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Mecum, Kansas City, MO, March 16–17, 2018

Bonhams, Chichester, U.K., March 18, 2018

Brightwells, Bicester, U.K., March 21, 2018

H&H, Duxford, U.K., March 21, 2018

GAA, Greensboro, NC, March 1–3, 2018

Silver AZ, Fort McDowell, AZ, March 30–31, 2018

RM Auctions, Fort Lauderdale, FL, April 6–7, 2018

Barrett-Jackson, Palm Beach, FL, April 12–15, 2018

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Follow us on Sports Car Market PROFILES Keith Martin’s The Insider’s Guide to Collecting, Investing, Values, and Trends July 2018 . Volume 30 . Number 7 This Month’s Market Movers Up Close FERRARI by Steve Ahlgrim ENGLISH by Paul Hardiman ETCETERINI by Donald Osborne GERMAN by Prescott Kelly 1982 Ferrari 400i $110,830 / Artcurial 1968 Morgan Plus 8 $86,390 / Bonhams 1947 Delahaye 135 MS Coupe by Pinin Farina $478,000 / Bonhams 1986 Porsche 944 $41,800 / Gooding & Company 72 74 76 80 AUCTIONS What Sold, and Why 155 Vehicles Rated at Eight Sales 92 96 110 124 MARKET OVERVIEW Top 10 auction sales, best buys, and Honda NSXs underperform — Chad Tyson BARRETT-JACKSON West Palm Beach, FL: Barrett boasts all-time best result of $38.8m at Palm Beach on 697 of 700 vehicles sold — John Hoshstrasser MECUM Kansas City, MO: KC Spring Sale sees 309 of 510 cars sell for $6.3m — Brett Hatfield BONHAMS Chichester, U.K.: Members’ Meeting auction sells 72% of the 105 lots, taking in $5.5m — Paul Hardiman 136 H&H 146 Duxford, U.K.: $4.2m in sales on 92 of 149 vehicles at the RAF Imperial War Museum sale — Paul Hardiman ROUNDUP Highlights from RM Auctions in Fort Lauderdale, FL; Brightwells in Bicester, U.K.; GAA in Greensboro, NC; and Silver Arizona Fort McDowell — Morgan Eldridge, Paul Hardiman, Jeff Trepel, Mark Moskowitz and B. Mitchell Carlson acebook and watch for updates and offers! AMERICAN RACE by Carl Bomstead by Thor Thorson NEXT GEN by Jeff Zurschmeide 18 1959 DeSoto Adventurer Convertible $330,000 / Barrett-Jackson 1967 Lotus 47 GT-015 Group 4 Coupe $112,000 / Bonhams 2012 Lexus LFA Nürburgring $770,000 / Barrett-Jackson 82 84 86 Cover: 1968 Morgan Plus 8; courtesy of Bonhams Sports Car Market Anna McGrath, courtesy of Gooding & Company


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64 Dennis Nicotra’s 1967 Ferrari 330 GTS Spyder at the Boca Raton Concours d’Elegance COLUMNS 22 Shifting Gears Help SCM recognize the men and women who keep our vintage cars alive Keith Martin 50 Affordable Classic The Ferrari 360 Modena is an affordable classic — if you want to get stunning performance before prices start to rise Steve Ahlgrim 52 Collecting Thoughts Miles Collier, a fan of small Abarth cars, explores the beautiful Fiat-Abarth Monomille Scorpione Miles Collier 56 Legal Files What to know when you’re working with a car broker John Draneas 58 Unconventional Wisdom Dodging a huge snowstorm while on the California Mille was a challenge during a fun event Donald Osborne 60 Drivers Ed Finding the car you really, really want is always an opportunity. Be ready when that happens Paul Hageman 78 The Cumberford Perspective This Delahaye 135 MS shows the past’s future — in real time Robert Cumberford 178 eWatch Mickey Mantle’s 1952 Topps rookie card brings a Ferrari-price $2,880,000 at auction Carl Bomstead FEATURES Carl Bomstead 64 2018 Boca Raton Concours: Getting bigger and raising big bucks for kids — Bill Rothermel 66 2018 Benedict Castle Concours: Customs and hot rods rule the day — Carl Bomstead DEPARTMENTS 28 Auction Calendar 28 Crossing the Block 30 Concours and Events: Concours d’Elegance of America, Forest Grove Concours, Hillsborough Concours, SCM 30th Anniversary Tour/The Shape of Speed at the Portland Art Museum 36 Contributors: Get to know our writers 38 You Write, We Read: A flood of MGA letters 40 Display Advertisers Index 44 Time Pieces: The Breitling AVI and the Navitimer 8 44 Neat Stuff: Autodromo’s Ford GT special and keeping an eye on your classic 46 In Miniature: Ford GT40 1968 Le Mans Winner 46 Speaking Volumes: Aston Martin: Behind the Wheel of a Motoring Icon 94 Buy/Sell/Hold: Classic Minis, Ford Broncos and 1980s icons 100 Rising Sun: 1972 Nissan Skyline 2000 GT, 1990 Honda NSX, 1994 Toyota Supra Twin Turbo 106 Market Moment 1: 1966 Ford Good Humor truck 120 Fresh Meat: 2018 Audi R8 V10 Plus Spyder, 2016 McLaren 675LT coupe, 2016 Lamborghini Huracan LP610-4 coupe 140 On the Radar: 1993 Mazda Lantis coupe, 1993 Mazda Xedos 6, 1993 Alfa Romeo RZ 150 Market Moment 2: 1961 Volkswagen Single-Cab Pickup 154 Market Moment 3: 1990 Lamborghini LM002 164 Mystery Photo: “I don’t drive this one anymore. It’s a trailer queen.” 166 Showcase Gallery: Cars for sale 170 Resource Directory: Meet your car’s needs 20 Sports Car Market Kathleen Tyler


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Shifting Gears Keith Martin Who is Your Favorite Restoration Tech? Help us recognize the special men and women who keep your car alive and on the road the ranks of those defunct manufacturers. Simply put, soon enough the lethargic and risk- averse major car manufacturers will start competing head-on with Tesla — and provide a full range of all-electric cars with superior performance and range. The field Tesla now has to itself will become highly competitive. Imagine a customer who has a choice between electric cars with similar capabilities and charging-station availabilities. Suddenly your menu has more on it than a single car from an upstart manufacturer who is having trouble getting reliable product out the door. Your options will include cars built at compa- nies such as Mercedes-Benz, Porsche and BMW. Which would you have more confidence owning? Perhaps 60 years from now, there will be a display of Teslas on the lawn at Pebble, as a remembrance of a trail-blazing marque that had its moment and then faded away. Our Mustang and the Sprint Speciale There are two new friends in the SCM garage. W They are a 1966 Mustang coupe that was purchased by our sister publication, American Car Collector, and our 1961 Alfa Sprint Speciale that has come back to life after 30 years in the Cayman e all have our favorite specialists. We have our go-to chefs, sommeliers, gardeners, travel agents and interior designers. We also have our favorite restorers. These are the men and women we turn to when we need our cars done just right. They’re the solution providers when we come across a problem that has others scratching their heads. In the October issue of SCM, we will be recognizing 20 of the top collector-car restorers, based on your nominations and recommendations. This is about the people — not the shops. Your nominee can perform complete restorations, or be a specialist. We are looking for your favorite upholsterers, painters, panel beaters and engine builders. SCM is committed to recognizing the people who make the col- lector-car world go around. This follows our “40 Under 40” issue of October 2017, when we recognized some of the younger “movers and shakers” in the collector-car world. Nominations close on July 23. Go to www.sportscarmarket.com/ restore20; the form is quite brief. The SCM staff will do the follow-up interviews and make the final decisions. Tucker and Tesla At the recent Greenbrier Concours d’Elegance, I had a chance to chat with automotive authority and SCM contributor Ken Gross. He mentioned that he is curating a class of Tuckers for this year’s Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. We started discussing the reasons Tucker (and other ill-fated brands such as Bricklin and DeLorean) failed. I told Ken that I believe Tesla is just a few years away from joining 22 Motor Museum. While they were built just five years apart, they demonstrate vastly different approaches to motoring. The Mustang has a 289-ci V8 and an automatic. It has been fitted with GT options. We are the third owners. We have the paper trail that goes back to the original owner. It’s a handsome car in its mostly original white with a black vinyl roof. I took my driving test in my grandmother’s 1965 Mustang, so being behind the wheel of the car is a homecoming for me. Jim Pickering, the Editor of American Car Collector, plans to do some modest restoration to the car, including getting the factory a/c to work, adding rear disc brakes and replacing the headliner. He has already changed a disintegrating timing gear and put in a new roller chain. The car lopes along quite easily at 60 mph. It doesn’t appear that the engine has ever been apart, which is not unusual for a well-maintained American car with just 56,000 miles. The Sprint Speciale has been an entirely different proposition. When I first saw it at the Auctions America sale in Fort Lauderdale, FL, in April 2015, I knew I had to own it. Although the engine was frozen, the car had benefited from its dry storage, was very straight and had never been hit. Further, I have always thought that “Bluette” was one of the most attractive colors on the SS — especially when coupled with the gray-and-red upholstery we plan to install. It’s been a long road back for the car, with our local Alfa guru Nasko attending to every part of the drivetrain and suspension. Paint and bodywork expert Tom Black solved the issues with the body. Now the Sprint Speciale is back on the road — alive and making the most wonderful sounds. ♦ Sports Car Market Courtesy of The Creative Workshop


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Crossing the Block Chad Tyson Images courtesy of the respective auction companies unless otherwise noted Artcurial Where: Le Mans, FRA When: July 7 Web: www.artcurial.com Petersen Where: Roseburg, OR When: July 7 Web: www.petersencollectorcars.com Silver Where: Jackson Hole, WY When: July 7–8 Web: www.silverauctions.com Bonhams Where: Chichester, U.K. When: July 13 Web: www.bonhams.com Last year: 57/87 cars sold / $12.9m Featured cars: • 1934 Alfa Romeo Tipo B Monoposto • Star Car: 1961 Aston Martin DB4GT Zagato • 1957 BMW 507 roadster Premier Auction Group Where: Allen, TX When: July 13–14 Web: www.premierauctiongroup.com Featured cars: • 1969 Chevrolet Chevelle SS • 1991 Alfa Romeo Spider • 1970 Jaguar E-type convertible Vicari Where: New Orleans, LA When: July 14 Auction Calendar All dates listed are current at time of publication. Contact information for most auction companies may be found in the Resource Directory at the back of this issue. Please confirm dates and locations before attending any event. Email auction info to: chad.tyson@sportscarmarket.com. JUNE 1–2—MECUM Las Vegas, NV 1–3—COLLECTOR CAR PRODUCTIONS Mississauga, ON, CAN 1–3—WHEELER Norman, OK 2—BONHAMS Reading, U.K. 2—CCA Leamington Spa, U.K. 3—BONHAMS Greenwich, CT 5—BARONS Surrey, U.K. 5—H&H Surrey, U.K. 7–10—LEAKE Tulsa, OK 28 8–9—MECUM Denver, CO 8–10—RUSSO AND STEELE Newport Beach, CA 9—VANDERBRINK Mansfield, SD 16—ACA King’s Lynn, U.K. 16—CARLISLE Carlisle, PA 16—VANDERBRINK Basehor, KS 16—SILVER Coeur d’Alene, ID 20–23—BARRETTJACKSON Uncasville, CT 22–23—RALEIGH CLASSIC Raleigh, NC 22–23—MECUM Portland, OR 23—BONHAMS Hillegom, NLD 23—ELECTRIC GARAGE Calgary, AB, CAN 23–24—RM AUCTIONS Hampton, NH 24—BRIGHTWELLS Bicester, U.K. 30—COYS Oxfordshire, U.K. 30—SOUTHERN CLASSIC Murfreesboro, TN JULY 7—ARTCURIAL Le Mans, FRA 7—PETERSEN Roseburg, OR 7–8—SILVER Jackson Hole, WY 13—BONHAMS Chichester, U.K. 13–14—PREMIER AUCTION GROUP Allen, TX 14—VICARI New Orleans, LA 14—SILVER Spokane, WA 17—BARONS Surrey, U.K. 18—H&H Duxford, U.K. 19—SILVERSTONE Northamptonshire, U.K. 20–21—SMITH Cape Girardeau, MO 21—VANDERBRINK Griswold, IA Sports Car Market 21–22—SILVERSTONE Northamptonshire, U.K. 26—H&H Bickenhill, U.K. 26–28—GAA Greensboro, NC AUGUST 2–4—MECUM Harrisburg, PA 4—WORLDWIDE AUCTIONEERS Shipshewana, IN 9–11—MAG AUCTIONS Reno, NV 18—SOUTHERN CLASSIC Jeffersonville, IN 23—WORLDWIDE AUCTIONEERS Monterey, CA 23–25—RUSSO AND STEELE Monterey, CA 23–25—MECUM Monterey, CA 24—BONHAMS Carmel, CA 24–25—RM SOTHEBY’S Monterey, CA 24–25—GOODING & CO. Pebble Beach, CA 25—ACA King’s Lynn, U.K. 25—VANDERBRINK Vicksburg, MI 30–SEPT 2—RM AUCTIONS Auburn, IN Star Car: 1961 Aston Martin DB4GT Zagato at Bonhams in Chichester, U.K. Web: www.vicariauction.com Silver Where: Spokane, WA When: July 14 Web: www.silverauctions.com Last year: 33/63 cars sold / $177k Barons Where: Surrey, U.K. When: July 17 Web: www.barons-auctions.com H&H Where: Duxford, U.K. When: July 18 Web: www.handh.co.uk Last year: 54/108 cars sold / $2.1m Featured cars: • 1931 Rolls-Royce 20/25 Park Ward saloon • 1930 Rolls-Royce 20/25 Weymann saloon Silverstone Where: Northamptonshire, U.K. When: July 19 Web: www.silverstoneauctions.com Smith Where: Cape Girardeau, MO When: July 20–21 Web: www.smithauctionsllc.com VanDerBrink Where: Griswold, IA When: July 21 Web: www.vanderbrinkauctions.com Silverstone Where: Northamptonshire, U.K. When: July 21–22 Web: www.silverstoneauctions.com Last year: 96/140 cars sold / $7.5m H&H Where: Bickenhill, U.K. When: July 26 Web: www.handh.co.uk GAA Where: Greensboro, NC When: July 26–28 Web: www.gaaclassiccars.com Last year: 397/559 cars sold / $11.6m Featured cars: • 1978 Toyota Land Cruiser • 1967 Chevrolet Camaro • 1964 Porsche 365SC coupe ♦


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Concours and Events SCM Staff Send news and event listings to insideline@sportscarmarket.com JULY CALENDAR 1–31 The Shape of Speed, Portland Art Mu- seum, Portland, OR; www. portlandartmuseum.org 12–15 Goodwood Festival of Speed, Chichester, U.K.; www.goodwood. com 19–22 Keeneland Concours d’Elegance, Lexington, KY; www. keenelandconcours.com 21–22 Misselwood Concours d’Elegance, Beverly, MA; www.endicott.edu/concours Beautiful Cars by the Bay 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 on July 15. This year’s star marques are Lamborghini and Buick. Admission is $35 for adults; children younger than 13 are admitted free of charge. www.hillsboroughconcours.org. (CA) Bugatti, Plymouth and Mercedes-Benz 300SL Fill the Concours Bill The 40th Annual Concours d’Elegance of America will honor Sam and Emily Mann as collec- tors of the year, and recognize Mark Reuss, General Motors Executive Vice President Global Product Development and Supply Chain, as Enthusiast of the Year, from July 27 to 29 at the Inn at St. John’s, in Plymouth, MI. Featured classes include Bugatti, Plymouth, Rollston Coachwork, Mercedes-Benz 300SL, Porsche 70th Anniversary and Concours’ Founders Circle. Weekend events include a Motoring tour on Friday, a Saturday Cars & Coffee and a gala Saturday night party. Everything leads up to the Concours d’Elegance of America on Sunday, July 29. www.concoursusa. org (MI) Alfas Will Be the Alpha Dogs at the Forest Grove Concours SCM luminaries — and Alfa Romeo — star is this year’s Forest Grove Concours d’Elegance. Publisher Martin and SCM Columnist Donald Osborne return as emcees, and many drivers from SCM’s 30th Anniversary Tour will put their Alfa Romeos on display. The picturesque, tree-shaded lawns of Pacific University in Forest Grove, OR, will host more than 300 sports and classic cars on July 15. The special classes for this year’s show are Alfa Romeo Pre-War (and non-mass-produced post-war cars) 1920–54, Alfa Romeo Post-War 1954–62, Alfa Romeo Post-War 1962–75, Alfa Romeo Owners of Oregon and NWARC Corral and Sports Car Market Magazine 30th Anniversary Tour Class. Nigel Matthews is this year’s senior judge. Advance tickets for adults are $17, and children under 13 are admitted free. For more information, please visit www.forestgroveconcours.org (OR) 30 Roaming Oregon on SCM’s Tour Alfa Romeos and their happy drivers will explore 1,000 miles of empty Oregon back roads during SCM’s 30th Anniversary Tour from July 8 to 13. Participants will see Crater Lake, the High Desert of Central Oregon, the McKenzie Pass Lava Fields and the opening of “Streamline — The Shape of Speed: Streamlined Automobiles and Motorcycles 1930–1942” at the Portland Art Museum. SCM contributor Ken Gross is curator of the exhibit, which features 18 rare cars and motorcycles. For more information, visit www.sportscarmarket.com/tourregistration (OR) ♦ Sports Car Market 27–29 Portland Vintage Racing Festival, Portland, OR; www.portlandraceway.com 28 Concours d’Lemons Detroit, The Inn at St. John’s, Plymouth, MI; www.concoursdlemons. com


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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 Chad Tyson chad.tyson@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 207 Deputy Data Editor Chad Taylor chad.taylor@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 206 Editor at Large Donald Osborne Copy Editors Yael Abel, Dave Tomaro Senior Auction Analysts B. Mitchell Carlson, Carl Bomstead, Paul Hardiman (Europe) Auction Analysts Daniel Grunwald, Doug Schultz, Michael Leven, Cody Tayloe, Kevin Coakley, Adam Blumenthal, Joe Seminetta, Travis Shetler, Leo Van Hoorick, Jeremy Da Rosa, Pierre Hedary, Andy Staugaard, Mark Moskowitz, Gary West, Jon Georgiadis, Bill Cash, Pat Campion, John Boyle, Morgan Eldridge, Jeff Trepel, Larry Trepel, Daren Kloes, Brett Hatfield Contributing Editors Steve Ahlgrim (Ferrari), Gary Anderson (English), Robert Cumberford (Design), John Draneas (Legal), Prescott Kelly (Porsche), Thor Thorson (Race Cars) Contributors John Apen, Diane Brandon, Marshall Buck, Dale Novak, Miles Collier, Martin Emmison, Jay Harden, Paul Hardiman, Alex Hofberg, Ed Milich, Stephen Serio, John L. Stein, Bill Rothermel, Reid Trummel, Alexandra Martin-Banzer CORRESPONDENCE Email service@sportscarmarket.com Customer Support www.sportscarmarket.com/helpdesk Fax 503.253.2234 General P.O. 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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. Collier’s Revs Institute is one of the world’s best collections of automotive documents and history. This month in “Collecting Thoughts,” he explores the Fiat-Abarth Monomille Scorpione on p. 52. 36 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 OBD1. He currently owns a 1977 Datsun 280Z that he rescued from a slow death under a tree, and a 1988 Toyota Cressida he put on an airbag suspension and is slowly rebuilding as a Japanese Kaido Racer. He is SCM’s resident “Rising Sun” contributor, IT department head and auto-wiring guru. When he isn’t doing all that, he is trying to find parts to import from Japan. Check out “Rising Sun” on p. 100. 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. His motoring heroes are Roger Clark, Burt Levy, Henry Royce and Smokey Yunick — and 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. Take a look at his English Profile of a 1968 Morgan Plus 8 on p. 74. We’re not done yet — he covers the Bonhams Chichester sale on p. 124 and the H&H Duxford Auction on p. 136.


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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 Editor’s note: In the May 2018 issue of SCM (“Shifting Gears,” p. 22), Publisher Martin wrote fondly of a 1968 road trip in a ramshackle MGA — and his “hankering” to own another one. A flood tide of readers chimed in with letters about MGAs, MGBs, life, love and loss. We’re sharing a bunch of them with you this month. We hope you like them as much as we did. — Chester Allen, Executive Editor Keith Can’t Go Back To the Editor: About five or so years ago, a high-school girlfriend got in touch with me (high school was 30 years ago). She and some old friends were getting together and asked if I’d like to join them. She was a terrific girl in high school, and I had the fondest memories of her. I was so looking forward to seeing her. I spoke to my older brother, told him about the call and he warned me against going. He said, “You have the greatest memories of a beautiful blonde girl that you had a terrific time with. You’re going to be disappointed — there’s no going back in time. What you remember is long gone.” I went for dinner in any case, and the person I remembered wasn’t the person I met for dinner — for many reasons. My brother was right. The road trip Keith Martin shared with his high school friend, with all the twists and turns it entailed, was great for many reasons and I’m sure he has the fondest memories of it. If Keith wants to drive to Chicago, which would be a great road trip, perhaps he should do it with Alex or Bradley or both of them in one of his Alfas. If you want an MGA (and I have no idea why anyone would want an MGA), by all means find one, as finding one is part of the fun. However, I’m not sure it will be the car or the drive you remember it to be — or may hope it will be. Hopefully, the future will be more interesting and even more fun (albeit in a different way), for all of us, than the past. — Andrew Federer, via email 38 I dated my wife in the MGA, broke down on the road numerous times, drove with my first child in a car seat under the tonneau cover when encountering thunderstorms… It’s a Wonderful MGA To the Editor: I enjoyed Keith Martin’s MGA story and thought I would share mine with you. At the age of 13 — in 1971 — I started to “work” after school at a small engine repair shop owned by a friend of the family. Parked outside was a red 1960 MGA Roadster slowly sinking into the ground. After pestering my mentor for two years, I convinced him to ask his son to sell me the car. Out went my go-kart and 10-speed bike and in came the most exotic car in my small town. I learned to gas weld on the eroded frame, do basic bodywork and apply lots of Bondo. Having the engine rebuilt in a small town was no easy task, and I quickly learned how to pull the engine and fix things and have it back in all in the same day. I dated my wife in the MGA, broke down on the road numerous times, drove with my first child in a car seat under the tonneau cover when encountering thunderstorms — and delighted in my mother and father enjoying the roadster for a decade of summers before his passing. I still own the MGA — although it is in a barn and not in running condition. I have enjoyed many cars since my first MGA, but I still intend to restore it — at a cost no doubt well in excess of market value. The MGA and the memories instilled have been an important part of my life for 45 years and counting. — David Smith, Toronto, Canada How to Live With an MGB To the Editor: I bought this car in August of 1970 for $1,150 and still have it today. I am always bemused when I hear stories of utter failures of MGs to perform. You know me. I’m the guy who drove up from Los Angeles in his 1965 MGB to Reno in 2011 when you and the boys tried to drive $5k MGs to Reno — but they turned out to need to be $7k MGs. I’ll admit my MGB has had the best life possible for a British sports car. I always had a second car in which to go to school, work and such. Therefore, the MGB just raced around on Mulholland Drive and went to races at Laguna Seca, Sears Point, Riverside, autocrosses and such. So in the intervening 48 years and 135,000 miles, I have not had holes in the block, rod knocks, radiator-eating water pumps, exploding pulleys or the need to hitchhike home — in fact, I don’t even know any Lucas jokes. This is not to say I’ve never had to do anything to it. I rebuilt the engine, replaced the clutch (twice), replaced the water pump and radiator, did the hub splines and rebuilt the generator and starter. Yet, for some dumb reason, I took the car completely apart in 1989. It took me until 2005 to get back together again from the ground up. Cost me $35k to do it, but I now have a new MGB to wear out again. What I have NOT done is: • Replaced anything with aftermarket parts. • Continued to drive it when it made “funny sounds.” • Changed it to an alternator. • Changed it to somebody’s 5-speed (6-speeds are better than 5-speeds, you know). Sports Car Market


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You Write We Read Ad Index Aerovault ................................................................. 62 Allard Motor Works LLC ........................................ 68 American Car Collector ........................................ 145 Arkonik .................................................................... 67 Artcurial ................................................................... 15 Aston Martin of New England ................................ 51 Auto Kennel ........................................................... 155 Automobiles Historiques Ltd .................................. 17 Automobilia Monterey .......................................... 149 Automotive Restorations Inc................................. 147 Autosport Designs Inc ........................................... 133 Avant Garde Collection ......................................... 135 Barrett-Jackson .................................................. 13, 37 Beverly Hills Car Club 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Motorcars Inc. .............................. 12 Driversource Houston LLC ................................... 8–9 European Collectibles.............................................117 Evans Cooling Systems Inc. .................................... 31 Fantasy Junction .....................................................111 Ferrari Financial Services ...................................... 157 Festivals of Speed .................................................... 43 Forest Grove Concours............................................ 89 Fourintune Garage Inc ........................................... 143 Frank Dale & Stepsons ...........................................115 Garage Graphics .................................................... 162 Gooding & Company ...............................................11 Greensboro Auto Auction ........................................ 63 Grundy Insurance .................................................... 79 Gullwing Motor Cars, Inc. .................................... 151 Hamann Classic Cars, LLC ..................................... 61 Heritage Classics ..................................................... 97 Hillsborough Concours ........................................... 32 Huntingridge Motors Inc. ...................................... 157 Hyman, LTD .......................................................... 127 Intercity Lines .......................................................... 57 JC Taylor .................................................................. 88 JJ Best Banc & Co ................................................. 167 Kevin Kay Restorations .......................................... 26 Kidston ..................................................................... 19 Legendary Motorcar Company ............................. 153 LicensePlates.tv ......................................................118 Luxury Brokers International .................................... 6 Luxury Lease Partners, 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................................................. 41 Trump Properties Concours d’Elegance ............... 129 Vintage Motors of Sarasota ....................................116 Vintage Rallies ....................................................... 135 Vintage Underground LLC ................................... 133 Virginia Festival of the Wheel................................. 54 Watchworks ........................................................... 169 Welsh Enterprises, Inc. .......................................... 137 West Coast Classics, LLC ....................................... 62 White Post Restorations ........................................ 149 Worldwide Group .................................................. 2, 3 40 Since we could not get the MGA to start, my brother and I gave her a sense of what it was like to drive it by pushing the car around our back yard while we made engine noises as she steered… • Changed the rear suspension to four-link (where the upper control arms are attached to the rear shock mounts). • Replaced the lever arm shocks in front with coilover shocks (by adding 12 nuts, bolts and washers per side to accommodate such a modification). • Put in somebody else’s engine. • Added sidepipes, a hood scoop and a rear wing. • Changed it from negative ground to positive ground. • Baby it (10/10ths always). The car still has the original voltage regulator. It’s still got a generator. It’s still got two 6-volt batteries and negative ground. So as with many things, you don’t hear from those who have nothing to complain about. — Victor Van Tress, via email Pushing and Making Engine Noises To the Editor: I enjoyed Keith Martin’s col- umn about the MGA he owned when he was in college. I thought you might enjoy hearing about my similar — but different — experience. In the early 1980s, I went to college in Keene, NH, and I also worked part time in the local pharmacy. One of our customers was a well-known local car guy. He and I always enjoyed talking cars, and one early fall day he let me know that he had a 1959 MGA for sale. When my buddies and I went to inspect the car at his home, we found it on the lawn beside the house covered with a tarp. We were able to get the MGA started, and I quickly decided to buy it. It ran, but to call it a “driver” would have been way too generous. There was rust underneath the Bondo in the rocker panels, and the unoriginal gold paint was bubbling and flaking in many areas. The interior was a mess. The second-gear synchros were long gone. The chassis flex was so bad the driver’s side door would pop open during righthand turns. I learned to hold the door closed with my elbow whenever I turned right. Nevertheless, my friends and I had a blast with the MGA that fall. As fall began to turn into winter, I drove the MGA to my parents’ house on Long Island to store it. The trip took about five hours, and we stopped more times for oil than gas. Unfortunately, my MGA had to spend the winter outside under the same tarp that was covering it when I bought it. The next spring, no amount of whacking would persuade the fuel pump to operate, so I couldn’t get the engine to start. My other car was a 1965 Mustang convertible that also needed work — and with college bills and only a part-time job, one of the cars had to go. First-gen Mustangs were just beginning to make the transition from used cars to classics at that point. I decided to concentrate my resources on the Mustang and sell the MGA. I didn’t get much response to my ad in the local paper, but one woman and her husband were interested. Since we could not actually get the car to start, my brother and I gave her a sense of what it was like to drive it by pushing the MG around our back yard while we made engine noises as she steered. Although I still marvel at her bravery, she bought the MGA and sent a tow truck to pick it up a few days later. Over the years, I have been tempted to buy another MGA. Now that I am in the Lipitorand-reading-glasses stage of my life, I’m not sure whether it makes sense to fulfill that desire. However, after reading your column, I have to confess that I’ve been thinking about MGAs again. Maybe I’ll search around for a coupe this time — and set it up to look, drive and sound a bit racier than stock. — Scott Nelson, via email ♦ Sports Car Market


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Time Pieces by Alex Hofberg The Long, Fascinating Life of Breitling’s AVI The Baselworld watch and jewelry show in Basel, Switzerland, is where many of the major watch brands unveil their new offerings each year. During this year’s show, Breitling introduced a new array of watches that share the name of one of their most iconic and successful designs: the Breitling Navitimer. The new series, dubbed Navitimer 8, was named for Breitling HUIT Aviation (“huit” is French for “eight”), which was the division of Breitling, created in 1938, which specialized in chronographs and aeronautical clocks. The new Navitimer offers time-only watches, world-time models and chronographs. The AVI — ancestor to the Navitimer 8 Strangely, shortly after viewing the new offerings in Basel, a client arrived with a watch for appraisal. That watch is, in many ways, the progenitor of the Navitimer 8 lineup. One year after the highly successful launch of the original Navitimer — the first chronograph equipped with a circular slide-rule bezel — Breitling released a new watch. That watch — the AVI — came on the market in 1954. The AVI featured an indexed rotating bezel that was marked from one to 12, which clicked squarely into one-hour increments, such that a simple twist would enable the user to permanently indicate a second time zone depending on the chosen offset. The AVI (also known as the Details Production date: 1954 to present Best place to wear one: At the next official Breitling event, as it will cause a commotion among the watch geeks present. Ratings for modern version ( is best): Rarity: Durability: Parts/service availability: Cool factor: Web: www.breitling.com Reference 765) was far less cluttered than the traditional Navitimer, yet the time-zone feature was at least as useful for pilots. While the original Navitimer’s slide rule is cool and has benefits, its complexity made it hard to read at a glance — and it required a working knowledge of slide-rule usage. Neat Stuff by Jim Pickering Eye in the Sky Say you’re ou your significant other in your treasured Porsch 911. Throughout the main course, you keep one eye on the car out of fear it might disappear into the night. Worry no more. Trackimo’s 3G battery-operated GPS system is a d exactly where your car is. It can run for a month on a charge and can push location alerts to your phone — so you can enjoy that dessert knowing your vintage Porsche is right where you left it, and if not, you can show the police right where to look for it. $237.97 gets you the tracker and one year of service from www. trackimo.com. 44 The AVI employs a fairly standard Venus 178 manual-wind chronograph movement, and is housed in a generously sized (especially for the time period) 41-mm, steel waterresistant case with round pushbuttons and screw-on case back. The first AVI model had only two small dials — instead of the three shown in the picture — and at three o’clock, where the third dial would be, was a calendar window. The disk behind the window was numbered 1–15, which registered, digitally, the first 15 minutes of elapsed time while running the stopwatch feature. That system was quickly changed to a traditional 30-minute register and hand instead (as shown). Later on, the AVI changed again to what was known as Reference 765CP, aka “Co-Pilot,” which was the name used for marketing the watch. The AVI series was discontinued in the early 1970s, but it popped up once again in a self-winding iteration, still called AVI, with the same basic rotating dual-time bezel, in 1994. The vintage AVI watch pictured is from a member of an Oregon family with close ties to professional aviation. Family lore says that this watch was on the wrist of an uncle who, while giving a flying lesson to a client in a Beechcraft Bonanza, suffered a severe heart attack and collapsed into the yoke of the aircraft, sending it into an immediate and fatal crash outside of Eugene, OR, in 1972. The current owner was most surprised to learn that the watch that survived the crash is one of the most-rare Breitling chronographs known. Although Breitling doesn’t reference the name AVI in the new Navitimer 8 series, it is clear that the designers at Breitling had the AVI in mind when they created the new series. Pricing for the new chronograph versions begins around $5,550 for the simplest configuration, and the vintage models seem to be bringing over $8,000. Supercar Time Autodromo’s Ford GT Owners Edition Chronograph is a luxury time piece exclusively available to new Ford GT owners. The watch can be personalized to match the color scheme of each owner’s car and is also engraved with that vehicle’s chassis number. Features include the La Joux-Perret 7773 flyback chronograph movement, a multilayered sapphire crystal dial and hand set, and ceramic and stainless-steel case construction. Ford GT owners can pre-order theirs exclusively at www. fordgtwatch.com. Contact fordgtwatch@autodromo. com for pricing and more information. ♦ Sports Car Market


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In Miniature by Marshall Buck Ford GT40 1968 Le Mans Winner This is a 1:12-scale piece from Classic Model Replicars, a company that is a fairly new producer of 1:18- and 1:12-scale models. They offer an interesting array of good models at relatively low prices. That said, you get what you pay for — sort of. Their models of vintage cars have good and Model Details bad points. None are as good as they should be. This GT40 model looks wonderful in the blue-and-orange Gulf colors — even my coffee mug looks good in those colors. Great highgloss paint and accurate decals are very nice touches. The overall fit and finish of parts is excellent. The wheels and tires really set this one apart — they have even simulated the white Speaking Volumes by Mark Wigginton Aston Martin: Behind the Wheel of a Motoring Icon by evo magazine, 224 pages, Mitchell Beazley, $19.49 (Amazon) If you have never stood in a shop and paged through an edition of evo magazine, you might lack the editorial context for this English periodical’s look at the Aston Martin brand. Each issue of evo is full of exotics and fast cars, and for the staff writers and testers, it’s all about the feel of driving exceptional cars. Sure, there are odd bits of data, but the focus is on the experience — not the G-loads or straight-line acceleration numbers. This is a hands-on look at the Aston Martin brand, from humble, hand-built beginnings to the supercars of today. Friends Lionel Martin and Robert Bamford started Bamford & Martin Ltd to get ent. While it isn’t a business book, you can feel bankruptcy always lurking in the wings. There are interesting side roads, with Le Mans history, special race cars, bespoke models and (how could you ignore it) the special impact of the relationship between Aston Martin and a certain fictional British spy. It’s all as light as a feather, breezily written and not terribly deep as singlemarque books go. But it does stand as a useful primer to the cars and how they have changed, supported with lush photography. Provenance: This is not exactly groundbreaking into the car game in 1913. The “Aston” in Aston Martin isn’t a “who” but a “where,” coming as it does from early car success at the Aston Hill Climb. The evo book is built around compact driving impressions and, duh, magazinequality images. It starts with the 1923 Aston Martin A3, the oldest surviving car from the factory. By the end of the book, you are sitting right — I mean left — seat in a 2017 (the year the book came out) Vanquish Zagato. Along the way you get plenty of his- tory about the dawn of Aston Martin, then the David Brown years (the “DB” in DB2 and on and on), the rather rocky V8 years after Brown sold out in 1972 and all the way to the pres- 46 history, but it is a nicely organized timeline of the cars of Aston Martin. Fit and finish: Fresh and clean typography and supported by well-composed design, portraits of the cars, both static and at speed. Not a lot of detail shots. Drivability: This is an easy-going, entry-level book for the Aston Martin crowd. This is the perfect book to set the stage for a deeper understanding — if you decide you need one. The newer cars held little interest for me, and I wish the driving descriptions were more extensive for the older cars, but your mileage may vary. It’s an economical addition to the bookshelf, and it’s well worth an hour or two of your time. ♦ Sports Car Market Production date: 2017–18 Quantity: 500 (estimated) SCM rating: ( is best) Overall quality: Authenticity: Overall value: Web: https://ck-modelcars.de/ en/eur/cmr ½ chalk markings on each tire. Yet here are a few glaring mistakes: The rear-wheel openings are wrong for the Le Mans car in 1968; CMR modeled the car as it has been restored. The front in profile is wrong, as it slopes down far too much, and the front end is much too narrow. The steering-wheel position is angled up — it looks like a tilt wheel in full-up position. The rear-view mirror is the wrong type, in the wrong finish and in the wrong position. It should be silver and mounted to the windshield. Dealers say these models are very limited, but no one gives a number. Prices range from $250 to over $400, depending on the seller. ♦


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Affordable Classic Ferrari 360 Modena The Ferrari 360 Moment is Now You could pass on spending $60,000 for a Modena right now, but you won’t be buying one for less in the future by Steve Ahlgrim 2001 Ferrari 360 Modena coupe, sold for $68,200 at Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas in 2017 A Ferrari press release from the 1999 International Geneva Motor Show noted: “Following a year of record sales performance, Ferrari comes to Geneva to launch the all-new Ferrari 360 Modena. In the past six years, Ferrari SpA has completely changed its model lineup, producing no less than 12 new models or variants in that time, restructured its entire International sales network and created a revised and highly competitive Ferrari F1 Grand Prix team.” The previous few years had seen the introduction of the 550 Maranello, the 456 GT, the F50, and the F355 series. The dealer network was forced to upgrade their facilities, and new international markets were opened. The payoff: Production was up to an impressive 3,637 cars and Ferrari was making money. Details State of the art 20 years ago The 360 had big shoes to fill and hit the mark. The 360 was not just an F355 upgrade, it was a scratch design that incorporated input from a network of technical partners, as well as Ferrari’s racing department. Getting 400 horsepower from a 3.6-liter V8 was world-class territory in 1999. Getting there took two control units optimizing the fuel injection and ignition systems in combination with state-of-theart variable cam timing, two rows of throttle valves and variable intake manifolds. Ferrari was convinced the paddle-shift F1 transmission was the future. Getting to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds or faster required a quicker shift than a mortal can achieve. Upgrades to the F355’s F1 unit 50 Years produced: 1999 to 2004 Price when new: $60,000–$100,000. Add 15% for 6-speed cars. Current SCM Median Valuation: 360 Modena, $77,000; 360 Spider, $89,000; 360 Challenge Stradale, $253,000 Pros: Contemporary Ferrari styling, Ferrari 288 GTO-beating performance, glass-shattering exhaust note, more room than earlier V8 Ferrari models Cons: Some parts are getting scarce; sticky interior parts, cheap-looking interior trim, Ferrari service prices Best place to drive one: Somewhere that there’s room to shriek up to 8,500 rpm, pull back the paddle — and do it again Worst place to drive one: Stoplight-tostoplight city traffic improved shift times to the point where the 360 version was pleasant to use. Room for golf clubs wasn’t on the top of a 360 buyer’s wish list, but Ferrari’s goal of having a large cabin in the 360 Modena made carrying golf clubs possible. Adding size also added weight, and Alcoa Aluminum, in the United States, was sourced for weight-saving ideas. Alcoa’s aluminum frame and body design met Ferrari’s weight goals at a price that was within budget. There are two main 360 models: the 360 Modena coupe, and the open-top 360 Spider. A brood of variants was produced, including a rare sunroof-equipped Modena, several competition versions, and the hot-rod Challenge Stradale. 2001 Ferrari 360 Modena Challenge coupe, sold for $53,900 in February this year by Leake in Oklahoma City Sports Car Market


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Avoiding financial punishment There is no substitute for a pre-purchase inspection of any Ferrari you are considering. The 360 is no exception. Nothing is inexpensive about a 360, and you don’t want to leave anything to chance. Plastic interior parts were coated with a rubberized coating. The coating melts and becomes sticky. The goo needs to be removed or it gets on everything. This is a $3,000-plus project. The dreaded Ferrari timing-belt service is done through a hole in the bulkhead, which reduced the cost over earlier V8 models. Ferrari recommends doing the $3,000 job every three years. There’s no weak spot in the 360’s driveline, but when failures occur, they’re expensive. A pre-purchase inspection is your best protection from a disaster. The 360s were built as Ferrari expanded their options program. Ninety percent of the 360s had F1 transmissions. Finding a 6-speed car will be difficult. Most cars have shields and colored calipers. Daytona seats are a must in my book. Carbon-ceramic brakes cost a fortune when new — but add little to a used car’s value. The list goes on and on. Is this car really affordable? $80,000 may not be your idea of affordable, but that price is cheap in Ferrari World. Entry-level Ferraris start at about $40,000, and that often buys more ills than thrills. Careful shopping should find you an acceptable Modena in the $60,000 range. Spiders aren’t much more but come with added complexity and potential expense. If you want a 6-speed 360, be prepared to spend more. 2004 Ferrari 360 Modena Spider, sold for $91,300 this year at Motostalgia’s Amelia Island auction You will not find a deal on one, so get over it. A Challenge Stradale is the holy grail of 360s, and the price for that grace easily doubles a standard Modena. There’s nothing like driving a Ferrari. If a 360 fits in your budget, it’s time to buy one. ♦ July 2018 51


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Collecting Thoughts The Fiat-Abarth Monomille Scorpione Sharp-Handling and Sensual A sorted Monomille is easy on the eyes — and a pleasure on a twisty road by Miles Collier “mono,” which referenced the singlecam, engine architecture, Monomille, a snazzy conjoining of pushrod with “mille,” which referred to the 982-cc Fiat 600-based engine’s displacement, was applied to two series of road GT models penned by Mario Colucci almost as soon as he came over from Alfa Romeo. The Series One Monomille cars, built in 1961, replaced the earlier Zagato-bodied Double Bubble and Record Monza cars. As was his wont, Abarth had a stormy parting from Zagato and chose Carrozzeria Beccaris to style his new generation of GT cars. Beccaris lengthened and refined 1962 Fiat-Abarth Monomille Scorpione — a bargain example of Italian styling at $99,000 A 1962 Fiat-Abarth Monomille Scorpione sold for $99,000, including commissions, at RM Sotheby’s Fort Lauderdale, FL, sale this past March. The pre-sale estimate was $110,000 to $120,000, so we might consider the outcome against expectation as no more than so-so. Given my interest in the small cars of Carlo Abarth, this sale got my attention. I might note that back in the 1960s, my mother, with her typical generosity, asked me what kind of car I might like to commemorate my graduation from secondary school. Clearly, this was an event of such improbability in her mind that a whacking great inducement seemed the order of the day. After much consideration, excitement, and general folderol, I nar- rowed the field down to two alternatives: a Porsche 356C 1600 SC to be ordered from Stuttgart via the good offices of Pray Automobile Corp. in Greenwich, CT — or a spanking-new Series Two Fiat-Abarth Monomille from the hands of the kinetic Al Cosentino of Ridgefield, CT. Improbably, Cosentino had managed to replace the Roosevelt-Fiat organization as the U.S. Abarth distributor. My heart wanted the Abarth, but my head said, “Porsche, you fool.” I have had a nostalgic affection for this diminutive and rather mysterious example of Abarth’s oeuvre ever since. A mini-GT car The Monomille was Abarth’s attempt to produce a civilized road- going mini-GT for an evidently nonexistent market sector. Witness the varying total production estimates from various marque authorities that range from “about 100 examples” (conveniently the minimum homologation number), to “fewer than 25.” The selling owner is quoted in the catalog as estimating Series One (Scorpione) Monomille production at less than 42. This is a figure of such seeming precision that I can only assume he had some authoritative source I couldn’t find in nine different Abarth books — not including the largely opaque offerings of Mr. Cosentino himself. 52 the Zagato coachwork while retaining Zagato’s round-tail motif, and, for the Monomille, keeping the radiator in the rear. Being road rather than competition GTs, Monomilles were equipped with steel wheels, open headlights and an oddly styled chrome bumper blade affixed horizontally to the apex of the car’s nose — slightly higher than the front bumperettes. Our subject car appears to have lost the central blade bumper — with substantial improvement to its appearance. The literature is unclear, but the job-shop nature of Abarth production in the 1960s was such that apparently almost any variation of anything could be special ordered. A simple — and dramatic — addition to our subject Monomille are the Campagnolo alloy wheels. Normally seen on the competition cars, the “Campy” wheels here replace slotted steel wheels with chrome hubcaps. Interior appointments resembled the preceding Record Monza with wind-up windows. From Beccaris to Sibona-Basano In 1962, Abarth replaced Beccaris with Sibona-Basano, whose coachwork became thereafter the iconic Abarth style from 750 Bialberos to Abarth-Simca 2 Milas. This body style moved the radiator to a lengthened nose and added a “ducktail” to the lengthened rear. Incorporating this handsome new body, Abarth offered a Series Two Monomille in 1963 that continued into 1965, when the initial inventory of chassis/body units in store was finally exhausted. The Series Two Monomilles were essentially 1000 Bialberos, the one-liter racing GTs, fitted with the pushrod 60-hp engine in lieu of the costly and potent 100-hp twin-cam unit. Typically, Second Series Monomilles had open headlights, but covered versions were made. It’s a Scorpione A careful look at the photo documentation of our subject Monomille shows us it is a Scorpione, the Series One car. The 1962 model year no doubt refers to the time lag between 1961 production and sale and titling in 1962. Supposedly, there was an ephemeral 1962 interim version, but as our subject car shows conventional 1961 configuration, I’m going with a 1961 build date. Sports Car Market Matthew Jones ©2018, courtesy of RM Auctions


