a collection of autos from the 1910s, but find an unusual one, learn all you can about it and show it off. They’re much more interesting than any label of old, rickety, chain-driven carriage placed on them. SELL SELL: The “two doors too many” saying has been around a long time, and it fits very well with the luxury sedans of the 1950s. From Cadillac and Lincoln to the 4-door sleds from Bentley and Jaguar across the pond, sedan prices have been depressed for a very long time. That’s not going to change even as younger generations venture into buying cars from earlier decades. If someone wants to experience some 1950s style, it will be in the form of an XK or Bel Air, each offering open and closed variations. So what reason is there to buy a Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud, other than to say you own a Rolls? That is my reasoning, and I believe it matches how many of my fellow Millennials feel. If you’ve been holding on to one of these luxo-barges thinking one day it will bring you a briefcase full of cash, think again. If you don’t love it, sell it. HOLD 70 HOLD: There is no doubt that Next Gen cars are here to stay in the collector-car world. Except for the Toyota Supra and a few others, the values skyrocketing the most are European brands. Models such as the Mercedes-Benz 560SEC Widebody and BMW 850 CSi are bringing six figures. I think that will continue, but there are lesser models that have seen increases as well. As this segment integrates more fully into the collector world and the “Youngtimer” hype fades, prices will fall on the less-popular cars. Bentley and Rolls-Royce models from the ’80s and ’90s, BMW E39 M5 and the Mercedes-Benz E500 will likely drop in value. Perhaps not back to what they were pre-Next Gen craze, but less than today. Since we don’t really know which models will stay buoyant or take a dive, I say keep and enjoy what you have for the time being. Let the market settle for a while and then re-evaluate. ♦ Sports Car Market


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Barrett-Jackson Online May 2020 Online-Only Sale Hank Williams Jr.’s old ’59 Cadillac Eldorado Seville sold for an impressive $92,400 Company Barrett-Jackson Date May 8–17, 2020 Automotive lots sold/offered 46/85 Sales rate 54% Sales total $3,629,525 High sale 1963 Chevrolet Corvette custom Split-Window coupe, sold at $357,500 Buyer’s premium 10%, included in sold prices Hank Williams Jr.’s 1959 Cadillac Eldorado Seville Report by Brett Hatfield; photos courtesy of Barrett-Jackson Market opinions in italics A ny Barrett-Jackson auction is more than just a car sale; more than a collection of its aggregate parts. It’s an event, and one whose immensity, complexity and excitement are tough to express to someone who’s never attended. It’s akin to explaining skydiving to someone who’s never jumped from a perfectly decent airplane — unless you’ve done it, there’s no way to make you understand. It’s one of the big differences between a live, you’re-inthe-middle-of-it sale and an online sale. But therein lies the rub. A normal Barrett-Jackson sale is held in an enormous convention facility or giant tents, with bright lights and every kind of vendor selling everything from aftermarket parts to massage chairs. There are seething masses of car fanatics, dealers, buyers, media and those who just came for the show. Those masses are why this sale had to be online. Online auction house Proxibid.com was the “venue” for this online-only sale, allowing those buyers, dealers and collectors to bid safely from home or work. This sale worked out as, more or less, Barrett- Jackson’s substitute for their Northeast auction held in June at Mohegan Sun Casino and Resort in Uncasville, CT. Like most other large public venues, the casino is closed, making a large public gathering impossible. We are all in this together. Until we can gather safely again and get back to what we all love about the collector-car world, this is a decent, reasonable substitute. Just 85 cars comprised the sale docket, but as with every Barrett-Jackson auction, there were some stunning offerings. A spectacular 1941 Lincoln Zephyr custom coupe, with extensive bodywork and wearing PPG Diamond White Pearl and Cabernet, was one of the top sales at $203,500. A 1959 Cadillac Eldorado Seville, formerly owned by Hank Williams Jr., changed hands for an impressive $92,400 — well over the market median value of $58k for the model. A beautifully restored 1965 Sunbeam Tiger found a new home for $80,000, and a 1985 Porsche 911 Targa, with fewer than 10,000 miles on the clock, went for just over $50k. The sale managed to find new homes for 46 of the 85 lots on offer, yielding a 54% sell-through rate and netting Barrett Jackson a total purse of $3,629,525. These are not the stratospheric returns one sees from their average sale, but this was strictly online. There was no huge production, no convention facility or giant tent, no vendors, no dealers, or media, no celebrities, no cameras, and presumably much less overhead. Depending on how their internal numbers worked out, the return on investment may encourage the company to hold more online-only sales in the future. But probably not in place of in-person auctions. ♦ 72 Sports Car Market


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Market Moment 1944 Volkswagen Type 82 Kübelwagen Sold at $58,240, Bonhams, Amelia Island, FL, March 5, 2020 ENGLISH #120-1965 SUNBEAM TIGER convert- ible. S/N B9470409. Silver gray metallic/black vinyl/scarlet & black leather. 260-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Paint presents well, indicative of good prep and execution. Small chips can be found at leading edge of hood and on hard tonneau. A paint run is present at passenger’s side door edge. Chrome appears to be bright. Stainless is polished nicely. Weatherstrip looks to be in good nick. Scarlet leather with black inserts shows only minor creasing. Engine bay is tidy. A Mallory ignition has been fitted. Aftermarket alloys shod in Vredestein Sprint rubber. Hard top (without windows) and its hardware come with the car. Extensive documentation and restoration photos included. Cond: 2. Courtesy of Bonhams Chassis number: 2029544 SCM Condition for this car: 3+ prefer everyone forget about. Yet history dictates that we recall the bad as well as W the good — to learn from and not repeat. While the Ferdinand Porsche-engineered and Nazi Party-backed Type 60 KdF (Kraft durch Freude, meaning Strength through Joy) started production in 1939 with the promise of putting the car (which eventually became the VW Beetle) in every German’s garage, the reality was more of a Ponzi scheme. That scheme involved buying stamps for a few Reichsmarks to fill up a book that could be exchanged for a new KdF. While several demonstrators were built before Germany invaded Poland on September 1, 1939, to start World War II, there was little chance of mass-producing civilian cars. The Nazi war machine was focused on building military vehicles once the shooting started. Indeed, the Wehrmacht had, from the start, seen the basic structure of the VW as the bones for a simple battlefield car. Production of the first test batch of Kübelwagens (the Type 62) commenced almost as fast as the civilian KdF. The Type 62 was further refined after the invasion of Poland as the Type 82, the vehicle featured here. Unlike the U.S. Jeep, the Kübelwagen was originally rear-wheel drive. That changed with the development of the all-wheel-drive Type 87 Kommnadeurwagen. An amphibious variant was also developed, the Type 166 Schwimmwagen (a Type 87 with a revised tub body plus a steerable propeller). The Schwimmwagen became the most prolific amphibious vehicle of all time. Because of the Type 166 production, the Type 82s benefited by using the slightly larger 1.1-liter engine after March 1943. Our subject car has this larger 1.1-liter engine. While 50,435 Kubelwagens were built by the time of the German surrender, battlefield attri- tion had consumed most of them. After the war, most of the few survivors were scrapped. The Allies won, and the U.S. left thousands of vehicles in Europe after the war — it was just better to use the victor’s machines, even if you were a former enemy. Most surviving whole Kübelwagens were recovered in later years from North Africa. As such, a real-deal authentic Kübelwagen of any stripe tends to be an expensive proposition. Our subject car is somewhat of a reasonable deal here in the U.S. (an utter bargain if it were in Europe), as it’s authentically restored — yet shows some light use. This is an even better deal if there are no titling issues to deal with — our subject car was displayed with a California and an Oregon historical license plate. My first request if I was at Bonhams’ documentation desk would’ve been, “Show me the title.” With rising interest in historical military re-enactments of the World War II era, wannabe Kübelwagens are rife in the secondary market. These rigs range from VW Type 181 Things rattle-canned khaki — to replica kit-car bodies that bolt to a Beetle pan. These replicas range from fairly accurate to ones so horrible you’d have to down a case of Warsteiner Pils for it to kinda-sorta look right. Good, bad, or ugly, they all help enforce the value of a real-deal example like this one. — B. Mitchell Carlson ♦ 74 Sports Car Market SOLD AT $80,000. Having taken inspiration from Shelby, Rootes invited him to work similar magic on the Sunbeam Alpine. The Ford 260 supplanted the standard 1.6-L I4, nearly doubling output. The V8 fed power through a 4-speed manual. This example had been freshened in 2016 after a comprehensive restoration three years before. The sale price here was well above SCM Pocket Price Guide median value of $67,000, but the attention to detail and quality of work was worth the premium. #209-1965 SUNBEAM TIGER Mk I convertible. S/N B9470270LRXFE. Calypso Red/black vinyl/black leather. 260-ci V8, 4-sp. This tidy little Mk I Sunbeam Tiger was restored in the early 1990s and has the supporting paperwork. A clean driver. The Calypso Red finish presents well, with decent prep and application. Chrome and stainless both gleam, with no pitting noted. Black vinyl convertible top is taut and appears new. Engine bay is clean, with correct components in place, and is covered with a scoop-free hood. Black leather interior shows little wear or fading. The hubcaps aren’t as sporty as the alloy wheels typically seen, but the package as a whole is in good nick. Cond: 2. hile it may be easy to call this the German Jeep or perhaps the original Dune Buggy, it may be more correct to call this the Volkswagen that Volkswagen AG would


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Barrett-Jackson Online The new owner was likely thankful for depreciation, as this lovely Bentley dropped nearly $100k in six years and sold fully $20k below market, allowing a luxury driving experience for less than the price of a new Camry. 2006 Bentley Continental GT coupe NOT SOLD AT $50,000. This was a clean little car, better than a driver but not quite ready for concours. The restoration, nearing 30 years old, was holding up quite well. With these rising quickly over the past few years, this one was bid well below price-guide value. #206-1974 JAGUAR E-TYPE Series III convertible. S/N UE1S23383. Green Sand/black vinyl/Tobacco Brown leather. Odo: 26,271. 5.3-L V12, 4-sp. Low-mile original equipped with power steering and factory a/c. Paint presents well, with decent gloss and apparent care in prep. Chrome bumpers redone to a fine standard. Stainless trim could do with a bit of care. Chrome wires are attractive and free from corrosion. Tobacco Brown leather shows just enough wear. Engine bay is clean and correct. Undercarriage shows some use, but has obviously received proper care. Comes with full file of receipts and a Jaguar Heritage Certificate. Cond: 2. settled somewhat. This time-capsule example, nearly indistinguishable from new, sold above median value of $42k, but was well worth the premium. The only downside with cars like this is the possible guilt that accompanies adding miles to the clock. #224-1985 PORSCHE 911 Carrera cus- tom cabriolet. S/N WP0EB0910FS161926. Black/black cloth/black leather. Odo: 35,039 miles. Fuel-injected 3.2-L H6, 5-sp. Originally a 911 Targa, this triple-black Porsche has been converted to a slantnose cabrio, complete with polished Fuchs wheels, boxed rockers, widebody fender flares and a deep chin spoiler. Black cloth convertible top looks recent, as it shows no signs of fading or typical wrinkles from staying in lowered position. Leather seats show some wear at bolsters, particularly the driver’s side. White-face gauges reside in dash, as does an aftermarket pull-out stereo. Dash top is uncracked. A leather Nardi shift knob is fitted, as is a Porsche Motorsports steering wheel. Carpets could stand to be better vacuumed. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $35,750. Last seen at the 2014 Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale auction, where it found new ownership for $137,500 (SCM# 6725392). The new owner was likely thankful for depreciation, as this lovely Bentley dropped nearly $100k in six years and sold fully $20k below market, allowing a luxury driving experience for less than the price of a new Camry. Very well bought indeed. GERMAN SOLD AT $60,500. Last seen at the January 2020 Worldwide Auctioneers sale in Tempe, AZ, where it traded hands for $71,500 (SCM# 6925486). The seller lost a considerable chunk of change in fewer than six months, on a car that books for nearly $79k. Hopefully, this was not done out of desperation. Well bought. #125-2006 BENTLEY CONTINENTAL GT coupe. S/N SCBCR63W66C035190. Midnight Emerald Pearl Metallic/Saddle leather. Odo: 56,900 Turbocharged 6.0-L W12, auto. Midnight front emblem shows a bit of wear, which is odd because the surrounding paint looks great. Minor dimple on passenger’s side chrome trim. Dark tan interior shows only minor wrinkling on the driver’s side seat bolster/bottom. Engine compartment is spotless. Shiny chrome custom 22-inch wheels show no rash. Cond: 2. #201-1985 PORSCHE 911 Carrera Targa. S/N WP0ZZZ91ZFS140179. Guards Red/black vinyl/black leather. Odo: 9,924 miles. Fuel-injected 3.2-L H6, 5-sp. Reportedly with all-original paint and original leather interior. Classic Guards Red paint looks wet, showing obvious care and likely indoor, climate-controlled storage. Full black leather interior shows only some minor creases on the driver’s side seat bottom. Engine bay is cleanish, but could be a bit better. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $33,550. Quite clean, pretty, wellexecuted, but far from original. This sold for well below the $42k median value of a standard Carrera Targa, and likely much less than it cost to do all the aftermarket conversions. However, if originality was not of great concern but having a copy of the car you had on your bedroom wall was, this was quite a bargain. #225-2012 PORSCHE 911 Turbo cabrio- SOLD AT $50,050. This was your chance to own the Porsche poster car from your adolescence. G-body 911s have been a bit of a rollercoaster over the past decade but seem to have let. S/N WP0CD2A95CS773582. Black/black cloth/black leather. Odo: 22,060 miles. Turbocharged 3.8-L H6, 6-sp. Black paint shows careful ownership, with very little sign of use. Plastic chin spoiler has typical curb scrapes, but nothing excessive. Pinhead-size chip at top of driver’s side A-pillar, where it meets the convertible top. Some light wear on driver’s side outside seat bolster from ingress/egress. Heel scuffs present on driver’s side door sill. Convertible top shows some creasing/wrinkling and light fading. Red-painted brake calipers show from behind evidently flawless alloy wheels. One of only 178 with the 6-speed option for the 2012 model year. Equipped with Sport Chrono Package, heated front seats and satellite radio. Cond: 2-. 76 Sports Car Market


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Barrett-Jackson Online NOT SOLD AT $110,000. Sold for $143,000 at the 2020 Scottsdale Barrett-Jackson auction (SCM# 6922561). A quick Internet check showed retail values around $117k. That’s a spectacular drop from the price paid fewer than six months ago. The seller had little choice but to hold out for more, but may not see another offer like this if he waits much longer. NOT SOLD AT $90,000. With clean retail value coming in at just under $78k, this seemed like a missed opportunity. This was a clean, low-mile example to be sure, but that shouldn’t have necessitated a $90k-plus sale. It seems as though the seller missed an opportunity, especially considering the high bid was so far above book. #231-2019 BMW I8 Roadster. S/N WBY2Z6C51KVG97887. E-Copper Metallic & Frozen Gray/E-Copper Exclusive leather. Odo: 6,340 miles. Turbocharged 1.5-L 3-cylinder, auto. Unusual shade of E-Copper Metallic with Frozen Gray accents. Shows a scant 6,340 miles from new. As a nearly new car, there is very little to fault. Aside from the odometer, a few heel scuffs on the driver’s side door sill are the only indication this is not a new car. Cond: 2+. ITALIAN #128-1991 FERRARI 348 TS Spider. S/N ZFFRG36A8M0088677. Rosso Corsa/black vinyl/black leather. Odo: 56,637 miles. 3.4-L fuel-injected V8, 5-sp. Shiny paint shows minor towel swirl, but otherwise in good condition. Glass and weatherstrip are both in good shape. Seats show only minor creasing. Leather-wrapped steering wheel looks somewhat dry, but could likely be revived with some Lexol. Engine bay is clean, looks to have had proper care. Ample records, receipts and photo documentation of the engine-out service are included, along with factory books, manuals and tools. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $43,450. Last seen at the January 2020 Leake Scottsdale auction, where it failed to meet reserve at $35k (SCM# 6925169). Given the rising cost of the later Ferrari 355s, this seems like a bit of a bargain. The 348 didn’t have the 355’s five-valve heads, and subsequently produced only 316 hp vs. the 355’s 375 hp. Though the side-strake styling may be polarizing, it is appealing for some, likening the 348 to its bigger brother Testarossa. Price guide puts median value for these at just over $50k. The buyer did well. #228-2000 FERRARI 360 Modena coupe. S/N ZFFYU51A8Y0119732. Gray/blue leather. Odo: 16,700 miles. Fuelinjected 3.6-L V8, auto. Wrapped in a 3M Satin Titanium Gray exterior, which gives a “flat” appearance to the finish. Factory wheels powder-coated black, creating a very specific (if polarizing) appearance. Blue premium leather seats show some wrinkling on seat backs and bottoms, with a bit of wear present at outside bolsters. Some heel scuffs on the door sills and lower door cards. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $64,900. Last seen at the 2020 Leake Scottsdale auction, where a $60k high bid wasn’t enough to satisfy the reserve (SCM# 6925167). In 1999, the Ferrari 360 debuted as a coupe version of the Modena, after Enzo’s birthplace. It was available with either a gated 6-speed manual or the electrohydraulic actuated “F1” auto-manual transmission. The downside of personalizing a car is that the appeal becomes more specific to the owner. As such, a perfectly decent car will be more difficult to sell, as the intended audience has shrunk. That may have been the case here, as this Prancing Horse traded hands for more than $17k below median. BEST BUY #235-2010 FERRARI CALIFORNIA convertible. S/N ZFF65LJAXA0172155. Metallic gray/black leather. Odo: 35,000 miles. Fuel-injected 4.3-L V8, auto. Equipped with nav, Bluetooth, power Daytona seats, Championship commemorative plate, Scuderia fender shields, parking sensors and yellow calipers. Light Metallic Gray paint is shiny but shows light road pepper on front bumper and front of rearview mirrors. Rear quarters and diffuser could be cleaner. Plastic cover at chin shows ample scratches, likely from curbs and driveways. Daytona-style seats show some creasing from use. Some scuffing present on plastics surrounding engine. Engine compartment is otherwise clean, correct. Cond: 2. 78 Sports Car Market


