Want to read this issue? To get started, subscribe here, or sign in!

Profiles

Auctions

Nixon, Rosemount, MN, September 22, 2018

Silverstone-Porsche Sale, Northamptonshire, U.K., September 28, 2018

Silverstone, Northamptonshire, U.K., September 28, 2018

Vicari/Dan Kruse, Waxahachie, TX, October 6, 2018

RM Auctions, Hershey, PA, October 11–12, 2018

H&H, Duxford, U.K., October 17, 2018

Branson, Branson, MO October 19–20, 2018

RM Sotheby’s, Atlanta, GA, October 27, 2018

Bonhams, London, U.K., November 2, 2018

Search This Issue



Page -1

A Great Value Then A Great Value Now 1984 Ferrari 308 GTS: $84k Sports Car Market Keith Martin’s The Insider’s Guide to Collecting, Investing, Values, and Trends From Paris to Dakar to $5.9m ™ February 2019 Flawed But Fun: 2010 Aston Martin Rapide Rides to $103k Teutonic Tidbits: Collier Tackles RM Sotheby’s Porsche-Only Sale SCM Seminar: Gross, Hyman and Mullin’s Market Perspectives www.sportscarmarket.com


Page 16

Follow us on Sports Car Market PROFILES Keith Martin’s The Insider’s Guide to Collecting, Investing, Values, and Trends February 2019 . Volume 31 . Number 2 This Month’s Market Movers Up Close FERRARI by Steve Ahlgrim ENGLISH by Stephen Serio ETCETERINI by Donald Osborne 1984 Ferrari 308 GTS QV Targa $84,133 / Bonhams 2010 Aston Martin Rapide $103,429 / Artcurial 1954 Fiat 1100 TV Sports Saloon $173,338 / Bonhams 86 88 92 AUCTIONS What Sold, and Why 197 Vehicles Rated at Nine Sales 106 110 MARKET OVERVIEW Top 10 auction sales and best buys, as well as a Paris preview and Porsche’s 70th — Chad Tyson RM SOTHEBY’S Atlanta, GA: Porsches total $25.2m, led by a 959 Paris-Dakar racer at $5.9m — Daren Kloes 126 H&H Duxford, U.K.: Proper Bentley brings $1.1m at this $5.1m Imperial War Museum sale — Paul Hardiman 140 RM AUCTIONS 156 166 174 GERMAN by Prescott Kelly AMERICAN RACE by B. Mitchell Carlson by Thor Thorson NEXT GEN by Philip Richter 18 1998/2018 Porsche 993 Turbo S “Project Gold” $3,415,000 / RM Sotheby’s 1901 Oldsmobile Model R “Curved Dash” Runabout $40,700 / RM Sotheby’s 1985 Porsche 959 Paris-Dakar $5,945,000 / RM Sotheby’s 1996 BMW 850 CSi $111,436 / Silverstone 94 96 98 100 Cover: 1985 Porsche 959 Paris-Dakar; Robin Adams ©2018, courtesy of RM Sotheby’s Sports Car Market BRANSON Branson, MO: Primarily American iron achieves $2.8m in sales from 158 lots sold — Andy Staugaard BONHAMS London, U.K.: All 12 Veterans on offer sell ahead of the London to Brighton Run, totaling $2.1m — Paul Hardiman ROUNDUP Highlights from Vicari/ Dan Kruse Classics in Waxahachie, TX; Nixon Auctions in Rosemount, MN; and two Silverstone sales in Northamptonshire, U.K. Hershey, PA: Classics ruled the day at Hershey, where 132 of 148 lots totaled $10.8m — Larry and Jeff Trepel acebook and watch for updates and offers!


Page 18

80 The Mullin Automotive Museum’s 1937 Talbot-Lago T150-C-S at the Hilton Head Island Concours d’Elegance and Motoring Festival COLUMNS 28 Shifting Gears The McLaren 720S and the Ferrari GTC4Lusso T would make a perfect two-car collection Keith Martin 60 Affordable Classic The Fox body brought driving fun back into the Mustang lineup, and some of the cars are now Affordable Classics Sam Stockham 62 Collecting Thoughts RM Sotheby’s Porsche-only sale sparked huge money for a Carrera GT/GTL engine Miles Collier 68 Legal Files The case of the stolen Ferrari isn’t quite over John Draneas 70 Unconventional Wisdom The Classic Car Auction Yearbook is a powerful tool Donald Osborne 74 Drivers Ed Younger collectors are noticing older cars Paul Hageman 90 The Cumberford Perspective The 2010 Aston Martin Rapide is an irrelevant idea — perfectly executed Robert Cumberford 206 eWatch Rare 1939 Superman comic book brings $156,000 Carl Bomstead FEATURES 78 The SCM Interview: Photographer Michael Furman uses simple lighting to bring out a car’s story — Chester Allen 20 80 2018 Hilton Head Island Concours: A world-class weekend — Bill Rothermel 82 Hilton Head Island SCM Insider’s Seminar: Stories and market advice from SCM experts — Bill Rothermel DEPARTMENTS 36 Auction Calendar 36 Crossing the Block 38 Concours and Events: Cars for the Cure, the Boca Raton Concours d’Elegance, and SCM at Rétromobile 42 Contributors: Get to know your SCM staffers and writers 44 You Write, We Read: Supercars are not cool, interesting Porsche details, friends with Elvas 46 Display Advertisers Index 54 Time Pieces: The Gruen Curvex Ristside watches 54 Neat Stuff: Cool rides and flares with flair 56 In Miniature: 1963 Mustang II Concept by Automodello 56 Speaking Volumes: Gentleman Heroes: YU 3250 — The First Blower Bentley and the Men Who Made It Happen 108 Buy/Sell/Hold: SCM’s Auction Editor looks at what to buy and what to sell in 2019 130 Fresh Meat: 2017 Lamborghini Aventador LP750-4 SV coupe, 2019 Aston Martin Vantage coupe, 2019 Rolls-Royce Cullinan SUV 136 On the Radar: 1994 Nissan S14 Silvia, 1994 Opel Tigra A, 1994 Toyota Curren 144 Market Moment 1: 1974 Jaguar E-type Series III V12 160 Rising Sun: 1991 Honda Prelude Si, 1972 Nissan Fairlady Z, 1972 Datsun 240Z 182 Market Moment 2: 1982 Renault 5 Turbo 2 190 Mystery Photo: “Put it back in the barn — and forget where the barn is” 190 Comments With Your Renewals: “You are The Wall Street Journal, after all, for car collectors” 192 Showcase Gallery: Cars for sale 198 Resource Directory: Meet your car’s needs Sports Car Market Mark Dennis


Page 26

Shifting Gears Keith Martin Uncorking Two Top-Shelf Supercars The McLaren and the Ferrari are like two superb — yet very different — wines I recently had a chance to drive two state-of-the-art supercars — a McLaren 720S and a Ferrari GTC4Lusso T. The press kits that accompanied each car were full of cutting-edge technobabble. Lightweight turbines capable of 160,000 rpm. Twin injectors improving fuel nebulization. Magnetorheological dampers. They carry price tags worthy of their prowess. The 720S that I drove stickers at $324,135, while the Lusso is at $347,930. If this seems like a lot of money to you, you’re probably not a target customer of Ferrari or McLaren. The 720S and the Lusso are aimed at wildly different markets. The McLaren is a 2-seat guided missile while the Lusso is a 4-seat boulevardier. Each will get you from point A to point B in a ridiculously short amount of time — at a highly illegal rate of speed. Both have twin-turbo V8 engines and 7-speed automatic gearboxes. The Ferrari produces 601 horsepower at 7,500 rpm from 4.9 liters. The 4-liter McLaren puts out 710 horsepower at 7,000 rpm. Previously, I’ve had the chance to drive a McLaren 650S and a 570GT. All McLarens share the DNA of being race-car bred. They have a sense of urgency about them from the moment you fire them up. I asked SCM’s Legal Analyst John Draneas to join me for a 300- mile day trip. We started by heading out along the Columbia River. The interior of the McLaren is simple and inviting. Unlike the Ferrari with its complicated, control-bedecked F1-style wheel, the McLaren keeps its switches to the center console. The selections for chassis and drivetrain are Comfort, Sport and Track. We found that when Track is selected, the car feels like it “shrinks to fit.” It’s as if you are wearing a leather ballet slipper that has stretched just so to accommodate your foot while still allowing you maximum sensory input for your battement tendu. In Track mode, the shifts of the 7-speed, dual-clutch seamless-shift gearbox are lightning-quick and verge on being brutal. The car leaps forward with each new gear. It’s exhilarating. Part of the responsiveness comes from the car’s light weight. Dry, it tips the scales at just 2,829 pounds. That’s 1,404 pounds less than the Ferrari Lusso at 4,233 pounds. Cars continue to gain weight. SCM’s 2006 Lotus Elise weighs just 1,984 pounds. The largest Ferrari we have owned, our 1963 330 America, weighed just 2,888 pounds. The increase in weight is partly what makes today’s cars so much safer than the cars of the past. Nonetheless, just as being physically overweight taxes every joint in your body, so does every additional pound on a car mean that the engine, gearbox and brakes have to be that much more substantial to manage the extra mass. The McLaren’s large dash-mounted screen is easy to read. In a sat- isfying application of digital trickery, when you shift into Track mode, the display in front of the driver swaps out to show just the tachometer and speedometer. 28 After all, when you’re whistling along at three-digit speeds, what more do you need to know? Los Angeles in a Ferrari I picked up the Lusso at the Petersen Museum in downtown Los Angeles, where I attended their annual fund-raising gala. I drove the Ferrari up the Pacific Coast Highway to the Mullin Automotive Museum in Oxnard. The Lusso was quiet, comfortable and fast. The interior is spacious — my 86-year-old aunt fit neatly in one of the rear seats. Its styling is controversial. To my eyes, it resembles a Volvo 1800ES estate wagon that has gone to a Pininfarina finishing school. I couldn’t help but wonder if the Lusso is a transition to a Ferrari SUV. Lamborghini, Maserati and Porsche have already blazed this path. Consumers are clambering for larger, wider, taller vehicles. Why should Ferrari ignore this lucrative market segment? The 60-mile trek back to Los Angeles took more than two hours in stop-and-go traffic. The Lusso never misbehaved. Left in full comfort mode, it could have been a Mercedes S-Class in an Armani suit as it cut a path through lesser cars. Despite the traffic, I was constantly reminded that I was in a Ferrari. The car responded instantly to throttle input and made glorious sounds. The dash combined functionality and modernity; Apple Play was included. I was swathed in leather luxury while having super car performance. While much of today’s driving is tedious, the Ferrari made getting from A to B an experience. Frustrated by my lack of spirited seat time, the next day I was up at 4 a.m. and headed towards the Angeles National Forest — a ridge of mountains that rise above Pasadena and Glendale. There was no traffic, and the Angeles Crest Highway was clear. I cruised through towns with names like Cedar Springs, Paradise Springs and Big Pines. I began to explore the capabilities of the car, but soon enough, I found myself being cautious. Like some other supercars I’ve driven, when pushed hard, the tur- bocharged engine of the Lusso was able to overwhelm the brakes and suspension of the car. When I drove a 488 on the same roads a year ago, I don’t recall feeling this way. That car felt taut, compact and by comparison, light on its feet. It was a very different experience. Simply put, the Lusso was a cruiser and the 720S was a sports car. If I needed a car for daily driving, it would be the Ferrari. It swallows four people and some luggage with ease. The McLaren, while not nearly so practical, makes traveling on sports-car roads an unforgettable experience. The 720S and the Lusso would make a perfect two-car collection. The McLaren makes a statement like a striking, penetrating Oregon Pinot Noir from the Willamette Valley. The Lusso is a full-bodied, take-no-prisoners Horse Heaven cabernet from Washington state. I’ll take one of each, please. ♦ Sports Car Market


Page 34

Crossing the Block Chad Tyson Images courtesy of the respective auction companies unless otherwise noted Petersen Where: Salem, OR When: February 2 Web: www.petersencollectorcars.com RM Sotheby’s Where: Paris, FRA When: February 6 Web: www.rmsothebys.com Last year: 69/83 cars sold / $29.3m Featured cars: • Star Car: 1956 Porsche 550 RS Spyder • 1966 Shelby Cobra 427 • 1955 OSCA MT4-2AD 1350 by Morelli Bonhams Where: Paris, FRA When: February 8 Web: www.bonhams.com Last year: 102/134 cars sold / $18.4m Featured cars: Star Car: 1956 Porsche 550 RS Spyder at RM Sotheby’s Paris Featured cars: • 1939 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900 Touring • 1931 Bugatti Type 51 Grand Prix • 1953 Maserati A6GCS G. Potter King Where: Atlantic City, NJ When: February 8–10 Web: www.acclassiccars.com Dave Rupp and Vicari Where: Fort Lauderdale, FL When: February 15–17 Web: www.ftlauderdaleauction.com, www. vicari.com Featured cars: • 1954 Chevrolet Corvette roadster • 1949 Cadillac Series 62 convertible • 1968 Dodge Charger R/T Coys • Star Car: 1928 Bentley 6½ Litre saloon • 1930 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 4th Series Gran Sport Spider • 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing Artcurial Where: Paris, FRA When: February 8 Web: www.artcurial.com Last year: 140/174 cars sold / $36m Auction Calendar All dates listed are current at time of publication. Contact information for most auction companies may be found in the Resource Directory at the back of this issue. Please confirm dates and locations before attending any event. Email auction info to: chad.tyson@sportscarmarket.com. JANUARY 3–13—MECUM Kissimmee, FL 10–12—SILVER AZ Fort McDowell, AZ 11–12—TOM MACK Concord, NC 12—COYS Maastricht, NLD 12—SILVERSTONE Birmingham, U.K. 12–20—BARRETTJACKSON Scottsdale, AZ 16—WORLDWIDE AUCTIONEERS Scottsdale, AZ 36 16–20—RUSSO AND STEELE Scottsdale, AZ 17—BONHAMS Scottsdale, AZ 17–18—RM SOTHEBY’S Phoenix, AZ 18–19—GOODING & CO. Scottsdale, AZ 22–27—MECUM Las Vegas, NV 24—BONHAMS Las Vegas, NV 26—ACA King’s Lynn, U.K. FEBRUARY 2—PETERSEN Salem, OR 6—RM SOTHEBY’S Paris, FRA 7—BONHAMS Paris, FRA 8–10—ARTCURIAL Paris, FRA 8–10—G. POTTER KING Atlantic City, NJ 15–17—VICARI/DAVE RUPP Fort Lauderdale, FL 16—COYS London, U.K. 18—SHANNONS Melbourne, AUS 22–23—CARLISLE Lakeland, FL 22–23—LEAKE Oklahoma City, OK 22–24—MCCORMICK’S Palm Springs, CA 23–24—SILVERSTONE Stoneleigh Park, U.K. 26—BARONS Surrey, U.K. 28–MAR 3—GAA Greensboro, NC MARCH 2—DAN KRUSE CLASSICS Waco, TX 2—H&H Solihull, U.K. 4—SHANNONS Sydney, AUS 7—BONHAMS Amelia Island, FL 7–8—RUSSO AND STEELE Amelia Island, FL 8—GOODING & CO. Amelia Island, FL 8–9—HOLLYWOOD WHEELS Amelia Island, FL 9—MOTOSTALGIA Amelia Island, FL 9—RM SOTHEBY’S Amelia Island, FL Sports Car Market 9—SMITH Cape Girardeau, MO 14–16—MECUM Phoenix, AZ 22–24—EG AUCTIONS Red Deer, AB, CAN 20—H&H Duxford, U.K. 23—SOUTHERN CLASSIC Murfreesboro, TN 23–24—CCA Birmingham, U.K. 29–30—RM AUCTIONS Fort Lauderdale, FL Where: London, U.K. When: February 16 Web: www.coys.co.uk Shannons Where: Melbourne, AUS When: February 18 Web: www.shannons.com Carlisle Where: Lakeland, FL Barons Where: Surrey, U.K. When: February 26 Web: www.barons-auctions.com GAA Where: Greensboro, NC When: February 28–March 2 Web: www.gaaclassiccars.com Last year: 404/540 cars sold / $13.5m ♦ When: February 22–23 Web: www.carlisleauctions.com Leake Where: Oklahoma City, OK When: February 22–23 Web: www.leakecar.com Last year: 256/354 cars sold / $6.7m McCormick’s Where: Palm Springs, CA When: February 22–24 Web: www.classic-carauction.com Last year: 346/529 cars sold / $6.4m Silverstone Where: Stoneleigh Park, U.K. When: February 23–24 Web: www.silverstoneauctions.com Last year: 71/107 cars sold / $5m


Page 36

Concours and Events SCM Staff Send news and event listings to insideline@sportscarmarket.com Boca Raton Hits the Lucky 13 The 13th Annual Boca Raton Concours d’Elegance brings together 175 fine cars, Jay Leno and fantastic Florida sunshine. All this adds up to a fun, festive February 22–24. The weekend revs up with a hangar party at Atlantic Aviation at the Boca Raton Airport on February 22. Everyone dresses up on February 23 for the Concours Gala dinner, auction and show, which will include comedian — and ultimate car guy — Jay Leno. The Boca Raton Resort and Club in Florida opens the gates for the concours d’elegance at 9:30 a.m. February 25. This year’s concours celebrates Bentley. Robert Jepson of Savannah, GA, is collector of the year. Jay Leno and Publisher Martin will serve as Celebrity Judges. Proceeds go to the Boys and Girls Club of Broward County. General Concours admission is $100, and Gourmet-VIP admission is $150. www.bocaratonconcours.com (FL) Paris, SCM and Great Old Cars Rétromobile, one of the Assembling Cars For a Cause in Florida An array of amazing cars will decorate Lake Mary, FL, on February 9 for the 15th Annual Cars For The Cure. This daylong family festival at Colonial TownPark is free to the public. Proceeds benefit the American Lung Association in Central Florida. The weekend also includes a VIP reception on February 8. www.carsforthecure. com (FL) FEBRUARY CALENDAR 9 Concours in the Hills, Fountain Hills, AZ; www.concoursinthehills.org 2–3 University of VARA High-Performance Driving School, Buttonwillow Racetrack, Kern County, CA; www. vararacing.com 38 22–24 Race Retro, Stoneleigh Park, Coventry, U.K.; www.raceretro. com Sports Car Market world’s best car events, has the unbeatable combination of great cars on display in the City of Light from February 6 to 10. The Paris Expo Porte de Versailles Exhibition Centre is the host for more than 450 exhibitors, 500 cars and more than 100 automotive clubs. This is the 44th year of Rétromobile. This year, Publisher Keith Martin, Managing Editor Jim Pickering and Executive Editor Chester Allen will be at SCM’s Annual Rétromobile Reception at the Artcurial Stand from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on February 6. The reception includes a free Artcurial catalog, and Artcurial specialists will be on hand to talk about their offerings. Artcurial Motorcars’ auction runs from February 8 to 10 in Paris. RM Sotheby’s and Bonhams are also holding auctions off-site during the automotive week. en.retromobile. com (FRA) Bill Rothermel


Page 40

Sports Car Market EDITORIAL Publisher Keith Martin keith.martin@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 210 Executive Editor Chester Allen chester.allen@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 203 Art Director David Tomaro david.tomaro@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 202 Managing Editor Jim Pickering jim.pickering@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 208 Digital Media / Art Director Jeff Stites jeff.stites@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 221 Auction Editor Chad Tyson chad.tyson@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 207 Deputy Data Editor Chad Taylor chad.taylor@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 206 Editor at Large Donald Osborne Copy Editors Yael Abel, Dave Tomaro Senior Auction Analysts B. Mitchell Carlson, Carl Bomstead, Paul Hardiman (Europe) Auction Analysts Daniel Grunwald, Doug Schultz, Michael Leven, Cody Tayloe, Kevin Coakley, Adam Blumenthal, Joe Seminetta, Travis Shetler, Leo Van Hoorick, Jeremy Da Rosa, Pierre Hedary, Andy Staugaard, Mark Moskowitz, Gary West, Jon Georgiadis, Bill Cash, Pat Campion, John Boyle, Morgan Eldridge, Jeff Trepel, Larry Trepel, Daren Kloes, Brett Hatfield Contributing Editors Steve Ahlgrim (Ferrari), Gary Anderson (English), Robert Cumberford (Design), John Draneas (Legal), Prescott Kelly (Porsche), Thor Thorson (Race Cars) Contributors John Apen, Diane Brandon, Marshall Buck, Dale Novak, Miles Collier, Martin Emmison, Jay Harden, Paul Hardiman, Alex Hofberg, Ed Milich, Stephen Serio, John L. Stein, Bill Rothermel, Simon Kidston, Reid Trummel, Alexandra Martin-Banzer CORRESPONDENCE Email service@sportscarmarket.com Customer Support www.sportscarmarket.com/helpdesk Fax 503.253.2234 General P.O. Box 4797, Portland, OR 97208 FedEx/DHL/UPS 401 NE 19th Ave., Suite 100, Portland, OR 97232 Connect with SCM on DIGITAL AND BUSINESS Information Technology Brian Baker brian.baker@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 215 SEO Consultant Michael Cottam me@michaelcottam.com; 503.283.0177 Controller Cheryl Ann Cox cheryl.francisco@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 205 Strategic Planner Bill Woodard Executive Producer, SCM Television Roger Williams roger_williams@earthlink.net ADVERTISING Display Advertising Account Executives Darren Frank darren.frank@sportscarmarket.com; 877.219.2605 x 214 Cindy Meitle cindy.meitle@sportscarmarket.com; 877.219.2605 x 213 Advertising / Events Manager Erin Olson erin.olson@sportscarmarket.com; 877.219.2605 x 218 Advertising Coordinator Jessi Kramer jessi.kramer@sportscarmarket.com; 877.219.2605 x 216 Classified Advertising classifieds@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 217 SUBSCRIPTIONS AND CUSTOMER SERVICE Head of Subscriptions Susan L. Loeb susan.loeb@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 217 To order new subscriptions or for questions about current subscriptions 877.219.2605, x 1; service@sportscarmarket.com, fax 503.253.2234 M–F 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. PST @SportsCarMarket www.sportscarmarket.com The information in Sports Car Market magazine is compiled from a variety of reliable sources. However, we disclaim and deny any responsibility or liability for the timeliness, use, interpretation, accuracy, and completeness of the information presented. All material, data, formats and intellectual concepts in this issue © 2019 by Sports Car Market, Inc., Automotive Investor Media Group and Automotive Investor in this format and any other used by Sports Car Market magazine. Copyright registered with the United States copyright office. Canada Post Publication Agreement #41578525 PRINTED IN USA SCM Contributors PHILIP RICHTER, SCM Contributor, writes the weekly blog “Turtle Garage: Cars and Motorcycles with Stories.” He still owns the Honda 50 that sparked his love of nimble, motorized things. He collects vintage BMW motorcycles and German cars. He is treasurer of the United States Equestrian Team Foundation and president of Hollow Brook Wealth Management LLC, a New York City-based private investment firm. He also serves on several boards, including the Malcolm Pray Achievement Center, where he advises on the educational program and car collection. Please turn to p. 100 for his Next Gen Profile on a 1996 BMW 850 CSi. DAREN KLOES, SCM Auction Analyst, developed an interest in vintage cars early in life. He came by the affliction naturally after “helping” his dad restore a ’41 Cadillac convertible when he was just 10 years old. He bought and sold his first flipper — a 1966 T-bird — before he could drive. He proceeded to reinvest the proceeds from buying and selling muscle cars and 1950s American iron, until finally settling on English and German sports cars. Today, his day job is in commercial banking, but his alter ego is purely vintage cars. He remains an automotive historian and has written articles for print and online publications, including his own blog about investing in vintage cars. During the 1990s, he organized the former Port Gardner Bay Concours d’Elegance in Everett, WA, where he also resides. Check out his report on RM Sotheby’s Porsche 70th Anniversary Auction on p. 110. 42 DONALD OSBORNE, SCM Editor at Large and Columnist, lives for old cars, especially those of the odd European variety. He regularly attends major automotive events around the world and has been a longtime contributing editor and auction analyst for SCM. His writing on classic cars has also appeared in the New York Times, Hagerty’s Magazine, Art & Antiques, BusinessWeek Online and Road & Track. He appraises and consults on collector vehicles internationally through his company Automotive Valuation Services. He is a regular on the “Jay Leno’s Garage” television show on CNBC. Turn to p. 70 for “Unconventional Wisdom,” his monthly column for SCM. In addition, his Etceterini Profile on p. 92 looks at Bonhams’ sale of a very special 1954 Fiat 1100 TV sports saloon.


Page 42

You Write We Read All letters are subject to editing. Please address correspondence to SCM, P.O. Box 4797, Portland, OR 97208. Fax 503.253.2234, e-mail: youwrite@sportscarmarket.com When is the last time you saw a Bugatti, Lamborghini, Pagani, Koenigsegg or McLaren venturing out for a cross-country run through multiple time zones? Highway to Hell To the Editor: Keith Martin’s excellent commentary exploring the emerging Millennial enthusiasts and future Gen-X/Y/Next collectors (November 2018, “Shifting Gears,” p. 20) reflects many of my own observations of the changing landscape of auction lots and the criteria underlying the definition of a classic collector car, as well as the composition of fields forming the nucleus of the most prestigious concours d’elegance. The greatest distinction separating the cars of those of us who came of age in the 1950s, ‘60s and early ‘70s from the contemporary crop is that the cars of our youth and aspiration were derivatives of European roadracing circuits, the Monte Carlo Rally and countless hillclimbing and endurance competitions, but they also provided a daily — if occasionally temperamental — means of transportation. Our cars came with us as we journeyed halfway across the nation to college. They graced fraternity row. We drove off in them on our honeymoons, commuted to work, ran Saturday 44 morning errands and made the holiday run home in them. We welcomed the joy of finding the perfect apex within a sweeping curve and thrilling to overtaking far-more-powerful land yachts whose brake lights illuminated at the slightest hint of losing their back end. Whether the car was a sinuous Jaguar XK 120, E-type, Triumph TR3-A, Sunbeam Alpine/Tiger, Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spider, MGA/MGB, Austin-Healey 100/4/6/BJ8, Porsche 356 or any of a dozen other marques, they all were distinctive by their originality and design. Performance was a marriage of tuned suspension, engine and the coordinated skill of the driver seamlessly multi-tasking the operation of clutch, brake, accelerator, gearbox and controls in harmonious artistry. There were no cup holders, paddle shifts, electronic circuit boards, anti-lock braking systems, traction control, backup cameras and the countless myriad monitoring devices that isolate today’s driver from being one with the machine. The super- and hypercars dominating the automotive menu today are not intended to be raced — as Keith noted. In fact, with minor exceptions, few ever travel farther than the Sunday morning trek from their climate-controlled garages to Cars & Coffee parking lot venues. Professional detailers have replaced the bended-knee routine of the Saturday afternoons of our youth. The supercar’s real-world practicality is seriously limited. It is compromised by horsepower that has virtually no utility in mainstream traffic conditions. When is the last time you saw a Bugatti, Lamborghini, Pagani, Koenigsegg or McLaren venturing out for a cross-country run through multiple time zones? Will the growing fondness for horsepower sans provenance forever alter the criteria by which vehicles are invited to grace the lawns of the world’s most prestigious concours? Clearly, the production numbers of many contemporary supercars far exceed those halfcentury-old jewels in the crown that are commanding huge money at auction. The absence of exclusivity, as traditionally defined, combined with far more pedestrian provenance and a design brief that renders many indistinguishable from their competition unless one is close enough to spot the manufacturer’s logo positioned on the nose, cannot help but affect valuation. While the auction may be the most favorable platform to market the contemporary supercar, their increasing presence at juried concours undermines the integrity of such events inasmuch as most are simply used cars and not, in the conventional sense, eligible to be considered a classic collectible. While change is inevitable, organizers who include recently minted supercars in their concours are courting a slippery slope that may prove to be the end of the intrigue that drew us to them initially. — J. Christopher Gemmell, Knox, PA Get This Man an Anorak! To the Editor: I enjoy your magazine. You competently run the gamut on collectible sports cars, and that is not easy to do. In your December 2018 issue on pages 88–89, you list recent Sports Car Market Dave Tomaro


Page 44

You Write We Read Ad Index Aerovault ...................................................................167 AIG PC Global Services, Inc ....................................123 Alan Taylor Company, Inc ........................................147 Arkonik ........................................................................81 Artcurial .......................................................................43 Aston Martin of New England ..................................167 Authentic Motorcars ..................................................181 Auto Kennel ...............................................................179 Autodromo LLC ........................................................111 Autosport Designs Inc .................................................37 Avant Garde Collection .............................................165 Barrett-Jackson ...............................23, 24–25, 123, 143 Bennett Law Office ...................................................170 Beverly Hills Car Club ..............................................185 Blackhawk Museum ............................................. 52–53 Bonhams / UK ...........................................................4–5 BridgePoint Risk Management .................................123 Cars, Inc. ................................................................55, 57 Centerline Alfa Parts..................................................137 Champion Motors ......................................................187 Chantilly Arts & Elegance Richard Mille .................159 Chequered Flag International ....................................117 Classic Auto Mall ......................................................135 Classic Investments .............................................. 58–59 Classic Showcase.........................................................76 Collectors Car Garage ...............................................138 Copley Motorcars ..................................................10–11 D. L. George Coachworks ...........................................75 deGarmo Ltd., Classic Motorcars .............................179 Dobson Motorsport....................................................168 Dr. Beasley’s ..............................................................164 Driversource Houston LLC .................................. 26–27 Eaton Peabody ...........................................................124 EG Auctions .......................................................... 34–35 European Collectibles................................................121 Factory Five Racing ..................................................157 Fantasy Junction ................................................... 66–67 Ferrari Financial Services ..........................................103 Fourintune Garage Inc ...............................................177 Frank Dale & Stepsons ..............................................129 G. Potter King, Inc.................................................40-41 Gaswerks Garage .......................................................188 Gooding & Company ..................................... 14–15, 17 Greensboro Auto Auction ..........................................133 Grundy Insurance ........................................................91 GT Motor Cars LLC ..................................................183 Gullwing Motor Cars, Inc. ........................................183 Hamann Classic Cars, LLC .......................................109 Heacock Classic ..........................................................21 Heritage Classics .......................................................113 Hollywood Wheels Inc ......................................... 48–49 Huntingridge Motors Inc. ..........................................189 Hyman, LTD ................................................................22 Intercity Lines ..............................................................69 JC Taylor ....................................................................139 JJ Best Banc & Co .....................................................193 John R. Olson Inc. .......................................................83 Kevin Kay Restorations ............................................115 Kidston .........................................................................19 La Jolla Concours D’ Elegance .................................185 Leake Auction Company ...........................................145 Legendary Motorcar Company .................................171 LicensePlates.tv .........................................................120 Lory Lockwood .........................................................161 Lupo Motors ..............................................................131 Luxury Brokers International ......................................16 Luxury Lease Partners, LLC .......................................65 Macy’s Garage Ltd. ...................................................134 MBP Motorcars .........................................................195 McCollister’s Auto Transport ......................................71 McLaren Scottsdale .....................................................63 Mercedes-Benz Classic Center ...................................47 Mershon’s World of Cars ..........................................177 MetroVac .....................................................................51 Michael’s Motor Cars ................................................119 Miller’s Mercedes Parts, Inc .....................................164 Mohr Imports, Inc. .....................................................162 Motorcar Classics ......................................................149 Motorcar Gallery .......................................................171 New England Auto Auction ......................................155 Northwest European ..................................................173 Oregon Ballet Theatre ...............................................102 Palm Springs Exotic Car Auctions ..............................73 Paramount Automotive ..............................................153 Park Place LTD .............................30–31, 32–33, 34–35 Passport Transport .....................................................141 Paul Russell and Company........................................173 Prince Vintage, LTD. .................................................127 Putnam Leasing .........................................................208 QuickSilver Exhausts Ltd............................................77 Reliable Carriers ........................................................107 Restore A Tag, LLC ...................................................177 Richard F. Webb Fine Art ..........................................137 RM Sotheby’s ............................................................6–7 RMD bvba .................................................................169 Russo and Steele LLC .................................. 8–9, 12–13 SCM London & Goodwood Tour .............................189 Scott Grundfor Company ..........................................159 Sport and Specialty ....................................................187 Sports Car Market Anniversary Tour ........................172 Streetworks Exotics .....................................................72 Symbolic International ................................................29 The Classic Auto Show .............................................163 The Creative Workshop ...............................................61 The Stable, Ltd. .........................................................125 The Werk Shop ..........................................................184 Tony Labella Classic Cars .........................................138 Torque Classic Cars .....................................................45 Turtle Garage ...............................................................39 Vermont Barns ...........................................................169 Vintage Car Law ........................................................132 Vintage Motors of Sarasota .......................................148 Vintage Rallies ...........................................................165 Watchworks ...............................................................195 WeatherTech ..............................................................151 Welsh Enterprises, Inc. ..............................................181 West Coast Classics, LLC .........................................154 Wheeler Auctions ......................................................207 White Post Restorations ............................................187 Worldwide Group ......................................................2–3 46 It was interesting to see the 1990 Carrera Cup, on page 132, sell recently for $214k. They are great cars. I brought over #11 in 2000 and enjoyed it very much. Its current owner enjoys it as well. auction results for the 1971 Porsche 911S and review early 911 (1965–73) development — cars now increasingly referred to as “long-hoods.” Your cover is clad with “Playing the Long (Hood) Game.” There are a few additional important points about early 911 development to make: The lengthening of the wheelbase, by moving the rear wheelarches back a little in 1969, made a big difference in handling. In 1972, the cars began receiving a stronger “915” transmission that was also easier to shift, and Porsche used it through 1986. The engine displacement increases in 1970 and 1972 gave the 911 additional needed torque, enough that for 1972 the T was as fast in the quarter mile as the S had been in 1969, and Car and Driver noted it was “a lot less fussy about the way it’s driven.” The significance of the oil- filler door on the body in 1972 is not the door itself, but that moving the 10-quart oil tank from in back to in front of the rear wheels necessitated it. Bringing the weight forward gave the 1972 911 better balance than previous years. The 1989–90 redesign incor- porated this without needing the external oil-filler door. About engine wail — I have not heard an early 911 that does not have it, though it is affected by the muffler you choose. One quick sidelight: it was in- teresting to see the 1990 Carrera Cup, on page 132, sell recently for $214k. They are great cars. I brought over #11 in 2000 and enjoyed it very much. Its current owner enjoys it as well. Not surprisingly, when I had the opportunity to take a spirited drive in a European 964 RS Touring, great cars themselves, it seemed tame and not all that fast. But then street cars are indeed very different than racing cars, even if both are shod with street tires. — Brian Berninger, Sun Prairie, WI Friends With Elvas To the Editor: I read Thor Thorson’s article in the January 2019 SCM about the early Elvas (Race Profile, p. 82) with interest due to my association with a couple of Elva owners. It’s been 59–60 years, since the Mk I, but these are my memories of Elvas: The first was Bud Gaunt, a local Muncie, IN, jeweler, who purchased Chuck Dietrich’s Coventry Climax-powered Mk I or Mk I/B — I only knew it as a Mk I. I also knew Jon Clifton of Fort Wayne, IN, who had a collection of nearly every model but the Mk Is. According to Jon, the BRG Dietrich Mk I (or I/B) had disappeared in Chicago following Bud Gaunt’s ownership. I was privileged to meet Frank Nichols when he was a guest of Jon’s and being honored at the Mid-Ohio vintage races. I am curious if the collection you make mention of was the late Jon Clifton’s. — Charley Goddard, Muncie, IN Thor Thorson replies: Goddag, Charley, it is good to hear from you. There are quite a few old Elva folks still around. I recall the Clifton name, but I don’t think our old Mk I came from him. Ours was very early (number 6) and had the Elva head conversion on a Ford 100E block — not the Climax engine that most that made it to the U.S. had. Frank Nichols once visited us, and after he passed away, we scattered his ashes around Elkhart Lake using this Mk I. The collection was Bruce McCaw’s, based in Seattle (eastside, Bellevue), as am I. Cheers! ♦ Sports Car Market


Page 48

Scene and Be Seen Hilton Head Motoring Festival and Concours d’Elegance Carrol Jensen of the Classic Car Club of America steps in to help Brian White of Apex, NC, shine his 1915 Pierce-Arrow 38-C, which won a Best in Class award John and Susan Barrett of Athens, GA, head to the podium to pick up a class award in their 1952 Allard J2X This year’s Honored Collector, Paul Ianuario, with his grandson Logan in Paul’s 1912 Hudson “Mile-AMinute” speedster 50 Thomas Fitzgerald with his 1929 Ford Model A woodie station wagon, which won the People’s Choice Award Steve Beer of Caledon East, Ontario, Canada, pilots his 1937 Morgan Super Sport 3-Wheeler across the grounds Sports Car Market Photos by Keith Martin


Page 52

Time Pieces by Alex Hofberg A Watch Face on the Side of Your Wrist The Gruen Watch Company of Cincinnati, OH, earned its reputation as an excellent watch brand in the late 1800s through offering a wide array of pocket watches — and eventually, wristwatches. The watches were produced in Switzerland, and cased and timed at their U.S. headquarters. Most watch enthusiasts agree that Gruen’s longest-lasting contribution was introducing the word “Curvex” to the public. Akin in relevance to Cartier’s introduction of the “Tank Watch” description, which has generally come to define any rectangular watch, “Curvex” has come to do the same for any curved rectangular or tonneau-shaped time piece. What is less commonly known is that “Curvex” does not simply refer to the curved shape of the watchcase. It is also the trade name for the method of movement design that allows the movement itself to be curved by a clever modification of the gear-train layout, as shown in Gruen’s advertisement. As the movement curves, it can be larger, and fill the length of the case, allowing larger components. This adds to accuracy and makes repairs easier. Throughout the life cycle of the Curvex family of watches, Gruen introduced dozens of variations. They range from the typically sized (35 mm in length), gently curved watches to extremes at both ends of the spectrum. The Curvex Baron, for instance, had a case length in excess of 50 mm, which was enormous for the 1930s. The most-rare Curvex models are extremely curved. They were intended for the rapidly growing enthusiasm for driving and auto sports. This family of models, introduced in the late 1930s, was named “Ristside.” The name described a watch worn on the side of the wrist, rather than the top. This made checking the time while driving simple as a glance. The pictured watch is one of their first models — the Gruen Lord. These watches were curved to the extreme. Although they Neat Stuff by Jim Pickering A New Kind of Flare Breakdowns happen, and when they do, high visibility is key — especially when we’re talking about vintage cars with small taillights and small reflectors. Take control of the situation with a set of Smartflares. These LED batterypowered lights have several settings, shining in both red and white to help others see your stopped car in the dark or in the rain. They offer long life and are made with silicon-covered magnetic bases — set them on the ground or stick them to your bumper or roof. You can also use them as work lights — don’t try that with a road flare. $35.99 at www.smartflareproducts.com. 54 Classic Cool Nicer weather is just around the corner, but there’s still some time before the heat of summer kicks in. That makes this the perfect time to fit an a/c system to your classic — especially if any summer tours are on your list for 2019. Classic Auto Air offers complete a/c kits for Ford, GM, Mopar, Ferrari, Porsche, Jaguar, Mercedes, Triumph and MGB, alongside several universal solutions. These kits are model-specific, meaning they’ll actually fit your 912E, 308 GTB, or MGB GT, and they use all new modern-style internal components, so they’ll actually work. Prices vary by kit. Check them out at www.classicautoair.com. Sports Car Market did not garner tremendous enthusiasm, they must have been a great conversation starter at watch sales counters. The Gruen Lord was completely rigid in design and had to be worn on the edge of the wrist. However, another model in the Ristside series, known as the Gruen Fraternity, featured long-hinged lugs, which looked like feathered wings. This model allowed the watch to lie flat, let- ting the wearer decide whether to wear the watch on the edge of the wrist or on the top. The feathered design also added an interesting aesthetic that brings to mind the Art Deco period, which was very much in vogue during the 1930s. The extreme curve was such a departure from the traditional watch-case design of the time that few were sold. The cases proved difficult to open and close without damage, and they often do not snap back together well after service. Finding examples without case damage is rare. As these watches are rather Details scarce, original straps and bracelets are nearly impossible to find. Plan on having something custom made if you decide to invest in one. The Gruen Ristside watches did little to advance the watch industry — or even influence future watch design — but the outlandish concept and form continues to have a niche following. Excellent examples can be found north of $1,500. Production date: 1938 Best place to display one: Think of Erich von Stroheim in “Sunset Boulevard” wearing his Gruen while driving Gloria Swanson around town, not daring to rudely look at his watch. Ratings for modern version ( is best): Rarity: Durability: Parts/service availability: Cool factor:


Page 54

In Miniature by Marshall Buck Shortly before Ford introduced the pro- 1963 Mustang II Concept duction Mustang in 1964, they teased the public with the unveiling of the Mustang II at Watkins Glen Raceway. The model is no tease. It’s a fairly new piece from Automodello in their ONE24 line, and in more than one way, it is very refreshing to see. One my favorite scales is 1:24, which I prefer over 1:18, but choices are limited these days unless you are buying and building kits. Aside from an old and crude plastic kit, no one has produced a good scale model of this one-off concept car — until now. The overall impression of the model is great, and the packaging and presentation receive high marks as well. Stance, Model Details Production date: 2018 Quantity: 299 in White Standard Edition (shown), 50 in Red Tribute Edition at $349.95 SCM rating: ( is best) Overall quality: Authenticity: Overall value: Web: www.automodello.com fit, finish, paintwork and detail run from very good to excellent. The only two bothersome areas are with the shape of the lower front body, which is close — but not as exact as it should be — and that the gearshift is much too short. Maybe a few fine details here and there are amiss, but nothing really worth mentioning further. The rest of the model is that good. Speaking Volumes by Mark Wigginton Gentleman Heroes: YU 3250 — The First Blower Bentley and The Men Who Made It Happen by Giles Chapman, 248 pages, Speed Age, $145 (vintagemotorbooks.com) I’ll be honest: Books on a single chassis — however important the chassis — are rarely good. Sure, the motive might not be naked owner ego, but while you can make a case for the overwhelming need to write about one specific car, some excruciating past books have lowered the bar — not raised it. So before I even opened Gentleman Heroes, I was practicing my gag reflex. But I would like to apologize to YU 3250’s owner, William “Chip” Connor, as well as author Giles Chapman and deepin-the-details researcher Clare Hay. The book was delightful, and not at all what I expected. Gentleman Heroes IS focused on a single chassis, but it’s also a detailed look at the four “blower” Bentley team cars, the world they operated in and the men who designed and drove them to erratic success — on the track and in business. Invariably posh, well-heeled excitement seekers of the 1920s found racing a way to replace — or possibly erase — the memories of World War I, and the Bentley proved to be a successful choice. In the quest for more speed, the supercharger became the chic new accessory for the well-heeled young man at Brooklands or on the roads being used for racing around Europe. There were ultimately four factory “blower” Bentleys, and YU 3250 (known by the registration plate, not the chassis number) was the only longchassis car fitted with one of Amhert Villiers’ superchargers by Tim Birkin. The timeline near the front of the book is invaluable, as Chapman moves back and forth between cars, races and racers, but the backstories of the vari- 56 ous Bentley Boys, engineers and racers are the real meat of the story. Not inexpensive, the lap-sized book is much more than the story of one car, and its detailed story of the Bentley era is backed with an impressive collection of photographs and drawings — all supported with an elegant design. In this example of a single-chassis book, at least, the owner’s ego was caged. Instead, the unmistakable power — on the road and in our imagination — of the “blower” Bentley beast was released. Well done. Provenance: Clare Hay, who wrote his own book on the first Le Mans Bentley, is a noted marque expert, and his research and knowledge show through on every page. Fit and finish: Beautiful in design and printing throughout, Gentleman Heroes does a great service to the car. Unlike other singlechassis books, there are only a handful of new images (lovely studio shots by Michael Furman — who is interviewed in this issue). The rest of the photos are historic, making this book deliver much more than it promises — in words and images. Drivability: There were an awful lot of correct choices made by YU 3250 owner (maybe “current steward” would be more accurate) Chip Connor as he and his team embarked on this book. What they produced is an excellent, detailed and readable story of the Bentleys of the era — and a lovely surprise. ♦ Sports Car Market Details are extensive inside and out, with a healthy amount of perfectly fitted photo-etched metal and other chrome parts. There is an excellent two-tone interior — with carpeting! And the correct removable hard top fits perfectly. No Mustang enthusiast should be without one of these! Priced at $249.95. ♦


Page 58

Affordable Classic Fox-Body Mustangs Bringing Back Performance Using big hood stickers and snazzy body stripes to make boring cars look cool was becoming passé. The Fox-body Mustang was cool — and fast by Sam Stockham 1984 Ford Mustang SVO hatchback, sold for $6,156 this year at Twin Cities Auctions in St. Paul, MN A 1983 Ford Mustang GLX convertible, sold for $4,950 at Leake’s Dallas, TX, auction in 2017 man named Rob Van Winkle once sang, “Rollin’ in my five-point-oh, with my ragtop down so my hair can blow.” Although Vanilla Ice was a self-proclaimed lyrical poet, the pop song “Ice, Ice Baby” doesn’t quite reach the poetic depths of say, Bob Dylan. The irony is that Ice had so much product in that skunk-striped pompadour that there was no way that hair was blowing. What the song did do in 1990 was quickly showcase an all-white Mustang GT convertible that was Ice’s personal ride in the video. While the Mustang GT needed no introduction prior to that, it was just another example of a then-current Mustang establishing itself in popular culture and being a legend in its own time. Fast and cool The Fox-body Mustang continues to be a legend. The Fox Mustang was a clean design, with nice lines that never really went out of style. Even the ground effects on the GT are considered subtle by today’s standards. Okay, post-1987 GT cheese-grater taillights were always a little hokey. Want one? Sure you do. Low-mileage, well-maintained cars should be the focus of your search. Restoring one of these cars is not cost effective yet, and worn-out unibody cars will always rattle and shake. Good aftermarket sub-frame connectors do a lot to minimize chassis twist, but these cars were flexi-flyers — even with a roof. A little history Ford introduced the Fox Mustang in 1979, and that year saw the first 5.0-liter nomenclature on a Mustang, even though it was still the same old 302-ci V8. During the mid-1980s, Detroit was 60 desperate to inject any level of performance fun into its cars. The marketing efforts of big hood stickers and snazzy body stripes trying to make boring cars look cool were becoming passé. Automakers were realizing that technology needed to catch up with emissions regulations, and fuel injection was the answer that Ford needed to take the cars into the 21st century. The Fox-body Mustang was named for the internal designation of the Fox unibody platform that was already in production by the mid 1970s as the Ford Fairmont. From 1979 through 1993, these cars shook Detroit out of the dreary, bland cars of the Malaise Era. They’re still fun to drive, and good deals are out there. But you’ve got to know your dos and don’ts. What to do — and NOT do Here is a quick DO and DON’T list along the evolu- tionary timeline of the Fox Mustang. DO look at minty-fresh 1979 Pace cars. They came Details Years produced: 1979–93 Price when new: $16,000 for a 1993 5.0 GT hatchback Number produced: More than 2.6 million over the run Current price range: $4,000 to $25,000 Pros: Low cost, reliable, high-horsepower fun. Great parts availability, plenty of diversity in models Cons: The primitive unibody chassis design is rather flexible. The cars also have lots of plastic parts, which was typical of the 1980s. Best place to drive one: A modern-day cruise-in that still appreciates American muscle Worst place to drive one: Bonneville Salt Flats. They are not highly aerodynamic. Yikes! A typical owner is: Sick of his Honda minivan, giggles when he hears Vanilla Ice, and still has a cassette of “Appetite for Destruction” in both 5.0 and turbo 4-cylinder variants, and, on paper, made about the same power. DON’T fall for that. In reality, the 4-cylinder popped head gaskets even though the iron Pinto motor was tried and true. DO look to 1982 for the intro of the GT again in 5.0 HO (High Output) trim. DON’T look to the 255-ci V8 in 1980 and 1981. It was a de-bored 302, and as a CAFE compromise, only lasted two years, for good reason. DO look for the 1983 5.0 GT convertible. There were only a few of them made, as this was the first year the convertible came back into play. A one-year-only hood bulge identifies them. This was also the first year for the return of the 4-barrel carb. DON’T try to pretend any other motor, especially 6-cylinder Mustangs of this era, is worth having. DO look for the GT350 trim package in 1984. It didn’t do anything for performance and Shelby had nothing to Sports Car Market


Page 59

do with it, but they bring more money for the novelty factor alone. DON’T get the 4cylinder turbo. If you want the Turbo, get the SVO. DO pick up the 1986 SVO if you like turbos. It was a cool car and was trying to rival the Porsche 944 with a slight Euro flavor. Even though the SVO was available in 1984 and 1985, the 1986 flush headlights make the look complete and the model had a slightly higher horsepower rating, which enhances desirability. DON’T buy a Porsche 944 if you like Mustangs — and don’t buy a sketchy SVO. SVO-specific parts are tough to find. DO buy a fully loaded 1985 GT in a great color. This was the only year for roller- tappet lifters in the 5.0 and the 4-barrel factory Holley carburetor. Even though it was the last year for the carb, the end of an era is prominently displayed, and old-school carb Low-mileage, well-maintained cars should be the focus of your search. Restoring one of these cars is not cost effective yet, and worn-out unibody cars will always rattle and shake. guys love this 1985 car. DON’T look to the 1985 models using Central Fuel Injection. It was available only with the automatic transmission. It should be avoided. The carb is cooler. DO look for post-1987 cars for the facelift factor alone. DON’T buy the 1986 5.0. With the redesign happening in 1987, it makes no sense. Plus, the 1986 heads were more restrictive and dropped horsepower numbers versus the 1987-and-newer cars. DO look to special editions like the 1993 Cobra or any year Saleen. Surprisingly enough, the 1993 Cobra is the only Ford production Mustang ever to be built with parts from the Motorsport catalog to increase horsepower. There were a bunch of these cars made, and finding nice ones is not that hard. They do fetch a premium, and they will front-run appreciation. DON’T buy fake Saleens. They are worth less than a nice stock non-Saleen example with low miles. All Saleens are documented, so fake ones are easy to spot with a little homework DO look to post-1987 notchback (trunk, not hatchback) cars as well. These also bring a premium in factory 5.0 trim. DON’T buy a notchback GT. All notchback cars were 1984 Ford Mustang GT350 convertible, sold for $19,800 this year at Barrett-Jackson in Palm Beach, FL. The GT350 trim package carries a premium for its novelty factor LX trim from the factory. I have seen homemade conversions, and they look cool, but none had GT ground effects originally. DO an inspection of the chassis, and if there was ever any repair to the torque boxes where the rear-end lower control arm attaches, run from it. DON’T buy drag-raced cars. Racing will eventually rip the spot welds out of the torque boxes, and good cars are still out there. Fun to drive — and cheap parts! Even with the antique design of the Fox unibody, these cars are still tremendous fun and are usable anywhere. Parts are cheap and restoration bits flooded the market years ago, but buy the best car you can afford. Despite Vanilla Ice’s lyrical promises, bad cars are a problem even Vanilla Ice can’t solve. ♦ February 2019 61


Page 60

Collecting Thoughts RM Sotheby’s Porsche-Only Sale Porsche Rarities Bring Big Bucks in Atlanta I’ve heard of training chassis before — but not one you can tootle down to the local Cars & Coffee by Miles Collier 1956 Porsche 356A training chassis, sold for $112k R M Sotheby’s Porsche-only sale at the Porsche Experience Center in Atlanta on October 27, 2018, produced an interesting lineup of lots — and some equally interesting outcomes that we should discuss. Non-automobile lots produced noteworthy results as well. We need only consider the sale of the Carrera GT/GTL engine that brought a cool $300k all in, easily blowing by its $250k high estimate. This is big money for an engine — with obvious implications about the values of the cars it powers. What we don’t know about this engine is its backstory. Most SCM readers know that the 4-cylinder Carrera and Spyder engines, in addition to their diabolical helical-gear-driven valvetrain, also have roller-bearing crankshafts whose legendarily frequent and fabulously expensive failures leave the back half of the car a financial federal Superfund site whose economic toxicity keeps on giving for the years and years such a repair requires. Well, not so much. However, if we truly do fear the roller crank, there are 1,600-cc Carrera engines that are equipped with plain-bearing bottom ends, and our subject engine, P96037, is one of them. Based on its serial number, our engine is a 692/3A unit, built as a racing spare. The 692/3 and 692/3A are 1,600-cc plain-bearing engines used in 1960 and 1961 Carrera GTs and early in the Abarth-Carrera GTLs before those cars all went to 587 2-liter motors. I note that our subject engine was retrofitted with Weber 40 DCM/2 carburetors (the 692/3 356B GT Carrera setup) and has the distinctive camshaft flywheel weights that were an update for late Carrera and Spyder engines. The flywheels added mass to the valve gear — thereby eliminating a pesky flat spot in the power curve caused by a valve-spring harmonic. The corresponding weights on the exhaust cams are housed invisibly inside the exhaust cam covers. The engine has the correct Häussermann diaphragm clutch. The primary exhaust pipes, lower air channels and the sheet-metal components to seal the engine to the engine opening in the chassis are not shown but may well be (and should be) included. Without the roller-crank risk, buying this engine becomes much less chancy. Don’t get me wrong — buying any Porsche 4-cam engine, given its complexity and difficulty to get “on the button” — is risky without knowing both who the builder is and the engine’s operating history. Evidently, given the price paid, the buyer and the underbidder were both satisfied on this point. Why the big number? Clearly a GT or a GTL without a motor is a problem — several hundred thousand dollars’ worth. Correct 692/3A engines are rare; ready-to-run engines rarer still. Even a car with a junk motor good only as a “core” gives the owner a place to start. Our buyer paid all the money here, but if he needed the engine for an actual car, and he knows this engine’s antecedents, it’s a pricey but not outlandish deal. As a speculative investment, it’s too rich for my taste. The 1956 356A chassis The first automobile lot, the 1956 356A training chassis, is an amazing piece of Porsche history for the committed collector. It sold for $112k, including commissions. This piece may well be unique. I’ve heard of training chassis before 1960–61 Porsche 356B Carrera GT/GTL Type 692/3A Engine, no. 96037, sold for $300k 62 — but not one you can tootle down to the local Cars & Coffee. Prepare to be the king of the kids with this thing. For those with a mechanical bent, the ability to examine all elements of the early 356 Porsche — and in different evolutions from one side to the other, no less — is a remarkable Sports Car Market Tyler Breedwell ©2018, courtesy of RM Sotheby’s ©2018 Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s