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From a value or interest point of view, the difference between a Series One and a hypothetical Series One interim car is immaterial. Any value difference would come between the Scorpione and the Series Two, where the aesthetic of the Sibona-Basano body is so much better. Will the market bear this out? We’ll have to wait for a Series Two Monomille to appear. A bargain example of Italian styling With 60 horsepower propelling 1,250 pounds, the Monomille is an average performer among other mid-market, road-going sports cars of the time. Where the Monomille excels is in the Italian styling aesthetic. For similar money, not much else comes close. Under different circumstances, Franklin Roosevelt Jr., the U.S. Fiat distributor, might have been able to make Abarth a mainstream marque in the U.S. That outcome would have required more money and a brand champion. Neither was forthcoming. Had there been an equivalent to a Chinetti or a Hoffman, the driving forces for Ferrari and Porsche in the States, there might have been a different result. Abarth had high hopes for the Monomille as a breakout model. Renzo Avidano, Abarth marketer, recalls that his trip to the U.S. to push the Monomille was a huge success, generating “hundreds of contracts.” Sadly, the chaos at the Corso Marche factory, due to the undisciplined proliferation of models, resulted in little or no Monomille production. Our subject Monomille presents as a decent car prepared more for show than serious operation. The engine shows no evidence of having run more than a few moments. The body is heavily coated in filler and thick paint and has some minor dings. I get the impression the car was knocked out in the restoration shop to be presentable as one among a series of cars in the owner’s stable. As the text refers to it as having come from an Abarth collection, that appearance makes sense. Just try to catch it on a winding road The key to this transaction is using the car. The Monomille power- plant, coming as it does from a long line of reliable, one-liter Abarthmodified Fiat 600 engines, is first class. It should offer no problems and deliver period-acceptable performance. From a handling standpoint, these cars had excellent four-wheel disc brakes, a useful Fiat 600 transmission (close-ratio gears were available), and superb cornering manners. Additional plusses are a quintessential Italian GT interior — with the sexiest instrument cluster of Jaeger gauges ever made — and lubricious external style. If the new owner plans to drive this car, he’s made an excellent buy. Yes, the price is “all the money” when we compare it to some of the hotter Abarth GT racers, say a Record Monza with a Bialbero engine, but the Record Monza is temperamental on the road. This is a “horses for courses” thing, and a well-tuned and set up Monomille will attract a lot of interested attention — and rueful admiration from those who can’t match its momentum through the twisty bits. ♦ July 2018 53


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Legal Files John Draneas Is Your Broker on Your Side? An agent is not allowed to profit on the transaction beyond the agreed-upon compensation Buying is easier than selling There weren’t any disagreements while Tuke was buying cars, but Tuke’s financial circumstances changed toward the end of 2010. He faced a large tax bill, and an opportunity arose for him to buy back into his business. He instructed Hood to start selling the cars to raise cash. But the sales proved difficult, and Tuke was routinely forced to take other cars in partial trade for the cars he sold. It appears that a dispute arose about the calcu- lation of JD Classics’ commissions. Tuke claimed their agreement was that JD Classics would be paid a commission of 10% of the profit on a sale, while JD Classics appeared to claim it was 10% of the sale. Inquiries led to the discovery that JD Classics was “flipping” the cars at a profit, rather than acting as a pure commissioned agent — all without disclosure to Tuke. Thus, the nature of their relationship — principal and agent, or contracting parties — became the crux of the litigation. Questionable transactions In one transaction, Tuke wanted to sell his Jaguar XK-SS. Hood explained that he could A recent decision in the United Kingdom’s High Court of Justice, Queen’s Bench Division, offers some interesting insights into the nature of the relationship between a classiccar dealer/broker and its customers. Although the case was decided under the laws of the United Kingdom, U.S. law is quite similar in this regard. Michael Tuke is an engineer who founded a company that developed and marketed artificial hip and knee joints. The company was very successful, and he sold it in 2009 for more than £60 million (about $95 million). Tuke soon became dissatisfied with the interest rates he was earning on his reinvestments, and became enamored with the idea of investing in collector cars. Tuke contacted JD Classics Limited, which was very experienced with the acquisition, restoration and sale of collector cars. Tuke established a relationship with JD, acting through Derek Hood, in 2010. After the parties had a falling out, the issue became the legal nature of their relationship, which would establish their obligations to each other. A lot of deals Over a five-year span, Tuke and JD Classics acted together in buying and selling at least 37 cars. The cars seem like a who’s who of major collector cars, including C-type, E-type, Lightweight E-type, XK-SS, SS 100, XK 120 SS and Competition Alloy XK 120 Jaguars, a Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa, a Ford GT40, a 300SL Gullwing, a Bugatti Veyron previously owned by Jenson Button, and a BMW 3.0 CSL Art Car, just to name a few. Fifteen sale transactions were at issue in the litigation. Tuke contended that JD Classics was acting as his agent for the sale and purchase of the cars. As such, it owed him fiduciary duties and could not profit at his expense without prior notice. JD Classics denied it was Tuke’s agent, claiming it was always acting as a seller or buyer. As such, it would owe no greater duties to him that any other party to a sale or purchase transaction. 56 not make a cash sale but was able to arrange a partial-cash exchange. The £3.4 million (about $5.4 million) XK-SS would be exchanged for a Lister Jaguar Knobbly (the Ecosse Jaguar) and £2 million (about $3.3 million) cash. Tuke wasn’t happy about taking the Lister, and he greatly preferred an all-cash sale. Hood explained that was not possible, as the buyer needed to make the Lister part of the deal. Tuke made the exchange — and later learned that JD had been the owner of the Lister all along. The buyer paid all cash, with part of the cash going to JD Classics for the Lister. The judge saw this as intentional deception on Hood’s part. He knew Tuke was looking to raise cash by selling cars and would never have agreed to buy the Lister from Hood and JD Classics. A similar transaction involved the sale of Tuke’s Ford GT40 for £1.8 million, £500,000 (about $800,000) in cash and £1.3 million (about $2.1 million) in the form of a Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa. Tuke had paid £1.4 million for the GT40 and had invested more than £400,000 in upgrades on it, so the overall transaction was a loss. Unbeknownst to Tuke, JD Classics owned the Testa Rossa, which it had purchased 11 months previously for £680,000. All the transactions employed the same questionable documentation format. JD Classics would provide two invoices to Tuke. On the sale sides, JD Classics would issue one showing him as the seller with the sales price, but no indication as to the identity of the buyer. On the buy sides, an invoice would be issued showing Tuke as the buyer with the purchase price given, but with no identification of the seller. Agent or contracting party? All of these transactions would have been just fine if Tuke knew that JD Classics was acting on its own account as buyer or seller. A seller never has to disclose how much he paid for a car — you don’t have a right to know that when you walk into a dealer showroom and buy a car in its inventory. A buyer never has to disclose whether he has plans to flip the car or for how much. That’s just capitalism at play. But when the dealer is acting as an agent, it’s an altogether differ- Sports Car Market


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ent story. Fiduciary duties require complete honesty. The agent is not allowed to profit on the transaction beyond his agreed-upon compensation. The principal is entitled to know whom the agent is actually dealing with. The agent buying or selling on his own account — or cutting some side deal — is acting improperly without full disclosure. JD Classics insisted that, in each case, it was acting on its own be- half as a contracting party and not as an agent. Since the parties did not have a written contract that established the relationship one way or the other, the court had to look to the surrounding circumstances to determine what their legal relationship was. It made no difference how they saw or described themselves — the law can imply an agency relationship in proper circumstances. An agency existed The judge seemed to have little difficulty in ruling that an agency existed, based upon the numerous email communications between Tuke and Hood. Tuke consulted Hood about investing in cars, and Hood stated that he could advise fully in all respects. Hood many times wrote that he was doing certain things “for you” in emails to Tuke. Hood complained when he heard that Tuke had engaged another agent, as he insisted on exclusivity. He complained about how hard he had worked to get deals done for Tuke. In all the sales, Tuke never received any money until the buyer had paid JD Classics, which was inconsistent with JD Classics being the purchaser. In one done deal, the Veyron, Hood reported that the buyer was unhappy that the mileage was slightly higher than expected, and was threatening to back out of the deal. That was inconsistent with JD Classics having been the buyer. Most important, Tuke had been pretty clear and consistent that JD Classics was to be paid 10% of the profit on each sale. Hood never contested that, agreed with it on some occasions, and usually withheld that amount from sales proceeds. Working with brokers Our firm has worked with many brokers on many collector-car transactions. All of these different methods of compensation have been used at one time or another. They are all legitimate approaches to the transaction — as long as everyone understands what is going on. Engaging a broker to sell your car on a stated commission is prob- ably the norm. If that is the form of the arrangement, you are legally entitled to have the sales contract entered into between you and the buyer, with the broker’s commission spelled out clearly — just like a real estate transaction. Nonetheless, there is nothing legally improper about the sale agree- ment being entered into between the broker and the buyer. In that case, you are entitled to see the contract to verify the identity of the buyer (to know it’s an arm’s-length deal) and the sales price. If the dealer resists providing a copy to you, take that as a red flag. Sometimes, the buyer pays a commission to the broker. If the seller is paying a commission to the same broker, each of the parties is entitled to know that — and the amount of the total commissions. The easiest example of this arrangement is an auction. The auction house gets both a seller’s fee and a buyer’s fee, each of which are fully disclosed in the auction rules. Everyone knows about it, and it’s all legitimate. The situation to avoid is where you start out with a sales commission arrangement and, somewhere in the middle of the deal, it changes to a fixed price being paid to you. When that happens, you should strongly suspect that the broker has negotiated a fixed-price sale to the buyer, with the broker’s “commission” having become the spread between the two deals. If that spread exceeds the agreed-upon commission, that is an ethically — and legally — improper change in the deal. ♦ 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 2018 57


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Unconventional Wisdom Donald Osborne The Glory of Touring The next morning saw bright sun in a cold sky, and our drive along Route 50 to Lake Tahoe was stunning, with heavy snow coating the towering pines I first saw the car at the 2015 Alfa Romeo Owners Club National Convention in Warwick, RI, where I had been invited as the keynote speaker. The 1900 Super’s quiet elegance and comfortably worn originality appealed to me, and I made a mental note to investigate a 1900 Berlina when I could. Little did I know I would end up owning that very car a few years later. The special spirit of the California Mille I had long wanted to enter the California Mille — es- pecially because of the spirit that Martin, his wife, Esta, and sons David and Howard brought to the event. Many friends had done it, and all thought it one of the most balanced vintage-car events in the world. The mix of cars is interesting and entertaining. This Ready for the open road in a beloved Alfa Romeo 1900 I ’ve recently finished the 2018 California Mille. While I was on the rally, I realized how driving events are central to my automo- tive enthusiasm. The best of them combine all of what I enjoy most about old cars. I’ve done lots of vintage rallies and tours, and each has their particular character. Due to my work travel schedule, I don’t get to do events in the United States as often as I like. While I’ve been fortunate to do the Mille Miglia Storica three times, in 2013, 2015 and 2016, truthfully it’s a grand but incredibly exhausting experience. My two most recent domestic experiences prior to this one were the terrific 2011 Texas 1000 run by Rich and Jean Taylor’s Vintage Rallies and the Monte Shelton NW Classic last year. Both were low key, entertaining and thoroughly satisfying — with a real community spirit and great roads. Falling in love with the Alfa 1900 I’ve driven Italian cars in all five of the events. My 1977 Lancia Scorpion served as my mount for the Texas 1000, a friend and client’s 1949 Maserati A6 1500 Pinin Farina coupe was my introduction to the Mille Miglia, and the next two were done in the cars of another great friend and client, David Word’s 1956 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint Normale and historic 1946 Fiat 1100 Frua Spider. For the Monte Shelton, the kindness of a near stranger saw me behind the wheel of Mark Carpenter’s gorgeous 1959 Alfa Giulietta Spider Veloce for a two-day blast through inspiring Oregon country roads. I was back in one of my own cars for the 2018 California Mille — a 1957 Alfa Romeo 1900 Super I bought last December from dear friend Santo Spadaro in New York. In the past few years, I’ve fallen deeply and hopelessly for the Alfa 1900 in all its flavors and variants. One of the attributes that make the 1900 so special for me is the way Orazio Satta Puliga and his collaborators managed to retain the feel of a very sporting car in a truly comfortable family car. It allows the 1900 to be an almost perfect rally companion. It is eager, capable and comfortable in equal parts. My particular car connected the dots for the California Mille in a unique way. The Grigio Alba sedan was delivered new to an owner in Bergamo, Italy — a town where I’ve spent several months a year living and working for the past few years. Further, it had been imported to the U.S. by my old friend the late Martin Swig, founder of the California Mille. Martin had his pal, the noted Italian racing driver Gino Munaron, locate the car for David E. Davis — who had fallen in love with the 1900 after driving Swig’s 1900 CSS during a California Mille. My car started the 2006 California Mille but failed to complete the event. It was subsequently sold to my friend Santo in New York. 58 year’s entrants ran from Ferrari 250 Testa Rossas to 1955 Thunderbirds, W.O. Bentleys and Jaguar XK 120s to Porsche Speedsters. Of course, the backbone of the entries was Alfa Romeo, with no fewer than six in the list. It was a thrill to be able to bring the 1900 Super back to the California Mille, and I felt the presence of Martin Swig riding along as we left the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco and headed across the Golden Gate Bridge — in a driving rain — at the start of the event. See it on television The real excitement and challenge of a vintage tour was felt in the very first day. Two production crews were on hand to shoot in San Francisco and on the road in Marin and Napa for an upcoming segment of “Jay Leno’s Garage” featuring me, the Alfa, some fellow participants and co-organizer David Swig. We’ll see what survives the edit, but what was served up should make compelling television. Mother Nature threw into our paths a surprise that tested us all. It tested the resilience of enthusiasts piloting cars ranging in age from 56 to 88 years old — and the capabilities and flexibility of the organizers. Unseasonable snow in the Sierra Nevada passes on the way to our planned first night’s stop at Incline Village, NV, on Lake Tahoe led to chain restrictions and a few road closures. Working quickly — while on the road — the Swig brothers and their operations staff created a new route, revised it and communicated it to all the participants on the road as we drove. They also found a hotel and a restaurant to accommo- date us all. While the Best Western in Jackson, CA, was a far cry from the scheduled Hyatt Regency Incline Village, all involved quickly fell into a cheerful “storm survival” mode and made the most of an impromptu parking-lot wine party. The next morning saw bright sun in a cold sky, and our drive along Route 50 to Lake Tahoe was stunning, with heavy snow coating the towering pines — and a clear, mostly dry road making the drive fun and exhilarating. The Alfa performed wonderfully, and the subsequent days, while not without challenge, were delightful. I can’t wait to share this experience again. ♦ Sports Car Market


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Drivers Ed Paul Hageman Opportune Times Await the Lucky and the Ready History dictates that you’re not going to buy anything spectacular without stretching for it — especially if you want it now So when a client of mine misses out, my frustra- tion is not for having lost a deal. I believe that in a number of these instances, my clients have truly missed an opportunity. And commonly, hesitating has not been to their benefit. In the greater scheme of things, one may argue missing out is only temporary. But opportunity costs can be painful, and some scenarios simply aren’t replicable. Timing is almost everything Rumor has it that an American collector recently paid a big premium for a rare opportunity — and without much hesitation, a Ferrari 250 GTO sold for a staggering world record. The public record at auction was $38 million. This price was well above that. History dictates that you’re not going to buy anything spectacular without stretching for it — especially if you want it now. Take the GTO, for example. Had there been a A second such car (of equal caliber) on the market, the price achieved may have been less by perhaps $10 number of recent events have highlighted my belief that timing has a strong influence on car deals. The market has been, understandably, cause for some trepidation, and collectors are not the only ones with feelings of uncertainty. Dealers, brokers and auction houses alike have also spent the past couple of years trying to sort out what a car is really worth. Fortunately for all of us, there is predictability in current market performance, and for the most part, collector confidence has returned. Regardless, a notable number of clients have recently missed out on either selling or buying something due to relatively minor differences in price. What does that have to do with timing? Well, ultimately, price wasn’t the issue — by the time the buyer and/or seller found comfort with the deal, it was too late. I have had numerous versions of the “Would he still pay that?” or “Is that still for sale?” conversation lately, and in talking to others in the business, that’s pretty common today. This has happened with all types of people on all types of cars — including well-heeled collectors and multi-million-dollar offers. The right car at the right time is rare Years ago, when I was working at Gooding & Company, I picked up on an interesting trend: Believe it or not, people aren’t always thinking about cars. It seemed as though an auction catalog would arrive at the door, and suddenly, “buying season” had kicked off. I found it curious simply because I never once felt as though the right car came along during any predictable, particular moment. The best cars I own were always more expensive than I would have hoped, and the timing was almost always wrong. But buying them was always the right decision. Instinct aside, my success in buying those cars required patience when needed, knowing what I wanted and understanding how hard it might be to find that car. It also required being able to spot an opportunity and react accordingly. When you know what you want, finding it is always an opportunity. 60 million or more. It’s easy to say the car was well sold. But, then again, every great GTO has always commanded a price well in excess of the previous transaction — so time will tell. As a good friend of mine says, the best time to sell your car often is when you’re not looking to sell the car. In the case of the GTO, the cost of having it now was high, but who is to say a comparable car would come along anytime soon? Today we seem to consider our investments with a short-term perspective. How many people check their retirement account daily? I guess there is a difference between valuing your purchase and valuing your investment. A very relevant factor in both valuations is time. Trust in your instincts — and expert advice That said, advising you to throw all caution to the wind is not the purpose of this month’s column. Trust your instincts. And again, I encourage both buyers and sellers to ask for (and heed!) the advice of those of us who do this day in and day out. Buying or selling a collector car is a big financial decision, and each of us should approach such transactions with a relative level of comfort and expertise. Many of us can reflect on an instance in which we ignored a good offer or failed to pay just a bit more for the car we wanted. But it’s also likely we’ve had moments in which we either didn’t ask enough or paid too much. Frankly, a specific car is worth precisely what someone is willing to pay for it. In the current atmosphere, there is no way of saying whether it’s a buyer’s or seller’s market — there are too many variables. This means any realistic offer should be taken rather seriously — in a more sedate market, expectations should be tempered. And if you’re a buyer, remember that quality has always demanded a premium. It’s an evolving market, and opportunities are there for buyers and sellers alike. It’s just a matter of recognizing them and jumping to action. ♦ Sports Car Market


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Feature 2018 Boca Raton Concours Funny Guys at a Serious Concours This event keeps on growing, and now they’re talking a little smack by Bill Rothermel Bob Jepson’s 1938 Delahaye 135 MS coupe was Best in Show winner as well as Best Foreign Classic T he Boca Raton Concours d’Elegance has raised more than $11 million for the Boys & Girls Club of Broward County since it got rolling 12 years ago. Founders Rick and Rita Case and their team have a knack for raising money and putting on a great car show. The 2018 version ran from February 23 to 25, and it all got started with Friday’s “see and be seen” duPont Registry Live Hangar party at the Boca Raton Airport. Saturday evening’s Gala Dinner fundraiser featured comedian Tim Allen. Fellow comedian — and car guy — Jay Leno joined Allen on the show field for Sunday’s concours. On the grass Sunday featured a special display-only celebration of the AACA, including 32 cars ranging in age from 1903 to 1975. AACA Executive Director Steve Moskowitz and Librarian Chris Ritter entertained an audience Saturday with a visual presentation of the most unusual cars in automotive history. Then came a lively collector car market seminar moderated by Dave Kinney and featuring Wayne Carini of “Chasing Classic Cars,” Publisher Martin, Dr. Paul Sable and, yes, yours truly. The weekend was blessed with perfect Florida Chamber of Commerce weather and temps in the low-80-degree range at showtime. “Sunday’s show field was our largest in history, with 239 cars and 58 motorcycles on the lawn,” said Russell Glace, concours operations chairman. “Lincoln-Mercury was the featured marque, with 33 Lincolns and 10 Mercurys displayed.” Delahaye 135 MS wins it all Details Best in Show went to Bob Jepson’s 1938 Delahaye 135 MS coupe by Figoni et Falaschi, which also received Best Foreign Classic honors. Plan ahead: The 13th Annual Boca Raton Concours d’Elegance is scheduled for February 22–24, 2019. Where: The Boca Raton Resort & Club, Boca Raton, FL Number of entries: More than 200 cars and motorcycles Cost: Regular concours admission is $75 Web: www.bocaratonconcours.com 64 DeBold’s all-original 1960 Chevrolet Corvette Fuelie, which also received Best Jay Leno gave his Big Dog Garage Award to Tom in Class American Sports 1946–60. DeBold ordered the Ermine White car new, and it has remained in his garage ever since. Tim Allen honored the Driehaus Collection’s 1954 Mercury XM-800 2-Door Sedan Concept Car as his top choice. The one-off coupe also received Best in Class Mercury through 1975. A total of 72 awards were presented including: Best in Class American Early 1931–42 went to Tina • The Driehaus Collection’s 1954 Mercury XM-800 2-Door Sedan Concept Car Sports Car Market and Bill Sipko’s 1932 Chrysler Imperial CH coupe. • Best in Class American Late 1960–75 went to Augustine Capasso’s 1963 Studebaker Avanti R-1 coupe. • Best in Class Foreign Elegance Post-War 1956–75 was awarded to Donna and Fred Kriz and their 1963 Bentley S-3 Continental coupe. • Best in Class Foreign Sports Performance through 1959 went to Leo and Lisa Schigiel, owners of a stunning 1948 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 SS. • Best in Class Foreign Sports — Ferrari 1960–75 was awarded to Dennis Nicotra and his 1967 Ferrari 330 GTS. • Best in Class Unique & Limited Production Cars went to the 1939 Delahaye 135 MS Special Torpedo by Figoni et Falaschi of Jeffrey and Franci Fisher. • Best in Class Lincoln Continental through 1975 went to John Keese and his 1956 Continental Mark II. This year’s concours weekend went very well — to the point where famous people talked a little smack. Jay Leno said that “the Boca Raton Concours is the Pebble Beach of the East.” Announcer Tom duPont quickly quipped — to the delight of the crowd — “I can’t wait until Pebble Beach becomes known as the Boca Raton of the West!” ♦ Kathleen Tyler Kathleen Tyler


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Feature 2018 Benedict Castle Concours Classics and Customs for a Cause Southern California is the birthplace of the hot rod, and great cars came out in force Story and photos by Carl Bomstead Hot rods and customs Hot rods are always popular at Benedict Castle. The 1933 Ford “Renaissance Roadster” presented by Steve Frisbie was the 2017 Detroit Autorama Ridler winner, which is one of the two top awards in the country for hot rods. The body is hand-formed aluminum, and the custom tubular chassis included one-off machined components. The wheels were created from 400 pounds of billet aluminum. It is an amazing creation. Also on display was last year’s Best in Show — Contemporary award winner, the 1936 Packard “Mulholland Speedster” that was also the 2017 AMBR — America’s Most Beautiful Roadster — winner. To see both of these top award winners on the same field was an absolute treat. The DeLorean Club presented a handful of well- restored DMC-12s. The story of the DeLorean is well known, as is his ride from golden boy at GM to criminal charges. It was a tragedy. The cars were well presented. Thankfully, not one “Back to the Future” clone was in the mix. Gary Wells’ “Black Knight” Boattail Speedster — Bruce Wanta’s 1932 Auburn Twelve Boattail Speedster was a multiple award winner including Best in Show — Classic and it later served as a monastery. It has been the setting for numerous movies and is now the home of Teen Challenge, a very successful faith-based program that helps men find freedom from drugs and alcohol. “Much like basket-case cars, Teen Challenge transforms lives and restores them C Details Plan ahead: The 6th Annual Benedict Castle Concours is scheduled for April 2019 Where: The Benedict Castle, 5445 Chicago Ave., Riverside, CA, 92507 Number of entries: 300 cars and motorcycles Cost: General Admission is $20 Web: www.crossroadcarshows.com 66 with their family members and loves ones,” said Director Ron Brown. Teen Challenge does a remarkable job. Wayne Carini, host of “Chasing Classic Cars,” served as the grand marshal, and Linda Vaughn — “Miss Hurst Golden Shifter” — was recognized at the Saturday evening Gala. In addition, hot rod luminaries Von Hot Rod, Rick Dore and others participated in a celebrity panel moderated by Barry Meguiar, father of show founder Nicole Meguiar. Full Classics and supercars The event was a car show and a concours, as the several hundred cars on display ran the gamut of the car-collecting world. A 2017 Ford GT, sold only to Ford-approved clients, was presented, and some of the world’s best hot rods and customs were displayed in the Meguiar’s Corral of Excellence. Full Classics were right at home on the grounds of the Concours d’Elegance. The 1929 Springfield Rolls-Royce Phantom I Fleetwood convertible coupe entered by Aaron and Valerie Weiss won the European Classic Class. It was acquired in 2002 and was one of the first cars to join their extensive collection. “The Springfield PI has been and still is my favorite,” Aaron Weiss said. rossroads Car Shows presented the Fifth Annual Benedict Castle Concours on the bucolic grounds of the historic Benedict Castle, located in Riverside, CA, on April 22. The castle was built in the late 1920s as the home of Charles Benedict, based on a 1938 Bentley — could not be missed as you walked in. It was probably the most photographed car at the event. It won the Teen Challenge Student’s Choice award. Bruce Wanta’s 1932 Auburn Twelve Boattail Speedster was a multiple award winner including Best in Show — Classic. The car was properly restored, including the difficult-to-fit grille trim. It was fitted with Woodlite headlights and the impossible-to-find Woodlite parking lamps. The Auburn had a stunning presentation — and the wins were much deserved. Wanta won the Best in Show — Contemporary last year, so I wonder what he has in store for next year. This year’s best in Show — Contemporary went to Dick Zonker’s unique 1959 Corvette. All of the funds raised at the show go directly to Teen Challenge, which is free to the students. The goal for this year was $300,000, and participation at Benedict Concours is certainly a worthy investment in students’ lives and our community. ♦ The 1933 Ford “Renaissance Roadster,” which won the 2017 Detroit Autorama Ridler Award, made an appearance Sports Car Market


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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 70 Sports Car Market


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FERRARI: 1982 Ferrari 400i, p. 72 ENGLISH: 1968 Morgan Plus 8, p. 74 ETCETERINI: 1947 Delahaye 135 MS Coupe, p. 76 GERMAN: 1986 Porsche 944, p. 80 AMERICAN: 1959 DeSoto Adventurer Convertible, p. 82 RACE: 1967 Lotus 47 GT-015 Group 4 Coupe, p. 84 NEXT GEN: 2012 Lexus LFA Nürburgring, p. 86 1982 Ferrari 400i; Kevin Van Campenhout, courtesy of Artcurial July 2018 71


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Ferrari Profile 1982 Ferrari 400i While a 400 is a front-engine V12 from the end of the Enzo era, $100,000 can buy many better cars by Steve Ahlgrim Details Years produced: 1979–84 Number produced: 1,308 Original list price: $62,500 Current SCM Median Valuation: $40,500 Major service cost: $3,500 Distributor cap: $425 Chassis # location: Frame rail toward front of engine Engine # location: Right side near bellhousing Club: Ferrari Club of America Web: http://FerrariClubofAmerica.org Alternatives: 1986 Aston Martin V8 Series, 1991 Bentley Continental R, 1991 BMW 850i, 2005 Ferrari 612 Scaglietti SCM Investment Grade: D Comps Chassis number: ZFFEB07B000041719 F errari produced only 421 manual-gearbox 400s during the model’s 1979 to 1984 run. This makes the version highly desirable. The one offered is even more so as it only ever had one owner. A few years after buying this car, the owner bought a V12 that was more adapted to his needs: a BMW 750. This 400i was only occasionally driven, with just 21,300 km (13,235 miles) from new. It is in strict original condition. It was never repainted and is very sound. It is sold with all its manuals in their original pouch and the toolkit. The car has been regularly maintained, but it will need a full service, including the replacement of the tires. SCM Analysis This car, Lot 32, sold for $110,830, including buyer’s commission, sive model in a Ferrari production series. The reason is simple: Four-passenger models have more content than 2-passenger models. They have more metal, more leather and more luxury features. They are designed for everyday use and often are used in that manner. They go to work, they take the kids to school and they get parked wherever there’s space. They usually see higher use than the 2-passenger models and often show more wear. Accordingly, they depreciate faster and are the entry models of the Ferrari world. Once Enzo Ferrari decided to supplement his race- 72 at Artcurial’s Paris, FRA, auction on April 8, 2018. Four-passenger Ferraris were often the most expen- car business with production models, it didn’t take long to add a family-friendly model to the lineup. A couple of 2+1 and 2+2 versions can be found among the earliest iterations, with a real production model, the 250 GTE, coming to market in 1960. A long history of popular 2+2 Ferraris The 250 GTE — the E denoted the use of a 508 E chas- sis — was introduced to unprecedented acceptance. The GTE allowed access to the Ferrari experience to the client with a family or one who required a larger car. Calling the concept a success would be an understatement, as in an era that produced such important models as the 250 Lusso, 250 California and 250 GTO, nearly 40% of all 250 GT sales were GTE models. The success of the 250 GTE guaranteed a position for a 4-place model in future Ferrari lineups. A 330 GT 2+2 followed the GTE, which was subsequently replaced by the 365 GT 2+2 — also known as “The Queen Mother” due to its bulk. In 1972 a new model was introduced that would define 2+2 Ferraris for the next 17 years. The 365 GT4 2+2 was introduced in 1972. The angular body penned by famed Pininfarina designer Leonardo Fioravanti was a major departure from the compound curves of previous Ferrari models. The traditional oval opening and egg-crate grille were replaced with a horizontal opening and a slatted grille. The 365 GT4 2+2’s plush interior, dominated by a large center console, was a pleasant upgrade to the 1984 Ferrari 400i Lot 211, s/n ZFFEB7S000050811 Condition 3+ Sold at $64,903 Bonhams, Goodwood, U.K., 6/24/16 SCM# 6803862 1984 Ferrari 400i Lot 46, s/n ZFFEB06C000047359 Condition 3+ Sold at $30,817 H&H, Chateau Impney, Droitwich, U.K., 7/10/16 SCM# 6803885 1983 Ferrari 400i (Keith Richards car) Lot 134, s/n ZFFEB07B000045181 Condition 3+ Sold at $416,070 RM Sotheby’s, Maranello, ITA, 9/9/17 SCM# 6846446 Sports Car Market Kevin Van Campenhout, courtesy of Artcurial


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already luxurious interiors of previous 2+2 models. Power for the 365 GT4 2+2 would come from a 4-cam, carbureted 4.4-liter, 340-hp V12. Like the 365 GT4 2+2 itself, this engine would evolve over the next 17 years, but from the beginning it was a dependable workhorse. Enter the 400 Series 1972 would see the 365 GT4 2+2 evolve into the 400 GT and 400 GTA. The GTA would be the first production Ferrari offered with an automatic transmission. The models kept the basic cosmetics of the previous examples, but they were powered with a 4.8-liter version of To shift or not to shift is the 400 paradox. The 400 was the first production Ferrari to feature an automatic transmission. There was far less controversy about the move than there is about paddle shifting today. the 365 GT4 2+2 engine. The new engine was still rated at 340 horsepower but was re-engineered to work with an automatic transmission. The next update was in 1980, when the 400 lost its Weber carburetors to a Bosch fuel-injection system. The new 5-speed model was christened the 400i, while the two-pedal model was called the 400 Automatic i. The fuel injection made the 400i more emission friendly, but it se- verely crimped horsepower. Rated at 310 horsepower, the 400i may have lost some of the snap of the 400 GT, but it still maintained respectable performance. Like the previous evolution, some cosmetic changes accompanied the mechanical upgrades. The seats were redesigned, and the interior trim got new fabrics. In an attempt to keep up with the latest technology, the 400 GT’s 15- inch wheels and Michelin XWX tires were replaced with 415-mm (16.3 inches) wheels mounted with Michelin TRX tires. The switch may have seemed like a good idea at the time, but the metric wheels and TRXs never caught on and went the way of Sony’s Betamax videotape system. The final model of the series was the 1985 412. A revised 5-liter (412 cc per cylinder) version of the original 4.4-liter Colombo V12 replaced the 400’s unit. A 5-speed and an automatic transmission were offered. The new car’s 16-inch wheels and conventional performance tires replaced the unloved TRX combination. The 412 was a nice improvement on a car that was already top shelf. Automatic or three pedals? To shift or not to shift is the 400 paradox. The 400 was the first production Ferrari to feature an automatic transmission. There was far less controversy about the move than there is about paddle shifting today. The 400 was a big car intended for cruising rather than sporty driv- ing. An automatic transmission was a natural fit, but the implementation left room for improvement. July 2018 Ferrari chose a GM 3-speed Turbo-Hydramatic for the job. It was a beefy unit designed for engines up to 500 cubic inches. The unit could be found in Cadillacs, light trucks, and even in Rolls-Royces. The problem was, Cadillacs and Rolls-Royces didn’t go 150 mph. Take off from a stoplight, lift your foot at 35 mph and the transmission shifted to the same gear that was good for the next 115 mph. A stab of the throttle would put you in a lower gear, but let up on the throttle and you were back in third. The 5-speed option solved the gearing issue — but at a cost. If you bought a 400 for the commute to work, sitting in traffic holding down a clutch probably made you miss the Mercedes. Our low-miles, slightly needy 400i Artcurial’s 400i was a 5-speed model. It had only been used for around 13,000 miles and had only one owner from new. It had been retired when the owner moved to a more driver-friendly V12 BMW. Our subject 400i showed signs of neglect, with a nasty engine com- partment and at least one spot in the carpet that looks to have been eaten by insects. It also needed service and a set of expensive tires. An outlier — but not a crazy one SCM’s Pocket Price Guide shows the median value for a 400i is $40,500. A scan of SCM’s Platinum Auction Database shows lots of sales, but few breaking $50,000. Our subject 400i sold for $110,830, which is an outlier — but not crazy. RM Sotheby’s $416,000 sale of a 400i last fall was crazy, but that one-owner, ultra-low-mileage 400i had belonged to Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones. Rock-god Ferraris can wreak havoc with car valuations. A scan of current 400 ads shows several examples offered at similar money to our subject car — or even more. The sellers are optimistic. While a 400 is a front-engine V12 from the end of the Enzo era, $100,000 gets you a choice of many better cars. The seller was the winner on this sale. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of Artcurial.) High Auction Sales for the Past Five Years $120,000 1982 Ferrari 400i Coupe $100,000 $80,000 $60,000 $40,000 $20,000 $0 $47,800 $416,070 This sale: $110,830 $60,659 $49,500 $77,110 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 73


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English Profile 1968 Morgan Plus 8 A racer or a concours queen? The new owner gets to decide by Paul Hardiman Details Years produced: From 1968 to 1972 in this form, but with wider body and wings (1976) on to 2004. Cars built from 2012 through now got a BMW V8. Number produced: 29 in 1968. A total of 484 Moss gearbox cars were made. Original list price: About $3,000 Current SCM Median Valuation: $45,000 Chassis # location: On cross member under right seat, and on plate atop right side of firewall under hood Engine # location: On bellhousing flange on early engines. By dipstick tube on left of block on later engines Tune-up cost (oil and plug change, timing check): $200 Club: Morgan Sports Car Club Web: www.morgansportscarclub.com Alternatives, 1968–70 Lotus Seven S3, 1965–69 AC 289, 1968–71 Marcos 3-liter SCM Investment Grade: C Comps Chassis number: R7022 S earching for new engines in the 1960s, Morgan concluded a deal with Rover for supply of its all-aluminum 3.5-liter V8, thus creating a car — the Plus 8 — that combined vintage charm with Cobra-like grunt. Morgan’s Plus 4 chassis, strengthened and extended, formed the basis of the new car, while the existing Moss 4-speed gearbox was retained. After a successful debut at the 1968 London Motor Show, production commenced at about 15 cars per month and continues to this day, although they now have BMW power. While the traditionally styled Morgan’s brick-like aerodynamics restricted top speed to around 125 mph (more than fast enough for most people driving an open car), the Rover V8’s 168 bhp and 210 ft-lb of torque made for supercar performance through the gears. Indeed, in its later 3.9-liter form, the Plus 8 proved quicker by 80 mph than the contemporary Porsche 911 Turbo. This all-matching-numbers early Morgan Plus 8 is the 22nd example of this landmark V8-engined model to leave the factory. It was supplied new in February 1969 to the Half Moon Garage in Yorkshire. Benefiting from a six-year, six-figure, ground-up res- toration undertaken in the USA from renowned marque specialist and concours-winner the late Robert Couch, the car must be one of the best of its kind currently available. 74 Robert Couch is famous as restorer of the historic Morgan TT Replica CAB 652, previously campaigned by Peter Morgan, which in 1980 was overall winner of the prestigious Chinetti Concours at Lime Rock. Carried on a new chassis, the aluminum body ben- efits from an all-new timber framework. Restored for Morgan’s 75th anniversary, although it did not make it to the U.K. for the celebrations, this Plus 8 comes with concours awards testifying to the quality of the restoration. Acquired from the estate of the late Stephen S. Lester, SCV 901G has been stored in a climate-controlled facility as part of an extensive private collection of vehicles where it has been looked upon as a work of art. The Morgan recently got an update that was done over two years. The work included a brand-new race engine installed by JE Developments, a recognized specialist in the preparation of Rover V8 engines. This engine breathes via SU carburetors to accommodate FIA regulations. The other race engine built by Robert Couch had on tap a massive 288 bhp and 275 ft-lb of torque (documented) and is included in the sale. Despite its greatly enhanced performance, this car is said to cope equally easily with town driving or touring, and must be one of the quickest road-going firstgeneration Plus 8s around. 1970 Morgan Plus 8 (racer) Lot 209, s/n R7259 Condition 3+ Sold at $80,250 Silverstone Race Retro, Silverstone, U.K., 2/23/18 SCM# 6867720 1993 Morgan Plus 8 Lot 466, s/n R10910 Condition 3+ Sold at $41,246 Bonhams, Beaulieu, U.K., 9/3/16 SCM# 6804774 1985 Morgan Plus 8 Lot 251, s/n R9438 Condition 3+ Sold at $48,566 Silverstone, Woodstock, U.K., 9/2/16 SCM# 6804865 Sports Car Market Courtesy of Bonhams


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orange-peeled — and stainless fasteners and lines everywhere. The mileage showing — 2,277 — was presumably all that’s been clocked up since completion. A big price for a terrific car A Moss-box Plus 8 (made up to mid-1972, when the Rover 4-speed was adopted) would usually sell for about £30k ($42k), perhaps a little more in this concours condition. John Eales of JE Developments is “the man” as far as the Rover/ Buick aluminum V8 is concerned, so the currently installed FIA-legal race motor, making about 250 bhp, is the best there is. These engines cost less than you’d think at £12k ($17k). The compe- For a year of its time away, the Morgan was at Richard Thorne’s workshop being fitted with every new FIA update required for historic racing, hillclimbing, and rallying anywhere in the world (Period G1 1966–69, valid to December 31, 2026). All the work was bespoke in order to avoid drilling the body or dashboard to accommodate cut-off switches. The new FIA roll bars (front and rear) were custom made to ensure a perfect fit, while the side-impact bars were taken down below the door line to make getting in and out as easy as normal. All this was done at great expense in order to preserve Robert Couch’s original workmanship. Even the spare-wheel cover has no external screws securing it to the rear frame; it simply slides in from underneath, making it easy to remove in order to refit the rear bumper and spare wheel for rally events. The car comes complete with full weather equipment, spare wheel, boot rack and tonneau cover (made to fit the new roll bars). This well-documented car comes with its original restoration bills and is described as perfect for all uses. SCM Analysis This car, Lot 64, sold for £61,980 ($86,390), including buyer’s premium, at Bonhams’ Goodwood Members’ Meeting sale near Chichester, U.K., on March 18, 2018. This is a slightly strange one. It’s a concours-restored car got up as a racer, but it doesn’t appear to have raced. It was offered — but didn’t sell — at Bonhams’ pre-Christmas sale at Olympia, London, when the original Holley-carbed engine was displayed on a stand behind it, but it had better luck here. Lots of events — but not all of them The car’s condition is beyond reproach, with several neat (though unnecessary for a racer) touches. It could easily be raced. Competitioncar sales history tells us that it’s always cheaper to buy someone else’s hard graft rather than build your own, but you’d have to accept that it would rapidly acquire some patina as some of the shine got knocked off. But here’s the thing: It’s got FIA papers, but it’s Period G1 (1966– 1969) while most prestige events run to Period F (pre-1966) or have an even earlier cut-off of pre-1963. As our subject car was built in 1968, circuit racing opportunities will not include such events as the Goodwood Revival. Perhaps its most obvious home is in the Historic Sports Car Club’s Historic Road Sports series, for road-legal cars manufactured up to 1970, with only mild modifications allowed. This series offers extra points for those cars driven to the races. This car can take part in tour/race competitions such as Tour Britannia and Tour Auto, and it would do well in events such as the Manx Classic — a three-legged hillclimb competition whose classic category has a 1968 cut-off date. This car is eligible for historic rallies, too. One brave soul once ran a Morgan in a British Historic Rally Championship when it was a mix of tarmac and forest events. He found that he had to rebuild the car after every thrash — and a sliding-pillar, ash-framed Morgan on rough gravel really is only for masochists. Discouraging competition use, however, this car was in super, nearconcours condition. I noted unnaturally shiny paint — although slightly July 2018 tition fuel cell, bespoke roll cage, Sparco harnesses and plumbed-in extinguisher probably cost up to $10k to add, but you never get your money back on “lifed” items like this, so technically this car’s value is something under $60k. At Olympia, you can see how the seller might have arrived at the $113k to $140k estimate by adding up everything spent, but it was unsold at a reported top bid of $93,642. The estimate for the second attempt, at Goodwood, was revised down to $85k to $100k. It hammered slightly behind that, but at a price approaching twice that of a standard early (narrow-bodied, as they got wider in tub and wings after 1976) road car. Interestingly, a similar car, chassis 7259, also rebuilt on a new chas- sis and ash frame and race prepared to the same specs with a John Eales motor, sold at Race Retro the month before for £57,380/$80,250, having previously been privately advertised for £69k ($96k). This car was not as cosmetically sharp as our subject car. As a 1970, that one becomes eligible for HSCC ’70s Road Sports, though it also qualifies for HRS, being the same type as “our” car. And that spare motor that might have made up the difference or at least added back some of the missing dollars? Well, it doesn’t have the value you might suppose — even though it’s the item that supports the catalog claim of “matching numbers.” The car would be matching numbers if you reinstalled the spare engine, but there are several reasons why you wouldn’t. Eales inspected the spare engine and told me it’s an early (weak) block, almost standard except for a mild cam, that Holley carb and a different set of pistons. Eales said he’d be amazed if it made 230 bhp. That’s before a bolt got dropped into it, damaging a piston and one of the heads. Eales estimates its value as £500–£1,000 ($700–$1,400) tops, as with the casting damage it’s not even an ideal candidate for rebuild. A racer or concours queen Even though the sums don’t quite add up, in light of the sale of the identical-spec blue car, we’ll have to call it correctly valued this time, and it would appear, also judging by the blue car, that knocking off some of the shine by racing it won’t hurt its value too much, so there’s an added bonus for the new owner. Meanwhile, the old engine will make a stylish doorstop. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of Bonhams.) High Auction Sales for the Past Five Years $100,000 $82,384 $80,000 $60,000 $40,000 $32,087 $20,000 $0 2013 N/A 2014 N/A 2015 $48,566 1968 Morgan Plus 8 This sale: $86,390 2016 2017 75


