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GAA, Greensboro, NC, July 25–27, 2019

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History Plus Low Miles Trumps Condition, Lifting ’69 Mangusta to $215k Sports Car Market Keith Martin’s The Insider’s Guide to Collecting, Investing, Values, and Trends DAMPENED DAYTONA PRICES At $539k, How Long Will Ferrari’s Bellwether Model Stay Submerged? December 2019 www.sportscarmarket.com Holiday Gift Guide Inside!


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Follow us on Sports Car Market PROFILES Keith Martin’s The Insider’s Guide to Collecting, Investing, Values, and Trends December 2019 . Volume 31 . Number 12 This Month’s Market Movers Up Close FERRARI by Steve Ahlgrim ENGLISH by Gary Anderson 1970 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona $538,653 / Bonhams 1960 MGA Twin Cam Roadster $65,725 / RM Auctions 70 72 AUCTIONS What Sold, and Why 160 Vehicles Rated at Six Sales 90 94 MARKET OVERVIEW Saturation is why the market is in a (temporary) slump — Chad Tyson RM AUCTIONS Auburn, IN: RM returns to Auburn for the second time this year, selling 413 of 553 lots for $15.5m — Kevin Coakley 104 GAA 116 126 138 ETCETERINI by Donald Osborne GERMAN by Prescott Kelly AMERICAN by Carl Bomstead RACE 18 by Thor Thorson NEXT GEN by Jeff Zurschmeide 1969 DeTomaso Mangusta $214,500 / RM Auctions 1991 Porsche 964 “Reimagined by Singer” $857,500 / Gooding & Company 1965 Buick Riviera GS $35,200 / RM Auctions 1955 Quin Epperly “Fuel Injection Special” Indy 500 Streamliner $385,000 / Worldwide Auctioneers 1993 Mazda RX-7 Touring $28,600 / RM Auctions 74 150 76 78 80 82 Cover: 1970 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Courtesy of Bonhams Sports Car Market Greensboro, NC: In their second sale of the year, GAA sells 494 of 625 cars for a total topping $13.5m — Mark Moskowitz and Larry Trepel SILVERSTONE Northamptonshire, U.K.: The Classic Sale totals nearly $8m on 88 of 126 lots changing hands — Paul Hardiman WORLDWIDE Auburn, IN: Worldwide’s home auction totals $3.9m by selling 75 of 91 lots — B. Mitchell Carlson BONHAMS Beaulieu, U.K.: Bonhams’ sale next to the International Autojumble generates $3.6m — Paul Hardiman OWLS HEAD MUSEUM Owls Head, ME: 162 of 238 lots sell for $3.6m at the 42nd annual New England Auto Auction — Adam Blumenthal acebook and watch for updates and offers! ©2019 Courtesy of RM Auctions


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54 Collecting Thoughts: How does the electric Taycan fit in with Porsche’s performance legacy? COLUMNS 26 Shifting Gears Want a true manual-transmission driving experience? Drive a Duetto Keith Martin 52 Affordable Classic 1974–78 Datsun B-210 Jeff Zurchmeide 54 Collecting Thoughts What does the Taycan tell us about the future of Porsche performance? Miles Collier 58 Legal Files Who really owns Ferrari 0379GT? That’s for the court to decide John Draneas FEATURES 64 The SCM Interview: Randy Elber of R&R Restorations — Sean Smith 66 Concours Spotlight: The Radnor Hunt Concours d’Elegance — Bill Rothermel DEPARTMENTS 30 Crossing the Block 32 Concours and Events: Essen, Legends of Speed, and 1,400 miles of Le Jog 34 Contributors: Get to know SCM staffers and writers 36 You Write, We Read: Politics and Porsches 38 Display Advertisers Index 42 Neat Stuff: Twenty gift options for your favorite car lover 50 Speaking Volumes: Brian Redman: Daring Drivers, Deadly Tracks 84 Next Gen Market Moment: 2003 Audi RS6 86 Rising Sun: Toyota Corolla GT-S, Acura Integra Type R, Mazda RX-7 92 Buy/Sell/Hold: ZR-1s, 348s, and the 356B 130 Market Moment: 1962 Trojan 200 60 Unconventional Wisdom The 400i isn’t well loved, but it’s fantastic at what it was designed to do Donald Osborne 174 eWatch The $915k for the first Captain America comic book makes me wonder what treasures my mother threw out Carl Bomstead 20 154 On the Radar: 1994 Volkswagen Firebeetle, Sedan Edition One, and Sedan 40th Anniversary 160 Mystery Photo: “Winston could trace his downfall back to eighth grade and having his electric trains repaired” 160 Comments With Your Renewals: “In 19 years, lots of car mags have come and gone, but SCM remains. More Italian fright pigs, please!” 162 Showcase Gallery: Cars for sale 166 Resource Directory: Meet your car’s needs Sports Car Market Courtesy of Porsche AG


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Shifting Gears Keith Martin Hands-On Experience “If you want to control the power, the clutch must be under the control of the brain of the car, not your brain” In the Siata, we always seemed to arrive 30 seconds before the start of our next leg. That made a stop for a coffee or a pastry theoretical at best. In that era, everyone on the MM was a certified gearhead. The route instructions were in Italian, the hotels were crummy and the food worse. The rain poured at the beginning of the 1992 event. The Siata had no top, doors or windshield. Cindy and I bought ponchos from a roadside stand and motored on. But we didn’t care. We were in Italy, surrounded by fabulous cars that made great noises as they went through the cities of Siena, Fabriano, Perugia and then traversed the fabled Futa and Raticosa passes. The D-type and the A6GCS made thundering sounds, but the Siata 750 exhaust was more like a tired whoopee-cushion that had been bounced on one too many times. Despite the disparity of the horsepower in these three sports cars, they had one thing in common. Their clutches were controlled by direct mechanical linkage. Nothing diluted the information and sensations that the third pedal was sending to the driver. The end of three pedals I recently got a note from Bartlett that made me think of this dinner. He forwarded me an interview Bob Sorokanich of Road and Track conducted with the head of R&D at Lamborghini, Maurizio Reggiani. Reggiani offered a lucid, thoughtful explanation of why we will never see a true manual transmission in a new Lamborghini. I paraphrase it here: All of the systems that are integrated in the new Huracan LP 620-4 Darren Frank I 26 Spyder need to have a dialog with one another. The clutch is one of the fuses of the system, whether you are engaging or disengaging the torque. A manual transmission creates a hole in the communication between what the engine is able to provide and how the car reacts to the power of the engine. If you want to control the chassis, you must control the power. If you first met Gary Bartlett at a small gathering of Americans participating in the Mille Miglia in 1992. We were in the small town of Soragna, near Brescia, Italy. Longtime SCMer Joe Tomasetti organized the dinner. This was before the “MM” became a bucket-list event for wealthy enthusiasts from all over the world. There were few Americans. We were strangers in a strange land as we piloted our old cars across the Italian landscape. Our little group included Cindy Banzer and me in Barry Russinoff’s 1947 Nardi/Abarth/Zagato Siata 750, Tomasetti in his Maserati 150/200Si, Bruce Male in his Maserati A6GCS, Martin Swig in his Alfa 1900 Corto Gara and Bartlett in his Jaguar D-type. We left our cars parked outside the restaurant in the rain. Gary might have put a jacket over his driver’s seat. Swig and Male had run the event before. They spent the evening trying to give us “inside tips” about how to do well. As our Siata had a 750-cc engine, hot-rodded by Conrero — it was the 1947 Italian hillclimb champion in its class — their advice to us was to “go like hell” and enjoy all the fast cars as they sped by. For guys like Bartlett in the D-type, they too would “go like hell” and arrive an hour or so ahead of schedule at the next checkpoint, where they could take an espresso and stretch their legs. want to control the power, the clutch must be under the control of the brain of the car, not your brain. Even with modern manual transmissions, there is a servo that reduces the load of the clutch pedal. … With an engine making 690 foot-pounds of torque, if you hesitate at the closing point of the clutch, you will burn it out immediately. Reggiani concluded by saying that when he wants a true, direct, manual transmission experience, he takes his 1966 Alfa Romeo Duetto out for a drive. To read the complete interview, Google “Road and Track Reggiani.” Like all those manual-transmission sports cars gathered in Soragna so many years ago, the clutch linkage on the Alfa is simple. The clutch pedal is connected to a metal rod that goes forward to the clutch pressure plate. When you push on the pedal, you activate the clutch. No hydraulics, no servos, nothing to dilute the experience. In fact, the direct, true manual transmission in modern cars died over a decade ago. What we have seen since is the evolution of the gear-change mechanism to handle the increasing sophistication and horsepower of today’s sports cars. If there is to be a place for manual transmissions in the cars of our era, I suggest it will be only with small-displacement cars such as the Lotus Elise, where you don’t need a computer to manage the relationship of torque to gearbox. Or you can just drive a Duetto. ♦ Sports Car Market


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Crossing the Block Chad Tyson Images courtesy of the respective auction companies unless otherwise noted Star Car: 1935 Auburn 851 Supercharged Boattail Speedster at Bonhams’ London, U.K., sale Coys Where: London, U.K. When: December 4 Web: www.coys.co.uk H&H Where: Buxton, U.K. When: December 4 Web: www.handh.co.uk Premier Auction Group Where: Punta Gorda, FL When: December 6–7 Web: www.premierauctiongroup.com Featured cars: • 1965 Buick Special convertible • 1929 Cord L-29 cabriolet • 1964 Ford Galaxie 500 XL convertible Mecum Where: Kansas City, MO When: December 5–7 Web: www.mecum.com Last year: 394/635 cars sold / $8.4m Featured cars: • 1970 Buick Skylark GS • 1969 AMC AMX • 1967 Chevrolet Corvette 427/435 convertible Raleigh Classic Where: Raleigh, NC When: December 6–7 Web: www.raleighclassic.com Featured cars: • 1957 Ford Thunderbird convertible • 1970 Buick Skylark GS Stage 1 convertible • 1953 Willys M38 A1 utility 30 CCA Where: Leamington Spa, U.K. When: December 7 Web: www.classiccarauctions.co.uk Bonhams Where: London, U.K When: December 7 Web: www.bonhams.com Last year: 11/29 cars sold / $7.1m Featured cars: • 1929 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 Supercharged Super Sport Spider • Star Car: 1935 Auburn 851 Supercharged Boattail Speedster • 1994 Aston Martin Virage Volante Shannons Where: Melbourne, AUS When: December 9 Web: www.shannons.com.au Featured cars: • 1969 Holden HT Monaro 2-dr hard top • 1964 Chevrolet Impala SS 2-dr hard top • 1928 Austin Seven roadster Barons Where: Esher, U.K. When: December 10 Web: www.barons-auctions.com ♦ Mecum’s top seller in Kansas City 2018: 2006 Ford GT coupe, sold for $308,000 Sports Car Market


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Concours and Events SCM Staff Send news and event listings to insideline@sportscarmarket.com Legends of Speed Vintage race cars are pieces of art, and the Phoenix Art Museum is gearing up to treat them as such with the Legends of Speed exhibit, running from November 3 through March 15. More than 20 legendary cars that raced and won at the hands of drivers such as A.J. Foyt, Dan Gurney and Stirling Moss will be featured — cars by Alfa Romeo, Bugatti, Maserati, Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz, Ford and more. Foyt’s first Indy 500 winner, on loan from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum, will be on hand, as well as the Ford GT40 that Pedro Rodriguez, Lucien Bianchi, Jacky Ickx and Jackie Oliver drove to victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1968 and 1969. This is the first major exhibition of racing cars for the Phoenix Art Museum, and it just so happens to be running during Scottsdale auction week — so if you’re going to be in the area, set aside some time to check it out. General admission is $23 for adults, $20 for seniors, $18 for students, and $14 for children ages 6–17. Learn more at www.phxart.org/ exhibition/legendsofspeed. (AZ) An Expert’s Tour Le Jog isn’t for the faint- hearted — in fact, it takes place in December in England and Scotland because rough winter weather adds to the challenge. This reliability trial is known as one of the most demanding events in Europe for cars built prior to 1986, with over 1,400 miles to cover in just three days — December 7 through 10. It starts in Land’s End in England and wraps at John O’Groats in the far north of Scotland, with dark, challenging roads and little sleep in-between. If you have what it takes, spots are still open. www.heroevents.eu (U.K.) The SEMA of Germany Essen is where the European car world comes to show off customs, classics, hot rods and tuner cars — think of it as a next-gen showcase event, or as the SEMA of Germany. This year’s Essen Motor Show starts on November 30 and runs through December 8, and as always, there will be something here for everyone. There are a variety of ticket options available. www.essen-motorshow.de (DEU) 32 Sports Car Market Lars Szatmari Bill Pack / V-12 Enterprises Bill Pack / V-12 Enterprises


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Sports Car Market EDITORIAL Publisher Keith Martin keith.martin@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 210 Associate Publisher Erin Olson erin.olson@sportscarmarket.com; 877.219.2605 x 218 Executive Editor Chester Allen chester.allen@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 203 Art Director David Tomaro david.tomaro@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 202 Managing Editor Jim Pickering jim.pickering@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 208 Digital Media / Art Director Jeff Stites jeff.stites@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 221 Auction Editor Chad Tyson chad.tyson@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 207 Associate Editor Chad Taylor chad.taylor@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 206 Editor at Large Donald Osborne Copy Editors Yael Abel, Dave Tomaro Senior Auction Analysts B. Mitchell Carlson, Carl Bomstead, Paul Hardiman (Europe) Auction Analysts Daniel Grunwald, Doug Schultz, Michael Leven, Cody Tayloe, Kevin Coakley, Adam Blumenthal, Joe Seminetta, Travis Shetler, Leo Van Hoorick, Jeremy Da Rosa, Pierre Hedary, Andy Staugaard, Mark Moskowitz, Gary West, Jon Georgiadis, Bill Cash, Pat Campion, John Boyle, Morgan Eldridge, Jeff Trepel, Larry Trepel, Daren Kloes, Brett Hatfield Contributing Editors Steve Ahlgrim (Ferrari), Gary Anderson (English), Robert Cumberford (Design), John Draneas (Legal), Prescott Kelly (Porsche), Thor Thorson (Race Cars) Contributors John Apen, Diane Brandon, Marshall Buck, Dale Novak, Miles Collier, Martin Emmison, Jay Harden, Paul Hardiman, Alex Hofberg, Ed Milich, Stephen Serio, John L. Stein, Bill Rothermel, Simon Kidston, Reid Trummel, Elana Scherr, Alexandra Martin-Banzer CORRESPONDENCE Email service@sportscarmarket.com Customer Support www.sportscarmarket.com/helpdesk Fax 503.253.2234 Connect with SCM on The information in Sports Car Market magazine is compiled from a variety of reliable sources. However, we disclaim and deny any responsibility or liability for the timeliness, use, interpretation, accuracy, and completeness of the information presented. All material, data, formats and intellectual concepts in this issue © 2019 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 GARY ANDERSON, SCM Contributor, enjoys as many aspects of the classic-car hobby as he can find time for. He’s Editor in Chief of The Star, the magazine for the Mercedes-Benz Club of America. He has been active for many years in the AustinHealey Club USA and is co-author of MBI’s best-selling Austin-Healey Restoration Guide, as well as editor of the AustinHealey Magazine. An avid vintage-race driver, he ran his 1960 MGA in three Monterey Historics, four Wine Country Classics, and the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix. He is the author of Motoring: Getting the Maximum from Your New Mini, a comprehensive guide to the new MINI Cooper, available through Amazon. com. This month, he takes a look at MGA Twin Cam pricing in our English Profile on p. 72. 34 MILES COLLIER, SCM Contributor, is a retired business executive, practicing artist, investor, philanthropist and noted authority on vintage automobiles. He nurtured his interest in art at Yale University, where he received a B.A. in Painting. When family business intervened, he received an MBA from Columbia University. He retired as Managing Partner of Collier Enterprises in 1995 and returned to painting, which he does professionally. Collier maintains a significant automobile collection in Naples, FL. He recently hosted one of his prestigious symposiums on automobile connoisseurship. What does the all-new, all-electric Porsche Taycan mean for the future of collectible Porsches? His “Collecting Thoughts” piece looks to answer that question on p. 54. STEVE AHLGRIM, SCM Contributor, taught high-school auto shop before moving to Atlanta, GA, where his love of sports cars led him to FAF Motorcars, the former Ferrari dealer where he served as general manager and vice president. He has been a self-proclaimed “one-trick pony,” coveting the Ferrari marque. He has been involved in concours judging for over 25 years and is a member of the IAC/PFA, an international committee overseeing high-level Ferrari concours judging. He is chief judge of the Celebration Exotic Car Show in Celebration, FL. 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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 My Carrera GT is an absolute joy to drive and I push it to the edge all the time. I have never bought a car as an investment or to show off Keep the Politics Out, Please To the Editor: I enjoy your magazine. I find it to be informative and interesting. However, I was very disappointed to see Mark Wigginton’s “Speaking Volumes” column in the September issue (p. 52). His book review, Another Fine Mess: Across Trumpland in a Ford Model T, injects politics into a magazine that I thought was safe from that stuff. If I want frustration, I’ll turn on any news channel. How about keeping Sports Car Market about the cars? Mark Wigginton can put his book review on CNN.com. — Doug Ehmann, via email 36 Shifts and Giggles To the Editor: Mark Wigginton’s Buy/Sell/ Hold column in the October issue (p. 100) referenced my car: “I just got back from the SCM 1000, and one entrant made me giggle: a perfectly unmolested 1957 Porsche Carrera GT coupe. The Porsche is a barn find, now with 10,000 new miles on the odo, with the owner’s ethos being, ‘just drive it.’” My car made you giggle? Actually, I’ve put over 15,000 miles on it in the three years that I have been doing rally events. This year I started out with the Copper State, then the California Mille, onto the Great Race — from Riverside, California up to Seattle, Washington, and then I drove the car down to Portland to finish up with the SCM 1000 for the second year in a row. I buy my cars to drive, and if I stop driving them, I sell them. My ’57 Carrera GT is an absolute joy to drive and I push it to the edge all the time. I have never bought a car as an investment or to show off. Actually, I wish my cars were invisible so I could just drive them with no one paying any attention. I have people ask me all the time if I’m nervous about driving it or if I’m going to restore it. Both questions are answered with the same word: a big, fat “no.” I will continue to put my foot down and take it up to 5,000 rpm between gears. The car loves it and so do I. You’re not the only one with a big fat smile on your face or a giggle while looking at my car. Thanks for the shout-out. Hope to see you in Portland again next year. Now go have some serious fun and drive your car to its limit. — Gregg Blue, Maui, HI The Porsche Non-sale To the Editor: The opening-bid mystery on RM Sotheby’s Lot 362 Type 64 in Monterey could only be one of two things. The truth lies with the auctioneer in a white- Sports Car Market Xyxyxyxyxyxyxyxyx Lorenzo Hiller


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You WriAd Indexte We Read 2020 SCM 1000 Tour ........................................165 Aeristo ..................................................................43 Aerovault .............................................................65 Aston Martin of New England ..........................139 Authentic Classics, LLC ...................................157 Autodromo LLC ..................................................95 Automobiles Etcetera ........................................129 Autosport Designs Inc .........................................21 Avant Garde Collection .....................................156 Barrett-Jackson ..............................................39, 41 Bennett Law Office ...........................................164 Beverly Hills Car Club ......................................145 Boca Raton Concours ........................................125 Bonhams / UK ...................................................4–5 CarCapsule USA..................................................93 Cars, Inc. ..............................................................51 Centerline Alfa Parts .........................................148 Chequered Flag International ............................119 Classic Car Capital ..............................................35 Classic Showcase ................................................56 CMA Models, Inc. ............................................153 Coachbuilt Press ................................................133 Collector Studio .................................................149 Considine Productions .........................................49 Continental AutoSports ......................................31 Copley Motorcars ................................................97 Dalton Watson Fine Books ..................................49 Diecasm LLC /Automodello .............................143 Dobson Motorsport............................................159 Dr. Beasley’s ......................................................147 Driversource Houston LLC ...........................12–13 European Collectibles........................................123 Fantasy Junction ............................................22–23 Fourintune Garage Inc .......................................157 G. Potter King, Inc...............................................57 Gaswerks Garage ...............................................153 Gooding & Company ..........................................17 Grundy Insurance ................................................85 GT Motor Cars LLC ..........................................103 Gullwing Motor Cars, Inc. ................................151 Hamann Classic Cars, LLC .................................67 Heacock Classic ................................................175 Huntingridge Motors Inc. ..................................145 Hyman, LTD ........................................................24 Intercity Lines ......................................................59 JC Taylor ............................................................ 111 JJ Best Banc & Co .............................................165 Kevin Kay Restorations ......................................16 Kidston .................................................................19 Leake Auction Company .....................................63 Legendary Motorcar Company .........................113 Luxury Brokers International ........................14–15 Luxury Lease Partners, LLC ...............................53 MacNeil Automotive Products Ltd .....................45 Manns Restoration ...............................................33 Mershon’s World Of Cars..................................153 Metron Garage .....................................................29 MetroVac .............................................................47 Motorsport Auction Group LLC .......................115 Mouse Motors, LLC ..........................................155 Northwest European ..........................................147 Palm Springs Exotic Car Auctions ......................25 Passport Transport .............................................105 Paul Russell and Company................................141 PCarMarket ..........................................................40 Phoenix Art Museum .........................................107 Piloti ...................................................................146 Premier Auction Group .....................................101 Prince Vintage, LTD. .........................................135 Private Garage. L.C. ............................................61 Putnam Leasing .................................................176 QuickSilver Exhausts Ltd....................................87 Raleigh Classic Car Auctions ........................10–11 Ramshorn Rally .................................................117 Reliable Carriers ..................................................91 RM Sotheby’s ....................................................6–7 RMD bvba ...........................................................50 RPM Foundation .................................................62 Russo and Steele LLC .......................................8–9 Scott Grundfor Company ..................................144 Sports Car Market’s Year in Review Book .......157 Steve Austin’s Great Vacations .........................148 Streetworks Exotics .............................................28 Superformance ...................................................127 Symbolic International ........................................27 The Stable, Ltd. ...................................................99 The Werk Shop ..................................................164 TheCollectorCarPodcast.com ...........................132 Tony Labella Classic Cars .................................140 Torque Classic Cars .............................................37 Vermont Barns ...................................................141 Vintage Motors of Sarasota ...............................131 Vintage Rallies ...................................................139 VintageAutoPosters.com ...................................151 Watchworks .......................................................162 Weezy Art ..........................................................109 West Coast Classics, LLC .................................143 White Post Restorations ....................................157 Wire Wheel Classic Sports Cars .......................149 Worldwide Group ..............................................2–3 38 Light-Hand Drive by Larry Trepel “It’s a miracle — a ’37 Bugatti!” hot spotlight where one of two scenarios played out: Scenario 1: Auctioneer was being a jokester and was fabricating bid acknowledgements up to $70 million — resulting in crystal-clear audio quotes such as, “And I have $30 million,” and “$40 million, thank you.” He then clearly states at $70 million, “It’s been exciting to write $70 million in spite of my pronuncia- tion.” If he was fabricating these bid acknowledgements, that is a substantial legal claim for the seller. Scenario 2: There were actual bidders in the room (or on the phone) responding to these massive bid increments on the big screen. Specifically, bidders who were actually jumping in $10 million dollar increments after seeing $30 million, then $40 mil- lion on the large displays. The explanation that this was a misunderstanding related to his accent is preposterous and defies the evidence recorded. Interviews with actual bidders will eventually result in the truth being told. I’m hopeful that many good journalists are currently chasing this one to ground. It would be a riveting read. — Paul Cain, via email ♦ The truth lies with the auctioneer in a white-hot spotlight where one of two scenarios played out Sports Car Market Dave Tomaro


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Neat Stuff Holiday Guide Chad Taylor SCM’s Holiday Gift Guide Twenty items for the car person on your list It’s hard to believe that 2019 is nearly finished and that the holiday season is here. It’s time to celebrate with your favorite people — and show your appreciation for them. If that shopping list includes any car lovers, SCM can help. Of all the car items we’ve come across this year, here are some of our favorites. If you are that lover of cars, read it with your spouse and hint at what you would like to find under that perfectly coiffed bow. Magnetic Attraction For those who Opulent Italian Leather If there is a vintage Nardi steering wheel in your car, respect it and only use the finest driving gloves. The best come from The Outlierman. Their Heritage driving gloves in black and crimson a one of the many styles offered, with all being handmade in Italy w Nappa lambskin. The use of two colors on The Heritage design i meant to blend right in with that coachbuilt red and black Ferrari i garage. A handmade leather case keeps them looking pristine. C all The Outlierman has to offer at theoutlierman.com and pick u of The Heritage gloves for €220 — or about $241. Carefully Covered If that beloved classic is stashed in the garage all winter, keep it protected from d grabbing the PolyPRO 3 c Accessories. The triplewater, is breathable and h a soft interior to prevent paint scratches. Need to grab something out of the car? No problem: The PolyPRO 3 has a driver’s side door with zipper for easy entry. G it at classicaccessories. com. for $45.95. 42 find sudsing-up and washing a car to be more work than fun completing the task quickly is a must. With help from Meguiar’s Water Magnet Microfiber Drying Towel, you will have the wash job finished in no time. The large microfiber towel features an absorbe waffle texture and is 22 by 30 inches in size, meaning fewer wring-outs ar needed. It is reusable, machine wash able and will leave you with paint that is spot- and streak-free. Find it at meguiarsdiect.com for $8.99. Ticket-Free Fun We can all agree that there are times when you need to burn the carbon off the valves of your 488 GTB or Chevelle SS. Make sure that burst of speed is not followed by a ticket with the Escort Max 360C. This advanced radar detector offers 360-degree directional alerts and intelligent speed sensitivity to provide maximum precision. Plus, it uses auto-learn technology that will learn your route to protect you from false alerts. Check out the full list of features at escortradar. com, and pick one up for $649.95. Sports Car Market


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Neat Stuff Holiday Guide Chad Taylor Stuff Holiday Guide Chad Taylor Give Give your eyes a break from glare with Maui Jim’s Sugar Beach sunglasses. The ultra-thin and lightweight polarized lenses protect from severe light while providing sharp contrast and rich colors. Plus, the rimless design gives a completely unobstructed view of the road ahead. The Sugar Beach sunglasses are available in gloss black, Rootbeer and translucent smoke gray. Get uff Holiday Guide Chad Taylor Give your eyes a break from glare with Maui Jim’s Sugar Beach sunglasses. The ultra-thin and lightweight polarized lenses protect from severe light while providing sharp contrast and rich colors. Plus, the rim- less design gives a completely unobstructed view of the road ahead. The Sugar Beach sunglasses are available in gloss black, Rootbeer and translucent smoke gray. Get Driving Driving in Style Any enthusiast who hops in their car and practices finding that perfect apex needs a pair of driving shoes from Piloti. One of the stylish new designs available in 2019 is the Avenue driving sneaker. Available in Cognac and dark brown, the Avenue features Roll Control 2.0 heel technology to help with seamless pedal transitions, a contoured removable insole, and Piloti’s signature tire-tread pattern on the sole. The smooth burnished-leather driving sneaker is handmade in Portugal and is sure to up your style no matter the occasion. It might even up your driving prowess. $186 at piloti.com. Jump to It Nothing ruins a day more than a dead battery in your car or your phone. It won’t happen again with the JUNOJUMPER Pro. The ultra-compact, high-powered battery pack can jump that drained car battery, charge a laptop and be used as a flashlight. If you add the optional AC 110V/220V Dock to the JUNOJUMPER Pro, it can be used for items requiring AC power. Get the JUNOJUMPER Pro for $189.99 and the Pro AC Dock for $49.99 at junopower.com. Car Care Requir If there is someo family just starting t become interested i gift is the Starter C Griot’s Garage. The k the basics needed to g and clean, including c wheel cleaner, Best o and more. Teach th up-and-coming car kid how to properly care for their car. Get it at griotsgarage.com for $69.99. 44 Air Forced Tired of using nine towels to dry your car or having to clean a new chamois after you accidentally drop it in the dirt? Try Metrovac’s Air Force Express instead. With a 4-hp motor, the Air Force Express moves filtered, warm air at over 350 mph, preventing scratches and water spotting and the need for a towel. It features a 25-foot cord and two stretch hoses that have a combined length of 12 feet, allowing the user to move around the vehicle easily without use of extension cords or finding a new power outlet. At just eight pounds, the Air Force Express is lightweight and compact enough for easy storage. Get it for $272.99 at metrovac.com. Sports Car Market Touch of Titanium Nobody looks classy signing checks or filling out paperwork with a free plastic pen from the local credit union. Toss that free pen and class it up with the Valtcan Titanium Bolt Military Pen. It sports a clean, simple design with a titanium barrel and a bolt-action locking and unlocking mechanism — great for those who tend to fidget. Run out of ink? No problem — the Valtcan pen accommodates multiple brands of refill cartridges. Buy one at valtcan.com for $60.


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Neat Stuff Holiday Guide Chad Taylor Road Records Today’s streets are packed with insane drivers — people who are paying more attention to what song is playing on the stereo than to the road in front of them. The best way to protect yourself is to catch everything on video, and the best way to do that is with the PapaGo GoSafe 366 dash cam. Attach the GoSafe to your front or rear window and the 140-degree wide-angle lens will capture any bad behavior in 1080P high definition, both day and night. The memory card stores a large amount of video, preventing a constant need to download every day, and with wi-fi capability, the footage can be viewed on your phone. Available on amazon.com for $339.99. Porsche Pipes Do you know someone obsessed with the Porsche parked in their garage? Give them the ultimate Porsche gift this year with the Porsche Design 911 Soundbar. The rear silencer and twin exhaust from a 911 GT3 is attached to this sound system, and together they provide a deeper, more resonant sound than your ordinary soundbar. With 200 watts of power, DTS TruSurround and the ability to connect to a phone or tablet via Bluetooth, it sounds just as good as it looks. €2,900 — or about $3,168 — at porsche-design.com. Comfort Upgrade Now every car, no matter the year, can include heated and cooled seats thanks to Viotek’s Heating and Cooling Car Seat Cushion. The cushion comes with its own controller that can be set to the precise level of heat or coolness desired. Viotek has rigorously tested the product to ensure years of driving comfort and included an automatic protection system to prevent interference with your car’s electrical system. The Heating and Cooling Seat Cushion is available in multiple colors at viotek.com for $160. 46 Flashback Photography For those who prefer vehicles with patina rather than a pristinely restored show piece, check out the cool pieces of “Rustography” from Nancy Weezy Forman. Every photo highlights the beauty of a car or truck that has been through the throes of daily life and has the dents and dings to show it. They may have been left behind for newer, better options, but it’s vehicles like these that are often a part of our earliest car memories. Find the photo that has you reliving those fond moments at nancyweezyforman.com, with canvas prints starting at $195. Registration, Please Looking for the right place to keep your registration and insurance paperwork? Check out the sun visor card holder from Camaro Central. Common back in the day, this period dealer-style accessory keeps those docs pinned up behind your sunvisor and in easy reach for those rare occasions when you’re caught smoking some tires. Faux leather and clear plastic with metal clips, just like an original. Available for $10.95 at camarocentral.com. Sports Car Market


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Neat Stuff Holiday Guide Chad Taylor Tiger Unleashed Sunbeam created a beast of a car with the Tiger, and one of the fiercest track Tigers was Alan Fraser Racing’s “Monster.” Automodello is honoring this car’s legacy with the 1:43-scale model of the 1965 Alan Fraser Racing Sunbeam “Monster” Tiger, finished in blue and white. Only 143 will be produced. The detailed resincast model appears just as the real Alan Fraser Racing Tiger did in the 1965 and 1966 season, with flared fenders and the oil cooler tucked below the bumper-less front grille. $129.95 at automodello.com. Gauging the Past The most sought-after examples of the enduring Porsche 911 are the early 901 and 911 short-wheelbase models, but they often carry a sky-high price tag. With Motorology’s Legendary Dials Limited Edition Instrument Panel with Clock, any 911 addict can take home a little of that short-wheelbase Porsche style. The limited-edition piece is handcrafted from over 100 components into a highly detailed, three-dimensional model that replicates the gauges found in an early 911. Customization is also available. Get it at motorology.com for $1,600. Capsulized Clean Room Any car that sits unprotected in storage for months on end runs the risk of scratchy paint from dust and debris, dings from the action going on around it, and a musty odor soaking into the upholstery. Avoid all of that with the Signature Series by CarCapsule USA. The system provides continuous airflow and eliminates moisture, condensation and dust. The Signature Series also includes the new IntelliCharge battery tender to make sure a dead battery won’t keep you off the road. It also provides a backup power source for the CarCapsule fan in case of a power outage and can last up to 40 hours. Check out all the options and get the 22-foot Signature Series CarCapsule for $729 at carcapsule.com. The Year With SCM Look back at all the Intereuropa Eleganza The sleek and effortless lines of 1950s Italian racing berlinettas are the inspiration behind Autodromo’s newest watch, the Intereuropa. The name comes from the Coppa Intereuropa races held for sports coupes and sedans at Monza. Featuring a Swiss-made manual-wind mechanical movement, the watch is reminiscent of Italian dashboard gauges. Available at autodromo.com for $1,350. 48 great auctions, concours and car hijinks of this year with the SCM 2019 Year in Review. In this pictorial look back, you will see what the SCM crew has been up to from Scottsdale and Paris to the breathtaking views on the SCM 1000. Some of your favorite SCM Insiders, including Donald Osborne and Simon Kidston, will also share their fondest memories and the car they regret letting slip through their fingers during the past 12 months. Get your copy of the SCM 2019 Year in Review at sportscarmarket.com for $100 ♦ Sports Car Market


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Speaking Volumes by Mark Wigginton Brian Redman: Daring Drivers, Deadly Tracks by Brian Redman with Jim Mullen, 300 pages, Evro, $50.19 (Amazon) Brian Redman doesn’t sugarcoat the risks of driving at the top levels of the sport during his era in this autobiography. The opening paragraph in the book is chilling: “Between 1965 and 1975, one in three top-level drivers of world cham- pionship sports prototypes were killed in their cars or as a result of on-track crashes. The odds were worse for those of us who also drove in Formula 1.” Risk colored everything, from racetrack focus to family life. Said the young wife of Targa co-driver Richard Attwood, “During our first years of marriage I went to more funerals than weddings.” Redman survived three horrific crashes, earning his own hospital bed “sheet time” recovering from big accidents at Spa, the Targa Florio and St. Jovite. He grappled with second thoughts but never lost the desire and the need to keep driving. Sam Posey joked that “Underrated” was Redman’s Christian name, with Brian the middle name. But his record was anything but that of an underrated driver, always winning in the fastest, most powerful cars, from 1,000-horsepower prototypes in endurance racing and Can-Am to Formula 1 and Formula 5000. With co-writer Jim Mullen, Redman is equally open about the joys and dangers of his racing career. It’s a blunt, casual recounting of the joys of winning against a steady drumbeat of death on the track. (Redman had a policy of never going to funerals, which he violated twice: once for best of friends Jo Siffert and once on command by the Porsche team for Gerhard Mitter’s last rites.) At bottom, it’s a wonderful read, bringing a long overdue spotlight to his record and maybe bringing Redman the attention he deserves. He was both underrated and underappreciated, despite his habit of often winning whenever he took a green flag. Provenance: Redman and co-author Jim Mullen have filled in the gaps with research to support vivid memories. Fit and finish: A simple design and a wonderful collection of period racing images in color and black-and-white support the text. Printing is top notch. Drivability: All too often, racing autobiographies devolve into bloodless race-by-race recaps of a career, the dreaded “at Snetterton I started on the front row but the clutch failed on lap six, a failure repeated the next weekend as well.” While Redman recounts plenty of individual races, they tend to be in support of the overall narrative, as well as being chock full of anecdotes. His “lap of” looks at Spa, the Targa Florio, Le Mans and others are eye-opening glimpses into what it takes to be fast, as are his explanations of the business side of always selling, always looking for rides. Despite his success, Redman never made much money, and would even sacrifice what he had accumulated to get back into a competitive ride. This is the most entertaining, enlightening and plain honest book about racing I’ve had the joy of reading. ♦ 50 Sports Car Market


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Affordable Classic Datsun B-210 Bee-Stung Datsun’s thrifty econobox of the ’70s has become collectible by Jeff Zurschmeide Courtesy of Nissan USA 1978 Datsun B-210 GX T less. As if on cue, Datsun kicked off the 1974 model year with an afford- able small car that boasted up to 50 mpg. The B-210 was an instant hit. It seemed perfectly designed to compete on all fronts. A better commuter The entry-level Datsun B-210 was available as a 2-door or 4-door sedan, a wagon, or as a 2-door hatchback. Early buyers could choose a 4-speed manual transmission or a 3-speed automatic. A 5-speed option was added midway through 1976. Datsun was careful not to let the B-210 compete too strongly against the overhead-cam 1.6-liter in the 510. American B-210 engine options included a 1.3-liter pushrod 4-cylinder in 1974 and a 1.4-liter thereafter. Officially, the A13 was rated at 75 horsepower, while the A14 made 78 horsepower. Still, in the 2,000-pound Datsun body, that’s enough to give the B-210 reasonable performance for an economy car of its era. Datsun estimated the B-210 would get from 0 to 60 in 13.2 seconds. Official fuel economy for the 1978 B-210 was 36 mpg city and 48 mpg highway, or 50 mpg if you bought the 5-speed gearbox. The original MSRP of a B-210 was about $2,619 in 1974, rising to $4,468 by 1978. Details Years produced: 1974–78 Price when new: $4,468 Number produced: Approximately 700,000 (USA) Honey Bee and GX The special-edition “Honey Bee” debuted in 1975 as an entry-level model. All true Honey Bees were 2-door sedans with the A14 engine and a 4-speed manual transmission. Honey Bees came with vinyl floor coverings inside and a special side-stripe kit. The stripes were separately purchasable as an acces- 52 Current SCM Median Valuation: $7,250 Pros: Unusual, nostalgic, generally well-liked Cons: Not as fun to drive as when you were 16 Best place to drive one: Japanese Classic Car Show (JCCS) Worst place to drive one: Phoenix in the summertime A typical owner is: Still listening to cassettes he Datsun B-210 was the right car at the right time. In mid-1973, the OPEC embargo had Americans lining up around the block for gas. The beastly muscle cars of the late 1960s were too thirsty, and the latest replacements from Detroit were strangled and list- sory, and the Honey Bee became so popular that people actually put the stripes onto more-expensive-trim B-210s. One of the most popular body choices for the B-210 was the 3-door hatchback. Perhaps it was the squinting resemblance to the Z-car, but the hatch is the B-210 everyone remembers, and along with the Honey Bee, it’s the most collectible model today. For the North American market, most 1976–78 hatchbacks were delivered as top-trim GX models with carpet instead of vinyl mats on the floor. Memories and MPGs I drove an excellent low-miles 1978 B-210 GX hatchback from the Nissan Heritage Collection located at the Lane Motor Museum in Nashville. The drive brought back a flood of memories — but mostly the B-210 performed as expected. You wouldn’t exactly call this car a barn-burner, but it’s quick enough, and the 4-speed transmission has an admirable crispness. The seats are not as comfortable as I’d like to remember, and the suspension not as smooth. But driving the B-210 left me smiling, recalling a simpler time of life when all we needed was basic transportation and an FM radio. The challenge with a B-210 is finding a good one. As economy cars, most succumbed to abuse and rust — but better examples are making their way to outlets such as Hemmings and Bring a Trailer. A lovely 1976 hatchback sold for $7,300 on BaT earlier in 2019. Good examples can still be found well under $10,000. If you’re looking for a fun and unusual vintage racer or track-day car, a B-210 wouldn’t be a bad choice. Many hatchbacks were converted to low-cost SCCA racing cars in the 1980s, and they’re still out there. If you’re looking to recall some past glory days, a B-210 is a good way to do that, even if it’ll just remind you how far we’ve all come. ♦ Sports Car Market


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Collecting Thoughts Porsche Taycan Electric Evolution How much can Porsche evolve and still preserve the essence of its identity? by Miles Collier Images courtesy of Porsche AG The new Porsche Taycan parts ways with the internal-combustion engine, offering an electrically generated 750 horsepower P orsche has just unveiled their new plug-in electric, the Taycan. In Turbo S configuration, it’s a $188,960 750-horse all-wheeldrive sport sedan that’s said to further Porsche’s performance reputation. I have not driven it, so I won’t be sharing any driving impressions. Instead, I’d like to look at it through the eyes of a longtime Porsche observer with a taste for the company’s older racing cars. Porsche’s soul is firmly rooted in its past. Is this the future? Profit over performance Porsche’s “profits above all” path began in 2003, when the then- independent, family-owned company added SUVs to its sports-car range. It’s a continuing focus for Porsche today. While still building what is arguably one of the world’s greatest high-performance cars — the 56-year-old, seventh-generation 911 — Volkswagen has defined Porsche’s future as a producer of multiple vehicle types. But a plug-in electric makes me ask, “Just how much can Porsche evolve under that ‘profits only’ strategy and still preserve the essence of its identity, and without jeopardizing what has made it such a special company?” Consider that as Ferrari is to Chrysler-Fiat, so is Porsche to Volkswagen. Yes, VW’s luxury group is built of top-end boutique names, including Bugatti (a strange and anomalous thing for poseurs who want lots of bling), Bentley and Lamborghini, but the performance jewel in the Volkswagen portfolio is Porsche. Yet unlike VW’s Italian competitor, who has recognized the importance of preserving Ferrari’s brand through “managed scarcity” and concentrating on Ferrari’s longtime sports and performance association, Porsche is morphing into a full-line manufacturer. This strikes me as rather strange given Porsche’s brand equity in performance that is second only to Ferrari. Which brings us to what is now, and has been for some time, Porsche’s major product offering: SUVs. Here is Porsche’s real profit contributor to parent Volkswagen. 54 Sports Car Market Further building out the full-product-line concept are the various Panamera models originally introduced in 2009 (including a recent plug-in hybrid), which is now being further extended with the Taycan. Electric power In a world of 24-hour news, tweets, Facebook posts and other media outpourings, virtue signaling has become an explicit corporate strategy. Nothing in our world says virtue more than electric cars. I’m astonished by the universal easy acceptance of electrification as the way forward by both the public and automobile manufacturers alike. They see electrics as not only the paragon of virtue, but the signaler of technological hipness as well. Certainly, if we are objective, the properties of the electric motor are better suited to the automobile than that crazy Rube Goldberg concatenation of reciprocating bits that is the internal combustion engine. Worse, the silly thing requires add-ons: pollution-abatement systems of labyrinthine complexity, and a transmission to harness the engine’s output because the internal combustion engine needs revs — and lots of them — to make power.


