Shifting Gears Keith Martin
Grooming the Young Collectors
Through the Web, we have a stronger old-car community
than we did 20 years ago
lowed — to make our restoration as accurate as possible.
We also learned from the Alfa Bulletin Board that the solution to
the oil pressure problems endemic with 750-Series engines was to
stuff gears from a 2-liter engine oil pump into the 750 housing, which
So, the future of collecting is not in doubt. Enthusiasts and restor-
ers will be able to do more accurate restorations than ever before. At
the same time, they can use technological advances that make engines
and gearboxes last longer than the original builders would ever have
But what about the quantitative side of collecting? With the major-
ity of young people preferring a virtual community to a physical one
— as access to information no longer requires face-to-face contact
— how will young people become involved with any kind of cars, let
alone old ones?
These are really two separate questions. I believe that the role of
Here comes the next generation of enthusiasts
here’s no question that America’s love affair with the car has
The New York Times and Wall Street Journal regularly report
on the decline of numbers of driver’s licenses among young peo-
ple, of fewer miles being driven and declining sales figures of new cars.
This lack of interest in driving is even more pronounced in Europe,
where tight-knit cities and excellent train systems make having your
own vehicle increasingly irrelevant — and expensive, due in part to
high taxes on gasoline there.
One option among many
I used to think cars were the solution to our transportation and
communication needs. What could be more convenient than hopping
into your MGB and running down to the local McDonald’s to hang out
with your friends? It only took a couple of minutes to fill the tank, and
with those 12 gallons of gasoline you could go more than 200 miles.
Further, attending marque club meetings, where everyone drank
the same Castrol Kool-Aid and used the same Lucas lighting lamps,
was often the only way you could get access to maintenance tips and
But that was before the Internet, before smartphones, before
Twitter, before Facebook, before texting and before emails.
All of the above electronic forms of communication offer a faster
and cheaper way to connect with your friends — and to get needed
For instance, to determine the exact capacity of an MGB’s gas tank,
all I had to do was Google “MGB gas tank,” and I had the answer. No
calling a friend, no looking for a Chilton Manual, no picking through
back issues of MG Enthusiast hoping to find the info.
Is this a disaster? No. I believe we actually have a stronger collec-
tor-car community today than we did 20 years ago. Attendance at club
meetings and events may be down, but collectors all over the world are
connected through the Web.
As Alfa guru Bill Gillham restored my 1958 Alfa Giulietta Sprint
Veloce Series II Confortevole (SVC), he got information and parts
from SVC experts in South Africa, England and Italy — as well as the
usual suspects in the U.S.
We have been able to look at photos of other SVCs — and
Lightweights and the early 750 Veloces with 101-style grilles that fol-
the automobile in our culture will continue to change, as everyday
cars evolve from instruments of excitement and pleasure to utilitarian
Businesses such as Car2Go will continue to blossom. After all,
why make payments for a car that sits in your garage most of the time
when you could just pay by the hour to use a car when you need it?
In urban areas with good transit systems, why have a car at all when
you can get where you need to go via bus or light rail?
Where’s the fantasy?
What this means, however, is that a generation of young people will
grow up without ever romancing a car the way all of us did.
The day I turned 16, I got my driver’s license at 8 a.m., and 30 min-
utes later I bought the car of my dreams: a 1959 Bugeye Sprite with a
broken cluster gear and consequently no first or reverse. I paid $30. I
will never forget my initial time behind the wheel. This was MY car, it
was a sports car, and my life was about to become a constant adventure.
Texting your friend a Groupon coupon isn’t exactly the same.
But there is hope. If we want to get young people involved in old
cars, we need to share old-car experiences with them. If the experience
resonates, then stoke their automotive fires. Above all, let them be a
part of the old-car world through events such as tours and rallies, so
that they get to experience old cars in their natural environment of
two-lane roads that wind through the countryside.
Here at SCM, our Internet Specialist Brian Baker drove our 1967
GTV on the NW Classic Rally last year. My daughter Alex and two girlfriends
famously piloted our 1967 Giulia Super on a 1,000-mile road trip
this fall, and a failed heater core and starter led to no end of excitement.
On an even younger note, we have involved our 6-year-old Bradley
with old cars right from the beginning, starting with his trip home
from the hospital as a 1-day-old in a vintage Mini Cooper.
Bradley’s been on tours in the GTV, the Giulia Super, the BMW tii,
and most recently in the Land Rover D90 200 tdi. In fact, I can’t imagine
going on a one-day event without him. I derive as much pleasure
from his eyes-wide-open excitement about the sights and sounds as I
do from driving myself.
We will never again live in a world where cars are the single solu-
tion to our need for travel and friendship. But as we continue to use and
enjoy our old cars, we can gently bring a new generation to them — by
showing young people just how much fun old cars can be, when you
take them out for a gorgeous day on glorious roads. ♦
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Crossing the Block Tony Piff Images courtesy of the respective auction companies
McCormick’s Palm Springs Collector
Where: Palm Springs, CA
When: February 21–23
Last year: 407/530 cars sold / $7.4m
Prices average around $18k at
Delage 3-liter competition car at Bonhams’ Paris
Petersen Salem Collector Car Auction
Where: Salem, OR
When: February 1
Street rods, customs and
American muscle are Petersen’s
traditional focus. Their Salem
auction takes place at the Oregon
Bonhams — The Grand Palais
Where: Paris, FRA
When: February 6
Last year: 88/123 cars sold /
Storied racers at The
Grand Palais include a 1947
Delage 3-liter competition car
(Bonhams estimate: $1.5m–
$2.3m); a 1955 Austin-Healey
100S ($800k–$1m); and a 1984
Ferrari C4/M2 Formula One car
($500k–$800k). Other significant
consignments include a 1935
Mercedes-Benz 500K cabriolet
A ($2.75m–$3.5m) and a 1958
Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster
with factory hard top ($900k–
Artcurial — Rétromobile Salon
Where: Paris, FRA
When: February 7–8
Last year: 102/115 cars sold /
Artcurial’s 2014 Rétromobile
sale will devote an entire day to
50 Alfa Romeos from a single
collection, including a 1964
Alfa Romeo TZ-1 (Artcurial
estimate: $1.1m–$1.4m). Among
the other big-money consignments
are a 1932 Bentley 8L
Sportsman coupe by Gurney
Nutting ($3.4m–$4m); a 1929
Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 SS
($2m–$2.75m); a 1964 Ferrari
500 Superfast ($2m–$2.5m); a
1950 Delahaye 135MS cabriolet
by Saoutchik ($750k–$1m); a
1933 Delage D-8S cabriolet by
Pourtout ($1.4m–$1.6m); a 1932
Isotta Fraschini T8A cabriolet
by Worblaufen ($1.9m–$2.4m); a
1934 Hispano-Suiza J12 Coach
by Vanvooren ($750k–$900k);
and a 1953 Ferrari 166 MM
Barchetta by Oblin (estimate
available upon request).
Leake — OKC 2013
Where: Oklahoma City, OK
When: February 21–22
Last year: 257/352 cars sold /
Leake predicts 400 classic
cars for their long-running OKC
sale. The atmosphere is superhigh-energy,
with two lanes of
vehicles auctioned simultaneously.
American classics and
muscle are the clear focus, with
a strong assortment of foreign
sports and luxury cars thrown in
for variety. Last year’s sale averaged
$22k per car.
Keith McCormick’s twice-annual
Palm Springs sale, with plenty
of entry-level lots at lower prices
and investment-grade star cars
above $100k. Last year’s high
sale was a 1931 Packard Eight
Model 833 convertible, sold at
$115,500. This will be Keith
McCormick’s 56th Palm Springs
Collector Car Auction.
Silverstone — Race Retro
Where: Northamptonshire, U.K.
When: February 22
Last year: 50/81 cars sold / $2.4m
Racers and rally cars are
the focus of Silverstone’s wellknown
Race Retro auction, and
the featured early consignment is
a 1977 Ford Escort Mk2 RS1800
Gp4 rally car (Silverstone
estimate: $100k–$140k). Sold lots
averaged about $50k last year,
with a 1953 Connaught AL10
Grand Prix racer besting all at
Barons — Collectors and Sports Cars
Where: Surrey, U.K.
When: February 25
Average price hovers
between $20k and $30k at
Barons’ February sale. Look for
European iron and all manner of
British motorcars, plus a handful
of American classics. ♦
All dates listed are current at time of publication. Contact information for most auction
companies may be found in the Resource Directory at the back of this issue. Please confirm
dates and locations before attending any event.
Email auction info to: email@example.com.
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Las Vegas, NV
Las Vegas, NV
17–18—GOODING & CO.
Fort McDowell, AZ
1929 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 SS at Artcurial Paris
Sports Car Market
Oklahoma City, OK
Palm Springs, CA
28–MAR 2—G. POTTER
Atlantic City, NJ
7—GOODING & CO.
Amelia Island, FL
Amelia Island, FL
Amelia Island, FL
Cape Girardeau, MO
Fort McDowell, AZ
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Red Deer, AB, CAN
San Antonio, TX
Inside Line Alex Martin-Banzer Send news and event listings to firstname.lastname@example.org.
This could only be Rétromobile
■ The 39th Annual Rétromo-
bile will turn Paris into the center
of the collector-car world from
February 5 to 9. The showcase
will be “The Automotive Jewels
of the Maharajas.” The Artcurial
auction is scheduled for February
7. This is a giant event dedicated
to vintage cars, and it should be
on your bucket list. Publisher
Martin, contributing editor Donald
Osborne and yours truly will
be waving the Fright Pig Detector
flag at this year’s SCM Rétromobile
reception at Café Le Jambon
à la Broche on February 6, from
4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Spaces are still
available — RSVP to Donald
com) no later than January 28.
■ The 10th Annual Cars for
the Cure in Lake Mary, FL,
offers 150 exotic cars basking
in warm sunshine from February
7 to 9. Everyone’s favorite
foreigners, such as Lamborghini,
Bugatti, Porsche and Aston Martin,
will be on display with other
distinctive cars from around the
world. The free auto show starts
at 11 a.m. on February 8, and
finishes at 4 p.m. Any donation to
the American Lung Association
charity will get you complimentary
drinks and merchant
perks. Car registration is $50 and
includes an invitation to the Sunday
Drive on February 9. www.
■ The 2014 version of Race
Retro throttles up through the
weekend of February 21–23, 2014,
in Stoneleigh Park, Coventry.
This year’s show features 50
years of McLaren and 30 years
of the Metro 6R4. If you need
a break from treasure hunting
among the 400 exhibitors, check
out the live rally action on the
specially designed course. A
Silverstone auction gives you a
chance to find the perfect Valentine’s
gift — for yourself. Tickets
purchased in advance are £20
($33). www.raceretro.com (U.K.)
■ The 8th Annual Boca Ra-
ton Concours d’Elegance offers
wonderful cars, great entertainment
and winter warmth from
February 21 to 23. Comedian
Wayne Brady will entertain at
the famous Grand Gala Dinner.
The Annual Automotive Lifetime
Achievement Award will be
presented to Mike Maroone. The
newly expanded show field at the
Boca Raton Resort & Club will
host the Concours d’Elegance,
and 200 collector cars and
motorcycles will be on the lawn.
Mercedes-Benz is the Marque of
the Year. General admission is
com (FL) ♦
Boca Raton Concours d’Elegance
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Noise, signal and the
To the Editor (and
I am a longtime reader
and Porschephile. Following a
long absence from the market
while my teenage children
learned to drive, I prepared
to re-enter it this spring after
my youngest left for college. I
began my search for the 993 I
have wanted for years. Being an
astute SCMer, I did my research
(including the SCM Pocket
Price Guide), and I established a
target price of about $35k for a
nice, driver-quality 993 C2 (no
stories, about 75k miles, able
to pass a pre-purchase inspection).
Initially it seemed like an
achievable goal, with eight to 12
cars available in various parts of
the country at any given time.
My work schedule and reluctance
to make a long-distance
purchase meant I needed to
focus my search to within 200
miles of my home in Brooklyn,
NY. However this did not seem
to be a problem as there were
plenty of cars available locally.
I am sure you know where
this story is going.
I have seen several cars
bought sight unseen by longdistance
buyers. While there are
indeed many cars available, they
either have stories, high miles or
both (already had one 1995 993
fail the pre-purchase inspection).
My mechanic, who has over 40
years experience exclusively
servicing Porsches, and Porsche
Club of America credentials,
tells me the market for 993s
is going crazy. A visit to the
Internet confirms it. He says my
price target is no longer reasonable
but he also tells me not to
worry because he thinks this
market jump is real (signal, not
noise). Even at higher prices he
thinks a car will hold its value.
So, my questions for you are:
1. Is this signal or is this
noise? Is this just a factor of
$29m Ferraris “raising all
boats” — or perhaps the 50th
anniversary of the 911? What
does the upcoming Pocket Price
Guide say in terms of buy/sell
range, forecast and percentage of
2. My mechanic tells me
the “S” wide-body versions are
My mechanic, who has over 40 years experience
exclusively servicing Porsches, and Porsche Club of America
credentials, tells me the market for 993s is going crazy
becoming investment grade. He
tells me (and the Internet would
seem to confirm) of trades in the
$60k–$80k range. Again, is this
signal or is this noise? Are these
now unique enough to be “B”
3. Are all 911 models being
carried by the same rising tide or
is it limited to select versions?
4. What about long-distance
purchases? Are there things I
can do to ensure I do not buy a
As my search is still very ac-
tive, I would like your opinion(s)
on whether or not I need to
revisit my target price. Or should
I just be patient and continue
looking until I find my car?
I remain a loyal reader and
eagerly await your reply.
— Jon Sloss, Brooklyn, NY
Jim Schrager responds:
These are great questions, and
the answer winds through two
different ideas. The first has to
do with our Price Guide, and
the difference between a #2 and
#1 car; the second with market
All our Price Guide cars are
noted as #2 cars, and it sounds
like maybe you are looking
at #1 (or near #1) cars. The
difference in the Porsche world
can be 100% between a #2 and
a #1. This huge bump in price
reflects how hard it is to restore
a Porsche to true #1 status — or
keep a used one that nice. My
concern is that you are using
our #2 Price Guide while you
are looking at #1 cars.
993 Carrera S wide-body
cars have held their value quite
well for many years now. These
cars have what we call “momentum”;
that is, they have already
been discovered by collectors as
cars to own. When buying one
of these in the strong up-market
that we have now, the question
you are forced to ask is: How
long will the market continue
to go up? If you think forever,
then you can buy a car that has
already appreciated in price
and then simply watch it go up
each month. However, if you
think the market will correct one
day, then these cars will correct
along with it. And yes, without a
doubt, car prices can and do go
down at times.
The regular-body 993s may
be being dragged along with
the wide bodies — or may have
found a following on their own.
But in a market correction, usually
the “followers” — similar
cars tagging along behind the
really desirable ones — drop
the furthest. So in this strong
up-market, you have to be
careful with the hypothesis that
tomorrow’s buyers will act the
same as today’s.
Most Porsches are going up
in value, but absolutely not all.
Many are left behind — it is
model-specific. Do not think you
can buy any Porsche and it will
There is absolutely no perfect
way to buy a car long-distance
without seeing it yourself. If
you do this (and I do it myself
all the time), you are taking a
We will review the grade
on the wide-body 993 cars as
more time passes. They have
behaved unusually, as they have
not gone down in price since
near-new, but for the past 15
years have not gone up either
(until now). “Investment Grade”
isn’t awarded until we see a
car actually go up in value;
although granted that the price
performance of this car is quite
unusual so far. They have had
a small group of vocal supporters
rather than a large group,
which has meant supply and
demand were about equal. To
be Investment Grade, you need
many more buyers than sellers
to keep the prices moving up. I’d
call these wide-body 993 cars
“Speculation Grade” — in that
supporters insisted they were
bound to go up, and they didn’t
go down, but they didn’t really
go up, either.
It is a tricky time to jump
in, given how high prices have
risen. Do be careful out there.
and Porsche, Part II
To the Editor:
I am a loyal subscriber and
enjoy seeing your magazine appear
in my mailbox. I have been
at a crossroads of purchasing
a collector Porsche for many
years, but I stumble on pulling
the trigger when it comes to
Maybe this might be suited
for your panel of Porsche
specialists, such as Jim Schrager
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Alan Taylor Company, Inc ........................... 45
Arizona Concours D’ Elegance .................... 91
Artcurial ..................................................... 4–5
Aston Martin of New England ................... 123
Aston Martin Select Dealers ........................ 33
Auto Kennel ............................................... 125
Automobilia Scottsdale .............................. 145
Automotive Restorations Inc. .................... 119
Autosport Designs Inc ................................ 129
Bald Head Garage ...................................... 129
Barrett-Jackson ...................................... 25, 49
Bennett Law Office .................................... 132
Beverly Hills Car Club ................................. 88
Black Horse Garage ................................... 119
Bonhams / SF ......................................... 19, 21
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Chequered Flag International ..................... 133
Chubb Personal Insurance ............................ 23
Classic Investments .................................... 139
Classic Restoration ..................................... 105
Classic Showcase ........................................111
Copley Motorcars ....................................... 138
Cosdel ........................................................ 143
DB Autosportif ............................................. 59
Dealer Accelerate ....................................... 103
Driversource Houston LLC .................. 87, 127
E-Types USA................................................ 41
European Collectibles ................................ 133
Exclusive Motorcars .................................. 109
Exotic Classics ........................................... 106
Fantasy Junction ........................................... 97
Ferrari Financial Services .......................... 115
Florian Seidl Industrieberatungen .............. 116
Fourintune Garage Inc ............................... 143
Gooding & Company ..................................... 2
Greensboro Auto Auction ............................ 51
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Hamann Classic Cars ................................... 87
Hartford Land Ventures, LLC ...................... 95
Heritage Auctions ......................................... 73
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High Mountain Classics ............................... 93
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Jeff Brynan ................................................. 143
JJ Best Banc & Co ..................................... 137
Kevin Kay Restorations ............................. 131
Kidston ......................................................... 15
Leake Auction Company .............................. 79
Legendary Motorcar Company .................... 12
Lucky Collector Car Auctions ................... 117
Luxury Brokers International ..................... 139
Mac Neil Automotive Products Ltd ........... 121
Maserati North America ............................. 148
Maxted-Page Limited ................................... 29
Mercedes Classic Center .............................. 27
Mershon’s World Of Cars .......................... 132
Miller’s Mercedes Parts, Inc ........................ 74
Motorcar Gallery ........................................ 135
Northeast Sportscar .................................... 143
Palm Springs Exotic Car Auctions ............... 83
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RM Auctions .................................. 8–9, 11, 13
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You Write We Read
or Prescott Kelly. I am trying to
determine how to calculate mileage
into a Porsche collector-car
value. As I talk to local Porsche
enthusiasts and browse the
various sources of determining
values — such as the Sports Car
Market Price Guide, the Porsche
Excellence Magazine Valuation
Guide or the Hagerty Valuation
Tool — none of these sources
seem to put mileage into context
in determining the car’s value.
I am considering a 1988
Porsche cabriolet with 131k
miles and a strong maintenance
history, but I am concerned
about the potential maintenance
costs going forward — including
a possible top-end rebuild
in another 15k–20k miles. As
these cars continue to rise in
price in the range of $23k–$26k,
when does mileage come into
play in either moving forward
or passing on a deal? Your help
and perspective would greatly
be appreciated. — Richard
Archambault, via email
Keith Martin replies:
Richard, I think this is a great
question for Jim.
For older cars, say, first-gen
911 and back, miles traveled
takes a back seat to condition.
By now they are so old that
how they have been treated and
preserved over the years is what
For newer cars, say, SCs
forward — where there are still
plenty out there with under 100k
miles — it’s a different question.
Jim Schrager chimes in:
Keith is exactly right.
The 1988 car you are looking
at isn’t a collectible. It is still
a used car, and for used cars,
miles matter. Once a car goes
collectible, miles rarely matter,
as it’s all about condition —
with the exception that to some
folks, super-low miles do add
in value — but perhaps more
because of condition than miles.
A car is collectible in our
definition when today’s price
rises above the cost of the car
when new way back when — and
it is really special when it rises
above the equivalent model in
today’s lineup.— Jim Schrager
replies to Keith Martin and
Jim Schrager: I am really
appreciative that both of you
took the time to reply. Thanks
for your reply. As the 356s and
Enjoy. Financial gains are often best
found in financial assets….
early 911s reached a collectible
status, their prices have risen
accordingly. As this happened,
the prices for the so-called
“used” car 1983–89 Porsche
911s have steadily climbed based
on supply and demand without
regard to mileage. Now the
lower-mileage cars (60k–80k
miles) are in the $30k range and
the higher-mileage cars are in
the mid-$20k range. It seems like
everyone is caught in a wave of
appreciation. Is there room in
a 1988 cabriolet at $23k–$25k
with 131k miles?
Jim Schrager replies:
Basically, you are asking me if
that car is a good buy.
Of course, I can’t know that
based on year, miles and price.
I’d have to stand in front of the
car and drive it. Assuming it is a
very nice car and well cared for,
my blink is that it is neither underpriced
by $5k nor overpriced
by $5k in today’s market.
I understand these are start-
ing to climb higher in value,
but when the old car market
corrects — as we know it does
from time to time — these newer
cars will be the first to drop. In
every great “Up-Market” for
everything from art to homes
to cars, lesser variants are
dragged along with the best of
the species, and the hangers-on
inevitably don’t have the deep
market support of the better versions
when the bottom falls out.
In the last downdraft, for
example, the truly collectible 356
Speedsters dropped maybe 33%
to 50%. 1984–89 Carreras have
been $25k on down forever, so
now that they are starting up, they
may be right back down again
when the market catches a cold.
All this is a long way of say-
ing I have no idea when the car
you are looking at will appreciate
from here. Will it someday
appreciate? Yes. I think so. Will
this happen during the next
decade? Much less clear. I make
absolutely no claim to know
when the market will bounce
down and back up. But I do think
it will do that.
Buy the car if you like it and
feel it is market-priced today.
My goal was always simply to
enjoy the cars and be able to
sell them when done for what I
had invested. It didn’t always
work out that way. It has been
a delightful bit of happenstance
that some of our two dozen cars
in the warehouse have appreciated
strongly. To say otherwise
seriously confuses the impact of
luck versus skill.
So this is my advice: Enjoy.
Financial gains are often best
found in financial assets.
SCM’s 2014 Guide to the
Arizona Auctions reported an
incorrect auction start time for
Bonhams’ Scottsdale event on
January 16. The auction will
start with automobilia at 9 a.m.
Motorcars will cross the block
beginning at 11 a.m. ♦
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Time Pieces by Alex Hofberg
Roger Dubuis and Geneva’s Mark of Excellence
Horology is defined as the study and manufacture of
time and time pieces. “Haute Horlogerie” is a term u
to describe the uppermost circles of that field. This
place where centuries of watchmaking technique a
tradition merge with the most modern scientific produ
tion capabilities. This is a world of skilled designer
and artisans who breathe aesthetic life into time
pieces. The epicenter of Haute Horlogerie is undoubtedly
Geneva’s rich tradition of timekeeping was so
embedded and revered by the mid-19th century that
the canton who governed Geneva established the
Geneva Seal, a stamp to mark the origin of that time
piece. That stamp also is a symbol of the rigid standards
for the construction and finish of the individual
components within each stamped time piece.
Of the 12 key criteria to obtaining the Geneva Seal
most have to do with the level of hand-finishing of th
individual components in each watch. The holes that a
drilled in the metal plates for jewels must be polish
and the screw heads must be polished or dressed in a p
ticular manner that can only be done by hand. The ed
of all of the components must have chamfers or bevels that
conform to the controlling agency’s standards. The list goes on.
All this adds 30% to 40% more work on a watch — and it is all by
hand. The end result is a watch with extraordinary accuracy and durability.
The durability is a product of reduced friction within the watch
— thanks to the polishing. This also is beneficial during maintenance,
when watch parts must be taken apart and fit back together smoothly
and without damage.
Although a few brands, including Vacheron Constantin, Chopard,
Cartier and Audemars Piguet, offer some watches that are marked with
the Geneva Seal, only one manufacturer
certifies that 100% of their time
pieces are made to that level.
Roger Dubuis, born in Geneva, rose
Production date: 2001
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dinner at the Bodega Espanola, my
favorite restaurant in Zurich
up through the ranks of watchmaking
with such firms as Patek Philippe,
where he headed up their complicatedmovement
department. Dubuis started
his own atelier (workshop)
with designer Carlos Dias. Together,
they began a painstaking and arduous
journey that endeavored to raise the
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aesthetic that celebrates the complex
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a compass rose.
All of this detail brings the eye from the
compressed edges of the watch to the dial center,
where “horloger genevois” and “Bulletin d’Observatoire” are printed
above and below the hands. Horologer Genevois signifies the origin
of Geneva, while “Bulletin d’Observatoire” marks that, among other
distinctions, the watch was independently tested for exact timekeeping
and found to be accurate in the extreme.
On the reverse side, the case back is set with another sapphire
crystal, which is not uncommon in modern watchmaking practice.
However, in this case, the crystal deservedly displays the movement,
which has been finished to the highest standards. The 35-jewel, selfwinding
mechanical movement is adorned with exquisite Côtes de
Genève (a particular striped damascening pattern developed and used
in Geneva), and the rotor is inset with the Roger Dubuis-scripted and
pierced logo applied in 18-karat gold.
Roger Dubuis time pieces — and others coming out of the Canton
of Geneva — are shining examples of industry leaders. Knowing what
goes into making these exquisite time pieces explains some of the
costs to buy one of these watches.
In the pre-owned market, a watch such as the one pictured can be
found in pristine condition for well under $10,000. Given the level of
build quality, this is money well spent.
In Miniature by Marshall Buck
1956–57 Mercedes-Benz 300c Wagon
During the 1950s and 1960s,
wagons were as common as dandelions on
suburban lawns — and often just as exciting.
The polar opposites of run-of-the-mill
wagons were the few custom-built variants
based on makes that did not produce wagons,
such as Aston Martin, Cadillac, MercedesBenz,
and Rolls-Royce. Sighting one was
always a rare experience, and you knew you
were in the presence of something special.
Call them what you will — estate car, shooting brake, wagon, or station
wagon — any of these that now legitimately fall into the “vintage” category
have certainly become collectible.
This model is of a one-off Mercedes-Benz 300c station wagon, custom
built for Mrs. Caroline Ryan Foulke. A woman of immense wealth and impeccable
taste, Foulke was accustomed to only the best. Needless to say, it is
not surprising that an average station wagon would not suffice for transporting
her luggage to and from her yacht. So, this grand automobile came to be
through the suggestion of none other than famed European car dealer Max
Hoffman. Built by coachbuilders Binz GmbH & Co., the car was ordered
in 1956 and completed in 1957, and is the only known 300 Series station
This car was originally Dove Gray with a red
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interior, and it rode on blackwall tires. In later
years it was repainted in Midnight Blue by a
previous (third in line) owner. At some point in
time, whitewall tires were added.
This very handsome 1:43-scale model is from
a relatively new manufacturer, Matrix Scale
Models, based in the Netherlands. They offer
a very eclectic range, which currently includes
seven wagons. Can you see a theme there?
This imposing wagon has been modeled
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1967: Chris Amon, Scuderia Ferrari and a Year
of Living Dangerously
By John Julian, David Bull, 120 pages, $42.78, Amazon
I wasn’t yet driving, so Dad put us all in the car and we drove to Hollywood.
The Cinerama Dome was the destination, and the
movie — “Grand Prix” — changed my life.
In fact, 1966 saw not just the debut of that won-
derful racing film, it was the year ABC televised
the Ford GT40 assault on Le Mans. The picture
was grainy black-and-white, but still you could
see the two American cars cross the line together
— finally beating Ferrari. Officials decided
the win belonged to Bruce McLaren and Chris
Amon, who had started slightly farther back on
the grid than Ken Miles and Denny Hulme.
John Julian must have fallen in love with
“Grand Prix” as well, as it is a touchstone in this book on fellow New
Zealander Chris Amon, the only Kiwi to lead the Ferrari F1 team.
Amon, still active in the motorsports world at 70, had a solid career. He
was always well regarded as highly skilled, wringing good finishes out of lessthan-winning
cars. In the 1960s, drivers weren’t tied to one series or one team,
and Amon was in and out of sports cars, Can-Am cars and F1 cars. Landing at
Ferrari in 1967 looked like the solution to all his problems.
But near the end of the book 1967 is an image of Amon taken at Monaco,
the first F1 points race of the year. Amon is creeping past the inferno in which
his teammate, Lorenzo Bandini, lies trapped. It set the stage for a brutal year,
in which Ferrari lost Mike Parkes after he broke both his legs in a crash,
Günter Klass was killed at Spa and Ludovico Scarfiotti walked away from the
team and the sport.
But this is Amon’s story, which isn’t tragic but certainly
falls into the category of unrelenting hard luck. In 13 seasons
of F1, Amon never took the top step of the podium. No one
doubted his talent or drive, but the results never came. What
is left is the legacy of one of the best-liked men in the paddock
and one of the fastest drivers never to win. As
Mario Andretti joked about Amon’s bad luck, “If he
became an undertaker, people would stop dying.”
Chris Amon was fully involved in the creation of
this book, and his words — plus the words of many of
his contemporaries — make this feel like listening in
on a bench-racing session of the greats.
Fit and finish:
This is a lovely book, with an intriguing mix of text,
quotes and images. The design sets it apart. Julian even
suggests a soundtrack for each chapter.
The movie “Grand Prix” is like a character in this book,
with the quotes of characters in the movie alongside those of
real racers. That is fitting in that Amon drove the Ferrari in
the movie, and he also drove the GT40 camera car, pulling actors
in race cars around the track at more than 100 mph. And
unlike so many books on racing or racing drivers, “1967” has
itself a cinematic quality to it. The prose is often polished and
delicious, minor characters come to life briefly and recede,
but all along the story is driven by Chris Amon, which makes
the read all the more interesting. ♦
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very well indeed. Is it perfect? No,
definitely not. The high-gloss paint
finish covering the perfectly rendered
body is excellent, as is all the
The front lights, although very
good, are a bit of a mixed bag in that
they are not quite as accurate as they
could have been. The signal lights
below the headlamps are too flat,
and the lights atop the fenders stand too high — their tops
should be flush with the chrome strips trailing behind them.
All of the chrome window frames and trim are made
of brightly plated photo-etched metal, and they look great,
but fit is not 100%. The left passenger’s door frames were
bowing out a little on my sample. All other exterior bits,
including the tiny emblems, are perfectly and cleanly fitted.
The interior captures the essence, but sadly, too many
cost-saving corners were cut. The delicate steering wheel
with separate photo-etched horn ring and column-mounted
controls looks wonderful, but the dashboard, which can be
easily seen, is disappointingly weak in detail and accuracy,
and it lacks any attempt to simulate the wood of the real car.
The plump, well-stuffed seats look grand, and Matrix
made an attempt to replicate the elastic web-type pockets on
the seat backs, but they don’t show well, as they are engravings
rather than a separate part. Door-panel detail is good —
but not great — with molded in-door handles and window
cranks lightly painted silver. The ribbed off-white headliner
and sun visors are there and well replicated.
All in all, this is a very good and attractive model. Priced
at $89.97. ACME Trading Co. is the exclusive distributor for
Affordable Classic Mercedes-Benz 500SL/SL500
Appreciation Replaces Depreciation
Mercedes-Benz 500SL/SL500 cars were rarely ridden hard and put away wet
by Gary Anderson
1995 Mercedes-Benz SL500 convertible showing 95k miles on the odometer, sold for $7,500 at Auctions America’s 2013 Spring Carlisle — well bought
lthough enthusiasts may argue over the true definition of “classic” as applied
to automobiles, perhaps we can all agree on one criterion: If at some point
in the car’s lifetime it stops depreciating — its market price stops declining
— and the price then levels off and begins to rise, then the market has
just declared it a classic. If the price continues to drop, then it’s just another used car.
The Mercedes-Benz 500SL roadster, introduced in 1990 on the R129 chassis and
produced for more than 11 years (with its name changed to SL500 in 1994), is among
the most recent automobiles to which the term “classic” — at least by this criterion
— may apply. Prices for these hot little V8-powered roadsters with detachable hard
tops did decline for many years from their original prices in the high five-digit range.
However, for the past five years or so, the price for an example in very good condition
has been stable at about $15,000 to $18,000.
The marvelous thing about the 500SL/SL500 is what that price buys you. With a little
careful research and some patience, you should be able to find one that will give you the
best of both worlds: good contemporary performance with all the modern conveniences
of safety and comfort, in a traditionally styled
sports car that you should eventually be able
to sell for more than you paid.
New lines, rounded ends
The history is pretty straightforward.
Mercedes-Benz had produced the previous
generation of SL on the R107 chassis (as
a blossoming Mercedes-Benz enthusiast,
you’ll need to start memorizing chassis
numbers that describe long production runs
of similar models) for over 18 years. Perhaps
as much out of boredom as anything else, designer
Bruno Sacco — who took Mercedes
Years produced: 1989–2001
Number produced: 79,827 (1989–98);
Original list price: $85,000–$100,000
Current SCM Valuation: $8,000–$13,000
Pros: Modern safety, comfort, and performance in a
classic roadster body
Cons: Badly maintained examples can be money pits
Best place to drive one: California State Route 1 (Pacific
Coast Highway) from San Diego to Crescent City
Club: Mercedes-Benz Club of America
out of the hard-edged traditional design period — styled
the clean lines and rounded ends of the new roadster.