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Etceterini & Friends Profile 1947 Delahaye 135 MS Coupe by Pinin Farina With a comprehensive freshening, this car could contend for top concours prizes in international competition by Donald Osborne Details Years produced: 1946–53 Number produced: 1,125 (M and MS) Original list price: $15,000 (approximately) Current SCM Median Valuation: $412,500 (MS cabriolet) Tune-up cost: $3,500 Chassis # location: Stamped on left frame rail and on chassis plate Engine number location: Tag on left front of engine; casting number on lower left block Club: Club Delahaye Web: www.clubdelahaye.com Alternatives: 1947 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500, 1952 Bentley R-type Continental, 1947 Talbot-Lago T26 SCM Investment Grade: B Comps Chassis number: 800697 T his unique car dates from the transitional 1940s/50s period for Pinin Farina, and demonstrates the strengths of abandoning the constraints of the stock design components of the manufacturer. Where other coachbuilders elected to build a front aspect that incorporated Delahaye’s own grille, not so Farina, who took the influence, but rolled it into the body to maintain its sleek and vertically aerodynamic front. In this way it is incredibly advanced, and while the nose may be reminiscent of Jaguar’s sedans, it should be noted that it predates them by more than five years. According to information supplied by the seller, the car is listed in the Catalogue Raisonné for Pinin Farina with number 458 bis, an attribution which nods to the counterpart 458, an Alfa Romeo convertible completed at the same time, and also to body 456, which adorned a Maserati A6 1500. Showing the car’s nationality, Marchal headlights adorn those fenders with bullseye indicators below them. The hood is a single piece that hinges from the passenger’s side. Like many of the best things, the car’s simplicity is the key to its success. Outside, its lines are uncomplicated and modern, and those are matched in the cabin. The dashboard is a narrow panel, color-coded to the bodywork and with two small instrument clusters on either side of the steering wheel. The compartment is 76 well lit, as its sunroof is transparent. The car is understood to have been sold new to a Belgian customer; a contemporary image of it is depicted in the Michael Frostick book Pinin Farina — Master Coachbuilder. Despite a slightly confusing caption, it is clearly this one-off example and wears Belgian license plates. It would later pass into Swiss ownership, where it underwent a slow, lengthy restoration that would ultimately be abandoned by its then owner. Recognizing its importance and potential, the incomplete work was picked up by the former custodian and finished. From there, it moved into the major collection from which it is offered today. In this ownership a more thorough restoration was undertaken, by Kfz-Ryschka in Germany, with the bodywork stripped back to bare metal and refinished in the present silver-gray livery that is consistent with how it was originally delivered. At the same time, the car was reupholstered in tan leather and with black carpets, which contrast and complement the interior well. The car was invited to the world-renowned Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in 2016. There it completed the Pebble Beach Tour and was displayed on the hallowed 18th fairway alongside others its marque. Offering the potential of future concours display or car tour, this unique Delahaye is deserving of the closest attention. 1938 Delahaye 135 MS coupe Lot 148, s/n 60112 Condition 1Sold at $990,000 RM Sotheby’s, Amelia Island, FL, 4/14/15 SCM# 257645 1947 Delahaye 135 MS sedan Lot 221, s/n 800581 Condition 1Sold at $230,472 Artcurial, Paris, FRA, 6/10/13 SCM# 225860 1947 Delahaye 135 MS coupe Lot 138, s/n 800490 Condition 2 Sold at $330,000 RM Auctions, Amelia Island, FL, 3/9/13 SCM# 215671 Sports Car Market Dave Tomaro; additional images courtesy of Bonhams


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SCM Analysis This car, Lot 157, sold for $478,000, including buyer’s premium, at Bonhams’ Amelia Island, FL, auction on March 8, 2018. I was inexorably drawn to this car when I saw it at the Bonhams Amelia Island sale preview. It pushed so many of my passion buttons — a French grand routier, clothed in elegant Italian coachwork, as at home on the concours lawn as it would be in a rally, useful for a weekend away and a drive to the opera. I am pleased to see interest in post-war Delahayes pick up. That they were built in the late 1940s rather than the late 1930s takes nothing away from their performance or presence — not much in the car world moved ahead while the world was at war. Things would get moving more quickly as the 1950s progressed, but there is still a great deal to appreciate in the initial offerings of manufacturers across the globe as the post-war market regained its footing. The sporting prowess of the Delahaye 135, a pre-war star, was still proved in races into the early 1950s. A great coachbuilding platform As an enthusiast passionate to the point of obsession about coach- built cars, I’m intrigued with Delahayes such as this. I can think of few other marques and models that surpass the Delahaye 135 in the sheer variety of bodies fitted to this chassis. No matter what your tastes, it seems that you can find a style that suits you. From over-the-top flamboyance to incredibly sober, so many designers expressed the wishes of their clients in these cars and in so many different ways. For this example, that proved to be something of a conversation point. Just about everyone with whom I spoke found the car immediately appealing. That said, there was also a group who felt that the design, very reminiscent of Pinin Farina’s work on the Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 chassis of the period, might be a bit too somber for a French sporting luxury car. That faction thought that if you were going to pay big money for a Delahaye, it should have that unmistakable Parisian-boulevard dash and glamour. That’s the great benefit of variety — each of us gets to choose what is most pleasing. A new record price I was quite happy to see that this car appreciated to the point of set- ting a new record price for a post-war Delahaye. It certainly deserved the winning bid. This Delahaye had, for me, all of the attributes I would most want in a car such as this: • It has the chassis with the best specification. • It is the MS triple-carburetor version with 130 horsepower. • It carries a one-off Pinin Farina body from an important turning point in post-war design. • Finally, it has very good provenance. Lots of options — and everyone won The consignor was a very well-known international collector, and the restoration was done to a level that warranted an invitation to the 2016 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. This was not a particularly lightweight body, but it was simple and simply trimmed. The shape could benefit from a two-tone treatment, which was com- monly seen in period in designs such as this one. Still in very good condition, this is a car that can be enjoyed in a wide variety of events, from rallies and tours to shows across the globe. With a comprehensive freshening, it could be a contender for top concours prizes in international competition if the owner so chooses. I would certainly call this market correct — well sold and well bought. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of Bonhams.) July 2018 77


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Etceterini & Friends Profile The Cumberford Perspective There is nothing spectacula important in the evolution o 4 By Robert Cumberford T his is a really intriguing collector car. It marks the middle period of the industry’s transition from accreted discrete elements to severely simple, monolithic pontoon bodywork. This is a tendency that began in the late 1930s and was complete by the mid1950s, even for laggard British makers (such as Jaguar’s antiquated, allnew 1948 Mk V). If this magnificently simple body on a pre-war French chassis reminds us of the 1947 Darrin-designed Kaiser, that comes largely from the absence of any vestigial indication of appliqué rear fenders, as on Pinin Farina’s own Cisitalia 202, or the 1948–54 GM cars. The Jaguar XK-like front end is classical, with its vertical radiator grille rather than the horizontal forms adopted by U.S. makers from the beginning of the 1940s, starting with the first Lincoln Continental. There is nothing spectacular or particularly memorable about this car, but it is important in the evolution of car design. The way the upper section meets the lower body is simpler and cleaner here, but the windshield, backlight and roof contours are much the same as on the Kaiser. As there is nothing at all eye-catching about it on initial observation, this is a car for the true connoisseur. But this car merited the careful restoration — and it handsomely repays careful study. A great car indeed. ♦ FRONT 3/4 VIEW 1 The very simple bumper is nicely faired into the body with horizontal closure plates that are helpful for aerodynamics. 2 The cylindrical bases for the headlamps are reminiscent of those on the original 1935 Bugatti Type 57 Aérolithe, which is a little primitive for Pinin Farina. But they are very French. 3 This truly impressive grille was designed and built by Pinin Farina, extrapolated from the normal flatter Delahaye shell. It is magnificent in design and execution, especially with its central hood strip. 4 The ultra-thin joint in the two-part windshield becomes a splendid design element. 5 The front end of the fenders is a bit bulbous, but they are excellent for aerodynamic penetration — and recall classical separate Delahaye fender forms. 6 No, these are not LED marker lamps, but the effect predates today’s practice by seven decades. Design prescience! REAR 3/4 VIEW 7 The very long front fender is a wonderfully simple and pure form. 8 The transparent sliding-roof section is also very modern, assuring a luminous cockpit — at least in the front. 9 The turret-top form is also very pure, providing good airflow outside and excellent headroom within. 10 There is a lot of subtlety in the deck-lid contours, 8 9 1 2 3 5 6 with a flattening at the upper edge and an artful curve to the lower cut line. The two latches are a curious feature. 11 The ends of the rear fender are not precisely fins, but the inboard concave section between peak and deck-lid cut line give some promise of them. 12 There is no better way to understand a body section than to see a vertical panel cut line. Here the simplicity of the straightforward body side is perfectly apparent. INTERIOR VIEW (see previous page) The mix of traditional practice and modern thinking is clear in this cabin. The bench seats and wire-spoked steering wheel are very traditional, as is the steering-column-mounted preselector gear-change control and the floor-mounted handbrakes. However, the surface change to provide a flat surface for the dials and the use of body-color paint inside is a good indication of future design practices. The blind rear-quarter panels would make using it in today’s traffic a nightmare in countries that drive on the right side of the road. 10 7 12 11 78 Sports Car Market


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German Profile Column Author 1986 Porsche 944 We will see more collectors putting away front-engine, water-cooled Porsches by Prescott Kelly Details Years produced: 1986 for this car; 1982–91 all 944s Number produced: 10,901 in 1986; 140,077 for the entire run Original list price: $22,950 Current SCM Median Valuation: $8,500 Tune-up/major service: $1,000 to $2,000 Chassis # location: Stamping on firewall passenger’s side in front of battery; label on the B pillar; tag at base of windshield driver’s side Engine # location: Driver’s side, at back of engine on bellhousing facing up Club: Porsche Club of America Web: www.pca.org Alternatives: 1986–91 BMW E30 M3, 1986–92 Mazda RX-7, 1984–89 Nissan 300ZX Turbo SCM Investment Grade: D Comps Chassis number: WP0AA0949GN460777 • A pristine example with just over 5,100 miles recorded • Finished in Guards Red over black • Highly original; museum kept for many years • One of the finest remaining 944s, complete with books, manuals and original sales paperwork • A worthy addition to any serious modern Porsche collection • 2,479-cc inline 4-cylinder engine • Bosch L-Jetronic fuel injection • 147 bhp at 6,000 rpm • 5-speed manual transaxle • Four-wheel vented disc brakes SCM Analysis This car, Lot 7, sold for $41,800, including buyer’s premium, at Gooding & Company’s auction at Amelia Island, FL, on March 9, 2018. The Porsche 944 was a sensation when it was intro- duced in Europe in 1982 and in North America in 1983. I well remember the first 944 to show up at a Porsche Club track day at Lime Rock in the fall of 1982. The owner reported that the car handled like a dream, with almost-even weight distribution (thanks to a rearmounted transaxle) and precise steering. The car was underpowered at just 147 horsepower from a 2,479-cc engine for a 2,600-pound car. The car’s good handling, however, made up for the 10% deficit in powerto-weight and kept that 944 on the tail of the PCA (unmodified) track record car of that year, a 1981 SC coupe with a 2,994-cc engine and 180 horsepower for its 2,885 pounds. That lesson was quickly etched into the brains of the Porsche people who watched. 80 “Water-cooled” as an almost-mantra There was a time at Porsche when the 928 and the 924/944 were to be the Porsches of the future. Porsche planned to phase out the archaic 911 with its emissions and safety issues. Happily, Ferry Porsche intervened. Then Peter Schutz (an American), President of Porsche from 1981 to 1987, and Helmuth Bott, executive vice president for research and development, famously saved the 911. Still, the front-engine, water-cooled Porsches had a lot to offer. The 911 owners who dominated the marque’s buyer base simply never embraced those advantages. Origins in the humble 924 The 924 and 944 were the entry-level Porsches of their day. The 924, introduced in 1977, was an Audi-based, VW- built car that never really took hold. Its rough, Audibased engine was frequently likened to a tractor motor. Further, the car’s materials and construction were not Porsche quality. The 944 and then the 944 Turbo were different sto- ries. These cars were considered true Porsches, with Porsche-designed engines and gearboxes. The engine had two countershafts that completely smoothed out its four cylinders. (Of interest — that system was licensed from Mitsubishi.) The 944 also adopted the muscular fender flares of the 924 Carrera GT and an appropriate Porsche suspension. The model caught on. Porsche sold over 113,000 944s. That number bal- loons to over 140,000 cars if you include the follow-up 944 S and 944 S2 models. The United States got 69,400 of those cars. 1988 Porsche 944 Turbo S coupe Lot 505, s/n WP0ZZZ95ZJN100806 Condition 3+ Sold at $46,267 CCA, Warwickshire, U.K., 9/23/17 SCM# 6852403 1986 Porsche 944 coupe Lot 622, s/n WP0AA0945GN453597 Condition 3+ Not sold at $13,000 Silver Auctions, Scottsdale, AZ, 1/19/18 SCM# 6858010 1988 Porsche 944 S coupe Lot 32, s/n WP0ZZZ94ZHN401998 Condition 2Sold at $22,498 Bonhams, Spa, BEL, 5/21/17 SCM# 6835919 Sports Car Market Anna McGrath, courtesy of Gooding & Company


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The 944 models decoded The introductory 944 was upgraded in mid-1985 with a redesigned dashboard, door panels, uprated suspension pieces, power steering and a larger gas tank. In 1987, the 944 S debuted with dual overhead cams and 16 valves yielding 190 horsepower. In 1989, the 944 S2’s engine grew to 3 liters and horsepower grew to 208. In addition, anti-lock brakes were installed, and they were big Brembos. For 1992, the 944 model designation was dropped and the substantially revised 968 was introduced to run through the 1995 model year. After that, Porsche discontinued both the 968 and 928, killing that first generation of water-cooled Porsches. Need horsepower? Add a turbocharger In 1986, Porsche added the 944 Turbo with 217 horsepower, which eventually grew to 247 horsepower with the Turbo S that debuted in 1988. Porsche built 25,250 of the 944 Turbos, of which almost 14,000 came to the U.S. The Playboy/Escort “Showroom Stock” Turbos and the Turbo Cup cars were almost perfect track cars — decontented and lightened, with manual steering racks, no sunroofs and available aftermarket DME/ KLR turbo kits that locked down the wastegate and bumped power significantly. My example of that model held the Porsche time trial lap record at Lime Rock for several years in the late 1980s. They were hellaciously good track cars. The 944 at the Amelia auction Our subject 1986 944 at Gooding Amelia Island was the updated, Seat Time I had a 1986 944 for over a dozen years. I used it almost exclusively as a Porsche Club DE track rat that I drove to and from racetracks. After significant teething problems were fixed, (the curse of the prior owner) it provided excellent service and lots of fairly inexpensive miles. Handling on stock 944s, the car’s best feature, is perfect for the street and not bad for spirited track use. However, somewhere along the line, mine got Bilstein shocks, bigger sway bars and slightly lower springs. A tribute to Porsche’s excellent basic design, these changes didn’t destroy the on-street ride. The two areas that hurt the car’s track performance are the brakes (single-piston fronts) and base horsepower (under 150 hp). For street use, power and brakes are more than entertaining. Despite its age, I think the shape still looks fresh. On the street, a well-maintained 944 will turn heads and draw admirers at a Cars & Coffee. Many well-maintained 944s are out there for credit-card money. Buy one that’s been lovingly cared for. — Dom Miliano, via email July 2018 second-generation model. Although it was the color of the era, a lot of people now will pay more for any color that is not Guards Red, a hue that wore out its welcome with its prevalence on 944s and 911s of the 1980s. Others say that Guards Red is the era-appropriate color. Buyer’s choice? This example had just 5,100 miles and known onefamily ownership until the car went to a museum for 25 years when it was about five years old. The car was offered recommissioned and running — but on its origi- nal Dunlop tires. This car was an excellent original example. It had its tools, manuals and original sales papers. The final price of $41,800 was low for a bragging-rights Porsche, regardless of the model. I fidgeted with my bidder’s paddle as the car was brought in. There may not be another comparable original, lowmiles 944 on the market for years. No bidding here, but I was happy for the buyer, who got a fine piece of machinery for short money. His next purchase might be a 924 GTS or a 944 Turbo Cup. Then he has a budding collection with a focus. Your choice for a collectible Porsche water-pumper? For not a lot more money, let me suggest the 924 GTS that I profiled in SCM’s March 2018 issue (German Profile, p. 72) or even better, the 944 Turbo Cup, a good example of which has been for sale for $65,000 from a New England collector with a barn full of them. (Hmmm — I need to go visit.) Another substantial collector with over 20 big-money 964/993 super- cars, including a GT1, recently purchased a 968 Turbo S. And I am on record saying that the 6-speed 928 GTS is a genuine collectible (June 2016, German Profile, p. 74). I suspect we will see more collectors putting away front-engine, water-cooled Porsches. This car was well bought. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of Gooding & Company.) High Auction Sales for the Past Five Years $55,000 $50,000 1986 Porsche 944 Coupe $40,000 $45,000 $30,000 $35,000 $25,000 $20,000 $15,000 $10,000 $5,000 $0 $28,471 This sale: $41,800 $53,186 $4,879 2013 $9,760 2014 $8,925 2015 2016 2017 81


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American Profile 1959 DeSoto Adventurer Convertible If 1950s flash is your thing, then this was the one — and don’t worry about the price by Carl Bomstead Details Year produced: 1959 Number produced: 97 convertibles Original list price: $4,749 Current SCM Median Valuation: $236,000 Tune-up cost: $400 Distributor cap: $45 Chassis # location: Left front door hinge Engine # location: Top of engine block, under water outlet elbow Club: The National DeSoto Club Web: www.desoto.org Alternatives: 1959 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz convertible, 1959 Studebaker Silver Hawk, 1959 Chrysler 300E convertible SCM Investment Grade: B Comps Chassis number: M491100249 T he 1959 DeSoto Adventurer convertible was powered by a high-performance 383-ci V8 engine offering 350 horsepower with dual Carter AFB 4-barrel carburetors in tandem. The car has a push-button-operated TorqueFlite au- tomatic transmission. This Adventurer has a dizzying array of features, including power brakes; power steering; power windows; a power-operated, swiveling driver’s bucket seat; and a power-operated convertible top. An AM radio, clock, padded dash and unique Adventurer-specific upholstery round out the interior package. The exterior is complemented by a set of virtually impossible-to-find Adventurer wheel covers with unique bullet-shaped centers — and gold emblems, model identification scripts and trim components. SCM Analysis This car, Lot 718.1, sold for $330,000, was from the John Staluppi “Cars of Dreams” Collection. John Staluppi is a model of the American Dream. In his youth, he worked as a mechanic at a service station. After getting a loan from his father, he soon owned the service station. That led to his acquiring several others. Staluppi was granted a Honda motorcycle franchise, and in time, he became the largest Honda automobile dealer in the country. His multi-marque Atlantic Auto Group also became one of the largest car dealerships around. Staluppi then turned his attention to building super 82 including buyer’s pre- mium, at Barrett-Jackson’s Palm Beach, FL, sale on April 4, 2018. This exceptional 1959 DeSoto Adventurer convertible yachts — not just luxurious mega yachts, but the fastest in the world, with speeds up to 65 knots. Staluppi displayed the “Cars of Dreams” Collection in a Coney Island setting with a merry-go-round and a period diner. The collection was composed of 145 cars that were primarily American convertibles from the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s. They were all sold at no reserve, and the sale totaled close to $14 million. The cream of the crop was the sale of this 1959 DeSoto Adventurer convertible. Top of the line in 1959 The DeSoto Adventurer was introduced in 1956 as the top of the line, and it was named after DeSoto concept cars that were built in 1954. One concept car, Adventurer I, was designer Virgil Exner’s personal car for several years. Adventurer II was given to King Mohammed V of Morocco. Sales of the Adventurer were never robust, and by 1958 only 423 were produced. Tight budgets meant that DeSoto never had the funds to advertise, and the economy was having difficulties. The quality of the DeSoto was also deplorable. The cars often leaked, had faulty transmissions and the Bendix fuel-injection system frequently failed. The famed Chrysler Hemi engine had been replaced with a cheaper “Turboflash” V8, although the horsepower had the same rating. With a poor reputation for reliability, and limited ad- vertising, it was difficult to attract customers to DeSoto showrooms. Sports Car Market 1957 DeSoto Adventurer convertible Lot 257, s/n 50417133 Condition 2+ Sold at $126,500 RM Sotheby’s, Hershey, PA, 10/5/17 SCM# 6850408 1957 DeSoto Adventurer convertible Lot 5103, s/n 50414922 Condition 2+ Sold at $198,000 Barrett-Jackson, Scottsdale, AZ, 1/10/15 SCM# 256727 1959 DeSoto Adventurer convertible Lot 241, s/n M491100669 Condition 1 Sold at $225,500 RM Auctions, Phoenix, AZ, 1/21/10 SCM# 155117 Courtesy of Barrett-Jackson


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Fins to the sky — and then oblivion The 1959 model year heralded American car styling to the extreme. Fins were the order of the day, with Cadillac leading the field, and the Virgil Exner-designed Adventurer followed suit. Buyers chose between black and gold or white and gold, with a distinctive black, gold and white interior. The list of standard equipment was long. It was powered with the new 383-ci V8 with a high-lift cam and dual 4-barrels. It had rear air suspension, dual exhaust, antennas and windows along with swivel bucket seats. Options included a/c and Highway Hi-Fi — Chrysler’s under-dash record player. With an elegant interior and distinctive gold-and-white bullet wheel covers, the Adventurer was visually appealing. However, it was not appealing to buyers, as only 97 convertibles left the dealer showrooms. The end was in sight, and by November 1960, DeSoto was relegated to the long list of automotive orphans. Did the DeSoto have to die? Many say no, but Chrysler was rocked with scandal, as the newly elected president and most of his staff were let go after only 60 days. In addition, Chrysler was losing money, so there was little incentive to rescue DeSoto. A rare car at an aggressive price Barrett-Jackson sold the John Staluppi DeSoto Adventurer convert- ible for an aggressive price. The SCM Platinum Auction Database shows that only two 1959 Adventurer convertibles sold recently. Mecum Auctions sold one in 2015 for $242,000, and RM Auctions sold one in January 2010 for $225,500. You can make a solid case that 1950s American cars are in a decline. The 1953–54 Buick Skylarks now sell for slightly over $100,000, but they were at least double that five years ago. The Tri-Five Chevys and early Corvettes have also not fared well for the past few years. Why so much? For every rule there is an exception, and there is always an excep- tion to any general statement. This sale of our subject car flies in the face of conventional wisdom, but it was not far out of line. The car was one of only 97 built, came from a high-profile collection From an economic standpoint, if you took a lesser example — assuming you could find one — and restored it to this level, your expenditures would far exceed what was paid here. and was restored to an exceptional condition. It was loaded, although it was lacking a/c. It had all the eyeball you would ever want in a 1950s convertible. From an economic standpoint, if you took a lesser example — assum- ing you could find one — and restored it to this level, your expenditures would far exceed what was paid here. If 1950s flash is your thing, then this was the one — and don’t worry about the price paid. It was a bit pricey — but still reasonable. After all, go find another one like this. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of Barrett-Jackson.) $300,000 $250,000 $100,000 $150,000 $200,000 $50,000 $0 July 2018 High Auction Sales for the Past Five Years $275,000 1959 DeSoto Adventurer Convertible $242,000 This sale: $330,000 $264,000 $126,500 $126,500 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 83


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Race Car Profile 1967 Lotus 47 GT-015 Group 4 Coupe You can spend another $40,000 to $50,000 to race this car — or you can put it on a pedestal by Thor Thorson Details Years produced: 1966–67 Number produced: 68 Original list price: N/A Current SCM Median Valuation: $112,000 (this car) Chassis # location: Tag on driver’s side door jamb Engine # location: On block by distributor Club: Lotus Europa 47 Registry Web: http://lotus-europa.com/rega47.html Alternatives: 1968 Chevron B8, 1966 Porsche 906, 1963–65 Lotus 26R SCM Investment Grade: A Comps mid-engine production car with a race version for Team Lotus — and for sale to privateers. Thus the Type 46, or Europa, was revealed in 1965. Built around a box-section central spine chassis, John Frayling’s fiberglass bodywork was bonded to the chassis to form an exceptionally stiff monocoque structure. Crucially, the Europa was low — as low as a Ford GT40 — and aerodynamically efficient, making it a superb platform for a competitive race car. By the end of 1966, a racing model — the Type 47 B GT — had appeared at Brands Hatch and won in the hands of John Miles (who won eight more times that season). Orders began to pour in to Hethel. The heart of the 47 GT was Cosworth’s Ford twin-cam. Bored out to 1,594 cc to fit the 1,600-cc class, it dealt 165 horsepower to the rear wheels through a Hewland magnesium FT200 limited-slip transaxle. The Tecalemit-Jackson fuel-injection was standard, although buyers could opt for twin Webers. This rare survivor of the European racing circuit was one of five identical 47 GTs delivered new, in white, from the factory to Portugal’s Team Palma. Four cars were sold to gentlemen drivers, but Team Palma kept GT-015. The present owner, a well-known vintage Lotus racer, bought the car in the U.K. in 1988. It underwent a long restoration in America — finished in 2005 — that included crack tests of the suspension components, renewing them as needed. The bodywork was repaired 84 y the mid-1960s, Colin Chapman’s boundless energy had produced no less than 36 distinctive Lotus automobiles. But the entrepreneurial engineer still yearned to build an inexpensive and repainted in Team Palma blue. Although the car was restored for competition, any plans to race the car should include a thorough vetting, setup and any refurbishment work necessary. SCM Analysis This car, Lot 134, sold for $112,000, including buyer’s premium, at Bonhams’ Amelia Island, FL, sale on March 8, 2018. Last month, I wrote about a gorgeous Lotus Eleven that sold for a fraction of what might have been expected, and the essence of my discussion was trying to understand why. Our topic today is a very similar situation regarding a somewhat newer racing Lotus — but with different answers. In today’s market, Lotus 47s seem to have a two-tier value structure. Most of them are valued as excellent weapons-grade racers and sell in the $150,000– $160,000 range. However, there are a few very successful — thus collectible — ones that tend to sell in the $200,000 range (mostly to Japan, for whatever reason). Our subject car sold for a considerable discount from those values, and once again the issue is why. A fast history Let’s start by talking about the car itself. By the early 1960s, Lotus had become a successful enterprise with a factory (Lotus Cars) to build production cars and a competition division (Lotus Components) to build racers. The factory was fully occupied building the road- oriented Lotus Elite coupe and the wind-in-your-face, club-racing Lotus Seven, while the racing side was Sports Car Market 1964 Lotus Elan GTS coupe Lot 29, s/n 260307 Condition 3 Sold at $169,266 H&H, Duxford, U.K., 4/24/14 SCM# 243472 1965 Lotus Elan 26R racer Lot 66, s/n 264839 Condition 3 Not sold at $69,310 Bonhams, Francorchamps, BEL, 5/21/17 SCM# 6835946 1964 Elva Mk VII racer Lot 432, s/n 70022 Condition 3- Not sold at $80,000 Bonhams, Greenwich, CT, 6/6/2010 SCM# 162835 Courtesy of Bonhams


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doing well campaigning and selling Formula One and Formula Junior racers along with a few tube-frame sports racers. 1962 proved to be a watershed year for Lotus, as Colin Chapman’s relentless innovation produced the Lotus 25, the first monocoqueconstruction Formula One car ever built. It changed the Formula One world overnight — and Lotus as well. After the 25, Lotus would never build another tube-framed car for race or street. On the production-car side, it was time to replace the Elite, so Chapman devised the Type 26 Elan, which utilized the monocoque concept with a twist. The “frame” was a rigid-but-light steel box “backbone” down the center of the car, with ears that projected out front and rear to carry the engine and suspension mounts. A stiff fiberglass body shell was bolted on to complete the structure. The Elan was a revelation in sports car design, combining very light weight with an extremely strong chassis and supple suspension to provide an amazing level of performance and comfort. It was described as being a “Formula car for the street.” The tube-framed Lotus Seven remained in production and sold well, particularly to club racers (it was truly awful on the street), but it was The Lotus 47 ... was designed to last a season or two, while the bonded body and chassis structure makes refurbishment beyond suspension and drivetrain work extremely difficult and expensive. A used-up Lotus 47 is a scary proposition if you intend to race it. clearly time for something more modern. In 1965, the Type 46 Europa was introduced to replace it. The mar- ket concept was similar to the Seven’s: very light, small and relatively cheap, oriented as much toward club racing as street use, but now as a sleek coupe rather than a spartan open car. The Europa had the same boxed-steel backbone concept as the Elan, but it was modified to allow for the mid-engine configuration and rigidly bonded the fiberglass bodywork to the chassis for maximum stiffness with minimal weight. The powertrain was taken directly from the FWD Renault 16 but spun 180 degrees to make it fit in back, with the engine suitably modified for higher performance. Enter the Type 47 GT Almost simultaneously with the Europa, Lotus introduced the Type 47 GT, which looks similar, but that’s about all the two cars share. To start with, the racing division — Lotus Components — and not the factory built the car. The backbone chassis used lighter-gauge steel, the fiberglass body was thinner with room for bigger tires, the fully adjustable rose-jointed suspension was lifted off the Lotus 41 Formula car, and the drivetrain now incorporated a 165-hp Twin-Cam Ford engine and Hewland FT 200 transaxle. The magnesium racing wheels were wider, and the disc brakes were bigger. At 1,200 pounds, the Type 47 GT was 200 pounds lighter than a stock Europa. The Type 47 GT was, in fact, a completely different car than the Type 46. It was really a pure, purpose-built sports racing car posing as a GT. You can race it or look at it The problem with purpose-built racing cars built after 1962 is that there is really nothing you can do with them except go racing — or put them in a collection to be admired. They are simply too low and high-strung for casual use; you either race them or put them on a pedestal. This creates a conflict because if you want to maximize collector value, the car needs to be as original and untouched as possible. However, if you want to race one safely and competitively, there is a lot of work to be done. The Lotus 47 is particularly difficult in this regard because it was designed to last a season or two, while the bonded body and chassis structure makes refurbishment beyond suspension and drivetrain work extremely difficult and expensive. A used-up Lotus 47 is a scary proposition if you intend to race it. Our subject car looks like it is the poster child for this conundrum. It is clearly a real car with extensive history, but neither it nor anyone who drove it were particularly successful or famous, so its collector value is minimal. On the other hand, it is known to have been “used hard and put up wet” for at least seven seasons, so we have to assume that the core structures are a long way from new. The reported restoration was apparently limited to crack-checking the suspension, installing a correct twin-cam engine, and painting the car. A glance at the photographs shows that it has obviously not been raced in at least 10 years and probably since 1975. No tech inspector would ever pass the seat belts or the condition of the engine bay for modern competition. Display car or racer? In view of the car’s history and condition, how should the market value it? There are two approaches: as a static display or as an active racer. The car certainly has real value as part of a collection, as the Lotus 47 is a handsome, impressive and historically significant automobile that would fit well into a British racing theme. However, this car is not very special, and its livery (paint job) is not iconic for the marque, so it is a minor collectible at best and probably worth roughly the winning bid. I am told that Lotus 47s are great fun to race, and they are widely acceptable and competitive at events worldwide, but this car is going to require at least $40,000–$50,000 in work before it can safely be put onto the track. If you add that much onto the purchase price, you are sitting at pretty much the correct price for a good racing Lotus 47. Either way, the numbers make sense, and I believe that it was fairly purchased. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of Bonhams.) July 2018 85


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Next Gen Profile 2012 Lexus LFA Nürburgring Some of these lusted-after cars sat for years in dealer showrooms — but will the now-hot market stay hot? by Jeff Zurschmeide Details Years produced: 2011–12 Number produced: 50 Original list price: $445,000 Current SCM Median Valuation: $368,500 Tune-up cost: Ultra expensive, as Lexus has to fly in a special mechanic Chassis # location: Driver’s side firewall Engine # location: Front of engine, left cylinder bank Club: Lexus Owners Club Web: www.clublexus.com Alternatives: 2015–18 Audi R8 V10, 2016–18 Ferrari 488, 2011–16 Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 SCM Investment Grade: B Comps 2012 Lexus LFA Nürburgring coupe Lot 124, s/n JTHHX8BH2C1000479 Condition 1 Sold at $825,000 Chassis number: JTHHX8BH7C1000347 K nown for its 0–60 mph time of 3.6 seconds or less, the Lexus LFA is any supercar fan’s dream. This is the LFA Nürburgring Edition in Sunset Orange, a 2-seat supercar. It is one of only 50 LFA Nürburgring cars ever built. It has been on display in the Balise Lexus showroom since July 2012. Only driven by dealership personnel, it has 1,603 actual miles. Development on the original LFA concept began in the early 2000s, and the final car, equipped with Nürburgring Package, was completed in 2012. This edition is known to have more horsepower and a transmission with faster shifts. The vehicle was handassembled and built using a loom that weaves carbonfiber strands in 3D. The V10 revs from 0 to 9,000 rpm in 0.6 seconds. It was necessary to develop a special tachometer with a digital needle for this car; it was the only way to accurately keep up with the V10 revving from idle at such a high rpm. With the driver sitting so close to the center of the vehicle, they are able to feel and control the vehicle like never before. During testing of the LFA Nürburgring Package, this exact vehicle, with test driver Akira Iida at the wheel, set the lap record for a production car on non-competition tires: 7:14.64. It is powered by a 4.8-liter, 562-hp V10 backed by a 6-speed sequential transmission. 86 SCM Analysis This car, Lot 724, sold for $770,000, including buyer’s premium, at Barrett-Jackson’s Palm Beach, FL, auction on April 14, 2018. 2018 is an exciting year because it looks like the Lexus LFA might finally be released to the public. That may sound funny because all 500 examples of the LFA were made back in 2011 and 2012, but, because of Lexus’ strange method of distribution, many of those cars were not actually sold for several years. Some have remained in dealer showrooms, serving as impressive lobby sculptures. There’s no doubt that the LFA is an impressive car. It’s a front-mid-engine, rear-transaxle, rear-drive supercar, with a normally aspirated 4.8-liter V10 powerplant good for 552 horsepower in base form, or 562 horsepower in the Nürburgring edition. The chassis is made of dry carbon fiber woven on a special loom that cost Lexus a billion dollars to build. The complex carbon-fiber components are bonded together with a special polymer, and the monocoque structure supports front and rear aluminum sub frames for the driveline. The LFA features a 6-speed sequential gearbox, brake-by-wire, carbon ceramic rotors, launch control, custom carbon-fiber luggage, and a fancy Mark Levinson stereo. The original MSRP for a basic LFA 2012 Lexus LFA coupe Lot S126.1, s/n JTHHX8BH3C1000085 Condition 2+ Sold at $357,500 Mecum Auctions, Monterey, CA, 8/16/17 SCM# 6846342 2012 Lexus LFA coupe Lot 136, s/n JTHHX8BHX08000211 Condition 2 Sold at $402,907 RM Sotheby’s, London, U.K., 9/6/17 SCM# 6850437 Gooding & Co., Scottsdale, AZ, 1/19/18 SCM# 6856499 Sports Car Market Courtesy of Barrett-Jackson


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was $375,000 — or $445,000 for one of the 50 examples of the trackready Nürburgring edition with upgraded aero, suspension, wheels and shifting. Of course, actually getting your hands on one was a challenge. The world’s fastest wallflowers Lexus allocated 150 LFAs to North American dealers, and initially offered the car only on a two-year lease to prevent a speculative resale bubble. The company later modified the distribution plan into a sale contract giving right of first refusal back to the original dealer for a period of two years. However, the speculators never got their hands on the LFA because many dealers just sat on their single allocation. The LFA mostly served as a gee-whiz halo car to impress the daily run of SUV-buying suburbanites. As of August 2017, 12 never-sold LFAs were still known to be sitting at American dealerships. The subject car is one of those old The market seems to be reaching that magic moment when prices are high enough that LFA owners will be tempted to cash out. Right now there are five LFAs advertised for sale at dealerships from Georgia to California, with asking prices ranging from $390,800 to $530,000. maids, having been “on display” at Balise Lexus in West Springfield, MA, for the past six years. The ice is breaking To further chill the LFA market, the people who leased/bought one when the cars were new didn’t generally part with them. Very few LFAs have ever been advertised for sale or run across an auction stage. But now that the model has a few years on it, the ice on the market is starting to break up, and things are moving. We analyzed an LFA sale in these pages back in September of 2015, and at that time a still-new car sold for just $335,000 (Lot 3418, Russo and Steele, Newport Beach, CA, June 2015). That was $40,000 under the original MSRP. Ouch. The LFA might now be ripe for the market. In addition to the sub- ject sale, there have been three more LFA sales recorded in the SCM Platinum Auction Database during the past year. Of those, only one went for less than the original MSRP (SCM# 6846342) with a sale price of $357,500. Another dealer-virgin Nürburgring edition sold in January 2018 for $825,000 (SCM# 6856499). The remaining sale (SCM# 6850437) is a European-market car that went for $402,907, which is about what you’d expect for a good exotic. The market seems to be reaching that magic moment when prices are July 2018 high enough that LFA owners will be tempted to cash out. Right now there are five LFAs advertised for sale at dealerships from Georgia to California, with asking prices ranging from $390,800 to $530,000. The most-driven one has 1,739 miles on the odometer. Is this the top of the market? There’s one more factor that could boost the LFA market: This car might become more affordable over the next few years. The reason for that conjecture is that the LFA’s performance was great in 2011, but in 2018, 552 horsepower (or 562 for the Nürburgring model) just ain’t what it used to be. Today, any Lexus dealer will sell you a new LC500 with 471 horses for $92,000. While the LFA is still more rakish and exotic, the LC500 looks remarkably like its older cousin, albeit smoother, with fewer vents and no wing. The LC will do 0–60 mph in just 4.4 seconds, compared to the LFA at 3.6 seconds. If we dare to compare the LFA with a new Corvette ZR1, $130,000 will get you from 0 to 60 mph in 2.85 seconds, and that includes a trackready package. Unofficially, the new ZR1 beat the Lexus around the Nürburgring by about two seconds. The point is, time has marched on quite a bit since the LFA was the new hotness. With no great brand mystique like Ferrari or McLaren to fall back on, will the LFA continue to command top dollar? Only time will tell. The subject LFA for this story is a perfectly representative example of the breed. It has very low miles, with some actually put on at the Nürburgring by a professional driver who set a record. But the car was never sold to an individual until now. So let’s have a round of applause for Balise Lexus, who sold this LFA at what may well be the top of the market. The rest of us should keep a weather eye on LFA prices as these uniquely sheltered exotics make their way out into the world. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of Barrett-Jackson.) High Auction Sales for the Past Five Years $1,000,000 2012 Lexus LFA Coupe $900,000 $600,000 $400,000 $402,907 $335,000 $200,000 $0 N/A 2014 2015 N/A 2016 $825,000 This sale: $770,000 2017 2018 87


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AUCTIONS IN THIS ISSUE $39m Barrett-Jackson, West Palm Beach, FL, p. 96 $6m Mecum, Kansas City, MO, p. 110 $5.5m Bonhams, Chichester, U.K., p. 124 $4m H&H, Duxford, U.K., p. 136 Roundup, p. 146 Browsers stop to admire the 1927 Amilcar CGS Type S roadster, which sold for $95,756 at Bonhams’ Goodwood Members Meeting in Chichester, U.K.; photo by Harry Elliott, courtesy of Bonhams


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Market Reports Overview Springtime Auctions Deliver Ups and Downs Three JDM Honda NSXs sell below market at Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach Top 10 Sales This Issue (Land Auctions Only) By Chad Tyson B 1. 1962 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster, $1,540,000—RM Auctions, FL, p. 152 2. 1990 Lamborghini LM002 SUV, $368,500—RM Auctions, FL, p. 158 3. 2006 Ford GT coupe, $330,000—RM Auctions, FL, p. 162 4. 1966 Aston Martin DB6 coupe, $324,183—H&H Auctioneers, U.K., p. 141 5. 1958 AC Ace roadster, $284,649—Bonhams, U.K., p. 126 6. 1965 Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint GTA 2-dr sedan, $251,866— Bonhams, U.K., p. 132 7. 1956 Lancia Aurelia B24S convertible, $220,644—Bonhams, U.K., p. 132 8. 1986 Ford RS200 coupe, $208,742—H&H Auctioneers, U.K., p. 144 9. 1959 Aston Martin DB Mk III coupe, $181,617—Bonhams, U.K., p. 128 10. 2001 BMW Z8 convertible, $171,600—RM Auctions, FL, p. 156 Best Buys 1968 Jaguar E-type Series 1.5 4.2 convertible, $82,232—H&H Auctioneers, U.K., p. 142 92 arrett-Jackson’s Palm Beach sale was, by any measure, a success: sales total up 89% over last year to $38.8m and a higher per-car average here than ever before at $55,716. All that was helped by a 145-car assortment from noted collector John Staluppi. High-sale honors went to a Nürburgring Edition 2012 Lexus LFA that sold for $770k. Bonhams held their fourth sale at the Goodwood Members’ Meeting, and this time they brought their largest catalog yet. Of the 105 vehicles on offer, 76 sold for a total $5.5m. Paul Hardiman was there to deliver us the words, images and context. H&H’s Duxford sale returned to the RAF Museum for their annual spring event. A 1966 Aston Martin DB6 topped the sales list at $324,183. Ninety-two of 149 lots sold for $4,282,936 total — a decrease of almost $1.3m from last year. Mecum’s spring Kansas City sale brought out a lot of muscle to buy. A 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon was the high sale from the auction at $130,900, while a Shelby GT350 convertible came in second at $102,300. Total sales were down from last year’s spring and fall events, perhaps further cementing a market slowdown in the collector-car auction world. In our Roundup section, RM Auctions returned as the name behind the Fort Lauderdale sale after operating as Auctions America for the previous seven years. Other highlights also include lots from GAA’s classic car sale in Greensboro, NC, Silver Arizona’s late-March sale and some quirky fare from Brightwells’ Bicester collector-car sale. Chad’s Quick Take: Sellers brought three first-gener- ation Honda NSXs to Barrett-Jackson’s Palm Beach sale — in addition to several other JDM cars. Coming up to the sale, I wrote myself a reminder to check in on the prices of those Hondas after the sale, including a few notes on my expectations. It was Barrett and those three were marked as no reserve, so I knew they were going to new homes — it was just a matter of how much they’d bring. After the sale, I pulled my notes and checked the prices. I thought that since these were JDM cars, which include right-hand drive, enthusiasts would come out of the woodwork to bid on these cars. Hoo-boy, was I mistaken. What happened was three cars selling for under the market median. The most recent update to the SCM Pocket Price Guide pegs the median at $52,000 for first-generation NSXs. The three at Barrett ranged from $33k to $44k, with the 5-speed (the other two were automatics) as the highestselling one. JDM right-hand-drive and 5-speed manual 1990 Honda NSX coupe, sold for $44,000 at Barrett-Jackson’s Palm Beach, FL, auction Kansas City, MO March 16–17, 2018 Sales Totals of Auctions in This Issue Mecum $6.3m Chichester, U.K. March 18, 2018 Bicester, U.K. March 21, 2018 Bonhams Brightwells Duxford, U.K. March 21, 2018 March 23–24, 2018 Greensboro, NC Fort McDowell, AZ March 30–31, 2018 Fort Lauderdale, FL April 6–7, 2018 Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach, FL April 12–15, 2018 $0 $10m $20m $30m SCM 1–6 Scale Condition Rating: 1: National concours standard/perfect 2: Very good, club concours, some small flaws 3: Average daily driver in decent condition 4: Still a driver but with some apparent flaws 5: A nasty beast that runs but has many problems 6: Good only for parts I didn’t get it. Then it hit me: RHD versions of cars that were already sold here are likely less desirable than the much-more-familiar LHD cars. It’s the same deal as Aston Martins. Also, Honda, under the guise of Acura, already sold thousands of NSXs to the American public, and the trio at Barrett were just less-convenient examples. I think the obsessive, deep-diving buyers will value the authentic cars from Japan, but the market at large will favor things more familiar. ♦ RM Auctions Silver AZ GAA H&H $5.5m $545k $4.3m $8.6m $1.8m $19m $40m $38.8m $50m 2001 BMW Z8 convertible, $171,600—RM Auctions, FL, p. 156 1992 Nissan Skyline GTS-T sedan, $8,800—Barrett-Jackson, FL, p. 101 1956 MG Magnette ZA sedan, $27,249—Bonhams, U.K., p. 126 1963 Turner Mk II racer, $24,044— Bonhams, U.K., p. 128 Sports Car Market


