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Boxer’s Still a Champ 1980 Ferrari 512 BB Coupe: $279k Sports Car Market BLUNT Keith Martin’s The Insider’s Guide to Collecting, Investing, Values, and Trends WEAPON $986k 1985 Lancia Delta S4 Rally February 2020 www.sportscarmarket.com


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Follow us on Sports Car Market PROFILES Keith Martin’s The Insider’s Guide to Collecting, Investing, Values, and Trends February 2020 . Volume 32 . Number 2 This Month’s Market Movers Up Close FERRARI by Steve Ahlgrim ENGLISH by Paul Hardiman ETCETERINI by Donald Osborne 1980 Ferrari 512 BB Coupe $279,388 / Bonhams 1926 Bentley 3 Litre Red Label Speed Model Tourer $372,734 / Bonhams 1961 Maserati 3500 GT Vignale Spyder $528,750 / RM Sotheby’s 74 76 78 AUCTIONS What Sold, and Why 150 Vehicles Rated at Six Sales 96 MARKET OVERVIEW Rétromobile retrospective — Chad Tyson 100 BONHAMS Knokke-Heist, BEL: On the North Sea coast, Bonhams sold 33 of 42 cars for $12.6m — Leo Van Hoorick 114 BONHAMS 122 BRANSON 132 GERMAN by Prescott Kelly 1978 Porsche 928 Coupe $50,798 / Bonhams 80 146 158 AMERICAN by Carl Bomstead RACE 24 by Thor Thorson NEXT GEN by Nick Jaynes 1930 Cadillac V16 Sport Phaeton by Fleetwood $1,221,000 / RM Auctions 1985 Lancia Delta S4 Rally $985,765 / RM Sotheby’s 2008 Honda S2000 Convertible $47,300 / Barrett-Jackson 82 84 86 Cover: 1985 Lancia Delta S4 Rally Diana Varga ©2019, courtesy of RM Sotheby’s Sports Car Market London, U.K.: Twelve of 15 Veteran cars sold before the Run, bringing in $1.6m — Paul Hardiman Branson, MO: Out of 249 lots, 153 found new homes, for a total just under $3m — Andy Staugaard RM SOTHEBY’S London, U.K.: Moving to Olympia from Battersea Evolution for their London sale, RM Sotheby’s sold 58 of 85 cars for just under $12m — Paul Hardiman RM AUCTIONS Hershey, PA: Hershey total is RM’s third-highest ever, with $15.2m coming in and 199 of 208 lots sold — Jeff Trepel WORLDWIDE AUCTIONEERS Corpus Christi, TX: This first-time museum sale brought in $5.6m, selling all 187 automobiles offered — Bob DeKorne acebook and watch for updates and offers!


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68 Audrain’s Newport Concours and Motor Week COLUMNS 32 Shifting Gears Sit in on the exit interviews as I thin the SCM collection Keith Martin 56 Affordable Classic The 2002 cemented BMW’s place in North America Jeff Zurschmeide 60 Legal Files A car sale can go sideways in many different ways. Be prepared and protect yourself before you sell John Draneas 62 Unconventional Wisdom Change is good, especially if you love collector cars Donald Osborne 186 eWatch Fine-art auction slump drops Joan Miró’s “Catalan Farmer Worried About Passing a Flight of Birds” to a mere $4,580,000 Carl Bomstead FEATURES 66 The SCM Interview: Dean Wilson of Intercity Lines — Chester Allen 68 Concours Spotlight: Newport, RI, hosts an exciting new concours weekend — Bill Rothermel 26 DEPARTMENTS 38 Crossing the Block 40 Concours and Events: SCM at Rétromobile, Boca Raton Concours d’Elegance, Concours in the Hills 44 Contributors: Get to know SCM staffers and writers 48 You Write, We Read: MG TD grille color, Buick Riviera then and now, kudos to Nick Jaynes, beware of “profit” 50 Display Advertisers Index 52 Neat Stuff: Shelby’s specs and a tiny Blazer 52 Speaking Volumes: My Greatest Defeat: Stories of hardship and hope from motor racing’s finest heroes 88 Next Gen Market Moment: 1994 BMW 850 CSi 90 Rising Sun: 2008 Honda S2000 CR, 1990 Mazda RX-7 GTU, 1971 Datsun 240Z 98 Buy/Sell/Hold: Executive Editor Chester Allen’s picks for February 150 On the Radar: 1983 Land Rover Defender 90 and 110, 1995 Ford Freda, 1994 Mercedes-Benz FunMog 168 Market Moment: Liberace’s 1983 Bremen Sebring 170 Mystery Photo: “Honey, I think those wheels make your trunk look small” 170 Comments With Your Renewals: “In 19 years, lots of car mags have come and gone, but SCM remains.” 172 Showcase Gallery: Cars for sale 178 Resource Directory: Meet your car’s needs Sports Car Market Carl Bomstead


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Shifting Gears Keith Martin Culling the Collection From the thunderous basso profundo of our Viper to the lilting chanson of the Mehari, I miss them all to put the side curtains up and asked me, “Dad, is it supposed to rain inside the car?” However, when I got my Bugeye it was 1967 — 52 years ago. Our world of automobiles is totally different today than it was a half-century ago. In the hands of a young, inexperienced driver, the Bugeye would be a potential death trap on wheels. A Miata with contemporary safety equipment will serve Bradley far better when he gets his permit in 2½ years. As his skills increase, he can take on older, moredangerous cars in controlled situations. I did have the satisfaction of watching Bradley learn at age 11 to operate its 4-speed gearbox in a deserted parking lot. I treasure the video. The 308 GT4 was another tough decision. As a Hazelnut Series 1 GT4 with a velour interior, the car had eyeball and performance. The Series 1 cars are 600 pounds lighter than the Series IIs, and have more horsepower as well. What made the decision slightly easier is that there always seem to be a few GT4s for sale. If I decided I really needed another one, chances are that with patience, I could find a good one. Letting go can be difficult, but sometimes it’s necessary I ’m thinning the SCM collection. My mentor Martin Swig once said, “We don’t choose the cars, the cars choose us.” As I prepare to send these cars on to their next caretaker, I reflect about how each car chose me and came into my life. Why now? I just have too many cars and not enough time to drive them all. I’d rather focus on the ones that mean the most to me. As for the ones that must go, when I started this culling process, I had seven Alfas, a Bradley GT, an AutoZam, a Bugeye Sprite, a 200 TDi Defender 90, a Lotus Elise and a Ferrari 308 GT4 (I’m not counting the seven dirt bikes, or the Suburban that hauls everything around). Like an HR expert performing exit interviews, I sat down in front of each car and had a frank talk with it about our experiences — where and how it had fit into my life and into my collection, and why it was time for it to move on to another collector. Why it’s time to say farewell The Bradley GT had managed to travel from Fort Lauderdale, FL, to Monterey before it lost first and second gears and its door fell off. It had a high grin factor — but it didn’t offer much in the way of driving pleasure. It was a one-trip wonder. The AutoZam was quite the pocket rocket, and its diminutive size appealed to my son Bradley. But as we learned when we tried to drive one to Monterey from Portland, they really don’t want to be pressed much over 65 mph — and not for very long. So that one was easy to let go of. The “cool” factor was tremendous, but it wasn’t really a car suited for driving in the United States. The Bugeye was tough. My first car was a Bugeye, and thanks to the ministrations of Chip Starr and the near-complete depletion of my bank account, it was by far the best-driving Bugeye I had ever experienced. The one road trip I took in it with Bradley was a joy. He learned how 32 Goodbye to the crown jewel I’ve been asked why I sold the crown jewel of the collection, the 1958 Giulietta Sprint Veloce. A “Confortevole,” it marked the transition between the lightweight Sprints and the later, heavier 101-series Veloce coupes. I had looked for an “Eyebrow Veloce,” aka “Confortevole,” for a decade, not knowing that fewer than 200 were built. I bought mine while exiting Concorso Italiano some time ago for $40,000 because it “needed nothing.” After $60,000 more and four years later, it became a very sweet car. But compared to our 1967 GTV with an upgraded 1,750-cc engine, it was primitive. And as much as I enjoyed the high-revving 1,400-cc engine, if I had just one Alfa 2+2, it would be the GTV. I had achieved my dream of ownership and use with the Sprint Veloce. So it moved on to its next enthusiast owner without regrets. The 1961 Giulietta Sprint Speciale with a completely rebuilt drive- train will be the next to go. I have a strong affection for this incredible car. It drives beautifully and has a fabulous patina. The doors shut better than on any Alfa I have ever owned. I don’t believe the chromed bumpers have ever been redone. I found it, brought it back from the dead and drove it on a 1,000-mile tour. I’ve had my Italian cake and eaten it as well. Each car’s song I’ve done long and short tours in every one of the cars I’m selling. I’ve experienced the endless heartache of ground-up restorations — and the exultation of seeing the car back on the road. I have listened as each car sang its unique song to me, from the thun- derous basso profundo of our ACR Viper GTS to the lilting 2-cylinder chanson of the Mehari. Each time a car chooses me, I’m the better for it. My life is the richer. And with each new car, the new stories begin. Saying goodbye to cars that brought so much to my life and watching them move on is just a part of a never-ending cycle. ♦ Sports Car Market


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Crossing the Block Chad Tyson Images courtesy of the respective auction companies unless otherwise noted Star Car: 1929 Mercedes-Benz 710 SS at Artcurial’s sale in Paris, France Petersen Where: Salem, OR When: February 1 Web: www.petersencollectorcars.com RM Sotheby’s Where: Paris, FRA When: February 5 Web: www.rmsothebys.com Last year: 66/85 cars sold / $36.6m Featured cars: • 1970 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona coupe • 1954 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing • 1946 Delahaye 135 Figoni et Falaschi cabriolet Bonhams Where: Paris, FRA When: February 6 Web: www.bonhams.com Last year: 97/137 cars sold / $13.4m Featured cars: • 1931 Bugatti Type 55 roadster • 1963 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster • 1955 Alfa Romeo 1900 CSS coupe Artcurial Where: Paris, FRA When: February 7 Web: www.artcurial.com Last year: 100/146 cars sold / $44.6m Featured cars: • Star Car: 1929 Mercedes-Benz 710 SS • 1965 Ferrari 275 GTB • 1936 Delahaye 135 roadster 38 GPK Auctions Where: Atlantic City, NJ When: February 7–9 Web: www.gpkauctions.net Dave Rupp Collector Car Auction Where: Fort Lauderdale, FL 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. FEBRUARY 1—PETERSEN Salem, OR 5—RM SOTHEBY’S Paris, FRA 6—BONHAMS Paris, FRA 7—ARTCURIAL Paris, FRA 7–9—GPK AUCTIONS Atlantic City, NJ 14–16—DAVE RUPP Fort Lauderdale, FL 17—SHANNONS Sydney, AUS 21–23—MCCORMICK’S Palm Springs, CA 22—COYS London, U.K. 22–23—SILVERSTONE Stoneleigh Park, U.K. 22–23—CARLISLE Lakeland, FL 25—BARONS Surrey, U.K. 27–29—GAA Greensboro, NC When: February 14–16 Web: www.ftlauderdaleauction.com Shannons Where: Sydney, AUS When: February 17 Web: www.shannons.com.au McCormick’s Where: Palm Springs, CA When: February 21–23 Web: www.classic-carauction.com Last year: 344/509 cars sold / $6.3m Coys Where: London, U.K. When: February 22 Web: www.coys.co.uk Carlisle Auctions Where: Lakeland, FL When: February 22–23 Web: www.carlisleauctions.com Barons Where: Surrey, U.K. When: February 25 Web: www.barons-auctions.com GAA Where: Greensboro, NC When: February 27–29 Web: www.gaaclassiccars.com Last year: 516/639 cars sold / $15m ♦ Sports Car Market


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Concours and Events SCM Staff Send news and event listings to insideline@sportscarmarket.com Paris and Great Old Cars Rétromobile, one of the world’s best car events, has the unbeatable combination of great cars on display in the City of Light from February 5 to 9. 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 45th year of Rétromobile. SCM’s Annual Rétromobile Reception is at the Artcurial Stand from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on February 5. The reception includes wine, and Artcurial specialists will be on hand to talk about their offerings. Artcurial Motorcars’ auction takes place on February 7. RM Sotheby’s and Bonhams are also holding auctions off-site during the automotive week. Paris! en.retromobile.com (FRA) Boca Raton Concours d’Elegance The 14th Annual Boca Raton Concours d’Elegance brings together 200 fine cars and motorcycles, parties galore and fantastic Florida sunshine. All this adds up to a fun, festive February 7–9. The weekend revs up with a hangar party at Atlantic Aviation at the Boca Raton Airport. Everyone dresses up for the Concours Gala dinner, auction and show. The Boca Raton Resort and Club in Florida opens the gates for the Concours d’Elegance at 9:30 a.m. February 9. This year’s concours celebrates 100 years of Duesenberg. 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) Partying in Fountain Hills The Seventh Annual Concours in the Hills will welcome hundreds of cars and thousands of spectators to Fountain Park in Fountain Hills, AZ, on February 8. This is a fun, relaxed show that is open to all makes and models. A fleet of food trucks provides tasty meals. This young-but-growing event is already famous for being a fun time — and raising more than $540,000 for the Phoenix Children’s Hospital in six years. If you want to show a car, entry costs $60. Spectator admission is free. What’s not to love? www.concoursinthehills.org (AZ) 40 FEBRUARY CALENDAR 21–23 Race Retro, Stoneleigh Park, Coven- try, U.K.; www.raceretro. com Sports Car Market Jim Pickering Bill Rothermel


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Sports Car Market EDITORIAL Publisher Keith Martin keith.martin@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 210 Associate Publisher Erin Olson erin.olson@sportscarmarket.com; 877.219.2605 x 218 Executive Editor Chester Allen chester.allen@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 203 Art Director David Tomaro david.tomaro@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 202 Managing Editor Jim Pickering jim.pickering@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 208 Digital Media / Art Director Jeff Stites jeff.stites@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 221 Auction Editor Chad Tyson chad.tyson@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 207 Associate Editor Chad Taylor chad.taylor@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 206 Editor at Large Donald Osborne Copy Editors Yael Abel, Dave Tomaro Senior Auction Analysts B. Mitchell Carlson, Carl Bomstead, Paul Hardiman (Europe) Auction Analysts Daniel Grunwald, Michael Leven, Cody Tayloe, Kevin Coakley, Adam Blumenthal, Joe Seminetta, Leo Van Hoorick, Jeremy Da Rosa, Pierre Hedary, Andy Staugaard, Mark Moskowitz, Gary West, Jon Georgiadis, Bill Cash, Pat Campion, John Boyle, John Hoshstrasser, 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 Diane Brandon, Marshall Buck, Dale Novak,Miles Collier, Martin Emmison, Jay Harden, Paul Hardiman, Alex Hofberg,Ed Milich, Stephen Serio, John L. Stein, Bill Rothermel, Simon Kidston, Reid Trummel, Elana Scherr, Alexandra Martin-Banzer CORRESPONDENCE Email service@sportscarmarket.com Customer Support www.sportscarmarket.com/helpdesk Fax 503.253.2234 Connect with SCM on The information in Sports Car Market magazine is compiled from a variety of reliable sources. However, we disclaim and deny any responsibility or liability for the timeliness, use, interpretation, accuracy, and completeness of the information presented. All material, data, formats and intellectual concepts in this issue © 2020 by Sports Car Market, Inc., Automotive Investor Media Group and Automotive Investor in this format and any other used by Sports Car Market magazine. Copyright registered with the United States copyright office. Canada Post Publication Agreement #41578525 PRINTED IN USA SCM Contributors PHILIP RICHTER, SCM Contributor, writes the weekly blog “Turtle Garage.” 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 center’s educational program and car collection. Please turn to p. 88 for his Next Gen Market Moment on the 1994 BMW 850 CSi. LEO VAN HOORICK, SCM Contributor, is an automotive journalist and car historian in Brussels. He is the curator of the Brusselsbased Autoworld Museum and chief editor of Historicar, a magazine devoted to Belgian automotive history. He acted as publisher of several books on automotive history, the last of which is just finished, telling the story of the Lancia Appia. The Circuit des Ardennes commemoration rally is one of the projects he supports as a board member. Judging at major European concours such as the Dutch “het Loo” or the “Zoute Grand Prix” in Belgium are favorite activities. He is a keen collector of Lancia and Mercedes. An ultra-rare Belgian-engineered and -built 1967 Mercedes 230S Universal is his most recent acquisition. Turn to p. 100 for his 2019 Bonhams Knokke-Heist Market Report. 44 DONALD OSBORNE, SCM Editor at Large and Columnist, lives for old cars, especially those of the odd European variety. He is a member of many clubs, including the American Lancia Club, for whose magazine, Lanciana, he serves as Editor. 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. He also is the CEO of Audrain’s Newport Concours d’Elegance and Motor Week. Turn to p. 62 for “Unconventional Wisdom,” his monthly column for SCM. In addition, his Etceterini Profile on p. 78 looks at RM Sotheby’s sale of a 1961 Maserati 3500 GT Vignale Spyder. General P.O. Box 4797, Portland, OR 97208 FedEx/DHL/UPS 401 NE 19th Ave., Suite 100, Portland, OR 97232 DIGITAL AND BUSINESS Information Technology Brian Baker brian.baker@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 215 SEO Consultant Michael Cottam me@michaelcottam.com; 503.283.0177 Controller Cheryl Ann Cox cheryl.cox@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 205 Strategic Planner Bill Woodard Executive Producer, SCM Television Roger Williams roger_williams@earthlink.net ADVERTISING Display Advertising Account Executives Darren Frank darren.frank@sportscarmarket.com; 877.219.2605 x 214 Cindy Meitle cindy.meitle@sportscarmarket.com; 877.219.2605 x 213 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. 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You Write We Read All letters are subject to editing. Please address correspondence to SCM, P.O. Box 4797, Portland, OR 97208. Fax 503.253.2234, e-mail: youwrite@sportscarmarket.com I thought you might enjoy seeing what the car looks like now after my team got through with it. 1952 MG TD Grille Color To the Editor: I am the past owner of four MG TCs and countless TDs. Your Owls Head Transportation Museum auction reporter takes issue with the grille colors of Lot 40, a 1952 MG TD (December 2019, “New England Auto Auction 2019,” p. 152). Abington Motors, the manu- facturer of MG, painted the grille bars of both models the color of the upholstery. Ergo this MG TD has red leather interior, therefore the correct grille color is red. 48 Likewise green or tan interiors had matching grille bars. Moss Motors sells replacement grille bars in two styles: steel to be painted and non-standard chrome plated. I am in the process of restoring my 35th Morgan and would not consider the modest modifications of an aluminum radiator core a blemish, as they all run hot in stop-and-go traffic. The accessory aluminum valve cover absorbs considerable engine noises. Decent shocks and electronic ignition make the weekend driver more comfortable and increase reliability. Neither challenges the Morgan’s visual or mechanical performance one iota! — Burt Richmond, Chicago, IL Bomstead Nails the Buick Riviera To the Editor: First of all, I am following with keen interest Publisher Martin’s recovery. I had another friend go through a similar situation a couple years ago and wish for your complete and speedy recovery. Jessica and I both watch your Facebook progress updates and are rooting for you! I just opened my December 2019 SCM and was excited to see the car I purchased at RM Auburn featured in the article by Carl Bomstead (American Profile, 1965 Buick Riviera GS, p. 78). I thought his comments were dead-on, and I absolutely love the car. I thought you might enjoy seeing what the car looks like now after my team got through with it. Check out the engine bay. Sports Car Market


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You Write We Read Ad Index 007 RestoMod E-Type Jaguar .............................99 Aerovault .............................................................89 AIG PC Global Services, Inc ..............................65 Artcurial ...............................................................35 Aston Martin of New England ..........................139 Authentic Classics, LLC ...................................157 Authentic Motorcars ..........................................145 Automobiles Etcetera ........................................105 Autosport Designs Inc .........................................27 Autostacker by BendPak ...................................133 Avant Garde Collection .....................................118 Barrett-Jackson ..................................12–13, 65, 93 Bennett Law Office ...........................................164 Bonhams / UK ...................................................4–5 BridgePoint Risk Management ...........................65 CarCapsule USA..................................................46 Carlisle Events .....................................................39 Cars Yeah ...........................................................149 Cars, Inc. ..............................................................53 Centerline Alfa Parts .........................................108 Chequered Flag International ............................125 Classic Auto Mall ..............................................187 Classic Car Capital ..............................................45 Classic Showcase ..............................................121 Coachbuilt Press ..................................................70 Collector Studio .................................................120 Copley Motorcars ..............................................101 Curiosity Stream ..................................................47 D. L. George Coachworks .................................103 Dobson Motorsport............................................130 Driversource Houston LLC ...........................28–29 European Collectibles........................................119 European Motor Studio, LLC ...........................140 Fantasy Junction ............................................36–37 Ferrari Financial Services .................................. 111 Ferrari Market Letter .........................................176 Fourintune Garage Inc .......................................162 G. Potter King, Inc.........................................14–15 Gaswerks Garage ...............................................153 Gateway Bronco ...........................................54–55 Gooding & Company ..............................16–17, 19 Greensboro Auto Auction ....................................59 Grundy Insurance ................................................91 Gullwing Motor Cars, Inc. ................................159 Hamann Classic Cars, LLC .................................69 Huntingridge Motors Inc. ..................................149 Hyman, LTD ........................................................34 Intercity Lines ......................................................61 JC Taylor ............................................................123 JJ Best Banc & Co .............................................173 Kevin Kay Restorations ......................................18 Kidston .................................................................25 La Jolla Concours D’ Elegance .........................141 Leake Auction Company ...................................129 Legendary Motorcar Company .........................153 Luxury Brokers International ........................30–31 Luxury Lease Partners, LLC ...............................71 MacNeil Automotive Products Ltd ...................127 Macy’s Garage Ltd. ...........................................142 Manns Restoration ...............................................41 Matthews Auctions ............................................145 McPherson College ...........................................117 Mercedes-Benz Classic Center ...........................51 Mershon’s World Of Cars..................................157 Michael’s Motor Cars ........................................107 Motor Classic & Competition Corp. .................137 Mouse Motors, LLC ..........................................143 New England Auto Auction ..............................131 Northwest European ..........................................147 Palm Springs Exotic Car Auctions ......................43 Park Place LTD ..................................20–21, 22–23 Passport Transport .............................................115 Paul Russell and Company................................141 Private Garage. L.C. ............................................63 Putnam Leasing .................................................188 QuickSilver Exhausts Ltd..................................113 Reliable Carriers ..................................................97 RM Sotheby’s ....................................................6–7 RMD bvba ...........................................................89 RPM Foundation .................................................64 Russo and Steele LLC ...........................8–9, 10–11 Scott Grundfor Company ..................................138 Shook Legal, Ltd ...............................................112 Sport and Specialty ............................................153 Sports & Collector Car Center ............................58 Streetworks Exotics .............................................42 Symbolic International ........................................33 The Creative Workshop .......................................57 The Palm Event .................................................135 The Stable, Ltd. .................................................109 The Werk Shop ..................................................136 Tony Labella Classic Cars .................................164 Torque Classic Cars .............................................49 TYCTA ................................................................92 Vermont Barns ...................................................143 Vintage Motors of Sarasota ...............................151 Vintage Rallies ...................................................139 Watchworks .......................................................177 West Coast Classics, LLC .................................147 White Post Restorations ....................................157 Wire Wheel Classic Sports Cars .......................159 Worldwide Group ..............................................2, 3 50 Light-Hand Drive by Larry Trepel “We’re deducting 10 points for what’s in the trunk.” A/C works perfectly now! — John Lyons, via email Nick Jaynes Can Write To the Editor: I was not at all surprised about your comment that Nick Jaynes (October 2019, Next Gen Profile, 1991 Nissan Skyline R32 GT-R, p. 91) was quickly becoming one of SCM’s most popular writers. Being new to your publication, I read it cover-to-cover in order to test-drive it. Having done so, I came to the conclusion that Nick has mastered the art of telling a story in a highly entertaining way — while all along appearing to simply provide you with information concerning what’s-what. Perchance Mr. Jaynes has, somewhere down the writer’s road, taken in a few creative writing sessions. True, some are born a wordsmith, but most are not. — R. & F. Grant, St. Catharines, ON The Value of Kindred Spirits To the Editor: I am a fan of Donald Osborne, and through his columns feel I not only have come to know him, but I feel he and I are kindred spirits. It is in this context I read about the results of the sales at Monterey 2019. Back in May 2016, Donald’s article, “Value vs. Price” (“Unconventional Wisdom,” p. 48) defined what appeals to him as being a combination of “fun to drive,” and what I call “character.” This was reinforced in the November 2019 article, “Buy What You Love — Not for Profits” by Robert Cumberford (p. 64). There are two experiences I would like to share, both of which involve “profit.” In 1978, I bought Aston Martin DB5 serial number 1301L for $4,000. I enjoyed driving it very much and in nice weather commuted to work in it in the Washington, D.C., area. For me, it had great character and was as reliable and easy to work on as my 1968 Dodge Dart. My work, however, was with the U.S. Intelligence community, and when I would drive through the guarded gate of the compound to show my badge, I was often treated to comments of “Look, it’s James Bond!” and the like. Similar comments followed me everywhere I drove the car, and it shortly became the car to NOT drive and enjoy because of the attention and the comments. After three years of putting up with this, I sold the DB5 for $7,700. I was reluctant to sell it because I enjoyed driving it so much, but the idea of making a “huge” profit became the deciding factor. In 1985, I purchased Ferrari 330 GT 2+2 Mk II serial number 8943 for $14,500. It was a wonderful car and an absolute pleasure to drive: 5-speed, dark blue, dark tan leather interior, wire wheels, power steering, brakes, and windows and factory air. The shift lever moved with a smoothness I have never encountered before or since, and it was comfortable and handled like it was running on rails. By 1989, the price of Enzo-era cars had gone through the roof, and I was offered $95k for my car, which, persuaded by profit, I accepted. I had bought neither car with the idea of making a profit, but in both cases it was profit that drove the decision. The lesson to take from this is not only should you buy what you like and enjoy driving, but as soon as “profit” rears its head, watch out. In the long run, the joy of continuing to drive and experience a car’s character will likely outweigh any profit. Once it is gone, you will realize in yet one more sense, you can never go home again. — John Cardwell, Supply, NC Executive Editor Chester Allen responds: Mr. Cardwell, thanks for you wise and thoughtful note. We talk a lot about value here at SCM, but, as you noted, value doesn’t always mean money. In many cases, value resides in our hearts, and we try to keep that very notion alive in each issue. ♦ Sports Car Market


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Speaking Volumes by Mark Wigginton My Greatest Defeat: Stories of hardship and hope from motor racing’s finest heroes by Will Buxton, 336 pages, Evro Publishing, $19.75 (Amazon) Americans remember Will Buxton as the only person who was actually at the Formula One races back when Speed, and then NBC, did the American broadcast coverage, while David Hobbs and the gang were relegated to a studio in Connecticut. Now that the United States gets the Sky TV broadcast, Buxton has sadly disappeared from our screens (although if you buy the F1 Internet package, he is front and center). For My Greatest Defeat, Buxton started with the premise of famous drivers telling about their most terrible race loss, because he thought the great stories are not just in victory, but in the fight back from defeat. But his first interview, with Niki Lauda, changed the entire focus. For Lauda, his greatest defeat, his lowest moment, had nothing to do with racing. It wasn’t about almost burning to death in a Ferrari — or giving up a championship to James Hunt when he got out of the car in the rain at Suzuka because conditions were too dangerous. Instead it was the crash of Lauda Air flight 004, which killed 223 “souls on board,” the event that affected him in ways few knew. There are 20 interviews, lightly edited, almost Each is a revealing portrait, built around not only what went right, but what went wrong, and how each man worked through it. For some men it was fighting injury or a loss of a close racing friend, while for some their own inner demons were the field of battle. But their stories are rarely about losing a race or a championship. Each story is a mini self-help lecture, as the common thread — and clearly the mindset of talented athletes at the top of their games — is “dust yourself off and get on with it.” The clear-eyed focus on the future, for most, is what carried them from disaster to new victories, whether on the track or in life. It’s a revealing, readable book — a sharp look at what makes great racers. Provenance: Told in their own words, the subjects reveal them- selves in a way rarely seen in motorsports journalism. Fit and finish: The book features a striking cover and portrait drawings of each driver, done by Giuseppe Camuncoli, a talented comic-book illustrator. Drivability: My Greatest Defeat transcriptions, in My Greatest Defeat, featuring giants of the racing world, including Alex Zanardi, Ari Vatanen, Bobby Unser, Damon Hill, Dario Franchitti, Jackie Stewart and Mario Andretti. Neat Stuff by Jim Pickering is high concept and high execution. The chapters are revealing of character and determination, each and every one. And the drivers, in talking about their darkest moments, show a depth and fragility that professionals rarely allow you to see. It’s an enlightening, and instructive, journey in which your guides are some of the best in the racing business. ♦ Shelby’s Specs “Ford v Ferrari” has torn up the box office, again bringing the GT40 story to the masses. If you’re a die-hard Shelby fan, it’s time to get yourself a pair of Entourage of 7 BEACON-1020 sunglasses — the same ones worn by Matt Damon in the film. Handmade in Japan, these are acetate and titanium construction with anti-reflective lenses. Perfect for the next Ferrari meet. Get them for $399 at www.goodseeco.com. ♦ Scale Crawling How popular are vintage SUVs? Well, now you can get them in miniature. Traxxas’ TRX-4 scale crawler is available as a 1979 K5 Blazer, built with advanced features such as portal axles, aluminum shocks and steel frame rails. It’ll power over just about anything in your yard, and that makes it just the thing to take the edge off those wintery days that have your full-size classic locked away in the garage. $489.95 at www.summitracing.com. 52 Sports Car Market


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Affordable Classic 1968–76 BMW 2002 The Car That Made BMW Affordabl ordable Classic 1968–76 BMW 2002 The Car That Made BMW B. fordable Classic 1968–76 BMW 2002 The Car That Made BMW B. B. Mitchell Carlson The BMW 2002 remains an excellent, affordable entry into the car hobby I f there was one car that did the most to cement BMW’s reputation in North America, it was the 2002. Actually, scratch that. There is one car that made BMW’s reputation, and it’s the pretty-much-legendary 2002. This still-affordable and very plentiful 2-door sport sedan transformed staid BMW into an affordable performance brand. The 2002 family tree The roots of the 2002 go back to the early 1960s, when BMW was struggling. For 1962, the company produced a compact 4-door sedan called the “New Class” that came with a 4-cylinder engine, departing from BMW’s traditional V8 luxury cars. If you saw a New Class, your first thought would be, “Hey, someone grafted two more doors onto an early 2002.” Starting in 1966, BMW unveiled a new 2-door sedan based on the New Class design. It was nine inches shorter overall, and two inches shorter in wheelbase. It was also a lot lighter. In poetic German fashion, the car was called a 1600-02, reflecting the engine size and number of doors. BMW later collapsed the name to 1602. The 1,573-cc SOHC engine in the 1600-02 had a single Solex carb and made 84 horsepower, which wasn’t bad for the 2,070-pound curb weight and $2,497 price tag. Theoretically, you could also get a convertible 1602 or the 1600ti, with two Solexes, high compression, and 105 horsepower. Cocktail party know-it-all fact: ti stands for Touring International. Few of the 1600ti and perhaps none of the 56 Details Years produced: 1968–76 Price when new: $2,850 Number produced: 339,084 Current SCM Median Valuation: $24,000 Pros: Great performance, great support, affordable Cons: Prone to rust Best place to drive one: Through the Alps — or any mountain range Worst place to drive one: Anywhere they salt the roads A typical owner is: Passing you in the corners cabriolets were formally imported into the United States, but there are some around. BMW produced a total of 277,320 units of the 1600-02 through 1970 and exported quite a few to the U.S. The basic 2002 The first 2002 arrived for the 1968 model year, sporting a 2.0-liter SOHC engine with a single Solex carb. That powerplant was good for 114 SAE horsepower (100 DIN) and 115 ft-lb of torque, carried to the rear wheels through a 4-speed manual gearbox or an optional 3-speed automatic. Like the 1602, the 2002 had MacPherson struts up front, independent coil-spring rear suspension, front disc brakes, and rear drums. The 2002 appealed to American buyers from the be- ginning. The car sold for about $2,850, and contemporary reviewers raved about the little BMW. No less a figure than David E. Davis wrote a rave revue in the April 1968 issue of Car and Driver. “BMW buyers will — I suspect — have to be pretty well-adjusted enthusiasts who want a good car, people with the sense of humor to enjoy its giant-killing performance and the taste to appreciate its mechanical excellence,” Davis wrote. Google the article and read it yourself; you’ll enjoy it. The ti, tii, and turbo As with the 1602 ti, a 2002 ti is a twin-carb model good for about 135 horsepower. However, because of smog regulations, these were never officially imported Sports Car Market


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into the U.S. You can still find a few gray-market examples, of course. The big noise has always been the 2002 tii (Touring International, Injected). This model used a Kugelfischer mechanical fuel-injection system, but also included engine upgrades, such as 10.3:1 compression and bigger intake valves, to make 140 horsepower. But that wasn’t all, because tii buyers also got bigger and better brakes, upgraded suspension and wider wheels. The 2002 tii was available from 1972 through 1974 only, with the 1974 models also sporting the new block-style taillights. In 1972, the 2002 tii cost $4,286. To compare, the cheapest 1972 Porsche 911 was $7,250 with 157 horsepower. The 2002 Turbo was the brainchild of Bob Lutz, who was at BMW at the time. This model was a boosted 2002 tii with 170 horsepower. The 2002 Turbo was built to impress the driver and everyone else on the road. It even had the word “Turbo” in reverse on the chin spoiler, so the hapless Gremlin owner you were about to pass on the right would be aware of his tragic impotence as you blew his doors off. However, the 2002 Turbo had the bad fortune to hit the market just in time for the 1973 energy crisis, so only 1,672 were ever made. Collecting a 2002 1976 was the last year for the 2002. In its final year, it was the best- selling BMW in the brand’s lineup, paving the way for the success of the 3-Series that continues to this day. BMW also made several different flavors of the 2002 that were never imported, such as the fastback coupes, Baur cabriolets and those aforementioned convertibles and ti models. Some of those have migrated over, but the bulk of the examples in America are U.S.-spec 2002 or 2002 tii models. Prices are well within the “Affordable Classic” envelope. With a total of 339,084 made — plus 277,320 of the 1602 — these peppy little sedans will never be rare. The SCM Pocket Price Guide lists a median price for a 1602 at $13,500, and the early 2002 through 1971 at $24,000. This 1973 model sold for $4,675 at Leake’s 2017 auction in Tulsa, OK Prices drop dramatically once the 2002 tii arrives, with 1972–73 2002s going for a $10,500 median, and the final 1974–76 carbureted cars at $9,000. The 2002 tii trades around $33,000, and the rare Turbo models get a big boost up to a median of $132,000. Things to look for when buying a 2002 are predictable. In addition to general condition, rust is the killer. Besides the usual spots in the floors, rocker panels, door bottoms and wheelwells, check for rust on all four shock-absorber towers, but look especially carefully at the rear towers. If these are going or gone, the damage will probably be too expensive to replace. The great thing about a 2002 at this time is that there’s no doubt it’s a respectable classic, and you can get one for the price of a used Kia. Repair and maintenance costs won’t eat you alive, and you’re still getting great performance behind a BMW badge. What’s not to like? ♦ February 2020 57


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Legal Files John Draneas Legal Traps for the Unwary Seller Once a buyer lawyers up, it’s going to cost you. If anything feels weird about the buyer or the deal, walk away Consignments There are an almost unlimited number of brokers who will gladly take your car on consignment. Of course, the risk varies with the integrity and skill of the broker, and that isn’t always easy to discern. Consignment fees vary dramatically, and they can be negotiable based upon the value and appeal of the car. One thing to watch, though, is the commission converting into a flip. Many brokers will take a consignment on a fixed percentage fee and then, somehow, it converts into a “how much do you really want for the car?” scenario. Once you commit, that often becomes your selling price, and the broker then flips the car at a higher and often undisclosed price. If you care, insist on seeing the actual paperwork to verify the actual commission or profit. But the flip isn’t always a bad idea, and it can work to your advantage in some situations. If you are sure you know the value of the car, don’t be afraid to tell your broker how much you want, and let them sell the car for whatever they can. The potential for a bigger upside may give them greater motivation to sell it. One important thing to remember is that the T broker is a dealer, and you have entrusted your car to them. If the buyer pays the broker, the buyer owns hey say that all good things come to an end — and now it’s time to sell your collector car. While it may seem like an easy thing to do, there are a lot of potential legal land mines waiting for you when you become a collector-car seller. Auctions The first thing to come to the mind of an SCMer is to consign the car to an auction. For some cars, that is the best option. For some, it’s a very expensive and risky way to sell the car. If you have dreams of selling your 1983 Porsche 911 SC at one of the major auctions in Monterey, think again. Your SC has to be extremely special to make it onto those auction lists — the big auctions are expensive operations, and they have a limited number of slots available. Simple economics means they have to realize a minimum amount of revenue per lot, and your car may not meet their requirements. And even if your car squeaks by, you may not get a good time slot or any extended attention on the block. But there is an auction for every car, so consider your options well. Be careful to factor in your entry cost, preparation expense, transport costs, commissions and the value of your own time. Also consider the cost of getting it back home if it doesn’t sell. Your options of getting into an elite auction are better if you are selling a substantial car, say, a McLaren F1, a 12-cylinder Ferrari or a Mercedes-Benz 300SL. Most every auction is going to want these kinds of cars, so it’s more a question of logistics, cost and outcome. Cost can sometimes be negotiated, but outcome is more a question of faith that the car will be presented well and that enough buyers will be present to make it a real auction. “Legal Files” is not a big fan of no-reserve auctions, although many people swear that’s the best way to go. If you need the auction block lights flashing to sell the car, that’s one thing, but I’d be more worried about a major car selling too cheap. 60 the car — even if the broker stole the money and you still hold the title. You can “sell” your car and be left with only a legal claim against the broker who skipped out with the sales proceeds. You have to choose your dealer well. Statements about the car Whether you sell the car through an auction or a broker — or you sell it by yourself — you have to be extremely careful about how you represent the car to buyers. While it is always helpful to use a contract that specifies the sale is as-is, that is not a get-out-of-jail-free card. The legal meaning of “as-is” is simply “with all faults.” It is, fun- damentally, aimed at physical condition, and may not protect you fully with the collector cars we deal with. For example, if you sell your Pontiac GTO and it turns out to be a converted Le Mans, you still have a legal problem. This situation is particularly exacerbated with Internet sales. Sellers typically provide very extensive and specific descriptions of their cars and their qualities — you have to or it won’t sell. As crazy as it sounds, buyers often hang on every word said, and in some cases unsaid, and expect to be buying a near-perfect car. They don’t realize the difference until it comes off the transporter and their friends point out all its flaws. Then, they hire a lawyer who insists that you buy the car back because you misrepresented its condition. Once the buyer’s lawyer gets involved, it’s a losing proposition for the seller. Even if you successfully defend the claim, your legal costs can eat you up. The seller must be extremely careful about what is said about the car. Statements should be carefully considered for accuracy, and preferably made or confirmed in writing so that you can later prove what was said. You should always disclose known defects — saying nothing is not a safe strategy. The buyer will discover them after the sale and present a claim. Again, the defense costs mean that you lose even if you win. Sports Car Market


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It’s also best to insist that the buyer have the car professionally in- spected, especially when the buyer is a long distance from the car. If the buyer declines, consider whether to make the sale or not. It’s easy to think that the buyer had their chance, so now it’s all okay. But what often happens is that the buyer claims it was your fault that there was no inspection — you told him everything about the car, you made him comfortable with it, and he was reasonably entitled to believe you. Or, as is often the case, the car was selling on an online auction site and it was “impossible” to actually inspect it before the auction ended. Of course, much of that is always made up after the fact. But remem- ber, once the buyer lawyers up, it’s going to cost you. For that reason, it is best to take the ultra-conservative approach — if anything seems weird about the buyer or the deal, just walk away from it. As easy as it is to say that, sellers can have a very hard time living up to it — the scary deals are often the ones that produce the highest sales price. Think about that. You stand to get all the money and then some for your car, and the sage advice is to just let the deal go. But, realistically, the high sales price is often an indicator of something being amiss. It can be that the buyer is a fool, but that won’t stop the lawsuit when someone later educates him. Or, more likely, it can be an indication that the buyer is expecting to receive more than is really there to give. Those are the toughest situations, where the buyer’s expectations are unmet, he’s out a lot of money, and he isn’t very happy about it. Contracts It is always a great idea to have a written contract. And, whenever possible, have an experienced collector-car attorney write that contract. A well-written contract can specify exactly what is being promised — and what is not. It can document that the buyer was afforded the opportunity to have the car professionally inspected — and it either was or wasn’t. It can identify exactly what was represented, and that the buyer is not relying upon anything said about the car that is not spelled out in the contract. The possibilities are endless. How far one goes is certainly de- pendent upon the magnitude of the deal, but the essentials should be covered in every case. Make sure you get the money There are a lot of scams out there today. By now, everyone should know that cashier’s checks are often fraud- ulent. Any capable crook can falsify one. It’s best not to accept them. The most secure form of payment is wired funds, but that isn’t fool- proof. When accepting wired funds, go the extra step of calling your bank to verify that the funds have been received and that the wire is not capable of being recalled for any reason. Only then should you release the title or the car. Insistence on that level of verification can be disconcerting to the buyer — the seller will have the money, the title and the car all at the same time, which is a major no-no. If need be, arrange for an escrow closing, either through a com- mercial escrow agent or even just an attorney. The title and bill of sale go to the attorney, and the money is wired into the attorney’s client trust account. When the attorney has verified that collected funds have been received, the attorney wires the money to the seller and releases the title to the buyer, who then arranges to pick up the car. If anything goes awry, the escrow company or the attorney is on the hook for the loss. It can be a tough world. Be prepared for it — and protect yourself at all times. ♦ JOhn DRAneAS is an attorney in Oregon. he can be reached through www.draneaslaw.com. his comments are general in nature and are not intended to substitute for consultation with an attorney. February 2020 61