At the same time, Mercedes engineers, freed finally
from having to retrofit a succession of new devices and
gizmos into the previous chassis and drivetrain, had
a field day making this the flagship sports car of the
Mercedes-Benz lineup. They installed the newest of
everything, including driver’s and passenger’s airbags,
a rollover bar that deployed in one-third of a second, and
crumple zones that kept the passenger’s compartment
intact in the event that the new anti-lock braking system
and improved suspension failed to prevent roll-over if
the driver took too much advantage of the 326 horsepower
from the 5-liter V8.
New name, features in 1994
In 1994, the body style suffix and engine capacity
prefix were reversed from 500SL to SL500 to be consistent
with the new Mercedes-Benz nomenclature.
Mercedes-Benz, always at the leading edge of safety
systems, also introduced the first-generation electronic
stability control, which used the ABS actuators in combination
with pitch and yaw sensors to selectively brake
individual wheels in order to reduce the chances of skids
In 1998, a new, more fuel-efficient V8 engine was
introduced, along with a 5-speed automatic transmission
replacing the 4-speed autobox. Although power on
the new engine was reduced slightly to 315 horsepower,
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the new automatic transmission kept overall performance at an enjoyable
In the best Benz design traditions, the car remains attractive two de-
cades after its introduction. Comfort and luxury in the cabin, unsparing
when the car was introduced, still make the driver and passenger feel
special when they open the doors.
As with every roadster produced in Stuttgart since the 1950s, the
500SL and SL500 came standard with both a removable hard top and
a folding soft top. Even better, the soft top was now automatic, and retracted
in less than a minute to stow itself under a neat metal tonneau
cover. (Jaguar wouldn’t have a similar feature on its roadsters for another
The wonderful little secret about buying one of these cars is that, in
spite of their potential performance, they were almost never driven hard or put away wet.
On the contrary, many could be advertised with the phrase truthfully published: “Driven
sparingly and only on weekends to and from the golf club by obsessive older gentleman.”
The very best car to buy — and examples are not all that hard to find — is one
that has had only one or two owners from new and has been maintained carefully as
evidenced by complete service documentation and the overall condition of the car.
The rarest of these cars were the AMG versions, as the AMG partnership with
Mercedes-Benz was just beginning and fewer than 200 examples were made.
Unfortunately, AMG exterior badges and wheels can be purchased easily, but the
badge on the top of the engine signed by the technician who built that engine is much
harder to fake. The Mercedes Classic Center also supplies a certificate showing the
original build specifications of every unit to verify “matching-numbers” claims.
Watch out for wiring, instruments
Weak links start with the wondrous biodegradable wiring harness that EU envi-
ronmental considerations mandated during the 1993–95 period. Most of these have
long since deteriorated exactly as they were designed to do and have been replaced.
However, if the harness is in poor condition, a replacement can cost several thousand
dollars unless you enjoy getting up close and personal with every part of the engine
compartment — in which case the harnesses are available from Mercedes-Benz for
1990 500SL convertible
On the earlier cars, check head gaskets and instru-
ment clusters. Necessary repairs may not have been
made by older owners who weren’t paying attention to
the car. Similarly, make sure that the soft top and rollover
bars work properly. Hydraulic problems can cause
problems with both that can be costly to fix. Check the
seals and plastic window on the soft top, and the condition
of the hard top. These are great features but can
suffer from careless maintenance and poor storage.
Maintenance costs may seem high — a good basic
number is $1,000 a year — but for that price you’re
buying knowledgeable, well-trained specialists at the
dealer or specialist independent shops with good access
to replacement parts. Considering the satisfaction/price
ratio, ownership is a good value.
If you’ve often seen yourself driving down the
boulevard in a top-down roadster with classic lines, but
just couldn’t handle the purchase price and inevitable
depreciation, the SL500 is definitely a car to consider. ♦
Collecting Thoughts 110-Year-Old Cars Sell for Huge Money
Big Prices From the Dawn of Automotive History
Both of these rare, long-cherished cars have been fixtures of the London to
Brighton Veteran Car Run since the middle 1930s
by Miles Collier
If you’ve driven one to a successful journey’s end,
then, like Kenneth Grahame’s Mr. Toad in The Wind
in the Willows, you’ll never be the same. This is a
market of passionate and knowledgeable collectors.
Consequently, when cars as special as these two come
on offer, buyers don’t require a lot of hoopla to break
out their checkbooks.
Special, cared-for survivors
Second, well-used, well-loved and well-preserved,
our two subjects, the Panhard and the Clement-Talbot,
are doubly special. The number of cars that have
survived from the dawn of motoring to the present is
vanishingly small compared with the survivors from
By now, I think we’re all tired of hearing about
1903 Clement-Talbot Type CT4K
ow can these cars from the dawn of time bring such crazy
money?” With these words, Publisher Martin asked me to
make sense of two close-as-makes-no-difference milliondollar
sales at Bonhams’ London to Brighton Run auction on
November 1, 2013.
Our two cars of interest are a 1903 Clement-Talbot Type CT4K with
Roi d’Italie coachwork that sold for $976,298 including commissions,
and a 1902 Panhard et Levassor Type B1 with rear-entrance tonneau
that sold for $940,228 including commissions.
From the standpoint of auction-house fundamentals, these two cars
are virtually twins. Let’s analyze the two sales as they clearly show
what can happen when every element that supports a favorable price is
present and correct.
First let’s start with the veteran-car market itself. Cars from the
primitive age of the automobile are largely unfathomable to the general
collector-car market, which is why I cited Publisher Martin’s comment.
While nostalgia is the portal through which so many collectors of
more recent cars enter the field, one comes to an interest in veteran automobiles
only after a great deal of exposure and study. Nevertheless,
among the initiated, cars from the primitive era enjoy a very enthusiastic
following. Such collectors find the quirkiness and ingenuity of these
early attempts at automobility absolutely fascinating.
While unsuited to the demands of modern traffic, the required
hands-on fettling these automobiles demand as part of the driving
experience makes for engagement that is hard to surpass with newer
Yes, they are difficult to drive, being relatively fragile, often under-
powered and slow. When they are not slow, they are thoroughly intimidating.
They possess diabolical handling and are devoid of brakes; and
yes, they are horribly uncomfortable when the weather is inclement.
But none of those issues are bugs — they’re features.
another “preservation” find that has lain neglected,
moldering in its own juices for umpty-ump years. True
preservation cars are those that have aged gracefully in
the public eye while in the hands of a knowledgeable
and sensitive owner. These are the most desirable of all
collectible automobiles. Such cars have little problem
attracting huge interest when they finally (and very,
very rarely) come on the market.
All the best examples have been held for decades —
if not generations — by one individual or family. This consistent ownership
has protected the car from the interventions of multiple owners,
one of whom sooner or later performs some indignity on his new prize.
We see that the Panhard has been owned by the Boorman family
since 1935; and the Clement-Talbot by the late Stanley Sears, one of
the founders of the worldwide historic-car movement, since 1936. That
this Talbot was one of the first cars in his great collection makes it like
owning George Washington’s ax.
While both our cars have had conservation work — and in the case
of the Panhard, even a restoration involving substantial engine work
and replacement of the chassis timbers, which may explain the lower
auction result despite a higher pre-sale estimate — that process was
caused by decades of ordinary use.
Naturally, their presentation is rough and ready by today’s archival
conservation standards, but note that these cars have never been out of
service except to replace components as they wore beyond use.
Important then, important now
We often say that what was special
in the day is special now.
Exclusive makes and models, special coachwork, powerful engines —
all these factors elevate our subject automobiles above the ordinary.
These cars are large, 4-cylinder machines from a time when 1- or 2-
cylinder engines were the norm. Their taxable horsepower designations
of 12 and 18, when single digits were the norm, signify that they are
important automobiles. Their coachwork is some of the most handsome
and impressive of the day, built by noted firms: Labourdette for the
Panhard, and Rheims, Auscher et Cie, trading as Rothschild et Fils, for
the Talbot. Our two subjects were impressive cars in the day, and are
all the more so now.
Third, among important veteran automobiles there is the chance
of finding an example that was owned by a notable person. The early
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Simon Clay, courtesy of Bonhams
member of historic-car “royalty.” This is as fine a provenance as you
London to Brighton veterans
Fourth, it is a truism that a significant event for a particular make
and model of car or type of car can hugely increase demand, and hence
price for the car in question.
Automobiles dated earlier than 1905 are eligible for one of the most
famous, exclusive and oldest old-car motoring events in the world —
the London to Brighton Veteran Car Run.
Established in 1927 and held annually in November to commemo-
rate the original “Emancipation Run” of November 14, 1896, London to
Brighton is the world’s largest gathering of veteran cars, often starting
with more than 400 machines in Hyde Park, London, for the 60-mile
drive to Brighton.
So important is this one event in the veteran-car world that the mar-
1902 Panhard et Levassor Type B1
motorcar in Europe and the U.K. was very much the possession of the
period’s movers and shakers.
That the Panhard, one of the truly elite early marques, was owned
by C.S. Rolls’ (of Rolls-Royce) father, Lord Llangattock, and in all
likelihood personally sold to him by his son, makes this car almost
inconceivably special. Indeed, I might suppose the higher estimate was
based on this celebrated history.
The Clement-Talbot, only slightly less prestigious in the day, was
found and purchased in 1936 by the great and celebrated Stanley Sears,
who was a connoisseur, noted collector of early Rolls-Royce cars and
ket attaches a significant price premium to London to Brighton-eligible
cars. So fierce is the demand for qualifying cars that revolution was
fomented some years ago when the organizers decided to allow cars
After much Sturm und Drang, the 1905 cutoff was restored, and so
it remains today. Both of these cars are not only London to Brighton
eligible, but have been fixtures of the event since the middle 1930s.
Functionally, both cars are easily capable of transporting four or five
intrepid riders to Brighton with minimal fuss. Both cars will always be
the center of attention and interest.
In sum, these two very similar cars represent a once-in-a-lifetime
opportunity to acquire a pre-eminent veteran automobile that has been
cherished in the bosom of important collectors for more than 70 years.
Should I find myself on the London to Brighton Run, and should I be
passed by either of these great cars, I’ll tip my hat. Both cars were well
bought and sold. ♦
Simon Clay, courtesy of Bonhams
Legal Files John Draneas
Lawsuit Has a Bearing on Porsche Owners
An IMS bearing failure spells disaster. As the piece falls apart, metal bits
travel throughout the engine
Since the settlement was reached, more than 3,000 claims
have been processed. Settlement payments are currently in
the $3.4 million range.
The thrust of the settlement was essentially to lengthen
the warranty period on the IMS bearing. Porsche new-car
warranties are typically four years/50,000 miles, whichever
comes first. In addition, used cars purchased through the
Porsche Approved Certified Pre-Owned Program were given
additional warranties. Basically, the settlement extends the
warranty on the IMS bearing to 10 years/130,000 miles.
Complete information can be obtained by visiting the
2002 Porsche Boxster — does expensive trouble lurk within?
ince a 2001 Porsche Boxster S resides in the “Legal Files” garage,
this letter from noted Porsche authority Pete Zimmermann
caught my attention:
Dear Legal Files:
It appears that Porsche has a problem. A really big problem. All
because of a bearing, to be exact, an IMS (Intermediate Shaft) bearing.
That bearing is an internal engine part, and it fails. Repair cost can
range between $3,000 and $20,000-plus.
Unlike past engineering mistakes, Porsche ignored the IMS bearing
problem for far too long. Too many engines have failed, or cost owners
dearly. Porsche did eventually acknowledge the problem, but not
before a class-action lawsuit, covering cars built between 1/1/2001 and
12/31/2005, was filed.
It appears that, for whatever reason, Porsche underestimated the
severity of the IMS bearing problem, or underestimated the resources,
disappointment and resolve of the owners of failed models. It’s been
said that perception is everything. Reputation is also everything. The
two are now on a collision course; where the pieces fall is anybody’s
guess. That said, the ball is in Porsche’s court.
Zimmermann obviously has strong feelings about the subject, but
there is no question that he knows a lot about Porsches. Zimmermann
was the longtime owner of the Red Line Porsche repair shop in
California and is the author of The Used 911 Story.
Zimmermann explains that the crankshaft drives the intermediate
shaft, which in turn drives the camshafts via timing chains. Several of the
recent water-cooled Porsches used a ball-bearing-style bearing, which
has been the problem. When the IMS bearing fails, it can be disastrous.
As the bearing falls apart, metal bits travel throughout the engine. As it
continues to fail, the cam timing can go off and allow the pistons to hit the
open valves. In either case, the fix is often a replacement engine.
The lawsuit, “Eisen v. Porsche Cars North America Inc.,” was filed
by Glendale, CA, attorney Stephen M. Harris. It became a class action
covering the IMS bearing claims of all owners of certain Porsches —
most 2001–05 Boxsters and most 2001–05 911s other than the Turbos,
GT2s and GT3s. The class action covers a total of 57,929 Porsches.
Harris explained to “Legal Files” that the IMS bearing in these cars
was simply “not robust enough.” He said the failure rate for the IMS
bearing was “around 10%.” He also pointed out that Porsche repaired
approximately 3,100 of these cars at a cost of over $20 million. The
lawsuit was filed to pursue the claims of the remaining affected owners.
settlement website, www.imsporschesettlement.com. But
generally, the compensation varies depending upon the
owner’s status and the miles driven, with no compensation for
cars more than 10 years old.
For cars purchased new, 100% reimbursement is afforded
to cars with up to 50,000 miles, matching the original warranty. At
50,001 miles, the compensation reduces to 90%, declining 10% for
each 10,000 miles until settling at 40% for miles between 100,000 and
130,000. No compensation is allowed for failures after 130,000 miles.
The compensation is the applicable percentage of your out-of-pocket
costs for the repair of damage following an IMS bearing failure. There
is no compensation without a failure, and no compensation is paid to
those who replaced the bearings before they failed.
Used cars purchased under the Porsche Approved Certified Pre-
Owned Program are treated a little differently. The compensation stays
at 100% until 100,000 miles, then falls to 25%. Owners who bought
their used cars from other sources don’t fare as well. Their reimbursement
percentage is 25% at all mileage ranges up to 130,000.
What are class members’ choices?
If you owned one of the covered vehicles, you would have been sent
a notice that explained your alternatives. First off, you were given the
choice whether to remain a member of the class or to opt out. If you
wanted to opt out, you had to affirmatively say so.
If you opted out, you would not be eligible to participate in the
settlement. However, that left you free to pursue all of your legal claims
on your own, in any way that you desired.
If you did not affirmatively opt out, you automatically remained a
member of the class. That means that your legal claims were settled
along with those of all class members. You can receive the compensation
provided in the settlement, but nothing more. You are no longer
able to sue Porsche.
Class members who had suffered an IMS bearing failure on or be-
fore July 17, 2013, were required to file a claim by October 15, 2013. If
you were in that group and did not file the claim, then you missed the
boat. You can’t file a claim now, and you can’t sue by yourself.
Class members who had not yet suffered an IMS bearing failure did
not have to file anything. Rather, they simply wait and see what happens.
If a failure occurs within the 10-year/130,000-mile time frame,
they can file a claim when the failure occurs.
If you own one of these cars — especially one that was not covered
by the class action — you should pay attention and develop your own
As Harris points out, the failure rate is about 10%. That means that
about 90% of these cars will never experience an IMS bearing failure.
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You can choose to play those odds and just do nothing. However, if you
end up in the 10% group, the repair could be a $20,000-plus engine
replacement, which could exceed the value of your car.
Zimmermann recommends prophylactic measures. Shorten your
oil change intervals to 5,000 miles or one year, whichever comes first.
Change the oil filter at each oil change. And, each time, have the old
filter cut open and examined for metal fragments. If any are found,
change the IMS bearing right away. The same thing can be done with a
laboratory examination of the used oil.
If the time comes to replace the clutch, or to rebuild the automatic
transmission, much of the IMS bearing replacement work will be done.
That is the time to finish the job. The most popular fix is to install a
ceramic IMS bearing manufactured by LN Engineering. The parts cost
is about $700, and the additional labor is about that much again. The
ceramic bearings seem to do the trick, but Zimmermann points out that
we don’t have enough data about their durability. If the tranny comes
out again, he recommends replacing the ceramic bearing as well just
to be safe.
Zimmermann points out that there are two troublesome groups: One
is the cars manufactured before 2001, which were not included in the
class action. Owners of those cars are on their own.
The other is the mid-2005 through 2009 group. Porsche modified the
IMS bearing in mid-2005, which is why those cars were not included
in the class action. The modifications seem to have done the trick, but
we haven’t had enough time yet to know for sure. If your car is in that
model range, it would be prudent to take the strategic steps described
In 2009, Porsche eliminated the IMS and its bearings altogether, so
cars built after that move are not affected at all.
Is it a good deal?
Class actions are often criticized on the basis that they do more
for the lawyers than the class members. In fact, the lawyers here are
requesting compensation of just under $1 million.
However, the system seems to have worked pretty well here. Porsche
was unwilling to fix all failures, and an affected owner would have been
hard-pressed to incur the substantial litigation expenses — lawyers as
well as expert witnesses — needed to prove liability. The class action
was the only economical way to resolve all of these claims.
Some have criticized the mileage proration, but that has to be viewed
as a compromise. All failures that occurred within the warranty period
are 100% covered. The settlement extends the warranty period considerably,
albeit on a prorated basis. That should be seen as a reasonable
Many have criticized the lack of any compensation for those who
solved the problem by replacing the IMS bearing before it could fail.
Their claims are sympathetic, but we have to bear in mind that this
is a warranty issue. If the IMS bearing was replaced as “preventive
maintenance,” the damage was avoided and no warranty issue arose.
That makes it hard to force compensation from the manufacturer. Keep
in mind that the failure rate has been about 10%. That means that about
90% of the preventive-maintenance IMS bearing replacements were
One last angle — Harris points out that the lawsuit caused 57,929
notices to be sent to Porsche owners, many of whom knew nothing
about the IMS bearing risks. Making them aware of the potential problem,
and affording them the opportunity to deal with it as they saw fit,
carried substantial added value.
“Legal Files” would rate the settlement as a pretty good deal. It’s not
perfect, but it is a reasonable resolution, strikes a pretty fair balance,
and lets us move on. That’s about all you can ever expect from a settlement
of any legal claim. ♦
JOHN DRANEAS is an attorney in Oregon. His comments are general
in nature and are not intended to substitute for consultation with an
attorney. He can be reached through www.draneaslaw.com.
Simon Says Simon Kidston
Be Smart, Be Nice and Be There
A cool head, experience and advance planning can give you the edge over
given more time and money?”
Try to figure out where in
the hierarchy of similar objects
this one lies. If it’s at the
very top — this is where you
need to do proper
— don’t be surprised if the
pre-sale estimate is blitzed.
Collectors are smarter and
better informed than ever, and
the big players want the best.
Ask the auction special-
If you’re going to bid on a car, there’s no substitute for being at the auction
ver wondered if there’s a better or worse strategy for buying at
auction — other than avoiding the bidder’s bar beforehand?
Having spent the first 18 years of my career on the other side
of the podium, it’s a whole new dynamic to now find myself
jousting with former colleagues in a friendly — but high-stakes — duel
between their auctioneer’s gavel and my bidder’s paddle.
If you think it’s nerve wracking looking after your own interests,
spare a thought for those who earn a living doing it for others — auctioneers
and buyers’ agents alike. One wrong move can cost your client
more than just money; it might cost him what you were asked to bid
upon in the first place. It also might cost you your reputation.
A cool head, a healthy dose of experience and advance planning go
a long way to putting you in the best position possible and giving you
the edge over other bidders.
Last month there were some inside tips for sellers; now it’s the buy-
The first may seem obvious, but you’d be amazed how many people
ignore it: Be nice. Auction-house staff tend to be in their chosen career
because they love what they do — it’s rarely the pay which attracts
them — and they’ll go the extra mile for clients with a ready smile
and a “thank you.” Even when problems happen, a civil approach will
almost always trump confrontation. Remember that although they’re
rivals, staff and management from different houses talk to each other
informally. News travels fast, so don’t get a reputation as the bad guy.
Do your homework
So you’ve seen something in a catalog that piques your interest.
Don’t leave it until the last minute to find out more; send an email, or
better still, get on the phone.
Auction houses can’t always tell the full story in print, so you’ll get
much more color and background in a conversation. Try asking: “What
are its plus points, and the minus ones? Could you find me a better one
ist what the level of pre-sale
interest is like. They’ll never
say “zero,” but if they expect
this particular lot to fly, take
them seriously — but don’t
be scared to take part even if
your budget is lower. Some of
the most hyped lots in the car
world have fallen flat, leaving
more than one person wishing
they’d had a go: Witness a
certain Bond DB5 sold on just
Be in the room
This brings us to two more considerations: Assuming you’ve done
your research, and read the catalog carefully so you know all the pitfalls
of the car (remember prefaces such as “We understand from the
seller…” “The vendor assures us that…” and “Although the early history
of this car is still being researched…” are not statements of fact,
much less guarantees), you need to decide how to bid (in person? By
telephone? Commission bid?) and, most importantly, how much.
I always prefer to bid in person; you have a much better feel for how
the auction is going, and if you’ve been around auctions for long enough
you’ll probably also know if you’re bidding against another buyer or the
reserve. Like it or not, chandelier bidding — or whatever you want to
call it — is legal and perfectly acceptable in the auction world, but it’s
amazing how many bidders seem blissfully ignorant that the auctioneer
can bid up to the reserve price to get things going. You’d be surprised
at how many cars at a recent high-profile auction had just one person
bidding upon them.
Beware of no-reserve cars. The auctioneer can’t invent fictitious bids
on these, but a common ploy is to inflate the pre-sale estimate to make
anything less seem like good value. The magic words “no reserve” next
to the estimate mean the auction house doesn’t need to worry that a high
range will scare bidders away.
Telephone bidding is convenient, but you’ll never know from a few
snatched words with the staffer before the lot is sold how the auction
is really going, and lack of feel for the room can mean you overpay or
lose the car.
Commission bidding — where you leave a written bid before the
sale — is even more remote, and some would argue that showing your
hand so early is rarely an advantage for the bidder. Before I run out of
space and sign off (let me know if you want more next month), my final
advice is to be ruthless with yourself in setting a bidding limit before
the auction. A limit is painful, but it saves some extreme agony after the
hammer has gone down. ♦
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be seen in the context of those events.
While $62m is certainly impressive for a two-hour
collector-car sale, Sotheby’s Impressionist & Modern
Art sale on November 6, 2013, saw $60m spent on a pair
of Picasso paintings, while Sotheby’s Contemporary Art
Evening Auction on November 13 saw bidding open at
$70m on the star lot, a 1963 Andy Warhol piece, which
went on to sell at $105.1m.
Cars are entering the fine-art world, but they are still
relatively small beans.
A key goal of “Art of the Automobile” was to intro-
duce collector cars to the well-heeled, knowledgeable art
and antique collectors who form the cream of Sotheby’s
“We did tours for a large number of invited Sotheby’s
1960 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster
— such as “The Allure of the Automobile” in Portland and Atlanta — raised the bar for
the display of vehicles, even in the traditional auction tent settings.
The time was clearly right to bring the auto market to its highest arena.
Alain Squindo, vice president of RM Auctions, said Sotheby’s looked for the same
qualities in the auction cars as they do in fine art.
In another nod to the museum world, the catalog, with images all shot in the quietly
elegant style of noted photographer Michael Furman, was a lavishly produced 431page
tome — with no vehicle receiving fewer than six pages of display.
Black tie beginnings
The roots of this groundbreaking auction stretch all the way back to 1959, when
the auction sale of the paintings, sculpture and antiques from the estate of Mrs. Byron
Chrysler Foy at the Parke-Bernet Galleries in New York City was as notable for the
dress of the attendees as for the property offered.
“Can you imagine attending an auction sale… where the buyers came attired in
evening jackets and semi-formal dress?” gushed the Spokane Spokesman-Review in
its “New York Letter” column of May 30, 1959. Mrs. Foy was the daughter of Walter
P. Chrysler, and the sale of her effects brought out 30,000 visitors in preview and set a
record when it realized $2.62m.
A year earlier, Peter Wilson, the chairman of Sotheby’s, had launched black-tie eve-
ning sales in London with a sale of seven Impressionist and post-Impressionist paintings
from a single German collection. The sale included masterpieces by Cézanne, van Gogh,
Manet and Renoir. In 21 minutes, the paintings were hammered sold for a total of over
$2m, including the record for a painting sold at auction, $616,000 for a Cézanne.
It was auction as theater, with Hollywood stars, literary figures and the European
nobility invited and pre-event press coverage courted and encouraged. The auction
room had come far from the wholesale liquidation market it had traditionally been
since the mid-eighteenth century.
We are now witnessing the collector-car auction market make a similar move up-
ward. The “Art of the Automobile” sale unquestionably represented a similar quantum
leap in the attitude and presentation of the top tier of collectible cars.
How did RM and Sotheby’s come to create this event?
“It all started late one night,” said Max Girardo, RM auctioneer and car specialist.
“The idea was to select 30 of the world’s best cars — not the most expensive or the
most valuable, but the best in each category. We have a Messerschmitt, but it’s a Tiger.
We have an E-type, but it’s a Series I that’s beautifully restored; a Ferrari 250 GT
series II cabriolet, but it’s the only covered-headlight example.”
This curated collection was assembled to tell the story of more than 100 years of
automobiles. The lots ranged from an 1892 Brewster “Park Drag” carriage through the
2011 Bugatti Veyron Gran Sport Bleu Nuit roadster. The collection included a pair of
two-wheeled offerings: a 1957 F.B. Mondial GP racing bike and a 1914 Flying Merkel
The growing link between art and cars
The “Art of the Automobile” sale was scheduled to immediately follow the major
fall art sales, and the $62m total realized for the 30 vehicles sold in the auction has to
1933 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Continental Sports coupe
clients during preview, and while they’re probably not
going to buy a $10m car, they will gain an appreciation
and understanding and may buy a 300SL Roadster,
Gullwing or something else not in the stratosphere from
a price point of view,” Girardo said. “It’s about us presenting
the product in a different way to a new clientele
which broadens our horizon.”
A glimpse of the future?
In the end, there is no doubt that this event has estab-
lished a new benchmark for the presentation and sale of
It is equally clear that the lessons learned from this
event will resonate throughout the upper end of the auction
market. Leading auction companies always look for
ways to attract top clients — and the consignments that
might tempt them.
In the world of paintings, most of the top sales are
achieved at public auctions. This has not been the case
with cars, where the most valuable cars have usually
sold in private transactions.
The availability of venues and presentations such as
“Art of the Automobile” will lure the owners of Ferrari
GTOs and other important, historic vehicles to consider
auction sale as a meaningful alternative for their true
“works of art.”
Leslie Keno, an international authority on American
furniture and a Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance
Preservation Class Judge, is a senior vice president at
Keno, who served as lead liaison for Sotheby’s in the
“Art of the Automobile” auction, said collector cars appeal
to Sotheby’s fine-art clientele.
“We’ve seen interest from collectors from very dif-
ferent categories — passion for cars is a primal thing,
almost instinctual,” Keno said. “Art and furniture collectors
respond to line, proportion, beauty, design and
color. It’s easy to find those in great cars, while watch
and clock collectors may connect with the technology,
science and engineering.” ♦
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London to Brighton 2013
Increased fees and red tape didn’t stop the 1903 Searchmont, but a broken
valve spring almost did
by Robert Ames
entrants have been particularly made
most welcome. In fact, on the occasion
of my first participation, my
Oldsmobile and I were collected from
Gatwick in the wee hours of the morning
by the late Veteran Car Company
stalwart Bernard Garrett. He was there
at midnight with a trailer, helped me
clear customs, provided the required
insurance and took me to breakfast!
While U.S. participation is still
very much encouraged, there is at least
one change that has complicated entering
a machine that is new to the event.
This is the dating process.
A new committee has been formed
with the intention of much more rigorous
inspection and research of any
vehicle submitted for dating. A fee of
$800 is charged, and your car needs
to be in the U.K. at a specified place
and time for an inspection involving a
couple of days. This undertaking is not
strictly essential to participation, as
cars may be accepted on a one-timeonly
basis via a “passport.”
This year, I organized an “Oregon
Pre-race anticipation for the Ames family aboard their 1903 Searchmont
’m a grizzled veteran of the London to Brighton Veteran Car Run — the annual
first-Sunday-in-November event in which cars dating from 1904 and older leave
London’s Hyde Park and motor 60-odd miles to the Brighton waterfront.
This hugely popular drive generally takes place in bitter cold or relentless rain.
Over the course of the past 30 years, I’ve encountered most types of English weather
while aboard American, French and English cars. I’ve also weathered breakdowns
dealt with successfully — and complete failure to proceed.
This year was different. The weather on November 3, 2013, was cool and sunny,
ideal for a trip in an aged vehicle with thermosiphon cooling. Entries, however, were
off substantially, from an announced 500 in 2012 to 421 this year — with just 385 actually
at Hyde Park. No doubt some of the drop in entries was due to diabolical weather
last year. I also suspect that fewer cars was clearly a reaction to entry fees being raised
to the $500 range — a big increase from less than $100 a few years ago.
Still, this is a justifiable charge for entry into an
Plan ahead: November 2, 2014
Where: London’s Hyde Park to Madeira Drive,
Cost: Free to watch. Entry fees vary, as older
cars — those built before January 1,
1900 — have a fee of $205, while those
built from January 1, 1900, to December
31, 1904, are charged $410
iconic and historic motoring event. An additional
$400 or so is pretty incidental for U.S. entrants,
who have already paid for getting the car and
themselves to and from London plus local transport,
hotels and so on.
This is a costly event to stage, and the Royal
Automobile Club has said it is no longer able to justify
annual losses in staging London to Brighton.
The London to Brighton has always encouraged
participation from abroad — and U.S.
raid” of four American-built cars, one
of which was not accepted. Two of the
three cars we did bring over had done
the run in years past and had been
dated by the predecessor committee.
They were accepted, as was the third car via the passport.
My car, a 1903 Searchmont, is a good example of the
kind of unneeded dating confusion that can confront
an unsuspecting owner. The car is well known in U.S.
veteran collector-car circles, as its ownership history
includes Bill Pollack, Henry Austin Clark, Jim Conant,
John Mozart and Dick King prior to my purchase.
Bill Pollack requested dating of the car in 1982 dur-
ing his ownership. In his application, Pollack stated he
believed the car was sold in 1904. The Searchmont was
Searchmont designer Lee Chadwick dated December
9, 1955, stating: “It was built either in 1902 or early in
1903. There were no Searchmont cars built after 1903,
as the company went out of business in 1903 and was
working on a new 4-cylinder that I designed for them,
in early 1903. I believe that all the 2-cylinder/12-hp cars
were built in late 1902 and I feel pretty sure that none of
the cars were built as late as 1903.”
The week of the 2011 London to Brighton Run,
I gave a copy of this letter — plus details of the 1903
Searchmont bankruptcy proceedings — to Mr. Toby
Ward, who I’d been advised would be a member of a
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new dating committee.
In June of this year I was advised by Mr. Ward that the
Searchmont would need to be inspected in the U.K. by
two members of the new Veteran Car Company Limited
Dating Advisory Committee and the requisite fee paid.
I chose not to do this, although the car was already in
England for the event. Why? Because the documentation
of most American veteran cars is located in the United
States. Most of these documents are in the Detroit Public
Library, the AACA library and archives created by longtime
collectors such as Bill Pollack.
However well intended the new dating committee
may be, and I’m sure it is, I simply chose not to take a
chance that the car might again be misidentified as to its
age. This time, I opted for the one-time passport.
The solution for those of us waiting to bring American
veterans over for the event and have them accurately
dated is for the VCC to appoint a U.S. counterpart, such
as the ACCA, to undertake this task here in this country.
On to Brighton
All in all, London to Brighton weekend was great fun
for all, including our first-timer sons and daughters-inlaw.
The Regent Street Motor Show was a blast, although
the veterans on display seemed a bit overwhelmed by
the huge turnout of Aston Martins in celebration of the
marque’s centennial year.
Everyone enjoyed event sponsor Bonhams’ Friday
auction in its fabulous new galleries on Bond Street —
and their evening cocktail party.
For once, Sunday dawned sunny. Weather was my
biggest concern — particularly after last year’s monsoon
and failure to commence aboard Robert Brooks’ 1899
Panhard et Levassor, hot-tube ignition and all!
Despite our late start aboard the misdated Searchmont (starting order is by year,
oldest first), the first few miles of London traffic were easily cleared. My co-pilots were
sons Alex and Brian, both on their first London to Brighton.
Upon prompt arrival in Crowley — the midway point — we took a tea and fluid-
check break. Then we pressed the Searchmont on toward the challenge of the hills ahead.