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Barrett-Jackson Online collection of chips. Chrome and stainless both well polished. Red-and-white leather interior presents well, with little wear of note. Some light patina beginning on the stainless trim. Cadillac air suspension has been replaced with an aftermarket adjustable system. Equipped with a/c and Autronic Eye. Engine bay is reasonably clean, but the engine and valve-cover paint could be better. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $72,600. This “entry-level” Ferrari was the first front-engine V8 produced by the Prancing Horse. It was also the first retractable hard top for Ferrari, as well as the first direct-injection engine. The California was many buyers’ introduction to the Ferrari family, as a more practical option to the 430. This example had a price-guide median value of $113k, but someone managed to sneak it out the door for the fire-sale price of $72,600. Very well bought indeed. AMERICAN #122-1950 CADILLAC SERIES 62 convertible. S/N 506272419. Green/tan fabric/green leather. Odo: 61,374 miles. 331-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Eye-catching green paint shade presents well, but there’s a chip at leading edge of hood closure. Chrome bumpers appear to be in good shape, but some smaller trim pieces show minor pitting. Stainless could benefit from a bit of polishing. Glass and weatherstrip appear to be in decent nick. Steel wheels wear wide whitewalls and sombrero-style hubcaps. Engine bay is clean and largely correct, with Optima Red Top battery fitted. Known ownership from new. Cond: 2-. miles. 428-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Original paint shows better on metal parts than fiberglass hood. Light scratches abound. Paint appears buffed where possible, but this ends at the hood, which has a dull finish in spots. Lightto-moderate pitting on chrome, light scuffing on most alloy and stainless trim. Undercarriage shows plentiful surface corrosion. Original alloys wheels have a dull finish. Original interior soft bits in good condition. Engine bay is cleanish but showing its age. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $92,400. Last seen at the 2014 Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas auction, where it sold for $115,500 (SCM# 6792963). Celebrity ownership certainly elevated what was a pretty, if older, restoration that was beginning to show its age. What was a decent example, and should have sold nearer the median value of $58k, managed to command a startling $92,400. Well sold indeed. #222-1966 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 194676S102314. Sunfire Yellow/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 43,099 miles. 427-ci 390-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Single owner from new until 2012. Paint apparently done to a high standard. Chrome and stainless both quite shiny and well polished. Black vinyl seats show very little sign of use. Carpets are not faded or worn. Passenger’s side seat back has a few scratches. Engine compartment and undercarriage are both very clean and correct. The interior and exterior colors both match trim tag. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $150,000. Failed to sell at the 2020 Scottsdale Worldwide Auctioneers sale on a $120k high bid (SCM# 6919190). The price guide shows the median value of a GT500 convertible at $115,500. Originality seemed to have carried more weight than the condition. The top bid of $150k seemed like a gift the seller should have grabbed with both hands. TOP 10 No. 4 #241-1969 FORD MUSTANG Boss 429 fastback. S/N 9F02Z159821. Candy Apple Red/black vinyl. Odo: 71,087 miles. 429-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Shiny paint shows good prep and execution, with only minor swirl marks. Panel gaps consistent throughout. Chrome bumpers nicely refinished. Chrome door handles show some buff marks, as does stainless trim around the rain gutters. The Magnum 500 wheels present as new. No evident wear on black vinyl interior. Has stock AM radio in place. Claimed to be numbers-matching engine with factory labels and markings. Plentiful documentation included: Kar Kraft quality checklists, letter from Ford, two shipping invoices, broadcast sheets and Deluxe Marti Report. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $49,000. Last seen at McCormick’s Palm Springs, CA, sale in February 2020, where it sold for $42,400 (SCM# 6928910). The high bid offered here was still shy of median book value by a solid $5k. Condition of this one should have driven top money higher. The seller was wise to hold out for more. TOP 10 No. 8 #234-1959 CADILLAC ELDORADO Seville 2-dr hard top. S/N 59H016810. Dakota Red & white/red & white leather. 390-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, auto. Previously owned by country music star Hank Williams Jr. Special-order Dakota Red paint has great shine from a few steps away, but close-ups reveal light swirl throughout and a bit of road pepper on leading edge of hood. Paint shows some light cracking, as well as a 80 NOT SOLD AT $79,000. Last seen at the 2012 Orange County, CA, Barrett-Jackson sale, where it changed hands for $68,200 (SCM# 6747533). This ragtop ’Vette came off as stunning. Few owners, low miles, great restoration work, desirable engine/trans combination; all of it should have pushed the high bid beyond the price-guide median value of $82,500. The seller had little choice but to hold out for a better offer. #236-1968 SHELBY GT500 convertible. S/N 8T03S17958602763. Highland Green/white vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 35,649 SOLD AT $195,000. Most recently seen at the June 2019 Leake Tulsa sale, where it failed to satisfy the reserve with a high bid of $170k (SCM# 6902507). This Boss ’9 has shown up in six auctions in the past three years. Claimed to be a numbers-matching engine, but previously noted as a replacement block. This was a high-quality restoration accompanied by Sports Car Market


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Barrett-Jackson Online plentiful documentation. It may never reach median book value of $231k, but should be able to get closer than it did here. Well bought. #127-1970 CHEVROLET CAMARO Z/28 coupe. S/N 124870L507215. Citrus Green & black/black vinyl/green vinyl. Odo: 18,300 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Well equipped with power steering, power brakes, tilt wheel, factory AM/FM radio and original Deluxe interior. Shiny Citrus Green two-stage PPG repaint presents well. Chrome and stainless both sparkle. Only 18k original miles. Spotless engine compartment houses matching-numbers LT-1 engine. Green vinyl interior shows very little use. Accompanied by original partial build sheet, owner’s books, NCRS shipping-data report and a reproduction window sticker. Cond: 2+. BEST BUY paint looks wet all the way down to the rockers. Chrome and stainless look new, as do glass and weatherstrip. Interior is equally fresh. An Autosound stereo is hidden in the glovebox. The engine bay gleams, and even has a replica, period-style Autolite battery. Electric fan fitted to prevent overheating. Undercarriage appears to be fresh from the assembly line. One of only 2,267 Eliminators built in 1970, one of only 469 equipped with the Boss 302-ci V8 (G-code) engine, and one of only 146 equipped with the close-ratio (2.78:1) manual 4-speed. Multiple show and award winner. A Deluxe Marti Report is included in the extensive documentation, along with lots of memorabilia. Cond: 1-. popular color in 1972) looks to have been done to a good standard. Chrome bumpers present well. Engine bay is clean, but the hoses have been slathered in some sort of dressing. Matching-numbers LT-1. Fan shroud shows a nick in the rearward edge. Stainless could stand to be better polished. Glass in good nick, but weatherstrip showing the first signs of age. Steel Rally wheels wrapped in modern rubber. Comes with original window sticker and multiple NCRS Chapter Flight judging awards from 2010. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $46,750. Last seen at the 2019 Mecum Harrisburg, PA, sale, where it sold for $44,000 (SCM# 6912651). The winning bid landed a very original, well-equipped, documented car for right at median value. As the condition was far above average, the buyer made out like a bandit. #223-1970 MERCURY COUGAR Elimi- nator Boss 2-dr hard top. S/N 0F91G508426. Competition Orange/black vinyl. 302-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Full rotisserie restoration done to a very high standard— looks absolutely flawless. Competition Orange NOT SOLD AT $75,000. It’s fun to review cars of this caliber. Stunning restorations also make for quick work, as there is little to fault. I have been lucky enough to run across a few of these, but this one was easily the best of the bunch. Price-guide median value was just over $93k. It’s likely the owner had more than that invested in the restoration, but the top bid only reached $75k. Perhaps the seller will have better luck at another sale. #202-1972 CHEVROLET CORVETTE LT-1 coupe. S/N 1Z37L2S520366. Targa Blue/blue vinyl. Odo: 44,308 miles. 350-ci 255-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Claimed to be original miles. Shiny Targa Blue paint (the third-most- NOT SOLD AT $41,000. Last seen at the 2012 Las Vegas Barrett-Jackson sale, where it sold for $42,350 (SCM# 6742895). Sharkbody Corvettes are beginning to find their stride, particularly higher-performance variants like this LT-1. This copy was in better shape than many of these that were hammered, abused and tossed aside. Top money offered was short of $44k median value. It was little wonder the seller opted to hang on for a bit longer. #237-2017 DODGE VIPER GTC ACR T/A coupe. S/N 1C3BDEDZ3HV500532. Lurid Orange/black leather. Odo: 130 miles. 8.4-L fuel-injected V10, 6-sp. The final production year for the Viper. Woodhouse commissioned 10 Special Edition Viper GTC ACR Time Attack models in 2017; this is number five. Paint is in showroom condition. Interior is still covered in factory plastic. A huge carbon-fiber wing resides on the tail, balanced by the carbon-fiber splitter under the nose. A massive X-brace occupies the clean engine bay above the engine, providing suspension reinforcement. Only 130 miles from new. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $167,500. Last seen at the 2018 Scottsdale Barrett-Jackson auction, where it sold for $231k (SCM# 6862566). A standard-issue 2017 Viper GTC books for nearly $152k, so it would seem a limited-production model like this one would be worth substantially more. There are no real guides for these, and no current comps. With the top bid reflecting a loss of over $63k, the seller had little reason to let it go.♦ 82 Sports Car Market


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Bonhams MPH Bicester, U.K. Bonhams MPH March 2020 A 1988 Ferrari 412 GT topped all other lots at $41,319 Company Bonhams MPH Date March 23, 2020 Location Bicester, U.K. Auctioneers Rob Hubbard Automotive lots sold/offered 36/87 Sales rate 41% Sales total $518,162 High sale 1988 Ferrari 412 GT coupe, sold at $41,319 Buyer’s premium 12.5%, included in sold prices ($1.00 = £0.86) 1988 Ferrari 412 GT coupe, the top seller at $41,319 Report and photos by Paul Hardiman Market opinions in italics T his was the first Bonhams auction to be held under coronavirus lockdown conditions, applied rather suddenly just before the sale. As with H&H a few days prior at Duxford, the cars were physically present and all in the same place in one of the former RAF base’s large hangars, with viewing set to take place on the Friday. But with government restrictions on movement looking imminent (pubs were ordered shut the following day, quelle horreur!), on Thursday night the decision was made to close Bicester’s doors. Therefore, the sale had to be rapidly converted into a sealed-bids auction, as Bonhams at the time wasn’t set up for online bidding. Luckily, SCM had correctly read the smoke signals, fired the barge into gonzodrive and high-tailed it over there at a record-breaking rate of metaphor-mangling to sneak in and photograph everything in the hours while it was still possible. We therefore give you probably the last complete set of actual auction pictures from the U.K. in 2020. It’s understandable if some of the prices look lackluster, as submitting offers in writing doesn’t exactly inspire bidding competition. Under the circumstances, Bonhams did well to sell this many cars in a closed-doors arrangement to which we’ll all have to get accustomed. Some of the best and most interesting cars didn’t sell, which included a pristinely restored Mk2 Escort RS2000, a nice Sierra Cosworth and a 2001 Dodge Viper GTS, which are rare in the U.K. The Bedford “Green Goddess” fire engine and TK horsebox were always going to be a hard sell at a classic-car auction, but gems included an as-new and very low-mileage Fiat Cinquecento, a rare Toyota Sera, three nice Series I Landies and an early SWB Mercedes-Benz G-wagen in very sharp order. ♦ 84 Sports Car Market


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Bonhams MPH Bicester, U.K. ENGLISH #2-1922 MORRIS COWLEY tourer. S/N 10598. Primrose/brown leatherette. RHD. 11.9-hp tourer with Dickey seat. Cowley is the basic model, with the Oxford slightly upmarket. Clean and tidy. Last on the road in 1990 and obviously well stored. Paint okay, top good, but leatherette to bench seat a bit tired and cracked. Seller’s assessment: 57/100. Cond: 3+. holding up well. Should be a relatively straightforward restoration, although no word on whether engine turns.... Seller’s assessment of 38/100 feels a bit harsh. Cond: 3. patinated leather; has been in long-term storage. Still with freewheel, although no word on whether it has the optional overdrive. Seller’s assessment: 45/100. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $652. Offered at no reserve, but estimated at £3k–£5k ($3.5k–$6k)...and it sold for about a tenth of that. The market can be cruel—but bear in mind hardly anybody got to view the cars in person at this sale due to the coronavirus restrictions, and it’s a hard thing to punt on an unseen, big old saloon with a reputation for crumbling into dust. As it happened, the buyer may well have got a bit of a deal. #9-1957 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER SOLD AT $30,141. Incredibly, it was put away 60 years ago, which explains its wellpreserved order. Never seen one at auction before, so £10k–£15k ($12k–$18k) estimate must have been a guess because it did very well and sold for twice that. SOLD AT $9,786. Owned by the vendor’s father since 1968. Cowley is cheapest variant but still inexpensive for a Bullnose, which are usually around the price of a black-era T. Slightly well bought, though looks artificially cheap in dollars compared with what we’re used to because on this day the exchange rate was an unusually low $1.16 to the pound. #8-1948 ALVIS TA 14 coupe. S/N 21786. Maroon/gray leather. RHD. Odo: 12,500 miles. 1.9-L I4, 4-sp. Attractive small saloon with rare body (you’re more likely to encounter Duncan coachwork on a Healey). Straight and not rotten. Doors haven’t dropped, interior BEST BUY #15-1956 ROVER P4 75 sedan. S/N 340601078. Gray/red leather. RHD. 2.2-L I6, 4-sp. Fair, original, nicely CLOUD I sedan. S/N SGE136. Smoke & Sage Green/green leather. RHD. Odo: 35,229 miles. 4.8-L I6, auto. Body straight, paint okay, chrome good. Leather lightly creased, timber all good, carpets a bit worn and grubby. Judging from the strap under the front of the car, looks as if it was towed in. Seller’s selfassessment: 48/100. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $23,160. Stored for 30 years, except for a brief outing for a wedding 10 years ago. Fair money for a driver-quality Cloud, provided it’s not far off being a runner. #10-1957 LAND ROVER SERIES I 88- inch utility. S/N 111702266. Bronze green/green vinyl. RHD. 2.0-L I4, 4-sp. Only 500 miles since 2014 restoration, so it’s unfeasibly straight and very shiny even underneath, with just a little flaking of paint and surface rust starting. New paint, canvas tilt and interior vinyl all very good, although front sidelights and rear indicators are overly large. Land Rover Series One Club and Ecurie Jolly Roger stickers in windscreen. Seller’s assessment: 96/100. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $31,316. Strong price; I would have put this as on the money three or four years ago—meaning it’s well sold today. If the sale had taken place a month later, it might have been a different story. 86 Sports Car Market


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Bonhams MPH Bicester, U.K. #12-1957 JAGUAR MK VIII sedan. S/N 760982BW. Light blue/red leather. RHD. 3.4-L I6, auto. Older restoration presents well. Older paint and chrome still okay. Very original leather now with lovely patina; dash and door timber good. Unused for a while, so will need “recommissioning.” Seller’s assessment: 42/100. Cond: 3+. V8, 4-sp. Twenty-year-old restoration still okay, rack-and-pinion conversion. Fiberglass is thick on these, if usually ill-fitting. Leather doesn’t look very old. Seller’s assessment: 65/100. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $26,096. The best examples were £60k/$80k at the peak. This isn’t one of them, but this might have been a £35k/$45k car, and today it’s Frogeye (please don’t say Bugeye; no Brit would ever say Bugeye) Sprite money. If you like them, attractive at this price, though you could have an RV8 for a little less. Fair. #29-1964 JAGUAR E-TYPE Series I SOLD AT $16,963. Must have been out of the U.K. for a while as catalog notes it will require re-import. Catalog also mentions their form as racers, both in period and at the Goodwood Revival.... Not this one, though, as it’s an auto. Fair price. #19-1960 DAIMLER SP250 Dart roadster. S/N 827. Red/tan leather. RHD. 2.5-L coupe. S/N 861612. Green. RHD. 3.8-L I6, 4-sp. “Ready for restoration,” said the catalog. Well, yes. Needs everything, with bent and ripply body, flaking paint, missing interior and lights—although appears fairly solid where it matters. Probably originally red. Seller bravely assessed it at 39/100. Cond: 4. leather. RHD. Odo: 42,696 miles. 4.2-L I6, 4-sp. Described as an “exciting” project; dusty outside and in, but it’s all there. Older repaint, cosmetically doesn’t look too bad from 10 paces, with a fairly straight body carrying some filler. Chrome dulled, tires look too small for it. Three old head gaskets in the trunk are a bit of a worry. IAM and JDC badges on glovebox. Chassis number suggests it’s an auto, but it’s now manual shift. Seller’s assessment was 21/100, but it looks better than that. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $24,792. There are “exciting projects” and projects that are exciting for the wrong reasons, but this looked fairly honest. In this ownership since 1982, unused since 2012. The 2+2 and sunroof will always keep the price down, and here it was sold fairly. #17-1972 MG MIDGET convertible. S/N SOLD AT $20,224. Whatever the seller said, the low estimate of £10k–£20k ($12k–$24k) shows what they and Bonhams really thought. As long as the shell is as solid as it looks, and there are no holes in the floor, it’s a fair price. #34-1967 JAGUAR E-TYPE Series II 2+2 coupe. S/N 1E50810BW. Primrose/black GAN5113751. Green/black cloth/tan vinyl. RHD. Odo: 97,200 miles. 1275-cc I4, 4-sp. Older repaint but still bright and shiny. Now with some bubbles showing at front of hood— a notorious Midget rot spot; also at top of left sill, also normal. Lightly baggy seat vinyl, dash okay, motor stock apart from electric fan. Seller’s assessment: 70/100. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $5,480. Round-arch Midget is a bit of a weirdie, only in production for two years, 1972–74, and they have a following even though the square-arch shell is reputedly a bit stronger. Priced right for condition. #48-2001 VAUXHALL OMEGA Elite sedan. S/N W0L0VBP69Y1181229. Green/black leather. RHD. Fuel-injected 3.2-L V6, 5-sp. Vauxhall’s big Carlton saloon is a rebadged Opel and sold as an Omega—same as the Opel—after 1999, when this B2 model appeared; Elite is top spec. Straight body, shiny paint, alloys unscuffed, good leather. Last taxed in 2003. Seller’s assessment: 79/100. Cond: 3+. 88 Sports Car Market