Page 62

Collecting Thoughts RM Sotheby’s Porsche-Only Sale 1971 Porsche 914-6, sold for $145,600 addition to any automobile collection. You won’t see another anytime soon. This lot just goes to show that there’s a market for remarkable artifacts that engage the buyer’s imagination and fancy. Fairly bought. Those two 914-6 cars Let’s consider the two green 914-6s. As only 3,300 914-6s were produced for the 1969 through 1972 model years, price differences are normally independent of year and driven more by condition and options. The Willow Green ’71 car sold for an impressive $145,600, while the metallic green ’70 car sold for $95,200. The ’71 beat its high estimate by $20k, and the ’71 missed its high estimate by only $5k. These are both good numbers for the 914-6. The 1970 car’s auction performance is outstanding. What is noteworthy is that the lower result came from a very original car, albeit a bit scruffy, as would be expected. The 1971 car, by contrast, has been rodded and very nicely redone subtly hot cosmetically as well. The point here is that for cars like the 914-6, where there isn’t a demand for reference-quality museum pieces, the driving experience comes up trumps. A 914-6 with some extra power and handling added becomes a great Ryan Merrill ©2018, courtesy of RM Sotheby’s 1970 Porsche 914-6, sold for $95,200 1600 Super Speedster project car and the 1956 1600 Super Speedster preservation car. The project car sold for $307,500 — almost double its high estimate — while the no-stories preservation car sold for $494,500, half a tic below low estimate. What is it with rat Speedsters that makes people lose their minds? The preservation Speedster is a really nice, patinated, ready-to-use proposition, while the 1958 car, despite being numbers-matching, is just a pain in the fanny. When done, it will be a less-interesting car than the preservation one. There’s no big-time arbitrage available here. Restoring the project Lot 212, 1958 Porsche Speedster, sold for $280k car, despite appearing to have most of its bits, won’t leave a lot of change from $150k to $200k. You can buy nice, commodity-grade restored Speedsters all day for what will be invested in this car. See Lot 212, a 1958 Speedster with a Harry Pellow-built SC engine that sold for $20k less! Buy that one and you will have been driving on back roads, going on tours, and hanging with your PCA buds for two years while this problematic pile of patination (and rust) gets dragged back from the dead kicking and screaming. Unless there’s a map to the location of a diamond mine that comes driving experience. I would imagine that our ’71 stood out as a real performance bargain. Certainly, the prices reflect that perception. A tic less than $100k for the bog-stock ’70 is no bad showing either. 914-6s have been under the radar since forever, but given their potential for tweaking, they offer 911 RS performance potential at a fraction of the price. Both buyers should be happy with their very different cars. Two Super Speedsters Two other cars that offer an interesting pairing are the 1958 Porsche with the old carpet pieces, trim and junk, I’m not sure I see the sense of this — unless the buyer is a skilled metal man who’s looking for a five-year hobby on the side and can charge out his labor at $10 an hour. Clearly, hope springs eternal that restoring this car from its Fright Pig condition to “bespoke for the buyer” will be spiritually enriching and emotionally satisfying. I guarantee it will be financially draining. Personally, give me the preserved ’56 Super Speedster. I might 86 the badge bar, but it seems to be a nice old car ready to deliver many more happy miles of Speedster motoring. Go find another. Unbelievably well sold on the ’58 car. A fair deal to buyer and seller on the ’56 car. ♦ The preservation Speedster is a really nice, patinated, ready-to-use proposition, while the 1958 car, despite being numbers-matching, is just a pain in the fanny. When done, it will be a less-interesting car than the preservation one. 1958 Porsche 1600 Super Speedster project, sold for $307,500 64 1956 1600 Super Speedster preservation car, sold for $494,500 Sports Car Market Darin Schnabel ©2018, courtesy of RM Sotheby’s Erik Fuller ©2018, courtesy of RM Sotheby’s ©2018 Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s Theodore W. Pieper ©2018, RM Sotheby’s


Page 66

Legal Files John Draneas The Other Side of the Stolen Ferrari Case No legal action is pending, but the court of public opinion is now in session • Swiss authorities have recognized it as stolen. • The Connecticut State Police report concludes that it was stolen. However, with all due respect, none of those matters prove anything of the sort. Interpol and the Swiss authorities list the Ferrari as stolen because they received theft reports from Gerber. Based upon his version of the facts, they concluded that it appeared that the car was stolen, and listed it as such. However, that is not a final determination of anything. Although Weber insists that the police determinations should be taken as proof, the very lengthy (31 pages) Connecticut police report actually establishes nothing. Although the officer who wrote the report appears to have been convinced, its conclusion is simply that “probable cause” exists. That is a far cry from a legal determination of anything. We all know that being arrested or charged does not make you guilty Bernhard Friedli. They claimed that it was stolen in Spain in 1991. Friedli litigated the matter in Spain and lost, with the Spanish court deciding it was a civil business dispute and not a theft. Fast forward to this year, and Hallingby was victorious in his R Connecticut state court action regarding the ownership of the car. Undaunted, Gerber seems to have embarked on a campaign to tell the world that he still owns “his” Ferrari. The other side The article drew a quick response from a Barbara Kahn, telling us that we needed to hear Gerber’s side of the story. Our invitation in response resulted in an email contact from Oliver Weber, Gerber’s Swiss attorney. After some cat-and-mouse negotiations regarding which parts of the “story” would be reported, all with a desire to be sure that only “accurate” renditions of the facts were published, we eventually received a large volume of information “documenting” that the Ferrari had truly been stolen, but not so much on the actual legal issues. A thief is not an owner “Legal Files” has often stated that a thief does not acquire title and cannot pass good title to a third-party purchaser. But that rule is not absolute. For example, if the rightful owner takes too long to assert his rights to recover possession of the car, he may never be able to do so. In such a case, the thief never had good title to the car, but since the rightful owner is legally incapable of recovering the car, the current possessor essentially becomes the legal owner of the car. Another important distinction is that the loss of a car in a botched business deal is not necessarily a theft. A theft is a criminal taking of the car. A failed business deal — say, where the purchaser is given the car but never pays for it — is not a theft. In such a case, the buyer becomes the owner and the seller is left with only a legal claim for damages. Was the Ferrari stolen? Weber points to several things as “proof” that the Ferrari was stolen: • Interpol listed the car as stolen — and continues to do so. 68 ecently, “Legal Files” wrote about the end — or perhaps temporary cessation — of the litigation involving Barney Hallingby’s 1957 Ferrari 250 GT (October 2018, p. 50). The Ferrari was once the property of Andreas Gerber and — that is for a court to decide afterward. Further, the police report would not even be admissible as evidence in any subsequent litigation, as it is technically all hearsay and opinion. Connecticut did not bring criminal charges against Hallingby, con- cluding that this needed to be sorted out in a civil action. Weber claims they simply lacked the resources to prosecute. That may or may not be the case, but either way, we still lack any sort of final determination here. The Spanish judgments Friedli brought legal action in Spain to recover the Ferrari and lost. The Spanish court ruled that there was no criminal theft, but rather it was a botched business deal. No appeal was taken, and no one has brought any legal challenge to the validity of those judgments. Why is Gerber not bound by those judgments? Weber makes inconsistent statements about the nature of the rela- tionship between Gerber and Friedli. At one point, he stated they are equal co-owners. At another point, he described them as partners — and produced a partnership agreement. If they were co-owners and not partners, Friedli would have lost his interest in the Ferrari, but Gerber might still be able to claim 50% ownership. If they were partners, then Friedli’s legal actions would have been taken on behalf of the partnership, and Gerber would be bound by the result. That is, he would be under U.S. law and likely the law of most European countries. Corrupt Spanish courts Weber attacks the Spanish judgments on the basis that it has been well documented that the Spanish courts were highly corrupt during the 1990s and controlled by the Spanish mafia. He produces a number of news articles about it, and points to two of the judges having been convicted of corruption crimes. But does that mean that every decision rendered by the Spanish courts during that time is void? Law typically distinguishes between things that are void and those that are voidable. A voidable judgment stands until it is successfully challenged and voided. The person challenging it is usually required to do so within a certain time, and would lose the ability to challenge it when that time passes. The length of time allowed would likely be determined under Spanish law, although another country might allow a challenge at another time if the judgment is sought to be enforced in the other country. Gerber has gone almost 30 years without any attempt to challenge Sports Car Market


Page 67

the Spanish judgments in any country, so there are serious questions whether he can still do that. The Connecticut litigation The Connecticut state court declared that Hallingby, not Gerber, is the rightful owner of the Ferrari. Weber dismissed this out of hand, claiming that the Connecticut court had no jurisdiction over Gerber and the judgment is therefore ineffective. Weber stated that it is well settled under the Den Hague Convention and international law that a person can appear in a court in order to challenge its jurisdiction without subjecting himself to the court’s supervision. Hallingby’s attorney, Lawrence Treece, generally agrees with that, but he claims that Gerber went beyond a jurisdictional challenge and partially defended the case, which voluntarily created jurisdiction. Weber seems to have missed that point, and he insisted that the jurisdictional challenge was all that occurred. Interestingly, Weber was not there when it happened. He did ini- tially appear on behalf of Gerber, but his submissions were rejected because he is not licensed to practice law in the United States — let alone Connecticut. Afterwards, Gerber appeared on his own behalf with his own filings, apparently copying Weber’s. My impression is that Weber does not recognize that what may be permissible in European courts is not necessarily where the line will be drawn in Connecticut — which is where it counts. The Swiss litigation Gerber has filed suit against Hallingby in Switzerland, seeking to establish ownership of the Ferrari. He can’t make Hallingby appear there, and Hallingby won’t. Weber tried to goad Hallingby into doing that, asking why he won’t go there and sort things out if he really wants to reach the truth. Of course, one could say the exact same thing about Gerber — he was even present in Connecticut court, so why didn’t he resolve everything there? What next? Weber claimed that there is some sort of stalemate — the Spanish and Connecticut judgments are invalid, and neither party is going to go to the other’s turf to settle the issues once and for all. He claimed that Gerber wants to litigate the theft issues, but it seems he only wants to do that on his home court, Switzerland, his most hospitable jurisdiction. However, that court has the weakest connection to the Ferrari. The Ferrari disappeared in Spain, and it is currently located in Connecticut. Both those jurisdictions have better connections to the case than Switzerland, which is simply Gerber’s home. In addition, presenting legally admissible evidence to establish that a theft occurred almost 30 years ago could be a difficult endeavor. A lot of time has passed, necessary witnesses may now be unavailable, and those witnesses that are available may have foggy memories. When asked what Gerber plans to do to recover the Ferrari, Weber stated that he will simply wait for the Ferrari to leave the U.S. and then try to seize it. In the meantime, he is going to “inform the Ferrari community” all about the “real facts,” in an apparent guerrilla war effort to deter potential buyers of the Ferrari. So this seems to be the ongoing situation. Gerber and Weber will do their best to try the case in the court of public opinion. Hallingby owns the car under U.S. law, and he can pass good title if it stays in the U.S. If the Ferrari leaves the U.S., ownership could depend on whether Weber or Treece has the better legal analysis. ♦ 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. February 2019 69


Page 68

Unconventional Wisdom Donald Osborne Knowledge is Power Finding — and reading — well-sourced information is key to navigating the collector-car market Most useful to me, however, are the global market overview charts and graphs I mentioned earlier. With most going back to 1993–94 — the first season covered by the Yearbooks — they give a quick, clear and well-composed visual guide to where the market has been. The Yearbook runs its market “year” from September of one year to August of the next. This allows the inclusion of the U.S. mega-markets of Arizona and Monterey to be tracked and analyzed in a publication that is released in October. In this way, the reader has time to absorb and make decisions before the January markets come around. Trends can be spotted with any such graphic presentation, but for me, the juxtaposition of currencies and markets gives the reader an opportunity to further define what those trends mean for their home market — and the vehicles that appeal most to them. Outliers can have a huge impact The auction market, whether for collector cars or contemporary art, Raffaele Gazzi and Adolfo Orsi present an award to Augustin Sabatié-Garat of RM Sotheby’s Europe for the highest auction sale of the 2017–18 season E veryone who holds this magazine in his or her hands is, as I am, a friend of Sir Francis Bacon. It is because something he wrote more than 420 years ago is as true today as it was then, perhaps more so: “Knowledge itself is power.” Knowledge comes from the accumulation of reli- able information, and we hope you get some of yours from Sports Car Market. In an age when information is everywhere, with instant results available in almost real time and opinion sometimes available just as quickly, it is more important than ever before to find and carefully absorb well-reasoned, considered and reliable sources of information that help to educate us as we navigate the classic-car market. An online search titled “best market to sell Ferrari 250 GT” resulted in 617,000 results in 0.55 seconds. Even more dramatic was a search of “direction of the classic car auction market.” Here, the search engine spat back 9,130,000 results in 0.73 seconds. Doubtless, some of those thousands or millions of is a notoriously difficult one in which to track trends solely on the basis of sales numbers. A market which, in the Yearbook’s September 2017 to August 2018 period, reached $1.2 billion included just two individual lots that realized $70.4 million of that total — almost 6%. That $70.4 million — from RM Sotheby’s Ferrari 250 GTO at Monterey and Gooding & Company’s Duesenberg SSJ at Pebble Beach — cannot be replicated in 2018–19. That’s not to say that two other amazing vehicles might not present themselves in the next year, but it’s looking at the movement below that gives the real hints. The U.S. collector-car market is huge One thing that remains crystal clear is that the auc- tions held in the U.S. are the cornerstone of the trade. The numbers show that 64% of the world total came from sales held in the U.S. From 2003 to ’04, when the United States represented 51% of the global total, with the exceptions of a high of 74% in 2005–06 and a drop to 53% in 2007–08, it has held in the mid-60% range in a steadily increasing market. Other obvious notes include Ferrari’s status as the results might actually be helpful or useful in obtaining information that could lead to knowledge about what is going on in the market — and allow us to make better, more-informed decisions on what to buy or sell, where and when. The Classic Car Auction Yearbook There are, of course, many sources of great information and analysis — besides Sports Car Market and the Hagerty Valuation Tools. Indices such as the K500 and the HAGI Index can be handy when searching for transactional data points. One of the more valuable arrows in my quiver is the comprehensive set of graphs, charts and analytical commentary found in the Historica Selecta Classic Car Auction Yearbook, edited and published annually by Adolfo Orsi and Raffaele Gazzi. The Yearbook has become nearly indispensable in my appraisal work for its international auction results — with side-by-side listings of the British pound, U.S. dollar and euro prices. The results also have a short excerpt describing the car, which allows the reader to better place the sale into a context of condition and history. 70 www.classiccarauctionyearbook. com/en. The Yearbook is available for $79 on Amazon.com largest contributor to the total turnover, with 28% of sales. In addition, cars built from 1946 to ’64 remain the heart of the market with almost 77% of the total dollar value. What may be a bit surprising is to see that while a great deal of attention has been given to shifting trends towards newer cars at auction, 1931–45 cars represented 11.2% of the total, not terribly much less than the 15.9% of the 2000–present models. Inside those numbers, however, was a really interesting one, which I believe reflects the buyer’s market trend to making purchase decisions based on fundamental attributes of value. Yes, here I go again. While fewer cars of what we call the “classic” period were offered, they were better cars. The sell-through of older cars was 80.81% versus the 65.35% of the contemporary cars. Keep in mind that the raw numbers can be skewed by what hap- pens to be on offer in the tent. If there is a sea of late-model Porsches, Ferraris and Bugattis (VW), more of them will remain unsold than the comparable large lake of Duesenbergs, Packards, and Bugattis (EB). So, rather than wade through the morass of the search-engine swamp, a few hours cuddled up with the charts, graphs and commentary of the Classic Car Auction Yearbook would better assist me in deciding what I’m seeing most clearly in the market and where I might go to buy — or sell — “my” Ferrari 250. Thank you once again, Sir Francis. ♦ Sports Car Market


Page 72

Drivers Ed Paul Hageman Going Back to the Start We’re seeing the beginning of an era in which relatively new collectors are gravitating toward older cars I n my line of work, the market is the driving force in what I do each day. Certainly I have some control, and a choice, but my interest in cars is broad and therefore my willingness to deal in more contem- porary cars is just a sign of the times. But during these past couple of months, pre-war cars have very much influenced my work — and it’s been a very welcome change. I’ve written before that the market, particularly for 1970s to 1990s collector cars, had some serious catching up to do, and that the last decade or so in the market has been bolstered — maybe even driven — by that upswing. Today’s more conservative ap- proach has forced a reset. Still, I get the sense we’ve been looking in the wrong direction. Supercars and limited-production variants of contemporary sports cars, for example, seemed to defy the tempered market performance that had defined the past couple of years. I didn’t quite understand it — until now (I think?). When collector-car values were on a steep upward trajectory, we (collectors, dealers, auction houses and so on) were jumping to find the next hot item. And as cars of the 1990s and 2000s were being vacuumed up, others were racing to the dealership to put their name down for the next “future collectible” (a term I really dislike). There just wasn’t anywhere else to look, right? That said, there was never any What did a car mean in its time? Time makes context difficult. When we look at a Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost, we see a more-than-100-year-old automobile, and it shows. But we have to think of it from a period-correct perspective. In its day, the Silver Ghost was arguably the finest automobile produced. Around, say, 1914, an automobile was still somewhat of an oddity — we easily forget this is well before running water, electricity and the telephone had made their way into most homes. In that era, a Silver Ghost was kind of like the Lunar Lander of 1969 or the personal computer in the 1970s. Just think — at one point Fiat and Peugeot made some of the finest and mostadvanced competition cars of the time. Bugatti and Bentley didn’t have “brand value” the way they do today. And Alfa Romeo made perhaps the greatest pre-war sports car in the 8C, yet mass-produced passenger cars have dominated their postwar existence. When I comb through my library — and the pages of period photographs — I get genuinely excited about how impressive these pre-war cars were — and still are. A former colleague at Gooding & Company used to point out that cars always look better in old photos, and I completely agree. It may just be the black and white (or Kodachrome), but period photographs do help to put things into perspective. Some things don’t change I can’t help but think of the old Dalton My office is full of things that remind me why I love pre-war cars, but it’s the Lartigue photographs that, to me, epitomize automobiles guarantee Ferrari or Porsche’s next hot thing was going to be an amazing car just because production was “limited.” So why are we still hoping to discover something new? Finding the future in the past My theory suggests it’s time to rediscover something old, and pre-war automobiles may be that perfect focal point. Not to say they haven’t appreciated greatly in recent years — the best cars of the era have reached valuations that put them well out of reach for 99.9% of us — but the value relative to more contemporary collectibles is key. In 2018 we saw world records achieved when a Ferrari 250 GTO sold privately and a Duesenberg SSJ sold at public auction. And I realize it’s not this simple, but the GTO (one of 36) sold for over three times the price of the SSJ (one of two). Both are legendary in their own right, but perspective makes the Duesenberg much better value. What I’ve gleaned over the years is that people’s biggest challenge in understanding collectibles is context. Of late, value — rather than the cars’ original qualities — has played too large a role in understanding the collectibility of automobiles. In nearly 150 years of automobile production, there’s a lot to dif- ferentiate. Perhaps the pre-war/post-war distinctions themselves are too broad and old-fashioned. 74 Watson automotive series — one book in particular comes to mind, Private Motor Car Collections of Great Britain. It’s as old fashioned as it sounds, but the collec- tions it highlights are composed of the same great cars we see in today’s best collections. Maybe fashions have changed or the odd car has fallen out of favor, but the majority of it still rings true. The fact that I read those books, however, is why I’m unique for my age. What’s different today is the way we learn about cars. We see trends through Instagram or other social media. We attend different types of car events. I wonder if today’s collector-car experience can offer the same edu- cation. Younger collectors are finding older cars The past several years have been interesting in that long-term col- lectors have been pulled forward, toward more-modern cars, while younger collectors have naturally been moving in the other direction. My instincts say that we’re only just seeing the beginning of an era in which these countless newcomers continue to gravitate toward older cars. As they say, there is no substitute for experience. And I do believe experience in this hobby deepens one’s appreciation for earlier and earlier cars. I’d like to think my recent business with pre-war cars is a prelude of things to come. ♦ Sports Car Market


Page 76

Feature The SCM Interview / Michael Furman Shedding Light on a Love of Classic Cars Photographer Michael Furman uses massive single-source light and a passion for telling stories to capture his subjects aglow by Chester Allen who is 65, “but act like I’m 12,” created Coachbuilt Press, and he is now a noted writer, publisher and lecturer. Furman is a treasure in the collector-car world, and he’s this month’s SCM Interview. C graphs, and your own books, mostly recently Automotive Jewelry, are treasured parts of every automotive library. How did you get It seems like almost every significant car book has your photo- started on this path? I first got into photography as a studio still-life photographer. I started young and was pretty successful from the start. After about 10 years, I thought to specialize in one area of photography, that being automobiles. Because of my background and experience in the studio, I leaned toward that specialty versus location work. In the early 1990s, I went to a few concours events and became enamored with significant and unusual cars. I started targeting assignments featuring these great cars. In the late 1990s, the advertising work was changing rapidly — mostly in ways that I did not agree with — so I thought I should try to do a book. My first book was published about 15 years ago, and when I felt the publishers were not doing justice to the automotive content, I decided to go into the publishing business. There have been almost two dozen books and countless wonderful experiences, but I don’t recommend my approach if you want a steady income and a stable home life! How do you capture this feeling? The main reason is that we do not normally airbrush our cars, but instead construct the final image out of good pieces. Our process is a positive one, always adding things to make the images better, whereas many photographers spend their time removing the negative things that they did not properly control. Do you shoot with film or with digital cameras — and why? For a number of years, I consulted with both Kodak and Agfa about digital capture and how it related to shooting cars. But in 2001, I was shooting with film on assignment in Detroit, and the studio I was renting suggested that I try this new digital capture 78 The cars in your photographs glow, but they also appear real. hances are good that you’ve opened a book about cars and immediately fallen under the spell of Michael Furman’s glowing photographs. For more than 35 years, Furman’s car images have caught our eyes in a stunning collection of books, starting with Motorcars of the Classic Era. Furman, from a Danish manufacturer. I tried it, and it answered all of my prayers. I have not shot film since. I’m asked all of the time if I miss film. The short answer, the medium answer and the long answer are all NO. Digital capture is higher image quality, much more efficient to use and saves money — the Holy Hat Trick! What are your favorite camera/lens setups? My favorite equipment revolves around the Phase One Digital Back. I am using my fourth-generation back since I started with them in 2001. I also use their camera, the XF, and their highest-level Schneider lenses. The quality is extraordinary. I normally shoot with longer lenses to minimize wide-angle distortion. I am a stickler for accuracy, and the importance of the cars demands that I properly present the cars to my audience. lighting setup. It looks like you have created a massive rig that bathes the car in light Your website shows us glimpses of your from all angles. How did this come about? The quality of light has always been the most im- portant aspect of photography for me. The giant light bank works on the same principals as the smaller lights that I used when I was shooting smaller still life in the studio. Everything from Apple Computers to beautiful Campagnolo bike parts to ice cream were all shot using an appropriate-sized soft light to, as you say, “bathe” them in this wonderful quality. In my lighting style I try to replicate the beautiful light that happens very early in the morning and late in the evening. As there is only one sun, I generally use only one light. You would be surprised how many photographers instead use a number of different light sources. I can assure you that it is difficult enough to control one light, let alone three or four coming from different directions. Sports Car Market


Page 77

Why? When I was shooting smaller subjects I always preferred my studio. Now that we shoot cars and other large vehicles (trucks, helicopters, construction equipment) we need studio space that will accommodate them. Additionally, the vehicles are located all over North America, and our equipment is portable enough to travel to where the vehicles are located. yourself, what is it about cars that appeals to you? Cars are appealing on so many levels. When I first started shooting them, it was the extraordinary shapes and how the light accentuated them. But as I have gotten into writing and publishing, I find that the stories of the cars are what makes them so fascinating. When I shoot the car, it’s not just about properly lighting it. Rather, my job is to express the car’s story, bring out its personality. And that all comes back to the people who designed and built the car, the larger social context in which it was conceived and the stories of the owners and racers who gave the cars their palmarés. Do you have a favorite car or style of car to photograph? I’m pretty easy when it comes to liking cars — I seem to fall in love with most of them. But if I had to pick one slice that best captures my attention, it would be the coachbuilt cars of pre-war Europe. The designs were so unified and bold, especially considering the world had just been through the Great War and the Great Depression and was on the verge of the Second World War. To think that people could create such masterpieces under such difficult circum- stances is a testament to man’s desire to create. This was borne out in the famous quote by Winston Churchill when asked about cutting funding to the arts to support the war effort: “Then what are we fighting for?” Do you collect cars? If so, what kind — and which is your favorite? I’ve only had one collector car, and I sold it to start Coachbuilt Press. Like with most collectors, it’s too painful to talk about. So now I consider every car that I photograph part of my collection, and I have the greatest collection in the world. What was your most challenging project? Each project presents its own challenges, but those challenges are not usually photographic in nature. Instead, logistical issues, economics and deadlines occupy the most sleepless nights. I’m not sure that shooting helicopters in the studio would be appropriate to mention, but they were so big that we had to shoot them in pieces, moving our light 18 times to get one complete helicopter shot. I think we proved why you never see them shot in the studio. Automotive Jewelry seems like a slight departure from your usual work, as it seems you switched from shooting large shapes to small shapes. Do you plan any other photographic adventures? Actually, the Automotive Jewelry series is more in keeping with the early years in my career. The photographic concepts are exactly the same: simple lighting and allow the subject to tell its own story. I must say that it’s much easier to shoot an object that is six inches tall and within arm’s reach, rather than a 1938 Coca-Cola truck that is 100 feet away. We have quite a number of ideas on our list. Every time we complete one project, another two or three are added to the list. I could live 10 lifetimes and never accomplish all that I would like to do. Every now and then, we at SCM get a call or email from a Michael Furman fan, and many of them want to know if you sell prints of your work. I am very excited when someone wants to buy a print, and that’s one of the reward- ing aspects of our work. We put a lot of effort into every shot, and there are people out there who recognize that we love the cars as much as they do. I am honored when someone tells me that my work is hanging in that most sacred place — the garage. I prefer that to the living room or the dining room. We have done a number of museum exhibitions in the U.S., Canada, France and China. My work is also featured at the Winfield Gallery in Carmel, California, and the Patina Gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico. phy? What keeps your creative juices flowing? I have been very fortunate to be able to do what I do. As a photographer, I am trained to see things that other people might overlook, so it always motivates me when I get to share my vision with the audience. Every time someone’s eyes light up because they see something that they didn’t realize was there, my purpose has been validated. February 2019 Can you imagine doing something else with your life or photogra- “I am honored when someone tells me that my work is hanging in that most sacred place — the garage. I prefer that to the living room or the dining room” And it’s a feeling that pushes me forward to find new visions to share. I very much enjoy the speaking engagements and lectures that allow me to directly interact with people all over the world. I find that I learn so much from these encounters. car, what would be your chosen subject or If you couldn’t photograph another subjects? As I have never photographed a female nude, I am tempted to say that. But I must say that I am fascinated by most things, and if I were left in a room with my camera and a light, I’m sure I’d find something that would challenge me. What advice would you give to someone who wants to take a few nice photos of a car — aside from hiring you.... 1. Don’t stand too close to the car. 2. Be aware of everything (including yourself) that’s reflecting in the car. 3. Simplify everything that you see in the shot — you are responsible for everything that your viewer will see. 4. Most importantly, have fun doing it. car year? It used to be Friday afternoon sitting with Denise McCluggage at The Quail. Our work hung together and there were many times during the day when I had her all to myself. What a treasure she was — it’s a shame she is no longer with us. For more information on Michael Furman’s many books and photographs, visit www.michaelfurman. com. ♦ 79 What is your favorite day in the collectorYou accurately portray many cars as works of art. As an artist Do you prefer to shoot in your own studio or at different sites?


Page 78

Feature 2018 Hilton Head Concours From Humble Start to World Class The Hilton Head lsland Concours d’Elegance and Motoring Festival rose from humble beginnings to the pinnacle of classic-car shows Story and photos by Bill Rothermel Scott and Fran Hughes’ 1974 Turbo was tops in the BMW 2002 50th Anniversary Class Biggest winner: Best in Show, Best in Class Classics 1930–35, and Best Rolling Art Award went to the 1931 Stutz DV32 Convertible Victoria by LeBaron, from the collection of Judge Joseph and Margie Cassini K udos to those in charge at the Hilton Head Island Concours d’Elegance and Motoring Festival for another stellar event on November 2–4. This was the 17th year for Hilton Head — and it was a far cry from its earliest days amid the dirt and grass lot of the Honey Horn Plantation. This year, three fairways at the lush Port Royal Golf Club hosted this now-first- class concours held in the resort town of Hilton Head Island, SC. Festivities actually began a week earlier — on October 26–28 — with the Savannah Speed Classic for vintage racers on Hutchinson Island across the river from nearby Savannah. Friday offered the Flights and Fancy Aeroport Gala featuring vintage aircraft. Saturday brought the massive Car Club Showcase for regional clubs. This year, the Grand Classic of the Florida Region CCCA was part of the Car Club Showcase. Concours President Carolyn Vanagel thanked more than 400 volunteers, 500 ex- hibitors, 120 racers, 73 judges, and 40 sponsors who participated in the weeklong celebration. Winners This year, special classes highlighted the 50th birth- day of the BMW 2002, 40th birthday of the BMW M1 supercar, 70 years of Porsche, and Life Along the Orient Express — an homage to the 1920s and 1930s. Frenchcar collectors Peter and Merle Mullin were honored with the Pinnacle Award. Honorary judge Paul Ianuario was recognized as this year’s Honored Collector. The Mullins and Ianuario displayed cars from their respective collections. Best in Show, Best in Class Classics 1930–35, and Best Rolling Art Award were all deservedly presented to the absolutely stunning 1931 Stutz DV32 Convertible Victoria by LeBaron from the collection of Judge Joseph and Margie Cassini. No strangers to receiving top honors, the Cassinis were Hilton Head Island Best in Show winners in 2015. 80 Details Plan ahead: The next Hilton Head Island Concours d’Elegance and Motoring Festival is scheduled for October 25 through November 3, 2019. Where: The Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa in Savannah, GA, and the Port Royal Golf Club in Hilton Head Island, SC Admission: Various ticket prices and packages are available. Check the website for details. Web: www.hhiconcours.com Continued on p. 82 Sports Car Market Best Most Significant Porsche and Best in Class: 1952 Porsche Type 540 Aluminum Sport Roadster from the Ingram Collection in Class Sports Cars International and Best Road and Track honors went to Jeff Files’ largely original 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL. John Landstrom received the Best Motorcycle Award for his 1928 BMW R63, while Thomas and Donna Fitzgerald’s 1929 Ford Model A woodie station wagon and trailer took home the People’s Choice Award. Cadillacs, while not the featured marque, were regu- lars in the winner’s circle. Rick and Elaine Schmidt’s 1963 Series 62 coupe was the recipient of the FIVA Award for Most Outstanding Original Vehicle and Best in Class Preservation Cars to 1965. John Peters’ 1968 Fleetwood Eldorado received Best in Class Production Modern 1959–73. Skip Tetz’s massive 1937 Cadillac Series 90 V16 Limousine by Fleetwood took Best in Class Classics 1936–48. Finally, Vernon Smith’s 1957 Cadillac Eldorado Brougham was awarded top honors in Production Modern 1950–58. Among the BMW 2002 50th Anniversary Class, Scott and Fran Hughes’ 1974 2002 Turbo was victorious. Mike and Shay Ura’s 1974 2002 tii Lux took home Outstanding BMW honors. Top M1 honors went to Nelson Calle’s silver 1980 coupe. Bob Jepson’s gorgeous 1938 Delahaye 135 MS coupe by Figoni et Falaschi received the top award in Honored Marque — Life Along the Orient Express — Classic Era — 1935–47.


Page 80

Feature 2018 Hilton Head Concours Continued from p. 80 Jim and Stacey Weddle’s one-off 1965 Sunbeam Tiger Mk I was Best in Class among Sunbeam Tigers. The Ingram Collection’s 1952 Porsche Type 540 Aluminum Sport Roadster Best in Class among Sunbeam Tigers was Jim and Stacey Weddle’s one-off 1965 Tiger Mk I received Most Significant Porsche and Best in Class awards in the 70th Anniversary Porsche category. Peter Boyle’s one-off 1959 OSCA Sport Coupe concept won Best in Class in Honored Marque — Life Along the Orient Express — Avant Garde 1938–58. Concours Chairman Merry Harlacher noted that 206 cars were included in Sunday’s judged concours, with 107 awards presented. Publisher Martin served as master of ceremonies on Saturday and Sunday. He also moderated Saturday’s collector-car seminar. For more details and a list of winners, go to www.hhiconcours. com. ♦ Best in Class Honored Marque — Life Along the Orient Express — Avant Garde 1938–58: Peter Boyle’s one-off 1959 OSCA Sport Coupe People’s Choice Award: 1929 Ford Model A Station Wagon and trailer owned by Thomas and Donna Fitzgerald Peter Mullin Wins the SCM Insider’s Seminar Story and photo by Bill Rothermel Head lsland SCM Insider’s Seminar on November 3, 2018. Mullin joined well-known car collector and vintage-car retailer P Mark Hyman and automotive journalist and hot-rodder Ken Gross on the panel. Publisher Martin (an admitted Alfaholic) served as moderator, as this all-star trio humorously offered their commentary on four marques: Delahaye, Duesenberg, Alfa Romeo and Porsche. Fun stories and valuable insight It was less of a State of the Union Address on the car hobby and more of an exercise in storytelling. The men entertained the audience with accounts of their favorite marques. Mullin was quick to point out, “Delahayes are purchased as roll- ing art,” and that for him, “the history of cars and provenance are as interesting as the cars themselves.” Mullin said his favorite cars include a 1937 Delage D8 120, a 1937 Delahaye 135 by Figoni et Falaschi, and a 1937 Delahaye 145 V12 racer — all of which are part of his collection. Mullin said he considers the Delahaye 145 V12 a most spectacular design. An 8C 2300 Alfa is his favorite among the Italian marques. “Duesenbergs are bought by guys who have lots of cars and love to drive them. It’s all about driving,” Hyman said. He should know. Hyman owns a 1932 Model J with coachwork by Judkins, which is among the favorite cars in his collection and a favorite for vintage tours. An Alfa Romeo 8C 2900 is on Hyman’s current wish list. In fact, all the panelists agreed the Alfa 8C 2900 should be part of a dream collection. Gross said the Alfa 8C 2900 is “the most technically proficient pre-war road car — a thinly disguised race car with stunning coachwork.” 82 Seminar panelists Ken Gross (from left), Mark Hyman, Peter Mullin and Keith Martin Publisher Martin cited Porsche for its “consistency of approach,” adding that the company respects its DNA like no other. Ken Gross agreed. “If there is a cover on the car, you know under- neath it’s a Porsche.” “A Porsche is reliable, easy to own and drive,” Gross said. “And Porsche has done a phenomenal job of creating support. Jaguars, too, are extraordinary cars and reasonable in cost. 140s and E-types are still great buys.” Hyman offered advice to those present on the current state of the market. “The top is stronger and more valuable than ever,” Hyman said. “The middle market is spotty, and at the lower end, there is an overall lack of interest.” Peter Mullin wins the audience All three panelists were asked to name their three favorite cars among the featured marques. The audience voted (with a show of hands) on which list they liked best. Publisher Martin declared Mullin the winner. Mullin was presented with Sports Car Market’s “Prince of Palmetto Award” at the conclusion of the seminar. ♦ Sports Car Market eter Mullin — a car collector extraordinaire and owner of many world-class French cars — was honored with the 2018 Hilton Head Island Concours d’Elegance Pinnacle Award. So it was great to see Mullin as a panelist for the Hilton Best in Class Classics 1936–48: Skip Tetz’s 1937 Cadillac Series 90 V16 Limousine by Fleetwood


Page 82

Sports Car Market PROFILES IN THIS ISSUE Keith Martin’s The Insider’s Guide to Collecting, Investing, Values, and Trends ™ Significant Sales That Provide a Snapshot of the Market 84 Sports Car Market


Page 83

FERRARI: 1984 Ferrari 308 GTS QV Targa, p. 86 ENGLISH: 2010 Aston Martin Rapide, p. 88 ETCETERINI: 1954 Fiat 1100 TV Sports Saloon, p. 92 GERMAN: 1998/2018 Porsche 993 Turbo S “Project Gold,” p. 94 AMERICAN: 1901 Oldsmobile Model R “Curved Dash” Runabout, p. 96 RACE: 1985 Porsche 959 Paris-Dakar, p. 98 NEXT GEN: 1996 BMW 850 CSi, p. 100 1985 Porsche 959 Paris-Dakar; Robin Adams ©2018, courtesy of RM Sotheby’s February 2019 85


Page 84

Ferrari Profile 1984 Ferrari 308 GTS QV Targa Ferrari 308s were a great value when they were built, and they remain a great value today by Steve Ahlgrim Details Years produced: 1983–85 Number produced: 3,045 Original list price: $56,250 Current SCM Median Valuation: $62,500 Tune-up cost: $3,500 Chassis # location: Top frame rail, right side of engine compartment Engine # location: In the V of the block on the distributor side Club: Ferrari Club of America Web: www.Ferrariclubofamerica.org SCM Investment Grade: C Alternatives: 1984 Porsche 911, 1984 Lamborghini Jalpa, 1984 Lotus Turbo Esprit Comps Chassis number: ZFFLA13C000053235 SCM Condition for this car: 2 Maranello Concessionaires, and delivered new to the first owner in Perth, Australia. This Ferrari has been in the present ownership for O five years, impeccably maintained. Driven to the sale, it comes with full service history and all receipts for maintenance. All the original tools and the original radio are included. SCM Analysis This car, Lot 254, sold for $84,133, including buyer’s premium, at Bonhams’ Goodwood Revival Sale, Chichester, U.K., on September 8, 2018. There can be a lot of argument for the 308 series being the catalyst for making Ferrari the powerhouse it is today. It was an immensely popular series that crossed Ferrari over from a small manufacturer of ultra-expensive, high-performance Grand Touring and race cars to a purveyor of sports cars that were affordable to the merely well-off enthusiast. The 308’s build quality was excellent, and their fun factor was high. They were a great value at the time and remain a great value today. The long history of Ferrari 308 cars The first 308 was introduced in 1974 as the Dino 308 GT4. Chronologically the GT4 replaced the 246 Dino, and like the 246, it was badged as a Dino rather than a Ferrari. Other than the mid-engine configuration and the 86 ne of only about 184 right-hand-drive models manufactured, and representing the 308 in its ultimate, Quattrovalvole form, this example was supplied via the U.K. importer, name, the 246 and 308 Dinos were very different cars. The 246 was powered with an adequate-but-small 2.4-liter V6, while the 308 GT4 housed a robust and torquey 3-liter V8. The curvy Dino 246 was a 2-place model designed by Pininfarina, and it is universally appreciated as one of the most beautiful cars ever built. On the other hand, the 308 GT4 was a 2+2 model designed by Bertone in the angular fashion popular at the time. The GT4 didn’t win any design awards, but it was at- tractive, and its appeal has improved with age. It was the inside of the GT4 that made the car special. The interior was spacious and comfortable. The forward visibility is panoramic, with rearward visibility that rivals all midengine cars. The 3-liter engine was quite responsive and had enough torque to allow spirited driving. The engine sound was intoxicating, encouraging driving in a lower gear and higher rpm than necessary. Anyone who spent time in a 308 GT4 will fondly re- member the experience. Recalling pleasant memories, SCM Publisher Keith Martin recently set back his clock 30-some years with a purchase of a GT4 for the SCM fleet. A new Pininfarina design inspires lust The 308 GT4 was re-christened a Ferrari in 1976, and a second Ferrari 308 model was added to the line that same year. The new model, the Ferrari 308 GTB, was a 2-place mid-engine coupe of Pininfarina design that inspired lust like few other cars in automobile history. It was modern but not over the top, it was edgy — but still beautiful. It was elegant yet sporty. If you saw one, you wanted one. Under the skin, the 308 GTB was basically a 308 GT4. 1984 Ferrari 308 GTSi Quattrovalvole Lot 108, s/n ZFFLA13C000051031 Condition: 3 Sold at $85,052 Bonhams, Oxford, U.K., 6/15/13 SCM# 225906 1985 Ferrari 308 GTSi Quattrovalvole Lot S158, s/n ZFFUA13A4F0052881 Condition: 2 Sold at $52,800 Mecum, Kansas City, MO, 11/30/17 SCM# 6856210 1980 Ferrari 308 GTSi Spider Lot 833, s/n ZFFA02A2A0034029 Condition: 3 Sold at $46,750 Lucky Collector Car Auctions, Tacoma, WA, 8/24/18 SCM# 6877403 Sports Car Market Courtesy of Bonhams


Page 85

It still featured a transverse-mounted V8 sitting on top of a 5-speed transaxle. The chassis was a ladder design built of strong oval steel tubes. The suspension is independent all around. The brakes were power-assisted four-wheel discs. All the great driving attributes of the GT4 could be found in the GTB — minus some comfort and visibility. 308 GTB production would run through 1985. A similar but larger- engine version of the 308 was introduced in 1986. The new 328 would finish out the 308’s run, with the substantially different 348 series replacing the 328 in 1989. Ferrari would produce several variations of the 308 during its pro- duction run. The GT4 was the 2+2 model, the GTB was the coupe, and the GTS was the Targa roof model. The Mondial 8 replaced the GT4 as the 2+2 model in 1980, but it did not carry the 308 name. Fuel injection and lots of valves The original 308s featured four 2-barrel Weber carburetors. The engine looked, sounded and drove impressively, but it was diffi- cult to make it meet U.S. emissions regulations. In 1980, a fuel-injected version of the 308 was introduced. A small “i”, as in 308 GTBi, followed the model name to identify it as having the fuel-injected engine. The “i” models lacked the performance necessary to compete with their contemporaries, so an upgraded 4-valve-per-cylinder — Quattrovalvole — version of the 308 engine was introduced in 1983. The Quattrovalvole’s engine was a dramatic improvement over the i models. Horsepower was way up and so was torque. Modern acrylic enamel paint introduced on the later i models was continued on the Quattrovalvoles. In the U.S., 16-inch wheels were fitted on all but the earliest QVs. U.S. cars also got a new interior, a roof spoiler, new mirrors and a vent in the hood. Upgrades varied in non-U.S. markets. Reliable Ferrari fun at a bargain price I sold 308s when they were new, and I still sell a couple of used ones a year. I recently spent a good portion of a day driving a 308 GTB in a rally, and I put an hour on a 308 GTS QV while researching this profile. Seat Time As an owner of a 308 GTS QV for almost 20 years, what’s not to love? Arguably, it is the most iconic, reliable street Ferrari ever made. It was one of the last Ferraris made under the supervision of Enzo Ferrari and hand built. An absolute blast to drive. The sounds, the gated shifter, the tactile switches, the analog experience, the lavish interior, the details such as the door handles, the hidden gas cap under the quarter-window louvers, the engine ducts that start at the doors and extend into the rear quarter panels, are pure art and contribute to an immersive driving experience. The 308 Ferrari has a very linear powerplant greatly enhanced by its four valves per cylinder and Bosch K-Jetronic fuel injection, with a top speed of 155 mph. Being the last of the series, it is the most refined. Sure, many modern sedans are quicker from 0 to 60 mph, but they run out of steam at 80 mph, while the Ferrari just starts to settle in and continues pulling right up to its top speed. The 308 QV also has adequate torque on the bottom end, where you can lug around in third gear at 30 mph and the engine is content. Very reliable once you replace the rubber goods such as belts, hoses and tires. And most maintenance takes no more skill than any other vehicle of its day. Plus there is a lot of online support for the repair and caretaking of this series. The traverse-mounted engine is very accessible once you remove the inner fend- ers and saddle fuel tanks. The 308 series has a very stout frame and suspension, has Koni coil-overs on all four corners, and very robust brakes — in line with the powerplant and chassis. Take one for a ride, downshift to fourth gear from 70 mph and accelerate to 90 mph. With the wind blowing in your hair and a direct connection to the noises, you too will be hooked. Considered by many to be an entry-level Ferrari, but probably owned the longest by many, and an absolute bargain at today’s prices. Just make mine black! — Tom Nowak, North Hampton, NH February 2019 I know these cars well, and I like them a lot. It isn’t fair to compare a 308’s performance to most modern sports cars. However, the 308 has a better driving experience. The 308 interior is spartan and purposeful. The steering is manual, as are most of the controls and the gearbox. There’s no question who’s in charge. From the transmission to the a/c, nothing happens without your input. When you do add your input, everything feels right. The virtue of a 308 is its lack of flaws. The steering, brakes, throttle, engine and suspension are not incrementally better than other sports cars of the era — but when they are added together, the 308 is truly a superior car. Driving the 308 QV down familiar streets, bumps that are noticeable in other cars disappeared — not a trait you’d expect in a sports car. The clutch operates smoothly, without chatter or herculean effort. Shifting gears via the gated shifter is a joy, as shifts are smooth and precise. The 308 Quattrovalvole turned 35 years old this year. In a testimony to the model’s engineering and build quality, it seems the majority of the cars are still around. While high mileage substantially hurts value, well-maintained ex- amples seem to go forever. Finding an example with original paint should not be hard. Minor paintwork is prevalent and should not be a deterrent. Leather and carpet are weak links. Lighter colors fade and show wear. Our subject 308 QV Bonhams’ Quattrovalvole appears to be a well-kept example in a sharp color combination. It was represented as having its original books and tools — along with a comprehensive service file. In all the bragging about service records, the date of the last major service wasn’t mentioned. That major service can run from $1,500 to $5,000. The sale price was a big number, but with just 184 RHD GTS Quattrovalvoles produced, there are few examples for buyers to choose from. The mileage checked in at a little over 46,000 miles, which should appeal to all. The buyer could have saved a little money on the private market — but she or he didn’t get hurt paying up for a great car. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of Bonhams.) High Auction Sales for the Past Five Years $200,000 $150,000 $100,000 $50,000 $0 $85,052 1984 Ferrari 308 GTS QV Spider $144,697 $115,423 This sale: $84,133 $181,500 $146,881 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 87


Page 86

English Profile 2010 Aston Martin Rapide This car is a failure as a sedan — no room in the backseat — but it is a ripping success as a fun, fast driver by Stephen Serio Details Years produced: 2010 through 2018 Number produced: Fewer than 2,000 a year Original list price: $198,250 Current SCM Median Valuation: $101,200 Tune-up/major service; $2,200 for comprehensive four-year service Chassis # location: Left-hand corner under windshield Engine # location: Stamped on the upper left-hand side of engine block Club: Aston Martin Owners Club Web: www.amoc.org Alternatives: 2011–18 Porsche Panamera Turbo S, 2006–13 Bentley Continental Flying Spur, 2004–16 Aston Martin DB9 coupe SCM Investment Grade: C Comps Chassis number: SCFHDDAJ7AAF00744 SCM Condition for this car: 2 August 2010 at Aston Martin Paris. The odometer reading is just 7,780 km. The equip- O ment list is most comprehensive, and the interior comfort sometimes makes you forget the magnificent sound of the 6-liter V12, mated to an automatic gearbox. In superb condition, this exceptional car, with its impressive sound, combines performance, comfort and refinement. A classy sedan that is already a collectible. SCM Analysis This car, Lot 34, sold for $103,429, including buyer’s premium, at Artcurial’s auction in Paris, FRA, on November 4, 2018. Sherman, set the Way-Back Machine to 2009 and let us venture to Gaydon in the English countryside and the newish Aston Martin headquarters. Man, this place has a lot of travertine. Seems many of the fancy offices are occupied (bad use of that word) by folks from Germany. Have we overshot the U.K. and did we drop into Stuttgart? “Sign outside says Gaydon, Mr. Peabody.” Hmmmm… a quick history lesson is unfolding. Come along now. A new direction for Aston Martin The autocrat, I mean CEO, at 88 the helm of Aston Martin during this era was Dr. Ulrich Helmut Bez, an ur Rapide is particularly well preserved. Its clear history, as well as its low mileage, explain its excellent state of conservation. This car was bought new by its current owner in ex-employee of BMW and Porsche. Biggest kudos to him for implementing the “VH” architecture that was a huge improvement in the chassis manufacturing process that would be used for a generation of new Aston Martins. Did I mention that Dr. Bez had a curriculum vitae mostly in engineering? Could Dr. Bez’s VH architecture be stretched into a proper sedan? Could he annex, conquer and vanquish the competition in this luxury segment? Perhaps Aston Martin could offer folks nosing around a Porsche Panamera or Bentley Flying Spur a viable alternative? Well, the brutal answer was and still is, well, no, but we need a little more Aston Martin sedan context. Dr. Bez was attempting to broaden Aston Martin’s range of cars, as the bottom line needed more black ink. Going back a little farther… Aston’s first 4-door, not so coincidentally called the Lagonda Rapide, was a stablemate to the glorious DB4 and DB5 cars. A whacking total of “55 too many” were made. Not learning any lesson there — and because David Brown wanted another new luxo-box for himself — a second foray into this sedan vortex happened in 1969 with a 4-door prototype (miscue) that led to a grand total of seven (again too many) customer-copy V8 Lagonda Series I cars. The brutal, masculine shape of the DBS/V8 Aston was given an extra set of doors. Today, this sedan looks like something you’d Photoshop just to see how many folks 2009 Aston Martin Rapide sedan Lot 340, s/n F00039 Condition 1Sold at $180,996 Bonhams, Newport Pagnell, U.K., 5/21/11 SCM# 17942 2010 Aston Martin Rapide sedan Lot 2583, s/n SCFHDDAJ9AAF00213 Condition 2 Sold at $75,900 Russo and Steele, Scottsdale, AZ, 1/17/18 SCM# 6858123 2010 Aston Martin DBS coupe Lot S135.1, s/n SCFEDCAD2AGE01771 Condition 2 Not sold at $105,000 Mecum, Portland, OR, 6/16/18 SCM# 6874948 Sports Car Market Courtesy of Artcurial


Page 87

you could fool on the Internet. Can we stop now? No. The pinnacle of all things awful still remains the Aston Martin Series 2/3/4 Lagonda built between 1978 and ’90. SCM readers are well aware of my utter disdain for this travesty. Let the letters fly. So, decades later, the Rapide was created. The fourth try for an Aston Martin sedan Because Dr. Bez was as malleable as ceramic tile already mortared and grouted, it was his way or the Autobahn. There was no committee that could alter his path once his edict for an Aston Martin sedan came down — obvious flaws and shortcomings included. I’ve been joking about this Anglo-Teutonic business marriage at Aston Martin, but having witnessed this firsthand, Dr. Bez was going to build what he wanted you to buy and there was no debate. He simply knew better. You have the backstory now. Dr. Bez hated cup holders as much as he hated useful rear seats. He wanted to better Porsche — his ex-employer — and he hung his hat on a beautiful design. Sadly, function followed it. Not a true sedan — but what a ride Although only kids and tiny (think 24-inch inseam) adults work in the Rapide’s diminutive rear seating (the biggest fault with the car), the pros of owning one are very obvious once you’ve had time to wallop the gas pedal. The car wasn’t a failure as a design or as a driving experience. It When you see — and drive — this car, think “value.” Don’t think “collectible,” “investment” or anything other than a great used-car opportunity. didn’t sell in great volume because it wasn’t a true 4-seater, wasn’t four-wheel drive and was too expensive when compared with a Porsche Panamera Turbo S. I drove my first Rapide demonstrator to Manhattan from Boston, and from the driver’s seat I never felt the extra length whatsoever. The Rapide behaves like a DB9GT and is every bit as good looking and comfortable to pilot. Acceleration, braking, interior appointments and overall usefulness lead to quite a package. Not a collectible, but a terrific daily driver If you need a sporting luxury 2-seater with room (once the rear seats are folded down) for luggage — and that will take you cross-country — this is the rig. Treat it as a 2-seat hatchback, and you’ll be thrilled to own one. Leave the back seats down permanently. When you see — and drive — this car, think “value.” Don’t think February 2019 89 “collectible,” “investment” or anything other than a great used-car opportunity. Of course, it will still depreciate (these were all well above $200k when new) a bit. But put 10k miles a year on one and drive around in pure style and treat it as a daily car much like a Range Rover or Mercedes wagon. My store recently sold two Rapide S cars. A 2014 car sold for $110,000 and a 2016 one went for $130,000. Demand has been created, and the word is out. There’s an automotive sales lesson there somewhere for supply and demand at this price point. Clearly the car is aging well. Our subject Artcurial car seems fully priced. Maybe it is harder to find Rapides in Europe? Maybe the new custodian was the same fellow who overpaid for that Lagonda I wrote about years ago and is starting a sedan collection and only buys at auction? Another attempt on the way Aston Martin has had a history of wandering into manufacturing flawed sedans — much to the chagrin of this dealer, most anyone with automotive aesthetic taste and certainly erudite Aston Martin owners. But there’s hope on the horizon to solve this problem, and it’s not far off. I’m quite sure Aston Martin’s newly announced DBX SUV will rem- edy all past ills when it comes to shuttling four or five adults around, and the mistakes from the past won’t be an issue. Selfishly speaking, a proper 4WD SUV is perfect for my New England market, and it will remedy the shortcomings of Dr. Bez’s Anglo-Teutonic wannabe Panamera beater that was built with two doors too many. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of Artcurial.)