And then the drama began. Halfway up the first hill — and within 20 miles of
the Brighton waterfront — our 110-year-old Philadelphia-built machine unceremoniously
quit. Was fuel the problem? The carburetor was fiddled with — and ultimately
field-stripped, blown out and reassembled. Ignition? Fouled plugs were cleaned, then
swapped for new ones. Both magneto and battery starting were tried time and again.
Happily, our support van reached us about an hour and a half into this ordeal after
battling through monumental sunny Sunday traffic. Another hour of somewhat more
professional analysis concluded with removal of the intake manifold and freeing of the
number one cylinder atmospheric intake valve, which had stuck open when a return
Returning changed firing and mixture settings to the original — and a push start
— saw us headed toward Brighton and the longest hill yet. Eighteen miles to go,
some uphill, and an hour and a quarter until official finishing time ends. This aboard
a 110-year-old car with a still-leaking valve and a 30-mph top speed with a healthy
As we ground slowly in first gear up the last Sussex hill before sea level, both boys
jumped off and ran alongside without being asked. This brought back memories of
throwing co-pilot Monte Shelton off my Oldsmobile on the same hill in 1984.
We made it with just about a half hour to spare. Finisher’s medal in hand, we high-
fived all the Brits who recognized the gesture and made our way to Bonhams’ hospitality
tent for hot chili and mulled wine. Unfortunately, all our Bonhams friends and our
wives were headed back to London by this time, having given up on us.
Later, on the train to London, I had a chance to read the event program and was
pleased the organizers chose to include a small history of Searchmont on the occasion
of the only complete example being entered. I was even more gratified that it
mentioned the company failed in 1903. ♦
Feature 2013 Santa Fe Concorso
2013 Santa Fe Concorso
This fast-growing concours has plenty of star power — in cars and people
Story and photos by Mike Daly
The President’s Award went to SCMer Robert Phillips’ 1955 Ferrari Mondial Series II Spyder
ew first-time visitors to Santa Fe, NM, are aware of just how unique the city is.
Unlike the borders of Southern California or Arizona, which are increasingly
Mexican in practice if not name, the culture of Santa Fe is not Mexican — it’s
decidedly New Mexican.
So, in true Santa Fe style, a similar individuality informed the Fourth Annual Santa
Fe Concorso on September 28–30, 2013. This regional concours d’elegance has metaphorically
gone from 0–60 mph faster than a race-prepped Cobra.
Held for the second year at the Club at Las Campanas resort northwest of the city,
Concorso almost certainly draws on Santa Fe’s increasing influx of wealthy car collectors.
Many of these collectors are celebrities, although longtime resident and automotive
icon Denise McCluggage probably doesn’t fall into the newcomer category. The
famed former race-car driver and journalist has lived in Santa Fe for years, and was
one of two “Legends of Racing” honored at this year’s event, along with Sir Stirling
Moss. The two drivers spent a short session signing autographs for appreciative fans.
Best of Show “Sport” went to SCMer Lawrence Auriana’s 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4
NART Spyder, which Ms. McCluggage drove to a 2nd-in-class finish at the 1967 12
Hours of Sebring. The car was also used in the original film version of “The Thomas
Crown Affair,” and is one of the nine sister cars of the $27.5 million record-setter that
took Monterey by storm last August. Best-in-Show Elegance went to the 1933 Delage
D-8S Sports coupe owned by Jon Hayden Groendeke of Enid, OK.
SCMer Robert Phillips’ 1955 Ferrari, officially a Mondial Series II Spyder, took
home the President’s Award. Originally one of the 750 Monza prototypes, which actually
used 735 engines derived from the 4-cylinder
grand prix cars, the car was first stamped as chassis
0446M. After racing in 1954, it returned to the
factory and was restamped as 0556MD and sold as
the fifth of the second-series Mondial Spyders, all
of which wore similar Scaglietti coachwork.
The Stirling Moss Award went to David
Plan ahead: The Fifth Annual Santa Fe
Concorso is scheduled for September
Where: The Club at Las Campanas,
218 Camino La Tierra, Santa Fe, NM
Cost: $45 for general admission; $125 for VIP
Donner’s 1970 Ferrari Daytona Competizione, one
of the handful of Chinetti-converted cars used by
the NART team in the early 1970s.
Sir Stirling Moss (center) examines the 1962 Lotus 23, owned by
Gerald Strickfaden, which took Race Car Class top honors
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Concorso also staged an impressive showing of early
Jaguar sports/racers, with several C-types and D-types
— and four of the 18 XK-SS road cars (including the
Petersen Museum’s decorated ex-Steve McQueen car).
Further rare contributions came from General Motors’
Heritage Center, which displayed two classic Corvette
concept cars — the 1969 Manta Ray coupe, and the 1961
Mako Shark roadster.
At such an unusual geographical hub for the car
niche, Santa Fe Concorso is able to attract regional collectors
who don’t necessarily make the trip to shows
such as Amelia Island or Pebble Beach. For example, the
winner of the Race Car Class, a 1962 Lotus 23 owned
by Gerald Strickfaden of nearby Los Alamos, was duly
admired by Sir Stirling Moss on his way in. It was a
serendipitous display of the tucked-away star power that
the still-young Santa Fe Concorso now draws. ♦
Feature 2014 Hillsborough Concours
Hillsborough Concours Marks 57 Years
This celebration of cars hasn’t missed a beat since 1956
Story and photos by Michael Leven
San Francisco. The Academy was also represented by
its Director of Industrial Design, Tom Matano. If that
name seems familiar, it should, as Mr. Matano — also
an SCMer — spent many years at Mazda in various capacities,
including a stint as chief designer at the North
American studio. Here at Hillsborough, he made an interesting
presentation on design and aesthetic, focusing
on the Academy’s cars.
A great many other cars of note were seen and
enjoyed, including a pair of OSCA MT4s — from
the collections of SCMer John Grossetto and SCMer
Phil White, respectively. A 1964 Ferrari 275 GTB
Competizione from SCMer John Mozart kept the tifosi
satisfied, as did numerous 1970s Ferraris and Maseratis,
three Panteras, a Mangusta, a class-winning 1965 Iso
Grifo, and a ’66 Bizzarrini GT 5300 Strada.
Amid all the beauty, brawn and magnificence, a
As Aston Martin celebrates 100 years, SCMers Tom and Gwen Price brought a few notable cars
pleasantly warm, chamber-of-commerce day greeted the participants and
spectators at the 57th Annual Hillsborough Concours d’Elegance on July
21, 2013, at the lovely Crystal Springs Golf Course in Hillsborough, CA.
Located in the hills between San Francisco Bay and the Pacific Ocean, the
setting was sublime for what the organizers call “the world’s longest continuously
running vintage motoring show.”
Beyond the attendees, the beneficiaries of this classy event include the 49ers
Foundation, which funds multiple youth initiatives, the Hillsborough Schools
Foundation, and Autism Speaks, the nation’s largest science and advocacy organization
for this disorder.
The cars were sorted into 25 groups, and there was a small, high-quality British
motorcycle class as well. However, the day’s stars were Aston Martin, in honor of their
centennial, and coachbuilder Zagato, now nearly a century old itself. The British firm
was well represented, with 12 beautiful cars on the field, including the 1938 Ulsterbodied
2-Liter of Len and Holly Auerbach.
Other prominent entries were a 1949 DB2 prototype with Le Mans and Spa period
history, a 1952 DB2 drophead, and a 1962 DB4GT Zagato — all from the collection of
SCMers Tom and Gwen Price.
Additional “Z” cars from the hallowed Milanese design house included SCMers
Tom and Laura Gilman’s 1959 Abarth 750 GT, and Shaun McClenahan’s 1930 Alfa
Romeo 6C 1750 Gran Sport, which won the Chairman’s Award.
Numerous Porsche 911s and variants were present to celebrate that icon’s Golden
Anniversary, including SCMers Chris and Pat Roman’s class-winning 1973 Carrera
RS and SCMer Bruce Canepa’s 1988 959. Also, a large number of Corvettes were
on hand to recognize its 60 years of production,
including a brand-new 2014 C7 model. Jaguar
and Rolls/Bentley also commanded a lot of turf; I
especially liked the ’38 Bentley 4¼ Litre of Austin
and Barbara Kilburn, which took 3rd in class.
The National Automobile Museum in Reno
Plan ahead: The 58th Hillsborough Concours
is scheduled for July 20, 2014
Where: Crystal Springs Golf Course, 6650 Golf
Course Drive, Burlingame, CA
Cost: Admission is $30. Children younger than
13 are admitted free
brought along a 1948 Tucker Torpedo that was
flanked near the award dais by a very nice 1965
Aston Martin DB5 and a 1935 Duesenberg SJ
from the Academy of Art University collection in
Benjamin Solomon accepts the American Pre-War Class Award
from a 49ers cheerleader for his 1934 LaSalle convertible coupe
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couple of interesting little oddities helped keep things
real. I very much enjoyed seeing Matthew Spielberg’s
1967 Toyota Sports 800, a very small and simple car not
unlike the Honda S500/S600 — but much less common
on these shores. Also ringing the bell for cute, unusual,
and rarely seen was the ’59 Panhard Dyna Z16 from the
collection of Byron and Mara Brill.
Awards were given out three to a class, with several
perpetual honors. A highlight reel of the winners included:
Best of Show: 1933 Packard 1005, owned by Aaron
and Valerie Weiss.
Best Aston Martin: A lovely red 1965 DB5 coupe
from SCMer Paul Carrubba’s garage.
People’s Choice: Frederick Lax’s 1930 Cadillac V16
roadster; and my favorite car of the show and winner of
the American Pre-War class, the 1934 LaSalle convertible
coupe of Benjamin Solomon.
This event receives generous sponsorship from many
nearby firms and keeps all its proceeds local. Given
the tremendous long-term support by the community,
coupled with an excellent and diverse field of cars, it is
no wonder the Hillsborough Concours d’Elegance has
become an institution. There is no doubt it will continue
to thrive and enjoy at least another 57 years on the calendar.
Be sure to put it on yours. ♦
covers, which are similar to those affixed to the 250
Testa Rossa, and this is the only known GT to be
equipped as such.
The Ferrari 250 GT SWB is considered to be one
of the greatest dual-purpose sports racing cars of all
time. This example takes the historical significance
of the SWB one step further, as it combines one-ofa-kind
coachwork with one of the greatest sports
car underpinnings of all time and a chassis that was
originally intended for competition use.
SCM Analysis This car, Lot 136, sold for
$7,040,000, including buyer’s
premium, at RM’s “Art of the Automobile” auction
at Sotheby’s in New York on November 21, 2013.
We’ve become so numbed with automobiles sell-
ing at $10 million, $20 million and even $50 million,
that a $7 million sale hardly elicits a yawn. It seems
every major auction has a $5,000,000-plus sale, and
big auction weeks produce several of these onceunheard-of
Wealthy collectors have been known to buy
multiple million-dollar cars in a weekend. There’s
hardly a superlative left that hasn’t been used in describing
one sale or another, yet there’s an element
to the Ferrari 250 SWB market that makes it even
more stunning than any of the individual sales.
Any SWB is worth millions
Drag most any crusty Ferrari 250 SWB out of a barn and you’ll have a $4m payday.
If it’s a nice, matching-numbers example, add a few million more. If it happens to be an
alloy-body factory-comp car with an important history, you might be able to double the
The individual value of a 250 SWB is quite impressive, but it is even more impressive
when you factor in how many of these cars were built. The SWB is not a rare one-off or
miniscule-production model. There were around 175 of them built. Ferrari 250 SWBs are
the most prolific $5m-plus cars on the planet, and the second-place car isn’t even close.
The theoretical value of the 250 SWB production run is, at this moment, just shy of a
billion dollars. Chalk it up to the cars’ competition history, their beautiful lines or their
easy drivability, collectors like 250 SWBs and will pay up to have one.
Extraordinary — but not the best
RM’s catalog quotes the late Ferrari historian Stan Nowak’s assessment of SWB chas-
sis 1739GT as “possibly the one Ferrari that possesses all the criteria to contend for Best
in Show at any major international concours, including
Pebble Beach — one-off coachwork, influential design,
debut at international salon, commissioned by prominent
personality, built on special chassis, abundant bright
work, impeccable history.”
Mr. Nowak was part of the team that assembled the
Ralph Lauren collection, and his taste was second to none.
However, he missed an important point: You could walk
right by 1739GT at Pebble Beach without taking a second
look. It is a beautiful car and impressive on inspection, but
it just doesn’t have the wow factor to draw spectators from
across the field.
Indeed, Chassis 1739GT has enjoyed significant
concours success, but a Best of Show award is not among
Seven million dollars is a huge number,
and by itself, that makes 1739GT one of the
most valuable cars ever built, but as a 250
SWB, it only ranks in the middle of the price
pack. The placement of the car in the hierarchy
of the SWB world is no slight against
it, but it is instead an endorsement on how
right Pininfarina got their design.
Chassis 1739GT is an impressive and
an important car, but as a contributor on
Ferrari Chat concisely put it, “It has none
of the sportiveness of the SWB and none of
the sensuality of the Lusso.”
RM offered SWB 1739GT at their 2009
Maranello auction, where it was a no-sale.
This time it sold toward the low end of a correct
$6,500,000–$8,500,000 estimate. The
buyer got a wonderful car, and the seller
got the right price.
All this said, it’s interesting to note that,
in an important Ferrari collection, 1739GT
would be a novelty rather than the centerpiece
this sales price might suggest. ♦
(Introductory description courtesy of
it is considered the most rugged and reliable
model of all the Series (pre-Defender) Land
Rovers. It is easily identifiable by its inset
lights shared with the SI and SII — but with
the new 2¼-liter petrol or diesel engine (the
two varieties share major components) under
its hood. Late IIAs pre-dated the SIIIs (1971)
in having their headlights moved outboard to
the fenders from 1969.
Made to drop from the sky
The Air-Portable Lightweight is an
interesting animal. Along with its angular
looks, it’s four inches narrower than a regular
Landie, so it would fit on to the pallets
pushed out of the back of a C-130 Hercules
airplane or dangled from a helicopter. Land
Rover bodies were already aluminum, but
for the Air-Portable many components were
changed to light alloy to reduce weight, as
it needed to be under 2,500 pounds, which
was the lift capacity of the British Ministry
of Defense’s then-new Westland Wessex helicopter.
The width reduction was accomplished by
redesigning the axles and fitting shorter half
shafts. The result was the Land Rover Half-Ton, known widely as the Lightweight or
Air-Portable. However, this “lightweight” tipped the scales at 2,650 pounds, more
than a standard Land Rover. But with its detachable body panels (doors, tailgate and
tilt top) removed, it was below the limit, and the British military accepted it for use.
Eventually, improvements to the helicopters meant they could lift more anyhow.
The first production models were completed on November 11, 1968, and the run
continued until 1984. This is the 2,286-cc (or 2¼-liter ) petrol version. This was the
new-for-SII overhead-valve engine, which replaced the ancient inlet-over-exhaust
engine derived from those used in Rover road cars.
Time to get it dirty
The biggest problem when restoring a Land Rover is the “New Levi’s” effect.
Landies are not meant to be shiny, and like a new pair of Levi’s jeans, they need
breaking in. I reckon they don’t look right until they’ve collected some dirt and at least
one wrinkle in the body.
Our subject Landie, as the catalog mentions, was recently restored to “better than
as-new” condition. Pleasingly, whoever restored it hasn’t gone too far over the top, as
they used only slightly too-glossy finishes and tires just
a little too big.
It’s non-original in two major respects, although
that doesn’t appear to have knocked the value too much.
First, the new chassis is about the only practical answer
when the original rots (the aluminum body will not have
corroded very much), but it has been converted to lefthand
drive, where right-hand drive on a vehicle this
narrow and open surely cannot be an issue. Second —
and less critical, the tires look a bit too modern. They
are of a pattern NATO currently uses on their new coilsprung
Landies, but more period-looking treads are
In its favor, this one isn’t lumbered with the 24-volt
electrics, screened ignition systems or 90-amp dynamo
fitted to some of them. This should make our subject
Landie easier to live with.
This is a perfect, pristine Landie
with which to play war games. The
odometer and trip meter show 35
miles, which is all it has covered since
rebuild. Value-wise, there’s no reason
why it shouldn’t differ from any other
early Landie, although Series IIs and
IIAs have yet to approach the money
commanded by early Series 1s and
prototypes. This is the most expensive
So did the owner restore this to sell
— in which case it’s hard to see where
there’s any upside after his costs — or
did plans change? Either way, even
at this so-far top-dollar price, someone’s
got a bit of a deal, as it’s always
cheaper to buy a project
someone’s already poured the money
than to start from scratch. I just hope
the new owner doesn’t decide that it’s
too nice to knock off some of that shine
by taking it off-road; which, of course,
is what Landies do best. ♦
(Introductory description courtesy
of RM Auctions.)
Etceterini & Friends Profile
1973 Maserati Bora 4.9 Coupe
To my eye, the muscularity of the Bora is in perfect keeping with its dynamic
by Donald Osborne
Years produced: 1971–80
Number produced: 571
Original list price: $26,900
Current SCM Valuation: $43,000–$82,000
Tune-up cost: $1,750
Chassis #: Engine compartment on
Engine #: Stamped on side of block
Club: Maserati Club International
Alternatives: 1974–76 Ferrari 365 GT4
BB, 1977 Lamborghini Countach
LP400, 1971–74 DeTomaso Pantera
SCM Investment Grade: B
Chassis number: AM117495744
he highlight of the 1971 Geneva Salon was undoubtedly
the sensational new Maserati Bora.
With the Bora’s introduction, the great Modenese
manufacturer followed other supercar construc-
tors in going mid-engined, while at the same time abandoning
its traditional tubular chassis technology in favor
of unitary construction.
Named after an Adriatic wind, the Bora was the
work of Giorgetto Giugiaro’s Ital Design, at least as
far as its bodyshell was concerned. The mid-mounted
engine was Maserati’s familiar 4-cam V8 in 4.7-liter
form, the 5-speed transaxle came from ZF and the allindependent
double-wishbone suspension was penned
by Giulio Alfieri, co-designer of the legendary 250F
Formula 1 car.
One of the first new-generation models to appear fol-
lowing Maserati’s acquisition by Citroën, the Bora used
the latter’s hydraulic technology to adjust seats and pedals,
raise the headlamps and operate the excellent powerassisted
brakes. A slippery shape plus 310 horsepower
made for a very fast car — top speed was around 258
km/h (160 mph) — and the Bora had acceleration and
handling to match. From around 1973, a 4.9-liter version
became available, boasting an extra 20 horsepower and
commensurately improved performance. By January
1976, Maserati’s management apparently had discussed
shelving the Bora but decided to continue. Only some 25
Boras were made that year, and the total produced from
1971 to 1978 was only 571 cars. The type was finally
phased out in 1979.
The Bora was a stunning supercar by any standards,
both then and now. According to Maserati Classiche,
this 4.9-liter example was built in June 1973 and finished
in Argento Auteuil with red leather interior. In the
same month, it was sold through the Maserati importer
in the United States.
At some time the car returned to its native Italy. In
January 2013, it underwent a thorough service at official
Maserati specialists Candini of Modena. Work
undertaken included overhauling the pop-up headlight
mechanism, water pump, steering box and air conditioning
system, including filling it with modern R134
gas, together with cleaning the carburetors and more
mundane service items. Components renewed include
the front brake discs, front shock absorbers and front
The car has also clearly benefited from a recent high-
quality respray, while the original leather interior is still
in very good condition throughout. Offered with Italian
registration documents for export, the car is now fitted
with a km/h speedometer and correct European specification
exhaust system and bumpers.
SCM Analysis This car sold for €92,000
($124,218*) , including buyer’s pre-
mium, at Bonhams’ “The Zoute Sale” in Knokke-Heist,
Belgium, on October 11, 2013.
Both Maserati and Ferrari went hesitantly into the
world of mid-engine cars — lagging far behind the 1966
launch of the Lamborghini Miura. Eventually, Maserati
Sports Car Market
1974 Maserati Bora 4.9
Lot S90, s/n AM1177US1028
Sold at $98,050
Mecum Auctions, Monterey, CA, 8/21/11
1973 Maserati Bora 4.9
Lot 64, s/n AM11749564
Sold at $77,000
Worldwide, Montgomery, TX, 5/4/13
1974 Maserati Bora 4.9
Lot S99, s/n AM11749V5682
Sold at $43,460
Mecum Auctions, Monterey, CA, 8/21/11
Daniele Turetta, courtesy of Bonhams
not only led Ferrari into the fray by two years, but did it with both feet in the pool.
Maserati’s car wouldn’t be like Ferrari’s Dino — a sub-brand with a small engine.
No sir, the company’s star GT, the successor of the acclaimed Ghibli, would be a
mid-engine standard bearer. And while no one would say it equaled the pure beauty
of the Ghibli, the Bora was a stunning statement of brawn and power in a thoroughly
In fact, the Bora was somewhat of a departure for Maserati in visual character.
Before the Bora, Maserati’s design aesthetic trended towards the elegant, almost
delicate, in feel. The Bora was quite something else. and a return to the earlier feeling
would be seen in its successor, the Khamsin. To my eye, the muscularity of the Bora is
in perfect keeping with its dynamic character.
I think the Khamsin is a terrific car, but it somehow feels heavier than its looks
Foremost in the minds of many when the Bora and its little sister, the Merak, are
mentioned, is Citroën. The fear and loathing that accompany the idea that an Italian
luxury GT would contain Gallic mad wizardry in its components is enough to send
them screaming from the garage.
I’ll repeat this yet again: There’s no call for such concern. The most important
component from across the Alps is the hydraulic servo braking system. Until you’ve
used it, don’t knock it, and once you have, any other system will likely seem positively
Fred Flintstone in comparison.
As for maintenance, if you’re not doing regular and proper upkeep of a 160-mph
GT, then you shouldn’t own one. Once properly set up, the hydraulics offer no challenge.
A fast, comfortable tourer
The Bora is a brilliant, fast and comfortable touring car, excellent for long trips
and docile in around-town puttering. The ride is excellent, and the long one-piece
seats are unusual in having no back-rest adjustment. They can be raised or lowered
and provide superb comfort. Once you’ve experienced their thigh support, you’ll wonder
why they’ve never been repeated.
The Bora is no track-day car. It’s fast, but it’s also a bit heavy, thanks to a robust
build quality and what may be the best cabin sound and heat insulation in a midengine
car until the Acura NSX came along. The car’s weight works to give the driver
a certain amount of confidence on the road, as the Bora never feels floaty at speed,
but it doesn’t get in the way of responsive handling. A small cavil might be the slightly
notchy and longish throw in the ZF gearbox.
Owners also enjoy the access to the engine the Bora offers, more generous than
many mid-engine layouts, and the trunk space is more than adequate for the longdistance
travel the car encourages.
As is often the case with Maseratis, the subtle sophistication of the styling is lost
on a large part of the market. This is especially true for the Bora, as many seeking
mid-engine GT cars want them to be a bit more flashy and dramatic than Giugiaro’s
quiet-but-strong form. However, as in other segments of the market, a slow awakening
to the dynamic qualities of the Bora has been pushing
On the rise
Current asking prices for Boras in the U.K. and
Europe run a rather large range from $81,000 to
$176,000. At the time of writing, I could not locate any
for sale in the United States. Interestingly, several of
the cars offered abroad had originally been delivered
Stateside. This example is one such car.
From the catalog images, this Bora appeared to be
quite tidy, with good shut lines and smooth panel fit.
The interior was very clean, with what appeared to be
original seats nicely broken in, and moderately worn
carpets. The silver and red color scheme is classic and
suits the Bora quite well.
That it sold for nearly 50% more than the upper
range in the SCM Price Guide seems out of line for a
refurbished car. However, considering it
in the mid-
range of the current asking prices for Boras puts it into
a different context altogether. A question that remains
is whether prices such as these are achievable in the
Time will tell, but without a doubt the Bora is an-
other of the perennially undervalued Maseratis that are
being discovered. This car may have been well sold for
October 2013, but it will likely be a bargain by March
*The note on the price in U.S. dollars is for the vari-
ance in the posted results. Bonhams used $1.36/€1.00;
our posted SCM number is at $1.35/€1.00. The posted
rate for October 11, 2013, was $1.355/€1.00, so choose
your conversion as you will. ♦
(Introductory description courtesy of Bonhams.)
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The Cumberford Perspective
A modern oxymoron — a practical supercar
By Robert Cumberford
’ve never quite understood
Bora was not a lot
was certainly the most
and practical of
with excellent entry conditions,
and heat isolation, plenty
space, and performance.
Perhaps it was because
Giugiaro’s styling was
only very good and neither
Perhaps it was because
the engine was so easily
controllable that raucous
raw performance was not
on the menu — only a
smoothly superior thrust
forward. Perhaps Citroën
FRONT 3/4 VIEW
1 Practicality reigns from
although in practice they
are excellent and troublefree
— in France, at least.
I believe this is the
supercar to own and use
often. There is, of course,
the perpetual mid-engine
visibility problem; it’s
see out the back of most of
them. The Bora’s engine
— like the small-block
Chevy, a relic of the mid1950s
— is a tall
with carburetors and air
cleaners stacked above it,
and adding a lot of sounddeadening
It is to Italdesign’s
credit that the whole is
although I’d expect that
wide, flat roof to generate
quite a lot of lift by 150
mph. That doesn’t matter.
To me, this is one of
the great cars, something
worthy of aspirations of
Sports Car Market
stem to stern. A very large
lid gives easy access to a
spacious trunk, a rarity with
2 Pop-up headlamps are all
very well for aerodynamics,
but lack of lamps for flashing
slow traffic is a serious handicap
on a very fast car.
3 More practicality. The
entire perimeter is protected
from carelessly opened doors
in parking lots.
4 The mere idea of hubcaps
on a supercar is whimsically
charming. But these inverted
cones are really beautiful —
and much easier to keep clean
than multiple lug nuts.
5 The bottom of the door is
really low, making it easy for
a skirted passenger or driver
to enter and exit gracefully
6 The front fender peak line
persists along the bottom of
the side glass, up this kink,
finally dying at the sill rail
atop the B-pillar.
REAR 3/4 VIEW
7 The textured stainless-steel
top is not perceptible in these
views, but it was a striking
design element, especially on
8 This carpeted and wellinsulated
engine cover, along
with the double-pane transverse
window just behind the
seats, left occupants a tranquil
9 There’s a great deal of
heavy glass in the rear of
the body, but all the same,
rearward visibility is dismal
10 Dr. Kamm’s concept taken
to an extreme: The rear is just
sliced off, then the nominal
vertical surfaces moved
slightly forward to leave a
frame for the lamps.
11 Rear protection is excellent,
as the bumper strike face
is on the rearmost surface of
the Bora. And it looks good,
12 The beauty of Giugiaro’s
work is seen in these cut lines
that define the pure, belt-free
sides of the car. This is the
pinnacle of surface simplification
from his Mangusta-Golf
(see previous page)
The panache-free interior
is inelegantly matter-offact
— but effective. Seats
can rise and fall but not
move longitudinally, as the
steering wheel and pedal
assembly come to the driver
hydraulically. Radio left of
the steering column is an odd
solution rarely seen — and for
1980 Porsche 911SC
For years an unloved and uncollected 911 — but is that changing?
by Prescott Kelly
Years produced: 911SC 1978–83
Number produced: 9,874 in 1980; total SC
production was 64,763
Original list price: $27,700
Current SCM Valuation: $18,000–$21,000
Tune-up cost: $1,200 to $1,500, including
Chassis #: Inner left front fender aluminum
plate; stamping above fuel tank
Engine #: Under fan on right-side upright
Club: Porsche Club of America
Alternatives: 1977–79 Ferrari 308 GTB,
1980 Corvette L82, 1978–82 BMW 633
SCM Investment Grade: C
1983 Porsche 911SC
Lot S150, s/n WA0AA0913DS120849
Not sold at $22,000
Mecum Auctions, Houston, TX, 4/6/13
Chassis number: 91A0142818
his is a gorgeous 1980 Porsche 911SC coupe that
runs and drives beautifully. This car features a
very desirable color combination of ivory with
brown leather. Well-optioned, with a factory
power sunroof, original chrome wheels, air conditioning,
5-speed transmission and AM/FM/CD player.
This is a one-owner, rust-free California car, and it still
retains its original California blue plates. With only
15,000 original miles, this car is a very rare find.
SCM Analysis This car, Lot 92.1, sold for $35,750,
including buyer’s premium, at
Barrett-Jackson’s Las Vegas auction on September 26,
2013. People have asked how far out of bounds that
price was for a car that commentators tag as their recommended
“budget 911.” Although it certainly was high
for this example, the price achieved here need not be out
of bounds. Sunny days for SCs and their Carrera 3.2
successors are arriving.
Porsche fans reacted very favorably when the 911SC
debuted in the fall of 1977. It was patterned directly after
the European-only, limited-production Carrera 3.0
from 1976–77. The new car benefited from replacing the
often — and justifiably — maligned 1974–77 model with
its emissions-strangled 2.7-liter CIS engine. Porsche
enthusiasts were ready for improvements.
The primary benefit was an improved 2,994-cc en-
gine, still in the flat boxer 6-cylinder layout used since
the 911’s birth — but now with 180 horsepower. That
rating improved to 188 hp in 1978 and to 204 hp in
1981 — thanks to a bump in the compression ratio from
8.6:1 to 9.8:1. For strength, both the engine case and
the gearbox housing were switched from magnesium to
aluminum. In 1980, the Turbo radiator-style oil cooler
was used on all 911s for the first time.
One body for 16 years
The G-Series body had been introduced in 1974 to
accommodate federally mandated 5-mph impact bumpers.
It became known as the “high-bumper” or “shorthood”
911. The G-Series body was carried forward to
the SC — and then to the 3.2-liter Carrera of 1984–89.
All told, it lasted for 16 model years. Along the way, the
911 began to look dated, and sales suffered. From an
all-time high (to that point) of 15,438 units in 1973, sales
declined to 8,189 in 1975, bounced back, then declined
1981 Porsche 911SC
Lot 153, s/n WPOZZZ91ZBS102051
Silverstone, Birmingham, U.K., 11/17/12
1983 Porsche 911SC
Lot 533, s/n WP0EA0911DS170568
Sold at $10,800
Branson, Branson, MO, 4/20/12
Sports Car Market
Courtesy of Barrett-Jackson
again to as low as 8,698 in the middle of the SC’s run.
Starting in 1976, Porsche hot-dipped their bodies in zinc chromate for rust protec-
tion, which was a meaningful — but not foolproof — step forward. Porsche introduced
a six-year rust warranty for the pan and chassis, extended in 1981 to seven years and
to all of the body. Ergonomics, comfort and convenience were also steadily improved.
Automatic heating controls, standard electric power windows, improved center console
and headlight cleaners were among the added features.
At introduction in 1978, Porsche widened the SC’s rear fenders to accommodate
seven-inch-wide rear wheels, again taken from the limited-production Carrera 3.0. In
1980, the model added optional 16-inch road wheels. In 1982, the all-black, powdercoated
wheel centers were introduced, along with optional Turbo front spoiler and
The convertible returns
In 1983, enthusiasts cheered when Porsche reintroduced a convertible to the model
lineup. Porsche hadn’t built a convertible since the 356 expired with the 1965 model
year. The 356 cabriolet was belatedly replaced in 1967 with the Targa, first with a
soft zip-out rear window, then in 1969 with the much more common glass rear window.
Porsche prided itself on the safety and comfort provided by the Targa versus a
traditional convertible. However, customer research continued to show strong buyer
interest in a true convertible, and as Porsche stretched to build sales volume, the
When the Carrera 3.2-liter SC replaced the SC in 1984, Porsche persevered with
steady small improvements. Still, the long life of the G-Series body made the 911 look
bland. Then 1990 arrived, and the 911 body style began to change.
A dated, collector-proof car — until now
Starting with the 964 in 1990, 911s had modern-looking body-colored bumpers,
then the tautly sculpted body of 1995’s 993, and lastly, the larger, muscular 997 in
2005. And yes, I purposely ignored the largely forgettable 996 design of 1990–94.
During this progression of mostly attractive and modernized styling, the 1974–89
body style looked dated. It also was devoid of the nostalgic appeal of the low-bumper
body of the original 1963–73 911s. The SCs and Carrera 3.2s went unloved for
a long time. Excepting some special models, such as the 1989 Speedsters, various
Anniversary editions, and Turbo-Looks (see the August 2013 German Profile, p. 64),
the high-bumper 911 went unloved and uncollected.
This situation began to change a few years ago, when
the G-body-style cars became old enough to look nostalgic.
After all, there were people who grew up in that
era lusting after Porsches of the day.
Those teenagers are now 35 to 52 years old and,
voila, they are collecting cars. Some of them want the
911 of their teenage dreams. We also know of big-time
collectors who see a place in their collections for these
911s, especially the scarce special editions and Turbos.
A fair price indicative of a moving market
At Barrett-Jackson’s Las Vegas auction, our subject
car sold for $35,750, despite this auction not being especially
Porsche-friendly — only two Porsches in more
than 800 lots.
Despite the car showing only 15,052 miles, SCM’s
Dan Grunwald (January 2014, p. 78) reported that it
was fully repainted, with obvious flaws in the paint and
interior. This SC also carried a boring color — ivory.