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Bonhams MPH Bicester, U.K. the value somewhat, but confirms the trend that the starting point for an air-cooled 911 in the U.K. is once again under £30k ($37k). #46-1988 AUDI QUATTRO coupe. S/N WAUZZZ85ZJA900577. Metallic blue/gray leather. RHD. Odo: 70,000 miles. Turbocharged 2.2-L I5, 5-sp. Facelift MB Quattro, with leather. Nicely stock, with body, paint and interior tidy. Wheels refurbed. Seller’s assessment: 62/100. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $978. Not quite sure what it’s doing here unless it’s attempting to ride the coattails of its Lotus big sister, which typically sells for £30k-plus ($35k-plus). Possible alternative to a BMW E39, but as they are so cheap, why bother? #51-2006 JAGUAR XK8 coupe. S/N SAJAC41P162A48302. Green/beige leather. RHD. Odo: 80,000 miles. Fuel-injected 4.0-L V8, auto. Pub landlord’s car in fair condition. Okay paint and unscuffed alloys. Interior a bit baggy and “leaves scope for some cosmetic improvement.” Veneers okay, too. Seller’s assessment: 60/100. Cond: 3+. than $20k and almost to confirm that, this time it just about reached the lower estimate of £20k/$25k. GERMAN #30-1975 MERCEDES-BENZ 450SE sedan. S/N 116032112034479. Silver/tan vinyl. Odo: 195,358 miles. Fuel-injected 4.5-L V8, auto. Another one with a tow strap tied to the front subframe, as it’s been stored and will need “recommissioning.” Body looks pretty sound, trim and brightwork is all straight and Merc interiors last well. Seller’s assessment: 50/100. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $22,182. Sold after the official results posted, but on the money. #35-1981 MERCEDES-BENZ 230CE coupe. S/N 12324322010613. White/beige vinyl & cloth. RHD. Odo: 150,000 miles. Fuel-injected 2.3-L I4, auto. Appears fairly straight apart from slightly dinged front valance. Dash plastics okay. Seat cloth inserts a bit grubby in places. Sits on staggered alloys. Seller’s assessment: 57/100. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $3,914. With troublesome electrics, bore-wear issues and propensity to rust in awkward and expensive-to-get-at places, I wouldn’t have bothered, but at this price, possibly worth it for the spares it might yield. An Austin-Healey specialist I know bought a runner like this for £1,500 ($1,700) to smoke around in, so this was well sold even at bottom estimate. FRENCH #3-1929 RENAULT 15CV Vivasix landaulette de ville. S/N 475583. Yellow & black/black landau top/tan leather. RHD. Odo: 6,401 miles. Coachwork by Karl Strakosch. Imposing French tourer. Good, with new paint and fresh tires. Seller’s assessment: 85/100. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $24,018. Originally in Austria and still on Austrian plates when we last saw it at Bonhams’ Beaulieu sale in 2006—when it was blue and black, “very original” (aka tatty) and sold for $11,799 (SCM# 1567836). Then, we reckoned something this unusual would never be worth more SOLD AT $5,219. Offered at no reserve. It’s only been halfway to the moon—about 120,000 miles—so probably a fair punt at this money. #24-1976 PORSCHE 911 coupe. S/N 9116301599. Metallic blue/brown vinyl & tartan cloth. RHD. Odo: 166,000 miles. 2.7-L H6, 4-sp. Presents well, in this ownership since 1987, older paint shows orange peel in places. Seats, with tartan cloth, are an older retrim. Seller’s assessment: 62/100. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $33,925. Sportomatic trans drops SOLD AT $5,219. Offered at no reserve, fetched a bit less than the seller hoped—and the wheels probably accounted for some of that. Fair price for condition. #54-1993 VOLKSWAGEN POLO hatch- back. S/N WVWZZZ80ZPY169306. Red/gray cloth. RHD. Odo: 37,600 miles. Fuel-injected 1.3-L I4, 5-sp. Type 86C facelift, 90 Sports Car Market


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Bonhams MPH Bicester, U.K. shown in the catalog lowered on wide steels, presented at standard ride height on Golf 2 wheels, spare wheels inside. Front end a slightly brighter red than the rest of it. Interior unworn, engine bay tidy, lowish mileage with full service history. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $3,653. Buyer’s premium ($406) donated to the StarterMotor charity, based at Bicester. Old VWs, usually slammed, have a following among the “yoot” in Europe, but even with that in mind, this looked rather pricey—even if it was just on bottom estimate. #49-2002 PORSCHE 911 Targa. S/N WP0ZZ99Z2S630966. Silver/gray leather. RHD. Odo: 75,200 miles. Fuel-injected 3.6-L H6, auto. Tiptronic Targa that’s been well kept: alloys unscuffed, leather not heavily worn. Seller’s assessment: 73/100. Cond: 3+. #44-1974 FIAT 127 2-dr sedan. S/N 127A0913435. Beige/black vinyl. 903-cc I4, 4-sp. Fiat’s supermini. Good, straight and appears rot-free under repaint. Interior stock and tidy apart from comedy gear knob. Seller’s assessment: 68/100. Cond: 3+. rather more appealing than the Polo (Lot 54) as starter classic transport. Find another.... JAPANESE SOLD AT $2,479. These used to be everywhere (my grandad had one) but rare on the roads now, especially in the U.K. Offered at no reserve and hammered at the upper end of the £1,200–£1,800 ($1,400–$2,100) estimate range—going over with the premium. A nice, simple starter classic. SOLD AT $12,661. Time was when Targa was unloved and cheap, mostly because buyers were scared of the complexity of the sliding roof. But these have proved to be not problematic, so values are now broadly similar to the hard top. All that softens the price is the Tiptronic. That’s not such an issue at this age, so, even at just under lower estimate, we’ll have to call this market correct as the realities of the coronavirus shutdown began to take hold. Cheapest 911 for a while. ITALIAN #43-1970 FIAT 500L 2-dr sedan. S/N 2080782. Pale blue/gray cloth & vinyl. RHD. 499-cc 2-cylinder, 4-sp. Straight and tidy, although floor/sill joints a bit wavy, as usual, with a hint of surface rust. Seats redone. Seller’s assessment: 67/100. Cond: 3+. #45-1988 FERRARI 412 GT 2-dr sedan. S/N ZFFYD25C000078593. Black/black leather. RHD. Odo: 53,930 miles. Fuel-injected 4.9-L V12, 5-sp. Straight body, though corners of front bumpers have had a couple of nudges, as usual. Okay paint. Front seat leather lightly creased while rear seat almost unused. Dash okay. Recent clutch. Seller’s assessment: 62/100. Cond: 3+. #95-1967 HONDA S800 hatchback. S/N 1001794. Silver/black leather. RHD. Odo: 19,000 miles. 792-cc I4, 4-sp. Restored in the not-too-distant-past and presenting well—still clean in the wheelarches. Leather only lightly creased. Rusty front discs show it’s been standing for a while. Motor fairly tidy and had its airbox off for the catalog shots, so may not have been a runner until shortly before arriving at Bicester. White plates let it down a bit (pre-’74 cars can have black/silver) but easy to change. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $9,134. Missed the £10k/$12,500 lower estimate by quite a margin, but as this was the last “almost live” auction for a while, seller was probably right to let it go. SOLD AT $41,319. Rare in manual—only 270 412 GTs, of which only 21 are thought to be right-handers, beside 306 autos. Estimated between £40k–£50k ($47k–$59k), sold for £35,625. Sounds fair in these straitened times, and the high spot of the sale. As ever, 400-series and Mondials are neck-and-neck in the “cheapest Ferrari” stakes, rapidly being caught up by the 456 GTA. BEST BUY SOLD AT $7,176. Offered at no reserve against a £5k–£8k ($6k–$9k) estimate, which looked very fair, and fell neatly in the middle. Last sold by Bonhams at Oxford in 2012 for $6,066 (SCM# 4774518), but looks as if it’s had a bit of work since. Fair transaction for all. #65-1997 FIAT CINQUECENTO SX hatchback. S/N ZFA17000000977167. Yellow metallic/blue velour. RHD. Odo: 2,810 miles. Fuel-injected 899-cc I4, 5-sp. Tiny hatch with super-low mileage and three owners. Like new, except for light scuffing to front wheel rims. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $2,610. Offered at no reserve and a great value. At the price paid, $1k under the lower estimate, looks SOLD AT $4,566. Offered at no reserve. These have a cult following, but despite that, couldn’t quite reach the lower estimate of £4k/$5k. Looks fair, though. ♦ #92-1991 TOYOTA SERA coupe. S/N EXY100013082. Metallic blue/gray velour. RHD. Odo: 98,262 km. Fuel-injected 1.5-L I4, auto. Tiny gullwing coupe, rare in the U.K. Generally good condition, except for a few small interior trim pieces missing. The original, Japanese-market distress flare is included, which will please the anoraks. Cond: 3+. 92 Sports Car Market


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H&H Auctioneers Duxford, U.K. Imperial War Museum — Duxford A 1926 Bentley 3 Litre Speed Model fetched $206,814, which would have been a bargain-basement price last year but now seems the new norm Company H&H Date March 18, 2020 Location Duxford, U.K Auctioneers Julian Royse Automotive lots sold/offered 69/115 Sales rate 60% Sales total $2,560,389 High sale 1938 Lagonda LG6 drophead coupe, sold at $242,839 Buyer’s premium 12.5%, included in sold prices ($1.00 = £0.84) 1926 Bentley 3 Litre Speed Model, sold at $206,814 Report and photos by Paul Hardiman Market opinions in italics T his was H&H’s last live auction before the coronavirus lockdown — well, tantalizingly nearly. Although all the cars (less five withdrawn) were available for viewing the day before in and out- side Duxford’s main hangar before the sale, a decision overnight by the Imperial War Museum to close its doors meant the auction was held “in camera” — literally. Auctioneer Royse cut a lonely figure working through the lots in a single wide-angle shot of the rostrum, while staff members manned the phones and took bids online. Documents for inspection had to be hurriedly moved (to a local pub; thank the lord for small mercies) for those who had physically turned up but had been denied entry to the former RAF and USAAF base. Star cars were the Lagondas, of which one sold. The 1938 Lagonda LG6 drophead coupe, originally the property of Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands, hit $242,839, beating the 3 Litre Bentley. The 1939 Lagonda V12 drophead coupe was unsold against a £300k–£400k ($356k–$474k) estimate. That Bentley, a 1926 Speed Model with mostly matching-number major components, fetched $206,814, which would have been a bargain-basement price last year but now must be regarded as the new norm. Also right or even slightly well sold in today’s market was a 1986 Ford Sierra RS Cosworth at $52,037, while a re- ally well-looked-after, standard and unmolested one-owner 2000 Subaru Impreza P1 looked a great value by comparison at $29,354. An MG RV8 did very well at the same $29,354. U.K.-market spec (most went to Japan when new and have been trickling back since) and low mileage helped here. A 1974 Ford Escort RS2000 made a very strong $77,388, but it was an exceptional car, having had steel wheelarch flares fitted when new by Broadspeed, one owner until 2009 and much restoration and hop-up work since. Three Bullnose Morrises neatly plotted the current market with an $14,009–$17,480 $2m $4m $6m $0 94 spread (1926 and 1925 Cowley tourers, and a 1925 Cowley doctor’s coupe in the middle at $15,678), while a Ferrari 412 automatic looked right at $31,356 when a rarer manual car sold for $10k more at Bicester the following week. Further confirming present prices, a dusty, resto project Jaguar E-type Series II 2+2 sold for $21,015. And that was it! Like everyone else, H&H has switched to closed-doors/online sales, with personalized video walkarounds and consultations by appointment. When life returns to something SALES TOTALS 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 approaching normal, Duxford is well worth a visit not just for the variety of aircraft and armaments on display in the AirSpace hangar, including the canceled TSR2, but also for the American Air Museum, opened in 1997. A B-52 on display is always a special occasion, but seeing one indoors is surreal. Sports Car Market


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H&H Auctioneers Duxford, U.K. ENGLISH #42-1926 BENTLEY 3 LITRE Speed Model tourer. S/N LT1596. Green/green leather. RHD. One of 513, originally black. Matching chassis, engine, front axle and magneto tower numbers, still with original or original-type sloper carbs. Bonnet sides are original, but body may not be. Older (2005) restoration: Paint and leather still good, now nicely patinated. Small headlights/auxiliary lights, and large rear foglight. Now with alternator, modern oil filter, satellite speedo. Very usable—owner used to drive it on 100-mile round trip to work. Cond: 3+. TOP 10 No. 3 At the risk of sounding all ‘Antiques Roadshow,’ price paid here was worth it for the history alone. Catalog star car, a 1939 Lagonda V12 drophead possibly from the same ownership, failed to reach the £300k ($356k) required. 1936 Lagonda LG6 drophead coupe transmission, with this one wearing the nicest body style. It’s a fairly straightforward project, so, if much of the work could be done at home, it’s probably doable within its market value of £70k–£80k ($85k–$95k) in restored condition. However, the following driver-quality Speed 25 (Lot 47) looked a better bet. #48-1938 LAGONDA LG6 drophead coupe. S/N 12318. Maroon/black mohair/red leather. RHD. Handsome LG45 replacement, factory-bodied on short chassis; older (early ’90s) restoration still presents exceedingly well, with good paint and plating, and leather just settling in. Painted wires with Easy Clean discs. Cond: 2-. TOP 10 No. 2 SOLD AT $206,814. Accident damaged in June 1933, repaired by the Carlton Forge & Engineering Co. of North London, which fitted the rear axle from chassis 1071 before registering it RK 8410. Discovered as a barn-find in 1983, bought as a project from Bonhams Beaulieu 2001, back on road by 2006. This was one of the first U.K. auctions to suddenly be held behind closed doors in response to the COVID-19 crisis and as such represents market price for a fairly numbers-matching 3 Litre at the beginning of the new regime. #89-1934 ALVIS SPEED 20 SB drop- head coupe. S/N 11867. Green/black vinyl/brown leather. RHD. Odo: 23,170 miles. Coachwork by Charlesworth. Restoration project, but body is pretty straight except for lightly bent rear wings. It’s mostly all there, missing its driver’s door, whose reconstruction has started. Engine turns and leather is probably savable. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $77,388. Probably a better bet than the Speed 20 resto project (Lot 89), which could easily cost more to complete than this ready-to-go car with the bigger engine. #44-1948 AC 2-LITER drophead coupe. S/N L990. Dark maroon/buff cloth/red leather. RHD. Odo: 38,114 miles. 2.0-L I6, 4-sp. Reputedly the only roadworthy survivor of the 14 drophead coupes made before being superseded by the Buckland. Older restoration, okay paint, lightly patinated leather, dash and instruments. Full toolkit. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $242,839. Originally the property of Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands, who reputedly drove it throughout his colorful WWII career. Former concours winner (1959, 2003 and class win at Palais Het Loo 2016); vendor’s father owned it 1958–62. Sold by Coys in 1984 for $109,547 (SCM# 1544877) and then Brooks in London in 1986 for $127,674 (SCM# 1542063). At the risk of sounding all “Antiques Roadshow,” price paid here was worth it for the history alone. Catalog star car, a 1939 Lagonda V12 drophead possibly from the same ownership, failed to reach the £300k ($356k) required. #47-1938 ALVIS SPEED 25 SC three- SOLD AT $32,023. In one ownership 1959– 2017, stored since 1974 following a suspected engine problem. SB is the best Speed 20, with independent front suspension and all-synchro position drophead coupe. S/N 14571. Green/cream leather. RHD. Odo: 37,984 miles. Coachwork by Charlesworth. Good order, original body with some new ash framing at rear and in doors. Older paint shows some blemishing and bubbling at edges—set of restored wings available by separate negotiation. Radiator shell, wheels and spinners a bit tarnished. Dash cracked and weathered, leather well patinated and front carpets rather grubby. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $24,684. Desperately unfashionable and therefore a low-cost post-war thoroughbred. The cheapest way into an AC aside from an Invacar or a basket-case ME3000. #12-1949 MG TC roadster. S/N TC8603. Black/beige cloth/Magnolia leather. RHD. Odo: 387 miles. 1.3-L I4, 4-sp. Late TC, older restoration. Paint still nice, decent dash, instruments, carpets, leather lightly creased. Powder-coated wheels, LED indicators incorporated into sidelights. Very clean underneath, so mileage might be since restoration. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $27,352. Repatriated from the U.S. in 2000. Vendor paid £26,500 (then $40k) for it as a restored car in 2013 and has spent 96 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 1995 Fiat Barchetta U.K., but this is a realistic view of where S2 roadsters are now—or were in March, at any rate. By comparison, a newly repainted/retrimmed S1 3.8 coupe, also RHD-converted and missing its airbox, was £67,500/$80,325 (Lot 108: 2+, fair) and a repainted/RHD converted S3 auto roadster was £51,750/$61,583, (Lot 24: 3+, well sold). #41-1970 JAGUAR E-TYPE Series II PROS: Type 183 Barchetta is a zippy FWD two-seat convertible. The 1,747-cc engine yields 129 hp and 136 ft-lb for 0–62 mph in about eight seconds — about the same as a contemporary Miata. The 5-speed manual is the only transmission option. Available quilted red leather upholstery sexes up a basic sports-car interior. With 57,500 made, should be easy to find a good one. CONS: Might be mistaken for a first-gen Miata with a really strange body kit. PRICE RANGE: $5k–$10k, plus import costs. 1995 MGF £14k (about $18k in old money) since. Did well to only drop £3k (to £23,062) in seven years, but overall the seller is well underwater. #6-1961 MORRIS MINOR 1000 pickup. S/N 0FU1125388. Black/brown leathercloth. RHD. Odo: 60,395 miles. 948-cc I4, 4-sp. Restored, new paint and canvas tilt top. Seat leather well worn/creased and with a couple of small tears, so could be original. Extra orange indicators added at rear. Cond: 2-. 2+2 coupe. S/N 1R35933. Red/black leather. RHD. Odo: 77,675 miles. 4.2-L I6, 4-sp. U.K.market restoration project. Doesn’t look too rotten, just a bit frilly at door bottoms (and probably therefore the sills too) and very dusty. Interior quite good. On plain steel wheels. Motor still has all ancillaries, so may have run when parked. Cond: 3-. PROS: MG also got into the Miata competition in 1995 with the reimagined MGF roadster as a follow-on to the MGRV8. The MGF carried a mid-mounted 1.8-liter, 4-cylinder engine driving the rear wheels through a 5-speed manual gearbox. 120 hp delivered a Miata-like 0–62 mph time of about eight seconds. Collectors should seek out the variable-valvecontrol engines with 143–157 horsepower. CONS:: Known for costly head-gasket issues, and build quality is not all it could be. Might be mistaken for a second-gen Toyota MR2. PRICE RANGE: $3k–$10k, plus import costs. 1991–95 Renault Alpine A610 SOLD AT $21,015. Ticked almost every box that will keep an E-type cheap: project, 2+2 (with sunroof). At least it wasn’t an auto or an LHD conversion. Sold fairly considering expenditure still to come. #37-1972 JENSEN-HEALEY CON- SOLD AT $14,677. The pickup is the rarest Minor variant, sharing separate chassis with the van, unlike the unitary/floorpan saloon and Traveller, and usually the most expensive. Sold right...at more money than the XJ-S HE. #85-1969 JAGUAR E-TYPE Series II open two-seater. S/N 1R10299. Green/black mohair/black leather. RHD. Odo: 49,829 miles. 4.2-L I6, 4-sp. Federal car converted to right-hand drive and triple SUs, plus tubular exhaust manifold. Side repeaters filled. Body a little ripply and wavy, although spotweld dimples sill visible under rear pan. Lightly creased leather could be original, wheelwell trim cut for speakers. Very clean rear hub carriers, so rear suspension has had work, newish exhaust. New chrome wires, repro chassis plate. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $72,051. Exported new to PROS: 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 gave the Renault Alpine A610 247 hp and 258 ft-lb. Paired with a 5-speed manual transmission, the rear-engine, rear-drive A610 made 62 mph in less than six seconds, with a top speed of 165 mph. Plastic and fiberglass bodywork made it light, and the motoring press raved about its GT road manners. The A610 almost looks like a descendant of the Lamborghini Espada. CONS: Only 818 ever made, so finding a good one might be a challenge. Aborted U.S. version had only 180 horsepower. With those headlights, it might be mistaken for a Honda Accord shooting brake. PRICE RANGE: $40k–$50k, plus import costs. ♦ 98 British Leyland New York, returned to the U.K. 2019. Converted cars will always sell for a little less than factory right-handers in the SOLD AT $28,020. Originally a pre-production model, but became the fourth production model in April 1972, as Jensen was strapped for cash. As the catalog said, probably the most historically interesting Jensen-Healey, and the most interesting to come to market. Sold at much more than a steel-bumper MGB and at about the same as a very nice Alfa Duetto. #33-1973 FORD CAPRI 3.0 GXL coupe. S/N BBECND29393. White/black vinyl/ brown vinyl. RHD. Odo: 84,000 miles. 3.0-L V6, 4-sp. Facelift Mk I, Ziebarted from new. Still clean and tidy, with interior marred only by speaker pods on rear shelf. Now with Sports Car Market VERTIBLE. S/N JH10004. Green/black vinyl. RHD. 2.0-L I4, 5-sp. One of 10 prototypes, the first RHD car and the 1972 Autocar test car. Restored in 2016, good all around—although door fit is gappy, typically of the period. Cond: 2-.