Page 88

English Profile The Cumberford Perspective The Rapide is handsome enough, but a sedan doesn’t really fit the Aston Martin brand or aura By Robert Cumberford “I t looks like a Honda Accord to me,” said a respected SCM collaborator, surprised by my choosing to comment on this car. And that’s the point of what I want to say here: Car companies really should not change the focus of what made them famous. It rarely works. And Aston Martin is definitely not known for 4-door sedans, however racy, sleek and coupe-like they might be. There’s no question that there’s an aura of sportiness to the ensemble, and that the Rapide’s grille shape is very much in the line Aston has followed since the 1950s. There’s no question that this is a quite good-looking, very well-made sedan. There is also no question that it’s not a very good sedan qua sedan. Getting into the backseat is difficult to the point of being ridiculous. The roofline is rather humped up, yet there’s a paucity of headroom. Good old David Brown, who saved Aston Martin in 1946, had the right idea all along: For making sedans, use the Lagonda name. Lagonda, with as many overall Le Mans wins as Aston Martin, at least had a long tradition of making luxurious sedans — ones with adequate volume in the passenger’s compartment. To me, this Rapide is handsome enough, but as generations have imagined them it’s not really a true Aston Martin. ♦ 90 6 FRONT 3/4 VIEW 1 The fender peak line is handsome, but in no way does it give you the impression that there’s a big V12 under that hood. 2 The low roofline may be sporty, but the entrance conditions for both frontand rear-seat passengers are miserable — not what one wants or expects in a sedan. 3 The rear fender haunch and inboard flat area is strong visually, and reminds you that Ian Callum passed through Aston Martin on his way to Jaguar. 4 Some men I know wear shoes longer than the base of the rear door. Sedan? Not really. 8 7 5 An excellent visual detail is the crisp blade running from the wheel opening to the lower corner of the lower grille opening. 6 The flat vertical area of the bumper strike face carries along the sides of the grille, softening a bit as it outlines the upper edges of the grille with a radiused section. Very nicely done. REAR 3/4 VIEW 7 The trunk-lid spoiler is beautifully integrated into the form of the teardropshaped upper structure. 8 Taillights are specifically made for this car in a style that has become agreeably 9 10 5 associated with Aston Martin. 9 Even though headroom in back is compromised, the effect of the roof/upper structure is slightly bulged. 10 Notice how severely rear passenger visibility is hindered by headrests that almost touch the headliner. 11 This view emphasizes how sharply the plan view perimeter of the front end cuts inward to the grille, which is stretched to its widest under the headlamps. 12 This artful line stretching across the rear fascia points slightly downward at the front, providing a visual link with the crisp line ahead of the front wheel opening, low on the front fender. INTERIOR VIEW (see previous page) No, the interior doesn’t make me think of a Honda Civic — nor yet of an Aston Martin. It does make me think of a mid-market, entry-level luxury car. There is nothing wrong with what we see here, but it is totally and absolutely free of any magic. There’s nothing spectacular, just good, solid — and forgettable — mainstream design, with cheap-looking, mass-market ventilation grilles. 1 2 3 4 11 12 Sports Car Market


Page 90

Etceterini & Friends Profile 1954 Fiat 1100 TV Sports Saloon In the past decade, in an almost linear fashion, the market has moved steadily away from commodity pricing to extreme specificity by Donald Osborne Details Years produced: 1953–56 Number produced: About 250,000 (both TV and Normale) Current SCM Median Valuation: $88,000 Tune-up cost: $350 Chassis # location: Stamped in firewall, ID plate Engine # location: Intake side of block on boss Alternatives: 1953–63 Lancia Appia, 1948–60 Peugeot 203, 1953–59 DKW 3=6 Sonderklasse SCM Investment Grade: C Comps Chassis number: 9103TV033956 SCM Condition for this car: 3 T he Fiat 1100 TV offered here participated in the Mille Miglia in two years — 1954 and 1955 — crewed by Ing. Guglielmo Franchi and Rafaello Zanasi. On file is a copy of the car’s original Automobile Club d’Italia identity document showing that it was registered new to Guglielmo Franchi in February 1954 with the Bologna registration 64215 BO. This registration can be seen clearly in accompanying photographs showing the Fiat on the Mille Miglia start ramp in 1954 and 1955. Carrying competitor number 121, the Fiat failed to finish the 1954 event but fared better the following year, coming home in 115th place overall and 11th in class out of 534 starters, a highly creditable achievement. SCM Analysis This car sold for $173,338 (€1.00=$1.15), including buyer’s premium, at Bonhams’ Zoute Sale, Knokke-Heist, BEL, on October 5, 2018. When I received the assignment to write a profile of this Fiat sedan, I was elated. It’s not often that I have the opportunity to graphically and dramatically prove a point that I make on an almost daily basis. I am frequently asked a question that goes something like this: “How much does an [X] go for?” To which my response has almost always been, “They don’t go for anything — this one went for that.” Which is to say that in the past decade, in an almost linear fashion, the market has moved steadily away from commodity pricing to extreme specificity. I find 92 that in my work as an appraiser or as a consultant, it has become almost impossible to arrive at an opinion of value or an estimate of value range without very carefully considering many specific attributes of value and weighing their importance to potential buyers. An Italian ’55 Chevy This is particularly visible when it comes to a car such as the Fiat 1100/103. It is a fascinating vehicle and a great example of what makes a desirable collectible in today’s market. The Fiat 1100/103, launched in 1953, can be con- sidered a kind of Italian ’55 Chevy or ’32 Ford V8. Eminently tunable, the 1,089-cc inline 4-cylinder propelled family sedans as well as custom-bodied miniature GTs and competition cars. All the great names of Italian performance worked their magic on the Millecento — Abarth, Siata and Stanguellini primary among them. But, as was so often the case in the 1950s, an Italian driver didn’t need to have dual carburetors, a free-flow exhaust system, a hot camshaft or a sexy 2-seat body to compete in events at the highest level. Just as Alfa Romeo 1900 and Lancia Aurelia sedans acquitted themselves well in competition in the early 1950s, Fiats were not far behind. Fun to drive Driving an 1100 is always entertaining — in the man- ner unique to Italian cars of all sizes and shapes from 1950 to 1970. They have a way of transforming a trip to 1956 Fiat 1100 TV sedan Lot 427, s/n 297717 Condition 4+ Sold at $25,740 Bonhams, Carmel, CA, 8/18/11 SCM# 183064 1959 Fiat 1100 sedan Lot 190, s/n 103H669257 Condition 3 Not sold at $10,000 Auctions America, Burbank, CA, 8/3/13 SCM# 227002 1955 Fiat 1100 coupe by Vignale Lot 59, s/n 024545 Condition 1 Sold at $418,000 Gooding & Company, Amelia Island, FL, 3/9/18 SCM# 6863759 Sports Car Market Courtesy of Bonhams


Page 91

the grocery store into the Targa Florio. The handy size, excellent power-to-weight ratio, great visibility and secure handling give them a sporting feel not often found in a family sedan. When you look through the entry list for the Mille Miglia from 1954 through 1957, the number of Fiat 1100 sedans entered is astonishing. Almost anyone who has the chance to drive one — a good one — is likely to be impressed. Mille Miglia history is key Now to the heart of the matter, the result realized for this example. As I wrote above, I have a soft spot for the Millecento. In fact, I once owned one, a 1955 sedan. I bought it a few years ago, semi-sight unseen, for $7,500. I happened to be in one of my working stays in Italy and was actively searching for one. All examples I came across were preciously expensive — with ask- to quote W.S. Gilbert, it turned out to be a case of “modified rapture.” I rather quickly sold the car, revealing all its manifold faults, at only a $2k loss. The new owner got a very good project car at an appropriate price. That car was worlds away from our subject car. I have many cli- I have many clients who no longer ask me to help find them a Mille Miglia-eligible car. Instead, they want “a Mille Miglia car.” The difference? In this case, about $120k. ing prices for an 1100 TV, the factory higher-performance version, in the $35k–$40k range. On the lower end, standard-spec 1100 sedans in suspiciously tarted condition hovered at around $10k. When I saw an ad for a standard sedan for sale near Atlanta, GA, I immediately began spending the money I had just saved on shipping. A good friend, an experienced collector who lived in the area, went over to look at the Fiat for me. In fairness, he reported that while it seemed like an okay car, it clearly wasn’t up to the level of the cars he knew I owned. Nevertheless, I plunged ahead, figuring that it was an inexpensive way for me to obtain a pre-’58 event-eligible car. I won’t elaborate, but ents who no longer ask me to help find them a Mille Miglia-eligible car. Instead, they want “a Mille Miglia car.” The difference? In this case, about $120k. It’s still possible to find a nicely pre- served or older restoration on a genuine TV for $45k–$50k. Obtaining an entry to the Mille Miglia Storica with one is theoretically possible — but a long shot. Any car that has documented and provable history of having run in the original, or “Mille Miglia di velocità,” is granted automatic entry. The new team responsible for running and developing the event has clearly and loudly announced their intention of creating and maintaining a database and registry of surviving Mille Miglia cars — and to actively seek them out for participation. There are no guarantees in life, but buying this particular car comes close if your goal is to run the Mille Miglia. The key is “documented” and “provable.” There are lots of cars around with drawers full of documents. When they line up with an uninterrupted history, the value differential can be substantial. Before paying such a premium, all dotted and crossed letters must be exactly so. If they were for this sale, the price was right. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of Bonhams.) Our subject car on the start ramp of the 1955 Mille Miglia February 2019 93


Page 92

German Profile Column Author 1998/2018 Porsche 993 Turbo S “Project Gold” This one-off is less usable than most Porsches, but because Porsche built this eye-popping car, it is very collectible by Prescott Kelly Details Years produced: 2018 Number produced: One Original list price: $174,534 for original 1998 models Current SCM Median Value: $3,415,000 Tune-up/major service: $2,500 with valve adjustment Engine # location: Vertical fan support, passenger’s side, facing right. Club: Porsche Club of America Web: www.pca.org Alternatives: 2014–15 McLaren P1, 2013–16 LaFerrari, 2014–15 Porsche 918 Spyder, 2018 Porsche Turbo S Exclusive Series SCM Investment Grade: A Comps Series 001/001 chassis number: WP0ZZZ99ZWS370802 SCM Condition for this car: 1 to the very smallest of details by the expert craftsmen at Porsche Classic, this very special show car, the only one of its kind that will ever be completed, is offered at the Porsche 70th Anniversary Sale at the Porsche Experience Center Atlanta on 27 October, after having been unveiled to the public at the September 2018 Rennsport Reunion. P SCM Analysis This car, Lot 220, sold for $3,415,000 including buyer’s premium, at RM Sotheby’s Porsche-only 70th Anniversary Auction at the Porsche Experience Center in Atlanta, GA, on October 27, 2018. Before it took place, this one-off event looked to be challenged. It was a single-marque auction with no Ferrari/MBZ/Maserati buyers to bid impulsively on Porsches. It was in Atlanta at the end of October — with little other than the prestige of the Porsche Experience Center to draw people. And it was at the end of a long string of Porsche 70th Anniversary events, including Rennsport VI at Laguna Seca just four weeks earlier. A rationale that Rennsport was West Coast-centric while Atlanta would be East Coast-centric was reason- 94 orsche Classic has manufactured the last 911 Turbo with an air-cooled engine — 20 years after the last one left the assembly line! The result of years of meticulous work and attention able, but I did not see anyone in Atlanta that I had not seen at Rennsport. All that said, I rate it a “good” event with some noteworthy results, but perhaps more weak ones. One of the former was certainly the Project Gold 993 Turbo S. A special “1998” Turbo S Porsche Classic — the Factory’s old-parts and res- toration arm — had a leftover 993 Turbo tub. They also had about 6,500 different 993 parts in inventory. In the fertile minds of Porsche Classic managers Alexander Fabig and Uwe Makrutzki, that tub and those parts represented an opportunity to demonstrate Classic’s skills while building a noteworthy Porsche. Because Porsche has never been in the business of building instantly collectible one-off automobiles, they undertook this project with the goal of donating most of the proceeds to their new in-house charity — the Ferry Porsche Foundation, which focuses on children’s and educational charities in both Stuttgart and Leipzig, Germany, where Porsche has factories. Following the 911 Turbo S Exclusive Series Porsche Classic took 18 months to build the Project Gold 993 Turbo S coupe. The gold part is the paint, Golden Yellow Metallic. This special 993 followed in the footsteps of the Sports Car Market 2004 Porsche Carrera GT Lot 11, s/n WP0CA29864L001009 Condition 1 Sold at $715,000 Gooding & Company, Scottsdale, AZ, 1/19/18 SCM# 6856469 2016 Porsche 911R coupe Lot 166, s/n WP0ZZZ99ZGS194264 Condition 1 Sold at $426,177 RM Sotheby’s, London, 9/5/18 SCM# 6878960 2018 Porsche 918 Weissach Spyder Lot 138, s/n WP0CA2A16FS800652 Condition 1 Sold at $1,570,000 RM Sotheby’s, New York, NY, 12/6/17 SCM# 6853716 ©2018 Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s


Page 93

Porsche Turbo S Exclusive Series — a limited edition of 500 2018 Turbo S coupes that came standard in this paint color. Those cars were assembled at “Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur” — which is an evolution of Porsche Exclusive. They used a lot of Exclusive’s capabilities — uprated engine with 607 horsepower, center-lock 20-inch wheels in black with gold trim, carbon-fiber roof, hood and rockers, custom paint, and custom interior carrying forward the black-and-gold theme, but no real gold — happily. (It’s not yet the 1980s again.) Unveiled at the Tehama Golf Club At the Monterey Rolex Reunion week in August, Porsche held a couple of well-attended parties at the Tehama Golf Club in Carmel to introduce the Turbo S Exclusive Golden Yellow Metallic cabriolet — and unveil the 993 continuation Turbo S coupe. The presentations were informative and well choreographed. The 993 was also a surprise, with gasps from the audience as the panels moved back to unveil the new/old car. It was like a 1998 Turbo S coupe — but better The Project Gold 993 Turbo has the S fender vents cut in and carries an in-period-correct Power Kit II engine of 450 horsepower with all the internal goodies found on the 345 built-in-period 993 Turbos S cars. Like many Porsche Classic restorations, the bare tub was CDC primer dipped, right in the line with new 991s. Porsche reported that the color coat and two clear coats were lacquer. Porsche was especially proud of the interior and external trim special touches, including carbon fiber, gold stitching, black-backed Litronic headlights, and lots more. It was a scant five weeks from Monterey Car Week to the Rennsport Reunion at Monterey, where the Project Gold 993 was presented to the general public. Fast forward four more weeks and the car was for sale at RM Sotheby’s Atlanta auction. What’s it worth? The car obviously created a lot of buzz. But how do you value it? The car had a couple of problems. Porsche assigned the car a “pro- duction” serial number, the next one after the very last 993 Turbo S built back in 1998 — but disclaimed it with a special series number 001/001. This demonstrated that they would never build another one. At the back of the auction catalog was a full page of very small print spelling out limitations, undoubtedly written by Porsche’s lawyers. They disclosed that Porsche would not supply an MSO, a title, or even a letter supporting registration of the car anywhere. They also disclosed that since PAG would donate the money to the foundation, there would be no tax deduction for the buyer. That’s sometimes a big deal — witness Ron Pratte’s and Richard Childress’ past charity purchases and sales at Barrett-Jackson auctions. Why did the car flee town just before the auction? In an interesting twist, after being on display at the Atlanta Porsche Experience Center for a couple of days, on the night before the auction, Project Gold was loaded up, taken to the Atlanta airport, and flown February 2019 95 away to Stuttgart — all the better to avoid any possible U.S. Customs, EPA or DoT issues. The successful bidder would have to pick up the car at the factory. How much more valuable than “resto-mod” Porsches? Some of us spent time planning how to circumvent Project Gold’s limitation on registration/titling, but that’s a subject for another day. With that limitation, the car was less usable than your ordinary new/ old Porsche such as a Singer or a Project RSR. On the other hand, because Porsche built this eye-popping car, it was obviously collectible. The buzz going into the auction was that $1,200,000 to $1,500,000 should buy it, but maybe less — perhaps even a lot less. Two determined bidders After more than 35 rapid-fire bids, the car hammered sold at $3,100,000 for a final price of $3,415,000 after buyer’s premium. (For those of you tracking the math, RM Sotheby’s has adopted a 12% buyer’s premium on the first $250,000 and 10% thereafter.) Porsche announced that the hammer price — less the 1998 Turbo S list price ($174,546) and auction expenses — would go to their charitable foundation. That also meant that Porsche Classic contributed their substantial investment in parts and labor to the project. The last two bidders in the fray were in the room. A young man in the center of the second row who lives in both Florida and the Middle East was very happy and expansive when his bid bought the car. He reported that he plans to show the car. The market spoke How do you value the Project Gold 993 Turbo S? You can’t. RM Sotheby’s did not put an estimated price range in their catalog, and the car was being auctioned without a reserve. The idea was to let the market speak. It did — loudly. I’ll call the car very well sold. Congratulations to Porsche Classic and Porsche AG for building the car, creating the buzz, and raising big money for the Stuttgart and Leipzig charities. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of RM Sotheby’s.)


Page 94

American Profile 1901 Oldsmobile Model R “Curved Dash” Runabout One of the few original — and preserved — examples of America’s first cult car by B. Mitchell Carlson Details Years produced: 1901–06 Number produced: 12,433 Original list price: $650 Current SCM Median Valuation: $55,000 Tune-up cost: $450 Distributor cap: N/A Chassis # location: Patent plate on body and on the compression-release pedal Engine # location: Pad on outboardfacing side of the cylinder head Club: Curved Dash Oldsmobile Club Web: curveddasholdsmobileclub.com Alternatives: 1903–04 Ford Model A, 1907–15 International Harvester high-wheelers, 1908–16 Ford Model T SCM Investment Grade: B Comps Identification number: 6541 SCM Condition for this car: 3 • Offered from the Richard L. Burdick Collection • Owned by only two families since new • Wonderful preservation throughout, including paint and upholstery • Dated as a 1901 by the Veteran Motor Car Club of Great Britain • Ideal for the Antique Automobile Club of America Historic Preservation of Original Features class T 96 his iconic, instantly recognizable Curved Dash Oldsmobile has the significance of having had perhaps the youngest original owner of any of its brethren. Indiana resident Victor F. Hitz, attending the Chicago Automobile Show with his parents, paid a nickel for a raffle ticket and wound up winning the car, at the age of only 5! He apparently recognized his luck and held on to the car for the remainder of his long life, eventually joining the Curved Dash Olds Club with it. All of the original factory finishes are still present, including the original bodywork, upholstery, and rubber floor mat, although, of course, with considerable patina, and the car is accompanied by its original Indiana state registration disc: number Y46. Only the wheels were replaced, with wire wheels shod in black rubber tires. SCM Analysis This car, Lot 210, sold for $40,700, including buyer’s premium, at RM Sotheby’s auction in Hershey, PA, on October 12, 2018. While the Olds Motor Vehicle Company was formed on August 21, 1897, the company didn’t produce its first series production car until 1901. While up to 11 different models were planned, a fire at the Detroit factory spared only the smallest model — what eventually became known as the Curved Dash Oldsmobile (better known in enthusiast circles as a CDO). Olds used a factory in Lansing, MI, to start production by the late summer of 1901, and a total of 450 examples of this introductory-year-only model R were built. By the end of CDO production (through 1906), an estimated 12,433 examples were made. Exit Ransom Olds During 1906, a “straight dash” front fascia was available, with that configuration the only car that carried the torch for a single-cylinder Oldsmobile through the end of 1907. With the success of the CDO, Oldsmobile’s model range started increasing in 1905, with a 2-cylinder Side Entrance Touring added to the line. By 1908, the model line had expanded to four, pow- ered with 4- and 6-cylinder engines. These models were not to founder Ransom Eli Olds’ liking, so he left the company — which the board of directors had taken over anyway — in 1904. Yet in 1908, the board sold out to William C. Durant 1903 Oldsmobile Model R Curved Dash Runabout Lot 407, s/n A15988 Condition 3 Sold at $59,364 Bonhams, Brooklands, U.K., 12/1/11 SCM# 190116 Sports Car Market 1903 Oldsmobile Model R Curved Dash Runabout Lot 218, s/n 15508 Condition 2- Not sold at $47,619 Bonhams, London, U.K., 10/31/14 SCM# 256180 1903 Oldsmobile Model R Curved Dash Lot 204, s/n 18003 Condition 3 Sold at $57,287 Bonhams, Veteran Car Sale, London, U.K., 11/3/17 SCM# 6852553 ©2018 Courtesy of RM Auctions Inc.


Page 95

to become part of his fledgling General Motors, of which Oldsmobile would remain a key part for 96 years. In a way, Ransom Olds did get the last laugh. Shortly after he left his namesake company, other financial backers approached him in Lansing, and they stared the Reo Motor Company. While Reo built cars until 1936, it was with trucks that they became a major independent manufacturer — until White Motors absorbed them in 1957. Also, in a form of poetic justice to Ransom and the CDO, the last Oldsmobile GM built in 2004 was the smallest model from that final year — an Alero (and thankfully, not an Olds Bravada SUV). America’s first mass-market vehicle and cult car The CDO car caught on well with the public. The car was unique, as it wasn’t priced in the thousands of dollars and marketed to the wealthy as an elitist toy. While its $650 price tag was not chump change in 1904, it was cer- tainly within reach of business professionals — and even the middle class of the time. The car’s simple, single-cylinder engine was quite robust. The 2-speed planetary transmission was easy to operate, and its compact size and somewhat tall ride height served well on the streets and crude roads of the time. Folks seeing the local doctor making house calls in a Curved Dash helped the masses realize that these new contraptions had a useful purpose. This opened the gates for acceptance of other lower-priced models to come, such as the Buick Model 10 and the Ford Model T. The start of car culture The CDO models were the first cars to be a part of popular culture. Check out the 1905 song “In My Merry Oldsmobile” by Gus Edwards and Vincent Bryan. Indeed, the picture in most people’s minds of a horseless carriage is that of a Curved Dash Olds. In the dawning years of preserving old cars in the pre-World War II era (the Antique Auto Club of America was formed in 1935), early collectors sought out the CDO. Some of these durable, well-liked cars were still on the road during the Great Depression of the 1930s. Curved Dash Olds that had been parked when their owners moved up to more-modern cars had been sitting in barns and carriage houses for a decade or two before the Great Depression pressed them back into service. It wasn’t a major challenge to get running again, as the 1930s were a time when folks tended to be tinkerers. After World War II, the car’s simple construction (compared to a then-current production Oldsmobile) made it a member of the society of cars that have been made into replicas. The vast majority of what are billed as a “Curved Dash Olds” these days are today actually replicas created more than five decades ago. Actual CDOs now rarely publicly trade hands, which makes our featured car that much more special. A three-owner, 117-year-old artifact The fascinating tale of Victor F. Hitz winning the car as a 5-year-old boy — and then keeping it for the rest of his life — makes our subject car famous in CDO enthusiast circles. However, it’s impossible to positively read the serial number in the February 2019 three places it was stamped. That does seem a bit odd for a car with such strong provenance. The listed number in RM Sotheby’s catalog states 6541 (likely the cylinder-head number), which would date it as 1902 production. The unique nuances of the first-year model R make it easy to confirm our car as such, especially when compared to later models 6C, B and F. However, it’s possible that Mr. Hitz replaced the cylinder head de- cades past, back when petty things like “matching numbers” meant nothing compared to keeping a car running. The photos of the stamping pad on the head show that corrosion has made the number all but illegible to the naked eye, and the patent plate seems to have been separated from the car for quite some time. Perhaps the new owner will utilize non-destructive forensic means to find a number in the remaining location where it should be found. As this car was a promotion at the in-period Chicago Auto Show, there could be prototype components on it that may not have been serialized. Please don’t restore this car As there were so few changes made to this car over the past century and change, its originality makes it outstanding for any pre-war vehicle — especially from the first production run of a car as iconic as a CDO. This is a car that should only see regular service to keep it operable and otherwise be kept exactly as it is. While some can make the argument that it deserves to be retired as a preserved static historic artifact that can be a guide to restoring other examples, others can just as easily make the argument that it should be maintained and used on a limited basis for events such as the London to Brighton Veteran Car Run. I wouldn’t even attempt to touch up the areas where the paint has chipped from age and use. Even if you used spectrographic analysis to match the paint, the new paint wouldn’t match up well to the original. Besides, this car is hardly distressed for being 117 years old. It wears its patina as a badge of honor. It escaped the era of restoration for the sake of just making it pretty. It indeed is a true artifact of history, and as such, was well bought. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of RM Sotheby’s.) High Auction Sales for the Past Five Years $100,000 1901 Oldsmobile Model R “Curved Dash” Runabout $40,000 $60,000 $80,000 $20,000 $0 $62,100 $57,287 $49,500 This sale: $40,700 $94,881 2013 N/A 2014 2015 2016 2017 97


Page 96

Race Car Profile 1985 Porsche 959 Paris-Dakar The sale price is way too big to blame on the proverbial dentist from Tulsa who got carried away at the bidder’s bar, so what did we miss? by Thor Thorson Details Year produced: 1985 Number produced: 3 Original list price: N/A Current SCM Median Valuation: $5,945,000 (this car) Chassis # location: On bulkhead just aft of gas tank Engine # location: On fan housing support, right side Club: Porsche Club of America More: www.pca.org Alternatives: 1985 Lancia Delta S4, 1985 Audi Sport Quattro, 1985 Peugeot 205 Turbo 16 SCM Investment Grade: A Comps Chassis number: WP0ZZZ93ZFS010015 Engine number: 6380621 SCM Condition for this car: 3 D espite the enormous success of its productionbased race cars throughout its history, Porsche rarely developed such models as official factory entries, preferring instead to support them in the hands of privateer customers. One of the notable exceptions occurred in the mid-1980s with the advent of one of Stuttgart’s most celebrated and advanced models, the 959. Longtime Porsche driver Jacky Ickx clarified his interest in developing a 959-based entrant in the ParisDakar Rally. Ickx was already driving Porsche 956 examples to great success for the Rothmans team, and Porsche welcomed his ability to bring sponsorship and corresponding development funding, an attractive combination of factors for the 959’s evolution. Under the Rothmans banner, Ickx fielded a Porsche team of three cars at the 1984 Paris-Dakar Rally. To the great surprise of the entire field, René Metge and Dominique Lemoyne drove their car to outright victory, while Ickx and Claude Brasseur claimed 6th, and the third car finished in 17th place. Incredibly, all three cars completed the grueling 7,500-mile race. For the 1985 running of the Dakar Rally, Porsche unveiled three of the first purpose-built 959 examples, employing a new chassis and coachwork in the style of the Gruppe B concept. This featured car, chassis 010015, was one of these three entries. To satisfy homologation requirements, these 959 test mules were developed from 911 SC chassis and then substantially modified to 959 specifications. 98 Incorporating the naturally aspirated 3.2-liter Carrera engine, all three cars were fitted with a new heavy-duty suspension and electronic four-wheel drive. This historically significant developmental example of the 959 claims important competition provenance and long-term private ownership. This incredible piece of Porsche development history is one of only two 959 rally cars in private hands. SCM Analysis This car, Lot 196, sold for $5,945,000, including buyer’s pre- mium, at RM Sotheby’s Porsche 70th Anniversary auction in Atlanta, GA, on October 27, 2018. There is an old saying, “Old men and fools predict weather in the mountains,” and the same seems to apply to auction results. Most SCM readers are very aware that the collector- car market crested a few years ago and has been in a general, gentle decline since then. However, this trend is anything but comprehensive: Every once in a while, a sale comes along that defies conventional logic. Last month, I wrote about an Elva Mk I sports racer that inexplicably sold for at least twice what any rational observer would have predicted (January 2019, Race Profile, p. 82), and today I get to try to explain why at least two people at an auction decided that a Porsche 959 Group B rally car is worth close to $6 million. I don’t know the names of the successful bidder or the underbidder. My information sources also are in the dark on this, so I will have to work from what we do know. 1986 Porsche 959 Vorserie coupe Lot 132, s/n WP0ZZZ93ZFS010063 Condition 1Sold at $687,500 RM Auctions, Amelia Island, FL, 3/8/14 SCM# 239251 1986 Audi Quattro Sport hatchback Lot 380, s/n WAUZZZ85ZEA905176 Condition 2Sold at $372,247 Bonhams, Chichester, U.K., 6/26/15 SCM# 265944 1985 Lancia Delta S4 Stradale coupe Lot 36, s/n ZLA038AR00000033 Condition 1Sold at $423,000 Bonhams, Quail Auction, Carmel, CA, 8/24/18 SCM# 6877290 Sports Car Market Robin Adams ©2018, courtesy of RM Sotheby’s


Page 97

Blowing away the estimate To start with, the pre-sale estimate was $3 million–$3.4 million, so that is what RM Sotheby’s was hoping for. Two knowledgeable Porsche brokers and a specialist for a different auction company all agreed that the car was $3 million on a very good day, which provides corroboration. But our subject car sold for almost twice that. The sale price is way too big to blame on the proverbial dentist from Tulsa who got carried away at the bidder’s bar. Somebody made what he or she saw as a rational decision. The question is, what did we miss? Three possible factors I suggest that we consider three basic factors: the car, the livery and the possibly special nature of the Porsche market. We’ll start with the car itself. The 1980s were a very good time for Porsche. They were selling road cars like crazy and were so dominant in both international and American road racing that Porsches filled well over half of every starting grid. In going from strength to strength, Porsche decided to challenge Ferrari and Lamborghini in the emerging ultra-performance supercar market. So the 959 project began. For reasons of continuity, marketing and possibly, corporate ego, the car needed to maintain the mechanical layout and some visual similarity to the 911, but it would need all-wheel drive and state-of-the-art electronically controlled suspension. Porsche already had plenty of engine in the competition-proven 935 unit — although more sophisticated dual-stage turbocharging would make street drivability more appropriate without sacrificing horsepower. As a road supercar, it, of course, had a luxurious interior, air conditioning and appropriate creature comforts included. A pure track-racing variant was envisioned, to be called the 961. Porsche had little interest in off-road “adventure” rallies such as Paris-Dakar, as their earlier efforts on the East Africa rally had been unrewarding at best. However, Jacky Ickx, their star driver in FIA endurance racing and core of the important Rothmans sponsorship package, was a difficult man to ignore. Ickx drove a Mercedes G-Wagen in the 1983 Paris-Dakar rally and had enjoyed himself immensely, so he approached Porsche about entering their all-wheel-drive 959 for the 1984 event. After initial reluctance, Porsche agreed to field a three-car team with Rothmans sponsorship and Ickx managing. The 959 itself was inappropriate, so Porsche took 911 SC shells and put 959 drivetrains with jacked-up suspension and normally aspirated engines into them to create what was called the 953. It proved to be the correct weapon for the battle, and Porsche won overall — with all three entries finishing. Let’s do it again This led to considerable corporate enthusiasm for the 1985 event, and the three cars entered had evolved toward the 959 both mechanically and visually — although they were still based on the 911 SC chassis. The all-wheel drive was far more advanced, now with electronic control of the front-rear torque split, and the suspension was more rugged and even higher off the ground. The engine remained normally aspirated in respect to reliability and the lousy gas available in Africa. The bodies now looked like 959s, complete with the distinctive rear- wing treatment. It was not a good year, with two cars crashing out and the third (our subject car) running out of oil pressure with a broken oil line. Porsche entered again in 1986 with a true 959 variant and won, after which they dropped back out of adventure rallying. A factory racer and an important development Our subject Paris-Dakar 959 is thus a very special car, both a purpose-built “factory team” racer and one of three (of five remaining) privately owned examples of an important, if short-lived, part of Porsche racing history. Unless you have a 20,000-acre ranch and the willingness to risk large quantities of money, there is little chance of ever seriously driving it, but if you want to own one, this was likely the only available opportunity. What’s on the car matters In terms of collectibility, livery deserves our consideration. Particularly with racing Porsches, color can matter because it con- jures associations with the great teams of each era. For the 917s of the early 1970s, the blue and orange of the Gulf Wyer racing team implies greatness that can add 20%–40% to the value of a car. The same is true of Rothmans livery for the Porsche racers of the 1980s. Admittedly, all Paris-Dakar Porsches carried Rothmans colors, but the point remains. I’m not sure that we are any closer to working out why this car sold for several million more than the experts were predicting, but we may be on the right track. The Porsche market speaks loudly I have frequently noted that even in today’s soft market, the “crown jewels” have continued to sell very well. A reasonable question is whether this car was a crown jewel. The term generally refers to exquisitely rare, important, beautiful and generally unavailable collection cornerstones, the kind of asset that signifies membership in various ultimately exclusive socio/cultural strata. Ferrari GTOs and TRs are obvious examples, as are Porsche 917s (ideally blue) and various Maserati, Jaguar and Aston Martin racers. But a production-based Porsche? An answer may be that obsessive Porsche collectors are a group unto themselves, and a Rothmans-liveried factory-team rally car from the glory years of the 1980s may well have been seen by several wealthy collectors as an essential — but almost unattainable — puzzle piece for the ultimate Porsche collection. With only one other 1985 959 and one 1984 953 in private hands, the chances of another becoming available are extremely small. So if someone wanted it, the choice was to step up or step away. I suggest that this car was very well sold — but it was probably a rational purchase nonetheless. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of RM Sotheby’s.) February 2019 99


Page 98

Next Gen Profile 1996 BMW 850 CSi The buyer of this low-mileage CSi went home with a lot of beef and oodles of sizzle by Philip Richter Details Years produced: 1994–96 Number produced: Worldwide, 1,510; North America, 225 Original list price: $103,950 Current SCM Median Valuation: $111,435 (subject car) Chassis # location: On plate riveted to right front shock tower Engine # location: On plate attached to right front shock tower Club: BMW Car Club of America Web: www.bmwcca.org Alternatives: 1992–93 Mercedes-Benz 600 SEC, 1993–95 Porsche 928 GTS, 1987–88 BMW M6 SCM Investment Grade: C Comps 1987 BMW M6 coupe Chassis number: WBSEG92010CC88186 SCM Condition for this car: 2 T he BMW 850 CSi was the factory’s flagship model in the mid-1990s. It featured the silky-smooth S70 V12 engine mated to a Getrag 6-speed manual transmission and was one of the first cars to offer drive-by-wire throttle control. Developed from the M70, the S70 increased the bore and stroke and utilized more-aggressive valve timings, resulting in an increase in maximum power to an impressive 380 hp at 5,300 and torque to 402 ft-lb at 4,000 rpm. With the hydraulic control unit mounted on the differential, the 850 uses hydraulic rear steering linked to Servotronic front steering to give precise, high-speed stability and harness the S70’s significant power output for a great driving experience. Discovered by rock legend and Jamiroquai frontman Jay Kay (an avid BMW collector), it was purchased and added to his private collection as only the second owner of the car from new. Recently fitted with a new battery and having been professionally stored and maintained during his ownership, the car is now offered for sale publically for the first time since it was new. The indicated mileage is currently just 12,777 in the hands of its two owners, and the car remains in excellent condition. The 850 CSi is now a rare car (BMW GB only supplied 138) and this is a wonderful opportunity for a collector to acquire a true modern classic that has impeccable provenance and still offers the convenience and safety of relatively modern technology. 100 SCM Analysis This car, Lot 329, sold for $111,436, including buyer’s premium, at Silverstone’s Birmingham, U.K., auction on November 10, 2018. “Where’s the beef?” was a popular catchphrase that originated in the 1980s, when the Wendy’s hamburger chain launched their new advertising campaign. “Where’s the beef” quickly became popular culture in America —the saying was absorbed into the English language as an everyday way of questioning the substance of just about anything. Car and Driver published its inaugural review of the first-generation BMW 850i in July 1991. It summed up the flagship BMW as underwhelming and even referenced Wendy’s commercial in the story’s headline — “Never mind the beef, where’s the magic?” Author Rich Ceppos further noted: “You’d hope that a device for serious driving like the 850i would have sharp-as-a-knife road manners. Hell, BMW practically invented the sports sedan, so that shouldn’t be too pressing an order. But here, too, the 850i disappoints. It feels wide of beam and bulky. Its steering is loose and woozy. On anything but billiard-table-perfect pavement, it simply doesn’t know where straight-ahead is; it sniffs around like a bloodhound in search of a scent and requires constant minding just to keep it centered in the lane. Amazingly, the 850i even stumbles over the seams in the pavement when you change lanes.” 1995 BMW M3 Lightweight Lot 28, s/n WBSBF9326SEH07534 Condition 1Sold at $145,750 Gooding & Co., Amelia Island, FL, 3/11/17 SCM# 6827716 Lot 217, s/n WBAEE1403H2560325 Condition 2+ Sold at $34,000 Bonhams, Greenwich, CT, 6/3/18 SCM# 6869862 1987 BMW M6 coupe Lot 140, s/n WBAEE1405H2560181 Condition 1 Sold at $104,500 Bonhams, Amelia Island, FL, 3/10/17 SCM# 6827918 Sports Car Market James Gibson, courtesy of Silverstone Auctions


Page 99

Bad reviews for the first-gen car The broader automotive press panned the first-generation E31 850i as a vehicle devoid of passion and lacking the soul of a BMW. For $91,000 (approximately $168,000 in today’s dollars), everyone was expecting a religious experience — the 850i under-delivered and left the market wanting more. The banality of the original car was the raison d’être for the birth of the heavily upgraded CSi version that arrived in 1994. BMW went back to the drawing board and built the car they should have created in the first place. They got the CSi right Initially unveiled to the public in 1989, the E31 was considered far more than a mere successor to Paul Braq’s venerable E24 6-series. Designed in 1986 by Klaus Kapitza, the pillarless design appears as an evolved, modern and sporty take on Bruno Sacco’s understated but opulent Mercedes-Benz C126 SEC. The E31 cost more than $1 billion to develop. The 8-Series car sought to move the performance needle to an entirely new level — at a much higher price than other European sports coupes of the era. With a drag coefficient of 0.29 and a V12 powerplant, the new BMW super coupe was (despite its faults) a sleek and powerful machine. The E31 stood at the vanguard of innovation. It was the first street- legal car to offer a V12 with a 6-speed manual transmission. It had a groundbreaking fly-by-wire throttle control system and carried an all-new multi-link rear axle. The car was produced in various 8- and 12-cylinder iterations for almost 10 years — a very long production run by any measure. In total, more than 30,621 E31s were built for the global market. Only 1,510 units carried the esteemed CSi designation. Our subject vehicle is rarer still — given its right-hand-drive configuration. What made the CSi special BMW never produced an official M version of the E31. However, engineers did some development work on an M prototype, and the CSi became the beneficiary of key enhancements that were initially slated for the stillborn M8. Under the hood, the CSi V12 was so heavily modified that BMW had to re-designate the engine with an entirely new code (the CSi V12 motor is known internally as the S70B56). The upgraded engine had improved fuel injection and made 25% more horsepower than the 850i. Other enhancements for the CSi included staggered wheels, upgraded bodywork and a heavily modified suspension. Now a modern classic With the 850 CSi, BMW achieved its goal of adding beef and trim- ming the bun. Because of its comparative rarity and the significant factory perfor- mance upgrades, the 850 CSi is slowly emerging as a legitimate modern classic. Several have recently traded for over six figures. Our subject car sold for $111,436 and is an investment-grade, low-mileage survivor. Relative to recent comparable sales, this car was extremely well bought. Our subject 850 CSi wears the most desirable color of Cosmos Black on black leather, and it has less than 13,000 miles. A reasonably concise ownership history gives this CSi an excellent provenance. From a condition, rarity and color perspective, our subject car eas- ily checks all the boxes and might be the best E31 CSi to have come to market in a long time. Given the low production numbers and the fact that most CSis were driven hard, it might be quite some time before we see another one this good. The buyer of this CSi went home with a lot of beef and oodles of sizzle. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of Silverstone Auctions.) Because of its comparative rarity and the significant factory performance upgrades, the 850 CSi is slowly emerging as a legitimate modern classic. Several have recently traded for over six figures. February 2019 101


Page 102

AUCTIONS IN THIS ISSUE $25.2m RM Sotheby’s, Atlanta, GA, p. 110 $10.8m RM Auctions, Hershey, PA, p. 140 $5.1m H&H, Duxford, U.K., p. 126 $2.7m Branson, Branson, MO, p. 156 $2.1m Bonhams, London, U.K., p. 166 Roundup, p. 174 104 Sports Car Market


Page 103

Sports Car Market Keith Martin’s The Insider’s Guide to Collecting, Investing, Values, and Trends ™ For its October sale at the Porsche Experience Center in Atlanta, GA, RM Sotheby’s assembled a group of 63 Porsches spanning every decade from the 1950s to 2018; Darin Schnabel ©2018, courtesy of RM Sotheby’s February 2019 105


Page 104

Market Reports Overview Bentleys in Paris Milestone anniversary celebrations are great opportunities to sell Top 10 Sales This Issue (Land Auctions Only) By Chad Tyson Y 1. 1985 Porsche 959 Paris-Dakar Rally racer, $5,945,000—RM Sotheby’s, GA, p. 118 2. 2015 Porsche 918 Spyder, $1,407,500—RM Sotheby’s, GA, p. 124 3. 1929 Bentley 4½ Litre tourer, $1,120,945—H&H Auctioneers, Duxford, U.K., p. 128 4. 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7 Lightweight coupe, $1,022,500— RM Sotheby’s, GA, p. 116 5. 1985 Porsche 959 Prototype coupe, $1,000,000—RM Sotheby’s, GA, p. 118 6. 1980 Porsche 935 K4 racer, $885,000—RM Sotheby’s, GA, p. 116 7. 1903 Darracq 24hp Model JJ Rear-Entrance Tonneau, $779,116—Bonhams, U.K., p. 170 8. 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7 Touring coupe, $698,000—RM Sotheby’s, GA, p. 116 9. 2011 Porsche 911 GT3 RS 4.0 coupe, $566,000—RM Sotheby’s, GA, p. 124 10. 1994 Porsche 911 Turbo S Flachbau X85 coupe, $560,000— RM Sotheby’s, GA, p. 120 Best Buys 1971 Porsche 911E 2.2 coupe, $67,200—RM Sotheby’s, GA, p. 114 106 ou have probably heard that Bentley is celebrating 100 years in 2019. The hobby has already started to respond to that milestone, with high-level Bentleys com- ing to auction blocks around the world, as well as to major concours as a featured-marque category. Bonhams, in particular, has been promoting a few cars since early December. They will feature a 6½ Litre saloon and an 8 Litre open tourer, among others, at their Grand Palais sale. RM Sotheby’s and Artcurial, the official Rétromobile auction house, will be returning to Paris in early February, too. I’ve heard and experienced that springtime is the best time in Paris, but late winter off the Champs-Élysées is surely close. Anniversaries aside, it’s an interesting group of auctions, thanks in part to the sheer volume of cars to which I, along with many Americans, have never had any exposure. A Hispano-Suiza, Venturi and OSCA are all on the docket this year. 70 Years of Porsche Porsche as a whole — from the first example constructed from Beetle parts to whatever future beyond-hyper cars they’ll roll out from Stuttgart or Leipzig — stands apart from most every other auto manufacturer. Some companies make cars with better performance statistics, some with more-robust everyday capabilities, and some with even more of the bleeding edge of technology stuffed into every seat crevice and air vent. But nobody does all three at the level of Porsche — especially not for as long as Porsche has done it. For those reasons, among others, Porsche fans are legion. A 2011 Canadian study learned that 97.4% of Porsches made in the 25 preceding years were still on the road. How often have you heard that the best ability is avail- ability? Last year was Porsche’s 70th anniversary as a carmaker, with celebrations aplenty. Looking at a timeline of events, it seems that RM Sotheby’s put the proverbial bow on the box with their Porsche 70th Anniversary sale at Porsche Experience Center Atlanta. You can read all about that 63-car, $25m sale from reporter Daren Kloes on p. 110. Plus, included in Roundup is Paul Hardiman’s coverage of Silverstone’s Porsche sale from late September. It’s a testament to the brand power that Porsche can offer two CUV/SUV vehicles and still maintain an aura of performance. Pumping out accessible, fun sports cars (718 Cayman and Boxster), groundbreaking hypercars (918), and pick-your-poison high performance (911 GT3 or GT2 RS) Porsche celebrates 70 years of uniqueness Sales Totals of Auctions in This Issue Nixon September 22, 2018 Rosemount, MN Silverstone-Porsche Sale Northamptonshire, U.K. September 28, 2018 Northamptonshire, U.K. September 28, 2018 Vicari/Dan Kruse Waxahachie, TX October 6, 2018 October 11–12, 2018 RM Auctions Hershey, PA October 17, 2018 October 19–20, 2018 Branson, MO Branson October 27, 2018 RM Sotheby’s Atlanta, GA November 2, 2018 London, U.K. Bonhams $0 $2.1m $5m 1: National concours standard/perfect 2: Very good, club concours, some small flaws 3: Average daily driver in decent condition Duxford, U.K. H&H Silverstone $299k $2.6m $1.7m $197k $10.8m $5.1m $2.8m $25.2m $10m $15m SCM 1–6 Scale Condition Rating: 4: Still a driver but with some apparent flaws 5: A nasty beast that runs but has many problems 6: Good only for parts keeps that brand halo glowing brightly. Of course, looking back at 70 years of mostly highs and a few lows certainly helps keep that light burning. Most of us won’t be around to see it, but don’t be surprised if Porsche is also around to celebrate its 140th anniversary. ♦ $20m $25m $30m 1965 Sunbeam Tiger convertible, $55,064—H&H Auctioneers, U.K., p. 131 1974 Porsche 911 3.0 RSR replica coupe, $124,755—Silverstone, U.K., p. 180 1951 Jaguar XK 120 coupe, $96,250—RM Auctions, PA, p. 140 1986 Porsche 924 S coupe, $1,761—Silverstone, U.K., p. 180 Sports Car Market


Page 106

Market Reports Overview Buy/Sell/Hold Rolls, Bentley and the small Porsche by Chad Tyson Buy: Late-’50s/early-’60s Rolls-Royce standard sedans The idea is to buy low, right? The recent update to the SCM Pocket Price Guide shows a slew of reductions for this era of Rolls-Royces. Of the top 40 lines with the largest reduction in median price, 10 were Rolls-Royce models. When the rare and desirable models, such as the coachbuilt Silver Cloud III, Phantom V (Park Ward or James Young) or Silver Wraith drop by a third or more, it’s easy to guess what happens to the more common ones. Silver Cloud I and II standard steel saloons were two of the biggest drops in the price-guide update. Now, with respective medians of $27k and $22k, they’re real bargains in their segment of the market — especially with all the eyeballs on Bentley this year. We’re not quite at the point where hipsters will start buying them up and living in them in a most posh urban campsite down by the river, but with a few more years of drops like we’ve seen recently, we might just get there. Sell: Bentley S-type Continentals While the base S-type is more or less a re-grilled Silver Cloud, mentioned above, the Continentals are the high-performance versions in lighter-weight bodies. It’s also not too late to get in on the hype for Bentley’s 100th an- niversary in 2019. Concours from Boca to Pebble will feature Bentley classes, and, if you’ve already been and done, perhaps it’s a good time to let someone else have a go. Expect plenty of interest in the first half of 2019 on your desirable Continental. The updated price guide accompanying this magazine shows that of the eight lines of S-type Continentals, half showed double-digit increases over the past guide. Don’t be greedy — sell yours today and smile all the way to the bank. old: 1973–76 Porsche 914/4 2.0-L Don’t sell too early. Anybody with a pulse and working vision can see ver the last year that interest in 914s is heating up. The 914/6 is already an 80k-plus car, so their 4-cylinder-powered brethren have a little room to row from the sub-$20k range they’ve been stuck in for a decade. Buyers are into them now. The 2.0-L examples in particular are jump- g in price. The latest update to the SCM price guide saw the model’s edian sale price go from $17k to over $23k. That’s a 38% spike, and the ggest among any non-GT 914s. Sure, it helps the numbers when two Porsche-specific sales (RM otheby’s and Silverstone) occur within a couple of months of each other nd a lot of enthusiasts gather to outbid each other for the cars on offer. What that tells me is that there will be plenty of opportunities to unload our 2.0 at a later date to the right crowd, hopefully after a fair bit more ppreciation. 108 Sports Car Market BUY SELL HOLD


Page 108

RM Sotheby’s Atlanta, GA The Porsche 70th Anniversary Auction After sustained competition on the block, the Works-entered ’85 Paris-Dakar 959 rally car nearly doubled its pre-sale estimate, totaling $5.9m Company RM Sotheby’s Date October 27, 2018 Location Atlanta, GA Auctioneer Maarten ten Holder Automotive lots sold/offered 53/63 Sales rate 84% Sales total $25,224,640 High sale 1985 Porsche 959 ParisDakar Works racer, sold at $5,945,000 One of three developmental examples — 1985 Porsche 959 Paris-Dakar Rally racer, sold at $5,945,000 Report and photos by Daren Kloes Market opinions in italics all about its 70th Anniversary — a yearlong festival with major exhibitions in Europe and the U.S., including the Rennsport Reunion in Monterey, where more than 80,000 zealot gathered to celebrate the brand. In March, RM Sotheby’s announced it woul P join the party, with a single-marque auction at the Porsche Experience Center Atlanta. The event was to feature some of the world’s most sought-after collectible Porsches spanning the company’s seven-decade history. A lofty goal to be sure, but it did not disappoint. On October 27, RM Sotheby’s assembled a group of erhaps more than any other marque, Porsche has embraced its heritage, celebrating with its flock at every given opportunity. This year was Atlanta, GA Buyer’s premium 12% on the first $250,000; 10% thereafter, included in sold prices me of the most important Porsche vehicles ever brought to public auction. ly every decade was represented, ranging from a pair of very early 1951 lit-window models to a brand-new 2018 model dubbed “Project Gold.” The Experience Center is a fabulous shrine to all things Porsche, featuring a 1.6-mile track, car gallery, studio, restoration center and two restaurants. Its beautiful European design made for interesting photography at nearly every angle. The high sale of the weekend was an upside surprise when a Worksentered ’85 Paris-Dakar rally car once piloted by three-time winner René Metge nearly doubled its pre-sale estimate. After sustained competition from several bidders both in the room and on the phone, the drama finally subsided when it settled at $5,945,000, including commission. There was no shortage of high-end sales, as six cars sold for more than a million dollars each. Of these, the highest-profile sale ($3,415,000, benefiting the Ferry Porsche foundation) went to “Project Gold,” the final air-cooled 911 Turbo built, completed just this year by the factory’s Porsche Classic department using a left-over 993 shell. It featured many improvements over the 1990s models, making a case that Stuttgart’s workshop can hold its own alongside the best custom shops (such as Singer, Magnus or Emory) that have grown in prominence in recent years. Adding to the list of the million-dollar-plus club were a 2015 918 Spyder hy- brid ($1,407,500), a ’73 Carrera RS 2.7 prototype ($1,325,000), a ’73 2.7 RS Carrera Lightweight ($1,022,500), and an ’85 959 prototype ($1,000,000). Honorable mention goes to the impressive offering of memorabilia that went for astonishing prices, most notably a group of 911 sales literature surpassing its $7,000 upper estimate. It closed at $20,400. When all was done, the sale generated $25.2m, with an enviable 84% sell-through 2018 Porsche 911 Turbo Classic Series “Project Gold” coupe — sold for $3,415,000 110 rate. RM Sotheby’s should be commended in assembling a most jaw-dropping docket, and while this is likely to remain a single historic event, RM Sotheby’s and Porsche have SCM’s vote for its return next year as an annual affair. ♦ Sports Car Market


Page 110

RM Sotheby’s Atlanta, GA GERMAN #203-1956 PORSCHE 356A 1600 Super Speedster. S/N: 82780. Eng. # 80703. Glacier White/black cloth/red Rexine. Odo: 35,304 miles. Very original and clean two-owner car with 35k miles. Sold in 1967 for $2k to the current owner, who logged just 3,000 miles during his 51 years of ownership. Very rare seats in original Rexine material that remain in outstanding condition. Repainted hood, and some small touch-ups to front end. Large paint bubble on passenger’s side fender. Stock wheels swapped for chrome units in 1969. Front badge bar and rear ski rack are unique items made by the owner. The top has reportedly never been erected by the owner. Comes with original side curtains, tools and manuals. Cond: 2-. so when one comes to market, we have come to expect insanity. The tug from our male ego’s need to “fix” things takes control of our wallets and soon we have paid twice as much as we should have. How else can we justify this lunacy? The buyer will be financially buried in this project before it is completed, but at least he’ll be able to say he restored it. Special kudos to the auction company for resisting the term “barn find” when describing this crusty project. Sold at the top. #197-1960 PORSCHE 356B Super 90 coupe. S/N: 112930. Eng. # 801199. Ivory/red leather. Odo: 706 miles. Prepared and raced for many years and recently treated to a twoyear nut-and-bolt, bare-metal restoration with 500 miles added since. Finished in its original Ivory color with a maroon racing stripe added down the middle. Fitted with roll bar, leather hood and trunk straps, nerf bars, wood steering wheel, racing harness and awesome vintage timer embedded in dash. Retains its original numbers-matching Super 90 engine. Shows light use overall, and the door weatherstrip has become detached and is hanging down. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $494,500. This fabulously original Speedster was accompanied to the auction by its long-term owner and his sons. The fifthgeneration meat cutter is now an octogenarian requiring the assistance of a walker for mobility. Despite his ear-to-ear smile, I couldn’t help but tear up a little when I witnessed his pride and joy being sold. The car was a fabulous original, and the auction chatter indicated a possible record price. In the end, it sold for a strong price, but slightly shy of some auction-goers’ expectations. #173-1958 PORSCHE 356A 1600 Super Speedster. S/N: 83799. Silver metallic/black leather. Odo: 13,397 miles. Believed to have lived its early life around Dallas until 1984, when the consignor purchased it. During its 70k miles, the 356 developed rot in the floor pans, trunk and battery box. The owner had intended to restore the car, and stripped it of its paint before losing interest. Allegedly, the 1600 Super engine runs, but the deteriorated brakes keep it from being a driver. Originally special ordered with coupe seats that included headrests, but they have since been replaced with proper Speedster seats. Said to be complete and includes boxes of spares accompanying the sale. Cond: 5. more formidable. Sold on the high end for this model, but would be seriously hard to replicate. #174-1965 PORSCHE 911 coupe. S/N: 303093. Polo Red/black vinyl. Odo: 95,580 miles. Early 911 from the first full year of production. Still wears its original Polo Red paint, now showing a nice patina. Equipped when new with a Webasto gas heater and Blaupunkt Frankfurt radio. Later fitted with correct-datecoded chrome wheels. Engine rebuilt in 1999 with 90k miles registered. Original interior in excellent condition. Retains its wood-trimmed steering wheel, jack, tool roll and owner’s manual. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $190,400. The look of an outlaw, but with a stock engine and chassis. Tastefully done with a period look, using upgrade components that would be available to a hobby SCCA or club racer in the 1960s. This car sold 10 months earlier at Mecum’s Kissimmee auction for $176k (SCM# 6861560), so likely a loss for the seller today after commission and expenses. A small price to pay for a full summer’s worth of driving this attractive little racer. Even given the loss, however, I’d claim this well sold. #187-1963 PORSCHE 356B 1600 Sunroof SOLD AT $307,500. Projects like this Speedster are becoming fewer and farther between, 112 coupe. S/N: 125136. Eng. # 600530. Black/black leather. Odo: 27,324 miles. Wonderful, unrestored and mostly original sunroof coupe. Matching-numbers engine and gearbox as verified by Kardex. About 50% original paint showing several imperfections, especially dents and touch-ups to rear bumper. Some rust bubbles forming behind rear quarter window. Leather seats are original with a fabulous patina, but interior has a musty smell. Includes nice period touches like Rudge wheels, Leitz luggage rack and a Becker radio. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $117,600. Kept at the first owner’s vacation home in the Hamptons for more than 50 years. As oft said, they’re only original once, and few can be found like this, having been well cared for since new. This car is eminently usable, whether for touring, concours preservation class, or even as a daily driver for the SOLD AT $246,400. First introduced at the September 1963 Frankfurt Motor Show, but production didn’t begin until late ’64. The earliest models possess a purity and elegance as the first of the breed, and are highly sought after. A few digits earlier in production can mean tens of thousands of dollars. This car was made toward the middle of ’65. While not one of the earliest, it still has the cachet of being a ’65, and possesses many unique early features. On top of that, it retains its original patina, further adding to its virtues. It found an appreciative buyer today in a strong but not entirely surprising result. #180-1968 PORSCHE 911L 2.0 coupe. S/N: 11805291. Eng. # 3280983. Light ivory/ black leatherette. Odo: 93,691 miles. Three owners since new and restored to a driver level eight years ago. Repainted to a good standard; seats have been reupholstered. Becker radio, headrests and tinted rear window. White headliner shows wear and age. Some pitting to chrome, and scratches on sill plates. Cond: 3-. Sports Car Market