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Market Reports Overview Buy/Sell/Hold SCM Managing Editor Jim Pickering nails down his picks of what to buy — and sell — in today’s market by Jim Pickering Buy: Original Mini (1959–2000) Classic Minis are a buy for a couple of reasons. First, they’re some- what scarce in the United States, which makes them interesting despite being relatively inexpensive, depending on condition and equipment. Second, they’re iconic in much the same way a 911, Mustang, Beetle or ’57 Chevrolet is — that means there’s mass-market appeal here that will always push a degree of interest among car people and regular people. Finally, they’re small — future urban-based collectors will see that as a plus. But beyond all that, they’re a blast to drive. If you’ve never owned one, what are you waiting for? Just have a specialist check for rust before you take the plunge, as it’s common and can be expensive to fix. Sell: First-gen Ford Bronco (1966–77) I’ve got nothing against Broncos, but I think the leader of the SUV value charge is close to the peak. We’ve been seeing strong prices on these off-road Fords at auction — the current median is $33k — and I just don’t see them growing significantly in value from where they are right now. They’re fundamentally simple, upright and drive like shortwheelbase trucks. If you’re the type who finds value in actual use, you’ll find that true enjoyment of something like this (the way it was meant to be enjoyed — off road) will likely hurt its condition and resale value. Unless your love of yours outweighs the current market exuberance for off-road Americana, you might consider cashing out before those front tires crest the hill. Hold: 1980s Poster Icons Here I am again pushing the 1980s. I know you’ve read this before, but it bears repeating: Cars that were lustworthy in the 1980s are still poised for upward movement. Kids in the era who had posters, folders and Trapper Keepers that featured Countaches, 930s and Testarossas are now 30- and 40-somethings with growing disposable income. Will they buy the car they used to doodle in class or just Amazon Prime a reprint of the poster? I’d hold on to these cars for now while the market figures that out. 94 Sports Car Market BUY SELL HOLD


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Barrett-Jackson West Palm Beach, FL Barrett-Jackson — Palm Beach 2018 A good portion of the Palm Beach auction success was due to the inclusion of the impressive Staluppi Collection Company Barrett-Jackson Date April 12–15, 2018 Location Palm Beach, FL Auctioneers Mast Auctioneers; Joseph Mast, lead auctioneer Automotive lots sold/offered 697/700 Sales rate 99% Sales total $38,833,970 High sale 2012 Lexus LFA Nürburgring Edition coupe, sold at $770,000 Buyer’s premium 10%, included in sold prices One of 145 vehicles on offer from the Staluppi Collection — 1955 Packard Caribbean convertible, sold at $56,100 Report and photos by John Hoshstrasser Market opinions in italics A fter heavy storms deluged the West Palm Beach area, the Barrett-Jackson auction army brought with them good fortunes that cleared away the clouds and provided sunny Chamber of Commerce weather. They also brought hundreds of rare, desirable and immaculate vehicles to this auction. Bidders and spectators responded, as this year’s auction attracted more than 700 new bidders — a record for the Palm Beach auction. All told, 697 mostly no-reserve cars sold for a Palm Beach record $38.8 million, nearly double what Barrett-Jackson previously realized. A good portion of the Palm Beach auction success was due to the inclusion of the impressive Staluppi Collection. Noted entrepreneur and philanthropist, John Staluppi brought 145 vehicles from his collection — mostly 1950s and 1960s American classics and muscle. All sold at no reserve for a combined total of $13.96 million. Eight of the top 10 sales were from the Staluppi Collection. The second-highest sale this year was Lot 718.1, a 1959 DeSoto Adventurer from the Staluppi Collection. With gorgeous black paint and gold trim, this car was stunning and sold at no reserve for $330,000 (see American Profile, p. 82). It was only bested by a 2012 Lexus LFA Nürburgring Edition coupe at $770,000 (see Next Gen Profile, p. 86). 96 There were many Barrett-Jackson staples also available, including several Palm Beach, FL Toyota FJ40 Land Cruisers. Lot 428, a 1980 example that had been body-off restored, sold for $66,000. Due to their breakout success at other BarrettJackson auctions, there were also a number of Volkswagen microbuses available. The most notable was Lot 729, a 1967 21-Window Samba that was featured on the “That ’70s Show” television series. With some memorabilia from the show, this lot sold for $121,000. A dealer in Japanese Domestic Market vehicles brought several cars to this year’s auction. Their 1990 Honda NSX with 6-speed manual transmission, Lot 445, sold for $44,000. There were also acres of American muscle available. One of my favorite vehicles at this year’s auction was Lot 73.1, a 1943 Fiat 500 Topolino that sold for $40,700. Although there were some deals to be had on Thursday and Sunday, the vehicles that went across the block on Friday and Saturday were usually well sold. The success of Friday and Saturday was most likely due in no small part to the huge number of bidders, the Barrett-Jackson factor and the fact that those days were televised on live TV, making any winning bidder a potential TV star. This year’s Palm Beach auction was a huge success for Barrett-Jackson. Although BarrettJackson has mixed up their locations in other parts of the country, I can say with confidence that their Southeast auction will be firmly cemented in West Palm Beach for many years to come. ♦ $50m $40m $30m $20m $10m 0 Sports Car Market 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 Sales Totals


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Barrett-Jackson West Palm Beach, FL ENGLISH #161-1959 TRIUMPH TR3A roadster. S/N: TS55797L. Yellow/brown vinyl. Odo: 53,583 miles. Good recent paint over straight body. This shade of yellow is not in the Triumph catalog of colors. Rechromed bumpers. Shiny chrome wire wheels missing some spokes here and there. Headlight trim pitting, and front chrome Triumph badge chipped and peeling. Some snaps for top broken off. Outside mirrors mounted on front fenders. New interior vinyl seat coverings. Door panels and dash covered with padded vinyl. Banjo steering wheel good, aftermarket shifter. Carpet worn and sun bleached. Plastic wind wings crazed. Engine clean, but surfaces are tired. Cond: 3-. a restored example in their catalog. Values have been flat the last couple of years. This car looked good from 20 feet, but unwound a bit under closer inspection. There must have been two people bidding on this car that really wanted it, as this lot was wildly well sold. #352.1-2008 ASTON MARTIN VAN- TAGE Volante. S/N: SCFBF04B38GD08421. Caspian Blue/blue cloth/tan leather. Odo: 17,850 miles. Some scratches to nose, with rest of paint good. Plastic headlight covers scratched. Wheels blemish-free. Top was down, so could not inspect. Some wear to driver’s seat side bolster and creasing on seat bottom. Rest of interior like new. No stains to engine, but it’s a little dusty. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $28,600. A popular oval-window model with sliding sunroof, it was said to come from a South Florida Volkswagen dealer. This is the kind of car that was restored and placed in the dealership lobby, with some liberties taken for looks over originality. Some of the wear, like the scratches to the paint and bent bumper overrider, is consistent with what you’d expect having people (or children) poking around at it. As such, this lot was well sold. #319.1-1964 VOLKSWAGEN TYPE 3 SOLD AT $20,900. The missing spokes in the wire wheels did not instill confidence with the rest of the car. No sign of a top or side curtains. There was something about this car that left a bad taste in my mouth. It looked like it was redone on the cheap, and the interior didn’t look as crisp as it should have. Values for this model have been on a slight downward trend as of late. Well sold for condition. #418.1-1967 AUSTIN-HEALEY 3000 Mk III BJ8 convertible. S/N: 1HBJ8L42154. Metalic Golden Beige/black cloth/red leather. Odo: 38,178 miles. Claimed recent nut-andbolt restoration. Good paint with some prep sanding showing through. Chrome replated all around—except trunk handle, which is pitting. Dayton wire knockoffs good, with modern Kumho tires. New vinyl dash. Leather seats and armrests baggy. Telescopic wood steering wheel good. Valve cover clean, with the rest of the engine bay a little oily. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $63,800. Aston Martin previously used the Vantage name for their high-performance cars, but in 2008, the Vantage was the entry-level model, as much as an Aston Martin is an entry-level car. Strictly a 2-seater, the Vantage is an agile performer. This attractive, low-mile example was well sold. GERMAN #978-1956 VOLKSWAGEN BEETLE 2-dr sedan. S/N: 1131278. Gray/red vinyl. Odo: 14 miles. Good paint over straight body. Some chips here and there. Exterior mirror badly pitted. New bumpers and brackets, front bumper over rider bent. Door handles pitted. New weatherstrip around windows missing correct bright trim. Sliding top good. Aftermarket window glass all around. Right rear glass scratched from inside. Red vinyl seats and door panels present well, but not in correct pattern. Stainless trim on sides shows some chips. Wheels and hubcaps good. Windwing surround incorrectly painted body color, wind-wing latches inside painted black. Dash and steering wheel good. Engine bay locked. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $24,200. Full disclosure: I own an original 1967 Squareback and I love it! They can still be found on the road in California, but in my 20-plus years in Florida, I’ve not seen another Type 3 here. This example shows the popular modifications made to these cars. Type III Squarebacks are a niche market— even in the vintage VW world—so their values have been suppressed compared to vintage Beetles and buses. They’ve never been worth the cost that it would take to restore them. It’s hard to find a Squareback in this condition, but I’ll still call it well sold. #641-1967 VOLKSWAGEN TRANS- SOLD AT $157,300. Big Healeys always have a solid following. With good looks, top-down motoring and a strong engine, I can understand why. Most every large auction house has 98 PORTER Camper microbus. S/N: 237129543. White & yellow/beige vinyl. Odo: 71 miles. Heavy respray over straight body. Wheel paint shiny, wide whitewalls yellowing. Painted bumpers. New Cal-style window weatherstripping—without stainless trim. All new wood paneling and cabinets inside. Correct-looking table. Vinyl wood-look flooring. Door panels and headliner of wood sheeting. Overhead “ambulance” air ventilation. Walkthrough front buckets. Driver’s seat vinyl does not fit, and some padding underneath is visible at seat-bottom corner. Safari pop-out wind- Sports Car Market Squareback wagon. S/N: 0330504. Black/ beige vinyl & cloth. Good paint over straight body panels. Door gaps wide at front of doors but tight at rear. Rechromed stock bumpers with overriders. Exterior vent at cowl chromed. Chrome EMPI GT wheels good. Suspension lowered a tad. New weatherstripping around windows with correct stainless trim. Aftermarket seat covers and door panels in incorrect pattern. New tan squareweave carpet. Aftermarket EMPI wood steering wheel, aftermarket shifter. Padded dash top good. Tachometer added where clock should be. 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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) #9274. 1972 Nissan Skyline 2000 GT. S/N KGC10047557. 69,500 km (43k miles). “2.0-liter SOHC inline-six, 5-Speed Manual Transmission, Recently purchased from a Japanese collector, triple Mikuni carburetors, GT-R styling modifications, RS Watanabe wheels, coil-overs, recent service, Japanese inspection reports.” Condition: 2. Barrett-Jackson West Palm Beach, FL ITALIAN shield. New jalousie windows on both sides. Pop-up top canvas and screens look good. Engine clean and stock, with modern crank pulley showing degrees for timing adjustment. Cond: 2. #73.1-1943 FIAT 500 C Topolino con- SOLD AT $68,500. It’s great to see how well these cars do online — and not just in the big auction world. This Skyline is a GT — not the more elusive GT-R, which demands a lot more money. We are still seeing high dollars for this car. While it is not in original shape, it has all the perfect kyusha (old car) period-correct parts. Well sold. Bring-ATrailer, 4/26/2018. #445. 1990 Honda NSX coupe. S/N NA11000294. Unknown miles. “This right-handdrive 1990 Honda NSX sports a beautiful red exterior over a race-inspired red interior. It is powered by a 3.0-liter, 6-cylinder engine and a 5-speed manual transmission. This fully loaded Honda rides on new forged racing wheels and tires, and was recently paint-corrected and shined to a mirror-like finish.” Condition: 2. vertible. S/N: 090670. Burgundy & black/ black vinyl/tan cloth. Odo: 76,757 miles. Recent respray of burgundy body and black fenders. Some orange peel and runs in corners. Wheels not fully prepped before painting, with some painted-over rust. Hubcaps dented and cloudy. Loose-fitting rollback top, but plastic rear window clear. Grille bright trim painted silver over pitting. Windshield shows scratches; sliding side windows okay. New cloth seats and rubber floor mat in front, new carpet in back. Painted dash okay; gauges show mildew stains. Steering wheel good. Engine bay was closed during inspection, but the catalog pictures show it is clean, with surface deterioration from age. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $55,000. This camper was freshly restored with many shortcuts. The interior was gutted and the paneling and headliner were lined with cheap wood sheets from a warehouse hardware store. No kitchen equipment; instead, there was a cabinet and wood closet most likely from the same hardware store. At least the fold-up breakfast table was still there. Kudos to the carpenter who created the interior because it all fits well—it’s just not stock. This vehicle previously did not sell at Mecum’s Kissimmee 2018 sale at a high bid of $70,000 (SCM# 6861752). The consignor here probably regrets not taking the bid earlier this year. #671.1-1987 PORSCHE 911 Turbo SOLD AT $44,000. The Acura NSX has been slowly climbing in value in the United States, so it makes sense the Honda NSX would climb with it. The Acura brand was launched with the goal of rebranding Honda as a luxury/performance automaker, similar to Lexus and Infinity. Both NSXs look the same, but the Honda would be slightly more unique in the U.S. Well sold. Barrett-Jackson, Palm Beach, FL, 4/12/2018. #394. 1994 Toyota Supra Twin Turbo coupe. S/N JT2JA82J3R0009061. Unknown miles. “This 1994 Toyota Supra Twin Turbo has had no modifications and all work was performed by a Toyota dealer. It is powered by a 3.0-liter turbo engine with automatic transmission. From the John Staluppi “Cars of Dreams” Collection.” Condition: 2. SOLD AT $50,600. In last month’s issue, we saw a very similar Supra sell for $80,000 on Bring-ATrailer. Without knowing the mileage on this one, I wonder what held it back. Perhaps the right bidders were not in the room. That said, $50k seems to be the new going rate for these cars. Well bought. Barrett-Jackson, Palm Beach, FL, 4/12/2018. ♦ 100 SOLD AT $126,500. The second coming of the 930 to the U.S. after Porsche withdrew the 930 in 1980 and brought it back in 1986. Still with a 4-speed manual; a 5-speed wouldn’t appear until 1989. This appeared to be a track-ready example with the addition of the cloth seats, roll bar and engine upgrades most likely magnifying the snap oversteer in these road rockets. Not for the purist, this example was well sold due in part to low miles. Sports Car Market coupe. S/N: WP0JB0933HS051505. Black/ black cloth. Odo: 30,784 miles. Good paint with some polishing swirls. Aftermarket RUF wheels. Cloth Recaro seats and roll bar added. Pioneer CD player in dash. Engine upgraded with large intercooler, stainless headers and ported heads. Engine bay is clean, but some factory decals are coming loose. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $40,700. This car was built during the hostilities of WWII and somehow escaped the heavy Allied bombing campaign that Torino endured. This is back when Fiat was really Fabbrica Italiana Automobili Torino. Topolino in Italian is “little mouse” and the name the Italians give to Mickey Mouse. Standing next to this car, it’s obvious the name fits the model. With 13 hp from its 1.2-L 4-cylinder and 4-speed, the top speed was a claimed 53 mph. Cute sells, and this car had a crowd throughout the auction. This example was listed for sale from a South Florida dealer in a 2016 YouTube ad for $39k. If they were the consignors here, then they got their retail price, which I’ll call well sold at a no-reserve auction. #625-2011 MASERATI GRANTUR- ISMO convertible. S/N: ZAM45KMA5B0054278. Black/black cloth/black leather. Odo: 11,602 miles. Factory paint shows a lot of orange peel and a few touch-ups to nose. A little curb rash to right rear wheel. Plastic headlamp


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Barrett-Jackson West Palm Beach, FL covers clear. Interior all as-new, with some slight creasing to driver’s seat. Attractive red piping on black leather seats. Top down during inspection. Engine bay is generally clean, with a little dust. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $57,200. This car was claimed to be a Florida car all its life, and—being a convertible—would fit right in cruising around Palm Beach. There was no manual transmission available this year. This model is still in used-car status and depreciation is continuing. Although this was a great example, I still feel it was well sold. JAPANESE #434-1971 TOYOTA LAND CRUISER FJ40 SUV. S/N: FJ4092988. Tan & white/gray vinyl. Odo: 88 miles. Claimed nut-and-bolt restoration in 2017—including engine and drivetrain rebuild. Presume miles are since restoration. Good paint with slight overspray at body seams. Painted bumpers with tow hooks. Wheels show some dents and rust under paint. New BFG mud tires. Chassis clean underneath. New interior vinyl rear bench seats face each other. Sparse interior complete and good. Window glass shows some scratches. Clean engine bay. Power front disc brakes added. Carburetor looks new. Cond: 2+. seat moderately creased, rest of interior looks good. Carrozzeria entertainment system added. Engine bay clean; unpainted aluminum bits show surface oxidation. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $35,200. JDM car that comes with a clear Texas title just recently imported. Its left-handdrive Acura cousin has taken off in market value over the past couple of years. With so many LHD Acura NSXs on the market, I’m not sure what would attract buyers to a JDM example. The right-hand drive, automatic transmission and 126k kilometers held this car back. Market value for condition. #611-1991 TOYOTA SUPRA Turbo coupe. S/N: JZA700012948. Dark green metallic/black cloth. RHD. Odo: 95,944 km. Could be original paint. If so, it’s holding up well. Aftermarket alloy wheels show some surface corrosion. Windshield wipers repainted over some rust. Wear spot on nose paint nearly worn through. Cloth seats good, with no noticeable wear to interior. Engine dusty but complete and tidy. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $55,000. The bloom is off the rose for Land Cruisers as of late. A couple of years ago, excellent examples were pushing six figures. That brought FJs out of the woodwork, with owners hoping to cash in. So now nearly every auction has at least one. They still bring good money. This result was market correct for condition. #141-1991 HONDA NSX coupe. S/N: NA11001859. Red/black leather. RHD. Odo: 126,032 km. Japanese-market right-hand drive. Original red paint holding up well. Aftermarket alloy wheels. Glass clear. Driver’s SOLD AT $11,000. Turbo Supra with 5-speed manual would be popular among today’s Japanese-market fans; not sure of the right-hand drive, though. Maybe that’s just me? Previously for sale at Mecum’s Las Vegas last November, it didn’t sell at a high bid of $15,000 (SCM# 6854980). Sold correctly for left-handdrive money. I’ll leave it up to others as to what effect the RHD status would have on values. #618-1992 NISSAN SKYLINE GTS-T sedan. S/N: HCR32282635. Silver/gray cloth. RHD. Odo: 113,304 km. Original paint, with some touch-ups, could use a good buffing. Wheels dirty with brake dust. Black finish worn from wipers. Chrome trim above front bumpers peeling. Rear window wiper good. Cloth seats excellent, dash good, some wear to leather steering wheel. Rest of interior very good. Factory cassette radio. Five-speed manual transmission. Japanese shipping company sticker on windshield. Stock engine bay dusty. The physical condition of this car could pass for half the mileage shown. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $8,800. I’ve not seen one of these before: a 4-door Skyline with 5-speed manual transmission and a rear window wiper. This car comes with a clean Texas title. I spoke with a young, energetic representative of the Texas company that imports these cars. His company brought BEST BUY July 2018 101


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Barrett-Jackson West Palm Beach, FL Ford flathead V8 detailed nicely. Cond: 2-. ci V8, 2x4-bbl, auto. Excellent paint over straight body. Slight polish scratches to exterior chrome and bright trim. Plastic part of rear crest badly crazed. Top was down, so could not inspect. Full wheel covers replace factory chrome wires. Dual power antennas on rear fenders. Slight creasing on seats, which show more patina than wear. Dash and door panels good. Chrome dash blemish-free. Slight wear to steering wheel. Engine bay clean, with correct decals. Replacement hood insulation and budget replacement battery. Cond: 2. several JDM cars to this auction and he was on hand to answer any questions from those interested. If I was in the market for a JDM car, this is an example I’d be interested in. A unique model not available in the U.S., not some readily available Japanese car that happens to have right-hand drive. Retail usually is $3k–$5k more. A quick online search shows that this example sold in the ball park of what you’d expect at a no-reserve auction, but I’ll still call it well bought for credit-card money. #612-1992 MAZDA RX-7 coupe. S/N: FD3S107769. Silver/black cloth. RHD. Odo: 752 km. Kilometers claimed original. Original paint good but dirty. Front license-plate holder starting to rust. Silver-painted alloy wheels have some chips. Interior as-new and still has strong new-car smell. Engine bay complete but dusty. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $44,000. Four-door convertible phaeton with legendary flathead V8. This car previously sold at Barrett-Jackson’s Northeast 2016 sale for $52,800 (SCM# 6805277). The consignor took a bit of a haircut at this sale, but I think the price realized here at Palm Beach is more in line with today’s market. #84-1954 KAISER SPECIAL 2-dr sedan. S/N: K545012312. Ivory & green/green & ivory cloth. Odo: 12,075 miles. 226-ci I6, 2-bbl, 3-sp. Good paint over straight body, with some chips on top of passenger’s door. Chrome bumpers a little hazy, with a couple of chips. Yellow driving lights mounted on bumper. Chrome wire wheels good, wide whitewall tires are bright white. Exterior stainless okay, with some pitting. Plastic taillamp covers show some crazing. Glass windows clear. Upholstery is all good, but for some wear to driver’s seat piping from getting in and out. Cloth dash cover in good shape. Large chrome AM radio shines. New green carpet. Steering wheel has slight cracks. Engine cover was closed, but catalog shows it to be clean. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $56,100. Stated number 244 of 500 built in 1955. The Caribbean was top of the line for Packard in 1955. Aside from a/c, all power options were standard and included an electronic self-leveling suspension system (that was prone to fail in period). Caribbeans exemplify the flamboyant era of 1950s luxury convertibles, with multicolored exterior paint and interiors, and powerful engines. This car previously sold at Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas in October 2017 for $57,200 (SCM# 6853095). It appears that the market has spoken on this car, but I still contend that this very attractive example was well bought. #85-1955 FORD COURIER Sedan De- SOLD AT $15,400. Comes with clean Texas title. Representative from the consigning company states that this car sat in a dealership unsold until he picked it up last fall. This car was last seen at Mecum Las Vegas on Novemember 16, 2017, where it was a no-sale at $18,000 (SCM# 6854761). The consignor probably regrets not taking that money, but well bought and sold here. AMERICAN #461-1936 FORD MODEL 68 Deluxe convertible. S/N: 183291734. Green/tan cloth/brown leather. Odo: 91,582 miles. Recent paint over straight body. Chrome bumpers good, V8 hood ornament pitted. All other bright trim good. New rubber on running boards. Wheel trim rings show some small dents, wide whitewall tires starting to yellow. Cloth top excellent. Restored interior with new leather seats. Faux-wood dash good, clear gauges. Some nicks to banjo steering wheel. 102 SOLD AT $44,000. Originally designed in 1951 by Howard “Dutch” Darrin. The front end kinda resembles that of the Kaiser-Darrin convertible with the scooped grille. This Club Sedan is a large and imposing 2-dr sedan. An attractive alternative to other 1950s Americana iron. This is the first time I’ve seen one in person. This car previously sold at Hollywood Wheels West Palm Beach in March 2013 for $27,825 (SCM# 6076502). The reporter at the Hollywood Wheels sale called it well sold. It’s traveled 100 miles since then, and it’s even more well sold here. #374-1955 PACKARD CARIBBEAN convertible. S/N: 55881244. Jade White, Rose Quartz & Gray Pearl Poly/white vinyl/ rose & white leather. Odo: 44,423 miles. 352- livery. S/N: U5CS141584. Black/tan vinyl. Odo: 46,512 miles. 272-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Miles claimed original. Recent respray left orange peel throughout. Touch-ups at corner of hood. Original-looking bumpers pitted and scratched, other bright trim okay. Front Ford emblem crazed. Glass clear. New vinyl seat covers and door panels. New rubber floor mat in front, new carpet in rear storage area. Sparse painted dash good, steering wheel not cracked, but chrome horn button pitted. Good headliner. Engine bay clean, with cheap orange heater hose. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $17,600. This lot appears to have been spruced up just enough to be presentable for this auction, and would make a good blank Sports Car Market


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Barrett-Jackson West Palm Beach, FL canvas to advertise a business. Or lower it and make a hot rod out of it, as no one would shed a tear at its loss. As such, fairly bought. #631-1961 CHRYSLER 300G 2-dr hard top. S/N: 841311325B. White/tan vinyl & cloth. 413-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, auto. Heavy repaint with orange peel, overspray and masking lines. Full-wheel hubcaps show some pitting. Bumpers recently rechromed, but door handles pitted. Dash top wavy, seats good. Interior brightwork pitted, with some rust spots. Smells a little musty inside. Engine all stock and detailed. Factory air conditioning. Some fuel staining on carburetors, and budget modern battery. Some signs of rattle-can spray on firewall. Cond: 3+. black vinyl/black leather. Odo: 19,052 miles. 390-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Great paint over straight body. Chrome bumpers and bright trim good. Plastic wind deflectors attached to wind wings are crazed. Top good with clear rear window. Seat leather looks new. Dashpad has one crack down the middle. Door panels are good. Swing-away steering column. Gauges clear. Factory a/c and power windows. Engine bay dirty, with rusty bolts. Edelbrock aluminum heads added. Power brakes, steering and top. Cond: 3+. #26-1962 RAMBLER AMERICAN 2-dr sedan. S/N: B392600. Red/gray vinyl & cloth. Odo: 24,542 miles. 195-ci I6, 2-bbl, auto. Recent respray over straight body showing some orange peel. Rechromed bumpers straight, bright trim good. New glass weatherstripping. New cloth upholstery good, but vinyl piping on tops of seats wavy. Painted dash has some chips. Gray paint on steering wheel worn through in spots. AM radio in dash. Clear speedometer gauge. Claimed new brakes and carburetor. Clean engine bay with aftermarket paper air cleaner and newish aftermarket radiator. Modern battery with bright green top detracts. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $70,400. The 300G includes nearly all of the features of 1950s automotive overindulgence. The canted front headlights, tall tailfins, copious use of chrome inside and out, push-button transmission, space-age instrument panel, wild dual-carb induction, etc. ... The list goes on and on. I’m fascinated by these cars. However, values have been dead flat the past several years. Slightly well sold for condition. #441-1962 FORD THUNDERBIRD Sports Roadster. S/N: 2Y89Z145050. White/ SOLD AT $38,500. Nearly every Bullet Bird convertible has the rear tonneau cover over the rear seats, and is referred to as a Sports Roadster. When I see one, I automatically assume it’s a clone. This example comes with 89 in the VIN, and has the backing from BarrettJackson that it is the real deal. It also has the provenance of appearing in nine episodes on the DIY Channel’s “Restore My Ride,” hosted by Steve Magnante back in 2004. This car previously sold at Mecum Houston in April 2013 for $28,890 (SCM# 6740696), so the consignor made out okay. Today it appears that the bidders found this car’s story believable, and the price realized was market correct. SOLD AT $7,920. This is what an inexpensive, compact car looked like in 1962. Cute as a button, it constantly had a crowd around it. Its 2-door styling, red paint and wide whitewall tires will make it attractive to the kitsch crowd. I wouldn’t hesitate being seen in it, and I’m sure it would generate plenty of smiles and waves from those who see it on the road. The seemingly low credit-card price for this example is actually market correct. Well bought and sold. #668.1-1966 SHELBY GT350 H fast- back. S/N: SFM651586. Black/black vinyl. Odo: 30,476 miles. 289-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Older repaint good, but some cracking developing in areas. Hertz center caps show some pitting. Repro Goodyear Blue Streak tires mounted on good Magnum 500 wheels. Vinyl seats good, with a little bagging on seat bottoms. Shelby tach mounted on top of dash, while the rest of dash is good. Correct Shelby seat belts. Some scratches and haziness to window glass all around. Engine bay stock and a little dirty. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $104,500. Standard Shelby Hertz rent-a-racer in black with gold stripes and auto transmission. One of around 1,000 built. 104 Sports Car Market


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Barrett-Jackson West Palm Beach, FL Market Moment Values seem to be trending upward lately. This car was a good example and was well bought. #649-1966 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. S/N: 194376S107672. Milano Maroon/ black vinyl. Odo: 11,120 miles. 427-ci 390-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Good paint over straight body. Gaps good. Right front headlight bucket not lying flush with body. Rechromed bumpers straight. Goldline tires on unblemished knockoff wheels. Some bright trim has small scratches. Vinyl seats look unused. Good door panels. Paint on console shows light wear. Engine bay clean, with factory marking and labels. Optioned with factory a/c, teak steering wheel, power brakes and steering, AM/FM radio with power antenna, knockoff wheels. Cond: 2+. courtesy of Barrett-Jackson 1966 Ford Good Humor Truck Sold at $117,700 Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach, FL, April 13, 2018, Lot 392.1 Chassis number: F25AE789626 them and the cars to come. A pole barn works great. But don’t stop now! Tack up some period- T correct porcelain signs and install a gas pump. Pretty cool. Before you know it, you are building and tricking out a partial malt shop. Of course, your malt shop is an existential purgatory, where no malts are ever served and the Fonz is nowhere to be seen. The logical end to this path is buying a vintage ice cream truck, instantly getting the ability to ex- port your growing nostalgia craze onto unsuspecting kids at local parades and rodeos. Then you can sell them treats in the form of cold sugar in various guises. Oh, and you get to wear a white uniform! At Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach 2018, Lot 392.1 was a 1966 Ford Good Humor Ice Cream truck. It came from the John Staluppi “Cars of Dreams” Collection. The ice cream truck crossed the block for a diz- zying $117,700. Let that sink in. Sure, it was a frame-off restoration, complete with all the right signage and a cool white Good Humor hat. But at the end of the day, this is a 240-ci, 6-cylin- der Ford truck, with a 3-speed automatic and a big, heavy box on the back. And it’s a zero-door. The driver has to climb over the compressor in the passenger’s seat spot to get out. Sure, it will keep your Ice Cream On A Stick cold to minus 20 degrees, which your average Civic can’t handle. But after wowing the guys at the local cruise-in and terrifying a few Millennial parents with your unhealthy snacks and skeevy capitalism at the Founder’s Parade and Kale Festival, you are pretty much done. Park it next to the barren, dusty malt shop in your pole barn and attach the trickle charger. And if you really want one (and do you really need the “best” one?), they are available from time to time for a lot less. In fact, they might actually look used — even of this world. Unlike your malt shop in the pole barn. — Mark Wigginton 106 Sports Car Market here seems to be a well-worn path from buying a couple of collector cars — especially from the 1950s and 1960s — and then getting a space large enough to house SOLD AT $121,000. The car was sold new in Texas, and the factory air conditioning will be very welcome here in South Florida. Mid-year coupes can turn into an oven without it. Claimed matching numbers, but no Bloomington Gold or NCRS judging to verify. Two bidders must have really wanted this car, as it sold 40% over current market value. Extremely well sold. #951-1967 OLDSMOBILE CUTLASS Supreme Holiday 2-dr hard top. S/N: 338177Z104471. Blue/black vinyl. Odo: 10,232 miles. 455-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Fresh blue paint with some orange peel. Some pitting to bumpers, but all other bright trim good. Hurst and 442 badging added to front fenders. Small tear to driver’s seat side bolster, and driver’s seat bottom seams starting to unwind. Dash top good, with dash bright trim dull. Additional gauges added under dash. Original radio, modern 6x9 speakers added to rear parcel shelf. Hurst shifter. Aftermarket small-diameter leather steering wheel. Washed engine compartment, but painted surfaces have cracks. Edelbrock intake and aftermarket carburetor. Modern headers. Underside of hood painted over rust. 442 label added to air cleaner. Cond: 3+.


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Barrett-Jackson West Palm Beach, FL SOLD AT $30,800. I think every 1960s Cutlass has 442 badging on it these days, but more was done to this car than just adding the badges. I’m sure with the big 455-ci engine and 4-speed, this would be a fun car to drive, and from 10 feet away you’d look good driving it. But this clone sold for more than a real 442 sport coupe. Well sold. #429-1969 DODGE CHARGER R/T 2-dr hard top. S/N: XS29L9G22520. Blue/ white vinyl/blue vinyl. Odo: 92,971 miles. 440-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, auto. Good recent repaint, with some orange peel evident. Variable gaps. Chrome bumpers and stainless trim good. Nice-fitting vinyl top. Repro Magnum 500 wheels good with new BFGoodrich radial tires. Hideaway headlights. Interior vinyl surfaces excellent. Good console and dash. Original 440 with Six Pack added. Power brakes and steering. Engine bay detailed and clean. Claimed recent rebuild. Modern VIN tag screwed into dash top, but number matches VIN stamp in trunk under weatherstripping. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $63,800. Rare color could be polarizing, but I like it. Besides the color, the only other thing holding this car back is the automatic transmission. This car was previously sold at Mecum Kissimmee 2017 for $82,500 (SCM# 6823777). It appears the consignor here took a near-$20k haircut. I hope he had fun with it. The price at this auction on this day was market correct. #139-1970 FORD MUSTANG custom fastback. S/N: 0F02F114550. Yellow/black vinyl. Odo: 654 miles. Excellent paint, variable panel gaps. Boss 302 stripes and shaker hood added. Chrome bumpers shiny. Aftermarket 18-inch American Racing wheels blemish-free. Black rear wing shows sun fading. Slatted rear window shade good. Glass clear. Passenger’s door handle pitted. Modern tumbler-pin locks replace old-style pin locks. New dashpad, vinyl seats, and carpet. Driver’s armrest worn. Aftermarket small-diameter leather steering wheel. Aftermarket tach mounted on steering column. AM radio, Hurst shifter. Marti Report shows this to have originally been a 302 with 2-bbl carburetor. Engine now dressed up to re-create a Boss 302. Clean engine bay. Power brakes and steering. Cond: 2. and generally clean, with heavy fuel staining to intake manifold. Smog pump has gone missing. Some signs of rattle-can touch-ups under the hood. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $44,000. I’m a huge fan of these high-winding, solid-lifter, small-block LT-1s. The fact that this example is a convertible with attractive Targa Blue paint is icing on the cake. Excellent LT-1 examples have seen a good bump in values over the past couple of years. Lesser-condition cars have remained relatively flat. This car must have looked good under the lights on the block since it sold a bit higher than current market in its current condition. Well sold. #149-2004 PANOZ ESPERANTE con- SOLD AT $82,500. Striking blue paint with white bumblebee stripe and white vinyl top. The 440 motor with 727 TorqueFlite automatic shifter on the console is a step up. This was a strong presentation that brought strong money. Well sold. #749-1969 FORD MUSTANG Mach 1 fastback. S/N: 9R02R109093. Aztec Aqua/ black vinyl. Odo: 4,666 miles. 428-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Good paint and gaps. Bumpers and bright trim good. Magnum 500-style wheels blemish-free. New seat covers. Slotted rear-window shade good. New dash top. Rear fold-down seats. Elite Marti Report shows one of one with these options. Shaker hood. Engine bay clean and stock. Power steering and brakes, AM radio. New Autocraft Silver battery. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $42,900. No harm with the added Boss 302 bits; the modifications even increased this car’s value. Hopefully the new owner won’t get tired of explaining that this is not the real deal. This car appeared at Mecum Kissimmee 2018, where it was a no-sale at $30,000 (SCM# 6860489). The consignor proved wise to transport it a couple hours south for this auction. The hammer price in Kissimmee was closer to the market value, so the result here at Barrett-Jackson was very well sold. #363.1-1972 CHEVROLET COR- VETTE convertible. S/N: 1Z67L2S509191. Targa Blue/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 50,995 miles. 350-ci 255-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Paint okay, with some sanding prep visible. Variable gaps. Two good rally wheels, other two show surface rust. Good trim rings all around. Front bumper chrome good, rear bumper chrome shows some pitting. Windshield surround good. Top was down during inspection. Original vinyl seats show wear to driver’s seat side bolster. Seat bottoms flattening. Dash top is okay. Original door panels show wear with age. Original console shows wear. Telescopic steering wheel good. Engine bay stock 108 SOLD AT $34,100. Founded in 1989, Panoz is a boutique manufacturer of sports cars in Braselton, GA, just up I-85 from Atlanta. The Panoz family owns Road Atlanta, and Don Panoz founded the American Le Mans Series (ALMS), so they know a thing or two about racing and sports cars. Esperantes have a unique look and, with the Ford Cobra engine, will transport one with speed and comfort. This example was well bought at a price below the current retail market. © Sports Car Market vertible. S/N: 189PB47334B213010. Red/black cloth/tan leather. Odo: 21,014 miles. 4.6-L fuel-injected V8, auto. Factory paint over aluminum body good, with a few scratches here and there. Factory alloy wheels unmarked. Top down, so could not inspect. Some wear to top boot. Interior a little dirty, with slight creasing to driver’s seat bottom, but rest of interior good. Gauge cluster is located in the middle of the dash. Ford Cobra 32-valve V8 under the hood, with carbon-fiber induction cover. Engine clean. Plaque with Panoz employee signatures. Slight surface oxidation to alternator. Every conceivable power option. Cond: 2.


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Mecum Auctions Kansas City, MO Mecum Spring Kansas City 2018 The sale featured some impressive lots, including a small contingent of Shelbys. Highest selling of those was a ’68 GT350 convertible at $102,300 Company Mecum Auctions Date March 16–17, 2018 Location Kansas City, MO Auctioneers Mark Delzell, Jimmy Landis, Matt Moravec Automotive lots sold/offered 309/510 Sales rate 61% Sales total $6,299,150 High sale 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon coupe, sold at $130,900 Buyer’s premium 10%, included in sold prices Restored to perfection — 1968 Shelby GT350 convertible, sold at $102,300 Report and photos by Brett Hatfield Market opinions in italics J 110 ust as certain as spring begins to bloom here in March, Kansas City also embraces the return of Mecum’s collector-car auction. Located in the heart of downtown KC, the sale is an impressive assortment of American muscle, European sports cars, hot rods, collectibles, cruisers, customs and memorabilia. Mecum’s auction is always a cacopho- nous, raucous, almost carnival-like atmosphere. Sales assistants wrap arms around their shoulders like long-lost relatives returning home, encouraging the potential buyers. Bidders and spectators alike are able to walk right up to the presentation lane as the cars are rolled in front of the auctioneer. Add to this the numerous cameras from NBCSN televising the goings-on, multiple nearby cash bars to aid in bidder bravado (car dealers only wish they could serve booze to their customers), and a sound system so loud it can be heard outside the building. The sale featured a number of impressive lots this time around, as is always the case when Mecum comes to Kansas City, MO There were not one but two of Dodge’s brand new fire-breathing Challenger Demons, more than 50 Corvettes, a fistful of Porsches, a 2005 Ford GT, umerous Mercedes both new and old, and a small contingent of Shelby Mustangs. The highest selling of those was a ’68 GT350 convertible, which sold to the new owner for $102,300. This spring’s sale yielded a 61% sell-through rate — out of 510 lots of- fered, 309 found new ownership. The high sale belonged to one of the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demons, which traded hands for $130,900. The auction netted a $6,299,150 haul. This is down slightly from the December 2017 Mecum KC auction, which saw a sell-through rate of 66%, yielding $8,220,833. It’s also slightly down from last year’s spring sale, which fetched $7.3m on a 62% sell-through. This may be an indicator of a cooling trend in the collector-car market, or may have been due to the sale happening at the same time as the NAIA Men’s Basketball tournament at nearby Municipal Auditorium. Let’s hope it was the hoops. ♦ Sales Totals $12m $10m $8m $6m $4m $2m 0 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 Sports Car Market


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Mecum Auctions Kansas City, MO CANADIAN #S92-1975 BRICKLIN SV-1 Gullwing. S/N: 00031BX5S001753. Safety Orange/ brown cloth. Odo: 2,237 miles. Tiny hole at the bottom of the driver’s side door sill, directly beneath the base of the B-pillar. Paint is original, and so is the orange peel. The rear bumper is a giant black rectangle. Glass, weatherstrip and trim all in good condition. The interior is an odd shade of oatmeal brown. Engine compartment is sufficiently clean. Cond: 2-. for which he obviously had great affection. The sale price, although well above book value, seemed to be commensurate with the car. Both well sold and well bought. #F170.1-1959 MORRIS MINOR Series III convertible. S/N: MAT3L706311. Turquoise/blue vinyl/blue vinyl. Odo: 40,240 miles. This is either an older resto that has long since seen its day, or the original finish that made it a long time. Light turquoise paint is a bit dull, with multiple rust stains, nicks and bumps. All chrome is covered in pits. Battery is almost as big as the engine. Blue vinyl interior piped in cream is in good nick, with only some creasing on the seat bottoms to indicate use. Cond: 3-. tion 28 years ago was ready for a refresh. Given the condition, and potential investment to return this little car to its former glory, it was no surprise the seller let it go cheaply. Likely well sold. #S183-1998 JAGUAR XK8 convertible. S/N: SAJGX2246WC030585. Silver/black cloth/black leather. Odo: 111,925 miles. From five feet away, this looks quite good, but closer inspection shows the paint could stand to be buffed. Some road rash present on the nose, particularly along the leading edge of the hood. Wax stuck in panel gaps. Headlights and glass are both sharp. Weatherstrip around both door handles is flaking away. Chrome factory wheels look a bit dated. Both seat bolsters show significant wear. Soft top in good shape. Just a used Jaguar. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $20,350. In addition to bringing both Subaru and Yugo to the U.S., Malcolm Bricklin was responsible for the car that bears his name. Only 2,854 Bricklin SV-1s were ever built, and this had to be one of the lowestmileage examples anywhere. It had obviously been kept inside and cared for. These cars were a bit odd-looking when new, and time has not changed this example. However, this was probably the most-original, least-used Bricklin in existence. Well bought. ENGLISH #S149-1953 NASH-HEALEY LE MANS coupe. S/N: 3052. Gold & ivory/tan leather. Odo: 33,890 miles. An older restoration that’s beginning to show its age. Shiny paint covers the all-steel body (the trunk and hood are aluminum). Chrome shows signs of patina. Stainless needs a bit of attention. Engine compartment is original and fairly clean. Tan leather interior exhibits very light creasing on the bench seat, but the instrument bezels show light patina forming. A very pretty, very unusual car. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $18,700. This little drop top, designed with efficiency in mind at a time when small cars were really small, was kind of cute. Nowhere near ready for showing, but still able to provide top-down fun on sunny days, this one would have taken up minimal room in the garage. Combine that with the fact that you would likely have the only one in your neighborhood, and there was a certain appeal to be had. Apparently the buyer thought along these lines, as this example brought far more than median price-guide value. Well sold. #F190-1965 MGB convertible. S/N: GHN3L50398. Black/black cloth/red leather. Odo: 78,842 miles. Older restoration has seen its day and is showing age. Black paint is shiny but has plenty of swirls, nicks and scratches. Plastic windows in soft top are clear, but the top is ill-fitting. Chrome is pitting, hazy. Chrome wire wheels are brilliant. Stainless needs thorough polishing. Red leather seats show creasing, but are otherwise attractive. Carpet needs to be vacuumed. Cond: 3-. NOT SOLD AT $3,500. This was little more than a used convertible that needed a bit of reconditioning. The condition was commensurate with the miles and indifferent care. Despite the condition, the bid was far below value. #F231-1998 JAGUAR XK8 coupe. S/N: SAJGX5246WC021645. Tan metallic/tan leather. Odo: 58,261 miles. Paint appears to be in decent condition, with a possible repaint on the nose. Driver’s side headlight has some condensation trapped inside. The third brake light is missing, with loose wires lying inside the rear glass. Driver’s side seat bolster shows a fair bit of wear, and the seat bottom leather is cracked. Just a used Jaguar. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $74,250. This rare Nash-Healey was very attractive in spite of signs of age beginning to show on the brightwork. The owner was present, giving the history of a car 112 SOLD AT $10,450. This would have been a fun little sunny-day runabout, but the restora- NOT SOLD AT $5,500. Surprisingly, this was a fairly rare coupe, with only 3,319 copies leaving the factory. Condition was a bit better than average given its age, but this was little more than a used car. Among luxury brands, Jaguars seem to depreciate faster than most. Even with that, the high bid here was low. The seller was smart to hold out for more. Reran as Lot S210 on Saturday, but only garnered a $6k bid that time. Sports Car Market