The car had updated (thus operational) air conditioning,
fog lights, and tinted glass — presumably film — all
around. The black rubber and plastic trim looked decent,
not so the weatherstripping. The non-stock chrome
finish on the Fuchs alloy wheels and an engine compartment
that needed detailing were additional drawbacks.
Hopefully, it already had the updated Carrera 3.2 camchain
At almost $36,000,
think this SC was well sold.
However, SCs and Carrera 3.2s will continue to appreciate,
especially in prime condition and in interesting colors
(not to include Guards Red). Why? Because the only older,
more nostalgic alternatives, the low-bumper 1963–73 911s,
are sprinting out of sight. ♦
(Introductory description courtesy of Barrett-Jackson.)
A Buyer’s Guide to a High-Bumper 911: 2.7CIS, SC, and Carrera 3.2
At the top of this Darwinian progression are cars
that were not initially imported to the United States.
Once these cars became 25 years old, you could airmail
the NHTSA regulations to your favorite senator,
and import rare Porsches with impunity.
My favorites are the 1974–76 “Euro Carreras,”
typical G-body cars with the bad-boy 911 RS 911/83
mechanical-fuel-injection 210-horsepower engine
from 1973 carried forward. Sure, the G-bodied car
is a little heavier than a 1973 Carrera, but it’s a fine
“poor boy’s RS.” There were 1,456 built in 1974, 712
in 1975, and 155 in 1976. They are about $125,000$150,000
now — more in great pastel period colors
— and 75% less than the 1973 real deal.
The 1989 Speedsters are already fully
collectible, and thus perhaps beyond our purview.
The 640 imported into America are all wide-body
“Turbo-Looks” with Turbo suspension and brakes.
But there were 1,464 sold overseas, including 171
“narrow-bodies” that typically attract premium prices.
The Rest of World cars are freely importable in 2014.
The line forms to the left.
Next up are the 1985–89 M491 “Turbo Look”
coupes and cabriolets that we fully reviewed in the
August 2013 issue of SCM. Like the 1989 Speedsters,
these cars have wide Turbo flare fenders, Turbo
suspensions, and Turbo four-pot brakes. 1987 and
1988 Porsche 911 Carrera 3.2
later cars also have the updated and beefier Getrag
“G50” gearbox. That’s the hot spot.
The M637 Club Sports of 1987–89 are not very
distinguished 911s, but they are rare, especially in the
U.S., where their lack of differentiation led to only 28
being sold. Worldwide the number was 340, and now
that they can be easily imported, they are coming to
the United States to roost.
In this era there were also a couple of Marketing
Department “trim specials,” the Diamond Blue
Metallic Ferry Porsche Signature Edition, and
the silver and black Anniversary Editions, 120
strong in each color. They are distinctive, but I think
not worth the premiums they sometimes draw. Fairly
priced, they make a fine, different-looking 911.
The sweet spot of desirability and affordability has
to be the standard 1987–89 Carrera 3.2s with G50
gearboxes, especially examples with low mileage,
original paint, and/or in unusual colors. Immediately
behind are 1984–86 Carreras, the first models to
benefit from the hydraulic cam-chain tensioners,
eliminating a key source of engine failure.
The 1980 911SC M439 Weissach Edition
was a trim special only, available in two distinctive
colors, Pongee Gray Metallic (Champagne) and
Black Metallic. They came equipped with the usually
optional Turbo spoiler and tail. Four hundred and
six of these cars were sold, only in North America. I
personally love the Pongee Gray Metallic cars with the
Doric Gray interiors. As Porsche Club’s Caren Cooper,
says, “Woo-wee. Looking good.”
Next up would be the 1981–83 SCs, where you
get the first standard production 911 engines with
over 200 horsepower, and many noteworthy refinements.
Earlier SCs fill in the roster just below their
Finally, among the 1974–77 CIS cars, the 1975
Silver Anniversary Edition is a possible collectible.
Some few people are hunting for unusual colors in
these models, still better with funky interiors. I saw a
very clean, low-mileage, original-paint yellow 1975 CIS
American-issue 911 sell for over $100,000 at Essen’s
Techno Classica last April. “Woo-wee” indeed. ♦
— Prescott Kelly
The first Indy 500
Even with all this on his plate, Stutz was working on the
design for a new automobile. During his tenure at Marion, he
realized there was no better way to promote an automobile’s
potential than through competitive racing. As the plans for his
new car were coming together, he learned that the Indianapolis
Motor Speedway was to hold a 500-mile race on Decoration
Day — now known as Memorial Day — 1911. Stutz decided this
would be the perfect venue to launch his new automobile, even
though the race was but five weeks away.
A small crew worked around the clock on the car. With little
time to spare, Stutz drove the finished product off the assembly
line. Untested and untried, the car was entered in the race under
the name of the Stutz Auto Parts Company with #10 on the side,
and it finished a most respectable 11th place. Thus, the phrase
“The Car That Made Good in a Day” was coined.
The success at Indy provided the impetus for a new car that
would offer performance and reliability for less than $2,000.
The Ideal Motor Car Company was formed with Harry Stutz
as chief designer, although he became president when the firm
was reorganized in June 1912. In addition to 4- and 5-passenger
cars, Ideal produced a duplicate of the Indianapolis 500 car. The
2-passenger speedster was added to the Model A line in 1912 as
the Bear Cat, the only year it would be two words.
Stutz established dealerships throughout the country, with
Walter Brown responsible for sales and racing activities west
of the Mississippi. Board-track racing was very popular in the
American West, with tracks as far north as Tacoma, WA. It is well
documented that the Stutz Bear Cat was an active participant.
Early or late, it’s original
The spectacular RM catalog stated that the car offered had been discovered in
California in 1949 and was one of the earliest built — if not a prototype. The range of
engine numbers for 1912 was between A104 to 1037, so A730 would indicate it was later
in the year’s production. However, a letter from the Wisconsin Engine Company that
was included with the car states that A730 was built for Stutz in late 1910.
Stutz authorities have determined that this car is an original and authentic Bear Cat
that was most likely privately raced. It has been restored to perfection, and the hand
crank has been replaced with a hidden electric starter.
Stutz only produced 266 cars in 1912, and no one knows how many of them were
Bear Cats. This example is highly documented, and there is no doubt that it is original
There are, however, no documented sales of other
early Bear Cats. Gooding & Company sold a 1914
Bearcat at their 2008 Pebble Beach sale for $1,375,000.
Mecum sold a 1912 Mercer Raceabout that had been converted
from a Runabout for $656,250 at their Monterey
In the rarified air of RM’s “Art of the Automobile”
sale, most offerings went for a substantial premium, but
this Bear Cat seems to have slipped through the cracks.
Looks well bought from here. ♦
(Introductory description courtesy of RM Auctions.)
a widened Formula One chassis with a 2.4-liter engine, and over the next
few years refined the concept — eventually stretching a 6-cylinder chassis
by about four inches to make room for the V12 Testa Rossa engine. Ferrari
introduced this new car as the Ferrari 250 P in the spring of 1963.
The 250 P was immediately successful, combining the horsepower and
reliability of the Testa Rossa V12 with the centralized weight distribution
and much more efficient frontal profile and aerodynamics that the midengined
layout allowed. It was, however, a prototype racer, sort of by
definition a very limited-production factory team car to challenge for the
The Ford-Ferrari wars were just coming to the serious stages. The 1963
GTO had proven to be a formidable weapon against Ford’s Cobras, but it
was starting to show its age, and Ford was introducing their mid-engined
GT40 for the Grand Touring championship.
Ferrari needed something to up their game if they expected to stay in
front. The logical answer: Put a roof on the 250 P, install a bigger engine,
and convince the FIA that it was in fact a “production” GT car (50-car
minimum production). Enter the 250 LM, which was named 250 in spite of
having a 275 engine in hopes of convincing the FIA that it was merely a
development of the GTO line (the 1964 GTOs carried the same roof line as the LM in
another attempt to maintain visual continuity).
Having been badly burned with the “GT Omologato” (homologated) GTO — 36
produced vs. 50 needed by the rules — the FIA was having none of it, and the LM
ended up running in Prototype GT instead of Grand Touring, but it was welcome to
run, and that is what mattered.
The 250 LM proved to be very successful over the next several years. It was a worthy
successor to the GTO, not least because there were a lot of good ones on race grids.
Unlike a “factory team” P car, if you had the money you could go buy one. They built
32 of them, and a few even masqueraded as street cars.
Rat racing in Southern California
A young Steve Earle plunked down $17,000 and bought our subject car with no
thought of actually racing it. Saying that he — and subsequent owner Chris Cord —
used it as a street car is a bit misleading. The car never went to the grocery store.
Instead, it got used for rat racing in Los Angeles — down Sunset Boulevard (those
were the days) and over Mulholland Drive. The car also scorched roads to Willow
Springs and blistered the Nevada back roads of a far simpler time. A few thousand
miles over two years isn’t what most of us think of as street use.
Although he had a fabulous time, even Steve doesn’t claim that the LM was a com-
fortable or easy car for road use, and it was certainly nothing as nice as the TRs and
GTOs he had the pleasure of “street driving” over the years.
The driver is set well forward with his feet squeezed to the center to stay inside
the front wheelwells, so you sit at an angle. With the
engine between your shoulder blades and a straight-cut
5-speed dog box howling, the LM feels much tighter and
noisier inside than the earlier cars, and the multi-plate
clutch is a disaster if you need to slip it at all.
The suspension is pure racing car, with zero-com-
pliance heim joints rather than rubber-bushed pickups,
and the settings are appropriate for flat-out on a smooth
track rather than the occasional real world whoopdies
and pavement joints of even good public roads.
Better, but less desirable
In short, even though the 250 LM is the legitimate
successor to the Testa Rossas and GTOs that preceded
it, it is a vastly different and — from the standpoint of a
contemporary collector/user — far less desirable option
than its predecessors. Michael Sheehan’s observation
about the driving experience is that while a TR or GTO
can make a mediocre driver look and feel like a great
one, the LM makes a great driver look very busy and a
mediocre one look embarrassed.
Somewhere deep in their souls, the TRs and GTOs
retain a comfort and drivability that reflect the idea that
they were built as open-road racers, while the LM came
at a different time. Road and track diverged forever
somewhere in the early ’60s, and the LM is really only
comfortable and happy being driven flat out on a closed
This divergence is reflected in market values that
seem to peak with the GTO — the last and most advanced
arguably streetable racing Ferrari — with the
Testa Rossas climbing in value from the earliest ones
through the later versions that bookended the series.
The mid-engined cars — single-purpose track weap-
ons that they are — struggle to carry more than half the
value assigned to the more streetable GTO and Testa
With GTOs apparently now commanding close to $50
million, and TRs somewhere a bit under half that (if
any were for sale), it seems to me that the LM should sit
somewhere about half the TRs to a bit less. Our subject
car is an excellent and relatively original car with few
stories, but it has very little of the competition provenance
that is required for truly top-market value. All in
all, I think that — were I able to choose — I’d be happier
to have been the seller of this car than the buyer. I’d say
it was well sold. ♦
(Introductory description courtesy of RM Auctions.)
Market Reports Overview
Perfectly Restored or Perfectly Original?
Totals at Bonhams’ “Preserving the Automobile” sale
more than doubled, reconfirming that the demand for
unrestored cars is not a fad
By Tony Piff
ing that the demand for unrestored originals is not a fad,
but a long-term trend. Totals increased to $2.8m from $1.2m
last year, 57 out of 65 cars sold (88%), and average price per
car rocketed to $49k from $15k. Atop the high-sale podium
were a 1934 Aston Martin 1½ Litre roadster at $264k, a
1910 Peerless Model 29 Victoria at $231k, and a 1966 Aston
Martin DB6 Vantage coupe at $198k.
But whatever the Simeone sale’s rapid growth represents
for the market, restored cars still ruled at this issue’s four
other feature auctions — most of which saw both bigger
overall totals and bigger average prices.
At RM’s annual Hershey sale, an immaculately restored
1933 Chrysler CL Imperial roadster attracted spirited bidding
and a $704k sale price, just ahead of a 1910 PierceArrow
48-SS tourer at $688k. Overall totals were relatively
flat at $9.7m among 104 cars sold out of 115 consigned
(90%), and average sold price increased to $93k from $90k.
Despite having a non-original engine from a later 400S,
the 1968 Lamborghini Miura P400 at Artcurial Paris presented
very well and sold for $629k. An even nicer 1962
Maserati 3500 GTi Vignale Spyder found an even nicer
price, sparkling its way to $757k. Paris totals grew to $6m
from $3.75m last year among 66 out of 77 cars sold (86%),
and sold price climbed to an average $91k from $65k.
Another Maserati took high-sale honors at Bonhams’
inaugural Zoute sale (their second sale in Belgium this
year). The 1957 A6G/54 Allemano coupe wore shiny paint,
a mostly original interior, and non-original engine (as disclosed
by Bonhams) and it sold for $686k. A pair of modern
SCM 1-6 Scale
1: National concours standard/
2: Very good, club concours,
some small flaws
3: Average daily driver in decent
4: Still a driver but with some
5: A nasty beast that runs but
has many problems
6: Good only for parts
onhams returned to the Simeone Museum
in Philadelphia in October for its sophomore
“Preserving the Automobile” auction. The young
sale more than doubled last year’s totals, reconfirm-
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Mecum, Schaumburg, IL
RM, Hershey, PA
H&H, Droitwich, U.K.
Artcurial, Paris, FRA
Bonhams, Knokke-Heist, BEL
Auctions America, Carlisle, PA
Anglia, King’s Lynn, U.K.
Bonhams, Philadelphia, PA
Dan Kruse Classics, Austin, TX
Worldwide Auctioneers, Lake Forest, IL
Silverstone, Hampshire, U.K.
Silver, Portland, OR
cars came next: a 1994 Porsche Carrera RS at $366k and a 1991 Lamborghini LM002 SUV
at $226k. Twenty-eight out of 45 cars sold here (62%), totaling $3.2m, which equates to an
average sold price of $114k.
Two show-caliber ’57 GMs topped Auctions America’s annual Fall Carlisle sale: a 1957
Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz convertible at $182k, and a 1957 Chevrolet Corvette 283/270
convertible at $105k. Rounding out the top three was a 1960 Mercedes-Benz 190SL convertible
at $76k. Fall Carlisle grew to $2.8m from $2.5m last year, with 147 out of 256 cars sold
(57%). Average price also increased to $19k from $15k.
In this issue’s Global Roundup, we look at highlights from seven auctions: Silverstone in
Hampshire, U.K.; Anglia in King’s Lynn, U.K.; Silver in Portland, OR; Dan Kruse Classics
in Austin, TX; Mecum in Schaumburg, IL; H&H in Droitwich, U.K.; and Worldwide’s sale
of the Burt Collection in Lake Forest, IL. ♦
Top 10 Sales This Issue
(Land Auctions Only)
1. 1962 Maserati 3500 GTi Vignale Spyder,
$757,446—ART, p. 85
2. 1933 Chrysler CL Imperial roadster,
$704,000—RM, p. 76
3. 1910 Pierce-Arrow 48-SS seven-passenger
tourer, $687,500—RM, p. 74
4. 1957 Maserati A6G/54 Allemano coupe,
$686,186—Bon-BEL, p. 98
5. 1968 Lamborghini Miura P400 coupe,
$629,010—ART, p. 86
6. 1994 Porsche Carrera RS coupe, $366,486—Bon-BEL, p. 96
7. 1972 Ferrari 246 GT Dino coupe, $342,498—ART, p. 86
8. 1939 Lagonda V12 Touring, $330,138—H&H, p. 118
9. 1914 Locomobile Model 48 Special Speedster, $291,500—RM, p. 76
10. 1962 Ferrari 250 GTE 2+2 coupe, $286,513—ART, p. 85
1. 1962 Austin-Healey 3000 Mk II
BT7 2+2 roadster, $38,987—
Bon-BEL, p. 92
2. 1926 Packard Eight Model 236 Sport,
$35,750—RM, p. 76
3. 1932 Ford Model 18 Deluxe sedan,
$16,500—Bon-PA, p. 116
4. 1974 Austin Princess Vanden Plas
sedan, $14,820—ART, p. 82
5. 1988 Porsche 944 coupe, $1,925—
WWA, p. 130
Sports Car Market
RM Auctions Hershey, PA
RM Auctions — Hershey Lodge 2013
A barn-find 1926 Packard Eight Sport was one of the best buys of the
auction at just $36k
October 10–11, 2013
Automotive lots sold/offered
1933 Chrysler CL Imperial
roadster, sold at $704,000
10%, included in sold prices
1926 Packard Eight Model 236 Sport, sold at $35,750
Report and photos by John Baeke
Market opinions in italics
ourteen inches of rain in Hershey,
PA, not only forced evacuation
of the animals from neighboring
Hersheypark Zoo, but threw a seri-
ous monkey wrench into auction logistics
at one of the world’s largest automotive
What originally seemed like a bril-
liant idea — moving the vehicle preview
site from the traditional parking garage to
outdoor tents — proved a bit of a boondoggle. The two
tents offered little shelter against the torrential downpour,
and at times, water moving through was ankledeep.
But RM rolled with the punches and put on a proper
show, selling 104 cars out of 115 for a $9.7m total — just
a hair shy of last year’s $9.9m. Average price per car
actually increased to $93k from $90k.
The Hershey auction takes place in conjunction with
the Antique Automobile Club of America’s Eastern
Regional Fall Meet (the club’s largest annual event) and
is a premier venue for purveyors of antique automobiles.
Sandwiched between Monterey and Scottsdale (and
just a month ahead of RM’s new Manhattan sale), prices
at Hershey tend toward the “affordable” — compared
with RM’s annual boutique blockbusters, anyway. Pre-
war classics are the focus, and this time around, 72 lots were
1939 or older.
In all, no fewer than 16 custom coachbuilders were repre-
sented, including such prestigious names as Dietrich, Graber,
Weymann, Brunn and Pullman.
At the head of the 2013 class was a stunning 1933 Chrysler
Imperial roadster. Anything touched by LeBaron seems to be
regarded as a national treasure, and the Chrysler CL proved this
yet again. Spirited bidding eventually defined its market value at
$704k, making it the top seller of
the two-day sale.
As in past years, there were several unusual
Model Ts, including a “pie wagon” and “depot
hack,” sold at $44k and $24k, respectively.
RM packed a peck of Packards for you to
pick: 16 to be exact. Most notable would be the
barn-find 1926 Packard Eight Sport, the recent
Antique Automobile magazine cover girl. At just
$36k, it was one of the best buys of the auction.
Perhaps most intriguing was the 1912
International Harvester that sold for $44k. In
delightfully under-restored condition and whimsically
overloaded with all manner of antique
worldly possessions, the high-wheeled delivery
car seemed lifted right out of the pages of The
Grapes of Wrath. ♦
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#224-1912 MINERVA TYPE GG tor-
pedo. S/N 3161. Eng. # 13256. Red & black/
black canvas/black leather. RHD. Out of the
O’Quinn Collection. Beautiful older restoration
looks gorgeous in Ruby Red with black
fenders. Minor paint blemishes along body
panels. Brass radiator gleams, but other brass
trim bits are dull and with a few dents. Leather
and carpet showing some age. Structural timber
in need of better weather protection. Lu-
tion. Paint showing various chips and scuffs;
poor gaps, especially along hood, upholstery
with seam separation and cracks, door has torn
leather check strap, running-board strips out of
attractive. Dazzling underhood. Factory tool
roll present. Canvas top has some unexpected
wrinkles. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $126,500. Catalog
estimate of $130k–$150k seemed generous,
but sale price was spot-on.
#106-1963 AUSTIN-HEALEY SPRITE
roadster. S/N HAN7L30164. Black/red
canvas/red leather. Odo: 7,233 miles. Handsome
Sprite restored in a rather uncommon
color combination of black body with lipstickred
top and interior. Paint in good condition.
Main criticism is the mediocre canvas top.
brication staining along the running-gear
attests that this car is not shy about being
driven. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $66,000. Antique
European motorcars tend to be chunky and
clunky. The Minerva is a sweet exception, with
the right amount of brass and class with lines
reminiscent of upper-crust American motorcars.
Power comes from silky smooth Knight
sleeve-valve engine (also of American design).
Considering the rarity, restoration, custom
coachwork and engineering pizzazz, buyer
absolutely stole this car.
#230-1933 ROLLS-ROYCE 20/25 Limousine
Sedanca. S/N GTZ7. Eng. # H8H.
Black & silver/black canvas/black leather &
gray broadcloth. RHD. Odo: 11,474 km. Little
to fault on this supremely elegant R-R. Finished
in handsome tones with touches of
gleaming chrome, satiny cast aluminum,
knurled brass and burled wood. Passenger’s
alignment, wiring pulling free of harness. Engine
compartment actually in better cosmetic
condition than the passenger’s compartment.
Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $88,000. Pre-war Lagondas
don’t appear at U.S. auctions as often as
in the U.K. This sportster was reportedly mechanically
well maintained, and inspection
supported that, but considering overall condition,
buyer paid top market price.
#138-1934 ROLLS-ROYCE 20/25
tourer. S/N GXB8. Eng. # P4B. Two-tone
red/black canvas/black leather & vinyl. RHD.
Odo: 23,749 km. Sporting good looks let
down by cosmetic issues—likely the result of
many kilometers of enjoyable touring. Twotone
paint with many blemishes, instrument
faces stained and faded, under-dash electricals
scary. Upholstery needs rejuvenation. On the
Under the hood, the little motor looks tidy
with correct twin SU breathers. Dash and undercarriage
need detailing. Cond: 2. SOLD AT
$27,500. Record price for a road-going Sprite
at U.S. auction. Although the car had some
relatively minor condition issues, it was still
restored to a higher level than the Brits managed
fresh from the factory. Seller did jolly
#222-1955 MERCEDES-BENZ 190SL
convertible. S/N 1210425500435. Black/red
hard top/black canvas soft top/red leather.
Odo: 28,058 miles. Unrestored 190SL showing
body damage along driver’s side door
skin—reportedly acquired at a car show decades
ago. Otherwise, car has spent most of its
life in just three different garages. Paint thinning,
chrome dull and pitted, rubber cracking,
other hand, no rust found, engine compartment
and chassis seem fine, and the burl dash
screams old English quality. Cond: 3. SOLD
AT $71,500. Rolls’ staid reputation only
makes this very sporty 2+2 more attractive.
The raked windshield, almost skiff-like fenders
and tapered tail had me wondering if the stylists
had photos of a ’28 Stutz Blackhawk hanging
on their studio walls. Catalog estimate of
$40k–$60k seemed low. Congratulations to
both buyer and seller.
compartment has all the expected necessities:
dictaphone, pull straps, jump seats, division
window, vanity. Engine well detailed. Cond:
2+. SOLD AT $159,500. Equally ready for
show or go. Apparently, bidders agreed, with
final price double the $80k low estimate. Collectors
will still pay for quality.
#226-1934 LAGONDA 16/80 tourer. S/N
S10417. Eng. # 2166. Green & black/black
canvas/black leather. RHD. Odo: 312 miles.
Dashing open tourer with older U.K. restora-
#122-1951 JAGUAR XK 120 roadster.
S/N G71431. Eng. # W33828. Cream/tan
canvas/red leather. Odo: 65,000 miles. Freshly
restored and Jag Heritage Trust certified. Fantastic
color combo, two-tone leather seats very
leather separating along seams. Entire car
needs a good detailing. 1961-vintage hard top.
Single sun visor, door-mounted outside mirror,
reportedly factory-correct. Cond: 3. SOLD AT
$110,000. 190SLs have been riding the coattails
of the rapidly escalating 300SLs. As long
as Gullwings and Roadsters hold their values,
190s should be fine. If bought by an enthusiast,
good for you. If bought by an investor,
don’t let your SCM subscription lapse.
#228-1968 MERCEDES-BENZ 280SL
convertible. S/N 11304412001942. Green/
black canvas/tan leather. Odo: 2,594 miles.
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Very attractive. Handsome optional chrome
wheels and caps. Engine nicely detailed and
sparkles. Other areas received less attention.
Frayed original wiring. Jump seat stained and
different color than front buckets. Center dash
gauge fogged up. Trunk floor with surface
rust. Many undercarriage concerns. Cond: 3+.
SOLD AT $66,000. W113-series Benzes have
experienced a nice market appreciation of
late, but this example had a multitude of potential
problems. Well sold for condition.
#107-1909 BUICK MODEL G roadster.
S/N 13194. Red/black canvas/red leather.
RHD. Odo: 870 miles. Charming at 20 paces.
Paint has many small chips, brass has a few
small dents and swirls, canvas top has some
staining, undercarriage splattered with oil
from the chain drive. But all these flaws
tion. Well sold.
#136-1910 PIERCE-ARROW 48-SS
tourer. S/N 7940. Navy blue & red/
black leatherette/black leather & vinyl.
RHD. Odo: 61 miles. Oodles of brilliant brass
above and below. Some wear and flaws noted
beyond what one would expect for a 61-mile,
four-year-old resto. Seeing such an imposing
vehicle (approaching eight feet tall) in something
other than traditional black is very nice.
voice of the
Call 877.219.2605 ext. 1
should do is reassure the new owner that this
Buick is ready for another 5,000 miles. Cond:
3+. SOLD AT $52,250. Rescued from an Indiana
barn in 1995, this cute little runabout was
meticulously restored. A hundred years ago,
Buick had a race-proven reputation for reliability
and endurance. This example has
logged over 5,000 miles since restoration,
again affirming the quality of Buick design.
#151-1909 SCHACHT MODEL K run-
about. S/N N/A. Eng. # V54K. Green/black
leather & vinyl. RHD. Beautiful runabout with
equally beautiful horizontally-opposed twincylinder
engine. Fresh condition of paint,
brasswork, wood and leather belie the 20-yearold
restoration. Re-creation body. Titled on
engine number. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $41,250.
Although there were two Schachts at this
year’s Hershey sale, you will have to wait a
long time to find another in such nice condi-
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Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $687,500. This stately
Pierce-Arrow has enjoyed a life of privilege.
Rarely do antique cars with touring bodies
command six-figure prices, but large-displacement
40-plus-hp is the exception—especially
when manufactured by one of the three Ps.
Add to this a history of concours winnings,
club tours and recent reputable restoration,
and the high price seems justifiable.
#145-1910 SCHACHT MODEL R run-
about. S/N 1195. Black/black leatherette/
black leather & vinyl. RHD. Very original and
very rare Schacht runabout. Proper patina on
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paint, wood, top and leather add charm and
character. Only criticism of is an unfortunate
broken blade on the cast fan. Otherwise, the
horizontally opposed twin, with exposed valve
rods and springs and massive flywheel, is a
visual feast for any motorhead. Cond: 3-.
SOLD AT $19,800. Of the two Schachts at the
party (and both rare runabouts!), this example
from the AACA Museum was even more unusual
for its front-engine design. Unlike some
other “preservation” class vehicles, there is
no reason to even consider a restoration here.
#119-1910 SCHMIDT prototype truck.
S/N N/A. Red & yellow/ MHD. Original, unrestored
condition. The opposed, air-cooled
chain-drive mechanicals seem intact and restorable.
Bed still has original painted wood
#217-1912 INTERNATIONAL HARVESTER
M-W delivery. S/N 3274. Brown/
black canvas/black leather. RHD. 101-year-old
I-H covered with a thin coat of rust, and tastefully
(ahem) filled with everything one would
expect of a country salesman or migrating
Okie. Searching the bed reveals a milk pail,
stove, spittoon, bear rug, eggs, lantern, wash-
originality nonetheless. Solid body covered
with beautiful surface rust and not marred by
paint. Several neat features intact like wind
wings, spotlight, tonneau windshield and under
the hood, a nifty finned cast-aluminum
board, hens in cage, bedpan, canteen, pitchfork,
table radio, buckets, ropes, feed bags,
barrels, saw, foot locker, saddle, and a nicely
restored I2 motor. Cond: 4. SOLD AT
$44,000. This old packrat-mobile inspired
vigorous bidding and sold above the $40k high
estimate, hopefully to be appreciated for another
(soggy from rain). Original wooden wheels
with solid Firestone white rubber complete the
picture. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $18,700. Another
AACA museum piece, deserving of its many
various “preservation” awards. Well bought
#113-1912 FORD MODEL T pie wagon.
S/N 116595. Navy blue/black leatherette/black
leather & vinyl. Older restoration (and possible
re-creation) of a commercial Model T
delivery “pie wagon.” Very attractive navy
finish nicely sets off “Fruit & Produce” graphics.
Paint showing chips along wear edges,
brass needs polishing, metal pitted beneath
#135-1914 LOCOMOBILE MODEL
48 Special Speedster. S/N 13111. Red
& yellow/ black leather & vinyl. Odo:
1 mile. Beautiful red and brass exterior, seats
and gauges nearly without fault. Patina on
twin-spark 6-cylinder engine and drivetrain
and some lubricant spots suggest a disconnected
odometer but also convey the confidence
of use. Well documented over the years
Skinner oil rectifier. Unbroken original glass
in headlamps, motometer and gauges. Modern
seat fabric hopefully covers original leather.
Cond: 4-. SOLD AT $35,750. The 246 Sport
(coachwork by Pullman) was a dashing model
of the late ’20s and of tremendous historical
significance in the evolution of Packard. As
this is one of three known survivors, the new
owner will face the obvious conundrum of
whether to restore or preserve. Hershey should
have been the perfect venue for this barn find,
but bidders weren’t feeling it. Very well
bought, at half the $65k–$85k estimate.
#155-1927 FRANKLIN SERIES 11-B
phaeton. S/N 1665151. Eng. # 114622. Olive
drab/tan canvas/black leather & vinyl. Odo:
2,647 miles. Suffers from the effects of an old
restoration. Paint wear noted everywhere,
some upholstery seam separation, top canvas
staining, surface rust in places. Ex-Bill Harrah.
Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $49,500. Franklins are
more regarded for the uniqueness of their air-
some painted parts. Wood shows some waterstaining.
Has not run for an extended time, as
it’s been on display at the AACA Museum.
Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $44,000. Model T values
have struggled to keep their heads above water
lately. The AACA Museum connection
helps explain the strong price here.
in hobby publications. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT
$291,500. 525 ci, open cockpit, shortened
chassis—the manufacturer’s “Safe Journey”
plaque is well advised. The collector-car
world seems to have reached the age where
“specials,” if done long enough ago, may actually
enhance the value of the car. Had this
same conversion happened in the 1990s, the
hammer price would have been a mere fraction
of this. Well bought and sold.
#235-1926 PACKARD EIGHT
Model 236 Sport. S/N N/A. Eng. #
217225. Rust/beige cloth. Odo:
64,142 miles. “Barn find of the century” might
be a stretch, but stunning in its unmolested
cooled 6-cylinder engines and quality of workmanship
than beauty of design. Cars restored
by Harrah often seem to wear the same dowdy
colors. Should the new owner decide to invest
in a complete restoration, he would be well
advised to play with a bright color palette
more representative of the Roaring Twenties.
As it stands, the car should be able to provide
miles of fun touring. Seller should be pleased
with the price.
#238-1933 CHRYSLER CL IMPERIAL
roadster. S/N 7803565. Cream/
cream canvas/ cream leather. Odo: 149
miles. Understated cream paint showcases the
beauty of LeBaron’s design and the quality of
restoration. Only flaw noted is a nick in the
cast-aluminum rumble step, confirming that
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Artcurial — Automobiles Sur Les Champs VI
There were 15 French offerings, but the five biggest sales of the day were
October 20, 2013
Automotive lots sold/offered
1962 Maserati 3500 GTi
Vignale Spyder, sold at
1962 Maserati 3500 GTI Vignale Spyder, sold at $757,446
Report and photos by John Lyons
Photos by Stratford Godfrey
Market opinions in italics
rtcurial is one of Europe’s
premier auction houses, with
auctions for art and artifacts
happening virtually every we
and classic car auctions multiple times p
year. While the company is less well kno
in the States, they have a successful form
and a devoted client base, and their quality o
merchandise rivals the best that the U.S. has
In total, there were 77 automotive lots offered at the October 2013
sale, following a 72-item memorabilia sale. I found the simplistic lot
numbering system interesting. The memorabilia started at Lot #1, and
so did the cars — so there were multiple lots with the same number in
the same sale. It was a bit confusing at times, but the room handled it
This was Artcurial’s sixth visit to the Champs-Élysées. The auction
took place on Sunday the 20th, with a two-day preview prior, including
a classy reception offering fine food and drink for all attendees.
Sunday clearly works as an auction day in Paris, as the arena was
full with registered bidders. All told, Artcurial sold 66 of the 77 lots on
offer, for a sell-through rate of 86%, and a total of nearly $6m.
There were 15 French offerings, but Italian
classics outnumbered the natives three to one.
The five biggest sales of the day were all Italian,
lead by a 1962 Maserati 3500 GTi Vignale
Spyder at a robust $757k, a 1968 Lamborghini
Miura P400 at $629k and a 1972 Ferrari 246 GT
Dino coupe at $342k.