Page 112

RM Sotheby’s Atlanta, GA SOLD AT $114,800. A one-year-only production model, the L was an “S” model without the S engine, as it would not pass U.S. emissions. The L had the standard 130-hp engine but all other S equipment and was the most expensive American model offered. This would make an enjoyable grocery-getter, but would require some attention before entering the show circuit. As such, I would characterize the sales price as spot-on, despite falling short of the $125k lower estimate. #166-1969 PORSCHE 911E 2.0 coupe. S/N: 119220093. Polo Red/black leatherette. Odo: 82,164 miles. Solid Virginia barn find stored since 1986. Weathered original paint and badges. Rust and pitting to chrome. Cracks in dash, aged-looking headliner, and door pockets have been pulled out. Original Blaupunkt radio and correct date-coded Fuchs. Not currently running, and not much history, but apparently ran an autocross in Riverside in 1973—which may explain its solid body if it lived part of its life in California. Cond: 4. E, which stood for “Einspritzung” (German for “injection”) was fitted with mechanical injection just like the S. The E was less highstrung than the S and easier to live with in big cities with heavy traffic. The color on this example makes it stand out from the rest in a shade that is unmistakably late ’60s/early ’70s. A beautiful restoration and sold appropriately. #201-1970 PORSCHE 911S 2.2 coupe. S/N: 9110301049. Tangerine/black leatherette. Odo: 38,427 miles. Extraordinary, mostly original car with repainted hood and deck lid. Nice original leatherette interior. Three owners since new, and the consignor has cared for it for 43 years. Original spare tire and wheelmounted toolkit. Cond: 2. for so much less than the similar Willow Green 914/6 (Lot 168, $145,600). The best explanation was in the difference in the shade of green, proving once again that Porsche buyers are picky about their colors. This one was sold at a price closer to comparable examples. #168-1971 PORSCHE 914/6 convertible. S/N: 9141430230. Willow Green/black vinyl/ black vinyl. Odo: 19,955 miles. Mechanically restored in 2005 with extensive modifications. The engine was expanded to 2.2 liters with Mahle pistons. Suspension included Koni shocks and a 911S cross member. The brakes were upgraded with 911S units and the transmission converted with later, better side-shift linkage. A new owner restored the cosmetics in 2009. Excellent paint, interior, new seals, aftermarket steering wheel and radio delete. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $81,200. The first of the long-hood models and the last to be fitted with the 2.0-L engine. This was the E, or Einspritzung, model, nestled between the entry T and sporting S models, and featuring easy-to-live-with fuel injection. There is a fine line between preservation class and the ideal restoration candidate, but this car was solidly among the latter. A huge price, with many tens of thousands yet to spend. Much better, ready-to-go examples can be found for this price. Very well sold. #194-1969 PORSCHE 911E 2.0 coupe. S/N: 119220874. Eng. # 6291719. Bahama Yellow/black vinyl. Odo: 10,576 miles. Nicely restored in original Bahama Yellow with a white Porsche stripe along the lower doors. Seats have been redone in black leatherette, and look like new. A quality restoration throughout on what is believed to be an original California car. Numbers-matching engine, but gearbox has been replaced. A few small nicks and scratches on wheel paint. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $193,200. The top-model 1970 S benefited from an increase in displacement to 2.2 L from 2.0 L during the previous year’s production. The wheelbase had also grown 57 mm (2.24 inches) in an effort to curb oversteer experienced on the earlier cars. The result was a more refined, better-handling car with a bit more power to back it up. This car was incredibly well preserved and deserving of its nearly 2015-level result. #204-1970 PORSCHE 914/6 convertible. S/N: 9140432343. Eng. # 6405550. Green metallic/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 72,480 miles. Restored mechanics and cosmetics on what was represented as a 72k-mile, original car. Repainted and reupholstered to an excellent standard. Original engine overhaul included NOS replacement of rare heat exchangers. Fitted with original Fuchs wheels. A beautiful car, but despite new weatherstripping, the trunk was filled with at least a gallon of water from the previous night’s rainfall. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $145,600. Perhaps more than any other marque, Porsche enthusiasts place a high value on body color. This Willow Green example was one of two known and commanded a $50k premium over a similar-condition 914/6 offered in a darker metallic green shade. The mods—usually a detriment—may have also contributed to the price differential, as they were tastefully and almost invisibly executed. Quality 914s continue to show strength in the market, and we probably haven’t seen the end of similar upside surprises. BEST BUY #171-1971 PORSCHE 911E 2.2 Targa. S/N: 9111210884. Ivory/black leather. Odo: 98,539 miles. Glass- rear-window, long-hood Targa in excellent condition. Recent bare-metal repaint to the original color of Ivory, using correct Glasurit paint. Replaced leather seats and carpets, also excellent. Fuchs alloy wheels. Door weatherstrip hanging loose, but an easy fix. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $123,200. The E model occupied the more-luxurious space between the entrylevel T and sportier S in the model lineup. The 114 SOLD AT $95,200. 914s have finally begun to command some respect. Deservedly so, as their peppy mid-engines, topless body and go-cart handling offer a rather unusual and utterly satisfying driving experience. The 914/6 is at the top of the heap among the engines offered, and this was a fine example. The buzz around this offering was how it could sell SOLD AT $67,200. Even a high-profile sale such as this one can produce a few bargains. This is the one that caught buyers sleeping when it slipped through at no reserve. Sold for $14k less than the red ’69 barn find a few lots earlier, but this one is ready to go. Condolences to the seller, as this was almost surely a loss. Sports Car Market


Page 114

RM Sotheby’s Atlanta, GA #175-1973 PORSCHE 911 Carrera RS 2.7 Lightweight coupe. S/N: 9113601580. Grand Prix White/black leatherette. Odo: 90,864 miles. Iconic 2.7 RS Sport, of which only 200 were made. Successfully campaigned by Swiss racer Eugen Strähl, who raced it extensively in 1974, including three appearances at Hockenheim. A fabulous restoration down to the duplication of the correct pattern of factory-applied undercoating. Presented in road-going trim, most components are original to the car, including the rare Silumin-case engine. Gearbox replaced with factory unit early on. First in Class at 2018 Porsche Parade. Cond: 2+. TOP 10 No. 4 the S with a 2.7-L engine, larger wheels, flared quarters and the famous ducktail spoiler, for which it would become forever known. This was the Touring model built for homologation and has been in high demand since it was produced when new. An expected result for a highly desirable model. #181-1973 PORSCHE 911 Carrera RSR 2.8 coupe. S/N: 9113600756. Eng. # 7931024. Yellow/black cloth. Odo: 817 miles. One of 55 2.8 RSRs built for the 1973 season. Historically significant, having achieved 4th overall at the 12 Hours of Sebring in 1973, and 11th at Watkins Glen. Retains original chassis and production numbers, as well as the original VIN plate. Notably fitted with the correct-spec RSR “high butterfly” engine and original gearbox, as well as many other rare RSR bits. Repainted to a very good standard, now showing just a few small nicks around the hood edges and small bends at the corners. U.S. buyers pay an import duty of 2.5%. Cond: 2-. of power at the rear. A less-than-skilled driver can easily swap ends, leaving a rear-facing 911-shaped hole in the hedge. Combining today’s grippier rubber, a couple of easy suspension mods, and a little practice can make a 930 a hoot to drive unlike anything else. This car shows all signs of a pampered life, and the unusual red interior really pops. A strong sale today, but not many collector-quality examples remain. #178-1980 PORSCHE 935 K4 racer. S/N: 935K402. Black/black cloth. Second of two 935 K4s built by privateer Kremer presented in as-raced condition by Danny Ongais in Interscope Racing team livery. IMSA racing history, achieving a 3rdplace finish in the 1982 season. Scratches and stars in the paint. Cracks in plexiglass headlight covers. Requires a “mechanical recommissioning” prior to racing again. Cond: 3. TOP 10 No. 6 SOLD AT $1,022,500. Built to meet FIA regulations for the RSR racing model, the public version offered here has been coveted by Porschephiles since new, when the initial offering was snapped up by word-of-mouth buyers. Even more desirable today, this is the stripped-down M471 club-racer Sport version, more commonly known as the Lightweight. The market is a little off its highs from a couple of years ago. As such, sold where expected at about mid-estimate. Pricey for sure, but the Carrera 2.7 RS remains one of the blue-chip investments among vintage Porsches. #192-1973 PORSCHE 911 Carrera RS 2.7 Touring coupe. S/N: 9113600463. Eng. # 6630393. Light ivory/ black leatherette. Odo: 2,062 km. First delivered to Brazil with sport seats, Carrera script, metric instruments, including a 250-kph speedometer, and options including limitedslip differential, radio, heated rear window, headrests, fog lamps, a/c, electric windows and sunroof. Built during the first run of 500 examples. Excellent paint and interior with break-in wear to the seats. Cond: 2. TOP 10 No. 8 NOT SOLD AT $2,000,000. Holy Grail status in the Porsche world, as this model captured wins at the 24 Hours of Daytona, 12 Hours of Sebring, Targa Florio, and six of nine rounds in the 1973 European GT Championship. One of the last great all-arounders, and even today, the perfect ticket into the Le Mans or Daytona 500 Classic events. Restored to better-than-racer standard and reportedly race ready. These models are rarely offered, so there are few comparables, but today’s high bid seemed like enough. The seller thought otherwise, so back home it goes. #176-1977 PORSCHE 930 Turbo Carrera coupe. S/N: 9307800697. Eng. # 6870 714. Guards Red/red leather. Odo: 27,560 miles. Long-term single-owner car, with super-low miles. Excellent partial repaint and sharp original leather in bright red showing appropriate light creases revealing character. Spent the majority of its life in Colombia, where it had an engine rebuild in Bogatá, just prior to returning to the States last year. Features sunroof, a/c and Blaupunkt stereo. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $885,000. Porsche had abandoned 935 racing in the late 1970s, leaving non-factory teams to pick up the slack. Ingenuity ensued, and private teams were able to pump horsepower up to 800, making for a pretty exciting circuit. This K4 was developed by the renowned Kremer Brothers, and was an even beefier version of the model they developed into the overall Le Mans winner in 1979. Loads of history and a strong testament to the creativity of privateers when given the opportunity. Sold within an expected range. #200-1983 PORSCHE 956 Group C racer. S/N: 956110. Blue & white/black cloth. RHD. As raced, and finish shows cracks and chips in paint and cracks in the plexi headlight covers. Heavy wear to driver’s seat. Momo steering wheel. Overall winner in 1983 at Brands Hatch and Can-Am at Road America. Also entered at Le Mans in ’83 and ’84, and claimed the most original of the nine surviving WEC privateer 956s. Also known for achieving a top speed of 225 mph on the Mulsanne Straight at Le Mans. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $698,000. In 1972, the FIA effectively removed the race-bred 917 from competing by limiting engine displacement to three liters. The company had to rely on its production cars, but felt the regular S model wasn’t up to the task. Porsche essentially upgraded 116 SOLD AT $151,200. The 930 developed a reputation as Porsche’s wild child, with loads NOT SOLD AT $3,500,000. Purchased new and raced by John Fitzpatrick Racing. Fitz himself attended the auction and was brought to the caller’s podium. Asked about the car, he simply responded in an unmistakably British fashion, “I rather recommend it.” This was Sports Car Market


Page 116

RM Sotheby’s Atlanta, GA one of the few star cars at the auction that didn’t sell. Surprising given its history, but purpose-built race cars are not for everyone. Bid well shy of the $5,250,000 lower estimate. #196-1985 PORSCHE 959 ParisDakar Rally racer. S/N: WP0ZZZ93ZFS010015. Eng. # 6380621. Blue & white/black cloth. Odo: 15,563 miles. One of three developmental examples of the 959 model built in 1985 to compete in the ParisDakar rally. Developed from the 911SC chassis to satisfy homologation requirements, and then modified to 959 specs, but retaining the 3.2-liter Carrera engine as opposed to the originally conceived turbocharged unit that helped the factory win the following year’s rally. Heavy-duty suspension and electronically administered 4WD. Presented in correct Rothmans livery and in as-raced condition, showing some well-earned imperfections and paint chips. Cond: 3. TOP 10 No. 1 scratches and stars in the paint, worn carpets with chunks missing around the pedals and a lifting of the seal around the windshield. Very 1980s maroon and gray leather showing wear on the driver’s side bolster. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $1,000,000. It takes a certain kind of Porschephile to appreciate a prototype. In contrast to the typical buyer’s pursuit of perfection, a prototype buyer believes these cars are made perfect by their imperfections. Each scrape and scar on this test mule represents a chapter in the development of one of the most iconic Porsches ever conceived. Sold post-sale for less than many expected. #172-1988 PORSCHE 911 Turbo Flach- bau coupe. S/N: WP0JB093XJS050552. Black/Parchment leather. Odo: 2,245 miles. Near-mint original car. As if the Turbo S and Flachbau options weren’t enough, it is also equipped with a sunroof, limited-slip differential, special foil stone guards, security system and upgraded sound system. The Flachbau, or flat-nose, package alone was a $28k option when new. Cond: 2+. ride after its debut in 1975. Fourteen years of development helped tame the slippery rear end and turbo lag, culminating in this, the final 930 offering. To top it off, the 1989 model was fitted with the bulletproof G50 5-speed and hydraulic clutch. Combined with stiffer suspension components and damper settings for a better ride in the corners, the ’89 was the most refined and easiest 930 to live with. This outstanding example sold for strong money but was deserving of the premium. #198-1989 PORSCHE 911 Turbo cabrio- let. S/N: WP0EB0932KS070197. Eng. # 68K00349. Guards Red/black cloth/Cashmere leather. Odo: 1,345 miles. Primarily a Florida car with single ownership for 27 years. Original Alpine CD stereo with six speakers. Unblemished Fuchs wheels. Utilizes the steadfast G50 5-speed. Recent major service performed, and comes with full documentation. Some of the carpets still retain the plastic covering applied at the factory. An exceptional original car. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $5,945,000. All three of Porsche’s entries in the ’85 Paris-Dakar Rally failed to finish, this one due to a ruptured oil line. Lessons learned, however, were instrumental in the development of the following year’s trio of 959s that finished 1, 2 and 6. Historically significant in the development of the 959, presented in its original Rothmans livery, and driven later at Goodwood by the legendary Porsche driver Jacky Ickx. While these facts alone set the scene for a record-setting sale, equally interesting is how the factory let one get away. Porsche is well known for retaining its historically significant racing cars in the factory archives. That this one somehow escaped into private hands is astonishing and helped it to achieve today’s phenomenal result. (See profile, p. 98.) TOP 10 No. 5 #191-1985 PORSCHE 959 Prototype coupe. S/N: WP0ZZZ93ZFS010007. Eng. # 65F00016. Ruby Red Metallic/ gray & maroon leather. Odo: 26,524 km. One of 12 959 prototypes, this one built primarily for electrical system and hot-weather testing. Pre-production differences include the absence of power steering, fuel-filler cap, passenger’s side wing mirror and rear seat backs. Most notable visible feature included is fitting of pearl-white magnesium wheels. Shows SOLD AT $307,500. Ho, hum, just another Porsche Turbo S Flachbau with little more than delivery miles on it. What?!? Actually, an amazing find from just down the road, having been delivered new in Atlanta. Apparently represents at least part of the spoils from a divorce ultimately won by the Mrs. and kept by her until 2017. For every factory-made Flachbau, there are at least 10 aftermarket conversions. If it’s the real deal you’re after, they don’t come much nicer than this. On the upper end of the value scale, but among the best around. #165-1989 PORSCHE 911 Turbo coupe. S/N: WP0JB0936KS050596. Black/black leather. Odo: 26,119 miles. Terrific original paint and leather interior in desirable blackon-black color scheme. Condition throughout is commensurate with its low miles, and reflects an obvious high level of care earned over its nearly 30 years. Retains original owner’s manuals, tool roll and jack. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $207,200. There’s low miles, and then there is ridiculously low miles. Seriously? Who would buy a car like this and only put 1,345 miles on it in 30 years?! Problem is, it becomes the reference point for all other ’89 930 Turbo convertibles, and the market dictates a responsibility to preserve it exactly as it is, low miles and all. I say balderdash—get out and drive it! Expensive, but find another. #202-1992 PORSCHE 911 Carrera RS coupe. S/N: WP0ZZZ96ZNS491384. Guards Red/black leatherette. Odo: 98 km. Factorystripped RS based on the Carrera Cup and equipped with the M64 engine producing 260 hp; a model unavailable in the U.S. Buyer chose to honor its lightweight spirit, resisting such options as power windows, stereo or a/c. Wears original Cup wheels. Essentially a new car with only 98 kilometers showing. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $196,000. The 930 Turbo quickly developed a reputation as a squirrelly, wild 118 NOT SOLD AT $530,000. When introduced, the much-refined 964 model included so many luxury options that Porsche buyers started questioning the company’s sporting heritage. The RS was an attempt to put their minds at Sports Car Market


Page 118

RM Sotheby’s Atlanta, GA ease, with numerous tweaks to boost performance and reduce weight. This one has led a charmed life, having been purchased by a Dutch musician, and subsequently owned by a Belgian lord. Presented in essentially new condition with fewer than 100 km, the low mileage helped it more than double its price over other fine examples, but still did not sell. Destined to remain a piece of art. #177-1993 PORSCHE 911 RS America coupe. S/N: WP0AB2961PS419183. Eng. # 62P02392. Ferrari Yellow/black cloth. Odo: 17,764 miles. One of 701 built and just four in paint-to-sample Ferrari Yellow (Giallo Fly). Built for lightweight, but a/c was one creature comfort added when new. Deleted stereo and sunroof. Excellent original paint and interior with low miles. Cond: 2. #163-1994 PORSCHE 911 Carrera 4 wide-body coupe. S/N: WP0AB2968RS420348. Grand Prix White/black leather. Odo: 32,284 miles. Excellent original paint and full leather interior. Loaded with power windows and sunroof, a/c, eight-way seats and 17-inch Carrera Cup wheels. One of 267 wide-body, Turbo-look coupes built for North America and only 29 in Grand Prix White. AWD derived from the 959, and an electric spoiler that rises automatically at higher speeds. Driver’s door shuts a little hard. Cond: 2-. tions. Leather interior very good, with just light wear noted on the driver’s side bolster. Equipped with an automatic transmission, and reportedly one of fewer than 10 painted in Grand Prix White. Front mats have been replaced. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $162,400. The brainchild of PCNA CEO Fred Schwab when customers began complaining the product line had lost its sporting soul. The idea was to return to its roots by reducing weight to under 3,000 pounds, and adding performance items such as sport suspension, C2 Turbo wheels, Big Red disc brakes and a fixed tail. The result was a car that felt lighter in the corners and could do 60 mph in 4.6 seconds and a top speed of 157 mph. This was an A-grade example sold for an appropriate number. SOLD AT $117,600. Just prior to the end of 964 series production, Porsche set aside a few chassis for special wide-body coachwork featuring fatter front fenders and rear-quarter flares. It offered the buyer the similarly muscular lines of the Turbo, but with a little less hair on its chest. This was a terrific example showing a high level of care provided by its three previous owners over 32k miles. Unsold at a bid of $110k (SCM# 6869761) at RM’s Fort Lauderdale auction six months earlier, the seller netted about the same today after expenses. The market has spoken, and the seller was unlikely to do better at auction in today’s market. #164-1994 PORSCHE 928 GTS coupe. S/N: WP0AA2923RS820091. Eng. # 81R50528. Grand Prix White/Cashmere leather. Odo: 16,159 miles. All original with excellent paint, very low miles and no visible modifica- SOLD AT $112,000. It’s hard to imagine today that this was the model slotted to replace the 911! Had Peter Schutz not won the corporate battle to keep the 911 in the lineup, the company simply wouldn’t have survived as we know it. This was the final iteration of the 928’s evolution, and arguably the best. Its 5.4-liter engine pumping out 345 horses put it in supercar territory at the time, but this model was built for the open road rather than the track. This example was equipped with an automatic transmission that might have killed the sale on any other model, but seemed somehow fitting for its Gran Turismo personality. The market didn’t seem to mind, as this fine specimen hammered on the high end. #188-1994 PORSCHE 911 Carrera 2 Speedster. S/N: WP0CB2968RS465265. Eng. # 62P05218. Guards Red/black cloth/gray & black leather. Very low miles, and well optioned with climate control, cruise control, cassette radio and limited-slip differential. Color-matched Guards Red alloy Cup wheels with Bridgestones. Retains books, manuals, service records and a recent full service. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $190,400. Evocative of the Max Hoffman vision for the Speedsters of the 1950s, Porsche reprised the badge on a 964 model that included a raked windshield and minimalist folding top just like the original concept. Nearly half of the fewer than 1,000 built were sent to the States, and this one has been very well kept. The monotone red wheels are a bit much, but it’s an easy swap if they trigger your gag reflex, as they did mine. Correctly sold at a market price. #193-1994 PORSCHE 911 Turbo S Flachbau X85 coupe. S/N: WP0AC2967RS480442. Eng. # 61R01064. Black metallic/ Cashmere & black leather. Odo: 9,921 miles. One-owner car with outstanding original paint and interior. Includes light alloy polished wheels with Porsche crest TOP 10 No. 10 120 Sports Car Market


Page 120

RM Sotheby’s Atlanta, GA caps, head restraints with Porsche crests, electric sunroof and remote six-disc CD player. Original sticker was a very high $169k in 1994. Cond: 2+. low estimate was eminently achievable. With a shy high bid, the owner was right to hold on a little longer to find an appreciative buyer. #179-1996 PORSCHE 911 Carrera RS SOLD AT $560,000. As Porsche wound down production of the 964 Turbo prior to the release of the next-generation 993, it set aside several coupes that were sent to Porsche Exclusive for conversion to S spec. This model was spec’d even further with the addition of the Flachbau bodywork at an upcharge of $60k. Only 39 were made to U.S. spec, so quite rare today. A very strong sale, but not entirely surprising given the low miles and care shown for this example. #169-1995 PORSCHE 911 Cup 3.8 RSR Evo racer. S/N: WP0ZZZ99ZSS398084. Grand Prix White/black cloth & vinyl. Odo: 22,552 km. Very good original body and paint, but shows some touch-ups, bends at the hood corners and a repainted rear valance. Never professionally raced, but shows obvious signs of club-racing action as it was intended. Reportedly the only 1995 Cup car to be upgraded to 1997 RSR Evo specs by Porsche Motorsports North America (PMNA). A list of mods a mile long, but most significantly the addition of an RSR Sprint engine, of which only 45 were built by Porsche. All original parts are included in this bill-of-sale-only auction. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $390,000. Sure, these models were built with high-performance components everywhere, but the primary focus was weight reduction. By eliminating every non-essential item and even taking it steps further with thinner glass, aluminum panels and other weightsaving initiatives, the engineers were able to reduce weight to an impressive 1,280 kg. The buyer of this car tore out its soul when he bloated it back up with half of the accessories in the catalog. Perhaps he should have bought a Cadillac. This probably explains the disappointing no-reserve sale that failed to meet the lower estimate of $500k. #182-1996 PORSCHE 911 Carrera 4S coupe. S/N: WP0AA2998TS321114. Eng. # 64T02135. Grand Prix White/tan leather. Odo: 27,149 miles. Well-preserved, three-owner, original car with low miles. Excellent paint and interior factory-finished in the pedestrian color scheme of white and beige. Sold new in Utah, where the four-wheel drive may have NOT SOLD AT $220,000. The two previous owners of this car were singularly focused on going fast at any cost. The virtue of originality was thrown out years ago, but this car remains pure in its Porsche roots with factory mods throughout. Money has been showered over this car since new, and I thought the $250k “ 122 The two previous owners of this car were singularly focused on going fast at any cost. The virtue of originality was thrown out years ago, but this car remains pure in its Porsche roots with factory mods throughout. 1995 Porsche 911 Cup 3.8 RSR Evo racer coupe. S/N: WP0ZZZ99ZTS390508. Eng. # 63S86113. Speed Yellow/black leather. Odo: 21,622 km. Another homologation special, this one to qualify the RSR version in BPR GT3 and GT4 racing. Imported from Germany, as none were originally delivered to the U.S. Just over 1,000 built, but this one is different in that it was ordered as more of a “touring” version, with such comforts as sport seats, a/c, electric windows, airbags and a stereo. Outstanding condition throughout, with just 21k original kilometers. Cond: 1-. been particularly useful. Includes original stereo, Porsche crest caps and power driver’s seat. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $117,600. This car might have been a standout had it not been overshadowed by so many rare and historically important Porsches. It did, however, separate itself from simply used-car status with its very low miles and excellent care. Less-thanexciting colors, but it still managed a strong price in today’s market. #167-1997 PORSCHE 911 Turbo S coupe. S/N: WP0AC2995VS375841. Black/ black leather. Odo: 19,426 miles. Nice lowmiles California car in desirable all-black colors, with excellent original paint. Twin turbos and all-wheel drive. Luxuriously appointed with full leather and Porsche crested seats, factory radio/CD, a/c, extensive use of carbon fiber on the interior and yellow brake calipers. Driver’s seat shows a few light creases, but otherwise hard to fault. Hard to believe it has gone through seven previous owners. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $434,000. Only 345 built with just 183 shipped to the U.S. The last of the aircooled Turbos, and an S model at that! At 8.9 seconds, the S shaved a half second to 100 mph over the standard Turbo, and did so in full comfort with a/c and Springsteen just a couple of knobs away. The 993 models are perfectly proportioned, and this is among the ultimate within the series. All of this adds up to a pricey proposition, but the best always commands a premium. Fully priced today, but there may be upside in its future. #170-2006 PORSCHE 911 Carrera S Club coupe. S/N: WP0AB29916S745039. Azzurro California/black leather. Odo: 3,091 miles. Serial number 39 of just 50 specials produced and sold exclusively to PCA members commemorating Porsche’s 50th anniversary. Primarily a paint-and-badge model, but came loaded with every available sport option including seats, Porsche Active Suspension Management, Porsche Stability Management and Sport Chrono Package. Most notably, it came standard with the X51 Power Kit, which raised horsepower by 26 hp to 381 hp. Presented in nearly as-new condition, with just ” Sports Car Market


Page 122

RM Sotheby’s Atlanta, GA two tiny scratches on the rear quarter noted. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $151,200. The paint color and wheel option of this model give it an almost pretty characteristic, but it’s actually a wolf in sheep’s clothing. The X51 option made this the most powerful non-turbo engine offered. With virtually every sport accessory and gadget in the catalog offered as standard, the MSRP for this car pumped up to $151,500. Hmmm, that’s down $300 in 13 years. Try getting that with your Camry! TOP 10 No. 9 #183-2011 PORSCHE 911 GT3 RS 4.0 coupe. S/N: WP0AF2A90BS786000. Eng. # 61B32027. Black/black leather. Odo: 5,471 miles. Specially built in a collaborative effort for famous comedian and noted Porsche collector Jerry Seinfeld. The only example to leave the factory with highgloss, bare-carbon-fiber panels including the spoiler, side mirrors and hood signed on the underside by Preuninger and Mezger. The normally sparse lightweight interior of the 4.0 was covered in leather per Seinfeld’s request. Excellent condition throughout, and said to be the most expensive GT3 RS 4.0 built, with many unique, subtle Seinfeld touches. Cond: 1-. to be the last manual-transmission GT3 RS that Porsche will produce. Some revere this model as the ultimate road-going Porsche, representing the peak of decades of normally aspirated development and prior to such annoyances as nanny devices and electronically controlled everything. The Seinfeld factor lifted the price by about 20%, but well short of the million-dollar high estimate. #186-2011 PORSCHE 911 GT3 RS 3.8 coupe. S/N: WP0AC2A94BS783366. Eng. # 61B29168. Carrera White/black partial leather. Odo: 3,625 miles. Second-generation 997 GT3 RS with the Metzger-designed 3.8-L. Finished in Carrera White with Guards Red details matching the launch color for the model and reminiscent of a ’73 Carrera RS color scheme. Equipped with carbon-ceramic brakes, frontaxle lift kit, sound package and Bluetooth. Excellent condition throughout, with two previous owners. Cond: 2+. #199-2011 PORSCHE 911 GT2 RS coupe. S/N: WP0AE2A91BS778099. Eng. # 62B30846. Guards Red/black leather. Odo: 894 miles. Mint condition, having traveled just 894 miles since new. Fitted with optional carbonfiber front fenders and carbon-fiber seat backs. Sport Chrono Plug package, PCM with nav, clear taillights, thicker three-spoke steering wheel and Bluetooth. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $538,500. Even today, seven years after it was built, this car remains the highesthorsepower manual-transmission car ever built by Porsche. Those 620 ponies, plus a weight reduction of an amazing 154 pounds over the already-lightweight standard GT2, will conservatively propel you to 60 mph in 3.3 seconds and to 100 mph in fewer than seven seconds. Imagine, 25 or 30 years from now, when we are being transported to work in our electric eggs, how thrilling that will sound. As long as they leave us a place to drive, this car will forever be in demand. SOLD AT $566,000. The final and most radical model of the 997 generation (save for the slightly more ferocious GT2 RS) with the most powerful flat 6 ever offered to this time. Said SOLD AT $196,000. These 997.2 cars offered significant updates over their first-generation siblings. Not the least of these is 35 additional horses, bringing the total to 450 hp. A revised front end and large rear spoiler combined to achieve greater downforce, improving stability. This example was like new, but the hardly subtle boy-racer details look like someone’s compensation for a Napoleon complex. Fully priced. TOP 10 No. 2 #185-2015 PORSCHE 918 Spyder. S/N: WP0CA2A18FS800796. Liquid Metal Chrome Blue/black leather. Odo: 225 miles. A 225-mile example of Porsche’s innovative hybrid-electric hypercar. Like-new condition throughout. Ordered with badges deleted and Liquid Metal Chrome Blue paintwork, an option costing $65k. The black leather has Acid Green highlights, including matching stitching on the steering wheel and sun visors. Carbon fiber is special-order matte finished. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $1,407,500. Porsche’s hybrid 918 Spyder was a technological tour de force. Supporting the conventional engine are a pair of electric motors, one mated to the V8 itself, and the other providing drive to the front axle. The result was a 0–60 time of 2.5 seconds, faster than contemporary rivals including the LaFerrari and McLaren P1. With 918 examples produced, there is no shortage of available cars for sale. As a rather bespoke offering, it seems no two are the same, so some subjectivity enters into valuations. Most non-Weissach editions such as this one are seen with asking prices of $1.6m–$1.7m, but this result is closer to reality in today’s market. © 124 Sports Car Market


Page 124

H&H Auctioneers Duxford, U.K. The Imperial War Museum Under the wings of vintage warplanes, a very proper Bentley 4½ Litre tourer brought $1.1m Company H&H Date October 17, 2018 Location Duxford, U.K. Auctioneer Simon Hope Automotive lots sold/offered 88/139 Sales rate 63% Sales total $5,106,960 High sale 1929 Bentley 4½ Litre Le Mans Style Tourer, $1,120,945 Buyer’s premium The top seller — 1929 Bentley 4½ Litre tourer, sold at $1,120,945 12.5%, included in sold prices ($1.00 = £0.76) Report and photos by Paul Hardiman Market opinions in italics A good crowd gathered at the Imperial War Museum in mid-October for H&H’s last prestige sale of the year. Regular sales have moved back to Buxton in the Peak District, now that refurbishment is complete at the delightful Octagon Theatre, where H&H started 25 years ago. The last sale of H&H’s year there was on November 28. Duxford is a marvelous museum of static and fly- ing warplanes, and this sale held on site featured a very proper Bentley 4½ Litre. The car had originally been the property of Bentley saviour and three-time Le Mans winner for Bentley, Woolf Barnato. In super order, though now with replica Le Mans-style body, it did the right money at $1.1m, although the vendor’s other Bentley, a staggeringly original 1937 Derby 3½ Litre Vanden Plas drophead, did not sell. Two early E-types once again took center billing in front of the rostrum: the external-lock roadster sold for $373k in a post-sale deal after the bids on the day couldn’t match the rather ambitious $450k estimate, and the ’61 flat-floor roadster, which didn’t sell. Of the 11 E-types in the sale, eight sold, including the curious quad-headlight coupe — one of three built in period — at $75,221. Two of the four Land Rovers sold, including an up- 126 dated Series IIA at a super-affordable $7,522, and a sharply restored 1943 Ford Jeep took market-correct money and no more at $30,547, even after its vendor’s efforts to track down and fit it out with every extra, accessory and trinket known in the European Theater of World War II. An MG RV8 sold for $51,622 — twice its estimate, and twice the value of average examples, but it had one owner and just 3,228 miles from new. A dusty MG Metro Turbo took an inexplicably high $8,481 even with collapsed Duxford, U.K. in London rear suspension. A 1903 “Curved-Dash” Olds, not the usual fare here, especially with a sale of Veterans the following month, represented pretty good value for a Brighton Runeligible car at $52k. A splendid 1950 Bentley Mk VI with Park Ward drophead coachwork, thought to be one of four, fetched $151,918, but my favorite car of the sale was rather more humble: an Austin Light 12/4 pickup, supplied new to the Isle of Arran for local deliveries. Mechanically refurbished but with its original paint so patinated you couldn’t tell the color, it sold for double the estimate at $40k. As the old saying goes, they’re only original once. ♦ Sales Totals $6m $5m $4m $3m $2m $1m 0 Sports Car Market 2018 2017


Page 126

H&H Auctioneers Duxford, U.K. ENGLISH #87-1929 BENTLEY 4½ LITRE tourer. S/N: NX3457. Green/green leather. RHD. Odo: 14,413 miles. Restored in the ’60s; refurbed again in the ’80s and in just the right condition for a proper Bentley. Originally a Vanden Plas 4-seater replica Le Mans-style body fitted in ’80s. Nice paint and fabric, leather lightly creased. Radiator shell “glows” beautifully. Motor and magnetos recently refreshed and rebuilt, radiator recored. Cond: 2-. TOP 10 No. 3 #2-1936 AUSTIN SEVEN Ruby 2-dr sedan. S/N: ARR270344. Green & black/ brown leather. RHD. Odo: 30,618 miles. Good older-restored “New Ruby” with three-bearing engine, decent paint and leather just getting comfortable. Rear bumper lightly rust-speckled, nice wicker basket to rear. Supplied new with smoking hatch and opening windscreen. Cond: 3+. variation on the woodie theme on the IFS “Leaf,” though never seen one like this before. Entire body rearward of door pillars is timberclad, and mostly in good condition. Decent chrome, new leather and carpets. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $1,120,945. First registered to Bentley Motors for Woolf Barnato, one of two normally aspirated 4½s he owned—the other was “Mother Gun,” the 1928 Le Mans winner, now the single-seater Bentley-Jackson special. In this ownership since 2011, when bought from H&H at Buxton in 2011 with 11,958 miles for $824,626 (SCM# 6611965). Once again it was star of the show and got the right money, although the vendor’s other Bentley, the 1937 “Derby” 3½ Litre Vanden Plas drophead (Lot 98), didn’t sell. #117-1935 AUSTIN LIGHT 12/4 pickup. S/N: H23571. Dark green/green leather. RHD. Odo: 36,987 miles. Very original with a lifetime’s patina in and out, although mechanically rebuilt. Hard to tell what color it was; with faded sign writing and fried rubber treads to running boards. Rechromed radiator shell is slightly wavy. Just delightful. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $8,407. Ruby is the cheapest way into a Seven because they don’t qualify for Vintage events (and are a bit overbodied for trials), but still a nice thing to have at a third of the price of a sharply restored, pre-1931 example. #9-1938 RAILTON LITTLE FAIRMILE drophead coupe. S/N: AB4726R. Two-tone green/tan leather. RHD. Odo: 42,202 miles. Never seen one before... Fairmile is based on the Standard Flying Nine chassis, unlike Railton’s usual Hudson straight 8-engined creations. Very good older-restored order. Randomly scattered with an interesting collection of teardrop light lenses. Polished brass piano bonnet hinges, tidy engine that’s still running in. Fairly fresh leather. Add-on temperature gauge held on with exhaust clamp. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $19,174. Apparently once belonged to the father of the one-time lead guitarist of ’60s pop group Billy J. Kramer and the Dakotas, who shared a manager with the Beatles... which was quite a long-winded way to suggest that John Lennon might once have admired it. Although these look ungainly, they were considered quite sporty and upmarket in their day. Sold well over the £9k–£11k ($12k–$14k) estimate, and interesting to compare it with the 1951 woodie estate (Lot 66) that was estimated to fetch the same but sold for much more. SCM Platinum Auction Database has it selling at Sotheby’s Donington auction in 1974 for $2,209 (SCM# 1533984). #66-1951 LEA-FRANCIS 14HP wagon. S/N: 9178. Silver & timber/black vinyl/brown leather. RHD. Older restoration. This looks different from the drophead coupe (Lot 7) because from 1951 the 14-hp body was dropped two inches over the chassis, with slightly different styling including headlights in the fenders. Interestingly, the only woodies with IFS were the 1950 models. Paint good, Everflex roof in nice condition and timberwork okay, with evidence of earlier small repairs and refinishing. Older carpets may be original, some leather is original and holding up well, newer sections now with nice patina. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $39,823. Originally used for goods delivery on the Isle of Arran, later used as a promotional vehicle by an Edinburgh Austin dealer, whose name is on the pickup bed sides. Leaving the appearance alone—before it became fashionable—paid off, as it sold twice over the lower estimate. 128 SOLD AT $19,174. Only around 50 of these are thought to have been built. Was in South Africa for a time, and shipped home in 1974; more recently in a collection in Edinburgh. Offered at no reserve, simply because there’s no precedent, and sold for something like three times the price of a Flying Nine. Bought by a dealer (though not the one I spoke to who was mulling over it but would probably have only paid $15k) and instantly marked up by £3,300 ($4,500). #7-1947 LEA-FRANCIS 14HP drophead coupe. S/N: 2188. White & timber/red canvas/ red leather. RHD. Odo: 23,000 miles. Another SOLD AT $28,024. Around 1,000 of these were built and this is one of 20 left, according to the owners’ club. Sold for twice its pre-sale estimate, at a third more than the unusual woodie drophead, possibly because it was more attractive, more useful, and with a newer restoration. Sports Car Market


Page 128

Fresh Meat by Chad Taylor H&H Auctioneers Duxford, U.K. Online sales of contemporary cars 2017 Lamborghini Aventador LP750-4 SV Coupe #23-1953 SUNBEAM ALPINE roadster. S/N: A3013285. Red/black vinyl/black vinyl. RHD. Odo: 80,926 miles. Nearly finished resto, though rear deck a bit ripply under new paint. Some bits of trim still to fit. Interior vinyl mostly original, and still has hood and sidescreens. With later Series 3 engine and floor-mounted gear change. Cond: 3. Date sold: 11/27/2018 eBay auction ID: 312325479469 Seller’s eBay ID: bespokemotorgroup Sale type: Used car with 156 miles VIN: ZHWUF3ZD7HLA05580 Details: New Giallo Orion Pearl Effect over Nero Ade leather; 6.5-L V12 rated at 740 hp and 507 ftlb, 7-sp auto, AWD Sale result: $499,900, Buy It Now, sf 58 MSRP: $490,700 (base) Other current offering: In West Chester, PA, McLaren Philadelphia selling a 2016 Aventador LP750-4 SV coupe in Rosso Bia over Nero Ade leather for $449,900, with 1,371 miles. 2019 Aston Martin Vantage Coupe sits just right. Door/sill/wing fit pretty good, and chassis rails are straight. Leather lightly worn. Motor tidy, but with non-standard K&N-type air filters. Now on front disc brakes instead of drums and chrome wires instead of painted. Add-on indicators spoil the look a little at rear. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $66,372. Unsold right off the bat but later declared sold at £50,625, so presumably a post-auction deal. At the right money in today’s market. #82-1960 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER CLOUD II sedan. S/N: SWC188. White/red leather. RHD. Clean and straight, but little history past celeb ownership alluded to in catalog. Repainted and retrimmed at some point. Timber all good. Tinted rear windows. Tidy motor with new a/c pipes. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $20,280. Previously sold by Bonhams at their 2013 Beaulieu sale for $29,813 (SCM# 6535937). Sold slightly over estimate, but these are rare things, and the floor change makes it more desirable, if not original. Date sold: 11/25/2018 eBay auction ID: 382638380215 Seller’s eBay ID: maserati_charlotte Sale type: Used car with 206 miles VIN: SCFSMGAW6KGN00250 Details: Zaffre Blue over Obsidian Black leather; 4.0-L twin-turbocharged V8 rated at 503 hp and 505 ft-lb, 8-sp auto, RWD Sale result: $135,200, 11 bids, sf 20 MSRP: $149,995 (base) Other current offering: St. Louis Motorcars of St. Louis, MO, asking $171,397 for a 58-mile 2019 Aston Martin Vantage coupe in Quantum Silver over Kestrel Tan leather. 2019 Rolls-Royce Cullinan SUV #70-1955 MG TF 1500 roadster. S/N: HDE138668. Almond Green Metallic/green leather. RHD. Older restoration, still in good order and with lots of upgrades including ported head, fast road camshaft, alternator (and associated negative-earth electrics), 5-speed gearbox conversion (most likely Ford Type 9), handling kit and better brakes. MotoLita wheel. Flashy chrome wires and big Avon ZZs are most obvious sign it’s been modded. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $39,823. First owned (or run, at least) by Diana Dors (“Britain’s Marilyn Monroe”), and she did have a lot of cars, mostly leased or gifted. After that, in the U.S. for a time; again, no word on when it returned. Fair price for condition. SOLD AT $35,767. Quite strong money for a TF, especially when fat rubber and bright metallic paint cast a slightly unfortunate air of kit car about it. However, this looks very usable. #37-1955 AUSTIN-HEALEY 100-4 BN1 Date sold: 11/29/2018 eBay auction ID: 173663468921 Seller’s eBay ID: indigoautogroup Sale type: New car with 14 miles VIN: SLA689X52KU113685 Details: Darkest Tungsten over Arctic White leather; 6.7-L twin-turbocharged V12 rated at 563 hp and 627 ft-lb, 8-sp auto, AWD Sale result: $398,650, 1 bid, sf 66 MSRP: $398,650 (as equipped) Other current offering: Park Place Premier Collection in Dallas, TX, offering a Magma Red over tan leather 2019 Rolls-Royce Cullinan with 15 miles, for $422,050. ♦ 130 roadster. S/N: BN1220239. Ice Blue Metallic/ blue leather. RHD. Odo: 66,538 miles. Older restoration with a more recent repaint, #52-1961 JAGUAR E-TYPE Series I 3.8 convertible. S/N: 850064. Eng. # R12329. Metallic blue/blue cloth/gray leather. RHD. Odo: 11,046 miles. The 65th E-type built, therefore with flat floor/external bonnet locks like the first 92. Just out of (second) restoration and looks virginal, with perfect paint and untouched leather. Detail is almost scary: trailing-arm bolts are lockwired and even the wiper-motor bracket and bolts are polished. Original straight bulkhead behind the seats hasn’t been cut to make more space, as so many were. Mileage dates from original restoration in ’80s or ’90s. With hard top. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $373,648. As one of those first cars, originally a demonstrator (one of 56), for Sparrow of Yeovil. Vendor selling because he’s too nervous to use such a pristine motor. Sold post-sale for £285k, which was £55k ($72k) under the lower estimate. Market fair, estimate over-estimated, I reckon. We’ve got Sports Car Market


Page 129

H&H Auctioneers Duxford, U.K. this at $447,362 at Bonhams Goodwood FoS earlier this year (SCM# 6877048), and $60,364 at Bonhams Goodwood in 2005 (SCM# 1563534). #32-1962 JAGUAR E-TYPE Series I 3.8 coupe. S/N: 860985. Dark green/brown leather. RHD. Odo: 4,365 miles. Home-market car, originally Opalescent Silver Grey. Older repaint with swirl marks, some light pit marks in chrome. Leather doesn’t look very old. Upgrades include 5-speed Getrag transmission, four-pot front calipers. Sunroof a little unfortunate, but they were all the rage when this was new. Cond: 3+. electric windows. Why not just swap bodies? Because the younger chassis would have needed shortening, although plenty of folk do it. Good order all around except steering column shroud is missing. Aftermarket steering wheel. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $81,721. Has been in New Zealand for a time, while a previous owner worked there. Must have been a post-sale deal—at about the right money for a driver-quality car—as I’ve marked it as unsold on the day. #114-1963 JAGUAR E-TYPE Series I 3.8 coupe. S/N: 889506. Maroon metallic/red leather. Odo: 70,614 miles. Barn-find-type resto project, originally Opalescent Golden Sand. Fairly solid and rot-free, one ding in the nose where overrider has been pushed back. Door fit good, but hinges almost seized. Lots of parts piled up inside it. Weirdly, someone’s polished the cam covers, probably while the engine was out of the car. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $7,522. It’s regrettable, but the reasoning behind it was sound enough: An elderly couple loved their old Landie but wanted something easier to drive. Sadly, this has reduced its value to little more than that of the old Disco the bits probably came from, and everyone knew it because it was offered at no reserve. Probably too expensive to retro back to original appearance, as arches have probably been cut—and you’d still be left with a mongrel. But if you don’t care about any of that, and simply want a very capable offroader, it’s a bargain for likely the cheapest usable IIA in the world. #81-1965 SUNBEAM TIGER convertible. S/N: B9472912HROFE. Red/black vinyl. RHD. Odo: 11 miles. Clean, recently out of a 16-year restoration— paint still looks new. And so does the repro chassis plate. Now with a 302 Windsor replacing original 260, complete with Cobra rocker covers and discreet 302 badges. New vinyl, good dash. With hard top. Cond: 2-. BEST BUY SOLD AT $67,847. Delivered new to the U.S., in storage from 1979. Showing the cachet of early 3.8 cars, and original unmodified cars in general, sold for only $8k less than the fourheadlight coupe (Lot 126) that was also matching numbers, but in nice, low-mileage, ready-to-go condition. #91-1963 LAND ROVER SERIES IIA 88-inch custom utility. S/N: 24107635A. Green/gray cloth & vinyl. RHD. Odo: 125,615 miles. Series IIA stuffed full of 1995 TDi bits: motor (and presumably gearbox), axles, suspension and brakes, dash, seats and even the February 2019 SOLD AT $55,064. Sold post-sale for £42k, which is 20% under what was hoped for, but a fair price in today’s market for a Tiger with the usual deviations from standard. The 302 shouldn’t have hurt value by more than 10%– 15% as it’s more drivable—the original 260 makes only 164 hp (though 258 ft-lb), and even the popular 289s that often replaced them are getting harder to find. New-looking chassis plate might have made buyers nervous, as some Tigers have been reshelled with Alpine bodies. By contrast, an incredibly original (including paint), skinny-tired 260 Mk I is 131


Page 130

H&H Auctioneers Duxford, U.K. for sale with a Kent dealer at £70k ($92k). And has been for over a year.... #126-1966 JAGUAR E-TYPE Series I 4.2 coupe. S/N: 1E21103. Black/black leather. RHD. Odo: 25,256 miles. One of three cars converted (with Sir William Lyon’s blessing) to quad headlights in period, also with gills behind front wheels. Other than the strange Marcos-like looks, still quite original-looking, with shiny paint dating from its repairs and restoration 15 years ago. Interior original and little worn, including period Restall bucket seats. Period Webasto sunroof. Cond: 3+. Still, if everything was perfect, the world would be a very boring place. #42-1966 FORD CORTINA Lotus rep- lica 2-dr sedan. S/N: BA77FB95178. White/ brown vinyl. RHD. Convincing-looking Lotus Cortina replica built in 2008 from a 1500GT, with all the right bits including real Twin Cam, though it’s on Strombergs (so probably from a late Elan), and no airbox or trunking. Even has the hump in the trunk floor to clear the diff like the real thing. Interior all good with remote gearshift, Lotus-type center console complete with Lotus champions badge, sixdial dash and wood-rim wheel approximating to original Lotus type. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $61,947. Sold for $59,722 at Bonhams Beaulieu the month before (SCM# 6882562). A small profit, but not enough to cover costs. We’ll put the price difference down to a more prestigious venue. #35-1975 JENSEN-HEALEY MK II SOLD AT $75,221. Produced for its first owner, the Sixth Earl of Cawdor, who copied his brother-in-law’s similar car, but he crashed it heavily about 18 months later. It was laid up and retained by the Cawdor family until 2003. Offered as a curiosity at no reserve, but a cheapish way into an S1 on the basis that you could put a new standard bonnet on it for under $10k. What is really curious is why, with the extensive repairs needed (it had been rolled and was rusty), anyone would go to the trouble of building the four-headlight front end into the new bonnet it needed, knowing it might be worth more unmodified, or indeed not taking the opportunity to lose the sunroof. racer. S/N: 18403. Black/black vinyl. RHD. This is a Mk II, so it has the 5-speed Getrag ’box. Good order and tidily prepared, with hard top, aluminum Kirkey seats, and usual racer amount of negative camber at front. Motor has Vernier cam sprockets, large aluminum radiator and Accusump pre-start lube system fitted. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $31,711. Was in Belgium and Holland before coming back to the U.K. in 2012. Sold for quite strong money, approximately £10k ($13k) behind the real thing, or about double the price of a pushrod-engined GT. Given that a Twin Cam engine costs about £10,000, the sums do just about add up. #47-1972 JAGUAR E-TYPE Series III V12 coupe. S/N: 1S51213. Green/beige leather. RHD. Odo: 54,012 miles. U.K.-market car, older repaint but looks never fully restored. Original leather has cleaned up well. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $14,749. Built for the HSCC’s popular ’70s Road Sports series, although not raced since 2011. This series is one of the cheapest ways to get into racing: Mods are limited, cars have to remain road-legal and extra points are awarded for those driven to races. This should do well, and much, much cheaper than building your own racer from scratch. Nice stock Jensen-Healeys start at about 30% more, resto projects from £5k ($7k), so even with (or perhaps because of) the much more sophisticated twin-cam engine, they’re somewhere between steel and rubberbumpered MGBs. #78-1983 MG METRO Turbo hatch- back. S/N: SAXXBZND1BD675062. Black/ gray velour. RHD. Odo: 49,310 miles. Dusty but not rusty, though parking-pinged down the right side. Interior is pretty good, with typically baggy seat velour. Rear suspension has collapsed. Let’s hope it’s just a question of pumping up the Hydragas (Hydrasag in this case). Nothing wrong here that a gallon of four-star petrol, a swift dose of matches and walking away wouldn’t fix. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $8,481. Two owners. I really don’t understand the attraction of these horrid little cars, although a survival rate of just 32 out of almost 30,000 produced might have something to do with it. Offered at no reserve and sold for the price of a couple of usable Mk I 132 Sports Car Market


Page 132

H&H Auctioneers Duxford, U.K. almost twice as much as a regular RV8, many of which are starting to look rather tired. Big money, well over estimate, but find another like this. FRENCH #100-1936 DELAHAYE 135 Speciale Miatas. A rough (but sitting level) one sold in Paris in January for €9,200 ($11k), so provided the rear subframe hasn’t exploded through the trunk floor (lots of fun and games, welding enthusiasts!), the sums do, inexplicably, add up. #77-1993 MG RV8 convertible. S/N: SARRAWBMBMG000308. Nightfire Metallic Red/black canvas/beige leather. RHD. Odo: 3,220 miles. U.K. car (most of the 2,000 produced went to Hong Kong or Japan, though many have come back). Hardly used so in excellent order, including ruched leather, which gets tired very quickly on these. Trunk-lid fit a bit proud, as usual. With original sales invoice and book pack. Cond: 2. replica roadster. S/N: 46328. Blue/red leather. RHD. Replica of the 1936/37 Ecurie Bleue Team Cars, built in the 1980s from a 132, with Type 103 (truck) engine. Good, used order, with multiple event stickers evident and leather settling in nicely. A 4-speed Hotchkiss transmission with floor shift instead of the Cotal electric box with column stalk pictured in the catalog, which the original racers have. Although two Cotal ’boxes come with the car along with a spare block and crankshaft. Blockley tires. No odometer. Cond: 3+. #54-1959 CITROËN 2CV sedan. S/N: 1072342. Gray/gray canvas/blue striped cloth. Archetypal ripple, looks not long out of restoration, with sharp-looking chassis and floors, new paint, redone and re-bungeed seat covers. Motor isn’t quite as good cosmetically, but is pleasingly stock-looking aside from modern battery. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $13,274. Arrived in U.K. from Holland in 2017. Sold where expected at predictably less than the rarer van version (Lot 38). SOLD AT $51,622. One owner from new and very low mileage, so no wonder it sold for SOLD AT $180,679. I had one of these catch fire on me in the tunnel at Le Mans, you know... but they’re exciting even when they’re not alight. Sixteen originals were built, of which 10 remain today. Unsold against a £150k–£180k ($232k–$278k) estimate at Bonhams’ Goodwood Revival sale in 2010, so selling this time behind a similar £140k–£160k ($184k–$210k) estimate looks fair money for a very usable—and great-looking—pre-WWII competition car with proven form. #38-1962 CITROËN 2CV van. S/N: 728496. Gray/green tartan & check cloth. Beautifully restored AZU ripple, slightly sharper than the 1959 saloon (Lot 54), complete with Michelin Man on roof and signwriting, toolbox, four ZXs in a rack in the rear and a Michelin work shirt. Period (or repro) stickers on air-filter housing and oil-filler cap. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $21,386. From the same vendor as the OTT Ford Jeep; sold just over its lower estimate (after a provisional bid of £14k [$18k] had been slightly improved upon and then accepted), but I’d thought it might do a little more. Vans will always fetch more than saloons due to their rarity, and the period detailing can only help, especially if original to the chassis, as here. The last van sold at auction, a 1960, sold at £10,350 ($13,500), just a little more than the 1959 saloon fetched, in July. Expect to see this one at the next Goodwood Revival, where only pre-’66 vehicles are allowed into the circuit. GERMAN #12-1960 BMW ISETTA 300 microcar. S/N: 326042. Ivory & green/tartan cloth. RHD. Odo: 11,011 miles. Recent restoration and retrim. Floors straight, but sill joints a bit 134 Sports Car Market