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Unconventional Wisdom Donald Osborne Embracing Change Discovering new cars is one way to find new adventures, new thoughts and new friends from many different countries. That further led me to think about what draws me to certain cars and how the experiential has shaped my passions. It starts with words As an inveterate reader from a very young age, I still find that most of my enthusiasms start by reading about a car I’ve never seen. Once I have learned a bit about a car, I’m often drawn in to find out more. It could be the design, the maker, the history or the sheer wackiness that first grabs me. I look for more and more information and then try to see one in person. The next move is to sit inside and imagine what it might be like to drive. Finally comes the drive itself, which might result in cementing the relationship or bringing it to a screeching halt. It’s a pattern that has repeated itself over and over. And as I have Friends let friends drive Gullwings I n my column last month, I touched on my thoughts about the evolution of collector automotive events, with the emphasis on the experiential. Well, the experiential has taken me once again to a new place. Those who have come to know a bit about me in the years I have been a part of the collector-car world are aware that I’ve had quite an adventurous career path. I’ve journeyed from high-school art major with the intent to study industrial design — on my way to an imagined career as an auto designer — to opera singer, retail entrepreneur and executive, television production, corporate image and branding, marketing communications, advertising and digital media to appraiser, historian and consultant, I’ve had quite a range in my professional life. Each and every one of these turns in my life has occurred with little pre-planning and deliberate thought. From the vantage point of my relative maturity and ever-growing serenity, I can now see how all these seemingly disparate activities actually built on each other to provide the preparation for an opportunity that seemed to appear from the blue. A new adventure And so it has happened again. Many of you may have read by now that I was recently engaged to be the first CEO of an entity known as Audrain LLC. What that means is that I am now heading up the superb team that is responsible for activities both nonprofit and for-profit that surround the Audrain Automobile Museum in Newport, RI. It will be a completely new experience, yet it is one that builds on all my disparate vocations and the work I’ve done on the boards of arts and cultural organizations through the years. As I prepared to leave sunny Southern California to return to the Northeast — and the snow that’s falling as I write this — I began to reflect on what change has meant to me and how I feel about it. It has also made me reflect on the breadth of my exposure and en- thusiasm as it relates to vehicles. It has been my pleasure for decades to enjoy a wide variety of cars, both those I’ve owned and those merely sampled. I have always felt that a true automotive enthusiast finds something to love in any vehicle, whether or not they would want to actually write a check for a particular car or live with it for an extended period. Although many think of me as solely an Italian-car enthusiast, the reality is that I have lusted after, sampled, owned and loved all sorts of cars 62 progressed in this business and passion, this pattern became more and more common. One of the many joys of my life is that I have the opportunity to sample more interesting — or potentially interesting — cars with each passing day. However, you don’t have to be an appraiser, historian, consultant, writer, TV host or collector-car CEO in order to have the benefits I enjoy. It can start with your circle of fellow car friends. Why not arrange a regular weekend morning gathering where you all bring a different car and exchange time behind the wheel? If you are really friends, it should be no more difficult than vacation- house swapping — each party has potentially as much at risk as the other, so both should be careful and respectful. It also encourages you to widen your field of car friends — after all, if they all drive the same model you do, there’s not much sense in trying a car to see if the dark blue one drives any differently than the bright green one. Of course, knowing and working with Keith Martin has been a spe- cial boon in this effort — he always has been more than willing to lend his fleet to friends, even those (not me!) who have broken them more than once. But, with Keith, our tastes are generally so similar that I haven’t often found that frisson of excitement that true new discovery brings when sampling something new. Unless, of course, you count a Citroën Mehari or Saab Sonett III… But if you can, do a seat swap from a Jaguar E-type roadster to a Daimler SP250. You might learn a bit more about what made people choose one over the other in 1961. Likewise, a bit of quality time at the wheel on a variety of open roads might allow you to decide for yourself if the Ferrari Daytona and the Maserati Ghibli were really options for the same buyer back in the day. If you’ve always wanted a Fiat Abarth 750 GT Double Bubble but feared you wouldn’t fit or were afraid that any car with an engine under 7 liters wouldn’t be entertaining enough to drive, you might be surprised. Or it might confirm your feelings once and for all. Until you’ve tried it, you really have no idea. Years ago, one of the classic-car magazines from the U.K. regularly had a feature in which they did comparison tests with period competitors. The opinion of the feature writer was frequently interesting, but what I immediately read first were the sidebars, in which the owners who brought the cars swapped places. More often than not, they found that a car they had dismissed out of hand when they chose their beloved classic was better than they ever thought it might be. And in that moment, in my eyes, they became more fully rounded, more interesting and more inquisitive enthusiasts. And isn’t that what we all want to be? I know it’s that for which I live. Long live change. ♦ Sports Car Market


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Feature The SCM Interview / Dean Wilson each year, Intercity’s 30-transport fleet moves thousands of the world’s most exotic cars to destinations across the United States Born to Haul Gorgeous Cars Dean Wilson can’t remember a time without car haulers and amazing cars by Chester Allen new, better transport trailers. You’ll find Dean at most collector-car events, and he’s this month’s SCM Interview. O When was Intercity Lines founded, and how did you get involved? Intercity Lines was founded in 1980, by my parents David and Linda Wilson. For the past five years, I have been working full time with my family, but I have been involved in the business my entire life. Ever since I was born, I have always been with my parents, experiencing the car auctions, shows, and the simple day-to-day office life. This led me to want to dedicate my career to doing what I have been doing my whole life, working with my family shipping cars, and I have been doing just that since I graduated from Bentley University. Did you have a career before Intercity Lines? While I was attending Bentley University, I earned my real-estate license. In addition to working in the field of real estate, I worked for a variety of startup companies. Do you collect cars? If so, what cars do you have? My family has a few collector cars including a 560SL Mercedes, a 1969 300SEL 6.3, and a W212 E63 AMG Mercedes. We also have a 1962 Austin-Healey 3000 that my grandfather bought in 1962. My personal favorite is a 1932 Ford Roadster, which we just finished building. Since I was a kid, I’ve had the Tom Fritz poster “Looking’ for that Ol’ Time Religion” of a ’32 roadster on my wall, so it’s always been a special car to me. 66 ne of Dean Wilson’s earliest memories is the bark of a race car starting up at Corvettes at Carlisle. Dean’s parents started Intercity Lines in 1980, and he was born and bred into the company. Now 27, Dean is vice president at Intercity, which is based in Warren, MA, and he’s plunged into creating What is your daily driver? My parents’ daily drivers are a Porsche Cayenne diesel that my Dad loves, and my Mom’s Mercedes GLE. My current daily driver is a Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland, which is perfect for snowy New England. It is our go-to car when I am traveling with my significant other, Mikela, and our two French Bulldogs, Chloe and Frenchie, especially to and from the mountains where we like to ski. In my long-term plans, I currently have my eyes on a Porsche 550 replica. For me, it is perfect, due to its simplicity and performance — everything you need, nothing you don’t. How many rigs do you put on the road each year, and how many collector cars do you haul a year? We have 30 transporters in our fleet that transport thousands of collector cars a year. In our trucks, you can find the true treasures that grace Pebble Beach, and the world’s most exotic cars. Thirty trucks allow us to service the nation in a timely manner, but ensure we have the highest standards in auto transport. We do not want to be the biggest, we want to be the best. I, along with my team, make the greatest effort every day to be the most trusted in auto transport. Sports Car Market


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have a favorite destination? I spend easily a month or more out of the year on the road. Intercity Lines is the official transporter of all the Gooding & Company auctions, the Ferrari Club of America, Luftgekühlt, and the Greenwich Concours, to name a few. Attending all of the different auctions, events, and visiting customers keeps me busy out on the road. In regards to a favorite destination, each of the events is special in its own way. It is important to appreciate each event and destination for what it is, but Pebble Beach Car Week holds a dear place in my heart. This is one of my favorite events because I have experienced it since I was very young, with my parents. Besides the cars, location, and the weather being superb, I get to see the most clients and drivers, and spend some quality time with them during the week. Nearly half of our fleet stays the majority of the week, right next to the Gooding & Company auction. They support this great event and protect the concours cars waiting for Sunday’s judging. Each year we bring the most concours cars to Pebble Beach, something our entire team is very proud of. It is during this week that we get to hold a very special event, our driver banquet. We have an absolutely delicious catered meal to thank all of our phenomenal drivers. It is at this event we recognize our “5Star” drivers — the true best in the industry. I take a lot of pride in our entire team; they bring in the most amazing, and priceless of cars every year to Pebble Beach, and transport with the highest respect and dignity at this event, and year-round. Pebble Beach Car Week is one of the events where everyone puts in an extra effort, especially my team behind the scenes, those in the office, and the guys at our mechanic shop. cars? What is the biggest joy? The biggest joy is working with my family each day, and being the What is the biggest stress/worry about transporting ones trusted to transport the world’s most cherished cars. My parents founded a company that respects every customer. Whether it is a car someone has saved up for their entire life or a Pebble Beach Best of Show car, we treat each car the same — with the utmost protection and care. We hold them all in the highest regard. But as for the biggest stress, logistics and trucking from start to finish tends to be stressful, but we are lucky enough to have such an exceptional team in our office. This is a team that knows what they are doing, especially how to handle the never-ending list of changes and obstacles that occur in this industry. What would you say to someone who was interested in working for Intercity Lines? How many days do you spend on the road? Do you We are a small team who all care and take the utmost pride in what we do. We strive to be the best in auto transport, and we all work together each day to accomplish that. While it is a lot of work, we help ensure that thousands of automotive treasures make it to their destination safely. We do this every day and every year, making all of our hard work worthwhile. With the people, the cars, and the stories, there is never a dull moment. What’s next for you in your career? I will always be a part of Intercity Lines, and will be shipping cars for the rest of my life! Right now, we have a new project that has been a large focus of ours, and I am personally excited about it. Since last year, we started building all of our own auto transport trailers in-house. These rigs are the quietest — and most versatile — enclosed car carriers on the road today. We are going to continue to perfect and hone these builds to ensure our drivers have the best car carriers on the road today. In addition to that, I am continuing to focus on utilizing new technology to provide a better customer experience and to improve efficiencies and forecasting on our end. What would you do if you weren’t working at Intercity? During college, I was a real-estate agent and worked with a variety of startups, and still participate in the community today. I have always loved the freedom and creativity entrepreneurship can allow you to build and pursue your ideas. It is very likely that I would be trying to get traction with one of my own ventures, or helping others with theirs, such as in startups or through consulting. Okay, you’ve got the car and road of your choice for a week or two. Where do you go, what do you drive and who is your co-pilot? Growing up, I traveled the country with my parents to various events and auctions. I have had the opportunity to do numerous cross-country trips with them that have always been incredible, so I could easily spend that week or two in the United States. But if I could do anything, I would bring a Porsche 550 Spyder to Europe, and spend the time exploring old roads and villages off the beaten path with my dad. I have been to a few different countries on the western side like France, Germany, the Netherlands, and Spain, but I would like to head east towards more central Europe. I would love to go explore the Alps, Italy, and more of Germany. I want to find those twisty, windy mountain roads that car shows have perfected, and especially with my dad. ♦ “Right now, we have a new project that I am personally excited about. Since last year, we started building all of our own auto transport trailers in-house. These rigs are the quietest — and most versatile — enclosed car carriers on the road today. 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Concours Spotlight Inaugural Audrain’s Newport Concours Joshua Sweeney, Shoot For Details Best in Show: Judge Joseph and Margie Cassini’s 1927 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A S Fleetwood A Winner from the Start The first Audrain’s Newport Concours and Motor Week made a big splash by Carl Bomstead N ewport, RI, is synonymous with history, luxury and sport. It is home to the first U.S. Tennis Championship, the first international polo match and was the home for the America’s Cup. Nothing is more luxurious than the sprawling mansions — referred to as “cottages” by their initial owners — that line Bellevue and Ocean Avenue. The inaugural Audrain’s Newport Concours and Motor Week, held October 3–6, 2019, continued the area’s history of sports and luxury. Jay Leno served as Chairman, and SCM’s own Donald Osborne was the Concours d’Elegance Chairman. The International Tennis Hall of Fame’s historic grounds served as the home for the Concours Village. The stunning oceanfront “cottages” of Doris Duke’s Rough Point and the 70-room Italian Renaissance Vanderbilt estate, The Breakers, were concours venues. John Legend preformed in concert, and a chilly early-morning tour included Cars & Coffee at historic Fort Adams State Park. The tour cars were then displayed on the streets of Newport. A series of five seminars was also part of the event. The Audrain Automotive Museum, located in a century-old Beaux-Arts build- ing on Bellevue Avenue, featured “Styling the Future, a History of GM Design and Concept Cars.” Twelve of General Motors’ most dramatic and historic one-off concept cars were on display, including the famed Y-Job, the 1958 Firebird, the 1951 Le Sabre and the 1961 Mako Shark 1. Two past chief designers for the Cadillac Studio were on hand. Past and current vice presidents for GM Global Design were present. The 1906 Locomobile “Old 16” that George Robertson drove to victory in the 1908 Vanderbilt Cup was displayed, along with an extensive collection of related memorabilia. 30 Under 30 The concours took place on the spacious oceanfront grounds of the Vanderbilt estate, The Breakers. The majority of the cars were divided into classes relat- ing to Sport or Elegance. However, there was a class for “30 Under 30,” which was for people younger than 30 who had spent less than $30,000 on their cars. This was a very creative way to involve younger enthusiasts. 68 Details Plan ahead: The next Audrain’s Newport Concours and Motor Week is scheduled for October 1–4, 2020. Where: Newport, Rhode Island Admission: $175 to $450 (concours only) Web: www.audrainconcours.com Carter Kramer’s 1976 BMW 2002 was selected as the 30 Under 30 winner. Concours judging was based on a unique modified “French” style, with emphasis on the history and character of the car. This resulted in some rather interesting stories from the entrants. One, an excellent craftsman, mentioned he did most all the work on his car in the evenings and weekends. His wife at the time stated, “When you are done with this car, we are going to spend more time together.” He, after some reflection, bought another project car. Lots of wonderful cars Michael Simcoe, VP of Global Design for GM, se- lected the Excellence in Design Award, which went to a 1964 Ferrari 250 GT Lusso. The People’s Choice, selected by 2,000 voters, went to a very original 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing. The Most Elegant Award, selected by Pebble Beach Concours Chairman Sandra Button, went to Judge Joseph and Margie Cassini’s 1927 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A S Fleetwood. Early movie idol Rudolph Valentino commissioned the car, but he passed away before it was completed. The car also won Best in Show. “When we began to work on this event, we had a clear idea of how we wanted to bring the best of this extraordinary city to our visitors and participants,” said Donald Osborne, concours Chairman. “The reality far exceeded our expectations, and we couldn’t be more grateful. Newport proved to be the perfect expression of our theme of ‘History, Luxury and Sport.’” The inaugural Audrain’s Newport Concours and Motor Week was spectacular. Next year’s event is highly anticipated. ♦ Sports Car Market


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PROFILES IN THIS ISSUE Significant Sales That Provide a Snapshot of the Market FERRARI: 1980 Ferrari 512 BB Coupe p. 74 ENGLISH: 1926 Bentley 3 Litre Red Label Speed Model Tourer p. 76 ETCETERINI: 1961 Maserati 3500 GT Vignale Spyder p. 78 GERMAN: 1978 Porsche 928 Coupe p. 80 AMERICAN: 1930 Cadillac V16 Sport Phaeton by Fleetwood p. 82 RACE: 1985 Lancia Delta S4 Rally p. 84 NEXT GEN: 2008 Honda S2000 Convertible p. 86 72 Sports Car Market


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Ferrari Profile Courtesy of Bonhams 1980 Ferrari 512 BB Coupe Boxer prices have slumped recently, but the new owner has a special car in Ferrari history by Steve Ahlgrim Chassis number: 30935 SCM Condition for this car: 2- • One of 929 produced • Delivered new in Italy • Circa 13,000 kilometers from new • Ferrari Classiche certified “The fact that the Boxer was down 4 mph on the Lamborghini Countach’s ‘ fastest ever’ maximum speed was unimportant. The Ferrari 512 Boxer wins a more important award, as the best all-round sports and GT car we’ve tested. The Boxer has it all, the speed, the handling, the lovely shape, the well-done cockpit and, most important of all, a reputation for reliability.” — Road & Track magazine SCM Analysis This car, Lot 254, sold for $279,388, including buyer’s premium, at Bonhams’ Zoute Sale, Knokke- heist, BeL, on October 11, 2019. Today a mid-engine car is almost commonplace. Many variations have been built and many are available. We may look at one more salaciously than at a performance coupe, but we don’t view them as avant-garde or cutting edge. That was not always the case. The pioneer mid-engine offerings, such as Alejandro de Tomaso’s Vallelunga, Colin Chapman’s Lotus europa, Ferruccio Lamborghini’s incredible Miura, and the ATS V8 were game changers. They put race-car handling in a street car and made show-car styling available to anyone with the right amount of cash in the bank. The pioneers were also flawed. excepting the Miura, they were diminutive in size and short on power. Their handling was certainly superior to their contemporary front-engine cars, but they fell short as fully developed automobiles. The pioneers were shoestring engineered and lacked the finishing of a production car. Visibility, comfort and dependability were compromised in favor of performance and sizzle. 74 Sports Car Market however, what they lacked in finish was more than made up for in excitement. Ferrari a reluctant player enzo Ferrari had a reputation for dragging behind new technology, so it was no surprise that he was late to the mid-engine sports-car game. his vendors and distributors had pressured him to cash in on the mid-engine charge, but he was not quick to respond. Ferrari understood his reply would need to be a serious car, rather than a toy. It would have to be well engineered and high quality. In short, it had to be a Ferrari. enzo Ferrari examined, reimagined, and re-engineered the pio- neers’ work into a superior product. Ferrari’s answer was the Dino, a blend of race-car styling and Formula 2 power. The Dino was an instant hit, and as a testimony to Ferrari’s insight, the Dino is a revered


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model that has survived through to today with no inherent issues. The follow-up to the Dino would re-establish Ferrari’s position as the premier performance-car manufacturer. That car would require Ferrari to re-examine what a Ferrari GT was — and what it should be. Ferrari’s mid-engine journey Ferrari answered the Lamborghini Miura with the 365 GTB/4 “Daytona.” The Daytona was an exceptional Grand Touring car, but it was no competition to the Miura in the excitement department. Lamborghini followed up the Miura with the Countach. The Countach addressed many of the shortcomings of the Miura and could be used for dependable transportation. There was no way Ferrari could ignore Lamborghini’s assault. Ferrari’s new model was the 365 GT4 BB. GT in- dicated the car was a Grand Touring-class model, and 4 indicated it featured a 4-cam engine. The first B indicated the car was a berlinetta, or sports coupe. The second B was for Boxer, a european term for a flat engine. Pininfarina was ready when Ferrari gave them the mid-engine commission. The 365 GT4 BB was introduced as a concept in 1971. In 1974 it became the replacement for the Daytona and Ferrari’s 12-cylinder GT-class berlinetta. The 365 GT4 BB was the anti-Countach. The styling was elegant The model is quite popular with collectors, as it features four 3-barrel Weber carburetors rather than the later 512 BBi’s fuel injection. rather than risqué, and the engineering was flawless. Pininfarina’s design was exotic yet conservative, favoring their traditional curves over the geometric styling popular at the time. The Daytona’s V12 engine was too tall for the new body, so Ferrari turned to a flat 12 to power the model. The engine picked was a 4.4-liter variation of the 3-liter flat 12 that had won 22% of the races they entered in the Formula One series and dominated the 3-liter World Championship Sports Car series. On to the 512 BB The 365 GT4 BB evolved into the 512 BB, and later, the 512 BBi. The 512 BB featured a carbureted 5-liter version of the Boxer engine and about 200 other updates to the car. The 512 BBi featured a fuel-injected version of the 5-liter engine and a few more mostly cosmetic updates. The mid-engine 12-cylinder Ferrari GT series would be short-lived. By 1997, Ferrari reverted to a front-engine configura- tion for their 12-cylinder GTs. The mid-engine models got 8-cylinder power. Ferrari’s 12-cylinder project consisted of just two se- ries of three Boxer models and three Testarossa models. In total 12,310 mid-engine production 12-cylinder cars would be produced, about 20% more examples than Ferrari’s current yearly production. Our subject 512 BB Bonhams’ car was a 512 BB, one of just 929 produced. The model is quite popular with collectors, as it features four 3-barrel Weber carburetors rather than the February 2020 Details Years produced: 1976–81 Number produced: 929 Original list price: $62,500 Current SCM Median Valuation: $290,500 Tune-up cost: $10,000 and up for an engine-out service with belts Distributor caps: $500 later 512 BBi’s fuel injection. Besides their very impressive appearance, the carburetors deliver immediate acceleration and an intake growl that is one of the most wonderful sounds in the automotive world. By all appearances, our subject car was a quality example. It showed just 14,042 kilometers (8,725 miles), which Bonhams, strangely, noted but didn’t hype. The car had always been in europe and had none of the safety or emission modifications found on cars offered in the United States. It was shown with a full complement of books, tools, jack bag and a Ferrari Classiche certification. A slumping market Ferrari Boxer prices have definitely softened over the past few years. That has brought some consternation to some Boxer owners. Owners who bought in at the top of the market have reason to lament, but when I hear complaints from owners that they can only sell their cars for $100,000 more than they paid for them rather than the $150,000 more they might have gotten a couple years back, I have no sympathy. Our subject car sold near the top of Bonhams’ esti- mate, a phenomenon we see less often lately. The number was in line with some recent appraisal work that I’ve done on Boxers. Mid-engine twelves hold a special place in Ferrari’s history. The buyer owns one of the best pieces of that history and should be happy with the purchase. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of Bonhams.) Steve Ahlgrim served as general manager and vice presi- dent of Ferrari dealer FAF Motorcars, has been a concours judge for over 25 years, and is a member of the IAC/PFA — an international committee that oversees high-level Ferrari concours judging. High Auction Sales for the Past Five Years $600,000 $400,000 $500,000 $300,000 $200,000 $100,000 $0 $473,000 $467,500 $349,960 $320,554 This sale: $279,388 $513,153 1981 Ferrari 512 BB coupe Lot 560, s/n 36869 Condition 2Sold at $298,944 Silverstone, Race Retro, Stoneleigh Park, U.K., 2/23/18 SCM# 6863879 Chassis # location: On frame tube in engine bay Engine # location: On top of block Club: Ferrari Club of America Web: www.ferrariclubofamerica.org Alternatives: 1963 ATS 2500 GT, 1980 Lamborghini Countach, 1975 Maserati Bora SCM Investment Grade: B Comps 1979 Ferrari 512 BB coupe Lot 152, s/n 29943 Condition 2+ Sold at $320,554 RM Sotheby’s, London, U.K., 9/5/18 SCM# 6877753 1980 Ferrari 512 BB coupe Lot 199, s/n 31363 Condition 2Sold at $190,000 Bonhams, Greenwich, CT, 6/3/18 SCM# 6869836 1980 Ferrari 512 BB Coupe 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 75


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English Profile Courtesy of Bonhams 1926 Bentley 3 Litre Red Label Speed Model Tourer An achingly original car, thanks to wonderful care in period and then being well stored for almost 60 years by Paul Hardiman Chassis number: Ph1469 engine number: Ph1470 SCM Condition for this car: 3- L 76 eading marque authority Clare Hay’s definitive work, Bentley — The Vintage Years, records that chassis PH1469 was completed in April 1926 and was first owned by JWC McLaren. The car left the factory fitted with engine number PH1470 (the same as it has today) and was registered as GD 2250. One of 513 Speed Models built, it was erected on the standard 9-foot, 9½-inch wheelbase chassis and carried a 4-seat tourer body by Vanden Plas. The next owner, Lt. Col. Sir Thomas Bilbe Robinson, acquired the Bentley in 1929. In 1932 the car passed to another military gentleman, Flying Officer John Heber Percy, who was based at RAF Gosport in Hampshire. John Percy owned four Bentleys between 1932 and the mid-1950s. Bentley Motors service records (copies on file) show that following an accident in April 1930, PH1469 was repaired by the Works and fitted with various new front suspension and steering components. The last service entry is dated 1937. The next known custodian, from 1947, was a Major JC Jackson, whose success in the BDC’s 1949 Kensington Gardens Rally is commemorated by a plaque on the dashboard. Following Major Jackson’s ownership, the car was exported to the United States. Parker Snyder of Ohio bought the Bentley in 1957. He drove the 3 Litre for a couple of summers before consigning it to his newly built garage in 1960. The car remained in storage until purchased earlier this year. Presented in barn-find condition, it represents an exciting opportunity for the dedicated Bentley enthusiast to return one of WO’s wonderful creations to the road. SCM Analysis This car, Lot 243, sold for $372,734, including buyer’s premium, at Bonhams’ RAF Museum sale at hendon, London, U.K., on november 21, 2019. It’s the W198 factor. Similar numbers of Bentley 3 Litres and 300SL Gullwings were made (1,613 to 1,400) and, just as we thought all of them must have been accounted for, another comes out of the woodwork. These are highly prized engineering masterpieces of their time. As the catalog had it, “With characteristic humility ‘WO’ was constantly amazed by the enthusiasm of later generations for the products of Bentley Motors Limited, and it is testimony to the soundness of his engineering design skills that so many of his products have survived.” Although ettore Bugatti is famously supposed to have described them as “the fastest lorries in the world,” Bentleys were high-quality products — with performance that put them in the supercar league of their day. Diving deep Let’s take a look at the engine, a clean-sheet design. It’s “only” a 4-cylinder engine, but for good reason, as a big 4 is a friction-efficient Sports Car Market


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been unpacked from its shipping crate. Snyder died in 1994, and the cars remained in dry storage until early in 2019. Although dusty, all three cars were in super, unmo- lested condition — although they need some fairly serious recommissioning before use. These are tough, well-engineered old things and would need little more than a change of rubber seals and hoses plus fresh fuel and a battery before they would run again. new tires would be a must if you actually meant to drive them. Our subject car In the case of the 3 Litre, which was originally sup- division of capacity. Porsche adopted the same for its 944 and 968. Four inclined valves per cylinder opened by an over- head camshaft were advanced for the 1920s. The lightalloy pistons were an aircraft-inspired innovation, and Bentley avoided head-gasket problems by doing without one (although it does mean dismantling the bottom half of the engine to get the valves out). Rather than using a simple chain and sprockets to spin the camshaft, the 4-cylinder engines use a vertical shaft with bevel gears top and bottom. Bentley “Fours” won at Le Mans in 1924, 1927 and 1928. By the way, on the “Sixes” (which won Le Mans in 1929 and 1930), the camshaft drive is poetry. In search of silence, Bentley used a version of J.G. Parry-Thomas’ elegant triple-crank system, where the eccentrics gently pull, rather than push their opposing partners, differential expansion being taken care of by stacks of spring washers, their delicate torquing balanced by oil damping. It proved both quiet and reliable. Military officers and great care Just checking the car histories and the names of Bentley owners and drivers — such as legends Woolf Barnato (who owned Bentley from 1926 to 1931), Jack Dunfee, “Tim” Birkin and Sammy Davis — tells us that connoisseurs of fine automobiles have revered Bentleys all their lives. This, along with their high cost and build quality, helped ensure a high survival rate for the cars. In the case of our subject car, former owner John Percy was one of the first RAF airmen whose life was saved by a parachute, when he successfully bailed out of his stricken Armstrong Whitworth Siskin fighter following a mid-air collision in 1930. his RAF career culminated after World War II in service with the Supreme headquarters of the Allied Powers in europe (ShAPe) in Paris. The next owner was a major, at a time when these military titles carried some weight in British society, although the “Kensington Gardens Rally” sounds more like a concours event than any display of Le Mans-style heroics. In any case, the car’s past owners, most of them military officers, lavished care on our subject car. Hidden away for decades Our subject car, along with two others in the sale, a 1934 “Derby” Bentley 3½ Litre open tourer by Vanden Plas, and a 1926 Rolls-Royce 20hP open tourer, had been in the possession of Parker Snyder of Ohio for almost 60 years. Snyder had apparently used the 3 Litre for a couple of summers before putting it away in Bursville, while his wife used the Derby 3½. The Rolls-Royce had never February 2020 plied in maroon with black wings, there was some paint damage on the right front mudguard, but the plating on the radiator shell and headlights remained good, and it looked identical to when it was pictured in 1932. A sale room notice confirmed that the original engine, still fitted to the car, was supplied in Super Sport specification by the factory. A long-standing member of the Rolls-Royce and Bentley community with a large collection of pre-war cars bought all three cars from the Bursville Collection in June 2019. he told me he didn’t know much about them, and had been introduced to them by a sales agent acting for the deceased’s family. Confirming that they had been in storage for 50 years or more, he felt on reflection that he might have liked to keep this very original car. The 3 Litre still wore its original U.K. registration, which is always nice to see, although technically it no longer belongs to the car, and the new owner will have to re-apply for the number. This is unlikely to be a problem unless the number has previously been traded and swapped to another vehicle, because DVLA does not generally reissue numbers it has already allocated. A bargain? This car is not well known in the english Bentley community, which had high hopes for its auction price, based on its originality. Leading fettler and builder neil Davies of neil Davies Racing said, “I’m disappointed with the sale price; I’d hoped it was going to fetch £350k ($440k) all up, at least.” So there you go. An unmolested “proper” car, long out of sight but previously owned by the right sort of chaps. The only surprise was that it didn’t sell for more, but these are straitened times. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of Bonhams.) Paul Hardiman has written for SCM since 2007. He’s our go-to guy for British and European auction coverage — and many car profiles. High Auction Sales for the Past Five Years $1,000,000 $800,000 $600,000 $400,000 $200,000 $0 1926 Bentley 3 Litre Speed Model (Red Label) Tourer $676,500 $451,000 $472,606 $379,880 This sale: $372,734 $859,478 1927 Bentley Red Label Speed Model Tourer Lot 210, s/n BL1604/DN1731 Condition 3Sold at $472,606 Bonhams, Goodwood, U.K., 9/9/17 SCM# 6852272 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 77 1926 Bentley Red Label Speed Model Tourer Lot 337, s/n LM1342 Condition 1Sold at $859,478 Bonhams, Paris, FRA, 2/8/18 SCM# 6858217 Details Years produced: 1923–29 Number produced: 1,613 (513 Speed Models) Original list price: $5,000 plus coachwork Current SCM Median Valuation: $348,000 Tune-up cost: $1,600 Chassis # location: Plate on firewall and on front engine crossmember Engine # location: Stamped into engine bearer integral with crankcase Club: Bentley Drivers Club Web www.bdcl.org Alternatives: 1925–27 Vauxhall 30-98, 1928 Alfa Romeo 6C 1500, 1926–27 Bugatti Type 38 SCM Investment Grade: A Comps 1924 Bentley Red Label Speed Model Tourer Lot 35, s/n 610 Condition 3 Sold at $330,000 Worldwide Auctioneers, Scottsdale, AZ, 1/16/19 SCM# 6891049


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Etceterini & Friends Profile Tim Scott ©2017, courtesy of RM Sotheby’s 1961 Maserati 3500 GT Vignale Spyder Our subject car will do what more-original examples do — provide a delightful driving experience by Donald Osborne Chassis number: AM1011129 SCM Condition for this car: 2+ T his example of Vignale’s elegant open-top interpretation of the 3500 GT spyder was originally finished on February 23, 1961. Several months thereafter, an English lord chose to buy the unsold Maserati. The car was then delivered to Mrs. Teresa Mitarachi at her address in London in July. As originally ordered, the spyder was Bianco Andalusia over a black leather interior. The car was also equipped with the 5-speed ZF gearbox and the optional Borrani wire wheels. Several owners thereafter, the Vignale Spyder was acquired by Mr. Michael Miles on December 5, 1970. Interestingly, Mr. Miles also owned a 3500 GT coupe, chassis AM101088. Upon selling 1129 on 18 July 1975, he records the car as being equipped with the engine from his Touring coupe. In 1977, ownership passed to Frank Wilbur of the United States. Wilbur then sold the car to MIE Corporation in 1988; it then passed to Ivan Ruiz of Georgia, and an extensive five-year restoration was immediately embarked upon. In 2007 the 3500 GT returned to Europe, and further restoration work was carried out by German Maserati specialists. SCM Analysis This car, Lot 171, sold for $528,750 (£410,000 £1=$1.28) including buyer’s premium, at RM Sotheby’s London, U.K., sale on October 24, 2019. I welcomed this assignment when it came into my mailbox. First, because I love these Maserati spyders — or convertibles, as they were also called in factory brochures and advertisements, especially for the U.S. market. They are rare and beautiful, true exemplars of the “Dolce Vita” era — a time when Maserati found its feet as a manufacturer of 78 Sports Car Market high-quality, high-performance GT cars. I also was excited because this sale was also a great example of how the market’s continued shift towards aligning with the fundamentals of collecting has become ever more evident. Today’s buyers look to the key components in each type and example of car to determine how much they are willing to spend for a purchase. no matter how few of an item was made, few are immune to the reali- ties of the fundamentals of collecting. The best examples of this rare, beautiful and, most important, enjoy- able-to-drive car, sold near and slightly above the $1 million mark up to two to five years ago. now it appears that their market appeal has cooled a bit, with prices settled across all ranges of condition.


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But as is ever the case, the spread be- tween the very best and those that need an explanation grows wider. Let’s take a closer look at what matters in one of these cars. Replacement engines no big deal — in period As is the case with many performance cars of the 1950s, 1960s and into the 1970s, engines often suffered under early owners who sought to exploit their performance to the utmost — or from poor service maintenance at dealerships far from factory training. Despite today’s atmosphere of matching-numbers mania, in period it was easier and more desirable from all sides to replace a problem engine with a new one — found sitting on a shelf in a spares depot — rather than doing major surgery on an original damaged unit. Certainly today if you had a problem with the power- plant of your 2019 Whizbang XLT5, you would not want the local dealer technician to replace the head, sump and pistons if you could instead receive a brand-new factory engine. Chances are you wouldn’t be concerned about some- one sitting at an auction in 2077 turning their nose up at your car as it crossed the block (or more likely appeared on the 3-D hologram display of an AppleAmazon iPhone 42 pro) because the engine had been replaced when it was a year old. In period, it was the practice of the Maserati factory to supply unstamped engines as company replacements. The best examples of this rare, beautiful and, most important, enjoyable-to-drive car, sold near and slightly above the $1 million mark up to two to five years ago. Now it appears that their market appeal has cooled a bit, with prices settled across all ranges of condition. It is not uncommon to come across 3500 GTs with such engines. The description of this car, however, mentioned that in addition to having a color change, it also had an engine replacement. It was not done by a dealer in period but by an owner who was at least the fourth — if not farther along in the chain of possession — and that said engine, from a 3500 GT coupe he also owned, had later been restamped to match the number of the original unit. Our subject car sold in February 2015 at Artcurial’s Rétromobile sale in Paris for €858,240, which was, at the time, $976,677. The replaced engine was mentioned in the Artcurial catalog, but it also stated that the original engine came with the car. There was no such notice in the RM Sotheby’s catalog. A notice appeared in the auction catalog indicating that RM Sotheby’s had an ownership interest in the car. The car had also been listed for sale on the website of a major international dealer in the U.K. prior to the auction — and was listed as having been sold. I cannot state how that happened to be, but perhaps it was involved in a trade of some sort with another vehicle the company February 2020 Details was offering by private-treaty sale. In any event, it certainly could explain why the re- serve was set at a level that enabled the car to sell. In the catalog, no pre-sale estimate was listed. A parallel sale In any case, I know of at least one 3500 GT Spyder which shared similar attributes of value with our subject car. This other car was privately purchased in 2017 and privately sold in 2019. This car also has a color change and a replacement engine, although it was a correct unstamped factory block. The car had a shorter and complete ownership history. The owner paid in the $800k range in 2017 and sold it to a dealer at a wholesale price in the $500k range in 2019. This sits almost exactly parallel with our subject car in the current market. A great, fun car sold well however, given the details of the engine change but also accounting for the very visually appealing blackon-black livery resulting from the color change, in my view our subject car was well sold given its history and collection of value attributes. nevertheless, once the driver is behind the wheel, turns the key and drives off, our subject car will do what every other more-original example does, which is provide a delightful driving experience. In this market it’s all about choice — why you buy determines what you pay, and that’s a good thing. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of RM Sotheby’s.) Donald Osborne, ASA, is the CEO of Audrain LLC and oversees the Audrain Automobile Museum & the Audrain’s Newport Concours & Motor Week. An historian and consultant, he stars on “Jay Leno’s Garage” on CNBC. $1,400,000 $1,000,000 $1,200,000 $1,072,500 $800,000 $600,000 $400,000 $200,000 $0 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 79 $880,000 $604,500 This sale: $528,750 1961 Maserati 3500 GT Vignale Spyder Lot 140, s/n AM1011129 Condition 3Sold at $940,464 RM Sotheby’s, Villa Erba, ITA, 5/27/17 SCM# 6839175 High Auction Sales for the Past Five Years $1,347,500 1961 Maserati 3500 GT Spyder $940,464 1959 Maserati 3500 GT Spyder by Frua Lot 155, s/n AM101268 Condition 2Sold at $605,000 RM Sotheby’s, Monterey, CA, 8/18/17 SCM# 6846364 Years produced: 1959–65 Number produced: 242 Original list price: $14,500 Current SCM Median Valuation: $740,500 Tune-up cost: $1,750 Chassis # location: In engine compartment on firewall Engine # location: Stamped on side of block Club: Maserati Club International Web: www.maseratinet.com Alternatives: 1958–63 Aston Martin DB4 convertible, 1965–66 Ferrari 275 GTS, 1959–64 Lancia Flaminia GT Spider SCM Investment Grade: B Comps 1961 Maserati 3500 GT Vignale Spyder Lot 132, s/n AM1011333 Condition 2Sold at $741,838 RM Sotheby’s, Villa Erba, ITA, 5/25/19 SCM# 6902472


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German Profile Courtesy of Bonhams 1978 Porsche 928 Coupe Gen One 928s were born to replace the 911. Are they finally becoming collectible? by Prescott Kelly Chassis number: 9288102083 SCM Condition for this car: 3 SCM Analysis This car, Lot 147, sold for $50,798, including buyer’s premium, at Bonhams’ Zoute, Belgium, auc- tion on October 11, 2019. By the early 1970s, Porsche engineers had been through a wringer to get their cars “clean” enough to pass the United States’ new emissions laws. First they had to forsake carburetors, messing up their U.S. lineup in 1968 (no 911S) while they readied mechanical fuel injection. They were in the process of moving past multiport fuel injection to continuous fuel injection, which came with the 1974 models. new U.S. crash standards were scheduled for that same year. And naderism still threatened rearengine cars. Understandably, Porsche feared that increasingly strenuous laws would ultimately outlaw the 911. And, of course, the design was aging. A new car was needed. Enter the 928 — but the 911 lived on The 928 was the pet project of Porsche’s first non-family-member CeO, ernst Fuhrmann, an engineer best known for designing Porsche’s 1954–65 high-performance 4-cam, 4-cylinder engines. The 928 design was “modern,” but it turned out to be more of a grand tourer than a pur sang sports car. It was more Mercedes 450SL or BMW 6-series than 911. When it was introduced in 1977, 911 owners whispered “nice German Thunderbird” and stayed away in droves. Ferry Porsche didn’t appreciate the car either. Then the car did not sell particularly well — never more than 5,600 units in a year. In the end, the bigger and heavier 928 cost Fuhrmann his job. In the early 1980s, his successor, American Peter Schutz, together 80 Sports Car Market with engineering chief helmuth Bott, famously determined they would continue to develop the 911. That decision worked out well, as we look back almost 40 years later. A sophisticated design however, the 928 turned out to be a terrific automobile — even if not a 911. At introduction, it featured a front-mounted, water-cooled, alumi- num 4.5-liter V8 with dual overhead camshafts and fuel injection with 237 to 240 horsepower (choked down to 219 by emissions gear in the U.S.) pushing through an alloy rear transaxle with either a 5-speed stick shift or a (Mercedes-supplied) 3-speed automatic. The 928 handled well with its sophisticated and capable suspension


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that incorporated Porsche’s first power steering unit — even though the car was relatively heavy at 3,200 pounds. The body design was avantgarde, with increased interior space wrapped in attractive aero-efficient bodywork that featured aluminum front fenders, hood, and doors. The bumpers were fiberglass/polyurethane and integrated into the bodywork — a new look for Porsche. Car of the Year When it was introduced in January 1977 as a 1978 model, the 928 won a warm reception from the general public and the motoring press. It was powerful, very roadable, comfortable — speed with grace and aplomb. Road testers praised the car. Writing in Porsche Panorama in April 1978, Bob Rassa concluded: “The 928 is the ultimate combination of superb styling, the quintessence of luxury, and the pinnacle of handling and performance…. It is predictable, beautiful, deliberate, and desirable — without a doubt the finest car we have ever driven.” It all culminated when the 928 became the first-ever sports car to be voted europe’s Car of the Year. The 928 lasted 18 years Porsche continually developed the 928. During the early 1980s, they added the S model with a bigger 4.7-liter engine with 297 to 300 horsepower (234 in the U.S.) and a rear spoiler. Mid-1983 saw the introduction of a new, Mercedes- supplied 4-speed automatic. Then Bosch ABS was added. For the 1987 model, changes included larger displacement — up to 5 liters with 316 horsepower — camshafts doubled to four with four valves per cylinder, upgraded stick shift, and more-modern seats. The model was dubbed S32 (the number of valves) as introduced, but it was soon renamed the S4 (number of camshafts). Today, the 928 S4 is a collector and driver sweet spot. In 1989 Porsche launched the 928 GT with 330 horse- power. The car also had a 40% — and then variable 0–100% — limited-slip differential as standard equipment, along with airbags and a tire-pressure monitoring system. That evolved into the GTS in 1993–94 with a longer stroke at 5.4 liters, delivering 345 horsepower, 369 ft-lb of torque, with 17-inch Cup wheels with 7.5-inch front and nine-inch rear tires under two-inch flared rear bodywork. Performance was best ever for a 928: 0–60 mph in 5.3 seconds, 170 mph top speed, and braking from 70 mph to 0 in 160 feet. The GTS, especially with a 5-speed stick shift, is the holy grail of 928s, with prices now regularly up to $150,000. (See the German Profile, SCM June 2016, pages 74–75.) Early 928s as collectibles? The earliest 928s are the fourth-tier collectible in the model range, behind GTSs, GTs, and S4s. But they offer some interesting attributes. The early cars have the original, very smooth look — before semi-air-dam bumpers, rear wings, side skirts or big wheels and flares. They often came with checkerboard, pin-striped, or plaid cloth inserts for seats and door panels, a period look so far out that it’s back in. And they had a few exterior paint colors that are prized today, primarily the greens and blues. February 2020 Still, this car is not approaching major collectible status. Our subject 928 This first-year model 928 at Bonhams’ Zoute sale stayed with the Porsche Factory as an executive car for over a year and its first 30,693 km (19,030 miles). The first private owner, a university professor from the Munich area, purchased the car in 1979 for 42,000 DM — about $23,000. he kept the car until 2017, with regular documented services at the Munich Porsche dealer. The third owner, an area collector, consigned the car to Bonhams after one more full service. At auction, the car showed 118,848 km (about 73,700 miles). Our SCM reporter on the ground at Zoute, Leo Van hoorick, rated the car a Condition 3. The car had worn gray metallic paint and uneven panel gaps, but it had a nice original brown interior with plaid seat inserts and door panels. It had the desirable 5-speed gearbox. The auction-house catalog did not disclose if the car had original paint or if it had a matching-number drivetrain. Other Gen One 928s at auction have seldom broken north of $25,000. The only previous high-dollar sale was at RM’s Porsche sale in Atlanta in november 2018, when a very original Light Blue Metallic 1979 model with a 5-speed stick shift, a full black leather interior and 26,000 miles sold for $57,120. This Bonhams Zoute 928, with a lot more miles and weaker overall condition — but with a more marketable plaid interior — sold for $50,798. That was a very strong price for the condition and mileage. Time may show that Gen One 928s like this one were good purchases, but I wouldn’t bet on it. ♦ Prescott Kelly, SCM’s expert on all things Porsche, started writing for us in 2010. High Auction Sales for the Past Five Years $57,120 $60,000 1978 Porsche 928 Coupe $40,000 $50,000 $38,500 $30,000 $20,000 $10,000 $0 $15,950 $10,655 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 81 $51,412 This sale: $50,798 1994 Porsche 928 GTS Lot 164, s/n WP0AA2923RS820091 Condition 2 Sold at $112,000 RM Sotheby’s, Porsche 70th Anniversary Sale, Atlanta, GA, 10/27/18 SCM# 6880038 Details Years produced: 1977–95 Number produced: 17,669 Gen One cars. 61,056 total for all models/ all years Original list price: $28,500 in 1978 Current SCM Median Valuation: $16,500 Tune-up cost: $1,600 with valve adjustment — but no belts Chassis # location: On inner passenger’s side fender lip under hood Engine # location: On small boss top front right of engine Club: Porsche Club of America Web: www.pca.org Alternatives: 1978–83 Porsche 911SC, 1977–79 Ferrari 308 GTS, 1978–80 Mercedes-Benz 450SLC SCM Investment Grade: C Comps 1988 Porsche 928 S4 Lot S82, s/n WP0JB0925JS860579 Condition 3+ Not sold at $47,000 Mecum Auctions, Dallas, TX, 9/4/19 SCM# 6908718 1979 Porsche 928 Lot S188, s/n 9289200855 Condition 2 Sold at $25,300 Mecum Auctions, Phoenix, AZ, 3/14/19 SCM# 6897929