Of course, if you wanted to have your Italian
1972 Citroën SM sedan, sold at $24,700
cake and eat it in Paris, too, there was a nicely
kept 1972 Citroën SM, its Maserati engine looking
tidy and well maintained. The car was just
one repaint away from being original, showing
the gentle care of long-term single-family
ownership, and it sold for a fair $25k. Add the
5-speed into the equation, and you had a very
appealing car at a very appealing price. ♦
17% up to $821,040; 11%
thereafter, included in sold
prices ($1.00 = €0.73)
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#49-1956 AUSTIN-HEALEY 100M
roadster. S/N BN2L232315. Green/black
leather. Odo: 11,121 km. The real deal with
documentation and history to support. Outstanding
European restoration commissioned a
few years ago with a few notable upgrades,
including auxiliary cooling fan, aluminum
radiator and auxiliary oil cooler. Beautiful
paint and trim. Excellent door fit. Stunning
presence. Nicely done interior with black
lots of buff marks and the like. Good bumper
fit. Nice original interior with age cracks on
front seats. Excellent wood and gauges. Clean
engine bay with minor stains. Cond: 2-. SOLD
AT $62,571. This color and the fact that this
car was an LHD unit were about the only two
things going for it. Well sold.
#79-1992 AUSTIN MINI Cooper 1.3i
prior to enjoyment. Cond: 3. SOLD AT
$18,114. This is luxury, Rover style. Somewhat
dowdy in the looks department, but with performance
and comfort to rival Jaguar. This
car needed some mechanical reviving, which
is not necessarily inexpensive, but surviving
that will yield a heck of a nice tourer for the
leather seats accented by white piping and
well-done carpeting. Clean original engine bay
entirely correct with the exceptions noted
above. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $240,407. Killer
looks and color combination. Fully documented
as being real from its day of birth at
the factory. Bidders were enamored with the
car, with lots of inspections during the preview.
World-record price represents what
today’s market will command for a good documented
#15-1960 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER
CLOUD II sedan. S/N LSPA284. Beige &
brown/tan leather. Odo: 48,269 miles. Cosmetically
restored as needed. Excellent paint
and trim. Average door fit; nice chrome and
trim. Perfect original glass. Very nice interior
with new leather and carpeting. Excellent
holders still in place inside glovebox door.
Clean original engine bay lacks the level of
show detail seen in the U.S. concours circuit.
Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $14,820. I absolutely
loved this car. The consigning owner apparently
felt the same, as the level of restoration
in no way reflected the relatively paltry high
bid here. A very well-bought labor of love
whose expensive stage of ownership is now in
the past, with delightful showing and highlevel
touring in its immediate future.
wood. Good gauges and instrumentation.
Clean engine compartment. Clean trunk with
original worn spare tire and original jack.
Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $65,865. This was an
appealing early V8-equipped Rolls, and the
care and servicing were evident. A fair deal
for both buyer and seller.
#75-1968 ROVER P5 sedan. S/N
84300083. Black/green leather. Odo: 90,000
km. Original single-family-owned car. Nice
quality repaint at some point. All-original
chrome and trim. All glass original as well.
Very tidy interior with some wear to the seats.
Clean trunk and engine bay. Smell of old gas
in engine bay portends mechanical servicing
#11-1977 ROLLS-ROYCE CORNICHE
coupe. S/N CRX30465. Blue/blue leather.
Odo: 121,034 km. Original car with good
maintenance records. Nice original paint with
#20-1974 AUSTIN PRINCESS Vanden
Plas sedan. S/N VAS239712M.
Green/beige leather. RHD. Odo:
65,983 km. Really cool and rare surviving
Princess. Restored at obviously great expense.
Very nice paint and trim. Very good door gaps
and panel fit. Good original glass. Interior
very original with original leather seating surfaces,
newer carpeting and beautiful wood and
instrumentation. Fully useless factory cup
2-dr sedan. S/N SAXXNNAYNBD0444045.
Black/red leather. Odo: 90,874 km. Very welloptioned
later Mini. Factory fuel injection and
lots of goodies, including factory two-tone,
driving lights, sunroof and added flares. Interior
surprisingly well equipped with wood
dash and leather seats. Some cleaning and
detailing called for. Clean, correct engine bay.
All original books and manuals. Cond: 2.
SOLD AT $32,932. I nit-picked, thinking the
slight dirt and lack of detailing would hold the
car back. How wrong I was. Well sold.
#5-1972 CITROËN SM sedan. S/N 00SB6830.
Silver/brown leather. Odo: 26,888 km.
One-family car for most of its life. Nice paint
with mostly original trim and plastic bits. Very
nice original interior. All-original instruments
and gauges. Clean engine bay. Clean undercarriage.
Overall a very well-maintained family
car with just a repaint at some point separating
the car from original. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT
$24,700. Good-looking car with the right engine
and transmission combination to spark
interest as a collector vehicle now. Bid to the
low end of estimate and sold for fair money.
Good deal for all.
#6-1974 CITROËN DS23 Pallas sedan.
S/N 01FG8566. Gold & white/mustard fabric.
Odo: 101,037 km. Very well-done cosmetic
restoration of a correct and rust-free car. Outstanding
paint and trim. Excellent door and
panel fit. Good original glass. Very nice, wellkept
interior. (Color a bit harsh.) Original instrumentation
excellent. No cracks or issues
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front footwells. Clean engine bay. Lesser-quality
reproduction factory tags. SOLD AT
$74,097. This was a good little car but not for
everyone. The exterior color was bright, and
some of the restoration details did not excite
me either. Sold within estimate in a very bullish
#55-1963 BMW 700 2-dr sedan. S/N
with dash or controls. Clean engine with all
correct belts, hoses and clamps. Cond: 2-.
SOLD AT $47,752. These quirky Citroëns
continue to impress at auction. This price just
at low estimate represented the norm at this
point, and not the exception. From the original
ownership family; they must have been
pleased at the return on their investment some
40 years ago.
#50-1954 PORSCHE 356 “pre-A” coupe.
S/N 51951. Silver/black leather. Odo: 82,087
km. One of 7,267 so-called “pre-A” bent-window
Porsches. Incredible provenance starting
with certification of the engine being original.
Car also carries FIVA paperwork and has successfully
run the Mille Miglia. Beautifully
restored with obvious signs of touring and
fastidious maintenance since. Nice paint.
appears ready to be rehabilitated. Cond: 4.
SOLD AT $988. Entry-level BMWs never
really saw U.S. shores until the 1600 (later to
become the 2000/2002), so this complete and
intact example was exciting to me. Apparently
I was the only one who felt this way. I’ll call
this very well bought (perhaps only to soothe
my bruised ego).
Original glass. Very tidy interior with correct
seat patterns and very good attention to detail.
Original AM radio. Original instrumentation.
Spotless engine bay. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT
$209,122. This car ticked every box in collectors’
minds, with great touring history and
future eligibility. Sold strong, but I still think
the buyer got the good end of this deal.
#24-1961 PORSCHE 356B coupe. S/N
115273. Signal Red/tan vinyl. Odo: 97,352
km. Fairly recent European restoration. Very
nice paint with minimal blemishes. Nice
chrome done to high-level touring standards.
Door jambs so-so. Interior very correct except
aftermarket stereo and speaker cut-outs in
chipping. Interior mostly correct; fabric seat
inserts questionable. Classic 2002 dash and
instruments all in excellent original condition.
Clean engine bay. Cond: 3. SOLD AT
$49,399. With round-taillight tii models averaging
$15k, this result might seem obscene,
but prices like this are the norm for real-deal
turbo 02s. Fair deal for both buyer and seller.
#29-1984 BMW M635 CSI coupe. S/N
leather. Odo: 99,968 km. Original car with
original paint and trim. Overall a very attractive
color scheme. Interior very worn with
cracking seats and tired carpeting. All-original
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#70-1974 BMW 2002 turbo 2-dr sedan.
S/N 4290856. Silver/black vinyl & cloth. Odo:
65,353 km. Nicely maintained and documented
Turbo 2002. One of approximately
1,700 built during the era. Sadly never built
for the U.S. market (although a few gray-market
examples made it in). Good paint. Nice
striping. Very good bumper and door fit. Slick
original ground effects with notable wear and
850094. White/black vinyl. Complete and relatively
solid, with original paint very dirty and
full of issues. Very minor rust. Original glass
dirty but otherwise good. Door fit very good
considering the state of disrepair. Interior original
with spartan instruments. Tiny engine
instruments including radio. Engine bay not
prepped for auction but relatively original.
Original M equipment and aerodynamic pieces
on car and in good condition. Original tools
and books. Lots of service receipts. Cond: 3.
SOLD AT $36,226. I loved the look and style
of this car. The interior was worn for the kilometers
on the clock, but the exterior looked
great. Well sold and a world record, according
to the SCM Platinum Auction Database.
#28-1959 LANCIA APPIA GTE coupe.
S/N 812012388. White/gray cloth. Odo:
39,218 km. Fabulous rare little Lancia. Known
history. Very well-sorted mechanicals. Paint
old and checking everywhere. Interior original
with exception of incorrectly re-covered seats.
Original dash and instruments. Engine original
with lots of stains and old leaks. Solid frame
and floors. Cond: 4+. NOT SOLD AT
$60,000. Needs a full restoration, but with
mechanicals in order, that shouldn’t be overly
daunting. Seller was right to hold on at the bid
#40-1962 ALFA ROMEO GIULIETTA
Sprint Veloce coupe. S/N 159755. Blue/pur
ple & white vinyl. Odo: 57,574 km. Well-serviced
car with lots of records. Average-quality
older restoration. Nice paint with a few chips
at edges. Poor driver’s door fit. Nice chrome
and trim. Clean engine bay with all correct
hoses, etc. Interior poorly restored with weird
color scheme and questionable workmanship.
Dash and instruments original and a bit hazy.
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Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $79,037. In spite of the
restoration issues, the car was all there. With
the accompanying file of documentation and
service records, I would have felt very good
from a mechanical perspective owning this
car. I think this car could be a real winner
with about ten grand worth of interior and
detailing. Fair deal for buyer and seller.
#47-1962 FERRARI 250 GTE 2+2
coupe. S/N 3823GT. Red/brown
leather. Odo: 30,335 km. Color-change
repaint but all else very original. Catalog
noted “mismatch of numbers,” which is a very
scary phrase to Ferrari collectors, but offered
no further explanation. Engine numbers and
very clean, belying the fact that it is well overdue
for service. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $255,227.
I liked the colors but had my doubts about the
actual-mile claim. The interior wear and fact
that the car needed a repaint concerned me.
The need for service is also of concern, as
depending on how major, it could be a fivefigure,
many-month-long process. Sold for
probably three times what one would have
sold for five years ago. Very well sold.
body tags seemed to be in order, so I am not
sure what the issue was. Interior with lovely
patina. If not for the repaint, would be a great
preservation car. Cond: 3. SOLD AT
$286,513. Sold for strong money, so whatever
the “mismatch” catalog comment meant, it
did not appear to deter bidders one bit.
#31-1962 MASERATI 3500 GTI Vignale
Spyder. S/N AM1011407. Gray/
black cloth/tan leather. Odo: 32,967
km. Fabulously sexy automobile restored to
very high standards. Beautiful paint and trim.
Color change from original. Spotless interior
with stunning seats and new carpeting. Showdetailed
engine bay with only very light signs
of use. One of only 227 built and in varying
configurations. Powerful, lightweight, an in-
#41-1968 FIAT 2300S coupe. S/N
114BS208614. Blue/red leather. Odo: 82,024
km. Really funky and appealing Fiat. Nice
paint and very good door fit. Good original
glass. Spotless engine bay with a really cool
look. Surface rust on exhaust manifold the
only concern. Original interior with nicely
worn seats and all other bits in good shape.
Nice original instruments. Wrap-around rear
amount of sand chips. Dirty engine bay. Wellknown
history includes period photos. Cond:
3-. SOLD AT $118,557. I was a little surprised
at the strong price, as the car just didn’t
have the look that I would have wanted from
it. The car has needs, but if they can be addressed
for reasonable money, then I suppose
this was a fair deal.
#26-1972 ALFA ROMEO 1600 Junior
Zagato coupe. S/N AR3060043. Blue/brown
vinyl. Recent paint. Good door fit. No rust or
rust repair noted. Interior all-original and very
well maintained. Hood fit also excellent. Very
sporty painted steel wheels. Clean engine bay.
Lots of documentation, including nearly $28k
window is incredibly sexy. Cond: 3. SOLD
AT $27,992. Noted in catalog as being “neglected,”
but I am unsure whether they mean
this car or these as collectibles. Neglect or no
neglect, I loved this car—so much so that I
was one of the underbidders. Market-correct
at the price paid, and I think it will be worth a
whole lot more in very short order.
credible engine with sophisticated fuel management
and race-bred brakes add up to the
ultimate GT car. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT
$757,446. This was a magnificent car with
great lineage. I expected it to break the bank,
and it did—well over the $550k high estimate.
When I look at this car, I think 300SL, BMW
507... Even at the price paid here, this was a
bargain. I wouldn’t be surprised to see one
eclipse seven figures in the very near future.
#63-1965 FERRARI 330 GT 2+2 coupe.
S/N 7687. Silver/black leather. Odo: 6,347
km. Claimed to be a totally original low-mile
#60-1968 LAMBORGHINI MIURA
P400 coupe. S/N 3649. Yellow/black
leather. Odo: 10,702 km. Lots of questions
here. Engine is from an “S” model Miura,
discovered after catalog went to press.
worth of maintenance and repair over the past
few years. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $60,925. This
car didn’t have nearly the appeal to me of Lot
25, the Zagato-bodied SZ, but it found pretty
much the same money. Kudos to owner, who
did a great job (and spent a lot of money) preparing
the car for sale and presenting it in a
clear, confidence-inspiring manner. Well sold.
#13-1972 FERRARI 246 GT DINO
coupe. S/N 03716. Fly Yellow/black
leather. Odo: 23,130 miles. Original
car with very recent repaint in original Fly
Yellow. Very good gaps and door fit. Outstanding
original interior with lovely cracking and
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car with one repaint from new. Limited service
records but known ownership history. No service
for many years. Very nice paint and original
trim. Interior very original with wear on
carpets and dry age-cracking on seats. Engine
Color changed. Very nice restoration with
clear evident enjoyment since. Paint holding
up very well. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $629,010.
This car had all of the eye appeal you could
hope for. What it didn’t have was a clear service
and restoration history. Somewhere the
color was changed. The market is revving high
right now, and buyers overlook stuff like that,
but in a down market, this car may prove a
#30-1968 MASERATI GHIBLI coupe.
S/N AM115216. Blue/burgundy leather. Odo:
66,030 km. Mostly original car with a belowaverage
repaint. Orange peel abounds. Average
chrome and trim. Decent gaps and door fit.
Very tired interior with worn carpeting and
drying and cracking of the seats. Instruments
hazy and faded. Original glass with fair
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wear to the seats. Original carpeting in good
condition with only minor wear noted. Very
tidy original engine bay. Full complement of
books, manuals, tool roll and jack from the
well laid out for the era. Engine bay slightly
grimy but reported to be recently sorted out.
No signs of rust or accident damage. No mention
of documentation. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT
$11,526. This car sat for years in disrepair
and was only recently brought back to life. I
think that might have dissuaded some bidders,
resulting in a bargain price. If no gremlins,
factory. Original U.S.-spec car. Cond: 3+.
SOLD AT $342,498. I absolutely loved this
car. The color combination was killer, and the
wear inside was just right for a well-kept, lowmile
original. All the little stuff was right, too,
with all the accoutrements that came with the
car new. Sold for a number some would have
considered astronomical a year or so ago—
but as the tide goes, so go the yachts.
#9-1972 MASERATI INDY coupe. S/N
AM116471474. Blue-green/tan leather. Odo:
23,687 km. Nice original, reported to be numbers-matching
and correct. Very nice paint and
trim. Beautiful original interior impeccably
maintained. Nicely detailed engine. Mid-production
car with the venerable 4.7-liter engine
built just prior to the change to the 4.9. Desir-
cates fastidious ownership. Cond: 3+. SOLD
AT $135,023. These will appreciate rapidly in
the coming years. This one boasted excellent
colors, great options and the super-desirable
5-speed transmission. The price paid here will
able 5-speed. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $74,097.
Power-sapping automatic transmissions and
pollution controls hurt these in terms of collectibility.
My father owned a rare 5-speed and
couldn’t give the thing away in the later ’80s.
Apparently they have not appreciated all that
much. I say well bought, as eventually the
market will recognize the value of these
#39-1980 ALFA ROMEO GTV 2000
coupe. S/N AR116360043325. Blue/black
leather. Odo: 81,678 km. Well-preserved car
but with obvious long-term non-use. Average
repaint. Decent trim bits. Good tires. Nice
original glass. Interior tidy and remarkably
#59-1990 LAMBORGHINI LM002 SUV.
S/N ZA9LU45A7LLA12202. Dark green/
ivory leather. Odo: 28,135 km. One of 328
built, intended for oil-field exploration by
oil-field owners. Fuel-injected model with a
5-speed manual transmission. Lowish miles,
well presented, but could use a little detailing.
Interior shows minimal use. Engine bay indi-
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Bonhams — The Zoute Sale
An amphibious TAG Croco found $15k; at the other end of the
4x4 spectrum, a “Rambo Lambo” LM002 made a record $226k
October 11, 2013
Automotive lots sold/offered
1957 Maserati A6G/54
Allemano coupe, sold at
1957 Maserati A6G/54 Allemano coupe, sold at $686,186
15%, included in sold prices
($1.00 = €0.74)
Report and photos by Leo Van Hoorick
Market opinions in italics
he fourth edition of the Zoute
Grand Prix returned in October
to the fashionable seaside resort
of Knokke-Le Zoute in Belgium.
The cars of the Zoute Sale were staged in a large tent in the center of
The annual classic-car event attracts mo
than 100,000 visitors.
The event consists of four compon
Zoute Top Marques expo, the Zoute Rally
Concours d’Elegance and the concludi
Tour. A collector-car auction was added this year: the
e main town square facing the sea, with some of the cars also exhibited
outside. Unfortunately, a storm hit the coast on Wednesday and lasted for
The bad weather hampered inspections for the cars outside, which
organizers said had a negative influence on the lower-value lots and
explains the relatively low sales rate.
But public attendance at the auction itself was strong, with a full sale
om. The cars on offer were in very good condition overall — except for
the unrestored Austin A125 Sheerline. The unusual four-door convertible
wore coachwork by famous coachbuilder Vesters & Neirinck of Brussels. It bore witness
to Belgium’s rich automotive history, of which unfortunately not much remains
these days. At $33k, the car was well bought and sold, with serious concours potential
once properly restored.
The oddball of the sale was a street-legal TAG Croco amphibious 4x4 with only 105
km on the clock, changing hands for a mere $15k. At the other end of the 4x4 spectrum,
a “Rambo Lambo” LM002 with only 1,266 km went for a record $226k.
Other notable sales included a beautiful Alfa Romeo 1900 Sprint with Touring
body for $218k, a 1953 Austin-Healey BN1 for $133k and a rare limited-edition 1994
Porsche Carrera RS for $366k.
The star of the show, a 1954 Ferrari 250 Europa prototype, failed to meet reserve
at $963k, but auctioneers were satisfied with the high-sale Maserati A6G/54 Allemano
coupe — especially as the engine was non-matching (as described in the catalog). All
in, the Maserati sold for $686k.
This was Bonhams’ second sale staged in Belgium this year, after the Spa Classic
1983 TAG Croco amphibious 4x4, sold for $14,815
Sale in May. And it’s surely not the last, according to Philip Kantor, Bonhams’ Head
of European Motoring. The auction house plans to return again in 2014. ♦
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#36-1949 AUSTIN SHEERLINE A125
4-dr convertible. S/N DCL2729. Eng. # ID4033.
Blue/gray canvas/blue leather. Spectacular
four-door convertible by famed Belgian
coachbuilder Vesters & Neirinck. Body sound
but with needs. All chrome is there, which is a
plus, but needs replating. Seats and door interiors
have new gray covers. Back seat with
two dividing armrests. Carpets look new.
Hand-cranked glass partition in working order.
Wooden dash and steering wheel in need of
vinyl/white leather. Odo: 5,529 miles. Nutand-bolt
restoration in mid-’90s and still looks
very pretty. Chrome and panel fit better than
new. Very shiny walnut dashboard panel is
perhaps a little over the top, as are the white
much TLC. Hood of more recent manufacture
and not completely straight. Engine bay shows
age. Air filter and carburetor look new. Cond:
4-. SOLD AT $32,749. This looked like a
French coachbuilt Delahaye. Unfortunately,
the chassis is of less noble origin. The car was
commissioned by “Mr. Gillet” of eponymous
Belgian motorcycle manufacturer Gillet-Herstal.
A piece of Belgian motor heritage and a
sure concours ticket once restored to its former
glory. Well bought, but the buying price
will probably be tripled before the car is presentable.
#38-1953 AUSTIN-HEALEY 100-4 BN1
roadster. S/N BNH143726. Eng. # 1B139166.
Pale blue metallic/black canvas/blue leather.
Odo: 9,451 km. An early BN1 delivered new
to Holland. Older body-off restoration (1997)
but still looking the part. Excellent paint.
Chrome and trim bits to same standard.
Chromed wires would originally have been
painted. Crisp blue interior, seats with white
leather seats. Nice period wooden Moto-Lita
steering wheel. Aftermarket luggage rack. No
front bumper. Engine bay clean in accordance
with rest of car. No reserve. Cond: 3+. SOLD
AT $20,273. Imported from the U.S. to the
Netherlands in 1990 in dilapidated condition.
Someone did a very nice and thorough resto
job over five years at an expense probably
exceeding the value of the car. Sold at a market-correct
price, but well bought for condition.
#2-1962 AUSTIN-HEALEY 3000
Mk II BT7 2+2 roadster. S/N HBT7L16109.
Eng. # 29ERUH2463. Blue
& white/blue canvas/tan leather. Odo: 300 km.
Good chrome, bumpers with overriders. Bumper
not straight at back. Very clean with tan
leather and blue piping. New carpets and
hood. BMIHT certificate confirms original
leather steering wheel. Clean engine bay with
40-mm SU carburetors. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT
$74,856. The BJ8 was the final and most
popular incarnation of the Big Healey, with
17,712 examples produced. Although with
little known history, this was a very appealing
car, straight and honest. Healey 3000 values
peaked a few years ago but seem to be on the
up again. Correctly bought.
piping adding style. Spotless engine bay and
undercarriage. New alloy panels used during
rebuild (photos on file). Comes with BMIHT
certificate and Dutch registration. Cond: 2-.
SOLD AT $132,558. Great cars for winter
driving—feet kept warm by engine heat. A nice
unmolested and no-louver BN1, worth every
penny of its reasonably high price. Buyer and
seller should be pleased.
#1-1958 AUSTIN-HEALEY BUGEYE
SPRITE roadster. S/N AN5L8643. Eng. #
9CUH8185. British Racing Green/black
delivery with overdrive, adjustable steering
column, heater, laminated windshield and wire
wheels. Immaculate engine bay with electric
cooling fan. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $38,987.
After being imported from the U.S., this Mk II
was completely stripped and rebuilt with lots
of new panels. After that, a new cylinder block
and internals were fitted. Only driven a few
hundred km since. Very well bought.
#30-1963 JAGUAR XKE convertible.
S/N 878562. Red/black canvas/tan leather.
Odo: 9,853 km. Delivered new to U.S., into
Belgium 1991. Restored by famous Belgian
Jaguar dealership Garage De Ridder and serviced
by them since. Nicely patinated, paint
still in excellent condition. Good door fit and
panel alignment. Chrome as-new. Covered
headlights. Engine bay nicely detailed with
shiny aluminum and attention paid to authen-
#7-1965 AUSTIN MINI 2-dr sedan. S/N
AA2S7L843811A. British Racing Green &
white/green vinyl. Odo: 99,999 km. Originally
an 850-cc model, but now with overhauled
998 upgraded with some Cooper elements and
twin carbs. Tidy with recent respray. Chrome
okay. Clean interior with non-original wood-
ticity. Beautiful tan interior. Wood steering
wheel. Aluminum dash. Engine runs smoothly.
Cond: 3. SOLD AT $109,166. When Jaguar
came to Belgium in 1953, Dolf De Ridder prepared
his own XK 120 and proved to be faster
than the factory car. (But you won’t find this in
most history books.) Well bought in the room
at just above low estimate.
#19-1964 AUSTIN-HEALEY 3000 Mk
III BJ8 convertible. S/N HBJ8L28624.
Green/black canvas/black vinyl. Odo: 200 km.
Restored in France in 2004, including engine
rebuild. Visibly little used since. Good paint,
excellent chrome. Straight and good panel fit.
Badge bar with extra Lucas high beams. New
top and interior. Non-original shift knob and
veneer dash. New carpets but worn front seats.
New Minilite-type alloys. Cooper badge on
the trunk. Belgian registration and roadworthiness
certificate. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $14,815.
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Bonhams Knokke-Heist, BEL
In good condition overall, but more of a hobby
project than a collector car. An original would
fetch far more. Well sold.
#41-1924 COTTIN & DESGOUTTES 12
HP Type M torpedo. S/N 15317. Brown &
beige/beige canvas/brown leather. RHD. Odo:
71,300 km. Spent past 15 years in a museum,
but is reportedly in running order. Two-tone
paint looks unnatural. Car lacks patina for its
age. Nickel radiator not shiny, and with big,
expensive dent from wind-storm damage the
day before the sale. Old tires with lots of
cracks. Windshield doesn’t fit properly. Seats
of this popular microcar. Delivered new to
Germany before going to Switzerland, where
it stayed for 30 years. Recently complete restoration
in Belgium, but retains original interior.
Original parts such as door handle in
good condition but showing age. New canvas
top. Engine enlarged to 300 cc. Offered with
restoration invoices, Belgian registration and
roadworthiness certificate. Cond: 3. SOLD AT
$26,511. Prices for microcars are still moving
north. I’d call this well bought at a mid-market
price, especially with the canvas top.
served with no cracks in the plastic body.
Some rust marks on the steel wheels. Shod
with Dunlop SP4s, but spare is the original
Michelin ZX. Engine bay tidy but dusty. Asnew
interior. Odometer reading is surely genuine.
Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $34,309. Of the
150k or so built, there are still quite a few
around. Most were 2wd, but the 4x4 (recognizable
by the spare wheel on the hood) is more
of a rarity, with an estimated 1,200 built (most
in olive drab). A real bargain, barely making
#16-1958 MERCEDES-BENZ 220S cab-
not period and too sleek. Clean engine. Cond:
3-. SOLD AT $70,178. Desgouttes was a former
engineer with Berliet, and Cottin was his
financial partner. The marque was established
near Lyon and was known for its technical
innovation. The Type M had three valves per
cylinder and was the best-known model,
thanks to some notable competition successes.
Price paid for this ho-hum car was crack in
the middle of the $54k–$82k estimate.
#8-1972 CITROËN SM coupe. S/N
OOSB4381. Pale green metallic/black leather.
Odo: 75,000 km. Partly restored to original
spec, including repaint in original color.
Chrome reasonably good. Dents and some
holes drilled in rear bumper. Engine panel fit
could be better. Tinted windows. Nice leather
interior with lots of patina. New carpets. Overhauled
a/c and hydraulics. Offered with resto-
riolet. S/N 180030N8507213. Eng. # 1809248504299.
Old English White/black canvas/
brown leather. Odo: 10,551 km. “Body off”
restoration in 2009, but some minor details
overlooked. An attractive cruiser nonetheless.
Good paint and matching chrome, nice clean
grille. Good panel fit. Doors close with a con-
panel fit. Nice leather interior with right
amount of patina. Becker Mexico radio. Engine
bay got less attention. Cond: 3+. SOLD
AT $116,963. Good 190SLs are still excellent
investments, with prices following the movement
of the invaluable 300SLs. This fine example
went for a market-correct price, with
some room for increase. Well bought.
fident sound. No-name fog lights with rust not
in line with rest of car. Windshield rubber
cracking. Leather and carpets still new. Good
wood dash and door cappings, Becker Mexico
radio. Clean engine bay. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT
$116,963. One of 3,429 cabriolets built 1956–
59. These are expensive to restore. Well
bought at low estimate.
#6-1959 BMW ISETTA 300 microcar.
S/N 455502. Two-tone green/gray canvas/red
vinyl. Odo: 55,300 km. Well-sorted example
ration invoices and valid Belgian registration.
Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $15,595. Last sold for
$19k at Bonhams’ 2010 Reims sale (SCM#
167148). When new, the SM didn’t have the
best reputation, mechanically speaking. And
its styling is, well... divisive. So it never became
a hit, except maybe in its home country,
and is not a particularly sought-after collectible.
But this one was really cheap.
#15-1980 CITROËN MÉHARI 4x4 SUV.
S/N 00CE0019. Yellow/black plastic soft
top/black vinyl. Odo: 42,265 km. Well pre-
#10-1961 PORSCHE 356B roadster. S/N
088885. Eng. # 604614. Condor Yellow/black
canvas/gray vinyl & cloth. Odo: 2,094 km.
Rare Drauz-bodied 356B. Nut-and-bolt restoration
in California at the expense of a Belgian
collector, including up-rating of the engine to
90 hp. Flawless with excellent chrome and
paint. Interior stunning with cloth-and-leather
#9-1960 MERCEDES-BENZ 190SL con-
vertible. S/N 12104010017157. Eng. # 1219207519045.
Dark blue/blue canvas/red leather.
Odo: 6,692 km. Delivered new to the U.S.,
into Germany 25 years ago, new owner in Italy
in 2007. Restored there to high standard.
Nice color combo. Good chrome, excellent
seats, wooden Porsche steering wheel, seatbelts
with Porsche logo, etc. Complete with
tool kit, Porsche Certificate of Authenticity,
restoration file and photographs. Odometer
reading is since resto. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT
$171,546. Probably one of the best 356Bs I’ve
seen for sale. The money paid was impressive,
but looks in line with the trend. Well bought
#20-1966 MERCEDES-BENZ 230SL
convertible. S/N 11304210016255. Eng. #
12798110012747. Gray/black canvas/black
MB-Tex. Odo: 20,075 km. Absolutely fault-
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Bonhams Knokke-Heist, BEL
A brief look at cars of interest that have passed
through the SCM garage. HHHHH is best.
2014 Mercedes-Benz E250 BlueTEC
less in and out. Original Becker radio but with
a concealed iPod loaded up with ’60s tunes.
Two-point seat belts. No hard top. Completely
overhauled engine, down to the replacement
of all stickers with new ones. New Vredestein
Price as tested: $51,400
Equipment: 2.1-liter 196-hp twin-turbo I4
BlueTEC diesel (269 ft-lbs torque), 7-sp auto
EPA mileage: 28/45
Likes: The 39 mpg (highway) and nearly limitless
(and silent) power aren’t to be overlooked.
Most amazing, however, is the Driver Assistance
Package, a system of 2D and 3D cameras
that read lane markers and traffic to provide
a plethora of lengthy-to-explain safety features
— including a see-it-to-believe-it automated
steering assist that guides the car through 60mph
freeway curves and traffic with no hands
on the wheel.
Dislikes: Interior has the luxurious appointments
expected from Mercedes-Benz, but the
high-brow analog clock seemed more forcefully
opulent than convenient. Otherwise, I’m
not one for larger cars, but this one made efficient
use of its size.
Fun to drive: HHHH ½
Fun to look at: HHHH
Overall experience: HHHH ½
Verdict: This was a comfortable luxury-mobile.
While the novelty of the Driver Assistance and
safety packages were distracting at first, the
car became quite easy to drive and mostly intuitive
once I familiarized myself with it. The
fairly light steering and smooth, boundless
diesel power actually made it feel nimble. My
co-pilot was well over six feet tall and voiced
no issues with the interior space. I’m not sure
I’d fork over the extra $2,500 for the 4Matic
drive, but the economy of the diesel engine in
this caliber of vehicle is a match made in Himmel.
— Jeremy Da Rosa
Classic tires. Documentation includes restoration
invoices, old U.S. certificates of title,
original owner’s handbook and driver’s manual,
promotional brochures, etc. 75 km since
restoration. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $101,368.
Delivered new in Germany to a U.S. brigadier
general, who took it back home to Texas. Sold
in 1985 to Texas Rangers Baseball Club manager
Bobby Valentine. Came to Holland in
recent years, where it was frame-off restored
by a marque specialist. One of the most appealing
cars of the sale, and a steal at the
#4-1970 MERCEDES-BENZ 230SL con-
vertible. S/N 11304210007988. Eng. # 1279810006813.
Bordeaux/Bordeaux hard top/
black soft top/black vinyl. Odo: 95,335 km.
Delivered new to Spain, still retaining its
Spanish paperwork. Well used, but in good
original condition. Seats well worn and even
torn. Sought-after 4-speed manual transmis-
gine bay tidy but showing age. Cond: 3+.
SOLD AT $127,880. Italian-delivered “oil
flap” 911 with the external filler for the oil
tank on the passenger’s side—promptly
changed back for ’73. Rather rare, as there
were only 989 of these 2.4-liter 911S Targas
built for ’72. Well bought and sold.
#28-1977 PORSCHE 911 2.7 Targa. S/N
9117310887. Eng. # 6371850. Red/black
targa/black vinyl & cloth. Odo: 147,500 km.
Delivered new to Spain. Federalized bumper
and extra lights. Tinted windows. Interior
looks original in good condition. Seats in back
look new. Paint on wheels flaking. Engine
rebuilt 5,000 km ago, photos and invoices on
file. Bosch injection overhauled, new clutch.