Page 134

On the Radar A whole new crop of world cars is now legal to import into the United States. If you’re not familiar with the rules, you can find info at www.nhtsa.dot.gov/cars/rules/import. by Jeff Zurschmeide 1994 Nissan S14 Silvia H&H Auctioneers Duxford, U.K. wavy. New vinyl sunroof. Repro running-in sticker in windscreen. Cond: 2. a €30k ($45k) engine rebuild in 2017, according to catalog. Decent exhausts and heat exchangers. Original interior holding up well, with Nardi wheel. Polished Fuchs with center caps missing. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $61,619. Supplied new to Italy, then U.K. registered in 1998, but spent the last decade in southern Spain, where the engine was rebuilt. Cheapish for a small-bumper car, and, at this money, there’s every chance it’ll be made into an RS 2.7 replica. #3-1973 BMW 2002 2-dr sedan. S/N: Pros: Similar to the popular 240SX sold in America, but packed with JDM sports coupe goodness. 217 horsepower from the turbocharged 2.0-liter engine beats 155 hp in the U.S.-market 240SX. Most examples built with a 5-speed manual transmission, and all have rear-wheel drive. Kansei Dorifto! Cons: Turbo cars from the 1990s are not known for engine longevity. Could be mistaken for an ordinary 240SX. Avoid the 4-speed automatics if you want performance. Price range: $5k–$10k, plus import costs. 1994 Opel Tigra A SOLD AT $25,443. English-built, but rare to find a right-hand-drive four-wheeler. Off the road 1972–2012 before restoration. Sold over estimate for very strong money, but as the catalog said, this is the “king of the bubble cars.” #121-1968 MERCEDES-BENZ 280SL convertible. S/N: 11304422005451. Silver Blue/black canvas/black vinyl. RHD. Odo: 92,037 miles. Described as “excellent overall.” It was a bit less than that, reflected in the price. Ready? Okay. Older resto missing its headlight swages. Nice paint, good chrome with a few nicks in front bumper. Very thick and sticky underseal underneath hides any proper assessment of chassis leg repairs (but 99% of W113s have been welded). New leather, refinished timber. Motor slightly grungy. Cond: 3+. Pros: European sport compact offers zippy performance with 1.6-liter first-gen Ecotec engine rated at 105 hp—and 5-speed manual transmission with front-wheel drive. Cons: 0–60 time of 10.5 seconds. The later Tigra TwinTop B with retractable hard top is faster and much more attractive, but you’ll have to wait 10 years to import those. Price range: $2k–$4k, plus import costs. 1994 Toyota Curren SOLD AT $117,994. Priced about right—or slightly lucky—for condition. Anything less would have left a bit in it for retail, but this isn’t a £100k ($130k) car. #108-1973 PORSCHE 911T coupe. S/N: Pros: JDM variant of the popular Celica export model, with 170 hp from normally aspirated 2.0-liter engine beats 130 hp in the Celica. Five-speed manual transmission drives the front wheels, while the ZS Sport Selection trim added a limited-slip diff and leather wheel. 1995 model added a rear spoiler and 10 more horsepower. Rectangular headlights differentiate this car from the USDM Celica. Cons: None bad enough to mention—it’s a Toyota. Although it is likely to be mistaken for an ordinary Celica until carspotters see the steering wheel on the right-hand side. Price range: $2k–$4k, plus import costs. ♦ 136 9113501832. Eng. # 6533187. White/black vinyl. Tidy E-series 911, repainted 2016. With 2551435. White/black vinyl. RHD. Fairly horrid with crudely welded-on oversills, holed spare wheelwell (normal on these) and pappered with surface rust—especially on the bonnet, though inner front fenders and structure not too bad. Interior is original with good dash and other vinyl including headlining, but rubbed-out velour to seat center sections. Some mold to door pulls, but should clean off. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $7,448. Two-owner car stored since 1998 and offered at no reserve, but predictably, someone wanted it. In perfect restored condition would be worth probably £20k ($26k), but hard to see how you’d get there without going underwater. Too expensive for a parts car, too, so it may well languish in this state for a while. I wonder when we’ll next see it at auction. ITALIAN #99-1961 MASERATI 3500 GT coupe. S/N: AM101904. Red/cream leather. RHD. Odo: 46,677 miles. One of 40 right-handers, late carb car with discs and 5-speed. Rather barn find-ish and dusty, but not rotten, although various parts in trunk. Cracking to paint. Chrome is savable, but hubcaps missing and rear lights pitted. Inside, creased and cracked leather has been painted. Cond: 3. Sports Car Market


Page 135

SOLD AT $165,192. Off the road for 20 years. Sold at the high end of the estimate range, and I’m surprised it did so well—although massively cheaper than a 250 GT PF coupe. #53-1983 ALFA ROMEO GTV6 2.5 hatchback. S/N: ZAR116C0003003107. Gray/cream cloth. RHD. Odo: 89,200 miles. Older refurb and repaint. Unusually well preserved, with no rust around the hatch opening (we hope...). Fragile seat velour wearing very well. Dash plastics all good. Newish exhaust. With books and service history. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $21,386. Sold well over estimate, but very hard to find without rust. With a 1995 VR6 Corrado making $14k (Lot 72), helps confirm that ’80s and ’90s collectibles are climbing. JAPANESE #4-1969 HONDA S800 coupe. S/N: AES800C1006112. White/black vinyl. RHD. Odo: 56,505 miles. Good repaint, though not original color, as it was yellow. Good original interior. Not currently driving due to “a starter issue” but ran when parked, apparently. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $17,699. Sold at the high end of the estimate range, so the buyer either knows these cars or knows a man with a spare starter motor. As usual, slightly more than an MG Midget, though those aren’t available as coupes. AMERICAN #65-1903 OLDSMOBILE MODEL R curved-dash 5-hp runabout. S/N: 8691. Black/red leather. RHD. 2-sp transmission, almost sequential. Fair older paint with nice coachlines. Leather not worn but quite grubby at outer corners of backrest, and distressed at February 2019 137


Page 136

H&H Auctioneers Duxford, U.K. outer corners of base. Nickel carriage lamps, and nice wicker basket on rear deck. Veteran Car Club Dating Certificate has been lost, but it wears the VCC plaque and has completed several Brighton Runs. Cond: 3+. ing that it washed up here rather than in Bonhams’ Vets sale immediately before the London-Brighton Run at the beginning of November. Though sold where expected, a fairly cheap entry to the Run. SOLD AT $51,622. Originally supplied to Australia, came to the U.K. in the late ’60s, may have been in the U.S. after that. Interest- #59-1943 FORD GPW utility. S/N: 134612. Green/green canvas. Odo: 14,358 miles. The most incredibly detailed, (over) loaded Jeep ever! Or, “all the gear and no idea,” depending on your point of view. You name it, it’s got it, including dated fuel can, compass, rucksack, toolkit, English airborne radio, grease gun and deactivated guns— Thompson and .30. All it’s missing is the lube chart under the hood. Yes, it’s all Ford, still with its combat wheels, and looks fresh out of restoration. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $30,547. Perfect for box-ticking anoraks, but all the toys are a bit silly, really. All that time and energy expended to load it with trinkets did no more than get it a market-correct price, rather less than was hoped for at five grand less than Silverstone got in July for a 1942 example restored to the same standard, but here the market talked sense. Top marks for effort, though. #83-1964 FORD THUNDERBIRD 2-dr hard top. S/N: 4Y83Z183418. Metallic blue/ blue vinyl. Odo: 80,535 miles. 390-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Tidy-all-around fourth-gen ’Bird, straight and clean, paint and chrome all good. Original interior wearing well, with swingaway steering wheel. Motor looks stock, with new plug wires. Comes with copy of build sheet. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $12,537. Recent import from Florida. Sold behind $16k lower estimate, but not massively popular in U.K. because—although it’s a 390—it’s not a “Bullitt” look-alike Mustang. Hard to see this making any more at a retailer. © CAR COLLECTOR AMERICAN ™ SUBSCRIBE TO ACC 877.219.2605 Ext. 1 AmericanCarCollector.com 138 Sports Car Market Keith Martin’s


Page 138

RM Auctions Hershey, PA Hershey 2018 Hershey is where Packards, Cadillacs and Lincolns from the 1920s to 1940s shine, without modern Ferraris and Bugattis spoiling the mix Company RM Auctions Date October 11–12, 2018 Location Hershey, PA Auctioneer Brent Earlywine Automotive lots sold/offered 132/148 Sales rate 89% Sales total $10,763,125 High sale 1930 Cadillac 452 V16 Fleetwood roadster, sold at $495,000 Buyer’s premium Top seller — 1930 Cadillac 452 roadster, sold at $495,000 Report and photos by Larry and Jeff Trepel Introduction by Larry Trepel Market opinions in italics T he Hershey weekend continues to be an October Mecca for classic-car enthusiasts. Bad weather resulted in some vendors packing up early, but it miracu- lously cleared enough on Saturday to hold an enjoyable mud-free AACA Fall meet, where hundreds of cars were on display in categories sometimes understood only by the organizers. RM, without Sotheby’s imprint, holds their auction on Thursday and Friday at the Hershey Lodge. Last year’s auction was a record-setter, with a highly valuable collection upping total sales to $15.7m. This year’s total was expected to fall back to the more traditional range of $10m to $11m, with longtime RM friend Lloyd Needham’s interesting but modestly priced collection a Friday highlight. At the heart of the auction were Packards, Cadillacs and Lincolns from the 1920s to 1940s. Hershey is where these cars shine, without 2016 Ferraris and Bugattis spoiling the mix. Early Brass Era cars also make up a segment, as well as a good blend of 1950s and ’60s American and European cars. Two 1980s Mercedes SLs were the most modern cars, and they seemed out of place. Auctioneer Brent Earlywine opened the bidding to a fairly crowded room on Thursday, and after a few noreserve lots, a 1948 Playboy convertible rolled on stage, electrifying the crowd with a sale price of $132k — 140 Hershey, PA 12% on the first $250,000, 10% thereafter, included in sold prices about twice its mid-estimate. Two lots later, a 1912 Baker Electric also won the lottery, selling at $192,500, doubling its estimate as well. It appeared this might proceed as a seller’s bonanza, bringing back the wonderful days of 2012. But reality soon set in, with a 1939 Packard parade car owned by Juan and Eva Perón going for way below its estimate at $132k. Both days followed this pattern, with most sales at or near estimated prices. A small group of cars sold well above their estimates, while others fell well below. Of course, there were some no-sales mixed in as well. Other notable examples on the upside included a fabulous 1960 Plymouth Fury convertible selling for $209k, a 1912 Marion Bobcat for $132k, and a 1911 American Eagle at $242k (three times its high estimate). On the buyer’s upside was a 1911 Packard Model 30, selling for about half its estimate at just $71,500, a 1951 Jaguar XK 120 coupe for $96,250, and a 1905 Pope-Hartford at $71,500. One lesson here is there may only be a small pool of buyers for early-1900s cars, so noreserve consignors beware. With sales totaling $10.8m, RM did a com- mendable job of gathering many fine lots from a broad range of eras. Nowhere else will you see so many outstanding cars from the pre-war years, when production runs were often small and many bespoke versions were made. Every year at RM Hershey, you’re sure to see classics you’ve never seen before and may never see again. ♦ Sales Totals $18m $15m $12m $9m $6m $3m 0 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 Sports Car Market


Page 140

RM Auctions Hershey, PA ENGLISH #386-1937 ROLLS-ROYCE 25/30HP saloon. S/N: GR03. Eng. # B29D. Brooklands Green/ivory leather. RHD. Odo: 15,130 miles. Restoration at unspecified date holding up well. Excellent panel and door fit (although driver’s door handle is loose inside and out), sparkling chrome hardware and smooth, quality older repaint. Inside, varnish on dashboard wood—as well as the door caps and frames— is way too thick, and detracts from the presentation. In a reversal from the typical situation, the passenger’s seat needs to be restuffed, but the driver’s seat is fine. Nice patina to seats, but headliner and sun visors are soiled. Carpet poorly fitted in front. Cond: 2-. but not overly glossy. Excellent wool headliner. Year-correct, narrow whitewalls are yellowing, and detract slightly from presentation. Cond: 2+. standard. Catalog states it received a score of 98.4 from JCNA this year. RM estimate of $100k–$125k seemed appropriate to me, but the car hammered at a mere $87,500. Priceguide values vary, but the car was sold either slightly below market or well below market. Do buyers only want open cars? One of the best buys in the auction, later appearing on the website of a prominent St. Louis dealer at $149,500. SOLD AT $60,500. Reportedly the only saloon body by Lancefield on the 25/30 chassis. Offered at no reserve from the Calumet Collection, which includes many limos and formal cars (with more coming to RM Sotheby’s Scottsdale in January 2019). Small-hp Rolls saloons sometimes have rather narrow, tall and stubby proportions relative to the longerwheelbase Phantoms. Here, the interesting rear-quarter design renders it a bit rakish in the Lancefield tradition. With bright green paint, ivory leather, polished wheel discs and a plethora of horns and driving lights, this car might be a bit too glitzy for the Rolls traditionalist, but I liked its bright persona. Last seen at RM Sotheby’s 2017 Santa Monica auction as a no-sale at a high bid of $42,500. Sale price here is as much as could be expected at an American auction, but could be a bargain for a U.K.-based end user or dealer. #363-1951 JAGUAR XK 120 coupe. S/N: 679077. Eng. # W362888. Twilight Blue Metallic/blue leather. Odo: 65,284 miles. High-quality restoration from a rusty, deteriorated start. Excellent panel fit for an XK, except right door is slightly off. Smooth paint showing just a couple of very small flaws. Inside edges of rear bumper and overriders seem rough and unfinished. Inside, wood, chrome and leather are all excellent. Engine compartment shows characterful XK engine well, and not over-chromed. Equipped with Borrani wire wheels ordered when new. Accompanied by JDHT certificate, original service, parts and owner’s manuals, jack and some tools. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $96,250. Remarkable XK 120 coupe consigned to auction by its original owner 67 years later. Parked in 1977; recently restored to high BEST BUY 142 #366-1957 MGA roadster. S/N: HDA4328764. Eng. # BP15GB18854. Black/black vinyl/black & red leather. Odo: 211 miles. Well restored about 15 years ago. Body excellent, with hood, trunk and door fit all as good (or perhaps better) than new. Black paint very good; some imperfections, but little orange peel—overall appropriate to original quality. No swirl marks or front chips, reflecting the low mileage on odometer. Interior all restored, still fresh-looking; no wear on seats. Engine compartment also restored to mostly authentic condition. Modern coil and wires. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $120,000. The better of two 1965 Silver Clouds in the auction. Excellent Silver Cloud IIIs are increasingly prized by collectors, but not this much. Consignor and auction house believed their own notices and saddled this lovely Rolls-Royce with a very ambitious estimate of $150k–$180k. Yes, Worldwide did sell a Silver Cloud III at their 2018 Pacific Grove auction for $146,000, but that was the much less common long-wheelbase model which, according to the SCM Pocket Price Guide, is worth about twice as much as the standard saloon such as this one. The $120,000 high bid here should have been more than adequate. #361-1965 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER SOLD AT $30,800. A clean, nicely restored MGA showing little use since completed. Consignor purchased it at Gooding Pebble Beach in 2011 for $56,100 (SCM# 3676312), with 187 miles on the clock. Adding just 24 miles since then, so a heavy loss for consignor, another example of why it can be better to just enjoy and drive while you own. A very good buy for the new owner. #163-1965 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER CLOUD III saloon. S/N: LSGT411. Eng. # ST2050. Sand Gold/beige leather. Odo: 20,869 miles. Well-documented with extremely low mileage and few owners. As-new panel fit, chrome very nice except bumper overriders are a bit dull. Superb 2004 repaint by Vantage Motorworks along with re-dye of seats and engine-bay detail. Aromatic leather still looks great, with a hint of patina on the driver’s seat and, oddly, the rear seat. Wood outstanding, CLOUD III saloon. S/N: LSJR501. Mason’s Black/Fawn leather. Odo: 67,664 miles. Not the most eye-catching SCIII ever, with dullish paint in a very typical livery. Finish not cracked or damaged, so maybe a great detail job would bring it out without a repaint. Panel fit excellent, and door/decklid shut is impressive in the Rolls-Royce tradition. However, driver’s door squeaks badly, beneath the dignity of a proper motorcar. Chrome and stainless acceptable, but will need rechroming in the not-too-distant future. Inside, seats are soiled and patinated, but fully intact. Wood close to excellent. When I opened the door of this car, I was very surprised to see under-dash dealer-installed a/c as opposed to factory air. I thought that by 1965 all left-drive Silver Clouds were equipped with factory air. This car was delivered new to Ontario; perhaps the first owner believed there were no hot summer afternoons in Canada. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $55,000. The lesser of two Silver Cloud IIIs at the auction. This car had an estimate range of less than half of Lot 163, a considerably superior example, which was a Sports Car Market


Page 142

RM Auctions Hershey, PA Market Moment no-sale at a high bid of $120,000. This car sold correctly for a middling SCIII, and slightly below its low estimate. Has potential, but the nonfactory air would have killed the deal for me. Evidently someone else did not care. #413-1965 AUSTIN-HEALEY 3000 Mk courtesy of Bonhams 1974 Jaguar E-Type Series III V12 Commemorative Roadster Sold at $254,353 Bonhams Goodwood Revival, Chichester, U.K., September 8, 2018, Lot 222 Chassis number: 1S2835 “E verything must come to an end, sometime,” wrote L. Frank Baum in reference to his mysterious land of witches, wizards and flying monkeys, but the sentiment is also true for automobiles — even the most iconic examples of the breed. Although the Jaguar E-type was a legend in its own time, even the arrival in 1971 of the aluminum 5.3-liter V12 engine in the Series III was not enough to keep it afloat for very long. Plans for a replacement were already underway when rumors began to circulate that American lawmakers were considering a ban on open cars, which, along with a worsening energy crisis, hastened Jaguar’s decision to terminate production at the end of 1974. In a touch of sentimentality, the company marked the E-type’s demise with a final run of 50 RHD convertibles known as the Commemorative Edition Roadsters. In the E-type hierarchy, values typically decline with each passing year, which makes the price paid here seem high at first glance. However, considering that a similar car was sold in 2015 for $260,040, it looks like a fair deal for both buyer and seller. Put aside for the moment that the winning bidder could have purchased a very good closed-headlight example for around the same money. This was all about following the maxim that the first or last representatives of a beloved model stand to appreciate the most in the long run. As one of only 19 cars from the last batch built fitted with a manual transmission, this was a particularly desirable vehicle, even more so since it had covered only 28,000 miles from new and remained in delightfully unmolested condition other than some excessive brightwork under the hood. It seems folly now, but when the Series III arrived, it was criticized in one road test as “a magnificent engine in an outclassed body.” If only that scribe knew then what we know now. This car’s real value is as a historic ar- tifact, representing the final moment in the spotlight for one of motoring’s greatest stars before it shuffled off the grand stage forever. Given the steep premium paid over a standard car and the low mileage, it looks unlikely that this cat will see much future use. This is a shame, as these V12-powered cars are the quickest, most refined and comfortable of the range. For sheer driving enjoyment, it might have made more sense to have raised the paddle for the 1973 example that sold later that afternoon for $100,123, but as an investment, it should at least hold steady over the coming years. — John Nikas 144 NOT SOLD AT $67,500. Overdrive-equipped BJ8. The wheel/tire issue detracted greatly from the presentation. Nonetheless, the high bid here was too light for the overall quality of the car. The car later appeared in the Hershey Car Corral with a dealer asking price of $85,000. I would not pay that much unless the wheel/tire issue was resolved. #228-1966 TRIUMPH TR4A Surrey Top roadster. S/N: CT64994L. Eng. # CT39546E. Signal Red/red fiberglass/black vinyl. Odo: 4,438 miles. Non-independent rear suspension car per BMIHT Certificate and absence of negative rear-wheel camber. Restoration apparently completed “around 2012.” Driver’s door too tight in front, and fouls fender when opened, so won’t open all the way. Hood up slightly at right rear. All glass is clear, and desirable surrey top is well-fitted, although apparently not original to this car. Smooth, nicely applied paint with a chip here and there. Antenna points crazily toward other galaxies. Inside, dash wood is good, and not overly glossy, but starting to check in several places. Seats nicely settled in, and surrey-top headliner is excellent. Not observed underhood, but Sports Car Market III BJ8 convertible. S/N: HBJ8L30659. Golden Beige Metallic/black cloth/red leather. Odo: 2,557 miles. One item to get out of the way first: wheel and tire package on this car is all wrong, resulting in an awkward stance befitting a kit car. Tires don’t fill up wheelwells properly, especially in back, and apparently there is too much offset, so they also stick out slightly from the car. Otherwise, this is a fine Healey, with excellent panel fit, which can be difficult on this model. According to the BMIHT certificate, was originally white with red leather. Color change to Golden Beige Metallic makes it more interesting, and paint is of high quality. Very nice chrome including oft-neglected windshield header. Convertible top not seen. Very nice red leather, and seat belts at all four places. Beautiful dash and instruments; Moto-Lita wheel. Radiator with four additional rows of cooling tubes wisely fitted. No sun visors, side mirrors or radio; might be good equipment for next owner to add. Cond: 2.


Page 144

RM Auctions Hershey, PA clean chassis. Sits correctly on newish Vredestein Sprints on good chrome wires. Cond: 2-. AMERICAN #357-1903 OLDSMOBILE MODEL R curved-dash runabout. S/N: 17282. Black/ black leather. MHD. Fairly complete but highly decayed wooden turn-of-the-century Oldsmobile. Needs, well, everything. Some painted writing on body. Lettering on back of seat has Oldsmobile logo painted over prior Oldsmobile logo. Some of the wood looks beyond saving. There’s a seat, but barely. Metal parts can be restored, engine looks like it is complete except no carburetor. Comes with four wheels stated to be non-original, and three tires. Radiator also non-original. Cond: 4-. SOLD AT $31,900. Did you know that in 1966, the buyer of a new TR4A had a choice of IRS or the traditional beam axle? This car had a crisp restoration but needs a few things to be first-rate, especially attention to the driver’s door. Apparently purchased post-restoration in Santa Monica in 2013 for $55,000 including shipping and a few repairs. If that purchaser is this auction’s consignor, they took quite a hit. Sale price here was lower than the RM estimate of $35k–$45k, but consistent with or even a touch higher than some price-guide estimates. Given the mostly excellent condition and the unusual surrey top, I thought the car was quite well bought. #382-1969 JAGUAR E-TYPE Series II 4.2 convertible. S/N: 1R10742. Red/tan vinyl/ tan leather. Odo: 2,545 miles. Restored several years ago. Paint quality good, but not topconcours level. Driver’s door fit off; hood just a touch off. Some poorly installed new trim gaskets throughout, including windshield, and red paint on a few gaskets as well. Interior refinished; gauges and dash well done, but restored seats and headrests have typical sag that should have been addressed. Engine compartment decently redone; again, not quite concours. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $71,500. Now those are some big cylinders! 1911 was last year for both the Model 30 and a 4-cylinder Packard. This limo would be killer in an AACA preservation class. The condition rating is based on the paint and general deterioration, but in this case it should be worn as a badge of honor, and, of course, the car should never be restored. (But sanitized? Maybe.) This car is known as “The Cutty Sark Packard” because legend says that in 1947 a college student traded a bottle of Cutty Sark to the then-owner (the original owner’s chauffeur) in exchange for the car. Last sold at RM Sotheby’s Amelia Island 2016 for $137,500 (SCM# 6799341). Now sold at little more than half of that, and far below the low estimate. The risks of no reserve. If the Amelia 2016 buyer is this seller, he has taken a terrible loss. He may have tax or other reasons. Driven about 230 miles in between (actually quite a bit in this car); I hope they were very enjoyable miles. #376-1911 AMERICAN EAGLE SOLD AT $22,000. A very challenging project, maybe too challenging for mortal humans. Given the lettering on the seat and non-original parts, it may be fated to just remain an interesting display piece. Lettering on side says “1902 Model,” adding to the confusion. Sold last year here at RM Hershey for $38,500 (SCM# 6853269), so consignor apparently paid over $20k to own it for a year. #214-1911 PACKARD MODEL 30 UEFR limousine. S/N: 16476. Eng. # 16482. Black/black leather/black leather & gray cloth. RHD. Odo: 78,089 miles. Remarkable unrestored treasure. Everything looks ancient. Catalog says paint is original, but to me portions of body appear to have been repainted with a brush eons ago. Maybe just touched up. Brass tarnished but in fine underlying condition. Black leather front seat has been redone but still appears moldy. Blue cloth rear seat likely original, and also looks a bit moldy. Engine compartment reminiscent of Pompeii (after the eruption), but is intact and car is said to run well. Firestone tires of unknown vintage have plenty of tread. Cond: 4. TOURER roadster. S/N: 3525. Eng. # 3525. Red/black cloth/black leather. Odo: 1 mile. One of one, built by Martin Burzynski to promote his invention of tires with aluminum sidewalls and inner springs, usable even without air. Bought by Barney Pollard in 1946, saving it from the scrap heap. Passed to different owners and restored at one time by former Harrah’s restoration expert Clyde Wade. Condition is excellent, no paint cracking. Hood straps, hardware, seats and dash all in great shape. “Solar” side lamps. Consignor spent time polishing the brass pre-auction, and it paid off onstage. Wheels and tires excellent, but the original ones are where the story lies, and one was also rolled onstage. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $75,000. A glamorous, red XKE that has a few disappointing elements in its restoration. The bar is higher on these now, as some shops do stunning work on E-types. This example has been driven, and can continue to be driven with little concern about marring the restoration. Last sold at RM Auburn Spring 2014 for $71,500 (SCM# 6718292), and the high bid here confirms that this is the right price for an E-type Series II in this condition. 146 SOLD AT $242,000. A fascinating car, and along with it come three of the four original aluminum tires on wood-spoke wheels, an absolutely amazing piece of failed technology viewed up close. Burzynski thought he would become wealthy through his 1911 version of run-flat tires, but apparently the ride was so harsh it destroyed the wheels. Thankfully, they remained stored, and along with a fantastic file of documents, make this American Eagle a unique example of little-known automotive history. After inspecting the car and documents, I thought the estimate of $50k–80k was too low, and it deservedly sold for even more than I expected. Sports Car Market


Page 146

RM Auctions Hershey, PA #159-1912 BAKER ELECTRIC MODEL W runabout. S/N: 2245. Dark blue/black vinyl/black leather. Odo: 1,186 miles. Older full restoration in late 1980s, including more-powerful electric motor. Present consignor did extensive freshening, including new top, seats, carpets, undercarriage and wheel refinishing, with some body repaint. Steering wheel has sticky padded rim. Body and paint near flawless; most wood appears very good, but a few pieces near engine have slight flaws. Three Michelin tires with some use; fourth tire a newer Excelsior. Beautiful original amp/volt meter, with more modern gauges installed as well. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $220,000. RM Hershey always seems to have great early Pierce-Arrows consigned, and this year kept the streak going. Less monstrous and expensive than the Model 66s, but more than enough car for most collectors. This example was in tremendous condition, with known history; an extraordinary car in its time. Sold within estimate range, but ignoring market value for a moment, an amazing car for the money. #208-1916 HUDSON SERIES H Super SOLD AT $192,500. Superbly presented, and despite a few minor flaws, I give it a Condition 1- rating based on its strengths. Handsome dark blue and yellow colors are supposedly original factory choices, and this Baker drew much attention prior to auction. Some might not like the non-original electric motor, but 18 hp doesn’t classify it as a resto-mod, and original motor is included. This Baker notably drove across America in 1995. Last sold at Hershey in 2012 for $85,250 (SCM# 6742270), so even with restoration work, consignor likely made an impressive profit. Same tires were on back then; new owner will endlessly search for one Michelin or just get three Excelsiors. Top-level early electric cars may have a growing following because of their now-pioneering historical role—a hundred years between Baker and Tesla. Very well sold. #418-1913 PIERCE-ARROW 48B tourer. S/N: 11552. Eng. # 11552. Royal Maroon/black cloth/black leather. RHD. Odo: 69,356 miles. Stated to be an older restoration, possibly 1970s, but overall condition still superb. May have been refreshed over the years as needed. Body excellent; no real flaws. Paint beautifully done, no crackling, and appropriate finish for this era. Black pinstriping nicely done, worn off in a few small spots. Nickel trim pieces outstanding throughout. Wood wheels excellent, no major cracks. BFGoodrich Silvertown tires in fine shape. Interior striking, with expertly done seats in near-perfect condition, dash, instruments and controls all superb. Fabric top excellent, with just a couple of wear points. Undercarriage neat and clean, the huge open flywheel always amazing to look at. Cond: 1-. 148 SOLD AT $110,000. Not an historic race car, but a well-done retro racer that actually was driven by Burdick and Wayne Bell. I hope they were good friends, because the interior is so tight that the seats had to be staggered fore and aft. The work throughout was clearly done with care and at much expense. I had wondered if there would be enough appeal for anyone to buy this car, as it has a very narrow market, but bidding went right up to the high estimate. Well sold. #164-1917 CADILLAC MODEL 55 Op- era coupe. S/N: 55B39. Eng. # 55B39. Dark blue & black/black leather/gray, green & blue Bedford cord. Odo: 20 miles. Older restoration Sports Car Market Six roadster. S/N: 90513. Eng. # 389975. White & polished aluminum/tan leather. Race car built by Richard Burdick for the Great American Race. Hudson Series H chassis and engine with fabricated race body, nicely done in period style. Hood and wheels beautifully made, imposing side exhaust. Cozy—maybe claustrophobic—interior, with period-style leather seats. Rally timer and clock; nicely done aluminum dashboard. 1980s-era classic vinyl steering wheel cover that can never be installed correctly. Condition very good overall considering participation in three crosscountry races. Cond: 2-.


Page 147

RM Auctions Hershey, PA of unusual body style; nicely preserved. Outstanding paint and door fit. Plating all in order, and not too bright. Bedford cord upholstery in good shape; authenticity beyond my knowledge. Engine compartment very clean and appears to be authentic except for one hose. Interstate battery in appropriate configuration. Well-finished artillery wheels. Cond: 2+. Someone (not me) nicked a spot in the dashboard. Engine beautifully done, as concoursworthy as the rest of this car. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $495,000. Perhaps the most stunning car in the auction. The highest sale price as well. I’m not always a supporter of replacing original bodies with different-style bodies, but will admit its former coachwork would not be nearly as wonderful to gape at. Will take comfort in fact that it is an authentic Fleetwood body, and changes in period were common. #409-1932 PACKARD TWIN SIX Indi- SOLD AT $55,000. The “Type 55 Victoria for Four Passengers” was a fascinating body style in which the B-pillars and side window glass could be removed to create what we would later call a 2-door hard top. Seating configuration is a seat for the driver up front, two large comfortable seats for milady and milord in the back, and a folding jump seat at right front for a fourth passenger, if needed. In 1908 Cadillac won the (British) Dewar Trophy for standardization of parts, then an innovation in luxury cars (thus, “The Standard of the World”). 1917 was third model year for V8 engine for which Cadillac became famous. Catalog devoid of any history about the car except that it was originally delivered in Toronto to the wife of the Ontario CadillacOldsmobile distributor. Value difficult to determine but sold much below estimate. I hope this sold to a real enthusiast of 100-yearold cars. #397-1930 CADILLAC 452 roadster. S/N: 702414. Eng. # 702414. Light green & dark green/beige cloth/green leather. Odo: 34,796 miles. Top-concours level throughout. Body and paint superb, color choice perfect. Original Madame X sedan body replaced by Fleetwood roadster body. Purportedly older restoration, but, with a long list of owners, may have some recent refreshening. Only exterior problem I could find was a small flaw in rear bumper. Interior as good as the exterior. Seats have just enough creasing to show they’ve been sat on more than once. Lorraine spotlights and Pilot Ray driving lights. vidual Custom convertible sedan. S/N: 900104. Eng. # 900116. Packard Maroon/black cloth/plum leather. Odo: 19,291 miles. Breathtaking Dietrich Individual Custom body removed from a 1932 (Ninth Series) Super Eight chassis and mounted on a 1932 Twin Six chassis during ownership by the Bahre Collection. Date of transplant and restoration not stated in catalog, but was at least several years ago. Beautifully preserved inside and out, except there is significant paint crackling developing on fenders. Hard to see in the soft lighting of the Hershey Lodge hallway, but evident when it was outside joining the auction queue. Otherwise difficult to fault, with chrome, leather, top and other components close to perfection. The paint issue brings condition down from a 1 to a 2+. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $540,000. This magnificent Packard was purchased from the Bahre Collection at the 2014 RM Amelia Island auction for $840,000 including premium (SCM# 6708852). Since then, it appeared at RM Sotheby’s Scottsdale 2018, where it was a nosale at $600,000 (SCM# 6857881), and now here, another no-sale with an even lower high bid. I agree that the bid here was light, but between the cracking paint and the slight whiff of the car being a bitsa (albeit a very highclass bitsa), I doubt that the consignor, if he was the Amelia purchaser, will recover the full purchase price. #218-1932 CADILLAC 452B Brougham limousine. S/N: 1400185. Dark blue & black/ black leather & gray cloth. Odo: 317 miles. Excellent restoration of this rare Cadillac a number of years ago. Likely rarely driven since. Body very good overall, doors shut well, paintwork has no major cracking, but some orange peel in various spots; two small areas have scuffs and scratches. Most chrome still excellent, hubcaps have some pitting. Front whitewalls fresh looking, older rears and spares show some yellowing. Interior in very good condition. Front leather seats have some fine creases showing use. Rear cloth seats and February 2019 149


Page 148

RM Auctions Hershey, PA interior appear barely used. Wood elegant, no major cracks, lacquer finish varies a bit in finish. Pitting in some interior chrome parts. Engine takes some effort to start, runs a bit rough, but has no fatal-sounding noises when running. Cond: 2. teresting enough, but the restoration is a gem in its own right. Hammered at high estimate for $90k, but considering the skill and expense this Lincoln displays, I have to call it well bought. #378-1934 LINCOLN MODEL KB pha- SOLD AT $143,000. This elegant, imposing Cadillac is an amazing car to see in person, its massive, formal appearance a symbol of elite American wealth and power back then. Hard to believe the same company later made the Cimarron. While it hammered above the high estimate of $115k, what strikes me is how modest the market values are for many Cadillacs of this era. This could be a wonderful car for someone to show and even drive a bit. While current market says well sold, in the long range it may be well bought. #219-1932 LINCOLN MODEL KB se- dan. S/N: KB1396. Eng. # KB1628. Green & Chicle/russet brown cloth. Odo: 60,167 miles. Superb, concours-winning full restoration a number of years ago. Standard sedan-type body of its time, but hidden underneath is that V12 engine. Still in impeccable condition. Paint and body exquisite, perfect color choice. Chrome pieces all excellent. About the only flaw I find is a spotted reflector inside one of the Lorraine spotlights. Whitewalls still white, and even the cloth spare tire and rear box covers show no staining. Interior quality just as good as exterior, with detailed original wood trim, perfect cloth seats, aluminum dash panel all beautifully crafted. Not able to see engine, but from photos appears to match the rest of the car condition-wise. Cond: 1. eton. S/N: KB3434. Eng. # KB3434. Navy blue/tan cloth/brown leather. Odo: 52,900 miles. Sublime Dietrich Lincoln V12 in outstanding condition, just a half-step short of concours quality. Slight hood misalignment, likely just an adjustment. Beautiful finish with a very minor flaw here and there. Convertible top not observed, but boot is beautiful. Soft and supple leather and perfect carpet. Dash with a very glossy finish, but door caps have a matte finish; perhaps correct but to me looks like a mismatch. Steering-wheel hardware shows patina. Very impressive engine. Cond: 2+. excellent. Engine a work of art. Undercarriage as carefully restored as the rest of the car. Concours-winning quality. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $203,500. Very rare Fleetwood-bodied coupe. Imposing, beautifully styled, one of Cadillac’s triumphs. The $203k may seem impressive, but there are cars in today’s market selling for multiples of that number that don’t come close to the grandeur and rarity of this Cadillac. I’m not allowed to mention those cars, but contact me and I’ll let you know. Another steal of a Cadillac. #395-1936 PACKARD TWELVE coupe roadster. S/N: 939201. Eng. # 904052. Packard Ivory/black cloth/brown leather. Odo: 20,280 miles. Older but beautiful restoration retaining enormous character. Superb door thunk. Gorgeous ivory paint still good, but there is substantial cracking on left front fender. Older chrome still well plated. Elegant black cloth convertible top, but gasket around windshield has deteriorated. Inside, lovely brown leather seats with seat belts face a spectacular Art Deco dash with factory radio. Beautiful interior hardware. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $286,000. One of 25 built in this gorgeous body style, Raymond Dietrich at his finest. Convertible sedan characterized by a division and fold-up center pillars. This car has now appeared at four auctions since 2012: a no-sale at Russo and Steele Monterey 2012 (SCM# 4806251); sold at $275,000 at RM Sotheby’s Plymouth in 2015 (SCM# 6732279); and for $275,000 again at Gooding Pebble Beach 2015 (SCM# 6786096). Price here consistent with those prices as well as catalog estimate. Seems to me it should be worth more, but the market has spoken. #411-1935 CADILLAC 370D coupe. S/N: 4100743. Eng. # 4100743. Blue/gray cloth. Odo: 649 miles. Superb restoration recently completed. Body flawless. Rich, beautiful paintwork, with just a few small slightly dull areas, and small chips in trunk and back of hood. Chrome excellent everywhere; even the complex grille is practically perfect. Interior of equal quality, with perfect fabric on seats and doors, elegant detailed dashboard, all wood trim finely done. Wheels and hubcaps SOLD AT $269,500. The Packard Twelve always impresses with its presence. This graceful body style is both dignified and sporting, and looks better with its rear-mounted spare than with sidemounts. Said to be the first 14th Series Packard Twelve coupe roadster built. Last seen at RM Sotheby’s Scottsdale in 2016, where it sold for only $165,000 (SCM# 6798526). Apparently some work has been done on the car since then. Sold slightly below the reasonable low estimate of $275,000, but still may have brought a profit to the seller. If the buyer is an end-user collector, quite well bought. #212-1937 CORD 812 cabriolet. S/N: SOLD AT $99,000. A top-tier restoration done on this V12 Lincoln KB. When one looks closely at a car such as this, you start to understand the difference between very good work versus superb work. The car itself is in- 150 8121113F. Eng. # FB2193. Ganges Green/dark green leather. Odo: 99,900 miles. We have to talk about color first, because this Cord is striking in factory-correct Ganges Green, a medium green with a tinge of blue (I also found it named Orchard Green). The leather is dark green, a better complement to the exterior color than it sounds. Otherwise, this is a very nice but not exceptional example. Catalog does not give restoration date, but can be inferred to be in the late 1980s or 1990s. For the most part, it appears to have been a high-quality restoration holding up quite well. Hood fit slightly off at rear, and there are several minor chips in both paint and chrome. Seats are well preserved, but the door panels have noticeable wrinkling. Older finishes on some of instru- Sports Car Market


Page 150

RM Auctions Hershey, PA ment panel and interior hardware, but can be improved. Cond: 2. ing Olds example with Automatic Safety Transmission. #368-1938 PACKARD TWELVE cabrio- SOLD AT $137,500. I have never seen a Cord in this color before, and it was breathtaking to most observers. The other notable feature of this car was that it was restored with a rumble seat, in an attempt to re-create a feature used on several prototype 810 cabriolets but never produced. This was well executed, and no doubt well intentioned, but to my mind seemed to be unfaithful to the car. RM may have sensed this, as they quickly mentioned it in the catalog but included no photos. I think the rumble seat was a minus, value-wise. Last seen at Russo and Steele Scottsdale in 2015, purchased at $151,250 (SCM# 6772332). Sold here for a bit less, but close to high estimate and very close to price-guide median. Fairly bought and sold all around. #204-1938 OLDSMOBILE L-38 con- vertible. S/N: LA302577. Azure blue/black cloth/red vinyl. Odo: 86,600 miles. Interesting top-of-the-line 8-cylinder Olds thought to be the only surviving example equipped with the “Automatic Safety Transmission.” Also sports rumble seat. Restored in the 1970s and holding up well, but time marches on. High-quality paint perhaps a little thick in places. Chrome still quite good. Excellent black cloth top, perhaps newer. Bench seat intact, but is uncomfortable and needs re-stuffing. Bright red vinyl doesn’t coordinate well with brown dash. Speedo and odo are clouded and hard to read. Remaining Art Deco instruments much better. Engine compartment not seen. Cond: 2-. let. S/N: 16082007. Eng. # A600189. Burgundy/ white cloth/gray cloth. Odo: 79,646 miles. Older restoration with little use but typical signs of aging. Interesting roof design with small “clerestory” windows at front of roof. Most paint and chrome still appears very good, but some rough areas where top posts meet body. Top fabric slightly discolored. Interior very nice, with some minor pitting and flaws here and there on dash. Wood and carpets impressive, but seat fabric front and rear noticeably loose-appearing. Engine just freshened, appears well with a few imperfections. Cond: 2. Seat belts installed. Underbody shows just a little use. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $148,500. The Zephyr is a large 2-passenger coupe, but compared to the 1935 Cadillac V16 coupe displayed adjacently, it appeared noticeably smaller. Despite some minor wear from road use (glad to see), still a concours-worthy example. Beautifully restored at one time, and many good years ahead. First year for hydraulic brakes, a big plus that encourages driving. Fairly bought and sold. #401-1941 CADILLAC SERIES 62 con- SOLD AT $132,000. Striking and unusual cabriolet body. The body paint and seat flaws unfortunately stand out because they are so visible, but likely not too expensive to redo. Overall an example of an older restoration that in some areas doesn’t quite match the higher standards of today’s top-tier work. Campbell Soup family ownership adds little cachet anymore, unlike Newman’s Own soup. Consignor paid $236,500 at Hershey in 2008 (SCM# 1642219), with almost the same mileage, so quite a drop in value here. Hammered well below estimate. With interesting Brunn body, I’d call it a good buy. #412-1939 LINCOLN ZEPHYR coupe. S/N: H67590. Eng. # H67590. Coach Maroon/tan leather. Odo: 32,395 miles. Total restoration undisclosed number of years ago. Stated to have had two owners. Still shows well; body panel fit excellent, no dents, paint excellent, with some minor flaws and chips in various areas. Chrome mostly fine; a few small dull spots on close inspection. Fender skirts fit well, hubcaps excellent, some paint chips on wheels. Interior perfect; seats SOLD AT $72,600. Offered at no reserve from the Burdick Collection. The Automatic Safety Transmission was a sort of semi-automatic which still used a clutch to get the car moving, but then you could shift between low and high clutchlessly. Apparently it was not successful and often later replaced, but it was a step toward Hydra-Matic, which first appeared in 1940. On a strict dollar basis, I thought this car was rather well sold. However, for a small premium, the buyer now owns a car of historical significance as reportedly the only remain- 152 vertible sedan. S/N: 8341946. Eng. # 8341946. Black/black cloth/tan leather. Odo: 1,651 miles. Older restoration, now showing quite a bit of paint fatigue. Catalog specifically mentioned how paint retained its “rich shine.” I don’t know what car they were looking at; I thought it was almost devoid of luster. Perhaps it can be brought out with a magical detailing job. Exterior chrome also mostly dullish. Interior comparable, with clean and supple leather, but driver’s door panel and armrest show some soiling. Very nice carpet. Faux-woodgrain dash excellent, but some chrome hardware aged. Passenger’s side front window winder missing, possibly comes with car. Very clean, used-car engine compartment, but authentic can of starting fluid sitting on engine does not engender confidence. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $57,750. Another luxurious convertible from the Lloyd Needham Collection, offered at no reserve. Owned by Needham since the 1980s and restored prior to that. First year for Hydra-Matic, but this car is a manual. The 1941 Cadillac is universally admired for its elegance, and this car deserves a high-quality repaint. The catalog even suggested repainting it in its original Monica Blue. Price—just under low estimate—was relatively low for a rare 1941 convertible sedan (just 400 built), reflecting the old paint and need for freshening. Fair all around. #396-1941 PACKARD 180 Victoria con- appear new; dash, carpets, steering wheel all excellent. Has radio, heater and overdrive. vertible. S/N: 14292016. Eng. # CD5011982. Saratoga Beige/tan cloth/tan leather. Odo: 40,746 miles. Nicely done early-1990s restoration, showing a hint of aging in some parts. Body and paint still excellent. Chrome mostly very good, including grille and bumpers. Engine replaced at one time with 1948 engine, and later another 1941 motor was installed. Front and rear seats don’t quite match in color, with fronts also showing nicely patinated creases. Dash and other interior pieces show nicely but have some aging in places. Cond: 2+. Sports Car Market


Page 152

RM Auctions Hershey, PA gasket splitting. Wheel covers all decent. Dashboard pretty good; image of Hernando de Soto under odometer is a gem. Odometer has some unreadable numbers. Cracks in steering wheel. Armrests and other restored pieces starting to warp a bit. Engine compartment shows use, a few rust spots, but comparable to rest of car. Underbody aged, but no rust. Honest, driver-quality condition. Cond: 3+. #422-1958 CHEVROLET IMPALA con- SOLD AT $357,500. Always a delight to look at (although more exciting colors are out there), this Custom Super Eight Darrin may just be nearing the point where it needs a modest restoration facelift. Sold in January at RM Sotheby’s Scottsdale 2018 for a fair $368k (SCM# 6857872), one wonders why it is up for auction again. Sold here for about $10k less; add in the other costs, and this was a pricey Darrin to live with for only nine months. Sometimes relationships seem so promising but quickly go down in flames. #402-1948 DESOTO CUSTOM convert- ible. S/N: 5891198. Eng. # S11153895. Butterfly Blue/dark blue fabric/blue leather, beige cloth. Odo: 77,090 miles. 236-ci I6, 1-bbl, 3-sp. Older restoration, still hanging in there but showing some wear. No cracking in paint, but chips and age-related flaws at edges. Panels straight, no dents, trunk fit a bit off. Bumpers and most chrome holding up. Gas-cap vertible. S/N: F58J249242. Snowcrest White/ white vinyl/red & black & gray cloth, red vinyl. Odo: 16 miles. 348-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, auto. Full restoration perhaps a few years old now, but only 16 miles on clock, so virtually new appearance. Body excellent; panel and door fit very good, except front fenders just a touch off by windshield. Superb paintwork, chrome all perfect. Interior very well restored and shows no signs of use. Has Wonder Bar radio, Continental kit, power top and windows, power seat and of course Tri-Power. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $35,750. Part of the Lloyd Needham Collection of mostly ’30s and ’40s American classics. Likely not many of these DeSotos have survived; this one was treated to a fairly careful restoration at one time. Probably used by Needham over the years, which it deserved. “Fluid Drive” was an early torque converter, and while you still had to shift the manual transmission, you could roll to a stop without stepping on the clutch, then just start off again. That must have seemed like a technological wonder back then, until full automatics came to the fore. Fairly bought and sold. NOT SOLD AT $100,000. All the glitz and glamour expected of a ’58 Impala. Prices have flattened on these, so crossing the $125k line sometimes happens, sometimes doesn’t. White perhaps not the first color choice among Impala fans. The catalog talks about an appearance by Britney Spears in this Impala in Las Vegas. ’58 Impala collectors are usually not Britney Spears fans; perhaps if Barbra Streisand appeared in it, it would have had a higher bid. © 154 Sports Car Market


Page 154

The Branson Auction Branson, MO The Branson Auction High sale was a 1970 Plymouth ’Cuda with a non-original, period-correct 426 Hemi engine. It hammered sold at $93,500 Company Branson Date October 19–20, 2018 Location Branson, MO Auctioneers Brian Marshall, Ben DeBruhl Automotive lots sold/offered 158/225 Sales rate 70% Sales total $2,776,721 High sale 1970 Plymouth Hemi ’Cuda replica convertible, sold at $93,500 Buyer’s premium As close as you can get to the real deal — 1970 Plymouth Hemi ’Cuda replica convertible, sold at $93,500 10%, included in sold prices Report and photos by Andy Staugaard Market opinions in italics a year ago. The consignment list here was made up primarily of American iron, with European and Japanese cars accounting for about 20% of the cars on offer. The auction high sale was a 1970 B ranson saw a 70% sellthrough rate on 158 cars for a total gross income of $2.78m, down $723k from was a 1948 166 Spyder Corsa replica that was powered by a Triumph TR6 engine. It r $17,050. he U.K. was represented by the second-highest sale — a gorgeous 1968 Jaguar KE 2+2 (mentioned above), plus a 1988 Rolls-Royce Corniche II that was the fifth top sale at $53,350, a 1986 Rolls-Royce Silver Spur at $12,925, a 2008 Land Rover that sold for $11,275 and a 1968 MGB GT that hammered down at $9,350. From Japan we saw a 1972 Honda Z600 that went for $13,200, a 1990 Branson, MO Plymouth ’Cuda with a non-original, period-correct 426 Hemi engine. It hammered sold at $93,500. Second on the list was a 1968 Jaguar E-type 2+2 for $69,300, followed by a 1932 Packard 902-507 for $67,000. Only 11 cars sold above $40k, and, interestingly enough, 103 cars sold for less than $20k, showing that Branson continues to be a great place to enter the collector-car hobby. Mercedes accounted for 10 entries, with a 1985 380SL selling for $19,800 and a 1978 450SL getting a high bid of $22,500. There were seven lots from Porsche, with a 2001 911 Turbo going for $42,900 and a 1999 911 Carrera 4 selling for $20,900. A 1979 911SC Targa received a high bid of $25k but was a no-sale. The only “Ferrari” entry 156 Toyota Celica GT that sold for $3,410, a 1966 Toyota Land Cruiser that was a no-sale for $24,500 and a 1968 Datsun 2000 no-sale of $6,500. The Ford Thunderbird was represented by 11 cars, six of which Sales Totals were Baby ’Birds (1955–57). These ’Birds have taken a fall of late on the auction circuit, as demonstrated by the sales here in Branson. The highest sale was a 1957 Baby ’Bird at $34,100, followed by a 1956 for $30,800 and another 1957 for $30,525. The remaining three sold in the lowto-mid-$20k range. Branson now has an international flavor, with many of the local businesses hiring employees from all over Europe and Asia. The next auction will take place at the Branson Hilton Convention Center on April 12 and 13. ♦ $3.5m $3m $2.5m $2m $1.5m $1m 0 Sports Car Market 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014


Page 156

The Branson Auction Branson, MO ENGLISH #525-1968 MGB GT coupe. S/N: GHD4U1409646. British Racing Green/black leather. Odo: 79,598 miles. Body and paint not very good, with lots of scratches and chips. Chrome and trim are poor, too. Interior shows its age. Rust on the floor boards. Needs new carpet. Wheels are in poor condition, showing minor rust. Underside and engine bay need to be detailed. Wiring diagrams left on the floor—not a good sign. Cond: 3-. match body-paint quality. No major defects observed. Glass clear and good all around. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $53,350. According to the auction description, only 1,234 of these cars were produced for the U.S. market. This one has low mileage and good service documentation. With a bit of elbow grease, it would be in excellent, #1 condition. Not a bad buy for almost $10k less than its market value. The only question I have is its investment potential grade of D. Good buy? #507-1997 JAGUAR XK8 convertible. SOLD AT $12,925. A relatively low-mileage Rolls that should give the buyer many years of reliable service. It appeared in Branson in the fall of 2016 and sold for $15,125 (SCM# 6810878). Price paid today is just under market value. Fairly bought and sold. #561-1988 ROLLS-ROYCE COR- SOLD AT $9,350. Sold in 2014 at the spring Branson sale for $5,670 (SCM# 6709061), so I guess the seller probably made some profit. Median market value is about $6k, and with only an investment grade of C. Not a very good buy, especially for the condition of this car. Well sold. #619-1986 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER SPUR sedan. S/N: SCAZN42A0GCX15527. Brown/tan leather/tan leather. Odo: 29,333 miles. Body, paint, chrome and trim all quite good, although there seems to be a different tint to the paint on the hood versus the fenders. Interior very good, except top door-sill wood shows scratches and dents beneath the clear restoration finish. Interior had a musty smell, indicating prolonged storage. Wheels, engine bay and underside all need to be detailed to NICHE convertible. S/N: SCAZD02A8JCX23443. Magnolia White/tan leather/tan leather. Odo: 40,682 miles. Everything about this car is in very good to excellent condition. Only flaws I can find are the minor scratches in the chrome and trim. Also, top edges of the wood door trim should have been restored to match the overall quality of the car. Underside also needs to be detailed to match. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $8,250. A beautiful car to drive around town, but not much investment potential. This one was a no-sale at Leake Tulsa in June, 2018 with a high bid of $7,750 (SCM# 6875259). When you factor out the commission, the high bid here is actually $200 less than at the Leake auction. So the market has spoken and the seller listened this time. Good buy on a nice car that has a median market value of around $10k. GERMAN #610-1979 PORSCHE 911SC Targa. S/N: 9119311575. Black metallic/black leather/tan leather. Odo: 44,430 miles. Just above driver quality. Body and paint are just fair, with numerous scratches and chips. Fit is very good. Interior is very good, consistent with mileage. Wheels, engine bay and underside need detailing. Glass is good all around. Optioned with removable Targa top and whale-tail rear wing. Cond: 3+. S/N: SAJGX2747VC003435. White/tan leather/tan leather. Odo: 85,951 miles. Paint is very good, with only minor swirls and scratches. Panel fit also good. Interior is decent, considering its mileage. Could not access the engine bay. Wheels are very nice factory alloys. Underside is dirty, needs to be detailed. Glass is good and clear all around. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $25,000. A 911 that needs some TLC to realize its $35k market value. It could not attract any more bidding in its cur- 158 Sports Car Market


