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“Like” us on Sports Car Market PROFILES Keith Martin’s The Insider’s Guide to Collecting, Investing, Values, and Trends July 2017 . Volume 29 . Number 7 This Month’s Market Movers Up Close FERRARI ENGLISH by Paul Hardiman by Steve Ahlgrim ETCETERINI by Donald Osborne GERMAN by Prescott Kelly AMERICAN by Carl Bomstead RACE by Thor Thorson 1990 Ferrari 348 ts $46,000 / Auctions America 1957 Jaguar Mk 1 3.4-Litre Saloon $234,422 / Bonhams 1953 Fiat 8V Supersonic by Ghia $1,375,000 / RM Sotheby’s 1987 Porsche 911 Turbo Slantnose Coupe $71,500 / Auctions America 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air Nomad $44,000 / Worldwide Auctioneers 1961 Aston Martin DP214 Replica Competition Coupe $681,866 / Bonhams 66 68 70 72 74 78 118 132 142 154 AUCTIONS What Sold, and Why 202 Vehicles Rated at Eight Sales 86 90 MARKET OVERVIEW Top 10 auction sales, best buys and some turbo love — Garrett Long LEAKE Dallas, TX: $3.4m LaFerrari pushes auction total to $10.3m as 290 of 438 vehicles sell — B. Mitchell Carlson and Roy Velander 106 H&H Duxford, U.K.: Under new management, H&H sets a strong standard with $5.5m in sales on 78 of 120 vehicles — Paul Hardiman WORLDWIDE Arlington, TX: With the help of a no-reserve collection, Worldwide hits $6.4m with a 78% sales rate — Cody Tayloe BRANSON Branson, MO: Entry-level classics total $2.6m, with 69% sold — Andy Staugaard BRIGHTWELLS Bicester, U.K.: Peculiar offerings bring a 74% sales rate as 42 of 59 vehicles change hands for $1m — Paul Hardiman ROUNDUP Highlights from McCormick’s in Palm Springs, CA; Mecum in Kansas City, MO; and Silver in Vancouver, WA — Carl Bomstead, Brett Hatfield and Chad Tyson acebook and look for updates and offers! NEXT GEN by Pierre Hedary 12 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster $148,500 / Auctions America 80 Cover photo: 1953 Fiat 8V Supersonic by Ghia; Darin Schnabel ©2017, courtesy of RM Sotheby’s Sports Car Market


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58 Retro Classic — Stuttgart COLUMNS 16 Shifting Gears The Alfa Romeo Giulia Spider Veloce was fresh out of a $104,000 restoration, and it was time to get it back on the road Keith Martin 44 Affordable Classic A cheap way into a Rolls-Royce: The 20/25 pickup at H&H Duxford got us thinking about a genre that’s now almost extinct Paul Hardiman 46 Collecting Thoughts Can a Jaguar E-type in a basket run again without going underwater? Miles Collier 48 Legal Files How did a Texas plumbing company truck end up in Syria with an anti-aircraft gun mounted in the back and terrorists behind the wheel? John Draneas 50 Unconventional Wisdom A desire to own more special cars conflicts with less time to actually drive them Donald Osborne 76 The Cumberford Perspective The 1957 Nomad was never meant to exist, but a desperate move led to a car that became very popular Robert Cumberford 178 eWatch A Green Jacket from the Augusta National Golf Club goes from $5 thrift-store buy to $139,349 sale at auction Carl Bomstead FEATURES 26 Journey of the Giulia: A photo page of Publisher Martin’s now-restored Spider Veloce through the years 54 2017 La Jolla Concours d’Elegance: Getting it just right — Mark Moskowitz 14 Sports Car Market 56 2017 Benedict Castle Concours: Helping troubled teenagers rebuild their lives — Carl Bomstead 58 2017 Retro Classic: Stuttgart fits lots of cars, parts and club shows into 1.1 million square feet — Massimo Delbò 60 Miami to Monterey Drive: A status report on SCM’s volunteer-driven 1974 Bradley GT adventure DEPARTMENTS 22 Auction Calendar 22 Crossing the Block 24 Concours and Events: Concours d’Elegance of America, Forest Grove Concours, Hillsborough Concours, Museum Spotlight: Citroën at the Mullin Museum 30 Contributors: Get to know our writers 32 You Write, We Read: Second-gen RX-7, SCM fumbles a Market Report, Alfa Woes, Fiat Stanguellini 34 Display Advertisers Index 38 Time Pieces: The Movado Datron HS360 Sub-Sea 38 Neat Stuff: Living-room racing glory and vintage auto time pieces 40 In Miniature: 1969–70 Ferrari Dino 246 GT “L-Series” 40 Speaking Volumes: Stile Transatlantico/Transatlantic Style: A Romance of Fins and Chrome 98 Rising Sun: 1987 Nissan BE-1, 1990 Nissan Pao, 1991 Nissan Figaro 99 Market Moment: 1990 Toyota Hilux 4x4 Pickup 128 Fresh Meat: 2016 Porsche 911 GT3 RS coupe, 2017 Lamborghini Huracan spyder, 2017 Acura NSX coupe 148 On the Radar: 1992 Bentley Brooklands, 1992 Mazda ɛ̃fini MS-8, 1992 Maserati Ghibli 2.0 162 Market Moment: 1970 Intermeccanica Italia Spyder 164 Mystery Photo: “You left the Citroën under the tree at the airport parking lot for how long?” 164 Comments With Your Renewals: “This is the only magazine I save. It’s fun to read again and again” 166 Showcase Gallery: Cars for sale 170 Resource Directory: Meet your car’s needs Massimo Delbò


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Shifting Gears Keith Martin An Alfa is Reborn Cars create memories, and in the 30 years the Spider Veloce has been in my life, it has created a pile of them was clear that the only option was a complete restoration. The car had to be stripped down to the bare tub, all rust repair performed, new paint applied and the car reassembled. I anguished over this decision, as I believe that most complete restorations erase the identity of a car. Every little rock chip or scar it has earned through its use is eradicated, and the car becomes just another better-thanperfect show car. It is no longer a historical artifact. It becomes a freshly created confection. It was expensive to bring the Alfa back to life. The invoices for the restoration and parts came to $104,000. This did not include any mechanical or interior work. You probably note that the bills tallied since 1990 total $170,000. And that doesn’t include all the ancillary amounts spent over the years. I am happy with the outcome. Gillham is one of a vanishing breed of restorers who know how to properly restore an Alfa. I didn’t want a trailer queen, so we preserved as Fully restored and ready for more miles of memories W e were crossing the Oregon High Desert at 80 mph in a 52-year-old Alfa Romeo when Bradley’s jacket blew out the window. A second earlier he had been struggling to get one arm out of a sleeve. We were about 20 miles from Madras, OR, in a caravan of vintage Alfas. This was the Alfa Romeo Owners of Oregon’s 39th Annual Old Spider Tour. We covered 500 miles in two days on two-lane country roads. The 1965 Giulia Spider Veloce we were driving was fresh from a two-year, ground-up restoration. This was its inaugural outing. According to the Alfa Romeo Centro Documentazione, our car, s/n 39020, was painted Grigio Mare with a red interior. It left the factory in Arese, Italy, on January 28, 1965, and was sold on February 1, 1965, to Alfa Romeo Inc. in Newark, NJ. The Spider first entered my life in 1990. I found it through an ad in Hemmings Motor News. The asking price was $22,000. It turned out to be located two blocks from my home in Portland, OR. I had never seen the car on the street. I drove it for a few years, and then sold it to an Alfa enthusiast, Ken Metzger, who lived in Belvedere, CA. As he drove it off, I said, “If you ever want to sell it, please let me know.” In 2005, I got call from Metzger’s family saying that they were going to sell the car, and they offered it to me at the same $22,000 they had paid for it. Those were the days when Alfa values were static. We had Alfa expert Conrad Stevenson in Berkeley, CA, rebuild the top end of the engine. He also went through the car from stem to stern and attended to deferredmaintenance items. The cost was about $22,000. I flew down with good friend Doug Hartman, picked up the car and drove it up Highway 1 to Oregon. It was like spending a weekend with an old friend that I hadn’t seen in a decade. A few months later, with my daughter Alex driving, we heard a fatal knocking sound from the engine as we were crossing the top deck of the Fremont Bridge in Portland. We had the car flat-bedded back to Conrad. After another $22,000, which included line-boring the block and a new crank from Sammy Hale, the engine was done. In its half-century of use, the Alfa had never been off the road for a restoration. It had had minor rust repairs to the rocker panels and the trunk. It also had a mediocre repaint and fresh upholstery. Our local Alfa technician, Nasko, noted that when he put the car on the lift, the doors wouldn’t open properly. That was evidence that there was serious corrosion under the skin of the car and the chassis was flexing. Two years ago, we took the car to restorer Bill Gillham, who works his magic in Jefferson, OR — about 60 miles south of Portland. Once the paint was removed, it 16 much of the patina as possible. The windshield posts and taillight housings were not rechromed, and the gauges were not restored. A friend said, “You’re not erasing originality here. The Alfa has already been painted, reupholstered and the engine rebuilt more than once. All that you are doing is creating a new chapter in this car’s life. You’re also preparing it for your daughter, who will inherit the car.” On the road We finally got the Alfa turned around, and about a mile back, we found Bradley’s bright blue jacket by the side of the road. Watching the string of Alfas streak across the Oregon High Desert on Highway 26 was a vintage-car lover’s fantasy. As most cars today seem to be painted in subdued shades of gray, the 30 Alfas, colorful in red, yellow, blue, gray and white, looked like a string of glass marbles rolling down the road. Of the 30-plus vintage Alfas on the tour, more than 15 were Giuliettas and Giulias, ranging from 1957 to 1966. Few Alfa National Conventions can boast of having so many tour-ready Alfas. As we headed towards the John Day Fossil Beds on the second day, I accelerated to 6,000 rpm in 2nd, 3rd and 4th gears. I settled into loping along at an easy 80 mph, at 4,000 rpm in 5th gear. All of my philosophical musings were left behind. With the rust removed, the chassis of the car was stiffer than I had ever experienced. The Spider tracked well through the turns, and the sound of the exhaust was exhilarating. Bradley was a thoughtful navigator, and he enjoyed hanging out with the Alfa gang at the rest stops. Cars create memories, and in the 30 years the Spider Veloce has been in my life, it has created a pile of them. Now there is one more: There’s a 9-year-old boy who will never forget having his jacket fly out the window somewhere in the Oregon High Desert, and his dad frantically whipping the car around to go get it. Just another old-car experience. 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Crossing the Block Garrett Long Images courtesy of the respective auction companies unless otherwise noted Silver Auctions Where: Jackson Hole, WY When: July 1–2 Last year: 31/89 cars sold / $364k More: www.silverauctions.com Artcurial Where: Monte Carlo, MCO When: July 2 More: www.artcurial.com Featured cars: • 1968 Ferrari 365 GT 2+2 • 1974 Porsche RSR 3.0 • 1961 Porsche 356 Super 90 cabriolet Vicari Auction Company Where: New Orleans, LA When: July 8 More: www.vicariauction.com Petersen Collector Cars Where: Roseburg, OR When: July 8 More: www.petersencollectorcars.com Silver Auctions Where: Spokane, WA When: July 8 Last year: 31/65 cars sold / $162k More: www.silverauctions.com Smith Auctions Where: Cape Girardeau, MO When: July 7-8 More: www.smothauctionsllc.com Brightwells Where: Leominster, U.K. When: July 12 More: www.brightwells.com 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: garrett.long@sportscarmarket.com. JUNE 2–4—RUSSO AND STEELE Newport Beach, CA 3—VANDERBRINK Warrensburg, MO 4—BONHAMS Greenwich, CT 6—H&H Surrey, U.K. 9–11—LEAKE Tulsa, OK 10—CCA Leamington Spa, U.K. 10—VANDERBRINK Sioux Falls, SD 13—BARONS Surrey, U.K. 22 17—SOUTHERN CLASSIC Murfreesboro, TN 16–17—MECUM Portland, OR 16–18—ELECTRIC GARAGE Calgary, AB, CAN 17—ACA King’s Lynn, U.K. 17—MOTOSTALGIA Indianapolis, IN 17—SILVER Coeur d’Alene, ID 18—MOSSGREENWEBB’S Auckland, NZ 21–24—BARRETTJACKSON Uncasville, CT 22—BRIGHTWELLS Leominster, U.K. 23–24—RALEIGH CLASSIC Raleigh, NC 24—BRIGHTWELLS Bicester, U.K. 24–25—RM SOTHEBY’S Santa Monica, CA 29—COYS Sussex, U.K. 30—BONHAMS Chichester, U.K. JULY 1–2—SILVER Jackson Hole, WY 2—ARTCURIAL Monte Carlo, MCO 8—VICARI New Orleans, LA 8—PETERSEN Roseburg, OR 8—SILVER Spokane, WA 7–8—SMITHS Cape Girardeau, MO 12—BRIGHTWELLS Leominster, U.K. 15—COYS Oxfordshire, U.K. 15–16—VANDERBRINK Norwalk, ID 18—BARONS Surrey, U.K. 20–22—MECUM Denver, CO 26—H&H Duxford, U.K. 27–30—SILVERSTONE Northamptonshire, U.K. 27–29—GAA Greensboro, NC AUGUST 5—COYS Jüchen, DEU 10–12—MAG AUCTIONS Reno, NV 12—SOUTHERN CLASSIC Jeffersonville, IN 17—BRIGHTWELLS Leominster, U.K. 16–19—MECUM Monterey, CA 17–20—RICK COLE Monterey, CA 18—BONHAMS Carmel, CA 17–19—RUSSO AND STEELE Monterey, CA 18–19—RM SOTHEBY’S Monterey, CA 19–20—GOODING & CO. Pebble Beach, CA Coys Where: Oxfordshire, U.K. When: July 15 More: www.coys.co.uk VanDerBrink Where: Norwalk, ID When: July 15–16 More: www.vanderbrink.com Barons Where: Surrey, U.K. When: July 18 Last year: 34/44 cars sold / $495k More: www.barons-auctions.com Mecum Where: Denver, CO When: July 20–22 Last year: 403/605 cars sold / $11.1m More: www.mecum.com Featured cars: • 1970 AMC Rebel Machine • 1970 Pontiac GTO convertible • 1962 Chevrolet Corvette convertible Star Car: 1968 Ferrari 365 GT 2+2 at Artcurial’s Monte Carlo sale H&H Where: Duxford, U.K. When: July 26 Last year: 64/104 cars sold / $6.1m More: www.handh.co.uk Silverstone Auctions Where: Northamptonshire, U.K. When: July 27–30 Last year: 47/68 cars sold / $4.7m More: www.silverstoneauctions.com GAA Where: Greensboro, NC When: July 27–29 Last year: 357/551 cars sold / $9.5m More: www.gaaclassiccars.com Featured cars: • 1948 Mercury Templeton Saturn. Featured in Motor Trend in 2013 and a participant at the 2012 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance • 1958 Cadillac Series 62 • 1957 Ford Thunderbird E-code • 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air ♦ Sports Car Market


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Concours and Events SCM Staff Send news and event listings to insideline@sportscarmarket.com JULY CALENDAR 15 Keeneland Concours d’Elegance, Lexington, KY; www.keenelandconcours. com 22–23 Misselwood Concours d’Elegance, Beverly, MA; www.endicott. edu/concours Martin, Osborne and Lincoln Will Headline at Forest Grove Concours SCM luminaries — and a Century of Lincol year’s Forest Grove Concours d’Elegance. Pub and SCM columnist Donald Osborne return as e cees. The picturesque tree-shaded lawns of Pacific University in Forest Grove, OR, will host more than 300 sports and classic cars on July 16. Othe special classes for this year’s show are Woodie Wagons, Mini and Studebaker Automobiles. Donald Osborne will sign copies of his great book, Stile Transatlantico/Transatlantic Style, f 11 a.m. to noon next to the SCM booth on the w of Marsh Hall. Books will be available to purch can bring a copy. Advance tickets for adults are $17, and children younger than 13 are admitted free. For more information, please visit www.forestgroveconcours.org (OR) Cobras and Rolls-Royces Star at Concours d’Elegance of America The 39th Annual Concours d’Elegance of America will honor Arturo and Deborah Keller as collectors of the year, and Ralph Giles, Head of Design for FCA Global as Enthusiast of the Year, from July 28 to 30 at the Inn at St. John’s in Plymouth, MI. Featured classes include Cobra and Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud. Featured body style classes are “The Boat Tail,” “Hyper Cars: 0 to 60 in Under Three Seconds” and “Jet Age Juniors.” Weekend events include a motoring tour, a Saturday Cars & Coffee, and a gala Saturday-night party. Every- thing leads up to the Concours d’Elegance of America on Sunday, July 30. Publisher Martin returns as the emcee. www.concoursusa.org (MI) 29 Concours d’LeMons Michigan, The Inn at St. John’s, Plymouth, MI; www. concoursdlemons.com Concours Rolls Into Its 61st Year The Hillsborough Concours d’Elegance, one of the Bay Area’s top car events, rolls beautiful cars onto the gorgeous fairways of the Crystal Springs Golf Course in Burlingame, CA, on July 16. Admission is $35 for adults; children younger than 13 are admitted free. www.hillsboroughconcours.org. (CA) Mullin Automotive Museum Celebrates the History of Citroën “Citroën: The Man, The Marque, The Mystique” features cars from the entire history of Citroën at a sig- nificant exhibit at the Mullin Automotive Museum in Oxnard, CA. The exhibit, the most comprehensive loo ines the life of André Citroën. “Citroën is a marque that has always app some level, “said Peter Mullin, founder and C Mullin Automotive Museum. “The way in w company set about designing its often odd b stunning vehicles, packing them with wildl novative technologies, is fascinating to me.” Admission is $15 for adults and $12 for MUSEUM SPOTLIGHT 24 seniors. The museum is open on selected Sa days. To buy tickets, visit www.mullinautom tivemuseum.com. Sports Car Market 28–30 Portland Vintage Racing Festival, Portland, OR; www.portlandraceway.com


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Feature Publisher Martin’s Spider Veloce Through the Ages Alfa heaven: Two days, 500 miles and a bevy of spiders on Oregon’s High Desert roads Once the paint was off, it was clear that only a full restoration would suffice Daughter Alexandra in 1992. Now she’s old enough to drive the car and will eventually inherit it As a friend said, “You’re not erasing originality here. It has already been painted, reupholstered and the engine rebuilt more than once. All that you are doing is creating a new chapter in this car’s life.” Dad and Bradley in a calmer moment, before Bradley’s jacket went flying from the car at 80 mph 26 Fresh as the day it was born Sports Car Market


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Sports Car Market EDITORIAL Publisher Keith Martin keith.martin@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 210 Executive Editor Chester Allen chester.allen@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 203 Art Director David Tomaro david.tomaro@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 202 Managing Editor Jim Pickering jim.pickering@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 208 Digital Media / Art Director Jeff Stites jeff.stites@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 221 Auction Editor Garrett Long garrett.long@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 207 Data Specialist Chad Taylor chad.taylor@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 206 Editors at Large Colin Comer , Donald Osborne Copy Editors Yael Abel, Dave Tomaro Senior Auction Analysts B. 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COLLIER, SCM Contributor, is a retired business executive, practicing artist, investor, philanthropist and noted authority on vintage automobiles. He nurtured his interest in art at Yale University, where he received a B.A. in Painting. When family business intervened, he received an MBA from Columbia University. He retired as Managing Partner of Collier Enterprises in 1995 and returned to painting, studying for three years with the noted Graham Nickson at the New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting and Sculpture. Today, he paints professionally. Collier maintains a significant automobile collection in Naples, FL. He recently hosted one of his prestigious symposiums on automobile connoisseurship. This month in “Collecting Thoughts,” he explores the purchase of a 1962 Jaguar E-type — in boxes — on p. 46. 30 BRIAN BAKER, SCM Information Technology Manager, is a fourthgeneration car guy. Having grown up around Japanese cars, he became fascinated with them at a young age. He loves to troubleshoot cars just as much as he likes working on computers. His first car project was a 1988 Honda CRX, in which he swapped in a Japanese B16a engine, redid all the wiring and reprogrammed it to run ODB1. He currently owns a 1977 Datsun 280Z that he rescued from a slow death under a tree, a 1988 Toyota Cressida he put on an airbag suspension and is slowly being rebuilt as a Japanese Kaido Racer, and a 1985 Honda Aero 50, which will eventually be styled in the likes of Bosozoku. He is SCM’s resident “Rising Sun” contributor, IT department head and autowiring guru. When he isn’t doing all that, he is trying to find parts to import from Japan. Check out “Rising Sun” on p. 98. PAUL HARDIMAN, SCM Contributor, is descended from engineers and horse thieves, so he naturally gravitated toward the old-car marketplace. He still finds fascination in the simpler things in life, such as looking for spot-weld dimples under an E-type tail or counting the head-studs on a supposed MiniCooper engine. All he wants for next Christmas is an Alvis Stalwart complete with picnic table in the back and a lake big enough to play in. Paul is all over this month’s issue. Turn to p. 44 for his “Affordable Classic” on a 1934 Rolls-Royce 20/25 that was turned into a pickup truck. Then take a look at his English Profile of a 1957 Jaguar Mk 1 3.4 Saloon on p. 68. We’re not done yet — he covers the H&H Duxford Auction on p. 106 and the Brightwells Oxfordshire sale on p. 142.


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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 They are great fun. The normally aspirated cars can be near bulletproof — if well cared for Second-Gen RX-7 Love To the Editor: I couldn’t help but write after reading the “Affordable Classic” column in the latest SCM (June 2017, p. 44). I’ve owned two FCs, and they are among the most underappreciated Mazda rotary cars. They lack the old-school feel of the first-generation RX-7 and older rotaries, and they are bereft of the near timeless design and pure sports car engineering of the third-generation RX-7. However, they are great fun. The normally aspirated cars can be near bulletproof — if well cared for. My first RX-7 made it to 229,000 miles before being stolen and could probably be over 300,000 if I still had it. The turbocharged variety gives some extra torque down low where it is needed (rotaries have never been known as stump pullers). There’s a great network of rotary enthusiasts out there, and many parts are even still available from the dealer. With any luck, my current 1991 RX-7 Turbo II will be back on the road soon. — Jerry Harding, Tampa, FL 32 SCM Takes It a Step Too Far To the Editor: We would like to clear the air regarding our recently purchased Porsche 959, which was reviewed in the April 2017 issue of Sports Car Market magazine (Gooding & Co. Scottsdale Market Report, p. 141). The car was Lot 42 at Gooding & Company, Scottsdale, AZ. There really aren’t any “mys- teries surrounding this lot,” as was described. The information desk had an extensive binder of all records for the car. According to these records, the crankshaft was found to be faulty and needed to be replaced. While this was done, the previous owner decided to bring all mechanical aspects up to factory standards. This included suspension, brakes, clutch and exhaust. The work was done by leading industry specialist Callas Rennsport. We spoke with owner Tony Callas, who described the previous owner of the car as one who never cut corners. There is also no proof, record or evidence of any front-end bodywork. The panel tolerances appear to be fully acceptable for a 1980s carbon-fiber supercar. We realize that you have limited time to review each individual car, and could not devote the days of effort that we did in performing due diligence. Please take our comments for their future reference value. Sports Car Market is a well-respected magazine, and printed statements should probably be made on facts with supporting evidence and not on speculation. We feel it is important to set the record straight on this great car. — Max Monahan, via email Keith Martin responds: At an editorial meeting about this car, we emphasized that while our reporters are Market Analysts, they are not full-service appraisers. In other words, a more appropriate analysis of the car would have been, “Appears to have been repainted. Panel fit on nose not up to typical Porsche specs. Engine and clutch reported rebuilt.” Thank you for calling our attention to this. It’s the Little Things That Make You Crazy To the Editor: I enjoyed your April 25 blog post (SCM Email Newsletter, “It’s the Little Stuff that Makes You Crazy,” April 25, 2017), but I would love to be in your time of “little stuff” rather than what I’ve been dealing with. After turning a bearing on my GTV’s hot 2-liter motor (too enthusiastic driver, I suspect), my friend Steve rebuilt the engine at his shop in northern California, and I hauled it home. I then enjoyed the refreshed motor all of 800 miles before a mystery washer that did not come off the car found its way into the #2 cylinder. I suspect the washer fell into a carb while it was on my workbench awaiting the motor’s reinstallation. Because the car is always run with air filters, it’s that option — or anti-Alfa leprechauns. Now, for the third time in 12 years, the 2-liter motor is being taken down to California for another major repair. This time it is getting Wes Ingram’s special- Sports Car Market


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You Write We Read Ad Index Aerovault ....................................................................123 Allard Motor Works LLC ............................................. 97 Art In Motion Concours d’Elegance ..........................133 Artcurial ........................................................................ 19 Aston Martin of New England ..................................... 45 Auto Kennel ................................................................147 Automobilia Monterey ...............................................168 Automotive Restorations Inc..............................102, 149 Autosport Designs Inc ................................................125 Autosport Groups .......................................................109 Barrett-Jackson ............................................................. 21 Bennett Law Office ....................................................104 Beverly Hills Car Club ...............................................152 BMW Car Club of America, Inc. ...............................121 Bonhams / UK .............................................................. 27 Bortz Auto Collection ................................................... 82 Can-Am Cars Ltd ....................................................... 116 Canepa ........................................................................151 Cars, Inc. .................................................................39, 41 Centerline Alfa Parts................................................... 117 Central Classic Cars ...................................................126 Chequered Flag International .....................................137 Chevs of the 40’s ........................................................139 Classic Showcase.......................................................... 62 Concorso Italiano.......................................................... 28 Copley Motorcars ......................................................... 18 Dobson Motorsport.....................................................160 Dragone Classic Motorcars Inc. ................................... 36 Driversource Houston LLC ........................................8–9 European Collectibles................................................. 113 Evans Cooling Systems Inc. ......................................... 25 Exotic Classics ............................................................129 Fantasy Junction ........................................................... 43 Ferrari Financial Services ...........................................127 Foreign Cars Italia ...................................................... 115 Forest Grove Concours................................................. 83 Fourintune Garage Inc ................................................153 Gaudin Porsche of Las Vegas ..................................... 117 Girardo & Co ................................................................ 23 Gooding & Company 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................................................6–7 SCM Monterey Auction Tours ...................................177 SCM Monterey Insider’s Seminar .............................141 SCM Platinum Auction Database ..............................157 Scuderia Rampante Inc. ..............................................179 Sports Car Classics - SL Klassics ..............................111 Sports Car Shop ..........................................................127 Swissvax International ................................................. 31 Symbolic International ................................................. 17 The Stable, Ltd. ............................................................ 53 The Werk Shop ...........................................................169 Tony Labella Classic Cars ..........................................169 Vintage Motors of Sarasota ........................................103 Vintage Rallies ............................................................125 VintageAutoPosters.com ............................................143 Watchworks ................................................................168 Welsh Enterprises, Inc. ...............................................135 West Coast Classics, LLC ..........................................140 White Post Restorations .............................................153 Worldwide Group ......................................................... 15 34 I’ve attached some photographs of my 1949 Fiat Stanguellini with Motto aluminum body. I bought that car about 20 years ago from a German citizen living in Italy design CP Carrillo pistons and Darstan liners. The positive side of this sad story is that the new pistons and liners will add power. And I have learned to double-check the carbs before I put them on the engine. So, Keith, while I used to be able to relate to your blog, it is no longer the little stuff that is driving me crazy. It’s the big, expensive stuff. My horror story might be a reason to keep motors stock, or close to it, but all it takes is one fast run with a well-built 7,000 rpm engine and the pain vanishes — at least temporarily. — Gary Williams, Washougal, WA Keith Martin responds: Gary, thanks for your note. I feel your pain. However, let me say that the path to “little things” has been strewn with boulders rather than pebbles. My 1958 Giulietta Sprint Veloce that “needed nothing” required a complete engine, transmission and rear-end rebuild. My Giulia Super with a “rebuilt 1750” now has a fresh 2-liter engine after the 1750 was rebuilt and grenaded itself. The Sprint Speciale that was in dry storage for 30 years and had a frozen engine “that would surely turn over after a little Mystery Oil was squirted into the cylinders” turned out to have blown its head gasket just before it was put away for three decades. Imagine what the internals of that engine looked like. And most recently, the Bugeye Sprite I bought with a “needs nothing” 948-cc engine now has a fresh 1,275-cc engine in it as the 948 was tuned for the track, not for the street. And those are just the cars that are currently in the garage. We are all in this together, and none of our stories are unique. A Gorgeous Fiat Stanguellini To the Editor: I just read in the 2017 May issue that a Fiat Stanguellini with a Scaglione-designed Bertone body won the Grand Marshal’s Award at Boca Raton (May 2017, “Boca Hits a Milestone,” p. 60). I’ve attached some photographs of my 1949 Fiat Stanguellini with Motto aluminum body. I bought that car about 20 years ago from a German citizen living in Italy. The car is illustrated in the Stanguellini history book, and it is well known in the Stanguellini family. One photo shows the car at Villa d’Este. One photo shows the car at a race in Italy with its previous front grille. Other photos show the day the car crossed the Swiss border for the first time in 1951 (the new front grille was modified by the owner, according to a certified letter). The clock, on one photo, is the prize the car won at the Concours d’Elegance in Lucerne in 1951. The Motto-bodied coupe is based on a modified 1939 Fiat 508 Berlina chassis. It still has the original engine that was reconditioned at the Stanguellini workshop in Modena. The gearbox is a 4-speed Fiat on top of which a 2-speed (short/long) transfer box has been added. As far as I could reconstitute the history, I should be the 11th owner. Before me, the nephew of World Motorcycle Champion Luigi Taveri owned the car and saved it from destruction. — Claude F. Sage, via email ♦ Sports Car Market


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Time Pieces by Alex Hofberg Just a few months back, “Time Pieces” offered a history of a famous first-generation, self-winding calendar chronograph known as the Zenith El Primero (January 2017, p. 40). The Zenith El Primero was intro- duced to the world in 1969. Given its status as a groundbreaking design, any watch utilizing the El Primero caliber is noteworthy. The Movado Datron HS360 Sub- Sea watch not only features that El Primero movement, but is also fitted with solid gold. Because the watch is labeled “Movado” — rather than Zenith or Rolex — it is a terrific value in the marketplace. Movado, founded in 1881 as LAI Ditescheim & Freres SA in La Chauxde-Fonds, Switzerland, by Léopold Achille Isidore Ditesheim, made topquality pocket and wrist watches well into the early 1960s. Movado made watches on a qualita- tive par with any of the great Swiss watchmaking houses. Movado is now most often associated with a rather simple, round, black-dial watch first conceived by Bauhaus. Influenced heavily by designer Nathan George Horwitt, it had only a pair of hands and a round gold disk on the upper part of the dial, reportedly representing the sun in an open sky. It is commonly known as “The Museum Watch,” and was famously added to the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New Details Production date: 1970 Best place to wear one: This is a watch to match up with a 1970 Mercedes 280SE 3.5 cabriolet Ratings ( Rarity: Durability: Parts/service availability: Cool factor: is best): York City. Many watch collectors dismiss Movado as a fashion watch brand — yet looking further back reveals a rich history of exemplary products. Like many Swiss firms, Movado was caught up in the electronic-watch crisis of the early 1970s — and faced a few changes of ownership and direction. In 1969, Movado became a mem- Neat Stuff by Jim Pickering Take It to the Track Slot Mods is known for its high-end, extremely detailed slot-car tracks, which when custom built can run upwards of $50,000. If that’s not in your carguy budget, maybe this is: The company has just released its madeto-order Super Sport Raceway, which for $2,295 brings typical Slot Mods quality to a four-foot-by-eight-foot package. The track is equidistant in length, has tight and challenging corners, LED lighting, hand-painted skid marks and safety curbs, and comes with professional-grade controllers. Two 1:32-scale Trans-Am cars are included: a 1969 Ford Mustang and a 1970 Chevrolet Camaro. From settling scores to just having fun, living-room racing glory awaits. Learn more at www.slotmods.com. 38 Keep Time with a Classic Marshall Buck, SCM’s “In Miniature” columnist, has expanded CMA Models’ business into the world of classic-autothemed watches. Vintage Automotive Timepieces is a new venture designed to offer only the best in classic-autothemed timekeeping. His focus is on genuine collector’s items, ranging in age from 25 to 70 years old, acquired from collectors around the globe. Each of the timepieces on offer is in great to superb condition, and has been checked, cleaned and serviced. If you’re looking for a unique automotive-themed watch before heading off to that next driving event, check out www.vintagecartime. com. ♦ Sports Car Market The Movado Datron HS360 Sub-Sea Holy Grail ber of the Mondia-Zenith-Movado holding company. In 1971, the American Zenith Radio Corporation took a majority stake in the M-Z-M group. The consolidation of the Swiss watchmaking industry brought about interesting cooperation — this being one — which may represent one of Movado’s important contributions to the marketplace. The co-ownership of Movado and Zenith allowed Movado to employ Zenith’s El Primero movement. This was not enormously successful from a units-sold point. But the watch was remarkably well designed — and has come to be revered by watch collectors as a “Holy Grail” for any comprehensive watch collection. This is a complicated presentation, featuring a calendar window located at 12 o’clock, a narrow black tachymeter ring around the outer perimeter, applied gold stick markers and luminous tritium stripes on the markers and hands. The automatic chronograph movement, Caliber 3019PHC, is reputed to be the first on the market. The movement is an integrated design incorporating a 12-hour recording stopwatch and calendar. The 31-jewel movement is designed to run at a higher frequency than most of the watches of the day — it beats 36,000 vibrations per hour — making the watch more accurate and less prone to shock. The 14k solid-gold, mono-bloc-designed case, with its gasket- added screw back, is fitted with water-resistant round chronograph push buttons and a similarly gasket-added crown. The combination of technical features and the luxurious, solid case make this watch a crossover of the day. It is great for dress or sporting events. Although the solid-gold execution of the Movado Datron Sub- Sea is fairly rare, it is also a terrific value given what comparable Zenith watches bring in steel — let alone gold. An original, excellent-condition example can be found well under $7,000. If you are considering any watch with the El Primero movement, buy one that a professional has recently and properly serviced. These watches are highly complex, and parts are hard to find.


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In Miniature by Marshall Buck 1969–70 Ferrari Dino 246 GT “L-Series” The best $365 I have ever spent — on anything — was on this model, which is the overall best model of a Ferrari Dino 246 GT in any scale. This is a fairly new 1:18- scale limited-run release from Kyosho of Japan. It is not easy to find, but it is well worth hunting down. There are two colors to choose from. Kyosho does not list how many they are making, but these are definitely limited, and each comes mounted to an attractive black base in an impressive gift box. It is almost perfect, and I can forgive what’s wrong, but Model Details Production date: 2016 Quantity: An estimated 250 to 500 each in red and yellow SCM five-star rating: Overall quality: Authenticity: Overall value: Web: www.acmediecast.com ( is best) here’s the list: The front body/valance under bumpers is flat black — it should be body color. The inner grille surround should be dull silver — not flat black. The steering wheel is great but has the wrong wood rim with engraved spokes. The wipers should be bright silver. Speaking Volumes by Mark Wigginton Stile Transatlantico/Transatlantic Style: A Romance of Fins and Chrome by Donald Osborne, 288 pages, Coachbuilt Press, $100 (Amazon, paperback) There couldn’t have been two worlds further apart than ravaged post- World War II Italy and affluent America. At the level of the automobile industries, Italian manufacturing was nearly gone, although small coachbuilders full of artisans and designers survived. At the same time, Detroit was making the rapid switch from creating the world’s mightiest, most relentless war machine to building cars for returning troops, who were battle-tested and hungry for the good life. As Donald Osborne shows us —with the help of fantastic images from Michael Furman — the 15-year period from the end of the World War II to the beginning of the 1960s marked an organic, energetic blending of the two worlds — creating Stile Transatlantico. American automobiles exuded “luxury, power and success,” and they were revered in Italy. The Italian coachbuilders paid homage to and refined American styling cues as they produced coachwork for Fiat, Alfa Romeo and Cisitalia. But it was a two-way street, as American designers, especially Virgil Exner at Studebaker and later at Chrysler, understood the skills, vision and elegance of work from Pinin Farina, Bertone and Giovanni Michelotti. Meanwhile, the Italian design houses were absorbing the lessons of American visionaries, such as Harley Earl. In Stile Transatlantico/Transatlantic Style, Osborne (who really needs no introduction if you read this magazine), with the help of contributions 40 from collectors Corrado Lopresto and Don Williams, presents a readable, thoughtful account of the period. Osborne connects the dots from the flowing lines and the subtle — and not-so-subtle — details of cars that define a special era in automobile design. From fins to portholes, from aerodynamic aspirations to rolling grandeur, the connections are impossible to miss, thanks to Osborne’s writing and Furman’s beautiful images. Best of all, the book is the or- ganizing principle for museum exhibits. One was recently concluded in Turin, and one is coming to the Blackhawk Automotive Museum this July through September. Provenance: Osborne, a veteran SCM writer and columnist, is beyond reproach with his knowledge of the collector car world, and his analysis of this important intersection of Italian and American design reflects his skills. Fit and finish: Furman’s photography is predictably lovely, showcasing the flowing lines and details that define the great cars of the period. Married with a simple layout that pairs the English and Italian texts, it all works to tell the story. Drivability: Stile Transatlantico/Transatlantic Style is a very readable, graduate-level course in post-war automotive design from an influential professore, and it is well worth the tuition. ♦ Sports Car Market The model is resin with a metal base — it weighs a lot. The paint on the perfectly shaped body is a smooth high gloss. Although the model has no opening panels, it is complete and impressive in the extent of detail inside and out. The numerous highlights include the perfectly fitted correct window trim and gaskets, the tiny ventwindow latches, the cap under one of the engine lid vents and the decals on the exhaust tips. Getting any information from Kyosho is impossible. To find one of these models, check the sidebar details box or look on eBay. ♦


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Affordable Classic 1934 Rolls-Royce 20/25 Pickup Shedding Its Former Life The spirit of British Men in Sheds transformed aging luxury Rolls-Royces into fire engines, buses, wreckers and pickup trucks by Paul Hardiman constructed and had the right bones. Pre-war Rolls-Royces had just the right ingredients: deep, riveted chassis, beefy bolted-together axles and big, low-revving and torquey engines with, as one engineer memorably put it, “bloody great pistons going up and down like bloody great lifts.” Ladies and gentlemen, I give you ye olde British improvised breakdown truck. From luxury to lorry This phenomenon of riches to workhorse was not limited to old Rolls-Royces — and they were transformed into other valuable vehicles — not just trucks. As well as being built into armoured cars in World War chassis served as fire tenders, charabancs and ice-cream wagons. A 1927 Sunbeam 25 hp A useful hauler in a luxury package, acquired for $23,600 N ecessity being the mother of invention, and Brits being a nation of inveterate tinkerers, gave us “Men in Sheds” — a breed whose inventor/engineer mentality has won fame for fashioning functional devices out of parts that have no busi- ness near each other. Thus, it was natural that redundant cars would become recycled or repurposed during and after World War II. In the same way that Britain “dug for victory” in wartime, turning over domestic gardens to vegetable plots to provide food for the family, once that big old limousine had outlived its usefulness (and in any case couldn’t be run due to petrol rationing) then why not convert it into a much-needed utility that could do actual work? At the outbreak of World War II in 1939, private cars were allocated enough fuel to cover between 100 and 200 miles a month, while commercials — including shooting brakes (station wagons) — got more. By 1940, the government had all but banned sale of new cars to private individuals — and added 33% purchase tax even if you could get one, from which commercials were excused. At the same time, large cars were requisitioned and turned into vans and ambulances for the war effort. After World War II, Britain was still short of new cars, so many of these large, older cars were rebodied as station wagons. This is the reason for the sudden explosion in the number of woodies on British roads at this time. Petrol became available again for private use in 1945, although fuel rationing continued until 1950. So chopping that big old stately pile on wheels into something more useful made sense to many of our men in sheds. Any large passenger car was fair game, so long as it was massively 44 (3.6-liter) sold at Brightwells’ first Bicester Heritage auction on April 5, 2017, had once been a wrecker — complete with MorrisCommercial cab. Even the famous Napier-Railton Brooklands Outer Circuit record holder was once pressed into service as a parachute tester, which is when it gained its rear disc brakes. But Royces appear to have been the favourites. At Alice Springs airport in Australia’s Northern Territory, there’s a Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost pickup in a glass case. Connellan Airways, the local airline, owned the Rolls-Royce. After it was converted into a “ute,” it was used to drag logs to smooth the ground for a runway. Even the 1909 Silver Ghost in the National Motor Museum, Beaulieu, was once a breakdown truck, having started life as a limousine. And back to luxury Many of these makeshift commercials have, over time, been converted back to saloons with replica bodies after being discovered hidden away in barns and lock-ups — just as rising values made restoration viable. So it’s rather refreshing to find one that’s been left as a commercial — and a rather nice period piece. The 20/25 was one of Rolls-Royce’s smaller offerings. A logical pro- gression from its first “owner driver” model, the 20HP, it was introduced in 1929. With its larger 3,669-cc engine, it had better acceleration — and with the right body could top 75 mph. Its substantial ladder-frame chassis had an all-round semi-elliptic leaf-spring suspension, four-wheel drum brakes and a mechanical servo. The 20/25 remained in production until 1936, by which time some 3,827 are thought to have been sold, making it the company’s best-selling model between the wars. Autocar magazine noted that it had “great refinement of power, and a gentleness and quietness in doing its work, Sports Car Market I, Rolls-Royce Courtesy of H&H Auctioneers


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which makes results deceptive.” So there were plenty of donors about. Our pickup, chassis GRC48, was taken off test on April 30, 1934, and originally bodied as a saloon by Rippon. Converted into a pickup after World War II, it served as a delivery vehicle for a London brewery during the 1960s. Presumably the doors were left off due to the frequent stops at pubs. I’m not quite sure what the old bill would say now about the chains instead of doors providing “security” for the occupants, but it all keeps the weight down, and I should think that with a body this minimal, it would go rather well. Royces of this era are a tactile pleasure to drive, with a beautifully engineered and very mechanical feel to the controls, including fluid steering and decent brakes for the time. Post-1932, 20/25s even have synchromesh on the top two gears, although you still take your time shifting ratios (“two, three, change firmly but sympathetically,” while feeling in the next gear). Once you’re in top, you more or less leave it there. Our 20/25 was sold to a German collector in 1994 and an Austrian museum three years later, where it was restored. That time in the museum probably saved it from being made back into a saloon. The pickup body was well done, so this Royce is a sturdy-looking construction with reinforced sides that would still be perfect as a brewery dray. It has stood the test of time well, although the American-style head- lights are a mystery. Our Rolls-Royce pickup was good value too: it sold for $23,600 at H&H Imperial War Museum Duxford on March 29, 2017, against a $25k–$30k estimate, which was less than a 1933 20/25 in the same sale wearing a rather tired-looking limousine body. To put it in perspective, a 20/25 Tourer from the same year sold for $46k, which was about right. That car had been rebodied in the mid-1980s with barrel-sided Barker-style coachwork. This is what in all likelihood would have happened to our pickup — had it not been tucked out of the way for the past 20 years. At this price there’s every chance our pickup could still be made back into a saloon or more likely a tourer, but its charm, condition, and the fact that there’s plenty more donor fodder — such as that tired limo — means our 20/25 pickup will probably survive. I hope so. It’s a charming old thing, still really useful even though it’s 83 years old — and a reminder of bygone times. ♦ Details Years produced: 1929–36, although many of the conversions to working trucks happened during World War II and shortly afterwards. Price when new: £3,500 ($17,500 in 1934 U.S. dollars!) Number produced: 3,827 (not all of these cars were converted) Current SCM Median Valuation: $49,000 (for a non-converted car) Pros: Fun to drive, can haul almost anything, a historical relic and it will get lots of attention wherever it goes Cons: People will ask why you don’t turn your perfectly good pickup back into a stuffy limo Best place to drive one: On a country road, with several kegs of beer in the back Worst place to drive one: Into a shop that will turn this pickup back into a Rolls-Royce car A typical owner is: Living the dream of every British Man in a Shed July 2017 45


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Collecting Thoughts Valuing a Parts Project A Do-It-Yourself Jaguar E-Type An E-type in parts and boxes could be a good deal — if the buyer has the skills to put it back together again by Miles Collier early E-type to their own exacting standards….” Minds immediately flash to scenes of Dad with his pipe, lovingly setting valve lash, while Junior polishes an aluminum cam cover. Mom is stitching up a new Bridge of Weir leather seat cover, while Sis is preparing a brew-up and biscuits. Rover is curled up by the fire gnawing on a shift knob. What could possibly go wrong? Hidden problems eat money It is axiomatic in the old-car world that we should buy the best possible example we can afford of the car we want. Hard experience has proven time after time that great deals at the buy stage often later cast grim shadows over our bank accounts. Invariably, as the bargain car gives up its squalid secrets, the surprises are three to one on the bad side. Relatively soon, it becomes apparent why the price was so low, and that further, the seductive low price would have been too high had the car been free. It is also axiomatic that being the successor restorer to a partially completed project creates complications around questions of what, exactly, was done back in the day — and to what level of quality. Often, the only truly safe way to proceed is to strip and redo the work. Certainly, no knowledgeable shop will willingly $48k to start. How much to finish? fell nicely within the range. The Jaguar E-type is one of the most-complete packages from the world of 1960s automobiles. With a 150 mph top speed, disc brakes all around, rack-and-pinion steering, creature comforts wall to wall, and sensuous, snaky looks to die for, the E-type is a collectible favorite and milestone accomplishment for Jaguar. The ever-vainglorious Enzo Ferrari called the XKE “the most beautiful car ever O made.” The current SCM Pocket Price Guide reports that the median price for our subject car’s make and model is $131,000. I can even recall exceptional transactions north of $400,000. So why the low estimate and price? Well, the car has been in a basket since 1983. Oh, and it had substantial rust that required the installation of new cockpit and rear-deck floors from Martin Robey Engineering — a noted Jaguar restorer, and an aftermarket supplier of original (and aftermarket) Jaguar, and Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust parts. Presumably, the auctioneer wouldn’t have invoked the Martin Robey name with respect to supplying parts 30 years ago unless Martin Robey’s reputation added appreciable pixie dust to the sale. Here’s the summary of the sale: pay $50,000 for a do-it-yourself 1962 Jaguar coupe kit that has been started and abandoned during the 1980s. Based on SCM’s median value, you have $80,000 of headroom to complete the job. From dream to nightmare? Unlike most basket-case deals, this transaction is not a clear winner or loser. Clearly, the hook that H&H were counting on may be found in the last sentence of their catalog description: “This car represents an exciting opportunity for someone to restore an 46 Sports Car Market ur subject 1962 Jaguar E-type sold for $48,290, including all taxes and commissions, at H&H Auctioneers’ Imperial War Museum sale in Duxford, England, on March 29, 2017. The auction was estimated at $38,000 to $51,000, and the price realized accept responsibility for work of unknown quality. For when the worst happens, as it surely will, the current shop will face an unhappy client, finger-pointing and potential legal action. Bottom line, half-done jobs, even completed assem- blies, aren’t really done at all. The wise buyer gives no credit for that “freshly rebuilt engine” the former owner completed five years ago. Likewise, a disassembled engine, despite its parts being visible, should be viewed as no more than junk — unless the buyer can truly inspect critical components by cleaning, mag checking and measuring for wear tolerances. I’ve never heard of a seller willing to let a buyer go through all that rigmarole. Why? How does the seller know the parts deemed “junk” by inspection were, in fact, his parts? These deals are strictly caveat emptor — and caveat vendor. Courtesy of H&H Auctioneers