Original service booklet and Porsche certificate.
Mileage believed genuine. Cond: 3.
SOLD AT $45,225. An above-market result
for a Targa nowhere near show-quality. Well
#12-1983 TAG CROCO amphibious 4x4.
sion. Clean engine bay with kilometers believed
original. Original Becker radio. Factory
hard top in original Bordeaux. Service assistance
book, owner’s notes and owners’ manual.
Gearbox is said to be overhauled, clutch
and brakes renewed, recent full service. Cond:
3-. SOLD AT $54,583. The SL Pagoda remains
a popular classic, with steadily rising
prices. This one looked very honest. Slightly
#11-1972 PORSCHE 911S Targa. S/N
9112310791. Eng. # 6322095. Albert Blue/
black targa/black & white vinyl & cloth. Odo:
28,402 km. Older body-off restoration by
Boxer Motor in Dotternhausen, Germany,
looks very good. Repainted in original color.
Fuchs alloys and polished rockers. Reasonably
good chrome, some scratches visible. Clean
interior, seats with original checkered pattern.
Tripmaster and original Blaupunkt radio. En-
nance invoices and Belgian registration papers,
so it is even road-legal. Paddles attached to the
roll bar. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $14,815. If you
own a large estate with a big pond, this is what
you need. There was at least one such person in
the room. I’d call this well bought.
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S/N N/A. White/black plastic buckets. RHD.
Odo: 105 km. Strange craft with four-wheel
drive and steering, no suspension but articulated
body. Oversize balloon tires give buoyancy for
crossing water. As-new, with only 27 hours and
105 km on the clock. Delivered with mainte
Auctions America Carlisle, PA
Auctions America — Fall Carlisle
High-sale honors went to an exceptionally well-restored 1957 Cadillac
Eldorado Biarritz convertible, sold at $182k
October 3–4, 2013
Brent Earlywine, Ben DeBruhl
Automotive lots sold/offered
1957 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz convertible, sold at $181,500
Report and photos by Adam Blumenthal
Market opinions in italics
raffic extending past the Pennsylvania
Turnpike exit and creeping along. License
plates hailing from states near and far. A
swapmeet boasting 8,100 vending spaces
consuming 150 acres of fairgrounds. Welcome to
But for the storm clouds that briefly lingered
overhead on Friday, an unseasonably warm and
sunny day greeted the multitudes. The Expo Center
stood across the street from the fairgrounds, and it was
there that Auctions America held their two-day sale.
The setup was a carbon copy of AA’s Spring Carlisle
event in April. In addition to the space inside the conference
center, two large tents and ample grounds provided
temporary homes for 256 cars of American and foreign
1957 Cadillac Eldorado
Biarritz convertible, sold at
10%, included in sold prices
allegiance. Admission to the swapmeet and car show
included entry to the auction, and over two days, a
continuous flow of people moved through the venue.
Come auction time, the atmosphere in the room
was charged. Auctioneers Brent Earlywine and Ben
DeBruhl kept the proceedings moving along and held
the crowd’s attention as sales ran well into the late
Top-money honors went to an exceptionally well-restored 1957 Cadillac Eldorado
Biarritz convertible, sold at $182k. Right behind it was an equally stunning 1957
Chevrolet Corvette roadster. Finished in head-turning Onyx Black and an NCRS
National Top Flight award winner, it sold for $105k.
A Canadian-built Oldsmobile 442 Holiday hard top with original 400-ci V8 in
fantastic condition was a fair deal at $43k, an awesome Chrysler 300G in Raven Black
sold for a bargain $47k, and a very nice 1957 Ford Fairlane 500 Skyliner in Flame Red
and Colonial White was a steal at $23k.
Trucks have been on the upswing for some
time now, and consignors looking to cash out
brought some appealing workhorses. A low-mile
1946 Chevrolet 3100 pickup with a nicely detailed
cab and wood bed floor had a great stance and was
a solid deal at $20k.
In the foreign camp, a 1960 Mercedes-Benz
190SL convertible in 1- condition was a very
good buy at $79k.
Don’t come to Carlisle expecting to find multi-
2005 Aston Martin DB9 coupe. A bargain at $47,300
million-dollar cars. There are plenty of other
events that cater to that end of the market. Do
come for the colorful mosaic of classic cars from
across the collecting spectrum at a broad range of
affordable price points. ♦
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#140-1955 MGA 1500 roadster. S/N
HDC4310824. Red/tan canvas/tan leather.
Odo: 32,132 miles. In Oklahoma most of its
life. Restored in early 2000s and covered a
few thousand miles since. Like-new paint.
Chrome could use a buff. Driver’s door
Kienzle clock on glovebox isn’t working. New
engine and rebuilt related components. Solex
carbs swapped out for Webers. Cond: 1-.
SOLD AT $79,200. The 190SL doesn’t have
the same cachet as its legendary stablemate,
the 300SL, but prices for solid, high-quality
examples are climbing. They’re routinely
breaking $100k, so I’d say the buyer got a
great deal on this meticulously restored example.
doesn’t open. Weatherstripping all there.
Knockoff wire wheels. Tonneau cover. Seats
look new. Dual rear-view mirrors. Recent service
receipt accompanies sale. Cond: 2-.
SOLD AT $22,000. Well-executed restoration
that stood out despite its diminutive size. Well
bought under the $26k–$40k SCM Pocket
Price Guide valuation.
#391-2005 ASTON MARTIN DB9
coupe. S/N SCFAD01A75GA02864. Blue/tan
leather. Odo: 69,360 miles. Miles claimed
original. Paint and engine compartment all
appear to be original. Lavish interior includes
usual Aston niceties such as hand-stitched
cowl area looks uneven. Driver-grade engine
bay looks original. Original books, M-B Heritage
Center documentation. Cond: 2-. SOLD
AT $43,450. Euro-spec Pagoda 280SL said to
be with current owner for 20 years. Prices
see-sawed up until three years ago, when they
began their slow ascent. They continue to
climb, with the average sale approaching the
$60k mark. Very well bought.
hides for the seats, leather dash and wood
trim. Recent service, new tires installed. No
buffing needed; this one looks like it just
rolled out of the factory. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT
$47,300. A #1 DB9 for under $50k? Start the
music, because the buyer got this for a song.
Very well bought.
#380-1960 MERCEDES-BENZ 190SL convertible.
S/N 1210401001859. Black/tan
canvas/red leather. Odo: 13,774 miles. Oneowner
car. Full restoration to high standard 10
years ago. Looks rust-free. Stunning color
combination. Excellent chrome, save for mottled
spot on front bumper. Straight panel gaps.
New red leather boot. Exceptional interior has
original steering wheel and shift knob. New
#117-1976 PORSCHE 912E coupe. S/N
9126000925. Black/black leather & suede.
Odo: 122,363 miles. Rebuilt motor now displacing
2.1 liters and fitted with dual Weber
downdraft carburetors. Nut-and-bolt restoration
in 2007–08 for a reported $18k with many
modifications made. Claimed 1k miles since.
Decent paint. Seals good. Stock Fuchs wheels
#407-1969 MERCEDES-BENZ 280SL
convertible. S/N 11304410011750. Blue/blue
hard top/brown soft top/Parchment MB-Tex.
Odo: 5,697 miles. Stated to have correct factory
colors and options. Paint is a nice, resonant
blue. Good chrome. Interior recently
refurbished in correct Parchment MB-Tex. Ten
miles since. Visor clip broken. Wood trim in
oration, cracking. BMW roundel on hood
badly scuffed. All seals in place. Passenger’s
door fit off. Rear bumper rubber coming undone.
Factory alloys. Musty interior. Faded,
comfy leather seats. Visor clips are loose; so,
too, is driver’s seat adjustment. JVC radio.
Trunk has spare, extra carpets, car cover, and a
Hirschmann automatic antenna. Service docs,
books. No reserve. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT
$5,225. Had an “M” badge on the deck lid,
but it wasn’t the real thing. An elegant yet purposeful
grand tourer that just needed some
TLC to make it shine once again. It had plenty
of life left in it, and price paid was in line with
current market. Well bought and sold.
#228-1981 DELOREAN DMC-12 coupe.
S/N SCEDT26T3BD005698. Stainless steel/
gray leather. Odo: 12,339 miles. Reportedly
received a full restoration in 2007. In allaround
good condition. Factory-retrofitted
sliding window ports (so gullwing doors
wouldn’t hit toll baskets). Weatherstripping
hanging off passenger’s door, a/c vent missing
louvers on passenger’s side. Dual exhausts.
Good engine bay. Power steering, brakes.
Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $20,000. I reviewed
this car when it sold for $33k at Mecum’s
Verde Classics sale in Boynton Beach, FL,
February 2013 (SCM# 215280). Since then,
the scuff mark I noted on the front bumper and
small tear on passenger’s seat were gone, with
only 29 miles added. A tad better, but it was
already good. Seller was right to hold out for
wearing Tubeless Warrior radials manufactured
in China. Looks rust-free. Cond: 2-.
SOLD AT $20,000. This sold at Mecum Indy
in May 2012 for $16k (SCM# 201919). Like
our reporter then, I, too, was confounded by
the choice of “Chinese-made Walmart minivan
tires.” One-and-a-half years and 357 miles
later, it fetched more, yielding the seller a
small profit. Very well sold.
#209-1986 BMW 635 CSI coupe. S/N
WBAEC8404G0612473. Red/tan leather.
Odo: 61,798 miles. Decent paint shows discol-
#116-1978 ALFA ROMEO SPIDER
2000. S/N AR115410004728. Yellow/black
vinyl/black leather. Odo: 57,847 miles. Reported
to have correct Series-2000 engine.
Paint has a few chips but is good overall. Rear
bumper cracked. Fisheyes on right headlight
housing. Chrome has minor pitting. Alloy
wheels. Grimy door jambs, inviting interior,
comfy seats like new. Clear Jaeger gauges.
Pioneer with HD Radio. Wood wheel. Carpets
intact, although blue/gray color clashes with
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ibility. The Z cars are riding this wave and
showing up on the auction blocks more and
more. This car had some cosmetic needs, but
looked to be turn-key. Assuming all systems
check out, sold at a market-correct price with
room for the new owner to do some work and
possibly come out ahead. Well bought and
yellow exterior. Dirty engine bay. Service
docs, books, tools, original owner’s manual
included. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $3,630. What I
think held this car back was: (1) hideous black
bumpers (2) anemic Series 2a output and (3)
no shortage of nicer examples on the market.
But the car looked complete as far as I can
tell, aside from the badly cracked rear bumper.
I have to call it slightly well bought.
#153-1980 FERRARI 308 GTSI Spyder.
S/N ZFFAAO2AOA0034367. Silver/black
targa/black leather. Odo: 66,194 miles. Not
much to fault. Outstanding paint. Light scratch
on left rear fender, a few chips. Very good
glass. Rides on Michelin radials. Pristine interior.
Alpine player. Extensive service records,
#379-1957 CADILLAC ELDORADO
Biarritz convertible. S/N 5762002192.
Black/black vinyl/red leather. Odo: 74,528
miles. 365-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, auto. Superb restoration
reportedly to original spec. Stunning
color combination. Excellent paint, chrome,
glass. Autronic Eye. Standard power top, windows,
and six-way seat. Factory Sabre-Spoke
Decent drivers now routinely sell in the $40k–
$50k range. This #2 car sold for #4 money and
was an absolute steal. Very well bought indeed.
#433-1960 STRYKER SPRINT racer.
S/N N/A. White & blue/black vinyl. MHD.
350-ci fuel-injected V8. Late small-block
Chevy. Early ’60s Hilborn fuel injection with
stacks, new nozzles. Aluminum water pump,
belt drive. Cal Custom valve covers, breathers.
NOS Norden steering. Early CAE quickchange
case. Halibrand smooth front wheels,
tools, books. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $25,300. In
super condition. Last sold at RM’s Monterey
sale in 2004 for $27,500 (SCM# 34793).
Nearly 10 years and just 5,100 miles later, it
continues to lose favor with the general market.
See what happens when you start life as a
two-valve car with a wheezy 205 hp? Fair
deal for both buyer and seller.
#417-1973 DATSUN 240Z coupe. S/N
HLS30159696. Lime/black vinyl. Odo: 65,679
miles. Two-owner car. Repaint to original
color. Reportedly done in 1999. Looks a bit
faded but still respectable. Fisheyes on rear
bumper. Good glass, rubber. Shiny aftermarket
wheels hard to miss. Well-preserved interior is
wheels. Sumptuous interior. Show-quality
engine compartment. Power steering, brakes.
Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $181,500. The top sale of
the auction. One of the larger gems to grace
the Expo Center. Recently sold at Mecum’s
Dallas sale in October 2011 for $138k (SCM#
190493). In two years, it found a new home at
over 30% more. I’d say this is the new normal
for examples in this condition. Well bought
#388-1957 FORD FAIRLANE 500 Sky-
liner retractable hard top. S/N C7FW391440.
Flame Red & Colonial White/red &
white vinyl. Odo: 61,348 miles. 292-ci V8,
4-bbl, auto. Original 292 bored 0.030 over.
Miles claimed actual. Two-tone paint really
works on this car. Very good chrome, but not
concours quality. Gold-anodized body side
trim looks great. Roomy interior with a/c, AM
radio. Seats look and feel new, no wear. Dash
Ken’s Equipment wheels at rear. New upholstery,
aluminum body panels, dash, firewall.
Fiberglass nose, hood, tail section. Auction
company rep told me it has a single forward
speed. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $19,000.
Parked right outside the door to the Expo
Center, where it got a lot of eyeballs. Reportedly
raced as #73 with Vern Berry, aka “The
Garbage Man.” Tough to value, but looked to
be in awesome race-ready condition.
#373-1961 CHRYSLER 300G 2-dr hard
top. S/N 8413177698. Raven Black/red
leather. Odo: 154 miles. 413-ci V8, 2x4-bbl,
auto. Newer body-off restoration. Deep black
paint with subtle red pinstriping sharply reflects
the Expo Center ceiling lights. New patterned
red leather interior has swivel seats,
Astra-Dome instrument cluster. Full-length
center console creates four-bucket-seat layout.
original except for aftermarket seat covers,
floorpans. Small tears in headliner. Clock inoperable.
Grimy engine compartment. “Z Association
of Cleveland, OH” sticker. Cond: 3.
SOLD AT $12,650. Interest in Japanese cars
is growing, and certain models that went unnoticed
in the past are now poised for collect-
scuffed, has a hole where a fixture used to be;
gluey substance used as fill-in. Door plungers
are stuck. Passenger’s window cracked.
Detailed engine bay. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT
$23,100. Sure, the retractable hard top has a
reputation as being unreliable. And yes, it
does occupy most of the trunk space when
retracted. But practicality aside, it’s a waycool
symbol of the dawn of the Space Age.
Engine bay a visual feast with cross-ram intakes
painted orange against gold anodized
dual air cleaners. Power seats, windows,
brakes and steering. Pushbutton auto. Cond:
2+. SOLD AT $47,300. One of only 1,280
300G hard tops built in ’61. High-quality
300G hard tops don’t bring nearly as much as
their convertible counterparts. This car sold
for a shade under the SCM Pocket Price
Guide $50k–$75k valuation, and I’d say the
buyer scored a bargain. Very well bought.
#113-1962 STUDEBAKER LARK 2-dr
sedan. S/N 62V22279. Black/blue vinyl. Odo:
71,661 miles. 289-ci V8, 2-bbl, 3-sp. Basic,
no-frills hauler. Miles reported to be original.
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Bonhams Philadelphia, PA
Bonhams — Preserving the Automobile
Preservation-class originals ranged from a 1986 Aston Martin V8 Volante, sold
at $110k, to a 1904 Oldsmobile Curved-Dash Runabout, sold at $55k
October 7, 2013
Automotive lots sold/offered
1934 Aston Martin 1½-Liter
roadster, sold at $264,000
1986 Aston Martin V8 Volante, sold at $110,000
10%, included in sold prices
Report and photos by John Lyons
Market opinions in italics
2012 sale. With a primary focus on “preservation”
and “barn-find” automobiles,
the bidders that come here have a passion
for originality and an appreciation for the
value of an unrestored car.
The auction was again held on a Monday after-
noon, with a two-day preview over the weekend and
a nice reception Sunday evening. The Monday format
works well, with many enthusiasts in the area for the
onhams’ second annual preservation
Museum in Philadelphia followed
up strongly on the success of the
annual pilgrimage known as Hershey, less than two hours east
Of the 65 cars on offer, about 50 were fine, original,
preservation-class cars. Bonhams offered cars from all eras,
from a possible London-to-Brighton-eligible Oldsmobile
Curved-Dash Runabout (sold at $55k), right up through
the late 1980s, with a 1986 Daimler limousine ($33k) and a
1986 Aston Martin V8 Volante ($110k).
The top sale of the auction was a stunning Harrah’s-restored
1934 Aston Martin 1½ Liter, selling for $264k. Next highest was
an incredible Peerless Model 29 Park phaeton,
which brought $231k.
Down in the five-digit price range, a 1952
Hudson Hornet with all-important Twin-H carburetion
sold for just $28,600, and a 1932 Ford
Model 18 Deluxe sedan looked like an absolute
steal at $16,500.
In all, Bonham’s sold 57 of the 65 lots on
offer, for $2.8m total and a $49k average sold
price. That’s more than double the $1.2m earned
last year and more than triple the $16k average
With this focused sale, Bonhams has tapped
Top seller; 1934 Aston Martin 1½-Liter roadster, sold at $264,000
into the collector-car world’s hunger for authentic
originals. And it’s a hunger that appears only
to be growing stronger. ♦
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Bonhams Philadelphia, PA
#561-1910 PEERLESS MODEL 29 Park
phaeton. S/N 16124. Black/black vinyl/black
leather & tan cloth. Stunning car with highquality
restoration work as needed. Excellent
fit and finish with beautiful paint and trim.
Huge presence. Original top with newer liner.
Nice rear seating area with some slight moth
evidence. Masculine driver’s compartment
with good leather seat. Beautiful brass instru-
Dirty engine compartment. Clean but undetailed
undercarriage. Cond: 2. SOLD AT
$264,000. Very desirable and attractive early
Aston. This car received more than its share of
pre-sale inspections, which led to confident
bidding when it came up for sale. Seller, who
was sitting in the front row, was ecstatic, but
the buyer certainly has reason to be happy as
#560-1954 JAGUAR XK 120 SE road-
mentation flanked by perfect wood. Very clean
engine bay. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $231,000.
Sold in 2008 at a Bonhams’ auction in Maine
for $469k to a very eager bidder (SCM#
118046). Sold again recently for $176k at
Bonhams’ 2013 Carmel sale (SCM# 227104).
Here again, it sold well over the $200k high
estimate (substantially lower than the 2008
forecast). Still, I have to call it well bought.
#533-1925 ROLLS-ROYCE 20 HP lan-
dau. S/N GML66. Black/tan cloth/tan cloth.
Odo: 2,241 miles. Dull paint and brightwork,
doors out of alignment. Original interior clean
and slightly worn. Cond: 3. SOLD AT
$46,200. Last seen in 2008 at Bonhams’ Owls
Head sale in Maine, where it sold for $61k
(SCM# 117894). Virtually unchanged since
ster. S/N S675542. Black/red leather. Odo:
47,359 miles. Exciting color combination and
presentation. Great history and provenance.
Jaguar Heritage Certificate displayed with car.
Very good cosmetic restoration, with a few
details overlooked. Nice paint, with nary a
blemish. Excellent chrome and trim pieces.
Nice chrome on front and rear bumperettes.
Spotless interior with beautiful red leather and
chrome, especially the grille. Hazy bumpers.
Smelly old interior with very poorly stuffed
driver’s seat. Stained, dirty and worn carpeting.
Old wood with lots of fading and wear.
Poorly fitting door panels. Hood inoperable, so
no engine inspection although it appears very
dirty through the grille. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT
$33,000. Not sold on the block, but quickly
sold thereafter. This might seem cheap for an
XK, but the needs list is long and expensive. I
expect even a low-cost restoration added to
the purchase price will eclipse the value once
complete. Very well sold.
#507-1959 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER
CLOUD I sedan. S/N LSHF85. Forest green/
red leather. Odo: 50,347 miles. Average original
paint with some blending on front quarters
noted. Original chrome and trim with cleansing
marks. Tidy interior with original leather
on rear seat and correct replacement leather on
front. Mothballs found in the car. Engine bay
flawless wood. All controls and gauges
factory-fresh. Engine bay very average and
screaming for a high-level detail. Undercarriage
also very solid and correct but in need of
detailing. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $104,500.
Outstanding colors and all the right history
and documentation as well. Owners really
should have spent two weeks on an engine and
undercarriage detail, and the car would have
sold for substantially more. A fair price here
but with possible upside if the buyer can bring
it up that last level.
#543-1956 JAGUAR XK 140 SE coupe.
that sale, except the mothball smell had been
eradicated. I had the same visceral reaction to
the car as the previous reporter, finding it
compelling, interesting and honest. It sold
substantially below the 2008 result here,
indicative of the change in the market since
then, and perhaps also just having a
not-so-good day at the altar. Well bought.
#542-1934 ASTON MARTIN 1½-LITER
roadster. S/N F4455S. Burgundy/black cloth/
red leather. Odo: 913 miles. Former Harrah’s
car with Harrah’s quality and age restoration.
Well presented in excellent colors and condition.
Nice interior with minimal wear in spite
of age of restoration. Nice but dated carpeting.
S/N A815713. Forest green/black leather.
Odo: 64,897 miles. Very poor presentation far
beyond “preservation” or even “barn find.”
Terrible fit and finish, a color change from
original and lots of needs. Poor door fit, paint
checking and chipping everywhere, pitting on
Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $198,000. This car sold
for well over its $160k high estimate, but as a
documented factory Vantage with very good
ownership and service history in this white-hot
Aston market, I still thought it was a good buy.
The biggest negative was the location of the
steering wheel. The new owner got a super car
and will hopefully drive the living daylights
out of it.
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scary, with lots of grime and a missing belt.
Lots of questions and few answers. Cond: 3-.
SOLD AT $21,450. Thankfully, I had already
reviewed this car and put my note sheet away
when it crossed the block, so I wasn’t tempted
into thinking it was a steal for a factory lefthand-drive
SC1. Buyer has lots to invest to
make this car “proceed” like a true Roller.
#517-1966 ASTON MARTIN DB6 Vantage
coupe. S/N DB62650R. Fern green/black
leather. Odo: 67,752 miles. Good original car
with obvious signs of careful maintenance.
Good paint and trim showing lots of pitting.
Nice bumpers and grille. Good door fit and
nice original glass. Totally original interior
with nice appeal. Original sun visors. Nicely
worn seats. Clean instruments and controls.
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#554-1986 ASTON MARTIN V8 Vo-
lante. S/N SCFCV81C1GTL15468. White/
black vinyl/black leather. Odo: 21,858 miles.
Great-looking car with excellent color combination
and just about all of the right options.
Very well maintained from new. Original paint
nearly flawless. Plastic federalized bumpers
excellent as well. Interior nearly perfect with
level. Purchased new by Camille Cosby, wife
of Bill. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $20,900. Bill
Cosby is a big Porsche collector, but I’d attribute
the premium paid here to the car’s condition,
rather than the celebrity connection.
only slight wear wrinkles on driver’s seat. All
wood and plastic controls perfect. Clean original
engine. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $110,000.
These are rare and have a super look to them.
This one had one negative only, and that was
the automatic transmission. With active bidding
through the $90k–$110k estimate, this
looks like a fair deal to buyer and seller.
#512-1986 DAIMLER DS420 limousine.
S/N SADDWAT14AC200775. White & blue/
blue cloth. Odo: 6,758 miles. Mint original car
with exceptional care and servicing since new.
Excellent paint with only minimal wear. Alloriginal
chrome and trim like showroom-new.
Cavernous interior nearly silent with doors
shut. Lots of passenger niceties, including wet
bar, foot rests, side curtains and headrests.
Pristine engine bay. Undercarriage nearly as
#516-1964 FERRARI 330 GT 2+2 Series
I coupe. S/N 6405. Gray/red leather. Odo:
43,046 km. Very original car with older repaint
in original color scheme. Lots of chips
and cracks in the paint. Poor door fit. Hazy
and pitted chrome and trim. Dents in bumpers.
Original interior with worn driver’s seat and
old worn carpets. Original instrumentation.
Very clean engine somewhat out of sync with
new. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $33,000. A rare
LHD U.S.-spec car. The market is thin for
these, as it hasn’t hit its stride from a collector
standpoint and a used chauffeur-driven car
isn’t exactly high on the one-percenters’ wish
lists. This came from one of the best-known
collections of Daimlers in the U.S. and was
prepared well for the sale. It sold well short of
the optimistic $40k–$60k estimate, and I’d
hate to see how far below original purchase
price. A fair deal and a great prom-hauler for
#520-1983 PORSCHE 928 S coupe. S/N
WPOJBO922DS860771. Dark gray/red
leather. Odo: 24,432 miles. Incredible preservation
car with virtually no use or wear since
new. One chip noted on passenger’s door and
a small series of scratches on the sunroof from
use. Otherwise, virtually showroom-new. Correct
later 928 wheels, excellent interior with
minor driver’s seat wear. Engine bay very
clean to factory standard but not to show-
3+. SOLD AT $23,100. With little mentioned
in the way of service history, the bidders were
left to fend for themselves in viewing this car.
Especially with Ferraris and their cost of
maintenance, it is important for sellers to accurately
and clearly show service history. That
said, if this car proves to have a solid service
history, it was likely the bargain of the day.
the rest of the car. Rust and repair in rockers
and door edges. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT
$125,400. The color combination was about
the best thing going for this Ferrari, which to
me was the most frightening car in the entire
auction. It appeared poorly maintained with a
lot of needs, and the catalog reference to the
underside needing attention was especially
foreboding. I’d hate to see the restoration bills
on this car. Well sold.
#506-1980 FERRARI 308 GTSI Spyder.
S/N ZFFAA02A4A0033545. Red/black targa/
black leather. Odo: 61,254 miles. Excellent
original car with minor respray in areas and
very good original panel fit. Correct wheels
and tires. Very nice interior with driver’s seat
wear commensurate with mileage. Some slight
shrinkage of dash. All original instruments and
controls. Spotless original engine bay. Cond:
more modern reproduction. The Standard
Catalog lists a Model K for 1908–09, but not
1907. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $14,850. Another
one that got away. There are not a lot of these
in the SCM Platinum Auction Database, but
one sold this past spring at the Dragone Auction
for a comparatively hefty $34k (SCM#
216533). This car was easily equal conditionwise.
A bargain for someone, and I wouldn’t
be surprised to see it again on the auction
#545-1910 DETROIT ELECTRIC
MODEL D brougham. S/N 1886. Black/
black leather. MHD. Odo: 7,616 miles. Fairly
well-preserved original Detroit Electric. All
original body and fabric fenders. Original
paint covered in most areas by very old repaint.
Doors open and close well. All original
glass very nice except crack in windshield.
Interior a mess, with lots of parts and other
bits more or less poured in prior to sale. Original
seat with lots of tears and dry, cracked
#525-1907 SCHACHT MODEL K run-
about. S/N 1647. Red/no top/black leather.
Original car with original wood and metal.
Repainted at some point in the very distant
past. Original seat with very old replacement
leather for the bolster only. All other interior
materials original. Remnants of original floormat
covering original wood in remarkably
good condition. Dirty and stained engine
reported to be in running order. Radiator a fair
attempt at original but with the look of a much
leather. Original fabric on seat back. Original
dash, instruments and controls. Cond: 4+.
SOLD AT $41,800. Due to its very simple and
austere design, it probably could be made to
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2013 Tesla Model S P85
by Chad Tyson Bonhams Philadelphia, PA
Online sales of contemporary cars
run, drive and stop for a minimal investment
(plus batteries). If the buyer is able to sort out
the mess of parts in the car, I think this could
be a usable and even attractive preservation
car. Otherwise, a full restoration could be in
order. Sold for strong money; now, which road
Date sold: 12/03/2013
eBay auction ID: 301025401264
Seller’s eBay ID: bsatizzfydd
Sale type: Used car with 786 miles
Details: Black over black Nappa leather; 85 kwh
battery, 1-sp auto, RWD
Sale result: $93,500, 23 bids
MSRP: $102,520 (as equipped)
Other current offering: Byers Imports of Columbus,
OH, offering a 2012 P85 in black over black with
1,596 miles for $109,970.
2012 Porsche Panamera 4
#556-1910 PACKARD MODEL 18
4-passenger tourer. S/N 12404. Beige/tan
cloth/green leather. Odo: 74,094 miles. Older
and terribly dated restoration. Very unappealing
color scheme with interior appearing almost
pink from fading. Original body solid.
Nice accessories, including big brass Packard
headlamps. Accessory gas evening lamps and
serpentine horn also adorn the exterior. Interior
very dated, screaming for new leather.
but its care and maintenance over many decades
amazed me, as did the period photos
and known history. Two 1910 Sears sold in
2008 at Bonhams’ sale in Brookline, MA, for
$30k and $32k (SCM# 118205 and #118206,
respectively). This result is a world record for
a Sears, but with the history and condition, it
certainly seems appropriate.
MODEL 11A tourer. S/N 11A162. Rust/
black vinyl/beige leather. Unfairly graded as a
3; such preserved originality warrants its own
special score. An unbelievable find with remnants
of original paint and remarkable original
sheet metal. Seat covers the only distraction
from the amazing overall preservation, but
original seat leather found underneath. Original
engine bay with stains of generations of
Date sold: 12/02/2013
eBay auction ID: 321260320846
Seller’s eBay ID: mclarendowntownchicago
Sale type: Used car with 44,597 miles
Details: Black over black leather; 3.6-liter V6 rated
at 300 hp, 4-sp auto, AWD
Sale result: $64,000 (26 bids)
MSRP: $79,800 (base)
Other current offering: Couture Customs in Scottsdale,
AZ, asking $89,988 for a white-over-black
2012 Panamera 4 with 6,317 miles.
2012 Maserati Quattroporte S
Floors solid and original. Engine clean with a
few leaks here and there, indicating recent use
and enjoyment. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT
$129,800. Last seen at auction in 2008 at Bonhams
in Brookline, MA, no-saling at $170k
(SCM# 118253). The market is strong for early
Packards, and this car performed well on the
block. The colors left a lot to be desired, and I
think at the very least, a full cosmetic restoration
is in order.
#527-1910 SEARS MODEL P buggy. S/N
2321. Black/black vinyl/black leather. Wellpreserved
original car with incredible documentation
and provenance. All-original body
with only a very old repaint from new. Neverpainted
running boards. Interior in incredible
time-capsule condition with only the seat
cushion showing signs of any sort of restoration
ever. Original engine dirty but reported to
be fully functional. A very cool early car. Stan-
use and subsequent storage. Newer vinyl top.
Cond: 3. SOLD AT $148,500. Consigned by a
respected Rhode Island collector. Incredible
and very recent barn discovery with minimal
time to prepare for sale. Engine turns but was
not made to run. A ton of eye appeal and a
rightfully important early motorcar. Sold
strong, but there is value in charm, and this
car has oodles of it.
#532-1917 PIERCE-ARROW MODEL
38 tourer. S/N 38645. Red & black/tan cloth/
black leather. RHD. Odo: 22,460 miles. Older
cosmetic restoration. Decent paint with lots of
chips and blemishes. Minimal trim in nice
condition. Grille-mounted headlamps indicate
likelihood of the first owner being from a state
that prohibited the trademark fender-embedded
units. Little-known history prior to the
mid 1980s. Original seats and floors. Interior
door panels also nice originals. Copious in-
Date sold: 11/26/2013
eBay auction ID: 221320614526
Seller’s eBay ID: midwestmotorsinc
Sale type: Used car with 17,108 miles
Details: Nero Carbonio over Rosso Corallo leather;
4.7-liter V8 rated at 425 hp, 6-sp auto, RWD
Sale result: $84,372 (24 bids)
MSRP: $127,250 (base)
Other current offering: Ferrari Maserati of Fort Lauderdale,
FL, offering a black-over-tan 2012 Quattroporte
S with 5,767 miles for $94,900. ♦
dard Catalog lists a Model P for 1911–12, but
not 1910. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $38,500. I had
no plan to review this car prior to the auction,
strumentation indicative of a sporting first
owner perhaps. Massive engine in original and
undetailed condition. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT
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Roundup Selected Sales Combined in One Comprehensive Report
Highlights from Silverstone in Hampshire, U.K.;
Silver in Portland, OR; Anglia in King’s Lynn, U.K.;
Mecum in Schaumburg, IL; Dan Kruse Classics
in Austin, TX; Worldwide in Lake Forest, IL;
H&H in Droitwich, U.K.
Company: Silverstone Auctions
Location: Hampshire, U.K.