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The electric motor of the 21st century has the hydrocarbon engine on the ropes. The modern electric motor has overcome its 20th century precursor’s fatal failings: little power and less range. Granted, the likes of land-speed record holder “La Jamais Contente” showed the potential of electricity in the late 1890s, but until batteries emerged that allowed useful range, the electric car as viable mobility was hopeless. Now, with claimed three- and four-hundred mile range (or 250-ish in the case of the Taycan), the modern plug-in electric is a practical, if not to some minds superior, vehicle. What is missing from the calculus of electric automobiles as saviors of the planet is a complete life-cycle environmental-impact analysis. Even if we aren’t bothered by charging electric cars with juice from coal-fired generating plants, and third-world child labor making the batteries, we need to understand the future implications of both producing and scrapping millions — or tens of millions — of new-tech batteries annually. Standards and strategy Volkswagen has stipulated that its VW brand is headed toward an all- electric future, while legislators are passing “electrics only” regulations for city centers and other sensitive areas. Personally, were I an automotive executive, I’d have an electric strategy, but I’d hedge my bet with a continuing internal-combustion-engine development program. I understand that there’s only so much research money available and the lure of electric has claimed most of it, but be warned. Even so, what to say about Porsche selling an all-electric 4-seater grocery-getter? Unquestionably, when Porsche entered the performance hybrid supercar market with the 918, they produced a more sophisticated car than competitors McLaren and Ferrari. So, in the Taycan, I imagine In a future world of rational product portfolio decisions, might the frivolous, politically incorrect Porsche sports car be sacrificed to higher corporate goals that are embodied in the Taycan? Porsche wanted to set the standard for electric-car manufacturers — and they may have. Porsche, with lower margins and consequently higher volume needs than Ferrari, has made the decision to offer a full line of products: internal-combustion-powered, hybrid and electric. Does this diversity portend bad, or at least not good, things for Porsche as a sports-car manufacturer? The history of today’s 911 is one of refinement through relentless focus and intensive engineering. Will this developing full-line strategy allow the pinpoint focus that turned the 911 into a legend? Will that kind of quirky product character ever be allowed to emerge in the future? Multinational technocratic bureaucracies dislike “quirky,” and products like the Taycan resemble the iPhone more than anything. Both are increasingly sophisticated, and increasingly disposable over shorter and shorter periods. In a future world of rational product portfolio decisions, might the frivolous, politically incorrect Porsche sports car be sacrificed to higher corporate goals that are embodied in the Taycan? Might not these larger corporate goals, such as developing a ride-sharing product, ultimately cause the sports-car business to become little more than a halo program for a line of competent but elephantine SUVs and sedans? Might the long-term company perspective articulated by Ferry Porsche himself, that the original 911 design should be so good that it would be “future-proof,” change under the pressures of constant technological innovation, political correctness and government regulation? We’ll just have to wait for those answers, and to see if this car ends up representing a Porsche evolution — or a revolution. ♦ December 2019 55


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Legal Files John Draneas From Auction House to Courthouse This case points out the limitations of a certificate of title: It is not absolute proof of ownership ctims. e transfer of ownership of the ri gets real murky here. According con Woods, James Piper transferred errari by bill of sale on September 989, one week before his death, to elve Ltd., and a Louisiana certificate e was issued to V-Twelve on October 9. corro, acting on behalf of V-Twelve a power of attorney, sold the car obert Butler for $300,000. In 1991, r sold the Ferrari to Todd Morici 50,000. Morici then sold the car to n Woods’ predecessor entity. iper tells a different story. Socorro im that his father wanted to transfer nd his other Ferraris to V-Twelve for nefit of his children and had retained w Orleans attorney to do that for him. e invited Piper to travel to New F ns with her to see the attorney, which . They met with him after James had The New Orleans attorney stated that d started on the transfers but stopped when he learned that James had died d not want to proceed with the transnless Piper approved. Piper indicated proval but never received any of the work that he expected if the transfers Legal Fil es John Draneas From Auction House to Courthouse This case points out the limitations of a certificate of title: It is not absolute proof of ownership ctims. iles John Draneas From Auction House to Courthouse This case points out the limitations of a certificate of title: It is not absolute proof of ownership ctims. e transfer of ownership of the ri gets real murky here. According con Woods, James Piper transferred errari by bill of sale on September 989, one week before his death, to elve Ltd., and a Louisiana certificate e was issued to V-Twelve on October 9. corro, acting on behalf of V-Twelve a power of attorney, sold the car obert Butler for $300,000. In 1991, r sold the Ferrari to Todd Morici 50,000. Morici then sold the car to n Woods’ predecessor entity. iper tells a different story. Socorro im that his father wanted to transfer nd his other Ferraris to V-Twelve for nefit of his children and had retained w Orleans attorney to do that for him. e invited Piper to travel to New F ns with her to see the attorney, which . They met with him after James had The New Orleans attorney stated that d started on the transfers but stopped when he learned that James had died d not want to proceed with the trans- nless Piper approved. Piper indicated proval but never received any of the work that he expected if the transfers Company Company for its 2018 Scottsdale auction. The estimated sales price for Lot 116 was $1.6m to $2m. Just before the auction started, Falcon Woods received an alarming phone call. Gooding had been contacted by a Peter Piper, who claimed that the Ferrari still belonged to the estate of his deceased father, James Piper. Even worse, Piper and/or his attorney had threatened to disrupt the auction by announcing that the Ferrari had been stolen. Gooding recommended that the Ferrari be pulled from the auction. Falcon Woods wondered how that could be. They had purchased the car off a Louisiana title issued to V-Twelve Ltd., and had a clean chain of title from there. Even though the Europa GT was pulled from the auction, Piper filed suit against Gooding and several “John Does,” asking the court to enjoin the sale of the Ferrari and to order Gooding to hold onto it until this was all sorted out. The court issued that order, and Gooding placed the car in storage pending resolution of the claims. Piper’s main goal was to find out who the “owner” of the Ferrari really was. A tangled web James Piper had purchased the Europa GT in 1962. In 1989, after reputedly having declined an offer of $1.7m for the car, he moved to Mexico. He soon became romantically involved with Maria Socorro De Rodriguez La Pine, who had become known to the FBI as the “Black Widow of Guadalajara.” Socorro had been implicated in at least eight murders, suspected of murdering prior love interests and dispossessing them of their assets. Piper believed that his father had become one of 58 l Files John Draneas From Auction House to Courthouse This case points out the limitations of a certificate of title: It is not absolute proof of ownership ctims. e transfer of ownership of the ri gets real murky here. According con Woods, James Piper transferred errari by bill of sale on September 989, one week before his death, to elve Ltd., and a Louisiana certificate e was issued to V-Twelve on October 9. corro, acting on behalf of V-Twelve a power of attorney, sold the car obert Butler for $300,000. In 1991, r sold the Ferrari to Todd Morici 50,000. Morici then sold the car to n Woods’ predecessor entity. iper tells a different story. Socorro im that his father wanted to transfer nd his other Ferraris to V-Twelve for nefit of his children and had retained w Orleans attorney to do that for him. e invited Piper to travel to New F ns with her to see the attorney, which . They met with him after James had The New Orleans attorney stated that d started on the transfers but stopped when he learned that James had died d not want to proceed with the trans- nless Piper approved. Piper indicated proval but never received any of the work that he expected if the transfers Company for its 2018 Scottsdale auction. The estimated sales price for Lot 116 was $1.6m to $2m. Just before the auction started, Falcon Woods received an alarming phone call. Gooding had been contacted by a Peter Piper, who claimed that the Ferrari still belonged to the estate of his deceased father, James Piper. Even worse, Piper and/or his attorney had threatened to disrupt the auction by announcing that the Ferrari had been stolen. Gooding rec- ommended that the Ferrari be pulled from the auction. Falcon Woods wondered how that could be. They had purchased the car off a Louisiana title issued to V-Twelve Ltd., and had a clean chain of title from there. Even though the Europa GT was pulled from the auction, Piper filed suit against Gooding and several “John Does,” asking the court to en- join the sale of the Ferrari and to order Gooding to hold onto it until this was all sorted out. The court issued that order, and Gooding placed the car in storage pending resolution of the claims. Piper’s main goal was to find out who the “owner” of the Ferrari really was. A tangled web James Piper had purchased the Europa GT in 1962. In 1989, after reputedly having declined an offer of $1.7m for the car, he moved to Mexico. He soon became romantically involved with Maria Socorro De Rodriguez La Pine, who had become known to the FBI as the “Black Widow of Guadalajara.” Socorro had been implicated in at least eight murders, suspected of murdering prior love interests and dispossessing them of their assets. Piper believed that his father had become one of 58 been been transferred before James died ward without the action of the executor of the estate. It was after that meeting that Socorro used her power of attorney to transfer the Ferrari to Butler. Who to sue? When Piper learned the Europa GT was included in the Scottsdale auction, he traveled to Scottsdale, determined that this was his father’s car, and presented Gooding’s in-house counsel with his claim. He then filed suit against Gooding. It made perfectly good sense for Piper to sue Gooding — they had the car, they were going to sell it and he had no idea who the owner was. After it became known that Falcon Woods was the owner, Gooding filed a motion to be dismissed from the lawsuit. Piper successfully resisted the dismissal. Evidently, Gooding was stuck because they still had the car. Certificate of title inconclusive The case recently came up for summary judgment. Piper and Falcon Woods had both filed motions asking to be declared the winner without need for a trial because the law was clearly in their favor. Gooding just asked to be allowed to go home. To win on summary judgment, a party must establish that there are no questions of fact — that is, there are no disputes about what happened and what the situation is. Plus, it must show that it is entitled to prevail under the law. Falcon Woods asserted that the New Orleans certificate of title established that V-Twelve owned the Ferrari, and the transfers that Sports Car Market


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resulted in its ownership were conclusive. The court disagreed, pointing out that a state’s certificate of title was not conclusive, but only evidence of ownership. Ownership could be rebutted by contrary evidence, and Piper had lots of that. It would take an actual trial to determine if Piper’s evidence was enough to establish his father’s continued ownership. By the same token, Piper was not entitled to a declared victory be- cause it was not clear that his evidence would be enough. He needed to win at trial to establish his father’s ownership. No innocent purchaser Falcon Woods made a second argument — it was the innocent purchaser of the Ferrari, and California law gave it ownership for that reason. This was a more interesting argument, but the court pointed out that, under California’s innocent-purchaser statute, you have to distinguish between a car that was taken by fraud and one taken by theft. If the car was taken by theft, the innocent-purchaser defense does not work. A thief has no title and cannot pass title to another. But if V-Twelve obtained title by fraud, Falcon Woods could be an innocent purchaser. But to be an innocent purchaser, one must be a bona fide purchaser for value. Here, Falcon Woods seemed to have purchased the Ferrari for much less than its market value. If that was the case, then it would not be a bona fide purchaser under the law, and the innocent-purchaser defense would not apply. What about Gooding? Gooding was just collateral damage in this ownership dispute be- tween Piper and Falcon Woods. Once Falcon Woods was identified as the owner, there was really no reason for Gooding to still be involved. The court dismissed them from the case. An auction company is really nothing more than a broker. It is not the seller. Rather, it sells the car as an agent for the owner. If there are problems with the car, you almost always have to sue the seller, not the auction company. What’s next? In two words, more litigation. All either side accomplished was that it didn’t lose. They both get to fight another day and they both have huge proof problems. Falcon Woods has no direct access to the 1989 facts, and a below- market purchase does not put it in a good light. I have no idea who the owners of Falcon Woods are, and if they end up being connected to the participants in the 1989 drama, there may be a backlash. Meanwhile, Piper must come forward with some pretty good evi- dence to win the case. It’s easy to insinuate that the “Black Widow of Guadalajara” killed his father, but proving it is another matter since his father’s body was cremated and the cause of death is unknown. There has also been no indication that the New Orleans lawyer is around. If he is not available to testify, it may be hard to establish just what did happen in 1989. A word to the wise This is definitely not good news for car collectors, but this case points out the limitations of a certificate of title: It is not absolute proof of ownership. Many of today’s valuable cars were essentially junk at one time, and ownership records may have been sketchy at some time. In a large transaction where you don’t know the seller and the ownership history of the car, it makes good sense to investigate the chain of ownership thoroughly. Don’t just assume that the certificate of title establishes absolute legal ownership. It may not. ♦ 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. December 2019 59


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Unconventional Wisdom Donald Osborne Comfort Zones Abandoned Past 85, the remainder of the dial is marked with a bright orange crescent. It is, I suppose, the graphic equivalent of “Here be dragons” the 55-mph National Maximum Speed Law of 1974 meant that there was no need to sell any V12 models in the U.S. That a luxury GT model might actually help drive sales in America apparently was not a compelling argument. The 400 was not terribly well reviewed when new and has seen more than a bit of derisive dismissal since. I firmly feel that the reputation the car has is based less on what the car isn’t but rather in a misunderstanding of what it was meant to be. A grown-up GT In my opinion, the 400 represents an amazing product-planning suc- cess. Ferrari and Pininfarina set out to design and build a car for a mature client who wanted comfort combined with effortless performance and the touch of character only an Italian car can deliver. They weren’t looking for raw speed, gymkhana handling and race- car seating. And what they received in the 400 was exactly that which they sought. The 400i I drove was a wonderful driving companion — airy and roomy, but still cossetting without being at all claustrophobic. It was also one of the most widely maligned examples: one equipped The underappreciated Ferrari 400 combined performance and character T his past September, as I prepared for the inaugural Audrain Concours and Motor Week in Newport, RI, I used a 1981 Ferrari 400i as my daily transport. The model has long been a favorite of mine, very much in the “DWO mode” — a clean, classic, simple and elegant big coupe that serves as a long-legged cruiser, providing both comfort and an engaging driving experience. With wide and soft-but-supportive leather chairs, dual air conditioning front and rear, and elbow and leg room aplenty, it’s a wonderful place to spend hours driving on roads straight and sweeping. I must admit that I also am a natural born contrarian — I generally disdain “belly-button cars,” you know, the ones everyone has. If it’s popular, it’s nice, but if it’s ever so slightly offbeat, it wins my heart every time. Regardless of national origin, such cars are never hard to find if you simply lift a few rocks. My first experience falling madly in love with cars as a 9-year-old New York City boy was with the Citroën DS, Maserati Quattroporte, Alfa Romeo 2600 and Bristol 408 — and that is telling. The pattern was set early and it has never varied much, even as I dabbled in convertibles, coupes and even race cars. My heart always comes back to true Grand Tourers. Four seats, crisp lines Launched in 1972 as the 365 GT4 2+2 and ending with its successor the 412 in 1989, the 400i was unlike any vehicle the company had ever made. The 365 GT4 2+2 was shorter than the outgoing model that ran from 1967 to 1971, and the more upright and angular design of the ’72 car made it a much more conservative appearing and slightly more practical 4-seat express. In 17 years of production, nearly 3,000 of all the versions were built — not at all a shabby number for a car of this type and price. Of course, that only averaged to about 175 per year versus the 320 per year of the previous model. However, how much of that was due to the small fact that Ferrari never offered the car in its most natural market, the U.S.? One storyline goes that Ferrari felt that increasing regulations and 60 with the GM TurboHydramatic 400 automatic transmission. Although we all love to stir our way through a manual gearbox — especially a sexy metal-gated one — in reality, the GM auto suits the power curve of the Ferrari engine. There’s nothing quite like both the push you feel and the sound you hear on kickdown with a V12. Stretching Ferrari’s legs As someone who loves both the Maserati Quattroporte I of 1963 and its giant Giugiaro-designed successor, the 1974 Quattroporte III, it seems to me that if Ferrari had been bold enough to make the 400 a 4-door 4-seater, the message of what it was meant to be would have been much more clear. Pininfarina certainly understood it when it created the 1980 Pinin, designed by Fioravanti and Ottina. Based on the 400 platform, it had all the quiet elegance and subdued sportiness you would expect in a Ferrari sedan. It came to nothing, perhaps because it was seen as a step too far into an unfamiliar market niche. Ironic, now that Porsche and Lamborghini SUVs are accepted parts of the automotive landscape, even if some die-hard enthusiasts still find them hard to swallow. In any case, the 400 is for me both a very real Ferrari and a very well-executed executive car. The time in which it was born was perhaps too unwilling to truly embrace a Ferrari of this kind — and a sign of that time was painfully obvious to me as I drove it. A federalized example that had been imported when new, it had the obligatory 85-mph speedometer with the yellow circled “55” clearly indicated. Past 85, the remainder of the dial is marked with a bright orange crescent. It is, I suppose, the graphic equivalent of “Here be dragons.” Whatever it repre- sents, there is something satisfying yet completely bizarre about burying the speedometer needle on a V12 Ferrari at 15 mph under 100. But knowing that you can go higher, and that the sweet engine will keep pushing you along through the road beyond the marker, is positively enchanting. ♦ Sports Car Market


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Feature The SCM Interview / Randy Elber Dreams Turned Real From 300SLs to vintage Ferraris, Randy Elber has made his passion for restoration into a career by Sean Smith Randy Elber parlayed a childhood fascination with cars into his own business, R&R Automotive Restorations A s with many car people, obsession started early for Randy Elber. Growing up in Cleveland, OH, cars were always around — and the sounds, smells and looks of them got under young Randy’s skin. From Ohio he moved to Kansas, where he attended McPherson College and earned a degree in auto restoration. Jobs took him from Kansas to Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and finally Mount Kisco, NY, where Elber has created a world-class restoration shop in R&R Automotive Restorations (www.rrautoresto.com) with his partner Robert Torre. Elber is this month’s SCM Interview: world? As a kid, I noticed all the cars around me. Knowing there wasn’t a new car in my future when I got my license, the only way to have a car was to build it myself. I really gravitated to older cars, so I saved every penny I had, and at 13, I bought a 1968 Pontiac LeMans. It took me four years — due to lack of funds and trading work — to turn it into a functioning GTO clone that became my daily driver. How was the car received? I got my high-school parking pass suspended count- less times. The car was a raucous hot rod, so it was hard to go unnoticed. Some of my driving tactics got it a little more noticed than it should have been. I maybe had done too good a job on it as people — mainly the police — thought it wasn’t mine and maybe I had borrowed it from my dad without him knowing. high school? Initially, I was going to go to the University of Cincinnati for mechanical engineering. I had committed to the program. Then one day during my senior year of 64 What were you planning on doing after What got you started in the automotive high school, my mother showed me a small piece in the Cleveland Plain Dealer about McPherson College. It fit exactly what I wanted to do, so all my plans changed. What did you study at McPherson? I took the four-year degree program in automotive restoration. This mixed automotive classes with general education and small-business classes. You got a very special internship while you were there? Absolutely — I interned for two summers with Paul Russell & Company. Paul was on the advisory board for the program. Thankfully, those two summers led to a job after graduation. It was a great experience; I couldn’t have possibly asked to step into a better facility, with world-class guys that had an incredible amount of talent top to bottom. His staff is committed to restoring cars with integrity and authenticity. Every bit of their reputation is deserved and has been earned. It was a great starting point for me; I learned how to do things and do them right. I started green doing service work and I moved on to mechanical restoration, then on to being a crew chief on full restorations. I was doing preservation and restoration work on multiple Gullwing and 300SL Roadsters, plus early-’50s Ferraris. I prepped cars for everything from the show field to 1,000-mile rallies. I saved every penny I had, and at 13, I bought a 1968 Pontiac LeMans. It took me four years — due to lack of funds and trading work — to turn it into a functioning GTO clone that became my daily driver. Sports Car Market


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From there you spent some time at other shops? Yes, I made a long-distance relationship not long distance any- more and moved to New York. I worked for two years at Automotive Restorations Inc. in Stratford, CT. After that, I worked at the Audrain Collection in Rhode Island for a time, and then came back to New York. How did you meet your partner Bob Torre? I was working in a shop on Long Island and Bob was searching for a 300SL Roadster. The salesman was not around, so they asked me to go over the car with Bob. After discussing what his expectations were for the car, I told him this was not the car for him. But we kept talking and he told me about his collection and where it was. It was about 15 minutes from my home. Bob had a down-the-road dream of having a restoration shop; he was a very successful general contractor, but he wasn’t equipped to run a shop like this. I had been creating a business plan for a restoration shop for a while, so with Bob’s business sense and space and my plans, we created the perfect environment and hit the ground running last May. What is your shop’s specialty? So far it’s been 300SLs. We have five in process currently. We also are doing a lot of Porsche work. We have done three 911 engine builds and we are in the midst of a full restoration on an early five-digit splitwindow 356. Of course, we also work on 1950s Ferraris, Alfas and Jaguars. Do you have any special cars in your shop right now? We do — they are both extremely original “barn find” Gullwings. They are the right cars, in the right place, with the right owners. Both of these owners are into the originality — they look past the bumps and bruises and see that it’s part of the story of the car. That history is what makes each car unique and special. Both cars will get a full mechanical recommission while retaining as much originality as possible. But the most important thing is for the cars to power themselves down the road as well as they did in 1955. One of the cars will be shown at the Audrain Concours in October and then will turn around and do the 300SL Classic Rally in Arizona. We don’t have anything scheduled for the other car yet, but it will be out there as soon as it’s ready. What do you see as the future of this shop? We have been at it for 15 months, and it’s been a great time. We have been getting noticed and have some great clients who are becoming repeat clients. We are searching for a third guy on the floor, the work is increasing — which is a great thing — and we have plans for growth. What car would you like to restore for yourself? To relive the glory days, this time I would like to do up a real-deal ’68 GTO. ♦ December 2019 65


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Concours Spotlight Radnor Hunt Concours A Super, Special Afternoon Buick was Radnor Hunt’s featured marque for 2019, with over 40 on display Story and photos by Bill Rothermel these spectacular vehicles represent the best of the best at Radnor for 2019.” The Timeless Elegance Award and the American Vintage Post War Radnor Award went to Chip and Karen Loree’s 1956 Imperial Southampton hard-top coupe, which was finished in a dazzling combo of Cloud White over Starmist Blue with a matching leather and brocade interior. Irwin Kroiz’s 1966 Shelby “King Cobra” 427 roadster took Best in Class among Historic Race Cars. CSX3159 is documented as the only Motion Performance Cobra set up for drag racing by Joel Rosen. In his first outing, Rosen broke the AA/SP national record at a 10.67 E.T. and later, set a national record with a 10.40 E.T. and 130 mph. Buick winners Buick award winners included Michael Steman’s Best in Show–Concours was presented to the 1927 Mercedes-Benz Model K roadster by Fleetwood, owned by Michael and Joannie Rich T he vintage ad theme, “Wouldn’t You Really Rather Have a Buick?” certainly rang true at the 23rd Radnor Hunt Concours d’Elegance, which took place September 6–8 in the rolling horse country just outside Philadelphia. Always willing to go a bit outside the box, the veteran concours offered Buick as its featured marque. More than 40 were displayed in a historical retrospective on the show field. Among the 100 cars and 50 motorcycles on-site, special features included The Cars of Bill Mitchell (including several Buicks), Special Interest Porsches, Road Cars with Racing Names, Rickman Motorcycles, On- and Off-Road Classic British Motorcycles, and European Motorcycles of the 20th Century. Ed Welburn, retired VP of General Motors Design, served as Grand Marshal. Motorcycle racer and record holder Gina Bovaird was special guest for the motorcycle concours. Mercedes, Alfa and Imperial Best of Show–Concours honors went to Michael and Joannie Rich’s 1927 Mercedes- Benz Model K roadster by Fleetwood, while Best of Show–Sport went to the Simeone Foundation Museum’s equally stunning 1933 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 “Monza” Zagato. Dave Markel’s 1939 Crocker 61-inch Twin Small Tank took top honors among motorcycles. The Richs’ car is the only M-B bodied by Fleetwood. It was built for William Sloan of New York — founder of Sloan Plumbing Products — who was inspired by the Fleetwood-bodied Isotta-Fraschini built for Rudolph Valentino displayed at the 1926 New York Auto Salon. In 1926, the Mercedes-Benz K was the world’s fastest touring car, with near-100-mph capability. Aided by period photographs, the car was recently restored to its original colors, including its engine-turned hood and cowl. Simeone’s Alfa was ordered new for racing by Details Plan ahead: The 24th Annual Radnor Hunt Concours d’Elegance is scheduled for September 11–13, 2020 Where: Radnor Hunt, 826 Providence Road Malvern, PA 19355 Number of entries: 100 (50 motorcycles) Admission: $50 general admission Web: www.radnorconcours.org 66 Count Carlo Castelbarco, who sent the car to Zagato to be finished with the lovely coachwork it retains to this day. Franco Cortese drove the car in the 1933 Mille Miglia, finishing second. In addition, the car competed in the 1938 24 Hours of Le Mans. Concours Founder and Chairman Mike Tillson, a former racer himself, echoed the decision of the judges: “I’m thrilled to have 1941 Buick Series 50 Super convertible phaeton, which won Pre-War Best in Class. Finished in a striking Sienna Rust, it is one of just 467 built in this unusual 4-door convertible body style. Hank Hallowell’s Lido Lavender 1959 Electra 2-door hard top took home top honors in Buick Post-War to 1969, while Ron Mukalian’s 1987 Buick GNX was top dog among Buicks of the 1970s and 1980s. The AACA Museum’s 1910 Buick Model 10 Surrey was first place among Veteran cars, and Richard Sills’ one-off 1960 Electra 225 convertible coupe, built for former head of Buick and President of GM Harlow Curtice, was recipient of the Thorncraft Award. The all-white convertible built by the GM Styling Studio features unique tailfins and taillights, re-sculptured rear quarter panels, special emblems and front fender ventiports, as well as a one-of-a-kind interior with pleated upholstery. Radnor’s usual complement of sports and race cars as well as American and European Classics was well represented among 47 car and 11 motorcycle award winners. Said Tillson, “We couldn’t have asked for a better day — perfect weather to go with a perfect show filled with great cars and great people.” ♦ Richard Sills’ one-off 1960 Buick Electra 225 convertible coupe was presented with the Thorncroft Award Sports Car Market


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PROFILES IN THIS ISSUE Significant Sales That Provide a Snapshot of the Market FERRARI: 1970 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona p. 70 ENGLISH: 1960 MGA Twin Cam Roadster p. 72 ETCETERINI: 1969 DeTomaso Mangusta p. 74 GERMAN: 1991 Porsche 964 “Reimagined by Singer” p. 76 AMERICAN: 1965 Buick Riviera GS p. 78 RACE: 1955 Quin Epperly “Fuel Injection Special” Indy 500 Streamliner p. 80 NEXT GEN: 1993 Mazda RX-7 Touring p. 82 68 Sports Car Market


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Ferrari Profile Courtesy of Bonhams 1970 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Daytonas are a harbinger of Ferrari values. What does this sale tell us about the market? by Steve Ahlgrim Chassis number: 13435 SCM Condition for this car: 2 • Delivered new to the British School of Motoring • One of only 158 right-hand-drive models • Comprehensive history file • Ferrari Classiche certified SCM Analysis This car, Lot 276, sold for $538,653, including buyer’s premium, at Bonhams’ Goodwood Revival Collector’s Motor Cars and Automobilia auction in Chichester, U.K., on September 14, 2019. The British School of Motoring, founded in 1910 by S.C.H. Roberts, is Britain’s largest driving school, with over a thousand instructors and more than a million graduates. Students arriving at the main office of the school in 1971 were greeted with a blue Ferrari Daytona coupe. The Ferrari was part of the school’s motor pool, but few students got close to the driver’s seat. The BSM purchased the blue Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona from Colonel Ronnie Hoare’s Maranello Concessionaires Ferrari dealership in 1970. The Daytona was said to be used in the school’s highperformance driving school. Scarce information is available on the high-performance program, but I’d speculate that rather than a racing school, the school prepared students for high-speed Continental touring. Whatever the school taught, the course was a great excuse for some executives to have a Ferrari at their disposal. Refined rocket Today we take breathtaking top speeds for granted, but it’s important to understand that the evolution of high-performance automobiles was 70 Sports Car Market slow. The Austin-Healey 100-6’s name was a brag on its ability to reach 100 mph. The Jaguar XK 120 likewise was named for its top speed. Not that many years later, Ferrari introduced their 365 GTB/4 “Daytona” — the fastest production car in the world at the time. The Daytona was capable of a hardly imaginable 174 mph. That speed was immortalized by an iconic Road & Track magazine cover showing a Daytona speedometer indicating 174 mph and the tachometer closing in on redline. It must have been a special experience to receive instruction in the BSM’s Daytona, but few would have had the honor. By 1972, the Daytona passed to a new owner. Today there’s no reference to a highperformance school on the BSM Web page.


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The Daytona market Daytonas are a harbinger of Ferrari values. Traditionally, they are among the first Ferraris to go up in a bull market and among the first to go down in a bear market. To be sure, they have had Introduced with a wild ride. a list price of approximately $19,500, 1,279 Daytonas found homes — a record for any Ferrari built up to that time. As would be expected, used examples took a hit in value. Careful shoppers could have bought a nice example for as low as $14,000 in 1973. The United States introduced increasingly stringent emission and safety standards in 1968. Ferrari found they were unable to make their 12-cylinder models compliant with the new regulations. The Daytona was discontinued in 1973, ending sales of new 12-cylinder Ferraris in the U.S. As the inventory of new Daytonas dried up, collectors realized that the car was likely the end of the 12-cylinder line. Soon, used Daytonas began to attract serious attention. They first saw gentle gains, but by the mid-’80s, Daytonas, along with most other classic Ferraris, began a meteoric climb in value. Daytona values jumped from $45,000 to $100,000, then $200,000, $300,000 and even as much as $600,000 without taking a breath. Come 1990, the party was over. Prices had escalated too far, too fast, and suddenly there were no takers. Prices dropped even faster than they went up as desperate sellers tried to get out of their cars. It would take I think Brexit can be blamed for this low result. This non-a/c, right-handdrive example is only desirable in an RHD market. That’s a positive when the U.K. economy is good, but Brits are very nervous over Brexit and it’s understandable that people aren’t fawning over expensive cars. until 1994 and $150,000 asking prices before the bottom was found. 1994 was a magic year for Ferrari. Luca Cordero di Montezemolo was at the helm, with the fruits of his efforts starting to blossom. The 333SP was introduced that year, putting Ferrari on the grids and the podiums of the most prestigious GT races. Around the same time, the F355 was introduced, giving starved Ferrari enthusiasts reason to go back into dealers’ showrooms. The 456, F50 and 550 Maranello soon followed, and like nothing had happened, Ferrari was cool again. As the new-car market recovered, so did the used- Ferrari market. By the 2000s, Ferraris were on a roll again. In 2005 it would take around $400,000 to buy a Daytona; by 2010 that number had gotten over $600,000. 2014 was the high-water mark, with SCM Platinum Auction Database noting a couple of sales in the $800,000 and $900,000 range. December 2019 Details Years produced: 1968–73 Number produced: 1,279 coupes Original list price: $19,500 Current SCM Median Valuation: $690,500 Tune-up cost: $3,500 Distributor caps: $195 reproduction, $450 OEM Chassis # Location: On frame above right front spring mount A 4-cam barometer The British School of Motoring’s Daytona has several features of note. It is one of only 158 right-hand-drive examples — a real plus in the British market. It is an early example with the much-desired clear Plexiglas nose covering. It also has a wood steering wheel, a feature only found on the earliest cars. Quite bafflingly, a leather boot covers the Ferrari shift gate, perhaps installed to keep the driving-school students from being distracted. It also is sans air conditioning. The Daytona’s blue paint is quite flattering and should have been a positive for potential buyers. Additionally, the 36,900 miles shown on the odometer should have been acceptable to all but the most demanding collector. The car was presented with a Ferrari Classiche “Red Book” as well as what looks to be a full tool roll. It appears to have been nicely refurbished and prepared for sale, yet the result fell slightly short of Bonhams’ expectations and $140,000 short of its no-sale high bid at an RM Sotheby’s auction just a year before. What do this and other recent Daytona sales tell us? Prices are down but the sky is not falling. The decline has generally been slow, with decent sales activity. I think Brexit can be blamed for this low result. This non- a/c, right-hand-drive example is only desirable in an RHD market. That’s a positive when the U.K. economy is good, but Brits are very nervous over Brexit and it’s understandable that people aren’t fawning over expensive cars. But as we’ve seen, Daytonas ebb and flow with the leading edge of the market. Give it a year or two and the buyer will look quite smart. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of Bonhams.) Steve Ahlgrim served as general manager and vice presi- dent 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. 1972 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona coupe Lot 147, s/n: 15517 Condition: 3 Sold at $522,000 Gooding & Co., Scottsdale, AZ, 1/18/2019 SCM# 6890964 1970 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona coupe Lot 268, s/n: 13183 Condition: 2Sold at $715,264 RM Sotheby’s, Essen, DEU, 4/11/2019 SCM# 6899724 Engine # Location: Below head on rear passenger’s side of block Club Info: Ferrari Club of America Website: www.FerrariClubofAmerica.org Alternatives: 1965–69 Aston Martin DB6, 1971–75 BMW CSL, 2010–11 Ferrari 599 GTO SCM Investment Grade: B Comps 1973 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona coupe Lot S113, s/n: 16537 Condition: 2Sold at $715,000 Mecum Auctions, Monterey, CA, 8/15/2019 SCM# 6908642 71


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English Profile ©2019 Courtesy of RM Auctions 1960 MGA Twin Cam Roadster Rarity and performance have driven Twinks, as they’re affectionately known, to high prices by Gary Anderson Chassis number: YD32181 SCM Condition for this car: 2+ • Multiple AACA Award winner • Original engine and colors per BMIHT Certificate • Fitted with competition accessories from the factory • Original and properly installed optional Radiomobile radio • Restored to the highest standards of correctness and quality SCM Analysis This car, Lot 3185, sold for $65,725, including buyer’s premium, at RM Auctions’ Auburn, IN, sale held August 29 to September 1, 2019. The sale result on this car immediately begs two questions: Why did this particular model of MGA fetch a price well in excess of most MGAs, and — given the rapid recent growth in prices of similarly rare AustinHealeys and Jaguars — why didn’t it sell for considerably more? The answer to the first question is implicit in the model’s history. The MGA that finally made its way to production was born in racing. In 1951, George Phillips took the boxy, high-fendered MG TD and gave it a sleek body to race as a special at Le Mans. But with attention focused on other opportunities such as the new Austin-Healey, BMC shelved the idea. It wasn’t until Sydney Enever designed a sturdy new frame under the sleek, aerodynamic body style — a design that allowed the occupants to sit below the frame rails — that the MGA got a green light. It debuted in September 1955, to replace the long-in-the-tooth MG TF. A driver’s MG Anyone who has driven an MGA in vintage racing will tell you that that combination of rigid frame, low center of gravity and independent 72 Sports Car Market coil-spring wishbone front suspension with live rear axle has great handling. It is just plain fun to drive, able to stay precisely on course or go into a controlled drift with just the slightest flick of the very direct steering. The easy-shifting 4-speed transmission provides accurate rev control in all circumstances. The model sold 13,000 units in its first production year. Unfortunately, that basic 1,489-cc B-Series engine that had first appeared in the ZA Magnette, taking well into the teens to reach 60 mph and topping out at 95 mph, could be beaten in a straight line by almost every other sports car. If that weren’t enough, then the Austin-Healey got a 6-cylinder engine and Triumph cleaned up its styling act with the TR3. The MGA was pushed back into the shadows.


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More cams, more power BMC engineer Gerald Palmer at Cowley came up with an answer in 1958: Put a twin-camshaft head on the B-Series block and, boom, 108 horsepower, 110 mph and 10.4 seconds 0–60. Accentuating the power gain, the Twin Cam came standard with competition Dunlop disc brakes and center-lock racing wheels on all four corners. Unfortunately, what looked great on paper didn’t do as well on the street. Selling at a premium over the standard 1,600-cc MGA, and pricier than the now-2+2 Austin-Healey, the car didn’t sell nearly as well as had been hoped. Even worse, customers started showing up at their dealers with their Twin Cams on the hook, having overheated and often blowing their engines. The warranty costs on these failures were so sig- nificant that BMC had to do something. The problem seemed to be that when the carburetors weren’t tuned properly, they were feeding different fuel mixtures to the front and rear cylinders. BMC even went so far as to fit out special buses with small classrooms and training facilities and send them out on the road to train local dealer staffs. (There are at least two of these buses, restored in their Union Jack colors, that appear on the auction circuit every now and then.) But it wasn’t enough. With losses mounting and a 1,622-cc version of the basic pushrod engine ready for production, the company discontinued the Twin Cam Today’s vintage racers wearing the octagon on their racing suits, with the assistance of tuning dynos, have solved the problem of twin-cam engine failure. after only 2,111 units had been produced. The basic competition parts — Competition Suspension with fourwheel disc brakes and center-lock racing wheels, and Competition Deluxe seats — remained on the options list. Today, that model, nicknamed the MGA Deluxe, is a recognized variant in the collectible marketplace. Making the Twin Cam work Meantime, amateur racers who were wedded to the MG Octagon did snap up the cars — including broken ones sitting on the back of the dealer lots — and were reasonably successful with them. The difference was that carburetors, timing and fuel mixture were checked with every race. That seemed to make the difference. Today’s vintage racers wearing the octagon on their racing suits, with the assistance of tuning dynos, have solved the problem of twin-cam engine failure. It turns out that at high rpm, the carburetors start to vibrate with the engine, and the float on the rear carburetor hangs up on its spindle. This leans out the mixture, in short order causing the engine to overheat, often resulting in a hole in the number-three or -four piston. The simple expedients of balancing the engine and flexibly December 2019 Details Years produced: 1958–60 Number produced: 2,111 Original list price: $3,345 Current SCM Median Valuation: $51,500 Tune-up cost: $500 Distributor cap: $50 Chassis # location: Stamped tag screwed to shelf at rear of engine compartment Engine # location: Embossed plate screwed to ledge on engine next to spark plugs Clubs: North American MGA Register, MG Vintage Racers mounting the carburetors with rubber O-rings layered with the gaskets have made the few remaining engines almost bulletproof. Rare and desirable So the combination of being the fastest stock MGA available on the market, being quite rare, available only in documented low numbers, and being inexpensive relative to similarly rare competitors has made Twinks, as they’re now affectionately referred to, desirable enough to fetch the high prices. Why didn’t this car sell for more? While this example at Auburn sold for only a bit more than a similar example SCM profiled seven years ago, another Twink broke the $100,000 barrier in Monterey this year, suggesting some pricing movement over the current $51k median. The simplest answer for this car lies in its nicely restored condition being offset by a slightly modified configuration. The new owner of this black beauty did fine here, and after locating a stock windshield, soft top and side screens to put on for touring in the rain, will most likely be out on some high-zoot tours soon. He or she might even be lording it over more-expensive Italian cars sitting on the side of the road, waiting for a six-carburetor tuning specialist named Guido. (Introductory description courtesy of RM Auctions.) ♦ Gary Anderson is Editor in Chief of The Star, the magazine for the Mercedes-Benz Club of America, and is co-author of MBI’s best-selling Austin-Healey Restoration Guide. High Auction Sales for the Past Five Years $250,000 $236,500 1960 MGA Twin Cam Roadster $200,000 $150,000 $100,000 $102,205 $50,000 $0 $68,200 $82,500 This sale: $65,725 $55,000 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 73 1959 MGA Twin Cam roadster Lot 52, s/n: YD3734 Condition: 2Sold at $49,500 Worldwide Auctioneers, Scottsdale, AZ, 1/18/2017 SCM# 6816894 1959 MGA Twin Cam roadster Lot 129, s/n: YD11626 Condition: 3+ Sold at $51,465 RM Sotheby’s, Monte Carlo, MCO, 5/12/2018 SCM# 6869825 Web: www.namgar.com, www.mgvr.org Alternatives: 1955–56 Austin-Healey 100M, 1956–59 Porsche 356 roadster, 1958–62 Alfa Romeo Spider Veloce SCM Investment Grade: A Comps 1960 MGA 1600 Deluxe roadster Lot 265, s/n: GHNL99312 Condition: 2+ Sold at $61,898 Silverstone, Woodstock, U.K., 9/2/2017 SCM# 6847481


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Etceterini & Friends Profile ©2019 Courtesy of RM Auctions 1969 DeTomaso Mangusta The buyer chose to focus on history and reported mileage more than on condition, and that is not a bad point of view by Donald Osborne Chassis number: 8MA1144 SCM Condition for this car: 3- • 302-ci Ford V8, ZF 5-speed manual transaxle • Believed to be one of only 50 built with retractable headlights • Displays less than 13,000 miles, believed to be original • Two-owner example; 46 years of first-hand ownership • Accompanied by original sales invoice, owner’s manual and tool roll SCM Analysis This car, Lot 3088, sold for $214,500, including buyer’s premium, at RM Auctions’ Fall Auburn sale held on August 31, 2019, in Auburn, IN. I have profiled a Mangusta for SCM three times, counting this piece. Looking back, the same or very similar themes keep arising. What defines the characteristics that attract enthusiasts to the elegantly brutal DeTomaso and those that repel them in seemingly equal measure? The delicate Vallelunga, DeTomaso’s first car, is one of my all-time favorites. It seems to me very much in the character of the OSCA cars that Alejandro de Tomaso raced in the 1950s: a well-balanced, lightweight but potent small-bore sports car that appealed as much aesthetically as dynamically. But he didn’t sell many of them for a variety of reasons, including some under-development in chassis stiffness. The next move seemed logical: going to a stronger, more dramatic and more powerful car — something that would obviously have greater appeal to the lucrative U.S. market. The Mangusta fit the bill, and with more than seven times the number built, proved the case. 74 Sports Car Market Sibling rivalry In previous profiles, I’ve made the obvious comparison between the Mangusta and another Italian-American hybrid sports car of the period, the Iso Grifo. The Grifo’s design was also a product of the brilliant mind and hand of Giorgetto Giugiaro. Most would consider the Grifo a more beautiful car, but the visual drama of the Mangusta can be as compelling in its own way. Today’s marketplace continues its inexorable move towards evergreater specificity in grading and valuing objects. This past auction


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cycle has cemented the fact that we are firmly in a buyer’s market. I don’t see that as a bad thing, nor do I think it is a sign that an automotive apocalypse is near. Markets that move in lockstep up or down are seldom sustainable and almost always hide mistakes in valuations. A rising tide that lifts all boats is swell if you’re a sailor, but I would prefer that in our case, each vessel finds its own proper buoyancy. The Iso Grifo, individually and as a group, has once again pulled away in value from its rarer but ultimately less compelling rival. I think it is largely due to its perceived and real driving characteristics making it a preferable companion for owners who want to drive their cars on a regular basis. Nevertheless, the price differential is now greater than it has been historically. It’s another way in which the desirability of a particular object may prove more important than a larger market. Drivers of a price Our subject car appears to be a largely original car with some older refurbishment. It appeared in the catalog photos to remain quite presentable, at least at a distance. It was also stated to have 13,000 miles and had been in the hands of only two owners from new. As such, it possessed a fair number of desirable attributes of value. It also is a rare single-pop-up-headlight example, and although the catalog listed that as a plus, frankly, most people prefer the fixed four-headlight ver- Our subject car is a rare singlepop-up-headlight example, and although the catalog listed that as a plus, frankly, most people prefer the fixed four-headlight version instead representing Giugiaro’s original vision. In today’s market, such seemingly small preferences can have a large effect on prices paid. sion instead, representing Giugiaro’s original vision. In today’s market, such seemingly small preferences can have a large effect on prices paid. In addition, while the long original ownership and low miles are strong attributes, the reality that it has had a respray placed it in that strange “not totally preserved, but not freshly restored” limbo that can confuse many collectors. This does, however, provide me with another “teach- able moment” in which I will make the case for cars that fit in the category of “conservato.” These are vehicles which have always been used, maintained and loved as the dynamic objects they were born to be. If the paint fades, you renew it in the original color. If you get a tear on a seat cushion, it is repaired. Nothing is removed, dismantled or replaced that doesn’t need it for a functional purpose. For me that is the highest form of automotive existence possible. I did not inspect this car in person, so I can’t vouch for the actual state of the interior, which certainly seemed in the photos to need a bit of loving care. December 2019 $300,000 $200,000 $100,000 $0 2014 2015 2016 N/A 2017 2018 75 $324,734 This sale: $214,500 Details Years produced: 1967–71 Number produced: 401 Original list price: $11,500 Current SCM Median Valuation: $280,000 Distributor cap: $15 The steering-wheel rim, which seemed to have been refinished, showed a crack on the rim as it attached to the arm on the right side, and the wheel itself was well aged. There was visible overspray on some bright-trim parts, indicating that the repaint might have been a fairly inexpensive, casual one. This makes our subject a “sort of conservato” car. Looked after? Yes. Loved? Perhaps not. History versus condition There is a substantial amount of money hunting for cars at the moment. But, as in any healthy buyer’s market, that money is only spent on exactly what meets the would-be buyer’s needs and desires. This Mangusta sold near where I would have ex- pected it to, if perhaps a bit on the high side. The buyer chose to focus on the history and reported mileage more than on the condition, and that is not a bad point of view. However, the new owner now has the challenge of what to do with the car, as it will obviously need some work. Deciding on what must be addressed will take time. I also noted that in the SCM Pocket Price Guide, the Mangusta has suffered a markdown in “Investment Grade” from B to C in the seven-year interval. I’m not quite sure that I would give the charismatic Mangusta the same rating as the lightly loved and much more conventional Longchamp. Ultimately, I still think that the Mangusta can offer many real benefits for an astute collector who wants something a bit different. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of RM Auctions.) Donald Osborne is the principal of Automotive Valuation Services, which advises on car collections, acquisition and sales. He has judged concours from Amelia Island to Pebble Beach, and stars on “Jay Leno’s Garage” on CNBC. High Auction Sales for the Past Five Years $500,000 1970 DeTomaso Mangusta $400,000 $369,882 $367,202 $353,175 1969 DeTomaso Mangusta Lot 85, VIN: 8MA564 Condition: 3 Sold at $249,700 Bonhams, Scottsdale, AZ, 1/18/2018 SCM# 6858106 1969 DeTomaso Mangusta Lot 48, VIN: 8MA854 Condition: 2 Sold at $280,000 Gooding & Co., Scottsdale, AZ, 1/18/2019 SCM# 6888635 Chassis # location: Stamping on frame member at right rear corner of engine compartment, data tag in front compartment on bulkhead Engine # location: Intake side of block Club: Mangusta International Web: www.mangustainternational.com Alternatives: 1967 Iso Grifo GL, 1969 Corvette 427, 1970 Monteverdi Hai 450SS SCM Investment Grade: C Comps 1972 DeTomaso Mangusta Lot 110, VIN: 8MA998 Condition: 3 Sold at $353,175 RM Sotheby’s, Paris, FRA, 2/7/2018 SCM# 6858225


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German Profile Mathieu Heurtault, courtesy of Gooding & Company 1991 Porsche 964 “Reimagined by Singer” The first Singer-restored 964 to go to auction did well by Prescott Kelly Chassis number: WP0AB296XMS411191 SCM Condition for this car: 2 • The first Singer-reimagined 911 offered at auction • Completed in 2016 and known as the “Mountain View Car” • Lightweight specification inspired by classic sports-purpose models • Stunning Downton Blue and Singer Racing Orange livery • Extraordinary attention to detail throughout SCM Analysis This car, Lot 14, sold for $857,500, including buyer’s premium, at Gooding & Company’s Pebble Beach, CA, auction on August 16, 2019. Rob Dickinson created a brand name in the resto-mod Porsche 911 market after he started his business in Sun Valley, CA, in 2010. There are two stories behind the name: First, it’s a salute to Porsche’s engineering legend, Norbert Singer; second, it’s a nod to Dickinson’s previous role as lead singer and guitarist for the British alternative rock band Catherine Wheel, active from 1990 to 2000 — remember “Waydown”? Trademarks and outlaws Out of respect for Porsche AG’s legal department, Singer specifies that these cars are “restored, reimagined and reborn” Porsches, thus the moniker “Porsche 911 Reimagined by Singer.” That said, we all know what the cars are called in our world. With marketing savvy and laser focus on the details, Singer’s reimagined 911s have become iconic. The roots for Singer’s work lie in the hundreds of 911 Outlaws that have been around for decades. Their values, even for the very best builds, have never approached the list prices of the Singer-modified 911s. How did these cars get to their lofty level? It all started with a 1969 911E. Dickinson migrated to Southern California after the millennium and built an outlaw 911 for himself. It was a Bahama Yellow 1969 911E, well modified in 1967–68 911R lightweight fashion. Dickinson got numerous offers for it. The transition to restoring 911s for customers was slow, but 76 Sports Car Market the concept was well conceived. For a base car, Dickinson chose the 1989–94 Porsche 911 (Type 964) — the first street 911s that forsook torsion bars for coil-over suspensions. Singer retrofitted the cars back to 1964–73 long-hood appearance but with carbon-fiber hoods, engine lids, spoilers, fenders and roofs. Not only were 964s readily available, in that day they also were sub- stantially less expensive than 930s or 993s. That pricing disparity has been reduced, largely because of Singer and 964-modifying imitators. From 12 to 140 in five years By 2013, Singer had “processed” about a dozen cars, with prices that started at $350,000. Following positive publicity, the business grew. By 2015, press reports put Singer’s sales at 30 cars with a backlog of 40 orders, and prices started at $390,000. Currently, Singer reports 140 cars completed and a like number in the pipeline, representing more than two years of deliveries.