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American Profile erik Fuller ©2019, courtesy of RM Sotheby’s 1930 Cadillac V16 Sport Phaeton by Fleetwood A stunning car from the early days of Hollywood is still a big-money star by Carl Bomstead Body number: 55 engine number: 702478 SCM Condition for this car: 1- W ith its disappearing-tonneau windshield and second set of instruments for rear-seat passengers, the Cadillac V16 Sport Phaeton was a sleek beast that looked the part of a star’s car. And so it was with the car offered here, which was delivered via Los Angeles’ Don Lee Cadillac. Its original owner is long said to have been Richard Arlen, one of the most respected Hollywood actors of the 1920s. He was also a notable car enthusiast, as the Cadillac shared space with a Model J Duesenberg. Some 20 years later it was purchased by James Brucker Sr., who for decades was a major supplier of automobiles to the film industry. The cars were exhibited at Movie World: Cars of the Stars and the Planes of Fame Museum. The car was customized for its starring role in the 1964 film “The Carpetbaggers,” starring Alan Ladd. This Cadillac V16 was restored in 1990 and has been recently freshened at Steve Babinsky’s Automotive Restoration of Lebanon, NJ, which included a new top and leather interior. It is the most famous and best-known surviving sport phaeton — a true star in its own right on the show field as it was on the screen. SCM Analysis This car, Lot 417, sold for $1,221,000, including buyer’s premium, at RM Auctions’ hershey Lodge Auction held in hershey, PA, on October 11, 2019. Most SCM readers know that henry Leland left Cadillac to form Lincoln. What they may not know is that Leland had left Oldsmobile to 82 Sports Car Market help form Cadillac. Well, he was not actually working for Oldsmobile, but his firm sup- plied the three-horsepower motor for the curved-dash Olds. Leland was able to more than triple the horsepower, but Oldsmobile was not interested. The investors in henry Ford’s defunct Detroit Automobile Company were, however, convinced of the viability of the engine, and the Cadillac Automobile Company was formed in 1902. The new, innovative firm prospered. In 1909, it became part of


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William Durant’s General Motors. Fastforward to 1917, and the United States was entering Word War I in europe. Leyland suggested to Durant that Cadillac build aircraft engines, but Durant, a pacifist, wanted no part of the war effort. Leyland, in turn, went to Washington and was assured that they would be awarded a contract for building the engines. Returning to Detroit, Leyland resigned and quickly founded the Lincoln Motor Company. In the ensuing years, Cadillac competitors Packard, Stutz, Duesenberg and PierceArrow made inroads into the luxury-car market — once Cadillac’s sole purview. Perhaps it was the absence of Leyland’s leadership, but Cadillac had lost its innovative edge. Cadillac’s V16 engine In 1926, in a secret “skunk works” environment, Cadillac began work on an innovative new V16 powerplant. The project was so protected that internal communications referred to it as a “bus” or “coach” project. The resulting engine, introduced in 1930, was an elegant work of art — and one of the few engines ever produced to have been styled. Wires were channeled inside the valley between the two cylinder banks and concealed by a black enameled cover that matched the rest of the engine. The 452-ci engine produced 165 horsepower and was essentially two straight-8 blocks, each having its own fuel-feed and ignition systems. This allowed for the driver to switch off one entire bank and cruise on the other 8. This was an idea that resurfaced in 1981 with calfskin upholstery, pistols for door handles, a rearinghorse hood ornament and a set of longhorns mounted in front of the radiator. Fortunately, it was returned to its former glory after filming ended. early movie star Richard Arlen was the car’s first owner. Arlen starred in “Wings,” which won the firstever Academy Award for Best Picture. As the story goes, Arlen went to the Don Lee Cadillac Agency in Los Angeles to decide if he wanted the car. Movie star Mae West, an early sex symbol, was sitting in the car and informed him that if he did not buy the car, she would. he quickly made the deal. A big sale in a dropping market This stunning sport phaeton was fitted with dual sidemount spares, a low-profile rear trunk, rear-seat instruments, a roll-up division window and special “veed” front windshield. Slightly cut-down doors and a long hood emphasized the long, dramatic body. This car personified the Classic era. This Cadillac sold for a strong number in a question- able market, but I have long stated that the cream rises to the top, and exceptional offerings will continue to bring the money. I doubt that “star power” had much to do with the This car personified the Classic Era. It sold for a strong number in a questionable market, but I have long stated that the cream rises to the top, and exceptional offerings will continue to bring the money. the short-lived Cadillac V-8-6-4. In 1930, Cadillac buyers could choose from an impos- ing 72 body styles — in addition to uncataloged custom coachwork offerings. Only 85 dual-windshield sport phaetons were produced on the 148-inch wheelbase chassis. It was one of the least-expensive V16s offered, with a catalog price of $6,500. It was an age of opulence done to perfection with little regard to cost. Hollywood history Our featured Cadillac has often been referred to as the Alan Ladd Cadillac, as he drove it in the film “The Carpetbaggers,” in which he played nevada Smith. The car suffered the indignity of being customized with white February 2020 final price, as few people remember Alan Ladd — let alone Richard Arlen. This car stood on its own merits. The strong price was well deserved and was marketcorrect. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of RM Auctions.) Carl Bomstead wrote his first story for SCM in February 1997, and his words have appeared in EVERY issue since then. His “eWatch” column prompts some SCMers to read the magazine back to front. $2,000,000 High Auction Sales for the Past Five Years $1,925,000 $1,500,000 $1,457,500 $1,000,000 $500,000 $0 1930 Cadillac V16, Open 2014 2015 $1,100,000 $1,100,000 $669,958 This sale: $1,221,000 1930 Cadillac V16 convertible sedan Lot 205, s/n 700991 Condition 2 Sold at $1,925,000 RM Sotheby’s, Fort Worth, TX, 5/2/15 SCM# 265070 1930 Cadillac V16 roadster Lot 187, s/n 701070 Condition 1Sold at $797,500 Auctions America, Auburn, IN, 6/24/17 SCM# 6839871 1931 Cadillac V16 Sport Phaeton Lot 173, s/n 72994 Condition 2Sold at $669,958 RM Sotheby’s, London, U.K., 9/5/18 SCM# 6877770 Details Year produced: 1930 Number produced: 85 Original list price: $6,500 Current SCM Median Valuation: $1,221,000 (this car) Tune-up cost: $1,400 with distributor caps Chassis # location: Right side of crankcase near water inlet Club: Classic Car Club of America Web: classiccarclub.org Alternatives: 1930 Packard 740 sedan, 1930 Pierce-Arrow Model A sedan, 1930 Stutz MB SCM Investment Grade: B Comps 2016 2017 2018 83


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Race Car Profile Diana Varga ©2019, courtesy of RM Sotheby’s 1985 Lancia Delta S4 Rally These cars, still insane 35 years on, are now bought and used as exciting toys, not as collectibles by Thor Thorson Chassis number: ZLAO38AR00000202 SCM Condition for this car: 2- SCM Analysis This car, Lot 152, sold for $985,765, including buyer’s premium, at RM Sotheby’s Olympia, London, U.K., auction on October 24, 2019. Since the beginning, automobile-racing sanctioning bodies and promoters struggled to balance spectacle and spectator attraction with safety concerns in a sport that was, certainly for the first century of its existence, frequently a blood sport. Rules would be set, only to have technology and ingenuity overwhelm them in the search for ways to go faster and finish first. Rallying was a relatively genteel and safe corner of the sport until sometime in the 1970s, when promoters figured out the spectator appeal of flat-out racing on closed (normally remote, twisting and gravel) public roads — and manufacturers discovered the halo effect of winning with ostensibly production cars. Professional rallying became a major component of the international competition world, and the FIA, as the governing body, was eager to help. Hello, Killer Bs Through the late 1970s and into the early 1980s, rallying was done in production cars with a minimum of 400 cars built, either in Group 2 (4 seats) or Group 4 (2 seats). Four-wheel drive was allowed starting in 1979 on the assumption that the increased weight and complexity would offset the 4WD advantages. In the interests of spicing things up, the FIA for 1982 introduced a revised set of rules, now with Groups A and B. Group A was pretty much the old Groups 1 and 2, but Group B broke new ground. 84 henri Toivonen en route to an overall win at the 1985 Lombard RAC Rally Sports Car Market Group B was much less restrictive — minimum production was only 200, exotic materials and lower weights were allowed, and forced-induction boost levels were not restricted, allowing far higher horsepower. More importantly, the rules allowed each manufacturer to build and race 20 “evolution” variants per year that had to share little with the “production” models beyond basic design layout and appearance. The major manufacturers immediately realized that this meant that they could build 200 “homologation specials” that could be sold, then build 20 pure racing cars per season that looked mostly like the street ones Courtesy of Motorsport Images


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but were insanely faster. This was the origin of the “Killer B” rally cars. Different displacement cars were given different weight limits, and forced induction (either supercharged or turbocharged) had an equivalence factor of 1.4. Most everyone chose 2,500-cc engines (1,750 cc with charging), which allowed 860 kg (1,960 lbs) weight — a perfect fit for their small sedan production models. The Lancia S4 Lancia, the rally racing component of the Fiat empire, initially chose to enter Group B with the “037” (derived from Abarth’s project code), a somewhat larger mid-engine 2WD loosely based on the Lancia Scorpion model. They were successful with it, winning the 1983 Manufacturers’ Championship. By 1984, though, the writing was on the wall: The future was 4WD — and a smaller car. Lancia’s small hatchback at the time was the Delta, a rather pretty FWD sedan, and it became the nominal base for the 1985 Delta S4. The new S4, in keeping with Group B tradition, shared nothing with the Delta except the silhouette — if you squinted a bit. This rally car was a tubeframe, mid-engine, all-wheel-drive, fiberglass-bodied, “twincharged” 1,750-cc, 250-horsepower death wish on wheels — and that was the homologation “Stradale” version, which Savio built in Turin. The “evolutione” competition cars were built at Abarth from the ground up — and shared little with the Stradale beyond basic architecture. The bodywork was all carbon fiber, with the fronts and rears removable as units for service or replacement. The car had more suspension travel, bigger shocks, and everything strengthened for brutal usage. And yes, lots more horsepower. If you want to make huge horsepower with a turbo, Lancias, being Italian, exotic and highly successful, carry the greatest market value, but even these peaked around $1.2 million about five years ago. it needs to be big, which means it doesn’t work at low speeds. Twincharging means using a supercharger for low speeds and then switching to a turbo above about 4,500 rpm, which made the best use of both. In the comp cars this allowed for anywhere from 500 horsepower to well over 800 horses. Remember, this is a 2,000-pound car. Too crazy and dangerous to last The resulting car and driving experience were insane! Yes, they were horribly dangerous, and yes, they crashed and broke a lot. During rallies, each car had a van filled with spare body sections, several engines and transmissions, complete suspension corners and so on. Why? So the car could effectively be remade overnight. This car was a pure weapon, and anyone who speaks of “matching numbers” is blowing smoke. even complete chassis were frequently replaced. This level of insanity couldn’t last — and didn’t. 1985 was wild, but 1986 endured a series of horrible accidents that killed both participants and spectators, with the result that the “Killer B” category was abruptly suspended at the end of 1986. They were simply too dangerous. February 2020 These beasts still race The market for these cars is as unique as the cars themselves. Ferrari and Italian supercar guru Mike Sheehan was a fountain of information for me on this profile. Sheehan knows rally Lancias, the market for them, and this particular car intimately. he has several insights. The first is that the market is almost strictly european, mostly Italian with a few Germans and Brits. Sheehan says the American collectors “could share a pizza.” The next is that the owners actually use them, and hard! These are not static dust catchers. They are driven at or near their limit in frequent events around southern europe, with one result being an active network of people to service and repair them and another being that not one of the cars has a pristine provenance. They are purchased and used as exciting toys, not as collectibles. Sure, historical bragging rights are important and have value, but nothing like, say, a racing Ferrari. As a result, values for “Killer B” rally cars are a strange combination of mostly weapons-grade considerations (how much fun will it be, can I win in one?) and a varying amount of collector ones. Lancias, being Italian, exotic and highly successful, carry the greatest market value, but even these peaked around $1.2 million about five years ago. Interestingly, the street versions of all “Killer Bs” frequently have more market value than the comp cars: They are more original, nowhere near as beat up, and can be used on the street. A bit over two years ago, Mike Sheehan was dispatched to Italy with instructions to inspect this car, and if possible, purchase it for €1 million (about $1,150,000 at the time). Unfortunately, the seller proved uncooperative and the deal fell through, with the apparent result that it failed to sell until now, when it went at auction for $985,765. There is a clear lesson here for sellers — pride in a soft market is bad strategy. On the assumption that this car was purchased knowledgeably by someone who wants to use it as a joyous (possibly terrifying, certainly exhilarating) experience, it was fairly bought. ♦ Thor Thorson wrote his first Race Profile for SCM way back in 2003. He has owned this part of the magazine ever since, much to the delight of all. 85 Details Years produced: 1985–86 Number produced: 28 Original list price: N/A (Stradales were $56,000) Current SCM Median Valuation: $850,500 (this car) Club: American Lancia Club Web: www.americanlanciaclub.com Alternatives: 1986 Ford RS 200, 1985 Peugeot 205 Turbo 16 E2, 1985 Audi Quattro E2 SCM Investment Grade: B Comps 1985 Lancia Delta S4 Stradale coupe Lot 257, s/n ZLA038AR000000155 Condition 2- Sold at $1,171,456 RM Sotheby’s, Essen, DEU, 4/11/19 SCM# 6899722 1986 Ford RS200 Evolution coupe Lot 128, s/n SFACXXBJ2CGL00215 Condition 3+ Sold at $379,689 Bonhams, Bond Street Sale, London, U.K., 12/2/17 SCM# 6856385 1985 Lancia Delta S4 Rally Lot 267, s/n ZLA038AR00000209 Condition 3 Not sold at $650,000 Artcurial, Paris, FRA, 11/2/14 SCM# 256448


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Next Gen Profile Courtesy of Barrett-Jackson 2008 Honda S2000 Convertible This nerdy Japanese car is very, very fun — and will outperform less-nerdy comparables by Nick Jaynes Chassis number: JhMAP21448S000529 SCM Condition for this car: 1- N 86 erd culture is king. “Star Wars,” “Avengers,” “Stranger Things” — these nerdy franchises are atop the popularity charts, as in vogue as it gets. As nerd culture spreads, it touches every facet of society — even sports cars. Of the sports cars produced over the past two decades, none is nerdier than the honda S2000. If the sports-car market is “The Avengers” comic-book movie franchise, the S2000 is Ant-Man. Like Ant-Man, the S2000 is good — maybe, if we’re really honest with ourselves, the best of the bunch — but, if you are anything like me, you’re almost ashamed to admit it. You might pretend that, of its contemporaries, the Viper (Thor), the Corvette (Captain America) or the 360 Modena (Iron Man) is your favorite. Those are clearly more powerful and sexier. no matter. Deep down, it’s really the twee, snappy and quick ant- charmer you like best of all. I say this without casting even the slightest whiff of judgment on nerd culture, mind you. I wear a Seiko wristwatch and have an affinity for Toyotas and “Star Wars.” I get it. I, too, am a nerd. That’s why I’ve been so tickled to see the S2000, like the under- appreciated Ant-Man, begin to have its day in the sun and receive the accolades it truly deserves. Sports Car Market


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SCM Analysis This car, Lot 388, sold at $47,300, including buyer’s premium, at Barrett-Jackson’s Las Vegas Auction on October 3, 2019. Our subject honda S2000 fetched more than two times the SCM median value. Seeing this, my jaw dropped. The S2000’s much-deserved rise has finally begun, I thought. A Rising Sun on a rising tide This example is special, though. It had been kept most of its life in honda’s museum in Ohio before it was raffled off to a company employee, the first registered owner. In its life it racked up 2,045 miles. Given its pristine condition, low miles and provenance, it’s understandably worth more than a run-of-the-mill dealer-purchased S2000. Still, a rising tide raises all ships. And what a ship the S2000 is. The first iteration, from 1999 to 2003, was an impres- sive thing indeed. Its 1,997-cc (2-liter) 4-cylinder had an indecent 8,900-rpm redline just before which, at 8,300 rpm, it produced 240 horsepower. Further down the rev range, the DOhC made 153 foot-pounds at 7,500 rpm. At full rev, just a hair below redline, it clocks in at 93 decibels — four decibels louder than the Ferrari F355 spider at full throttle. The original S2000 — thanks to its perfectly dis- tributed 2,813-pound curb weight and its all-controlarm suspension — is almost annoyingly planted. Unfortunately, it isn’t permanently so. Some owners found the limit of the 1999–2003 S2000’s grip, which happened to coincide with the end of their talent. Go figure. For the refresh, honda engineers gave the S2000 a few more progressive handling characteristics. They stiffened up the front springs and softened the rears. This allowed it to gently step out, rather than snap off the tarmac and into the trees. Right now, you’re likely thinking, “But nick, a loud engine and planted handling isn’t nerdy.” Too true. Just wait. honda engineers also lengthened the stroke of the 4-cylinder engine, bumping it up to 2,175 cc (2.2 liters) while simultaneously increasing compression ratio. This lowered the redline to 8,000 rpm. That made peak power more accessible, a carryover 240 horses. however, that now kicked in at 7,800 rpm instead of 8,300. Additionally, peak torque climbed from 153 to 162 foot-pounds at 6,500 rpm. The engineering team also removed a handful of carbon-composite cone rings from the 6-speed manual transmission for more buttery shifts. Details Years produced: 1999–2009 Number produced: 110,673 Original list price: $34,000 (base) Current SCM Median Valuation: $22,000 Chassis # location: VIN tag in front left corner of windshield The front and rear of the car also received updated styling. And, on the interior, designers scalloped the door panels, clad the stereo in silver trim, and fitted speakers into the headrests. The result of all these changes (and more) is a sports car that is slightly quicker to 60 mph, handles a bit more forgivingly, and has a minutely more livable interior. The nerdy part Let’s be honest — if GM put this kind of effort into a refresh of a sports car, it’d want those efforts to result in 250 additional horsepower. They’d add a supercharger, too. Then designers would finish it off by fitting a wing on the back big enough to obscure the sun for a large portion of the planet. But not honda. It put all that work into correctly, and admirably, adjusting the car, making it incrementally better … in ways most passersby (or owners) might never notice. And that’s pretty darn nerdy. This brings us back to Ant-Man. he’s really the only honestly fun and accessible Avenger. Thor (Viper) is super enticing and great to look at — although he’d be obnoxious to spend any lengthy amount of time with. Same goes with Cap’ (Corvette). “You’re great, we get it. Just chill out,” I imagine I’d find myself thinking. now that nerdy pursuits are no longer looked down upon, nerds can live openly without shame and without fear of social reprisals or scorn. So go ahead, buy that S2000 and forget what your Porsche and Bimmer friends say. Yes, your car is supernerdy. But it’s better than theirs and they’re just too proud to admit it. ♦ Nick Jaynes started writing for SCM a couple of years ago. His passion for cars and adventure shows through in all of his stories. 2004 Honda S2000 convertible Lot 33, s/n JHMAP2142S237583 Condition 2+ Sold at $21,330 Silver Auctions, Vancouver, WA, 4/22/17 SCM# 6834803 2000 Honda S2000 convertible Lot FR0173, s/n JHMAP1140YT003657 Condition 2+ Sold at $29,000 GAA, Greensboro, NC, 3/1/18 SCM# 6863615 Engine # location: Stamped on lefthand front side of the block under intake manifold Club: S2000 Club of America (S2kCA) Web: http://s2kca.com Alternatives: 1996–2004 Porsche Boxster, 2002–08 Nissan 350Z, 1995–2002 BMW Z3 SCM Investment Grade: C Comps 2002 Honda S2000 convertible Lot 020.1, s/n JHMAP11402T005156 Condition 1 Sold at $17,050 New England Auto Auction, Owls Head, ME, 8/16/19 SCM# 6908452 February 2020 87


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Next Gen Market Moment Tom Wood ©2019, courtesy of RM Sotheby’s 1994 BMW 850 CSi In the case of this strong auction outcome, color counts — a lot! Sold at $237,293 RM Sotheby’s, London, U.K., October 24, 2019, Lot 164 Chassis number: WBSeG91030CC00692 SCM Condition for this car: 1- “not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts.” — Albert einstein T his BMW sold at RM Sotheby’s London, U.K., auction for a staggering $237,293. Earlier this year, we profiled the auction of an ultra-rare, righthand-drive Cosmos Black 1996 BMW 850 CSi at Silverstone in England. That 13,000-mile car was one of only 148 right-hand-drive exam- ples produced, and it hammered for a princely sum of $111,435. At first glance, the “Cosmos Car” appears to be a huge bargain when compared to the recent London sale. Color counts! However, upon closer examination, RM Sotheby’s Lot 164 has two key attributes in its favor that justify a roughly 100% price increase over the Cosmos Car — desirable color (Diamantschwarz Metallic) and ultra-low mileage (3,600km/2,200 miles) — in that order. In the case of this strong auction outcome, color counts — a lot! The 850 CSi is emerging as possibly the ultimate BMW Next Gen collectible. Conceived as a modern grand touring successor to the E24 M6, the initial 850 was a disappointment to enthusiasts. It was heavy, sluggish and oversized. However, BMW quickly evolved the original 850i into a true per- formance car worthy of serious collector status. The CSi’s bespoke and significantly upgraded V12 required BMW to re-designate the engine 88 with an entirely new code (the CSi V12 motor is known internally as the S70B56). The upgraded engine had more-advanced fuel injection and made 25% more horsepower than the base 850i — a material and muchneeded improvement given the size and weight of the E31. Decades since its introduction in 1992, the 850 CSi is finally having its day in the collector-car spotlight. On the heels of the six-figure sale of the Cosmos Car at Silverstone, this recent sale is further proof that the BMW 850 CSi has “arrived.” An elite club Only 1,510 CSis were manufactured, and our subject car resides in an elite club of sub-2,500-mile investment-grade examples. Yet it’s more than simply mileage and condition that puts this car into the stratosphere. Color counts, and it is emerging as one of the most important driv- ers of value for a modern classic. The famed BMW Diamantschwarz Metallic black paintwork puts this car in an entirely different league and looks particularly breathtaking on the CSi. The black-and-silver/gray two-tone interior only adds to the attractiveness of the entire package. In general, the CSi has a lot going for it as a rising collectible given its V12 engine, 6-speed manual transmission, low production stats and leading-edge, fly-by-wire throttle control system. Most CSis were driven hard and have accumulated irreversible wear and tear. Pristine 850 CSi cars are few and far between — or nonexistent. Our subject car is a unicorn — it has mileage, condition and color squarely in its favor and deserves the major step up in value over lesser examples. Further justifying the price is the fact that all books, records, in- voices and original tools were included in the sale. Lot 164 trumps the excellent Cosmos Black car by a considerable margin — even at a doubling of price. The buyer of this CSi paid a top-of-the-market price but also has bragging rights of owning the best CSi on the planet. Perhaps most importantly, this CSi is painted in arguably the best BMW color ever. — Philip Richter ♦ Sports Car Market


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Next Gen Rising Sun Recent Sales of Significant Japanese Cars That Are Market Leaders — or Future Collectibles by Brian Baker 2008 Honda S2000 CR #25705. S/N JHMAP21228S001046. 9,000 miles. “2.2-liter VTEC inline 4, 6-speed manual transmission, One of 699 CR models for the U.S. One of 200 in Apex Blue Pearl; removable hard top, a/c and radio delete, window sticker and factory manuals.” Condition: 1-. SOLD AT $56,000. Bring a Trailer 12/2/2019. Brian’s take: We have watched a few S2000s sell at auction — bringing around $20k–$35k, but what is the big deal with this one for it to sell at $56k? The CR (Club Racer) model was a sportier trim that had a few different features over the stock model. These cars have no sound deadening or spare tire, and are equipped with stiffer suspensions, a more-aggressive front, a rear spoiler, less-restrictive mufflers, no spare tire, removable soft top, an included hard top, and a quicker steering ratio. There is a slightly rarer version of this car, which is referred to as a “delete,” meaning it wasn’t equipped with a/c and a radio, shaving off 40 more pounds from the 60 pounds the CR removed from stock. This particular car is actually one of the 21 cars that came in this color with a “delete.” Tack on the low mileage, and we have a perfect storm. Well sold for now. Courtesy of Bringatrailer.com 1990 Mazda RX-7 GTU #24382. S/N JM1FC3319L0804681. 29,000 miles. “1.3-L two- rotor Wankel, 5-speed manual, Blaze Red, black velour interior, factory literature.” Condition: 2+. SOLD AT $12,000. Bring a Trailer, 10/25/2019. Brian’s take: The first-gen (FB) and second-gen (FC) RX-7s aren’t climbing as quickly as their third-gen (FD) counterparts. They are fun and sporty cars, with the first gen a little more dated. Currently, these cars cost about $2,000 for the FB and $3,000 to $6,000 for the FC. This car has low mileage and is unmodified, with a few small dents that could be popped out. Some enthusiasts say these cars usually need a rebuild at 90k miles, but others say you just need to run it through the rpms to keep it running right. Well sold. ♦ Courtesy of Bringatrailer.com 1971 Datsun 240Z #269. S/N HLS3013688. 83,050 miles. “Silver, Oregon title, runs and drives.” Condition: 3+. SOLD AT $9,400. Speeds Auto Auction 11/26/2019. Brian’s take: This 240Z was listed on an auction that I usually don’t cover. This is a local towing company that picks up cars that are wrecked, stolen, have no title, or have a lien title, both non-running and running. A few of us at SCM World headquarters sometimes browse it to see if we can get a good deal on a new project. One week I noticed a 240Z on their site. It looks to be in nice shape, with good body lines and near-complete interior compared to most of the cars on this site. The rear hatch also has the Series 1 vent holes, indicating that this may be a Series 1 car. Other things that caught my eye on this sparse auction listing are a clean Oregon title, and that it runs and drives. With cars at auctions like this, you have zero history on the car to decide if it is worth it or not. The most information you get is if you can see or hear any issues. If this car has no issues, the winner could easily flip it for almost twice the price. Well bought. ♦ 90 Courtesy of Speed’s Auto Auction Sports Car Market


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AUCTIONS IN THIS ISSUE $15.2m RM Auctions, Hershey, PA, p. 146 $12.6m Bonhams, Knokke-Heist, BEL, p. 100 $12m RM Sotheby’s, London, U.K., p. 132 $5.6m Worldwide, Corpus Christi, TX, p. 158 $3m Branson, Branson, MO, p. 122 $1.6m Bonhams, London, U.K., p. 114 94 Sports Car Market


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Who wants to get sold? Raise your panels. A lineup of exotic German offerings at RM Sotheby’s sale in London, U.K. Photo courtesy of RM Sotheby’s February 2020 95


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Market Reports Overview Don’t Forget Paris The sales around Rétromobile are on par with Amelia Island by Chad Tyson Top 10 Sales This Issue (Land Auctions Only) 1. 1965 Ferrari 275 GTB Alloy Long-Nose coupe, $3,174,863— Bonhams, BEL, p. 108 2. 2004 Ferrari Enzo coupe, $1,663,628—Bonhams, BEL, p. 112 3. 1969 Lamborghini Miura P400S coupe, $1,609,626—RM Sotheby’s, U.K., p. 140 4. 1930 Cadillac 452A sport phaeton, $1,221,000—RM Auctions, PA, p. 154 5. 1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster, $1,142,951—Bonhams, BEL, p. 104 6. 1989 Ferrari F40 coupe, $1,015,956—Bonhams, BEL, p. 110 7. 1931 Invicta 4½ Litre S-type roadster, $983,137—Bonhams, BEL, p. 102 8. 1985 Lancia Delta S4 Rally hatchback, $985,765—RM Sotheby’s, U.K., p. 142 9. 2016 Ferrari F12tdf coupe, $758,864—Bonhams, BEL, p. 112 10. 1973 Ferrari 246 GT Dino coupe, $557,767—RM Sotheby’s, U.K., p. 142 Best Buys 1929 Pierce-Arrow Model 125 roadster, $82,500—RM Auctions, PA, p. 154 96 have you booked your trip to Paris in February yet? I t’s too easy for observers here in the States to overlook the fourth major auction hub of the year. Rétromobile is in early February. That means scores of collectors will descend upon Paris to attend one of the largest collector-car gatherings in the world. Since there are some auctions taking place too, I imag- ine some folks will be there to buy some of the most desirable automobiles ever created. Let us not forget Artcurial sold a 1939 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Touring coupe for $18,999,558 just a year ago. That’s by far the biggest sale at any of the Paris auctions ever. Let’s rewind just a bit to see how we got here. The 2014 Rétromobile sale was the first with the current threeauctions lineup. The grand total that year was $83,001,189. The next year, all three set the current high-water mark of $100,542,372. It’s been down, then up since. From 2018 to 2019, there was a 13% increase ($83.7m to $94.6m) in total sales between the three Paris auctions, with 3% growth the year prior. Reminder: In 2013 the total between Bonhams and Artcurial was $33.4m — Artcurial has not done less than that by itself since that year. RM Sotheby’s has been the obvious shift in the past decade. When they set up shop in 2014 (before Sotheby’s bought in), the overall total sales of Paris jumped 148%. They’ve never averaged less than $407k for a car in any year they’ve been there. Last year’s $36.6m take was a 25% increase over their 2018 total and was the company’s highest Paris total yet. Bonhams has hosted their Paris sale since 2008. Their peak year was 2015 (imagine how often that can be said) with a haul of $24.8m, led by a $2.2m 1965 Aston Martin DB5. In 2019, a 1939 Mercedes-Benz 540K at $1.8m topped the $13.4m sale. The Paris sales are remarkable for all of the above rea- sons, but also for their consistency. These three auctions have made up at least 5% of the yearly global auction totals since 2014. That number jumped to 7% in 2019, which is higher than Amelia Island’s collective 6%. Don’t forget Paris; you’ll miss out on some really sig- nificant cars. ♦ Worldwide Auctioneers Corpus Christi, TX October 4–5, 2019 October 10–11, 2019 RM Auctions Hershey, PA Knokke-Heist, BEL October 11, 2019 October 18–19, 2019 October 24, 2019 November 1, 2019 $0 London, U.K. RM Sotheby’s London, U.K. Bonhams Branson, MO Branson $3m $12m $1.6m $3m 1: National concours standard/perfect 2: Very good, club concours, some small flaws 3: Average daily driver in decent condition Bonhams Sales Totals of Auctions in This Issue $5.6m $15.2m $12.6m $6m $9m 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 $12m $15m 1960 Lotus Elite Series II coupe, $65,450—The Branson Auction, MO, p. 124 1989 Porsche 911 Turbo cabriolet, $53,391—RM Sotheby’s, London, U.K., p. 136 1951 Willys Jeepster convertible, $18,700—Worldwide Auctioneers, TX, p. 166 1931 Duesenberg Model J limousine, $451,000—RM Auctions, PA, p. 156 Sports Car Market


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Market Reports Overview Buy/Sell/Hold SCM’s Executive Editor makes his picks for the 2020 market by Chester Allen Buy: Modern American muscle cars If we jump into the Wayback Machine to, say, 1979 — or 1985 or 1990 — no gearhead would have predicted the massive renaissance of American muscle cars. If you strip away all the misty sentimentality and focus on performance, handling and safety, modern American muscle cars are far better than the legendary monsters of the 1960s and early 1970s. Take the 2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt: 480 horsepower from a DOHC 32-valve aluminum V8. Plenty of torque, too: 420 ft-lb at 4,600 rpm. Zero to 60 mph in 4.2 seconds. The transmission is an old-school 6-speed manual with a cueball shifter. Massive disc brakes. Combined/city/highway mileage is 18/15/24. MSRP is $47,500. GM and Mopar offer cars with similar — or better — performance. Now, here’s the catch: No one knows whether these cars will be collectible. Then again, who cares? Buy one and drive it every damn day — like it was 1969. Sell: 1964–69 Ford GT40 Mk I to Mk IV What? Who would want to sell one of the most-lusted- after collectible cars of all time? Especially when the “Ford v Ferrari” movie is supercharging interest — and, probably, value — in these 102 amazing cars? My answer is this: “Ford v Ferrari.” These cars will probably never be more valuable than RIGHT NOW. If you’re lucky enough to own one of these amazing cars — and you love it — well, don’t sell it. If you own one — and don’t love it — why not cash in and buy something you love? Hold: A great Mercedes-Benz that you love A “hold” car should always be a car that you love to drive — and won’t lose much value when you drive it. In short, “hold” cars are almost always the ones you regret selling. Many Mercedes-Benz cars are great “hold” cars be- cause they’re excellent drivers with fantastic build quality — and they hold value. Next Gen collectors are grabbing Mercedes-Benz cars right now for these reasons. If you own a 300SL Gullwing or Roadster, enjoy the miles and the investment. I’d also hang on to the 1968–71 280SL convertible, the 1968–71 280SE cabriolet — high or low grille — and any AMG monster that makes your heart hammer with delight. ♦ 98 Sports Car Market BUY SELL HOLD


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Bonhams Knokke-Heist, BEL The Zoute Sale 2019 A race-ready 1965 Ferrari 275 GTB Alloy topped all sales at $3.2m Company Bonhams Date October 11, 2019 Location Knokke-Heist, BEL Auctioneer James Knight Automotive lots sold/offered 33/42 Sales rate 79% Sales total $12,632,016 High sale 1965 Ferrari 275 GTB Alloy Long-Nose coupe, sold at $3,174,863 Buyer’s premium Poster car for the 2019 Zoute sale — 1965 Ferrari 275 GTB Alloy Long-nose coupe, sold at $3,174,863 15%, included in sold prices ($1.00 = €0.91) Report and photos by Leo Van Hoorick Market opinions in italics October 10 to 13 it was the scene for the 10th edi the Zoute Grand Prix. No doubt the organizers got inspiration from Pebble Beach and other major g ings, spreading the events over several days. For this edition, some 645 classic cars were attend- K ing, and the organizers counted over 260,000 visitors. The event comprises a four-day show of the most ex- nokke-Heist, Belgium, is the most mundane resort on the coast of the North Sea. It is also host to one of the premier car events in Europe — f Knokke-Heist, BEL lusive cars in the streets and on the dike of the town, a two-day regularity rally, a rally for modern GT cars, an international concours d’elegance and a sale by Bonhams. The auction focuses on quality rather than quantity, and in the last few years it turned out to be one of the best Bonhams sales on the Continent. It is staged in a huge marquee on the beach, with ample space und the vehicles, allowing the visitors to enjoy the cars as if they were visiting a museum. The poster car of the sale, a race-ready 1965 Ferrari 275 GTB 1931 Invicta 4½ Litre S-type roadster, sold at $983,137 100 Alloy, was placed on a rostrum. It went for $3.2m, but I guess Bonhams, along with the seller, were hoping for an even more spectacular result, as they dedicated a 50page catalog to this lot alone and already teased it at the Chantilly sale on June 30. It was one of seven Ferraris at this sale. The two oldest of them didn’t find a new home. A magnificent 1960 250 GT Series II cabriolet missed its $1.3m reserve by $223k, and a 250 GT coupe of the same vintage — with royal pedigree — was a non-sale at $574k. Three of the Ferraris figured in the top five best-selling cars. Apart from the 275 GTB, a 2004 Enzo went for $1.7m, and a 1989 F40 sold just over $1 million. Other cars in the top five were an inevitable Mercedes 300SL Roadster selling for $1,142,951 and a rare and well-patinated Invicta 4½ Litre at $983,137. There was only one other pre-war entry, a very interesting 1930 O.M. with real Mille Miglia history, but it failed to sell at $1,159,515. ♦ Sales Totals $12m $10m $8m $6m $4m $2m 0 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 Sports Car Market


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Bonhams Knokke-Heist, BEL ENGLISH TOP 10 No. 7 #20-1931 INVICTA 4½ LITRE Stype roadster. S/N 4467. Black/black canvas/black leather. Odo: 728 miles. A well-known car in the Invicta community, but aren’t they all, as some 68 of the 75 built are still known to survive. This one is oozing patina. Rust, dings and cracked leather are part of the package. But on inspecting the engine, one can see that this car is ready for action. The engine was completely rebuilt by the specialists of LMB of Antwerp back in 2007. Shod with new Blockleys. The car comes with its original fixed-head coupe body by Vanden Plas. A guaranteed entry ticket to the most prestigious events around the world. Cond: 3. of the more-powerful Vantage variant. The standard coupe is listed with a median value of $167,500 in the SCM Pocket Price Guide. This fine specimen went for quite a lot more, but only some 10% more than its low estimate of $223k. Both sides win, I guess. #10-1956 AUSTIN-HEALEY 100-4 BN2 roadster. S/N BN2L228821. Black/black canvas/red vinyl. Odo: 1,115 miles. Desirable BN2, equipped with performance-enhancing Le Mans kit. Superbly restored by one of the best in the business, Dutch Hans van Tiggelen. Original color scheme from new, finished in concours condition. Retrimmed interior in red vinyl. Wood-rimmed Moto-Lita steering wheel. New Vredestein tires. Perfectly detailed engine bay. Engine refurbished and gearbox rebuilt. Overdrive. Odo zeroed after restoration. Offered at no reserve. Cond: 1-. surprise, bidding stalled just south of the lower estimate of $150k. I know this is big money for an XK 140 these days, and well over the $121k median price in the price guide, but the car was nearly flawless. Advantage to the buyer. #11-1958 AC ACE Bristol roadster. S/N BEX495. Green/black canvas/brown leather. Odo: 70,821 miles. Original LHD example, delivered new to Virginia. Recent nut-and-bolt restoration. Exceptional panel fit, but somewhat cloudy paintwork. Not much attention was given to detail finish, with parts of front wheelwells badly painted or even unpainted. Small dent in nose. Nicely retrimmed interior. Remote gear-change linkage is a desirable option. New soft top. Optional overdrive. New stainless-steel exhaust system. Completely rebuilt engine with Cosworth pistons. New Avon tires. Comprehensive restoration file. U.K. V5. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $983,137. The low-chassis Invicta S-type is regarded as one of the most desirable pre-war sports cars. The most recent genuine one I found in the SCM Platinum Auction Database sold for $850,086 at the Bonhams London sale of 2015 (SCM# 270392), some $140k less than this one, notwithstanding a market that’s cooling down a bit. True classics soldier on. #26-1953 ASTON MARTIN DB2 coupe. S/N LML50307. Black/gray leather. Odo: 52,470 miles. Fully restored in Italy a few years ago. Original LHD Vantage model. Split windshield. Very straight body with excellent paint and brightwork. Gray-painted wires. Headlights a bit yellowish from age. The restoration was performed with the aim of preserving as much of the originality as possible. The interior was not retrimmed, but the leather of the seats was repainted—not an overwhelming success. Carpeting is new. Engine was overhauled in England by a marque specialist, hence the nicely detailed engine bay. ASI Gold plate, FIVA Identity Card and Dutch registration. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $165,093. The Bn2 roadster was short-lived but is arguably the most desirable of the healeys thanks to the 4-speed gearboxcum-overdrive. This one looked ready to be driven to any concours, under its own power. One of only three lots at this sale selling over its high estimate, but rightfully so. #27-1956 JAGUAR XK 140 SE roadster. S/N S812855. Gray/black canvas/red leather. Odo: 207 miles. Recent restoration to betterthan-new standards. Straight panels, good shut lines, excellent paint and shiny brightwork, down to the chromed wires. New Dunlop tires. Immaculate red leather interior with matching new carpets. This is an SE, so it has Lucas foglamps, and C-type cylinder head. The engine bay looks well cared for. Among the “sensible” upgrades is a 5-speed gearbox, which is no doubt easier to source than an original Laycock overdrive. Jaguar Heritage Certificate and restoration file included. Offered at no reserve. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $311,137. The AC Ace was an influential and widely imitated design. Of the original with a 2.6-L Bristol engine, only 466 were produced. This one is fitted with such a power unit, albeit not the original one. A lot of effort went into the restoration, no doubt; too bad the end result is somewhat spoiled by lessthan-perfect paintwork. Sold just over midestimate. Considering that the prices for these Aces are mellowing lately, rather well sold. #7-1967 MGB Mk I convertible. S/N GHN3L88082. British Racing Green/black canvas/black vinyl. Odo: 14,342 km. Firstseries, chrome-bumper model. An older bodyoff restoration still holding up well. Finished in its original BRG, overall good paint but some rust lurking underneath on left front. Good chrome and straight panels. Yellow headlights point to French origins. Good wires with fairly recent Vredesteins. Interior in black vinyl with white piping okay. Wooden MotoLita steering wheel. Rubber on door sill at driver’s side partially gone. Well-detailed engine bay with lots of shiny parts. Said to have SOLD AT $247,639. Of the DB2 coupe, Aston Martin built 302, but only a few of them were 102 SOLD AT $139,694. Putting a no-reserve sign on a car like this is not a gamble, really. It looked so perfectly charming. And yet, to my Sports Car Market