Page 158

Rising Sun Recent online sales of Japanese collector cars by Brian Baker (All text within quotes minimally edited from online descriptions) #14312. 1991 Honda Prelude Si. S/N JHMBA4148MC020790. 9,705 miles. “2.0-L DOHC inline 4, 5-speed transmission, four-wheelsteering system (4WS), service records included, clear CARFAX report.” Cond: 1. The Branson Auction Branson, MO rent condition. Good decision to walk away, and do some detailing for a better presentation at the next auction. Found on a Missouri dealer’s website a few weeks after the sale with an asking price of $36,900. SOLD AT $30,251. The third-gen Prelude is Honda’s long-hood sports coupe. The Prelude shares a fair amount of styling cues with the NSX—but at a more affordable price point. One interesting feature on this car is the four-wheel steering system, which was the world’s first available in a mass-produced car. Originally sold for $18,750. Tacking on inflation, the $30k price tag is practically buying it new. Well sold. Bring-ATrailer, 11/23/2018. #14444. 1972 Nissan Fairlady Z. S/N S3008754. 3,400 km (2,100 miles). “L24 inline 6, triple Solex/Mikuni side-draft carbs, 5-speed manual gearbox, Konig Rewind wheels, Fujitsubo Legalis exhaust, L20 engine included.” Cond: 5. #602-1985 MERCEDES-BENZ 380SL convertible. S/N: WDBBA45C5FA031519. Light blue/blue cloth/blue leather. Odo: 24,552 miles. This car is not presented well—it needs a general cleaning and detail. However, body and paint are quite good. Same with panel fit and gaps. Chrome and trim are decent. Interior is dirty, but with a good cleaning could be consistent with its low mileage. Wheels in fine condition. Engine bay and underside need to be detailed. Glass is good all around. Removable hard top included. Cond: 3. gine. Paint has some minor scratches and pitting. Passenger’s door does not latch closed. Chrome and trim are quite good, as well as interior, wheels, underside and glass. Engine bay could use some detailing to match the rest of the car. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $17,050. A very nice replica originally built in 1980 in the U.K. It is titled as a 1948 Ferrari with a clear title. It’s hard to place a value on a replica, but the hammer price here seems to be about right for this one. Fair deal for both buyer and seller. JAPANESE SOLD AT $19,800. A low-mileage Mercedes that, once detailed, would make for good, reliable transportation for many years to come— assuming it runs out well. With a median market value of only $12k, the sold price is a bit high even for a low-mileage car. Well sold. SOLD AT $19,900. This Fairlady has seen better days, but it is still more desirable than a 240Z in similar condition. To get a good idea of what a real Fairlady Z is worth, one in the worst possible condition recently sold on Yahoo Auctions Japan for $7,000. Tack on some import fees and the L24 upgrade (from the L20), and you have a pretty good deal. It still is a good base for a car, but better fix those floor pans. Well bought. Bring-A-Trailer, 11/29/2018. #14181. 1972 Datsun 240Z. S/N HLS3082343. 44,568 miles. “2.4-liter L24 inline 6, 4-speed manual gearbox, metallic brown over brown, largely unmodified.” Cond: 2. SOLD AT $3,850. Auction description states that “odometer shows 84,000 but is not working, actual miles unknown. Title reads exempt.” The hammered price was reasonable, but without much more information about this car, it might be a real gamble. Well bought? SOLD AT $40,000. You might be tired of seeing the S30 chassis in my column, but these cars are really highlighting the Japanese car market right now. Make a couple of small corrections to this car, and it is ready for some car shows. Overall, really well preserved. Well sold. Bring-A-Trailer, 10/30/2018. ♦ 160 ITALIAN #546-1948 FERRARI 166 Corsa replica Spyder. S/N: 1D48404C0L0. Red/black leather. RHD. Odo: 89,025 km. Recent (fewer than 500 miles ago) new paint, powder-coated wheels and full rebuild of Triumph TR6 en- #246-1986 MERCEDES-BENZ 560SL convertible. S/N: WDBBA48D9GA052721. Red/black cloth/tan leather. Odo: 83,821 miles. Recent repaint shows well on this highmileage car. However, the rest of the car is barely in driver-level condition. New tires, new disc brakes and calipers. Soft top is new, and the hard top is included. Cond: 3-. #605-1968 DATSUN 2000 convertible. S/N: SRL3110113. Red/black cloth/red vinyl. Odo: 86,686 miles. Paint is full of scratches and pits. Hood and trunk are off-color compared to the rest of the car. Fit and chrome are just fair. Interior seats are good, but dash, console and chrome trim need restoration. Engine bay cannot be inspected. Wheels and underside are no better than driver quality. Windshield has wiper rash. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $6,500. According to the auction listing, this car “has been fully restored, including an engine overhaul, new paint, and a new interior.” Uh huh. Its median market value is about $11,500. To realize this value, the seller needs to get the message from the bidders and do a better restoration. AMERICAN #537-1953 CHEVROLET 3100 custom pickup. S/N: H53N010319. Red/tan cloth. miles. 305-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Very nice restomod truck with a 305-ci engine, automatic transmission, power steering, power brakes, white-face custom gauges, custom leather interior, custom wheels and new, shiny wood bed. Most everything is excellent with this Sports Car Market


Page 159

The Branson Auction Branson, MO truck except the bouncy doors and an underside that needs to be detailed to match the top side’s quality. I can never understand why someone makes everything excellent, but then ignores the underside. Cond: 2-. which was not an option for a 1966 Corvette. Other additions include LED taillights and 5-sp manual. Seller is a well-respected local Corvette shop. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $31,000. Hard to place a value on these resto-mods, especially trucks. This one was done very well, except as mentioned above, and should have sold for the high bid. I do not think it is worth a whole lot more in today’s market even though trucks are popular right now. #613-1956 FORD THUNDERBIRD con- vertible. S/N: P6FH256590. Black/black vinyl/black & white vinyl. Odo: 80,289 miles. Needs a repaint—numerous swirls, scratches and chips throughout. Fit is good, however. Chrome and trim need restoration. Interior needs detailing, at a minimum. Window seals need to be replaced. Wheels look good with their chrome-wire hubcaps. Engine bay and underside need to be professionally detailed. Windshield glass has wiper rash. Optioned NOT SOLD AT $36,000. According to the auction listing, the big-block 427/425 engine is period-correct, meaning it was probably not original to the car. If it were, its market value would be somewhere in the mid-$80k range with the L72 engine option. Nevertheless, this car in its current condition and configuration should bring over $50k, but the bidding did not get that high. Seller was smart to walk away and wait for another day. #560-1968 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N: 194678S400554. Black/ white vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 45,924 miles. 427-ci 390-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Paint is just fair, with numerous scratches and chips. Fit is off, and doors are hard to open. Chrome and trim show lots of scratches. Interior shows more wear than mileage would suggest. Factory Rally wheels show very nicely. The big 427/390 shows well in an engine bay that could use some more detailing. Underside needs to be detailed. Glass is good all around. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $41,800. According to the auction listing, this car has its original numbers-matching 427/390, with 4-speed transmission. The 390-hp is not the most desirable of the first-year C3 big blocks because of its hydraulic lifters and 4-bbl carb—the higher-performance 427/435 featured triple 2-bbls and solid lifters. Nevertheless, it is a 427 big block and, therefore, deserves attention. Because of its relatively poor condition, this one is just a driver, although it’s got to be a fun-filled driver. The high bid was right on its median market value. Well sold. #253-1968 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE custom 2-dr hard top. S/N: 136378B146 839. Red/black vinyl. Odo: 22,217 miles. 5.7-L fuel-injected V8, auto. Paint is excellent, with just a few polishing swirls. Fit and gaps good all around, with a little bounce in the doors. with both hard and soft tops, Continental spare kit and factory air. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $26,215. This car is a good candidate for a complete restoration if the price is right. A restored ’56 Baby ’Bird might bring somewhere in the mid-$30k range, which, at the hammered price, does not leave the buyer a whole lot of money to work with. A good paint job would gobble up most of the potential profit. Well sold. #593-1966 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N: 194676S102681. Matte black/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 65,120 miles. 427-ci 425-hp V8, 4-bbl, 5-sp. The paint looks like primer but is actually a matte black repaint in very good condition. Fit is good. Chrome and trim have some pitting. Interior shows some wear consistent with mileage, although the seats are restored. Wheels, engine bay, underside and glass are all very good. The rear fenders are flared, February 2019 161


Page 160

The Branson Auction Branson, MO Chrome and trim bright and shiny. Interior is very nice, comparable to the paint quality. Wheels are factory but well detailed. Engine bay contains an LS1 upgrade mated to a 4-speed automatic overdrive transmission. Underside matches the top side’s quality. Glass has some chips. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $32,450. A very nice restoration that will turn a lot of heads. The LS1 engine just adds to its performance and value. This car appeared at Mecum’s Louisville sale in September 2017, not selling for $27,500 (SCM# 6850597). The current market value for a 1968 Chevelle SS 396 is about $35k. Although it does not have a 396, the LS1 is a good substitute. Therefore, the hammered price can be justified and the seller proved wise to come to Branson. Fair deal for both buyer and seller. #615-1969 FORD MUSTANG Mach 1 fastback. S/N: 9T02H201396. Gulfstream Aqua/black vinyl. Odo: 41,375 miles. 351-ci V8, 2-bbl, 3-sp. Body and paint are very nice. Door fit off on both sides. Chrome and trim are very good, with just a few minor scratches. Interior shows wear consistent with mileage. Wheels and engine bay match topside quality. Underside needs to be detailed. Glass has scratches all around. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $13,750. This generation of Chevy trucks is doing exceedingly well at the auctions right now, and it appears that the seller did a quick repaint on this one to take advantage of the market appeal. A good restoration candidate if the price is right, but the price is too high to do much and still come out ahead. Well sold. #557-1970 PONTIAC GTO 2-dr hard top. S/N: 242370Z101716. Blue/blue cloth & vinyl. Odo: 96,404 miles. 400-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Paint and vinyl top appear to be new and NOT SOLD AT $40,500. A nice high-mileage GTO that has some investment potential, but not at this price. The car appeared at Mecum Indy last May and was a no-sale at $27k (SCM# 6874305), which was close to its median market value of $29,500. Obviously the seller made the right decision to bring it to Branson, but should have dropped the reserve at this high bid. #609-1970 OLDSMOBILE 442 2-dr hard top. S/N: 344870M132017. Yellow/ black vinyl. Odo: 99,776 miles. 455-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Body and paint are excellent. Fit is off slightly all around. Chrome and trim are very good. Interior is good but needs more attention to detail (e.g. sill plates). Musty smell inside. Wheels and engine bay are good but do not match the body quality. Underside is excellent. Glass has some minor scratches in the rear window. More documentation and information needed on a car of this caliber. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $40,975. According to the auction listing, this car saw a rotisserie restoration and engine rebuild fewer than 200 miles ago. At a median market value of $38,500, the hammered price was right on. Both buyer and seller had a good day. #520-1970 CHEVROLET C10 pickup. S/N: CS140S109461. Green & white/gray vinyl. Odo: 12,619 miles. 350-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Paint and fit are rather good, but that’s the best one can say about this truck. The rest of it is just driver quality, and shows a lot of wear. The underside is very poor, showing evidence of rust. Cond: 3. are excellent. Fit as well as chrome and trim are excellent. Interior appears to be original and shows wear consistent with high mileage. Wheels are nice. Engine bay can use some elbow grease. Underside is very good, and matches the top-side quality. Rear window glass has numerous scratches. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $48,400. Seller states zero miles since complete restoration. But it’s still a relatively high-mileage car whose median market value is somewhere around $36k. Desirable 455/365 engine, restoration and presentation must have pushed the high bid to the hammered level. Very well sold. #540-1979 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. S/N: 1Z8789S428856. Corvette Red/ Oyster leather. Odo: 7,168 miles. 350-ci 195hp V8, 4-bbl, auto. Very nice, low-mileage, original Corvette. Options are many, including front and rear spoilers, CB radio, glass roof panels, cruise control, a/c, aluminum wheels, 162 Sports Car Market


Page 162

The Branson Auction Branson, MO and power windows. Original Goodyear Polysteel tires are included with the car. Body and paint are quite good, with some minor pitting. Panel fit and gaps are excellent. Interior is excellent. Wheels are excellent. Engine bay, underside and glass are driver quality. Documented with original build sheet, warranty book, owner’s manual, window sticker and maintenance receipts. Cond: 2-. #290-1994 DODGE VIPER RT/10 road- ster. S/N: 1B3CR65E3RV101920. Black/black canvas/gray leather. Odo: 9,455 miles. 8.0-L fuel-injected V10, 5-sp. Body, paint and fit are excellent. Interior is just fair, beginning to show its age. Wheels and engine bay are good. Underside needs to be detailed to the level of the top side. Glass is good but plastic headlight lenses are fogged. Optioned with desirable factory air. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $21,060. The only option I would have liked to have seen on this car is the highperformance L82 engine option. Otherwise, this car has it all. Some after-sale negotiations solidified a deal. An excellent entry into the Corvette world for the buyer and a good deal for the seller. NOT SOLD AT $25,000. A very nice, lowmileage Viper with some good investment potential. Median market value of $34k and should have sold somewhere near this value. The right bidder was just not there, and the seller made a good decision to walk away and wait for a better day. © 164 Sports Car Market


Page 164

Bonhams London, U.K. The London to Brighton Run Sale The most fascinating lot was “The English Mechanic,” which was built using anonymous plans published over 31 weeks in 1900. It sold for $53,921 Company Bonhams Date November 2, 2018 Location London, U.K. Auctioneer Malcolm Barber Automotive lots sold/offered 12/12 Sales rate 100% Sales total $2,127,763 High sale 1903 Darracq 24-hp Model JJ Rear-Entrance Tonneau, sold at $779,116 Buyer’s premium s London, U.K. The London to Brighton Run Sale The most fascinating lot was “The English Mechanic s London, U.K. The London to Brighton Run Sale The most fascinating lot was “The English Mechanic,” which was built using anonymous plans published over 31 weeks in 1900. It sold for $53,921 Company Bonhams Date November 2, 2018 Location London, U.K. Auctioneer Malcolm Barber Automotive lots sold/offered 12/12 Sales rate 100% Sales total $2,127,763 High sale 1903 Darracq 24-hp Model JJ Rear-Entrance Tonneau, sold at $779,116 Buyer’s premium Report Report and photos by Paul Hardiman Market opinions in italics W ith Bonhams now under new ownership, it was as if the entire crew had turned out for this annual Veteran car sale. Regular Vets auctioneer (and owner) Co-chairman Malcolm Barber called the auction, while Vice President of Business Development Rupert Banner had flown in from New York, along with Evan Ide and most of the rest of the U.K. motoring department. New Global CEO Matthew Girling oversaw from the rostrum wings with a fatherly eye. Part of the reason is that most of the Bonhams motoring department takes part in the Run, starting at 7 a.m. two days after the sale from Hyde Park, just a few minutes’ walk from the flagship offices in Mayfair. All of the cars offered sold. The final cataloged lot — the 1902 Panhard-Levassor — was withdrawn (although present in the sale room) after anomalies came to light over the age of some of its componentry. In the Veteran world, powerful 4-seat cars that get you to Brighton swiftly and without drama tend to fetch the most money, and here it was the imposing 1903 Darracq 24-hp Model JJ Rear-Entrance Tonneau, which sold for a mid-estimate $779,116. The car had impeccable provenance too, having run as a Touriste, accompanying the infamous Paris-Madrid race. Flanking the rostrum were the two oldest cars: the 166 1894-5 Peugeot 2½-hp twin-cylinder 2-seater is believed to have taken part in the first motor race, from Paris to Rouen. It sold for $463,203. The next oldest was the 1899 Star 3½-hp — another Benz look-alike, sold post-auction for an undisclosed price, but presumably close to the $104k lower estimate. Most years, one or two of the cars at this sale are offered with entries London, U.K. to the Run on Sunday, with instruction on how to drive them arranged for Saturday. The 1901 Schaudel 10-hp Four-Seater Rear-Entrance Tonneau (sold at $156,891) was one, but it did not start, and neither did the 1904 Cadillac Model A, which made $89,652. The most fascinating lot was also the cheapest, changing hands for $53,921 in a post-sale deal. “The English Mechanic” is a home-built car, loosely based on a 3-hp Benz, and constructed according to instructions published weekly in The English Mechanic under the heading “A Small Motor-Car and How to Build It.” It was an early part-work whose author was initially anonymous but turned out to be former Daimler engineer Thomas Hyler White. The instructions included advice on how to cast and machine your own engine parts and, incredibly, some were completed. This was one of the first built, completed in 1900. It had been a Brighton runner since 1928 and hadn’t been painted in the 50 years it had been in singlefamily ownership. Men in Sheds strike again! ♦ $3m $2.5m $2m $1.5m $1m $.5m 0 Sports Car Market 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 Sales Totals 15% on the first $649,350, 12% thereafter, included in sold prices ($1.00 = £0.77)


Page 166

Bonhams London, U.K. ENGLISH #309-1900 ENGLISH MECHANIC 3HP 2-seater tourer. S/N: A166. Red/black leather. RHD. Remember those “buy every week and build into an encyclopedia” mags? Well, it’s not a new concept. In 1900 you could buy “A Small Motor-Car and How to Build It,” which showed you how to home-build (including casting your own cylinders!) basically a copy of a Benz. One suspects that the author, who was eventually revealed as Thomas Hyler White, a former Daimler engineer, was only a couple of weeks in front of his eager audience at times, but here’s one that one of those readers built earlier. Its regular driver told me that it’s had a lot of work over the years, with a newish chassis and now a proper ring gear on the flywheel to accommodate the electric starter, but it was last painted more than 50 years ago. Paint cracked on mudguards, hole in seat vinyl, okay brass, charming bell on steering column. No chassis number. Registration number included for SCM Platinum Auction Database searching. Cond: 3. fied until 1959. In this family ownership for more than 50 years. Sold post-auction for £41,500 against a £65k ($85k) lower estimate. The most fascinating lot of the night and also the cheapest way to Brighton in an actual motor car rather than tricycle conveyance. #301-1904 STAR 7HP roadster. S/N: 1064. Blue/black leather. RHD. First Stars were licensee-built Benz, but this is essentially a Panhard copy (then only £20 cheaper). Replica 2-seater body and mudguards, plus later carburetor fitted sometime in ’60s. Leather lightly creased. Drive chains half worn. Wears 2001 event plaque. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $113,559. Did the Brighton run 1988–93; put away since 2001, though it has been started and run. Sold mid-estimate, and still fetching more money than a small Panhard or Renault. SOLD AT $53,921. Did several Brighton Runs starting in 1928, but not correctly identi- #312-1904 WOLSELEY 6HP voiturette. S/N: 8369. Blue/black leather. RHD. Older restoration, some paint chipping. Good brass, with Lucas King of the Road lights. Seat leather not significantly worn. Replacement cylinder block due to frost damage, but original included. Plenty of life left in drive chain. Removable flashing indicators front and rear, plus sensible brake lights. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $89,652. One owner describes the 6HP as “the Mini-Cooper of London-Brighton cars,” which is presumably why it attracts a bit more money than the slower 3½-hp rivals from de Dion and Renault, as it gets you to Madeira Drive for a warming brew a bit faster. This car won the Brooklands Double 12 in 2013. Hammered sold a little under the £75k ($97k) lower estimate, fetching exactly the same as the similarly Brighton Runfriendly 1904 Cadillac Model A 6½HP (Lot 302). FRENCH #306-1894 PEUGEOT TYPE 5 2½HP twin tourer. S/N: 164. Black/black leather. RHD. Older restoration holding up well, but very original and unmodernized. Good appearance with okay paint. Supple leather, nicely defined headlights, attractively finished timber mudguards. Recently driven to the MoT station—and passed. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $463,203. One of the stars of the show, believed to have taken part in the 1894 Paris-Rouen Race; has run up the hill at several Goodwood Festivals of Speed, though never the Brighton Run. Sold just over lower estimate, with start number 2 for Sunday, but did not participate. A very historic thing, but it is flat out at 16 mph.... #308-1901 SCHAUDEL 10HP rear-en- trance tonneau. S/N: 2. Maroon/black leather. RHD. Older restoration still presenting well. Good paint except for mudguards slightly chipped at edges. Newish leather, new wheels. Brass good apart from one ding in right Ducellier headlight. Motor and transmission rebuilt 2017–18, although drive chains quite worn— or you could just say they’ve loosened up nicely. Now runs starter motor, more brakes 168 Sports Car Market


Page 168

Bonhams London, U.K. than original and conventional accelerator pedal instead of hand throttle, all in the name of convenience and safety. Cond: 3+. lifts off when you fancy traveling à deux. No VCC dating certificate, but should be easy to obtain, as Liberia-Dupont went out of business in 1902. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $149,420. Thought to be one of two left of this marque (the other is a single-cylinder), and quite sophisticated for their day with steel-tube chassis and water pump for the radiator. Sold under estimate, but rather a lot was expected for this project. SOLD AT $156,891. Charles Schaudel was a gunsmith from Bordeaux and made cars only for a short time, 1900–02. This is one of two known survivors. “Much of its life” in Musée Bonnal à Bègles in Bordeaux. Bought from Brooks’ Beaulieu sale in 1999, then in the Yorkshire Car Collection until 2017, then bought by the vendor at this sale last year (Lot 223, SCM# 6853541, $192,835); he has since apparently spent £34,500 ($45k) making it work properly before deciding he’s too tall to drive it. Offered with start number 106 on the 2018 Brighton run, but did not take part. It would seem the old “£10k ($15k) per cylinder, £10k per seat” valuation is now $25k a pop at 2018 prices. #304-1903 DE DION-BOUTON 8HP tourer. S/N: 79. Red/black leather. RHD. Believed to be a Model R, a 1903-only model. No chassis number quoted, but chassis plate says 79. Very straight and clean, although missing lights and mudguards. Rather racy 2-seater body is new (was probably originally a 4-seat tonneau), paint slightly orange-peeled, new seat leather. Good brass scuttle lights, nickel scuttle (oil) tank a bit dinged. Pinstripes on wheel spokes a bit fussy and tire lettering picked out in yellow... perhaps someone was bored. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $70,975. Was part of the Quattroruote Collection in Italy since at least 1960, restored and displayed as a rolling chassis, so bonnet is either new or a lucky find. Sold for €44,800 ($51,023/£35,342) when the collection was dispersed in 2016, re-restored and finished like this for new owners. Sold mid-estimate for generic single-cylinder Brighton runner money. Seller might just have broken even, but there’s a little way to go to finish it. If, however, it is or becomes VCCapproved with a dating certificate, it’s a relatively inexpensive potentially 4-seat Brighton Runner. #305-1903 LIBERIA-DUPONT 12HP twin-cylinder tonneau. S/N: 183. Eng. # 4885. Red/red leatherclcoth. RHD. Faded and very original-looking—or “timewarp condition” as the catalog put it. Holes in leathercloth seat-base coverings, though leather backs are better. Very dulled brass scuttle lamps. Still, it’s all there, is said to be a runner, and even the solid tires look usable, though it would originally have been on pneumatics. Engine is an Aster 23K. Body is 2/4-seater detachable tonneau, meaning the rear section SOLD AT $779,116. In one-family ownership most of its life until 1970s. Winner of the Veteran Concours on Regent Street in 2017. With a potential 50-mph top speed, this will get you to Brighton faster than all the single-cylinder chuffers, so we can see the price of luxury. Perfection if you wanted it, but it was just a bit “too much, old boy,” reminding me of the John Lennon quote: “Those in the poor seats, clap: the rest of you rattle your jewelry.” #310-1904 RENAULT 9HP Type T rear- entrance tonneau. S/N: 3107. Blue/black leather. RHD. De Dion-engined 4-seater, Ford T front axle fitted in ’50s, correct type (though still looks the same) now fitted. Splendidlooking replica body with nice paint, leather just settling in. Fab set of Ducelliers. #311-1903 DARRACQ 24HP Model JJ rear-entrance tonneau. S/N: 4294. Green/red leather. RHD. Restored in 1995. So impossibly straight and incredibly splendid it verges on bling. Simply magnificent brass including King of the Road scuttle lights—even radiator shell is straight, making one think it must be repro. However, catalog claims it was built and fitted in 1906, requiring new bonnet: original included in lot. Newish red leather has a touch of instant patina. Freshlooking wicker baskets to sides. Later Zenith carb. Cond: 2+. TOP 10 No. 7 170 Sports Car Market


Page 170

Bonhams London, U.K. Marvelously battered bulb horn showing multiple repairs. 1904 Humber gearbox, though original-type 1904 Renault gearbox included, which it will need to obtain a VCC 1904 dating certificate. Now with modern ignition coil and Dynastart. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $98,617. Originally supplied to the U.K. via Roadway Autocar company of Fulham. Did Brighton Run 1998 and 1999. Sold at H&H sale in June 2012 for $100,842 (SCM# 4774807). In this ownership since then, but before that with the Cook family from 1959. Hammered just below the lower estimate of £70k ($91k). Slightly cheap for a four-seater, but put the difference down to the cost of having the correct transmission installed before it is eligible for the Brighton Run. AMERICAN #303-1903 RAMBLER MODEL E 6½HP runabout. S/N: 2112. Red/black leather. MHD. Older restoration, very good cosmetic order: straight and shiny, although some light cracking to paint. Shiny leather not very worn. Nickel horn and kerosene lamps. Never Out taillight may originally have been unplated brass. Two-speed transmission and tiller steering. Now with electric cooling fan for motor. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $62,756. Restored in the U.S. before coming to the U.K. for the 1996 Brighton Run; did two laps of Daytona in 2003, also completed the Runs 2006–10 inclusive. Sold mid-estimate for about the price of a De Dion vis-à-vis or small Renault. #302-1904 CADILLAC MODEL A 6½HP rear-entrance tonneau. S/N: 3987. Maroon/ black leather. RHD. Older chipped paint, seat leather okay, nice brass Dietz lamps. Drive chain snug on sprockets, showing little wear. Two-speed manual trans- mission. Modern fog light under rear a sensible precaution for a car that actually gets used on the road. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $89,652. A Run regular since 1992. Allocated number 303 for 2018, although did not start. Cadillac Model As are some of the most basic and cheap 4-seater entries available for the Run (something like a De Dion 3½-hp vis-à-vis will be cheaper, but there were none in the sale this year); here hammered £10k ($13k) under the lower estimate of £70,000 ($91k). Veterans, like everything else, appear to have dropped back by 10%–15% since 2015. © 172 Sports Car Market SOLD OUT!


Page 172

Roundup Selected Sales Combined in One Comprehensive Report Global Auction Highlights ENGLISH #123-1955 JAGUAR XK 140 roadster. S/N 810375. Maroon/tan cloth/brown vinyl. Odo: 77,304 miles. From the Vic Wenzel Collection. Parked for at least a decade under less-than-ideal conditions. Solid steel wheels, with old bias-ply tires and rusty hubcaps. Two rows of louvers added on the top of hood. Older repaint, with lots of polishing scratches. Yet that’s minor compared to chipped paint from a small dent in right front fender, plus various light-to-moderate scratches and chipping that go through paint into primer—and beyond. All chrome has some level of pitting and/or surface rust. Engine bay quite dingy, but should clean up (especially ceramic coating on exhaust manifolds). That is, if it’ll run, as nobody stated or even hinted to it being able to start, or if it even turns over. Older seat re-do looks a lot better than the bare-metal spokes on steering wheel. Dash wood now covered in the same vinyl as seats. Flaky, rusty undercarriage. Cond: 5+. 1972 Porsche 911T 2.4 coupe, sold for $127,691 at Silverstone Northamptonshire, U.K. NIXON Location: Rosemount, MN Date: September 22, 2018 Auctioneers: Lonnie Nixon, Don Nixon Automotive lots sold/offered: 48/48 Sales rate: 100% Sales total: $298,765 High sale: 1955 Jaguar XK 140 roadster, sold at $47,000 Buyer’s premium: None for onsite buyers; 4% online, included in sold prices Report and photos by B. Mitchell Carlson SILVERSTONE — THE SEPTEMBER SALE Location: Northamptonshire, U.K. Date: September 28, 2018 Auctioneers: Jonathan Humbert Automotive lots sold/offered: 23/50 Sales rate: 46% Sales total: $1,653,480 High sale: 2007 Lamborghini Murcielago LP640-4 Versace coupe, sold at $205,480 Buyer’s premium: 15%, included in sold prices Report and photos by Paul Hardiman 174 SILVERSTONE — THE PORSCHE SALE Location: Northamptonshire, U.K. Date: September 28, 2018 Auctioneers: Jonathan Humbert Automotive lots sold/offered: 25/41 Sales rate: 61% Sales total: $2,594,043 High sale: 2018 Porsche 911 GT3 coupe, sold at $249,511 Buyer’s premium: 15%, included in sold prices Report and photos by Paul Hardiman VICARI AUCTIONS IN ASSOCIATION WITH DAN KRUSE CLASSICS Location: Waxahachie, TX Date: October 6, 2018 Auctioneers: Ryan Reed, Daniel Kruse Automotive lots sold/offered: 12/63 Sales rate: 19% Sales total: $197,100 High sale: 1964 Chevrolet Corvette convertible, sold at $42,120 Buyer’s premium: 8% on site; 11% online, included in sold prices Report and photos by Cody Tayloe SOLD AT $47,000. And now for something completely different. In and among the steam engines, old trucks, Model Ts, and Cadillacs, there was this Jag. Story goes that supposedly Vic bought this down in Arizona in the mid1980s. If there is any vehicle here that meets the definition of “a victim of bad storage,” it’s this one. It was also the one vehicle on whose selling price everyone speculated beforehand, and no, I wasn’t in the winning pool. A $25k car that fetched more than enough, as it’s gonna take about $100k to redo it on the cheap—let alone correctly. Nixon Auctioneers, Rosemount, MN, 09/18. #47-1957 TRIUMPH TR3 custom road- ster. S/N TS16181E. Signal Red/tan canvas/ Biscuit leather. Odo: 63,136 miles. TR3 body over TR4 frame and running gear, with synchromesh transmission. Older four-year California restoration with few flaws. Paint professionally applied and holding up well, but a six-inch paint crack just behind driver’s door. Convertible top uninstalled, with frame hardware resting on rear deck. Panels line up nicely. Brightwork very nice, but could use a polish. Lenses fade-free, but right front fog lamp misaligned. Rear tires show signs of fender rubbing due to wider track of TR4. Leather wrapping driver’s door is loose. Interior handsomely upgraded: Dash upgraded with custom wood inlays, Motolita steering wheel and Jaeger gauges. Dayton wire wheels Sports Car Market


Page 173

Roundup with three-bar knockoffs. Custom-made owner’s manual and five folders of categorized receipts. Includes extra wind wings, top fabric and rain curtains. Cond: 2-. over the coachbuilder in 1946). This Princess 4-Liter limousine dated from 1957, as the Austin Princess, becoming the Vanden Plas 4-Liter in mid-1960. It would be a bit cheeky to say that this is just a big, swanky Austin, as the 4-Liter in the name refers to the RollsRoyce 4-liter inline 6 residing underhood— even if it was built to spec for BMC (the auto company, not your reporter). Also akin to a post-war Rolls, these tend to go on the cheap with deferred maintenance—let alone sitting in a pole shed for at least a decade. Sold well. Nixon Auctioneers, Rosemount, MN, 09/18. #56-1965 SUNBEAM TIGER convert- NOT SOLD AT $18,000. The previous owner of this car was becoming too frail to enjoy it, and it was time to let it go. It was not part of a collection; it was the pride and joy of the previous owner, who said it was restored at a shop in Costa Mesa alongside Ferrari restorations. The upgrades are very tasteful, but it fell short in a few categories of being “complete.” The top fabric still needs to be installed, snaps around windscreen are needed, and a few reconditioning items need to be addressed, but all is minor. The TR3 body on the TR4 frame might be a turn-off to purists. Dan Kruse Classics, Waxahachie, TX, 10/18. #136-1961 VANDEN PLAS PRINCESS 4-Liter limousine. S/N VDM414690. Black & light yellow/tan leather. RHD. Odo: 44,489 miles. Old repaint, applied over cracking original paint on right front fender. Significant chipping on some panel edges, heavier scuffing on rear, and intermittent brushed touch-up of some nicks and chips. Generally good door fit, yet not with a very solid feel. Stainless trim presentable; all chrome has some level of light-to-moderate pitting. Heavier soiling in light cracking of seat leather, although there are no open tears or seam separations. Rear jump-seat leather pretty decent but still needs some rejuvenation. Carpets rather dingy. Light crazing on dashboard wood finish, but is presentable. Stock engine bay, which is very greasy. Cond: 4. ible. S/N B382000187. Competition Yellow/ black canvas/black leather. Listed in the Sunbeam Tiger Registry. High-quality build completed about six years ago. Real steel hood reworked to accommodate functional hood scoop. Paint is well applied. Passenger’s door out at top. Drive’s door out along rear edge. Small paint chips around driver’s door. Brightwork in good order. Headlights slightly cloudy, but other lenses exceptionally clean, with no sun fading. Interior very tidy. Aftermarket, big-bolster seats look at home. Carpets are new, gauges have been replaced. Custom alloy valve covers painted yellow to match. Edelbrock carb with alloy manifold and yellow air cleaner. Wilwood disc brakes. Cond: 2-. total, was this old friend, in the same color as my own Mk I Escort, but considerably nicer. Excellent restored order, though with a few small tweaks including adjustable track control arms, plus disc brakes and adjustable Gaz dampers on rear. Sits a little low at front. Excellent interior with period low-back bucket seats. Not quite as well cared for as last time we saw it a bit under 200 miles ago, with double-width anti-roll bar mounts now surface rusted. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $92,466. Last seen at a Silverstone sale in July 2016, when it sold for $69,627 with 3,491 miles (SCM# 6804048), and before that for $74,380 with 3,490 miles in February 2015 (SCM# 6773324). Even though most of the rest of the market is down a bit, Silverstone continues to get top money for fast Fords, and none apart from significant competition cars is more collectible than this. Silverstone, Northamptonshire, U.K., 09/18. #54-1988 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER NOT SOLD AT $70,000. Sold last year at Motostalgia’s sale at this same venue for almost $90,000 (SCM# 6851057). At that sale, Motostalgia’s estimate was a wide $65k– $105k. In 2018, since this one last sold, we’ve seen about a dozen Tigers sell at auction, ranging from a low of $48,000 (SCM# 6869805) to a high of $165,000 (SCM# 6878362). Even with the high outlier, a multimulti-award winner and one of just 536 Mk IIs produced for 1967, sold by Mecum in Monterey, the average sales price is in the mid$60k range. This one came in just above average, but well shy of what it brought last year. It’ll be interesting to see what it brings if offered once again. Dan Kruse Classics, Waxahachie, TX, 10/18. #327-1972 FORD ESCORT RS1600 2-dr SOLD AT $5,980. The Vanden Plas coachbuilder’s name was used by British Motor Company as a stand-alone brand from 1959 through 1968, originally as an extension of the top-line Austin sedan (as Austin had taken February 2019 sedan. S/N BFATMB03731. Le Mans Green/ black vinyl. RHD. Odo: 3,647 miles. Silverstone Auctions shifted its September sale to the very Trumpian surroundings of the Dallas Burston Polo Club near its home base, and right in the heart of Midlands money. The oldest English lot we’ve focused on, out of 49 in NOT SOLD AT $23,000. I had my eye on this one as a contender to take home, so I gave it a thorough run-through. The engine ran smoothly and shifted as it should. It was extremely humid outside and, pleasantly, the a/c 175 SPUR sedan. S/N SCAZN02A9JCX23142. Ivory/tan leather. Odo: 51,810 miles. Very well-kept example. A few minor nicks in the paint, with most being touched up. Signs of possible previous paint on the left rear fender and door. Panel fit is spot-on. Vinyl top is in very good condition. Brightwork is acceptable, but by no means new. Taillight lenses free of sun fading. Tires appear new but with older date code. Passenger’s side windshield wiper tries but does not operate. Seats show very little signs of wear. Carpets slightly worn at driver’s seat. Wood inlays are well above average and in excellent condition. Gauges are clean and clear. Engine appears well maintained, with recent hoses. Cond: 2-.


Page 174

Roundup was ice cold. Decals still present when it arrived from where it ran at a dealer-wholesale auction two days before this sale. I suppose the consignor needed an appraisal. Bidding opened above my limit and slowly climbed but resulted in a no-sale. A check of the Web shows this one has been offered by a couple of different dealers going back several months, with the current one asking $25,000. The bid was close, but not close enough. Dan Kruse Classics, Waxahachie, TX, 10/18. #314-1990 FORD SIERRA Sapphire Cosworth 4x4 sedan. S/N WFOFXXGBBFLU43886. Magenta metallic/gray cloth. RHD. Odo: 13,362 miles. Early 4x4, very good order, one owner and low mileage. Dash plastics perfect, and seat velour hasn’t gone baggy yet. A few tiny chips and light scratches in paint. Last cam-belt change 58 miles and one month before sale. One mirror cover missing at viewing, but would be fixed at vendor’s expense. Cond: 2-. month (69710 and 60006), but neither sold. Silverstone, Northamptonshire, U.K., 09/18. FRENCH #43-1958 FACEL VEGA FV4 Typhoon coupe. S/N FVSNY258. Argent Silver/red leather. Odo: 8,589 miles. One of 36 Typhoon examples. Older restoration in good condition. A few chips and scratches here and there. Paint shows a little unevenness in places. Window seals beginning to harden. Driver’s door lower trim pulling away. Brightwork slightly pitted. Delamination at edge of side glass. Taillight lenses faded. Rich red leather interior is average. Headliners in good condition. Slight wear on upholstery. Some pitting on interior brightwork. Driver’s seat is slightly loose. Doors shut with authority. Cond: 2-. original, some runs in paint around rear quarters. Wheels and plastics unscuffed. Lightly baggy cord seats, although they’ve been out of the car for many years to preserve them. With factory Stage 2 185-hp upgrade. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $113,014. Last in SCM database when it sold for $99,000 at Bonhams Scottsdale 2017 (SCM# 6827500). Came to the U.K. in 2018. This is quite strong money for a Turbo 2, but it’s got low miles and few owners on its side. Silverstone, Northamptonshire, U.K., 09/18. GERMAN #214-1963 PORSCHE 356C Carrera 2 GS coupe. S/N 127338. Bali Blue/black leather. RHD. At Silverstone’s new venue at the Dallas Burston Polo Club, the 41 cars on offer for its fourth Porsche sale preceded the September sale the next day, as 200 Porsche Club GB members gathered for lunch before a live polo match. Star of the sale was this, one of six RHD GS coupes. Very shiny—mopped on viewing day. Seat leatherette lightly worn and shiny. Engine rebuilt by Porsche 4-cam specialist Manfred Knebel when he owned the car in Germany. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $68,982. One lady owner. With book packs, etc, a retailer’s dream, so no wonder it sold well over estimate, for about 50% over the usual market value of a regular Cossie 4x4. Silverstone, Northamptonshire, U.K., 09/18. #305-2000 LOTUS 340R roadster. S/N SCCGA1115YHE69737. Eng. # 18K4FM16 3184411. Silver & black/blue suede. RHD. Odo: 415 miles. The “Elise without wings,” although it does have cycle fenders. Very good order thanks to low mileage. Seat suede a bit baggy but not heavily worn, and still on original, unique-to-model Yokohama tires. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $150,000. First sold at RM Auctions’ Scottsdale sale in 2014 for just over $200,000 (SCM# 6723686). There, it was disclosed that it is body FVSNY258 on chassis FVSNY253. In some offerings the car is listed by body, and in others listed by chassis. It was offered and sold at no reserve at Motostalgia’s 2017 Waxahachie sale for $190,000 (SCM# 6851047), which was about the middle of their catalog estimate. There, it was the flagship of the sale, used in much of the marketing materials. Since then, it appeared at Bonhams’ Quail auction in Carmel, where it was reported to have sold again, this time for $112,000 (SCM# 6878605). Quite a depreciation on this example in less than a year’s time. Strangely, we find it right back here where it sold the first time, with a healthy offer compared to the purchase price at Bonhams. Dan Kruse Classics, Waxahachie, TX, 10/18. #342-1984 RENAULT 5 Turbo 2 hatch- back. S/N VF1822000E0001185. Maroon/ beige cord. Odo: 27,190 km. Good and NOT SOLD AT $587,084. Supplied new to a British privateer racer who kept it in the U.K. on German plates for travel between European events. Later in German ownership for 20 years, then back in the U.K. and British registered from 2006. Not sold at £450,000, which was about £100k ($130k) under the lower estimate, though that looked a little ambitious as a beautifully restored example, s/n 120840, sold for $627,000 at Scottsdale in 2016. Silverstone, Northamptonshire, U.K., 09/18. #222-1964 PORSCHE 356C coupe. S/N 128218. Bali Blue/brown vinyl. Recent repaint in original color is clean and tidy. Chrome all good, with several club/event plaques on SOLD AT $88,063. Last of eight LHD 340Rs delivered new to the U.S. for off-road or competition use only, so let’s assume all those 415 miles were on track. Sold towards the high end of the estimate range. Interestingly, H&H offered two of these at Duxford the following 176 Sports Car Market


Page 176

Roundup engine grilles. Painted exhaust, chrome air filters. Original interior vinyl, new carpets, now with Nardi wheel. Motor is period-correct replacement. Not U.K. registered, but NOVA paperwork done. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $73,386. Originally supplied in France via Sonauto. Hammered £5k ($6,500) behind the lower estimate, but price looks fair. Silverstone, Northamptonshire, U.K., 09/18. #322-1969 MERCEDES-BENZ 280SL convertible. S/N 11304422008204. Silver/ black cloth/black vinyl. RHD. Odo: 79,921 miles. Good restored order, door fit okay. Still has headlight swages. A few small nicks in bumper chrome. Some splatter welds to rear chassis legs. Original seat vinyl wearing well. Becker Monza radio/cassette player. With hard top. Wears wind deflector, and rubber sill drains. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $45,000. Marketing photos used online appear to be from a previous Vicari auction, and a parking sticker affixed to windscreen suggests previous North Carolina ownership. Offered here by a dealer; decals were still on the windows where it had been offered at a dealer wholesale auction two days before arriving here. Once affordable, values began to soar six years ago, and have come down from their pinnacle, seen about two years ago, but have not softened enough to make them inexpensive again. The price offered here was healthy considering the condition, but the consignor chose to wait it out. Dan Kruse Classics, Waxahachie, TX, 10/18. #223-1972 PORSCHE 911T 2.4 coupe. S/N 9112500855. Metallic blue/tan vinyl & velour. RHD. Odo: 20,825 miles. U.K.-spec, oil-flap car with electric windows and sunroof from new; still really clean older (2006) restoration by Export 56, which also entered the charming VW pickup. New-looking exhausts and heat exchangers. Seat velour holey and baggy on driver’s side. With Porsche Certificate of Authenticity. Cond: 3+. car (Lot 223) that was longer out of restoration and with more miles. Silverstone, Northamptonshire, U.K., 09/18. #121-1974 PORSCHE 914 2.0 convert- ible. S/N 4742904503. Black/black fiberglass/ black vinyl. Odo: 52,431 miles. Fitted with five-lug 911 “Cookie Cutter” cast alloy wheels. Older economy repaint, not helped by sitting in less-than-ideal storage. Trunk lid has paint wear and discoloration as if boxes sat on top of it. Dull bumper cladding. Broken left rear taillamp. Decent brightwork, at worst, can be easily reconditioned (despite light sanding scratches on the windshield frame). Original 1974 U.S. DOT and California emissions sticker in windshield. For once, passenger’s seat is more distressed than driver’s side, with rips and seam separations. Ditto for padded center console. Filthy carpet. Period in-dash Grundig AM/FM/cassette deck with aftermarket box speakers added onto kick panels. Engine is one rusty, fuzzy mess. Even air cleaners are rusted out. Undercarriage is actually cleaner—if barely. Cond: 5. SOLD AT $135,029. U.K.-supplied car on the money for condition and originality. The registration looks very familiar, though I can’t quite place it. Silverstone, Northamptonshire, U.K., 09/18. #39-1970 MERCEDES-BENZ 280SL convertible. S/N 11304412000933. Beige/tan leather. Odo: 40,089 miles. Original U.S. spec, with matching hard top. Older repaint aging and lackluster. Paint scuffs at front cowl where it comes in contact with hood. Weatherstripping older and starting to crack. Heavy pitting along brightwork of hard top. Other brightwork lightly pitted. Panel fit good overall. Doors close with authority. Wiper streaks on front window. Other glass in good condition. Seats reupholstered, don’t exactly match the door skins. Carpet replaced and in good condition. Gauges clean and clear. Dash is tidy overall, aside from a tear in leather at passenger’s position. Aftermarket a/c under dash. Interior brightwork along dash lightly pitted. Firewall insulation flaking off, hoses aged, and fluid residue on engine components. Fourwheel disc brakes. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $127,691. Strange. Nice, and good money for a T, but didn’t appear quite as sharp as the yellow one (Lot 204), which sold for less. Maybe color (it’s known as the Blue Pearl) and numerous magazine appearances helped it. Silverstone, Northamptonshire, U.K., 09/18. #204-1972 PORSCHE 911T 2.4 coupe. S/N 9112500589. Yellow/charcoal leather. Odo: 93,654 km. German-market, oil-flap car in original color. Sharply restored (2012) with new paint and leather—even the clutch cable looks brand new. S-type chin spoiler and black dup engine grilles. Painted exhaust, chrome air filters. Original interior vinyl, new carpets, now with Nardi wheel. Motor is period-correct replacement. Not U.K. registered, but NOVA paperwork done. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $73,386. Originally supplied in France via Sonauto. Hammered £5k ($6,500) behind the lower estimate, but price looks fair. Silver- stone, Northamptonshire, U.K., 09/18. #322-1969 MERCEDES-BENZ 280SL convertible. S/N 11304422008204. Silver/ black cloth/black vinyl. RHD. Odo: 79,921 miles. Good restored order, door fit okay. Still has headlight swages. A few small nicks in bumper chrome. Some splatter welds to rear chassis legs. Original seat vinyl wearing well. Becker Monza radio/cassette player. With hard top. Wears wind deflector, and rubber sill drains. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $45,000. Marketing photos used online appear to be from a previous Vi- cari auction, and a parking sticker affixed to windscreen suggests previous North Carolina ownership. Offered here by a dealer; decals were still on the windows where it had been offered at a dealer wholesale auction two days before arriving here. Once affordable, values began to soar six years ago, and have come down from their pinnacle, seen about two years ago, but have not softened enough to make them inexpensive again. The price of- fered here was healthy considering the condi- tion, but the consignor chose to wait it out. Dan Kruse Classics, Waxahachie, TX, 10/18. #223-1972 PORSCHE 911T 2.4 coupe. S/N 9112500855. Metallic blue/tan vinyl & velour. RHD. Odo: 20,825 miles. U.K.-spec, oil-flap car with electric windows and sunroof from new; still really clean older (2006) resto- ration by Export 56, which also entered the charming VW pickup. New-looking exhausts and heat exchangers. Seat velour holey and baggy on driver’s side. With Porsche Certifi- cate of Authenticity. Cond: 3+. car (Lot 223) that was longer out of restora- tion and with more miles. Silverstone, Northamptonshire, U.K., 09/18. #121-1974 PORSCHE 914 2.0 convert- ible. S/N 4742904503. Black/black fiber- glass/ black vinyl. Odo: 52,431 miles. Fitted with five-lug 911 “Cookie Cutter” cast alloy wheels. Older economy repaint, not helped by sitting in less-than-ideal storage. Trunk lid has paint wear and discoloration as if boxes sat on top of it. Dull bumper cladding. Broken left rear taillamp. Decent brightwork, at worst, can be easily reconditioned (despite light sanding scratches on the windshield frame). Original 1974 U.S. DOT and California emissions sticker in windshield. For once, passenger’s seat is more distressed than driver’s side, with rips and seam separations. Ditto for padded center console. Filthy carpet. Period in-dash Grundig AM/FM/cassette deck with aftermar- ket box speakers added onto kick panels. En- gine is one rusty, fuzzy mess. Even air cleaners are rusted out. Undercarriage is actu- ally cleaner—if barely. Cond: 5. SOLD AT $135,029. U.K.-supplied car on the money for condition and originality. The regis- tration looks very familiar, though I can’t quite place it. Silverstone, Northamptonshire, U.K., 09/18. #39-1970 MERCEDES-BENZ 280SL convertible. S/N 11304412000933. Beige/tan leather. Odo: 40,089 miles. Original U.S. spec, with matching hard top. Older repaint aging and lackluster. Paint scuffs at front cowl where it comes in contact with hood. Weather- stripping older and starting to crack. Heavy pitting along brightwork of hard top. Other brightwork lightly pitted. Panel fit good over- all. Doors close with authority. Wiper streaks on front window. Other glass in good condi- tion. Seats reupholstered, don’t exactly match the door skins. Carpet replaced and in good condition. Gauges clean and clear. Dash is tidy overall, aside from a tear in leather at passen- ger’s position. Aftermarket a/c under dash. Interior brightwork along dash lightly pitted. Firewall insulation flaking off, hoses aged, and fluid residue on engine components. Four- wheel disc brakes. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $127,691. Strange. Nice, and good money for a T, but didn’t appear quite as sharp as the yellow one (Lot 204), which sold for less. Maybe color (it’s known as the Blue Pearl) and numerous magazine appearances helped it. Silverstone, Northamptonshire, U.K., 09/18. #204-1972 PORSCHE 911T 2.4 coupe. S/N 9112500589. Yellow/charcoal leather. Odo: 93,654 km. German-market, oil-flap car in original color. Sharply restored (2012) with new paint and leather—even the clutch cable looks brand new. S-type chin spoiler and black SOLD SOLD AT $3,750. The second-to-last year of the VoPo 914, 1974 offered two engine choices in the U.S.: the standard 72-horsepower 1.8-L, and the optional 2-liter in this example. Unless you are well-versed in 914s and have a good powertrain on a stand looking for a home, this sale was a bit rich. Even the $2,500 opening bid was plenty. Otherwise, you’ll be at the purchase price in materials for working on it within two weeks of buying it—and that’s before getting serious about it. Nixon Auctioneers, Rosemount, MN, 09/18. #343-1974 VOLKSWAGEN TRANS- PORTER single-cab pickup. S/N 2642155879. Eng. # AGG165330. Green & white/ black vinyl. RHD. Odo: 87,876 miles. South African-built Type 2 Bay. Excellent restored order, by Export 56, and finished in the livery of a race support truck. Interior excellent, with unmarked seat vinyl and perfect dash plastics. SOLD AT $98,337. Came to the U.K. in 1982. Sold by Silverstone in Oxfordshire with 92,559 km in 2015 for $111,342 (SCM# 6787219). This time, sold in the room for the right money, and cheaper than the U.K.-spec RHD 178 Sports Car Market


Page 178

Roundup New gray vinyl tilt top, rubberized load-bed floor. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $27,887. Came to the U.K. in 2015. Restoration took about 12 months. Sold near lower estimate. Silverstone, Northamptonshire, U.K., 09/18. BEST BUY #229-1974 PORSCHE 911 3.0 RSR replica coupe. S/N 9117300660. White/black velour. RSR replica made from a 1977 S shell. HTP papers signed off by Jürgen Barth and the FIA in May 2018, valid until 2028 (Period H1 1972–75; FIA Class GTS 27). Now with proper 917 brakes, RSR suspension and twin-plug heads. Clean and tidy for a racer, with a few chips and some gravel rash in the paint. One bucket seat, belts good to 2020. Ronal Racing wheels. Said to have only completed a few laps of Silverstone since engine rebuild in 2013. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $64,579. Stored for almost 20 years 1987–2016. Sold where expected at about double the price of a clean later 20v “RR” Quattro, in the same way that very early Minis, E-types and 911s attract a premium. Silverstone, Northamptonshire, U.K., 09/18. #201-1986 PORSCHE 924 S coupe. S/N WP0ZZZ92ZGN401387. White/ black vinyl & velour. RHD. Covered in grunge and algae, but better than it looks. Not rotten, although left sill mildly dinged from jacking. Okay interior, with seat velour holding up well and only a couple of cracks in the dash top, though replacements are now available. Ancient and massive car phone still mounted. Motor cobwebbed, fairly recentlooking stainless exhaust. Later wheels. Cond: 3-. BEST BUY SOLD AT $85,127. First owner kept this six months before shopping it in against the first Sport Evolution III available in the U.K. Sold at spot-on market price. Silverstone, Northamptonshire, U.K., 09/18. #208-1989 PORSCHE 911 Turbo LE coupe. S/N WP0ZZZ93ZK5000789. Baltic Blue/white leather. RHD. Odo: 30,018 miles. Last of the G50 930 Turbos, a limited edition with low miles, books and tools. Leather looks hardly sat in. With Porsche Certificate of Authenticity. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $124,755. Previously raced with HTP papers in 2007/2008 at the Spa 6 Hours, Masters series and in Spain and Portugal. Sold on the phone at lower estimate, at similar money to a basic RS 2.7 copy made from a ’73 shell (rather than a look-alike made from a later G-series). Fantastic value for the hardware. Silverstone, Northamptonshire, U.K. , 09/18. #336-1982 AUDI QUATTRO coupe. S/N WAUZZZ85CA901328. Silver/gray & brown striped velour. RHD. Odo: 71,886 miles. Preproduction, right-hand-drive car recently repainted. New stainless exhaust. Seat velour not worn, dash plastics all good. Although carpets grubby and driver’s heel pad cracked. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $1,761. First lot of the sale. Unused since 2015 and, as the catalog put it, “screaming potential” given that it should clean up and drive quite easily. Offered at no reserve and sold in the room on a £1,200 bid. If it wasn’t a total bargain, an interesting project, at least. Silverstone, Northamptonshire, U.K. , 09/18. #304-1988 BMW M3 Evolution II 2-dr sedan. S/N WBSAK010802191628. Misano Red/blue tartan cloth. Odo: 62,300 miles. One of 40 U.K.-supplied cars out of 501 Evos. Sharply restored in 2015. Interior mostly unworn with good dash plastics, although some stitched repairs to driver’s seat. Full toolkit present. Some nonstandard parts (grille, steering wheel), but all original parts included. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $198,141. One of 53 (one for each official U.K. Porsche Centre). Sold in the room for market-correct money. Previously offered but not sold at $158k at the Silverstone Classic in July (SCM# 6881197). Silverstone, Northamptonshire, U.K., 09/18. #225-1992 PORSCHE 911 Carrera RS N/GT coupe. S/N WP0ZZZ96ZNS499272. Maritime Blue/blue, gray & black leather. Odo: 47,437 km. GT is lightest and most minimal of the 964 Carreras, although this one is more luxuriously trimmed than most, bringing it nearer Lightwight spec. Welded-in cage is leather trimmed, and there are carpets instead of plywood footboards. Paint all even, wheels unscuffed. Triple-color leather to RS Touring seats is going a bit baggy. Cond: 3+. “ 180 First lot of the sale. Unused since 2015 and, as the catalog put it, “screaming potential” given that it should clean up and drive quite easily. 1986 Porsche 924 S coupe SOLD AT $198,141. Originally in Japan and thought to be part of a twice-canceled order of 20 cars (of the original 290 N/GTs) that were trimmed by the factory and sold as the RS Racing Package. On sale at £112k ($146k) after reserve chopped from £125k ($163k), finally selling at fair 964 RS money. Silverstone, Northamptonshire, U.K., 09/18. #215-1998 PORSCHE 911 Turbo S-spec ” coupe. S/N WP0ZZZ99ZWS370722. Silver/ black leather. RHD. Odo: 68,349 miles. Modified to S spec (there were only 26 original RHD factory 993 Turbo Ss out of a total of 345), the work carried out by the factory Sports Car Market