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Although Singer sometimes restores exteriors in standard colors, paint jobs often have been subtle grays, blues and greens with contrasting stripes — usually orange. Denoting some proprietary design intent, the tachometer faces were always orange. With ubiquitous nickel-plated trim, through-the-hood gas fillers, 1967–68 911R-model right rear fender external oil fillers, wide flared fenders and frosted-edge 17-inch Fuchs wheels, the Singer “look” was readily identifiable. “Everything is important” Another Singer characteristic was reflected in the firm’s mantra, “Everything is important.” Almost all the cars’ details were re-engineered. For example, because Dickinson disliked the appearance of screw heads on the taillights, he had completely new ones manufactured that used modern glues — no screws. The rear-view mirrors are unique units that go through the quarter-window glass. The dash is covered in precise basket-weave leather. All of the controls are modified for an exclusive, even heavier feel — well, except the snick-snick 6-speed Getrag gearbox. A virtual ecosystem of suppliers contribute to Singer’s “reimagining,” with more than 4,000 hours of work going into each car. The engines available now are all produced by Ed Pink Racing Engines in Van Nuys, CA. Initially, Singer used 3.6-liter units, added a 3.8 and then a 4.0. The buyer has a choice with a price tag to match. EPRE takes in the 964 donor engines and uses only the cases, cam towers and chain boxes. Everything else is new and carefully mated with attention to tolerances. EPRE uses Motec engine management systems. An evolution called the “Dynamics and Lightweighting Study” was introduced in 2018 at Goodwood. It specifies a 500-horsepower, 4-valve-per-cylinder, normally aspirated 4.0-liter engine, and advanced aerodynamics — all developed in collaboration with Williams Advanced Engineering (yup, the Formula One folks). Also included is unique full-carbon bodywork with add-on flares reminiscent of a Porsche 934, center-lock 18-inch magnesium wheels by BBS, Bosch ABS, traction control, electronic stability control, special tires by Michelin, and a lightweight 6-speed Hewland gearbox. Singer will sell up to 75 such cars, with prices starting at $1,800,000. An unusual specification for this car The first Singer project to make it to public auction was this Downton Blue example with orange trim, consigned to Gooding & Company’s Monterey sale in August. It was known as the Mountain View (CA) car and was originally ordered to a very lightweight specification: no radio, no sunroof, no a/c and with other lightweight touches. The buyer also ordered unique carbon-fiber seats, trimmed in dark brown leather — reportedly for $30,000 extra. It resulted in a car that weighed less than 3,000 pounds. This car had an early Ed Pink 4.0-liter, originally in California smog specs at 350 horsepower, with a Getrag 6-speed, Brembo brakes and Ohlin shocks. Later, the engine was de-smogged to deliver 390 horsepower. The buyer was a friend of mine who collects the lightest, lowest-mileage, most-original Porsches he can find. He reported that he liked driving the car — 2,000 December 2019 Details Years produced: 2010–ongoing Number produced: 140 (to date) Original list price: $465,000 (estimated) Current SCM Median Valuation: $857,500 (this car) Tune-up cost: $2,000 with wires, cap and valve adjustment Chassis # location: 964 chassis number on lip behind spare-tire well, on inner passenger’s side fender, on label at base of driver’s side windshield Engine # location: On engine case boss under the fan, reading vertically, facing to the right miles’ worth between 2016 and 2018 — but decided the car did not fit in his large collection of bespoke Porsches. He traded it against a special 959 with another friend in the northern Midwest. The car also did not fit well in his collection of low-mileage, original, low-production Porsches with a preference for unusual colors. Thus, he consigned the car to Gooding. Protecting the aftermarket Singer has been smart in brokering their own cars, in large part because owners who want to sell usually call Singer. A car trading in public at a low price would diminish the perceived value of both old and new restorations. I have two other friends who, in the past nine months, have resold their cars through Singer — an older 3.6 for $675,000 and a very low-miles 3.8 for $700,000. At the time of this auction, there was only one other Singer for public sale, and it was in the U.K. It was Midnight Blue with 14,000 km and the asking price was the equivalent of $845,000. The availability of Singer restorations has always been thin. At auction, there reportedly was an absentee bid on Gooding’s books for over $700,000. Was that Singer? It’s certainly possible. Nonetheless, Singer had no worries. Action in the room was fast, thanks in part to the absentee bid, and the car hammered at $775,000 to a nice-guy New York City investment banker for an all-in of $857,500. That’s full money, but buying this car probably beat waiting two years to get a new one. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of Gooding & Company.) Prescott Kelly is a Porsche expert and contributor to Porsche Panorama, The 356 Registry magazine, Excellence and The Journal of the Society of Automotive Historians. 1994 Ruf BTR2 coupe Lot 138, s/n: W09CB0362SPR06009 Condition: 2+ Sold at $660,000 Gooding & Co., Pebble Beach, CA, 8/18/2018 SCM# 6877187 Clubs: Porsche Club of America More information: www.pca.org Alternatives: 1987–92 Ruf CTR, 2004–05 Porsche Carrera GT, 2011 Porsche 997 GT3 RS 4.0-liter SCM Investment Grade: B Comps 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7 Lightweight Lot 264, s/n: 9113600336 Condition: 2 Sold at $869,000 RM Sotheby’s, Amelia Island, FL, 3/11/2017 SCM# 6829722 1998 Ruf CTR2 Sport Lot 139, s/n: W09BC0361WPR06002 Condition: 2 Sold at $561,406 RM Sotheby’s, Paris, FRA, 2/8/2017 SCM# 6817215 77


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American Profile ©2019 Courtesy of RM Auctions 1965 Buick Riviera GS Performance, elegant styling and limited production for less than $40,000 by Carl Bomstead Chassis number: 494475H924982 SCM Condition for this car: 3 • Powered by Buick Super Wildcat V8 engine • Console-shift automatic transmission • Air conditioning, power windows, steering and brakes • Interior features bucket seats and AM/FM radio SCM Analysis This car, Lot 2130, sold for $35,200, including buyer’s premium, at RM Auctions’ Auburn Fall sale held August 29 to September 1 at Auburn Auction Park in Auburn, IN. Famed Italian designer Sergio Pininfarina called the 1963–65 Buick Riviera “one of the most beautiful American cars ever built.” American designer Raymond Loewy, at the Riviera’s introduction at the Paris Auto Show, said it was the handsomest American production car — except for his Studebaker Avanti, of course. As dramatic as the Buick Riviera was, it owes its inspiration to the Ford Thunderbird. Style and luxury For decades, General Motors was considered the styling leader. However, starting in about the mid-’50s and continuing for the next 15 years or so, Ford’s styling took center stage while the GM suits in the corner offices sat on their hands. The Thunderbird delivered a onetwo punch; first as the 2-seater that almost ended the Corvette’s career before it got started, and second as the 4-passenger personal luxury car introduced in 1958. GM did not have a response. While upper management was complacent, GM dealers and stock- holders were not. Neither was GM Design Vice President Bill Mitchell. He had been creating exciting Motorama show cars, and in frustration 78 Sports Car Market stated, “They ended up copying our stuff with that ’58 ’Bird while we kept turning out more dream cars!” In a Special Projects studio, however, the design staff was unof- ficially working on a stylish design — code named XP-715 — with twin LaSalle grilles on the fenders concealing the headlamps and a conventional grille in between. Mitchell, who was adept at navigating the corporate hallways, found a receptive ear with GM President John


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Details Years produced: 1963–65 Number produced: 3,354 1965 Gran Sports Original list price: $4,636—excluding options Current SCM Median Valuation: $71,500 Tune-up cost: $250 Chassis # location: Plate on left front door hinge Engine # location: Crankcase and cylinder block Club: Riviera Owners Association Web: rivowners.org Gordon. The question was, who was going to build it? It was envisioned as the LaSalle II, but Cadillac, along with Chevrolet, had full plates. Competition between Oldsmobile, Pontiac and Buick was staged to determine who would build the car. Buick needed a shot in the arm, as sales had fallen by half a million units between 1955 and 1959. They pulled out the stops, and with an unorthodox move, had their new advertising agency McCann-Erickson give a very convincing presentation. With the new car in hand, Mitchell and crew set out to build the new Riviera, which he visualized as something between a Rolls-Royce and a Ferrari. The finished product that emerged from Buick de- signer Ned Nickles’ studio was beautifully styled. It had a sharply sculptured roofline with shear side panels, frameless side-window glass and a low silhouette. The egg-crate grille was reminiscent of Ferrari. Nailhead power The Riviera was powered by a 401-ci Nailhead V8 rated at 325 horsepower. For an extra $50, you could get the bored-out 425 that provided an extra 15 horsepower. Leather bucket seats were an option, with vinyl in a choice of three colors as standard equipment. It was priced at $4,333. 40,000 were produced the first year, which met expectations. Tom McCahill wrote that the 53-inch height appeared to be “three inches lower than a trench.” Little was changed for 1964, although leather seating was no longer available and the 425 V8 was standard with a second 4-barrel available as optional equipment. The 3-speed Super Turbine Drive transmission was also standard. For 1965, the headlamps were moved from the grille to under the LaSalle fender grilles. They were an engineering nightmare and they frequently failed to close properly — especially in a wet and rainy climate. The styling was cleaned up with the elimination of the rear quarter scoops. The standard engine in ’65 was the 401 once again, but the Gran Sport option was also available, which featured the 425-ci V8 with twin Carter AFB carburetors. An optional ride package included heavy- December 2019 79 duty suspension with firmer springs and shocks and rear track-bar bushings. Buick called the GS “the iron fist in a velvet glove.” The Gran Sport option was a $306 upcharge. Only 3,354 were ordered. Bargain Buick The 1965 Buick Riviera GS sold by RM Auctions at their Auburn sale was from the Ed Meurer Collection and was presented with a very limited auction description. The pictures, however, did indicate some paint issues and some minor blistering. There was no listing of options, although it was obviously equipped with air, AM/FM radio and power creature comforts. The SCM Pocket Price Guide indicates a median value of $71,500, but the five most recent public-auction sales paint a different picture. 1950s and ’60s American cars have been under pressure of late, and the trend of these specific sales emphasizes the overall decline. In January of last year, Russo and Steele sold a Gran Sport for $96,800 (SCM# 6858069). Barrett-Jackson sold three more during the first four months of 2019 for $66,000, $62,700 and $55,000, respectively. GAA, at their July sale this year, sold a well-restored example for $46,500 (SCM# 6907028). While this sale continues the slide, the car represented an incredible value. Performance, elegant styling and limited production for less than $40,000. Even needing a respray, that’s a bargain and a half. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of RM Auctions.) Carl Bomstead has been a Pebble Beach Concours Judge for over a decade, is the Vice President of Publications for the CCCA, and has been an SCM contributor since 1997. 1965 Buick Riviera GS Lot 110, s/n: 494475H921426 Condition: 2Sold at $45,100 Bonhams, Amelia Island, FL, 3/10/2017 SCM# 6827672 1965 Buick Riviera GS Lot 2675, s/n: 494475H944230 Condition: 2+ Sold at $96,800 Russo and Steele, Scottsdale, AZ, 1/17/2018 SCM# 6858069 1965 Buick Riviera GS Lot FR0246, s/n: 494475H940299 Condition: 2 Sold at $46,500 GAA, Greensboro, NC, 7/25/2019 SCM# 6907028 Alternatives: 1965 Ford Thunderbird, 1965 Pontiac Grand Prix, 1965 Oldsmobile Starfire SCM Investment Grade: B Comps


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Race Car Profile Courtesy of Worldwide Auctioneers 1955 Quin Epperly “Fuel Injection Special” Indy 500 Streamliner This car never actually ran, but it is real and has a great story to tell by Thor Thorson Chassis number: N/A SCM Condition for this car: 2 • Aerodynamic design conceived for two-time Indy 500 Winner Bill Vukovich • Built by legendary Indy car builder Quin Epperly for the 1955 Indy 500 • Powered by an Offenhauser twin OHC fuel-injected engine SCM Analysis This car, Lot 33, sold for $385,000, including buyer’s premium, at Worldwide Auctioneers’ Auburn, IN, sale on August 30, 2019. The first rule of collecting is “buy things that you can afford to own because owning them makes you happy.” This deceptively simple adage contains a wealth of subtexts, first and foremost being that the fact you can afford it means there are no economic pressures affecting your decision to keep it for a year or a lifetime. That your purchase should make you happy is obvious, but that adage also implies that whatever the item is, it holds some fundamental and essential value: If owning a car makes you feel good, presumably it will also make others feel the same way. When, a year or a lifetime down the road, it comes time to part com- pany with it, there will be another party who sees its attributes and can afford to buy it. This is the basis of enduring value — somebody else will want it. The basic value centers for a collector car are well established: joy in driving it, beauty, rarity, history and historical importance, and something less tangible — the human stories that are attached to it. Stories are immensely important because they can provide an emotional attachment between a human owner and an inanimate object 80 — a portal to the glory, triumph, tragedy and accomplishment that the object represents. Strength in story Our subject car, the Quin Epperly “Fuel Injection Special,” is an excellent example that’s strong in some areas while weak in others. It’s unquestionably voluptuous and beautiful, but it never turned a wheel in competition and had little or no impact on Indy car development. I don’t know that it has ever moved under its own power. On the other hand, lord, is there a great story that surrounds it. Let’s start by introducing some of the people who were involved. Howard Keck was a wealthy sportsman, heir to the California Superior Oil Company, philanthropist, horse-racing enthusiast, and racing-car sponsor. He was the money and organization behind things. Quin Epperly was a gifted fabricator and automobile-body constructor. He Sports Car Market


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moved to California during the war and got involved with racing when he went to work for Frank Kurtis, building aluminum bodywork. By the mid-1950s, he had gone off on his own, working with Jim Travers and Frank Coons (later known as “Traco Engineering”) to build some of the most innovative and successful Indy racers of the decade. Bill Vukovich was a California sprint-car driver who had become a larger-than-life legend, emerging from the Midget-car world to become a dominant force at Indianapolis by 1954. Howard Keck had brought him to Indy, and after a difficult 1951 race and a disappointing 1952 mechanical DNF, he emerged as the man to beat, driving a Kurtis-Kraft 500 named the “Fuel Injection Special.” He easily won the 1953 and 1954 Indianapolis 500 races, leading virtually the entire distance. Keck was determined to put “Vucky” in the winner’s circle for 1955, too. He commissioned Epperly, Travers, and Coons to create the most advanced Indy racer ever built. Svelte design, never used As far as I can tell, the car underneath the bodywork is pretty much standard 1955 Indy Roadster. Offsetting the engine to the left with the driveshaft passing beside the driver was common practice by then, and I have no evidence that the suspension or drivetrain were unusual. Values for ’50s Indy cars generally range from $250,000 to $600,000 and up, with originality, sponsorship (color scheme), history, and famous drivers being the primary variables. The bodywork, on the other hand, was spectacular. Epperly designed and built a full-envelope body that was intended to massively improve high-speed drag and thus give the car an “unfair advantage.” He even incorporated an adjustable elevator on the back, presumably to counteract lift at speed. It was a glorious and audacious concept. Unfortunately, it wasn’t ready to race in time, so Keck arranged for Vukovich to drive a standard Kurtis 500 in the race. The 1955 race was a catastrophe. Enjoying a 17-second lead in 1st place and dealing with lap traffic, Vukovich ran out of luck. A three-car chain-reaction crash ahead of him proved unavoidable. His car flew off the track and he was killed instantly. Keck was so distraught by Vucky’s death that he withdrew from auto racing. Epperly finished the car anyway and delivered it to Keck, but it was put away, never to turn a wheel in competition. Details Year produced: 1955 Number produced: One Original list price: N/A Current SCM Median Valuation: $385,000 (this car) Unrealized potential There are suggestions that organizers wanted it to run in the 1956 race, but nothing ever came of it, so we will never know if this car would have been a tipping point in Indy car design or a complete failure. It is possible that the slippery bodywork would have been an advantage, but it’s equally possible that the much higher frontal area would have negated the lower drag. Would aerodynamic lift, the bane of cars 10 years later, have made the car unstable at racing speeds? It’s all conjecture. What we do know is that an effectively brand-new, never-raced 63-year-old Indy car with slippery bodywork and a compelling story was offered for sale and bought at auction. It had been privately offered for some time before the auction with no success, but I don’t know whether price or market exposure were factors in it not having sold. Values for ’50s Indy cars generally range from $250,000 to $600,000 and up, with originality, sponsorship (color scheme), history, and famous drivers being the primary variables. This car never actually ran, but it is real and has a great story to tell. Between the beauty and emotional attachments of the story, it has a real value within the admittedly small group of classic-Indy-car collectors. I doubt that this car will ever be worth much more than now, but its uniqueness makes it likely to carry value well into the future. It sold in the middle of the value range and should make its new owner happy to have it. As such, it was fairly bought and sold. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of Worldwide Auctioneers.) Thor Thorson has spent over 25 years restoring, buying, selling and racing vintage competition cars. He has written for SCM since 2003. 1952 Kurtis-Kraft 400 “Bowes Seal Fast” Special Lot 127, s/n 346 Condition 2 Sold at $495,000 RM Sotheby’s, Amelia Island, FL, 3/14/2015 SCM# 264367 Cost per hour to race: $500 (easy use) Chassis # location: Unknown Engine # location: Tag on right cam cover Club: Historic Champ/Indy Car Association Web: www.champindycar.com Alternatives: 1953–60 Indy roadsters built by various manufacturers SCM Investment Grade: A Comps 1957 Kurtis-Kraft 500G Indy 500 racer Lot 30, s/n KK500G2 Condition 2Sold at $308,000 Worldwide Auctioneers, Scottsdale, AZ, 1/17/2018 SCM# 6856534 1958 Kurtis-Kraft 500G Indy racer Lot 122, s/n KK500G2/15 Condition 2 Sold for $53,544 Bonhams, Monterey, CA 8/10/2002 SCM# 29332 December 2019 81


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Next Gen Profile ©2019 Courtesy of RM Auctions 1993 Mazda RX-7 Touring The ’90s are in fashion, and so is Mazda’s best RX-7 by Jeff Zurschmeide Chassis number: JM1FD3310P0204442 SCM Condition for this car: 2 • 255-hp 1.3-L turbocharged Wankel rotary engine • Five-speed manual transmission • Engine rebuilt by marque specialist Chips Motorsports • Optional Touring package, power sunroof, rear wiper, fog lights, leather interior and Bose CD stereo system • Offered with window sticker and warranty book SCM Analysis This car, Lot 1113, sold for $28,600, including buyer’s premium, at RM Auctions’ Auburn, IN, auction on September 1, 2019. The ’90s are back in fashion. If you doubt that, just look at the turn- out for period car shows like RADwood or the JCCS (Japanese Classic Car Show). It doesn’t seem so long ago (like, last month) when we were profiling Japanese sports cars of the 1970s here in Next Gen, and now we’re up to the 1990s. But that’s the way it happens in the car-collecting world, isn’t it? Particular cars gain acceptance gradually, even grudgingly, until all at once they’re respectable. Add in the fact that the generation that grew up on Japanese cars now has the time and money to go collecting, and you’ve got a movement. When you get into Japanese sports cars of the 1990s, you’ve got some excellent choices in front of you. Every Japanese automaker had something special, whether it was the Acura NSX, Toyota Supra, Mitsubishi 3000GT, Nissan Skyline, or the third generation of the Mazda RX-7. Yet among all these powerhouse sports cars, the RX-7 was unique with its sequential twin-turbocharged rotary engine and sinuous, flowing lines. 82 Sports Car Market The last, best RX-7 This generation of RX-7 was developed while Mazda was enjoying huge success with its affordable Miata, and you don’t have to squint to see the family resemblance. But where the Miata is cute and unthreatening, the RX-7 is clearly the pure expression of the same design inspiration. The RX-7 is wide-bodied — so much that Japanese buyers had to pay a special tax to drive them on the streets. Mazda’s design team had specific goals to produce a car that was “tempting, enticing, and seductive.” Performance was the bottom line for this RX-7, and in 1993, Mazda said it would hit 60 mph in 4.9 seconds, run the quarter-mile in 13.5


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Details Years produced: 1993–95 Number produced: 13,879 Original list price: $32,500 Current SCM Median Valuation: $34,000 Tune-up cost: $200 Chassis # location: Under the windshield, driver’s side Engine # location: Front of engine, behind distributor Club: Mazda Rotary Club Web: www.mazdarotaryclub.com Alternatives: 1990–2005 Acura NSX, 1990–99 Mitsubishi 3000GT, 1993–2002 Toyota Supra SCM Investment Grade: C Comps seconds, and pull 0.95g on the skidpad. By comparison, a 1993 Ferrari 348 tb took 6.0 seconds to hit 60, and was a full second slower in a quarter-mile run. Even the hot-rod 348 GTB was half a second slower to 60 and 0.1 seconds slower on the drag strip. Banzai! The RX-7 achieves all this with a 1308-cc two-rotor engine, equipped with two turbochargers running in series to produce up to 255 horsepower and 217 footpounds of torque. Buyers could choose between a 5-speed manual and 4-speed automatic transmission, but almost no one took the slushbox. In the United States, most buyers chose between the base trim and a more luxurious Touring package with leather, sunroof and a nice Bose stereo. Serious boy racers could choose the R package with stiffer springs, Bilstein dampers, suede upholstery and an external aero kit with a lower front lip spoiler and rear wing. Only minor changes were made in 1994 and 1995, the last year of U.S. import. For serious JDM Otaku, Mazda continued RX-7 production for the right-hand-drive world until 1998, and then in Japan only until 2002. The final “Spirit R” edition of 1,500 cars is considered the most collectible of all RX-7s, but there are plenty of good left-hand-drive RX-7 models to choose from in America. What about reliability? Rotary engines scare many people away, but their bad reputation is mostly a myth that got started by people who abused them. It’s a lot like those who left British or Italian cars outside through a Midwest winter and then complained about reliability. A rotary engine is essentially a two- stroke, so oil usage is part of the design. If a rotary owner has used the recommended oil and been diligent with oil changes, the engine should last well past 100,000 miles between rebuilds. Since all RX-7s are older cars at this point, a comprehensive pre-purchase inspection at a rotary-engine specialist cannot be considered optional. December 2019 Finding a good deal Most third-generation RX-7s have been trading in the $20,000–$30,000 range, with better cars peaking up to $40,000. One outlier with 4,000 original miles sold earlier this year on Bring a Trailer for $70,000. It’s safe to say you probably don’t want one that’s selling for less than $20,000. The subject sale looks pretty good on the surface, and it sold for correct money. Earlier this year the owner had it listed online with an asking price of $37,000, but clearly that didn’t work. Two factors may have kept this sale from reaching its full potential: The first is that the car didn’t make it into the auction catalog. Buyers may not have known the car would be available until they got to the auction. The second factor is that RM Sotheby’s stated that a CARFAX report shows prior accident damage. This is not uncommon on older sports cars, but the nature and extent of the prior damage isn’t disclosed in the online auction listing, and that probably limited value here. Looking to the SCM Platinum Auction Database, only two of these cars have crossed the block this year, selling for $50,400 (SCM# 6899257) and $34,100 (SCM# 6895729), respectively. The market for these cars is really found on places like Bring a Trailer and similar online auctions, and maybe that’s another sign of the times. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of RM Auctions.) Jeff Zurschmeide is a freelance writer with a deep knowl- edge of new and classic cars. He has written for SCM since 2013. 1992 Mazda RX-7 coupe Lot 612, VIN: FD3S107769 Condition: 2 Sold at $15,400 Barrett-Jackson, Palm Beach, FL, 4/12/2018 SCM# 6868104 1994 Mazda RX-7 coupe Lot F228, s/n N/A Condition: 2 Sold at $34,100 Mecum Auctions, Kissimmee, FL, 1/03/2019 SCM# 6895729 1993 Mazda RX-7 coupe Lot 101, s/n JM1FD3316P0209466 Condition: 1Sold at $50,400 RM Sotheby’s, Amelia Island, FL, 3/08/2019 SCM# 6899257 83


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Next Gen Market Moment Theodore W. Pieper ©2019, courtesy of RM Auctions 2003 Audi RS6 Sedan This all-purpose land missile remains a relative bargain in today’s market Sold at $20,350 RM Auctions, Auburn Fall, Auburn, IN, August 29–September 1, 2019, Lot 2029 Chassis number: WUAPV54BX3N904953 SCM Condition for this car: 2- T he 2003 Audi RS6 belongs in the modern German super-sedan hall of fame. This subtle 4-door is the ultimate all-purpose land missile. The C5 RS6 super sedan resides in an esteemed but lonely club long occupied by the Porsche-built Mercedes-Benz 500E. For Audi, the RS6 is one of a handful of specially built low-production models from Audi’s performance division “quattro GmbH.” Here in the United States, only 1,200 units were sold in 2003 — the only year the model was offered on our shores. The “RS” initials translate into German as RennSport (racing sport). The RS moniker has long been used by Audi to indicate superior power, advanced technology and outlandish performance. A 4.2-liter five-valve biturbo 8-cylinder engine powers the RS6 and connects to a smooth 5-speed Tiptronic transmission — complete with paddle shifters. The RS6 can reach 60 mph in about 4.5 seconds and has a top speed of 167 mph. All this power reaches the pavement via the standard Quattro all-wheel-drive system. Stopping the RS6 is a cinch given the massive eight-piston Brembo calipers up front and cross-drilled rotors. The RS6 also came equipped with Dynamic Ride Control — a system that controls pitch and roll via hydraulics. This system keeps the car stable in all kinds of accelerating and braking situations, but it can be problematic. In our subject car, it’s been swapped with coil-overs. Having spoken with a former RS6 owner who put many miles on his car, the feedback was overwhelmingly positive: “It’s a great package with no downside. Everything is well integrated, and there is nothing superfluous. The seats are world-class, and everything was reliable. It is like a 500E but more refined because it’s a decade newer and way more advanced. Its also practical, with an enormous trunk.” Deferred- and ongoing-maintenance costs aside, the RS6 remains a relative bargain in today’s market. This auction result was a positive outcome for the buyer given the RS6’s high performance, comparative rarity and unique manufacturing history. Our subject car had 55,000 miles and appeared to be in respectable condition. While most buyers might hold out for a unicorn RS6 with fewer than 20,000 miles, these cars were too good to save for future owners. The new owner of this RS6 will smile with every stomp of the pedal — and this will likely be the only one at any local supermarket or car show. — Philip Richter ♦ 84 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 1986 Toyota Corolla GT-S #23325. S/N JT2AE88C7G0244251. 93k miles. “1.6L 4A-GE in- line four, 5-speed manual gearbox, limited-slip differential, red over two-tone cloth, rear-window louvers, manual crank windows, a/c converted to R134a” Condition: 1-. SOLD AT $24,500. Bring a Trailer, 9/27/2019. Brian’s take: There haven’t been many Corolla GT-Ss at auction to really establish the car as a collectible. But it has a long history of being a performace hot hatch, is an icon in video games and racing (Group A, Group N, rally events, drifting), and is a popular car to modify. All that has granted the GT-S just the right ingredients to make it a classic collectible. Despite this car having 93,000 miles, it looks to be in stellar condition. Small interior imperfections such as a rough spot on the floor mat and scuffs on the steering wheel are the only real big complaints. This car also comes equipped the desirable 4A-GE 16-valve engine — a very popular engine swapped in ’80s-era Toyotas. Performance parts are still abundant, as there is still a strong following. Overall, this car was a good buy and sell, but finding another like this will be difficult. 1997 Acura Integra Type R #23323. S/N JH4DC2312VS004280. 6k miles. “1.8-L DOHC in- line 4, 5-speed manual transmission, original ownership, one of 320 U.S.-market examples for 1997, new timing belt/water pump in July 2019, original window sticker and factory manuals.” Condition: 1+. SOLD AT $82,000. Bring a Trailer, 9/27/2019. Brian’s take: The Integra Type R price seems to have no ceiling yet — or this will be the example to set it. Since I first wrote up the Integra Type R in the June 2017 issue of “Rising Sun,” the prices have tripled at the top end of the market. This example is one of the best I have seen. The seller chose the right time to sell, as multiple cars have already sold around this price range. Examples like these will eventually help the Civic Si coupes and hatchbacks enter into the collector-car world. Until then, we’ll sit back and watch more ITRs sell for $30k–$80k. Well sold. 1993 Mazda RX-7 #22766. S/N JM1FD3314P0209921. 2,774 miles. Twin-turbocharged 1.3-L two-rotor Wankel, 5-speed manual transmission. Touring package, Silver Stone Metallic over red leather, window sticker. Condition: 1+. SOLD AT $52,500. Bring a Trailer, 9/11/2019. Brian’s take: The ’90s were a great time for Japanese big-bodied, powerhouse cars. You had the Nissan 300ZX, Toyota Supra, Honda NSX and the Mazda RX-7. Each serves a slightly different audience and has a different feel. The RX-7, with its rotary engine, stood out as the most unique from the crowd. The previous generation had a turbo in a select model, but the third-gen came with a sequential twin-turbo setup pushing 252 hp. This falls right into the range of the “gentlemen’s agreement,” where Japanese manufacturers would limit the horsepower on all production cars to 276 hp. Once the heavy modifying scene of the late ’90s–2000s took off, finding one that was well cared for became a challenge. This example, with its extremly low mileage, 86 demanded a lot of attention from bidders. If the market for the third-gen RX-7 continues to rise, this will be well bought. For now, let’s consider this one well sold. ♦ Sports Car Market


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AUCTIONS IN THIS ISSUE $15.5m RM Auctions, Auburn, IN p. 94 $13.5m GAA, Greensboro, NC p. 104 $8m Silverstone, Northamptionshire, U.K. p. 116 $3.9m Worldwide, Auburn, IN, p. 126 $3.6m Bonhams, Beaulieu, U.K. p. 138 $3.6m Owls Head Museum, Owls Head, ME p. 150


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Mustang power of varying types surrounds a vibrant red Tucker 48 at Worldwide Auctioneers’ sale in Auburn, IN Photo by Troy Lefevra, courtesy of Worldwide Auctioneers December 2019 89


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Market Reports Overview Market Saturation Too many cars at too many auctions make for jaded buyers and dropping prices Top 10 Sales This Issue (Land Auctions Only) by Chad Tyson T 1. 1954 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing, $1,034,484—Silverstone, U.K., p. 121 2. 1948 Tucker 48 sedan, $990,000—Worldwide Auctioneers, IN, p. 136 3. 1955 Quin Epperly “Fuel Injection Special” Indianapolis 500 Streamliner roadster, $385,000— Worldwide Auctioneers, IN, p. 136 4. 1929 Bugatti Type 44 tourer, $360,759—Bonhams, U.K., p. 144 5. 2018 Ferrari California T 70th Anniversary Edition convertible, $335,508—Silverstone, U.K., p. 122 6. 1966 Shelby GT350 carryover fastback, $291,500—Owls Head Transportation Museum, ME, p. 159 7. 2005 Ford GT coupe, $291,500—RM Auctions, IN, p. 102 8. 1908 Napier 45hp Type 23 open-drive limousine, $290,022 Bonhams, U.K., p. 140 9. 2010 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG coupe, $253,029—Silverstone, U.K., p. 122 10. 1970 DeTomaso Mangusta coupe, $214,500—RM Auctions, IN, p. 96 Best Buys 1925 Franklin 10-C tourer, $4,400—Worldwide Auctioneers, IN, p. 132 90 he collector-car market was thrown for a bit of a loop during the 2019 Monterey Car Week, with a 32% drop in overall sales from 2018. Recession worries, trade wars, the usual drop of the stock market in autumn — there are many reasons that the big-money buyers mostly sat on their hands before, during and after Monterey. Indeed, every sale in this issue was down year-over-year — ranging from 4% to 44% down. Have we hit peak car-market saturation in 2019? It sure seems like it — even in the new-car market. New sales down New-car sales have slumped — nearly across the board — after a few years of plateauing/stagnant sales following a near-decade of growth (why does that sound familiar?). Reported Q3 year-over-year sales results were down for Subaru after 93 straight months of year-over-year gains; Honda and Toyota-Lexus (17%), Fiat-Chrysler (10%), General Motors (10%) and Ford Motor Company (12%) all posted double-digit declines. Even with modern cars clogging dealer lots or ports of entry, the full impact this is likely to have on the collectorcar market is dependent on the number of parking spaces for buyers and consignors. I know I’m tapped out on space with six vehicles. “You can’t buy that old car; you just bought a new one,” I can hear my wife saying. By the way, it’s not that new. Yearly auctions riding a roller coaster No one knows whether the glut of collector-car offer- ings will continue in 2020. The number of collector-car auctions worldwide has stayed pretty consistent from 2015 to 2019, averaging 225 sales per year, with a high of 238 in 2016 and a low of 216 in 2017. I don’t think those numbers as highs and lows are ac- cidental — many folks with a keyboard have claimed that the collector-car market peaked in 2015. Back then, none of us knew the future, and it was plenty plausible that the growth would continue. So after the 2016 sales weren’t the same as those in 2015 (as a general gauge: Monterey overall was down 14% in total sales dollars; Amelia Island jumped 20%, which is the same percentage of auction increases as well; Arizona sales experienced a 14% totals drop), there were fewer sales scheduled in 2017. In 2020, I fully expect fewer collector-car auctions. I suspect most established companies will expand dockets at their established sales — rather than staking out new ground. I suspect some companies will shut down or merge — and even fewer companies will get started. Speaking of, kudos to the brave souls creating new auction companies under these conditions. It’s a big country, and I doubt all the niches have been filled yet. The upside to any and all of this is that the less expen- sive it is to get into a collector car, the more likely it is that folks will do so (space dependent, of course). Or, if the bug has already bitten them, then acquire something a little more upmarket. That’s how it works, right? The Arizona sales in January will tell us a lot. Will we see fewer — and better — cars on offer? We’ll also see whether buyers are done acquiring cars at the frenetic pace built up since the Great Recession ended almost 10 years ago. Sooner or later, things will go up again. Exactly when, no one knows, but I’m betting we’ll see prices rise when fewer — and better — cars hit the market. ♦ Sales Totals of Auctions in This Issue GAA Greensboro, NC July 25–27, 2019 Northamptonshire, U.K. July 28, 2019 Silverstone August 16–17, 2019 Owls Head, ME Aug 29–Sept 1, 2019 RM Auctions Auburn, IN August 30–31, 2019 Worldwide Auburn, IN September 7, 2019 Beaulieu, U.K. $0 Bonhams $3.9m $3.6m $5m 1: National concours standard/perfect 2: Very good, club concours, some small flaws 3: Average daily driver in decent condition Owls Head $3.6m $15.5m $8m $13.5m $10m SCM 1–6 Scale Condition Rating: 4: Still a driver but with some apparent flaws 5: A nasty beast that runs but has many problems 6: Good only for parts $15m $20m 1956 Oldsmobile 98 Holiday 2-dr hard top, $25,850—RM Auctions, IN, p. 100 1956 Land Rover Series I 86-inch utility, $15,377—Silverstone, U.K., p. 118 1973 Triumph TR6 convertible, $11,000—Owls Head Transportation Museum, ME, p. 155 1977 Aston Martin V8 Series III coupe, $89,100—RM Auctions, IN, p. 96 Sports Car Market


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Market Reports Overview Buy/Sell/Hold Should you buy a ZR-1? There’s upside potential in the super C4 by Mike Leven Buy: 1990–95 Chevrolet Corvette ZR-1 From the ashes of the lethargic and bloated late-C3 cars rose the vastly improved fourth-gen C4 Corvette, and atop that food chain sat the (dare I say exotic?) ZR-1. Engineered in concert with Lotus, powered by an allaluminum, 4-cam V8, and ultimately boasting 405 hp, the C4 ZR-1 was the most powerful Corvette since the early 1970s. The ZR-1 is not rare. Well over 6,000 of them were built during their six-year run. But highest-specification models have always carried a value premium in the Corvette market; think fuel-injected C1s, L79 and 427 C2s or LT-1 and 454 C3s. The C4 ZR-1 fits this pattern. An early, driver-grade (Condition #3) ZR-1 can be had for just under $20k, while a similar-condition ’93–95 car (30 more horsepower) will cost only a few grand more. Excellent #2 cars range between $27k and $37k. It’s a lot of bang for the buck with very good upside potential. Sell: 1989–95 Ferrari 348 V8 Ferraris of the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s were the real workhorses of their respective eras, giving Maranello the economies of scale that allowed it to build more expensive cars and go racing. They were made in large (for Ferrari) numbers and most are now almost fully depreciated. At one end you have the genuinely beautiful and iconic (but poorly built and underperforming) 308 GTB; prices went crazy a few years back, but have dropped about 25% since 2017 and continue falling to where a #3 car can again be had for under $50k. At the other end you can buy a much more modern and powerful 0–60-in-4.3-seconds 360 Modena. Driver-grade 360s start around $60k and are still depreciating. Somewhere in between you have the 348, nowhere near as stylish as the 308 nor as quick as the 360. While currently holding steady in the high$40k to low-$50k range, prices for the 348 are bound to fall as values of their arguably more-desirable stablemates do the same. Hold: 1960–63 Porsche 356B coupe Much like the Ferrari above, the 356B suffers the same “middle sibling” fate, being less pure than the 356A that preceded it and not as polished as the 356C that followed. As such, As and Cs often command greater interest from collectors than Bs, and market pricing reflects that preference. Save for a couple distinct upticks around 2012 and 2015, 356B coupe pricing has been on a very slow, steady rise for over 15-plus years. There are slight price differentials between the 1960–62 T5 and the 1963 T6 models, and there is further stratification for special sub-models such as the Super 90, but the overall market is mature and the price trajectory for the 356B is extremely stable. With some of the A’s raw charm, some of the C’s capability, and rock- steady market dynamics, the 356B coupe is a safe bet and a long-term keeper. ♦ 92 Sports Car Market BUY SELL HOLD