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Bonhams Knokke-Heist, BEL covered only some 2,000 km since resto. BMIHT certificate. Offered at no reserve. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $27,939. This specimen was more of a second-hand than a collectible to me. The low estimate of $20k was close to the median price of the most recent price guide. nevertheless, it was an attractive entry to the classic-car world, and the room felt the same. It ended up as one of the very few cars at this sale to achieve more than its high estimate. Well sold. FRENCH #29-1964 CITROËN 2CV Sahara sedan. S/N 1100111. Green/gray vinyl/gray cloth. Odo: 16,055 km. Looked nice from a distance. On closer inspection, this tin box just got a layer of paint to cover up the worst, and a brush was used too, for the harder-to-reach parts. Scratches and dings galore; no serious rust, though. Just about all the seals hard or cracked. Vinyl roof flimsy—I suspect not the original item—and torn over the whole length at both sides. Wipers all but parallel. Spare wheel on bonnet adds to appeal. Front seats worn, which is covered up by plastic-covered cushions in the same color. Painted steering wheel badly scratched. Both engines dusty and in line with rest of car. Instruction manual, parts catalog and workshop manual. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $1,142,951. non-seller at Artcurial’s Paris sale, June 17, 2019 (SCM# 6905956). It was bid there to $947,750, some $146k under its low estimate. here in Knokke, the reserve was set a tad lower at $1.056m, but now it sold close to its mid-estimate, confirming once again that the values for good 300SLs remain rock solid. #25-1965 PORSCHE 911 2.0 coupe. S/N 302577. Aga Blue/black vinyl & cloth. Odo: 54,323 km. Fully restored in the past two years. Very straight panel fit. Stated to have had a six-coat respray, but paintwork not flawless. Most of the brightwork rechromed, but window frames slightly speckled. Some light scratches on windshield. Correct small Hella square foglights. Nicely retrimmed interior with Pepita fabric inserts on seats. Original Blaupunkt radio. Matching engine and gearbox totally rebuilt, resulting in spotless engine bay. New Vredestein Sprints on chromed rims. Said to have covered only 100 km since restoration. Complete restoration records. Porsche CoA, German registration. Cond: 3+. ers missing. New Vredestein Sprint tires. Tools and fitted luggage. Odometer zeroed at restoration. Cond: 2-. state of the car. Quite some rust under the door sills. Window surrounds scratched, door handles speckled. Seals due for replacement. Water in right headlight. Old tires. Dull interior with worn carpeting. Odo has been round at least once. Offered at no reserve. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $48,258. A restoration project more than anything else. early production date and the fact that it was Porsche- and not Karmann-built is certainly a plus, albeit the only one. Low estimate was optimistic, yet it did better than that. Still a lot of work ahead, costing surely more than $100k for a well-executed job. So in the end, odds have it that this will end up as a very expensive 912. #24-1968 MERCEDES-BENZ 280SL convertible. S/N 11304410006006. White/ black canvas, white hard top/black vinyl. Odo: 95,368 km. Only two owners from new. Stunning original condition, still sporting its original body paint. Excellent panel fit. Doors closing as they would have done when new. Original factory wax and stickers still in the doors. Original interior in excellent condition with hardly any signs of age. Period Becker Europa radio. Only the soft top has been replaced. Well-maintained engine bay. Recent Vredestein tires. Hard top and stand included. Comes with a large file of maintenance history, all original handbooks and tools. Dinitrol anti-rust guarantee (now expired). Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $95,246. Rare twin-engined 4x4 variant of the iconic Citroën 2CV. Artcurial sold one at Rétromobile 2016 for an exceptional $193,615 (SCM# 270894) and from that day onwards, all Sahara owners started dreaming. In recent years, most of these 4x4s sell at around $80k to $100k, so at first sight, price paid here was not out of line. But this was really a poor example, with close to no history at all. Very well sold indeed; some dreams come true. GERMAN #14-1957 MERCEDES-BENZ 300SL Roadster. S/N 1980427500152. Black/ black canvas/brown leather. Odo: 6,893 km. Early Roadster, originally white with blue leather. Totally restored recently by third owner. Paint and chrome excellent. New interior with typically a bit too much padding. Well-detailed engine bay with intake manifold over-polished, which is typical too. All stick- TOP 10 No. 5 104 SOLD AT $177,792. A desirable first-series 911, delivered new to the U.S. These first-series are among the most coveted of the standard 911s. Seller claims that some $156k was spent on the restoration, which is plausible. The result is very good but not outstanding. Advantage to the buyer, no doubt. The median value for such an SWB in the most recent price guide is $210k. #8-1966 PORSCHE 912 coupe. S/N 352139. Bahama Yellow/black vinyl. Odo: 50,750 miles. Early 912 sold new to California. Only one registered owner since new. Shiny paint looks recent; closer inspection reveal it not to be the first repaint but maybe the fourth. I would even suggest that it was applied only to cover up the relatively poor SOLD AT $114,295. One of the most original Pagodas I’ve seen lately. Low mileage no doubt original. Manual transmission is a plus. A car that ticks nearly all the boxes. As we have seen with the 190SLs, the Pagodas too are suffering from a downward trend. If we look at the prices realized in the past 12 or so months, the hammer-price here is nothing to be ashamed of. 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Bonhams Knokke-Heist, BEL #39-1970 PORSCHE 911S 2.2 Targa. S/N 9110310513. Burgundy/black polyester/ black & white Pepita cloth. Odo: 209 km. Just out of the restoration shop and in better-thannew condition, except for some dampness in left headlight. Very attractive kind of burgundy-purple, which was in the Porsche catalog at the time. Unscathed Fuchs rims shod with new Michelin XWXs. Brushed stainless hoop panel as-new. Heated rear window. New Pepita interior trim. Period Blaupunkt radio. Engine bay looks as-new; close to $30k was spent on engine rebuild. Odometer zeroed with restoration. Restoration invoices totaling over $130k and rich photographic file included. Belgian registration. Cond: 2+. training for their clients. This one stands out because of its unusual color, which is, of course, not to everyone’s liking. I don’t really know if this was a handicap here; everybody had seen the car, even at a distance. Selling price was just under the price-guide median. Fair both ways. ITALIAN #15-1930 O.M. TYPE 665 Superba road- ster. S/N 6651053. Red/black canvas/black leather. RHD. Odo: 48,317 km. Rare Vintage Era Italian sports car. Continuous history. First priority has always been to keep the car in excellent running order, the cosmetics being of secondary importance, which is apparent. Body and interior are in good enough condition. Many event stickers. Ten years ago a new cylinder block was cast and three years ago an extensive restoration was carried out, including overhauling the gearbox and brakes. Engine is fitted with a period supercharger. Offered with extensive history file including period photographs and numerous bills. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $152,393. One of 729 of the 2.2-liter S Targas built. Longtime ownership by the Auburn Automotive heritage Museum (1982– 2015). Flawless, both inside and out. It looked as if it came straight out of the showroom. I even had to ask the Bonhams crew if it was restored or new. not a Porsche fan, but this was a favorite of mine. It sold quite close to its high estimate. Worth every penny. #41-1976 PORSCHE 930 Turbo 3.0 coupe. S/N 9307700066. Viper Green/green leather. Odo: 114,470 km. European-spec 911 Turbo, delivered new to Germany. Continuous history. Fresh body-off restoration showed it to be accident-free. Resprayed in its original and striking Viper Green. Works included overhauling the engine, with many parts replaced. Interior is still the original, in matching green leather. Looks very nice; even the dash top is green. I found it quite worn, though, especially in comparison with the recorded mileage. Original Blaupunkt radiocassette. Fuchs wheels with Michelin Pilot performance tires. No a/c or standard sliding roof, as could be specified on ordering. Tidy engine compartment. Porsche Certificate of Authenticity. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $1,159,515. Announced to be fitted with a Zagato body, but this was very much doubted by some Italian specialists with whom I had the pleasure to be in the Jury of the Zoute Concours. There were some expectations for this car, as there is a kind of mild pre-war hype going on lately in Western europe. On top of that, this car, with genuine Mille Miglia history, was expected to attract some interest among the numerous potential Mille Miglia entrants who are living in this part of the world. But the room remained relatively quiet. Did anybody realize that the firstever Mille Miglia was won by an O.M. and that, as a matter of fact, they won it twice? #9-1959 FIAT-ABARTH 750 Record SOLD AT $129,534. One of the cars with the unpleasant nickname “widowmaker.” Turbolag and all that. It made Porsche start driver 106 Monza coupe. S/N 577535. Red/black vinyl. Odo: 99,875 km. Body-off restoration in 2016 with much attention to originality. Decent paint and good panel fit. Plexi covers of headlights with a few small cracks, as in Abarth logo. Many special features point out that this car was built for racing. Front disc brakes. Tiny bucket seats were reconstructed on original frames. Original instruments overhauled and very clear. No seat belts. Special Borrani 14-hole alloy wheels freshly painted, with four original spares included in the sale. Engine bay well-kept. Original Bialbero engine replaced with 847-cc Abarth unit. FIVA identity card. Offered at no reserve. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $88,896. Delivered new to an Italian racing driver, but not much proven race history. nevertheless eligible for many prestigious events, where these little cars are always welcomed with much sympathy. And a fun package for sure. Sold just under mid-estimate, which looks fair all around. #33-1960 FERRARI 250 GT Series II coupe. S/N 1823GT. Marrone Testa di Moro/beige leather. Odo: 37,253 km. Built to special order for HRH Prince Charles of Belgium. Delivered by famed Ferrari dealer Jacques Swaters of Garage Francorchamps. Factory disc-brake car. Extensively restored by the vendor a few years back. Unusual but correct Marrone Testa di Moro, the darkest brown available. Other special features include a handle in the dashboard, black headlining and natural leather trim. Borrani wires. Ferrari Classiche certification, stating that the engine is a new factory block to original specs. Massini Report and Monaco registration. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $574,236. One of 353 built between 1958 and 1960. Close to perfection. Philip Kantor and his Bonhams team were wishing they could pull the same trick as last year, when a very similar coupe in a lighter shade of brown realized an auction record of $1,137,943 including premium. Unfortunately for them, and the seller, bidding stopped halfway. A bit disappointing, really. #17-1964 ALFA ROMEO GIULIA Sprint GT 1600 coupe. S/N AR603134. Azzurro Spazio/brown vinyl. Odo: 2,965 km. Older restoration, retaining its original colors. The light blue is quite rare. Panel fit good, as are the shut lines. Window surrounds are a bit uneven, and the front and rear bumpers are visibly rechromed. Car is very clean, down to the wheelwells in body color. Pirelli Cinturatos close to expiration date. Nicely reupholstered vinyl and fabric interior. Period Grundig radio. Engine bay slightly dusty. ASI homologation. Cond: 3. Sports Car Market


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Bonhams Knokke-Heist, BEL Fiat rims with ditto hubcaps. Fairly new Michelins. ASI certificate and French Carte Grise. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $53,338. A timeless beauty, to me one of the best Bertone designs ever. Despite its considerable age, this one looked fresh as ever. I thought the reserve at $50k was a bit hefty, but the room disagreed. not cheap, but I reckon fair both ways. #18-1964 OSCA 1600 GT Zagato coupe. S/N 011. Silver metallic/red vinyl. Odo: 3,649 km. OSCA completed 128 examples of its 1600 GT, the majority of which were bodied by Zagato (98, to be precise). This particular example is one of seven that competed, 011 probably the one that was campaigned most. It benefited from a full restoration a few years back. Straight panels and good shut lines all around, which was probably a daunting task. Correct alloys a bit scathed, shod with Michelin XAS tires. Nicely reupholstered interior. Wood-rimmed Nardi steering wheel. Engine bay nicely detailed. Continuous history. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $419,082. One of only a handful survivors. This car came to auction at the Bonhams sale in Chantilly, September 2016, where it sold for $328,327 (SCM# 6812318). One of the very few at this sale that did better than the high estimation, beating it by more than 10%. Very well sold in the current market. #23-1964 FIAT 1500 GT Ghia coupe. S/N 1160394674. Silver metallic/black vinyl. Odo: 62,278 km. One of only 846 produced. Fully restored in recent years. Straight panels and good shut lines. Excellent paint. Chrome grille surround a bit uneven, rear bumper visibly rechromed. Front screen slightly scratched. Black vinyl interior with new carpets. Period radio and Nardi plastic-rimmed steering wheel. Nicely detailed engine bay with quite a few new parts in it. Engine rebuilt and uprated from 75 to 90 hp. Standard steel SOLD AT $78,737. The Ghia 1500 GT, as it was later renamed, was intended to be an exclusive Gran Turismo, albeit with popular underpinnings. It was not commissioned by Fiat, but came into being on Ghia’s own initiative. They all were hand-built in Ghia’s bodyshop. Some 70 are believed to have survived, and there is only one other in the SCM database. It sold at the Artcurial Le Mans sale, July 2014, for $97,181 (SCM# 248898). The difference in price with our subject car corroborates the actual market correction. #36-1965 FERRARI 275 GTB Alloy Long-Nose coupe. S/N 08061. Red/ blue leather & velvet. Odo: 97,915 km. The poster car of this auction. A long-nose alloy 275 GTB with full history, of course. Underwent a “full bare-metal” restoration in 2014, executed by GTO Engineering in the U.K. and costing close to $300k. The car comes with “two boxes of spares,” as described in the dedicated catalog. It is road legal and ready for action. Ferrari Classiche certified Red Book, FIA HTP, Massini Report and comprehensive history file. Cond: 2+. TOP 10 No. 1 SOLD AT $3,174,863. Bonhams dedicated a 50-page brochure to 08061. The car was also on display at the Bonhams Chantilly Sale near Paris, this summer, as a teaser for the Zoute Sale 2019. The car changed hands quite a few times during its career, but oddly enough, it was never auctioned before. Bidding went up by $110k increments…although the final deal was only struck post-block, albeit before the end of the sale. I guess everybody expected a more spectacular result. But the times, they are a’changing…. #31-1967 ALFA ROMEO 1900 CSS coupe. S/N AR1900C10517. Blue & silver/ dark blue vinyl. Odo: 91,918 km. Older resto- 108 Sports Car Market


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Bonhams Knokke-Heist, BEL ration still in excellent condition. Straight panels, excellent chrome, good shut lines. Shiny Boranni wires shod with Michelin X tires. Blue vinyl seats with fabric inserts and some gentle wear. Clean carpeting. Beautiful dash with perfect dials, wood-rimmed Nardi steering wheel. Nardi floor shift conversion. Engine bay clean, with a few usage marks. Recently overhauled gearbox. New stainlesssteel exhaust system. Several Mille Miglia finishes, with MM seals around the steering column to prove it. FIVA identity card. Offered at no reserve. Cond: 2. mine with only 6,000 km on the clock two years earlier for half that money (yes, it still hurts). Compared to the light blue Stradale that sold for $613,888 (SCM# 6899721) at the RM Sotheby’s sale in essen in April of this year, this was a steal. #40-1979 DETOMASO PANTERA GTS SOLD AT $209,541. Touring’s 3-window coupe is one of the most attractive and elegant iterations of the 1900 series. Oddly enough, there was no low or high estimate for this Alfa. It doesn’t look really sporty, which might deter the potential MM participants, who were in great numbers in the room. Bidding was not over-enthusiastic and the result was well below expectations, I believe. Well bought. #19-1974 LANCIA STRATOS HF Strad- ale coupe. S/N 229ARO01646. Orange/brown Alcantara. Odo: 24,755 km. Truly a very original Stradale, with the little roof spoiler and the rear spoiler that the first examples missed, and which proved to be essential for stability at speed. Quite a few little scratches and usage marks on the body. Panel fit poor, as built. Interior clean with new upholstered seats, which is normal, as the original Alcantara facing is almost invariably frayed and torn after a few months. Engine converted to unleaded compatibility. Engine bay in accordance with mileage. FFSA and FIA papers. A set of bucket seats and Campagnolo alloy wheels come with the car. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $136,120. One-family ownership until 2014 and only two owners since. To find a Pantera in such untouched original condition is really exceptional. Sold close to its low estimate of $134k. Considering the priceguide median of $160k and its beautiful condition, extremely well bought. #45-1980 FERRARI 512 BB coupe. S/N 30935. Red/beige leather. Odo: 14,662 km. Last production year of the carbureted version. Genuine low-mileage car. Close to new condition. Straight body, faultless paintwork. Wellpreserved interior with brown striped leather buckets seats. Plastic protection still on the carpet of the sills. Leather of steering wheel cracked. Factory a/c. Engine bay clean, in accordance with mileage. New Michelin XWXs on unscathed rims. Owner’s manual, original tools and books. Ferrari Classiche Red Book. U.K. V5. Cond: 2-. coupe. S/N THPNUD09137. Black/black vinyl. Odo: 27,305 km. Stunning original condition with genuine low mileage. Delivered without the GTS model’s wide wheelarches on special request. Still largely in its original paint, overall in very good condition, with only some light scratches on the left flank. Some light superficial corrosion marks to the underside, rocker paint matte. Optional Campagnolo rims. Yellow headlights point to French original ownership, Carello high beams under front bumper. Original and extremely well-preserved interior. Group 3 sports seat were an option. Woolen carpets with large DeTomaso logo in footwells. Period radio-cassette. New exhausts. Said to have been regularly serviced. Comprehensive history file and manuals. German FSP originality report with AA rating. Cond: 2-. dealership in Bolzano, Italy, but only registered for the first time in the U.K. in 2013, hence the low mileage. Price achieved was close to high estimate, although I expected a premium for its originality. Very predictable color combo, but that doesn’t matter much here, I thought. Or does it? (See profile, p. 72.) TOP 10 No. 6 #35-1989 FERRARI F40 coupe. S/N ZFFGJ34B000080747. Red/red cloth. Odo: 20,470 km. Three owners from new. Low-mileage car in excellent condition. One of the rare F40s with neither catalytic converter nor adjustable suspension. Fully serviced including replacement of the belts a few years ago. More recently, it received new fuel tanks and a new clutch. Impeccable interior with recently retrimmed seats. Factory a/c, wind-up windows and four-point Sabelt harnesses. Full history. Certified by Ferrari Classiche. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $1,015,956. Basically a race car for the road, in exceptional condition and extra desirable as it is non-cat and non-adjustable. I inspected this car before at the RM Sotheby’s Paris sale in 2017. It was a non-sale then at $906,525 (SCM# 6817234). A few years earlier, in September 2014, RM Sotheby’s sold it in London for $1,269,176 (SCM# 6710989). The markets were at their peak then. The result achieved here by an online bidder was about mid-estimate. Let’s say fair both ways. #16-1997 FERRARI 550 Maranello coupe. S/N ZFFZR49B000108325. Silver metallic/black leather. Odo: 32,520 miles. Supplied new to the personal order of Mr. John Asprey, CEO of the eponymous Londonbased jewelers, at the time co-sponsors of Ferrari’s F1 team. LHD but with Imperial instrumentation. Still very low mileage. Excellent condition throughout. Two owners from new. U.K. V5. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $444,481. This car spent almost 25 years in a private museum, hence the low mileage and overall good and very original condition. The current vendor bought it at the Bonhams sale of December 2007 in Gstaad, Switzerland, for $239,343. It was the time when the Stratos already had made a steep rise in value. I should know because I sold 110 SOLD AT $279,388. Sold new to a Ferrari SOLD AT $73,657. 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Bonhams Knokke-Heist, BEL pany tens of millions of pounds. One positive about the car: It isn’t red. Unfortunately, gunmetal gray is the second-dullest color for a Ferrari. not much life in the room; I was surprised seller let it go well under its low estimate. Well bought. #43-2004 FERRARI ENZO coupe. S/N ZFFCZ56B000125952. Red/black leather. Odo: 26,713 km. One of the supercars of the beginning of the 21st century. Monocoque tub constructed entirely from carbon fiber and Kevlar. Formula One-derived technology and one of the first road-going cars with carbon-ceramic disc brakes. Doors opening upwards and forward. Despite the racebred underpinnings, the interior is very functional, mixing red leather trim and carbonfiber paneling. Full Ferrari service history. Four new tires fitted. Original fitted luggage, all paperwork and books included. Cond: 2+. TOP 10 No. 2 #21-2016 FERRARI F12TDF coupe. S/N ZFF81BHB000223160. Grigio Alloy/blue leather. Odo: 6,215 km. Limited-edition variant of the F12, a trackfocused model aimed at the wealthy amateurs, who had to possess a number of Ferraris if they wanted to buy such a tdf. Only 799 were built between 2016–17. This one was built to special order for a Belgian Ferrari collector, who has a sweet spot for front-engined 12-cylinders, preferably with open top. The car was used only sparingly, and is presented in absolute showroom condition. Cond: 1-. TOP 10 No. 9 AMERICAN #30-1955 CADILLAC ELDORADO convertible. S/N 556286347. Black/beige canvas/black & white leather. Odo: 630 km. 331-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, auto. Very original-looking Caddy. Old paint with cracks and scratches, and some flaking on the engine cover. Old chrome with speckles, but still shiny. Rockers uneven. Old beige canvas top stained. Old whitewall tires well beyond expiration date. Unscathed chrome hubcaps. Black-and-white interior overall good. Seat leather dry and cardboard-hard, with cracks and tears, due for some serious cleaning and a few pounds of saddle fat. Engine bay in line with the car. Some rust and scratches, petrol stains on the carb. Has been dusted, though, and the radiator looks newer than rest of car. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $1,663,628. Low-mileage, oneowner car, with 33 hp more power than its rival, the McLaren F1. But when we speak about auction prices, the enzo stands nowhere in comparison, relatively speaking, of course. The achieved hammer price was close enough to its high estimate of almost $1.8 million to make the seller happy. SOLD AT $758,864. A car auction without some supercars has become unthinkable of late. And more often than not, they are among the highest sellers, too. This particular car was bought new for around $450k two years ago, but as there is a new Ferrari V12 with open top, our collector decided to part with his tdf. That there was some profit to be expected made it all more easy. Bidding stopped at $670k, over $50k south of the reserve. Before the sale ended, however, a deal was struck. nice ROI in uncertain times at the stock market, I should think. SOLD AT $50,798. First impression? A barn find that was polished for the occasion. The fact that it belonged to the Belgian royal family from 1955 to 1962 is nice to know but not really an asset, so it proved. It sold just under the low estimate of $55,750 and way under the $62,500 median of the most recent price guide. no harm done here. © CAR COLLECTOR AMERICAN ™ SUBSCRIBE TO ACC 877.219.2605 Ext. 1 AmericanCarCollector.com 112 Sports Car Market


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Bonhams London, U.K. The London to Brighton Veteran Car Sale Le Papillon Bleu, a 1901 Panhard et Levassor 7HP, sold for a very strong $573,411 Company Bonhams Date November 1, 2019 Location London, U.K. Auctioneer Malcolm Barber Automotive lots sold/offered 12/15 Sales rate 80% Sales total $1,559,613 High sale 1901 Panhard et Levassor 7HP rear-entrance tonneau, sold at $573,411 Buyer’s premium Very well sold — 1901 Panhard et Levassor 7hP rear-entrance tonneau, sold at $573,411 15% on the first $64,756, 12% thereafter, included in sold prices ($1.00 = £0.77) Report and photos by Paul Hardiman Market opinions in italics H as another year passed so soon? They flash by so quickly. But, as ever, Bonhams’ annual sale of Vets was bursting with its usual end-of-term bonhomie, an evening of merry japes and quips from the rostrum, even if the quality of free plonk has been reduced a tad under new owner Epiris. Certainly auctioneer Malcolm Barber had to raise his voice at times to make himself heard over the hubbub at the company’s flagship headquarters in Mayfair. Fifteen is the usual size of the Veterans catalog, meaning the sale is concluded in about an hour, but it felt as if fewer of the cars were sold with an entry to the annual London to Brighton Veteran Car Run two days hence, commencing at the crack of dawn from nearby Hyde Park. Bonhams is a major sponsor, and a good number of their staff always take part on various mounts. Driving tuition is always offered the day after the sale to nervous new owners wishing to tackle the Run, a bucket-list event, but this year only one car, a 1903 Oldsmobile Model R Curved Dash, introduced and sold by New York-based Group Motoring Director Rupert Banner, completed the 54 miles to Brighton. The splendid blue Panhard is a well-known car, always having a lightweight body fitted and considered 114 a racing car of its day. It just kept going past its estimate because three people wanted it, eventually going to a bidder in the room at well over half a million dollars as Barber remarked, “He’s just remembered the chili con carne at the other end.” But there were cheaper ways to get to Brighton seafront: the one-off London, U.K. Bartholomew was built by its ambitious New York State owner in 1902 using a Fairfield stationary engine for power, and sold for just $25,255, which is less than a tricycle (the two in the sale fetched $40,213 and $89,363), and the unusual 1899 Bruneau Quadrillete is a model we’ve never seen before at this sale. With a very De Dion-like vis-á-vis Sales Totals $3.5m $3m layout, it sold for $53,618. Some of the staple yardsticks were present to gauge the health of the Veteran market, with estimates sensibly slightly moderated from previous years. There were no De Dion 3½HP vis-á-vis or Renault AXs this year, but a 1902 Peugeot 5½HP Bébé runabout bid to $63,460, narrowly missing a sale, while on the plus balance a 1904 De Dion Bouton Model Y 6HP sold well over estimate at $74,469. Fashion moves slowly in the Veteran world. ♦ $2.5m $2m $1.5m $.5m 0 Sports Car Market $1m 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015


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Bonhams London, U.K. ENGLISH #306-1899 STAR 3½HP vis-à-vis. S/N CE261. Maroon/black leather. MHD. Restored in ’50s, with re-created body, still appearing well with good paint and nice coachlines, good seat leather. New wheels. Very slack drive chains, although they’re said to be newish. VIN is reg number, as no number visible on car. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $122,129. Regular Brighton runner, and in 1956 it was driven to Le Mans from the U.K., completing two laps of the circuit. Offered but not sold at Bonhams’ Veterans sale in 2016 (SCM# 6809651), this time sold online for just over the high estimate of £80k ($104k). #307-1900 MMC 6HP Charette rear- entrance tonneau. S/N 290. Green & black/ black leather. RHD. Older resto of Daimler twin-engined tourer, some cracks in paint. Little brass, but highly polished nickel-plated Lucas Autolites. Still candle-powered on scuttle. Controls and steering column also plated and polished. Gauges for air and water pressure on dash. Vinyl wings. Offered with an entry to the 2019 Run. Cond: 3+. FRENCH #310-1899 BRUNEAU QUADRILETTE vis-á-vis. S/N 1004. Black/black leather. RHD. Original and dusty vis-á-vis cyclecar, with De Dion engine, which number provides the VIN. Very De Dion-like, less the mudguards...and, er, the De Dion rear axle/suspension. Nice single brass headlight. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $178,725. Many runs behind it, then in a museum on the Isle of Man for 25 years before being bought by the vendor in 2015 ($141,463, SCM# 6788302), with a couple of runs since. Offered at no reserve and sold in the room 30% over the high estimate. #312-1899 STAR 3½HP vis-á-vis. S/N Y204. Timber/tan leather. RHD. Bootleg Benz made in Wolverhampton, with single-cylinder engine and weird crossover belt drive. Spectacularly patinated, although timber body is in good shape, with just one small crack in left rear mudguard. Leather is old and shiny but okay. Lovely cut-glass scuttle lamps by J&R Oldfield. Very slack drive chains. No chassis number quoted; identified by reg number, which has been on it since new. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $290,429. Did not feature in the finishers’ list. hammered sold at £25k ($32k)—11% under lower estimate. #303-1904 PHOENIX 4½HP Tricar. S/N brown & black leather. MHD. Wicker-basket trike in good much-older restored condition with battered paint, although good wicker and leather. VIN is engine number. With bespoke trailer. Peacock twin-cylinder engine is 477 cc. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $53,618. Last ran for certain in 2005, but looks as if it still would. Sold in the room just over lower estimate. If it runs, a cheap London-Brighton entry. #305-1901 PANHARD ET LEVASSOR 7HP rear-entrance tonneau. S/N 3010. Blue/ red velvet. RHD. “Le Papillon Bleu,” with lightweight coachwork from new. Looks beautifully kept rather than fully restored, with good older paint and nice hand-applied coachlines. Seat fabric almost new. Excellent brass, aside from one ding in Elliott speedo, wellstocked dash, drive chains in good nick. Offered with an entry to this year’s Run (no. 106). Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $40,213. Also eligible for the Pioneer and Banbury Runs. Recent bills said to add up to £22k ($28k) include an engine rebuild. “ 116 A very storied motorcar that started on the L2B when it was the 1927 Old Crocks Run, and has completed more than 60 events since. Lots of people wanted this, as bidding just kept going past the £200k lower estimate. 1901 Panhard et Levassor 7HP rear-entrance tonneau SOLD AT $573,411. A very storied motorcar that started on the L2B when it was the 1927 Old Crocks Run, and has completed more than 60 events since. In this ownership 27 years. Lots of people wanted this, as bidding just kept going past the £200k ($259k) lower estimate, with new money appearing at £375k ($486k), after which it went to a buyer in the room two bids later. Very well sold. #315-1901 RENAULT 4½HP tourer. S/N ” 22. Timber/brocade. RHD. Early shaft-drive car. Fabulously original, aged and patinated with foxed seat fabric. “Faux-bois” woodgrain-effect paintwork is holding up well. Dulled Genies brass scuttle lights. Cond: 3-. Sports Car Market


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Bonhams London, U.K. this ownership, the last in 2012; in storage since. One of the few no-sales at this auction. Things were going well, and looked as if it was going to sell at £49k...but not quite enough. #308-1904 DE DION-BOUTON 6HP two-seater tourer. S/N 308. Green/green leather. RHD. Originally a four-seater. Discovered in New Zealand in late ’60s and restored with this two-seater body. Good brass with Smiths headlights, P&H side lamps. Shiny and unworn leather looks fairly fresh. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $97,133. One owner 1901– 99. not sold at a high bid of £75k against a lower estimate of only £10k ($13k) more. #302-1902 PEUGEOT BÉBÉ runabout. S/N 5133L. Black/black leather. RHD. Very original and dusty; appearance hasn’t changed much in at least 70 years. Decent leather, worn at edge beading, dulled brass. With GamageNulites lamps, and a folding top. Trailer included. VIN is engine number: body number is 3296. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $74,469. Sold new in the U.K. Sold (on the phone) over high estimate, but the £50k ($65k) bid represents the starting price for a small London-Brighton runner from De Dion or Renault. AMERICAN NOT SOLD AT $63,460. Ran in the third L2B in 1949. Five L2Bs under its wheels in #301-1900 LOCOMOBILE STEAM RUNABOUT project tourer. S/N 526. “Project” is a bit generous, as this lot comprised several major components including boiler, water tanks, seat and most of an engine; less chassis, axles and wheels. VIN is engine number. Cond: 6. SOLD AT $6,255. “not for the fainthearted,” as auctioneer Barber introduced it, although he joked that one of his regular clients would “have it running by Christmas.” hammered 16% under lower estimate, though surprisingly, this small pile of bits had a reserve. #316-1900 LOCOMOBILE TYPE 2 5½HP spindle-seat runabout. S/N 29. Eng. # 1896. Black/black leather. RHD. Restored late 1980s/early ’90s, and again in 2018, which removed the patina so carefully preserved the first time around. Cosmetically very good and shiny, with newish leather and revarnished seat spindles, although nickel-plated spokes are a bit flash. Double-acting band brake added at some point, a wise move so it can now stop when traveling backwards. Steam certified. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $41,444. Stored in a scrapyard loft in Brooklyn from the ’50s, came to the U.K. from the U.S. 1988. Ran at Goodwood Festival of Speed in 1999, when it was the slowest vehicle on the hill, and on the London-to-Brighton in 2001. Bought from Bonhams’ Beaulieu sale September 2007 (Lot 725) for £32,200 ($65,113, SCM# 1571019). not sold at a high bid of an almost-identical £32k in the room, £3k ($4k) under lower estimate, although obviously worth a lot less this time around, 12 years late. I would have expected a ready-to-go Brighton runner to have attracted more interest, but perhaps making it this shiny was a step too far. #304-1902 BARTHOLOMEW 3½HP tourer. S/N 1. Eng. # 19. Black/white cloth. 118 Sports Car Market


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Bonhams London, U.K. RHD. Unique self-built automobile from New York state, based around a 3½-hp Fairfield stationary engine, with spindle-seat tourer body, wheel steering and 2-speed transmission. Fair order all around, with brass horn and lights. Seat cloth worn through at corners. Cond: 3+. #311-1903 OLDSMOBILE MODEL R Curved Dash runabout. S/N 16150. Black/ red leather. RHD. Regular Brighton runner, Curved Dash with optional rear seats. Good older paint, decent leather, nice brass. Cond: 3+. #314-1903 STEVENS-DURYEA MODEL L 7HP Stanhope tourer. S/N 317. Maroon/black leather. RHD. Functional older restoration with good paint and leather, newish chains, modern battery. Rubber/fabric mudguards looks a bit homemade. Offered with an entry to the 2019 Run, number 393. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $25,255. Imported to the U.K. 1988, and has participated in the London-toBrighton Veteran Car Run twice since 2006. Appeared to bid up to £22k ($28k) against a £28k ($36k) estimate, but declared sold at £19,500—which makes it the cheapest eventeligible automobile I’ve seen for a long time. SOLD AT $49,150. This one was sold by Rupert Banner, Bonhams’ Group Motoring Director based in new York, who always attends this sale and takes part in the Brighton run. hammered £5k ($6,500) under lower estimate. On the money for one of the staples of the Brighton run, in which it took part and finished two days after the sale. SOLD AT $56,596. Came to the U.K. in 1991. Many LBVCR finishes, and driven to the sale (when the engine cover blew off, but was recovered). hammered £12k ($16k) under lower estimate to a bidder in the room, although did not feature in the LBVCR results. © 120 Sports Car Market


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The Branson Auction Branson, MO The Branson Auction Fall 2019 A Top Flight 327/340 Split-Window Corvette topped the sale at $148,500 Company Branson Date October 18–19, 2019 Location Branson, MO Auctioneers Brian Marshall, Jeff Knosp Automotive lots sold/offered 153/249 Sales rate 61% Sales total $2,970,680 High sale 1963 Chevrolet Corvette 327/340 Split-Window coupe, sold at $148,500 Buyer’s premium They don’t get much better than this in the ’Vette world, and the Branson bidders knew it — 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Split-Window coupe, sold at $148,500 10%, included in sold prices Report and photos by Andy Staugaard Market opinions in italics collector-car auction. This sale was no exception, with 249 consignments on the block representing most of the manufacturers in America, Europe and Japan. They sold 153 cars, making it a 63% sell-through rate for the sale. Top seller was a 1963 Corvette Split- B ranson, MO, is always a fun time in the fall, with lots of outdoor and indoor activities, including the Branson Branson, MO 360 at $57,200 and a 1933 Ford Cabster at $51,700 to round out the top five. There were 77 (32%) European cars to pick from, including several MercedesBenzes, Porsches, Volkswagens, Lotuses, a Bentley and a Rolls-Royce. Many of these cars sold for under $30k, with 62% of total consignments selling under $20k. All were quality cars, in condition 3+ or better. This illustrates that Branson is definitely a place to come for entry into the collector-car market. Now, it is with a sense of gladness and sadness that I finished this auction because, you see, the top-sale Corvette Split-Window was an old friend of mine that I Sales Totals Window coupe for $148,500 — the only car to break six figures in this sale. This one had the original 327/340 engine and 4-speed Muncie transmission as well as many other original parts. It won an NCRS Top Flight award in 2017. Next closest to this was a 1972 Mercedes-Benz 280SL that sold for $75,350. This car had all the desirable features, with both tops, a/c, 4-speed transmission and extensive service records. Third-highest sale was a 1960 Lotus Elite Series II that sold for $65,450. It was restored approximately 10 years ago including a complete rebuild of the engine, transmission and differential. It was offered with its own custom-built trailer, painted to match. These top three cars were followed by a 2004 122 built to a Top Flight level over the past five years. It is now on to my next project — resto-modding its fraternal sister in the garage, a red/red 1963 Corvette convertible. The new crowd seems to no longer want the all-original cars that us oldtimers value. They like them fitted with the latest drivetrain and electronic gadgets. I believe that this is the direction of the market in the future. The next auction in Branson is set for April 17–18, 2020. Branson always has a lot to do in the spring and fall and is only 40 miles south of where Route 66 passes through Springfield, MO. Hope to see you there. ♦ $3.5m $3m $2.5m $2m $1.5m $1m 0 Sports Car Market 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015


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The Branson Auction Branson, MO ENGLISH #581-1952 MG TD roadster. S/N H3090U887. Maroon/tan cloth/tan leather. Odo: 30,101 miles. Very nice restoration, with minor scratches in the paint. Fit is good all around. Chrome and trim have minor defects, but are show-worthy. Interior is very good, showing little wear. The downsides are the wheels, engine bay and underside, all of which could use professional detailing. Glass is good all around. Cond: 2-. train rebuild. Body and paint are very good. Fit is good all around. Interior shows some wear. Wheels need detailing. Underside is acceptable. Glass shows smudges. Cond: 2-. a better presentation. Windshield has wiper rash. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $80,000. I have seen this car several times in the past, and each time it gets a little better. This time, the interior has been restored to show-quality. Some more work is needed to get to a Condition 1 car and its $110k median value. #228-2001 PORSCHE 911 Carrera SOLD AT $65,450. Market value for this car is around $80k, with an A investment grade, according to the SCM Pocket Price Guide. The deal here included a custom-built, colormatched trailer, so the whole package was very well bought. #567-1962 LOTUS SEVEN racer. S/N SOLD AT $31,350. According to the auction catalog, “a beautifully restored example of a classic British sports car designed and built for America. The fit and finish is remarkable as well as the overall attention to detail especially in the engine bay where all is as it should be. As a show car it will be coveted, as a driver it will reward as well.” It appeared at Mecum in Dallas in fall 2017 and sold for $20,350 (SCM# 6850162), which is just about its SCM median value. The hammered price here is good money and represents a good return for the seller. Well sold. #566-1957 MGA roadster. S/N HDA4321902. Black/red leather. Odo: 34,450 miles. Just a few scratches and chips on paint. Passenger’s door would not open; otherwise, fit is good all around. Chrome and trim are very good. Interior is nice, except for the carpet, which needs to be replaced. Wire wheels are very nice. Could not inspect engine bay. Underside is good. Cond: 2-. SB1633. White/red leather. RHD. Odo: 81,526 miles. Body and paint in good condition. Interior is a bit rough, showing its use. Wheels are just driver quality. Engine bay and underside need detailing. Glass has scratches. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $10,450. A popular car in little more than driver condition. Paint needs a freshening up. Maybe a clay-bar treatment with wax and ceramic coating would make its presentation better. This car looks like it has 133k-plus miles and needs a complete refresh. Previously offered but not sold at Leake’s Tulsa June 2019 sale at a high bid of $10k (SCM# 6906493). Buyer paid about one half of its SCM median market value, but got what they paid for. Fair deal for both buyer and seller. ITALIAN SOLD AT $34,100. Built to race, this Seven is a simple, fast sports car. To this day, they still dominate their racing class. In its current condition, its market value should be somewhere around $30k. Well sold. GERMAN #583-1959 MERCEDES-BENZ 190SL convertible. S/N 12104010950114. Black/tan cloth/red leather. Odo: 89,919 miles. Body, paint and fit are all very good. Interior has been restored and is like new. Wheels, engine bay and underside are all just a bit above driver-level quality and should be restored for #570.1-2004 FERRARI 360 Modena Spi- der. S/N ZFFYT53A0401358592. Black/black cloth/black leather. Odo: 30,494 miles. Paint has lots of scratches and chips. Headlamps are fogged. Fit is good all around. Interior is well worn, consistent with age and mileage. Wheels with yellow calipers are very attractive. Could not inspect the engine bay. Underside has never been detailed. Glass is good all around. Cond: 3+. coupe. S/N WP0AA29901S623395. Silver/ black leather. Odo: 133,587 miles. Paint just fair, with numerous scratches and lots of road rash. Panel fit is good. Interior shows its age and lots of use with its high mileage. Wheels are nothing to brag about. Underside has most likely never been detailed. Glass is good all around. Headlamps are fogged. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $21,450. A nice little MG that should make the new owner a fun car. Median market value is $22k, so the hammer hit right on the money. Fair deal for both buyer and seller. #553-1960 LOTUS ELITE Series II coupe. S/N PXED1395. Blue/black leather. Odo: 20,941 miles. Reportedly restored 10 years ago, including drive- BEST BUY 124 SOLD AT $57,200. Although a good looker from a distance, close-up inspection shows that this Ferrari has been used hard. The SCM median for this car is about $90k, but its condition held it back quite a bit. At the hammered price, the buyer got a good deal. Will need to do some detailing and restoration. Sports Car Market


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The Branson Auction Branson, MO #509-2005 MASERATI GRANSPORT coupe. S/N ZAMEC38A950016437. Silver/ gray & tan leather. Odo: 29,936 miles. Body and paint are nice. Fit is very good. Interior is very good, but protective covers applied by seller are leaving a sticky residue on the seats. Wheels and underside need to be detailed to match the top-side quality. Glass is good all around. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $7,000. nothing to write home about with this car. It is probably a good candidate for a complete restoration. not surprising that there were no takers. AMERICAN #277-1930 FORD MODEL A custom SOLD AT $11,000. A good-looking Maserati with relatively low mileage for its age. Shopped around the past couple of years at Leake’s April 2018 Dallas sale ($16k, SCM# 6870557) and their 2019 Tulsa sale ($15k, SCM# 6906420), both times not selling. As the model has a median market value of $16k, the buyer did very well indeed. JAPANESE #602-1992 ACURA NSX coupe. S/N JH4NA1267NT000639. Black/tan leather. Odo: 30,427 miles. Body and paint show age, miles and road rash. Fit is good all around. Interior shows its age. Wheels, engine bay and underside need to be detailed. Glass has smudges and scratches. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $12,000. A very nice custom that should have sold at twice the high bid. Seller was right to walk away and wait for a better day. Perhaps a trip to Arizona in January is in order. #254-1951 WILLYS JEEPSTER con- NOT SOLD AT $29,000. Poor presentation that needs a complete detail, at a minimum. Median SCM market value for this car is $52,500. In its current condition there is no way it would reach this value. Seller has some work to do on presentation before the next auction. #229-2002 HONDA S2000 convertible. S/N JHMAP11412T003612. Silver/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 121,445 miles. Body and paint have a lot of dents and scratches. Trunk fit is off. Interior is sub-par and smells like the car has been sitting a long while— maybe even in water. Wheels are just driver quality. Underside reflects its mileage. Glass is poor, with chips and scratches. Needs a new 126 vertible. S/N P19652. Red/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 69,230 miles. 134-ci I4, 1-bbl, 3-sp. Older repaint shows orange peel, as well as age and miles, with multiple chips, scratches and dulling. Panel fit is acceptable. Chrome and trim are consistent with body and paint. Interior has chips in the metal and vinyl SOLD AT $22,550. A good candidate for a complete professional restoration on a popular 5-window truck, although there is not much room to work at the sold price. Still, a fair deal for both buyer and seller. #575-1953 STUDEBAKER COMMANDER custom 2-dr hard top. S/N 8327834. Gray & black/tan leather. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. New repaint with no issues. Fit is excellent all around. Chrome and trim need some attention, with numerous scratches, pits and dents. Interior is restored and very nice. Wire wheels add a nice touch. Engine bay, underside, and glass are all very good. Has a crate 350-ci V8 and TH350 automatic transmission installed. Features include power steering, power disc brakes and Vintage Air. Cond: 2-. 2-dr sedan. S/N 371463. Blue & gray/black leather. Odo: 2,999 miles. Minor scratches and chips in the body and paint. Fit is excellent. Chrome and trim are very good, with minor imperfections. Interior is very good but a bit worn. Wheels are nice. Engine bay and underside are excellent. Glass is good all around. Cond: 2-. top and rubber seals. Cond: 3-. that is worn from use. Wheels, engine bay and underside all need to be detailed. Glass is acceptable. Top is old with cracked rubber seals and needs to be replaced. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $7,950. A great restoration candidate, if the price is right. Since the median SCM market value for these older Jeeps is about $19k, the price was right and the new owner should have plenty of room to do a good restoration. In its current condition it would pass as a daily driver, dune buggy or camping vehicle. Lots of options here. Great buy. #255-1953 CHEVROLET 3100 5-win- dow pickup. S/N 1BA827243. Red/black vinyl. Odo: 33,244 miles. 235-ci I6, 2-bbl, 3-sp. Newer repaint but dull. Bouncy driver’s door. Lots of scratches and pits in the chrome and trim. Interior is just driver quality. Wheels are generally good, but the spare tire needs to be detailed. Engine bay and underside are clean. Minor scratches in its windows. Nice wood bed. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $27,500. This would be a Condition 2 car if not for the chrome and trim. The SCM price guide shows a median stock value of $11k. Does adding a new nOM engine and Sports Car Market