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Mecum Auctions Kansas City, MO #S78.1-2000 BENTLEY ARNAGE Red Label sedan. S/N: SCBLC31E6YCX04703. Beluga Black/cream leather. Odo: 35,810 miles. Very little buffer swirl present in this lovely black paint, but there is some odd inconsistency in the narrow detail ridges that run down the sides. Condensation is trapped in passenger’s side headlight. Chrome wheels show no rash. Glass is clear. Stainless and chrome are well polished. The cream leather interior is free from wear save light creasing on the driver’s side seat. Cond: 2-. clear, weatherstrip shows little age. The rubber boot that covers the antenna is cracked and falling apart. Interior looks to be in fair nick, with little wear on the bolsters. Cond: 3+. Both outings yielded high bids within $4k of what was bid here, which is still well below book value. The owner was smart not to let this one go. NOT SOLD AT $35,000. This was a sharp Aston, despite a lack of effort on the part of the seller. The high bid here was well below median value for a car that would have been greatly improved with a visit to the detail shop. It’s likely a little attention to presentation would have yielded an acceptable sale price. SOLD AT $24,200. This Bentley was so gorgeous, I wanted to rate it higher. It was difficult to believe it had lost $200,000 in value from original sticker. It presented very well despite some minor issues but still changed hands well below SCM Pocket Price Guide median value. Someone got a great deal on a beautiful car. #S175-2006 ASTON MARTIN VAN- TAGE coupe. S/N: SCFBB03B96GC01514. Onyx Black/Kestrel Tan leather. Odo: 38,700 miles. Looks like it was brought to the show without benefit of being detailed or even cleaned well. Black metallic paint appears to be in decent condition through the dust. Minor buffer swirl is present, as is minor peppering on the nose. Panel gaps are consistent. Glass is #S106-2008 ASTON MARTIN VAN- TAGE Volante. S/N: SCFBB04BX8GD08976. Onyx Black/black cloth/Obsidian Black leather. Odo: 46,966 miles. Shiny black paints shows light buffer swirl. Some road pepper on clear bra. Panel gaps excellent. Glass and weatherstrip almost new. Black cloth convertible top has some wrinkles from being in the down position, but otherwise without flaw. Light wear present on driver’s side outside seat bolster. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $40,000. This Aston is following auctions like the hippies followed the Dead. It has been seen previously at Mecum’s L.A. auction (2/16/18, no sale at $40k, SCM# 6865166) and the Palm Springs, CA, auction (2/23/18, not sold at $36k, SCM# 6865872). GERMAN #F56.1-1964 VOLKSWAGEN BEETLE 2-dr sedan. S/N: 5960550. Blue & white/gray & white vinyl. Odo: 6,898 miles. Equipped with a rare factory sliding metal sunroof. Paint has excellent prep and execution. Highly detailed, well polished. Glass and weatherstrip look new, chrome and stainless are great. Engine compartment is clean, with lots of chrome. Interior features new upholstery, custom stereo system, wicker parcel shelf. Beautiful custom. Seldom do you see so much effort put into a Beetle. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $12,000. This build had to have been done out of love, as there was no way to recoup the tens of thousands of dollars that must have been invested here. Last seen at Barrett-Jackson in Scottsdale this past January, where it traded hands for $11,500 (SCM# 6857926). The custom build was excellent, but it demands a very specific taste. Stock restored VWs see much higher prices. #S16.1-1972 VOLKSWAGEN BEETLE 2-dr sedan. S/N: 112260741. Bright blue/blue & white vinyl. Odo: 84,944 miles. Bright blue paint shows solid prep/execution, and is festooned with EMPI stripes. Glass is sharp, weatherstrip recent. EMPI wheels and a woodslat roof rack complement the exterior appear- 114 Sports Car Market


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Mecum Auctions Kansas City, MO ance. Some variety of aftermarket exhaust hangs below the bodywork in back. Blue-andwhite vinyl also appears recent, with little wear shown. Sharp little bug. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $12,000. Once so very ubiquitous, Volkswagen’s venerable Beetles are now somewhat rare. This example was particularly appealing in its condition and dress. The EMPI stripes and wheels lent a sporty look to what was an obvious freshening or restoration. Not surprisingly, the owner chose to pass on the $12,000 high bid, as there must have been much more than that invested. #F248-1973 MERCEDES-BENZ 450SL convertible. S/N: 10704412012178. Blue metallic/blue metallic hard top/blue cloth soft top/blue leather. Odo: 116,486 miles. Shiny blue paint is sad, with tiny bubbles covering all horizontal surfaces. Trim ring missing at the antenna, and there is a ring of rust around the base. Deep four-inch-long scratch on the passenger’s side begins on front fender and continues onto the door. Stainless has lots of scratches, particularly at the top of the doors. Aftermarket chrome wires have a light coating of corrosion. Steering wheel is missing the center emblem. Large crack in dash. Seats are both wrinkled, seat covers look baggy. Cond: 4+. patina. Stainless could use a bit of polishing. Interior sports an aftermarket wood steering wheel. Vinyl seats are in presentable condition—save for a tiny rip in the back seat. Taillight lenses are a bit hazy. Engine bay is clean-ish. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $20,350. These older VW vans don’t command the astronomical prices their earlier brethren do, but they are climbing. This example was tidy with few needs, but brought considerably more than it would have just a few years ago. Well sold. #S96-2002 PORSCHE 911 Carrera 4 convertible. S/N: WP0CA299X2S653742. Guards Red/black cloth/black leather. Odo: 22,194 miles. Bright, shiny paint shows only minimal road pepper on the nose. Panel fit is as one would expect from the Porsche factory. Glass and weatherstrip show little sign of age or wear. Upgraded wheels and tires stick out past the fender edge in back. Black leather interior presents well, showing only minor wrinkling on outside bolsters. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $8,800. This poor Benz needed some love. However, given what Mercedes convertibles prices have done in the past, and continue to do as they become classic or vintage cars, someone may have scored a deal. These 107-platform cars are beginning to come into their own, as prices have started to climb. Some time, effort and investment may be just what it takes to turn a decent profit while enjoying a running M-B ragtop. Someone may have found a real bargain. #F235.1-1973 VOLKSWAGEN TRANS- PORTER microbus. S/N: 2232251479. Gray & white/gray vinyl. Odo: 85,011 miles. Decent prep on a shiny paint job. Panel gaps fairly consistent. Chrome trim shows some NOT SOLD AT $35,000. This little red convertible had lots of eyeball. The polished red paint stood out nicely. The aftermarket wheels might have been a bit polarizing, but condition was better than average, even with the low miles. Despite the clean condition, I couldn’t figure why the owner wouldn’t let go of a 996.2 at the high bid, which was well above what similar-vintage and -condition 911s have been bringing. #F106-2004 MERCEDES-BENZ SL55 AMG convertible. S/N: WDBSK74F34F074105. Brilliant Silver Metallic/Brilliant Silver retractable hard top/gray leather. Odo: 82,219 miles. Paint is in good condition for the miles, with minimal road pepper on the nose, and a small burnish mark on the hood next to the driver’s side vent. Aftermarket black wheels are free from rash or damage. Glass is clear, weatherstrip in good nick. Driver’s side seat bolster shows some wrinkling, but is in better condition than one would expect for the age and miles. Cond: 2-. 116 Sports Car Market


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Mecum Auctions Kansas City, MO NOT SOLD AT $16,000. Not really old enough to be a collectible, and not rare enough to command a premium, this was little more than a nice used Mercedes. It had been in Mecum’s L.A. auction in February, where it reached a $17k high bid (SCM# 6865603). Another venue might return a better sale price. ITALIAN #S135.1-1979 FERRARI 308 GTS Spi- der. S/N: 308GTS28725. Fly Yellow/black vinyl/black & tan leather. Odo: 67,251 miles. Glossy Fly Yellow paint has a couple of small touch-ups on the driver’s side rear fender. Two-tone black and tan leather interior shows little wear. Driver’s side seat bolster reveals some wear due to ingress/egress. 14-inch Cromodora wheels free from curb damage. Recent belt and carb service rounds out a nicely kept vintage 308. Cond: 2-. Yellow/Panama Yellow hard top/white vinyl soft top/Charcoal vinyl. Odo: 45,705 miles. 283-ci 230-hp V8, 4-bbl, auto. Decent panel gaps present, save for leading edge of the hood, which has a larger-than-typical void. Shiny paint finish indicates fair prep. Chrome beginning to show signs of age, and stainless could benefit from some additional attention. Clean engine bay, with proper belts and hoses present. Air cleaner needs to be polished. It is sitting at an odd angle, listing to port. Interior features fresh gray vinyl waffle-pattern seat covers, newer paint on instrument binnacle and a recent dashpad. Steering wheel has cracking typical of these cars. Cond: 3+. until 1977). The spotless engine bay is missing the ignition shielding. Originally a fuel-injection car, now a 4-bbl sits in its place. Chrome looks new, stainless is well polished. Glass and weatherstrip are mint. Interior looks asnew. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $50,000. A nice change of pace from the ubiquitous Rosso Corsa Red, this Fly Yellow had great eye appeal. Given the meteoric rise of Ferrari prices over the past five years, particularly the 308/328 models, the high bid here was well below book. AMERICAN #F85-1958 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N: J58S106010. Panama NOT SOLD AT $65,000. The second outing for this particular Corvette at a KC Mecum auction (last seen in December 2017, not selling at $70k, SCM# 6856191). Being a Solid Axle ’Vette fan, I really wanted to like this car. I am fond of the 1958-model-year-only Panama Yellow. Unfortunately, this car’s restoration had started to show its age. It looked better from a distance than up close. This was reflected in a top bid $5k lower than last time. #S98.1-1963 CHEVROLET COR- VETTE coupe. S/N: 30837S107053. Daytona Blue/black vinyl. Odo: 32,816 miles. 327-ci 360-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Daytona Blue paint just gleams. Passenger’s side has an exterior mirror (these were not available on Corvettes NOT SOLD AT $75,000. The owner’s son-inlaw was present and answering questions. He said they had bought the car from a lady who had stored it in a barn since the 1970s. She apparently knew what she had, as she was asking $20,000 for the matching Fuelie unit. They didn’t feel it was worth it, and bought the car without it. The car was stunning despite the few shortcomings, but with the original mechanical fuel injection, it could have brought significantly more. #S85-1966 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N: 194676S106960. Laguna Blue/beige vinyl/dark blue leather. Odo: 68,803 miles. 327-ci 350-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. A gorgeous Laguna Blue paint job marred only by a series of small bubbles just forward of the driver’s side A-pillar on the fender, and a similar bubble at the point of the power bulge. Chrome and stainless well polished. Glass clear and sharp. Engine bay is correct and clean. The dark blue leather appears recent, and the teakwood steering wheel shows little sign of wear. Sharp car. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $84,700. Last seen trading hands at a Mecum Auction in Anaheim, CA, in November of 2013, for $31,030 with buyer’s premium (SCM# 6726701). With that price, there has likely been some work done. This was a striking-looking mid-year, complete with sidepipes and knockoff wheels. It was a shame the paint had the bubbling in it. Well sold. #F62-1967 PLYMOUTH BARRACUDA Formula S fastback. S/N: BH29E72216754. Bright red/black vinyl. Odo: 19,205 miles. 340-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Repaint quality is decent, but not over the top. Chrome and stainless both appear original, with corresponding patina. Glass is good, weatherstrip fair. Engine compartment is clean-ish. Rallye wheels look 118 Sports Car Market


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Fresh Meat by Chad Taylor Mecum Auctions Kansas City, MO Online sales of contemporary cars 2018 Audi R8 V10 Plus Spyder good. Black vinyl interior shows some fading, with a small split noted at the top of the driver’s side seat back. Cond: 3. would benefit from additional polishing. Engine compartment is reasonably clean—a little finish detailing would help. Interior appears nearly new, with minimal wear. Cond: 2-. Date sold: 04/29/2018 eBay auction ID: 183199211100 Seller’s eBay ID: audinorlando Sale type: New car with 52 miles VIN: WUA4BCFX0J7900510 Details: Mythos Black Metallic over black leather; 5.2-L V10 rated at 610 hp and 413 ft-lb, 7-sp auto, AWD Sale result: $218,995, Buy It Now, sf 42 MSRP: $208,100 (base) Other current offering: Audi Nashville in Brentwood, TN, asking $219,470 for a 2018 R8 V10 Plus Spyder in Suzuka Gray over Express Red leather with undisclosed miles. 2016 McLaren 675LT Coupe NOT SOLD AT $18,000. Looks like the seller was seeking a sort-of-quick flip, as this Barracuda last changed hands for $16,500 at the Mecum Indy auction in May 2017 (SCM# 6838583). This car had cosmetic needs, which will become more glaring rather quickly. With median pricing for clean examples in the $24k range, maybe the owner should have reconsidered letting this one find a new home. #S74-1968 SHELBY GT350 convertible. S/N: 8T03J185130. Gold/tan vinyl/tan vinyl. Odo: 6,574 miles. 302-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Heavy documentation of one of two spec’d this way. Engine bay spotless. Paint is glossy. Chrome and stainless are both shiny and polished. Interior shows as-new. Wheels are free from any rash or damage. This is a stunning restoration. Cond: 1-. Date sold: 04/20/2018 eBay auction ID: 352333032794 Seller’s eBay ID: chicagomotorcars Sale type: Used car with 1,463 miles VIN: SBM11RAA5GW675421 Details: Napier Green over Carbon Black leather/ Alcantara; 3.8-L twin-turbocharged V8 rated at 666 hp and 516 ft-lb, 7-sp auto, RWD Sale result: $325,800, Buy It Now, sf 1,580 MSRP: $349,500 (base) Other current offering: Gulf Coast Motorworks of Cape Coral, FL, offering a 2016 McLaren 675LT coupe in Fistral Blue over Carbon Black/McLaren Orange Alcantara for $309,995 with 4,450 miles. 2016 Lamborghini Huracan LP610-4 Coupe SOLD AT $33,000. This was a sharp replica of a 1969 Trans Am convertible, of which only eight were ever produced. With real cars having traded hands north of $1m, the only realistic way to have one of these is to find a decently done replica. This one checked all the correct boxes, and looked sharp with a set of Torq Thrust wheels. For the price of a regular Firebird ragtop, someone got all the looks of a real deal that can be driven and enjoyed. Well bought. #S169-1969 CHEVROLET CAMARO SS coupe. S/N: 124379N691977. Azure Turquoise/black vinyl. Odo: 16,682 miles. 396-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Paint glossy but has a light coat of overspray. Chrome bumpers appear to have been replated. Stainless has been well polished. Correct trunk mat. Claimed matching-number drivetrain. Engine bay is clean and correct. Aftermarket Grant steering wheel. Black vinyl interior shows little wear. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $102,300. This Shelby was restored to perfection. No flaws stood out in any way. Lots of documentation only added to the excellent condition. This one sold well above median value, and was probably still a bargain. Very well bought indeed. #S10-1969 PONTIAC TRANS AM rep- Date sold: 04/25/2018 eBay auction ID: 173288148432 Seller’s eBay ID: newautosinc Sale type: Used car with 3,015 miles VIN: ZHWUC1ZF0GLA04008 Details: Nero over Terra/Nero leather; 5.2-L V10 rated at 602 hp and 412 ft-lb, 7-sp auto, AWD Sale result: $202,000, Buy It Now, sf 109 MSRP: $238,500 (base) Other current offering: In Calabasas, CA, Lamborghini North Los Angeles, is selling a 2016 Viola Ophelia over Nero Ade leather Huracan LP610-4 coupe with 2,825 miles, for $215,888. ♦ 120 lica convertible. S/N: 223679U131977. Cameo Ivory/white vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 66,006 miles. 428-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Panel gaps inconsistent at cowl, driver’s door. Paint shows decent prep with minimal buffer swirl. Stripes are painted on, not decals. Chrome is presentable, with minor buff marks. Stainless “ NOT SOLD AT $34,000. This Camaro was no stranger to Mecum auctions, having changed hands for $35,640 at the April 2014 auction in Houston (SCM# 6715265), and selling again for $34,100 at the Kansas City auction in November of last year (SCM# 6857405). No mention of recent improvements was made. With three separate outings yielding very similar prices, maybe this one has reached full market value. A sharp replica of a 1969 Trans Am convertible, of which only eight were ever produced. With real cars having traded hands north of $1m, the only realistic way to have one of these is to find a decently done replica. 1969 Pontiac Trans Am replica convertible ” Sports Car Market


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Mecum Auctions Kansas City, MO #S78-1970 PONTIAC TRANS AM Ram Air III coupe. S/N: 228870N126637. Polar White/black vinyl. Odo: 31,203 miles. 400-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Very original paint shows signs of patina in the form of light checking over most of the car. Glass is clear. Weatherstrip shows signs of age, but much less than one would expect. The interior has only light creasing on the driver’s side seat. This one is very original, and accompanied by heavy documentation. Cond: 2. difficult to believe. Pock marks, inclusions, lots of swirl, and some kind of liquid spray all took away from what appears to be the original paint job. Shiny from a distance, it is nothing short of disappointing up close. Engine compartment is complete and appears original, but could use more cleaning. Glass in good nick. Weatherstrip tidy with little sign of age. Tires may be originals, but with no sign of dry rot. Carpet at door sills looks discolored, but the balance appears as it should. Seat covers and steering wheel are as-new. Cond: 3. Essentially a new 13-year-old car. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $50,000. Last seen at Mecum Kissimmee, FL, in January of 2018, where it traded hands for $51,700 (SCM# 6861487). Apparently, the new owner was looking for a quick flip of this low-mile, highly original T/A. Total production for 1970 Trans Ams only numbered 3,196 units, and of those only 1,769 were Ram Air IIIs. The high bid was right at median value for a Trans Am. Given the condition, miles and rarity, one would think there was more to be had here. The seller was smart to hold out. #S5-1978 CHEVROLET CORVETTE Pace Car coupe. S/N: 1Z8748S902574. Black & silver/silver leather. Odo: 1,007 miles. 350ci 220-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Absolutely hammered black paint makes mileage claim NOT SOLD AT $27,000. The only redeeming qualities of this Pace Car are the lack of wear in the interior, engine bay, wheels and tires. If the mileage claim was to be believed, the paint saw the toughest 1,000 miles any Corvette has ever traveled. The owner passed on a high bid of $27k; I can’t imagine what he thought he was going to get with the exterior looking the way it did. #S100-2005 FORD GT coupe. S/N: 1FAFP90S45Y400606. Quick Silver Clearcoat Metallic/black leather. Odo: 1,898 miles. 5.4-L supercharged V8, auto. Panel gaps are as they should be. Paint, glass, weatherstrip, engine bay, interior, all appear as-new. The brake discs don’t even appear to have been used. NOT SOLD AT $300,000. It seems as if nearly all of the 2005–06 Ford GTs were tucked away, with speculation in mind. For all of those who did, this play has somewhat paid off. I haven’t been to an auction in the past two years that did not feature at least one sub3,000 mile GT, and this one was no different. It seemed as though prices had peaked, and had settled at just below the $300k mark. Apparently, this owner still thought there was more to be had. As this was the highest bid for any lot at the sale, maybe a different venue would better serve the seller. © CAR COLLECTOR AMERICAN ™ SUBSCRIBE TO ACC 877.219.2605 Ext. 1 AmericanCarCollector.com 122 Sports Car Market Keith Martin’s


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Bonhams Chichester, U.K. Goodwood Members’ Meeting 2018 At $284,649, a 1958 AC Ace sold strongly, doubling its pre-sale estimate after telephone bidders battled enthusiasts in the room for more than five minutes Company Bonhams Date March 18, 2018 Location Chichester, U.K. Auctioneers James Knight, Sholto Gilbertson Automotive lots sold/offered 76/105 Sales rate 72% Sales total $5,544,320 High sale 1974 Ferrari 246 GTS Dino Spyder, sold at $521,525 Buyer’s premium Nearly double the lower estimate, with several bidders vying to take it home — 1958 AC Ace roadster, sold at $284,649 Report and photos by Paul Hardiman Market opinions in italics T his was Bonhams’ fourth time at the Members’ Meeting — it has attended every one since its reboot as the 73rd MM in 2015. This is a smaller affair than the Revival, with the emphasis on the racing rather than theater and a generally younger field, but this year it was just as sold o It was marked on Saturday by a minute of noi celebration from the Formula 5000 paddock fo the popular journalist and commentator, Voice of Goodwood Henry Hope-Frost, who tragically died in a motorcycle accident returning from the circuit to his home in London the week before. Footfall was high in the tent, on account of it being one of the dry places to go on a weekend that featured some races starting in snow — which was a novelty for anyone who’s not taken part in the Pom Trophy at Silverstone in February. The front-cover star, a splendid 1937 Alvis 4.3 short-chassis tourer with Vanden Plas body, didn’t sell at $544k, and the rear-cover car, an Alan Mann Lotus Cortina Mk 1, was rather predictably withdrawn after questions were raised over its provenance — specifically that there’s another car out there claiming the same identity. But a top lot on the day was a 1958 AC Ace that, at $284,649, sold very strongly for an AC-engined car, doubling its pre-sale estimate after 10 telephone bidders battled several enthusiasts in the auction room for more than five minutes. From the same small collection, 124 15% on first $69,692, 12% thereafter, included in sold prices ($1 = £0.72) 37 AC 16-hp 2-4-6 coupe with Dickey took $55,300, or more than three times Chichester, U.K. re-sale estimate of $11k–$17k, and remarkable considering it was powered by a st-war Jaguar engine. The ex-Paul McCartney Lambo 400GT didn’t sell at $500k, which was about $70k light, but a post-sale deal got the ex-Nick Mason Ferrari 246 GTS away for $521,525, which is about the same as the not-far-off-lower-estimate £340k ($475k) that it was unsuccessfully bid to in the room, plus premium. Sellers are gradually realizing that their cars are worth a bit less than they were in 2015. The 1965 Alfa GTA that Bonhams has sold before fetched $251,866 ($229,819 in 2016, but the exchange rates have shifted a lot since), and this time its spare engine reached $35,264, $10k more than it was two years ago, sold to the same buyer. The sale kicked off with a 14-strong Lancia collection, all of which sold, headed up by a 1956 Aurelia B24 convertible right at the end of its restoration and needing only details and recommissioning to finish, at $220,644. Later in the sale, one of the more intriguing lots was the Alfa Montreal kit of parts comprising a restored bodyshell and (hopefully) the rest of it in boxes. It fetched $36,867, which not long ago bought you an excellent running car. A rare kneeling 1982 Mercedes T2 608D Düsseldorf transporter pickup, which had Porsche factory provenance, sold for the same. The presidential 1963 Lincoln Continental — a double for the one in which JFK was assassinated — fetched $68,925, or just over half its upper estimate. A good show, given the absence from the results of some of the more expensive lots. ♦ Sales Totals $10m $8m $6m $4m $2m 0 Sports Car Market 2018 2017 2016 2015


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Bonhams Chichester, U.K. ENGLISH #15-1935 LAGONDA M45 Pillarless Saloon. S/N: Z11155. Blue & black/blue leather. RHD. Odo: 69,651 miles. Good driver-quality order all around, but last used in 2016, when the clutch began to slip. Body, paint and chrome all presentable (radiator shell and lights very nice), and leather doesn’t look very old—although dash looks a little moldy. Motor workmanlike. Orange indicators added, plus better tail- and brake lights. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $57,705. One of only 641 built. Unlike their agricultural-class brethren, coachbuilt Landies attracted Purchase Tax, like a car, considerably adding to the cost. Sold mid-estimate, which would be quite a keen price for any restored S1. Last one at auction, a 1950—still with original 1595-cc engine—went for a little less, £38k ($47k), in late 2016. SOLD AT $95,756. Formerly in the ownership of Brin Edwards, whose mostly Lancia collection made up the first 13 lots of the sale, but gifted to the vendor. Provided the clutch can be sorted relatively cheaply, quite a bargain for what was one of the fastest (90 mph) saloons of its day. #90-1949 LAND ROVER SERIES I 80- inch Station Wagon. S/N: R06200012. Green/green leather & vinyl. RHD. From second year of Landie production (although chassis number says it’s 1950, not 1949), rare Station Wagon variant—and yes, Land Rover did call it that in the U.K. Clean, tidy, restored by its owner over 30 years to 2010. Body straight, no rot in chassis, paint okay, motor (a later 2-liter unit) tidy. Vinyl on seat cushion SOLD AT $27,249. Once owned by HRDC founder and historic touring car luminary Julius Thurgood, has appeared several times with various celeb drivers at Goodwood. Sold at the 2015 Members’ Meeting sale for $32,454 (SCM# 6773393), or the price of two nice, stock Magnettes. Offered here at no reserve and sold for less than the cost of its latest rebuild. That’s motor racing...but one of the cheapest ways to be in with a chance of a seat in the Revival (on alternate years). #100-1958 AC ACE roadster. S/N: AE413. Eng. # CL2314. Gunmetal/red leather. RHD. Odo: 96,190 miles. Restored (2007–15), originally Black Pearl (which this might be) with red interior. Good all around, sits on correct tall Michelins. Leather new, lightly creased, new carpets. Motor is the original. Cond: 3+. TOP 10 No. 5 #89-1954 JAGUAR XK 120 SE roadster. S/N: 676070. Silver/red leather. Odo: 71,173 miles. Older (1990s) restoration just settling in, with door fit pretty good for an XK. Rear light plinths smooth. Leather only lightly creased, as it’s only done about 1,500 miles. Sits right on tall Avons. With Heritage Certificate and service manual. Cond: 3+. going a bit baggy on driver’s side. And steering-wheel boss dipswitch intact! Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $131,662. Originally pastel blue, in and out, when supplied new to the U.S. Bought by the vendor right after restoration was complete in 1994. Something of a bargain, although the just-restored example in the same color at Duxford was £10k ($14k) cheaper. #29-1956 MG MAGNETTE ZA sedan. S/N: KAA1318452. Cream & brown/tan vinyl. RHD. Famous race car nicknamed “Bumble” (most Magnette racers were seen and used up on banger ovals). Built 1971 as a racer, then became a rally car, returned to a racer 2012, now runs an MGB motor and transmission, plus LSD, front discs and a Panhard rod on the rear. Under HRDC regs, motor could be anywhere between original 1489 cc and 1860 cc. Still has much of its interior, as per Goodwood/HRDC regulations, plus rev counter casing fashioned from half a coconut. Recently refreshed to the tune of £30k (~$42k). Cond: 3. BEST BUY SOLD AT $284,649. From the John Davison Collection. At one point there were 10 phone bidders on this against several interested parties in the room, but in the end it went to the 126 Sports Car Market


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Bonhams Chichester, U.K. room, at just about double the lower estimate of £90k ($125k). High spot of the sale (near the end of the auction proceedings), and, as an AC-engined car, did extraordinarily well to hit these heights. #72-1959 ASTON MARTIN DB MK III coupe. S/N: AM30031798. Red/ black leather. RHD. Odo: 46,055 miles. Older restoration, set up for road rallying. Lasting well, although patina includes paint bubbling at front of rear wheelarch lips. Equipped with high-backed bucket seats (originals included), tripmeter, map light and compass. Cond: 3. TOP 10 No. 9 racer. Seller will replace cracked windscreen. Would probably originally have had A-series power, but now with 1650 Ford built by Geoff Richardson. That means around 160 hp, and only four hours since rebuild. With HTP valid until 2026. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $24,044. These might be a bit awkwardly styled, but they are superior to a Sprite/Midget with more sophisticated chassis design, and make more accomplished competition cars. Extensively raced since restoration. Quite a bargain—hammered £10k ($14k) under the £25k ($35k) lower estimate—and ready to go. Well bought. SOLD AT $181,617. It won an AMOC concours in 1994, but that was in a different lifetime. An honest old driver-quality thing, though, and not expensive for any pre-Superleggera Aston coupe. #88-1961 JAGUAR MK X sedan. S/N: 300044BW. Green/beige leather. RHD. Odo: 71,380 miles. Restored (2015–17) but still manages to look original, but sits a little high at the rear. New leather lightly creased. New headlining, timbers all good. Electric rear windows, as well as fronts. Engine block changed during rebuild, but original comes with car. Cond: 2-. #19-1964 CANNON GT coupe. S/N: MCGT1. Blue/aluminum, black vinyl. RHD. One of two racing coupes built by Mike Cannon, more famous for his trials cars. Spaceframe, Lotus 26R suspension, fiberglass body. Good order all around for race car, fitted with 1100 Ford pre-crossflow “screamer” motor... and yes, the ubiquitous Land Rover inner door catches. With HSCC Historic Passport, last raced in 2015. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $166,006. U.K. car, went to Hong Kong in 2005, nothing in catalog to say when it returned. Even though the motor and color have changed, hammered £15k ($21k) under the £120k ($167k) lower estimate; this didn’t look expensive for a closed-headlight E of this quality. No doubt we’ll see it retailed for more soon.... #64-1968 MORGAN PLUS 8 roadster. S/N: R7022. Green & black/black leather. RHD. Odo: 2,800 miles. Concours restoration in the U.S. by Robert Couch on new chassis, ash frame and body, but also FIA race eligible. Very shiny paint, although slightly orangepeeled. Stainless fasteners and lines everywhere, plus fire system. New FIA-eligible JE Developments race engine, and spare 288-hp race engine, using 4-barrel Holley, is included. Mileage is presumably since completion. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $31,257. Hammered sold for £19,500. Looks a bit homemade because it is, but there can’t be a cheaper way into Guards Trophy races for pre-’66 GTs and Sports Racers. SOLD AT $67,322. William Lyons’ company car 1962–65, which I thought should have loaded the price more. Previously unsold at Silverstone Woodstock September 2016 (SCM# 6805012), with a “buy it now” price offered the next day of £79,290 ($105,500), and subsequently not sold at Bonhams Olympia December 2017 (SCM# 6857078) against a £50k–£70k ($68k–$95k) estimate. This time sold well against the reduced estimate of £30k–$40k ($42k–$56k). BEST BUY 128 #94-1963 TURNER MK II racer. S/N: 62561. Red/white fiberglass/ black velour. RHD. Good order for #34-1965 JAGUAR E-TYPE Series I 4.2 convertible. S/N: 1E1294. Black/black cloth/ black leather. RHD. Odo: 32,046 miles. Very straight and very shiny following restoration in Hong Kong 2010–13. Originally Opalescent Silver Blue. Spot-weld dimples still lightly visible under rear pan. New leather just settling in. Upgrades include S2 front brakes with four-pot calipers, large aluminum radiator with electric fan, stainless exhaust, six-inch wires. Wood-rim steering wheel fitted. Includes tools and original steering wheel in fitted case. Replacement engine noted, although, with 8:1 compression (last digit of engine number), may not have come from an E-type. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $86,390. The 22nd Plus 8 built (of only 29 in 1968). Not sold by Bonhams at its end-of-2017 sale at Olympia, London, against an £80k–£100k ($107k–$134k) estimate. Although it can’t quite decide what it wants to be, a show queen or a racer (and racing it would soon mess up its manicured nails), this time it fetched what looked like strong money, much of which would have been for the expensive engines. Even though it was behind the revised-down £60k–£70k ($84k–$98k) estimate, it looks pricey for a Moss-box Plus 8, but when you work it out it’s a less-than-thesum-of-its-parts valuation. Buyer and seller should both be pleased. (See profile, p. 74.) #45-1970 JAGUAR E-TYPE Series II 4.2 coupe. S/N: 1R20665. Red/black leather. RHD. Dusty and rusty restoration project. Someone has had a go at the A-posts and rear arches, but sills are very rusty. Airbox missing. Lots of rust inside too, including up the windscreen pillars. Seat leather might be savable. Said to roll, and all gears engage. Cond: 4. Sports Car Market


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Bonhams Chichester, U.K. SOLD AT $56,102. Stored 1998–2016. I wonder who’d spec a performance Ford in Light Beige when new. Oh well, originality, lowish mileage and overall condition saved the day here, though Silverstone’s similar-provenanceand-mileage yellow example did more, £50,625 ($63,600), against a similar estimate. #38-1980 LAND ROVER SERIES III SOLD AT $22,358. Ran when parked.... Off the road for 32 years. Top bid of £18k ($25k)—against a £28k–£33k ($39k–$46k) estimate—was rejected in the room as “not quite enough.” But the owner must have had a change of heart, as it was later declared sold for £16,041 including premium, which is equal to a bid of about £14k ($17,500). Still a brave buy. #75-1980 FORD ESCORT RS2000 Cus- tom 2-dr sedan. S/N: GCATAB032130. Light beige/brown vinyl & velour. RHD. Odo: 31,713 miles. Original—even down to horrible color. Custom has Recaro seats with famous “fishnet” head restraints—all good, but velour is lightly creased and baggy. Door cards cut for speakers. Motor completely stock, still with original airbox. Still on its original, or original-spec, Pirelli CN36s—eeek! Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $29,654. We’ve seen similar treatment applied to Series I and then Series II/IIA Landies, plus early Range Rovers, but not thus far to a Series III. Made quite a difference in the final price—well sold. #101-1984 AC 3000 ME coupe. S/N: ME301RE0000188. Black/black cloth & vinyl. RHD. Odo: 22,614 miles. Good original order still with original-spec staggered Wol- 109-inch pickup. S/N: LBCAG1AA106993. Green/buff canvas/black vinyl. RHD. Odo: 40,162 miles. Completely restored in the most anal-retentive way: drilling out 800 rivets before repainting, and then re-riveting. New canvas tilt. Custom aluminum dash and shelf. Runs military-spec chassis and engine, which explains shielded electrics, plus electric fan. Excellent all around, through blue silicone engine hoses and chrome pancake air filter detract when the bonnet’s open. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $21,158. You don’t see one for ages and then two come along at once, for there was another at Duxford (a prototype/bitsa) that didn’t sell. This was one of 30 built from ’84 by AC Cars Scotland, from the collection of the late John Davison, the last of his four ACs in this sale. The book was clear at £11k ($15k) on this one, and it carried on to just over the expected £12k ($16.7k), which makes it a bit pricier than a decent Lancia Beta Montecarlo. #70-1991 FORD SIERRA Sapphire RS Cosworth Rouse Sport 304R sedan. S/N: 41. Moonstone Blue Metallic/black cloth. RHD. Odo: 10,000 miles. 304R is a lightly tweaked Cossie by leading BSCC/BTCC protagonist Andy Rouse, whose RS500s won their classes in 1988 and 1989. (Name comes from 300 ft-lb and four-wheel drive, fellow trainspotters.) Only 67 of the planned 100 were built, 61 of them 4WD like this one: this is number 41, but the numbers ran up to 100 because customers could choose their own. Good all around, refurbed in 2010. No VIN quoted. Cond: 2-. frace slot mags (or should be: fronts look as if they have a bit too much offset). Body and paint okay, wheels are a little corroded. Interior okay, with seat cloth lightly baggy but not worn or holey. Decent dash vinyl and leather. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $35,264. Rouse ran a Sierra Sapphire for the ’91 season under the new 2-liter rules, and, though it wasn’t very successful until 1993, the 304R was presumably marketed on the back of it. Said to be the only one with cloth interior. Although over estimate, sold for about the same money that a good stock “Saff” fetches, proving once again that you mess with stock spec at your peril. For reference, there’s a 302R, the RWD version, for sale with a U.K. dealer asking a rather hopeful £54,995 ($76,690). 130 Sports Car Market


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Bonhams Chichester, U.K. GERMAN #106-1959 BMW ISETTA 300 microcar. S/N: A318035. Blue/green vinyl. Odo: 49,967 miles. Left-hand-drive, sliding-window car, but only a single rear wheel, so must be an English version. Restored and resprayed, fair order all around, though some paint is already flaking/wearing off the sill seams. Left lower body a bit wavy. Obvious weld repairs inside, overspray on wiring loom, lumpy vinyl seat covering hole at front, but vinyl sliding/folding roof is okay. Cond: 3. excellent, with flared arches in steel. Interior vinyl and cloth retrimmed and all good. Porsche Certificate of Authenticity seems rather pointless, as it applies to the donor car. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $60,911. Twice 914 money and around the price of a decent 3.0 CS—but probably better to drive than either, at less than it cost to build. I’d call this correctly priced. ITALIAN #92-1928 LANCIA LAMBDA Eighth SOLD AT $16,029. Hammered right on the lower estimate of £10k ($14k). Fair money for what’s very much a driver-quality oddity. #60-1968 MERCEDES-BENZ T2 Type SD 875 vehicle transporter. S/N: 4461. Red/gray cloth. RHD. Odo: 132,726 miles. What’s a rusty, old Mercedes truck doing here? Well, it sports a collapsible rear air suspension by Ruthmann, meaning it can kneel down to pick up cars. To make this possible, it’s front-wheel drive, probably using Unimog parts. Front of pickup bed is rusty, but cab and interior aren’t bad. Runs, with new battery and fuel pump on OM314 engine. Cond: 3-. Series roadster. S/N: 19255. Eng. # 9343. Red/black leather. RHD. Chopped from a saloon in the ’50s, restored (to original length) in the ’80s, with new replica body. Chrome and headlights good, nice engine-turned dash, couple of dimples in otherwise not-heavilyworn seat leather, but somebody lose the reflective front number plate, please. Not used since 2000, so will require recommissioning. Cond: 3. whose cars made up the first 13 lots) and sold well under the £200k–£250k ($278k–$348k) estimate. A relative bargain considering how little there is still to do. In 2016, RM Sotheby’s sold a B24S convertible (B24S1186) in Paris for €280k ($314k) and Bonhams got $379,500 for “1454” at Quail Lodge in 2013. TOP 10 No. 6 #35-1965 ALFA ROMEO GIULIA Sprint GTA 2-dr sedan. S/N: AR752638. Red/black velour. RHD. Odo: 24,753 miles. A racer all its life, now essentially Autodelta spec with eight-plug head. That is, minus the sliding-block rear end, which has been disassembled, so it qualifies for HTP papers. Front fenders replaced at some point, but good and straight all around. Recently refreshed in Italy by Alfa Delta. Original removed parts, such as exhaust and big tank, included in the deal. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $76,940. Did the Mille Miglia in 1993. Sold a little way over the £50k ($70k) lower estimate. Didn’t look unduly expensive. SOLD AT $36,867. Officially a Type SD 875 Schraeghubwagen (inclined pallet truck), this T2 was first owned by Porsche. Offered at no reserve, it sold a little behind the £25k ($35k) lower estimate—at about twice the price of a similar-vintage Unimog—but find another. Ideal for anyone with a 935 Moby Dick replica. #16-1975 PORSCHE 914/6 GT replica convertible. S/N: 4752906014. Orange/check cloth, black vinyl. Odo: 14,570 miles. Someone’s idea of the ultimate 914, a 914/6 GT re-creation using a 1974 2.7 motor on carburetors. Built 2014–16, so body and paint still 132 #9-1956 LANCIA AURELIA B24S convertible. S/N: B24S1231. Blue/red leather. Odo: 80,232 km. In which S stands for Sinistra, or left-hand drive. Originally cataloged as a B24, but a Sale Room Notice amended that to say it’s an original LHD car. Chassis number stamped in to sheet metal is well obscured by thick paint, but there is space between the 4 and the dash for an S—surely visible if you cleaned it off a bit. Almost finished restoration, rewired and about 98% reassembled. Body straight, paint good, leather and carpets new, instruments excellent. Floor shift. With hard top that needs glazing and trimming, but there’s little more to do than finish fitting up the brightwork and shaking it all down. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $220,644. Offered at no reserve (sadly from the estate of departed Lancia collector Brin Edwards, TOP 10 No. 7 SOLD AT $251,866. Ex-Tommy Clapham, previously sold by Bonhams in June 2016, after five seasons of racing in Italy for $229,819 (SCM# 6803771). Before that for $150,380 in 2007 (SCM# 1572212); both times we reckoned market-correct for a good non-Works car. Lot 35A, a spare engine complete with posh clutch, fetched £25,300 ($35,264) to the same online bidder, when last time it was $25,660. #26-1968 FIAT DINO 2000 Spider. S/N: 135AS0000881. Yellow/black canvas/black vinyl. Very well preserved, with what appears even to be original paint, however unlikely that might seem for a 50-year-old Fiat. Wheel rims are lightly chipped. Interior all good, nothing broken, vinyl only lightly creased— only detraction is modern stereo in center console, although a period radio is included in the deal. With hard top, which I’d never seen before. And not a Prancing Horse badge in sight.... Cond: 3+. Sports Car Market


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Bonhams Chichester, U.K. with retrimmed front seats. Stored in Italy for 20 years before import to the U.K. in 2015. Cond: 3+. chrome, seats look new, carpets a bit used. Presented with all the bells and whistles including steps and handles for rear-mounted guard, flags and flashing lights, and dressed up with presidential seals. English registered. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $139,467. Italian-market car imported to the U.K. in 2002. This had everything going for it except the little motor and perhaps the color, but with all else considered, those didn’t feel such important factors. Fetched very good money, but practically unrepeatable. #78-1974 ALFA ROMEO MONTREAL project coupe. S/N: 1140172. Orange. RHD. Complete (we hope) kit of parts to build a Montreal. Body shell all done and painted. Motor has been rebuilt by leading U.K. expert Rob Thompson (who has his injection pumps done in the U.S. by Wes Ingram). Wheels are new repros. “Up-rated handling kit” included, but most of the suspension still needs refurb. Most of the rest of it boxed up inside, but no word if that includes all the interior trim and unobtainable front brightwork. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $62,513. But... there are two strains of turbo 208, and the following GTB Turbo (’86 on) is better with more horsepower (254 hp) and at least as much performance as the 308. Still, given that this was about half the price of a nice 308 at retail, I guess it doesn’t really matter so much. AMERICAN #31-1937 CORD 812 Westchester sedan. S/N: 1577A. Red/black leather. RHD. Odo: 40,065 miles. Believed one of only four in right-hand drive. Originally white. Not supercharged, but has the external exhausts. Older restoration, recently mechanically refurbished, as it had been unused for 40 years. Paint holding up well, seat leather still good, engineturned dash excellent. Wears a slightly different style of add-on flashing indicator since last time we saw it. Front over-riders still slightly misaligned, as they were in 2016. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $68,925. Bought in Florida in 1985 by the founder of Musée Automobile des Voitures de Chefs d’État in Avallon, France, which now appears to be defunct. Last appeared at Bonhams’ Zoute, BEL, sale in October 2013 (SCM# 6535953), when it was bid up to, but not sold at, $81,384—enough to buy three regular Continentals. This time it would only buy two. It sold at about half the estimate, and vendor was probably right to take the money, as it must be a very limited market. #53-1964 CHEVROLET CORVAIR 500 racer. S/N: 40527W212213. Desert Beige/ black cloth. Odo: 51,007 miles. 164-ci H6, 4x1-bbl, 4-sp. Dare to be different! Built in the U.S. 2000–01 on a first-gen, new-for-’64, 164ci flat-six model with Corvair truck axles, 4x Rochester carbs, Kevlar clutch and brakes. Good, straight body, repainted at time of build. Kirkey race seat. Motor was rebuilt in 2015. Street legal. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $36,867. Given that good Montreals are around the £50k ($80k) mark now, it may be possible to get this on the road for within its market value if you did most of the work yourself. Maybe. For now, it’s just a Schrödinger’s cat of a notional junior supercar, if you will, as you don’t know what’s inside the box until you open it. The brave deserve to be rewarded, though, so let’s wish the buyer luck. At this stage I wouldn’t fret too much about whether it’s left- or right-hand drive—in fact, the RHD cars’ steering box mounts have been shown to be stronger. #65-1983 FERRARI 208 GTB Turbo coupe. S/N: 45885. Rosso Corsa/Crema leather. Odo: 56,800 km. 208 Turbo was 2-liter tax-break special for Italian market, with power-adder to make up (most of) the performance gap with the 308. Good all around, 134 SOLD AT $64,116. Formerly registered in South Africa, came to the U.K. in 1976 and was displayed in the National Motor Museum, Beaulieu, from 1977 to 2016. Bought from Bonhams’ 2016 Members’ Meeting sale for £42,550 ($61,643, SCM# 6868082), when described as an 810. This time took £3.5k ($5k) more. Almost holding its own, but not after auction fees are taken into account. #30-1963 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL Presidential replica tourer. S/N: 3Y82N420576. Blue/silver vinyl & blue leather. Basically a double for the Kennedy car, although that was a ’61. Restored in France, with only 650 km since. Straight body, decent paint and SOLD AT $33,661. An unlikely racer, you might think, but it’s not the first one in the U.K., which was run by Rae Davis Racing for Bruce Chapman (unsuccessfully, sadly) about a decade ago. This was imported in 2012, and was invited to the Goodwood Members’ Meeting in 2014, although it did not actually get there. Bought online for a high bid £3k ($4k) over the top estimate. As well as being unusual enough to get you noticed, it’s a cheap racer— a third of the price of an FIA Mustang, which, of course, would slaughter it—but it’s the taking part that counts, especially at showcase events such as Goodwood. © Sports Car Market