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A ray of welcome light Significantly, the owner who started the restoration back in the mid-1980s had a hobby of constructing racing and aerobatic aircraft. He later turned that hobby into a business. Hence, here is a rational explanation for the lack of progress on his Jaguar that doesn’t involve incompetence. The bad news, that our subject is an abandoned project, lies in opposition to the good news — that an aerospace-quality fabricator did the work. Because racing and aerobatic aircraft are notoriously intolerant of mechanical and fabrication error, there is a distinct possibility that all work performed was to exacting standards. The catalog description also tells us that the three major mechanical units (engine, transmission and rear end) were “rejuvenated” by the selfsame engineer vendor. While we have seen licensed airframe and powerplant mechanics perform me- chanical mayhem on automobiles (airplanes and automobiles being rather different), there is a chance that the three powertrain assemblies will be usable. It’s been a long time The 30-plus years that this project languished apart in boxes is bad news. Our subject E-type had been reduced to tens, if not hundreds, of separate components — which may or may not have been properly cataloged and stored against reassembly. The chances of a collection of hundreds of components remaining intact over 30 years are vastly less than a complete automobile remaining intact. I might propose a law of old-car physics: The probability that all the bits to a dis- assembled car are present is inversely proportional to the number of parts and the duration of the disassembly. By normal standards, lots of bits in boxes for over 30 years gives us almost no probability everything is there. According to another law of old-car physics, there is precisely zero probability that any original pieces that haven’t yet been properly reproduced for the Jaguar restoration market are still there. These items typically consist of decorative trim that is prohibitively costly to repro- duce. Consequently, good original parts are totally impossible to find. Of course, these trim parts are always located on the most prominent place in the car, so anyone who looks can see that the critical part is missing. And yet … Offsetting good news for this car is that it has been moldering in the same barn since 1990. While there was plenty of opportunity for things to vanish prior to 1990, the assembled driveline components improve the possibility for relative completeness. Twenty-seven years in one spot, subject to the auc- tion house’s inventory and packing, at least offers some slender hope that nothing desperate is lost. So what can we make of this transaction? This is a case where our subject E-type is either a pretty good deal or not so much, depending on the buyer. By handing the whole shebang over to JD Classics, the English Jaguar specialists, our buyer can guarantee a magnificent E-type. Alas, the shop will also make short work of the $80,000 headroom in the deal and, through sheer necessity, a whole lot more. By contrast, for the buyer who has the requisite skills, facilities and determination to do the work himself as a recreational hobby, this project could be very well bought. ♦ July 2017 47


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Legal Files John Draneas A Truckload of Trouble It’s a small world these days. When you sell a car or truck, remove anything that links you to the vehicle who to call to unclog it.” The photo of the truck came on the screen, and an announcer explained how one of the old Mark-1 Plumbing trucks had become an anti-aircraft firing weapon on the front line in Syria. Zooming in on the door, the announcer pointed out “Mark’s company logo and his phone number, still clear as day on the side of that truck.” The road to Aleppo How did this plumbing truck end up becoming such a famous terrorist weapon? If you haven’t noticed, the world has gotten a lot smaller. The dealer decided it didn’t want to inventory A Texas plumber’s life was turned upside down after his former truck fell into the hands of jihadists M ark Oberholtzer is the owner of a successful Texas plumbing company: Mark-1 Plumbing. One of the company’s plumbing trucks, a 2005 Ford F-250 pickup, had reached the end of its useful life. So Oberholtzer took it to the nearby AutoNation Ford Gulf Freeway dealership and traded it in on a new 2012 Ford F-250 pickup. Fourteen months later, Oberholtzer was traveling when he received a frantic call from his secretary. She reported that the company’s old 2005 F-250 truck was all over the news — and the phone was ringing off the hook with angry callers. News stories were showing a picture of their old truck with an anti- aircraft gun mounted in the bed, fighting on the front lines near Aleppo, Syria. Its new owners, the Ansar al-Din jihadists, were using it to shoot up their victims. Mark-1’s name and phone number were still on the door of the truck, clear as a bell, prominently displayed in the photos. By the end of the day, the Mark-1 office had received over 1,000 phone calls from angry citizens all around the country. The callers threatened violence, property damage, injury and death — all directed at Mark-1, its employees and their families. Oberholtzer quickly returned to the office, and met four agents from Homeland Security. He was not allowed to leave the premises for the duration of their two-hour investigation. The Homeland Security agents accepted his explanation that he had traded the truck for a new one long ago. The agents left with the ominous warning that “there are crazy people out there” and he should be careful to “protect himself at all times.” Mark-1 employees were shaken and feared for their lives. Oberholtzer shut the business down completely for seven days — at a loss of substantial revenues — and left town for a long week to escape the situation. Paparazzi and fame Mark-1 staffers became instant celebrities. Local and national TV stations and reporters kept asking for interviews, videotaped them in their personal vehicles — and showed up at their homes for surprise interviews. The story had gained so much traction that it became the subject of the opening segment on the final episode of “The Colbert Report” TV show, watched by almost 2.5 million viewers. The story was dubbed “Texan’s Truck in Syria.” Colbert told viewers that Syria “is going down the toilet, but for the first time, they know 48 the truck, so they just sent it to the local auto auction. The high bidder at the auction was a small dealer in Houston, who put it on his lot and listed it on his website. The Houston dealer received an inquiry from a purchaser in Turkey who wanted to buy this and another truck — and promised to send money and a transporter to pick them up. For many of us, this is now starting to sound like a common Internet scam where the money never comes but the seller gets fleeced somehow. But unbelievably, the money and the transporter did come, the paperwork got done, and the truck was exported from Houston to Mersin, Turkey. From there, it’s about a five-hour drive to Aleppo. Litigation ensues So one’s first question might be, why would Oberholtzer be so dumb as to leave the signs on the truck? The answer to that question is at the core of the resulting lawsuit. Oberholtzer’s story was that he started to remove the signs when he traded in the truck. The AutoNation salesman stopped him and expressed worry that he might damage the paint. The salesman said the dealership had a special solvent that would be better for the removal — and that they would take care of it. Obviously, they didn’t take care of it, and the truck went on its jour- ney with its signage intact. Mark-1 filed suit against the dealer, alleging liability for negligence, fraud, misrepresentation, libel, appropriation of trade name and violation of the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act. Oberholtzer sought damages of over $1 million. Tricky legal theories The most obvious claim is the one that was not made — breach of contract. Oberholtzer claimed that the salesman agreed to remove the signage but failed to do so. That would pretty clearly be a breach of contract. However, “Legal Files” sees two major problems with that claim: First, the sale agreement Oberholtzer signed contained a mandatory arbitration provision that would apply to all claims involving the purchase transaction. That would have likely forced the breach-of-contract claim into arbitration. A purchaser in Oberholtzer’s position is generally better off in court than in arbitration. Second, damages in a breach-of-contract action could be limited. When a party to a contract fails to do something they promised to do, damages are usually what it costs to have someone else do it. That wouldn’t have been much at all in this case. 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So Oberholtzer and his attorney probably believed he had to cast his claims in the negligence and fraud realm to cover both those bases. And, once he did that, it got him into the Deceptive Trade Practices Act, which has the added bonus of entitling him to recover his attorney fees incurred in the litigation, which would not have been recoverable any other way. Foreseeable harm? No matter the nature of the claim, the main issue has to be the fore- seeability of the harm. It isn’t enough to connect all the dots and have them lead from the failure to remove the signage to the truck being featured on “The Colbert Report.” Even though it was an unbroken chain, the law requires more. To be actionable, the harm has to be something that a reasonable person standing in the defendant’s shoes could reasonably predict would occur as a result of their failure to do what they should have done. It isn’t all that clear that foreseeability would stretch all the way from Texas to Aleppo. If it’s too far a stretch, then it isn’t actionable. So what would a reasonable person predict here? If the truck had been used to defraud innocent plumbing customers, and they believed they were dealing with Mark-1, sure, that’s foreseeable. But could someone have predicted, at the time of the failure to remove the signage, all of what actually happened afterward? That would take a pretty vivid imagination. If it had to be too vivid, the damages would be too remote from the negligence, and therefore not recoverable. Outcome and lessons The litigation was settled before trial in a confidential settlement. We have no way of knowing the terms of the settlement, but it does seem apparent that a settlement was a good idea for both parties. Oberholtzer, Mark-1 and its employees went through a lot because of their unexpected notoriety. If a jury believed that the salesman promised to remove the signage from the truck, the dealer could have been hit with a huge damage claim. But Mark-1 faced the risk that the harm was too unpredictable at the time of the error — and then recover nothing. Worse yet, Mark-1 could have won the case and then lost it on appeal, with the appellate court reversing the jury verdict due to a lack of What would a reasonable person predict here? If the truck had been used to defraud innocent plumbing customers, and they believed they were dealing with Mark-1, sure, that’s foreseeable. But could someone have predicted, at the time of the failure to remove the signage, all of what actually happened afterward? foreseeability. That would have resulted in a huge legal bill with nothing to show for it. What we can all take from this case is this: When we sell a car, we should remove everything we can from the car that identifies us in any way. Seeing your signage on a terrorist truck is not very likely, but documents, receipts and other items that identify you can lead to undesirable contacts from future purchasers or users. It pays to take the time to sanitize the vehicle yourself, as you can’t really trust anyone else to do it for you. ♦ JOHN DRANEAS is an attorney in Oregon. His comments are general in nature and are not intended to substitute for consultation with an attorney. He can be reached through www.draneaslaw.com. July 2017 49


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Unconventional Wisdom Donald Osborne Contrary Motion Old cars demand to be driven, but I don’t have enough time to really enjoy a larger collection At the time I write this, the old cars in the household number three and two halves. There are a pair of 1960 Fiats — a 500D and a 1500 OSCA Pinin Farina coupe — along with a 1952 Alfa Romeo AR51 “Matta” utility. The halves are a 1999 Mercedes-Benz SLK230 5-speed manual in Palm Springs and a 1987 Fiat Panda 750CL in Bergamo, Italy. Before long, however, the Cinquecento will find a new home, and I’m certain the Alfa “jeep” will do the same. The Mercedes, as a drop top, is always in regular use in sunny Southern California, and the Fiat OSCA coupe is a blast beautiful, rare and special. Do I really need any more than that pair? In the near view, I’m leaning 1960 Fiat 1500 OSCA Pinin Farina coupe — beautiful, rare and a blast to drive. What more do you need? I seem to be pulled in two very different directions at the moment. I am enjoying the discovery of cars every day — gaining the experience of seeing and driving cars I’d never had the chance to before. When that happens, I begin to consider what it would be like to own that car and spend real time with it. On the other hand, I am also grateful for my work — which increasingly pulls me away from home and onto the road for appraisal inspections, restoration supervision, finding cars for clients or presentations at events. That means that I often cannot drive the few old cars I have, which is unfair to the cars and disappointing for me. We relocated to the Southern California desert eight years ago from New York. One of the chief reasons for the move was so I could abandon the strictures of an “old car season” and enjoy the delights of vintage motoring all year long. Old cars hate to sit. It’s a fact that the cars we complain most about are those which have been least driven. These cars need — demand — maintenance, even if they’re not regularly on the road. The service schedule for most cars built in the 1960s seem insane when compared to today’s almost maintenance-free models. Go back further in automotive time, and service intervals can be counted in hundreds rather than thousands of miles. Yes, you can have too many cars Whether you live in warm, cold, dry or wet climates, each will have its mean way with a car that remains parked. Looking back over the collector cars I’ve owned, I discovered a certain pattern. I most often had five cars at a time, sometimes four — and once six. The intersection of finances and storage space limits the number of cars in my collection. The maximum was reached when I held at one time four Lancias — an Ardea, a Flaminia Pinin Farina coupe, a Fulvia Sport and a Scorpion — along with a Maserati Quattroporte III and a Simca 1000 Bertone coupe. I now find it difficult to fathom the madness that entailed and marvel that I was home enough to ever use them. 50 towards answering “no.” Temptation always lurks Of course, I’m also about to leave for a month of work in Italy in- cluding the Mille Miglia, Concorso Villa d’Este, the RM Sotheby’s sale and countless visits to automotive friends, collections, dealers, restoration shops and museums. Some new treasure is bound to tempt my will and bank account. But as my heart rate rises and my breath grows short at the sight of yet another fantastic fuoriserie masterpiece — a jewel from the artistic soul of one great carrozzeria or another — I will close my eyes, drop my arms to my sides and breathe deeply. Then I will try to remember that no matter how marvelous this car might be, it can’t manufacture more hours in the day or days in the week for me to use it. This doesn’t mean I can’t dream and imagine what it would be like to be its caretaker — even for a while. Friends share the joy But I’ve learned a great lesson from many of my friends in the old- car business — that one of the most useful perks is the proximity to and availability of other people’s terrific cars. I’ve been blessed with friends, clients, colleagues and acquaintances who regularly offer me the opportunity to get behind the wheel and experience their prized possessions. It could be a drive in the Mille Miglia or a turn around the block, but every chance is gratefully accepted and relished. Recent offers to drive have ranged from a pre-World War I Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost to a Ferrari 250 LM. Both cars are sure to change my life perspective — and equally unlikely to ever be in my budget to own. But there’s the beauty in it — I can be with cars like these but not have to feel guilty that I’m ignoring them or giving them less than they deserve by leaving them languishing in my own garage. They don’t have to be that exotic or valuable, either. I’ve relished the drives I’ve had in Alfa Giuliettas, Porsche 356s, Mercedes-Benz 230SLs and Jaguar XK 120s. And best of all, I’m doing my friends and their cars a favor as well — every minute an old car gets to spend more time in the sunshine rolling down the road rather than sitting under a cover in a dark garage is a gift to all involved. ♦ Sports Car Market to drive,


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Feature 2017 La Jolla Concours Getting It Right for 13 Years The La Jolla Concours d’Elegance tweaks the formula with a great spot and hidden-gem cars Story and photos by Mark Moskowitz tured. He got a giddy surprise when his trip to the podium netted him event sponsor LPL Summit’s Most Elegant Award. Donnie Crevier’s 1963 Ferrari 400 Superamerica coupe was recognized as Most Outstanding Post-War Car. Wind-tunnel-tested, designed and powered with a 340hp V12 engine, this extremely rare Ferrari is the embodiment of the Commendatore’s greatness. It is also the achievable alternative to Crevier’s dream car, the Ferrari 250 GTO. Best of Show was Ron and Sandra Hansen’s yellow 1921 Model A Duesenberg. It is the third production Duesenberg, and 12,000 hours were devoted to the restoration of the Fleetwood-bodied Best British Sports Car: Ned Scudder’s AC 289 Sports C Details oncours are often somewhat formulaic. They frequently feature tours and parties to enjoy — or endure. Where one can see and be seen all goes into the mix. They vary little from year to year. For the real gearhead enthusiast, it’s about the main event: the car show. And the car show is all about the cars, the location and the experience. The 13th Annual La Jolla Concours d’ Elegance on April 7–9 got it right. Ellen Browning Scripps Park is an ideal venue. It is a stone’s throw from the opulent village of La Jolla, and it occupies a narrow strip of land on the scenic, rocky shore of the Pacific Ocean. This beautiful spot has no difficulty accommodating the 125 show cars, 23 vendor and hospitality tents, two large wine-tasting areas, the stage and an estimated 10,000 people. Nearly two dozen vintage aircraft performed often-breathtaking flybys, and Publisher Martin returned for his eighth year as emcee. The field was filled with hidden gems — so even the usual was unusual. Renowned Shelby expert Ned Scudder brought the sixth Cobra he has owned. Actually, it wasn’t a Cobra. AC had developed and shipped a more sophisticated coil-spring chassis for the 427 Cobra, which was the big-bore U.S. model. Some of those special chassis — 26 in all — were held back and mated to the lighter-weight Ford 289-ci V8 engine for Europeans who were reluctant to pay the extra tax associated with the bigger powerplant. Scudder’s AC 289 Sports, one of seven Plan ahead: The next La Jolla Concours d’Elegance is scheduled for April 6–8, 2018 Where: The Ellen Browning Scripps Park, 1133 Coast Blvd., La Jolla, CA Admission: $60 in advance Judging standard: ICJAG (International Chief Judge Advisory Group Web: www.lajollaconcours.com 54 left-hand-drive models, was judged Best British Sports Car. Roy Sayles had anticipated a third- place trophy for his 1929 Bianchi S8. It featured Graber coachwork and was the only open car among the 250 manufac- Roy Sayles and his 1929 Bianchi S8, winner of event sponsor LPL Summit’s Most Elegant Award Sports Car Market dual-cowl phaeton. Packard was the featured marque, and the Southern California collector community went above and beyond to ensure a successful show. Rarely seen Packards, including the 1934 Packard Twelve LeBaron Speedster of General William Lyons and Richard Stephens — and the former Phil Hill 1927 Packard 343 Murphy convertible sedan, were among the award winners. The Kellogg Family created a great lunch for tour participants on the only private sandy beach in San Diego County — and displayed the Packard 1–35 Touring that the family purchased 102 years ago. It was a deserving winner of the This Car Matters Award. Another notable among the 24 Packards on the field was the 1930 726 Touring from Lynne and Steve Wheeler’s garage. It was restored 45 years ago, and Steve had attended its first Monterey showing with his dad. It seemed fitting that Packard expert Robert Escalante was recog- nized as Restorer of the Year. Escalante, a gregarious sort, whose credo is “It’s got to be fun,” is serious about preservation. He has worked on Packards since 1970, and he became boss and owner of his shop in 1983. Yes, La Jolla does a concours with the right cars, planning and people. Find out for yourself next year. ♦ Pininfarina


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Feature 2017 Benedict Castle Concours On the Road to Redemption The Benedict Castle Concours celebrates great cars — and once-troubled teenagers reclaiming their lives The “Mulholland Speedster,” based on a Packard 1401C, was the star attraction Story and photos by Carl Bomstead W Details hen is a concours not about the cars? Well, when it’s about people as well. That’s how it was at the 4th Annual Benedict Castle Concours, which took place March 26 at a historic former monastery in Riverside, CA. The castle was completed in 1931 as the residence for Charles Benedict, with 19 rooms consuming 10,000 square feet. It later served as a monastery. Today, it is home to Teen Challenge, a faith-based program that provides assistance for young people who have been addicted to drugs and alcohol. The students serve a variety of roles throughout the concours, and they were very open and willing to discuss their goals and aspirations. This is a far cry from where they were prior to entering the program. More than 80% of the Teen Challenge students return to productive lives, which is impressive. The concours founder is Nicole Meguiar, daughter of Meguiar’s President Barry Meguiar. Nicole works hard to attract vehicles that appeal to all interests. The “Mulholland Speedster” was a main attraction, having recently won the tri- fecta of auto shows: America’s Most Beautiful Roadster (AMBR), the Sacramento Autorama Custom d’Elegance and the Legend Cup. Hollywood Hot Rods built the Mulholland Speedster, and it is based on a Packard 1401C. A Lincoln Zephyr V12 — with a Latham supercharger and a pair of carburetors — supplies plenty of power. From every angle, this hot rod had the “look.” Owner Bruce Wanta Plan ahead: The 5th Annual Benedict Castle Concours d’Elegance is scheduled for March 2018 Where: The Benedict Castle, 5445 Chicago Ave., Riverside, CA, 92507 Number of entries: 300 cars and motorcycles Judging system: CHARIOTZ Car Show Judging System Cost: General admission is $20 Web: www.crossroadcarshows.com 56 added another trophy to the list of wins with the Benedict Castle Concours Contemporary Award. The Petersen Automotive Museum is a major sup- porter and presented three cars from their vast collection. Fred Astaire’s 1927 Rolls-Royce Phantom I town car was certainly impressive. Wearing Hooper coachwork, the town car was the height of elegance with silverplated trim and his-and-hers silver vanity sets. The Petersen’s 1932 Ford “Deuce 32,” which was the 2000 AMBR winner, and a stunning 1953 Delahaye 235 were also displayed. Three elegant Full Classics caught my eye: • Aaron and Valerie Weiss’ 1931 Chrysler CG dualcowl phaeton was the program cover car, and it was even more spectacular in person. • Alan Taylor brought a customer’s 1930 Isotta Fraschini Type 8, and the dramatic styling attracted an admiring crowd throughout the day. • The Classic Award was presented to Fred Lax’s 1930 Cadillac V16 roadster. This elegant car, priced at close to $6,000 when new, rides on a massive 148inch wheelbase and was a deserving winner. The Meguiar’s Corral of Excellence presented an array of customs from the industry’s leading builders: Rick Dore Kustoms built “Black Pearl” for Metallica frontman James Hetfield, and the car was the 2014 Goodguys Custom of the Year. Brando Masseri’s 1938 LaSalle coupe was a creative build with a most impressive interior. There are 140 students at the Teen Challenge Benedict Castle campus, and the program is offered to them at no cost. The concours had a goal of raising $300,000 — with 100% of the funds going directly to the program. The concours takes place at an historic site and the cars are amazing. It’s also a wonderful cause and worthy of support. ♦ Classic Award winner: Fred Lax’s 1930 Cadillac V16 roadster Sports Car Market


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Feature 2017 Retro Classic A Feast for the Eyes in Stuttgart You can fit a lot of cool stuff in 1.1 million square feet, but all that space means a lot of searching for the perfect car Story and photos by Massimo Delbò S tuttgart, the home city of Mercedes-Benz and Porsche — and many parts manufacturers — was the perfect setting for the Retro Classics exhibition from March 2 to 5, 2017. Messe Stuttgart hosted Retro Classics, and the exhibition area is huge — it totals 1.1 million square feet. Organizers filled it all with exciting cars, parts and automobilia. This massive show included areas for classic-car displays and sales, res- toration, parts, car clubs, museums, toys and models and even insurance. Highlights of the 2017 edition included the “Italian Pavilion,” which was dedicated to Italian traders, workshops and museums. Collezione Panini with its Maseratis and Museo Stanguellini both made the journey from Italy. Racers and their cars The race driver Roland Asch, who is originally from Altingen, a few kilometers from Stuttgart, joined the celebration, and showed a rich selection of his most successful cars: Mercedes-Benzes (the W201 190 in the DTM) and Porsches (the 911 in the Carrera Cup series and the front-engine 944 in the Turbo Cup). Retro Classics is traditionally the place Details Plan ahead: The next Retro Classic is scheduled for March 22–25, 2018 Where: Messe Stuttgart, Stuttgart, Germany Web: www.retro-classics.de 58 where numerous Porsche 911s and Mercedes models, mostly 107s, are offered, and this year was no exception. However, the flip side to this huge num- ber of cars was the mediocre level of some of the cars offered for sale. This forced a potential buyer to dig around to find the right example. This meant looking at each and every car until the right one comes along, a process that takes experience, knowledge and a great deal of time. It’s also fun. What’s hot across the Pond Stuttgart confirmed that after 911s and Mercedes, German collec- tors are hot for 1960s–70s Alfa Romeos. They’re also chasing down four-wheel-drive versions of the Lancia Delta. American classics are a small slice of the German classic-car move- ment, but some muscle cars were offered in dedicated stands. A 1971 Chevrolet Camaro with a 350-ci engine and automatic transmission — and already registered in Germany — was offered at 28,500 euros ($31,107). A German-registered 1969 Dodge Super Bee 440 Six Pack with manual transmission carried a price tag of 74,500 euros ($81,316). German eye candy Porsche brought two iconic rally cars including the 1978 911 SC Safari, the car Bjorn Waldegard drove in the East African Safari Rally, which was tough enough that only 13 cars of the 75 that started reached the finish line. Porsche also displayed the 1986 959 driven in the Paristo-Dakar Raid by Roland Kussmaul. Mercedes-Benz showed the 1902 Simplex, which was the very first Mercedes created for racing. Today, it is considered the first modern car. There’s always too much to see at Retro Classic. ♦ Sports Car Market


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Feature SCM’s Miami-to-Monterey Drive On a Gullwing and a Prayer Volunteers are gearing up to get SCM’s $4,625 1974 Bradley GT kit car from Florida to California in time for Monterey Car Week NORTH DAKOTA SOUTH DAKOTA MINNESOTA NEBRASKA IOWA Monterey, CA KANSAS MISSOURI OKLAHOMA ARKANSAS TEXAS The Brave SCMers Who’ve Stepped Forward to Drive Randy Gaiss Paul Black Pat Kondrat Richard Lincoln John Layzell Gary West Craig Martin David English John Campbell Chip Mautz Rob Pietrafesa Brian Barr John Fox Marvin Waters Pete Engel Brett Melancon Jeffrey Zucker Thomas Schmidt Lake City, FL Miami, FL Miami, FL Fort Lauderdale, FL Fort Lauderdale, FL Fort Lauderdale, FL Tallahassee FL Sneads, FL St. Simons, GA Auburn, AL Raleigh, NC Charlotte, NC Asheboro, NC Pinehurst, NC White Post, VA Knoxville, TN Cherry Hill, NJ Jamestown, NY LOUISIANA Miami, FL Steven Midgett Dave Esch Paul Dell’Aira Shawn Hobbs Mark Menuck Michael Benson Philadelphia, PA Pittsburgh, PA Cincinnati, OH Vandalia, OH Detroit, MI Oak Park, IL Stephen Swanstrom Houston, TX Luke Chennell Mike Haring Dave Tobin John Engstrom Bradley Spencer McPherson, KS Fargo, ND Minneapolis, MN Minneapolis, MN Wapakoneta, OH David M. Preston Jace Poulos Frank Barrett Don Welch Daniel K. Nelson Sam Stockham Rosemary Price Brian Miller Sergio Cecutta Paul Grisanti Allen Stephens David Davis Rochester Hills, MI Glenwood Springs, CO Boulder, CO Vail, CO Las Vegas, NV Scottsdale, AZ Scottsdale, AZ Phoenix, AZ Phoenix, AZ Malibu, CA Los Gatos, CA Los Angeles, CA Peter Nichols Steven Blake Todd Wilson Bill Bauernfeind Scott Tucker George Brewster Erik Olson Jack Dillin Robert A Olmedo Greg Long Steve Smith Camarillo, CA Palm Springs, CA San Diego, CA San Francisco, CA San Francisco, CA San Francisco, CA San Francisco, CA Bend, OR Portland, OR Seattle, WA Seattle, WA 60 Sports Car Market CALIFORNIA MAINE VERMONT NEW HAMPSHIRE WASHINGTON OREGON NEVADA NEW YORK OHIO VIRGINIA MASSACHUSETTS CT RI IDAHO UTAH MICHIGAN ARIZONA PENNSYLVANIA NJ WEST VIRGINIA NORTH CAROLINA MD DE SOUTH CAROLINA MONTANA WYOMING WISCONSIN COLORADO ILLINOIS INDIANA NEW MEXICO KENTUCKY TENNESEE MISSISSIPPI ALABAMA GEORGIA FLORIDA


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Sports Car Market PROFILES IN THIS ISSUE Keith Martin’s The Insider’s Guide to Collecting, Investing, Values, and Trends ™ Significant Sales That Provide a Snapshot of the Market 64 Sports Car Market


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FERRARI: 1990 Ferrari 348 ts, p. 66 ENGLISH: 1957 Jaguar Mk 1 3.4-Litre Saloon, p. 68 ETCETERINI: 1953 Fiat 8V Supersonic, p. 70 GERMAN: 1987 Porsche 911 Turbo Slantnose Coupe, p. 72 AMERICAN: 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air Nomad, p. 74 RACE: 1961 Aston Martin DP214 Replica Competition Coupe, p. 78 NEXT GEN: 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster, p. 80 1957 Jaguar Mk 1 3.4-liter Sports Saloon; courtesy of Bonhams July 2017 65


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Ferrari Profile 1990 Ferrari 348 ts Bad luck and bad timing doomed the 348 to also-ran status in Ferrari history by Steve Ahlgrim Details Years produced: 1989–94 Number produced: 4,228 Original list price: $94,800 Current SCM Median Valuation: $58,300 Major service cost: $8,500 Chassis # location: Stamped in right rear shock tower Engine # location: In the V of the engine near the oil filter. Club: Ferrari Club of America Web: www.FerrariClubofAmerica.org Alternatives: 1988 Lamborghini Jalpa, 1999 Lotus Turbo Esprit, 1989 Mercedes Benz 560 SL, 1990 Porsche Carrera 4 Targa, 1990 Rolls-Royce Corniche III SCM Investment Grade: D Comps 1991 Ferrari 348 ts Chassis number: ZFFFG36A8L0086669 classic cars. All of the electrical items work, including windows, stereo, lights and turn signals. Everything on the car is factory-original, with an added carbon-fiber wrap for the roof. B SCM Analysis This car, Lot 240, sold for $46,000, including buyer’s premium, at Auctions America’s Fort Lauderdale, FL, auction on March 21, 2017. As the successor to Ferrari’s highly successful 308/328 series, the 348 had huge boots to fill. The 308 moved Ferrari from a brand that most Americans only knew from ABC’s “Wide World of Sports” coverage of the Monaco Grand Prix to one that was a major character in a hit TV show. The 328 followed the 308. The 328 offered exceptional reliability, good performance and a price that a successful small-businessperson could afford. The 348 had a great wave to ride, but factors beyond its control would doom it to also-ran status in Ferrari history books. Montezemolo’s new vision The 348 was a watershed event and a step into the future for Ferrari. The company was known for perfect66 rought to life in Bianco (white) with a very sexy and sinister Rosso (red) leather interior. Never in an accident, always garage kept and well maintained. Part of a 50-car collection of Ferrari ing technology rather than innovating it, but that was about to change. Luca Montezemolo took the reigns of the company after Enzo Ferrari’s death in 1988, and his vision was different from Enzo’s. Montezemolo embraced technology and worked to position the company as a luxury brand and a showcase of forward thinking. Montezemolo‘s vision started with a major remodel- ing of the factory. Trees were positioned around the factory floor to give the workers cleaner air and a more natural setting. Natural lighting was increased to continue the theme. High-tech machinery was brought in to speed up and improve the assembly process. The grounds were manicured and the buildings facelifted. The factory looked more like a Silicon Valley campus than an automobile plant. Parallel to the factory upgrade, Montezemolo told Ferrari’s engineers to build cars of the future rather than the present. The 348 was their first attempt at the future. Lighter and faster By the late 1980s, the 328 was becoming dated. The 328’s steel body over a steel tube frame was heavy and expensive to build. The weight sapped the performance Ferrari needed to keep up with the competition. The 328’s longitudinal engine placement required the engine 1991 Ferrari 348 ts Lot 46, s/n ZFFRG36A4M0090555 Condition 3 Sold at $28,050 Worldwide Auctioneers, Lake Forest, IL, 9/21/13 SCM# 228176 1990 Ferrari 348 ts Lot 49, s/n ZFFFG36A2L0088190 Condition 2 Sold at $54,450 Motostalgia, Amelia Island, FL, 3/11/16 SCM# 271472 Lot 704, s/n ZFFRG36A5M0088054 Condition 2+ Sold at $77,000 Barrett-Jackson, Uncasville, CT, 6/23/16 SCM# 6803707 Sports Car Market Courtesy of Auctions America


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Speculation and a crash The assumption was that the 348 would follow the trend. Clients and speculators flooded dealers with orders for the next cash cow. This time their luck didn’t hold out. The collector car market in the late 1980s was on a run. The mantra of dealers and speculators alike became: “You can’t pay too much; you can only buy too soon.” Anything with a Ferrari name on it was gold — until it wasn’t. As 1989 turned into 1990, the mood changed, and overnight, the party was over. Hot cars became hot potatoes, and the seller’s market became the seller’s nightmare. The 348 was introduced just as the market collapsed. As deliveries trickled in, speculators on the 348 found there were no windfall profits to be reaped. The news spread quickly, and the multi-year waiting lists vanished overnight. The market wasn’t the 348’s only problem. In an effort to build the 348 more efficiently, less expensively, and lighter, Ferrari used more plastic and less metal. This resulted in hood and trunk lids that felt flimsy — and cheap-looking interiors. Mechanical issues, such as inadequate alternators, didn’t help ei- to be mounted on top of a transaxle. This made a high center of gravity, which compromised handling. The 348 took aim at the 328’s shortcomings. The 348’s body was a lighter and less-expensive steel monocoque with an aluminum hood and engine cover. A steel subframe provided the cradle for the engine. Power came from a new 3.4-liter V8. While the architecture of the 348 engine was similar to the 328’s, it was a completely new component. A modern Bosch Motronic engine-management system optimized the fuel and ignition delivery. Horsepower was upped from the 328’s 260 to 300. The 348’s engine was placed longitudinally in the chassis with the transaxle placed behind — rather than under — the engine. The allnew transaxle was built as a transverse unit to take up less space. The “t” in the 348 ts stands for transverse transaxle. Ferrari reported the 348 bettered the 328’s 6.6-second 0–60 mph time by over a second. Independent magazine tests proved that number was optimistic. Top speed was moved from 155 mph to the 170-mph range. Magazine tests of early examples of the 348 reported the car felt light at high speed. The issue would be irrelevant to most owners, but the reports marred the car’s reputation to this day. Pininfarina and shades of the Testarossa The 348’s shape was the responsibility of Pininfarina. They chose the safe but reasonable path of building on Testarossa’s successful theme. The 348 featured the Testarossa’s trademark side strakes and rectangle taillights, with more-conventional rear fenders. The look was attractive, but it reinforced the junior status of the 348 to the Testarossa. Timing was the 348’s worst enemy. The Testarossa had had a great run, with production sold out years in advance. Small fortunes could be made reselling cars bought at list for market prices. ther. Sales were slow and it took what amounted to a $10,000 rebate program to clear out the final inventories. Beautiful, reliable and still cheap Time has been kind to the 348. The Testarossa-inspired styling still resonates with many people. The performance is still exciting and the mechanical components have proved reliable. The major service cost is exorbitant but still manageable. The 348 was made in three body styles: The 348 tb was a coupe, the 348 ts was a Targa, and the 348 Spider was a full convertible. Auction America’s 348 ts was a Targa model with a lift-out roof panel. Asking prices for the 348 exploded in 2015 as buyers migrated to modern Ferraris, but sales didn’t follow. When faced with a 348 and a 355 or 360 at nearly the same price, buyers went with the newer cars. Today’s prices are still higher than in 2014, but they are back to a more realistic level in comparison with the competition. A nice car — but not a premium car Auctions America’s car was low mileage but not the best color. No mention was made of books, tools or service, so they are all probably needed. A previous owner had wrapped the top in some kind of carbon fiber and chromed the wheels. It was probably in better condition than most 348s, but this was not a premium car. The sale price was a little less than the car was worth. Ferrari buyers are skittish about the unknown, and there was little in the representation that instilled confidence in the car. The buyer was a dealer who took the car back to Texas and quickly sold it for a profit. The seller left some money on the table, but it would take a retail atmosphere to make that money back. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of Auctions America.) High Auction Sales for the Past Five Years $120,000 1990 Ferrari 348 ts $40,000 $60,000 $80,000 $100,000 $20,000 $0 July 2017 $63,800 $97,061 $77,000 This sale: $46,000 $45,550 $45,360 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 67


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English Profile 1957 Jaguar Mk 1 3.4-Litre Saloon This car brought huge money — thanks to splendid history and originality — but a new U.K. race series helped as well by Paul Hardiman Details Years produced 1955–59 (Mk 2 cars were made from 1959 to 1967) Number produced: 17,405 (plus 19,992 2.4s, and about 90,000 Mk 2s) Original list price: $4,530 Current SCM Median Valuation: $65,713 Chassis # location: Plate on scuttle and stamped into bonnet catch channel forward of radiator Engine # location: On front of cylinder head by number one plug Distributor cap: $12 (£9.17) Tune-up cost: $200 Club: Jaguar Enthusiasts’ Club Web: jec.org.uk SCM Investment Grade: D Comps Chassis number: S971263DN T his car came equipped with the optional overdrive, disc brakes, wire wheels and lead-bronze bottom-end bearing shells. Completed on September 26, 1957, the Jaguar was registered FWB 1, and in January 1958 set off for France on the Monte Carlo Rally carrying competitor number 253. Owner Frank Brown’s co-drivers were Edwin J. Snusher and Graham Arnold. The trio did not finish the rally, but Brown continued to compete with the Jaguar in hillclimbs and sprints throughout 1959 and then sold the car to Snusher, who entered it the 1960 Monte Carlo and Tulip Rallies. However, the car was not registered in his name until 1962, when the current registration, 4938 VW, was issued. The original logbook shows licensing up to 1967/68, after which the car appears to have remained in storage until Snusher sold it to well-known historic racer and Goodwood Revival regular John Young in 1982, complete with all of its special rallying accessories, spare sills, and a vast amount of history. Intending to compete in historic races, Young had the car repainted and overhauled, entrusting the mechanicals to Swallow Engineering. He had the cylinder head gas-flowed, and mildly upgraded the brakes and rear suspension. Young raced, rallied and used the Jaguar as a daily driver for a few years before parting with it, to a Japanese collector. After 20 years in Japan, and following its owner’s death, 4938 VW was back in the U.K. and for sale at auction, where it was purchased for a second time by John Young. The car appeared to have seen little use 68 over the intervening period, though the interior had deteriorated somewhat and all the history had gone missing. Fortunately, the many original rallying modifications were still present. After mild refreshment, new Dunlop racing tires and the installation of a less noisy exhaust (required for Goodwood), the Jaguar was ready to resume its competition career. In the modern era, it has raced at the Nürburgring, Spa Francorchamps, Zandvoort, Snetterton, Castle Combe, Donington Park, Silverstone, and Brands Hatch. SCM Analysis This car, Lot 19, sold for $234,422 at Bonhams’ Goodwood Members’ Meeting sale on March 19, 2017. It’s odd that Jaguar had no direct Works involvement in rallying its new 3.4-liter Saloon after it was introduced in 1955. Jaguar won the Monte Carlo Rally outright in 1956 with a Mk VII M driven by heroic stalwart Ronnie Adams (with Frank Biggar and Derek Johnston: threeman crews were not unusual) behind the wheel. Always a rally car However, there was no interest in a factory team for the 3.4-liter Saloon. That said, there was no shortage of privateers willing to have a go: the Morley twins’ 3.4liter won the Tulip Rally outright in 1959. Our subject car was ordered new by Essex-based garage owner Frank Brown, who wanted to “do the Monte” in 1958. Jaguar let him have a generous discount of 12.5%. One of his co-drivers, by the way, was Graham Arnold — yes, that Graham Arnold, later sales director of Lotus 1957 Jaguar Mk 1 3.4 Lot 52, s/n S971263DN Condition 3 Sold at $51,612 H&H Auctions, Duxford, U.K., 10/9/07 SCM# 47253 1959 Jaguar 3.4 Saloon Lot 374, s/n S990633DN Cond 2- Sold at $79,814 Bonhams, Goodwood, U.K., 9/12/15 SCM# 266849 1957 Jaguar Mk 1 3.4 Lot 427, s/n S986121BW Condition 2+ Sold at $36,610 Bonhams, Greenwich, CT, 6/2/12 SCM# 202047 Sports Car Market Courtesy of Bonhams


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Cars and founder of Club Lotus. Sadly, they didn’t finish due to an “off” damaging the front suspen- sion, but the car was later sold to the other co-driver E.J. Snusher, who continued to rally it. He also used it to tow his home-built Coventry Climax-engined sports-racer, the EJS Special. So with John Young taking up the battle again in the 1980s, this has always been a competition car, which is a point in its favour — and makes it quite a rare thing. Although these cars were extensively raced in period, if you were going to start rallying now, you wouldn’t start with one of these. I can only think of one example, a Mk 2, that’s been active in historic rallying in the past two decades. These were never called Mk 1 in period, by the way. Jaguar referred to its compact 4-door as a 3.4 Saloon, and the Mk 1 tag was only ap- Bidding at one stage leapt from £75k straight to £100,000, which prompted auctioneer James Knight to ask: “Is he in the next race?” plied retroactively when the Mk 2 appeared in 1959, in the same way that the Healey 100 became colloquially, but erroneously, known as the 100/4 after the 100/6 appeared. A very original car, though missing history Our subject car was titivated and painted over time but remains a very original car — although it’s a shame that the extensive paperwork supporting its history went missing somewhere between Japan and its return to the U.K. At Goodwood, it presented very well, and the catalog entry included a couple of period pictures, including a nice snap of co-driver Cliff Payne standing with the car in heavy snow on the 1960 Monte — along with a covering note from then-owner Snusher. Payne wears a flat hat, stout shoes and no doubt a tie; more or less normal street clothes. The Monte was a tough long-distance event in those days when France was a far-off and exotic place to most Brits, and special rallying kit tended towards built-in sinks and other encumbrances instead of useful equipment such as map lights and sometimes seat belts borrowed from aircraft. This car has a mysterious funnel and pipe clipped under the dash. Turns out it’s for topping up the washer bottle on the move. I noted that the timber is fair to good. The chrome is very good — straight and shiny — and that the dark green leather was nicely broken in, though with a couple of tears. It was not too new-looking, but with some life left after repair — and in keeping with the rest of the car. It wore a modern tripmeter for rallying, but not the roll cage it would have run for racing. The engine was clean and tidy, running two-inch sandcast SUs and open bellmouths, adding weight to the assertion that Young had the motor mildly tweaked. I thought the electrical socket for a plug-in external battery poking out from under the right sill was a slightly affected touch (though not as July 2017 bad as boy-racers who hoon about with towing eyes sticking out front and rear, obviously unaware that race regs have changed), but these are heavy old things to push. In 2012, Young sold the Jaguar to JD Classics, which sold it to Terence O’Reilly in 2013, and serviced it again just before the sale. It was sold after O’Reilly’s passing, along with the previous lot, an exDavid Hobbs Lola T70 Spyder, both by order of creditors of his estate. Strong bidding — to a new high sale It was estimated at £70,000–£100,000, or $88k–$125k at today’s exchange rates — and that’s about twice the price of a nice, restored or very, very original 3.4 or 3.8 Mk 2. Bidding at one stage leapt from £75k straight to £100,000, which prompted auctioneer James Knight to ask: “Is he in the next race?” The Goodwood Members’ Meeting proceeded noisily not far from the auction marquee throughout the sale, and surges of enthusiasm from this historic track may have even helped bidding a few times. It didn’t stop there, carrying on between three phones and that room bidder to eventually hammer at £168k, for a final all-in price of £189,660 ($234,422), which is astounding for a Jaguar saloon, especially a Mk 1 with no Coombs race connections. I’ve expressed the prices in pounds to give a clearer picture of what was happening on the ground, as perceptions are still skewed since sterling tanked suddenly last year following the Brexit vote in June. Basically, this time last year your $1,000 would have bought about £640. Now it’s near £800. There’s a new race series in the U.K. for these cars: the Historic Racing Drivers Club’s Coombs Heritage Challenge for pre-1966 Jaguar saloons of a type that raced in International events in period. This car is eligible and would be warmly welcomed, which must have pushed up interest a little, but we’ll put most of that price premium down to its splendid history and originality — even if it has been painted and the interior refurbished. Good luck to all who sail in her. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of Bonhams.) High Auction Sales for the Past Five Years $120,000 $40,000 $60,000 $80,000 $100,000 $20,000 $0 1957 Jaguar Mk I 3.4 Saloon $71,634 $63,800 $38,610 N/A 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 69 $79,814 This sale: $237,849


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Etceterini & Friends Profile 1953 Fiat 8V Supersonic by Ghia This stunning car sold below the estimate, but this sale was more of a good buy than a market slide by Donald Osborne Details Years produced: 1953–55 Number produced: 15 (114 total 8Vs) Original list price: $11,000 (approximate) Current SCM Median Valuation: $1,100,200 Tune-up cost: $600 to $800 Distributor caps: $875 Chassis # location: Stamped on firewall and on chassis plate Engine # location: Stamped on cylinder block, distributor side on boss Club: Alfa Romeo Owner’s Club Web: www.aroc-usa.org Alternatives: 1954 Maserati A6G2000 coupe, 1953 Siata 208 coupe, 1955 Alfa Romeo 1900SZ, 1953 Ferrari 340 America Vignale coupe SCM Investment Grade B Comps Chassis number: 106000049 F iat’s most legendary, significant, and storied production model, the 8V, was aptly described in Road & Track in 1952 as “the biggest surprise of the year.” It came as a shock to the automotive world when Fiat suddenly introduced a powerful sports car with an advanced overhead-valve, light-alloy V8 engine, Siata-fabricated chassis and four-wheel independent suspension, which could be — and was — successfully raced by privateers all over the world. Like most sophisticated chassis of the time, the 8V lent itself handsomely to custom coachwork, which Fiat encouraged. Carrozzeria Ghia of Torino accounted for approxi- mately 30 to 40 of the 114 8V chassis built, of which the most striking were the 15 bodied to Giovanni Savonuzzi’s stunning Jet Age design, known, simply and appropriately, as the Supersonic. The Supersonic design had originally been proposed for an Alfa Romeo racing car, which Savonuzzi gave a steeply raked, long windshield; a curved nose that formed a straight-through beltline, ending at small tailfins flaring off lights intended to resemble jet afterburners; and a low, glassy greenhouse. Similar styling on an 8V chassis was subsequently ordered by American designer Paul Farago, and 14 more copies followed, all of which had detail differences but remained largely true to Savonuzzi’s original and dramatic design. They are considered the most sought-after and desirable 8Vs, as they boast the best combination of avant-garde design 70 from the Jet Age. Winner of the People’s Choice Award at the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance and judged Most Unique at Classic Sports Sunday at Mar-a-Lago in 2016, it remains spectacular, fresh and ready for continued appearances at further national and international concours d’elegance. Alternatively, it is ready for participation in the Mille Miglia Storica, Colorado Grand or any number of other historic rallies for which such a significant automobile is always eligible. SCM Analysis This car, Lot 122, sold for $1,375,000, including buyer’s premium, at RM Sotheby’s “A Gentleman’s Collection: The Pride & Passion of Orin Smith” Amelia Island, FL, auction on March 10, 2017. One of my most prized possessions is a gouache illus- tration of the factory-bodied First Series Fiat 8V. Fabio Luigi Rapi, the designer, drew the illustration. Rapi’s design was very much a development of the pre-war aerodynamic style, with bold Art Deco detailing on a smooth, very rounded shape. As was the custom of the time, however, other stylists and coachbuilders took their turns clothing the exciting new Fiat sports GT. Arguably, the 8V’s sporting reputation stands on the Zagato examples, which had the requisite lightness to make the most of the power from the 2-liter engine. The most dramatic of all the bodies was the brilliant 1953 Fiat 8V Supersonic coupe (subject car) Lot 28, s/n 106000049 Condition 1- Sold at $1,815,000 Bonhams, Carmel, CA, 8/13/15 SCM# 266023 1953 Fiat 8V Supersonic coupe Lot 65, s/n 106000035 Condition 2- Sold at $1,760,000 Gooding & Co., Amelia Island, FL, 3/7/13 SCM# 215789 1953 Fiat 8V Supersonic coupe Lot 157, s/n 106000035 Condition 3+ Sold at $1,705,000 Gooding & Co., Scottsdale, AZ, 1/20/11 SCM# 168708 Sports Car Market Darin Schnabel ©2017, courtesy of RM Sothebys


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Giovanni Savonuzzi’s Supersonic for Carrozzeria Ghia. Savonuzzi was a well-trained and creative man. Through his extensive work and study of aerodynamics, Savonuzzi brought a very special and practical approach to both style and performance. His portfolio is a fascinating and varied one — from the 1947 Cisitalia 202 CMM Aerodinamica Coupe with its large rear stabilizing fins — which is the source of one the most admired post-war Italian designs, the Cisitalia 202 Gran Sport — to the Ghia Supersonic X “Gilda” and the DeSoto Adventurer II. Through his association with Chrysler at Ghia, he later worked for the Detroit company from 1957 to 1969 on their turbine program, doing much of the design and development work — but not the styling — on the 1964 Chrysler Turbine Car. Savonuzzi’s design for the Supersonic was one of the most literal expressions of the “jet fighter for the road” theme. The bulging sides give a That it sold here all-in at $1.375 million against a no-reserve estimate of $1.6m to $1.9m doesn’t mean the market for the 8V has somehow collapsed. This is a car for the show field. real fuselage look to the car, along with its very low cockpit-style roofline. The finishing touch are the twin “exhaust” taillights, which look for all the world like the tail end of the F-86 and F-100 Sabre and Super Sabre jets. That the 8V Supersonic presented a bit of a problem for Fiat is interest- ing. The company management didn’t want to build a race car from the beginning. The “skunk works” project that created the 8V out of the view of the executive suite got just far enough to allow the small production to be sold to privateers, whose potential failures could be held at arm’s distance. That the Zagato cars did respectfully, as did the associated 8V-powered Siatas, was fine. The Supersonic, however, looked like a glamorous, opera-going GT. No surprise then that the majority of the 17 cars ended up in the United States — a country where Fiat didn’t officially offer the model for sale. A fragile engine Tony Adriaensens’ magnificent two-volume book, Otto Vu, contains the story of what I think is one of the most hysterical customer-service exchanges in automotive history. Henry S. Lauve was a chief designer in the interiors department at GM Styling who bought an 8V Supersonic from Ghia in 1953 at the Paris Auto Show. Soon after getting the car back to Detroit, he suffered an engine failure when a timing chain came loose and wreaked havoc. Lauve wrote to Fiat, asking if his car had “an experimental engine” in July 2017 it — and whether they might happen to have an engine “of recent design and more durable quality” as a replacement. Fiat generously offered to replace his engine in exchange for his original — but also advised him that the 8V was “mainly destined to those sportsmen who wish to use them in the numerous road races which take place in Italy.” And further, that he was apparently fooled by “(the) Ghia bodywork, which is one of luxury… practically leads the car to be put into (a) use different from the one planned by us.” In other words, you wanted to drive your car? The reliability of the 8V engine has been much improved with study and practice, and it’s entirely reasonable to drive one today. Back together and welcome everywhere In a market where usability — of whatever sort — drives value, our example is an interesting one. Its fully known history is fascinating. Quite luckily, it survived Lou Fageol’s personalization and even found its original engine. It has already had its Norma Desmond comeback moments — at a leading international concours. Mr. Smith bought this stunning car in August 2015 at Bonhams’ Carmel Valley sale, where it was the catalog cover lot. Estimated at $1.8m to $2.4m, it sold with buyer’s commission for $1.815 million (SCM# 266023). That it sold here all-in at $1.375 million against a no-reserve estimate of $1.6m to $1.9m doesn’t mean the market for the 8V has somehow collapsed. This is a car for the show field, especially with its very distinctive, love-it-or-hate-it color. I happen to love it, but it still wouldn’t be my first choice for a Supersonic. Nonetheless, it’s welcome anywhere the new owner chooses to take it, and he or she has joined a very exclusive club. I think they’ve grabbed a great deal. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of RM Sotheby’s.) High Auction Sales for the Past Five Years $1,000,000 $1,500,000 $2,000,000 $2,500,000 $500,000 $0 1953 Fiat 8V Supersonic $1,760,000 This Sale: $1,375,000 $946,000 $750,000 N/A 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 71 $1,815,000