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The Branson Auction Branson, MO transmission—as well as repainting the exterior and restoring the interior—bring its value up to the hammered price? I only report. You decide. #556-1956 STUDEBAKER GOLDEN HAWK 2-dr hard top. S/N 6033024. Green & white/green & white vinyl. Odo: 39,014 miles. 352-ci V8, 4-bbl, 3-sp. Older restoration that still shows well. Optioned with power steering, power brakes and a/c. Owner states that it has had a ceramic-wrap coating to keep it fresh. Body, paint and fit are very good. Needs to be rechromed and retrimmed because of pitting. Interior is excellent. Wheels have original hubcaps that show very well. Engine bay could not be inspected. Underside needs to be detailed to match the top-side quality. Glass is acceptable all around. Cond: 2-. #601-1962 PONTIAC CATALINA Safari custom wagon. S/N 362S14378. Blue/gray vinyl, blue cloth. Odo: 44,161 miles. 350-ci fuel-injected V8, auto. Older paint job that still shows well. Fit is good all around. Seats and carpet show lots of use. Wheels, engine bay and underside need to be detailed. Glass is acceptable all around. Cond: 2-. #507-1965 FORD MUSTANG coupe. S/N 5F07T614310. Rangoon Red/black vinyl. Odo: 33,675 miles. 220-ci I6, 2-bbl, auto. Older repaint with lots of swirls and non-uniform areas. Doors bounce, which is common for these early Mustangs. Chrome and trim are very nice. Wheels need to be better detailed. Engine bay is clean, but radiator shows evidence of it being hit by fan. Underside is consistent with top side. Lots of scratches in the glass all around. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $28,600. Station wagons like this one—resto-mods—are starting to come into play in the market. With a fuel-injected 350, it should run well. Price paid was high market value, so buyer will need to wait a few years to see any return on investment. Well sold. #552-1963 CHEVROLET CORVETTE SOLD AT $24,750. A very nice example of a classic Golden hawk Studebaker. A friend of mine had one of these in high school and he out-ran everybody. his was actually gold. The median market value for this car is $37,500. Good buy. #534-1956 CHEVROLET 3100 pickup. S/N 3A560015835. Red/brown leather. 235-ci I6, 1-bbl, 3-sp. Recent repaint looks great. Fit is very good, with no bouncy doors. Chrome and trim are painted, but do not distract from its good looks. Interior shows some wear but is acceptable. Wheels and engine bay are just above driver quality and need better detailing. Underside is very good. Glass has some scratches. Wood bed is done up very nice. Cond: 2-. Split-Window coupe. S/N 30837S119159. Riverside Red/red vinyl. Odo: 65,900 miles. 327-ci 340-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Paint is good and shines like a mirror. Owner states that it has a ceramic coating. Close inspection shows minor scratches and cracks as well as dull areas due to over-polishing. Chrome and trim are good with just minor scratches and dents. Fit is very good all around. Doors open and close with ease. Interior is like-new with original carpet still in the back. Engine bay is likenew with original 327/340 engine. Wheels and underside are very good and match top-side quality. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $13,750. A Mustang coupe just above driver quality. Room for some TLC and restoration. With a price-guide median of $17k, this one was priced right considering its condition. Fair deal for both buyer and seller. #269-1968 FORD MUSTANG coupe. S/N 8R01C141747. Blue/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 1,861 miles. 289-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. New paint job very well done. Rear window seals do not fit tightly with door window seals. Chrome and trim are show-quality. Interior shows wear consistent with age. Wheels, engine bay, and underside are very clean. Glass is good all around. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $17,600. Very nice new paint. The bright blue color looks great with the shiny new mag wheels. Price paid here is consistent with market value. Fair deal for both buyer and seller. #258-1970 FORD MUSTANG Mach 1 SOLD AT $22,000. A nicely done, mostly original truck with lots of documentation. hammered price seems fair for both buyer and seller. 128 SOLD AT $148,500. A mostly original nCRS Top Flight Split-Window Corvette. They don’t get much better than this in the ’Vette world, and the Branson bidders knew it. Bidding was brisk up to $110k, where it stalled until the auction analyst reviewed its Top Flight documentation. At that point it went up to $127,500, where the reserve was lifted. From there it went to $130k, then to $132,500, and finally to $135k, where it was won by a phone bidder. With commission, it was the top sale of the auction. Price guide shows a median market value of $104,500 for this car, but the added value provided by a Top Flight rating pushed this car to the top of the pile. Well sold. fastback. S/N 0F05H196935. Maroon/black vinyl. Odo: 24,000 miles. 351-ci V8, 4-bbl, Sports Car Market


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The Branson Auction Branson, MO auto. Recently restored, this Mach 1 is gorgeous. Body and paint are almost perfect. Fit is great. Chrome and trim have minor scratches from polishing. Interior, wheels, engine bay and underside all look like new. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $35,000. The bidding was fierce on this one but did not reach the $41k reserve. With the model’s SCM median market value of $37,500, the owner was right to drive away with his like-new car and wait for a better day at the auction. #576-1970 OLDSMOBILE 442 W-30 2-dr hard top. S/N 344870M227053. Gold & white/white vinyl. Odo: 30,101 miles. 455-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Repainted during a 2010 restoration and still shows well. Fit is good. Chrome and trim have dents, scratches and pits. Interior is good, except for door panels, which need restoration. Wheels, engine bay and underside all need major detailing. Glass is average for its age. Plumbing for a/c under the hood is rusted. Windshield washer reservoir cap is missing. Includes desirable 455-ci engine with Ram Air. Cond: 3+. median value at $80k. That’s a big leap from here, and I think the buyers needed more proof and provenance to reach higher bids. Did well considering the open questions. #568-1972 CHEVROLET C10 pickup. S/N CCE1421110363. Red/black vinyl. Odo: 36,198 miles. 327-ci V8, 2-bbl, 3-sp. Very nice bodywork and paint. Fit is good all around. Chrome and trim are excellent. Interior shows very little wear. Mag wheels are very nice. Engine bay and underside are as good as top side. Bed coated with sprayed-on protectant. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $10,450. not much more than driver-level here. There were quite a few of these ‘78 Pace Car Corvettes produced (one for each dealer) and they generally command a premium on the auction circuit. however, not this one. In very good condition, it would have sold for twice this price, but in this case the buyer got what they paid for. Fair deal for both buyer and seller, as it ends up. #234-1979 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE NOT SOLD AT $27,500. A three-year-old restoration that still shows well. Options include a Corvette suspension, rebuilt engine, power windows and a/c. Did not sell at the high bid, but this is good money for the truck and seller should have really considered the offer. #250-1978 CHEVROLET CORVETTE SOLD AT $39,600. Overall quality of this car is just above driver level. however, if this is a true 455-ci W-30, the SCM price guide lists its Pace Car Edition coupe. S/N 1Z87L859049664. Black & silver/gray leather. Odo: 69,013 miles. 350-ci 185-hp V8, 4-bbl, auto. Paint in very poor condition. Fit is good. Interior shows its age and mileage and has had wagon. S/N 1W35H9R414023. Yellow/tan cloth. Odo: 44,112 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Newer repaint very nice. Outlined flames run the hood and along the fenders and front doors. Fit is just fair. Chrome and trim are dull, with numerous scratches and pits. Interior has scratches on the metal parts and stains on the vinyl panels. Wheels, engine bay, underside and glass are just above driver-level quality. Cond: 3+. poor care. Wheels, engine bay and underside are sub-driver quality. Glass T-top panels are very good. Cond: 3-. NOT SOLD AT $5,000. This station wagon would probably make a good driver if it runs out right. It needs some TLC, at a minimum. however, the right bidder was not in the room, on the phone or online. Seller was right to wait for a better day at the auction. © FOLLOW SCM 130 Sports Car Market


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RM Sotheby’s London, U.K. London 2019 A dusty-but-not-rotten barn-find 1969 Miura sold for $1.6m — 25% over its high estimate Company RM Sotheby’s Date October 24, 2020 Location London, U.K. Auctioneers Maarten ten Holder, Michael Squires Automotive lots sold/offered 58/85 Sales rate 68% Sales total $11,986,803 High sale 1969 Lamborghini Miura P400S coupe, sold at $1,609,626 Buyer’s premium Virgin Miuras don’t come along very often — 1969 Lamborghini Miura P400S coupe, sold at $1,609,626 15% on the first $257,927; 12.5% thereafter, included in sold prices ($1.00 = £0.78) Report and photos by Paul Hardiman Market opinions in italics A 132 barn-find Lamborghini Miura headed RM Sotheby’s first Olympia sale — moving from its previous London venue of Battersea Evolution — exceeding its pre-auction estimate to achieve a remarkable $1.6m. Although this came after the afternoon whisky collection sale in which we watched a bottle of The Macallan sell for £1.452m ($1.873m), which rather puts our hobby of messing about with silly old cars into a sensible perspective. A bit confusingly, Olympia, in west London, has been used on and off over many years by Bonhams, which returned its second-tier pre-Christmas sale to Hendon following the completion of refurb works at the RAF Museum. RM Sotheby’s, just to be different, apparently, used the newer Olympia West venue instead of the splendid arched building erected in 1886. Either way, these are spaces large enough to accom- modate volume sales. With the cars introduced rather woodenly by Squires, the sale kicked off with the ninelot Forests Collection that pulled in more than £506,550 ($653,265) for the Trillion Trees charity. The group was led by an evil-looking but unraced 2001 Porsche 911 GT3 RS at $222,462, but the best buy had to be a 2018 GT3 in Sepia Brown at $148,308. Much later in the sale, one of the last lots, a 911 Turbo cabriolet G50, was knocked down for a giveaway $53,391. Another tranche from the Youngtimer Collection, a single-owner group of modern collector cars, did well, with a BMW 850 CSi selling for $237,293 and a Bentley Turbo RT for $114,197. A real Group B 1985 Lancia Delta S4 — one of only four S4s London, U.K. to have won a World Rally Championship rally — at- tracted $985,765, almost as much as the Jaguar XJR-11 Group C racer that bid to over $1m but didn’t sell, and neither did the Ferrari Enzo, which stalled at $1.74m. Some did exceed their estimate: A beauti- fully restored 1961 Ferrari 250 GTE 2+2 Series I sold for $521,496, while a low-mileage chairs and flares (without the chairs) 1973 Ferrari Dino sold well at $557,767. A 1984 Daimler Double Six long-wheelbase saloon sold for an exceptional $103,816 … but its first owner was Her Majesty the Queen, Elizabeth II, and you don’t often come across provenance like that. ♦ $30m $25m $20m $15m $10m $5m 0 Sales Totals 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 Sports Car Market Peter Singhof ©2019, courtesy of RM Sotheby’s


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RM Sotheby’s London, U.K. ENGLISH #197-1964 JAGUAR E-TYPE Series I 3.8 open two-seater. S/N 880847. Blue/black cloth/black leather. Odo: 91,031 miles. Good and tidy all around, only 1,000 miles since resto/rebuild in 2015 in the U.K. Okay panel fit, decent paint in original color and new leather, instruments original and unrestored. Was built left-hand drive, previously silver/ gray with blue leather, and had been hit in the front before resto. Cond: 2-. Moto-Lita steering wheel. Still with U.S. title. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $244,708. Was kept in hawaii for 25 years before moving to the vendor’s home in Austria in 2015 and restoration. Offered without reserve, which often generates extra bidding interest (or can backfire). Almost but not quite semi (depends how you quantify it) “last one” status elevates this to about twice what it’s really “worth.” I could almost see that, if it really was the last one. Very well sold. #130-1984 DAIMLER DOUBLE SIX SOLD AT $127,545. Supplied new to the U.S., in the same hands for 48 years until 2012. A slow start and slow going before it finally sold for an acceptable amount. #163-1968 ASTON MARTIN DB6 Vo- lante. S/N DBVC3677R. Silver/black cloth/ red leather. RHD. Odo: 20,984 miles. Mk I Volante, older (2012) restoration still holding up beautifully; seat leather still looks new since last time we saw it two years ago. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $670,610. not sold at Bonhams’ newport Pagnell Aston Martin sale in May 2017, with 20,545 miles at $861,460 against an estimate of £900k–£1.15m (SCM# 6836083). This time stalled almost $300k lower against a reduced ask of £550k–£650k ($710k–$840k). #183-1974 JAGUAR E-TYPE Series III V12 open two-seater. S/N 1S2822. Green/ black cloth/tan leather. RHD. Last E-type roadster built, before the “really final” 50 were built. Recently restored to its original color. NOT SOLD AT $1,160,672. Three podium finishes in 1990 before XJR-11 was made redundant by a Group C rule change outlawing turbos. Stalled at £900k (which was about 10% light to buy it) to a vain plea of “I’ll take £25k ($32k).” 134 SOLD AT $114,197. First in new York, then Switzerland from 2016. Sold from the Youngtimer Collection. You can buy tired/used/rough Turbo Rs from $15k, but not an RT. 420 hp doesn’t sound like a lot compared with today’s 700-hp modern takes on Pony cars, but this shuts ’em down with more than 630 ft-lb of torque—while not knocking the ash off your cigar. Our Auction editor would like one very much. In Wildberry, please. #153-1999 ASTON MARTIN VANTAGE Le Mans V600 coupe. S/N SCFDAM2S0XBL70256. Green/tan leather & suede. Final development of Virage series: 40 built with mad twin-supercharged V8, 22 left-hand drive. Sports Car Market SOLD AT $103,816. Stayed with Jaguar Daimler heritage Trust until 2010, when the vendor bought it. Offered without reserve and sold over estimate to a phone bidder for approximately 10 times the price of a regular XJ, which means Brenda (the queen’s nickname among the working class) is at least as popular as James Bond. #140-1989 JAGUAR XJR-11 racer. S/N 590. White & purple/carbon fiber. RHD. One of three built by TWR for the 1989/90 seasons, this was originally chassis 289 (and briefly 1290). Good all around, kept in running order. Cond: 2. sedan. S/N SADDDRLW3CC393721. Dark green/beige leather. RHD. Odo: 43,383 miles. Looks like any other big Jag/Daimler LWB saloon, but was first used by Her Majesty the Queen of England. The royal household put the first 29,000 miles on it. Last tax disc dated 2004. Clean, tidy, original paint; retains blue convoy light in front of the interior mirror. Veneers all good, seat leather only lightly creased, rear seat is special single-bolster item, apparently for the comfort of HMQ’s corgis. Temporary import, so it must have been out of the U.K. Cond: 2. #113-1998 ROVER MINI Cooper 2-dr sedan. S/N SAXXNNAZRWD155176. Blue/ blue leather. Odo: 49,969 miles. Good and original twin-point injection car, with Sports Pack and unmolested apart from addition of Stage 1 Powerkit by My Mini Revolution in Paris. Dash veneer good, leather only lightly baggy, and only a couple of light marks on wheel rims. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $26,695. Originally supplied in France. Offered at no reserve from the eightcar (and one harley-Davidson) Forests Collection that kicked off the sale, with proceeds going to the Trillion Trees charity, and fetched strong money for a Rover Cooper, even a late car with Sports Pack. #192-1998 BENTLEY TURBO RT Mulliner sedan. S/N SCBZP25C6WCX66701. Green/cream & green leather. RT is the final, ultimate iteration of the drawing-room dragster. Only 56 special-order Mulliners were produced, all unique and taking their name from the famous coachbuilder: Spot one by its smoothed bumpers and flared wheelarch lips. This is a U.S.-spec version optioned with matrix grille, fender vents and engine-turned dash. Excellent all around, with reasonably modest mileage. Cond: 2.


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RM Sotheby’s London, U.K. Most of them have had traction control discreetly added.... Good all around—although because they were all converted to order by Works Service, there were some rather sudden interior choices, in this case near-orange leather clashing with green dash top. Brushed metal inserts all good. Kuwaiti registration. Cond: 2-. theby’s has been dispersing over several sales in 2019. Appeared unsold at a high bid of £50k ($64k) on the day, £10k ($12,500) behind lower estimate, but later declared sold all-in at the same price...at about decent e30 M3 money, though appeared to fall out of the results again later. #185-1977 PORSCHE 911 2.7 Safari dropping the hammer to a phone bidder £10,500 ($13,500) later. As the car was nearperfect, we’ll have to call this a market-correct valuation for the back end of 2019. #187-1975 BMW 3.3 LI sedan. S/N SOLD AT $266,954. had been in France before reaching the Middle east. hammered well under lower estimate, with a last-second online bid coming in just too late—fair play to ten holder for sticking to his guns. A relative bargain for one of these old dinosaurs. GERMAN #154-1973 BMW 2002 Turbo 2-dr sedan. S/N 4290162. White/black vinyl. Odo: 133 km. One of 1672, restored to better than new, complete with reversed turbo script on front spoiler, a market favorite. Mahle alloys. Interior all good, and red instrument panel is refinished—they’ve usually faded to pink. Mileage is since restoration. Swiss registered, in London as a temporary import. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $122,354. Ten holder had a real struggle from £72k ($93k) onwards, eventually SOLD AT $70,446. no word on whether it’s competed in any historic events, but there’s plenty out there for it—and at not much more than today’s base price for a restored G-series 911. Cheaper than starting from scratch and building your own. NOT SOLD AT $64,482. Offered from the Youngtimer Collection, whose cars RM So- BEST BUY #195-1989 PORSCHE 911 Turbo cabriolet. S/N WP0ZZZ93ZJS020221. Diamond Blue Metallic/black cloth/beige leather. RHD. Odo: 26,524 miles. G50 turbo with just two owners from new. Nicely kept, appears to have avoided picking up the usual chips and rust spots. Leather only lightly worn, which makes the mileage believable. German title. Cond: 3+. 3090279. Anthracite/tan leather. Odo: 59,038 miles. Ultimate and rare E3, essentially a 3.0 Si stretched in both wheelbase and stroke (though it’s really only a 3.2). In splendid order, recently (2014) and comprehensively restored, new paint and leather, effectively still running in. With books and still with complete toolkit. Swiss title. Cond: 2+. coupe. S/N 917301316. Orange/black velour. Odo: 36,167 miles. G-series re-creation copying original factory Safari rally cars. LHD but mph speedo, so may be originally U.S. market. Weld-in roll cage and Terratrip rally meter. Claimed to weigh only 960 kg “fully loaded”—which is rather less than an RS 2.7—and rather surprising given the amount of kit it carries. Spanish registration. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $53,391. What sometimes happens when someone makes a cheeky offer near the end of the sale when the room’s thinning out. no reserve often promotes extra bidding, as several buyers all think they’re on to a bargain, driving up the price, but not here. Sold at half the low estimate, which is average Carrera 3.2 money and, provided there was nothing seriously wrong with it, a steal. #111-1991 BMW M3 2-dr sedan. S/N WBSAK05090AE42207. White/gray cloth. 136 Sports Car Market


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RM Sotheby’s London, U.K. Odo: 54,561 miles. U.K. spec with electric sunroof and mirrors; white is unusual on these. Repainted. Good and tidy all around, with no scuffs and unworn interior; gear knob only moderately shiny. Motor very clean and bonestock. Still with first-aid kit and full tool set. Cond: 2. stickers), no scuffs, though shallow ding on left front fender. Seat velour pretty much unworn. Quite leggy with 113k miles, but good maintenance history with two engine top-end overhauls already. With books and tools. English registered. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $60,806. Originally a Porsche press car, driven by Walter Rohrl in a 1992 four-way road test by Auto Zeitung magazine. Came to the U.K. via nick Faure in 1997, In this ownership since 2001. Well sold at about 25% over regular 968 market value. SOLD AT $74,154. From the Forests Collection, with proceeds going to Trillion Trees. Offered at no reserve and sold for a marketcorrect, mid-estimate figure—more than fair, given that slightly odd spec and color does it no favors. #119-1993 PORSCHE 968 Clubsport coupe. S/N WP0ZZZ96ZPS815075. Yellow/ black velour. Odo: 182,425 miles. Tidy, looks like mostly original paint (still with paint code #164-1994 BMW 850 CSI coupe. S/N WBSEG91030CC00692. Anthracite/gray & black leather. Odo: 3,560 km. Ultimate 8 Series with mighty S70B56 motor. Manual was the only gearbox and this one is heavily optioned. Excellent all around as very little used; close to concours level in all respects. Duotone leather lightly baggy, but they were like that from new. Interior plastics perfect, wheels unscuffed. With original invoice, books and tools. Cond: 1-. ning them has suppressed values of the lesser models, but top spec, tiny mileage and manual gearbox all keep the collector interest up here. #189-1995 MERCEDES-BENZ E60 AMG sedan. S/N WDB1240361C213356. Black/black & gray leather. Odo: 30,496 miles. Ultimate “957 code” W124, around 45 built, based on Porsche-developed 500E/E500 and almost as mental as a Bentley Turbo RT (which came three lots later, from the same collection). Tidy, with weirdly patterned duotone leather holding up well. Swiss title. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $177,970. From the Youngtimer Collection. Originally in Japan, then in Switzerland from 2016. hammered at low estimate, for almost twice the price of that Turbo RT. #112-2001 PORSCHE 911 GT3 RS SOLD AT $237,293. Only 1,510 built. From the Youngtimer Collection. In Germany until 2016, when it moved to Switzerland. This must be a world-record auction price for an 8 Series, and the SCM Platinum Auction Database isn’t proving me wrong. So far the potential cost of run- coupe. S/N WP0ZZZ99Z1S692105. Black/ black cloth. Belived the only non-white GT3 RS, delivered in black. Shiny, but that can’t disguise that it’s had a bit of a life on the racetrack: stone-chipped front, cracked front light lenses and the windscreen seal is concertina’d back. Motor now a 3.7 with aftermarket induction kit. No interior, adjustable-bias brakes, Momo wheel, Schroth harnesses, plumbed extinguisher. Sure looks like a racer even though it’s said never to have been one. Offered on a bill of sale. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $222,462. Said to be never raced in period, now eligible for various historic endurance series. Looks evil just standing still, and my favorite car of the sale. Offered without reserve and hammered £10k ($13k) over the lower estimate. #135-2014 MERCEDES-BENZ SLS AMG GT Final Edition coupe. S/N WDDRJ7JA5EA011085. Silver/black leather. Odo: 69 km. Gullwing coupe, almost unused and still near perfect, still with protective film 138 Sports Car Market


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RM Sotheby’s London, U.K. in door shuts. Matte-spokes wheel option, with extra-load tires fitted. Cond: 1-. black 20-inch wheels included. With books, in French, although U.K. registered. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $148,308. Offered from the Forests Collection (at least it’s the right color) at no reserve and hammered at just £100k ($129k), or £30k ($39k) behind the lower estimate. noreserve is certainly the way to find out what cars are really worth. Well bought...probably, though VAT is applicable because it is effectively a new car. ITALIAN #131-1961 FERRARI 250 GTE Series I SOLD AT $354,650. Offered from the Youngtimer Collection, whose cars RM Sotheby’s has been dispersing through 2019, and sold at a figure that, including premium, just matched the lower estimate. everything has fallen over 2019, and modern supercars are no exception. #117-2018 PORSCHE 911 GT3 coupe. S/N WP0ZZZ99ZJS166703. Sepia Brown/ black leather & Alcantara. Odo: 1,500 km. Manual (about 15 kg lighter than PDK) 991.2 with Clubsport package, almost like new and with very low mileage—but a very odd choice of paint-to-sample color, perhaps meant to hark back to earlier small-bumper 911s. Set of SOLD AT $528,750. Former class winner at the Amelia Island Concours d’elegance. Offered at no reserve, bid to within £90k ($116k) of the £450k ($580k) lower estimate, but it had to sell. Still less money than a DB4 convertible. (See profile, p. 78.) SOLD AT $521,496. exported to the U.S. early in its life, spent time in new Mexico and came to the U.K. in 2008 as a project. hammered sold near the high estimate, which we’ll call a very healthy price in today’s market, as it’s more than a Daytona fetched in the U.K. the month before. #176-1969 LAMBORGHINI MIURA P400S coupe. S/N 4245. Yellow/black leather. Very original, in barn-find condition and with a lovely family history. Single ownership from 1974 to 2015, then stored in an open barn in Germany by the late owner’s brother. Dusty everywhere but not rotten, original interior well patinated. Has add-on front flashers. Classic “ran when parked” car and would probably go again with a fresh battery and fuel, but by today’s standards needs full restoration. Cond: 3-. TOP 10 No. 3 2+2 coupe. S/N 2947. Blue/red leather. Recent restoration in an unusual color, as if the body and interior hues have been reversed, but it’s the original scheme and very attractive. Very sharp with new paint, new leather; (original) engine rebuilt by GTO Engineering. Cond: 2+. #171-1961 MASERATI 3500 GT Spyder. S/N AM1011129. Black/black leather. One of 242, LHD but U.K. delivery. Originally white. Replacement engine, but original block on a pallet beside it. Very sharp restoration, leather just settling in. With factory hard top and tools, and Maserati Certificate of Origin. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $1,609,626. Built in 1969 but not sold to its first owner, in Germany, until 1971. Owner (and one S. Kidston) were on site for this one, watching it soar 25% above upper estimate having been offered at no reserve. Virgin Miuras don’t come along very often...I’d love to change the seals, tires and fluids and enjoy as-is. By the numbers well sold, but in real life well bought. #162-1970 MASERATI GHIBLI 4.7 Spyder. S/N AM115S1179. Yellow/black cloth/black leather. U.S.-market car, one of 125 Spyders. Repainted, otherwise fairly original, other than 5-speed replacing the auto it was supplied with. Door fit not great at bottoms, sill trims a bit wavy, rest of brightwork okay. Interior probably original; light wear to 140 Sports Car Market


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RM Sotheby’s London, U.K. leather, some switch bezels broken. Cheap tires always ring alarm bells, though. Italian title. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $557,767. Though we’ve seen a few low prices (or no-sales) for fair/average Dinos over the past few months, a low-miler like this was always going to do the money—if it sold at all. Currently, then, Dino leads Daytona. #150-1976 MASERATI KHAMSIN coupe. S/N AM120335. Gunmetal/beige leather. RHD. Odo: 24,588 miles. One of 430. U.K.-market car laid up in 1993, so mileage could be right. Just been gone through by McGrath Maserati. Straight body, decent paint, uncurbed wheels, leather doing well. Bizarrely, fitted with a tow bar. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $514,242. Offered at no reserve and hammered £50k ($63k) under lower estimate. So a ragtop Ghibli is worth almost as much as a Daytona coupe, according to the market at this sale. Looks quite good value compared with the 4.9 SS coupe I drove last month, where the price tag was £250k ($313k). TOP 10 No. 10 #161-1973 FERRARI 246 GT DINO coupe. S/N 07294. Red/black leather. RHD. Odo: 7,758 miles. Chairs and flares car, one of 13 right-handers. Repainted and retrimmed in 1982, only 1,500 miles ago. Standard seats, as Daytona items were swapped out early in its life. Dash top still perfect. Trunk lid lines up. With books and tools. Ferrari Classiche certified. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $85,277. Offered without reserve, sold mid-estimate for almost double what’s just been spent on recommissioning it. At only Ferrari 308 money, it’s almost a cut-price Ghibli, if you will, though these are stuffed with Citroën bits. TOP 10 No. 8 #152-1985 LANCIA DELTA S4 Rally hatchback. S/N ZLA038AR000000202. White/blue velour. Real factory Group B car, one of 28 built using turbocharged and supercharged Fiat/Abarth twincam. Cosmetically restored, having been used for slalom events after the demise of Group B, seats still embroidered with the names of Toivonen and Cresto. Abarth Classiche certification confirms left front corner of chassis frame has been replaced. Offered on a bill of SOLD AT $266,954. From the Youngtimer Collection, whose vehicles RM Sotheby’s has been dispersing throughout 2019. First in Monaco, then France, exported to Kuwait in 2013. Stalled at £150k ($193k), but after a pep talk from the co-auctioneer, hammered at £180k ($232k), matching the lower estimate. #133-1994 FERRARI 412 T1 racer. S/N 149. Eng. # 28. Red. MHD. Real John Barnard-designed F1 Ferrari, first of eight of this type built, driven by Jean Alesi (3rd in Brazilian GP) and Gerhard Berger (2nd in Italian GP). With spares, wheels, tire blankets and jacks. Offered on a bill of sale. Cond: 2. sale. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $985,765. 1985 RAC Rally winner with henri Toivonen, T-car in 1986 (when Toivonen tragically lost his life in chassis 211 on the Tour de Corse, just one of the fatalities that hastened the end of Group B rally cars). hammered to an online bidder £50k ($64k) under the lower estimate, but that’s approaching the value of Group C cars, which have more places to play. A very expensive ornament. (See profile, p. 84.) #134-1990 LAMBORGHINI LM002 SUV. S/N ZA9L00000LLA12188. Black/ beige leather. Odo: 11,544 miles. One of 301 (or, as the catalog claimed, 328). Good order, with books. Repainted from gray in 2013. Vast, flat panels are fairly straight, interior not heavily worn, leather and timber all good. Big winch fitted up front. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $1,547,562. Stayed with Scuderia Ferrari until 2002; offered from the Autobau Collection. Stalled at this £1.2m high bid, which was about £200k ($258k) short to 142 Sports Car Market


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RM Sotheby’s London, U.K. buy it...but you might have thought that as it is a second-tier F1 car (those podium places were only down to others’ misfortunes) in an uncertain market, the seller might have decided to let it go at the best offer. #169-2003 FERRARI ENZO coupe. S/N ZFFCZ56B000135870. Red/black leather. Odo: 14,682 km. Euro model originally supplied in Rome; low miles (replacement odometer reset at 10,000 km) but recently “freshened up.” Light wear to leather, interior carbons all good, some paint touch-ups. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $48,200. Found abandoned in France prior to restoration. Offered at no reserve at a rather hopeful £80k–£120k ($103k– $155k), so nobody really knew where it was going to go), and sold for about a third of that. Given that a 1944 M3 was offered by another U.K. auction company at £40k–£60k ($52k– $77k), but not sold, it looks as though the market has it about right. NOT SOLD AT $1,741,007. Later in France (service records start in 2008), in the hands of a U.K. Ferrari specialist from 2015. Stalled at £1.3m. What we have learned over 2019 is that to sell cars—especially those with lessthan-impeccable service records—you need to be realistic about their values in today’s market, or be prepared to sit on them for a while. AMERICAN #193-1943 WHITE M16 MGMC half- track utility. S/N 282663. Green/green canvas/ gray canvas. Restored (in the U.K.), presented in markings of the 467th Anti-Aircraft Artillery Automatic Weapons Battalion, #194-1968 FORD MUSTANG 428 Cobra Jet fastback. S/N 8F02R213548. Acapulco blue/black vinyl. Odo: 7,084 miles. 428-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Heavily optioned car, nice older and still with M45 Maxson Quadmount turret. Rubber tracks in good nick, with tools. Fair inside, instrument bezels a bit rusty, still with radio. U.K. registration. Cond: 2. (late ’90s) restoration in Acapulco Blue, and stock. Original interior. With Deluxe Marti Report, and original bill of sale. German registered. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $88,985. One of 860 R-codes with auto (C6). Offered but not sold at $62,000 at Mecum’s Indianapolis Spring Classic in 2010 (SCM# 1685939). After that, in the netherlands before it reached Germany in 2016. Offered at no reserve, and one can’t help thinking it would have fetched more at home. #115-1970 MEYERS MANX roadster. S/N 1102980174. Orange/white & orange leather. Odo: 6,452 miles. Sharp recent restoration with all the good bits including big motor, Empi steering wheel and Berg shortshifter. Front and rear seat belts. Worst glitch on it is a rivet missing from the chassis plate. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $44,492. Offered at no reserve from the Forests Collection. Bid quickly up to £30k ($39k), where it was hammered sold, £5k ($6k) under lower estimate. not bad for a Bug with a plastic body...although not enough to cover the $70k spent on restoration. © 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 144 Sports Car Market


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RM Auctions Hershey, PA Hershey 2019 Open coachwork and Hollywood ties helped this 1930 Cadillac 452A V16 sell for $1.2m Company RM Auctions Date October 10–11, 2019 Location Hershey, PA Auctioneer Brent Earlywine Automotive lots sold/offered 199/208 Sales rate 96% Sales total $15,218,500 High sale 1930 Cadillac 452A V16 Fleetwood sport phaeton, sold at $1,221,000 This particular car represents the pinnacle of Cadillacs of the era — 1930 Cadillac 452A sport phaeton, sold at $1,221,000 Report and photos by Jeff Trepel Market opinions in italics T he two-night RM Auctions (sans Sotheby’s) Hershey sale continues to be one of my favorites to cover, because its raison d’etre runs delightfully counter to current auction trends. If you are bored by auctions full of latemodel, ultra-low-mileage Porsches, Ferraris and McLarens, this is the auction for you. No exotics, no Pro Touring cars, rarely a muscle car. The focus is typically on American (plus a few British/European) classics from the late 1920s through the ’50s, with a vast array of Packards, Cadillacs and Lincolns supplemented by examples of Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg, PierceArrow and Rolls-Royce. There are usually some Brass Era cars mixed in. This year the inventory of Brass through Nickel Eras ballooned as the entire first night was devoted to the auction of 107 cars from the Merrick Motor Museum in Nebraska, all at no reserve. The Merrick cars ranged in vintage from a 1900 Rockwell Hansom Cab to a 1936 Cord 810 Westchester. A good proportion were from the dawn of the motoring age: I counted 34 lots from 1910 or earlier. Some were marques that are almost lost to history. Have you seen a 1902 Grout Steam Car or a 1909 Enger Runabout lately? Most of these sold surprisingly strongly, I suppose as the answer to the question, “Where are you going to find another one?” I’m sure the Grout Owners’ Club alerted their members. The high-sale Merrick Museum car was, however, more conventional: a lovely 1925 Duesenberg Model A sport phaeton, selling well above its high estimate at $236,500. 146 Hershey, PA On Friday, the second night of the auction, named collections provided an impressive supply of significant, mostly higher-value classics, ranging from the John Muckel and Jim Bradley collections of high-level Brass Era cars, to the William B. Ruger Jr. Collection of multi-cylinder prestige cars from the 1920s into the 1950s (plus two fire engines). The very eclectic Jack Dunning Collection focused mainly on 1930s grand classics but ranged in age from a 1907 Wayne to a 1951 Ford convertible. The high sale of the auction, by far, was an outstanding 1930 Cadillac 452A V16 sport phaeton with Hollywood history at $1,221,000, slightly above the high estimate. This more than doubled the 2018 high sale, another 1931 Cadillac V16 that sold for $495,000. The 2018 car was very nice also but was on its second body — a Fleetwood roadster body transferred from another car. The second-highest seller this year was Jack Dunning’s 1931 Marmon Sixteen coupe at $550,000 and third was a massive 1911 Olds Autocrat roadster at $495,000. Aggregate results at RM Hershey 2019 were impressive. The sales rate was 96%, obviously aided by the no-reserve collections of Merrick, Dunning and Ruger. Counting only the lots with reserves, the sales rate was about 76%. Total sales were up by about 41% from 2018. Overall, RM Auctions has to be very happy with this sale. While “your results may vary” is an apt cautionary note to individual consignors, the overall results point to a surprisingly healthy market for pre-war classics. ♦ Sales Totals $18m $15m $12m $9m $6m $3m 0 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 Buyer’s premium 10%, included in sold prices Sports Car Market


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RM Auctions Hershey, PA ENGLISH #419-1911 ROLLS-ROYCE 40/50HP Silver Ghost drophead coupe. S/N 1713. Eng. # 1713. White/tan cloth/red leather. RHD. Odo: 14,175 miles. Very nice paint, with a crack here and there. Polished aluminum bonnet. No taillights whatsoever. Accessories and hardware in very nice shape, inside and out. Shiny red, tufted seats decidedly reminiscent of TGI Friday’s circa 35 years ago but are in good condition. Steering wheel seems much more worn than balance of interior. Cond: 2. #443-1939 ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM on the first London-to-edinburgh chassis (which then received a third body). Catalog states that 2371 was sold to the current owner in 2014, although auction records appear to show it being sold at Bonhams Scottsdale 2017 for $698,500 (SCM# 6813245). Then it was a no-sale at $690,000 at Bonhams Quail Lodge 2018 (SCM# 6907804). The high bid here was much lower—almost $200,000 below the low estimate. I cannot explain why beyond stating the obvious: There were not two people in the room who wanted to pay over $560,000. Apparently it is going to take time to find the right buyer. SOLD AT $385,000. If Lot 408, the 1911 London-to-edinburgh tourer, is one of the lowest and most rakish Ghosts, then this car must be one of the tallest open Ghosts. It retains its original chassis and engine. Originally a Thrupp & Maberly landaulette, the present Barker drophead-coupe body was substituted approximately 100 years ago. Very early example of convertible bodywork. The “twostep” cowl rising up from the low hood to the very high windshield looks exceptionally awkward to me. But it is no doubt great to have a convertible top to take advantage of changing weather conditions during tours. The challenging aesthetics probably held back bidding, and the car sold for $115k below the low estimate, but I think the seller and buyer should both be happy. #408-1913 ROLLS-ROYCE 40/50HP Silver Ghost “London-to-Edinburgh” tourer. S/N 2371. Eng. # 10K. Cream white/ tan cloth/tan leather. RHD. Spectacular Edwardian Ghost with long and winding saga. Desirable London-to-Edinburgh chassis, including a different rear axle, higher compression ratio, higher-capacity carburetor and more. Chassis, coachwork and paint close to perfect. Nickel plating very good but not concours. Interior excellent overall except for cracks in steering wheel near spokes. Modern AC-Delco battery could be better secured (possibly a temporary installation for the auction). Quite clean and impressive underhood, but definitely has been driven, which should be reassuring to potential buyers. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $560,000. It’s a bitsa! Like many 106-year-olds, 2371 has undergone numerous life changes. Chassis found hidden in Paris in the ’90s, sans engine and body. Restored then with a “comparable” 1914 Ghost engine and this replica Barker light touring body, which apparently was the second body 148 #205-1926 ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM I limousine. S/N 12DC. Eng. # AD15. Red & black/black vinyl/tan leather, gold cloth. RHD. Odo: 67,589 miles. A British-built RHD Phantom rather than the more-commonly-seen Springfield. Delivered new to U.S. with a Kellner enclosed body. At some long-forgotten point, the Kellner body was removed and replaced with this Holbrook open-drive limousine body. Three of the four doors are difficult to latch. Paint is serviceable but far from excellent. Windshield and side glass show delamination. Radiator shell dull and tarnished, but other brightwork is better. Interior wood looks ancient and needs refinishing. Good gauges. Most fabrics are incorrect, although well-fitted. Interior hardware is rather nicely patinated and appears to be original. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $143,000. An exceptionally highquality vehicle from the collection of firearms magnate William B. Ruger Jr., all of which were offered at no reserve. One of the last Phantom IIIs built before World War II and, despite its right-drive configuration, evidently delivered to the U.S. new. Purchased by Ruger from noted Rolls-Royce enthusiast Robert Shaffner. Ruger spared no expense in its restoration, retaining experts with the most impeccable reputations. Unlike some other fine pre-war classics in this auction, this Phantom III demolished the $75k–$100k estimate, selling for almost 50% above the high estimate. I thought the estimate was strangely low, and at least two bidders recognized the inherent quality of this car. Well sold, but the buyer should be happy too. #444-1954 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER SOLD AT $52,250. Another Merrick Museum car offered at no reserve. The catalog opined that the holbrook body (from an unknown car) “has a fluidity not present in traditional RollsRoyce lines.” Perhaps. To me, the body looks to be simply a more modern design than 1926, but the exceptionally high beltline also makes it look tall and awkward. The livery and the whitewalls are totally wrong and detract further from the presentation. has great potential to be improved, but the purchase price is merely an admission ticket to spend more money. WRAITH Phantom IV saloon. S/N CLW37. Dark green/tan leather. RHD. Odo: 79,472 miles. Unique sort of Rolls-Royce muscle car conceived by British collector John Donner. Phantom IV 8-cylinder engine stuffed (very professionally) into Silver Wraith engine bay. Allegedly, Rolls-Royce assisted with the early 1990s installation and restoration. Well-applied paint, now showing microscratching. Pinstripes deteriorating. Brightwork including radiator shell very good but not concours quality. Traditional British leather and wood interior shows quite nicely, with perhaps some light soiling on the leather. Air conditioning and sliding steel sunroof added at time of restoration. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $88,000. I thought this car was too cool. I saw it being driven with joie de vivre on a test drive. It didn’t purr quietly like a typical Rolls-Royce of the period; rather, between the straight-8 Sports Car Market III limousine. S/N 3DL184. Eng. # N88Q. Shell Gray & Tudor Gray/maroon leather. RHD. Odo: 80,179 miles. Near-perfect H.J. Mulliner Phantom III. Body and interior restoration by Fran Roxas. Incredibly solid door shut, a tribute to the quality of both the original coachwork and the restoration. Magnificent paint. Sumptuous but restrained interior, with especially beautiful banded-wood fittings on dash, doorcaps, etc. Not inspected underhood, but according to catalog, car had a “recent” engine rebuild by Dennison-Jayne Motors. 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On the Radar A whole new crop of world cars is now legal to import into the United States. If you’re not familiar with the rules, you can find info at www.nhtsa.dot.gov/cars/rules/import. by Jeff Zurschmeide 1983–95 Land Rover 90 and 110 RM Auctions Hershey, PA slight microscratching now evident. Superb chrome. Gorgeous interior with leather just starting to settle in. Chic details like beautiful wood-rim steering wheel and quilted rear package-shelf covering are several steps above what you typically see in most post-war Fiats. Slightly wrinkled door-card covering a minor demerit. Extensive file of bills from 2018 to ’19 including at least $21,000 for engine rebuild. Did not have opportunity to see or hear car running. Cond: 2+. Pros: They sold Defenders from 1993 to ’97 in the U.S., but you get a better selection of engines and styles looking overseas. Plus, you can go back to 1983 — for example, the Land Rover 127, a 6-passenger pickup with 127-inch wheelbase, based on the long-wheelbase Defender 110. Turbo-diesel engine options are available — as well as 4- and 6-cylinder gas engines and small-displacement V8s. Cons: Many of the world-model Defenders seem underpowered compared to their American counterparts. Sourcing the correct enginerepair and maintenance parts could be a challenge. Price range: $5k–$20k, plus import costs. 1995 Ford Freda engine and the hydramatic transmission, it had a more rorty growl reminiscent of, say, a 1949 Buick Roadmaster. Sold at mid-estimate, which I thought was a minor bargain for the buyer. GERMAN #447-1956 MERCEDES-BENZ 300SC Sunroof coupe. S/N 1880146500070. Eng. # 1999806500068. Black/black leather. Odo: 25,618 km. Ultra-exclusive coupe, never restored. However, apparently it was repainted (from Graphite Gray to black) and re-upholstered (ditto) in the late 1990s or early 2000s. Excellent-quality paint but no longer freshlooking. Brightwork mostly excellent. Magnificent wood and slightly aged leather. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $57,750. The 2300 S was never officially sold in the U.S., where it probably would have been at least as expensive as a Buick Riviera. Body has design motifs from the contemporary Ghia L6.4 in a tidier, less exuberant package. This seemed like the wrong auction for this car, surrounded mostly by American antiques from the 1940s and earlier. It brought a respectable price just above the $50k low estimate, but I can’t help but think it could have garnered perhaps $10k more at, say, RM Sotheby’s Amelia. AMERICAN #217-1900 ROCKWELL HANSOM Pros: Rebadged Mazda utility van, often upfitted as a camper. Available with a range of thrifty gas or diesel engines — and buyer’s choice of automatic or manual transmission. Most sold in Japan or the U.K., but some in Australia. This is a convenient and nimble alternative to an American RV. Cons: Thrifty engine options generally mean underpowered. Really, a nice hotel is probably a better choice. Price range: $3.5k–$7k, plus import costs. 1994 Mercedes-Benz FunMog Pros: Try to find a more macho truck than this. Mercedes-Benz’ Unimog division made 18 of these “FunMog” pickups. Comes with the standard 280-hp Unimog engine and 4WD. Who can resist the vertical exhaust stacks and the chrome roll bar in the bed? Cons: Your Truck Nutz will look really small on this rig. Slightly uglier than a Tesla Cybertruck. Contrary to what your neighbor says, chicks will not dig it. Price range: $20k–$40k, plus import costs. ♦ 150 NOT SOLD AT $390,000. The 300Sc was the ultimate evolution of the 300-series coupes, with Bosch fuel injection replacing dual carburetors. Four-speed manual with column shift must have seemed archaic to (the few) American buyers in 1956. A mere 98 300Sc coupes were built, with only 12 equipped with the factory sliding-steel sunroof like this car. When new, the 300Sc cost more than a 300SL Gullwing. Current owner has doted on this low-mileage car for 42 years. This is a serious car in extremely serious colors. It is likely that most people prefer black to the original gray, but I wonder if at this level, just the fact of a color change adversely affected the value. The high bid here was probably light, but in a stagnant-to-declining market, perhaps only slightly. Pebble Beach, Amelia or a european auction might be better venues. ITALIAN #371-1964 FIAT 2300 S coupe. S/N 114BS129460. Blu Notte/red leather. Odo: 97,603 km. Coachbuilt Fiat gran turismo in lovely condition. Deep blue paint without even a hint of orange peel, although some SOLD AT $132,000. Apparently was a taxi in new York City in the very early 1900s, then electrically powered. evidently converted to a water-cooled, gasoline engine around 1910. Sports Car Market CAB Taxi. S/N 710. Black/tan leather. MHD. Fascinating relic from the dawn of motoring. Not much basis for comparison with anything else, but appears to be in rather good nick for a 120-year-old. Described as “completely restored.” Tan leather in the claustrophobic passenger’s compartment does look rather new. Spindly wheels more closely resemble those of a pram than an automobile. Tires rotten and misshapen, perhaps indicating years (or decades) of non-use. Cond: 2-.