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H&H Auctioneers Duxford, U.K. H&H Imperial War Museum Duxford Sale The best of five Mini Coopers, a 1966 1275 Austin S restored to very original specification, was on the money at $53,767 Company H&H Date March 21, 2018 Location Duxford, U.K. Auctioneer Simon Hope Automotive lots sold/offered 92/149 Sales rate 62% Sales total $4,282,936 High sale 1966 Aston Martin DB6 coupe, sold at $324,183 Buyer’s premium 12.5%, included in sold prices ($1.00 = £0.71) With period-correct Webasto sunroof — 1966 Austin Mini Cooper S 1275 2-door sedan, sold at $53,767 Report and photos by Paul Hardiman Market opinions in italics H &H sold a lot of cars on its first visit of 2018 to the RAF’s aircraft museum in Cambridgeshire, but then it was starting with one of its largest-ever catalogs. As at Bonhams three days before (see market report, p. 124), the cover car didn’t sell — in this case a tidy 1977 Ferrari 512 BB estimated at $340k–$395k — but a varied selection of lots including another World War II half-track made the numbers respectable. A nicely kept, rather than fully restored, Aston Martin DB6 made the top number at $324,183, well over its estimate and almost $65k more than the shabbier example at Goodwood a few days previously; a very clean 1974 V8 with manual transmission made £87,750 ($123,348). Fast Fords were here in several flavors. An early A-frame Lotus Cortina took strong money, $86,976, while a restored Mk I Escort Mexico was the right money at $34,790, and an RS200 was sold in a post-sale deal at $208,742. The best of five Mini Coopers, a 1966 1275 Austin S restored to very original specification, was on the money at $53,767. Nine Jaguar XKs and E-types sold, from an XK 150 SE sporting a number plate reading “THE 150” at $153,394 to a basket-case E-type Series I 4.2 coupe at $58,511 and 136 an even cheaper 1970 S2 2+2 auto at $47,441, while a low-mileage 1994 XJ-S 4.0 convertible took high but deserved money at $43,488. Although the fiberglass-bodied weirdies — a 1967 Saab Sonett V4 and Duxford, U.K. Volvo-engined 1971 Marcos GT, restored and now with aircon — didn’t sell, a nicely restored Jowett Jupiter with period competition history took a world-record $56,930. Six cars from the collection of a Paris-domiciled American diplomat sold, topped by a Panelcraft-bodied 1951 Nash-Healey, at $113,860, far outselling the much nicer Sales Totals restored facelift example at Battersea last year, and including an in- triguing 1946 Nash P1 pickup prototype at $30,046. And although it wasn’t a good day for Ferraris, with neither of the two 308s, Mondial T convertible, 456 GT, F355 Spider or the 575M HGTC selling, a 22,000-mile twin-mirror Testarossa took the right money at $150,231. Nothing to set the world on fire here then, but a nicely put-together catalog leading to an honest day’s work for a fair day’s pay. ♦ $6m $5m $4m $3m $2m $1m 0 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 Sports Car Market


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H&H Auctioneers Duxford, U.K. ENGLISH #46-1914 DAIMLER 20HP TW20 Lan- daulette sedan. S/N: 12386. Green & black/ green leather, gray cloth. RHD. This is the English Daimler, not Daimler-Benz, with sleeve-valve engine and Bodmin Landaulette coachwork favored by Royals and Maharajahs. Restored in ’90s and still excellent. Good leather to front, perfect cloth and brocade to rear compartment. Brass lights and details highly polished. Cond: 2-. constructed timber body. Seat vinyl doesn’t look very old. Fair paint, radiator shell incorrectly chromed. Cond: 3+. 2012. Faded paint and timber, but interior is quite serviceable; and it runs and drives. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $14,628. No word on its history or when it came to the U.K. except that it had recently been in service with a film hire company... although if it wasn’t getting any work, that would be a reason to move it on. Not expensive for condition; possibly held back a bit by that big body. #82-1927 ROLLS-ROYCE 20HP W.O. SOLD AT $59,144. Winner of the best car award at the Daimler Centenary rally in 1996 immediately post-restoration. This was bought in 2009 as a replacement for the seller’s previous Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost, and looks as much car (although with only half the motor, of course) for a fraction of the money. Last sold at auction by Bonhams in London December 2004 for $75,466 (SCM# 1561843): not fashionable then or now, but a super motor. #91-1921 WOLSELEY TEN 200-Mile Race replica Torpedo. S/N: 30982. Aluminium/ black leather. RHD. Re-creation of the Brooklands 200-mile-race Wolseley, built in the ’80s, rebuilt in 2003 and in excellent order all around, with straight polished aluminum body, lovely timber. What looks like a Halibrand quick-change rear end is the 3-speed transaxle. Wears a timing strut and a couple of scrutineering stickers, so has obviously seen some sprint/hillclimb action. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $38,744. I can’t remember how many times I’ve seen this at auction now, but H&H finally got it away, with a hammer price about half the top estimate of £50k ($70k.) #31-1927 FORD MODEL T Depot Hack. S/N: 14402505. Green & black/brown vinyl. Good order with recent-looking and nicely 138 SOLD AT $66,418. Not quite what usually springs to mind when you think “Rolls-Bentley.” An unconventional special, as Mk VIs are usually the donors, but of course, their IFS gives them away. Sold slightly under lower estimate for about twice the price of an average 20HP, and around the same money that a Bentley special usually gets—and probably rather less than it cost to build. I’m not quite sure who’s the winner here: the buyer for getting the lovely workmanship slightly cheap, or the seller for getting shot of it. #49-1928 ROLLS-ROYCE 20HP limou- sine. S/N: GWL22. Red & black/black leather, beige cord. RHD. The archetypal stately old pile, one of which H&H almost always manages to bring to Duxford, although not actually crumbling yet. In storage from WWII until SOLD AT $56,930. Was in Canada from 1964, returned to the U.K. in 2013. Although hammered a little behind the £40k ($56k) lower estimate, it hit quite strong money, but that’s down to its provenance and condition— plus its attractive, usable body style compared with the big saloon and limo bodies these are often lumbered with (see Lot 49). #28-1943 FORD GPW utility. S/N: 134850. Green/khaki canvas/green vinyl. Odo: 3,669 miles. 134-ci I4, 1-bbl, 3-sp. Ford chassis (with correct wartime drillings for machine-gun mount in center crossmember), Ford body. Period-correct embossed air filter. With tools, but has lost its combat wheels at some stage. All in fair order, with good canvas tilt top, although it has vinyl seat covers instead of canvas. Orange indicator flashers added. Cond: 3+. Sports Car Market Bentley replica tourer. S/N: GAJ10. Blue/ black cloth/black leather. RHD. Odo: 50,369 miles. Although the proportions aren’t quite right, looks quite convincing with Vanden Plas body and big Speed Six-type radiator, but that’s a repro, as underneath this is a much more modest Rolls-Royce 20HP that originally wore VdP-style bodywork by Atcherley. Motor is from a 20/25. Fabric body in good order, good chrome lights, some scratching to radiator shell. Leather hardly worn, top still looks fresh. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $33,209. Market-correct price. Restoration is unviable at these values unless done at home, so life as a special may follow. See “Affordable Classic” (July 2017, p. 44) on the 20HP pickup H&H sold here last year, or indeed Lot 82 from this sale, which is a 20HP masquerading as a “W.O.” Bentley. #33-1929 ROLLS-ROYCE 20HP coupe. S/N: GFN10. Black/black leather. RHD. Last year of production for “baby” Royce. Originally a 4-door saloon, this much more sporty 4-seater coupe body fitted in 1931. Very good order, with recent paint, decent plating, straight radiator shell, nice interior and a clean engine bay, still with original R-R brown coil. Lower edges of front fenders are a little wavy, but that’s about it. Vinyl top in good shape. Sun visor has been on it from at least 1960. Discreet orange flashers now added, plus overdrive. Cond: 3+.


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On the Radar A whole new crop of world cars is now legal to import into the United States. If you’re not familiar with the rules, you can find info at www.nhtsa.dot.gov/cars/rules/import. by Jeff Zurschmeide 1993 Mazda Lantis Coupe H&H Auctioneers Duxford, U.K. Pros: Five-door hatchback coupe design is still catchy, spunky 2-liter V6 delivers up to 170 normally aspirated horsepower and 140 ft-lb of torque. The Type R model has a limitedslip diff, and the Mazdaspeed A-Spec kit has a freaky aero kit with a roof-mounted spoiler that looks very Tokyo Drifty. This is a real pocket rocket for the serious JDM Otaku. Cons: Built on the same platform with parts from the same bins as contemporaneous 323 economy cars. The more-prosaic 323F V6 version still offered 140 horsepower. Just get the 5-speed and not the 4-speed automatic. Price range: $4,000–$7,000, plus import costs. 1993 Mazda Xedos 6 Sedan SOLD AT $24,511. In service with French armed forces post WWII, and was yellow—so most likely an airfield tug/tender. Price is in line with recent similar-condition GPW sales in the U.K. #67-1950 JOWETT JUPITER convert- ible. S/N: E0SA41R. Red/black cloth/brown leather. RHD. Odo: 23,412 miles. Restored: the best one I’ve seen. New leather and correctly horrid “wet-look formica” dash. Even the plastic steering-wheel rim doesn’t look cracked. Cond: 2. example at Bonhams Scottsdale in January ($74,250). Good result for the vendor. #57-1952 JAGUAR XK 120 roadster. S/N: 672703. Silver/black cloth/red leather. Odo: 13 miles. Just out of restoration with very good door fit, new paint and plastic wrapping still on the seat leather. Trunk floor perfect, rear light moldings only lightly pitted, front bumper rechrome slightly ripply. Motor just right—not overpolished, and with standard air filters, plus electronic ignition (that you can’t see). Discs all around, but original drum brakes come with it. Cond: 2. Pros: Carries the same 2.0-liter V6 engine and 5-speed manual transmission as the Lantis, but with a mid-size luxury sedan wrapped around the drivetrain. The Xedos competed in the British Touring Car Championship with some success. Also sold in Australia as a Eunos 500. Cons: Looks like every other mid-size sedan from the 1990s. Could easily be mistaken for a Ford Mondeo, and given Ford’s 33% ownership of Mazda at the time, there’s probably something to that. Price range: $1,000–$3,000, plus import costs. 1993 Alfa Romeo RZ Convertible SOLD AT $56,930. These were quite effective in competition. This car was entered on the 1951 Monte Carlo Rally, but, starting from Glasgow, never made it past Preston (head gaskets: both, apparently). Also did the Dundrod TT (second owner had to change the bigend [crankshaft] bearings to drive it home) and, with aeroscreens, a few races in 1952. Sold right where expected. Pros: Based on the Alfa 75 but built by Zagato, the RZ convertible version of the SZ coupe was made from late 1992 to 1994. The suspension came from the IMSA version of the 75, and the 3.0-liter V6 engine offered 207 horsepower and 181 ft-lb of torque to the rear wheels, courtesy of a 5-speed manual gearbox. 0–60 mph in about seven seconds. Cons: Only 252 were made before Zagato went bankrupt — then 32 units were built under receivership management. Convertible wedge design looks remarkably like a doorstop. Price range: $75,000–$195,000, plus import costs. ♦ 140 #76-1951 NASH-HEALEY ROADSTER. S/N: N2017. Ivory/black vinyl. Odo: 29,433 miles. Pre-restyle Nash. These use Healey’s generic trailing-arm front suspension chassis of the time plus Nash Dual Jet-Fire 6-cylinder, with body by Panelcraft of Birmingham, from ’52 by Pinin Farina (two words until 1961). Fair order, older paint with some microblistering, looks as if it might once have been red. Front fenders are a bit bent where the mirrors were once mounted, and a little wavy at bottoms. Instruments all intact, but with extra temperature gauge, so we’re presuming at least one doesn’t work. Seat vinyl all intact. Complete with unused new cylinder head. Missouri-titled, but also with French paperwork. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $113,860. The 17th car completed and one of 20 Panelcraft-bodied cars left, according to the Nash-Healey Registry. Sold by Hyman to Italy in 2008 for $70,000, to this French owner in 2015, and restoration never started. Offered at no reserve and sold for much more than the much nicer restored facelift 1953 car sold at Battersea last October ($71,283) or the similar SOLD AT $118,604. Originally supplied to California, repatriated some time in the ’90s. Owner said he’d take £90k ($127k) for it, which was the bottom estimate, but in the end the high bid of about £10k less must have won him over. Well bought and will likely retail for more. #23-1955 MG TF 1500 roadster. S/N: 6565. White/red leather. RHD. First right-hand drive production TF 1500 (all of the other 149 of the first batch went to the U.S.), originally pale metallic green. Older restoration, still straight with decent paint and chrome. Replacement Gold Seal engine fitted probably in ’80s. Leather now just settling in with a few creases. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $45,860. Sold mid-estimate, but it’s quite strong money for a TF, as they have been £26k ($37k) all day long as far back as I can remember. Sports Car Market


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H&H Auctioneers Duxford, U.K. #3-1957 LAND ROVER SERIES I 88- inch utility. S/N: 111753788. Green/khaki canvas/green vinyl. RHD. Sound, refurbed and repainted, but sadly none of the engine wiring was masked up first, so it’s a bit of a mess under the hood. Later “2 1/4” engine (which first appeared in ’58) wears a shiny pancake filter. Seat vinyl good, new canvas top, aluminum body panels nicely dinged and rippled down the sides. Sits a little high on parabolic springs, but that helps clear the oversize 750x16 rubber. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $58,511. It’s amazing what people will recover, but this was the 19th 4.2 coupe made, so it has some intrinsic value—even if it means jacking up the chassis plate and sliding a new car under it. Although it went under estimate, well sold at any price. SOLD AT $14,232. Cheap for an S1 Landie, no doubt down to a few non-original touches and quick blowover, but all the seller was looking for. If you wanted a driver and not a concours queen, as so many are turning into (yes, you, JLR Classic), something of a bargain if you could live with the painted wiring loom. #60-1963 FORD LOTUS-CORTINA 2-dr sedan. S/N: Z74C061186E. White/black vinyl. RHD. Odo: 23,024 miles. Pre-Aeroflow LoCort still with its coil-spring rear suspension. Paint and panel fit all good, very clean underneath. Still with airbox and wood-rim steering wheel. Seat vinyl slightly wrinkled. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $324,183. This had a good feel to it; a nice, honest car that’s been properly kept up over the years of long-term ownership (since 1972), without being bare-shell restored. Didn’t look a lot of money for a DB6, especially as it’s manual with no sunroof, in a good color. Although the trade likes the Mk II, I prefer the cleaner look of the Mk I, with its flush rather than lipped wheelarches. #79-1966 AUSTIN MINI Cooper S 1275 SOLD AT $86,976. Thought to be the earliest example on the road, and right on the money for provenance and condition. Too expensive to be made into a racer, and there are probably enough racers out there and on the market now to satisfy demand. #40-1965 JAGUAR E-TYPE Series I 4.2 coupe. S/N: 1E20019. Green/green leather. RHD. Odo: 60,411 miles. See where they rust.... All there, but quite horrid. It doesn’t look too bad here, but much of the horror is hidden by a freshly primered front clamshell held on by gravity. Cylinder head in the trunk, although it’s obviously been off the engine for a long while because the timing chains and sprockets are rusty. Original steering wheel missing, replaced with aftermarket, but that’s the least of your worries. Cond: 4-. July 2018 2-dr sedan. S/N: CA2S7821425. Red/red & gray vinyl. RHD. Odo: 69,462 miles. Restored (finished 2011) to very original spec with new repro interior—including reclining front seats. Period Les Leston steering wheel. Still with dynamo, and still on “wet” suspension, though now sports a set of Minilite-lookalike wheels. Cond: 2-. #131-1966 ASTON MARTIN DB6 coupe. S/N: DB62470R. Silver/red leather. RHD. Odo: 80,716 miles. Solid underneath and eight-year-old paint still pretty good. Front lower grille strakes a bit bent. Lightly creased leather dates from about 1980. New stainless exhaust. Motor very clean and tidy. Cond: 3+. TOP 10 No. 4 SOLD AT $53,767. Manx resident and registered since 2011. Heritage Certificate confirms it’s an RHD home-market car in its original 141


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H&H Auctioneers Duxford, U.K. color. Ticks all the boxes apart from perhaps the Webasto sunroof, but it’s period and the black-painted roof disguises it a bit. Hence the price, hammered £2k ($3k) over the £32k ($45k) top estimate. #44-1967 AUSTIN MINI Cooper racer. S/N: CA2S71029001A. Fiesta Yellow/black velour bucket. RHD. Built in 2013 from an extensively restored shell, using all the right bits and sitting on repro rose-petal alloys. Lots of Swiftune parts in the motor including cylinder head—although it’s not a full Swiftune lump. Remains road legal, but doesn’t comply with FIA race regs, thanks to big motor, adjustable suspension and four-pot brakes. Cond: 2-. fetched £95,625 ($134,417) as it was much nicer all around, and its chassis number fell in the “pure” Series I range. #36-1968 MORRIS MINI MOKE Mk II utility. S/N: MAB1138989A. Green/black vinyl/green vinyl. RHD. Refurbed/repainted, 1275-cc engine, Cooper wheels, dual-circuit brakes, aftermarket steering wheel, Sabelt harnesses. Original 848-cc motor included. Chassis number misquoted in catalog, which means it might be wrong on the V5C, but a photograph of the chassis plate confirms this as a late RHD, home-market car. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $34,790. Just goes to show that modifying cars never pays off financially. This was nicer than the green one that sold at Race Retro the month before, but took almost the same money (£24,750 vs. £24,525). If you didn’t mind the holes in the front and were prepared to swap the rear springs, this was quite a sweet deal, although the unfashionable sunroof will have knocked off a few quid. #77-1974 ASTON MARTIN V8 Series SOLD AT $39,535. Cheap for a racer because it can’t run in pre-’66 FIA saloons: Even if you could squeak it in as a ’66 (it happens...), the oversize motor and too many trick bits would exclude it. But a good hillclimber/ track-day car (and a cool road car) at average restored Cooper S money. Last sold for $47,507 by Silverstone Auctions in May 2015 (SCM# 265607), when we said it had a 1293 motor—H&H catalog now says 1380. #45-1968 JAGUAR E-TYPE Series 1.5 4.2 convertible. S/N: 1E17298. Red/black canvas/black leather. RHD. Odo: 69,448 miles. “Series 1.5” wearing an earlier front to make it look like a Series I. Restored in ’90s, converted from federal-spec LHD to RHD with triple SUs, now with 5-speed gearbox. Paint microblistered, spotweld dimples under rear pan filled, taillight castings lightly speckled. Leather well creased and starter button hanging out under dash. Cond: 3. BEST BUY SOLD AT $123,348. Manual transmission are rare on one of these. Last in SCM database March 2017 (SCM# 6836181), when it was offered at this auction last year but unsold. Here it was about on the money. SOLD AT $35,976. Went well over estimate despite poor paint, but that’s down to its original (apart from replacement front fenders) and unmolested condition. #8-1973 FORD ESCORT Mexico 2-dr SOLD AT $82,232. Repatriated in 1987. Bought from an ACA sale in 2016. Inexpensive for a Series I because of bitsa status, but the cheapest way into the iconic shape, even though it had the air of a car needing a bit of love. One of two such cars in the sale: The other, Lot 70, a ’67 late Series I (incorrectly described as a Series 1.5), also converted from LHD and wearing 3.8-style cam covers, 142 sedan. S/N: BFATNU00068. Sebring Red/ black vinyl/black velour & vinyl. RHD. Odo: 46,059 miles. Restored, at which time someone saw fit to punch rally-style cooling holes in the front panel. With sunroof. Seat velour is okay. Sits high at the rear. Brian Randall motor is of unspecified capacity (if you’re rebuilding/reboring, why leave at 1600?), runs twin Webers, four-branch exhaust and blue silicone hoses, plus there are rally-style individual hydraulic reservoirs feeding separate cylinders on an adjustable-bias pedal box. Original stock motor included. Cond: 2-. #9-1983 CN SPRINT convertible. S/N: CN0101. Red & white/black vinyl. RHD. Looks like an Elan, side stripes say it’s an Elan...but it’s not, being a later kit produced by Lotus specialist Christopher Neil. Uses S4 chassis, brakes and suspension with Ford Zetec twin-cam and Ford 5-speed. Good order all around, and doors fit better than a real one. A little microblistering in the paint and a few chips around the bonnet. Interior looks spot-on and largely unworn, Moto-Lita wheel. Road wheels look like 14-inch ones. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $22,139. Correctly priced for condition, and could be reverted to original spec quite easily. I should think it’s indecently nippy with the 1275. #127-1970 MORRIS MINI Cooper S Mk II 2-dr sedan. S/N: KA2S61187185A. Blue/ white/black vinyl. RHD. Odo: 9,709 miles. Shiny and clean, but paint has sink marks and runs. Sills okay, and jig brackets are still in place under the floors. Seat vinyl original and okay. No paperwork other than V5C, however. Cond: 3. III coupe. S/N: V811123RCA. Imperial Blue/ magnolia leather. RHD. Odo: 97,121 miles. Excellent repaint, but with a missed opportunity to delete the sunroof; understructure all good. One or two bubbles in dash-top covering. New carpets, lightly creased leather. Factory a/c noted not to work. Cond: 2-. Sports Car Market


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H&H Auctioneers Duxford, U.K. SOLD AT $30,046. Built by the late Neil Shepherdson (the Neil in Christopher Neil) originally with a Ford CVH. Zetec was fitted later for the vendor. You’d only get a coupe Elan or a +2 for this money, and with the Lotus chassis, it’ll offer the same sublime driving sensation as the real thing. So as long as you don’t lift the lid, nobody’s ever going to know... even if the registration number (along with the wheels) is a bit of a giveaway. #84-1986 FORD RS200 coupe. S/N: SFACXXBJ2CGL00079. White/gray velour. RHD. Odo: 4,122 km. In standard-for homologation Clubman rather than rally spec, so fixed torque split with no secondary gear lever, “only” 250 bhp. Mostly a show car all its life, so good and unscuffed; rear window seal is better than most. Velour only lightly scuffed on seat backs, door cards all good. With original wallet and books, plus two sets of keys. Cond: 2-. TOP 10 No. 8 proper collectible, it has naturally pulled all the others up behind it (see Porsche 911 for similar effect). FRENCH #53-1992 PEUGEOT 205 CTi convert- ible. S/N: VF320DB6224447799. Red/black cloth/black & red cloth & leather. RHD. Odo: 9,300 miles. Last year of production. Clean, straight and tidy in keeping with low mileage and even on original Michelins—good for concours, not so much for actually driving on. Interior all good with seat velour and carpets unworn, body plastics unscuffed and still black, so must have been stored indoors. Cond: 2. ITALIAN #13-1980 INNOCENTI 120L DeTomaso hatchback. S/N: 7467774. Black/beige vinyl & velour. Odo: 91,000 km. Essentially a Mini Cooper in an Italian-styled body, and using dry (rubber-cone) suspension. Straight, repainted and shiny. Strange pink seat covers are getting a little grubby and tired, but rest of interior including dash molding seems okay. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $8,302. Super-rare in the U.K. Sold for around the same price as a good non-Cooper Rover Mini and half the price of a good late Cooper (which has 10 hp less, a noticeable difference in a car weighing 650 kg). SOLD AT $208,742. These were built by Reliant, you know. This was originally earmarked for the Finnish Rally, but the demise of Group B meant it was never competition prepared and became a show car. Post-sale deal a little way behind the £140k ($197k) lower estimate, which itself looked pretty cheap. Not sold at Bonhams’ December 2017 Olympia, London, auction (SCM# 6857072), against the same £140k–£160k ($197k–$225k) estimate. At the second time of asking, the vendor must have decided to take the best offer. #141-1994 JAGUAR XJ-S convertible. S/N: SAJJNAFD3EJ193628. Silver Blue/blue cloth/beige leather. RHD. Odo: 14,638 miles. Little used, long-term-stored car, so good and original, not scuffed or rusty. Leather lightly used, excellent veneers, top unworn. Illegal Leaping Cat mascot on bonnet, but I’ve never heard of anyone actually getting nicked for one. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $16,605. Only one private owner after Peugeot. Usually the convertible versions of anything fetch twice as much as the hard tops, but here it would appear the other way around because the ragtop is heavier and not as sharp to drive as the scintillating GTi hatch. Will probably retail for a bit more on the find-another basis. GERMAN #61-1964 MERCEDES-BENZ 230SL convertible. S/N: 11304220003388. Beige/brown leather. RHD. Restored in its original colors and a shiny almost-concours rebuild, but a bit imprecise in the engine bay. Rear chassis legs smooth, may never have been welded. New perforated leather. Decent chrome, with rubber sill drains, but missing its headlight swages. With hard and soft tops, original Becker radio. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $41,116. Sold at the high end of the estimate range, but still cheapish for an Evo. That was no doubt due to worries over the motor, even though it’s had valve-stem oil seals. If it’s really the turbo that’s causing the smoke, a recon unit is a relatively cheap fix. It’s always “buyers beware” with these, and the new owner could have got a relative bargain—or he could have bought a money pit. SOLD AT $43,488. This ownership for 21 years, and stored for much of that time. Sold well over the £22k ($31k) high estimate, but cars like this are few and far between, and, as the early XJ-S finally becomes accepted as a 144 SOLD AT $102,790. Supplied new to Belfast, still with Irish registration number. One of two Pagodas at this sale and fetched good money for a 230 missing a few details and in an unfavorable color. The other, a not-quite-as-sharp, left-handed (federal) 1970 280 (Lot 115) didn’t sell. AMERICAN #123-1929 FORD MODEL A coupe. S/N: 1660879. Blue & black/brown cloth. Fivewindow coupe, well preserved and refurbished, if not fully restored. Rubber mats on floors are dusty. Cond: 3. Sports Car Market #55-1992 LANCIA DELTA HF Integrale Evolution 5-dr hatcback. S/N: ZLA831AB000562075. Red/green alcantara. Odo: 199,000 km. Tidy, though leggy. Body was smartened up and painted five years ago, and still presents well. Alcantara not as scruffy as they can get, especially given the mileage. Dash plastics okay, Momo steering wheel. Replacement engine fitted at 176,000 km, turbo said to smoke a little. French registered. Cond: 3+.


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H&H Auctioneers Duxford, U.K. good paint with a few tiny blemishes, timberlined load bed (probably ash) is unmarked. New grained leather to bench seat. Motor is from a 1941 Ambassador 6, with overdrive transmission. French registered. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $30,046. Discovered engine-less in 1990, with a claimed $75k spent on restoration—also claims to have driven 5,000 miles, so the odo evidently doesn’t work. Offered at no reserve and the vendor got some pennies back, but the U.K. is an odd place to sell a unique American collector vehicle. #69-1947 CADILLAC SERIES 75 SOLD AT $14,232. California car, which like the T, has “seen service with a film hire company.” Sold well under the £12k ($17k) lower estimate, making it cheaper than anything other than a ratty Model T. Bargain! #72-1946 NASH P1 Prototype pickup. S/N: K77666. Blue & black/brown leather. Odo: 472 miles. Concours restoration. Very Fleetwood Imperial sedan. S/N: 3423194. Silver/black leather & gray cloth. Odo: 75,055 miles. Good repaint, slightly polished-through and dulled chrome, lightly pickled door handles. Excellent dash, lightly creased leather to front seat, cord velour in rear good. Cond: 3+. the U.K. A ’49, ’53 or ’59 would have gotten much more. #22-1965 FORD MUSTANG fastback. S/N: 5F09A740906. Red/black vinyl. Odo: 2,408 miles. 289-ci V8, 2-bbl, 5-sp. Was an A-code auto, now with Cobra crate engine and 5-speed Tremec. Power steering, Monte Carlo bars. Good, with fresh paint. Side panels cut for speakers. All GT extras, Rally Pac clock still works. Seat vinyl redone and carpets new. Missing its side stripes and front under-riders. Sprouting a few Shelby-ish bits such as side and hood scoops. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $28,465. Imported to the U.K. in 2006. Hammered 15% under the £22k ($31k) lower estimate but a bit “under the radar” for SOLD AT $53,767. Came to the U.K. in 2014 after it was restored, then the 5-speed was added. On the money, at £7k (but only $6k less with fluctuating exchange rates) less than the seller paid for it at Silverstone last year (SCM# 6851025), although I’m not sure more purist collectors in the U.S. would have paid this much for a modified car, however appealing and better to drive than stock. © The most valuable tool in your box AmericanCarCollector.com 877.219.2605 Ext. 1 SUBSCRIBE TODAY! July 2018 145


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Roundup Selected Sales Combined in One Comprehensive Report Global Auction Highlights ENGLISH #317-1958 VAUXHALL CRESTA PA sedan. S/N PAD26846. Pink/red & black vinyl. RHD. Odo: 52,488 miles. Older restoration painted pink metal flake. Basically good all around, and interior all fair. Three-window PA is the one you want, as it has the gorgeous deep oval taillights missing from the PB. The lower quarters on these were sadly obscured by the wrong rear bumper, accentuated by the slight hike at the rear. Last had an MoT in 2012. Cond: 3+. A barometer for the classic-car market — 1962 Mercedes-Benz 300SL roadster, sold for $1,540,000 at RM Auctions, Fort Lauderdale RM AUCTIONS Location: Fort Lauderdale, FL Date: April 6–7, 2018 Auctioneers: Mike Shackelton, Brent Earlywine Automotive lots sold/offered: 241/336 Sales rate: 72% Sales total: $18,989,328 High sale: 1962 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster, sold at $1,540,000 Buyer’s premium: 10%, included in sold prices Report and photos by Morgan Eldridge BRIGHTWELLS Location: Bicester, U.K. Date: March 21, 2018 Auctioneers: Richard Binnersley, Nick Gorst Automotive lots sold/offered: 100/100 Sales rate: 100% Sales total: $545,204 High sale: 2002 Mercedes-Benz CL63 AMG coupe, sold at $31,853 Buyer’s premium: 10%, minimum $500, included in sold prices Report and photos by Paul Hardiman 146 GAA Location: Greensboro, NC Date: March 1–3, 2018 Auctioneers: Eli Detweiler, Ben DeBruhl, Ricky Parks, Mike Anderson Automotive lots sold/offered: 405/531 Sales rate: 76% Sales total: $13,507,605 High sale: 2005 Ford GT coupe, sold at $301,740 Buyer’s premium: 7%, $700 minimum, included in sold prices Report and photos by Jeff Trepel and Mark Moskowitz SILVER ARIZONA Location: Fort McDowell, AZ Date: March 30–31, 2018 Auctioneers: Jim Richie, Dillon Hall, Bobby Dee Automotive lots sold/offered: 103/266 Sales rate: 39% Sales total: $1,790,586 High sale: 1957 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz convertible, sold at $69,210 Buyer’s premium: 8%, included in sold prices Report and photos by B. Mitchell Carlson SOLD AT $10,824. One of almost 100 lots of non-Jaguars (plus a bunch of automobilia and a mass of pedal cars) being cleared out from the Jaguar Land Rover Classic Collection (don’t ask...) in this sale of “affordable classics.” Most were junk destined to go straight on eBay, and few had any paperwork to speak of. However, there were a few gems—although all would have needed a certain amount of recommissioning and therefore all were offered at no reserve. These transatlantic-styled PAs are always desirable for their rarity, and here this one fetched fair money, eclipsed only by the even rarer 1960 Friary estate version (Lot 310, which still has the oval taillights). Brightwells, Bicester, U.K., 03/18. #310-1960 VAUXHALL VELOX PA Fri- ary Estate. S/N 118862. Maroon/red leather. RHD. Odo: 87,746 miles. Fair order outside, with irreplaceable taillights in good shape. One rip in driver’s side of front seat base, dash top a bit wrinkly. Leopardskin trim to sides of rear load bed. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $13,916. If a PA Cresta is a rare thing, the coachbuilt Friary estate version is even rarer. HM the Queen has had one from new, by the way, which she keeps at Sandringham. Like all the other cars from the JLR Collection, offered at no reserve and rightly fetched more than the lightly customized sedan (Lot 317). Brightwells, Bicester, U.K., 03/18. Sports Car Market


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Roundup #411-1966 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER SHADOW sedan. S/N SRX1327. Cream/ cream leather. Odo: 87,953 miles. Older 10-footer repaint, now starting to crack at the base of the windshield and lift within body character-line creases. Doors rattle a bit. Good older repainting on most trim—or at least the easy-to-remove-and-replace bits. Older engine bay cleanup is getting dusty again. Replacement GM Frigidaire a/c compressor. Engine idles high, and subsequently shifts abruptly. Interior has a slight mildew odor. Original carpet is faded and worn. Seats and door panels have been redyed, and the former are now sticky from it. Actually, the driver’s seat bottom has now all but worn the dye off, so it’s back to square one and heavily cracked. Heavier crazing on the dashboard wood. The passenger’s side of the dashpad looks like they troweled RTV over the cracked and broken-up vinyl. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $7,113. These were intended for the Mini Cooper owner who couldn’t keep it in his trousers and needed a bigger back seat, but still with the almost-Cooper powertrain. All are Hydrolastic and, though they seemed a bit pathetic in their time, they’re not bad little cars and have their following today. Price looks fair here as it’s a rare model now. Brightwells, Bicester, U.K., 03/18. #316-1972 RELIANT SCIMITAR GTE 4x4 prototype hatchback. S/N 900008. Blue/black vinyl. RHD. Odo: 44,013 miles. Larger wheels, with more inset (Volvo, as it happens), are the giveaway that there’s something unusual going on under the skin here. One-off Ferguson Formula 4x4 conversion, also applied to Capris and Mustangs in this period, makes sense here as the motor sits so far back in the Scimitar. It still needed a bespoke front subframe and suspension. Fiberglass body okay, as is vinyl interior, although driver’s footwell carpets appear to be missing. Dash moldings don’t survive very well on these, but this one appears okay. Last MoT expired in 2014. Ran when parked. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $14,000. I had to point out to the assigned driver of this inaugural-year Silver Shadow that it has a GM-sourced Turbo Hydra-Matic transmission in it when he started grousing about “those damned British transmissions.” Last seen on our radar at Kruse’s Fall Auburn auction a dozen years ago, then selling for $20,250 in better shape (SCM# 1567461). Oh, how the mighty can fall hard and fast —very much akin to the British Empire on many levels. This is unwinding as badly as a 52-year-old open-reel tape deck with a sticky capstan. Doubt there was a dime actually on it past $10k. Silver Auctions AZ, Fort McDowell, AZ, 03/18. #247-1972 AUSTIN 1300GT sedan. S/N AA4DA37657M. Gold/brown vinyl. RHD. Odo: 40,900 miles. Tidy and original example of the “sporty” ADO16, although bottom edges of sills are a bit wavy and there’s a little corrosion and plop in the rear wheelarch lips—very normal on these. Interior vinyl all good. Last MoT expired 2013. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $20,101. From the Jaguar Land Rover clear-out sale, but formerly owned and restored by John Crosthwaite, ex-BRM and later of top-end restorer Crosthwaite & Gardiner, which made Audi’s new Silver Arrows more than a decade ago. What was JLR doing with this? Well, a few years ago it bought the huge collection of Dr. James Hull, which included lots of Jags, but had to take everything else too—including this. As JLR Classic is expanding and needs the space, new management decided that all the non-Jag stuff had to go. For the FF completist this would have been a must, and it fetched decent money— about twice the price of a comparable stock Scimitar SE5a. Brightwells, Bicester, U.K., 03/18. #318-1978 VAUXHALL CHEVETTE 2300 HS hatchback. S/N 9B08RHY134218. Silver/red & black tartan cloth. RHD. Odo: 51,608 miles. One of 450 homologation specials distilled from the GM/Vauxhall parts bin to qualify the Chevette for international rallying. Wheels are from the Chevy Vega, trivia fans. Although it looked a little unloved, I had high hopes for this one until I spotted the rusty cam wheels and the broken cam belt resting on the left inner wing. Do hope nobody’s tried turning the engine, but worryingly, the belt was intact in the catalog photos. Seat cloth and July 2018 147


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Roundup door cards good, but carpets and side trims missing. Resto project with more needs than are immediately obvious, but should be savable. No paperwork. Cond: 3-. yet it rolled off as a no-sale, needing a little more to meet a firm reserve. Silver Auctions AZ, Fort McDowell, AZ, 03/18. #1031-1987 ROLLS-ROYCE COR- NICHE convertible. S/N SCAZD02A0HCX21423. White/tan canvas/tan leather. Odo: 39,805 miles. Whatever you do, don’t read the description in Robin Leach’s voice. Seller states the vehicle has always been garaged and previous owner had the car for 18 years. Original top, some paint flaws. Interior looks redone and incorrect. Wood accents in good condition, along with brightwork. Engine bay not overly detailed. Perfect car to look rich and famous; just make sure to have an extra $10k to throw at it, if needed. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $17,009. One of the last lots from the JLR clear-out and, like the others, offered at no reserve. Price reflected the likely amount of needs (unless the valves have hit the pistons). As a solid and tidy driver, this would be nearer £20k ($28k), a little behind a Lotus Sunbeam and quite a way behind an RS2000. That’s illogical, as both are faster and better to drive than the Ford, but that reflects the relative amounts of rally glory they enjoyed in period, although an HSR version did win the 1979 British Open Rally Championship in 1979, with Pentti Airikkala (RIP). Brightwells, Bicester, U.K., 03/18. #448-1978 MG MIDGET convertible. S/N GAN6UJ207669. Orange/black vinyl/ black vinyl. Odo: 44,666 miles. Better-quality repaint done in recent years, with good prep and masking. Uneven gaps between the front bumper and the body (not that they were all that great when new). Good brightwork, to include the optional trunk rack. Aftermarket radio antenna on the right front fender, but has a radio blanking plate in the dash. Decent door fit, but trunk lid sits higher at hinges. Newer replacement top. Driver’s seat back is essentially all black duck tape on inboard top corner, yet passenger’s seat is quite good—as is the rest of the interior vinyl and carpeting. Dull, faded steering wheel. All of the rubber pedal pads are missing. Original seat belts show some fading. Emblem broken off the top of the aftermarket wood shift knob. Lightly cleaned up under the hood. Cond: 3. included here to show the real value of a Turbo after the inexplicably high $11k paid for the not-very-nice black LHD example in Paris at Rétromobile. Brightwells, Bicester, U.K., 03/18. #1088-2009 BENTLEY BROOKLANDS coupe. S/N SCBCC41N89CX14091. Redwood. Odo: 15,680 miles. Very well presented with a binder full of extra information. Nicely detailed throughout. All-original paint shows well, with the exception of a very small scratch on rear bumper, as pointed out by the seller. One very small chip on one of the wheels. Interior looks new, with only slight wear on the steering wheel. Well-optioned car that included the rare carbon-ceramic brakes at a cost of $30k! Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $41,250. Another one here, Lot 1060, a 1974 version, sold for $24k, and was a bit rough around the edges. This vehicle seemed to check all of the boxes for condition. Better examples can be had for $60k-plus, making this a good buy. RM Auctions, Fort Lauderdale, FL, 04/18. #303-1989 MG METRO Turbo hatch- back. S/N SAXXFXND1BD868207. White/ beige velour. RHD. Odo: 61,418 miles. Appears straight and in fair order all around, with lowish mileage and correspondingly unworn seat velour, although slightly wrinkled on driver’s outer bolster. However, last MoT was in 2013 with a “fair list” of advisories, which the catalog ruefully admits won’t have improved with time, and notes the brakes are almost nonexistent. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $136,400. The only one around the sale, and it sold very well. MSRP was north of $340k, but a $200k drop in value over nearly a decade is to be expected with these. RM Auctions, Fort Lauderdale, FL, 04/18. #589-2012 MCLAREN MP4-12C coupe. S/N SBM11AAA2CW000900. Volcanic Orange/black leather. Odo: 6,974 miles. Three-mode 7-speed paddle-shift transmission, with optional navigation, cruise control, GPS and integral radar detector. Most recent servicing by a McLaren dealership saw the car updated to 620S specifications. Tires and battery also replaced within the past year. Superbly kept original paint, with perhaps three errant small road-debris chips. Like-new panel fit. Minimal carpet soiling, but otherwise the interior looks like new and is almost as aromatic as new from the leather. Sparkling engine cosmetics. Minimal road spray on the undercarriage. Essentially, in better condition than some dealership demonstration cars. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $5,500. Bid to $5,600 at McCormick’s Palm Springs sale earlier in February (SCM# 6866234). While this looked rather nice as a five-footer, closer inspection would make one agree with my condition assessment of this Spridget. The bidders on it also agreed, 148 SOLD AT $9,277. From the JLR clear-out sale and offered at no reserve, this was presented in a lineup of Metros, which represents a bit of a nightmare for anyone who remembers these ghastly little cars when new (disclosure: I passed my driving test in one). But NOT SOLD AT $110,000. Everyone makes a lot of hay about Tesla changing the automotive dealership landscape, but in a more practical way, McLaren is doing just as much. Try to imagine a Ford or Chevy dealership doing a software upgrade as part of regular mainte- Sports Car Market


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Roundup Market Moment nance to have the car operating at the current firmware release. Not likely, by and large, at this time. You’re lucky if they don’t crossthread the drain plug on a L-O-F. Even computer and smartphone companies aren’t exactly jumping through hoops to do that currently. Consignor purchased this at the Mecum Indy auction in 2015, for $178,200 (SCM# 6797757). As such, it wasn’t too much of a surprise that this bid was going to go nowhere fast. We’re not talking Cadillac or Mercedes levels of depreciation here. Silver Auctions AZ, Fort McDowell, AZ, 03/18. #1131-2014 BENTLEY CONTINENTAL ©2018 Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s 1961 Volkswagen Transporter Single-Cab Pickup Sold at $64,400 RM Sotheby’s, Amelia Island, FL, March 9, 2018, Lot 194 Chassis number: 671922 was, “Yeah, so what?” For well over a decade, prices for first-gen W Volkswagen Type II passenger vans have brought very strong money, with double cabs — and then single cabs — following behind. There’s a definitive link between window count and values on Type IIs in general — and espe- cially for original 1951–66 models. The formula: More windows equals more money. If anything, this sale is more of a case of “what took you so long to join us?” Because they are so rare, VW single cabs should be at least equal in value to a Microbus. However, they’re rare for a reason. These VW pickups were not what the 1960s version of Joe Sixpack wanted for a work truck (back when trucks were actually tools and not toys) — even with the novel and purposeful drop-down sides. So VW Single-Cab Pickup sales were meager in the United States. Its direct domestic competitor, the Chevrolet Corvair 95 Loadside, sold only 2,844 units over its two-year lifetime. The Corvair Rampside was vastly more popular, with 18,342 built, due to its practical and unique curbside loading ramp. Not many Type II pickups were imported into the United States — especially compared with the VW vans — even before the 25% Chicken Tax on light-duty trucks went into effect for 1964. After the Chicken Tax, the few VW Single-Cab Pickups sitting on dealer lots were almost impossible to sell. The few Single-Cab Pickups imported afterwards tended to become dealer service trucks. All this means that California — rich in Type II Vans and pickups, as it was one of the best markets in the world for them when new — now has a very limited pool of them to find and restore. In fact, supply can’t keep up with demand. So yes, prices continue to rise. Pickups of all sorts continue to be very strong in the market. We’re in an era when 1967–72 Chevy C-10 pickups change hands for $50k. So, it is logical that a state-of-the-art restoration on a VW Single-Cab Pickup — like our featured truck — is now a player at this level. I’d like to see the original style of vinyl — and in the correct pattern — on the bench seat if I’m dropping $64k and change on a 51-horsepower pickup. A top-of-the-market price should mean it is restored to pure stock without any “yeah, but…” explanations. Yet those who can afford to drop this kind of money may actually take RM Sotheby’s advice and use this pickup as a very spendy paddock cart at the track. This pickup sold a touch on the high end, but it is still within the zone of a marketcorrect deal. 150 SOLD AT $132,000. The was last offered at Mecum’s L.A. auction back in February, where it was a no-sale at $115k (SCM# 6865181). Hammer price was on the money. The winner on this one was the house. RM Auctions, Fort Lauderdale, FL, 04/18. FRENCH #301-1938 PEUGEOT 402 sedan. S/N Gray/brown leather. Odo: 1,942 km. Restoproject “Normale” wheelbase car, complete with all exterior trim parts present but paint peeling and surface-rusted everywhere. Or very original, if you prefer. Interior pretty rough: Something has chewed the seat edges and door trim pieces are crumbling, but all the fixtures and fittings are there. No paperwork apart from French Certificat d’ Immatriculation, which should show the chassis number as none is quoted in the catalog, but was not available at preview. From the Jaguar Land Rover overflow sale of affordable classics, and like all the others, offered at no reserve. Cond: 4. hen Executive Editor Chester Allen assigned me this Volkswagen single-cab pickup for a “Market Moment” profile, my first reaction GTC V8 convertible. S/N SCBGT3ZA3EC091664. Light blue/tan canvas/Linen leather. Odo: 16,000 miles. CARFAX says one-owner and accident-free. Car is well presented and clean. Passenger’s side rear quarter panel was repainted. A non-Mulliner example. Massaging front seats with neck warmer. Cond: 2-. — B. Mitchell Carlson Sports Car Market