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RM Auctions Auburn, IN Auburn Fall 2019 A largely original Aston Martin Series III V8 sold for $89,100, making it one of the better deals of the sale Company RM Auctions Date August 29–September 1, 2019 Location Auburn, IN Auctioneers Brent Earlywine, Mike Shackelton Automotive lots sold/offered 413/553 Sales rate 75% Sales total $15,540,440 High sale 2005 Ford GT coupe, sold at $302,500 Buyer’s premium 10%, included in sold prices tions Auburn, IN Auburn Fall 2019 A largely original Aston Martin Series III V8 sold for $89,100, making it one of the better deals of the sale Company RM Auctions Date August 29–September 1, 2019 Location Auburn, IN Auctioneers Brent Earlywine, Mike Shackelton Automotive lots sold/offered 413/553 Sales rate 75% Sales total $15,540,440 High sale 2005 Ford GT coupe, sold at $302,500 Buyer’s premium 10%, included in sold prices Report Report and photos Kevin Coakley Market opinions in italics T 94 he RM Auburn Fall 2019 sale closed th season over the Labor Day holiday week end with a dull thud. The buzz around th venue was the pending sale of the Aubur Auction Park. Rumor has it the property is bein sold to a commercial auto auction compan When asked to comment, the RM represent tive responded: “We cannot comment on th potential agreement, which is not yet confirme nor finalized; however, we can confirm tha RM Auctions is committed to continuing to hold auctions at the Auction Park.” I think one could infer from their response that a potential sale would include an agreement allowing RM to continue their Spring and Fall sales for some time into the future. From a business standpoint, it makes all the sense in the world — covering the cost of that site with two sales per year must have been challenging, to say the least. Bolstered by more than 90 cars from Detroit-area collector Ed Meurer, many selling with no reserve, the weekend offered much to choose from. Top sale spots went to a pair of 2005 like-new low-mileage Ford GTs: Auburn, IN ne with 11.5 miles sold at $302,500, the other with 313 miles, sold for 291,500. Coming in third was a nice, mostly original 1970 DeTomaso Mangusta by Ghia selling at a market-correct result of $214,500. There was something for everyone here. Other notables included a pair f 1977 Aston Martin V8s. A Series III sold for $89,100 and represented one of the better buys here. The other was a very well-presented Vantage bolt-on fliptail, selling for $137,500. It was quite a bit more money than the argely original Series III, but it was worth it. Looking at the final sales numbers, it’s hard to tell if a bubble burst if this is a reflection of market ction. Much like the results exhibntly in Monterey, where sales were Sales Totals $30m $25m down 26% compared to the previous four-year average, here sales also declined 26% over the same time period. Total number of lots offered in Auburn was down 34%, while dollars per lot were up 4% in Auburn and down 28% in Monterey. Comparing Monterey and Auburn for dollars per lot in 2018 over 2017, both showed the same 12% increase in 2018. So was 2019 the year the bubble burst? Time will tell. ♦ $20m $15m $10m $5m 0 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 Sports Car Market


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RM Auctions Auburn, IN ENGLISH #3152-1957 MGA 1500 roadster. S/N HDA4378764. Black/black vinyl/black leather. Odo: 216 miles. Sixteen-year-old paint holding up well. Exterior bright bits and chrome wire wheels are in excellent condition. Well-detailed engine compartment. Convertible top fit not great. Well-done black leather interior with red welting. Comes with British Motor Industry Heritage Trust certificate, driver and workshop manuals. Cond: 2. Fresh, well-done paint, with presentable exterior trim. Engine compartment is clean and tidy. New leather interior also done to a high standard. Color changed from original red and professionally converted to left-hand drive. Cond: 2. looks fresh and well done. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $31,350. The restoration was completed in 2003; it’s holding up well. Assuming the mileage is since the restoration, I might be concerned for the lack of use. Offered with no reserve and selling in the mid-range of the pre-sale estimate, I’d have to call this a market-correct result. BEST BUY #3091-1977 ASTON MARTIN V8 Series III coupe. S/N V811679LCA. Cambridge Blue/blue Connolly leather. Odo: 23,849 miles. Original paint, with the exception of some weird cracking in the hood, holding up well. (Looks like someone might have tried to close the hood with something sitting on the air cleaner; I know because I’ve done it.) Exterior brightwork shows well. Driver-quality engine compartment detail, interior worn but not worn out. Nicely equipped with a/c, power windows, electric sunroof and Blaupunkt radio. Comes with BMIHT certification. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $137,500. Said to be the first British supercar, with some pretty impressive performance for 1977: 0–60 in 5.2 seconds and a top speed of 170 mph. This is one of 16 produced with the bolt-on fliptail; they were later molded into the bodywork. Restored and drive-side converted over three years by RSP Motorsports of Komoka, Ontario, CAN. Selling at a bargain price today, well bought. #2155A-2017 LOTUS 3-ELEVEN road- ster. S/N SCCLLLVL7HHG10095. Green & yellow/black cloth. Odo: 154 miles. Shows barely enough miles for break-in; it looks like it just rolled out of the showroom. Weighing in at a little over a ton, equipped with a supercharged 410-hp 3.5-liter Toyota 2GR-FE V6 and no top. Comes with MOMO tuner steering wheel and quick-release hub; original wheel included in sale. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $23,650. There’s not a lot out there for comparison; the SCM Platinum Auction Database shows a 1959 in Condition 4 sold on eBay for $3,050 way back in April 2008 and then a 1958 example bid to $10,000 but not sold at the Lucky Collector Car Auction in August 2017. I’m stumped on this one; seems like a lot of money for a 2-stroke 3-cylinder, but just try and find another one. Call this one fairly sold and bought. ITALIAN #3046-1966 ALFA ROMEO GI- ULIETTA 1600 Spider. S/N AR392014. Red/black vinyl/black leather. Odo: 85,903 miles. Excellent paint; exterior trim showing some emergent micropitting. Steel wheels with center caps. Engine detail slightly above driver quality. Interior looks tidy and unmolested. From the Suburban Collection. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $89,100. This was the first of two of these cars offered at this sale; they are currently on an upward trend. This one seemed like an honest, clean, well-cared-for example, and the new owner should be pleased with the result. After seeing what Lot 3131 brought ($137,500), the seller, not so much. #3131-1977 ASTON MARTIN V8 Van- tage bolt-on fliptail coupe. S/N V811704RCAV. Silver/saddle leather. Odo: 80,932 miles. 96 SOLD AT $110,000. Need a car that will get you from zero to 60 in about 3 seconds? Too bad it’s not street legal in the U.S. As such, there’s a very narrow market for this car here. This one was number 22 of 311 produced for 2017. Based on an original MSRP of $157,000 it looks like a pretty good deal, but I wouldn’t expect the value to appreciate much in the near term. GERMAN #1078-1960 AUTO UNION 1000SP coupe. S/N 6815001787. Red & white/tan leather. Odo: 68,830 km. Paint showing some drips, chips and poor prep. Presentable exterior brightwork. Factory chrome steel wheels with hubcaps and wide whitewalls looking good. Driver-quality engine detail. Interior SOLD AT $57,200. There weren’t many small 4-cylinder European roadsters at this sale. Two others here—a 1957 MGA that went for a little over $31,000 and a 1954 MG TD that went for about the same price as the MGA, both also from the Suburban Collection. This one was offered without reserve and sold a bit over the high estimate. I don’t know who the Suburban Collection is, but I expect they’re pleased with the results. TOP 10 No. 10 #3088-1970 DETOMASO MANGUSTA coupe. S/N 8MA1144. Red/ black leather. Odo: 12,758 miles. Twenty(ish)-year-old paint holding up well. Alloy wheels look fresh. Engine compartment wear commensurate with age. Driver’s seat has split seam, while the rest of the interior is presentable. Equipped with power windows, AM/FM stereo and factory a/c. Recent mechanical service included fluid and hose changes, a new fuel pump and carburetor cleaning. Original sales and service documentation and tool roll included. Cond: 3. Sports Car Market


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RM Auctions Auburn, IN with BorgWarner electric overdrive, three rows of seats, exterior sun visor and rearmounted spare. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $214,500. Unlike the Pantera, the Mangusta gets respect. The end result was a little more than the low estimate and a marketcorrect result. The question is, will Mangusta values help to pull up the historically undervalued Pantera? Time will tell.... (See profile, p. 74.) #3125-1971 FERRARI 365 GTB/4 Day- tona coupe. S/N 14769. Red/black leather. Odo: 78,450 miles. Beautiful red paint set off by the sparkling Borrani knockoff chrome wire wheels. Decent engine compartment detail. Interior shows wear commensurate with age but isn’t worn out. Well equipped with power windows, a/c and Veglia Borletti instrumentation. Sale includes complete tool roll and owner’s manuals. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $17,600. Here we have yet another no-reserve offering from the Suburban Collection. This one was last recorded sold at RM Auctions’ Fort Lauderdale 2019 sale for $14,850 (SCM# 6901451). When you factor other costs associated with the purchase and shipping, this one looks like maybe a breakeven proposition for the folks at Suburban. Still a market-correct result; the new owner should be pleased. AMERICAN #4052-1939 PACKARD TWELVE Club sedan. S/N B602092A. Iridium Gray/red leather. Stunning paint, good panel fit, top insert in excellent condition and clear glass. Driver-quality engine detail. Equipped with dual sidemount spares and folding luggage rack. Beautiful interior leather and woodgrainpainted trim. Modified with GM Hydramatic transmission, upgraded gauges and LCD odometer. Original transmission is included in the sale. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $53,350. Further evidence of a soft woodie market. It wasn’t all that long ago you’d have seen a result 30% higher. Still, it sold for over the high estimate and the market is bound to move up at some point. A nice package fairly bought and sold. #3079-1953 BUICK SKYLARK convert- ible. S/N 16752493. Matador Red/white vinyl/ red & white leather. Odo: 1,400 miles. 322-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Paint holding up well 10 years on from frame-off restoration. Poor panel fit around the door, hood and front fender. Exterior brightwork showing microscratches. Chrome wire wheels with wide whites. Windshield showing some wiper scratches. Interior upholstery and trim looks presentable. Engine compartment shows well; could use a good wipe-down. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $430,000. This car has covered just 438 miles since we first recorded its sale in January 2015 at RM Phoenix for $715,000 (SCM# 6775887). Subsequently sold May 2015 at Mecum Indy for $837,000 (SCM# 6784278), and sold again at Auctions America’s 2016 Fort Lauderdale sale for $649,000 (SCM# 6799469). Ouch, that’s about a 22% hit over one year of ownership. A 1971 365 GTB/4 very much like this car sold at RM Sotheby’s Monterey this year for $577,000. Seems the market is currently on a downward dip; the consignor was wise to hang on for a better result. SWEDISH #3145-1962 VOLVO PV544 2-dr sedan. S/N 35900762B. Black/red & white vinyl. Odo: 85,506 miles. Paint looks fresh-ish but with poor prep on trunk lid. Presentable exterior brightwork. Steel wheels with center caps and beauty rings wrapped by dirty wide whites. Decent engine compartment detail. Rear window rubber dried out and cracking. Presentable interior. Heater box under dash held together with duct tape. Cond: 3. 98 SOLD AT $63,250. Compared to the morecommon Touring sedan, the Club sedan oozes class; this one was exceptional. The modifications are minimal and could be undone, but why bother? Because of its rarity, there aren’t a lot of comparable sales to gauge the market. It was offered without reserve and sold at the low end of the pre-sale estimate. I think both buyer and seller should be satisfied with the result. #2135-1949 FORD CUSTOM DELUXE woodie wagon. S/N 98BA932294. Green/tan vinyl. Odo: 4,761 miles. 239-ci V8, 2x1-bbl, 3-sp. Great paint, with tight, nicely finished wood panels and ribs. Flathead V8 features Offenhauser heads and a dual-carb setup in kind of a grungy engine bay. Good exterior trim. Wide whites starting to yellow. Nice, clear glass all around. Well-done interior upholstery and painted woodgrain. Equipped NOT SOLD AT $80,000. Said to have been an AACA Senior first-place winner in 1989. Sold at Mecum Kissimmee January 2018 for $90,200 (SCM# 6859075) and a no-sale result at Mecum Indy 2019, with a high bid of $80,000 (SCM# 6902653). One wonders what was going on with it between 1989 and 2008; some additional historical data might have been useful. In all there were three ’53 and ’54 Buick Skylarks in this auction—the other two sold for $67,100 and $57,500. Seems the Skylark market is currently on a slightly downward trajectory. This one was the nicest of the three offered; no doubt it can pull a few more dollars—just a matter of timing and location. #2140-1953 OLDSMOBILE 98 Fiesta convertible. S/N 539M38668. Alpine White & turquoise/white canvas/white & turquoise leather. Odo: 19,761 miles. 303-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Paint shows chips and touch-ups where the hood hit the fenders. Looks like there was a no-door-jamb repaint at some point. Exterior Sports Car Market


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RM Auctions Auburn, IN trim showing some microscratches. Presentable engine compartment. Convertible top is dirty and stained. Wiper scratches in the windshield. Interior wear commensurate with age, with door panels looking like they’re getting a little baggy. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $80,300. This car was GM’s top of the line back in 1953; you could hear the ticking clock when you opened the door. The SCM Platinum Auction Database shows it sold in May 1999 at Coys’ London, U.K., sale for $39,205 (SCM# 1546747). These cars regularly surpass the $100k mark, but this one had some needs. It will take some investment, but there’s room to bring it back to former glory at this price. #2040-1955 CADILLAC ELDORADO convertible. S/N 5562102955. Red/black cloth/black & white leather. Odo: 92,862 miles. 365-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Nice paint, wonky door, hood and trunk-lid fit. For the most part decent brightwork, but trim on top of doors shows quite a bit of pitting. Wide whites starting the yellowing thing. Wiper scratches in the windshield. Interior looks pretty good, even if white leather could use a good cleaning. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $59,950. Of the 699,053 Bel Airs produced in 1956, 7,886 were Nomads. This one had the right colors, the right equipment, and it sold for considerably more than the $50k high estimate. Nomads have held their own over the years. This is a nice one and worth the premium paid. Good deal for everyone involved. BEST BUY #2039-1956 OLDSMOBILE 98 Holiday 2-dr hard top. S/N 569M25213. Red & white/red vinyl, black cloth. Odo: 12,714 miles. 324-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Okay paint shows some cracking on passenger’s door. Exceptional exterior bright trim. Fresh wide whites. Decent engine detail. Seriously delaminating glass windshield and side windows. Interior upholstery and trim look very good. Equipped with power steering, windows and seat. Original tires included in the sale. Cond: 3. presentation. It’s like wearing a sharp suit with a pair of old, worn-out shoes. The consignor was right to hold on but should think about a little sprucing up before taking another swing. #2120-1958 CADILLAC ELDORADO Brougham 4-dr hard top. S/N 58P013782. Lake Placid Blue/brushed stainless steel/bluegray leather. Odo: 15,776 miles. 365-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, auto. Paint displays scratches and some stains of an unknown nature. Decent brightwork. Top showing scratches against the brushed finish. Windshield-wiper scratches. Presentable engine compartment detail. Other than the split seams in the driver’s seat, the interior looks decent. I suspect a leak in the air-ride suspension, as it’s sitting unnaturally low. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $55,000. Not sold at this venue in May, showing a high bid of $60,000 (SCM# 6906592). A little investment and attention to detail could easily bring this car up to a Condition 2 or 2- and likely improve the bid results. They might get nearer to the $70k– $80k estimate. As it is, it looks like the high bid is probably about the right price. #2085-1956 CHEVROLET NOMAD wagon. S/N VC56L053082. Matador Red & Dune Beige/red vinyl, tan cloth. Odo: 5,542 miles. 265-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Nice, fresh(ish) paint didn’t include the door jambs on the last respray. Decent exterior bright trim. Tidy engine compartment, equipped with factory a/c. Clear glass. Excellent interior upholstery and trim. Factory wheel covers with wide whites. Cond: 3+. 100 SOLD AT $25,850. I guess they included the original tires as validation for the low miles? I can’t think of any other reason to include them. “Here, take these tires that’ll take up space and you can’t safely use anymore.” This car looks like a bargain at this price; probably worth the investment to address the glass situation. Well bought. #3087-1958 PONTIAC BONNEVILLE Custom convertible. S/N C558H2775. Patina Ivory & Redwood Copper/white vinyl/white & copper leather. Odo: 3,123 miles. 370-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, auto. Really nice paint, with excellent exterior brightwork and lots of it. Yellowing wide whites. Well-detailed engine compartment. Leather interior showing nice patina, alongside excellent interior bright trim, but driver’s door cover starting to come undone. Very nicely equipped with bucket seats, factory a/c, and power windows, seats and brakes. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $105,000. A new set of tires and a little attention to the baggy door card might not have made the difference, but it certainly wouldn’t hurt the SOLD AT $63,250. I’m certain I wasn’t the only one noticing the stance—maybe an easy fix, maybe not. The check to buy the car is likely not the last. The result looks to be market correct given the overall condition of the car. #3077-1959 CHEVROLET CORVETTE Gasser convertible. S/N J59S104177. Plum Firemist/burgundy velour. Odo: 12,441 miles. 350-ci supercharged V8, 4-sp. Decent paint, graphics and trim. Interior shows very little if any wear. 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RM Auctions Auburn, IN block with Weiand (spelled Weiland in the catalog) 6-71 blower sporting two 4-bbl carburetors. All that power goes through a BorgWarner T10 4-speed manual. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $65,000. Putting a value on such a radically modified car is always a challenge. To the buyer who wants one, this is worth every penny. The challenge for the seller is finding two people in the same room at the same time who want one. I think finding more money for it than this in an auction setting will be a tough task. #3047A-1959 PLYMOUTH SPORT FURY convertible. S/N M293100336. Flame Red/white vinyl/red & white vinyl. Odo: 31,808 miles. 318-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Paint shows well. Much of the exterior trim, and there’s a lot of it, is dull and pitted. Convertible top is well fitted, with decent glass all around. Engine compartment shows well—fitted with aftermarket carburetor and cheap chrome air cleaner. Nice interior, but the white pieces are kind of grungy. Clear sections of the steering wheel show many cracks. Equipped with dual horns, dual antennas and swivel bucket seats. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $104,500. The catalog speculates that this is one of nine and the second-to-last produced. Formerly part of the John O’Quinn Collection, having done 339 miles since last recorded as sold by RM at their Meadowbrook August 2003 sale, in Condition 3 for $48,401 (SCM# 1557954). The reporter, renowned Avanti owner Dave Kinney, said it was “all the money.” I’d have to say 16 years later that sentiment still applies; well sold. #2078-1965 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL convertible. S/N 5Y86N402246. Willow Gold/light green leather. Odo: 51,068 miles. 430-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Paint shows well, but exterior bright trim shows some wear. Loose mirror and rear-window trim. Can’t see the top, but they claim a recent $6k investment in the mechanical systems for it. Driver-grade engine detail. Interior looks okay; front seat belts match the interior color and they’re black in the rear. Interior door handles are pitted and driver’s door won’t latch. Cond: 3. the seller was wise to hang on because the money would come, and it did. Just a few short months later at the Auctions America Fall sale the same year, it sold for $74,250 (SCM# 6786795). No doubt the high bid was short by a lot; that was all the money in 2015 and the market, as yet, hasn’t hit those highs again. #3106-1968 CHEVROLET CORVETTE L88 convertible. S/N 194678S411010. British Green/saddle vinyl. Odo: 6,317 miles. 427-ci 430-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Beautiful paint shows some buffing swirls. Excellent brightwork. Rally wheels with Redlines. Excellent enginecompartment detail. Interior is in as-new condition, with radio and heater delete. Comes with both hard and soft tops. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $46,750. Cars with big fins seem to be picking up some steam; this one was no exception. It sold at the Mecum Kansas City sale in December 2018 for $35,750 (SCM# 6890673). This one appears to be a nice flip for the seller and a good deal for the new owner—he got a convertible for hard-top money. #3068-1964 STUDEBAKER AVANTI R3 coupe. S/N R5642. White/red vinyl. Odo: 55,370 miles. 304-ci supercharged V8, auto. Catalog stated one respray, and it’s holding up well. Exterior trim showing some scratches on the bumpers. Clear glass. Presentable engine compartment houses the original supercharged lump. Interior looks fresh with the exception of the water-stained rear-window package tray (the dead bug lying beneath the rear window didn’t help). Exceptional wood trim. Mag Halibrand wheels with blackwalls work well with the overall presentation. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $30,250. Another no-reserve offering from the Ed Meurer Collection. Lincoln built 40,180 Continentals in 1965, of which 3,356 were convertibles. This one has some needs, but none of them too overwhelming. It went for a little over the high estimate, but I’d still call it a good deal. Fairly bought and sold. #3161-1965 PONTIAC GTO 2-dr hard top. S/N 237375P354025. Tiger Gold/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 23,277 miles. 389-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, 4-sp. Paint looks to be holding up well, and vinyl top is tight, showing little wear. Hurst mag wheels with Redline tires. Decent engine compartment detailing. Excellent interior except the steering wheel has a couple cracks. Equipped with Hurst trim package, Tri-Power, 4-speed and Safe-T-Track rear axle and ride-handling package. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $310,000. Truly the Holy Grail of Corvettes. This one has made the rounds over the years, with five auctions in the past 10 years. The last time out, this one was bid to a no-sale result of $450,000 at Mecum Los Angeles last year (SCM# 6865322). It’s a lot of money for a Corvette, but there aren’t many comparable out there to chose from. The seller was right to hold on; the money will come. TOP 10 No. 7 #3073-2005 FORD GT coupe. S/N 1FAP90S75Y400471. Quick Silver/ black leather. Odo: 373 miles. 5.4-L supercharged V8, 6-sp. Two-option example with McIntosh radio and BBS forged wheels. One of 26 with Quick Silver paint and side stripes. All in “as-new” condition. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $40,000. Specially built for Pontiac’s GTO advertising campaign and formerly part of the Reggie Jackson Collection; this car is no stranger to this venue. I reported on it from the Auctions America Spring 2015 sale, where it was also a no-sale bid to $40,000 (SCM# 6784226). I commented that 102 SOLD AT $291,500. These low-mile, like-new GTs keep coming out of almost 15 years of hiding; one wonders how many more are out there. Another example traded hands this weekend (Lot 2149A), with only 11.5 miles on it, selling for $302,500. Let’s see, if I do the math on that, the price difference divided by the mileage difference results in about $30 of reduced value for every mile driven. 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GAA Greensboro, NC Classic Cars at the Palace July 2019 A 1966 Nassau Blue, Big Tank L36 ’Vette rings the high-seller bell at $176,550 Company GAA Date July 25–27, 2019 Location Greensboro, NC Auctioneers Eli Detweiler, Ben DeBruhl, Ricky Parks, Mike Anderson Automotive lots sold/offered 494/625 Sales rate 79% Sales total $13,510,870 High sale 1966 Chevrolet Corvette 427/390 coupe, sold at $176,550 The rare Big Tank option is what grabbed the attention of buyers — 1966 Chevrolet Corvette 427/390 coupe, sold at $176,550 Buyer’s premium 7%, minimum $700, included in sold prices Report and photos by Mark Moskowitz and Larry Trepel Intro by Larry Trepel Market opinions in italics summer auction followers. More than 600 lots rolled up for bidding, with emphasis on American cars of all ages. The number of pickup trucks and SUVs from the ’80s and ’90s continues to grow, often with impressively high sale prices. Examples in prime condition are no longer used cars — they’ve crossed the line into classics for younger collectors. It’s a good thing to see, although I mourn the fading interest in many cars from the ’40s, ’50s and even some from the ’60s. But ’60s pickup trucks are stronger than ever, particularly restomods or those fitted with modern running gear — especially air conditioning, the sacred accessory of modern times. The backbone lots at GAA are Mustangs, Chevelles, G Corvettes and Camaros. If you’re looking to buy one of these tailored to your taste and budget, this is one of the prime auctions to attend. This time Corvettes took the lead, with 60 offered for sale, spanning model years from 1956 to 2017. The high sale of the auction was a 1967 Big Tank 427 presented in excellent restored condition and taken home for $176,550. Three other examples sold for just over $100k, with two of them from 104 reensboro Auto Auction’s “Classic Cars at the Palace” July event is a popular destination for Greensboro, NC the notable Larry Sachs Collection. In the other core groups, Mustangs were equally divided between early models, ’80s and ’90s examples, and post-2000 models. Among ’60s lots, a fresh 1966 Hertz tribute car went for just $40,660. Modern Shelbys, Boss 302s, Roush and Saleen Mustangs were all here, with some selling high and others, such as a 2007 Roush hammered at $29k, decent bargains for those wanting a modern muscle car. Not really rare, but performance and style for the dollar is certainly there. A highly anticipated 1969 COPO Camaro was a surprising no-sale with a high bid of $180k. While the major American models draw the most attention, there are always some interesting oddballs available at GAA. If you wanted rarity, there was a 1973 International Travelall that was a no-sale at $20k, and a 1980 Land Rover Defender Lightweight that appeared to have survived several wars went to a new home for just $3,745 with commission. Other imports included a 1970 Mercedes-Benz 280SL that hammered at just $65k, and a 1964 Volkswagen 21-window Samba bus previously sold here last year and back for a replay, hammering at $110k. But GAA is primarily about American cars, a strong venue to find your choice of a wide variety of four-wheel Americana. GAA’s next auction is in November, their final event of the year, with another 600 lots to cross the block. ♦ Sales Totals $18m $15m $12m $9m $6m $3m 0 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 Sports Car Market


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GAA Greensboro, NC GERMAN #ST0097-1964 VOLKSWAGEN TRANS- PORTER Samba 21-window microbus. S/N 1211689. Green & white/tan canvas/white vinyl. Odo: 66,380 miles. Restoration beginning to show some age with cracked paint on rear fascia and around headlights. Smooth paint, with slightly wavy driver’s side main panel. All side windows and surrounding seals are excellent. Tinted windows show a few scratches. Trim shows some polishing marks but no dents. Interior panels and seat coverings are without blemish. Some paint loss on dashboard and pedals. Engine clean and neat, with chrome heat shield. Engine compartment paint is a distinctly different shade of green than exterior. Carbs do not appear original. Several areas of paint loss in the engine compartment. Wheels and tires are excellent. Cond: 2-. ITALIAN #FR0114-1973 ALFA ROMEO 2000 Ve- firewall pad, why not make sure to do it to a high level? Even so, the core of a full restoration is here, and owner can either attend to these details or enjoy it as-is. Considering the amount of work done, I’d call it a good buy, with some finishing work needed. First thing to do is take off the chrome wheels and replace them with originals. #TH0047-1972 VOLKSWAGEN BEE- SOLD AT $117,700. A cult car with a striking presentation and lots of neat features including a flip-up windshield; these multiple-window Transporters seem to excite people, especially during this 50th anniversary of Woodstock. Many outstanding examples have sold between $150k–$200k. This one sold last year at GAA for $101,650 (SCM# 6874934). The seller made a modest profit, and the buyer paid what I would consider a fair or appropriate price for now but not for the future. #ST0158-1970 MERCEDES-BENZ 280SL convertible. S/N 11304412015479. Ivory/brown canvas/tan vinyl. Odo: 36,058 miles. Mix of older and recent restoration work, now with dent-free body and nicely done paintwork. Fenders have lost the holy swage lines, which matters to some buyers and means nothing to others. Front bumper rechromed some time before rear bumper. Original-style, optional alloy wheels have been chromed. Interior appears to be fully restored, also at different times. Mostly looks good, carpets very nice, dash older but decent, houses period-incorrect Becker cassette player. Seats redone but padding poor and uncomfortable. Engine compartment shows many new or restored parts. Impressive at first, but new firewall padding not installed well, hood strap is missing, and valve cover is polished with painted intake manifold. Spare tire missing. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $69,550. Extensive restoration, but a mix of good and not-so-good work was visible. If a shop is installing a new 106 SOLD AT $9,450. Imported from Brazil a few years ago, where Volkswagen Beetles and buses once ruled the roads. I travel often to Brazil and still see shops that specialize in classic VWs, similar to what America once had in California. Performance mods are also common, as seen in this car. Documents included original dealer invoice, an interesting piece to have. This lot illustrated that you can define “original” as unrestored, while some auction houses and dealers define it as a component true to original build, not modified. Here the description referred to the Beetle as “All original except for tires, exhaust, and shifter.” True, if you go with the latter definition. Decent Beetle, a nice driver as-is, but much better if new owner ditches the EMPI exhaust and staggered tires. The shifter can stay. Fairly bought and sold. TLE 2-dr sedan. S/N BP868375. Azul Diamante/ black vinyl. Odo: 44,549 km. Body in very good condition, with no dents or dings, excellent VW OE-level door shut, decent quality paintwork. Described as “all original.” Interior a mix of original and restored, with seats done well at one time. EMPI shifter and very long EMPI tailpipe out back. Engine has new components such as carburetor, and appears to have been rebuilt not many miles ago. Staggered wheels and tires, with 185s up front and 215s in the rear. Very old BFG 5.60-15 spare. Cond: 3+. loce Spider. S/N 3041217. Red/black vinyl/ black vinyl. Odo: 28,556 miles. Body and paint excellent overall, with no dings or dents. Decent if imperfect door, trunk and hood fit. Appears to have been resprayed, but consignor claims original paint; buffed to perfection. Front bumper chrome shows a little wear, and period BWA four-spoke alloy wheels need only cosmetic refinishing to look perfect. Interior has correct features, all in very good condition. Steering wheel may have newly refinished wood, too good to be 46 years old. Engine compartment generally clean and fresh, though valve cover and some other pieces could be better detailed. Engine sounded slightly ill when driving to stage. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $18,190. Impressive-looking early Kamm-tail Alfa Spider before large bumpers and safety dash ruined the party. If paint is original, it’s a miracle the Pope must have had a role in. Regardless of when the paint was applied, buyer purchased a nice example at a fair price. The only thing keeping this from being rated 2- instead of 3+ was sound of the engine. New owner may be looking for a SPICA fuel-injection expert soon. #ST0075-1984 LAMBORGHINI JALPA P350 Spyder. S/N ZA9J00000ECA12127. Rosso Siviglia/black leather. Odo: 29,913 km. Impressive condition overall, with some cosmetic restoration likely done several years ago. Possibly low mileage, with only about 18,500 unverified miles on kilo-odometer. Well-executed respray, with just a few flaws, nicks and slight orange peel. Wheels and exterior trim pieces also in very good condition. Interior appears quite nice; dash and controls still look good, without typical ’80s Italian deterioration. Seats beautifully reupholstered, so perhaps other interior parts were also restored. Engine clean and tidy. Cond: 2+. Sports Car Market


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GAA Greensboro, NC SOLD AT $80,250. A rare and interesting Lamborghini making a revisit to Greensboro Auto Auctions. Hammered here one year ago at $82,390 (SCM# 6874917), then displayed at Lamborghini of Charlotte’s showroom with an asking price of $149k. Apparently they decided it was time for it to go—perhaps too little interest. A year later it now hammered at $75k. Factor in the commissions and the full service it was said to have received, and it turned from a profit-maker to a fairly painful loss, though they’ll make it back the next time an Aventador comes in for service. Even the professionals sometime make the wrong guess, which is part of why this hobby and the auctions are often so interesting. #ST0105-1990 FERRARI TESTAROSSA coupe. S/N ZFFSG17A1L0083520. Yellow/tan leather. Odo: 26,415 miles. Excellent condition overall. Body and paint near perfect, except for two scuffs with rough touch-up work on rear bumper. Wheels may have been refreshed at one time, look very good. Trim and badges all fine. Interior excellent. Dash and console, typically a bit worn on these, appear well cared for. Seats very nice overall, marred only by driver’s bolster having some wear. Viewed engine compartment only in catalog photo—appearance very good. No records available. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $47,500. This Ferrari was bid to a bargain price and no higher. The 360 improved as year of manufacture advanced. While cam-variator problems had been solved by the factory, other problems requiring recall, including grounding-strap inadequacies, had not, and like anything Ferrari, could be expensive to fix. On the website the transmission was listed as a manual; it was an F1. Add to these factors a host of unknowns including clutch wear and service history, and the lack of enthusiasm for this Ferrari was no surprise. Addressing a few cosmetic issues, obtaining a mechanical inspection, and servicing the car should add more than their cost to the bid at the next auction. #ST0042-2014 MASERATI GRANTUR- SOLD AT $96,300. This Testarossa was in fine condition, in the top quarter conditionwise of the many Testarossas I’ve seen. In Testarossa-world, 26k miles is not exceptionally low, but this example appeared better than some lower-mileage ones, so mileage is not always an exact barometer of condition. It’s notable that no records were available. While it is possible records might be handed later to the buyer, the lack of records for pre-auction inspection is a big negative. No mention of when the last belt service was done, so assume that major expense will face buyer immediately. I’d still call this a decent buy considering its appearance, but if there are no records, its real value is greatly affected. #ST0093-2001 FERRARI 360 Modena Spider. S/N ZFFYT53B00012602. Red/black canvas/black leather. Odo: 16,581 miles. Presented with no documentation, service or otherwise. I spoke with owner/dealer, who stated he had driven the Ferrari 2k enjoyable miles, with no problems. He had not measured the clutch. Appears to have original paint with multiple polishing marks but no significant scratches. Chips where the front is not protected by plastic covering, and fiberglass loss 108 ISMO coupe. S/N ZAM45VLA9E0077277. Silver/beige leather. Odo: 44,556 miles. Very clean five-year-old Maserati. No dents or dings, one small scuff on hood and some small rock chips. Wheels perfect, and P-Zeros with plenty of life left. Red brake calipers clean and almost new-looking. Interior also immaculate, with just the start of some wear on driver’s seat side bolster. Cond: 1-. beneath from underside scrapes. Panels are straight. Interior seat leather worn, with color change on driver’s left bolster. No tears in leather or carpets noted; there has been loss of finish on the paddle shifters. Curb rash on right sided wheels. Engine compartment dusty. Cond: 3+. AMERICAN #ST0146-1951 GMC 100 pickup. S/N 1012P2993. Green/black vinyl. Odo: 12,680 miles. 228-ci I6, 1-bbl, 3-sp. Extremely glossy vintage pickup that has been honored with AACA Junior and Senior award. Restoration history available. Noted are multiple inclusions in the paint on bed rails and walls. Slight bubbling of paint on left fender. Repainted door dings at passenger’s door edge. Golden oak cargo bed. Excellent dashboard chrome. Nicely restored interior with slight scratching of seat leather. Very attractive, detailed and correct engine compartment. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $37,000. Extremely nice truck, but not one that I would call ready to win a major concours. Trucks are popular, but finding a buyer who is stirred by this one as a representative of his or her past seems less and less likely. With low horsepower, its utility is limited and once used, its value will drop. While I am sure the dollars and cost of time spent eclipse the bid, the offer seemed fair and was refused. #ST0022-1956 CHEVROLET CAMEO 3100 pickup. S/N V3A56J007641. Red/red cloth & white vinyl. Odo: 59,099 miles. 265-ci V8, 1-bbl, auto. Well-executed recent frameup restoration. Panel fit mostly well done to period standards; passenger’s door fit a bit off. Paint excellent, consistent quality. Beautiful pine-wood bed showing just a little wear. Glass appears new, most gaskets replaced, but vent window gaskets are old. One cracked headlight. Bumpers, grille and some trim rechromed, but door handles, emblems have pitting. Engine compartment redone, with a few components looking old. Modern a/c system installed. Fully restored interior retains original style, with no serious flaws, but some NOT SOLD AT $30,000. Consigned by a local Dodge dealer, who must have decided it had a better chance of selling at collector auction than on a Dodge used-car lot. Had been advertised online for $46k. Despite superb appearance, 44k miles may be on higher end to those looking for a long-term keeper. Dealer had standard document pasted on window with the header “Here is a list of some major defects that may occur in used vehicles,” followed by a sobering list of potential repairs. Maybe better to leave that off next time. Sports Car Market


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GAA Greensboro, NC minor cracks in steering wheel and pitting on controls. Vintage-style modern radio. Undercarriage fully redone and still clean, appears to have seen little use. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $40,000. Striking, nicely restored Cameo pickup with a few imperfections. The high bid was in close range of market value, although some top-flight examples have gone for quite a bit more. I wonder if the wave of resto-mod pickups is drawing the overall market away from original-type restorations. Consignor believed it is worth another shot, and might be right. #ST0154-1958 DODGE ROYAL LANCER 2-dr hard top. S/N LD319009. Light blue & cream/light & dark blue cloth & vinyl. Odo: 15,006 miles. 361-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Full restoration—probably fairly recent given superb overall condition. Panel fit very good; a few slight miscues, but appropriate for a body from the ’50s. Paintwork superb, as is the vast amount of chrome on the bumpers, grille and trim pieces. Interior matching in quality, with excellent seats, headliner and dash work. Some slight pitting on a few chrome pieces. Modern a/c, disc brakes, Edelbrock carb. Whitewalls are still white. Engine listed as rebuilt, and engine compartment carefully redone, with a few flaws such as rusted generator pulley. Cond: 2+. top included. Cond: 2+. Chrome bumpers showing some fading close up, and body trim has some pitting. Chrome wire wheel covers have some scuffs, whitewalls are yellowing. Interior still nice but approaching middle age. White vinyl seats have turned off-white, but all intact with no tears or split seams. Sony cassette player with door speakers looks bad and probably sounds even worse. One armrest in bad shape. Stock mats with no carpets. Original inner top has much patina but no serious flaws. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $98,000. Bloomington Goldcertified Corvette, with impressive restoration and attention to detail. Part of the large Larry Sachs Corvette Collection. Bidding stalled a bit below an appropriate price for this car. Corvettes are always a staple at GAA auctions, but bidding varies, with some lots doing impressively well and others failing to sell, a reflection of the somewhat selective recent Corvette market. #ST0070-1965 BUICK RIVIERA Gran Sport 2-dr hard top. S/N 494475H909883. Bronze/tan leather. Odo: 338 miles. 425-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, auto. Full restoration done to the highest standards. Body and paint perfect, with exquisite finish. All chrome pieces excellent. Wheels and tires flawless. Interior matches exterior in quality, with perfectly restored seats, controls, carpets, dash. Not a chrome pit in sight. Engine compartment appears as-new, with all components appearing correct and not over-restored. Underbody matches rest of the car in quality. Protect-OPlate included. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $12,305. This is a Buick I don’t see often; seems many more Skylarks than Specials are still around. With a more spartan appearance and smaller 300-ci engine, there is a good reason the Special is out-specialed by the Skylark. This example has probably sat for awhile, so with some detailing to pieces such as the seats, it may soon appear better than it did here. A good driver-quality example, though, for a fair and affordable price. #ST0095.3-1966 CHEVROLET COR- SOLD AT $54,570. Iconic Virgil Exner body, with great color choice and excellent paint bringing out the wonder of it. While these Dodges are not extremely rare, they are often aging or sloppy restorations. This one was special. The mechanical upgrades may lose points on the show field but add to drivability. Much of this car gets a Condition 1 rating, but the few minor, easily solvable flaws regrettably put it to #2. By the book, $54k may be about the right market price, but considering the work and expense that have gone into the restoration, I’d call it a good buy. #ST0157-1962 CHEVROLET COR- VETTE convertible. S/N 20867S105234. Honduras Maroon/gray vinyl. Odo: 68,817 miles. 327-ci 360-hp fuel-injected V8, 4-sp. Restored about seven years ago, displays excellent body and stunning paintwork. Driver’s door and trunk fit just a bit off, and one paint scratch on fender. Some micropitting on chrome bumpers. Interior excellent, with striking silver seats and dash. Original Rochester Fuelie model—engine compartment looks very good, not overdone. BFG Silverstone tires in fine shape. Underbody pristine. Hard 110 SOLD AT $77,040. No doubt the finest Riviera Gran Sport I’ve ever seen, with a restoration done to a level that makes it Pebble Beach or Amelia Island concours worthy. Very good Riviera Gran Sports, such as the other one sold at this auction, seem to go in the $45k– $60k range. At $77k, this one upped the bar. But a few examples have gone well over the $100k mark. Whatever the quality of those lots, they couldn’t have been any better than the one sold here. This may seem like a high price for a Riviera Gran Sport, but I view it as very well bought. #FR0260-1965 BUICK SPECIAL con- vertible. S/N 4346752128978. Red/white vinyl. Odo: 1,989 miles. 300-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Older body-up restoration. Decent paintwork with no major flaws, dents or dings. Panel, hood and trunk fit good if not outstanding. White vinyl top has typical light staining. SOLD AT $176,550. Auction feature car and the first one seen when a buyer entered the Palace. A well-above-average restoration of an L36 Corvette in the first year of easy availability of the big block. This ’Vette had a num- Sports Car Market VETTE coupe. S/N 194376S103573. Nassau Blue/dark blue vinyl. Odo: 65 miles. 427-ci 390-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Recent body-off restoration of Big Tank (36-gallon capacity) Corvette, said to have matching-numbers engine, transmission, and 4.11 Posi rear end. Mostly excellent paint, with some orange peel above windshield. Straight panels and appropriate gaps. Door chrome and rear-window trim appear to have been freshened. Wipers appear aged. Interior vinyl, console surfaces, gauges and carpeting are all excellent. Teakwood steering wheel protected in clear plastic. Engine compartment clean, neat and restored to original condition. Factory-simulated overspray of engine compartment black onto hood support and hood latches. Excess glue on rubber trim beneath hood. Knockoff wheels and Goldline tires. Cond: 2+.