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H&H Auctioneers Duxford, U.K. Huge money for an RS2000, and usually the extras don’t make much difference to the price, although original steel bubble arches are something of a Holy Grail. Very well sold. 1974 Ford Escort RS2000 2-dr sedan power steering from Mk II and electronic ignition. Also has stage one unleaded cylinder heads, Kent cam, manual choke conversion under K&N air filter, adjustable TCAs, 2.8i Bilsteins and thicker anti-roll bar, plus fourpot front calipers. Cond: 2. (weirdly, Escorts were homologated for either 13s or 15s, but not 14s, though of course it doesn’t matter what you use on the road). A bit of negative camber at front, plus small-diameter front springs on adjustable platforms; rear has lowering blocks and Gaz shocks. Now on twin Weber 45s and with a vernier cam wheel, but no word on what’s inside the hopped-up engine. Battery now in trunk. Seeing a Mk1 RS this clean makes me cringe with shame.... Cond: 2+. are something of a Holy Grail. Very well sold, especially as we enter yet another crisis period. #80-1982 JAGUAR XJ-S HE coupe. S/N SAJJNAEW3BC107466. Red/brown leather. RHD. Fuel-injected 5.3-LV12, auto. Secondgen XJ-S (rebranded XJS with 1991 facelift). Refurbed/recommissioned at a cost of £13.5k (then $18k) following 20 years of dry storage in France. Now in fair order. Decent interior, with only slight wear to driver’s carpet. SOLD AT $34,025. All the money for the plush one, although running gear is same as GT/XLR. But subtle mods will make it easier to live with, which might be what swung the balance here. #51-1974 FORD ESCORT RS2000 2-dr sedan. S/N BFATPY00133. Silver/black vinyl & velour. RHD. Odo: 65,956 miles. 2.0-L I4, 4-sp. Steel bubble arches from new, fitted by Broadspeed, Broadspeed sticker still in rear window. Recent restoration in original color, now on 15-inch wheels instead of original 13s SOLD AT $77,388. First owner from new until 2009, and Dinitrol rustproofed from new. Apparently has lived in the same village all its life. Huge money for an RS2000, and usually the extras don’t make much difference to the price, although original steel bubble arches Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $13,343. HE is marginally less thirsty than earlier V12, realistically 12–15 mpg U.S.—see “Affordable Classic” in the May issue, p. 42. But following the “are XJ-Ss money pits?” debate, this one appears to have been for the vendor, as it cost more to recommission than it fetched here. Fairly bought but that doesn’t mean the buyer is out of the woods. #54-1985 NAYLOR TF roadster. S/N SA9TF51M1FA013060. Blue/black cloth/red leather. RHD. Odo: 13,600 miles. 1.7-L I4, 2x1-bbl, 4-sp. Naylor TF was a new-build TF by MG specialist Naylor Bros, using BL (Marina) O-series engine, with 161 built. This one was used as a demonstrator and not registered until 1993, in Ireland. Still low mileage. Paint good, dash veneers good, leather lightly creased. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $17,346. Haven’t seen one of these for a while: original list price £10,917 ($13,300). At not much more than entry-level Caterham money, a useful alternative to a Morgan Plus 4 though about £8k ($10k) cheaper, and $5k–$8k less than an MG TF. #23-1993 MG RV8 convertible. S/N SARRAWBMBMG000381. Le Mans Green/Stone Beige leather. RHD. Odo: 4,865 miles. Fuel-injected 4.0-L V8, 5-sp. U.K.market car (one of 307), one-family owned and with low mileage. Good all around, tidy and well kept with good paint, and the inte- 100 Sports Car Market


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H&H Auctioneers Duxford, U.K. This doesn’t look a lot of money for an AZ— especially as it must be one of the nicest out there. Well bought, unless the market was getting nervous faster than I thought. 1961 Citroën 2CV AZ sedan rior’s clean—these get grubby and worn quite quickly. No leaks from engine valve covers yet, and no obvious rust around the windscreen. Cond: 2. Massively restored. It’s scary how fast and extensively these late Minis rust, so the new metalwork was extensive—in this case, nearly all the outer panels bar the roof, plus dash and scuttle—about half the bodyshell. Good all around, interior redone with leather lightly wrinkly, screws holding aftermarket door furniture are going rusty. Wears illegal-for-age black plates (only allowed on pre-’74 cars) but the Old Bill have more pressing issues to worry about right now. Cond: 2. strong (and good-handling) and GRP (fiberglass) is extremely resilient in impacts. One former owner. Looks like good value for the level of performance at not much more than the price of an MG RV8 FRENCH #113-1961 CITROËN 2CV AZ sedan. S/N AZ2599582. Gray/gray cloth/blue & white striped cloth. 425-cc 2-cylinder, 5-sp. This “ripple” is an LP, which means opening trunk lid and bonnet center strip. Really good restored order, with additions of bustle-back lid (to create extra luggage space) and Deux Chevaux mascot on hood, plus Robri wing guards. Rear seat belts fitted, and discreet flashing indicators added under bumpers. Lots of event stickers. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $29,354. Most of the 1,982 built went to Japan (spot one by the “eyebrows” on the front wheelarches) and are trickling back, but U.K.-market cars appear to hold a slight premium. That notwithstanding, well sold at about the price of a Morgan Plus 8, which uses the same Rover (née Buick) V8. #25-1993 BENTLEY CONTINENTAL R coupe. S/N SCBZB03A7PCH42531. Emerald green/Parchment leather. RHD. Odo: 29,000 miles. Fuel-injected 6.8-L V8, auto. Last permutation of the SZ platform, using same mechanicals as Turbo R. Ordered by Rolex CEO and painted in same color as the watch boxes. Rear TV fitted. Well kept and nice all around; clean and sharp underneath, alloys unscuffed, leather unworn and veneers all good. With tools, white gloves still bagged and unused— and period Nokia 6310i still mounted on center console. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $14,009. Fair price for last-of-theline Cooper, but with the restoration costing $22k the seller is underwater on this one. #46-2000 TVR TUSCAN S coupe. S/N SDLEA16A8YB001309. Spectra-Flair Metallic/two-tone gray leather. RHD. Odo: 60,436 miles. Fuel-injected 4.5-L I6, 5-sp. One of a succession of bewildering but barkingly fast models that came out of Blackpool before TVR went pop for a final time, with ever-weirder styling and even more unfathomable interiors and switchgear. In Spectra-Flair iridescent metallic! Good all around. Engine rebuilt by TVR Power and banged out to 4.5 liters in the process (regular was 3.6 L–4.2 L), so power is anyone’s guess but almost certainly at the scary end of Too Much. Rather bracingly, TVR was not a believer in driver aids such as traction control or anti-lock brakes. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $16,345. This doesn’t look a lot of money for an AZ—especially as it must be one of the nicest out there. Well bought, unless the market was getting nervous faster than I thought (this being the first U.K. auction to have to suddenly happen behind closed doors). GERMAN #43-1986 FORD SIERRA RS Cosworth hatchback. S/N WF0EXXGBBEGG19067. Moonstone Blue/Raven velour. RHD. Odo: 52,126 miles. Turbocharged 2.0-L I4, 5-sp. Standard and well kept—seat velour less baggy than average, wheels refurbed 2016. Big exhaust (but standard ones are hard to come by). Original D40 on spare. Curious “No manufacturer’s warranty” tag attached to chassis plate, but see comment below—possible Ford management car. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $53,371. New price was £146k ($230k), and market says these are still worth more than a Turbo R or RT. #53-2000 ROVER MINI Cooper Sport 2-dr sedan. S/N SAXXNPAZEYD185441. Green/black & gray leather. RHD. Odo: 81,924 miles. Fuel-injected 1.3-L I4, 4-sp. SOLD AT $31,356. S has a bit of aero help in the form of front undertray and trunk-lid spoiler, but luckily, TVR chassis are very SOLD AT $52,037. With Ford for its first year, then sold at Ford Motor Company’s auction at BCA in 1987, with 13,630 miles. In 102 Sports Car Market


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H&H Auctioneers Duxford, U.K. Holland from 1996 to 2015, mostly stored. Bought by the vendor in 2013. Sold slightly light but, given that the rest of the year is due to go down the tubes, probably a good plan to get out when the vendor did. ITALIAN #36-1996 FERRARI 456 GT coupe. S/N ZFFSP44C000103846. Le Mans Blue/Crema leather. RHD. Odo: 73,188 miles. Fuel-injected 5.5-L V12, 6-sp. One of the last Pininfarina-body cars, but on the cusp with later Bosch Motronic M5.2 (F116C code). Paint shiny and mostly good, apart from some chipping at door edges. Leather good, some lacquer lifting off wheels. Good history: Last cam belt change in May 2019, 300 miles ago. Cond: 3+. miles. Turbocharged 2.5-L H4, 5-sp. Bone stock (unless carbon/ally strut brace isn’t). Chassis plates have been off, though, so maybe it’s been painted. Prodrive-branded seats not heavily worn. Motor lightly corroded. Recent clutch, cam belt and brakes. Full service history with 24 stamps, all from Subaru dealers. Cond: 2-. & velour. RHD. Odo: 66,000 miles. Turbocharged 2.0-L I4, auto. The quick one, with an insane (for a road engine) 290 hp squeezed out of 2 liters, and 4WD. Or, in this case, an alleged 390 hp, unless that was just a catalog typo. Straight and shiny, dash plastics good, seats only lightly baggy. Rear tints. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $12,009. Were they badged FQ in the U.S.? Whatever the terminology, they certainly were: even our police used them for a while as fast-response vehicles. All this for less money than a Rover Mini Cooper Sport. AMERICAN #15-1915 FORD MODEL T van. S/N 728450. White/black vinyl. RHD. Brass Era T rebodied from a Town Car in 1988, in good, restored order. Right-hand drive. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $29,354. “One former keeper,” which probably means two owners. Condition, history and provenance is everything here, and this ticked all the right boxes. On the money. BEST BUY SOLD AT $47,368. Probably the cheapest driver-quality early 456 we’ve yet seen (and it’s manual), but I’d say this is where they ought to be. JAPANESE #114-2000 SUBARU IMPREZA P1 2-dr sedan. S/N JF1GM8KDGYG003298. Blue/gray/blue velour. RHD. Odo: 64,228 #107-2008 MITSUBISHI LANCER Evolution X GSR FQ-300 sedan. S/N CZ4A0002050. Red/gray leather SOLD AT $14,677. Has been used for film and promotional work—vans being more eyecatching than black tourers. On the money. #29-1942 WILLYS MB utility. S/N MB125132. Green/olive canvas/olive canvas. Odo: 87,001 miles. Slat-grille Jeep restored to as-factory spec, with just the right level of finish. Willys chassis, still period-correct (up to mid-’42) embossed tub, correct early ’42 air filter with sticker. Combat wheels. With tools. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $28,020. Delivered new to the Australian Army, though presented with USA numbers. About the right money for condition and historical accuracy—as of mid-March. By the time this publishes, it could be a different story, in which the price paid will probably look expensive. ♦ 104 Sports Car Market


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Bring a Trailer Online BaT Crazy Not every sale is a headline, but the site produces one or two stunners per week Report by Daren Kloes Market opinions in italics; photos courtesy of Bringatrailer.com dominant online collector-car auction site, has become the market of choice for unicorn slayers and has made its name offering herds of the fanciful beasts. The site has produced some meaningful sales since 1967 Ford Country Squire wagon, sold at $50,138 O GERMAN TOP 10 No. 7 #28594-1972 BMW 2002 TII coupe. S/N 2709847. Atlantic Blue/black vinyl. Odo: 27,905 miles. Fuel-injected 2.0-L I4, 4-sp. Euro model sold new in Italy and underwent restoration in the Netherlands prior to acquisition by seller. Imported to the U.S. in 2019. Very good repaint, now showing light use. Upholstery restored to an excellent standard. Scratches are noted on several chrome and aluminum trim pieces, and the door seals need adjustment. Offered with restoration records and factory tools. Cond: 2+. nce all of the Cobras and Hemis were excavated from their resting places, barn finders became unicorn hunters in their quest to make big money in the collector- car market. The formula is simple, really. All you have to do is find a highly desirable model with inconceivably low miles and buy it at book price to make room for the premium. Easy, right? Bring a Trailer, the Company Bring a Trailer Date Range April 3–May 26, 2020 Buyer’s premium 5%; $250 minimum, $5,000 maximum, included in sold prices beginning to auction in 2014. I mean, some of these are real jaw-droppers. A now-famous result is the 7,111-original-mile 1994 Toyota Supra that sold in January 2019 for $126,000, a record at the time. It spurred an entirely new movement resulting in more 1990s cars offered at auction, even at traditional houses. Then, in January of this year, a 21,743-original-mile 1971 Datsun 240Z shocked the market when it traded hands at $315,000. BaT is dominated by European and Japanese sports cars, and even the big money has noticed. Recently, a Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing was bid to a no-sale at $1,450,000, but days before, an ’09 Mercedes SLR McLaren 722 S roadster hammered sold at $730,000. While not every sale is a Wall Street Journal head- line, the site does continue to produce at least one or two stunners per week. I thought it would be fun to cull through the results of the past couple of months to find a few BaT Crazy highlights that raised my eyebrows. ♦ SOLD AT $107,002. An over-the-top result. The staggering price may have been the market’s proclamation that the 02’s time has arrived. Since the auction in early March, five other tiis have been offered on BaT, reflecting noticeable price bumps commensurate with condition. As if you need another excuse, now just might be the time to jump into a rising tide. #31800-1976 PORSCHE 914 convertible. S/N 4762903004. Ivory White/black vinyl. Odo: 36,482 miles. Fuel-injected 2.0-L H4, 5-sp. A highly original car with very low miles and one quality repaint. Excellent original interior with no apparent flaws. Equipped with the factory Appearance Package, Coco floor mats and a Blaupunkt Seattle stereo. Offered with original window sticker, dealership paperwork and service records. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $51,360. The best 914 examples continue to do well, having maintained the modest market momentum built over the past few years. This one managed to ignite spirited bidding and a jaw-dropping result. This is a very expensive 914 in uninspiring colors with the emissions-choked engine and big bumpers. Part of that high price is due to the super-low miles and condition. But much of this big number is because two people wanted to go home with this example. I’d have to call it very well sold. #29498-1987 VOLKSWAGEN SCI- ROCCO hatchback. S/N WVWCB0538HK016263. Flash Silver Metallic/ black vinyl. Odo: 31,155 miles. Fuel-injected 1.8-L I4, 5-sp. Mostly original car with some improvements. Original owner until 2017 and said to have 31k original miles, despite the speedo replacement at 10k. Very good original paint and interior, substantiating the mileage 106 Sports Car Market