Date: August 25, 2013
Auctioneer: Jonathan Humbert
Automotive lots sold/offered: 49/75
Sales rate: 65%
Sales total: $1,223,100
High sale: 1952 Bentley Mk VI Special by Charles Teall,
sold at $82,235
Buyer’s premium: 12.5%, included in sold prices
($1.00 = £0.64)
Report and photos by Paul Hardiman
Portland Fall 2013
Company: Silver Auctions
Location: Portland, OR
Date: September 27, 2013
Auctioneer: Mitch Silver
Automotive lots sold/offered: 58/150
Sales rate: 39%
Sales total: $841,968
High sale: 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air convertible, sold at
Buyer’s premium: 8%, included in sold prices
Report and photos by Jeremy Da Rosa
August Classic Car Auction
Company: Anglia Car Auctions
Location: King’s Lynn, U.K.
Date: August 24, 2013
Auctioneer: Barry Hawkins
Automotive lots sold/offered: 143/166
Sales rate: 86%
Sales total: $2,807,491
High sale: 1962 Alvis TD21 drophead coupe, sold at
Buyer’s premium: 5%, $116 minimum, included in sold
prices ($1.00 = £0.64)
Report and photos by Paul Hardiman
Company: Mecum Auctions
Location: Schaumburg, IL
Date: October 10–12, 2013
Auctioneers: Mark Delzell, Mike Hagerman,
Bob McGlothlen, Jim Landis, Matt Moravec
Automotive lots sold/offered: 615/917
Sales rate: 67%
Sales total: $18,209,888
High sale: 1963 Harley Earl Corvette convertible, sold
Buyer’s premium: 7% (minimum $500), included in
Report and photos by Dan Grunwald
Hill Country Classic
Company: Dan Kruse Classics
Location: Austin, TX
Date: September 28, 2013
Auctioneer: Daniel Kruse
Automotive lots sold/offered: 119/177
Sales rate: 67%
Sales total: $2,538,030
High sale: 1965 Shelby continuation Cobra, sold at
Buyer’s premium: 10%, included in sold prices
Report and photos by Cody Tayloe
Location: Droitwich, U.K.
Date: December 4, 2013
Auctioneer: Simon Hope
Automotive lots sold/offered: 60/90
Sales rate: 67%
Sales total: $2,180,639
High sale: 1939 Lagonda V12 tourer, sold at $330,138
Buyer’s premium: 10%, included in sold prices
Report and photos by Paul Hardiman
1983 Ferrari 512 BBi, sold at $93,500—Worldwide
Auctioneers’ The Burt Collection Auction
The Burt Collection
Company: Worldwide Auctioneers
Location: Lake Forest, IL
Date: September 21, 2013
Auctioneers: Rod Egan, John Kruse
Automotive lots sold/offered: 121/121
Sales rate: 100%
Sales total: $1,579,537
High sale: 1983 Ferrari 512 BBi, sold at $93,500
Buyer’s premium: 10%, included in sold prices
Report and photos by Joseph Seminetta
#82-1939 LAGONDA V12 tourer.
S/N 14092. Blue/blue cloth/blue
leather. RHD. Odo: 51,600 miles. Fac-
tory-bodied car, recently restored from an untouched
original. Excellent paint (barring a
couple of tiny blemishes on the fenders), plat-
ing and leather all just look a bit new and
bright. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $330,138. Previously
sold for $150k at H&H Buxton in 2006,
then in barn-stored condition, off the road
since 1970 (SCM # 42510). Well bought and
sold today. H&H Auctions, Droitwich, U.K.,
#10-1948 HRG 1½-LITER roadster. S/N
W158. Green/gray canvas/red leather. RHD.
Odo: 30,585 miles. Straight and tidy, lightly
creased black top faded to gray. Color change
from red in ’80s. Was in California in the ’70s
before returning to the U.K. Cond: 3+. SOLD
AT $71,530. Before co-founding HRG, Ron
Godfrey founded GN with Archibald FrazerNash.
The HRG with its racing background is
almost as minimal as the GN. The survival
rate is good, with about 225 of 241 cars still
with us. (The 1½-liter is the most numerous.)
Sold better than expected, but the right money
for a very usable and rare Brit sportster. H&H
Auctions, Droitwich, U.K., 12/13.
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#165-1952 BENTLEY MK VI Special
roadster. S/N B351NY. Blue/black cloth/black
leather. RHD. Odo: 82,676 miles. Well made
(in 1973) by one of the leaders in the field. In
good order, but like a lot of Bentley Specials,
ill-proportioned on standard-length chassis
and rather ugly with too-small wheels—a limi-
tation of the available tires then. Cond: 2-.
SOLD AT $82,235. Sold mid-estimate, at a
similar price achieved for the more elegant
Mallalieu Mk VI special sold by Bonhams at
the Goodwood Revival a few weeks later for
$83k (SCM# 227836). So looks market-correct.
Silverstone, Hampshire, U.K., 08/13.
#25-1953 ALLARD K3 roadster. S/N
DR024023CAL. British Racing Green/black
leather. One of 62 made (57 reportedly delivered
to U.S.). Thick paint. Chrome knockoff
wheels. Outside filler cap. New dash. No top.
New odometer. Seats torn. Decent chrome.
Numbers-matching Cadillac engine with Offenhauser
aluminum valve covers. Air cleaner
not fitted. Parts stored in trunk. One of the
auction’s showcase cars. Cond: 4. SOLD AT
$55,000. An attractive British body mated to
an American V8. This car was in need of a
restoration but it looked like most of the parts
were present. If everything works, this could
be a good purchase, as restored examples can
easily break six figures. Well bought. Worldwide
Auctioneers, Lake Forest, IL, 09/13.
#113-1955 LAND ROVER SERIES I
88-inch utility. S/N 170600255. Green/buff
canvas/black vinyl. RHD. Odo: 14,858 miles.
Slightly ripply restoration over 10 years by
last owner, but no worse for that. All there and
everything works, with no rot and lots of new
parts. With freewheeling front hubs and decent
new tilt. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $16,089. Probably
originally in service with the RAF. Offered
at no reserve and sold where predicted
at less than half what Silverstone has achieved
for concours-restored examples. But this usable
Landie in much more realistic condition
looks to me like a better value than a trailer
queen. Silverstone, Hampshire, U.K., 08/13.
#52-1956 JAGUAR XK 140 coupe. S/N
804443DN. White/green leather. RHD. Odo:
88,260 miles. Straightish and shiny, door fit
only average. Some cracks in paint, overspray
on trunk floor. Lightly creased leather, and
smells musty inside. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT
$73,364. Sold at the right money. I wouldn’t
have mentioned the door realignment in the
catalog... H&H Auctions, Droitwich, U.K.,
#48-1957 SMITH F2 racer. S/N 23302.
Silver/black vinyl. MHD. First of two F2 racers
built by Gerald Smith, originally known as
the Mason Master special, and it’s included
here because it ran at the Chateau Impney hillclimb
in 1959 and 1960. Climax engine and
rear-mounted sequential transaxle. Overall
good order for racer, in recent use, hence rainlight
and roll bar, with FIA papers and ready
Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $33,000. While far from
perfect, this is a running and driving BJ7, perfect
for knocking around until it’s time for a
good restoration. Almost everything needs
attention, from the paint, to the trim, interior
and engine compartment, but nothing too terrible
to keep it off the road. Values have been
pretty consistent over the years, with a wide
price gap separating the prices of concourslevel
and average examples. Well bought and
sold. Dan Kruse Classics, Austin, TX, 09/13.
treated to an older restoration; stressed leather
on the seat back. Wood-dash inlays replaced in
1990s and in great shape. Cond: 2+. SOLD
AT $48,400. Said to have won “Best In Show”
and “Best In Class” at a 2009 show at the
ACD Museum against 40 other Morgans.
These cars are relatively easy to own, with
parts readily available from a host of suppliers.
Values have remained flat for several
years. Price paid here was market-correct or
slightly high. Dan Kruse Classics, Austin, TX,
to run. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $61,991. Being
sold by its second owner, author and Lotus
fancier Jeremy Bouckley. Pre-sale, the Formula
Junior Historic Racing Association, on
whose website this was advertised, reckoned
the £19k–£24k ($31k–$39k) estimate was
ridiculously low. Well, they would say that,
wouldn’t they, but they turned out to be right.
Well bought and sold. H&H Auctions, Droitwich,
#S245-1957 TRIUMPH TR3 roadster.
S/N TS12340. White/black canvas/red vinyl.
Odo: 26,817 miles. New top, paint and interior.
Chrome peeling on windshield-surround,
dull aluminum grille. Fitted with headlight
stone guards. Trunk lid fits high in the corners.
Very shiny tires on Minilite-style rims. Cond:
Cond: 3. SOLD AT $32,179. Nicest of the As,
with early-type grille and taillights but a little
more power. Offered by a London MG dealer
and sold where expected. Silverstone, Hampshire,
2-. SOLD AT $27,820. Someone once told me
that he could strike a match on the pavement
for his cigar while driving his TR3. The lowcut
doors make that believable. Both parties
should be comfortable with this sale price.
Mecum Auctions, Schaumburg, IL, 10/13.
#42-1958 MORGAN PLUS 4 drophead
coupe. S/N 3930. Red/black vinyl/black
leather. Odo: 30,083 miles. Older restoration
with paint touch-ups on passenger’s door, noticeable
scratch on driver’s fender. Paint prep
issues in front of windshield. Soft top has been
repaired where it meets the trunk. Chrome is
older but in very nice condition. Glass and
window rubber in good condition. Interior
#3-1963 AUSTIN-HEALEY 3000 Mk II
BJ7 convertible. S/N HBJ7L19977. Red/tan
vinyl/black leather. Odo: 293 miles. Same
owner since 1972. Low-quality paint work
with prep issues and overspray here and there.
Chrome is mostly shiny with a straightening
repair to the rear bumper. Front grille is dull
with dents. Poor panel fit with alignment issues
on both doors. Sizable panel gap on trunk
lid. Large puncture in driver’s seat back. Clear
gauges. Well-worn engine compartment.
#191-1960 MGA roadster. S/N GHN80660.
Red/black vinyl/red leather. RHD.
Odo: 14,837 miles. Original RHD U.K.-market
car. Thickly repainted with lots of
overspray underneath. But has original leather.
#172-1965 JAGUAR XKE coupe. S/N
1E20746. Red/black leather. RHD. Odo: 4,303
miles. Shiny and restored but not as nice close
up. Some filler in the rockers. Paint getting a
bit edgy. Creased leather. Webasto-type sun-
roof is not as fashionable now as when it was
new. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $78,659. First
owner was diminutive comedian Charlie
Drake. The car had a great history and plenty
of bills, but it did well to get this far for its
condition. Silverstone, Hampshire, U.K.,
#S115-1965 SUNBEAM TIGER convert-
ible. S/N B38200065LRXFE. Black/black
cloth/black vinyl. Odo: 94,884 miles. Light
paint scratching on tops of front fenders, couple
of visible cracks in paint on rear deck,
heavy, rough orange peel by the left hood
hinge. Wiper scratches on windshield. Soft top
weatherstripping is hard and cracking. Minilite-style
aftermarket alloy wheels. Born with
a Ford 260-ci V8; the current engine is a 302
with a stated 275 hp. Cond: 2. SOLD AT
$40,660. A Mk I/IA with an engine swap that
sold for matching-numbers Mk II money. Well
sold, but should be fun. Mecum Auctions,
Schaumburg, IL, 10/13.
#181-1969 LOTUS ELAN Series 4 con-
vertible. S/N 458707. Yellow/black vinyl/
black vinyl. RHD. Odo: 15,259 miles. Restored
on a new chassis. Paint not very old, no
stars or chips but with a few sink marks. Interior
seat vinyl and timber dash very good,
although door trim slightly worn, as usual.
Recent engine refresh, new top, refurbed
wheels and sold with an original owner’s
Sports Car Market
$44,000. If you liked the color, you could enjoy
this car the way it sat. Series III roadsters are
catching a bit. They are not as beautiful or simple
as the earlier cars, but they have tremendous
torque with a British driving experience.
Fair price to both seller and buyer. Worldwide
Auctioneers, Lake Forest, IL, 09/13.
manual. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $28,067. S4 is
the slightly unloved one on Strombergs, which
may keep the price down, although marque
expert Miles Wilkins says they’re nicest on the
road. Previously sold by Silverstone at its
Northamptonshire auction in 2012 with 10
fewer miles for $27,891 against a $31k–$38k
estimate (SCM #201967). I marked this as a
3+ last time in a gloomy auction room, but
this time it was outdoors in bright sunlight...
Silverstone, Hampshire, U.K., 08/13.
#88-1972 FORD ESCORT RS1600/Mex-
ico 2-dr sedan. S/N BFATMR10851. Blue/
black velour. RHD. Odo: 4,355 miles. Started
life as a left-hand-drive RS1600, now a Mexico
(basically the same thing with pushrod
instead of twin-cam power) in RHD. Prepped
as a Safari Rally car with basic leaf-spring but
turreted rear-suspension setup, Capri brakes.
mileage claimed original. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT
$88,037. If you could see past the hideous
color, whitewalls and clunky top (which I
can’t), there was probably a decent car hiding
under there somewhere. Full marks to a buyer
with broader vision than your blinkered reporter.
H&H Auctions, Droitwich, U.K.,
Glass all around, not Perspex. Overall good
order, with a few rust bubbles coming through
on front edge of hood. Cond: 3. SOLD AT
$23,843. Could be used as a Clubmans rally
car, or could be converted into a top-running
historic stage rally car, given a large injection
of cash to buy a BDA and a bunch of trick bits.
Either way, a bit of a steal as it stood. H&H
Auctions, Droitwich, U.K., 12/13.
#78-1972 JAGUAR XKE Series III con-
vertible. S/N UC1S20621. Light blue/black
cloth/navy blue leather. Odo: 56,206 miles.
Fresh amateur restoration. Missing some minor
trim pieces. Incorrect crinkle paint under the
hood. New convertible top. Freshly rebuilt engine.
Good panel gaps. “Title in transit” announced
during auction. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT
#36-1976 JENSEN INTERCEPTOR III
convertible. S/N 23111925. Green/tan cloth/
tan vinyl. Odo: 64,576 miles. 170 Jensen Interceptors
were hand-built during this final
year of production. Body appears solid with
good panel gaps. Paint worn and tired. Shiny
brightwork. Engine bay rusty and dirty. Some
interior bits loose. Rough convertible top.
#19-1974 JAGUAR XKE Series III V12
convertible. S/N 1S2256. Lilac/beige leather.
RHD. Odo: 32,222 miles. Good order with
rare Weathershield hard top incorporating sunroof
(which I have never seen before). Repaint
in original color, leather lightly creased, low
Carpet and seats smell of moisture. With a/c,
power steering, power brakes. Cond: 4. SOLD
AT $31,900. This lot looked good from 10 feet,
but its needs were apparent upon close inspection.
A new interior and top would go a long
way toward making this an enjoyable driver.
Beyond that, the price paid will not allow too
much room for refurbishment. Well sold.
Worldwide Auctioneers, Lake Forest, IL,
#84-1979 MORGAN PLUS 8 roadster.
S/N R8561. Black/black cloth/red leather.
RHD. Odo: 47,603 miles. Looks older than it
is, with narrow wings and nice patina. Paint
probably original, leather beautifully worn in.
Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $38,516. Sold slightly on
the low side compared with retail prices, so
well bought. Owner said it was the best-value
Sports Car Market
#42-1959 FACEL VEGA HK500 coupe.
S/N HKS2. Silver/black vinyl. Odo: 22,064
miles. One of 500 produced. Car has reportedly
never been restored. Faded, scratched
paint. Very faded chrome. Wheels painted different
colors. Needs a new interior. Fold-flat
rear seats. Dual exhaust. Power windows.
Plus 8 on the market today, and he wasn’t far
wrong. H&H Auctions, Droitwich, U.K.,
#254-1979 TRIUMPH SPITFIRE con-
vertible. S/N FM91503U0. Maroon/maroon
hard top/tan cloth & vinyl. Odo: 31,808 miles.
Looks all original. Paint with swirls and
chrome pitted, but neither unusually so. Gaps
okay. Hard-top contact points on body scuffed
and scraped. Engine bay tidy with some newer
ancillary pieces. Wire wheels dazzling. Over-
Ponto mirror. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $37,542.
Mice had eaten the seats, but that didn’t stop
bidders from pushing this to a very strong
price. Anglia Car Auctions, King’s Lynn,
#PC11-1960 PORSCHE 356B T-5 Road-
ster. S/N 86947. Red/red fiberglass/black vinyl.
Odo: 70,331 miles. Solid, straight and
clean, nothing missing and still with Drauz
plates on front fenders, but fitted with a 1964
SC engine that turns but can’t be run. Rare
Push-button gear selector. Cond: 4-. SOLD
AT $78,100. Classic French design with a
Chrysler engine and aircraft-inspired dash.
There was a lot of interest in this lot. Although
it desperately needs to be restored, it is a worthy
candidate. The best cars can push $200k.
Fairly bought for condition. Worldwide Auctioneers,
Lake Forest, IL, 09/13.
all good example. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT
$5,076. Other than the unoriginal “sport”
steering wheel, this Triumph was as it came in
’79. The hard top had been on and off quite a
bit, as the scuffs and scratches showed. Having
said that, the top itself was in equal condition
to the car—used but cared for. Seems like
a bargain for the price. Silver Auctions, Portland,
#S60.1-1983 MARCH INDY Kraco
racer. S/N 83007. Yellow, blue & red/black
racing bucket. MHD. 161-ci turbocharged V8,
5-sp. Driven by Mike Mosley in the 1983 Indy
500, qualifying for front-row-center starting
position. Has a couple of visible fiberglass
cracks in the paint and some heat discoloration
runs. Instruments and all other parts inside.
Cond: 4. SOLD AT $37,542. With U.S. title
and copy of Kardex. Fairly bought and sold.
Anglia Car Auctions, King’s Lynn, U.K.,
#PC1-1958 PORSCHE 356A 1600 Super
coupe. S/N 103464. Meissen Blue/black vinyl.
Odo: 87,212 miles. Rusty and dinged. Interior
shabby, too. Still with sealed-beam headlights,
Blaupunkt Bremen radio, luggage rack and
on the exhaust. Powered by a 161-ci engine
putting out 720 horses at 11,000 rpm! Cond: 2.
SOLD AT $19,795. Cheap to buy, although it
won’t be cheap to race or maintain, and the
catalog description didn’t mention running
condition. In any case, will look cool in the
new owner’s garage. Mecum Auctions, Schaumburg,
Sports Car Market
stereo. Runs and drives but no brakes. U.S.
title. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $65,290. Barn-find
car, speedo in km, but Arizona plates from
1995. Slightly well sold. Anglia Car Auctions,
King’s Lynn, U.K., 08/13.
#PC30-1963 PORSCHE 356B T-6 cab-
riolet. S/N 157214. Red/black vinyl/brown
leather. Odo: 36,528 miles. Head and shoulders
above the rest of the lots in the sale, looking
almost retail-standard. Good and straight,
not rotten, leather okay, a few scuff marks in
#PC32-1958 PORSCHE 356A coupe. S/N
104961. Gray. Partly restored. Straight and not
too rotten, but there are a few pinholes here
and there. Floors have been replaced. Engine
and gearbox look to have been rebuilt, and it
hard top as well as soft top. Interior vinyl
needs restitching. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT
$96,303. Tied for high of the sale with another
356, Lot PC30, and quite rightly for one of the
rarest and most desirable cars (if not the shiniest).
Anglia Car Auctions, King’s Lynn,
#PC12-1960 PORSCHE 356B T-5 cab-
riolet. S/N 153476. Red/black cloth/black
vinyl. Odo: 53,854 km. Solid, dull paint, a few
rust bubbles. Black leatherette intact. Modern
rest of interior. Optioned with LSD, tonneau
cover, dipping interior mirror, spare-parts bag,
foglamps, Blaupunkt Frankfurt radio. Cond:
3+. SOLD AT $96,303. Originally supplied to
Competition Motors of Hollywood. Driven 90
miles to the sale. Joint high spot of the sale,
shared with Lot PC11, the ’60 Roadster. Well
bought and sold. Anglia Car Auctions, King’s
Lynn, U.K., 08/13.
#58-1965 MERCEDES-BENZ 230SL
convertible. S/N 11304210011335. Red/red
hard top/tan soft top/tan leather. Odo: 20,703
miles. Recent respray coming off in driver’s
door jamb. Nice interior and dash. Includes
factory hard top. Missing glovebox lock. Has
power brakes. “Title in transit” announced
tial, although the sums don’t really stack up—
the 911 is outclassed now, and complete
ready-to-go cars can be had for £35k ($54k),
while this will be £75k ($120k) by the time it’s
finished. Anglia Car Auctions, King’s Lynn,
#122-1969 PORSCHE 911T Targa. S/N
119110163. Eng. # 6190362. Green/orange &
brown vinyl & velour. Odo: 1,961 km. Restored
and shiny. Rockers and floors good with
lots of underseal. Trunk floor not hit, drains
still intact. Some new trim inside. Exhausts
and heat exchangers good. New Nylocs on
during auction. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $40,700.
These very usable classics are increasing in
value, but nice cars can still be bought in the
$50k range. This restoration looked okay from
10 feet, but flaws were obvious upon close
inspection. Well sold. Worldwide Auctioneers,
Lake Forest, IL, 09/13.
#61-1966 PORSCHE 911 coupe. S/N
303259. Blue/blue houndstooth. Odo: 89,904
miles. California tags. Surface rust in areas,
but battery-box and torsion-bar areas are solid.
Claimed matching-numbers, per COA. Wood
wheel. Incorrect dash material. Webasto gas
heater. Body parts in front trunk. Cond: 4.
cam covers. Complete with lots of bills, history
and books. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $54,525.
The right money for a decent small-bumper
911 at the moment in the U.K., even allowing
for the targa roof, which normally knocks the
value by about 10%. Silverstone, Hampshire,
#125-1971 VOLKSWAGEN BEETLE
2-dr sedan. S/N 1112100736. Inferno Orange/
tan vinyl. Odo: 11 miles. Very nice fresh restoration
completed in 2012. Paint is all new and
better than original. All new glass, rubber, and
trim. Fresh, new interior. Headliner is bunching
under corners of rear glass. Refreshed en-
SOLD AT $52,800. Early 911 prices have
been volatile but rising. This was a good base
for a total restoration, but add paint, interior
parts, mechanical work and rust repair, and
you will greatly exceed the value of a restored
car. Well sold. Worldwide Auctioneers, Lake
Forest, IL, 09/13.
#PC21-1967 PORSCHE 911S coupe. S/N
306663S. Red/black vinyl. Odo: 2,848 km.
Said to be 95% complete. All lights missing.
Odd flared rear fenders. Interior vinyl all intact,
but driver’s seat is collapsed. Gearbox
matches original recorded, but crankcase is
numberless, so probably a replacement. Sold
with Porsche Certificate of Authenticity. Cond:
4+. SOLD AT $43,255. Obvious rally poten-
gine looks brand new. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT
$6,325. Eleven miles out of a fresh restoration.
This was one of the best cars at the auction,
conditionally, but the auto-stick transmission
and bold color hampered bidding, yielding
one of the weekend’s best deals. Even though
Sports Car Market
Recent sales of Japanese collector cars
by Tony Piff
(All text within quotes minimally edited from online descriptions)
# 350855695493-1986 Chrysler Conquest
coupe. S/N JP3BC54VXGZ036514. 103,950 miles.
“This was a 62-year-old man’s garage queen for the
past 21 years. Bone-stock, unmodified and unmolested.
Repainted 22 years ago, clearcoat flaking in
spots. Minor oil leaks. Runs and drives great.
5-speed.” Condition 3+.
parts are cheap, you can’t build one for the
sales price. Very well bought. Dan Kruse
Classics, Austin, TX, 09/13.
#PC24-1972 PORSCHE 911E coupe. S/N
9112200907. Red/beige leather. Odo: 55,427
miles. Said to be 95% complete, although that
doesn’t include the headlights, and someone’s
added an RSR-type front bumper molding.
Cond: 2. SOLD AT $48,268. Originally supplied
to Guernsey, U.K. (where there is a 40
mph speed limit). Sold at strong money, but
good examples have been climbing in the past
two years. Silverstone, Hampshire, U.K.,
SOLD AT $6,000. The Mitsubishi Starion and the
rebadged Chrysler Conquest (collectively dubbed
“Starquests”) offer torque, handling and outrageously
angular styling that looks cooler with each
passing year. Whether the badges say “Mitsubishi”
or “Chrysler” is a far less important issue than
condition. (The widebody ESI-R and TSi with
Sports Handling Package represent the Holy Grail
of ’80s Japanese GT cars.) Well bought. eBay
# 221287003896-1976 Mazda RX3 coupe. S/N
S12A181827. “No-rust California car. Exterior in
excellent condition. New paint. Custom interior in
very nice shape with Acura seats, Grant steering
wheel. Dash is cracked. Aftermarket mesh wheels.
Unmodified 12A rotary engine tuned by certified
rotary mechanic, runs very well. 5-speed with new
clutch. Smog parts removed but included.”
Not original motor but of the correct type, and
turns by hand. Fairly solid. Leather is split.
Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $37,542. Late-production
’71 car (one of 1,124), titled as a ’72.
With U.S. title. Well sold, far beyond what was
expected. Anglia Car Auctions, King’s Lynn,
#153-1974 VOLKSWAGEN TRANS-
PORTER double-cab pickup. S/N 2642074158.
Orange/tan vinyl. Odo: 65,468 miles.
Older repaint with some overspray around
windows and unevenness on the rear of the
cab below back glass. Various touch-ups
throughout. Aging rubber, especially around
door glass with a six-inch chunk missing on
the passenger’s sill. Dent noted behind driver’s
door. Windshield replaced but scratches
#97-1988 PORSCHE 944 coupe.
S/N WP0AB0948JN472746. Metallic
black/gray leather. Odo: 84,881 miles.
Faded dash and paint. Center console disconnected
in front seat. Fifteen-inch telephonedial
wheels. Dirty engine. “Title in transit.”
Cond: 3. SOLD AT $1,925. These are neither
SOLD AT $7,600. You could pay a lot more than
this for someone’s unfinished rotary project, and it
wouldn’t be this close to stock. Very well bought.
eBay Motors, 9/28/2013.
# 131022079248-1982 Toyota Starlet hatch-
back. S/N JT2KP61G5C5572457. 80,000 miles.
“Unmodified car. Original owner. Kept indoors and
driven weekly. Paint looks fair for a 30-year-old
Toyota. Factory stripes, louvers on rear glass.
Exterior has a few dings. Driver’s seat torn. Well
maintained.” Condition: 3.
showing on side glass. Tidy interior with
newer seat coverings and a two-inch rip on
passenger’s door panel. Dash plastic somewhat
faded. Clear, easy-to-read gauges. Upgraded
dual-carb setup on dirty engine. Cond:
3-. SOLD AT $17,160. No-saled at $17k just
a few weeks ago at Mecum Dallas (SCM#
227662). A month before that, it sold for $15k
at Mecum Monterey (SCM# 227430). Call it
market-priced here. These Transporters are
cool, but not nearly as valued as the earliergen
rigs. Dan Kruse Classics, Austin, TX,
SOLD AT $4,000. At a barely-there 1,724 lbs, the
RWD Starlet is lighter than a Pinto and is actually
a sought-after drag-racing shell for a certain subset
of batsh*t crazies. Intact examples are pretty much
all gone, so considering the unmolested condition,
5-speed and oh-so-’80s graphics, I could see a
forward-thinking collector paying this much,
maybe. eBay Motors, 10/22/2013. ♦
#153-1987 AUDI QUATTRO coupe. S/N
WAUZZZ85HA900619. Red/gray velour.
RHD. Odo: 51,000 miles. In good order, although
someone has sprayed everything underneath
black, which somewhat clouds the
issue. Tiny bubbles in repaint on front hood
edge. Seats unworn, dash top in good shape.
simple nor reliable cars, and require very
thorough maintenance, which is very expensive.
Rubber cam belts must be done on time,
and because of the rear-mounted transmission,
clutches are costly. Bringing services up to
date probably far exceeds value of the car,
unless you like driving a hand grenade. Best
seen as a parts car, but since parts are not in
huge demand, not much value there. Sold at
market; buyer beware. Worldwide Auctioneers,
Lake Forest, IL, 09/13.
#14-1990 PORSCHE CARRERA 4 con-
vertible. S/N WP0CB2962LS471392. White/
black cloth/black leather. Odo: 93,463 miles.
U.S. car. No apparent accident damage. Good
paint for age and mileage. Newer convertible
top. Heated sports seats. Blaupunkt radio.
Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $18,150. The 964 Series
911s are not universally embraced by Porsche
Sports Car Market
enthusiasts, but at this price, someone should
have taken notice. These cars ride better than
their torsion-bar predecessors, have a/c that
works and make plenty of power. Problem is,
as they age, the 964 cars can be highly maintenance-intensive.
Bought at market or a bit
above and not for the the light of wallet.
Worldwide Auctioneers, Lake Forest, IL,
#32-1960 ALFA ROMEO GIULIETTA
Sprint Speciale coupe. S/N 1012000246.
Red/black leather. Odo: 80,875 miles. One of
only 1,366 built over a four-year period. Paint
as thick as a stick of gum. Evidence of rust
and filler throughout. Missing hard-to-find
trim pieces. DOHC motor with two Webers.
Seats and carpets recently refinished to an am-
genuine. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $57,774. Previously
sold at Brooks’ 1998 Goodwood sale for
$14k, having been dry-stored for nine years,
with broken odometer “but stated to be no
more than 56,000 km” (SCM# 4251). Let go a
little low, but with little other history apart
from the obvious cosmetic refreshment, I’d say
the market was right to soft-pedal here. H&H
Auctions, Droitwich, U.K., 12/13.
#150-1982 LANCIA MONTECARLO
Series II coupe. S/N ZLA137AS000005859.
Black/black cloth/cream leather. RHD. Odo:
60,491 miles. Looks promising, but closer up
it’s the usual Monte tale: rot. Some rust
bubbles in door bottoms as you’d expect, but
wavy rockers make it a more worrying pros-
ateur level. Incorrect dash. Cond: 4. SOLD
AT $45,100. A beautifully styled car that has
been underpriced for too long. Restored examples
have turned six figures at recent auctions.
However, this was a very rough car with
known and likely unknown needs that will take
a tidy sum to restore. Well sold. Worldwide
Auctioneers, Lake Forest, IL, 09/13.
#148-1973 ALFA ROMEO GTV 2000
coupe. S/N AR2413448. Red/black vinyl.
RHD. Odo: 21,824 miles. Rot-free following
restoration that included fitting new inner
fenders and a repaint. Vinyl interior very good,
some of it repro. Big 15-inch Autodelta wheels
pect. Window rubber perishing. Newish
leather. Cloth top looks new. Cond: 3+. SOLD
AT $16,447. Series II is the improved car (after
a hiatus in production), and this has all the
extras (a/c and a left door mirror). Even so, it
did very well to climb this far, given that some
work in the rockers almost certainly looms.
Well sold. Silverstone, Hampshire, U.K.,
#197-1983 ALFA ROMEO GTV6 coupe.
S/N ZAR11637003017582. Black/gray velour.
RHD. Odo: 67,134 miles. Shiny and straight.
Motor is a 3-liter from an Alfa 75 rather than
original 2.5. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $5,363. From
point to an Alfaholics suspension upgrade.
Cond: 2. SOLD AT $29,497. Sold over estimate,
but probably hard to replicate for the
money unless you found a perfect, original
car. From the same seller as the black Lancia
Montecarlo. Silverstone, Hampshire, U.K.,
#32-1981 MASERATI MERAK SS
coupe. S/N AM122A585. Silver/black leather.
RHD. Odo: 47,676 km. Straight and rust-free,
the same seller as the Alfa GTV 2000 and Lancia
Montecarlo. Offered at no reserve and
Engine soiled. Not running. Cond: 4. SOLD
AT $77,000. Modern hoses that were cut to fit
and lubrication on the engine suggest someone
may have recently tried to get it started. It
is believed that the restoration took place in
time for Studebaker’s 100-year anniversary in
1952, as marked by a dash plaque commemorating
the event. These cars were reserved for
the privileged of their time, and their racing
pedigree solidified their place in history. Market-correct
price for condition. Dan Kruse
Classics, Austin, TX, 09/13.
Sports Car Market
repaint pretty good apart from a few sub-surface
prep marks. Interior all intact, with lightly
creased leather and some stitching on driver’s
side coming adrift. Recorded mileage claimed
looks cheap—but these always are... Silverstone,
Hampshire, U.K., 08/13.
#55-2000 FERRARI 456M coupe. S/N
ZFFWP44A9Y0119811. Argento Metallic/
black leather. Odo: 13,528 miles. The Modificata
456 M included better seats and improved
aerodynamics over the original 456. Fitted
with matching luggage and tool kit. No evidence
of body damage. Dash material is lifting
and slightly warped. Very sticky center console
plastic with dog hair stuck to it. Cond: 2.
SOLD AT $43,450. It was hard to fault this
car for its condition. While it does take a leap
of faith to buy a Ferrari at auction with no
ownership or maintenance history, this appeared
to be a good car and was well bought.
Worldwide Auctioneers, Lake Forest, IL,
#324-1922 STUTZ SPEEDWAY road-
ster. S/N 13271. Eng. # D13381. Gray/black
vinyl/black leather. Odo: 19,063 miles. Restoration
believed done in 1950s, and car is obviously
in need of another. Paint is lustrous but
plagued with chips and age. Flexing body panels
suggest possible structural issues with the
wood frame. Windshield in good condition,
with one small chip. Trim somewhat dull but
not pitted or oxidized. Top hardware paint is
flaking off. Interior is tired, with worn seats.