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Roundup SOLD AT $9,277. Hmmm. Get it running, wipe it over with an oily rag and smoke it about as-is, or restore? There are no regular 402s currently on the market to gauge it against, but a full restoration would likely put you quickly underwater, so quirky driver status appears the most likely option. Brightwells, Bicester, U.K., 03/18. #224-1985 CITROËN BX DiGiT hatch- back. S/N VF7XBXG0008XG3042. Silver/ gray velour. RHD. Odo: 124,000 miles. Gandini-designed BX was GS replacement, smaller than CX and XM, but last “proper” Citroën, with hydraulics plus lots of innovative plastics. DiGiT was a 4,000-off mainland Europe model, and this is thought to be the only one in the U.K. (most of ours were marketed as GTs). Good order all around, with seat velour unworn and dash plastics all good. Last MoT expired in 2014. No documents. Cond: 3+. Vehicle has an older but good-quality repaint. Interior said to be original and shows very well. Non-Rudge wheel example. Underhood could be cleaner, but is well presented. Chrome is in good condition. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $1,540,000. Last year, Gooding & Company sold a 1955 coupe with over 60 years of single ownership for $1.457m. Furthermore, the last two 300SLs to sell this year publicly have been over $1.3m. These cars are a barometer to the classic car market; well sold. RM Auctions, Fort Lauderdale, FL, 04/18. #ST0071-1970 MERCEDES-BENZ 280SL coupe. S/N 11304410012457. White/white hard top/red MB-Tex. Odo: 6,422 miles. Very much a mixed bag. Appears to be rust-free, with original drivetrain and partially restored interior. Bodywork has been done at front based on absence of dimples on sides of grille and spot welds underhood. In addition, the left headlight and fender not quite square with front of car. Good-quality repaint—not new, but satisfactory for a driver. Chrome a mixture of new or nicely replated (grille and bumpers) and old and pitted (door handles and hard-top trim). Inside, dash has good paint and chrome, but dashpad is hard and over-Armoralled, and wood is over-varnished. Decent red MB-Tex seats make the color pop a bit. Soft top not observed. Original Becker Mexico radio, toolkit and ski rack are pluses. Mostly original and very usedlooking underhood, but easily could be improved. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $1,082. From the Jaguar Land Rover Collection, offered at no reserve. Not many BXs left, very few in this condition, and cheap for a very underrated car, even if it turns out to need a couple of suspension spheres. Fairly good spec: turbo-diesel or GTI would be worth more, but at this price level, model is less relevant than condition. Brightwells, Bicester, U.K., 03/18. GERMAN #3131-1962 MERCEDES-BENZ 300SL Roadster. S/N 19804210003069. Eng. # 19898210000024. Mercedes Blue/cream canvas/light yellow leather. Odo: 36,600 miles. From 40 years of single ownership. European specification, also said to have covered only 36k miles. Small stone chip on the fender. Hard top, Becker Grand Prix radio, disc brakes and alloy block. TOP 10 No. 1 SOLD AT $58,315. Purchased in 1969 by a U.S. Army officer stationed in Germany. U.S.spec car but more European in character, with 4-speed manual and no a/c. Odo reading clearly not correct, might be 106,000. While not a great Pagoda, it was certainly a decent example that could be a fine driver. Many small deficiencies could be rectified easily. Pagodas were zooming up in value a couple of years ago. The appreciation curve has flattened, but they are still prized in the market. The price here was as expected for the condition, maybe a minor bargain for a 4-speed. GAA, Greensboro, NC, 03/18. #3064-1971 MERCEDES-BENZ 280SL convertible. S/N 11304412023576. Horizon Blue/blue canvas/dark blue MB-Tex. Nicely restored, with the proper headlight notches and spot welds. Vehicle has power steering, four-wheel disc brakes, with jack and tool roll. Interior wood looks good. MB-Tex is in good condition. Correct Becker radio. Underhood is clean and well presented. Cond: 2-. 152 SOLD AT $91,300. The 280SL market can go from $30k to $130k, and it’s all about condition. Another one offered here, Lot 3103, was said to be sold by the original owner and went for $102k. I would think that a one-owner example would bring more than $10k over this one. Either way, the color combination of this car was very nice, and prices have remained steady between $80k–$110k for nicely restored examples. Fair price for both parties. RM Auctions, Fort Lauderdale, FL, 04/18. #370-1974 MERCEDES-BENZ 450SL convertible. S/N 10704412017377. Black/ black hard top/tan MB-Tex. Odo: 100,086 miles. Stated that it has both tops, but the soft top was inaccessible. Average-quality repaint done in the past few years is presentable enough. Paint heavily scratched on the trunk lid and surrounding areas from rough handling of hard top. Decent original brightwork, with moderate-to-heavier sun fade on plastic bumper caps. Doors rattle a bit. Modern replacement windshield. A replacement dashboard pad sitting on the driver’s seat, due to several cracks on the original part (they should’ve replaced it when the windshield was out). Seats, door panels and carpeting in better shape than the 100k indicated miles would lead you to believe. Rattles at idle and low RPMs. Cond: 3-. NOT SOLD AT $1,700. While 450SLs have seen some upward movement in the market, it’s for nice low-mile examples. (Hint: 100k miles still isn’t “low miles” for those who parrot the whole “Mercedes are built to last 300kplus miles” school—it’s middle age.) Rather, this car shows how fussy their core market has become. If it had only 20k miles on it and was wearing good original paint that wasn’t damaged, bidders would be throwing $10,000 bills at it all day long. 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Roundup Market Moment Ryan Merrill ©2018, courtesy of RM Auctions 1990 Lamborghini LM002 SUV Sold at $368,500 RM Auctions, Fort Lauderdale, FL, April 7, 2018, Lot 3155 Chassis number: ZA9LU45AXLLA12243 T he first time I ever saw an LM002, it had a .50-caliber machine gun mounted to it, so I start this article with a preconceived notion of how ridiculous these things really are. Today, an LM002 is a pretty purposeless vehicle, but you cannot deny that it tugs at every car enthusiast’s inner child — much the same as wanting your first R/C car or BB gun. But the apparent strength of the LM002 market here in the U.S. highlights two very interesting things: First, the Sport Utility Vehicle is, undoubtedly, collectible. Second, more-contemporary cars seem to be in favor. As some of you may know, I’m a fan of the 4x4 — my first car was an old army Jeep, and my obsession with Land Rovers is potentially an issue. But I’m not alone in that. Whether in an auction tent or a Cars & Coffee parking lot, classic SUVs are now commonplace. To me, no genre of car better illustrates the American relationship with the automobile, and including a 4x4 in one’s collection demonstrates a well-rounded approach to the hobby. Today, Jeep Wagoneers and Range Rover Classics are the vehicle of choice in upscale vacation towns. The Sport Utility Vehicle category is broad, and the inherent collectibility of something like an LM002 is different for each of us. I know one gentleman who was looking for an LM002, and if he bought this particular one, I can say for certain it will be put to good use. The LM002 offered at RM Auctions looked to be a rather nice example — desirably finished in white with a blue-accented white interior. Both in print and online the descriptions were short on detail, to say the least, but a quick Internet search offered up the car’s prior listing with a New Jersey dealer. The Lamborghini was described as having 16,500 original miles, and it was further outfitted with new tires, a custom exhaust and an “overhead stereo with custom sub and speaker fixtures that sounds awesome.” Perhaps the only real negative is the car’s later, fuel-injected specification. As I understand it, the early carbureted version is most sought after, as with many similar such Italian cars. Apparently, RM Auctions had a handful of phone bidders on the car. RM has had several on offer over the past half year, with a restored LM/American achieving $467,000 at the New York sale in December, and a mediocre example bringing $296,500 at the Amelia Island sale. Both sales were strong results, based on historical pricing for the model. The subject Lamborghini brought an all-in of $368,500, which seems to fall neatly, and ap- propriately, between those two recent comparables. It’s hard to put a price tag on “ridiculous,” but to me this seems like a lot of money. Interestingly enough, accounting for inflation, the original list price of the LM002 today would be well over $300,000. I’ve argued for a long time now that cars from the 1970s and forward have simply been making up for lost time, and that “catching up” seriously helped to boost the market over the past decade or so. But with market growth tempered a bit, I find it interesting that more contemporary (1990s to current) automobiles seem to be outperforming other categories. A poignant example of current affairs (particularly when discussing SUVs) is the desirability of Jeep Wagoneers in contrast to the diminished popularity of the Ford woodie wagon. That’s most certainly — although not exclusively — a generational thing. To me, this trend is reflective of a new demographic — and a new perception of the value of money. I guess when you have limited-production Porsche 964s breaking the $1.5 million mark, a “Rambo Lambo” at roughly $400,000 doesn’t seem that strange. I just can’t help but think of all the cars you could have bought instead. — Paul Hageman 154 Sports Car Market NOT SOLD AT $17,000. Made in the secondto-last year of production, but the last year for sales in the U.S. As such, it should also have the just-for-1975 large rubber-clad front bumper, but wears an earlier example (or is a global-market piece). Modified more than some would have you believe, yet a pretty decent car regardless, it still was sufficiently bid. Silver Auctions AZ, Fort McDowell, AZ, 03/18. #406-1980 PORSCHE 928 coupe. S/N 92A0811458. White/black leather. Odo: 40,093 miles. S4-type rear spoiler, and then some. Stated that the 40,093 indicated miles are actual. If so, they weren’t pampered. Older overlay repaint, with less-than-expert masking around the glass and trim. Heavier UV fade on windshield and backlight blackout trim. Aftermarket window tint film on rear quarter glass and backlight. Solid door fit and good shut lines. Mediocre engine-bay presentation. Front seat bottoms are rather deformed, and both were redyed a while back in the past. Light carpet fade. Older on-the-cheap exhaust system with squared chrome outlets. Moderate finish wear on centers of stock wheels, shod with modern radials. Cond: 3. #446-1975 PORSCHE 914 convertible. S/N 4752904032. Silver/black painted panel/ black vinyl. Odo: 41,099 miles. Optional 2-liter engine. Five-stud 15-inch aftermarket alloys on economy-brand radials. Periodaftermarket fog lamps, modern-era Sparco steering wheel. Body prep could’ve been done better around the windshield frame, as sanding scratches are quite evident. Over that was a good-quality repaint, with the addition of a non-stock rally stripe, done in recent years. A couple of light cracks in the right taillight lens. Minimal UV fade on plastic bumper ends. Non-stock stitched dashpad. Crude repair of vacated radio hole, with loose textured dashboard vinyl draped over it. Tachometer rotated so the needle is horizontal at 3,600 rpm. 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Roundup NOT SOLD AT $4,400. While it has 40k miles on it, every inch of each one of those miles looks like it was used to the fullest on this Weissach water-pumper. While the 20-footer repaint initially gives the impression of a good-looking original, up close it doesn’t inspire much confidence. It wasn’t going anywhere against a firm-and-fast $7,500 reserve, although they did the “selling on an if” line, simply because the consignor wasn’t there to tell them to go pound salt. Silver Auctions AZ, Fort McDowell, AZ, 03/18. #339-1991 MERCEDES-BENZ 560SEC coupe. S/N WDBCA45E7MA607212. White/ gray leather. Odo: 144,449 miles. Chromed 17-inch AMG wheels and aftermarket window-tint film, in addition to a slightly lowered suspension height. Well-cared-for original paint, with some light discoloring on the plastic components (such as around the door handles). Good original brightwork. Edges of the door seals fraying from dry-rot. OEM sound system still in place, with the only interior wood cracking being just above it on center console. Overall, interior shows less wear than what would be expected of a car with half these miles on it. Recent cleanup detailing underhood, retaining all stock components and showing regular maintenance. Heavier yellowing of coolant overflow tank. Light road spray on undercarriage, with some brake hoses replaced recently. Seems to run out well, with stock OE exhaust system. Cond: 3+. and bone-stock. With some concerted detailing—notably on the aluminum engine castings—it could be show-worthy. Good original interior, with only some light wear and soiling on original floor mats and heavier fading on seat-belt release buttons. Seat leather is supple, but padding in seat is like most of this era and getting stiff. Title in transit. Cond: 3+. #445-2003 PORSCHE BOXSTER S con- vertible. S/N WP0CB29863U661962. Silver/ dark blue vinyl/dark blue leather. Odo: 31,485 miles. Special-order color combination, with paint protection film added for the original owner that is now starting to yellow. 31,485 well-cared-for miles from new. Porsche accessory clean wind deflector and 18-inch wheels shod with heavily worn Pilot Sport tires. Superb original paint. Good panel gaps and door fit, with windows that still curtsey. Crack in front air dam around the driver’s side brake cooling duct. Slight top weathering. Minimal interior wear, the greatest being glossiness on steering-wheel rim. Porsche accessory carbonfiber shift knob. Tidy engine bay, if not necessarily detailed. Undercarriage untouched since new, with commensurate road spray. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $19,000. One reason that these will never attain the values of their predecessor E30 M3s is that nobody will ever doubt the integrity of that car’s cooling system. Here, if this still has the original plastic cooling components, I’d have it flat-bedded to my favorite BMW mechanic (or trailer it home to my garage) and subsequently replace every now-21-year-old piece of plastic that has touched ethylene glycol for those 21 consecutive years, as any or all of it could fail instantly without warning. Sort of makes the two-decade-old electronics a moot point. And this is from someone who’s fond of these cars, based on driving a Daytona Violet one on the Nürburgring. All things considered, it was fairly bid. Silver Auctions AZ, Fort McDowell, AZ, 03/18. TOP 10 No. 10 BEST BUY NOT SOLD AT $9,500. Promotional materials from the consigning dealer, which were left in the car, show that they were asking $13,900 for it on their lot. While rather nice for having 144k miles on it, it still is a 27-year-old used car with 144k miles on it. Even if it’s the final year of these W126-based coupes, it’s a love it/ hate it thing with the added anti-submarine material below the dashboard for purists (personally, I’m in the hate-it camp, as it cramps the otherwise-roomy interior space—which is one of the reasons to have a big S-class in the first place). Final bid here is closer to reality for the car—if not generous. Silver Auctions AZ, Fort McDowell, AZ, 03/18. #554-1997 BMW M3 coupe. S/N WBSBG9329VEY73996. Dakar Yellow/black leather. Odo: 44,563 miles. Well-cared-for original paint, yet not worthy of being called perfect. Minimal scuffing on lower edges of air dams. Right front wheel missing its roundel center emblem. All wheels also show some light curb rash and heavier tire wear. Replacement PPG windshield. Engine bay quite clean 156 #1125-2001 BMW Z8 convertible. S/N WBAEJ11090AF77921. Silver/black canvas, silver hard top/red leather. Odo: 21,000 miles. Paint appears all original. Front license-plate bracket installed. Euro taillights with amber indicators. Driver’s seat shows some wear. Only modification is the addition of the strut bar under the hood. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $15,120. The same consignor also had the 914 that was offered right after this as Lot 446, also in silver. Personally, I’d have offered the 914 before the Boxster, but that’s just my anal-retentive sense of chronology. Still, it was an interesting comparison of Porsche’s most affordable mid-engine cars over four decades. The reserve was lifted on the Boxster at $13,300, seeing quite a bit of bidding beyond that, for a sale that may seem a bit high, but considering the lower miles and vastly better condition of those now turning up on used-car lots, the price is right. Silver Auctions AZ, Fort McDowell, AZ, 03/18. ITALIAN #3166-1988 FERRARI TESTAROSSA coupe. S/N ZFFSG17A9J0078854. Black/ black leather. Odo: 7,177 miles. Paint looks good, with very light swirl marks. Aftermarket stick-on shields. Driver’s seat has some light bolster wear, while everything else looks right. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $171,600. Higher-mileage example than what typically shows up to auction. As such, it sold for under mid-estimate, and about $20k less than the SCM Pocket Price Guide market median. Still, good value for what it is. Well bought. RM Auctions, Fort Lauderdale, FL , 04/18. NOT SOLD AT $97,500. Plenty of these to choose from at this sale. Another one, Lot 3173, in red, sold for $104,500; along with Sports Car Market


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Roundup Lot 3132, also in red, which went for $88,000. This black one had the fewest miles, and seemed in the best condition, but there’s just something about that Rosso Corsa. Bid was a bit light, but not by much. RM Auctions, Fort Lauderdale, FL, 04/18. #3147-1990 LAMBORGHINI COUN- TACH 25th Anniversary coupe. S/N ZA9CA05A7LLA12735. Black/gray leather. Odo: 11,200 km. The paint looks great, with typical flaws on spoiler. Inside, the interior shows very well, with everything as it should be. No modifications to the stereo. All glass is free of any type of delamination. Engine bay very clean and well presented. Clean CARFAX report. Cond: 2-. country as of this write-up. (See “Market Moment,” p. 154.) RM Auctions, Fort Lauderdale, FL, 04/18. JAPANESE #412-1986 TOYOTA 4RUNNER SR5 SUV. S/N JT4RN62S2G0061032. Gunmetal metallic/gray cloth. Odo: 213,503 miles. Optional hatch-type sunroof, AM/FM cassette stereo, and a/c. Mostly original paint, in decent shape—aside from the odd scrape and nick, plus fading on the top of the tailgate and front fenders. Very solid body, no rust to be found. Korean War Chosin Reservoir Veteran decals on lightly dinged front bumpers, U.S. Marines decal on the bent and heavily dented rear bumper. Rock-chip hole in the right headlight. Doors feel tinny. Good interior upholstery, even the seats, although the center console armrest was redone in non-matching black cloth. Heavy wear on the shift boots. Used-car engine bay and undercarriage. All but one center cap is missing from the stock chromed steel wheels. Cond: 3-. NOT SOLD AT $500. When in doubt if a Supra is a normally aspirated or a Turbo, the VIN will reflect prefixes of JT2MA70 for the former and JT2MA71 for the later, as is the case with this car. Sure, Supras continue to do well in the market, but that’s for decent cars. There was no doubt that this was all but one step away from being a parts car. I think my ’99 Chrysler 300M Winter Beater would’ve done better here, since it’s a good donor motor for a Prowler (not like they ever get miles put on them), and has fewer miles on it. With a really silly $7k reserve, someone was sleeping at the switch when this got consigned. Silver Auctions AZ, Fort McDowell, AZ, 03/18. #3116-1991 ACURA NSX coupe. S/N NOT SOLD AT $200,000. I’ve always thought that a good read on the Countach market is to watch the LP400 sales data. When we saw them crest over the million-dollar mark, the other models seemed to increase in value. Lately, the market on all of these models appears to have stabilized. RM Auctions, Fort Lauderdale, FL, 04/18. #3155-1990 LAMBORGHINI LM002 SUV. S/N ZA9LU45AXLLA12243. White/white leather. Odo: 26,713 km. Dubbed the “Rambo Lambo.” Rare Countach-powered ute in what appears to be original paint and a well-presented interior, with very light wear. Super Swamper tires replace what were originally Pirelli Scorpions. The car screams overindulgence, and should include a pair of trained polar bears wearing gold bracelets for protection. Cond: 2+. TOP 10 No. 2 NOT SOLD AT $3,500. To Toyota’s credit, this third-year 4Runner looks more like it has half of the 213k miles it actually has on it. No doubt about it, the long-term original owner definitely got his money’s worth out of it. If it wasn’t for the heavy mileage, the $4k reserve would actually be logical with these as an up-and-coming vintage SUV favorite. Yet at this point, even if it is in relatively good shape, any prospective buyer is mentally doing the math for a powertrain rebuild—or upgrade. If it didn’t “sell on an if,” it really should have. Silver Auctions AZ, Fort McDowell, AZ, 03/18. SOLD AT $368,500. This vehicle was last sold at Russo and Steele’s Monterey sale in 2015 for a then-market-high of $300,000 (SCM# 6786107). Values have remained steady since then, and this was well sold with some meat on the bone for the buyer. Not that many around; there are two for sale in this 158 #353-1988 TOYOTA SUPRA coupe. S/N JT2MA71J6J0088447. White/blue cloth. Odo: 156,261 miles. Cheap repaint, with sloppy masking and a rather flat finish on most panels. Not much—if any—prep work for it either, as they sprayed right over the pitted, chipped and cracked original paint. B-pillar moldings missing from each side. Original white paint on wheels. Newer set of off-brand economy radials—which are mismatched makes front to rear. Various cracks on the front and rear air dams. Aftermarket window tint. Black paint flaking off rear hatch-glass border. Doors need an assertive slam to latch properly. Broken driver’s door handle bracket. Heavier tears on the door armrest vinyl. Seat cloth actually better than the rest of the interior, but faded at the top and on headrests. E-brake lever boot all but rotted away. Cond: 4+. JH4NA1155MT001294. Formula Red/tan leather. Odo: 14,700 miles. Vehicle is presented nicely. Paint appears all original. Driver’s seat has very light bolster wear and, aside from that, looks brand new. Period-correct NSX car phone and factory stereo with cassette and CD changer. No mention of any snap-ring issues. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $71,500. The only NSX offered at this sale. This is still around the top market for them, with the exception of sub-5k mile examples. The second generation seems to bring slightly more. Good deal for both buyer and seller; these are still in the growing stage of the collector-car market. RM Auctions, Fort Lauderdale, FL, 04/18. #ST0040-1992 ACURA NSX coupe. S/N JH4NA1157NT000276. Formula Red/black leather. Odo: 69,229 miles. Nice example of an early NSX in typical colors. Outstanding panel fit as expected, great paint without a nick or scratch, except a couple of minor scratches on roof. Excellent glass, wheels probably repainted, Dunlop Direzza tires have lots of tread. Seats a bit hard, but no cracks— even in bolsters (perhaps they were redyed?). 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Roundup compartment very clean; normal minor surface rust and dirt on underside like a well-maintained used car. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $3,780. Once the darling of the Asian tuner world, even the Mitsu 3000s seem to have taken a backseat to actual JDM cars that are now importable to the U.S. Still, you get a lot of bang for the buck with a Stealth R/T Twin Turbo (four-wheel steering, allwheel drive), but this one has been banged around a bit as a used car more than a pampered enthusiast’s toy. Still, you could do worse. Not all that bad of a deal as a toy, iffy as an investment. Silver Auctions AZ, Fort McDowell, AZ, 03/18. SOLD AT $46,545. Relatively high mileage for an exotic, but remember the NSX was (and is) the supercar you can drive every day. This was a fine, although not quite concours, example. High bid was a bit light—deserves at least $6,000 more. Not sold on the block, but it seems a deal was put together afterwards. GAA, Greensboro, NC, 03/18. #408-1992 DODGE STEALTH R/T Twin Turbo coupe. S/N JB3XE74C3NY018449. Green metallic/gray leather. Odo: 73,225 miles. Mostly original paint, but with its share of nicks and scrapes throughout the bodywork, yet buffed into submission for a decent shine. No emblems on the front or rear fascias, which have no gravel chips, so they’ve been repainted. Chips along the door edges touched up with brush-in-a-bottle paint. Aftermarket window-tint film added to the side and rear glass. Door top trim has some UV damage. Decent door fit and shut lines. Seat leather in good shape, even if the seat-belt minders at the top are mangled or broken off. Floor mats and steering-wheel rim show wear commensurate with the miles; the rest of the interior is actually quite good. Used-car engine bay and undercarriage, but not a greaseball. Stock wheels all have some light curb rash and plenty of tread on the tires. Cond: 3. #FR0173-2000 HONDA S2000 convert- ible. S/N JHMAP1140YT003657. Berlina Black/black canvas/black leather. Odo: 11,948 miles. Very low-mileage S2000. Paint very good, but could be detailed to a higher luster. No nicks or scratches. Surface rust on brake rotors, which probably can be resolved by driving it more. Interior and engine compartment look brand new. Personally, I would prefer a more festive color combination, but if you like all black, this was a truly excellent S2000. Cond: 2+. AMERICAN #ST0108-1930 FORD MODEL A Huck- ster pickup. S/N A4315825. Maroon & black/black composite/black vinyl. Odo: 1,291 miles. Said to be five-year-old total restoration. Excellent maroon cab and black fender paint. All canvas and wood paneling are in excellent shape. Some melted areas of carpet in pickup bed. Interior flooring, upholstery and dashboard are perfect. Suicide knob on steering wheel. Delamination of left rollup window. Engine compartment was painted but not detailed recently. There is much oxidation on exposed nuts and bolts. 12V system has been adapted. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $31,030. Can it really have been 18 years since the S2000 debuted? 240 horsepower (at 8000 rpm!) from 2-liters is commonplace now, but was quite something back then. This car was described as a “new Corvette trade-in.” I suppose it is too old for the Chevy dealer to put on its lot with all the CPO Malibus, and more S2000s are showing up at auction. The consignor did very well here, garnering a price a few thousand above typical prices for low-mileage examples on Bring A Trailer and elsewhere. Well sold, but I also think the buyer will be very happy in the long run. GAA, Greensboro, NC, 03/18. SOLD AT $26,750. Stock four-cylinder 1930s Fords are not a hot market segment; pickups still are and this one was exceptional. Don’t expect appreciation here, but owner should expect a lot fun and notice at local events. Fairly bought; well sold. GAA, Greensboro, NC, 03/18. #ST0099-1934 FORD V8 cabriolet. S/N 1882054. Maroon/tan canvas/Sand vinyl. Odo: 1,802 miles. Part of no reserve Copeland Collection. Said to be a 15-year-old restoration. Appeared reddish brown, but described as maroon paint. Perfect fit, perfect chrome, perfect interior and gorgeous engine compartment with much polished aluminum. Equipped with original 1934 fog lights. Period mods include a Columbia 2-speed rear end, hydraulic brakes, ’49 hot-rod flathead engine with aluminum heads, stainless-steel headers and a chrome cow pusher. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $101,650. Beautiful suicide-door cabriolet and a thoughtful combination of original equipment and period modifications. Thirteen 1930s Fords were offered as part of 160 Sports Car Market


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Roundup the Copeland Collection. This was only one that offered a top that could be dropped, and was one of two that sold for six figures. There’s a lesson here. GAA, Greensboro, NC, 03/18. #1161-1981 JEEP WAGONEER Limited SUV. S/N 1JCCE1SN1BT056361. Brown/ brown leather. Odo: 90,248 miles. 258-ci I6, 2-bbl, auto. Recent repaint in its factory color, along with replacement of the wood trim. Sixcylinder engine has been rebuilt to go along with a new radiator and carburetor. Reported to be a one-owner example, with a rare sunroof option. Some pitting in the chrome above the license plate, along with some other minor imperfections. Interior shows very well, and the seats and dash show little wear. Air-conditioning unit under dash. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $18,700. This had to be one of the better bargains during the show. The owner was excited about his new purchase, and was debating whether to drive it on a 1,000-plusmile trip home. Not a bad place to park $18k and have some fun! Well done. RM Auctions, Fort Lauderdale, FL, 04/18. #3144-2006 FORD GT coupe. S/N 1FAFP90S26Y400881. Black/black leather. Odo: 500 miles. All four options (wheels, stripe, McIntosh stereo and painted calipers). Vehicle is a two-owner example. Overall condition is consistent with the mileage. Can’t say much more about an unused, new car. Cond: 1-. TOP 10 No. 3 SOLD AT $330,000. Another one sold here, which was a three-option Canadian example with 10 miles, for $352k. Last year, RM Sotheby’s sold one with 192 miles for $305k in Arizona. Very well sold. RM Auctions, Fort Lauderdale, FL, 04/18. © 162 Sports Car Market


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Mystery Photo Answers Spacious and tastefully appointed, the Acme Mobile Mother-in-Law Suite is perfect for cross-country touring. — Art McDonald, Durham, NC This Month’s Mystery Photo Response Deadline: June 25, 2018 Our Photo, Your Caption Email your caption to us at mysteryphoto@sportscarmarket.com, or fax to 503.253.2234. Ties will be arbitrarily and capriciously decided. Do you have a mystery photo? Email it to mysteryphoto@sportscarmarket. com at 300 dpi in JPEG format. Please include your name and contact information. If we use your photo, you’ll get an official SCM cap. RUNNER-UP: Spotted on www. bringatrailerweldedontoavan. com. Surprisingly, with zero bids. — Erik Olson, Martinez, CA I’ve had it with this thing. Tell the KFC guy that it’s his for three buckets of chicken and three Cokes. — Warren D. Blatz Jr., via email I don’t drive this one anymore. It’s a trailer queen. — Roland Aviles, West Orange, NJ She stole my front axle when she left, but I got the trailer hitch —joke’s on her. — Leslie Dreist, Troy, MI Actually, not everyone is welcomed at the Van Nationals. — Al Nelson, Pentwater, MI Noah had only himself to blame. The ad clearly said: “Good tow vehicle, 2-wheel drive.” — Fred Deutschman, via email When you get hitched, you marry the in-laws too — and sometimes their van. — Kevin Easton, via email Now competing with the Airstream is the Squaredream travel trailer, seen here in Colonel Sanders’ livery. — Gary Francis, Chico, CA Used to be, they just stole the hubcaps. Now they steal the whole front end. — Don Mackay, Oceanside, CA This one-off Ford “Hitcha-Ride” was recently partially Comments With Your Renewals Great read. Here’s to another three years. Thanks. — Nigel Chiltern-Hunt, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom (SCMer since 1998) I love reading your maga- zine. I read it cover to cover as soon as I get it! — William Wilson, Fresno, CA (2004) Excellent magazine — I look forward, waiting for each new issue to arrive. America’s best sports car magazine, since Hemmings shut down the finest 164 sports car magazine in America. — Kent Martin, Alto, NM (2015) Great mag! — Mike Schmeck, Klamath Falls, OR (1996) Would like to see more about collectible cars that are not sports cars. Otherwise, great magazine. — Marc Zuckerman, Bryn Mawr, PA (2003) Please keep up the good work! Waiting for article on Porsche Classics — 356 and 911s. — Vic Rivera, Franklin, MI (2005) restored by Half Wheel Racing and is now for sale at half price. Just think — only two tires to buy, or keep it as it is for a Survivor Class entry. — Steve Schefbauer, Monroe, CT The perfect addition to any family vacation. Available at select Griswold RV dealers nationwide. — Tom Neyer, Gillette, WY I thought I told you — don’t come knockin’ if you see my van a-rockin! — Robert O’Sullivan, Beverly Hills, CA Look, everyone, I finally bought my trailer queen! — Leo Dreisilker, Glen Ellyn, IL The ad description of the Ford Econoline sounded great, but upon closer inspection, there was a slight hitch. — Mark Franusich, Crescent City, CA First-time entrant Art McDonald wins an SCM hat with a trailer hitch bolted to the bill. Why? Perfection. Simple, hilarious perfection. ♦ Love the magazine. It would be great to read about subscribers’ (good and bad) restoration stories. Boy, I know I could tell a few good and many horror stories! — James Dawson, Parsons, TN (1997) Always a good read. The monthly wish book. — Gary West, Saint Petersburg, FL (2011) I get every car mag. This is my favorite. — Dr. T. Gantt, Coral Springs, FL (2016) I still like the covers painted by artists! — Paul Evans, Inglewood, WA (1996) Always happy to get SCM — it is a great (and sometimes humorous) read. — George Misic, Allison Park, PA (1995) Best of the field by far! — David Mapes, Vestal, NY (2012) Thank you all for your con- tinued renewals and thoughtful comments. — Keith Martin Sports Car Market Chris LaPorte Mark Demian


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SCM Online Extras for SCM Readers How to connect with SCM online this month Kids and Cars Clean It Wheel Good: My grandson Jake Hornbeck, 3, spruces up the wheels on our 1986 TVR 280i at a show — Brian Horn Visit SCM on the Web Here’s a Sample of Some of What’s Available at www.sportscarmarket.com SCM Weekly Blogs (www.sportsarmarket.com/blogs/keith- martin) • A Concours in A Bunker Dodges the Rain • A Bugeye Nose Becomes a Dinner • 400 Miles in a 1965 Alfa Guides and Resources (View or download at www.sportscarmarket.com/guides-supplements) • Inaugural Issue 2018 Insider’s Guide to Automotive Museums • 2018 Price Guide • 2018 Insider’s Guide to Restorations For Subscribers www.sportscarmarket.com/digitalissues-online Continuing the Spirit of Motoring: My grandchildren, Dylan and Miya Smoot, get some instruction in Non-Synchro Gear-Shifting 101 in my 1934 MG while wearing the appropriate period accessories. — Peter Davis 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 2018 • One year of back issues of SCM, searchable Platinum Deluxe Users View 297,000-plus auction results at www.sportscarmarket.com/platinumauction-database (Platinum Auction Database members only). Compare the latest sales or track a car over its auction history! 165


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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 1950 Jaguar XK 120 engine and transmission 1959 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud I drophead coupe by H.J. Mulliner S/N SAJJEAEX8AX220628. Silverstone Green/Sand. 5,419 miles. V6, 5-spd manual. 3.5-L twin turbocharged V6, 542 hp. One of the last 12 built and one of 14 factory-owned cars placed in storage by Jaguar after assembly. The first car imported to the U.S. under “Show and Display” exemption law. Only XJ 220 to have U.S. certification work performed by Jaguar. $599,900. Daniel Schmitt & Co.. Contact Daniel, Ph: 314.291.7000, email: info@schmitt.com. Website: www.schmitt.com/ inventory/1994-jaguar-xj220/. (MO) FRENCH 1957 Facel Vega FV4 Typhoon sport coupe Inline 6, 4-spd manual. Engine and transmission. Early 1950s matching-numbers W1461-8 head and block. Non-competition track time, original porcelain on exhaust manifolds. Put into storage 1950. It may be the closest to NOS available. Display piece among your car collection or for early XK 120 build. Contact me for more information and photos. $19,500. Contact Glen, Ph: 1.250.732.6002, email: glendiggins1@shaw.ca. (BC-CAN) 1952 Jaguar XK 120 fixed-head coupe Sand Acrylic/Regal Red. 50,227 miles. Inline 6, 4-spd automatic. Restoration completed by concours d’elegance award-winning marque specialist Vantage Motorworks. Over $336k in restoration costs. Rarely driven since completion. One of 13 produced, one of 10 built for the U.S. Built new for Broadway producer Lawrence Carr. Numbers matching, power convertible top, rear serving trays, cold weather door lock shields. $595,000 OBO. Daniel Schmitt & Co. Contact Daniel, Ph: 314.291.7000, email: info@schmitt.com. Website: www.schmitt.com/inventory/1959-rolls-royce-silvercloud-drophead-coupe/. (MO) 1961 Austin-Healey 3000 Mk II BT7 roadster Pomegranate/tan. 263 miles. V8, 2-spd automatic. Seven-year body-off-frame restoration completed in 2014. Driven less than 300 miles since restoration. Numbers-matching 354-ci dual-quad Hemi V8. One of 37 built. Vintage Air a/c, disc brakes with electric assist, power steering and power windows. $299,900. Daniel Schmitt & Co. Contact Daniel, Ph: 314.291.7000, email: info@schmitt.com. Website: www.schmitt.com/inventory/1958-dual-ghiaconvertible/. (MO) GERMAN 1961 Mercedes-Benz 190SL convertible S/N 9309800233. Black/black. 18,673 miles. Inline 6, 4-spd manual. An absolutely stunning and exceptionally rare example of this original Southern California 3.3-L 6-cylinder Turbo Sunroof coupe with manual transmission, factory-color black paint and full black leather seats and interior and factory added options including: Equipment for California, limited-slip differential ($590 added option), left and front sport seats ($385 added option), electric sliding sunroof ($850 added option), black roof liner, leather covered sport steering wheel, air conditioning. Engine #6891091, transmission #93034127790466. Being sold with a very low believed-to-be-original 18k miles! $115,000 OBO. West Coast Classics, LLC. Contact Simon, Ph: 310.779.0526, email: wcclassics@aol.com. Website: www.TheWestCoastClassics.com. (CA) 1984 Porsche 930 Turbo coupe S/N 9113201295. Bahia Red/black. 64,000 miles. Flat 6, 5-spd manual. Extremely well-cared-for car, original invoice from new, engine, injection pump and throttle bodies rebuilt. Incredible to drive. Solid original suspension pan and floors, perfect gaps and brightwork. Matching numbers and color. $158,000 OBO. RPM. Contact Steve, Ph: 802.598.0385, email: rpm@rpmvt.com. Website: www.rpmvt.com/. (VT) 1979 Porsche 930 Turbo coupe com. Website: classicshowcase.com/index.php/ inventory/detail/583. (CA) 1994 Jaguar XJ 220 coupe 1973 Porsche 911E coupe S/N 680326. Jaguar Dark Blue/gray. 36,349 miles. Inline 6. Magnificently styled XK 120 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 and includes numerous mechanical improvements to enhance the driveability. With a 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) 1957 Austin-Healey 100-6 roadster S/N HBT7L15506. Dark blue/blue. Inline 6, 4-spd manual. This BT7 four-seater is a wonderful example of this highly versatile breed, presented in highly engaging Works rally-car style. The last example to be comprehensively restored by renowned marque experts Randee and the late Tom Rocke. Photographs documenting the restoration work and British Motor Industry Heritage Trust Certificate showing original data accompany the car. Classic Showcase. Ph: 760.758.6100, email: webmaster@ classicshowcase.com. Website: classicshowcase.com/ index.php/inventory/detail/530. (CA) 1965 Jaguar E-type convertible Red/tan. 61,422 miles. Red with tan interior, matching canvas soft top and oatmeal square-weave carpets. European-spec model with 4-speed manual transmission, original clock, 98,849 kilometers and Weber carburetors with original airbox. Very nice cosmetic restoration, complete with handbook, spare tire and jack. $94,500. Heritage Classics Motorcar Company. Ph: 310.657.9699, email: sales@ heritageclassics.com. Website: www.heritageclassics. com/inventory/detail/1509-mercedes-benz-190slroadster.html. (California) 1967 Porsche 911 S coupe S/N WP0ZZZ93ZES000417. 38,708 miles. Delivered new to Bob Lewis Porsche Audi on Jan 25, 1984, in Tucson, AZ, and kept by dealership’s principal as personal driver until being sold to first original buyer Jan. 31, 1985, with 3,880 miles. A bone-stock, all-original Arizona car, having spent its entire life in the warm, dry climate. It shows remarkably, with virtually no wear or blemishes. Extensive documentation verifies authenticity and originality. Meticulous record keeping verifies true miles from new of 38,708 and a 30,000-mile service, delivery stamp, historical AZ State inspection reports and much more. Clean CARFAX showing no damage or paintwork, along with CoA from Porsche. Includes books in original vinyl pouch, tools, service records, car cover, jack and tire inflator. One of only 1,063 produced. A truly unique example of the 930 Turbo. $122,500. Contact Don, Ph: 520.349.0940, email: dmack@donmackey.com. (AZ) 1985 Porsche 911 Turbo-Look Flat Nose cabriolet S/N BN4047335. Red & black/red. 43,000 miles. Inline 6, 4-spd manual. One-family owned from 1959, excellent running and driving car with a well-preserved original interior. Old repaint shows original finish in areas. Very charming old Healey. $44,000 OBO. RPM. Contact Steve, Ph: 802.598.0385, email: rpm@rpmvt.com. Website: www.rpmvt.com/. (VT) 166 S/N 1E10675. Red/black. 4,523 miles. Inline 6, 4-spd manual. Restored, numbers-matching roadster. Attractive red-over-black color combo with recent full servicing by Jaguar professionals at Classic Showcase. Many desirable Series 1 features including covered headlights, triple SU carbs, toggle switches and comfortable seats. This high-end daily-driver is ready to drive and enjoy today! Classic Showcase. Ph: 760.758.6100, email: webmaster@classicshowcase. S/N 308278S. Polo Red/black. 63,436 miles. Flat 6, 5-spd manual. Largely original and honest. One repaint in ’85. No damage or rust ever. Previous owner from 1975-2017. Date correct 4.5 x 15, Rally kit, CoA and Cardex, matching numbers confirmed. No disappointments. $185,000. Auto Assets. Contact Chip, Ph: 614.793.1050, email: chip@autoassets. com. (OH) S/N WPOZZZ91ZFS150639. 11,078 miles. Low miles! Sports Car Market