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RM Auctions Hershey, PA Big honking radiator up front. Otherwise, engine and transmission source, specifications and condition either not known or not stated. Car blew through catalog estimates, which, of course, are not too meaningful on something as unique and eccentric as this lot. Well sold at three times the high estimate. #399-1904 PIERCE-ARROW tourer. S/N 868. Eng. # 868. Dark blue/black canvas/black leather. RHD. Odo: 2,403 miles. The first and oldest of seven high-level Brass Era cars from the John Muckel Collection. Cosmetically, this car is almost perfect and I cannot report any obvious flaws. Fabulous brass must have been polished just before the auction. Pristine under the hood. Chassis and engine matching, body a re-creation. Cond: 1. it’s unstable enough even without the top. Brass radiator, headlamps and sidelamps in good shape, as is tufted seat. Devoid of any instrumentation whatsoever. Clean engine compartment. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $41,250. The Model n was produced from 1905 to ’08 along with its derivatives, the slightly more elaborate Models R and S. All were front-engined, lower-priced offerings. About 7,000 Model ns were built, rather high volume for the time, and the Model n is the direct predecessor of the Model T. Sold here for just above the low estimate. Seems like a lot of money for minimal content; however, the Model n is rare and occupies a position of historic importance. Still, I deem it rather well sold. #225-1911 FIRESTONE-COLUMBUS MODEL 79C Runabout. S/N 820. Claret & black/black canvas/black leather. Interesting Ohio-built roadster in quite decent condition. Paint intact but a bit flat; possibly could be brought back to some extent. Brass correspondingly a bit dull, but not bad. Good top. Leather is generally good, with one tear. Mother-in-law seat wide enough for both mothers-in-law. Engine, apparently a 4-cylinder with 35 horsepower, not observed. Advanced features included left drive and center shift. While searching for a nonexistent odometer I observed that the car was totally devoid of instrumentation. I thought that by 1911 most medium-priced cars would have had basic instruments. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $236,500. I overheard two gentlemen contemplating purchasing this magnificent beast with the goal of driving it in the London-to-Brighton event. In 2010 it was a Pebble Beach entrant and in 2011 it participated in London-to-Brighton. Quite a resumé! This Pierce sold for about $11,000 over high estimate, but I think it was well bought for its evident quality and desirability for both driving and concours events. #222-1906 FORD MODEL N Runabout. S/N 5148. Eng. # 5148. Red/black leather/ black vinyl. RHD. Body appears to be in excellent condition; paint acceptable for such a basic car. Top is newer and in excellent condition; I wondered if its lofty height negatively affects the car’s stability, although I imagine SOLD AT $55,000. The Firestone-Columbus car company arose from the Columbus Buggy Company, one of the nation’s leading buggy builders. They later produced both gasolineengined and electric-powered cars, ceasing business in 1915. One might imagine that the company was connected with Firestone Tire & Rubber, but that would be only tangentially true. harvey Firestone was a cousin of Clinton Firestone, one of the founders of the buggy/ car company. harvey was a salesman for the buggy company, but left the firm shortly before it began producing motor vehicles to found his tire company. Catalog states there are only seven or eight Firestone-Columbus cars extant. Sold exactly at mid-estimate. I think it was a good deal for a buyer who is prepared for the responsibility of owning a 108-year old car with no parts supply. #391-1911 OLDSMOBILE MODEL 28 Autocrat roadster. S/N 66058. Dark red/ black cloth/black leather. RHD. Odo: 37 miles. February 2020 151


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RM Auctions Hershey, PA The highlight of the Jim Bradley Collection. All finishes close to flawless inside and out. Brass is magnificent, especially on the Solar Eclipse headlamps, but a few small brass pieces show slight age and tarnishing. Unlike Lot 406, the 1908 Oldsmobile Limited Prototype, this car does retain its original body, although the “mother-in-law” seat had to be rebuilt during restoration, as it had been replaced by a large spotlamp at some point. The Limited had a 6-cylinder engine, but the “smaller” Autocrat had a related 4-cylinder engine of 471 ci producing 40 hp, not a meager output in 1911. Cond: 1-. start apparently added. Upper radiator hose has seen better days. One of the nicer Merrick Museum cars. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $31,900. The h-3 served as Chevrolet’s transitional model to smaller, less-expensive cars prior to the 1916 introduction of the successful 490. The Amesbury Special roadster, which I had never heard of prior to this auction, was a stylish one-year-only edition. The word “jaunty” sums up this delightful roadster perfectly. Looks like a whole lot of fun for the money. Well bought. #405-1915 STUTZ BEARCAT Model 4F roadster. S/N 4F2658. Eng. # AI1006. Yellow/ black leather. RHD. Odo: 10,386 miles. Part of the Muckel Collection of outstanding Brass Era cars. In fine fettle throughout (can’t say “inside and out” as it really doesn’t have an inside), with only a few details showing age or improper finish. Even the tires look new. This Bearcat was famously found in a shipping container in England in the 1980s, wearing a body from the 1920s. A correct replica body was constructed by a Stutz expert and placed on this chassis. Engine rebuild in 2005. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $495,000. One of two huge and imposing Brass Age Oldsmobiles at the auction (see Lot 406). One of three known Autocrat roadsters. The Autocrat is so massive that it requires two running boards on each side to form a staircase to climb in or out! A very strange model name by today’s standards, but it does suit the car. Another car once owned by the ubiquitous Barney Pollard. Only three owners over the past 70 years. Restored under Jim Bradley’s ownership around 2005. Sold here at mid-estimate, which seems appropriate for both parties. #257-1915 CHEVROLET MODEL H-3 Amesbury Special roadster. S/N D8847. French Gray/gray cloth/green leather. Odo: 27,015 miles. Very rare Chevrolet roadster benefiting from extensive, quality restoration by Merrick Auto Museum in the 1990s. Exterior wood at cowl and surrounding windshield a dashing touch. Paint satisfactory. Rudimentary top. Excellent hardware inside and out. Beautifully done tufted seats in offbeat aqua color. Instruments appear to be from mixed sources. Relatively modern-looking shifter. OHV 4-cylinder in neat and clean engine compartment with modern plug wires. Electric what—the Eisenhower administration?) But engine actually looks good, with evidence of past oil seepage noted. Nice instruments, some of which may not be original. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $71,500. A real aristocrat of American cars of the World War I era. The remarkable V12 engine was used in Packard’s prestige models until the debut of the Packard eight in 1924. Known ownership chain and extensive history file. Catalog incorrectly stated that this was seventh-oldest Packard known (no similar claim was made for Lot 395, a 1909 Packard). At the auction, the auctioneer cleared this up by stating that actually this is the seventh-oldest Twin Six known. A car that is hard to value but sold at mid-estimate. I think both parties should be satisfied. #207-1917 ABBOTT-DETROIT SOLD AT $330,000. RM has now sold this car at least three times. At the 2006 Meadow Brook Concours auction, it sold for $368,500 including premium (SCM# 1567005). At that same auction in 2010, it was sold to John Muckel for $330,000 (SCM# 1688271), the same price as here. As with Rolls-Royce Silver Ghosts and vintage Bentleys, highly desirable Stutz chassis often outlasted their bodies, so rebodies were quite common and are considered acceptable now, although a 100% original car is a bonus. hammered sold here at $150,000 below the optimistic low estimate of $450,000. There are few comparables beyond the past sales of this car, and obviously the prices garnered over the years for this particular Bearcat have remained quite consistent. #412-1916 PACKARD TWIN SIX lan- daulet. S/N 81698. Dark blue/black leather/ black leather, gray cloth. Odo: 69,641 miles. Amazing early Twin Six (V12) in crusty, surviving condition. Paint so bad I’m still not entirely sure whether the body was blue or black. Rusty fenders. Moth-eaten cloth and headliner; front seat badly torn, possibly by critters. Excellent glass, including the curved glass division. Engine rebuilt “more recently” according to catalog. (More recently than 152 MODEL 6-44 Speedster. S/N 70867. Eng. # 7W15768. Tan/tan cloth/brown leather. Odo: 3,165 miles. Older restoration, date unknown, in declining but serviceable condition. Ancient paint with heavy orange peel and many flaws, peeling off the wood frame at the rear. Somewhat aged interior but quite usable, might spruce up rather nicely. Convertible top is down but is so old-looking it could be original. An equally old-looking piece of leather luggage adorns the deck behind the top. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $20,900. Last year for the Abbott, which was built 1909–17. Continental L-head inline 6 was ubiquitous in the industry at the time. I don’t know anything about the Abbott, but this particular car was quite sporting for the era, with no doors, bucket seats, twin fuel fillers and wire wheels. 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RM Auctions Hershey, PA well as some of the other very obscure Merrick Collection lots. Perhaps the ghastly flesh-like color repulsed buyers (but it needs paint anyway), or perhaps bidders were more interested in slightly older Brass era cars. #212-1925 DUESENBERG MODEL A sport phaeton. S/N 1080. Eng. # 1476. Ivory & Irish Green/tan cloth/green leather. Odo: 60,918 miles. Impressive example of Duesenberg’s first production car. Older paint holding up well, with some cracking on right rear fender. Plating good but now slightly faded. Inside, very nice green leather has the appropriate level of patina. No cosmetic work needed, except perhaps to touch up rear fenders. Very comprehensive full instrumentation with one gauge labeled “Brakes.” The Model A had hydraulic brakes in 1925 (as did Chrysler), so I assume this was a brake-pressure gauge. Cond: 2. relatively modest, and I imagined the car would sell at about the high estimate, but it blew through that number to hammer at $94k. A good outcome for the consignor, yet the buyer has what appears to be a solid, highquality car. into an inexorable slide toward oblivion. Pierce roadsters have never been thick on the ground, and this represented a great opportunity to buy an unusual and exciting AACA/ CCCA tour car. I thought the RM catalog estimate of $100k–$125k (with no reserve) was reasonable, yet the car hammered at 25% below the low estimate. I’ll speculate that the non-original engine and the dated colors held it back. Oddly, the car apparently was just sold at RM Sotheby’s January 2019 Phoenix sale at $89,600 (SCM# 6891248). Was this an attempted flip gone bad? Or did the Phoenix buyer decide they didn’t like the car? I don’t know, but I think the buyer here got a whale of a buy. #221-1930 CORD L-29 Brougham se- SOLD AT $236,500. The pre-e.L. Cord Model A has long lived in the shadow of the larger and more dramatic Model J (and derivatives), but in recent years has become much more appreciated for its subtle excellence and advanced engineering, including an overhead-cam inline 8. About the same number of Model As were built as Model Js, but fewer Model As were preserved as opposed to the Model J, which was a classic the day it debuted in 1929. This car has a known ownership chain including harrah’s, as well as display in the ACD Museum; however, its restoration history is either unknown or unstated in catalog. Bidding was vigorous and the final price exceeded RM’s high estimate of $200,000, the highest price paid here for a Merrick Museum car by a wide margin. BEST BUY #380-1929 PIERCE-ARROW MODEL 125 roadster. S/N 2004504. Eng. # 200617. Tan & brown/tan cloth/tan leather. Odo: 2 miles. A 1990s restoration, well preserved. Outstanding panel fit and excellent paint with a minor chip or scratch here and there. Chrome equally good. Interior also done to a high standard, with some minor soiling and more aged-looking steering-wheel controls. Well equipped with sidemounts, rumble seat, golf-bag door and luggage rack. Powered by Pierce’s mid-range 1930 straight-8 engine, apparently installed in 2013. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $82,500. 1929 was a great sales year for Pierce-Arrow, just before the Depression sent the venerable firm 154 SOLD AT $103,400. One of the newer cars in the Merrick Museum Collection. Standing next to the front-drive L-29 reminds us of how dramatically low it was compared to other luxury sedans of the era, the absence of a driveshaft allowing for a much lower frame. The rarely seen Brougham has blanked-out rear-quarters and was a more intimate, sportier interpretation of a sedan. every aspect of this L-29 was attractive, yet no element was really outstanding. The $50k–$70k estimate was, I thought, dan. S/N 2927601. Eng. # FDA2510. Claret & black/black leather/gray, red & black striped cloth. Odo: 70,887 miles. Very nice but not minty-fresh closed L-29. Smooth older paint now has some expected micro-scratching. Topped with padded cloth roof in excellent condition. Brightwork also very good but far from new-looking. Unusual striped cloth seats are in excellent condition. Embroidered panels on inside door panels just below door caps, each with a row of rather corny-looking florets. Are these typical of this body style or an owner enhancement? Interior hardware again in good shape but would not be mistaken for new. Excellent headliner. Engine compartment not seen, but looks good in catalog. Cond: 2-. #417-1930 CADILLAC 452A sport phaeton. S/N 702478. Satin Red/tan cloth/tan leather. Odo: 238 miles. Difficult to find a flaw inside or out. An early1990s restoration, which has been preserved to a very high level and recently refreshed with a gorgeous new top and leather. Odd, then, that the only demerit I find is that the front-seat leather seemed slightly soiled. During restoration, the car’s color was changed from twotone brown to Satin Red. I usually think that very bright colors look inappropriate on most ’20s and ’30s cars, but everyone seemed to agree that the bright red shade on this car was dazzling. The V16 engine is an artistic triumph, but unfortunately, I did not have an opportunity to inspect it. Cond: 1-. TOP 10 No. 4 SOLD AT $1,221,000. Cadillac indulged in a veritable frenzy of engine development culminating in the 1930 models. By the end of 1930, Cadillac offered V8, V12 and V16 engines in 60 models over three wheelbases. This particular car represents the pinnacle of Cadillacs of the era, and is thought to have been purchased new by then-noted hollywood screen actor Richard Arlen (whoever he was). After its 1990 restoration, the car garnered class awards at both the Meadow Brook Concours and Pebble Beach, among others. excellent Cadillac V16s in desirable open body styles (and it doesn’t get much more desirable than a dual-cowl sport phaeton) have been hovering near the $1m mark for a couple of years. RM Auctions certainly nailed the estimate, as the car hammered at $10k above the high estimate. By far the high sale of the auction. A superb automobile which self-justifies its lofty price. (See profile, p. 80.) #433-1931 MARMON SIXTEEN coupe. S/N 16141675. Claret/tan leather. Odo: 138 miles. Restored over 20 years ago and very well preserved since. Very little to fault anywhere. Paint and brightwork are almost flawless. Inside, the instruments are clear, the wood is smooth and deep and the leather is clean and supple. The engine compartment is very clean but not over-restored. The whitewalls are yellowing—that is the worst flaw I can find. Cond: 1-. Sports Car Market


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RM Auctions Hershey, PA preciation for an artifact does not always translate into high value, as the car sold for a whopping $200k under the low estimate (including premium). The buyer has a marvelous Duesenberg J at a sub-J price. I hope he puts a big “Do not Restore” sign next to it in his garage. #414-1935 PIERCE-ARROW TWELVE SOLD AT $550,000. The lean, lovely coupe was one of the most rare Marmon Sixteen body styles. and only six are known to survive today. This car was sold new to a Philadelphia newspaper publisher, and it remained in his family until 1987, except from 1978 to ’83 after it was stolen, but recovered after five years. Restored under Jack Dunning’s ownership in 1996–97. Another beautiful classic that sold well below its estimate, in this case $100k under the low estimate. I think it is a combination of a slightly ambitious estimate and a somewhat soft market. The buyer should be quite happy. #430-1931 DUESENBERG MODEL J limousine. S/N 2438. Eng. # J430. Medium blue & black/black leather, tan cloth. Odo: 45,496 miles. Preservationlevel Model J, never fully restored. Repainted in present colors about 60 years ago. Back seat reupholstered about that time, and then rereupholstered in the correct style and fabric after 2013. Finish has many nicks and scratches, and some wear around the doors. Chrome sidemount covers tarnished and scratched. Apart from the nicely redone rear seat, the interior shows hallmarks of originality such as moth holes in wool headliner. Chauffeur’s seat leather is intact, but the stuffing perished, and the seat sags. Excellent instrument panel. Clean underhood but in no way dazzling. The overall effect is delightful patination but not deterioration. Cond: 3+. BEST BUY Silver Arrow coupe. S/N 405002. Two-tone maroon/mauve broadcloth. Odo: 886 miles. Restored in the early 1990s, but meticulously maintained and in remarkable condition throughout. Gorgeous two-tone maroon paint highlights the avante-garde rear quarter lines of the Silver Arrow coupe. Paint as well as panel fit remain superb. Some smaller chrome pieces are not as good as larger pieces such as the bumpers. The magnificent interior is near flawless. Auction personnel started this Pierce while I happened to be examining it. The engine was initially reluctant to start, but once started ran very smoothly, as a V12 should. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $50,000. While no longer quite in concours condition, this was a fine example of the handsome first-year letter-series 300, of which Chrysler built only 1,725 units. The SCM Pocket Price Guide shows a median value of $56,000, but it’s probably not going up, as ’50s dreamboats are not in favor in today’s market. At the 2019 Pebble Beach auctions, two apparently lesser examples of the C-300 were bid to $80,000 (not sold—consignor should have taken it and ran to the bank!) and $36,960 (sold—a steal!). The $70k–$90k estimate was ambitious, especially on the high side, but if I was the consignor, I would have expected another $10k bid. I was a little surprised that a post-block deal apparently was not reached. #381-1962 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL SOLD AT $198,000. By 1933, Pierce-Arrow was reeling from the Depression, producing only 1,776 cars in 1933 versus 6,795 in 1930. Sales continued to fall, and for 1935 Pierce introduced a “production” Silver Arrow coupe, on 8- or 12-cylinder chassis, which captured some of the dramatic rear-quarter lines of the dignified, aerodynamic 1933 show car, but otherwise remained rather conservative. exclusivity is guaranteed: only four 12-cylinder Silver Arrow coupes were produced, and this is one of two survivors. Its condition is amazing considering the age of its restoration. It is an imposing, immense car, which may be intimidating to some. Sold for well below its low estimate of $250,000, but consignor likely recognized there is a limited audience for this type of car and wisely chose to let it go to a new home. SOLD AT $451,000. Another grand classic offered without reserve from the Jack Dunning Collection. The finely crafted Willoughby limousine was a popular Duesenberg body style when new, but because they are relatively sober in appearance, many were later dismantled for parts or rebodied as sexier open cars. But this survivor seems to embrace its history and is in some ways more interesting than beautiful-but-sanitized concours queens. According to the catalog, when asked why he purchased the car, Jack Dunning said, “It’s one of the most wholesome, intact cars I’ve ever encountered.” I heartily agree, but ap- 156 #376-1955 CHRYSLER C-300 2-dr hard top. S/N 3N551481. White/tan leather. Odo: 1,830 miles. 331-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, auto. Highquality older paint with small spots of lifting and bubbling here and there, especially around right C-pillar. Hood up just slightly at back. Excellent chrome and tinted glass. Beautiful, supple leather inside. Complex dashboard surfaces and hardware remain in excellent condition, as does steering wheel. Motor Wheel wire wheels. Engine compartment not seen. According to catalog, consignor bought this Chrysler in “85% restored” condition in 2005 and completed details thereafter. An Amelia sedan. S/N 2Y82H405804. Oxford Gray Metallic/black leather. Odo: 65,751 miles. 430-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Exceptionally wellpreserved slab-side sedan. Excellent factory panel fit; very nice but not new repaint from original white. Most chrome is presentable but just slightly dull; bumpers are shinier. Extensive cracking in front seat leather, rear seat is excellent. Very clean but not detailed underhood. Multiple AACA award winner in 2011–14 time period. Cond: 2-. Concours trophy winner in 2011, among other awards. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $38,500. elwood engel’s masterpiece is now usually seen in its beautiful 4-door convertible form, so it was surprising to learn that in 1962 Lincoln built nine sedans for every convertible. Typically, the sedans eventually became “just used cars” and were not preserved. But if you can live without the complex and troublesome convertible-top mechanism, the sedan has the same landmark design with enough room to carry your entire entourage. Purchased new in Beverly hills, this car has a continuous known history of only four owners. Sold slightly above low estimate. A beautifully maintained, low-mileage example, and with a merciful color change from white, this Continental deserved the price that is among the highest ever for a sedan. © Sports Car Market


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Worldwide Auctioneers Corpus Christi, TX The Corpus Christi Old Car Museum Auction Three Apollo GTs finished in the top five sales, with the 3500 GT Spider leading all lots at $506k Company Worldwide Auctioneers Date October 4–5, 2019 Location Corpus Christi, TX Auctioneers John Kruse, Rod Egan Automotive lots sold/offered 187/187 Sales rate 100% Sales total $5,648,217 High sale 1964 Apollo GT Spider, sold at $506,000 Buyer’s premium Sharing center stage with its red coupe brother (the very first production Apollo) — 1963 Apollo 3500 GT Spider, sold at $506,000 10%, included in sold prices Report and photos by Bob DeKorne Market opinions in italics W orldwide Auctioneers brought a wide lection of no-reserve cars to Corpus Christi and the American Bank Center Convention Center on October 4–5, 2019, representing the Corpus Christi Old Ca Collection and three other veteran collectors. The mo was upbeat, the house was packed and festivities g started on Friday with John Kruse auctioneering an incredible fleet of more than 100 collectible pedal cars, Corpus Christi, TX all part of the museum collection, followed by a select group of cars. The highlight of Saturday’s auction was the sale of three significant Apollo cars, all part of the George Finley Collection. Mr. Finley was onsite all weekend, and his Apollos were all spectacularly presented. First up was the 4 Apollo 3500 GT Spider presented in navy blue, sold for $506,000, followed by the first production 3500 GT coupe, which changed hands for $242,000. Finally, one of the final-series cars, a 5000 GT coupe, expertly restored by Shook Enterprises, made $165,000. I’d have to call that the new market range for Apollos, as you’ll never find three nicer options at any one sale. Traditional classics sold included the lovely 1928 Hudson Super Six Series O con- vertible sedan formerly owned by Eldon Hostetler, which produced $170,500, and a stellar 1958 Cadillac Eldorado Brougham that sold for $132,000. A highlight for me was the 1958 Porsche 356A 1600 Speedster that was in barn-find visual condition but ran like a top. I had a chance to drive it, and — if you ignored the Fred Flintstone floor — it was an absolute blast to drive. Just be sure your tetanus shot is up to date. It brought $211,750, so I guess that’s what a complete Speedster project car is worth today. Hats off to auctioneers Kruse and Rod Egan and the entire Worldwide staff for a Want a collectible pedal car? There was a wide variety to choose from at the Old Car Museum auction 158 smooth sale that had a lot of excitement. If anyone wanted to get in the game, there were plenty of toys to choose from, and with this no-reserve format, everything was in play. ♦ Sports Car Market


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Worldwide Auctioneers Corpus Christi, TX ENGLISH #159-1952 JAGUAR XK 120 roadster. S/N 673895. Gold/black vinyl. Odo: 72,268 miles. Early XK 120s command a high spot in the collector-car world, and this one appears to be a solid candidate for restoration. There is minor corrosion evident everywhere, and some serious paint blistering, but it’s in honest, barn-find condition. All rubber, including the tires, is shot, and every gauge is broken. Underneath the car, it’s cleaner than expected, with no obvious frame damage. Floorboards quite rusty, and every bit of chrome and trim is pitted. All leather cracked, glass delaminating, and interior is toast. Grille is damaged, with there is nothing left to polish. All that said, it sits straight, is quite complete, and has an honest look to it. Cond: 4-. $65k, it was down to the room vs. the Internet, and in this case, the Internet won in quick fashion. That buyer bid quickly and decisively, and no one advanced his bump to $70k hammer. It’s a very good car that, to me, is in perfect condition to maintain and simply enjoy as-is for many years to come. A very fair price for everyone, and with a bit of selective maintenance, should be back to touring very soon. SOLD AT $57,200. This one was truly a mystery. What’s an XK 120 project car worth these days? Many nicely restored cars are around $100k, and the very best top $150k quite often, so this car was a question mark. There was strong interest both online and in the room, with spirited action to $45k. A phone bidder finally stepped up and made the final bid, one of several restoration candidates he bought that day. A pretty nice starting point sold at a pretty nice price, so I’m going to call this transaction just a bit well sold. If money’s not the object, it’ll certainly be a great start to what could be a very fine Jaguar roadster. #121-1966 JAGUAR E-TYPE Series I 4.2 coupe. S/N 1E30327. Old English White/ red vinyl. Odo: 27,597 miles. These fixedhead coupes have been a bit flat in the market lately, as the most common and least sporty of the E-types, but they remain undeniably beautiful, and this example is solid and in betterthan-average condition. Paint remains in good condition, with a few minor flaws from use, but car has nice, straight body panels and great door and hood fit. Chrome bits are excellent, including the wire wheels, and the overall impression in white is a very clean and simple example. Factory LHD interior remains in fine condition, with only minor honest wear evident. Clear glass, new rubber seals, and excellent headlamp covers finish off a truly classic look. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $77,000. This XKe is ready to enjoy, and was presented in very good condition throughout. no wonder it attracted great attention in the room, on the phones, and via the Internet. everybody wanted it in the $40k–$60k range, but by 160 #17-1970 TRIUMPH TR6 convertible. S/N CC50523L. Black/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 87,461 miles. A nice-looking Triumph that’ll leave the new owner with a decision: leave a decent driver as-is, or an easy resto on a solid platform. Nothing glaring on the car, but nothing real sharp either. Good paint finish with very nice panel gaps—no evidence of major damage or repair work. Straight bumpers, good chrome, and the car visually looks ready to go. Sharp burgundy pinstriping and TR6 graphics have survived nicely. Inside, it’s just okay—once again, nothing is worn more than the rest of the car. AM/FM/cassette in wood dash, which is cracking in a few spots and is very dry. Overall, straight with good factory wheels and modern radials; this Triumph just didn’t seem to have been stored for a long time. Or maybe it was just better at it. Cond: 3+. Green/tan cloth/tan leather. Odo: 45,818 miles. A big, bad luxury convertible that was very solid but unfortunately carries a reputation for not being the most reliable car in the barn. Add in that the car seemed stored for a long time, and that’s enough to scare off many dealers and car flippers. Hard to ignore a 285-hp V12 engine tied to a GM Turbo Hydramatic automatic transmission, with a 150-mph top speed and downright sultry good looks. Paint is good but not new, showing a few small dings. Factory alloy rims and a good top finish the exterior off, but this is definitely a car that looks better with the top down. With typical wear in the interior, this nicely equipped Jag sure is beautiful. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $11,550. Try as they might, the Worldwide crew just couldn’t find much for this car. While it certainly had pretty good eyeball, by 1990, the XJ-S had somewhat run its course, and that “eh” reception was certainly reflective of the bidding. Finally won by a phone bidder; the last few bids took a bit of coaxing from the Worldwide phone bank, with the last bid beating Rod egan’s gavel by a millisecond for the winning bidder. I’ve gotta feel this was slightly in favor of the purchaser, but not by much, as the costs to repair will make the difference. Good luck to the winner, as this will be a fantastically cool Jag once fully sorted. GERMAN #58-1953 MERCEDES-BENZ 300A Ad- SOLD AT $15,950. I liked this car, and lots of other guys in Corpus Christi did too. The bidders hoping for a steal at five or six grand just had to wave bye-bye, as the Internet jumped it to $10k, but even that isn’t close. It went to a collector in the room amongst some great humor from auctioneer Rod egan for a hammered $14,500, and most folks in the room thought it was quite well sold. I’d have to agree, but overall, I was convinced it was an honest car, too, so maybe the bid wasn’t that far off after all. #23-1990 JAGUAR XJ-S convertible. S/N SAJNL4840LC171766. British Racing enauer sedan. S/N 1860110181252. Silver & black/gray leather. Odo: 48,468 miles. These ’50s 300-series cars have proven themselves to be durable, reliable and relatively affordable classic-car fun. This one looked really good, but the lovely paint finish was just beginning to unravel in several spots. It does have solid panel fit and very nice chrome. Quite formal and very comfortable inside, with nice leather upholstery, a/c and wool carpets. Previous owner installed a modern stereo below the dash, while retaining the Becker Nürburg AM unit in that beautiful burled-walnut dash. Underneath the car, there is some surface rust lurking, but the stance is still proper and the exterior finish is quite lovely. Used-car condition underhood, but all there. Plenty of life left in this impressive formal car. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $35,200. Certainly a desirable car for any collector, these 300s have been up and recently down in value, and this example has a very nice presentation overall. The room here in Corpus Christi wasn’t sure Sports Car Market


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Worldwide Auctioneers Corpus Christi, TX a few spots of red overspray apparent, a little rust showing underneath. Complete with rearmounted luggage rack and every other option available—meaning none. Cond: 2. #148-1958 PORSCHE 356A 1600 Speed- what to do with this car, and the bidding stalled early, with the Internet eventually joining in the fray at about $25k.That spurred the crowd, and three bidders later, the final $32k hammer became today’s value. I’d lean that deal in favor of the seller, as those pesky rust issues eventually catch up with you, and the cost of restoration is going to catch up with this car sooner or later. #144-1957 BMW ISETTA 300 microcar. S/N 502608. Red & white/white vinyl/red & white vinyl. Odo: 19,383 miles. Freshly finished—in fact, wasn’t quite fully reassembled for the catalog photo. The rare convertible variant, which on these cars is really more like a fabric sunroof. The good news: brand-new roof, fresh red-and-white paint, new trim bits and a sharp white vinyl interior. The bad news: ster. S/N 84149. Rusty brown/black vinyl. Odo: 52,086 miles. The 356A Speedster has earned its place on the gold list of collectible autos, with outstanding results for highly original, documented cars. This car is, well... highly original and has the factory Kardex proving it is a complete, matching-drivetrain car, but it’s in barn-find condition. Surface rust everywhere, Fred Flintstone floors, and absolutely nothing that won’t have to be touched up to restore. Partially finished rocker-panel repairs were attempted, and the car runs and drives well, but every piece of trim, bumpers and the interior will need to be replaced. What’s a running and driving project Speedster worth? Stay tuned. Cond: 5+. SOLD AT $26,400. Isettas have been solid if not spectacular in the market lately, likely the result of the huge prices a few got 5–10 years ago, which spurs everyone who owns one to clean it up and see what it will bring. That means a ton on the market, so buyers can be picky and the prices go down. The bidding jumped quickly to $20k, with a determined phone bidder duking it out with the room. The room won when the phone bidder was too slow responding, and it sure seemed like a fair price everyone could be happy about. A sharp car that should be a lot of fun to own. SOLD AT $211,750. Bidding began at $100k, with the car displayed proudly right up front, and proceeded to $160k in $10k jumps. From there, there was interest from all sides, but Rod and Charlie had to work a bit from the block to keep it going. Finally sold to a restorer in the room after everyone was done. The bones are there, as well as proof of authenticity, so for a patient and proper Porsche restorer with a valid tetanus shot, it is a great opportunity. Quite likely we’ll see this car in a few years bringing north of double today’s investment, so the deal struck today would seem to work for everyone, fair and square. JAPANESE #202-1978 TOYOTA LAND CRUISER FJ40 SUV. S/N FJ40296715. Bright blue & white/black vinyl. Odo: 22,002 miles. One of the rare ones: uncut, hardly off-roaded, and still sporting the original engine and transmission. No visible suspension mods or visible repairs. Very nice repaint, solid panel fit, and paint job extends to the sills and interior—all well done. Newer vinyl interior with rear jump seats and a padded roll bar. Newer Alpine sound system in the dash. Four-speed manual with dual-range 4WD with manual lockout hubs. Only items not bone stock are the stereo and an accessory grab bar for the passenger. Only flaws evident are small ones in the rubber floor mats. Good and stock but not highly detailed underhood. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $34,100. A very nice presentation overall, and far more stock than most of this age. It seemed like the room was afraid this was going to be a high-priced FJ, and initially, no one seemed the least bit interested. When the room finally realized it was a sweet truck potentially sold 162 Sports Car Market


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Worldwide Auctioneers Corpus Christi, TX quicker than expected off the line, so I always wanted one. This one had been stored for a while, but ran well entering the convention center and looked quite nice. Better than average inside; I have to admit, my bidding hand twitched just a little when it stalled at just $4k. A bit of work by the block staff, and a lucky bidder online with Proxibid had to step up a few more times to win the car. I’ve gotta call this quite well bought, believing that basic service will yield many more miles of fun in this RX-7, and I bet it beats the car you drove to work today off the line. in the $20k range, bidders jumped to attention and the $31k hammer was quickly achieved. It should have gone higher, and the average sales have been a bit stronger recently, so I’ll say slightly well bought, and good on the bidder who stayed awake. hard to go wrong with this truck at this price. #163-1991 MAZDA RX-7 convertible. S/N JM1FC3525M0904851. Black/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 50,396 miles. A highly original car, with a quite believable 50,396 on the odometer. Nice, original finish, with no apparent repairs and clean factory alloy wheels. A few minor scrapes, but overall quite nice. Interior is original, and very good with only minor wear, but the carpets show a bit more. A complicated top system with a solid panel that requires folding down manually; the car also has a wind deflector and the optional headrest audio speakers. Power windows, steering, locks and brakes with an AM/FM/CD system and a/c. Car runs well and sounds solid, and sure seems like a decent surviving example. Cond: 2-. #171-1995 MITSUBISHI 3000GT VR4 Spyder. S/N JA3AW75K2SY829287. Red/ black leather. Odo: 93,820 miles. A thoroughly modern car for 1995, these twin-turbo 3000s are blazing fast, and with an innovative droptop hard-top design, it’s truly a do-it-all sports car. Trunk actually lifts and swallows the folded hard top. This example appears fully intact with all-original finishes and interior, some very cool custom body cladding and a flat rear spoiler. It’s not perfect, but it’s pretty close. Same goes for the inside: just a little honest wear on the leather driver’s seat, but otherwise, the epitome of ’90s sporting luxury. Power everything, with cruise, AM/FM/cassette, and a/c as standard equipment, making this a very comfortable road car. With a highwinding, transverse-mounted engine and allwheel drive, this sure looks like fun to me. Cond: 2-. spoke with felt it was a fair deal for all parties, and sold pretty much right on the money for condition. Someone bought themselves a whole handful of fun, and I bet they are happy with this result. AMERICAN #157-1930 FORD MODEL A roadster pickup. S/N A2772543. Red & black/tan leather. Odo: 1,919 miles. An older restoration that has held up quite well. Good overall paint finish with very nice pinstriping. Who doesn’t love the contrasting black fenders? The chrome is older but still serviceable, with an oak bed out back with matching side rails. Cool wind wings with clip-on mirrors (one cracked) and standard rubber-mat flooring. Windscreen beginning to delaminate. Nice solid runningboards with metal step and very nice door panels. A pretty solid truck that would definitely be fun to own. Lots of eyeball and quite practical—unless it rains. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $6,600. In my youth, I always found that these rotary-engine Mazdas were SOLD AT $18,700. It’s like a Skyliner, only sporty, with the cool retractable-hard-top roof that folds into the trunk. There were a few bidders in the audience in Corpus Christi, and bidding was steady until the last moment, when a $1k raise ended the deal. everyone I SOLD AT $19,800. One of the coolest Model A body styles, the roadster pickups are always attractive to me. This one appears quite well sorted and, while not fresh, still looks pretty good. It was bid up slowly, and finally bought by a phone bidder; when he hit the room with a $1k bid, that was that. Good strategy that worked in this case. Fully priced but also very good-looking, it sure seemed like a fine and fair deal for both sides. The days of the $10k Model A might just be over, and for this truck, the price was well justified. #51-1937 FORD DELUXE All-Weather convertible. S/N 184127204. Washington Blue/white vinyl/tan leather. Odo: 57,099 miles. A highly desirable body style in the Model A world, these are arguably one of the best-looking Fords of the era. A very wellrestored car, with mostly straight panels, great fit and finish, and excellent chrome and trim. A car anyone would be proud to own. Nice-fitting vinyl top with a glass rear window, the clean, solid running boards, and lovely interior hardware are all very well done. The sharp new leather interior, new floor mats and that banjo steering wheel are all in excellent condition. Bone-stock under the hood. 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Worldwide Auctioneers Corpus Christi, TX this one is no exception. Cond: 2. have been a bit stagnant for a while now, so it might be a great time to add one to your fleet at a friendly price. That’s precisely what happened today, and it will be fun to see the new owner out enjoying this car—he made a very good purchase. SOLD AT $26,400. I got to drive this car, and it’s an easy drive and runs out nicely. Bidding was brisk to begin, with the room and the Internet alternating by $500 bids. The action stalled at $21k, and then a new bidder in the room jumped in twice with a $1,000 raise each time and won the car at a $24k hammer. everyone I spoke with, including Worldwide specialist DT Drysdale, felt like it sold just a bit light for condition, and I’d agree and give this round to the buyer. he got a very nice, straight and honest car for a nice price. #120-1938 CADILLAC SERIES 60 Spe- cial sedan. S/N 6272856. Fairhaven Blue/ gray cloth. Odo: 79,612 miles. 346-ci V8, 2-bbl, 3-sp. A sharp-looking car, with a lovely repaint in the factory Fairhaven Blue, which is just now inching up in a few spots that are bubbling, but still looks great overall. Excellent panel fit and alignment, with absolutely excellent chrome throughout—plenty of it. Fresh seals in place, but the start of some glass delamination and discoloring beginning to appear. Bone stock and quite clean under the hood, and the car started easily and idled quietly. Upholstery is older but surviving well, and with very good carpets and clean door panels, it’s a useful interior. Overall, an older restoration that is holding up pretty well. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $16,500. Bidding was slow from the start, until it became obvious this would be quite a bargain, and it ignited two guys in the room—soon laughing at each other and gently but consistently raising the bid until one guy yelled: “You want it more than me,” and waved it off. The persistent gent got a solid deal on a good but not great car, and if the reported 22,075 miles is accurate, there ought to be a lot of life left here. I’m calling it well bought by one of a pair of very polite gentlemen, one of whom bought several cars here in Corpus Christi. #185-1941 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL 2-dr sedan. S/N H126231. Black/red leather. Odo: 190 miles. Undeniably beautiful, and SOLD AT $42,900. These 1941 Lincolns are like the last gasp of the Classic era, produced before World War II shifted our country’s industrial production. The crowd at the American Bank Center Convention Center was quick to bid on this Lincoln, but action petered out about $35k, which was definitely a value. Five guys would have bought it for that. Cooler heads prevailed, and it all got sorted out with some cautious bidding and hard work by the Worldwide crew. A very nice car that was fairly bought, with the upside of knowing you are eligible for any CARavan or other CCCA event you choose; this was a happy afternoon for buyer and seller alike. #75-1950 PACKARD DELUXE EIGHT sedan. S/N H248313. Bright blue/tan cloth. Odo: 62,086 miles. 288-ci I8, 2-bbl, 3-sp. An older restoration that has aged quite gracefully, but time marches on. Very nice bodywork and panel fit, with good paint that is showing some wear and rub-through but few flaws. Original chrome and trim is also showing its age, with #64-1940 LASALLE SERIES 52 sedan. S/N 4331359. Light green/tan cloth. Odo: 22,682 miles. Very nice older restoration throughout, with solid paint finishes showing just a bit of polish wear-through. The older chrome is good, not great, and the car has a nice, straight stance. Inside, the period-look fabric upholstery is new and crazy cool, but the dash is original faux-wood and is showing its age. Metal trim is quite pitted, and when repaired, they skimped on repainting the door sills. Neither AM radio nor clock work. Some glass delamination starting to show. Looks good under the hood, just like a junior Cadillac should, with undeniable Art Deco design features that would soon be gone. Cond: 3. recognized as a Full Classic by the CCCA, this car was a high-quality older restoration done to very high standards. There were a few spots where paint cracks and some bubbling were evident on the fenders, but overall, it’s a fine presentation. Chrome is excellent; the panel fit as well. Paint is deep and smooth. Inside, clean carpets and door panels, fine red leather seats, and gobs of 24K gold trim throughout. It’s like sitting in a new 1941 Lincoln. That huge V12 engine is a work of art, with sculpted aluminum heads and intake manifolds. This car appears ready for anything, and with a few small paint repairs, could be a factor on the concours circuit. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $33,000. Some definite buzz in the room here—it’s a first-year Bill Mitchell design, restored to a highly accurate standard, and would make an ideal CCCA Full Classic touring car. There’s always a market for those. Bidding began at $15k, then $20k, and was finally won at $30k hammer in the room by a well-known collector. he bought a blue-chip Cadillac with roots in the coachbuilt classic era yet which remains a wonderful car for club events and room for five. These models February 2020 165