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German Profile Column Author 1987 Porsche 911 Turbo Slantnose Coupe There is a radical difference between factory-built Slants and aftermarket conversions, especially in this declining market for 930 Turbos by Prescott Kelly Details Years produced: 1975–89 (all 930 generations) Number produced: 2,481 in 1987, 20,685 930s in total Original list price: $58,750 in 1987 Current SCM Median Valuation: $109,450 Tune-up cost: $2,500, including valve adjustment Chassis # location: Label on driver’s B-pillar; tag inside windshield; center of panel above gas tank has RoW worldwide version of serial number Engine # location: On fan support upright, passenger side Club: Porsche Club of America Web: www.pca.org Alternatives: Porsche 911 Carrera 3.2, 1986–91 BMW E30 M3, 1988–91 Ferrari F40, 1985–88 Mazda RX-7 Turbo SCM Investment Grade: B Comps • 3.3-liter turbocharged SOHC flat 6-cylinder engine • 4-speed manual transmission • Reported to be number 11 of 25 Blackburn-Daly “Slantnose” conversions built in the 1980s • Believed to be a three-owner car and repainted once • Porsche CoA, owner’s manuals, service records and maintenance booklet (with service stamps) • Original tools, air compressor and two replacement belts • Blaupunkt radio • Air conditioning • Two sets of master keys • Spare tire and jack • BBS wheels • Alarm • Sunroof SCM Analysis This car, Lot 246, sold for $71,500, including buyer’s premium, at Auction America’s Fort Lauderdale, FL, event on March 31, 2017. Porsche popularized turbocharged production cars when its 930 was launched in 1975 in Europe and in 1976 in North America. This came after Porsche had shown a prototype — in handsome silver with white markings — at the October 1973 Frankfurt Auto Show and the production car at the Paris show in October 1974. The car world responded with enthusiasm. Porsche was not the first manufacturer in the mod- ern era to market a turbo, although Engineering Chief Ferdinand Piech had the company playing with street Turbos as early as 1969 — about the same time they 72 began to address turbocharged race cars. While mechanical supercharging and exhaust-driven turbocharging go back to the turn of the 20th century, General Motors kicked off the modern era of turbos with their Chevrolet Corvairs and Oldsmobile Jetfires in the early 1960s. Michael May’s turbo-modified Capri V6s and then the BMW 2002 turbos raised interest before Porsche got to market. Nonetheless, after 1976 when one said “Turbo,” it was instantly understood that you were talking about a Porsche. Performance lightweight or luxury tourer For a while, Porsche thought about the 930 as a purist automobile like the 1973 Carrera RS. Instead, management decided on a high-speed luxurious touring car with a price to match. The Turbo was a departure from all existing 911s, first in appearance with muscular fender flares over wider wheels and with a “whale tail” on the rear lid. The 2,993-cc engine started with 50 more horsepower than Porsche 911s ever had, at 260 in Europe but only 234 in North America — thanks to emissions controls and lower-grade gasoline. Power was delivered through a beefed-up 4-speed gearbox — a source of owners’ complaints for years to come. The 930 Turbo came standard with air conditioning, AM/FM stereo, power windows and full leather (in North America). As introduced, the car weighed 300 pounds more than a 911, 70 of which was the turboequipped engine. It was 80% more expensive at $25,880 for the Turbo to $13,845 for the 911. 1989 Porsche 930 Turbo 3.3 Flachbau cabriolet Lot 86, s/n WP0EB093XKS070402 Condition 2Sold at $132,000 Bonhams, Quail Lodge, Carmel, CA, 8/18/16 SCM# 6804025 1983 Porsche 930 Turbo Slantnose coupe Lot 136, s/n WP0ZZZ93Z0S000695 Condition 2 Sold at $90,200 The Finest, Boca Raton, FL, 2/11/17 SCM# 6817240 1988 Porsche 930 Turbo Slantnose coupe Lot 29, s/n WP0JB0931JS050360 Condition 2 Not sold at $110,000 Motostalgia, Amelia Island, FL, 3/11/16 SCM# 271451 Sports Car Market Courtesy of RM Auctions


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What are the performance numbers? Model 0–60 mph Quarter-mile time Top speed Lateral Gs Displacement ccs Compression ratio Horsepower Torque Weight base/as tested Base price 1976 Turbo 4.9 seconds 13.5 seconds 156 mph 0.852 2,993 6.5:1 234 246 2,785/3,155 $25,880 1976 911S 7.5 seconds 15.8 seconds 138 mph 0.779 2,687 8.5:1 165 168 2,475/2,845 $13,845 1973 911S 7.8 seconds 16.3 seconds 142 mph 0.881 2,341 8.5:1 190 154 2,570/2,870 $10,160 This chart first appeared in an article by this author in Porsche Panorama in October 2014. The performance spoke for itself. The Turbo was the fastest 911 ever made, and it was instantly desirable despite the substantial price. Porsche redesigned the engine for the 1978 model with a displacement increase to 3,299 cc, a slightly higher compression ratio, and an intercooler to get a more compact air charge for the turbocharger — but no increase in boost at 0.8 bar. Horsepower went up to 265 in North America and 300 everywhere else. Wheels had been increased in size to 16 inches in diameter with seven-inch and eight-inch widths in 1977. The Turbo exits North America … and then returns 1979 was the last year for North American Turbos because of more- stringent U.S. emissions laws — until 1986, when they returned. During the absence, enterprising aftermarket dealers imported “gray market” Turbos and modified them to meet U.S. laws. Porsche dealers hated that, and finally, Porsche AG’s American President, Peter Schutz, succeeded in the comeback. Turbos came back in 1986, complete with catalytic converters and 282 horsepower. The reopened U.S. market doubled sales of the 930. Porsche introduced one last big improvement in 1989, when it moved the G50 5-speed gearbox to the Turbo, finally addressing 14 years of drivers’ complaints. After 1989, the 930 disappeared again but just for a year, to return as a much different car — the 964 Turbo. There has been a Turbo model ever since, for 42 years now. This would be very impressive were it not for its older brother, the 911, at 54 years. Enter the Slantnose Turbo Starting in 1981, Porsche’s Service and Repairs Department would “customize” cars for buyers who asked for and could pay for the handcrafting service. The program made extra money for Porsche (which was not prof- itable in 1980), and it slammed the tuners, such as DP, Gemballa, Koenig, Kremer and Ruf. Soon it was an organized activity known as Sonderwunsch (Special Wishes). It quickly became the Exclusive Department, always under the aegis of Rolf Sprenger. The department specialized in Slantnose, boxed-rocker, rear-fender- scooped 930s. By 1987, Porsche offered this package as the readily available option M505. Between 1987 and 1989 Porsche made 948 Flachbaus, or “Flatnoses,” which were more commonly known in the U.S. as “Slantnoses” or just There is only a middling market for driver-quality 930s with mileage. Similar 911s offer good value and performance without the prospect of expensive maintenance. An all-in $71,500 was all the money for this example. “Slants.” Whether you love them or don’t, Turbo Slants became very collectible earlier this decade, with prime-condition 1989 5-speed cabriolets besting $300,000 and coupes $250,000. Those days are past now, but some of the cars still demand premium six-figure prices — and occasionally pop a big sale. Just a car for just-a-car money The Porsche factory’s Slantnose modifications added 50% to 100% to the cost of a standard Turbo. That pricing created an umbrella under which the “tuners” and “customizers” continued to work — in Europe and in the U.S. One of the latter was Blackburn-Daly in Indianapolis, an enterprise John Blackburn created with Irishman Derek Daly, a former Formula One and Two driver, who was then racing CART Indycars and living locally. Their packages imitated the Porsche Factory’s slant package — often with factory parts — at a lower price. Reportedly, they built about 25 such conversions, mostly on Turbos, but we have also seen a 911SC they modified. Auction America’s Blackburn-Daly 930 offered at Fort Lauderdale was just a car. It was repainted, had an indicated 40,900 miles, and had that non-factory Slant conversion. With over 20,000 Turbos built between 1975 and 1989, to be collectible a 930 needs to be very special. That means very low mileage, a rare attractive color, stripped to the max to be a “lightweight” or very heavily and specially optioned. Our subject car was none of those. There is only a middling market for driver-quality 930s with mileage. Similar 911s offer good value and performance without the prospect of expensive maintenance. An all-in $71,500 was all the money for this example, but its new owner does get the look of an M505 for at least a 50% discount. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of Auctions America.) July 2017 73


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American Profile 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air Nomad There is no upside on this Nomad as it sits, so the new owner can drive it as-is — or take a chance on a restoration by Carl Bomstead Details Year produced: 1957 Number produced: 6,534 Original list price: $2,857 Current SCM Median Valuation: $45,400 Tune-up cost: $250 Chassis # location: Plate on right door hinge Engine # location: Crankcase on right side of engine Club: Chevrolet Nomad Association Web: www.chevynomadclub.com Alternatives: 1957 Pontiac Safari, 1957 Ford Del Rio, 1957 Nash Rambler Cross Country SCM investment Grade: B Comps Chassis number: VC57J144378 T he first Chevrolet Nomad was conceived by Harley Earl and based on a Corvette platform. It debuted at the 1954 GM Motorama show. After a warm public reception, the Nomad was placed into production for 1955 and joined the top-echelon Chevrolet Bel Air passenger car line to become the first GM 2-door station wagon. The original Nomad continued as a low-production (by Chevrolet standards) image leader for the 1956 and 1957 model years. Proudly offered here from the Monical Collection is a splendid example of the 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air Nomad. Delightfully finished in India Ivory over Matador Red with complementing red and black two-tone upholstery, this Nomad is very nicely presented with very good paint, abundant chrome brightwork, and very well-presented interior and cargo compartments. While a number of America’s car manufacturers produced 2-door station wagons prior to the arrival of the Nomad in 1955, none are as visually striking and memorable as Chevrolet’s Nomad. A very attractive and ready-to-enjoy example from the Monical Collection, this 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air Nomad is a truly rare and exciting design icon. SCM Analysis This car, Lot 21, sold for $44,000, including buyer’s premium, at Worldwide’s Texas Classic Monical Collection Auction on April 21, 2017, in Arlington, TX. The General Motors Motorama provided a platform for Harley Earl to present his progressive dream cars. If the car got a great reaction, it was likely headed to the 74 dealers as fast as possible. The sporty fiberglass Chevrolet Corvette was showcased at the January 1953 Motorama and went into production just five months later. The Corvette theme was central to the 1954 Motorama, which featured a Nomad station wagon, hard top and a fastback Corvair that combined the Corvette and Bel Air names. Harley Earl had some rather elaborate design ideas for the Corvette Nomad roof. He envisioned a stainlesssteel rear section that telescoped like a collapsible cup. Management quickly nixed that idea, but the nine horizontal grooves on the exterior of the roof and corresponding chrome bows on the headliner are remnants of the design. The reception at the 1954 Motorama was so posi- tive that Earl ordered the roof design, with the slanted B-pillar and curved rear quarter glass, incorporated into the 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air Nomad. The rear-wheel cutouts, seven vertical accent strips on the tailgate and hard-top-inspired front door glass were also utilized. It was finished in time for the 1955 Motorama, and it was a production car that the public could actually purchase. A sales flop in its day The contemporary design was well received. Motor Trend stated it was “the longed-for styling wedding between the production sports car and the family workhorse.” Sales, however, were disappointing. Only 8,530 1955 1957 Chevrolet Nomad Lot 505, s/n VC57N158341 Condition 3 Not sold at $36,000 Leake Auctions, Dallas, TX, 4/24/14 SCM# 243384 1957 Chevrolet Nomad Lot 120, s/n VC57K117617 Condition 2 Not sold at $52,500 RM Auctions, Plymouth, MI, 7/25/14 SCM# 244256 1957 Chevrolet Nomad Lot F538, s/n VC57F108929 Condition 1Sold at $85,800 Russo and Steele, Scottsdale, AZ, 1/13/15 SCM# 256977 Sports Car Market Courtesy of Worldwide Auctioneers


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Nomads left dealer showrooms. The following year’s sales were actually worse, with only 8,130 sold — even with a full year of sales activity. The 1957 Chevrolet Nomad was introduced as “The Beauty Queen of all Station Wagons,” but only 6,534 were produced, and the unique design met its demise. It was expensive — priced at a $200 premium over the 4-door wagon — and two doors were simply not enough. Station wagons were for hauling people and their stuff. I have to assume the condition was the culprit that held down the value of our subject car for several years. With fees and commissions factored in, this Nomad was sold at a loss considering it was acquired for the same amount just a year earlier. Regardless of how stylish the Nomad was during its three-year run, it accounted for less than 5% of Chevrolet’s total wagon production, so its continued production could not be justified. The low production numbers came to be an asset years later, when the Nomad became a collectible car. These days, the Nomad is considered the most collectible of the “Tri-Five” Chevrolet cars. Our subject Nomad This 1957 Nomad was not at its first rodeo. In fact, it was a circuit veteran, having failed to sell when bid to $45,000 at Classic Motorcar Auctions’ September 2011 Glenmore sale, and it met the same fate a year earlier at the Branson sale when bid to $50,000. In August 2013, it again failed to sell when bid to $47,000 at the Mecum Dallas sale. It did sell to the Monical Collection at Worldwide’s April 2016 Houston Classic sale for $44,000. Mecum sold a 1957 Nomad for $137,500 at their January 2017 Kissimmee, FL, sale. Our subject car certainly did not measure up to this sale price, but it comes very close to the current median value of $45,400 in the SCM Pocket Price Guide. A median is smack-dab in the middle of a series of values from lowest to highest. So our subject car is not the worst Nomad, but it is far from the best. The Worldwide description portrayed the Nomad in glowing terms, with very good paint and a well-presented cargo compartment. An SCM Auction Analyst reviewed the car when it did not sell at the 2011 Glenmore auction. The analyst rated the car at 3 minus, as it had paint chips and blisters, dried-out rubber seals and surface rust in the rear floorboards. I have to assume the condition was the culprit that held down the value of our subject car for several years. With fees and commissions factored in, this Nomad was sold at a loss considering it was acquired for the same amount just a year earlier. It just might be considered, however, a wise purchase if the new owner can correct the car’s deficiencies for under $20k or so. That’s a big if. We all know that expensive restoration gremlins tend to raise their ugly heads. There is no upside on this Nomad as it sits, so the new owner can drive it as-is — or take a chance on a restoration. If the car were mine, I’d meet it halfway. I would drive and enjoy it while picking away at its problems along the way. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of Worldwide Auctioneers.) High Auction Sales for the Past Five Years $300,000 $100,000 $150,000 $200,000 $250,000 $50,000 $0 July 2017 1957 Chevrolet Nomad $192,500 $189,000 $133,750 $121,000 This Sale: $44,000 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 75 $275,000


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American Profile The Cumberford Perspective The 1957 Shoebox Chevy cars were quickly restyled. Who knew that this desperate move would morph into desirability 60 years later? 4 By Robert Cumberford T he ’57 is the most desired and collectible of the “Shoebox Chevys,” but it was never meant to exist. I was in the Chevrolet styling studio during the spring of 1956 when the order came to drop everything we were working on and instantly restyle the current model. A slightly bigger windshield, a new front clip, rear fenders and back bumper were all there was budget — and time — for. All of us who created this revision disliked the task and the car. Of course, this car is now the popular favorite, perhaps because they really knew how to put them together at the plants during the third year of production. Stand in front of a ’57, sight down the sides and you’ll see that the front fenders turn outward at the front of the doors so the headlamps are much farther apart than those on earlier models, making the car’s “footprint” bigger. Fatter tires on 14-inch wheels added to the impression of greater size, which, thanks to increased front and rear overhangs, was absolutely real. It did look more substantial. And a lot heavier. The Nomad, originally a Motorama Corvette concept, was the top of the 20-model line, which was quite successful — especially for a panicked, last-minute bodge job. ♦ 12 76 Sports Car Market 2 3 5 1 6 FRONT 3/4 VIEW 1 A massive, exceptionally wide bumper-grille made the ’57 Chevy a much bigger car than initially intended. This suited the GM corporate product plan calling for a bigger Chevrolet. 2 Huge, squared surrounds for the round lamps, along with high-drag visors, changed the agile aspect of the two previous versions of the “Shoebox” cars. 3 This is the key point of visual trickery. From here, the fender actually expands outward toward the front. This is anti-aerodynamic, but it was assumed to be pro-sales. 4 Roof on original Nomad — an extended-wheelbase, very rounded Corvette Motorama dream car — is enormously fat, thick and 8 10 7 11 heavy-looking here. 5 The extruded anodized aluminum trim panel was meant to recall GM’s overthe-road coaches. 6 The rear bumper was ex- tended to the absolute limit to make the car look bigger, with no inward tapering of the body’s sides. REAR 3/4 VIEW 7 This huge wasted-space triangle makes clear the conscious effort to increase the 1957 Chevy’s size at minimum cost — with absolutely no increase in useful interior space. 8 Tailfins were in, but they had no relationship to the underlying volumes. So they were just tacked on for visual maximum length — with no rise or fall from A-pillars aft to the tip ends. 9 The chrome trim piece on the fin abruptly ends in a curve recapitulating the leading downward curve on the upper surround of the textured aluminum side trim panel. 10 The trim pieces in the Mercedes 300SL-inspired, Corvette-like hood bumps were just some of the bright geegaws slathered over the outside of this overblown transformation. 11 The oversized and overextended visors increase the perceived length of the car at the waistline. This was a favorite trick of Harley Earl and his successor at GM Styling, Bill Mitchell. 12 Smaller wheels and fatter whitewall tires 9 contribute largely to the “Cadillacization” of the panic-response ’57. For context, compare the actual ’58, which was intended for 1957. INTERIOR VIEW (see previous page) No concern for crash safety, no steering-wheel adjustability for the shapeless bench seats, intrusive A-pillars ... this brings back with startling clarity what we accepted as normal 60 years ago, an interior that the meanest economy car would scorn today, at least for the U.S. market. The instrument panel was all new with respect to the ’55 and ’56 Chevrolets, and it included some of the shiny aluminum trim slathered on the exterior in an attempt to make the face-lifted car seem more important.


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Race Car Profile 1961 Aston Martin DP214 Replica Competition Coupe One actual DP214 still exists, so a built-to-exact-standard replica is the only way to see this car on the track by Thor Thorson Details Year produced: 1963 Number produced: Two original DP214 cars. One still exists. There are three replica DP214 cars that were built from 1991 to 2010 Original list price: N/A Current Median SCM Valuation: $711,050 (for the replica) Chassis # location: Plaque on right front of engine compartment Engine # location: Left front side of block Club: Aston Martin Owners Club Web: amocna.org Alternatives: 1963 Jaguar “SemiLightweight” E-type, 1959–62 Ferrari 250 SWB replica, 1963 Ferrari 250 GTO replica SCM Investment Grade: B (the original DP214 is an A) Comps Chassis number: DB4618R T he four Aston Martin Development Project cars were the final racing iteration of the DB4 and Aston Martin’s last pure racers of the David Brown era. In 1962, DP212 appeared at Le Mans and led easily with Graham Hill at the wheel before engine trouble put the car out. In 1963, the final three DP cars appeared: two DP214s with DB4GT chassis numbers, and DP215, which ran as a prototype. There are three replica DP214s in existence. The third is this car. SCM Analysis This car, Lot 38, sold for $681,866, including buyer’s premium, at Bonhams’ Goodwood Members’ Meeting Auction on March 19, 2017. Although it was originally formed in 1913, the Aston Martin that we know today began in 1947. David Brown, scion of an industrial empire, saw an ad in the London Times. It offered a “sports car company” that turned out to be Aston Martin for sale. There was not much there but a name and a few engineers, but Brown thought it would be fun and purchased it personally for £20,000. A few months later, he made a similar deal for the remnants of the Lagonda Company. The 42-year-old Brown approached the whole thing as a lark and vanity project, with the idea of using it to go racing. Along with Aston Martin came a tubular prototype chassis called the Atom. It didn’t meet Brown’s expectations for a racer but it was entered in the 1948 24 Hours of Spa anyway. It won outright, and the post-war Aston racing tradi- tion was cast. 78 Win on Sunday, Sell on Monday For Le Mans in 1949, the Atom chassis (now consid- ered the DB1) was mated with the Lagonda engine and alloy coupe bodywork to create the DB2. The car didn’t do well at Le Mans, but it did very well a month later at Spa, and the success prompted the decision to put the DB2 into production. The factory did very well at Le Mans in 1950, with DB2s taking 1st and 2nd in class and winning the Index of Performance. Customers started buying the road DB2s. David Brown had a viable sporting-car manufacturer on his hands. Through the 1950s, Aston was on a roll: Between David Brown’s enthusiasm and the success of the “win on Sunday, sell on Monday” marketing approach, Aston became a worthy and effective competitor to Jaguar as Britain’s premier auto racing company. The DB2 was followed by the DB2/4, then the DB2/4 Mk III, and in 1958, the DB4. World championship racing quickly moved away from closed road-type cars towards open sports cars, so Aston followed. In 1951, the DB3 — an open racer — was introduced to compete with the Jaguar XK 120 and C-type. The DB3 proved heavy and clumsy and was replaced in 1953 with the DB3S, which was very successful for a number of years — and kept Aston Martin very much in the racing spotlight. 1956 saw the introduction of the DBR1, a new and much more sophisticated pure racer that proved very effective. The car evolved over the next few years — until Aston Martin achieved its goal and won Le Mans overall 1961 Jaguar E-type Series 1 3.8 racer Lot 96, s/n 850007 Condition 3+ Sold at $1,209,600 H&H Auctions, Duxford, U.K., 4/18/16 SCM# 6799532 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO replica coupe Lot 28, s/n 4087GT Condition 1- Not sold at $430,743 Bonhams, Chichester, U.K., 3/20/15 SCM# 264453 1963 Ferrari 250 GT SWB replica coupe Lot 316, s/n 3493GT Condition 2 Sold at $935,093 Bonhams, Chichester, U.K., 9/11/15 SCM# 266827 Sports Car Market Courtesy of Bonhams


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with the DBR1 in 1959. With that accomplishment in hand, Aston sort of took a deep breath and sat back. Much had changed: They were selling lots of high-end sporting cars and the ethos of endurance racing was moving back to GT cars from sports racers. For the next few years Aston toyed (unsuccessfully) with Formula One and pretty much left the GT racing to private customers. Back to GT racing The GT racing circus was getting very intense during this period. The FIA had announced that starting in 1962, the World Championship would be contested in GT cars, so the serious players all upgraded their offerings in anticipation of the new rules. Ferrari had introduced the new 250 SWB, Jaguar introduced the E-type, and Aston Martin shortened and lightened its DB4 into the racing-oriented DB4GT, which was in turn further lightened with a Zagato body. Virtually all purists sniff at the idea of fiberglass Cobras or Ferrari clones mounted on 240Z chassis, but how should we approach extremely accurate re-creations of cars that are so rare and have become so valuable that they have effectively ceased to exist in the normal world? In 1961 Ferrari, Jaguar and Aston Martin seemed well matched, but the big show was opening in 1962, and Aston was worried; their cars were fast but still too heavy. Having more or less abandoned Le Mans for a few years, Aston was under serious pressure from its dealers to get back into the game for the publicity and sales that it could generate. Thus, the Development Project (DP) cars were born. Le Mans rules for 1962 included a non-production “Experimental” class, so Aston’s racing department took a DB4GT platform chassis, lightened it as much as possible, stuck in a 3.7-liter engine, built a lightweight, highly aerodynamic body, and called it DP212. It was still way too heavy to match Ferrari’s GTO and didn’t do well, but the concept seemed to work, and Aston decided to do a much better job for 1963. Ferrari’s GTO was homologated as a “special bodied” SWB to meet the production rules — even though it shared little beyond engine, drivetrain and suspension with the SWB. It was 450 pounds lighter. In this way, Ferrari established that the FIA wasn’t going to look very closely at the competitors, so Aston decided to go down the same path. Enter the DP214 Aston created three chassis with an ultra-light box section tube frame and an improved version of the DP212 body design. Two were designated DP214 and got 3.7-liter DB4 engines and mechanicals to run as “production” GTs (they even got production DB4GT chassis numbers) while the third got a 4-liter dry-sump engine and transaxle to run in the (now) Prototype class, designated DP215. They were 700 pounds lighter than a DB4GT, roughly the same weight as the GTO. The three cars were entered at Le Mans for 1963 with high hopes, but it was not to be: The two “GT” 214s went out with piston failure and the 215 broke its transaxle. Aston entered a few more races later in the year with moderate success — but sold everything off at the end of the year and quit racing. One of the 214s was destroyed after it rolled at Nürburgring, killing its owner, so there are three “real” Project Astons left in the world: DP212, DP214 and DP215. They were and still are Aston Martin’s GTO, stunningly beautiful, fast, important — and rare to the point of being impossible to own or race. Vintage racing and replica cars It is time to consider an interesting conundrum when it comes to the issue of “replica” automobiles. Virtually all purists sniff and stiffen their backs at the idea of fiberglass Cobras or Ferrari clones mounted on 240Z chassis, but how should we approach extremely accurate recreations of cars that are so rare and have become so valuable that they have effectively ceased to exist in the normal world? Forty years ago, a person attending any national-level vintage race could legitimately expect to see and hear the absolute best of racing cars from the glory years — Ferraris, pre- and post-war Maseratis and Alfas, racing Aston Martins, and the like. Moderately lucky and/or committed enthusiasts could still own and experience the greatness they represented (heck, even I was able to own and race a Ferrari TRC for a few years back then). Those times are gone, and the great cars are hen’s-teeth rare at all but a few of the most important races. If a re-creation of a great car is extremely correct and accurate, is there any reason to deny both an owner and the audience the experience that they represent? It’s a difficult question. The FIA, which controls the ability of cars to participate in inter- national racing, has chosen not to take sides. Their required Historic Technical Passport certifies only that a given car is correct in all details — not that it is original. Thus a correct re-creation of a racing car is legal to race in their events; it is the organizer’s responsibility to choose who is welcome. In the case of Aston’s beautiful and important DP214, there is only one real one, and it seldom, if ever, races, so the promoter’s choice is a good re-creation or nothing. So the three existing replicas are generally welcome whenever they want to show up. They are still replicas, though, and they won’t ever carry the value of the originals. Right now $600,000–$700,000 seems to be both the standard and the limit for any really good replica, be it a GTO, SWB, TR or Aston DP214. It may well be that this represents the underlying “weapons-grade” value of important racing cars. Anything above that is collector value. At about 5% of the value of a “real” car, the price for the experience without the status seems a rational decision for someone who mostly wants to race one. It’s a lot of bang for the buck. This car was fairly bought. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of Bonhams.) July 2017 79


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Next Gen Profile 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster The lucky buyer got a barely used SLS — with a bunch of performance goodies thrown in for free by Pierre Hedary Details Years produced: 2011–15 Number produced: 884 (roadsters for the U.S. market) Original list price: $196,500 Current SCM Median Valuation: $160,100 Cost to service: $800 for 20,000-mile B Service Chassis # location: Under right-hand seat Engine # location: Front left side of engine block near oil pan Club: Mercedes Benz Club of America Web: www.MBCA.org Alternatives: 1999–2003 BMW Z8, 2003–10 Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren, 2005–13 Chevrolet Corvette SCM Investment Grade: C Comps 2014 Mercedes-Benz SLS Black Series coupe Lot 111, s/n WMX1973771A011179 Condition 2+ Sold at $501,682 • 6.3-liter, naturally aspirated V8 engine • 7-speed automatic transmission • Less than 7,000 actual miles • Power top, windows, steering and brakes • Air conditioning • RENNtech tuned to over 600 horsepower • RENNtech long-tube headers • Ti Evo cat-back exhaust with carbon-fiber Akrapovic tailpipes • H&R lowering springs • ADV.1 bronze wheels • RENNtech carbon-fiber front and rear diffuser package SCM Analysis This car, Lot 528, sold for $148,500, including buyer’s premium, at Auctions America’s Fort Lauderdale, FL, sale on April 1, 2017. The Mercedes-Benz trifecta of speed — the SLR McLaren, the SL65 AMG Black Series and the SLS AMG — were part of a sweeping change at Daimler to reestablish the exclusivity of their performance vehicles. The SLS is the most produced of the three — and arguably the most usable. You can even find them for sale on Craigslist — albeit for a higher price than this purchaser paid. But this is an unclear market, and we need to determine whether depreciation is at work. 80 A Baby Boomer indulgence When the SLS was first released to an eager crowd of upper-middle-class retirees, I recall how every guy in that category at our MBCA events ordered a brand-new one — and bragged about it until my ears bled. While I acknowledge that this is SoFla (South Florida, to the rest of the United States), and I further acknowledge that most of this hard-working demographic is well off and now enjoying their retirement, this car has all of the traits one would want in a high-speed toy. I use the word “toy” pejoratively. So far, amidst the financial shipwreck that has been most of the 21st century, most Gen Xers and Millennials have shunned the idea of having a nearly new $150,000 toy in the garage. This means the present glut of secondhand SLS roadsters are depreciating assets. This is a vehicle for those who want the latest and greatest. While the SLS is a better vehicle than the SLR McLaren from a drivability standpoint, the crowd who was eager to get their hands on one five years ago now wants the AMG GT (or whatever else is next). The result is that the original list price of $196,500 is fading into the past. Options usually pushed these up to $225,000. The SLS was designed to easily rack up 100,000 miles, but the majority of them barely got any use. So most of the examples on the market are almost-new cars. This formula works out better for someone who 2001 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG coupe Lot 28, s/n WMX1973772A006144 Condition 1Sold at $194,175 Bonhams, Bond Street Sale, London, U.K., 12/3/16 SCM# 6816862 RM Sotheby’s, Rétromobile, Paris, FRA, 2/7/17 SCM# 6817198 2011 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Gullwing Lot 149, s/n WDDRJ7HA9BA004982 Condition 1 Sold at $137,500 Motostalgia, Indianapolis, IN, 6/11/15 SCM# 265565 Sports Car Market Courtesy of Auctions America


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wants an exotic-but-reliable daily driver than for a collector who sees this car as an investment. This car reminds me of how Thor Thorson puts certain race cars in the “weapons-grade” category. The SLS AMG roadster is a weaponsgrade sports car. You won’t make any money on it, but you will have a hell of a time driving it. Toys vs. investment-grade hypercars Vehicles like the Ferrari Enzo, McLaren P1, Bugatti Veyron or Pagani Huayra are now great places to stash a few million dollars. While the buy-in is expensive, the financial future of these cars seems to be consistently above their initial purchase price. When you consider the market performance of the generation of emerging hypercars and their predecessors — think McLaren F1 or the Pagani Zonda — you realize that the SLS is simply not in the same league. These days, you can find multiple examples all over the biggest web- sites with under 10,000 miles begging for $170,000. So before pursuing an SLS, you must acknowledge two things: • The market is saturated. • These cars are slowly depreciating. In short, these fine vehicles have all of the makings of a fantastic toy. I would advise anyone who purchases an SLS to get maximum use out of it. Take it to the grocery store, to work or to the golf course. Bang it up a little. It is still new enough to show off. Don’t let anyone try to talk you into “investing” in one. The first generation of owners are not collecting massive revenues from the sales of their SLS cars, so don’t expect to either. Other fantastic toys include — but are not limited to — most modern Corvettes, most of the V8 Ferraris, most modern Aston Martins and the bulk of new Lamborghinis. In a way, this is advantageous for second-hand purchasers. I would advise anyone who purchases an SLS to get maximum use out of it. Take it to the grocery store, to work or to the golf course. Bang it up a little. It is still new enough to show off. Don’t let anyone try to talk you into “investing” in one. The first generation of owners are not collecting massive revenues from the sales of their SLS cars, so don’t expect to either. I find it depressing that the first owner of this SLS spent somewhere between $20,000 and $40,000 at RENNtech — and then barely drove it. While someone duped into the snares of the investment unicorn might consider the modifications a black mark for future values, RENNtech does excellent work — and gets the remaining 10% out of the engine and chassis. The SLS vs. the rest of the trifecta This SLS, upon comparison to the rest of the examples in SCM’s Platinum Auction Database, might come across as well bought. However, this is simply a case of the market asserting itself in a fair sale. The exception would have been if it were a (usually $550,000 or more) Black Series. If you compare the SLS AMG to the SLR McLaren or the SL65 Black Series, our subject model is the cheapest entry — and the newest. Most of these cars had some production overlap, and critics could say that Daimler produced too many high-performance sports cars at once — making the SLS and its siblings rather indistinct. This indistinctiveness, I will argue, has plagued the Mercedes brand since they dropped the R107 in 1989 and replaced it with a parade of bland-looking sports cars. Only with the advent of its Black Series cars has Daimler been able to start reversing this issue, but the typical SLS is still overshadowed by vehicles like the BMW Z8. Am I saying that the SLS is bland? While strangers call me demand- ing excellent examples of older Mercedes SLs, the glut of used SLS coupes and roadsters on the market is not bringing values up. In two years, this example might be considered well sold. If I were the purchaser, I would enjoy mine while all of those control modules are still fresh. This lucky person got a barely used SLS —with a bunch of performance goodies thrown in for free. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of Auctions America.) July 2017 81


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AUCTIONS IN THIS ISSUE $10.3m Leake; Dallas, TX, p. 90 $6.4m Worldwide Auctioneers; Arlington, TX, p. 118 $5.5m H&H; Duxford, U.K., p. 106 $2.6m Branson; Branson, MO, p. 132 $1m Brightwells; Bicester, U.K., p. 142 Roundup, p. 154 Ringman Marty Hill awaits bids on a 2014 Ferrari LaFerrari, which sold for $3.4m, at Leake Auction Co.’s sale in Dallas, TX


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Market Reports Overview Spring cleaning The boost is turned up in the Millennial car market, especially for 4-cylinder turbos Top 10 Sales This Issue (Land Auctions Only) By Garrett Long H 1. 2014 Ferrari LaFerrari coupe, $3,740,000—Leake, TX, p. 96 2. 1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SL roadster, $1,111,000—Worldwide Auctioneers, TX, p. 120 3. 1964 Ferrari 330 GT Nembo, $741,852—H&H Auctions, U.K., p. 114 4. 1958 Ferrari 250 GT LWB replica California Spyder, $706,859— H&H Auctions, U.K., p. 114 5. 1969 Chevrolet Corvette L88 convertible, $616,000—Worldwide Auctioneers, TX, p. 131 6. 1925 Bentley 3 Litre Speed Model tourer, $307,939—H&H Auctions, U.K., p. 108 7. 2003 Aston Martin DB7 Zagato coupe, $307,939—H&H Auctions, U.K., p. 110 8. 1958 Porsche 356A Speedster, $275,000—Worldwide Auctioneers, TX, p. 120 9. 1965 Ferrari 330 GT Series I 2+2 coupe, $244,951—H&H Auctions, U.K., p. 116 10. 1983 Ferrari 512 BBi coupe, $236,500—Worldwide Auctioneers, TX, p. 126 Best Buys 1955 MGA roadster, $22,050— Branson, MO, p. 134 86 &H had a great Duxford auction that fell short of the 2016 results. Recording their second-highest sales total, number of lots and a solid sales rate ensures a $500k drop from last year’s record-breaking event won’t bother them much. Brightwells had their first of three auctions at Bicester Heritage Museum. A $1.2m total, for 42 of 57 lots sold, sets a high bar we are eager to see if they can clear again. Worldwide met their quota at the Would Millennials buy a modern version of Dodge’s 1992 Daytona IROC R/T turbo coupe? Arlington auction and had a successful weekend, but the company has got to feel the weight of 2016’s $11.4m total, which was almost double this year’s $6.4m results. However, Worldwide offered high-quality cars and returned respectable numbers, with a 78% sales rate for the 111 lots on offer. Branson offered no surprises, hitting just about the same figures they have since 2003. Ending the weekend with $2.6m total, a 69% sales rate for the 193 lots offered deserves credit for consistency, with no notable dips in car quality or results. Leake is our upset of the issue. Propelling off the head- lines and sale result of the $3.4m LaFerrari, they finished their Dallas auction having doubled their previous results with a $10.3m total, all while setting new records in average lot price, lots offered and sales rate. Unless they can find another multi-million-dollar exotic, those numbers will be tough to beat. Garrett’s Market Moment: In this month’s Leake fea- ture, B. Mitchell Carlson made a comment regarding the 1992 Dodge Daytona IROC R/T that stuck with me: If the turbo coupe had been released today, it probably would have sold way over its paltry 500 units and been a hit with Millennial tuners. As a Millennial tuner, I wager he’s right. The V8 is a tried-and-true formula and the king of well-rounded performance. But as fuel prices and engine technology both go up, the turbo four — like our lumpy Daytona has here — is becoming less of a compromise and more of a bargain. Many Millennials are in a financial crunch, so buying something that is cheap, fuel efficient and easy to insure is more of a necessity than a preference. That’s a big part of why, unlike the Fox-body turbo Mustangs of the 1980s, Ford’s new Ecoboost 4-banger Mustang is the most popular Mustang model — particularly among Millennials. Add Sales Totals of Auctions in This Issue McCormick’s Palm Springs, CA February 24–26, 2017 Mecum Auctions Kansas City, MO March 24–25, 2017 Duxford, U.K. March 29, 2017 Bicester, U.K. April 5, 2017 April 21–22, 2017 Worldwide Arlington, TX April 21–22, 2017 Leake Dallas, TX April 21–23, 2017 Silver Auctions Vancouver, WA April 22, 2017 $0 $364k $2m 1: National concours standard/perfect 2: Very good, club concours, some small flaws 3: Average daily driver in decent condition Branson, MO Branson Brightwells $1.2m $2.6m $6.5m $10.3m $4m $6m 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 in the reverence we have for legendary turbo JDM cars and a turbo hardly seems like a compromise. Dodge currently doesn’t have a direct competitor to the Mustang (the SRT Challenger weighs almost 600 pounds more than a GT; that’s a different category). But if Dodge would release a Daytona spiritual successor, aimed square at the practical Millennial enthusiast, they might find a category hungry for affordable fun. So watch out for old turbo Mustangs and our easily forgotten Daytona here, as they might just catch onto that turbo-lag upswing. ♦ $8m $10m H&H $5.6m $5.8m $7.4m 1967 Chevrolet Corvette convertible, $79,200—Worldwide Auctioneers, TX, p. 131 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302 fastback, $57,500—Branson, MO, p. 139 1934 Ford Model 40 Eight phaeton, $45,100—Worldwide Auctioneers, TX, p. 128 1967 Chevrolet Corvette convertible, $103,400—Leake, TX, p. 102 Sports Car Market


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Market Reports Trending Now Buy/Sell/Hold SCM’s Jeff Zurschmeide looks at what’s hot and what’s not in today’s market by Jeff Zurschmeide Median Sold Price $25,000 $20,000 $15,000 $11,550 $10,000 $5,000 $0 $9,707 -8% $10,584 -8% $9,707 0% $12,925 -24% $8,800 -36% $19,080 97% $17,050 -11% $17,050 0% $13,700 6% Buy: 2000–09 Honda S2000 — Honda’s two-seat ragtop never made the massmarket splash of the Mazda Miata or became a supercar sensation like the Acura NSX, but everyone who knows about the S2000 agrees that it’s one of the best sports cars ever made. The S2000 provides Boxster performance with Honda reliability. Values have stayed strong and many unmolested examples still exist. 2000–03 models have a 2.0-liter engine, while 2004–09 examples offered a 2.2-liter powerplant. Horsepower was the same for all years at 237, but the 2.2-liter cars offer 162 pound-feet of torque — about 10 more than the 2.0-liter. You can find an S2000 easily, as 66,860 were imported to the U.S. The time is right to buy one before they become collectible. Number produced: 110,673 (global sales) Number in SCM Platinum Auction Database: 26 Number sold at auction in the past 12 months: 2 Average selling price of those cars: $11,250 Current SCM Median Valuation: $8,800 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 Median Sold Price $900,000 $800,000 $700,000 $600,000 $500,000 $400,000 $300,000 $200,000 $100,000 $0 $66,000 -8% $79,285 -90% $71,500 -10% 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 $825,000 Sell: 2015–17 Dodge Challenger Hellcat — The Dodge Challenger Hellcat (and its sibling Charger Hellcat) is a fantastic modern muscle car. No doubt about that. But as a collectible, it’s a sure loser from this point until unwrecked, unmolested survivors become rare. When the Hellcat first came out in 2015 and was hard to come by, it brought a nice premium in the collector market. But then Dodge doubled production for 2016 and now we’re looking at 20,000 Hellcats on the road. The announcement of the limited-production Challenger Demon at 840 horsepower means that the Hellcat now looks more like Hello Kitty. If you’re holding a Hellcat as an investment, sell it now. But if you really love it, that’s a totally different animal. Number produced: 20,000 and counting Number in SCM Platinum Auction Database: 37 Number sold at auction in the past 12 months: 21 Average price of those cars: $66,772 Current SCM Median Valuation: $66,000 Median Sold Price $450,000 $400,000 $350,000 $300,000 $250,000 $200,000 $150,000 $100,000 $50,000 $0 $192,500 $154,000 -20% $188,108 18% $159,583 4% $239,250 27% $230,472 -4% $341,121 7% $318,600 38% $427,797 25% $341,000 -20% Hold: 1956–58 Porsche 356A Speedster — This is a tale of two Porsches. Both sold on the same day at the Gooding auction in Scottsdale 2017. One was a derelict “barn find” 1958 Super Speedster (SCM# 6813153) and the other was a previously restored and correct California Speedster (SCM# 6813231) rated as 2+ by SCM’s reporter. Here’s the thing: Both cars sold for $341,000. Other cars have sold higher, but when a rusty, non-running and incomplete car (albeit with the desirable higher-output Super engine) pulls the exact same money as a nice condition 2+ that would turn heads at any PCA or 356 Registry event, you know the buyers are committed (or should be) and prices are likely to continue skyward. See SCM’s January 2017 cover story for more supporting data. Number produced: 2,911 Number in SCM Platinum Auction Database: 56 Number sold at auction in the past 12 months: 13 Average price of those cars: $399,640 Current SCM Median Valuation: $341,000 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 88 Sports Car Market BUY SELL HOLD


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Market Reports By the Numbers Tracking the Market The air-cooled Porsche 911 collector-car market skyrocketed in 2014. What has happened since? Average Price of Air-Cooled Porsche 911s Per Year as Recorded by SCM $180k $159,420 $160k $143,240 $140k $120k $100k $80k $80,759 $60k 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 $115,680 $155,443 (Through 4/8/2017) $162,702 Air-Cooled Porsche 911 Numbers — 2013 2012 2014 2015 2016 2017 July 2017 $14,344,326 $12,517,664 $23,782,769 $56,620,201 $62,492,645 $27,502,015 0 $10m $20m are Total Sales Per Year at Auctions Recorded by SCM 225 offered/155 cars sold, 69% sold 195 offered/124 cars sold, 64% sold 264 offered/192 cars sold, 73% sold 547 offered/392 cars sold, 72% sold 551 offered/348 cars sold, 63% sold 228 offered/153 cars sold, 67% sold (through 4/8/2017) $30m $40m $50m $60m $70m 89


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Leake Dallas, TX Leake — Dallas Spring 2017 Auction LaFerrari grabs headlines and top sale at Leake’s big show in Texas Company Leake Date April 21–23, 2017 Location Dallas, TX Auctioneers Jim Richie, Brian Marshall, Dillon Hall, Casey Enlow Automotive lots sold/offered 290/438 Sales rate 66% Sales total $10,313,078 High sale 2014 Ferrari LaFerrari coupe, sold at $3,740,000 Buyer’s premium Leake’s highest selling vehicle to date — 2014 Ferrari LaFerrari coupe, sold at $3,740,000 10%, included in sale prices Report and photos by B. Mitchell Carlson and Roy Velander Market opinions in italics F or the spring 2017 edition of L Auctions’ biannual Dallas sale, it w about Ferrari. On the surface, that may seem off-kilter, with only nine examples of Maranello’s finest in the Dallas Market Center and only three of them sold. Yet there was no doubt that one of the was the most talked-about car of the weeken Leading the charge was an example of th LaFerrari. As one of the only examples available globally on the open market — in U.S. specification to boot — there was significant interest on- and off-site for this near-new example. Crossing the block at prime time on Saturday afternoon, with the other auction ring temporarily shut down, the first bid was tendered at $2m. With a thunderous roar from the crowd, it was announced that the reserve was off at $3.4m and it was loose and selling. After the auctioneers worked the crowd, phone bidders, and the Internet one more time over, it hammered sold for that amount. An almost-as-uproarious cheer came up when it was announced that it was staying in the Metroplex, going west to its new home in Fort Worth. This sale was not only noteworthy globally, but was also the highest sale ever attained by Leake Auctions. Even if the LaFerrari had failed to sell, the auction 90 Dallas, TX was still an uptick from last year. All numbers were up: total consignments, total sales, the sales rate by exactly 11%, and most importantly, more money in the till. If we once again leave out the LaFerrari, all the other sales were up by $3m compared to last year. Add in the LaFerrari, and it was a successful $10m weekend. And all of this happened while Worldwide was conducting an auction down the road in Arlington on the same Friday and Saturday. It was quite a coup o for Leake to get the LaFerrari consigned, as its presence there — even had tanked — buoyed the event for the whole weekend. Also of note was the no-reserve offering of over 40 vehicles from collector car dealers David and Laura Williams on Saturday afternoon. This personal collection was generally divided between premium muscle cars and limited-edition modern collectibles. One particular auctioneer gave very little time for most cars on the block, demanding the car handlers start buttoning them up to get them off the carousel almost as soon as they rolled onto it. None of these cars sold strongly. Indeed, most sold under the money, ranging from reasonable to well bought. Leake’s next event at this venue is on November 17 through 19. ♦ $10m $8m $6m $4m $2m 0 Sports Car Market 2017 2016 2015 2014 Sales Totals