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Bring a Trailer Online An ad-nauseam discussion in the BaTnut gallery over correct wiper blades provided an amusing diversion, but at the end of the day, a strong car sold for a strong price. 1969 Ferrari 246 GT Dino coupe this one sold strong. An impressive result today, but prices continue to rise. ITALIAN TOP 10 No. 1 claim. Modified with aftermarket exhaust and struts, Euro bumpers, Bilsteins and Snowflake wheels from an ’84 GTI. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $37,013. By now, most Sciroccos have been beaten like a rented mule. This survivor was reportedly bought new by a VW employee and babied for 30 years. Even as well-used examples have become newly collectible, there can only be a handful left in this condition. Is it the 1980s equivalent of the $315k 240Z? That may be a stretch, but the next decade will most certainly be kind to survivor 1980s examples like this. #31489-1988 BMW M3 coupe. S/N WBSAK0300J2197339. Salmon Silver Metallic/black leather. Odo: 154,993 miles. Fuel-injected 2.3-L I4, 5-sp. Nice original car with high miles. Some panels have been repainted and others show tiny rock chips consistent with mileage. Leather shows light creasing and stains. New engine control module, suspension upgrades and tires. Stated that a/c not working. Clean CARFAX. Seems very well kept by original owner prior to dealer acquisition. Cond: 3+. #31335-1969 FERRARI 246 GT DINO coupe. S/N 00548. Metallic Brown/beige leather. Odo: 23,835 km. 2.4-L V6, 5-sp. Euro-market Series 1 Tipo L model with low miles and treated to an excellent respray in unusual born-with shade of Marrone Metallizzato. A refurbishment one year later included new leather, carpet, and “mouse hair” dashboard. Later-series steering wheel and clock noted, despite Ferrari Classiche certification. Cond: 2. kit, BMW 733i brakes and aftermarket front spoiler and wheels (originals included in sale). Cond: 2. SOLD AT $110,000. These baby Miuras were popular up-and-comers following the sale of one that fetched $176k in 2014 at Gooding Scottsdale. Since then, you rarely see one break $100k (in fact, this very car was bid to $90,500 on BaT in 2016). As a driver, it’s the one to have, as the tasteful mods offer an eminently better experience. Sold for a strong price, but don’t be surprised to see Montreals begin their ascent. #31297-1981 FIAT 2000 Spider. S/N ZFAAS00B6B8183836. Rosso Cherry/tan canvas/tan vinyl. Odo: 24,874 km. Fuel-injected 2.0-L I4, 5-sp. Excellent original. Sold new in Ontario and imported to New York in 2010. Very low kilometers, and with excellent paint and interior. Tiny repair in top. Includes Cromodora Turbo wheels, Coco mats and AM/ FM/cassette player. CARFAX report shows mileage inconsistency, but condition appears consistent with kilometers shown. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $395,000. Early 246s with many carry-overs from the previous 206 model are highly desirable. The design is essentially the same, but Ferraristi will pony up for features such as aluminum body panels and knockoff wheels. An ad-nauseam discussion in the BaTnut gallery over correct wiper blades provided an amusing diversion, but at the end of the day, a strong car sold for a strong price. #31929-1971 ALFA ROMEO MONTREAL coupe. S/N AR1425380. Orange/black & orange Alcantara. Odo: 41,267 km. Fuel-injected 2.6-L V8, 5-sp. Restored in 2016 as an excellent driver. Refinished in factory-original orange that remains excellent. Nicely reupholstered seats with incorrect pattern, Coco mats and a Blaupunkt “Bahamas” radio. Mods include a suspension TOP 10 No. 6 SOLD AT $23,625. Big-bumper era, but the larger Cromodoras make up for it. Incredible Pininfarina lines and decent performance have made the market notice these long-ignored models. Higher appreciation in Europe, where fewer were originally sold and lots of mechanics named Tony who can Fix It Again. Well sold in a rising market for these models. JAPANESE #31714-1972 DATSUN 240Z coupe. S/N HLS3093856. White/black vinyl. Odo: 89,411 miles. 2.4-L I6, 4-sp. Stalled restoration project after being repainted in its original color in 1996. Color-sanded and buffed by present owner after acquiring it in 2017. Some overspray noted on window seals. New interior. Bumpers rechromed and new trim installed. Much mechanical work recently completed including brakes, carbs and cooling system. Aftermarket stereo and wheels. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $55,650. Perhaps the most SOLD AT $67,200. The selling dealer was chided from the start by the BaT community for his choice of BFGoodrich raised-whiteletter radial TAs more appropriate to a Dodge Daytona. A questionable choice, but no harm done, and real bidders saw the car for what it was: a super-nice original. Few cars are hotter in this market than an analog E30 M3, and 108 Sports Car Market


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Bring a Trailer Online A terrific car, and maybe even a good investment if not driven, but you might as well just buy AMZN shares that won’t leave an oil mark on your rug. 2004 Acura NSX-T coupe widely publicized auction in BaT’s history was the 21k original-mile 240Z anomaly that sold for $315k last January. An exception, to be sure, but $50k Zs have become relatively commonplace on the site. A few sellers make a living turning out restored Zs and offering them exclusively on BaT. This was an excellent example that sold for what has become the new market rate. #30182-1986 TOYOTA 4RUNNER SR5 Turbo SUV. S/N JT3RN67W4G0047696. Red/tan cloth. Odo: 232,767 miles. Turbocharged 2.4-L I4, auto. Acquired by the seller in 1999 and kept in storage until being recommissioned in 2018 with a new turbo, shocks and tires. Original finish shows many scratches and fading. Tan cloth seats are original and held up well. Features a sunroof, removable hard top with sliding side windows, digital gauges and a CB radio. Cond: 3. that sell at unprecedented levels. If the buyer plans to drive it, he had better hope that the value curve goes up at a rate faster than the additional mileage curve takes it down. Well sold. #29800-2004 ACURA NSX-T coupe. S/N JH4NA21614S000003. Silverstone Metallic/Onyx Black leather. Odo: 1,876 miles. Fuel-injected 3.2-L V6, 6-sp. In close-to-new condition with barely more than delivery miles. Seller noted three small stone chips to paint. Features include factory logo floor mats and original Bose cassette stereo with trunk-mounted CD changer. Factory window sticker shows a suggested retail price of $89,765. Cond: 1-. TOP 10 No. 5 that still looks good, although a few rust bubbles are evident. Reupholstered in a shade that is very, very red. Cracks in dash. List of mechanical services performed in 2018. Features Laycock overdrive, dealer-installed fender mirrors and a picnic set. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $54,075. Excellent presentation and a good story are everything when selling online. This car had both. Initially purchased by an American oilman residing in The Hague through Volvo’s European delivery plan before exporting to the U.S. a few years later. Photos were of high quality and took full advantage of the $40 modern picnic set. Combined with a model on the rise, this was an exceptional result for a very good example. AMERICAN TOP 10 No. 9 #31435-1958 PONTIAC CHIEFTAIN convertible. S/N K558H2102. Red & white/white vinyl/red & white leather. Odo: 97,699 miles. 370-ci V8, 3x2bbl, auto. Cosmetic refresh of an older restoration. New paint and interior to good driver standard in 2019. Sprayed red/white despite original factory finish in black. Tri-Power present, although missing original air cleaner. Dual exhaust, power steering, power brakes and an AM radio, as well as a newer underdash Pioneer stereo. Chassis shows road use. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $86,056. Just when you SOLD AT $24,032. Lest you thought BaT auctions only featured low-mile cream puffs, here’s one to consider. This one features 232k miles, tired paint and peeling wheels—and that only begins to describe the flaws. Mid1980s 4Runners are the hottest SUV on the market, and this one has the venerable 22RE motor with factory turbo. Bidders desperate for this configuration even forgave the automatic tranny. If you find a decent one, buy it and thank me later. #31962-1989 TOYOTA LAND CRUISER FJ62 SUV. S/N JT3FJ62G6K1104403. White/gray cloth. Odo: 31,972 miles. Fuel-injected 4.0-L I6, auto. A mostly original, low-miles SUV in excellent condition. Light body- and paintwork to right side. A small tear in the vinyl at the base of the rear bench. Upgraded suspension and aftermarket window tint added. Additional equipment includes electric windows, locks and mirrors, a/c, rear heater and a factory cassette player. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $84,000. BaT sellers keep coming up with ultra-low-mile gems like this one TOP 10 No. 10 110 SOLD AT $138,000. There are some scenarios in which spending 138 large isn’t your biggest consideration. Like, if you’re the sultan of Brunei, for example. Or you only have six weeks to live. But if you’re like the rest of us 99-percenters, this is a head-scratcher. To use it as intended will destroy the nearly 100% premium paid. A terrific car, and maybe even a good investment if not driven, but you might as well just buy AMZN shares that won’t leave an oil mark on your rug. SWEDISH #31390-1964 VOLVO 1800S coupe. S/N 10166. White/red leather. Odo: 21,267 miles. 1.8-L I4, 4-sp. Mostly original with updated cosmetics. Repaint in its original color in 1992 thought the sun was setting on 1950s convertibles. BaT is dominated by European sports cars but doesn’t discriminate against American iron if it is interesting and the reserve is reasonable. Apparently, the BaT community was hungry for something different when this Jet Age wonder showed up, as the selling price revisited highs of a few years ago. #31813-1967 FORD COUNTRY SQUIRE wagon. S/N 7U74Q143183. Sauterne Gold/Parchment. Odo: 27,492 miles. 428-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. One-of-one mostly original car with modifications. Special-or- Sports Car Market


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dered new with bucket seats, a console and a 428-4V/4-speed. Original paint faded on rusty body. Interior decent in comparison, but still scruffy. Modified with fuel injection and disc brakes. Body was lifted to replace body mounts and perform structural rust repair. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $50,138. Uh ... really? preserved example with original paint showing minor acid-rain spots and swirls. Excellent original interior. Equipped with aluminum Pony wheels, front discs, a/c, cruise and a cassette stereo. Mods include an aftermarket shifter, aluminum driveshaft and Magnaflow mufflers. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $39,200. Among This result takes BaT Crazy to an entirely new level. Owned by Steve McQueen, right? Well, no, but the car has become semi-famous as Tom Cotter’s transport in episodes of “The Barn Find Hunter.” In addition, the go-fast family man who ordered the special configuration was granted the right to do so by Lee Iacocca himself. Cool story ... and that’s what the buyer bought. An unrepeatable sale. #30559-1992 FORD MUSTANG LX coupe. S/N 1FACP40E9NF137198. Black/black cloth. Odo: 14,092 miles. Well- Fox-body Mustang collectors, this example is of nearly magical spec. When new, the “cool kids” got fastback GTs. Better yet, a Cobra or Saleen. Many of these models lived a charmed life and are readily available today. Proletarian notchback 5.0-L models seemed destined for cops, but this Pony broke through the production line in black/black with a 5-speed, making it a unicorn. Big money, but the buyer won’t lose in the long run. ♦ August 2020 111


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DRIVEN TO ASK The 911 Parts Queen Sara Dakarmen, owner of Los Angeles Dismantler, salvages Porsche parts to keep your car — and her business — going By Elana Scherr Chassy Media S 114 ara Dakarmen (pronounced “Da Car men,” or in this case, car woman) runs a Porsche salvage yard in Sun Valley, CA. Although she grew up around cars, she never intended to be the sole proprietor of a scrapyard. In the early 2000s, she married a man in the automotive-parts business, and together they turned their joint love of Porsches into a thriving used-parts company. When her husband passed away unexpectedly, she chose to take on the challenge of running L.A. Dismantler on her own. Sara took a break from scrapping 911s to talk to us about car life and Porsche dreams. You didn’t grow up planning to run an automotive business, but you did grow up around cars. What were some of your early car memories? Ever since I was a kid, I noticed cars. We lived on a cul-de-sac, and my bedroom faced the street. I knew every sound of every car going down the street. I could recognize who was coming home by the exhaust note. I was the car washer of the family. When I was 10, my dad got a Porsche 924. Before that, he had a slat-back Datsun. With those slats, it was so hard to clean the window. When he got the 924, it was so easy. So that was the beginning for me. You’ve been around a lot of different Porsche models. Do you have any favorites? In the earlier days of our company, my husband was a 911 purist, although I’ve always liked the outlaws — even before they were called that. As a business, we’ve strictly stuck to being a 911, Boxster, Cayman specialist. I’ve seen an increase in interest for the 914s and 958s, and people are really paying attention to the new electric model Taycan. I think it’s great because they all are Porsches in the end, whether it’s a 4-door, whether it’s a 2-door, whatever kind of model. A 993 Turbo S is my personal favorite. I love the split tail on it. I love a big tail. In my mind, some people are fans of the GT Touring, which does not have a tail on it. I’m thinking, “If it’s a GT, I want a mega tail.” Sports Car Market


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People don’t often use “Porsche” and “dismantler” in the same sentence. Is running a scrapyard for Porsche different than a general salvage yard? In terms of equating Porsche and used parts, it might be foreign to some. If you’ve got a brand-new Porsche, you’ve got a warranty that’s going to cover you for five years. You’re not going to think about used parts because that’s not something you’re going to have to deal with. You’re going to go to the dealership, and they’re going to take care of it and put whatever they need into it. But the older that your car gets, the less likely it is that they’re going to be stocking those parts. So especially when you go back into the air-cooled series, which is the ’90s and prior, the availability of those parts is really challenging to find. What are commonly needed used parts for 911s? Well, the typical damage on a Porsche or any car is going to be front or rear damage, whether you’re hitting somebody else or getting hit from behind. The things that are going to be damaged are bumpers, headlights, and those core parts. If they’re damaged on your car, that means the chances of them getting damaged on a salvage car that I’m getting in are pretty good too. So those are valuable parts. More recently, Porsche Classic has been supplying the market with replacement parts that are OEM. And, obviously, there are also aftermarket parts. The real 911 purists are more interested in having an original OEM patina part than they are in replacing it with a newer part. Is it sad to see all these damaged Porsches come through? People have tears in their eyes sometimes when they see a picture of my yard. I say it’s all about your mindset. You can either look at it and think, “Oh my gosh. The demise of all these cars,” or you can think, “Wow. How many are they saving?” These cars are not roadworthy anymore; the end of their life has come. You can salvage off the parts and try to save other cars. So that’s what we’re doing, trying to keep other Porsches on the road. ♦ August 2020 115


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DRIVING WITH ELANA 2020 LAMBORGHINI HURACÁN EVO SPYDER Photos by Jessica Walker A Car to Save Your World The Huracán, like every superhero, has flaws, but it’s a naturally aspirated wonder with a nose-lift By Elana Scherr D oes Superman feel like this when he bursts out of the telephone booth and into the air? Up, up and, oh wait — hold on — I just gotta figure out… where is… do you see… not quite sure how to put it in Drive. No, that’s Manual mode, and oh, hit the paddle shifter. Okay, race-car stuff, I got this … now, where were we? Awaaaaaay! Once you get it in gear, the Lamborghini Huracán Evo Spyder is a howling whirl- wind worthy of its name. There are so many forced-induction engines in performance cars, so it’s a rare joy to get the instant and unmuffled response of the Lamborghini’s naturally aspirated V10. The engine and the exhaust are mounted right behind your head, and the Spyder’s quick-folding soft top makes for maximum absorption of its cackling, crackling, snarling superpowers. Skip the base Strada mode. It’s not comfortable enough to be worth giving up the decel pops and eyeball-rattling passing power of the Sport and Corsa modes. The only things faster than you in the Huracán are the heads turning as you drive by. No new car I’ve ever driven has inspired more raised cellphones in the passenger’s seats of my fellow commuters. Who can blame them? The Huracán’s distinctive shape has changed little since its introduction in 2014, which means it’s instantly recognizable even to casual fans. It looks like a wedge of Parmigiano-Reggiano on wheels, but with a 0–60 mph time of less than three seconds — that’s a fast chunk of cheese. The Lambo looks good on the inside as well, with a mix of Alcantara and Lamborghini’s Carbon Forged Composite trim. If only it all felt as good as it looks. Switches, includ- ing the fighter-pilot red toggle and the cover over the ignition button, are lightweight and unsatisfying. The turn signals on the steering wheel don’t self- cancel, and the USB ports are inconveniently behind the driver. On the other hand, what a supercar miracle to have backup cameras, touchscreens, parking sensors and a nose-lift. Any Countach owner would trade their suitcase mobile phone for even one of those options. Every superhero has some flaws. I’d still trust the Huracán to save the world. ♦ 116 Sports Car Market


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ELANA’S GRADEBOOK Fun to drive:  Eye appeal:  Overall experience:  Price as tested: $363,625 Equipment: 5.2-L naturally aspirated V10, 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, 4WD, 4-wheel steering, torque vectoring, carbon-ceramic brakes, nose lift, 20-inch Aesir wheels, heated seats, three performance modes, lightweight soft top with 17-second open/close time, carbon-fiber trim, 8.4-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay compatible. Mileage: 13/18 Likes: Outrageous, crowd-pleasing looks, operatic exhaust note, timewarp acceleration Dislikes: Low roofline affects visibility, interior pieces feel plasticky, controls not intuitive August 2020 117


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DOUBLE TAKE Well Bought or Well Sold? Hunting for common ground on a handful of BaT sales by Steve Serio and Nick Jaynes Lot 30633. 1983 Volkswagen Rabbit GTI Callaway Turbo Stage II. S/N 1VWDC0174DV022996. Cashmere White, red velour. Turbocharged 1.8-L I4, 5-speed manual. 19,000 miles. Sold at $39,900. Bring a Trailer, 4/27/2020. 12 bids. Condition 2+ JAYNES Cream paint? Red velour interior? Callaway turbo? This thing is worth every bit of $40k. These first-gen GTIs are as fun today as they were in 1983. The biggest issue with them, though, is that they suffered three decades of wacko, neglectful owners. So to find one this clean is a delight. Now add the fact that this is a Callaway Turbo car and you have a downright steal on your hands. There is not even a whiff of pretentious- ness to this car. That’s what I love most about it. Forget an IROC-Z. If you want a car that will make you feel like the coolest kid in high school in 1984, this is the car. SERIO I’m very simpatico with Nick’s view here, as I’m the new owner of this car. Surprise! I finished college in 1982. At that time, Rabbits were king Autocross cars and all of my friends had them. I gaffed and opted for a Wolfsburg Edition triple-black cabriolet as my daily instead. That car was flawed and short-lived. This car popped up, and after I viewed it closely 100 times, I decided that I’d cap my bid at $40k. I figured I’d be an underbidder — no way was it selling for less than $50k. So imagine my utter surprise when the bidding stopped after my one bid! 75,000-plus views, 1,700-plus watchers and … crickets — no bidding war. That’s the beauty of this format; you simply can never predict the outcome. Lot 31574: 1983 Ferrari 400i. S/N ZFFEB06B000043303. Marrone Colorado, Tobacco leather. Fuel-injected 4.8-L V12, auto. 30,000 miles. Sold at $58,275. Bring a Trailer, 5/19/2020. 50 bids. Condition: 3. SERIO I have pined for this series Ferrari. I get it, or at least I did get it. The thought of maintaining a Ferrari of this era for any regular use just sends shivers down my spine. The transmission in this car zaps the fun, but at least it’s bulletproof and shouldn’t drain you of any dinero. I love these unusual colors, and the history is beyond reproach (first owner is very well known in Ferrari circles). For this amount of cake you are getting a beautiful design, an almostunrepeatable example and understated panache up the wazoo. Studying what $55k buys you these days on BaT, this was value personified — not the fastest Ferrari, but a great-sounding one with huge style points. Okay, I get it again. JAYNES Why don’t I see more Ferraris like this? I feel like all I ever see are 308s. $58k seems like an absolute steal. You know how some people have a “hunting rig” or “summer-home convertible”? This would be my “looking-at car.” I don’t think I’d be that interested in driving it, least of all because of the automatic transmission. I can’t help but imagine it’s far better to look at than to actually drive. Plus, if I never drove it, it’d never break itself or my heart. It’s better that way for the both of us. Lot 31594. 1964 Chevrolet C10 pickup. S/N 4C144A130505. 283-ci V8, 3-speed manual. Red, white vinyl. 74,000 miles. Sold at $21,788. Bring a Trailer, 5/19/2020. 32 bids. Condition: 3+ JAYNES Is the oil light on? Something about this truck doesn’t pass the smell test for me. Values for comparable C10s from this generation are all over the place. This one, though, seems a bit on the high side given its questionable provenance. That said, shortbed Fleetside examples aren’t easy to find anymore. So if you’re desperate to get one in your driveway, this was a fine price. SERIO If you wanted one of these, there was value here. You can’t take an edgy one and fix it to look this good for this money even if your donor was free. Personally I’d go older into the 1950s or farther back, or into the 1970s... this is a lost era in pickups for me. I see this C10 motoring down the road at home in either Nebraska or California and appeal- ing to a young, stylish woman or a rancher who needs a classic ... but I don’t get it. I’m trying not to be a hater, but three-on-the-tree, agricultural suspension and brakes? Meh... at least it’s a proven engine! I keep squinting, but I don’t see it. Maybe if it was blue? 118 Sports Car Market