Page 180

Roundup Market Moment Courtesy of Bonhams 1983 Renault 5 Turbo 2 Hatchback Sold at $119,087 Bonhams, Knokke-Heist, BEL, October 5, 2018, Lot 52 Chassis number: VF1822000E0000338 those meaty rear tires are the clue that you’re looking at the hot rod. Including the homologation cars, there were 3,576 Renault R5 examples built between 1980 and T 1986, and several of the Turbo 2 road cars come up for auction every year. R5 examples with documented racing history are harder to find and much more expensive. The seller oversold this car a bit in the auction listing, claiming it was an “iconic Group B homologation special.” In fact, the homologation cars were all aluminum, but the Turbo 2 cars are made of steel. The FIA homologation models also carried a much hotter driveline than the 160 horsepower you can expect from the 1.4-liter engine in the Turbo 2. Yet by all accounts, this car is a righteous example of the R5 breed. It’s been well kept with low miles. It’s still wearing its original paint. While root-beer brown might not be everyone’s first choice for a sports car, at least it hasn’t been sprayed in Resale Red. The car was sold with complete ownership history back to the dealer, and that’s worth something, too. On the numbers, this sale is right in the fat part of the bell curve for a Turbo 2. The SCM Pocket Price Guide rates the median value of an R5 Turbo 2 at $99,000. A trip into SCM’s Platinum Auction Database reveals that two examples sold for $127,276 (SCM# 6865135) and $160,924 (SCM# 6865136) earlier in 2018, while a driver-grade 1985 Turbo 2 Evolution in need of some work pulled in $74,369 (SCM# 6872557), and a recently restored example went for $81,400 (SCM# 6856511). The above-median sale price of our subject car reflects the condition, mileage and provenance of this car. It looks like a fair deal all the way around. — Jeff Zurschmeide he Renault 5 Turbo 2 is easily the most collectible and interesting road-going Renault of the past 40 years. It was based on the mass-market, front-wheel-drive Renault 5 platform, sold in the United States under the silly “Le Car” name. However, the R5 Turbo 2 came with a turbocharged mid-engine sports car hidden under the skin. The outrageous box flares surrounding when new. Presents very well with near-perfect paint, lightly creased leather, silver dials. Factory paint-code sticker still underhood, Porsche Certificate of Authenticity. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $164,384. Originally supplied to South Africa. Sold for about $100k less than the price of a “real” S, from which this is indistinguishable. Fashion (or snobbery) is a funny thing, ain’t it? Silverstone, Northamptonshire, U.K., 09/18. #3-2000 BMW Z3 M roadster. S/N WBSCK9349YLC92537. Estoril Blue/black canvas/black & blue leather. Odo: 86,380 miles. All-original example. Clean overall with no signs of previous paint. Top of trunk lid slightly faded. Some scratches on front; slight fading of headlamps. Rock chips on nose. Windshield slightly sand pitted. Backlight slightly faded. Canvas top in good condition. All panels appear to be original. Interior points to fewer miles than odometer states. Carpet slightly worn. All screen printing in good order. Some wear on outboard driver’s seat bolster. Top of center console plastic slightly worn. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $13,750. Some of these were carefully preserved early on, and this example has higher mileage than many of its peers. Coupes are the ones bringing big bucks, with some recent sales over $50,000. The more widely produced M convertible can range anywhere from $10k to around $20k for the aforementioned low-mileage example. Previously purchased at Barrett-Jackson’s 2018 Scottsdale sale for $14,300 (SCM# 6861834), and is now listed on a dealer’s website for an ambitious $23,500. The market has spoken in both Scottsdale and what was bid here, which is not too far off from the previous sale. Fair offer considering mileage. Dan Kruse Classics, Waxahachie, TX, 10/18. #206-2018 PORSCHE 911 991.2 GT3 Touring coupe. S/N WP0ZZZ99ZJS167106. Metallic blue/black leather & cloth. RHD. Odo: 400 miles. Like new with 400 miles. 182 Sports Car Market


Page 182

Roundup Touring package makes it look a bit less lairy than the regular GT3. Well optioned with Bose surround-sound system, Sports Chrono Package and preparation for lap trigger, cruise control, badge delete, front axle lift, white dials, leather with red stitching, Light Design Package, privacy glass, reversing camera, heated sports seat, steering-wheel rim and gear selector in smooth-finish leather, Black Exterior Touring Package. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $249,511. One of Silverstone owner Nick Whale’s own cars. Sold mid estimate. Silverstone, Northamptonshire, U.K., 09/18. ITALIAN #313-1971 MASERATI INDY 4.7 Amer- ica coupe. S/N 116471136. Blue/tan leather. RHD. Odo: 48,362 miles. Middling version of the 4-seater (okay, 2+2...) between the 4.2 and 4.9. Refurbed and repainted (was bronze) in current ownership. New leather to dash, though seat leather is original and nicely patinated. Leather to center console sides slightly worn. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $79,256. Interesting that this pops up just after a slew of V8 Maserati sales (or not, mostly, as it happened) at other U.K. auctions, mostly from the same collection. Not as expensive as a Ghibli, although it uses the same V8. Owned by Vivienne Westwood from 2012, and previously offered directly from her company email address for £70k ($91k). Fair money here: auto will have dulled the appeal a bit, but looks the right money at a bit less than a decent Aston Martin V8 and a bit more than a usable Jensen Interceptor (a well-sorted 1969 Mk I offered in the same sale, Lot 309, did £52,875/$68,982). Still looks a stonking value against a Ferrari 365 GTC/4. Last sold prerefurb by Bonhams in 2009 for $17,285 (SCM# 1666385). Silverstone, Northamptonshire, U.K., 09/18. JAPANESE #73-1987 NISSAN PRESIDENT sedan. S/N H252016263. Black/black vinyl/gray cloth. RHD. Odo: 89,287 km. Glossy black believed to be original, in very good condition. Light pitting on door handles. Signal lenses mostly fade-free. Gold lettering starting to peel. Cracks in rubber bumper protectors. Panel fit very good overall; closing the doors makes a pleasing sound. Vinyl top in good condition. Interior also very good overall. Upholstery shows very little wear. Screen printing all in good shape. Carpets original and slightly worn. Lace covering over top half of seats. Fold-down backrest on passenger’s seat makes for first-class accommodations. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $11,880. First appearing in 2017 at Auctions America’s Fort Lauderdale sale, where it sold for $13,200 (SCM# 6834508). Later the same year, it was offered at Motostalgia’s Waxahachie sale at no reserve for $9,180 (SCM# 6851028). I covered the car there and noted that it was one of the few lots sold that was below catalog estimate. Motostalgia expected $15k–$30k, and it was well bought below that. Here, I spoke with a bidder who was very interested in the car. He likes things that are “quirky,” and noted the exceptional build quality for a product of the 1980s. Although at a premium here over the last sale, the price was fair. Dan Kruse Classics, Waxahachie, TX, 10/18. AMERICAN #137-1931 FORD MODEL A coupe. S/N A3208093. Black/black vinyl. Odo: 72,327 miles. Converted to sealed-beam headlights, retaining stock buckets. 1970s-era plastic, truck turn-signal lights attached to sides of cowl. Cloudy plating on radiator shroud, along with a reproduction MotoMeter on radiator cap. Most plating on bottom bumper blade has peeled off, now rusty. More surface rust than plating on horn. Moderate surface rust on painted wire wheels, with older reproduction tires. Rear-mounted spare tire. Homemade, light-duty hitch clamped to rear bumperettes. Very old, very cheap repaint, now with an almost matte sheen to most of it. Sloppy redo of rumble-seat covering in cheap green vinyl. Interior seat somewhat better. Aftermarket heater has a 1940s Ford hubcap fabricated as a grille. Shift boot is a toilet bowl plunger— somewhat appropriate in a way. Very rusty engine. Battery tray relocated to underhood, and missing battery. Radiator hoses fabri-cobbled for heater hoses to be tapped off them. Cond: 4-. SOLD AT $5,460. A large blackand-white photo of the car was sitting on the 184 Sports Car Market


Page 184

Roundup seat back, taken during the early 1970s (likely around the time it was repainted), configured exactly the same as it is now, showing that it wasn’t all that bad then. Yet even that photo shows a lot of the front bumper’s plating has flaked off. Bidding started at three grand with an onsite bidder, and it was all folks with boots on the ground bidding on it from there. Like the ’26 Model T roadster, it was mostly guys, younger than one would expect, bidding on it. That’s a good sign for all of the estate Model As that will continue to surface in the market. Nixon Auctioneers, Rosemount, MN, 09/18. #131-1946 CHEVROLET STYLEMAS- TER sedan. S/N DAA32881. Dark blue/tan cloth. Odo: 73,881 miles. 216-ci I6, 1-bbl, 3-sp. Period aftermarket Fulton windshield shade. Old, low-buck repaint, with sloppy masking, orange peel on hood and door window frames, plus various light runs. All chrome has light-to-heavy pitting, including aftermarket half shields over tops of headlights. Rusted-out rear-bumper end trim. Heavily dry-rotted window rubber seals. Very dirty engine compartment, with element and lid combination of oil-bath air filter missing. Porta-walls added to the old bias-ply tires, most of which are warping to some extent. Left rear tire totally shot, as it looks as if it was moved into position here flat. Seats recovered a while back in similar material to original, but doesn’t match door panels. Heavier soiling and water staining on door panels. Cond: 4-. least) light pitting. Heavily distressed original interior. Seats heavily worn and stained, with a blanket draped over front seat. Optional hydraulic power windows. Dingy headliner. All interior painted metal has light surface rust. Engine compartment quite dirty, and missing air cleaner, voltage regulator cover and a battery. Three of four tires hold air, while left front looks like it was dragged into place. Cond: 5. SOLD AT $3,750. Like most domestic auto manufacturers right after WWII, Cadillac largely marked time with minor cosmetic changes to their 1942 models, focusing more on developing their all-new, post-war cars for 1948 and their landmark OHV V8 for 1949. It’s interesting to note that Vic had the two largest major-manufacturer’s luxury cars from 1947, so perhaps it was a favored year of his. This Caddy had to have found quite some favor with someone for this price, as the easy route to go here is a full-blown restoration, which won’t be cost effective even if they gave the new owner the car. Nixon Auctioneers, Rosemount, MN, 09/18. #132-1963 FORD THUNDERBIRD 2-dr SOLD AT $4,160. While some may call this a Zephyr, during the immediate post-WWII years, that name was not used. Indeed, the only model names were Lincoln and Lincoln Continental. The newly organized LincolnMercury Division was more concerned with creating a new post-war car with more than a new post-war grille and very minor annual trim changes on the pre-war Zephyr platform—and those were just to have something, anything, to sell in the smoking-hot seller’s market right after the war. The repaint is little more than a cosmetic tease for what is essentially a full-on restoration project, which sold very well. Nixon Auctioneers, Rosemount, MN, 09/18. #129-1947 CADILLAC SERIES 60 SPE- SOLD AT $2,750. Sad to think that in the early 1980s, this was a regular car-show attendee. The only car show this may ever attend again will be as a project or parts car riding on the back of a trailer at a swapmeet. Restoration isn’t cost effective, although it may well be modified or street rodded (although the “two doors too many” line resonates here). Regardless of how it ends up (even if parked in a different building or field and left to rot), plenty was paid for it. Nixon Auctioneers, Rosemount, MN, 09/18. #128-1947 LINCOLN SERIES 76H se- dan. S/N H161182. Blue metallic/brown & tan cloth. Odo: 63,622 miles. 305-ci V12, 2-bbl, 3-sp. Repainted a couple of decades ago, and generally presentable, apart from light nicks and scratches. Somewhat fresh dent in roof, from either something falling on it or being backed into something with lower clearance. Also has two dents in right rear fender— possibly caused by same thing as roof dent. All exterior chrome has some level of (at 186 CIAL sedan. S/N 6423993. Black/beige broadcloth. Odo: 883 miles. 346-ci V8, 2x1bbl, auto. Heavier scratching on an old repaint. Dent in drip rail and roof over right front door. Also dented in right front fender ahead of door, affecting door operation and wearing off paint on both panel edges. Light rust blistering forming between fenders and body and below trunk at bumper splash-pan aprons. Dull chrome and stainless, yet with minimal pitting. Rear bumper has some peeling chrome, plus a hitch ball mounted top dead center. Cracked glass in left rear door. Period-accessory plaidvinyl seat covers, faded and with some mold on top of seat back. Wood graining on dash and door tops is shot. Headliner might be salvageable; burn the carpet. Very dirty engine bay. All but one tire is flat, and looks like the car was dragged into place. Cond: 5. hard top. S/N 3Y83Z155504. White/red vinyl. Odo: 86,695 miles. 390-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Factory-optional a/c and power windows. Fairly good paint. Dent on trunk lid, likely from something being dropped on it. Also has paint scrapes and dents on paint and in upper body-edge moldings between roof and trunk lid. Complete, generally original engine bay more dirty than dingy. Heavier surface rust on bottom of car, but no obvious rust-out. Seats actually in pretty decent shape, but have some light mold in places. Actually, smell of mold will really get your attention when you open a door. Heavier soiling and staining on carpeting. Nice dashpad, steering wheel and center console, although the latter has power-window switches dangling out of it. Door panels pretty good, too, but alloy trim on driver’s side is dented. Cond: 5+. SOLD AT $1,800. 1963 was the final year for the Rocketbirds, and many feel that it was the best year for them. I suspect that Vic bought this from out of state in the 1980s, as it has a DSO of 72 (for San Jose, CA). The lack of rust on it (apart from poor storage) corroborates this as a California car that was likely well cared for early in its existence. Yet letting it sit unattended since 2004 may be its death knell. Bodywork shouldn’t be too ugly to do on it, yet soft trim will have its own challenges. While seat vinyl could be reused, you’ll likely end up taking the seats apart to have padding redone, as it’ll hold the moldy smell—if seats are not moldy themselves. Priced about right for a hard-top project car, which still makes more sense than parting it out. Nixon Auctioneers, Rosemount, MN, 09/18. #130-1965 FORD THUNDERBIRD con- vertible. S/N 5Y85Z103292. White/white vinyl/aqua vinyl. Odo: 31,811 miles. 390-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Factory-optional a/c, power driver’s seat and power windows. Minimal- Sports Car Market


Page 186

Roundup effort repaint done quite a few years back. Obvious masking lines at window seals and door handles, in addition to painting over body tag and seals in door jambs. Door fit rather good, especially as a convertible, but doors rattle when latched. Serviceable replacement top, although plastic backlight is done. Chrome has heavier pitting the farther up the car you go. While bumpers are hardly pit-free, they may buff out to be serviceable. Uniform, moderate pitting inside car. Seat vinyl actually pretty good, although driver’s seat bottom may or may not clean up and has pulled threads on most pleats. Very dirty, heavily surface-rusted under the hood. Cond: 5+. mal interior wear and only superficial body rust. Bad news, this will still be a rather intensive restoration, yet if done to the nines, could at least be a break-even affair. So, hopefully, whoever bought it did so for love, not money. Nixon Auctioneers, Rosemount, MN, 09/18. #153-1968 CHRYSLER 300 4-dr hard SOLD AT $3,000. One of 6,846 convertibles; 1965 is a somewhat desirable year. It was the first year of front disc brakes and the beloved sequential turn signals. Built in a fetching color combination (oh, how I long for the return of real interior colors, rather than variations of dirt) that will take quite a bit to get back to functionality. The good news is that this was likely a summer-only, fun car since new, which tends to happen with some regularity up in the Rust Belt, based on the mini- top. S/N CM43K8C181687. Light green metallic/black vinyl. Odo: 77,493 miles. 440ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Options include simulated wire-wheel covers, rear-window defogger, power door locks, AM/FM stereo and a/c. Stated that it “should run,” but brakes are locked. Decent original paint might have been worth trying to buff out, but the whole right side is scraped—by the way it looks, it was done when jockeying the car around into place, as paint chips collect on my fingertips when I wipe across the scrape. Bumper rusty from sitting. Sign taped in windshield from when Vic had it parked by the road and was asking $1,800 for it. Only driver’s seat has heavier seam splitting and cracks. Others are in usable shape but are moldy and very dirty. Carpet is pretty nasty, though, and another reason it smells very musty inside. Engine is dirty and rusty, but complete. Cond: 5. SOLD AT $468. It’s not often that a 2-barrel 440 surfaces, but this was the entry-level engine for the 300-trim Chrysler (considering that the letter cars were history for three years when this plain 300 was built). As the last car sold, bidding opened at a hundred bucks. Billed as an engine donor, and from what it sounded like, that’s what the online buyer got it for. In a way, it’s a bit of a shame, since it isn’t really rusty, but would be quite the challenge to restore. Being a green 4-door, the market for it is all but nil. Nixon Auctioneers, Rosemount, MN, 09/18. #42-1970 CHEVROLET EL CAMINO SS pickup. S/N 136800K136363. Red/black vinyl. Odo: 67,711 miles. 396-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Said to be numbers matching. Older restoration done to nice original condition. Paint is in very good condition. Heavy scratches around driver’s window door frame. Bed floor is free of any scratches—professionally applied with few flaws overall. Brightwork is shiny and free of any pitting. Front hood clips. Hood appears to be high in front of the cowl. Glass clean and clear. Rubber seals replaced. Interior is original and tidy. Some minor frying on driver’s side carpet. Thresholds are clean and free of any wear. Headliner in good order. Interior light works. Correct factory steering wheel. Crisp, clear gauges. Upgraded headlamps. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $35,000. A reporter previously covered this one when it last sold at Mecum’s MSRA 31st Back to the ’50s sale in 2004, where it sold for $18,900 (SCM# 1559873). There, SCM reported it sold for the “right price.” We’re also able to learn a few things about the car that are not in the consignor’s description. A build sheet inspected at the time, which was not available here in Waxahachie, shows the car matched original build records including power front disc brakes, Positraction, tachometer and additional gauges. The car was originally Fathom Blue Metallic and sold new in Kansas. It’s covered an additional 4,000-plus miles since last seen, and is likely wearing the same restoration as it was in 2004. Only two of 14 SS sales since the beginning of 2017 have broken $30,000. The offer was fair. Dan Kruse Classics, Waxahachie, TX, 10/18. © 188 Sports Car Market


Page 188

Mystery Photo Answers Never underestimate the miraculous power of a ShamWow and a bucket of water. — Leslie Dreist, Troy, MI This Month’s Mystery Photo Response Deadline: January 25, 2018 Our Photo, Your Caption Email your caption to us at mysteryphoto@sportscarmarket.com, or fax to RUNNER-UP: Put it back in the barn — and forget where the barn is. — John Campbell, via email Trust me when I say that, no matter what happens to Wile E. Coyote, this Roadrunner will fall if he goes off the cliff. — Erik Olson, Martinez, CA “Great patina” could just be a common case of eczema, which is an “auto” immune disorder. — Steve Schefbauer, Monroe, CT Would it make the whole car come together — conditionwise — if I threw a rock through the rear window? — Warren D. Blatz, Jr., via email Desperate used-car salesman to prospective buyer: “Really, it looks pretty good except for the door fit.” — Tom Neyer, Gillette, WY Always read the fine print when purchasing your classic from a description online. I thought I was buying a piece of Mopar muscle car history from CarMax. Instead, I got a Mopar muscle car in pieces from Copart. — Frank Koch, Baton Rouge, LA I heard Bondo Man was back in town. Looks like he is. — George Rizzo, via email It’s scrap time. Another car is Comments With Your Renewals Would like to see a little more about the process of restoration. — Will Ferguson, Albuquerque, NM (SCMer since 1997) Need more Japanese content from the ’80s/’90s. — Michael Lasko, N. Brunswick, NJ (2011) Excellent magazine. I read almost every word. Keep up the good work. Now the only magazine I read. — Ian Cook, Shingle Springs, CA (2010) How about including a 190 503.253.2234. Ties will be arbitrarily and capriciously decided. Do you have a mystery photo? Email it to mysteryphoto@sportscarmarket. com at 300 dpi in JPEG format. Please include your name and contact information. If we use your photo, you’ll get an official SCM cap. ready for the Jaws of Death. — Phil Stevens, via email Dug Up From the Graveyard Cars introduces the Zombie look. It’s the latest in affordable car builds. — Alex Lobodovsky, via email Where is Earl Scheib and his “I’ll paint any car for $39.95” when you need him? — Mike Buettell, Balboa Island, CA I told her not to park it where the 18-wheelers back up to the loading dock. She said it would be okay, as she would only be gone for 15 minutes. — Don Mackay, Oceanside, CA Where you live determines definitions. Back home in Alabama, this is called patina. — Al Nelson, Pentwater, MI Frequent Mystery Photo contestant Leslie Driest wins a slightly worn SCM hat for his eternal optimism. ♦ monthly market analysis divided by sectors (classics, sports cars, muscle, etc.)? You are the Wall Street Journal, after all, for car collectors. — James Rice, Longview, TX (2014) Porsche, Porsche, Porsche! — Pete Zimmermann, Bakersfield, CA (1999) The content of your magazine is more interesting than Road & Track. The magazine is very much appreciated. — Paul Naberhaus, Loveland, OH (2018) SCMer for 22 years now. I still look forward to it every month like a kid in a candy store! Thanks, Keith! — Chuck Coli, Manakin-Sabot, VA (1996) Absolutely the best car maga- zine ever! — Robert McElroy, Franklin Park, IL (1994) On my 19th year and you are still the best! More Italian fright pigs and less expensive, overrestored crap, please! — Hans Kleinknecht, Bellingham, WA (2000) Congratulations on 30 years of publishing excellence! — Jeffrey Jackson, Evansville, IN (1998) Great as always. I appreciate Next-Gen stuff; turns out that some cool cars were built in the ’80s, ’90s and ’00s. — Todd Rutter, Edmonton, AB, Canada (2005) Great mag. More Affordable Classics, more Japanese cars. — James Kleinklaus, Carlisle, PA (2006) Thank you all for your con- tinued renewals and thoughtful comments. — Keith Martin Sports Car Market


Page 189

SCM Online Extras for SCM Readers Connect with SCM online this month Kids and Cars Visit SCM on the Web Here’s a Sample of Some of What’s Available at www.sportscarmarket.com SCM Weekly Blogs (www.sportsarmarket.com/blogs/keith- martin) • I Didn’t Mean to Dent the Ferrari • Slip-Sliding in the Defender 90 • SCM’s Bradley GT Finds a New Home • The Hilton Head Concours — An All-Star Weekend Don’t Tell Dad — Just Once Around the Block: My sons Pierce, 6, and Kian, 3, are already laying claim to who gets which car. Pierce wants my 2006 Porsche 911S and Kian wants the 1988 BMW M3. Raising them right! — Michael Cerow Send your photos of your next-generation gearheads to SCM. If your photo is selected, you’ll win an official SCM cap. Send your high-res photos to kids@sportscarmarket.com. Please include your contact info, the name of the child in the photo, the make and model of the car and any descriptive information you would like. Guides and Resources (View or download at www.sportscar- market.com/guides-supplements) • 2019 Pocket Price Guide • 2019 Insider’s Guide to the Arizona Auctions • 2018 Insider’s Guide to Restoration Shops Twenty Years Ago in SCM Among headlines on the February 1999 cover of SCM were: • Ferrari 400 Giveaway at $19,900 • $23,700 Buys a Decent Jag XK 150 • Big $18,970 for a ’59 TR3A • Fright Pig Alfa GTV at $2,600 • ’65 XKE Roadster Cheap at $24,600 The cover featured German artist Uli Hack’s “Le Mans Porsche,” depicting, in Uli’s words, “a powerful Gulf-Porsche 917, which I imagined as it was braking down from its 200-plus mph top speed at the end of the Mulsanne Straight.” February 2019 For Subscribers www.sportscarmarket.com/digitalissues-online • One year of back issues of SCM, searchable Platinum Deluxe Users View 297,000-plus auction results at www.sportscarmarket.com/platinumauction-database (Platinum Auction Database members only). Compare the latest sales or track a car over its auction history! 191


Page 190

SCM Showcase Gallery Sell Your Car Here! Includes SCM website listing. Showcase Gallery Full-Color Photo Ad Just $66/month ($88 non-subscribers) Text-Only Classified Ad Just $15/month ($25 non-subscribers) 4 ways to submit your ad: Web: Visit www.sportscarmarket.com/classifieds/place-ad to upload your photo (300 dpi jpg) and text, or text only. Secure online Visa/MC payments. Email: Send photo (300 dpi jpg) and text, or text only, to classifieds@sportscarmarket.com. We will call for your VISA/MC. Fax: Attention Showcase, to 503.253.2234 with VISA/MC. Snail mail: Showcase, PO Box 4797, Portland, OR 97208-4797, with VISA/MC or check. 25 words max, subject to editing. Deadline: 1st of each month, one month prior to publication. Advertisers assume all liability for the content of their advertisements. The publisher of Sports Car Market Magazine is not responsible for any omissions, erroneous, false and/or misleading statements of its advertisers. ENGLISH 1935 Jaguar SS1 tourer 1953 Jaguar XK 120 coupe S/N T832057DN. Carmen Red/tan. 61,000 miles. Inline 6, 4-spd manual. Concours condition #1 Open Top Sports. Rare mechanical overdrive model, scored at 99.92 in JCNA, second place North America 2017 and currently 2018. Current owner for 40 years, Southern car always. $205,000 OBO. Contact Barry, Ph: 864.346.0900, email: Bahjaguar@charter. net. (SC) 1959 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud I drophead coupe by H.J. Mulliner 1959 Jaguar XK 150S roadster windows, new tires in Summer 2017. $17,000. Contact Marino, email: valensise@btinternet.com. 1969 MGC convertible S/N GCN1A8212. British Racing Green/black leather. 55,411 miles. Inline 6, 4-spd manual. Low original miles. Excellent original car. Call for complete information. $22,000. Contact Bill, Ph: 920.823.2187, email: whebal@yahoo.com. (WI) 1973 Jaguar E-type V12 Series III convertible S/N 249456. Birch Grey/red with black top. 55,591 miles. Inline 6, 4-spd manual. This stunning matching-numbers example is a Best of Show winner at Greenwich Concours 2018 and 2017 JCNA National Champion. It is a recipient of a no-expensespared restoration, and possibly one of the best SS1 examples in the world today. Ready for showing at Pebble Beach 2019. Includes JDHT Certificate of Authenticity. Classic Showcase. Ph: 760.805.9090, email: webmaster@classicshowcase.com. Website: www.classicshowcase.com/index.php/inventory/ detail/612. (CA) 1948 Jaguar Mark IV drophead coupe S/N 637013. Black & burgundy/red. 63,788 miles. Inline 6, 4-spd manual. This elegant Mark IV is a multiple concours award winner and JCNA First Place National Champion. Recipient of a no-expensespared restoration, this 3.5-liter, right-hand drive example is classy and fully documented. Includes JDHT Certificate of Authenticity. Ready to campaign at your favorite concours event. Classic Showcase. Ph: 760.805.9090, email: webmaster@classicshowcase. com. Website: www.classicshowcase.com/index.php/ inventory/detail/618. (CA) 1949 Bentley Mark VI James Young 2-door S/N S818281DN. Battleship Gray/red with black top. Inline 6, 4-spd manual. Beautiful, no-expensespared restoration, matching-numbers, multiple concours award winner and JCNA First Place Champion. One of 14 wire-wheel examples with spats. Impeccable bare-metal restoration. Elegant, classy and documented. Includes JDHT Certificate of Authenticity. Classic Showcase. Ph: 760.805.9090, email: webmaster@classicshowcase.com. Website: www.classicshowcase.com/index.php/inventory/ detail/613. (CA) 1959 Austin-Healey 100-6 BN6 racer S/N B9470809. Carnival Red (#39)/black. 83,164 miles. V8, 4-spd manual. This is a rare find; an original, correct example that has been properly maintained. One of few examples that has never been modified. Outstanding original body shell, excellent panel fit and original floors. No accidents or rust. Three-owner California car from new. Same and current owner for past 25 years. $90,000. Grand Prix Classics. Contact Mark, Ph: 858.459.3500, email: info@grandprixclassics.com. Website: www. grandprixclassics.com/inventory/1965-sunbeamtiger-mark-i/. (CA) 1968 Innocenti Mini T 2-dr woodie estate S/N S680546. Black/dark red. Inline 6, 4-spd manual. Full race engine installed. 3.8-liter, 9:1 compression head, high-lift cams bored .060 over. Complete with matching-numbers engine and Heritage Certificate. Paint, body and interior in beautiful condition. $125,000. Dragone Classic Motorcars. Contact Alex, Ph: 203.335.4643, email: alexdragone1@gmail.com. (CT) 1956 Jaguar XK 140 MC drophead coupe Sand Acrylic/Tan. 50,227 miles. Inline 6, 4-spd automatic. Over $336k spent on restoration performed by concours d’elegance-award-winning marque specialists Vantage Motorworks. Rarely driven since. One of 13 produced; one of 10 built for the U.S. Built new for Broadway producer Lawrence Carr. 50,227 believed-to-be actual miles. Includes restoration receipts and more. $595,000. Daniel Schmitt & Co. Contact Daniel, Ph: 314-291-7000, email: info@schmitt.com. Website: www.schmitt. com/inventory/1959-rolls-royce-silver-clouddrophead-coupe/. (MO) 1965 Sunbeam Tiger Mark I convertible S/N UD1S23112. Primrose Yellow/black leather. 20,100 miles. V12, 4-spd manual. Exceptional and very rare barn-fresh (garage, really) find of a virtually completely original and stock example in its original striking Pale Primrose paint with a classic and all-original black leather interior. A completely rust-free example of this coveted penultimate year of the legendary E-type with its original matchingnumbers (7S12181L0) V12 engine. Reportedly only two owners since new, and believed to be only 20k original miles. Retains original and very desirable 4-speed manual transmission. $79,500 OBO. West Coast Classics LLC. Contact Simon, Ph: 310.779.0526, email: sfft1000@aol.com. Website: www.TheWestCoastClassics.com. (CA) 1979 Aston Martin Vantage Flip Tail coupe Aztec Gold/Sable. 81,488 miles. V8, 5-spd manual. Incredibly rare left-hand drive. The first British supercar. One of 11 factory built for the U.S. High-horsepower Euro-spec DOHC V8 engine (numbers-matching engine included). Incredible original interior. ZF 5-speed manual gearbox. Factory air conditioning. Includes owner’s manual and British Motor Industry Heritage Trust certificate. $269,900. Daniel Schmitt & Co. Contact Daniel, Ph: 314.291.7000, email: info@schmitt.com. Website: www.schmitt.com/inventory/1979-aston-martinvantage-flip-tail-coupe/. (MO) S/N B275EW. Burgundy/tan. 21,500 miles. Inline 6, manual. RHD 2-door. 21k miles. Rust-free New Mexico car for the past 20 years. Contact to discuss. $70,000 OBO. Contact Henry, Ph: 4047847092, email: mrhenry123@gmail.com. 192 Blue and cream/cream. Inline 6, 4-spd manual. This magnificent Austin-Healey was purchased at auction in 1992 and vintage-raced consistently ever since. 2.6-liter. Has been meticulously maintained and updated and continues to not only draw attention but leave would-be competitors in the dust. It is fast and the IMSA exhaust leaves a lasting impression. Part of the George Gillett Collection. Sold out of bankruptcy and presented for sale at the Christie’s Pebble Beach auction on August 23, 1992. Restored to racing specs by well known Austin-Healey restorer Paul Bicurus in Florida. NOTE: This car was purchased without a title and thus is being sold on a bill of sale. $55,000. The Classic Marque. Contact Andrew, Ph: 617.383.9533, email: amale77@gmail.com. (MA) 2015 McLaren 650S Superseries spider S/N 154339. White/red. 49,000 miles. Inline 4, 4-spd manual. Car is in London. Originally sold in Italy, LHD, well maintained car, original 850-cc engine, clean engine bay, extremely clean red interiors. Abarth white Cromodora wheels, wood reconditioned in 2016, would need reconditioning again. Documents include two owner’s manuals, garage manual (green), original Italian registration document, FIVA/ASI Certificato di Interesse Storico (Italy). Recent upgrades ($7,000); installed seatbelts front and back, installed battery switch, resprayed in 2016 by U.K. specialist, changed all guides of S/N SBM11FAA2FW003829. Volcanic Yellow/ Charcoal. 1,400 miles. V8, 6-spd automatic. Original owner, less than 1,400 miles. MSRP of $339,255 with more than $55k in optional equipment; mostly carbon fiber and has Meridian sound system. $210,000. Contact Dean, Ph: 951.659.4947, email: drpetsdk@gmail.com. (CA) Sports Car Market


Page 192

SCM Showcase Gallery FRENCH 1957 Facel Vega Typhoon Sport coupe email: wcclassics@aol.com. Website: www. TheWestCoastClassics.com. (CA) 1969 Mercedes-Benz 280SL convertible 1979 Porsche 930 Turbo coupe 1989 Porsche 928 S4 coupe Pomegranate/tan. V8, 2-spd automatic. Seven-year meticulous body-off-frame restoration completed in 2014. Driven fewer than 300 miles since. Incredibly rare model. One of 37 built. Numbers matching 354ci dual-quad Hemi V8. Air conditioning by Vintage Air. Power steering, power brakes. Period-appearing stereo with modern internals. $299,900. Daniel Schmitt & Co. Contact Daniel, Ph: 314.291.7000, email: info@schmitt.com. Website: www.schmitt. com/inventory/1957-facel-vega-fv4-typhoon-sportcoupe/. (MO) WANTED: 1966–73 Alpine Renault A110 S/N 11304412010877. Blue/blue. 106,132 miles. Inline 6, 4-spd automatic. Driver quality. Canvas soft top and Pagoda hard top included. Automatic transmission, power steering, power brakes, working Becker Europa radio. Smooth-running 2.8-L engine. Chrome in excellent condition. Restored wood trim in excellent condition. Twin side mirrors. Repainted approximately five years ago. $63,000 OBO. Johnston Motorsports. Contact Dion, Ph: 805.262.8000, email: info@johnston-motorsports. com. Website: www.johnston-motorsports.com. (CA) 1970 Mercedes-Benz 300SEL 6.3 sedan S/N 9309800937. Silver/black leather. 10,000 miles. Flat 6, 4-spd automatic. Stunningly preserved original example, low original miles from new. Complete with books, tools, original spare and Porsche Certificate of Authenticity. Serviced and driven lightly since new. Sunroof. Perfect alloriginal condition. $175,000. Dragone Classic Motorcars. Contact Alex, Ph: 203.335.4643, email: alexdragone1@gmail.com. (CT) 1988 Mercedes-Benz W196R racer sculpture S/N WP0JB0920KS860636. Dove Blue Metallic/ Cashmere Raff leather. 61,885 miles. V8, 4-spd automatic. 5.0-L 316 hp V8. Finished in beautiful original, and extraordinarily rare, factory-ordered color combination of Dove Blue Metallic (#L37B) paint with its original Cashmere Beige Porsche Raff gathered leather seats. Rare factory options including 4-speed automatic transmission, Sports steering wheel, Monterey radio (replaced with upgraded CD player), locking differential, 302-type rear end, protective side moldings, high-output air conditioner, lumbar support driver’s seat, sunroof, Raff leather seat cover, rear seat cover RLL. CA-type car. $39,500 OBO. West Coast Classics. Contact Larry, Ph: 424.376.5151, email: wcclassics@aol.com. Website: www.TheWestCoastClassics.com. (CA) WANTED: High-quality driver, solid mechanical condition. No race spec. Dieppe production preferred. Contact Norty, Ph: 781-407-9696, email: nrknox@ mac.com. (Ma) GERMAN 1959 Porsche 356A coupe S/N 10901812002547. Dark green/tan. V8, 4-spd automatic. Low-mileage example. Fully serviced, complete with service records, books and tools. Dragone Classic Motorcars. Contact Alex, Ph: 203.335.4643, email: alexdragone1@gmail.com. (CT) 1970 Porsche 911S 2.2 coupe Silver/Quick Silver Mercedes bronze sculpture by Stanley Wanlass, 1988. Showing Juan Manuel Fangio on his way to victory at the wheel of his Mercedes-Benz W196R at the 1954 French Grand Prix in Reims. Finish with a silver oxide over bronze, mounted on black granite base. Number 4 of an edition of 40, signed and dated. Overall size 23.5 inches long by 10.5 inches wide by 8.25 inches high. $12,800. l’art et l’automobile. Contact Jacques, Ph: 830.864.5040, email: info@arteauto.com. Website: www.arteauto.com/. (TX) 1988 Porsche 930 Turbo cabriolet 1990 Porsche 944 S2 cabriolet S/N WPOCB2945LN480732. Polo Red/black. 79,000 miles. Inline 4, 5-spd manual. All original, new top, over maintained, excellent body and paint, likenew leather interior. Freshly serviced, all systems work as-new. Call for any additional information or photos. Contact J, Ph: 816.510.6406, email: jnknance@gmail.com. (MO) 1991 Porsche 911 Turbo coupe S/N 108778. Meissen Blue (5703)/tan. Flat 4, manual. This original, surviving 356A coupe was skillfully restored to the highest level by experts. It retains original body shell and floors, with original spot welds and seams intact. Body chassis number stampings in front hood, engine lid and doors remain. A two-owner car and one of the finest examples available. $225,000 OBO. Grand Prix Classics. Contact Mark, Ph: 858.459.3500, email: info@grandprixclassics.com. Website: www. grandprixclassics.com/inventory/1959-porsche-356acoupe-2/. (CA) 1966 Mercedes-Benz 230SL convertible Signal Orange/black. 33,327 miles. Flat 6, 5-spd manual. 3½-year rotisserie restoration completed by legendary Brumos Porsche in 2014 (over $220k spent). Driven 1,000 miles since. Multiple Concours d’Elegance winner (including the 2018 Porsche Club of America National Concours). 33,327 actual miles. Includes restoration receipts, Porsche Certificate of Authenticity. Factory tinted glass. $239,900. Daniel Schmitt & Co. Contact Daniel, Ph: 314.291.7000, email: info@schmitt.com. Website: www.schmitt. com/inventory/1970-porsche-911s-2-2-coupe/. (MO) 1971 Mercedes-Benz 280SL convertible S/N WP0BO932JS070294. Red/black. 60,400 miles. Flat 6, 4-spd automatic. Beautiful concours condition 930 Turbo. All-original with service records going back to new. All service done at Porsche authorized dealers. Just had 60k-mile major service done. Call to schedule appointment. Email me for a list of work and more pics. $139,500 OBO. Contact Andy, Ph: 801.647.7314, email: andy.pavich@permaplate. com. (UT) 1989 Mercedes-Benz 560SL convertible Red/tan. 41,895 miles. Flat 6, 5-spd manual. Known history from new. Low mileage, meticulously maintained, non-smoker, 100% excellent original paint; so no paintwork or accident ever. Excellent to like-new condition with perfect interior. Originally sold out of Carlsbad/San Diego, CA, Porsche dealership. I have all books, keys, contracts, invoice sale books with dealer stamp and service records. $145,000. Contact Alain, Ph: 805.801.6269, email: opy1b2@aol.com. (CA) S/N 11304212015027. Papyrus White/Burgundy leather. 95,100 miles. Inline 6, automatic. Extremely rare barn find (garage find, actually). Mostly alloriginal Pagoda roadster in its original Papyrus White (#717G) paint with Burgundy leather interior with very desirable original factory automatic floor-shift transmission, power steering, original Becker Europa AM/FM radio, factory clock, a new German black canvas soft top and original factory Papyrus White hard top. $59,500 OBO. West Coast Classics LLC. Contact Simon, Ph: 310.779.0526, 194 S/N 11304412021618. Horizon Blue (#302)/beige. 140,000 miles. V6, automatic. MBZ Preservation Designation, truly an excellent example of a highly authentic survivor. Documented two-owner rustfree CA car. Amazing original paint and patina in a stunning color combination. Correct originality markings; paper fuse insert, original firewall pad, all expected spot welds, headlight notches, perfect wood dash, tool set with color-correct case, Becker Europa AM/FM radio, original beige MB-Tex interior seating, multi-loop carpeting, original keys and books with service stamps. Matching hard top. Recent comprehensive service and rebuilt transmission. Runs and drives perfectly. Concourse awards. Lovingly cared for. $159,000. Contact Claudia, Ph: 916.736.3450, email: cbdesign@surewest.net. (CA) 1994 Mercedes-Benz 500SL convertible S/N WDBBA48D6KA098080. Signal Red/black leather. 51,200 miles. V8, automatic. An absolutely exceptional example of a 560SL roadster in highly desirable and striking original factory Signal Red (code 568) color paint with a gorgeous all original black leather interior, a brand new black German factory canvas soft top, factory alloy wheels, matching red factory hard top, new tires, documented service history, clean CARFAX and only 51k original and actual miles. $29,500 OBO. Contact Larry, Ph: 424.376.5151, email: wcclassics@aol.com. Website: www.TheWestCoastClassics.com. (CA) Red/tan. 92,000 miles. V8, Red, tan leather, black top, red hard top. Second owner, garaged, serviced every 3,000 miles. 94k, new Michelin Sport tires. Beautiful condition. $7,900. Contact Will, Ph: 303913-5755, email: Willhoustn@aol.com. (CO) Sports Car Market


Page 193

SHIFT UP TO SCM PLATINUM! www.sportscarmarket.com/platinum The Insider’s Authority on Collector Car Values Auction results on over 297,000 vehicles compiled over 30 years Sports Car Market Keith Martin’s The Insider’s Guide to Collecting, Investing, Values, and Trends SUBSCRIBE TO SCM SportsCarMarket.com/subscribe February 2019 195 877.219.2605 Ext. 1 ™


Page 194

SCM Showcase Gallery 1996 Porsche 993 Targa stainless and more, chorno, PDK, leather, sport exhaust, BOSE, 14-way sport seats, babied, never tracked, never seen rain. $139,900. Contact Kurt, Ph: 5163178788, email: 205mpgGT@gmail.com. (NJ) ITALIAN 1953 Fiat 8V Berlinetta Rapi coupe S/N WP0DA2998TS385330. Burgundy/light gray. 64,000 miles. H6, 6-spd manual. Perfect car out of collection. Driven a total of three years. Professionally maintained 993. No stories, clean and beautiful. Sound system upgraded, otherwise as-new. Located near Austin, TX. Needs nothing. $59,999. Contact Franklin, Ph: 310.994.8145, email: fmr@yachtbluechips.com. (TX) 2004 Porsche 911 Turbo coupe S/N 102. Dark gray metallic/dark red. 12,500 miles. V8, manual. Excellent Berlinetta with beautiful patina. Full matching numbers; engine, transmission and all body panels original. Full known history documented, ex-Mille Miglia and six retro MM already. On the button, ready for any event, just take it out. Contact Dirk, Ph: +32.477.543.017, email: dirk.libeert@online.be. 1955 Alfa Romeo 1900C SS by Touring coupe S/N 330GT7901. Black/red leather. 53,495 miles. V12, 5-spd manual. Spectacular numbers-matching, award-winning 2+2. Thoroughly restored by Ferrari professionals, Best in Class winner at the 2016 Cavallino Classic, gorgeous red leather interior, desirable two-headlamp layout, ANSA exhaust, Weber carbs, Borrani wheels. One of only 1,099 GT 2+2s made. Ready to show or drive today. Classic Showcase. Ph: 760.805.9090, email: webmaster@ classicshowcase.com. Website: www.classicshowcase. com/index.php/inventory/detail/524. (CA) 1969 Intermeccanica Italia spyder 1967 Ferrari 330 GT 2+2 coupe Ph: 818.481.2200, email: Aaronruskin@aol.com. Website: cc.carsforsale.com/Inventory/Edit-StandardDecode?InventoryID=13690103. (CA) AMERICAN 1922 Stutz Bearcat K D-H convertible S/N 10986. Black/black. 697 miles. Inline 4, manual. The ultimate Stutz Bearcat. One of only two Series K Bearcats with the more-powerful detachable head (DH) engine. More information online. Madison Zamperini Collection. Contact Tom, email: sir@sunspeed.com. Website: www. madisonzamperinicollection.com/stutz-bearcat-kdh-1921.html. (CA) 1954 Kaiser Darrin 161 Sport roadster Silver/black. 20,700 miles. Flat 6, manual. This is a rare X50 Power package option, which was nearly $20k just for the option, with manual transmission. Low miles, original paint. PCA member owned. Southern California from new. Stock/unmodified and mature adult owner. Great service history with clean CARFAX. Clean/clear California title. Over $145k MSRP. Over 100-detailed photos and complete history on our website. AutoKennel. Contact Paul, Ph: 714.335.4911, email: paul@autokennel.com. Website: www.autokennel.com. (CA) 2011 Porsche 911 GT3 RS 4.0 coupe S/N 2096. Dark red/black & gray. Inline 4, 5-spd manual. Known history from new, wonderful restoration, All correct numbers, Mille Miglia eligible. Desirable third-series 5-window coupe by Touring. Stunning. $375,000. Dragone Classic Motorcars. Contact Alex, Ph: 203.335.4643, email: alexdragone1@gmail.com. (CT) 1962 Ferrari 330 GT 2+2 coupe prototype Rosso Red/black. 33,511 miles. V8, 4-spd manual. Low, believed-to-be-actual miles. Just released from over 20 years of ownership as part of the Campion Automotive Collection. 351 Ford Windsor V8 with Inglese eight-stack carburetor intake and Prancing Bull valve covers. Originally assembled in Torino, Italy. Recent $10k service. Previously featured in Thoroughbred & Classic Cars magazine. $199,900. Daniel Schmitt & Co. Contact Daniel, Ph: 314.291.7000, email: info@schmitt.com. Website: www.schmitt.com/inventory/1969-intermeccanicaitalia-spyder-convertible/. (MO) 1972 Ferrari 246 GT Dino coupe Onyx Black/maroon. 13,763 miles. Inline 6, 3-spd manual. Concours-level restoration to like-new standards. America’s first production fiberglass sports car. Unique sliding pocket doors, three-position convertible top. Includes owner identification card, owner service policy, jack and removable side curtains. Dual wind wings. Tinted glass. $199,900. Daniel Schmitt & Co. Contact Daniel, Ph: 314.291.7000, email: info@schmitt.com. Website: www.schmitt.com/inventory/1954-kaiser-darrin-161sport-roadster/. (MO) 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air 2-dr hard top S/N WP0AF2A92BS785690. Carrera White/black leather. 2,530 miles. Flat 6, manual. In pristine original condition with low miles from new. Has been garage kept and cared for by a true Porsche collector. Sport Bucket Seats with Alcantara inlays. Only 126 of the final edition of the 997 came to the United States; Porsche built only 600. Routine service performed by Hoehn Porsche. $495,000 OBO. Grand Prix Classics. Contact Mark, Ph: 858.459.3500, email: info@grandprixclassics.com. Website: www. grandprixclassics.com/inventory/2011-porsche-911gt3-rs-4-0/. (CA) 2015 Porsche 911 Targa 4S cabriolet S/N 4085. Light Ivory/Black. 67,710 miles. V12, 4-spd manual. The first 330GT prototype built. Retained by the factory for two years and used by Enzo Ferrari as one of his personal cars. Imported into the U.S. in 1964 by Luigi Chinetti (the first U.S. Ferrari dealership). Over $22K spent on service work in January 2018. $595,900. Daniel Schmitt and Co. Contact Daniel, Ph: 3142917000, email: info@schmitt.com. Website: www.schmitt.com/ inventory/1962-ferrari-330gt-2-plus-2-coupe-bypininfarina-enzo-ferraris-personal-car/. (MO) 1963 Alfa Romeo 2600 spider by Touring S/N 3550. Rosso Corsa/black. 38,000 miles. V6, manual. Two-owner Dino with low miles. This car was sold new in the Pittsburgh, PA, area and was acquired by the second and most recent owner in 1981. A highly desirable fixed-roof GT, with pure, clean looks, just as Pininfarina intended. Very original car, with the exception of one repaint and an interior retrim. It has been in storage since 2005, so it will require some recommissioning prior to being driven on the road. The factory-original owner’s manuals, toolkit, jack and sheet-metal wheel chock all remain with the car. $289,900. RB Collection. Contact Alex, Ph: 610.398.9700, email: alex@rbcarcollection.com. Website: rbcarcollection. com/. (PA) JAPANESE 2003 Nissan 350ZX coupe S/N WP0BB2A94FS135586. Sapphire Blue Metallic/Agate Gray/Pebble Gray. 1,900 miles. Flat 6, sequential. Immaculate! Approximately 1,900 miles, $145,000 approximate sticker/total with dealer add-ons. Plus RUF wheels, front bumper with carbon-fiber splitter and other upgrades, approximately $170,000 invested—protective film covers hood, lights, bumper, mirrors, fenders, 196 Dark blue/blue. 74,879 miles. Inline 6, 5-spd manual. Beautifully restored. Recent servicing included a complete engine top-end rebuild. Weber DCOE carburetor upgrade (original Solex units included). Previous collector ownership, low miles, power disc brakes, 400-mm wheels. Left-hand rearview mirror. $169,900. Daniel Schmitt & Co. Contact Daniel, Ph: 314.291.7000, email: info@schmitt. com. Website: www.schmitt.com/inventory/1963alfa-romeo-2600-spider-by-touring/. (MO) S/N JNIAZ34E33T000002. Black/tan. 4,700 miles. V6, 6-spd manual. This car is the second production car built and carries the VIN#0000002, low miles, every option. A gift to Universal Nissan from the factory. Stillen supercharged, as-new. $29,500. California Cadillac & Collectibles. Contact Aaron, S/N 365AK57563559. Classic White/black & white. 92,100 miles. V8, automatic. Great daily driving, completely rust-free and mostly all-original example with its original 368/290-hp V8 engine. Beautiful and striking paint with original full-length bodyside stainless trim with rear-quarter-panel gold anodized trim. Gorgeous condition and mostly all-original and unrestored interior. The car is a rare Canadian built Monarch namesake model with reportedly 91k original miles $35,500 OBO. West Coast Classics LLC. Contact Simon, Ph: 310.779.0526, email: wcclassics@aol.com. Website: www. TheWestCoastClassics.com. (CA) Sports Car Market S/N VC57Bxxxxxxx. Tropical Turquoise & ivory/ turquoise & black. V8, 3-spd manual. Refreshed older frame-off restoration. Media blasted and new base- and clear-coat paint. All-new chrome, five new wide whitewalls, C.A.R.S. interior, all-new T&N rubber seals. Power Pac original 283, 220-hp engine with 3-speed standard transmission w/OD, all rebuilt. Very straight and solid body. $38,000 OBO. Jay Hammond Chevy Parts. Contact Jay, Ph: 302.521.0225, email: jhchevyparts@aol.com. (DE) 1957 Mercury Turnpike Cruiser 2-dr hard top