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Leake Dallas, TX ENGLISH #149-1961 AUSTIN-HEALEY SPRITE Mk I Bugeye roadster. S/N: 43482. Pale Yellow/black vinyl/red vinyl. Odo: 19,571 miles. Stock steel wheels, hastily repainted and shod with radial tires. Non-stock, recently rebuilt 1,100-cc engine with Weber carburetor and electronic ignition. Despite that, it’s still fussy to start and runs inconsistently. Recent light and inconsistent repaint, especially on the hood. Hood to body gaps are highly inconsistent. Door fit is nothing to brag about, with paint chips around the frame showing that shutting those doors is a hit-or-miss proposition. Older economy bumper replate. Wavy grille frame. Windshield is delaminating, but has a replacement seal. New top. Workmanship on the recently re-covered seats is quite good, yet the door panels were crudely redone. Poorly fitted carpet along the front of the transmission doghouse. Generally ignored undercarriage, with rusty exhaust system. Cond: 3-. pinchweld molding has lifted off. Radio-delete plate. Good refinishing of the dashboard wood. Modern aluminum radiator, but otherwise generally tidy and clean under the hood. Older undercoating, with surface rust where it hasn’t been applied. Fussy and spitting while running. Pushed onto the auction carousel. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $40,700. 1965 marked the second year on the Mark III—the final iteration of the Big Healey. This example is actually a Phase II car with revised suspension. While this Healey looked darn nice on the outside, peeling the layers off the onion revealed more than enough issues to make this a better sale for the consignor than the buyer. However, once sorted, it should make for a fun runner on the blue highways—not a concours lawn ornament. SOLD AT $10,230. As Publisher Martin can attest, there’s no economy in getting a “cheap” Bugeye—especially when you pay too much for it. Since my assistant Roy owned two of these back in the early 1970s, he was harsher on this car than me. The final bid was lifted, most likely placed by someone online. #2517-1965 AUSTIN-HEALEY 3000 Mk III BJ8 convertible. S/N: HBJ8L26650. Light blue metallic & white/dark blue cloth/dark blue leather. Odo: 77,587 miles. Equipped with chrome knockoff wire wheels and electric overdrive unit. Quite nice base/clear repaint done in recent years. Blistering below the paint on the left rear tonneau snap. Lousy door fit, even for a Big Healey. Most chrome replated or replaced, to include the repop wire wheels shod with radials. Reproduction top and interior soft trim, generally well fitted. Minimal carpet wear. Most of the driver’s side #2474-1967 JAGUAR E-TYPE Series I 4.2 convertible. S/N: 1E15719. Red/tan cloth/tan leather. Odo: 37,270 miles. Period Blaupunkt AM/FM radio. Bare-body professional nut-and-bolt restoration completed seven years ago. Since then, it was a Jaguar Club of North America National Champion in its class in 2011 and 2012, in addition to attaining three 100-point scores at three different concours. Paint, panel fit and chrome are still superb. Engine presentation is still quite good, but a bit of touch-up may be in order. On the undercarriage, some touch-up is needed, as fluid leaks are now prevalent from the differential and over to the rear suspension. Correct reproduction bias-ply tires, but with Redlines mounted inboard. Neat-as-a-pin interior. Cond: 2+. Gloss-black-painted suspension bits and polished stainless exhaust system. Modern AM/ FM/cassette deck displaces the stock radio, yet otherwise the interior is well restored to stock. This includes the restuffed headrests—not looking like a pair of deflated balloons like most of these cars. Rear parcel-shelf vinyl seams are starting to split. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $66,000. 1972 was the final year of small chrome bumpers on the series III Etypes, although the large rubber blocks used the next year were a markedly better solution compared to some British Leyland products for the U.S. frontal crash standards in 1973 (MGBs come to mind as a reflex reaction as a far more horrid “fix”). Last seen in our database selling at Mecum’s 2011 Monterey auction for $39,750 (SCM# 6765358). If this was purchased by the consignor here at that time, at least he made money on the car. However, it could have—and should have—done better. Not a smokin’ hot deal, but bought well enough, as series IIIs have recovered far better than 2011 pricing. NOT SOLD AT $76,000. While some folks would call this interior color “Biscuit,” I just can’t do it—I always conjure up visions of my mom’s Bisquick “gut bomb” biscuits. And this E-type just doesn’t make me queasy, even if it will take a weekend worth of detailing to concours it again. Bid to $76k on the block, but with the auction caveat I always love: “We’re selling it on a phone call.” However, they didn’t get the answer they were expecting. Personally, if I was called asking to sell my recent multiple-JCNA-national-award-winning series-one XKE for this, I’d just hang up. #2510-1972 JAGUAR E-TYPE Series III convertible. S/N: UC1S20336. Red/black vinyl/black leather. Odo: 3,799 miles. Competently restored within the decade, leaning more towards driveablity than gathering concours awards. Repro wire wheels shod with radial tires, fitted with a modern Japanese hightorque starter (hands down the most reliable part of the electrical system). Well-prepped body and well-applied base/clear repaint. Generally tidy and stock-appearing under that tilting front bonnet. Modern gel-cell battery. 92 #1145-1979 MGB convertible. S/N: GHN5UL493321G. Black/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 80,769 miles. Dealer-accessory trunk rack. Paintwork presents well. Aftermarket radio antenna, leading to an aftermarket DIN-mount AM/FM/cassette deck. Front and rear plastic cladding has had most sunburn on it buffed out of it. Good-to-decent original brightwork, all with some degree of light scuffing—to include the original Limited Edition badge on the dashboard. North American MG Resister decal on the windshield. New top, seats, carpeting and dash-top pad. Generally tidy and stock under the hood. A green puddle formed under the car, but at least didn’t get larger the longer it was parked there. Newer radials on the stock five-spoke alloy wheels. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $8,140. Just like a number of automakers in the late 1970s (especially those importing convertibles), MG offered several trim and tape-stripe packages to spice up sales on their long-in-the-tooth model with few substantial changes. Turns out convertibles in Sports Car Market


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Leake Dallas, TX general got a stay of execution, but MG didn’t make it past 1980 (in the States at least). At least with 80k on the clock, this one did get enjoyed rather than parked and left to rot, waiting for non-existent fame and fortune as an Instant Collectible. The reserve was off at $7,250, garnering one more bid to get it bought for a correct retail price. GERMAN #477-1956 MERCEDES-BENZ 190SL convertible. S/N: 6503694. Silver/silver hard top/black cloth soft top/black leather. Odo: 75,323 km. Sold new in Veracruz, Mexico, retaining the original invoice, most paperwork and metric gauges. Factory-optional hard and soft tops. Offered here on a bonded title; under the unit sequence number of 6503694, in lieu of the entire serial number. Older restoration, with a color-change repaint from white—that’s reasonably good. Even door shut lines and smooth rocker panels. Dry-rotted window seals on the hard top. High-quality older replating. Recent replacement of the soft top and interior upholstery, with good workmanship. Fresh fluff-and-buff under the hood, although the air cleaner snout is lightly dented and brass isn’t polished. What wasn’t undercoated below the car is wearing gloss black paint, all applied recently. Newer radial wide whitewall tires, showing a little positive rear camber. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $82,500. From the second year of production for the baby brother to the 300SL, which was also the most prolific year, at 4,032 units. Cleaner looking than the post1959 production wrap-around backlight, but not all that practical in real-world traffic. Being a Mexican market car, this shows the global appeal of the 190SL—both then and now. After being bogged down at the $70k point in bidding, a relatively long conference yielded the reserve being lifted, at which point the car garnered a couple more bids to get it sold. #467-1963 PORSCHE 356 Super 90 cab- riolet. S/N: 157780. Signal Red/black cloth/ black leather. Odo: 3,869 miles. Fully chromed stock-style wheels with 15-inch radials. Older restoration, with use since. Excellent repaint, marred only by a scrape across the top of the bumper and subsequent ding in the front valence panel behind it. Authentic sheen to all chrome, which has been replated. Light overall scuffing on the windshield lock strip trim. Three PCA and 356 Registry grille badges on the engine-lid grille. Well-fitted replacement top. Reupholstered seats and door panels. Reproduction carpet shows light wear and soiling. 1990s-era Blaupunkt Sacramento AM/FM/cassette stereo, with the faceplate trimmed to fit the original radio location. Frosty original interior chrome. Newer dual downdraft Weber carburetor conversion is far cleaner than the rest of the engine bay. Motor seems to run out well. Mostly undercoated on the bottom of the car, and quite dirty to boot. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $100,000. While this may have done fairly well as show car after the restoration work was completed, that train has now left the station. However, this looks to have been enjoyed quite a bit since then and should continue to do so without any obvious issues. As such, final bid was more correct than the consignor not accepting it, if it was seriously on the market. #782-1970 VOLKSWAGEN BEETLE 2-dr sedan. S/N: 1102326493. Maroon & cream/black vinyl. Odo: 16,499 miles. Color change repaint into a non-stock-for-the-era two-tone. Presents okay, but done long enough ago that the door hinges now are rusty. Has several masking errors around the door window trim and door seals. Stock steel wheels, also painted the non-stock two-tone, fitted with newer radials. Period-accessory roof rack, modern aftermarket stainless headlight brows. Reproduction seats and door panels. Original carpeting, with water staining around the pedals and heavier wear below the driver’s door. Cracks at the top of the original dashboard. All modern aftermarket gauges and AM/FM/cassette deck, with a rat’s nest of wiring in the trunk at the cowl. Built-up 1,600-cc engine, featuring a pair of Weber downdraughts. Rather dingy in the engine bay. Engine fussy to start. Pushed onto the block. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $6,930. I’m left with the impression that this was a scruffy older Beetle that was dolled up for resale, and has yet to find a longterm owner since. Popped up in our database last in 2003 (SCM# 1561507), essentially as presented here with more dolling up (such as the color sanding) since then. While it was a no-sale on Friday as Lot 1129 at $6k, it was declared sold on Sunday as Lot 782. Hopefully, it has found an appreciative owner, but somehow, I think it just got picked up by another dealer. #433-1981 VOLKSWAGEN TRANS- PORTER Double Cab 3-dr drop-side pickup. S/N: BH701216. White/gray vinyl. Odo: 41,494 miles. Powered by VW’s 1.6L water-cooled inline 4-cylinder diesel, yet still in the back like a proper Type II. Equipped with power windows, power door locks, accessory driving lights and door window visors. Stated that it was recently restored—if you 94 Sports Car Market


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Leake Dallas, TX consider a masked-off repaint over a moderately prepped body and a new interior a restoration. Light dents and dings on the box sides and flooring. Good door fit up front, but the rear door needs help to latch. Decent plating on the door handles and headlight rings, as just about everything else is either painted or plastic. Wood slats in the cargo compartment have been re-varnished. Well-fitted interior soft trim, with no appreciable wear. Aftermarket one-piece steering-wheel rim cover. Washed-off undercarriage and engine bay, all being generally stock. Cond: 3+. this was a 5-banger Diesel, not a six—as it was the same engine found in the mid-size W123 300D sedan, 300CD coupe, and 300TD wagon. While it was hammered sold on the block Friday for $2,800, Leake’s official postevent results reflect this as a no-sale. As such, it crossed the block again on Sunday afternoon for a definite sale. #2485-1989 PORSCHE 911 Carrera SOLD AT $16,500. While the second-generation Type II Transporter was replaced by the Vanagon in 1980 in the U.S. and Europe, these continued to be built in Brazil until 2013. The black protrusion up front is for the radiator, in this case cooling the 4-banger diesel that we knew from the first-generation Golf/Rabbit, used from 1981 through 1985. Bid to $11k on the block; stated that it was going to take at least $20k to get it sold this weekend. Thanks in no small part to VW’s Dieselgate putting a lot of people off oil burners in general, the consignor later accepted a $15,000 offer off the block. #751-1982 MERCEDES-BENZ 300SD sedan. S/N: WDBCB20A3CB014641. Pastel blue/dark blue leather. Odo: 163,055 miles. Claimed to be an original-paint car. Right front fender has a few light dings with subsequent chips that were touched up. Lots of buffing compound residue in body crevasses. Muted original chrome and alloy trim. Atypical S-class bank-vault door fit. Dash top has several cracks; rear parcel shelf is heavily faded. Exceptionally heavy wear and discoloring on the driver’s door panel. Seats show less wear than expected for 163k miles. Recent cleanup under the hood, not to be confused with detailing. Motor runs out well, without sounding like a fist full of ball bearings in a 55-gallon drum, like most period diesels. Cond: 3. Speedster. S/N: WP0EB0914KS173247. Guards Red/black cloth/black leather. Odo: 8,901 miles. Factory options, per the Porscheissued Certificate of Authenticity, are a/c, luggage compartment substitution for the rear seats, raised-hub steering wheel, Blaupunkt Charleston AM/FM/cassette stereo system and California emissions. 8,901 miles from new and all original, apart from the tires, battery and fluids. CARFAX supplied with the car shows it to have been regularly serviced and exercised, with biannual emissions inspections through 2012. Exceptionally well-cared-for paint and interior soft trim, showing only the slightest of wear. Very tidy under the engine lid. Light road grime on the undercarriage. Cond: 2. shows a recent timing-belt change. Engine bay shows regular upkeep. ANSA exhaust system and light road grime on the undercarriage. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $70,000. Made from 1975 through 1979, this is the only Ferrari to have a series production body by Bertone; yet most Ferrari purists turn their noses up at the GT4s because they have two seats too many. Not that you can really call that a back seat in this; it’s more of a padded package shelf. In the 1980s and early 1990s, this was the cheapest way to get into a Prancing Horse car, so as such, most sold in the U.S. over those years were not well cared for. Fully bid here today, if not a tad generous, as the GTBs that this shares its powertrain with have now settled at this money for commensurate condition. NOT SOLD AT $120,000. The 247th of 823 Speedsters sent to the U.S. for one year only, all with the “turbo-look” wide body. The cutdown and raked windshield exacerbates the fat-ass look of double-bubble tonneau cover and fender flares; it’s at least a nice, clean, rounded look, unlike the regular cabriolets that look like they had the roof cut off and top bows added. If you like a large booty, you’ll like an ’89 Speedster. With 1980s 911s seeming to have stabilized in price lately, one can make good arguments either way on this being fully bid or that the consignor was prudent to not let this limited-production one-year wonder go. ITALIAN #470-1979 FERRARI 308 GT4 DINO SOLD AT $3,520. With 78,725 sold globally from late 1979 to 1985, this was a more successful W126 variant than most folks realize. Another thing most folks don’t realize is that 96 coupe. S/N: 15016. Black/black leather. Odo: 16,022 miles. Stated that the 16,022 miles indicated is correct from new and that it wears original paint. Said paint has been heavily buffed over the decades, which helps show moderate chipping up front. Light sun fade on the bumper rubber. Light scuffing on the windshield surround trim. Fitted with plus-2-sized wheels, but the consignor states that the original 14-inch rims are included. Good original interior, with light driver’s seat bolster wear and the start of seam separations on the console. Stock radio has been replaced with a modern DIN-mount Alpine. Documentation SOLD AT $3,740,000. Inquiries to my contacts within the auction company confirmed that the consignor was dead serious about putting this car on the market, rather than being eye candy for the venue. With the example consigned at RM Sotheby’s Ville Erba auction in Italy over a month away—and a Euro-spec car at that—this was pretty much the only U.S.-spec example on the open global market at the time. The Platinum lane was shut down while this ran on the Red lane (most appropriately); the first bite was at $2m (better than the original MSRP of $1,420,000), Sports Car Market #465-2014 FERRARI LAFERRARI coupe. S/N: ZFF76ZFA2E0205216. Rosso Corsa/black leather & Alcantara. Odo: 569 miles. Hybrid drive (788-hp rearmounted V12 engine and 161-hp electric motor up front), F1 7-speed dual-clutch gearbox. Factory options of two-tone cladding, larger seat cushion and oversized carbon-fiber street mirrors. 569 miles from new, consigned by the original local owner. Seats, steering wheel and carpeting still have the original plastic protective coverings. The greatest amount of wear on the vehicle is the tires—slightly more so with the fronts than the rears—as even the undercarriage and rear engine bay do not show any wear or soiling. Not even so much as any curb rash on the front-chin spoiler. For all intents and purposes, a three-year-old new car. Cond: 1-. TOP 10 No. 1


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Rising Sun Recent online sales of Japanese collector cars by Brian Baker (All text within quotes minimally edited from online descriptions) k246199915. 1987 Nissan BE-1. S/N 647 (Last 3). 73,000 kilometers (45,000 miles). “987-cc, inline 4-cylinder; 51 hp, 3-speed automatic, Nardi steering wheel and shift knob, Foil wheels, aftermarket stereo.” Cond: 3. Leake Dallas, TX gradually working up to the reserve being lifted at $3.4m. It hammered sold to a Fort Worth resident for the best price ever attained at a Leake auction—let alone for this weekend. God bless capitalism. JAPANESE #436-1984 TOYOTA LAND CRUISER SOLD AT ¥161,000 ($1,435). In the late 1980s, Nissan produced four postmodern-styled cars. Naoki Sakai, who was living in San Francisco, designed the cars. These cars were built in one of Nissan’s subcontractor plants nicknamed “Pike Factory.” This particular car seems to be in fairly good shape, but it’s lacking some of the original parts that would make it more desirable. Well bought. Yahoo Auctions Japan, 3/20/2017. #122423131785. 1990 Nissan Pao. S/N PK10012824. 84,000 kilometers (52,000 miles). “987-cc I-4; 51 hp, 3-speed auto. Clean Oregon title, located in Palm Springs, CA.” Cond: 2. BJ40 SUV. S/N: BJ40061957. Beige/gray vinyl. Odo: 40 km. Non U.S.-spec model, with metric gauges and 2014–15 Costa Rica registration stickers in the windshield. Texas-assigned VIN tag in the door jamb, reflecting the original chassis number. Period aftermarket a/c. Recent better-quality repaint, albeit with only the easy-to-remove trim taken off prior to painting. Iffy door fit. Seats reupholstered to stock. Bare painted floors, aside from discount-store-sourced front floor mats. Moderate wear on the plastic steering wheel spokes. Freshly installed NOS gauges. Somewhat dingy but generally stock under the hood. Brush-painted chassis. All five rims are new aftermarket steel wheels, shod with oversized all-terrain tires. Cond: 3+. mance-type tires on the stock alloy wheels— which have more clearcoat lifting than curb rash. Superb original seats and dashboard padding. Aftermarket wrapped steering-wheel rim cover. Newer KYB shock absorbers on the otherwise original undercarriage. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $8,580. It’s pretty obvious that despite the 81,083 miles on the odometer, this ZX led the life of Riley. A car in Texas for three decades doesn’t have original paint that’s this good without both living in a garage and being regularly maintained, yet isn’t buffed within a molecule of the primer. The only thing hurting it are those 81k miles. However, there was enough interest in it that the $7k reserve was passed with minimal effort, and the bidding continued from there. At least it can be further enjoyed without owner being paranoid about racking up even more miles. AMERICAN #455-1925 CADILLAC V8 V-63 pha- SOLD AT $10,100. These “Pike” cars were sold at the Nissan Cherry Stores. With the popularity of the BE-1, they imposed reservations for the cars on a first-come, first-served basis. This car is one of 51,657 Nissan Paos produced. I consider the Pao to be the most popular Pike car out of the four models. This car is in great shape and well preserved. The price is slightly above what I would expect, but not too far off. Well bought. eBay Motors, 4/8/2017. #4036. 1991 Nissan Figaro. S/N FK10018321. 114k kilometers (71,000 miles). “Turbocharged 987-cc inline 4-cylinder; 3-speed automatic, timing belt replaced, located in Richmond, BC, Canada” Cond: 2. SOLD AT $25,575. While the last year for the FJ40 Land Crusher for the U.S. market was 1983, some global markets got one more year of the first-generation J40 series. In essence, the few built could be considered parts-bin clean-out production. Had this been a Brazilian-built unit (also known as the Bandeirante), the oil burner would’ve been a Mercedes diesel built in that country. In some circles, they could be considered a “Holy Grail”—as the consignor was hyping it to be. That circle would be for Land Cruiser loyalists; as both receding FJ40 prices and general disinterest in diesels—thanks to the VW emissions scandal—likely made that same consignor realize that the last bid tendered was all the money for it. SOLD AT $11,500. The Figaro, with its slide-back fabric top, was the only Pike car to receive a turbo. This car is in very good shape. As it is a smallerproduction model than the Pao (20,000 made), I think the price is justified. Well bought. Bring A Trailer, 5/1/2017. ♦ 98 #143-1987 NISSAN 300ZX coupe. S/N: JN1HZ14S7HX217481. Red/gray vinyl. Odo: 81,083 miles. Stated that the car has had two owners since new. Recent servicing includes a new water pump and timing belt. Well-caredfor original paint. Recently replaced non-OEM windshield. Aftermarket tint added to all other glass. Period-accessory mudguards, front and rear. Excellent door fit. Cleaned up and generally original under the hood, but not what would be considered well detailed. New upper radiator hoses still have the NAPA labels on them. Faded and discolored paint on the intake air plenum. Older economy-grade perfor- eton. S/N: 63G707. Maroon & black/black leatherette/black leather. Odo: 50,386 miles. CCCA National First Prize badge mounted on the cowl. Initial restoration was completed in 1966, but was refreshed in recent years, including a higher-quality repaint, new top and reupholstered interior. Wood spoke wheels, with a more recent coat of clear varnish and pinstriping. Period-accessory Moto Meter with Cadillac crest. Door and panel fit is about as good as can be expected from a wood-framed body. Plating is correctly muted. Original violet-tinted headlight lenses. Refinished wood steering wheel. Seat leather is a bit hastily bunched up in the corners, but overall presents authentically. More wear on the door panels than the seats, as they likely were the 1966 vintage restoration components. Side curtains sitting in the back seat floorboards. Restored fitted trunk strapped to the trunk rack. Generally clean and tidy undercarriage. Thumper electric fuel pump added mid-stream on the fuel line from the rear gas tank. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $36,500. By and large, 1925 is the earliest year that CCCA Full Classics qualify, with a few exceptions made in recent years. Might do reasonably well in a regional Sports Car Market


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concours (it certainly won’t have too many other ’25 Caddys to compete against), but looks to be ready for the next CCCA Caravan. Like most cars from the 1920s, values have been floundering in recent years, so it’s definitely finding those few persons for whom this pushes buttons, rather than the open market. Even at that, I still feel this was bid a tad light. #2442-1954 CHEVROLET CORVETTE roadster. S/N: E54S001057. Polo White/beige cloth/red vinyl. Odo: 74,326 miles. 235-ci 150-hp I6, 3x1-bbl, auto. Early-production “bullet” individual air cleaners, yet with longer-style exhaust outlets having cut-outs to dump out the bottom as well. Old repaint, starting to show some light cracking along panel-joint lines and stress points such as door and hood opening corners. Faded crossed-flag emblems, probably original. All exterior chrome presents very well, interior plating has some light pitting and fogginess. All-blue repainted engine, without the Blue Flame decal. Various bits of wiring have been added over the years—some with good workmanship, some hob-cobbed. Battery charger permanently mounted on the cowl over the modern generic battery. Various interludes under the hood with a can of black spray paint to include: the radiator hoses (none of them being the same type), cowl, fender aprons and motor mounts. Nice seat upholstery. Cond: 3. Market Moment courtesy of Bonhams 1990 Toyota Hilux 4x4 pickup Sold at $16,500 Bonhams, Amelia Island, FL, March 9, 2017, Lot 139 W NOT SOLD AT $42,000. This comes off as being restored back in the 1970s, when the restoration-parts industry was just starting to get a footing on authenticity. Also back when a repaint and new seats could pass as a concise concours-quality restoration. Too messed with to be a Survivor type car, too decent to tear apart for a frame-off, yet the latter may be the best course of action considering that sooner or later those cracking issues will need to be addressed (as they’ll only get worse). Bid cheap for a reason, and that hopefully gave the consignor notice. #2494-1957 DODGE POWER WAGON 1-ton 4x4 pickup. S/N: 83955647. Green & black/black vinyl. Odo: 56 miles. 318-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Reproduction serial number tag, with the number stamped with a set of Harbor Freight dies. Repowered with a pre-1968 era polyspherical-head 318-ci V8. No attempt whatsoever to prep the body for the quickie repaint—I doubt that they even washed the truck before paint was applied. At least they took the emblems off and reattached them. Retrofitted with an exterior battery box on the left front fender as part of the 12-volt electrical system conversion. Rattle-can-black inte- July 2017 e talk a lot about value, rarity and heart-rattling performance at Sports Car Market, but none of that means much when it comes to this truck. This truck is special because it is one of the most competent, reliable vehicles ever made. For decades, I’ve spent my free time outdoors, where I seek out great fly-fishing, surfing, camping, hiking and photography. But getting there is only half of the job. Turning around and getting out of the backcountry — even if it is raining, snowing or muddy — is the most important job for a four-wheel-drive vehicle. A truck that will start and run without fail is key. A truck that will take a beating and keep on running is equally important. The Toyota 4x4 pickup does all this — and more. Don’t believe me? Go on YouTube and find the “Top Gear” Episode 5 of the third season. Jeremy Clarkson and James May found a 1988 Hilux 4x4 with 190,000 miles on the clock. Then they drove it down steps and bashed it into a tree. It kept running. Then they parked it on a beach and watched the truck vanish under salt water and drift away. After the tide dropped, they dug the truck out of the sand and blew salt water out of the cylinders. The truck started and drove away. Then a crane dropped a travel trailer on the truck. It kept going. A wrecking ball gave it a few wallops. Then it was set on fire. It kept starting — and running. For a grand finale, the truck was strapped on the roof of a 240-foot-high building that was slated for demolition. The charges went off, the building imploded — and the truck plummeted 240 feet into the rubble. It started and drove away. Our subject truck might be the best 1990 Hilux around. It has only 17,000 miles on the clock, and it looks brand new. The truck has the desirable 6-cylinder engine and 5-speed manual transmission. The new owner paid $16,500, which was a screaming deal. The new owner may be tempted to pickle this truck in a climate-controlled garage. The pristine condition and low miles add tons of value. A decent 1988 Toyota 4x4 sells for $2,000 to $3,500 these days — and that’s one with 200,000 or more miles. Toyota made hundreds of thousands of these trucks, and most still lead hard, rust-pocked lives. Driving this time-capsule Toyota truck will erase value. That is certain. But not driving this truck is just dumb. These trucks were made to rattle down tough roads, get muddy, haul gear and get you home through a foot of wet snow. If I had been at this auction, I would have bid on this truck — with the full intention of driving it for at least 200,000 miles. After all, I just spent $25k for a stripped-down 2017 Toyota Tacoma 4x4 — the descendent of our subject truck. Toyota ended the Hilux line in 1995 when it introduced the Tacoma, which might be even tougher. U.S. Army Special Forces use pretty much bone-stock Tacoma pickups in Afghanistan and other war zones. 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Leake Dallas, TX rior, aside from the re-covered seat and pair of four-point belts. Converted to suspended clutch and brake pedals. Original split rims, now rattle-can black—to include half of the tire sidewall. At least the modern aftermarket front lock-out hubs were added after that. Cond: 4+. that money was tight during the 1958 “Eisenhower recession,” which really whacked the auto industry in particular, it’s not all that surprising only 675 Imperial convertibles were built that year. Big Fin Mopar convertibles had been pulling down six-digit sales when Mopar performance was beginning to falter in the market, but now they seem to have moderated in price. Marketed correctly (read that as “Advertise it in Scandinavia,” where they love these), there’s money left on the table here. Not what I’d call a really hot deal, just a better buy for the new owner than sale for the consignor. #150-1961 STUDEBAKER CHAMP NOT SOLD AT $16,000. I’ve put more effort into painting farm implements, although that’s not too far of a stretch for a definition of a Power Wagon. It would’ve been far better off if they just left the tired old paint alone (two words: rat rod). Proof positive that a Power Wagon is rugged enough to survive people who shouldn’t be trusted with tools, sharp objects or paint cans. Plenty bid for what was an easy project made more difficult. #2505-1958 IMPERIAL CROWN con- vertible. S/N: LY16947. Black/black cloth/red leather. Odo: 93,978 miles. 392-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Factory-installed a/c, plus all the power amenities expected of the top-shelf Chrysler product in 1958. Repop wire wheels shod with wide whitewall radials. Restored approximately a decade ago and still presents very well. Excellent body prep and paint application. Replated chrome overall is at best equivalent to regular production-car quality of finish. Slight rattle to the doors when shut. New well-fitted and authentic replacement top. Seats have light wrinkling akin to soft brokenin leather. Clean and almost stock under the hood; exceptions are belts, hoses, hose clamps and modern economy battery. Thick paint application has made reading the body tag all but pickup. S/N: E714384. White/two-tone tan vinyl. Odo: 42,517 miles. 259-ci V8, 2-bbl, 3-sp. Period dealer-installed a/c and wraparound rear step bumper. Older masked-off repaint is generally presentable, not paying much attention to the light orange peel on the hood. Wavy body filler in the bottoms of the doors and rocker panels. Body seam crack from the back of the passenger’s side drip rail to upper corner of the rear window. Rust blisters on the cab roof between the windshield and drip rail. Decent original stainless trim, correct painted bumpers. Driver’s door latch issues. Door panels and bench seat are in good condition, albeit with wavy vinyl. Older engine repaint, with the silver flaking off the motor while the red valve covers are holding up well. Washed-off brush-painted chassis. Cond: 3. #142-1962 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL sedan. S/N: 2Y82H418917. Dark blue metallic/ light blue leather. Odo: 40,701 miles. 430ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Optional auto dimming headlights, power seat, speed control and a/c. Consignor is of the opinion that the 40,701 indicated miles are actual since new. If true, it certainly wasn’t due to preservation. Poorly prepped and lightly applied repaint quite a few years ago. Heavy surface rust on the original splash apron between the lightly pitted grille and moderately dinged front bumper. More dents, but with decent chrome on the rear bumper. All unpainted hardware under the hood is heavily surface-rusted. All-original interior. Moderate wear on the driver’s seat position, door panel and carpeting. Cond: 4+. impossible without getting intrusive. Serialnumber tag in the door jamb is almost as bad. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $71,500. Considering “ 100 SOLD AT $17,325. With a very tight budget and a 12-year-old design, Studebaker created the Champ half-ton pickup in 1960 with a cab fabricated from the front half of the Lark sedan. Still, the proportions worked with the circa-1948 fender-side pickup box (as on this truck); unknown to everyone at the time, this was essentially the first mid-sized pickup. However, using the 1958–59 Dodge wide-side box tooling they got on the cheap looks almost cartoonish—as the box is wider than the cab. The reserve was met at $12k and the bidding was strong until it was hammered sold. With several issues on this one, this strong sale shows that classic pickups continue to do well in the market. Proof positive that a Power Wagon is rugged enough to survive people who shouldn’t be trusted with tools, sharp objects or paint cans. Plenty bid for what was an easy project made more difficult. 1957 Dodge Power Wagon 1-ton 4x4 pickup SOLD AT $9,900. Call me old, but I remember two decades ago when convertibles in this condition were bringing this kind of money. At least back then, nobody had high hopes of a ratty convertible being trustworthy; most would consider it a starting point for a restoration. This sedan back then would be about a thousand bucks, and mostly as a parts car for a convertible, since nobody in their right mind would restore a sedan. I also know these cars well enough to feel more confident that the odometer is on its second trip around. At least today, with the hip and urban trendy crowd keen on modifying these, I’ll venture to guess that this example’s next stop after the auction is to a customizing shop. Even after this very strong sale, with the consignor wisely seeing that this was silly money and lifting the reserve at $9k. #176-1965 PONTIAC GTO 2-dr hard ” top. S/N: 237375B129629. Bluemist Slate/ black vinyl. Odo: 31,060 miles. 389-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, 4-sp. PHS documentation confirms the car to generally be correct in colors and configuration. Options include Tri-Power, 4-speed, tachometer gauge cluster, quick-ratio steering box, tinted windshield, and push-button AM radio with rear speaker. Older, average masked-off trim base/clear repaint. Hit-or-miss panel and door fit. Pitted rear trim, with occasional overspray. Older replated bumpers, with a few light dings. Heavily dinged, scuffed and dull alloy windows reveal trim. Generic door seals and no door-stop bumpers, so doors rattle when shut. Has enough seam splitting on the tops of the seat to be believable as being original. Older replacement carpeting, with poor fit. Period Hurst shifter. Somewhat clean but not really detailed under the hood. Older engine repaint is still very presentable, but also shows lubricant weeping. Cond: 3-. Sports Car Market


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Leake Dallas, TX SOLD AT $25,300. This example was likely redone in the 1980s, when muscle car restoration was just starting to come into vogue. It’s at that point now where it’s a bit scabby to run it as-is, but as it sold once the reserve was lifted at the final bid, too much was paid to make it worth starting an actual restoration on it. Sold to an online bidder, so they may be a little disappointed when this gets rolled off the transporter. #2433-1967 SHELBY GT500 fastback. S/N: 67400F4A01015. Wimbledon White & blue/black vinyl. Odo: 62,450 miles. 428-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. Narrow driving-light configuration. Options include Sport Deck rear seat, power steering, power brakes, extra cooling package, interior décor group and light group. Authentic reproduction five-spoke alloy wheels on Blue Streak tires. Stated that the car was restored over the course of the past decade. Rather good bare-body repaint, clear coating over the painted rally stripes. Typical, uneven hood gaps and iffy fit. Authentically detailed under the hood. Replacement carpet shows light wear and soiling. The rest of the interior soft trim is reproduction and is still like new. Matte black spray-can undercarriage. Stock yet authoritative exhaust note. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $100,000. The reason Carroll Shelby chose the GT500 for the new big block was that he simply wanted a nice round number that was bigger than anyone else had. Well, a bigger number was certainly needed here to buy this example, and I can’t blame the consignor for holding fast to the bigger number for his reserve. #2501-1967 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N: 194677S102306. Rally Red & white/white vinyl/red vinyl. Odo: 7,215 miles. 427-ci 390hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Original VIN and trim tags, showing the car to be a real-deal red-onred configuration. Factory options include a/c, headrests, power brakes, power steering, power windows, AM/FM radio and bolt-on alloy wheels—now shod with Redline radial tires. Also fitted post-production with sidepipes and Speed Minder speedometer. NCRS judging sheets displayed with the car go back 25 years and consistently show the car as attaining Top Flight status (sometimes barely). NCRS decal on left vent window pane. Excellent bare body repaint. Good panel fit. Mostly reproduction trim and emblems. Better-thanstock replated bumpers. Authentically detailed and ready to show under the hood. Carpeted floor mats are brighter than the floor carpet, but the interior shows no appreciable wear. Undercarriage defaults to glossy black paint, although suspension components are correctly detailed. Cond: 2. BEST BUY SOLD AT $103,400. The 390-horse 427 was the most potent single-barrel carburetor engine that could be fitted with a/c. Combining that with a real-deal red-on-red car makes this a pretty decent deal on this no-reserve midyear. Well bought. #2521-1968 FORD MUSTANG GT/CS coupe. S/N: 8R01C156157. Gulfstream Aqua/ two-tone aqua vinyl. Odo: 16,497 miles. 289ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Marti Report confirms it to be a real California Special with a/c and power steering in Gulfstream Aqua, but originally with a Parchment vinyl roof and Deluxe wheel covers in lieu of reproduction GT wheels on radials. Also changed to 4-barrel induction from the original two-pot carburetor. Also has no smog equipment, California or otherwise. Otherwise stock-appearing under the hood, although minor hardware and fasteners are incorrect. Good trim-off repaint, with maskedoff vent windows. Old replacement windshield. Okay door shut lines and fit, but the hood sits back about a quarter of an inch from the headlight buckets. Carpet shows light staining and wear, like-new seats. Modern kick panels with molded-in aftermarket speakers. Washed off undercarriage with non-stock chambered mufflers. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $30,800. Most Cal Specials I encounter seem to have originally had optional vinyl roofs, but darn few are restored with them. That might have something to do with those original roofs trapping moisture and rotting out the steel roof. If it was a Cal Special that resided close to the ocean, the salt spray only made things worse. Offered from a no-reserve collection, it sold well enough, despite spending less time on the block than most guys spend at a urinal. #191-1969 CHEVROLET CAMARO Z/28 coupe. S/N: 124379N558135. Hugger Orange & black/black vinyl. Odo: 1,075 miles. 302-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Power steering, power brakes, cowl-induction-type hood, gauge pack center console and radio delete. Superb barebody repaint in base coat/clear coat, inclusive of the rally stripes. However, there are a couple of prep miscues on the roof that got 102 Sports Car Market


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Leake Dallas, TX sprayed over. Replated bumpers and reproduction trim. All-replacement door and glass rubber seals. Reproduction interior soft trim, expertly fitted. Driver’s door pinchweld molding has come loose. Hurst shifter. Generally well detailed under the hood. Retains all smog gear but has chrome fender braces. Fuel staining on top of the intake manifold. Thanks to OEM-type exhaust, it generally runs out stock, although a touch more robust and a bit fussy (as it was a bit of a handful to get it to cooperate to drive onto the turntable’s ramp). Cond: 2-. pect that the consignor was looking for a sixdigit selling price in a Mopar market that’s warming up, but the last few bidders probably were of the opinion that the market wasn’t there yet. Today, either argument is plausible. #2511-1970 DODGE CHALLENGER SOLD AT $52,800. This example is relatively well equipped—or at least it is now—to be an original radio-delete car. However, one can also make the argument that the car already has a great sound system—just press further down on the long skinny pedal to turn up the volume. Offered at no reserve, it was going to do what it did regardless, but one can easily make the argument that there was some money left on the table, even if it was pocket change rather than folding cash. #483-1970 PLYMOUTH ’CUDA 2-dr hard top. S/N: BS23V0E120910. Black/black leather. Odo: 3,871 miles. 440-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, 4-sp. Factory options include Six Pack induction, 4-speed, power brakes, leather seats, rear window defogger, body color front bumper, wide sill moldings, Rally instrumentation, driving lights and AM/FM radio. Professionally restored within the last decade. Excellent panel prep and paint application. Slightly wider door shut lines facing the front fenders than the other panels, yet the doors shut well. Older replacement windshield. Lightly scuffed original stainless trim, mostly reproduction chrome. Exceptionally clean and well detailed under the hood. Economy-grade battery is the only non-Mopar or OEM component. All black-painted undercarriage. Light wrinkling of the seating surfaces comes off more as broken-in patina than wear, as the leather is quite supple. Light soiling and fading of the carpet and seat belts. Cond: 2-. T/A 2-dr hard top. S/N: JH23J0B296549. Go Mango/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 52,924 miles. 340-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, 4-sp. Power steering, dual racing mirrors, Rallye gauges with tachometer and clock, light group, door-sill moldings, center console, AM radio and California emissions equipment. The latter is now long gone, as the closest thing it has to emissions controls is the correct and unique T/A side dump mufflers. Barring that deletion of components, the engine bay was restored to generally stock configuration and is clean enough to show—once the low-budget battery and old replacement cables are swapped out. Nice repaint on the steel bodywork, although the flat black on the hood didn’t pan out as well—showing uneven coverage and sanding scratches. Roof vinyl is saturated with silicone protectant. Unrestored undercarriage. Replacement seats, door panels and carpeting; cleaned-up original dash. Runs out quite nicely, thanks to those unusual sidepipes and maybe a bit more cam than stock. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $52,800. Sure, the Trans-Am homologation special T/A was available in other colors, but to me this is the textbook example of how they should look, in this or Hemi Orange. Even if it is because I built the Monogram 1/24th-scale model to match the box art in orange with a black top. While values are starting to recover on these, they are sort of like Hemis, in that they are not picking up as fast as big-block cars. Not a concours car, but better than a driver. Being no reserve, it still sold a touch lighter than I expected. NOT SOLD AT $93,000. Being a highly desirable color combo, about the only upgrade from here would be if it had a Hemi in it. I sus- July 2017 #183-1972 FORD BRONCO utility. S/N: U15GLP43198. Red/Parchment vinyl. Odo: 28,103 miles. 302-ci V8, 2-bbl, 3-sp. Power steering, power brakes, rear seat, twin tanks and AM radio. Modern aftermarket a/c, steering stabilizer, dual exhaust and Class III hitch. Average repaint in recent years. Chrome peeling off the ends of the bumpers, with original trim. Stock wheel covers are sitting loose ahead of the back seat. Cowl, fender aprons and engine all incorrectly painted black. Newer power brake booster and ignition wiring. Retrofitted with gas struts for the hood. Radiator paint overspray on the tower-hose clamps. Various bits of added wiring, some at least having fused connections. Original cardboard headliner is sagging, has been repainted, 103


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Leake Dallas, TX and has tears on the lower edges. New reproduction seat kits front and back, which were well fitted. Non-stock carpeting. Freshly undercoated. Repainted stock rims with new radial tires. Cond: 3+. is just dirty. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $15,750. What a dull combination—essentially black and white. I just as well could’ve photographed this with a Kodak Brownie. Not very becoming of the funky 1970s colors that are usually seen on gen-2 Z/28s. Last seen in our database—of the three listings—at Leake’s Tulsa 2014 auction, then a no-sale at $17,250 (SCM# 6715897). More likely a dealer bought it from the original owner (or the estate) and has been trying to peddle it for huge money since. Also failed to sell on Sunday for $500 less bid. We’ll see more of this one in the future. #129-1988 CHEVROLET BLAZER K5 NOT SOLD AT $27,500. While first-gen Broncos have had a meteoric rise in values, that hasn’t always translated to mediocre examples. Granted, a decade ago the consignor would’ve done cartwheels if the amount here was bid for it then, but today this is low retail. #2435-1981 CHEVROLET CAMARO Z/28 coupe. S/N: 1G1AP87L2BL163421. White & gray/gray cloth. Odo: 26,321 miles. 5.7-L V8, 4-bbl, auto. Factory options include a/c, power windows, power door locks, cruise control, tilt steering column, light group and AM/FM/8-track stereo. Stated that the 26,321 indicated mileage is correct from new; is essentially original from new and was a oneowner car. Well-cared-for paint and interior, both present like a one-year-old used car. The doors don’t even rattle. Graphics on the nose and trunk lid have a few miscues—the dude working the trim line at Van Nuys Assembly must have been beating a weed that day. The engine bay has been cleaned rather than detailed—and that’s a good thing. Uniform coating of surface rust on the entire rear axle and suspension, while the rest of the undercarriage SUV. S/N: 1GNEV18KXJF134510. Gunmetal metallic/gray cloth. Odo: 88,676 miles. 350-ci fuel-injected V8, auto. Factory-optional a/c, power steering, power brakes, tilt steering column, cruise control, power windows, power door locks and electronic AM/FM/cassette stereo. Modern aftermarket tube step rails, painted along with the rest of the bodywork and top. Said repaint is at best average. Door fit is acceptable. Rear quarter windows have a security number etched on at the bottom. Better-quality window-tint film on all glass except the windshield. Good original brightwork. Used-car-lot-grade detailing under the hood, with all-stock components. Good original interior, with minimal wear and soiling on the carpeting, seats, door panels and steering wheel. Aftermarket off-road shock absorbers on an otherwise, original undercarriage. Cond: 3+. backwards at the time, today these years of Suburbans and Blazers are seeing appreciable increases in values, having the squared-off chiseled look going back to 1973, yet with enough amenities (especially fuel injection) to make them highly functional today. The only unusual thing here is that it’s still essentially stock after 88k miles—even the sound system is original. Most by now tend to have at least a lift kit, color change repaint, plus the engine and sound system tinkered with. As such, this was a market-correct sale. #2538-1992 DODGE DAYTONA IROC R/T coupe. S/N: 1B3XW64A3NN194179. White/gray cloth. Odo: 46,331 miles. 2.2-L turbocharged I4, 5-sp. Stack of paperwork with the car shows it was sold new by Ferro Auto Center of Loveland, CO; initially with a “market adjustment” window sticker addendum, but eventually sold with a $500 “market incentive” (rebate). 46,331 miles from new, with less overall wear than expected from those miles. However, several plastic body components show warping, mostly from age. Particularly nasty is the front fascia to front fender gaps and body side moldings lifting at the door gaps. Washed-off undercarriage and engine bay. Newer performance radial tires on the stock wheels. Heaviest wear and soiling on the interior is the shift knob and factory floor mats. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $16,500. While GM’s half-ton pickups were all new in 1988, larger trucks, Suburbans, and Blazers were essentially unchanged through 1992. While seeming SOLD AT $9,350. While the basic IROC had the Mitsusquishy 3.0L V6 under the hood, these IROC R/Ts had a Lotus-designed DOHC head with a turbo. Built only in 1992 and 1993 on the aging G-platform (based on the K-car), only 553 were made. If it was built a quarter of a century later, Millennial tuners would be all over it; but back then, domestic performance was all about the V8, and few cared. Which tends to be the fate of any non-V8 performance car from The Big Three (the 1984 to 1986 Mustang SVO being another classic example). Offered here as the last car from the premier 45-car no-reserve featured collection of the weekend, it did about as well as can be expected. © CAR COLLECTOR SUBSCRIBE TO ACC AmericanCarCollector.com/subscribe 104 Sports Car Market 877.219.2605 Ext. 1 AMERICAN ™ Keith Martin’s


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H&H Auctions Duxford, U.K. H&H — Imperial War Museum Historical aircraft enliven the scenery of this European-heavy auction Company H&H Date March 29, 2017 Location Duxford, U.K. Auctioneers Simon Hope, Julian Royse Automotive lots sold/offered 78/120 Sales rate 65% Sales total $5,551,373 High sale 1964 Ferrari 330 GT Nembo Spyder, sold at $741,852 Buyer’s premium Sold very well, benefiting the East Anglian Air Ambulance charity — 1964 Ferrari 330 GT Nembo Spyder, sold at $741,852 12.5%, minimum of $187, included in sold prices ($1.00 = £0.80) Report and photos by Paul Hardiman Market opinions in italics W ell, what an interesting bunch of lots H&H brought us. After the sale kicked off with six Armstrong Siddeleys at no reserve — all of which sold — there were the two replica Ferraris, a 250 LWB California Spyder replica made out of a 250 GT PF coupe, and the last Nembo Spyder created. There was also an amazing pair of two identical 1967 Porsche 911Ss, both the same color and only 297 chassis numbers apart. One was completely original and well preserved, while the other had been rigorously restored back to perfect as-factory condition. Choices, choices. The atmosphere was different, too. Under its new management with the arrival last year of Dominic Lyncker as managing director (co-founder Simon Hope remains chairman), H&H asked that the RAF Museum remove its aircraft so it has the hall to itself, meaning it can place the rostrum where it wants it and accommodate more cars inside. Yes, this does mean towing a Cold War-era Victor tanker outside before each sale, but the result was worth it, the ambience enhanced by potted foliage. It might not sound like much, but it makes a difference and boosts the whole feel of the show several notches upmarket. The Nembo — the last of four built, although this one was Duxford, U.K. a later production by Neri working without Bonacini, on a 330 GT chassis — hit $742k, hav- ing been offered at no reserve. The car would cost almost the same to build again, and the Spyder topped $700k too… which is about the price of an unmolested 250 GT PF coupe these days. So you might argue it wasn’t worth bothering, although of course a real California Spyder is $8m-plus. And those two Porsches — was there one 1979 Bitter CD coupe, sold at $83,983 106 eager collector who just had to have both, one for rain and one for shine? Well, no, sadly, as neither sold despite almost identical bids of more than $200k apiece. Strange old world. ♦ Sales Totals $6m $5m $4m $3m $2m $1m 0 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 Sports Car Market