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Lot 31663. 2000 Mercedes-Benz SL500 convertible. S/N WDBFA68FXYF195244. Brilliant Silver Metallic, black leather. Fuel-injected 5.0-L V8, auto. 46,000 miles. Sold at $13,913. Bring a Trailer, 5/20/2020. 55 bids. Condition: 3+ JAYNES The R129s may be the best SL Mercedes ever built — not from a reliability standpoint, mind you, but from a style-meets-performance perspective. It has most of the technical accoutrements we enjoy in modern cars without all the electronic doodads. And the M113 5.0 is a real charmer. That said, replacing the rear main seal won’t be cheap. While they’re at it, the new owner should get ready for a wholesale replacement of the convertible top’s electro-hydraulics. The Brilliant Silver Metallic is the most common color, but it is fitting for the car. And I especially love the Albali wheels. This was on the high side of well bought. SERIO Not old enough to be classic, not new enough to be convenient. These tweener cars seem like relative bargains at first blush, but the relatively inexpensive price of entry can wildly escalate when the hidden service Easter eggs start popping up. Think of this as either a depreciating asset or an increasing liability; you pick whichever one allows you to sleep better at night. Four owners from new and no real horror in the history, it could prove to be a “nice car.” I think silver over black is dull and the wheels are equally vanilla. Yawn, pass... I’d go more vintage (think 450SL or 560SL) with panache or chase a slightly newer version and acquire a better, more reliable next-generation (SL55) ride. Lot 31644. 1958 Chrysler 300D convertible. S/N LC41559. Ermine White, beige leather. 392-ci V8, auto. 700 miles. Sold at $85,050. Bring a Trailer, 5/20/2020. 18 bids. Condition: 2+ SERIO I really tried to like this Exner barge, but the seller’s com- ments rang true. He couldn’t get his sons to care for his aging taste, so he’s going into more-modern BMWs. That I get. Something enjoyable to drive — and without a rudder. But to be fair, I guess this car was a deal for the “alte kaker” buyer, given the restoration cost. Yes, this era of American car is sliding in value as the core audience is aging out. But at this price, you too can be Don Draper and enjoy your Friday cruise with your wife, Betty, and two unsavory children and still be monetarily whole. But Don Draper eventually fell in love with an E-type, and I predict this guy will too. I was impressed with this offering’s history file, though, and have no doubt it’s a fine example. JAYNES Unlike Steve, and purportedly the seller’s kids, I like the looks of this generation of 300. It’s peak “We won the war, I’m mostly drunk all the time, but my liver still feels fine” American-car style. Still, this car is way too stodgy for even Lot 31572: 1987 BMW M6 coupe. S/N WBAEE1407H2560456. Cinnabar Red, Lotus White leather. Fuel-injected 3.5-L I6, 5-speed manual. 84,000 miles. Sold at $47,513. Bring a Trailer, 5/19/2020. 43 bids. Condition: 2-. SERIO One of my favorite new cars ever was my 1988 M5, and to think they were hard cars to sell in period. Of course, the M-cars’ fire quickly engulfed the desires of many a BMW aficionado. An M6 may be a bear to service if neglected, but this car seems honest (and everything needs $5k when it lands on your doorstep) and the seller seemed transparent in his comments, especially about the Type A first owner. Great bang for the buck when you think of what a 2002tii or 3.0 will cost you. These cars seem like a bargain right now. JAYNES Oh, a paint-thickness gauge. Of course, he’d pull that out by the 18th photo. If the seller thinks the first owner was Type-A, he ought to have a good look in the mir- ror. Of course, that’s really the kind of guy whom you’d want to own this car before you. Steve’s right about service on these cars — you’ll want the nicest one you can get. This was an on-the-money price. It’s higher than I might have wanted it to be, but finding them in this kind of nick is not easy anymore. Not everyone who sees you in an M6 will know how deeply special it is. That’s part of the charm. August 2020 119 Dick Whit— I mean, Don Draper. And, honestly, that’s what I like about it. It’s the kind of car I imagine a 58-year-old who was still trying to look at least a bit hip would have bought — a Roger Sterling, for example. And, to me, that’s kind of cool. All that said, there’s no way this car is worth $85k. If American-car values are sliding, well, I say keep sliding. ♦


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ROAD VALUE The Silent Sports Car The Derby Bentley is a fantastic drivers’ car — and $100k will get you there By Paul Hardiman A Derby Bentley in the British TV series “Good Omens” T he Derby Bentley — 1933–39 3½ and 4¼ — is probably the best all-round preWorld War II car, and it’s life-affirming to drive, too. Every control is a pleasure to operate, from the fluid-yet-authoritative steering to the gear-change, which should be butter-smooth and will almost take the lever out of your (right) hand on upshifts, synchroed on third and fourth. Immense torque and super-smooth, linear power delivery from barely perceptible tick-over onwards make it easy to keep up with modern traffic, and even today the brakes are surprisingly good, servoed and powerful for their time. These cars hold the road well, handle neatly for a near-16-foot 3,500-pounder, and are surprisingly easy to place. Even the smaller-engined cars will knock on the door of 90 mph. They will waft in near silence, but will happily honk on to cover good distances unflustered. Jack of all trades And the looks... with the large headlights flanking the famous streamlined grille, and (usually) low-profile elegant coachwork behind, a Derby Bentley can be anything: concours winner with Vanden Plas open coachwork, or the ultimate cad’s car with close-coupled lowline body from the likes of Gurney Nutting. One such 3½ appeared recently as the devil’s agent Crowley’s car in British TV series “Good Omens,” perfectly cast in a subdued but slightly satanic two-tone gray/black. Even the two-doors seat four in comfort in an atmosphere of restrained wood and leather — how very British, though a good many have sliding sunroofs. These are feel-good cars, pleasing to behold and operate, which engender a sense of wanting to do the engineering justice by driving it precisely and well. That doesn’t mean they’re delicate or temperamen- tal flowers: Some owners successfully complete tough round-the-world rallies... although running and maintenance costs (everything is possible, at a price, from a good network of specialists at home and abroad) can be eye-watering. Excellence in silence They are known as “Derby” Bentleys, or sometimes Rolls-Bentleys, because that’s where they were built — the first new models produced after Royce’s takeover of W.O.’s company in 1931. The quality of Rolls-Royce engineering combined with Bentley’s sporting heritage quickly earned this project the title of “The Silent Sports Car,” and it was tagged as such in contemporary sales literature. Even though they still have beam front axles instead of independent front suspension, they are completely different in makeup to the Vintage-era W.O. Bentleys, and they possess a more sporting character than the small Rolls-Royces from which they are derived. 120 Sports Car Market


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They are far more than badge-engineered 20/25s, however, with more power, lower chassis and almost always more elegant coachwork than the sometimes-edificial limousine bodies inflicted upon their cousins. As the essential resource derbybentley.com puts it, “Derby Bentleys exhibit some of the finest products of the finest coachbuilders of the 1930s, with the rounded and more-sporting Bentley radiator allowing the designers to develop flowing lines, often of unsurpassed beauty.” Just 2,422 were made from 1933, the engine size increasing from 3,669 cc (a pretty generous “3½”) to 4,257 cc (“4¼”) in 1936, the numbers roughly equal between them. The last M-series cars (200 built, 1938 and 1939) had overdrive, though plenty have had them retrofitted since, which is A Good Thing. About 1,800 Derby Bentleys are reckoned to still be with us. Curves drive prices M-series cars are the most sought-after and expensive, but after that, the choice of coachwork, along with condition, affects the price more than age or which engine is fitted. Generally, the more swoopy and elegant, the bigger the price tag — and the size and weight of the body will affect how the car handles and how sporty it feels. Park Ward bodied almost half of them, its later 4¼s in steel rather than aluminum over ash frames, so those tend to last better. The most elegant designs tend to come from Vanden Plas, Gurney Nutting and James Young in England, with a few one-offs by the likes of Kellner, Pourtout and Van Vooren of Paris. Honorable mentions go to Barker, Freestone & Webb, Hooper, Mann Egerton, both Mulliners, Rippon, Thrupp & Maberly and Windovers. Some cars have had their original bodies junked and were made into specials, with varying degrees of success. The most elegant and famous one-off is the forerunner of the Continental, the 1939 4¼ Litre fixed-head coupé by Pourtout of Paris for André Embiricos. Closed 3½s start at $60k (though you’ll be lucky, and it’ll likely be tired, with a frumpy body), but more elegant choices come within our notional $100k budget. More aspirationally, the nicest open 4¼s have an ask nearer $150k, or even more for the coolest and rarest. ♦ Courtesy of Bonhams A less-sinister example: 1935 Bentley 3½ Litre Pillarless coupe August 2020 121


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UNLOCKING A CAR 1969–74 Ferrari 246 GT/GTS Dino By Steve Ahlgrim Ferrari’s 246 Dino GT was produced from 1969 through 1973. The targa-top GTS model was added in 1972 and continued through 1974. Priced to compete with Porsche’s 911, many Dinos saw regular service and maintenance needs exceeding the owner’s budget. Purchasing a 246 Dino is not for the novice. Authenticity equals dollars. Professional help should be enlisted when vetting a car. If the vent-window latches are in the glovebox, leave them there. The latches are glued to the windows and regularly fall off. Vent windows are frequently damaged from botched repairs. Options included metallic paint, air conditioning, electric windows, leather interior and Daytona seat inserts. An optional “chairs and flares” package was offered on the late 246s. The rare package included wider Campagnolo wheels, fender flares and Daytona-style seat inserts. Backup light housings are prone to rust from collected water. Doglegs, rockers, door skins and the lower rear fenders behind the rear wheels are common rust areas. European models have flush front turn-signal lenses and a single side light. U.S. models have recessed turn signals and front and rear sidemarker lights. 122 Sports Car Market


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The alternator and starter are particularly difficult to remove. Even pros with special tools need the better part of a day to do the job. Ignition is managed by an electronic box called a Dinoplex. They are easily damaged during jumping or charging. They can be rebuilt, but cores are difficult to find if the originals are missing. U.S. models have an air pump and other emission controls. Worn cam lobes are often the culprit behind poor engine performance. The stock sodium-filled valves should be replaced if the heads are ever removed. A Little More to Know 1. 3,761 Dinos 246s were built — 2,487 GTs and 1,274 GTSs. 2. The open-top GTS will sell for more money, but the closed-top GT drives better. 3. IAC/PFA (Ferrari) judging does not deduct for color changes if the new color is a proper period color. 4. Michelin XWX is the preferred tire. 5. A set of books and tools can sell for as much as $15,000. The front bulkhead and trunk rear panel are covered with plastic liners. The panels are brittle and often broken. Replacement panels are available from Ferrari parts specialists. The battery is positioned under the spare tire. Spares are often removed for battery servicing and not replaced. 6. The original Campagnolo wheels have a rough finish. Reproduction wheels are smooth. 7. The Dino Register — www. dinoregister.com — is a great source for information on individual cars. 8. The deep growl of the 4-cam V6 has been known to make drivers miss their driveway. The ammeter and firewall fuse block are weak links in the electrical system. Dashes are covered with a suede cloth known as mouse fur. It eventually succumbs to water staining, fading or age. Replacement covering should be dark gray with a light pattern rather than a rich, solid black. The second-gear synchronizer is a weak link. You should be able to shift into second gear from dead cold. 1974 Ferrari 246 GTS Dino Spyder ©2018 Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s August 2020 The VIN number can be found in the doorjamb, on the top of the steering column, and on an upper frame rail on the driver’s side of the engine compartment. Dino engine numbers do not match the chassis number. 123


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READER FORUM Are You Willing to Drive in a Multi-Day Rally — Right Now? We recently asked SCMers this question: “When will you feel comfortable — and safe — joining a multi-day tour, such as the SCM 1000, with 40 cars and 100 participants?” Here’s a sample of what you had to say: Photos by George Olson 2021! The United States is way short of testing and tracking. Too much chance of asymptomatic persons around. I won’t take the chance. I’ll drive alone. — David Slagle, via email Half the enjoyment of touring is social interaction with others of like mind. COVID-19 issues have left a big void for that component of touring. Group day tours with a self-prepared (or takeout) picnic lunch along the way — while maintaining responsible COVID-19 practices — is okay for sure. Organized car gatherings while practicing responsible COVID-19 practices would seem reasonable as well. Overnight tours are still on hold for now. Concerns about hotels/restaurants, etc., need to be addressed before resuming overnight tours. — David L. Schroeder, via email I am ready for a road trip NOW. I retired March 3, just before the Amelia Island Concours, which turned out to be the last normal event of the year. All my other plans for the next three months and more, trashed. While I recognize the possibility of catching the bug, I am willing to use reasonable precautions and roll — now. — Jim Wilson, via email Touring is something we could get up and running very soon. Temp checks at check-in, masks when outside your car, and separation at stops and overnights. Long, interesting drives — along with social interactions with fellow enthusiasts — will be great mental-health therapy. — Pat Lind, via email 124 Not until a vaccine is available and proven to be effective. — Charles Casarella, via email Now. If everyone is wearing a mask and giving each other six feet of space, I’m ready to attend car shows right now. Wearing masks makes a HUGE difference. It provides everyone with peace of mind. Here in the Northeast, the car-show season is short enough already. Let the games begin. — David Stern, via email The issue isn’t with the “touring” portion of the program, where everyone is in their own automobiles. Rather, it is the social gatherings, hotels and restaurants along the way. Once there is either a viable treatment for COVID-19 or there is a vaccine to prevent it, we will be out on the road once again. Until then, our sports cars will remain parked. Thanks for the opportunity to offer my opinion. — Don Moler, Topeka, KS Sports Car Market


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It will really depend on the data on the new cases of COVID-19 at the time. Assuming that these are reasonable (likely trending down or very low), then yes. Likely there will be limitations/adaptions based on where we are at the time. Travel in the car is okay, but hotels and stops are the issue. From the perspective of organizing an event, you likely need a “no-cost/low-cost” cancellation option. You could have a three- month lead time from announcement, but you need to be able to cancel it a month in advance if conditions don’t look good. I would like to see these types of events go ahead, but there is financial risk to the organizers. For example, I just had an event in mid-September canceled. This is likely due to the organizer not wanting to take the financial risk of having to cancel later in the year. — Jack Habart, via email I would definitely feel 100% okay to do a driving event when and if a vaccine is available. Otherwise, a smaller driving event could work with the proper spacing, outdoor dining, etc. Thank you for thinking ahead! This is helpful to all at this difficult time. — Ann Fagan, via email We all know that 2020 is a lost year as far as tours are concerned. And I can’t imagine 2021 being anything but much-smaller tours with strict social distancing and obligatory mask wearing. So that means I will probably not be participating in any of the large or lengthy tours until 2022, when, hopefully, it will be truly safe to travel in an organized group. — Robert La Mar, Half Moon Bay, CA We’re anxious to get out and driving again, but I don’t see how it’s possible to bring that many people together and still keep them safe from the virus. It will likely take a breakthrough in treatment or immunization to reach that time. — Mike Ferring, Phoenix, AZ We still have our annual Cobra 1000 tour scheduled for early September and plan to do it! Driving is self-distancing by itself, and we will just plan to do as many meals outside, which can allow for more self-distancing as well! Car-tour game on! — Emily Lambert, via email I’ve been taking my Austin-Healey 100M out on a regular basis, but of course, always by myself and not meeting up with anyone. My local car club might look into scheduling a get-together in July, but I doubt much sooner than that. Considering our average age is probably 65, with many of us over 70, we don’t want to have a rolling target on our backs! — Mike Lewis, Harbor Island, S.C. I don’t think we would be really ready until springtime 2021. Even if there is no vaccine by then, we would have been able to see if the virus rebounded after states reopening, and/or over the fall/winter seasons. I will (or potentially, won’t!) be more comfortable in April 2021. — Joe Shubitowski, via email August 2020 125


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Mystery Photo Answers Car-show participants were told that masks are required to protect against the Carowner Virus. — Walter Meyer, Eagle, ID RUNNER-UP: N95 masks? We got ’em, all shapes and sizes. Protect anything! — Jeff Shuster, DDS, via email So, this car is too rich for your blood? Follow me to the back of the showroom. I’ve got some beautiful 60%-off cars. — Steve Schefbauer, Monroe, CT My wife did not appreciate my version of vacationing on the Riviera at all. — Roland Aviles, West Orange, NJ This coronavirus is honking me off. I have to wear this stupid mask every time I want to go somewhere. — David Libby, West Des Moines, IA The mayor of the city was very happy that this Half Car was following guidelines with Social Distancing and wore its mask! Let’s all be safe! — Michael Rini, Reno, NV Back-seat hookup. — Gary Wells, Duncan, SC Sir Knight Riviera always trailed behind the King’s Carriage. — Jack Baldwin, via email Kids and Cars Optional rear passenger socially distancing seats sold separately. — Jeff Hirst, Canonsburg, PA “They finally split when he left his better half in the parking lot with Trailer Jack.” — Bill Maloney, via email I know, dear, but the ad did say “half off.” — Doug Knight, Haddonfield, NJ The new trike bra sure protects us from stone chips, but it makes it a bit difficult to actually drive. — Jeff Brock, Colorado Springs, CO GM tries to restore its market share with the Pandemic Trailer. — Gary Francis, Chico, CA In light of the austere times we find ourselves living through, the theme of this year’s Pebble Beach Virtual Concours will be “It Could Have Been Worse,” and the featured marque will be GM Cars of the 1980s. Pictured is the rare Buick Tagalong. — Pat Hamlin, Thousand Oaks, CA These new ceramic front disc brakes are “stop-on-a-dime” AWESOME!... Uh maybe we should have also installed them on the rear. — Drew Mac, via email There are fastbacks and fast- fronts. — Warren D. Blatz, Jr., via email Here in the Ozarks, we’ve got our own version of glamping. — Al Nelson, Pentwater, MI Virgil’s Riviera was now in state compliance. It’s got a mask on. — Brian Sawyer, via email WOW! Social distancing and an N95 mask! — Tom Neyer, Gillette, WY Walter Meyer’s answer was topical — and employed a particularly blatant pun — even by Sports Car Market standards. This kind of audacity deserves a brand-new SCM ball cap, complete with interior storage space for his cloth mask of choice. ♦ This Month’s Mystery Photo Response deadline: August 25, 2020 Winner’s Circle: Massimo Calandra, in his Special Awardwinning 1957 SILA Bimbo Racer, stops for a photo with me at the Crescent Beach Concours d’Elegance. We continue to spread the word about SCM at approximately 18 events we attend across British Columbia from March to September each year. — Brad Pelling, Chairman, Crescent Beach Concours d’Elegance 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. 126 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. Subscription Renewals Comment of the Month “Excellent work. Data accuracy is what really separates your publica- tion from others.” — John Kennard, Southern Pines, NC (SCMer since 2015) Sports Car Market Mike Buettell