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GAA Greensboro, NC ber of factors that should have raised a coupe’s stature and its sale price. Of note was the restoration and options such as knockoffs, teak wheel, power brakes and 4-speed, which could and should have propelled its value to perhaps above $125,000. But it was the rare Big Tank option that grabbed the attention of buyers and moved this Corvette to the auction’s high sale price and a new home. The seller should be pleased. #ST0089-1966 SHELBY COBRA Street Beasts replica roadster. S/N D4042. Vibrant Nutmeg/tan vinyl. Odo: 1 miles. 302-ci V8, 4-bbl, 5-sp. Recent build of a year 2000 Super Beast Cobra kit. Virginia titled as a 1966, although “Replica” and “2019” appear under “other pertinent data.” Custom paint is excellent, without runs or inclusions or scratches. Both rear wheels are closer to front of wheelwell than expected, with the left being closer than the right. Right door fit is off. Chrome is excellent. Interior trim around door has peeled away, leaving exposed glue. Left seat pad is not fixed in place. Engine is said to have reworked heads and a hot cam. Engine compartment appears neat. Front suspension resembles Mustang II. Live axle in the rear. Ceramic headers and sidepipes, the latter protected by stainless-steel heat shields. Four-wheel disc brakes and Positraction rear. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $31,000. Shamrocks have a longer wheelbase than other replicas and ride on Jaguar suspension pieces. Most were imported from South Africa, although the final production was in the Southeast United States. This one was among the last Shamrocks built. Though there were signs of moderate use, this Cobra seemed right. It was roomy and had lots of extras including rain gear and a 5-speed transmission. And its owner, a Mustang restorer, probably had it sorted. It was worth more than bid, and the owner was right to wait for another day. #FR0212-1966 SHELBY GT350 H rep- lica fastback. S/N 6T09C192952. Black/black vinyl. Odo: 13,964 miles. 347-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. A Hertz Shelby Mustang tribute car, which started life as a 1966 model with a 4-speed and 289. Panels are straight, and black paint and gold striping are extremely well done. The fresh restoration features a Shelbytype side-view mirror and side scoops. Interior appears to have been completely restored, retaining the original radio. A Shelby tach has been added. A stroked 302 has replaced the 289 and sits in a well-detailed engine compartment, with a chromed export brace and alternator and lots of billet aluminum. The chassis features 4-piston brakes, Flowmaster mufflers and a Ford 9-inch rear. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $39,000. This was the shiniest of the nine replica Cobras offered at GAA in July, but it was not the most desirable. Super Beast is not a brand that excites, and there were some questions about build quality. It is likely that more than the amount bid was invested, but sophisticated buyers surrounded by a multitude of options may not be expected to bid more. On another note, one has to wonder whether the next tag office will treat this as an antique or title it as a new car. #ST0087-1966 SHELBY COBRA Sham- rock replica roadster. S/N TNVIN073933061333. Red/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 3,130 miles. 428-ci V8, 4-bbl, 5-sp. One of nine Cobra replicas offered at GAA. Excellent paint and stripes. Lots of extras including Cobra badges, wind wings, vinyl top, side curtains and tonneau. Vinyl in interior shows minimal wrinkling. Carpets show minimal wear. Smiths gauges. Polishing marks on windshield trim. Ceramic-coated sidepipes. Wheels without curb rash. Interesting “two four-barrel” air cleaner on a single four-barrel carburetor for appearance. MSD ignition. Cond: 2-. 112 SOLD AT $40,660. A well-restored fastback should cost more, as should a ’66 Shelby, as should a ’66 resto-mod. A lot of glam here and some high-performance fun in what appears to be an extremely well-done tribute. Well bought. #ST0098-1969 CHEVROLET BIS- CAYNE 2-dr sedan. S/N 154119F094612. Butternut Yellow/black vinyl. Odo: 27,670 miles. 427-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Beautiful fresh restoration. Paint excellent overall, with a hint of orange peel. Trunk and hood fit slightly off. Not much chrome on a Biscayne, but what is there appears new. Interior restoration care- fully done to same standard as exterior. Rally wheels perfect, with Firestone Redlines. Purportedly numbers-matching drivetrain. Engine compartment as-new and all work seems accurate. Underbody also carefully restored. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $60,000. Excellent and painstaking work done on this interesting 427 Biscayne. Appears well documented and low mileage also. In most ways it deserves a Condition 1 rating, but I’ve gone with 2+ only because of the trunk and hood fit. One could make an argument against that. Consignor, possibly the shop that did the restoration, holding out for more, and I can’t blame them. #ST0059-1969 FORD TORINO Cobra fastback. S/N 9R46R131668. Red/black vinyl. Odo: 68,309 miles. 428-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Torino Super Cobra Jet Drag Pack complete with a Marti Report and a 4.30 rear end. Obvious repaint with numerous pits throughout and significant orange peel on trunk. Some loss of paint behind left rear window. Panel fit is good. Other than pitted left side-view mirror, chrome and other brightwork are excellent. Steering wheel is covered with leather wrap and gimp, which is unraveling, making one wonder what is beneath. Gauges and rings surrounding them look consistent with age of car. Carpets and seat covers appear nearly new. Engine compartment cleaned but not restored to level of most of the rest of the car. Significant loss of black paint in numerous spots throughout; blue Ford block paint in better condition. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $41,730. This Torino is said to have had one owner since purchased new in 1972. Though both had a similar 335-hp rating, the Super Cobra Jet had better pistons, crankshaft and rods than the standard Torino CJ and undoubtedly had a horsepower rating higher than advertised. They were true muscle cars. Although more than 1,300 Torino SCJs were made, most well-prepared and authentic examples command five figures more than the amount offered for this one. The color change Sports Car Market


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GAA Greensboro, NC and uneven restoration held this one back. The transaction seemed fair and the buyer should feel great about his new hot rod. #ST0103-1970 PLYMOUTH SUPER- BIRD 2-dr hard top. S/N RM23U0A16095. Lemon Twist/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 55,268 miles. 440-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Restoration, age unknown, of a real Superbird accompanied by its factory build sheet. Signed by Richard Petty on left hood scoop. Smooth yellow paint without inclusions. Front piece chipped on left near fender panel and painted over. Multiple scratches on chrome hood-pin bezels. Pitted chrome trim surrounding vent windows and scratched windshield trim. Vinyl top is excellent. Bumper chrome is excellent. Interior vinyl is without flaw. Interior door paint scratched and door panels have significant wrinkling. Silver trim surrounding gauges and switches is scratched and faded. Carpets and kick panels in excellent condition. Engine compartment restored to a good standard. Cond: 2-. control and both front seats adjustable. Car actually looks very well preserved on the interior. Some melting of glue around armrests, suggesting the car has been stored in the heat. No obvious leaks in or below engine compartment, although it not as clean as the rest of the car and does display paint loss, dirt and oxidation. Cond: 2-. the smaller 383-ci engine, bench seat and automatic trans, this example is not at the top rung of the Super Bee ladder, but given the restoration quality and condition, the sale price was a good buy. #ST0037-1970 CHEVROLET COR- NOT SOLD AT $125,000. This was the basemodel Superbird, i.e. one with a 440 and a single 4-bbl carburetor. Just the same, this bid was light. A relatively high-production (nearly 2k units) muscle car does not typically command big dollars, but this one has a unique appearance, a fabulous racing heritage as accomplished by signee Petty and teammate Pete Hamilton, and numerous appearances on TV and movie screens, which have kept it in the public eye. The consignor was right to wait for another day to sell this solid collectible; attention to the details mentioned might further its auction prospects. #ST0127-1970 DODGE SUPER BEE 2-dr hard top. S/N WM23N0A175377. Green & black/green vinyl. Odo: 85,322 miles. 383ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Full restoration several years ago. Very well done overall, with a few minor flaws. Body, paint and vinyl top all nearly perfect, but trunk fit noticeably off. All trim and decals in fine condition. Polished American Racing wheels also in fine shape and add an aggressive touch. Clean and authentic-looking engine compartment, topped with Richard Petty signature. Interior in mostly prime condition, bench seat appears as-new, dash and other elements all excellent. Steering wheel has a rim pad on it. Underbody looks as-new, likely little use since restoration. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $36,648. One of a group of lots from the large Joe Alcoke Collection, all offered at no reserve. Excellent-quality restoration work, with just a few flaws. With 114 VETTE convertible. S/N 194670S406817. Monza Red/tan vinyl/tan vinyl. Odo: 50,040 miles. 350-ci 370-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. A product of 2017 restoration, which garnered a 2018 Bloomington Gold award and a 2019 Top Flight certificate. Excellent Monza Red paint. Fiberglass body panels are straight and gaps appropriate. Front bumper has new chrome and a markedly jagged upper edge; the rear bumper appears new. Sports raised white-letter tires and new wheel trim. Very clean vinyl top with some loss of vinyl around rear window. Interior vinyl on seats, dashboard and door appears preserved rather than restored. Some of the vinyl has been worn away on driver’s door panel. Chassis and engine compartment have been restored as new and are immaculate. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $16,050. Though similar in appearance to a Zimmer, the Tiffany lacks the expensive fitments. These were not kit cars but were built by Classic Motor Carriages in the ’80s. Advantages include the increased interior room and simplicity of repair associated with its Mercury Cougar origins. A survey of sales and For Sales suggests that this was acquired at a reasonable and low entry price. I doubt further depreciation. Individuality— definitely; upside—possibly. #ST0123-2010 CHEVROLET CAMARO RS/SS Transformers edition coupe. S/N 2G1 FT1EW0A9187826. Rally Yellow/black leather. Odo: 132 miles. 6.2-L fuel-injected V8, 6-sp. Part of a dealer’s collection. Obviously preserved and protected. The plastic covers are still on the floor. This one was the more powerful of the two Transformers offered; the other has the V6. Cond: 1. NOT SOLD AT $59,000. 1970 was the introductory year of the LT-1, and its high-compression, high-horsepower 350 was the one to have. Smog regulations stifled the the engine in the immediately subsequent years. The 1970 LT-1 convertible is a grade A collectible. There was no shortage of Corvette buyers at GAA; 60 ’Vettes were offered and 72% were sold. Perhaps this one was overlooked or perhaps the funky front bumper scared folks off, preventing them from looking further at the engine compartment and under the surface. The seller should expect more on another day. #ST0119-1986 CMC TIFFANY coupe. S/N 1MEBP92FXGH737811. White/red velour. Odo: 28,853 miles. 5.0-L fuel-injected V8, auto. Smooth, cream-colored paint with very few chips or dings considering the mileage. Landau bars are pitted, but most other chrome and trim is actually quite nice. Carpet and interior seemingly well maintained. Cruise SOLD AT $33,170. The Transformer Edition was little more than rally stripes, emblems and strategically placed logos. It added $995 to the $30,995 426-hp SS Camaro. This car has been nearly idle for nine years and was sold for little over 2010 list price. For anyone who was not a dealer, this would represent tragedy: A typical owner of this Camaro would have experienced no joy from exercising those ponies, erosion of buying power, and the cost of insurance, storage, etc. A dealer who buys these as at a discount and is able to display them to his advantage should suffer far less. The new buyer gets a fresh Camaro for $15k less than a newer, more evolved Camaro. The lesson here: Cosmetics do not a classic make. © Sports Car Market


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Silverstone Northamptonshire, U.K. Silverstone Classic 2019 Welsh Rally-winning 1963 Mini Cooper S, twice owned by Barrie Williams, sold for a strong $81k Company Silverstone Auctions Date July 27–28, 2019 Location Northamptonshire, U.K. Auctioneer Jonathan Humbert Automotive lots sold/offered 88/126 Sales rate 70% Sales total $7,958,029 High sale 1954 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing, sold at $1,034,484 Buyers’ premium 12.5%, included in sold prices ($1.00 = £0.80) The first Mini Cooper S victorious on an international rally — 1963 Austin Mini Cooper S 2-door sedan, sold at $81,081 Report and photos by Paul Hardiman Market opinions in italics S 116 ilverstone adjusted its format slightly for its ninth visit to the Classic, one of the U.K.’s largest motorsport festivals. This year the company ran the 19 competition cars in with the road cars over the weekend, rather than holding a separate race-car sale prior on the Thursday or Friday night. With the sale split over two days, lot numbers starting with 2 are from Saturday, while 4s correspond to Sunday. Sales were briskest on the Saturday, helped by a 17-car collection all offered at no reserve, plus the cars of the late Barrie “Whizzo” Williams, leading to auctioneer Humbert boasting to Sunday’s crowd of a 75% sale rate on the first day, “compared with 50% of rival auction companies.” That was before coming down to earth with a 54% sell-through rate on Sunday. Stars of the show were the two Mercedes Gullwings; the older-restored 1954 W198 sold for a healthy $1.03m before the same buyer snapped up its modern counterpart, the 2010 SLS AMG, for $253k. Competition cars didn’t do as well, though one no- table offer was an unused 1985 MG Metro 6R4 with just seven miles on the clock (two of those racked up run- ning on axle stands), which didn’t sell but was offered later for £230k ($249k). An FIA-spec Jaguar E-type Lightweight-lookalike racer looked like a good value at $154k. On road-going homologation specials, a rare “8221” Renault 5 Turbo 2 Northamptonshire, U.K. drew the right money at just over $100k, and a super-original 1983 Talbot Sunbeam Lotus — more than a match for any factory rear-drive Escort, and with under 8k miles still on its original tires — sold for the right $64,306, around Sales Totals $10m RS1600 money. Only five of the competition cars sold, but they included Barrie’s Mini Cooper S — the car he bought new and drove to the model’s first international rally victory, the Welsh in 1964 — which sold for a strong $81k, and his tidy Lancia Fulvia HF1600 was a healthy $49k. The 197-cc Villiers-powered Fastakart built by his father’s company in 1961 — Whizzo was the Works driver — found a new home for $4,473, with proceeds going to the British Racing Drivers’ Club, based at Silverstone. ♦ $8m $6m $4m $2m 0 Sports Car Market 2019 2018 2017


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Silverstone Northamptonshire, U.K. ENGLISH BEST BUY #401-1956 LAND ROVER SERIES I 86-inch utility. S/N 170601858. Green/tan canvas/black vinyl. RHD. Odo: 41,417 miles. Older, partial restoration and repaint in nicely mellowed condition, with requisite mild dings and scrapes plus slightly wonky front wings. Added flashing indicators front and rear affect the authenticity a little, but removing them will leave holes. Intake trunking and top hose “repaired” with black tape. Holes left in front bumper from where tow hitch was mounted. Extra wiring and switch on column-mounted bracket for indicators. Cond: 3+. #433-1961 LOTUS ELITE coupe. S/N E1121593. Green/black & gray vinyl. RHD. Odo: 19,413 miles. Restored, recent engine refresh. With ZF gearbox, alternator, roll cage and harnesses. External cut-offs for racing. Grommets in front deck suggest fixing holes for extra lights. FIA papers. Cond: 3+. around right headlight. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $67,723. Offered but not sold at Silverstone’s Heythrop auction in May (SCM# 6905592). Here talked up to £49k ($61k) with no real bids on the day, but declared sold postauction at £54,500, which is rather a bargain for spec and condition. #204-1963 AUSTIN MINI Cooper S 2-dr SOLD AT $15,377. Offered at no reserve, on sale from £11k ($13,750). Sold for not much more, even though at one point there were five online buyers on it. Looks a bargain for a very usable example compared with what restored, 80-inch Landies were getting as little as a year ago—or perhaps they’re just returning to sensible prices. JLR Classic, take note.... #428-1960 AC ACECA coupe. S/N AE743. Javelin Grey/tan leather. RHD. ACengined Aceca, originally green with green leather. Recently restored: sharp all around except for crack in rear number-plate glass. New paint, new leather, engine rebuilt. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $167,754. Knocked down for £120k ($149k)—as auctioneer Humbert said, “Pretty much what it cost to restore.” Bristol engine would add perhaps 15%...though strangely the 1958 example offered on the Saturday (Lot 210), the first Aceca fitted with the Bristol unit, reached only £101,250 ($125,816); it was a slightly older restoration. Both were nice buys in today’s market. 118 SOLD AT $81,081. Owned twice (the first time from new) by legendary race driver Barrie “Whizzo” Williams and the first Mini Cooper S victorious on an international rally, when he won the 1964 Welsh partnered by John Griffiths. Later class winner on the 1964 Rallye de Genève with John Davenport. Sold by Williams after two seasons, later bought back and restored to ’64 Welsh spec. Sold well here, for about the price of a minor Works rally car, or about 50% more than a nice stock 1071 S. I understand proceeds from the sale go to the British Racing Drivers’ Club...and not Barrie’s partner. #237-1965 FORD LOTUS-CORTINA Mk I 2-dr sedan. S/N BA74EB59206. White/ black vinyl. RHD. Pre-Aeroflow car still on A-frame rear suspension. Restored around 2013 in New Zealand. Appears correct in every detail, mostly clean, but a bit of rust sedan. S/N CA2S7384490. Red & white/black vinyl & velour. RHD. Odo: 1,976 miles. Fair order; originally a 1,071, may now be a 1,275. Reshelled at some point (but all rally Minis were). Some surface rust where roll cage bolts through floor. Many event stickers. With repro December 1963 tax disc. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $86,498. Originally owned in California, with an owner change around 1982, then in New Zealand. From the 17-car collection of “a gentleman,” offered at no reserve. All the money in today’s market—I wasn’t the only one who thought the selling price should have started with a 4 (or 5 in American dollars). Very well sold. #416-1965 ASTON MARTIN DB5 coupe. S/N DB52023R. Silver/red leather. RHD. Older (mid-’90s) restoration, settled back slightly from concours-winning days but still holding up well. Fair panel fits, decent paint and chrome. Very wrinkled and baggy leather could almost be original. Now with electric power steering. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $658,590. The £530k phone bid was “not enough” by “a tiny margin.” Later offered with a buy-it-now price of £672k ($835k), which looked rather hopeful. I’d say £600k ($750k) should have been more than enough to buy it. #421-1970 ASTON MARTIN DBS V8 coupe. S/N DBSV810041R. Dark blue/black leather. RHD. Really nice condition, very straight and super shiny; the seller isn’t noted for skimping on his cars. Leather nicely creased, may be original, but dates at least from ’70s rebuild. Still with fuel injection, and Becker Mexico radio. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $188,723. Originally a factory Sports Car Market


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Silverstone Northamptonshire, U.K. press car, being sold by actor Steve Coogan, who’s owned it since 2011, although that doesn’t appear to have loaded the price by much. Top money for one of these was £300k ($373k) for “The Persuaders” car; usual price about £120k-plus ($149k-plus). A good gauge of where a really nice DBS V8 is today—holding steady at about two-thirds the price of a DB6. #239-1983 TALBOT SUNBEAM LO- TUS S2 hatchback. S/N TD4CYBL424976. Moonstone Blue/black & gray striped cloth. RHD. Odo: 7,998 miles. Very original and unrestored with low mileage. Steering wheel wrapped in plastic. Even the seat cloth, which usually wrinkles just by looking at it sternly, hasn’t had the chance to go baggy. Engine bay super-clean, all factory stickers still in place. Still on its original Cinturatos. You wouldn’t want to drive on them, but it’ll please the concours crowd. A time-warp car. Cond: 1-. from spares, and the value of the real Group B cars is in their history and provenance. So as an unused, standard original, it’s best left as a talking point, which leaves a very limited market. #422-1988 FORD SIERRA RS500 Cosworth Rouse racer. S/N AREKAL0988. Blue & white/black cloth. RHD. Group A (which means near standard...right!) racer built and run in period by front-running team Rouse, later raced in Asia and Australia. Won New Zealand Endurance Championship 1996. Good all around; restored to original livery. Steel roll cage dates from 1994. Cond: 2-. September 2016 (£73,120/$97,145; SCM# 6804846), though that’s still four times the money of a merely “very good” example. #240-1985 RENAULT R5 Turbo 2 Evo- lution hatchback. S/N VF1822100F0010123. Red/orange leather & velour. Odo: 87,888 km. Rare (one of 200) Evolution version of 5 Turbo for Group B Maxi homologation. Very good all around, with no scuffs or scrapes. Body plastics all okay and mad, striped-velour seat inserts are unworn. Motor said to have been rebuilt at some point, which is wise. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $64,306. Bought by the vendor in 1988 with 7,000 miles, evidently little used since. Very strong money—more than an RS1600, when these are usually cheaper than Mexicos—but find another like this. #241-1985 MG METRO 6R4 hatchback. S/N SAXXRWNP7AD570189. White/gray velour. RHD. Odo: 7 miles. Unused Group B homologation-special rally car in base Clubman spec. Plastic wrapping still on seats; most of the rest of it still wax coated. Of the seven miles clocked, two are said to have been while running on stands. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $211,246. Bought by the vendor from a Bathurst museum in 1993 to race in New Zealand, having been raced in Asia after it left the U.K. after the ’88 season. These things are widely replicated (okay, “faked”), but Silverstone boss Nick Whale said he remembers racing against this actual car back in the day. Following a no-sale at least year’s Silverstone Classic at $214,117 (SCM# 6881146), talked up to £135k ($168k) with no real bids on the day, but later declared sold post-auction for a mid-estimate figure. FRENCH #232-1973 CITROËN D SUPER 5 sedan. S/N 4537095. White/orange velour. RHD. Odo: 60,013 miles. Well-known concours “Goddess,” complete with bulging trophy cabinets. Perfect (which renders it practically unusable)...except model itself is an odd choice, as Super 5—although the best-specced of the three base models—is ID-derived with less inbuilt cleverness than the DS. All tools present and rides on period-style Michelin XASs. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $100,652. Recently imported from France. 18221 chassis number (rather than 18220) is the holy grail for R5 Turbo fanciers, hence the elevated price, approximately 25% more than a regular 18220. GERMAN #435-1953 MERCEDES-BENZ 300B Cabriolet D. S/N 1860143501890. Black/ black cloth/red leather. RHD. Odo: 18,457 miles. 300B cab, magnificently (and massively) restored. Paint is deep and shiny though there are marks under the chrome on the rear bumper and number-plate plinth, and taillights are slightly on the slant. Leather, carpets and timber still as-new. Motor looks perfect, with period-style black battery. Only a few braided hoses look non-factory. Suspension appears to have settled and leveled up since last time we saw it. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $211,246. Bought from Austin Rover in 1986, in the Donington Museum 1996–2002 until bought by the second owner. Not sold against an estimate of £200k–£240k ($245k–$298k). Later advertised with a buy-itnow price of £230k ($285k). There’s very little you can do with these except for hillclimbs, in which case you’re better off building one up 120 SOLD AT $76,887. Offered at no reserve with 16 other cars from the collection of “a gentleman,” and sold for a bit less than last time Silverstone handled it at Blenheim Palace on SOLD AT $211,250. Delivered to London; said to be one of only seven Mercedes-Benz sold in right-hand drive during 1953–54. Offered but not sold by Silverstone at Salon Privé 2017, then not sold at Bonhams’ 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed sale (SCM# 6877064). Offered at RM Sotheby’s Battersea September 2018 at no reserve with 18,422 miles and appeared sold at half the top estimate of £180k ($231k). Originally the quoted Sports Car Market


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Silverstone Northamptonshire, U.K. sold price with premium was £92k ($117,950); later amended to “sold after auction” (SCM# 6877774). Here it was apparently bid up to £170k ($211k), not sold on the day, against a £200k ($249k) lower estimate, near where usually lurks the reserve, but later declared sold again at an unspecified price... so we’ll never know exactly what it fetched, but you can bet it was much less than the owner was hoping for, in both cases. TOP 10 No. 1 #220-1954 MERCEDES-BENZ 300SL Gullwing. S/N 1980404500118. Red/brown leather. Odo: 78,694 miles. Bellypan car, originally silver. Fair older restoration: panel fits good and bumpers straight, leather shiny and well settled-in. Sports camshaft and stainless exhaust. Injection pump rebuilt by HK Engineering in 2017. Now with electric power steering. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $37,046. The right money for the best model in a great color. #224-1974 BMW 2002 Turbo 2-dr sedan. S/N 4291079. Silver/black vinyl. Odo: 7,001 miles. Fair order, straight and all brightwork good. Interior mostly unworn, vinyl worn shiny. Later Alpina alloys and 205-section tires. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $1,034,484. Supplied in New York. Imported from Arizona in 1989, then owned by Lotus Team Manager Peter Warr. From the same ownership as the 300SL Roadster (s/n 19804228500215) that Silverstone sold for £860,625 ($1,116,813) at this sale last year. Hammered at a fair price £100k ($124k) behind the rather hopeful £850k ($1.056m) lower estimate—to applause, as the usual Silverstone audience had probably never seen a Gullwing before. #462-1966 MERCEDES-BENZ 230SL convertible. S/N 11304220009102. Ivory/tan leather. RHD. Odo: 17,392 miles. Older (2009) restoration with headlight swages missing, worn and well baggy leather, and in the words of the catalog, “would benefit from further detailing.” Or another restoration.... Cond: 3. SOLD AT $63,607. Book was clear at £38k ($48k) and it kept going. RR (20-valve) is most desirable of road quattros (lower-case “q” when talking about the AWD, which is still applicable here), beaten on collectibility factor perhaps only by very early press cars, which were the first quattros in Britain. But this is all the money in today’s market, helped by great spec, history and color. Well sold. #426-1991 PORSCHE 928 GT coupe. S/N WP0ZZZ92ZLS842375. Guards Red/ linen leather. RHD. Odo: 25,979 miles. (Almost) the ultimate development of the mighty 928. Very original and in very good, clean order with low mileage. Equipped with the desirable 5-speed manual transmission. Alloys unscuffed, leather lightly creased in front, unworn in rear. Stored 1998–2009. Full service history. Ticks all the boxes. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $88,071. German-market car, then in Spain for 20 years before arriving in the U.K. in 2015. From the 17-car collection of “a gentleman,” offered at no reserve. Sold right for market and condition. #460-1989 PORSCHE 911 Turbo coupe. S/N WP0ZZZ93ZKS000414. Black/cream leather. RHD. Odo: 56,165 miles. Late 930 with 5-speed, plus SE rear arch vents. Superclean with lowish mileage and full history. Leather only lightly creased, with color worn off some of the piping; rear seats look basically unused, as usual. Cond: 2. #259-1973 BMW 2002 TII 2-dr sedan. S/N 2751826. Golf Yellow/black vinyl, houndstooth velour. RHD. Older restoration (1991– 96) of round-light car in original Golf Yellow. Still in super condition with front wings and inner structure all very good—lots of Waxoyl must have helped. Seat retrim looks recent. Minilite-type wheels and twin-outlet exhaust fitted. Cond: 2. even with slightly unfortunate interior color. Well sold. #404-1990 AUDI QUATTRO coupe. S/N WAUZZZ85ZLA000568. Tornado Red/black leather. RHD. Odo: 64,688 miles. RR Quattro, very clean and tidy. Interior all good, with seat leather only lightly creased. Near concoursquality under bonnet. With books and full main VAG agent service history. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $83,877. Sold to a phone bidder. Finally, these rock-hard supercruisers are commanding the sort of money that they deserve. This, or a rough 308 GTB? Wisely bought. #208-1992 FORD ESCORT RS SOLD AT $61,510. In vendor’s hands for 36 years, two owners previously. No real bids on the day, but declared sold post-auction for £49,500, which is project money for a Pagoda. I guess you’d call this a fair deal both ways. December 2019 SOLD AT $114,632. Best model but still appears to be commanding a 2018 price here, Cosworth Lux hatchback. S/N WF0BXXGKABNC85079. White/black leather. RHD. Odo: 26,593 miles. Good, well-kept original order. “Lux” means leather (now lightly creased) and sunroof. Presented on a set of Borbet alloys, but original wheels with original-fit Pirelli P Zeroes are included. K&N air filter, custom tanks and some braided hoses fitted but original, removed parts are still with the car—important for collectors. Cond: 2. 121


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Silverstone Northamptonshire, U.K. it the hardest to live with on the road; perhaps why only 12,900 miles. So rarely on the market that it’s hard to gauge, but at this money, I suspect it sold about right. TOP 10 No. 9 #248-2010 MERCEDES-BENZ SLS AMG coupe. S/N WMX1973772A002780. Red/red & black leather. RHD. Odo: 690 miles. Almost as-new with minimal mileage, which often appears to be the fate or these modern supercars. Seats look unused. Last serviced fewer than 100 miles ago. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $55,918. Where Escort Cossies are now—down a bit. Quite well sold for the right variant in slightly the wrong color. #221-1992 VOLKSWAGEN GOLF GTi Sportline convertible. S/N WVWZZZ15ZMK029570. Red/black vinyl/gray velour. RHD. Odo: 20,878 miles. Good, low-mileage order, one of 449. By 1992 the Mk II Golf had arrived, but there was no convertible version. So VW stuck with the Karmann-chopped Mk I to continue offering a ragtop, which has a hilariously tiny trunk. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $253,029. Second of the Gullwings. Strong money paid by the same party that bought the W198. ITALIAN #418-1966 ALFA ROMEO GIULIA SOLD AT $34,250. From a 17-car collection (“property of a gentleman”), all offered at no reserve. Good money, but not as stupendous as the Mk I hatch that Silverstone sold last year for approximately the same; you would usually expect the convertible version to do around 25% more. #417-1995 FORD ESCORT RS Cosworth Motorsport hatchback. S/N WF0BXXGKABSK93726. Blue/gray velour. RHD. Odo: 12,905 miles. Big-turbo, factorybuilt car without sunroof, power windows or a/c. Basic interior as it was all going to be ripped out anyway to make these into rally cars. Clean and original top and bottom, and no signs it’s ever been used in competition, or even a wet road. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $93,663. On sale at £65k ($82k) and hammered to a phone bidder £2k ($2,500) later. The right money...but we’re in SS territory here, making the coupe look an even more attractive buy. #203-1972 LANCIA FULVIA HF 1600 SOLD AT $84,577. One of 2,500, with this owner since 1997. Most collectible spec makes 122 Series II 2-dr sedan. S/N 8187413916. Red/ black vinyl. RHD. Odo: 29,326 miles. Good, recently restored Series II. Originally brown, has been white, but red since 2017. According to a former owner it’s a repaired write-off. Newish leather seats, dash good. Motor clean and tidy, with high-torque modern starter and foam filters replacing airbox. Cond: 2-. Sports Car Market GTC convertible. S/N AR760043. Red/black vinyl. RHD. Odo: 94,000 miles. One of 99 right-handers, of 998 produced, originally Verde with a tan interior. Older (mid-’80s) restoration holding up well, still straight and nice and shiny. Retrim is newer, still all good. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $48,928. Owned by the late Barrie “Whizzo” Williams for the past three years. It owed him about £60k ($75k) after much fettling to get it right. Sold very well for a Fulvia, even an HF 1600. I understand all proceeds are going to The British Racing Drivers’ Club. #242-1975 ALFA ROMEO MONTREAL coupe. S/N 1440248. Metallic green/tan leather. RHD. Excellent all around; last painted in 2010 and presents very well. Restored back to its original color (was red) along with some developments and improvements Alfa never had time for. Some interior parts handmade in metal to replace original plastic. Harvey Bailey handling kit, Wilwood 4-pot front calipers (originals retained), oneinch-larger diameter wheels and improved water-pump bearing. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $87,373. Was in the Patrick Collection until 1993. Strongest price we’ve seen for a Montreal since 2016; well sold, but all those mods don’t come cheap. TOP 10 No. 5 #427-2018 FERRARI CALIFORNIA T 70th Anniversary Edition convertible. S/N ZFF77XJC000229766. Bi- anco Italia/red leather. RHD. Odo: 78 miles. From Ferrari’s Tailor Made program, livery number 54 celebrates the most successful F40 racer (chassis 08742). Said to be one of five finished in these colors, and the only righthander. Also has red brake calipers, carbon exterior sill kicks, handling package, aluminum driver’s and passenger’s footrests. Tiny mileage. Cond: 1-.


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Silverstone Northamptonshire, U.K. SOLD AT $335,508. Sold on the phone just a little behind the lower estimate; with premium, splits the lower and upper estimate figures nicely. JAPANESE #436-1992 HONDA NSX coupe. S/N JHMNA12600T001034. Silver/black leather. RHD. Odo: 39,000 miles. What you guys call an Acura, I think. Good, clean U.K.-supplied car. Usefully small mileage with full service history. Leather only lightly worn and spacesaver spare unused. Shame it’s an auto... Cond: 2-. good with decent paint and interior. No top to speak of. Cond: 2-. Panhard rod on rear, bucket seats, aftermarket gauges. Front discs are off a later Australian Falcon, with remote servo. Solid and tidy but some ways off concours. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $31,455. Came to the U.K. in 1990. Quite strong money for a Falcon, although looks like a good value against a similarly propelled Mustang. Not the most economical basis for a racer, as you’d have to ditch the 5-speed and the supercharger. So...quite well sold. SOLD AT $55,918. Not sure what modifying cars does to their value at home but it almost always knocks the value back in Europe, which was the case here. A really nice manual C1 might have been expected to do about 10% more than this, if left stock. SOLD AT $41,939. Half the price of a Ferrari 308/328 and a much better car—even with the auto, which is nowhere near as sophisticated as today’s automated manuals. A good buy at £2k ($2,500) under lower estimate. #445-1999 HONDA NSX Type S coupe. S/N NA21000176. Silver/black leather, orange cloth. RHD. Odo: 94,545 km. One of 248 Type S models built for the home market, somewhere between standard and Type R. Super-clean original condition; only the driver’s side Recaro shows wear, on the cloth center panel. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $29,357. Imported to the U.K. 2014. Offered at no reserve and fetched the right money for a ’65 convertible in today’s market. The few anomalies could be put right to return it to ’64½ spec, which should increase its value—although not, sadly, in the U.K., where only “Bullitt” clones receive any real interest. SOLD AT $100,652. Roughly the same price as a tidy Ferrari 328. And no comparison... buyer was sensible to snap it up at £3k ($3,700) under lower estimate. Still cheaper than a 911 GT3. AMERICAN #405-1961 CHEVROLET CORVETTE custom convertible. S/N 10867S104717. Polo White & silver/red vinyl. 283-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. No mention of engine’s horsepower rating anywhere; can’t make out engine stampings. Resto-mod with C5 front suspension (although rear end is still a live axle on leaf springs with drum brakes), original clip and wheels come with car. Rear of chassis has been welded. Electronic ignition. Cosmetically 124 SOLD AT $64,203. Owned for 45 years by Steve Ouvaroff of The American Car Centre. Stalled at £46k (“one bid and it’s yours”) but post-sale declared sold for presumably the same amount. Fair price in today’s market and, as ever, good value compared with an E-type of the same vintage. © Sports Car Market #458-1964 FORD FALCON Sprint 2-dr hard top. S/N 4R13F132537. Red & gold/ black vinyl & velour. Not a racer, although it’s painted up in Alan Mann colors, but presented as a fast road car with Paxton blower and 5-speed Tremec box. “Mustang drop” on front, #218-1964 FORD MUSTANG convertible. S/N 5F08 F193050. Red/white vinyl/white vinyl. RHD. 289-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Early (said to date from July 1964) convertible, all there but with a few non-standard details, such as air filter, oil bottle as coolant catch tank, and racing stripes, that look out of place. Ugly orange flashers tacked on to the back. Now a 289 with alternator (and 289 badges) but still “GEN” light and single-outlet exhaust. Wheels look like 14-inchers; earliest Mustangs used 13s. Cond: 3+. #429-1965 EXCALIBUR SS roadster. S/N 1006. Maroon/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 6,524 miles. Early Excalibur (sixth SS built) and almost elegant, as Brooks Stevens intended, with engine-turned dash. Fair condition with original paint getting slightly tired around the front suspension. Seat vinyl holding up well, original vinyl top and even U.S. Royal Super Safety tires, which look ancient and, given the mileage, might be the original fitment. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $68,344. First (briefly) owned by Tony Curtis, then in the Gilmore Museum until 2007. In the U.K. since 2008 and back to fight again, having not sold at $75,518 at Silverstone’s Heythrop Park sale in May (SCM# 6902401). But this time there was only a sole £55k commission bid and no interest in the room. #406-1966 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. S/N 194376S115600. Rally Red/black leather. Odo: 44,000 miles. 327-ci 350-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Very original and unrestored. May even be (mostly) original paint. Original leather. P48 cast-aluminum knockoff wheels refurbed. Cond: 3+.


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Worldwide Auctioneers Auburn, IN 2019 The Auburn Auction Said to be the last Tucker assembled from components to be a complete car, it also was the high sale of the auction at $990k Company Worldwide Auctioneers Date August 30–31, 2019 Location Auburn, IN Auctioneer Rod Egan Automotive lots sold/offered 75/91 Sales rate 82% Sales total $3,864,450 High sale 1948 Tucker 48 sedan, sold at $990,000 Buyer’s premium 10%, included in sold prices All proceeds going to the Mayo Clinic’s Cancer Research Center — 1948 Tucker 48 sedan, sold at $990,000 Report and photos by B. Mitchell Carlson Market opinions in italics A dozen years ago, when Worldwide Auctioneers first conducted an auction in the Auburn, IN, area during the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival over Labor Day weekend, a goal was to eventually have an auction facility of their own. With the closure of the Dean Kruse-founded World War II Victory Museum complex, Worldwide was able to secure the building earlier this year as their new headquarters, with sufficient room for conducting their catalog-style auctions. As this was their first auction held in the facility, things seemed to work well. All of the consignments were inside the building — even if some were in annexes that were somewhat hidden. Still, the actual mechanics of conducting the auction worked out well, helped by selling out of the catalog without any cars moving. Keeping once again with tradition, the first lot was the annual sale of the Catholic Charities Retired Senior Volunteer Program one-off quilt. Less traditional was Lot 44, the rights to the Cord trademark. While it would’ve been extremely poignant if Worldwide was still in the Cord building, the rights to the famous automotive marque were hammered sold here in the city the cars were originally built in for $88,000. 126 Auburn, IN As for cars, without the benefit of a large no-reserve collection like last year, this year did reasonably well. Actually, they were generally on par with past years. One thing that did do markedly better was the high-selling vehicle. The 1948 Tucker 48 sedan was billed as being what will likely be the last Tucker assembled from components into a complete car. Originally the Tuckermatic test chassis, the majority of the body was fabricated in recent years as part of making a whole car. This is why the $990,000 it sold for here is markedly less expensive than other Tucker sales in recent years. Still, it more than doubled last year’s top sale of a Ford GT prototype for $467,500. Larger groupings of automotive lots included a collection of slabside 1960s Lincoln Continentals the cars from the now-defunct g Twenties Auto Museum in West Virginia. Combined with the other Sales Totals consignments, just about any collector car interest was served here. They even had a couple of restored farm tractors, which went for $4,400 apiece. All in all, the move to the new digs is a big plus for Worldwide. Not only is it across the freeway from the RM Auctions Auburn Auction Park, it’s across the parking lot from the Early V8 Ford Museum. Here’s wishing Worldwide continued success in their new facility and looking forward to their next auction conducted here. ♦ $7m $6m $5m $4m $3m $2m $1m 0 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 Sports Car Market


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Worldwide Auctioneers Auburn, IN ENGLISH #69-1984 JAGUAR XJ-S V12 coupe. S/N SAJNV5844EC113856. Black/burgundy leather. Odo: 31,137 miles. Auction catalog called it a 1983, but the VIN is from 1984 and was stated as being a 1984 on the block. Also stated that indicated miles are correct since new. Average older repaint on most of the car, yet still has thick overspray on resonators. Moderate crazing on original cowl paint, with polishing compound embedded in cracks. Light pitting on most of chrome plating, moderate scuffing on stainless trim. Decent door fit. Washed-off engine bay is far from being detailed, but it’s not a train wreck. There is some additional wiring tie wrapped to crossbraces. Heavier wear and crazing on the driver’s seat bottom. Light carpeted floor mat has moderate wear. Occasional cracking in wood trim’s varnish. Otherwise, like-new interior trim. Cond: 3-. hicle a “Samba,” it’s fine by me. While this one was a pretty fine restoration (despite the whole modified-engine thing), the final bid was not far from being market correct. Yet considering that it sold at Mecum’s Denver auction in 2018 for $118,250 (SCM# 6872256) and didn’t sell at Mecum Indy this year ($120k, SCM# 6904202), there was a better chance of Dean Kruse stepping up to the block to auction this off than it getting cut loose and selling. on a special fuel blend, which is essentially Hexane—a highly volatile ring compound that is available from Mercedes-Benz in the 1-liter can. They will not run on modern gasoline, since they basically run off fumes sucked into the combustion chamber from a tray. When sold from the Guyton Collection this spring by RM Sotheby’s for $39,200 it was quite needy (SCM# 6902192) and seems to have spent the summer in rehab. Aside from displaying them in high-end Mercedes-Benz collectors and museums, there’s not much you can really do with these apart from using them as garage art. The reserve was off at $50k, and this sold well enough as more of a curiosity than a collectible—or even a car. #37-1965 VOLKSWAGEN TRANS- SOLD AT $4,950. There are few things in life that can be more dangerous than a pre-Fordera XJ-S V12 offered at no reserve. This one really comes off as sitting around rather than carefully stored. With just 31k miles on the clock, one wonders how long out of the 35 years of its existence it’s either been waiting to get serviced and/or waiting for parts. Bidding opened at $1,500 and from there bidders only paid attention to the odometer. GERMAN #49-1886 BENZ PATENT MOTORWAGEN John Bentley and Sons replica tourer. S/N 35. Dark green/black leather. Sold on a bill of sale. Has always been a display piece, mostly from collections in England before becoming part of the Guyton Collection of St. Louis, and has not run since 1996. No mention made otherwise if it was functional or not. Very good recent repaint. Brazing (hopefully) or filler (hopefully not) evident under repaint on top of cast-iron water jacket, where there was past damage. Aside from some light surface rust on portions of exposed gear teeth and unlubricated final drive chain, there’s minimal corrosion on any of exposed metal components. Rather, the brass and copper have been polished recently. New leather drive belt, lightly wrinkled leather on seat bottom. Recent varnish on woodwork is quite good. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $55,000. Built from 1986 to 1997, Bentley and Sons made Patentwagens—quality replicas with the blessing of MercedesBenz. Both real and replica cars even run 128 PORTER DeLuxe Samba 21-window microbus. S/N 246039611. Velvet Green & Pearl White/two-tone beige vinyl. Odo: 255 miles. Volkswagen Museum certificate verifies that it’s a U.S.-market van, delivered to the San Francisco area. Professional restoration two years ago, from top to bottom. New door and window seals, with selective replacement glass. Mostly reproduction brightwork—for what little the van has. Radial tires with wide whitewalls. Clean engine bay. Replacement larger displacement motor, with aftermarket air cleaner and degree-wheel crank pulley. Aftermarket exhaust system. Converted to a 12-volt, negative-ground electrical system (so now the starter motor has more power than the original engine). Fully reproduction interior of three rows of seats, rubber flooring, carpeted parcel shelf and headliner. Cond: 2. #52-1972 MERCEDES-BENZ 350SL convertible. S/N 10704412004752. Red/black cloth, black hard top/black MB-Tex. Odo: 20,344 miles. Very well-cared-for original paint, including wheel covers in correct black that matches the two tops. Early 1980s-vintage 205-14 Michelin X radials on all four corners. Chrome, alloy and stainless trim shows to have been regularly maintained over the decades, not redone after neglect. Original Mercedes a/c decal and 1980 Texas inspection sticker in windshield. Excellent original interior, with minimal wear, and what little soiling present is from dust. Period-correct Europeanmarket Blaupunkt multi-band radio. Period aftermarket cruise-control module mounted on turn-signal lever. Exhaust system retains its original dark gray coating, aside from where it was scraped on the bottom of resonator from a tall curb. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $28,050. Was consigned here last year, changed only with a few more miles on the clock now from shuffling it around. Back then it was declared sold at $38,500 (SCM# 6878837). Any way you look at it, it’s very strong money for a first-year R107 SL—even factoring the low miles and color. #65-1973 VOLKSWAGEN TRANS- NOT SOLD AT $110,000. I’m usually one not to call any first-gen Type II van with windows a Samba at the drop of a hat, but when the official VW historical record calls a ve- PORTER Westfalia Camper microbus. S/N 2332174559. Orange & white/tan canvas, white fiberglass/cream & tan vinyl. Odo: 94,655 miles. Average repaint, with the windshield seal masked off and with plenty of overspray on engine-bay wiring harnesses and brackets. Heavy surface rust and road grunge on undercarriage, so there wasn’t a bare-body restoration in its past. White overspray in door jambs. Sloppy masking around heavily weathered Westfalia tags just aft of right front wheelwell. All-reproduction brightwork, plus aftermarket front-door glass visors. Westfalia decal stripped off and not replaced on fiberglass pop-up, with good, original side curtains. Mix of original and refurbished cabinets and fixtures. Seats all re-covered in the same cream-with-burnt-orange-insert pattern, front and rear. New, period-style floral curtains and Sports Car Market


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Worldwide Auctioneers Auburn, IN Market Moment pad over the engine bay. Engine is generally stock and clean. Cond: 3+. Tom Wood ©2019, courtesy of RM Sotheby’s 1962 Trojan 200 Sold at $24,101 RM Sotheby’s, The Sáragga Collection, Monteira, PRT, September 21, 2019, Lot 104 Chassis number: 311198 instead is a Heinkel bubble car — a licensed version produced first in Dundalk, Northern Ireland, with all the attendant quality issues, and finally a Trojan when the production and rights moved to Trojan’s Croydon factory. The Trojan 200 started as a Heinkel Kabine, which Heinkel made from 1956 to ’58, using their I aircraft expertise to create a monocoque 3-wheeler powered by, in order, 174-cc, 204-cc and 198-cc air-cooled, 1-cylinder, 2-stroke engines, the last to skirt tax laws. The catalog describes the Trojan as a 3-wheeler. Don’t believe your lying eyes. Though you can count two wheels at the back as well as the front, Trojans were classified as 3-wheelers since the back wheels were close together without an intervening differential — another legal dodge. This car was made for export, and is left hook, which is actually a bonus. Heinkel, to avoid abusing patents by Isetta, left the dash and steering column in place when the large front door opened. The Brit right-hand-drive Trojans moved the steering column to the right but left the door hinges on the left, making getting in and out of them a contortionist’s dream. The driving experience is bone-shaking, and riding in what is essentially an upside-down fish- bowl with a 2-stroke is really loud with engine noise. Opening the top (which also serves as the emergency exit if the front door won’t open) may or may not help. On the plus side, it will hit nearly 60 miles per hour, and you will get 70 miles per gallon. The sale price was right in the range for the past decade, as there doesn’t seem to be much price growth. The Trojan 200 is a beautiful oddity to add to the garage and drive occasionally to Microcar events, all for a little more than car-collector pocket change. What’s not to like about this little Fokker — er, Heinkel, uh, Trojan? — Mark Wigginton can’t help myself. I see a bubble car and the first thing that comes into my mind is a punch line: “No, this Fokker was in a Messerschmitt.” Someday I’ll grow up. The photo of a 1962 Trojan 200 at the RM Sotheby’s Sáragga Collection auction triggered that evergreen giggle. And to the pedants out there, I know the Trojan is not a Messerschmitt, but SOLD AT $26,400. Last seen a couple of months ago, declared sold at $25,300 during Mecum’s Spring Classic in Indianapolis (SCM# 6902248), with only two more miles on it being the only thing that changed. (I fatfingered my earlier report; it was actually 94,653 miles back then—that’s like on the trailer and off the trailer.) Stated that it was selling here at no reserve, with an opening bid of $10k. It’s been staying in the range of its value, realistically dashing any hopes of catching someone who’s willing to pay silly money for it. Keep your eyes peeled—we’ll probably see it again. JAPANESE #24-1991 ACURA NSX coupe. S/N JH- 4NA113XTMT002490. Silver/black leather. Odo: 71,616 miles. Optional chrome wheels shod with older performance tires that have about a third of their tread left. Dealer-accessory CD changer. Aftermarket remote keyless entry, window tint film and ARK exhaust system. Well-cared-for original paint, well enough to still show some light orange peel on roof pillars and tops of front fenders. ID tag for the remote mounted over VIN tag on older replacement windshield. Good panel gaps. Interior wear is overall less than expected for 71k miles, but there’s still wear. Heaviest wear is glossy finish on steering-wheel-rim leather from use. Dusty undercarriage probably has never been washed off in 28 years. Engine bay never opened up for inspection, but the trunk is clean (as is the frunk). Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $45,100. I found it somewhere between interesting and annoying that whoever did the catalog write-up feels that the NSX influenced the Corvette to go mid-engine for 2020. Sorry, Zora Arkus-Duntov had begun preaching for it within GM before Honda’s engineers on the NSX were glimmers in their father’s eyes. Chalk it up as another example of how most everyone has gone mental over 130 Sports Car Market