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H&H Auctions Duxford, U.K. ENGLISH #41-1925 BENTLEY 3 LITRE Speed Model tourer. S/N: 893. Red & black/brown leather. RHD. Odo: 10,653 miles. Nicely shabby old thing, now looking a little tired. Has worn these colors since—at least—1964; paint worn and chipped at bonnet edges, sloppily retrimmed and front seats well worn, none of which really matters as it has the original chassis, engine and body. Wears a 4½ Litre steering column, but original is included. Still with sloper carbs and Autovac. Factory service records to 1936. Not started for three years. Cond: 3-. TOP 10 No. 6 vanced model, with Hiduminium alloy motor and preselector gearbox. Good and straight, nice paint, although never fully restored; leather is well creased and baggy—but original, with one tear in front passenger’s seat base. Preselector change on steering boss. Runs and drives, but will need recommissioning. Cond: 3. and instruments. Original Singer SM motor lost and replaced with single-carb Gazelle unit, and it’s near concours level—which is unusual with an HRG—with chrome rocker cover and oil-filter casing. Twin-carb head comes with the car. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $307,939. A car this original should moisten the gusset of any Bentley fancier. Sure enough, it took the expected quarter million. On the money. #121-1934 ROLLS-ROYCE 20/25HP pickup. S/N: GRC48. Cream/green leather. RHD. Originally a saloon by Rippon. Externally restored 1997, and obviously hasn’t done much, as the load bed is still clean and tidy. Seat leather patinated to the point of distress. No carpets or, for that matter, doors, which are replaced by chains. Still on original-type magneto and Bakelite coil. U.S.-style drum headlights not dinged but could use a polish. German title. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $28,694. Originally the factory demonstrator, then in Australia most of its life; repatriated 1998. Last owned by the late patron of the Armstrong Siddeley Heritage Trust, this was the last of the six Armstrong Siddeleys all offered at no reserve. This was the most expensive, as you’d expect, at a little more than half the price of a similarly large-bodied Rolls-Royce 20/25. #93-1947 BENTLEY MK VI drophead coupe. S/N: B245AJ. Eng. # 252A. Garnet & silver/red leather. RHD. Odo: 26,000 miles. One of six of this design, restored in past five years and very sharp. Catalog says original chalk marks still visible on chassis side rails (now varnished over). Timber all refinished. Most leather still original, and aside from a few discolored patches on the back bench and light creasing in front, it still appears well. Comes with original tools. Modern radio. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $85,733. Believed to have been Works-prepared for the 1949 Alpine Rally and has period competition history at Goodwood and Silverstone. Only 3,500 miles since restoration and, even though it has the wrong engine, from the wrong period (HRGs had a variety, so it’s not a massive worry), went well over the £38k–£50k ($47k–$62k) estimate, mostly on its super-sharp (for an HRG) condition. #71-1955 JAGUAR XK 140 SE 3.4 drophead coupe. S/N: S817502. Eng. # G377185. White/black cloth/red leather. RHD. Odo: 15,209 miles. Restored with good door fit. Lightly worn leather to custom bucket seats just settling in, decent carpets, veneers good, Moto-Lita wheel. Rear lamp plinths smooth, rear bumper speckled with rust, front better. Updated with 5-speed gearbox, alternator and big radiator. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $23,432. In an Austrian museum collection since 1997, and German-owned for the four years before that. Plenty of these were converted to pickups after WWII (for lower taxes on production vehicles), but it’s rare to find one that hasn’t been made back into a sedan or a special. Cheap for a 20/25, but probably fun to drive as it’ll be lighter this way rather than hauling a big body about. Charming. (See “Affordable Classic,” p. 44.) #7-1935 ARMSTRONG SIDDELEY SPECIAL Mk II limousine. S/N: 3418. Black/green leather. RHD. A-S’s most ad- 108 SOLD AT $130,874. First owned by Sir Max Aitken, at one time chairman of Beaverbrook Newspapers. Found in 2010 in a farm outbuilding, where it had been dry-stored for decades. Even though hammered a little behind the £100k ($125k) lower estimate, this was four times the price of a standard steel saloon—and what a fascinating back story. #26-1948 HRG 1500 roadster. S/N: W169. Eng. # 16001W. Green/green leather. RHD. One of 111—a very English sports car. Restored in mid-’80s, but completed in 1994, still good and straight with nice paint. Leather little used, carpets in good shape, nice dash SOLD AT $137,173. Supplied new in the U.S. via Max Hoffman, changed to RHD during resto. Sold near top estimate, and did well because although white looks great on a 120 roadster, it looks a little strange on a drophead. Something like a pale green somehow hides the windscreen frame a bit better. Well sold. #13-1958 JAGUAR XK 150 SE 3.4 coupe. S/N: S824290DN. Orange/brown leather. RHD. Odo: 78,000 miles. Spec is great, being a Special Equipment (SE) overdrive car, but this is absolutely horrible. Rust is everywhere including the roof, plus damage and plop in the right C-pillar. With no head- Sports Car Market


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H&H Auctions Duxford, U.K. liner, every time you slam the door, more orange powder falls into the seats. Doors aren’t too bad, actually; although the left door is held shut by a bungee cord. Later aftermarket steering wheel fitted. With Heritage Certificate. Last on the road 1991. Cond: 4. leather rather than cloth. The nose is so long the spare wheel (which has a rather fussy cover with plastic chrome wheelnuts) lives in front of the V6, and for maintenance you climb in with it. Cond: 2-. £20k–£25k ($25k–$31k) estimate. No apparent reason why it sold cheaper than two last year (SCM# 6799695 and 6799698), although white just doesn’t look good on these. #52-1979 LOTUS ESPRIT Commemorative coupe. S/N: 79030689G. Eng. # CC907790316182. Black/tan cord & black leather. RHD. Odo: 61,258 miles. Last of the production run of 99, and very well preserved. Interior has lasted incredibly well—they go baggy very quickly on these. Instrument pod all good, no stars or chips on body, wheels refurbished. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $34,293. I was strangely drawn to this, and have included it to show what a basket-case 150 SE sells for, which was more than H&H was expecting (estimate was £18k–£22k/ $22k–$27k). I’d love to mechanically refurb this but leave the body alone, then take it to JEC concours meets to get up members’ noses. Being pre-1960, it doesn’t even need an MoT. It will live again, but the final bill will likely be in excess of what it’s worth at the moment. Good to see somebody taking the long view. #47-1962 JAGUAR E-TYPE Series I 3.8 project coupe. S/N: 860787. Silver/gray leather. RHD. Dismantled XKE coupe, originally Opalescent Silver Blue, according to traces of paint on the door hinges. Some restoration work to bodyshell including new floors, plus engine and gearbox have been rebuilt. All there... you hope. Cond: 4-. SOLD AT $9,938. Zodiac is an upmarket Zephyr. I know it looks like an overgrown Mk II Cortina, but these things are enormous by ’60s Brit standards—about the size of a Cougar and just as tacky. Given the rise in value of classic Fords, this still looks pretty cheap. #8-1968 LOTUS ELAN Plus 2 coupe. S/N: 500487. Mustard/black vinyl. RHD. Odo: 53,088 miles. Good order, no chips in body, original chassis. Repainted and still shiny, 5-speed gearbox fitted in ’90s. No cracks in dash veneer or center console, aftermarket steering wheel fitted. Motor tidy, no big leaks (Lotus Twin Cams are always a little oily), still with original airbox. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $47,591. All the money for any Esprit, but this is a very special one, remarkably well preserved, so mid-estimate price looks fair. For the collector. Drivers—including turbos and V8s—come much cheaper. TOP 10 No. 7 #110-2003 ASTON MARTIN DB7 Zagato coupe. S/N: SCFAE12343K700021. Tungsten Silver/Royal Blue leather. RHD. Odo: 4,700 miles. Clean and tidy, almost like new... because it almost is. One of only three (of 99) RHD versions finished in this silver-over-blue upholstery combo. Quilted leather hardly looks sat in, veneers excellent. Two owners and 11 stamps in the service book. Still with numbered handbook and factory car cover. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $23,445. Sold new in New Zealand and only recently returned to the U.K. Sold a little over estimate, and that was down to condition, as the color was doing it no favors. SOLD AT $48,290. Taken apart in the mid’80s and then, the usual old story, other stuff got in the way and it’s been holed up in a barn loft since. At first this does appear rather a lot for a pile of bits, especially given that a perfectly restored example would be $250k, absolute tops. However, if it had been presented as a complete but rusty barn find, it would likely have fetched more, so viewed in those terms it looked like a vaguely good value. That’s what H&H thought, anyway, as it sold mid estimate. (See “Collecting Thoughts,” p. 46.) #62-1968 FORD ZODIAC Mk IV sedan. S/N: BA58GP39490. Maroon/magnolia leather. RHD. Restored in 2011 and very sharp. Paint and chrome all good. Individual front-seat option rather than bench, new 110 #37-1978 FORD CAPRI 3.0 S coupe. S/N: GAECTE02029. White/Carla cloth. RHD. Odo: 68,549 miles. Looks sharply restored, but turns out never to have been welded, so sill joints really are as-factory. Carla seat cloth like new, and may actually be. 5-speed gearbox added. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $307,939. Last one to sell was “040” for $357,500, at RM Sotheby’s Amelia Island March 2017 auction, factory converted to LHD and with only 513 miles (SCM# 6831882). But if you factor in the 15% shift in exchange rates in the past 10 months, the value of the bid is about the same on both cars. On that basis, sold right... Cars are cheap in the U.K. at the moment. FRENCH #96-1900 DE DION-BOUTON TYPE E SOLD AT $22,745. 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H&H Auctions Duxford, U.K. tidy. Buttoned black leather only lightly used; 2-speed sequential transmission. Cond: 2-. ers and three condition -2 Beetles, this stood out. Like the Quattro, being sold from the Gilder Group Collection. Sold right for market. NOT SOLD AT $211,513. Originally supplied in the U.S., sold to current owner in 2014. Not sold at £170k, which was a surprise because to me, this was more appealing than its beautifully restored clone, Lot 95 (SCM# 6832547). Ideally, you’d have to have the pair. SOLD AT $86,368. In the U.S. in 2002, then to the U.K. in 2009 after it was sold at Bonhams’ September Brookline auction for $91,260 (SCM# 1666937). Last Brighton Run 2014—apparently with the “big” motor it will now sustain 25 mph. Given that a perfectly usable one of these hung around the trade and failed to sell around the £55k ($68k) mark two years ago (SCM# 271120), the final price is quite a result. Still one of the cheapest ways to get in the London-Brighton Run on four wheels. #79-1997 RENAULT SPORT SPIDER roadster. S/N: VMKAF0H0516077070. Blue/ black vinyl. RHD. Windscreen (i.e. British) version, of which 100 were made. The French ones got the “air screen,” which worked better in concept than it did in reality, but looked hardcore. Unscuffed, unscraped and well kept, just a few polish marks in footwells from boots. No mention of mileage and odometer is digital, but said to have a “huge” service history including cam-belt change in January 2016, so it’s obviously covered some miles. Cond: 3+. #95-1967 PORSCHE 911S coupe. S/N: 308114. Sand Beige/black vinyl. Odo: 532 miles. Beautifully restored in Germany to likenew condition, in perfect factory finishes. Mileage is presumably since restoration. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $52,956. About the least desirable long-nose 911—poverty model with derided semi-auto ’box. But that didn’t stop it from soaring way over its estimate. Why? It’s a small-bumper 911, which has most of the classic-car world in thrall. #68-1972 VOLKSWAGEN BEETLE NOT SOLD AT $223,955. Delivered new in Texas and remained in the U.S. until 2015. Also unsold at £180k, though the initial ask was less than the unrestored Lot 84 911. But, you know, I was more drawn to the original one. #69-1969 VOLKSWAGEN TRANS- PORTER Kombi Camper. S/N: 237131334. Eng. # ADR3215. Black & white/white leather. Odo: 86,657 miles. Converted in period by EZ of Littlerock, CA. Restored, very straight down the sides, mildly custom interior with new seat coverings. Now with later 1600 motor on twin carbs, 1303 gearbox and gasburner alloys. Chassis number looks wrong— should start 217: last number of 1967 production was 217148459 and 1968s are “Bays.” Cond: 2. SOLD AT $29,550. Slightly overestimated, but sold spot-on for market. Being a known quantity and all identical, apart from color, these hold their value resolutely, refusing to budge for market whims or trends. GERMAN #84-1967 PORSCHE 911S coupe. S/N: 308411. Eng. # 962114. Sand Beige/black vinyl. Odo: 12,078 miles. Totally original, never painted but not quite tatty, a few touched-in stone chips. Still has rubber drains in trunk front floor, motor is tidy, interior all good and original. Worst bit is a little rust starting in scuttle joints. Cond: 3+. 112 1300 2-dr sedan. S/N: 1122208268. Orange/ black vinyl. RHD. Odo: 66,900 miles. Concours-level Beetle having been owned for 32 years by a meticulous fanatic who would clean inside the wheelarches after every journey. Stock aside from bug deflector on front. Slightly baggy vinyl to driver’s seat base is only indication it’s been used. Motor superclean and tidy. Cond: 2. #15-1971 PORSCHE 911T 2.2 Sportomatic coupe. S/N: 9111100886. Orange/black vinyl. RHD. Odo: 84,536 miles. Pretty horrible with small holes and lots of welding in trunk floor, silver-painted heat exchangers and a loop of wire for the hood release. Wears improper S-type front bumper. Interior vinyl isn’t bad, though. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $21,889. Owned by dealer, the Gilder Group, since 2004 and on display around its 19 showrooms since. Lots of money for a 1300, fetching even more than the 66,000-mile 1978 Last Edition silver Beetle (Lot 66), also from Gilder’s Collection, which sold for $14,263. #94-1975 BMW 2002 Turbo 2-dr sedan. SOLD AT $32,893. In a batch of three camp- S/N: 4291125. White/black vinyl. Odo: 23,741 km. Older repaint with a few drips and runs. Spare-wheel pan and tank surround okay and not rusty. Dash good and unique-to-Turbomodel red instrument surround uncracked, Sports Car Market


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H&H Auctions Duxford, U.K. though faded as usual. Seat vinyl a bit baggy, so it’s probably on the second time around the clock, though according to BMW specialist Munich Legends, engine wear is commensurate with recorded mileage. Sits on period Campagnolo alloys rather than usual Mahles. Spanish title. Cond: 3+. is believable. Check cloth seats unworn, rubber mats have protected carpets, motor clean, tidy and in factory finishes. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $59,618. Supplied new to its only private owner by dealer the Gilder Group, and then reacquired by it as a promotional tool. Sold mid-estimate, with the only surprise being that it didn’t go higher, as it would be hard to find another on the market like this. ITALIAN #35-1954 LANCIA AURELIA B20 GT coupe. S/N: B202991. Silver/blue vinyl. RHD. Odo: 66,222 miles. Fourth-series car restored in the U.S. around 2010, finished in the U.K the following year. Repaint still looks new, newish vinyl to seats, Nardi floor shift. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $83,983. I wasn’t quite sure about this one, though there’s nothing you can quite fault it on—plus it has the optional 5-speed. So, assuming all is well, I’ll cautiously call it well bought, as it hammered a few thousand under the lower estimate. #55-1979 BITTER CD coupe. S/N: 5250386. Red/Buffalo leather. Odo: 68,615 miles. Frua-designed Bitter is based on Opel floorpan and mechanicals, but with smallblock Chevy power. Repainted, interior all excellent with very little wear to seats. Wheels from the later SC. Only 395 made, but there was another one parked outside... Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $153,969. Fourth-series car with its de Dion rear end being the most desirable, sold for the right money here; although slightly less than the $161,052 Bonhams got for a third-series car, “2848,” the week before (SCM# 6832513). SOLD AT $83,983. Said to have been Erich Bitter’s personal car, and part of Bitter’s museum until it was sold to Kurt Ritter, one of the company’s investors, for 100,000DM ($59k) in 1990. Sold right in the middle of the estimate range, looking expensive next to a Jensen Interceptor but cheap against a Maserati Ghibli. #70-1985 AUDI QUATTRO coupe. S/N: WAUZZZ85ZFA900827. Eng. # WR006105. Red/gray checkered cloth. RHD. Odo: 8,200 miles. Very well-preserved facelift “WR” with very low mileage. Catalog says it’s never been touched up or had its wheels refinished, which SOLD AT $741,852. Had been owned by Richard Allen, long-standing chairman of the 114 “ Sold mid-estimate, with the only surprise being that it didn’t go higher, as it would be hard to find another on the market like this. 1985 Audi Quattro coupe ” Sports Car Market #45-1958 FERRARI 250 GT LWB replica California Spyder. S/N: 1241GT. Eng. # 094C. Red/tan leather. Odo: 55,029 km. 250 GT coupe rebodied as a California Spyder, on the road in this form in 2009. Copied from chassis 1487GT, an original 250 GT LWB California Spyder Competizione, that was formerly part of the vendor’s collection, so proportions are spoton. Motor is correct inside-plug 128D, once in 1487GT. Gearbox converted to 5-speed. Disc brakes all around. Crackle dash still perfect, leather quite fresh, but with a few key or belt marks in outer bolster. Excellent chrome and exhaust, highly polished Borranis. Cond: 2. TOP 10 No. 4 SOLD AT $18,896. Brought into the U.K. in 2015. Big money for a 500, but this is an early full-sunroof car in excellent condition, so sold right. #36-1964 FERRARI 330 GT Nembo Spyder. S/N: 5805. Blue/beige leather. RHD. Odo: 26,851 miles. Fourth (or third, depending which story you believe) and final Nembo (Neri and Bonacini) Spyder built on a 330 GT 2+2 by Giorgio Neri in the late ’80s, though not finished off until late ’90s by Hayward & Scott in the U.K. (Since Neri and Bonacini went their separate ways in 1967, does that make it a “Ne” Spyder?) Well executed, body all straight, okay paint with a few small scratches where the top mounts. Newish leather almost unused on passenger’s seat. Looks a bit more used than the “Cal Spyder” (Lot 45, SCM #6832541) from the same estate and probably has been. Cond: 2-. TOP 10 No. 3 SOLD AT $706,859. You probably wouldn’t do it now... Very lovely but after all that, sold for about the same as a stock 250 GT PF coupe. So all parties could have saved themselves the effort and expense, and still had an original car. #12-1962 FIAT 500 D Trasformabile convertible. S/N: 110D341029. Pale blue/gray vinyl/green vinyl & velour. Odo: 37,213 km. Suicide-door, full-length sunroof car. Restored in Italy to almost like new, sill seams are straight, new vinyl to seats and door cards, rubber floor is good. Nice wicker basket on rear rack. Motor in factory finishes, still on dynamo, although it wears an aluminum rocker cover. Cond: 2+.


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H&H Auctions Duxford, U.K. Ferrari Owners Club and being sold to benefit the East Anglian Air Ambulance charity. Yes, folks, these medical emergency rescue helicopters receive no funding from the U.K. government. Anyway... offered at no reserve, and before the sale even began, H&H’s chairman had no idea where it would go, other than taking the £200k ($250k) value of a stock 330 as a starting point. Did very well to get to this money. Well done all around. #44-1965 FERRARI 330 GT Series I 2+2 coupe. S/N: 6685. Red/beige leather. Odo: 64,209 miles. Floor-pedal car with decent paint and rechrome. Super clean underneath with newish exhausts. Polished Borranis have just the right sheen. Leather looks almost unused. Restored mid2000s. Cond: 2+. TOP 10 No. 9 with chipped front spoiler and graying bumpers, but it’s only been put away for three years, so might be better under the skin than it looks. Seats shiny and baggy, almost unused in rear (surprise...), motor looks relatively tidy. With books and tools. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $29,744. Estimated at only $19k– $21k, which looked more than fair for a neglected-looking old thing. One of the least-desirable Ferraris, and went far higher. Why? It’s a Ferrari... A week later at Bicester you could have had the same engine in a Lancia Thema 8.32 for just over $10k (SCM# 6835221). JAPANESE #42-1982 TOYOTA LAND CRUISER SOLD AT $244,951. Supplied new in the U.S. via Chinetti, then on to the U.K. in 1988. Sold right, but as the catalog pointed out, it seems bizarre that a beautifully restored one of these costs the same as a tired Aston Martin DB6 automatic. #63-1982 FERRARI MONDIAL 8 coupe. S/N: 39817. Rosso Corsa/tan leather. RHD. Odo: 48,598 miles. One of 145 RHD Mondial 8 coupes. Looks very sad and faded FJ40 SUV. S/N: FJ40354231. Beige/brown & beige cloth. Odo: 137,864 km. Restored and all good; with aftermarket eight-spoke steel wheels and shocks, plus overdrive and freewheeling front hubs. This LX has factory power steering. Striped cloth upholstery unworn and said to be original, rubber floor mats all good. Add-on a/c, no doubt added for Saudi. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $28,694. Previously in Saudi Arabia and Bahrain. These haven’t enjoyed the popularity they receive in the U.S., probably because there are so few in the U.K., but interest appears to be rising, possibly due to the huge rise in values of Land Rovers and Range Rovers. Sold here for the price of a decently restored S1 Landie, which I thought it did well to get. AMERICAN #11-1941 WILLYS MB O.A.R.E. conversion Military. S/N: 104654. Green/khaki canvas/green canvas. Odo: 10,709 miles. 2,199-cc I4, 1-bbl, 3-sp. O.A.R.E. (Army Auto Repair Workshop) Jeep, modified and used by 116 Sports Car Market


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H&H Auctions Duxford, U.K. the Italian army immediately post-WWII. Fairly rough but not rotten. Hinge mounts still visible where doors were added, since removed. Willys chassis, though no chassis number tag on left-side dumb iron. Ford or later composite body, correct slotted wheels, 1942-type air cleaner with some trunking repaired with electrical tape, later carb. Plastic fuel tank under seat, original in back. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $12,248. Italian Army only decommissioned its last six in 2003. This came to the U.K. in 2015 and was used at the Goodwood Revival, but not yet U.K. registered. This was cheap for a Willys in the U.K., as the cosmetics will have put off some potential bidders, but it’s a good basis for restoration, and bitsa status is normal for a Jeep rebuilt after WWII. Somewhat shrewdly bought. #102-1953 CADILLAC SERIES 62 2-dr hard top. S/N: 536263346. Yellow/green cloth & leather. Odo: 535 miles. 331-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Well restored, excellent paint and chrome. New repro green brocade and leather. With power steering, brakes and tinted windows and Autronic Eye. Nice number too—53 CAD, which is on retention (i.e., not on the car) but part of the deal. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $30,794. Formerly property of the President of the California Cadillac Owners’ Club. Last shown in SCM’s Platinum Auction Database when it sold for $32,319 in October 2013 (SCM# 6622486). That was under low estimate but that could be because all the paperwork including restoration invoices was missing, apparently stolen when the car was on its way to Europe. This time sold for a little more in pounds, but less in dollars because the exchange rates have significantly changed in the intervening four years. Put the difference down to that registration which is worth a couple of grand. © July 2017 117


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Worldwide Auctioneers Arlington, TX Worldwide — The Texas Classic Auction Worldwide’s move from Lake Conroe brought a stable venue and results Company Worldwide Auctioneers Date April 21–22, 2017 Location Arlington, TX Auctioneer Rod Egan Automotive lots sold/offered 87/111 Sales rate 78% Sales total $6,446,625 High sale 1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster, sold at $1,111,000 Buyer’s premium The high seller at Worldwide’s Texas Classic auction — 1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster, sold at $1,111,000 10%, included in sold prices Report and photos by Cody Tayloe Market opinions in italics with sales of $11.4m and a 78% sell-through rate. As the company continues to grow, the Houston Classic Auction was renamed the “Texa Classic Auction,” as the company moved f the La Torretta Lake Resort and Spa to the A Convention Center just outside Dallas. Chief auctioneer Ron Egan commented that the com- W pany has continued to expand and had outgrown their previous venue. Lake Conroe is beautiful, but almost all the cars were displayed outdoors, and the Texas weather is unpredictable this time of year. Days before their 2016 sale, there were torrential downpours and flooding in the Houston area, and while sale day brought sunny skies, the ground had turned into mush. Here in Arlington, all the offerings were indoors. Preview spectators were able to move around the gallery with ease. Everything was well organized, with specialists on hand to answer any questions or assist in the archive library. The two-day sale kicked off Friday with a private col- lection formerly owned by Texas-based collector Bobby Monical. The Monical Collection was offered entirely at no reserve. The sale continued on Saturday and offered a good mix of American muscle and Europeans. The auc- 118 orldwide has experienced a few “ this year. In January, they held t inaugural Scottsdale auction, w turned out to be quite a success Arlington, TX n is a precursor to the Concours d’Elegance of Texas, which also made the move from Houston to Dallas. Overall sales here were $6.4m with a healthy 78% sell-through rate, down $5m compared to their sale in Houston a year ago. The sell-through rate saw an 8% improvement, aided by the no- reserve Monical Collection. The keystone car of the sale was a 1965 Ferrari 275 GTS with a atalog estimate of $1.4m to $1.8m. It did not meet reserve, making e top seller a 1957 Mercedes 300SL Roadster, which changed hands for $1.1m. Second-highest went to a highly original 1969 Corvette L88 roadster, which sold for $616,000. A late-production 1958 Porsche 356A was the third overall, hammering at $275,000. A 1983 Ferrari 512 BBi and a 1953 Corvette roadster rounded out the top five, selling for $236,500 and $231,000 respectively. This year, Worldwide’s sale coincided with Sales Totals Leake’s Spring Dallas event that was taking place near downtown Dallas. I caught up with Richard Sevenoaks, Leake’s president, at his sale and he said that the market is healthy and Worldwide’s presence was overall good for business. I did see a few Leake regulars wandering the gallery at Worldwide’s sale and understood Sevenoaks’ position; had the sale been in Houston at the same time this year, the bidders would theoretically have to choose one or the other. Although the two auctions competed this weekend in the same market, participants were able to attend both if they desired. ♦ $10m $8m $6m $4m $2m 0 Sports Car Market 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013


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Worldwide Auctioneers Arlington, TX ENGLISH #24-1950 AC 2-LITER tourer. S/N: ELX1512. Eng. # UMB150871. Black/tan canvas/ tan leather. Odo: 1,040 miles. Older repaint in its original factory-ordered color. Disappearing top and roll-up windows. Unforgiving color with scratches from use. Small bubbles on passenger’s side quarter panel. Panel alignment is good, but the driver’s door is all too willing to open. Average brightwork with decent rubber showing some age. Windscreen is clean and clear. Older carpets are dirty and slightly worn. Scratch in driver’s door leather. Cracks in the steering wheel. Mechanically sorted in 2014. Cond: 2-. cum’s Kissimmee sale in 2015, where it sold for $101,520 (SCM# 6772140). Mecum offered it again at their 2016 Monterey sale, where it sold for a wholesale price of $77,000 (SCM# 6808886). It did not sell when offered at Mecum’s Dallas sale in 2016, where the top offer was $75k (SCM# 6814307). The right bidders were here for this sale, where it sold in the middle of the catalog estimate. Well sold. #123-1969 JAGUAR E-TYPE Series II 4.2 convertible. S/N: 1R7694. Primrose Yellow/ black canvas/black leather. Odo: 34,510 miles. Very nice older restoration with few flaws. Some chipping around the antenna mast. Trunk is very high at the front. Brightwork is in very nice condition. Doors are slightly out, but hardly worth noting. Small area of pitting around the windscreen. Delamination on exterior driver’s door mirror. Interior is in good condition. Some moisture behind the battery gauge. Carpets show slight wear. Dash switches also show some wear. Odometer may possibly be inoperable. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $71,500. Ordered new by noted enthusiast John Moir, who later sold the car in 1956 only to repurchase and restore it in the late 1980s. RM sold the car out of his private collection in 2014 for $82,500. It was last sold at Worldwide’s Houston sale in 2016 for $66k (SCM# 6799619). Actual sales average about half of the previous selling price, but includes configurations other than the desirable drophead. The number here was market-correct with a good story to add provenance. #121-1965 SUNBEAM TIGER Mk I convertible. S/N: B9473518LRXFE. Carnival Red/black vinyl/Black Pebble vinyl. Odo: 25,103 miles. Numbers matching. Comprehensive restoration completed in 2014. Paint shows a blemish. Brightwork is in good condition. Driver’s door sags when open and closing. Panels line up well when closed. Rubber is in good condition and has been replaced. Fresh interior is in very good condition. Black Pebble interior has been reupholstered. Carpets have been replaced. Interior hardware is bright and shiny. Highly detailed engine compartment. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $80,000. Values remain in the stratosphere, more than double where these were 10 years ago. Little is mentioned in the description regarding the restoration on this one, but it needs nothing. Worldwide placed the catalog estimate between $110k and $140k. It was recently offered by a Houston dealer with an unpublished price. Here, it failed to meet the reserve. #144-1957 MERCEDES-BENZ 300SL Roadster. S/N: 1980427500378. Eng. # 198 9807500392. Silver metallic/ red cloth/red leather. Odo: 33,949 miles. Matching-numbers engine. Rudi & Company restoration completed in 2002. Amelia Island and Hilton Head class winner. History includes 42 years of single ownership. Includes matching luggage. Euro-spec headlights. High-quality restoration with excellent prep. Passenger’s door out slightly at the rear edge. Grille and windscreen surround have minor pitting. Interior is very good with highquality paint applied. Some stress on the outboard seams of the driver’s seat. Some pitting around the instrument bezels and on the ashtray. Snaps on rear deck are lightly rusted. Cond: 2+. TOP 10 No. 2 NOT SOLD AT $72,000. The catalog estimate pinned this one between $100k and $120k. Mecum offered this one at their 2015 Monterey sale, where it did not find a buyer with a top bid of $61k (SCM# 6796434). Worldwide did sell a more desirable 1964 Series I here for $148,500. GERMAN #156-1956 MERCEDES-BENZ 190SL convertible. S/N: 1210426500342. Silver/ black cloth/black leather. Odo: 18,457 miles. U.S.-spec example. Very nice restoration that is preserved in very good condition. Paint is nearly flawless. Brightwork shows a few scratches with some minor pitting, but nothing major. Panel alignment is very good. Windscreen brightwork is excellent. Rubber is in good condition. Black factory hard top. Interior is like a work of art. Factory-installed 300SL seats. Leather is in excellent condition. Steering wheel is nearly flawless. The only thing detracting from the brightwork on the dash is a few fingerprints. Clock can be heard ticking from outside the car. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $1,111,000. Appears to be an original U.S.-delivered car with bumper guards and upgraded Euro headlights. Absent from this one is the desirable hard top. It has been driven from coast to coast two times under previous ownership. Offered at RM Sotheby’s at their Amelia Island sale in 2016, where it did not sell for $950,000. Here, the estimate was at $1.2 to $1.4 million. Recent sales do fall in that range, with a couple of outliers below $1 million. Fair deal for buyer and seller. #120-1958 PORSCHE 356A Speedster. S/N: 84518. Silver metallic/black cloth/black leather. Odo: 1,108 miles. Excellent, fully documented restoration in very good condition. Two-stage paint is nearly flawless. Slight stainless pitting, but nothing major. Rubber has been replaced. Windshield surround shows very light pitting. Panel alignment is very good and correctly gapped. Interior is in very good condition. Scratches around the ignition stainless if you want to be TOP 10 No. 8 SOLD AT $115,500. 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Worldwide Auctioneers Arlington, TX picky. Stainless trim to the left of the gauge cluster is misaligned. Underside treated with Würth SKS Schutz. Engine is sterile and perfect. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $275,000. Last sold at Worldwide’s Houston sale in 2013 for $231k (SCM# 6197518) and presented here with 12 additional miles added to the odometer. The market has increased rapidly since that sale, although there has been a bit of a correction. Still, the appreciation of this one and many others still allows for an increase in value, even if there has been some stabilization. In 2013, the estimate on this one was $225k to $265k, where here it was at $300k to $350k. Well bought. #17-1963 VOLKSWAGEN BEETLE Custom 2-dr sedan. S/N: 5444460. Guards Red/tan tweed. Odo: 8,205 miles. Modified to popular SoCal look. Older restoration completed in 2005. Paint is older, with scratches throughout the clearcoat. Door alignment is correct. Rubber has been replaced. Rear window stainless surround and billet bumpers slightly dull. Pitting on the exterior door handles. Interior is far from stock. Custom-built door panels finished in tweed with billet hardware. Oversize seats are also wrapped in tweed. Aftermarket instrumentation. Carpets and upholstery are somewhat tired. Staining on driver’s seat from seat-belt rust. Cond: 2-. fully. Rubber in good condition. Panel alignment is correct. Interior is in good overall condition. The driver’s seat shows slight wear. Carpets are original with some minor fraying. Dash presents well. Console wood is in very good condition. Cond: 3+. entry for a decent Thing is still very affordable, but sales have gained steam over the past few years. They can still be had for well under $20k, and under $10k is not uncommon for one that needs a little work, with Acapulco-style examples bringing in larger numbers. Mechanically there is a lot of support and parts available in the aftermarket. This one is a testament to strengthening values. Worldwide sold this one at their Houston Classic in 2011, likely to the consignor here, for $9,900 (SCM# 6767386). This price was among the strongest stock-configuration sales so far this year. Well sold. #118-1973 PORSCHE 911T Targa. S/N: 9113110557. White/black leather. Odo: 70,822 miles. Mostly original paint with some panels resprayed. Dry spray near the gas cap and on the fenders. Touch-ups on the front fenders. Pitting on the door handle and window trim on the door. Rubber is in good condition. Rear glass has some scratches. Door threshold appears to have poorly prepped amateur paint. Seats are slightly worn but not hopeless. Carpets are slightly worn also. Gauges are slightly hazy, with chipped paint around the edges. Vinyl to the right of the a/c controls is indented. Missing knobs next to the 12V dash port. Fuel injection replaced with triple-venturi-downdraft Weber carbs. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $14,850. This one sported the popular SoCal look with lots of bolt-on pieces. Tastefully done, it should not have any problems drawing a crowd at shows and meetups. This one was last sold at Worldwide’s Montgomery sale for $17,600 (SCM# 4774957). Prior to that, it had been stored in a climatecontrolled facility and said to have been featured in a few Volkswagen-specific publications. Offered at no reserve, it brought a softer price here that is probably less than the initial build cost. Well bought. #44-1973 VOLKSWAGEN THING con- vertible. S/N: 1833022899. White/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 28,445 miles. Older repaint with evident flaws. Tiny dents all over the hood appear to be hail damage. Cracks in paint near the gas cap. Chips down to bare metal on the hood. Amateur touch-ups on the rear engine compartment lid. Rubber is dry with overspray. Front windshield has heavy wiper streaks. Hawaii license plates. Spartan interior is somewhat dirty. Seats in decent condition and appear only slightly worn. Knobs show wear and plenty of use. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $16,500. All things relative, the price of 122 SOLD AT $20,900. Just three owners from new, this 500SL was imported to the U.S. in May 1984 and DOT/EPA-certified the same month. The R107s have steadily gained in value over the years, with the Euro-spec cars trading above their U.S. bound counterparts. Last year, Bonhams sold an example in the same color at their Stuttgart sale for $71,340 (SCM# 6799386). The strong numbers on these tend to come from non-U.S. sales. Very well bought. #124-1987 PORSCHE 911 Turbo coupe. S/N: WP0JB0932HS050944. Eng. # 65H00902. Pearl Metallic/black leather. Odo: 97,410 miles. Correct paint-to-sample factory-ordered color with accompanying documentation. A dent and some bubbling over right rear fender. Some uneven spray around the gas cap lid. Rubber is in good condition, aside from the driver’s door threshold, which is open and torn. Black trim around the windows is intact. Federalized bumperettes are in good condition. Leather is slightly worn. Black armrest on the driver’s door is faded. Gauges are clean and clear. Carpets are original but worn. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $57,000. Last sold at Worldwide’s fall Auburn sale in 2016 for $68,750. Now offered at this sale only a few months later, it carried an estimate of $80k to $110k, which is fairly ambitious considering a cooling Porsche market. #104-1984 MERCEDES-BENZ 500SL convertible. S/N: WDB1070461A009317. Signal Red/tan leather. Odo: 31,602 miles. Low mileage and all original. Includes original tool-kit, maintenance books, tire jack, owner’s manual and MB safety kit. Equipped with both tops, rear spoiler, Euro headlights and factory chrome bundt-style wheels. Factory paint is in average condition with a few touch-ups here and there. Stainless is decent and aging grace- SOLD AT $82,500. Dan Kruse Classics had an example nearly identical to this one at their 2015 Houston sale (SCM# 6789126). If someone wasn’t paying attention, you would swear it was the same car. In Houston, that 930 did not sell with a top offer of $50k, which would be soft for a 930. Mileage still matters on these, and Worldwide had a fairly soft estimate of $90k to $120k. The market spoke, and this one was a virtual steal, selling for even less than the conservative estimate. Well bought, with the mileage possibly holding back the value. #142-1996 PORSCHE 911 Turbo coupe. S/N: WP0AC2997TS376230. Midnight Blue/ Sports Car Market


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Worldwide Auctioneers Arlington, TX Midnight Blue leather. Odo: 24,762 miles. Mileage believed to be original. Includes original window sticker, manuals, service records and bill of sale. Porsche cell phone with factory mount. Digital sound package. Heated lumbar seats. Well-preserved unrestored original. Paint has a few flaws and scuffs from age. Panel alignment is factory correct. Rubber is original and is in good condition. Driver’s seat shows some stress on the leather from use. Door panel pockets are in good condition. Cond: 2-. year of making the rounds, it has yet to find a new home. ITALIAN #145-1960 FIAT 500 Jolly roadster. S/N: 110158442. Coral/wicker. Odo: 37,867 miles. Quality restoration. Paint is all new, very well applied with few noticeable flaws. Paint is scratched on the rear top hardware from installation and removal of the top. Some pitting on the brightwork. Rubber is in good condition. Windscreen is clean and clear. Interior is tidy and appears to need nothing. Odometer digits are faded on center gauge. Carpets are replaced and in good order. Newer top fabric. Cond: 2. usually one to be found at most of them, but values have softened some from where they once were. For a freshly restored example, this one was well bought. #122-1964 AUTOBIANCHI BIANCHINA Berlina 2-dr sedan. S/N: 68728. White/tan vinyl. Odo: 31,257 km. Rotisserie restoration completed in 2016. Paint is in very good condition. Appears to be well prepped with no major flaws. Stainless around the windows is dull. Bumpers are also slightly cloudy. Pitting on the headlight bezels. Driver’s door won’t close. Carpets replaced with fit issues at the passenger’s threshold. Bunching on the upholstery at interior rear wheelwells. Interior has been treated to new paint. Steering wheel is unrestored, as evident by the pitted horn bezel and faded acrylic. Door and seat upholstery are all new and attractive. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $120,000. First offered by a Scottsdale dealer in April 2016 on Bring A Trailer’s auction platform, where it did not sell for $111,000. If the catalog estimate here of $150,000 to $180,000 is any indication of the reserve, the consignor should have let it go in Monterey, where it was later offered by Mecum in 2016. There, it achieved a high bid of $155,000 but the owner decided to hold out (SCM# 6808794). Next, it was offered at Mecum’s Dallas sale where, again, it was a nosale at $130,000 (SCM# 6809692). After a SOLD AT $57,750. Worldwide’s catalog estimate put this one between $80k and $100k, which is slightly ambitious compared to recent sales, but highly restored examples such as this one can reach those numbers. These tend to fare well at high-end auctions, and there is SOLD AT $12,100. No shortage of cuteness and a great alternative to more-common Euro microcars such as the Fiat 500, on which it is based. While small, these were available in several forms as a sedan, roadster, station wagon, convertible and even a van. This one must have been a labor of love to perform a rotisserie restoration and the total costs likely exceed the sales price here. Market-correct sales price about half of the auction estimate and an inexpensive entry into the world of Italians. #130-1972 MASERATI INDY 4700 coupe. S/N: AM116471228. Blue/red leather. Odo: 2,326 km. Numbers matching with Maserati Classiche documentation. Older repaint appears thick with blemishes throughout. Scratches throughout the clearcoat with a few heavy rub marks. Buffer burn at left rear pillar. Panel alignment is good. Leather seats are comfortably worn with cracks throughout. Gauges are slightly hazy. Buttons show minor wear. Carpets original. Empty holes in rear seatback trim where something used to go. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $67,500. Originally delivered locally to Modena and believed to be imported 124 Sports Car Market


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Worldwide Auctioneers Arlington, TX to the U.S. in 1994. About four years ago, the market began to take notice of these, and the selling prices have reflected their recently found popularity. This one benefits from recent service, and just a few years ago, the catalog estimate would have been about half of what it is today. Last year it was offered by Bring A Trailer with a high bid of $46,000. With a catalog estimate of $80k to $100k, this one failed to meet reserve. #138-1972 MASERATI GHIBLI SS 4.9 coupe. S/N: AM115492316. Black/black leather. Odo: 61,187 miles. Older repaint from 1989. In need of another. Scratches all over, some heavy, with bubbling around the gas cap. Brightwork is showing age and pitted. Rear glass is very scratched. Other glass is in good condition. Rubber is showing age. Leather is worn on the driver’s door panel. Seats are aging well and worn slick. Carpet is original and aging. Gauges are slightly cloudy. Some switches around the a/c vents show wear. Clutch pedal shows excessive wear to the point that it is smooth on the bottom left corner. Antenna appears to be broken off. Borrani wires. Cond: 3-. mechanical refresh. This one is among the most desirable of Ghiblis, being a late-production SS with the 4.9L V8. Auction estimate put this one between $300k and $350k, figures reserved only for very good SS examples. #117-1974 DETOMASO PANTERA coupe. S/N: THPNPU07338. Red/black vinyl. Odo: 11,537 miles. Original paint with original panels and original mileage. Several chips on the nose and hood. Long scratch almost the entire width of the hood between the headlights. Emblem on rear deck lid is sun faded and pitted. Buffer burn on rear engine cover. Fading on roof. Glass is clean and clear. Brightwork around all windows is faded. Carpets in very good condition. Scuff on outside #143-1976 AUTOBIANCHI A112 Abarth 2-dr sedan. S/N: A112A1542923. Green & black/black vinyl. Odo: 53,629 miles. Tuscan rally car in the 1980s and 1990s. Return to street configuration in 2010. Titled in Louisiana. Older refresh in good condition. Paint is good overall. A few scratches on the right rear quarter panel. Some prep issues here and there. Overall good quality for a driver. Panel alignment is good overall. Interior is in good condition. Driver’s seat slightly pointed toward the center of the car. Aftermarket race pedals and foot rest. Magneti Marelli frontstrut tower bar and close-ratio gearbox set up for hill climbing. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $270,000. Two owners from new with the previous ownership spanning 46 years. Includes records of mechanical service and engine rebuild which spanned four years. All in, $60k was said to have been spent on the bolster of driver’s seat. Gauge stainless and screen printing are all in good order. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $90,200. Last seen at Mecum’s Monterey sale in 2016, where it did not sell for $110k (SCM# 6808454). While the mileage is certainly low, a comparable example of the same year and color with less than 8,000 miles made the rounds just a few years ago. It was offered three times, selling at Mecum’s Dallas sale in 2013 (SCM# 227171); both previous high bids were just below its final sale price of $84,500. While the market continues to gradually increase, the catalog estimate on this one was $120k to $140k, which is steeper than the actual trading range. The price paid here was fair. SOLD AT $12,000. First offered on Bring A Trailer’s auction platform in April 2016 from a private seller. According to the comments, the seller actually made the trip to Italy to take delivery of the car, stretching its legs between Italy and Stuttgart before bringing it over to the U.S. It did not sell on BaT with a high bid of $12,750. Here, it carried a catalog estimate of $25k to $35k and sold for well under. Two auctions with similar results; it seems between BaT and the bidding here that the market has been set. TOP 10 No. 10 #126-1983 FERRARI 512 BBI coupe. S/N: ZFFJA09B000047411. Red/tan leather. Odo: 20,904 miles. One owner, all original and very well cared for. Bumpers resprayed in factory color. Heavy scratch on front hood. Paint is in good condition considering age. Light scratches in the clearcoat considered typical for age. Rubber is original and is in good condition. Delivery plastic is still on the stainless thresholds and leather threshold on the outboard side of the seats. Screen printing is in good order. Carpets are original. Doors shut with ease and make a good sound. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $236,500. The predecessor to the Testarossa, with just a little over 1,000 examples produced between 1981 and 1984. This one just received comprehensive service this year, which is an added value for the new owner. These were gray-market cars with no official Italian exportation into the U.S. The 126 Sports Car Market


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Fresh Meat by Chad Taylor Worldwide Auctioneers Arlington, TX Online sales of contemporary cars 2016 Porsche 911 GT3 RS coupe values on these are often compared to the Daytona, and many recent sales have reached above $300k. The catalog had this one at $225k to $275k, right where the final bid landed; more than fair for a one-owner recently serviced example. #108-1984 FERRARI MONDIAL QV Date sold: 03/29/2017 eBay auction ID: 112336164560 Seller’s eBay ID: eliteautosllc Sale type: Used car with 32 miles VIN: WP0AF2A93GS192816 Details: 4.0-L H6 rated at 500 hp, 7-sp auto, RWD Sale result: $299,980, Buy It Now, sf 492 MSRP: $175,900 (base) Other current offering: Ron Tonkin Gran Turismo of Portland, OR, asking $279,999 for a 33-mile white over black leather/Alcantara 911 GT3 RS coupe. 2017 Lamborghini Huracan spyder coupe. S/N: ZFFMD14A5D0049491. Argento/ black leather. Odo: 55,053 miles. Mostly original paint with some areas showing a fresher respray. A few prep issues. Windshield is beginning to delaminate around the edges. Trim appears all original. Panels line up nicely. Rubber is believed to be original and in good condition. Driver’s seat shows some cracking and wear on the leather. Gauges are slightly hazy but in good condition overall. Dash is free of any cracks. Rare factory Speedline wheels. Unused spare. Air conditioning needs service. Sunroof is inoperable. Cond: 3. leather grain around the center gauges looks off. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $104,500. Ferraris such as this continue to increase in popularity and value, especially the gated manuals as seen in this example. The purists are seeking the driving experience that is disappearing as more technology comes out of Italy. While not especially rare, there is certainly a strong market among collectors. Values are fairly inconsistent, as mileage and options have a heavy value weight. It’s not especially difficult to find another with similar mileage, but private-party sales show only a small number with asking prices under $150k. The catalog range was in line from $125k to $150k. Well bought. AMERICAN #13-1912 CADILLAC MODEL 30 Date sold: 04/08/2017 eBay auction ID: 152503205193 Seller’s eBay ID: losgatosluxcars Sale type: Used car with 1,793 miles VIN: ZHWUR1ZF9HLA05545 Details: 5.2-L V10 rated at 602 hp, 7-sp auto, AWD Sale result: $233,970, 1 bid, sf 10 MSRP: $262,350 (base) Other current offering: Platinum Motorcars Detroit in Detroit, MI, offering an Arancio Borealis Pearl over Nero leather/Alcantara 2016 Huracan for $269,995 with 1,163 miles. 2017 Acura NSX coupe SOLD AT $29,700. The first registered owner listed in the warranty book is the Oakland Raiders Organization. This car was thought to belong to longtime team owner Al Davis. Mecum offered this car in late 2016 at their Dallas sale, where it did not sell for $33k (SCM# 6813823). The Mondial styling is “love it or hate it” and as values reflect, collectors are not exactly chasing after them. Convertible values and coupe values are similar, and either is a low entry point into Ferrari ownership, but values are slowly on the rise. Here, it was offered at no reserve, bringing less than the previous offer in Dallas, but a fair deal for both parties. #149-1998 FERRARI 550 Maranello Date sold: 04/09/2017 eBay auction ID: 172598772162 Seller’s eBay ID: mcgrathacurachicago1 Sale type: New car with 3 miles VIN: 19UNC1B05HY000705 Details: 3.5-L, twin-turbocharged V6 with electric assist rated at 573 hp, 9-sp auto, AWD Sale result: $199,900, Buy It Now, sf 4 MSRP: $206,500 (as equipped) Other current offering: In Miami, FL, Ferrari Maserati of Fort Lauderdale asking $179,900 for a 2017 Valencia Red Pearl over black leather/Alcantara NSX with 1,000 miles. ♦ 128 coupe. S/N: ZFFZR49A8W0110966. Blu Pozzi/tan leather. Odo: 19,915 miles. Everything appears to be factory original with relatively low mileage. Factory paint has been well cared for. Age flaws, such as light scratching in the clearcoat and a few rock chips on the nose. Rubber is in good condition. Panel gaps factory-correct. Interior is average. Not much bolster wear on the driver’s seat. Carpets are dirty. Screen printing is all intact. Dash covering is in good shape, but tourer. S/N: 46462. Black/black leather. RHD. Completely unrestored and said to have two owners since 1935. Solid survivor or restoration candidate. Body is straight. Paint faded throughout. Top ripped throughout and barely hanging on and so tattered it is difficult to tell what color it once was. Folding front glass is cracked in two places with chips throughout. Exterior wood is dry with some splintering. Seat leather has disintegrated. Floorboard material is missing but boards are in salvageable condition. Gray and Davis acetylene headlamps. Cond: 5. SOLD AT $36,300. Many could be heard comparing this Cadillac to the 1911 Oldsmobile Limited 7-Passenger Touring that famously sold at RM’s Hershey sale in 2007 for $1.65m (SCM# 47324). Purchased in 1935 in non-running condition for $10 with a seized motor—believed to still be in its current state, which would certainly hold back the value. We called it well bought when last sold at Worldwide’s Seabrook sale in 2010, where it was likely added to the Monical Collection for $46,200 (SCM# 1684687). Well sold then, well sold now. #25-1934 FORD MODEL 40 Eight phaeton. S/N: 18840790. Cordoba Gray/tan canvas/brown leather. Odo: 33,916 miles. Unrestored and mostly original including much of the paint. Faded, light clearcoat scratches throughout. Crack in paint at left rear corner above the fuel filler. Pitting around the windshield frame. Bumpers are in good condition. Top is in very nice condition with almost no soiling. Interior patterns are correct. Driver’s seat has large tear from front to back. 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Worldwide Auctioneers Arlington, TX out. Wood is losing its luster. Engine components, belts and hoses show correct stamping and factory markings. Cond: 2-. Odo: 13,020 miles. 255-ci V8, 2-bbl, 3-sp. Older restoration in very good condition. Wood is slightly faded but good overall. Paint blemishes consistent with age throughout. A few dings on the trim over the windshield. Glass is clean and clear, especially the rear sliding glass, which is notorious for showing scratches. Light pitting and scratches on the bumpers. Heavy pitting on the door handles. Foul odor inside. Interior is in good condition. Carpets show moderate wear. Vinyl interior and headliner are in good condition. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $45,100. The mileage is believed to be actual on this unrestored example. The condition is such that it almost appears as an older restoration; however, it is, in fact, original. Last seen at Worldwide’s Seabrook sale in 2010, where it sold for $69,300 (SCM# 1684502) with 14 fewer miles on the clock. There, we called it “very well bought.” As the market still tends to favor originality over restored examples, it would be a challenge to find one much better than this 83-year-old gem. If we called it “very well bought” seven years ago at almost $70k, the sales price here was a downright steal. #32-1937 CORD 812 SC phaeton. S/N: 32047H. Eng. # FC2284. Black/black canvas/ red leather. ACD Certified and CCCA Full Classic. Very well-kept older restoration with recent cosmetic, electrical and mechanical refurbishment. Black paint has light surface scratches. Some chips around the grille. Very high-quality finish. Panel fit appears factorycorrect. Stainless is beginning to show age. Correct top and piping. Interior in good overall condition. Pleated seat leather is very good. Carpets are older but present well overall. Firewall-mounted Marvel lubrication system. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $42,900. Last sold at Russo and Steele’s Scottsdale sale in 2011 for $49,500 (SCM# 2079007). Judging by the condition of the current restoration, it is safe to assume that the restoration was already done and likely fresher at the time of the previous sale. In fact, the car is unwinding gracefully and the period-correct accessories add to the charm. With plenty of examples sold higher than this Eight, there is no reason this one was excluded from the over $50k club. A nice example that was very well bought. #18-1951 CHEVROLET SUBURBAN utility. S/N: JBA569045. Pastel Green/brown vinyl. Odo: 148 miles. 216-ci I6, 1-bbl, 3-sp. Very nice older low-mileage restoration in good condition. Upgraded to 12-volt. Paint is well applied, with a few blemishes and prep issues here and there. Nothing major for a driver. Driver’s door out slightly. Rubber is all new. Glass is in good order. Minor pitting on brightwork. Interior is in good condition. Seats have been reupholstered. Heavy rubber floor covering. Aftermarket a/c under the dash. Modern turn signals. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $176,000. According to ACD experts, this one is very correct and also has benefited from 50 years of single-family California ownership before the consignor purchased it last year at Worldwide’s Houston sale for $220k (SCM# 6799614). This is considered by many to be the most desirable Cord, with the Gordon Buehrig-designed “coffin nose” and Lycoming supercharged V8. I would imaine the new owner is beaming with joy after picking one up for well under $200k. Very well bought in the range of naturally aspirated carbureted 812s. #22-1949 MERCURY EIGHT woodie wagon. S/N: 9CM262504. Black/tan vinyl. July 2017 SOLD AT $44,000. This example was in the same hands for 55 years and had just been restored prior to being added to the Monical Collection. It is safe to assume the mileage here is post-restoration mileage and the condition appears to be an older restoration which is beginning to unwind. Although the miles are 129