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Worldwide Auctioneers Corpus Christi, TX pits and light surface rust. First signs of rust on the floorboards, and the door sills were not painted last time. Inside, a crazy-patterned interior looks newer, with decent fabrics and no tears or holes. Most glass starting to delaminate. Faux-wood interior trim likewise showing its age and is a tough item to restore. Headliner is dirty and water stained, but the clock and AM radio both work. Overall, a tired car, but all there for the next owner. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $18,700. Sold late in the evening, and I’m thinking most of the audience was sleeping on this lot. One of my favorites here in Corpus Christi, and no one else cared. Kicking myself for sitting on my hands. Rod egan cajoled, humored, begged, ridiculed, preached to and finally started taking $100 advances just to move the deal forward. A few guys tossed it back and forth for a while, but finally, one guy’s right arm gave out, and the last man standing got a great deal. It’s not even like he had to really work for it—more like, oops, ha-ha, no worries, I guess I just bought it. A can’t-miss price on a Jeepster with a ton of eyeball and a clean drivetrain. Very well bought. #31-1958 CHEVROLET DEL RAY 2-dr SOLD AT $12,100. This one never captured the bidders’ attention, forcing the auctioneer to work for every dollar. It stalled at every price, and did not receive either a phone bid or any Internet interest. Finally, tired of the slow process, a local bidder jumped from $10k to $11k and that was it—the car was immediately sold. he got a car that is a great candidate for a stock restoration, but beware, the work will need to be comprehensive and touch every part to be well done, so let’s call this fair for both sides. I’d love to see this car completed, and who knows, maybe in a few years we will. #209-1951 WILLYS JEEPSTER convertible. S/N 473VJ13839. Tunisian Red & black/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 76,440 miles. 134-ci I4, 1-bbl, 3-sp. A very sharp Jeepster. Starting to show a little paint wear, but still gleams in that redand-black motif. It stands very straight with excellent paint gaps, and the chrome is new and very clean. Wanna get in the back seat? Just use the chrome steps and climb over the fender. It’s got a newer black vinyl soft top and boot, with nice side curtains in bags should the weather turn lousy. Tiny jumpseats in the back. Rear-mounted spare with chrome cover. Wide whitewall tires and chrome caps. Best-looking Jeepster I’ve seen in a while. Cond: 2. BEST BUY SOLD AT $18,700. This car had a very straightforward look to it—ready to roll, with no big flaws and very good eyeball. Completely trimless except that massive bumper and grille. Bidding started low online and went to the phones at $15k, finally heading home with an active bidder right in the room. I’d call this transaction straight-down-themiddle fair to everyone, right where neither side got hurt. Looks like a fun car to own. #49-1960 CADILLAC SERIES 62 4-dr hard top. S/N 60A075699. White/white vinyl/white & blue leather & vinyl. Odo: 100,701 miles. 390-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, auto. A very nice car that is well-presented top to bottom. Pretty solid original paint finish that is just beginning to unravel in a few spots. No visible outside rust and very nice panel fit, as huge as they are. Slight corrosion in door jambs not addressed at repaint. Very good chrome that appears original. Excellent wrap windows are very unusual, with just 9,984 of these beauties produced. Used-car condition underhood, but appears stock. Huge bench seats are covered in leather, with decent car- 166 sedan. S/N A58A182632. Red/red & tan vinyl. Odo: 23,579 miles. 348-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, 3-sp. This one has an obvious repaint that looks good from 10 feet but shows some poor prep up close. It’s nice and straight, with okayto-good original chrome and a repop interior, with a diamond-stitch motif. That cool chrome dash sports an AM/FM stereo unit, along with tach and oil-pressure gauge. A bit of glass and mirror delamination. Under the hood, the 350 V8 was dressed up with “Chevrolet”-script aluminum valve covers and a triple-carb setup, á la the Corvette. Three on the tree for you and me! Cond: 3. pets and plenty of luxury items, like the Wonder Bar radio, power seats, locks and windows. With a generally serviceable interior, the stains on the headliner are a disappointment on an otherwise attractive Caddy. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $20,900. Few cars get the attention of a fin-era Caddy, and this one adds the sleek and unique 4-door pillarless hard-top body, with those cool wraparound windows. After a glowing description by announcer Charlie Kuhn, the bidding started on the phone and ended with the winner online via Proxibid. It’ll never be the most expensive Caddy of the era, but this 130-inch wheelbase behemoth is one cool way to chauffeur your friends around for the price. I’ve always liked these four-headlamp Caddys, so I’m calling it well bought...unless you have to rebuild your garage to fit it inside. #11-1963 CHEVROLET CORVAIR Spyder convertible. S/N 30967W285001. Monaco Blue/white vinyl/blue vinyl. Odo: 72,373 miles. 145-ci H6, 2x1-bbl, 4-sp. Certainly one of the most fun Corvairs you could buy in 1963, this convertible had nice, honest wear all over, with nothing alarming other than long-term storage. An obvious repaint aside, it was pretty solid throughout, with older but decent chrome over mediocre paint, but no major rust issues sighted. A good, but far from new, top is included, fitted top shows honest wear. A few small dings up front, and the likely needs some new rubber seals was evident. Inside—same story—not fresh, but honest wear. Vintage AM/FM/cassette in place, with a Beach Boys tape still in there. Underhood, however, it’s not turbocharged— just a regular 104-hp flat 6, looking like it has been sitting still for a while. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $6,600. The Worldwide staff corrected the car card immediately, and announced the fact that the car had been mis represented as turbocharged, so there was no question about what the room was bidding on. Better than a project car, but definitely a car that had been stored for a long time, it popped Sports Car Market


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Worldwide Auctioneers Corpus Christi, TX right up to $6k via Proxibid and no one wanted to advance it. I’m pretty sure the lucky bidder was thrilled that it only took one bid, and he was the guy who owned it, so I’m giving him a thumbs-up for a good buy. Barring a major issue, it sure looks like a fun car to me and might just be quite well bought. #153-1963 APOLLO 3500 GT Spider. S/N 2001204B. Navy blue/black vinyl/tan leather. Odo: 125 miles. 215-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. A very interesting story, and an impeccably presented car with significant history. The very first Apollo GT spider ever produced, it is a spectacular design with authentic Italian influences and an innovative alloy V8 sourced from Buick. International Motorcars produced 88 cars total, but only one was first, and has long ownership by George Finley, the sales manager. Simply impressive paint and panel finish, impeccable chrome and trim, and classic chrome wire wheels all combine for a very Enzo-ish appeal. The sleek lines are impressive, and the car’s undeniable style is enhanced by the completely disappearing soft top and perfectly balanced stance. Interior is impeccable and very stylish, with a wood-rim steering wheel and full gauge package. Cond: 1-. 4-barrel, and it runs smoothly and sounds great. A very cool blend of Italian styling and American mechanicals, there is really nothing to quibble about on this car. Cond: 1-. gauges, and this car has clean carpets and excellent black vinyl upholstery. Certainly not much for any buyer to regret on this Avanti. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $242,000. I’d say more photos were taken of this 3500 GT coupe than any other car in the sale. It sounds great, looks fantastic and has a great presence. Also has history as the very first production Apollo ever built, and coming right after its brother, Lot 153, the GT Spider, it seemed like a great value right from the start. It leaped right up to $200k, and the whole room was paying attention, because no one really knew what the number would be. One back-and-forth right in the room and the deal was done. This is a hard sale to compare to any other, but in my opinion, it sold right in the middle of the expectations, and I’m sure the buyer is ecstatic as well. Call it market correct for any others that might soon come along. Well done by all. #205-1964 STUDEBAKER AVANTI R2 SOLD AT $506,000. Tons of documented photos and history make this an impressive addition to any collection. Give Worldwide Auctioneers all the credit for this sale—the car was presented in Monterey and Auburn, is beautifully documented, photographed and described, and auctioneer Rod egan did a masterful job of handling the bidding. We all thought it was done at $390k, and the bids came slowly, but Rod’s pace and humor coaxed out many more bids than we expected. Once-in-a-lifetime kind of buys come often at a premium, and this was no exception. ever wonder what the best one in the world is worth? We found out: $506,000 well-spent dollars. Top of the food chain for Apollos. #154-1963 APOLLO 3500 GT coupe. S/N 1003. Red/black leather. Odo: 8 miles. 215-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Lovely panel fit, smooth lines and great paint are obvious, and with sharp chrome and trim, it is easily as clean and sharp as it was when new. Excellent seals and glass, with the exception of a few scratches in the rear quarter windows. Black leather buckets look like new, with clean carpets and an outstanding padded dash full of analog gauges. Sparkling chrome wire wheels feature modern radial tires. All-alloy engine is clean and stock, topped by that huge Holley February 2020 coupe. S/N R5299. Deep red/black vinyl. Odo: 23,569 miles. 289-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Built to jumpstart Studebaker, the Avanti was bold and beautiful, with a fiberglass body and power to spare. This one sports a fresh Andrew Deason finish, with admirable panel fit and excellent paint throughout. All of the cool trim bits and chrome items are likewise very sharp, and with the period tires and factory hubcaps, it’s an excellent presentation. They say Andy Granatelli developed the R2 Paxton supercharged version here, and this powerplant is very clean and sports chrome heads. Very nice woodgrain dash displays the factory Keith Martin’s SOLD AT $66,000. Three guys in the room really wanted this car, and all three stayed in pretty much right to the end. Bidding was quick right up to $58k, and auctioneer egan knew there were a couple more bids in them, and he proved himself right. This was a very well-prepared car and deserved every dollar, and in the end, the winning bidder didn’t really have to go above market to be victorious. A strong car at a strong price means everyone wins, and I’ll call this right on the money. R2s are finally getting the respect they deserve. #155-1966 APOLLO 5000 GT coupe. S/N 001054. Red/tan leather. Odo: 42,860 miles. 300-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Another very well-presented, historical Apollo, this one the final evolution of the 5000 GT. It was brought up to Apollo standards by Milt Brown, the original engineer, and Steve Shook here in Corpus Christi. The fit and finish are excellent, Sports Car Market The Insider’s Guide to Collecting, Investing, Values, and Trends Subscribe to SCM today and become a collector car insider www.sportscarmarket.com 167 ™


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Worldwide Auctioneers Corpus Christi, TX Market Moment Courtesy of Barrett-Jackson Liberace’s 1983 Bremen Sebring! Sold at $11,000 Barrett-Jackson, Las Vegas, NV, October 4, 2019, Lot 354 Chassis number: 3VVCA3318DA300410 O kay, who wants a kit car built on a VW Bug floor pan? No, wait! It’s a groovy-looking supercar wannabe, with the most awesome entry. No doors. Really. No. Doors. The entire top hinges and lifts. And it was owned by Liberace! That was the pitch at Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas last October. It should have stayed in Illinois! The Bremen Sebring came partially assembled from an Illinois facility that sourced and made fiberglass dune buggies — and wound up producing a range of models, from the Sebring to the Liberace of faux-luxury kit cars, the Mini Mark. (Go ahead, I’ll wait while you Google an image.) Given the company DNA, the Sebring (which started as a NOVA in England) skews toward the handsome end of the Bremen portfolio — if I can say that without laughing milk out my nose. The Sebring is a collection of stolen styling cues, from Corvette to Lotus to Ferrari, but it all winds up looking a little like an aging Las Vegas showroom star with a tad too much work. The car is all angles and bits that don’t quite make a coherent, beautiful whole. A V6 engine! The rear-engine layout is true to the car’s Volkswagen roots. Most of the Sebrings came with VW engines as well, although this one — and a handful of others — came with a GM 3.8-liter V6, this one a non-turbo despite the badging. Some were built with a Mazda rotary powerplant, and some got Subaru power. With that hinged top, getting in or out of a Sebring is as graceful as doing the limbo in a rhine- stone-spangled tux. Bend back at the waist, lean in and drag your tail feathers over the huge frame rails, and plop, there you are — at least as long as the hinges are still cooperating and the top motor doesn’t blow a fuse. If that calamity happens, your only option requires going in through the sunroof. Liberace upgrades! The Bremen Sebring usually came with remarkably ugly velour seats, but, as befitted his star power, Liberace’s ride was done up in white leather. An added feature from the catalog: The car is on original wheels and tires. The tires are too hard now to ever wear out (plus) or provide any grip (minus). It also came to the auction with only 1,800 miles driven, the last 200 by second owner Jimmy Velvet. Yes, THAT Jimmy Velvet! So the crowd spoke, and it said quite loudly, “$11,000.” And then I think I heard it whispering behind a hand, “Think what this would have fetched if it had been owned by Celine Dion.” — Mark Wigginton 168 SOLD AT $12,100. This one was an enigma— kind of cool for an ’80s car, and in very good shape, but the ASC/McLaren logos didn’t seem to mean much to the bidders. This one sold about where a nice clean Capri with 18,400 miles would bring. It sold in the room to a gent who bought a few low-to-mid-priced cars today, and he was tickled pink to get it. It always makes me wonder—is it just a guy who can’t resist a used car, just nostalgic for the ’80s, or shrewdly investing for future profit? Time will tell, but I’m guessing this one will always just be a decent-condition used car, so the new owner might as well just drive it. © Sports Car Market the paint very well applied, and those who have operated the various Apollos state that the extra horsepower makes a performance difference. The Buick 5.0-liter is fed by a big Holley 4-barrel, and the driver will enjoy the 4-speed manual and a/c. A truly outstanding presentation, and a car that represents the pinnacle of Apollo development. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $165,000. After a couple of lucky collectors left the room with their own Apollos, there was definitely a sense that this final Apollo was a unique opportunity. In the end, all the bidders were in the room, and the numbers grew slowly and steadily. Many suspected $100k would take it away, but with multiple bidders all still in play, that last bid was a $10k jump that effectively ended it. A great buy on a car that will bring enjoyment on the street, the track, or most any concours event. A great blend of Italian styling with American muscle that will fool and confuse most car enthusiasts. Well bought as the most affordable Apollo available today. #166-1986 MERCURY CAPRI ASC McLaren prototype convertible. S/N 1MEBP79M4GF615756. White/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 18,426 miles. 5.0-L fuel-injected V8, auto. These are always hard to place a value on—structurally, it’s a Mercury Capri with a slight facelift and a drop top. This one adds another mystery: It’s a pre-production prototype. Does that make it more or less valuable? This is a very nice, low-mileage car, and it’s the convertible, with a power top and hard tonneau cover. There’s some ASC McLaren logos both inside and out, Recaro leather bucket seats, a CB radio, and the day’s cool Kenwood audio system in a custom dash. Paint is good, with the custom body cladding, and it’s very orderly under the hood as well. A clean ’80s car that sure looks like a surviving example. Cond: 2+.


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ENGLISH 1927 Rolls-Royce woodie shooting brake 1957 Berkely SE492 roadster 61,057 miles. One of few; welded louvers, fiveyear restoration, refreshed in 2018. Open-bonnet latch. Excellent driver. $295,000. Contact Kyle, Ph: 614.419.2446, email: kyle.grim@yahoo.com. (OH) 1960 Triumph TR3A roadster Green/Concours condition. Completely rebuilt engine, wood, frame, etc. Private owner. $250,000. Contact John, Ph: 508.991.8000 x101 or 508.776.0001, email: jmeldon@jjbest.com. (MA) 1950 Jaguar XK 120 roadster The original 3-cylinder, 2-stroke engines have a propensity to seize from the center cylinder not getting enough cooling air. When that happened to the prior owner, he replaced the engine with a 1960s Honda 2-cylinder 400-cc engine. Front-wheel drive. Restored and well fettled to be a reliable more-smiles-per-mile car. In addition to new hand and foot controls, exhaust system and fresh paint, it is wearing four new tires. Great handling. Placed second in the under 1,600-cc South Bend Concours 2018 and First Place in the All British Show in the Chicago area, September 2019, for craftsmanship in the adaptive use of an alternative engine. Contact me for more details and images of the restoration process. $16,500. Contact Burt, Ph: 312.952.3102, email: burt@burtrichmond.com. (IL) 1958 Jaguar XK 150 coupe 64,539 miles. Alloy XK 120. All original except for interior and paint. Could be one of the last unrestored Alloy XK 120s around. Heritage Trust certificate included. $265,000. Contact Kyle, Ph: 614.419.2446, email: kyle.grim@yahoo.com. 1956 Austin-Healey 100-4 Le Mans modification roadster S/N BN2L229711. Silver/black. Inline 4, manual. West Coast car most of its life. Books and records dating back to the ’70s. A good driver for its age; 4-speed OD works. Newer tires and excellent chrome rims. Lots of work done, including engine rebuild, steel louvered hood and 100M carburetors. Altogether the car has a nice patina and looks old as it should be. Everything works. There is a top frame behind the seats but the cover is bad. Car also has side curtains, some tools and spare parts, spare wheel, books and records. Have original hood and carburetors if you want them instead. $44,500. BMC Classics Inc.. Contact Harold, Ph: 386.314.9010, email: bmcar1@aol.com. (FL) S/N S834923BW. Maroon/Biscuit. 63,303 miles. Inline 6, 4-spd manual. This XK 150 features a matchingnumbers engine and has been professionally restored. Features an upgraded 4-speed manual transmission, fog lights, dual exhaust, two SU carbs and a beautiful Biscuit interior. It has received a full service and detail by Classic Showcase, and is a great model for drivers larger in stature, with plenty of leg room available. Classic Showcase. Ph: 760.805.9090, email: webmaster@classicshowcase.com. Website: classicshowcase.com/index.php/inventory/detail/645. (CA) 1959 Austin-Healey 100-6 BN6 roadster 7,682 miles. Series 1, 10-year restoration, refreshed 2018. $158,000. Contact Kyle, Ph: 614.419.2446, email: kyle.grim@yahoo.com. 1964 Jaguar E-type Series 1 RestoMod coupe Red/130,200 miles. Inline 4, 5-spd manual. Rebuilt and balanced engine in 2001; 4-cylinder, 2,177-cc (1,991-cc standard) w/ 105 hp (95 hp) standard. Nice, tight driver, with overdrive transmission and equipped with oversized radiator and TR6 six-blade cooling fan. Oil cooler, stainless-steel exhaust system and headers, rebuilt front brake calipers with stainless-steel inserts and brake lines and knockoff 60-spoke wire wheels. Includes side curtains, tonneau cover and soft top, spare tire and jack, luggage rack, Moto Lita wood steering wheel, wind wings and sun visors. Four matching Kelly 165R15 tires and Covercraft Evolution all-weather-condition car cover. $17,500. Contact John, Ph: 904.403.6945, email: jchmch@comcast.net. (FL) 1964 Jaguar E-type convertible S/N LSGT531. Burgundy/tan. 13,149 miles. V8, automatic. An absolutely stunning and extraordinarily well presented Silver Cloud III LHD drophead coupe conversion, recently fully restored with no expense spared. Striking burgundy color repaint with a stunning all new tan Connolly leather interior and dark piping with beautifully refinished wood and gauges. Equipped with factory power windows, rear folding picnic tables, original sales and delivery documents, handbooks, very rare copies of original RR build sheets, a matching leather boot cover, spare wheel, heavy tools and small toolbox. Unique opportunity for Rolls-Royce collector/enthusiast to purchase a superbly built and recently restored LHD example. $295,000 OBO. West Coast Classics LLC. Contact Larry, Ph: 310.779.0526, email: wcclassics@aol.com. Website: www. WestCoastClassics.com. (CA) 1966 Land Rover Series IIA 88-inch 2-dr soft top S/N 1E10502. Opalescent Silver Blue (with navy blue top)/navy blue. Inline 6, 4-spd manual. Fully restored, numbers-matching XKE. Attractive color combo; this convertible includes upgraded Wilwood brakes all around, ceramic headers, alloy radiator with auxiliary fan, electronic ignition, gear-reduction starter, 15-inch steering wheel and digital Bluetooth stereo with phone jack. This high-end driver is ready to drive and enjoy today! Classic Showcase. Ph: 760.805.9090, email: webmaster@classicshowcase. com. Website: classicshowcase.com/index.php/inventory/detail/609. (CA) 1965 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III drophead coupe chrome wheels. Runs great, looks great! Invested over $58,000 in this vehicle. Seeking best reasonable offer. $48,000 OBO. Contact Ronald, Ph: 216.396.2396, email: r26m@netzero.com. (OH) 1961 Jaguar E-type convertible 1965 Jaguar E-type Series 1 3.8 convertible 21,376 miles. Unique; has many late-model features. Aluminum radiator, Wildwood brakes, modern alternator, velocity stacks and electronic ignition. New top, paint and engine detailed in 2018. Upgrades made for a great driver. $155,000. Contact Kyle, Ph: 614.419.2446, email: kyle.grim@yahoo.com. 1965 Jaguar E-type convertible Black & white/red. Fully restored, new interior, new exterior black-and-white paint, new frame. Stainless-steel exhaust, new 60-spoke stainless-steel 172 Silver/black. V8, manual. LICENSE TO STUN — Award-Winning RestoMod — Embrace your inner Bond with a stunning E-type, fully loaded with modern technology. High-performance 302 racing engine, high-performance cam and Edlebrock fuel injection, satellite tracking, hidden weapons/ gadgetry, plus many other performance mods you’d expect from Q. See weblink for additional Top Secret photos. Contact Gene, Ph: 612.298.5648, email: gene.berghoff@gmail.com. Website: www. jaguarguy.wixsite.com/restomod. (MN) Cream/gray. 17,000 miles. Inline 4, 4-spd manual. Owned this vehicle for 35 years. Professionally restored from a new galvanized frame in Sports Car Market


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SCM Showcase Gallery 1997. Always in Arizona; used sparingly and never off road. In dry storage for the past 15 years. Frame, body, interior are perfect; new soft top. Vehicle runs but needs rejuvenation from all these years in storage. This is a beautiful and correctly restored Rover, perfect for someone with the ability to put it back on the road. $12,000. Contact Douglas, Ph: 480.254.0575, email: dbmmackay@gmail. com. (AZ) 1967 Jaguar 340 Mk II sedan 48,507 miles. Series 1.5, 4.3-liter, restored in 2016. Nice driver. 48,507 miles. $168,000. Contact Kyle, Ph: 614.419.2446, email: kyle.grim@yahoo.com. 1969 Jaguar E-type 2+2 coupe S/N P180755. Black/red. 58,444 miles. Inline 6, 4-spd manual. This striking Jaguar 340 has been one-family-owned since February of 1968, and stands in great mechanical condition. This example is one of only 535 left-hand-drive models made, and one of only 10 outfitted with the 3.8-liter engine. With the fitment of the straight-port E-type-like cylinder heads and a lighter body shell, these 340s proved to be faster than their full-blooded Mark 2 equivalents. Classic Showcase. Ph: 760.805.9090, email: webmaster@classicshowcase.com. Website: classicshowcase.com/index.php/inventory/detail/641. (CA) 1967 Jaguar E-type convertible S/N 1255038. Champagne Grigio/black & tan. 25 miles. V8, Chrysler 6.1-L. Gen. III Hemi blueprinted engine, Chrysler/Mercedes 5-speed automatic. FAST XFI 2.0 fuel injection, Art Morrison Sport IFS front suspension and steering. Factory Five IRS rear suspension, Ford Racing 8.8 differential, Vintage Air a/c and heat. Just finished, every piece new or rebuilt. Full details online. $125,000. Contact Skip, Ph: 406.270.0546, email: skippy@cyberport.net. Website: hemiceptor.com. (MT) 1972 MGB convertible S/N 1R41743. Willow Green/black. 47,718 miles. Inline 6, 4-spd manual. Comes with Heritage Certificate. Options include power disc brakes, wood steering wheel, telescoping steering column, 72-spoke chrome wire wheels wrapped in 185R15 Michelin X radial Redline tires, single outside mirror, windshield washers, Smiths instrumentation, and a completely polished stainless-steel exhaust system. 4.2-L DOHC inline-6. $50,000. Contact John, Ph: 406.396.0605, email: jerry.senior321@gmail. com. (MT) 1969 Jaguar E-type coupe White/red. 51,000 miles. V8, 3-spd automatic. Beautiful white with red leather interior, red top and boot. Has new Avon tires, Nardi wheel, toolkit and books. The car runs very well and the color combination is stunning. $44,500 OBO. Contact Michael, Ph: 612.554.0220, email: mkarch@floydtotalsecurity. com. (MN) Blue/black. Inline 4, 4-spd manual. Completely restored. Never any rust. Everything new. Fully sorted and pampered. National MGB award winner. Too many cars. $16,500 OBO. Contact Kenneth, Ph: 435.574.2061, email: 72mgb4sale@gmail.com. 1973 Lotus Europa JPS livery coupe 1985 Morgan 4/4 OTS 1967½ Jaguar XKE convertible 1970 Jensen Interceptor Mk II custom hatchback 1974 Jaguar E-type Series III convertible S/N UE1S23907BW. Black/black. 48,000 miles. V12, 3-spd automatic. Arizona car, perfect body, no rust ever, original interior, perfect new Hartz top. Auto, a/c. $65,000 OBO. Contact David, Ph: 801.699.3928, email: ferrariguyv12@aol.com. (UT) 1984 Rolls-Royce Corniche convertible S/N 1E13274. Old English White/black. 29,866 miles. Inline 6, 4-spd manual. This numbers-matching E-type was the subject of a recent restoration by Jaguar professionals, and stands as a stunning example of Jaguar excellence. The car includes a matching white hard top, log book of past work and restoration receipts. Classic Showcase. Ph: 760.805.9090, email: webmaster@classicshowcase.com. Website: classicshowcase.com/index.php/inventory/detail/528. (CA) 1967 Jaguar E-type Series 1 coupe Ascot Fawn (gray)/black. 24,000 miles. Inline 6, 4-spd manual. It would be hard to find a more solid, original XKE. No accident damage, nearly perfect original interior. Awesome car in need of some work to get it up and running again. Lots of potential to make this car great again. $33,000 OBO. RPM. Contact Steve, Ph: 802.598.0385, email: rpm@rpmvt. com. Website: www.rpmvt.com/. (VT) 1969 MGC convertible S/N 2917R. Black/black. 31,534 miles. Inline 4, 5-spd manual. Twin-Cam Special with JPS livery. The ultimate-spec Europa: 5-speed, big-valve head, twin Webers. National award winner. Connolly leather, Wilton carpeting. Same owner for 25 years. Runs perfectly and needs nothing. Get in and drive! An appreciating value. For more photos and details, visit our website. $34,900. Contact Carl, Ph: 828.835.8007, email: focusrsh@arn.net. Website: www.nccollector.com. (NC) 1974 Jaguar E-type Series III V12 convertible S/N 1E32342. Prim Rose/black. 67,622 miles. Inline 6, 4-spd manual. Matching-numbers solid body, with partial interior restoration and recent engine service. Spent large portion of its life as a California Car. Original California black plates included. 1967 employs the best of the Series I cars, highperformance 4.2 engine, synchronized gearbox, more comfortable interior, etc. See weblink for additional photos. Contact Jeremy, Ph: 612.590.2094, email: jberg1177@gmail.com. Website: www.jaguarguy. wixsite.com/etype. (MN) S/N 938. Tungsten Silver/Charcoal. 28,500 miles. V12, Special ordered new by owner for $240,000: Rear-seat delete, 6-speed semi-auto sequential paddle shift, serviced by dealer each year from new. Immaculate. In Santa Barbara, CA. $59,000 OBO. Contact Carey, Ph: 805.689.6262, email: carey@ clkre.com. (CA) 2018 Rolls-Royce Dawn 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 OBO. Contact Bill, Ph: 920.823.2187, email: whebal@yahoo.com. (WI) S/N UE1S23924. Navy Blue/Burgundy. 41,000 miles. V12, 4-spd manual. Pristine example from long-standing collector owner. Heavily documented progressive maintenance with mechanical, chassis, cosmetic upgrades commissioned in 2016. Webers, stainless exhaust, new leather, rebushed suspension with adjustable shocks, new brakes, ready for show/ rally. Factory tools, manuals, documents, original components included. Reluctant sale. Reasonable. Perfect E-type. $85,000 OBO. Contact Andrew, Ph: 805.708.4449, email: atymkiw@aol.com. (CA) 174 S/N C6858. British Racing Green/saddle. 28,383 miles. Inline 4, 5-spd manual. Very nice original condition, vast collection of manuals and documents from new full history to date, condition of import convert to propane converted back by earlier owner. $38,500 OBO. Contact Buzz, Ph: 503.608.0305, email: buzzwright1@gmail.com. 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SCM Showcase Gallery $439,999. Automobiles Etcetera. Contact Kelly, Ph: 514.795.5277, email: Kelly.Strong@automobilesetcetera.com. Website: www.automobilesetcetera. com/vehicles/2018/rolls-royce/dawn/mont-royal/ qc/40078442/?sale_class=used. (CAN) FRENCH 1967 Citroën DS21 Chapron décapotable V8, 3-spd automatic. Very nice color combination. Two owners, low miles, both tops. Please contact me for more photos and additional details. $17,000 OBO. Contact Tom, Ph: 310.266.3655, email: sir@ sunspeed.com. Website: madison-zamperini.smugmug.com/Cars/Mercedes-Benz-450-SL-1980. (CA) 1986 Porsche 944 Turbo coupe Dark green/black leather. Inline 4, 4-spd manual. Original California-delivered genuine DS21 Chapron. Recently driven across the U.S. with zero problems. Amazing history. Always solid, always taken care of. For more information, visit us online. Washington state dealer 11005. FOUND Motorcars. Contact Greg, email: chapron67@yahoo.com. Website: www. FOUNDMotorcars.com. (WA) GERMAN 1959 Porsche 356A Super Convertible D Metallic Charcoal/black leather. 88,200 miles. Inline 4, 5-spd manual. New 18-inch wheels and tires. Lowered, very nice, beautiful condition. Great paint with very nice interior. Runs strong and drives great. Listed by SCM as “hold.” Rare, appreciating in value. Email for more pictures. $24,300 OBO. Contact Randy, Ph: 405.650.8078, email: rhiseus@yahoo. com. (OK) 1988 Porsche 930 Slantnose convertible S/N WP0AA2923RS820138. Black/tan. 63,021 miles. Inline 8, 3-spd automatic. One of only 139 928 GTS imported to the U.S. in 1994. This two-owner car spent its entire life in Southern California, where it has had a major service performed 2k miles ago; which included installation of a new timing belt and water pump. It is stock, covering less than 64k miles since new. V8 Porsches are well-balanced sports cars, recognized by many as one of Porsche’s all-time greats. Classic Showcase. Ph: 760.805.9090, email: webmaster@classicshowcase.com. Website: classicshowcase.com/index.php/inventory/detail/624. (CA) 1995 Porsche 928 GTS coupe 1994 Porsche 928 GTS coupe 2001 Porsche Boxster convertible S/N xxx0718. Seal Gray/Nephrite Green Leather. 84,000 miles. Flat 6, 5-spd manual. Porsche CoA, Boxster S exhaust, no IMS or RMS problems, new waterpump, brakes; clutch perfect. Original spare and toolkit — never used. Could use rear window; top works perfectly. Cold a/c, Bluetooth sound system. Drives excellent, handles excellent. $7,900 OBO. Contact Brian, Ph: 630.988.8090, email: porscheguy71@yahoo.com. (IL) 2002 Porsche 911 Turbo coupe S/N 86666. Silver metallic/red & tan. 4,095 miles. Flat 4, 4-spd manual. Documented Europeandelivery vehicle. Museum-quality restoration to Kardex/CoA specs. All matching numbers: engine, case, transmission, doors, deck lid and hood. Original toolkit, manuals and four dated original wheels accompany. Comprehensive pictorial scrapbook of over 150 photographs of the entire restoration process from bare metal to completion. $315,000. Contact Lee, Ph: 321.639.1295, email: leempayne@cfl.rr.com. (FL) 1973 Porsche 911T coupe S/N WP0EB0937JS070114. Black/black. 26,199 miles. Flat 6, 4-spd manual. Black/black leather, U.S.-spec, one of 112 built. Porsche Certificate of Authenticity, highly documented. For any inquiries, please contact Kelly Strong. $239,999. Automobiles Etcetera. Ph: 514.795.5277, email: kelly. strong@automobilesetcetera.com. Website: www. automobilesetcetera.com/vehicles/1988/porsche/930turbo-slantnose/mont-royal/qc/31488847/?sale_ class=used. (CAN) 1991 BMW Z1 Alpina cabriolet S/N WPOAA2928SS820125. Silver/gray. 17,147 miles. V8, 5-spd automatic. Zermatt Silver/ Silk Grey, color-to-sample order, U.S. -spec, one of 47 built with automatic, 65th car built of 77. Porsche Certificate of Authenticity, highly documented, freshly serviced. For any inquiries, please contact Kelly Strong. $189,999. Automobiles Etcetera. Ph: 514.795.5277, email: kelly. strong@automobilesetcetera.com. Website: www. automobilesetcetera.com/vehicles/1995/porsche/928/ mont-royal/qc/38718234/?sale_class=used. (CAN) 1997 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 convertible S/N 9113101187. Gemini Blue/black. 82,683 miles. Inline 6, This 911T has just recently completed a documented, comprehensive restoration by Classic Showcase and is a great choice for showing and driving. A California car since new, this numbersmatching example features a number of Porschespecific items and a set of fully restored Fuchs wheels to complete the look. A pictorial DVD documenting the 911T’s various restoration processes accompanies the vehicle. Classic Showcase. Ph: 760.805.9090, email: webmaster@classicshowcase.com. Website: classicshowcase.com/index.php/inventory/detail/468. (CA) 1980 Mercedes-Benz 450SL convertible Silver-blue metallic/dark blue leather. 55,000 miles. February 2020 S/N WPOAC2965RS480083. Red/beige. 24,168 miles. Flat 6, 5-spd manual. Guards Red/Cashmere leather, U.S.-spec, one of 1,437 built, Porsche Certificate of Authenticity. For any inquiries, please contact Kelly Strong. $309,999. Automobiles Etcetera. Contact Kelly, Ph: 514.795.5277, email: kelly.strong@automobilesetcetera.com. Website: www.automobilesetcetera.com/vehicles/1994/ porsche/911t/mont-royal/qc/38718232/?sale_ class=used. (CAN) S/N WAPRLE0000C260028. Red/black. 34,692 miles. Inline 6, 5-spd manual. Rare Alpina Z1, number 28 of 66, built in 1991. Has had all recent services. Brought to U.S. as show and display only and kept in dealer inventory since imported. Excellent cosmetic, running and driving condition. $120,000. BMW San Francisco. Contact Henry, Ph: 415.551.4233, email: henryeschmitt@gmail.com. (CA) 1994 Porsche 911 Turbo 3.6 coupe S/N WP0CA2997VS342029. Black/gray. 47,000 miles. Flat 6, 6-spd manual. This car exemplifies all that a modern classic can be: reliable, beautiful, fun to drive and just a little bit more special than the car next to it at the stoplight. 993 values have leveled off from their stratospheric run, and we think now is a buyer’s market. Values will remain up, as no matter what happens, a 993 will always be the last aircooled Porsche, and the end of an era. $53,000 OBO. Curated by SSA. Contact Sean, Ph: 781.585.5587, email: sean@southshoreautoworks.com. Website: www.curatedbyssa.com/. (MA) 2001 BMW M coupe Black/brown. 68,500 miles. Inline 6, 6-spd manual. Impeccable M coupe with all service items up to date. Performance KONI shocks with adjustable shock tower camber/castor plates. Clean CARFAX. Desirable larger S54 engine, super-fast car. $42,000 OBO. RPM. Contact Steve, Ph: 802.598.0385, email: rpm@rpmvt.com. Website: www.rpmvt.com/. (VT) S/N 027S. Red/beige leather. V12, 4-spd manual. Absolutely fabulous 166 Inter coupe by Touring, in great condition. Mille Miglia eligible. First owner was Francesco Severi, a close friend of Enzo Ferrari. Chassis and body were invoiced separately to him on May 8, 1950. Severi sold the Inter Coupe to Carlo Ponti, who would later marry Sophia Loren. This car has had some famous owners. 12 cylinder 1,995-cc V12 engine, 110 bhp, 170 km/h top speed. More info: www.classic-car-service.be/cars-for-sale/ Classic Car Service Restorations. Contact Noël, Ph: 475251341, email: noel.deblock@scarlet.be. Website: classic-car-service.be/autos/1949-ferraritipo-166-inter-coupe-carrozzeria-superleggera-by-touring/. (BEL) 175 S/N WP0CD2A92BS773246. Silver/brown. 8,697 miles. Flat 6, 5-spd automatic. Silver/ Mocha leather, U.S.-spec, 7-speed PDK, Porsche Certificate of Authenticity. For any inquiries, please contact Kelly Strong. $149,999. Automobiles Etcetera. Ph: 514.795.5277, email: kelly. strong@automobilesetcetera.com. Website: www. automobilesetcetera.com/vehicles/2011/porsche/911/ mont-royal/qc/31489712/?sale_class=used. (CAN) ITALIAN 1949 Ferrari 166 Inter Carrozzeria Superleggera Touring coupe S/N WP0AB29932S686392. Black/black. 52,145 miles. Flat 6, 6-spd manual. This car performs perfectly with zero issues. No fluid leaks. Clean CARFAX report with no accident history. Clear Bra 3M protection film installed. Professional performance upgrades include EVOMS Stage 2 kit, Ultimate Motorwerks Zero Turbos, 1.0 Bar Wastegate boost controller, RPi Intercoolers, lowered ride height with H& R coil-over shocks/springs, RPi custom software—removed EVOMS tune and remapped DME/ECU, RPi carbon-fiber hood, Kinesis custom three-piece wheels (315/30-18 & 235/40-18). $44,995 OBO. Contact Michael, Ph: 972.897.9607, email: summitpowersupply@att.net. (TX) 2011 Porsche 911 Turbo S convertible


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SCM Showcase Gallery 1954 Alfa Romeo 1900CSS Series 2 5-window coupe 1979 Fiat 124 Pininfarina spider 1989 Ferrari 348 GTS spider original, 31,500 miles, CARFAX verified. 2+2 Sports Roadster with rumble seat. Comfortable at highway speeds, drives excellent. Top, side curtains and trunk included. Always garaged. Recent major service (tires, timing belt, radiator, water and fuel pumps). Passes California SMOG. All the fun of yesteryear.... today. Drive home anywhere now! $12,500 OBO. Contact Robert, Ph: 415.346.8486, email: bicpresidio@sbcglobal.net. Website: www.youtube. com/watch?v=riycN146pzo. (CA) S/N AR1900C01877. Red/beige. 9,778 miles. Inline 4, 4-spd manual. A very original and complete car. Best of Show at the 2017 AROC National Convention. Certificato d’Oro (over 98 points), numerous concours awards. One owner for 40 years. $350,000 OBO. Contact Oliver, Ph: 416.807.1750, email: oliver@ axim.ca. Website: www.olympiancars.com. (ON) 1971 Fiat 500L 2-dr sedan Red/black. 28,750 miles. V8, 5-spd manual. Impeccable, accident-free car with virtually perfect black interior. Fully serviced and ready to go. Books, tools and records present. Last model year before the pesky ABS brakes. $95,000 OBO. RPM. Contact Steve, Ph: 802.598.0385, email: rpm@rpmvt.com. Website: www.rpmvt.com/. (VT) S/N 6078869. Dark blue/Crimson. Fantastic Fiat 500. Pristine example of the cutest car in the world! Recently serviced. We’ve imported 30 of these cars and sold 27 to 27 happy customers. Call or email with questions or offers. Has a clear Massachusetts title. $12,500 OBO. Contact Jason, Ph: 617.331.5999, email: jam@itg.net. (MA) 1974 Alfa Romeo GTV 2000 coupe White/tan. 15,000 miles. Inline 4, automatic. When’s the last time you saw an unrestored, original, firstgeneration Civic with a Hondamatic transmission and 15k miles? The AM radio still works! Three owners in 40 years. $15,000. Contact Jeffrey, email: hirst1209@comcast.net. (PA) S/N AR3024158. White/black. 50,994 miles. Inline 4, 5-spd manual. Very original, matching numbers, engine and body never apart, correct lines and gaps. Ingram SPICA rebuild, ignition, fuel pump, mounts, seals, bushings, brake lines, shocks, complete tune and more in last 1k miles. Original toolkit and spare. First place AROC Chicago convention for 115s. Alfa Storico certificate. Car located in Chicago area. Contact Mark, Ph: 708.927.1854, email: alfaromeo74gtv@gmail.com. (IL) Enzo Ferrari bronze sculpture by Lawrence “Larry” Braun. Authentic, circa 1989, came from private collection. Signed and numbered; number 16 of 48 produced? 10 inches by 4 inches. A very rare piece, serious buyers call for more info. $1,900 OBO. Contact Antuan, Ph: 805.245.1272, email: exoticarinc.parts@gmail.com. (CA) SWEDISH 1971 Volvo 1800E coupe Beautiful condition, 4-speed manual with OD. Have owned for 20 years since 49,000 miles, now 100,000 actual miles. All paperwork since new, have done everything mechanically to preserve this exceptional car; work done by 1800 experts with no expense spared. No rust or collisions, not a restored car but a preserved, very original car that is appreciating rapidly. No brokers need inquire, serious inquiries only. Photos on request. $49,500 Ph: 503.936.4655,email: stephen@shouze.com. (OR) AMERICAN 1929/1981 Ford Model A Shay 2+2 sports roadster S/N 1HWA31AA3AE006400. Cream & black/black. 31,250 miles. Flat 4, 4-spd manual. Factory built, sold new 1981 at California Ford dealership. All 176 S/N F7FH382563. Colonial White/Raven & white. 0 miles. V8, 3-spd automatic. Very rare and collectible 1957 F-code convertible. One of only some 212 ever built in 1957 with the optional McCulloch/Paxton supercharger, which allowed the blown ’Bird to enter NASCAR competition and also gave Ford over 300 hp — enough power to blow away the F.I. Corvette. An expensive option when new, adding over $439 when combined with the Ford-O-Matic transmission such as this example. Frame-off nut-and-bolt restoration with zero miles, original Colonial White factory color with original Raven and white interior trim. Original window sticker, documented restoration. Few finer anywhere. $175,000 OBO. West Coast Classics LLC. Contact Larry, Ph: 310.779.0526, email: wcclassics@aol.com. Website: www.WestCoastClassics.com. (CA) Sports Car Market S/N 7408087. Noel Green/Body-off restoration, excellent paint, chrome and wood, new fabric top, new Highlander plaid cloth and leather interior, fresh varnish, everything works. Recently completed 1,000-mile Classic Car Club CARavan. Looks, drives and even smells like a new car. Private seller. $109,000. Contact John, Ph: 619.806.1129, email: john@johnkernan.com. (FL) 1957 Ford Thunderbird F-code supercharged convertible 1989 Enzo Ferrari bronze sculpture S/N HLS30164430. Silver/black. 99,553 miles. Inline 6, 4-spd manual. This 240Z is a rust-free California car that has benefited from a single long-term ownership for over 30 years, and has been passionately cared for. The engine has been professionally rebuilt and the car has been recently serviced. Includes original owner’s manual and receipts. Classic Showcase. Ph: 760.805.9090, email: webmaster@classicshowcase.com. Website: classicshowcase.com/index.php/ inventory/detail/598. (CA) 1979 Honda Civic CVCC 2-dr hatchback S/N 86937. Washington Blue/brown. 25,000 miles. V8, 3-spd manual. Never rusted, older restoration. Leather interior with radio, heater, good top and boot, excellent mechanicals, good oil pressure, rebuilt/replaced, starter, generator, fuel pump, carb, distributor, coil, master, wheel cylinders, shocks and tranny. Receipts available, hydraulic brakes, 3.51 rear. Drives like new. Additional photos: www.dropbox.com/sh/63c1odm9xpu9abx/ AADIb8JdrgxFZmKnHdw-zQ27a?dl=0 $45,900. Contact Michael, Ph: 203.256.9800, email: mike@ fiteng.com. Website: www.classiccargallery.com. (CT) 1948 Chrysler Town & Country convertible S/N 124CS20145187. Blue/black. 90,000 miles. Inline 4, 5-spd manual. Complete ground-up restoration. 140 hp, 5-speed. Twenty-five years in the making. MB top, interior black w/blue piping. Runs and looks great and fun to drive. $19,995. Contact Joseph, Ph: 917.991.5787, email: aaronbethnyc@ gmail.com. (NY) 1988 Ferrari 328 GTS spider 24,692 miles. Power steering, power brakes and a/c. Tools included. $52,500. Contact Kyle, Ph: 614.419.2446, email: kyle.grim@yahoo.com. (OH) JAPANESE 1973 Datsun 240Z coupe 1939 Mercury 99A convertible