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Worldwide Auctioneers Auburn, IN the C8. If anything, the NSX showed that you can have an “exotic” layout and it can still be a no-drama daily driver. Part of why minty examples are hard to find—the majority were used regularly, if not flogged. If not by the first owner, usually by the second and beyond. This one’s pretty much a darn nice used car, and as such sold about right. AMERICAN #8-1913 JACKSON OLYMPIC tourer. S/N 16705. Maroon & black/black leatherette/ black leather. RHD. Odo: 2,386 miles. Threeowner car, in generally original condition and stated that indicated miles are actual. Has a very old repaint, with cracking horizontally across body and along seams. Moderate flaking on tops of doors. Black paint on hood and fenders presents quite well. Nickel plating still quite presentable. All exposed wood in rather good shape—be it the dashboard, steeringwheel rim, or wood spokes in the wheels. Original 1913 Iowa licensing certificate still attached to dashboard, as is the Stewart speedometer. Original seats show moderate wear, but no tearing or seam splitting. Cloth cover over the top shows some heavier soiling but is serviceable. Light road dust on undercarriage, with clean brass grease cups. Title in transit. Cond: 3-. is painted just as well as the exposed tinwork, but has some light dust from very limited use. Engine is very clean. Stock, twin-ignition system. Seat upholstery shows no discernible wear. At least three different identifiable numbers are present on the car—including engine stamping. VIN taken from a stamped tag on frame by transmission. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $60,500. Absolutely a phantom build, the chassis originating from under a different body style. The only open bodies Chalmers offered on their lower-series Light Six this year were 5- and 7-passenger touring cars (with closed sedans and a coupe). Even on the top-end 60-hp Master Six, just the two open touring configurations were available. In a little less than a decade, the company that built this car was the start in the hands of Walter P. Chrysler to become his eponymous car company. Offered at no reserve, the best way to cut it loose as it’s a one of none, since it’s value is on its own island and based mostly on “I like it” in harmony with “I can afford it up to this much.” #29-1915 FORD MODEL T C-Cab de- SOLD AT $34,100. The original owner was an Iowan who was wealthy enough that he bought several new cars back in the teens, always seeking out what was the best car of the day. While he also owned Packard, Stutz and Cadillac cars of the era, it was not recorded how favorable (or not) he felt the Jackson was in the food chain. However, he kept the Jackson until his passing in the 1950s—so he either really liked it or disliked it to the point that he felt he could never get ahead on it if he sold it. Owner number three felt like they were ahead enough here to lift the reserve after the bidding dried up, yielding a realistic sale on a rather obscure car. #20-1915 CHALMERS LIGHT SIX raceabout. S/N 30A341. Eng. # 30A3481. Dark blue/black leather. Created from a standard-bodied car in the past few years, fitted with period-style bucket seats and monocle driver’s windscreen. Period Wire Wheel Corp. painted wheels, with worn Chalmers-logo hub emblems. Concours-quality workmanship throughout. Excellent paint quality. Plated fixtures are starting to dull ever so slightly, but look the part for being period. Undercarriage December 2019 livery. S/N SF3959PA. Red/black vinyl. Pennsylvania-assigned VIN, stamped on a brass Ford reproduction cowl tag. Restored to showquality in recent years in Coca-Cola livery. High-quality paintwork throughout the vehicle. Recently polished brass on radiator, windshield frame, matching Ford headlights, bulb horn, hubcaps and repro Boyce MotoMeter. Cowl lamps painted body color. Reproduction Firestone white tires, which were actually no longer used by the time this T was built. Reproduction white rubber floor mat cleaner and less yellowed than the tires. New black leather crank sling and front seat. Varnished wood inside cargo compartment, done to a far lesser quality than the outside. Additional steel brace added to rear door with a handle. Flamboyantly painted engine. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $29,700. These delivery-car bodies were actually a Ford-cataloged offering, dat- 131


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Worldwide Auctioneers Auburn, IN ing to when a delivery body top was first offered in 1905 on the Model C. However, it wasn’t available on the Model T until 1912— and only 1912—as a purpose-built body. As such, this 1915 chassis was not originally fitted with it. Still, this had a lot of eyeball appeal; I was hearing appreciative comments about it from folks I wouldn’t have expected it from. Little wonder then that it sold far better than a Model T with a replica body would otherwise be expected to do. #76-1925 FRANKLIN 10-C tourer. S/N 99113. Black/black leatherette/ black leather. Odo: 88,300 miles. Very old repaint, likely in the early to mid-1950s. It isn’t all bad, with limited edge chipping, but the grille shell is heavily chipped. Headlight lenses appear to have been painted over at some time—perhaps during WWII? Old tires on it have yellowed wide whitewalls. Clear varnished wood spokes on the wheels appear to be sound. Light pitting on bumpers, but they still look respectable. Original seat leather is rather dry and heavily torn, with pieces missing at driver’s position. 1950 through 1952 Glidden Tour completion badges on the dashboard. Rear seat and interior panels are just a bit better. Old replacement vinyl top still functional. Complete and stock underhood, even if it’s all dingy. Rotted-out exhaust system. Cond: 4-. BEST BUY SOLD AT $4,400. Out of all the cars consigned from the Roaring Twenties Museum, this Franklin was the real sleeper. Granted, it’s been sleeping for some time, but once it gets awakened, you’ll find out why the aircooled wonder of Syracuse, NY, was quite the car to have on those Glidden Tours nearly seven decades ago. At least you don’t have to worry about a ruptured water jacket from frozen coolant. Checking it out after it sold here at no reserve, the new owner already verified that the motor turns over and once it gets fresh gas and oil, will likely pop off and run. Flatout the cheapest you’ll probably ever see an open-bodied CCCA Full Classic that isn’t dead roadkill. Well bought. #46-1928 HUDSON SUPER SIX Series O Victoria 2-dr sedan. S/N 820889. Twotone light blue/light blue leatherette/dark blue velour. Odo: 80,133 miles. Acquired by the noted Hudson collector Eldon Hostetler in 1996 and restored shortly thereafter. Betterquality body- and paintwork, but not quite concours grade. Exposed holes on the sides of the hood over and under the louvers for the missing trim. For the trim that is on the car, all plating was redone to a decent standard. Dealer-accessory-style mesh grille guard over the body-color-painted radiator shutters. Top rear seam on vinyl roof is somewhat wavy. Non-period velour cloth looks like it was pulled from a bolt of fabric used in a 1979 Lincoln Collector’s Series Town Car, but does have good installation workmanship. Carpet fit is worth carping about, due to crude holes cut to clear the pedals. Older engine detailing, now starting to show discoloration from age and use. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $38,500. Sold last year as part of the Hostetler Collection liquidation that was conducted by Worldwide, then fetching $37,400 (SCM# 6876008). This color combination was reportedly chosen by Mrs. Hostetler, and is somewhat different than what you’d run into either now or back in the day—even with some of the garish color combinations in the pre-crash 1920s. It took some prodding and good-hearted ribbing from the auctioneer to get the eventual high-bidding dealer to move it up enough to get it sold here. I’m doubtful if there’s any money left here to be made, but if there is, the SCM Platinum buyer will suss it out—even if it has to go overseas, which may be the best bet. #75-1929 PEERLESS MODEL 6-61 se- dan. S/N C613789. Pastel Blue & black/black leatherette/brown mohair. Odo: 1,528 miles. Old average repaint over cracked, flaking original paint, which is still generally intact but muted. Heavier plating wear on radiator shell and headlight buckets. Period-accessory spotlight and fog lamps. Modern trailer taillights in plastic housings. Roof leatherette is in decent shape. Clear varnished wood wheel spokes seem to be stout enough to still do the job, but should still be checked before using the car. Ditto to tires, but new might be best. Replacement is a requirement for ratty interior upholstery. Steering wheel and gauge cluster are in pretty decent shape. Old engine repaint, now dusty and greasy. More of a fix-it-and-go approach to maintenance underhood—and that was at least half a century ago. Cond: 5+. SOLD AT $4,400. Another 1920s car from the Roaring Twenties Museum Collection offered at no reserve. Compared to its competitors Packard and Pierce-Arrow, the Peerless of “the three Ps of American luxury cars” from the 1920s tended to be the smallest of the triad. The larger Packards and Pierce-Arrows were the sales leaders in this rarified field. Little wonder that American luxury cars continued to grow before and after WWII to be leviathans by the mid-1970s—“luxury” equaled “large,” and not necessarily with better build quality. It’ll take quite a bit of work to get this 6-61 stylin’ again, but the potential is certainly there. 132 Sports Car Market


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Worldwide Auctioneers Auburn, IN #7-1931 WILLYS C113 Six pickup. S/N 98D6217. Green & black/black vinyl. Odo: 82,951 miles. Stated that it’s “all original,” but has sloppy masking on glass seals from a very old repaint. Masking demarcation between green and black paint a little better, although both colors have an overall rough finish and light chipping. Original plating is pretty much done. Blanking plate on the side of the cargo box where spare-tire bracket should be; typical work-truck dented box floor. Original seat vinyl is heavily cracked, dirty, and moldy in a few places. Door panels look like they were rattle-canned black in the 1960s. Majority of the tires on the ground are flat, but wood spokes for the multi-piece wheels seem to be solid enough to reuse. Grimy engine bay. Cond: 5+. gauges with bright lettering and originals with yellowed markings. Very tidy and stock underhood and on undercarriage, aside from rust seeping from between spring leaves. Cond: 2. this one apart. Last seen selling for $79,750 at RM’s Hershey auction last year (SCM# 6883935). Bidding here opened at $30k, with the reserve lifted at $52,500, fetching two more bids to sell. Certainly not used and worn to a 2019 Lincoln’s level of depreciation; more like a combination of selling well before and now bought well here from a motivated consignor. #84-1939 PACKARD SIX Series 1700 NOT SOLD AT $90,000. The Salon series was the top-level trim for Auburn in 1933—be it powered by a straight 8 or a V12. Salons also came standard with the Dual Ratio rear axle. While the color seems rather festive for the Depression Era, Auburn did go in big for bright, bold colors until their demise. When inspecting the car, $100k was the number that popped into my head on where this should be, and it not quite getting there seems to further that thought along. #11-1939 LINCOLN ZEPHYR convert- SOLD AT $6,050. Made in the troughs of the Great Depression, only 198 of these were built in 1931. Willys hurt so badly for sales that they made a deal with International Harvester to produce badge-engineered pickups and panels from mid-1932 into mid-1933 called the International D-1. IHC was impressed enough that they bought the tooling for this 6-cylinder engine and used it (with a few refinements) in their C-1, built in-house by IH from 1933 to 1936. Indeed, with further refinements, it soldiered on in the D-series from 1937 to ’40, and then formed the basis for the Green Diamond in the K and KB models through 1949. Also factoring in the 4-cylinder “Go Devil” engine from the Whippet, continuing in World War II Jeeps and post-war CJs, one can easily argue that Willys did one helluva job of designing engines. No knock on street rods, but this one is more worthy of a correct restoration, being sold well enough so that route will more likely be taken than any other. #15-1933 AUBURN 8-105 Salon convert- ible sedan. S/N 1317H. Light & dark green/ dark green cloth/dark green leather. Odo: 2,106 miles. Configured with dual sidemount spares with steel covers, Auburn-branded removable steel trunk, and chrome-plated artillery wheels. Restored in recent years to a rather good standard. Very good body prep and repaint in its original color combination. Good chrome replating but not show-quality. Some door handles sag from weak springs. Slightly wider door gaps facing the cowl, but otherwise good panel fit. Well-fitted modern Haartz cloth top. Well-upholstered seats and door panels. Carpet looks freshly installed and is in a modern, thicker pile. Mix of refurbished 134 ible. S/N H83062. Maroon/tan cloth/maroon leather. Odo: 10,181 miles. Fitted with Fordaccessory door-hinge-mounted mirrors and aftermarket spotlight. Period cowl-mounted antenna but no visible radio. Better-quality repaint done a few years ago as part of a decent restoration, now with only light polishing scratches. Good door and panel fit. Brightwork still quite good. Clean and stock underhood, just not what would be called detailed. Modern 6-volt battery, which tended to be on a charger more often than not. Newer semi-gloss black paint on rear axle than rest of undercarriage. Reproduction gauge faces, steeringwheel rim, shift knob and two control knobs. Speedometer needle looks like it was brushpainted over baked, original plastic. Minimal seat bottom and carpet wear. Cond: 2-. Club coupe. S/N B19774A. Maroon/tan broadcloth. Odo: 57,413 miles. Fitted with accessory clock and doughnut-pusher hood ornament. Decent repaint, now with some polishing scratches and more than polishing scratches on the A-pillars. Hood welting wasn’t masked off when the car was resprayed—unless you count having the hood shut as masking. Newer window rubber and glass to go in them. Reproduction tires have a few years on them, while the rims also have reproduction hubcaps and beauty rings. Decent older replating of most brightwork. Expertly reupholstered in the whole interior to match originality. Reproduction interior plastic knobs and fittings, restored gauges. Excellent woodgraining. Well-fitted carpet but in a thicker pile than stock. Rear jump seat configuration. So-so engine bay and undercarriage. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $25,000. Having owned a ’39 Packard Eight (or 120, depending on when in the model year it was built, as Packard shuffled the name mid-year), I can say that car’s straight 8 was adequate for highway driving. As for the Six (as the 110 name was not used at all in 1939), it was pretty much a runaround-town wheezy 6-banger that needed a deep rear-axle ratio, as it was hard pressed to hold its own at 45 mph on all but flat and straight highways. Six or Eight, this was also the first year for the troublesome column shift in all junior Packards (the tipping point for me to sell mine). Not all that far from Eight/120 money, this Six should’ve moved (slowly) down the road to someone else. #3-1940 BUICK SPECIAL Series 40 SOLD AT $59,400. While a lot of folks say the Zephyr (and 1940–48 Continental) was a unibody, it’s more correct to call it a bridgetruss integral frame. These actually do have a small square-tube chassis, but it got welded to the body as part of regular production. In theory, you could grind the welds off and separate body from frame (I know someone who has, to salvage a rusty body). No need to chop coupe. S/N 13703676. Black/gray broadcloth. Odo: 97,599 miles. Dual sidemount spares, with full steel covers. Very old color-change repaint from original medium blue, which doesn’t come off as being all that bad. Old, baked Roaring Twenties Car Museum bumper sticker on dull rear bumper chrome. Front bumper isn’t much better, nor is much of the remaining chrome. Clamp-on-door-frame rearview mirrors on both sides. 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Worldwide Auctioneers Auburn, IN don’t come off too bad and aren’t too different from the kick panels or headliner. Dash plastic is okay, but paint in the gauges is heavily crazed. Very dingy engine bay and undercarriage. Tailpipe rusted off midway down the car. Not stated if the car runs or not (assume not). Cond: 4-. lower selling price is logical compared to other Tucker sales in the past year. We’ve tracked it back to when it was the ultimate Tucker puzzle, selling at RM’s 2002 Novi, MI, auction for $31,350 (SCM# 1555871), to it being completed and offered at Auctions America’s 2016 Fort Lauderdale event, where it was a no-sale at $850k (SCM# 6799475). This time, it was sold with all proceeds going to the Mayo Clinic’s Cancer Research Center, so the charitable donation portion of it further separates its sale from the rest of the Tucker herd. Here, it was the top sale for Worldwide this weekend. #71-1948 PLAYBOY A48 retractable SOLD AT $7,345. As the old bumper sticker states, this was one of the cars from the Roaring Twenties Museum—and actually one of the better ones. It seems a bit odd for Buick to have a business coupe, with cardboard and vinyl paneling instead of a rear seat. Yet a lot of salesmen spent a lot of time on the road, and an entry-level Buick would not only be an upgrade from a commensurate Chevy, but would hold up a lot better to more regular use (with a full-pressure lubrication inline 8 and enough power versus the splash-lubricated Stovebolt Chevy that’s working hard running at extended highway speeds—even for 1940). A better car than it appears to be (even if it does need some work), and to paraphrase the ad copy of the time: When better 1940 Buicks are offered, Worldwide will sell them. #50-1948 TUCKER 48 sedan. S/N 1052. Dark red metallic/tan cloth. Odo: 402 miles. 335-ci H6, 2-bbl, 4-sp. Originally the test chassis for the Tuckermatic transmission. Original owner also sourced the front clip from a prototype that was wrecked in early testing, correct powertrain with manual transmission, and most NOS body components plus bumpers. Finished as a complete car after several key body parts were fabricated by Brian Joseph’s Classic & Exotic Service in 2015, and has made several concours appearances since. Excellent paint, good body panel gaps. Rough casting inside plated side grilles, but all chrome is quite good. Generally clean and well-detailed engine bay, yet with fuel staining on body of carburetor. Excellent authentic upholstery work, showing no discernible wear. Cond: 2. TOP 10 No. 2 hard top. S/N 2416010. Red/red vinyl. Odo: 31,234 miles. Stated that this example was bought from William Harrah in 1970 and had been in the Roaring Twenties Museum Collection since. By the looks of it, it hasn’t run at least since the transfer of ownership took place. Missing dashboard emblem shows that the car was originally painted blue, the ancient repaint pretty much having the tactility of 80grit sandpaper. If there originally was chrome, it’s been painted silver, although the door handles and rocker-panel trim are stainless. Horrid gaps on and around the retractable top’s folding panels. All other panels are not much better. Older recovered seat. Carpet is just plain nasty. Very dirty (in lieu of greasy) engine bay. Tires show obvious signs of being flat for extended periods. Cond: 5. the tin hood and fenders. Some waviness in hood indent for grille. Reproduction hood badge. Exhaust was also painted, but now has started to bake off‚yet not entirely like the exhaust manifold casting. All-new rubber— tires, shift knob, shift boot and linkage boots. New, correct ignition and battery, along with new drive cable for the tachometer. Reproduction vinyl seat cover. Bezel broken on ammeter and tach/speedometer needle is half broken off, but the rest of the gauges are in good shape. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $4,400. The new model NAA was introduced in 1953, the year that Ford celebrated their 50th anniversary. As such, all NAAs built that year had “GOLDEN JUBILEE MODEL” embossed on the outside rim of the grille badge. Since NAA production continued into 1954, the badge was modified with the verbiage removed and replaced with fourpointed stars. To nobody’s surprise, the 1953 NAAs with the Golden Jubilee badge are more desirable and worth more—although more of them were made. There were actually two Golden Jubilees sold back-to-back here. While both sold for the same amount, this one was the better buy, as the red paint color and grille guard were correct compared to the other tractor, and this one had fewer hours on it. Not cheap, but a good buy for a turn-key, correct tractor. SOLD AT $9,900. Built in the former Franklin Automobile factory in Buffalo, NY, from 1948 to 1951, with production short of 100 cars when the company went under. Like Powel Crosley, Playboy’s founder Lou Horowitz felt there was a need for a small car in post-war America; in the case of the Playboy, with some flair—as it had the first retractable hard top made in regular production in the U.S. However, unlike Crosley (who had a radio and appliance empire to financially back up his automotive dream), Horowitz was unable to get sufficient funding or dealership base. Some guesstimates put it around 40 surviving examples in all conditions, and this one is likely in the lower tier. At least it survived after a fashion for a dedicated individual to restore it. #6-1953 FORD NAA Golden Jubilee SOLD AT $990,000. Billed as “likely the last (Tucker) to be completed,” it’s also the most bitsa Tucker of them all. As such, the markedly 136 farm tractor. S/N NAA50160. Tomato Red & gray/red vinyl. MHD. Stated that the indicated 1,364 hours are actual, although it’s had a recent, concise restoration. Automotive-grade repaint on both chassis and powertrain, plus Sports Car Market TOP 10 No. 3 #33-1955 QUIN EPPERLY FUELINJECTION SPECIAL Indianapolis 500 Streamliner roadster. Red/brown leather. RHD. 270-ci fuel-injected I4, 4-sp. Developed with the input and intended use by Indy great Bill Vukovich. Was to be run in the 1955 Indy 500, but never ran there. Authentically restored in 1990 after sitting since 1956. Highly presentable repaint, with minimal lettering. Screws missing from underbody skirting. Originally intended to have a purposebuilt V8, it eventually was powered by the regular Meyer-Drake Offenhauser DOHC I4 that it has today. Engine is offset to the left side of the car, with the driver on the right— his left arm over the driveshaft tunnel and shifting the transmission. Seat and cockpit


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Worldwide Auctioneers Auburn, IN upholstery shows more wrinkling than wear, but comes off as vintage patina. Discolored bare-metal steering-wheel spokes. Moderate oxidation on original alloy wheels, shod with period Dunlop race tires. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $385,000. Intended to be the first streamlined Indy racer, but it wasn’t ready in time for the 1955 Indy 500. Vukovich was offered a 500 Kurtis to drive instead, in which “Vuky” was killed during the race. While most race cars that didn’t actually compete tend not to bring all that much money, the cast of characters involved with it (a venerable Who’s Who of Indy racing in the post-war era) meant that several folks stepped up to bid on it. Like any one-off that actually sells, it’s easy to say that it created its own market. (See profile, p. 80.) #19-1963 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL convertible. S/N 3Y86N413620. Inverness Green/white vinyl/white leather. Odo: 342 miles. 430-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Optional autodimming headlights, a/c, AM/FM radio, power vent windows and seat. Expertly restored by a marque specialist within the past few years, not yet shown or judged in any club events. Paint and chrome are all finished better than technically possible when the car was built. Panel fit is generally quite good, with minimal gap shifting around the top “flipper” panel. Expertly reupholstered seats and door panels reconditioned real wood trim. Concours-quality detailing in engine bay, with all-reproduction decals and all FoMoCo parts—allowing for a modern Motorcraft battery. Minimal road spray and all correct finishes on undercarriage, aside from a stainless-steel exhaust system that replicates the stock configuration. Cond: 1. glass, sidepipes, telescopic steering column, and AM/FM radio with power antenna. Seller states that indicated miles are actual and that the original owner had it for 41 years. Wears an average older repaint, which is cracking at the masking lines around the windshield, rear window frame and more. Cracking on and below the paint surface at the tops and bottoms of the A-pillar, sanding scratches under paint on roof pillars. Decent door fit. Slightly wavy rear bumpers. Seat vinyl shows minimal wear. Heavier scuffing on the left side of the glovebox door. Newer engine repaint, but only light cleanup on the rest of the under-hood components. Used-car undercarriage. Newer tires. Cond: 3. people never grow up. Rather, I find it more interesting that the two cars have VINs 20 spots apart, confirming to a lot of us Lincoln enthusiasts that L-P conversion-package cars built by Lincoln were done as batch builds. More interesting is that this is the 108th 1967 Lincoln built (the Elvis car was number 88), likely built on the first day of production. Offered at no reserve from one of the most knowledgeable experts on slab-side 1961–69 Lincolns; one can argue that the slight premium for general originality was slightly fluffed up by its early past. SOLD AT $46,200. This was one of the six no-reserve cars that were part of the Dakota Discoveries Automobilia Collection that were sold on Friday. While this mid-year was the top sale of the half dozen, it certainly wasn’t the nicest. While it might seem odd to have only six cars (and a Harley and a trailer) sold along with some collectibles over 24 hours before the main auction, that’s the handy thing about Worldwide’s new digs. Bidders could just take the causeway under I-69 and go back and forth between here and RM’s auction. As the hackneyed old saying goes, “You only need two bidders to have an auction”; don’t feel bad for the seller here—the car did well enough. #32-1967 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL SOLD AT $93,500. The consignor is one of the most knowledgeable experts on slab-side 1961–69 Lincolns, having restored several best of class examples in Lincoln & Continental Owners Club judging. His others were superb; this one was stunning. He told me that of all the cars he consigned here, this was the only one that he had a reserve on. “This is nice enough that I can afford to keep it if they don’t make it worth my effort to sell.” Well, with the bidding opening at $50k and eventually meeting the $85k reserve, at least two bidders knew that this was one of the best, most authentic, early generation slab-sides that’ll be on the market for some time. Certain to be an instant trophy magnet for the new owner. #1164-1966 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. S/N 194376S121554. Silver/dark blue vinyl. Odo: 40,591 miles. 327-ci 350-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Factory optional a/c, full tinted December 2019 Executive Lehmann-Peterson limousine. S/N 7Y80G800108. Silver/silver vinyl/black leather. Odo: 91,841 miles. 462-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Original build sheet shows it was originally sold new to Playboy Enterprises for use around the Chicago area. Options include power moonroofs—front and rear—plus twin spotlights, electric rear divider window, rear a/c and Motorola Pulsar radio telephone. Majority of paint resprayed a while back, but upper panels are original. Bottoms of mufflers are rotting out, and there is overall surface rust on all chassis components. Light scuffing on bumper chrome and stainless trim. Roof vinyl and interior leather are all original and in good shape. 1970s Panasonic color video player between the rear seats. Engine repainted and detailed, with mostly cleaned up and original ancillary components. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $29,700. Combined with the Elvis-owned 1967 L-P limo that I covered on the previous auction I attended—the Mecum sale in Monterey—I’m more than sick and damn tired of hearing variations on jokes about both cars related to shining a black light into them and DNA. Some #4-1982 AVANTI II coupe. S/N 12AAV1231C1003534. Light blue metallic/blue vinyl. Odo: 50,160 miles. 305-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Title stated it’s a 1981, but is 1982 model-year production. Old, cheap repaint cracking at masking lines (among other places). Heavier surface rust in cowl vent grille. Painted initials JPF on doors with so-so fit. Overall light scuffing on all trim and on chrome that isn’t pitted. Generally stock but scruffy under the hood. Aftermarket horn/siren mounted on right fender apron. Heavier surface rust on chassis and suspension, with rotted-out exhaust system. Original seat upholstery, with multiple seam splits and tears. Heavier carpet fading and wear. Aftermarket steering-wheel rim cover. 1990s-era in-dash AM/FM/cassette. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $3,850. This was built towards the end of the Newman-Altman era, the original company that made these continuation Avantis in South Bend, IN, starting in 1964. The original Studebaker-built Avanti (from late 1963 into early 1964) was hardly a hallmark of build quality, and the Avanti II didn’t really improve upon that either. Even when these have had caring owners, they tended to unwind easily, thanks to 1970s GM build quality of most components. This Avanti II was donated to the Studebaker National Museum (read that as they didn’t want the car, but sold it to get cash). By the time they got to $3,500, the auctioneer was all but begging for bids. The museum did about as well as possible for this beat-up plastic Camaro. © 137


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Bonhams Beaulieu, U.K. Imperial War Museum Spring 2019 Odd and useful? A Veteran of 30 London-to-Brighton Runs 1903 Miniature Velox sold for $63,663 Company Bonhams Date September 7, 2019 Location Beaulieu, U.K. Auctioneers Rob Hubbard, Sholto Gilbertson Automotive lots sold/offered 94/125 Sales rate 75% Sales total $3,623,427 High sale 1929 Bugatti Type 44 Harrington tourer, sold at $360,759 Buyer’s premium Many London-to-Brighton runs under its belt — 1903 Velox Motor Miniature Velox 3.5-hp tourer, sold at $63,663 15%, included in sold prices ($1.00 = £0.81) Report and photos by Paul Hardiman Market opinions in italics just wouldn’t fit in its entirety into its other sales but which draws a band of devotees, must of whom are on site for the weekend’s annual International Autojumble in the adjoining fields. Here you will find a mix of Edwardian magnifi- P 138 cence, restoration projects too far gone for most, and oddities. Rob Hubbard, now in charge of Bonhams’ new MPH venture, took over the rostrum for the first stint, but he hardly needed the practice, as he is fast turning into an accomplished auctioneer. Sholto Gilbertson took over for the last chunk of a biggish sale of 124 cars, one tractor and one Vanden Plas body (not included in statistics). Edwardian magnificence? That was the 1908 Napier 45hp limousine with appearances in a number of TV costume dramas under its wheels. Beautifully conserved rather than restored, which would be a massive job just in sheer acreage, it fetched $290k. lus ça change, plus c’est la même chose… In an evolving auction world there remains one constant: Bonhams’ annual visit to Beaulieu, offering a catalog that Too far gone, unless you were a gifted welder, was the 1959 Mini-Minor DeLuxe missing most of its floors. In the icon’s 60th year, the very early cars command a premium — but not this one, selling for just $7,074. Another project, a Ferrari Boxer 512 BBi, flood damaged by Hurricane Katrina, changed hands for $64k, but that included a new crate engine. Oddities? Take your pick from the 1903 Miniature Velox — actually a Beaulieu, U.K. useful Brighton Runner — at $63,663, the rare 1934 Siddeley Special with its all-Hiduminium 5-liter engine ($56,590), or even the very originallooking DUKW. That would have needed Sales Totals a tent to itself, and was a non-runner, so it was left outside: It’s not as if a spot of rain was going to affect it. The new owner, who obviously likes a challenge, paid just under $54k. Sure, prices were mostly down a bit, but we’ve acclimatized to that now. The market’s traditional ebb and flow over time is really no more than a gentle swell in the bigger picture here in this yearly oasis of old-car enthusiasm in the New Forest. The Beaulieu sale, like the Autojumble, appears to rumble on unaffected by changing fashions. And long may that continue. ♦ $6m $5m $4m $3m $2m $1m 0 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 Sports Car Market


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Bonhams Beaulieu, U.K. AUSTRIAN #608-1975 STEYR-PUCH PINZGAUER 710M utility. S/N 5704859. Green/brown vinyl. Older-restored, soft-top Series I Pinzi (think of it as a baby Tatra truck, or even a massive Haflinger, sharing same spine-tube/ all-wheel-drive chassis layout, with air-cooled engine), in fair order. Sideways-facing bench seats to rear. Cond: 3+. Brighton runs in this ownership (since 1970, apart from a short break). Sold for about the same as an L2BR De Dion Vis-à-vis. #664-1908 NAPIER 45HP Type 23 open-drive limousine. S/N 4160. Black/black leather, gray cloth. RHD. Massive, imposing, rather magnificent and very original. Sensitively conserved rather than fully restored. Distressed seat leather in front, rear compartment cord upholstery much better. Later fenders fitted, and later Zenith carburetor. Nice gauges including Elliott speedo, good plating to headlights and radiator shell. Cond: 3. TOP 10 No. 8 Sports were over £100k ($134k) a couple of years ago, and this still might be if it had a more ambitious engine, but it was still given pole position in front of the rostrum. High bid of £82k ($101k) was “not quite enough” on the day, but later declared sold at £91,666. #700-1928 ROLLS-ROYCE 20HP lim- SOLD AT $20,514. Bought as the ultimate accessory for a country estate but never used. Sold in the room for not mad money when you look at Landie prices—and it can carry 10. ENGLISH #631-1903 VELOX MOTOR MINIA- TURE VELOX 3.5-hp tourer. S/N 1327. Red/black vinyl. RHD. Tiny Veteran, thought to be one of 21 built and believed the only one left. Resurrected in ’70s with replica wings and De Dion-type engine. VIN indicated is engine number. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $290,022. Well-known car, in onefamily’s ownership from 1914 until 2002, when it was bought by Bill Fone, then the treasurer of the VSCC, at a Bonhams’ Hendon, London, auction. More recently has appeared in U.K. period dramas “Downton Abbey” and “Peaky Blinders.” A battle between bidders in the room and on the phone eventually went to a phone bidder, a little behind lower estimate. #663-1926 FRAZER NASH 1½ LITRE SOLD AT $63,663. Has done 30 London-to- tourer. S/N 1081. Aluminum/brown leather. RHD. Super VSCC-type “chain gang” sports car with Anzani side-valve engine (as fitted after 1925), now with Phoenix crank and shell bearings (instead of white metal). Wide front axle fitted in 1932. Good, straight 3-seater body including bellypan. Beautifully patinated leather. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $112,769. In this ownership since 1977, which is not unusual as owners tend to hang on to them once they acquire them. Which keeps the price up.... Super SOLD AT $27,587. Apparently in storage from 1939 to 2012. Sold at H&H Duxford in March 2018 for $33,209 (SCM# 6867954). On the money for condition but eminently usable. I’d just wipe it over with an oily rag and use it as-is, as even a decent repaint would probably put you underwater, as the vendor probably discovered before taking a small loss. By comparison, a restored 1927 20HP with slightly smaller six-light saloon body by H.J. Mulliner took a bit less at $24,050 (Lot 696). #603-1936 AUSTIN SEVEN Special “Sacre Bleu” racer. S/N 253784. Blue & aluminum/blue vinyl. RHD. Well-known racing special built in the ’50s and extensively developed over the years. Crashed, abandoned, recommissioned in the mid-’90s. Wellbuilt body with a few small marks in aluminum. In generally good order throughout, with new-looking seat vinyl. Little used since 2009. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $24,758. Between 2007 and 2009 it was owned by Simon Toft, son of one of the builders, and sold at a Bonhams Goodwood sale in 2009 for $16,871 (SCM# 1644833); mostly in storage since. Last time that wasn’t an unusual price, but this time it sold well over the odds for a 140 Sports Car Market ousine. S/N GWL22. Various/black leather, beige cord. RHD. Fabulously original. Partially stripped of paint and radiator shell is dulled, but doors still fit beautifully. Apparently it’s running and driving well, evidenced by fresh plugs and modern coil. Leather is still decent. Cond: 3-.


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Bonhams Beaulieu, U.K. ran 10 years ago and “requires recommissioning,” as motor has been drained of coolant but still turns. Mixture of vinyl and canvas seats ripped and torn. Unregistered. Cond: 3. Seven Special, which are typically within the estimate range of £8k–£12k ($10k–$15k). #612-1937 ALVIS 4.3 LITRE Short Chassis drophead coupe. S/N 13182. Gray/ blue cloth/blue leather. RHD. Older (early ’90s) restoration with new ash frame under original aluminum skin but still looks very original. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $53,760. Used as an RAF training vehicle 1966–81. Sold on behalf of a British Army charity, for the expected money, with 20% VAT to pay on top of the auction price if it stays within the E.U. (which, of course, wouldn’t have applied in the U.K. after October...). #643-1952 JAGUAR XK 120 Broadsport coupe. S/N 679941. Black/brown leather. RHD. Restored and upgraded by Fender Broad, along with conversion from left- to right-hand drive. Very straight body and shiny paint; leather and timber excellent. Now with 4.2 motor, 5-speed Getrag, LSD, rack-andpinion steering, discs all around and electric fan on thick aluminum radiator. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $155,622. In the U.S. from 1954 to ’89. Not huge money for a 4.3 Alvis, but then the gawky body (in a drab color) isn’t the most attractive style to appear on one of these. #722-1938 MG TA Tickford drophead coupe. S/N TA2654. Black/black cloth/red leather. RHD. Appears fresh and sharp following 2002–03 restoration, with paint still shiny and interior like-new. Not original engine. Lots spent on recent recommissioning. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $93,373. Originally black with red leather, supplied new in Los Angeles. All those mods are nice to have and they make the car easier to drive and to live with, but experience has shown that they don’t translate into extra value at sale time. This was a relative steal, at a little less money than a tidy, stock car, and you’d struggle to repeat it for twice the price. #715-1959 MORRIS MINI Minor De SOLD AT $37,915. TA is quite a rare thing, so fetches more than a post-war TC or TD, but Tickford body makes it rarer still. It was stored after restoration, so it’s effectively a fresh car—making the money paid look a pretty good deal for the buyer. #703-1942 GMC DUKW Amphibious utility. S/N 3535039. Green/black vinyl, brown canvas. Odo: 1,215 miles. Looks to be all there, complete and original. However, last 142 Luxe project 2-dr sedan. S/N MA2S41559. Red/gray vinyl. RHD. Odo: 75,508 miles. “A prime candidate for sympathetic restoration.” Ah, English understatement at its most oblique. It’s rotten, with footwells mostly missing and little left to weld to. Shell could be saved at great expense if you really know what you’re doing, but it’s good mostly for parts. Some of original interior survives. Cond: 5. SOLD AT $7,074. Supplied new on the Isle of Wight; replacement engine fitted quite early in its life. So why is it sale-worthy at all? It’s from early in the first year of production, and in nice, running condition might command about £25k ($31k), although you’d never get it there without going underwater. Someone will attempt to preserve it, even if that means jacking up the chassis plate and sliding a new car under it...and for that we should be grateful. #638-1964 MORRIS MINI Sprint con- vertible. S/N MA2S4244258. Tweed gray/ black canvas/blue leather. RHD. Odo: 80,209 miles. Early example of BMC-approved Crayford convertible conversion. Restored (2015– 16) and very sharp; interior looks unused, with Les Leston steering wheel and new vinyl to period Microcell bucket seats. Now with 998 Cooper engine, wheels (with period-correct Dunlop SP Sport tires) and front discs. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $26,173. Sold for about the price of a non-S 998 Cooper...which feels about right. #694-1964 MORRIS MINI Cooper 970S Taurus 2-dr sedan. S/N KA2S4550737. Gray/black & gray vinyl. RHD. Odo: 53,398 miles. Beautifully restored (late ’90s) and presented, loaded with period extras by Taurus Engineering. Motor bored to 999 cc. Mk II Cooper S all-synchromesh transmission, period rose-petal alloys, period Taurus contour bucket seat for driver, Paddy Hopkirk throttlepedal extension. Just lovely. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $30,750. I can’t believe it Sports Car Market


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Bonhams Beaulieu, U.K. didn’t sell, bidding only to £25k against a bottom ask (which looked fair for a rare, tuned Mk I Mini) of £32k ($39,365). FRENCH #630-1909 RENAULT TYPE AX tourer. S/N 5271. Green/black leather. RHD. AX is one of the most successful and numerous of the pre-WWI Renaults, this one possibly bodied by Rippon. Good all around, now with flashing indicators. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $360,759. Supplied as a rolling chassis in London, by 1938 it was in the U.S., and came back to the U.K. in 1988. In this ownership since 2010. Hammered mid-estimate and sold right where required. GERMAN #636-1966 VOLKSWAGEN BEETLE 2-dr sedan. S/N 1161016262. Blue/white vinyl. RHD. Odo: 27,773 miles. From first year of 1300 production. Clean and tidy. Lowish mileage and unusual to find one left so stock. SOLD AT $36,783. Traditional Bonhams Beaulieu fare. Bought from the Edgar Pilkington dispersal sale in 1986, in the vendor’s hands since 2008. Sold well—way over estimate, at about half the price of a Brighton Run-eligible De Dion Vis-à-vis. #618-1929 BUGATTI TYPE 44 tourer. S/N 44923. Maroon & black/ black cloth/red leather. RHD. One of two known surviving Harrington tourers, in good order all around, with original body frame. Fabric covering in good shape, seat leather not worn (retrimmed in late ’80s or early ’90s), nice nickel to undinged radiator TOP 10 No. 4 SOLD AT $12,733. On showroom display for many years and not registered until 1998. Has obviously been outside the U.K. and will need re-registering. Hammered £2k ($2,500) behind lower estimate...shades of 2017/2018 all over again, but I’d call it a fair sale. ITALIAN #651-1963 MASERATI SEBRING Series I project coupe. S/N AM1010247. Metallic Maroon/cream leather. Odo: 27,108 km. Dusty but not too rusty (I hope) project, still with its fuel-injection system on non-original engine. Ancient Cinturatos suggest when it might have last run. Has already received new sills: inner and outer on left, right side is incomplete, surface rusted and probably wants doing again. Interior mostly all there, with temperature gauge and a couple of switches missing. Leather doesn’t look too bad and probably savable. Shifter missing but looks like a manual. Cond: 4. shell. Now with electric fuel pump and Carter carburetor. Cond: 3+. Probably repainted externally, but interior lasting well with very little wear. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $10,611. From the same collection as the 1977 1200, and also a former showroom display car, this struggled at £5,000 ($6,151) until rescued by a £7,000 ($8,611) bid online before a phone took it at £7,500 ($9,227), a little way behind the lower estimate but just enough. Last sold by H&H in Buxton back in November 2006 with 26,700 miles for $8,438 (SCM# 1568438). #635-1977 VOLKSWAGEN BEETLE 2-dr sedan. S/N 1182001513. Blue/blue cloth & vinyl. RHD. Odo: 3,618 miles. From last year of European production. Condition commensurate with very low mileage. Steering wheel wrapped, U.S.-style. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $50,931. Supplied new to Switzerland via importer Martinelli & Sonvico but 144 Sports Car Market


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Bonhams Beaulieu, U.K. believed to have come from the U.S. In this ownership since 1992. If it’s not rotten—who knows what lies within—probably could be restored and put back on the road for within its market value of £150k/$200k or so. #609-1984 FERRARI 512 BBi project coupe. S/N ZFFJA09B000049897. Silver. Odo: 803 miles. Restoration project, but body looks all straight, unrusty, and partly reassembled. Includes new crate engine reputedly costing $40k, and $25k bill for transaxle rebuild. Known missing parts include seats, fuel tanks and exhausts, plus wiring. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $10,826. In the U.S. until 1994. Not got away on the day at a high bid of £7,200 ($8,858) that was “not enough,” but later declared sold at £8,800, which equates to an accepted bid of £7,650 ($9,411). It’s an oddity and although they have their following, the seller was probably right to cut it loose. AMERICAN #704-1903 STANLEY MODEL A 6½-hp SOLD AT $63,663. Euro-model delivered new to the U.S. (as they were then, before conversion to EPA/DOT standards), flood damaged in Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Imported to the U.K. in 2014. Sold for the expected money on Mark Osborne’s phone, so may be going back to the U.S. It’s a gamble, but a handy sort of chap might possibly return this to the road for an outlay within its market value...oh yeah— you have to factor in mission creep. Sorry. SWEDISH #714-1971 SAAB SONETT III coupe. S/N 71500311. Green/orange velour & vinyl. Odo: 2,115 miles. Tidy, older-restored condition. Interior holding up well with little wear runabout. S/N 520. Green/black leather. or bagginess to seat velour inserts. Roll cage and harnesses added. Cond: 3+. RHD. Generally very good. Decent paint with nice pinstriping. Okay leather. Nice brass scuttle lights. Motor rebuilt 2008. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $31,124. First registered in the U.K. in 1996. Hammered well under estimate at £22k ($27k). Cheapest car entry to the London-to-Brighton Run for a long while. Well bought. #654-1904 RAMBLER MODEL H 7-hp rear-entrance tonneau. S/N 3561. Red/black leather. RHD. First-year Rambler reverted to wheel steering from tiller. Older restoration still in good working order—has completed several London-Brighton runs in past decade. Paint okay, brass very good, leather in good shape, with nice wicker basket to side. New tires since last time we saw it, along with new crankshaft and electric starter. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $79,226. Arrived in the U.K. in 2007 on white tires and sold by Bonhams at Olympia for £48,800 ($100,528, SCM# 1650128). Winning bid was £64,400, but exchange rates have changed considerably from 12 years ago. This time offered with an entry to the 2019 London-to-Brighton Run, and sold on the phone just over estimate. One of the cheaper ways to Brighton for four. #616-1930 FORD MODEL A station wagon. S/N 2679223. Fawn & timber/black vinyl. Odo: 5,146 miles. Hercules Body Company of Evansville, IN, built it originally. Presents well all around, restored in the U.S. Very good timber—coachwork glows beautifully, but no side windows. Decent paint, chrome, dash and instruments. Seat vinyl okay. Thought to be titled under its body 146 Sports Car Market