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Worldwide Auctioneers Arlington, TX low, the sorting appears to have been done, although it has not seen much road time. There isn’t much to do here in the way of making it better than it is, other than drive and enjoy it. It had lots of eye appeal, and the crowd responded well to its presentation in the gallery and on the block. Fair price for buyer and seller. #16-1953 CHEVROLET CORVETTE roadster. S/N: E53F001062. Polo White/red vinyl. Odo: 56,650 miles. 235-ci 150-hp I6, 3x1-bbl, auto. Early production (#62) firstyear Corvette. Bloomington Gold certified, Duntov Mark of Excellence Award and NCRS Top Flight award winner. Fiberglass strands can be seen through the paint. Older restoration with paint high-quality when applied, but now showing age. Crazing on the right rear fender. Older stainless looks good. Carpets assumed to have been replaced at time of restoration and showing well. Driver’s seat beginning to open at the cushion seams. Restored engine compartment in above-average condition. Cond: 3. restoration in good overall condition. Factory power steering with upgraded power brakes. Light pitting on brightwork. Minor bubbling in paint. Paint is faded in places. Areas of dry and hardening rubber. Panel alignment is questionable, with misaligned left rear taillight. Windows are clean and clear. Interior is very tidy. Seats are in very good condition. Bright work on the dash is beginning to dull. Carpets have been replaced, but the driver’s position is showing wear, with rust under rear carpets in cargo area. Cond: 3. decent but definitely not restored. Shift boot is torn. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $231,000. Offered at no reserve, we have seen this one cross the block a few times several years ago. In 2010, Worldwide offered it at their sale in Seabrook, where it did not sell for $230k (SCM# 1684455). Two years later, Worldwide offered it again in Houston, where it changed hands for $209k (SCM# 4774837). During that time, the Corvette market was experiencing a cooling period following the high-water mark set around 2007. The sale here was consistent with past sales of this particular Corvette, bringing $1,000 more than its personal best. Well sold. #21-1957 CHEVROLET NOMAD wagon. S/N: VC57J144378. Matador Red & India Ivory/red & black cloth & vinyl. Odo: 32,547 miles. 283-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Older SOLD AT $44,000. This sale marks the fifth time we have covered this one crossing the block. At Branson’s fall sale in 2010, it failed to find a new home with a top offer of $50k (SCM# 1687983). In 2011, it was offered by Classic Motorcar Auctions at the Glenmoor Gathering in Canton, OH, where, again, it did not sell with a high bid of $45k (SCM# 6611825). In 2013, it was a no-sale once again at Mecum’s Dallas auction at $47k (SCM# 6729394). Finally, the owner let it go in 2016 at Worldwide’s Houston sale for the lowest offer yet: $44k (SCM# 6803317). Well bought in 2016 and well bought here for the identical price. (See profile, p. 76.) #3-1961 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N: 10867S105522. White/blue vinyl. Odo: 85,612 miles. 283-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Paint and interior said to be original and in good condition overall. Minor scratches from age and light cracks in the paint under close inspection. Paint touch-up near the antenna mast. Very well kept, if indeed original. Rubber appears to be original and is decent overall. Some pullback on the door gaskets, revealing the glue underneath. Rear glass on the hard top reveals many scratches. Interior is original. Carpets show age wear. Gauges are SOLD AT $57,200. Offered out of the Monical Collection where, prior to that, it was part of the Alamo Classic Car Museum. This was originally a factory Fuelie that was replaced with a four-barrel setup. The selling price here was about right for a carbureted Corvette, but returning it to fuel injection could easily bring in the bigger bucks. The new owner has a lot of car to work with. Fair price paid overall and hopefully it will show up at a future sale with fuel injection, where we can report if there is a change in value. #27-1961 CHRYSLER 300G convertible. S/N: 8413110032. Mardi Gras Red/white vinyl/ tan leather. Odo: 938 miles. 413-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, auto. High-quality body-off restoration completed in the 1990s and showing signs of age. Surface scratches in the clearcoat could be corrected with buffing. Panel alignment is very good. Rubber is holding up well. Leather upholstery is in very good condition. Evidence of mold in the inner sides of the rear seats. Interior paint is as high quality as the exterior. Beautiful “Astro-Dome” instrument cluster. Doors make an excellent sound when closing. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $148,500. Former Best in Class award winner at a 2005 concours, although the venue was not mentioned. The current consignor sold the car in 2010 and later repurchased it in 2013. We first saw this one at Worldwide’s Seabrook, TX, auction in 2006, where it sold for a strong $184,250 (SCM# 1566325). In 2013, it is assumed the current consignor repurchased it for $104,500 at the same Worldwide Seabrook sale (SCM# 6185285). Although the restoration is now past its prime, the price paid was on the hefty side given its current state and the mega bucks required to bring it back up to concours condition. #34-1961 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N: 10867S104509. Roman Red & Ermine White/white canvas/red vinyl. Odo: 48,121 miles. 283-ci 315-hp fuel-injected V8, 130 Sports Car Market


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Worldwide Auctioneers Arlington, TX 4-sp. Older restoration showing signs of longterm storage. Paint is lightly faded throughout with clearcoat scratches. Looks great from 20 feet away. Brightwork is in good condition. Rubber is beginning to become dry and hard. Scratches on the glass on the desirable hard top. Other windows are dirty and hazy. Interior is in good condition but smells musty. Carpets have been replaced. Gauges are clean and clear. Cabin fresh-air hose is loose in the engine compartment. Cond: 2-. #10-1967 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N: 194677S106319. Sunfire Yellow/black vinyl/ black vinyl. Odo: 3,039 miles. 327-ci 350-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Numbers matching. Previously awarded NCRS Top Flight, Bloomington Gold and NCRS Duntov Mark of Excellence. Older restoration holding up well. Fading on the hard top from resting on the dolly. Cracked paint on upper left side of the hood. Panels line up well. Brightwork shows some scratches and is average overall. Shiny rubber beginning to show age, but not yet hardened. Outboard carpets are slightly frayed near the driver’s seat. Factory-correct engine presentation. Cond: 2. BEST BUY #132-1969 CHEVROLET CORVETTE L88 convertible. S/N: 194679S721263. Le Mans Blue/black vinyl. Odo: 19,886 miles. 427-ci 430-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. F41 suspension, Positraction, J50/ J56 heavy-duty power brakes, engine block heater, K66 transistor ignition and audio alarm. Described as the most original in existence. Original paint is beginning to craze in places. A few touch-ups on the nose in a color that is not exact. Paint faded in areas, but this adds to the charm. Panel alignment is good overall. Entry door stainless scratched from use. Touched-up rear deck from hard-top installment damage. Carpets are original and good for age. Seats show some collapsing of the foam. Gauges are clean and clear. Good screen printing still intact on dash pieces. Cond: 3. TOP 10 No. 5 SOLD AT $69,300. Kruse and Leake offered it at their joint sale in San Antonio in 2011. It did not sell for a top offer of $45,000 (SCM# 2358049), and our reporter commented that the owner at the time was looking for $65,000. Less than a month later, Worldwide offered it at their Houston Classic, selling it for $101,200 (SCM# 2397251). Only one mile has passed since that sale and the car has unwound itself into a good driver. Well bought at a substantial discount over the last sale. #1-1964 CHEVROLET IMPALA 2-dr hard top. S/N: 41447T241585. Blue/white vinyl. Odo: 29,554 miles. 409-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Last registration shows sticker from 1985. Older restoration with high-quality finish but showing age. Paint crack just behind left rear window. Dent on left rear fender with a deep scratch and paint damage. Brightwork is pitting on the bumpers and window surrounds. Wiper streaks on windshield. Panels line up nicely. Interior is average. Both seats have areas of wear with black peeking through. Fuse lying on the floorboard with a bare wire hanging down from the dash. Stains on the driver’s carpet along with wear under the accelerator. Soiling on headliner around rear vanity lights. Knobs show some handling. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $79,200. Prior to joining the Monical Collection, this Corvette was with the same collector for 13 years. The miles reflected are post-restoration, and this one includes many accolades desired by the serious collector. It previously sold for $96,250 at Worldwide’s Houston sale in 2014 (SCM# 6709284) and was now offered here with two additional miles added to the odometer. Values have increased slightly over the past few years, but are down considerably from the C2’s pinnacle 10 years ago. Offered at no reserve, this was a significant discount over this example’s previous sale. Well bought. SOLD AT $616,000. Only a single mile has passed since Mecum offered this one at their Anaheim sale in 2012. There, it did not sell with a high bid of $550k (SCM# 5214347). In 2013, Gooding offered it at their Scottsdale sale, where it changed hands for $825k (SCM# 5606950). The market has cooled but there is always a demand for rare Corvettes. The catalog estimated this one between $650,000 and $750,000, which is a bit steep in today’s market, but still well sold. © SOLD AT $19,800. First lot of the sale, but luckily the sale opened to a pretty good crowd. This one had the right stuff: desirable year, big-block power and a 4-speed to boot. Overall a very nice driver that appears ready for the road. Values have been steady over the past few years with no big surprises. Even pretty rough ones can climb to twice the selling price here. Offered at no reserve, very well bought. July 2017 131


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Branson Branson, MO Branson — Spring 2017 Affordable classics fill the Ozarks, with 52% of lots selling for $25k or less Company Branson Date April 21–22, 2017 Location Branson, MO Auctioneers Brent Earlywine, Jeff Knosp Automotive lots sold/offered 134/193 Sales rate 69% Sales total $2,625,795 High sale 2010 Chevrolet Camaro Hennessey HPE700 coupe, sold at $82,500 Buyer’s premium 10%, included in sold prices Once driven by Prince George, the Duke of Kent, and Sir John Leigh — 1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Experimental Saloon, sold at $78,000 Report and photos by Andy Staugaard Market opinions in italics T 132 he weather outside in the Ozarks was filled with thunder, lightning and rain, matching the intense bidding inside Branson’s 2017 spring auction. Jim and Kathy Cox had a great auction, scoring a sell-through rate of almost 70% and taking $2,625,795 to the bank. It has been said that all the good cars are gone in this market and the ones that are left are overpriced. Well, not in Branson — there were plenty of good cars available for reasonable prices, with results to prove it. Branson is usually a good venue for deals, and this time was no different. This time, there were 91 fewer consignments than at the October auction, but Branson sold five more cars — and the sell-through rate was a respectable 69% compared to the 45% achieved in October. Out of 193 consignments, there were 134 cars sold for just over $2.6m. The offerings in Branson’s last two auctions have improved immensely, and it’s beginning to show in their sell-through rate. This is a good time for those wanting to get into the Branson, MO collector car market, with 52% of the cars selling at or under $25k and an average selling price of $19.6k. Out of the top 10 cars sold, eight were American and two European. The top sale was a 2010 Chevrolet Camaro Hennessey HPE700 for $82.5k. Second was a 1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III that sold for $78k. These two sales alone highlight the diversity of the bidders present at Branson. Some exceptionally good buys were a 1955 MGA for $22k and a 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302 for $57.5k. The highest no-sale was a 1999 Ferrari 550 Maranello, missing out on being the high sale of the day with a bid of $120k. In the same boat, a 1970 Plymouth Road Runner went home with a high bid of $90k. Branson is just about 50 miles south of old Route 66 in the picturesque Ozark Mountains. You always get the friendly hometown treatment in Branson, whether you are a buyer, seller or visitor. There is also plenty to see and do outside of the auction. The next Branson auction is scheduled for October 20–21, 2017, and they are already taking consignments. Take a look at what they have to offer at www.bransonauction.com. ♦ Sales Totals $3.5m $3m $2.5m $2m $1.5m $1m 0 Sports Car Market 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013


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Branson Branson, MO ENGLISH #541-1937 ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM III Experimental Saloon. S/N: 3AEX33. Dark & light blue/red leather. RHD. Odo: 4,689 miles. Body and paint are just fair with lots of scratches, chips and cracks. Panel fit is good. Chrome and trim are good but should be restored. Interior is good and shows wear consistent with its age. Engine bay and underside are dirty and need detailing. Lots of glass, all in good condition. Special sliding sunroof on this one. Cond: 3-. torn. Both door panels are cracked. Engine bay and underside are both good and clean. Steel spoke wheels need to be detailed. Glass is clear. No documentation. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $38,500. These were popular cars back in the day and still do well on the auction circuit. This particular car looks great from a distance but shows its flaws with a closer inspection. In its current condition, it is not much more than a daily driver. At a price of $38.5k, it sold almost $24k below its median market value. SOLD AT $78,000. This car looks to be mostly original and once was driven by Prince George, the Duke of Kent, and Sir John Leigh. Although it could use some restoration, it is probably best to leave it original, considering its history. Well bought. BEST BUY #570-1955 MGA roadster. S/N: 15CNH158212. Red/black vinyl/black leather. Odo: 7,827 miles. Very clean and well-maintained MGA. The paint has minor chips. The chrome and trim are very good. The engine bay and underside are exceptionally clean. Glass is clear all around. Side curtains with covers and spare tire with cover are in good shape. The chrome spoke wheels really set it off. Front drum brakes have been upgraded to discs—a very desirable upgrade. Cond: 2-. #563-1969 JAGUAR E-TYPE Series II convertible. S/N: 1R8894. Burgundy/black vinyl/black leather. Odo: 44,092 miles. Body and paint are excellent, with minor scratches and chips. Fit is very good. Chrome and trim are excellent. Interior is consistent with mileage. Engine bay and underside match the quality of the body. Glass is clear all around. Some documentation, mostly car description. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $3,500. A lot of miles and it shows. Seems to be mechanically sound from auction description, but needs a repaint along with chrome, trim, engine, interior and underside restoration. In good condition, this car should fetch around $9k. However, there were no takers at a high bid of $3.5k. This is not surprising in its current condition. #569-2002 ASTON MARTIN DB7 Van- tage Volante. S/N: SCFAB42302K402476. White/burgundy cloth/burgundy leather. Odo: 31,500 miles. Body and paint are very good, with a few minor scratches. Fit, engine bay, underside and glass all very good. Beautiful deep leather interior in excellent condition. This car was specifically made for the Los Angeles Auto Show in 2002. Owner claims wheels are one-off magnesium spokes built for the auto show. Lots of documentation included. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $22,050. A great example of the classic MGA, which should have some nice investment potential. The price paid was about $5k under its median value. A great buy. #560-1967 AUSTIN-HEALEY 3000 Mk III BJ8 convertible. S/N: HBJ8L41292. Brown & tan/black leather/tan leather. Odo: 44,653 miles. Older repaint just fair, with noticeable scratches, chips and cracks. The right door and trunk fit are both off. Chrome and trim are decent but could be restored. Interior is fair, with seats that are cracked, worn and 134 SOLD AT $55,000. The Series II is probably one of the most popular Jaguars produced. Introduced in 1968, it appeared with no glass headlight covers as compared to the previous Series I cars. Other new features included a wrap-around rear bumper with taillights below the bumper. This particular car is a very good example and would be a wonderful addition to any collection. The hammered price, including buyer’s premium, was almost $31k below its median market value. Well bought. #214-1990 JAGUAR XJS convertible. S/N: SAJNW4846LC166238. Damson Red/ black cloth/tan leather. Odo: 112,184 miles. New repaint with numerous blemishes. Trunk paint does not match the body paint. Chrome and trim just fair. Engine and undercarriage need to be detailed. Interior is poor and needs restoration. Nice wheels with new tires. Recent engine and transmission servicing. New radiator, shocks, springs and battery. Cond: 3-. Sports Car Market SOLD AT $46,000. Bidding was heavy until it reached $40k, at which point it stopped, not reaching the $55k reserve. A post-auction deal was made for $46k, including buyer’s premium. Good buy for this special hand-made Aston in excellent low-mileage condition. GERMAN #531-1970 PORSCHE 911E coupe. S/N: 9110230688. Tangerine/black leather. Odo: 30,999 miles. Body, paint, chrome and trim are good, with minor imperfections. Door gap with fenders seems to be a bit wide. Interior


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Branson Branson, MO reflects its age and mileage. Engine bay is fair but could use detailing. Underside is rough and needs a complete detailing to match the topside quality. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $65,000. Fair example of a 911E, but needs to be restored to attract higher bids. The $65k high bid was about $20k low, so the seller made the right decision to wait for a better day—or possibly all the money for this car in the current softening market. #260-1971 PORSCHE 914 convertible. S/N: 4712905003. Olive Green/black fiberglass/ black leather. Odo: 70,000 miles. Paint, chrome and trim look to be mostly original, but have numerous scratches and chips. Interior is fair, with leather torn in several places. The engine bay and underside are dirty and need to be detailed. Underside shows some rust. The glass is clear all around. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $15,125. According to the auction description, this car was part of the Drendel Family Porsche Collection. Not sure how this affects the value, but it is not very nice to look at and it needs a complete restoration. The SCM Pocket Price Guide shows its median value to be $12.3k. However, the Drendel influence might be at work here. Well sold. #582-2007 PORSCHE 911 Carrera 4 cabriolet. S/N: WP0CA299X7S765433. Red/black/cloth/tan/leather. Odo: 44,569 miles. Body and paint are excellent, with minor imperfections due to age. Fit is very good. Interior has been well kept and looks newer than its age and mileage would indicate. Engine bay and underside are very nice. Glass is clear. Factory five-spoke alloy wheels really set it off. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $50,000. This car has been around the local auction circuit. It has appeared at Leake in Oklahoma City in February and was a no-sale at $49k (SCM# 6827764). It appeared here in Branson last fall with a no-sale of $65k (SCM# 6804837). Finally it appeared a year ago at Leake Dallas, when it was a no-sale at $87.5k (SCM# 6799672). So, exactly how much does the seller want for this marginal car? Given a current price-guide median value of about $71k, the seller should have taken the first offer in Dallas and enjoyed the stock market return on the money in the mean time. #534-1991 ALFA ROMEO SPIDER Veloce convertible. S/N: ZARBB32N1M6009277. Silver metallic/black cloth/tan leather & cloth insert. Odo: 187,320 miles. Lots of miles and it shows. Body and paint are just fair with numerous imperfections. A repaint would do wonders for this car. Chrome and trim are fair and need restoration. Interior is good for its age. Underside needs at least a cleaning, if not a good detailing. Engine needs detailing. Windshield is chipped. Cond: 3-. ITALIAN #558-1979 FERRARI 308 GTS Spider. S/N: F106AS30237. Dark red metallic/tan leather. Odo: 24,127 miles. Older repaint with minor chips and scratches. Good fit. The interior is good, consistent with mileage. Engine bay and underside are very good and match the quality of the top side. Wheels are nice with new rubber. Cond: 3+. and sold for $6.6k (SCM# 6810914). That buyer took a loss to sell it now for $5.5k. This would be a red flag if I were looking. I hope the buyer is happy with the purchase. #561-1999 FERRARI 550 Maranello coupe. S/N: ZFFZR49A7X0115383. Silver/ blue & black leather. Odo: 23,885 miles. Body and paint are very good. Interior is very good for its age. Engine bay is very nice, but underside needs detailing to match the topside. Wheels are original factory alloys and match the quality of the rest of the car. Comes with all of its original books, records, tools and manuals. It was serviced within the last 2,000 miles. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $120,000. This is an exceptionally nice two-owner Ferrari with 479 horses under the hood (a lot of horsepower in 1999). I do not blame the seller for walking away from the high bid when the market demands at least $135k for this vehicle in this condition. JAPANESE #538-1977 TOYOTA LAND CRUISER FJ40 SUV. S/N: FJ40234838. Mustard & white/white vinyl/black & tan vinyl. Odo: 71,360 miles. Body and recent repaint are just fair. Panel fit is good for this type of vehicle. Interior—with new seat covers—is good for age and mileage. Underside is nasty and needs detailing. Could not observe engine bay. Wheels are factory with big new tires. Glass is fair with some wiper rash on the windshield. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $33,000. Exceptionally clean inside and out. This Porsche did not sell on the block. However, a deal was struck after the auction to the benefit of the new owner. Great buy (almost a steal) on this beautiful car. 136 SOLD AT $5,500. Not sure this car could economically be brought up to its current priceguide median value of $12k, but at a sale price of $5.5k there is room to work. 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Branson Branson, MO #233-1977 TOYOTA LAND CRUISER FJ40 SUV. S/N: FJ40277412. Gold & black/ black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 8,016 miles. This SUV looks original and in overall good condition. Twenty-seven-year ownership of last caretaker. Restored in 2015, including new paint. The driver’s door does not close properly. The interior is worn and shows its age. Glass is clear all around. The engine bay could not be accessed. Cond: 3. addition to anyone’s collection. The purchase price of $22.5k should make both the buyer and seller go home happy. #550-1934 PIERCE-ARROW EIGHT Model 836A sedan. S/N: 1080539. Yellow & black/brown cloth. Odo: 47,209 miles. Paint is excellent, with minor imperfections. Chrome and trim are excellent. Engine bay and underside could use some cosmetic restoration to match body. Interior is very good, with stately woven brown cloth complementing its very nice wood inlay. Original steel wheels now wearing new tires. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $62,150. It wouldn’t take much to make this a true concours automobile. It appeared in Branson in April 2012 and sold for $65.1k (SCM# 4773589). I’m surprised to see it go for less money this time. However, the price paid was just about its current market value. Fair deal for both buyer and seller. #568-1941 PACKARD 120 convertible. S/N: 14993326. Laguna Maroon/black cloth/ maroon leather. Odo: 77,695 miles. Older restoration still shows well. Body and paint in excellent condition. Chrome, trim, interior and engine all very good. Factory steel wheels are very nice with big dog-bowl hubcaps surrounded by wide whitewall tires. The only downside I see is the undercarriage, which needs to be restored to match the rest of the car. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $12,250. Although it looks to be solid, the entire vehicle needs a cosmetic restoration from top to bottom, including the interior. A bit of money and elbow grease would go a long way to making this SUV a high-demand investment vehicle. AMERICAN #536-1931 FORD MODEL A Rumble- seat roadster. S/N: A3098423. Red & black/ tan cloth/black leather. Odo: 37,454 miles. Beautiful color combination. Older repaint with minor pitting, but still shows well. Chrome, trim, interior, engine bay, undercarriage and glass are all in very good condition. Owner states that it has been a labor of love for several years and he is now ready to move on to another restoration. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $38,500. An excellent piece of American history in excellent condition. They just don’t make them like this anymore. Good buy for those looking for a nice Pierce-Arrow. #564-1937 CORD 812 Westchester se- dan. S/N: 1471A. Green/dark green cloth. Odo: 82 miles. This car has been completely restored over a 20-year period using New Old Stock parts from the Auburn Cord Duesenberg factory in Broken Arrow, OK. Excellent paint, chrome, trim and interior. Engine bay and undercarriage are good. There is some minor rust on the exhaust system. Glass is clear, with minor scratches all around. According to the auction listing, “The 1937 Cord offered here is a Westchester model with a very rare bolt-on trunk. Only one other Cord is known to have this option and it was built for E.L. Cord’s wife and had a leather interior.” Cond: 2. SOLD AT $77,000. This is one beautiful and classy automobile. It shows well and was well presented. The price guide shows a median market value of $49.5k for this car. Very well sold! #254-1949 CHEVROLET FLEETLINE Deluxe sedan. S/N: GAA404558. Satin Green/brown cloth. Odo: 36,200 miles. 216-ci I6, 1-bbl, 3-sp. A mostly original unrestored time capsule. Equipped with factory radio and heater as well as the original optional sun visor. Older repaint with a few blemishes and cracking. Original chrome and trim in very good condition. Original interior is excellent for its age. Engine bay and undercarriage need to be detailed to match the topside quality. Nice original steel wheels with chrome dogbowl hubcaps and chrome rings in good condition. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $22,550. Ford sold a ton of Model As, but not many as nice as this one. In its excellent restored condition it will be a prize “ 138 This is one of the best examples of a post-war unrestored car selling at no reserve that I have evaluated. Some would refer to it as a “preservation class” car. 1949 Chevrolet Fleetline Deluxe sedan ” SOLD AT $16,170. This is one of the best examples of a post-war unrestored car selling at no reserve that I have evaluated. Some Sports Car Market


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Branson Branson, MO would refer to it as a “preservation class” car. It would make a great starter car for the right investor and should hold its value in the future. Good buy at $16k. #272-1951 CHEVROLET STYLELINE Deluxe 2-dr sedan. S/N: 20JKJ45224. Pale yellow & green/green cloth. 216-ci I6, 1-bbl, 3-sp. Mostly original unrestored post-war Chevy. Paint looks to be original, with numerous chips and scratches. Chrome and trim need to be restored. Interior is clean but has a noticeable musty smell from storage. Engine bay and undercarriage are clean but need to be detailed. Glass looks to be original and is clear all around. Driver’s side front wheel is missing its hubcap; otherwise, remaining wheels are original and very nice. It has the original sun visor, rear skirts and curb feelers. Cond: 3. classy package from Packard. The Clipper model was built by Packard, and later Studebaker, from 1941 to 1957. It was priced for the middle market to compete with DeSoto, Oldsmobile and Mercury, but was still an expensive car compared to its rivals. This one is a nice example of a relatively rare car. Well sold. #573-1957 FORD THUNDERBIRD con- vertible. S/N: D7FH115486. White/black & white vinyl. Odo: 11,090 miles. 312-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Paint is very good, with minor chips. Fit reveals rather large gaps between the doors and body. Chrome and trim are excellent. Interior is very good for its age. Engine needs a repaint; otherwise, engine bay is generally good. Windshield has minor wiper rash. Wire wheels really make this ’bird look nice. Optioned with a/c, power steering, brakes and windows. Comes with both hard and soft tops and spare tire with wire wheels. Cond: 2-. price guide. With a purchase price of $37.4k, the buyer should be very happy. #552-1969 FORD MUSTANG Boss 302 fastback. S/N: 9F02G198239. Yellow & black/black clarion knit & vinyl. Odo: 34,305 miles. 302-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Looks to be mostly original with a recent restoration. Body and paint are excellent. Fit, chrome and trim are very good. Interior is very good. Engine bay is well appointed, showing off big Boss 302. Includes Marti report, partial build sheet and restoration photos. Optioned with power steering and brakes. Cond: 2. BEST BUY SOLD AT $9,625. Another nice “preservation car” selling at no reserve. According to the auction listing, this car, along with several other original cars from Branson Collector Cars, is selling at no reserve as a “someday project” car. They have attempted to make them all just start, run, drive and stop. Anything else the car might need is up to the buyer. A decent someday car for the right buyer. Well bought and sold. #556-1954 PACKARD CLIPPER con- vertible. S/N: 54792227. Red/white vinyl/red and black leather. Odo: 55,985 miles. 288-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Paint very good, with minor scratches. Trunk and door fit are a bit off. Chrome and trim very good. Factory steel wheels with original hubcaps and new tires really show well. Engine bay and undercarriage are very good and match the topside quality. Interior is excellent. Older top with tears needs to be replaced. Glass is good all SOLD AT $37,400. A very nice ’57 T-bird. It has the D-code engine with a single 4-bbl carburetor versus the E-code with two 4-bbl carburetors and the prized supercharged F-code. Although not as good an investment as the Eor F-coded birds, the D-code still gets respect with a median market value of $56.4k in the SOLD AT $57,500. A very nice, completely restored and mostly original Boss 302. Very good restoration and well documented. This is an excellent example of the model. According to the price guide, the median market value of this car is around $73k with an A investment grade. Excellent buy at $57.5k. The new owner should be thrilled. #572-1970 DODGE CHALLENGER T/A 2-dr hard top. S/N: JH23J0B299273. Red & black/ black vinyl. 340-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, auto. Mostly original with a rotisserie restoration. Paint, chrome, trim and interior are all very good to excellent. Engine bay is immaculate, around. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $31,000. Another July 2017 139


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Branson Branson, MO showing off the 340-ci engine with its sixpack three-deuce carburetors. Underside matches the topside quality. Lots of documentation including three full broadcast sheets and T/A registration. Cond: 2. nyl. Odo: 63,528 miles. 302-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Optioned with power steering, power brakes, Hurst floor shifter and winch. Recent repaint could be better on such a basic vehicle. Bouncy door fit, and fender not flush with door. Interior is in good shape for its age and mileage. Engine bay is just fair and needs detailing. Undercarriage is good. Windshield and side window glass is clear. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $50,000. The T/A was a 1970-only model for the Dodge Challenger which was a street version of its race car. The car is beautifully restored and should demand a price somewhere in the upper $60k range. It appeared at Leake’s Oklahoma City auction in February 2016 and was a no-sale at $60k (SCM# 6802514). The $50k high bid here was not even close, and the seller made the right decision to walk away. #231-1975 FORD BRONCO SUV. S/N: U15GLV70535. White/black vinyl/black vi- SOLD AT $23,000. Good-looking Bronco with the right stuff. Now is the time to sell before the fad ends. This one appeared just two months ago at Leake’s Oklahoma City auction and sold for $20.9k (SCM# 6831094). The money to the seller here would be just about the same. So, what was the incentive to take the high bid here? We’ll see if it shows up again anytime soon in a future auction. © 140 Sports Car Market


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Brightwells Bicester, U.K. Brightwells — Bicester Classic & Vintage Cars Eclectic classics and a World War II hangar make for compelling results Company Brightwells Date April 5, 2017 Location Bicester, U.K. Auctioneers Richard Binnersley, Roger Williams Automotive lots sold/offered 42/59 Sales rate 74% Sales total $1,161,943 High sale 1923 Vauxhall OD 23-60 Kington tourer, sold at $89,285 Buyer’s premium Sold over estimate, even if unlovely and messed-about with — 1933 Wolseley Hornet Special roadster, sold at $18,544 10% included in sold prices Report and photos by Paul Hardiman Market opinions in italics auctions at Bicester Heritage. This former World War II bomber station remains in an amazing state of preservation, and in the three years since it opened, it has become a focus of excellence for trades working on — and selling — vintage and classic cars and aircraft. B rightwells, based at a large drive-through auction center just outside Leominster near the Welsh border, held the first of its three planned annual “high-profile” You couldn’t ask for a better setting. The sale was held in one of the two Bicester, U.K. main hangars, which are themselves of interest, as the windows are large and the floors at least 10-feet-thick concrete — the idea being that if a bomb falls through the roof, it bounces off the slab, leaving only a small crater, while the windows blow out to relieve the internal pressure on the structure, meaning that the building remains operational. This wartime theme was perhaps why Brightwells had assembled a World War II-type tent canteen in the corner — shades of the Goodwood Revival. One of the lots was a Russian rocket motor, another a radial engine from a B-17 Flying Fortress, and yet another a one-third scale model of a Spitfire, none of which we’ve included in the results. With regard to the cars, this was an unusual and eclectic mix not usually seen out- side Bonhams’ annual Beaulieu sale. Among some real rarities, auctioneer Williams got some decent cars away, including the star of the show, a restored 1923 Vauxhall 23-60 OD, forerunner of the 30-98, sold at $89,285. A V-twin Riley, believed the very first one made, sold for $52k, and a real and well-known London-Mexico Morris 1800S “landcrab” made $32k, which is splendid value for an ex-Works rally car. A 1972 Cannon Trials car did very well to get $9k for what was essentially a loosely assembled collection of parts. Sadly, some of the other desirables didn’t sell — including an Aston Martin DB2/4, and a beautifully restored Lancia Flaminia convertible. Once you take out the non-car lots, the sell-through rate comes down to 74% from 1968 Morris 1800 S Mk II rally sedan, sold at $32,280 142 the 75% Brightwells claimed after the sale. That figure is typical of U.K. auctions in a very uncertain world, and a fair showing for a first try in new territory. ♦ Sports Car Market


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Brightwells Bicester, U.K. ENGLISH #42-1905 RILEY 9-HP V-Twin roadster. S/N: 740. Eng. # 846. Green/black cloth/green leather. RHD. Thought to be Riley’s first production car. Restored in New Zealand over an extended period; all still very good. Hood (top) looks new, buttoned leather in good order and brass radiator is straight. Trailer included. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $56,044. As with so many cars of this era, type and size, it was once a breakdown wagon, with Morris-Commercial cab, but that doesn’t appear to have hurt the oily bits. Sold where expected at the top end of the estimate range and, like the Delage earlier in the sale (SCM# 6835228), a good if slightly more solid and less sporting cut-price alternative to a Vauxhall 30-98 or a 3 Litre Bentley. SOLD AT $52,197. One of three known to survive, imported to the U.K. in 2009. Sold well under the $59k lower estimate, which was a surprise because the first of anything usually attracts a premium. #58-1924 ASTER 18/50 Rumble-Seat coupe. S/N: 133. Yellow & black/brown leather. RHD. Well-made coupe, barrel-sided body still the original. Carpets slightly grubby, seats have a nice patina. Excellent brass to radiator shell, light rims and windscreen surround, plus delightful glazed rooftop cabin vent. Specced with four-wheel brakes from new (same year they were standardized on 3 Litre Bentleys), Cond: 3+. #44-1931 LAGONDA 2-LITER LowChassis Speed Model Saloon. S/N: OH9978. Green/black leather. RHD. Well used and looking a bit tired. Unusual to find one with original saloon body that hasn’t been chopped into a more sporty Tourer. Original sunroof covered over some time in the past. Last used in 2012, motor still turns. “Ran when parked,” as they say. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $31,593. In this ownership for 55 years. Sold comfortably over the £15k–£18k ($19k–$22k) estimate. Good result for the seller and auctioneer; not quite sure what the buyer was thinking... #48-1933 WOLSELEY HORNET Spe- cial roadster. S/N: 121413. White/black leather. RHD. Bodied by Wolseley dealer Eustace Watkins. Now tatty, with flat tires and rusty wheels, although it’s all there, and engine turns. Last tax disc is dated 1969, but no other paperwork. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $18,544. Found by the vendor in 2013 when he was carrying out some building work for the then-owner. Eventually he realized restoration was simply a pipe dream and he decided to move it on—and it did well. Even though it was unlovely, and messedabout with, it sold over its top estimate of £12k ($15k). SOLD AT $51,511. In this ownership since 1961. Only estimated at £20k–£30k ($25k– $37k), but sold for 40% more, or about twothirds the price of a nicely usable 2-liter tourer. With a little work needed to get it back on the road, I’d call that fair. #50-1932 MCEVOY SPECIAL Model 60 SOLD AT $35,714. Only two of these are thought to exist. Sold just under lower estimate for the price of a slightly rough and cheap Rolls-Royce 20/25—and about an eighth of a 3 Litre Bentley. #45-1927 SUNBEAM 25-HP tourer. S/N: 1016HG. Red/brown leather. RHD. Coatalenera Sunbeam, and a big, beefy thing it is too, which makes its nickname “Annabel” all the more surprising. Restored with new body in late ’60s, but mechanicals all matching-numbers. Still in good order with nice paint and nickel radiator shell, leather only lightly worn. Spare new crank and crankcase comes with it, along with spare bellhousing, as the one on the car is cracked. Cond: 3+. 144 roadster. S/N: 13467. Red & black/black leather. RHD. Only about 60 of these specialbodied Morris Minors were made. This was restored almost 30 years ago and still presents well. Cond: 3+. #51-1934 BENTLEY 3½ LITRE Saloon. S/N: B176AH. Red & cream/red leather. RHD. Odo: 8,825 miles. Nice-looking Derby Bentley, still with original body. Older paint still shiny, some cracks in usual places, notably at base of windscreen pillars. Chrome to lights and radiator shell good. Leather beautifully worn and patinated with a deep “glow.” Motor rebuilt 3,250 miles ago. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $59,066. Known as “The Baron” after its first owner, Hugh Grosvenor, second Baron of Stalbridge. Last in SCM’s database June 22, 1981 (SCM# 1529741); acquired by the vendor in 1989 in these colors, and being sold by his estate following his death. Hammered sold $15k under the rather hopeful $69k lower estimate. #18-1954 MG TF 1250 roadster. S/N: HDC462935. Metallic red/black leather. Repainted in probably not the original color, clean and tidy. Lockable glovebox lids fitted by a previous owner. Cond: 3+. Sports Car Market


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Brightwells Bicester, U.K. SOLD AT $68,681. Originally delivered to Los Angeles, restored in the Czech Republic and bought by the vendor from there in 2009. Strange, isn’t it? This was hammered for a third of what was needed for the previous lot, the Aston Martin DB 2/4, and it’s certainly the faster car if not “better” in quality. It’s all down to numbers made, which affects supply and demand—although nobody wanted the Aston enough to buy it. Sold right here for model and condition, with a bit left in it for retail. SOLD AT $22,802. Recently imported from the U.S. Of the vendor’s three cars at the auction, this was the only one to sell for the right money. #52-1955 ASTON MARTIN DB2/4 coupe. S/N: LML934. Eng. # VB6J422. Ruby metallic/tan leather. RHD. Odo: 60,716 miles. Very straight and shiny although very inconsistent panel gaps, even for one of these. A few paint bubbles on scuttle. Gently refurbished over the years rather than fully restored, hence newish leather, rechromed bumpers, fairly recent-looking wiring loom. Still retains original Oxfordshire registration and being sold in... Oxfordshire. Cond: 3+. #4-1957 AUSTIN A35 sedan. S/N: A2S5HCS67949. Black/red vinyl. RHD. Very original, even down to the paint, and leatherette seat covers are factory too, and holding up well. Carpets only slightly faded. Appears rot-free. Chrome headlight deflectors are very “period.” Cond: 3. SOLD AT $7,830. My grandad had one of these... Countryman is rare, though Mk 1 still has hydro-mechanical brakes, with rear drums actuated by cable. This feels like a lot of money for grandad’s old banger, but is market-correct. #39-1960 MGA 1600 roadster. S/N: 16GHN93217. Blue/black leather. RHD. Odo: 34,477 miles. Shiny, fair condition from 10 paces, but paint beginning to fall off in a few places around the rear wheelarches. Seat leather okay, incorrectly wears a Mk II grille. Mileage is plus-100,000. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $5,769. At this money, it’s a prime candidate for being made into a racer for the HRDC’s A35 Academy series—though being a 4-door will probably save it. NOT SOLD AT $131,000. Not sold at a reported top bid of just £105k ($131k)—nowhere near enough to buy it, although the estimate was quite low at £145k–£165k ($180k–$205k) but probably no serious players in the room— they would all have been in Germany, at Techno-Classica Essen... #53-1955 JAGUAR XK 140 coupe. S/N: A814133. Maroon/mushroom leather. Odo: 17,128 miles. Shinily repainted (originally blue); driver’s door has dropped a little at rear as usual, better on the other side. Fair chrome with some spots and flaking. Excellent refinished timber, leather and carpets just settling in. Motor very tidy. Cond: 3+. #30-1957 AUSTIN A35 2-dr sedan. S/N: A2S5HCS65792. Blue/blue vinyl. RHD. Repainted but really nice, clean and sharp, with a super-original interior. Austin-Healey Sprite wheels suit it (well, the Sprite is basically a 2-door A35 roadster...). Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $21,978. One owner since 1967. The dealer who entered this told me before the sale that it was only here because it “wasn’t good enough to retail”—which is why many cars arrive at auction. Sold fair for condition and cheap for any A, and that should have made both seller and buyer happy, as it would be easy to improve. #38-1962 JAGUAR MK 2 3.4 Saloon. SOLD AT $10,989. Sold very fair, both ways. There is a one-make race series for these in the U.K. (www.hrdc.eu) and starting with a clean car is cheaper than restoring a rusty shell before you even start the build, so that, unfortunately, might be its fate. #3-1960 AUSTIN A40 MK I Countryman wagon. S/N: AAW6113902. White/blue vinyl. RHD. Odo: 69,500 miles. Sharp Farinastyled replacement for the A35; Countryman has opening (two-piece) rear hatch. Good and clean all round, lower half repainted, carpets slightly faded but original vinyl holding up well. Cond: 3+. 146 Sports Car Market S/N: 11364DN. Red/red leather. RHD. Odo: 65,550 miles. Replica of the “Inspector Morse” Mk 2, and even pictured for the catalog outside Oxford’s Randolph Hotel, where some scenes were shot. Owner had a business showing tourists around the city, so he presumably decided this would be just the thing. Fair order, a little wavy down the sides. Thick 2014 repaint (from green) has a few bubbles, leather has been painted too, new headlining. Cond: 3+.