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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. 50 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. 1973 Porsche Carrera RS AMERICAN 1964 Pontiac Grand Prix 389 V8 2-door hard top ENGLISH 1993 Jaguar XJS coupe car is fully numbers matching and is in outstanding condition throughout, with original body panels including the pans, great gaps and panel fit, hood never bent and no clips or accident repairs. One older repaint in the rare and beautiful shade of yellow presents well. $159,500. Contact Don, Ph: 631.786.6511, email: dahearn67@gmail.com. Website: http://www.porsport.com. (NY) Black/black. 55,000 miles. Inline 6, automatic. Excellent condition, with 6-cylinder engine. $12,500. Contact Guillaume, Ph: 514.984.9844, email: guillaume.le_nigen@hotmail.com. (QC) 1996 Jaguar XJS convertible Topaz/Oatmeal. 30,400 miles. 4.0 L; 30,400-mile, two owner; present owner since 2008. Pristine condition; Six Concours 2008–12; Avg. 99.84 points. Window sticker; maintenance records since 2008. Beautifully maintained, wonderful road car; a 24-year-old car that could pass for new. Not perfect, but darn close! $24,500. Contact Robert, Ph: 541.408.5617, email: rhbpsi@aol.com. (OR) GERMAN 1960 Porsche 356B roadster Condor Yellow/Just out of 60-year ownership is this special-order Condor Yellow and gray roadster. This S/N 9110300085. Conda Green/Black. 2.2-L 180-hp 6-cyl. Matching numbers engine, transmission. Fully restored by Elite Restoration 2015–17. Further work on engine, other areas by Porsche specialists. Beautiful body- and paintwork in original Conda Green. Complete interior upholstery done, correct materials. Engine rebuilt, wheels refinished. Outstanding example of very rare 911S coupe. Grand Prix Classics. Contact Mark, Ph: 858.459.3500, email: info@grandprixclassics.com. Website: https:// grandprixclassics.com/. (CA) S/N 35009*. 3,810 miles. One of first 100 Porsches built. Only nine exist from the 100. Chosen as one of 48 Most Significant Porsches in the World for Museum exhibition. Owned by Legend Fred Goeske. Won Museum Perfection Award. Matching numbers. Insured by museum for $385K. Will sell now for significantly less. Condition 2. Contact Fuad, Ph: 323.767.7753, email: AutomobileTreasures@ gmail.com. 1970 Porsche 911S S/N 116-372 & 116-414. Red/white. 70,000 miles. V8, 5-spd manual. New transmission, clutch, pressure plate and resurfaced flywheel. New shocks, plugs and wires. Valve adjustment and tune-up. P/w, p/s. Michelin 215X70VR14. ANSA exhaust. $60,000-plus in restoration costs. Leather interior and carpet binding. A/C disconnected and parts saved. Parts car had 29,000 miles and was running when taken apart in 1986. $90,000. Contact Dr. Joe, Ph: 562.335.8499, email: ejcuny@verizon.net. (CA) 1973 Pininfarina 130 coupe 1965 Porsche 912 Absolutely outstanding example of a Carrera RS Touring. This German-delivered third-series car is fully numbers matching, with two different German inspection reports and FIA certification. The RS competed at the following classic rallies in the early 2000s: France Tour, Coupe Des Alpes, Tour Auto Lissac, and the Classic Six Hours of Spa. Then a beautiful German restoration with some later American work including a trip to Porsche Classic for complete fuel injection rebuild and detail as well as full sorting. This RS performs as well as it looks. Genuine no-stories car that is ready to be enjoyed. PORsport.com. Contact Don, Ph: 631.786.6511, email: dahearn67@gmail.com. Website: www. porsport.com. (NY) ITALIAN 1970 Maserati Indy 2-door coupe S/N 894S42603. Black/black. 42,603 miles. V8, automatic. An absolutely exceptional example of this original Southern California, rust-free, coveted original black-plate 1964 Pontiac Grand Prix coupe. Original L74 389/303-bhp 4-bbl V8 engine, reportedly with 35k original miles, with full PHS documentation and loaded with factory options including factory air conditioning ($430), front bucket seats with center console with vacuum gauge and floor shifter, lamp package, EZ-Eye windshield, power windows ($106), power brakes ($43), power steering ($108), dual exhaust, rare factory “reverb” AM radio ($89) and very desirable and rare aluminum eight-lug wheels ($122)! $32,500 OBO. West Coast Classics. Ph: 310.779.0526, email: wcclassics@aol.com. (CA) 1999 Plymouth Prowler convertible S/N 1P3EW65G3XV503354. Prowler Black/black. 11,063 miles. V6, automatic. West Coast Classics are proud to present an absolutely exceptional and stunning example of this original 11k-miles 1999 Plymouth Prowler. Highly striking and rare triple-black color combination of Prowler Black factory color paint with renowned “Dr Ru” Prowler pinstriping with a black leather interior and a matching black soft top. $34,500 OBO. West Coast Classics. Ph: 310.779.0526, email: wcclassics@aol. com. (CA) 2010 Viper ACR Entire Body Only with wing and wheels/tires S/N 130BC 0002519. Mediterranean Metallic Blue/Black / Tangerine. 82,639 miles. V6, 5-spd manual. Beautiful example of rare Pininfarina GT coupe. Fresh cosmetic restoration to high standard, new paint, all mechanicals refreshed. Fully sorted and ready to enjoy design icon. Bella! $31,975. Bello Moto. Contact Dean, email: dean@inthemixmedia. net. Website: https://www.bellomoto.com/1973-fiatpininfarina-130-coupe-d176. (CA) Entire body only with wing and wheels/tires. The Viper ACR was a “donor” car for an Alfa Romeo TZ3. This brand-new entire body was removed and replaced by Zagato, the Italian coachbuilder using carbon fiber. Includes wheels and original tires. Parts can be purchased separately. $44,650 OBO. Contact Robert, Ph: 386.451.1591, email: bobsamrad@ aol.com. (FL) 128 Sports Car Market


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2012 Fisker Karma EcoSport 4-dr sedan S/N YH4K14AA1CA001540. Deep Ocean Diamond Dust/Monsoon Tri-Tone (beige and black), handwrapped premium leather seats. 21,380 miles. Electric, automatic. Clean title. Competitively priced. Original owner, no kids, non-smoker, no pets. Low mileage: 21,380. Interior: Monsoon Tri-Tone (Beige/back) hand-wrapped premium leather seats, navigation system, Color: Deep Ocean Blue Diamond Dust. Trim: EcoSport. Like-new interior. All original. Only about 500 miles since last comprehensive service. Plug-in electric with gasoline engine generator, so no range anxiety. Rare. Only 1,800 made worldwide. Virtually identical to the new $165,000 Karma Revero. Karma Automotive services the Fisker Karma as well. $39,395. Contact Stephanie, Ph: 832.799.9910, email: stephland@me.com. (CA) ♦ August 2020 129


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RESOURCE DIRECTORY ADVERTISING / MARKETING Advertise in the SCM Resource Directory. Call 877.219.2605 Ext. 218 for information; e-mail: scmadvert@sportscarmarket.com. Leake Auctions. 800.722.9942. Leake Barrett-Jackson Auction. 480.421.6694. Motorwerks Marketing. 1-833-4-MWERKS. Founded on a passion for the special interest, classic and collector automotive marketplace, Motorwerks is a fullservice 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 480.421.6697. For over four decades, the BarrettJackson 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, Barrett-Jackson attracts only the best. Our auctions have captured the true essence of a passionate obsession with cars that extends to collectors and enthusiasts throughout the world. A television audience of millions watches unique and select vehicles while attendees enjoy a lifestyle experience featuring fine art, fashion and gourmet cuisine. In every way, the legend is unsurpassed. 3020 N. Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251. info@barrett-jackson.com. www.barrett-jackson.com (AZ) 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) Raleigh Classic Car Auctions. 919.269.5271. BUY — SELL — SPECTATE We are proud to offer some of the most desirable, low mileage, original and collectible vintage automobiles nationwide. Offering 300-plus vehicles twice each year in June and December — all within modern, well ventilated, temperature controlled and very comfortable facilities. The Raleigh Classic Car Auctions offers honesty and unmatched customer service for everyone involved to make the buying or selling process fun and stress-free. WWW.RALEIGHCLASSIC.COM INFO@RALEIGHCLASSIC.COM New England Auto Auction. 207.594.4418. Bonhams is the largest auction house to hold Valenti 360 LLC. 414.421.6300. Valenti 360 LLC is a premier global automotive consulting firm offering specialty procurement, auction assistance, value assessment, estate planning, collection management, and expert testimony on collector and special interest automobiles and automobilia. We ensure that your buying, selling, or investing decisions are well-informed. Valenti 360’s practice spans thirty years in the industry with extensive hands-on experience performing concours level restorations, custom one-off builds, service, sales, valuations, and more. Our goal is simple. We want to help you navigate the curves with ease, so you can fully enjoy the road. www.valenti360.com AUCTION COMPANIES 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 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. 800.211.4371. RM Sotheby’s is the world’s largest auction house for investment-quality automobiles. With 35 years’ experience in the collector car industry, RM’s vertically integrated range of services, coupled with an expert team of car specialists and an international footprint, provide an unsurpassed level of service to the global collector car market. For further information, visit www.RMSothebys.com (CAN) Palm Springs Auctions Inc. Keith McCormick. 760.320.3290. 760.323.7031. 244 N. Indian Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92262. A family-run auction house producing two large classic cars auctions per year. McCormick’s Palm Springs Auctions has been in business for over 25 years, and each auction features over 500 classics and exotics. www.classic-carauction.com (CA) Gooding & Company. 310.899.1960. 310.526.6594. Gooding & Company offers its international clientele the rarest, awardwinning 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 record-setting Scottsdale Auction in January and a world-class auction at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation in Florida in March. www.goodingco.com. (CA) Artcurial Motorcars. 33 (0)1 42 99 2056. 33 (0)1 42 99 1639. 7, Rond-Point des Champs-Elysées, 75008 Paris, France. Email: motorcars@artcurial.com. www.artcurial.com/motorcars. (FR) GAA Classic Cars Auction, Greensboro, NC. 1.855.862.2257. A classic, muscle and unique vehicle auction experience. Offering 650-plus vehicles three times per year: spring, summer and fall. 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) 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 130 Saratoga Motorcar Auctions. Located in Saratoga Springs, NY, the fourth annual Saratoga Motorcar Auctions returns September 18 & 19, 2020. Proceeds help to fund the educational programs of the Saratoga Automobile Museum. To consign a vehicle, register to bid, or to learn more about the Saratoga Motorcar Auctions, visit www.saratogamotorcarauction.org Russo and Steele Collector Automobile Petersen Auction Group of Oregon. 541.689.6824. Hosting car auctions in Oregon since 1962. We have three annual Auctions: February, Oregon State Fairgrounds, Salem, OR; July, Douglas County Fairgrounds, Roseburg, OR; September, 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 Auctions. 602.252.2697. Specializing in the finest American muscle, hot rods and custom automobiles and European sports; Russo and Steele hosts three record-breaking auctions per year; Newport Beach in June; Monterey, CA, every August; and Scottsdale, AZ, every January. As one of the premier auction events in the United States, Russo and Steele has developed a reputation for its superior customer service and for having the most experienced and informed experts in the industry. Fax: 602.252.6260. 7722 East Gray Road, Suite C, Scottsdale, AZ 85260. info@russoandsteele.com, www.russoandsteele.com (AZ) Sports Car Market


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AUTOMOBILIA 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 catalogbased, offering a limited number of higher-end consignments, with an emphasis on quality rather than volume. (We don’t limit ourselves to only selling the most expensive cars in the world, but do ensure that every car we consign is the very best of its type.) We also offer specialist-appraisal, estate- management and collection-consultancy 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 BUY / SELL / GENERAL Passion for automobiles made visible AutoMobilia Resource magazine is a dedicated resource for anyone who collects automobilia — from serious collectors, to the car guy (or girl) who occasionally collects. Each issue provides a wealth of unique editorial content from industry experts, covering most aspects of the often “increasing-in-value” automobilia market. PRINT subscriptions (U.S.): 6 issues for $36 or 12 issues for $59. DIGITAL subscription: 1 year for $29 or 1 month for $10. All print subscribers may add digital for only $10/year extra. Call Lynn at 224558-8955 or go to AutoMobiliaResource.com/ subscribe. Or send check to: AutoMobilia Resource, 1217 Cape Coral Pkwy E, #178, Cape Coral, FL 33904. Advertising inquiries; contact Sharon at 954-579-5280 or Sharon.Spurlin@classicads.us Editorial inquiries; contact Marshall at 631-5632876 or Editor@AutoMobiliaResource.com 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 Vintage Auto Posters. Since 1980, Everett Anton Singer has been supplying international collectors with the most diverse selection of authentic vintage automotive posters. The vast inventory runs from the late 1890s through the 1960s; featuring marque, event and product advertising. Please visit us at: www.VintageAutoPosters.com Automodello. 877.343.2276. 1:12 1967 Gurney Spa-winner hand-signed by Dan Gurney ONE24™ Cadillac, Delahaye, Delage, Ford, Iso Grifo, Lincoln in 1:24 scale ONE43™ Cadillac, Ford, Lincoln, Sunbeam in 1:43 scale Hand-built Limited Edition Resin Art™ 10% SCM Discount — SCM19MP on Automodello.com Gooding & Company. 310.899.1960. Gooding & Company’s experts are well-qualified to appraise individual automobiles as well as collections and estates. Whether it is the creation of a foundation, living trust or arrangement of a charitable donation, we are able to assist you. www.goodingco.com (CA) The Werk Shop. 847.295.3200. BMW full 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) and partial restorations has been our main focus for over 20 years. We build show winners and awesome daily drivers. Our shop is located 30 minutes north of O’Hare Airport in Libertyville, Illinois. We also provide our clients with collection management, temperature/humidity-controlled storage, show assistance and private treaty sales. We’ve built an international reputation on our rich history of restoring both pre- and post-war BMWs and are honored to be recognized for the care and quality of our work. Our collectors have won numerous prestigious awards at Pebble Beach, Hilton Head and many other concours. Contact us by phone or via our website: www.thewerkshop.com (IL) 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. BMW Created from over 100 components, this highly detailed 3 dimensional artist’s model of the iconic five dials is inspired by the early 911 dash, complete with functioning clock. Each dial is hand crafted and assembled by the artist. Customization is available. Limited edition, signed and numbered. Many more unique motoring gifts available at www.motorology.com. Motorology, LLC, Williston, VT; 617.209.9902 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 Automotive Restorations. 203.377.6745. Collector car sales, both road and race, have been a key activity for over 35 years. Our sales professionals actively seek consignments on a global basis. We also offer vehicle “search and find” for rare models. We undertake pre-purchase inspections worldwide. We provide auction support, including in-person or telephone bidding for absentee buyers. Restoration management and special-event assistance are also included in our services. Our aim is to make sure that your collector car passion is as enjoyable and worry-free as possible. www.automotiverestorations.com Beverly Hills Car Club is one of the largest European classic car dealerships in the nation, with an extensive inventory spanning over 135,000 sf. We can meet all your classic car needs with our unprecedented selection; from top-of-the-line models to project cars. We buy classic cars in any shape or condition & provide the quickest payment & pick-up anywhere in the U.S. 310.975.0272. www.beverlyhillscarclub.com (CA) August 2020 131


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RESOURCE DIRECTORY BUY / SELL / GENERAL (CONTINUED) Copley Motorcars. 781.444.4646. 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 Copley Motorcars has been trading in sports and classics for over 20 years out of its suburban Boston showroom, specializing in vintage Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche and Land Rover Defender. And now a second showroom — CopleyWest — has opened in Newport Beach, California. www.copleymotorcars.com copleycars@gmail.com (MA) www.copleywest.com pat@copleywest.com (CA) DriverSource. 281.497.1000. 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) 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. After more than 30 years in business, Hyman Ltd stands proudly as one of the most respected names in the global collector-car trade. Whether your interests focus on concours champions, brass-era powerhouses or new-millennium icons, Hyman Ltd’s unique approach and unrivaled experience helps you navigate a rapidly evolving marketplace. Our highly successful consignment program placed some of the world’s most significant motorcars with new owners, and our showrooms house a diverse inventory of nearly 200 vehicles. If you are buying, selling or exploring your options to manage your collection, choose Hyman Ltd to serve your needs. 2310 Chaffee Dr, 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) Advertise in the SCM Resource Directory. Call 877.219.2605 Ext. 218 for information; e-mail: scmadvert@sportscarmarket.com. Paul Russell and Company. 978.768.6919. 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. info@girardo.com www.girardo.com Classic Auto Mall — One of the largest Classic Car Facility’s in the world, with nearly eight acres under one roof in a climate controlled, secure, indoor showroom. Over 800 vehicles on display/ for sale. The Ultimate Destination for Classic and Specialty Cars, located one hour west of Philadelphia on the Turnpike in Morgantown, Pennsylvania. Consignments invited, single car or entire collections. Worldwide marketing coverage. Call 888.227.0914 or visit us at www.ClassicAutoMall.com 905.875.4700. Since 1985, Legendary Motorcar Company has specialized in buying, selling and restoring some of the rarest cars in existence. For sale, in our 150-car showroom you’ll find, ultra-rare muscle cars, European sports cars and modern performance cars. In our 75,000 squarefoot 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) 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) Precious Metals: Fine Motorcars of San Diego. 619.515.2220. We are one of the Premier Classic Exotic Dealerships in Southern California since 2004. Owned by Dr. Perry and Judith Mansfield, we buy, sell, consign and provide auction management. American Classics, Vintage European, Modern Performance. Help with exhibiting client vehicles at car shows. Our showroom hosts private events, art shows and club meetings. Precious Metals is passionate about making your car experience first class. Contact David Young 619.515.2220, sales@pmautos.com, www.pmautos.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. 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) 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) 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) 132 Sports Car Market