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SCM Showcase Gallery 1957 Ford Thunderbird convertible 1965 Buick Riviera Gran Sport 2-dr hard top 68,603 miles. 15-year restoration, power steering, power brakes, hard top included. Great driver. $45,000. Contact Kyle, Ph: 614.419.2446, email: kyle.grim@yahoo.com. (OH) 1957 Lincoln Premiere 2-dr hard top S/N 494475A904173. Verde Green Metallic/green. 32,079 miles. V8, 3-spd automatic. An absolutely exceptional and virtually all-original car, apart from one repaint in its original factory color. Turnkey ready to enjoy, always garaged and rust- and accident-free example with documented ownership history since new. Increasingly desirable and collectible Riviera Gran Sport with its original matchingnumbers powerful 425/360-hp V8 engine with dual quads, BS transmisison and Posi rear end. Few finer unrestored examples available anywhere else! OBO. West Coast Classics LLC. Contact Larry, Ph: 310.779.0526, email: wcclassics@aol.com. Website: www.WestCoastClassics.com. (CA) 1965 Shelby Cobra 427 replica roadster S/N 57WA77301. Pink & white/pink, black & white. 73,000 miles. V8, 3-spd automatic. A true 1950s piece of art and a great eye-catcher! Car runs and drives very nicely. Radio and seat adjust not working, but everything else does. $25,000 OBO. Contact Stephen, Ph: 401.847.3989, email: srseiter@cox.net. (RI) 1960 Studebaker Lark custom wagon S/N 1B3ER69E0YB603091. 33,000 miles. V10, 6-spd manual. Occasional driver, never tracked. $47,500. Contact Kim, Ph: 360.468.4390, email: Tanbark97@gmail.com. (WA) S/N 32482. Dark blue/black. 4,368 miles. V8, 4-spd manual. Contemporary Cobra, originally a show car. Low miles, built in 1980 with Ford 427 completely restored side-oiler engine, Roush heads, Top Loader transmission w/new clutch, Halibrand wheels, dark blue with white stripes, white sidepipes, black leather seats, tonneau and car cover. $49,000 OBO. Contact Ron, Ph: 856.435.0805, email: rslovett@gmail. com. (NJ) S/N 60S1908. Bronze & cream/brown. 361 miles. V8, automatic. Rare 2-door wagon, Nebraska body, leather interior, first place concours d’elegance. Fresh build August 2019, Chevy .030 with mild cam, 700R4, 9-inch Ford, Mustang II, Art Morrison frame with air ride, 18- and 20-inch wheels. No trades. $45,000 OBO. Contact Scott, Ph: 419.564.3599, email: scott@scottsharrock.com. (OH) 1963 Chevrolet Corvette 327/300 Split-Window coupe 1967 Chevrolet Chevelle SS replica convertible 2001 Chevrolet Camaro SS 1LE coupe S/N 2G1FP22G112135699. Blue metallic/black. 4,826 miles. V8, 6-spd manual. Super-rare Camaro SS 1LE T-top delete car, going up in value every day. Drive it or keep it as a future collector car. Hagerty values this car at $32,775 ($28,500 plus 15% for Highlander Green/Charcoal. 53,008 miles. V8, manual. This could be the most iconic movie tribute car ever. Ford made a limited production of these numbered 2008 “Bullitt” Mustangs in honor of the 1968 Mustang in the movie “Bullitt.” This car is highly desirable, collectible, enjoyable (which I can attest to) and a great value. It has always been garaged. It has 53,008 miles. These Mustangs still bring a premium price, for those who know condition is everything. Given my Bullitt’s condition and low mileage, I’m only asking $15,908. HIS. Contact Harvey, Ph: 561.394.7247, email: Hoggfinancial@ bellsouth.net. (FL) © CAR COLLECTOR S/N 30837S108028. Daytona Blue/dark blue. V8, 5-spd manual. Numbers-matching, very original, iconic one-year-only split-window Corvette, finished in arguably the most desirable color combination offered. Beautifully maintained and carefully owned by former exotic sports car service business owner. Complete with original manuals and literature, original-style wheels and original floor mats. See weblink for additional photos. Contact Pat, Ph: 952.454.6618, email: pcotter33@gmail.com. Website: jaguarguy.wixsite.com/corvette. (MN) S/N 136677B162510. Marina Blue/Bright Blue. 17,375 miles. V8, 4-spd manual. Marina blue, bright blue with white top. SS tribute, frame-on restoration. Rare 396/375, Muncie M20 4-speed, new clutch, Sanderson headers, Flowmaster mufflers, PS, power disc brakes, factory a/c. Center console with clock, Retro-digital radio, SS gauges, blinker tach, rosewood steering wheel. New chrome bumpers and Rally wheels, trim pieces restored. 2018 engine and bay refreshed. Over $80,000 invested, documented. Featured at two car shows, three websites and car club ads. $54,900. Contact Eric, Ph: 714.401.1034, email: ericver@verizon.net. Website: www.youtube. com/watch?v=z0SWd1CQlNs. (CA) 1971 Ford Mustang 351 Sportsroof AMERICAN California car with its original and highly desirable high-performance M-code 351/285-hp Cleveland V8 4-bbl engine matched to its original Hurst unit 4-speed manual shifter. Boasting rare factory options including power windows, power front disc brakes, power steering with and which was born and still boasts its original Grabber Blue factory color paint with all original black all vinyl standard interior, 3.25:1 axle with locking differential, original AM Philco radio, and optional Magnum 500 chrome wheels. $27,500 OBO. West Coast Classics LLC. Contact Larry, Ph: 310.779.0526, email: wcclassics@ aol.com. Website: www.WestCoastClassics.com. (CA) 2000 Dodge Viper coupe S/N 1ZVFT82H275262681. Black/black. 3,500 miles. V8, 6-spd automatic. This is number seven of 308 Roush 427R Mustangs produced. Black with the rare Jack Roush stitched seats. Low miles, in pristine condition. Out of a celebrity private collection. $42,000 OBO. Contact Ralph, Ph: 610.721.2750, email: raremusclecars@aol.com. (PA) 2008 Ford Mustang “Bullitt” Tribute coupe performance package SS and more than rare 1LE with hard top). This is a factory hard top (T-top delete car) which means the chassis is much stiffer and is totally stock. One of four made. I am the original owner; ordered new, has the Corvette LS1 motor from factory and all documentation. $32,750 OBO. Contact Fred, Ph: 775.219.6926, email: hgpgiffels@ aol.com. (SC) 2007 Ford Mustang Roush 427R coupe ™ AmericanCarCollector.com/subscribe SUBSCRIBE TO ACC 877.219.2605 Ext. 1 S/N 1F02M195946. Grabber Blue/black. 0 miles. V8, 4-spd manual. A rare and mostly all-original surviving example of this original Southern February 2020 177 Keith Martin’s


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Advertise in the SCM Resource Directory. Call 877.219.2605 Ext. 218 for information; e-mail: scmadvert@sportscarmarket.com. Advertising/Marketing lifestyle experience featuring fine art, fashion and gourmet cuisine. In every way, the legend is unsurpassed. 3020 N. Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251. info@barrett-jackson.com. www.barrett-jackson.com (AZ) to buy and admire the premier collection of automobiles presented by GPK Auctions at the Largest IN-DOOR Auction in the Country. Location: Atlantic City, NJ URL: gpkauctions.com Email: info@gpkauctions.com Petersen Auction Group of Motorwerks Marketing. 480.228.1881. Founded on a passion for the special interest, classic and collector automotive marketplace, Motorwerks is a full-service marketing and creative agency. With a focus on crafting a high impact, highly effective, budget- and time-sensitive message, Motorwerks brings a level of industry expertise that is tailor made to meet your brand’s objectives. We only service clients in the Specialty Automotive arena and like you, our team are first and foremost true automotive enthusiasts. Ask us what we can do for you! Info@MotorwerksMarketing.com www.MotorwerksMarketing.com (AZ) Advisor Services Gooding & Company. Visions In Vehicles. Your car should be enjoyable. Let us help you keep it that way! We guide clients through their restoration project or car build, or can assist in private collection curation, events and valuation. Please visit our website for full details and service descriptions. Customer focus and satisfaction is our number one goal. If you are just starting down the road or have reached a crossroads, put our 25-plus years of experience to work for you. Contact us today! 205.470.0191, email john@visionsinvehicles.com, website www.visionsinvehicles.com Auction Companies GAA Classic Cars Auction, Artcurial Motorcars. 33 (0)1 42 99 2056. 33 (0)1 42 99 1639. 7, Rond-Point des Champs-Elysées, 75008 Paris, France. Email: motorcars@artcurial.com. www.artcurial.com/motorcars. (FR) Greensboro, NC. 1.855.862.2257. A classic, muscle and unique vehicle auction experience. Offering 650-plus vehicles three times per year: spring, summer and fall. All presented in a climate-controlled, enclosed, permanent, dedicated facility affectionately called “The Palace”. GAA Classic Cars brings you a customer-oriented team full of southern hospitality, a floor team with many years of classic auction experience and a selection of vehicles that continues to evolve and grow with each sale. www.gaaclassiccars.com, 1.855.862.2257 (NC) 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 178 Palm Springs Auctions Inc. GPK Auctions. 856.573.6969. GPK Auctions produces The Atlantic City Auction & Car Show. For over four decades hobbyists, enthusiasts and collectors from across the country have descended on Atlantic City in February 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) 310.899.1960. 310.526.6594. 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) 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 Hollywood Wheels Auctions & Shows 800.237.8954. Hollywood Wheels is a premier auction house that specializes in Porsche sports cars, European exotics, American classics and historical race cars. Each year, during the Amelia Island Car Week, they host the Amelia Island Select & Auto Retro™ within the ballroom of the Amelia Island Omni Plantation Resort. Hollywood Wheels… Where Great Cars Are Bought & Sold! www.hollywoodwheels.com Leake Auctions. 800.722.9942. Leake Auction Company was established in 1972 as one of the first car auctions in the country. More than 40 years later, Leake has sold over 34,000 cars and currently operates auctions in Tulsa, Oklahoma City and Dallas. Recently they have been featured on several episodes of three different reality TV series — “Fast N Loud” on Discovery, “Dallas Car Sharks” on Velocity and “The Car Chasers” on CNBC Prime. www.leakecar.com (OK) Oregon. 541.689.6824. Hosting car auctions in Oregon since 1962. We have three annual Auctions: February, Oregon State Fairgrounds, Salem, OR; July, Douglas County Fairgrounds, Roseburg, OR; September, Oregon State Fairgrounds, Salem, OR. On the I-5 Corridor. We offer knowledgeable, fast, friendly, hassle-free transactions. Oregon’s #1 Collector Car Auction www.petersencollectorcars.com Premier Auction Group. 844-5WE-SELL. The auction professionals that have been taking care of you for the last two decades have partnered together to create a team that is dedicated to providing the utmost customer service and auction experience. We applied our 83 years of auction experience to build a platform ensuring that every aspect of our company exceeds your expectations. Join us for the Gulf Coast Classic March 17 & 18, in Punta Gorda, FL. 844-5WE-SELL / 844-593-7355 www.premierauctiongroup.com info@premierauctiongroup.com RM Sotheby’s. 800.211.4371. New England Auto Auction. 207.594.4418. Presented by the Owls Head Transportation Museum, the New England Auto Auction™ is the nation’s largest and longest-running event in its class that operates solely to preserve the legacy of transportation’s earliest pioneers. Over more than four decades, NEAA™ has continuously raised the bar by connecting discerning enthusiasts and collectors with rare and sought-after automobiles. Web: owlshead.org Email: auction@ohtm.org RM Sotheby’s is the world’s largest auction house for investment-quality automobiles. With 35 years’ experience in the collector car industry, RM’s vertically integrated range of services, coupled with an expert team of car specialists and an international footprint, provide an unsurpassed level of service to the global collector car market. For further information, visit www.RMSothebys.com (CAN) Russo and Steele Collector Auto- 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. 7722 East Gray Road, Suite C Scottsdale, AZ 85260. info@russoandsteele.com, www.russoandsteele.com (AZ) Sports Car Market RESOURCE DIRECTORY


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Automobilia inventory runs from the late 1890s through the 1960s; featuring marque, event and product advertising. Please visit us at: www.VintageAutoPosters.com BMW W. Yoder Auction. 920.787.5549 . W. Yoder Auction holds the only semiannual collector car auction in the state of Wisconsin open to the public where anyone can buy and anyone can sell! But we don’t stop there. We specialize in collections and sell it all! Contact us today. info@wyoderauction.com. Learn more about us at wyoderauction.com and like us on Facebook. Automodello. 877.343.2276. 1:12 1967 Gurney Spa-winner handsigned by Dan Gurney ONE24™ Cadillac, Delahaye, Delage, Ford, Iso Grifo, Lincoln in 1:24 scale ONE43™ Cadillac, Ford, Lincoln, Sunbeam in 1:43 scale Hand-built Limited Edition Resin Art™ 10% SCM Discount — SCM19MP on Automodello.com 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 Automotive Restorations. Centerline International. (888) 750-ALFA (2532). Exclusively Alfa Romeo for over 35 years. You can rely on our experience and the largest inventory of parts in North America to build and maintain your dream Alfa. We carry restoration, maintenance and exclusive performance parts for Giulietta through the new 4C. Newly developed parts introduced regularly. Check our website or social media for new arrivals, tech tips and special offers. www.centerlinealfa.com (CO) Appraisals Passion for automobiles made visible Created from over 100 components, this highly detailed 3 dimensional artist’s model of the iconic five dials is inspired by the early 911 dash, complete with functioning clock. Each dial is hand crafted and assembled by the artist. Customization is available. Limited edition, signed and numbered. Many more unique motoring gifts available at www.motorology.com Motorology, LLC Williston, VT 617.209.9902 Steve Austin’s Automobilia & Great Vacations. 800.452.8434. European Car Collector tours including Monaco & Goodwood Historics, private collections, and car manufacturers. Automobile Art importer of legendary artists Alfredo de la Maria and Nicholas Watts. www.steveaustinsgreatvacations.com Gooding & Company. 310.899.1960. Gooding & Company’s 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) February 2020 Beverly Hills Car Club is one of the Vintage Auto Posters. Since 1980, Everett Anton Singer has been supplying international collectors with the most diverse selection of authentic vintage automotive posters. The vast largest European classic car dealerships in the nation, with an extensive inventory spanning over 135,000 sf. We can meet all your classic car needs with our unprecedented selection; from top-ofthe-line models to project cars. We buy 179 FOLLOW SCM 203.377.6745. Collector car sales, both road and race, have been a key activity for over 35 years. Our sales professionals actively seek consignments on a global basis. We also offer vehicle “search and find” for rare models. We undertake pre-purchase inspections worldwide. We provide auction support, including in-person or telephone bidding for absentee buyers. Restoration management and special-event assistance are also included in our services. Our aim is to make sure that your collector car passion is as enjoyable and worry-free as possible. www.automotiverestorations.com The Werk Shop. 847.295.3200. Coachbuilt Press. 215.925.4233. Coachbuilt Press creates limited-edition automotive titles for the discriminating motoring enthusiast. We present exceptional material on the most significant collections, museums and marques with a balance of authoritative writing, precise research, unique historical documents and the modern photography of Michael Furman. Please visit our website to view our latest titles and order. www.CoachbuiltPress.com (PA) BMW full and partial restorations has been our main focus for over 20 years. We build show winners and awesome daily drivers. Our shop is located 30 minutes north of O’Hare Airport in Libertyville, Illinois. We also provide our clients with collection management, temperature/humidity-controlled storage, show assistance and private treaty sales. We’ve built an international reputation on our rich history of restoring both pre- and post-war BMWs and are honored to be recognized for the care and quality of our work. Our collectors have won numerous prestigious awards at Pebble Beach, Hilton Head and many other concours. Contact us by phone or via our website: www.thewerkshop.com (IL) Buy/Sell/General Blackhawk Collection, Inc. 925.736.3444. One of the world’s foremost companies specializing in buying and selling classic cars for clients around the globe for over 45 years. Over the years, many of the greatest cars in the world have passed through the doors of the Blackhawk Collection. Visit our website at www.blackhawkcollection.com classic cars in any shape or condition & provide the quickest payment & pickup anywhere in the U.S. 310.975.0272. www.beverlyhillscarclub.com (CA) California Car Cover Company. More than just custom-fit car covers, California Car Cover is the home of complete car care and automotive lifestyle products. Offering the best in car accessories, garage items, detailing products, nostalgic collectibles, apparel and more! Call 1.800.423.5525 or visit Calcarcover.com for a free catalog. 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 Chequered Flag. 310.827.8665. Chequered Flag is Los Angeles’ best known classic car dealer. We specialize in European classic and sports cars, particularly air-cooled Porsches. We have over 100 classics in inventory including over 25 Porsches. We appreciate our many repeat customers with over 15,000 cars bought and sold since 1986. www.ChequeredFlag.com sales@chequeredflag.com (CA)


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Advertise in the SCM Resource Directory. Call 877.219.2605 Ext. 218 for information; e-mail: scmadvert@sportscarmarket.com. lotte, NC and Porsche in Hickory, NC. We sell, buy and trade. Visit us at www. Paramountauto.com or www.ForeignCarsItalia.com (NC) Legendary Motorcar Company. Corvette America. 800.458.3475. Classic Auto Mall — One of the largest Classic Car Facility’s in the world, with nearly eight acres under one roof in a climate controlled, secure, indoor showroom. Over 800 vehicles on display/for sale. The Ultimate Destination for Classic and Specialty Cars, located one hour west of Philadelphia on the Turnpike in Morgantown, Pennsylvania. Consignments invited, single car or entire collections. Worldwide marketing coverage. Call 888.227.0914 or visit us at www.ClassicAutoMall.com The #1 manufacturer & supplier of interiors, parts and wheels for all generations of Corvettes. Our Pennsylvania manufacturing facility produces the finest quality Corvette interiors and our distribution center is stocked with thousands of additional Corvette-related products. Corvette America is a member of the RPUI family of companies. www.CorvetteAmerica.com (PA) DriverSource. 281.497.1000. Classic Investments Inc. 303.388.9788. Barn find. Redefined. Since 1989 our company specializes in the restoration, sales and service of 1950s–1970s Classic European sports cars: Ferrari, Maserati, Alfa Romeo, Lancia, Aston Martin, Jaguar, Austin Healey, Porsche and Mercedes. Colorado’s premier one-stop shop for all of a collector’s needs. Friendly, knowledgeable, passionate staff welcomes you to call for all inquiries; our in-house factory-trained Ferrari mechanic has 40 years’ experience. www.ClassicInvest.com (CO) Pursuing & Preserving Fine Automobiles Since 2005, DriverSource is a leading specialist in the classic collector car market. Our concept of sales, service and storage is tailor made to the automotive enthusiast lifestyle. To learn more about our services or inventory, please give as a call or contact us via email. sales@driversource.com. www.driversource.com 905.875.4700. Since 1985, Legendary Motorcar Company has specialized in buying, selling and restoring some of the rarest cars in existence. For sale, in our 150-car showroom you’ll find, ultra-rare muscle cars, European sports cars and modern performance cars. In our 75,000 square-foot facility, our highly-skilled craftsmen perform complete award-winning restorations. Whether you are buying one special car or building a museum, our collection management services will help you make the right decisions. Over 30 years in business, we have grown to become the nation’s premier collector and performance car facility. www.legendarymotorcar.com (ON) Paul Russell and Company. 978.768.6919. www.paulrussell.com. Specializing in the sales of 1970s and earlier great European classics since 1978. You can rely on our decades of knowledge and experience with Mercedes-Benz, Ferrari, Porsche, Bugatti, Alfa Romeo and other fine collectibles. Guidance is given with an emphasis on building long-term relationships. Contact our Classic Car Sales team via email at: sales@paulrussell.com (MA) Precious Metals: Fine Motorcars Luxury Brokers International. Girardo & Co. +44 (0) 203 621 2923. Girardo & Co. provide clients with a specialist service offering expert advice in buying, selling and sourcing classic cars at the very top end of the collector’s market, whilst delivering the best possible service to clients. www.girardo.com info@girardo.com 215.459.1606. Specializing in the sales, purchase and brokerage of classic automobiles for the astute collector, with a new-age, contemporary approach. Focusing on original, high-quality examples as enjoyable, tangible investments. Classic car storage, classic car consignment, brokerage, and other consulting services are available as well. We actively pursue the purchase and sales of any investment-grade classic car. Since 2009, we have offered a unique opportunity for collectors, enthusiasts and other industry professionals. www.lbilimited.com, sales@ lbilimited.com (PA) of San Diego. 619.515.2220. We are one of the Premier Classic Exotic Dealerships in Southern California since 2004. Owned by Dr. Perry and Judith Mansfield, we buy, sell, consign and provide auction management. American Classics, Vintage European, Modern Performance. Help with exhibiting client vehicles at car shows. Our showroom hosts private events, art shows and club meetings. Precious Metals is passionate about making your car experience first class. Contact David Young 619.515.2220, sales@pmautos.com, www.pmautos.com (CA) Saratoga Auto Auction. Sept. 18 and 19, 2020 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 Classic Showcase. 760.758.6100. For over 35 years, we’ve been restoring automotive history and helping collectors obtain, restore and sell classic vehicles. Our world-class facility houses three showrooms of cars and department specialty areas to perform all facets of restoration under one roof. Let our team of professional craftsmen and specialists make your classic car vision a reality. www.classicshowcase. com (CA) Gullwing Motor Cars stocks more than 100 cars at our warehouse location, 27 years of experience; visited by customers across the country and overseas. We specialize in European and American cars and we are always looking to buy classic cars in any condition. We pick up from anywhere in the U.S. Quick payment and pickup. 718.545.0500. www.gullwingmotorcars.com 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) 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) 180 Hyman Ltd Classic Cars. 314.524.6000. One of the largest inventories of vintage cars in the world. Please visit our website often, www.hymanltd.com to see our current stock. Hyman Ltd Classic Cars, 2310 Chaffee Drive, St. Louis, MO. 63146 314-524-6000 sales@hymanltd.com Paramount Automotive Group/ Foreign Cars Italia. 888.929.7202. Since 1989, we have offered all the exclusive brands that you have ever dreamed about. Offering new and used Ferrari, Maserati, Aston Martin and Porsche in Greensboro, NC, Aston Martin, Bentley and Maserati in Char- 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 Sports Car Market Symbolic International. 858.259.0100. Symbolic International is one of the premier dealers of classic cars and vintage race cars in the world. Our spectacular vehicles are available for purchase and worldwide delivery. Our knowledgeable team, with over 100 years of combined experience, can help you find the perfect car for your collection. www.symbolicinternational.com info@symbolicinternational.com (CA) RESOURCE DIRECTORY


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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) 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 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) 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. West Coast Classics. 424.376.5151. West Coast Classics are internationally renowned California Classic Car Dealers who specialize in buying and selling of rare and classic European and American classic cars. Southern California location at 1205 Bow Avenue in Torrance. We ship throughout the world and will provide you with unparalleled service of your rare, sports, exotic, luxury, collector or classic car needs. www.WestCoastClassics.com info@ WestCoastClassics.com (CA) Car Storage Reliable Carriers Inc. 800-521-6393. As the country’s largest enclosed-auto transport company, Reliable Carriers faithfully serves all 48 contiguous United States and Canada. Whether you’ve entered a concours event, need a relocation, are attending a corporate event or are shipping the car of your dreams from one location to another, one American transportation company does it all. www.reliablecarriers.com Collector Car Insurance 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 CARS. 310.695.6403. For more than two decades, CARS (Classic Automotive Relocation Services) has looked after some of the most irreplaceable motorcars in the world. CARS are now able to offer secure indoor vehicle storage solutions at its new state-of-the-art warehouse facility in Los Angeles. Contact CARS directly to discuss your vehicle storage requirements and find out more about the many services that we offer. History has proven that CARS are the team to trust. Do not take any chances with your pride and joy — hand it to the people that will care for it as their own. Fax: +1 (310) 695 6584 Email: info@carsusa.com www.carsusa.com Classic Car Transport Barrett-Jackson is proud to endorse a new breed of insurance for classic, antique, exotic, special-interest, contemporary classic and 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. 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) Kevin Kay Restorations. AUTOSPORT DESIGNS, INC. 631.425.1555. All Aston Martin models welcome regardless of age, as new inevitably become old! Routine servicingcomplete mechanical restorations/rebuilds — cosmetic repair/paintwork to complete frame-off restoration. Large inventory of parts. All services as well as our current unventory of automobiles for sale can be seen at www.autosportdesigns.com (NY) Intercity Lines, Inc. 800.221.3936. Gripping the wheel of your dream car and starting the engine for the first time is a high point for any enthusiast. We are the premier enclosed auto transport company that will ensure your car arrives safely for that experience. For over 35 years, our standards for excellence have had clients returning time and time again. Trust the Best. Trust Intercity Lines. www.Intercitylines.com Grundy Insurance. 888.647.8639. James A. Grundy invented Agreed Value Insurance in 1947; no one knows more about insuring collector cars than Grundy! With no mileage limitations, zero deductible*, low rates, and high liability limits, our coverages are specifically designed for collector car owners. Grundy can also insure your daily drivers, pickup trucks, trailers, motorhomes, and more — all on one policy and all at their Agreed Value. www.grundy.com (PA) 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) Estate Planning Advisory JWF Restorations Inc. Specializ- ing in AC restoration from street to concours, U.S. Registrar AC Owners Club (U.K.). Now selling AC parts and tires, including inventory from Ron Leonard. Jim Feldman. 503.706.8250 Fax 503.646.4009. Email: jim@jwfrestoration.com (OR) Chrome Strategies Management LLC. Trust and Estate/Wealth Advisory Services focuses on meeting the increasingly complex financial planning needs and interests of classic car collectors, investors, trust, estate, wealth professionals, and family offices. We are a completely independent advisory that develops best practice strategies to fit your objectives. Please contact us to discuss our scope of services. www.chromestrategies.com Email to: info@chromestrategies.com Events—Concours, Car Shows Classic Showcase. 760.758.6100. Passport Transport. 800.736.0575. Since our founding in 1970, we have shipped thousands of treasured vehicles door-to-door with our fully enclosed February 2020 Hagerty Insurance Agency, LLC. 800.922.4050. is the leading insurance agency for collector vehicles in the world and host to the largest network of 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) 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. 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Advertise in the SCM Resource Directory. Call 877.219.2605 Ext. 218 for information; e-mail: scmadvert@sportscarmarket.com. tival returns to the towns of Savannah, GA, and Hilton Head Island, SC. Join us this fall — October 24–November 3, 2019 — in the land of Southern hospitality. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit www.HHIMotoringFestival.com memories. The 2019 premier-event season includes the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion, IMSA, Trans Am, Ferrari Racing Days, World Superbike and IndyCar’s season finale at the Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey. For tickets, camping and hospitality contact www.WeatherTechRaceway.com or call 831.242.8200. Finance Bud’s Benz. 800.942.8444. At Lajollaconcours.com. Earning the reputation as one of the finest internationally renowned classic automobile showcases in the United States, the La Jolla Concours d’Elegance continues to attract discerning car enthusiasts from around the globe. Experience World Class Cars and World Class Experience on April 17–19, 2020. Register and purchase tickets at lajollaconcours.com, or call 619.233.5008, for more information. (CA) Classic Car Capital 310.254.9704, Ext. 1. Maximize the return on your passion by recapitalizing the equity in your vintage cars. Whether to expand your collection, invest or for personal use, you decide how to use the funds. With unparalleled experience, service and expertise in this highly specialized lending, we understand the market and needs of the collector. Whether using one car or multiple cars as collateral, we offer lines of credit with no origination fees or prepayment penalties. European Collectibles Inc. The Elegance at Hershey. 717.500.5191. The Elegance at Hershey is a celebration of vintage race cars and concours automobiles from 6/12 to 6/14/2020, commencing with the Grand Ascent, featuring the Concorso Bizarro and culminating with our concours d’elegance. Our primary goal is to benefit our charities: JDRF, AACA Museum and AACA Library & Research Center. For more information, visit www.theeleganceathershey.com, or call 717.500.5191. (PA) Ferrari Financial Services. 201.816.2670. As the world’s only Ferrari-owned finance company, no one understands a Ferrari customer’s unique perspective better than the company that designed these iconic sports cars. Whether it’s a line of credit for owners interested in utilizing the equity in their collection, or a simple interest loan, we stand committed to help our clients enhance their collection — without origination or early termination fees. “FFS” offers a level of expertise that cannot be matched by other lenders. 949.650.4718. European Collectibles has been buying, consigning, selling and restoring classic European sports cars since 1986. We specialize in Porsche (356 and 911) 1950s to early 1970s, along with other marks including Mercedes, Aston Martin, Ferrari, MG, Austin Healey and Jaguar, with 40 vehicles in stock to choose from. European Collectibles also offers complete mechanical and cosmetic restorations to concours level, along with routine service. Located in Orange County, CA, between Los Angeles and San Diego. Sales@europeancollectibles.com or visit our website www.europeancollectibles.com (CA) 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) tion 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 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. Mercedes-Benz Classic Center. J.J. BEST BANC & CO. provides The Quail, A Motorsports Gath- ering. 831.620.8879. A prominent component of Monterey Car Week, The Quail is a world-renowned motorsports event featuring one of the world’s finest and rarest collections of vintage automobiles and motorcycles. The Quail maintains its intimacy and exclusivity by limiting admission through lottery ticket allocations. Admission is inclusive of six gourmet culinary pavilions, caviar, oysters, fine wines, specialty cocktails, champagne, and more. Web: signatureevents.peninsula.com (CA) financing on classic cars ranging from 1900 to today. Visit our website at www.jjbest.com or call 1.800.USA.1965 and get a loan approval in as little as five minutes! German 1.866.MB.CLASSIC. 1.866.622.5277). The trusted center of competence for all classic Mercedes-Benz enthusiasts. Located in Irvine, CA, the Classic Center is the only sales and restoration facility in the U.S. exclusively operated by Mercedes-Benz. Over 50,000 Genuine Mercedes-Benz Classic Parts in its assortment. From small services to full ground-up restorations, work is always true to original. Ever-changing showcase of for-sale vehicles. We are your trusted source. www.mbclassiccenter.com (CA) Since 1960, Cosdel International Transportation has been handling international shipments by air, ocean and truck. Honest service, competitive pricing and product expertise have made Cosdel the natural shipping choice for the world’s best-known collectors, dealers and auction houses. If you are moving a car, racing or rallying, or attending a concours event overseas, Cosdel is your comprehensive, worldwide resource for all of your nationwide and international shipping needs. We are your automobile Export Import Experts. 415.777.2000 carquotes@cosdel.com. www.cosdel.com (CA) Italian Hamann Classic Cars. Art’s Star Classics. 800.644.STAR WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca. 831.242.8200. WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca is home to the legendary Corkscrew, which has been the scene of many famous racing 182 (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 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 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 restora- The Lamborghini Club America is the world’s largest organization of Lamborghini owners and enthusiasts. Inclusive to both vintage and modern Lamborghini owners, the Lamborghini Sports Car Market RESOURCE DIRECTORY


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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 Legal Dr Beasley’s. Dr. Beasley’s proVintage Car Law. 717.884.9010. 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 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 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 Restoration — General ence. Our sister company, Automotive Restorations Inc., offers high-quality upholstery, body and paint and panel fabrication services. www.automotiverestorations.com/vrs/home 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 Turtle Garage provides readers Premier Financial Services. 877.973.7700. As a serious sports car enthusiast, you’re always seeking a better driving experience. Your high standards should also apply to car financing. Since 1997, Premier Financial Services has been recognized by countless owners for our integrity, deep understanding of the sports car market, high level of customer service and ability to tailor flexible leasing solutions. If you’ve never considered leasing, let us explain how it could be your best financing alternative. If you’ve leased from others in the past, let us show you how we’re different. Either way, you’ll benefit from starting or ending your search for a better financing experience by contacting us at 877.973.7700. Learn more at www.premierfinancialservices.com (CT) with unique insights into the collector vehicle market and the broader automotive industry. Our exclusive content focuses on vintage motorcycles, modern classics, and the exciting future of the automobile — including developments in ride-hailing, electrification and autonomous driving. We produce diverse articles on travel, restoration projects, book reviews, auction analysis, vehicle summaries and relevant automotive industry news. “Turtle Garage is a must-read. Subscribe today.” — Keith Martin, Sports Car Market www.turtlegarage.com Museums QuickSilver Exhaust Systems. 011 LeMay—America’s Car Museum Putnam Leasing. 866.90.LEASE. For over 30 years, Putnam Leasing has been the leader in exotic, luxury, and collector car leasing. This honor comes from Putnam’s unique ability to match the car of your dreams with 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 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 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 Original Parts Group Inc. 800- 243-8355. At Original Parts Group, we are proud to be the largest USA supplier of in-stock restoration parts for your classic GM A, B, C, E and G-body vehicle, including newly released Cadillac CTS, ATS, STS, Escalade, EXT and XLR. 100% privately owned to serve you better, since 1982. We are devoted to quality parts and customer service. Visit OPGI.com today or call today to order your free parts catalog. (CA) 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 Brightworks. 937.773.5127. BrightVintage Racing Services. AmericanMuscle 877.887.1105. Starting out in 2003, AmericanMuscle quickly rose to be one of the leading aftermarket Mustang parts providers in the business. With the addition of Challenger parts in 2018, AmericanMuscle provides the most sought-after products, accessories and fast shipping. AmericanMuscle.com February 2020 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 experi- 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) 183


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Advertise in the SCM Resource Directory. Call 877.219.2605 Ext. 218 for information; e-mail: scmadvert@sportscarmarket.com. History and National Geographic TV. www.guildclassiccars.com (CAN) Hahn Auto Restoration. 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) 724.452.4329. We take pride in offering concours-level collector car restoration, recommissioning, custom builds and repair services. With our experienced staff and cutting-edge technology, we can restore your car back to its original beauty and help it perform better than when it was first driven off the lot! We understand how much your classic car means to you and we will treat your restoration or repair with the quality care and respect it deserves — getting the job done right the first time. We believe that a restoration should last a lifetime and beyond, so we strive to provide our clients with quality restoration services that will last for generations. www.hahnautorestoration.com D. L. George Historic Motorcars. 610.593.7423. We stand at the crossroads between you and historic European motorcars of the pre-war and early post-war era. We provide full-service restoration, maintenance and support of the finest cars driven extensively by the most refined collectors. Find us at concours from Amelia Island to Pebble Beach, venues from Lime Rock to Goodwood, and events including the Mille Miglia, Peking to Paris, and The Colorado Grand. www.DLGEORGE.com (PA) Fantasy Junction. 510.653.7555. For 35 years, Owner/Enthusiast Bruce Trenery has operated Fantasy Junction from the San Francisco Bay Area. The dealership enjoys an outstanding worldwide reputation for integrity and knowledge in the collector car field. Many of the world’s greatest sports cars have passed through the doors, with both buyers and sellers enjoying expert representation. Email Sales@FantasyJunction.com, www.FantasyJunction.com (CA) Hjeltness Restoration. 760.746.9966. What began as attention to detail developed into love. We benefit from 34 years of disassembling original cars with the intent to restore yet also with an eye on the future, other restorers will need benchmarks to copy. If your own personal piece of history needs doing for the first time or the second please contact us. www.HjeltnessRestoration.com foot facility under one roof! We opened our doors in 2008 and have restored over 20 Concours 1st place winners! Our team of 8 craftsmen with over 165 years experience have risen to the top, becoming a Certified Hagerty Expert Collision Repair Facility and in-house Certified Glasurit paint shop. www.ontheroadagainclassics.com ship has been shown and won awards at concours across the U.S. and Europe. Give us a call to learn more about who we are and how we can help with your next project. 262.339.0180 www. paruchautomotivecraftsmanship.com (WI) Ragtops & Roadsters. Palm Beach Classics. 561.568.5906. Palm Beach Classics has grown over the last decade into a well-respected restoration facility and automotive sales center known around the world. Backed up with a very strong reputation, we provide high-quality restorations on classic Mercedes-Benz. We value our customers through excellence in our work and service. Our parts department is top notch and has a rare variety of hard-to-find original Mercedes-Benz parts. Email: Office@ palmbeachclassics.com www.palmbeachclassics.com (FL) 215.257.1202. For close to three decades Ragtops & Roadsters has provided maintenance, preservation and restoration services for British, German, Italian and other European marques. We offer a comprehensive array of services, including mechanical repair, engine rebuilding, interior trimming and coachwork; including paint and body repair. Let our talented craftsman put you back in the driver’s seat of your special classic car so you can enjoy it on the road again! info@ragtops.com www.ragtops.com (PA) RM Auto Restoration. Paramount Classic Cars. Jeff’s Resurrections has been Farland Classic Restoration. 303.761.1245. A complete facility offering concours-level restorations, repair and fabrication services. We work on all makes, and specialize in Ferrari, Mercedes and Porsche. Highly organized and fiscally responsible, we provide biweekly detailed billing to keep you abreast of the rapid progress of your project in every way. Check out our site for details. Email: info@farlandcars.com. www.farlandcarscom bringing some of the world’s finest cars back to life in a quiet corner of Central Texas for almost three decades. Founded in 1990, we are a full-service auto restoration facility specializing in classic, exotic and antique vehicles, whose work has won many awards. With a full-time team of ten skilled mechanics, metal craftsmen, specialist re-finishers and detailers, we offer complete mechanical and coachwork services. Our premises encompass 36,000 square feet of historic property that once housed a pre-war Dodge dealership in Taylor, Texas, just a short drive from downtown Austin, Austin Bergstrom International Airport and the Circuit of the Americas. 512.365.5346. www.jeffsresurrections.com (TX) 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 519.352.4575. RM Auto Restoration is North America’s leading classic car restoration facility. Whether it’s a complete “body-off” restoration, a partial restoration, or a cosmetic upgrade, our dedicated team of restoration perfectionists provides an unwavering commitment to deliver flawless work, and to the highest cosmetic presentation, every time. www.rmautorestoration.com Sport and Specialty. 815.629.2717. We are specialists in Austin-Healey and Jaguar cars but have experience in a variety of other marques, to include; most British cars, Alfa Romeo, Corvette, Aston Martin, Ferrari and early Lotus. Our work includes: All levels of restoration services, (full, mechanical, sympathetic, etc.), simple repairs, ongoing maintenance and vintage race preparation. We also offer full mechanical services; Engine, transmission, overdrive, differential and component rebuilds. www.sportandspecialty.com Paruch Automotive CraftsmanThe Guild of Automotive Restor- ers. 905.775.0499. One of the most widely recognized names in the world of collector cars. As seen on Discovery, 184 On the Road Again Classics. 408.782.1100. Northern California’s largest Classic & British auto restoration & repair shop is a 12,000 square ship. 262.339.0180. We are a small team of passionate craftsmen dedicated to delivering sophisticated automotive metal restoration. Our passion is restoring ’50s–’60s coach-built vehicles; especially Italian marques. Our capabilities include coach-built body restoration, metal shaping, fabrication, trim and exhaust fabrication, muscle car restoration... anything metal. We have been involved with a substantial pedigree of world-class vehicle restorations. For over 10 years, our workman- The Classic Auto Show. 203.233.7162. Whether you’re a collector, or working on your project car, or simply share a passion for the classics, The Classic Auto Show is for you. You’ll see over 2,000 classics, rub shoulders with your favorite auto celebrities, view LIVE restoration and auto detailing demos, shop a vendor marketplace and more. Buy Tickets or Display Your Car Today! www.TheClassicAutoShow.com Sports Car Market RESOURCE DIRECTORY


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Carl Bomstead eWatch Realistic Reserves in Fine-Art Auctions Joan Miró’s “Catalan Farmer Worried About Passing a Flight of Birds” doesn’t soar at auction Thought Carl’s The art world is going through a bit of an adjustment after several years of robust activity. At the recent fall New York auctions, sales were off by a third and there were no blockbuster offerings. “The market is not the same, so reserves had to be realistic,” stated a Christie’s executive. Sound familiar? Auction company Phillips expected to sell Joan Miró’s “Catalan Farmer Worried About Passing a Flight of Birds” for $7,000,000–$10,000,000 but settled for $4,580,000, including fees. The piece was first and last seen in 1953, when it was acquired and has remained with the same family since. Regardless of how many times I look at the piece, I have a hard time understanding the meaning, but that may just be my problem. Here are a few items that are not so difficult to interpret: with kids and dogs enjoying a soapbox car sold for a marketcorrect price. MORPHY AUCTIONS LOT 2292—USED CARS PAINTED METAL NEON SIGN. Estimate: $2,000–$4,000. Number of bids: 27. SOLD AT: $6,000, including fees. Date: 10/6/2019. This was a large, double-sided sign with neon on only one side, although it could be added easily to the other side. The lower arrow flashed and it had bullnose ends. It was painted metal that had a few issues but nothing fatal. It was huge, being over eight feet in length, so it would be an imposing and cool piece for the car barn. The price was at a bit of a premium considering the condition. is a very rare porcelain sign with bold, colorful graphics. It measured 66 inches by 36 inches and was in exceptional condition, with only minor edge chips and a small chip in the “A.” This sign is an example of where condition meets rarity, and the price is immaterial. The equally rare Bengal gas globe sold for $19,200, so for 60 large you could have a matching set. MORPHY AUCTIONS LOT 2017—FORD V8 DEALERSHIP PORCELAIN SIGN WITH ADDED NEON. Estimate: $8,000–$15,000. Number of bids: 22. SOLD AT: $18,450. Date: 10/8/2019. This large Ford V8 porcelain sign was in decent condition, with a few nicks and bruises. At some point, the neon was added to the sign, which more than doubled the value. Of course, the sign is no longer original, but that does not seem to bother the buyers who want the bling for their car barns. RM SOTHEBY’S HERSHEY AUCTION LOT 347—“DREAM MACHINES” BY STANLEY WANLASS. SOLD AT: $20,700. Date: 10/11/2019. Stanley Wanlass is a prolific sculptor and he often features cars in his work. The value of his lost-wax bronze — cire perdue — limited-edition pieces have recovered of late, and this hand-painted bronze CRESSMAN/BAUMGARTEN AUTHORIZED FERRARI DEALER SIGN WITH MASERATI CLOCK. SOLD AT: $5,752. Date: 10/11/2019. An unusual advertising clock with two rival marques referenced. At least they were both Italian. It appeared to be in exceptional condition and will be a conversation piece for your Italian autorimessa — and at a reasonable price. RM SOTHEBY’S HERSHEY AUCTION LOT 136—LAMBORGHINI AUTOMOBILI LIGHTED SIGN. SOLD AT: $7,475. Date sold: 10/11/2019. Another sign from the Merrick Auto Museum Collection. The backlit plastic sign was 37 inches in diameter and appeared to be in excellent condition. It is a difficult sign to find in this condition, and as such, the price paid was most reasonable. MORPHY AUCTIONS LOT 2244—BENGAL PEP AND POWER PORCELAIN SIGN. Estimate: $20,000–$40,000. Number of bids: 25. SOLD AT: $40,950. Date: 10/7/2019. This RM SOTHEBY’S HERSHEY AUCTION LOT 153— 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. 186 MORPHY AUCTIONS LOT 2381—WAYNE 492 “ROMAN COLUMN” RESTORED GAS PUMP. Estimate: $25,000– $35,000. Number of bids: 26. SOLD AT: $27,675. Date: 10/7/2019. This impressive gas pump stands almost nine feet tall and has been restored in Richfield livery. It has the correct brass nozzle and a new clothwrapped hose. Due to the ornate scrollwork, it is one of the most desirable pumps if you have a tall-enough ceiling. Sold for the going rate. ♦ POSTMASTER Send address changes to: Sports Car Market PO Box 4797, Portland, OR 97208 CPC IPM Sales Agreement No. 1296205 Sports Car Market