Page 195

SCM Showcase Gallery 1958 Dual-Ghia D-500 convertible and Protect-O-Plate. $39,500. Dragone Classic Motorcars. Contact Alex, Ph: 203.335.4643, email: alexdragone1@gmail.com. (CT) 1968 Chevrolet Camaro custom coupe Midnight Blue/tan. 1,378 miles. V8, automatic. Concours-level restoration. One of 30 known to exist and one of the last few built. 2010 Pebble Beach award winner. Previous Ghia collector ownership. Rare optional D-500 260-hp Red Ram Hemi V8. Recent servicing included a full transmission rebuild. Power windows, power steering and power brakes. $499,900. Daniel Schmitt & Co. Contact Daniel, Ph: 314.291.7000, email: info@schmitt.com. Website: www.schmitt.com/inventory/1958-dual-ghiaconvertible/. (MO) 1960 Cadillac Series 62 2-dr hard top automatic, Safe-T-Track, new hood tach, Factory a/c, ps, pb, wood steering wheel, new graphics, T3 headlights, Rally II wheels, excellent condition. No sales calls. $68,500 OBO. Contact Jerry, Ph: 209.402.2837, email: imc@hub3.net. (CA) 1973 Mercury Marquis Brougham interior sedan S/N 123378N310282. Orange/black. V8, 4-spd automatic. Beautiful example, customized with no expense spared. All American classic muscle car with 6.0-L LS1 V8 engine matched to a 4L60E automatic transmission and 10-bolt rear end. Built at the renowned Street & Performance shop, street rod legends of Mena, AR. Loaded with modern-day upgrades including Vintage Air a/c, power disc brakes and power steering. $32,500 OBO. West Coast Classics. Contact Larry, Ph: 424.376.5151, email: wcclassics@aol.com. Website: www. TheWestCoastClassics.com. (CA) 1969 Shelby GT500 fastback S/N 60G135493. White/black & white. 85,500 miles. V8, automatic. An absolutely exceptional and rust-free example of this very desirable, mostly all-original car, apart from a repaint in its original color and an aftermarket retro period-correct radio. Fully loaded with original factory specifications and options including a/c, automatic transmission, power steering, power brakes, power windows, six-way power seat, power antenna, two-speed windshield wipers with washers, black Caspian cloth- and white-coated fabric upholstery, aftermarket retro period-correct AM/FM radio with rear speaker, heater, defroster, white sidewall tires with full wheelcovers, dual back-up lights, Easy Eye Glass, and its original 390-ci, 325-hp V8. $42,500 OBO. West Coast Classics LLC. Contact Simon, Ph: 310.779.0526, email: wcclassics@aol.com. Website: www.TheWestCoastClassics.com. (CA) 1962 Chevrolet Corvette convertible S/N 2A3BY62J58R133791. Daystar Blue Metallic/ dark blue cloth. 82,928 miles. V8, 3-spd automatic. One owner! Garge-kept, V8, original electronic fuel injection (runs poorly), 3-speed automatic transmission. Original paint and carpet, like new. $5,000. R&R Country Motors Inc. Contact Ed, Ph: 708.946.2309, email: rrcountrymotors@sbcglobal. net. (IL) 1985 Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS 2-dr hard top Blue. Seats, door cards and sun visors in excellent preserved condition, removed from a ’73 Marquis Brougham. Prefer pickup in Chicago area. I will assist with shipping if needed; for any packing, I’ll need to recover costs. $150. Contact J, Ph: 847.338.8299, email: rlagergren@comcast.net. (IL) 1979 Chevrolet Corvette coupe Candy Apple Red/black. 147 miles. V8, 3-spd automatic. From the collection of Carroll Shelby. Delivered new to A. Rothschild. Previously owned by Academy Award-nominated actor and Emmywinning director Jackie Cooper. Recently released from Carroll Shelby’s collection. Beautifully restored, driven 200 miles since. Modifications for Carroll Shelby’s use included an upgraded carburetor, intake, Cobra air cleaner, Shelby valve covers, Mallory ignition and more. $199,900. Daniel Schmitt & Co. Contact Daniel, Ph: 314.291.7000, email: info@schmitt.com. Website: www.schmitt. com/inventory/1969-shelby-gt500-fastback-carrollshelby-2/. (MO) 1970 Pontiac GTO Ram Air III convertible S/N 20867S101562. Roman Red/red. 62,450 miles. V8, 4-spd manual. A wonderful example of this older frame-off restored convertible with a matching-numbers 327/340-hp V8 RE-code engine with a 4-barrel Carter carburetor matched to its original close-ratio 4-speed manual transmission! Refinished in Roman Red paint with a matching red vinyl interior with new black soft top and factory steel 15-inch wheels and original two-bar knockoff wheel covers on bias-ply whitewall tires. $82,500 OBO. West Coast Classics LLC. Contact Simon, Ph: 310.779.0526, email: wcclassics@aol.com. Website: www.TheWestCoastClassics.com. (CA) 1965 Cadillac DeVille convertible 1970 Pontiac GTO Judge 2-dr hard top S/N 242670P225222. Cardinal Red/black. 94,000 miles. V8, automatic. Real Ram Air III convertible, one of 114. Matching numbers from carb to rear axle. All components rebuilt and blueprinted. Fresh paint and interior on original Cardinal Red-overblack car with rare factory vinyl stripe. 400-ci/366-hp engine and specially calibrated PD-code Turbo 400 transmission. Power steering, power disc brakes, factory gauges, 3.55 Posi and more. Rebuilt HD suspension; new shocks, springs and bushings. PHS documents with restoration photos and receipts. $70,000. Contact Ron, Ph: 719.213.3188, email: rcmadd@comcast.net. (CO) S/N J9F93EH052429. Red/blue & red. 33,500 miles. V8, 4-spd manual. An exceptional example of this rare, very desirable and collectible 1979 American Motors Jeep Renegade with 304 V8. Reportedly only two Southern California owners since new, with only 33k original miles and loaded with original factory options including a 4-speed manual transmission and 2-speed transfer case, bikini top with soft doors, and a product of a frame-off restoration in 2008, when it was mildly customized with extremely desirable and practical upgrades $22,500 OBO. West Coast Classics LLC. Contact Simon, Ph: 310.779.0526, email: wcclassics@aol.com. Website: www. TheWestCoastClassics.com. (CA) S/N 1G2PG1196H2172220. Burgundy Metallic Red/light gray. 13,100 miles. V6, automatic. A very collectible, original Southern California Fiero GT. 2.8-L V6 with 13k original miles. Original Burgundy Metallic Red color paint with a gray cloth tweed interior! Automatic transmission with factory air conditioning, sport wheels and power brakes. $17,500 OBO. West Coast Classics. Contact Larry, Ph: 310.779.0526, email: wcclassics@aol.com. Website: www.TheWestCoastClassics.com. (CA) RACE 1973 Alfa Romeo GTV 2000 coupe S/N 1Z8789S451715. White/black leather. 20,000 miles. V8, 4-spd manual. A/C, power steering, brakes,windows, 350/195, Gymkhana suspension, sport mirrors and other options. A survivor in very nice original condition. I believe low mileage is original. Lots of documentation from new; original warranty paper, owner’s manual, selling dealer intake report, dealer invoice, copy of original title dated 12/10/79, previous registrations, etc. $15,649 OBO. Contact Michael, email: mfulton1313@yahoo. com. (PA) 1979 Jeep CJ-7 Renegade 4WD SUV Burgundy metallic/Burgundy. 55,000 miles. V8, 4-spd automatic. Low original miles, numbersmatching original 305-ci HO V8 engine, 4-spd automatic overdrive transmission with console, 3.73 rear axle, tach, clock and gauges, power windows, power door locks, power trunk release, sport suspension, cruise control, air conditioning, tilt steering wheel, AM/FM cassette stereo GM radio, four new tires, four restored GM Monte SS aluminum wheels, includes the four original steel wheels and tires. A great-driving car. Second owner for 25 years. $12,995 OBO. Contact Joseph, Ph: 518.868.2133, email: joe54vette@aol.com. (NY) 1987 Pontiac Fiero GT coupe 1981 Chrysler Imperial 2-dr hard top S/N F5190156. Cream/tan. V8, 3-spd automatic. Amazingly preserved example. 47,000 original miles from new. Complete with original top, upholstery February 2019 S/N 242370B114280. Cardinal Red/red. 27,622 miles. PHS documentation, Ram-Air, Turbo 400 S/N AR3021696. White & red/off-white. Inline 4, 5-spd automatic. SPICA guru Wes Ingram’s race car, “Sharkey.” Log books, receipts and Wes Ingram-designed notebook included. 2-liter engine, transmission rebuilt and recently broken-in. Brakes, MC, fuel pump and tank refreshed/replaced. Panhard rod, Ward and Dean suspension and more. Original vintage race livery. $32,500 OBO. Contact Ronald, Ph: 206.403.3445, email: ron_calkins@ hotmail.com. (WA) © 197


Page 196

Advertise in the SCM Resource Directory. Call 877.219.2605 Ext. 218 for information; e-mail: scmadvert@sportscarmarket.com. Auction Companies Artcurial Motorcars. 33 (0)1 42 99 2056. 33 (0)1 42 99 1639. 7, Rond-Point des Champs-Elysées, 75008 Paris, France. Email: motorcars@artcurial.com. www.artcurial.com/motorcars. (FR) GAA Classic Cars Auction, Barrett-Jackson Auction. 480.421.6694. 480.421.6697. For over four decades, the Barrett-Jackson Auction Company has been recognized throughout the world for offering only the finest selection of quality collector vehicles, outstanding professional service and an unrivaled sales success. From classic and one-of-a-kind cars to exotics and muscle cars, BarrettJackson attracts only the best. Our auctions have captured the true essence of a passionate obsession with cars that extends to collectors and enthusiasts throughout the world. A television audience of millions watches unique and select vehicles while attendees enjoy a lifestyle experience featuring fine art, fashion and gourmet cuisine. In every way, the legend is unsurpassed. 3020 N. Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251. info@barrett-jackson.com. www.barrett-jackson.com. (AZ) Greensboro, NC. 1.855.862.2257. A Premier Classic, Antique and Unique Vehicle Auction Experience. Offering 550 vehicles three times a year — March, July and November. All presented in a climate-controlled, enclosed, permanent, dedicated facility affectionately called “The Palace”. GAA Classic Cars brings you a customer-oriented team full of southern hospitality, a floor team with many years of classic auction experience and a selection of vehicles that continues to evolve and grow with each sale. www.gaaclassiccars.com 1.855.862.2257 (NC) cars and currently operates auctions in Tulsa, Oklahoma City and Dallas. Recently they have been featured on several episodes of three different reality TV series — “Fast N Loud” on Discovery, “Dallas Car Sharks” on Velocity and “The Car Chasers” on CNBC Prime. www.leakecar.com (OK) RM Sotheby’s. 800.211.4371. RM Sotheby’s is the world’s largest auction house for investment-quality automobiles. With 35 years’ experience in the collector car industry, RM’s vertically integrated range of services, coupled with an expert team of car specialists and an international footprint, provide an unsurpassed level of service to the global collector car market. For further information, visit www.RMSothebys.com. (CAN) New England Auto Auction. 207.594.4418. Presented by the Owls Head Transportation Museum, the New England Auto Auction™ is the nation’s largest and longest-running event in its class that operates solely to preserve the legacy of transportation’s earliest pioneers. Over more than four decades, NEAA™ has continuously raised the bar by connecting discerning enthusiasts and collectors with rare and sought-after automobiles. Web: owlshead.org Email: auction@ohtm.org Russo and Steele Collector AutoGPK Auctions. 856.573.6969. GPK Bonhams is the largest auction house to hold scheduled sales of classic and vintage motorcars, motorcycles and car memorabilia, with auctions held globally in conjunction with internationally renowned motoring events. Bonhams holds the world-record price for any motorcar sold at auction, as well as for many premier marques. San Francisco: (415) 391-4000 New York: (212) 644-9001 Los Angeles: (323) 850-7500 London: +44 20 7447-7447 Paris: +33 1 42 61 10 10 www.bonhams.com/motors Auctions produces The Atlantic City Auction & Car Show. For over four decades hobbyists, enthusiasts and collectors from across the country have descended on Atlantic City in February to buy and admire the premier collection of automobiles presented by GPK Auctions at the Largest IN-DOOR Auction in the Country. Location: Atlantic City, NJ URL: gpkauctions.com Email: info@gpkauctions.com Palm Springs Auctions Inc. Keith McCormick. 760.320.3290. 760.323.7031. 244 N. Indian Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92262 A family-run auction house producing two large classic cars auctions per year. McCormick’s Palm Springs Auctions has been in business for over 25 years, and each auction features over 500 classics and exotics. www.classic-carauction.com. (CA) mobile Auctions. 602.252.2697. Specializing in the finest American muscle, hot rods and custom automobiles and European sports; Russo and Steele hosts three record-breaking auctions per year; Newport Beach in June; Monterey, CA, every August; and Scottsdale, AZ, every January. As one of the premier auction events in the United States, Russo and Steele has developed a reputation for its superior customer service and for having the most experienced and informed experts in the industry. Fax: 602.252.6260. 5230 South 39th St., Phoenix, AZ 85040. info@russoandsteele.com, www.russoandsteele.com. (AZ) Hollywood Wheels Auctions & Gooding & Company. 310.899.1960. 310.899.0930. Gooding & Company offers its international clientele the rarest, award-winning examples of collector vehicles at the most prestigious auction venues. Our team of well-qualified experts will advise you on current market values. Gooding & Company presents the official auction of the famed Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in August, the recordsetting Scottsdale Auction in January and a world-class auction at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation in Florida in March. www.goodingco.com. (CA) Shows 800.237.8954. Hollywood Wheels is a premier auction house that specializes in Porsche sports cars, European exotics, American classics and historical race cars. Each year, during the Amelia Island Car Week, they host the Amelia Island Select & Auto Retro™ within the ballroom of the Amelia Island Omni Plantation Resort. Hollywood Wheels… Where Great Cars Are Bought & Sold! www.hollywoodwheels.com Petersen Auction Group of Oregon. 541.689.6824. Hosting car auctions in Oregon since 1962. We have three annual Auctions: February, Oregon State Fairgrounds, Salem, OR; July, Douglas County Fairgrounds, Roseburg, OR; September, W. Yoder Auction. 920.787.5549 . W. Yoder Auction holds the only semiannual collector car auction in the state of Wisconsin open to the public where anyone can buy and anyone can sell! But we don’t stop there. We specialize in collections and sell it all! Contact us today. info@wyoderauction.com. Learn more about us at wyoderauction.com and like us on Facebook. Premier Auction Group. Leake Auctions. 800.722.9942. Leake Auction Company was established in 1972 as one of the first car auctions in the country. More than 40 years later, Leake has sold over 34,000 198 844-5WE-SELL. The auction professionals that have been taking care of you for the last two decades have partnered together to create a team that is dedicated to providing the utmost customer service and auction experience. We applied our 83 years of auction experience to build a platform ensuring that every aspect of our company exceeds your expectations. Join us for the Gulf Coast Classic March 17 & 18, in Punta Gorda, FL. 844-5WE-SELL / 844-593-7355 www.premierauctiongroup.com info@premierauctiongroup.com Wheeler Auction Group. 833.599.8999 . Collector Car Auction company specializing in the marketing and sale of pre-war, classic, vintage, antique, muscle & exotic automobiles. What sets Wheeler apart from other auction companies in their industry is the quality and quantity of marketing that they do for their clients combined with some of the lowest selling commissions in the industry. Contact them today to discuss the marketing of your Sports Car Market RESOURCE DIRECTORY


Page 197

vehicle or collection! Info@WheelerAuctionGroup.com www.WheelerAuctionGroup.com ONE12™ 1967 Gurney Eagle Spa winner hand-signed by Dan Gurney ONE24™ Buick, Cadillac, Delage, Delahaye, Ford, Lincoln, Kaiser. 1:24 hand-built, limited edition Resin Art™. ONE43™ Sunbeam Tigers. Worldwide Auctioneers. 800.990.6789 or 1.260.925.6789. Worldwide Auctioneers was formed over a decade ago by vintage-motorcar specialists Rod Egan and John Kruse. The sale and acquisition of classic automobiles is our core business, and no one is better qualified. Worldwide is unique in having owners who are also our chief auctioneers, so you deal directly with the auctioneer, and we are wholly invested in achieving the best result for you. Our auctions are catalog-based, offering a limited number of higher-end consignments, with an emphasis on quality rather than volume. (We don’t limit ourselves to only selling the most expensive cars in the world, but do ensure that every car we consign is the very best of its type.) We also offer specialist-appraisal, estate-management and collectionconsultancy services. Our dedicated private sales division serves the needs of individual collectors who seek privacy or to acquire vehicles that may not be available on the open market. www.worldwide-auctioneers.com. (IN) Alfa Romeo Vintage Auto Posters. Since 1980, Centerline International. (888) 750-ALFA (2532). Exclusively Alfa Romeo for over 35 years. You can rely on our experience and the largest inventory of parts in North America to build and maintain your dream Alfa. We carry restoration, maintenance and exclusive performance parts for Giulietta through the new 4C. Newly developed parts introduced regularly. Check our website or social media for new arrivals, tech tips and special offers. www.centerlinealfa.com. (CO) Appraisals California Car Cover Company. Auto Kennel. 714.335.4911. ImagGooding & Company. 310.899.1960. Gooding & Company’s experts are well-qualified to appraise individual automobiles as well as collections and estates. Whether it is the creation of a foundation, living trust or arrangement of a charitable donation, we are able to assist you. www.goodingco.com. (CA) Automobilia Automotive Restorations. Automodello. 877.343.2276. ONE8™ Type 74 Lotus Europa February 2019 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 ine if you had the best of the best to market your car for sale. Jesse Alexander taking all the photographs. Lee Iacocca working with buyers. Keith Martin introducing you to the right car clubs. Well, the father and son team of AutoKennel do just that for all their clients. Paul and Ed Kramer, Costa Mesa, CA 92627. www.autokennel.com (CA) Charles Prince Classic Cars. Based in London, we are specialists in the finest historic motorcars and in contact with dealers and collectors from around the world. We offer the best advice and service in the collector car field. Int T: (0)798 5988070 or email: sales@ charlesprinceclassiccars.com www.charlesprinceclassiccars.com. Copley Motorcars. 781.444.4646. Specializing in unique and hard-to-find classics and sports cars. We only sell cars we love ourselves, and deal in a limited number of models. Before delivery to you, all of our classics, including Defenders, are fully inspected and serviced by one of two expert shops. We are located in Needham, MA. copleycars@gmail.com, www.copleymotorcars.com (MA) 199 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. Everett Anton Singer has been supplying international collectors with the most diverse selection of authentic vintage automotive posters. The vast inventory runs from the late 1890s through the 1960s; featuring marque, event and product advertising. Please visit us at: www.VintageAutoPosters.com. Buy/Sell/General Beverly Hills Car Club is one of the largest European classic car dealerships in the nation, with an extensive inventory spanning over 50,000 sf. We can meet all your classic car needs with our unprecedented selection; from top-ofthe-line models to project cars. We buy classic cars in any shape or condition & provide the quickest payment & pickup anywhere in the U.S. 310.975.0272 www.beverlyhillscarclub.com (CA) 10% discount to SCM readers: Use code SCM18R on Automodello.com Chequered Flag. 310.827.8665. Coachbuilt Press. 215.925.4233. Coachbuilt Press creates limited-edition automotive titles for the discriminating motoring enthusiast. We present exceptional material on the most significant collections, museums and marques with a balance of authoritative writing, precise research, unique historical documents and the modern photography of Michael Furman. Please visit our website to view our latest titles and order. www.CoachbuiltPress.com (PA) Steve Austin’s Automobilia & Great Vacations. 800.452.8434. European Car Collector tours including Monaco & Goodwood Historics, private collections, and car manufacturers. Automobile Art importer of legendary artists Alfredo de la Maria and Nicholas Watts. www.steveaustinsgreatvacations.com. Autosport Groups. 561.676.1912 or 954.401.4535. Over 42 years experience offering Luxury, Classic, Exotic and Hi-line motorcars worldwide. Autosport Groups is highly respect- ed for our fine selection of preowned luxury, classic, exotic and sports cars, as well as exceptional customer service. We offer easy financing and extended warranties on most cars. Trades accepted. Top cash paid for your classics, exotic or hi-line automobiles. garycg@ aol.com www.autosportgroup.com (FL) Chequered Flag is Los Angeles’ best known classic car dealer. We specialize in European classic and sports cars, particularly air-cooled Porsches. We have over 100 classics in inventory including over 25 Porsches. We appreciate our many repeat customers with over 15,000 cars bought and sold since 1986. www.ChequeredFlag.com sales@chequeredflag.com (CA) management and special-event assistance are also included in our services. Our aim is to make sure that your collector car passion is as enjoyable and worry-free as possible. www.automotiverestorations.com Classic Investments Inc. 303.388.9788. Barn find. Redefined. Since 1989 our company specializes in the restoration, sales and service of 1950s–1970s Classic European sports cars: Ferrari, Maserati, Alfa Romeo, Lancia, Aston Martin, Jaguar, Austin Healey, Porsche and Mercedes. Colorado’s premier one-stop shop for all of a collector’s needs. Friendly, knowledgeable, passionate staff welcomes you to call for all inquiries; our in-house factory-trained Ferrari mechanic has 40 years’ experience. www.ClassicInvest.com (CO) Classic Showcase. 760.758.6100. For over 35 years, we’ve been restoring automotive history and helping collectors obtain, restore and sell classic vehicles. Our world-class facility houses three showrooms of cars and department specialty areas to perform all facets of restoration under one roof. Let our team of professional craftsmen and specialists make your classic car vision a reality. www.classicshowcase. com. (CA)


Page 198

Advertise in the SCM Resource Directory. Call 877.219.2605 Ext. 218 for information; e-mail: scmadvert@sportscarmarket.com. automotive bookstore, Heritage Classics Motorbooks, open Monday–Saturday. For current inventory and to visit our virtual bookstore, visit www.heritageclassics.com Corvette America. 800.458.3475. The #1 manufacturer & supplier of interiors, parts and wheels for all generations of Corvettes. Our Pennsylvania manufacturing facility produces the finest quality Corvette interiors and our distribution center is stocked with thousands of additional Corvette-related products. Corvette America is a member of the RPUI family of companies. www.CorvetteAmerica.com (PA) DriverSource. 281.497.1000. Pursuing & Preserving Fine Automobiles Since 2005, DriverSource is a leading specialist in the classic collector car market. Our concept of sales, service and storage is tailor made to the automotive enthusiast lifestyle. To learn more about our services or inventory, please give as a call or contact us via email. sales@driversource.com. www.driversource.com Kurt Tanner Motorcars. Girardo & Co. +44 (0) 203 621 2923. Girardo & Co. provide clients with a specialist service offering expert advice in buying, selling and sourcing classic cars at the very top end of the collector’s market, whilst delivering the best possible service to clients. www.girardo.com info@girardo.com Legendary Motorcar Company. Gullwing Motor Cars stocks more than 100 cars at our warehouse location, 27 years of experience; visited by customers across the country and overseas. We specialize in European and American cars and we are always looking to buy classic cars in any condition. We pick up from anywhere in the U.S. Quick payment and pickup. 718.545.0500. www.gullwingmotorcars.com 905.875.4700. Since 1985, Legendary Motorcar Company has specialized in buying, selling and restoring some of the rarest cars in existence. For sale, in our 150-car showroom you’ll find, ultra-rare muscle cars, European sports cars and modern performance cars. In our 75,000 square-foot facility, our highly-skilled craftsmen perform complete award-winning restorations. Whether you are buying one special car or building a museum, our collection management services will help you make the right decisions. Over 30 years in business, we have grown to become the nation’s premier collector and performance car facility. www.legendarymotorcar.com (ON) Park Place LTD. 425.562.1000. Founded in 1987 in Bellevue, WA, our dealership is locally owned and independently operated. The four-acre Park Place Center features an Aston Martin sales and service center, a Lotus dealership, and we have one of the largest selections of collector and exotic cars available in the Northwest. We consign, buy and sell all types of vehicles. We also have an in-house service center and high-end Auto Salon. www.ParkPlaceLtd.com 909.241.1051. An exclusive European Sports Car dealer located in Orange County, CA. Over 35 years experience in the classic car business with a distinguished previous reputation for AustinHealey restorations. We accurately and honestly present fine European cars for sale in today’s market. Buy/sell/trade. We purchase and pick up from any U.S. location with quick payment. Please call or visit our website to view current inventory. www.kurttannermotorcars.com (CA) Hyman Ltd Classic Cars. 314.524.6000. One of the largest inventories of vintage cars in the world. Please visit our website often, www.hymanltd.com to see our current stock. Hyman Ltd Classic Cars, 2310 Chaffee Drive, St. Louis, MO. 63146 314-524-6000 sales@hymanltd.com consulting services are available as well. We actively pursue the purchase and sales of any investment-grade classic car. Since 2009, we have offered a unique opportunity for collectors, enthusiasts and other industry professionals. www.lbilimited.com, sales@ lbilimited.com (PA) Saratoga Auto Auction. Sept. 21 Mustang America. 844.249.5135. Mustang America is a new company initially specializing in first generation (1965–1973) Mustang parts, interiors and accessories. Launched by Corvette America, Mustang America provides the same level of world-class customer service, product quality and fast delivery. We look forward to serving the vintage Mustang enthusiast. www.MustangAmerica.com (PA) and 22, 2018 at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs, NY. To consign, register to bid, or to purchase tickets, visit saratogaautoauction. org. 518-587-1935 x22 / jeff.whiteside@ saratogaautoauction.org Symbolic International. Paramount Automotive Group/ Foreign Cars Italia. 888.929.7202. Since 1989, we have offered all the exclusive brands that you have ever dreamed about. Offering new and used Ferrari, Maserati, Aston Martin and Porsche in Greensboro, NC, Aston Martin, Bentley and Maserati in Charlotte, NC and Porsche in Hickory, NC. We sell, buy and trade. Visit us at www. Paramountauto.com or www.ForeignCarsItalia.com (NC) 858.259.0100. Symbolic International is one of the premier dealers of classic cars and vintage race cars in the world. Our spectacular vehicles are available for purchase and worldwide delivery. Our knowledgeable team, with over 100 years of combined experience, can help you find the perfect car for your collection. www.symbolicinternational.com info@symbolicinternational.com (CA) Vintage Motors of Sarasota. 941.355.6500. Established in 1989, offering high-quality collector cars to the most discerning collectors. Vintage’s specialized services include sales, acquisitions and consignment of high-quality European and American collector and sports cars. Always buying individual cars or entire collections. Visit our large showroom with 75-plus examples in the beautiful museum district of tropical Sarasota, FL. www.vintagemotorssarasota.com (FL) West Coast Classics. 310.399.3990. Paul Russell and Company. Heritage Classics Motorcar Com- pany. 310.657.9699. www.heritageclassics.com. Heritage Classics Motorcar Company, the premier West Coast classic car dealership established in 1985. Offering one of the largest indoor showrooms in Southern California, with an exceptional inventory of the very finest American and European classic cars available. We buy, sell and consign collectible automobiles, offering the best consignment terms available, contact us at sales@heritageclassics.com When in Southern California, visit our beautiful showroom and specialty 200 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 978.768.6092. www.paulrussell.com. Specializing in the preservation and sales of European classics, pre-war through the 1970s, since 1978. You can rely on our decades of experience with Mercedes-Benz, Ferrari, Porsche, Bugatti, Alfa Romeo and other fine collectibles. Repeat customers are the lifeblood of our business. Contact us today to join them. Car Sales Manager, Alex Finigan: Alex@paulrussell.com. (MA) West Coast Classics are internationally renowned California Classic Car Dealers who specialize in buying and selling of rare and classic European and American classic cars. Two branch locations in Southern California; 1205 Bow Avenue in Torrance, and 1918 Lincoln Blvd in Santa Monica. We ship throughout the world and will provide you with unparalleled service of your rare, sports, exotic, luxury, collector or classic car needs. www. WestCoastClassics.com info@WestCoastClassics.com (CA) Car Storage CARS. 310.695.6403. For more than two decades, CARS (Classic Automotive Relocation Services) has looked after some of the most irreplaceable Sports Car Market RESOURCE DIRECTORY


Page 199

motorcars in the world. CARS are now able to offer secure indoor vehicle storage solutions at its new state-of-the-art warehouse facility in Los Angeles. Contact CARS directly to discuss your vehicle storage requirements and find out more about the many services that we offer. History has proven that CARS are the team to trust. Do not take any chances with your pride and joy – hand it to the people that will care for it as their own. Fax: +1 (310) 695 6584 Email: info@carsusa.com www.carsusa.com Classic Car Transport a relocation, are attending a corporate event or are shipping the car of your dreams from one location to another, one American transportation company does it all. www.reliablecarriers.com Collection Management Hagerty Insurance Agency, LLC. RideCache. 512.751.8450. A profesIntercity Lines, Inc. 800.221.3936. Gripping the wheel of your dream car and starting the engine for the first time is a high point for any enthusiast. We are the premier enclosed auto transport company that will ensure your car arrives safely for that experience. For over 35 years, our standards for excellence have had clients returning time and time again. Trust the Best. Trust Intercity Lines. www.Intercitylines.com sional, ad-free software tool and service that helps you manage your collection, digitally preserve your valuable documentation and securely share with those that need access. Manage your collection with our DIY tools or use our RideCache Build service and let our professional team build your account. Learn more at http://ridecache.com/SCM. RideCache — Organize, Manage, Preserve your Collection. Collector Car Insurance Heacock Classic. 800.678.5173. We Barrett-Jackson is proud to endorse McCollister’s Auto Transport. 800-748-3160. We have transported thousands of collector vehicles over the last 35 years all across the United States, whether they are moving an exotic, street rod, vintage racer or muscle car. With our experienced drivers trained to ensure the finest protection and our customized, lift-gated, air-ride trailers, we make sure your vehicle safely arrives on time. www.McCollisters.com/AutoTransport a new breed of insurance for classic, antique, exotic, special-interest, contemporary classic and limited-edition cars. To get a quote is even easier with our new online improvements. Go to www.barrett-jackson.com/insurance/, select “Get a quote,” enter in a couple of key pieces of information about your vehicle, and get an estimated quote within seconds! It’s that easy. Don’t be caught without the right insurance for your vehicle. In the unfortunate aftermath of damage to your vehicle, learning that your insurance won’t restore your prized possession to its former glory, or appropriately compensate you for your loss, is the last thing you want to hear. To get a quote by phone, call 877.545.2522. Passport Transport. 800.736.0575. Since our founding in 1970, we have shipped thousands of treasured vehicles door-to-door with our fully enclosed auto transporters. Whether your prized possession is your daily driver, a vintage race car, a Classic, a ’60s muscle car or a modern exotic, you can depend on Passport Transport to give you the premium service it deserves. We share your appreciation for fine automobiles, and it shows. www.PassportTransport.com. Chubb Collector Car Insurance. 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. understand the passion and needs of the classic car and vintage race car owner: Agreed Value protection, one liability charge, 24-hour claim service and convenient payment options. Heacock Classic also offers classic motorcycle insurance, Car Club & Event Liability, Race Team & Prep Shop Coverage. Visit us at www.heacockclassic.com 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) daily drivers, pickup trucks, trailers, motorhomes, and more — all on one policy and all at their Agreed Value. www.grundy.com (PA) complete mechanical restorations/rebuilds — cosmetic repair/paintwork to complete frame-off restoration. Large inventory of parts. All services as well as our current unventory of automobiles for sale can be seen at www.autosportdesigns.com. (NY) Classic Showcase. 760.758.6100. Classic Showcase has been an industry leader in the restoration, service and sale of classic Jaguars, and most other fine British automobiles. From sports cars to luxury sedans, our world-class restoration facility and highly skilled team are ready to assist your needs with acquiring the perfect British classic today! 760.758.6100. www.classicshowcase.com (CA) Frank Dale & Stepsons. The world’s oldest independent Rolls-Royce and Bentley specialists, having been established since 1946. With sales, service, restoration and trimming all under one roof, we offer collectors and enthusiasts the complete range of services for their collections. www.frankdale.com (U.K.) J.C. Taylor Insurance. 800.345.8290. Antique, classic, muscle or modified — J.C. Taylor Insurance has provided dependable, dynamic, affordable protection for your collector vehicle for over 50 years. Agreed Value Coverage in the continental U.S., and Alaska. Drive Through Time With Peace of Mind with J.C. Taylor Insurance. Get a FREE instant quote online at www.JCTaylor.com. English Fourintune Garage Inc. 262.375.0876. www.fourintune.com. Complete ground-up restoration on British marques — specializing in Austin-Healeys since 1976. Experience you can trust, satisfied customers nationwide. Visit our website for details on our restoration process, which includes a complete quotation on Healeys. Located in historic Cedarburg — just minutes north of Milwaukee, WI. (WI) Aston Martin of New England. 781.547.5959. 85 Linden Street, Waltham, MA 02452. Proudly appointed Aston Martin Heritage Dealer for the USA. New and pre-owned Aston Martins are our specialty. Please contact us when buying, selling or restoring. www.astonmartin-lotus.com. (MA) Grundy Insurance. 888.647.8639. Reliable Carriers Inc. 800-521-6393. As the country’s largest enclosed-auto transport company, Reliable Carriers faithfully serves all 48 contiguous United States and Canada. Whether you’ve entered a concours event, need February 2019 James A. Grundy invented Agreed Value Insurance in 1947; no one knows more about insuring collector cars than Grundy! With no mileage limitations, zero deductible*, low rates, and high liability limits, our coverages are specifically designed for collector car owners. Grundy can also insure your AUTOSPORT DESIGNS, INC. 631.425.1555. All Aston Martin models welcome regardless of age, as new inevitably become old! Routine servicing- 201 JWF Restorations Inc. Specializing in AC restoration from street to concours, U.S. Registrar AC Owners Club (U.K.). Now selling AC parts and tires, including inventory from Ron Leonard. Jim Feldman. 503.706.8250 Fax 503.646.4009. Email: jim@jwfrestoration.com (OR)


Page 200

Advertise in the SCM Resource Directory. Call 877.219.2605 Ext. 218 for information; e-mail: scmadvert@sportscarmarket.com. German Classic Parts in its assortment. From small services to full ground-up restorations, work is always true to original. Ever-changing showcase of for-sale vehicles. We are your trusted source. www.mbclassiccenter.com. (CA) Kevin Kay Restorations. 530.241.8337. 1530 Charles Drive, Redding, CA 96003. Aston Martin parts, service, repair and restoration. From an oil change to a concours-winning restoration, we do it all. Modern upgrades for power steering, window motors, fuel systems and more. Feltham Fast performance parts in stock. We also cater to all British and European cars and motorcycles. www.kevinkayrestorations.net. (CA) Art’s Star Classics. 800.644.STAR The Quail, A Motorsports GathWelsh Enterprises, Inc. 800.875.5247. Jaguar parts for models 1949–present. www.welshent.com (OH) Events—Concours, Car Shows Classic Car Capital 310.254.9704, Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival. The South: a place where tea is sweet, people are darlin’, moss is Spanish and, come autumn, cars are plentiful. This fall, HHI Motoring Festival returns to the towns of Savannah, GA, and Hilton Head Island, SC. Join us this fall — October 26–November 4, 2018 — in the land of Southern hospitality. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit www.HHIMotoringFestival.com. Ext. 1. Maximize the return on your passion by recapitalizing the equity in your vintage cars. Whether to expand your collection, invest or for personal use, you decide how to use the funds. With unparalleled experience, service and expertise in this highly specialized lending, we understand the market and needs of the collector. Whether using one car or multiple cars as collateral, we offer lines of credit with no origination fees or prepayment penalties. ering. 831.620.8879. A prominent component of Monterey Car Week, The Quail is a world-renowned motorsports event featuring one of the world’s finest and rarest collections of vintage automobiles and motorcycles. The Quail maintains its intimacy and exclusivity by limiting admission through lottery ticket allocations. Admission is inclusive of six gourmet culinary pavilions, caviar, oysters, fine wines, specialty cocktails, champagne, and more. Web: signatureevents.peninsula.com. (CA) Finance Bud’s Benz. 800.942.8444. At Bud’s, we sell a full line of MercedesBenz parts for cars from the 1950s through the 1980s. We do minor and major service work on most Mercedes. Restoration work; including paint, interior, mechanical and other services are available. We pride ourselves in doing work that is tailored to our customers’ needs and budgets. We also (locally) work on later-model Mercedes, BMW, and Mini Coopers. Computer diagnostics and work related to keeping your daily driver on the road are all available at Bud’s. www.budsbenz.com (GA) (1.800.644.7827). 30 years of expertise in new and hard to find parts, as well as component restoration for all Mercedes from 1931–1971. Servicing owners and restorers worldwide. Star Classics also offers: Sales and Acquisitions of all ’50s and ’60s Mercedes and restoration project management for car owners so they realize the car of their dreams. Contact us today: info@artsstarclassics.com www.artsstarclassics.com International Phone #:1.602.397.5300 Scott Grundfor Company. 805.474.6477. Since the 1970s, Scott Grundfor Company has set the bar with best of show cars. Four decades later, we continue our long and rich tradition of excellence in the collectible car and restoration market. As trusted and respected Mercedes-Benz experts, we strive to not only continue the restoration and sales excellence we’ve worked so hard to develop, but to also bring awareness to the appreciation, preservation and history of the automobile. scott@scottgrundfor.com www.scottgrundfor.com (CA) Import/Export CARS. 310.695.6403. For more than Ferrari Financial Services. Lajollaconcours.com. Earning the reputation as one of the finest internationally renowned classic automobile showcases in the United States, the La Jolla Concours d’Elegance continues to attract discerning car enthusiasts from around the globe. Experience World Class Cars and World Class Experience on April 12–14, 2019. Register and purchase tickets at lajollaconcours.com, or call 619.233.5008, for more information. (CA) 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. European Collectibles Inc. 949.650.4718. European Collectibles has been buying, consigning, selling and restoring classic European sports cars since 1986. We specialize in Porsche (356 and 911) 1950s to early 1970s, along with other marks including Mercedes, Aston Martin, Ferrari, MG, Austin Healey and Jaguar, with 40 vehicles in stock to choose from. European Collectibles also offers complete mechanical and cosmetic restorations to concours level, along with routine service. Located in Orange County, CA, between Los Angeles and San Diego. Sales@europeancollectibles.com or visit our website www.europeancollectibles.com. (CA) The Elegance at Hershey. 717.500.5191. The Elegance at Hershey is a celebration of vintage race cars and concours automobiles from 6/7 to 6/9/2019, commencing with the Grand Ascent, featuring the Concorso Bizarro and culminating with our concours d’elegance. Our primary goal is to benefit our charities: JDRF, AACA Museum and AACA Library & Research Center. For more information, visit www. theeleganceathershey.com, or call 717.500.5191. (PA) 202 two decades, CARS (Classic Automotive Relocation Services) has looked after some of the most irreplaceable motorcars in the world. If you need your vehicle transported, CARS have the expertise and knowledge to ensure it arrives in perfect condition, on time, and with no unexpected costs. CARS are able to action any shipping request through its own offices in the U.K., New York, Los Angeles and Japan, and via its network of global agents. Whether your vehicle needs to be transported by road, sea or air freight, please get in touch and allow CARS to take the worry and stress out of your shipment needs. History has proven that CARS are the team to trust. Do not take any chances with your pride and joy — hand it to the people that will care for it as their own. Fax: +1 (310) 695 6584 Email: info@carsusa.com www.carsusa.com Cosdel International Transportation. J.J. BEST BANC & CO. provides financing on classic cars ranging from 1900 to today. Visit our website at www.jjbest.com or call 1.800.USA.1965 and get a loan approval in as little as five minutes! Mercedes-Benz Classic Center. 1.866.MB.CLASSIC. (1.866.622.5277). The trusted center of competence for all classic MercedesBenz enthusiasts. Located in Irvine, CA, the Classic Center is the only sales and restoration facility in the U.S. exclusively operated by Mercedes-Benz. Over 50,000 Genuine Mercedes-Benz Since 1960, Cosdel International Transportation has been handling international shipments by air, ocean and truck. Honest service, competitive pricing and product expertise have made Cosdel the natural shipping choice for the world’s best-known collectors, dealers and auction houses. If you are moving a car, racing or rallying, or attending a concours event overseas, Cosdel is your comprehensive, worldwide resource for all of your nationwide and international shipping needs. We are your automobile Export Import Experts. 415.777.2000 carquotes@cosdel.com. www.cosdel.com. (CA) Sports Car Market RESOURCE DIRECTORY


Page 201

West Coast Shipping. 510.236.3008. Shipping collector cars around the world is our specialty. We provide turnkey international logistics solutions to get you driving when you want. We collect your car, load it onto a ship or plane, clear local and foreign customs, and provide white-glove delivery to your destination. We’re used by collectors, dealers and auction companies to ship over 8,000 collector cars around the world each year. And with consolidation available from both U.S. coasts to over 40 destinations around the world, we make it affordable. It’s your dream car, let’s bring her home. www.wcshipping.com Italian practices have made Premier the nation’s leading lessor of luxury and performance motorcars. We are small enough to ensure your business gets the attention it deserves, and large enough to finance any new, used, or vintage car over $50,000. Contact Premier at 877.973.7700 or info@pfsllc.com. www.premierfinancialservices.com (CT) Museums QuickSilver Exhaust Systems. 011 LeMay—America’s Car Museum Putnam Leasing. 866.90.LEASE. Hamann Classic Cars. 203.918.8300. With more than 30 years in the industry and worldwide clientele in dealing in European race and sports cars, specializing in classic Ferraris of the ’50s and ’60s. www.ferrari4you.com For over 30 years, Putnam Leasing has been the leader in exotic, luxury, and collector car leasing. This honor comes from Putnam’s unique ability to match the car of your dreams with a lease designed just for you. Every Putnam Lease is written to provide maximum flexibility while conserving capital, lowering monthly payments, and maximizing tax advantages. Its Putnam’s way of letting you drive more car for less money. For leases ranging from $50,000 to more than $1 million, with terms extending up to 84 months, contact the oldest and most experienced leasing company in the country by calling 1.866.90.LEASE. Or just visit www.putnamleasing.com. Legal celebrates America’s love affair with the automobile. Named the Best Museum in Western Washington, the fourlevel, 165,000-square-foot museum features 12 rotating exhibits and 300 cars, trucks and motorcycles on display. ACM includes a 3.5-acre show field, State Farm Theatre, Classics Café, banquet hall and meeting facilities and offers a majestic view above Commencement Bay. For more information, visit www.lemaymuseum.org. LeMay—America’s Car Museum 2702 E D Street, Tacoma, WA 98421 877.902.8490 (toll free) info@lemaymuseum.org www.lemaymuseum.org. (WA) Parts, Accessories & Car Care Vintage Racing Services. Dr Beasley’s. Dr. Beasley’s proThe Lamborghini Club America is the world’s largest organization of Lamborghini owners and enthusiasts. Inclusive to both vintage and modern Lamborghini owners, the Lamborghini Club America is a critical asset to the Lamborghini ownership experience. Membership includes La Vita Lamborghini magazine, a carbon fiber member card, special pricing at most authorized dealers for parts and service, and much more. Join today at: www.LamborghiniClubAmerica.com Leasing Vintage Car Law. 717.884.9010. Bryan W. Shook, Esquire, acts for and represents leading antique and collector car dealers, brokers, restoration houses, and private individuals Internationally. He has been responsible for innumerable and prominent cases, distinguishing himself with his unparalleled knowledge of automobiles and network of contacts, experts and clients. He is redefining automotive law. www.vintagecarlaw.com (PA) Multimedia Publications Evans Waterless Coolant is the Luxury Lease Partners LLC. 201.822.4870. LLP is a self-funded exotic car lessor that does not follow conventional lending rules, such as scores, debt-to-income ratios or comparable borrowing requirements. LLP can provide lease financing on any exotic car from $50,000 to $5 million, regardless of your credit history. If you own a car and need cash, LLP provides sale/lease-back financing so you can keep driving your car! Contact us at info@luxuryleasepartners.com Turtle Garage provides readers with unique insights into the collector vehicle market and the broader automotive industry. Our exclusive content focuses on vintage motorcycles, modern classics, and the exciting future of the automobile—including developments in ride-hailing, electrification and autonomous driving. We produce diverse articles on travel, restoration projects, book reviews, auction analysis, vehicle summaries and relevant automotive industry news. “Turtle Garage is a must-read. Subscribe today.” — Keith Martin, Sports Car Market www.turtlegarage.com Premier Financial Services. 877.973.7700. Since 1997, renowned customer service and honest leasing February 2019 solution to running too hot. With a boiling point of 375°F, our revolutionary liquid formulation is a superior alternative to water-based coolants. Evans eliminates water vapor, hotspots and boil-over, resulting in a less pressurized, more efficient cooling system and preventing corrosion, electrolysis and pump cavitation. Evans also protects down to -40°F and lasts the lifetime of the engine. See how it works at www.evanscoolant.com. vides you with detailing solutions that have amazing ease of use and performance that is unparalleled. It’s Jim Lafeber’s fanatical passion for quality and improved detailing outcomes that drove him to create Dr. Beasley’s. The goal was to create a unique line of handmade, custom formulated car appearance products that spare no expense on the quality of ingredients and the use of new technologies. The result; nearly 15 years and thousands of hours of real-world testing later, is Dr. Beasley’s — a complete line of solutionbased products that exceed the specs and requirements of even the most discriminating luxury auto brands. Made in USA. Visit www.drbeasleys.com 203.377.6745. Our full-service shop facility and experienced staff provide all aspects of racecar construction, setup and repair for production-based cars to purpose-built sports racers to formula cars. We can build a racecar from the ground up, restore your historic vintage racer to its former glory or maintain your racecar, all to ensure your maximum enjoyment. Our trackside support, transportation, racecar rental and coaching can round out your experience. Our sister company, Automotive Restorations Inc., offers high-quality upholstery, body and paint and panel fabrication services. www.automotiverestorations.com/vrs/home Restoration — General 44 1428 687722. Our customers are sophisticated enthusiasts who choose our exhaust systems for various reasons — originality, durability, weight reduction and enhanced sound. We’re the default choice for many of the most important classics. Originality is important, but there’s no reason why subtle improvements cannot be introduced. QuickSilver use superior materials and modern manufacturing techniques unavailable when the cars were new. http://quicksilver-exhausts.myshopify.com. Racing Services TOURANIL Leather by AERISTO +1 (817) 624-8400. A deep passion for classic automobiles has led AERISTO’s founder Christian Schmidt to develop an authentic line of classic, vegetable tanned leathers. AERISTO, the market leader for high end, technical aviation leathers is now proud to offer their TOURANIL article to the restoration community. All raw materials are sourced from premium South German bull hides, available in stock in a wide array of colors. Please reach out to AERISTO to learn more. info@aeristo.com www.aeristo.com Alan Taylor Company Inc. MetroVac’s car vacs and car dry- ers are the top choice of professional detailers and passionate car enthusiasts worldwide, like Wayne Carini. Our products are proudly made by American workers using only U.S. steel. These powerful machines are built to be virtually indestructible and last decades. MetroVac products are the classic way to care for classic cars. www.metrovac.com 760.489.0657, is a full-service automotive restoration and repair facility that specializes in Pre and Post-War European and American Automobiles. With an emphasis on French Marques including Bugatti & Delahaye and over 50 years of experience in the automotive field, we have proven to be a leader in the automotive industry. Our facility provides a full-array of services including Fabrication, Metal-Shaping, Engine & Transmission Rebuilding, Machine 203


Page 202

Advertise in the SCM Resource Directory. Call 877.219.2605 Ext. 218 for information; e-mail: scmadvert@sportscarmarket.com. Shop, Award-Winning Upholstery, Paint Shop and Pattern Making & Castings. Providing these services in-house has proved to be highly efficient and has enabled us to provide our clients with the highest level of old-fashioned quality workmanship, professionalism and client services. www.alantay- lorcompany.com Certified Glasurit paint shop. www.ontheroadagainclassics.com. D. L. George Historic Motorcars. Automotive Restorations. 203.377.6745. Founded in 1978, we are well-established practitioners of the art and craft of vehicle restoration, preservation and service. Nearly 40 experienced craftspeople focused on the art and entertainment to be enjoyed with great cars describes our culture. Our staff and expertise encompasses a broad range of skills and specific vehicle experience. Proper project management and control produces the quality and attention to detail we have come to be known for in all we produce. See much more on the Web at www.automotiverestorations.com 610.593.7423. We stand at the crossroads between you and historic European motorcars of the pre-war and early post-war era. We provide full-service restoration, maintenance and support of the finest cars driven extensively by the most refined collectors. Find us at concours from Amelia Island to Pebble Beach, venues from Lime Rock to Goodwood, and events including the Mille Miglia, Peking to Paris, and The Colorado Grand. www.DLGEORGE.com (PA) Fantasy Junction. 510.653.7555. For 35 years, Owner/Enthusiast Bruce Trenery has operated Fantasy Junction from the San Francisco Bay Area. The dealership enjoys an outstanding worldwide reputation for integrity and knowledge in the collector car field. Many of the world’s greatest sports cars have passed through the doors, with both buyers and sellers enjoying expert representation. Email Sales@FantasyJunction.com, www.FantasyJunction. com. (CA) The Classic Auto Show. Paramount Classic Cars. 844.650.9125. A 120,000 square foot facility located in Hickory, NC, offering a full-array of services including sales, consignments, complete restorations, engine and transmission rebuilding, metal-shaping and fabrication on classic cars. We specialize in American muscle and English cars but also work on a wide range of makes and models including all European models. Our goal is to provide our clients with the highest level of quality workmanship and professional client services. We base our company policy on the Golden Rule; always treat the other person the way you want to be treated and always endeavor to do what is right and fair. Contact us for a free estimate on your classic. Email us at rtheiss@paramountauto.com for more information. www.paramountclassiccars.com. 203.233.7162. Whether you’re a collector, or working on your project car, or simply share a passion for the classics, The Classic Auto Show is for you. You’ll see over 2,000 classics, rub shoulders with your favorite auto celebrities, view LIVE restoration and auto detailing demos, shop a vendor marketplace and more. Buy Tickets or Display Your Car Today! www.TheClassicAutoShow.com The Creative Workshop. Park Place LTD. 425.562.1000. Farland Classic Restoration. Brightworks. 937.773.5127. Bright- works has partnered with Ruote Borrani to be the only authorized restorer of Ruote Borrani wheels in the world, and to be a distributor for any new Ruote Borrani products in North America. We use the original Ruote Borrani drawings and blueprints to restore your wheels to exact factory standards and offset. Additionally, we use the correct font letter/number stamps to re-create all of the original markings to restore your Borrani wheels to be factory original, correct and certified. www.brightworkrestoration.com (OH) 303.761.1245. A complete facility offering concours-level restorations, repair and fabrication services. We work on all makes, and specialize in Ferrari, Mercedes and Porsche. Highly organized and fiscally responsible, we provide biweekly detailed billing to keep you abreast of the rapid progress of your project in every way. Check out our site for details. Email: info@farlandcars.com. www.farlandcarscom Founded in 1987 in Bellevue, WA, our dealership is locally owned and independently operated. Our restoration department works full time to restore vehicles of every year, make and model to provide an award-winning finish. We consign, buy and sell all types of vehicles. We also have an in-house service center and high-end Auto Salon. www.ParkPlaceLtd.com 954.920.3303. The Creative Workshop is a Pebble Beach award winning fullservice concours restoration shop located in South East Florida. Our 10,000+ sq. ft. facility provides comprehensive, in-house restoration and repair services as well as collection and event support. Creative is a multi-marque workshop, specializing in the forensic restoration of post-war European cars. However, we support our Clients’ diverse collections — and have extensive experience in antique, pre/post war American, muscle and racing vehicles. info@TheCreativeWorkshop.com www.TheCreativeWorkshop.com Treasured Motorcar Services. Hjeltness Restoration. 760.746.9966. What began as attention to detail developed into love. We benefit from 34 years of disassembling original cars with the intent to restore yet also with an eye on the future, other restorers will need benchmarks to copy. If your own personal piece of history needs doing for the first time or the second please contact us. www.HjeltnessRestoration.com Classic Showcase. 760.758.6100. For over 35 years, we’ve been restoring automotive history by creating driver-, show/driver-, show- and preservationlevel restorations for collectors worldwide. Our world-class facilities consist of a team of passionate and dedicated craftsmen who are ready to perform either factory standards or performance/ modified upgrades. Visit our website or call us to discuss your project today. www.classicshowcase.com (CA) Sport and Specialty. 815.629.2717. On the Road Again Classics. 408.782.1100. Northern California’s largest Classic & British auto restoration & repair shop is a 12,000 square foot facility under one roof! We opened our doors in 2008 and have restored over 20 Concours 1st place winners! Our team of 8 craftsmen with over 165 years experience have risen to the top, becoming a Certified Hagerty Expert Collision Repair Facility and in-house 204 We are specialists in Austin-Healey and Jaguar cars but have experience in a variety of other marques, to include; most British cars, Alfa Romeo, Corvette, Aston Martin, Ferrari and early Lotus. Our work includes: All levels of restoration services, (full, mechanical, sympathetic, etc.), simple repairs, ongoing maintenance and vintage race preparation. We also offer full mechanical services; Engine, transmission, overdrive, differential and component rebuilds. www.sportandspecialty.com Speedwell Engineering, Ltd. 770.789.1396. Restoration, sales and service of collectable vehicles. Specializing in Classics, Prewar and European sports cars. Ball Ground, Georgia. www.facebook.com/SpeedwellEngineeringLtd 410.833.2329. Since 1980, a trusted provider for the highest quality maintenance, restoration, performance, paint, body, sales, and consignment of European sports/luxury vehicles, American classics, and muscle cars. We have completed numerous full and partial restorations on marques as diverse as Bandini, Dellow, Jaguar, Rolls Royce, Mustang, and Corvette. Maintaining memories for your daily driver, weekend warrior or show stopper in our 22,000 sq. ft. facility with our dedicated full time staff. Let us help you enjoy your treasured motorcar the way it was meant to be. Follow our ongoing and completed projects and visit our website www.treasuredmotorcars.com Valenti Classics Inc. 414.421.6300. Since 1991, we have been restoring cars back to exacting standards and building custom, one-of-a kind vehicles for customers all over the world. We are your one-stop-stop. All restoration and mechanical services are met through our comprehensive shop. Expert body restoration, paint, fabrication, and upholstery. “Precisely Like You Want It. Even If You Want It Precisely Like It Was.” Visit valenticlassics.com to learn more or email inquiry@valenticlassics. com. (WI) © Sports Car Market RESOURCE DIRECTORY


Page 204

Carl Bomstead eWatch Rare Comics Bring Super Prices A 1939 Superman comic book flies to $156,000. What’s in your attic? Thought Carl’s If you think interest in vintage comic books is just a passing fad, you should take another look. Heritage Auctions, at their November 15–17, 2018, Comics and Comic Art sale, sold 2,262 lots for a total of $10,769,636. Lot 91046 was Action Comics #13 from June 1939 and was the fourth time Superman was on the cover. It was rated 9.0 by CGC, which is exceptional, and has cream to off-white pages. Ranked 21st on Overstreet’s Top 100 Golden Age Comics, it sold for $156,000, including 20% commission. Don’t you wish your mother had not thrown your comic book collection out when you left the house? sonable price if you are a serious badge collector. condition considering the age, but the price paid sure seems a bit aggressive. EBAY #352503909449—1910 TUCSON ARIZONA PORCELAIN LICENSE PLATE. Number of bids: 39. SOLD AT: $9,653.53. Date: 11/11/2018. Arizona first issued plates in 1914, but several cities, including Tucson, issued plates prior to statehood in 1912. This is one of seven that are known, and it was in excellent condition, with some edge wear and crazing in the white. This is expensive, but as we have seen, license-plate guys will mortgage the farm for the rare and unusual. EBAY #352511116415—1920s INDIAN MOTORCYCLE RACING JERSEY. Number of bids: 24. SOLD AT: $3,550. Date: 11/18/2018. In the era, motorcycle racers were properly attired with this style of wool jersey sweaters. It’s hard to imagine that one survived, but another was offered a week later and sold for $3,383 after 21 bids. Should another one show up, the market value is now established. EBAY #202468332183—HAL TWELVE CLOISONNÉ RADIATOR BADGE. Number of bids: 12. SOLD AT: $1,050. Date: 10/22/2018. The HAL was named for H.A. Lozier and was made in Cleveland, OH, from 1916 to 1918. They were on a 135inch wheelbase chassis and had a Weidley V12 motor. The lack of raw materials due to World War I led to their demise. This badge was in very nice condition, with a little crazing in the white. Rea- BaT LOT 14140— MERCEDES-BENZ 300SL TOOLKIT. SOLD AT: $20,500. Date: 11/19/2018. The 300SL toolkit was part number 198.580.01.03 and included a valve adjuster, timing-chain bolt puller and various feeler gauges and wrenches. They were in an MB-Tex red tool roll that was embossed with the Mercedes-Benz logo and “300SL.” This one was from an estate that had included several 300SLs. This is a rare piece that created a lot of interest and sold for a bunch. If you have the car — but lack the toolkit — you just write the check. Richmond Hill Plantation in Way, GA, was built in 1936–38 as Henry Ford’s winter estate. This badge with number 000 and no clasp must have been a sample for employees at the residence. It is mentioned in the Ford Badge book — but without much information. There are lots of Ford facility badges, and this is one of the more unusual ones. EBAY # 352512509089—1924 INDIAN MOTORCYCLE FELT PENNANT. Number of bids: 26. SOLD AT: $1,525. Date: 11/18/2018. This was a rather nondescript Indian pennant that did not have the attractive Indian logo. It was in decent EBAY # 232941065754— HENRY FORD RICHMOND HILL PLANTATION BADGE. Number of bids: 5. SOLD AT: $1,404. Date: 10/5/2018. The SUBSCRIPTION INFORMATION Sports Car Market (ISSN #1527859X) is published monthly by Automotive Investor Media Group, 401 NE 19th Ave, Suite 100, Portland, OR 97232. Periodicals postage paid at Portland, OR, and at additional mailing offices. Subscription rates are $75 for 12 monthly issues in the U.S., $105 Canada, $135 Mexico, Europe, Asia/Africa/Middle East. Subscriptions are payable in advance in U.S. currency. Make checks to: Sports Car Market. Visa/MC accepted. For instant subscription, call 877.219.2605, 503.261.0555; fax 503.253.2234; www.sportscarmarket.com. 206 EBAY #264030950428— 1930s PREMIUM CUSTOM HOOD ORNAMENT “RUNNING BOY” MARKED “RIT MAR.” Number of bids: Buy It Now. SOLD AT: $1,975. Date: 11/10/2018. Well, the description was close, but the piece is titled “Seven League Boots” and the marking is “DIT MAR.” It was offered painted or chrome-plated. It is a desirable mascot, and even with the inaccurate description, it sold for a reasonable amount. ♦ POSTMASTER Send address changes to: Sports Car Market PO Box 4797, Portland, OR 97208 CPC IPM Sales Agreement No. 1296205 Sports Car Market