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Fourintune Garage Inc. 262.375.0876. 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 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 ENGLISH 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 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. JWF Restorations Inc. Specializing in AC 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 a new breed of insurance for classic, antique, exotic, special-interest, contemporary classic and limitededition 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. Aston Martin of New England. 781.547.5959. 85 Linden Street, Waltham, MA 02452. Proudly appointed Aston Martin Heritage Dealer for the USA. New and pre-owned Aston Martins are our specialty. Please contact us when buying, selling or restoring. www.astonmartin-lotus.com (MA) 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) AUTOSPORT DESIGNS, INC. 631.425.1555. All Aston Martin models welcome regardless of age, as new inevitably become old! Routine servicing-complete mechanical restorations/ rebuilds — cosmetic repair/paintwork to complete frame-off restoration. Large inventory of parts. All services as well as our current unventory of automobiles for sale can be seen at www.autosportdesigns.com (NY) Grundy Insurance. 888.647.8639. James A. 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 Grundy invented Agreed Value Insurance in 1947; no one knows more about insuring collector cars than Grundy! With no mileage limitations, zero deductible*, low rates, and high liability limits, our coverages are specifically designed for collector car owners. Grundy can also insure your daily drivers, pickup trucks, trailers, motorhomes, and more — all on one policy and all at their Agreed Value. www.grundy.com (PA) Classic Showcase. 760.758.6100. Classic Hagerty. 800.922.4050. is not just the 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 world’s largest provider of specialty insurance for enthusiast vehicles: they are all-in on the automotive lifestyle dedicated to the love of driving. Hagerty is home to Hagerty Drivers Club, DriveShare, Car Values, Hagerty magazine and MotorsportReg. Hagerty also helps keep the car culture alive for future generations through youth programs, support for Historic Vehicle Association and the RPM Foundation. For more information, call or visit www.hagerty.com (MI) 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) Chattanooga Motorcar Festival, October 16 - 18. Benefiting Erlanger Neuroscience Institute, the Chattanooga Motorcar Festival will bring hundreds of classic cars and thousands of automotive enthusiasts to Chattanooga for a threeday, family-friendly event. Three components will anchor the festival schedule: High Jinks Rallye, Time Trials and the Concours d’Elegance. Visit www.chattanoogamotorcar.com to learn more about how you can get involved. Kevin Kay Restorations. 530.241.8337. 1530 Charles Drive, Redding, CA 96003. Aston Martin parts, service, repair and restoration. From an oil change to a concours-winning restoration, we do it all. Modern upgrades for power steering, window motors, fuel systems and more. Feltham Fast performance parts in stock. We also cater to all British and European cars and motorcycles. www.kevinkayrestorations.net (CA) EVENTS–CONCOURS, CAR SHOWS August 2020 133


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RESOURCE DIRECTORY EVENTS–CONCOURS, CAR SHOWS (CONTINUED) Advertise in the SCM Resource Directory. Call 877.219.2605 Ext. 218 for information; e-mail: scmadvert@sportscarmarket.com. J.J. BEST BANC & CO. provides financing 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 30–November 1, 2020 — in the land of Southern hospitality. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit www.HHIMotoringFestival.com SCCA’s San Francisco Region (SFR) Concours Chapter has been sanctioning concours d’elegance since 1952. SCCA provides judges, field crew and scorers at each SCCA-sanctioned concours. To exhibit your motorcar, contact the event organizers listed on each event’s own web page. SCCA SFR Concours d’Elegance Chapter is honored to sanction the following concours: Coyote Creek June 28, 2020 www.coyotecreekconcours.com Hillsborough July 12, 2020 www.hillsboroughconcours.org Ferndale September 13, 2020 www.ferndaleconcours.org La Jolla Concours d’Elegance 619.233.5008. 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. La Jolla California is excited for the new September dates and is proud to welcome the La Jolla Concours d’Elegance presented by LPL Financial and Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty back to the jewel of the West Coast on Saturday September 19th, and Sunday September 20th, 2020 to celebrate its 16th year of automotive excellence. Register and purchase tickets at lajollaconcours.com Danville September 20, 2020 www.danville-delegance.org Niello October 4, 2020 www.theconcours.net SFR-SCCA seeks new judges and field crew. Contact Jim Perell at japerell@icloud.com or 916-765-9739. concourscca.org FINANCE Bud’s Benz. 800.942.8444. At Bud’s, we sell Classic Car Capital 310.254.9704, Ext. 1. Maximize the return on your passion by recapitalizing the equity in your vintage cars. Whether to expand your collection, invest or for personal use, you decide how to use the funds. With unparalleled experience, service and expertise in this highly specialized lending, we understand the market and needs of the collector. Whether using one car or multiple cars as collateral, we offer lines of credit with no origination fees or prepayment penalties. The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering. 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) a full line of Mercedes-Benz 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 Art’s Star Classics. 800.644.STAR (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 MercedesBenz 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) on classic cars ranging from 1900 to today. Visit our website at www.jjbest.com or call 1.800.USA.1965 and get a loan approval in as little as five minutes! GERMAN Mercedes-Benz Classic Center. 1.866.MB.CLASSIC. 1.866.622.5277). The trusted center of competence for all classic Mercedes-Benz enthusiasts. Located in Irvine, CA, the Classic Center is the only sales and restoration facility in the U.S. exclusively operated by Mercedes-Benz. Over 50,000 Genuine Mercedes-Benz Classic Parts in its assortment. From small services to full ground-up restorations, work is always true to original. Everchanging showcase of for-sale vehicles. We are your trusted source. www.mbclassiccenter.com (CA) CARS. 310.695.6403. For more than two European Collectibles Inc. 949.650.4718. 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 stand committed to help our clients enhance their collection — without origination or early termination fees. “FFS” offers a level of expertise that cannot be matched by other lenders. European Collectibles 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) 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 134 Sports Car Market


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ITALIAN Putnam Leasing. 866.90.LEASE. For over 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 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 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 LeMay—America’s Car Museum celebrates America’s love affair with the automobile. Named the Best Museum in Western Washington, the four-level, 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, ACCESORIES & CAR CARE Vintage Car Law. 717.884.9010. 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) Luxury Lease Partners LLC. 201.822.4870. LLP is a self-funded exotic car lessor that does not follow conventional lending rules, such as scores, debt-to-income ratios or comparable borrowing requirements. LLP can provide lease financing on any exotic car from $50,000 to $5 million, regardless of your credit history. If you own a car and need cash, LLP provides sale/lease-back financing so you can keep driving your car! Contact us at info@luxuryleasepartners.com MULTIMEDIA PUBLICATIONS Dr Beasley’s. Using better products to care Turtle Garage provides readers with unique Premier Financial Services. 877.973.7700. As a serious sports car enthusiast, you’re always seeking a better driving experience. Your high standards should also apply to car financing. Since 1997, Premier Financial Services has been recognized by countless owners for our integrity, deep understanding of the sports car market, high level of customer service and ability to tailor flexible leasing solutions. If you’ve never considered leasing, let us explain how it could be your best financing alternative. If you’ve leased from others in the past, let us show you how we’re different. Either way, you’ll benefit from starting or ending your search for a better financing experience by contacting us at 877.973.7700. Learn more at www.premierfinancialservices.com (CT) 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 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 for your vehicle can make all the difference in the world. So start with quality products like Dr. Beasley’s. Located in Chicago, IL, Dr. Beasley’s manufactures detailing products that have amazing ease of use and the performance that professional detailers require. All of our products have a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee, so try them for yourself. Or if you’d rather, hire one of our Authorized Detailers for the ultimate in car care and protection. Visit www.drbeasleys.com or call us at 773.404.1600. Let us know SCM sent you. 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 soughtafter products, accessories and fast shipping. AmericanMuscle.com Original Parts Group Inc. 800-243-8355. At Original Parts Group, we are proud to be the largest USA supplier of in-stock restoration parts for your classic GM A, B, C, E and G-body vehicle, including newly released Cadillac CTS, ATS, STS, Escalade, EXT and XLR. 100% privately owned to serve you better, since 1982. We are devoted to quality parts and customer service. Visit OPGI.com today or call today to order your free parts catalog. (CA) MUSEUMS National Parts Depot. 800-874-7595. We stock huge inventories of concours-correct restoration parts for: 1965–73 and 1979–93 Mustang 1967–81 Camaro & Firebird 1964–72 GTO, Tempest & LeMans 1964–87 Chevelle, Malibu and El Camino 1948–96 F-Series Ford Truck 1947–98 C/K 1/2-ton Chevy Truck 1966–96 Bronco 1955–57 Thunderbird 1967–73 Cougar www.nationalpartsdepot.com QuickSilver Exhaust Systems. 011 44 1428 687722. Our customers are sophisticated enthusiasts who choose our exhaust systems for various reasons — originality, durability, weight reduction and enhanced sound. We’re the default choice for many of the most important classics. Originality is important, but there’s no reason why subtle improvements cannot be introduced. QuickSilver use superior materials and modern manufacturing techniques unavailable when the cars were new. quicksilver-exhausts.myshopify.com RACING SERVICES MetroVac. MetroVac’s car vacs and car dryers 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 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. 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RESOURCE DIRECTORY RESTORATION – GENERAL Advertise in the SCM Resource Directory. Call 877.219.2605 Ext. 218 for information; e-mail: scmadvert@sportscarmarket.com. Fantasy Junction. 510.653.7555. For TOURANIL Leather by AERISTO +1 (817) 624-8400. A deep passion for classic automobiles has led AERISTO’s founder Christian Schmidt to develop an authentic line of classic, vegetable tanned leathers. AERISTO, the market leader for high end, technical aviation leathers is now proud to offer their TOURANIL article to the restoration community. All raw materials are sourced from premium South German bull hides, available in stock in a wide array of colors. Please reach out to AERISTO to learn more. info@aeristo.com; www.aeristo.com 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) Brightworks. 937.773.5127. Brightworks has partnered with Ruote Borrani to be the only authorized restorer of Ruote Borrani wheels in the world, and to be a distributor for any new Ruote Borrani products in North America. We use the original Ruote Borrani drawings and blueprints to restore your wheels to exact factory standards and offset. Additionally, we use the correct font letter/ number stamps to re-create all of the original markings to restore your Borrani wheels to be factory original, correct and certified. www.brightworkrestoration.com (OH) Farland Classic Restoration. 303.761.1245. A complete facility offering concours-level restorations, repair and fabrication services. We work on all makes, and specialize in Ferrari, Mercedes and Porsche. Highly organized and fiscally responsible, we provide biweekly detailed billing to keep you abreast of the rapid progress of your project in every way. Check out our site for details. Email: info@farlandcars.com. www.farlandcarscom 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 Jeff’s Resurrections has been bringing 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 The Guild of Automotive Restorers. Classic Showcase. 760.758.6100. For over 35 years, we’ve been restoring automotive history by creating driver-, show/driver-, show- and preservation-level 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) 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) some of the world’s finest cars back to life in a quiet corner of Central Texas for almost three decades. Founded in 1990, we are a full-service auto restoration facility specializing in classic, exotic and antique vehicles, whose work has won many awards. With a full-time team of ten skilled mechanics, metal craftsmen, specialist re-finishers and detailers, we offer complete mechanical and coachwork services. Our premises encompass 36,000 square feet of historic property that once housed a pre-war Dodge dealership in Taylor, Texas, just a short drive from downtown Austin, Austin Bergstrom International Airport and the Circuit of the Americas. 512.365.5346. www.jeffsresurrections.com (TX) Hahn Auto Restoration. 724.452.4329. D. L. George Historic Motorcars. 610.593.7423. We stand at the crossroads between you and historic European motorcars of the pre-war and early post-war era. We provide full-service restoration, maintenance and support of the finest cars driven extensively by the most refined collectors. Find us at concours from Amelia Island to Pebble Beach, venues from Lime Rock to Goodwood, and events including the Mille Miglia, Peking to Paris, and The Colorado Grand. www.DLGEORGE.com (PA) 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 On the Road Again Classics. 408.782.1100. Northern California’s largest Classic British & American auto restoration & repair shop is an 18,000 square foot facility under one roof! We opened our doors in 2008 and have restored over 20 Concours 1st place winners! Our team of craftsman with over 140 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 136 Sports Car Market


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The Creative Workshop. 954.920.3303. Palm Beach Classics. 561.568.5906. Palm Beach Classics has grown over the last decade into a well-respected restoration facility and automotive sales center known around the world. Backed up with a very strong reputation, we provide high-quality restorations on classic Mercedes-Benz. We value our customers through excellence in our work and service. Our parts department is top notch and has a rare variety of hard-to-find original Mercedes-Benz parts. Email: Office@palmbeachclassics.com www.palmbeachclassics.com (FL) Prueitt Automotive Restoration. Since 1975. Al Prueitt and Sons is a family-owned and -operated Antique and Classic Auto Restoration business located in Glen Rock, PA. Restoring antique, classic and special interest cars. Performing all aspects of car restoration in our 10,000 sq. ft. facility including: upholstery, mechanical, electrical, engine rebuilds, bodywork, custom paint, interior and exterior woodworking and refinishing. Tel: 800.766.0035 or 717.428.1305, email: alprueittandsons@ verizon.net. 8 Winter Avenue, Glen Rock, PA 17327 The Creative Workshop is a Pebble Beach award winning full-service 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 22,500 sq. ft. facility with our dedicated full time staff. Let us help you enjoy your treasured motorcar the way it was meant to be. Follow our ongoing and completed projects and visit our website at www.treasuredmotorcars.com The Paddock Classic Car Restorations. 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. 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) 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 Paruch Automotive Craftsmanship. 262.339.0180. We are a small team of passionate craftsmen dedicated to delivering sophisticated automotive metal restoration. Our passion is restoring ’50s–’60s coach-built vehicles; especially Italian marques. Our capabilities include coach-built body restoration, metal shaping, fabrication, trim and exhaust fabrication, muscle car restoration... anything metal. We have been involved with a substantial pedigree of worldclass vehicle restorations. For over 10 years, our workmanship has been shown and won awards at concours across the U.S. and Europe. Give us a call to learn more about who we are and how we can help with your next project. 262.339.0180, www.paruchautomotivecraftsmanship.com (WI) The Werk Shop. 847.295.3200. BMW full 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 and partial restorations has been our main focus for over 20 years. We build show winners and awesome daily drivers. Our shop is located 30 minutes north of O’Hare Airport in Libertyville, Illinois. We also provide our clients with collection management, temperature/humidity-controlled storage, show assistance and private treaty sales. We’ve built an international reputation on our rich history of restoring both pre- and post-war BMWs and are honored to be recognized for the care and quality of our work. Our collectors have won numerous prestigious awards at Pebble Beach, Hilton Head and many other concours. Contact us by phone or via our website:vwww.thewerkshop.com (IL) 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 Mercedes-Benz 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 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) © August 2020 137


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eW I AT CH When You Gotta Have It Right Now CARL BOMSTEAD Paying $483,700 got a watch collector a never-worn Patek Philippe without the usual 10-year wait f you have your heart set on wearing a Patek Philippe Nautilus 5711 on your wrist, be prepared to wait 10 years or so for your name to come to the top of the list. However, if you are a bit impatient, you should have been bidding at Sotheby’s recent online auction where one — produced in 2014 and never worn — sold for approximately $483,700. It was one of the 30 to 50 produced for Patek Philippe elite collectors with a platinum case and “blue jeans” dial. A diamond was set at 6:00. It attracted all kinds of attention and was the most expensive watch ever sold at an online auction. Here are a few more online sales, which appear to be emerging as the “new normal” auction venue. EBAY #303532440089—1957–58 CADILLAC ELDORADO BROUGHAM COLOR AND UPHOLSTERY CATALOG. Number of bids: 1. SOLD AT: $17,500. Date sold: 4/12/2020. This elaborate catalog was sent to select Cadillac dealers and presented a dazzling display of color and upholstery selections that were available for the limited-production Brougham. Only 704 Eldorado Broughams were produced during the two-year run, and each cost a whopping $13,074. If you think this is pricey, consider the elusive Eldorado Brougham vanity set, which will run $15,000–$20,000 if you can find one. EBAY #233506470406—FORD WINGED PYRAMID FIRST EMPLOYEE BADGE. Number of bids: 16. SOLD AT: $4,657. Date: 3/11/2020. These “first employee” badges are extremely scarce, and according to the tale, when Henry Ford found out that the scarab beetle, the basis for the pyramid design, was also known as the dung beetle, he had them all destroyed. Who knows, but it’s a good story, and the badges are indeed extremely hard to find. MORPHY AUCTIONS LOT 2008—1957 PRESIDENTIAL INAUGURATION LICENSE PLATE 1. Estimate: $3,000– $6,000. SOLD AT: $7,800 including vig. Date sold: 5/14/2020. Presidential inauguration license plates were first issued in 1933, and the tradition continues every four years. They are valid for the month of the inauguration. This one was issued to President Dwight D. Eisenhower for his inauguration, and it is an expensive — but rare — piece of American history. MORPHY AUCTIONS LOT 2119— SINCLAIR AIRCRAFT ONE-PIECE GAS-PUMP GLOBE. Estimate: $6,000–$10,000. SOLD AT: $11,070. Date sold: 5/14/2020. A very scarce and desirable globe with detailed aircraft graphics. In excellent condition, with some minor fading. One of the more elusive gas-pump globes. Considering the bold graphics and condition, it sold for strong but reasonable money. EBAY #223930258243— RADIATOR BADGE FOR MATHESON SILENT SIX. Number of bids: 24. SOLD AT: $3,250. Date sold: 3/5/2020. The Matheson 50-horsepower Silent Six was produced in 1911 and 1912, which was the last year the company was in existence. A colorful and extremely rare badge that had escaped the ravages of time. It sold for adult — but not unexpected — money. EBAY #362931367694—1953 ALPS PACKARD SEDAN TIN FRICTION TOY. Number of bids: 1. SOLD AT: $2,995. Date sold: 3/2/2020. This impressive toy is a touch over 16 inches in length and was highly detailed. There was some wear on the whitewall tires and the trim was slightly oxidized, but overall it was very acceptable. Also offered in red or black and as a convertible. The more-desirable convertible with the correct box will be close to five figures, but good luck finding one. ♦ 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 POSTMASTER 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. 138 Send address changes to: Sports Car Market PO Box 4797, Portland, OR 97208 CPC IPM Sales Agreement No. 1296205 Sports Car Market