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Bonhams Beaulieu, U.K. number when in the U.S., but new plate says this is the chassis number (actually the engine number, which ties up to an engine manufactured in December 1929). Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $23,343. Bought from Bonhams’ Amelia Island sale in 2015 for $20,900 (SCM# 6785333), and imported to the U.K., where it picked up a useful 11.8% in value, although that won’t cover the shipping and auction fees. #686-1950 STUDEBAKER LAND CRUISER sedan. S/N 17A75532. Red/white & black cloth. Solid, but looks weirdly incomplete without front bumper. Paint (resprayed in 2017) and chrome okay. Patterned seat cloth new, rest of it older. Modern battery. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $12,199. Came to the U.K. in 2013. Top bid of £6,200 on the day wasn’t enough. “Come and speak to us afterwards”... and as if by magic, later declared sold at an almostlower estimate £9,916 ($7,700), which equates to a bid of £8,600 ($10,750). #682-1966 FORD MUSTANG fastback. S/N 6T09T128774. Red/white & black vinyl. 289-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Good rust-free bodyshell restored in 2018. Was a 200-ci I6 made into a 289. Builder didn’t know when to stop, as it’s a bit overdone with bling—lots of shiny dress-up bits including aftermarket instruments and chrome Monte Carlo bar, 15-inch wheels plus double-pumper Holley and large aluminum radiator. On the plus side, various GT bits, wood-rim Moto-Lita wheel and power steering. 0.3 miles recorded. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $31,832. Nothing you couldn’t put right quite easily, as it’s just a question of swapping bits out, and engine change meant it wasn’t expensive for a first-gen fastback. A fair deal both ways for a good-looking car. © 148 Sports Car Market


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Owls Head Transportation Museum Owls Head, ME New England Auto Auction 2019 Top seller and star of the sale, a 1966 Shelby GT350 carryover fastback, goes for $291,500 Company Owls Head Transportation Museum Date August 14–17, 2019 Location Owls Head, ME Auctioneers John Bottero and Kaja Veilleux, Thomaston Place Auction Galleries Automotive lots sold/offered 162/238 Sales rate 68% Sales total $3,564,300 High sale 1966 Shelby GT350 carryover fastback, sold at $291,500 Buyer’s premium 10%, included in sold prices Low miles, low number of owners — 1966 Shelby GT350 carryover fastback, sold at $291,500 Report and photos by Adam Blumenthal Market opinions in italics F or a break from all the pomp and pageantry th is Monterey, collector-car enthusiasts could’v programmed their in-car navigation 3,400 miles northeast to scenic Midcoast Maine. There they’d arrive at the marvelous Owls Head Transportation Museum, where the impressive, and much more intimate, New England Auto Auction was in full swing. Now in its 42nd year, the auction is the museum’s largest fundraising event on the calendar, and the mood throughout Owls Head, ME e four-day affair is friendly, casual and down-home. Every decade from the 1920s up to and including the 2000s was represented, the museum’s aim being to offer something for everyone. Among the highlights from the Roaring Twenties was a rare 1929 Peerless 6-61 roadster. The recipient of a frame-off restoration and finished in a yellow-and-black exterior, it was a multiple award-winner at Hershey but failed to sell at $47k. Although American cars dominated the docket, there was still an abunmber of desirable imports to choose from. A low-mileage (35k) 1956 z 220S in a pleasing light blue had a pile of mostly cosmetic red-flagged items but was otherwise seemingly ready to go. Once owned by former Apple CEO John Sculley, it sold at $70,400, a whisker above its low estimate. Another vehicle cordoned off from the general public prior to the sale was a 1961 Jaguar XK 150 S in stunning black and red. An older restoration that shined, it was equipped with the powerful 3.8-liter engine. It sold at $137,500, which I thought was a better deal for the buyer. Top-sale honors (and status as the veritable star of the auction) went to a numbers- matching 1966 Shelby GT350 “carryover,” one of 252 ’65 K-code Mustangs delivered to Shelby American to be converted to GT350s. Numbers matching and complete with a treasure trove of documentation, it sold at $291,500 — a fair deal, I concluded. When you think of collector-car auctions, Maine is not likely to be at the top of 1967 MGB convertible, sold at $6,050 150 your hot list. But along with all the other terrific things to do in the state, this auction — and the museum itself — is worthy of serious consideration. And if you need to add to the convenience of getting there, well, the Knox County Regional Airport is literally right next door. ♦ Sports Car Market


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Owls Head Transportation Museum Owls Head, ME ENGLISH #040-1952 MG TD roadster. S/N 1403844. Black/tan cloth/red leather. Odo: 89,524 miles. Texas car. Subject of a frame-off restoration that looks recent. Now with new brakes, shocks, paint, bodywork and soft top. Straight panels with fresh paint. Grille painted bright red. Brightwork mostly unmarked, some pieces are dirty. Driver mirror atop left front fender. Ragtop fits as it should, and serviceable, although plastic window has scratches. Driver’s and passenger’s wind wings. Black rear luggage rack. Steel wheels wrapped in polished Nankang tires. All-new interior spotless. Seats unmarked. New wood shows no scars. Minimal instrumentation legible. Flashlight in glovebox. Rebuilt engine in driver bay. Cond: 2. #149.1-1961 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER with a lot of upgrades to make the driving experience more comfortable. Much of the originality, at least from a mechanical point of view, appeared to be gone. I’m not convinced that was the way to go, since it seems to me that much of the pleasure from driving these lovely British roadsters derives from their originality and visceral driving experience. I think these factors dampened bidders’ interest, and outweighed its inherent curb appeal. High bid was well short of the low estimate, so back home it went. #089-1961 JAGUAR XK 150 S roadster. SOLD AT $17,600. This was a no-stories, well-presented TD. My only nit was the garish red-painted grille, which didn’t measure up to the usual chrome’s classy look. Sold at the lower end of the estimate range and shy of the SCM Pocket Price Guide’s $20k median value. I’d call it fairly bought and sold, with a slight nod to the buyer for condition alone. #121-1960 MORGAN PLUS 4 roadster. S/N TS22782ME. Gray & maroon/black vinyl tonneau/black leather. Odo: 20,903 miles. Well-done restoration performed some years ago, still sharp today. Appears to be rot-free. Optional aluminum gray body and bonnet, steel cowl. Doors open/close well. Wire wheels painted gray, have a matte finish. Vredestein Sprint Classic tires and spare. Triumph power with modern electronic ignition, gearreduction starter, oversized aluminum oil pan, cast-aluminum rocker cover, aluminum airbox and factory headers with sidepipe. Four-speed Moss gearbox. Upgraded suspension with Eibach springs and adjustable SPAX shocks. Alloy radiator with auxiliary cooling fan. Original leather seats lightly used. New cherry dash with original cream-faced gauges. Wood in body structure claimed to be undamaged. Clean, lightly used engine bay. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $24,000. From behind the wheel, I imagined myself having a hoot of a good time on the interstate, but at the same time, very much aware that I’ve only got 100 horses at my disposal. This was a handsome Plus 4, 152 S/N T831881DN. Black/red leather. Odo: 1,962 miles. An older restoration that still looks brilliant under the museum lights. Nice paint would’ve looked even better had it been washed before the auction. Brightwork mostly dull, some bits are dirty. Doors didn’t open and close as solidly as I expected. Glass clear, with a few smudges here and there. Newish whitewalls on wire wheels. Interior as a whole is outstanding, nearly flawless. Like-new seats could’ve been installed yesterday. Excellent dash. Driver’s roll-up window harder to close than passenger’s. Hurricane tire-pressure gauge in glovebox. Clean trunk upholstered in red. Original and numbers-matching engine in well-kept bay. Four-speed with overdrive. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $24,200. A 185-hp Rolls in unmodified form, but the addition of fuel injection may have changed that number. I’m sure it’s still adequate. The paint was a promising introduction, but the unfortunate odor and scarred upholstery really let it down. Winning bid was nearly $4k under the low estimate, but beware the funds necessary to make the interior right again. A fair deal for both parties. #116-1963 AUSTIN-HEALEY 3000 Mk II BJ7 convertible. S/N 63HBJ7L22230. Healey Blue & white/blue canvas/blue leather. Odo: 70,195 miles. Miles claimed to be original. In current ownership since ’73. Fourspeed with overdrive. Restored this year. Fresh repaint in striking Healey Blue and contrasting white presents very well. Front bumper covered with microscratches. Windshield has a few scratches. Driver’s window scratched. Wires dull, wrapped in Firestone F-560 tires. Scrape and a few chips on rear bumper. New soft top unsoiled, with clear plastic window. Interior completely redone. Comfy blue seats with white piping. Stain on passenger’s seat. SOLD AT $137,500. Median value is $130k for a 3.4-liter coupe per the SCM price guide. Add $50k for the 3.8-liter roadster—our subject car—and you get $180k. So you’re thinking the price paid here was one heck of a good deal for the buyer. But wait, the car sold a tad north of the $125k–$135k estimate range, so hats off to the seller for the relatively strong result. But who really got the better deal? I say the buyer did, as today’s result should pay off handsomely in the long run. Sports Car Market CLOUD II Saloon. S/N SDY408. Silver & blue/blue leather. RHD. Odo: 96,338 miles. Recently fitted with an alternator and Holley Pro-Jection fuel-injection system. Attractive two-tone paint with a chip and bubbles on front fender, scuff mark behind left Lucas fog light, stress crack at bottom of driver’s door. Blue pinstriping intact. Nice brightwork. Mirrors atop fenders. Driver’s door makes a rough noise when opening and closing. Musty inside. Front seat bottoms and seatbacks seriously cracked. Rear seat heavily creased. Lining torn on right rear passenger’s seatback and at base of rear window. Copious wood trim excellent. 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On the Radar A whole new crop of world cars is now legal to import into the United States. If you’re not familiar with the rules, you can find info at www.nhtsa.dot.gov/cars/rules/import. by Jeff Zurschmeide 1994 Volkswagen Firebeetle Sedan Owls Head Transportation Museum Owls Head, ME Pros: Available only in gloss black, with 15inch alloy rims and special “Firebeetle” emblems. Black and red horizontal-striped cloth seats distinguish the interior. Special Clarion AM/FM/cassette stereo with door speakers. Front disc brakes came standard on this edition. The 46-hp 1,600-cc engine was fuel injected and came with electronic ignition. Cons: VW estimates total Firebeetle production from 200 to 500 units. The cars have been prized, so many should still be available. Check condition and authenticity carefully. Price range: $3k–$5k, plus import costs. 1994 Volkswagen Sedan Edition One Speedo and tach gauges yellowing. Appears a strip of blue material under dash is gone. Smiths heater. New carpeting clean. Spare, blue tonneau and A-H manuals and books in trunk. Engine not inspected. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $45,100. The Mk II model upped the comfort quotient from its predecessors, including a wraparound windshield, roll-up windows, swiveling quarter lights, and an easier soft-top design. Purists may have grumbled at the changes, but those seeking enhanced convenience likely welcomed them. This BJ7 was very attractive in its oh-so-right Healey Blue, and while it wasn’t perfect, it wouldn’t take a deep plunge in the till to bring it to another level. Sold shy of the $48k low estimate and the $51.5k median value in the SCM price guide. Call it slightly well bought. #115-1964 JAGUAR E-TYPE Series I Pros: Just 50 units of this vintage-looking VW Beetle sedan were made—five of those were sold in Europe. Metallic dusty pink paint is the main attraction, but the classic hubcapped steel wheels are on point. Like all the 40th anniversary models, the Edition One came with a 46-hp, 1,600-cc fuel-injected engine. Cons: This model features strange pink upholstery with wavy gray and green stripes that could cause a seizure. Price range: $5k–$10k, plus import costs. 1994 Volkswagen Sedan 40th Anniversary 3.8 convertible. S/N 881293. Blue/blue canvas top & tonneau/red leather. Odo: 52,352 miles. In single-family ownership its entire life. Repainted more than 20 years ago, and settled-in look still has the power to accentuate its singular shape. Redline tires, on the other hand, don’t. Right headlight cover hazy. Left side of front bumper mottled. Lots of surface scratches on rear bumper. Chrome taillight trim crazed. Soft top installed at time of repaint; it’s down, didn’t inspect. Seats nicely worn in. Evidence of dash material clumping. Major sun fading of red center console, with areas turning to orange. Ditto the front carpets. Patinated wood wheel. Rubber sealing inside driver’s door cracked. Handheld duster behind passenger. Engine bay commensurate with low miles, looks mostly stock. Comes with original bill of sale and owner’s manual. Recently serviced. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $6,050. Many would say the ’67 Bs are the most collectible, not least because they predated the onerous pollution regs. While it wasn’t in BRG, the attractive yellow and black was no slouch. Owner was hoping to get between $7k–$9k. So he may have left disappointed, but after he disclosed to me before the auction commenced that his wife was eager to get rid of it, I know that she wasn’t, and that’ll be good for his health in the long run. Slightly well bought. #103-1967 AUSTIN-HEALEY 3000 Mk III BJ8 convertible. S/N HBJ8L41209. Metallic Golden Beige/black vinyl top & tonneau/ black leather. Odo: 3,507 miles. A sevenowner vehicle, with same owner since 2001. Has spent most of its life in North Carolina. Concours-quality restoration performed 2001– 07, driven 3,500 miles since. Absolutely stunning inside and out. Beautiful paint and brightwork. Original sheet metal save for the left front fender. AACA 2010 National First Prize Winner and A-H Concours Registry badges on grille. Multiple Gold award-winner at latter organization’s shows. Vredestein Sprint Classic tires. Perfect new interior with walnut trim and fold-down luggage panel. Original, numbers-matching engine in detailed bay. Has owner’s manuals and other books. British Motor Industry Heritage Trust certificate. Cond: 1. Pros: The tamest and most numerous of the 1994 special editions, painted in an Afrika Korps shade of tan that VW unironically called “Kansas Beige.” Twin chrome side mirrors, original 15-inch steel wheels, and an inoffensive deluxe interior make this Beetle a truly safe choice. Uses the same 1,600-cc injected engine as all 1994 Mexican Beetles, but some of these came with an automatic transmission. Cons: Boring. If you’re going to the effort of bringing in a Mexican Beetle, do you really want beige? Or an automatic? Pick something more interesting. Price range: $3k–$5k, plus import costs. ♦ 154 SOLD AT $99,000. This Series I roadster, although in very good condition, wasn’t a jewel, so the buyer should have no qualms about driving it on high-mile tours and weekend getaways. He’ll be happier, too, knowing that he picked this one up at a very good final price. Well bought. #029.1-1967 MGB convertible. S/N GHN3L127901. Yellow/black vinyl top & tonneau/black vinyl. Odo: 59,965 miles. Terrific paint complements this appealing roadster. Straight panels with very good gaps. Brightwork is hit-or-miss. Chromed backing of mirrors atop fenders blemished. Soft top down, not inspected. Wire wheels intact and in good condition. Bucket seats with the right amount of give, have red piping. Upgraded Kenwood AM/FM/CD sound system. Clean carpets. 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Owls Head Transportation Museum Owls Head, ME Cars, located in Seekonk, MA. It was a jawdropper, but the Metallic Golden Beige won’t appeal to everyone. Still, it was worthy of serious admiration. The $125k low estimate was a stretch, as a tiny percentage ever reach that level. On the other hand, the bid was way under the money and the dealer reps had to turn it down. #039-1973 TRIUMPH TR6 convertible. S/N CF8747. White/black vinyl/ black leather. Odo: 6,629 miles. Quality restoration completed last fall. Paint very good, with nothing major amiss. Hood doesn’t close properly and driver’s door fit slightly off. Minimal exterior chrome trim good. New Robbins top in good condition. Boot cover comes with car, but not seen. Steel wheels dull, wrapped in new Michelin Defender XTs. Freshened interior superb, nothing glaring worth noting. Has an electronic radio with fake push-button controls. Restoration work carried out in tidy engine bay. Car starts up and idles well. Includes original owner’s manual and resto docs, photos. Stated to be kept in heated storage since work was completed. Cond: 2+. BEST BUY SOLD AT $41,800. A handsome Series III E-type that was primed to provide its new owner with miles of top-down weekend enjoyment. Sold a nick over the $40k high estimate, but well south of the $76k median value according to the SCM price guide. I’d call it well bought given its condition and new and rebuilt bits. SOLD AT $11,000. The winning bid was well below the $18k median value according to the SCM price guide and below the $15k low estimate. I can’t blame the restoration, as it left the car’s character intact and adhered very closely to its originality. I just don’t think the right bidders were in the room. Couple that with a no-reserve sale and this was the consequence: a very good deal for the astute buyer. #029-1974 JAGUAR E-TYPE Series III V12 convertible. S/N 14E1 524405BW. Red/black vinyl top & tonneau/black leather. Odo: 81,221 miles. Excellent paint marred by excess touch-ups on passenger’s door. A few chips and dents at base of trunk. No sign of rust. Brightwork very good overall. Driver’s door handle mottled. Clear glass. Soft top covered by tonneau. Wire wheels shod with Uniroyal Tiger Paw tires. Driver’s seat bottom sags too much, must’ve seen a lot of use. Gauges legible, though some are hazy. Aftermarket Alpine sound. Maine license plate in passenger’s footwell; fire extinguisher there as well. Grubby bay looks original, with a/c. New fuel pump and fuel line installed, as well as new radiator hoses. Carbs stated to be recently rebuilt. Owner’s and service manuals included. Cond: 2-. December 2019 155 #053-1990 BENTLEY TURBO R sedan. S/N SCBZR03D4LCX33265. Black/black leather. Odo: 56,646 miles. Comes across as an original car. Straight paint has held up very well. Gray and orange pinstriping shows gaps on driver’s side of car. Left side of front bumper not aligned properly. Plastic headlight washer-nozzle housing is loose. All lamps, glass good. Scratch at right rear fender. Rubber strip on right side of rear bumper slightly misaligned. Avon Turbospeed tires. Perfect interior. Excellent timber trim. “Miss Marple” showing on Sony built-in TVs in both headrests—kidding, the car was off. Engine bay not inspected. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $30,250. A very nice, low-mileage Turbo R bought at just under 20% of the original MSRP of $165k. Not bad when you look at it from that perspective. A naysayer, however, will point out that the winning bid was well above market and that other nice Turbo Rs could be had for less. Plausible viewpoints both, but I’d have to stake my position in the latter camp. On top of the price paid here, the new owner’s going to need ample reserves to take care of the inevitable maintenance issues. Well sold. GERMAN #118-1956 MERCEDES-BENZ 220S cabriolet. S/N A180005600107. Blue/beige cloth/beige leather. Odo: 35,406 miles. Miles believed to be original. Once owned by former Apple Computer CEO John Sculley, who bought it as a birthday present for his wife. Soon after brought to Maine for summer use. “Properly kept in a high-quality climate controlled facility.” Small chip on left front fender, nicks on front bumper, scuffing on left chrome side bar, door handles crazed. Wipers caused light scratching on windshield. Both doors and hood out. New top in excellent condition and plastic windows clear. Bucket seats cracked, but have patina. Rear bench fading. Driver’s elbow rest cracking, passenger’s shows fading. Beige carpets with white piping stained. Grungy and neglected engine bay looks original, and all components appear to be there. Cond: 2-.


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Owls Head Transportation Museum Owls Head, ME wear, although driver’s is a bit lumpy. Driver’s window doesn’t close the whole way, leaving a gap between it and soft top. Excellent dash with nice wood trim. Underdash voltmeter. Headliner torn badly in back, is baggy, soiled. Floors show major pitting. Grubby engine bay with non-original 1,600-cc motor producing 50 hp. Dent on engine cover. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $70,400. Once I got past the attractive color scheme, I had a hard time reconciling the low miles with the imperfections that kept adding up. Sold a hair above the low estimate, which seemed fair for condition. New owner can drive as-is and enjoy or spruce up the cosmetics to make it more showready. Seeing as the SCM price-guide median value is $121k and these have traded in sixdigit territory, I think opting for the latter can be a profitable venture. #102-1970 PORSCHE 911T coupe. S/N 9110121304. Bahia Red/black leatherette. Odo: 98,553 miles. Recipient of a nut-and-bolt restoration completed last year, with only 50 miles since. Retains its original sheet metal except rockers and area where batteries are located. Spectacular repaint in original Bahia Red. A 911S front spoiler added. Authentic 15-inch Fuchs chrome disc wheels with new Yokohama Avid Envigor tires. Mirrors on floor reveal detailed undercarriage. Seats sourced from a ’74 911. Factory a/c removed. Clock doesn’t work. Mint engine bay with rebuilt motor, PMO dual carburetors, K&N air filters and custom oil breather. Optional front and rear bumper horns, left antenna with loudspeaker and noise suppression, tinted glass. Includes owner’s manual and numerous service receipts and parts invoices. Cond: 1. NOT SOLD AT $85,000. MS Classic Cars Collection of Seekonk, MA, had a tent of their own at the sale filled with a handful of outstanding vehicles, and this was one of them. The work done was so extensive, it made you wonder what this T coupe must’ve looked like prior to its makeover. Was it a fright pig or a decent looker with an antsy owner who desired perfection? I wasn’t sure, but on display was a new 911T. Many would not see the 1974 seats, the wrong front bumper, or the PMO carbs as improvements. Love or hate all the work that was done, it was a sweet-looking Porsche. The low estimate was more than double the median value per the SCM price guide, and although the final bid represented a premium, it didn’t even come close. Back to Massachusetts it went. #179-1974 VOLKSWAGEN KARMANN GHIA convertible. S/N 1442013406. Blue/ white vinyl/blue & white vinyl. Odo: 72,480 miles. Very nice paint and chrome trim. Rubber on both bumpers sun-faded and cracked. Left orange turn signal hazy; other lamps, glass good. Newer top fits well but is dirty. Wheels dull, appear to be aftermarket alloys styled with eight fan-like blades, have Spirit of America center hubs and Goodyear Eagle GT tires. Newer interior; seats show minimal SOLD AT $8,690. Final year for the Karmann Ghia. This appeared to confer to the consignor an enjoyable life of moderate use and on-and-off care. The auction listing described it as “an overall solid car with one minor floorpan issue under the driver seat.” I didn’t pinpoint the problem, but that in itself raised a red flag and likely held back the bidding. The indifference shown underhood didn’t help matters either. Sold at no reserve at a nick under the $9k low estimate. I’ll call it tentatively well bought today, predicated on the issues noted turning out to be minor. #138.1-1990 MERCEDES-BENZ 500SL convertible. S/N WDBFA66E0LF010069. White & light gray/blue leather. Odo: 18,468 miles. Formerly owned by Apple Computer CEO John Sculley. First-year production of new R129. Miles claimed to be original. Displayed with hard top in place, ragtop not seen. Straight paint reflects low miles, just the need for a car wash. Front bumper same color, has a large scrape on left side. Lamps and glass good. Good panel fit. Front right wheel shows evidence of curb rash, the others are unmarked. Cooper Cobra tires. Like-new interior, with seats and carpets unworn, excellent wood trim. Rear-view mirror scuffed, housing also blemished, with traces of sticky goo-like substance. Engine bay not inspected. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $13,750. This SL was brought to Maine for summer use and stored in a climatecontrolled facility. It certainly presented as cared for, with little evidence of sunburn or fading. It didn’t meet the lower estimate, and so I’d have to call it slightly well bought. 156 Sports Car Market


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Owls Head Transportation Museum Owls Head, ME ITALIAN #139-1983 FERRARI 308 GTS Quattro- valvole Spider. S/N ZFFLA13B000045081. Red/black leather. Odo: 71,176 miles. Maine car. Seller says 78,011 original miles on info sheet, but odo reads 71,176. Displayed with top removed. Decent paint, but nowhere near show quality. Blister, scratches at rear fender. White etching of the “q” in “quattrovalvole” emblem is flaking. Modern Continental Extreme tires wrapped around unmarred, stock 5-spoke alloys. Interior could be all-original; well-cared-for upholstery belies cockpit’s used look and feel. Gauges clear. Grimy engine bay devoid of any attention. Cond: 3+. in storage the past two years. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $7,150. The Graduate package was a stripped-down version of the Spider for the enthusiast (it employed hand cranks instead of power windows, for example). The name acknowledged the model that Dustin Hoffman drove in the ’67 film “The Graduate.” This was a low-mileage, well-kept Spider in good condition. By the looks of it, it was ready to go as-is. That it was in storage for the past two years probably enhanced its appeal, but this was still a fair deal for both buyer and seller. JAPANESE #079-1969 TOYOTA LAND CRUISER SOLD AT $40,700. This was not that far from turning into a commoditized, tired car that’s been used and enjoyed. I didn’t come away with that firm impression at first, when I was walking around the car, so much as I did when I sat in the driver’s seat and surveyed my immediate surroundings. It just felt cheapened from age. Better examples usually go for considerably higher—$60k and up—than the price obtained here. This crossed the block for all the money. Fairly bought and sold at a smidge over the $40k low estimate. #F019-1985 ALFA ROMEO SPIDER Graduate convertible. S/N ZARBA5412F1020829. Red/brown canvas, beige tonneau/ brown vinyl. Odo: 65,453 miles. Same owner since the late 1980s. Car appears to be mostly original. Honest paint shows some imperfections, but nothing glaring. A pebble-sized chunk of the front bumper gone. It’s scratched, too. Not much UV fading seen anywhere, even on ugly, black-rubber rear spoiler. All lamps good. Top down, didn’t inspect, but tonneau torn. Stock steel wheels unmarked. Driver’s seat bottom ripped. Chunks of rubber insulation inside driver’s door gone, cracks evident as well. Both door storage bins loose. Lacquered wood wheel and shift knob in good FJ40 utility. S/N 77305TMU. Light gray & white/gray vinyl. Odo: 77,305 miles. Threedoor model includes a rear door. Believed to have had a single repaint in its 50-year life, and it still looks good. There is rust along body seams, on wheels and on black step-up platform at rear, but it’s on the surface and can probably be done away with. Lamps good. Fold-down windshield. Federal-brand tires and spare. Original interior not quite tatty, but used (as it should be!). Has safari jump seats in the rear, rear heater and a front-mounted fan. Front passenger’s window won’t open easily. Gear-shifting instructions on glovebox. Driver-quality engine compartment appears to be mostly stock. Recently serviced. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $17,050. I spent extra time sitting in this car’s cockpit, just admiring the ergonomics, comfort and sporty vibe. Silver’s a great choice, but this is one of those rare cars that could easily get away with a bolder color scheme. This particular example was bought well given its condition, slightly north of the $16k low estimate, and nearly 50% off the original MSRP. AMERICAN #136-1929 PEERLESS MODEL 6-61 roadster. S/N 11E9766. Yellow & black/black canvas/black vinyl. Odo: 1,911 miles. Recipient of a frame-off restoration to concours standards. Fender-mounted indicators. Light green pinstriping along each hood louver doesn’t show any gaps. Dual sidemounts with mirrors. Both doors slightly out. Soft top unmolested, glass rear window clear. Excellent woodtrimmed roof support structure. Rumble seat has new black vinyl upholstery. Running boards with “Peerless” chrome plate. Rear luggage rack. Wheel rims painted yellow, shod with BFG Silvertown Cord tires. Minimal interior squeaky clean. Seats unworn. AACA First Junior Award in 2011 and First Senior Award in 2012 at Hershey. Currently on loan to the Owls Head museum. Docs include photos and ads related to this car’s care and Peerless history. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $23,100. FJ40s were hot for a good stretch, but aficionados got their fill and have now moved on. This one was by no means perfect, but it seemed to have good bones. Most to-do items can be easily managed, and there isn’t a need for an expensive paint job. I’d call this a market-correct transaction given its condition. nick. Blaupunkt radio. Gauges clear. Alfa Romeo-embossed carpets a little dirty. Said to be 158 #020.1-2002 HONDA S2000 convertible. S/N JHMAP11402T005156. Sebring Silver Metallic/black canvas/black leatherette. Odo: 41,926 miles. Miles are per car card. Paint very good, with the rain making the car appear a little shinier. No nicks or other blemishes. Soft top up and in good condition, fits well, clear glass window. Rides on Bridgestone Potenzas. Interior brand new, has a real sportscar feel—nicely snug with minimal, wellplaced controls. AM/FM/CD player in dash. A very popular color combo that doesn’t disappoint. Cond: 1. NOT SOLD AT $47,000. Peerless was one of the “Three Ps of Luxury”—along with Packard and Pierce-Arrow—that produced some of the most coveted cars of their time. The twotone yellow and black our subject car sported wouldn’t have been my first choice, but it still accentuated this car’s robust and elegant profile. The 6-61 is rare, then and now, as the SCM Platinum Auction Database doesn’t contain a record of one. 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Owls Head Transportation Museum Owls Head, ME could’ve gone either way, but the seller stood his ground and felt it deserved more. #148-1929 STUDEBAKER PRESIDENT EIGHT 7-passenger sedan. S/N 6020295. Red & black/gray & off-white cloth. Odo: 37,999 miles. Restored with many components under the hood rebuilt. Upgraded low-pressure, electric fuel pump. Very presentable refinish in eye-catching red and black. Chrome trim has held up nicely. Mirrors atop dual sidemounts. Door handles mottled. Original black-ribbed top treated with top-coat sealant. Upgraded with modern turn signals and electric wipers. Leftmost taillight housing is flimsy. Clean wire wheels painted yellow. A spacious interior said to have new upholstery. Two fold-down captain’s chairs, behind which is a bench seat. Roll-down curtain between front and rear seats, one at rear window, too. Very cool pull levers in dash control different functions. Engine not inspected. Cond: 2-. mounted behind doors a new feature. Original ribbed vinyl seats in good shape. Mustang GT five-gauge instrument cluster. Non-original Hurst shifter. Engine painted blue by first owner, original black finish confirmed to exist. Comprehensive historical documentation verifies its authenticity. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $291,500. Top sale of the auction. Unofficially known as “carryover” GT350s, they were the 252 ’65 K-code Mustang fastbacks delivered to Shelby American to be converted to GT350s. This allowed new models to be in showrooms in early 1966 before Ford shut down its factory for retooling. The main feature on the auction-catalog cover, this Shelby also had its own YouTube video as well as a link to a featured article on Hemmings Daily blog this past March. Adding to its allure was that it’s traveled a mere tick over 5.2k miles in the second owner’s 47 years of ownership. A satisfying result? Could it have done better elsewhere? Maybe, maybe not, so let’s call it fairly bought and sold today and wait for other examples to cross the block. SOLD AT $15,950. The President Eight was Studebaker’s top-of-the-line model for 1929. This example got a lot of eyeball, from me as well, although its character got lost in the process of modernizing it to be a smoother and more comfortable runner. A market-correct transaction, well short of the $22k low estimate, which was a reach in my book. TOP 10 No. 6 #104-1966 SHELBY GT350 carryover fastback. S/N SFM6S144. Wimbledon White/blue vinyl. Odo: 16,447 miles. 289-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Numbersmatching engine delivers 306 hp versus stock K-code’s 271. One of 252 carryover GT350s. Two owners from new, with current owner since 1972. Engine received several performance upgrades by first owner. Said to have been repainted over the years, but not completely at any one time. High-quality paint beautiful but not perfect. Body panels excellent. Plexiglass quarter windows. Side scoops #109-1968 SHELBY GT350 convertible. S/N 8T03J18516003135. Lime green/black vinyl top & tonneau/black vinyl. Odo: 53,781 miles. 302-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Claimed to be original, numbers-matching 302. Sharp repaint done about 15 years ago, per the owner. Now with two stress cracks in front, chip on driver’s door, serious bubbling on trunk, blemishes at right rear flank. Variable chrome. New soft top excellent, rear window clear. SAAC sticker on windshield. Trunk a tad off, probably factory spec. Non-original wheels dull, shod with BFG Radial T/As. Immaculate inside. Front seat covers replaced a week prior to auction per owner. Hurst shifter not original. Equipped with tilt-away steering wheel, original Philco AM radio, and shoulder harness. Marti Report and broadcast sheet. En- gine bay reflects low miles. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $93,500. Featured in the 1991 movie “The Indian Runner,” which probably helped it a little, along with the Marti Report and broadcast sheet, but the aging paint and some non-original bits may have hurt it. High bid wan’t unreasonable, and the estimate was aggressive. I think the owner has some work to do to get the six figures he desires. © CAR COLLECTOR AMERICAN ™ SUBSCRIBE TO ACC 877.219.2605 Ext. 1 AmericanCarCollector.com/subscribe December 2019 159 Keith Martin’s


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ENGLISH 1937 Bentley 4¼ Litre Sport Tourer by Vanden Plas 1955 Arnolt-Bristol Bolide roadster S/N BC5LBY. Burgundy/tan. 48,000 miles. V8, automatic. Shown at the Geneva Motor Show when new and subsequent first owner in Switzerland. Rare James Young alloy coachwork. One of six in left-hand drive. Factory a/c. Excellent mechanical and cosmetic condition. $220,000. Charles S. Crail Automobiles. Contact Charles, Ph: 805.637.9706, email: charlescrail@mac.com. Website: www. charlescrail.com/vehicles/224/1961-bentley-s2continental-by-james-young. (CA) 1961 MGA OTS S/N SAJNW484XNC180758. Oyster Metallic/Barley. 30,100 miles. V12, automatic. Beautiful and increasingly collectible, 5.3-L V12 convertible. Only 30k original miles! Recently purchased by us from longtime ownership and always primarily dealer serviced. Always garaged, never smoked in and rarely driven. Powered by one of the finest, race-proven engines built by Jaguar: the smooth 5.3-L V12. A very low-quantity production model, costing over $70k when new with very few examples imported to the U.S. $26,500 OBO. West Coast Classics, LLC. Contact Larry, Ph: 310.779.0526, email: wcclassics@aol.com. Website: www. WestCoastClassics.com. (CA) S/N B1KU. Silver/black. Inline 6, manual. Retains original chassis, engine and body. Used in Jack Barclay Ltd. promotional advertising. Welcome at Bentley Drivers Club, RREC and RROC events. Known history form new. Longtime California car. One of the best looking body styles ever made for the 4¼ Litre. Charles S. Crail Automobiles. Contact Charles, Ph: 805.637.9706, email: charlescrail@mac.com. Website: www.charlescrail.com/vehicles/238/1937bentley-4-1-4-litre-sports-tourer-by-vanden-plas. (CA) 1954 Jaguar XK 120 SE roadster S/N 404X3005. Red/black. 0 miles. Inline 6, 4-spd manual. Beautiful Franco Scaglione-designed roadster! Sixth Arnolt Bristol made. Race car, campaigned for many years and has lived in California, Texas and Arizona. Exquisite restoration in late-1980s. Original engine had professional rebuild at restoration with zero hours. Has since been driven 3,500 street miles. Full deluxe interior, tailored black carpets, upholstered door interiors and original Italian seats. Retains most original parts as built by factory. Veteran Arizona Copper State1000! Previous car built by this owner has participated in two Mille Miglia Retros. Available at Tucson, AZ. POA. Contact Walter, Ph: 520.444.3056, email: reds66auto@aol.com. (AZ) 1960 Morgan Plus 4 roadster GERMAN 1959 Porsche 356A Super Convertible D 1961 Bentley S2 Continental by James Young Saloon 1992 Jaguar XJS 5.3-L V12 convertible S/N GHNL93497. Black/red. 5,230 miles. Inline 4, 4-spd manual. Body-off restoration. The last time the car was on the road was 1967. Drives and runs perfectly. Price is in Canadian dollars. $29,500. Contact Kevin, Ph: 519.738.6342, email: kevin. monk@sympatico.ca. 1966 Jaguar E-type roadster S/N 86666. Silver metallic/red & tan. 4,095 miles. Flat 4, 4-spd manual. Documented Europeandelivery vehicle. Museum-quality restoration to Kardex/CoA specs. All matching numbers: engine, case, transmission, doors, deck lid and hood. Original toolkit, manuals and four dated original wheels accompany. Comprehensive pictorial scrapbook of over 150 photographs of the entire restoration process from bare metal to completion. $325,000. Contact Lee, Ph: 321.639.1295, email: leempayne@cfl.rr.com. (FL) 1965 Mercedes-Benz 230SL convertible S/N S674424. Pastel Blue/Red Connolly leather, dark blue convertible top and tonneau. 30,160 miles. Inline 6, 4-spd manual. This beautiful numbers-matching SE has been ground-up restored to a correct show-level standard, with a great deal of time invested into the body- and paintwork alone. Accompanied by a restoration photo book, restoration invoices, tool roll, sales brochures and Jaguar Maintenance handbook. A great example for the serious Jaguar collector. Classic Showcase. Ph: 760.805.9090, email: webmaster@classicshowcase. com. Website: classicshowcase.com/index.php/ inventory/detail/617. (CA) 18,000 miles. Inline 4, manual. Low documented miles. One excellent black repaint. Original top, side windows, tonneau are in great condition. Always a California car. 100% complete, 100% original and very well sorted. Located one hour north of San Francisco. $36,500. Contact Bill, Ph: 707.939.8173, email: billyoung1228@aol.com. (CA) S/N 1E10843. Opalescent Gunmetal/black. 30,148 miles. I6 (inline 6), 4-spd manual. This XKE is a numbers-matching car that has benefited from low ownership, and features a striking original Opalescent Gunmetal-over-black color combo; showing low miles, the car remains in its original but unmolested condition. Includes JDHT certificate. Classic Showcase. Ph: 760.805.9090, email: webmaster@classicshowcase.com. Website: classicshowcase.com/index.php/inventory/detail/629. (CA) 1983 Jaguar XJ6 Series III sedan S/N 11304210012834. Dark blue/Light Ivory. Inline 6, 4-spd manual. This stylish first-generation Pagoda 230SL features an elegant dark blue exterior over a Light Ivory interior and includes a desirable 4-speed manual transmission. The car includes a factory hard top and period-correct Becker Europa radio, and is ready for driving or showing or at your favorite event. Classic Showcase. Ph: 760.805.9090, email: webmaster@classicshowcase.com. Website: classicshowcase.com/index.php/inventory/detail/623. (CA) 1972 Mercedes-Benz 350SL convertible S/N SAJAV134ODC349692. British Racing Green/tan leather. 125,000 miles. automatic. Excellent condition, recent $3,000 in repairs, new tires, runs very well, classic Jaguar color and matching leather interior, chrome wire wheels, one owner. $7,500 OBO. Contact Leonard, Ph: 206.849.0901, email: lca@nwasthma.com. (WA) S/N 10704412004752. Signal Red/black. 20,344 miles. V8, 3-spd automatic. An absolutely exceptional example of this extraordinarily rare and ultra-lowproduction 1972 Mercedes-Benz 350SL roadster with all original paint and interior and only 20K original miles. 3.5-L 200-hp high-compression V8. Original owner from new for some 43 years until 2015 when it was acquired by the local Sarasota Classic Car Museum, where it was then displayed for three years 162 Sports Car Market


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SCM Showcase Gallery before being acquired by a prominent collector in late 2018, who kept the car in a climate controlled facility as part of his collection until we recently acquired the car. West Coast Classics LLC. Contact Larry, Ph: 310.779.0526, email: wcclassics@aol. com. Website: www.WestCoastClassics.com. (CA) 1980 Mercedes-Benz 450SL convertible beautiful, extremely desirable. Fairly low miles (approximately 70k), fairly low price for an almost “exotic.” Paddle-shift automatic. Buy my car. I have become way too old for it, but it is difficult to part with. I’ll miss it. Call for any and all details. $23,000 OBO. Contact Kent, Ph: 575.336.4670, (NM) 2008 Porsche 911 C2S cabriolet S/N 10704412059024. Classic White/Midnight Blue. 12,800 miles. V8, -1. Low documented miles form new. Single ownership until 2013, meticulous service records. Interesting color combination of Classic White over Midnight Blue with matching hard top. Immaculate factory paint and interior. $55,000. Charles S. Crail Automobiles. Contact Charles, Ph: 805.637.9706, email: charlescrail@mac.com. Website: www.charlescrail.com/vehicles/14/1980mercedes-benz-450sl-roadster. (CA) 2008 BMW Z4 coupe Inline 6, automatic. Extremely rare, extremely S/N WP0CB29918S775931. Black/black leather. 52,850 miles. Flat 6, 5-spd automatic. Black with matching soft top and black full leather interior. Low original miles, Tiptronic-S transmission, 3.8-L water-cooled flat 6 M97 engine, VarioCam Plus variable valve timing and lift, dry-sump lubrication, independent front and rear suspension, 4-wheel ABS, PASM Active Suspension Management, active brake differential (ABD), traction control (ASR), (PSM) Porsche Stability Management system with (E-gas) Electronic Gas Pedal and engine-drag torque control (EDTC). Options: heated seats, Sport Chrono package, NAV and BOSE digital premium sound and remote CD-changer, windstop, front and rear center console. $42,500. Contact Brian, Ph: 812.760.5513, email: brianbuxton@buxtonmotorsports.com. (IN) S/N AR10601192672. Red/black. Inline 6, 5-spd manual. Three-registered-owner California car from new. Powerful 2.6-liter 6-cylinder engine with elegant Touring of Milan coachwork. U.S.-delivery car finished in original color combination. Great candidate for rallies, driving events and shows. $155,000. Charles S. Crail Automobiles. Contact Charles, Ph: 805.637.9706, email: charlescrail@ mac.com. Website: www.charlescrail.com/ vehicles/223/1964-alfa-romeo-2600-spider. (CA) JAPANESE 1973 Datsun 240Z coupe ITALIAN 1964 Alfa Romeo 2600 spider California car that has benefited from a single long-term ownership for over 30 years, and has been passionately cared for. The engine has been professionally rebuilt and the car has been recently serviced. Includes original owner’s manual and receipts. Classic Showcase. Ph: 760.805.9090, email: webmaster@classicshowcase.com. Website: classicshowcase.com/index.php/inventory/detail/598. (CA) 1997 Acura NSX-R GT2 racer Red/black. V6, sequential. Number 11 of 11. Factory built by famed race-car constructor TC Prototypes Thompson Prototypes (McLaren F1/Ferrari F1/ Porsche 962/Ford Rally/Honda Rally/Royal Society Motor Sport) of Northamptonshire England. This is one of the original Works race cars. Chassis 1111 is the last car built before Honda ended the NSX racing program and has all the updates from entire $10m program. Race Heritage: S/N HLS30164430. Silver/black. 99,553 miles. Inline 6, 4-spd manual. This 240Z is a rust-free •Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona 1999 co-driven by Arnold, Gregg, Sifton and Stitt •Sister car won its class at the 24 Hours Le Mans 1995 and was 3rd 24 Hours Le Mans 1994 •Test cars (chassis 111 and 211) were developed by Kremer Brothers Wire Wheel Classic Sports Cars. Contact Hayes, Ph: 772.299.9788, email: hayes@ wirewheel.com. Website: www.wirewheel.com/. (FL) 2003 Mitsubishi Montero ES SUV Silver/gray. 190,000 miles. V6, 4-spd automatic. 2WD, 24 mpg, great tires and brakes. All highway miles, rear cargo cover, roof rack, cruise control am/fm CD, one seat cover, one dent (tiny). Lots of power: 185 hp. Japanese mfg. Drive anywhere, no issues, 20W50 Castrol only since 2005. All records. $2,700 OBO. Contact Scott, Ph: 831.687.0852, email: magpiesb2c@gmail.com. (CA) AMERICAN 1996 Buick Roadmaster Collector’s Edition sedan S/N 1G4BT52P7TR409938. Light blue/light blue. 83,000 miles. V8, 3-spd automatic. Very good condition. New shocks, new tires, new heater element, new transmission, complete paperwork on all repairs. Second owner. Everything works. Very comfortable and reliable. Last year for Roadmaster. $4,500 OBO. Contact William, Ph: 732.920.9067, email: dixibil@verizon.net. (NJ) © 164 Sports Car Market