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SCM Showcase Gallery This very rare and exceptional example was produced through the Porsche Special Wishes program and survives today as an unparalleled example. A one of one! CanCan Red leather rarely seen in a 911 of this era. Included are books, tools, jack, car cover, first aid kit, tonneau cover and full-zip tonneau cover. Clean CARFAX documents ownership and certifies 11,078 miles from new, verifying the vehicle spent much of the past decade in private collector ownership in Hawaii. Vehicle comes with Porsche CoA showing matching-numbers motor, as well as written verification and documentation from Porsche Germany on manufacturers letterhead. An exceptional example of a very rare collector car with few peers. Truly a centerpiece acquisition. $112,500. Contact Don, Ph: 520.349.0940, email: dmack@donmackey.com. (AZ) 1990 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 cabriolet 1962 Ferrari 330 GT 2+2 Pininfarina (Enzo’s personal car) coupe com. Website: www.heritageclassics.com/inventory/ detail/1515-lancia-flaminia-zagato-supersport. html. (CA) 1987 Lamborghini Countach LP5000 QV coupe S/N 4085. Light Ivory/black. 67,710 miles. V12, 4spd manual. The first Ferrari 330 GT 2+2 prototype built in August of 1962. Retained by the factory for two years and used by Enzo Ferrari as one of his personal cars. Featured in Ferrari press material. Imported to the U.S. in 1964 by Luigi Chinetti Motors (the first U.S. Ferrari dealership). $595,900. Daniel Schmitt & Co. Contact Daniel, Ph: 314.291.7000, email: info@schmitt.com. Website: www.schmitt. com/inventory/1962-ferrari-330gt-2-plus-2-coupeby-pininfarina-enzo-ferraris-personal-car/. (MO) 1965 Maserati 3500 GTi Sebring II coupe S/N WPOCB2967LS470822. Baltic Blue/blue. 70,000 miles. Flat 6, 5-spd manual. Extremely nice 964 series in magnificent Baltic Blue with blue interior and top. Well-maintained car that runs and drives like new. Nearly perfect original paint and excellent replacement convertible top. No warning lights on the dash, great tires, ready to go for this summer. Happy to assist in export or domestic shipping. Many more photos to send per request. $48,000 OBO. RPM. Contact Steve, Ph: 802.598.0385, email: rpm@rpmvt.com. (VT) 1997 Porsche 911 Twin Turbo coupe S/N ZA9CA05AXJLA12273. Yellow/black. 16,000 miles. V12, 5-spd manual. Excellent running and driving car, nearly perfect original interior. This is a very nice Countach that needs new tires and a new owner to maintain. $315,000 OBO. RPM. Contact Steve, Ph: 802.598.0385, email: rpm@rpmvt.com. Website: www.rpmvt.com/. (VT) 1991 Ferrari Testarossa coupe S/N VA57S303025. 283/270hp dual 4-bbl carburetors, authentic rear-seat delete. One of one. Maybe the rarest collector muscle car in the market. Comprehensive rotisserie restoration. The lightweights were factory ordered with dual 4-barrel carbs, 283-ci V8/270-hp engine, and three-on-the tree (period correct) and became the car of choice for the late-’50s drag racer. Full documentation verifying authenticity. True numbers-correct, periodcorrect 1957 150 utility. Deleted items: rear seat, radio, cigarette lighter, heater, right sun visor, fixed rear windows, passenger’s arm rest and side mirrors. Comprehensive catalog documents number- and date-code correctness. Meticulous research documents this as the “real deal.” Verified numbers and date codes; engine, cylinder heads, rear end, trans., VIN plate, trim tag, paint, carbs, starter, generator, master cylinder, fuel pump and glass. $105,500. Contact Don, Ph: 520.349.0940, email: dmack@ donmackey.com. (AZ) 1957 Pontiac Bonneville convertible Azzuro Vincennes/Senape. 14,477 miles. Inline 6, 5-spd manual. An incredibly well-performing classic Italian GT. Full cosmetic restoration. 14,477 believed-to-be actual miles! Sold new in Rome, Italy. Numbers-matching engine, documentation includes Maserati Classiche certificate, original Italian maintenance manual, jack and more. Air conditioning and power windows. $329,900 OBO. Daniel Schmitt & Co. Contact Daniel, Ph: 314.291.7000, email: info@schmitt.com. Website: www.schmitt.com/inventory/1965-maserati-3500gtisebring-ii-coupe-by-vignale/. (MO) 1967 Ferrari 330 GT 2+2 coupe Black/black. 83,700 miles. Flat 6, 6-spd manual. A California car from new and non-modified 993. It has a clean CARFAX with no accidents. One PCA-member owner for 16 years. Current owner is designer for major auto manufacturer. All service records from new, great history, new Pirelli tires and restored hollow-spoke wheels. Full details and over 100 images on our website. AutoKennel Inc. Contact Paul, Ph: 714.335.4911, email: paul@autokennel. com. Website: www.autokennel.com. (CA) ITALIAN 1953 Lancia D24 hand-built scaled replica barchetta S/N ZFFSG17A3M0087294. 18,329 miles. Spectacular, and presented in complete untouched originality. A supercar statement by Ferrari in the ’80s that stands today as a rolling work of art. An untouched example that comes with documented actual low miles. Clean CARFAX with no history of paint, mileage issues or damage. Original books in factory leather case, tools with pouch, jack, spares and extra key. Complete engine-out belt service performed at Penske Ferrari Scottsdale, August 17, 2016, (service invoices provided). Exceptional paint, unblemished wheels, dash, interior panels, leather seating areas show virtually no wear with remarkable preservation. A true original and no excuses. $127,500. Contact Don, Ph: 520.349.0940, email: dmack@donmackey.com. (AZ) AMERICAN 1956 Ford Fairlane Sunliner Thunderbird Interceptor Special convertible S/N 330GT7901. Black/red. 53,495 miles. V12, 5-spd manual. Spectacular numbers-matching, award-winning 330 GT 2+2. Thoroughly restored by Ferrari professionals, Best in Class winner at the 2016 Cavallino Classic, gorgeous red leather interior, desirable two-headlamp layout, ANSA exhaust, Weber carbs, Borrani wheels. One of only 1,099 GT 2+2s made. Ready to show or drive today. Classic Showcase. Ph: 760.758.6100, email: webmaster@ classicshowcase.com. Website: classicshowcase.com/ index.php/inventory/detail/524. (CA) 1967 Lancia Flaminia Zagato Supersport White/white & red. 946 miles. First generation of the Bonneville convertible. Fuel-injected V8powered Star Chief, a supreme luxury car. Number 577 of only 630 produced, highly collectible upscale convertible delivered standard with every available option; automatic transmission, ultrarare Continental Kit, power steering and brakes, windows, radio and owner’s manual, 946 miles since a ground-up restoration. $124,500. Heritage Classics Motorcar Company. Ph: 310.657.9699, email: sales@heritageclassics.com. Website: www. heritageclassics.com/inventory/detail/1508-pontiacbonneville-star-chief-convertible.html. (CA) 1965 Shelby Cobra replica roadster Red/V6, 4-spd manual. Spectacular Lancia D24 hand-built model by Jack Harper. 1/12-scale replica of the 1953 Carrera Panamericana winner driven by Juan Manuel Fangio. 13 inches long with many engine and cockpit details. Resin and metal. $4,800. L’art et l’automobile. Contact Jacques, Ph: 830.864.5040, email: info@arteauto.com. Website: www.arteauto.com. (TX) Silver/red. Silver with red leather interior. Found in California, in storage for the past 35 years, this incredibly well-preserved left-hand-drive 2.8-liter example is equipped with a 5-speed gearbox and triple carburetors rebuilt by Pierce Manifold, new set of Pirelli tires mounted with new hubcaps and trim rings, very rare double-bubble roofline. One of only 150 examples built this highly desirable Italian classic is complete with handbook and shop manual. $285,500. Heritage Classics Motorcar Company. Ph: 310.657.9699, email: sales@heritageclassics. 168 S/N P6FC359066. White/white & black. V8, 4-spd automatic. A beautifully restored and great dailydriving example of this very rare and desirable original California (with rare original 1950s California license plates) Sunliner Convertible factory ordered with the optional, rare and very desirable upgrade of the High Power Option 312-ci, 225-hp Thunderbird Interceptor Special, 4-bbl V8 engine with dual exhausts and with factory specifications including two-tone vinyl, pleated upholstery, full length stainless steel trim, Ford-O-Matic automatic transmission, hydraulic power soft top, heater and defroster, AM radio, electric clock, full wheel covers, white sidewall tires and rear skirts. $49,500 OBO. West Coast Classics, LLC. Contact Simon, Ph: 310.779.0526, email: wcclassics@aol.com. Website: www.TheWestCoastClassics.com. (CA) 1957 Chevrolet 150 Business 2-dr sedan Dark blue/black. 4,368 miles. V8, 4-spd manual. Contemporary Cobra original appearance with Ford 427 side-oiler engine with 850-cfm carb, Top Loader transmission, Halibrand wheels, dark blue with white stripes, white sidepipes, chrome roll bar, tonneau and car cover. Car was built 1972 and has low mileage, in storage. Weber carbs and manifold optional. Cell 609.472.0050. $59,000 OBO. Contact Ron, Ph: 856.435.0805, email: rslovett@gmail. com. (NJ) 1967 Chevrolet Corvette 427/435 coupe NCRS certified, original big-block 427/435 restoration. Goodwood Green with black trim and judged on six different occasions by NCRS. Bloomington Gold, regional and chapter Top Flight awards. Scoring sheets, detailed ownership history, complete photo catalog documentation. Window sticker, build sheet, 4-speed close-ratio, Positrac 4:11, performance suspension, head rest, deluxe shoulder harness, pb, ps, telescopic steering wheel, and tinted glass. Featured in Muscle Car Magazine in October 1992. 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SCM Showcase Gallery numbers-correct example. An exceptionally rare and striking big-block collector car. $137,500. Contact Don, Ph: 520.349.0940, email: dmack@ donmackey.com. (AZ) 1968 Dodge Coronet 440 2-dr hard top S/N WH23F8G173967. Sunflower Yellow/white. 59,000 miles. V8, 3-spd automatic. 318-ci, 2-barrel with dual exhaust, ps, pb, white vinyl top, split-bench seat, a/c, heat and defrost, tinted glass, bumper guards, drip rail and rocker moldings, styled road wheels, Cooper radial 15-inch tires, broadcast sheet, low original miles and recent repaint. $29,000 OBO. Contact Richard L, Ph: 513.678.1274, email: ls3_camaro@yahoo.com. (OH) 1968 Ford Bronco half-cab custom pickup example of this original Southern California custom Sportsroof (fastback) with the highly desirable rebuilt, balanced and bored 351 M-code Cleveland V8 engine with 4-barrel mated to a Hurst 4-speed wide-ratio manual transmission and boasting the following customized options on a no-expensespared restoration: S/S forged piston kit, main studs and bolts kit, retro hydraulic roller lifters, cam bearing kit, performance cam kit, valve stem seals, valve keepers, headers, Holley fuel kit, performance muffler, American Racing Torque Thrust wheels, fiberglass hood scoop, rear window molding and much more. $45,500 OBO. West Coast Classics LLC. Contact Simon, Ph: 310.399.3990, email: wcclassics@aol.com. Website: www. TheWestCoastClassics.com. (CA) 1970 Oldsmobile 442 W-30 replica 2-dr hard top 2005 Ford GT coupe FWA40066974. Body by Saidel Racing, Alfin brake drums, 4-speed Magnet transmission and spare Climax engine. Please email or call for any questions. $110,000 OBO. Professional Auto Sales. Contact Greg, Ph: 832.526.6937, email: gtaylor763@aol.com. (TX) Spectacular in every way! Absolutely original, unmolested car. Stripe delete; only 426 documented miles from new. Clean CARFAX. Exceptional and unblemished, presented in as-delivered new condition. Extra key, extra key fob, window sticker, books, tire inflator with tow hook and car cover in original packaging. Mark IV red/ebony leather, wheels, radio and red calipers. Factory routing and designation decals still affixed to windshield. A collectible with no miles. An amazing original example. Climate-controlled storage and part of a small personal collection. $322,500. Contact Don, Ph: 520.349.0940, email: dmack@donmackey. com. (AZ) RACE 1956 Jomar Mk II D-Sports racer S/N U15NLC72888. White/gray. V8, 4-spd automatic. An exceptional example of a very desirable and collectible custom with a Ford 347 Hi-Po V8 sealed racing crate engine with over 400 hp, matched to an automatic transmission and boasting a no-expense-spared customization including a custom lift, its original auxiliary fuel tank and an X20 Smittybilt winch. $49,500 OBO. West Coast Classics, LLC. Contact Simon, Ph: 310.399.3990, email: wcclassics@aol.com. Website: www. TheWestCoastClassics.com. (CA) 1968 Shelby GT500 convertible S/N 344870E166189. Nugget Gold (55)/black. 8,000 miles. V8, 4-spd manual. Engine rebuilt, power windows, doors, locks, trunk, vinyl top, am radio/8track, tic-tock tach. New paint 2017, two sets of tires and wheels; Rally and poverty caps. Car is in as-new condition. $60,000. Contact Jerry, Ph: 262.497.3747, email: mr1970olds@att.net. (WI) 1978 Chevrolet Corvette coupe 2006 Pontiac Grand Am GTO Championship race car Blue/black. Pratt & Miller/GM factory car. Impeccably detailed and maintained. New 650-hp Xtrac, loaded, with spares. $140,000. Contact RJ, Ph: 781.389.1853, email: lbaker@mbagroup.com. Website: www. RJValentine.com. (MA) © FOLLOW SCM S/N 7C104. Blue/black. I-4, 4-spd manual. Extensive period race history, FIA papers for international racing. Chassis #7C104, engine Coventry Climax; Wimbledon White/black. 52,678 miles. White exterior with black interior and matching soft top with boot. Four-owner example with low original miles, equipped with Decor bucket seats, power top, 428-ci V8 engine, 4-speed transmission, power steering, power front disc brakes and AM radio. Complete with Marti Report, original factory invoice, build sheet and original handbook. A beautiful restored American classic with excellent documentation. $149,500. Heritage Classics Motorcar Company. Ph: 310.657.9699, email: sales@ heritageclassics.com. Website: www.heritageclassics. com/inventory/detail/1376-shelby-mustang-gt500convertible.html. (CA) 1970 Ford Mustang Sportsroof Original unmolested survivor with only 2,901 documented miles. This example spent the majority of its entire lifetime in uninterrupted hibernation which results in this unbelievably low-mile collectable vehicle. Sold new Jan 17, 1978 in Union Town, OH with three subsequent owners. Car comes with original window sticker, (unbelievably) the original tires, past ownership history, delivery documents, and is presented as a remarkable true survivor. Included past NCRS judging sheets include two chapter events, two regional events and two national events. All Top-Flight scores between 97% to 98.2%. All judging sheets including the coveted NCRS (PV) Performance Verification Judging Certification Award. 350 V8, automatic transmission, ps, Tilt-Teli steering column, AM-FM, power brakes, shoulders harness seat belts, aluminum wheels, Classic White (10L) and red leather buckets (722). Documented mileage verification on each title transaction. Truly one of a kind! $27,500. Contact Don, Ph: 520.349.0940, email: dmack@ donmackey.com. (AZ) 1988 Chevrolet Caprice Classic wagon S/N 0R02M124558. Black/black. 0 miles. V8, 4spd manual. Absolutely exceptional and beautiful July 2018 S/N 1G1BN81Y5JR195418. White/blue. 95,000 miles. V8, automatic. From Tucson, AZ, never any rust, cold air, cruise, tilt, door panels and blue cloth interior in excellent condition, good factory wood trim. Nine-passenger, third-row seat faces backwards, 305 runs good. always garaged. Fun car! $8,002. Contact Dan, Ph: 520.400.8202, email: janedan26@gmail. com. (NC) 169


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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) GAA Classic Cars Auction, Barrett-Jackson Auction. 480.421.6694. 480.421.6697. For over four decades, the Barrett-Jackson Auction Company has been recognized throughout the world for offering only the finest selection of quality collector vehicles, outstanding professional service and an unrivaled sales success. From classic and one-of-a-kind cars to exotics and muscle cars, BarrettJackson attracts only the best. Our auctions have captured the true essence of a passionate obsession with cars that extends to collectors and enthusiasts throughout the world. A television audience of millions watches unique and select vehicles while attendees enjoy a lifestyle experience featuring fine art, fashion and gourmet cuisine. In every way, the legend is unsurpassed. 3020 N. Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251. info@barrett-jackson.com. www.barrett-jackson.com. (AZ) Greensboro, NC. 1.855.862.2257. A Premier Classic, Antique and Unique Vehicle Auction Experience. Offering 550 vehicles three times a year — March, July and November. All presented in a climate-controlled, enclosed, permanent, dedicated facility affectionately called “The Palace”. GAA Classic Cars brings you a customer-oriented team full of southern hospitality, a floor team with many years of classic auction experience and a selection of vehicles that continues to evolve and grow with each sale. www.gaaclassiccars.com 1.855.862.2257 (NC) Petersen Auction Group of Oregon. 541.689.6824. Hosting car auctions in Oregon since 1962. We have three annual Auctions: February, Oregon State Fairgrounds, Salem, OR; July, Douglas County Fairgrounds, Roseburg, OR; September, 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. Premier Auction Group. Hollywood Wheels Auctions & Shows 800.237.8954. Hollywood Wheels is a premier auction house that specializes in Porsche sports cars, European exotics, American classics and historical race cars. Each year, during the Amelia Island Car Week, they host the Amelia Island Select & Auto Retro™ within the ballroom of the Amelia Island Omni Plantation Resort. Hollywood Wheels… Where Great Cars Are Bought & Sold! www.hollywoodwheels.com 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 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 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) Wheeler Auction Group. 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) Leake Auctions. 800.722.9942. Gooding & Company. 310.899.1960. 310.899.0930. Gooding & Company offers its international clientele the rarest, award-winning examples of collector vehicles at the most prestigious auction venues. Our team of well-qualified experts will advise you on current market values. Gooding & Company presents the official auction of the famed Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in August, the recordsetting Scottsdale Auction in January and a world-class auction at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation in Florida in March. www.goodingco.com. (CA) 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) 833.599.8999 . Collector Car Auction company specializing in the marketing and sale of pre-war, classic, vintage, antique, muscle & exotic automobiles. What sets Wheeler apart from other auction companies in their industry is the quality and quantity of marketing that they do for their clients combined with some of the lowest selling commissions in the industry. Contact them today to discuss the marketing of your vehicle or collection! Info@WheelerAuctionGroup.com www.WheelerAuctionGroup.com Worldwide Auctioneers. 800.990.6789 or 1.260.925.6789. Worldwide Auctioneers was formed over a decade ago by vintage-motorcar specialists Rod Egan and John Kruse. The sale and acquisition of classic automobiles is our core business, and no one is better qualified. Worldwide is unique in having owners who are also our chief auctioneers, so you deal directly with the auctioneer, and we are wholly invested in achieving the best result for you. Our auctions are catalogbased, 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, Palm Springs Auctions Inc. Keith McCormick. 760.320.3290. 760.323.7031. 244 N. Indian Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92262 A family-run auction house producing two large classic cars auctions per year. McCormick’s Palm Springs Auctions has been in business for over 25 years, and each auction features over 500 classics and exotics. www.classic-carauction.com. (CA) 170 Russo and Steele Collector Auto- mobile Auctions. 602.252.2697. Specializing in the finest American muscle, hot rods and custom automobiles and European sports; Russo and Steele hosts three record-breaking auctions per year; Newport Beach in 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) Sports Car Market RESOURCE DIRECTORY


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Alfa Romeo Vintage Auto Posters. Since 1980, Centerline International. (888) 750-ALFA (2532). Exclusively Alfa Romeo for over 35 years. You can rely on our experience and the largest inventory of parts in North America to build and maintain your dream Alfa. We carry restoration, maintenance and exclusive performance parts for Giulietta through the new 4C. Newly developed parts introduced regularly. Check our website or social media for new arrivals, tech tips and special offers. www.centerlinealfa.com. (CO) Appraisals Auto Kennel. 714.335.4911. ImagGooding & Company. 310.899.1960. Gooding & Company’s experts are well-qualified to appraise individual automobiles as well as collections and estates. Whether it is the creation of a foundation, living trust or arrangement of a charitable donation, we are able to assist you. www.goodingco.com. (CA) Automobilia Charles Prince Classic Cars. Based Automotive Restorations. Automodello. 877.343.2276. Auto- modello™ hand-built limited edition Resin Art™ in 1:24, 1:43, and F1 in 1:12 scale. Automodello is the exclusive licensed builder for premium quality curbside 1:24 with 1970s Lincoln Continental, 1965 Buick Riviera GS, 1954 Kaiser-Darrin and pre-war one-offs from Delage, Delahaye, Cord, Duesenberg and Packard. In 1:12, 1967 Lotus 49, and in 2018 the 1967 Eagle GuneyWeslake Spa winner. In 1:43, 1981 Gurney Eagle Challenger hand-signed by Dan Gurney (his favorite racer) and 1934 Packard V12 Dietrich. Free worldwide shipping on orders over $149, 10% discount to SCM readers: ONE24SCM on Automodello.com Coachbuilt Press. 215.925.4233. Coachbuilt Press creates limited-edition automotive titles for the discriminating motoring enthusiast. We present exceptional material on the most significant collections, museums and marques with a balance of authoritative writing, precise research, unique historical documents and the modern photography of Michael Furman. Please visit our website to view our latest titles and order. www.CoachbuiltPress.com (PA) Steve Austin’s Automobilia & Great Vacations. 800.452.8434. European Car Collector tours including Monaco & Goodwood Historics, private collections, and car manufacturers. Automobile Art importer of legendary artists Alfredo de la Maria and Nicholas Watts. www.steveaustinsgreatvacations.com. July 2018 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 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. 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) California Car Cover Company. More than just custom-fit car covers, California Car Cover is the home of complete car care and automotive lifestyle products. Offering the best in car accessories, garage items, detailing products, nostalgic collectibles, apparel and more! Call 1-800-423-5525 or visit Calcarcover.com for a free catalog. 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) Everett Anton Singer has been supplying international collectors with the most diverse selection of authentic vintage automotive posters. The vast inventory runs from the late 1890s through the 1960s; featuring marque, event and product advertising. Please visit us at: www.VintageAutoPosters.com. Buy/Sell/General Beverly Hills Car Club is one of the largest European classic car dealerships in the nation, with an extensive inventory spanning over 50,000 sf. We can meet all your classic car needs with our unprecedented selection; from top-ofthe-line models to project cars. We buy classic cars in any shape or condition & provide the quickest payment & pickup anywhere in the U.S. 310.975.0272 www.beverlyhillscarclub.com (CA) 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) Corvette America. 800.458.3475. Chequered Flag. 310.827.8665. Autosport Groups. 561.676.1912 or 954.401.4535. Over 42 years experience offering Luxury, Classic, Exotic and Hi-line motorcars worldwide. Autosport Groups is highly respect- ed for our fine selection of preowned luxury, classic, exotic and sports cars, as well as exceptional customer service. We offer easy financing and extended warranties on most cars. Trades accepted. Top cash paid for your classics, exotic or hi-line automobiles. garycg@ aol.com www.autosportgroup.com (FL) Chequered Flag is Los Angeles’ best known classic car dealer. We specialize in European classic and sports cars, particularly air-cooled Porsches. We have over 100 classics in inventory including over 25 Porsches. We appreciate our many repeat customers with over 15,000 cars bought and sold since 1986. www.ChequeredFlag.com sales@chequeredflag.com (CA) The #1 manufacturer & supplier of interiors, parts and wheels for all generations of Corvettes. Our Pennsylvania manufacturing facility produces the finest quality Corvette interiors and our distribution center is stocked with thousands of additional Corvette-related products. Corvette America is a member of the RPUI family of companies. www.CorvetteAmerica.com (PA) DriverSource. 281.497.1000. Classic Investments Inc. 303.388.9788. Barn find. Redefined. Since 1989 our company specializes in the restoration, sales and service of 1950s–1970s Classic European sports cars: Ferrari, Maserati, Alfa Romeo, Lancia, Aston Martin, Jaguar, Austin Healey, Porsche and Mercedes. Colorado’s premier one-stop shop for all of a collector’s needs. Friendly, knowledgeable, passionate staff welcomes you to call for all inquiries; our in-house factory-trained Ferrari mechanic has 40 years’ experience. www.ClassicInvest.com (CO) Pursuing & Preserving Fine Automobiles Since 2005, DriverSource is a leading specialist in the classic collector car market. Our concept of sales, service and storage is tailor made to the automotive enthusiast lifestyle. To learn more about our services or inventory, please give as a call or contact us via email. sales@driversource.com. www.driversource.com 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 171


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Advertise in the SCM Resource Directory. Call 877.219.2605 Ext. 218 for information; e-mail: scmadvert@sportscarmarket.com. burden. Call for a free brochure today. www.magellanplanning.com 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 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) 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 Milestone Motorcars. 561.509.7251. We are passionate about classic performance automobiles. A lifetime of experience has given us the ability to help those who share our enthusiasm, whether our clients are experienced collectors or just starting down the road. Let us share with you the passion we feel every day. SALES ~ SERVICE ~ SUPPORT ~ PARTS ~ COMPETITION www.milestonemotorcarsllc.com 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 Legendary Motorcar Company. 905.875.4700. Since 1985, Legendary Motorcar Company has specialized in buying, selling and restoring some of the rarest cars in existence. For sale, in our 150-car showroom you’ll find, ultra-rare muscle cars, European sports cars and modern performance cars. In our 75,000 square-foot facility, our highly-skilled craftsmen perform complete award-winning restorations. Whether you are buying one special car or building a museum, our collection management services will help you make the right decisions. Over 30 years in business, we have grown to become the nation’s premier collector and performance car facility. www.legendarymotorcar.com (ON) Morris and Welford. 949.679.4999. Morris and Welford, a JD Classics company, are established, fine collector car dealers based in Newport Beach, California. We have a 14,800 sq ft showroom with cars for sale, cars on consignment, collection management, appraisal services and more. www.morrisandwelford.com Email: pat@morrisandwelford.com 4040 Campus Drive, Newport Beach, CA 92660 Pendine. 0044 (0)7770 762751. Pen- dine specializes in the sale of historic cars for road and track. While focusing specifically on British cars from the immediate post-war period to the 1970s, our experience ranges from Edwardian racers to the supercars of the 1990s. Please call us at 0044 (0)7770 762751, or email james@pendine.co and check out our website www.pendine.co (U.K.) Paul Russell and Company. 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) Symbolic International. Mustang America. 844.249.5135. 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 Luxury Brokers International. Ideal Classic Cars. 855.324.0394. 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) 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) 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) 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) 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) 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) Capital Gains Taxes? We Can Help. Magellan Planning Group. 800.377.1332. We use a simple, proven strategy to defer taxes on the sale of highly appreciated assets. We call it the Capital Gains Deferral Trust and it has helped individuals just like you maximize their profit and minimize their tax 172 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 West Coast Classics. 310.399.3990. West Coast Classics are internationally renowned California Classic Car Sports Car Market RESOURCE DIRECTORY


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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 Reliable Carriers Inc. 800-521-6393. CARS. 310.695.6403. For more than two decades, CARS (Classic Automotive Relocation Services) has looked after some of the most irreplaceable motorcars in the world. CARS are now able to offer secure indoor vehicle storage solutions at its new state-of-the-art warehouse facility in Los Angeles. Contact CARS directly to discuss your vehicle storage requirements and find out more about the many services that we offer. History has proven that CARS are the team to trust. Do not take any chances with your pride and joy – hand it to the people that will care for it as their own. Fax: +1 (310) 695 6584 Email: info@carsusa.com www.carsusa.com Classic Car Transport 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 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. 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) 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) Classic Showcase. 760.758.6100. Hagerty Insurance Agency, LLC. RideCache. 512.751.8450. A profesIntercity Lines, Inc. 800.221.3936. Gripping the wheel of your dream car and starting the engine for the first time is a high point for any enthusiast. We are the premier enclosed auto transport company that will ensure your car arrives safely for that experience. For over 35 years, our standards for excellence have had clients returning time and time again. Trust the Best. Trust Intercity Lines. w sional, ad-free software tool and service that helps you manage your collection, digitally preserve your valuable documentation and securely share with those that need access. Manage your collection with our DIY tools or use our RideCache Build service and let our professional team build your account. Learn more at http://ridecache.com/SCM. RideCache — Organize, Manage, Preserve your Collection. Collector Car Insurance 800.922.4050. is the leading insurance agency for collector vehicles in the world and host to the largest network of collector car owners. Hagerty offers insurance for collector cars, motorcycles and motorcycle safety equipment, tractors, automotive tools and spare parts, and even “automobilia” (any historic or collectible item linked with motor vehicles). Hagerty also offers overseas shipping/touring insurance coverage, commercial coverage and club liability coverage. For more information, call or visit www.hagerty. com. (MI) Classic Showcase has been an industry leader in the restoration, service and sale of classic Jaguars, and most other fine British automobiles. From sports cars to luxury sedans, our world-class restoration facility and highly skilled team are ready to assist your needs with acquiring the perfect British classic today! 760.758.6100. www.classicshowcase.com (CA) Frank Dale & Stepsons. The world’s oldest independent Rolls-Royce and Bentley specialists, having been established since 1946. With sales, service, restoration and trimming all under one roof, we offer collectors and enthusiasts the complete range of services for their collections. www.frankdale.com (U.K.) Fourintune Garage Inc. J.C. Taylor Insurance. Barrett-Jackson is proud to endorse McCollister’s Auto Transport. 800-748-3160. We have transported thousands of collector vehicles over the last 35 years all across the United States, whether they are moving an exotic, street rod, vintage racer or muscle car. With our experienced drivers trained to ensure the finest protection and our customized, lift-gated, air-ride trailers, we make sure your vehicle safely arrives on time. www.McCollisters.com/AutoTransport a new breed of insurance for classic, antique, exotic, special-interest, contemporary classic and limited-edition cars. To get a quote is even easier with our new online improvements. Go to www.barrett-jackson.com/insurance/, select “Get a quote,” enter in a couple of key pieces of information about your vehicle, and get an estimated quote within seconds! It’s that easy. Don’t be caught without the right insurance for your vehicle. In the unfortunate aftermath of damage to your vehicle, learning that your insurance won’t restore your prized possession to its former glory, or appropriately compensate you for your loss, is the last thing you want to hear. To get a quote by phone, call 877.545.2522. 800.345.8290. Antique, classic, muscle or modified — J.C. Taylor Insurance has provided dependable, dynamic, affordable protection for your collector vehicle for over 50 years. Agreed Value Coverage in the continental U.S., and Alaska. Drive Through Time With Peace of Mind with J.C. Taylor Insurance. Get a FREE instant quote online at www.JCTaylor.com. English 262.375.0876. www.fourintune.com. Complete ground-up restoration on British marques — specializing in Austin-Healeys since 1976. Experience you can trust, satisfied customers nationwide. Visit our website for details on our restoration process, which includes a complete quotation on Healeys. Located in historic Cedarburg — just minutes north of Milwaukee, WI. (WI) Aston Martin of New England. 781.547.5959. 85 Linden Street, Waltham, MA 02452. Proudly appointed Aston Martin Heritage Dealer for the USA. New and pre-owned Aston Martins are our specialty. Please contact us when buying, selling or restoring. www.astonmartin-lotus.com. (MA) 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) AUTOSPORT DESIGNS, INC. Passport Transport. 800.736.0575. Since our founding in 1970, we have shipped thousands of treasured vehicles door-to-door with our fully enclosed July 2018 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 Kevin Kay Restorations. 530.241.8337. 1530 Charles Drive, Redding, CA 96003. 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Advertise in the SCM Resource Directory. Call 877.219.2605 Ext. 218 for information; e-mail: scmadvert@sportscarmarket.com. 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) 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) Classic Car Capital 310.254.9704, Events—Concours, Car Shows Ext. 1. Maximize the return on your passion by recapitalizing the equity in your vintage cars. Whether to expand your collection, invest or for personal use, you decide how to use the funds. With unparalleled experience, service and expertise in this highly specialized lending, we understand the market and needs of the collector. Whether using one car or multiple cars as collateral, we offer lines of credit with no origination fees or prepayment penalties. Concours d’Elegance of America. 2018 marks the 40th Annual Concours d’Elegance of America, July 27th–29th, at the Inn at St. John’s in Plymouth, Michigan. We continue to be one of the most recognized automotive events in the world. A weekend filled with over 15 events for automobile enthusiasts of all ages. Sunday’s field will host 300 spectacular automobiles from around the world. www.concoursusa.org (MI) 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. and restoring classic European sports cars since 1986. We specialize in Porsche (356 and 911) 1950s to early 1970s, along with other marks including Mercedes, Aston Martin, Ferrari, MG, Austin Healey and Jaguar, with 40 vehicles in stock to choose from. European Collectibles also offers complete mechanical and cosmetic restorations to concours level, along with routine service. Located in Orange County, CA, between Los Angeles and San Diego. Sales@europeancollectibles.com or visit our website www.europeancollectibles.com. (CA) Bud’s Benz. 800.942.8444. At Ferrari Financial Services. Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival. The South: a place where tea is sweet, people are darlin’, moss is Spanish and, come autumn, cars are plentiful. This fall, HHI Motoring Festival returns to the towns of Savannah, GA, and Hilton Head Island, SC. Join us this fall — October 27–November 5, 2017 — in the land of Southern hospitality. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit www.HHIMotoringFestival.com. 201.510.2500. As the world’s only Ferrari-owned finance company, no one understands a Ferrari customer’s unique perspective better than the company that designed these iconic sports cars. Whether it’s a line of credit for owners interested in utilizing the equity in their collection, or a simple interest loan, we stand committed to help our clients enhance their collection — without origination or early termination fees. “FFS” offers a level of expertise that cannot be matched by other lenders. Bud’s, we sell a full line of MercedesBenz parts for cars from the 1950s through the 1980s. We do minor and major service work on most Mercedes. Restoration work; including paint, interior, mechanical and other services are available. We pride ourselves in doing work that is tailored to our customers’ needs and budgets. We also (locally) work on later-model Mercedes, BMW, and Mini Coopers. Computer diagnostics and work related to keeping your daily driver on the road are all available at Bud’s. www.budsbenz.com (GA) 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) Mercedes-Benz Classic J.J. BEST BANC & CO. provides financing on classic cars ranging from 1900 to today. Visit our website at www.jjbest.com or call 1.800.USA.1965 and get a loan approval in as little as five minutes! German DC Automotive. 1.877.287.6749. Lajollaconcours.com. 619.233.5008. lajollaconcours@mcfarlanepromotions.com La Jolla Concours d’Elegance April 12–14, 2019. World Class Cars, World Class Experience. (CA) Art’s Star Classics. 800.644.STAR The Quail, A Motorsports Gath- ering. 831.620.8879. A prominent component of Monterey Car Week, The Quail is a world-renowned motorsports 174 (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 Rob and the team at DC Automotive are Porsche fanatics. They eat, sleep and breathe Porsche – sometimes to the dismay of their spouses. But they know that finding new, used and rebuilt 1965 to 2013 Porsche parts can be overwhelming. That’s why they’re committed to having your back – plus front, engine, interior, body, wheels, electrical, everything – for 911s, Cayennes, Boxsters, Caymans, 944s, 968s, 914s and 928s. Call us today at 1-877-287- 6749. http://dcautocatalog.com 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) Scott Grundfor Company. European Collectibles Inc. 949.650.4718. European Collectibles has been buying, consigning, selling Sports Car Market 805.474.6477. Since the 1970s, Scott Grundfor Company has set the bar with best of show cars. Four decades later, we continue our long and rich tradition of excellence in the collectible car and restoration market. As trusted and respected Mercedes-Benz experts, we strive to not only continue the restoration and sales excellence we’ve worked so hard to develop, but to also bring awareness to the appreciation, preservation and history of the automobile. scott@scottgrundfor.com www.scottgrundfor.com (CA) RESOURCE DIRECTORY


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Import/Export from $50,000 to $5 million, regardless of your credit history. If you own a car and need cash, LLP provides sale/lease-back financing so you can keep driving your car! Contact us at info@luxuryleasepartners.com 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 Premier Financial Services. 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) Dr Beasley’s. Unimpressed by Putnam Leasing. 866.90.LEASE. Cosdel International Transportation. Since 1960, Cosdel International Transportation has been handling international shipments by air, ocean and truck. Honest service, competitive pricing and product expertise have made Cosdel the natural shipping choice for the world’s best-known collectors, dealers and auction houses. If you are moving a car, racing or rallying, or attending a concours event overseas, Cosdel is your comprehensive, worldwide resource for all of your nationwide and international shipping needs. We are your automobile Export Import Experts. 415.777.2000 carquotes@cosdel.com. www.cosdel.com. (CA) Italian For over 30 years, Putnam Leasing has been the leader in exotic, luxury, and collector car leasing. This honor comes from Putnam’s unique ability to match the car of your dreams with a lease designed just for you. Every Putnam Lease is written to provide maximum flexibility while conserving capital, lowering monthly payments, and maximizing tax advantages. Its Putnam’s way of letting you drive more car for less money. For leases ranging from $50,000 to more than $1 million, with terms extending up to 84 months, contact the oldest and most experienced leasing company in the country by calling 1.866.90.LEASE. Or just visit www.putnamleasing.com. Legal inferior car care products that didn’t meet his standards, Jim Lafeber, owner of renowned detailing facility Simon’s Shine Shop, and Founding Member and past President of the International Detailing Association, turned to his background in chemistry to formulate his own products. By utilizing the safest, highest quality ingredients available, Jim was able to launch Dr. Beasley’s, a line of highly advanced, innovative products perfect for both modern and vintage cars. Dr. Beasley’s products are now used and recommended by some of the biggest OEMs in the automotive industry including BMW, Audi and Kawasaki. Try them for yourself and discover a better way to detail your car. Made in USA. Visit www.drbeasleys.com 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 and enhanced sound. We’re the default choice for many of the most important classics. Originality is important, but there’s no reason why subtle improvements cannot be introduced. QuickSilver use superior materials and modern manufacturing techniques unavailable when the cars were new. http://quicksilver-exhausts.myshopify.com. Racing Services Vintage Racing Services. 203.377.6745. Our full-service shop facility and experienced staff provide all aspects of racecar construction, setup and repair for production-based cars to purpose-built sports racers to formula cars. We can build a racecar from the ground up, restore your historic vintage racer to its former glory or maintain your racecar, all to ensure your maximum enjoyment. Our trackside support, transportation, racecar rental and coaching can round out your experience. Our sister company, Automotive Restorations Inc., offers high-quality upholstery, body and paint and panel fabrication services. www.automotiverestorations.com/vrs/home Restoration — General Evans Waterless Coolant is the solution to running too hot. With a boiling point of 375°F, our revolutionary liquid formulation is a superior alternative to water-based coolants. Evans eliminates water vapor, hotspots and boil-over, resulting in a less pressurized, more efficient cooling system and preventing corrosion, electrolysis and pump cavitation. Evans also protects down to -40°F and lasts the lifetime of the engine. See how it works at www.evanscoolant.com. Vintage Car Law. 717.884.9010. 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 LeMay—America’s Car Museum Luxury Lease Partners LLC. 201.822.4870. LLP is a self-funded exotic car lessor that does not follow conventional lending rules, such as scores, debt-to-income ratios or comparable borrowing requirements. LLP can provide lease financing on any exotic car July 2018 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. 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) Academy of Art University. 800.544.2787. Take the wheel and bring the past to life. Academy of Art University provides aspiring artists and designers the education they need to launch their careers. Our Automotive Restoration program prepares passionate people to be the next generation of automobile restorers. The program, led by legendary designer Tom Matano, explores the techniques, processes and historical studies necessary to restore classic cars. Contact us and get started on your artistic journey! 79 New Montgomery St. San Francisco, CA. www.academyart.edu/AutoR TOURANIL Leather by AERISTO QuickSilver Exhaust Systems. 011 44 1428 687722. Our customers are sophisticated enthusiasts who choose our exhaust systems for various reasons — originality, durability, weight reduction +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 175


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Advertise in the SCM Resource Directory. Call 877.219.2605 Ext. 218 for information; e-mail: scmadvert@sportscarmarket.com. Alan Taylor Company Inc. 760.489.0657, is a full-service automotive restoration and repair facility that specializes in Pre and Post-War European and American Automobiles. With an emphasis on French Marques including Bugatti & Delahaye and over 50 years of experience in the automotive field, we have proven to be a leader in the automotive industry. Our facility provides a full-array of services including Fabrication, Metal-Shaping, Engine & Transmission Rebuilding, Machine Shop, Award-Winning Upholstery, Paint Shop and Pattern Making & Castings. Providing these services in-house has proved to be highly efficient and has enabled us to provide our clients with the highest level of old-fashioned quality workmanship, professionalism and client services. www.alantay- lorcompany.com level 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) 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 D. L. George Historic Motorcars. 610.593.7423. We stand at the crossroads between you and historic European motorcars of the pre-war and early post-war era. We provide full-service restoration, maintenance and support of the finest cars driven extensively by the most refined collectors. Find us at concours from Amelia Island to Pebble Beach, venues from Lime Rock to Goodwood, and events including the Mille Miglia, Peking to Paris, and The Colorado Grand. www.DLGEORGE.com (PA) The Creative Workshop. 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) 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 Automotive Restorations. 203.377.6745. Founded in 1978, we are well-established practitioners of the art and craft of vehicle restoration, preservation and service. Nearly 40 experienced craftspeople focused on the art and entertainment to be enjoyed with great cars describes our culture. Our staff and expertise encompasses a broad range of skills and specific vehicle experience. Proper project management and control produces the quality and attention to detail we have come to be known for in all we produce. See much more on the Web at www.automotiverestorations.com Exotic Auto Recycling. 916.638.8000, 855.638.8878. Exotic Auto Recycling is a Central California-based auto parts supplier that specializes in used and new replacement parts for Ferrari, Maserati and Lamborghini. We believe that this specialized approach allows us to be more knowledgeable of our products. Ferrari, Maserati and Lamborghini is not just our business, it’s also our passion. For a 10% discount on used parts use discount code SCM10 at the time of purchase. sales@exoticautorecycling.com www.exoticautorecycling.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 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. Treasured Motorcar Services. Park Place LTD. 425.562.1000. Exoticars USA. 908.996.4889, Wil Brightworks. 937.773.5127. Bright- works has partnered with Ruote Borrani to be the only authorized restorer of Ruote Borrani wheels in the world, and to be a distributor for any new Ruote Borrani products in North America. We use the original Ruote Borrani drawings and blueprints to restore your wheels to exact factory standards and offset. Additionally, we use the correct font letter/number stamps to re-create all of the original markings to restore your Borrani wheels to be factory original, correct and certified. www.brightworkrestoration.com (OH) 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. Classic Showcase. 760.758.6100. For over 35 years, we’ve been restoring automotive history by creating driver-, show/driver-, show- and preservation- 176 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) 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 Since 1980, a trusted provider for the highest quality maintenance, restoration, performance, paint, body, sales, and consignment of European sports/ luxury vehicles, American classics, and muscle cars. We have completed numerous full and partial restorations on marques as diverse as Bandini, Dellow, Jaguar, Rolls Royce, Mustang, and Corvette. Maintaining memories for your daily driver, weekend warrior or show stopper in our 22,000 sq. ft. facility with our dedicated full time staff. Let us help you enjoy your treasured motorcar the way it was meant to be. Follow our ongoing and completed projects and visit our website www.treasuredmotorcars.com and Jaguar cars but have experience in a variety of other marques, to include; most British cars, Alfa Romeo, Corvette, Aston Martin, Ferrari and early Lotus. Our work includes: All levels of restoration services, (full, mechanical, sympathetic, etc.), simple repairs, ongoing maintenance and vintage race preparation. We also offer full mechanical services; Engine, transmission, overdrive, differential and component rebuilds. www.sportandspecialty.com Speedwell Engineering, Ltd. 770.789.1396. Restoration, sales and service of collectable vehicles. Specializing in Classics, Prewar and European sports cars. Ball Ground, Georgia. www.facebook.com/SpeedwellEngineeringLtd Vintage Underground. 541.510.5296. Vintage Underground is a full service facility located in Eugene, Oregon. We harness a collection of old-school skills and tools. We work to restore, repair and preserve historical machines. We have full-restoration build and assembly facilities on-site. We also offer a full complement of services including; panel beating, body and paint, trim & interior, engine building, machining, research and full chassis system building and service. www.vintageunderground.us (OR) © Sport and Specialty. 815.629.2717. We are specialists in Austin-Healey Sports Car Market RESOURCE DIRECTORY


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Carl Bomstead eWatch Mickey Mantle’s Topps Rookie Card Brings Ferrari Money Look in those old shoeboxes — $2,880,000 is the second-highest price ever paid for a sports card Thought Carl’s Mickey Mantle anchored center field for the New York Yankees from 1951 through 1968 — and set all his off-field antics. It’s hard to imagine what he would have accomplished if he had approached the game with the same discipline as today’s players. Heritage Auctions, at their April 19 Spring Sports Card Auction, sold his 1952 Topps #311 rookie card for an astonishing $2,880,000 — the second-highest amount ever paid for a sports card. This was one of six cards that have been rated PSA 9, and there are three rated even higher at PSA 10. As a sign of the times, cryptocurrency was accepted for payment. EBAY #282888254115—1960 YONEZAWA ASTRO BOY TIN CADILLAC TOY. Number of bids: 3. SOLD AT: $7,700. Date: 3/27/2018. This tin 1960 Cadillac toy was in very acceptable condition, but the value may be in the Astro Boy action figure in the driver’s seat. He was also known as Mighty Atom and appeared in Japanese comics and movie serials from the early 1950s to the present. Astro Boy is one of the highest-grossing anime characters in history. He added about $5k to the value of this toy! cap and was cute as heck. The original paint had just the right amount of patina, and it was in very decent condition. Would be great in the display case, or mount it on the Model T for the next gathering of the clan. It is sure to cause a commotion. EBAY #183114350208— TEXACO 1918 QCKWORK METAL POLISH CAN. Number of bids: Buy-It-Now. SOLD AT: $5,797.99. Date: 4/20/2018. This is the holy grail for can collectors. It is rare as heck, has condition, and the graphics — while not correct in today’s world — are part of the package. The can, which is about 10 inches tall, sold for a ton. Now the buyer has to complete the set and find the smaller version. CELAIN STANDARD GASOLINE 24-INCH MICKEY MOUSE SIGN. Number of bids: 22. SOLD AT: $2,424. Date: 2/27/2018. This is the curse of eBay, as they continue to allow phony signs to be offered without constraint. These signs were tin — not porcelain — and the colors on this are not even close. Chips at mounting holes were added for effect. The seller had sold about 150 other phony signs — but none at this price level. I hate to see someone get taken like this, but eBay continues to ignore the problem. EBAY #292489284882—1938 TEXAS MOTORCYCLE LICENSE PLATE. Number of bids: 40. SOLD AT: $2,025. Date: 3/25/2018. In the license-plate world, the mantra is condition, condition, condition — and this one had all of that. The original paint was in good order and there were no extra holes or cracks. As such, it brought a well-justified premium. EBAY #15296750743—ORIGINAL OLIVER 88 PEDAL CAR TRACTOR. Number of bids: 48. SOLD AT: $2,527.32. Date: 4/15/2018. This was the more desirable open-grille Oliver 88 tractor pedal car. Eska made them in the 1950s. This, however, is a rather poor reproduction that was made at a later date. The paint scheme was incorrect, and it is crude compared to the original. As such, it was not worth the price paid. kinds of records. His quote, “I would have taken better care of myself if I knew I was going to live this long,” sums up EBAY #123041359010—FORD MODEL T ZEPPELIN BLIMP HOOD ORNAMENT. Number of bids: 25. SOLD AT: $1,225. Date: 4/1/2018. This castiron blimp hood ornament was mounted on a Model T radiator EBAY #263515980932—POR- 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 #112884156030— MULTI-POINT SPARK PLUG. Number of bids: 19. SOLD AT: $1,682.57. Date: 4/8/2018. This unusual plug appears to be European in origin. It had a spinning wheel at the base that must have distributed the spark. I have no idea of the benefit it supposedly offered, but it was not much of a commercial success. Rare and unusual spark plugs are of interest to a committed group of collectors, and they are willing to pay up. That was the case here. ♦ POSTMASTER Send address changes to: Sports Car Market PO Box 4797, Portland, OR 97208 CPC IPM Sales Agreement No. 1296205 Sports Car Market