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On the Radar The Luxury Lounge Edition These cars are now over 25 years old and legal to import into the United States for the first time. by Jeff Zurschmeide 1992 Bentley Brooklands NOT SOLD AT $9,375. Though the red Mk 2 with black vinyl roof has become synonymous with Morse and Oxford, the actor who played him famously hated it (and in the books Morse drove a Lancia, trivia fans); but the real thing sold for big money a few years ago. This didn’t, as bidding stalled at £7,500 ($9k) against a very modest £10k–£12k ($12k–$15k) estimate, which should have been enough to buy it. One Morse Jag is enough. Pros: Luxury street cred at a bargain price. You can expect that a Bentley has been treated well throughout its life. The 6.75-liter V8 engine delivers 222 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque. While some left-hand-drive models were imported when new at a sticker price of $156,500, the British home market RHD models are now available. Cons: The 11.3-second 0–60 mph time of the long-wheelbase Brooklands won’t light the road on fire. The short-wheelbase model is a little better at 10 seconds. Might be mistaken for a Benz. Price range: $14k to $16k, plus import costs. 1992 Mazda ɛ̃ fini MS-8 Pros: Technically, this car is branded as an “ɛ̃fini” — pronounced “Enfini.” Unrelated to Infiniti, ɛ̃fini was Mazda’s short-lived premium brand. The MS-8 was based on the 626 chassis, but it offered 199 horsepower and 165 pound-feet of torque from a 2.5-liter V6 engine. Four-wheel steering was available. Cons: Likely to be mistaken for an ordinary 626 or 929. The only people who will care that you have an ɛ̃fini MS-8 in North America are the few non-Miata, non-rotary Mazda fanatics. Price range: $1k–$2k, plus import costs. 1992 Maserati Ghibli 2.0 Pros: Venerable name that dates back to 1967. The 2.0-liter, twin-turbo V6 limited to the Italian and European market delivered 302 horsepower and 275 pound-feet matched with a 6-speed manual transmission and limited-slip rear end. It sports a rakish coupe body with Audi-style box flares. Cons: Build quality in this era was not all it might have been. Just 1,157 of these homemarket hot rods were made, so finding a good one might be a challenge. Just a 20-horsepower boost over the U.S.-spec edition. Price range: $16k–$20k, plus import costs. ♦ 148 SOLD AT $6,868. Off the road 2005–10 and only recommissioned in 2014, which helps explain why it’s lasted so well. These are seen as weirdies, so sold for less than the equivalent Mini; a good way to get the same experience for less money—and that light-up grille badge, of course. #26-1968 MORRIS 1800 S Mk II rally sedan. S/N: MHS8D4419A. Red/gray velour. RHD. Odo: 78,814 miles. Well-used and slightly tatty rally car, although still pretty original. Rough paint. Carpets removed to show floor. Rear roll cage only. Hydro pump on back shelf. Lightly tweaked motor wears later foam filters. In period the heater controls with 70 followed by month and batch number, but 0202 is the serial, and G identifies it as an SE DHC. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $24,450. Any Elan for under $25k is a pretty good deal, even though the reserve was lower, and I suspect it was those rear arches that suppressed the price a bit. But you can’t see ’em from behind the wheel, so if the buyer wanted a driver, he got a pretty fair deal. #63-1971 JAGUAR E-TYPE Series III V12 coupe. S/N: 1S50823BW. Dark blue/ gray leather. RHD. Odo: 50,702 miles. Paint a bit bubbly, but appears rot-free. Seat leather lightly creased. Motor, originally 5.3, is a 5.7 from Forward Engineering, dormant for six years but smells very petrolly inside, so it looks as if someone’s had a go at starting it. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $53,571. Originally supplied to South Africa, back to the U.K. in 2003, stored since 2011. This was a bit like bidding on a mystery box—could be a brilliant thing or a nightmare, but someone was brave Sports Car Market SOLD AT $31,937. Top bid didn’t quite struggle up to the lower estimate of $31,250, but let go for a fair price. #1-1966 WOLSELEY HORNET Mk II 2-dr sedan. S/N: WA2S2799242. Maroon/ gray vinyl. RHD. Odo: 60,000 miles. Like the Riley Elf, a posh Mini with a tail and an extra 4 hp (!). Older (2000) resto still good, sills have correct profile, subframes okay. Seat vinyl may be original and still good. Cond: 3+. #49-1962 FORD ZEPHYR Six Mk II convertible. S/N: Z52B030561. Primrose Yellow/cream vinyl. RHD. Older restoration still excellent throughout—it’s a former concours winner—with overdrive, power hood, plus period Aquaplane head and stainless headers. Paint and chrome still very good, interior clean. Nice spotlight on driver’s A-pillar. Cond: 2+. were connected to the distributor, so the ignition timing could be retarded from the cockpit to allow for poor-quality fuel; I didn’t check if this feature is still fitted. Cond: 3. Brightwells Bicester, U.K. SOLD AT $32,280. Real Works car built by BL Special Tuning that ran in the 1970 World Cup Rally, driven by a police team—although sadly, a holed sump in Sao Paolo put them out. Though in line with what was expected, this was cheap for any real ex-Works rally car, when Minis are £70k ($87k)-plus and Escorts over £100k ($124k). And the WCR 50 reunion is coming up... #21-1970 LOTUS ELAN S4 SE convert- ible. S/N: 0202G. Eng. # 23824. Metallic blue/black vinyl/black vinyl. RHD. Odo: 77,229 miles. Okay paint, some touched-in chips behind doors. Rear arches have been flared to cover wide Revolutions. Spyder chassis fitted in ’90s. Interior vinyl and door cards, including lower carpeted sections, all good. Chassis number is incomplete, should start


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Brightwells Bicester, U.K. Midget, partly due to dreadful rear suspension. That doesn’t matter so much now as nobody drives them that hard and this was one of the nicest you’ll find, with overdrive. Sold at top estimate, between the price of driver-quality Midgets and Bs, though you can still get a Miata (or an MGF) for a lot less. I can’t quite call it good value as they’re not that good to drive, but it’ll probably hold its money. #7-1980 ROLLS-ROYCE CAMARGUE enough to take a punt on the last lot of the sale. Well sold... or perhaps well bought. #19-1972 CANNON TRIALS racer. S/N: Blue. RHD. Very much a project, little more than a collection of parts loosely held together by gravity. Most of it is there but there are no floors and chassis repairs have started—which is a bit ambitious as it probably wants a whole new frame. The wheel rims have recently been replaced. Chassis made to fit a Ford Sidevalve engine, but it has an A-Series loosely bolted in, wearing an Aquaplane head, which I’ve never seen on one of these before. Body panels all there but bent. Cannon nose cone retains its original badge. Cond: 5. coupe. S/N: JRH50406. Mistletoe Green/ green leather. RHD. Odo: 64,250 miles. Straight, mostly the same color all over and the interior is pretty good, with veneers in decent condition and leather only lightly creased. Oil spots on the floor underneath it are a bit worrisome. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $39,835. Once the most expensive car in the world... now it just looks expensive for an old Silver Shadow with a complicated hand-built body. Sold for twice the price of a nice steel-bumper Shadow, or a little more than a Mulliner Park Ward Shadow coupe. SOLD AT $9,203. Built by Mike Cannon for Colin Taylor, and was driven in a 1973 celebrity trial by Sir Stirling Moss (then just plain Mr.). Three years ago, historic sporting trials were the fastest-growing arm of British motorsport and, though you’ve more or less got to jack up the nose badge and slide a new car under it, this will surely find a home and go back on the hills. Very well sold, all the same. #2-1975 TRIUMPH SPITFIRE 1500 convertible. S/N: FH796370. Brown/brown steel/tan vinyl. RHD. Odo: 48,000 miles. Well kept and nicely original, though Notek bluedot spotlights probably date from the ’60s. 2010 repaint still good. Interior leather and dash veneer good, wood-rim steering wheel. With hard top, electric fan and electronic ignition. Cond: 2-. FRENCH #41-1927 DELAGE DI S tourer. S/N: 21881. Blue/blue leather. RHD. Magnificent and imposing thing (this Colonial model is longer, wider and with two more inches of ground clearance) still with its original body; older paint still attractive even with a few marks. Leather similar with just the right amount of use. Splendid engine-turned dash. Still with Autovac. A few oil drips underneath. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $8,929. Spitfire has always been the poor/cheap relation of the MGB and July 2017 SOLD AT $61,813. Sent to Australia as a chassis when new and bodied there. Imported to the U.K. in 2002, three owners since. Sold over top estimate, but as the catalog noted, a great choice for anyone who didn’t want to stretch to a Vauxhall 30-98 or Bentley 3 Litre. 149


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Brightwells Bicester, U.K. #36-1939 HOTCHKISS 686 Monte Carlo Decouvrable convertible. S/N: 68082388. Ivory/blue cloth/black leather. RHD. Odo: 74,486 km. High-quality drophead whose top winds down. Really nice paint and chrome, good timber, leather is lightly creased. RHD, but super Art Deco dials marked in French; water temp gauge hidden behind driver’s glovebox lid. Cotal electrically operated gearbox. Cond: 2-. already lightly baggy. With factory hard top. Not yet U.K. registered though NOVA paperwork is done. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $119,000. Imported from France in 2016. A star car that fell £30k ($37k) short of the £125k–£145k ($155k–$180k) estimate. in today’s market) and for not much more than pocket money, it was probably worth a punt. GERMAN SOLD AT $54,945. Hotchkiss started out making guns and in WWII assembled tanks, plus Jeeps under license, and was always known for the excellence of its engineering. This 686 spent most of its life in Portugal. Very unusual in the U.K. (and probably more so in the U.S.) so hard to value, but sold where expected, at around half the price of a similarly nice Mk V Jaguar drophead. #27-1957 CITROËN 2CV AZ sedan. S/N: 348179C1. Gray/green tartan cloth. Odo: 57,416 miles. Sharp restoration on original chassis four years ago, still near perfect. New seat cloth, all interior details present and correct including windscreen wipers driving off the speedo cable. Cond: 2. #10-1983 VOLKSWAGEN GOLF GTi Mk I Berg Cup replica hatchback. S/N: 17DW206701. White/red & black velour. RHD. Sharply executed Berg Cup (German hillclimb series, where show appears as important as go) tribute that looks like it’s never seen a track, with only 100 miles since completion. Trying very hard with all the right bits: safety devices cage, big bucket seats and digital instruments. Motor is a Dell’Orto-fed 16v 1.8 from a Mk II. Cond: 2-. #34-1989 LANCIA THEMA 8.32 sedan. S/N: ZLA83400000167270. Dark red metallic/ black leather. Odo: 85,000 km. Ferrariengined Thema, one of fewer than 4,000 made. Straight and not too knocked out; seat leather okay, but light-colored carpets are rather grubby. Most important, it’s just about rust-free, having been in Italy half its life. Still has a few needs, though, as it failed its last MoT, in December 2014 for perished tires, headlight aim, blowing exhaust and, most worryingly, emissions. V8 is said to need a “service and a good tune-up.” Busted foglight isn’t going to help it, either. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $10,302. Imported from Italy in 2005. Cheapest way into a Ferrari V8, and nicer to live with than a rough Mondial. It sold for half its estimate and it’s cheap as it has needs, but if it can be put on the road for a grand or so, it’s an interesting talking point—a “Ferrari” for less than £10k ($12k). #61-1989 MASERATI BITURBO 2.8 SOLD AT $11,264. Probably would have made more as a nicely restored stock car— which likely could have been accomplished more cheaply. P.S. to the boy-racer vendor: You don’t have to tape the headlights for hillclimbs... SOLD AT $14,698. Found in France as a basket case. Though this went over estimate, I don’t see it as expensive for condition and year. #8-1976 CITROËN 2CV AK400 van. S/N: 17AK5722. Blue/gray velour. Odo: 61,177 km. Brush painted (was white), and seat velour is very baggy, but appears basically sound. The load bay is battered and has a couple of minor dings in passenger’s door. Not yet U.K. registered but MoT passed and NOVA number obtained, so the legwork has been done. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $2,198. 2CV vans are ridiculously expensive in the U.K.—I know, because I was looking for one recently—but this one wasn’t. That was because it was cosmetically pretty horrible, but at half the pre-sale estimate (which looked fair 150 ITALIAN #59-1961 LANCIA FLAMINIA 2.5 Touring convertible. S/N: 824041355. Eng. # 8230044469. Dark blue/beige leather. Odo: 18,254 km. Nicely restored and still sharp. Excellent paint, new top. Rechromed bumpers are slightly ripply. New carpets. New leather SOLD AT $15,110. ... at which point it came into this ownership. These cost about 50% more than a BMW E30 cab when new, a gap now significantly smaller. Fairly bought, if you have nerves of steel. #23-2000 MASERATI 3200GT coupe. S/N: ZAMAA38D000001250. Silver/blue leather. RHD. Odo: 43,500 miles. Maserati’s “DB7” or “XKR.” Well kept, three owners and under 50,000 miles. Handbook, two sets of keys. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $17,582. The coming thing, according to one dealer I speak to, who’s planning to stockpile a few. Sold for Sports Car Market Spyder. S/N: ZAM333B28AKA19020. Red/ black cloth/black leather. RHD. Odo: 41,300 miles. Straight and tidy, leather only lightly worn and good veneers. Service book stamped up to 1997 and 25,000 miles... Cond: 3+.


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Brightwells Bicester, U.K. 1990. Hammered a little under the lower estimate, but I think that was based on hope rather than desirability. A rare thing for less than a PV sedan. AMERICAN rather more than the $10k–$12.5k estimate, so he may have a point. SWEDISH #29-1961 VOLVO PV445 pickup. S/N: 3959. Gray/gray cloth. Odo: 25,305 km. Period conversion on Duett (estate) chassis, though leaf springs rather than coils at the rear. Brush painted, but you can’t tell from more than five paces. Seat cloth stained in places. Later front bumper and wheels, but originals come with it. Cond: 3. #14-1922 FORD MODEL T van. S/N: 6499192. Eng. # 6499192. Black/black leather. RHD. T with replica van body fitted in ’90s, probably a bitsa, as pre-1926s Ts are identified by engine number and this one would appear to date from 1914. Tidy and shiny with decent paint, but it’s been a static exhibit, not run for the past 20 years. Cond: 3+. #24-1928 FORD MODEL A 2-dr sedan. S/N: AF158305. Green & black/beige cloth. RHD. Odo: 55,500 miles. U.K.-assembled A, which means it’s the small 2-liter engine rather than the U.S. version’s 3.3—English taxation was based on horsepower and bore size, so a standard A would have cost more to tax than a Bentley 3 Litre. Older repaint and retrim, still straight and shiny. Like the T van from the same source, “ran when parked.” Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $10,646. Imported to the U.K. in SOLD AT $13,049. Apparently ran when parked. Sold where expected, as there will likely be some expenditure before it hits the road again, when it should retail for more. A fair deal both ways. SOLD AT $16,895. Like the T van, used for many years as a showroom exhibit by Hendy Ford of Portsmouth. Hendy sold it to its original owner, and when he passed away in the ’70s it came back to the same dealership, where it stayed until now. Sold only a thousand quid or so behind the price of a decent runner, which is pretty good going for the small-engined version. © 152 Sports Car Market


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Roundup Selected Sales Combined in One Comprehensive Report Global Auction Highlights ENGLISH #114-1952 MG TD roadster. S/N TD14246. Light blue/tan canvas/tan leather. Odo: 95,869 miles. Fenders and exterior door sills are a touch darker hue than body and hood. Card states it’s a Powder Blue. But it’s almost a robin’s egg blue and a periwinkle next to each other. Clean paint, otherwise, with occasional fine swirl marks. Engine bay clean and ready for presentation. Plastic fuel filter could be from Autozone. Block painted darker red. Wheels pointed slightly right, with steering-wheel emblem going far left. Clear gauges and shiny dash, although there are a few scratches on gauge bezels. Newish leather upholstery a bit baggy on seat back. Still supple and not cracked. Door panels and carpet also appear new. Cond: 2-. 1965 Citroën 2CV Berline, sold for $9,450 at McCormick’s, Palm Springs, CA McCORMICK’S Location: Palm Springs, CA Date: February 24–26, 2017 Auctioneers: Frank Bizzarro, Jeff Stokes, Rob Row, Gary Dahler Automotive lots sold/offered: 304/459 Sales rate: 66% Sales total: $5,831,289 High sale: 1950 Oldsmobile Rocket 88 convertible, sold at $95,550 Buyer’s premium: 5%, included in sold prices Report and photos by Carl Bomstead MECUM AUCTIONS Location: Kansas City, MO Date: March 24–25, 2017 Auctioneers: Mark Delzell and Jimmy Landis Automotive lots sold/offered: 309/496 Sales rate: 62% Sales total: $7,364,900 High sale: 2005 Ford GT coupe, sold at $330,000 Buyer’s premium: 10%, included in sold prices Report and photos by Brett Hatfield SILVER AUCTIONS Location: Vancouver, WA Date: April 22, 2017 Auctioneer: Mitch Silver Automotive lots sold/offered: 40/98 Sales rate: 41% Sales total: $363,798 High sale: 1967 Chevrolet Chevelle 2-door hard top, sold at $33,500 Buyer’s premium: 8%, minimum of $250, included in sold price Report and photos by Chad Tyson NOT SOLD AT $16,000. Appears to be a relatively fresh rebuild—10 years ago, according to the seller. Dealer’s note on car listed their asking price as $29,500. Considering this went way closer to the SCM Pocket Price Guide median ($25k, trending upwards), I think it’ll be a while before this car gets to that ambitious price. A buyer at that price would likely need the minor issues sorted first. Silver Auctions, Vancouver, WA, 04/17. #005-1964 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER CLOUD III 4-dr saloon. S/N LSDW587. White/tan leather. Odo: 92,431 miles. Produced 1962–66, with 2,376 leaving the factory. Costly with a list price of $16,555; cars bodied by Mulliner, James Young and Park Ward cost much more. Fitted with a/c, power steering and brakes. Paint acceptable with a couple of noticeable dings. Interior very luxurious with wonderful woodwork. An elegant motorcar. Cond: 2. 2004 Honda S2000 convertible, sold for $21,330 at Silver Auctions, Vancouver, WA 154 SOLD AT $41,738. A dealer friend was very interested in this until he noted there was no oil pressure at idle. He backed away. Price paid was at the low end of the range, and that Sports Car Market


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Roundup just may prove to be very expensive if there are issues under the hood—oops, bonnet. McCormick’s, Palm Springs, CA, 02/17. #224-1967 AUSTIN-HEALEY 3000 Mk III BJ8 convertible. S/N H8J8L39113. Red & white/white vinyl/red vinyl. Odo: 6,611 miles. The last year for the 3000. The Big Healey was introduced in 1964 and the horsepower was increased from 136 to 150 due to a different cam. Over 17,000 of the Mk III BJ8s produced. This example painted in a garish two-tone livery. It had chrome wires and red interior. Cond: 2-. Series II with dealer-installed Series I bonnet. A very original example that had been stored for many years. Original Pirellis. Paint as expected on car that has been stored for years. Original interior cracked, but no serious damage. Trim pitted and bumpers have lost luster. Cond: 4+. NOT SOLD AT $52,000. Price bid was well off the mark, but car was a project if restoration was the end game. Hard to mess with a very original example, but this was a tweener—between restore it or leave original. McCormick’s, Palm Springs, CA, 02/17. SOLD AT $52,500. First stop for new owner should be the paint shop. Price paid leaves room to take care of most issues and still be on the right side of the ledger. McCormick’s, Palm Springs, CA, 02/17. #284-1969 JAGUAR E-TYPE Series II convertible. S/N 1R9756. Red/tan fabric/tan leather. Odo: 80,266 miles. The second year for the Series II with added safety features. An older restoration that is now showing signs of use and age. Paint checking in several locations. Brightwork a bit dull and lacking luster. A driver at best. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $6,912. Often the issue with making a few parts new on a car is that the notnew parts look all that much older. The paint was the biggest letdown here, perhaps not enough to respray, but to consider it. Overall, #55-1976 MGB convertible. S/N GHN5UG387664G. Red/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 99,319 miles. Ugly plastic bumpers in fair condition. MG emblem paint chipped. Swirl marks throughout paint. Two big scratches behind driver’s door, which also has numerous edge chips. Chrome trim in good condition. Seller’s card states the top, seats and carpet are new, and they sure appear to be. All well fitted, too. The wheels look great and the tires have plenty of tread left. I overheard several prospective bidders quibble over the color, similarly to the conversation going on in my head at the time—orange or red? Eh, somewhere in the middle. Cond: 2-. however, top-down fun for under $7k isn’t a bad thing any way you slice it. The price gained here is darn near smack-dab in the middle of the current market for the rubberbaby-buggy-bumper MGBs. Silver Auctions, Vancouver, WA, 04/17. #15-1992 JAGUAR XJS convertible. S/N SAJNW4846NC181101. White/black canvas/ tan leather. Odo: 113,558 miles. A few small dings on the hood, some with paint chipping. Windshield wiper stuffed with “over $21k” in receipts for work from The Jag Shop. Flaking paint, with overspray on the rubber seal on third brake-light housing. Inside of stained top best described as tattered. Carpet fraying on storage behind seats. Cracking on otherwise decent leather seats. Clean, shiny dashboard. Tops of headrests and door panels scuffed, with some tearing. Wood laminate trim delaminating behind driver’s seat. Well-kept but old-looking engine bay. No leaks underneath. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $3,700. The latest price guide shows us the median for these V12 ’verts is $9k. Looking at the receipt stack and this nominal high bid, I won’t blame the seller for not lifting the reserve here. Seen later on the same dealer’s site as Lot 11 (the green auto 2+2 coupe, SCM# 6834796) for $9,977. Cosmetics are a big deal here (and when right, NOT SOLD AT $60,000. Price bid here was well off the mark, as while this car had needs, it was worth at least $10k more than was bid. The Series II is not as desirable as the Series I due to the safety features, but seller will do better next time. McCormick’s, Palm Springs, CA, 02/17. #317-1969 JAGUAR E-TYPE Series II convertible. S/N J691R7851. White/black fabric/black leather. Odo: 11,913 miles. A July 2017 155


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Roundup these cars are attractive), but this one had enough issues for buyers to easily walk away. Silver Auctions, Vancouver, WA, 04/17. #11-1993 JAGUAR XJS coupe. S/N SAJNW5747PC187502. Green/tan leather. Odo: 81,903 miles. Great color combination, even if it is expected. Thoroughly detailed. Clearcoat is peeling at base of windshield on passenger’s side. Top of hood, roof and trunk appear to have been bombarded by tree sap over this car’s life. Many polishing swirls throughout body panels. Even door gaps, to match the hood and trunk. Cond: 3+. 358 miles. Noted for its front-entry refrigerator door. Built by BMW from 1956 to 1962, and about 162,000 produced. The steering wheel hinges outward with the door. This one quickly finished with average paint and scratched trim. Top speed listed as 52 mph— they don’t mention that it has to be downhill. Interior just okay. Cute as heck. Cond: 2. off all around. Upholstery presents as-new, with little wear or deformation on either front seat. Chrome wheels polished nicely, along with most of the trim. Rear bumper fit a bit off at the body. Bit of rust exposed on rear. BMWlabeled parts box sitting on passenger’s seat. New Mexico plates expired August 2011. Title delay. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $3,700. The high bid is a touch light, but we’re still looking at a used car. At some point an automatic coupe might be collectible, but we’re probably a few more years away from that. Later seen listed on a local dealer’s site for $4,977 (marked down from $6,977). So at least the seller is adjusting to the market’s reality. Silver Auctions, Vancouver, WA, 04/17. FRENCH #130-1965 CITROËN 2CV BERLINE. S/N AC651761340. Red & black/red vinyl. Odo: 4,212 miles. A very basic car that had a stated top speed of 60 mph, but that was with a strong tail wind. Had a reputation of being trouble-free. These were cheap enough at $1,300. Older paint with a few issues. Trim dented and rubber cracked. Sure to be a conversation starter. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $28,088. These show up from time to time and seem to sell for what was paid here. No reason to not buy a decent one, so have to say the price paid here was a bit much considering the average condition. McCormick’s, Palm Springs, CA, 02/17. #281-1962 MERCEDES-BENZ 220SE cabriolet. S/N 11102310032086. White/blue fabric/blue leather. Odo: 90,005 miles. The styling for the 220SE was unchanged since 1960, when the larger 2,195-cc motor was introduced. Also, wrap-around windshield added. The SE had Bosche fuel injection. Same owner for past 41 years. Well maintained with little wear noted, which is remarkable considering the mileage. Blue leather interior in good order. Brightwork very presentable. Owner with car during preview working the sale. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $8,500. Bid was a bit light for the current market, but perhaps not for the car. It’s certainly clean and shiny, but with obvious concerns. They’re not fatal flaws by any means, but apparently enough to not bring buyer and seller together today. Were the panels off just because of a repaint, or were there more serious reasons? Plenty of auction attendees spent time poking around this car, but no deal today. Silver Auctions, Vancouver, WA, 04/17. #337-1969 PORSCHE 911E Targa. S/N 119210106. Tangerine/black leather. Odo: 55,450 miles. The B Series 911 was introduced in 1969 and the wheelbase was extended 2.2 inches and included flared wheel openings. Fitted with Bosch mechanical fuel injection. Paint acceptable but not concours quality. Interior with a mild patina. No mention of Porsche Certificate of Authenticity. A decent driver. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $9,450. Very easy to picture this on a countryside back road heading to market. Price paid was cheap enough, and it should be a fun car. McCormick’s, Palm Springs, CA, 02/17. GERMAN #230-1959 BMW ISETTA microcar. S/N 579634. Red & white/red & black vinyl. Odo: 156 NOT SOLD AT $70,000. Based on the condition, I would suggest it’s worth at least $10k more than was bid here. Considering longterm ownership, it is hard to part with for less than a fair retail, so I can’t blame owner for taking it home. McCormick’s, Palm Springs, CA, 02/17. #104-1968 VOLKSWAGEN KARMANN GHIA coupe. S/N 148759570. Light blue/red vinyl. Odo: 4,575 miles. Seller refers to color as Classic White, but this is a grayish light blue. It’s fairly obvious when a white Thunderbird (Lot 46, SCM# 6835181) is parked right next to our Ghia here. Driver’s door slightly out at bottom. Front decklid fit a bit NOT SOLD AT $38,000. Porsche has been the hot marque of late, and a high-point 911E can push six figures in today’s market. Although this one had a few needs, it was still very presentable and worth more than was bid here. No reason to sell this for wholesale, so buyer will do better elsewhere. McCormick’s, Palm Springs, CA, 02/17. #239-1971 PORSCHE 911T Targa. S/N 9111110919. Blue/black leather. Odo: 83,922 miles. A ’71 911T that has been fitted with 3.0 engine from 1975–77 Carrera. Also has Carrera seats and external mirrors. A recent respray that has been well maintained. Interior Sports Car Market


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Roundup all as it should be. A sleeper that will offer an unusual experience behind the wheel. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $48,000. Modified cars can be a tough sell, and most Porsche fanatics are sticklers for originality. Under the circumstances, the price bid should have bought the car. Seller had other ideas, so will have to wait and hope for the best next time out. McCormick’s, Palm Springs, CA, 02/17. #62-1974 MERCEDES-BENZ 450SL convertible. S/N 10704412018715. Beige/tan leather. Odo: 56,601 miles. Touted as a barn find. Found in Longview, WA after being stored for four years. Soft top stowed under fitted hard top, so cannot verify condition, but card states, “Both tops. Hard top sitting over a beautiful soft top.” Trim bright and shiny. Only major mark in paint is from hard top scraping on passenger’s side. Trim on hard top dinged and gouged. Sheepskin seat covers over decent upholstery. Well-detailed interior. Cond: 3. #81-1989 PORSCHE 944 coupe. S/N WP0AA0941KN450625. Guards Red/black leather. Odo: 91,197 miles. Touch-up paint on right front fender nowhere close to the same shade of red. Fine swirl marks throughout paint. Window trim behind driver’s door coated in black RTV silicone for unstated reasons. Big back glass piece in fine condition. Mini whaletail clean and blemish-free. I love these wheels, and they’re in great shape. Good tires, too. CD player fitted in console above shifter. Detailed interior. Shifter boot looking a bit more worn than the surrounding parts. Seller’s card noted that the odometer was out. Five sets of keys for some reason. Dry underneath, with no obvious rust. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $4,752. Another one for the buyers. But it’s not like this one was held back by an automatic transmission, unpopular color or grotesque bodywork. I wasn’t able to verify whether there was a reserve (my guess is no), but this went for less than a third of the market median ($16.8k). There was just little interest for the car. The odometer and a/c system might point to a lack of proper maintenance, but not necessarily. Any reason to give buyers pause isn’t going to help the seller, and it apparently didn’t here. Silver Auctions, Vancouver, WA, 04/17. ITALIAN #S71-1973 DETOMASO PANTERA SOLD AT $4,428. Not quite the steal of the auction, but this buyer was in the running. One of these going for double this price wouldn’t be surprising. I think the “barn find” crowd has gone a little overboard. Not that there needs to be a set amount of time stuffed away in a place of exacting circumstances, but stuck in the garage for a few years shouldn’t count in any reasonable mind as a barn find. Okay, soapbox moment over. If it runs out as nice as it looks, the buyer got the win. Silver Auctions, Vancouver, WA, 04/17. “ 158 coupe. S/N THPNNB05658. Red & white/ black vinyl. Odo: 10,429 miles. An amazingly original example, with what is believed to be 10,429 original miles. Panteras are notorious for being heavily modified; however, this one has had only small changes to improve cooling and fuel systems. The paint is in very good condition considering its age, with the only blemish being a couple of small spots atop the driver’s side front fender. The front trunk, rear cargo insert and interior are all in excellent condition. The chrome in the interior looks I think the “barn find” crowd has gone a little overboard. Not that there needs to be a set amount of time stuffed away in a place of exacting circumstances, but stuck in the garage for a few years shouldn’t count in any reasonable mind as a barn find. 1974 Mercedes-Benz 450SL convertible ” Sports Car Market


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Roundup like new, with a fantastic gleam. Weatherstrip and stainless are remarkably well kept. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $93,500. As Italian exotics have experienced meteoric price jumps, Panteras have been along for the ride. What used to be a $30,000 car is difficult to find for under $65,000 now. That said, this example was worth every penny. It was original down to its factory-supplied Goodyear Arriva tires. Well bought. Mecum Auctions, Kansas City, MO, 03/17. #274-2002 FERRARI 360 Spider. S/N ZFFYT53A220127073. Silver/black cloth/ black leather. Odo: 36,538 miles. Fitted with optional F1 transmission. Low miles stated to be actual. Recent servicing that included timing belt and brakes. Premium wheels. Toolkit and factory Ferrari cover. Road rash on nose. Interior in good order. Upgraded sound system. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $3,888. The selling price is a steal for this original of a car. I mean it’s a low-tofair price for one in decent condition, not remarkable like this one. Sure, at one point these were considered discardable economy cars, but the ones that survive the initial purge tend to gain a following. Perhaps the most surprising thing is that it hasn’t even gotten an aftermarket set of plug wires—there was no deviation from stock that I could find anywhere. I’m just hopeful the car will stay in this condition for a long time. Silver Auctions, Vancouver, WA, 04/17. #33-2004 HONDA S2000 convertible. S/N JHMAP21424S237583. Black/black canvas/black leather. Odo: 25,476 miles. Seller states only deviation from stock is Bluetooth stereo system. Examination bears that out. Tires polished by tire shine. Few paint nicks. No brake dust on any wheel or caliper. The little evidence this car was used is pretty much the driver’s seat deformation. The 2.2-L 4-cylinder pumps out 237 horsepower at 7,800 rpm. That goes with a redline of 8,000 rpm, so it’s designed for lots of high-revving fun. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $59,325. This was last seen at Mecum’s May 2015 Indianapolis sale (SCM# 6797449), where it failed to sell at $63,000. A few months later it did sell at Mecum’s Monterey (SCM# 6796310) sale when bid to $57,750. The bid here was in line, but seller was not looking at a money-maker here. Hope he had some time behind the wheel and, based on issues with the nose, looks like he did. McCormick’s, Palm Springs, CA, 02/17. JAPANESE #32-1984 HONDA CRX hatchback. S/N JHMAF3335ES001911. White/blue cloth. Odo: 66,363 miles. It’s time-machine time. Original paint and interior, according to seller. Off the road since Idaho tags expired in September ’91. Seems maintained, however. Front upper valance cracked in half. Pinstriping on hood partially rubbed off. Seller also told me they’re original tires, to match the original 66k miles. Paint still shiny. Light lenses are clear as can be. Clean interior in remarkable condition. Auto takes away a lot of the fun, but that’s missing the point on this particular car. Cond: 2+. July 2017 SOLD AT $21,330. This second-generation S2000 sold for a strong price—nearly double the price guide median. These are popping up at auction more often. Considering that it looks as if it came straight from the dealer in 2004—and I’ve seen a few examples go for more dollars—it’s a fair deal for both seller and buyer. Silver Auctions, Vancouver, WA, 04/17. SWEDISH #90-1993 VOLVO 240 DL wagon. S/N YV1AW8805P1943229. Black/tan cloth. Odo: 202,971 miles. Final year of 200-series Volvos, which started in 1974. Uncommon M47 5-speed. Factory roof rails have scant marks here and there. Paint blemish right above driver’s door handle. Corner of hood has similar, if less noticeable, paint problem. Exterior trim 159


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Roundup shines, contrasting nicely with the black paint. Clean inside, with waffle-stamped rubber floormats to catch all of the water from Pacific Northwest spring rains. Goodyear radials on Volvo BBS wheels. Cond: 2-. #99-1955 DODGE CORONET 2-dr hard NOT SOLD AT $18,000. Price bid should have gotten the job done. Nothing here warrants more than was bid, so I think the seller will have a hard time getting more. McCormick’s, Palm Springs, CA, 02/17. SOLD AT $2,646. I chatted with the owner about this car for a few minutes during the preview, and he was effusive about it. I know boxy Volvos scream “nerd alert,” but I was picking up what he was putting down. Odd enough as it is to think about, we’re one year away from this being a 25-year-old car. Can you say practical collector car? This price wasn’t optimal for the seller, but the buyer made out quite well. The 203k miles might scare off buyers. Bit of a shame, as this has handled those miles seemingly with ease. Silver Auctions, Vancouver, WA, 04/17. AMERICAN #300-1950 FORD CRESTLINER Custom Deluxe 2-dr sedan. S/N BOCH171455. Maroon & black/black vinyl/black fabric. miles. 239-ci V8, 2-bbl, 3-sp. The Crestliner was part of the Custom Deluxe series, and only 8,703 were produced. It had a swoop on sides and a black vinyl top. Offered only with the 100-horsepower V8. This one had a few subtle custom touches, with fabric seating and 3-speed on floor. Steering-wheel hub badly worn. Has a few issues with paint, including swirls and scratches. Cond: 2. #F132-1954 CHRYSLER WINDSOR Deluxe Town & Country wagon. S/N 70158319. Maroon & white/maroon & white vinyl. Odo: 41,627 miles. 264-ci I6, 2-bbl, auto. Only 650 of these 6-passenger station wagons were ever produced. An older restoration that is beginning to show its age. The paint and brightwork will need attention in the near future. This is a direct contrast to the stunning woodwork inside the wagon. The chrome hardware fitted inside is equally impressive. The engine compartment is tidy. This is a neat old wagon that will give its owner pride of ownership and rarity. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $27,000. This car was bid up to $40,000 in Kissimmee, FL, in January of this year (SCM# 6823414). Maybe the seller should have taken the bid. Mecum Auctions, Kansas City, MO, 03/17. NOT SOLD AT $11,500. I know this result was a disappointment. During the preview, I was chatting with Mitch Silver and he mentioned that he’d sold one of these recently for around $40k. Small wonder this one went unsold. We see a lot more of the mid-’60s Coronets—rather than these third-generation ones—at auction, so price comps aren’t as common (SCM has tracked just two 1955–56 successful auction sales in two years). Can’t blame the consignor for bringing it back with them. Silver Auctions, Vancouver, WA, 04/17. #451-1956 FORD THUNDERBIRD con- vertible. S/N P6FH191975. Colonial White/ turquoise & white. Odo: 33,005 miles. 312-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. The second full year for the Thunderbird with the spare moved outboard. Added trunk room but had an adverse effect on handling. Fitted with the larger P-code 312 V8. Fitted with Ford-O-Matic 2-speed. Paint and brightwork in good order. Offered with porthole hard top. A very respectable offering. Cond: 2+. top. S/N 34939507. Salmon, black & white/ white vinyl & blue cloth. Odo: 97,469 miles. 270-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Good paint, with no major blemishes. Front chrome trim and bumpers in decent shape—need only a cleaning to really shine. Some micro-pitting on the hood V emblem. Even door, hood and trunk gaps. Acres of clear glass. Green growth on exterior window felt. Smells like a 62-year-old car inside. White vinyl graying. Cloth seat/door card pattern holding up well. Missing passenger’s side kick panel. Push-button transmission. Clean engine bay—worst part is oxidizing firewall. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $34,000. Pricing on earlygeneration Thunderbirds is all condition-dependent. A #3 car is in the $30k range, and they go up from there. This is a solid car, so $45k would be closer to the number. Best of luck next time out. McCormick’s, Palm Springs, CA, 02/17. 160 Sports Car Market


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Roundup #46-1956 FORD THUNDERBIRD con- vertible. S/N P6FH220480. White/red & white vinyl. Odo: 15,838 miles. 292-ci V8, 4-bbl, 3-sp. Seller’s card states, “Owned by school teacher in Puyallup, WA, for the last 27 years.” It goes on to mention the short distance to the school and that the car was never driven in winter. Fair, but it’s seen plenty of moisture, as indicated by the occasional red-brown streak coming from behind trim pieces. Hardtop body mounts are skewed and scratched— suggesting less-than-stellar care while putting on and taking off the top. Side latches for said top rusting, along with the paint underneath. Continental kit in good shape. Inch-long scratch on right front fender, with tiniest bit of metal showing through. Carpet in decent shape, just like the rest of interior. Title delay. Cond: 3. #39-1957 CHEVROLET BEL AIR 4-dr hard top. S/N VC57L159650. Mint & ivory/ green vinyl & black cloth. Odo: 61,988 miles. 327-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Few noticeable paint taping mistakes. Occasional chip on door edge. Trim and glass in great condition. Nose bullets with a bit of road rash, but passable for a local show. Seller notes 327-ci, although the stamp pad and casting numbers are covered, so unable to verify numbers at this moment. A host of aftermarket goodies underhood: Vintage Air setup, Edelbrock 4-bbl, chromed accessories and an electric push fan on outside of radiator. Substance on brake booster, between it and master cylinder, seems like sprayfoam insulation out of a can. Still fitted with the generator. Has power steering, too. Oregon plates tagged through May 2019. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $26,500. Early T-birds are creeping up in value lately. This really is the middle of the market for condition, if not a tick above. The bid here stopped about $15k short of the current market median, so there’s little surprise as to why it went back on the transporter home. After the sale, the car popped up on a number of car-classified websites, with no price listed. Silver Auctions, Vancouver, WA, 04/17. #285-1957 NASH METROPOLITAN convertible. S/N E35013. Yellow & white/ white vinyl & black houndstooth. Odo: 89,987 miles. 1,489-cc I4, 1-bbl, 3-sp. Manufactured by The Austin Motor Company with distribution by American Motors. Powered by Austin A50 motor. The Continental kit was covered with black vinyl. More than 15,000 produced in 1957, with most sold in U.S. After Nash and Hudson went away, sold by Rambler dealers. Paint with a few issues here and there. Trim pitted and scratched. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $18,000. Sold previously at $19,440 (SCM# 6611364) by B&T Specialty back in 2012 when they were doing the Hot August Nights official auction. Reporter Michael Leven noted at that time it was a 283-ci V8. Engine confusion aside, there’s little doubt about the car’s roadworthiness. Not going to happen for someone new, however. It appears as if the consignor weren’t interested in taking a loss this time around. Can’t say I blame them. Silver Auctions, Vancouver, WA, 04/17. #S108-1958 EDSEL PACER convertible. S/N W8UR717178. Yellow & black/black vinyl/black & white vinyl. Odo: 1,039 miles. 361-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Recent frame-off restoration shows solid prep and paint. Most trim and bumpers have been replated. Engine bay and undercarriage are both spotless. Radial tires on custom wheels, but the original wheels come with the car. Interior is done to a high standard. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $15,750. Price paid was a touch light for an example in this condition, but only by a couple grand. Buyer took the bird in hand, which was most likely the wise decision. McCormick’s, Palm Springs, CA, 02/17. July 2017 SOLD AT $44,000. This car sold in St. Paul, MN, in June of 2013 for $43,200 (SCM# 6411212). I imagine this represents a bit of a loss for the current owner, but the car has only accumulated 200-odd miles in the past three years, so selling it may be a good idea. Mecum Auctions, Kansas City, MO, 03/17. 161


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Roundup Market Moment #S120-1961 CHEVROLET IMPALA custom 2-dr hard top. S/N 11837A138936. Red & black/black vinyl. Odo: 444 miles. 409-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. A really stunning resto-mod, said to have over $100,000 invested. Paint, chrome and stainless almost flawless, save for one little pencil-lead-sized chip by the driver’s door lock. The engine compartment has highly polished paint and the engine is also polished to a fault. The interior has stock-appearing bench seats, but a modern dash has been fitted with tach, temp, voltage meter, trip meter and speedo. Cond: 1-. Courtesy of Auctions America 1970 Intermeccanica Italia Spyder Sold at $132,000 Auctions America, Fort Lauderdale, FL, April 1, 2017, Lot 529 Chassis number: 50377414 T his interesting example of Italian/American “Etceterini” was the brainchild of American entrepreneur Frank Reisner, who produced about 600 of these cars on his modest chicken farm near Turin. Moonlighting sheet metal and assembly workers from the likes of Pininfarina and Bertone would stop by the farm, manually frame up one body in white and form another body set of sheet metal. Painting took place without benefit of booth or oven, with bodies sitting on sets of sawhorses. Unwanted enhancements included insects, bird droppings and kitty tracks, the latter a source of great annoyance to Frank, whose wife owned the cats. Power came from a 351-ci Ford V8, driving through a Borg-Warner T-10 4-speed manual. Power was a claimed 300 hp, which, together with the low mass of the car, made for excellent performance. It’s hard to argue with the aesthet- ics: The Italia must be considered a masterpiece, on a par with cars like the Maserati Ghibli and the Ferrari 275 GTB. Most automotive designers agree that, in terms of line, proportion and surface treatment, it’s an exceptional achievement. At their current market price, Italias represent great value, despite the lack of powertrain pedigree. These well-made cars are fast, reli- able and easy to repair at any Ford dealer. It’s the hot-looking girlfriend who also cooks. The value will increase, while never reaching the dizzying heights of its multi-cammed Italian cousins. Frank Reisner later had a falling-out with Ford, and then, with my help, used Opel “Diplomat” V8 component sets for the Chevrolet 327-powered Intermeccanica Indra. Beset by quality problems and a reluctant partner (Opel), the venture was not successful. Reisner’s later efforts focused on Porsche “Speedster” heritage replicas, using late-model Beetle engines — to the great annoyance of Porsche. Reisner was often sued and highly controversial, but he did leave us with the Italia — a worthy legacy. — Robert Lutz SOLD AT $60,500. ...TO MY FATHER! I took him to the auction, and he bought a car! The Impala is very sharp, and the pictures don’t do it justice. My 73-year-old dad fell in love with it. He made an offer after it crossed the block without meeting its reserve. About an hour later, Dad had a new car and even let me drive it home. Everyone else at the auction missed out, because this thing was a bargain at $60k. Thank you to all the staff at Mecum for helping my dad act like a kid again. Mecum Auctions, Kansas City, MO, 03/17. #29-1963 CADILLAC ELDORADO convertible. S/N 63E139468. White/white canvas/red vinyl. Odo: 21,487 miles. 390-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Great presence—a length of 223 inches will get you that. I like the colors, as the bright red vinyl interior wasn’t terribly obvious walking up to the car. Paint shines nicely under the lights. Numerous off-color touch-ups on tailfins—almost looks like someone just splashed on Whiteout. Right rear spat sticks out at the back. Cracked paint exposing a little bit of body filler in four spots around the body. Slightly cloudy gauges match the equally dirty carpet and the somewhat fitted vinyl seats. None stand out as bad, however. Moderately dirty engine bay just needs a good scrub. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $15,660. Caught my eye right when I walked into the auction hall. If only we still made cars like these! Seemed to me to be a 162 Sports Car Market


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Roundup cared-for car. Maybe not with carte blanche, but it has neither the appearance of being shuffled from dealer to dealer nor of being shuttered away in a barn. An overall used but loved feeling was my impression. A slightly depressed price makes sense for a slightly depressed car. I’d just take it as-is and not worry too much if there is some incidental contact in a parking lot. Fair deal. Silver Auctions, Vancouver, WA, 04/17. #232-1969 OLDSMOBILE 442 convert- ible. S/N 344679E184334. Gold & black/ black fabric/tan vinyl. Odo: 24,207 miles. 400-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. The 442 was offered from 1964 until 1980 and stood for 4-bbl, 4-speed manual and dual exhaust. Other transmissions were offered, but that did not change the nomenclature. Paint very acceptable with a few issues with brightwork, but all in all a very respectable offering. Interior in good order. Does not have the desirable W-30 option. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $60,000. This W-30-equipped 442 was one of only 264 built in 1970. The top bid was under half of book value before the premium for the 4-speed transmission was added. Mecum Auctions, Kansas City, MO, 03/17. #F174-1971 PONTIAC LEMANS GTO replica 2-dr hard top. S/N 233371P603435. Metallic blue/black vinyl. Odo: 28,739 miles. 400-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. A decent run at replicating a GTO Judge, complete with hood tach and stripe set. Closer inspection reveals the door handles have been shaved, the door-lock plungers have been removed and the add-on duct color is a different shade from the rest of the car. The interior has a cheap aftermarket cassette player in the dash. You pretty quickly get the feeling the owner just gave up on the project when it was 95% finished. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $31,500. Price paid was well within reason. Not a concours presentation, but certainly a solid #2 driver. As such, all should be pleased here. A fun top-down Saturday-night cruiser McCormick’s, Palm Springs, CA, 02/17. #S88.1-1970 OLDSMOBILE 442 con- vertible. S/N 344670E171520. Yellow w/ white stripes/white vinyl/white vinyl. Odo: 81,246 miles. 455-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. A heavily optioned example, this 442 ragtop ticks all the right boxes for a collector. The 455 is backed by a Muncie 4-speed, but the FE2 suspension, W27 aluminum differential cover, factory a/c, power steering, brakes, top and windows, topped off with a tilt wheel, make sure this is the luxury end of the sport convertible realm. Yellow paint has a superior finish, as do the chrome and stainless. The engine compartment is equally impressive. The trunk appears as-new, and all five wheels wear Firestone Wide Oval bias plies. The interior has the same level of finish and is accented by a Tic-Toc-Tach and Rally gauges. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $16,500. This would make for an easy project to finish. It is no surprise the car sold. A good deal for the buyer and seller at this price. Mecum Auctions, Kansas City, MO, 03/17. #F184.1-1973 CHEVROLET CAMARO Z/28 coupe. S/N 1087K3N131127. Blue & black/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 58,167 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. A claimed numbers-matching drivetrain, power steering, power brakes and tilt wheel. Brilliant blue paint was done to a high standard. The engine compartment is tidy. The interior looks to be recent, without any signs of wear or age. It is complemented by an aftermarket stereo and speakers in the rear deck. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $27,500. This Camaro has survived without being butchered, something not many others of this vintage can claim. Clean, original Z/28s are difficult to find, making it easier to overlook the small things that have been changed. In the recent run-up of classic and collector car prices, second-gen Camaros have seen a spike in prices. This car seemed a bit of a bargain at the $27,500 hammer price. Mecum Auctions, Kansas City, MO, 03/17. © July 2017 163


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Mystery Photo Answers A little Roundup and some Meguiar’s will fix that right up. — Leslie Dreist, Troy MI Oh the French! So clever! Is the car covered with flower petals? Or butterflies? Or bugs after driving through the wine country? — Phil Stevens, via email Francois said he thought it was a good idea to paint the car in the henhouse because the hens were all outside. — Warren D. Blatz, via email Little is known about the Stealth Citroën Project. — Robert O’Sullivan, Beverly Hills, CA Eddie “Booger” DiRenzo RUNNER-UP: The French are a bit more refined than our good ol’ boys when it comes to putting camo on a vehicle. — Al Nelson, Pentwater, MI I need you boys to knock off this stupid pillow fight, go out to the garage and tell your father that he can finish painting the Citroën after dinner. — John Weagley, Bridgewater, NJ Here is the latest Chia Pet. — Tom Neyer, Gillette, WY Duck Blind Find: Rare Citroën Camo. Hurry, as we are swamped with offers. — Steve Schefbauer, Monroe, CT Tarred, feathered and run out of town! — David L. Schroeder, via email Charles de Gaulle himself would be galled by this Gallic gallivanting. Or maybe, like all things French, car carpet might be an acquired taste. — Erik Olson, Martinez, CA You left the Citroën under the airport parking lot tree for how long? — Mike Buettell, Balboa Island, CA This Month’s Mystery Photo Response Deadline: June 25, 2017 had an unorthodox way of dealing with his used tissues. — Christopher Robins, Palm Beach, FL Someone peeled my Citroën! — W.A. Scott, Paget, Bermuda To start the “Green Car Movement,” I planted green grass on my Citroën DS19 in France in 1958. It had to start somewhere! — Phil Schroeder, Platte City, MO Holy cow! Did you see the size of the two French hens that you hit? — David Libby, West Des Moines, IA The original poster for Ridley Scott’s 1979 movie “Alien”: At pace no one can see you preen. — Tom Taylor, West Linn, OR If mold works so well on French cheese, then why not on their cars? — Norm Brown, Fair Oaks, CA Being ousted from private parking really ruffled Pierre’s feathers. — Jeff Brock, Brentwood, TN An example of the rare anti- theft trim option. — Renée Crist, Tacoma, WA April in Paris. Beautiful, except for the pollen problem. — James D. Graham, Mount Pleasant, SC Plot line for the next “French Connection” movie sequel: “Frog One” uses a Citroën DS, disguised as an entry in the Rose Parade, as a smuggling vehicle. — Don Mackay, Oceanside, CA Leslie Dreist, frequent Mystery Photo entrant and infrequent winner, breaks through this month. A feather-covered SCM cap is the reward for the fluffy optimism seen in the entry and in persistence! © Comments With Your Renewals This is the only magazine I save. It’s fun to read again and again. — Michael Hurley, Ridgewood, NJ (SCMer since 2002) Please cover more “up-and-comers” in the $20k–$100k range. LOVE the magazine. See you at Pinehurst! — Tim Masters, Durham, NC (2014) Thanks again for postage- Our Photo, Your Caption Email your caption to us at mysteryphoto@sportscarmarket.com, or fax to 503.253.2234. Ties will be arbitrarily and capri- ciously decided. Do you have a mystery photo? Email it to mysteryphoto@sportscarmarket.com at 300 dpi in JPEG format. Please include your name and contact information. If we use your photo, you’ll get an official SCM cap. 164 paid subscription envelope, a nice touch from a quality mag. — L.J. Rockie, Bend, OR (2005) Thank you all for your continued renewals and thoughtful comments. — Keith Martin Sports Car Market Submitted by Kevin Hurley Terry Ballard


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SCM Online Extras for SCM Readers How to connect with SCM online this month Kids and Cars Visit SCM on the Web Here’s a Sample of Some of What’s Available at www.sportscarmarket.com Keith Martin’s Weekly Blogs (www.sportsarmarket.com/blogs/keith- martin) • Wooden Boats and Gleaming Cars — Keels & Wheels Turns 22 • Why I’m Not Buying a Lancia A Little German Spit-and-Polish: My daughter Ariella, 8, helps detail my BMW M1 for German Car Day at the Larz Anderson Auto Museum in Brookline, MA. — Neal Heffron Send your photos of your next-generation gearheads to SCM. If your photo is selected, you’ll win an official SCM cap. Send your hi-res photos to kids@sportscarmarket.com. Please include your contact info, the name of the child in the photo, the make and model of the car and any descriptive information you would like. July SCM Cover Poll Results • It’s the Little Stuff That Makes You Crazy — Fettling Two Alfas • Buy, Learn, Repent, Move On Guides and Resources (View or downlad at www. sportscarmarket.com/ guides-supplements) • 2017 Insider’s Guide to Restorations • All-new 2017 Price Guide For Subscribers www.sportscarmarket.com/digitalissues-online • One year of back issues of SCM, searchable 1987 Porsche 911 Turbo Slantnose coupe 27% (96 votes) 1957 Jaguar Mk 1 3.4-liter Sports Saloon 36% (258 votes) 1953 Fiat 8V Supersonic 37% (268 votes) NOTABLE QUOTE: “I voted for the Fiat cover because it shows some of the wild and creative styling, whereas the Porsche and Jaguar are rather mundane in comparison. Why go mild when you can go wild?” — Michael T. Kelvie To participate in the next poll, subscribe to the SCM newsletter at www.sportscarmarket.com July 2017 165 Platinum Deluxe Users View 280,000 auction results at www.sportscarmarket.com/platinumauction-database (Platinum Auction Database members only). Compare the latest sales or track a car over its auction history!