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Advertise in the SCM Resource Directory. Call 877.219.2605 Ext. 218 for information; e-mail: scmadvert@sportscarmarket.com. Advertising/Marketing lifestyle experience featuring fine art, fashion and gourmet cuisine. In every way, the legend is unsurpassed. 3020 N. Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251. info@barrett-jackson.com. www.barrett-jackson.com (AZ) to buy and admire the premier collection of automobiles presented by GPK Auctions at the Largest IN-DOOR Auction in the Country. Location: Atlantic City, NJ URL: gpkauctions.com Email: info@gpkauctions.com McCormick’s Palm Springs Auctions has been in business for over 25 years, and each auction features over 500 classics and exotics. www.classic-carauction.com (CA) Motorwerks Marketing. 480.228.1881. Founded on a passion for the special interest, classic and collector automotive marketplace, Motorwerks is a full-service marketing and creative agency. With a focus on crafting a high impact, highly effective, budget- and time-sensitive message, Motorwerks brings a level of industry expertise that is tailor made to meet your brand’s objectives. We only service clients in the Specialty Automotive arena and like you, our team are first and foremost true automotive enthusiasts. Ask us what we can do for you! Info@MotorwerksMarketing.com www.MotorwerksMarketing.com (AZ) Advisor Services Gooding & Company. Visions In Vehicles. Your car should be enjoyable. Let us help you keep it that way! We guide clients through their restoration project or car build, or can assist in private collection curation, events and valuation. Please visit our website for full details and service descriptions. Customer focus and satisfaction is our number one goal. If you are just starting down the road or have reached a crossroads, put our 25-plus years of experience to work for you. Contact us today! 205.470.0191, email john@visionsinvehicles.com, website www.visionsinvehicles.com Auction Companies GAA Classic Cars Auction, 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) Greensboro, NC. 1.855.862.2257. A Premier Classic, Antique and Unique Vehicle Auction Experience. Offering 550 vehicles three times a year — March, July and November. All presented in a climate-controlled, enclosed, permanent, dedicated facility affectionately called “The Palace”. GAA Classic Cars brings you a customer-oriented team full of southern hospitality, a floor team with many years of classic auction experience and a selection of vehicles that continues to evolve and grow with each sale. www.gaaclassiccars.com, 1.855.862.2257 (NC) Barrett-Jackson Auction. 480.421.6694. 480.421.6697. For over four decades, the Barrett-Jackson Auction Company has been recognized throughout the world for offering only the finest selection of quality collector vehicles, outstanding professional service and an unrivaled sales success. From classic and one-of-a-kind cars to exotics and muscle cars, BarrettJackson attracts only the best. Our auctions have captured the true essence of a passionate obsession with cars that extends to collectors and enthusiasts throughout the world. A television audience of millions watches unique and select vehicles while attendees enjoy a 166 310.899.1960. 310.899.0930. Gooding & Company offers its international clientele the rarest, award-winning examples of collector vehicles at the most prestigious auction venues. Our team of well-qualified experts will advise you on current market values. Gooding & Company presents the official auction of the famed Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in August, the recordsetting Scottsdale Auction in January and a world-class auction at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation in Florida in March. www.goodingco.com. (CA) Leake Auctions. 800.722.9942. Leake Auction Company was established in 1972 as one of the first car auctions in the country. More than 40 years later, Leake has sold over 34,000 cars and currently operates auctions in Tulsa, Oklahoma City and Dallas. Recently they have been featured on several episodes of three different reality TV series — “Fast N Loud” on Discovery, “Dallas Car Sharks” on Velocity and “The Car Chasers” on CNBC Prime. www.leakecar.com (OK) Bonhams is the largest auction house to hold scheduled sales of classic and vintage motorcars, motorcycles and car memorabilia, with auctions held globally in conjunction with internationally renowned motoring events. Bonhams holds the world-record price for any motorcar sold at auction, as well as for many premier marques. San Francisco: (415) 391-4000 New York: (212) 644-9001 Los Angeles: (323) 850-7500 London: +44 20 7447-7447 Paris: +33 1 42 61 10 10 www.bonhams.com/motors Petersen Auction Group of Hollywood Wheels Auctions & Shows 800.237.8954. Hollywood Wheels is a premier auction house that specializes in Porsche sports cars, European exotics, American classics and historical race cars. Each year, during the Amelia Island Car Week, they host the Amelia Island Select & Auto Retro™ within the ballroom of the Amelia Island Omni Plantation Resort. Hollywood Wheels… Where Great Cars Are Bought & Sold! www.hollywoodwheels.com Oregon. 541.689.6824. Hosting car auctions in Oregon since 1962. We have three annual Auctions: February, Oregon State Fairgrounds, Salem, OR; July, Douglas County Fairgrounds, Roseburg, OR; September, Oregon State Fairgrounds, Salem, OR. On the I-5 Corridor. We offer knowledgeable, fast, friendly, hassle-free transactions. Oregon’s #1 Collector Car Auction www.petersencollectorcars.com Premier Auction Group. 844-5WE-SELL. The auction professionals that have been taking care of you for the last two decades have partnered together to create a team that is dedicated to providing the utmost customer service and auction experience. We applied our 83 years of auction experience to build a platform ensuring that every aspect of our company exceeds your expectations. Join us for the Gulf Coast Classic March 17 & 18, in Punta Gorda, FL. 844-5WE-SELL / 844-593-7355 www.premierauctiongroup.com info@premierauctiongroup.com RM Sotheby’s. 800.211.4371. New England Auto Auction. 207.594.4418. Presented by the Owls Head Transportation Museum, the New England Auto Auction™ is the nation’s largest and longest-running event in its class that operates solely to preserve the legacy of transportation’s earliest pioneers. Over more than four decades, NEAA™ has continuously raised the bar by connecting discerning enthusiasts and collectors with rare and sought-after automobiles. Web: owlshead.org Email: auction@ohtm.org RM Sotheby’s is the world’s largest auction house for investment-quality automobiles. With 35 years’ experience in the collector car industry, RM’s vertically integrated range of services, coupled with an expert team of car specialists and an international footprint, provide an unsurpassed level of service to the global collector car market. For further information, visit www.RMSothebys.com (CAN) Russo and Steele Collector AutoGPK Auctions. 856.573.6969. GPK Auctions produces The Atlantic City Auction & Car Show. For over four decades hobbyists, enthusiasts and collectors from across the country have descended on Atlantic City in February Palm Springs Auctions Inc. Keith McCormick. 760.320.3290. 760.323.7031. 244 N. Indian Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92262 A family-run auction house producing two large classic cars auctions per year. mobile Auctions. 602.252.2697. Specializing in the finest American muscle, hot rods and custom automobiles and European sports; Russo and Steele hosts three record-breaking auctions per year; Newport Beach in June; Monterey, CA, every August; and Scottsdale, AZ, every January. As one of the premier auction events in the United States, Russo and Steele has developed a reputation for its superior customer service and for having the most experienced and informed experts Sports Car Market RESOURCE DIRECTORY


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in the industry. Fax: 602.252.6260. 7722 East Gray Road, Suite C Scottsdale, AZ 85260. info@russoandsteele.com, www.russoandsteele.com (AZ) experts are well-qualified to appraise individual automobiles as well as collections and estates. Whether it is the creation of a foundation, living trust or arrangement of a charitable donation, we are able to assist you. www.goodingco.com (CA) Automobilia Vintage Auto Posters. Since 1980, W. Yoder Auction. 920.787.5549 . W. Yoder Auction holds the only semiannual collector car auction in the state of Wisconsin open to the public where anyone can buy and anyone can sell! But we don’t stop there. We specialize in collections and sell it all! Contact us today. info@wyoderauction.com. Learn more about us at wyoderauction.com and like us on Facebook. Automodello. 877.343.2276. 1:12 1967 Gurney Spa-winner handsigned 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™ Worldwide Auctioneers. 800.990.6789 or 1.260.925.6789. Worldwide Auctioneers was formed over a decade ago by vintage-motorcar specialists Rod Egan and John Kruse. The sale and acquisition of classic automobiles is our core business, and no one is better qualified. Worldwide is unique in having owners who are also our chief auctioneers, so you deal directly with the auctioneer, and we are wholly invested in achieving the best result for you. Our auctions are catalog-based, offering a limited number of higher-end consignments, with an emphasis on quality rather than volume. (We don’t limit ourselves to only selling the most expensive cars in the world, but do ensure that every car we consign is the very best of its type.) We also offer specialist-appraisal, estate-management and collectionconsultancy services. Our dedicated private sales division serves the needs of individual collectors who seek privacy or to acquire vehicles that may not be available on the open market. www.worldwide-auctioneers.com (IN) Alfa Romeo 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 Passion for automobiles made visible 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 Gooding & Company. 310.899.1960. Gooding & Company’s December 2019 167 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 Blackhawk Collection, Inc. 925.736.3444. One of the world’s foremost companies specializing in buying and selling classic cars for clients around the globe for over 45 years. Over the years, many of the greatest cars in the world have passed through the doors of the Blackhawk Collection. Visit our website at www.blackhawkcollection.com 10% SCM Discount — SCM19MP on Automodello.com The Werk Shop. 847.295.3200. 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) BMW full 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) Buy/Sell/General 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 BMW Autosport Groups. 561.676.1912 or 954.401.4535. Over 42 years experience offering Luxury, Classic, Exotic and Hi-line motorcars worldwide. Autosport Groups is highly respect- ed for our fine selection of preowned luxury, classic, exotic and sports cars, as well as exceptional customer service. We offer easy financing and extended warranties on most cars. Trades accepted. Top cash paid for your classics, exotic or hi-line automobiles. garycg@ aol.com www.autosportgroup.com (FL) Beverly Hills Car Club is one of the largest European classic car dealerships in the nation, with an extensive inventory spanning over 50,000 sf. We can meet all your classic car needs with our unprecedented selection; from top-ofthe-line models to project cars. We buy classic cars in any shape or condition & provide the quickest payment & pickup anywhere in the U.S. 310.975.0272. www.beverlyhillscarclub.com (CA) 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.


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Advertise in the SCM Resource Directory. Call 877.219.2605 Ext. 218 for information; e-mail: scmadvert@sportscarmarket.com. 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 Mustang America. 844.249.5135. Gullwing Motor Cars stocks more Classic Showcase. 760.758.6100. For over 35 years, we’ve been restoring automotive history and helping collectors obtain, restore and sell classic vehicles. 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) 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) Paramount Automotive Group/ Hyman Ltd Classic Cars. Copley Motorcars. 781.444.4646. Specializing in unique and hard-to-find classics and sports cars. We only sell cars we love ourselves, and deal in a limited number of models. Before delivery to you, all of our classics, including Defenders, are fully inspected and serviced by one of two expert shops. We are located in Needham, MA. copleycars@gmail.com, www.copleymotorcars.com (MA) 314.524.6000. One of the largest inventories of vintage cars in the world. Please visit our website often, www.hymanltd.com to see our current stock. Hyman Ltd Classic Cars, 2310 Chaffee Drive, St. Louis, MO. 63146 314-524-6000 sales@hymanltd.com 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) 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 Mustang America is a new company initially specializing in first generation (1965–1973) Mustang parts, interiors and accessories. Launched by Corvette America, Mustang America provides the same level of world-class customer service, product quality and fast delivery. We look forward to serving the vintage Mustang enthusiast. www.MustangAmerica.com (PA) Park Place LTD. 425.562.1000. Legendary Motorcar Company. 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 Corvette America. 800.458.3475. The #1 manufacturer & supplier of interiors, parts and wheels for all generations of Corvettes. Our Pennsylvania manufacturing facility produces the finest quality Corvette interiors and our distribution center is stocked with thousands of additional Corvette-related products. Corvette America is a member of the RPUI family of companies. www.CorvetteAmerica.com (PA) DriverSource. 281.497.1000. Classic Investments Inc. 303.388.9788. Barn find. Redefined. Since 1989 our company specializes in the restoration, sales and service of 1950s–1970s Classic European sports cars: Ferrari, Maserati, Alfa Romeo, Lancia, Aston Martin, Jaguar, Austin Healey, Porsche and Mercedes. Colorado’s premier one-stop shop for all of a collector’s needs. Friendly, knowledgeable, passionate staff welcomes you to call for all inquiries; our in-house factory-trained Ferrari mechanic has 40 years’ experience. www.ClassicInvest.com (CO) Pursuing & Preserving Fine Automobiles Since 2005, DriverSource is a leading specialist in the classic collector car market. Our concept of sales, service and storage is tailor made to the automotive enthusiast lifestyle. To learn more about our services or inventory, please give as a call or contact us via email. sales@driversource.com. www.driversource.com 905.875.4700. Since 1985, Legendary Motorcar Company has specialized in buying, selling and restoring some of the rarest cars in existence. For sale, in our 150-car showroom you’ll find, ultra-rare muscle cars, European sports cars and modern performance cars. In our 75,000 square-foot facility, our highly-skilled craftsmen perform complete award-winning restorations. Whether you are buying one special car or building a museum, our collection management services will help you make the right decisions. Over 30 years in business, we have grown to become the nation’s premier collector and performance car facility. www.legendarymotorcar.com (ON) Founded in 1987 in Bellevue, WA, our dealership is locally owned and independently operated. The four-acre Park Place Center features an Aston Martin sales and service center, a Lotus dealership, and we have one of the largest selections of collector and exotic cars available in the Northwest. We consign, buy and sell all types of vehicles. We also have an in-house service center and high-end Auto Salon. www.ParkPlaceLtd.com Paul Russell and Company. Luxury Brokers International. Girardo & Co. +44 (0) 203 621 2923. Girardo & Co. provide clients with a specialist service offering expert advice in buying, selling and sourcing classic cars at the very top end of the collector’s market, whilst delivering the best possible service to clients. www.girardo.com info@girardo.com 168 215.459.1606. Specializing in the sales, purchase and brokerage of classic automobiles for the astute collector, with a new-age, contemporary approach. Focusing on original, high-quality examples as enjoyable, tangible investments. Classic car storage, classic car consignment, brokerage, and other consulting services are available as well. We actively pursue the purchase and sales of any investment-grade classic car. Since 2009, we have offered a unique opportunity for collectors, enthusiasts and other industry professionals. www.lbilimited.com, sales@ lbilimited.com (PA) 978.768.6919. www.paulrussell.com. Specializing in the sales of 1970s and earlier great European classics since 1978. You can rely on our decades of knowledge and experience with Mercedes-Benz, Ferrari, Porsche, Bugatti, Alfa Romeo and other fine collectibles. Guidance is given with an emphasis on building long-term relationships. Contact our Classic Car Sales team via email at: sales@paulrussell.com (MA) 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. 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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) Saratoga Auto Auction. Sept. 21 and 22, 2018 at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs, NY. To consign, register to bid, or to purchase tickets, visit saratogaautoauction. org. 518-587-1935 x22 / jeff.whiteside@ saratogaautoauction.org tive 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 antique, exotic, special-interest, contemporary classic and limited-edition cars. To get a quote is even easier with our new online improvements. Go to www.barrett-jackson.com/insurance/, select “Get a quote,” enter in a couple of key pieces of information about your vehicle, and get an estimated quote within seconds! It’s that easy. Don’t be caught without the right insurance for your vehicle. In the unfortunate aftermath of damage to your vehicle, learning that your insurance won’t restore your prized possession to its former glory, or appropriately compensate you for your loss, is the last thing you want to hear. To get a quote by phone, call 877.545.2522. or modified — J.C. Taylor Insurance has provided dependable, dynamic, affordable protection for your collector vehicle for over 50 years. Agreed Value Coverage in the continental U.S., and Alaska. Drive Through Time With Peace of Mind with J.C. Taylor Insurance. Get a FREE instant quote online at www.JCTaylor.com English 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) Symbolic International. 858.259.0100. Symbolic International is one of the premier dealers of classic cars and vintage race cars in the world. Our spectacular vehicles are available for purchase and worldwide delivery. Our knowledgeable team, with over 100 years of combined experience, can help you find the perfect car for your collection. www.symbolicinternational.com info@symbolicinternational.com (CA) Intercity Lines, Inc. 800.221.3936. Gripping the wheel of your dream car and starting the engine for the first time is a high point for any enthusiast. We are the premier enclosed auto transport company that will ensure your car arrives safely for that experience. For over 35 years, our standards for excellence have had clients returning time and time again. Trust the Best. Trust Intercity Lines. www.Intercitylines.com Grundy Insurance. 888.647.8639. James A. Grundy invented Agreed Value Insurance in 1947; no one knows more about insuring collector cars than Grundy! With no mileage limitations, zero deductible*, low rates, and high liability limits, our coverages are specifically designed for collector car owners. Grundy can also insure your daily drivers, pickup trucks, trailers, motorhomes, and more — all on one policy and all at their Agreed Value. www.grundy.com (PA) AUTOSPORT DESIGNS, INC. 631.425.1555. All Aston Martin models welcome regardless of age, as new inevitably become old! Routine servicingcomplete mechanical restorations/rebuilds — cosmetic repair/paintwork to complete frame-off restoration. Large inventory of parts. All services as well as our current unventory of automobiles for sale can be seen at www.autosportdesigns.com (NY) 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) Passport Transport. 800.736.0575. Since our founding in 1970, we have shipped thousands of treasured vehicles door-to-door with our fully enclosed auto transporters. Whether your prized possession is your daily driver, a vintage race car, a Classic, a ’60s muscle car or a modern exotic, you can depend on Passport Transport to give you the premium service it deserves. We share your appreciation for fine automobiles, and it shows. www.PassportTransport.com Hagerty Insurance Agency, LLC. 800.922.4050. is the leading insurance agency for collector vehicles in the world and host to the largest network of collector car owners. Hagerty offers insurance for collector cars, motorcycles and motorcycle safety equipment, tractors, automotive tools and spare parts, and even “automobilia” (any historic or collectible item linked with motor vehicles). Hagerty also offers overseas shipping/touring insurance coverage, commercial coverage and club liability coverage. For more information, call or visit www.hagerty.com (MI) Classic Showcase. 760.758.6100. Classic Showcase has been an industry leader in the restoration, service and sale of classic Jaguars, and most other fine British automobiles. From sports cars to luxury sedans, our world-class restoration facility and highly skilled team are ready to assist your needs with acquiring the perfect British classic today! 760.758.6100. www.classicshowcase.com (CA) 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 Heacock Classic. 800.678.5173. We understand the passion and needs of the classic car and vintage race car owner: Agreed Value protection, one liability charge, 24-hour claim service and convenient payment options. Heacock Classic also offers classic motorcycle insurance, Car Club & Event Liability, Race Team & Prep Shop Coverage. Visit us at www.heacockclassic.com Fourintune Garage Inc. 262.375.0876. www.fourintune.com. Complete ground-up restoration on British marques — specializing in Austin-Healeys since 1976. Experience you can trust, satisfied customers nationwide. Visit our website for details on our restoration process, which includes a complete quotation on Healeys. Located in historic Cedarburg — just minutes north of Milwaukee, WI. FOLLOW SCM CARS. 310.695.6403. For more than two decades, CARS (Classic Automo- December 2019 Barrett-Jackson is proud to endorse a new breed of insurance for classic, J.C. Taylor Insurance. 800.345.8290. Antique, classic, muscle 169


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Advertise in the SCM Resource Directory. Call 877.219.2605 Ext. 218 for information; e-mail: scmadvert@sportscarmarket.com. Finance Classic Car Capital 310.254.9704, JWF Restorations Inc. Specializ- ing in AC restoration from street to concours, U.S. Registrar AC Owners Club (U.K.). Now selling AC parts and tires, including inventory from Ron Leonard. Jim Feldman. 503.706.8250 Fax 503.646.4009. Email: jim@jwfrestoration.com (OR) Lajollaconcours.com. Earning the reputation as one of the finest internationally renowned classic automobile showcases in the United States, the La Jolla Concours d’Elegance continues to attract discerning car enthusiasts from around the globe. Experience World Class Cars and World Class Experience on April 17–19, 2020. Register and purchase tickets at lajollaconcours.com, or call 619.233.5008, for more information. (CA) Ext. 1. Maximize the return on your passion by recapitalizing the equity in your vintage cars. Whether to expand your collection, invest or for personal use, you decide how to use the funds. With unparalleled experience, service and expertise in this highly specialized lending, we understand the market and needs of the collector. Whether using one car or multiple cars as collateral, we offer lines of credit with no origination fees or prepayment penalties. European Collectibles Inc. 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) The Elegance at Hershey. 717.500.5191. The Elegance at Hershey is a celebration of vintage race cars and concours automobiles from 6/12 to 6/14/2020, commencing with the Grand Ascent, featuring the Concorso Bizarro and culminating with our concours d’elegance. Our primary goal is to benefit our charities: JDRF, AACA Museum and AACA Library & Research Center. For more information, visit www.theeleganceathershey.com, or call 717.500.5191. (PA) Welsh Enterprises, Inc. 800.875.5247. Jaguar parts for models 1949–present. www.welshent.com (OH) Estate Planning Advisory The Quail, A Motorsports GathChrome Strategies Management LLC. Trust and Estate/Wealth Advisory Services focuses on meeting the increasingly complex financial planning needs and interests of classic car collectors, investors, trust, estate, wealth professionals, and family offices. We are a completely independent advisory that develops best practice strategies to fit your objectives. Please contact us to discuss our scope of services. www.chromestrategies.com Email to: info@chromestrategies.com Events—Concours, Car Shows ering. 831.620.8879. A prominent component of Monterey Car Week, The Quail is a world-renowned motorsports event featuring one of the world’s finest and rarest collections of vintage automobiles and motorcycles. The Quail maintains its intimacy and exclusivity by limiting admission through lottery ticket allocations. Admission is inclusive of six gourmet culinary pavilions, caviar, oysters, fine wines, specialty cocktails, champagne, and more. Web: signatureevents.peninsula.com (CA) J.J. BEST BANC & CO. provides financing on classic cars ranging from 1900 to today. Visit our website at www.jjbest.com or call 1.800.USA.1965 and get a loan approval in as little as five minutes! German Mercedes-Benz Classic Center. 1.866.MB.CLASSIC. 1.866.622.5277). The trusted center of competence for all classic Mercedes-Benz enthusiasts. Located in Irvine, CA, the Classic Center is the only sales and restoration facility in the U.S. exclusively operated by Mercedes-Benz. Over 50,000 Genuine Mercedes-Benz Classic Parts in its assortment. From small services to full ground-up restorations, work is always true to original. Ever-changing showcase of for-sale vehicles. We are your trusted source. www.mbclassiccenter.com (CA) 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. 949.650.4718. European Collectibles has been buying, consigning, selling and restoring classic European sports cars since 1986. We specialize in Porsche (356 and 911) 1950s to early 1970s, along with other marks including Mercedes, Aston Martin, Ferrari, MG, Austin Healey and Jaguar, with 40 vehicles in stock to choose from. European Collectibles also offers complete mechanical and cosmetic restorations to concours level, along with routine service. Located in Orange County, CA, between Los Angeles and San Diego. Sales@europeancollectibles.com or visit our website www.europeancollectibles.com (CA) 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) Art’s Star Classics. 800.644.STAR WeatherTech Raceway Laguna 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 24–November 3, 2019 — in the land of Southern hospitality. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit www.HHIMotoringFestival.com 170 Seca. 831.242.8200. WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca is home to the legendary Corkscrew, which has been the scene of many famous racing memories. The 2019 premier-event season includes the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion, IMSA, Trans Am, Ferrari Racing Days, World Superbike and IndyCar’s season finale at the Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey. For tickets, camping and hospitality contact www.WeatherTechRaceway.com or call 831.242.8200. (1.800.644.7827). 30 years of expertise in new and hard to find parts, as well as component restoration for all Mercedes from 1931–1971. Servicing owners and restorers worldwide. Star Classics also offers: Sales and Acquisitions of all ’50s and ’60s Mercedes and restoration project management for car owners so they realize the car of their dreams. Contact us today: info@artsstarclassics.com www.artsstarclassics.com International Phone #: 1.602.397.5300 Scott Grundfor Company. Bud’s Benz. 800.942.8444. At Bud’s, we sell a full line of MercedesBenz parts for cars from the 1950s through the 1980s. We do minor and major service work on most Mercedes. Sports Car Market 805.474.6477. Since the 1970s, Scott Grundfor Company has set the bar with best of show cars. Four decades later, we continue our long and rich tradition of excellence in the collectible car and restoration market. As trusted and respected Mercedes-Benz experts, we strive to not only continue the restoration and sales excellence we’ve worked so hard to develop, but to also bring awareness to the appreciation, preservation and history of the automobile. scott@scottgrundfor.com www.scottgrundfor.com (CA) RESOURCE DIRECTORY


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Import/Export Leasing of contacts, experts and clients. He is redefining automotive law. www.vintagecarlaw.com (PA) Multimedia Publications CARS. 310.695.6403. For more than two decades, CARS (Classic Automotive Relocation Services) has looked after some of the most irreplaceable motorcars in the world. If you need your vehicle transported, CARS have the expertise and knowledge to ensure it arrives in perfect condition, on time, and with no unexpected costs. CARS are able to action any shipping request through its own offices in the U.K., New York, Los Angeles and Japan, and via its network of global agents. Whether your vehicle needs to be transported by road, sea or air freight, please get in touch and allow CARS to take the worry and stress out of your shipment needs. History has proven that CARS 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 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 pense on the quality of ingredients and the use of new technologies. The result; nearly 15 years and thousands of hours of real-world testing later, is Dr. Beasley’s — a complete line of solutionbased products that exceed the specs and requirements of even the most discriminating luxury auto brands. Made in USA. Visit www.drbeasleys.com Turtle Garage provides readers Premier Financial Services. Cosdel International Transportation. Since 1960, Cosdel International Transportation has been handling international shipments by air, ocean and truck. Honest service, competitive pricing and product expertise have made Cosdel the natural shipping choice for the world’s best-known collectors, dealers and auction houses. If you are moving a car, racing or rallying, or attending a concours event overseas, Cosdel is your comprehensive, worldwide resource for all of your nationwide and international shipping needs. We are your automobile Export Import Experts. 415.777.2000 carquotes@cosdel.com. www.cosdel.com (CA) Italian 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) with unique insights into the collector vehicle market and the broader automotive industry. Our exclusive content focuses on vintage motorcycles, modern classics, and the exciting future of the automobile — including developments in ride-hailing, electrification and autonomous driving. We produce diverse articles on travel, restoration projects, book reviews, auction analysis, vehicle summaries and relevant automotive industry news. “Turtle Garage is a must-read. Subscribe today.” — Keith Martin, Sports Car Market www.turtlegarage.com Museums MetroVac’s car vacs and car dryLeMay—America’s Car Museum Putnam Leasing. 866.90.LEASE. Hamann Classic Cars. 203.918.8300. With more than 30 years in the industry and worldwide clientele in dealing in European race and sports cars, specializing in classic Ferraris of the ’50s and ’60s. www.ferrari4you.com For over 30 years, Putnam Leasing has been the leader in exotic, luxury, and collector car leasing. This honor comes from Putnam’s unique ability to match the car of your dreams with a lease designed just for you. Every Putnam Lease is written to provide maximum flexibility while conserving capital, lowering monthly payments, and maximizing tax advantages. Its Putnam’s way of letting you drive more car for less money. For leases ranging from $50,000 to more than $1 million, with terms extending up to 84 months, contact the oldest and most experienced leasing company in the country by calling 1.866.90.LEASE. Or just visit www.putnamleasing.com Legal 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 December 2019 Dr Beasley’s. Dr. Beasley’s proVintage Car Law. 717.884.9010. Bryan W. Shook, Esquire, acts for and represents leading antique and collector car dealers, brokers, restoration houses, and private individuals Internationally. He has been responsible for innumerable and prominent cases, distinguishing himself with his unparalleled knowledge of automobiles and network vides you with detailing solutions that have amazing ease of use and performance that is unparalleled. It’s Jim Lafeber’s fanatical passion for quality and improved detailing outcomes that drove him to create Dr. Beasley’s. The goal was to create a unique line of handmade, custom formulated car appearance products that spare no ex- celebrates America’s love affair with the automobile. Named the Best Museum in Western Washington, the fourlevel, 165,000-square-foot museum features 12 rotating exhibits and 300 cars, trucks and motorcycles on display. ACM includes a 3.5-acre show field, State Farm Theatre, Classics Café, banquet hall and meeting facilities and offers a majestic view above Commencement Bay. For more information, visit www.lemaymuseum.org. LeMay—America’s Car Museum 2702 E D Street, Tacoma, WA 98421 877.902.8490 (toll free) info@lemaymuseum.org, www.lemaymuseum.org (WA) Parts, Accessories & Car Care ers are the top choice of professional detailers and passionate car enthusiasts worldwide, like Wayne Carini. Our products are proudly made by American workers using only U.S. steel. These powerful machines are built to be virtually indestructible and last decades. MetroVac products are the classic way to care for classic cars. www.metrovac.com Evans Waterless Coolant is the solution to running too hot. With a boiling point of 375°F, our revolutionary liquid formulation is a superior alternative to water-based coolants. Evans eliminates water vapor, hotspots and boil-over, resulting in a less pressurized, more efficient cooling system and preventing corrosion, electrolysis and pump cavitation. Evans also protects down to -40°F and lasts the lifetime of the engine. See how it works at www.evanscoolant.com QuickSilver Exhaust Systems. 011 AmericanMuscle 877.887.1105. Starting out in 2003, AmericanMuscle quickly rose to be one of the leading aftermarket Mustang parts providers in the business. With the addition of Challenger parts in 2018, AmericanMuscle provides the most sought-after products, accessories and fast shipping. AmericanMuscle.com 44 1428 687722. Our customers are sophisticated enthusiasts who choose our exhaust systems for various reasons — originality, durability, weight reduction and enhanced sound. We’re the default choice for many of the most important classics. Originality is important, but there’s no reason why subtle improvements cannot be introduced. QuickSilver use superior materials and modern manufacturing techniques unavailable when the cars were new. http://quicksilver-exhausts.myshopify.com Racing Services Vintage Racing Services. 203.377.6745. Our full-service shop facility and experienced staff provide all aspects of racecar construction, setup and repair for production-based cars to purpose-built sports racers to formula cars. We can build a racecar from the ground up, restore your historic vintage racer to its former glory or maintain your racecar, all to ensure your maximum enjoyment. Our trackside support, transportation, racecar rental and coaching can round out your experience. 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Advertise in the SCM Resource Directory. Call 877.219.2605 Ext. 218 for information; e-mail: scmadvert@sportscarmarket.com. Restorations Inc., offers high-quality upholstery, body and paint and panel fabrication services. www.automotiverestorations.com/vrs/home Restoration — General Farland Classic Restoration. Brightworks. 937.773.5127. BrightTOURANIL 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 works has partnered with Ruote Borrani to be the only authorized restorer of Ruote Borrani wheels in the world, and to be a distributor for any new Ruote Borrani products in North America. We use the original Ruote Borrani drawings and blueprints to restore your wheels to exact factory standards and offset. Additionally, we use the correct font letter/number stamps to re-create all of the original markings to restore your Borrani wheels to be factory original, correct and certified. www.brightworkrestoration.com (OH) 303.761.1245. A complete facility offering concours-level restorations, repair and fabrication services. We work on all makes, and specialize in Ferrari, Mercedes and Porsche. Highly organized and fiscally responsible, we provide biweekly detailed billing to keep you abreast of the rapid progress of your project in every way. Check out our site for details. Email: info@farlandcars.com. www.farlandcarscom 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) On the Road Again Classics. The Guild of Automotive Restor- ers. 905.775.0499. One of the most widely recognized names in the world of collector cars. As seen on Discovery, History and National Geographic TV. www.guildclassiccars.com (CAN) 408.782.1100. Northern California’s largest Classic & British auto restoration & repair shop is a 12,000 square foot facility under one roof! We opened our doors in 2008 and have restored over 20 Concours 1st place winners! Our team of 8 craftsmen with over 165 years experience have risen to the top, becoming a Certified Hagerty Expert Collision Repair Facility and in-house Certified Glasurit paint shop. www.ontheroadagainclassics.com Alan Taylor Company Inc. 760.489.0657, is a full-service automotive restoration and repair facility that specializes in Pre and Post-War European and American Automobiles. With an emphasis on French Marques including Bugatti & Delahaye and over 50 years of experience in the automotive field, we have proven to be a leader in the automotive industry. Our facility provides a full-array of services including Fabrication, Metal-Shaping, Engine & Transmission Rebuilding, Machine Shop, Award-Winning Upholstery, Paint Shop and Pattern Making & Castings. Providing these services in-house has proved to be highly efficient and has enabled us to provide our clients with the highest level of old-fashioned quality workmanship, professionalism and client services. www.alantay- lorcompany.com D. L. George Historic Motorcars. Automotive Restorations. 203.377.6745. Founded in 1978, we are well-established practitioners of the art and craft of vehicle restoration, preservation and service. Nearly 40 experienced craftspeople focused on the art and entertainment to be enjoyed with great cars describes our culture. Our staff and expertise encompasses a broad range of skills and specific vehicle experience. Proper project management and control produces the quality and attention to detail we have come to be known for in all we produce. See much more on the Web at www.automotiverestorations.com 172 610.593.7423. We stand at the crossroads between you and historic European motorcars of the pre-war and early post-war era. We provide full-service restoration, maintenance and support of the finest cars driven extensively by the most refined collectors. Find us at concours from Amelia Island to Pebble Beach, venues from Lime Rock to Goodwood, and events including the Mille Miglia, Peking to Paris, and The Colorado Grand. www.DLGEORGE.com (PA) Fantasy Junction. 510.653.7555. For 35 years, Owner/Enthusiast Bruce Trenery has operated Fantasy Junction from the San Francisco Bay Area. The dealership enjoys an outstanding worldwide reputation for integrity and knowledge in the collector car field. Many of the world’s greatest sports cars have passed through the doors, with both buyers and sellers enjoying expert representation. Email Sales@FantasyJunction.com, www.FantasyJunction.com (CA) 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 Classic Showcase. 760.758.6100. For over 35 years, we’ve been restoring automotive history by creating driver-, show/driver-, show- and preservationlevel restorations for collectors worldwide. Our world-class facilities consist of a team of passionate and dedicated craftsmen who are ready to perform either factory standards or performance/ modified upgrades. Visit our website or call us to discuss your project today. www.classicshowcase.com (CA) Hahn Auto Restoration. 724.452.4329. We take pride in offering concours-level collector car restoration, recommissioning, custom builds and repair services. With our experienced staff and cutting-edge technology, we can restore your car back to its original beauty and help it perform better than when it was first driven off the lot! We understand how much your classic car means to you and we will treat your restoration or repair with the quality care and respect it deserves — getting the job done right the first time. We believe that a restoration should last a lifetime and beyond, so we strive to provide our clients with quality restoration services that will last for generations. www.hahnautorestoration.com 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) Paramount Classic Cars. Jeff’s Resurrections has been bringing 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 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 Sports Car Market RESOURCE DIRECTORY


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Park Place LTD. 425.562.1000. Founded in 1987 in Bellevue, WA, our dealership is locally owned and independently operated. Our restoration department works full time to restore vehicles of every year, make and model to provide an award-winning finish. We consign, buy and sell all types of vehicles. We also have an in-house service center and high-end Auto Salon. www.ParkPlaceLtd.com and Jaguar cars but have experience in a variety of other marques, to include; most British cars, Alfa Romeo, Corvette, Aston Martin, Ferrari and early Lotus. Our work includes: All levels of restoration services, (full, mechanical, sympathetic, etc.), simple repairs, ongoing maintenance and vintage race preparation. We also offer full mechanical services; Engine, transmission, overdrive, differential and component rebuilds. www.sportandspecialty.com The Paddock Classic Car RestoraParuch Automotive Craftsman- ship. 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 world-class 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 Classic Auto Show. 203.233.7162. Whether you’re a collector, or working on your project car, or simply share a passion for the classics, The Classic Auto Show is for you. You’ll see over 2,000 classics, rub shoulders with your favorite auto celebrities, view LIVE restoration and auto detailing demos, shop a vendor marketplace and more. Buy Tickets or Display Your Car Today! www.TheClassicAutoShow.com Torque Classic Cars. 561.333.1868. The Werk Shop. 847.295.3200. The Creative Workshop. 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 954.920.3303. The Creative Workshop is a Pebble Beach award winning fullservice concours restoration shop located in South East Florida. Our 10,000+ sq. ft. facility provides comprehensive, in-house restoration and repair services as well as collection and event support. Creative is a multi-marque workshop, specializing in the forensic restoration of post-war European cars. However, we support our Clients’ diverse collections — and have extensive experience in antique, pre/post war American, muscle and racing vehicles. info@TheCreativeWorkshop.com www.TheCreativeWorkshop.com BMW full 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) We are your one stop for all your collector car needs. Located in sunny West Palm Beach, Florida. We specialize in restorations of European sports cars with a concentration in MercedesBenz and Jaguar. With a diverse team of master craftsmen we bring rolling works of art to life. Our in-house upholstery center and body shop allow us to give every project our undivided attention all under one roof. Storage and Consignments available. 561-333-1868 torqueclassiccars.com tions. 860.224.1888. At The Paddock, our collective passion is the restoration and preservation of fine classic automobiles of any type/era. We strive to provide the highest possible quality in our results and approach every customer relationship with openness, honesty, constant communication, detailed documentation and with the highest ethical standards. Our 18,000 square foot facility is fully equipped and is staffed with highly skilled artisans, allowing us to provide a full array of services to our clients in a single location. Visit us in person at 285 Columbus Boulevard, New Britain, CT 06051, or online at www.ThePaddockCars.com nance, restoration, performance, paint, body, sales, and consignment of European sports/luxury vehicles, American classics, and muscle cars. We have completed numerous full and partial restorations on marques as diverse as Bandini, Dellow, Jaguar, Rolls Royce, Mustang, and Corvette. Maintaining memories for your daily driver, weekend warrior or show stopper in our 16,000 sq. ft. facility with our dedicated full time staff. Let us help you enjoy your treasured motorcar the way it was meant to be. Follow our ongoing and completed projects and visit our website www.treasuredmotorcars.com Valenti Classics Inc. 414.421.6300. Treasured Motorcar Services. 410.833.2329. Since 1980, a trusted provider for the highest quality mainte- Sport and Specialty. 815.629.2717. We are specialists in Austin-Healey December 2019 US Postal Service Statement of Ownership and Circulation (Required by USC). 1. A. Title of Publication: Sports Car Market 2. Publication number: 011-578 3. Date of Filing: 9/30/19 4. Issue of Frequency: Monthly 5. Number of Issues Published Annually: 12 6. Annual Subscription Price: $72 U.S. 7. Complete Address of Known Office of General Business Office of Publisher: 401 NE 19th Ave, Ste 100, Portland, OR 97232-4801 8. P.O. Box 4797, Portland, OR 97208-4797 9. 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Carl Bomstead eWatch Treasures in the Trash A big price for Captain America makes me wonder what I might have left behind Thought Carl’s Every now and then, I wonder what was in the pile of comic books that my mother threw out when I left the house for college. I am almost positive there was not a copy of Captain America’s first comic that came out in March of 1941. A highly rated example just sold for $915,000, so if there was one in the stack, I would still be ill. The cover had Captain America having his way with evil Hitler and his henchmen. It also introduced his sidekick “Bucky.” Heritage Auctions, at their August 1, 2019, Comics and Comic Art auction, sold the 9.4-rated comic. Only one in better condition is known. Mom also threw out my baseball card collection, and I know there were some treasures in the thousands of cards that went in the trash. Louis from 1905 until their demise. The cloisonné on this colorful radiator badge had some chipping and damage. Pricey, but a cool piece. EBAY #223632325541—JAGUAR SERIES 1 E-TYPE COMPLETE TOOL ROLL. Number of bids: Best Offer Accepted. SOLD AT: $1,562.88. Date sold: 10/18/2019. This tool roll was correct for the 1961–63 Series 1 Jaguar and was complete with about 20 tools, including spanners, feeler gauges and Dunlop tire-pressure gauge. The fabric tool roll showed some wear, but if you have the E-type, this might be just the thing to sway the judges your way at the next All British Field Meet. SOLD AT: $4,207. Date sold: 9/2/2019. This #29 porcelain plate was in amazing condition and was complete with the medallion. The seller stated it was from a local estate and was found with a registration and other information that linked it to a 1903 Oldsmobile. A real find. I’m surprised that it did not sell for a touch more. EBAY #113832619197—1930s TIPPCO MERCEDES-BENZ 770 TIN TOY. Number of bids: 44. SOLD AT: $3,050. Date sold: 8/5/2019. This intricate nine-inch Mercedes-Benz tin parade car toy is modeled on the Furher’s personal vehicle. It had gold trim, detailed door handles, intact windscreen and the Mercedes star on the hood. There was even simulated piping on the bonnet. It was in exceptional condition and highly detailed. Sold for a market-correct price, but unfortunately, the box was missing. 48-INCH CONCEPT XP CAR MODEL. Number of bids: 29. SOLD AT: $1,301. Date sold: 8/14/2019. This fiberglass fourfoot concept car model was made by Goodyear Aerospace in Arizona. Why the blimp company was dabbling in concept cars is anyone’s guess. It was offered with period photographs and the original wood shipping container. The styling was attractive and it was in exceptional condition. If only we knew the backstory! EBAY #333243983126— MOON RADIATOR BADGE. Number of bids: 10. SOLD AT: $1,454.09. Date sold: 6/27/2019. Seller stated this was from the ’30s, but Moon went out of business in 1929, when they got involved with the Ruxton fiasco. Moon made automobiles in St. EBAY #274015006759—SIGNAL GASOLINE—POWER OF TARZAN GAS. Number of bids: 33. SOLD AT: $7,877. Date sold: 9/25/2019. This would be a cute little $19.95 Hobby Lobby sign, but it is a total fantasy piece, regardless of what nonsense the seller came up with. The other 200 or so signs he has recently sold are also fakey-doos. A gigantic waste of money. EBAY #233325668917—1909 LOW-NUMBER NEW JERSEY PORCELAIN LICENSE PLATE. Number of bids: 16. EBAY #372699700270—1960s GOODYEAR AEROSPACE at Portland, OR, and at additional mailing offices. Subscription rates are $75 for 12 monthly issues in the U.S., $105 Canada, $135 Mexico, Europe, Asia/Africa/Middle East. Subscriptions are payable in advance in U.S. currency. Make checks to: Sports Car Market. Visa/MC accepted. For instant subscription, call 877.219.2605, 503.261.0555; fax 503.253.2234; www.sportscarmarket.com. 174 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 EBAY #372648339540—1963 PORSCHE 904 OWNER’S MANUAL. Number of bids: Best Offer Accepted. SOLD AT: $1,450. Date sold: 8/9/2019. Many feel the 904 was Porsche’s finest road-going machine. It made its racing debut at Daytona in February 1964 and won its class. They now sell for close to $2m. This rare driver’s manual was in German and showed wear with fold marks and minor stains. Rare as heck and very desirable — especially if you are fortunate enough to own a 904. ♦ POSTMASTER Send address changes to: Sports Car Market PO Box 4797, Portland, OR 97208 CPC IPM Sales Agreement No. 1296205 Sports Car Market