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1951 Jaguar XK-120 OTS
— I am third owner. Very good condition. Engine
overhauled 09/2012. Runs strong, good oil pressure
and compression. Many extra parts. $19,500. Contact
George, 865.482.9175, Email: perfanalysis@
1962 Jaguar E-type roadster
S/N 671318. Black/red. 867 miles. I6, 4-spd manual.
This striking black on red XK-120 is a numbersmatching
car that has received a comprehensive
restoration. Features a gorgeous red leather interior,
and includes 2 sets of wheels/tires, and a Heritage
Certificate of Authenticity. Email: webmaster@
classicshowcase.com Web: classicshowcase.com/index.
1956 Austin Healey 100M roadster
S/N 11304212009914. Dark green/tan. 80 miles. I6,
automatic. Solid car, no rust. Sold new in Nevada,
then came to CA in early ’70s. Have all books, tools.
Top and seats recently redone in vinyl and canvas.
Have both tops, same owner past 41 years, repainted
several years ago to decent driver. $40,000. Contact
Brian, BDM Restorations, 916.635.3559, Email:
1970 Mercedes-Benz 280SL convertible
S/N 877656. British Racing Green/tan. 85,000 miles.
Other, 4-spd manual. Multiple national concours
winner, superb driver, 20-year single ownership.
Comprehensive functional and safety improvements:
Wilwood brakes, stainless-steel braided brake lines,
aluminum radiator, high-torque starter, rebuilt
front and rear suspension. $129,000. Contact Fritz,
231.838.2634, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org (MI)
1965 Triumph TR4 convertible
S/N 8039GT. Fly Yellow/black. 74,000 miles. V12,
5-spd manual. Original long-nose 2-cam, crashed on
the Riviera, back to Italy & converted to alloy-bodied
NART Spyder. Concourse resto 1992, engine rebuild
2002, recent $20k svc. $3,900,000. Contact Michael,
260.433.5835, Email: email@example.com (IN)
White/red leather. I6, 4-spd automatic. Equipped
with AM/FM stereo, automatic transmission,
and hard top. Paint is in excellent condition, all
brightwork is in terrific condition. Runs and drives
beautifully. New interior, and recently serviced.
Contact Armando, Exclusive Motorcars - E|M,
310.558.3300, Email: armando@emcars.
com Web: emcars.com/cars/1970+MercedesBenz+280SL+891930
1983 Mercedes-Benz 380SL convertible
S/N BN2-L28887. Red & black/black. 9,000 miles.
Frame-off restoration finished in 2003. 2013 addition
of new alloy head, clutch, transmission synchronizers
and Kool Mat by Tsikuris Classics, Lakeland,
FL. Also new tires and windshield wipers. BMIH Trust
Certif. Beautiful and ready to rally. $75,000. Contact
John, Piccin Law Firm, 352.531.5446, Email: john@
piccinlaw.com Web: www.PiccinLaw Firm (FL)
1958 Lister Jaguar Knobbly Body roadster
1971 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona coupe
detail inside and out. Mechanically sorted out and
dialed in, drives flawlessly. Sale includes factory hard
top. Contact Armando, Exclusive Motorcars - E|M,
310.558.3300, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Web:
1966 Mercedes-Benz 230SL convertible
1963 Alfa Romeo Giulia 1600 Normale
S/N AR374599. Cardinal Red/black with red piping.
51,500 miles. I4, 5-spd manual. Original low mileage
car. Very straight body with no rust. Original
engine, rebuilt transmission, older repaint. Well
maintained. Clean and clear California title. Tons of
pics and details on our website. $38,990 OBO. Contact
Paul, AutoKennel, 714.335.4911, Email: paul@
autokennel.com Web: www.AutoKennel.com (CA)
1966 Ferrari 275 NART alloy Spyder
White. Body-off restoration in 2005. Stored since.
$24,000 in receipts. Test miles only. Recent $3,000
service and updates. $29,500. Contact John,
503.538.8096, Email: email@example.com (OR)
2006 Lotus Elise
S/N BHL119 & BHL113. Blue with gold stripe/black.
n/a miles. Other, 4-spd manual. Fully sorted and
superb condition, great history, for track or street.
Also available, another under restoration, 75%
done. Over $45k invested in the twin-plug wideangle-head
engine, dynoed at 384 hp. Will sell one
car. Contact Terry, 480.984.8501, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
1960 MGA 1600 roadster
S/N SCCPC11156HL31457. Solar Yellow/black.
38,000 miles. I4, 6-spd manual. Touring Package,
two tops, Premium Package with black wheels and
Lotus Stage II sport exhaust. $35,000 OBO. Contact
John, DeSilvio & Co., Inc., 609.567.9200, Email:
1958 Mercedes-Benz 190SL convertible
Dark blue/tan & natural. V8, automatic. 2001 Audi
S8 (360hp 4.2-L V8, AWD) in very good condition
with low miles. Two-owner car (first owner was
the president of Audi N.A.). No accidents, garaged,
babied. Serviced regularly and very well maintained.
ONLY 39,700 miles. Every option. $16,100 OBO.
Contact Tex, Email: email@example.com (TX)
S/N GHNL75731. Red/black. 86,000 miles. I4, 4-spd
manual. Original Chariot Red repaint 1996. Owned
since 1984; about 86,000 miles, local car since new
White/red leather. I4, 4-spd manual. Beautifully
restored, collector-owned. Absolutely immaculate
paint and brightwork, with stunning attention to
S/N WDBBA45A4D0B028780. Dark blue/gray
leather. 66,500 miles. V8, 3-spd automatic. Excellent
condition, as well as running and driving. Everything
works as from the factory. New crate engine at
54k miles, new wheels and tires, desirable exterior
and interior color combination, both hard and soft
tops, newer radio w/CD, original Becker included.
$13,500. Contact Rick, 732.890.0084, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
2001 Audi S8 4-dr sedan
Rosso Corsa/black leather. V12, 5-spd manual. U.S.
spec Daytona, single ownership since new. Restored
in the early ’90s. Factory a/c, 9-inch-wide Cromodoras.
Spent 15 years in an auto museum. Mechanicals
fully sorted, drives wonderful. Contact Shawn,
Exclusive Motorcars, 310.558.3300, Email: shawn@
emcars.com Web: www.emcars.com (CA)
1998 Ferrari F355 Spyder
S/N ZFFXR48A3W0110575. Grigio Titanio/red.
22,000 miles. V8, 6-spd manual. Rare color combination,
one of only 10 made with Grigio Titanio w/red
leather. 3-piece custom HRE rims, Challenge brakes,
Capristo, Momo wheel, MACarbon carbon-fiber door
sills, major service performed in March 2012 @
21,400 miles, tools & manuals included. $69,500.
Contact Marco, 650.743.2660, Email: marco@
1951 Buick Estate woodie wagon
Light blue/dark blue. 149,000 miles. I8, 2-spd
automatic. I’m looking for a new home. My owner of
40 years is downsizing. I’m very rare and I must say
I am in very good condition, particulary for my age. I
admit I’m not a perfect 10, but I would say I’m a real
8.5. Just call my owner. $52,000 OBO. Contact Phil,
425.466.8186, Email: email@example.com (WA)
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33 (0)1 42 99 2056, 33 (0)1 42 99 1639.
7, Rond-Point des Champs-Elysées,
75008 Paris, France.
located in San Antonio, Texas. DKC
has been responsible for successful
collector car sales since 1972 with annual
sales in Austin, Houston and San
Antonio. Dan has personally has over
$1,000,000,000 in sales in his storied
career. Dan, and daughters Tiffany,
Tedra and Tara, manage the company.
Mecum Auction Company.
Auctions America. 877.906.2437,
Formed in July 2010 as a subsidiary of
RM Auctions, the Auctions America by
RM team, led by collector car expert
Donnie Gould, specializes in American
classics, Detroit muscle, hot rods, customs
and vintage motorcycles. Consign
Gooding & Company.
480.421.6694, 480.421.6697. For over
four decades, the Barrett-Jackson Auction
Company has been recognized
throughout the world for offering only
the finest selection of quality collector
vehicles, outstanding professional
service and an unrivaled sales success.
From classic and one-of-a-kind cars
to exotics and muscle cars, BarrettJackson
attracts only the best. Our
auctions have captured the true essence
of a passionate obsession with cars that
extends to collectors and enthusiasts
throughout the world. A television audience
of millions watches unique and
select vehicles while attendees enjoy a
lifestyle experience featuring fine art,
fashion and gourmet cuisine. In every
way, the legend is unsurpassed. N.
Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251.
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)
262.275.5050. The Mecum Auction
Company has been specializing in the
sale of collector cars for 25 years, now
offering more than 12,000 vehicles
per year. Mecum Auctions is the world
leader of collector car, exotics, vintage
motorcycles and road art sales. Auctions
are held throughout the United
States and broadcast live on Velocity,
Discovery Network. For further information,
445 South Main Street
Walworth, WI 53184.
the United States, Russo and Steele has
developed a reputation for its superior
customer service and for having the
most experienced and informed experts
in the industry. www.russoandsteele.
Silver Auctions. 800.255.4485,
Silver Auctions isn’t successful because
we auction the most expensive cars,
we’re successful because we auction
the cars that you love. Silver Auction’s
staff, bidders and consignors are everyday
people with a passion for Nostalgic
and Collector cars. Come see the difference
at Silver Auctions. 2020 N. Monroe,
Spokane, WA 99205.
Palm Springs Auctions Inc.
Hollywood Wheels Auctions &
Shows 800.237.8954, Hosting two
auctions a year in beautiful Palm Beach,
FL, March & December. Offering
quality collector cars and personalized
service, all in a climate-controlled,
state-of-the-art facility. Come be a part
of the excitement! Check us out at
Where Collectors Collect! See You On
Keith McCormick. 760.320.3290,
760.323.7031. 244 N. Indian Canyon
Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92262
A family-run auction house producing
two large classic cars auctions per year.
McCormick’s Palm Springs Auctions
has been in business for over 25 years,
and each auction features over 500 classics
The Vicari Auction Company hosts
fast-paced, high energy auctions along
the Gulf Coast, offering an entertaining
destination to car collectors, enthusiasts
and travelers. The company prides itself
on personal service, providing cars for
everyone from the avid collector to the
first-time buyer. For more information,
contact Vicari Auction at 1900
Destrehan Ave., Harvey, LA 70058; call
504.875.3563; or visit
Rick Cole Auctions. Rick Cole
conducted the first auction ever held in
Monterey. His dozen successive annual
events forever changed the landscape
of the historic weekend. Next August,
Rick Cole and Terry Price combine
seventy-plus years of professional client
care to present an entirely new type of
Monterey Auction experience, conducted
at The Marriott Hotel. Limited consignment.
com Web: www.rickcole.com (CA)
Leake Auctions. 800.722.9942,
+44.207.585.0830. Montpelier St.,
Knightsbridge, London, SW7 1HH.
415.391.4040. 220 San Bruno Avenue,
San Francisco, CA 94103.
Join Leake Auction Company as they
celebrate 40 years in the collector car
auction industry. Their unsurpassed
customer service and fast-paced twolane
auction ring makes them a leader
in the business. Leake currently operates
auctions in Tulsa, Oklahoma City,
Dallas and San Antonio. Visit them
online at www.leakecar.com or call
RM Auctions, Inc. 800.211.4371,.
Carlisle Collector Car Auctions.
717.243.7855, 1000 Bryn Mawr Road,
Carlisle, PA 17013. Spring and Fall
Auctions. High-line cars cross the
block. Hundreds of muscle cars, antique,
collector, and special-interest
cars, trucks and motorcycles. Real
Cars. Real Prices.
Lucky Collector Car Auctions.
Dan Kruse Classics is a familyowned
collector car auction company
888.672.0020, Lucky Collector Car
Auctions is aptly named after Harold
“Lucky” Lemay. Based in the majestic,
pastoral ground of Marymount,
home to the Lemay Family Collection
Foundation near Tacoma, WA, the
collection, formerly the biggest in the
world according to Guinness, now hosts
an unrivaled event center, art collection
and charitable foundation, which
features two exceptional collector car
auctions a year. www.luckyoldcar.com
Russo and Steele Collector Auto-
mobile Auctions. 602.252.2697,
Fax: 602.252.6260. Specializing in
the finest European sports, American
muscle, hot rods and custom automobiles;
Russo and Steele now hosts four
record-breaking auctions per year;
Newport Beach in June; Monterey, CA,
every August; Las Vegas in September,
and Scottsdale, AZ, every January. As
one of the premier auction events in
With offices and auctions throughout
North America and Europe, RM is
the largest auction house globally that
caters to collectors of high-end vintage
automobiles. The RM team of car specialists
is the largest in the world, offering
services in a numbers of languages
and decades of experience in buying,
selling, racing, and restoring collector
cars. www.rmauctions.com. (CAN)
800.990.6789 or 1.260.925.6789,
Worldwide Auctioneers was formed
over a decade ago by vintage-motorcar
specialists Rod Egan and John Kruse.
The sale and acquisition of classic automobiles
is our core business, and no one
is better qualified. Worldwide is unique
in having owners who are also our
chief auctioneers, so you deal directly
with the auctioneer, and we are wholly
invested in achieving the best result for
you. Our auctions are catalogue-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.)
In addition to helping collectors
buy and sell cars at auction, we offer
and collection-consultancy services.
Our dedicated private sales division
serves the needs of individual collectors
who seek privacy or to acquire
vehicles that may not be available on
the open market.
Centerline Products. 888.750.
ALFA, Exclusively Alfa Romeo for
over 30 years — rely on our experience
to build and maintain your dream
Alfa. Restoration, maintenance and
performance parts in stock for Giulietta
Sports Car Market
through 164. Newly developed products
introduced regularly. Check our web
site for online store, new arrivals, tech
tips, and special offers.
site to view our latest titles and order.
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
Jon Norman’s Alfa Parts.
800.890.2532, 510.525.9519. 1221
Fourth Street, Berkley, CA 94710.
Large selection of parts from Giulietta
to 164. Efficient, personal service.
Vintage Auto Posters. Since 1980,
Everett Anton Singer has been supplying
international collectors with
the most diverse selection of authentic
vintage automotive posters. The vast
inventory runs from the late 1890s
through the 1960s; featuring marque,
event and product advertising. Please
visit us at:
Auto Appraisal Group.
800.848.2886, Offices located nationwide.
Pre-purchase inspection service,
insurance matters, charitable donations,
resale vales, estates, expert witness
testimony. On-site inspection. Certified,
confidential, prompt, professional.
“Not just one man’s opinion of value.”
See web site for locations and service
Cosmopolitan Motors, LLC.
206.467.6531 , Experts in worldwide
acquisition, collection management,
disposition and appraisal. For more
than a quarter century, Cosmopolitan
Motors has lived by its motto, “We
covet the rare and unusual, whether
pedigreed or proletarian.” Absurdly
eclectic and proud of it. Find your treasure
here, or pass it along to the next
to choose from. Always Restoring: We
feature an award-winning, world-class
restoration facility, with the expertise
to restore you car to any level, including
modifications. Super craftsmanship;
attention to detail; knowledgeable staff;
servicing all of the collector’s needs.
Located in San Diego County.
our virtual bookstore visit
Hyman Ltd Classic Cars.
314.524.6000, One of the largest inventories
of vintage cars in the world.
Please visit our website often,
www.hymnaltd.com to see our current
stock. Hyman Ltd Classic Cars, 2310
Chaffee Drive, St. Louis, MO. 63146
Kastner & Partners Garage.
From our spectacular Santa Monica
location, Kastner & Partners Garage
strives to offer some of the finest collector
vehicles available, combined with
unparalleled service. If we do not currently
have that which you are looking
for or, if you have a classic that you’re
looking to sell, please let us know.
150 Pico Boulevard Santa Monica, CA
Gullwing Motor Cars stocks more
Cosmopolitan Motors, LLC.
206.467.6531 , For over a quarter century
Cosmopolitan Motors has been at
the center of the world for collector cars
changing hands. Their unparalleled experience
in tracking valuations makes them
uniquely capable of valuating the rare
and unusual. Estates, settlements, collections,
insurance. Let their billion dollars
worth of experience supply the results
you seek. “We covet the rare and unusual
whether pedigreed or proletarian”. www.
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.
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 & pick up.
Hartek Automotive, 319.337.4140,
Beverly Hills Car Club is one of the
Gooding & Company.
310.899.1960, Gooding & Company’s
experts are well-qualified to appraise
individual automobiles as well as collections
and estates. Whether it is the
creation of a foundation, living trust or
arrangement of a charitable donation,
we are able to assist you.
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 web-
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 of
the line models to projects cars. We buy
classic cars in any shape or condition &
provide the quickest payment & pickup
anywhere in the U.S. 310.975.0272
Hartek Automotive is a division of
Hartwig Motors Inc., one of the oldest
automotive retailers in the Midwest
since 1912. Hartek Automotive specializes
in the maintenance and sale
of sports and prestige automobiles.
Their reputation for service continues
with a very personalized approach to
maintenance of an individual’s daily
driver, to the restoration of that special
automobile. Hartek Automotive also
offers pre-sale or post-sale inspections.
Located in Iowa, we are equally accessible
for the enthusiast from anywhere.
Drive in or fly in...you will find us most
accommodating. www.hartek.org (IA)
Luxury Brokers International.
215.459.1606, specializing in the sales,
purchase and brokerage of classic automobiles
for the astute collector with
a new-age, contemporary approach.
Focusing on original, high-quality
examples as enjoyable, tangible investments.
Classic car storage, classic car
consignment, brokerage, and other
consulting services are available as
well. We actively pursue the purchase
and sales of any investment grade classic
car. Since 2009 we have offered
a unique opportunity for collectors,
enthusiasts, and other industry professionals.
Paul Russell and Company.
Specializing in the Preservation and
Sales of European Classics, pre-war
through the 1970s, since 1978. You
can rely on our decades of experience
with Mercedes-Benz, Ferrari, Porsche,
Bugatti, Alfa Romeo and other fine
collectibles. Repeat customers are the
lifeblood of our business. Contact us
today to join them. Car Sales Manager,
Alex Finigan: Alex@paulrussell.com.
Classic Showcase. 760.758.6100,
restoration 760.758.6119. Always
buying: Offering top dollar for your
European classics. Always selling: 3
showrooms with an excellent selection
Heritage Classics Motorcar Company.
Heritage Classics Motorcar
Company, the premier West Coast
classic car dealership established in
1985. Offering one of the largest indoor
showrooms in Southern California with
an exceptional inventory of the very
finest American and European classic
cars available. We buy, sell and consign
collectible automobiles, offering the
best consignment terms available, contact
us at email@example.com
When in Southern California visit
our beautiful showroom and specialty
automotive bookstore, Heritage Classics
Motorbooks, open Monday–Saturday.
For current inventory and to visit
Woodies USA. 949.922.7707,
949.412.8812, We buy and sell great
woodies — hundreds to date. If you
are buying or selling give us a call.
We can help. Woodies are fun! Every
car collection should have at least one.
Located in Laguna Niguel, California.
Advertise in the SCM Resource Directory. Call 877.219.2605 Ext. 218 for information, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Classic Car Transport
Chubb Collector Car Insurance.
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.
L.A. Prep. 562.997.0170, L.A.
Prep brings its 30 years of experience
transporting vehicles for the automotive
industry’s top manufacturers to
discriminating luxury and exotic car
owners and collectors across the United
States. Its highly-skilled and experienced
staff delivers an unsurpassed
level of service and takes care of your
car with the highest quality equipment
available in trucks and trailers that are
as clean and well maintained as the
valuable assets that they carry.
1.866.CAR.9648, With Chubb you’ll
have flexibility and control with worldclass
coverage and claim service. There
are no mileage restrictions, “Agreed
Value” is included and you’re free to
use the restoration shop of your choice
for covered repairs. Special pricing is
also available for large collections. For
more information, call 1-866-227-9648
or visit www.chubbcollectorcar.com.
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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.
Grundy Worldwide. 888.647.8639,
Grundy Worldwide offers agreed value
insurance with no mileage limitations,
zero deductible*, and high liability
limits. Our coverages are specifically
designed for collectible-car owners.
From classic cars to muscle cars,
Grundy Worldwide has you covered.
(*Zero deductible available in most
states.) 888.6GRUNDY (888.647.8639).
AUTOSPORT DESIGNS, INC.
631.425.1555, All Aston Martin models
welcome regardless of age, as new inevitably
become old! Routine servicingcomplete
— 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
Carobu Engineering. 949.722.9307,
Ferrari specialist. Engine rebuilding/
development, dyno-testing, parts and
service. Your source for high-performance
brakes, suspension, gaskets,
engine parts, wheels and exhaust.
Dealer for Tubi, Brembo, Koni, Razzo
Rosso, Sangalli, Zanzi, Novitech Rosso
and X-Ost. www.CAROBU.com.
Hagerty Insurance Agency, LLC.
Reliable Carriers, Inc. 877.744.7889,
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
shipping the car of your dreams from
one location to another, one American
transportation company does it all.
Collector Car Insurance
Fourintune Garages Inc.
Heacock Classic. 800.678.5173, We
Barrett-Jackson is proud to endorse
a new breed of insurance for classic,
antique, exotic, special-interest, contemporary
classic and limited-edition
To get a quote is even easier with our
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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.
understand the passion and needs of the
classic-car owner; agreed value, one
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and paying by credit card. We provide
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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, Wisconsin.
T. Rutlands & T. Rutlands West
J.C. Taylor Insurance.
800.345.8290, Antique, classic, muscle
or modified — J.C. Taylor Insurance
has provided dependable, dynamic,
affordable protection for your collector
vehicle for over 50 years. Agreed
Value Coverage in the continental U.S.,
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,
provides international service from one
of the world’s largest Ferrari parts inventories
coast to coast. We have more
Ferrari parts, more Ferrari parts experience
and better Ferrari parts prices than
most anyone. Since 1981 T. Rutlands
has been building valuable partnerships
with the Ferrari industry’s most
respected repair shops, professionals
and car owners seeking to provide a
one-stop shopping experience for Ferrari
parts, tools and accessories. Ferrari
parts are our only business and we are
true product and service specialists
in every sense of the word. When you
need a comprehensive parts selection
for both vintage and contemporary Ferraris,
you can count on a single-source
leader in the Ferrari parts business…T.
Call us Toll Free 800.638.1444, Internationally
770.493.8852. Email: Sales@
Sports Car Market
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)
Radcliffe Motor Company.
Classic Showcase. 760.758.6100,
restoration 760.758.6119. World class
full service restoration facility. Creating
show/show drivers, and driver
restorations. Specializing in British,
German and Italian classics. Superb fit;
attention to detail; great craftsmanship;
knowledgeable staff; passionate on
quality. Located in San Diego County.
410.517.1681, The Mid-Atlantic’s
premier facility for the maintenance,
repair, and light restoration of exotic
Italian and fine European automobiles.
Having gained the trust of the exotic
car community we are known for our
proficiency and workmanship. Host of
the annual Vintage Ferrari All Italian
Car Event each May, you are cordially
invited to attend. Visit our website for
more information about our shop, and
see photos of past events.
British Sports and Race Cars BoughtSold-Traded.
Located in Beautiful Vero
Beach, Florida. In business for over
25 years, specializing in Lotus, TVR,
Griffith, Jaguar, Austin Healey, MG,
Marcos, Panoz, Lola, and more. Over
50 sports and race cars always in stock.
Please check our website for our latest
fuel systems and more. Feltham Fast
performance parts in stock. We also
cater to all British and European cars
Advertise in the SCM Resource Directory. Call 877.219.2605 Ext. 218 for information, e-mail: email@example.com.
J. J. BEST BANC & CO. provides
financing on classic cars ranging from
1900 to today. Visit our website at
www.jjbest.com or call 1-800-USA-1965
and get a loan approval in as little as
Porsche (356 and 911) 1950s to early
1970s along with other marks including
Mercedes, Aston Martin, Ferrari,
MG, Austin Healey & 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.
visit our website
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 one million
dollars, 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.
Law Offices of Bruce Shaw
Ferrari Financial Services.
201.510.2500, As the world’s only
Ferrari-owned finance company, no one
understands a Ferrari customer’s unique
perspective better than the company
that designed these iconic sports cars.
Whether it’s a line of credit for owners
interested in utilizing the equity in their
collection, or a simple interest loan, we
stand committed to help our clients enhance
their collection — without origination
or early termination fees. “FFS”
offers a level of expertise that cannot be
matched by other lenders.
Mercedes-Benz Classic Center.
1.866.MB.CLASSIC, The center of
competence for classic Mercedes-Benz
enthusiasts — for vintage car sales,
meticulous restorations by manufacturer-trained
technicians and the widest
selection of Genuine Mercedes-Benz
Classic Parts, we are the source.
The SL Market Letter,
Premier Financial Services is the
nation’s leading lessor of vintage and
exotic motorcars. Our Simple Lease
Program is ideal for those who wish to
own their vehicle at the end of the term,
as well as for those who like to change
cars frequently. Our Simple Interest
Early Termination Program allows you
the flexibility of financing with the tax
advantages of leasing. Contact Premier
at 877.973.7700 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Classic Showcase. 760.758.6100,
restoration 760.758.6119. World class
full-service restoration facility. Creating
show/show drivers, and driver
restorations. Specializing in German,
British, and Italian classics. Superb fit,
attention to detail, great craftsmanship,
knowledgeable staff, passionate on
quality. Located in San Diego County.
Hamann Classic Cars.
203.918.8300, with more than 30 years
in the industry and worldwide clientele
in dealing in European race and sports
cars, specializes in classic Ferraris of
the ’50s & ’60s. www.ferrari4you.com
LeMay Family Collection FoundaLeasing
European Collectibles, Inc.
949.650.4718, European Collectibles
has been buying, consigning, selling
and restoring classic European sports
cars since 1986. We specialize in
Putnam Leasing. 866.90.LEASE.
For over 30 years, Putnam Leasing
has been the leader in exotic, luxury,
and collector car leasing. This honor
comes from Putnam’s unique ability
to match the car of your dreams with
tion at Marymount Events Center near
Tacoma, WA, hosts an epic backdrop
for your next event. Home to 500 fabulous
collector cars, world class art exhibits,
and assorted ephemera, consider
your next event here. Weddings, swap
meets, conventions, auctions. The facility
can likely exceed your expectations.
Visit during the 37th annual open house
along with 13,000 other enthusiasts.
612.567.0234 NOT just SLs but all rare
and collectible Mercedes! A key resource
on Mercedes since 1982. 100s of
Mercedes for sale, market news, price
analysis & special reports in every
issue & website. 1 & 2 yr. subscriptions
open the door to one-on-one SLML
help finding & selling specific models.
Ask about our private sales program.
Collector Car Fraud Specialists,
www.shawlaws.com. A motorhead law
firm with real practical knowledge and
experience in the Collector Car Field.
Experience: Chain of speed shops,
Body Shops, Car Dealerships, former
NCRS judge as well as licensed attorneys.
Estate planning and divorce
settlements concerning Collector Cars.
50 State Representation. 215.657.2377
Parts and Accessories
Baldhead Cabinets. 877.966.2253.
The garage is no longer a place to cast
off items unwanted. It is a destination
in itself. We are a full-service, family
owned company that designs and manufactures
custom metal cabinets in Bend,
OR. Choose from meticulously crafted
storage cabinets, TV cabinets, sink
cabinets, or our ever popular pull out
fastener bin cabinet, just to name a few.
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.
Griot’s Garage —Car Care for
LeMay—America’s Car Museum
spotlights America’s love affair with
the automobile. The museum rests on
a nine-acre campus featuring rotating
galleries, a 3.5-acre show field, theatre,
café, banquet halls, racing simulators
and slot car racing. ACM hosts annual
events, concerts and even drive-in
movies. Open daily from 10 a.m. to 5
p.m., tickets are $14 for adults, $12 for
seniors/students/military and $8 for
youth. ACM is free for members and
kids five and under. www.lemaymuseum.org.
the Perfectionist! Griot’s Garage
celebrates over 22 years as your best
source for a full line of quality car care
products. We Make It. We Teach It. We
Guarantee It. Call today for your free
catalog or enjoy the easy-to-use website
for fast, fun and easy ordering. Our
number one goal is to ensure that you
always...Have fun in your garage!
800.345.5789 • www.griotsgarage.com
Suixtil USA. 888.800.8870, the
U.S. distributor of Suixtil clothing.
Suixtil, the brand preferred by racing
legends of the 1950s and 1960s, encapsulates
the spirit, passion and grit of the
heroic early days of racing. From the
iconic Juan Manuel Fangio to Sir Stirling
Moss to Peter Collins, all the great
drivers of the day wore the brand.
Lost for decades, the original Suixtil
line was re-discovered, researched and
faithfully re-created in recent years,
bringing back to life the spirit of daring,
passion and camaraderie of that
unforgettable era in motor sport racing.
Shop online at www.SuixtilUSA.com
WeatherTech® Automotive Ac-
cessories. 800.441.8527, MacNeil
Automotive Products Limited providing
Automotive Accessories for your
vehicles for over 20 years. MacNeil has
defined high-quality vehicle protection
with the WeatherTech® line of Automotive
Accessories. Choose from all-
Sports Car Market
Time Turns Lead Movie Prop Into Gold Mine
The famous “Maltese Falcon” is worth millions after all
Carl’s Humphrey Bogart, as Sam Spade, private detective, falls in with three nefarious characters chasing the
47-pound lead prop that had the Warner Brothers’ inventory number “WB 90067” stamped on the bottom.
But wait, it did turn into gold after all. At Bonhams’ November 25 auction in New York, the fully documented
Maltese Falcon prop sold for an astonishing $4,085,000, including buyer’s premium.
Here are a few relics that did not do as well — but are interesting nonetheless:
dates to the early 1930s, as the
company was acquired by Champlin
in 1936. Desirable cans with
interesting graphics are again
bringing strong money, and this
one checked all the boxes.
TAGE SCALEXTRIC NOS
MOTOR RACING SET.
Number of Bids: 13. SOLD AT:
$3,550. Date: 9/23/2013. This
racing set dates to the 1960s and
includes a Blower Bentley and
an Alfa Romeo. It also included
several sections of track, instructions
and other accessories such
as a small bottle of Shell lubricant.
It had never been unpacked
or assembled, and the box was
stated to be in pristine condition.
A true time-capsule toy that
brought appropriate money.
by Sears-Roebuck for $2.98,
which was a bit of money 100
years ago. It was the largest toy
they produced and was offered
with original parts and paint. It
is a spectacular toy that was in
exceptional condition and must
have been played with by a very
gentle child. As such, it sold for a
most reasonable price.
FROM FROG POND, NC.
Number of Bids: 6. SOLD AT:
$130. Date: 11/10/2013. This license
plate attachment was unusual
with the two painted frogs.
Frog Pond is in Stanley County,
NC, and is only three miles from
Big Lick, wherever the heck that
is. Price paid seems most reasonable
for a unique attachment
from an obscure location.
BOYCE MOTO METER
HOOD ORNAMENT. Number
of Bids: 31. SOLD AT: $472.97.
Date: 10/26/2013. This standard
Boyce Moto Meter was mounted
on a “dog bone” attachment with
glass marbles on the ends. It appeared
to be in good condition
but sold at a price that seemed a
Maltese Falcon in the iconic 1941 Warner Brothers film of the same name. The allure of the Maltese Falcon
was that it was thought to have been made of gold and encrusted head-to-toe in the finest jewels. It was just a
BLUE RIBBON ONE-QUART
OIL CAN. Number of Bids:
33. SOLD AT: $3,200. Date:
9/10/2013. This very desirable
“picture” oil can featuring an
airplane, bus and automobiles
was in exceptional condition and
LIMOUSINE TOY AUTOMOBILE.
Number of Bids:
22. SOLD AT: $4,489. Date:
11/24/2013. This 15-inch tin
toy was produced by Carette in
Nuremberg, Germany, in 1910,
but it also appeared in their
1911 catalog. It was also sold
PACKARD ADONIS HOOD
ORNAMENT. Number of Bids:
49. SOLD AT: $2,655. Date :
10/26/2013. The Adonis, or “sliding
boy,” mascot with the round
base was offered as an accessory
for 1930–31 Packards. The 734s
and 745s, however, used a different
base. This example had never
been used on a Packard — perhaps
due to a damaged mounting
tab. Perfect, however, for display,
and it sold for strong — but not
silly — money.
ROUTE 66 HIGHWAY SIGN
FROM OKLAHOMA. Number
of Bids: 14. SOLD AT: $2,600.
Date: 8/29/2013. Route 66 was
commissioned in 1926 and
stretched through eight states
from Illinois to California. It
included 400 miles in Oklahoma,
which was its longest stretch.
This was an authentic highway
sign but it was showing a bit of
age. The “Route 66” TV series
along with Bobby Troup’s song,
“Get Your Kicks on Route 66,”
add to the allure of the “Mother
Road.” Finding an authentic
Route 66 sign in any condition
is a treat, and they are always
rather pricey. ♦
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