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SCM Showcase Gallery Sell Your Car Here! Includes SCM website listing. Showcase Gallery Full-Color Photo Ad Just $66/month ($88 non-subscribers) Text-Only Classified Ad Just $15/month ($25 non-subscribers) 4 ways to submit your ad: Web: Visit www.sportscarmarket.com/classifieds/place-ad to upload your photo (300 dpi jpg) and text, or text only. Secure online Visa/MC payments. Email: Send photo (300 dpi jpg) and text, or text only, to classifieds@sportscarmarket.com. We will call for your VISA/MC. Fax: Attention Showcase, to 503.253.2234 with VISA/MC. Snail mail: Showcase, PO Box 4797, Portland, OR 97208-4797, with VISA/MC or check. 25 words max, subject to editing. Deadline: 1st of each month, one month prior to publication. Advertisers assume all liability for the content of their advertisements. The publisher of Sports Car Market Magazine is not responsible for any omissions, erroneous, false and/or misleading statements of its advertisers. ENGLISH 1952 Jaguar XK 120 coupe An absolutely wonderful car. Three-owner history, all matching numbers, original colors and featuring an incredibly rare factory steel sunroof. Meticulously maintained and well documented. A veteran of two 1,000-mile tours, and several one- and two-day rallies. Rock solid in every detail. $585,000. Contact Matt, Ph: 203.852.1670, email: mattcars@aol. com. (CT) 1960 Austin-Healey 3000 Mk I roadster S/N 680326. Jaguar Dark Blue/gray. 36,349 miles. Inline 6, 4-spd manual. Magnificently styled with great lines and spectacular color combination. Since its comprehensive restoration, it has won several awards in concours events, and has always been well maintained. Includes numerous mechanical improvements to enhance the driveability. With recent servicing, it is ready for your favorite road or highway. Classic Showcase. Ph: 760.758.6100, email: webmaster@classicshowcase.com. Website: classicshowcase.com/index.php/inventory/detail/543. (CA) 1954 Morgan Plus 4 transition roadster S/N 177884. Opalescent Maroon/tan. Inline 6, 5-spd manual. One of the most incredible examples available anywhere, has undergone a documented, comprehensive concours-ready nut-and-bolt restoration in a spectacular color combination. Original interior wood trim refinished, featuring 5-speed, a/c, upgraded power steering and much more. No disappointments! Classic Showcase. Ph: 760.758.6100, email: webmaster@classicshowcase. com. Website: classicshowcase.com/index.php/ inventory/detail/547. (CA) 1967 Jaguar E-type Series 1 convertible 1962 Jaguar Mark 2 sedan 2002 Bentley Arnage T Mulliner 4-door sedan S/N SCBLF34F82CX08397. Black/black. 75,600 miles. V8, 4-spd manual. Purchased in 2013 by European Bentley collector and enthusiast. From well-known classic Ferrari dealer and collector Michael Sheehan, following extensive (i.e. $20k) refurbishment by San Diego, CA, Bentley dealer, with any remaining items attended to by Calgary, AB, Bentley dealer by new owner, and used sparingly since. Beautiful condition inside and out. A lovely, well-caredfor example of what Car and Driver called “a magnificent beast.” Please email for more details of service and/or ownership history, more photos and/or other questions. $37,500 OBO. Contact John, email: john@kingscrossingltd.ca. Website: https://www.ferraris-online.com/pages/carintro. php?reqcardir=BE-ARN-08397. (CAN) 2006 Aston Martin DB9 coupe Red/black. A wonderful Mk I that is as flawless on the underside as it is on the top side. All matching numbers, original tools, owner’s manual, all original floors, sills and panels. Still has its ultra-rare factory hard top. Impeccably restored too 100% correct factory standards. $69,500. Contact Matt, Ph: 203.852.1670, email: mattcars@aol.com. (CT) 1960 Austin-Healey 3000 Mk I roadster S/N 3083. Blue/gray. 2,147 miles. Inline 4, 4-spd manual. “Transition” model, sometimes referred to as a “low-headlamp, high-cowl, twin-spare.” Every component of the car has been restored to high standards, including new body tub and rebuilt engine. Transmission and rear axle also rebuilt, as well as every single nut and bolt, seal, bearing etc. This is virtually a brand-new Morgan with 2,147 miles driven since restoration. Originally the car had 32,000 miles on it prior to restoration. The car also comes with top, half tonneau, full tonneau and side curtains. $59,998. T’s Sunrise. Contact Jim, Ph: 303.761.6785, email: tinybrewery@gmail. com. (CO) 1960 Aston Martin DB4 coupe White/red. 65,000 miles. This is one of the ultra-rare two-seat, three-carb Mk Is. One owner for most of its life, detailed documentation going back 35 years. Matching numbers, original colors, never rusted or damaged. A superb turn-key sports car. Contact Matt, Ph: 203.852.1670, email: mattcars@aol.com. (CT) 1961 Jaguar E-type 3.8 convertible S/N 1E15000. Carmen Red/beige (with black top). 78,064 miles. Inline 6, 4-spd manual. Highly original, numbers-matching, Series 1, California black-plate XKE. Restored by Jaguar professionals, striking color combination and recent servicing. Includes receipts dating back to the late ’70s. This XKE roadster is complete and ready to be shown, driven and enjoyed today. Classic Showcase. Ph: 760.758.6100, email: webmaster@classicshowcase. com. Website: classicshowcase.com/index.php/ inventory/detail/490. (CA) 1971 Bugatti Type 37 replica roadster S/N 1E15098. Black/red (with black top). 78,803 miles. Inline 6, 4-spd manual. This factory black over red E-type has held limited ownership and is ready for your daily driving pleasure. The team at Classic Showcase has just rebuilt the engine, serviced the transmission and went through all other items, making it a great choice for the spring and summer driving season. Classic Showcase. Ph: 760.758.6100, email: webmaster@classicshowcase.com. Website: classicshowcase.com/index.php/inventory/detail/554. (CA) 1967 Jaguar E-type convertible S/N SCFAB01A36GA04232. Tungsten Silver metallic/Obsidian Black. 12,742 miles. V12, 6-spd manual. One owner, all original paint, no blemishes, 6.0-liter engine, 450-hp, special-order 6-speed manual trans., black heated 10-way adjustable seats, Alcantara headliner, walnut veneer trim, satellite navigation system, 260-watt audio system, six-disc CD changer, Bluetooth, 19-inch factory wheels and dynamic stability control. This car is absolutely like brand new. MSRP $165,765. $70,000 OBO. 1946. Contact Charles, Ph: 815.498.4500, email: cwschank@comcast.net. (IL) GERMAN 1957 Mercedes-Benz 190SL convertible This gorgeous SL was restored a few years back while in the possession of the president of the 190SL Club of America. Thus, it is 100% correct and absolutely flawless. And it drives as good as it looks; having been driven on two 1000 tours in the past few years without a sputter. Perfect in every way. $215,000. Contact Matt, Ph: 203.852.1670, email: mattcars@aol.com. (CT) 1966 Porsche 911 coupe—WANTED A very early flat-floor, outside-bonnet-latch XKE that is a former JCNA 99-point car. One-owner history for over 50 years. All matching numbers and original colors. Heritage Certificate in hand. A rare piece that would grace any collection. $325,000. Contact Matt, Ph: 203.852.1670, email: mattcars@aol.com. (CT) 49,250 miles. Inline 4, 4-spd manual. Dri-Sleeve Car Company, U.K. Number 6 of 6, aluminium/fiberglass body, Ford 1,600-cc 4-cylinder with 4-speed, leather interior, history/invoices/blueprints. $49,900. Central Classic Cars. Contact Chuck, Ph: 419.618.3855, email: chuckputsch@hotmail.com. (OH) S/N 302384 WANTED—1966 Porsche 911. I am looking for this car, whatever the condition. It belonged to a friend. Please check your chassis number. Reward for tips leading to purchase. Thank you. Contact Don, Ph: 631.786.6511, email: dahearn67@gmail.com. Website: www.porsport. com/. (NY) 166 Sports Car Market


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SCM Showcase Gallery SCM Showcase Gallery 1970 Porsche 911E MFI coupe 2003 Mercedes-Benz SL500 panoramic retractable roof convertible S/N 9110200220. Conda Green/black. 64,000 miles. Flat 6, 5-spd manual. This numbers-matching 911E coupe is wearing its original and rare Conda Green color. It has been in the same SoCal family for nearly 30 years. It has had a glass-out repaint about 15 years ago and a recent top-end engine rebuild less than 800 miles ago. Excellent driver for shows or events. Amazing documented history including original bill of sale. Auto Kennel. Contact Paul, Ph: 714.335.4911, email: paul@autokennel.com. Website: www.autokennel.com. (CA) 1987 Porsche 928 S4 coupe S/N WDBSK75FX3F022340. Diamond Silver Clearcoat Metallic/Tutone Gray. 35,549 miles. V8, 5-spd automatic. One-owner, pedigreed, garage kept with summer use only. Original MSRP over $100k plus over $18.5k in M-B dealer-installed upgrades. 5.0-L V8, Kleemann headers, Brabus exhaust, 19-inch Brabus alloys, AMG large brakes, lowering module. Navigation, keyless go, perfect CARFAX. Must see. $27,995. Tom Collier Classic Motor Car Company, Inc.. Contact Tom, Ph: 541.480.3265, email: tcollier@uci.net. (OR) ITALIAN 1964 Ferrari 250 GT/L Lusso coupe S/N WP0JB0928HS862210. Guards Red/black. 55,800 miles. V8, 4-spd automatic. Full major service completed January 2017, including timing belt and water pump. No-expense-spared high-quality repaint, sunroof, rare factory limited-slip differential and Porsche Certificate of Authenticity. No accidents, new tires, owner’s manuals and original chrome wheels included. $29,000 OBO. Contact Doug, Ph: 716.553.1415, email: doug@qcmotorsports.com. (NY) 1988 Mercedes-Benz 560SL convertible There isn’t a better Lusso anywhere in the world. Flawlessly restored, original colors, matching numbers, Massinni report in hand, plus tools. Way too many wonderful details to list here about this great car. Please call or email. Contact Matt, Ph: 203.852.1670, email: mattcars@aol.com. (CT) 1967 Maserati Ghibli 4.2L coupe S/N WDBBA48D6JA081357. Black/gray leather. 30,700 miles. V8, 4-spd automatic. Low miles. New, correct black soft top, recovered seats, restored radio, wood and wheels. Drives the way a lowmileage example should. Current Pennsylvania state inspection, ABS, airbag. Original window sticker, all books, hard top are included. $32,500 OBO. Contact Larry, Ph: 717.406.8015, email: larryt17543@ gmail.com. (PA) 1995 BMW M3 CSL Lightweight coupe S/N AM115074. Red/tan. V8, 5-spd manual. Very early example, about 36th built of 1,149 made, so it has the most desirable steering wheel. A stunning design by the famed Giugiaro and one of his personal favorites. All original except recently repainted. Same owner past 29 years. Desirable color combination, red with tan leather, and very nice condition, nice patina, nothing missing. Glorious 4-cam V8 always starts easily. A very roomy and comfortable GT and a bargain compared to the Daytona. $249,000. Contact Todd, Ph: 920-6291824, email: toddkresheck@gmail.com. (WI) 1973 Alfa Romeo Montreal coupe S/N WBSBF9323SEH08091. Alpine White/Black Hurricane cloth. 65,500 miles. Inline 6, 5-spd manual. This rare homologated BMW M3 E36 LTW saw fewer than 75 units imported to the U.S., and most were used for racing. Only a handful of original and complete examples remain. This one was the second to last ever built. Excellent documented enthusiast ownership history. Freshly rebuilt drivetrain. Very original and complete. BMWCCA club-member owned. Recently inspected by top SoCal shop. Auto Kennel. Contact Paul, Ph: 714.335.4911, email: paul@autokennel.com. Website: www. autokennel.com. (CA) 168 Red/black. 106,000 miles. V8, 5-spd manual. Very original, two-owner car. Delivered new in June 1973 in Amberieu, France. The second owner acquired the car in 1978. Powered by a dry-sump 2.6-liter quad-cam V8 mated to a 5-speed manual transmission, this example is very original but will require refurbishment of the cosmetics, brakes, suspension and engine. The engine starts with help. The car is located near Padova, Italy, and comes with the original jack and French license plates, as well as French papers. Can help with shipping and logistics. $48,000 OBO. Contact Filippo, Ph: 4.179.171.4606, email: pruncini@hotmail.com. (ITA) Sports Car Market


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SCM Showcase Gallery AMERICAN 1966 Shelby GT350 H fastback This is without question the best driving GT350 ever in our inventory. Repainted once in the 1970s, otherwise all original. Hurst 4-speed. Originally black, of course. In a Shelby collection for many years, beautifully maintained. $135,000. Contact Matt, Ph: 203.852.1670, email: mattcars@aol. com. (CT) 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 2-door hard top Rallye Green & white stripes/black. 94,000 miles. V8, 4-spd manual. Numbers-matching, rebuilt original DZ302, M20 4-speed, PS, PB, ZL2 hood, standard interior, gauges and console. Nut-andbolt restoration, one respray since new. very clean #2 condition. $63,000 OBO. Contact Charles, Ph: 206.427.9606, email: cottageblue@msn.com. (WA) 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS LS6 2-door hard top S/N 136370K185271. Cranberry Red/black. 4,005 miles. V8, 4-spd manual. 454-ci big-block engine, M22, Posi rear end with two original and verified build sheets, built at Kansas City Leeds plant, documented by Rick Nelson and complete owner history. Cowl-Induction, bucket seats, center console, power steering and front disc brakes. $97,500 OBO. Contact Richard, Ph: 503.577.8226, email: richmaloney@aol.com. (TX) RACE 1975 Delta IR-F4B race car It’s so easy! We’ve made uploading your Showcase Gallery listings online easier. As an added Black. Inline 4, 4-spd manual. One of three made in England in 1974/75. Raced F4 in England and Formula C with the SCCA in the U.S. Not raced since 1979. Restored. Engine; Ford 105E, 997-cc, Hewland Mk9, 4-speed, new fuel cell. $20,750. Contact James, Ph: 402.435.0109, email: jliska@neb.rr.com. (NE) © www.SportsCarMarket.com/classifieds/place-ad July 2017 169 bonus, we now feature multiple images for our web listings.


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Advertise in the SCM Resource Directory. Call 877.219.2605 Ext. 218 for information; e-mail: scmadvert@sportscarmarket.com. Auction Companies Artcurial Motorcars. 33 (0)1 42 99 2056. 33 (0)1 42 99 1639. 7, Rond-Point des Champs-Elysées, 75008 Paris, France. Email: motorcars@artcurial.com. www.artcurial.com/motorcars. (FR) Gooding & Company. Auctions America. 877.906.2437. Auctions America specializes in the sale of American Classics, European sports cars, Detroit muscle, hot rods, customs, and automobilia. Headquartered at the historic Auburn Auction Park in Indiana, Auctions America boasts an expert team of full-time specialists who offer 190 years’ combined experience, making them uniquely qualified to advise on all aspects of the hobby. www.auctionsamerica.com. (IN) 310.899.1960. 310.899.0930. Gooding & Company offers its international clientele the rarest, award-winning examples of collector vehicles at the most prestigious auction venues. Our team of well-qualified experts will advise you on current market values. Gooding & Company presents the official auction of the famed Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in August, the recordsetting Scottsdale Auction in January and a world-class auction at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation in Florida in March. www.goodingco.com. (CA) 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 $1,000,000,000 in sales in his storied career. Dan and daughters Tiffany, Tedra and Tara manage the company. 866.495.8111 Dankruseclassics.com (TX) has been in business for over 25 years, and each auction features over 500 classics and exotics. www.classic-carauction.com. (CA) biles and European sports; Russo and Steele hosts three record-breaking auctions per year; Newport Beach in June; Monterey, CA, every August; and Scottsdale, AZ, every January. As one of the premier auction events in the United States, Russo and Steele has developed a reputation for its superior customer service and for having the most experienced and informed experts in the industry. Fax: 602.252.6260. 5230 South 39th St., Phoenix, AZ 85040. info@russoandsteele.com, www.russoandsteele.com. (AZ) Silver Auctions. 800.255.4485. Silver Auctions isn’t successful because we auction the most expensive cars, we’re successful because we auction the cars that you love. Silver Auction’s staff, bidders and consignors are everyday people with a passion for nostalgic and collector cars. Come see the difference at Silver Auctions. 2020 N. Monroe, Spokane, WA 99205. Email: silver@silverauctions.com, www.silverauctions.com. (WA) Barrett-Jackson Auction. 480.421.6694. 480.421.6697. For over four decades, the Barrett-Jackson Auction Company has been recognized throughout the world for offering only the finest selection of quality collector vehicles, outstanding professional service and an unrivaled sales success. From classic and one-of-a-kind cars to exotics and muscle cars, BarrettJackson attracts only the best. Our auctions have captured the true essence of a passionate obsession with cars that extends to collectors and enthusiasts throughout the world. A television audience of millions watches unique and select vehicles while attendees enjoy a lifestyle experience featuring fine art, fashion and gourmet cuisine. In every way, the legend is unsurpassed. 3020 N. Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251. info@barrett-jackson.com. www.barrett-jackson.com. (AZ) Petersen Auction Group of GAA Classic Cars. 1.855.862.2257. The Southeast’s Premier Classic Car Auction. Located in Greensboro, NC, GAA offers 550 vehicles three times a year from a permanent facilty that allows for vehicles to be out of the weather and easily viewable no matter the weather conditions. With 30+ years in the auction business, the team at GAA Classic Cars knows that building strong relationships with our buyes and sellers is crucial. Not only is customer care our business it is our passion. www.gaaclassiccars.com (NC 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, Worldwide Auctioneers. Rick Cole Auctions . Over thirty years ago, Rick Cole conducted the first Monterey auction, his annual events forever changing the historic week dynamic. Rick Cole Auctions provides upscale clientele a boutique and silent auction atmosphere proven to offer the finest cars available, and achieving one of the top 10 multi-million-dollar sales of all time. August 17–19. Marriott Hotel at Fisherman’s Wharf. info@ rickcole.com www.rickcole.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 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) RM Sotheby’s. 800.211.4371. RM Sotheby’s is the world’s largest auction house for investment-quality automobiles. With 35 years’ experience in the collector car industry, RM’s vertically integrated range of services, coupled with an expert team of car specialists and an international footprint, provide an unsurpassed level of service to the global collector car market. For further information, visit www.RMSothebys.com. (CAN) 800.990.6789 or 1.260.925.6789. Worldwide Auctioneers was formed over a decade ago by vintage-motorcar specialists Rod Egan and John Kruse. The sale and acquisition of classic automobiles is our core business, and no one is better qualified. Worldwide is unique in having owners who are also our chief auctioneers, so you deal directly with the auctioneer, and we are wholly invested in achieving the best result for you. Our auctions are catalog-based, offering a limited number of higher-end consignments, with an emphasis on quality rather than volume. (We don’t limit ourselves to only selling the most expensive cars in the world, but do ensure that every car we consign is the very best of its type.) We also offer specialist-appraisal, estate-management and collectionconsultancy services. Our dedicated private sales division serves the needs of individual collectors who seek privacy or to acquire vehicles that may not be available on the open market. www.worldwide-auctioneers.com. (IN) Alfa Romeo Centerline International. (888) Dan Kruse Classics is a family- owned collector car auction company located in San Antonio, Texas. DKC has been responsible for successful collector car sales since 1972, with annual sales in Austin, Houston and San Antonio. Dan personally has over 170 Palm Springs Auctions Inc. Keith McCormick. 760.320.3290. 760.323.7031. 244 N. Indian Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92262 A family-run auction house producing two large classic cars auctions per year. McCormick’s Palm Springs Auctions Russo and Steele Collector Auto- mobile Auctions. 602.252.2697. Specializing in the finest American muscle, hot rods and custom automo- Sports Car Market 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) RESOURCE DIRECTORY


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Appraisals Porsche-licensed illustrator. For image samples, additional information or to discuss your project, please call us at 818.822.3063 or visit www.saillustrations.com (CA) Steve Austin’s Automobilia & 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) Automobilia 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) 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. as well as exceptional customer service. We offer easy financing and extended warranties on most cars. Trades accepted. Top cash paid for your classics, exotic or hi-line automobiles. garycg@ aol.com www.autosportgroup.com (FL) 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) Classic Car Dashes. 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 inventory runs from the late 1890s through the 1960s; featuring marque, event and product advertising. Please visit us at: www.VintageAutoPosters.com. Buy/Sell/General largest European classic car dealerships in the nation, with an extensive inventory spanning over 50,000 sf. We can meet all your classic car needs with our unprecedented selection; from top-ofthe-line models to project cars. We buy classic cars in any shape or condition & provide the quickest payment & pickup anywhere in the U.S. 310.975.0272 www.beverlyhillscarclub.com (CA) Sales@ClassicCarDashes.com. Specializing in reproduction and replacement dash pads for many of your favorite cars, trucks and SUVs. Each pad is manufactured as close as possible to original specs. All dash pads offer quality in both fit and appearance and are manufactured in the U.S. www.ClassicCarDashes.com (PA) Classic Fit Covers. California Car Cover Company. driversroad.com 513.490.5621. Large portfolio of automotive art prints, new and old, street or race, four wheels or two! Any car you had, have or desire! Custom commissions and commercial work accepted. Steve Petrosky, driversroad, 8711 Reading Road E1 Cincinnati, Ohio 45215 (OH) Auto Kennel. 714.335.4911. Imag- ine if you had the best of the best to market your car for sale. Jesse Alexander taking all the photographs. Lee Iacocca working with buyers. Keith Martin introducing you to the right car clubs. Well, the father and son team of AutoKennel do just that for all their clients. Paul and Ed Kramer, Costa Mesa, CA 92627. www.autokennel.com (CA) 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. Canepa of Scotts Valley. Automotive Restorations. Exotic Mosaics. 805.544.4093. Unique and original mosaic hand-crafted wall hangings of automotive subjects by mosaic artist Jim Valentine. Made with glazed ceramic tile with aluminum frame and hanging wire. Can create custom mosaics of your automobile. Email: exoticmosaics@sbcglobal.net. exoticmosaics.com. 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 831.430.9940. Offering fine investmentgrade collectable road cars and racecars for sale. Our 70,000-square-foot facility houses world-class, on-premises restoration and motorsports facilities where automotive artisans ensure every detail of our inventoried vehicles meet the highest levels of refinement and preparation. Canepa is interested in purchasing exceptional, original and restored automobiles. sales@canepa.com www. canepa.com (CA) sales@ClassicFitCovers.com. Welcome to Classic Fit Covers. We specialize in custom fit car covers and seat protectors for classic and modern vehicles. At Classic Fit Covers you get quality materials, superior craftsmanship and fast delivery...all at a great price! We have you Covered! www.ClassicFitCovers.com (PA) 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) 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. Celebrate your ownership experi- ence! Automotive designer and illustrator Steve Anderson is a specialist in the creation of owner-specified, fineart illustrations. Each original piece is hand crafted to portray the exact specification of individual automobiles and collections. All marques and eras, concours and racers. Ferrari- and July 2017 Autosport Groups 561.676.1912 or 954.401.4535. Over 42 years experience offering Luxury, Classic, Exotic and Hi-line motorcars worldwide. Autosport Groups is highly respect- ed for our fine selection of preowned luxury, classic, exotic and sports cars, Chequered Flag. 310.827.8665. Chequered Flag is Los Angeles’ best 171 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)


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Advertise in the SCM Resource Directory. Call 877.219.2605 Ext. 218 for information; e-mail: scmadvert@sportscarmarket.com. Copley Motorcars. 781.444.4646. Specializing in unique and hard-to-find classics and sports cars. We only sell cars we love ourselves, and deal in a limited number of models. Before delivery to you, all of our classics, including Defenders, are fully inspected and serviced by one of two expert shops. We are located in Needham, MA. copleycars@gmail.com, www.copleymotorcars.com (MA) Heritage Classics Motorcar Com- pany. 310.657.9699. www.heritageclassics.com. Heritage Classics Motorcar Company, the premier West Coast classic car dealership established in 1985. Offering one of the largest indoor showrooms in Southern California, with an exceptional inventory of the very finest American and European classic cars available. We buy, sell and consign collectible automobiles, offering the best consignment terms available, contact us at sales@heritageclassics.com When in Southern California, visit our beautiful showroom and specialty automotive bookstore, Heritage Classics Motorbooks, open Monday–Saturday. For current inventory and to visit our virtual bookstore, visit www.heritageclassics.com Corvette America. 800.458.3475. The #1 manufacturer & supplier of interiors, parts and wheels for all generations of Corvettes. Our Pennsylvania manufacturing facility produces the finest quality Corvette interiors and our distribution center is stocked with thousands of additional Corvette-related products. Corvette America is a member of the RPUI family of companies. www.CorvetteAmerica.com (PA) DriverSource. 281.497.1000. Pursuing & Preserving Fine Automobiles Since 2005, DriverSource is a leading specialist in the classic collector car market. Our concept of sales, service and storage is tailor made to the automotive enthusiast lifestyle. To learn more about our services or inventory, please give as a call or contact us via email. sales@driversource.com. www.driversource.com Ideal Classic Cars. 855.324.0394. 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 Our goal as a company is to showcase the highest investment-quality, restored classic cars to the world; while offering these vehicles at a fair market price. Our attention to detail is unsurpassed. If you are looking for a true investment car that will go up in value...contact us. We have a full sales and service department. We also provide shipping worldwide. We are in business simply because of our love and passion for classic cars, trucks and motorcycles. Let us share that with you. www.idealclassiccars.net (FL) Legendary Motorcar Company. 905.875.4700. You may have seen our award-winning, show-quality restorations. Our 55,000-square-foot facility is specialized in extreme high-end restorations of rare American muscle cars. www.legendarymotorcar.com (ON) Mustang America. 844.249.5135. Luxury Brokers International. 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 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) Mid-Century Motoring. 914.402.5799. Importer, exporter and broker of classic cars, specializing in European marques. We provide clients with unparalleled access to the international classic car market, as well as a full suite of consignment and brokerage services from our showroom in Westchester County, NY. Contact us for more information about the company, the cars, or to schedule a visit. www.midcenturymotoring.com (NY) Mohr Imports, Classic and Sports Car Brokers. 831.373.3131. Mohr Imports Inc. of Monterey, CA, pleased to be serving the collector car community for the past 30 years. Our goal is to present and represent your car in the very best way possible. We specialize in European classics. Visit us at www. MohrImports.com. (CA) Park Place LTD. 425.562.1000. Founded in 1987 in Bellevue, WA, our dealership is locally owned and independently operated. The four-acre Park Place Center features an Aston Martin sales and service center, a Lotus dealership, and we have one of the largest selections of collector and exotic cars available in the Northwest. We consign, buy and sell all types of vehicles. We also have an in-house service center and high-end Auto Salon. www.ParkPlaceLtd.com 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) Paramount Automotive Group/ Foreign Cars Italia. 888.929.7202. Since 1989, we have offered all the exclusive brands that you have ever dreamed about. Offering new and used Ferrari, Maserati, Aston Martin and Porsche in Greensboro, NC, Aston Martin, Bentley and Maserati in Charlotte, NC and Porsche in Hickory, NC. We sell, buy and trade. Visit us at www. Paramountauto.com or www.ForeignCarsItalia.com (NC) Paul Russell and Company. Kurt Tanner Motorcars. 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 172 909.241.1051. An exclusive European Sports Car dealer located in Orange County, CA. Over 35 years experience in the classic car business with a distinguished previous reputation for AustinHealey restorations. We accurately and honestly present fine European cars for sale in today’s market. Buy/sell/trade. We purchase and pick up from any U.S. location with quick payment. Please call or visit our website to view current inventory. www.kurttannermotorcars.com (CA) Motorcar Portfolio, LLC. 330.453.8900. Buy, sell, trade, auction of affordable antique, classic, collector vehicles. Bob Lichty offers over 40 years experience in the classic car industry. Motorcar Portfolio, LLC. has been serving NE Ohio and the world since 2004. Let us help with your needs. See our current inventory at our web site www.motorcarportfolio.com (OH) 978.768.6092. www.paulrussell.com. Specializing in the preservation and sales of European classics, pre-war through the 1970s, since 1978. You can rely on our decades of experience with Mercedes-Benz, Ferrari, Porsche, Bugatti, Alfa Romeo and other fine collectibles. Repeat customers are the lifeblood of our business. Contact us today to join them. Car Sales Manager, Alex Finigan: Alex@paulrussell.com. (MA) www.SignificantCars.com. 800.837.9902. Since 2002, SignificantCars.com has been changing the way collector cars find new homes. A pioneer in the online marketing of im- Sports Car Market RESOURCE DIRECTORY


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portant collector cars, Significant Cars has a proven track record for realizing top dollar for their seller clients. Run by Enthusiasts for Enthusiasts, Significant Cars has put the power of the dealer or Auction House into the hands of Collectors. Give us a call for a confidential analysis of your car’s true value—not what we want to buy it for. Personal service offering on-site measuring and preconstruction layout advice for new projects. Our experienced 5-star technicians provide full-service professional installation, from delivery to safety training. Fully insured with offices and warehousing in CT and NJ to better serve our clientele. WHAT’S IN YOUR GARAGE? More cars of course, when you call 203.509.5353! www.CarLiftsPlus.com 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. 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. 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) CARS. 310.695.6403. For more than Vintage Motors of Sarasota. 941.355.6500. Established in 1989, offering high-quality collector cars to the most discerning collectors. Vintage’s specialized services include sales, acquisitions and consignment of high-quality European and American collector and sports cars. Always buying individual cars or entire collections. Visit our large showroom with 75-plus examples in the beautiful museum district of tropical Sarasota, FL. www.vintagemotorssarasota.com (FL) 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 Reliable Carriers Inc. 877.744.7889. Intercity Lines, Inc. 800.221.3936. West Coast Classics. 310.399.3990. West Coast Classics are internationally renowned California Classic Car Dealers who specialize in buying and selling of rare and classic European and American classic cars. Two branch locations in Southern California; 1205 Bow Avenue in Torrance, and 1918 Lincoln Blvd in Santa Monica. We ship throughout the world and will provide you with unparalleled service of your rare, sports, exotic, luxury, collector or classic car needs. www. WestCoastClassics.com info@WestCoastClassics.com (CA) Car Storage 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 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 Collection Management Hagerty Insurance Agency, LLC. 800.922.4050. is the leading insurance agency for collector vehicles in the world and host to the largest network of collector car owners. Hagerty offers insurance for collector cars, motorcycles and motorcycle safety equipment, tractors, automotive tools and spare parts, and even “automobilia” (any historic or collectible item linked with motor vehicles). Hagerty also offers overseas shipping/touring insurance coverage, commercial coverage and club liability coverage. For more information, call or visit www.hagerty.com. (MI) Ray Zuder. 860.830.6104. Single Car / Enclosed / Air-Ride Transport Dedicated to Extreme Personal Level, Drama Free, Best-inClass Service * Auctions * Concours/Shows * Door to Door * Races/Rallies * Security Provided at All Times * There When You Need Us Over 15 years of “not-even-a-scratch experience.” www.rkzmotorcar.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) RideCache Your documentation McCollister’s Auto Transport. 800-748-3160. We have transported thousands of collector vehicles over the last 35 years all across the United States, whether they are moving an exotic, street rod, vintage racer or muscle car. With our experienced drivers trained to ensure the finest protection and our customized, lift-gated, air-ride trailers, we make sure your vehicle safely arrives on time. www.McCollisters.com/AutoTransport CAR LIFTS PLUS.COM 203.509.5353. Need a Lift? Need Service on your current Car Lifts? Sales, service and guaranteed installations. Residential and commercial car lifts. We are a well-established car lift company and an authorized dealer for all major brands, with hundreds of happy customers throughout the Northeast. July 2017 represents 5% or more of your vehicle’s value – yet it is fading away in folders and binders susceptible to loss or damage. Let our professionals take those binders and turn them into organized, protected, transferable digital resources – all for less than the cost of a high-end detailing service. Learn more at ridecache.com/SCM RideCache—Organize, Manage, Preserve your Collection. 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. Barrett-Jackson is proud to endorse Passport Transport. 800.736.0575. Since our founding in 1970, we have shipped thousands of treasured vehicles door-to-door with our fully enclosed a new breed of insurance for classic, antique, exotic, special-interest, contemporary classic and limited-edition cars. 173


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Advertise in the SCM Resource Directory. Call 877.219.2605 Ext. 218 for information; e-mail: scmadvert@sportscarmarket.com. English Fourintune Garage Inc. Allard Motor Works LLC. The Allard Motor Works J2X is a hand-crafted version of the famed British competition roadster that stirred the crowds in Europe and the Americas in the early 1950s. Our modern J2X MkIII, recognized by the Allard Register, integrates the latest technology into the original design, to provide a safe, comfortable and reliable vehicle without compromising performance. www.allardj2x.com • info@allardj2x. com • 877-J2X-1953 • facebook.com/ allardj2x.com 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) JWF Restorations Inc. Specializing in AC restoration from street to concours, U.S. Registrar AC Owners Club (U.K.). Now selling AC parts and tires, including inventory from Ron Leonard. Jim Feldman. 503.706.8250 Fax 503.646.4009. Email: jim@jwfrestoration.com (OR) 262.375.0876. www.fourintune. com. Complete ground-up restoration on British ,arques — specializing in Austin-Healeys since 1976. Experience you can trust, satisfied customers nationwide. Visit our website for details on our restoration process, which includes a complete quotation on Healeys. Located in historic Cedarburg — just minutes north of Milwaukee, WI. (WI) Riverside Military Academy Champions and Heroes. 404.237.2633. June 1–3, 2018. A 3-day Time Trial, a Concours, a Rally plus more from the Carmel Concours on the Avenue producer. info@rmachampionsandheroes.com www.rmachampionsandheroes.com. (GA) 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. German The Elegance at Hershey. 717.534.1910. A celebration of vintage race cars and concours automobiles from 6/9 to 6/11/2017 featuring our Concours d’Elegance the Grand Ascent. Our primary goal is to benefit our charities: JDRF, AACA Museum, and AACA Library & Research Center. For more information,visit www.theeleganceathershey.com, call 717.534.1910 or email phetrick@ theeleganceathershey.com (PA) Art’s Star Classics. 800.644.STAR (1.800.644.7827). 30 years of expertise in new and hard to find parts, as well as component restoration for all Mercedes from 1931–1971. Servicing owners and restorers worldwide. Star Classics also offers: Sales and Acquisitions of all ’50s and ’60s Mercedes and restoration project management for car owners so they realize the car of their dreams. Contact us today: info@artsstarclassics.com www.artsstarclassics.com International Phone #:1.602.397.5300 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) 530.241.8337. 1530 Charles Drive, Redding, CA 96003. Aston Martin parts, service, repair and restoration. From an oil change to a concours-winning restoration, we do it all. Modern upgrades for power steering, window motors, fuel systems and more. Feltham Fast performance parts in stock. We also cater to all British and European cars and motorcycles. www.kevinkayrestorations.net. (CA) The 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) Finance Welsh Enterprises, Inc. 800.875.5247. Jaguar parts for models 1949–present. www.welshent.com (OH) Events—Concours, Car Shows J.J. BEST BANC & CO. provides Classic Showcase. 760.758.6100. Classic Showcase has been an industry leader in the restoration, service and sale of classic Jaguars, and most other fine British automobiles. From sports cars to luxury sedans, our world-class restoration facility and highly skilled team are ready to assist your needs with acquiring the perfect British classic today! 760.758.6100. www.classicshowcase.com (CA) 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! European Collectibles Inc. Lajollaconcours.com. 619.233.5008. lajollaconcours@mcfarlanepromotions.com La Jolla Concours d’Elegance April 8-10, 2016. World Class Cars, World Class Experience. (CA) Ferrari Financial Services. 201.510.2500. As the world’s only Ferrari-owned finance company, no one understands a Ferrari customer’s unique 174 Sports Car Market 949.650.4718. European Collectibles has been buying, consigning, selling and restoring classic European sports cars since 1986. We specialize in Porsche (356 and 911) 1950s to early 1970s, along with other marks including Mercedes, Aston Martin, Ferrari, MG, Austin Healey and Jaguar, with 40 vehicles in stock to choose from. European Collectibles also offers complete mechanical and cosmetic restorations to concours level, along with routine service. Located in Orange County, CA, between Los Angeles and San Diego. Sales@europeancollectibles.com or visit our website www.europeancollectibles.com. (CA) The BMW CCA is the world’s larg- est owner-supported single-marque car club. Today, BMW CCA has 67 chapters nationwide, with more than 70,000 members. As BMW’s most active and vibrant enthusiast organization, the club represents a lifestyle of passion and performance. Join the Club today at bmwcca.org or by calling 800.878.9292. RESOURCE DIRECTORY


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Legal See how it works at www.evanscoolant.com. Vintage Car Law. 717.884.9010. Cosdel International Transportation. Gaudin Porsche of Las Vegas. 855.903.7532. Gaudin Porsche boasts 42,000 square feet, making it one of the largest Porsche dealerships in the U.S. It is also the first Certified Porsche Classic Partner in the country, encompassing highly-skilled service technicians specializing in classics, original parts and a variety of available models, all under one roof. Owned by the Gaudin Motor Company, a family-owned automotive dealer since 1922. For more information visit www.GaudinClassic. com (NV) 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 Barber Vintage Motorsports MuMercedes-Benz Classic Center. 1.866.MB.CLASSIC. (1.866.622.5277). The trusted center of competence for all classic MercedesBenz enthusiasts. Located in Irvine, CA, the Classic Center is the only sales and restoration facility in the U.S. exclusively operated by Mercedes-Benz. Over 50,000 Genuine Mercedes-Benz 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) Import/Export Hamann Classic Cars. 203.918.8300. with more than 30 years in the industry and worldwide clientele in dealing in European race and sports cars, specializes in classic Ferraris of the ’50s and ’60s. www.ferrari4you. com Leasing seum. 205.281.3519. When looking for a new home for your vintage car why not consider The Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum? Home to over 100 cars and 1,500 motorcycles. The Museum, a Not-for-Profit 501(c)3 foundation, is dedicated to the preservation of cars like yours, and it could help future generations understand why we all love cars. An outright donation or a bargain sale can both offer generous tax advantages. For more information please call or email, Lee Clark,Senior Manager of Restoration and Conservation LClark@Barbermuseum.org www.Barbermuseum.org (AL) Premier Financial Services. 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 877.973.7700. Since 1997, renowned customer service and honest leasing practices have made Premier the nation’s leading lessor of luxury and performance motorcars. We are small enough to ensure your business gets the attention it deserves, and large enough to finance any new, used, or vintage car over $50,000. Contact Premier at 877.973.7700 or info@pfsllc.com. www.premierfinancialservices.com (CT) Race Ramps. 866.464.2788. 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 Lighter. Safer. Stronger. Offering the ultimate way to display and work on collector cars — including detailing, restyling and general maintenance. Race Ramps provides solutions even for low clearance cars. Complete line includes Trailer Ramps, Service Ramps, Rack and Lift Ramps, and the best-selling FlatStoppers to prevent tires from flat spotting during long periods of storage. www.raceramps.com. (MI) QuickSilver Exhaust Systems. 011 44 1428 687722. Our customers are sophisticated enthusiasts who choose our exhaust systems for various reasons — originality, durability, weight reduction and enhanced sound. We’re the default choice for many of the most important classics. Originality is important, but there’s no reason why subtle improvements cannot be introduced. QuickSilver use superior materials and modern manufacturing techniques unavailable when the cars were new. http://quicksilver-exhausts.myshopify.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) Museums P21S Auto Care Products. Since 1984, P21S Auto Care Products have been the favorite of auto enthusiasts throughout North America. Representing factory-approved German car care at its finest, P21S wheel care products’ “safe cleaning” approach has saved thousands of expensive alloy wheels from the surface damage that harsh cleaners can cause. P21S paste waxes deliver an award-winning shine and unmatched ease of application, while P21S Bodyworks Shampoo protects against premature removal of that fresh wax job. No matter where your car was made, you’ll want to learn about the complete line of P21S Auto Care Products. More info at www.p21s.com. (CT) Evans Waterless Coolant is the solution to running too hot. With a boiling point of 375°F, our revolutionary liquid formulation is a superior alternative to water-based coolants. Evans eliminates water vapor, hotspots and boil-over, resulting in a less pressurized, more efficient cooling system and preventing corrosion, electrolysis and pump cavitation. Evans also protects down to -40°F and lasts the lifetime of the engine. July 2017 Swissvax. 305.219.8882. Since 1930, the Swiss family company creates magnificent wax formulations. The non-abrasive system consists of a prewax fluid and a high-content Carnauba wax. Unlike ordinary polishes, Swissvax restores the valuable oils of the paint finish that become starved over time and is safe for all paint finishes. Swissvax is also worldwide OEM supplier to Rolls-Royce Motorcars, Bugatti and Lamborghini. www.swissvax.com www.swissvax.us 175


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Advertise in the SCM Resource Directory. Call 877.219.2605 Ext. 218 for information; e-mail: scmadvert@sportscarmarket.com. Racing Services agement 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 to Goodwood, and events including the Mille Miglia, Peking to Paris, and The Colorado Grand. www.DLGEORGE.com (PA) Vintage Racing Services. 203.377.6745. Our full-service shop facility and experienced staff provide all aspects of racecar construction, setup and repair for production-based cars to purpose-built sports racers to formula cars. We can build a racecar from the ground up, restore your historic vintage racer to its former glory or maintain your racecar, all to ensure your maximum enjoyment. Our trackside support, transportation, racecar rental and coaching can round out your experience. Our sister company, Automotive Restorations Inc., offers high-quality upholstery, body and paint and panel fabrication services. www.automotiverestorations.com/vrs/home Restoration — General Exoticars USA. 908.996.4889, Wil Brighton Motorsports. 480.483.4682. Authorized Morgan Motor Company Dealer, warranty and repair, and expert service facility for your collector car. Privately owned, we are conveniently located in North Phoenix. We offer a unique collection of Morgan cars, The Morgan Three Wheeler and special interest European vehicles and motorcycles. www.BrightonMotorsports.com or info@brightonmotorsports.com. (AZ) de Groot’s Exoticars USA has serviced and restored Ferrari, Maserati and Lamborghini in the NJ, PA, NY region since 1979. We’re passionate about keeping your car fast, reliable, beautiful and authentic. Our mechanical, paint/ body, electronic, machining and fabricating work is unsurpassed and awardwinning. We have specialized equipment and knowledge to service newer and vintage models and everything in between. www.exoticars-usa.com. (NJ) Fantasy Junction. 510.653.7555. 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 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) 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) On the Road Again Classics. 408.782.1100. Northern California’s largest Classic & British auto restoration & repair shop is a 12,000 square foot facility under one roof! We opened our doors in 2008 and in 8 short years we 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. full array of do-it-yourself assistance services. Recognized experts in the restoration of Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwings and Roadsters. Concours-level, national award-winning quality. Find examples of our craftsmanship and the wide range of past projects on our website. We would be happy to discuss your project. www.hahnvorbach.com Park Place LTD. 425.562.1000. Founded in 1987 in Bellevue, WA, our dealership is locally owned and independently operated. Our restoration department works full time to restore vehicles of every year, make and model to provide an award-winning finish. We consign, buy and sell all types of vehicles. We also have an in-house service center and high-end Auto Salon. www.ParkPlaceLtd.com 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: doug@farlandcars.com. www.farlandcarscom Sports Car Shop. 541.510.5296. 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 man- 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 FOLLOW SCM The Guild of Automotive Restor- ers. 905.775.0499. One of the most widely recognized names in the world of collector cars. As seen on Discovery, History and National Geographic TV. www.guildclassiccars.com (CAN) Since 1982, Sports Car Shop has been re-commissioning and restoring vintage sports cars. With focus in British and Italian cars, Sports Car Shop produces high quality projects with craftsmanship and pride. We have the talent, equipment, and knowledge to transform your car, whether your goal is to get it back on the road or present it for high level judging. www.sportscarshop.com (OR) The Creative Workshop. Hahn-Vorbach & Associates LLC. 724.452.4329. Specializes in the investment-grade restoration and preservation of European and American collectible antique and classic cars, muscle cars, sports cars, hot rods and vintage race cars. Our services include full and partial restorations, bespoke builds, repairs, show prep, sales and procurement assistance, as well as a 176 954.920.3303. The Creative Workshop is a Pebble Beach award winning fullservice concours restoration shop located in South East Florida. Our 10,000+ sq. ft. facility provides comprehensive, in-house restoration and repair services as well as collection and event support. Creative is a multi-marque workshop, specializing in the forensic restoration of post-war European cars. However, we support our Clients’ diverse collections — and have extensive experience in antique, pre/post war American, muscle and racing vehicles. info@TheCreativeWorkshop.com www.TheCreativeWorkshop.com © Sports Car Market RESOURCE DIRECTORY


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Carl Bomstead eWatch There’s a Lot of Green in an Augusta Jacket A Green Jacket from the famous gold club is hard to get, as you ha to be a member — or the winner of the Master’s Golf Tournament Thought Carl’s Green Jacket Auctions, at their April 8, 2017, event, sold an authentic Masters Green Jacket for $139,349. Normally label had been removed, but it had the iconic crest on the pocket and was dated to the early 1950s. Taking a Green Jacket off Augusta National property is now forbidden — except for the current winner. I can just imagine the story the new owner will come up with wearing this jacket at the local golf club. Here are a few interesting items that don’t require such a story: thing from political candidates to fishing resorts. This is one of the more desirable ones, but I doubt there was any relationship with the candy. Condition told the tale here, as the price was a bit aggressive. $4,200. Date: 3/28/2017. The Del Monte Forest began issuing property owners identification badges in 1934, and complete sets are few and far between. The older ones are, of course, more pricey and are much more difficult to come by. At a touch over $400 apiece, these were not cheap, but go find another complete 10-year run. MORPHY AUCTIONS LOT 1—STANAVO AVIATION ONE-QUART OIL CAN. Estimate: $3,000–$5,000. SOLD AT: $3,382. Date: 4/22/2017. This is an incredibly rare quart can that was in excellent condition with good color and luster. It has a soldered seam and has never been re-lidded. Seems like a bunch for a quart can, but the seller took a bath as he paid close to $5k for the can just a few months back. these can only be obtained by winning The Masters Golf Tournament or by receiving a coveted invitation to join the Augusta National Golf Club. This one was found in a Toronto thrift store in 1994 and cost all of $5. The owner’s MORPHY AUCTIONS LOT 105—MUSGO GASOLINE 48-INCH PORCELAIN SIGN. Estimate: $80,000–$120,000. SOLD AT: $56,600. Date: 4/22/2017. These supposedly rare signs have been coming out of the woodwork after a couple sold for well into six figures. This one was not in the best of condition, but it was still very presentable. The price keeps heading south as more come out, so perhaps they are not all that rare after all. EBAY #302234374732—“BE A LIFE SAVER” LICENSEPLATE ATTACHMENT. Number of Bids: 20. SOLD AT: $566. Date: 3/6/2017. License-plate attachments — often called pectins —were popular in the late 1940s and 1950s and came in all shapes and sizes. They promoted every- MORPHY AUCTIONS LOT 263—TEXACO GAS AND OIL JEWELED LIGHT-UP PORCELAIN SIGN. Estimate: $60,000–$80,000. SOLD AT: $66,000. Date: 4/22/2017. This is an amazing, one-of-a-kind, double-sided porcelain sign with red and green jewels that are internally illuminated. It is 42 inches in diameter and only shows the slightest wear. The seller bought it at a Morphy Auction in January of last year for $88,000, so he took a bit of a hit. EBAY #272606294651—COMPLETE RUN OF 1960S PEBBLE BEACH DEL MONTE FOREST PROPERTY OWNERS CAR BADGES. Number of Bids: Buy-It-Now. SOLD AT: EBAY #272624965220— PACKARD MOTORS SETH THOMAS PORCELAIN AWARD CLOCK. Number of Bids: 5. SOLD AT: $553.76. Date: 4/16/2017. This is an unusual variation of the more-common 1926 Packard sales award clock. The colors are a bit different, and the date is not noted. Offered by the son of the original owner, who was a Packard salesman in the early years. Sold for a bargain price, as a couple grand is the going rate if you can find one. SUBSCRIPTION INFORMATION Sports Car Market (ISSN #1527859X) is published monthly by Automotive Investor Media Group, 401 NE 19th Street, 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/Mexico, Europe $135, Asia/Africa/Middle East $135. 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. 178 EBAY #142299181073—1936 OLDSMOBILE HOOD-ORNAMENT MASCOT. Number of Bids: 24. SOLD AT: $632. Date: 3/12/2017. This spacerocket hood ornament was stated to have been used on the 6-cylinder Oldsmobiles for 1936. It was in decent condition, with just some minor pitting, but I could not find it in any of the mascot books. It looks very much like the 1935–36 Hupmobile spaceship mascot. If it checks out, this is a cool piece at a fair price. ♦ POSTMASTER Send address changes to: Sports Car Market PO Box 4797, Portland, OR 97208 CPC IPM Sales Agreement No. 1296205 Sports Car Market